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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.

Women Veterans Wellness Event

The Nevada Office of Veterans Services (NOVS) announces the Women Veterans Wellness Event for Reno and Sparks, to be held June 29 at Siena Resort Casino. The event is designed to educate women of different generations about healthy life choices and will offer information through a variety of classes.

“Women veterans are often over looked in the public as being part of the veteran community,” said Yvonne Betron, NOVS Women Veterans coordinator. “But as every other veteran, they have needs and concerns and we want to bring them together for the opportunity to discuss and learn about health issues with other women veterans in their community.”

The Northern Nevada wellness event, sponsored by the Siena in Reno, will offer classes from nutrition to aging in addition to fitness classes. There will be a walk along the river to lunch to be served at Z-Pie, a not-for-profit business dedicated to supporting The Eddy House, designed to help young adults who have aged out of the foster care system make the transition to independence. All proceeds will go to helping these kids live, work and grow. Vice-Mayor Zadra of Reno will attend lunch and speak to the women veterans. The event will be able to host 80 attendees. Registration required, contact Yvonne Betron at 702-486-3830, or

Registration deadline June 25 and a flyer for the event can be downloaded from the NOVS website.

With mission-focused employees, NOVS is responsible for the administration of two State Veterans Memorial Cemeteries, a State Veterans Home, and a State-wide Veterans Service Officer program. NOVS is instrumental in connecting Nevada’s veterans and their families with benefits and assistance from both the State and Federal government. For more information, call 866-630-VETS or visit

Hike with Carmen

Carmen Carr 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 Frog Lake Overlook on Saturday, June 15. 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 trail head. From there you will head 1/4 mile down the trail and join the PCT — follow it under the highway. Then come to an intersection with the trails to Warren Lake and Summit Lake. Go right and follow signs to Warren Lake. It’s about 3 miles to the ridge line. At the top of the ridge there is an unmarked trail to the Frog Lake overlook on the right. The trail is about 1/8 miles and easy to find. The views are spectacular and Frog lake sits about 1,000 ft. below.

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

Tahoe LUNA Chix host Xterra Tahoe City Triathlon Clinic

The Tahoe LUNA Chix want to help all the ladies get ready for the Xterra Tahoe City Triathlon. Learn how to transition smoothly, get tips on efficiency and connect with a group of inspiring women to help you from the start through the finish line. The Tahoe LUNA Chix will host a free clinic Saturday, June 15 at 9 a.m. Meet at Commons Beach and make sure to bring your swim, bike, and running gear. Plan on three hours. Clinic participants are asked to bring a $15 donation for the Breast Cancer Fund. A LUNA goody bag will be included with clinic registration. For more information, visit, email or find us on Facebook.

Four Shields Quest

Storytelling our Human Nature, June 23-25. Meet Sunday 3 p.m. at U of Earth Campus, Graeagle. Time on the land in the Plumas National Forest, return to campus Tuesday by 6 p.m.

Cost $250, Quest Program includes camping, shuttle, guides. Meals not included. Exploring The Four Shields is a way to understand the language of nature. We are earth-born, children of nature, and related to every living thing. Each shield has a persona of human nature, a corresponding element, color, direction, and energetic that connects us to our natural world. Learn about each shield, and have the opportunity to walk alone to explore your personal connection. Gather in council to tell your story and reflect the nature of your being.

For more information, trip details or to register Contact Polly Triplat at 530-412-0774 or email

Incline Village Community Hospital

Low-Cost Community Health Screenings

Responding to the need for community members to take proactive steps toward improved health, Incline Village Community Hospital offers monthly low-cost health screenings every second Friday of the month. Screenings are 8-9 a.m. at the Incline Village Community Hospital located at 880 Alder Ave., Incline Village. 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

Patients should fast for 10-12 hours prior to testing. Tests are performed at the Incline Village Community Hospital, a service of Tahoe Forest Health System, located at 880 Alder Avenue, Incline Village. For more information call 775-833-4100.

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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