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Effects of Bitcoin and Crypto-currency on Global Financial and Political Stability by Mark L. Dwayne


inancial stability and political stability go hand-in-hand. Venezuela is a good example of rampant inflation, the highest in the world, and how people are using Bitcoin and crypto-currency to survive. In Venezuela, citizens are mining Bitcoin to generate income. Humanitarians are donating using Bitcoin to help buy food and medicine, more Venezuela companies are now accepting Bitcoin, and Bitcoin is being used to buy Amazon gift cards to purchase goods. For Venezuela, Bitcoin has become a lifesaving tool for survival. Last year India recalled 85 percent of its bank notes to collect “taxes.” Many Indians no longer trust the currency or the banks and are buying Bitcoin and other


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crypto-currency. People in Cyprus woke up one morning in 2013 to find the government took 10 percent out of their bank accounts as a “tax.” Zimbabwe’s currency is no longer even in use. Citizens must use U.S. dollars or other legally accepted foreign currency within the country. Because Bitcoin cannot be counterfeited or manufactured at will, or controlled by a government, it could easily provide an alternative world currency to hedge against fiat currency abuse and inflation. In addition, there are those that suggest that Bitcoin and crypto-currency may provide an opportunity for a more level economic playing field, access to banking and global trade that could include the third world economies.

In his article Peace and Stability Through Blockchain: Global Political Awakening and Peace through Trade published on in April 2016, Justin O’Connell writes, “Thus far in the blockchain experiment, we’ve seen use cases for how it can be used. As the strongest use case so far, Bitcoin represents a formidable example of how trade and finance can be streamlined, and the unbanked banked. There are still various other examples in which individuals believe blockchain technology can usher in a more peaceful society. While Bitcoin could do wonders for the unbanked and underbanked, it could do the same in other areas, like humanitarian aid, electric vehicles and welfare.” Bitcoin has some similarities to gold and provides a useable analogy to explain the probable evolution of this phenomenon. Like gold, Bitcoin behaves like a commodity, a store of value and a currency at the same time. Gold is traded as a commodity on global markets; used as a store of value to hedge against the stock market, and has been used as a currency. Those basic categories apply to Bitcoin as well, though the analogy is not a complete parallel. Bitcoin is predominantly expressed currently as a traded commodity. As such it is in its “gold-rush” days as it is being discovered. The term “mining” is even used to describe how Bitcoin comes into existence and its transactions processed. As it likely evolves into a “store of value”, ownership numbers will increase, and the volatility and the parabolic price curve will flatten. It may then evolve into more prevalent use as a currency in five to 10 years. Like gold, it may also express in all three articulations simultaneously. We will see what place Bitcoin and crypto-currency will play in global economics and how its unique benefits are applied and affect global financial and political stability as it proceeds on this evolutionary path. For more information, visit

A Swiss study gave volunteers $25 a week for four weeks, and told half of them to spend the money on themselves and the others to spend it to benefit others. Subsequent brain scans revealed a link between the altruistic acts and feelings of contentment, activating neurons in the ventral striatum associated with happiness. Even the intention alone to be more generous was enough to create these changes, and the amount spent did not influence the increase in levels of well-being. The discovery sheds fresh light on why many people feel gratified when giving, even when it costs them something.

Mercury/Autism Brain Research Alert As the debate rages between health officials and vaccine critics about possible links to autism, mercury seems to be a specific bone of contention. It has long been present in the form of thimerisol, a preservative that inhibits bacterial contamination. Under government pressure, amounts have been reduced by the pharmaceutical industry to trace levels or eliminated, except in commonly recommended flu vaccines, some of which contain the food emulsifier polysorbate 80, which disrupts the blood-brain barrier and helps create an extremely effective delivery system for escorting neurotoxic ethylmercury and other heavy metals straight to the brain. The U.S. National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences reports that ethylmercury, in particular, gets metabolized into even more toxic inorganic mercury and remains in the brain for years.

