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Photo courtesy Matt ChappellKaylee Bustos and Mariela Lazcano Kings Beach Elementary School fourth graders celebrate at the end of a Girls on the Run event.

How would you like to help not just one girl but 15 even 20 gain a stronger sense of identity, greater self-acceptance, a healthier body and an understanding of what it means to be part of a team? For a commitment of just a couple of hours a week, you can make a difference. Girls on the Run -Sierras (GOTR) is seeking volunteer coaches and is open for registration for girls third through eighth grade for its 10-week program. The program got up and running March 23.Girls on the Run is a national experiential learning program for girls. The goal is completion of a noncompetitive 5k walk/run, and good health, friendship, positive body image and self-esteem.Currently in The Sierras there are six sites, with 200 girls participating. The school sites include Truckee, Tahoe City, and Kings Beach. For information visit or contact Dana Tanner, Volunteer Coordinator at or 583-5616.

Therese Johnson, Reiki Master/Teacher, will host a free educational seminar Friday, April 3, regarding the practice and benefits of Reiki, a form of touch therapy that originated in the Far East. She will discuss the healing benefits of this ancient technique, which involves placing the hands in various positions on the body to direct positive energy, or ki, into the areas where it is needed to heal. She will also conduct demonstrations.Individual sessions will be available for $55 andamp; $30. A Reiki One Class for $125 will be offered on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.Reiki is used in many hospitals and has been shown to promote relaxation, reduce or eliminate pain, and help to manage stress.The details: Sierra Hot Springs, April 3, from 8 to 9:30 p.m., 521 Campbell Hot Springs Road, Sierraville. For information call 305-8872, or e-mail Therese at Visit for upcoming Reiki event schedule.

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 Pole Creek trailhead on Saturday, April 25, 2009. From Truckee, take Hwy 89 south toward Squaw Valley. The trailhead is across from the Big Chief Lodge. Along the way there are stunning views of 8424-foot Silver Peak.Visit for the future hiking schedule as well as fun pictures. Call 550-5192.

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