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Posted: Monday, April 26, 2010 11:00 pm

Oblas presenting seminars on health care provider visits

Agnes Oblas, advanced practice nurse practitioner with New Paths to Healthcare, LLC, is offering free seminars on how to get the most out of your visits with your health care provider. Seminars will begin at noon April 28 and May 5 at the Ahwatukee Foothills Chamber of Commerce, 10235 S. 51st St., Suite 185.

Topics for the April 28 seminar include learning how to minimize mistakes at various medical venues, knowing your prescriptions and keeping personal medical health records. Topics for the May 5 seminar are what to expect from medications, exploring all options of care, possible risks if treatment recommendations are not followed and what to ask your healthcare provider.

For more information or to RSVP, e-mail info@AhwatukeeChamber.com.

 

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.

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

For details, visit www.helpsavethechildren.info.

 

Girls on the Run hosting run/walk

Girls on the Run of Maricopa County are hosting a community run/walk on Saturday, April 24, at Kiwanis Park, 6111 S. All-American Way, Tempe.

For more information or to register, go to http://gotrmc.org/NewBalance5k.aspx.

 

New support group offered for adult children caring for a parent with dementia

Banner Alzheimer’s Institute has created a new caregivers support group for adult children. The group will be facilitated by a social worker who specializes in Alzheimer’s disease and will provide an opportunity for adult children to network and problem-solve with others who face similar challenges.

The support group began April 27 and will meet from 1 to 2:30 p.m. on the last Tuesday of each month at Banner Alzheimer’s Institute, 901 E. Willetta St. Participation is free, and registration is not required.

For more information, call (602) 839-6850.

 

Alzheimer’s Institute offers introductory dementia caregiver seminar

Are you in need of direction as a caregiver of someone with a memory disorder such as Alzheimer’s disease? If so, you are invited to attend the COMPASS (Caregivers of Memory-impaired Persons Acquiring Successful Strategies) class and learn how to begin to successfully navigate care giving.

The class will be from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Thursday, April 29, at the Pyle Adult Center, 655 E. Southern Ave., Tempe. This 90-minute program offered by Banner Alzheimer’s Institute is free of charge and includes instruction and handout materials. 

Seating is limited and registration is required by calling Veronica (602) 839-6850 or e-mailing veronica.ellis@bannerhealth.com.

 

Jam Sessions: Yoga for Foodies

In a quest to showcase the talents of chefs across the nation while embracing the art of food, David Romanelli (aka Yeah Dave) presents Yoga for Foodies, a national tour in which he will collaborate with prominent, innovative chefs in each city to create a foodie experience.

Romanelli will be at Postino Wine Café, 3939 East Campbell Ave., on April 30 with Ian Lopatin of At One Yoga and Lauren Bailey of Postino Wine Cafe. The experience begins with Romanelli’s one-hour vinyasa flow yoga class whose music and message will emphasize a more sustainable pace.

As you enjoy a post-yoga splendor, each chef will delve deeper into the mystery of her creations which are rooted in sustainability, eco-friendly practices, local farming and compassion.

For information, visit www.yeahdave.com.

 

Smart workout ahead of the curve

“The CurvesSmart technology offers women the benefits of a highly skilled personal trainer without the expense,” said Kimberly Salter, owner of Curves of Ahwatukee,  4025 E. Chandler Blvd.

Curves of Ahwatukee is taking new appointments to get started on the CurvesSmart workout on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, call (480) 706-8000.

 

ASU, Triple R collaborate to offer program on schizophrenia

Arizona State University and Triple R Behavioral Health, an organization dedicated to the recovery of individuals with serious mental illness, are collaborating to offer training in the Hearing Voices that are Distressing program. The program offers an opportunity to walk a mile in someone’s shoes and experience what life is like with schizophrenia.

Triple R realizes the importance of educating the community and decreasing stigma – encouraging people seek help and assuring services are available. If you or your group (churches, schools, workplaces, foundations, etc.) would like to participate in this special training, call Alicia at (602) 995-7474.

 

New monthly support group offered for adult children caring for a parent with dementia

Banner Alzheimer’s Institute has created a new caregivers support group for adult children which will meet from 1 to 2:30 p.m. on the last Tuesday of each month (starting April 27) in the first floor conference room at the Banner Alzheimer’s Institute, 901 E. Willetta St.

