For information or to become a donor, stop in at one of the blood-collection sites or call 543-6695 or 1-800-695-7258. This week's blood drives include:

Tuesday, May 29 - St. Regis Community Drive, 2 to 6 p.m.; and Kalispell Red Cross Center, 2 to 6 p.m.

Wednesday, May 30 - Missoula Red Cross Center, 2 to 6 p.m.

Thursday, May 31 - Missoula Red Cross Center, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.; and Workplace Inc., Kalispell, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Friday, June 1 - Workplace Inc., 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Monday, June 4 - Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; and Kalispell Red Cross Center, 2 to 6 p.m.

Tuesday, June 5 - Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital, Hamilton, 1 to 5 p.m.; and Stream International, Kalispell, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Platelet donations - Call 543-6695 in Missoula for an appointment.


Joint pain seminar - Learn various methods to manage hip and knee pain on Thursday, May 31, at 7 p.m. in Suite Q of the Center of Behavioral Medicine, 3075 N. Reserve. No cost. To reserve a seat call Sarah Nurse, 329-5865.

Free osteoporosis screening - The Florence Family clinic, 293 Rodeo Drive, will host a free heel screening on Thursday, May 31, from 9 a.m. to noon and 5 to 7 p.m. Call 273-4923.

"Take Time for Your Life" workshop - Jamie McGarvey will guide you through a seven-step program for creating the life you want on Saturday, June 2, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Topics will include setting priorities, energy drains, financial health, fuel and spirit. The book by Cheryl Richardson and lunch is included for $100. Call 543-7116.

Aikido of Missoula - An orientation class for children ages 7-13 will be held June 6 at 4 p.m. in the Union Hall Building, 208 E. Main, second floor. Children's summer classes will meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4 to 5 p.m. A five-week introductory course for adults will begin June 12 at 5:30 p.m. with classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays through July 12. Call 549-8387.

Biofeedback workshop - Dr. Les Fehmi, who pioneered the use of neuro-feedback over 30 years ago, will present a talk and workshop in Helena. A public lecture will be held 7 p.m. Friday, June 8, at the Carroll College Student Center. Admission is $5. The two-day workshop June 9-10 at the college will explore brainwave training in depth, including its use for controlling stress and insomnia. Cost for one day of the workshop is $120, or $200 for both days. For a registration form call 449-2925. For information on neurofeedback, check out Dr. Fehmi's Web site at

Herbal walk - Join herbalist Bronwyn Troutman on June 9 from 1 to 3 p.m. for a tour of Greenough Park and a discussion of native and common weeds such as motherwort, lomatium, nettles, burdock, dandelion and plantain. Cost is $10. Call Meadowsweet Herbs at 728-0543.

CPR instructor classes - Community Medical Center will offer a new instructor course on June 13 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cost is $80 including manuals. A renewal/update course may be taken June 12 from 4 to 9 p.m. or June 26 from 1 to 5 p.m. Cost is $35 with manuals. Register by calling 327-4009 or e-mailing

3Rs Psychiatric Wellness Program - The 12-session program will run June 15 through July 20 at the Providence Center, 500 N. Orange, in Classroom B in the lower level. Morning and afternoon sessions will address the management of scizophrenia, bipolar disorder, anxiety disorders and major depression. Cost is $5 per session. Register at the door or by calling 543-3055.

Osteoporosis exercise classes - The classes will be held on the following Thursdays from 8 to 9:30 a.m. at the Providence Center physical therapy department: June 21, June 28, July 12 and July 19. Cost is $25 for the four classes. Call 327-3410 to register; seating is limited.

FOA Summer Camp - For One Another Cancer Family Network will offer two sessions of its summer camp in Bozeman on July 14-19 and July 21-26. The camp is available at no cost to children and their families who are coping with cancer. For more information call (406) 587-8080 or e-mail

Free movement classes - The Missoula Urban Demonstration Project, 629 Phillips St., will offer free Tai Chi and movement classes every Tuesday in May and June from 12:30 to 1 p.m. in the MUD gardens. Instructors are Karin Schalm and Caraway Seed. This is a drop-in class and no special attire is required. Call 721-7513 for more information.

Cholesterol screening - Community Medical Center offers cholesterol blood screening on the first Tuesday of every month. A complete lipid profile is available for $15 and a total cholesterol test is $5. Appointments are available between 7 and 8:30 a.m. by calling 728-4100, ext. 7530.

Masters swimming - Workouts at the Missoula YMCA are coached Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Designed for fitness swimmers, triathletes and competitive swimmers, the sessions are open to all ages 19 and older, members or nonmembers. Register at the front desk. Call 721-9622 for more information.

Craniosacral therapy - Offered for chronic pain relief or wellness by Diane Godfrey at Kizmet's Massage Therapy, 920 N. Russell. Call 728-4142.

Diabetes support - The following support groups and programs are available:

Missoula Diabetes Support Group meets the third Tuesday of each month from 4:30 to 5:30 at St. Patrick Hospital in Conference Room C on Level 1 near the cafeteria. The program is free and no registration is required. For more information call 329-5781, Ext. 1.

Free diabetes screenings at St. Patrick Hospital and Health Sciences Center. Overnight fast required. Call Diabetes Care Services at 329-5781, ext. 1, to schedule an appointment.

Type 1 Diabetes Support Group meets the third Thursday of the month at 6:30 p.m. in Conference Room J at Community Medical Center. Call Billie Jo at 721-6454 for details.

