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.

Truckee High School Soccer Micro 6 fundraiser

Mark your calendar for the seventh annual Sam Brixey Micro 6 Memorial Soccer Tournament to be held Saturday, Aug. 3 at Riverview Sports Park. Proceeds benefit the Truckee High School Soccer program and provide a scholarship in Sam Brixey’s name for a graduating high school senior soccer player. Registration information can be found at Completed registration must be received by July 31. The teams must be co-ed this year and divisions start at U10 and continue through adult brackets. Join a day of soccer and barbecue in Sam’s memory.

Nevada County first West Nile Virus report

Public and Environmental Health Departments were notified by the California Department of Public Health an American crow from the Nevada City area tested positive for West Nile Virus. This is the first bird to test positive in Nevada County for West Nile Virus in 2013. There have been no human or equine cases to date in Nevada County. Most people who get infected with West Nile Virus have no symptoms. About 20 percent of infections lead to fever, headache, and body aches and about 1 percent of infections, especially in the elderly, can have severe neurologic effects like meningitis or paralysis.

To reduce the risk of being infected with West Nile Virus residents are encouraged to: Remain indoors at dawn and dusk when mosquitoes are most active, or wear long sleeves and pants during dusk and dawn. Use a mosquito repellent containing DEET, Picaridin, oil of eucalyptus, or IR3535 as active ingredients. Remove water standing for more than three days from bird baths, pet dishes, flower pots or neglected swimming pools. For more information visit or

UNR grad to swim Lake Tahoe in father’s memory

To benefit the Solace Tree, kick-off event Saturday, Aug. 3, 9 a.m. at King’s Beach. Robby Schlesinger, 23, has spent months preparing to swim the perimeter of Lake Tahoe in the memory of his father, Bob Schlesinger, who accomplished the same feat twice in the early 1990s. While his father swam for charities such as the American Cancer Society and Save the Rainforest, Robby will repeat the swim to benefit the Solace Tree, whose message inspired him after he lost his father five years ago.

The swim will consist of several miles a day in 50-60 degree water, spanning several days. Robby finds motivation in the memory his father for the arduous training. “My dad always prided himself on being the guy that brought people together,” said Robby. Bob Schlesinger swam lake Tahoe 23 years. When Robby was 15, his father was injured in a car accident left him with severe chronic pain. After years of struggling with his condition, Bob Schlesinger took his own life.

As his family grieved, Robby was inspired by the message of the Solace Tree, which provides counseling and a safe environment for those who have experienced a loss to express their grief. In cooperation with Solace Tree Executive Director Emilio Parga, Robby has established Swimming for Solace, which will be collecting donations and pledges to directly support the Solace Tree.

For more information, visit

Doula training

Tahoe’s Connection for Families (TCF) will host a Doula Training Workshop at its parenting education and early childhood development play center located at 761 Northwood Blvd. in Incline Village. A doula is a trained and experienced professional who provides physical, emotional and informational support to a mother during pregnancy, through birth, and also provides support during the postpartum period while mother and child bond. Many studies have shown when doulas are involved in the birth, labors are shorter with less complications, the babies are healthier and breastfeed more easily.

Join instructor Janine Maitri on Sept. 6-8, for a class series on becoming a doula. Introduction to Childbirth, Childbirth Education Class, Sept. 6, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuition: $145, with $20 early bird discount if enrolled at least three weeks in advance. Doula Training Intensive Workshop, Sept. 7 and 8, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuition: $425 with $30 early bird discount if enrolled at least three weeks in advance.

For more information and to register contact Janine Maitri, director and trainer at or call 530-798-3605. Tahoe’s Connections for Families provides parenting education and early childhood development programs for families with infants and toddlers up to pre-school. For information call 775-832-8230 or visit TCF’s facility is available for rent during its non-business hours for community-based workshops and events.

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 Summit Lake Loop Trailhead on Saturday, July 27. Directions: From Truckee take the Boreal exit off Interstate 80, turn left and go under the overpass turn left again and head down the frontage road to the PCT trailhead. From the east end of Snowpark head into medium forest roughly paralleling the freeway. From here you will travel to explore the summit lakes.

Visit for the future hiking schedule as well as fun pictures or call 530-550-5192.

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