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North Tahoe Truckee health and wellness announcements

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.

Salomon Demo with Tahoe Mountain Sports

Salomon and Tahoe Mountain Sports have partnered to bring a shoe demo Wednesday, June 26. Find the Salomon rig in Kings Beach, 2-6 p.m. at 8331 North Lake Blvd. Take out any pair of Salomon shoes and hydration backpack for test for free. There will be a group run and a group hike leaving at 5 p.m. and then split into groups based on ability level. Come join a fun time! Dogs welcome.

Yoga Squaw’d offering free yoga Wednesdays

Squaw Valley’s new Wanderlust Yoga Studio will offer Yoga Squaw’d, complimentary community outdoor yoga classes on Wednesday evenings, 6-7 p.m. on First Street at The Village at Squaw Valley. Participants can explore their yoga practice just as the alpenglow lights up Squaw Valley. The first Yoga Squaw’d session will take place on June 26, coinciding with the soft opening of Squaw’s new Wanderlust Yoga Studio. The free Yoga Squaw’d classes will take place through Sept. 11, with the exception of July 17.

In keeping with the spirit of Wanderlust’s fusion of yoga and music, several of the Yoga Squaw’d classes will feature DJs, beginning Wednesday, July 3 with DJ Om Jah and led by lululemon ambassador Sherry McConkey.

Enjoy a post-yoga glass of wine for Ladies’ Night at Uncorked every Wednesday, 4-8:30 p.m.

The Wanderlust Yoga Studio will offer yoga classes seven days a week, taught by local instructors including Jenn Choi, Masha Bishop, Meg McCraken and Kate Dunn-Davenport. The yoga studio will also offer workshops and retreats throughout the year.

The fifth annual Wanderlust Festival will return to Squaw July 18-21. This year’s festival features yoga by more than 60 instructors including Seane Corn, Shiva Rea, Gurmukh and many more, as well as headlining music acts such as Moby and Gramatik. For more information visit

Sugar Pine Point State Park

Community Fitness Day June 29

The Sierra State Parks Foundation and the Tahoe Trail Trekkers present a first-ever American Volksport Association sanctioned 10K walk and 1.5K kayak event at Sugar Pine Point State Park. There is no charge to participate and will be a great way to enjoy the beauty of the park and Tahoe shoreline. Kayaks are available to rent at a reduced fee thanks to our partners at West Shore Sports. Start between 9 a.m.-noon, $10 parking fee. Single kayaks or paddleboards are $20 per hour and $59 for four hours. Doubles will rent for $2 an hour and $74 for four hours. To receive a 20 percent discount mention “Community Fitness Day.” Credit cards only. For more information on American Volksport Association and the event email

Bar Effect Community Class

Owner and instructor at the Bar Effect in Truckee, Michelle Rahlves will host a Bar Effect Community Class at the CR Johnson Healing Center at 10775 Pioneer Trail, Ste. 108, Truckee on Saturday, June 29. Michelle’s hour-long class will begin at 10 a.m. Participants can join for any size donation to the High Fives Foundation. New for this year, all donations made at CR Johnson Healing Center community events will be doubled. To ensure there is space available, Michelle’s class will be capped at the first 15 people to arrive at the facility.

“The CR Johnson Healing Center has such an amazing space for a bar workout,” said Rahlves. “Any chance I get to use the space, and raise money for a great cause I am in!”

To promote health and fitness in the Truckee-Tahoe Community the CR Johnson Healing Center has been hosting weekly Saturday Community Days for more than six months. For more info email or call 530-587-4453.

Gear & Grind Mountain Bike Ride July 9

Join the Tahoe Luna Chix for a mountain bike ride in Tahoe City 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.

2013 Relay For Life could use your talent

Cancer has a presence in the community that affects us all. The 7th Annual Truckee Tahoe American Cancer Society Relay For Life will be held July 13-14 at Truckee High School.

Relay For Life offers the opportunity to show care and support for people currently experiencing cancer, those we’ve lost to cancer, and for more than 1,600 cancer survivors in Truckee-Tahoe area. “Celebrate, remember and fight back!”

Relay is doing that and you can help increase the tremendous successes of the area.

There are numerous volunteer opportunities: Create or join a Relay team through business, neighborhoods, churches, schools, sports teams, families and friends. The 2013 Relay theme is “Friends Share the Journey!”

