“Parenting With Power, Persistence and Patience” – Held each Tuesday and Thursday, 6-8 pm. at North Central High School, 1600 N. Howard St. Classes are free; no registration is required. Topics include advocating for your child, building relationships, managing conflict, addressing adolescent high-risk behaviors and preventing adolescent substance abuse. Call (509) 354-7329 for more information.
Prepared Childbirth, Extended – Four-session course for expectant mothers in the final trimester is offered once a week beginning Wednesday, 6-8 p.m. at Providence Sacred Heart Mother Gamelin Center, 20 W. Ninth Ave. Taught by certified childbirth educators. Cost is $75 and includes a support partner. Visit www.cherspokane.org for more information.
Meditation – Tibetan Lama Lakshey Zangpo provides meditation instructions and practice. Wednesday, 7-8 p.m. Bring a chair or cushions, if possible. Suggested donation is $10. Call (509) 534-4288 for location and more information.
“Colon Cancer: How Can I Reduce My Risk?” – A Healthy Woman event, sponsored by Deaconess Medical Center, includes a presentation by Dr. Harold Preiksaitis and informal discussion and question-and-answer session; information on dietary habits to inhibit cancer; free BMI and body fat screenings; “going green” and reducing chemicals in day-to-day life; and refreshments. March 18, 5-7 p.m. at Valley Hospital Education Center, 12606 E. Mission Ave., Spokane Valley. Free. Call (509) 473-5482 or e-mail jackows@empire health.org to register.
Babysitting Basics – Course for ages 10-15 to prepare them with the skills to be a successful babysitter. Class covers topics such as how to care for infants, toddlers and other children, CPR and first aid for infants and children, discipline issues, safety and business basics. Cost is $40. March 20, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at St. Luke’s Rehabilitation Institute, 711 S. Cowley St. Visit www.cherspokane.org to register.
Dealing with Diabetes – “Natural Approaches for Prevention & Management” - Presentation focuses on natural strategies and dietary tips for those already diagnosed with diabetes (Type II) and for those looking to prevent its onset. March 24, 7-8 pm at Spinal and Sports Care Clinic, 12905 E. Sprague Ave. Limited number of seats are available; call (509) 922-0303 for reservations.
Adult Heartsaver First Aid – Course intended for those who need a CPR and first aid certification for adults and children. Teaches how to manage illness and injuries in the first few minutes until professional help arrives. Course content includes general principles, medical emergencies and injury emergencies, as well as adult and child CPR. Cost is $50, includes both a first aid and CPR card valid for two years. March 26, 7:45 a.m.-noon at St. Luke’s Rehabilitation Institute, 711 S. Cowley St. Visit www.cherspokane.org to register.
Baby Sign Language – Learn to communicate with your baby before he or she can speak. Participants will learn the history and benefits or signing and 50 useful signs to use at home with baby. Cost is $25 per person. March 30, 6-8 p.m. at St. Luke’s Rehabilitation Institute, 711 S. Cowley St. To register, visit www.cherspokane.org.
BodyTalk Access – One-day course composed of five of the most critical and powerful BodyTalk balancing techniques. BodyTalk is a safe, natural and complimentary system of health care that facilitates the body’s natural healing processes and is designed to help people regain and maintain their health. April 21, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at Northwest Noetic School of Massage, 2702 W. Sunset Blvd., Suite 2. Cost is $100. To register, call (406) 871-5645 or visit www.bodytalksystem.com.
“Food Inc.” – A documentary film lifts the veil on our nation’s food industry, exposing the highly mechanized underbelly that has been hidden from the American consumer with the consent of our government’s regulatory agencies, USDA and FDA. Wednesday, 6 p.m. at Pilgrim’s Natural Market’s Health Education Center, 1316 N. Fourth St., Coeur d’Alene. Free. (208) 676-9730
“Smiles” Teeth Whitening Fundraiser – Teeth whitening offered until March 31 for $99, and proceeds will go to benefit the Spokane Guilds’ School Foundation, which strives to ensure that infants and toddlers with disabilities receive early intervention services, regardless of ability to pay. For a referral to one of the participating dentists, call (509) 729-3798.
Stretch and Flex Classes – Five-week session combines Pilates, yoga, body conditioning, light cardio and basic stretching. Open to all ages. Meets Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 9-10 a.m. at Millwood Presbyterian Church, 3223 N. Marguerite Road. Cost is $45 for 15 classes. Drop-ins, $5. (509) 927-8187 or (509) 924-2350.
