INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — Content for the weekly Health and Wellness section is selected from e-mail submissions to Bonanza editor Kevin MacMillan at email@example.com. Please send the 5w’s:, who, what, when, where and why, plus website and contact information.
Incline Village Community Hospital
Low-Cost Community Health Screenings
Responding to the need for community members to take proactive steps toward improved health, Incline Village Community Hospital offers monthly low-cost health screenings every second Friday of the month. Screenings are 8-9 a.m. at the Incline Village Community Hospital located at 880 Alder Ave., Incline Village. No appointment is necessary.
“It’s a simple, affordable way to start taking charge of your health,” said Chris Spencer, Director of Community Health Services. “We offer a variety of lab tests and screenings, all conducted on a first-come, first-served basis. No appointment is necessary. Screening tests, in conjunction with regular physical exams by your healthcare provider are an important part of preventive health care.
Cash, checks and credit cards are accepted (VISA, MC, and American Express) for screenings. Low-cost lab screenings are not necessarily reimbursable by your insurance company. The following tests are available: Complete blood count, $11; comprehensive metabolic panel, $26; lipid panel (fasting required $31; TSH, thyroid stimulating hormone, $30; PSA, prostate-specific antigen, $79
Patients should fast for 10-12 hours prior to testing. Tests are performed at the Incline Village Community Hospital, a service of Tahoe Forest Health System, located at 880 Alder Avenue, Incline Village. For more information call 775-833-4100.
Tour de Manure / Sierra Valley Metric Century
62, 42, 30 mile bicycle ride routes
Pedal through the ranchlands, meadows and historic communities of Sierra Valley in the fourth annual Tour de Manure Metric Century, Saturday, June 15, benefiting Sierraville Fire and Rescue. Watch for hawks, yellow-headed black birds, sandhill cranes and other wildlife abundant on these headwaters of the Feather River. The Tour de Manure showcases the spring meadows, ranch lands and historic Highway 49 communities of Sierra Valley, a half-hour drive north of Truckee. There are a few mild climbs, but generally a flat, relaxed ride. Pre-registration $50 until June 7, then $60 at www.active.com. Fee includes zesty rest stop food and drinks, a collectible “raging bull” Tour de Manure T-shirt, and a whoop-it-up finish line party and full-belly meal provided by local restaurants and ranchers. Live music by the Simpletones. The ride has SAG support, maps, and route markings. Check out the Tour de Manure Facebook page, http://on.fb.me/YLa8cY. Camping is available at four U.S. Forest Service campgrounds and Sierra Valley Hot Springs (need reservations: www.sierrahotsprings.com). Also, check VRBO for local vacation rentals.
Mental health grants available
Do you have an interesting idea of how to support mental health in our community? Do you run a program that helps people stay well and feeling good? You may be eligible for a grant from the Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation. They have funding available for innovative approaches to mental health and well being. These funds come from Placer County Mental Health Services Act Innovations Funds. Visit www.ttcf.net to learn more about the guidelines for this funding. If you have any questions, you can email Phebe Bell, program officer, at www.ttcf.net.
IRONMAN Lake Tahoe Entry Contest
Want to compete in the 2013 IRONMAN Lake Tahoe and raise funds for a local nonprofit? Girls on the Run- Sierras (GOTR-S) inspires girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running. In 500 words or less, tell them why you think this mission is crucial and of personal significance to you; how you have activated your limitless potential and embodied this mission in your life; and how can you help girls in the community by participating in the IRONMAN Lake Tahoe as the GOTR-S chosen SoleMate. Contest winner agrees to register for SoleMates, the adult charity running program for Girls on the Run, and raise a minimum of $5,000 for GOTR-S on or within 30 days of completing the 2013 IRONMAN Lake Tahoe. Contest ends June 8. To enter the contest and official rules visit www.GirlsOnTheRunSierras.org/contest.
Youth Backcountry Camps
Each summer the Tahoe Rim Trail Association partners with Tahoe Institute for Natural Science (TINS) and The American Red Cross to offer Youth Backcountry Camps to junior and high school students. In the same spirit of guided hikes for adults, Youth Backcountry Camps provide an opportunity for youth to get outdoors with their peers to discover and experience firsthand the beauty of the Lake Tahoe region. These camps are designed for youth with little or no experience living, working and traveling in the backcountry, or for those who want a fun service-learning trip on the Tahoe Rim Trail. Be introduced to: Wilderness survival and first aid backpacking; maps, GPS and compass; backcountry cooking; Leave No Trace. You will also partake in a service learning project maintaining part of the Tahoe Rim Trail! Questions? Contact Hayley by email or call 775-298-0238. YBCC - Wilderness First Aid (five-day), $335, ages 14-17, July 14-18; YBCC - Desolation Wilderness (six-day), $395, ages 14-17, July 21-26. YBCC - Mt. Rose Wilderness (three-day), $225, ages 12-15, July 28-30. Scholarships available upon request.
