Blood drive at Corpus Christi

United Blood Services will host a blood drive from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sunday, March 21, in the Parish Center at Corpus Christi Catholic Church, 3550 E. Knox Road.

Give blood in March and receive a voucher for a free Famous Star burger, courtesy of Carl’s Jr.

To make an appointment to Find the Hero in You, call 1-877-448-GIVE (4483) or visit (click on “Donate Blood” and enter your Zip Code).


Healing Emphasis Yoga classes offered

Inner Vision Yoga at 725 E. Guadalupe Road in Tempe is hosting a new series of yoga classes called Healing Emphasis Yoga at 5 p.m. Mondays. The class is taught by master level certified instructor Donna DiNunzio and is designed to rehabilitate the lower back using strengthening and flexibility techniques.

For more information, call the studio at (480) 839-1006, Donna at (480) 330-2015 or visit


Living with loss support group

Chandler Regional Medical Center is offering a free grief support program open to anyone who has experienced the loss of a loved one, and the group is facilitated by Nancy Cook, MDiv, MSW, BCC.

Losing someone you love is extremely painful. Allowing that loss to go unacknowledged or unattended can compound your pain. But grief that is expressed and experienced has the ability to heal and help strengthen and enrich life. There is no right or wrong way to grieve, but there are ways to make your grieving more complete and positive.

The support group will meet from 3 to 5 p.m. Thursdays in Conference Room 4 (fourth floor) at the hospital at 1875 W. Frye Road in Chandler. Meeting dates are: Group Two - March 25, April 1, 15, 22, 29 and May 6; Group Three - May 20, 27, June 3, 10, 17 and 24; Group Four - July 8, 15, 22, 29, Aug. 5 and 12; Group Five - Aug. 19, 26, Sept. 2, 9, 16 and 23; Group Six - Sept. 30, Oct. 7, 21, 28; Nov. 4 and 11; and Group Seven - Nov. 18, Dec. 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30.

Patients, families, staff and the community are invited to attend at no charge. All groups are in a closed format, and registration is required by calling 1-877-728-5414 or e-mailing              

Bachelor auction benefits Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

Many of the Valley’s most eligible bachelors will offer themselves for auction during “Guys Who Give,” a benefit for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, from 8 to 10 p.m. March 26 at Axis Radius, 7340 E. Indian Plaza. Event host Amy Van Dyken is a six-time Olympic Gold Medalist and co-host of “Chris and Amy in the Morning” on 98.7 The Peak.

A diverse group of bachelors ranging in age from 20s to 50s will be available for dates. Bidding starts at $30 and includes a bachelor and a date package valued at $100 or more. The event also features a raffle for spa services, sports memorabilia and other luxury items.

Doors open at 7:15 p.m. Tickets start at $10 and include a drink. Tickets are available for purchase online and at the door.

To view bachelor profiles and purchase tickets, visit For more information, e-mail or call (909) 706-9051.


Laura’s Run honors lung-transplant patient

The fourth annual Laura’s Run will take place 8 to 11 a.m. Saturday, March 27, at the Scottsdale Sports Complex, 8081 E. Princess Drive, Scottsdale. The event includes a 5K run, kids’ dash, doggie walk, auction, refreshments, complimentary lunch provided by Cactus Catering, live music, goody bags, T-shirts and prizes for timed events.

Registration is available at ($25 per person by March 22; $28 by March 25) or onsite the day of the run ($30). Proceeds will help lung-transplant patients by supporting the Center for Thoracic Transplantation at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center, the Valley’s only lung-transplant center.

When Laura Hart Burdick underwent a lung transplant in 2003, the Phoenix area did not have a lung-transplant program. She traveled to Stanford University for surgery, three months of rehabilitation and ongoing check-ups and hospitalizations. After she died in 2005, her family and friends established the Laura Hart Burdick Foundation to fund causes that reflect Laura’s concern for fellow transplant patients and their families.

For more information, call Jane at (480) 585-9201.


Forum offered for those with early stage Alzheimer’s disease

The Alzheimer’s Association Desert Southwest Chapter will host a forum for those with early stage Alzheimer’s disease from 9 a.m. to noon March 27 at the Disability Empowerment Center, 5025 E. Washington St., Suite 200. Check-in begins at 8:30 a.m.

Pre-registration is requested by March 24 by calling the Alzheimer’s Association at (602) 528-0545.

