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Truckee Tahoe Health andamp; Wellness announcements

TAHOE/TRUCKEE, Calif. andamp;#8212; Content is selected from e-mail submissions to Community Editor Amy Edgett at To enter an event online, visit, locate the event calendar. Click on submit an event, follow instructions. Keep event description to 50 words. Submissions are published in the print edition news space permitting.2011 Betsy Watson nursing scholarshipThe Truckee Sunrise Rotary Club announced applications are being accepted until Aug. 31 for the Betsy Watson Nursing Scholarship. This scholarship is awarded annually to an outstanding area nursing student. The $1,000 scholarship grant honors the memory of Elizabeth andamp;#8220;Betsyandamp;#8221; Watson, a long-time professional nurse, nursing educator and nursing administrator at Tahoe Forest Hospital in Truckee.Betsy Watson, who was crowned the 2004 Nurse of the Year at Tahoe Forest Hospital, spent more than 20 years nursing for various departments in the hospital, and, according to her peers, left an indelible mark wherever she has gone. She passed away after a long struggle with cancer in May 2008. Speaking for her family, husband Tom Watson said, andamp;#8220;I can think of no better tribute to what Betsy cared most deeply about in her professional life. This generous award will make is easier for a deserving student to pursue a successful career in Betsyandamp;#8217;s footsteps.andamp;#8221; The scholarship is open to U.S. citizens or nationals enrolled as a full or part-time nursing student in an accredited nursing program without regard to race, color, religion, or national origin. Preference is given to qualified applicants with the greatest financial need.Interested nursing students should contact Anne Knudsen of the Truckee Sunrise Rotary Club at 530-426-3251 or More information and an application are available at state law requiresWhooping Cough boosters for grades 7-12For the 2011-12 school year, a new State law requires all incoming seventh-12th graders have a whooping cough booster shot, called Tdap (andamp;#8220;tee-dapandamp;#8221;), administered after their 7th birthday, before entering school. Students without documentation of receiving this booster shot will not be able to start school this fall.Contact your childandamp;#8217;s doctor now if your child hasnandamp;#8217;t yet received a dose of the Tdap booster vaccine to schedule an immunization appointment.Pertussis, also known as whooping cough, is widespread throughout California. This vaccine can help keep your child and family protected.For information about the law and where to get shots, visit,, or Call the Nevada County Health Department at 530-265-1450 or the Placer County Health Department at 530-889-7141.Prices slashed! 2011 Youth Backcountry Camps The Tahoe Rim Trail Association and Sierra Nevada Journeys are partnering for the fourth annual Youth Backcountry Camps summer program. Youths ages 14-17 are invited. These programs are an opportunity for teens to develop backcountry skills. Make new friends while learning about the natural history of the basin, outdoor leadership, teamwork and participate in a service learning project building part of the Tahoe Rim Trail.Session 4: All Girls Camp, ages 13-17, Aug. 14-16, $150.For teens with some experience or interest in backcountry travel, check out YBCC2 a five-day program focusing on backcountry skills and outdoor leadership development. This program provides an incredible wilderness experience for with experienced Tahoe Rim Trail Association and Sierra Nevada Journeys staff Aug. 6-8. Visit or call Tom Rodriguez at 775-298-0238.Volunteer with the Tahoe Rim TrailThe Tahoe Rim Trail Association is working hard to repair and improve trail. They are seeking volunteers in three major areas: Trail maintenance, Rim to Reno trail project and Daggett Summit trail project. Groups are welcome to participate. Please register so there will be enough crew leaders, tools, safety gear, etc. Volunteers should bring their own lunch and water, sunscreen, bug spray, water and a backpack and wear long-sleeved shirts, long pants, boots and work gloves, and bring . The Tahoe Rim Trail Association will provide hard hats, trail building tools and expert crew leaders. To join a volunteer work crew, register online at or contact Max at 775-298-0239 Spa at squaw Creek offering teachers and active military discountSpa at Squaw Creek at the Resort at Squaw Creek is offering teachers and active-duty military 25 percent off midweek spa treatments through Sept. 30, 2011. andamp;#8220;We wanted to recognize these important people who protect and educate us,andamp;#8221; said Kathleen Hall, spa director at Spa at Squaw Creek. Spa at Squaw Creek features 10 treatment rooms, a relaxing sanctuary, dry saunas and steam rooms. The resortandamp;#8217;s signature Tahoe Hot Stone Massage remains a popular spa option. Guests of the spa are welcome to use the outdoor pool and hot tub complex. Guest must present valid ID to receive discount. For reservations, call 530-583-6300.Hike with CarmenCarmen Carr shares her passion with the community by providing monthly, guided hikes of our beautiful backyard and its endless trail systems. Meet at 9 a.m. at the Marlette Lake trailhead Saturday, Sept. 3. Off Highway 28 just before Spooner Junction with Highway 50, 27 miles from Tahoe City. Visit for hiking schedule and pictures. Call 530-550-5192 or e-mail

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