North Tahoe-Truckee community briefs: Week of July 18, 2016 |

North Tahoe-Truckee community briefs: Week of July 18, 2016

Tahoe Forest one of 50 critical access hospitals to know

For the second year in a row, Tahoe Forest Hospital was named in Becker’s Hospital Review’s list of “50 Critical Access Hospitals to Know” in the United States on July 7.

According to Tahoe Forest Hospital, the Truckee medical center is the only critical access hospital (there are more than 1,332 critical access hospitals in the United States) in California to receive this prestigious designation.

Becker’s Hospital Review conducted research and examined several reputable hospital ranking sources relevant to critical access hospitals, such as iVantage Health Analytics, the National Rural Health Association, Truven Health Analytics, Women’s Choice Award and the Leapfrog Group, among other sources.

For a complete list of selected hospitals, go to Visit to learn more about Tahoe Forest Health System.

Summer gymnastics camps set for next few weeks

Truckee Gymnastics is hosting a new slate of summer gymnastics camps for ages 6 to teens (co-ed) starting next week. Camps are as follows: Level 1 (ages 6+), July 25-29; Level 2-6 and Team (ages 6+), Aug 1-5; and Level 1 (ages 6+), Aug 15-19.

This summer, camps will be 50 percent longer — from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Plus, there is a new after-care option to 5 p.m. daily for working families.

Children learn new, exciting skills like handstands and cartwheels quickly and have an amazing time. More advanced gymnasts practice upper-level skills like handsprings and aerials. Students work on body positions, stretches, flexibility, balance, strength, tumbling, rope climb, bar, vault, beam, rings, stall bars, Tumbl Trak and trampoline.

Costs vary. Visit to learn more.

American Volkssport Association races set for Saturday

An American Volkssport Association event will be held on Saturday, July 23, at Donner Memorial State Park in Truckee. It is sponsored by local affiliate, Tahoe Trail Trekkers, and participants must begin between 8:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Both 5K and 10K distances will be offered.

The hike must be completed by 4 p.m. For more information, contact Betsy McDevitt at 530-412-4453.

Hospice thrift stores change hours of operation

The Hospice Gift & Thrift Stores in Truckee and Kings Beach have new store hours, officials announced this week.

Store shopping hours will be Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Store opens at 11 a.m. on the first day of every month.

Donations are accepted Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (space permitting).

The Truckee store is located at 10026 Meadow Way. Call 530-582-4947 for information.

The Kings Beach store is located at 8611 North Lake Blvd. Call 530-546-5494 to learn more.

The Hospice Thrift Stores help support hospice at Tahoe Forest Hospital. Hospice programs receive only partial reimbursement from insurance carriers. The hospice program at Tahoe Forest is largely supported by sales from our Gift & Thrift stores. Tahoe Forest welcomes your donations for resale. The full retail value of each donation is tax-deductible.

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