Lunchtime workshops available to faculty and staff in February 2016

A variety of workshops, events, and programs are offered to the Johns Hopkins community by the Office of Work, Life and Engagement to help faculty and staff enrich their personal and professional lives. Lunchtime workshops on the East Baltimore, Homewood, and Keswick campuses are led by WorkLife staff and experts from Johns Hopkins and elsewhere.

An overview of scheduled workshops is available on the WorkLife website.

Registration is required, and the workshops are brought to you at no cost as part of your HR benefits package.

Paying for Your Child's College Education: Johns Hopkins Tuition Grant
Tuesday, Feb. 9, noon to 1 p.m., East Baltimore

Join representatives from the Benefits Office to learn about the Johns Hopkins Tuition grant. For eligible employees, this generous benefit pays for 50% of each dependent child's full-time undergraduate tuition and universal mandatory academic fees, up to a maximum of one-half of Hopkins' freshman undergraduate tuition. This workshop is appropriate for JHHS parents of current high school juniors and seniors. An online session for JHU faculty and staff will be scheduled soon.

Retire Right
Thursday, Feb. 11, noon to 1 p.m., East Baltimore

You have focused on planning for your finances in retirement, but have you thought about where you will live? Or how you will spend your time? Relationships, community involvement, and housing are a few of the issues that retirees must think about as they enter this major life transition; recent research shows that the process of actively planning for these changes increases satisfaction in retirement years. Join a Lifespan Services manager from the Office of Work, Life and Engagement to learn how to develop a vision for your retirement and avoid common pitfalls. This nonfinancial retirement planning workshop is appropriate for faculty and staff within 10 years of retirement.

An Introduction to Naturopathic Medicine and Detoxification
Friday, Feb. 12, noon to 1 p.m., East Baltimore
Friday, Feb. 19, noon to 1 p.m., Homewood

Detox programs are all the rage these days, but few of us know much about them and how they work. Join doctor of naturopathy Kristaps Paddock, medical director and co-founder of Charm City Natural Health, in a discussion about detoxification and how it fits into the practice of naturopathic medicine. Attendees will learn some simple practices that can support the body's ability to keep itself clean. Paddock also will provide information about naturopathic medicine, a holistic medical practice that takes into account a patient's physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual elements when assessing health.

Plan for Your Financial Future: Getting Started
Tuesday, Feb. 23, 3 to 4:30 p.m., East Baltimore

If you are getting started as a new employee at Johns Hopkins or need a review of financial planning basics, join us for this exciting new workshop. In addition to an overview of your retirement plan, William M. Leeb, a Certified Financial Planner from Financial Council Inc., will explain the value of pretax contributions, investing basics, dollar cost averaging, and other tools that will help you best manage your assets. Don't miss this opportunity to build your confidence and skills in laying a strong foundation for your family's financial future. Note: Based on feedback, this workshop is scheduled for 90 minutes in the late afternoon rather than at lunchtime.

Growing Vegetables from Seeds and Transplants
Tuesday, Feb. 23, noon to 1 p.m., Homewood
Thursday, Feb. 25, noon to 1 p.m., East Baltimore

Join Carrie Engel, retail greenhouse manager for Valley View Farms, to learn about hardy and perennial vegetables that can be planted now using seeds or transplants. Learn where to place seeds and plants in the garden for optimal harvest come summer. Engel appears regularly on WBAL's Sunday Gardener and lectures frequently to garden clubs and in garden‐related forums throughout the area.

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