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The Great Mother Prajna Paramita meditation practice

Sunday, Sept. 7, noon-5 p.m. Polly Ryan, MA, MFT will give a teaching and transmission of The Great Mother Prajna Paramita Meditation Practice at For Goodness Sake in Truckee as well as the Internet. Polly is a senior student and authorized teacher of Lama Tsultrim Allione of Tara Mandala Retreat Center. Two years consistent meditation is recommended or permission from the teacher. Suggested Dana is $40 to $65, no one will be turned away due to lack of funds. Please call For Goodness Sake Truckee at 530-550-8981 to register.

Mindfulness-based stress reduction series

Class meets Tuesdays, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Sept. 23 through Nov. 11, plus a Saturday retreat, Nov. 1, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Free orientation/screening class on Tuesday, Sept. 10, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction has been proven to give lasting benefits such as:

More balanced attitude toward life’s challenges.

Reduction in symptoms of stress.

Overcoming addictive behaviors.

Decreased anxiety and depression.

Improved immune function, health and well-being.

The course includes: Mindful meditation gentle movement (yoga/Qi gong), mindful eating, group discussion, understanding of physiology of stress.

Early registration: $200 for eight-week series before Sept. 17, late registration: $225. Includes workbook, guided meditation CD, day retreat and individual instruction. Eligible for 22 Nursing Contact Hours for CA BRN. Call 530-587-3769 or stop by the Tahoe Center for Health and Sports Performance, 10710 Donner Pass Road in Truckee to register.

Class is open to all ability levels. No meditation experience necessary. Taught by Jackie Griffin, RN, BS.

County purchases subscription to grant searching database

​The County of Nevada, in partnership with the Center for Nonprofit Leadership, is providing a new grant searching database tool free of charge. The grant searching database, EfficientGov, focuses on grants and foundation funding for municipalities and nonprofit entities, making it possible to identify thousands of opportunities to leverage current assets and programming through additional financial sources.

EfficientGov is an information service that tracks solutions to fiscal and operational challenges. Their two-fold operation allows agencies to search for applicable grants while also receiving news and information regarding industry trends and innovative approaches to address service and budget gaps.

The database is accessible at no cost through the Nevada County Library’s website at http://www.mynevadacounty.com/nc/library. The site allows for unlimited access and does not have a time cap per visit. The County of Nevada is making this service available for one year.

The Center for Non Profit Leadership is letting nonprofit organizations and community partners know this database is available. The Center is a resource for nonprofit organizations and individuals in Nevada County and the Sierra region. The Center works to strengthen nonprofit organizations through workshops, executive leadership seminars, on-site coaching and mentoring, and public advocacy. Visit http://www.cnlsierra.org.

For more info contact County Librarian Laura Pappani 530-265-7078.

Parent Project and Loving Solutions

Now enrolling. Loving Solutions is an award winning eight-week program offering parents a concrete framework for working with children pre-school age to 12 years old. Facilitators provide support and step-by-step instruction on how to handle highly emotional and/or impulsive younger children.

Parent Project offers parents straightforward, step-by-step solutions for their teens 13 to 18+ years old over a series of eight-week class sessions. The practical, supportive class helps with children experiencing failing grades, school suspension, oppositional behavior, drug use and other challenging behaviors.

For answers to your questions and to enroll in the upcoming Parent Project or Loving Solutions session call Ana Liz Servin-Bancroft, North Tahoe Family Resource Center program manager at 530-546-0952.

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

Overeaters Anonymous

Compulsive overeaters are invited to a new weekly meeting of Overeaters Anonymous. Overeaters Anonymous offers support, hope, and strength, at a new meeting in North Lake Tahoe, Mondays, 6-7 p.m. at St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church, 341 Village Blvd., Incline Village. Overeaters Anonymous (OA) is not a religious organization or a diet club. OA is a worldwide fellowship, with more than 7,000 meetings in approximately 80 countries. There are no dues, fees, or weigh-ins. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop eating compulsively. Members of OA range from the morbidly obese to the anorexic and bulimic. These individuals experience many different symptoms, and have various difficulties with food. What they have in common is the admission they were powerless over food and their lives had become unmanageable as a result. OA members work together to recover from compulsive eating. OA is a 12-step program, patterned after Alcoholics Anonymous. Participants work through the 12 steps with a sponsor. Weekly meetings offer group support and welcome anyone who might be in need of help. OA members maintain anonymity, which enables the group to offer unconditional acceptance and support for all. For more information visit http://www.oa.org, locally http://www.nnsi.oar2.org or call 775-745-6807.

Veterans’ family wellness program

Welcome Home Vets, Inc. began the Veterans’ Family Wellness four-week series July 29, covering topics including: PTSD, TBI and military-related psychological trauma; military culture and the warrior spirit; alcohol, drugs and codependency; and medications. The last class will be held Tuesday evening from 6-7:30 p.m. at the Welcome Home Vets’ office, 248 Mill St., Grass Valley. The class remaining is Aug. 26, Medications and PTSD.

For information call 530-272-3300.

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