Tahoe Truckee Health & Wellness announcements
To our healthDo you have a Health & Wellness item for publication? Send it to Amy Edgett, Community Editor, at email@example.com, subject Health Release. Deadline for Wednesday publication is the Friday previous at noon. Articles printed news space permitting.Adult swim lessonsThe Truckee Donner Recreation and Park District is offering a Learn to Swim program for adults. This eight-week week class is designed to make you more comfortable in deep water, and help you learn to swim or improve your strokes. Meets 6:30 p.m. at the Truckee Community Swimming Pool. Monthly classes are ongoing. Call 582-7720.Free yoga classesBeginners Yoga will be offered to the community, Mondays, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. through Dec. 14. Free at the Center for Spiritual Living, 2810 Lake Forest Road, Tahoe City. Beginners Integral Hatha Yoga classes involve specific postures, especially beneficial for the spine and digestion followed by deep relaxation and breathing practices. Integral yoga is slower yoga designed to ease the body and reduce stress. All are encouraged to attend. Please bring a mat or towel. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org, (508) 284-1185.Free XC presentationCatch the free Sports Performance Speaker Series Wednesday, Nov. 4 at 6 p.m. Presented by Jeff Schloss, Sugar Bowl Academy and Far West Nordic Junior and Senior Coach. Tahoe Center for Health and Sports Performance, 10710 Donner Pass Road, Truckee. Phone 587-3769.Healthy Happy Kids KampaignFamily nutrition made simple. Presented by Leanna Crocco, Certified Wellness Coach, for information e-mail email@example.com or call (775) 746-1777. Nov. 6 and 7, 12:30 p.m., KidZone Museum, 11711 Donner Pass Road, Truckee. This is not a KidZone program.Dance Workshop at InnerRhythms Waves: Stories of Self, with Eugene Hedlund, certified 5Rhythms teacher, Friday, Nov. 6, 6 p.m. through Sunday, Nov. 8 at 3:30 p.m., InnerRhythms Dance Studio, 12219 Business Park Dr. Suite 3, Truckee. Use the foundation of the 5Rhythms as a movement meditation to examine your stories. Investigate how you stand as center of your own circle and practice discovering how you hold that center while remaining connected to the whole. No experience in dance/movement is necessary. All that is required is an open heart, curiosity, sense of humor and compassion, particularly for the self. Cost $220. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 550-8464. Visit http://www.innerrhythms.org. Far West to kick off seasonThis year’s season kick-off auction and raffle extravaganza fundraiser for the Far West Nordic Ski Association is expected to be the largest and most exciting in its long history. Now in its 24th year, Far West Nordic’s Auction/Raffle Party will be held on Saturday, Nov. 7, 6 p.m. at Mt. Judah Lodge, Sugar Bowl. The auction and raffle prizes promise to be some of the best, with ski equipment and outdoor gear, plus prizes from XC ski areas, bike shops, local restaurants and more. Headlining the prizes is a ski package from Salomon, Swix and Fischer. A special online auction event will be available to “off-the-hill” members. This is Far West Nordic’s largest fundraiser for its Junior Nordic programs. Tickets are available from local Junior racers, or contact the Far West Office email@example.com or (530) 852-0879. Auction prize updates will be available at http://www.farwestnordic.org.Buddy Werner ski and snowboard programRegistration is now being accepted for the Truckee-Donner Recreation & Park District’s Buddy Werner Ski & Snowboard Program. The program is open to skiers and snowboarder from 5 years of age to 17. Children are grouped into teams by ability levels, making this a perfect program for the skier/boarder just starting out (must be able to get on and off the chairlift) to the expert. Advanced skiers 8 to 17 may compete in Tahoe League Races as well. The program meets every Sunday at Soda Springs starting Dec. 13. There are also ski away days to Alpine Meadows, Homewood, Sugar Bowl, Tahoe Donner and Donner Ski Ranch.Cost is $220, making it the most affordable program of it’s kind in the Tahoe area. The cost includes a full season pass to Soda Springs, all ski away days, awards and team sweatshirt. There is a $50 discount for those who volunteer at the Truckee Ski Swap on Nov. 7. For more information call 582-7720.The Feldenkrais MethodThe Lake Tahoe Wellness Center is offering a workshop on the Feldenkrais Method. This is an educational approach to movement exploration to refine kinesthetic awareness, enhance cognitive skills and develop optimal use of the muscular/skeletal system. This method is utilized by performing artists and athletes wanting to fine-tune their skills; by people with neurological disorders or physical injury; and by anyone who would like to enjoy lightness, ease and spontaneity in movement; improve agility, coordination and range of motion; reduce stress, tension and fatigue; enhance bone density and breathing and increase vitality and personal comfort. Saturday, Nov. 7, from 10:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., Lake Tahoe Wellness Center, 695 Wolf St., Kings Beach. Cost is $15. Register in advance at (775) 833-3638.Call for adaptive skiing volunteers Disabled Sports Far West at Alpine Meadows Resort is looking for volunteers to help teach people with disabilities to learn how to downhill ski and snowboard. The volunteer must be a strong