Liberty Tax offers free tax preparation for those promoting healthy living

Liberty Tax Service will salute the fitness conscious and those working to promote healthy living with free tax preparation during its first “Healthy Living” Appreciation Days Feb. 22 to 29 at participating Phoenix Liberty Tax Service offices.

Those who work as fitness instructors, coaches, nutritionists and related fields may have their taxes prepared free if they are first-time customers.

For details, call (866) 871-1040.


Community Center hosting 5K, family fun 1 mile run/walk

The Ahwatukee Community Swim and Tennis Center is hosting a 5K Run/Walk and a family fun 1 mile run/walk on Saturday, Feb. 27, at 4700 E. Warner Road.

The event will start at 8 a.m. for 5K runners and 8:10 a.m. for 5K walkers and 1 mile run/walkers. A door prize drawing will take place at the completion of the race.

Those that register by Feb. 20 will receive a T-shirt. Registration on race day will be from 7 to 7:45 a.m. Entry fees are $15 for adults and $10 for children 10 and under. Registration forms are available at the Center and online at www.ahwatukee

For more information, call (480) 893-3434 or e-mail


Learn how to be leaner and healthier

Paula Owens, nutritionist, fitness expert, weight loss coach and author, will present the seminar “Create a Leaner, Healthier You” from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Feb. 20, in Chandler. 

Revitalize your mind and body with this effective life-enhancing seminar that empowers you with everything you need for a healthy lifestyle and to lose weight. You’ll experience a leaner, healthier you in just 14 days.

Tuition is $59.

For details, visit


Blood donors earn Renaissance Fest gate pass

“Find the hero in you” on a Thursday or Friday at a United Blood Services donor center in February and receive a complimentary voucher for a one-day gate pass to the 2010 Renaissance Festival, courtesy of the faire.

The nearest donor center is at 1989 W. Elliot Road, Suite 33, in Chandler.

To make a donation appointment, call 1-877-448-GIVE (4483) or visit


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.


Hydrocephalus Awareness Day at the zoo

The Valley’s second Hydrocephalus Awareness Day will run 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, Feb. 20, at the Phoenix Zoo, 455 N. Galvin Parkway, featuring a one-mile Walk, Ride, & Roll. Registration starts at 7:30 a.m.

Hydrocephalus is a condition in which there is an abnormal accumulation of cerebral spinal fluid within cavities in the brain, and proceeds from this event will go directly to the support, education, advocacy, and research of people whose lives have been touched by hydrocephalus and the professionals who help them.

Admission is free for registered participants, but donations are accepted. To register for the walk and/or make a donation, call (520) 233-0425 or visit Please identify AZHA as the recipient of your donation.

Trains will be provided for those who are unable to walk but would still like to participate. All participants will be able to enjoy a free day at the Phoenix Zoo until 5 p.m.


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.


Holistic Health Center open house

The Phoenix Holistic Health Center, 4747 E. Elliot Road, Suite 13 (Safeway shopping center) will host an open house from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 27. The public is invited to meet and greet the newest members of the team and enjoy healthy hors d’oeuvres, live music, prizes and more

Healthcare professionals from the Center will be available to answer any questions regarding their specific modalities so that the public can get a sense of the diverse services the Center offers. Emphasis will be directed toward acupuncture, naturopathic medicine, homeopathic medicine, nutrition, colon hydro-therapy, herbal apothecary, yoga and the use of natural products and natural measures, assisted by the latest in diagnostic tools and computerization.

To learn more, visit or call (480) 753-0888.


‘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


Cameo Ball fights domestic violence

The sixth annual Cameo Ball to benefit the fight against domestic violence will take place Saturday, Feb. 27, at the Scottsdale Hilton Resort, 6333 N. Scottsdale Road.  The evening will begin at 6:30 p.m. with cocktails and silent auction, followed by dinner, dancing to the fabulous Messinger Band and a live auction. Danny Davis from KOY Radio will serve as emcee and auctioneer.

All proceeds go to Eve’s Place and help provide a safehouse, support groups, education and safety planning for women and children of all ages that are victims of domestic violence. Funds also go to help provide safety and empowerment programs for the children (who are the forgotten victims) and to the outreach programs that extend beyond the walls of the safehouse.

There are many ways you can help, through monetary sponsorships, in-kind donations or purchase of tickets. Tickets are $125 per person, and tables of 10 are $1,200.

For more information or to purchase tickets, call Herme Sherry at (602) 788-9556.


Core Fitness Boot Camps offered

Mountain Park Community Church, 2408 E. Pecos Road, will be a new training location for Core Fitness Boot camps starting March 1. The program offers rapid fat loss group training workouts.

Core Fitness Boot Camps, founded by Phoenix fat loss expert Lee Gough, are thriving due to large group workouts that last only 45 minutes and cost $10 per workout. Traditional one-on-one personal training rates generally start at $75 per one-hour session.

