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

The Ahwatukee Community Swim and Tennis Center has rescheduled its 5K Run/Walk and a family fun one mile run/walk for Sunday, March 14, at 4700 E. Warner Road. The event was originally scheduled for Feb. 27.

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.

Registration is available in advance or from 7 to 7:45 a.m. race day. Entry fees are $15 for adults and $10 for children 10 and under. Registration forms are available at the Center and online at

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


St. Joseph’s needs volunteers

St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center, 350 W. Thomas Road, is looking for people interested in volunteering. Volunteers work side by side with hospital staff, develop camaraderie with other volunteers and have a sense of pride as donate their time to help others. Several opportunities are available.

For more information, call (602) 406-3020. 


‘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


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.


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 and dancing.

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.


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 through Feb. 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.


Feb. 28 is Rare Disease Day

National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD) is sponsoring Rare Disease Day on Feb. 28 to raise awareness of the need for more research and better access to diagnosis, treatment and other services. More than 300 patient organizations, medical societies, government agencies and companies support the rare disease community.

According to NORD, rare diseases affect 25 million to 30 million Americans but because the number of people affected by each rare disease is small, often a lengthy delay occurs in receiving an accurate diagnosis. Patients have difficulty finding medical experts who are familiar with their condition, and there likely is no effective treatment available to change the course of the disease.

To find out more, go to


All Level Yoga classes

All Level Yoga classes will be offered at 9 a.m. Mondays and 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays 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.


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


Grief and Divorce Support Groups

Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 739 W. Erie St., Chandler, will host Divorce Care and Divorce Care for Kids at 6:30 p.m. beginning Monday, March 1, and Grief Share at 6:30 p.m. starting Tuesday, March 2.

For more information, call (480) 963-4127 or 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.


Suffering from joint pain?

A free breakfast and informational seminar on joint pain will take place 8 to 9 a.m. Thursday, March 4, at Chandler Regional Medical Center, Morrison Building Auditorium, 1875 W. Frye Road. Board-certified orthopedic surgeon, Danton Dungy, M.D., will discuss how to manage joint pain and answer audience questions. Breakfast begins at 7:30 a.m.

Registration is required by calling 1-877-728-5414 or e-mailing


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.

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.


DeafNation expo coming up

The 2010 DeafNation World Conference and Expo is the foremost touring trade show for, by and about deaf and hard of hearing people. The expo, set for 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, March 6, in Hall F at the Phoenix Convention Center, 100 North Third St., will offer diverse exhibits from around the world, ranging from professional to cultural, along with many products and services.

Admission is free, and pre-registration is strongly encouraged. Visit for more information and to pre-register.


Blake’s Miracle Day

A swimkid-a-thon, float-a-thon, silent auction and expo will take place from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 6, at SWIMkids USA, 2725 W. Guadalupe (at Loop 101), Mesa. The event includes free activities for kids including a rock climbing wall, bounce house and face painting.

Blake’s Miracle Foundation is about children helping children, and fundraising events help ease the suffering of hospitalized and terminally ill children. Proceeds will benefit Cardon Children’s Medical Center.

For details, call (480) 820-9109 or visit


Lymphoma workshop

On Saturday, March 6, Thomas P. Miller, MD, of the Arizona Cancer Center will welcome lymphoma patients, survivors and loved ones to a one-day workshop at the Scottsdale Resort and Conference Center, 7700 E. McCormick Parkway.

Open to all, “Lymphoma Workshop: Understanding Lymphoma Basics and Current Treatment Options” has been carefully designed to provide patients, survivors and loved ones with information on a wide range of topics, including lymphoma biology, understanding diagnostic tests, current therapeutic approaches and new therapies under investigation. In addition, special disease-specific breakout sessions include follicular non-Hodgkin lymphoma, aggressive non-Hodgkin lymphoma, mantle cell lymphoma, CLL/SLL, cutaneous lymphomas and Waldenstrom’s macroglobulinemia.

For more information or to register, call (800) 500-9976 or visit


Zowie Bowie to Headline PCH Beach Ball

On Saturday, March 6, Las Vegas’ Zowie Bowie will perform at the 17th Annual Beach Ball, benefiting the Phoenix Children’s Hospital. Currently headlining at the Monte Carlo Las Vegas Resort and Casino, Zowie Bowie will bring their blend of today’s hottest dance, hip-hop and Top 40 hits to this Hampton’s style white soiree at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge.

The 2010 Beach Ball will include cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and a silent auction beginning at 5:30 p.m. followed by dinner, the evening’s program and a live auction at 8 p.m., concluding with Zowie Bowie taking the stage at 9:45 p.m.

Proceeds will benefit the Children’s Neuroscience Institute at Phoenix Children’s Hospital.