intermediate skier or snowboarder and have a desire to share the “mountain experience” with students. A two-day mandatory training is provided. Lift tickets are provided on volunteer day. View, download and print a volunteer application at http://www.disabledsports.net, or call 581-4161.Slow Food meetingHave you heard about Slow Food but not sure what it is? Want to learn more? Then join Slow Food Lake Tahoe’s orientation on Nov. 11 at 4 p.m. at the Dragonfly restaurant in Truckee. Slow Food Lake Tahoe is a nonprofit organization started in 2007. Its mission is to reconnect people to the enjoyment of good, clean and fair food, as well as clean and fair goods, and to educate the community about their role as co-producers. Monthly orientations, held second Wednesdays, will be led by Billy McCullough, Dragonfly owner/chef and SFLT founding member. Anyone interested is welcome. No-host bar and guests are welcome to stay after the presentation for questions and socializing. Contact SFLT chapter leader Susan Diane at 582-7498 or firstname.lastname@example.org.Cross country ski swap10th Annual xc Ski Swap, a Fundraiser for the Tahoe Cross Country Ski Education Association, Nov. 14, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The biggest cross country ski swap in the region. A great place to buy and sell gear for skate skiing, classic, backcountry, snowshoeing, telemark and more. The lowest commission around on sold items, only 15 percent. Free admission. Register sale items Friday Nov. 13 from 2 to 9 p.m.Volunteers needed for Friday and Saturday. Contact email@example.com or 583-5475. Tahoe XC is located at 925 Country Club Drive, three miles from downtown Tahoe City.Hike with CarmenCarmen 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 the Negro Canyon trailhead on Saturday, Nov. 14, 2009. Exit I-80 at the Donner Lake Interchange (west end of Donner Lake), or take Donner Lake Road from the west end of Donner Lake under I-80. A dirt road leaves the interchange on the north side of I-80 and quickly takes you to a large dirt parking area. Stay to the right of the Rim Trail informational kiosk and follow the access road up the east (right) side of Negro Canyon. The new access trail, called Wendin Way, begins on the left side of this road, about 100 feet past the gate. Visit http://www.CarmenCarr.com for hiking schedule and pictures. Call 550-5192 or Carmen@CarmenCarr.com.Senior Care web conferenceHome Instead Senior Care offices serving California have scheduled a free web conference for family caregivers Nov. 19 at 4 p.m. PST as part of National Family Caregivers Month. The web conference, “The Best Care for Your Parents: Senior Care Solutions and Potential Pitfalls,” will be co-hosted by Suzanne Mintz, President and CEO of the non-profit National Family Caregivers Association, and Home Instead Senior Care Co-Founder and CEO Paul Hogan. Hogan, who co-authored with his wife, Lori, the new book “Stages of Senior Care: Your Step-by-Step Guide to Making the Best Decisions” (November 2009/McGraw Hill) and Mintz will offer participants solutions and resources. To register visit http://www.caregiverstress.com.Flu shots availableFlu vaccines are available through the North Lake Tahoe Fire Protection District and Incline Village Community Hospital, at $20. Medicare billing will be available. Phone (775) 831-0351, ext. 0 for in-home appointment. Walk-ins welcome at Incline Village Community Hospital, 880 Alder Ave. and the fire district’s station at 875 Tanager St. For adults only.Exercise for EnergySpecially designed for current and recovering cancer patients. This 8-week class offers guidance, support and useful tools to maintain health and wellness. Wellness topics include Foods that Fight Cancer, Trouble Shooting GI Problems, Stress, Yoga classes, Lymphedema Prevention and more.Call (530) 587-1062, ext. 213, or firstname.lastname@example.org. Pre-screening required.Free Blood pressure screeningThe third Saturday of each month from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at the Truckee Seventh-day Adventist Church, 11662 Hope Ct., one block west of intersection of Highway 267 and Brockway Road.Ki Gong, yoga, Tai Chi and meditation Ki Gong: 4,000 years of development can’t be wrong. go to class after work to release the tensions of the day, rejuvenate and return home in a state of ease. Better than stopping for a brew! Benefits of Ki Gong: Always done with a smile, increases feeling of positive energy, improves balance, circulation and respiratory control, boost for the immune system, more. Instructor Rolf Godon is a lifelong traveler along the path toward wholeness of mind, body, spirit. Godon, a licensed psychologist, has been teaching Ki Gong for seven years. Fee is $5 drop-in per class, not included in regular fitness center membership. Tahoe Center for Health and Sports Performance, 10710 Donner Pass Road, Wednesdays from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Classes start Oct. 7. Phone 587-3769, visit http://www.tfhd.com.Healthy Kids = Great StudentsThat is why Excellence in Education supports the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District’s Wellness Policy. Excellence in Education views this Guide to the Student Wellness Policy as brain food for students, teachers and parents. It is a collection of healthy information related to nutrition, fitness and food for everyday school and life. We know that healthy kids perform well academically and that is something we are working