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Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Red Cross

For information or to make an appointment at any of the Missoula-area sites, call 543-6695 or the number listed. The Missoula center is at 401 W. Railroad St. Upcoming blood drives include:

• Tuesday, June 10 - Grace Lutheran Church, Hamilton, 12:30 to 5:30 p.m., call 777-0707; and Kalispell Regional Medical Center, noon to 4 p.m.

• Wednesday, June 11 - Anderson ZurMuehlen & Co., 1821 South Ave. W., 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the bloodmobile, call 523-9383; and Sula Community Clubhouse, 1 to 5 p.m., call 821-1881; and Flathead County Health Department, Kalispell, 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

• Thursday, June 12 - Deer Lodge Community Center, 1 to 6 p.m., call 846-3731; and Kalispell Wal-Mart, noon to 5 p.m. in the bloodmobile.

• Friday, June 13 - Missoula Red Cross Center, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.; and KALS Radio, Kalispell, noon to 5 p.m.

• Saturday, June 14 - Polson Wal-Mart, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the bloodmobile.

• Monday, June 16 - Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, 5705 Grant Creek Road, 1 to 4 p.m. in the bloodmobile, call 523-4555; University of Montana, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in University Center Rooms 332 and 333, call 543-6695 or visit and enter sponsor code "gogriz"; and Kalispell Red Cross Center, 2 to 6 p.m.

• Tuesday, June 17 - Cooper Firearms, Stevensville, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m., call 777-0373; Missoula Red Cross Center, 2 to 6 p.m. and Lakeside Community Chapel Fellowship Hall, 4 to 7 p.m.

Coming soon

AARP Driver Safety Program - The eight-hour course will be offered Thursday and Friday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at St. Patrick Hospital's Broadway Building. Special for June: AARP members can bring a friend and share the $10 fee. Call 543-7184 to register.

First aid, CPR classes - 8th Element CPR is offering Child and Infant First Aid and CPR classes the second Saturday of every month at 4 p.m. beginning in June at The Birth Center, 1211 S. Reserve St. The cost is $60 and includes two-year certification through Emergency First Response. For more information and to register visit the Web site or contact Todd Stedl at

Water safety instructor class - Missoula Parks and Recreation is offering a Water Safety Instructor class June 12-19. The cost is $150. Students must be age 16 before final day of class and demonstrate skills that meet at least Level 4 performance criteria. For more information call 552-6254 or stop by Currents at 600 Cregg Lane.

Grizzly Pool - Registration has begun for daytime children's lessons that start June 16. Call 243-2763.

Aikido of Missoula - A five-week introductory course for adults will start June 17 at 5:30 p.m. and meet Tuesdays and Thursdays through July 17. Ongoing classes for children ages 7-14 are also available. Call 549-8387 for details. Aikido of Missoula is located in the Union Hall building, 208 E. Main, second floor.

Teen fitness camp - Bodies By Bender will offer a teen fitness camp throughout the summer starting June 16. For details call 728-4395 or visit to register.

The Women's Club - Summer youth dance classes will be held June 16 through July 2 including Creative Movement for ages 4-5 at 3 p.m. Wednesday, ballet/jazz for ages 6-9 at 5:30 p.m. Monday and Wednesday and hip hop for ages 10-18 at 4 p.m. Monday and Wednesday. Other programs include six-week Pilates Progressive classes at 9:30 a.m. Monday, noon Wednesday and 5:30 p.m. Thursday; a hiking group at 9 a.m. Thursday; and Hot Yoga at 6:15 a.m. Tuesday and Thursday. To sign up call 728-4410 or stop by 2105 Bow St.

Weight loss challenge - A six-week program offering free weekly personal nutrition consultations will begin June 26. Participants do not need to leave home or be on a particular program. The winner will receive a cash prize and everyone will get weekly prizes. To register call Jenny at 240-7912.

Cancer Connections Forum - From June through October, cancer physicians from across Montana will participate in a monthly on-line discussion forum on cancer-related topics delivered via e-mail. To sign up or for more information on this free service, call (406) 587-8080 or visit

Ongoing programs

AA and Al-Anon - For the latest Alcoholics Anonymous meetings list, visit the Web site 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.

