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Montana Tobacco Quit Line – If your New Year's resolution is to quit using tobacco, the Quit Line can offer free support and up to eight weeks of free nicotine replacement therapy as well as financial assistance for pharmaceutical quitting products. Call 1-800-784-8669 or visit to enroll.

Living Art of Montana – The following programs are offered to people dealing with illness and loss, including care providers and family, at Living Art of Montana, 725 W. Alder, No. 17 (Warehouse Mall). All materials are provided and no art experience is necessary. For more information, call 549-5329 or visit

  • "Creative Connections for Cancer Survivors" offered noon-1:30 p.m. every third Wednesday of the month, drop-in.
  • "Relief Prints" with Odette Grassi, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 24.
  • "It Matters: Mixed Media Painting" with Odette Grassi, 4-6 p.m. Wednesdays, Jan. 28, Feb. 4 and Feb. 11. Registration required.
  • "Paper Weaving" with Bonnie Tarses, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 31, drop-in.
  • "Cancer, Courage & Creativity," 5:30-7:30 p.m. Thursdays, Feb. 5-March 26. For men and women experiencing the effects of cancer. Registration required.
  • "Fabric Fortune Cookies" with Odette Grassi, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 7.
  • "Watercolor Leaves" with Loretta Vizzutti, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 28.
  • "Exploring Glass" with Katie Patten, 1-3 p.m. Tuesdays, March 3-17. Registration required.

Red Willow Center – For more information on the following classes at the learning center, 825 W. Kent, call 721-0033 or visit

  • "Rosen Method Bodywork: Reclaiming Our Embodied Wisdom," 6-7 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 8, free.
  • "The Daring Way" based on the work of Brene Brown and facilitated by Joan Hoedel, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 10, $100. Call 721-8339.
  • "Easy Yoga for Beginners" with Harriet Alterowitz and Marina Zaleski, 4-5:15 p.m. Thursdays beginning Jan. 15, $45 for six weeks or $10 per class.
  • "Medication for Beginners" with Raquel Castellanos, Jan. 8-29, noon-1 p.m. Thursdays, $40.
  • "Woven Paper Collage Workshop" with Bonnie Tarses, Jan. 11 and Jan. 25, 1-4 p.m. Sunday, $80.
  • "Free Introduction to Authentic Movement" with Hillary Funk Welzenbach, 6:30-8 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 11, and 6:30-8:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 25.
  • "Free Introduction to Yoga for Anxiety Management" with Leslie Burgess," 5-7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 12.
  • "The Beauty of Imperfection: A Woman's Support Group" with Kerry Maier and Kate Chapin, Jan. 13-Feb. 17, 6-7:30 p.m. Tuesdays, $145.
  • "Yoga for Round Bodies" with Leslie Burgess, Jan. 14-March 4, noon-1:15 p.m. Wednesdays, $80.
  • "Free Introduction to Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction" with Greg Satya Shanks, 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 15, and 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 29.
  • "Yoga for Anxiety Management" with Leslie Burgess, Jan. 19-March 9, 5-7 p.m. Mondays, $240.
  • Ongoing classes include “T’ai Chi Ch’uan” at 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays, $10 or $45 for six weeks; “Yoga for Wellness” at noon Mondays, $10 or $45 for six weeks; “Weekly Sit Meditation” at noon Wednesdays, $8 or $35 for four weeks; and “Yoga for Chronic Pain Relief” at 5 p.m. Wednesdays, $50 for six weeks.

BodyTalk– Contact Kathy Mangan at (406) 880-2639 or to sign up for the following classes:

  • "Accunect Connect," your key to unlocking healing ability full potential on all levels, Jan. 16-18, 2015.
  • "Family Constellations," uncover your family blueprints to bring positive changes to your life and harmony to your relationships, May 29-31.

Ongoing programs

AA and Al-Anon – For the latest Alcoholics Anonymous meetings list, visit or call the Missoula hotline at 543-0011. The information line for Al-Anon and Alateen, which are 12-step recovery programs for relatives and friends whose lives have been affected by alcoholism, is 721-5818 or visit for more information.

ACOA – Adult Children of Alcoholics and Dysfunctional Families meets 7-8:30 p.m. Wednesdays at Unity Church, 546 South Ave. W. Call 531-2087 for more information.

Acupuncture for cancer caregivers – Missoula Community Acupuncture, located in the Radio Central Building, 127 E Main St., Suite 314, offers free acupuncture treatments for friends, family, nurses, doctors or anyone who takes care of cancer patients on Wednesdays from 5 to 7 p.m. No appointment is necessary. For more information, call Michael Peluso at (406) 926-1611.

