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North Lake Tahoe 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.

Clearwater Day Spa open house, benefit

Clearwater Day Spa in Tahoe City is throwing a Client Appreciation Party on Dec. 18, 5-8 p.m. The spa will also be a hub for donations to Tahoe SAFE Alliance on that day and throughout the month. Celebrate the season with drinks, appetizers, and raffle prizes. Keeping with the holiday spirit, donations for Tahoe SAFE Alliance include everyday household items or find a wish list on Clearwater’s Facebook page or There will be drinks, appetizers, massages, a raffle, and 20 percent off all products. Clearwater Day Spa is located at 690 North Lake Blvd., Ste.1-2, Tahoe City. Call 530-583-3141 for information.

Junior Biathlon program and clinics

In the spirit of this Olympic year, Tahoe Donner Cross Country Ski Center is offering a new Junior Biathlon program led by former U.S. biathlon team member Tom McElroy for children in second through eighth grade.

Children will be coached to improve skiing skills and learn marksmanship and gun safety using specially designed, 100-percent safe, laser biathlon rifles. There will be eight after-school lessons held on Tuesdays, Jan. 14-March, 3:45-5 p.m. Participants must have basic ski handling skills. The cost of the program is $120.

Tahoe Donner will also be offering new biathlon clinics for adults and children. After range instruction and a brief history participants will ski or snowshoe a short loop and then practice shooting skills with an elevated heart rate. This is a 1.5-hour clinic from 10-11:30 a.m. for ages 13 and older or 11:30 a.m. -1 p.m. for juniors ages 7-12. Cost $30; trail pass required. The clinics will be held Dec. 22, Jan. 5, Jan. 12, Feb. 8, and Feb. 17.

Endurance snowshoe hikea

Beginning Jan. 4, all Saturdays through March, 8:30 a.m. to noon. Start with a hot buffet breakfast at Stella restaurant then head to Donner Summit. Tahoe Trips and Trails will provide snowshoes, poles and knowledgeable guides who will share Donner Pass area history. The spectacular scenery and crisp mountain air will be a sweet reward. Breakfast, handcrafted snacks, hot beverages and guides are included. $80 per person. Call 530-587-2251 or visit

Join the American Red Cross

Are you looking for a way to meet new people and give back to your local community? Become a volunteer with the American Red Cross. Join the monthly meeting and find out how you can become part of the Red Cross team. The next meeting will be held at the Truckee Airport on Wednesday, Jan. 8, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Contact Emergency Services Coordinator Tami Martin at 916-709-3416 or for information.

Radon: What you don’t know could hurt you

The 2014 monthly lecture series from UC Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center begins Jan. 28 with a presentation on the dangers of radon. Eric Matus of the Nevada Radiation Control Program will lead a public lecture titled “Radon: What you don’t know could hurt you” beginning at 6 p.m. at the Tahoe Center for Environmental Sciences.

Radon is a colorless, odorless, radioactive gas that naturally emanates from rocks, soil and water. Unfortunately, radon can accumulate in a home and can cause serious health problems. The Environmental Protection Agency estimates that 21,000 people in the United States die from radon-induced lung cancer each year — more than those who die from drunk driving, falls in the home, or secondhand smoke.

Matus will present an overview of radon, where radon originates, where it’s found, what it can do to you, how to test for it and what to do if your home has a radon problem. Free test kits will be offered to Nevada residents.

Eric Matus is a health physicist with the State of Nevada Radiation Control Program, within the Division of Public and Behavioral Health. He assesses and controls unnecessary exposure to ionizing radiation. He holds a B.S. in Environmental and Natural Resource Science from UNR, and studied health physics at Oak Ridge Associated Universities.

The Tahoe Center for Environmental Sciences is located at 291 Country Club Drive in Incline Village on the campus of Sierra Nevada College.

For more information or directions call 775-881-7566, or visit

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