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Posted: Monday, September 21, 2009 11:00 pm

Help Fight Cancer Week

Monday, Sept. 21, through Saturday, Sept. 26, is Help Fight Cancer Week at ALW Massage Therapy, located inside Great Choice Chiropractic, 15810 S. 45th St., Suite 160. Audrey Washington will provide massages with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the American Cancer Society Relay for Life.

Washington is certified in cancer massage and nationally certified in Therapeutic Massage and will offer cancer massage sessions for $40 for 60 minutes (50 percent will be donated) and regular sessions start at $55 for 60 minutes ($10 will be donated).

For more information or to make an appointment, call (480) 221-8099 or visit www.alwmassage.com.

 

The Power of 4 book signing

Paula Owens, master of holistic nutrition, fitness expert and author of The Power of 4Your Ultimate Guide Guaranteed to Change Your Body and Transform Your Life, will be at Barnes and Noble Tempe Marketplace from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 26. She will be available to answer questions on nutrition, fat loss, anti-aging, lifestyle, exercise, hormones, supplements, health and wellness, and more.

Visit www.PaulaOwens.com for more information.

 

CRMC implements visitation restrictions 

To help reduce the spread of the Novel H1N1 flu virus (Swine Flu) and all respiratory illnesses in Maricopa County, Chandler Regional Medical Center has implemented restrictions on visiting hours.

Children 12 years of age and under are restricted from visiting the hospital. Siblings 12 and under of newborn and pediatric patients are also restricted from visiting.

If you are ill and have a fever, cough, diarrhea, rash, sore throat or runny nose, please do not visit. You may write a note and it will be delivered to your loved one.

If you do visit, you must wash or gel your hands before and after entering a patient’s room. You may also be asked to wear a mask or gown.

For more information on the virus, visit www.cdc.gov/swineflu/key_facts.htm or call 1-(800)-CDC-INFO (232-4636).

 

Jamba Juice announces Fitness Club

Jamba Juice is now offering the Jamba Juice Fitness Club, which features cardio and strength training workouts provided by a Fit 4 Life, LLC Certified Personal Trainer. The workouts are designed to educate people on living a healthy lifestyle every day.  Nutritional information will also be provided.

Workouts are held Wednesdays at Jamba Juice, 4302 E. Ray Road. The 45-minute sessions (5:45 to 6:30 a.m. or 8:45 to 9:30 a.m.) will meet once a week for six weeks. The cost is $10 per session.

For more information, visit www.fit4lifeaz.com/jamba.pdf or call Brandon Panuccio at (480) 706-8500 or Nancy Welch at (480) 353-8989.

 

Spa Week under way

Arizona Spa Week’s Fall Event is taking place now through Sept. 20 with spas offering treatments for just $50. The goal is to make the spa lifestyle available and affordable to everyone.

Consumers may indulge in everything from massages, facials, manicures and pedicures to the most luxurious, off the wall, and eco-friendly treatments that normally range from $100 all the way up to $450.

For information or a list of participating spas, visit www.spaweek.com

 

Golf tourney benefits domestic abuse shelters

Arizona Beta Sigma Phis Against Domestic Abuse will hold its ninth annual “Share the Magic” benefit golf tournament Sept. 26 at the Superstition Springs Golf Club, 6542 E. Baseline Road, Mesa. The format is a four-person scramble with a 7 a.m. shotgun start.

The cost is $100 each for individual players or $90 for each player of a foursome and includes golf, cart, bag handling, driving range and a buffet. News anchor and Ahwatukee Foothills resident Scott Light is honorary chair and emcee of the event, which will also feature gift raffles, a $500 cash drawing and hole-in-one prizes.

Proceeds benefit domestic abuse shelters My Sister’s Place in Chandler and Faith House in Glendale.

To register for golf, make a cash donation, donate items for the silent auction or door prizes (all donations are tax deductible), sponsor a hole or purchase raffle tickets, call Carol at (602) 996-4543 or visit www.sharethemagicada.org.

 

StairClimb and Firefighter Challenge benefits Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

The Arizona Chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation will hold the Ensynch 29th Annual StairClimb and Firefighter Challenge on Sept. 26 at the Arizona Center at Van Buren and Fifth Street.

