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appy April my dear readers! As I type these words, I lie here with a strained lower back creating this monthly publication to my cherished audience. Funny how life happens when you’re busy making other plans! Today I was planning on digging out the remainder of my front yard to finalize my Me, Erin and her sweet brother Bruce sharing plant eco-friendly garden. It appears many of medicine experiences and a healthy bowl at Eve's my neighbors are doing the same. It’s so restaurant. inspiring to see all of the different landscapes taking shape in my neighborhood. With my publication comes so many journeys and paths that it’s difficult to stay focused and on target all the time. I will say again that plant medicine has become a way of life for me and many others. I’m resting here cozily with a CBD pain patch and topical balms on my back. This medicine truly helps alleviate the pain and enhances my focus. I’ve had my unfortunate share of surgeries in my time so I recognize the immediate benefits of opiates. I also know they can create havoc in our bodies and our lives. It’s just one of the many reasons to turn to alternative health remedies. It takes time, patience and trial and error to know what combination of natural health remedies works best for each individual. This includes the plethora of alternative modalities available to us—including plant medicine. Thankfully more and more doctors are jumping on board to substitute synthetic meds for natural medicine. I hope that in our near future we are governed by what is best for our health without all the politics and uneducated stigmas that accompany mass media messages. A special thank you to my editor Erin and her brother Bruce for stopping in Encinitas and sharing their plant medicine stories with me after their return trip from Rythmia Life Advancement Center in Costa Rica (see page 2). Their tales brought me back there, too. Not only did our visit help me gain new insights, it increased my passion to help others heal. To a happy, naturally healthy life for you and your loved ones!

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Pleasure When You Want It Topical uses of Herbs F to relieve Pain and Inflammation healthbriefs

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eople often wonder if putting herbal salves and lotions on your skin actually get into your system—they do. If you would like to prove the theory, peel a garlic clove and tape it to your foot overnight. You will wake the next morning with the strong smell and taste of garlic in your mouth. For this reason, I highly recommend using organic ingredients that don’t contain artificial fragrances whenever possible. Many over-the-counter topicals found in conventional markets contain mineral oil and other petroleum-based products. These block out pores and are counter-productive to healing. Our skin is the largest organ of elimination; ideally, we want to avoid things that block that process. Natural medicines such as herbs and essential oils can vary quite a bit so I also recommend buying herbs from a company that specializes in herbs. Unlike laboratory-made medicine, the efficacy of herbs varies depending on where they are grown, soil and weather conditions, and when they are picked. A local health food store will be able to guide you toward the best companies. There are two herbs that I always have on hand at my massage therapy practice—CBD oil and arnica oil. CBD oil, in a carrier oil such as jojoba or coconut oil, is very helpful in my massage practice. The medicinal use of hemp and cannabis for pain relief dates back over 5,000 years in Central Asia and China. These products fall into two categories: the ones that have THC, the psychoactive chemical in Cannabis, and CBD, the non-psychoactive chemical. Both have therapeutic value. CBD by itself is an anti-inflammatory herb and helps relieve pain when worked into the system by massage. Arnica—whether used as an oil or cream—is another standby that has proven itself effective for the treatment of sore muscles as well as injury recover. It has great anti-inflammatory properties and has been shown to be effective in treating carpal tunnel, sports injuries and exercise soreness. Arnica oil is very potent and needs to be diluted in a carrier oil or in a homeopathic dilution. Both arnica and CBD are counter indicated (should not be used) on open sores or wounds. Marc Malin is a Licensed Massage Therapist and owner of Sound Touch. He also teaches Massage and Holistic Health at the University of San Diego. For more information, call 505-469-0759 or visit

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Phasing Out Plastic Film Food Wrappers Many grocery store foods are wrapped in plastic packaging that creates non-recyclable, non-biodegradable waste, even though thin, plastic films are not efficient at preventing spoilage. Some plastics are also suspected of leaching harmful compounds into food. Researcher Peggy Tomasula, D.Sc., is leading a U.S. Department of Agriculture team developing an environmentally friendly film made of the milk protein casein that addresses these issues. She states, “The protein-based films are powerful oxygen blockers that help prevent food spoilage. When used in packaging, they could prevent food waste during distribution along the food chain.” Plastic six-pack rings are renowned for their negative impact on wildlife and the environment. Now the Saltwater Brewery, in Delray Beach, Florida, is making edible six-pack rings for beer cans that are 100 percent biodegradable. Constructed of barley and wheat ribbons from the brewing process, they can be safely eaten by animals that come into contact with the refuse. Company President Chris Gove notes, “We hope to influence the big guys and inspire them to get on board.” Source: American Chemical Society

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when I was a teenager utilizing cannabis to address all these conditions,” he says. “I knew I wanted to end suffering, reduce some of the pain that blankets the earth, and enhance and improve quality of life in others.” To further his research, Telles visited several dispensaries and determined that out of the eight that he had visited, he might only return to one. “They

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ert Telles, president and CEO of Allegiance Wellness Center, first saw a commercial for a medical marijuana dispensary in 2011. Soon afterwards, he picked up a magazine and noticed several advertisements for dispensaries. This piqued his interest as he was retiring from his successful 35-year career in the IT industry and wanted a new vocation. With a passion for the healing arts, Telles sought something that not only had good growth potential but also a place where he could make a difference. “I wanted something that made me want to get out of bed in the morning,” he says. Telles dove in and spent a full year researching the medical marijuana industry. “I engaged a lawyer and a CPA to evaluate risk versus return,” shares Telles, who discovered that can-


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nabis was not only a growing industry, but it naturally and safely addressed countless health conditions—including Alzheimer’s. “There’s a history of Alzheimer’s in my family. My father died from the disease after suffering a long, six-year fight. I watched as he lost his integrity and identity along with giving my mother, his caregiver, plenty of stress and anxiety. I was starting to recognize my own symptoms from this hereditary disease. I was slowly losing my memory, couldn’t remember names at times, and I was having problems making change.” During his research, Telles learned many inspiring things about cannabis—including that it helps remove the plaque buildup in the brain that can cause Alzheimer’s. This decadeslong jogger and yoga practitioner had also developed arthritis in his knees, in addition to some troubling bouts of insomnia, so he began incorporating cannabis into his daily regime. It changed his life so dramatically that he knew it was his next career move. “My Alzheimer’s symptoms have all but disappeared, my arthritis is no longer painful, and I now sleep like I did