Sugar Linked to Depression The journal Scientific Reports recently published a study that confirmed a link between a diet high in sugar and common mental disorders. In 2002, researchers from Baylor College found that higher rates of refined sugar consumption were associated with higher rates of depression. A 2015 study that included nearly 70,000 women found a higher likelihood of depression in those with high added sugar intake, but not in those with a high intake of naturally occurring sugars such as those found in fruit. The World Health Organization recommends that people reduce their daily intake of added sugars to less than 5 percent of their total energy intake; Americans typically consume three times that much. Meanwhile, one in six people worldwide suffers from a common mental problem such as a mood or anxiety disorder. Complementary Gift Packages January 2018


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ake this quiz: 1. Do you have back pain when you wake up? 2. Neck pain? Stiffness or soreness? 3. Does it take you more than 30 minutes to fall asleep? 4. Do you experience restless sleep? Toss and turn at night? If you answered “yes” two times or more, this may be the most important article you read all year. Here’s why… While you sleep, your immune system recovers and prepares for the day ahead. It replenishes every cell in your body. Low-quality, uncomfortable mattresses have been linked to discomfort and pain, which can prevent quality sleep. People who struggle with sleep deprivation may suffer from irritability, depression, over-eating—and even face a higher risk for Alzheimer’s. If your mattress is filled with chemical toxins, airborne allergens, or worse, your body is doing battle with those things rather than repairing itself. You’re losing valuable energy each night instead of healing your body and revitalizing your mind. And all of that can wreak havoc on your health and well being.

What’s In Your Mattress? The following information may be

disturbing to some. That’s because the Environmental Protection Agency has identified at least four possibly dangerous chemicals commonly found in some synthetic mattresses—benzene, propane, naphthalene and styrene— especially bedding made in China and overseas, where such governing agencies do not exist. Consider these facts: ● Typical mattresses made from artificial materials are known to emit potentially harmful gases in your bedroom—a phenomenon known as off-gassing. ● Laboratory researchers in the U.S. and Europe have identified up to 61 potentially harmful chemicals that off- gas from typical synthetic mattresses. ● Exposure to these 61 chemicals has been associated with irritation of the skin, eyes and digestive systems. ● Additionally, the chemicals off-gassed by synthetic mattresses have been associated with headache, fatigue, depression and even hearing loss. ● Your skin, the most porous entry point into your body, has contact with a mattress for 8 hours every night, on average. ● Children, who breathe faster than adults, are especially vulnerable to chemical exposure. Every night, we lie down with minimal clothing for a seemingly good night’s sleep. But in reality, while lying on a conventional mattress, we are breathing in and absorbing through our

skin a range of chemicals from synthetic materials—chemicals that can disrupt our sleep cycles and negatively impact our health. Our mattresses emit gases from a toxic brew of components used to cre- ate them. From the polyurethane foam used in the padding to fire retardants and other additives, conventional mattresses continue to release chemicals in gaseous form long after they roll out of the factory. Even after they have finished off-gassing, the chemically based construction of a conventional mattress provides an ideal environment for dust and dust mites, whose excrement is the #1 trigger for asthma attacks. And get this. You know those white labels on a mattress that say, “Do Not Remove”? Incredibly, the law actually allows manufacturers to include potentially hazardous chemicals in your mattress without disclosing the fact on any label. But if a true list of ingredients were available for conventional mattresses, it would likely include TDI (a common component), a known carcinogen, which can cause respiratory ailments such as bronchitis and asthma. In addition, liver damage and breathing problems have been linked to vinyl chloride monomers, another common mattress material. The list goes on. Unfortunately, it is highly unlikely that you would be given information about any of these chemicals from a manufacturer of conventional, synthetic mattresses.

The Natural Alternative

One of the most significant actions we can take to reduce our exposure to toxins and improve our overall health is to make changes to the one household item that is in direct contact with our bodies for one third of our lives—our mattresses. “There are more ways than ever to sleep better and wake up pain-free on a natural, organic mattress,” says Pablo Hernandez, president of Mattress Makers, in San Diego, CA. “Many people, like me, are in search of a natural sleep system. I was shocked to learn that toxic emissions from mattresses are a major source of daily pollution in our lives,” says Hernandez.

ADVERTORIAL An all-natural, organic mattress is free of potentially harmful chemicals. Instead, natural materials like natural rubber are used. Rubber is naturally hypoallergenic and resistant to dust mites, making it ideal for allergy sufferers. Also, natural rubber is antimicrobial, inhibiting the growth of bacteria, mold and mildew, which can cause asthma and respiratory distress. No synthetic materials are added to provide these benefits. Ò All rubber used in our natural mattresses is from the sap of a rubber tree, which can yield rubber for up to 30 years. When a tree is done producing rubber, it is taken down and turned into furniture. A new tree is then planted in its place, thus making natural rubber a sustainable bedding component,Ó says Hernandez. WhatÕ s the difference between an organic mattress and a conventional one? Ò Organic mattresses are crafted from natural materials. Conventional mattresses are made mostly of artificial materials from nonrenewable sources, such as plastic and other petrochemicals,Ó says Hernandez. Do organic mattresses come in different firmness? Ò Yes, there are two main types of organic mattresses: Natural rubber and inner-spring. Both styles are available with varying firmness options to suit anyoneÕ s sleep needs,Ó says Hernandez.

