Health and wellness briefs for North Lake Tahoe and Truckee |

Health and wellness briefs for North Lake Tahoe and Truckee

Content is selected from e-mail submissions to Community Editor Amy Edgett at Send the 5w’s: who, what, when, where and why, about 100-150 words.

Veterans’ family wellness program

Welcome Home Vets, Inc. began the Veterans’ Family Wellness four-week series July 29, covering topics including: PTSD, TBI and military-related psychological trauma; military culture and the warrior spirit; alcohol, drugs and codependency; and medications. All classes are held on Tuesday evenings from 6-7:30 p.m. at the Welcome Home Vets’ office, 248 Mill St., Grass Valley. The class schedule is as follows: Aug. 5, Military Culture and the Warrior Spirit; Aug. 19, Alcohol, Drugs and Codependency; Aug. 26, Medications and PTSD.

For information call 530-272-3300.

Foodie events to benefit Project MANA

Join Project MANA to kick off its Foodie Event Series. Chef Jacob Burton, a finalist for The People’s Best New Chef award by Food & Wine, will serve a wine-paired meal which includes canapés, entree, intermezzo, dessert, and delectable truffles, Stella at the The Cedar House Sport Hotel, 10918 Brockway Road, Truckee, on Aug. 5, 6-9 p.m. Cost is $150.

Paella event with Chef Don Pepé, D.W. Reynolds Building, 948 Incline Way, Incline Village, Nev. on Oct. 17, 6-9 p.m. Cost is $150. Watch Chef Don Pepé’s interactive presentation with ingredients flown in fresh, including lobster, shrimp, clams, mussels and squid. Attendees will receive a gift.

Four courses with Chef Jean-Pierre Doignon, Le Bistro Restaurant and Bar, 120 Country Club Drive #29, Incline Village, Thursday, March 5, 6:30-9 p.m. Cost: $150.

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Salsa classes will return

BB and Kiki of are having a blast teaching in Truckee. They hosted their first big party at Squaw Valley in June where 115 people danced. Learn a social dance from instructors respected in their field for fun and inspiring classes. They’ve taught in the Reno area for the past seven years. BB and Kiki will teach a four-week Salsa Foundations class at InnerRhythms Dance Centre starting Wednesday, Aug. 6, 6-7 p.m. in Truckee. Along with classes the instructors host a Friday weekly Latin dance social at the EDGE Nightspot inside the Peppermill Casino and host the annual Reno Latin Dance Fest at the Silver Legacy Casino in Reno.

Yoga For Life fundraiser

Tahoe Forest Health System will present a Yoga for Life Fundraiser to support those living with cancer on Sunday, Aug. 10, at the Truckee Regional Park baseball diamond, 8:30-10:30 a.m. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. and class begins promptly at 8:30 a.m. The minimum donation is $25 in advance, $35 day of event. This is an all-level yoga experience taught by local instructors Shari Beard, Nikki Dean, Lynne Gardner, Meg McCraken and Meghan Ruiz.

Participants are encouraged to raise donations from friends, family and businesses. Register online at, or at the Community Recreation Center, 8924 Donner Pass Road, Truckee. 100 percent of the proceeds will directly provide free supportive care programs to cancer patients and their families at the Gene Upshaw Memorial Tahoe Forest Cancer Center.

For more information contact Nikki Dean at 530-587-3769 or

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Kick nicotine workshop continues

The Gene Upshaw Memorial Tahoe Forest Cancer Center, in conjunction with the Tahoe Forest Health System Wellness Neighborhood will host a series of workshops to help the community become nicotine-free. Trained clinical psychologists, nutritionists, pharmacists and clinicians will guide you through the process of kicking the nicotine habit. This program offers: Free carbon monoxide testing, relapse prevention support and strategies, learn to quit without gaining weight, learn different techniques to replace nicotine cravings, keep yourself, your children, and non-smoking family members healthy, and save money and improve your quality of life. For more information or to register contact Kirk Ditterich, PsyD, licensed behavioral health clinician 530-582-8207. Meetings held Monday evenings.

Gene Upshaw Memorial, Tahoe Forest Cancer Center, Patient Teaching Library, is located at 10121 Pine Ave. in Truckee.

Tahoe Sierra Century Ride slated for September

Benefiting North Tahoe’s middle and high school music programs, this fall favorite has earned praise for its scenic routes, challenging hill climbs (60- and 100- mile routes), full support services and legendary after-party featuring awesome food, drink and live student music. The Tahoe Sierra Century Ride is slated for Saturday, Sept. 13.

All of the routes start and finish in the Village at Squaw Valley. The 30-mile route is a novice ride between Squaw Valley and the west end of Donner Lake. The 60-mile route heads to Donner Lake, then climbs over Donner Pass, along Highway 40 and follows it to Big Bend before returning to Squaw Valley. The century ride follows the north shore of Lake Tahoe, then crosses Brockway Summit to Tahoe Donner and Donner Lake before climbing Donner Summit and returning to Squaw Valley.

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Acupuncture Happy Hour

Truckee acupuncturist Kaila Cruttenden, owner of Elemental Back & Body, will host an acupuncture happy hour Thursdays, 4-6 p.m. Treatments will consist of 20 minute auricular acupuncture designed specifically to boost energy, improve sleep and alleviate stress. There are no appointments necessary and will include herbal tea and aromatherapy at 10049 Martis Valley Road, Unit E in Truckee. Cost is $20. for information email or call 530-582-0500.

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