ObamaCare: Fact and Fiction – Spokane Public Radio and City Cable 5 are hosting the SPR Health Forum to discuss the Affordable Healthcare Act. Panelists for the forum include Mike Kreidler, Washington insurance commissioner; Madeline Otto, Group Health’s director of federal government relations; Michael Marchand, of the Washington Health Benefit Exchange; and Dr. Jeff Collins, Providence Health Care chief medical executive. Former SPR news director Dough Nadvornick will moderate the discussion and take audience questions during the second hour. The forum will be taped for broadcast on KPBS, KSFC and City Channel 5, and will also be available online. March 19, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Spokane City Hall Council Chambers, 808 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. For information, visit www.spokanepublicradio.org/forums.
Hospice Volunteer Training – Do you have a heart for helping? Crest Home Health and Hospice is looking for in-home volunteers to meet with patients for companionship. Lunch and all training materials will be provided. Today, 10 a.m. 700 Ironwood Drive, Suite 210. For more information call (208) 765-4343 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Red Cross Reconnection Workshops – Program to give support and skill-building for families of service members who have been deployed repeatedly. Thursday, 6-7:30 p.m., Exploring Stress and Trauma; March 28, 6-7:30 p.m. Identifying Depression. American Red Cross, 315 W. Nora Ave. To register and for more information, call Breezy Tottenhoff at (509) 326-3330, ext. 202 or email Breezy.Tottenhoff@redcross.org.
Get Connected to a Healthy Community – Learn about what’s available in the community for all ages from 40 vendors. Features winter and spring activities with door prizes and demonstrations. Thursday, 3-6 p.m. CenterPlace Regional Event Center, 2426 N. Discovery Place, Spokane Valley. Free. Call (509) 720-5408 for more information.
Being Socially Fit – Join Marge Coalman as she shares the latest research regarding social interaction and its impact on aging. Friday, 1p.m. Touchmark on South Hill, 2929 S. Waterford Drive. Free. Call (509) 979-0127 for more information.
Pancreatic Cancer Action Network – The Inland Northwest affiliate will hold their next meeting Monday, 6 p.m. Spokane Valley Hospital Davis Room, 12606 E. Mission Ave. Visit www.pancan.org or call (208) 640-6341 for more information.
Women’s Cancer Survivor Retreats – A weekend of rest, reflection, sharing, massage, reflexology, presentation, accommodations, meals and more with others who have been or are on the same journey. Retreats are: March 15-17, and May 17-19. Suggested donation is $195, $15 due at time of registration will be applied to total. Held at St. Joseph’s Family Center, 1016 N. Superior St. Call (509) 483-6495, email email@example.com, or visit www.sjfconline.org/ womensretreatsforcancersurvivors.html for more information and to register.
Drug and alcohol
Al-Anon – For family and friends with the disease of Alcoholism. For 24-hour information and support, call (509) 456-2125 or (888) 425-2666 or visit www.wa-al-anon.org.
Alcoholics Anonymous – For 24-hour information and support, call (509) 624-1442. Visit www.aaspokane.org for meeting schedules and for more information.
Daybreak of Spokane – Offers residential and outpatient treatment for adolescents with emphasis on family. Downtown outpatient and residential, 960 E. Third St., (509) 444-7033; Valley outpatient, 11711 E. Sprague Ave., (509) 927-1991.
Tobacco Cessation Classes – Community Health Education and Resources Office is offering free tobacco cessation classes throughout Spokane. Call (509) 232-8138.
Tobacco Cessation Classes – Free for Group Health members. For a list of dates and times, call (509) 459-1086 or visit www.ghc.org.
Quit and Win Tobacco Program – Free program offers classes two times a month, flexible quit dates, chances to win prizes at each class once you quit and support to help you quit and stay quit. Held at Providence Holy Family Hospital, 5633 N. Lidgerwood St. (509) 232-8138.
Free Developmental Screenings – For infants and toddlers younger than 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.
