Blood drives

The American Red Cross has an emergency blood shortage and is in need of blood and platelet donations.

Blood donation opportunities are available from 1 to 7 p.m. Monday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday and 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, all at the Church of the Ascension-Episcopal, 371 Eastland Drive N., Twin Falls.

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 redcrossblood.org or call 800-733-2767 or activate Amazon’s Alexa Red Cross Blood Skill with “Alexa, find a blood drive.”

Donors can use RapidPass online at redcrossblood.org/rapidpass to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire.

Grief support

Visions of Hope bereavement support group, 1:30 p.m. Mondays at Brookdale Senior Living, 1367 Locust St. N., Twin Falls.

The support group is open to anyone in the community who is grieving a loss.

Free. Information: Courtney at Brookdale, 208-735-0700, or Tonya at Hospice Visions, 208-735-0121.

Seniors wellness

Twin Falls Senior Center hosts wellness presentation at 12:15 p.m. this week at 530 Shoshone St. W.

Monday: “Fun Facts about Zucchini” by Siew Guan Lee, University of Idaho Extension Twin Falls County’s family and consumer sciences educator.

Tuesday: “Arthritis and the Benefits of Adaptive Equipment” with Harrison’s Hope.

Friday: Joint replacement information provided by Serenity Transitional Care.

Free; 208-734-5084.


Free “Breastfeeding 101” class, 7 p.m. Monday in Oak Room 4 on the lower level of St. Luke’s Magic Valley Medical Center, 801 Pole Line Road W., Twin Falls.

The class is for new mothers and breastfeeding mothers wanting to review their skills. Babies and your support person are welcome.

Free; pre-registration is required, 208-814-0425.

Bariatric support

Magic Valley Bariatric Support Group, 7 p.m. Monday in Oak Room 1 on the lower level of St. Luke’s, 801 Pole Line Road W., Twin Falls.

The meetings are facilitated by licensed bariatric health-care professionals.

Registration isn’t required. Information: 208-381-3641.

Recovery class

Stanton Healthcare Magic Valley is offering a 10-week course of “Her Choice to Heal” by Sydna Masse, to help individuals find healing after an abortion.

Classes are held at 7 p.m. Mondays at Twin Falls Reformed Church, 1631 Grandview Drive N. Registration is available the first night of the class.

Post-abortion recovery classes are open to anyone in the community who has experienced the pain of abortion.

For a complete class schedule or more information, visit stantonmv.org or call 208-734-7472.

Alzheimer’s support

Magic Valley Caregiver Support Group, presented by Alzheimer’s Association, Greater Idaho Chapter, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Bridgeview Estates, 1828 Bridgeview Blvd., Twin Falls. The group meets on the second Tuesday every month.

Information: facilitator Yolanda Martinez, 208-404-6720.

Grief support

Idaho Home Health and Hospice offers a free support group, “Journey Through Grief,” 6 p.m. on the second Tuesday of every month at 222 Shoshone St. E., Twin Falls.

This support group is for the community to come together to encourage each other, find ways to heal, and walk through the pain of grief and loss.

The program is facilitated by Idaho Home Health and Hospice, Lejla Becirovic, bereavement coordinator and medical social worker.

Information: 208-734-4061.

Recovery support

Overcomers recovery support group, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays at 1108 Overland Ave., Burley, and 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays at 2262 Hiland Ave., Burley.

Information: 208-539-5559.

Ostomy support

Ostomy Support Group, 7 p.m. Tuesday in the cafeteria on the lower level of St. Luke’s, 801 Pole Line Road W., Twin Falls.

The meeting is for ostomy patients and their families.

Free; 208-308-6153.

Seniors wellness

Savvy Senior Series, 3 p.m. Wednesday at Syringa Place Assisted Living, 1880 Harrison St. N., Twin Falls.

Topic: “Living With Parkinson’s,” presented by Miranda Austin, St. Luke’s physical therapist neurologic clinical specialist.

For reservations, contact Connie at 208-308-4751 at least 24 hours in advance. Refreshments will be served.

Grandparents support

Gran-Group, 1 p.m. every Thursday at the Twin Falls Senior Center, 530 Shoshone St. W.

The open group offers information and support for grandparents who are raising their grandchildren.

Information, senior center, 208-734-5084.

Cancer awareness

Cancer In Focus presentation, 4 p.m. Thursday at the Sun Valley Inn Continental Room, Sun Valley Road.

Leading doctors discuss the current developments and trends in cancer research and treatment. Speakers are Dr. Dan Zuckerman, medical director of St. Luke’s Mountain States Tumor Institute, and Dr. Brenda Weigel, division director of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology, University of Minnesota.

Free admission. Information: Killebrew-Thompson Memorial, killebrewthompsonmemorial.com or 208-726-1049.

Asthma education

Free asthma education class for patients and caregivers to assess and manage asthma will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday.

The class is presented by St. Luke’s Magic Valley and meets on the third Thursday of each month.

Pre-registration is required. To register and for location of the class: 208-814-8765.

Grief support

Grief Share meetings, 6:30 p.m. Thursdays, through Oct. 10, at Lighthouse Church, 960 Eastland Drive, Twin Falls.

Anyone who has lost a loved one or a friend is welcome to attend any session. Enter through the east doors at the rear of the main building.

Information: contact the church, 208-737-4667.


St. Luke’s Magic Valley Medical Center’s prepared childbirth classes, 6:30 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays, Aug. 20 through Sept. 17, 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; cesarean birth; postpartum care for mother and newborn; infant CPR; car seat and home safety; and a tour of the maternal and child units.

Cost is $25 for a five-week session. Pre-registration is required: 208-814-0425.

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.

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