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Tuesday, June 17, 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 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.

• Wednesday, June 18 - Missoula Public Library, 301 E. Main St., 3 to 6 p.m., call 721-2665; Rocky Mountain Laboratories, Hamilton, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the bloodmobile, call 363-9429 or visit and enter sponsor code "Charmell"; and Kalispell Red Cross Center, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

• Thursday, June 19 - NorthWestern Energy, 1801 Russell St., 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., call 542-5989; and Libby VFW, noon to 5 p.m.

• Friday, June 20 - Missoula Red Cross Center, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; and Northwest Montana Human Services, Kalispell, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

• Monday, June 23 - Missoula Red Cross Center, 2 to 6 p.m.; and Kalispell Red Cross Center, 2 to

6 p.m.

• Tuesday, June 24 - Community Medical Center, 2827 Fort Missoula Road, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the bloodmobile, call 327-4077 or visit and enter sponsor code "communitymed"; Drummond High School, 1 to 6 p.m., call 288-3522; and Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church, Eureka, noon to 5 p.m.

Coming soon

Aikido of Missoula - A five-week introductory course for adults will start Tuesday, 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 St., second floor.

Yoga Ride Clinic - The Kootenai Creek Equestrian Centre in Stevensville will host the clinic Saturday and Sunday with horsewoman Malika B. Coston and yoga instructor Veronica Brown alternating the intuitive elements of natural horsemanship with yoga/body work. For more information or to register contact Kim Tiplady at 777-7244 or

Homeopathic and herbal wellness class - This comprehensive look at homeopathic first aid and acute self-care for your family and pets will be held Monday, June 28, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Animal Essentials, two miles north of Woodside. The cost is $35. Call 370-0699 or 369-0025 to reserve a spot.

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. For Al-Anon and Alateen information call 721-5818.

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


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.

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.

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. 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

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

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.

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 educational 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.

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

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