December Health & Wellness class coming up
The December Health & Wellness class will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12, at the Ironwood Library, 4333 E. Chandler Blvd.
Dr. Walter Rapacz, DDS, FAGD, will explain and show attendees the newest dental implant possibilities for people of all ages, and Dr. Betsy Yurgel, RN, NMD, from the Phoenix Holistic Center, will discuss and examine attendees’ mouths and tongues. Her whole mind and body healing philosophy will be explained. A group discussion relating to whole food nutrition will also take place.
The class is free and open to the public. RSVPs are appreciated due to limited seating – calling Christine at (480) 491-9551 or e-mail Christine@ChristineMarek.com.
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.
Toys needed for PCH holiday toyland
On Dec. 24, volunteers and staff at Phoenix Children’s Hospital will transform the hospital’s conference center into a magical winter toyland for the children spending this holiday season as a patient. 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.
Toy donations (non-violent, brand new toys only - no food, candy or stuffed animals, please) are being accepted from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. through Dec. 23 at Phoenix Children’s Hospital, 1919 E. Thomas Road. Donation drop off will be at the Rosenberg Building main entrance/lobby – Building E.
Volunteers are also needed to help wrap and organize the gifts. To volunteer, call (602) 546-0268.
For more information, call the holiday help line at (602) 546-3123.
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.
“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.
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.
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.
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.