Registration begins at 8 a.m., with the event starting at 9 a.m. in the Snell & Wilmer and APS office towers. Attendees may form teams or climb individually. The StairClimb entry fee is $25 per person or $150 per family, but participants are encouraged to go above and beyond with their fundraising efforts. Last year seven StairClimb teams each raised more than $2,000, and the event overall raised nearly $100,000.

The Firefighter Challenge will begin at 9:30 a.m.

Corporate sponsorships are available. Contact Lori Nelson at lnelson@CFF.org at CFF to learn more.

Participants may register or support their favorite firefighter team online at www.azstairclimb.org, or by calling (602) 224-0068. Registration is also available the day of the event at the Arizona Center. 

 

CRMC offers daycare program for children with minor illnesses

Chandler Sick Kid Care, a program offered at Chandler Regional Medical Center (CRMC), helps parents of children with minor illnesses. Chandler Sick Kid Care is a daycare program for infants and children through age 12, who have minor illnesses that prevent them from attending school or regular daycare. The program offers a solution for the on-the-go parent that needs to work.

The program runs from 6:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday to Friday at the CRMC Morrison Building, 1875 W. Frye Road, Chandler. The cost is $30 for six hours or less and $40 for more than six hours per child. Parents must make a reservation in advance because space is limited and a current immunization record is mandatory.

For more information or to make a reservation, call (480) 728-3353 or go to www.chandlerregional.org.

 

Fashion Week brings breast cancer awareness to the runway

Phoenix Fashion Week is partnering up with Susan G. Komen for the Cure Phoenix, the local chapter of the national foundation to help raise cancer awareness.

On Oct. 1, 36 designers will open Phoenix Fashion Week with “Be Fashionably Pink,” a celebrity fashion show benefiting Susan G. Komen for the Cure Phoenix.

For details, visit www.phoenixfashionweek.com. For more information on the Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Phoenix and to find out a way to help, visit www.komenphoenix.org.

 

Ahwatukee Jazzercise adds Sunday class

Ahwatukee Jazzercise is offering a 9 a.m. Sunday class starting Oct. 4 at Center Pointe Dance Studio at Elliot-Warner Loop and Equestrian Trail.

Jazzercise “Lite” is for anyone who may need a low-impact option to their exercise routine. Stay youthful, workout safely and feel good about yourself while maintaining the active lifestyle you want to enjoy. Begin classes anytime with no obligation.

For more information, contact Cindy Schulze at jazzisfun@cox.net or (602) 292-7521 or visit www.jazzercise.com.

 

Phoenix Holistic Health Center sets grand opening

The Phoenix Holistic Health Center, located at 4747 E. Elliot Road, Suite 13 (in the Safeway Shopping Center at 48th Street and Elliot Road) will host its grand opening from 3 to 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 2, and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 3.

The public is welcome and encouraged to come out and enjoy organic coffee, healthy hors d’oeuvres, educational lectures, live music, face painting, prizes and much more! Healthcare professionals from the Center will be available to answer any questions and discuss the diverse services the Center offers.

For information, call (480) 753-0888.

 

Ifigolf.com’s Golf Now “fore” Autism

Ifigolf.com will host a Golf Now “fore” Autism tournament starting with an 8 a.m. shotgun start, four-person scramble format on Sunday, Oct. 4, at the Club West Golf Course, 16400 S. 14th Ave.

Put your golf swing to good use and help generate funding to help children in Arizona living with autism. Proceeds from the tournament will benefit the Phoenix-based Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center and Autism Speaks (for more information about these organizations and the upcoming 2009 Arizona Walk Now for Autism Speaks, visit www.walknowforautism.org/az/kadezilla).

The cost is $60 per player and includes golf, cart, range balls, lunch and a gift bag. The tournament will also include mulligans, a 50/50 raffle and a variety of games at holes throughout the course. The tournament is going Hawaiian, so wear your best luau gear (any player wearing a Hawaiian shirt will receive one free extra mulligan).

To register, sponsor or donate, call (480) 389-4516 or e-mail info@ifigolf.com. For information on the tournament, visit www.kadezilla.ifigolf.com.

 

Medical advances for children with Diabetes seminar

Families and caretakers are invited to a detailed workshop to learn recent advances in medical treatment for children with diabetes from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 10, at the Phoenix Children’s Hospital Main Campus, Rosenberg Children’s Medical Plaza (Building E), Melvin Cohen Conference Center, 1920 E. Cambridge Ave.