For more information or to purchase tickets ($500 per person), visit


March is National Colon Cancer Awareness Month

The Central Arizona Chapter of the Colon Cancer Alliance will kick off several colorectal cancer awareness promotions in March as part of National Colon Cancer Awareness Month.

Friday, March 5, is National Dress in Blue Day, observed in communities and offices nationwide. By encouraging friends, family, co-workers and other members of their organization to wear blue, many lives could be saved as people talk about colon cancer and learn ways to prevent this second leading cause of cancer deaths in the U.S.

On March 6, a “Ride a Bike, Save a Butt!” Colon All Angels Benefit Motorcycle Ride through Pinal County will take place, with all proceeds going to the Colon Cancer Alliance. Learn more at or contact Shelia at (602) 320-4065 or

Sunday, March 21, is Colon Cancer Awareness Night at the Suns/Portland Trailblazers Game where the Arizona Cancer Coalition and the CCA’s Chapter of Central Arizona team up to present a night out with discounted seats at the US Airways Center. A portion of every ticket purchase will go back to the Colon Cancer Alliance. For complete details, contact Kendra at (602)-542-5808 or


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.


Jewish Family & Children’s Service opens new clinic

Jewish Family & Children’s Service has opened a new behavioral health clinic at 2017 N. Seventh St., Suite A100. Doors opened at the new site Feb. 8 in order to serve a portion of the over 12,000 consumers that are seen each year by JFCS behavioral health professionals. Only adults will be served at the new site. The other three clinics (Glendale, Mesa and South Phoenix) serve adults, children and youth.

Adult Behavioral Health programs at JFCS include counseling, psychiatric care, outpatient mental health services, HIV/AIDS services and medication services.

For more information about JFCS programs and services, visit or call (602) 279-7655.


A night of miracles and life transformation

In celebration of its second year of service to the community, Foothills Family Chiropractic will present Testimonial Night starting at 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 10, at 1241 E. Chandler Blvd. Suite 122 (at Desert Foothills Parkway). The community is invited to take part in this inspiring evening and hear practice members share their life-changing stories. Light refreshments will be served.

For details, call Chelsea at (480) 460-1399.


Wacoal hosts breast cancer event

Step into the ring with Wacoal to help knockout breast cancer with Fi(GH)t for the Cure!

Dillards at Chandler Fashion Mall, 3101 W. Chandler Blvd., Chandler, will host a Fit for the Cure event from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, March 11, in which women may receive a complimentary bra fitting in Wacoal or b.tempt’d intimate apparel from a Wacoal fit specialist and sign up to receive a monthly email reminder to do a self breast exam. For every woman that participates, Wacoal will donate $2 to Susan G. Komen for the Cure for breast cancer research and community health programs. Wacoal will also donate an additional $2 for every Wacoal bra, shapewear piece or b.tempt’d bra purchased at this event.

Research shows that eight out of 10 women are wearing the wrong sized bra.


Texas Hold ‘em event raises money for pancreatic cancer research

The annual Night of Texas Hold ‘em benefiting the Hirshberg Foundation for  Pancreatic Cancer research will run 7 p.m. to midnight Friday, March 12, at the Foothills Golf Club, 2201 E. Clubhouse Drive.

The poker tournament charity event will raise money for pancreatic cancer research. A $75 donation includes dinner, raffle tickets and buy-in.

Contact Mike Meister at (480) 326-1770 or for tickets and information.


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.


Healing and therapeutic breathing retreat

The Shrine of Holy Wisdom at 4625 S. Ash Ave., Suite J-19, in Tempe, will host a day of healing and therapeutic breathing from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, March 20.

 Easily learned by people from all walks of life, this gentle, revitalizing and healing

approach to Kriya Yoga Pranayama breathing practice can yield physical, emotional

and behavioral transformations often reported as life-changing. This full-day

workshop will include a full day of theory and practice (lunch on your own), with a

variety of exercises designed to offer an in-depth experience with transformational

breathing, develop personal skill, and maximize the therapeutic benefits that can be

attained from this ancient practice.

The cost is $85. Registration is required by March 15 by calling (480) 774-9844 or (480) 219-9633.

A six-evening “Course in Breathing” begins April 16.


Walk or run to help grant wishes

Join the Arizona Diamondbacks and as they present the 6th Annual Walk for Wishes on Saturday, March 13, at Kiwanis Park in Tempe.

Individuals and teams are encouraged to register. Registration is $30 to $35 for the 5K and $20 for the one-mile family fun run. Each participant who registers will receive a Walk For Wishes T-shirt, a goodie bag and one raffle ticket. Registered participants will also receive a Diamondbacks ticket to be redeemed online at for the Make-A-Wish game in April 2010.

The goal is to raise $120,000 to benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Arizona.

