Prepared Childbirth Class 1 – Four-week series meets Wednesdays, 6-8 p.m., starting tomorrow. Designed for expectant parents in the final trimester, covers the stages and management of labor, breathing techniques, muscle toning and relaxation as well as the role of the partner/support person and care of mother and baby after birth. Cost is $75 per couple, preregistration is required. Held at Valley Hospital and Education Center, 12606 E. Mission Ave., Spokane Valley. Call (509) 232-8138 to register and for more information.
Prevent and Treat the Swine Flu, Naturally – Covers tips for prevention and treatment using the best of conventional as well as complementary and alternative medicine, including homeopathy. Open discussion format. Thursday, 6-7 p.m., at Pilgrim’s Health Education Center, 1316 N. Fourth St., Coeur d’Alene. Cost is free, complimentary donations are welcome. Call (208) 651-7491 for more information.
Tai Chi – Presented by Dyscoveries Dystonia Support Group of Spokane. Educational meeting will be led by Bryan Knack. Participants should wear comfortable clothing. Family members and friends welcome. Cost is free. Thursday, 1:30-3 p.m., at St. Luke’s Rehabilitation Institute, lower level board room, 711 S. Cowley St. Call (509) 891-0790, e-mail email@example.com, or visit www.dyscoveries.com for more information.
Free Community Health Fair – Saturday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., at Kootenai Medical Center’s Health Resource Center, 2003 N. Kootenai Health Way, Coeur d’Alene. Offers health screenings, informational displays, fasting blood cholesterol tests, blood pressure checks, blood type testing, a blood drive, bike safety drills, car seat checks, jumping castle for kids and snacks. Reservations required for cholesterol tests. Call (208) 666-2083 to make reservations and for more information.
Free Wellness Class – Sponsored by the Moscow Food Co-Op, provides information on creative ways to cook for children as well as options for fitting healthy cooking into a busy lifestyle. Held Monday, 7-8:30 p.m., at the 1912 Center’s Fiske room, 412 E. Third St., Moscow, Idaho. Call (208) 882-8537 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Baby Care – Class focuses on learning hands-on care of infants, safety issues, feeding and comforting of a new baby. May 19, 6-8 p.m., at St. Luke’s Rehabilitation Institute, 711 S. Cowley St. Cost is $25 per person. Preregistration is required. Call (509) 232-8138 to register and for more information.
Teaching the Teachers: Allied Healthcare Workshop – Workshop to enlighten educators at the high school and middle school level of the many satisfying careers in the industry of allied health. May 20, 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., at Incyte Pathology, 13103 E. Mansfield Ave., Spokane Valley. Fee for non-educators is $40, check or cash. Visit www.greaterspokane.org to register.
Natural Childbirth – Class to follow Prepared Childbirth class, covers additional labor positions, comfort measures and breathing techniques to use during labor. May 20, 6-8 p.m., at Deaconess Health and Education Center, 910 W. Fifth Ave. Cost is $25, includes support partner. Preregistration is required. Call (509) 232-8138 to register and for more information.
Stroke Awareness Day Event – Hosted by St. Luke’s Rehabilitation Institute, held in LL 1-4, 711 S. Cowley St., May 21, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Community event will focus on managing stroke risk factors, creating a better understanding of stroke symptom recognition and response and improving the quality of life during stroke recovery. Free and open to the public, free parking. Call (509) 232-8138 for more information.
Workshop: Destiny vs. Design – “The Ultimate Reality Check,” presented by Dannion Brinkley. Fundraiser event for Twilight Brigade Compassion in Action. Organic refreshments and snacks provided by One World Spokane. Cost is $75 per person, $130 per couple. May 23, noon-4:30 p.m., at North Spokane Library, 44 E. Hawthorne Road. Call (509) 276-9166 or visit www.ttbspokane.org for tickets and for more information.
Healing Foods Kitchen Class – “Great Whole Grains.” Covers the benefits of whole foods for boosting immune systems to assist in cancer prevention and achieving good health and healing after cancer treatments. Participants will taste the foods they prepared at the end of the class. May 26, 5:30-7 p.m., at Providence Holy Family Hospital, 5633 N. Lidgerwood St. Cost is $10. Prepayment is required. Call (509) 474-5490 to register and for more information.
“Are Times Too Tough For Hope?” – Seminar sponsored by International Association of Prayer Counselors. Offers some solutions for times of change which involve job security, financial security, children and family issues, and other situations. May 29, 6-9:30 p.m., and May 30, 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m., at Mirabeau Park Hotel, 1100 N. Sullivan Road, Spokane Valley. Cost before May 19 is $28 per person or $45 per couple/friends for both days, $20 per person or $36 per couple/friends for Saturday only. Cost is $38 per person or $60 per couple/friends for both days, $30 per person or $50 per couple/friends for Saturday only after May 19. Call (208) 755-4059 or e-mail email@example.com to register and for more information.
