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Posted: Tuesday, February 2, 2010 12:00 am

Learn how to be leaner and healthier

Paula Owens, nutritionist, fitness expert, weight loss coach and author, will present the seminar “Create a Leaner, Healthier You” from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Feb. 20, in Chandler. 

Revitalize your mind and body with this seminar that empowers participants with everything they need for a healthy lifestyle and to lose weight.

Tuition is $59; sign up before Feb. 15 and bring a friend for free.

For details, visit


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.


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. Feb. 3, 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.


Health & Wellness Class coming up

Every month a “Health & Wellness” education class hosts two local experts to explain how various beneficial choices can make a positive difference in our lives. 

February’s meeting will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 13 at the Ironwood Library, 4333 E. Chandler Blvd.

Since February is the “heart month,” this class will include two health care speakers who will cover and demonstrate alternative medical choices. 

Dr. Harlan Sparer is a holistic chiropractor practicing the Directional Non Force Technique. He has also studied and teaches Metaphysics, Bindegewebs Massage, Childbirth education, Anatomy and Physiology.

Dr. Betsy Yurgel, RN, NMD, from the Phoenix Holistic Center will discuss heart health issues with a naturopathic medicinal approach.

A group discussion relating to whole food nutrition will also take place.

The class is free, but due to limited seating RSVPs are appreciated by calling Christine at (480) 491-9551 or e-mailing


Movie premiere benefits Arthritis Foundation

The Greater Southwest Chapter of the Arthritis Foundation and Harkins Theatres will host “On the Silver Screen” Thursday, Feb. 11, at Harkins Theatres – Scottsdale 101, 7000 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix. The event will benefit the Arthritis Foundation and its upcoming Oscar Night America event.

A reception featuring complimentary food from Bloom will begin at 6:30 p.m., followed by the romantic comedy movie premiere at 8 p.m.

The cost is $40 per person and includes a complimentary pre-reception, movie premiere, swag bag, popcorn and soda. Tickets may be purchased online at (search: Harkins).


Sun Lakes Parkinson’s Support Group meeting

The Sun Lakes Parkinson’s Support Group will meet at 1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 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.


Heart healthy event

The ladies of Nyla Simone Home, a home furnishing design showroom, are slipping into red dresses to host their annual Nyla Simone Red Dress Cocktail party in recognition of National Heart Health Month and to benefit the American Heart Association. 

The event will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 18, in the Nyla Simone Home Showroom at 1705 W. Ruby Drive in Tempe.

For more information or to RSVP or purchase a raffle ticket, visit or call (480) 422-6178.


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.


Hydrocephalus Awareness Day at the zoo

The Valley’s second Hydrocephalus Awareness Day will run 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, Feb. 20, at the Phoenix Zoo, 455 N. Galvin Parkway, featuring a one-mile Walk, Ride, & Roll. Registration starts at 7:30 a.m.

Hydrocephalus is a condition in which there is an abnormal accumulation of cerebral spinal fluid within cavities in the brain, and proceeds from this event will go directly to the support, education, advocacy, and research of people whose lives have been touched by hydrocephalus and the professionals who help them.

Admission is free for registered participants, but donations are accepted. To register for the walk and/or make a donation, call (520) 233-0425 or visit Please identify AZHA as the recipient of your donation.

Trains will be provided for those who are unable to walk but would still like to participate. All participants will be able to enjoy a free day at the Phoenix Zoo until 5 p.m.


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 or (480) 219-6140.


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.


‘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


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, dancing to the fabulous Messinger Band and a live auction. Danny Davis from KOY Radio will serve as emcee and auctioneer.

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.


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. 


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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