Albuterol products - The In Home Rx Program makes available breathing medications and nebulizers to patients who have asthma, emphysema or COPD at no cost if they qualify. Call 1-800-344-5764 or visit

Body Balance Program - Is your health, weight and life in balance? Learn about the foundation for total wellness built on cutting-edge products designed with your health and well-being in mind. Call 543-7733 or e-mail

Brain injury support group - Meets the third Monday of the month at 6:30 p.m. in St. Patrick Hospital's Broadway Building Conference Rooms B and C. Call 728-8260.

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. Fee is $48 for six weeks. Call 327-4257 for class schedule and registration information.

Breast cancer support group - Meets every Tuesday from noon to 1 p.m. at the St. Francis Xavier Parish Center, 420 W. Pine. Call 329-5713.

Cancer patient help - Lake County cancer patients can receive free non-medical assistance from Cheerful Heart volunteers who will provide transportation to medical appointments and treatments, run errands, prepare meals, provide pet care and more. Contact Cheerful Heart Inc., P.O. Box 688, Polson, MT 59860; 883-3070; or

Cancer programs - Call the American Cancer Society at 1-800-ACS-2345 for more information about these programs available in all Montana communities:

• "Road to Recovery" provides free transportation for cancer patients to their treatments and home again.

• "Reach to Recovery" offers visits by trained breast cancer survivor volunteers with newly diagnosed breast cancer patients.

• "Look Good Feel Better" teaches female cancer patients beauty techniques to enhance their appearance and self-image during chemotherapy and radiation treatments. Trained cosmetologists lead the free group sessions.

Cancer transportation - Montana women may qualify for no-cost transportation to a cancer center of their choice. Call the Women's Cancer Care Foundation at (406) 862-8820 or e-mail for more information.

Caregiver Support Group - Riverside Health Care Center, 1301 E. Broadway, hosts a monthly support group on the fourth Saturday at 10 a.m. for whose who have loved ones living in a skilled nursing setting. Call 721-0680 for more information.

Chronic wound care - St. Patrick Hospital's Outpatient Wound Care Center at 500 W. Broadway specializes in treating non-healing wounds caused by diabetes, poor circulation, pressure or surgery. Self-referrals are welcome. Call 329-5736.

Currents Aquatics Center - For more information on the following programs visit 600 Cregg Lane in McCormick Park, call 721-7275 or go to

• Aquacize! fitness classes are low-impact water workouts for all fitness levels. No pre-registration necessary. Class times available weekday mornings, evenings, lunchtime and Saturdays (check Web site). Regular admission is $5.25, $4.25 for city residents. Purchase a 30-swim punch card or annual pass and save 25 to 55 percent.

• Aqua-Pilates Core Strength Conditioning is a challenging workout that requires no swimming skill. Morning and evening classes available. Cost is $32 per eight-class session.

• Arthritis Foundation Aquatic Program includes gentle exercises to improve muscular strength, endurance and flexibility. Classes are held weekday mornings. Cost is $30 per six-class session.

• Lap swimming in 20-yard lanes is offered 6 a.m.-8 p.m. weekdays and

11 a.m.-6 p.m. weekends. Kick boards, pull-buoys and flippers are available for use. Regular admission or purchase a 30-swim punch card or annual pass and save 25 to 55 percent. For ages 14 and older.

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.

• Self-management classes at St. Patrick Hospital include individual appointments with a nurse and nutritionist. The classes are covered by Medicare, Medicaid and most private insurers. Payment plans and scholarships are available to those who qualify. St. Pat's also offers free diabetes glucose screening (overnight fast required), pre-diabetes prevention counseling, metabolic syndrome counseling, certified nurse diabetic educator visits for assessment and recommendation, a fitness center and water exercises classes. 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 27-4257 for more information.

• "Living Well with Diabetes" lectures are offered the third Tuesday of each month from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. at St. Patrick Hospital's Broadway Building Conference Rooms. Call 329-5781.

