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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.

Kid’s Day to benefit cancer foundation

Boomtown Casino Hotel celebrates its 50th birthday this month, showcasing its multi-million dollar renovations in a series of events. Kids’ Day will be held at the Boomtown Fun Center April 29 and is free to the public, 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Contributions and donations received through Kids’ Day will benefit Northern Nevada Children’s Cancer Foundation. Kids of all ages and their parents are invited to come enjoy the new and old arcade favorites with a free wrist band. The Fun Center offers a Flight simulator, mini golf course, bounce house, new games, a 100-year-old carousel and more.

Gaming Reno acquired the property in June 2012 and after six months of seeking guest and team member guidance, invested “necessary capital” in new restaurants and bars, new slots, table games, sports book, poker and keno.

For details about the event, upcoming entertainment, or to visit Boomtown Casino Hotel, go to

Prescription Drug Round Up

On April 26 local and federal agencies will partner to sponsor the Washoe County Prescription Drug Round Up. The Washoe County Sheriff’s Office, Reno Police Department and Sparks Police Department, collaborate with the DEA, Join Together Northern Nevada, and community partners to offer this event to Washoe County residents. Round Ups in Washoe County have collected over 1 million prescription pills. Prescription drug abuse has been declared an epidemic by the Centers for Disease Control. Nevada has one of the highest rates in the country of prescription drug overdose deaths – between 2009 and 2011, there were 2,082 prescription drug overdose deaths in Nevada, with 110 of those occurring in Washoe County. Medications, including household prescription and over the counter pills and liquids, can be dropped off at the Round Up event with no questions asked. Prescription waste or expired/surplus medications from commercial pharmaceutical companies and medical offices are not accepted. Citizens are asked to take medications in their original containers if possible, and may mark out the patient’s name. Volunteers from Northern Nevada HOPES will collect residential sharps.

Round Up Locations, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.; Raley’s, 18144 Wedge Pkwy.; Smith’s, 750 S. Meadows Blvd.; Scolari’s, 8165 S. Virginia St.; Save Mart, 4995 Kietzke Lane, 565 E. Prater Way and 9750 Pyramid Lakes; Walgreens, 10370 N. McCarran Blvd.;

Permanent prescription drug drop boxes are available at Washoe County Sheriff’s Office, 911 Parr Blvd.; Reno Police Department, 455 E. 2nd St. and Sparks Police Department, 1701 East Prater Way.

Additional information available at or call Reserve Lt. Teresa Aquila at 775-240-2308.

Weight Watcher Meetings to resume

Weight Watchers will resume their weekly meetings at the Tahoe Biltmore Hotel, the Nevada Room, starting on Wednesday, April 30.

Weigh-in shall begin at 5:15 p.m. and the meeting will start at 5:45 p.m. Weight Watcher members and guests are invited to attend. If you have any questions visit or call 800-651-6000.

L.I.T.E. – Leaders in Training Education Program

Grades: sixth-12th. Learn about leadership, asset development, responsibility and service to others while gaining valuable work experience for future jobs. LITE’s assist Recreation Leaders with youth programs and help lead activities, games, sports, and crafts. Field trips to various locations are included in fee. Program fee per week is $50, $40 with IVGID Pass. Applications are due Friday, May 9 for Summer Camp 2014. Call 775-832-1310 for details.

Salsa — again

Wednesdays from 7:30-8:45 p.m. Salsa (novice-level), a very popular energetic Latin dance with crisp turns and sharp moves! It originated in New York with strong influences from Latin America, particularly Cuba and Puerto Rico. Novice Salsa is fun and fast … but not too fast! The goal of novice-level dancing is to become comfortable with basic dance fundamentals, then apply them to a style of dance.

Register: Incline Village Parks and Recreation Department at 980 Incline Way.

Overeaters Anonymous

Compulsive overeaters are invited to a new weekly meeting of Overeaters Anonymous. Overeaters Anonymous offers support, hope, and strength, at a new meeting in North Lake Tahoe, Mondays, 6-7 p.m. at St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church, 341 Village Blvd., Incline Village. Overeaters Anonymous (OA) is not a religious organization or a diet club. OA is a worldwide fellowship, with more than 7,000 meetings in approximately 80 countries. There are no dues, fees, or weigh-ins. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop eating compulsively. Members of OA range from the morbidly obese to the anorexic and bulimic. OA is a 12-step program, patterned after Alcoholics Anonymous. Participants work through the 12 steps with a sponsor. Weekly meetings offer group support and welcome anyone who might be in need of help. OA members maintain anonymity, which enables the group to offer unconditional acceptance and support for all. For more information visit, locally or call 775-745-6807.

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

Affordable lab screenings

A simple way to start taking charge of your health. Affordable lab tests and screenings each month at two convenient locations, 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.

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

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., May 14, June 11, July 9, Aug. 13, Sept. 10, Oct. 8, Nov. 12, and Dec. 10. For more information call 530-582-3277.

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