The group will be facilitated by a social worker who specializes in Alzheimer’s disease and will provide an opportunity for adult children to network and problem-solve with others who face similar challenges.

Participation is free, and registration is not required. For more information, call (602) 839-6850.

 

Alzheimer’s Institute offers introductory dementia caregiver seminar

Are you in need of direction as a caregiver of someone with a memory disorder such as Alzheimer’s disease? If so, you are invited to attend the COMPASS (Caregivers of Memory-impaired Persons Acquiring Successful Strategies) class and learn how to begin to successfully navigate caregiving. This 90-minute program, offered by Banner Alzheimer’s Institute, is free of charge and includes instruction and handout materials. 

The class will be from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 29, at the Pyle Adult Center, 655 E. Southern Ave., Tempe.

Seating is limited and registration is required by calling Veronica at (602) 839-6850 or e-mailing veronica.ellis@bannerhealth.com.

 

Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure offers opportunity to get involved

April is National Volunteer Month, and al way to make a difference in the community is to volunteer for the 2010 Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure Crew. As a member of the medical Crew, licensed professionals are available to provide medical assistance and evaluation to participants.

Last year, more than 5,700 dedicated men and women volunteered as crew members for the Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure, a three-day, 60-mile walk that takes place in 15 cities nationwide.

While the all-volunteer crew provides services essential to the event, such as medical assistance, food service, camp setup and route logistics, they often go above and beyond, exemplifying the event’s Keep Going spirit by cheering on the walkers and even fundraising.

The Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure is coming to Arizona Nov. 12 to 14.

For more information on Crew requirements or to register as a volunteer Crew member, visit The3Day.org or call 1-800-996-3DAY. Additionally, visit komenphoenix.org for year-round volunteer opportunities with Susan G. Komen for the Cure Phoenix Affiliate.

 

Fundraising events support fight against breast cancer

- Knockers Walking Team

Community members are invited to support Ahwatukee Foothills resident Mari Smith and the Knockers Walking Team as they raise money for the Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure to fight breast cancer.

An afternoon of shopping will run from 1 to 6 p.m. Saturday, May 1, at the Grace Inn in Ahwatukee, 10831 S. 51st St. The event will feature more than 20 vendors and refreshments will be served. Admission is $5 at the door.

Visit Jamba Juice at Ray Road and Ranch Circle any time between 7 a.m. and 9 p.m. Saturday, May 1, and 20% of your purchase will benefit the team. Present a team flyer (available at the store) when placing your order.

For more information or to donate online, visit www.the3day.org/site/TRC/2010/ArizonaEvent2010?pg=peditor&fr_id=1460&px=4979869.

- Tukee Tata’s

The Tukee Tata’s will host their annual Bunco fundraiser event from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday, May 1, at Mountain View Lutheran Church, 11002 S. 48th St. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. There is space for about 70 participants to participate. A number of great prizes and gifts will also be raffled.  

The $20 participant fee includes dessert, snacks and soft drinks. All proceeds will benefit cancer research. The team is participating in the 3-Day breast cancer walk in November, and team members must raise $2,300 each.

For more information or to participate, e-mail teena_bopper@yahoo.com.

 

Suzanne Somers to receive Lifetime Achievement Award from AHIMA

The Arizona Homeopathic & Integrative Medical Association (AHIMA) will present a Lifetime Achievement to Suzanne Somers for her work in Integrative Medicine at its annual dinner on May 1.

Somers is one of America’s most popular and beloved personalities. A New York Times best-selling author, her most recent book is KNOCKOUT: Interviews with Doctors Who Are Curing Cancer—And How to Prevent Getting it in the First Place. She authoritatively takes on a disease she’s conquered herself - cancer.

AHIMA will also recognize three community leaders for their commitment, dedication, volunteerism, and spirit to the homeopathic community. 

Founded in 1982, AHIMA is a 28-year-old state association for licensed homeopathic medical physicians in Arizona and in other states. Its May 1 annual dinner will take place at The Buttes Resort, 2000 W. Westcourt Way, Tempe. A VIP reception with the honorees will be held prior to the dinner. Tickets to the VIP reception and dinner are $275 per person or $150 for dinner only.