For additional information on education programs or about Alzheimer’s disease in general, call the Alzheimer’s Association Desert Southwest Chapter at 1-800-272-3900.


Alport Syndrome Foundation hosting 5K for healthy kidneys

The third annual Alport Syndrome 5K for Healthy Kidneys will begin at 8 a.m. Sunday, March 28, at Kiwanis Community Park in Tempe.

Alport Syndrome is a genetic kidney disease that devastates families generation after generation and often affects multiple siblings.

The Alport Syndrome Foundation was co-founded by two Ahwatukee Foothills moms in 2007 and is a volunteer-led non-profit organization. Its mission is to educate and support patients and families that have been affected by Alport Syndrome with the goal of funding research to find a cure.

Registration – $25 for adults and $15 for children 13 and under – is available online at or by e-mailing

For more information about Alport Syndrome, visit


“Girls Just Wanna Have Fun ... and Be Healthy”

The Ahwatukee Foothills Family YMCA and The Living Well Retreats will host their “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun...and Be Healthy” Women’s Wellness Retreat and Fundraiser May 14 and 15 at the Sky Y Ranch just outside of Prescott.

This unique summer camp-style retreat is designed for women who want to get away from the daily grind and experience both renewal and transformation of the mind, body and spirit while having fun with other women. The weekend will be filled with enlightening and enjoyable workshops, fitness classes and other activities. Topics will include life balance, nutrition and mindful eating, physical fitness, team building, overcoming fear and more.

Presenters will include Michelle May, M.D. (Am I Hungry?, Holy Yoga), Dawn Rutledge (The Living Well Retreats, Holy Yoga, Am I Hungry?) and Vicki Sandler (Wearthly Ideas).

The $260 fee includes all instruction, materials, summer camp-style accommodations, meals, snacks and beverages. Early bird pricing is available for those who register by March 30. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the YMCA Strong Kids Campaign.

For more information or to register, visit, e-mail or call (480) 250-5867. 


PCH hosts children’s march on Child Abuse, collecting shoes

March is Child Abuse Prevention Month at Phoenix Children’s Hospital, and commemorative events include a display of donated shoes symbolizing the 51 deaths from child abuse throughout Arizona last year. The shoes will be displayed at the hospital throughout March and April and at a fundraising march for Child Abuse Prevention at the Phoenix Zoo on April 3. Teams of walkers are being organized and registration is available at

During March and April, caregivers, paramedics, fire and police officers, families and friends are asked to donate a pair of shoes commemorating the death or disability of a victim of child abuse. Shoes may be dropped off at the front desk at 1919 E. Thomas Road. Participants are asked to personalize the shoes with a letter, note or poem symbolizing the child.


Baskin-Robbins, Dunkin’ Donuts host fundraiser for PCH

Baskin-Robbins and Dunkin’ Donuts are making a difference for children and families with their “Coffee and Cones for Kids” program at Phoenix Children’s Hospital.

Through March 31, when guests purchase one of Baskin-Robbins’ signature ice cream flavors or a cup of Dunkin’ Donuts coffee from participating locations, they will also have the opportunity to make a donation to Phoenix Children’s Hospital by adding a “Cones and Coffee for Kids” icon to their order. The icons, on which donors may inscribe their names, will eventually adorn the restaurant walls. Additionally, as a thank you, any guest making a donation will receive coupons for future visits to Baskin-Robbins and Dunkin’ Donuts.

For details, visit or


Laughter coach offers life-changing workshops

A revolutionary method of laughter therapy is now available from Laurie Nathanson. This certified laughter coach will deliver workshops on some of the better ways to reduce stress and improve health. Get the tools and learn how to protect your body from many chronic health problems during her first Thursday workshops from 5:30 to 7 p.m. starting April 1 at Express Mie, 6448 S. McClintock Drive, Tempe.

For more information, e-mail or call (480) 626-5973.


Learn how to talk to kids about drugs

Scottsdale Prevention Institute, 6908 E. Thomas Road, Suite 302, is hosting Making Strong Families Stronger workshops from 6:30 to 8 p.m. April 1, 8, 15 and 22.

The cost is $30 for one session or $100 for all four sessions.

For more information or to sign up, visit


Yoga for Foodies

In a quest to showcase the talents of chefs across the nation while embracing the art of food as an accessible gateway to the present moment, David Romanelli (aka Yeah Dave) presents Yoga for Foodies, a national tour in which Romanelli will collaborate with prominent, innovative chefs in each city to create a unforgettable foodie experience.

