Spokane Holistic Chamber of Commerce Events – Monthly Meeting: Thursday, 7 p.m., on the third floor of the Saranac Building, 35 W. Main Ave. Larry Vierra will speak on cloud computing and how it can benefit your business. Free and open to the public. Call Charles at (509) 389-7290 or visit www.spokane holisticchamberofcommerce.org for more information. Luncheon Meeting: Free and open to the public. Sept. 1, at One World Spokane Community Kitchen, 1804 E. Sprague Ave. Call Charles at (509) 389-7290 or visit www.spokaneholisticchamber ofcommerce.org for more information. “Taking Charge of Your Health”: Mind, Body, Spirit Fair features seven educational presentations and 40 vendors. Keynote speaker is best selling author Ann Louise Gittleman. Sept. 24, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m., at Unity Church, 2900 S. Bernard St. Event is free and parking is free. Call Pat at (509) 844-4206 or visit www.spokaneholistic chamberofcommerce.org for more information.
Diabetes Support Group – Setting provides an opportunity to ask questions and participate in discussion with other community members touched by diabetes. Discussion facilitated by a CHER certified diabetes educator. Sept. 6, 5:30-7 p.m., at CHER Diabetes Education Center, 501 N. Riverpoint Blvd., Suite 245. Cost is free. No registration required. Visit www.cherspokane.org for more information.
Baby Care – Course focuses on the care of infants, diapering, comforting, safety issues, feeding and infant massage. Cost is $25 per person. Today, 6-8 p.m., at St. Luke’s Rehabilitation Institute, 711 S. Cowley St., Room 200. Visit www.cherspokane.org for more information and to register.
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.
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. Wednesday, 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.
Natural Childbirth – For those planning on a non-medicated birth. Two-hour class is taken after Prepared Childbirth or Prepared Childbirth-Extended and covers additional labor positions, comfort measures and breathing techniques to use during labor. Cost is $25 and includes a support partner. Please come to class with a blanket, pillow and water bottle. Wednesday, 6-8 p.m., at Holy Family Health Education Center, Room 1, 5633 N. Lidgerwood Ave. Visit www.cherspokane.org to register and for more information.
Breastfeeding Basics – Course covers positions, solving common problems and returning to work or school. Cost is $25, includes a support partner. Thursday, 6-8 p.m., at St. Luke’s Rehabilitation Institute, 711 S. Cowley St., Room 200. Visit www.cherspokane.org for more information and to register.
Prepared Childbirth – Course topics will include: stages of labor, pain management techniques, cesarean birth and post-delivery care. Course will be held for four hours for two consecutive weeks. Cost is $50. This Thursday and Aug. 25, 6-8 p.m., at Deaconess Women’s and Children’s Center, Classroom A, 800 W. Fifth Ave. Visit www.cherspokane.org for more information and to register.
Heartsaver CPR/First Aid and AED – Covers adult CPR, child CPR (over age 1), AED and choking. Participants must pass a skills test for certification. Certification is valid for two years. Friday, 8 a.m.-noon, at St. Luke’s Rehabilitation Institute, Room 200, 711 S. Cowley St. Cost is $45, suggested card and manual is $25. Visit www.cherspokane.org to register and for more information.
Babysitting Basics – Course for youths ages 10-15 to prepare them with the skills necessary to be a successful babysitter. Covers topics such as: how to care for infants, toddlers and older children; CPR and first aid for infants and children; discipline issues; safety; and business basics. Students receive a badge to decorate and a certificate of completion. Saturday, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., at St. Luke’s Rehabilitation Institute, Room 200, 711 S. Cowley St. Cost is $40. Visit www.cherspokane.org to register and for more information.
Introduction to Herbal Medicine Making Workshop – Hands-on, beginner level class provides practical skills in herbal medicine making for a variety of applications. Saturday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. 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 email@example.com for more information.
Strides for Strong Bones – Saturday, 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 (5090 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 9208) 773-7822 for more information and to register.
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’ “Criminal Minds.” Visit http://familiestogether.org/ html/Nov2011autismconference pageone.html or call (866) 326-4864 to register and for more information.