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Puget Sound Blood Center blood drives in Kent: 1-7 p.m. Sept. 2 at Kent United Methodist Church, 11010 S.E. 248th St. For Puget Sound Blood Center. 800-398-7888 or

Vision screenings: 11 a.m.-noon Sept. 3. Evergreen Eye Care will provide free eye exams and eye glass cleaning for seniors. Call ahead for 15-minute appointments. Des Moines Activity Center, 2045 S. 216th St., Des Moines. 206-878-1642.

“Safe Steps” Fall Prevention Awareness: 9:30-11:30 a.m. Sept. 24. Seniors welcome to learn about ways to stay healthy and reduce their risk of falling. Event features vendors, handouts, demonstrations, refreshments and more. Kent Senior Activity Center, 600 E. Smith St. 253-856-5150.

Kent4Health Community Meeting: 5:30-6:30 p.m. Sept. 25. All are welcome to participate in a healthy-community discussion. Kent Senior Activity Center, 600 E. Smith St. 253-856-5150.

Kent Parks, Recreation and Community Services: City offers a variety of fitness classes, including Nia, Zumba and PiYo. Call for details, cost. Kent Commons, 525 Fourth Ave. N. 253-856-5000.

Step Aerobic/Weights Class: 7-8 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Cost: $79 for 10 weeks. King County Fire Department No. 44, Station 92, 31709 Kent-Black Diamond Road, Auburn. 253-631-6350 or 425-413-1623.

TOPS No. WA916: 7-8 p.m. Thursdays. Swanson Court Clubhouse, 12200 206th St., Kent. 253-981-3867.

TOPS: 7:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesdays. Take Off Pounds Sensibly is a nonprofit weight loss support group. New Hope Church, 21115 S.E. 272nd St., Maple Valley. 253-631-3567 or

Yoga classes: 5 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays; 9:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. Fridays. Rockin’ Horse Dance Barn, 11820 150th Ave. S.E., Renton. 425-255-9211 or

REI clinics: 7 p.m. various Wednesdays, including: 7 p.m. Sept. 10 and 17, “GPS 101: The Basics.” Cost: Free. 240 Andover Park W., Tukwila. 206-248-1938.

Kent Guild, Children’s Hospital and Regional Medical Center: Noon the third Friday of the month. Luncheon in members’ homes. New members welcome to join volunteer group raising funds for uncompensated care. Call for location. 253-852-7390.

Kent-Renton Newcomers Club: A social ladies’ club that welcomes new residents to the area. Luncheons hosted on the second Wednesday of each month and smaller hobby groups, such as mahjong, bunko, needlework, and dining out excursions are also offered. 425-235-1819 or 253-638-0857.

Medicine Wheel: 7-9 p.m. Wednesdays. Group features study of the Native American Medicine Wheel, song, prayer and friendship. All are welcome. Cost: By donation. Unity Church of Kent, 218 State Ave. S., Kent. 253-854-9747 or

Angel Care Breast Cancer Foundation: Trained survivors offer free emotional support to the newly-diagnosed, enhancing emotional recovery while going through treatments. Will attend consultations, chemotherapy and radiation appointments and have volunteers in your community. 206-417-3484, 877-417-3484 (toll-free), or

Angel Flight West: Volunteer pilot group offers free air transportation to those in need, especially medical care. 888-426-2643 or

riend to Friend: Volunteers needed to visit adults in nursing homes, assisted living and retirement homes throughout King and Snohomish counties. Volunteers commit to visit about twice a month for one year. 206-246-5150.

Fostering Together: Foster parents needed. 866-958-5437 or

Green River Community College: College seeks volunteers in a variety of areas: ceramics, basic computing, court reporting and more. Professional experience is not required. 253-288-3346 or

Group Health hospice volunteers: Oct. 6-8, training sessions. Applications requested by Sept. 19. Volunteers with weekday availability needed in King and Snohomish counties, especially in Kent, Des Moines, Auburn and Federal Way. Volunteers stay with patients in their homes, assist with errands and practical tasks, and offer emotional support to terminally ill patients and their families. Training offered in Bellevue; call for details, location. 425-556-6372 or 888-954-2509.

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