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United Healthcare Meetings – Presented by CSA certified senior adviser Lavoine Schellenberg and Medicare specialist Holly Ferguson-Napier. Today and Oct. 15, 22, 29 and Nov. 5, 12, 19, 26 at 9:30 a.m., South Side Community Center, 3151 E. 27th Ave.; Today at 1:30 p.m., Park Place Brookdale Senior Living, 601 S. Park Road; Oct. 10, 17, 24, 31 and Nov. 7, 14, 21 and Dec. 5 at 9:30 a.m., Good Samaritan Community Center, 1728 E. Eighth Ave.; Oct. 14, 21, 28 and Nov. 4, 11, 18, 25 at 9:30 a.m., Eagles Club North, 6410 N. Lidgerwood St.; Oct. 24 at 6:30 p.m., Fairwinds Retirement Community, 520 E. Holland Ave. For more information call (509) 990-6522 or (509) 710-6366.  

“Open Your Mind” – National Alliance on Mental Illness Spokane will host its fourth annual event to commemorate National Mental Health Awareness Week. Events include an art display, documentary film, panel of speakers, and prizes. Wednesday, 5:30-9 p.m., Magic Lantern Theatre, Saranac Building, 25 W. Main St. $10/suggested donation. For more information visit www.nami.org or call (509) 838-5515.

Riverpoint Campus Health Fair – Free event presented by the Nutrition and Exercise Physiology Program and Wellness Collaborative with free health screenings and food. Thursday, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Riverpoint Campus, 600 N. Riverpoint Blvd. For more information e-mail spok.nep.fair@wsu.edu.

Crohn’s & Colitis Education Program – The Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America will host “Treatment Approaches in Inflammatory Bowel Disease: Options to Consider” presented by Rockwood Clinic physician Lance Ferrin. Thursday, 6:30 p.m., Jepson Center 120, Gonzaga University, 502 E. Boone Ave. Visit www.ccfa.org/chapters/northwest for more information or reservations.

Lunch and Learn: Breast Cancer and Diabetes – In honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, learn about the connection between diabetes and cancer and what can be done to reduce your risk. Oct. 17, noon-1 p.m., INHS Community Wellness Center, 501 N. Riverpoint Blvd., Suite 245. Visit www.wellness.inhs.org for more information

Babysitting Basics – This course prepares youths ages 10-15 to be successful babysitters. Oct. 19, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., St. Luke’s Rehabilitation Institute, Room 200, 711 S. Cowley St., $40. Register at www.wellness.inhs.org.

Zumba Class with Sandy – Boomers, beginners and others can work out with special attention given to protecting backs, hips and knees. Audubon Park Masonic Lodge, 2821 Northwest Blvd. The fall session starts Oct. 21 and is held Mondays and Thursdays, 4:30-5:30 or 5:45-6:45 p.m. Cost is $25/five classes; or $45/10 classes. To register and for information call (509) 270-0053 or email sandy@weissolutions.com.

PurpleLight Vigil – Join the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network in raising awareness and honoring those impacted by pancreatic cancer. Oct. 27, 7 p.m., Riverstone Park, 1805 Tilford Lane, Coeur d’Alene. For more information email khlebichuk@pancanvolunteer.org.

Spokane Boot Camp – Get fit using a combination of cardio and strength training. Three visits are free. Classes are ongoing and held at a variety of times. All classes held at 416 N. Madelia St. Visit www.spokanebootcamp.com for more information.


Free Rein Volunteer training – Free Rein, a nonprofit organization that provides therapeutic horse riding for children and adults, will hold a volunteer training for the fall session. Today, 5:30-8:30 p.m., Westar Ranch, 8118 S. Ramona Road. For more information call (509) 979-1468 or visit www.freereinspokane.org.

CPR Friends and Family – Class covers adult, child and infant CPR and choking. Ideal for individuals who want to know CPR, but don’t need certification. Register at www.wellness.inhs.org. Today, 6-8 p.m., St. Luke’s Rehabilitation Institute, Room 200, 711 S. Cowley St. $10.


Free Immunizations – The Group Health Foundation, in partnership with Spokane Regional Health District, Providence Health & Services, and the Washington State University College of Nursing will provide pertussis Tdap vaccines for adults and DTaP vaccines for children without access to affordable health care. Bring immunization records. Saturday, 9 a.m., 551 E. Hawthorne Road. Visit http://silencewhoopingcough.org for more information.

Cancer Killers Seminar – Brian Wickstrom from River City Chiropractic will present a seminar on how to increase your body’s ability to battle cancer cells. Saturday, 9:30 a.m., Centerplace, 2426 N. Discovery Place, Spokane Valley. To register or for more information call (509) 241-3088 or email rivercitychirospokane@gmail.com. $25/person; $40/family.

Hearing Health Seminar – Learn about advanced treatment options for hearing loss from local surgeons and audiologists. Saturday, 10 a.m., Red Lion Hotel at the Park, 303 W. North River Drive. For more information visit www.hearinghealthseminar.com or call (877) 432-7844. Free.

BEMER Symposium – Bettina Torres, CEO and founder of Regeneration Point, will host a free symposium on BEMER Vascular Technology. Learn about this new medical technology which increases blood flow and oxygen utilization. There will also be a raffle with benefits going to Free Rein. Oct. 19, 1-5 p.m., Red Lion Hotel at the Park, 303 W. North River Drive. For more information and reservations call (509) 703-0539 or email bettina.torres@regenerationpoint.net.

Beginner’s Passage Meditation – Five-week meditation series, 6-7:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Oct. 22 through Nov. 19. The workshop is based on the book, “Passage Mediation,” by Sri Easwaran, which may be purchased at area bookstores or www.easwaran.org. Spokane Buddhist Temple, 927 S. Perry St. For more information call (509) 534-7954. Free, donation suggested.


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 Healthy 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 johnsond@empirehealth.org or lloyddc1@empirehealth.org for more information.

Holy Family Hospital Maternity Center Tour – Meets at noon the first and third Saturdays 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 www.lllaofwa.org/la-leche-league-spokane for more information about the group.

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, 1st floor, 12606 E. Mission Ave., Spokane Valley. Cost varies, most insurances cover lactation consults. Call (509) 473-5706 or email johnsond@empirehealth.org or lloyddc1@empirehealth.org for more information.

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