A free two-week trial is offered to all newcomers, and the program provides a 30-day money-back guarantee.

Melissa Larimore is camp coordinator at Mountain Park Community Church. She may be reached at (480) 452-6229 or

For program details, visit


St. Joseph’s offering support for women with cancer

St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center in partnership with the Face in the Mirror Foundation will presenting a series of support and education programs for women with cancer on the first Wednesday of every month.

Each meeting offers experienced, educated guest speakers who work with cancer patients from all over the Valley. Women with cancer will receive special makeovers to help them look and feel better. The Face in the Mirror Foundation will provide each woman with facial cosmetics and qualified assistance in applying make-up.

The programs will be from 2 to 4 p.m. March 3, April 7, May 5, June 2, July 7, Aug. 4, Sept. 1, Oct. 6, Nov. 3 and Dec. 1 at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center, 350 W. Thomas Road.

To register, call the ResourceLink at 1-877-602-4111.


New Jazzercise class offered

Cindy Schulze, Certified Jazzercise Instructor and member of the new Presidential Council on Fitness, is offering a new Jazzercise class starting at 8 a.m. Saturday, March 6, at the Center Pointe Dance Studio, 12020 S. Warner Elliot Loop, Suite 110.

This low impact class offers a fun dancercise program set to current music combining a variety of dance styles and formats that promotes full-body fitness, no experience required. This program is geared toward the “boomer” generation and anyone who is out of shape, needs a low impact option or just has not found an activity that gets them moving.

For more information, call (602) 292-7521 or email


‘Run a Mile, Stay a While’ Kids Rock Stars event

The Kids Rock Stars program at Phoenix Children’s Hospital, with support from Kohl’s Department stores, is teaming up with the Phoenix Zoo to offer the ”Run a Mile, Stay a While” special non-competitive walk/run for the whole family. The event will begin at 7 a.m. Saturday, March 6, at the zoo at 455 N. Galvin Parkway.

Families and children alike are invited to participate in a one mile run through the zoo. Start times are 7:30 a.m. for fifth and sixth grade, 7:45 a.m. for fourth grade, 8 a.m. for second and third grade, 8:15 a.m. for the family run, and 8:30 a.m. for another family run. Special activities include a hockey shootout with the Phoenix Coyotes, bouncy house, face painting and active games for the whole family.

Registration fees - $20 for parents and one child, $40 for parents and up to three children - include free zoo admission that day. To register, visit or call (602) 546-3351.


Arthritis Foundation to host Oscar Night America

The stage is set for the 82nd Academy Awards ceremony, and the glitz, charm and excitement is coming to Phoenix as the Arthritis Foundation gears up to host Oscar Night America on Sunday, March 7, at the Arizona Biltmore Resort, 2400 E. Missouri Ave. A cocktail reception will take place 4:30 to 6 p.m., followed by dinner and simulcast of the awards ceremony at 6:30 p.m.

As stars and A-List guests make their way down the Red Carpet in Hollywood, so will guests at Oscar Night America as they arrive at the Arizona Biltmore Resort. Party goers will then mingle during a cocktail reception, enjoying signature cocktails, cigar rolling, make-up touch-ups and swag bags. Once they are seated, guests will feel part of the Hollywood crowd as they receive their official Oscar show program, enjoy a multi-course dinner all while watching a direct simulcast from ABC15’s broadcast of the 82nd Annual Academy Awards, co-hosted by Alec Baldwin and Steve Martin.

This year’s event will honor Senator Carolyn Allen for her tireless work in advocacy for the foundation.

The cost is $500 per person and includes cocktail reception, swag bag, entertainment and dinner. For more information or to purchase tickets, go to (search: Oscar) or call (602) 264-7679.


Ahwatukee Appreciation Day at Foothills Sports Medicine

Foothills Sports Medicine Physical Therapy at 15410 S. Mountain Parkway, Suite 112, is offering Ahwatukee Foothills residents a healthy screening day from 8 to 11 a.m. Saturday, March 13.

The event features free refreshments and free injury assessments (or free fitness assessments for those who are injury-free). Everyone in attendance will

receive a free pass to a FAST Group Class (limited number of passes available).

RSVP’s are appreciated by March 10 to or (480) 706-1161, ext. 19.


Chamberlain College of Nursing announces ‘Nurse of the Month’ Award

In an effort to pay tribute to outstanding nurses, Chamberlain College of Nursing has announced a “Nurse of the Month” award to recognize exceptional nurses making a difference in the lives of their patients on a daily basis. The award is part of Chamberlain’s commitment to promote nursing careers in order to raise awareness of the national nursing shortage, resulting in improved patient care.