A mascot Olympics including Baxter the Bobcat from the Arizona Diamondbacks will follow, along with entertainment by a group from Rock Boot Camp,  face painting, bouncy houses, clowns, a DJ and much more.

Local catering business Put a Fork In It will provide pancakes during registration, which starts at 7 a.m. The run kicks off at 8:30 a.m.

For more information or to register, visit or call (602) 395-9474, ext. 126.


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


Satisfaction Ratings High for Highway Christian Hospice

Families receiving Highway Christian Hospice services have rated multiple domains as “Excellent,” “Always” or 100% in the Family Evaluation of Hospice Care Survey for the fourth quarter of 2009. Highway Christian Hospice participates in the performance measures managed by the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization. The collected data is compiled and compared with other hospices across the nation. 

Highway Christian Hospice is a state licensed and Medicare Certified hospice and is a member of the National and Arizona Hospice and Palliative Care Organizations and the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce.

For more information, call (602) 274-1952.


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.


Alport Syndrome Foundation hosting 5K for healthy kidneys

The third annual Alport Syndrome 5K for Healthy Kidneys will begin at 8 a.m. Sunday, March 28, at Kiwanis Community Park in Tempe.

Alport Syndrome is a genetic kidney disease that devastates families generation after generation and often affects multiple siblings.

The Alport Syndrome Foundation was co-founded by two Ahwatukee Foothills moms in 2007 and is a volunteer-led non-profit organization. Its mission is to educate and support patients and families that have been affected by Alport Syndrome with the goal of funding research to find a cure.

The run/walk is a family-friendly event, and all participants will receive a T-shirt, post race refreshments, a chance to win door prizes and entertainment. All children who participate will receive medals. Prizes will also be awarded to the top fundraisers and first place finishers.

Registration - $25 for adults and $15 for children 13 and under - is available online at or by e-mailing

For more information about Alport Syndrome, visit


Blood drive at Corpus Christi

United Blood Services will host a blood drive from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sunday, March 21, in the Parish Center at Corpus Christi Catholic Church, 3550 E. Knox Road.

Give blood in March and receive a voucher for a free Famous Star burger, courtesy of Carl’s Jr.

To make an appointment to Find the Hero in You, call 1-877-448-GIVE (4483) or visit (click on “Donate Blood” and enter your Zip Code).


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.


Girls on the Run hosting run/walk

Girls on the Run of Maricopa County are hosting a fun-filled community run/walk on Saturday, April 24, at Kiwanis Park, 6111 S. All-American Way, Tempe. This event is the graduation 5K for the spring program participants and is open to the community - women, men, children leashed pets and strollers are welcome. The event will also feature music, food, face painting and other fun activities.

Registration and packet pick-up begin at 7 a.m., warm-ups are at 7:50 a.m. and the 5K start is at 8 a.m. A raffle drawing will take place at 9:15 a.m.

Pre-registration is $25 per person and $20 for a running buddy (this rate is offered to participants who have committed to be an official running buddy, submitted an application and been confirmed by the program coordinator). Event day registration is $30 per person.

All race proceeds go directly to Girls on the Run of Maricopa County, whose mission is to use the power of running to educate and prepare girls for a lifetime of self-respect and healthy living.

For more information or to register, call .


Child abuse awareness event

The Child Crisis Center exists to help hundreds of children affected by abuse and has scheduled an awareness event to help prevent child abuse for 1 to 6 p.m. Saturday, April 24, at Mesa Riverview Park, 2100 W. 8th St., Mesa.

Families, corporate individuals and people from many walks of life will be in attendance. The event will feature food, music by a DJ, magician, face painting, raffles and a bounce house. Speakers will talk about different types of abuse and what they went through. Learn about the danger that kids face each day and what to do or how to recognize the many forms of abuse.

The cost is $5 (free for kids under five).

For details, visit


Swing Fore Kids Golf Classic supports PCH pet therapy program

The Swing Fore Kids Golf Classic has become the signature fundraiser for the Animal Assisted Therapy Program at Phoenix Children’s Hospital, with 100% of the proceeds going directly to the program.

Tee-it-up at Grayhawk Golf Club (8620 E. Thompson Peak Parkway, Scottsdale) on Friday, April 30, and support the hospital’s four-legged friends that provide hope and healing to patients. Registration starts at 7 a.m., followed by an 8 a.m. shotgun start.

This tournament is proudly endorsed by the Southwest Section of the PGA.

The $275 registration fee includes continental breakfast, tee gift, golf, lunch, silent auction and awards.


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.


Links Fore Leukemia golf tourney coming up

Join the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society for the 6th Annual Links Fore Leukemia

Golf Tournament on Monday, June 7, at Grayhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale.

For details, visit or call Cameron at (602) 567-7605.


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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