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Howard County’s 9th annual “WomenFest” offers women plenty of opportunities to “Be Inspired”

April 10, 2017

Media Contacts:
Mark Miller, Administrator, Office of Public Information, 410-313-2022
Kim Henry, Department of Community Resources and Services, 410-313-6531

Featuring free Makeovers, Massages and Cooking Demos

ELLICOTT CITY, MD – Come “be inspired” by local health, beauty and wellness experts and get ideas to live a more balanced and healthier life at Howard County’s 9th annual WomenFest on Saturday, April 29 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Gary J. Arthur Community Center, 2400 Route 97 in Cooksville. Presented by the Department of Community Resources and Services, admission to WomenFest is free and convenient onsite parking is available.

Coordinated by the Department’s Office on Aging and Independence, WomenFest showcases more than 100 vendors and exhibitors, offering a wide range of products and services including jewelry, fashion and home décor accessories, and home improvement, recreation and financial services.

New for 2017, the event will feature beauty expert Ariel Lewis, who will present 10-minute “Beauty Empowerment” sessions in the lobby and offer attendees the chance to participate in a live Q & A and makeover demonstration. A variety of health screenings and seminars will also be offered throughout the day, as well as soul line dancing, “Drums Alive” exercise and cooking demos rounding out the day’s activities.

Throughout the day there will be a number of engaging seminars focused on personal growth and enrichment. This year’s topics include: “Be Informed” which presents the sobering facts about opioid addiction; from painkillers to heroin, learn how addiction is impacting families from someone who has walked the path. Learn the signs and how to get support, and you may help save a life. “Be Calm” explores how to incorporate aromatherapy and essential oils into your life, and create your own personal spray mist to take home. “Be Current and Clutter Free” offers the chance to meet with a staging and decorating professional who will walk you through the steps to update your look and declutter your surroundings, creating a new and more peaceful space. “Be Aware” examines common scams which are a common fact of life in today’s world. Learn how to stay safe when shopping, banking and connecting with friends online. “Be Empowered” will encourage attendees to attain the next level in their personal or professional lives.

A variety of free health screenings will also be offered, including body mass index; hearing; HIV testing; lipid panel and glucose; osteoporosis; spinal; temporal mandibular joint dysfunction; visual acuity and glaucoma. Complimentary services include Chinese pulse diagnosis, lip, chin and eyebrow waxing, and seated massages.

Live cooking demos are another popular feature at this year’s WomenFest. Guest Chef Taueret Thomas from Khepera’s Kitchen will be on hand to present “Spring into Soups” at 12:15 p.m. and “Cooking with Quinoa” at 2:00 p.m. Back again this year is “Art with a Purpose,” offering artwork for sale created by members of the Connections and Kindred Spirits social day programs. Proceeds from the sale will benefit the Vivian L. Reid Community Fund, which provides emergency financial assistance to Howard County’s older adults and adults with disabilities.

Premier event sponsors this year include: Chesapeake Urology Women’s Services Program; Herl’s Bath Solutions, LLC; Johns Hopkins Community Physicians; Pura Vida Med Spa; Vantage House; and, Wegmans. Signature sponsors are: American Radiology Services; Anti-Aging & Longevity Institute; Center for Vein Restoration; Columbia Medical Supply; Digestive Disease Associates; Howard County NAACP; Maryland Proton Treatment Center; Progressive Athletics; and, Williams Asset Management.

Media sponsors include: Custom Media Options/Her Mind Magazine; Focus on Women Magazine; Howard County’s Department of Recreation & Parks; Maryland Women’s Journal; The Beacon and The Business Monthly. The 2017 In-Kind Sponsors are Ariel Lewis, LLC and The Massage Boutique, and the transportation sponsor is Regional Transportation Agency. Returning as a partner this year is ABC2 and its Spotlight on Women program sponsors: Howard County Smiles, Pura Vida Med Spa and Special Beginnings Birth & Women’s Center. ABC2 news anchor Ashley James will be onsite to sign autographs and greet attendees from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

For more information about WomenFest, call 410-313-5440 (voice/relay) or email [email protected]. A full schedule of the day’s events is available online at and on Facebook at, #HoCoWF17. To request a sign language interpreter or other accommodations to participate in this event, call Maryland Access Point, 410-313-1234 at least one week in advance.