North Lake Tahoe health and wellness announcements

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.

Gear up for Girls on the Run

Washoe County is back to school and GOTR-S is gearing up for a record 14 teams. Program registration is on a first come, first served basis, so register now to ensure a spot on the team at, search “Sierras.”

Living My Life Purpose series

Have you been wanting to hone in on the true calling of your life? Use materials from Marcia Sutton and Lloyd Strom, who developed exercises and readings to help live in accordance with divine purpose. Goals are to become clearer about this purpose and to align with it to make the world a better place. Address the spiritual nature of our lives, what to practice for this to be increasingly expressed.

Fridays, 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Aug. 15 to Sept. 29, Center for Spiritual Living Tahoe-Truckee, 700 North Lake Blvd., Tahoe City (above Marina).

Fee of $160 includes materials and eight classes. Donna Axton is the facilitator. Call 530-581-5117 or email Marcia Sutton and Lloyd Strom have created a brilliant body of work that engages us in the process of conscious, thoughtful co-creation with the divinity within us.

Hike with Carmen

Carmen, your real estate consultant, shares her passion with the community by providing monthly, guided hikes and snowshoe trips of our beautiful backyard and its endless trail systems. Meet at 9 a.m., Peter Grubb Hut Trail Head Trail Head on Saturday, Aug. 16. Directions: From Truckee take the Boreal exit off I-80, turn right and go up the road until you reach the gate where you can park. Call 530-448-1643 for info or visit for the future hiking schedule and pictures.

Mindfulness-based stress reduction

Introductory workshop. Explore the effects of stress and how to cultivate more effective coping strategies with Introduction to Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction at the Tahoe Center for Health and Sports Performance, Tuesday, Aug. 19, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

The workshop consists of mindfulness meditation, gentle movement (yoga, Qi Gong), mindful eating and class discussion on ways to cultivate a more calm and healthy life.

Experience lasting benefits: Increased self-awareness, trust and acceptance; more accepting attitude toward life’s challenges; decrease in stress-related symptoms; decrease in addictive behaviors; significant decrease in anxiety and depression; improved concentration and creativity; improved immune function; and increase in stress resilience.

Cost is $35. Call 530-587-3769 or stop by the Center’s front desk at 10710 Donner Pass Road, Truckee.

Taught by Jackie Griffin, RN, BSN of Holistic Pathways. Workshop is open to all ability levels. No meditation experience necessary.

Paddleboard yoga on Lake Tahoe

Who needs a yoga mat? Climb on a stand-up paddleboard (SUP) and experience yoga in a whole new way. Build endurance, balance, full body strength and coordination. Heighten your level of awareness and tap into your sense of playfulness and humor. Pack your smile along with sunscreen, swim shirt and towel. Paddleboards will be provided and class begins with a brief paddleboard lesson. Participants will paddle along the shoreline starting at Ski Beach, then return to Incline Beach for one hour of yoga on the SUP. Your instructor Jennifer will customize the class to meet individual levels of experience. Pre-registration required.

Session 2: Aug. 21 and 28. Fee: $84 (two-class session) $64 with IVGID pass (two-class session).

Meet instructor at 8:30 a.m. at Ski Beach 967 Lakeshore Blvd. Class starts promptly at 9 a.m.

Pre-register: Incline Village Parks & Recreation Counter at 980 Incline Way or call 775-832-1310. Class is limited to 10 participants. Visit

If a class is cancelled due to weather, a make-up date or refund will be provided.

Kick nicotine workshop continues

The Gene Upshaw Memorial Tahoe Forest Cancer Center, in conjunction with the Tahoe Forest Health System Wellness Neighborhood will host a series of workshops to help the community become nicotine-free. Trained clinical psychologists, nutritionists, pharmacists and clinicians will guide you through the process of kicking the nicotine habit. This program offers: Free carbon monoxide testing, relapse prevention support and strategies, learn to quit without gaining weight, learn different techniques to replace nicotine cravings, keep yourself, your children, and non-smoking family members healthy, and save money and improve your quality of life. For more information or to register contact Kirk Ditterich, PsyD, licensed behavioral health clinician 530-582-8207. Meetings held Monday evenings at the Gene Upshaw Memorial, Tahoe Forest Cancer Center, Patient Teaching Library, is located at 10121 Pine Ave. in Truckee.

Tahoe Sierra Century Ride slated for September

Benefiting North Tahoe’s middle and high school music programs, this fall favorite has earned praise for its scenic routes, challenging hill climbs (60- and 100- mile routes), full support services and legendary after-party featuring awesome food, drink and live student music. The Tahoe Sierra Century Ride is slated for Saturday, Sept. 13.

All of the routes start and finish in the Village at Squaw Valley. The 30-mile route is a novice ride between Squaw Valley and the west end of Donner Lake. The 60-mile route heads to Donner Lake, then climbs over Donner Pass, along Highway 40 and follows it to Big Bend before returning to Squaw Valley. The century ride follows the north shore of Lake Tahoe, then crosses Brockway Summit to Tahoe Donner and Donner Lake before climbing Donner Summit and returning to Squaw Valley.

For more info or to register, visit

Nevada Senior Farmers Market nutrition program coupons accepted at Lake Tahoe Markets

Lake Tahoe Markets is proud to honor the Nevada Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP). The SFMNP provides low-income seniors with coupons that can be exchanged for eligible foods at participating Nevada farmers markets. The purpose of this program is to increase the consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables, herbs and honey and to supplement the nutritional needs of Nevada seniors. Seniors must meet income criteria established by the federal government. To qualify you must be a Nevada resident at least 60-years-old, meet specific income guidelines and sign up at a local Distributing Agency Site. To find the location nearest you, call the Department of Agriculture at 775-353-3758. SFMNP coupons will be accepted at all of Lake Tahoe Markets Farmers Markets, including the Farmers Market at Lampe Park in Gardnerville, Wednesdays, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.; Farmers Market at Lakeside Inn & Casino in Stateline, Wednesdays, 4-7 p.m.; the Farmers Market at Tunnel Creek in Incline Village, Thursdays, 4-7 p.m. and the Farmers Market at the Tahoe Biltmore in Crystal Bay Fridays, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

USTA Quick Start youth tennis camps

Ages 6 to 12 years. Five-day tennis camp focuses on stroke production, techniques, match play and tennis rules through specialized activities and drills. The camp also promotes teamwork, sportsmanship and a high emphasis on fun! Classes are taught by certified USPTA instructors. Other activities in the camp may include swimming and games. Daily drop-in upon availability only. Monday through Thursday, one-week sessions through Aug. 21, 1-3:45 p.m.. Fee: $219, with IVGID pass $175. Drop- in $69, with IVGID pass $55.

55+ fitness and yoga classes

These 50-minute classes, held three times per week, are designed specifically to increase muscle strength, enhance range of motion, realign and define body shape, improve posture, increase blood circulation, improve flexibility and balance, or to specifically instruct yoga movements and positions. Pre-registration is not necessary. Take your IVGID Pass and receive reduced rate. This class is subsidized by Washoe County senior funding.

On-going: Tuesdays and Thursdays, fitness, 11:10 a.m.-noon; Wednesdays, yoga, 11:10 a.m.-noon; at the Recreation Center, Group Fitness Room. Free to Recreation Center members, $5 with IVGID Pass, $10 non-residents. Incline Village Parks & Recreation Department, 980 Incline Way, Incline Village, 775-832-1310,

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