New FitPro Bootcamp starting at Aspire

FitPro Bootcamp for adults will begin Monday, July 5, at Aspire Kids Sports Center, 50 S. Hearthstone Way, Chandler The group will meet from 5:30 to 6:30 a.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. Each participant will receive before and after body composition assessments that will be recorded in their own fitness log.

FitPro Bootcamp will be taught by Trisha Driggs, who has a degree in exercise science and has been coaching for 13 years. She also has many years of experience as a personal trainer.

The cost is $129 for the first month (includes the cost of the fitness log) and $99 for additional months if you are a member at Aspire. If you are not a member, it is $139 for the first month and $109 for any additional months. As a special introduction, sign up for two months and receive the third month free.

Call (480) 820-3774 or visit for more information or to register.


Banner Hospice Bereavement Program

New modules of the Grief Recovery Program are starting again soon, and support meetings will take place at several Banner facilities. During the 12-week program, participants will receive education and support to assist them in recovery from loss. The step-by-step process helps adults address underlying issues of incompleteness and guides them in finding long-term relief from the pain and loneliness that might be limiting their lives. The groups are open to the public, and registration is not necessary. The materials fee is $15.

Nearby groups are scheduled as follows: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays July 7 to Sept. 29 at the Rosati Education Center at Banner Desert Medical Center, 1400 S. Dobson Road, Mesa; and 6 to 8 p.m. Mondays July 12 to Oct. 4 at Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center, Sandstone Conference Room South, 1111 E. McDowell Road.

For more information, call Cindy at (480) 503-9676 or visit keyword:  support groups. 


Tracheostomy Education and Vendor Fair

Phoenix Children’s Hospital Trach and Airway team will present a Tracheostomy Education and Vendor Fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, July 10, at Phoenix Children’s Hospital’s main campus, Rosenberg Children’s Medical Plaza (Building E), Melvin Cohen Conference Center, 1920 E. Cambridge Ave. The fair is free and open to the public, and free parking is available in the visitors garage.

This family friendly event is aimed at educating the community about health and safety issues related to tracheostomies. Information for families, caregivers, students and health care professionals will be provided by the hospital’s special Tracheotomy and Airway Program.

For more information, contact Kristen Meliska at (602) 546-0913.


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.


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: July 13 (Research and Treatment), 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


Juvenile Arthritis Conference

The Greater Southwest Chapter of the Arthritis Foundation will host its first local Juvenile Arthritis Conference from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 17, at the National Bank of Arizona Conference Center, 6001 N. 24th St.

The program features inspirational speaker Andrea Decker, a tenth grade teacher at Phoenix Country Day School, who was diagnosed with juvenile arthritis when she was 12 years old. A number of educational and activity tracks are also available based on attendees’ ages.

The conference promotes a sense of community among families, allowing them to see that they are not in this alone; there is support, advice and programs available to help them adjust to the challenges of life with juvenile arthritis.

The cost is $2 per child ages 3 to 17 and $10 per adult 18 and up. The fee includes lunch.

For more information or to register, call the Arthritis Foundation at (602) 212-9905 or go to


Grills, Guys and Good Health

Medical experts will present a free seminar on men’s health issues from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, July 24, in the Saguaro Auditorium - Rosati Education Center, Banner Desert Medical Center, 1400 S. Dobson Road, Mesa, as part of the Banner Ask the Expert seminar series.

Topics will include prostate screening, voiding problems, testosterone evaluation and erectile dysfunction. The seminar is designed to allow men to ask questions about health issues without having to make a doctor’s appointment. Men and women are invited to attend.

Looking for a new outdoor grill? A demonstration on how to buy the best grill for your summertime backyard barbecues will also take place.

Parking is available in the garage next to the Dobson Road entrance.

The seminar is free, but registration is required to (602) 230-CARE (2273).


