“It’s Autism: Now What?” - Join the Autism Society of Washington Spokane and learn what resources are available for families with a child on the autism spectrum. Saturday, 3 p.m., Shadle Library, 2111 W. Wellesley Ave. Free. (509) 444-5390.
The Basics: Memory Loss, Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease - The Alzheimer’s Association Inland Northwest Chapter presents an overview of dementia, including information on detection, causes and risk factors, stages of the disease, and treatment. Free and open to the public. No reservations necessary. Dec. 11, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Brookdale Place at NorthPointe, 1100 E. Westview Court. Free. (509) 473-3390.
Inland Northwest Support for Families with Special Needs - A group for people with special needs, their families and loved ones to be encouraged and find hope. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/inlandnwsupportfor familieswithspecialneeds. Dec. 19, 6:30 p.m., Mountain View Bible Church, 3974 N. Chase Road, Post Falls. Free. (208) 773-2615.
Type 2 Diabetes/Heart Disease Prevention Study – A Washington State University Spokane research study for adults at risk for type 2 diabetes and/or heart disease. Participants will come to a one-hour meeting once weekly on Tuesdays at 5:30 p.m. for three months. Start date is Jan. 13. For more information, contact (509) 358-7676 or email@example.com. This is a WSU IRB approved research study and there is no cost to take part.
Free Exercise Classes for Breast Cancer Survivors - Recent breast cancer survivors may be eligible for 12 weeks of free exercise classes with pre/post testing as part of a Washington State University Spokane research study. They will receive their test results and free exercise/nutrition education afterward. For more information, call (509) 358-7676 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. WSU IRB approved research study.
Healthy Holiday Eating - A live virtual event about preparing meals for the holiday season. Holiday get gatherings tend to sabotage your healthy habits. Learn tips to enjoy festive favorites and still maintain a healthy holiday. Light refreshments will be served. Today, 6 p.m., Deaconess Health and Education Center, 910 W. Fifth Ave., Room 267. Free. (509) 473-5785.
Jingle Bell Run/Walk - Be part of the largest holiday 5K race series aimed to fight arthritis. Wear a holiday themed costume and tie jingle bells to your shoelaces. Check out the Elf Village, a kids’ 1K Run with the elves, holiday music and more. Saturday, 8 a.m., Riverfront Park, Gondola Meadow, 507 N. Howard St. $35/with timing chip; $30/5K fun run/walk; kids 1K run: $10/T-shirt; free/no shirt for 1K. (509) 315-9862.
Transform Your Anxiety to Joy - Training on releasing your anxiety and replacing it with joy. For more information, visit Kari-Joys.com/events or call (509) 534-7374. Saturday, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., South Hill Library, 3324 S. Perry St. Free.
Pre-Diabetes Class - A class designed for those at risk for, or diagnosed with, pre-diabetes. Insurance does not cover the cost of this course; participants must pay in full. Monday and Dec. 15, 5:30-7:30 p.m., in Spokane at INHS Community Wellness Center, 501 N. Riverpoint Blvd., Suite 245 or at Lincoln Hospital, 10 Nicholls St., Davenport. To register and for information, visit http://wellness.inhs.org. $30. (509) 232-8145.
Mindful Eating Workshop - Transform your relationship with dieting and food. Register by phone or email ConsciousChoiceWellness@gmail.com. Wednesdays through Dec. 10, 6-8 p.m., Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center, Providence Center for Faith and Healing, 101 W. Eighth Ave. $300/eight workshops and supplies. (509) 953-9097.
Hip & Knee Pain Causes and Treatments - Learn about Joint Restoration Centers. Light refreshments provided. Make reservations by phone or visit www.DeaconessSpokane.com and click on the event calendar. All seminars at 6 p.m. Dec. 11, Valley Hospital Education Center, 12606 E. Mission Ave.; Dec. 17, Deaconess Health and Education Center, 910 W. Fifth Ave. Free. (509) 473-5755.
Bariatric Informational Session - Get the facts on surgery as a solution to your weight-related health problems. Sponsored by Rockwood and Deaconess Hospital. Call (509) 755-5120 to register. Dec. 16, 5 p.m., Deaconess Health and Education Center, Room 267, 910 W. Fifth Ave. Free.
Lunch and Learn: Taking Time for Yourself - Learn relaxation exercises you can use anytime to instantly unwind. For more information, visit http://wellness.inhs.org. Dec. 18, noon-1 p.m., INHS Community Wellness Center, 501 N. Riverpoint Blvd., Suite 245. Free; bring your lunch. (509) 232-8145.
Chair Massage - Relieve the physical and mental stresses of everyday life. Register online at wellness.inhs.org. Dec. 18, 1-3 p.m., INHS Community Wellness Center, 501 N. Riverpoint Blvd., Suite 245. $5/10-minute session. (509) 232-8145.
Winter Solstice Yoga Practice - The practice weaves together yin and yang yoga with a focus on mindfully accepting yourself as you are. Dec. 19, 5:30 p.m., Harmony Yoga South, 1717 W. Sixth Ave. $30. (509) 747-4430.
New Year’s Day: Ring in the Year with Intention - This workshop is a ritual practice in which to reflect on the past year and welcome in a new year. In the three hour session there will be yoga, pranayama and some writing time of your intentions and a strong flow practice. Jan. 1, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Harmony Yoga South, 1717 W. Sixth Ave. $40. (509) 747-4430.
Health for All - This community-based health care access project links uninsured individuals and families in Eastern Washington with state health insurance programs and assists those who do not qualify for state-sponsored coverage by linking them with appropriate community resources. Call (866) 444-3066; in Spokane County, call (509) 444-3066.
Hearing Loss Association – Spokane Chapter - Group provides support, education, advocacy, and camaraderie to people with a hearing loss. Each meeting features a speaker system, real-time captioning, and a room loop to make easy communication possible for all present. Meetings are held the second Saturday of each month, 9:30-11:30 a.m., at Nexus Inland Northwest, auditorium, 1206 N. Howard St. Meetings are free. Call (509) 328-9220 or email email@example.com for more information.
Latin Fitness Classes - Basic dance and aerobic moves set to Latin and pop music. Offered Mondays and Wednesdays at 7 p.m., in the Community Enrichment Center, 110 S. Main St., Colfax. Cost is $7 per session or $35 per month (first class is free). All sizes and shapes are welcome. Call (509) 432-4906 for more information and to register.
Mastering the Social World - Social skills groups for children and adolescents who may struggle with understanding how to socially engage with others, making and maintaining friends, and maneuvering within the cultural norms of society. Six-week class for youth ages 6-11 is held Wednesdays, 4-5:30 p.m., and Saturdays, 3-4:30 p.m. Cost is $240. Six-week class for youth ages 12-18 is held Thursdays, 4-5:30 p.m., and Saturdays, 1-2:30 p.m. Cost is $240. Call (800) 355-7155 or (509) 328-2740, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.imaginebehavior.com for more information.
Medicare Workshops - Statewide Health Insurance Benefit Advisors will provide free, nonbiased advice and information regarding Medicare in a series of workshops held every third Tuesday of the month, 1-4 p.m., at Aging and Long Term Care of Eastern Washington, 1222 N. Post St. For more information, call Margaret or Kathy at (509) 458-2509. Please bring your medications, with dosages and Medicare card to the workshops.
A Mindful Life - Explore meditation and mindfulness, and move toward greater health and balance in your life. Meetings are held on the first and third Wednesdays of every month at 7 p.m., Deer Park Senior Center, 206 W. First St., Deer Park. Free; donations are appreciated. (509) 258-7361.
Nicotine Anonymous - Twelve-step support group for 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.
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