Health and wellness announcements for North Lake Tahoe and Truckee |

Health and wellness announcements for North Lake Tahoe and Truckee

TAHOE/TRUCKEE, Calif. — Content is selected from e-mail submissions to Community Editor Amy Edgett at Send the 5w’s: who, what, when, where and why, about 100-150 words.

Prescription Drug Take-back Day

April 26, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Gateway Shopping Center, 11290 Donner Pass Road, Truckee and “Old” Tahoe City Fire Station, 300 North Lake Blvd., Tahoe City.

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Free medication take back day. Drop off unneeded or expired prescription and over-the-counter medications safely, effectively, and anonymously, at this event. (Please mark out personal info on Rx bottles). Help protect the water supply by not flushing medications. Help protect the community as some may be abusing drugs taken from the medicine cabinets of family and friends. If you can’t make this event, utilize permanent Rx Drug Bins located at the Truckee Police Department and Placer County Sheriff Office, Tahoe Station, Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. A collaborative effort of the TT-FWDD Coalition, Placer County Sheriff, Placer and Nevada County Health and Human Services, Truckee Police Department, Tahoe Forest Hospital District, Safeway Stores, water quality and waste management, town of Truckee, and the DEA.

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The Buddha and His Teachings

Join foundational meditation practices during daylong sessions with the continued “Sutrayana: The Life And Teachings Of The Buddha.”

Polly Ryan, MA will continue to explore the life and teachings of the Buddha along with extended five-hour practice sessions where students will begin to build a solid foundation to their meditation practice with guided Shamata practice, breath awareness, mixed with walking meditation.

This course is great benefit to both beginning and committed students, Sunday, April 27 and Sunday, May 18, noon-5 p.m. at For Goodness Sake, 10157 Donner Pass Road, Truckee. Also be available via Web Ex. Take a sack lunch for a 30-minute break. Suggested donation for drop-ins is $40-$60 per session. No one turned away for lack of funds. Contact Susi at Polly Ryan, MA, MFT, has been a devoted student of Lama Tsultrim Allione for more than two decades and has studied and practiced Tibetan Buddhism for over 25 years. Melinda Ray is a member of the Truckee Tara Mandala Sangha and enrolled in the Magyu Lineage Program at Tara Mandala Retreat Center.

Growing up with mental health conditions

May is Mental Health Awareness Month and the Community Support Network of Nevada County will present a first-hand look at the unique challenges faced by teens and children growing up with mental health conditions. Join Community Support Network partners and the community when Lael Walz, Community Development Specialist for EMQ Families First, brings a trio of speakers who grew up experiencing a gap between how they and others viewed the world. Explore perceptions, misconceptions and how to best help young people with mental health conditions mature into healthy adults on Wednesday, May 7, 3:30-5 p.m. in the Madelyn Helling Library, 980 Helling Way, Nevada City.

CSN meetings are open to the public and child care may be prearranged at 530-273-9541, ext. 221. For more information call 530-913-0270 or email

To learn more about the Community Support Network, visit

Purple Party for Relay

Relay for Life is part of the American Cancer Society. Each year communities have a camp out where team members walk the track for 24 hours to show that cancer never sleeps. Relay for Life Truckee Tahoe is having a kick off party to begin the fundraising process. Please join this year’s Purple Party May 8, 6-9 p.m. at El Toro Bravo. A $20 donation gets you a Mexican buffet, live entertainment from the Deckheads, and promises for a good time! All proceeds will benefit American Cancer Society to continue helping families affected by cancer.

Be a Red Cross volunteer

Are you looking for a way to meet new people and give back to your local community? Become a volunteer with the American Red Cross. Join the monthly meeting and find out how you can become part of the Red Cross team. Meetings are the second Wednesday of each month. The next meeting will be held at the Truckee Tahoe Airport on Wednesday, May 14, 5:30-7:30 p.m. For more information contact Emergency Services Coordinator Tami Martin at 916-709-3416 or

Patient, family support volunteers needed

Tahoe Forest Hospice is offering a volunteer training in May 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. You can provide companionship and friendship; provide a break (respite) for caregivers; run errands and shopping; do other activities including reading, playing games, gardening and help with meals; hours are flexible. 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.

For details, please call or email Volunteer Coordinator Val Sutter at 530-582-3534 or before May 15.

Be a friendly visitor

The Friendly Visitor Program is seeking Truckee community volunteers who are able to spend an hour a week visiting with a senior or person with a disability who may feel isolated, lonely, or depressed and seeks socialization and more connection with the community. Make a new friend by visiting, playing cards, knitting, scrapbooking, or sharing your favorite hobby. To volunteer contact Maureen Gerecke at FREED Center for Independent Living at 530-477-3333 or 800-655-7732.


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