North Lake Tahoe and Truckee health and wellness announcements |

North Lake Tahoe and Truckee health and wellness announcements

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 100-175 words.

Quantum Light Breath Meditation

Friday, Feb. 28, 6-7:30 p.m., with Mark Zila at For Goodness Sake, 10157 Donner Pass Road, Truckee. A breathing meditation process that accelerates personal transformation by releasing withheld feelings and revealing unconscious programs. Designed to take participants into an expanded state of consciousness and ultimately into blissful embodiment. Please call 530-550-8981 to register. Take a scarf or bandana for a blindfold and a bottle of water.

Healthy living community coalition meeting

Tuesday March 4, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Hacienda De La Sierra, 931 Tahoe Blvd., Incline Village. Join Healthy Living Incline Village to learn from youth group presentation on the dangers of second-hand smoke. Work together toward smoke-free workplaces and beaches in Incline Village. Refreshments provided. Questions? Contact Lisa Sheretz 775 829-5871, American Lung Association in Nevada. Visit

Weight Watchers meeting changes

Weight Watchers members and guests in the North Lake Tahoe Region, please be advised the weekly Wednesday night meeting held at the Tahoe Biltmore Hotel has temporarily closed and will reopen as a seasonal meeting from April to October (tentative).

Weight Watcher members are invited to attend meetings in Truckee, Zephyr Cove (Round Hill), Reno and Carson City. All meeting times and location addresses can be found on Type in your zip code to find the most convenient location. You may also call 1-800-651-6000.

When the Weight Watcher meetings resume in North Lake Tahoe a notice will be posted in the North Lake Tahoe Bonanza. Postcards will also be mailed out to current North Lake Tahoe WW members.

Bridges Out of Poverty

Tuesday, March 4, Truckee Town Hall, 10 a.m.-noon, presented by Kate Ruttenburg, Tahoe SAFE Alliance. Bridges Out of Poverty provides a set of concepts developed from Dr. Ruby K. Payne’s research on poverty and her book “A Framework for Understanding Poverty.” Ruttenburg will present an overview of topics addressed in the Bridges Out of Poverty Day One Workshops, which you are encouraged to attend on March 28. Community Collaborative of Truckee Tahoe Resource Sharing Meeting, 530-587-1776.

The Friendship Line

The Friendship Line is part of the Mental Health Services Act Prevention and Early Intervention efforts in Nevada County. It is a California Mental Health Services Authority (CalMHSA) funded 24-hour accredited crisis hotline and emotional support warmline for seniors and disabled adults. The Friendship Line is nationally known and accredited by the American Association of Suicidology. Services include: crisis intervention and referrals; well-being telephone check-ins; follow-up home visits for supportive counseling and psychotherapy and more. Specialized counseling and bereavement support for people who have experienced traumatic loss to suicide or sudden death. Call the Friendship Line if you or someone you know is: Age 60+ or a disabled adult; lonely, isolated, depressed — perhaps even at risk of suicide; grieving from a loss or recovering from a trauma; unable to remember medications and appointments; having frequent accidents; lacking a supportive community; in need of emotional support and a friend who knows how to listen; in need of information or referrals for elder care services.

Contact the Friendship Line at 415-752-3778 or find them at

Loving Solutions and Parent Project

Empowering parents of strong willed children, classes are ongoing, call the North Tahoe Family Resource Center for information of to sign up at 530-546-0952. Loving Solutions is a seven-week program offering parents a concrete framework for working with children pre-school through 12 years of age. Parent Project is a 10-week program offer parents a concrete framework for working with children 10 to 18, plus young adults. Program will help you: Identify ideals, rules, and tools for the family; learn techniques and strategies to bring about positive behavior change in your child; respond appropriately to children’s choices; learn about the purpose of time outs and how to use them; structure concrete solutions for challenging situations; improve communication skills within the entire family; understand more about ADHD/ADD; learn how to appropriately respond to emotional children; and recognize and support success. Contact class facilitator Kim Jennings at 530-412-0401 or for classes in Spanish contact Patricia Sarmiento at 530-546-0227.

The North Tahoe Family Resource Center is located at 8321 Steelhead Ave. in Kings Beach. Visit

Volunteer with Disabled Sports

Disable Sports Far West USA is looking for energetic, outgoing people to be on their special events team. This position will include helping to plan and implement fundraisers for Disabled Sports, located at the Alpine Meadows ski resort. Help raise funds crucial to the continuing operation of the adaptive snowsports programs, which helps individuals with disabilities participate in outdoor recreation. These programs provide breakthrough moments and opportunities for success for people with disabilities. Opportunities begin immediately, running through April 5. Opportunities include preparing for the Ability BASH auction and banquet at Squaw Valley on April 4, Wild Winter Wednesdays and the Snow Sculpture contest at River Ranch, Aloha Tuesdays at Jake’s on the Lake, and Fish Taco Night at Sunnyside Resort.

Contact Mary Roll at 530-581-4161, ext. 205,

Patient and family support volunteers needed

Tahoe Forest Hospice is offering a volunteer training in April 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 an opportunity to help patients at end-of-life in your community

Provide companionship and friendship

Provide a break (respite) for caregivers

Errands and shopping

Other activities including reading, playing games, gardening and help with meals

Flexible hours

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 contact Volunteer Coordinator Val Sutter at 530-582-3534 or

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