What To Look For

When researching natural, organic mattresses, look at these areas: 1. Visit a store that carries mattresses made with either 100% all-natural latex or certified organic latex. Ò A lot of mattress companies market their mattresses as being all-natural but in reality either use a blended latex made with synthetics or just a little layer of latex combined with polyurethane foam,Ó says Hernandez. 2. Try out a new mattress for at least 15 minutes. Lie down in various positions, to simulate a night of sleep. Look for a store that offers a clean pillow to test out. Ò ItÕ s important to dress for the occasion. When mattress shopping itÕ s best to wear loose fitting clothes or something similar you would wear to bed to get a good idea of how the mattress responds in your sleep ware ,Ó says Hernandez.

1. Protect yourself by insisting on a 3. strong guarantee. Ò I know people are tired of sleeping on a worn-out, chemicalladen mattress. ThatÕ s why we give every customer a 180 night Wake Up Happy Comfort Guarantee to exchange if it doesnÕ t deliver the sleep you want,Ó says Hernandez. If youÕ re not sleeping well or youÕ re worried about toxic chemicals in your bedroom, consider this: The two things in life you spend the most time on are work and sleep. How much of your remaining hours on earth do you want to waste losing sleep on an uncomfortable, chemical-laden mattress? ThatÕ s a question that many are asking.

Now Explore Your Options

Ò To help Natural Awakenings readers make the right choices, weÕ re offering a package of 4 Free Gifts for a limited time,Ó says Hernandez. Readers may bring this article to either one of our Mattress Makers location to see the latest natural organic sleep systems and claim the following gifts: FREE Gift #1: Custom4lbAll-Natural Rubber Pillow ($68 value). You get this just for visiting the store. ThereÕ s no obligation to buy anything. HereÕ s why this is important: A good pillow is essential to your health, because it can gently support you in a healthy sleep position while providing comfort to your neck and shoulders. Doctors and chiropractors agreeÑ nearly all neck and back problems are made worse by improper sleeping habits and bad or worn-out pillows. The All-

Natural Pillow, reserved and waiting for you, is filled with soft, 100% natural rubber. Fact: About 10% of the weight of a 2year-old pillow is actually dust mite droppingsÑ excrement. With one big exception: Dust mites hate natural rubber pillows, like the one waiting for you to pick up at Mattress Makers. FREE Gift #2: The Ultimate Mattress Shopping Guide ($9.95 value). Inside, youÕ ll discover little-known facts about how to find the perfect mattress and easy to follow tips when mattress shopping. FREE Gift #3: Natural Tencel Luxury Sheet Set ($199). A quality mattress deserves to be covered with luxury quality sheets. Our 100% Tencel Luxury Sheets are the perfect pairing for your natural mattress. Made from Eucalyptus these sheets are made to keep you cool with a nice soft touch to them. FREE Gift #4: $200 Savings Voucher, good toward the purchase of any Natural Organic Mattress in our store. This special $200 discount is not available to the general public. ItÕ s only for you, as a reader of Natural Awakenings. Ò To see the difference that natural and organic sleep systems have made in peopleÕ s lives is nothing short of miraculous,Ó says Hernandez.

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again every time he felt a cold coming on. He reports he has never had a cold since. He asked relatives and friends to try it. They said it worked for them, too. So he patented CopperZap™ and put it on the market. Soon hundreds of people had tried it and given feedback. Nearly 100 percent said the copper stops their colds if used within 3 hours of the first sign. Even up to 2 days after the first sign, if they still get the cold it is milder and they feel better. Users wrote things like, “It stopped my cold right away,” and “Is it supposed to work that fast?” Pat McAllister, age 70, received one as a gift and called it “one of the best presents ever. This little jewel really works.” Sinus trouble, stuffiness, cold sores. People often use CopperZap Copper may even help stop flu if for prevention, before cold signs apused early and for several days. In a pear. Karen Gauci, who flies often for her job, used to get colds after crowded lab test, scientists placed 25 million live flu viruses on a CopperZap. No viruses flights. Though skeptical, she tried it were found alive soon after. several times a day on travel days for The EPA says the natural color 2 months. “Sixteen flights and not a change of copper does not reduce its sniffle!” she exclaimed. ability to kill germs. Businesswoman Rosaleen says CopperZap is made in the U.S. of when people are sick around her she pure copper. It carries a 90-day full uses CopperZap morning and night. money back guarantee and is available “It saved me last holidays,” she said. for $49.95 at or toll“The kids had colds going around and free 1-888-411-6114. around, but not me.” ADVERTORIAL