Diabetes experts will present the following seminar topics: A Parent’s Perspective, Nutrition and Exercise Challenges in a Changing World, Transitional Care, Panel Q & A, Psychosocial Aspects, and Legal Overview: Know your rights and more.

Phoenix Children’s Hospital Division Chief of Endocrinology, Dr. Don Wilson, will provide the keynote address focused on Learning to Live Well into the Future and offer Survival Tips for Dealing with Diabetes.

The seminar is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be provided. Enter the Phoenix Children’s Hospital campus off 20th Street and Cambridge, two blocks south of Thomas Road. Free parking is available in the visitor parking garage.

To register, visit www.phoenixchildrens.com/calendar-of-events/diabetes-recent-advances-in.html?wwparam=1251842766. For more information, call Karen Pennington at (602) 546-3300.

 

Komen Race for the Cure is Oct. 11

The 17th Annual Susan G. Komen Phoenix Race for the Cure will be held Sunday, Oct. 11. The race offers something for everyone with a family fun walk, competitive race, survivor’s 5K walk and corporate village designed to help every attendee adopt the mantra “I am the cure!”

The start and finish lines will be located at Wesley Bolin Plaza with the race route heading east to downtown Phoenix and back.

To register or volunteer, visit www.komenphoenix.org or call 602-544-CURE (2873).

 

Stroke and Osteoporosis Screening Oct. 14

The American Legion Post 91 will host a Life Line Screening event Wednesday, Oct. 14, at 922 N. Alma School Road, Chandler. Appointments will begin at 9 a.m. Residents are invited to get screened to reduce their risk of having a stroke or bone fracture.

Screenings identify potential cardiovascular conditions such as blocked arteries and irregular heart rhythm, abdominal aortic aneurysms and hardening of the arteries in the legs, which is a strong predictor of heart disease. A bone density screening to assess osteoporosis risk is also offered and is appropriate for both men and women.

Packages start at $139. All five screenings take 60 to 90 minutes to complete.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 1-(877)-237-1287 or visit www.lifelinescreening.com. Pre-registration is required.

 

Sun Lakes Parkinson’s Support Group

The Sun Lakes Parkinson’s Support Group will meet at 1 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 15, in the Mirror Room at the Sun Lakes Country Club, 25601 N Sun Lakes Blvd., Sun Lakes.

Allen Gifford from The Gifford Health Institute in Gilbert will discuss how various therapies can improve the quality of life for people with Parkinson’s disease. A detox and a therapy machine will be on site for a hands on demonstration. Social hour with refreshments will follow the meeting.

Meetings are held the third Thursday of each month September through June. All area residents are welcome.

 

14-day detox challenge seminar

Paula Owens, master of holistic nutrition, fitness expert and author, will present a 14-day detox challenge seminar from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 17, in the Nielsen Community Room at the Chandler Police Sub Station, 251 N. Desert Breeze, Chandler.

The cost is $59 - sign up before Oct. 1 and bring a friend for free.

For information or to register, visit www.PaulaOwens.com.

 

Register for Frank Kush Family Fun Run & Walk

The 18th annual “Frank Kush Family Fun Run & Walk” – an affordable family-oriented event promoting physical activity and healthy lifestyles and benefiting Arizona youth groups through the Frank Kush Youth Foundation – returns to Tempe Town Lake on Saturday morning, Oct. 17. 

Open to all ages, there will be a 5K Run, 5K Walk, 1 mile Fun Run, 1 mile Walk and the popular Dog Walk. There also will be a health fair with information, screening stations, Jazzercise and martial arts demonstrations.

Each school/youth group that pre-registers 50 or more participants (including staff and parents) will receive a $250 donation from the Kush Foundation to purchase physical activity equipment. Groups with 100 participants receive $100 donations.

Advance registration fees are $10 for adults, $5 for children 16 and under. There is a special $20 family package (four family members, $5 for each additional child). Everyone receives a race T-shirt; all children who run or walk the 5K or 1-mile event receive medals; and all dogs are given ribbons.

For more information, visit www.frankkush.org, www.arizonarunningeventsco.com or contact Andy Dzurinko of the Kush Foundation at (480) 921-9341 or dzurinko@juno.com.