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were not ‘medical’ by any means. There was no testing for potency or medical dosage; only products there to get you high,” he recalls. “Less than 20 percent of cannabis dispensary personnel have any medical/scientific training for the use of medical cannabis. Patients seeking information for specific pathologies rarely find the correct information at traditional dispensaries.” Armed with knowledge, Telles began his business by first building a website. “I wanted it to be comparable to a dispensary, without having to visit one. It’s a place to help people get educated on dosing, research for treatment, and to learn more about the products we offer,” he says. Now the proud owner of a fiveyear-old company, Telles’ team has grown to include Tina Kuus, Ph.D., a biomedical consultant with 25 years in the biomedical community, and Melaminah Herriman, Associate Scientist, who has a B.S. in chemistry and 12 years of pharmaceutical experience. Dr. Kuus came on board a year ago, after spending 35 years in cancer research and diagnostics. Her longtime

interest in medical marijuana began in 2005 when a dear friend of hers developed an aggressive form of breast cancer. “Because she was so young and healthy, they treated it aggressively, but the chemotherapy made her very sick. I consulted with my colleagues and whipped up a batch of pot brownies. The brownies worked better than any drug she was taking to control the nausea,” she explains. When Telles offered her the opportunity to join Allegiance Wellness Center, it made perfect sense as it was the ideal blend of her interests and skills. “I knew that being in this field could be so gratifying. We are headed in the right direction. Even in the past year, acceptance of the use of medical marijuana has become so much more widespread. And, I love the opportunity to use my background to help counsel patients.” Allegiance Wellness Center’s aim is to provide safe and effective medical cannabis solutions for patients with specific medical conditions through the use of the Center’s personalized products. Their target market, an estimated 758 thousand medical marijuana patients in California in the 30 to 80 age group, are those seeking legitimate, natural medical alternatives in lieu of pharmaceuticals. “We offer high quality, personalized solutions, including 25 in-house formulations, to medical cannabis patients through one-on-one counseling and follow-up. We also provide up-to-date medical cannabis information to patients with specific diseases,” says Telles. The Center is developing a medical marijuana smartphone App called CannaWorks to monitor and collect data on medical cannabis usage and results. “This will allow patients and practitioners the ability to interact with one another, review dosing and efficacy, and modify treatments if necessary. It’s a great tool,” says Telles. “Overall, we just love being able to share products that are changing people’s lives for the better. Seeing the turnaround in people’s lives is the icing on the cake,” adds Telles. For more information, call 858-414-4271 or visit



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The Empath’s Survival Guide by Judith Orloff, M.D. Reviewed by Caroline Myss


eing an empath is the new normal. The Empath’s Survival Guide is a perfect guide book. Now people will know how to cope with being highly sensitive and empathic in their everyday lives without developing exhaustion, compassion fatigue or burning out. As Dr. Orloff says, conventional medicine often pathologizes sensitivity but now you will see it as the gift that it truly is. This book is fabulous and so timely. Everyone needs this book! Empaths are sponges who absorb other people’s emotions and symptoms. Dr. Orloff offers a wealth of practical strategies to stop absorbing other people’s stress while keeping your sensitivities open and alive. She addresses the special needs of empaths—such as getting adequate alone time, setting clear limits with people, and grounding—in areas such as health, work, parenting and raising empathic children, combating narcissists and other energy vampires, as well as in love and all relationships. Also, empaths can develop heightened intuition which they must learn to cope with in a grounded way. Dr. Orloff discusses plant empaths, earth empaths, relationships empaths, telepathic and precognitive empaths, food empaths, and more!

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PLANT MEDICINE offer support in ways that allow greater adaptability and capacity for homeostasis. The body can often use the same medicinal plant to address either a hyper or a hypo state of imbalance, frequently making these plants more effective agents for healing than pharmaceuticals. The same is true of the potential of medicinal plants in helping the body maintain an existing state of wellness. Of all medicinal plants, cannabis is recognized as one of the most important. It is unique because it is the only plant to contain significant amounts of different cannabinoids. Many doctors and nutritionists claim that cannabinoids should be listed as essential nutrients: whereas deficiencies of certain vitamins can beget specific conditions (vitamin C and scurvy, vitamin D and rickets), a diet low in cannabinoids leaves a person more susceptible to imbalances. Cannabinoids are a big deal.

The Role of Cannabis in Maintaining Health by Rick Potts


hat does healing mean to you? Like a zen koan, it’s a question that can unfold and inform. Regardless of one’s individual answer, there’s power in saying “yes” to healing. Opening ourselves to the possibility can bring adjustments that pave the way for physical, mental and emotional well-being. When considering the meaning of healing, it’s important to distinguish between healing and a cure. To cure is to make something go away; healing is an expression of greater wholeness. Whether a health challenge, a behavioral change or a growth point in a relationship, there is always an internal and an external aspect of healing. When we get the internal attitude and the external support right, power to heal is released. Healing is often about discovering what is holding us back in the first place. We all get in our own way at times; whether it’s constantly staying tied to work via cell phone or sacrificing sleep in favor of getting more done, it’s easy to be resistant and persistent in patterns that aren’t serving us. The internal component of healing is often an allowing, a relaxing, and a willingness to see things differently. The external component can entail many things, one of which is plant medicine.

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Plant Medicine and Integrated Healing If we take into account the amount of stress that most of us are under in a normal day, as well as the lack of good nutrition in the average diet, it’s no wonder that we are experiencing unprecedented levels of diabetes, obesity, autism, anxiety, cancer, autoimmune conditions, and other expressions of imbalance. Medicinal plants could play a much larger role in most people’s lives by helping them maintain a balanced, healthy state. Plant medicine works through the introduction of nutrients that bind with many sites in the body. These nutrients support proper biochemical processes, many of which increase physical, mental and emotional resiliency. Plants differ from pharmaceuticals in that they are supportive and therapeutic without being dictatorial. They don’t force a particular function on the body; instead, they

Many people reading this article are familiar with the role cannabinoids play in supporting the endocannabinoid system (ECS). The ECS is a modulating system that resets the nervous system and helps to protect it from a host of stressors. It also balances the immune system and increases cell-to-cell communication. Cannabis is the closest thing to a panacea of all the plants available: it lowers blood sugar levels, reduces muscle spasms and relieves anxiety. It is used to manage psychosis and features anti-inflammatory, pain relieving, antibacterial and anti-fungal properties. We are still in the infancy of reaching our full potential with this plant. True healing often starts with a shift in how one relates to oneself— a willingness to pinpoint where our issues are stemming from, and to address them at their source. This shift is not always easy. CBD products are meant to help provide support at the most fundamental level, when our normal way of operating is not getting it. They are, in a sense, a “yes” to healing. Rick Potts is co-founder of Irie Hemp Company. To explore Irie’s complete product line, visit

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Talking with Your Parents about Cannabis A Guide for Adults by Robbin Lynn


annabis has been a hot topic for decades. Prop 215, which made use of cannabis for medicinal purposes in California legal, was passed in 1996. The camps for use tout the benefits that have been known for thousands of years. While the camps against tout the negative conse-


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quences that have been spread for the past 80 years. Separating fact from fiction can be daunting. Many families and caregivers are asking about cannabis for their loved ones, but know very little about its true medicinal properties or how to go about obtaining and using it.

With Prop 64—which makes cannabis for recreational use legal for adults in California—coming online in 2018, it will be even more important than ever that seniors wishing to explore using cannabis medicinally are armed with accurate and responsible information.

