The Johns Hopkins Gazette: April 13, 1998

Apr. 13-20

Johns Hopkins Gazette Online Edition

The next blood drive for the university will take place on Tuesday, April 21, and Wednesday, April 22. The Hopkins community is not meeting all its blood needs through local donations. Last year, over the course of five blood drives, the giving rate from faculty, staff and students was only 6.2 percent. A single donation can save three or four lives.

To sign up for a reserved donation time, call Peggy Jones at 410-516-8039. Pre-registered donors will be taken ahead of drop-in donors.

The third annual health fair will take place on Saturday, April 25, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the 400 block of 32nd Street (between Barclay Street and Greenmount Avenue) in the Waverly community. The purpose of the event is to aid the community in health education and promotion, as well as to refer members of the community to accessible and affordable health care.

Free screenings and information will be provided on more than 30 health concerns affecting all age groups, including smoking, high blood pressure, cancer, HIV, contraception, substance abuse, medical assistance, prenatal care and dental hygiene. Specific pediatric concerns such as asthma, lead poisoning and fire safety will also be addressed. Any health fair participant who does not have a regular medical provider will be referred to the People's Community Health Center at 3028 Greenmount Ave. for follow-up if necessary.

To raise money to help find a cure for leukemia and related cancers, Cindy Levick, clinical instructor at the School of Nursing, will bicycle 100 miles on America s Most Beautiful Bike Ride around Lake Tahoe, on Sunday, June 7. Levick will ride for George Kiriazogou, a 7-year-old boy diagnosed with acute lymphocytic leukemia when he was 3 years old.

Sponsors can donate 25 cents a mile, 50 cents a mile or more. Make checks payable to the Leukemia Society of America and send them to Cindy Levick, 525 N. Wolfe St., Baltimore, Md. 21205. Contributions are tax deductible. For more information or to place your donation on a credit card, call 410-614-1363.

Parents employed at Johns Hopkins University have several child care options available to them. Hopkins employees have admissions priority at either of the two Downtown Baltimore Children's Centers (DBCC), at 806 Park Ave. or 237 Arch St. Applications are now being taken for summer and fall enrollment. Scholarships for partial tuition assistance may be available in September for regular faculty and staff, based on financial need. The Office of WORKlife Programs is taking applications for the scholarship waiting list. DBCC will hold an open house at Park Avenue on Wednesday, April 8, from 8 to 9:30 a.m.

An open house for Arch Street is scheduled for Thursday, April 16, from 8 to 9:30 a.m. For more information, call DBCC, Park Avenue, at 410-669-1010, or DBCC, Arch Street, at 410-659-0515.

Tuition discounts for Hopkins parents are available at the Children's World Learning Centers and the Kiddie Academy. For information, call the Office of WORKlife Programs.

The Children of the World Co-op is an international play group for children 1 to 4 and their parents. The co-op serves the Hopkins community and surrounding neighborhoods, with priority given to international and JHU-affiliated families. For information, call 410-366-4425.

The Office of WORKlife Programs can assist parents in finding family or center-based child care summer camps, after-school programs, private and parochial schools, pre-schools and kindergarten programs, nanny and au pair agencies, and directories for tutoring and child-sitting by Hopkins students. For more information, call 410-516-6605.

Higher education faculty in the Baltimore area are invited to apply for one of 15 $2,500 Shriver Center grants for the development of courses or the redesign of existing courses and/or research projects that integrate service learning at the university level. Faculty may apply as individuals or teams, and should develop proposals in conversation with the service coordinator's office on campus. Application deadline is Friday, April 24. Notification is May 11. For more information, call the Women's Studies office at 410-516-6166.

The 11th Summer Institute in Environmental Health is scheduled for June 1 to 12. Ten courses will be presented for academic credit or continuing education units. Two certificate programs are offered in Environmental Health or Occupational Health. For information, call Kay Castleberry at 410-955-2212 or send e-mail to

Registration is open now for the Summer Institute in Tropical Medicine and Public Health. For more information, contact Angelissa Johnson at 410-614-3959 or visit the Web site at

Homewood House Museum will celebrate the change of seasons with "A Country House Spring," from Tuesday, April 21, to Sunday, April 26. The Federal-period house will feature examples of herb, ivy and myrtle topiaries, as well as a variety of flowering plants courtesy of Smith & Hawken, and a demonstration of creating slipcovers for side chairs.

A slide show on the history and the art of topiaries will be shown on Tuesday, April 21, and on Thursday, April 23. Admission is complementary with the purchase of a Homewood admission ticket. On Friday, April 24, from noon to 1 p.m. in AMR1, the Homewood House Museum will offer a demonstration on "Slipcover Patterns for Side Chairs." Participants will learn to create simple slipcover patterns.

Homewood House Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sundays from noon to 4 p.m. Admission is $6, $5 for senior citizens and $3 for students. For more information, call 410-516-5589.

Hopkins faculty and staff are invited to read to children on Tuesday, April 21, from 10 a.m. to noon, at the Harriet Lane Clinic. Volunteers in the "Reach Out and Read (R.O.A.R.)" program have read to over 400 children in the clinic's waiting area, and more than 1,500 new books have been distributed to patients during "well-child" checkups. Health care providers write a "prescription to read" during checkups.

For more information or to volunteer, call Mary Ash, R.O.A.R. coordinator, at 410-955-6276.