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Here's the latest info about local resources, workshops & other events to support you on the journey to living the life you envision. Have a safe, happy, and SUCCESS-ful summer! 
 
June/July 2018
In this Issue:

Biggest Summer Jam Ever

This year's Summer Jam was the best yet, with more vendors, more activities, more visitors and more FUN than ever before!  The crowd of kiddos enjoyed carnival style games, crafts and activities, and everyone loved the music, entertainment and treats.  Unique finds and fantastic deals were available at our vendor booths and loads of info was shared about free events and services in the area. See more pics on our Facebook page, and a BIG thank you to our sponsors and everyone who contributed to the phenomenal success of this awesome event. 

Busy Kids, Happy Kids

Summer means a break from the routine of school and sports, and while some downtime is important, too much unstructured, unsupervised free time can lead bored teens into trouble. Keep the younger members of your family busy, happy and on the right path with these ideas.

Create A Daily Schedule
If your children are old enough to stay at home while you work, they are old enough to have regular chores.  Things to do every day:  make the beds, wash/fold/put away laundry, sweep/vacuum. But that's not going to take the whole day, so add an activity each day: walk, bike, hike, run, swim, play a sport. See "7 Ways to Enjoy the Great Outdoors"  below for ideas of where to go and what else to do.  Don't forget to keep their minds active too--sign up for the FREE Harford County Public Library Reading Program.  Complete the reading list to win a prize!  Learn more at HCPL online.

Online Learning
Keep brains engaged with something other than TV and games. Check out the list of free college courses available at www.edx.org. Younger kids will enjoy educational websites that teach them about topics they won’t learn in school, like TED Talks at www.ted.com or the PBS Learning Media site.


 

Jobs & Internships
For older children, having a summer job or internship is a great way to make money and develop skills that will help build a career. All youth ages 16-24 in Cecil and Harford Counties can obtain information on careers, education/training, and employment at the Susquehanna Workforce Network Centers in Cecil and Harford Counties. Please call 410-939-4240 or email ldsiegel@SWNetwork.org for more information.

Volunteering
Get your teen involved with a volunteer program this summer.  Here are some local opportunities:
https://www.harfordteenvolunteer.com/regular-volunteering


 

New Fundraiser Coming in August
 



Join us August 17th at St. Matthew Lutheran Church in Bel Air for this all new event which benefits the programs and services of The SUCCESS Project.  One designer bag winner each round!  Tickets are $25 per person in advance/$30 per person at the door/Reserved Table of 10 - $250 which includes a booklet of 20 games (3 cards per round) and a door prize ticket! For more info and to purchase tickets, go to https://designerbingo2018.eventbrite.com
 

Summer Health Focus: Prevent These 5 Common Conditions

Summer weather and downtime are welcome, but summer health issues?  Not so much.  There are a few special concerns to be aware of at this time of year.  Here's what to look out for and tips for prevention.
 
Asthma: High pollen levels and increased mold growth due to humidity can cause a spike in asthma attacks, To minimize your risk, continue taking daily controller medications and monitor pollen and air pollution levels, If levels are high, it may be best to stay indoors, in air conditioning, if possible,

Swimmer's ear: Technically known as otitis externa, it's more common during the summer months because heat and humidity can fuel the growth of the bacteria and fungi.  To prevent the condition, dry ears thoroughly with a towel  after swimming or showering. Tilt head so one ear faces down to allow water to escape then gently pull your ear lobe in several directions to help the water drain out. If the water is still stuck, you can use a hair dryer on the lowest heat setting to remove it.

Lyme disease: Lyme disease peaks during the summer months when people are exposed to ticks in yards and woods. Prevent tick bites by using a repellent 

 
that contains 20 percent or more DEET on exposed skin, and one that contains the insecticide permethrin on clothing. Always conduct a full-body tick check after coming in from a wooded or bushy area.

Poison ivy, oak and sumac: 85% percent of people are allergic to urushiol, the oil found in the sap of plants such as poison ivy, poison sumac and poison oak. Although a reaction can happen any time of year, its more frequent during warm weather since the plants come in direct contact with skin.

Food poisoning: Foodborne illnesses are twice as common during the summer because the bacteria that cause it grows fastest in hot and humid weather. Prevent by keeping perishable foods refrigerated or in a cooler with ice, Stern recommends. Food left out of refrigeration for more than two hours may not be safe to eat. In temperatures higher than 90 degrees Fahrenheit, food should not be left out for more than one hour.

Free Family Adventures
 

Harford County is a great place to enjoy lots of activities outside.  Here six FREE ones to try this summer
  1. Splash in the pool made by one of Maryland's highest waterfalls (water shoes are recommended) at Kilgore Falls. It's just a short hike along a shady path in Jarrettsville's Rocks State Park.
     
  2. See the breathtaking beauty of a field of sunflowers at Clear Meadow Farm located at Hess Road and Jarrettsville Pike in Monkton. The flowers begin blooming in early summer and peak in late August or early September.
     
