Send your health itemContent is selected from e-mail submissions to Community Editor Amy Edgett at firstname.lastname@example.org. Submissions are published in the print edition news space permitting. To enter an event online, visit www.sierrasun.com, locate the event calendar. Click on submit an event, follow instructions. Keep event description to 50 words.Help build your communitywith Dr. Ariyaratne (Dr. Ari) from Sri LankaYou are invited to a presentation on community building by Dr. Ariyaratne (Dr. Ari) from Sri Lanka, presented by For Goodness Sake, Northern Nevada Connecting the Good, and The Community Collaborative of Tahoe Truckee. Please arrive early to enjoy refreshments, Wednesday, July 18, 10 a.m.-noon at the Parasol Community Foundation, DW Reynolds Building in the Trepp Room, 948 Incline Way, Incline Village, Nev.Dr. Ari has led peace marches and meditations with millions of poor people, he has quieted angry masses through his personal example, he has successfully mediated intense conflicts and helped build hundreds of homes, he has an impressive ability to rally ordinary citizens to see the spiritual wisdom of looking beyond their own salvation to help ensure the salvation of others. But he is almost completely unknown outside of Sri Lanka. He is Dr. A.T. Ariyaratne, founder of the Sarvodaya Shramadana movement of Sri Lanka. Dr. Ari will share the philosophy, success and activities of the Sarvodaya Shramadana movement in Sri Lanka, the world’s largest and most successful non-government community organization. Visit www.sarvodaya.org or www.drari2012.com.Test a new Deuter backpack on the Tahoe Rim TrailTahoe Mountain Sports, Deuter and the Tahoe Rim Trail Association are teaming up for an opportunity to test a variety of backpacks while hiking on one of Tahoe’s most beautiful trails, Saturday, July 21, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Mt. Rose Trailhead.“This is a great way to really figure out what kind of backpack will work best for you — working with pack experts and putting packs through the paces on the trail,” said Tahoe Mountain Sports owner Dave Polivy. “And you get to go on a beautiful hike in Lake Tahoe, what’s not to like?”The hike will start at the Mt. Rose Trailhead on Highway 431, heading through wildflower-speckled fields to Galena Falls.“It’s great that we get to offer something extra with Deuter and Tahoe Mountain Sports on this hike,” said Jaime Souza from the Tahoe Rim Trail Association. “We get tons of people asking which backpack is right for them and its always been hard for us to answer that question. When TMS stepped in this season to offer these pack demo hikes, we thought it was a natural fit for our organizations to work together.”Whether you’re looking for the perfect pack for quick day hikes or a serious load hauler for a multi-week trip on a trail like the TRT, check out Deuter’s gear, making packs since 1898. They are the pack of choice for the National Outdoor Leadership School.Deuter experts will be on hand to help you get the perfect fit. Tahoe Mountain Sports is the region’s foremost Deuter dealer and a committed partner and sponsor of the Tahoe Rim Trail Association.The hike is free and participants will walk away with free gear from Deuter and Tahoe Mountain Sports.Visit www.tahoerimtrail.org, limited to 20 participants.Tahoe Mountain Sports is located at 8331 North Lake Blvd. in Kings Beach, or visit www.tahoemountainsports.com.Unwind and Reviveand support of drug and alcohol preventionJuly 20, 1-8 p.m. Unwind Salon in Truckee is hosting a benefit to support Tahoe-Truckee Future Without Drug Dependence’s youth drug and alcohol prevention efforts with a a summer spa spritzer fundraiser. All services are buy donation and 100 percent of the proceeds will benefit TT-FWDD. Spa menu includes: haircuts, special effects highlights, facial waxing, chair massages, nails and tanning booth.Appointments encouraged at 530-582-9344 but walk-ins welcome. Live music and complimentary hors d’oeuvres and beverages.This is a alcohol and drug-free, family-friendly event supporting a great cause. For more information contact Unwind or www.ttfwdd.com.NASTC Women’s Climbing Workshopon Donner SummitJoin a fun community of women July 20 and learn basic rock climbing skills or improve upon your established technique. NASTC’s top female guides will share specific techniques for women’s body mechanics. The day will be centered around building confidence, friendships, sharing ideas and enjoying the natural camaraderie and support. There will be single pitch climbs for beginners and multi-pitch climbs of varying difficulties for more experienced climbers. Donner Summit is well known by climbers world-wide for its excellent granite. There are also some gentle climbs with simple movements and huge views. Price is $95 and includes shoes, harness and helmet. Visit www.skiNASTC.com