Free Health Baby Weight Checks – For new moms and babies up to 1 year old. Offered Mondays-Saturdays, 8 a.m.-1 p.m., at Valley Hospital and Medical Center’s Lactation Office, 1st floor, 12606 E. Mission Ave., Spokane Valley. Call (509) 473-5706 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com for more information.
Holy Family Hospital Maternity Center Tour – Meets at noon the first and third Saturday of each month or by appointment, Holy Family Hospital, 5633 N. Lidgerwood St. Free. Call (509) 482-BABY for more information or to make an appointment.
La Leche League – The breast-feeding support group meets the second Friday of each month at 10 a.m. at the Health Education Center in the Holy Family Medical Building, 235 E. Rowan Ave., call (509) 484-0340 for more information; the first Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. at the Airway Heights Library, 321 E. Herb St., Airway Heights, call (509) 244-4191 or (509) 258-6850; and the third Wednesday of each month at 6 p.m. at New Moon Family Wellness Center, 906 S. Cowley St., call (509) 484-0340 for more information. Visit www.lllaofwa.org/la-leche-league-spokane for more information about the group.
Lactation Counseling Services – For new moms and babies up to one year old. Offered Mondays-Saturdays, 8 a.m.-1 p.m., at Valley Hospital and Medical Center’s Lactation Office, 1st floor, 12606 E. Mission Ave., Spokane Valley. Cost varies, most insurances cover lactation consults. Call (509) 473-5706 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com for more information.
Parenting Children of Divorce – Learn how divorce or separation affect children at different developmental stages, how to create a supportive climate for children reducing the affects of damaging conflict and gain communication skills to help handle conflict. Held the first and third Tuesday of the month, 6-9 p.m., at St. Joseph Family Center, 1016 N. Superior St. Cost is $25 per person. Meets court requirements. Call (509) 483-6495 or visit www.sjfconline.org for more information.
Parenting Classes – For single parents of children up to 3 years old, sponsored by Catholic Charities Childbirth and Parenting Assistance Program. Call for times and dates. Held at 12 E. Fifth Ave. Free and open to the public. For information, call (509) 455-4986.
Prepared Child Birth Classes – Six-week, 12-hour course is for those already pregnant and covers topics including prenatal care, nutrition, stages of labor, pain management, breathing, Cesarean birth, post-delivery care, infant CPR, newborn care and lactation. Classes are held 7-9 p.m. on Mondays and Tuesdays, or in a condensed eight-hour format on select Saturdays. Cost is $60 per person/couple, registration is required. Held at Valley Hospital and Medical Center, 12606 E. Mission Ave., Spokane Valley. Call (509) 473-5446 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for 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.
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.
Statewide Health Insurance Benefits Advisors HelpLine – The SHIBA HelpLine is free, confidential and impartial counseling with trained volunteers to help callers understand their health care and health insurance rights and options. Call (509) 458-2509 at Aging and Long Term Care of Eastern Washington or the SHIBA HelpLine at (800) 562-6900.
Striders – A community walking and exercise program promoting fitness, fun, friends and health education. Meets Mondays and Wednesdays, September through May, from 8-9 a.m. at the Spokane Valley YMCA, 2421 N. Discovery Place. Led by certified instructors, the classes emphasize strength, stretching and balance. Cost is $15 per year and $2 for each exercise class attended. For more information, call Carol at (509) 926-1697 or Judy at (509) 892-1293.
Survival Fitness Boot Camp – Group fitness training for men and women. Held Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, 5:30-6:30 p.m. at Ponderosa Elementary, 3483 E. Ponderosa Blvd., Post Falls. Free two-week trials offered. Call (909) 730-2367 or email john.caylor@ survivalfitnessbootcamp.com for more information.
Tai Chi for Health - Participants can take a variety of tai chi classes. Classes meet Monday through Wednesday through March 25. For a full schedule and details, call Bob or Cindy Petet at (509) 468-0683 or email email@example.com. Cost $75 per person or $65 for Valley Senior Center members.
Tai Chi Intermediate: Healing art integrates body, mind, heart and spirit. Thursdays, through March 21, 6:30-7:30 p.m., at CenterPlace. Cost is $26.