ADA Gala 20th Anniversary

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) has transformed our culture and opened doors for millions of Americans with disabilities. Community members are invited to help celebrate 20 years of disability civil rights from 6 to 11 p.m. Saturday, July 24, at the Tempe Mission Palms Resort, 60 E. Fifth St., Tempe. A cocktail hour with cash bar starts at 6 p.m. followed by dinner, ADA awards and live music by “The Instant Classics.”

Real-time captioning and American Sign Language interpreters will be on site. Alternate formats or vegetarian meals will be provided upon request. No fragrances please. To accommodate those with allergies, breathing conditions or multiple chemical sensitivities, please do not smoke or wear scented products when attending this event.

Tickets, $35 each or $280 for a table of eight, are available at or by calling (602) 503-6593 (V) or (602) 364-0990 (TTY).


Seminar offered on the aging spine

A seminar on the aging spine will take place from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Wednesday, July 28, at Fellowship Square Mesa, 6945 E. Main St., Mesa.

The presentation will provide an in-depth focus on the spine, with an emphasis on protecting spine health and the latest treatments available to those who suffer from neck and/or back pain. Topics will be presented by Terrence Crowder, MD, orthopaedic spine surgeon, and Jan Revella, RN, arthritis nurse specialist, who have gained national recognition for their work in the field of spine care and treatments.

The presentation is free and includes free educational materials. No reservations are necessary.

The Sonoran Spine Research and Education Foundation is dedicated to spinal research and educational seminars, classes and presentations. The Foundation provides educational grants to college students with spinal deformity.

For more information on this presentation or other educational programs offered by the Sonoran Spine Research and Education Foundation, call (602) 443-4191 or e-mail


Seminar on eating healthy to prevent heart disease

Banner Health’s Put Your Heart in the Right Place seminar series, “Women and Heart Disease: Celebrate our Differences,” will run from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, July 29, in the Rosati Education Center at Banner Desert Medical Center,  1400 S. Dobson Road, Mesa.

From risk factors to appropriate screenings, from family history to cultural beliefs, this seminar will encourage you to create your own personal recipe for better health. Banner Heart Hospital cardiologist, Dr. Zelalem Yilma, will explore how certain foods and lifestyles can impact your overall health and well being. Banner Desert Medical Center’s heart healthy chef and dietitian will teach you new ways to modify some of your all time favorite comfort foods.

The seminar is free, and refreshments will be served. Seating is limited and RSVP’s are requested to (602) 230-CARE (2273).

For more information on Heart Care, visit


“Out Drive Autism” golf tourney benefits autism student scholarships

Umbrella NPO is sponsoring an “Out Drive Autism” golf tournament beginning with a 7:30 a.m. shotgun Saturday, July 31, at Legacy Golf Resort, 6808 S. 32nd St. The entry fee is $100 through June ($125 after) and includes range balls, lunch buffet, in-tournament contests and a raffle afterward.

Umbrella NPO is an Arizona-based non-profit giving higher education scholarships to students with an ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder). Currently, Umbrella NPO is the only non-profit in the nation providing such a scholarship. Umbrella NPO’s sole source of income is through donations and money raised by events.

Participants may get more information and sign up online at or e-mail Tyler Lindstrom at 


21 days to a leaner, healthier you

Paula’s 21 Day Transformation Program starts July 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


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


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.


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

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


Teen cancer survivors exhibit art showcase

The “Great Expectations and Dreams: Arizona Youth Speak Up For Our Eyes” exhibition will showcase art selections designed by Center for Cancer and Blood Disorder patients. Eight teens have been selected to showcase their creative designs through The Art Project at Phoenix Children’s Hospital.

One-of-a-kind art creations from the art project will be on display through Aug. 30 at Arizona State University Downtown, University Center Building, Main Lobby, 411 N. Central Ave. Viewing hours are 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. An artist reception and free public event will run from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 20.

Visit for more information on the Art Project or to purchase art.

For more information, contact Elaine Falkner at (602) 546-2659.


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 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, 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


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


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 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


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   


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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