Free diabetes health fair
A free diabetes health fair will run from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 14, at the Ahwatukee Foothills Medical Center, 4545 E. Chandler Blvd.
The event includes free screenings, free samples, educational materials, door prizes, national and local vendors.
For more information, call the office of Dr. Traci Paige at (480) 961-5956.
Dance Aerobics offered on Sundays
Instructor Cindy Schulze is offering Jazzercise Lite (low impact) classes at 9 a.m. Sundays at Center Pointe Dance Studio, 12020 S. Warner Elliot Loop, Suite 119.
Each class includes cardio, strength, balance and flexibility. The fun and heart healthy workout is all low impact, with no hopping or jumping.
Bring a floor mat, hand held weights and water bottle and wear comfortable clothes and supportive shoes (cross trainer, tennis shoe).
Walk-ins are $8 or auto pay is available for $17 a month.
For more information, call Cindy at (602) 292-7521.
Life Care Centers collecting boxes for Operation Christmas Child
As part of the 2009 Operation Christmas Child campaign, Life Care Centers of America’s Southwest Division office and other local facilities invite community members to fill sturdy shoe boxes (or other similarly-sized storage boxes) with Christmas gifts to be distributed to children in war-torn and poverty-stricken countries by Samaritan’s Purse, a Christian relief organization headed by Franklin Graham, son of Rev. Billy Graham.
This year, the goal is to collect 600 completed boxes. Community members may take theirs to the office at 2727 W. Frye Road in Chandler from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday through Nov. 16.
Samaritan’s Purse also asks that participants tape $7 to the inside of the box top to cover shipping and transportation charges. Information about what to include and not to include, and labels specifying gender and age range are available at www.samaritanspurse.org.
For more information, call (480) 296-2600.
Corpus Christi hosting blood drive
Corpus Christi Catholic Church, 3550 E. Knox Road, will host a United Blood Services blood drive from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 15, in the Parish Center.
Donors will be entered to win one of three pairs of exclusive Coyotes suite tickets. All winners will receive a “Doaner Club” T-shirt autographed by Coyotes Captain Shane Doan.
To make an appointment, call 1-877-448-GIVE (4483) or visit www.UnitedBloodServicesAZ.org (click on “Donate Blood” and enter your ZIP Code).
‘Run from the Sun’ benefits American Cancer Society, Shade Foundation
Deseret Aesthetic & Lifestyle Institute (www.deseretskin.com) is launching a new race on Saturday, Nov. 14, to create awareness for the nation’s growing skin cancer epidemic. The Run from the Sun event (www.runfromthesunaz.com) will be held in Mesa and will benefit The American Cancer Society (www.cancer.org) and Shade Foundation of America (www.shadefoundation.org).
The half-marathon starts at Hohokam Stadium, winding along the quaint streets of historic Downtown Mesa, then angling along a path adjacent to rural orange groves and the Central Arizona Canal. It will end with runners crossing home base in Hohokam Stadium, spring training headquarters of the Chicago Cubs. This course is relatively flat and suited for runners of all levels. There will also be a flat 5k run and a 1.5-mile run around the Hohokam Stadium.
For a full schedule of events or to register, visit www.runfromthesunaz.com. For more information, call Deseret Aesthetic & Lifestyle at (480) 832-7546.
Free seminar on heart-healthy eating
Dr. Michelle May, Author of “Am I Hungry?” will present the free seminar, “Heart-Healthy Eating: Love What You Eat and Eat What You Love” from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 18, at the Ahwatukee Foothills YMCA, 1030 E. Liberty Lane.
May will guide you out of the food-focused, diet-driven downward spiral that leads you to eat, repent, and repeat. Learn a powerful approach to ending your love-hate relationship with food and start eating mindfully and joyfully.
The first 20 to arrive will receive a free copy of Dr. May’s latest book: Eat What You Love, Love What You Eat. Plus, Banner Health will offer free blood pressure and cholesterol checks as part of the Heart Healthy Campaign.
The event is free and open to the public. Reservations are required and are available online at www.bannerhealth.com/heart or by calling 602-230-CARE (2273).
Local chiropractic practice aims to fight poverty
Back in Line Family Chiropractic is helping fight poverty in Arizona by collecting food donations for St. Mary’s Food Bank and new, unwrapped toys for Toys 4 Tots.
Bring in a bag of canned food by Nov. 25 and the Ahwatukee Foothills office will donate its time to help jump start your health before. You will receive a complimentary consultation, exam, X-rays and first adjustment for helping them fight hunger.