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ALL MONTH LONG Back to Nature – Forget your worries, escape the hustle and bustle of the city and reconnect with your wild roots. Join us for Back to Nature, an interactive exhibit featuring new animals such as parrots, mice, iguanas, falcons, frogs and more. Be among the first to walk through our new Native Pollinator Garden, attracting butterflies, hummingbirds and bees while learning about the role of native pollinators in our everyday lives. Living Coast Discovery Center, 1000 Gunpowder Point Dr, Chula Vista, 91910. 619-409-5900. Balboa Park Tour – This approximately 3-hour tour is filled with larger-than-life stories, interesting legends, and fun facts. Fantastic tour guides will regale you with historic tales of San Diego’s past as you traverse the city on your way to Balboa Park. Weekdays only. $109. San Diego Segway Tours by Wheel Fun Rentals, 1355 N Harbor Dr, San Diego, 92101. 805-650-7770. SDSegwayTours@ San Diego Black Film Festival – In order to spotlight African American & African Diaspora Cinema, we screen over 100 films each year: Comedy, Drama, Documentaries, Animation, GLBT, Horror, Religious, Foreign/African Diaspora, Shorts, Feature Films and music videos. $10-$350. 619-232-0401. Whale & Dolphin Watching Adventures – 8:30am-1pm. Blue Whale Watching Adventures depart conveniently from downtown San Diego, Friday to Monday. This is a great opportunity in San Diego to get an up-close and personal whale watching experience. Perfect for families, kids and out-of-

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town visitors and locals alike. $55 adults. Sat/Sun, $65 adults. Hornblower Cruises & Events, 970 N Harbor Dr, San Diego, 92101. 619-686-8715. SD@ Living with Animals – 10am-5pm. Whether we see an animal as a pet, a pest, or food has changed over time and across cultures, making our relationships with them dynamic and complex to say the least. Take a journey with us and discover all the surprising, unique, and inspiring ways that we live with animals. You’ll find we’re not human without them. Exhibit free with general admission. San Diego Museum of Man, 1350 El Prado, San Diego, 92101. 619-239-2001. MuseumOfMan@

MONDAY, JANUARY 1 Rose Parade Tour from San Diego – 4am-3pm. Come and enjoy New Years Day with Five Star Tours as we take you to the Rose Parade 2018 with transportation, reserved seating, snacks and escort. The excitement of New Year’s morning in the tradition and pageantry of magnificent floral floats, high-stepping equestrian units and spirited marching bands. The Tournament of Roses Official Tour is the ideal way to experience a wonderful New Year’s celebration. Tour includes transportation, reserved seating and snacks. Seats are north facing seats which means there’s no sun in your eyes. $165 per person. Departs from various locations throughout San Diego. Contact for details. Five Star Tours & Charter Bus Company, 1050 Kettner Blvd, San Diego, 92101. 619-232-5040.

Jungle Bells at the San Diego Zoo – 9am-8pm. During Jungle Bells Presented by California Coast Credit Union, the San Diego Zoo is transformed into a wild wonderland of twinkling lights, merrymaking performances, and festive foods. Special displays and scheduled events fill the Zoo and guests with holiday cheer. Free with admission. San Diego Zoo, 2920 Zoo Dr, San Diego, 92101. Skate by the Bay – Noon-10pm. Celebrate your holiday by the bay by ice skating next to the San Diego Bay on our outdoor bayfront ice rink. When you join us on our ice rink, we’ll share $1 from your ticket with the USO San Diego. $20, Kids 5 & Under $15, Military $5 off. Hilton San Diego Bayfront Hotel, One Park Blvd, San Diego, 92101. 619-564-3333. Labyrinth Walk to Welcome the New Year – 12:45-4pm. A labyrinth walk is an inner journey to yourself. There are often profound insights about one’s life during a walk. Join us for letting go of the previous year and welcoming the new year as we walk the labyrinth. Our location in north county is beautiful and peaceful and perfect for the walk. Optional potluck follows. Donations accepted. Heart Inspired Presentations. Email for address and directions. Escondido, 92026. Patricia. 760728-8783.

