Freedom from smoking class begins in August

Adventist Health Sonora will offer the American Lung Association’s Freedom From Smoking course beginning Aug. 29.

Classes will meet from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. each Tuesday and one Thursday for seven weeks at Pulmonary Rehabilitation, 19747 Greenley Road in Sonora.

Freedom From Smoking provides a supportive group environment where adults work through the quitting process together with guidance from a respiratory therapist, stated a press release. According to the American Lung Association, “Research has proven that the more time a smoker spends in a supportive situation, the more likely he or she is to succeed. People who use it are six times more likely to be smoke-free one year later than those who quit on their own.”

Class participants will learn about:

• Medicines that can help you stop smoking

• Lifestyle changes that make quitting easier

• Preparing for Quit Day

• Managing stress

• Avoiding weight gain

• Developing a new self-image

• How to stay smoke-free for good

The class is covered by most private insurance and Medicare. For those without insurance or whose insurance does not cover the class, scholarships and discounts are available.

To take an online quiz, go to

For more information or to register for the course, call (209) 536-3726.

Meals & Wheels for Meals on Wheels set

Tickets are on sale now for the 11th annual Meals & Wheels for Meals on Wheels slated for Aug. 26.

The event is a major fundraiser for Sierra Senior Providers Inc.’s Meals on Wheels Program.

The event will run from 5 to 9 p.m. and will include live entertainment at Railtown 1897 State Historic Park, train rides, live and silent auctions, raffle prizes, a best-dressed contest and dinner catered by Black Oak Casino Resort’s Seven Sisters.

Tickets cost $75 per person or $600 for a table of eight.

For tickets or more information, call (209) 533-2622, or go online to

TOPS meets Tuesdays

Take Off Pounds Sensibly (TOPS), a weight-loss support group, meets from 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesdays at the Tuolumne County Library, 480 Greenley Road in Sonora.

For more information, call (209) 213-9265.