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 (Dec. 3) 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.
Stellpflug offers a variety of seminars
Craig Stellpflug, Neuro Development consultant at Healing Pathways Medical Clinic in Tempe, is offering a variety of free workshops in December, including:
Down Syndrome Hidden Miracles, Dec. 3, 6 to 8 p.m., Nature’s Health Shoppe, 973 W. Elliot Road, Chandler; Autism, Dec. 5, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Sign of the Whale Restaurant, 1706 E. Warner Road, Tempe (meal not included); ADD/ADHD, Solving the Puzzle, Dec. 8, 6 to 8 p.m., Sunflower Farmer’s Market Natural Living Department, 1706 E. Southern Ave., Tempe; ADHD Workshop, Dec. 10, 7 to 9 p.m., Sign of the Whale Restaurant (meal not included); Autism Workshop, Dec. 13, 1 to 3 p.m., East West Exchange, 2051 W. Warner Road, Suite 19, Chandler; Prenatal and Early Child Development, Dec. 15, 7 to 9 p.m., Healing Pathways Medical Clinic, 2133 E. Warner Road, Suite 102, Tempe; Autism, Pieces of the Puzzle, Dec. 17, Sunflower Farmer’s Market Natural Living Department, 4402 N. Miller Road, Scottsdale; and The Positive Environment, Dec. 19, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Buster’s Restaurant, 8320 N. Hayden Road, Scottsdale (meal not included).
For more information, call (480) 820-6695 or visit www.healingpathwaysmedical.com.
December blood donors get free pizza
Give blood in December and receive a voucher for a free medium one-topping pizza in appreciation for Finding the Hero in You, courtesy of Papa John’s.
To make an appointment, call 1-877-448-GIVE (4483) or visit www.UnitedBloodServicesAZ.org (click on “Donate Blood” and enter your Zip Code).
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.
Parkinson’s Support Group sets holiday luncheon
The Sun Lakes Parkinson’s Support Group holiday luncheon will begin at 11:30 a.m. Friday, Dec. 11, in the Garden Room at the Renaissance, 9508 E Riggs Road, Sun Lakes.
Meetings are held the third Thursday of each month September through June, except for December. All area residents are welcome.
For additional information, call Grace at (480) 895-1734 or Susan at (480) 305-0031.
Holiday food drive, Angel Tree at Team Orthodontics
Dr. Ken Danyluk and Team Orthodontics’ annual food drive is under way and will continue through Dec. 17 at 4350 E. Ray Road, Building 4, Suite 121. All non-perishable food items will be donated to St. Vincent de Paul’s food bank.
Team Orthodontics is also partnering with the Prison Fellowship Angel Tree organization and two local churches. During the Christmas season, this program services over 15,500 children in Arizona. Team Orthodontics will be collecting gifts for 30 “Angels,” and each child will receive a fun gift and a much needed clothing item, each valued at $15 to $20 per gift.
To be a part of changing and impacting someone’s life, please bring in non-perishable food items or stop by and pick up your “Angel.”
If you are interested in more volunteer opportunities and more information about the food bank and the St. Vincent de Paul organization, visit www.stvincentdepaul.net/volunteer.htm. For more information about the Prison Fellowship Angel Tree Organization, visit www.angeltree.org/angeltree-home.
Holiday blood drive
A holiday blood drive will run from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 18, at Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center, 1111 E. McDowell Road. For information or to register, call Linda at (602) 839-4380 or visit www.bloodhero.com – click on “Donate Blood” and type in code goodsam.
Derma Health Institute supports “Dress for Success”
Bring in your new or gently-used business clothing to any Derma Health location and enter for a chance to win 20 units of Botox or a syringe of Juvederm. The nearest location is at 1345 E. Chandler Blvd., Building 1, Suite 105. Derma Health Institute will offer the $50 Express Success Rebate through Dec. 31, or as long as supplies last.
Go to www.dhiskin.com for more info.
All Level Yoga classes coming up
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 Bvd. 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.
Holy Yoga Retreat
The teachers of Mountain Park Community Church Yoga Ministry have announced that their next “Face Down on Your Mat” Holy Yoga Retreat will be held Jan. 22 to 24 at the Triangle T Guest Ranch in Dragoon, Ariz., just outside of Tucson.
If you love yoga and hiking, or just need to get away, then you will thoroughly enjoy this life-changing retreat. Group and early bird discounts are available. Space is limited, so be sure to register early. This retreat will sell out!
For more information, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call (480) 250-5867.
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.
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.