For more information on tickets and sponsorship options, contact Lisa at (602) 263-3589 or AZHomeopath@aol.com

 

Women invited to retreats at Camelback Mountain

Women are invited to reflect, engage and connect in the intimate setting of one of Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain’s private mountainside estates during a series of four destination weekend retreats. The retreats will be led by Dena Patton, CEO of the award-winning events and inspiration company, Chat, Chew & Chocolate, and are planned for the weekends of May 21, June 25, Aug. 20 and Oct. 1.

Celebrity speakers include Ali Vincent, first female winner of NBC’s The Biggest Loser, and Martha Beck, The New York Times best-selling author, life coach and columnist for O, The Oprah Magazine. The retreats vary in theme designed for today’s busy “Superwoman,” addressing Health and Wellness, Business Boot Camp, Glam in the City and Mind, Body, Spirit. The retreats include pampering and spa time, along with inspirational sessions.

For details visit www.CCCretreats.com.

 

Pregnancy Care Center hosts ‘Golf Fore Life’

The Pregnancy Care Center of Chandler will host its third annual “Golf Fore Life” event on Saturday, May 1, at the Ocotillo Golf Resort in Chandler.

All proceeds will benefit the Pregnancy Care Center of Chandler.

To register, call (480) 374-2994 or visit www.pccchandlerdonate.com.

 

St. Joseph’s teams offering summer water safety, 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 4 to 7, intermediate classes for ages 6 to 8 and swimmer-level classes for children 7 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.

 

21 days to a leaner, healthier you

Paula’s 21 Day Transformation Program starts May 5 and offers three challenging calorie-burning exercise programs; photos of all exercises; a detailed teleconference with a step-by-step explanation of the exercise program; and all the exercises, daily educational e-mails for 21 days on Winning Formula diet and nutritional strategies, sample diet and menu, recipes, recovery tips, injury prevention and healthy lifestyle tips to motivate and inspire you to the next level.

For more information or to sign up, visit www.PaulaOwens.com.

 

Free memory screening

Banner Alzheimer’s Institute and Mesa Active Adult Center are teaming up to offer a free community screening event for those that are concerned about their memory. The screening event will run from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, May 7, at the Mesa Active Adult Center, 247 N. MacDonald, Mesa.

Attendees will receive a free memory screening consisting of a 15-minute non-invasive exam and a debriefing with an experienced professional.

An interactive brain health exhibit will also be showcased.

Reservations are required by calling Veronica at (602) 839-6850 or e-mailing veronica.ellis@bannerhealth.com.

 

Learn how to restore your eyesight without surgery

The next “Health & Wellness” education class will be from noon to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, May 8, at the Ironwood Library, 4333 E. Chandler Blvd.

This month’s class will focus on eye health care and new restorative methods that do not involve surgery. The guest speaker will be Dr. Mark Page, owner of Arizona’s Vision in Ahwatukee. Dr. Page is recognized as one of the top optometrists in the country by the Consumer Research Council of America. He will discuss vision improvement without surgery with Ortho-K contact lenses and Revital Vision, a software program that actually trains your brain to see better.

The class is free and features prizes and demonstrations. Due to limited seating, RSVPs are appreciated by calling Christine at (480) 491-9551 or e-mailing Christine@ChristineMarek.com

 

Emily Center Fashion Show and Luncheon

The 21st Annual Emily Center Fashion Show and Luncheon will take place from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 8, at the Arizona Biltmore Resort and Spa, 2400 E. Missouri Ave.

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 www.pchemilyfashionshow.com.

For event sponsorship and general event information, call Janet at (602) 546-2652 or visit the Web site above.

 

Joyful yoga studio offers moms a relaxing Mother’s Day treat

As a special treat for moms this Mother’s Day, Joyful Yoga Studio in Chandler is offering complimentary chair massage before and after the 10:15 a.m. Relax and Renew Yoga class on Saturdays, May 8 and 15. The complimentary chair massages are offered with class attendance those days from 9 a.m. to noon on a first-come, first-served basis. Sign in sheets will be available at the desk. Class fee is $10 per class; 10 class punch cards and monthly unlimited passes are also available.

