Classes & Community Events

Below is listing of upcoming community health events and ongoing classes offered by Enloe Medical Center. We also offer a number of support groups to help individuals and families living with a variety of health conditions. Check back throughout the year for updated listings.

Community Events & Classes: Jan | Feb | Mar | Apr | May | Jun | Jul | Aug | Sep | Oct | Nov | Dec
Class descriptions: Classes A-Z

Drop the Drugs/Medication Drop Off

There are several drop off locations throughout the county year-round. See a list of drug drop-off locations and more

Healing Art Gallery at the Enloe Regional Cancer Center | July 18-Oct. 14, 2016

Patricia Wellingham-Jones, Barbara Luzzadder, Joan Goodreau, Reta Rickmers and Caroline Burkett are the featured artists in this latest exhibit, which combines art and poetry in a display of one art form responding to another.  Learn more at www.enloe.org/art.

2016 Community Events: August

Tuesday, August 2 | Celebration of World Breastfeeding Week  - Breast Milk & Diaper Drive

10 a.m. to 1 p.m. | Enloe Conference Center, 1528 Esplanade, Chico
Join Enloe Medical Center and Mothers' Milk Bank for a special program supporting breast milk donation and the benefits of that gift for high risk babies right here in our community. In addition, this year we're partnering with Butte Diaper Bank to collect much needed diapers for local families in need. Learn about milk banking and sign-up to become a donor; bring excess frozen breast milk to donate on the spot; hear personal accounts from local breast milk recipients and some of Enloe's Special Care Nursery caregivers; donate gently used cloth diapers your baby outgrew, or full or partial boxes of disposable diapers; learn about local resources. Download the event flyer for more information.

Thursday, August 4 | Infertility Support Group: Topic Adoption Choices

6 p.m. to 7 p.m. | Enloe Conference Center, 1528 Esplanade, Chico
Infertility affects 1 in 8 couples. MariKathryn Hendrix, director of Adoption Choices of Northern California, will discuss all aspects of adoption as an option for families to fulfill their dream of parenthood. In fact, more than 2 percent of all U.S. children are adopted. Enloe’s Infertility Support Group provides comfort, understanding and support regarding the many challenges involved with infertility. The support group, which is open to women and men, meets on the first Thursday of every month. For more information, contact Andrea, (530) 517-1447 or Sarah, (530) 519-2268. 

Saturday, August 6 | Walk With a Doc

8 a.m. to 9 a.m. | DeGarmo Park, Chico
Join dermatologist Kafele Hodari, MD, for the August Walk with a Doc at DeGarmo Park. We'll start out with a brief inspirational talk about exercise and skin care, then walk some laps around the park before it gets too hot. All ages and abilities are welcome! (Remaining dates for 2016 are August 6, October 1, and December 3.) Walk regularly throughout the month and track your time on a walking log, then bring it with you to the next “Walk with a Doc” for a chance to win a fun prize!

Wednesday, August 10 | Stroke Support Group - Topic: Pet Therapy

3 p.m. to 4 p.m., Enloe Conference Center, 1528 Esplanade, Chico
This group offers social and educational opportunities for stroke survivors and their caregivers, friends and family. This month we will introduce Julie Vugrenes, a recreational therapist at Enloe Rehabilitation and at the Enloe Regional Cancer Center. For the past 17 years, Julie has focused on putting patients' needs first by helping them work towards recovery through Enloe’s Arthroswim program, inpatient care and  Healthy Steps at the Cancer Center. This past November, Julie went through an extensive 2-week training program in Santa Rosa at Canine Companions for independence to receive a highly trained service/facility dog named Ellie. Julie has seen first hand how Ellie’s presence can take away anxiety and fear that patients often experience. Ellie lightens the mood, brings motivation, enriches the patients' experience and brings joy to our staff. Julie feels very honored to be  Ellie’s handler and honored to have her on our therapy team. The Enloe Stroke Support Group is by a stroke nurse and meets on the second Wednesday of the month.

Thursday, August 11 | “It’s Your Move”… FREE Knee, Hip & Shoulder Joint Pain Event 

6 p.m. to 8 p.m. | Enloe Conference Center, 1528 Esplanade, Chico
Join us for this free seminar to learn about joint health and treatment options, understand quality initiatives at Enloe, explore educational exhibits, ask questions of the physicians and physical therapist. You can include your questions with your online registration. RSVP online today to save your space at this popular event.

