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North Lake Tahoe and Truckee health announcements

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Nevada County flu shot

Get a seasonal flu shot courtesy of the Nevada County Public Health Department at the Joseph Center, 10075 Levon Ave, Truckee, on Thursday, Dec. 5, noon-4 p.m. All ages welcome. Cost is $15. No one is turned away.

Worldwide Candle Lighting

for those who left too soon

The Compassionate Friends Worldwide Candle Lighting unites family and friends around the globe in lighting candles for one hour to honor the memories of the sons, daughters, brothers, sisters, and grandchildren who left too soon. As candles are lit Dec. 8, 2013, 7 p.m. local time, hundreds of thousands of persons commemorate and honor the memory of all children gone too soon.

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Now believed to be the largest mass candle lighting on the globe, the 17th annual Worldwide Candle Lighting, a gift to the bereavement community from The Compassionate Friends, creates a virtual 24-hour wave of light as it moves from time zone to time zone. The event started in the United States in 1997 as a small internet observance, but has since swelled in numbers as word has spread throughout the world of the remembrance. Hundreds of formal candle lighting events are held and thousands of informal candle lightings are conducted in homes as families gather in quiet remembrance of children who have died, but will never be forgotten. Visit http://www.compassionatefriends.org.

Pinnacle Tahoe Volleyball Club Sign-Ups

Online sign-ups for Pinnacle Tahoe Volleyball Club youth girls' teams will be through Nov. 22. Interested volleyball players must sign-up for their respective age-group during these dates to participate this season.

Player assignments will be determined through age-group practices on Dec. 11-12, based on performance, work ethic, attitude, positional needs, and preferences. Pinnacle Tahoe Volleyball Club welcomes players from all schools and communities including Truckee, Tahoe City, Kings Beach, Incline Village, Reno, and beyond. Team members attend two practices per week from January through May at Alder Creek Middle School in Truckee. Teams compete in regional and national level competitions located in Reno, Sacramento, the Bay Area, and Las Vegas. Visit http://www.PinnacleTahoeVolleyball.com, e-mail Mike@PeakVolleyball.com, or call 530-448-0519.

Qi Gong for health

Scientific studies consistently show that the practice of Qi Gong (Tai Chi) strengthens the immune system and reduces the incidence of ailments such as colds. The deep breathing coordinated with slow and gentle movements and overall meditative nature of Qi Gong creates a sense of relaxed "easefullness," and has been shown to decrease hypertension. Qi Gong practice is such that it can be accomplished regardless of physical condition, restrictions and while sitting if necessary. This ancient practice increases our sense of well-being, raises our physical and mental energy and enhances our overall health. Winter classes are held 9 a.m. Tuesday class at Truckee's Community Recreation Center and a Thursday class at 10 a.m., at the Truckee Donner Senior Apartments. Drop-ins are welcome. Call Rolf Godon at 530-587-2557.

NASTC to host early season jumpstart

On Dec. 4-7 Truckee's North American Ski Training Center (NASTC) will offer an early season course designed to boost confidence levels and dial in the technique you need to ski hard the rest of the season. Creating a strong technical platform at the season's start helps you ski better throughout the season. In addition to your skiing technique NASTC's top-notch coaches will assess your equipment and fitness training needs to make sure they are the best fit for you and your goals.

Join Slow Food

Slow Food USA members are the lifeblood of its organization, providing the necessary financial support to power the organization's devotion to living slowly and making "good, clean and fair food for all" a reality. Slow Food membership allows its members to connect with like-minded people. Slow Food members receive special invitations and discounts to local, national and international events. Slow Food Lake Tahoe's offers annual workshops on canning, backyard chicken raising, and homebrewing along with a High Sierra Edible Garden Tour, Cooking Outside the Box (community supported agriculture-inspired dinner and cooking demo) and live local Chefs' Challenge. Slow Food members receive the Food News email digest, highlighting the week's top stories in food and farming and will receive the new Slow Food print magazine starting in April 2014. Slow Food members receive access to special members-only content, including interviews with food movement happening in the Slow Food movement locally, nationally and internationally insiders and seasonal recipes from food personalities across the country. Join Slow Food at http://www.slowfoodlaketahoe.org and click on the red "become a member" button on the home page.

Protect yourself from cold and flu

Intravenous Vitamin C, or "Myers Cocktail" can knock illness back and keep you going. Either a push or a drip, 5-10 grams of Vitamin C with B-vitamins and minerals is known to be anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-fungal. Followed with homeopathic echinacea and /or Engystol to boost the non-specific immune defense system. Catch the illness early and the IV works even as fast as over night. Dr. Ann Sura has used IV Vitamin C for 15 years to treat flu and illness, such as chronic fatigue, and fibromyalgia. Get your Happy Hour B12 shot, cost is $20. Try an add-on for $5 (B-complex and folic acid). Happy Hour, 4-5:30 p.m., Dec. 10 and 17. Naturamed, 8130 North Lake Blvd., Kings Beach, call 530-546-0400 or visit http://www.naturamedtahoe.com.

Acupuncture happy hour

Appointments every 15 minutes and drop ins welcome. Pay on a sliding scale of $25 to $50. Initial 30-minute consultation for new patients is recommended. Acupuncture treats a wide variety of health issues including anxiety, stress, digestion, constipation, allergies, sleep disorders, acute and chronic pain and helps your body to heal itself. Also, enjoy drop in massage available with Alison King, CMT, cost is $1 per minute for 10-30 minute sessions. Get loosened up and get healthy, every Monday, 5-8 p.m. Call 530-386-4851 for more info or visit http://www.joyfullifeacupuncture.com.