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North Lake Tahoe community announcements

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — Content for the weekly Health and Wellness section is selected from e-mail submissions to Bonanza editor Kevin MacMillan at Please send the 5w’s: who, what, when, where and why, plus website and contact information.

Free lecture, food tasting

Learn how you can support your health and reduce your risk of colorectal cancer by joining us for a free lecture and food tasting on Friday, March 21 at noon in the Community Room at Incline Village Community Hospital, or Monday, March 24 at 5:30 p.m. in the Eskridge Conference Room at Tahoe Forest Hospital. Dr. Charles Zipkin, MD, and Betsy Taylor, RD, will share the benefits of screening and prevention with cooking tips and delicious cancer prevention foods.

Tahoe SAFE Alliance seeks volunteers; announces training

Tahoe SAFE Alliance announced the schedule for its eight-week Crisis Intervention Training, an intensive 68-hour course being held on a combination of evenings and Saturdays, beginning April 8 at the D.W. Reynolds’s Non-Profit Center in Incline Village.

Topics covered during the training include the basics of domestic violence and sexual assault, cultural diversity, substance abuse, legal issues of domestic violence and sexual abuse, acquaintance rape, child abuse, suicide, peer counseling and crisis intervention techniques.

Graduates are provided with a certificate of completion and recognized as able to work in Crisis Intervention and Peer Counseling. Volunteers at Tahoe SAFE Alliance who work with clients must successfully complete the Crisis Intervention Training. The full calendar and volunteer application are available at Apply by March 21.

For more information call Jessica Brown, crisis advocacy manager at 775-298-0182 or

Be the act of kindness

Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate, in conjunction with the North Tahoe Family Resource Center of Kings Beach, will join together to give back to the community and is asking for donations for those who are less fortunate.

Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate will accept clothing, food, financial contributions and grocery/gift cards at both Tahoe City and Truckee offices through May 8, 2014. No donation is too small. Be the change you want to see in the world!

For more information contact Lexie Poulsen at 530-583-4004. Donation drop off locations: Truckee BHG Office, 10044 Donner Pass Road, No. 101, next to Bar of America in downtown Truckee; Tahoe City BHG, 950 North Lake Blvd., Ste. 12, next to Coffee Connexion in Tahoe City.

Climbing competition

High Altitude Fitness to host the first Regional SCS Competition followed by a locals climbing competition: Tahoe Top-Out. High Altitude Fitness will host this season’s first Sport Climbing Series (SCS) competition in the Northern California region on March 22, 10 a.m.; the youth competition will be followed by a local competition at 4 p.m. Compete for a chance to win cash and prizes. Winnings: $1,500 cash purse; first $450, second $200, third $100. (Male and female open categories). Registration for the SCS Competition is at 9 a.m.; $25. Awards take place at 2 p.m.

Registration for Tahoe Top-Out is at 3 p.m.; $16 (free for members). Climbing begins at 4 p.m. and awards are after 7 p.m.

Souper Wagon food truck will sell hot soups and sandwiches. High Altitude will sell raffle tickets; proceeds will increase cash winnings and also support Team FLASH. Located at 880 Northwood Blvd., Incline Village, visit or call 775-831-4212 for information.

Affordable lab screenings

Affordable lab tests and screenings each month at the Tahoe Forest Laboratory Draw Station in Truckee, Calif. and Incline Village Community Hospital in Incline Village. No appointment is necessary. Regular physical exams by your healthcare provider and screening tests are an important part of preventive healthcare.

Tahoe Forest Laboratory Draw Station, 10956 Donner Pass Road, Ste. 230, Truckee, Calif., inside the Medical Office Building. Second Wednesday of the month, 7-9 a.m., April 9, May 14, June 11, July 9, Aug. 13, Sept. 10, Oct. 8, Nov. 12, and Dec. 10. For more information call 530-582-3277.

Incline Village Community Hospital, 880 Alder Ave., Incline Village. Second Friday of the month, 8-9 a.m., April 11, May 9, June 13, July 11, Aug. 8, Sept. 12, Oct. 10, Nov. 14, and Dec. 12. For more information call 775-833-4100.

Complete blood count (without differential) $12; comprehensive metabolic panel (fasting required) $28; lipid panel (fasting required) $33; Vitamin D, 25 hydroxy $42; hemoglobin A1C $27; TSH, thyroid stimulating hormone $32; PSA, prostate specific antigen $83.

Patients should fast for 10-12 hours prior to lab test. This service is a low cost laboratory screening that is not necessarily reimbursable by your insurance company. Photo ID is required. Cash, checks and credit cards are accepted.

Tests are available to individuals 18 years or older.

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

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.

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

Season for Nonviolence Weekly Meetings

On Wednesdays, through April 9, 6-7 p.m. “Be the Change Visioning and Meditations” will be held at the Center for Spiritual Living Tahoe-Truckee, 700 North Lake Blvd., Tahoe City, above the Tahoe City Marina. Join ministerial student Maggie Wattle and to focus on and create a more peaceful, nonviolent existence for the world. This coincides with the annual Season for Peace and Nonviolence ( Love donation accepted.

“A Season for Nonviolence is a national 64-day educational, media, and grassroots campaign dedicated to demonstrating that nonviolence is a powerful way to heal, transform, and empower our lives and our communities. Inspired by the 50th and 30th memorial anniversaries of Mahatma Gandhi and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., this international event honors their vision for an empowered, nonviolent world.” ( For more information call 530-581-5117.

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