Heart-healthy workshop on exercise and conditioning

Kim Mostoller, manager of cardiovascular conditioning at the Arizona Heart Institute, will present "Exercise and Conditioning: Diets and Other Ways to Stay Healthy" at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 10, at Pecos Community Center, 17010 S. 48th St. Attendees will learn how to begin a heart-healthy nutrition and exercise program to reduce risk factors for cardiovascular disease.

Space is limited and on a first-come, first-served basis. Refreshments will be provided.

For more information, call (602) 534-5366.

Am I Hungry? workshop series

The Living Well Retreats, premier provider of wellness programs, retreats, workshops and classes, has announced an eight-week "Eat What You Love, Love What You Eat" mindful eating workshop series beginning Aug. 11. The series will be taught by Dawn Rutledge, founder of The Living Well Retreats, Holy Yoga master instructor and former owner of Curves Ahwatukee.

Based on the Am I Hungry? mindful eating program developed by Michelle May, M.D., the series is designed to help participants break free from their eat-repent-repeat eating cycles and yo-yo dieting by leaning behaviors that bring enjoyment back to eating as well as healthy habits that will last a lifetime.

Two workshops options are available. The "Eat What You Love, Love What You Eat" 8-week tele-workshop/webinar series will run Wednesdays from Aug. 11 though Oct. 1. The live series will take place on Fridays from Aug. 31 to Oct. 8 (no class on Aug. 20) at Mountain Park Community Church, 2408 E. Pecos Road. The live workshop series will include several scheduled field trips where participants will practice mindful eating at the new Pomegranate Cafe at 4025 E. Chandler Blvd. The cost is $185 for all materials and instruction. Advance registration is required as space is limited. Participants may register online at http://amihungyfall2010.eventbrite.com/.

For more information about Am I Hungry, visit www.amihungry.com, e-mail dawn@amihungry.com or call (480) 250-5867.

Nutrition discussion lunch meeting

Christine Marek will host a nutritious lunch break from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 11, at her Phoenix Marketing Ahwatukee office at 5010 E. Warner Road. The roundtable learning event will focus on our commitment to a healthier lifestyle that includes a maintaining our pH levels for optimal health and regeneration. Please brown bag your lunch and share your nutrition tips and ideas. Teas and alkaline food samples will be provided.

Seating is limited to 12. RSVP to (480) 491-9551 or e-mail christine@christinemarek.com.

Preventive health screening

A Life Line Screening preventive health event will be offered Friday, Aug. 13, at Desert Foothills United Methodist Church, 2156 E. Liberty Lane.

The event offers scanning for the risk of stroke and other vascular conditions. Screenings are fast, painless and offered at low cost.

Appointment spaces are limited and pre-registration is required. Sign up now by calling toll free 1-888-653-6441.

AF running group offers 3-mile run

Novice and expert runners are invited to join members of the Foothills Sports Medicine - My Wine Cellar Running Group in Ahwatukee Foothills as they begin training for the PF Chang's and Tucson Half and Full Marathon.

A three-mile run, open to all members and non-members, will begin at 6 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 14. Those interested in participating should meet at the office at 15410 S. Mountain Parkway, Suite 112.

For more information, contact Jeff Bloom at (480) 704-8700 or e-mail fast@foothillsrehab.com.

Info meetings set for weight management program offered

Physix LLC and The BAR Fitness are hosting two free information meetings regarding the launch of a new 12-week weight management program. The information meetings will begin at 2 p.m. Aug. 14 and 28 at The BAR Fitness, 4425 E. Agave Road, Suite 100. The 12-week program begins Aug. 31.

For more information, call (480) 528-5660 or visit http://azphysix.com.

Seminars help in understanding Alzheimer's Disease

To help dementia patients and their families, Homewatch CareGivers has expanded its Pathways to Memory program, a ground-breaking program first introduced in 2005 that offers a set of activities delivered in a nurturing, failure-free environment that stimulates cognitive function for dementia patients. The newly expanded program provides a dual approach, including Specialized Dementia Care and Focused Memory Training.