 

Sharing Down Syndrome Arizona 10th Annual Buddy Walk

On Saturday, Oct. 17, Sharing Down Syndrome AZ will host its 10th annual Buddy Walk at the SRP Pera Club Park, 1 E. Continental Drive, Tempe. The annual event is the largest fundraiser of the year for Sharing Down Syndrome Arizona, a non-profit organization that gives free support and education to parents with children who have Down syndrome.

Participants may register online at www.sharingds.org/buddywalk.html. “Buddy Teams” may be created and viewed at www.limgroupllc.com/sharingds/php/teamList.php.

Onsite registration opens at 7:30 a.m. with the walk and other family activities starting at 9 a.m. and continuing through 11:30 a.m. Buddy Walk participants will be able to enjoy a wide range of family friendly activities including a one-mile, stroller friendly walk, the Phoenix Suns’ Gorilla, the wild and crazy DJ Ron providing music and fun, award assembly recognizing an outstanding Down syndrome citizen, smoothies, game booths, moon bounces, cotton candy, ice cream, snow cones and face painting.

 

Walk to Remember

Banner Desert Medical Center in conjunction with its Bereavement Services division invite all to the 17th Annual Walk to Remember for babies who have been lost to miscarriage, stillbirth or infant death. The walk will begin at 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 17, in the outdoor amphitheater at St. Timothy’s Catholic Community Church, 1730 W. Guadalupe Road, Mesa (between Dobson and Alma School roads).

The walk is approximately one mile and will be followed by a non-denominational memorial ceremony. Parents are invited to read a special poem or prayer, or share a memory of their baby during this time. Refreshments will be provided.

For walk details, call Jackie Terry at (602) 295-1142.

 

‘Spirit of Children’ fundraiser benefits Phoenix Children’s Hospital

Spirit Halloween is bringing more than ghoulish costumes to area stores this Halloween season when they kick off the “Spirit of Children” fundraising effort that benefits Phoenix Children’s Hospital’s Child Life Program.

When customers purchase Halloween costumes, they’ll be asked to support Phoenix Children’s with a donation that will be marked by special pumpkin icons posted on store walls. Festive reusable bags, perfect for trick-or-treating, will also be on sale and benefit Phoenix Children’s.

Last year, Spirit Halloween donated 500 costumes to hospital patients and raised almost $40,000.

For more information, visit www.spirithalloween.com.

 

‘Kids Rock Stars’ free family fitness event

The ‘Kids Rock Stars’ program will be held 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 24, at Tempe Marketplace, District Plaza (between Cadillac Ranch and San Felipes Cantina), 2000 E. Rio Salado Parkway, Tempe.

Phoenix Children’s Hospital developed the ‘Kids Rock Stars’ program to promote health and fitness activities in youth, ages 6 to 12 years.

Valley families are invited to participate in fun activities and learn health and fitness tips. Kids of all ages will enjoy face painting, yo-yo demonstrations, relay races, fun runs, soccer shoot out, bouncy house, traffic/pedestrian safety activity, car seat information and raffle prizes. Demonstrations and activities will be held in English and Spanish.

This event is free and open to the public.

For information, visit www.phoenixchildrens.com.

 

Brain Tumor Walk

The National Brain Tumor Society will host its fifth annual Phoenix Brain Tumor Walk on Saturday, Oct. 24, at Kiwanis Park at the Ruben Romero Corporate Area, 5900 S. All American Way, Tempe. Registration will be from 8 to 9 a.m., followed by the program and activities from 9 a.m. to noon.

The inspirational fundraising walk and community day supports vital brain tumor research and patient services at the National Brain Tumor Society. All ages are welcome. An optional 5K walk (wheelchair and stroller accessible) with food, music, prizes and more is also available.

For more information or to register, visit www.PhoenixWalk.org or call toll-free 1-(866)-455-3214.

 

Climb fitness event

The American Lung Association Climb Phoenix! Fitness event will be held Sunday, Oct. 25, at One and Two Renaissance Square in downtown Phoenix. Corporate teams, groups of families and friends and individual climbers (13 and older) are invited to run or walk to the top, conquering 53 floors and 1,272 steps, and celebrate the completion of their fitness challenge with a party at the climb’s conclusion.

Each participant must raise $100 to benefit the American Lung Association in Arizona and pay a $35 registration fee (fee increases to $50 after Oct. 2).

For information or to register, visit www.climbphoenix.com. For sponsorships, call (602) 418-5771.

