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Posted: Tuesday, July 27, 2010 12:30 pm

Seminar offered on the aging spine

Staff from the Sonoran Spine Research and Education Foundation will present a seminar on the aging spine from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Wednesday, July 28, at Fellowship Square Mesa, 6945 E. Main St., Mesa.

The free 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.

For more information, 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.

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 with Laughaholic Laurie

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.

Express MiE also celebrating National Dance Day

Express MiE Fitness and Beauty, a new, ladies-only dance fitness studio is located in Tempe on the southwest corner of McClintock and Guadalupe, is celebrating National Dance Day with fun dance classes, donations to charity and great giveaways.

From 2 to 6:30 p.m. Saturday, July 31, Express MiE will offer six different 45-minute dance classes. In each class, participants will sample one of the studio's most popular dance fitness classes and will also learn half of Lythgoe's hip-hop routine. Each class costs $10, with limit of two classes per person.

All proceeds from the event will go to the Dizzy Feet Foundation, an organization dedicated to increasing access to dance education.

Every new client attending the event will also receive a free membership to Express MiE, including four free dance fitness classes and discounts during August.

To register, visit www.expressmie.com or call (480) 626-5973.

"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.

Free skin cancer screening event

Physicians from Banner Health will offer a free skin cancer screening to the general public from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, July 31, in the Grand Canyon Room at Banner Gateway Medical Center, 1900 N. Higley Road, Gilbert.

The event is sponsored by the Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center scheduled to open on the Banner Gateway campus in fall 2011. Skin/sun protection and prevention information will also be available at the event.

Screenings are limited and an appointment is required. By (602) 230-CARE (2273) or visiting www.bannerhealth.com/gateway.

Registration open for 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; an early bird discount of $25 applies if participants register by July 31. 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.

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.

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.

Banner Good Sam events

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

Aug. 2 and 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. 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. 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.

Heart-healthy workshop on exercise and conditioning

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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