Health & Science Briefs

Cancer Survivor’s Day events at Scripps

Scripps Cancer Center will celebrate the 21st Annual National Cancer Survivor’s Day on June 5 and 22 in La Jolla. Cancer survivors and their families are invited.

The event will begin at 11:30 a.m. at the Schaetzel Center on the campus of Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla (9888 Genesee Ave.) and run until 2:30 p.m. Guests will have the chance to hear and share survivor stories, as well as enjoy refreshments and browse exhibit booths. Parking is free; no advanced registration is required.

On Sunday, June 22, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., the second event, “A Celebration of Life,” will be hosted by Scripps at the Valerie Timken Amphitheater. In addition to survivor stories, the day will include a special program exploring the evolving treatment strategy of stem cell transplantation. After the program, refreshments will be served at a reception in the lobby of the hospital’s Anderson Outpatient Pavilion (10666 North Torrey Pines Road). Advanced registration is required by June 17 for this event. For more information, call (858) 554-8533.

Riford Center offers free fitness classes

The Riford Center, 6811 La Jolla Blvd., offers several free weekly fitness and exercise classes for adults and seniors.

The Adult Fitness Class, held Monday through Thursday from 8:30 to 10 a.m., combines low-impact aerobics with weights and elastic bands. Participants should bring a mat.

The Older Adult Exercise Class, held Monday and Wednesday from 10 to 11:30 a.m. emphasizes balance exercises and strengthening with light weights and elastic bands.

The Adult Exercise Class, held Friday from 9 to 11 a.m., includes a short walk, light aerobics, weights and elastic bands for strengthening and toning. Participants should bring a mat.

Pre-registration is not required and enrollment is open. Call (858) 459-0831 for more information.

Relay for Life honors cancer survivors

The La Jolla Relay For Life event will help raise funds and awareness for cancer research, education and programs. Held Saturday and Sunday, June 28-29, at the UCSD North Track, the event is open to all local cancer survivors and their families.

The two days will begin with opening ceremonies and will be followed shortly after with a special lap around the track in honor of the cancer survivors.

One highlight will be the luminaria ceremony - candle-lit luminaries will be decorated with the names of cancer survivors and those lost to cancer will be placed around the track to light the way for walkers and runners. A minimum luminaria donation of $10 is suggested per bag. To register, please call (858) 442-5521 or for additional information, visit