Wednesday, August 12 | Second Wind Pulmonary Support Group 
12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. | Enloe Outpatient Center, 888 Lakeside Village Commons, Building C, Classroom A, Chico
Please join this meeting of your local chapter of Better Breathers, offering support and education for people with lung conditions. This group meets on the 4th Wednesday of each month from 12:30 p.m. to  1:30 p.m., at the Enloe Outpatient Center, 888 Lakeside Village Commons, Building C, Classroom A, Chico. For additional information, call Marti at (530) 533-5369 or Pat at (530) 538-9196. 

Thursday, August 18 | Cancer Discussion Group Celebration 
4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. | Enloe Conference Center, 1528 Esplanade, Chico

The Cancer Discussion Group celebrates another year! Join us for light, healthy food and drink, survivor stories, and special surprises. The Cancer Discussion Group is for patients and their caregivers at any stage of the cancer journey. Gain helpful information on a cancer wellness topic, then talk in small groups with other survivors in an atmosphere of encouragement and hope. This group meets on the third Thursday of every month from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Enloe Conference Center, 1528 Esplanade, across from the main hospital. Call (530) 332-3856 for more information.

Wednesday, August 24 | Second Wind Pulmonary Support Group

12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. | Enloe Outpatient Center, 888 Lakeside Village Commons, Building C, Classroom A, Chico
Learn better ways to cope with lung conditions while getting the support of others in similar situations. This welcoming group offers encouragement and education for people with lung conditions, their family and caregivers. Led by a trained facilitator, the group meets on the 4th Wednesday of each month. For more information, call Marti, (530) 533–5369 or Pat, (530) 538-9196.

2016 Community Events: September

Thursday, September 15 | Cancer Discussion Group (Sweet Dreams—Ways to Improve Your Sleep When Dealing with Cancer)

Understand factors that can cause sleep difficulties and learn new strategies for those times when you just can’t get to sleep. The Cancer Discussion Group is for patients and their caregivers at any stage of the cancer journey. Gain helpful information on a cancer wellness topic, then talk in small groups with other survivors in an atmosphere of encouragement and hope. This group meets on the third Thursday of every month from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Enloe Conference Center, 1528 Esplanade, across from the main hospital. Call (530) 332-3856 for more information.

Tuesday, Sept. 13 | Free Introduction to the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction program

This is a free introduction to the Fall Series. See details about the series below and learn more by calling Steve Flowers at (530) 898-1495 or by visiting his website at www.mindfullivingprograms.com.

 

Tuesday, Sept. 20 | Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction - Fall Series - Led by Steve Flowers, M.S., MFT

6:30 p.m. (Tuesday evenings) | Enloe Outpatient Center, 888 Lakeside Village Commons, Chico
The Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Program (MBSR) is an eight-week program offered three times per year on Tuesday evenings and includes a day-long class on Saturday of the 6th week. This program helps you learn how to relate directly to whatever is happening in your life and take charge of your life in a practical way. It helps you mobilize your own inner resources and do for yourself what no one else can do for you - consciously, systematically, and effectively work with the challenges and demands of day to day life. The cost is $395 which includes a workbook, audio files or CDs and a free follow-up program. Employee Assistance benefits and health insurance coverage may be applied for partial coverage of cost. Sign up or learn more by calling Steve Flowers at (530) 898-1495 or by visiting his website at www.mindfullivingprograms.com.

2016 Community Events: October

Saturday, October 1 | Walk With a Doc

8 a.m. to 9 a.m. | Baroni Park

Join emergency medicine physician Monty Leavitt, MD, for the October Walk with a Doc at Baroni Park. We'll start out with a brief inspirational talk about safe exercise habits, then walk some laps around this nice little neighborhood park. All ages and abilities are welcome! (Remaining dates for 2016 are October 1 and December 3.) Walk regularly throughout the month and track your time on a walking log, then bring it with you to the next “Walk with a Doc” for a chance to win a fun prize!

Thursday, October 20 | Pre-Diabetes Class

6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Check-in at 5:30 p.m. | Enloe Outpatient Center, 888 Lakeside Village Commons, Building C, Classroom A, Chico
This two-hour class is designed for ALL adults, whether you have pre-diabetes, type 2 diabetes risk factors or are simply interested in healthier living. Nearly a third of adults living with diabetes don’t even know they have it. During the class, participants will learn from health care professionals how to take charge of their health and lower their risk for diabetes with exercise and healthy eating. We’ll also discuss goal setting and available resources, as well as what your numbers really mean. $10 per person. Register and pay online today to reserve your space.

Thursday, October 27 | “It’s Your Move”… FREE Knee, Hip & Shoulder Joint Pain Event 

6 p.m. to 8 p.m. | Enloe Conference Center, 1528 Esplanade, Chico
Join us for this free seminar to learn about joint health and treatment options, understand quality initiatives at Enloe, explore educational exhibits, ask questions of the physicians and physical therapist. You can include your questions with your online registration. RSVP online today to save your space at this popular event.

