Chronic Pain Support

The Twin Falls chapter of the American Chronic Pain Association meets at 3 p.m. today.

The area chapter, named HOPE (Help Overcome Pain Every day) is a nonprofit, self-help group designed to teach people who suffer from chronic pain – pain that lasts longer than six months and isn’t completely relieved by medication or medical treatment – to reduce the impact pain has on their working and personal lives.

All prospective members and caregivers are welcome to attend. Information and for meeting location: Donna Erickson, 736-1036.

Blood Drives

The American Red Cross has scheduled blood drives this week in the Mini-Cassia area.

• Noon to 6 p.m. today and 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at the National Guard Armory, 2000 E. Main, Burley; contact: Sarah Blasius, 678-1697, or Yolanda Cruz, 312-9307.

• 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Oakley Fire Station, 315 E. Main St., Oakley; Chris West, 260-2125.

Recovery Support

Recovery For Life groups meet today at the Twin Falls Reformed Church, 1631 Grandview Drive N.

Groups include Divorce Care, Grief Share, HOPE 12-step program (substance abuse recovery), Co-Dependency for Men and Women, Parenting Skills and Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace (getting and staying out of debt). Most groups meet at 7 p.m.; meal is available 6-6:45 p.m.

“Special Parents — Special Kids,” a support group for parents of special-needs children, meets the first Monday of each month.

Free child care and shuttle service available. Information: 733-6128.

‘Baby and Me’

St. Luke’s Jerome is offering “Baby and Me” classes, 11 a.m. to noon Tuesdays at Jerome Public Library, 100 First Ave. E.

This week’s topic: beginning discipline. The session is educational support for parents and babies. A lactation consultant and a baby scale are available each week.

Free; 324-6133.

Childbirth

The labor support class of St. Luke’s Jerome prepared childbirth series, 7-9:30 p.m. Wednesday at the medical center, 709 N. Lincoln St., Jerome.

Topic: labor process including starting, timing and comfort measures. Bring a labor support person, if possible. Mothers may enroll, even if their babies will be born at a different hospital. The class is offered separately, or as part of the childbirth series.

Cost is $5 per class or $30 for the series. Register: 324-6133.

Exercise

YMCA of Twin Falls is planning several holiday activities on Thursday and Friday.

The Elizabeth Street YMCA, 1751 Elizabeth Blvd., is open from 9 a.m. to noon Thursday with the pool, tennis center and fitness gym available for workouts. The fee for non-members is $1 and two cans of food. The Turkey Trot run and walk start at 10 a.m. Thursday with a cost of $20 per person or $50 per family. Preregister at any YMCA location.

On Friday, the YMCA/City Pool, 756 Locust St. N., is offering open swim from noon to 4 p.m. and 6-9 p.m.; “Iceberg Invasion,” 4-6 p.m., and “Midnight Splash,” 9-11 p.m. The Canyon Rim YMCA, 1881 Pole Line Road, is holding a “Spectra Spin” class 6-8 p.m. Friday, which is free for members and $10 for others.

Information: 733-4384.

Happy Babies

“Happiest Baby on the Block” class, 6:30-9 p.m. Nov. 27 at the Oak Room on the lower level of St. Luke’s Magic Valley Medical Center, 801 Pole Line Road W. in Twin Falls.

Topics: helping babies sleep longer, soothing fussy infants and making postpartum adjustments. Class includes a parenting kit.

Cost is $20, and preregistration is required; 814-0407.

Puberty

Sarah Barker, community outreach educator for Planned Parenthood, is offering a family workshop Dec. 1 in Twin Falls.

“All About Puberty” is about body changes, hygiene, peer pressure and communication with family. The class is for pre-teen females to attend with a parent or guardian.

Cost is $30 for two (includes snack and beverages). Limited scholarship are available. Preregistration is required: 432-2906.

Dental Sealants

College of Southern Idaho dental hygiene program and South Central Public Health District are hosting a clinic to provide dental sealants and fluoride treatments for children age 6-14, 9 a.m. to noon Dec. 1 at CSI’s Dental Clinic in the Health Science and Human Services building, 397 N. College Road, Twin Falls.

The services are provided by CSI dental hygiene students, under supervision of a dentist. Sealants are plastic coatings applied to molars to prevent tooth decay and reduce the chance of cavities.

Cost is $5 to $20 per child, depending on number of sealants applied.

Schedule an appointment: Andie Dayley, 732-6751.

“To do for you” is a listing of health-related activities, events and education. Submit information by noon Wednesday for publication in the following Monday’s edition: ramona@magicvalley.com.

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