THURSDAY, JANUARY 4 Psychic Tools – 7-9pm. A 4-week class with Michelle Price. We are made up of three parts–spirit, mind & body. Most forms of healing focus only on the body. The spiritual aspect of healing is often missing. In this course, you will learn techniques to release the energy that causes dis-ease in the first place, replenish your own energy when you get


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drained and more. This 4 week class-$140. Can be paid in smaller amounts of $40/week. RSVP two days prior for a $5 discount. Intuitive Insights, 4455 Morena Blvd, Ste 108, San Diego, 92117. Vessa Rinehart-Phillips. 858-509-7582.

Festival is free and open to the public and is being held at San Diego’s beautiful downtown waterfront park at the corner of Harbor Drive and Pacific Highway. Free. Ruocco Park, 585 Harbor Lane, San Diego, 92101.



Guerilla Goals Workshop – 7-9pm. In this workshop, learn techniques to uncover goals you forgot about or didn’t know you had, release the energies blocking your goals, map your path through 2018 and more. $40 or $35 with RSVP two days prior. Intuitive Insights, 4455 Morena Blvd, Ste 108, San Diego, 92117. Vessa Rinehart-Phillips. 858-5097582.

2018 Carlsbad Marathon & Half Marathon – 6:15am-Noon. The Tri-City Medical Center Carlsbad Marathon and Half Marathon course goes through Carlsbad Village and along the oceanfront Pacific Coast Highway. Cost for Half Marathon is $110, and Marathon is $130. The Shoppes at Carlsbad, 2525 El Camino Real, Carlsbad, 92008. 760-692-2900.

FRIDAY, JANUARY 12 Poway Winter Festival – 5-9pm. Join us for Winter Festival and experience the magic and charm of winter like never before. Whether you’re building a snowman, sledding down the snow hill, roasting marshmallows by the campfire, making silly faces in our free photo booth or taking a spin around the synthetic skate rink, there is bound to be something for everyone. Free. Poway Community Park, 13094 Civic Center Dr, Poway, 92064. 858-668-4671.

SATURDAY, JANUARY 13 Experience SeaWorld Like Never Before – 10am5pm. 1/13-1/28. At this all-new event you can meet the SeaWorld team and hear their personal stories about caring for animals. Animal lovers, get a unique opportunity to go behind the scenes and witness first-hand the inspiring day-to-day care our animal experts provide, as well as the life-saving operations of our amazing rescue team. Get a deep dive into the worlds of orcas, dolphins, sharks and more. Meet the animals and the experts that make SeaWorld the incredible place that it is, while interacting and asking the questions you’ve always wanted answered. Along the way, families will earn cool collectibles and learn what they can do to help care for our amazing planet. Free with admission. SeaWorld San Diego, 500 SeaWorld Dr, San Diego, 92109. 619-222-4732. San Diego Multi-Cultural Festival – 11am-5pm. The San Diego Alpha Foundation Inc. is excited to host the Multi-Cultural Festival in partnership with the Port of San Diego, Commission for Arts and Culture, the World Beat Cultural Center, Pazazz and many other Community organizations. The

38th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Parade – 2-5pm. Join us on Harbor Drive for the 38th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Parade. This is one of the largest celebrations of its kind in the United States in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The parade is filled with dazzling floats, phenomenal High School Bands, Drill Teams, College Fraternities & Sororities, Churches, Peace and Youth organizations. Free. Harbor Drive – Embarcadero, Harbor Dr, San Diego, 92101. 619-264-0542.

THURSDAY, JANUARY 25 What to Eat to Manage Your Thyroid – 6-7:30pm. Dr. Emaline Brown will discuss the importance of the thyroid gland to your overall health, including natural ways that you can optimize its function. Bastyr University, 4110 Sorrento Valley Blvd, San Diego, 92121. Jill Ruff. 858-246-9730.

MONDAY, JANUARY 29 So You Want to Write a Book Using Spiritual Tools – 7-9pm. It’s time for you to leave your legacy and make your mark on the world. Do you have a book in you? Using spiritual tools, we will remove writers block and start to write. We will outline your book in class. Activate your creativity. Contribution $40 or $35 with RSVP by calling 858-509-7582.

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 31 Free Reading and Healing Clinic – 7:30-9pm. Vessa Phillips’ Clairvoyant Class offers free aura healings and readings. Intuitive Insights, 4455 Morena Blvd, Ste 108, San Diego, 92117. Vessa Rinehart-Phillips. 858-509-7582.

