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Cheer on Blake’s Miracle swimmers


SanTan Sun area residents are invited to root for hundreds


of youths as they swim and float in an effort to raise $50,000 during the 7th Annual Blake’s Miracle Festival swim-a-thon and float-a-thon for sick children on Sat., March 3 at SWIMkids USA. Making an appearance at the event are 2008 Olympic Gold


Medalist Matt Grevers and National Champion Annie Chandler, who both train in Tucson. The event is named for Blake Whitehead, son of the


founders of SWIMkids USA, who died before he was 2 from leukemia. Blake’s parents saw first hand the physical and emotional pain that terminal childhood diseases inflict on young ones. They started Blake’s Miracle Foundation to help provide pain management including music, art and pet ther- apy for very ill children in the hospital. SWIMkids USA is at 2725 W. Guadalupe Rd. in Mesa. For


more information, call 480-820-9109 or visit www.swimkid- saz.com.


Learn to revamp patio A free Dream Patio Makeover Workshop is given by


Decorating Den Interiors from 10 to 11 a.m. on Sat., March 24 at the Chandler Downtown Library. The fun, interactive event includes a before and after slide


show, a decorating quiz to determine your decorating style and numerous samples of decorating items. The library is at 22 S. Delaware St., Chandler. For work- shop information, call 480-821-1080.


Workshop helps lessen back pain Lower back discomfort is addressed at a free seminar sponsored by Chandler Regional and Mercy


Gilbert medical centers and given from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Wed., March 21. During the workshop, neurological surgeon Marco Marsella, M.D., presents an overview and sur-


gical perspective of lower back pain. Marsella’s interests include surgical management of brain tumors, cerebrovascular diseases, skull base and spine surgery, trauma and radiosurgery. Information discussed includes types of back pain, causes and effects of “benign, common” back


pain, diagnostic tools and conservative management, role of surgery, surgical techniques and expec- tations. Refreshments will be provided. The class is held at Mercy Gilbert Medical Office Building, 3rd Floor – McAuley Conference Rooms


A & B, 3420 S. Mercy Rd. in Gilbert. Registration is required. RSVP to ResourceLink at 480-728.5414 or ResourceLink@DignityHealth.org.


Neighbors Run like a superhero Registration is now open for the KA-POW! Superhero Adventure Run, a family friendly costumed


run that offers fun, challenging obstacles and is sponsored by Mercy Gilbert Medical Center. The event takes place at Freestone Park at 8:15 a.m. Sat., April 28 with runners encouraged to wear


their favorite superhero’s costumes as they participate in either the 1-mile “Wolverine” Adventure Run or the 2.4-mile “Superman” Adventure Run. The registration deadline is April 19. After finishing the course, participants can visit “Gotham City” through noon, which offers


participant awards, Superhero costume awards, live DJ music, refreshments, inflatable activities and the Flash Dash Run. Race fees are $15 for all ages for both the 1-mile “Wolverine” Adventure Run and the 2.4-mile


“Superman” Adventure Run before April 19. Runners ages 7 and younger require a registered parent to be with the child at all times. Some obstacles may not be recommended for children younger than 5. Register online at www.gilbertrecreation.com, using Registration Code 66090, or by dropping off


a registration form or mailing one to Gilbert Community Services, 90 E. Civic Center Dr., Gilbert, AZ 85296. For more information, call 480-503-6200 or visit www.gilbertaz.gov/events. Freestone Park is at 1045 E. Juniper Rd. in Gilbert.


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