Fortress - A faith-based group for parents or guardians of teens or young adults who struggle with alcohol or drugs. Meetings include educational speakers, resource sharing and a time to talk with those who understand. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.facebook.com/spokanefortress. Fourth Wednesday of the month, 7-8:30 p.m., Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center, Providence Center for Faith and Healing, 101 W. Eighth Ave.
Loud Crowd - Vocal exercises including loudness drills, talking and reading out loud. The program includes 12 individual treatment sessions provided over four weeks by a speech language pathologist. Patients learn to speak with intent and to be confident while completing exercises that not only strengthen the entire speech and swallowing mechanisms, but also address cognitive challenges experienced by many individuals with Parkinson’s disease. Begins Thursday, 1 p.m., WSU/EWU Riverpoint Campus, 310 N. Riverpoint Blvd., Box V. Free. (509) 828-1323.
Energize Your Life with Cellular Nutrition - Learn how to boost energy and immunity through proper nutrition. Friday, 6:45 p.m., Northwest Christian School, 5104 E. Bernhill Road, Colbert. Free. (209) 770-0542.
Pilgrim’s Market Events - The Five Essentials to a Maximized Life, May 7, 6:30-8 p.m., free; Food Nutrients vs. Supplements, May 13, 6:30-8 p.m., free; An Eater’s Guide to Popular Diets, May 14, 6:30-8 p.m., free; Probiotics and Healthy Weight Loss, May 21, 6:30-8 p.m., free; Listening to Your Heart Health Lecture, May 28, 6:30-8 p.m., free; Wellness Workshop: Celebrate Motherhood, May 30, 3-6 p.m., free; Mushrooms: An Important Key to Immune Health, June 4, 6:30-8 p.m., free; Bike to Work Week Free Movie “With My Own Two Wheels,” June 5, 6-8:30 p.m.; Environmental Toxicity and ADHD, June 17, 6-8:30 p.m., free; Balanced Summer Nutrition: Keeping You Cool as Temperatures Rise, June 18, 6-8:30 p.m., $5. Call to make reservations. Pilgrim’s Market, 1316 N. Fourth St., Coeur d’Alene. (208) 676-9730.
Beyond Words Breakfast - Benefits RiteCare, a speech therapy clinic providing speech therapy to children ages 2-7 at no cost to the families. May 28, 8-9 a.m., Spokane Convention Center, 334 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. Donation. (509) 951-1263.
Introduction to Yoga - Instructors from South Perry Yoga focus on getting you comfortable with some basic poses and routines. Open to adults of all fitness levels. Wear comfortable clothes and please bring a yoga mat if you have one. Friday, 10:30 p.m., Moran Prairie Library, 6004 S. Regal St., (509) 893-8340; Saturday, 2 p.m., Deer Park Library, 208 S. Forest Ave., (509) 893-8300; May 9, 2 p.m., Medical Lake Library, 321 E. Herb St., (509) 893-8330; May 16, 2 p.m., Otis Orchards Library, 22324 E. Wellesley Ave., (509) 893-8390. Free.
Steps for Autism 5K Walk/Run - Walk or run with family and friends to raise money and awareness for autism spectrum disorders. All ages and ability levels welcome. Contact Northwest Autism Center to register. Saturday, 8 a.m., Mirabeau Point Park, Centennial Trail, 13500 E. Mirabeau Parkway. $25. (509) 328-1582.
Bloomsday Training Clinics - Each clinic features information, a warm-up routine and a training course designed to maximize your preparation. Register online or any week at the clinic. Saturday, 8:30 a.m., Spokane Falls Community College, College Gymnasium, 3410 W. Fort George Wright Drive. Free. (509) 474-3081.
Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure - Five-kilometer run in Riverfront Park that honors survivors and raises funds for the prevention, education, and early detection of breast cancer. Sunday, 9 a.m., Riverfront Park, 507 N. Howard St. $25. (509) 570-3267.
Free Exercise Classes for Breast Cancer Survivors - Breast cancer survivors, who finished their primary treatment within the past three months, are not extremely active, and who speak English, are eligible to participate in a research study at WSU’s Spokane campus. Participants will attend free exercise classes three days per week for 12 weeks and complete pre/post testing sessions. Test results and free exercise/nutrition education will be provided to those who complete the study. Call (509) 358-7676 for more information. This study has been approved by WSU’s Institutional Review Board. WSU/EWU Riverpoint Campus, 665 N. Riverpoint Blvd. Free. (509) 358-7676.