Why Talking about Cannabis Matters Cannabis is a natural plant remedy that has been used around the world bringing relief to humans for hundreds of conditions. In the United States, a growing number of people over 50 are thinking about exploring medicinal cannabis as an alternative option for pain, sleep, arthritis, stress, anxiety, neuropathy, fibromyalgia, cancer, end of life comfort or any other number of medical issues. In the late 1980s, scientists discovered the human body’s natural endocannabinoid system (ECS), a system that regulates and affects physiological processes including movement, mood, memory, appetite and pain. The ECS is what makes cannabis effective for so

PLANT MEDICINE many conditions. The therapeutic use of cannabis is supported by 30,000 plus published studies on the ECS and more than 9,000 patient years of clinical trial data documenting successful use of cannabis for pain. Many seniors have either never used cannabis, or are coming back to it for the first time in 20 or more years. It’s a different world from the '40s , '50s, '60s, '70s and even '80s when our parents may have last used cannabis, if ever. Contrary to popular belief, smoking the herb, or flower as it is now commonly called, is not the only option. Today we are seeing more and more people using cannabis in ways it has been used for thousands of years before. The reality is that much like the population of the nation, the majority of those who use cannabis are over 50, but most are in the closet because of the stigma. It’s okay to drink alcohol or take dangerous pharmaceuticals, but as a society, there is still a very negative attitude toward cannabis. The good news is that perceptions are beginning to change. Be part of the evolution of medicinal cannabis users by taking steps to educate yourself. Robbin Lynn, MBA, CCS, is co-founder of RX-C along with her husband, Terry, and the author of The One Minute Cannabist. To learn more about the facts and best practices for implementing medicinal cannabis in an informed, safe and effective manner, download an informative pamphlet at

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Physician Recommendation for Medical Marijuana Still a Necessity for Many by Jessica C. McElfresh


ow that Proposition 64, commonly called marijuana legalization, has passed in California, people often wonder if they still need to get a recommendation from a physician to possess and consume medical marijuana. The answer is that in many cases, people who use medical cannabis still need and benefit from a recommendation from a licensed physician. The first reason is clear: if people are using cannabis, they should be using it under the care and observation of a doctor to monitor its effects on their health and possible interactions with other medications and treatments. The second reason is that while Proposition 64 has changed California law on election night, the regulated commercial market and the ability to purchase adult-use cannabis is still at least one year away. Proposition 64 allows adults over age 21 to possess, transport and give away no more than one ounce of marijuana plant material or 8 grams of concentrated cannabis. It allows adults to cultivate up to six plants per residence. People can keep the marijuana produced by those plants or give it away (meaning for free) to others who are over age 21. But, until the state and local governments develop regulations and issue licenses for adult-use cannabis businesses, no one can legally sell adult-use cannabis in California. For this reason, if people use medical cannabis but do not want to cultivate for themselves, need medicine from more than six plants, want to join a collective, or want to receive medicine from a licensed dispensary, they need

to have a recommendation from a licensed physician. Another common question is whether qualified patients must have the medical marijuana identification card (MMIC) issued by the Department of Public Health. The answer is no; qualified patients are not legally required to have an MMIC—but Proposition 64 has brought a new reason for people to consider getting one. Qualified patients who have an MMIC do not have to pay California state sales tax anymore on purchases of medical cannabis. By contrast, qualified patients who have a recommendation only must still pay sales tax. But, the state tax holiday for MMIC holders is short. To begin, qualified patients still must pay local taxes imposed on the sale of medical cannabis, if such taxes are in effect in their jurisdiction. And, on January 1, 2018, the State of California will impose a state excise tax of 15 percent on sales of adult-use and medical cannabis for everyone. Adultuse consumers and qualified patients who do not have an MMIC will have to also pay state sales tax. Thus, in addition to the considerable benefits of using medical cannabis while under the supervision of a licensed physician, many qualified patients still need to have a recommendation to get the full benefits of California’s medical marijuana laws. Jessica C. McElfresh, Esq., can be reached at 858-756-7107 or Jessica For more information visit CriminalLawyerSan




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raditional turf lawns are an ecological nightmare,” says John Greenlee, author of The American Meadow Garden, who notes that most monoculture turf lawns never even get used. His company, Greenlee and Associates, in Brisbane, California, designs residential and other meadows throughout the U.S. as an engaging alternative. Many other appealing options likewise use native plants appropriate to the local climate. For instance, replacing Kentucky bluegrass, Bermuda grass or another nonnative species with natives can deliver drought resistance and lower irrigation needs; eliminate any need for fertilizers or toxic pesticides; reduce or eliminate labor-intensive and often polluting mowing and edging; enhance the beauty of a home; and attract birds, butterflies and other wildlife. 22

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Before replacing a lawn, determine the desired result. It may simply be achieving a lowmaintenance, lawnfree yard; growing food like vegetables, herbs, fruit or nuts; or supplying ample flowers for a fresh weekly bouquet. Other benefits might include increasing privacy, dining al fresco, escaping into nature or even sequestering carbon dioxide to reduce climate change. To be successful, choices must be appropriate to the climate, plant hardiness zone, local zoning ordinances and homeowner association rules. Also consider the soil quality and acidity, moisture content and whether plantings will be in full sun or shade, or both.

From the Midwest to New England, “Wild ginger makes a nice, low groundcover with heart-shaped leaves in shade or part shade, where lawn grass often struggles,” suggests Pam Penick, of Austin, Texas, author of Lawn Gone: LowMaintenance, Sustainable Attractive Alternatives for Your Yard. “Pennsylvania sedge, a low, grassy, meadow-like groundcover, can also work. For areas with full sun, bearberry, an evergreen creeping shrub with red berry-like fruit in fall, or prairie dropseed, a beautiful prairie grass with sparkling seed heads in fall, might be worth trying.” “Stick with the Carex family of plants, the sedges, for a native meadow,” echoes Greenlee. “They vary in color, texture and height. Follow nature’s lead and create a tapestry of commingled plants. Start slow and add flowering plants like Queen Anne’s lace, daisies, asters and poppies.”

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In sunny and well-drained areas of the South, Penick suggests Gulf muhly, an ornamental grass. “Its fall blooms resemble pink cotton candy floating above its green leaves.” In Florida, flowering sunshine mimosa with fernlike leaves and other natural groundcovers are low maintenance. “Basket grass is a low, evergreen

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The right regional native plants often include grasses and ferns, herbaceous plants like flowering perennials and woody ones like shrubs, vines and trees. Native plants provide shelter and food for wildlife and help preserve a sense of place. “Work with a professional landscaper in your area, ideally a member of the Association for Professional Landscape Designers,” advises Greenlee. Tap a local university extension service, master gardener and garden club for local expertise, often available at no or low cost via classes or club membership.

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grass-like plant with long, spaghetti-type leaves that puddle around it, suitable for shade or partially shaded areas,” advises Penick. “It’s slow to grow, but highly drought-tolerant and nicely covers a dry slope or spills over a retaining wall. Texas sedge makes a low-growing, meadowy alternative that’s evergreen and needs mowing only once every year or two.” Moss is a fine option for shady and moist areas. “If moss is naturally colonizing a patch of yard, allow it to fill in where the lawn doesn’t want to grow,” Penick counsels. “It makes a springy, evergreen groundcover needing only brief misting to keep it looking good during dry periods.”

