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North Lake Tahoe health 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.

Gear & Grind Mountain Bike Ride

Join the Tahoe Luna Chix for a mountain bike ride in Tahoe City on Tuesday, July 9. Riders meet at 5:30 p.m. at Gear & Grind Cafe on North Shore Boulevard. This is a free, all-women’s ride and all ability levels are welcome. Rides are a great way to meet and ride with other like-minded women mountain bikers and learn fun new trails. Plus after the ride hang out and replenish with coffee, sandwiches, ice cream and fun at Gear & Grind Café. For more information, email or find them on Facebook.

Taking Steps to a Happier, Healthier You

Just when things are going well, we can be overcome with feelings of anxiety, loneliness, resentment, inadequacy, or guilt. Where do these feelings and fears come from? Why do we sometimes find ourselves sabotaging our own best efforts? We try hard to overcome our so-called failings, and yet we often cannot. Often we have been struggling with these emotional problems for years.

“Changes that Heal: The Four Shifts that Make Everything Better … and that Anyone Can Do,” by best-selling author Dr. Henry Cloud, teaches there are ways to resolve our past to ensure a healthier future. These solutions lie in our understanding certain basic developmental tasks that involve growing up into the “likeness” of the one who created us.

Dr. Cloud has identified four aspects of the personality of God that, if we would cultivate them within ourselves, would greatly improve our day-to-day functioning. If you are a woman who struggles with any of these issues and are ready to work on the solutions, join a small-group book study of “Changes that Heal” for five Mondays through July 29, at St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church, 341 Village Blvd., Incline Village, 6:15-8:15 p.m. This free series, with child care provided, is co-sponsored by three Incline Village churches: St. Patrick’s, The Village Church, and LifePoint Church. To register or for information contact Ginnie Jed at

The book, “Changes that Heal,” can be purchased online for about $9.50, in digital format for less, or through Ginnie.

Tahoe City’s 3rd Annual Farm to Table

Tuesday, July 9, 6 p.m., Commons Beach, Tahoe City. Tickets: $125 per person, or $1,250 per table (seats 10). Tickets available at Wolfdale’s, Sugar Pine Cakery, and

Championed by Douglas Dale, this year’s Farm to Table event will feature the freshest, locally and sustainably grown foods prepared lakeside at Commons Beach. Chefs Lee Kresy of D’Lish Catering, Jonny Roscher of Za’s, Scott Yorkey of Jake’s and Allison Sayles of Sugar Pine Cakery also lend their talents to the evening, which has become one of Tahoe City’s signature summer events.

Tahoe City’s Farm to Table Dinner was started in 2011 in a collaboration between Douglas Dale and the Tahoe City Downtown Association to help raise funds for the Tahoe City Farmer’s Market’s relocation studies. “We’ve really grown the event in the last two years, it’s become something people look forward to every summer,” said Christin Hanna, a member of the TCDA Board of Directors. “With the Farmer’s Market issue settled for the moment, we knew we still wanted to keep the event going and could support some great local organizations.”

This year’s funds will go to support Tahoe City Downtown Association, Tahoe Youth Ballet, and the Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation.

Sugar Pine Foundation

Hikes with TRTA July 17 and Aug 18. Hike to the waterfall at Van Sickle State Park with guides from the Tahoe Rim Trail Association and interpreters from SPF. They will talk about forest health and how to identify tree species. Sign up at to see firsthand plant regeneration after a fire and photograph beautiful views of the lake.

Mental health grants available

Do you have an interesting idea of how to support mental health in our community? Do you run a program that helps people stay well and feeling good? You may be eligible for a grant from the Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation. They have funding available for innovative approaches to mental health and well being. These funds come from Placer County Mental Health Services Act Innovations Funds. Visit to learn more about the guidelines for this funding. If you have any questions, you can email Phebe Bell, program officer, at

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.

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.

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.

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.

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