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Truckee Tahoe health and wellness announcements

Send your health itemContent is selected from e-mail submissions to Community Editor Amy Edgett at Submissions are published in the print edition news space permitting. To enter an event online, visit, locate the event calendar. Click on andamp;#8220;submit an event,andamp;#8221; follow instructions. Keep event description to 50 words.Springboard diving begins March 1The Truckee Donner Recreation and Park District is offering a springboard diving class this March at the community pool. Join experienced instructor Liz Robinson as you learn all the fun diving board tricks like pikes, flips, back dives and more. Class cost $90 and runs for six weeks, March 1-April 5. Small class size helps ensure progress and get the personal attention you want. Call 530-582-7720 for more info or to sign up. For more information about any swimming programs, contact aquatic coordinator Amanda Oberacker at 530-582-2361 or Learn the sport of BiathlonAuburn Ski Club offers clinics throughout the year to introduce people to biathlon at its training center on Donner Summit next to Boreal. The clinics will introduce you to rifle safety and shooting skills using the Clubandamp;#8217;s Biathlon rifles (.22 caliber). Range procedure is also taught: How to deal with your skis and poles as you enter the shooting range, how to calm your breathing and ready yourself before shooting the five rounds after each skiing lap. Novice and Improver Biathlon Clinics will be offered Saturday, Feb. 25, and Sunday, April 1.There is a winter biathlon race scheduled at Auburn Ski Club Sunday, Feb. 26, with novice and andamp;#8220;proandamp;#8221; divisions. Rifles and ammunition are provided for the novice race. Participants are strongly encouraged to attend at least one clinic before racing.There is added excitement about the sport of biathlon locally because the Auburn Ski Club has been selected to host the National Summer Biathlon Championships in August of 2012. The Club will organize novice races during the Championship week.For more information visit Gong andamp; MeditationQi Gong is an ancient Chinese health care practice integrating physical postures and breathing techniques with focused intention. It is a highly effective self-healing practice that cultivates energy and overall health. A meditation will follow the light exercises. Free and open to all ages. Every Friday, 5:30-7 p.m. at Synergy Healing Arts, 11890 Donner Pass Road (at Northwoods), Truckee. Joyful Life Acupuncture andamp; Integrative Medicine, 530-386-4851, ChamonixTruckee-based North American Ski Training Center ( is excited to announce a partnership with Mexico City-based Ski Madness ( They have partnered to deliver adventure ski clinics in Tahoe and all over the world. Ski Madness represents the ski markets of Mexico and South America. NASTCandamp;#8217;s reputation and long-standing relationships in the ski world led to this fusion, which should result in increased numbers coming from those markets to Tahoe. March 23-31 brings the next big trip for these companies together: destination Chamonix. Both companies share a goal to improve ski enthusiastsandamp;#8217; skiing and give them a life-changing adventure by having a professional right by their side. For more information please visit the websites.Tahoe Forest Hospice seeksnew bereavement support volunteerTahoe Forest Hospice is currently seeking to engage a compassionate and dedicated person interested in joining its team of hospice bereavement support volunteers. The volunteer will work as a part of the bereavement team under the direction of the bereavement coordinator and volunteer coordinator supporting hospice families and friends during the grief process. The main responsibilities include working under the direction of the volunteer and bereavement coordinator to provide bereavement services to deceased patientsandamp;#8217; families; provide services on a scheduled basis according to program needs and bereavement plan of care; maintain open communication with other team members and assist the bereavement coordinator with community support when needed.Qualifying candidates must exhibit emotional maturity, reliability, sensitivity, good listening skills, successful incorporation of losses in oneandamp;#8217;s own life and the ability to accept people as they are, in addition to being organized and dependable.The hospice bereavement support volunteer is also required to attend an eight-hour free bereavement training program in addition to an online training or the 25-hour hospice patient/family support volunteer training. Other requirements include: Attending a minimum of two volunteer support and education meetings annually; committing and having a willingness to one year of service; completing visit and/or all notes and monthly reports on a timely basis; following all Tahoe Forest Health System and Tahoe Forest Hospice policies and procedures and submitting to a background check, TB test, Flu and Tdap vaccination at no cost to the volunteer.For more information, please contact Val Sutter, coordinator of volunteers, Tahoe Forest Hospice, at 530-582-3534 or at to benefit Humane SocietyImagine enjoying a wonderful one-hour massage knowing you are helping homeless pets the whole time. Thatandamp;#8217;s right, Zenergy Tahoe will donate $20 from every regular priced, one-hour massage* during February to the Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe. A pampering massage is the perfect gift for your sweetheart on Valentineandamp;#8217;s Day and a really great way to treat yourself to something special. Call Zenergy Tahoe at 530-448-0344 to schedule your appointment or purchase a gift-certificate. Remember to mention the Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe so $20 will be donated to help homeless pets. *Cannot be combined with other discounts or offers. Not valid with 1/2 hour massage.36th Great Ski Race registration openBe a part of history. On Sunday, March 4, cross-country ski racers will gather to embark on the 36th annual Great Ski Race. The Great Ski Race covers 30 km beginning at the Tahoe Cross Country Center in Tahoe City to the Cottonwood Restaurant in Truckee. Race registration is available now at Prices go up on Feb. 16 so sign up now.Far West Nordic skating technique video clinicThis clinic will focus on analyzing and improving your skating technique and improving performance in skate races such as the upcoming Great Ski Race, with coaches Andrea Miller and Peter Mayfield, Feb. 19, 9 a.m. at the Auburn Ski Club. Cost is $50 Far West members; $70 non members. This clinic will include two hours on snow time where coaches will review various aspects of how you skate ski, help you correct bad habits, and identify opportunities for improving your skiing. Then spend an hour reviewing video and learn from analysis. This clinic is geared towards intermediate and advanced skate skiers. All participants must have a valid trail pass for the day – non-ASC members may purchase a $10 trail pass from Auburn Ski Club. Visit Remember to send in your adult waiver and release form.Hike with CarmenCarmen 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 Paige Meadows trailhead on Saturday, Feb. 18. At the Tahoe City Y turn right at Granlibakken Road. Follow the road to the Granlibakken Ski Area. The trailhead at Granlibakken starts at the top of the ski lift, where you will meet. The length of the hike is 2 to 4 miles round trip. Take your snowshoes and be ready for an awesome adventure. Visit for the future hiking schedule as well as fun pictures, call 530-550-5192 or e-mail folk dancing coming to TruckeeAnnouncing an exciting new winter class offered through the Truckee Donner Recreation andamp; Parks District, International Folk Dance for Adults and Teens. Make new friends and dance to the beautiful music of Israel, Romania, Greece, Scotland, France, Hungary, and other countries. Great exercise, and no partners needed. Offered Thursday nights, 7-8:15 p.m. Downtown Truckee in the Community Arts Center for 10 weeks beginning Jan. 26. Cost is $40 per month, or $12 for drop ins. Instructor: Courtney Simson. Register at or 530-582-7720.Waterfront lifeguard classThe first session for anyone who wants to be a lifeguard will be held Feb. 21-25 at the Truckee Community Pool. It includes lifeguard training, basic first aid, and CPR. For the Professional Rescuer with AED. Students must show proof of age (15+) and swim 500 yards continuously, shallow dive, surface dive and tread water. Cost is $200. Call TDRPD at 530-582-7720 for more info.

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