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Plentiful sunshine, rare frosts and modest rainfalls make many California coastal areas perfect for growing lots of plants, rather than plots of water-thirsty turf. “For full sun, work with California yarrow, purple sage, Indian mallow, white sage, lupines and California sagebrush,” recommends Charlie Nardozzi, of Ferrisburgh, Vermont, author of Foodscaping. “In shade, try mountain yarrow, mimulus monkey flower, California honeysuckle, California flannel bush and coyote mint.” “Blue grama grass is native to many states, and buffalo grass is native to states west of the Mississippi River in the right places,” adds Greenlee. They’re especially suited for meadows established in drought-prone regions.

“For sunny areas, try goat’s beard, penstemon, beach strawberry, mock orange and huckleberry,” says Nardozzi, who covers gardening nationally at “For part shade, experiment with gooseberry, red flowering currants, western amelanchier, deer fern, trillium and wild ginger.” Adding some clover to a traditional lawn may eliminate the need for fertilizers while retaining some turf, says Erica Strauss, of Gamonds, Washington, in her Northwest Edible Life blog. “When the clover loses leaf mass from mowing, its roots die off to compensate and nitrogen enters the soil for neighboring plant roots to use.” White clover works well for those on a budget; microclover costs more and is even better. For shady, north-facing or boggywet areas, Strauss recommends sweet woodruff. Moss is another option.

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“If you crave a lawn but want to go native, Habiturf is perfect for the hot, dry Southwest,” says Penick. Developed by the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, in Austin, Texas, it’s a mix of several native turf grasses, looks like a shaggy traditional lawn and can be occasionally mowed on a high setting to keep it neat. Once established, it needs far less water than traditional turf. “Silver ponyfoot grows well in many regions as an annual; as a perennial, it needs mild winters,” Penick continues. “Native to western Texas, New Mexico and Arizona, it likes good drainage, gravelly soil and full-to-part sun.” Xeriscaping—landscaping that requires little to no water—is especially prevalent in hot, dry regions. Plant picks typically include cactus, succulents, agave and herbs like rosemary or sage. John D. Ivanko and Lisa Kivirist, coauthors of ECOpreneuring and Farmstead Chef, operate the Inn Serendipity, in Browntown, WI.

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nzymes are among the most commonly used supplements for cats and dogs because they are widely beneficial. They support digestive health and enhance nutrient absorption, as well as reduce inflammation and boost overall wellness. A nutrition school adage states, “If you have a question on your exam and don’t know the answer, put down ‘enzymes’ and you’ll likely be correct.” The point is that enzymes made by the body for specific functions are essential to life because they affect nearly every physical or biological process. Enzymes help normal, healthy pets use nutrients and support the righting of gastrointestinal disorders, whether involving simple vomiting, diarrhea, chronic or complete constipation, anal sac disorders or inflammatory bowel disease, regardless of cause. Because sick pets often suffer from reduced appetite and impaired digestion, enzyme supplements are often added to a dietetic regimen to improve their nutritional status. Helpful enzymes include proteases, carbohydrases (like amylase)

and lipases that break down proteins, carbohydrates and fats, respectively. Digestive enzymes are highly specific both to the type of food they act upon and the conditions under which they work. They can be derived from pancreatic, plant or microbial sources (bacteria or fungi). While pancreatic enzymes activate mainly in the small intestines (being inactive in the stomach’s lower pH environment), plant and microbial enzymes begin digesting foods in the stomach immediately after ingestion and likely even on the food being prepared, if the enzymes are added several minutes before they are eaten. Enzymes from microbial and plant origins have a broader spectrum of activity because they are stable and active through a wide pH range of 3.0 to 8.0. Enzymes may be helpful for pets with inflammatory conditions, including arthritis, dermatitis, allergies, asthma and cancer. In such cases, they should not be administered with food, because otherwise they will be “used up” before the pet digests the food. It’s also possible to use enzyme supplementation to reduce excessive shedding because enzyme supplementation is widely recognized to increase the absorption of nutrients, some possibly involved in controlling hair growth. Some of these nutrients may be used in thyroid hormone synthesis, which can positively affect hair growth and reduce shedding. A novel use for enzymes is to help pets practicing coprophagia,

or the eating of their own or another animal’s feces. Adding the proper enzymes to the diet is believed to curb this problem, which could result from a nutrient deficiency caused by incomplete digestion and absorption. For pets with behavioral coprophagia, enzyme supplementation is unlikely to help the problem but will still benefit the pet’s overall health. The recommended dose by breed and weight is based upon experience, the label of a specific product and directions provided by the family veterinarian. Using enzymes according to a professional’s advice is safe, with rare to nonexistent side effects. Talk to the pet’s doctor about the best enzyme products to address individual needs and keep them healthy. Shawn Messonnier, a doctor of veterinary medicine practicing in Plano, TX, is the author of The Natural Health Bible for Dogs & Cats and Unexpected Miracles: Hope and Holistic Healing for Pets. For more information, visit

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SATURDAY, APRIL 1 San Diego Crew Classic – April 1-2. Regarded as the first major regatta of the year, the San Diego Crew Classic brings together thousands of athletes from more than 100 universities, clubs and high school programs from across the United States to participate in this premier rowing event in San Diego. Ranging in age from 14 to 84, rowers compete each year in over 100 races in various divisions. The master level (over age 21) is the fastest growing segment of the sport. Visit for specific pricing. Mission Bay and Beaches, Corona Oriente Rd, San Diego, 92109. Master Composter Course – 9:30am-Noon. 5-week course: April 1-29. The five-week Master Composter course provides training in the art and science of composting. Course includes lectures, demonstrations and a field trip. Master Composter certification requires attendance of all 5 classes, as well as 30 volunteer hours of related community service. $50. Residents in Encinitas receive preferential registration. Registration will be open to nonresidents 1 to 2 weeks before the start of the course. If the fee presents a financial hardship, please contact Diane Hazard at Diane@SolanaCenter. org to apply for a scholarship. Encinitas Boys and Girls Club, 1221 Encinitas Blvd, Encinitas, 92024. Habitat Restoration at North Fiesta Island – 9:30am-12:30pm. Join us as we remove invasive plants from North Fiesta Island to protect Nuttall’s Lotus, an endangered sand dune plant, and restore nesting habitat of the endangered California Least Tern. Volunteers are advised to wear long pants, sturdy shoes, and sun/rain protection. Tools and water will be provided. Bring a reusable water bottle for refills. Free. Location: north side of Fiesta Island in Mission Bay. For questions, RSVPs or directions, contact Megan Flaherty, 858-273-7800 x106.

