Spring Line Dance, Muscle Mania classes offered at Pecos

Carrie McNeish is offering Line Dance and Muscle Mania classes at Pecos Community Center, 17010 S. 48th St.

Line Dance classes will run Tuesdays April 6 to May 11. Beginners (course no. 65324) will meet at 5:30 p.m., and Intermediates (course no. 65325) at 6:30 p.m.

Muscle Mania classes (course no. 65337) will meet from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Wednesdays April 7 to May 19.

A new “Line Dance Lite” class (course 65243) for seniors will meet at noon April 6 to May 25 at the Pecos Senior Center.

Registration is available in person at the Center, by calling (602) 534-5252 or online at www.phoenix.gov/parks/registration (click on “programs/courses” and insert the course number.

For more information, contact the instructor at (480) 221-9090 or visit www.dancemeetsfitness.net.


Complimentary Q&A with natural health, weight loss expert

Paula Owens, nutritionist, fitness expert, weight loss coach and author, is offering a complimentary evening of questions and answers from 5:45 to 6:45 p.m. Thursday, April 8, at the Ironwood Library, 4333 E. Chandler Blvd.

Bring your questions on topics related to natural health and body conditioning, nutrition and fitness, hormone balancing, weight loss, anti-aging and longevity, supplements and more.

RSVPs are required by e-mailing Paula@PaulaOwens.com. For more information, visit www.PaulaOwens.com.


Understanding allergies

Every second Saturday a Health & Wellness education class is organized in which local experts explain how various beneficial choices can make a positive difference in our lives. The next class will meet noon to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, April 10, at the Ironwood Library, 4333 E. Chandler Blvd., and the topic is understanding the nature of allergies. The class will also explore whole food nutrition and lifestyles.

Dr. Betsy Yurgel, RN, NMD from the Phoenix Holistic Center, will explain and demonstrate how her holistic mind, body and spirit approach to assists others in achieving and maintaining optimal health. 

The class is free, with prizes. Due to limited seating, RSVPs are appreciated to Christine at (480) 491-9551 or Christine@ChristineMarek.com


12-week yoga challenge

Want to try yoga, but not too sure if it’s for you? Then take part in the 12-week yoga challenge at Spooner Physical Therapy, 16611 S. 40th St., Suite 130, from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturdays April 3 through June 19. All levels of experience are welcome – bring your own mat.

The cost is $10 per class.

For more information, call (480) 706-1199.


Relay for Life concert

The third annual Relay for Life Concert benefitting the Ahwatukee Relay for Life and American Cancer Society will run from 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday, April 10, at 11827 S. Montezuma Court (Custom Estates). Enjoy a variety of music, food and wine under the stars and bid on items in the silent auction.

Tickets are $15 each at the door, or $25 per couple at the door. Guests over 21 may BYOB.

For more information, contact Sarah Colone at scolone@cox.net or (602) 206-3434.


Disability Empowerment Center offers health, wellness fair

The 11 agencies of the Disability Empowerment Center of Arizona (DEC) will host a community health and wellness fair for persons with disabilities, family and friends from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 10, at the DEC, 5025 E. Washington St. The fair will offer multiple education and exhibition opportunities to the general public and health care professionals in the search for answers to the complex questions surrounding chronic illness and disability. 

The fair will feature six presentations: 10 to 11 a.m., The Medicaid and Medicare Appeals Process (15-minute one-on-one consultations will be available as time allows); 11 to 11:50 a.m., Wellness; noon to 12:50 p.m., Mental Health; 1 to 1:50 p.m., Pharmacology; 1 to 2 p.m., 911 for the Deaf; and 2 to 2:50 p.m., Natural Therapies.

Fitness demonstrations, health screenings, an expo of community partners and raffle drawings will also take place.

Please park only in the four-story garage designated for the DEC. Food and beverage will be available for purchase.

For more information or if you have transit-related questions, call David at (602) 443-0723. 


Bloodmobile coming to Ahwatukee

United Blood Services’ Bloodmobile will be at Esperanza Lutheran Church, 2601 Thunderhill Place, from 8 a.m. to noon Sunday, April 11.

Give blood in April and you will be automatically entered to win one of 25 pairs of suite tickets to see the Diamondbacks take on the San Francisco Giants on Thursday, May 20.

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


Yoga classes offered at library

Donna DiNunzio, a 500-hour Master-level certified instructor, is offering an All Levels Yoga Class from 1 to 2 p.m. Mondays April 12, 19 and 26 at the Ironwood Public Library, 4333 E. Chandler Blvd.

The fee is $7 drop-in for each class, or $20 for all four classes.

For more information, call Donna at (480) 330-2015.


