Learn how to restore your eyesight without surgery

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

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

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


‘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.


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.


Luncheon benefits Banner Desert Cancer Center

Banner Desert Medical Center will host its annual Garden of Hope Spring Tea and Luncheon from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 8, at the Mesa Country Club, 660 W. Fairway Drive.

The event will feature a tea and lunch plus cancer survivors and their family members will participate in a fashion show, outfitted by Dillard's. A wide variety of silent auction items will also be available. Speakers include oncologist Dr. Mark Runfola and Stephanie Koplin-Baucum, oncology nurse, who will share personal stories about the value of the many programs and services at Banner Desert Cancer Center.

The event helps support Banner Desert Cancer Center programs such as music, massage, yoga, dance, art integrative therapies and free wigs.

Tickets, $40, are available by calling Cynthia at (480) 412-3287.


Asthma screenings set for May 8

Adults and children with symptoms such as wheezing, coughing and shortness of breath that occur frequently, during exercise or even just at night, are invited to find out if they are at risk for asthma through the 14th annual Nationwide Asthma Screening Program.

Local allergists who are asthma specialists will conduct a free screening from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 8, at the Village Racquet and Health Club, 4444 E. Camelback Road. This year, allergists are paying special attention to those who have difficulty breathing during or immediately after exercise and may have a condition called exercise-induced bronchoconstriction.

The program, sponsored by the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology with support this year from TEVA Respiratory, LLC, has screened an estimated 119,000 people and referred more than half for further diagnosis.

For more information, call (480) 838-1565.


Alzheimer's and Dementia Support Group

Sunrise of Chandler Assisted Living at 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: May 11 (Behaviors: What are they, What do I do?), June 8, (Partnering with your doctor), 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


Tempe St. Luke's offers healthy events for adults 55+

SeniorAdvantage is a program at Tempe St. Luke's Hospital that promotes healthy living in adults ages 55 and up. Each month, community seminars and events are offered for seniors that focus on their unique needs.

Along with educational seminars, SeniorAdvantage members enjoy additional benefits, including free and discounted health screenings, exercise classes, VIP (Very Important Patient) program, medication reviews with a member of the Pharmacy Department and insurance information assistance.

Upcoming programs include: Mindfulness, 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesday, May 11; Is Health Choice an Option for You?, 10 to 11 a.m. Friday, May 14; Hearing Loss and Hearing Aids, 4 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, May 19; Sip N' Stitch, 2 to 3:30 p.m. Friday, May 21; Mammograms, 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 26 (call (480) 784-5605 to schedule an appointment - a physician referral is required); and Coffee with the Administrator, 9 to 10 a.m. Thursday, May 27.

SeniorAdvantage membership is free to join through the end of May. To learn more about becoming a SeniorAdvantage member or to register for upcoming events, call (877) 351-WELL (9355) or log on to www.tempestlukeshospital.com.


National Bone Marrow Registry Drive is May 13

The Blood and Marrow Transplant Program at Mayo Clinic and Phoenix Children's Hospital will host the National Marrow Donor Program's "Be The Match: MARROWTHON Donor Recruitment Campaign" on May 13. This is a chance for members of the community and employees to help give the gift of life by joining the Be The Match Registry.

The drive will take place at three locations: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Mayo Clinic, 13400 E. Shea Blvd., Scottsdale; 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Mayo Clinic Hospital, 5777 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix; and 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Phoenix Children's Hospital, 1919 E. Thomas Road.

People ages 18 to 60 in generally good health are encouraged to attend and fill out a short questionnaire. Then a small swab of cheek cells will be taken with a cotton swab to determine the tissue type to be matched against patients who need a donor. This information is then added to the Be The Match registry. No extraction of blood or marrow takes place at the event - just the screening and the swabbing. The test results are then added to the Registry.

For more information, contact the Mayo Clinic at (480) 342-0290 or Phoenix Children's Hospital at (602) 546-0824 or visit www.phoenixchildrens.com.


