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June 19, 2013
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INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — Content for the weekly Health and Wellness section is selected from e-mail submissions to Bonanza editor Kevin MacMillan at Please send the 5w’s:, who, what, when, where and why, plus website and contact information.

Taking Steps to a Happier, Healthier You

Just when things are going well, we can be overcome with feelings of anxiety, loneliness, resentment, inadequacy, or guilt. Where do these feelings and fears come from? Why do we sometimes find ourselves sabotaging our own best efforts?

We try hard to overcome our so-called failings, and yet we often cannot. Often we have been struggling with these emotional problems for years.

“Changes that Heal: The Four Shifts that Make Everything Better … and that Anyone Can Do,” by best-selling author Dr. Henry Cloud, teaches there are ways to resolve our past to ensure a healthier future. These solutions lie in our understanding certain basic developmental tasks that involve growing up into the “likeness” of the one who created us.

Dr. Cloud has identified four aspects of the personality of God that, if we would cultivate them within ourselves, would greatly improve our day-to-day functioning. By following easy, clear, insightful guidelines, we can learn to do four things that we, God’s children, have had difficulty doing: bonding with others; separating from others; sorting out issues of good and bad; and taking charge as adults.

If you are a woman who struggles with any of these issues and are ready to work on the solutions, please join a small-group book study of “Changes that Heal” for five Mondays this summer, July 1-29, at St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church, 341 Village Blvd., Incline Village, 6:15-8:15 p.m.

This free series, with child care provided, is co-sponsored by three Incline Village churches: St. Patrick’s, The Village Church, and LifePoint Church.

To register or for information, contact Ginnie Jed at

The book, “Changes that Heal,” can be purchased online for about $9.50, in digital format for less, or through Ginnie. Join this great adventure!

Women Veterans Wellness Event

The Nevada Office of Veterans Services (NOVS) announces the Women Veterans Wellness Event for Reno and Sparks, to be held June 29 at Siena Resort Casino. The event is designed to educate women of different generations about healthy life choices and will offer information through a variety of classes.

The Northern Nevada wellness event, sponsored by the Siena in Reno, will offer classes from nutrition to aging in addition to fitness classes. There will be a walk along the river to lunch to be served at Z-Pie, a not-for-profit business dedicated to supporting The Eddy House, designed to help young adults who have aged out of the foster care system make the transition to independence. All proceeds will go to helping these kids live, work and grow. Vice-Mayor Zadra of Reno will attend lunch and speak to the women veterans. The event will be able to host 80 attendees. Registration required, contact Yvonne Betron at 702-486-3830, or

Registration deadline June 25 and a flyer for the event can be downloaded from the NOVS website.

With mission-focused employees, NOVS is responsible for the administration of two State Veterans Memorial Cemeteries, a State Veterans Home, and a State-wide Veterans Service Officer program. NOVS is instrumental in connecting Nevada’s veterans and their families with benefits and assistance from both the State and Federal government. For more information, call 866-630-VETS or visit

Everyday natural healing

Discover natural alternatives for family wellness, Thursday, June 20, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Lacking energy? In pain? Dealing with stress or depression? Got digestive issues? Can’t sleep? Got allergies?

Learn about the healing power of essential oils to deal with all sorts of every day (and more serious) issues such as allergies, arthritis, infections, hormonal changes, mood management, etc. Center for Spiritual Living, 700 North Lake Blvd., Tahoe City. You’ll receive a detailed handout with everyday remedies and also a sample oil for your specific condition. RSVP essential to Rachel at 415-827-2623. Price? Love donation. All proceeds go to the Center for Spiritual Living.

Four Shields Quest

Storytelling our Human Nature, June 23-25. Meet Sunday 3 p.m. at U of Earth Campus, Graeagle. Time on the land in the Plumas National Forest, return to campus Tuesday by 6 p.m.

Cost $250, Quest Program includes camping, shuttle, guides. Meals not included. Exploring The Four Shields is a way to understand the language of nature. We are earth-born, children of nature, and related to every living thing. Each shield has a persona of human nature, a corresponding element, color, direction, and energetic that connects us to our natural world. Learn about each shield, and have the opportunity to walk alone to explore your personal connection. Gather in council to tell your story and reflect the nature of your being.