Staff will present the free seminar, "Understanding Alzheimer's Disease," at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 17, at Horizon Presbyterian Church, 1401 E. Liberty Lane. "Understanding Alzheimer's and Dementia" will begin at 10:30 a.m. Aug. 31 at the Sunset Library, 4930 W. Ray Road. Chandler.

For more information, visit www.HomewatchCareGivers.com or call (480) 245-6103 or e-mail jcox@homewatchcaregivers.com.

Buy a raffle ticket, support 3-Day Walk

Ahwatukee Foothills resident Mari Smith of the Knockers Walking Team is planning to walk in the Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure to support breast cancer research. She is selling raffle tickets for prizes to help reach her fundraising goal of $2,300 to participate in the walk.

Raffle tickets are $5 each or five for $20. Make a donation at www.the3day.org/goto/marismith, and she will fill out the tickets for you. The drawing will be on Aug. 26, and you will be notified if you are a winner.

Save a life: wear a purple ribbon, discount group swim lessons offered

Arizona has seen plenty of headlines about child drownings and about the economic downturn, as well. This year the two issues may combine to create an unforeseen and deadly effect: an increased risk of child drownings. As families struggle to pay for pool fences, swimming lessons, child care and CPR instruction, "stay-cations" mean more time spent by the family pool, and increasingly stressed and distracted caregivers.

Arizonans will unite this August with the annual "Drowning Impact Awareness Month" effort. The purple ribbon campaign increases awareness and is coordinated by Phoenix Children's Hospital. The key message is that "awareness is free," and vital strategies like supervision can save lives.

More than 60,000 purple ribbons have already been distributed to supporters statewide. Formal proclamations have been signed by Governor Brewer and mayors across the state, many presented at local Council meetings to members of local fire departments or families touched by drowning. More than 1,000 purple ribbons will be tied in the trees in front of Phoenix Children's Hospital to represent the number of children involved in water related incidents in Maricopa and Pima County since January of 2000. Banners and signs, donated and produced by SRP Safety Connection, will also be posted in public safety buildings, libraries, La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries stores, YMCA's throughout Maricopa County, Kohl's Department Stores and at Neighborhood Auto Repair Professional (NARPRO) facilities. This year's campaign will also include involvement, support and educational events from businesses, schools and the Drowning Prevention Coalition of Arizona.

In honor of Drowning Impact Awareness Month, the Ahwatukee Foothills Family YMCA is offering $10 off group swim lessons for the month of August. For details, contact Debbie Rothstein at djrothstein@vosymca.org.

Banner Good Sam events

The following events are offered by Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center at 1111 E. McDowell Road:

Aug. 11, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., blood drive, Sandstone South Conference Room. To register, call Linda Hall at (602) 839-4380 or register online at www.bloodhero.com. Click on "Donate Blood" and type in code: goodsam.

Aug. 16, Breastfeeding support group free for new moms. Free. If you would like to attend, call (602) 230-CARE or the Lactation Office at (602) 839-3502.

Aug. 19, 6 to 7:30 p.m., Grace Middlebrook Family Learning Center, esophageal cancer support group. For questions, call Terry Ratner at (602) 264-0240.

24-hour retreat for busy women

Relax, Renew, Restore is an all-expense paid retreat for women that includes accommodations, three meals, ticket to the Eat, Pray, Love movie premiere, a gentle yoga class, a special busy woman's goodie bag, harmony and balance experiences and other surprises to pamper and reignite your commitment to yourself. The event will run from 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 12, to 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 13, at the Royal Palms Resort, 5200 E. Camelback Road.

