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Early-Stage Alzheimer’s – The Alzheimer’s Association Inland Northwest Chapter will start a support group in Post Falls for those with early-stage Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias, as well as their care partners. This 10-week session will be held Mondays, 6-7:30 p.m., through Sept. 23. For more information and to register, call P.J. Christo at (208) 666-2996.

Meditation Retreat – Tina Rasmussen and Brian Gavin will present the daylong retreat “Introduction to Concentration Meditation.” Sunday, 9:30 a.m., Meditation Room, Saranac Building, 25 W. Main Ave. The event is free; register at or call (509) 263-7213.

Way to Well Health Tour – Walgreens and AARP will offer three free health tests to adults to measure cholesterol, glucose, blood pressure, body mass index and more. Aug. 1, noon, Walgreens, 1708 W. Northwest Blvd. For more information, call (509) 323-0309 or visit


Wellness Lecture Series – Certified clinical research coordinator Ruthie Franks will present “The Impact of Medical Research on Seniors.” Today, 1 p.m., Touchmark on South Hill, 2929 S. Waterford Drive. Free. (509) 997-0127.

Walk to End Alzheimer’s Kick Off – The Alzheimer’s Association Inland Northwest Chapter will host a “purple party” to kick off the registration season for the Spokane Walk to End Alzheimer’s, which will be held Oct. 5. Today, 4-6 p.m., Deaconess Health and Education Center, Classroom 265, 910 W. Fifth Ave. Free. (509) 473-3390.


Exercise for Adults – The Community Colleges of Spokane Institute of Extended Learning presents a variety of classes to keep people active this summer. Classes include stretch and flex, tai chi, T-Tapp, aqua Zumba, and ballet. For more information, please call (509) 279-6027 or email To view the list of classes and/or to register, visit

Dietary Strategies to Fight Inflammation – A free lunch and learn session which will cover the causes of inflammation and how your food choices can help prevent it. Thursday, noon-1 p.m., INHS Community Wellness Center, 501 N. Riverpoint Blvd., Suite 245. Register at

Free Ladies Night – Pilgrim’s Market will offer a discussion on the beauty, struggles and changes of the female body. Topics will include: pregnancy, periods, hormones, and alternative solutions to conventional feminine hygiene products. The event will include wine, chocolate and gifts. Make reservations at (208) 676-9730. Thursday, 6:30-8 p.m., Pilgrim’s Market, 1316 N. Fourth St. Coeur d’Alene.

Healthy Eating on a Budget – Learn what foods rob your budget and your health and what the alternatives are. Thursday, 6:30-8 p.m., Newton Lounge, 1603 N. Belt St. Register at Free.

Babysitting Basics – This course prepares youths ages 10-15 to be successful babysitters. Saturday, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., St. Luke’s Rehabilitation Institute, Room 200, 711 S. Cowley St., $40. Register at

Deaf and Hard of Hearing Awareness Day – An event sponsored by the Hearing Loss Center and North Idaho Deaf Club. Interpreters will be available throughout the park. Saturday, Silverwood Theme Park, 27843 N. U.S. Highway 95. For more information or to purchase tickets, please call (509) 328-9220 or (509) 315-2288 or email $40/adults: $19/youths and seniors. Youths are ages 3-7; seniors are ages 65 and older. Parking is an additional $4/day.

MDA Summer Camp – The Muscular Dystrophy Association is looking for 10-15 experienced, volunteer camp counselors for the MDA summer camp at Camp Twinlow in Rathdrum, Saturday. Individuals who have experience working with children with special needs are encouraged to apply. Applicants must be at least 16 years of age. For more information, please call (509) 325-3747.

Pre-Diabetes Class – A two-part class designed for those at risk for or diagnosed with pre-diabetes. All participants will receive a free testing meter. Insurance does not cover the cost of this course; participants must pay in full. Monday, 5:30-7:30 p.m., in Spokane at 501 N. Riverpoint Blvd., Suite 245; or at Lincoln Hospital, 10 Nicholls St., Davenport, Wash. $30. To register and for more information, visit or call (509) 232-8145.

Living with Alzheimer’s: Caregiving in the Early Stage – The Alzheimer’s Association Inland Northwest Chapter will present a workshop for families coping with the early stage of Alzheimer’s disease. Topics include: communication, care and treatment options, safety issues and independence. July 23, 1-5 p.m., Deaconess Health and Education Center, Classroom 265, 910 W. Fifth Ave. The workshop is free; registration is requested at (509) 473-3390.

Balance Hormones Naturally – A free lecture presented by Roslyn Rogers, certified nutrition consultant, which will cover natural ways to maintain healthy bones, nourish skin for a youthful glow, and how your diet can give you energy. Please make reservations at (208) 676-9730. July 24, 6:30-8 p.m., Pilgrim’s Market, 1316 N. Fourth St. Coeur d’Alene. For more information, visit

Tai chi classes – Certified instructors Bob and Cindy Petet will offer basic to advanced tai chi classes at a variety of times and locations. For more information on the class schedule or to register, please call (509) 468-0587 or (509) 499-0683. You can also email

Summer Games for Girls – A series of cardio classes and games taught by Nicole Kuhn will be offered on Thursdays from July 25 to Aug. 29. Classes include: early girl games, 5:30-6:30 a.m., available to all ages; girl games, 10-11 a.m., available to girls in grades 4 through 7; older girl games, 9-10 a.m., available to ages 20-55; oldest girl games, 8-9 a.m., available to ages 55 and older. For more information or to register for classes, please visit $20/six-week series.

Gaze, Consider, Contemplate – July 28-Aug. 3. Sisters Patricia Novak and Mary Lonergan will facilitate this silent, directed retreat week. Come and reflect on how God is present and working in your life. To register or for more information call (509) 483-6495. The Franciscan Place, 1016 N. Superior St. $500; or $87/day. Fee assistance available.

Healthy Living Workshops – The Healthy Living Self-Management Program is designed to help those with chronic diseases such as diabetes, asthma, depression, heart disease, chronic pain, arthritis and high blood pressure gain self-confidence in the ability to control how the condition affects their lives. Presented by the Community Health Association of Spokane. For more information, contact Nancy at (509) 444-8200 or The group meets one day per week. Current and upcoming sessions include: Tuesdays through today, 12:30-3 p.m., Frontier Behavioral Health, 127 W. Boone Ave.; Thursdays, June 20-Aug. 1, 1-3:30 p.m., Shadle Park Library, 2111 W. Wellesley Ave.; Mondays, Monday-Aug. 26, 1:30-4 p.m., Denny Murphy Clinic, 1001 W. Second Ave.


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, first floor, 12606 E. Mission Ave., Spokane Valley. Call (509) 473-5706 or email or 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 for more information about the group.

Contributions should be mailed to the Health Bulletin Board, The Spokesman-Review, P.O. Box 2160, Spokane, WA 99210, or emailed to Deadline for Tuesday publication is noon Thursday.