For more information, trip details or to register Contact Polly Triplat at 530-412-0774 or email

Salomon Demo with Tahoe Mountain Sports

Salomon and Tahoe Mountain Sports have partnered to bring a shoe demo Wednesday, June 26. Find the Salomon rig in Kings Beach, 2-6 p.m. at 8331 North Lake Blvd. Take out any pair of Salomon shoes and hydration backpack for test for free. There will be a group run and a group hike leaving at 5 p.m. and we will split into groups based on ability level. Come join us for what is sure to be a fun time! Dogs welcome.

Tahoe City’s 3rd Annual Farm to Table

Tuesday, July 9, 6 p.m., Commons Beach, Tahoe City. Tickets: $125 per person, or $1,250 per table (seats 10). Tickets available at Wolfdale’s, Sugar Pine Cakery, and

Championed by Douglas Dale, this year’s Farm to Table event will feature the freshest, locally and sustainably grown foods prepared lakeside at Commons Beach.

Chefs Lee Kresy of D’Lish Catering, Jonny Roscher of Za’s, Scott Yorkey of Jake’s and Allison Sayles of Sugar Pine Cakery also lend their talents to the evening, which has become one of Tahoe City’s signature summer events.

Tahoe City’s Farm to Table Dinner was started in 2011 in a collaboration between Douglas Dale and the Tahoe City Downtown Association to help raise funds for the Tahoe City Farmer’s Market’s relocation studies. “We’ve really grown the event in the last two years, it’s become something people look forward to every summer,” said Christin Hanna, a member of the TCDA Board of Directors. “With the Farmer’s Market issue settled for the moment, we knew we still wanted to keep the event going and could support some great local organizations.”

This year’s funds will go to support Tahoe City Downtown Association, Tahoe Youth Ballet, and the Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation.

Incline Village Community Hospital

Low-Cost Community Health Screenings

Responding to the need for community members to take proactive steps toward improved health, Incline Village Community Hospital offers monthly low-cost health screenings every second Friday of the month. Screenings are 8-9 a.m. at the Incline Village Community Hospital located at 880 Alder Ave., Incline Village. No appointment is necessary.

“It’s a simple, affordable way to start taking charge of your health,” said Chris Spencer, Director of Community Health Services. “We offer a variety of lab tests and screenings, all conducted on a first-come, first-served basis. No appointment is necessary. Screening tests, in conjunction with regular physical exams by your healthcare provider are an important part of preventive health care.

Cash, checks and credit cards are accepted (VISA, MC, and American Express) for screenings. Low-cost lab screenings are not necessarily reimbursable by your insurance company. The following tests are available: Complete blood count, $11; comprehensive metabolic panel, $26; lipid panel (fasting required $31; TSH, thyroid stimulating hormone, $30; PSA, prostate-specific antigen, $79

Patients should fast for 10-12 hours prior to testing. Tests are performed at the Incline Village Community Hospital, a service of Tahoe Forest Health System, located at 880 Alder Avenue, Incline Village. For more information call 775-833-4100.

Mental health grants available

Do you have an interesting idea of how to support mental health in our community? Do you run a program that helps people stay well and feeling good? You may be eligible for a grant from the Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation. They have funding available for innovative approaches to mental health and well being. These funds come from Placer County Mental Health Services Act Innovations Funds. Visit to learn more about the guidelines for this funding. If you have any questions, you can email Phebe Bell, program officer, at

Youth Backcountry Camps

Each summer the Tahoe Rim Trail Association partners with Tahoe Institute for Natural Science (TINS) and The American Red Cross to offer Youth Backcountry Camps to junior and high school students. In the same spirit of guided hikes for adults, Youth Backcountry Camps provide an opportunity for youth to get outdoors with their peers to discover and experience firsthand the beauty of the Lake Tahoe region. These camps are designed for youth with little or no experience living, working and traveling in the backcountry, or for those who want a fun service-learning trip on the Tahoe Rim Trail. Be introduced to: Wilderness survival and first aid backpacking; maps, GPS and compass; backcountry cooking; Leave No Trace. You will also partake in a service learning project maintaining part of the Tahoe Rim Trail! Questions? Contact Hayley by email or call 775-298-0238. YBCC - Wilderness First Aid (five-day), $335, ages 14-17, July 14-18; YBCC - Desolation Wilderness (six-day), $395, ages 14-17, July 21-26. YBCC - Mt. Rose Wilderness (three-day), $225, ages 12-15, July 28-30. Scholarships available upon request.

