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North Lake Tahoe health 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.

Youth Backcountry Camps

Each summer the Tahoe Rim Trail Association partners with Tahoe Institute for Natural Science (TINS) and The American Red Cross to offer Youth Backcountry Camps to junior and high school students. In the same spirit of guided hikes for adults, Youth Backcountry Camps provide an opportunity for youth to get outdoors with their peers to discover and experience firsthand the beauty of the Lake Tahoe region. These camps are designed for youth with little or no experience living, working and traveling in the backcountry, or for those who want a fun service-learning trip on the Tahoe Rim Trail. Be introduced to: Wilderness survival and first aid backpacking; maps, GPS and compass; backcountry cooking; Leave No Trace. You will also partake in a service learning project maintaining part of the Tahoe Rim Trail! Questions? Contact Hayley by email or call 775-298-0238. YBCC – Wilderness First Aid (five-day), $335, ages 14-17, July 14-18; YBCC – Desolation Wilderness (six-day), $395, ages 14-17, July 21-26. YBCC – Mt. Rose Wilderness (three-day), $225, ages 12-15, July 28-30. Scholarships available upon request.

Trail Ambassador & Backcountry Patrol Training

Two-day training is required for all new and returning Tahoe Rim Trail Association Trail Ambassadors and Lake Tahoe Backcountry Patrol Mountain Bikers. Event date is June 8-9. The first day will be an indoor training at the DWR Community Center in Incline Village, that covers paperwork, organizational orientation, emergency communication and a general program overview. The second day at Spooner Lake at the Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park, and will be outdoor practical training. Training topics will include: Basic EMS training for those that need it (basic first aid/CPR), basic GPS and topo map reading; Leave No Trace; volunteer forms and patrol log overview; radio use instruction; basic bike repair training; backcountry preparedness and awareness and trail user etiquette. Training materials and lunch (on Saturday); pack a lunch for Sunday, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. both days.

For: All potential hikers, equestrians and mountain bikers who are interested in serving as Ambassadors/Patrollers on the Tahoe Rim Trail. Trainers: Lake Tahoe NV State Parks, Lake Tahoe Backcountry Patrol, and the Tahoe Rim Trail Association.

Call 775-298-0285 for more information or email

Veteran Suicide Prevention

It is topic mostly ignored and avoided. Nevada has one of the highest suicide rates in the country among veterans, both men and women. If you or someone you know is in crisis, please call 1-800-273-TALK (8255) National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. Information from the Nevada Office of Veteran Services.

Youth Suicide Prevention Task Force to meet

Please join the first meeting of the Youth Suicide Prevention Task Force on Thursday, May 16, noon-1:30 p.m. at the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District Office. The goal of this meeting is to review what’s been done to date around youth suicide prevention and brainstorm ways of increasing impact and reach of these programs. Representation from key constituencies, including parents, interested community members and agencies encouraged. Please RSVP to Community Collaborative Coordinator Sharon Forsythe at The Tahoe Truckee Youth Suicide Prevention Task Force is a collaborative effort between Tahoe Truckee Unified School District, Nevada and Placer County, Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation, the Community Collaborative of Tahoe Truckee and Young Life.

Protect Yourself

Although most will never pursue a black belt in a martial art, we know what martial artists can do and what they are capable of doing when confronted by the common attacker: they protect themselves! Now, you, too, can learn to protect yourself without years of formal martial arts training. Learn to protect yourself with personal protection self-defense training from Shuey’s Family Personal Protection Center located at 288 Village Blvd. in Incline Village. When? Every Friday, 5-6 p.m. The class is open to men, women, teenagers, and children with their parents. Your instructor: Mark Shuey, Jr. No commitments. No obligation to become a student of any of their martial arts programs. All classes are street casual. This personal protection class give you new knowledge for the rest of your life. It could come in handy someday.

Class fee is $15 per person. Reduced fees are available if you would like to drop in again for another class. Call Mark at 775-691-6730 for more information, or just show up.

Affordable Community Health Screenings

A simple, affordable way to start taking charge of your health. Introducing a variety of affordable lab tests and screenings. No appointment is necessary.

Incline Village Community Hospital, 880 Alder Ave., Incline Village. Second Thursday of the month. For information call 775-833-4100.

Monthly second Wednesdays, Tahoe Forest Laboratory Draw Station, 10956 Donner Pass Road, Ste. 230, Truckee, inside the Medical Office Building. Second Wednesday of the month. For information call 530-582-3277.

Regular physical exams by your health care provider and screening tests are an important part of preventive health care. Tests include complete blood count, comprehensive metabolic panel, lipid panel, Vitamin D- 25 hydroxy, hemoglobin A1C, TSH thyroid stimulating hormone. Patients should fast for 10-12 hours prior to lab test, this service is a low-cost laboratory screening that is not necessarily reimbursable by your insurance company, cash, checks and credit cards are accepted, and tests are available to individuals 18 years or older.

Depression and Bipolar Peer Support Group forming

Are people interested in participating in a peer support group to help deal with the obstacles of living with depression and bipolar conditions? This will be a client-based group based on groups affiliated with the national organization Depression and Bipolar Alliance with plans to become affiliated with the national organization. The organizer has received facilitator training, led meetings in other areas and knows how helpful these groups can be by communicating with someone who can understand what you are going through. Support networks are fundamental in dealing with a mental illness. If you or someone you know might benefit from this group call the toll free message number at 888-544-9991 or contact via Craig’s List to discuss how to proceed. There will be no fees or costs for participating with this group.

