Blood Drives

The American Red Cross has scheduled several blood drives this week in the area.

• Noon-6 p.m. today at the Rupert Civic Building gym, 624 F St., Rupert; contact: Marie Hansen, 436-0360.

• Noon-6 p.m. Thursday at the LDS Church, 50 E. 100 S., Jerome; Karen Lopez, 324-5602.

• 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday at the Moose Hall, 1101 Main St., Buhl; Pat Koehn, 543-6838.

Schedule an appointment to donate blood.

Caregiver Support

The College of Southern Idaho Office on Aging hosts a Caregiver Support Group meeting, 1-2:30 p.m. today at the South Central Public Health District’s Katz Conference Room, 1020 Washington St. N., Twin Falls.

Topics: caregiver issues and peer support.

Free; Shawna Wasko, 736-2122.

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), and “Special Parents — Special Kids,” a support group for parents of special-needs children. Most groups meet at 7 p.m.; meal is available 6-6:45 p.m.

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.-noon Tuesdays at Jerome Public Library, 100 First Ave. E.

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

Free; 324-6133.

Alzheimer’s Support

Alzheimer’s Support Group meeting, 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at Rosetta Assisted Living, 1919 Hiland Ave., Burley.

Open to Mini-Cassia residents who have family members with Alzheimer’s.

Information: Maquel Wrigley, 677-5451.

Childbirth

St. Luke’s Magic Valley prepared childbirth classes, 6:30-9 p.m. Tuesdays, this week through Jan. 15, in the Oak Room on the lower level of St. Luke’s Magic Valley Medical Center, 801 Pole Line Road W., Twin Falls. No class on Jan. 1.

Topics: wellness of the mother; labor and delivery process with relaxation and breathing techniques; care of the postpartum mother and newborn; breastfeeding and bottle feeding; and a video tour of the Women’s and Infant Center. Bring a labor support person if possible.

Cost is $60, and preregistration is required; 814-0407.

Healthy Eating

Wynwood of Twin Falls holds a “Health Holiday Eating” presentation, 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Twin Falls Senior Center, 530 Shoshone St. W., Twin Falls.

Senior citizens receive information on how to get through the holiday season by eating the right amounts and kinds of food. 734-5084.

Diabetes Screening

Magic Valley Diabetes Coalition is offering a “Head to Toe” clinic for people with diabetes, 3-7 p.m. Wednesday at St. Luke’s Jerome, 115 Fifth Ave. W.

Free eye screenings, foot exams, hemoglobin a1c tests and blood pressure checks.

The clinic is open to people with diabetes who have been newly diagnosed, have no insurance, have insurance with a high deductible or who have never received any of the offered services.

Schedule an appointment: 324-5286, ext. 3364. Information: Elvia Caldera at South Central Public Health District, 737-5988.

C-sections

Caesarean childbirth class, 6:30-9 p.m. Wednesday in the Oak Room on the lower level of St. Luke’s, 801 Pole Line Road W., Twin Falls.

Topics: Caesarean deliveries, pain management, non-conforming labors and hospital procedures.

Free. Preregistration required; 814-0407.

Childbirth, Breastfeeding

Labor rehearsal, breastfeeding and infant CPR class of St. Luke’s Jerome’s prepared childbirth series, 7-9:30 p.m. Wednesday at the medical center, 709 N. Lincoln Ave., Jerome.

Topics: Labor, postpartum care, breastfeeding basics and infant CPR. 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.

Grief Support

Visions of Hope Support Group, 5 p.m. Thursdays at the Hospice Visions building, 1770 Park View Drive, Twin Falls.

Support for those who have experienced the loss of a loved one.

Free; 735-0121.

CPR

Heartsaver cardiopulmonary resuscitation class, 6-10 p.m. Thursday in the Elm Room on the lower level of St. Luke’s, 801 Pole Line Road W., Twin Falls.

CPR training under the guidelines of American Heart Association. Includes classroom and hands-on practice in emergency procedures for mouth-to-mouth resuscitation, chest compression, choking in adults and infants, and automated external defibrillators.

Cost is $44 (includes manual), and preregistration is required; 814-0403.

HIV Testing

In recognition of World AIDS Day, Planned Parenthood is offering free HIV testing from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday at 200 Second Ave. N., Twin Falls.

Schedule an appointment at 1-800-230-PLAN; walk-ins welcome.

Breastfeeding

’Breastfeeding 101” class, 7-9 p.m. Dec. 10 in the Oak Room on the lower level of St. Luke’s, 801 Pole Line Road W., Twin Falls.

Topic: Breastfeeding basics for new and expectant mothers. Babies are welcome.

Free; 814-0407.

Joint Replacement

BridgeView Estates in Twin Falls will offer a class on total joint replacement, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Dec. 11 at 1828 Bridgeview Blvd. (meet in the front lobby).

Topics: preparing for joint-replacement surgery, amount of pain, recovery time, insurance coverage, deciding about care after surgery, discharge planning and long-term rehabilitation. Tours of the BridgeView rehab facility available.

Free admission. Preregistration required; Amy at 280-0047 or Sarah at 280-0045.

Childbirth Refresher

Childbirth refresher course, 6:30-9 p.m. Dec. 11 in the Oak Room on the lower level of St. Luke’s, 801 Pole Line Road W., Twin Falls.

Topic: Review of childbirth preparation and breathing techniques and a video tour of the Women and Infants Center. Bring a labor support person, if possible.

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

Pediatric CPR

Magic Valley Lifeline is offering a pediatric cardiopulmonary resuscitation and first aid course (includes infant, child and adult) with automated external defibrillator instruction, 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Dec. 15 at the YMCA, 1751 Elizabeth Blvd., Twin Falls.

The course meets ICCP and day care licensing requirements for Idaho.

Cost is $40. Preregistration is required; 733-4384 or 410-7006.

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

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