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 17 Warm Up Your Winter Blues with Spices – 6-7:30pm. Come ready for an exotic culinary experience where we will highlight the complex flavors and health benefits of warming spices. We will cook a healthy, whole-foods based menu with unique exotic dishes from around the world. $20-$40. Bastyr University, 4110 Sorrento Valley Blvd, San Diego, 92121. Jill Ruff. 858-246-9730. about/events/2017/healthy-cooking-class-warmyour-winter-blues-spices.

MONDAY, JANUARY 22 Find Your Life Purpose – 7-9pm. As a soul, our purpose in this life is to wake up spiritually and connect to that light of consciousness in each of us that never dies. To do this, we set up life lessons and teachers in many forms to help uncover this light and find your own unique way of manifesting that into the world. In this workshop, you will explore and uncover the lessons you set up for yourself. $40 or $35 with advanced RSVP two days prior by calling 858-509-7582 or sign up at institute. Intuitive Insights, 4455 Morena Blvd, Ste 108, San Diego, 92117. Vessa Rinehart-Phillip.

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sunday Reiki Levels 1, 2, Master & Teacher – Nationally certified courses. 1-day classes. Ongoing throughout the year. Earn CE credits. More info: 760-593-4595. San Diego River Garden Volunteer Work Party – 9-11am. 2nd and 4th Sun. Weeding, watering, pruning, trail maintenance and other light gardening projects. Family friendly. Tools provided. 3334 Camino Del Rio N, San Diego, 92108. RSVP: 619-297-7380. Guided Nature Walk – 9:30-11am, Sun, Wed, Sat. Guided walk from the Visitor Center on one of three trails. Learn about the history, geology,

plants, animals and ecology of the park. Free. Mission Trails Regional Park Visitor Center, 2 Father Junipero Serra Trl, San Diego, 92119. 619-6683281. Grow Getters: Learn How to Propagate – 10am. 1st Sun. Learn more about propagation and potting plants. Help us grow our growing area. Free. Alta Vista Gardens, 1270 Vale Terrace Dr, Vista, 92084. Info & sign up: Free Special Access Tour at The Garden – 10am11am. 3rd Sun. Have trouble navigating the terrain of The Garden? Let us take you for a ride. Explore The Garden from the comfortable Verbeck Shuttle with a Garden Docent. This tour seats only four to five people. Advanced reservations required. Free. Water Conservation Garden, 12122 Cuyamaca College Dr W, El Cajon, 92019. Register: 619-6600614 x16. Qigong in The Garden – 10-11:30am. 4th Sun. Instructor Reyna Lerma will guide students through the ancient Chinese health series that integrates physical postures, breathing techniques and focused intention. Free, $10 suggested donation. The Water Conservation Garden, 12122 Cuyamaca College Dr W, El Cajon, 92019. 619-660-0614. RSVP: Spirit Dance: Ecstatic Dance and Moving Meditation – 10am-Noon. Join us for a simple yet profound ecstatic dance. $10-$20 sliding scale. Malashock Studio, 2650 Truxton Rd, Ste 200, San Diego, 92106. More info: 619-787-2389 or Family Discovery Walk – 3-4:30pm. 4th Sun. Walk and help your children discover the wonder and beauty of nature. Walks highlight the many changes that occur in the park throughout the year. Wear sturdy, closed-toe shoes and bring water. Canceled if raining. Free. Mission Trails Regional Park, 2 Father Junipero Serra Trl, San Diego, 92119. 619-668-3281.

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monday Volunteer Bird Count – 7:30am-Noon. 2nd Mon. All levels of experience welcome. For more info and to receive an automatic reply with meeting location, contact Robert Patton: Bird Watching Monday – 8am. 1st Mon. Discover the fascinating birds and the unique art of bird-watching. San Diego Botanical Garden, 230 Quail Garden Dr, Encinitas, 92024. 760-532-0917. San Diego Horticultural Society Meeting – 6-9pm. 2nd Mon. All welcome. Free/member, $15/nonmember. Congregation Beth Israel, 9001 Towne Centre Dr, San Diego, 92122. More info: 760-295-7089 or

tuesday Free Admission to the Japanese Friendship Garden – 3rd Tues. Enjoy a refreshing stroll through the garden and stop by the activity booths in the upper garden. Free. 2215 Pan American Rd, San Diego, 92101. 619-232-2721. $15 Yoga Classes – 11:15am. Bring your child into class with you for Vinyasa Mama Tues & Thurs. Nature’s Whisper Yoga, 4205 Park Blvd, San Diego, 92103. 760-213-1110. A Gathering of Priestesses Live Online Video Show – 6pm. With special guests each week. For more info: California Native Plant Society San Diego Chapter – 7pm. 3rd Tues (except Aug & Dec). Free lectures on a variety of California native plant topics. Have an unknown plant? Bring it to be identified. Open to the public. Casa Del Prado, Balboa Park, Rm 101 or 104, 1800 El Prado, San Diego, 92101.

