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.

Running with Tarahumara

Running with Tarahumara is a photographic essay narrated by photographer Luis Escobar. See recent and rare images of the Tarahumara “Running People” of Northern Mexico’s Copper Canyon. This fast moving, 45-minute presentation is open to the public. Topics include Tarahumara, how and why they run and Tarahumara running style, it’s impact on modern American running and traditional Tarahumara Rarajipari bolla racing. Free event Thursday, June 26, 7 p.m. at Alpenglow Sports in Tahoe City. Visit

Tahoe Sierra Century Ride Offers early bird rates

Early bird savings are just a click away when you register before July 1 for the Tahoe Sierra Century Ride, slated for Saturday, Sept. 13.

Benefiting North Tahoe’s middle and high school music programs, this fall favorite has earned praise for its scenic routes, challenging hill climbs (60- and 100- mile routes), full support services and legendary after-party featuring awesome food, drink and live student music. All of the routes start and finish in the Village at Squaw Valley.

For more info or to register, visit

Summer Gymnastics Camp

Truckee Gymnastics Camp students will work on body positions, stretches, flexibility, balance, strength, floor (tumbling), rope climb, bar, vault, beam, rings, stall bars, Tumbl Trak and trampoline. Curriculum follows the new USA Gymnastics Levels 1-5 and USAG Safety guidelines.

Camp includes gymnastics, crafts, team-building, nutrition education and a final demonstration. Level 1, ages 6+, July 11-18; Level 1, ages 6+, July 28-Aug. 1; Levels 2-5, ages 9+, Aug. 11-15. For more information or to enroll contact Truckee Gymnastics at 530-587-7404 or visit

Introducing Acupuncture Happy Hour

Truckee acupuncturist Kaila Cruttenden, owner of Elemental Back & Body, will host an acupuncture happy hour Thursdays, 4-6 p.m. Treatments will consist of 20 minute auricular acupuncture designed specifically to boost energy, improve sleep and alleviate stress. There are no appointments necessary and will include herbal tea and aromatherapy at 10049 Martis Valley Road, Unit E in Truckee. Cost is $20. for information email or call 530-582-0500.

Musikgarten sign-ups open

Sign up now for the popular Musikgarten Series at the Family Resource Center of Truckee with beloved musician and educator- Rita Whitaker Haun, nominated for the Truckee Hometown Sears/Sierra Sun “Teacher of the Year.” Classes offered for infants, toddlers and preschoolers beginning July 21. For more info contact FRCoT at 530-587-2513 or email

How to get unstuck from negatives

UC Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center will present a public lecture on positive psychology with Dr. Alison Ledgerwood. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 17 at the Tahoe Center for Environmental Sciences, 291 Country Club Drive, Incline Village (on the campus of Sierra Nevada College). Cost: $5 donation suggested.

We’ve all noticed it — the failure that runs through our head for days. The snide remark that lingers far longer than a compliment. Why do bad things seem to stick in our minds so much longer than the good things?

Ledgerwood answers these questions with findings from behavioral science research. Recent work in her lab suggests negative thoughts are cognitively “stickier” than positive ones — it’s much easier for our brains to go from good to bad than to move from bad to good. This tendency for our minds to tilt toward the negative has important consequences for understanding our own behavior and the behavior of others. The good news? With some effort, it seems we can retrain our brains to focus on the upsides.

For more information or directions call 775-881-7566, or visit

Sierra Agape Center to take insurance

Sierra Agape Center has offered psychotherapy, meditation training, yoga therapy and massage therapy on a donation or sliding fee basis since May of 2010. In 2014, the implementation of the Affordable Care Act made it possible for many people to obtain insurance coverage for mental health therapy. Grant funding for mental health services has diminished and has become more focused on prevention and wellness, which is a positive change but almost impossible for a small nonprofit in a rural area to be competitive enough to receive funding for mental health services.

Therefore, Kimball C. Pier, Ph.D., LMFT, founder and primary provider of psychotherapy is now accepting all Anthem Blue Cross insurance plans and will bill other insurance companies for clients seeking psychotherapy services. For more information on sliding scale fees, community resources, services and appointments visit

Hike with Carmen

Carmen, your real estate consultant, shares her passion with the community by providing monthly, guided hikes and snowshoe trips of our beautiful backyard and its endless trail systems. Meet at 9 a.m. at the Loch Leven Lakes Trail Head on Saturday, July 19. Call Carmen at 530-448-1643 for directions. Visit for the future hiking schedule as well as fun pictures or email

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