Blossoms of Hope’s
Inspire hope, happiness & health
8th Annual Theme Exhibition
Honoring Columbia’s 50th Birthday
at Columbia Art Center. Blossoms of
Hope: Healing Hands/Letter of Inspiration,
Friday, April 7, 2017, 6–8pm
Enchanted Forest Cherrybration Days
at Clark’s Elioak Farm. April 8–9, 2017
10th Annual Pretty in Pink –
A champagne ladies luncheon and fashion
show at Turf Valley Resort.
Friday, April 14, 2017, 10am–3pm
9th Annual Pink Greens Golf
Classic at Turf Valley Resort.
Friday, April 28, 2017, 9am–3pm
Cherrybration at Savage Mill
at Terrapin Adventures. Sunday, April 23, 2017
Power of the Purse at Sub-Zero and
Wolf Showroom by Fretz. Gently used and
vintage purses will be available for cash and
carry. New and designer handbags, some
of which will be filled with goodies, will be
included in the Silent Auction. There will
be light fare, networking, and much more!
Monday, June 12, 2017, 4:30pm–7:30pm
Springtime is cherry blossom time in
Howard County, Maryland and Blossoms
of Hope’s Spring CHERRYBRATION
DAYS bring seasonal activities for
every age, every budget, and almost
every interest. These activities honor
the beauty of the trees and help raise
cancer awareness by benefiting the
Claudia Mayer/Tina Broccolino Cancer
Resource Center and other local charities,
with more than 1,800 cherry trees
blossoming in parks, along roadways,
and at county-wide attractions.
PAM LONG PHOTOGRAPHY
For more information on
events and purchasing of
trees, call 443-538-0858 or
Want to visit the
trees this spring?
Visit our website and see
the map tour where they
have been planted.
CHERRYBRATION PLATINUM SPONSOR
Take Time to Just ‘Be’ at WomenFest
According to a December 2015 report
issued by the Bureau of Labor Statistics,
57% of all women were in the labor force
in 2014; the labor force participation rate of
women with children under 18 years of age
The rewards of having a successful ca-
reer are many: increased financial security,
a greater sense of confidence and personal
satisfaction. Many working women are also
raising kids, caring for elderly parents (66%
of all caregivers are female) and running a
household; in fact, they are often so busy
taking care of everyone else that they aren’t
taking care of themselves.
Dividing attention between work and
family can lead to feelings of guilt and
added stress. That’s why it is important to
take advantage of opportunities to work in
“me” time on a regular basis. Taking even
a short break from your routine can help
you recharge while taking care of personal
On that note, Howard County’s WomenFest offers women of all ages a day to do
just that — designed for you to just “be”
— be yourself, be relaxed and be inspired.
Coordinated by the Howard County
Department of Community Resources and
Services and its Office on Aging and Independence, the ninth annual WomenFest will
be held on Saturday, April 29, from 10 a.m.
to 3 p.m., at the Gary J. Arthur Community
Center, in Glenwood, 2400 Route 97, just
10 minutes from Ellicott City. General
admission and parking are free.
Join the attendees to boost your health
and wellness, attend engaging workshops,
shop for Mother’s Day gifts from more than
100 vendors, get a free chin, lip or eyebrow
wax, find home improvement and financial
services and enjoy lunch, all under one roof.
There’s something for everyone at
WomenFest, including a wide range of free
health screenings: body mass index, hearing, lipid panel and glucose, visual acuity
and glaucoma, Chinese pulse diagnosis
and more. Is fitness lacking in your daily
routine? If so, find fun ways to fit more activity in your life with Soul line dancing and
Drums Alive exercise demos.
A number of seminars and workshops
provide numerous opportunities for personal growth and enrichment. This year’s
seminar topics include the following.
• Be Calm, where you can treat your
senses while you explore aromatherapy
and essential oils. See how easy it is to
incorporate them into your life and create
your own personal spray mist to take home.
• Be Current and Clutter Free offers the
chance to meet with accredited staging and
decorating professionals who will walk you
through the steps to update your look and
de-clutter your surroundings.
• Be Aware reminds you that scams are
unfortunately an all-too-common fact of
life in today’s world. Learn how to stay safe
when shopping, banking and connecting
with friends online.
• Be Empowered will empower you
to push yourself to the next level in your
personal or professional life.
• Be Informed presents the sobering facts
about opioid addiction; from painkillers to
heroin, learn how addiction is impacting
families from someone who has walked that
path. Know the signs, get support — and
perhaps help save a life.
Cooking demos always add flavor to
WomenFest. This year, there are two opportunities to broaden culinary skills with Chef
Taueret Thomas from Khepera’s Kitchen.
Thomas will present “Spring into Soups”
at 12: 15 p.m. and “Cooking with Quinoa”
at 2 p.m.
The event is possible thanks to the
support of our sponsors, including The
Business Monthly. Full event details are
available online at www.howardcountymd.
gov/WomenFest, on Facebook at www.
WF17 or by calling 410-313-5440 (voice/
The Squires Group’s Galasso
Cited by SmartCEO
Baltimore SmartCEO magazine has
announced that Eric Galasso,
COO category. The Executive
Management Awards (EMA)
Program recognizes the leadership and accomplishments of the
Baltimore metropolitan area’s Management All-Stars.
“I am so happy that Eric received this
recognition. After an initial management
consulting engagement, I invited Eric to
join me as my business partner in 2004,”
said Nancy Squires, CEO of TSGi. “We
created revenue targets to allow Eric to
‘earn in’ as my partner over a 10-year pe-
riod. Within two years, Eric had exceeded
those revenue targets and our partnership
“Eric is a combination of many qual-
ities that create a very successful leader
and person. Eric is a trusted, energetic and
gifted coach. I attribute much of
our success in the past 13 years
to how Eric transformed the
business from a local Enterprise
Resource Planning (ERP) niche
firm to a regional IT [information
technology] consulting firm with
expanded service offerings,” said
“Putting together the right team that
shared my vision and principles has been
instrumental in fueling the company’s
growth. Hiring Apurva Shah as director of
marketing and operations, and Jane Myers
as director of resource management were
the two key hires I made early on after
joining TSGi,” said Galasso. “Together,
we assembled a strong team to help fuel
our future growth; created best practices
so that we could consistently deliver satisfaction to our customers; and invested in
tools, technology and training to improve
our delivery model.”