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Health announcements for North Lake Tahoe and Truckee

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.

Kick nicotine workshop continues

The Gene Upshaw Memorial Tahoe Forest Cancer Center, in conjunction with the Tahoe Forest Health System Wellness Neighborhood will host a series of workshops to help the community become nicotine-free. Trained clinical psychologists, nutritionists, pharmacists and clinicians will guide you through the process of kicking the nicotine habit. This program offers: Free carbon monoxide testing, relapse prevention support and strategies, learn to quit without gaining weight, learn different techniques to replace nicotine cravings, keep yourself, your children, and non-smoking family members healthy, and save money and improve your quality of life. For more information or to register contact Kirk Ditterich, PsyD, licensed behavioral health clinician 530-582-8207. Meetings held Monday evenings.

Gene Upshaw Memorial, Tahoe Forest Cancer Center, Patient Teaching Library, is located at 10121 Pine Ave. in Truckee.

Heggarty receives California Psychiatric Association award

The Nevada County Health & Human Services Agency is pleased to announce the California Psychiatric Association has awarded conjointly to Director of Health Michael Heggarty and Presiding Judge Tom Anderson the 2014 CPA Ed Rudin Award.

In 1990, Dr. Captane Thomson (husband of former Assemblywomen Helen Thomson) was instrumental in establishing the CPA’s Ed Rudin Award. Dr. Rudin (the spouse of another elected official, former Sacramento Mayor Ann Rudin) established the original CPA government relations effort in the 1970s followed by many years of effective state government relations advocacy by the CPA on behalf of patients and the profession of psychiatry. In Dr. Rudin’s memory, the CPA honors individuals for outstanding statewide policy contribution to bettering the lives and treatment of individuals with mental illness in California.

Yoga For Life fundraiser

Tahoe Forest Health System will present a Yoga for Life Fundraiser to support those living with cancer on Sunday, Aug. 10, at the Truckee Regional Park baseball diamond, 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. and class begins promptly at 8:30 a.m. The minimum donation is $25 in advance, $35 day of event. This is an all-level yoga experience taught by local instructors Shari Beard, Nikki Dean, Lynne Gardner, Meg McCraken and Meghan Ruiz.

Participants are encouraged to raise donations from friends, family and businesses. Register online at, or at the Community Recreation Center, 8924 Donner Pass Road, Truckee. 100 percent of the proceeds will directly provide free supportive care programs to cancer patients and their families at the Gene Upshaw Memorial Tahoe Forest Cancer Center.

For more information contact Nikki Dean at 530-587-3769 or

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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., Peter Grubb Hut Trail Head Trail Head on Saturday, Aug. 16. Directions: From Truckee take the Boreal exit off I-80, turn right and go up the road until you reach the gate where you can park. Call 530-448-1643 for info or visit for the future hiking schedule and pictures.

Tahoe Sierra Century Ride slated for September

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. The Tahoe Sierra Century Ride is slated for Saturday, Sept. 13.

All of the routes start and finish in the Village at Squaw Valley. The 30-mile route is a novice ride between Squaw Valley and the west end of Donner Lake. The 60-mile route heads to Donner Lake, then climbs over Donner Pass, along Highway 40 and follows it to Big Bend before returning to Squaw Valley. The century ride follows the north shore of Lake Tahoe, then crosses Brockway Summit to Tahoe Donner and Donner Lake before climbing Donner Summit and returning to Squaw Valley.

For more info or to register, visit

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.

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