Relay Committee goals are to increase the community’s knowledge of cancer and its prevention. For information on forming a team or that special volunteer spot call Chris Otto at 530-277-2639, 6-9 p.m., or leave a message. Visit or for information.

Hike with Carmen

Carmen, your real estate consultant, shares her passion with the community by providing monthly, guided hikes and snowshoe trips of our beautiful backyard and its endless trail systems. Meet at 9 a.m. at the Summit Lake Loop Trailhead on Saturday, July 27, 2013. Directions: From Truckee take the Boreal exit off Interstate 80, turn left and go under the overpass turn left again and head down the frontage road to the PCT trailhead. From the east end of Snowpark head into medium forest roughly paralleling the freeway. From here you will travel to explore the summit lakes.

Visit for the future hiking schedule as well as fun pictures or call 530-550-5192.

Free paddleboard races at West End

The Start Haus and the Truckee Donner Recreation & Park District will host free stand-up paddleboard races on Donner Lake’s West End Beach from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. every Friday, weather permitting.

“We want to offer a free, fun community event every Friday to get people out on the water,” said Jared Licht, who heads up the Start Haus’ stand-up paddleboard program. “Stand up paddle boarding is a fun, easily accessible sport perfect for the Truckee Tahoe area, and makes for great cross-training in the summer for skiers and boarders.”

Free Friday evening races, with boards provided by the Start Haus, will continue throughout the summer, with men’s, women’s and children’s categories, and great giveaways at each event.

The Start Haus will have stand-up paddle boards for sale and for rental throughout the summer, along with paddles, PFDs, and all the necessary accessories to get out on the water.

To find out more about the Start Haus’ stand up paddle board events, sales and rentals, call 530-587-5781, email or go to

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.

Women’s Wilderness Retreat

A Backpack Rite of Passage Journey, Aug. 15-19. Meet Thursday in Truckee. Time on the land In the Eastern Slope of the Sierra near Bridgeport. Return to Truckee Monday evening. Cost $500 before July 15, $550 after. Space is limited to eight participants. Sign up early. This trip is for any woman that is seeking a deeper connection to themselves, other women and the natural world. This journey includes a day long solo fast to honor life transitions and explore the gifts we have to offer the world. Dive into the Rite of Passage process of Severance/Threshold/Incorporation and work within the Circle Council to create a bond of listening and speaking from the heart. For more information, trip details, or to register, contact Trails Within at 530-836-1500 or Info@TrailsWithin.Com.

Tahoe Forest Health System offers low-cost screening

Tahoe Forest Health System offers monthly low-cost health screenings every second Wednesday of the month. Screenings are from 7-9 a.m. at the Tahoe Forest Laboratory Draw Station located at 10956 Donner Pass Road, Suite 230, in Truckee. No appointment is necessary.

“It’s a simple, affordable way to start taking charge of your health,” said Chris Spencer, director of Community Health Services. “We offer a variety of lab tests and screenings, all conducted on a first-come, first-served basis. No appointment is necessary. Screening tests, in conjunction with regular physical exams by your healthcare provider are an important part of preventive health care.

Cash, checks and credit cards are accepted (VISA, MC, and American Express) for screenings. Low-cost lab screenings are not necessarily reimbursable by your insurance company.

The following tests are available: Complete blood count, $11; comprehensive metabolic panel, $26; lipid panel (fasting required) $31; TSH, thyroid stimulating hormone, $30; PSA, prostate-specific antigen, $79. If fasting is required, patients should fast for 10-12 hours prior to testing. For more information call 530-582-3277

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

New Bender Barre Method

Bender Barre Method class, Mondays 8:30 a.m., Community Recreation Center, Dance Studio. Bender Barre is now the most popular barre workout in the country. Creator, Fitness Celebrity, Leslee Bender brings us the safest method of barre training. All the great results of a barre class without over utilizing the hip flexors, which can create lower back pain, knee pain, and even result in injury. The focus is on the body’s ability to lengthen against gravity. Applied functional exercises are designed to lengthen, strengthen, tone, and sculpt the body.

Students report seeing results within the first four weeks. You don’t have to be dancer to appreciate vertical training for stronger legs, abdominals, and back. Use tools like the Bender Ball, and Gliding Disc to create the ultimate total body workout for all levels.

Lengthen and tone your entire body — legs, glutes, back, and especially abdominal muscles — in one hour. Be amazed at the results, and by how you feel after this workout. Call 530-582-7720 or visit for info.

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