2016 Community Events: November

Saturday, November 5 | Walk With a Doc - CANCELED

Instead, please join us at our annual Community Wellness Expo (see below), then plan to come walk with us in December.

Saturday, November 5 | Enloe's Community Wellness Expo

10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  |  Enloe Medical Center, corner of W. 5th and Magnolia avenues.

Free flu shots, health screenings, interactive activities for the whole family and more. Watch for details coming soon.

2016 Community Events: December

Saturday, December 3 | Walk With a Doc

8 a.m. to 9 a.m. | Chico Mall

Join Psychiatrist Dr. Asad Amir, for the December Walk with a Doc at the Chico Mall. We'll start out with a brief inspirational talk and then walk some laps around the mall. Walks will take place the first Saturday of each month, except January and September. Each walk begins with a brief inspirational talk. All ages and abilities are welcome! Walk regularly throughout the month and track your time on a walking log, then bring it with you to the next “Walk with a Doc” for a chance to win a fun prize!

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Classes

Asthma Education

One-on-one education through Enloe Pulmonary Rehabilitation. Cost: $25. For more information or to set up an appointment, please call (530) 332-6898

Back in Action

This free class provides education before your spine surgery and is an opportunity to enhance your hospital experience. Our goal is to help you and your caregiver become active participants in your own health care, and aid you in a speedy recovery. We will discuss the surgical process and how to participate in your own recovery. Members of your care team will be available to answer your questions. Meet other patients who are preparing for the same type of surgery. Family members or friends are encouraged to attend class with you. Held monthly on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., at the Enloe Rehabilitation Center Conference Room, 340 W. East Ave., Chico. See the 2015 Class Schedule. See the 2016 Class Schedule. Registration recommended. Please contact your surgeon's office for registration.

Bariatric Pre-Surgical Education

This class is designed to help patients prepare for their bariatric surgery at Enloe Medical Center. It provides a better idea of what to expect during the hospital visit and how to participate in the recovery process. Spouses, relatives and friends are welcome and encouraged to attend. For more information, please call the Enloe Bariatric Program at (530) 332-5122.

Bariatric Post-Surgical Education

This two-hour class is offered starting at about one month after surgery. Participants get an opportunity to review important information and follow-up on special guidelines as their diet and other needs change. The class is held on two Thursdays each month. For more information, please call the Enloe Bariatric Program at (530) 332-5122.

Cancer Center - New Patient Orientation

All newly diagnosed cancer patients and their caregivers are encouraged to attend. Hematology patients are also invited. Find out more about how to get the most out of your doctor’s visits, communicating with others about your diagnosis, managing financial and legal issues, dealing with stress related to diagnosis, and resources available to support you during and after treatment. Takes place Wednesdays from 11 a.m. to noon.Register at the reception area of your doctor’s office at the Cancer Center or by calling 332-3900. Location: Cancer Center Library, 265 Cohasset Road, Suite 120, Chico.

Chemotherapy Education

Being informed can help reduce stress and improve your experience! A brief introduction to chemotherapy and an opportunity to ask questions of an oncology nurse will be offered to those patients scheduled to begin chemotherapy. Caregivers also encouraged to attend.Takes place Wednesdays at 10 a.m. Register at the reception area of your doctor’s office at the Cancer Center or by calling 332-3900. Location: Cancer Center Library, 265 Cohasset Road, Suite 120, Chico.

♥ Cardiac Rehabilitation

Educational and exercise-conditioning classes for people with heart problems. The program is tailored to help each person improve their health, increase their strength and endurance, and to feel better. Sessions are directed by a Registered Nurse and an Exercise Physiologist. (530) 332-6898  See Healthy Heart for related classes.

CPR Classes

Please visit Enloe's Continuing Education webpage for the schedule of the Healthcare Provider CPR course. We do not offer CPR classes for the layperson.

Diabetes Services & Education

  • Diabetes Education Services: Through self-management training, participants gain knowledge and self-care skills necessary to manage their condition effectively. Physician-referral required. (530) 332-6840
  • Sweet Success Program: Education and guidelines for women with Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes who are pregnant and those with gestational diabetes. (530) 332-6840
  • Pre-Diabetes Class: This two-hour class is designed for ALL adults, whether you think you have diabetes or not. In fact, nearly a third of adults living with diabetes don’t even know they have it! During the class, participants will learn from health care professionals how to take charge of their health and lower their risk for diabetes with exercise and healthy eating. We’ll also discuss goal setting and available resources, as well as what your numbers really mean. $10 per person. This class takes place quarterly at the Enloe Outpatient Center, 888 Lakeside Village Commons, Building C, Classroom A, Chico. (530) 332-6840.
  • See our Support Group listing for information about our free diabetes support groups.

