Benefit concert, silent auction
Marsh Hall, former singer with the Gaither Vocal Band, and Dave Shrein will host a benefit concert on behalf of Bonnie Smalley, who is battling her third bout with cancer, starting at 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 13, at Mountain Park Community Church, 2408 E. Pecos Road. Bonnie is the wife of Discipleship Pastor Juno. A silent auction will take place before the concert at 5 p.m.
To purchase concert tickets or for more information, visit www.bonniesstory.org. All proceeds will help defray medical costs.
Line Dancing, Muscle Mania classes starting
Instructor Carrie McNeish is offering Line Dancing and Muscle Mania classes this fall.
Evening Line Dancing classes will take place Sept. 14 to Nov. 21 at the Pecos Community Center, 17010 S. 48th St. Beginners will meet at 5:15 p.m. Tuesdays (course 59663), followed by intermediates at 6:15 p.m. (course 59664). Registration is available in person at the center or online at www.phoenix.gov/parks/registration. For information, call (602) 534-5252.
A Muscle Mania class will be held 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Wednesdays Sept. 14 to Nov. 21 at the Pecos Community Center (course 60290). Register in-person at the center or online.
To view dances online, visit www.youtube.com/profile?user=tubedance&view=videos.
Yoga for all levels
Certified Yoga Alliance registered yoga instructor Donna DiNunzio is offering all level yoga classes at 9 a.m. Mondays in September and October in the Community Room at Ahwatukee Fire Station 43, 4110 E. Chandler Bvd. Donations accepted.
For information, call (480) 330-2015.
Give and ‘get back’ offer from local chiropractor
Dr. Greg Hauser of Great Choice Chiropractic is taking the opportunity to help those in need and in turn will give “back” to those who give. He will host a fundraiser and dry goods drive to benefit St. Vincent de Paul from Sept. 14 to 25. Canned food items are needed, especially high protein items like peanut butter, canned meats and tuna.
Each new patient who donates at least $50 to St. Vincent De Paul will receive an initial visit (up to a $350 value) at no cost. The visit will include a complete Chiropractic exam, including X-rays and computer scan. Existing patients who donate $50 or more will receive one free extra adjustment. Checks should be made out directly to St. Vincent de Paul.
“This gives those in the community who can, the opportunity to give back to those in need and take care of themselves at the same time,” says Hauser.
Great Choice Chiropractic is located at 15810 S. 45th St., Suite 160, just south of Chandler Boulevard on 45th Street in the Ahwatukee Medical Center.
For more information, call (480) 704-6600 or visit www.greatchoicechiro.com.
Spa Week starts next week
Arizona Spa Week’s Fall Event will take place Sept. 14 to 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.
A list of participating spas is available at www.spaweek.com.
Get a massage, help find a cure
Massage Envy’s fifth annual fundraiser, “Massage for the Cure,” will be held from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 15, at all Massage Envy locations statewide (the nearest is at 3820 E. Ray Road, Suite 16).
During this one-day event, massages will be offered for $35, with $10 donated to the Phoenix and Southern Arizona Affiliates of Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Additional donations will also be accepted.
The event is open to the public and requires an appointment by calling (480) 759-ENVY (3689) or in person beginning Aug. 15. You do not have to be a Massage Envy member to make an appointment.
For more information, visit www.massageenvy.com.
Join DV Key Club to help save lives through blood donations
The Key Club at Desert Vista High School is sponsoring a blood drive with United Blood Services on Wednesday, Sept. 16, from 7 to 11:30 a.m. in the small gymnasium at the school, 16440 S. 32nd St. Donors are urgently needed to help injured and ill patients.
If you are 18 or older, please register online for an appointment at www.bloodhero.com. Click “Donate Blood” and Enter “thunder” for the sponsor code. Donors should eat a good breakfast that morning, drink plenty of water and bring a picture ID with them to the drive. Students at Desert Vista must sign up at school in their English classes. For information about donor eligibility, visit www.unitedbloodservices.org.