Meditations for Heart and Mind – Covers the practice of mindfulness meditation to calm the mind and open the heart. All levels of meditation experience welcome. Class is Wednesday, 6-7:30 p.m., St. Joseph Family Center, 1016 N. Superior St. Cost is $10 per class. Call (509) 928-3863 for more information.
Orient School Health Fair – Wednesday, 6-8 p.m., at Orient School, 200 Third Ave., Orient, Wash. Featuring demonstrations by Orient Unicycle Troop, Mountain Path Yoga, and U.S. West Coast Taekwon-Do. Also featuring free blood pressure testing, booths by Eastern Washington Breast and Cervical Health Program and Community Dental Clinic, and a representative from Statewide Health Information Benefits Advisors to answer questions on health insurance coverage options. Free and open to the public. For more information, call (509) 684-6873 during school hours (Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m.).
“Beginning Experience” – Nonprofit organization for people who are grieving. Upcoming weekend retreat offering help for people who are separated, divorced or widowed is Friday-Sunday, at Immaculate Heart Retreat Center, 6910 S. Ben Burr Road. For more information, call (509) 534-8393 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Free Stroke Screening – Free and open to the community. Screenings include: total cholesterol, blood glucose, body fat, blood pressure, limited EKG, carotid artery check, stroke risk assessment. Appointments are required. Full lipid panel test is available for $20. Saturday, 8 a.m.-2 p.m., at Sacred Heart Providence Auditorium, 101 W. Eighth Ave. Call (509) 232-8138 to set up an appointment and for more information.
Overcoming Anger – Seminar with a DVD teaching, covers ways to overcome frustration, irritation and anger. Saturday, 8:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m., at Newman Conference Center, 6701 N. Idaho Road, Newman Lake, Wash. Cost is $40/person, $75/couple. Call (509) 226-5930 or visit www.newmancc.org to register and for more information.
“Scramble to Defeat ALS” Breakfast Fundraiser – Hosted by the ALS Association Evergreen Chapter. Guest speaker will be Jenny Hoff, who will share her experience living with ALS. June 3, 7:30-8:30 a.m., at Mirabeau Park Hotel and Convention Center, 1100 N. Sullivan Road, Spokane Valley. Cost is $30 per person, $25, persons with ALS, or $240 for an eight-person table. Preregistration is required by Monday. Tickets can be purchased online by visiting www.alsa-ec.org or call (509) 863-4321.
Be Healthy to the Bone Series – Classes will offer techniques for preventing and managing osteoporosis. Participants can assess their personal risk factors for low bone density, understand basic bone biology – including the influence of hormones, nutrition and physical activity, learn what food and lifestyle choices promote or damage bone health, discover and practice exercises that benefit bone health, and find out how bone health and fracture risk are assessed and about the various medications used for treatment. May 22: “Assessing Bone Health; Medical Management and Treatment of Osteoporosis,” 2-3:30 p.m. A representative from the pharmaceutical company Sanofi-Aventis will perform complimentary bone density screenings from 1-5 p.m. Handouts, exercise bands, refreshments and healthy snacks will be provided. Cost is $10. Held at Waterford on South Hill, 2929 S. Waterford Drive. Call (509) 536-2929 or (509) 321-8201 or visit www.waterfordspokane.com to register and for more information.
Building Healthy Neighborhoods 5K Fun Run and Walk – May 23, beginning at 9 a.m. at the Spokane Convention Center and looping along the Centennial Trail through Gonzaga University’s campus before ending downtown. Check-in is 8 a.m. Cost is $15. Call (509) 625-6733 or visit www.nusaspokane.org to register and for more information.
Tai Chi for Health – Spring classes include: Mondays – Tai Chi Basic, 11 a.m.-noon; Tai Chi Intermediate, 1-2 p.m.; and Tai Chi for Stress Reduction, 6-7:15 p.m., at CenterPlace, 2426 N. Discovery Place, Spokane Valley. Tuesdays – Tai Chi Basic, 9-10 a.m., and Tai Chi Intermediate, 10-11 a.m., at Rockwood Clinic, 101 E. Hawthorne Road; Tai Chi for Health Basic, 1-2 p.m., and Tai Chi for Health Intermediate, 2-3 p.m., at Lilac Services for the Blind, 1212 N. Howard St.; and Tai Chi for Health, 6-7:30 p.m., at CenterPlace in Spokane Valley. All classes run for 10 weeks and cost $75 except Tai Chi for Stress Reduction which runs for seven weeks and costs $50. Call (509) 468-0587 or (509) 979-4128 or e-mail email@example.com to register and for more information.
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