Beginning Meditation - Explore your capacity for focused relaxation in this introduction to basic meditation practices. Please bring pillows or blankets. Monday, 6:30 p.m., Spokane Valley Library, 12004 E. Main Ave., (509) 893-8400; May 4, 6:30 p.m., Deer Park Library, 208 S. Forest Ave., (509) 893-8300; May 17, 1 p.m., Cheney Library, 610 First St., (509) 893-8280; June 8, 6:30 p.m., Moran Prairie Library, 6004 S. Regal St., (509) 893-8340. Free.
Tai Chi - Open to adults of all fitness levels. Please wear comfortable clothing and thick socks. April 29, 6:30 p.m., North Spokane Library, 44 N. Hawthorne Road, (509) 893-8350; May 6, 6:30 p.m., Spokane Valley Library, 12004 E. Main Ave., (509) 893-8400; May 13, 6:30 p.m., Moran Prairie Library, 6004 S. Regal St., (509) 893-8340; May 20, 6:30 p.m., Cheney Library, 610 First St., (509) 893-8280; June 3, 6:30 p.m., Argonne Library, 4322 N. Argonne Road, (509) 893-8260. Free.
Self-Improvement Events - April 29, 7 p.m., Vibrational Alignment Evening; and April 30, 7 p.m., Conscious Breathing for Healing. Move More Spokane, 731 S. Garfield St. $30-$40/per workshop. (509) 389-1501.
Buried in Treasures Hoarding Workshop - May 7-July 23. A 12-week facilitated support group for individuals with hoarding issues. Thursdays, 12:30 p.m., Transitional Living Center, 3128 N. Hemlock St. $200. Tuition assistance/payment plans offered. (509) 850-3905.
Therapeutic Yoga - Open to adults of all fitness levels. It’s best to wear comfortable clothes and bring a yoga mat if you have one. Yoga for Beginners, May 7; Gentle Yoga, May 14; Yoga for Pain Relief, June 4; Yoga for the Office, June 11. All classes at 6:30 p.m. North Spokane Library, 44 E. Hawthorne Road. Free. (509) 893-8350.
Babysitting Basics - This course prepares youths, ages 10-15, to be successful babysitters. Register at wellness.inhs.org. May 9, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., St. Lukes Rehabilitation Institute, Room 200, 711 S. Cowley St. $40. (509) 242-4264.
Kidical Mass Bike Ride - Kids and their families are invited to ride about three miles on anything that rolls. All types of bikes, trailers, Xtracycles, bakfiets, tandems, folding bikes, trikes are welcome. Ride through the neighborhood beginning at Chief Garry Park. May 16, 1 p.m., Chief Garry Park, 2701 E. Sinto Ave. Free. (509) 723 2908.
Online Tools for Health and Fitness - Keep yourself motivated as you work toward a healthier you. Discover health and fitness apps and websites to help you stay on track with your health goals. May 21, 7 p.m., North Spokane Library, 44 E. Hawthorne Road, (509) 893-8350; May 28, 7 p.m., Spokane Valley Library, 12004 E. Main Ave., (509) 893-8400. Free.
Living with Alzheimer’s for Middle-Stage Caregivers - This is an event hosted by the Alzheimer’s Association Inland Northwest Chapter. The topics that will be discussed are: communication, personal care, behaviors, wandering and care options. Complimentary lunch is provided. Advance registration required. May 26, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Guardian Angel Homes, 1136 E. Mullan Ave., Post Falls. Free. $35/certificate of attendance available. (208) 666-2996.
Second Annual Inland Northwest Lighthouse Fiesta - Learn more about Inland Northwest Lighthouse and how they are creating increased opportunities for jobs, independence, and empowerment for people who are blind. There will be interactive games and activities, photo booth, raffles, food and drinks, tours of the INL facility and hands-on program demonstrations. For more information or to make reservations, visit www.inlandlh.org or call. June 11, 3:30-7 p.m., Inland Lighthouse for the Blind, 6405 N. Addison St. Donation suggested. (509) 487-0405.
Happy Hoofers Fun Run - All proceeds benefit Children’s Miracle Network and Credit Unions for Kids. Pick up race numbers and shirts on July 10 at Cheney Federal Credit Union, or on race day at the park prior to the start of the run. July 11, 8 a.m., Veterans Memorial Park, Fourth and D streets, Cheney. $15/before June 24; $20/after June 24. No shirt: $10. (509) 235-6533 or (509) 299-6533.
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