wednesday River Rescue – 9am-Noon. 1st and 3rd Wed. Team attacks and removes smaller and harder-to-reach trash sites along the river. All tools and supplies provided. More info: 619-297-7380 or Doug@ Guided Nature Walk – 9:30-11am, Sun, Wed, Sat. Guided walk from the Visitor Center on one of three trails. Learn about the history, geology, plants, animals and ecology of the park. Free. Mission Trails Regional Park Visitor Center, 2 Father Junipero Serra Trl, San Diego, 92119. 619-668-3281. Wednesday Trail Walk – 10am. 1st Wed. Explore trails of Balboa Park with a ranger. Leisurely pace. Difficulty level varies; check trail map. Balboa Park, 1549 El Prado, San Diego, 92101. 619-2351122.

First Wednesdays Free Community Concert Series – 4pm & 7pm. Tickets are handed out on a first come, first seated basis. Doors open one hour prior to show time. Free, $12/reserved seats, $10/member reserved seats. California Center for the Arts, Center Theater, 340 N Escondido Blvd, Escondido, 92925. USI-Tech / Bitcoin Overview – 6pm. An opportunity to introduce yourself and your friends to the extraordinary Bitcoin opportunity with USI-Tech. Attend to learn about Bitcoin and how to acquire and accumulate Bitcoin faster than you may imagine possible. Seating is limited. Email us at to RSVP. 201 E Grand Ave, Escondido.

thursday Shelter Island Walk and Talk Bunch – 10-11:15am. Take a walk from the parking lot at Bali Hai to the end of Shelter Island and back (2.2-mile roundtrip). Some go to lunch after. Free. Bali Hai, 2230 Shelter Island Dr, San Diego, 92106. Balboa Park History Stroll – 11am-Noon. Specially trained History Center guides lead this easypaced stroll through the park, revealing many of the intriguing aspects of its past, present and future. Reservations requested, but walk-ups welcome. $10-$12. San Diego History Center, 1649 El Prado, San Diego, 92101. $15 Yoga Classes – 11:15am. Bring your child into class with you for Vinyasa Mama Tues & Thurs. Nature’s Whisper Yoga, 4205 Park Blvd, San Diego, 92103. 760-213-1110. Fur Fix Thursday – 3-5pm. Touch, pet and play with some incredibly cute and cuddly animals, adoptable and volunteer. San Diego Humane Society, 5500 Gaines St, San Diego, 92110. 619279-5939 or

friday San Diego River Coalition – 3-4:30pm. 3rd Fri. Meet other people interested in the river, to exchange ideas and experiences, and to learn the latest news about the San Diego River Park. Open to the public. Mission Valley Library, Community Rm 2123 Fenton Pkwy, San Diego, 92108. Friday Night Liberty – 5-9pm. 1st Fri. Evening of free open artist studios, galleries and performances throughout NTC Arts & Cultural District at Liberty Station. NTC Command Center, 2640 Historic Decatur Rd, San Diego, 92106. More info, Whitney Roux: 619-573-9300. WRoux@

saturday Guided Bird Walk – 8-10am. 3rd Sat. Join MTRP trail guide and resident birder Jeanne Raimond for an adventure in bird watching. If you have binoculars and/or a field guide, please bring them. For location: Wildlife Tracking Walks – 8:30-10:30am. 1st Sat. Learn to recognize and identify various signs left