Retreat leaders are Karen Nowicki and Sydelle Hoffman, co-authors of the upcoming book Relax, Renew, Restore: A Busy Woman's Guide to Harmony & Balance. Nowicki may be contacted at karennowicki@cox.net or (480) 818-0206 and Hoffman at sydhoffman@cox.net or (480) 814-1780.

The cost is $198 per person. For more information or to register, visit www.24HRWomensRetreat.com.

GPS for Memory Lectures Series

GPS for Memory (Giving People Strategies for Memory) is a program offered on the second Friday of each month by Banner Alzheimer's Institute, and this month's event will run from 11 a.m. to noon Friday, Aug. 13, in the Webster Auditorium at Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 N. Galvin Parkway.

Dr. Roy Yaari, Neurologist and Associate Director of the Memory Disorders Clinic at Banner Alzheimer's Institute, will review current treatment strategies and outlines the latest pharmacological research developments. Following the lecture, participants are welcome to enjoy the Desert Botanical Garden free of charge.

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

Registration open for fall Line Dance, Muscle Mania classes

Carrie McNeish is offering Line Dance and Muscle Mania classes starting in September at Pecos Community Center, 17010 S. 48th St. Line Dance classes will run on Tuesdays Sept. 14 through Dec. 14 - Beginning (course no. 69310) at 5:30 p.m. and Intermediate (course no. 69311) at 6:30 p.m. Muscle Mania classes will meet from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Wednesdays Sept. 15 through Dec. 15 (course no. 69308). Registration is available in person at the center or online at www.phoenix.gov/parks/registration.

McNeish is also offering Line Dance classes thru South Mountain Community College at the Ahwatukee Community Center at 48th Street and Warner Road. Classes will be on Thursdays Aug. 26 through Dec. 16 - Beginning (course no. cont. ed. 24704) at 11:30 a.m. and Intermediate (course no cont. ed. 24706) at 12:30 p.m. To register, call (602) 243-8393.

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

Register now for A Race for Maggie's Place to benefit expectant moms

Whether you're a professional runner or just want to have some fun while supporting a good cause, registration is now open for A Race for Maggie's Place (MP9K) happening Nov. 13 at the Arts Park at Tempe Town Lake. This family-friendly fundraising event is now in its third year and benefits Maggie's Place, a Phoenix-based non-profit that offers houses of hospitality to pregnant women who are alone or on the streets.

The MP9K was founded by running enthusiasts and longtime Maggie's Place supporters Julie and Paul Kent and is being supported by a variety of local businesses and organizations that are providing running bags, physical training for current and alumnae Maggie's Place moms, and prizes for an exciting raffle.

The fundraising event features a 9K signature run (to represent the nine months of pregnancy), a three mile walk/stroller push, a large free kids' dash and a 10K race sponsored by U-Haul to commemorate Maggie's Place's 10th anniversary.

Early registration is encouraged. Registration fees are $20 through Sept. 14, $25 through Nov. 11 and $30 until the day of the race. The kids' dash is free.

For more information, visit www.maggiesplace.org and click on the MP9K link on the left hand side. To learn how you or your organization can volunteer with the MP9K, e-mail racedirector@race4maggiesplace.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 destination weekend retreats. The retreats will be led by Dena Patton, CEO of the award-winning events and inspiration company, Chat, Chew & Chocolate, and remaining retreats are planned for the weekends of 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.

Pilates a la Yoga class coming up

Helen Boyd is offering a Pilates a la Yoga class at 9 a.m. Tuesdays Aug. 24 to Sept. 28 at South Mountain Community College, Ahwatukee Foothills Center, 10429 S. 51st St., Suite 101 (north of Elliott Road).

Because of the popularity of the Pilates and Yoga programs, both have been combined to create this special class. People of all levels of fitness are invited to have a good time while gaining strength.

The cost is $39.

For more information or to register, call (602) 243-8393.

Healing Emphasis Yoga

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.