hard to support.The Foundation takes pride in partnering with the Nutrition Coalition and the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District to provide this important Guide to the Student Wellness Policy to the students and families of the District. Find the wellness guide at ttusd.org or https://exined.org/ttusd-wellness-policy.Heart to heart free lecturesHeart to Heart free lectures at Tahoe Forest Hospital in the Pine Street Cafe, Truckee, Wednesdays, from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Get the facts to reduce your risk of heart disease. Topics include stress management, strength training tips, the latest in heart health, medication tips, heart healthy eating plans, exercise and heart disease,. The how and why of more: fiber, fish and soy, high blood pressure and your heart, emotional aspects of heart disease, foods for fast, easy heart healthy meals and more. For information and registration call 582-3285.Become a hospice volunteerTahoe Forest Hospice needs patient and family support volunteers. Serving patients in the Truckee/Tahoe area, Incline Village, Nev. and parts of Eastern Plumas and Sierra Counties. Volunteering is a great opportunity to help patients at end- of-life in your community. Provide companionship, a respite, for caregivers, run errands, read, play games, garden, help with meals, etc. Flexible hours. The next training starts Oct. 8, 2009 and will be held in Truckee. All classes must be completed in order to graduate. Please call Val Sutter, Volunteer Coordinator, at 582-3534.Look Good, Feel BetterTahoe Forest Cancer Center is offering free supportive care programs. Look Good, Feel Better, This American Cancer Society program is designed to help women overcome the appearance related side effects of cancer treatment. Expert local estheticians offer this program monthly. Supplies must be ordered, so please be sure to register in advance. Meeting the first Mondays of the month. For more information, call 582-6450 for dates and registration.Cancer support group meetingsTwice monthly support group meetings with a medical social worker for everyone currently undergoing cancer treatment. Open to all persons living with cancer including both patients and caregivers regardless of stage, treatment or recovery. First and third Monday of the month, 6 p.m., 11970 Spring St. Call the Cancer Center at 582-6450.Hospital Auxiliary seeks adult volunteers The Tahoe Forest Hospital Auxiliary is looking for committed adult volunteers for the Gift Tree, secretarial work and the Concierge Desk in the Main Lobby. The Child Care Center is looking for adult volunteers to cuddle in the infant room, assist teachers and students with homework. Long Term Care is seeking caring adults for outings and to play Bingo. Contact the Director of Volunteer Services, Criss Rojas at 582-6643.Renee’s PlaceUnderstanding the loss of someone close and getting beyond trauma and grief is very difficult for anyone – especially for young people. The Renee’s Place program gently guides children, teens and families through the grieving process. A generous collection of books, videos, and resource materials are available in your local school and public library. The program also provides trained volunteers who offer compassionate bereavement support in a support group or one on one environment. For more information, please call Tahoe Forest Hospice Services 582-3534.Thrift stores in need of donations Tahoe Forest Hospice Gift and Thrift Stores located in Truckee and Kings Beach are in need of donations. Donations are an important part of hospice fundraising. All proceeds from the stores support hospice services throughout the Truckee-North Lake Tahoe area. They welcome clothing, shoes, books and house wares including small appliances in good working order. Please ask for approval before unloading furniture or TVs. Call 582-4947 in Truckee or 546-5494 in Kings Beach.Support for new moms and infantsWeekly, Thursdays from 10 a.m. to noon. Informal classes with emphasis on individual teaching for the nursing couplet. Get help with proper breastfeeding techniques, positioning the infant, “latch-on” techniques, sore nipples, engorgement, increasing your milk supply, breast pumps and nipple sheilds, postpartum issues, bottle feeding, infant nutrition and parenting. Facilitated by Cindy Bansen, RN, Certified Lactation Counselor. Meetings held at 10977 Spring St., behind the hospital in Building G. Call for more information 582-3247.Lamaze based prepared childbirth classesPrepared childbirth classes at Tahoe Forest Center for Health & Sports Performance will give you tools to enjoy the birth experience and welcome your baby. Classes are taught by Registered Nurses and/or Certified Childbirth Educators, topics include labor and delivery, newborn care, breastfeeding, car seat safety, more. Choking and Basic CPR Instruction (certification available by attending separate infant/child CPR course). For information, dates and registration call 587-3769 or e-mail email@example.com. Volunteer at Tahoe ForestVolunteering is a rewarding experience, and a great way to offer back to the community in which you live. When you volunteer at Tahoe Forest Cancer Center, you’ll receive full training, flexible schedule options and the satisfaction of knowing you made a positive difference in someone’s life. A wide variety of volunteer opportunities are available. For more information, please call Tahoe Forest Cancer Center at 582-6450.