Make a child’s Christmas brighter by bringing in a new, unwrapped toy by Dec. 18 and they will also honor a complimentary consultation, exam, X-rays and first adjustment.
Back in Line Family Chiropractic is located at 15215 S. 48th St., Suite 156. Visit www.backinlinechiropracticaz.com for more information, and to make an appointment call (480) 704-8818.
Sun Lakes Parkinson’s Support Group
The Sun Lakes Parkinson’s Support Group will meet at 1 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 19, in the Mirror Room at the Sun Lakes Country Club, 25601 N. Sun Lakes Blvd.
The guest speaker will be Jenny Nordine, owner of “Driving to Independence.” The program is designed to give people the resources for safe driving, transportation options for those who are no longer safe to drive, as well as tools for safe independent living.
PCH hosts annual golf tournament
The 2009 Annual Phoenix Children’s Hospital Golf Tournament will be held Friday, Nov. 20, at McCormick Ranch Golf Club, 7505 E. McCormick Parkway, Scottsdale. Registration begins at 10 a.m., the tournament starts at 11:30 a.m. and the 19th Hole celebration kicks off at 3:30 p.m.
Proceeds will support the areas of greatest need at Phoenix Children’s Hospital including funding of the expansion initiatives to help fulfill the long term needs of children and families in need of pediatric medical care.
A variety of sponsorship opportunities are available. For a complete listing, visit http://www.pchgolf.com/participate.php. For more information or to participate, visit http://www.pchgolf.com or call the PCH Foundation at (602) 546-2652.
Celebrity Martini Mixer moves to fall
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Celebrity Martini Casino Night has moved to fall and will be held 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21, at Devil’s Martini North, 10825 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale.
Celebrity bartenders from television, sports teams, Hollywood, radio and music scenes will be pouring martinis for guests. Test your luck and skills at the gaming tables and win great prizes through the auctions and raffles. Proceeds will benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
For details, visit www.celebritymartini.com.
Country music star hosts “Miles & Music for Kids”
On Nov. 21, award-winning singer/songwriter Dierks Bentley will host the “Miles & Music for Kids” celebrity motorcycle ride and concert benefiting Phoenix Children’s Hospital. The motorcycle tour begins at Buddy Stubbs Harley-Davidson, 13850 N. Cave Creek Road, with the last stop and concert taking place at Tempe Marketplace, 2000 E. Rio Salado Parkway, Tempe. Bentley will perform along with other music talent, and all proceeds will benefit patient and family services at Phoenix Children’s Hospital.
The motorcycle ride registration starts at 1 p.m., doors open at Tempe Marketplace at 4 p.m., and the music starts at 5 p.m.
Tickets, $20 to $300, are available at www.Ticketmaster.com.
Tee off to make wishes come true
The Make-A-Wish Foundation of Arizona along with Major League Baseball great Luis Gonzalez will host the 2009 Golf Classic on Nov. 23 at Whirlwind Golf Club at 5594 W. Wild Horse Pass Blvd. in Chandler. Be among an elite group of 260 players to participate in this event, which will help make wishes come true for children facing life-threatening illnesses.
Registration begins at 8 a.m., and the golfers tee off at 9 a.m. with a shotgun start. Lunch will be served at multiple grill stations and the day of golf ends with an exciting silent auction and cocktail reception.
Sponsorships, foursomes and playing spots are available. For golf classic details, e-mail LKaplan@wishaz.org or call (602) 395-9474, ext. 126. For information about the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Arizona, visit www.wishaz.org.
Toy donations needed for PCH’s holiday toyland
The holiday season is an exciting time for all – especially for children. But for some children, this holiday season will be spent as a patient at Phoenix Children’s Hospital. On Dec. 24, volunteers and staff will transform the hospital conference center into a magical winter toyland. 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.
Phoenix Children’s Hospital will accept toy donations from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 8 to 23 at 1919 E. Thomas Road. Donation drop off will be located at the Rosenberg Building entrance on the main campus – Building E. Non-violent, brand new toys will be accepted (no food, candy or stuffed animals, please).
Toyland would not be possible without community support. A local PODS distributer has provided storage pods for the last three years to store Santa’s treasures.
Volunteers are also needed to help wrap and organize gifts. Please call for volunteer information at (602) 546-0268.
For more information, call Jena Collins at (602) 546-1038 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.