Fitzgerald and Friends Celebrity Waiter Night Returns Aug. 30

Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald and friends will don their aprons and serve a hungry crowd during the second annual Larry Fitzgerald and Friends Celebrity Waiter Night at Morton's, set for Aug. 30 at Morton's The Steakhouse at The Shops at the Esplanade, 2501 E. Camelback Road.

The intimate gala will benefit the Carol Fitzgerald Memorial Fund. Guests will enjoy a lavish dinner served by Fitzgerald and his teammates while participating in silent and live auctions benefitting the fund. The fund was set up in memory of Larry's mother, who throughout her career as a state worker in Minnesota helped victims of AIDS, breast cancer and other diseases. This fund's proceeds continue her work, and the Carol Fitzgerald Memorial Foundation also supports the education of urban youth.

The fundraiser opens with a reception at 6 p.m., followed by dinner from 6:30 to 7:30, the program and live auction.

Tickets for this exclusive event start at $300. VIP packages featuring a special pre-event reception start at $400 and corporate sponsorship packages are also available.

For more information, call (602) 955-9577.

Kids art greeting cards and notepad designed by patients available now

Kid-designed greeting cards and notepads to use on any occasion are now on sale. The cards and notepads were designed by children affected with cancer that participated in the Phoenix Children's Kids Art Program. Each card is blank inside and features a biography of the child who designed it. All proceeds benefit programs for Arizona's kids at Phoenix Children's Hospital, Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders.

Cards are available online at www.pchkidsart.com and in the hospital's gift shop. Assorted cards are sold in packs of 15 for $10 and 75 page notepads for $6.

Massage Envy hosting ‘Massage for the Cure' event

Massage Envy will host its sixth annual fundraiser event, Massage for the Cure, from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 14. The event offers one-hour therapeutic massages for $49 to raise funds for Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Of that, $15 from each massage will be donated to the Phoenix and Southern Arizona Affiliates of Susan G. Komen for the Cure to be used for breast cancer education, screening and treatment programs.

The event is open to the public and appointments are recommended. Reservations for appointments will be accepted by phone or in person beginning Aug. 14. You do not have to be a Massage Envy member to make an appointment. Walk-ins are welcome.

The nearest location is at 3820 E. Ray Road, Suite 16.

For more information, visit MassageEnvy.com.

Esophageal Cancer Support Group

Banner Good Samaritan's Esophageal Cancer Program offers support for patients, families and community members through sharing information and providing resources.

The next meeting will be from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 16, at Grace Middlebrook Family Learning Center at Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center, 1111 E. McDowell Road (free valet parking). The topic is Naturopathoc Oncology: A Complement to Conventional Care, and guest speakers will be Dan Rubin, ND, FABNO and Heather Paulson, ND, FABNO (Fellows of the American Board of Naturopathic Oncology).

Meetings are free and on the third Thursday of each month - 1.25 CEU's are offered.

Refreshments will be served. RSVPs are appreciated to Terry at (602) 264-0240.

Frank Kush Family Fun Run & Walk comes to Tempe Oct. 16

The 19th annual Frank Kush Family Fun Run & Walk - an affordable family-oriented event promoting physical activity and healthy lifestyles and benefiting Arizona youth groups through the Frank Kush Youth Foundation - returns to Tempe Town Lake on Saturday morning, Oct. 16.

Open to all ages, the event includes a 5K run, 5K walk, 1 mile fun run, 1 mile walk and the popular dog walk. There also will be a health fair with information, screening stations and martial arts demonstrations.

Each school or youth group that pre-registers 50 or more participants (including staff and parents) will receive a $250 donation from the Kush Foundation to purchase physical activity equipment. Groups with 75 participants receive $350 donations.

Advance registration fees are $10 for adults, $5 for children 16 and under. A special $20 family package (four family members, $5 for each additional child) is also available. Everyone will receive a race T-shirt, all children who run or walk the 5K or 1 mile event will receive medals and all dogs will be given ribbons.

