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Weight loss support

TOPS Club (Take Off Pounds Sensibly), a nonprofit weight-loss support group, will meet weekly at several locations.

The Twin Falls chapter will meet at 4:45 p.m. Monday at the Twin Falls Senior Center, 530 Shoshone St. W., 208-734-2641 or 208-734-5300.

Other local chapters will meet at 9:15 a.m. Thursday at the Jerome Public Library, 100 First Ave. E., 208-539-3202 or 208-324-6693; 9:30 a.m. Thursday at 410 E. Third St. in Rupert, 208-260-0011 or 208-650-3842; and 5:30 p.m. Friday at Total Life Clinic, 2311 Parke Ave. Unit 4, Burley, 208-678-2622 or 208-312-0555.

Blood drives

The American Red Cross has scheduled blood drives in Twin Falls and Hailey.

Blood donation opportunities will be available from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday at La Quinta Inn, 539 Pole Line Road, Twin Falls, and from noon to 7 p.m. Oct. 8, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 9 and 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 10, all at Church of the Ascension-Episcopal, 371 Eastland Drive N., Twin Falls.

Blood drives are also scheduled from 1 to 6:30 p.m. Oct. 11 and 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Oct. 12, both at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 821 Broadford Road, Hailey.

All blood types 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 redcrossblood.org or call 800-733-2767. Donors can use RapidPass online to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire.

Seniors wellness

The Twin Falls Senior Center will host a presentation by Idaho Home Health and Hospice at 12:15 p.m. Thursday at the senior center, 530 Shoshone St. W., Twin Falls.

Topic: Chicken soup for the soul. Free; 208-734-5084.

Grief support

Visions of Hope bereavement and grief support, 5 to 6 p.m. Thursdays at Hospice Visions, 1770 Park View Drive, Twin Falls.

This grief support group is open to anyone in the community who has experienced a loss.

Information: John or Tonya, 208-735-0121.

CPR, infant safety

Infant safety and cardiopulmonary resuscitation class, 6:30 to 9 p.m. Wednesday 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. 208-814-0425.

Grief support

Grief Share series will be held at 6:30 p.m. Thursday and Oct. 11 at Lighthouse Church, 960 Eastland Drive.

Each session is a stand-alone class. A separate class for teens is available. Anyone who has experienced loss is welcome to attend. Enter the east door at the rear of building.

For information, contact the church from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 208-737-4667.

Children’s screenings

El Korah is offering a free children’s screening clinic from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the College of Southern Idaho’s Health Sciences and Human Services building, 397 North College Road, Twin Falls.

The screening is to identify children, from birth to age 18, who can benefit from orthopedic and burn/scar care.

The Shriners Hospitals for Children treat problems with bones, joints or muscles; cerebral palsy, hip disorder, hand or foot disorder, spina bifida, scoliosis, club foot, skeletal growth abnormalities, cleft lip/palate, burn patients and burn scars, and spinal cord injuries. Expert care is provided regardless of the patients’ ability to pay.

Information: 208-733-2721 or elkorahscreening.org.

Seniors wellness

The Twin Falls Senior Center will host a presentation by University of Idaho Extension’s Twin Falls County office at 12:15 p.m. Oct. 8 at the senior center, 530 Shoshone St. W., Twin Falls.

Siew Guan Lee, family and consumer sciences extension educator, will discuss salt in your diet. Free; 208-734-5084.

Breastfeeding

Free “Breastfeeding 101” class, 7 p.m. Oct. 8 in Oak Room 4 on the lower level of St. Luke’s Magic Valley, 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

St. Luke’s Bariatric Surgery Support Group, 7 p.m. Oct. 8 in Oak Room 1 on the lower level of St. Luke’s Magic Valley Medical Center, 801 Pole Line Road W., Twin Falls.

The meeting is facilitated by a licensed bariatric health-care professional.

Registration isn’t required. Information: 208-381-8332 or 208-381-3641.

Alzheimer’s support

Magic Valley Caregiver Support Group, presented by Alzheimer’s Association, Greater Idaho Chapter, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Oct. 9 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, LMSW, bereavement coordinator and medical social worker.

Information: 208-734-4061.

Childbirth

St. Luke’s Magic Valley Medical Center’s prepared childbirth classes, 6:30 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 9 through Nov. 6, 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: 208-814-0425.

CPR

St. Luke’s Magic Valley Education Department is offering a Heartsaver CPR and AED class, 6 to 10 p.m. Oct. 11 at Cauldron Linn, St. Luke’s Training Center, 840 Meadows Drive Suite 2, Twin Falls.

The course provides training for cardiopulmonary resuscitation and using an automated external defibrillator.

Cost is $50. Pre-registration is required: 208-814-9050.

CPR, first aid

St. Luke’s Magic Valley Education Department is offering a Heartsaver CPR, First Aid and AED class, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 13 at Cauldron Linn, St. Luke’s Training Center, 840 Meadows Drive Suite 2, Twin Falls.

The course provides training for cardiopulmonary resuscitation and first aid and using an automated external defibrillator.

Cost is $60. Pre-registration is required: 208-814-9050.

Childbirth

St. Luke’s Magic Valley prepared childbirth bootcamp, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Oct. 13 in the Oak Room at St. Luke’s, 801 Pole Line Road W., Twin Falls. This session is for those unable to attend the five-week prepared childbirth classes.

Topics: wellness during pregnancy; labor process with relaxation and breathing techniques; videos of deliveries and labor positions; and care of the postpartum mother and newborn. Bring a labor support person if possible.

Cost is $25 and pre-registration is required, 208-814-0425.

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