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Alexander Technique A five-week class that begins on at 7:30 p.m. The Alexander Technique is a method for improving ease and freedom of movement, balance, support, flexibility, and coordination. Come learn how to undo harmful tension and re-direct your movement habits and will improve how you feel. Holy Names Music Center, 3910 W. Custer Drive. For more information call (509) 326-9516. $75/five week series.

Fourth Annual Generations Tea Party Heidi Peterson, a licensed athletic trainer from Rockwood Clinic will give the presentation “Yikes – Summer is Just Around the Corner!” about nutrition, exercise and ways to lose weight for summer activities. Saturday, 2-2:45 p.m., Deaconess Health and Education Center, 910 W. Fifth Ave. Tea, finger sandwiches, photography, face painting, and other fun activities will precede the talk from 1-2 p.m. The event is free, but reservations are required. Call (509) 473-5639 or email for reservations or more information.

“Hip and Knee Pain: Causes and Treatments” Seminar featuring physicians of Northwest Orthopedic Specialists, P.X., May 21, 6 p.m., Valley Hospital Education Center, 12606 E. Mission Ave. Seminar featuring physicians of Rockwood Sports Medicine and Orthopedics, May 23, 11 a.m.-11:45 a.m., Rathdrum Senior Center, 8037 W. Montana St. The events are free, but reservations are required. For more information or reservations, please call (509) 473-5672 or email


Meditations for the Heart and Mind – Through May 21. Learn how to develop and sustain a meditation practice in the midst of a busy life with Dori Langevin. Tuesdays, 6-7:30 p.m., St. Joseph Family Center, Chapel, 1016 N. Superior St. $10-$12/per class. For more information and to register, call (509) 928-3863 or visit


The Skinny on Managing Your Weight – Learn about the risks of being overweight, common roadblocks to weight loss, and how to manage them. Thursday, noon-1 p.m., 501 N. Riverpoint Blvd., Suite 245. Register at

2013 Pediatric Care Symposium Thursday and Friday. The keynote speaker for Thursday’s dinner will be Keith Georgeson presenting “Minimally Invasive Surgery: Better Management Trends or Optical Illusions?” 6-8 p.m., Sacred Heart Medical Building, Mother Joseph Room, 101 W. Eighth Ave. $35. Friday conference 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Sacred Heart Auditorium, 20 W. Ninth Ave. $75. Register for both events for $100. For more information or to register, please visit

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

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. A support partner may attend for free. Insurance does not cover the cost of this course; participants must pay in full. Monday, 5:30-6:30 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

Compression CPR Instructors from AMR Spokane, in partnership with the Spokane Fire Department, Providence Health Care, and Spokane Heart Rescue will offer free compression-only CPR training. The training can be completed in 10 minutes. May 22, 6 a.m.-7 p.m., Spokane Arena, 720 W. Mallon Ave. For more information, visit

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 age; 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.

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 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 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 for Health 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 please call (509) 468-0587 or (509) 499-0683. You can also email

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.