♥ Healthy Heart

  • Enloe Cardiac Rehabilitation: Education and exercise-conditioning classes for people with heart problems. The program is tailored to help each participant improve their health, increase their strength and endurance, and to feel better. Sessions are directed by a Registered Nurse and an Exercise Physiologist. (530) 332-6898
  • Stress Management for Cardiac Patients and Families: Stress is a major cause of illness and heart disease. This eight-week class helps participants and their families learn to manage the stresses of everyday life. Meets on Wednesdays at 9:45 a.m. No charge for class; $10 materials fee. Offered through Enloe Cardiac Rehabilitation. (530) 332-6898

Healthy Steps: The Lebed Method

Gentle therapeutic exercise to help regain range of motion, increase flexibility, reduce swelling from lymphedema, decrease depression, and promote positive self-image and joy! This class is gentle with easy movement, can be done sitting or standing - and it’s fun! Mondays, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., and Wednesdays 9 a.m. to 10 a.m., Fountain Medical Conference Room at the Fountain Medical Plaza, 251 Cohasset Road, Chico. Free with $10 materials fee. Pre-registration required. Call Mary Jo at (530) 228-4753 or David at (530) 332-3877. There will not be a Monday classes on Feb. 15 or March 14, but there will be a class on Jan. 18 (Martin Luther King Jr. Day).

Infertility Support Group

If you are in need of comfort, understanding, and support regarding infertility, we welcome you to come discover you are not alone in the journey. This support group is designed to help create a safe sense of community. It meets on the first Thursday of every month from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Enloe Conference Center, 1528 Esplanade, and often includes a guest speaker. For more information, contact Andrea, (530) 517-1447 or Sarah, (530) 519-2268.

Joint Effort

One-hour class helps patients prepare for total joint replacement surgery. Provides a better idea of what to expect during the hospital visit and how to participate in the recovery process. Gives an opportunity to ask questions of medical professionals and meet others who will be having the same surgery. Spouse, relatives or friends are welcome and encouraged to attend class. Held weekly on Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., at the Fountain Medical Conference Room at the Fountain Medical Conference Room at the Fountain Medical Plaza, 251 Cohasset Road, Chico. See the 2015 class schedule. See the 2016 class schedule. Please contact your orthopedic surgeon's office for registration.

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Clinic

An eight-week series, offered four times a year, and designed to reduce stress, anxiety, depression, chronic pain and the symptoms of many other stress-related disorders. MBSR is meant to complement not substitute medical treatments you may be receiving. Employee Assistance Program (EAP) benefits and health insurance coverage may apply. See the class schedule on the MBSR website. The cost is $395, which includes registration, textbook, workbook, audio recordings and a follow-up program. Classes are led by Steve Flowers, M.S., MFT. Physicians, nurses, psychologists, marriage and family therapists, and licensed clinical social workers may report 24 hours of Continuing Education for participating in this program (Category 1 Credit toward the California Medical Association in Continuing Medical Education). For more info, call Steve Flowers at (530) 898-1495 or visit www.mindfullivingprograms.com.

Pregnancy & Parenting Classes: Growing Healthy Babies and Families

Getting ready for a new baby and parenting are exciting and important times. Enloe Medical Center wants to help you and your family prepare. We offer a range of classes for before and after the baby is born. Visit our Mother & Baby Education Center page for details on these classes. We also offer tours!

Pulmonary Rehabilitation

Education and exercise classes for people with lung problems. Learn more about Pulmonary Rehabilitation. (530) 332-6898

Stress Management

Stress is a major cause of illness and heart disease. This eight-week class helps participants and their families learn to manage the stresses of everyday life. Meets on Wednesdays at 9:45 a.m. No charge for class; $10 materials fee. Offered through Enloe Cardiac Rehabilitation. (530) 332-6898

Weekly Weight-Loss Surgery Informational Seminars

Free seminars led by bariatric surgeons Deron Ludwig, MD, and Erik Simchuk, MD, with intro by Enloe bariatric nurses. Covers topics related to weight-loss surgery, the disease of morbid obesity, health issues associated with obesity and information about surgical options. Seminars are held weekly on Wednesdays from 12 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. except for the following dates in 2015 when it will be held from 10:30 to 12 p.m.: April 17, June 19, Aug. 21, Oct. 16 and Dec. 18. Meetings take place at the Fountain Medical Conference Room, 251 Cohasset Road, Chico. More info: (530) 332-5122.

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