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October 8, 2013
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North Lake Tahoe and Truckee health and wellness announcements

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TTUSD Wellness Program update

Tahoe Truckee Unified School District High School Wellness Program Update. Challenge Day volunteers are needed for both Truckee High and North Tahoe High Schools. It is a great way to connect and support new freshmen. The dates are: Truckee High School, Nov. 13 and 14 and North Tahoe High School Nov. 15, 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m. RSVP to Kim Bradley, TTUSD wellness coordinator at 530-582-2575 or and to sign up. The next Youth Suicide Prevention Task Force meeting is Tuesday, Oct. 22, 6-8 p.m. at the district office, kicking off the “Know the Signs Campaign.”

Libertarian Party dinner, cannabis initiative

Wednesday, Oct. 9, 6:30-8 p.m., Zano’s Family Italian & Pizzeria, 11401 Donner Pass Road, Truckee. Petition signing for Nevada County Medical Cannabis Initiative from registered voters of Nevada County. To get it on the ballot, overturn county ordinance, and bring it back to Prop 215 standards. Pizza will be provided (except drinks). Pro or con, please sign! The Nevada County Libertarian party seeks those interested in joining. For info call 530-575-7932 or email

‘Positive Psychology: Unlocking The Secrets To Optimal Well-Being’

Christopher Old, Mft, Lpcc, Ncc will hold a special workshop for young people up to age 21, Friday, Oct. 11, 6-7:30 p.m. at For Goodness Sake, 10157 Donner Pass Road, Truckee. An exciting opportunity to learn practical tools to generate optimal well-being in your life. Look at key ways science teaches to go beyond just “not feeling bad” and create a flourishing life. An interactive workshop exploring positive psychology — the scientific study of what goes “right” with people. Topics such as resilience, character strengths, positive emotion, flow, mindsets, meaning and positive relationships all play a role. For information or to register, email, visit or call 530-550-8981. For more about Christopher, visit

Co-ed dodgeball fall 2013

The Tahoe City Parks and Recreation Department is accepting team registrations for the Co-Ed Dodgeball League. The league will run Oct. 20 through mid-December. Everyone 16 and older is welcome to play. If you’ve seen the movie or even if you haven’t, dodgeball is adrenaline-pumping sport anyone can play. Grab five or more of your friends, come up with a team name and pick a color. Team shirts are included in the registration fee. Free agent registrations are accepted. For registration and free agent forms visit or or call 530-583-3440.

Red Ribbon contest announced

The National Family Partnership (NFP) announced the national contest for its 28th annual Red Ribbon Week, Oct. 23-31. This public service campaign helps parents and teachers prevent youth drug and alcohol abuse. Here’s how to enter to win $1,000 for your K-12 school and an iPad for the home: Students take the Red Ribbon Week message home by working alongside parents to decorate their front door, mailbox or fence with a red ribbon and this year’s theme “A Healthy Me Is Drug Free.” Take a photo with the family and your Red Ribbon Week decoration, then upload to by Nov. 4 (must be 18+ to upload your photos).

The voting begins! Ask your family and friends to vote for your entry at Nov. 5-19.

Medicine Buddha healing meditation

Friday, Oct. 18, 6:30-8 p.m., For Goodness Sake, 10157 Donner Pass Road in Truckee. Medicine Buddha is said to be the manifestation of the healing energy of all enlightened beings. Lama Losang will introduce Medicine Buddha through mantra, meditation, and visualization, a powerful method for healing and increasing healing powers. Overcome the inner sickness of attachment, hatred, and ignorance. Losang Samten was born in central Tibet. At the age of 11, he became a Buddhist monk, studied at the Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts, and later joined Namgyal Monastery, and in 1985 earned a Masters in Buddhist Philosophy, Sutra, and Tantra. Visit Suggested donation $10-$15. All are welcome, no one turned away due to to lack of funds. Call or e-mail to register, 530-550-8981, Visit

Patient and family support volunteers needed

Tahoe Forest Hospice is offering a volunteer training Nov. 5 and 6 for hospice patient and family support volunteers to help patients and families who live in Truckee, North Tahoe, Incline Village and the Sierra Valley. 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; run errands and shopping; other activities including reading, playing games, gardening and help with meals; all with flexible hours. Training is a combination of online and in-person training at the Hospice Volunteer and Bereavement Center. The training is a total of 20 to 25 hours. There is no charge. For details contact Val Sutter, volunteer coordinator at 530-582-3534 or

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