For more information, visit www.joyfulyogastudio.com or call (480) 726-6399.

 

Mother’s Day fundraiser to provide breast cancer support today

The fourth annual Walk to Empower, a family-friendly, three-mile non-competitive walk, will begin at 7:30 a.m. Sunday, May 9, at Tempe Beach Park, 80 W. Rio Salado Parkway, Tempe.

The walk benefits Breast Cancer Network of Strength. Funds do not go toward research - instead the Network of Strength provides immediate emotional relief through its 24/7 breast cancer support center for anyone affected by the disease.

Registering for the event gives participants a personal Web page to share pictures, post messages, send e-mails, track fundraising progress and thank donors.

For more information or to register, visit http://walk.networkofstrength.org/phoenix or call 1-877-963-7223.

 

Sun Lakes Parkinson’s Support Group meeting

The Sun Lakes Parkinson’s Support Group will meet at 1 p.m. Thursday May 20, in the Sun Lakes Country Club Mirror Room, 25601 North Sun Lakes Blvd., Sun Lakes.

Terri Ellert, hearing instrument specialist from the Maricopa Hearing Center, will discuss hearing related to the Parkinson patient.

Social time with refreshments will follow the meeting.

For information, call Grace at (480) 895-1734 or Susan at (480) 305-0031.

 

Addiction recovery organization hosts golf tournament

Enjoy a round of golf and give some green to Alcoholism and Addiction Assistance Association (5A) on Saturday, May 22, at The Foothills Golf Club, 2201 E. Clubhouse Dr. The shotgun start will be at 7:30 a.m., and lunch will follow the tournament.

The fee is $100 per player and includes lunch as well as prizes for the longest drive, longest putt, closest to the pin, and first, second and third place. Mulligans will go for $5 and magic putts $10.

Proceeds will benefit 5A, an organization that operates three recovery houses in Phoenix: The Solution, Craig Shell’s The New Solution and Hope House. These facilities provide sober, safe and affordable housing for those recovering from alcoholism and other addictions.

For more information or to register, visit www.5a.org and click on “Events,” or call Jeff at (602) 266-7527.

 

Alzheimer’s Institute offers educational workshop for caregivers

Caregiving for a loved one with Alzheimer’s or related dementia can be overwhelming. That’s why Banner Alzheimer’s Institute has created a full-day workshop to help caregivers be more effective and resourceful in their day-to-day roles. The nationally recognized staff from Banner Alzheimer’s Institute will help caregivers develop a roadmap for successful care giving in this Memory Assistance and Planning Services (MAPS) class.

The workshop will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, June 25, in the Juniper Room at Banner Desert Hospital, 1400 S. Dobson Road, Mesa. Participants will gain an understanding of the progression of dementia, treatment options, communication strategies, techniques for coping with challenging behaviors, community resources and more. Attendees will also have the opportunity to network and share ideas with other caregivers.

The $25 fee includes materials, continental breakfast and lunch.

Reservations and prepayment are required by calling Veronica at (602) 839-6850 or e-mailing veronica.ellis@bannerhealth.com.

 

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. 

 

Lower West Band offers free album downloads to benefit PCH

Members of Lower West, a new low-fi folk pop band out of New York with roots in the west, recently completed their debut album, Only the Dead Know Brooklyn.

The band wanted something good to come out of their music and decided to give away the record for free to anyone who will donate the cost of an album to charity. 

From now through Dec. 31, music lovers may visit http://thelowerwest.com, donate $10 to Phoenix Children’s Hospital (PCH) and download Lower West Band’s unveiling album for free. Funds raised will help provide vital services and programs for children facing serious illness or injury at the hospital.

Band members explain their plan is simple, but the goal is lofty: donate $10,000 to charity in 2010. Each month for 10 months the band will announce another charity that it supports. 

For more information, visit the Web site above or call Leah Fischer at the Phoenix Children’s Hospital Foundation at (602) 546-2650.

 

‘Girls Just Wanna Have Fun ... and Be Healthy’

The Ahwatukee Foothills Family YMCA and The Living Well Retreats will host their “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun...and Be Healthy” Women’s Wellness Retreat and Fundraiser May 14 and 15 at the Sky Y Ranch just outside of Prescott.