for more information. High-Sugar Diet and DiseaseAre high sugar diets contributing to the epidemics of cardiovascular disease and diabetes? Find out Thursday, July 26, 6 p.m. (no-host bar at 5:30 p.m.) at the Tahoe Center for Environmental Sciences, 291 Country Club Drive, Incline Village, Nev. (on the campus of Sierra Nevada College). Nutrition science researcher Dr. Kimber Stanhope will present a study recently featured in the CBS News 60 Minutes investigative report with Dr. Sanjay Gupta (the CBS News 60 Minute story will be rerun on Aug. 5, 2012) on the metabolic effects of sugar consumption.Qi Gong Tai Chi on the RiverJoin summer classes on the banks of the Truckee River at Regional Park Riverfront barbecue area. Meet each Tuesday, 9-10 a.m. Slow, rhythmical movements coordinated with deep focused breathing. Building and generating energy, enhancing your sense of well-being, removing energy blocks as you gently move your joints. Smile and laugh throughout the class to release negative and unwanted stored energy. Four thousand years of history and development brings this most relaxing and energizing format. Call Rolf at 530-587-2557 or just show up.Grand opening of theGene Upshaw Memorial Tahoe Forest Cancer CenterThe new Tahoe Forest Cancer Center (TFCC), a service of Tahoe Forest Health System announced the official building naming as the Gene Upshaw Memorial Tahoe Forest Cancer Center (GUMTFCC). The naming of the Cancer Center will honor Gene Upshaw’s legacy and advance the Upshaw family’s passion for quality medical care for cancer patients and their families.The new cancer center, funded in part by the taxpayer-supported Measure C bond passed in September 2007, brings cancer care to Truckee. Services include the latest medical oncology evaluation, diagnosis and treatment programs including the new addition of radiation oncology, featuring True Beam radiation technology. Also offered are PET-CT, MRI and CT scan, ultrasound and the latest in imaging services. The facility also has a comfortable and modern infusion center, on-site pharmacy and lab. A comprehensive patient and family support program is offered, including a family resource and teaching center, and breast prosthesis and wig salon. A community grand opening and open house will take place Saturday, July 21, 1-4 p.m. at 10121 Pine Ave., Truckee.Community health risks to be discussedBiomass project moves forwardCommunity Meeting: Health Impact Assessment andamp; Biomass Energy Facility, Tuesday, Aug. 7, 6-8 p.m. at the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District Offices, Board Room, 11603 Donner Pass Road, Truckee.The potential risks and benefits posed by a renewable energy project near Truckee will be explained Aug. 7. All interested parties are encouraged to attend.A biomass energy facility is proposed to be built between Truckee and Tahoe City on Cabin Creek Road. After a failed attempt at building the plant in Kings Beach, Placer County relocated the plans to Cabin Creek Road.A grant was awarded to Sequoia Foundation in partnership with Placer County soon after to fund a Health Impact Assessment, which will assess every potential health impact of the proposed facility. The project is one of 14 national projects awarded grant money to conduct a Health Impact Assessment, providing the Tahoe Truckee community with an opportunity to participate in a cutting-edge community education model and an additional venue to provide feedback on the proposed facility.At this meeting, the Sequoia Foundation will present the assessment findings to the community at large and explain the impacts the project could have. Representatives will also explain the process for public input.The Community Collaborative of Tahoe Truckee is working in partnership with Placer County. Contact Brooke Rose at the Community Collaborative of Tahoe Truckee at Brooke@communitycollaborative.org or 530-587-1776.Free JazzerciseTry Jazzercise for two weeks free for (new students, local residents only) Tighten your butts and guts for summer! Jazzercise combines aerobics, strength training with weights and tubes, and stretching for a fun, total body workout. Easy to follow, with today’s hottest music. Classes are held at the North Tahoe Event Center in Kings Beach: Monday-Saturday, 8:45 a.m. and Tuesday and Thursday, 5:30 p.m. For more information call Ginny at 530-546-7745.Are You Conscious?Are you aware of how much fun you’re having when you’re moving the ol’ bod effortlessly? When you’re not the least bit concerned about holding the beat, but it happens anyway? Sierra Conscious Dance offers up eclectic DJ mixes, with guidance on how to flat out let go of your concerns for a couple of hours of your life. You will be moved. Join the dance every Friday at 7 p.m., InnerRhythms Dance Studio, 12047 Donner Pass Road, Truckee. Cost is $10 donation, first-timers free.