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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, May 20 – Plains VFW Hall, noon to 5 p.m.; and Browning Community Drive, 1:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Wednesday, May 21 – C’mon Inn, 2775 Expo Parkway, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the bloodmobile; Missoula Public Library, 301 E. Main, noon to 3 p.m.; and Kalispell Red Cross Center, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Thursday, May 22 – Darby Four Square Church, 2 to 6 p.m.; and Whitefish Community Drive, 12:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Friday, May 23 – Missoula Red Cross Center, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Fish, Wildlife and Parks and the Department of Natural Resources and Conservation, 3201 Spurgin Road, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the bloodmobile.

Monday, May 26 – Closed for Memorial Day.

Tuesday, May 27 – Stevensville High School, noon to 4 p.m.; and Polson Community Drive, noon to 5 p.m.

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


Public lecture – The Montana Neuroscience Institute will address “Stroke: Being Forewarned is Being Forearmed” with Anthony Williamson on Tuesday, May 20, from 7 to 8 p.m. at the St. Patrick Hospital Broadway Building Conference Center (lobby level). There is no charge. Call Cindi Laukes at 329-5663.

NAMI-Missoula – William Doktor, University of Montana professor of pharmacy, will present an update on anti-psychotic medications at the Alliance for the Mentally Ill’s meeting on Wednesday, May 21, at 7 p.m. in the Firehouse Conference Room on Madison Avenue between Broadway and Pine. Call 543-3055 or 721-1621.

Raft guiding class – The University of Montana’s Campus Recreation will offer a Fundamentals of Raft Guiding class on Thursday, May 22, at 6 p.m. with field days scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, May 24 and 25. Cost is $135. Call 243-2804.

Minerva Society lecture – Timothy F. Burke, M.D., and nurse practitioner Jodi Jeakins-Kok will discuss “Endometriosis: Current Treatment Options and Future Hopes” on May 27 at 5:30 p.m. at the Best Inn Conference Center, 3803 Brooks. Call 327-4141 for more information.

Cancer Prevention Coalition – The Missoula Area Chapter will hold a special meeting on May 29 from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the large meeting room of the Missoula Public Library as part of the Mind, Body, Spirit Week and New Earth Expo. Regular monthly meetings are held the first Wednesday of each month at 7:30 p.m. in the library’s small meeting room. Call Susan at 549-9382 for more information.

Live Big and Weigh Less Workshop – The workshop on May 31 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Missoula Chamber of Commerce emphasizes weight loss from the inside out. Cost is $129 including lunch, assessment and resource booklet. Call 543-7116 for information.

Childhood trauma seminar – The Nurturing Center in Whitefish will present a one-day seminar with Bruce D. Perry on the impact of trauma on childhood development May 31 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the O’Shaughnessy Cultural Arts Center. Registration fee is $90 and seating is limited. Call 756-1414.

Introduction to yoga – A six-week class with Marina will be offered June 2 through July 9 at the Yoga Fitness Center, 123 W. Alder, on Mondays and Wednesdays from 7:15 to 8:30 p.m. Cost is $65. Call 728-6770 to register.

Bariatric surgery seminars – Free informational seminars are held the third Thursday of each month from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the St. Patrick Hospital Conference Rooms A, B, C. Post-operative seminars are held the third Thursday of each month from 7 to 9 p.m. and the first Saturday of the month from 10 a.m. to noon at the Broadway Building Conference Center 1. Maintenance seminars are held on the first Thursday of the month from 6 to 7 p.m. at St. Pat’s Conference Room A. 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” 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, back strength and core conditioning through Pilates matwork every Tuesday and Thursday at 9 a.m. Fee is $1.25 per class. All ages welcome. For information call 880-BFIT, e-mail or visit (click on specialty areas).

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 slated for July. Alternate times can be arranged; call 329-5781 to register. 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 a variety of fitness classes on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 6 to 7 a.m. and Tuesday and Thursday from 12:10 to 1 p.m. Cost is $18/month for two classes a week, $23/month for three classes per week, $3 per class for drop-ins or free for cancer survivors. Call 721-1090.

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

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