Yoga for Foodies will be in Phoenix April 1 with Ian Lopatin of At One Yoga and Lauren Bailey of Postino Wine Café. The experience begins with Romanelli’s one-hour vinyasa flow yoga class whose music and message will emphasize a more sustainable pace.

As you enjoy a post-yoga splendor, each chef will delve deeper into the mystery of her creations which are rooted in sustainability, eco-friendly practices, local farming, and compassion.


Core Fitness Boot Camps offered

Mountain Park Community Church, 2408 E. Pecos Road, is a new training location for Core Fitness Boot camps. The program offers rapid fat loss group training workouts.

Core Fitness Boot Camps, founded by Phoenix fat loss expert Lee Gough, are thriving due to large group workouts that last only 45 minutes and cost $10 per workout. Traditional one-on-one personal training rates generally start at $75 per one-hour session.

A free two-week trial is offered to all newcomers, and the program provides a 30-day money-back guarantee.

Melissa Larimore is camp coordinator at Mountain Park Community Church. She may be reached at (480) 452-6229 or

For program details, visit


Complimentary Q&A with natural health & weight loss expert

Paula Owens, nutritionist, fitness expert, weight loss coach and author, is offering a complimentary evening of questions and answers from 5:45 to 6:45 p.m. Thursday, April 8, at the Ironwood Library, 4333 E. Chandler Blvd.

Bring your questions on topics related to natural health and body conditioning, nutrition and fitness, hormone balancing, weight loss, anti-aging and longevity, supplements and more.

RSVPs are required by e-mailing For more information, visit


Relay for Life concert

The third annual Relay for Life Concert benefitting the Ahwatukee Relay for Life and American Cancer Society will run from 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday, April 10, at 11827 S. Montezuma Court (Custom Estates). Enjoy a variety of music, food and wine under the stars and bid on items in the silent auction.

Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the door, or $25 per couple. Guests over 21 may BYOB.

For more information, contact Sarah Colone at or (602) 206-3434.


Ahwatukee Relay for Life coming up at MPHS

The American Cancer Society’s 2010 Ahwatukee Relay for Life will be take place Saturday and Sunday, April 17 and 18, at Mountain Pointe High School, 4201 E. Knox Road.

This year’s event is themed “Time for a Cure,” and teams will be asked to create campsites and costumes based on a specific period in history.

Relay for Life is the signature event for the ACS and is the culmination of a team-based fundraising season. Last year more than $160,000 was raised.

This year’s event will open at 10 a.m. for campsite setup, with the event itself kicking off at 1 p.m. and going until 7 a.m. Sunday morning. There will be bands, food, games and inspiration with over 100 teams already online to participate.

Those interested in participating are invited to visit to register. The fee for you and your team is only $10 per participant.

For more information, call event chair Mark Honaker at (602) 695-2506 or e-mail him at Team captain meetings are scheduled for 7 p.m. April 8 and 15 in room A174 (The Black Box) at Desert Vista High School, 16440 s. 32nd St.  You can register there, receive information, sign your team up for a campsite and be a part of one of Ahwatukee’s biggest events.

Proceeds from this event will benefit both cancer support services for those in our community battling the many forms of the disease and also research into new treatments.


St. Joseph’s needs volunteers

St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center, 350 W. Thomas Road, is looking for people interested in volunteering. Volunteers work side by side with hospital staff, develop camaraderie with other volunteers and have a sense of pride as donate their time to help others. Several opportunities are available.

For more information, call (602) 406-3020. 


Grief and Divorce Support Groups

Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 739 W. Erie St., Chandler, is hosting Divorce Care and Divorce Care for Kids and Grief Share support groups.

For more information, call (480) 963-4127 or visit


Jewish Family & Children’s Service opens new clinic

Jewish Family & Children’s Service has opened a new behavioral health clinic at 2017 N. Seventh St., Suite A100. Only adults will be served at the new site. The other three clinics (Glendale, Mesa and South Phoenix) serve adults, children and youth.

Adult Behavioral Health programs at JFCS include counseling, psychiatric care, outpatient mental health services, HIV/AIDS services and medication services.

For more information about JFCS programs and services, visit or call (602) 279-7655.


Chamberlain College of Nursing announces ‘Nurse of the Month’ Award

In an effort to pay tribute to outstanding nurses, Chamberlain College of Nursing has announced a “Nurse of the Month” award to recognize exceptional nurses making a difference in the lives of their patients on a daily basis.