 

Pat Nevin joins crusade against Type-1 Diabetes

The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) Desert Southwest Chapter recently named KSAZ and KUTP General Manager and Vice President Pat Nevin as the corporate chair for the “2009 Walk to Cure Diabetes.” Once again, GoDaddy.com has generously agreed to be the presenting sponsor and Bashas’ will provide food for the more than 20,000 walkers expected.

The annual “Walk to Cure Diabetes” will return to Tempe Town Lake on Oct. 31 with the theme “Say Boo! To Diabetes.” It is the largest family-friendly walk in Arizona, attracting more than 20,000 walkers annually and raising over $2.1 million in 2008. The daylong event is open to the public and free to attend. Participants are encouraged to raise a minimum of $100 in donations. 

In recognition of Halloween, participants are encouraged to come in costume and join in a contest where prizes will be awarded. There will also be live entertainment for families to enjoy.

To register for the Walk to Cure Diabetes and learn about other programs and services provided by the Desert Southwest Chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, visit jdrfdsw.org.

 

PCH holiday cards available Nov. 1

Former and current patients of the Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders at Phoenix Children’s Hospital have designed holiday greetings for the 23rd annual card project, supporting the hospital’s Center for Cancer. Retail packages are $10 for 15 cards and will be available at Valley Bashas’, Food City, AJ stores, all Meridian Bank locations and online at www.phoenixchildrensartproject.com beginning Nov. 1.

All proceeds will fund scholarship programs for cancer survivors, research, state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment and a week-long summer camp for kids with cancer.

For more information, contact Elaine Falkner at efalkner@phoenixchildrens.com  or (602) 546-2659.

 

Step-N-Out 5K for pancreatic cancer research

The Step-N-Out 5K Walk/Run for Pancreatic Cancer Research at TGen will be held Nov. 1 at Tempe Kiwanis Park, off Guadalupe Road between Rural and Kyrene roads.

Registration starts at 8 a.m. and the walk/run at 9 a.m. A silent auction will also be held, and pets are welcome.

Entry fees before Oct. 21 are $25 for adults and $5 for kids 5 to 12; $30 for adults and $10 for kids after Oct. 21.

November is Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month, and 100% of the proceeds will go to pancreatic cancer research at TGen. Sponsorships are also available.

For information, visit www.helptgen.org or contact Erin Massey at emassey@tgen.org or (602) 343-8470.

 

Multiple Sclerosis Society hosting annual walk

The 22nd Annual Phoenix Walk MS will be held from 7 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 7, through the Phoenix Zoo and Desert Botanical Garden.

Participants will meet at the SRP parking lot at 1600 N. Priest Drive in Tempe for a three or five mile easy, leisurely walk. Motorized scooters will be available if reservations are made in advance.

Walk and fundraise to help eradicate Multiple Sclerosis. No registration fee, but fundraising is encouraged and appreciated. The average walker fundraises $235.

For more information or to register, visit http://walkaza.nationalmssociety.org or call (480) 968-2488, ext. 207.

 

PCH Casino Night coming up

Channel 12 weekend anchor Joe Dana knows how to throw a good party, and he’s betting you’ll have a great time at the 4th Annual Casino Night, to be held from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 7, at the Scottsdale Resort & Convention Center, Coronado Ballroom, 7700 E. McCormick Parkway, Scottsdale. Proceeds will benefit the Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders at Phoenix Children’s Hospital.

Gamble the night away for charity while enjoying great food and a cash bar. At the end of the night, the play money you’ve earned will get you raffle tickets for some wonderful prizes.

Tickets, $100 per person, and additional details are available by calling Tiffanie Hawkins at (602) 546-2663.

 

‘Run from the Sun’ benefits American Cancer Society, Shade Foundation

Deseret Aesthetic & Lifestyle Institute (www.deseretskin.com) is launching a new race on Saturday, Nov. 14, to create awareness for the nation’s  growing skin cancer epidemic. The Run from the Sun event (www.runfromthesunaz.com) will be held in Mesa and will benefit The American Cancer Society (www.cancer.org) and Shade Foundation of America (www.shadefoundation.org). 

The half-marathon starts at Hohokam Stadium, winding along the quaint streets of historic Downtown Mesa, then angling along a path adjacent to rural orange groves and the Central Arizona Canal. It will end with runners crossing home base in Hohokam Stadium, spring training headquarters of the Chicago Cubs. This course is relatively flat and suited for runners of all levels. There will also be a flat 5k run and a 1.5-mile run around the Hohokam Stadium.

