Health and wellness announcements for Truckee and North Lake Tahoe |

Health and wellness announcements for Truckee and North Lake Tahoe

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.

Raja Yoga Refreshed

A mental yoga class now offered by Truckee-Donner Recreation and Park District. Dr. Diane Kern, marriage and family therapist, registered yoga instructor and former college professor will integrate a simple mental yoga with cutting-edge science from consciousness studies.

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Mobilize mind power to heal yourself and enhance your performance in all endeavors. This is not a physical yoga so no mats needed. Your mind is working on your behalf 24/7. Learn to work with it, not against it, Tuesdays, April 15, May 13 and June 19, 6:30-8 p.m., Community Recreation Center, 8924 Donner Pass Road, Truckee. Cost: $25 for one class, $60 for early registration for all three (recommended). Call 530-582-7720 or visit to sign up.

Endurance Training Program

Pre-summer training with an eight-week course designed to help athletes (of all levels) pre-train for summer sports. Benefits include: VO2 test to determine your heart rate zones; pre- and post-class functional assessment; supervised strength and power circuit training; individualized daily workout plan; educational seminars. April 14-June 5, Mondays and Thursdays, 5:15-6:15 p.m. Cost is $225. Limited to 10 participants. Call 530-587-3769 to register. Taught by Certified Personal Trainer Lynette Talbott. Class is open to all ability levels. Tahoe Center for Health and Sports Performance, 10710 Donner Pass Road, Truckee.

Teen alcohol forum

Since 1987, the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc. (NCADD) celebrates the month of April as National Alcohol Awareness Month.

Join an interactive live telephone town hall forum “Keeping Our Teens Healthy and Drug Free.” The TT-FWDD Coalition will host this free telephone forum with experts from the North Tahoe/Truckee community on April 21, 7-8 p.m. This call is geared toward parents and community members to keep local youth safe from exposure of alcohol and drugs associated with summer and celebratory events.

Locally registered voters will automatically receive a call on their home phone that evening. If you are not a registered voter, only have a cell phone or want to call in, sign up at

Daylong meditation instruction

Wednesday, April 23, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.; Sundays, April 27 and May 18, noon-5 p.m., For Goodness Sake with Polly Ryan, MA. Appropriate for beginning and advanced students. Focus on both seated and walking meditation: development of Shamatha (meditative quiescence) and Vipassana (meditative insight) through the exploration of techniques taught in the Satipatana (four foundations of mindfulness) and Anipanasati (mindfulness of breathing) Sutras. Take a sack lunch for a 30-minute lunch break. Suggested donation: $40-60 per session. No one turned away for lack of funds. Also available by Web Ex. Register at FGS, 10157 Donner Pass Road in Truckee or call 530-550-8981.

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 Peter Grubb Hut Trail Head Trail Head on Saturday, April 26. From Truckee take the Boreal exit off Interstate 80, turn right and go up the road until you reach the gate where you can park. It is also the “Castle Peak” trail head. Don’t forget the snowshoes — just in case! For more info call 530-550-5192. Visit for the future hiking schedule as well as fun pictures.

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.

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 Sherrif 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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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

Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe Wellness Weekend

Escape to the forest sanctuary where nature abounds, bringing water and the woods into balance and harmony through modern, results-oriented treatments at the Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe’s Wellness Weekend Retreat, May 16-18. This two-night package will include deluxe guest room accommodations for two guests, a welcome reception in The Ritz-Carlton Spa, Lake Tahoe, each guest’s choice of one featured Spring Spa Treatment per person, per stay, access to a series of wellness classes including sunrise yoga, guided hikes, fitness classes and the daily resort fee, which includes access to spa relaxation areas and more. Package starts at $389 per night with a two-night minimum stay exclusive of tax. For more information and reservations call 530-562-3000 or visit


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