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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.

Become a Hospice volunteer

Tahoe Forest Tahoe Forest Hospice needs patient and family support volunteers in the Truckee-Tahoe area.

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 do shopping

Other activities including reading, playing games, gardening and help with meals

Flexible hours

Training is online and can be completed in your own home. Contact Volunteer Coordinator Val Sutter for more information at 530-582-3534 or

Tahoe Forest Hospice Services serves patients in the Truckee/Tahoe area, Incline Village, and parts of eastern Plumas and Sierra Counties.

Tahoe Sierra Century Ride

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

Benefit for Sarah Kurtz

On Sept. 16, 7 p.m., please join the Got Love Foundation benefit concert, featuring Tahoe favorites Funky Miracle, at Tahoe City’s new emerging hot spot, Moe’s Original BBQ for a fundraiser to help support Sarah Kurtz and her fight against breast cancer.

Sarah, a very familiar face at local outdoor and music events, is an amazing longtime Tahoe/Reno local who works in the neonatal intensive care unit at Renown hospital in Reno, Nev. When Sarah is not taking care of all the beautiful babies she works with, she enjoys hiking and yoga. Most of all, she likes to boogie down to all the great music our area has to offer.

All proceeds will benefit Sarah’s fight against breast cancer.

Tickets are $15. A silent auction with lift tickets, lodging, yoga classes, jewelry, restaurant discounts, and much more will be going on throughout the evening.

And be sure to order some Moe’s Original BBQ during the evening to make a great night out of dining and dancing.

B12 Happy Hour

Get your Happy Hour B12 shot on Sept. 23; Oct. 7 and 21; Nov. 4 and 18; Dec. 2 and 16 for an energy boost. Cost is $20 a savings of over 50 percent for new patients. All happy hours are from 4-5:30 p.m. Try an add-on for $5 (B-Complex, B6, folic acid).

Your body needs B12 to create energy. It is not well absorbed from the diet or in capsule form.

Everyone can benefit from a B12 shot — especially those who live a busy life, athletes, seniors, vegetarians, vegans and people on prescription medications.

After B12 injections many patients feel a natural (not jittery) boost in energy.

Appointments are suggested (though not required!) by calling 530-546-0400 or first come, first served.

NaturaMed Natural Family Medicine is located at 8130 North Lake Blvd. in Kings Beach. Visit or find NaturaMed at

Equine workshop to discover prosperity

Prosperity & Empowerment in Creating the Life of Your Dreams workshop to be held Sept. 13. An Equinemity workshop co facilitated by Polly Ryan, MA; Kathleen Milbeck, MA; Jennifer Kaplan, MA; and Robbie Maas, and their equine assistants will take place in Reno, Nev., 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Partner with horses to help you explore and change the beliefs that hold you back from prosperity (whatever prosperity means to you) in your life. The keys to success are already in your pocket. Take them out! Learn to apply new and healthier mental habits for long-term success. Cost: $225 includes lunch and course materials. Registration:

High Sierra Edible Garden Tour

Join Slow Food Lake Tahoe for a tour of local, Sierra edible gardens on Sunday, Sept. 14, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Get inspired by gardens of all shapes and sizes — from a beginner container garden to a high production perma culture greenhouse. Participants will leave with ideas for their own garden space and a few resources to get started!

Begin at the Truckee Demonstration Garden at the Truckee Regional Park and then proceed, caravan style, to a variety of Truckee home gardens. Light refreshments will be served throughout. Please take hats, sunglasses and water. Children are welcome to participate for free.

This event builds on Slow Food Lake Tahoe’s mission to reconnect the community to the enjoyment of local, seasonal and sustainable food. Tickets may be purchased at Tickets are $10 for Slow Food Lake Tahoe members and $15 for non-members.

National Healthy Aging Month

In recognition of National Healthy Aging Month, this September CARE Chest of Sierra Nevada, a local nonprofit that provides medical resources for low-income individuals of all ages, is asking the community to help local seniors living on fixed incomes through monetary and equipment donations.

According to the 2010 Census, more than 45 percent of Nevadans over the age of 65 reported an annual income of less than $35,000. While CARE Chest offers a wide-range of medical resources, some of the programs most accessed by seniors include the Liquid Nutrition program and the Durable Medical Equipment program.

Donations of used medical equipment can allow a senior to remain in his or her own home, living safely and independently.

For information or to donate, contact Bryan Barnard at 775-829-2273, ext. 113 or bring donations to 7910 N. Virginia St. in Reno.