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North Lake Tahoe health and wellness briefs

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.

Nevada County flu shot

Get a seasonal flu shot courtesy of the Nevada County Public Health Department at the Joseph Center, 10075 Levon Ave, Truckee, on Thursday, Dec. 5, noon-4 p.m. All ages welcome. Cost is $15. No one is turned away.

Structural Integration Community Day

Join the High Fives Foundation and Practitioner Emily Jones at the CR Johnson Healing Center on Saturday, Dec. 7 for a Structural Integration Community Day with appointments at 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Emily’s appointments typically cost $120/session, and in this community event she will offer sessions on a donation basis, open to anyone who schedules a session on a first come, first serve basis.

Structural Integration assesses and treats imbalances in your connective and muscular tissue, restoring your body’s natural alignment, and is vital to people living an active lifestyle. Appointments available at CR Johnson Healing Center is located at 10775 Pioneer Trail, Ste. 108 in Truckee. Call 530-587-4453 or visit

Worldwide Candle Lighting

for those who left too soon

The Compassionate Friends Worldwide Candle Lighting unites family and friends around the globe in lighting candles for one hour to honor the memories of the sons, daughters, brothers, sisters, and grandchildren who left too soon. As candles are lit Dec. 8, 2013, 7 p.m. local time, hundreds of thousands of persons commemorate and honor the memory of all children gone too soon.

Now believed to be the largest mass candle lighting on the globe, the 17th annual Worldwide Candle Lighting, a gift to the bereavement community from The Compassionate Friends, creates a virtual 24-hour wave of light as it moves from time zone to time zone. The event started in the United States in 1997 as a small internet observance, but has since swelled in numbers as word has spread throughout the world of the remembrance. Hundreds of formal candle lighting events are held and thousands of informal candle lightings are conducted in homes as families gather in quiet remembrance of children who have died, but will never be forgotten. 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.

Qi Gong for health

Worried about winter colds and other ailments? Scientific studies consistently show that the practice of Qi Gong (Tai Chi) strengthens the immune system and reduces the incidence of ailments such as colds. Stressed from work, schlepping kids to endless activities and the general spin of life? The deep breathing coordinated with slow and gentle movements and overall meditative nature of Qi Gong creates a sense of relaxed “easefullness,” and has been shown to decrease hypertension. Smiling and vigorous laughter immediately raises the level of our energy, strengthens the immune response and lightens up our outlook on life. Qi Gong practice includes these behaviors throughout. In general, the practice is such that it can be accomplished regardless of physical condition, restrictions and while sitting if necessary. This ancient practice increases our sense of well-being, raises our physical and mental energy and enhances our overall health.

Summer classes were very popular. They will continue throughout the winter, with a 9 a.m. Tuesday class at Truckee’ Community Recreation Center and a Thursday class at 10 a.m., at the Truckee Donner Senior Apartments. Drop-ins are welcome. Call Rolf Godon at 530-587-2557.

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