Outdoor Experience 4 All banquet benefit helps ill kids

Outdoor Experience 4 All (OE4A), an organization that provides outdoor adventures for Arizona kids facing life-threatening illnesses, will host a benefit fundraiser from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Thursday, July 15, at Ashley Manor at 1380 S. Price Road in Chandler.

“Last year our banquet helped raise $13,000 to send kids camping, fishing and hunting in some of the most beautiful mountains and forests of Arizona,” said OE4A co-founder Eddy Corona, an Ahwatukee Foothills resident. “This year we have an even bigger evening planned - a great meal, a chance to have a night out with friends and to bid on donation auction items including the drawing for the Arizona Big Game Super Raffle, Arizona Deer Association's Great American Deer Raffle, hunting gear and optics donated by some of the biggest names in the industry.”

Tickets are $60 each and include dinner and an open bar. For more information or advance tickets, visit www.OE4A.org or call (480) 529-8340.


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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.


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


Heart-healthy workshop on diabetes and heart disease

A series of free heart-healthy workshops for older adults and the community are being presented by the city of Phoenix Human Services Department and the Arizona Heart Institute.

The workshop “Diabetes and Heart Disease: The Silent Epidemic” will be offered at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 14, at Paradise Valley Senior Center, 17402 N. 40th St., by Teresa Capriotti, clinic nurse manager at the Arizona Heart Institute.

Attendees will learn that diabetes is a common disease in which the body cannot use food for energy as it should causing blood sugar levels to rise above normal. Diabetes also damages blood vessels placing individuals at risk of heart attack, stroke and poor circulation in the eyes, kidneys and legs.

To avoid such complications, people with diabetes should take an active role in their care. If you struggle with the effects of diabetes, or want to know how to prevent its complications, this workshop is for you.

Space is limited and on a first-come, first-served basis. Refreshments will be served. For more information, call (602) 495-3785.


Heat advisory safety tips from Phoenix Children’s Hospital

Summer heat has returned, and that means the temperature is rising to unhealthy levels. “A study from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) warns parents about the leading cause of non-crash vehicle deaths for children under the age of 14 - Hyperthermia (heat stroke) - due to being left in a hot vehicle,” says Angelica Baker, Injury Prevention Specialist at Phoenix Children’s Hospital. “The study finds that parents who break their usual daily routines are more likely to leave a child in the car by accident.” 

Phoenix Children’s Hospital provides safety tips for Valley families to prevent heat-related injuries.

·        Never leave a child alone in a car, truck or van. High temperatures can cause the temperature inside a parked car to reach dangerous levels. After only 15 minutes in direct sunlight, the temperature inside a car can reach 135 to 192 degrees. High temperatures can lead to heat exhaustion or death.

·        Children often fall asleep in the car, so when leaving a car make sure to check that all children are out. Make a habit of looking in the vehicle - front and back seats- before locking the door and walking away.

·        Create reminders: one way is to keep a stuffed animal in your child’s car seat. When your child is in the car seat, move the stuffed animal to the front seat with you as a reminder. Other helpful reminders include writing a note, placing a purse or briefcase in the backseat, etc.

·        Never leave infants or children in a parked vehicle, even if the windows are partially open or with the engine running and the air conditioning on.

·        If you break routine, have your spouse or friend call you to make sure everything went according to plan.

·        Ask your childcare provider to call you if your child does not show up for childcare.

·        Cover metal parts of car seats in hot weather. Belt and harness buckles can cause serious burns to children.

·        Call 911 immediately if you see a child left in a heated car.


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.


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 www.arthritis.org.


New support group for Graves’ Thyroid Disease Foundation

The Graves’ Thyroid Disease Foundation has established a new support group in Arizona, open to all patients with thyroid disorders and their family members. The next meeting will be from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Saturday, July 17, at the Scottsdale Public Library’s Mustang branch book discussion room, 10101 N. 90 St., Scottsdale.

Graves’ Disease is caused by a defect in the immune system in which antibodies attack the thyroid gland, often resulting in hyperthyroidism. Symptoms of hyperthyroidism include weight loss, rapid heart beat, shortness of breath, muscle weakness, fatigue, insomnia and heat intolerance.  Similar antibodies may also attack the skin on the front of the lower leg and the cells behind the eyes, which can lead to “bulging” eyes, double vision and vision loss.

Meetings are free, but RSVPs are requested to Kimberly at (480) 661-1169 or phoenix.gdf@cox.net.


Persons with disabilities invited to attend ‘Living Well with a Disability’ health promotion program

Would you (or someone you know) like to enjoy a better quality of life, get help in reaching a personal goal or perhaps just make fewer trips to the emergency room or urgent care? If you answered yes, plan to attend “Living Well with a Disability,” a 20-hour, 10-week health promotion program for adults with physical disabilities, presented by Arizona Bridge to Independent Living (ABIL) and the Valley of the Sun YMCA.

The program will run from 1 to 3 p.m. Fridays, July 23 to Sept. 24, at the Disability Empowerment Center, Classroom A, 5025 E. Washington St.

Space is limited. For more information or to register, call Leonard at (602) 386-4281.


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 www.azdac.org/gala or by calling (602) 503-6593 (V) or (602) 364-0990 (TTY).


Explore dowsing, muscle-testing techniques

This month’s “Health & Wellness” education class will meet from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Lilo’s Coffee Haus, 4747 E. Elliot Road, Suite 34, and the guest presenter is Marvin Knight.

Knight has been using dowsing and muscle testing for over 20 years as a nutritional health consultant. He is also an expansion of consciousness instructor and a reverend for the Universal Life Church Monastery. Knight’s topics will be learning dowsing and muscle testing for everyday use, learning how to apply these two techniques to your dietary and nutritional needs, learning how to pick specific supplements and how to customize an entire nutritional program and learning how to determine what foods your body does and does not want. A whole food nutrition round-table discussion will also take place. Please bring a pendulum to the class if you own one; if not, one will be provided that you can take home for $3.

The class exchange fee is $5 plus $3 pendulum fee if you desire one. Drinks will be provided. Due to limited seating, RSVPs are appreciated at www.meetup.com/The-Phoenix-Rising-Wellness-Group  or by calling Christine at (480) 491-9551. 


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 tracy@sonoranspine.com.


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 www.BannerHealth.com/Heart.


Celebrate National Dance Day July 31

So You Think You Can Dance executive producer and judge Nigel Lythgoe has declared July 31 as National Dance Day. Lythgoe is also promoting the new holiday through his Dizzy Feet Foundation, which he created in 2009 to help underprivileged young people realize their dream of becoming professional dancers and to support, improve and increase access to dance education in the United States (www.fox.com/dance or www.dizzyfeetfoundation.org).

National Dance Day is intended to promote health and wellness nationwide, and Laughaholic Laurie from Laurie’s Laughaholic Club is offering a 30-minute free-style dance fitness class starting at noon July 31 at Curves Ahwatukee, 4025 E. Chandler Blvd., Sutie 74 The dance frenzy is free, fun and full of laughter.

Laurie’s Laughoholic Club meets from 3 to 4 p.m. on the second Sunday of each month at the same location. Laughter is good for your health - the perfect antidote to the harmful effects of stress. A laugh club is a safe place to act childlike and be playful and laugh our way to health and happiness. Anyone can do it at any age or level of mobility.

For details, contact Laurie at laurie52@cox.net or (480) 540-4776.


“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 www.umbrellanpo.com or e-mail Tyler Lindstrom at tyler@umbrellanpo.com


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.


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.


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 www.pchkidsart.com 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 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.


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.


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.


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.    


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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