DV Key Club sponsoring blood drive
The Key Club at Desert Vista High School is sponsoring a blood drive with United Blood Services from 7 to 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 28, in the school’s small gymnasium, 16440 S. 32nd St. Donors are urgently needed to help injured and ill patients.
If you are 18 or older, register online for an appointment at www.bloodhero.com. Enter “thunder” for the sponsor code. Donors should eat a good breakfast, drink plenty of water and bring a picture ID with them to the drive.
Desert Vista’s own Cheri Johnson has a son who is currently receiving daily transfusions, and the Key Club is holding this blood drive in honor of him.
For more information, e-mail Jared Naimark at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Joyful Yoga Studio introduces Yoga + Free Lunch
Joyful Yoga Studio at 3900 W. Ray Road in Chandler is making it possible to get a workout, have your lunch and eat it, too, with the introduction of Yoga + Lunch. A noontime yoga class is offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays that includes a healthy lunch made up of yogurt, fresh fruit and raw veggies – at no extra charge. The standard class rates of $10 per class include the meal (also available for punch card and unlimited students), which can be eaten on-site or taken to go. Class will be held from noon to 1 p.m. but students are welcome to drop in and out as their personal schedules allow.
For more information and a complete class schedule, visit www.joyfulyogastudio.com or call (480) 726-6399.
‘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
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.
Banner Grief Recovery classes
The 2010 Banner Hospice Grief Recovery Group is a 12-week educational and support program that guides participants in the return to a full life. The program helps people find long-term relief from the pain and loneliness that might be limiting their lives. Participants follow a structured format using a textbook with weekly reading and writing activities. In each module, the first four meetings are open to new participants followed by eight closed meetings.
In the East Valley, groups will meet as follows:
• Banner Desert Medical Center, 1400 S. Dobson Road, Mesa, Wednesdays, Jan. 6 to March 31, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. (open to new participants through Feb. 3).
• Banner Gateway Medical Center, 1900 N. Higley Road, Gilbert, Thursdays, Jan. 14 to April 1, 6 to 8 p.m. (open to new participants through Feb. 4).
• Banner Baywood Medical Center, 6644 E. Baywood Ave., Mesa, Wednesdays, Feb. 3 to April 23, 10 a.m. to noon (open to new participants through March 3).
These programs are designed to help people with all kinds of significant emotional losses including death, divorce, estrangement, etc. The groups are open to the public and no affiliation with Banner is necessary. Registration is not necessary. The materials fee is $15.
For more information, call Banner Bereavement Coordinator Cindy Darby at (480) 503-9676.
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.