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Howard Office on Aging to Present WomenFest on April 25

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Are you a multi-tasker? Do you need encouragement to boost your physical and financial fitness plans?

If so, you won’t want to miss Howard County’s WomenFest, where you will find inspiration from local experts to improve your health and wellness, fine tune your finances, learn about self-defense and relationship building and much more. Plus, more than 90 on-site vendors will make shopping for Mother’s Day gifts, jewelry and fashion accessories, home improvement and financial services a breeze.

Coordinated by the Howard County Department of Citizen Services’ Office on Aging, the seventh annual WomenFest will be held on Saturday, April 25, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Gary J. Arthur Community Center in Glenwood, 2400 Route 97 in Cooksville. General admission and parking are free.

There’s something for everyone at WomenFest, including a variety of free health screenings; seminars, workshops and demos; fresh lunch options for purchase; and plenty of door prizes.

This year’s seminar topics include “Exercise Good Cent$” with Pamela Gilmour and Stephen Norris from Financial Fitness, who will offer tips to help you get your finances in order and reduce financial stress; “The Pulse Of Wellness” with Kristin Clark, M.D., from WellBeing Medical Care, who will help you learn the steps toward a heart healthy life; “Be On Guard, It’s Not Hard,” presented by Lt. Troy Bailey from the Howard County Police Department, to demonstrate how to be more aware of your surroundings and protect yourself if the need arises; “Can You Hear Me Now?” with Norma Stevens, of IHS Psychotherapy and Counseling, who will share communication tools to enhance your listening skills and strengthen your relationships; and “Splash of Art” with Lisa Noss from Pinot’s Palette, who will help you discover your inner artist.

Also presented will be “Stirring Up Fun in The Kitchen,” two cooking demos by Kathryn White, Danielle Hanscom and Debbie Mosimann, co-authors of the new cookbook, Eight Broads in the Kitchen, which was written by eight innkeepers from across the United States. At WomenFest, they will demonstrate how to add vibrant color and flavor to some of their favorite breakfast foods and how to tweak popular breakfast recipes to create fresh options with fruit, salads and veggies.

At 1:30 p.m., Lynne Brick, co-founder and president of Brick Bodies Fitness Services, the 11th largest women-owned business in the Baltimore area, will present the WomenFest keynote address, “Build Your Healthy Tomorrow, Today!”

Brick owns and operates a chain of co-ed and “Lynne Brick’s” women-only health clubs in the Greater Baltimore area along with her business partner and husband, Victor. Brick views fitness as a lifestyle rather than a fad, and hopes to inspire WomenFest attendees to embark on a journey to health and happiness “in just three easy steps.” Free tickets for the keynote will be distributed at the WomenFest ticket booth, while quantities last.

WomenFest 2015 will be presented though the support of sponsors, including The Business Monthly. Full event details are available at www.howardcountyaging.org/WomenFest, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/HoCoCitizen or by calling 410-313-5440 (voice/relay).