In a Lake Tahoe winter rut? There’s help for that in Incline |

In a Lake Tahoe winter rut? There’s help for that in Incline

Ann Valdes, owner of Easel and Wine, paints the background of a canvass in shades of pink, creating the background for a piece in honor of breast cancer awareness month.
Courtesy Jenny Goldsmith |

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — The cold winter months can often inhibit our physical activity and socialization. A great way to shake things up is by changing your routine.

Stimulate your mind and body with something fun and different. Create lasting, meaningful memories with friends and family by taking day trips, signing up for art classes, attending a speaker series, or learning new sports or hobbies. Some of the benefits of trying something new include:

Anticipation: Research has shown that the act of just anticipating an activity, or field trip, can ease stress and provide a lasting, mood elevating effect. Being able to look forward to something may make you happier.

Mental stimulation: Introducing new ideas and experiences is a highly effective way of stimulating the mind, triggering cognitive processes and critical thinking skills, and tapping into the memory portion of the brain, enhancing these skills. New and different activities allow you to experience new places, new people, and new stimulation which boost mental and emotional health.

Socialization: Participation in a new activity is a great time to bond, share conversations, and laugh with new and old friends.

Activity: Physical activity is crucial to your health. It is important to vary your activities and not rely on the same things all the time. Repeating physical activity creates muscle memory, which means your body will become accustomed to it and not ultimately work as hard. Introduce yourself to different types of movement and jumpstart the body again.

With all this in mind, you may want to consider joining some of these enriching, stimulating field trips, classes, and activities:

Thursday, March 17: Alpenglow Winter Film Series at Squaw Valley Conference Center. Listen to locals and athletes share incredible stories of their adventures in the mountains. Featured speaker is Kate Rutherford, professional climber.

Wednesday, March 23: “Footloose” the Musical. Join IVGID Senior Programs for dinner and the show. NOTE: Registration deadline has passed.

Thursday, March 24: Easel & Wine at the Rec Center. Uncork your inner artist and participate in the final installment of the wine tastings and artist’s workshops. The workshop begins with wine tasting and an educational introduction to the featured wine of the month by Sommelier, Lou Phillips. Enjoy appetizers prepared by local vendors, paired with the featured wine. Then, be inspired by local artist, Monika Johnson, to produce your own masterpiece. Come create a French Countryside work of art, and appreciate the wines of France.

Try ongoing programs such as Conversation Café, Digital Photography Club, 55+ Snowshoe Hikes and Ski Clinics. These ongoing programs promote socialization, physical activity and wellness.

Need to run some errands or get out of the house but don’t want to drive? Catch a ride with the 55+ Senior Transportation Program for Incline Village/Crystal Bay residents. Get out and try something new!

This article was provided by the Incline Village General Improvement District. For more information, go to, or call 775-832-1310 to register.

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