For more information, e-mail Jared Naimark at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Sun Lakes Parkinson’s Support Group
The Sun Lakes Parkinson’s Support Group will meet at 1 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 17, in the Mirror Room at the Sun Lakes Country Club, 25601 N Sun Lakes Blvd.
Meetings are held the third Thursday of each month September thru June. All area residents are welcome.
For more information, call Grace Roth at (480) 895-1734 or Ann Kisner at (480) 895-0152.
“Healthy Lifestyle” education class coming up
Christine Marek of Bushido Co. will host a free monthly education class in which experts discuss how the choices we make in life make a difference in our energy, clarity, resistance to disease and more. Classes also include a group discussion on nutrition.
This month’s class will meet 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 19, at the Ironwood Library, 4333 E. Chandler Blvd. Dan Button, owner of LaVida Massage, will discuss the benefits of massage and demonstrate home massage techniques. Then, internationally certified image and wardrobe consultant Alexandra Nasibulina will talk about exploring your unique style.
Due to limited seating, RSVPs are required by calling Christine at (480) 491-9551 or e-mailing Christine@ChristineMarek.com.
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.
‘Spirit of Children’ fundraiser benefits Phoenix Children’s Hospital
Spirit Halloween will be bringing more than ghoulish costumes to Phoenix area stores again this Halloween season when they kick off the “Spirit of Children” fundraising effort that benefits Phoenix Children’s Hospital’s Child Life Program. All 20 Arizona stores will open by Labor Day and will remain open through Halloween.
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.
BAI Explorers offer Heard Museum tour
BAI Explorers is a monthly program, hosted by Banner Alzheimer’s Institute, which provides planned outings for persons with dementia and their care partners.
This month’s event will be held at Heard Museum, 2301 N. Central Ave., from 10 to 11:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 23.
The cost is $3 per person.
For information, call (602) 239-6850.
The Power of 4 book signing
Paula Owens, master of holistic nutrition, fitness expert and author of The Power of 4 – Your 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.
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.
Hundreds of participants are expected to step up to the stair climb challenge - raising needed funds and increasing community awareness in the fight against cystic fibrosis. All funds raised will support the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
The Firefighter Challenge will begin at 9:30 a.m. Firefighters from cities across the Valley will compete head-to-head, and prizes will be awarded to top finishers.
Top stair climb fundraisers will receive a variety of prizes, including an iPod, camcorder and other electronic items.
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.
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. Each designer will feature an outfit inspired by the color pink to be walked down the runway by celebrities and cancer survivors alike. The fashionable garments will subsequently be auctioned and the proceeds donated to the local chapter.
Walgreens campaign to benefit AIDS Walk a huge success
Walgreens has sold more than 55,000 ribbons to benefit those dealing with HIV/AIDS and the Oct. 4 AIDS Walk 2009 in downtown Phoenix. During August and September, the store is selling $1 ribbons at all of its 175 Valley stores in Maricopa and Pinal Counties as title sponsor of AIDS Walk 2009. An integrated system at all registers is recording the donations, which are being given to Aunt Rita’s Foundation and dispersed evenly to 16 participating agencies of AIDS Walk 2009.
Registration is available online at www.aidswalk2009.org. The cost is $25 for adults, free for children 12 and under and $10 for friendly, good-natured dogs to participate in Paws for the Cause - a special mini-event within the Walk. Pets may walk with their owners and receive special treats along with a souvenir bandana.
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).
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.
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 email@example.com.
Mothers and daughters jazzercize together
Ahwatukee Jazzercise is offering a summer special for moms looking for something fun to do with their daughters this summer. A Mother/Daughter Jazzercise class is held at 9:30 a.m. daily, Monday to Friday, at the Center Pointe Dance Studio, 12020 S. Warner Elliot Loop. No contract or experience are required, and walk-ins are welcome. Enjoy great music, fun moves and the company of others who like to feel good and have fun.
The cost is $8 for walk-ins.
For more information, call Cindy Schulze at (602) 292-7521 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
‘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.
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.
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 email@example.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 percent of the proceeds will go to pancreatic cancer research at TGen. Sponsorships are also available.
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.
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.
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.