Emphysema support - EFFORTS (Emphysema Foundation For Our Right to Survive) is an online, nonprofit support/advocacy group for people with COPD/emphysema. Log on to to learn more about the disease and how to live with it.

Foot Care Program - St. Patrick Hospital and Health Sciences Center offers a Foot Care Program the first Monday of the month, excluding holidays, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Broadway Building Duran Learning Center. Registered and licensed practical nurses provide a general assessment of the legs and feet, education about foot health, and simple treatment including soaking, buffing, nail cutting, massage and moisturizing. The cost is $26 for the first visit, which includes a foot kit, and then $20 for following visits. Gift certificates are available. To schedule an appointment or purchase a gift certificate, call 327-1733.

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.

Health Habits - The fitness and massage center located at 2825 Stockyard Road, No. E2, offers the following classes: kickboxing on Tuesday and Thursday at 5:30 p.m.; cardio-strength on Monday and Wednesday at 4:30 p.m.; and indoor cycling on Tuesday and Thursday at 8:30 a.m. Call 240-4297 for more information.

Healthy Living workshops - Free classes are held every Monday at 6:15 p.m. at Active Care Family Chiropractic in Stevensville. Call 777-1048 for weekly topics and registration.

HCV Support Group - A support group for people with the Hepatitis C Virus meets once a month. Call 239-6144 for more information.

Introduction to acupuncture - Mark Hogan of Sun Acupuncture and Herbal Clinic leads an informal discussion on Saturdays at 11 a.m. about traditional Chinese medicine, nutritional counseling, herbal prescriptions and the principles of acupuncture. Join him for coffee and tea at Health Wise, 1004 South Ave. W. For more information call 546-8327 or e-mail

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

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.

Mended Hearts - The support group for heart disease patients and their families meets on the second Monday of the month from September through May at 2 p.m. in St. Patrick Hospital Broadway Building Conference Room 3. A facilitated support group meeting precedes the regular meeting at 1 p.m. Volunteers also can visit heart patients and their families to provide support and encouragement. Call 329-5824 for more information.

Mental illness - The National Alliance on Mental Illness-Missoula meets 10 a.m.-noon Thursday at the Providence Center, 900 W. Orange, in Conference Room B (lower level). Call 543-3055. The NAMI Connection Recovery Support Group meets 3:30-5 p.m. Wednesday at the Missoula Public Library, 301 E. Main, in the board room. Call 549-9017.

Missoula Birth Network - The Missoula Birth and Pregnancy Resource maintains a community resource Web site contains information about pregnancy and birth, including natural birth, a listing of Missoula-area midwives and doulas and links to related topics. The address is Call Heather Sundheim at 549-1701 or e-mail her at

Nicotine Anonymous - The group meets at 7 p.m. Monday at the Missoula Indian Center, Building No. 33, at Fort Missoula. It is open to anyone who wants to become or stay nicotine free through a supportive group setting. For more information call Jen at 829-9515, Ext.110, Monday through Wednesday.

Overeaters Anonymous - Area meetings include 5:30 p.m. Monday and Thursday and 9 a.m. Saturday at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 202 Brooks St.; and 10 a.m. Wednesday at 203 Main St., Stevensville. For more information about this 12-step program and meeting lists worldwide visit the Web site

Ostomy support group - Meets the fourth Thursday of the month at 1 p.m. at St. Patrick Hospital's cafeteria. Call Sandy at 543-0931, Marie at 728-6730 or Dona at 626-4425 for more information.

PALS support group - ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease) support group for patients and families meets the last Thursday of the month from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Community Medical Center's Rehabilitation Institute in Conference Room F followed by a fundraising meeting. Call 531-9352 or e-mail for more information.

Parkinson's support group - Meets the third Wednesday of each month at 12:30 p.m. in St. Patrick Hospital's Broadway Building Conference Room B. Call 251-5338.

Personal fitness assessments - The St. Patrick Hospital Wellness Center offers the assessments - including body fat analysis, anthropometric measurements, aerobic fitness evaluation, muscular strength and endurance assessment, flexibility and goal setting - by appointment. Cost is $10 for nonmembers. Call 329-5895.