Making strides for the Breast Cancer Fund

Help make charitable strides with Stroller Strides starting at 7 a.m. Saturday, May 15, at the Phoenix Zoo, 455 North Galvin Parkway. This family-friendly 5K Walk/Run will benefit the Breast Cancer Fund.

Registration prior to the race is $45 for ages 13 and older, $10 for children 3 to 12 and free for kids under 3. On race day, the adult fee is $55. The fee includes admission to the zoo, and strollers are encouraged. Interested participants may register online at www.active.com or call 1-800-917-4561.

By supporting the Breast Cancer Fund, women will stand together and support each other, according to Linda Nagel, owner of Ahwatukee Stroller Strides.

Stroller Strides is not only a fitness program for moms, it provides a support system so moms can reach their fitness goal as well as surround themselves with a group of women who support and understand the ups and downs of motherhood.

For more information, visit www.strollerstrides.net/ahwatukee or call (602) 571-4393.


HPV Vaccine and Cervical Cancer seminar coming up

M. D. Anderson Banner Cancer Center will kick off its 2010 Ask the Cancer Expert series with a program on cervical cancer starting at 6 p.m. May 19 in the main ballroom at Embassy Suites, 4400 S. Rural Road, Tempe. The program will provide education about the disease and its prevention, including the Human Pampilloma Virus (HPV) vaccine.

This Ask the Cancer Expert program is free and open to the public, but space is limited. Guests are asked to reserve seating by calling Banner Health at (602) 230-CARE (2273).

Ask the Cancer Expert events scheduled for the remainder of the year include skin cancer screenings in July and August, a prostate cancer program for men in September and a breast cancer seminar for women in October.


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

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

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

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


"Take Steps" for Crohn's and Colitis Foundation

The Crohn's and Colitis Foundation "Take Steps" walk will start at 5 p.m. Saturday, May 22, at Tempe Town Lake. The national evening walk and celebration is dedicated to finding a cure for these digestive diseases. Now in its third year, the event has expanded to over 100 walk sites across the country.

Donations may also be made in the change jar at Ace Hardware at Chandler Boulevard and Desert Foothills Parkway.

For more information about the walk, visit www.cctakesteps.org.


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.


ASU, Triple R collaborate to offer program on schizophrenia

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

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


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

Banner Alzheimer's Institute has created a new caregivers support group for adult children which will meet from 1 to 2:30 p.m. on the last Tuesday of each month 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.


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

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

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

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

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

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


Women invited to retreats at Camelback Mountain

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

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

For details visit www.CCCretreats.com.


Sun Lakes Parkinson's Support Group meeting

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

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

Social time with refreshments will follow the meeting.

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


Addiction recovery organization hosts golf tournament

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

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

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

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


Alzheimer's Institute offers educational workshop for caregivers

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

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

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

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


St. Joseph's needs volunteers

St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center, 350 W. Thomas Road, is looking for people interested in volunteering. Volunteers work side by side with hospital staff, develop camaraderie with other volunteers and have a sense of pride as donate their time to help others. Several opportunities are available.

For more information, call (602) 406-3020.


Lower West Band offers free album downloads to benefit PCH

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

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

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

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

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


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.


21 days to a leaner, healthier you

Paula's 21 Day Transformation Program starts June 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.


Grief and Divorce Support Groups

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

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


Jewish Family & Children's Service opens new clinic

Jewish Family & Children's Service has opened a new behavioral health clinic at 2017 N. Seventh St., Suite A100. Only adults will be served at the new site. The other three clinics (Glendale, Mesa and South Phoenix) serve adults, children and youth.

Adult Behavioral Health programs at JFCS include counseling, psychiatric care, outpatient mental health services, HIV/AIDS services and medication services.

For more information about JFCS programs and services, visit www.jfcsaz.org or call (602) 279-7655.


