Summer Parkways – Event promotes a healthy lifestyle and provides a chance to join families, friends, and neighbors for free outdoor, family-friendly and community activities in parks and on car-free streets. Walk, cycle or skate, decorate your bike, test ride an ElliptiGO bike, swivel your hips hula hooping, unleash creativity with chalk art, dance to the beat of Zumba, or add some color to your cheeks with face painting. Collect a group and set up a “meet up” at www.summerparkways.com/meet-ups. Route connects Audobon Park, Webster Park, and Albi Stadium. Sunday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Visit www.summerparkways.com, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.facebook.com/summerparkways for more information.
Gentle and Functional Core Fusion – Improve core strength, functional strength, flexibility and balance and alleviate lower back discomfort. Mats, bands and small balls are required for class. Held Monday-Friday, Aug. 15-26, 9-10 a.m., at Sinto Senior Activity Center, 1124 W. Sinto Ave. Cost is $23. Call (509) 279-6027 or email email@example.com for more information.
Communication: The Key to Dementia Care – The Alzheimer’s Association Inland Northwest Chapter explains how communication breakdowns can lead to challenging behaviors and provides tips and strategies for dementia caregivers. Free and open to the public. No reservations required. Aug. 17, 6:30-8:30 p.m., at Deaconess Health and Education Center, Classroom 266, 910 W. Fifth Ave. Call (509) 473-3390 for more information.
Autism Conference: The Importance of Family – Nov. 8, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., at Schweitzer Event Center, 1825 Schweitzer Drive, Pullman. Speakers include: Dr. Temple Grandin, Arlene Mantegna, Eustacia Cutler, and Dr. Sally Burton-Hoyle. Invited guest is Joe Mantegna of CBS’s “Criminal Minds.” Visit http://familiestogether.org/html/ Nov2011autismconferencepageone.html or call (866) 326-4864 to register and for more information.
BLS Healthcare Provider Initial – Covers one- and two-rescuer for adult CPR, child CPR (over age one), infant CPR, bag-mask ventilations, AED, and choking. Course certification is valid for two years. Today, 8 a.m.-noon, at St. Luke’s Rehabilitation Institute, Room, 200, 711 S. Cowley St. Cost is $60, suggested course material is $23. Register at www.cherspokane.org.
Zumba for the Love of Dogs – Classes held each Wednesday in August, 5-6 p.m., at East Central Community Center, 500 S. Stone St. Donations benefit Springer Spaniel rescue. Call (509) 625-6693 for more information.
Introduction to Herbal Medicine Making Workshop Series – Hands-on, beginner level class provides practical skills in herbal medicine making for a variety of applications. Fall Herbal Medicine Class: Aug. 20, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Class covers medicinal berries and remedies to carry us through winter colds and flu, including tinctures, cordials, lotions, and healing soups. Cost is $25. Participants should bring a lunch. Held at Sun People Dry Goods, 32 W. Second Ave., Suite 200. Call (509) 368-9378, visit www.sunpeopledrygoods.com, or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Strides for Strong Bones – Aug. 20, 9 a.m. Men and women of all ages are invited to run or walk in the first annual three-mile “Strides for Strong Bones” race, designed to raise awareness for Osteoporosis in our community. Held in Medical Lake. Call (206) 465-2585 or visit www.wastrongbones.org to for more information.
Introduction to The Science of Glycobiology – Educational class covers the basics of the science of glycobiology. Participants learn how the “missing link” of health and nutrition impact the immune system, digestive system, cognitive function and all body systems. Aug. 30, 1:45 p.m. or 5:45 p.m., at Shadle Park Library, 2111 W. Wellesley Ave. Free and open to the pubic. Call (509) 624-8079 or (509) 869-9772 for more information.
GriefShare Recovery Seminar and Support Group – New 13-week series begins Sept. 8, 6:30-8:30 p.m., at Valley Real Life, 1831 S. Barker Road, Greenacres, in the upstairs conference room. Events feature nationally recognized experts on grief and recovery topics. Call (509) 232-0840 or email email@example.com for more information.
Intensive Reflexology Workshop – Pain Control and Stress Reduction: Sept. 16, 6-9 p.m. Participants learn where and how to work on 16 parts and functions of the body: brain, jaw, neck, shoulders, lower back, hips, sciatica, deep relaxation, allergies, sinus, lungs, heartburn, urinary bladder, stomach, intestines, colon, liver, pancreas, pain reduction, nutrient absorption, and repetitive stress. Cost is $75. Foot, Hand and Ear Reflexology: Sept. 17-18, 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Participants learn documented history, theory, cautions, Reflexology Maps, special advantages of feet, unique reflexing techniques, and specialized leverage techniques to keep the thumbs, fingers, hands, wrists, and arms from hurting. Cost is $350. Workshop is held at Shilo Inn Suites, 702 W. Appleway Ave., Coeur d’Alene. Class sizes are limited, early registration is recommended. Call (208) 773-7822 for more information and to register.
Adult Children from Dysfunctional Families and Co-Dependents – How to grow out of these dysfunctional patterns in a 26-week program of group therapy and support with tools for the results you want. Groups meet various weekday evenings from 7-9 p.m., or Saturday daytime, at Life Directions Counseling Center in Spokane Valley. For more information, call (509) 922-3915.
Adult Day Center – Holy Family Adult Day Centers offer structured programs designed to meet the needs of physically, mentally and functionally impaired adults and elderly by providing social services, nursing, rehabilitation, therapeutic recreation and a hot meal at noon. Two locations: 4827 S. Palouse Highway and 6018 N. Astor St. Call (509) 482-2475.
Alzheimer’s Association Helpline – In Spokane, call (509) 473-3390 or 24-hour help line, (800) 272-3900; Coeur d’Alene, call (208) 772-2542. Available Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Amputee Support Group – Support for people with amputations and their family and friends. Meets the first Wednesday of each month, 11 a.m.-noon, St. Luke’s Rehabilitation Institute, 711 S. Cowley St. Visit www.stlukesrehab.org for more information.
Anger Management for Men – Ongoing six-week men’s group, Wednesdays, 5-6:30 p.m., St. Joseph Family Center, 1016 N. Superior St. Cost: $15/session; for more information, call (509) 483-6495.
Bariatric Support Group – Meets monthly at Holy Family Hospital, Health Education Center, 5633 N. Lidgerwood St. Call (509) 252-6311 for times and for more information.
Bone Density and Blood Pressure Screenings – Deaconess Medical Center, 800 W. Fifth Ave., is offering screenings every Monday and Thursday from 9 a.m.-noon. Free. Call (509) 473-2194.