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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. The Missoula center is at 401 W. Railroad. This week’s blood drives include:

Tuesday, April 1 – Washington Corp., 101 International Way, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the bloodmobile; and Bigfork Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1 to 6 p.m.

Wednesday, April 2 – Christ the King Catholic Church, 1400 Gerald Ave., 2 to 6 p.m. in the bloodmobile; Elrod Duniway Hall, University of Montana, 2 to 6 p.m.; and Kalispell Red Cross Center, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Thursday, April 3 – U.S. Forest Service, 200 E. Broadway, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the bloodmobile; Craig Hall, University of Montana, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; and Columbia Falls High School, 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Friday, April 4 – Thompson Falls, 601 Golf St., noon to 5 p.m.

Monday, April 7 – Missoula Red Cross Center, 2 to 6 p.m.; Seeley Lake, Locust and Pine, 2 to 6 p.m.; and Kalispell Red Cross Center, 2 to 6 p.m.

Tuesday, April 8 – Grace Lutheran Church, Hamilton, 1 to 6 p.m.; and Lakeside Community Drive, 2 to 6 p.m.

Platelet donations – Call Gerd at 327-2027 for an appointment.


Grizzly Pool swim lessons – Registration for Tuesday-Thursday lessons that start on April 15 is being held this week. Call 243-2763 for more information.

Celebrate Sleep Awareness Week – Learn more about sleeping and discover ways to improve your sleep without drugs on Tuesday, April 1, from 7 to 8 p.m. at the St. Patrick Hospital Broadway Building, Conference Center 3. The seminar, which will be led by registered nurse and Montana State University assistant professor Rita Cheek, is free and open to the public. Call 243-2610 for more information.

Growing herbs – Judy Ossowitz of Terrapin Farms will conduct “Herb Gardens 101” at Remedies Day Spa, 105 Wisconsin Ave., in Whitefish on Tuesday, April 1, at 7 p.m. Call 863-9493 to sign up for the free class.

Osteoporosis exercise program – The next four-week sessions will begin April 3 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. and 4 to 5:30 p.m. and continue on Thursdays at the Wellness Center, Lobby Level (L1) of St. Patrick Hospital’s new Broadway Building. Osteo II classes for people who have completed the osteo class and are exercising regularly also will be available on Tuesdays starting April 1 from 2 to 3:30 p.m. and Thursdays starting April 3 from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Cost is $25 per four-week session and must be paid in advance. Call 329-5895 to register.

T’ai Chi Chih – A new beginner’s classes taught by Lynne Blackford will start Monday, April 7, from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the Women’s Club, 2105 Bow, and continue on Mondays through April 28. Cost is $20 for members, $25 for nonmembers. Call 728-4410 to sign up.

The Parenting Place – Call 728-5437 to sign up for these upcoming programs:

Parent Strategy Group every Monday from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The topic on April 7 will be “Getting It Done and Making It Fun.”

Toddler care class, an eight-week session focusing on caring for kids aged 18 months to 5 years, on Tuesdays from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. starting April 8. A free children’s program is offered while classes are in session with appropriate activities that relate to the parent classes.

Aikido of Missoula – A five-week introductory course for adults will start April 8 and meet Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:30 to 6:45 p.m. on the second floor of the Union Hall building, 208 E. Main. Ongoing classes for kids aged 7-14 are also available. Call 549-8387 for details.

Herbal class – Join homeopathic practitioner Ellen Fowler as she discusses homeopathic remedies for animals, including treatment for worms and behavioral disorders, on April 8 from 7 to 9 p.m. at Meadowsweet Herbs, 180 S. Third W. Cost is $15. Call 728-0543.

Public lecture on bubonic plague – Joe Hinnebusch of the Rocky Mountain Laboratories will address “Bubonic Plague: The Natural History of the Black Death from Medieval to Modern Times” on April 9 at 7 p.m. in the Hamilton Middle School auditorium. Call 363-9324 for more information.

Kayaking course – The University of Montana’s Campus Recreation will offer the “Fundamentals of Kayaking” starting April 10 from 8:30 to 10:30 p.m. at Grizzly Pool, concluding with a river day on April 26. Call 243-2804.

Cancer Prevention Coalition – The Missoula Area Chapter will hold its monthly meeting April 10 from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Missoula Public Library. Everyone is welcome. Call 549-9382 for more information.

Shots for Tots – The Sentinel Kiwanis will provide free immunizations for kids through age 12 on April 12 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the JC Penney Court in Southgate Mall. Infant shots and schools boosters will be available, along with goodie bags from local merchants. Bring the child’s immunization record.

Lecture on depression – The Montana Neuroscience Institute will present a free lecture titled “Depression: the Latest in Research and Treatment” with Pedro Delgado, M.D., on April 15 from 7 to 8 p.m. in the St. Patrick Hospital Broadway Building’s Conference Center on the lobby level. Call Cindi Laukes, 329-5663, for more information.

Tibetan yoga classes – Kum Nye relaxation exercises will be taught by Barry Schieber on Tuesday and Thursday at 5:30 p.m. beginning April 22 at the Two Rivers Zen Center, No. 27 Fort Missoula Road. Cost is $6 per class or $30 for six classes. Call 406-677-2397 for more information.

MS Walk – The annual fund-raising event for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society will be held in Missoula on May 10 at McCormick Park. Individual walkers or teams of four or more may participate and volunteers also are needed before and during the walk. Register online at; by fax at 1-303-813-1513; or by phone at 1-800-FIGHTMS (press 2).