For more information, visit www.frankkush.org or www.alldistancerunning.com or contact Andy Dzurinko of the Kush Foundation at (480) 921-9341 or dzurinko@juno.com.

"Step right up" for 2010 Walk to Cure Diabetes Oct. 30

Desert Southwest Chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) is preparing for the 11th Annual Walk to Cure Diabetes, presented by GoDaddy.com, on Saturday, Oct. 30, at Tempe Town Lake, 80 W. Rio Salado Parkway, Tempe.

JDRF's Phoenix Walk to Cure Diabetes stands as the largest family-friendly walk in the Valley and will feature a circus-theme this year.

The mission of JDRF is to find a cure for diabetes and its complications through the support of research. The funds raised at the walk go directly to diabetes research - the more money raised, the more research is funded and the closer we come to finding a cure.

Registration starts at 7:30 a.m. The 5K walk begins at 9 a.m., followed by a shorter, 1.5 mile walk at 9:15 a.m. for kids and people with disabilities. A host of post-walk activities, food and live entertainment will continue until 2 p.m.

The event is open to all ages, and leashed dogs are welcome. Although a minimum of $100 raised for each walker is encouraged, all donations are appreciated.

To register as a team or as an individual, visit walk.jdrf.org. For more information, contact Ashley at abenedetto@jdrf.org or (602) 224-1822 or call the Walk hotline at 602-224-1840

Three weeks to a leaner, healthier you

Get fit fast with Paula Owens' three week online exercise and weight loss program designed to give you the tools you need for the results you want.

Owens is a nationally-recognized, highly-credentialed fitness expert, nutritionist and author of The Power of 4.

For more information, visit www.PaulaOwens.com

Alzheimer's and Dementia Support Group

Sunrise of Chandler Assisted Living, 5757 W. Chandler Blvd., hosts an Alzheimer's and Dementia Support Group from 6 to 7 p.m. on the second Tuesday of every month. Representatives from the Alzheimer's Association lead the meetings along with Sunrise of Chandler coordinators. Food and beverages will be provided.

Meeting dates and topics: Aug. 10 (general discussion), Sept. 14 (general discussion), Oct. 12 (When is the right time for hospice?), Nov. 9 (general discussion) and Dec. 14 (general discussion).

For more information or to RSVP, call (480) 786-4998

Send in your bra for a worthy cause

Help Athena's Home Novelties build a bra chain and raise money for breast cancer awareness. The national campaign, called Athena's Cup, aims to collect and hook together 169,000 donated bras, which would break the current bra-chain Guinness world record. Athena's Cup will collect a $5 donation with each bra in an effort to raise half a million dollars. Donors are encouraged to write the names of a loved one or other meaningful inscriptions on the bras prior to sending them in. Gently worn bras will be donated to battered women shelters following the campaign, which will run through October.

Send bras, with a $5 donation, to Athena's Home Novelties, attn: Katherine Newiger, 7541 E. Toronto St., Tucson, AZ 85730. To donate online, visit www.athenascup.org.

For more information, call Newiger at (520) 272-9706.

Review courses offered for medical imaging professionals to sit for national exams

GateWay Community College offers evening review courses for medical imaging professionals eligible to take either the national Computed Tomography (CT) or Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) registration exams. Most courses begin in late August and September and are offered each semester. A certificate of course completion is available for students completing all the didactic courses. Changes in both Medicare reimbursement the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) testing requirements make registration an important goal for imaging professionals performing these procedures.

For more information, contact Sharon Luczu, Director of Health Science Continuing Education, at luczu@gatewaycc.edu. To register, call (602) 286-8100, visit www.my.maricopa.edu or contact an advisor at (602) 286-8183.

Desert Cancer Foundation luncheon

The Desert Cancer Foundation of Arizona will host its 13th annual "Learning, Loving and Living with Cancer" luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 28, at the Crowne Plaza San Marcos Resort in Chandler. Registration starts at 11 a.m.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.desertcanceraz.org/events/luncheon2010.asp, call (480) 540-3293 or e-mail inquiries@desertcanceraz.org.