Adult Asperger support group – An open meeting is held the first Thursday of the month from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the University Center on campus. Contact Terry Lynch at 241-8164, or Cindy Bacon Janego at for more information.

Alzheimer’s support – Meets the second Wednesday of each month at noon at the Summit Independent Living conference room, 700 S.W. Higgins Ave. Another group meets the fourth Monday at 6:30 p.m. at the Missoula Senior Center, 705 S. Higgins Ave. For more information, contact Jackie Johnson at 549-3433 or

Alzheimer’s caregivers support group – Meets the fourth Monday of each month at the Missoula Senior Center, 705 S. Higgins Ave., at 6:30 p.m. For more information, call Jackie Johnson at 549-3433.

Bereavement support groups – Frontier Hospice offers meetings 6-7 p.m. Thursdays at the following locations: The Springs at Whitefish on the first Thursday; Rising Mountains Assisted Living Community in Bigfork on the third Thursday; and Frontier Hospice in Kalispell on the fourth Thursday. Call (406) 755-4923 for more information.

Breast cancer support group – Meets the first Tuesday of the month from noon to 1 p.m. at the Montana Cancer Center, St. Patrick Hospital Broadway Building, second floor. Call 329-5656.

Cancer Center support group – Meets on the second Thursday of each month at the Montana Cancer Center, 500 W. Broadway, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. For more information call Bonnie at 240-0996.

Cancer Resource Guide – The online guide covers resources including support groups, treatment centers, camps and retreats, in Missoula, Mineral and Ravalli counties. It is available at

Cancer support group – A support group for anyone affected by cancer meets the second and fourth Mondays from noon to 1 p.m. at the Polson United Methodist Church, 301 16th Ave. For more information, call Tammy at (406) 883-7284 or 824-2868.

Celebrate Recovery – The Christian-based 12-step recovery program meets every Friday from 6 to 9:30 p.m. at Christian Assembly Foursquare Church, 1001 Cleveland St. Dinner is available from 6 to 7 p.m. and child care is provided for ages birth to 11. For more information, call 721-6884 or email

Cheerful Heart – Lake County cancer patients in treatment can receive a massage and help with hair and skin problems, free of charge, from local therapists and cosmetologists. Other non-medical services include transportation to treatment and doctor appointments, running errands, yardwork and meal preparation. Appointments may be scheduled by calling (406) 883-3070.

Colorectal Cancer Support Group – Meets the third Friday of every month through March 20, 2015, 1-2 p.m., Community Cancer Care Conference Room, 2827 Fort Missoula Road.

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

  • Missoula Indian Center provides on-site blood sugar testing with a glucose monitor and also offers hemoglobin A1C testing by appointment only. For more information call Yvonne at 829-9515, Ext. 121.
  • St. Patrick Hospital offers a group class each month for Type 2 diabetics and quarterly for Type 1. Learn how to control your diabetes through nutrition, exercise, monitoring, medications and prevention of complications. Classes held at the Broadway Building conference rooms. Cost is submitted to insurance companies. Financial assistance is available for those who do not have insurance coverage. Individual appointments for nutrition (includes bariatric, weight management, cardiometabolic, eating disorders and chronic diseases) and diabetes self-management education also are available. Cost is submitted to insurance companies. Appointments also offered at Florence Family Medicine, Grant Creek Family Medicine and St Joseph Medical Clinic in Polson. Call 329-5781 for more information.
  • Community Medical Center’s Diabetes Management Program offers individual and group sessions to help you manage your diabetes and enjoy a healthy lifestyle. Sessions are led by a nurse and dietitian certified in diabetes education. Physician referral required. Call 327-4325.
  • Community Medical Center also offers a pool class designed by a physical therapist for adults with diabetes to increase their level of activity in a fun and relaxed group setting. Call 327-4257 for more information.

Double Trouble in Recovery – The 12-step program for people with mental health and addiction issues meets 3-4 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Winds of Change Recovery Mall, 2685 Palmer St., No. C (second floor). Coffee is provided. For more information, call Veronica at 721-2038.

Epilepsy support group – Meets the first Monday of the month from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at the Summit Independent Living Center, 700 S.W. Higgins Ave., Suite 101. Patients, friends, family and caregivers welcome. Call Debbie, 721-0707, for more information.

Free health exams – Women ages 30 to 64 who meet necessary income guidelines and either have no health insurance or have insurance that will not pay for breast and cervical health exams can receive free exams through Partnership Health Center’s Montana Cancer Screening Program. Call 258-4162 for more information.

