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August 21, 2013
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Latest in autism research

Thursday, Aug. 22, no-host bar opens 5:30 p.m., presentation begins 6 p.m. at the Tahoe Center for Environmental Sciences, 291 Country Club Drive, Incline Village. Cost: $5 donation suggested. Join Dr. Sally Rogers, UC Davis MIND Institute, for a presentation on the latest findings on effects of intervention on the youngest children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). This lecture will discuss the need for intervention models for younger and younger children being identified with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), and the effects of interventions that focus on this age group. The number of children who develop autism now overshadows all other early childhood disabilities and represents more than 1 percent of all the children in the U.S. Rogers studies early developmental processes, including imitation, social-communicative behavior, and development of motor skills, language, and social interaction patterns. Contact Heather Segale at 775-881-7562 or Additional details are available at

Tahoe SAFE Alliance announces crisis intervention training

Tahoe SAFE Alliance announced the schedule for its eight-week Crisis Intervention Training, which will begin Sept. 10. All volunteers at Tahoe SAFE Alliance who work with clients must successfully complete the Crisis Intervention Training. The full calendar, draft syllabus and volunteer application are available at Interested parties can send an e-mail to Please apply by Sept. 2. Tahoe SAFE Alliance’s Crisis Intervention Training is an intensive 68-hour course at the Reynolds’s Non-Profit Center in Incline Village. Topics covered include: the basics of domestic violence and sexual assault, cultural diversity, substance abuse, legal issues of domestic violence and sexual abuse, acquaintance rape, child abuse, suicide, peer counseling and crisis intervention techniques. Successful completion of the course will allow volunteers to contribute in any of the Tahoe SAFE Alliance client-based programs. For more information call 775-298-0162.

‘Exercise for Energy’

Free supportive care program in Incline Village . The free six-week class, “Exercise for Energy,” is a supportive care program for current and recovering cancer patients: offering guidance, support, and useful tools to return to and maintain health and wellness. Program begins Oct. 2, to meet Wednesdays and Fridays, 12:30-1:30 p.m. at IVCH Physical Therapy and Medical Fitness, 333 Village Blvd., Ste. 201 at the corner of Village and Alder, one block from Incline Village Community Hospital. The class will incorporate strengthening, stretching, breathing, balance, cardio, and wellness education. All classes are supportive, medically-managed and taught by health professionals, and will give you the tools you need in a supervised environment. Prescreening is required. For more information and registration, call 775-831-1964, or email

Squeeze In Restaurants to hold food and hygiene drive

Squeeze In restaurants will hold a food and hygiene item drive for Catholic Charities of Northern Nevada and the St. Vincent’s Programs. During August, Squeeze In will collect non-perishable food items, such as pasta, rice, canned food, boxed food and baby food, travel-sized personal hygiene items, feminine hygiene items and diapers. Donate an item in the Squeeze In collection barrels and receive a free short stack of pancakes or a half order of biscuits and gravy on your next visit. Find Squeeze In restaurants in downtown Truckee, Northwest and South Reno and Sparks, open 7 a.m.-2 p.m. daily.

Catholic Charities will distribute food donations in the St. Vincent’s Food Pantry. Hygiene items will be given to local families and job seekers through the Emergency Assistance Program. Combined, these two programs help close to 200,000 people in an average year.

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Support C*A*R*E* Chest of Sierra Nevada

OverAchievers, a nonprofit association that supports high-achieving high school students, has included C*A*R*E* Chest as part of their Aug. 23 golf tournament. Proceeds benefit C*A*R*E* Chest’s medical resource programs and scholarships for Reno and Incline High School graduating seniors. The tournament is a foursome team scramble at Somersett Country Club. Registration deadline is Aug. 19. Visit or call 775-829-2273, ext. 105. On Aug. 24 Legends Grill, Sports & Spirits has again selected C*A*R*E* Chest to benefit from their annual golf tournament at Washoe Golf Course. This is a fun, customer appreciation tournament featuring a raffle, special tee prizes, barbecue and more. Register by Aug. 15 by calling 775-853-5550.

Since 1990, C*A*R*E* Chest of Sierra Nevada has served Northern Nevadans in need by providing medical supplies and equipment. Visit or call 775-829-CARE.

Insights into brain health

The Parasol Tahoe Community Foundation will present world-class experts from the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health in a free community forum Sept. 5, 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Donald W. Reynolds Community Non-Profit Center, 948 Incline Way, Incline Village. The Las Vegas medical center is dedicated to the pursuit of effective treatments for brain diseases and state-of-the-art care for patients and families. Community sponsors are the Incline Village Community Hospital, North Lake Tahoe Bonanza and the Sierra Sun.

The forum panel will include Dr. Jeffrey Cummings, a clinician and neuroscientist with expertise in clinical trials and drug development and strategist to deliver optimum care to patients with neurodegenerative disorders. Dr. Timothy West is dedicated to medical education and clinical research. Dr. Kate Zhong is leading the clinical and research team conducting trials to advance treatment in Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and other neurodegenerative disorders. Reserve your space at or call Jean Eick at 775-298-0184.

Doula training

Tahoe’s Connection for Families (TCF) will host a Doula Training Workshop 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. 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 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. Contact TCF at 775-832-8230 or visit

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