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North Lake Tahoe health and wellness announcements

TAHOE/TRUCKEE, Calif. — 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.

Community blood drive

The 14th annual Fall Community Blood Drive is Friday, Oct. 4, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. in the Incline Village Recreation Center on Incline Way. Make an appointment by calling 775-832-5058 or sign up online at, sponsor code “inclinerec.” Walk-ins are welcome. Remember to eat and drink well before donating, and take your photo ID.

Community acupuncture clinic

Wednesday afternoons through Nov. 27, 3-6 p.m. drop in, no appointment needed at 8611 North Lake Blvd., Kings Beach, above Tahoe Forest Hospice Thrift Store, inside Northshore Chiropractic. Please arrive no later than 5:45 p.m. Cost is $20 for 20-60 minute sessions. For more details call Barbara at 775-750-7619.

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., Oct. 8 and 22; Nov. 19 and 26; Dec. 10 and 17. Naturamed, 8130 North Lake Blvd., Kings Beach, call 530-546-0400 or visit

Mammograms available

Throughout the month of October, Tahoe Forest Hospital will offer a free gift for anyone getting a first-time mammogram. TFH also will hold a drawing for a free mammogram. If you refer a friend who is a first-timer, you both get a free gift. Funding is available for a limited number of screening through a special grant made available by the Susan G Komen for the Cure Foundation. Briner Imaging at Tahoe Forest Hospital offers the latest in digital mammography. Screening exams are quick, easy and read by board-certified radiologists. No doctor order is necessary for a screening mammogram. Follow-up care is available. To schedule call 530-582-6510.

Weight Watchers meeting to move

The North Lake Tahoe Weight Watchers Meeting moved to Wednesday nights at the Tahoe Biltmore in the Nevada Room. Weigh-In 5:30-6 p.m., meeting starts at 6 p.m. New and old members are welcome. Free registration until Oct. 19. Call 1-800-537-6805 for information.

East Coast Swing dance class

For beginners. Are you ready to jump, jive and wail across the dance floor? Regardless of your taste in music, East Coast Swing is one of the most diverse dances you can learn. From 40s/50s rock and roll classic, big band, Motown and jazz, to chart toppers of today, East Coast Swing covers a wide variety of music genres. Learn simple turns and basic moves, plus lead and follow techniques, Wednesdays, Oct. 9, 16, 23 and 30, 7:30-8:15 p.m. Practice 8:15-8:45 p.m. Cost: $50 per person or $40 with IVGID Pass or Recreation Center membership. Instructor: Rebecca Layne. Register: Incline Village Parks and Recreation Department, 980 Incline Way or call 775-832-1310. Class is limited to 24 participants. Leather-soled shoes or dance shoes recommended, please no taps or metal on shoes.

Winter sports conditioning class

Winter sports conditioning focuses on sports specific strength, flexibility, balance, endurance, agility and coordination. Each class will include a warm-up, group drills, stretch, 10-station circuit, sports specific tips and informational handouts. Plus the program will begin and end with a “Ski or Boarding Fitness” assessment. Youth friendly class starts Sunday Oct. 20. Youth ages 9 years and older can attend Sunday classes if accompanied by an adult. Dates: Oct. 14- Dec. 15, Mondays, Wednesday, and Sundays (youth friendly Sundays), 9-10 a.m. at the Incline Village Recreation Center gym. Call 775-832-1310 or register at the front desk. Parents must complete a waiver for each youth attending. Free to Recreation Center members, $15 per adult, $13 senior, or $11 adult and $9 senior with IVGID pass. Winter Sports Conditioning Class Unlimited Pass: Adults $225 ($150 resident), senior $175 ($125 resident), $25 youth (Sundays only).

Lake Tahoe Women Wellness Weekend

Hosted by Granlibakken Resort, Tahoe City, Nov. 9-10, cost $109. Granlibakken Resort will host the annual Lake Tahoe Women’s Wellness Weekend (WWW), Nov. 9 and 10. This long-loved program is alive with a complete schedule of speakers, exercise classes, vendor booths, health fair, food and wine. Medical doctors and health professionals present information on weight management, plastic surgery, addiction, common nutrient deficiencies and more. The event starts on Saturday with an optional yoga class (7 a.m.) and ends with a Zumba Party (4 p.m.) on Sunday. WWW is $109, additional charge for lodging and continuing education credit. Visit for more details and contact for questions.

Shotokan karate

All ages. This class is designed for everyone interested in learning the art of karate. The beginner or the advanced student will be able to make great progress in self-defense and benefit from improved physical and mental health, self-discipline and self-confidence. This is an ongoing class, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 7:10-8:40 p.m. Cost is $77.50, with IVGID pass $62 for 10-class punch card. Recreation Center, Group Fitness Room, with Gregg Henrikson.

Incline aquatics swim team

Ages 6-plus years. Join Incline’s premier swim team for both competitive and novice swimmers. USA Swimming certified coaches will evaluate appropriate level and practice times for each participant. Payment will be on a monthly basis. Scholarships that can equate savings of at least 29 percent are available (inquire at the Parks & Recreation Department Counter). For any other questions contact the Aquatics office at 775-832-1321.

Liquid cardio

All ages. An early morning aqua fitness workout that includes cardiovascular endurance, muscle strength and mobility fitness elements in both shallow and deep water. Mondays and Wednesdays, 7-8 a.m., Recreation Center pool, free for Recreation Center members, $10, with IVGID pass $5. Visit

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