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United Healthcare Meetings - Presented by certified senior adviser Lavoine Schellenberg and Medicare specialist Holly Ferguson-Napier. Today at 9:30 a.m., South Side Community Center, 3151 E. 27th Ave.; Dec. 5 at 9:30 a.m., Good Samaritan Community Center, 1728 E. Eighth Ave. For more information call (509) 990-6522 or (509) 710-6366. 


Washington Health Benefit Exchange - This forum is designed for small businesses and will cover the Affordable Care Act, exchange basics, Washington Healthplanfinder, and SHOP (Small Business Health Options Program) requirements. Dec. 3, 10 a.m.-noon, Hecht Meeting Room, Neill Public Library, 210 N. Grand Ave., Pullman. To make reservations visit or email

Conversations About Dementia - The Alzheimer’s Association Inland Northwest Chapter will give tips to families about having conversations about doctor visits, deciding when to stop driving, and making legal and financial plans. Dec. 3, 1:30-3:30 p.m., Brighton Court Assisted Living Community, 1308 N. Vercler Road. For more information call (509) 473-3390. Free.

The MOOSE Project - The Magic of Oral and Signing Education will offer three programs for deaf and hard of hearing children, families and friends. Mighty Moose is a play and social group for children age 5 and younger, Dec. 6 and 20, 10-10:45 a.m.; Moose on the Loose is a child care program with babysitters who use sign language, Dec. 14, 4-7 p.m.; Moose Tracks is a social and support group for teens, Dec. 12, 5:30-7 p.m. All programs at Latah Valley Presbyterian Church, 202 E. Meadowlane Road. For more information visit

Therapy for Parkinson’s Disease – Information about deep brian stimulation, a treatment for the debilitating tremors experienced by those with Parkinson’s disease, will be offered. Featuring speaker Jonathan Carlson from Inland Neurosurgery and Spine Associates. Dec. 11, 4-6:30 p.m., Providence Auditorium, Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center, 20 W. Ninth Ave. For registration visit events/phc/dbs-forum.

Health Insurance Information - The Spokane County Library District will host sessions to help you learn about health insurance for individuals and small businesses. Dec. 18 and Feb. 19 at the Spokane Valley Library, 12004 E. Main Ave., (509) 893-8400; Jan. 15 and March 19 at North Spokane Library, 44 E. Hawthorne Road, (509) 893-8350. All sessions are 6-8 p.m. Visit or call (509) 893-8200 for more information.


Free Developmental Screenings - For infants and toddlers younger than age 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 details.

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 la-leche-league-spokane for information.

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 or for details.

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 for more information.

Parenting Classes - For single parents of children up to three 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 registration and details, 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, preregistration is required. Held at Valley Hospital and Medical Center, 12606 E. Mission Ave., Spokane Valley. Call (509) 473-5446 or email frasert@ to register and for details.

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.


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