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OCTOBER 2013 — BALTIMORE BEACON

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Oct. 6

RUSCOMBE ANNUAL OPEN HOUSE

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An open house at the Ruscombe Mansion Community Health Center, 4803 Yellowwood Ave., will be held in Sunday, Oct. 6, from 1 to 4 p.m. Meet the holistic health practitioners at this free event. For more information, call (410) 367-7300 or visit www.ruscombe.org.

Oct. 4+

DEATH, GRIEF AND END-OF-LIFE PLANNING

Senior Care Specialist Janet Kurland will lead this two-session workshop on Friday, Oct. 4 and 11, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The course will address the many issues surrounding death, as well as different religious and cultural funeral practices, the process of grieving, and the process of healing. The course is sponsored through Johns Hopkins University’s Odyssey Program. Fee is $195. For more information, call (410) 516-4842 or visit www.odyssey.jhu.edu.

3. What are the limitations? Store visits connect customers with eyewear experts who can walk them through a purchase. For instance, if a customer wants rimless glasses, a store employee might point out that the lenses may be thicker than they anticipate and could be uncomfortable to wear, said Sam Pierce, a trustee with the American Optometric Association. The employee also could tell a customer whether his or her prescription would fit properly in the style they want or whether the frame may be too big or too small for their face. The initial cost for glasses advertised on a website may be a bargain, but extra fees for a strong prescription or tinted lenses can add to the bill. Traditional eyewear stores also can bump up the amount a customer spends by pushing features like anti-smudge protection. Some online companies also may charge shipping fees. Know the extra costs that come with a pair of glasses before buying. Online shoppers also may want to do a little research on their vendor before buying glasses, since the customer can’t simply drive to the store to talk to someone if a problem arises. Find out how the vendor handles adjust-

ments to a prescription or returns. Some sites offer money-back guarantees on returns if the glasses are sent back within a certain time frame. 4. Will eyewear stores become obsolete? Online sales eyewear sales jumped 31 percent from 2010 to last year, when they totaled $1.1 billion, according to the Vision Council, a trade group representing industry manufacturers and suppliers. That’s a big growth spurt, but online sales won’t take over the industry soon. Last year, they represented just 4 percent of the roughly $27.5 billion eyewear product market. In contrast, online sales for apparel and accessories totaled $36.3 billion, or 12 percent of that total market of $303.8 billion, according to Forrester Research Inc. 1-800-Contacts CEO Jonathan Coon said he thinks online eyewear sales can eventually reach and surpass the same percentage of its total market. But Warby Parker’s Blumenthal still sees a need for physical store locations that customers can visit. His company operates showrooms in New York, Chicago and Los Angeles, among other cities. “We think there is always going to be some sort of balance there because humans are social creatures, and shopping is a form of entertainment. It’s not just about convenience,” Blumenthal said. — AP

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FLU SHOT CLINICS 2013

Baltimore County Department of Aging and Maxim Healthcare Services will hold flu shot clinics at senior centers across Baltimore County and at Senior Expo through Oct. 31. Flu and pneumonia shots are no cost to Medicare B beneficiaries, Bravo and Aetna participants. Cost to all others: $30 for flu shots, $70 for pneumonia. You must bring your original Medicare card or health insurance card and picture identification to receive a shot. For more information, call (410) 887-2594 or visit www.baltimorecountymd.gov/agencies/aging/healtheducation.

October 2013 Baltimore Beacon Edition  

October 2013 Baltimore Beacon Edition

October 2013 Baltimore Beacon Edition  

October 2013 Baltimore Beacon Edition