For a full schedule of events or to register, visit www.runfromthesunaz.com. For more information, call Deseret Aesthetic & Lifestyle at (480) 832-7546.

 

PCH hosts annual golf tournament

The 2009 Annual Phoenix Children’s Hospital Golf Tournament will be held Friday, Nov. 20, at McCormick Ranch Golf Club, 7505 E. McCormick Parkway, Scottsdale. Registration begins at 10 a.m., the tournament starts at 11:30 a.m. and the 19th Hole celebration kicks off at 3:30 p.m.

The tournament has become one of the premier charity golf tournaments in Arizona, and in the past eleven years more than $2.3 million has been raised to support the outstanding medical care provided at Phoenix Children’s Hospital. Organized by a group of community-minded volunteers, the goal of the tournament is to provide an opportunity for others to give back and have some fun while doing so.

Proceeds will support the areas of greatest need at Phoenix Children’s Hospital including funding of the expansion initiatives to help fulfill the long term needs of children and families in need of pediatric medical care.

A variety of sponsorship opportunities are available. For a complete listing, visit http://www.pchgolf.com/participate.php. For more information or to participate, visit http://www.pchgolf.com or call the PCH Foundation at (602) 546-2652.

 

Celebrity Martini Mixer moves to fall

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Celebrity Martini Casino Night has moved to fall and will be held 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21, at Devil’s Martini North, 10825 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale.

Celebrity bartenders from television, sports teams, Hollywood, radio and music scenes will be pouring martinis for guests. Test your luck and skills at the gaming tables and win great prizes through the auctions and raffles. Proceeds will benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

For details, visit www.celebritymartini.com.

 

Tee off to make wishes come true

The Make-A-Wish Foundation of Arizona along with Major League Baseball great Luis Gonzalez will host the 2009 Golf Classic on Nov. 23 at Whirlwind Golf Club at 5594 W. Wild Horse Pass Blvd. in Chandler. Be among an elite group of 260 players to participate in this event, which will help make wishes come true for children facing life-threatening illnesses.

Registration begins at 8 a.m., and the golfers tee off at 9 a.m. with a shotgun start. Lunch will be served at multiple grill stations and the day of golf ends with an exciting silent auction and cocktail reception.

Sponsorships, foursomes and playing spots are available. For golf classic details, e-mail LKaplan@wishaz.org or call (602) 395-9474, ext. 126. For information about the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Arizona, visit www.wishaz.org.

 

Toy donations needed for PCH’s holiday toyland

The holiday season is an exciting time for all – especially for children. But for some children, this holiday season will be spent as a patient at Phoenix Children’s Hospital. On Dec. 24, volunteers and staff will transform the hospital conference center into a magical winter toyland. Parents of hospitalized patients will have an opportunity to select unwrapped toys from an array of donated items - free of charge. Generous donations from the community make this possible.

Phoenix Children’s Hospital will accept toy donations from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 8 to 23 at 1919 E. Thomas Road. Donation drop off will be located at the Rosenberg Building entrance on the main campus – Building E. Non-violent, brand new toys will be accepted (no food, candy or stuffed animals, please).

Toyland would not be possible without community support. A local PODS distributer has provided storage pods for the last three years to store Santa’s treasures.

Volunteers are also needed to help wrap and organize gifts. Please call for volunteer information at (602) 546-0268.

For more information, call Jena Collins at (602) 546-1038 or e-mail jcollins1@phoenixchildrens.com.

 

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 claylblair@gmail.com or visit www.racingforrecovery.com.

 

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 www.cir.org.

 

Bike MS: Round Up Ride FY10

The Bike MS: Round Up Ride will be held March 27 and 28, 2010, starting at Heritage Park at 600 N. Main St. in Florence. Registration begins at 5:30 a.m., with a 7 a.m. start time.

This ride is the largest and best supported two-day, fully-catered cycling event in Arizona, attracting nearly 1,000 cyclists from across the country.

Proceeds will help end the devastating effects of Multiple Sclerosis.

For details, visit bikeaza.nationalmssociety.org or contact Sarah Meeks at (480) 968-2488, ext. 209 or e-mail smeeks@aza.nsmss.org.

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