SUNDAY, APRIL 2 Habitat Restoration at Stony Point – 9:30am12:30pm. Join us to remove invasive plants from Stony Point to protect native sand dune plants and restore nesting habitat of the endangered California Least Tern. Wear long pants, sturdy shoes, and sun/ rain protection. Tools and water will be provided. Bring a reusable water bottle for refills. Free. Location: the west side of Fiesta Island in Mission Bay. Park along the fence with the entrance gate to the dog park. Enter through the dog park and continue walking west with the water and sand berm on your right hand side. Continue west through a second fence until reaching San Diego Audubon Least Tern Nesting Site signs. For questions, RSVPs, or directions contact Megan Flaherty, 858-273-7800 x106. Flaherty@ San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum Spring Gala – 4-8pm. Join San Diego Children’s Discov-


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MONDAY, APRIL 3 The No Sacrifice Low Water California Garden – 6-8:30pm. $15. Congregation Beth Israel, 9001 Towne Centre Dr, San Diego, 92122. Members, NonMember Guests. Pay at meeting check-in

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 5 Santa Ysabel Dayhike – 9:30am. We will check on the progress of young pines sprouted since the 2003 fires. Take Hwy 78 to Julian. Main St becomes Farmers Rd. Continue on Farmers to Wynola Rd, make a R then a quick L back to Farmers Rd. Go about 1 mi. past the Vulcan Mtn. sign to the Santa Ysabel staging area on the left. A porta potty is available. Heavy rain cancels. Rain prior to April 5 may close the preserve. Contact leader to verify. Bring lunch, water and sturdy shoes. Meet at the Farmers Rd staging area. Pat Gifford, 858-453-4595. GardenMusic@ Pet Loss Support Group – 6-7:30pm. Providing an environment where thoughts and emotions can be shared with those in similar circumstances. Sessions are led by a licensed social worker and are open to those ages 10 and up, including pet parents who are considering or preparing for euthanasia. Free; however, donations are appreciated. Please bring pictures of your pet with you to the sessions. Reservations are encouraged but not required and can be made online or by calling 619-299-7012, x2311. San Diego Humane Society, 5500 Gaines St, San Diego, 92110. Clair I – 7:30-9:30pm. Everyone has intuition and psychic ability. People are opening up to their psychic and spiritual abilities. In this six-month program, you will learn to tap into your own special gifts. 24 lectures. $1,200. Intuitive Insights, 4455 Moreno Blvd, Ste 108, San Diego, 92117. Vessa Phillips, 858-509-7582.

FRIDAY, APRIL 7 Sierra Talks: San Diego Legends – 6:30pm. San Diego Legends, Continued in this photo-rich presentation, Jack Innis returns to take us on an underground tour of a real-life Secret Smuggler’s Cave he discovered along the county seashore. Jack will also tell the heart-wrenching story, The Legend of La Loma. Lastly, he will bring to life the mysterious circumstances regarding the shooting death off the San Diego coast of a Hollywood producer aboard William Randolph Hearst’s mega

yacht, Oneida. This story has an unusual twist. Joyce Beers Center, 3900 Vermont St, San Diego, 92103.

SATURDAY, APRIL 8 Cooking with Native Plants – 9am-Noon. Do you want to learn about edible local plants and how to cook with them? Cooking with Native Plants is an exciting new course that is being offered as part of the Nature Discovery Workshop Series. This workshop will delve into how to find and harvest native foods, and will discuss how people historically used the food sources surrounding us in the Coastal Sage Scrub habitat. $40 for students and limited income, $60 for Friends members, $80 for general public. Anstine-Audubon Nature Preserve, 2437 Hutchison St Vista, CA 92084. Cooper@ 2017 Spring Garden Tour –9am-4pm. This year’s garden tour takes garden lovers to one of the oldest and most tropical areas of San Diego County: Point Loma. General Admission: $35, SDHS Member: $30. SDHS Members, login with your email address to receive the special membership price. Point Loma and Sunset Cliffs. Restore, Renew, Radiate: A 5-Day Reset For Women – 11am-Noon. Women’s health coach, Stefanie, will lead the group through a 5-day whole foods cleanse with a two-part online workshop series. You’ll receive a day-by-day meal plan with a shopping list and all of the recipes. You’ll also receive meditation and journal exercises plus how-to’s for self-care because becoming your healthiest isn’t just about what you feed your body but also how you take care of her. $60. Sign up at Email any questions to

SUNDAY, APRIL 9 Wildlife Wonder Painting Fundraiser – 10am-1pm. Paint your favorite wild animal and support Project Wildlife. 15% of your purchase will be donated to Project Wildlife. Lovejoy PW Fundraiser. Work at your pace (up to 3 hours) with step-by-step instruction. Great for beginners. Learn about shading and brush strokes. Mangelsen - Images of Nature Gallery, 7916 Girard Ave, La Jolla, 92037. Bokashi Presentation – Noon-1:30pm. Bokashi is a Japanese term meaning fermented organic matter. This anaerobic fermentation process has the potential for local, closed-loop processing of food waste. It is a scalable solution for food waste that complements traditional composting and vermicomposting methods. $30. Del Mar Fairgrounds - Infield Farm, Jimmy Durante Blvd, Del Mar. 760-436-7986 x700. Black Soldier Fly Larvae Presentation - 1:303pm. $30. Black soldier fly larvae (BSFL) have the capacity to ingest huge amounts of food and animal waste, resulting in a high protein feed for

chickens or as a protein source in livestock feed mixtures. Protein can be one of the most expensive ingredients in animal feed. Grain production for animal feed requires a significant amount of water and arable land; BSFL require neither. $30. Del Mar Fairgrounds - Infield Farm, Jimmy Durante Blvd, Del Mar. 760-436-7986 x700. Compost@ Bonus! Bin Harvest and Build – 4:30-5:30pm. An aerated static pile (ASP) is an economical and efficient method for composting large volumes of organic waste materials. Composting in enclosed bins reduces odors and greenhouse gas emissions, and facilitates leachate management and vector control. It is ideal for managing livestock manure, yard debris, food scrap waste and other challenging feedstock materials. No additional fee. Del Mar Fairgrounds - Infield Farm, Jimmy Durante Blvd, Del Mar. 760-436-7986 x700. Compost@



Paint Your Pet’s Portrait – 6-9pm. Paint a fun portrait of your pet and support San Diego Humane Society. Lovejoy Creations is hosting a fun pet portrait painting class. Step-by-step instructions, supplies and a pre-drawn portrait of your pet will be provided. Pet photo should be emailed to Lovejoy Creations prior to the event. Complimentary snacks and beverages will also be provided. 15% of your payment will be donated to San Diego Humane Society.

Art Alive: The Museum in Full Bloom – 1pm. April 27-30. Spring in San Diego means Art Alive at The San Diego Museum of Art. A loved and eagerly anticipated tradition, Art Alive 2017 celebrates its 36th year and the stunning works of art on display in the Museum with more than 100 floral interpretations created by top local and national designers. This year marks the return of three-time Rotunda Designer Carlos Franco of Green Fresh Florals who will use his spectacular inventiveness to transform the John M. and Sally B. Thornton Rotunda into a botanical masterpiece. Members: Free. Nonmembers: $5-$25. San Diego Museum of Art, 1450 El Prado, San Diego, 92101. 619-232-7931.

SUNDAY, APRIL 23 EarthFair in Balboa Park – 10am-5pm. 28th Earth Day Fair in Balboa Park, San Diego features the Children’s Earth Day Parade and more than 300 exhibitors sharing their projects, products, services and policies to help the environment. Free. Balboa Park, San Diego, 92101.