Support for Domestic Violence Survivors

Tahoe SAFE Alliance is offering two support groups for women who are survivors of domestic violence. One group is in Spanish and held on Tuesday afternoons at 3:30 p.m., and one group is in English which is held on Thursday evenings 6-7:30 p.m. Both groups have snacks provided. During the support groups, a children’s appropriate group with fun activities and snacks is available. If you are interested please call Juan at Tahoe SAFE Alliance at 530-582-9117 for more information.

Wanderlust Returning to Tahoe

North Lake Tahoe announced the Wanderlust Festival, the world’s largest and fastest growing yoga and music festival, will return for a fifth year to Squaw Valley Thursday, July 18 through Sunday, July 21.

In addition to yoga and live music, attendees will enjoy organic food and wine, an inspirational speaker program, meditation and outdoor activities, such as paddle boarding, hiking, biking, and running. The yogis teaching and speaking are considered rock stars of the discipline and include Seane Corn, Shiva Rea, Dharma Mittra, Rod Stryker, Gurumkh Kaur Khalsa, Schuyler Grant and more.

The music lineup is equally impressive with Moby, Gramatik, Caravan Palace, Random Rab, Quixotic, Hannah Thiem, East Forest, MC Yogi, DJ Drez and Fabian Alsultany.

For more information, a complete lineup of events, photos and videos, and event tickets visit

For special Wanderlust Festival lodging packages, head to the North Lake Tahoe Visitors Bureaus’ website at, and click on the Cool Deals tab, which is updated daily with deals and savings.

Make a Difference in Someone’s Life

Tahoe Forest Hospice is offering volunteer training for hospice patient and family support volunteers to help patients and families who live in Truckee, North Tahoe and Incline Village. 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. Do errands and shopping. Other activities include reading, playing games, gardening and helping with meals. Flexible hours available.

Training is a combination of online and in-person training totaling 20-25 hours, free of charge, at the Hospice Volunteer and Bereavement Center, 10083 Lake Ave., Truckee. For details contact Tahoe Forest Hospice Volunteer Coordinator Val Sutter at or 530-582-3534.


Incline Village Recreation Center, 980 Incline Way, Incline Village, Wednesdays at 9:10 a.m. Class uses the large therapeutic ball to help improve core strength, flexibility, balance, and posture. Exercise on the ball changes the angles and planes of motion to work more muscle groups, with more efficiency and great results. Call 775-832-1300, visit

55+ Fitness/Yoga

Incline Village Recreation Center, 980 Incline Way, Incline Village, Tuesdays and Thursdays, fitness; Wednesdays, yoga at 10 a.m.

Members are free. Drop-in rates: $5 for 55+ individuals who are Incline Village pass-holders and $10 for general public. Call 775-832-1300 or visit

Jazzercise New Student Special

Two weeks free for full-time, local residents. Jazzercise is a fun and challenging 60-minute total body workout that combines aerobics, strength training and stretching. Move to hot, current music — all ages are welcome.

Get great results in friendly classes at the beautiful lakefront North Tahoe Event Center in Kings Beach. Monday through Saturday, 8:45 a.m.; Tuesday and Thursday, 5:30 p.m.

For more information call Ginny at 530-546-7745 or 530-320-4556.

Area Foster Parents and Respite Caregivers Needed

Foster parents are desperately needed, especially in Washoe County and Kings Beach (you can be single or non-married couple or LGBT couple).

Respite caregivers are also desperately needed. This means you are trained to take the foster children for a few hours or days so foster parents can go out to dinner, take a weekend away or visit relatives in another state. It is difficult to get permission to take a foster child across county or state lines. For more information on how to become a foster parent or respite caregiver contact Washoe County at 775-337-4470 or Placer County contact Placer Kids at 888-387-9982.

IVGID Senior Programs Pickleball

IVGID Tennis Center. Come one, come all to a exciting sport that is sweeping the nation. Enjoy the social fun Pickleball brings to the community. Never played? Fear not! It is easy to learn and easy to play. Call 775-832-1325.

Cardio & Strength Conditioning

Incline Village Recreation Center, 980 Incline Way, Monday and Friday, 7:45 a.m., Incline Village Cardio/Strength Conditioning. A combination of cardio and muscular conditioning. Method of cardiovascular conditioning (i.e. step, circuit, boot camp, or kickboxing) varies. Call 775-832-1350, visit


Incline Village Recreation Center, 980 Incline Way, Incline Village, Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 11:10 a.m. Yoga, yoga/Pilates, advanced yoga, gentle yoga or stretch and balance. Combined movement classes that promote strength, flexibility, and balance while reducing stress and promoting relaxation. Call 775-832-1350 or visit


Incline Village Recreation Center, 980 Incline Way, Incline Village, Tuesdays, 5:10 p.m. Zumba — cardio class that fuses Latin and African rhythms with easy-to-follow dance moves to create a one-of-a-kind fitness program. Visit

Volunteer with Kids & Horses

Kids & Horses, northern Nevada’s only premier certified therapeutic riding center located in Minden seeks to recruit volunteers to work in their equine-assisted therapeutic riding lessons. Horse experience is a plus but not a requirement. Lessons at Kids & Horses run Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.

People of all ages over 14, no upper age limit, are encouraged to offer time and skills including helping out with fundraising events and mentoring from experienced and passionate instructors.

Contact Barbara Morningstar, office and volunteer manager at 775-267-1775 or by email at

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