Dr. Pearson’s office hosting toy drive
Ahwatukee Foothills orthodontist Dr. Joe Pearson and staff invite the community to participate in their annual Phoenix Children’s Hospital toy drive.
Toys are being collected through Dec. 23 at their office, 4350 E. Ray Road, Building 3, Suite 112. The donated toys will be hand delivered to the hospital to be distributed to boys and girls who won’t be able to be home for the holidays.
For more information, call (480) 759-7575.
Tree of Inspiration
The Urban Tea Loft, located in downtown Chandler’s Historic District, is supporting the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer 3 Day Team by helping raise money with a Tree of Inspiration, a breast cancer-themed holiday tree.
When a $10 donation is made, a breast cancer ribbon is provided and the donor can write words of encouragement or dedication and place the bow on the tree. With a $25 or more donation, a photo of a survivor may be placed inside a clear bulb and then put on the tree.
All donations are tax deductible, and the appropriate receipts are provided when donations are made. To make a donation, make checks payable to Stampin’ Out Breast Cancer and mail to The Urban Tea Loft, 11 W. Boston St., Suite 2, Chandler, AZ 85225.
For more information, call (480) 786-9600 or visit www.urbantealoft.com.
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.
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 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.
Transformation Program starts in January
Paula Owens, Nutritionist, Fitness Expert and Weight Loss Coach, will present her “21 Days Transformation Program” guaranteed to change your body and transform your life starting Jan. 5.
Visit www.PaulaOwens.com for more information.
Line Dance, Muscle Mania classes starting in January
Carrie McNeish is offering Line Dance and Muscle Mania classes this spring.
Schedule at Pecos Community Center, 17010 S. 48th St.: Line Dance, Tuesdays, Jan. 5 to May 4, 5:30 p.m., Beginning (course 61847) and 6:30 p.m., Intermediate (course 61848). Muscle Mania, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Wednesdays Jan. 6 to May 5 (course 61869).
Registration is available in-person at center or online at www.phoenix.gov/parks/registration (click on “programs/courses” and insert the course no.).
Line Dance classes are also offered at the Ahwatukee Community Center at 48th Street and Warner Road. Classes meet Thursdays, Jan. 21 to May 14, at 11:30 a.m. for Beginners (cont_ed course 46937) and 12:30 p.m. for Intermediates (cont_ed course 54177). To register, call South Mountain Community College at (602) 243-8393.
For more information, contact the instructor, Carrie McNeish, at (480) 221-9090 or check out her Web site at www.dancemeetsfitness.net.
Back Handspring Boot Camp
Ages 10 and older are invited to attend a Back Handspring Boot Camp from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 9, at Tumbl-weeds Tumbling & Fitness Studio, 1241 E. Chandler Blvd., Suite 124. Learn the proper technique for a safe back handspring with knowledgeable coaching staff. The cost is $20 per person.
For information, visit www.tumbl-weeds.com or call (480) 203-1108.
Sun Lakes Parkinson’s Support Group meeting
The Sun Lakes Parkinson’s Support Group will meet at 1 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 21, in the Mirror Room at the Sun Lakes Country Club, 25425 N. Sun Lakes Blvd., Sun Lakes.
Don and Victoria Fiore, certified Tai Chi and Qigong instructors, will talk about the health benefits derived from the daily practice of these forms of exercise. They help with balance, flexibility, coordination, breathing and circulation. The classes are specifically designed for those with Parkinson’s and arthritis. Please wear comfortable shoes and clothes so you can participate in their demonstration session.
For additional information please contact Grace Roth at (480) 895-1734 or Susan Uhrich at (480) 305-0031.
‘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.
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.