Trail Ambassador & Backcountry Patrol Training
Two-day training is required for all new and returning Tahoe Rim Trail Association Trail Ambassadors and Lake Tahoe Backcountry Patrol Mountain Bikers. Event date is June 8-9. The first day will be an indoor training at the DWR Community Center in Incline Village, that covers paperwork, organizational orientation, emergency communication and a general program overview. The second day at Spooner Lake at the Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park, and will be outdoor practical training. Training topics will include: Basic EMS training for those that need it (basic first aid/CPR), basic GPS and topo map reading; Leave No Trace; volunteer forms and patrol log overview; radio use instruction; basic bike repair training; backcountry preparedness and awareness and trail user etiquette. Training materials and lunch (on Saturday); pack a lunch for Sunday, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. both days.
For: All potential hikers, equestrians and mountain bikers who are interested in serving as Ambassadors/Patrollers on the Tahoe Rim Trail. Trainers: Lake Tahoe NV State Parks, Lake Tahoe Backcountry Patrol, and the Tahoe Rim Trail Association.
Call 775-298-0285 for more information or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Veteran Suicide Prevention
It is topic mostly ignored and avoided. Nevada has one of the highest suicide rates in the country among veterans, both men and women. If you or someone you know is in crisis, please call 1-800-273-TALK (8255) National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. Information from the Nevada Office of Veteran Services.
Although most will never pursue a black belt in a martial art, we know what martial artists can do and what they are capable of doing when confronted by the common attacker: they protect themselves! Now, you, too, can learn to protect yourself without years of formal martial arts training. Learn to protect yourself with personal protection self-defense training from Shuey’s Family Personal Protection Center located at 288 Village Blvd. in Incline Village. When? Every Friday, 5-6 p.m. The class is open to men, women, teenagers, and children with their parents. Your instructor: Mark Shuey, Jr. No commitments. No obligation to become a student of any of their martial arts programs. All classes are street casual. This personal protection class give you new knowledge for the rest of your life. It could come in handy someday.
Class fee is $15 per person. Reduced fees are available if you would like to drop in again for another class. Call Mark at 775-691-6730 for more information, or just show up.
Depression and Bipolar Peer Support Group forming
Are people interested in participating in a peer support group to help deal with the obstacles of living with depression and bipolar conditions? This will be a client-based group based on groups affiliated with the national organization Depression and Bipolar Alliance with plans to become affiliated with the national organization. The organizer has received facilitator training, led meetings in other areas and knows how helpful these groups can be by communicating with someone who can understand what you are going through. Support networks are fundamental in dealing with a mental illness. If you or someone you know might benefit from this group call the toll free message number at 888-544-9991 or contact via Craig’s List to discuss how to proceed. There will be no fees or costs for participating with this group.
Support for Domestic Violence Survivors
Tahoe SAFE Alliance is offering two support groups for women who are survivors of domestic violence. One group is in Spanish and held on Tuesday afternoons at 3:30 p.m., and one group is in English which is held on Thursday evenings 6-7:30 p.m. Both groups have snacks provided. During the support groups, a children’s appropriate group with fun activities and snacks is available. If you are interested please call Juan at Tahoe SAFE Alliance at 530-582-9117 for more information.
Wanderlust Returning to Tahoe
North Lake Tahoe announced the Wanderlust Festival, the world’s largest and fastest growing yoga and music festival, will return for a fifth year to Squaw Valley Thursday, July 18 through Sunday, July 21.
In addition to yoga and live music, attendees will enjoy organic food and wine, an inspirational speaker program, meditation and outdoor activities, such as paddle boarding, hiking, biking, and running. The yogis teaching and speaking are considered rock stars of the discipline and include Seane Corn, Shiva Rea, Dharma Mittra, Rod Stryker, Gurumkh Kaur Khalsa, Schuyler Grant and more.
The music lineup is equally impressive with Moby, Gramatik, Caravan Palace, Random Rab, Quixotic, Hannah Thiem, East Forest, MC Yogi, DJ Drez and Fabian Alsultany.
For more information, a complete lineup of events, photos and videos, and event tickets visit http://squaw.wanderlustfestival.com.
For special Wanderlust Festival lodging packages, head to the North Lake Tahoe Visitors Bureaus’ website at www.GoTahoeNorth.com, and click on the Cool Deals tab, which is updated daily with deals and savings.
Make a Difference in Someone’s Life
Tahoe Forest Hospice is offering volunteer training for hospice patient and family support volunteers to help patients and families who live in Truckee, North Tahoe and Incline Village. Volunteering is a great opportunity to help patients at end-of-life in your community. Provide companionship and friendship. Provide a break (respite) for caregivers. Do errands and shopping. Other activities include reading, playing games, gardening and helping with meals. Flexible hours available.
Training is a combination of online and in-person training totaling 20-25 hours, free of charge, at the Hospice Volunteer and Bereavement Center, 10083 Lake Ave., Truckee. For details contact Tahoe Forest Hospice Volunteer Coordinator Val Sutter at email@example.com or 530-582-3534.