Seniors wellness

The Twin Falls Senior Center will hold presentations for senior citizens at 530 Shoshone St. W.

An Idaho Home Health and Hospice representative will speak at 12:15 p.m. Wednesday with the topic of understanding carbohydrates.

Siew Guan Lee from the University of Idaho Cooperative Extension Service will speak at 12:15 p.m. Jan. 8 with a discussion about keeping diet resolutions.

Free; 208-734-5084.

Tobacco cessation

South Central Public Health District is offering free adult tobacco cessation classes in Twin Falls and Burley.

The Freedom From Smoking program is designed to help those wanting to stop using tobacco.

The classes will be held from 2 to 3 p.m. Wednesdays, Jan. 3 through Jan. 31, at the Wellness Tree Community Clinic, 173 Martin St., Twin Falls; and from 5 to 6 p.m. Tuesdays, Jan. 23 through Feb. 20, in the Evergreen Room at Cassia Regional Medical Center, 1501 Hiland Ave., Burley.

To register, contact Cody Orchard at 208-737-5968. Information:


St. Luke’s Magic Valley Medical Center’s prepared childbirth classes, 6:30 to 9 p.m. Wednesdays, Jan. 3 through Jan. 31, in Oak Rooms 2-4 on the lower level of St. Luke’s, 801 Pole Line Road W., Twin Falls.

Topics: Wellness during pregnancy; labor and delivery process with relaxation and breathing techniques; caesarean birth; postpartum care for mother and newborn; infant CPR; car seat and home safety; and a tour of the maternal and child units. Bring a labor-support person if possible.

Cost is $25 for a five-week session. Pre-registration is required: 208-814-0402.

Blood drives

The American Red Cross will hold blood drives in January in Twin Falls. Gooding, Wendell and Ketchum.

Blood donation opportunities will be available from 12:30 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Twin Falls Church of the Nazarene, 1231 Washington St. N.; 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday at St. Luke's Magic Valley Medical Center, 801 Pole Line Road W.; and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 11 at La Quinta Inn, 539 Pole Line Road, Twin Falls.

Blood drives will also be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday at the War Memorial Building, 203 Third Ave. W., Gooding; 1 to 6:15 p.m. Jan. 8 at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 605 N. Idaho, Wendell; and noon to 5 p.m. Jan. 10 at St. Luke's Wood River Medical Center, 100 Hospital Drive, Ketchum.

Eligible donors of all blood types and platelets are needed. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in.

To schedule an appointment to donate, use the free blood donor app, visit or call 800-733-2767. Donors can use RapidPass to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online.

Grief support

“Visions of Hope” meeting, 5 p.m. Thursdays at Hospice Visions, 1770 Park View Drive, Twin Falls.

This grief support group is open to everyone in the community.

Information: 208-735-0121.

Mental health support

Mental Health Support Group will meet at 5:30 p.m. Thursdays at 826 Eastland Drive in Twin Falls. The free support group is open to Magic Valley residents.

Information: 208-539-7492.

Weight loss seminar

North Canyon Weight Loss and Bariatric Clinic offers a free weight loss seminar, 6 p.m. Thursday at the North Canyon Medical Center Medical Plaza, 267 N. Canyon Drive, Gooding.

Dr. Hayes and Dr. Lofgran will discuss several weight loss options including diet modification with medication, non-surgical gastric balloon and surgical options.

Information: 208-934-9678.

Grief support

Griefshare meeting, 6:30 p.m. Thursdays at Lighthouse Church, 960 Eastland Drive, Twin Falls.

Anyone who has lost a loved one or friend is welcome to attend. A separate class for pre-teen and teens will meet at the same time. Participants can attend any session. Enter through the east doors at the rear of the building.

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Information: 208-737-4667.

Rides for treatment

The American Cancer Society’s Road to Recovery program provides free transportation to and from treatments for people with cancer who do not have a ride or are unable to drive. There are several volunteer drivers in the Mini-Cassia area who donate their time and the use of their car so patients can go to their treatments.

To schedule a ride to treatments, call the American Cancer Society at 1-800-227-2345 to be matched with a volunteer driver.

Recovery support

Recovery For Life groups meet at 7 p.m. Mondays, starting Jan. 8, at Twin Falls Reformed Church, 1631 Grandview Drive N. A free meal begins at 6 p.m.

Groups and classes include Hope 12-Step, Parenting Skills, Codependency, GriefShare, Cooking Matters, Women's Word for Life Bible Study, and Special Parents Special Kids. Veterans Christian Fellowship also meets every Monday.

Free transportation and free child care. Information: 208-733-6128.

CPR, infant safety

Infant safety and cardiopulmonary resuscitation class, 6:30 to 9 p.m. Jan. 9 in Oak Rooms 2-4 on the lower level of St. Luke’s Magic Valley Medical Center, 801 Pole Line Road W., Twin Falls.

New parents, grandparents and caregivers learn CPR and what to do if an infant chokes. The class isn’t a certification course.

Free; no registration required. 208-814-0402.

Brain injury support

Traumatic Brain Injury Group meeting, 7 to 9 p.m. Jan. 9 in the College of Southern Idaho’s Taylor Building, room 276.

The group is hosted by Michael Howell, with an objective to provide informational sessions, speakers and other local resources to those suffering from traumatic brain injury. Howell experienced this type of injury after being in an ATV accident that led to brain injuries.

Individuals of all injury levels are welcome to attend. The group meets on the first Tuesday of each month.

Information: Amy Barker, CSI office specialist, 208-732-6800.

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