Core Fitness Boot Camps offered

Mountain Park Community Church, 2408 E. Pecos Road, is a new training location for Core Fitness Boot camps. 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 melissa@corefitnessconcepts.com.

For program details, visit www.corefitnessbootcamps.com.


Spa Week coming up

The 12th edition of the Spa Week event is slated for April 12 to 18, during which more than 800 spas across the country will offer spa treatments for just $50 each.

The goal of Spa Week is to spread health and wellness across America by making the spa lifestyle available and affordable to everyone. Consumers may indulge in services from massages and facials, manicures and pedicures, to the most luxurious, off the wall, and eco-friendly treatments that normally range from $100 all the way up to $450.

A few of the nearby spas participating include Dolce Salon & Spa at Chandler Fashion Center, LifeSpa Tempe, Hotel Valley Ho - VH Spa and Arizona Biltmore Spa and Red Door Spa – Phoenix.

For more details or a complete listing, visit www.spaweek.com.


Ahwatukee Relay for Life coming up at MPHS

The American Cancer Society’s 2010 Ahwatukee Relay for Life will be take place Saturday and Sunday, April 17 and 18, at Mountain Pointe High School, 4201 E. Knox Road.

This year’s event is themed “Time for a Cure,” and teams will be asked to create campsites and costumes based on a specific period in history.

Relay for Life is the signature event for the ACS and is the culmination of a team-based fundraising season. Last year more than $160,000 was raised.

This year’s event will open at 10 a.m. for campsite setup, with the event itself kicking off at 1 p.m. and going until 7 a.m. Sunday morning. There will be bands, food, games and inspiration with over 100 teams already online to participate.

Those interested in participating are invited to visit www.relayforlife.org/ahwatukeefoothillsaz to register. The fee for you and your team is only $10 per participant.

For more information, call event chair Mark Honaker at (602) 695-2506 or e-mail him at onegoodturn@hotmail.com. Team captain meetings are scheduled for 7 p.m. April 8 and 15 in room A174 (The Black Box) at Desert Vista High School, 16440 s. 32nd St.  You can register there, receive information, sign your team up for a campsite and be a part of one of Ahwatukee’s biggest events.

Proceeds from this event will benefit both cancer support services for those in our community battling the many forms of the disease and also research into new treatments.


Intro to Yoga Workshop

An Intro to Yoga Workshop will be offered from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 17, at the St. John Bosco Chapel, 16035 S. 48th St.

Teachers Denise Lawless and Kathy Marcucci will teach fundamental poses, alignment for safe practice, breath work and the basics of flow. Both instructors completed their 200-hour yoga training with Holy Yoga in 2007, and Marcucci recently completed her 500-hour master teaching certificate work at Inner Vision Yoga.

Class size is limited to 20, and the cost for the workshop is $25.

For more information or to register, e-mail yogagirld@yahoo.com or yogakathy@cox.net


1,000 cranes benefit for PCH

The origami crane is a symbol of luck and many believe that if you make 1,000 cranes your wish will come true. This took on great significance when a girl named Sadako Sasaki developed leukemia after the Hiroshima bombing during World War II. Sasaki created 644 cranes before her death; her friends folded the rest.

To honor her and to benefit Phoenix Children’s Hospital, Southwest Gardener, 2809 N. 15th Ave., will host a 1,000 cranes event starting at 10 a.m. April 17.

The workshop donation is $15, and proceeds will benefit the Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders at PCH.

For more information or to register, call Southwest Gardener at (602) 279-9510.


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 5 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 www.joyfulyogastudio.com or call (480) 726-6399.


Youth fitness clinic at The BAR

The BAR Fitness is introducing a Hybrid X program geared towards middle and high school students. The program is focused on teaching kids about health and fitness and getting them excited about working out. The goal is to keep it fun and exciting and help each person make health and fitness a part of his or her lifestyle.

The Hybrid X program kicks off from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, April 24, at The Bar, 4425 E. Agave Road, Suite 100. The cost is $10. The program will continue at 4:30 and 5:30 p.m. Mondays to Thursdays and 10 a.m. Saturdays.

For more information, e-mail kevin@thebarfitness.com or visit www.thebarfitness.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.


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 is free, but registration is required by calling (602) 839-6850.


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, go to http://gotrmc.org/NewBalance5k.aspx.


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.


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 percent 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.

“Fore” more information, including online registration forms, visit www.cbre.com/swingforekidsgolfclassic.

For questions contact Jacky at (602) 469-5666 or swingforekids@cox.net.


Jam Sessions: Yoga for Foodies

In a quest to showcase the talents of chefs across the nation while embracing the art of food as an accessible gateway to the present moment, 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 unforgettable 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.


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


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.


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.


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.


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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