Free water safety education for families
Water Watchers at Phoenix Children’s Hospital is currently developing a free parent education program that will reach families directly and provide them with tools and strategies to break the pattern of water-related incidents and keep children safe.
Focus group sessions may be scheduled for groups of five or more at locations throughout the Valley, with flexible schedule options. The presentations are free and include complimentary materials and information about community resources. Families, day care providers, churches and volunteer organizations interested in participating should call Tiffaney Isaacson at (602) 546-1712 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Give blood, get a ticket voucher to Open
Give blood in January and receive a voucher for a free ticket to the 2010 Waste Management Phoenix Open (former FBR Open). Tournament host, The Thunderbirds, have teamed up with United Blood Services to help build blood supplies in honor of National Volunteer Blood Donor Month. The voucher may be redeemed at the gate for a one-day pass to the events at the TPC Scottsdale Feb. 22 to 28.
The following blood drives will be held locally: 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 3, Mountain View Lutheran Church, 11002 S. 48th St.; 8 to 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 5, Bloodmobile, Arizona Grand Resort, 8000 S. Arizona Grand Parkway; 7 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 9, Bloodmobile, Foothills Baptist Church, 15450 S. 21st St.; 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 10, Bloodmobile, St. Benedict Catholic Church, 16223 S. 48th St.; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 21, Keller Williams Realty Sonoran Living, 4621 E. Chandler Blvd., Suite 160.
To make an appointment, call 1-877-448-GIVE (4483) or visit www.UnitedBloodServicesAZ.org (click on “Donate Blood” and enter your ZIP Code).
Transformation Program starts in January
Paula Owens, Nutritionist, Fitness Expert and Weight Loss Coach, will present her “21 Day Transformation Program” guaranteed to change your body and transform your life starting Jan. 5.
Visit www.PaulaOwens.com for more information.
Line Dance, Muscle Mania classes starting in January
Carrie McNeish is offering Line Dance and Muscle Mania classes this spring.
Schedule at Pecos Community Center, 17010 S. 48th St.: Line Dance, Tuesdays, Jan. 5 to May 4, 5:30 p.m., Beginning (course 61847) and 6:30 p.m., Intermediate (course 61848). Muscle Mania, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Wednesdays Jan. 6 to May 5 (course 61869).
Registration is available in-person at center or online at www.phoenix.gov/parks/registration (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 46937) and 12:30 p.m. for Intermediates (cont_ed course 54177). To register, call South Mountain Community College at (602) 243-8393.
For more information, contact the instructor, Carrie McNeish, at (480) 221-9090 or check out her Web site at www.dancemeetsfitness.net.
GPS for Memory lectures series
GPS for Memory (Giving People Strategies for Memory) is a new program offered monthly by Banner Alzheimer’s Institute. Throughout 2010 participants are invited to attend a free 60-minute lecture on various aspects of Alzheimer’s disease/dementia, caregiving and brain health.
The lecture series is held on the second Friday of each month and covers various topics. The Jan. 8 lecture will run from 11 a.m. to noon in the Webster Auditorium at the Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 N. Galvin Parkway. Following the lecture, participants are welcome to enjoy the Garden free of charge.
The lecture is free, and registration is required by calling the Banner Alzheimer’s Institute at (602) 839-6850.
Detox Challenge Seminar coming up
Paula Owens, nutritionist, fitness expert and weight loss coach, will present the 14-Day Detox Challenge Seminar from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Jan. 16, in Chandler. The seminar is guaranteed to change your body and transform your life.
The cost is $59. Sign up before Jan. 8 and bring a friend for free.
For more details, visit www.PaulaOwens.com.
Back Handspring Boot Camp
Ages 10 and older are invited to attend a Back Handspring Boot Camp from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 9, at Tumbl-weeds Tumbling & Fitness Studio, 1241 E. Chandler Blvd., Suite 124. Learn the proper technique for a safe back handspring with knowledgeable coaching staff. The cost is $20 per person.
For information, visit www.tumbl-weeds.com or call (480) 203-1108.
Am I Hungry? mindful eating workshop coming up
The Living Well Retreats will host an eight-week “Eat What You Love, Love What You Eat” mindful eating workshop series starting in January.
Based on the Am I Hungry? mindful eating program developed by Dr. Michelle May, the series is designed to help participants break free from their eat-repent-repeat eating cycles and yo-yo dieting by leaning behaviors that bring enjoyment back to eating as well as healthy habits that will last a lifetime.
The “Eat What You Love, Love What You Eat” workshop series will be held Thursdays Jan. 14 through March 11 from 11 to 12:30 p.m. at Mountain Park Community Church, 2408 E. Pecos Road.
The cost is $165 for all materials and instruction, a 45 percent discount off the standard price as part of the Mountain Park Community Church Wellness & Wholeness Ministry. Advance registration is required as space is limited. Participants can register online at http://eatwhatyoulovempcc.eventbrite.com/.
Degenerative Spine seminar
Maintaining neck and back health as well as treatments for various diagnoses including exercise, medications and surgery will be discussed at the Sonoran Spine Research & Education Foundation seminar scheduled for Friday, Jan. 15, from 1 to 3:30 p.m. at the Val Vista Winter Village Ballroom, 16680 W. Val Vista Blvd., Casa Grande. Topics will be presented by a stellar lineup of physicians and health professionals who have gained national recognition for their work in the field of spine care and treatments.
The seminar is free and includes free educational materials. No reservations are necessary.
For more information, call (602) 443-4191 or e-mail email@example.com.
Joyful Yoga Studio offers free New Year’s Day class
Joyful Yoga Studio, located at 3900 W. Ray Road in Chandler, will celebrate its first year in business by offering a free yoga class at noon on New Year’s Day.
Everyone is invited to start 2010 off refreshed and inspired with an hour-long, all-levels yoga class taught by Julia Pearl, a 14-year health and wellness industry veteran.
For more information and a complete class schedule, visit www.joyfulyogastudio.com or call (480) 726-6399.
Aflac duck quacks for Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders
For the ninth consecutive year, Aflac is offering a new plush duck for the holidays. The Aflac Holiday Duck is available at participating Macy’s department stores and online at www.aflacholidayduck.com or www.macys.com.
The duck, which cries its familiar “Aflaaac” when squeezed, is $10 for the 6-inch version and $15 for the 10-inch. The star on its head also lights up.
Proceeds from sales in Phoenix will benefit the Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders at Phoenix Children’s Hospital.
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 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.
Sun Lakes Parkinson’s Support Group meeting
The Sun Lakes Parkinson’s Support Group will meet at 1 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 21, in the Mirror Room at the Sun Lakes Country Club, 25425 N. Sun Lakes Blvd., Sun Lakes.
Don and Victoria Fiore, certified Tai Chi and Qigong instructors, will talk about the health benefits derived from the daily practice of these forms of exercise. They help with balance, flexibility, coordination, breathing and circulation. The classes are specifically designed for those with Parkinson’s and arthritis. Please wear comfortable shoes and clothes so you can participate in their demonstration session.
For additional information please contact Grace Roth at (480) 895-1734 or Susan Uhrich at (480) 305-0031.
‘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.
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.
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 email@example.com 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 www.phoenixzoo.org.
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 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.
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.