Teen Diabetes Advocate Meeting – Free program sponsored by the American Diabetes Association for teens ages 12 to 18. Meets monthly, at the ADA office, 801 W. Fifth Ave., No. 319. For information, call Ted Duncan at (509) 263-6281 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Therapeutic Recreation for Disabled Adults – Center Pointe, through United Way, provides recreational, educational and social activities for people with disabilities. Wide variety of classes offered includes: ceramics, computers, math, reading, art, wood shop and stitchery. All participants are given the opportunity to learn, achieve and grow in a barrier-free environment. Open Mondays-Fridays, 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., at Center Pointe, 1408 N. Washington St. Call (509) 325-5451 or visit www.centerpointeactivities.com for more information.
Walking Group – Guided walking group meets Mondays and Wednesdays, 5:30-6:30 p.m., at YMCA, 507 N. Howard St. Free and open to the public. Call (509) 232-8138 for more information.
Washington State University Memory Problem Study Participants Sought – Psychology researchers at Washington State University are seeking people with memory problems and their spouses or other family members to participate in treatment and intervention groups. Call (509) 335-4033, ext. 1, for more information.
Women in Anger Classes – Course covers how to express anger constructively versus destructively, how to examine anger and its impact on one’s life, and how to deal with angry outbursts, strained relationships and personal frustration. Wednesdays, 4-6 p.m., at St. Joseph Family Center, 1016 N. Superior St. Cost is $100 for three-class course, scholarships available for qualified participants. Meets court requirements. Call (509) 483-6495 or visit www.sjfconline.org for more information.
Women’s Self-Defense Classes - Learn practical and applicable defense methods that you could confidently use in an emergency. Held the third Saturday of each month, 1 p.m., at 101 N. Argonne Road, Suite B, Spokane Valley. Cost is $10 per class. Call (509) 891-9821, visit www.hitpitmma.com, or email email@example.com for more information.
Zumba - Suited for all shapes, sizes, ages and experience levels. Wednesdays, through March 20, 5:30-6:30 p.m., at Corbin Senior Activity Center. Cost is $26. Call (509) 279-6027 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Zumba Classes – Zumba Fitness classes for women Tuesdays and Thursday, 5:45-6:45 p.m. at the Moran Prairie Grange Hall, 6106 S. Palouse Highway. No experience needed. Cost is $8 per drop-in; discount for series. Call (509) 448-4265 for more information.
Zumba Classes – The Jacklin Arts and Cultural Center is offering Zumba classes every Monday, 6-7 p.m., at 405 Williams St., Post Falls. Cost is $7 per class or $28 per month. Call (208) 457-8950, email email@example.com, or visit www.thejacklincenter.org for more information.
Zumba Class with Sandy – Boomers, beginners, and others can workout at the Audubon Park Masonic Lodge, 2821 Northwest Blvd. All classes start with a warm-up, followed by practice drills before getting into the choreographed songs. Classes are Mondays and Thursdays, 4:30-5:30 and 5:45-6:45 p.m. Cost is $30/6 weeks. To register call (509) 270-0053.
Zumba Fitness Classes – Spokane Parks and Recreation offers seven different Zumba classes each week at three locations. Call (509) 625-6200 or visit www.spokaneparks.org for more information.
Zumba Gold Class – Class is ideal for those who need modifications in regular Zumba to make it work for them. Held Mondays, 10:30-11:15 a.m., at the Good Samaritan Society Spokane Valley Community Center, 17121 E. Eighth Ave., and Thursdays, 10:15-11 a.m., at Spokane Valley Baptist Church, 1222 S. McDonald Road. Cost is $3 per class. Contact Kelli Maidhoff at (509) 434-8330 or firstname.lastname@example.org or Lyra Maidhoff at (509) 981-7786 or email@example.com for more information.
Zumba Gold with Sandy – Seniors, active older adults, boomers, and beginners can have fun and get in shape in this class. Chair options are also available. Wednesdays, 10:30-11:30 a.m. East Central Community Center, 500 S. Stone St. Cost is $10/month. To register and for information call (509) 270-0053.
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