FRIDAY, APRIL 14 Free Movie Night: Before The Flood – 6:30pm. A riveting account of the dramatic changes now occurring around the world due to climate change, as Leonardo Di Caprio, a UN Messenger of Peace, travels to five continents and the Arctic to witness climate change firsthand. He takes part in expeditions with scientists uncovering the reality of climate change, meets with political leaders fighting against inaction and discovers a calculated disinformation campaign orchestrated by powerful corporate interests. 8304 Clairemont Mesa Blvd, #101, San Diego, 92111.

SUNDAY, APRIL 16 Easter Brunch Cruise on San Diego Bay – 10:30am1pm. Experience an elegant Easter brunch cruise in San Diego aboard our luxury yacht. Sip complimentary mimosas and champagne and take in the beauty of San Diego’s skyline. Everyone in your group will delight in a wide variety of food selections from our gourmet brunch buffet including made-to-order omelets and irresistible freshly baked deserts. Reserve your Easter brunch cruise now. $44.70-$74.50. Flagship Cruises & Events, 990 N Harbor Dr, San Diego, 92101. 619-234-4111.

TUESDAY, APRIL 18 Museum of Man Meet and Greet – 10:30am-Noon. Curious about canines? Come meet some of the friendliest pups in town. Learn how to meet a dog safely and more about our programs and services. Some of them might even show you a trick or two. In this fun exhibit, you’ll take a journey and discover all the surprising, unique, and inspiring ways that we live with animals. Free for Museum Members or with general admission. Museum of Man-Balboa Park, 1350 El Prado, 5500 Gaines St, San Diego, 92101.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 19 Smuggles Cave Dayhike –9:30am. After chugging up a steep hill, we will check out Smugglers Cave with possible flower display. Continue up old dirt road to abandoned amethyst mine for lunch. Mostly downhill back to cars. Bring water, hat, jacket & lunch. Heavy rain or wind cancels. Meet at trailhead. Take I-8 east to In-Ko-Pah off-ramp (77). Sharp right & then left to parking. Carol Murdock, 619-749-2467.

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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


plants. Help us grow our growing area. Free. Alta Vista Gardens, 1270 Vale Terrace Dr, Vista, 92084. Info & sign up:

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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.

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.

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:

A Gathering of Priestesses Live Online Video Show – 6pm. With special guests each week. For more info:

Yoga Classes – Days & times vary. Iyengar for beginners and advanced practitioners. Iyengar Yoga Center of North County, 2210 Encinitas Blvd, Ste U, Encinitas, 92024. 760-632-0040. Donations Accepted – 9:30am-6pm, Mon-Fri; 9:30am-5pm, Sat; 11am-5pm, Sun. All profits support individuals with Autism and other developmental or learning disabilities. Potpourri Thrift & Resale, 1024 S Coast Hwy, Oceanside, 92054. 760-722-1880.

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

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, close-toe shoes and bring water. Canceled if raining. Free. Mission Trails Regional Park, 2 Father Junipero Serra Trl, San Diego, 92119. 619-668-3281.

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.

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$15 Yoga Classes – Bring your child into class with you for Vinyasa Mama Tues & Thurs at 11:15am. Nature’s Whisper Yoga, 4205 Park Blvd, San Diego, 92103. 760-213-1110.

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. 619-6683281. 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.

thursday Shelter Island Walk and Talk Bunch – 1011:15am. 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 – Bring your child into class with you for Vinyasa Mama Tues & Thurs at 11:15am. 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: Vista Farmers' Market Wellness Event – 8am1pm. 1st Sat, Jan-Jun; 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. 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. 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

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:

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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. 619-6683281. 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. 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@ 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.

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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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

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Hillcrest Farmers’ Market – 9am-2pm. At Hillcrest DMV Parking Lot, Lincoln & Normal St, San Diego, 92103.

State Street Farmers’ Market – 3-7pm: Spring, Summer and Fall. Rain or shine; year-round. 3-6pm: Winter. On State St between Carlsbad Village Dr & Grand Ave, Carlsbad, 92008. Ron La Chance: 858-272-7054.

Seaside Bazaar Marketplace – 9am-4pm, winter/ spring/fall; 9am-5pm, summer. Seaside Bazaar Marketplace, 459 S Coast Hwy 101, Encinitas, 92024. 760-753-1611. Rancho Santa Fe Certified Farmers’ Market – 9:30am-2pm. 16079 San Dieguito Rd, Rancho Santa Fe, 92091. 619743-4263. Leucadia/Encinitas Farmers’ Market & Art Fair – 10am-2pm. Paul Ecke Elementary, 185 Union St, Encinitas, 92024. 858-272-7054. LeucadiaFarmersMarket. com. North San Diego (Sikes Adobe) Certified Farmers’ Market – 10:30am-3:30pm. 12655 Sunset Dr, Escondido, 92025. Claire Winnick: 858-735-5311. Solana Beach Farmers’ Market – 12-4pm. 444 S Cedros Ave, in the heart of the Cedros Ave Design District, Solana Beach. 858-755-0444. Karen@

Santee Farmers’ Market – 3-7pm, Mar-Oct; 3-6pm, Nov-Feb. 9608 Carlton Hills Blvd, corner of Mast & Carlton Hill, Santee, 92071. 619-4498427. Encinitas Certified Farmers’ Market – 4-8pm. Rain or shine. Parking lot B, 600 S Vulcan Ave, corner of E & Vulcan. More info: 760-522-2053, no texts. Ocean Beach Farmers’ Market – 4-7pm, NovApr; 4-8pm, Apr-Nov. 4900 block of Newport Ave between Cable & Bacon Sts, Ocean Beach, 92107. 619-279-0032. Vista Main Street Farmers’ Market – 4-8pm. Historic Downtown Vista, 255 Main St & Indiana Ave. Bill Westendorf: 760-224-9616.

Welk Certified Farmers’ Market Place – 3-7pm. Year-round, rain or shine. 8860 Lawrence Welk Dr, Escondido, 92026. 760-651-3630, no texts.

People’s Produce Farmer’s Night Market – 5-8pm. Fresh produce, prepared food, fitness activities, healthy living demonstrations and handmade gifts. EBT, WIC and SNAP accepted. 1655 Euclid Ave, San Diego, 92105. 619-262-2022.




Coronado Ferry Landing Farmers’ Market – 2:30-6pm. Coronado Ferry Landing, 1201 First St & B, Coronado, 92118. 760-741-3763. Escondido Downtown Farmers’ Market – 2:306pm, year-round. Downtown Escondido’s Certified Farmers’ Market, Juniper between Grand Ave & Valley Pkwy & Heritage Garden, Escondido, 92025. 760-480-4101. Chula Vista-Otay Ranch Certified Farmers’ Market – 4-8pm. 2015 Birch Rd & Main St, Chula Vista, 91915. 619-279-0032.


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Oceanside Farmers’ Market – 9am-1pm. Coast Hwy at Pier View Way, Oceanside, 92054. 760754-4512. SDSU Farmers’ Market – 10am-3pm. Held during the fall and spring terms. Canceled on rainy days. San Diego State University, Campanile Walkway, between Hepner Hall & Love Library, San Diego, 92182. Linda Vista Farmers’ Market – 2-6pm, winter; 3-7pm, summer. Farm fresh produce, hot food vendors, live entertainment, craft vendors and more. WIC, EBT, Debit/Credit accepted. 6939 Linda Vista Rd, Linda Vista Plaza parking lot, San Diego, 92111. 760-580-0116.