This summer camp-style retreat is designed for women who want to get away from the daily grind and experience both renewal and transformation of the mind, body and spirit while having fun with other women. Topics will include life balance, nutrition and mindful eating, physical fitness, team building, overcoming fear and more.

Presenters will include Michelle May, M.D. (Am I Hungry?, Holy Yoga), Dawn Rutledge (The Living Well Retreats, Holy Yoga, Am I Hungry?) and Vicki Sandler (Wearthly Ideas).

The $260 fee includes all instruction, materials, summer camp-style accommodations, meals, snacks and beverages. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the YMCA Strong Kids Campaign.

For more information or to register, visit ymcawomenswellnessretreat.eventbrite.com, e-mail dawn@thelivingwellretreats.com or call (480) 250-5867. 

 

Healing Emphasis Yoga classes offered

Inner Vision Yoga at 725 E. Guadalupe Road in Tempe is hosting a new series of yoga classes called Healing Emphasis Yoga at 5 p.m. Mondays. The class is taught by master level certified instructor Donna DiNunzio and is designed to rehabilitate the lower back using strengthening and flexibility techniques.

For more information, call the studio at (480) 839-1006, Donna at (480) 330-2015 or visit innervisionyoga.com.

 

Grief and Divorce Support Groups

Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 739 W. Erie St., Chandler, is hosting Divorce Care and Divorce Care for Kids and Grief Share support groups.

For more information, call (480) 963-4127 or visit www.htlutheran.com.

 

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. 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 www.jfcsaz.org or call (602) 279-7655.

 

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.

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 www.chamberlain.edu/nurseofthemonth.

 

Satisfaction Ratings High for Highway Christian Hospice

Families receiving Highway Christian Hospice services have rated multiple domains as “Excellent,” “Always” or 100 percent 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.

 

Band offers free downloads to make a difference at PCH

Lower West is a new low-fi folk pop band out of Brooklyn, NY, with roots in the west that recently completed their debut album, Only the Dead Know Brooklyn.

Band members wanted to do something good with their music and decided to give away the record for free to anyone who will donate the cost of an album to charity.

For more information, visit the Web site above or call Leah Fischer, Phoenix Children’s Hospital Foundation, at (602) 546-2650.

 

Free seminar helps employers prevent noise-induced hearing loss

 A free seminar will run from 9 a.m. to noon Monday, May 17, at the Hilton Phoenix Airport, 2435 S. 47th St., to help employers improve hearing conservation efforts and prevent noise-induced hearing loss among their workers.

Titled “HearForever: Best Practices in Hearing Conservation,” the three-hour session will provide employers with practical information on noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) and the latest research and technologies to enhance worker hearing protection programs.

The seminar will feature Director of Hearing Conservation Brad Witt of Howard Leight/Sperian Hearing Protection, LLC, and industrial hygienists, occupational health & safety professionals, safety managers and audiologists are urged to attend.

To register, visit www.hearforever.org/hf2010western.

 

Stimulate your child’s brain development

The New Directions Institute (NDI) for Infant Brain Development has partnered with Chandler Regional Medical Center to offer a series of Wired for Success workshops which provide interactive training and education on optimal brain development for infants through children age five.

The program has received grant funding for three years through First Things First. Wired for Success is a free four-hour workshop for new and expecting parents, caregivers, and interested community members. This workshop is fun-filled, with hands-on experiences that demonstrate how critical a caregiver’s role can be in wiring up a child’s development. The NDI curriculum concentrates on Security, Touch, Eyes (vision), Play, and Sound (S.T.E.P.S.). Participants will learn how to encourage a child’s learning through interactions in these areas.

One of the free workshops will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, June 5, in the community room at Ahwatukee Foothills Urgent Care, 4545 E. Chandler Blvd.

Registration is required by calling 1-877-728-5414 or e-mailing resourcelink@chw.edu.

 

Links Fore Leukemia golf tourney coming up

Join the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society for the Sixth Annual Links Fore Leukemia Golf Tournament on Monday, June 7, at Grayhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale.

For details, visit www.lls.org/linksaz 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 claylblair@gmail.com or visit www.racingforrecovery.com.

 

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.

 

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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