Nominations of outstanding nurses across the country will be accepted through June. Each month a nominee will be chosen to receive the award, which includes a $250 salon and spa gift card or two Universal Studios Park Hopper passes. Monthly winners will be eligible for the “Nurse of the Year” award. The “Nurse of the Year” will receive a grand prize vacation getaway from Chamberlain College of Nursing.

For complete contest details or to nominate a nurse who has made a difference, visit


Satisfaction Ratings High for Highway Christian Hospice

Families receiving Highway Christian Hospice services have rated multiple domains as “Excellent,” “Always” or 100 percent in the Family Evaluation of Hospice Care Survey for the fourth quarter of 2009. Highway Christian Hospice participates in the performance measures managed by the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization. The collected data is compiled and compared with other hospices across the nation.

Highway Christian Hospice is a state licensed and Medicare Certified hospice and is a member of the National and Arizona Hospice and Palliative Care Organizations and the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce.

For more information, call (602) 274-1952.


21 days to a leaner, healthier you

Paula’s 21 Day Transformation Program starts April 5 and offers three challenging calorie-burning exercise programs; photos of all exercises; a detailed teleconference with a step-by-step explanation of the exercise program; and all the exercises, daily educational e-mails for 21 days on Winning Formula diet and nutritional strategies, sample diet and menu, recipes, recovery tips, injury prevention and healthy lifestyle tips to motivate and inspire you to the next level.

For more information or to sign up, visit


GPS for Memory class offered

GPS for Memory (Giving People Strategies for Memory) is a program offered on the second Friday of each month by Banner Alzheimer’s Institute. Free lectures are given on various aspects of dementia, caregiving and brain health.

The April 9 session will take place 11 a.m. to noon at the Desert Botanical Garden, Webster Auditorium, 1201 N. Galvin Parkway.

The lecture is free, but registration is required by calling (602) 839-6850.


Celebrate Mother Earth with Yoga in the Park

In honor of Earth Day, Joyful Yoga Studio will host a special Yoga in the Park Class from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday, April 17, at Sunset Park (northeast corner of Rural and Ray roads, Chandler).

This outdoor, gentle yoga class will celebrate Mother Earth with favorite “down to earth” moves while enjoying fresh air and the camaraderie of friends and loved ones. Taught by popular and experienced instructor, Julia Pearl, this class will help students feel more grounded, relaxed and at-one with nature.

Class is suitable for all ages 5 and up), and no previous yoga experience is necessary. The cost is $8 per person or $10 per family. Please pre-register and prepay by April 12. The class will wrap with an earthy snack of fresh apples for everyone.

For more information, visit or call (480) 726-6399.


Girls on the Run hosting run/walk

Girls on the Run of Maricopa County are hosting a fun-filled community run/walk on Saturday, April 24, at Kiwanis Park, 6111 S. All-American Way, Tempe. This event is the graduation 5K for the spring program participants and is open to the community – women, men, children leashed pets and strollers are welcome. The event will also feature music, food, face painting and other fun activities.

Registration and packet pick-up begin at 7 a.m., warm-ups are at 7:50 a.m. and the 5K start is at 8 a.m. A raffle drawing will take place at 9:15 a.m.

Pre-registration is $25 per person and $20 for a running buddy (this rate is offered to participants who have committed to be an official running buddy, submitted an application and been confirmed by the program coordinator). Event day registration is $30 per person.

All race proceeds go directly to Girls on the Run of Maricopa County, whose mission is to use the power of running to educate and prepare girls for a lifetime of self-respect and healthy living.

For more information or to register, go to


Child abuse awareness event

The Child Crisis Center exists to help hundreds of children affected by abuse and has scheduled an awareness event to help prevent child abuse for 1 to 6 p.m. Saturday, April 24, at Mesa Riverview Park, 2100 W. 8th St.

The cost is $5 (free for kids under five).

For details, visit


Swing Fore Kids Golf Classic supports PCH pet therapy program

The Swing Fore Kids Golf Classic has become the signature fundraiser for the Animal Assisted Therapy Program at Phoenix Children’s Hospital, with 100 percent of the proceeds going directly to the program.

Tee-it-up at Grayhawk Golf Club, 8620 E. Thompson Peak Parkway, Scottsdale on Friday, April 30, and support the hospital’s four-legged friends that provide hope and healing to patients. Registration starts at 7 a.m., followed by an 8 a.m. shotgun start.