Nominations of outstanding nurses across the country will be accepted through June. Each month a nominee will be chosen to receive the award, which includes a $250 salon and spa gift card or two Universal Studios Park Hopper passes. Monthly winners will be eligible for the “Nurse of the Year” award. The “Nurse of the Year” will receive a grand prize vacation getaway from Chamberlain College of Nursing.

For complete contest details or to nominate a nurse who has made a difference, visit


Sun Lakes Parkinson’s Support Group meeting

The Sun Lakes Parkinson’s Support Group will meet at 1 p.m. Thursday, March 18, in the Mirror Room at Sun Lakes Country Club.

Guest speaker is Dr. Abraham Lieberman, medical director of the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center at Barrow Neurological Institute in St. Joseph’s Medical Center. Social time with refreshments follows the meeting.

For more information, call Grace at (480) 895-1734.


GPS for Memory class offered

GPS for Memory (Giving People Strategies for Memory) is a program offered on the second Friday of each month by Banner Alzheimer’s Institute. Free lectures are given on various aspects of dementia, caregiving and brain health.

The April 9 session will take place 11 a.m. to noon at the Desert Botanical Garden, Webster Auditorium, 1201 N. Galvin Parkway. The lecture will focus on ways to travel that minimize the potential for problems such as getting lost in airport bathrooms or demanding to return home at night. A guide on planning travel with someone with dementia will be provided for each attendee.

Following the lecture, participants are welcome to enjoy the Desert Botanical Gardens free of charge.

The lecture is free, but registration is required by calling (602) 839-6850.


Celebrate Mother Earth with Yoga in the Park

In honor of Earth Day, Joyful Yoga Studio will host a special Yoga in the Park Class from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday, April 17, at Sunset Park (northeast corner of Rural and Ray roads, Chandler).

This outdoor, gentle yoga class will celebrate Mother Earth with favorite “down to earth” moves while enjoying fresh air and the camaraderie of friends and loved ones. Taught by popular and experienced instructor, Julia Pearl, this class will help students feel more grounded, relaxed and at-one with nature.

Class is suitable for all ages (five and up), and no previous yoga experience is necessary. The cost is $8 per person or $10 per family. Please pre-register and prepay by April 12. The class will wrap with an earthy snack of fresh apples for everyone.

For more information, visit or call (480) 726-6399.


Treatment center offers breakthrough procedure for low back pain

Spinal Aid Centers of America has opened its doors for patients suffering from severe and chronic lower back pain. The center focuses specifically on those patients with chronic and severe back conditions such as bulging and herniated discs, disc degeneration, sciatica, stenosis and spinal degeneration/arthritis.

Dr. John Boardman, D.C., of the Ahwatukee Spinal Aid Center at 10235 S. 51st. St., Suite 170, says he added the scientific discovery to his facility to offer this FDA cleared breakthrough option to patients in the community who were convinced that medication and surgery were their only option. This revolutionary Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression Therapy allows the patient to relax in a comfortable position while lying on a special decompression table. The treatment alleviates pressure on the tissues around the spine and assists bulging or herniated disc material to be drawn back into place by negative pressure created by the machine. The state of the art Zero Gravity decompression table used by Dr. Boardman is the only one of its kind in the entire state.

For more information about the Ahwatukee Spinal Aid Center, call (480) 704-0312. To see and hear what patients have to say, click on


St. Joseph’s teams offering summer water safety and swimming education

In an effort to decrease water-related accidents and increase water safety, St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center, St. Luke’s Health Initiative and the United Phoenix Firefighters Association are joining forces to provide water safety education and swimming lessons to local children this summer.

The program, titled S3, offers parent/infant/toddler classes, beginning classes for children ages four to seven, intermediate classes for ages six to eight and swimmer-level classes for children seven and older.

Lessons will begin Monday, May 3, and conclude Thursday, Aug. 5. Classes will run Monday through Thursday and are approximately 60 minutes in length. The registration cost is $65.

For more information or to register, call 1-800-227-7691. 


Emily Center Fashion Show and Luncheon

The 21st Annual Emily Center Fashion Show and Luncheon will take place 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 8, at the Arizona Biltmore Resort and Spa, 2400 E. Missouri Ave.

Attendees will enjoy a delicious lunch as over 80 children, including patients and former patients from Phoenix Children’s Hospital model the latest fashions on the catwalk from Westcor’s Paradise Valley Mall. The event will also feature dynamic live auction items as well as fabulous silent auction goodies. Guests may also indulge in unique shopping opportunities as some of the Valley’s most popular boutiques sponsor booths.

All proceeds support The Emily Center at Phoenix Children’s Hospital, Arizona’s largest pediatric medical resource center. Tickets are $150 each and may be purchased online at

For event sponsorship and general event information, call Janet at (602) 546-2652 or visit the Web site above.


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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