Tai Chi Classes – Jan. 6-March 19. Certified instructors Bob and Cindy Petet will offer basic tai chi and qigong classes at a variety of times and locations. For more information or to register, call (509) 468-0587 or (509) 499-0683. You can also email email@example.com.
Second Annual Dog People Blood Drive - The human blood donations are for the Inland Northwest Blood Center; dog blood is stored at the Pet Emergency Clinic Blood Bank. The Inland Northwest Blood Center will have their bus parked out front so that people can donate and the Pet Emergency Clinic Blood Bank will be available to do initial blood typing and temperament testing on dogs. Dogs must be heavier than 60 pounds and ages 1 to 6. Call the clinic to sign up. Feb. 8, 1-5 p.m., Lincoln Heights Veterinary Clinic, 2829 E. 27th Ave. Free. (509) 535-3551.
Women’s Cancer Survivor Retreat – Feb. 21-23. A weekend of rest, reflection, sharing, massage, reflexology, presentations, meals and more with others who have been or are on the same journey. The Franciscan Place, 1016 N. Superior St. Call (509) 483-6495 or visit www.sjfconline.org for more information and to register. $195/$15 due at time of registration will be applied to total, fee assistance is available.
Health Insurance Information - The Spokane County Library District will host sessions to help you learn about health insurance for individuals and small businesses. Jan. 15 and March 19 at North Spokane Library, 44 E. Hawthorne Road, (509) 893-8350; and Feb. 19 at the Spokane Valley Library, 12004 E. Main Ave., (509) 893-8400. All sessions are 6-8 p.m. Visit www.scld.org or call (509) 893-8200 for more information.
Mastering the Social World - Social skills groups for children and adolescents who may struggle with understanding how to socially engage with others, making and maintaining friends, and maneuvering within the cultural norms of society. Six-week class for youth ages 6-11 is held Wednesdays, 4-5:30 p.m., and Saturdays, 3-4:30 p.m., and covers topics such as: social rules of interactions; being part of a social group; theory of mind; how to go from casual to lifelong friendships; how to read the language of peers; going with the flow and being flexible; and decision-making. Cost is $240. Six-week class for youth ages 12-18 is Thursdays, 4-5:30 p.m., and Saturdays, 1-2:30 p.m., and covers topics such as: social boundaries; knowing others perspective; and self-advocacy. Cost is $240. Call (800) 355-7155 or (509) 328-2740, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.imaginebehavior.com for more information.
Medicare Workshops - Statewide Health Insurance Benefit Advisors will provide free, nonbiased advice and information regarding Medicare in a series of workshops held every third Tuesday of the month, 1-4 p.m., Aging and Long Term Care of Eastern Washington, 1222 N. Post St. For more information, call Margaret or Kathy at (509) 458-2509. Please bring your medications, with dosages and Medicare card to the workshops.
Metaphysical Research Society - Meets the second Tuesday of each month, 7:30 p.m., at Unity Church South, 2900 S. Bernard St. Call (509) 838-8155 for more information, or visit www.mrsspokane.com.
Nicotine Anonymous - Twelve-step support group offering our experience to those who want to quit smoking. Meets Wednesdays, 3-4 p.m., at Partners (formerly Spokane Valley Community Center), 10814 E. Broadway Ave., Spokane Valley. Call (509) 926-9804 or (509) 474-1845 for more information.
Overeaters Anonymous - Is food a problem for you? Do you binge eat for no apparent reason? Is food affecting your life? Free support group, no fees, no weigh-ins, no diets. Call (509) 328-9972 or visit www.oa.org for more information.
Polio Outreach of Spokane - For information about post-polio syndrome, call Sharman Collins, (509) 448-8517, or email email@example.com.
Providence Adult Day Health - Offers 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. Held at 6018 N. Astor St. Call (509) 482-2475.
Qi Gong Classes - Increase your flexibility, balance, and reduce pain by tapping into the vibrant energy within. Tuesdays, 1 p.m., and Fridays, 8 a.m., Peak Health and Wellness Center, 940 Ironwood Drive, Coeur d’Alene. $8/per class. For more information call (208) 691-9736.
Quit for Good: A Tobacco Cessation Program - Quit smoking for good in this four-week program. For attending four sessions, participants will receive a $25 gift card and a free quit kit. A new series begins the first Wednesday of every month; 6-7 p.m. Holy Family Education Center, 5633 N. Lidgerwood St., Room 4. Register at wellness.inhs.org.
Speech, Language and Hearing Screenings - Washington State University Spokane’s Speech and Hearing Clinic, Health Sciences Building, 310 N. Riverpoint Blvd. Open to children and adults. Appointments necessary. Call (509) 828-1323.
Spokane Concentration Meditation Group – Buddhist meditation group meeting the first Sunday of each month, 10 a.m.-noon, at Community Meditation Room, 35 W. Main Ave. Beginners welcome. Call (509) 263-7213, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.meetup.com/Spokane-Concentration- Meditation-Group for more information.
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