Free On-Site Immunizations – The Spokane Regional Health District is offering free immunizations for students during the month of March. Clinics are: March 16, 3-6 p.m., at Farwell Elementary School, 13005 N. Crestline St.; March 18, 3-6 p.m., at Shiloh Hills Elementary School, 505 E. Stonewall Ave.; March 23, 1-6 p.m., at Madison Elementary School, 319 W. Nebraska Ave.; and March 24, 1-6 p.m., at Arlington Elementary School, 6363 N. Smith St. Open to anyone 18 years old and younger. Parents must be present. Immunization records are required. All vaccines are free; the HPV immunization is only available to those who do not have private health insurance or whose plan does not cover it. (509) 324-1417; www.protectyours.org.
Meditation Class – Learn mindfulness meditation to calm the mind and open the heart on Wednesdays in March, 6-7:30 p.m. at St. Joseph Family Center, 1016 N. Superior St. Cost is $10-12 per class. Call (509) 928-3863 or visit www.mainstream-mindfulness .com for more information.
Baby Care – Course focuses on hands-on care of infants, safety issues, feeding and comforting of a new baby. Cost is $25. March 16, 6-8 p.m. at St. Luke’s Rehabilitation Institute, 711 S. Cowley St. Register online at www.cherspokane.org.
Pilates for Every Body – Helps strengthen core muscles, improving body condition, flexibility and posture. Six-week class begins March 16 and is held Tuesdays and Thursdays, 4:30-5:30 p.m. or 6-7 p.m. at Southside Community Center, 3151 E. 27th Ave., and at Central Lutheran Church, 512 S. Bernard St. Cost is $54. To register, call (509) 625-6200 or go online to www.spokaneparks.org.
CPR/First Aid Recertification – March 18, 2-5 p.m. at ABC Office, 12310 E. Mirabeau Parkway, Suite 100, Spokane Valley. Cost is $45. Information on the Web: www.ipcabc.org
American Diabetes Association and Shawn Higgins Memorial Fund Family Retreat – Families living with Type 1 diabetes can learn more about management of the disease . April 23-25, begins at 5 p.m. on Friday and runs through 11:30 a.m. on Sunday at Camp Pinelow, 3806 N. Deer Lake Road, Loon Lake, Wash. Cost is $100 per family. (509) 624-7478; e-mail email@example.com.
“Visualize… a World without ALS” Benefit Luncheon – Presented by the ALS Association Evergreen Chapter April 23, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at Mirabeau Park Hotel and Convention Center, 1100 N. Sullivan Road, Spokane Valley. Suggested donation is $150. Preregistration is requested by April 9 online at www.alsa-ec.org; e-mailing to firstname.lastname@example.org; or calling (509) 863-4321.
Family to Family Education Course – 12-week course suitable for adult relatives of adults with mental illnesses provides education and support. Taught by trained family members. Saturdays, 9:30 a.m.-noon, through April 24 at Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center, 101 W. Eighth Ave. Free. To register, call (509) 466-9333.
Parenting Children of Divorce – Learn how divorce or separation affects children at different developmental stages, how to create a supportive climate for children reducing the effects of damaging conflict and gain communication skills to help handle conflict. Offered on the first Tuesday and third Thursday of the month, 6-9 p.m., at St. Joseph Family Center, 1016 N. Superior St. Cost is $25. Meets court requirements. (509) 483-6495; e-mail email@example.com; www.stjosephfamilycenter.org.
Prepared Childbirth at Sacred Hearth Mother Gamelin Center – Four-week program for expectant parents in the last three months of pregnancy, Sacred Heart Mother Gamelin Center, 20 W. Ninth Ave. Cost: $75 per couple. To register call (509) 232-8145.
Free Developmental Screenings – For infants and toddlers under age 3 living in Spokane County. Screenings include: language, physical strength and coordination, vision, hearing, feeding and behavior. Several sites are available. To make an appointment, call the Spokane Regional Health District’s Infant Toddler Network at (509) 324-1651.
Infant and Developmental Massage Classes – Individual and group classes offered in the Spokane area. Call Lori at (509) 466-8435.
La Leche League – The breast-feeding support group meets the third Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m. at Manito United Methodist Church, 3220 S. Grand Blvd., for information, call (509) 484-0340 or (509) 244-4191; the second Friday at 10 a.m. at the Health Education Center in the Holy Family Medical Building, 235 E. Rowan Ave., (509) 484-0340 or (509) 340-3875; the second Monday at 9:30 a.m. at the Airway Heights Library, 321 E. Herb St., Airway Heights, call (509) 244-4191 or 258-6850; and the first Thursday in Liberty Lake, call (509) 226-0510 for information on meeting place.
Holy Family Hospital Maternity Center Tour – Meets the first and third Wednesdays of each month, 8 p.m. or by appointment, Holy Family Hospital, 5633 N. Lidgerwood St. Free. Call (509) 482-BABY for more information or to make an appointment.