Downtown El Cajon Farmers Market – 3-6pm. Supported by the International Rescue Committee. Prescott Promenade at 201 E Main St, El Cajon, 92020. 619-641-7510, x 277. farmers-market. Third Avenue Village Certified Farmers’ Market – 3-7pm, Apr-Oct; 3-6pm, Nov-Mar. 325 Third Ave & Center St, Chula Vista, 91910. 619-422-1982 x 3. UTC Certified Farmers’ Market – 3-7pm. 7131 Regents Rd San Diego, 92122. 619-795-3363. Oceanside Sunset Market – 5-9pm. Corner of Coast Hwy & Pier View Way, Oceanside, 92054. 760-754-4512. MainStreetOceanside. com or

FRIDAY La Mesa Certified Farmers’ Market – 1-5pm, winter; 2-6pm, summer. La Mesa Civic Center, Date Ave & University Ave, La Mesa, 91941. Suzanne Bendixen: 619-249-9395.

SATURDAY Vista’s Farmers’ Market – 8am-1pm. San Diego county courthouse parking grounds, 345 S Melrose Dr, Vista, 92081. 619-301-8905. Little Italy Mercato – 8am-2pm. Year-round; rain or shine. At W Cedar St from Kettner Blvd to Front St, San Diego, 92101. City Heights Farmers’ Market – 9am-1pm. Farm fresh produce, hot food vendors, live entertainment, craft vendors and more. WIC, EBT, Debit/Credit accepted. Fresh Funds Matching Program offered. 4325 Wightman between 43rd & Fairmont Ave, San Diego, 92105. 760-580-0116. Seaside Bazaar Marketplace – 9am-4pm, winter/ spring/fall; 9am-5pm, summer. Seaside Bazaar Marketplace, 459 S Coast Hwy 101, Encinitas, 92024. 760-753-1611. Del Mar Farmers’ Ma r k e t – 1 - 4 p m . Year-round. Upper Shores Park, 225 9th St, Del Mar, 92014. 858-465-0013.

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Dr. Qin Fu 4401 Manchester Ave., Encinitas 760-230-2490 Dr. Qin Fu is a third generation healer, trained in China, that uses a combination of acupuncture, qi gong and herbs to help his patients achieve pain relief and better overall health.


The Healing Center Dr. Marilyn Chernoff, PhD, ND, M.Ed Encinitas 877-222-9146 Dr. Marilyn is a world-renowned healer; a medical intuitive who uses her knowledge and abilities to diagnose and treat children, adults, animals locally and globally (through long-distance healing). Specializing in allergies, pain, injuries, headaches, chemical sensitivities, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, autoimmune, PTSD and others. By utilizing advanced biofeedback, the body’s pharmacy will heal itself. “BE THE HEALER YOU ARE”

BEAUTY PRODUCTS BARE WAXING & SKINCARE STUDIO 285 N. El Camino Real, Ste. 100 Encinitas, CA 92024 760-809-6598

Waxing. Lashes. Skin. Hair Removal With over a decade in experience, Bare Waxing Studio offers the best in hair removal, skin treatments, and lash and eyebrow services in North County.




SAN DIEGO AUDIT TRAIL DeLisa Terra, Owner 760-487-8806

Serving SD's small businesses with quality bookkeeping since 2001. I set up and maintain your books so that you can focus on growing your business.

CANNABIS San Diego Medical Marijuana Center Bert Telles 858-414-4271 Booth #1021

Weedease Organics makes organic cannabis-infused cooking oil for medical marijuana patients. OCCO-Organic Cannabis Canola Oil, CANNA*COCO*BISOrganic Cannabis Coconut. The safe and perfect way to get your medication without inhalation.


We believe in natural benefits of medicinal cannabis and provide products that are safe, and effective, to address a person’s unique symptoms or condition.


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Sonya Swetich Goodwin Holistic Health Practitioner Craniosacral Therapist 619-726-3267 Nourishment and Resilience for Your Nervous System. Find support navigating your way toward healing the root causes of physical and emotional pain. Find your calm, joy and inner peace.


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Family and Cosmetic Dentistry 285 N El Camino Real, Ste. 112, Encinitas 760-753-DENT (3368) Nominated top dentist, 10 years’ experience. Paperless green office with friendly staff. Digital x-rays, latest technology, early detection and non-invasive, long lasting restorations.


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Cary O’Rielly, DDS 4403 Manchester Ave., Ste. 206-B Encinitas, CA 92024 760-632-1304 Integrative Dentist Carey O’Rielly, DDS provides holistic family dentistry for patients from 3 to 93, including cosmetic smile makeovers using bio-friendly materials, bonding and lasers.


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Judi Bryan 760-822-9234 • Creating a vibrant and Sustainable lifestyle with wild-crafted, organic nutrition and skin care while sustaining a living rain forest. Rain Drop therapist, expert at ear coning and Access Consciousness Facilitator.

WELLNESS & FITNESS CENTER Envision Personalized Health 619-229-9695

Envision Personalized Health is a private center for customized health, fitness and spa services. Specializing in Personal Training, Pilates, Yoga, Acupuncture, Nutrition, Ayurveda, Massage and Spa Services. Private by appointment.


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Ken Kostedt 619-212-2957 Let Kostedt Design & Marketing help you with your print or online graphics needs. Custom design services including business cards, billboards, wine labels, logos and more.


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HEALTH AND WELLNESS ABSOLUTELY SMOKE FREE – 1 HOUR Dr. Ginger Marable, PhD, CHt Offices in North San Diego County 760-420-2279

Want to quit smoking in about an hour? Our advanced, personalized hypnotherapy system has a 95% success rate and lifetime guarantee. Call now for a free consultation.

MOBILE-EYES SD OPTICAL Helmut Igel ,ABO 760-473-8339

Licensed optician offering eyeglasses and lenses at affordable pricing throughout San Diego county and can visit you at your home or office or my showroom in Oceanside.



Dawn Ellinwood 109 S. Acacia Ave., Solana Beach, CA 92075 858-792-5959 Built on a foundation of community, passion, contribution and strength, Ubuntu Hair Studio will shift the way consumers purchase beauty products and services.

HEALTH COACHING CREATIVE LIFE SOLUTIONS Carolyn Gross, Health and Wellness Advocate 760-741-2762

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Staying Calm in the Midst of Chaos Classes and Retreats, Health Coaching for Cancer Recovery, Wellness Solutions for Cancer Prevention. Carolyn Gross is the author of three wellness books: Staying Calm in the Midst of Chaos, Treatable and Beatable: Healing Cancer without Surgery and Breaking the Cancer Code. She has worked with the International Spa Assoc., Rancho La Puerta, The Golden Door and Cal-A-Vie. With 25 years’ experience, this health expert has been featured on NBC, ABC and Lifetime TV.