Veteran Suicide Prevention

It is topic mostly ignored and avoided. Nevada has one of the highest suicide rates in the country among veterans, both men and women. If you or someone you know is in crisis, please call 1-800-273-TALK (8255) National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. Information from the Nevada Office of Veteran Services.

Protect Yourself

Although most will never pursue a black belt in a martial art, we know what martial artists can do and what they are capable of doing when confronted by the common attacker: they protect themselves! Now, you, too, can learn to protect yourself without years of formal martial arts training. Learn to protect yourself with personal protection self-defense training from Shuey’s Family Personal Protection Center located at 288 Village Blvd. in Incline Village. When? Every Friday, 5-6 p.m. The class is open to men, women, teenagers, and children with their parents. Your instructor: Mark Shuey, Jr. No commitments. No obligation to become a student of any of their martial arts programs. All classes are street casual. This personal protection class give you new knowledge for the rest of your life. It could come in handy someday.

Class fee is $15 per person. Reduced fees are available if you would like to drop in again for another class. Call Mark at 775-691-6730 for more information, or just show up.

Depression and Bipolar Peer Support Group forming

Are people interested in participating in a peer support group to help deal with the obstacles of living with depression and bipolar conditions? This will be a client-based group based on groups affiliated with the national organization Depression and Bipolar Alliance with plans to become affiliated with the national organization. The organizer has received facilitator training, led meetings in other areas and knows how helpful these groups can be by communicating with someone who can understand what you are going through. Support networks are fundamental in dealing with a mental illness. If you or someone you know might benefit from this group call the toll free message number at 888-544-9991 or contact via Craig’s List to discuss how to proceed. There will be no fees or costs for participating with this group.

Support for Domestic Violence Survivors

Tahoe SAFE Alliance is offering two support groups for women who are survivors of domestic violence. One group is in Spanish and held on Tuesday afternoons at 3:30 p.m., and one group is in English which is held on Thursday evenings 6-7:30 p.m. Both groups have snacks provided. During the support groups, a children’s appropriate group with fun activities and snacks is available. If you are interested please call Juan at Tahoe SAFE Alliance at 530-582-9117 for more information.

Wanderlust Returning to Tahoe

North Lake Tahoe announced the Wanderlust Festival, the world’s largest and fastest growing yoga and music festival, will return for a fifth year to Squaw Valley Thursday, July 18 through Sunday, July 21.

In addition to yoga and live music, attendees will enjoy organic food and wine, an inspirational speaker program, meditation and outdoor activities, such as paddle boarding, hiking, biking, and running. The yogis teaching and speaking are considered rock stars of the discipline and include Seane Corn, Shiva Rea, Dharma Mittra, Rod Stryker, Gurumkh Kaur Khalsa, Schuyler Grant and more.

The music lineup is equally impressive with Moby, Gramatik, Caravan Palace, Random Rab, Quixotic, Hannah Thiem, East Forest, MC Yogi, DJ Drez and Fabian Alsultany.

For more information, a complete lineup of events, photos and videos, and event tickets visit

For special Wanderlust Festival lodging packages, head to the North Lake Tahoe Visitors Bureaus’ website at, and click on the Cool Deals tab, which is updated daily with deals and savings.

Make a Difference in Someone’s Life

Tahoe Forest Hospice is offering volunteer training for hospice patient and family support volunteers to help patients and families who live in Truckee, North Tahoe and Incline Village. Volunteering is a great opportunity to help patients at end-of-life in your community. Provide companionship and friendship. Provide a break (respite) for caregivers. Do errands and shopping. Other activities include reading, playing games, gardening and helping with meals. Flexible hours available.

Training is a combination of online and in-person training totaling 20-25 hours, free of charge, at the Hospice Volunteer and Bereavement Center, 10083 Lake Ave., Truckee. For details contact Tahoe Forest Hospice Volunteer Coordinator Val Sutter at or 530-582-3534.

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