behind by resident wildlife. Free. Mission Trails Regional Park Visitor Center, 2 Father Junipero Serra Trl, San Diego, 92119. 619-668-3281. Vista Farmers’ Market Wellness Event – 8am1pm. 3rd Sat, July-Dec. With the farmers’ market. A great opportunity for you to meet practitioners from a vast range of modalities and learn about their specialties, products, services and how they can benefit your health. Free. Vista county courthouse parking grounds, 325 S Melrose Dr, Vista, 92081. 619-301-8906. San Elijo Lagoon Volunteer Work Party – 9-11am. 3rd Sat. Locations vary, and activities typically include habitat restoration, invasive plant removal, planting of new native plants, trash pickup and removal, and trail maintenance. More info: Ruffin Canyon Care Restoration – 9am-Noon. 1st Sat. Bring gloves and hand tools if have, but loaners available. Wear hat, sunscreen, sturdy shoes and long sleeves. Ruffin Canyon, 9298 Shawn Ave, San Diego. RSVP: 619-297-7380. Dog Beach Cleanup – 9am-Noon. 2nd Sat. You and your friendly dog are invited to join Friends of Dog Beach at our regular beach cleanups. All cleanup supplies provided, along with treats for you and your dog. Dog Beach, North Ocean Beach. More info: 619-523-1700. BeachCleanup.htm. Yoga in the Garden – 9:30-10:30am. Get in touch with nature, relax your body and renew your spirit. Basic yoga flow format. No prior yoga experience required. $10/drop-in. Alta Vista Gardens, 1270 Vale Terrace Dr, Vista, 92084. More info: Guided Nature Walk – 9:30-11am, Sun, Wed, Sat. Guided walk from the Visitor Center on one of three trails. Learn about the history, geology, plants, animals and ecology of the park. Free. Mission Trails Regional Park Visitor Center, 2 Father Junipero Serra Trl, San Diego, 92119. 619-668-3281. Free Garden Tour – 10am. Tour the lush, colorful and water-wise garden with a knowledgeable garden docent. Bring your questions and hear the secrets and stories that make our garden special. Water Conservation Garden, 12122 Cuyamaca College Dr W, El Cajon, 92019. 619-660-0614. Free Family Arts Activities – 10am. 2nd Sat. Explore various artistic mediums. Materials provided. All ages welcome. Free. California Center for the Arts, Art & Education Studios, 340 N Escondido Blvd, Escondido, 92925. Docent-Led Guided Tours – 10:30am. Last Sat. Tour focuses on water-wise plants. Free with admission or membership. San Diego Botanical Garden, Visitor Center, 230 Quail Garden Dr, Encinitas, 92024. 760-532-0917. Kids in the Garden – 10am-12pm. 2nd Sat. New topic each month. $5/child (accompanied adults free); free/members. Alta Vista Gardens, Children’s Garden, 1270 Vale Terrace Dr, Vista, 92084. Reserve: 760-822-6824 or FarmerJones@ Famosa Slough Work Party – 1-2:30pm. 3rd Sat. Meet along W Pt Loma Blvd about 200 ft east of the corner of Famosa Blvd & W Pt Loma Blvd. RSVP: 619-224-4591.

Birding Basics Class – 1-2:30pm. Last Sat. Join MTRP trail guide and knowledgeable birder Winona Sollock for a class to learn five simple techniques for identifying birds at a glance and how to use a field guide. Free. Mission Trails Regional Park Visitor Center, 2 Father Junipero Serra Trl, San Diego, 92119. 619-668-3281. Old Town State Native Plant Landscape – 1-3pm. 2nd Sat. Do some work at the Old Town Native Plant Landscape, a recreation of the landscape that provided for the needs of Native Americans in our region before the arrival of Europeans in 1769. Old Town State Historic Park, corner of Taylor St and Congress St, San Diego, 92110. More info: Friends of Famosa Slough Bird Walk – 1-3pm. 3rd Sat. An easy walk with good views of a variety of birds and salt marsh habitat. Free. Meet at the kiosk by the corner of Famosa Blvd & W Pt Loma Blvd, San Diego, 92138. 619-224-4591. University Heights Point Restoration – 1:303:30pm. 1st Sat. Projects range from trash pickup, non-native plant removal, planting native plants and trail maintenance. 6800 Easton Ct, San Diego, 92120. Contact Ranger Jason: 619-235-5262 or CSA San Diego Support Group Meeting – 2pm. 4th Sat. The Celiac Sprue Association is a national support organization that provides information and referral services for persons with celiac disease and dermatitis herpetiformis. Rady Children’s Medical Office Bldg, 3030 Children’s Way, San Diego, 92123. Home Grown Community Gardening Classes – 2-3pm. 4th Sat. With Diane Hollister, master gardener and composter. Garden and grow food in one’s own back yard. Pre-registration required. Free. El Corazon Senior Center, 3302 Senior Center Dr, Oceanside, 92056. 800-262-4167.

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