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North Lake Tahoe and Truckee health and wellness announcements

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Become a Hospice volunteer

Tahoe Forest Tahoe Forest Hospice needs patient and family support volunteers in the Truckee-Tahoe area.

Volunteering is a great opportunity to help patients at end-of-life in your community.

Provide companionship and friendship

Provide a break (respite) for caregivers

Run errands and do shopping

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

Flexible hours

Training is online and can be completed in your own home. Contact Volunteer Coordinator Val Sutter for more information at 530-582-3534 or

Tahoe Forest Hospice Services serves patients in the Truckee/Tahoe area, Incline Village, and parts of eastern Plumas and Sierra Counties.

B12 Happy Hour

Get your Happy Hour B12 shot on Sept. 9 and 23; Oct. 7 and 21; Nov. 4 and 18; Dec. 2 and 16 for an energy boost. Cost is $20 a savings of over 50 percent for new patients. All happy hours are from 4-5:30 p.m. Try an add-on for $5 (B-Complex, B6, folic acid).

Your body needs B12 to create energy. It is not well absorbed from the diet or in capsule form.

Everyone can benefit from a B12 shot — especially those who live a busy life, athletes, seniors, vegetarians, vegans and people on prescription medications.

After B12 injections many patients feel a natural (not jittery) boost in energy.

Appointments are strongly suggested (though not required!) by calling 530-546-0400 or first come, first served.

NaturaMed Natural Family Medicine is located at 8130 North Lake Blvd. in Kings Beach. Visit or find NaturaMed at

Tahoe Sierra Century Ride for band programs

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

High Sierra Edible Garden Tour

Join Slow Food Lake Tahoe for a tour of local, Sierra edible gardens on Sunday, Sept. 14, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Get inspired by gardens of all shapes and sizes — from a beginner container garden to a high production perma culture greenhouse. Participants will leave with ideas for their own garden space and a few resources to get started! Begin at the Truckee Demonstration Garden at the Truckee Regional Park and then proceed, caravan style, to a variety of Truckee home gardens. Light refreshments will be served throughout. Please take hats, sunglasses and water. Children are welcome to participate for free.

This event builds on Slow Food Lake Tahoe’s mission to reconnect the community to the enjoyment of local, seasonal and sustainable food. Tickets may be purchased at Tickets are $10 for Slow Food Lake Tahoe members and $15 for non-members.

Benefit for Sarah Kurtz

On Sept. 16, 7 p.m., please join the Got Love Foundation benefit concert, featuring Tahoe favorites Funky Miracle, at Tahoe City’s new emerging hot spot, Moe’s Original BBQ for a fundraiser to help support Sarah Kurtz and her fight against breast cancer.

Sarah, a very familiar face at local outdoor and music events, is an amazing longtime Tahoe/Reno local who works in the neonatal intensive care unit at Renown hospital in Reno, Nev. When Sarah is not taking care of all the beautiful babies she works with, she enjoys hiking and yoga. Most of all, she likes to boogie down to all the great music our area has to offer.

All proceeds will benefit Sarah’s fight against breast cancer.

Tickets are $15. A silent auction with lift tickets, lodging, yoga classes, jewelry, restaurant discounts, and much more will be going on throughout the evening.

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.

Friday Night Live turns 30

Last month, Nevada County Public Health staff joined with 48 other counties to celebrate 30 years of youth development in the field of Alcohol, Tobacco and Drug Prevention at the Annual FNL Leadership Training Institute held in Visalia, Calif. At the Training Institute, Nevada County’s FNL Coordinator Shannon Glaz was invited to host a workshop with a fellow coordinator from Tehama County. The workshop showcased Nevada County’s work with local youth advocates in Tobacco Prevention. Shannon and her counterpart delivered two consecutive 90-minute workshops.

They shared lessons on what has worked well with the local program, and gave others in the field new ideas and tips on how they can engage young people in creating change in their communities. The California Friday Night Live Partnership (FNL) was developed in 1984 by the California Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs, now the California Department of Healthcare Services and the California Office of Traffic Safety. FNL began as a pilot program dedicated to reducing deaths and injuries caused by teen motorists driving under the influence of alcohol and other drugs. Today FNL builds partnerships for healthy youth development across 56 counties.

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