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North Lake Tahoe health and wellness 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.

Team Firestoppers blazes through Washoe County

The American Red Cross recently partnered with the North Lake Tahoe Fire Protection District to make homes more fire safe by installing free smoke detectors in area homes on Oct. 26. The event, called Team Firestoppers, allowed recipients to receive the smoke detector for free, in addition to information on how to use it. The American Red Cross is also working with the hearing community to install specialized smoke detectors in homes of those who are deaf or hard of hearing. Gary Olsen of the Nevada Association of the Deaf, and Aaron Kenneston, the emergency manager for Washoe County, acquired 200 specialized smoke detectors that use light and vibration to alert residents of potential danger. If you have questions about the program, call Hunter Isgrig with the American Red Cross at 775-276-0052.

Patient and family support volunteers needed

Tahoe Forest Hospice is offering a volunteer training Nov. 5 and 6 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 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 shopping; other activities including reading, playing games, gardening and help with meals; all with 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. There is no charge. For details contact Val Sutter, volunteer coordinator at 530-582-3534 or

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.

Pinnacle Tahoe Volleyball Club Sign-Ups

Online sign-ups for Pinnacle Tahoe Volleyball Club youth girls’ teams will be Nov. 12-22. Interested volleyball players must sign-up for their respective age-group during these dates to participate this season.

All players returning from Pinnacle Tahoe Volleyball Club last club season can sign up Nov. 12-13, with guaranteed acceptance in the club. Open enrollment sign-ups are Nov. 14-22. Registration will automatically close when each age-group is full. Pinnacle Tahoe Volleyball Club will offer teams in the 18-and-under (11th-12th grade), 16-and-under (ninth-10th grade), 14-and-under (seventh-eighth grade), and 12-and-under (sixth grade and below) age-groups. 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 is a nonprofit youth sports organization that specializes in training and competitive play for girls’ volleyball. The club is affiliated and has background checks with USA Volleyball, AAU and Jackson Sports Academy. The 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. Based on the age-group schedules, teams compete in regional and national level competitions located in Reno, Sacramento, the Bay Area, and Las Vegas. For information or to sign up visit, e-mail, or call 530-448-0519.

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

Red Ribbon contest announced

The National Family Partnership (NFP) announced the national contest for its 28th annual Red Ribbon Week, Oct. 23-31. This public service campaign helps parents and teachers prevent youth drug and alcohol abuse. Here’s how to enter to win $1,000 for your K-12 school and an iPad for the home: Students take the Red Ribbon Week message home by working alongside parents to decorate their front door, mailbox or fence with a red ribbon and this year’s theme “A Healthy Me Is Drug Free.” Take a photo with the family and your Red Ribbon Week decoration, then upload to by Nov. 4 (must be 18+ to upload your photos).

The voting begins! Ask your family and friends to vote for your entry at Nov. 5-19.

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.

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