Insulin Pumpers Club meets the first Monday of every month at noon for lunch. For location call Linda at 549-5205.

Missoula Indian Center provides on-site blood sugar testing with a glucose monitor and quarterly immunizations, fasting blood sugar tests, lipid profiles and thyroid panels. Referrals to the diabetes self-management program also available. Call Kitty at 329-3373.

Self-management education classes help people with diabetes and their loved ones learn how to manage the disease on their own. For information and to schedule a comprehensive assessment call 329-5781, ext. 1.

Hepatitis C support and information group - Meets the first Wednesday of each month from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Missoula Public Library small meeting room (lower level). Anonymous attendance, no fee.

Tobacco Quit Line - A toll-free line provides counseling to tobacco users who want to quit, sends out support materials and links callers to local resources throughout Montana. Call 1-877-612-1585 on Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Tobacco use cessation group - Quit for Life sessions begin the first Thursday of every month. Each session includes five group classes with an experienced facilitator. Call the Missoula City/County Health Department at 523-2789 to register.

Belly dance class - Aniysa Middle Eastern Dance & Supplies offers instruction in Raks Sharki/Dance Orientale. The next session begins the week of June 4. Cost is $24 for four weeks. Call 273-0368 or visit

Healing sessions - Offered by medical intuitive Mary Marron and acupressurist Victoria Noble with the Heart Connection at 415 N. Higgins, Room 122. Call 273-2928 for an appointment.

Meditation classes - Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. Call Michael Sullivan, 721-2290, for location.

Yoga with Linda - Offered Wednesdays from 5:45 to 6:45 p.m. at the Wild Ground Learning Center, 702 Brooks. Cost is $6 per class. Call 542-7774.

Yoga Room - Offers comprehensive session-based classes for all levels. Call 880-7708 for a class schedule. Drop-ins welcome.

Massage - Erin Huffman offers therapeutic sessions for women only. Call 543-8494.

Breast cancer survivor water fitness - Community Medical Center offers a warm-water pool class for breast cancer survivors to reduce lymphedema, improve general flexibility and strength, and increase endurance and circulation. No fee. Call Sharon at 728-4100, Ext. 7618, for class schedule and registration information.

SIS - Sisters in Survival breast cancer support group meets every Tuesday from noon to 1 p.m. at the St. Francis Xavier Parish Center, 420 W. Pine, in Classroom 2 on the second floor. Call Jan Riva, 329-5713.

Breast Cancer Resource Guide - The second edition of this comprehensive list of resources and information across the state is available at no cost by calling (877) 314-6728 or visiting

Breast Cancer Resource Network - Meetings are held the first Wednesday of each month at St. Patrick Hospital in Conference Rooms A and B beginning at 6 p.m. with a social hour followed by the program at 7 p.m. For more information call Dee at 549-3401, Myrna at 273-2586 or Dorothy at 543-5664.

Mall walkers - Meet on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9 to 10 a.m. at the Southgate Mall community room. No fee; all ages welcome.

First Call for Help - Call 549-5555 Monday through Friday from noon to 5 p.m. First Call is a telephone information and referral service on social service programs that can provide assistance.

Fitness First - Yoga with Roz Hudgens meets at the YWCA on Tuesday and Thursday from 1:15 to 2:30 p.m. and step/slide and body toning classes are Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 6 to 7 a.m., Monday through Friday from 12:10 to 12:50 p.m. and Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Cost is $15 to $20 per month for members, $18 to $23 a month for nonmembers. Stop in for a free class at 1130 W. Broadway or call Julia Jones, 721-1090 or 543-6691. As part of the YWCA Breast Cancer Wellness Program, cancer survivors may participate in any of the Fitness First classes free of charge.

TOPS - Take Off Pounds Sensibly No. 428 meets at 10 a.m. on Tuesdays at the First Methodist Church, 300 E. Main, lower level. Fees are $1 a month with a $20 annual fee. Call 543- 8529 or 549-3706.

"Get Real Weight Loss" - The four-week program includes one class and two personal training sessions per week. Call Laura Bender at 728-4395.

Free health exams - Women ages 50 to 64 who have no health insurance or insurance that will not pay for breast and cervical health exams, and who meet the necessary income guidelines, can receive free exams through the Partnership Health Center's Breast and Cervical Health Project. Call 523-4789 for an appointment.

Montana Hot Line for Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault - This 24-hour crisis line for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault or stalking provides information, resources and referrals to agencies all over the state. Call 1-800-655-7867.

Circles of Peace support groups - YWCA program for children of all ages who've experienced family violence and abuse. Offered free every Tuesday from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in conjunction with women's groups. Children over age 8 can attend without a parent. Call 543-6691.

Sexual assault - Call the YWCA at 543-6691 for more information on these services:

A support group meets every Tuesday from 6:30 to 8 p.m. New participants should arrive by 6:15 p.m. for a brief orientation. Children's groups offered at the same time.

YWCA Pathways provides services to survivors of sexual violence, including rape. Walk-in hours are noon to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. It also operates a 24-hour crisis line: 542-1944.

Power wheelchairs - Miracle on Wheels makes available electric wheelchairs to non-ambulatory senior citizens and the permanently disabled at no out-of-pocket expense if they qualify. Call 1-800-749-8778 or visit the Web site at

The Fitness Calendar is printed each Tuesday inside the Health section. Deadline is the Friday at noon before publication day.

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