This tournament is proudly endorsed by the Southwest Section of the PGA.

The $275 registration fee includes continental breakfast, tee gift, golf, lunch, silent auction and awards.

“Fore” more information, including online registration forms, visit

For questions contact Jacky at (602) 469-5666 or


St. Joseph’s teams offering summer water safety, swimming education

In an effort to decrease water-related accidents and increase water safety, St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center, St. Luke’s Health Initiative and the United Phoenix Firefighters Association are joining forces to provide water safety education and swimming lessons to local children this summer.

The program, titled S3, offers parent/infant/toddler classes, beginning classes for children ages 4 to 7, intermediate classes for ages 6 to 8 and swimmer-level classes for children 7 and older.

Lessons will begin Monday, May 3, and conclude Thursday, Aug. 5. Classes will run Monday through Thursday and are approximately 60 minutes in length. The registration cost is $65.

For more information or to register, call 1-800-227-7691.


Emily Center Fashion Show and Luncheon

The 21st Annual Emily Center Fashion Show and Luncheon will take place from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 8, at the Arizona Biltmore Resort and Spa, 2400 E. Missouri Ave.

All proceeds support The Emily Center at Phoenix Children’s Hospital, Arizona’s largest pediatric medical resource center. Tickets are $150 each and may be purchased online at

For event sponsorship and general event information, call Janet at (602) 546-2652 or visit the Web site above.


joyful yoga studio offers moms a relaxing mother’s day treat

As a special treat for moms this Mother’s Day, Joyful Yoga Studio in Chandler is offering complimentary chair massage before and after the 10:15 a.m. Relax and Renew Yoga class on Saturdays, May 8 and 15. The complimentary chair massages are offered with class attendance those days from 9 a.m. to noon on a first-come, first-served basis. Sign in sheets will be available at the desk. Class fee is $10 per class; 10 class punch cards and monthly unlimited passes are also available.

For more information, visit or call (480) 726-6399.


Links Fore Leukemia golf tourney coming up

Join the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society for the Sixth Annual Links Fore Leukemia Golf Tournament on Monday, June 7, at Grayhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale.

For details, visit or call Cameron at (602) 567-7605.


Arts Engagement helps those with dementia

Arts Engagement is an innovative arts program that actively engages adults with mild to moderate dementia and their care partners. This series of interactive talks and activities helps promote social interaction, creative expression, and overall quality of life. Sessions start in January at several locations.

For more information about the program, call Vicki at (602) 839-6928.


Racing for Recovery offers support

A new Racing for Recovery support group meets 6 to 7 p.m. Wednesdays at Spinergy Cycling Studio, 12020 S. Warner-Elliot Loop, Suite 111.

Racing for Recovery offers support to anyone who has been affected by addiction – addict, family member or friend – and promotes health and fitness as a component of recovery.

For information, call Clay at (480) 252-9903, e-mail or visit


24-hour help hotline

The bilingual Helpline services are free of charge and are available 24 hours a day, everyday, including holidays by calling (602) 263-8856.

Specialists respond to calls from individuals seeking information or referrals to health care programs; emergency food, housing and clothing resources; drug or alcohol treatment programs; adult/child protective services; and marital and family counseling. All calls are confidential.

More information is available online at


La Leche League meets 1st Thursdays

Join like mothers from around the Valley at La Leche League, an international, nonprofit, nonsectarian organization dedicated to providing education, information, support and encouragement to women who want to breastfeed. All women, especially pregnant and nursing mothers, are welcome to attend the meetings from 11 a.m. to noon on the first Thursday of each month at The Center for True Harmony Wellness and Medicine, 2152 S. Vineyard, Suite 138, Mesa.

Children are always welcome. Space is limited, and RSVPs are requested to (480) 539-6646.


Group offers support for depression, anxiety

Sun Lakes resident Deb Ralston has formed a new Peer Support Group offering support for men and women experiencing symptoms of stress, depression and anxiety. The group meets from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Mondays (except first Mondays) in the Phoenix Room at the Cottonwood Clubhouse in Sun Lakes. Meetings are earmarked by confidentiality and respect for the participants’ integrity and privacy.

Ralston has worked as the clinical director of a shelter for abused children and is presently coordinator of volunteers with Neighbors Who Care, a nonprofit agency that assists the home-bound elderly. She offers her guidance to the Monday support group at no cost.

For further information, call Ralston at (480) 334-8671 or Allan at (480) 895-8671.

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