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July 24, 2013
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UNR grad to swim Lake Tahoe in father’s memory

To benefit the Solace Tree, kick-off event Saturday, Aug. 3, 9 a.m. at King’s Beach. Robby Schlesinger, 23, has spent months preparing to swim the perimeter of Lake Tahoe in the memory of his father, Bob Schlesinger, who accomplished the same feat twice in the early 1990s. While his father swam for charities such as the American Cancer Society and Save the Rainforest, Robby will repeat the swim to benefit the Solace Tree, whose message inspired him after he lost his father five years ago.

The swim will take place in various legs, consisting of several miles a day in 50-60 degree water, spanning several days. While the training is arduous and the challenge is daunting, Robby finds motivation in his father’s memory. “My dad always prided himself on being the guy that brought people together,” said Robby, “and I think that’s what we should shoot for too.”

Bob Schlesinger swam lake Tahoe 23 years ago while his son was still an infant. When Robby was 15, his father was injured in a car accident left him with severe chronic pain. After years of struggling with his condition, Bob Schlesinger took his own life.

As his family grieved, Robby was inspired by the message of the Solace Tree, which provides counseling and a safe environment for those who have experienced a loss to express their grief. In cooperation with Solace Tree Executive Director Emilio Parga, Robby has established Swimming for Solace, which will be collecting donations and pledges to directly support the Solace Tree.

The Solace Tree, Inc. a 501c (3) non-profit based in Reno, Nev. The Solace Tree mission is to provide peer support, information and education to schools and the community to promote healing and recovery for grieving children, teens and their families who are affected by loss. For more information, visit

Doula training

Tahoe’s Connection for Families (TCF) will host a Doula Training Workshop at its parenting education and early childhood development play center located at 761 Northwood Blvd. in Incline Village. A “doula” is a trained and experienced professional who provides physical, emotional and informational support to a mother during pregnancy, through birth, and also provides support during the postpartum period while mother and child bond. Many studies have shown when doulas are involved in the birth, labors are shorter with less complications, the babies are healthier and breastfeed more easily.

Join instructor Janine Maitri on Sept. 6-8, for a class series on becoming a doula. Introduction to Childbirth, Childbirth Education Class, Sept. 6, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuition: $145, with $20 early bird discount if enrolled at least three weeks in advance. Doula Training Intensive Workshop, Sept. 7 and 8, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuition: $425 with $30 early bird discount if enrolled at least three weeks in advance.

For more information and to register contact Janine Maitri, director and trainer at or call 530-798-3605. Tahoe’s Connections for Families (TCF), is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization in Incline Village that provides parenting education and early childhood development programs for families with infants and toddlers up to pre-school. For information call 775-832-8230 or visit TCF’s facility is available for rent during its non-business hours for community-based workshops and events.

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.

USTA Quick Start youth tennis camp

Ages: 6-12 years. This tennis camp focuses on stroke production, techniques, match play and tennis rules through specialized activities and drills. The camp also promotes teamwork, sportsmanship and a high emphasis on fun! Classes are taught by certified USPTA instructors. Other activities in the camp may include swimming and games. Monday through Thursday, one-week sessions through Aug. 22. Cost is $219, with IVGID pass $175. Daily drop-in: $69, with IVGID pass $55 (if space available). Visit

Competitive junior tennis academy

This high powered, intense program is designed for the student looking to take their game to the next level. Players seeking to compete in tournament play as well as high school and college tennis will find this program is exactly what they need! Daily drop-in upon availability only. Monday through Thursday (minimum of four students required). Two-week sessions through Aug. 22. Cost is 9 to 12 years, $225, with IVGID pass $180, drop-in $29, with IVGID pass $23; 13-plus, cost is $275, with IVGID pass $220, drop-in: $37, with IVGID pass $30. Visit

Pickleball at the tennis center

Pickleball is a fun sport for all ages, played on a modified tennis court with the net lowered to 34 inches at the center. It is played with a perforated plastic baseball (similar to a whiffle ball) and wood or composite paddle. It is easy for beginners to le Court No. 8 has been lined for Pickleball. Equipment rental is available. A minimum of four people is required for play. Cost is peak time: $8, $6 with IVGID pass; afternoon/twilight $6, $4 with IVGID pass. Six-pack punch cards are available. Visit

Jazzercise new student special

Two weeks free for full-time, local residents. Jazzercise is a fun and challenging 60-minute total body workout that combines aerobics, strength training and stretching. Move to hot, current music — all ages are welcome. Get great results in friendly classes at the beautiful lakefront North Tahoe Event Center in Kings Beach. Monday through Saturday, 8:45 a.m.; Tuesday and Thursday, 5:30 p.m. For more information call Ginny at 530-546-7745 or 530-320-4556.

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.

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