Chamberlain College of Nursing announces ‘Nurse of the Month' Award

In an effort to pay tribute to outstanding nurses, Chamberlain College of Nursing has announced a "Nurse of the Month" award to recognize exceptional nurses making a difference in the lives of their patients on a daily basis.

Nominations of outstanding nurses across the country will be accepted through June. Each month a nominee will be chosen to receive the award, which includes a $250 salon and spa gift card or two Universal Studios Park Hopper passes. Monthly winners will be eligible for the "Nurse of the Year" award. The "Nurse of the Year" will receive a grand prize vacation getaway from Chamberlain College of Nursing.

For complete contest details or to nominate a nurse who has made a difference, visit www.chamberlain.edu/nurseofthemonth.


Satisfaction Ratings High for Highway Christian Hospice

Families receiving Highway Christian Hospice services have rated multiple domains as "Excellent," "Always" or 100 percent in the Family Evaluation of Hospice Care Survey for the fourth quarter of 2009. Highway Christian Hospice participates in the performance measures managed by the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization. The collected data is compiled and compared with other hospices across the nation.

Highway Christian Hospice is a state licensed and Medicare Certified hospice and is a member of the National and Arizona Hospice and Palliative Care Organizations and the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce.

For more information, call (602) 274-1952.


Band offers free downloads to make a difference at PCH

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

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

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


Free seminar helps employers prevent noise-induced hearing loss

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

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

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

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


Stimulate your child's brain development

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

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

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

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


Links Fore Leukemia golf tourney coming up

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

For details, visit www.lls.org/linksaz or call Cameron at (602) 567-7605.


Arts Engagement helps those with dementia

Arts Engagement is an innovative arts program that actively engages adults with mild to moderate dementia and their care partners. This series of interactive talks and activities helps promote social interaction, creative expression, and overall quality of life. Sessions start in January at several locations.

For more information about the program, call Vicki at (602) 839-6928.


Racing for Recovery offers support

A new Racing for Recovery support group meets 6 to 7 p.m. Wednesdays at Spinergy Cycling Studio, 12020 S. Warner-Elliot Loop, Suite 111.

Racing for Recovery offers support to anyone who has been affected by addiction - addict, family member or friend - and promotes health and fitness as a component of recovery.

For information, call Clay at (480) 252-9903, e-mail claylblair@gmail.com or visit www.racingforrecovery.com.


24-hour help hotline

The bilingual Helpline services are free of charge and are available 24 hours a day, everyday, including holidays by calling (602) 263-8856.

Specialists respond to calls from individuals seeking information or referrals to health care programs; emergency food, housing and clothing resources; drug or alcohol treatment programs; adult/child protective services; and marital and family counseling. All calls are confidential.

More information is available online at www.cir.org.


La Leche League meets 1st Thursdays

Join like mothers from around the Valley at La Leche League, an international, nonprofit, nonsectarian organization dedicated to providing education, information, support and encouragement to women who want to breastfeed. All women, especially pregnant and nursing mothers, are welcome to attend the meetings from 11 a.m. to noon on the first Thursday of each month at The Center for True Harmony Wellness and Medicine, 2152 S. Vineyard, Suite 138, Mesa.

Children are always welcome. Space is limited, and RSVPs are requested to (480) 539-6646.


Group offers support for depression, anxiety

Sun Lakes resident Deb Ralston has formed a new Peer Support Group offering support for men and women experiencing symptoms of stress, depression and anxiety. The group meets from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Mondays (except first Mondays) in the Phoenix Room at the Cottonwood Clubhouse in Sun Lakes. Meetings are earmarked by confidentiality and respect for the participants' integrity and privacy.

Ralston has worked as the clinical director of a shelter for abused children and is presently coordinator of volunteers with Neighbors Who Care, a nonprofit agency that assists the home-bound elderly. She offers her guidance to the Monday support group at no cost.

For further information, call Ralston at (480) 334-8671 or Allan at (480) 895-8671.


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