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Deaconess Open House – The public is invited to the Deaconess Health and Education Center open house to see how Rockwood Health System partners are helping to build a healthier community. There will be tours every half hour from 5-6:30 p.m. and a physician presentation at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, 4-7 p.m., 910 W. Fifth Ave. Reservations are requested at (509) 473-7050 or online at

Pancreatic Cancer Action Network –- The Inland Northwest Affiliate of the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network will have its monthly meeting. They are also looking for volunteers to help plan a large fundraising walk next May. July 8, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Liberty Lake Library, 23123 E. Mission Ave. For more information, please visit or email

CPR Friends and Family – Class covers adult, child and infant CPR and choking. Ideal for community members who want to know CPR, but don’t need a certification card. Register at July 9, 6-8 p.m., St. Luke’s Rehabilitation Institute, Room 200, 711 S. Cowley St. $10.

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. July 15 and July 22, 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.

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. July 18, noon-1 p.m., INHS Community Wellness Center, 501 N. Riverpoint Blvd., Suite 245. Register at

Healthy Eating on a Budget – Learn what foods rob your budget and your health and what the alternatives are. July 18, 6:30-8 p.m., Newton Lounge, 1603 N. Belt St. Register at Free.

Babysitting Basics – This course prepares youths age 10-15, to be successful babysitters. July 20, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., St. Luke’s Rehabilitation Institute, Room 200, 711 S. Cowley St., $40. Register at


Free HIV Testing – Panhandle Health District will offer free, rapid HIV testing at several offices. The rapid test will produce results in 15 minutes. Today, 8:30-11 a.m., and Thursday, 8:30-11 a.m. and 1-4 p.m., PHD Hayden, 8500 N. Atlas Road, (208) 415-5270; Friday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., PHD Kellogg, 114 Riverside Ave., (208) 786-7474. Please call to make an appointment.


Krav Maga Self-Defense Demonstration – Krav Maga will give you a tour of the studio, offer a self-defense demonstration, and share some techniques for you to practice. Wednesday, 1 p.m., 1403 N. Division St. Free; registration is required. For information or registration, please call (509) 999-7614, email, or visit

Cancer Screening and Treatment in Senior Adults – An educational workshop presented by the Valley Hospital and Rockwood Health System. Dr. Danko Matincic, an oncologist and hematologist with Cancer Care Northwest, will speak. Thursday, noon, The Garden Plaza of Post Falls, 545 N. Garden Plaza Court, Post Falls. The event is free; seating is limited. Lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m. Please make reservations at (208) 773-3701.

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. July 20, Silverwood Theme Park, 27843 N. U.S. Highway 95. For more information or to purchase tickets, call (509) 328-9220 or (509) 315-2288 or email Tickets purchased before July 12: $35/adults; $15/youths and seniors. Tickets purchased after July 12: $40/adults: $19/youths and seniors. Youths are ages 3-7; seniors are ages 65 and older. Parking is an additional $4/day.

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 four through seven; 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 take the time out of your hectic day 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 is 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: Mondays through July 8, 1-4 p.m., Women’s Hearth, 920 W. Second Ave.; Tuesdays through July 16, 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, July 22-Aug. 26, 1:30-4 p.m., Denny Murphy Clinic, 1001 W. Second Ave.

Other programs

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

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 for more information.

Polio Outreach of Spokane – For information about post-polio syndrome, call Sharman Collins, (509) 448-8517, or email

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.

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

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, or visit 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 since 1995. 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. Miles walked individually are records and awards are presented at five awards meetings each year which feature health-related speakers. 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@ for more information.

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

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 for more information.

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.