Judy F. Minkove
Date: February 4, 2010
Child Life Milestone
Sixty-five years strong, the Department of Child Life is home to specialists trained to ease the anxiety of hospitalized children. Founded in 1943 by then Chief of Pediatric Nursing Helen Schnetzer, Child Life was built on the principle that young patients need extra nurturing to weather their hospitalization. Today the Hopkins Children’s program boasts 19 Child Life specialists who work with children of all ages and provide emotional support to families. A multitude of games, toys and videos are available to children in their beds or unit playrooms. Info: click here
Sometimes fundraising events take on a life of their own. Such is the case with the Tri To Help indoor triathlon. Now in its fifth year, the event, sponsored by the Stroup Kids for Kids Epilepsy Foundation, raises funds for the Johns Hopkins Pediatric Epilepsy Center and includes concurrent triathlons in five states. So far, Tri To Help has raised more than $20,000 for the center. This year’s event will take place on March 6. The fast-paced swimming, biking and running race is not for the uninitiated. But this year team relays have been added so participants can split the disciplines with friends. A $100 award will be given to the top fundraiser. Info: Trent Stroup, 443-739-6093 or click here.
Craving a concert but can’t find the time or money? Fret no more: The Office of Cultural Affairs (OCA) invites you to attend Peabody Spotlight, a series of eight midday concerts to be performed on Wednesdays at noon in Turner Auditorium. Concerts will also be broadcast on Channel 54 (within the hospital). Coming up: Feb. 10—Anastasia Petanova, flute, Netanel Draiblate, violin, Timothy Hoft, piano; March 3—Brahms’ Liebeslieder (names TBA). Bill Nerenberg, director of the Peabody Presents program at Peabody, collaborated with School of Medicine Dean Edward D. Miller and Peabody Director Jeff Sharkey to craft a concert series in the tradition of artistic excellence that George Udvarhelyi, M.D., sought when he founded OCA in 1977. The concerts will feature Peabody students, alumni and faculty to showcase the diverse talents within the Hopkins community. Info and schedule: www.JHOCA.org, or 410-955-3363.