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Holistic medical doctor and biofeedback specialist focus on weight loss, hormone balance and fast relief of stress and anxiety. Natural remedies with advanced biofeedback technologies.




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Genuine Skincare Products Laura Lisauskas, Owner/Maker Local, non-toxic, cruelty free, small batch artisan skincare made with the finest botanical ingredients and essential oils. Choose from extensive collection of oil serums, cleansers, toners, creams, lotions, masks and scrubs and upgrade your routine today!

630-210-8688, 312-502-1539 Specializing in intuitive counsel and psychic work including Akashic records, card readings, connection with loved ones, home and business readings/clearings, energy healing, personal mentoring and angel work with children. Working with individuals that have health concerns, mental stress and/or want to find clarity with their life situations.


2087 San Elijo Ave., Cardiff-by-the-Sea 760-753-5445

PEOPLE’S ORGANIC FOOD MARKET 4765 Voltaire St., Ocean Beach 619-224-1387


Charlene Handel 5650 El Camino Real, Ste. 230 Carlsbad, CA 92008 760-438-4600


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Want incredible looking skin without using toxic injections or surgical procedures? Skin Fitness uses natural remedies based on kinesiological testing. Call today for your appointment.


2009 South Coast Hwy., Oceanside 760-433-2757

Del Mar: 2600 Via De La Valle, Ste. 100 858-436-9800 LaJolla: 8825 Villa La Jolla Dr. 858-642-6700 Hillcrest: 711 University Ave., San Diego 619-294-2800


The Friends In Business Network 760-613-6412


1820 Oceanside Blvd., Oceanside 760-429-2092


LAZY ACRES NATURAL MARKET 150 Encinitas Blvd., Encinitas 760-536-4905

• NEW! Oceanside Location 2570 Vista Way, Ste. A Oceanside, CA 92054 760-435-0912 • 123 N El Camino Real (Trader Joe’s Mall) 760-436-1226 We are family owned and operated, and it is our mission to help pet parents and their fur kids find healthy, holistic solutions to all their needs. Largest selection of Raw & Alternative foods in San Diego. We deliver!

The Friends in Business Network celebrating over 20 years in business Network mixers everyday of the week "Friend's first and business second" Join and RSVP at Hosted by Art Kaliel. 760-613-6412.


Carmenza David, founder 760-452-0957 Join us every us every 1st & 3rd Wednesday morning for a delicious breakfast in Cardiff. From 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. $25 includes breakfast. Meet other leaders in your community; start your day surrounded by energetic, positive, ready to move and shake business owners. Come prepared to be ignited, to get inspired, to have fun and to make lasting connections!

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Judy Ann Foster 760-703-9941 • Women empowering women in friendship and business. Monthly luncheon, networking, table displays, vendors, introductions, announcements, shoutouts, speakers, door prize drawings & gifts.


Sara Davis, Neuroptimal Practitioner Advanced Brain Training Sessions 858-216-2800 Stop suffering from: ADD, ADHD, PTSD, Irritability, Anger, Stress, Anxiety, Depression, Poor Sleep, Addiction, Brain Fog, Lack of Focus, Chemo-Brain, Migraines, or Poor Performance

NONPROFIT ONE GIRL AT A TIME Fatim Bahh, founder 310-210-8402

Every Girl has a right to an education. We have made a committment to break the cycle of poverty in the rural community of Kassa, Guinea, West Africa. We provide educational support to young girls at the primary school of Kassa, from 1st grade to 6th grade.


Sylvia Egel 765-210-3341 Booth #407 Metabolic balance is an all-natural weight management program; scientifically approved: about blood values, studies and meta-analysis. With the help of your coach you can perfectly manage weight and health improvements with your personal nutrition plan.


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E STREET EYES 128 West E Street Encinitas, CA 760-931-1390

Brianna Klingensmith, owner Booth #207

Medical eye examinations, eyeglasses and contact lenses, optical quality sunglasses, non-surgical LASIK program. We offer traditional eye health evaluations as well as nutritional counseling that supports healthy vision.

DIANA HOPPE, MD OBGYN Women’s Health for Life 760-635-5600

Feeling tired? Having Hot Flashes? Battling Brain Fog? Most women silently suffer because they don’t understand what’s going on with their body. Call today.


Licensed Naturopathic Doctor 760-533-2883 I am here to offer you the best care combining research and evidence-based medicine. I want you to feel cared for, to be heard and to live in happiness.


Locally fresh produce & food delivery 760-560-3867 Booth #707 Shop our farmers’ market from home! Choose from a wide variety of produce and foods from our online farmers market. Daily Harvest’s longstanding relationships with many of the best organic farms in our community allows us to bring fresh, clean produce rich in vitamins and minerals straight to your door.

Brianna’s Handmade Soaps are made in small batches, are vegan and free of synthetic ingredients. Organic oils and plant based ingredients provide moisture, rich lather and cleansing strength.


(in the Lumberyard) 765 South Coast Highway 101, Suite H-101 Encinitas, CA 92024 760-479-1977 Lotus Cafe is dedicated to serving fresh, natural, healthy food at affordable prices, prepared with love, simplicity, and a joyful heart. Our ingredients are sourced with care and are always natural.


Renato Cautela, owner 1514 Encinitas Blvd., Encinitas 760-452-8136 Make life a treat. 26 flavors baked fresh daily, including vegan, gluten-less and sugar-free. Seasonal treats and catering, special events and custom orders.


Marilyn Taylor 760-443-1609 We are more than just a San Diego/ Palm Springs SEO company, we offer SEO (search engine optimization), PPC (paid search marketing) Social Media Marketing training and we are a full service search engine marketing and web development company. Free SEO evaluation of your website.


Do you suffer from stress, anxiety, body aches or chronic pain? Combining sound therapy modalities like tuning forks and singing bowls with massage, myofacial release and trigger point can heal your body, mind and spirit.


WINDOW CLEANING EXCELLENCE IN WINDOW CLEANING James “Jim” Cherrington, Owner PO Box 462373, Escondido, CA 92046 San Diego • 760-746-0713 Temecula • 951-302-9633


Linda White Life Teacher, Energy Healer and Shaman San Diego and Solana Beach 619-582-5505 Own your power, Embrace and live Higher Consciousness, heal your body and transform the core beliefs and conditioning that block health, happiness, love and success.


La Jolla Shores Beach 858-454-8273 • Learn to surf and paddleboard at the #1 school, with 20 years of sharing the stoke. We are honored to teach all ages from 5 to 95.



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760-814-1293 Wholistic retail shop offering natural products and services to maintain a self-healing lifestyle, i.e. supplements, meditation tools, hemp CBD, beauty products and more.


Hem Rai, owner 760-230-6145 559 South Coast Hwy. 101, Encinitas 300 Carlsbad Village Dr., Carlsbad Retail store featuring fine jewelry, an art gallery, crystals, statues, rustic furniture and exceptional gifts from both local artists and artisans across the globe. We specialize in unique fair-trade and eco-friendly products.

Our Readers are Seeking Providers & Services for Midwives & Doulas • Natural Birth Options Bioidentical Hormone Therapy Enzyme Therapy • Life Coaches Natural/Organic Foods Women’s Networks



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