Gentle yoga class – The Missoula Senior Citizens Center, 705 S. Higgins Ave., offers a class that focuses on balance training, back strength and core conditioning through gentle yoga matwork every Tuesday and Thursday at 9 a.m. and Friday at 9:15 a.m. Fee is $3 per class. All ages welcome. For more information, call 543-7154 or 552-0500.

Health Insurance Assistance Service – Montana cancer patients can call the American Cancer Society’s 24-hour toll-free number to be connected to a health insurance specialist to ask about coverage and insurance programs specific to the state. The number is 1-800-ACS-2345.

Men’s cancer support group – Open to men in all phases of testing, treatment and followup, the group meets the last Thursday of the month from 12:15 to 1:45 p.m. at the Montana Cancer Center, 500 W. Broadway. It is facilitated by mental health counselor Greg Shanks. Call 214-9697 or email for more information.

Narcotics Anonymous – Meets at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Alano Club, 8 Third Ave. W., Polson. Call (406) 883-4135.

National Alliance on Mental Illness – The NAMI Family and Friends support group meets every Thursday from 10 a.m. to noon. Call 543-3055 for more information.

Nicotine Anonymous – Meets at noon daily at the 4th D Club Inc., 1500 W. Broadway, Suite B.

Nutrition and wellness education – Call 546-7819 to schedule a personal appointment or a free group presentation with Judy Gilman, registered nurse and health educator. Topics include weight management and chronic disease prevention with facts about carbohydrates, proteins, fats, glycemic index, food labels, diabetes and metabolic syndrome.

Overeaters Anonymous – Local meetings include 7 p.m. Monday and 9 a.m. Saturday at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 202 Brooks St. Everyone who wants to stop eating compulsively is welcome. There are no dues, weigh-ins or lectures. For more meeting information, visit

Parkinson’s support group – Meets the second Thursday, 1-3 p.m., at the Ronald McDonald House, 3003 Fort Missoula Road, in the conference room. Guest speakers, group discussions and refreshments. Call Cindy Cone, 728-8283, or Ann Houston, 543-8939.

SAA – For the latest Sex Addicts Anonymous meeting list visit, call the Missoula hotline at 241-4005 or email SAA is a 12-step fellowship of men and women who share experience, strength and hope for the purpose of finding freedom from addictive sexual behavior and helping others recover from sex addiction.

S-Anon – Local meetings are held weekly for this recovery program for people affected by another person’s sexual behavior. Visit or call (406) 544-1271 to learn more.

Stroke and Brain Injury Support Group – Meets the second Thursday of each month from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. at the Providence Center, 902 N. Orange St., in the dining area on the fourth floor. For details, call 329-5784.

Tai Chi for Arthritis – Class offered 9:15 a.m. Mondays at the Missoula Senior Citizens Center, 705 S. Higgins Ave. $3 per class. All ages welcome.

Tai Chi – The Missoula Academy of T’ai Chi Ch’uan offers classes and private instruction for all skill levels; beginners welcome. Classes are held at 10 a.m. Thursday at Open Way, 702 Brooks St.; 10 a.m. Saturday at The Barn, 2926 S. Third St. W.; and at several locations in the Bitterroot. Call Mike at 363-5022 or visit

Tai Chi Chih – Classes are offered at the following locations: Missoula Senior Citizens Center, 705 S. Higgins Ave., 9:15 a.m. Wednesdays, $3 per class; Holy Spirit Episcopal Church, 130 S. Sixth St. E., 10:30 a.m. Fridays, $3; Peak Health & Wellness Center, 5000 Blue Mountain Road, 11 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, call 251-3344; and The Women’s Club, 2105 Bow St., 9 a.m. Fridays, call 728-4410.

TOPS – Take Off Pounds Sensibly, an affordable, nonprofit, weight-loss support and wellness organization, meets at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the First Christian Church, 2701 S. Russell St. Another TOPS meeting is 6:30 p.m. Monday at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 2512 Sunset Lane. For additional meetings, go to, click on “Find a Meeting” and enter your zip code or call 1-800-YEA-TOPS.

Women's Cancer Support Group – Meets the second Friday of every month through March 13, 2015, 1-2 p.m., Community Cancer Care Conference Room, 2827 Fort Missoula Road.

“Your Last Diet!” – Matz Family Chiropractic, 1519 S. Reserve St., offers free workshops every Wednesday night at 6:30 p.m. for anyone interested in trying food samples or learning about a healthy way to lose weight. Call 549-2006 for more information.

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