  3. The sweeping views from the King and Queen Seat at Rocks State Park are well worth the hike. But there's also a great variety of walking trails at Gunpowder State Park that traverse forests full of wildlife, meander along streams and falls, and cut through the historic village of Jerusalem Mill. 
     
  4. Grab a blanket, pack a picnic basket and bring them to Bel Air's Shamrock Park for free movie nights or an outdoor concert. There's also playground equipment nearby. 410-638-4561 (park) or 410-803-9784 (concerts). See the movie nights here.
     
  5. The Havre de Grace Promenade is the quintessential scenic spot. The half-mile walkway from Tydings Park to the Concord Point Lighthouse is dotted with park benches. Plus, there's an adjacent playground and a gazebo. 
     
  6. Run, bike or walk on the Ma and Pa Heritage Trail. The Forest Hill Section from Blake's Venture Park to Friends Park is a mild grade and ideal for beginners. The 3.3-mile section from Williams Street in Bel Air to Edgeley Grove in Benson has more hills but is still very popular with families. See the maps and where to park here.

Budget Meal of the Month


Chickpea Alfredo
with Spring Veggies

Budget dinner price: $1.21 per serving

This pasta proves that healthy vegetarian recipes can be satisfying! The secret is in the sauce: It's made with low-cost cashews for an ultra-creamy texture. Bonus: Start to finish its just 35 min to make!

  • MAKES: 6 SERVINGS
  • SERVING SIZE: 1 CUP

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup unsalted raw cashews
  • Boiling water
  • 12 ounces dried whole grain or brown rice fettuccine
  • 1 cup chopped fresh asparagus
  • 2 cups lightly packed fresh spinach or arugula
  • 1/2 cup frozen peas, slightly thawed
  • 1 1/4cups water
  • 1/4cup garbanzo bean (chickpea) flour
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons snipped fresh basil and/or parsley (optional)
  • Shaved Parmesan cheese (optional)
Directions
  1. In a small bowl combine cashews and enough boiling water to cover. Let stand, covered, 20 minutes; drain. Rinse and drain again. Meanwhile, cook pasta according to package directions, adding asparagus the last 3 minutes and spinach and peas the last 1 minute; drain.
  2. In a small saucepan whisk together 1 1/4 cups water and flour until smooth (mixture may be a bit foamy). Cook and stir over medium heat just until bubbly.
  3. For sauce, in a blender combine soaked cashews, flour mixture, and next five ingredients (through pepper). Cover and pulse several times, then blend 5 minutes or until smooth. If desired, stir in basil and/or parsley.
  4. Transfer pasta mixture to a serving dish. Drizzle with sauce; toss to coat. Sprinkle with additional black pepper and, if desired, cheese.

The Freebie Report

Get Food and Healthcare for No or Low Cost:
  • July 3, 11, 17, 24 and 31 - Paper goods, cleaning products, food & personal hygiene items from The SUCCESS Pantry; 1-3pm; 101 Stansbury Ct. Havre de Grace
  • July 14 - Epicenter of Edgewood Food Giveaway; 11am-1pm
    1918 Pulaski Highway in Edgewood.
  • July 20 - Tabernacle of Faith Family Life Center Food Distribution, 5–7pm
     315A N. Earlton Road in Havre de Grace
  • July 21 - Bel Air United Methodist Church Food Distribution 9-11:45am
    McComas Hall, 21 Linwood Avenue in Bel Air
  • Free Lunch for Students - at the Havre de Grace Housing Authority, Monday-Thursday at noon. Continues thru August 16th. Part of the HCPS Summer Table program.Text "FOOD" to 877 877 to find the closest meal site for you.
     
Ongoing
  • Healthy Harford/Healthy Cecil WATCH program WATCH is a team of community healthcare providers and social workers who visit residents in their home to help solve issues that might be keeping them from achieving their best health such as, transportation issues, difficulty taking medications correctly, safe housing, nutritious food, assistance with medical appointments and more, Services provided FREE of charge. More info at 1-800-515-0044.
  • Medical Transportation by the Harford County Health Dept.  Learn more here.
  • Harford County Health Department Care Coordination Plus –Links Harford County residents to health care, health insurance, language assistance, food access, appropriate housing, domestic violence, etc.
  • Stop Smoking Classes--visit the Community Resources section of our website for the schedule.
  • Church Fans from NAATPN--It's cool to be tobacco-free! Sign your church up here.
  • Visit Healthy Harford for more free or low cost Health and Safety Events.

Upcoming SUCCESS Classes

Lots of fun and lots of learning happen during SUCCESS Classes.  Here's a peek at what's coming up next:
 
Harford Community College
Adult Education/Certification Program
Presented by Rhonda Davis from Harford Community College
Learn about available certificate programs along with GED/ABE services offered by the college.  We will discuss possible financial assistance and all the newest training coming out in the Fall.   Each household in attendance will receive a gift card.



Sign up to attend and see more upcoming classes here.
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