Playfit! - An exercise class for moms and kids - beginners or the more experienced - is offered at Bullet Gym. Cost is $10. Call Suanne Casey, 531-0592, or the gym, 543-7800, for days and times.

Power wheelchairs - Seniors citizens and the permanently disabled may qualify for electric wheelchairs at no cost for use in the home or independent living quarters. Call the Senior Wheels USA program at 1-800-246-6010; Miracle on Wheels at 1-800-749-8778; Senior Mobility Program at 1-800-451-0971; Three Wishes Inc. at 1-800-839-5715; or Wishes on Wheels at 1-800-823-5220. Medicare recipients who suffer from such conditions as arthritis, cardiovascular disease and respiratory disorders and have difficulty walking or propelling a standard wheelchair, may also be eligible for an electric wheelchair paid for by Medicare. Call Gregory at Angels Have Wheels, 1-800-810-2877, for more information.

Senior exercise class - The Missoula Senior Citizens Center offers an exercise class that focuses on balance training, back strength and core conditioning through Pilates matwork every Tuesday and Thursday at 9 a.m. Fee is $2 per class. All ages welcome. For information call 880-BFIT, e-mail or visit (click on specialty areas).

Start! - The American Heart Association offers tools and tips for starting a corporate walking wellness program. For more information call 829-3377 or go to

Stroke survivor support group - Meets the second Thursday of each month from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at the Providence Center cafeteria, 900 N. Orange St. Each month features different eductional topics and guest speakers. For details call Polly Troutman, St. Patrick Hospital stroke coordinator, at 329-2685 or Henry Littlehales, pastoral care, at 329-5890.

Stroller Strides of Missoula - The total body fitness program for moms (all caregivers welcome) that they can do with their stroller-aged children includes power walking and intervals of body toning. Classes are held at 9 a.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday at Playfair Park on the south side by the picnic shelter. For more information go to or call Stephanie Topp at 370-9374.

Tai Chi Chuan - The Missoula Academy of Tai Chi Chuan offers weekly classes at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday and 10 a.m. Saturday. Call Chris Frandsen at 728-0918.

TOPS - Take Off Pounds Sensibly No. 428 meets at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the First Methodist Church, 300 E. Main St., lower level. Fees are $3 a month with a $25 annual fee. Call 549-3706. Other TOPS meetings in the area include:

• No. 177, Missoula, 6:30 p.m., Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 2512 Sunset Lane; 543-1435.

• No. 200, Seeley Lake, Thursday, 5:30 p.m., Mission Bible Church, 677-2526.

• No. 343, Stevensville, Thursday, 9:30 a.m., Baptist Community Church, 409 Buck St., 273-5403.

• No. 546, Hamilton, Wednesday, 5:45 p.m., 82 Silverberry St., 363-2668.

• No. 549, Frenchtown, Monday, 6 p.m., Frenchtown Community Church, 626-2549.

• No. 525, Charlo, Wednesday, 9:30 a.m., D'Aste Catholic Chuch, 644-2323.

• No. 417. Ronan, Thursday, 9:15 a.m., St. Paul Lutheran Church, 676-4510.

• No. 202, Plains, Friday, 11:15 a.m., Church of God, 826-3564.

• No. 551, Plains, Thursday, 5:45 p.m., Plains City Hall, 826-0284.

• No. 544, Hot Springs, Wednesday, 5:45 p.m., Hot Springs Fitness, 741-2659.

• No. 541, Thompson Falls, 11 a.m., Community Congregational Church, 827-4620.

Women's Heart Health - The International Heart Institute at St. Patrick Hospital offers a yearlong program to help women identify their risks of heart disease. The cost is $50 with additional needed testing billed to your insurance. Call 329-5615 for details.

Yoga Fitness Center - The center, located at 123 W. Alder, offers 24 public classes a week and welcomes drop-ins. Call 728-6770 for a schedule.

The Fitness Calendar is printed each Tuesday inside the Health section. Deadline is noon Friday the week before publication. For a complete list of support groups in the Missoula area, go to

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