Bariatric surgery information – Free seminars are held the third Thursday of each month from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the St. Patrick Hospital Broadway Building’s Conference Center. Call 329-5866.

Swim ‘n’ Fit – An adult-coached workout at the Grizzly Pool is offered Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Cost is $35 per month. Call Ellen at 243-2763.

Yoga Fitness Center – The center, located at 123 W. Alder, offers noon yoga classes Monday through Friday. Drop-ins are welcome. Call 721-9557.

Free spinal scans – RGC Chiropractic, 2005 Brooks, is providing the free screenings on Mondays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Call 829-3653 for more information.

Wellness previews – “Wearable magnets” used to treat carpal tunnel syndrome as well as other alternative wellness technologies are presented each Thursday from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Call Lynne or Dale Blackford at 543-7733 for location.

Osteoporosis heel scans – St. Patrick Hospital Wellness Center offers the scans for $25. If you are covered by Medicare, you are eligible for a free scan. If you are mobility impaired, you may be eligible for a free one. Call 329-5895.

Little Lungs Asthma Awareness – The 20-30 minute presentation for kids ages 4 to 10 uses puppets to illustrate what asthma is and how it can be treated. The program is available to schools and community groups in the Missoula and Frenchtown areas. Call 329-5845 or 329-5847 for more information.

Free foot screenings – The screenings look for loss of protective sensation and skin condition and are intended for diabetics or anyone with a foot sore of several weeks duration or people concerned about the condition of the skin on their feet. Call the Wound Care Center at 329-5736 for an appointment.

Senior exercise class – The Missoula Senior Citizens Center offers an exercise class that focuses on balance training and back strength through core conditioning every Tuesday and Thursday at 9 a.m. Fee is $1.25 per class. All ages welcome. Cathy Traver is the instructor. For information call 880-BFIT or visit

Runners Edge Fun Run – Anyone interested is invited to participate in the weekly run on Thursday at 5 p.m., starting at the Runners Edge, 214 E. Main. Call 728-9297 for more details.

Walking group – Join Life in Balance Chiropractic, 121 Hickory St., for a weekly 20-30 minute walk/run on Thursday at 12:15 p.m. All fitness levels welcome. No cost to attend. Call 721-7161 for more information.

AARP Drivers Safety Program – The course is offered the first Thursday and Friday of each month at St. Patrick Hospital’s Broadway Building, Conference Center No. 1. Cost is $10. Call 329-5741 to register.

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

Alliance for the Mentally Ill – Meets 10 a.m. Thursday at the Providence Center, 906 Orange, Classroom B. Provides support and information for kin and friends of people with severe mental illness, and recovering adults. Call 251-5122.

Cholesterol screening – Community Medical Center offers cholesterol blood screening on the first Tuesday of every month from 6:30 to 8:30 a.m. at the Physician Center 3 Laboratory Drawing Station. A complete lipid profile is available for $15. A physician’s order is not needed and no appointment is necessary. A 10-hour fast (water permitted) is required. Call 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.

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

Missoula Diabetes Support Group meets the third Tuesday of the month at 4:30 p.m. in the Wellness Center Conference Room at the St. Patrick Hospital Broadway Building (lobby level). No charge and no registration needed. For more information call 329-5781.

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

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. Each weekday course consists of five classes, which are held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2 to 4 p.m. A weekend course is held every three months with the next session scheduled for April 26-27. Alternate times can be arranged; call 329-5781. Classes also are available at St. Joseph Medical Center in Polson. Call 883-8926 to schedule.

Tobacco use cessation group – Quit for Life classes consist of five evening group sessions with a licensed counselor. Cost is $25 and includes a two-week supply of nicotine patches or gum. Call 329-5895 to register.

Cancer programs – Call the American Cancer Society at 1-800-ACS-2345 for more information about these programs:

“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.

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.

Breast cancer support group – Meets every Tuesday from noon to 1 p.m. at the St. Francis Xavier Parish Center, 420 W. Pine. Call 329-5655.

Cancer support group – Sponsored by St. Patrick Hospital, the group meets every Thursday from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. at the Montana Cancer Center, second floor of the Broadway Building at 500 W. Broadway. Call 329-5655.

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.

Fitness First – The YWCA, 1130 W. Broadway, offers yoga classes with Maryse Lovelette on Tuesday and Thursday from 1:15 to 2:30 p.m. Cost is $12/month for one class a week, $18/month for two classes a week, $3 per class for drop-ins or free for cancer survivors.

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 $2 a month with a $20 annual fee. Call 543- 8529 or 549-3706.

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.

Missoula Road and Track Club – For anyone interested in distance running, race walking and track and field. the club sponsors a track workout every Tuesday at 6 p.m. at Dornblaser Stadium. Benefits of club membership include monthly newsletter, race calendar, special discounts at various businesses, potluck/picnic runs, club-sponsored runs, winter race series and Footnotes, the quarterly magazine of Road Runners Club of America. For more information, call Anders Brooker at 728-9297 or visit the Web site at

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

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; or Independent Seniors at 1-800-383-8435.


The Montana Council for Exceptional Children will host its annual conference on disabilities April 2-4 at the Holiday Inn Parkside in Missoula. This year’s theme is “Assistive Technology, Behavior and Classroom Ideas,” which will be addressed at pre-conference workshops on Wednesday followed by conference sessions Thursday and Friday. For registration materials, contact or call 208-620-0231.

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

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