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Posted: Friday, January 22, 2010 12:00 am

CPR Infant, Child, Adult First Aid Class

A CPR Infant, Child, Adult First Aid Class will be offered at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 26, at Desert Foothills United Methodist Church, 2156 E Liberty Lane.

This class is for parents, scout leaders, teachers, child care workers or anyone in the community that would like to feel confident in the event they are confronted with an emergency.

The cost is $40. To register and pay for the class, visit


Line Dance, Muscle Mania classes

Carrie McNeish is offering Line Dance and Muscle Mania classes this spring.

Schedule at Pecos Community Center, 17010 S. 48th St.: Line Dance, Tuesdays through May 4, 5:30 p.m., Beginning (course No. 61847) and 6:30 p.m., Intermediate (course No. 61848). Muscle Mania, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Wednesdays to May 5 (course No. 61869).

Registration is available in person at center, by calling (602) 534-5252 or online at (click on “programs/courses” and insert the course No.).

Line Dance classes are also offered at the Ahwatukee Community Center at 48th Street and Warner Road. Classes meet Thursdays Jan. 21  to May 14 at 11:30 a.m. for Beginners  (cont_ed course No. 46937) and 12:30 p.m. for Intermediates (cont_ed course No. 54177). To register, call South Mountain Community College at (602) 243-8393.

A new class, “Line Dance Lite,” will meet at the Pecos Community Senior Center from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesdays for eight weeks starting Jan. 26 (course No. 63082). Register in person or online at (click on “programs/courses” and insert the course No.).

For more information contact the instructor, Carrie McNeish, at (480) 221-9090 or check out her Web site at


All Level Yoga classes

All Level Yoga classes will be offered at 9 a.m. Mondays and 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays during January and February at the Ahwatukee Firehouse Community Room, 4110 E. Chandler Blvd. Classes will be taught by 500-hour master level certified and registered yoga instructor Donna DiNunzio. The cost is donation.

For information, call (480) 330-2015.


Joyful Yoga Studio introduces Yoga + Free Lunch

Joyful Yoga Studio at 3900 W. Ray Road in Chandler is making it possible to get a workout, have your lunch and eat it, too, with the introduction of Yoga + Lunch. A noontime yoga class is offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays that includes a healthy lunch made up of yogurt, fresh fruit and raw veggies – at no extra charge. The standard class rates of $10 per class include the meal (also available for punch card and unlimited students), which can be eaten on-site or taken to go. Class will be held from noon to 1 p.m. but students are welcome to drop in and out as their personal schedules allow.

For more information and a complete class schedule, visit or call (480) 726-6399.


‘Living Well with a Disability’ health promotion program

Would you (or someone you know) like to enjoy a better quality of life, get help in reaching a personal goal or perhaps just make fewer trips to the emergency room or urgent care?

If you answered yes, plan to attend “Living Well with a Disability,” a 20-hour, 10-week health promotion program for adults with physical disabilities, presented by ABIL and the Valley of the Sun YMCA. The program will take place from 10 a.m. to noon Fridays, Jan. 22 to March 26, at the Disability Empowerment Center, Classroom B, 5025 E. Washington St.

For more information or to register, contact Jackie at (602) 980-9738 or or Kathryn at (602) 509-2455 or Space is limited.


Don’t Swallow Your Gum! authors to speak at luncheon

A.T. Still University’s Women’s Wellness program presents a community luncheon and presentation featuring the nationally acclaimed medical myth-busting duo Aaron E. Carroll, M.D., M.S., and Rachel C. Vreeman, M.D., M.S., authors of Don’t Swallow Your Gum! Myths, Half-Truths, and Outright Lies About Your Body and Health from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 24, at the Hilton Scottsdale Resort and Villas, 6333 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale.

For details, contact Michele Fiore at or (480) 219-6140.


‘Walk in the Wild’ at the zoo

Grab your sneakers and head to the Phoenix Zoo for the Annual Walk in the Wild set for 6:30 to 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 27.

Walkers may choose the one-mile or the 5K run/walk. Each walker receives a commemorative T-shirt, entrance into the Walk in the Wild post-party and admission into the zoo. Proceeds benefit the nonprofit Phoenix Zoo. Walk as a team or as an individual.

For more information or to register, call (602) 914-4333 or visit


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


Bike MS: Round Up Ride FY10

The Bike MS: Round Up Ride will be held March 27 and 28 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 or contact Sarah Meeks at (480) 968-2488, ext. 209 or e-mail


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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