Registration open for Dyslexia Dash

International Dyslexia Association's Dyslexia Dash is a national fundraising event coinciding with the IDA's annual conference. The Dash will begin at 7 a.m. Oct. 30 at the Hyatt Regency Downtown, 122 N 2nd St. Members, families, colleagues, friends and supporters of all ages are invited to walk, run or jog around Phoenix to raising awareness and financial support for IDA's mission to improve literacy for struggling readers. Teams are encouraged. Prizes will be awarded.

For more information, visit www.interdys.org, e-mail Kristi at kbowman@interdys.org or call (410) 296-0232, ext. 402.

2010 Walk for Food Allergy coming in December

The Phoenix Allergy Network (PAN) and The Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network (FAAN) announce the FAAN 2010 Walk for Food Allergy. The walk will take place Saturday, Dec. 4, at Tempe Arts Park, 700 W. Rio Salado Parkway, Tempe. Check-in begins at 9 a.m., followed by the walk at 10 a.m. The distance is three miles.

For more information, visit http://www.foodallergywalk.org/site/TR/2010Walk/2010Walks?fr_id=1472&pg=entry.

Bedmart Charity Cares Program selects Phoenix Children's Hospital as beneficiary

Bedmart Cares Charity Foundation has announced Phoenix Children's Hospital as a beneficiary. Through Dec. 31, Bedmart will donate five percent of the purchase price of any Tempur-Pedic or ComforPedic mattress set for any customer that mentions Phoenix Children's Hospital at purchase.

Funds raised through the Bedmart Cares Charity Foundation will support charitable healthcare at Phoenix Children's. Approximately half of the patients treated at Phoenix Children's have little or no private medical insurance. Each year, Phoenix Children's provides tens of millions of dollars in uncompensated care to Arizona's most vulnerable children. PCH relies on community to provide the very best medical care to all patients, regardless of a family's ability to pay.

The nearest Bedmart store is at 4902 E. Ray Road, Suite G-1.

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 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.

Urgent Care Center uses iTriage to connect with Mobile users

Desert Valley Urgent Care in Chandler has partnered with Healthagen to put medical and facility information into the hands of smartphone users with iTriage. Smartphone users may download iTriage applications at no cost for their iPhone, iPod Touch or Android smartphones through the app stores, or log onto www.iTriageHealth.com from any Internet-enabled device to access healthcare information.

Built by emergency room physicians, iTriage aggregates healthcare information in a structured and actionable way and closes the information gap between doctors and patients. As the healthcare landscape changes, iTriage continues to provide technology to empower healthcare consumers. With this addition, the Chandler community and the surrounding Phoenix metropolitan area now has on-the-go access to Desert Valley Urgent Care details like contact information, mapping, quality reports and facility capabilities.

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.

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.

From now through Dec. 31, music lovers are invited to 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 PCH.

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

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.

Racing for Recovery offers support

A 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.

Candlelight Capers Ball to aid in the fight against heart disease

Banner Health Foundation, the philanthropic resource for the Phoenix-based non-profit Banner Health, will host the 56th annual Candlelight Capers Ball at the Arizona Biltmore Resort and Spa on Saturday, Dec. 11. The signature fundraising event for Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center, this year's gala, dubbed "An Evening in Monte Carlo," will benefit the hospital's Heart Failure Program, a division of the Cavanagh Heart Center at Banner Good Samaritan.

The 2010 Candlelight Capers Ball begins at 6 p.m. with cocktails and a silent auction, followed by dinner at 8 p.m. Tickets are $250 per person and include a cocktail reception, silent auction, dinner, dancing and a live auction. Sponsorships range from $5,000 to $25,000.

For more information, to purchase tickets or inquire about sponsorship opportunities, call (602) 747-GIVE (4483).

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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