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Health Briefs

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.

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 Craigs List to discuss how to proceed. There will be no fees or costs for participating with this group.

Essential oils for clean home, happy mind

Healthy Body, Healthy Home — the natural way will be presented free, Tuesday, April 24, 7-8:30 p.m., Lake Tahoe Wellness Center, 695 Wolf St., King’s Beach; Tuesday April 29, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Spiral Healing, 11045 Donner Pass Road, Truckee. Experience the cleaning and health giving power of essential oils. Discover safe, effective and natural ways to keep your body healthy, and keep your home clean and toxin free. Physical and Emotional Pain how to manage it. Free presentation, Sunday April 28, 3-5 p.m., North Lake Massage And Skin Care, 6921 North Lake Blvd., Tahoe Vista. Learn how to manage your pain and your moods using essential oils and supplements. RSVP to Rachel Flower at 415-827-2623. Visit

Snowshoe Under the Full Moon at Lake Tahoe

Join Tahoe Adventure Company and watch the sun set and stars come out while you trek through a snowy and tranquil forest under the full moon. Increase your knowledge of astronomy with moonlit views of Lake Tahoe and cap it off with hot drinks, snacks and stargazing.

Day trips cover a safety talk and instruction, natural and human history discussions as well as snacks, hot drinks and an impressive lunch served at a scenic location. Guides point out winter ecology, geology and other natural and human history along the way.

Full Moon Snowshoe date: April 25, 6:30-9:30 p.m.

Trip includes Full Moon Snowshoe Trek with all gear, hot drinks, trail snacks, professional guides, natural history discussions, and permit fees. Cost is $65 per person. Call 530-913-9212 or visit Reservations required.

Volunteers Needed for Rx Drug Take-back Event

The Tahoe-Truckee Future without Drug Dependence (TT-FWDD) Coalition is looking for community volunteers for the Rx Drug Take-back Event scheduled for Saturday, April 27, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. in Truckee and Tahoe City.

The Rx Drug Take-back Event is designed to provide the community with a safe, convenient, and free method to drop off unused, expired, or unwanted medications. At previous take-back events, Tahoe-Truckee has collected and disposed of more than 600 pounds of prescription medications helping to prevent youth drug abuse and the contamination of waterways.

If interested in volunteering at this event, learning more about it or the TT-FWDD Coalition; please contact 530-546-1924,,

Prescription Drug Take-back Day

April 27, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Gateway Shopping Center in front of Safeway, 11290 Donner Pass Road, Truckee, and North Tahoe Fire Protection District, Station #51, the “New” Tahoe City Fire Station, 222 Fairway Drive, Tahoe City. Free Medication Take Back Day. Drop off unneeded or expired prescription and over-the-counter medications safely, effectively, and anonymously. Please mark out personal info on Rx bottles. Help protect our water supply by not flushing medications. Help protect our community as some may be abusing drugs taken from the medicine cabinets of family and friends. A collaborative effort of the TT-FWDD (Tahoe-Truckee Future without Drug Dependence) Coalition, Placer County Sheriff, Placer and Nevada County. Health and Human Services, Truckee Police Department, Tahoe Forest Hospital District, Safeway Stores, water quality and waste management, town of Truckee, and the DEA. For information email, visit, or call 530-546-1924.

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.

Understanding and Balancing Hormones

Learn how to balance your hormones the natural way with essential oils: mood swings, cramps, hot flashes, dryness, headaches, sleep issues, breast health, mental fog, reduced libido. Join a free presentation, April 23, 6-8 p.m., M Studio, 774 Mays Blvd., Incline Village. RSVP essential to Rachel 415-827-2623.

Physical and Emotional Pain

How to manage it, free presentation, Sunday April 28, 3-5 p.m., North Lake Massage And Skin Care, 6921 North Lake Boulevard, Tahoe Vista. Learn how to manage your pain and your moods the natural way using essential oils and supplements. RSVP essential to Rachel at 415-827-2623.

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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.

TRX Circuit Training

Incline Village Recreation Center, 980 Incline Way, Incline Village, Wednesdays, 6:10 p.m. A circuit/interval class that moves participants between TRX Suspension and BOSU Trainers (or other equipment) to produce a workout that includes full body strength, including core, and cardiovascular fitness. Call 775-832-1300 or visit

Aqua Fitness Liquid Cardio

Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 7 a.m. through April 1, 2013 at the Incline Village Recreation Center, 980 Incline Way, Incline Village. Get your morning started with one full hour of this kicked up aqua fitness class packed with endurance and strength training exercises. This is not your typical water fitness experience, but rather one that creates a liquid blast of energy, exercise and enthusiasm. Cost is $10, with IVGID pass $5, members free. Call 775-832-1300 or visit

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.

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

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.

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