Fifth Annual 1.5-Mile Walk-a-Thon -- The Maryland SPCA is sponsoring its annual 1.5-mile walk-a-thon, "March for the Animals," on Sun., March 26, at the Homewood campus, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Participants will walk with their pets. There will be games, prizes, food and entertainment, as well as demonstrations by the Baltimore City Police Canine Unit. The event will take place rain or shine.
Family, friends and co-workers can sponsor walkers and their pets (the suggested pledge is at least $5). Bring collected pledges to the event. All owners will be required to clean up after their dogs; baggies will be provided. Dogs participating in the walk must have current vaccination and must be leashed and under control at all times. No female dogs in heat will be allowed to participate. Watering stations will provide refreshments for walkers and dogs along the 1.5-mile course.
Registration will take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information, call 410-235-8826.
Chinese Dialect Speakers -- The Office of Patient Relations at Bayview is looking for a Chinese-speaking individual whose dialect is Fukienese to assist an inpatient at Bayview. The Fukienese dialect is close to Taiwanese. To volunteer, contact Josephine Coppola at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 410-550-0626.
Hurt and Used Book Solicitation -- The Johns Hopkins University Press staff development fund is currently accepting donations of used and unwanted books for its Hurt and Used Book Sale, scheduled for April 25 and 26. The fund wants both hardbound and paperback books, fiction or nonfiction.
Books can be dropped off between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, at 2715 N. Charles St. The last day for donations is April 21.
Proceeds of the book sale benefit the staff development fund, which underwrites professional development for Hopkins Press employees. All donations are tax-deductible.
For more information about the Hurt and Used Book Solicitation, call 410-516-6900.
Occupational Health Services Classes -- The Department of Occupational Health Services is offering classes in yoga, muscle conditioning and toning as well as seated massage for JHU faculty and staff. Yoga will be offered on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings on the Homewood campus, beginning Mon., March 13. The cost is $25 and $45.
Exercise classes focusing on muscle conditioning and toning are scheduled for Tuesdays and Thursdays, 12:15 to 1 p.m. in Levering Union at Homewood. The classes will begin Tues., March 21; the cost is $20 and $40.
Occupational Health Services is also offering seated massages. Faculty and staff can receive a 15-minute seated massage from a certified massage therapist for a reasonable fee.
For more information, call Occupational Health Services at 410-516-0450.
Fitness and Recreation -- Several fitness and recreation activities are currently available at the Cooley Sports and Fitness Center.
A special four-hour self-defense training class is being offered. The High Impact Tactical Strike self-defense is designed to teach people how to identify an attacker and defend themselves in 10 common life-threatening situations. Class size is limited. The fee is $45 for Cooley Center members and $55 for nonmembers.
Classes in aikido, yoga, tae kwon-do and aerobics are also available.
For information about the above programs, call the Cooley Center at 410-955-2513.
Provost's Undergraduate Research Awards -- The 2000 Provost's Undergraduate Research Awards will provide a number of grants to current freshmen, sophomores and juniors in the schools of Arts and Sciences, Engineering and Nursing, and in the Peabody Conservatory and School of Medicine.
The money may be used to pay the costs of the winner's research or creative projects. Winners may choose to receive up to $1,500 of the total award as a cash stipend or to receive academic credit for their work.
Applications are available from the office of Theodore Poehler, vice provost for research, at 275 Garland Hall on the Homewood campus, or by phone at 410-516-8671. The deadline for fall semester proposals is April 7.