Healthy Cooking Class – Registered dietician Joan Milton will teach participants how to prepare healthy meals, beginning Jan. 17. 6:30-8 p.m. The class is available each month; every class has a different focus. Holy Family Health Education Center, Room One, 5633 N. Lidgerwood St. To register and for information visit www.cherspokane.org. Free.
Living with Alzheimer’s: Caregiving in the Late Stage – The Alzheimer’s Association Inland Northwest Chapter presents a workshop covering an array of topics of interest to families coping with the late stage of Alzheimer’s disease, including symptoms, role changes, communication changes, working with doctors, monitoring care and end-of-life issues. Jan. 18, 4-7:30 p.m. Deaconess Health and Education Center, Classroom 265, 910 W. Fifth Ave. Free, dinner provided. Certificates of attendance available for professionals for $15. Register in advance at (509) 473-3390.
Immaculate Heart Retreat Center – Prayer ministers Thea Loughery and Sarah Compton from Transformed Hearts Ministries will present Awaken My Heart, a spiritual and emotional women’s retreat Friday-Sunday. The retreat will offer restored hope from shame, trauma and all the wounds of life. Cost is $185 per person with accommodations and five meals or $100 for commuters (programs and meals only). On Jan. 18-20, Methodist pastors Anne Cronin Tyson and C. Karen Covey Moore will lead a Beauty From Ashes retreat on suicide bereavement. Cost for two nights and five meals is $185 per person, $280 a couple or $100 for commuters (meals only). A related workshop, “Offering Hope/Fostering Healing,” will be held Jan. 23, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The workshop is for pastors, ministers, counselors, youth leaders, spiritual directors, teachers and others who minister to families during times of loss and will give participants the tools necessary to guide those who have experienced the loss of a loved one through suicide. Cost is $35 per person and includes lunch. To register and for more information call (509) 448-1224 or visit www.ihrc.net.
Quest for Healthy Living – Three-part series about the importance of essential oils in healthy living. Each class is $5 and is held at 2 p.m. at On Sacred Grounds Coffee Shop, 12212 E. Palouse Highway, Valleyford. Jan. 16: Slim and Trim with Essential Oils; Jan. 23: Cleaning the Natural Way; Jan. 30: Essential Beauty to Gorgeous, Glowing Skin (tips for men, too). Call (509) 979-2223 for reservations or information.
Zumba Gold with Sandy – Seniors, active older adults, boomers, and beginners can have fun and get in shape, too in this class. Chair options are also available. All classes begin with a warm-up, followed by practice drills and the last 20 minutes will be devoted to core strength, stability, flexibility and balance. Wednesdays, 10:30-11:30 a.m. East Central Community Center, 500 S. Stone St. Classes start Wednesday. Cost is $10/month. To register and for information call (509) 270-0053.
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. Classes begin Jan. 14. Cost is $30/6 weeks. To register and for information call (509) 270-0053.
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: Jan. 25-27, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.sjfconline.org/ womensretreatsfor cancersurvivors.html for more information and to register.
Dog/People Blood Drive Inaugural Event – You and your dog can donate blood to help save lives. Human donations are for the Inland Northwest Blood Center, and canine blood is stored at the Pet Emergency Clinic Blood Bank for use locally. Eligible dogs must be healthy 60 pounds or larger, and 1-6 years old. Call (509) 535-3551 to sign up. Feb. 9, 1-5 p.m., at Lincoln Heights Veterinary Clinic, 2829 E. 27th Ave.
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.
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, preregistration is required. Held at Valley Hospital and Medical Center, 12606 E. Mission Ave., Spokane Valley. Call (509) 473-5446 or email email@example.com to register and for information.
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. Call the Spokane Regional Health District’s Infant Toddler Network at (509) 324-1651 for an appointment.
Lactation Counseling Services – For new moms and babies up to 1 year. Offered Mondays-Saturdays, 8 a.m.-1 p.m., at Valley Hospital and Medical Center’s Lactation Office, first floor, 12606 E. Mission Ave., Spokane Valley. Cost varies, most insurance covers lactation consults. Call (509) 473-5706 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com for more information.
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 information; the first Tuesday 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 or visit www.lllaofwa.org/la-leche-
league-spokane for details.
Free Health Baby Weight Checks - For new moms and babies up to 1 year. Offered Mondays-Saturdays, 8 a.m.-1 p.m., at Valley Hospital and Medical Center’s Lactation Office, first 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 information or an appointment.
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. 12 E. Fifth Ave. Free. For registration and information, call (509) 455-4986.