By Tim Hauserman
I gently opened my glazed eyes to see the Cobblestone Clocktower, before settling back into the comfy chair, and returning to my extremely relaxed state. I was under the influence of the fine acupuncture work of my friend Lauren Corda, which meant that it was the First Friday of the month, time for the Community Acupuncture Clinic at the Tahoe Yoga Institute. Corda and fellow acupuncturist Tyler Lapkin provide the clinic on the first and third Friday of each month. The concept of the community clinic is that by treating a number of people at once, it is a more comfortable and less expensive experience for those unaccustomed to acupuncture treatment. The cost is donation based between $20 and $50. Enjoy the community gathering feeling of the clinics in the relaxed atmosphere of the Tahoe Yoga Institute space. It’s like a group meditation class…with needles. Many find acupuncture treatment to be effective for a number of ailments, especially the muscle and joint issues that Tahoe athletic types seem to acquire, and it is quite tranquil…you may even find yourself drifting off into that same la-la land where I usually find myself. Corda and Lapkin are both kind and informal healers, that will make you feel well cared for. Try it out. The next Clinic is March 21st, and then again on the first Friday of April.
Once I arose from my stupor, it was time to hit the other First Friday event at The Cobblestone, an artists exhibit at Trunk Show. Owner Jaclyn Woznicki was ready to pass out margaritas, and artist Michael Heltebrake, was painting outside on the sidewalk. Some of his paintings are in the shop as well, and you could spend hours being intrigued by his incredible works, some of which are painted on old doors. The goal of Trunk Show’s First Friday Sip’N Shop is to bring more people together in The Cobblestone to enjoy art. And if you have not had the opportunity to stop by Trunk Show, you have to check it out. The art is incredibly unique and inspiring, and created by local artisans, including Woznicki herself. Jaclyn has an infectious enthusiasm for all that talent on display, which will help you to appreciate the artist’s efforts even more.