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hese past few months have been rough on a lot of people I know. So many of us are dealing with schedule overwhelm, health issues, all kinds of things. My editor, Erin, recently felt she had a case of “too-much-itis”. Much of what she had going on was really good things, just too much of them. This just goes to show you that there really can be too much of a good thing. When we do anything to the extreme, we can easily set ourselves up for physical, emotional and mental overload. I’m making a concerted effort to avoid dealing with this aftermath. My goal is to spend more time unplugging, detoxing and getting back to nature. As I write this, I’m currently downsizing my living arrangement and working on ways to slow my pace down so I can spend more time enjoying the moments of my day. It’s much healthier in the long run as the alternative really can lead to health issues—including PTSD. Many people believe that PTSD is limited to war veterans, but it’s really trauma resulting from any overwhelming life experience. When we’re overwhelmed and traumatized from events in our lives, self-medication can easily emerge and develop into substance abuse. It can easily turn into a dual diagnosis. Triggers can be places, people and events that are associated with the trauma.Once we realize what the source of our triggers are, we can learn how to avoid them in order to overcome their effects on our well-being. One powerful thing we can all do is learn how to detox with food, people, places and events. Changing your diet is a wonderful jump start. So is changing what you allow into your mind space. Personally, I had to shut down the constant barrage of media. Bombing, war, exploitation of Mother Earth, political injustices, global change, and trying to keep up with it all became too much. Rather than succumb to too-much-itis, I made a conscious effort to reduce my exposure to this negativity. It’s been so helpful! In addition, I continue my quest for alternative modalities that can help me achieve inner peace. I recently twice saw the film Beatrix at Dinner (see page 10). I believe the message conveys a good example of human bombardment and the effect it has on us all as a whole and individually. While a constant barrage of information has become a way of life for younger generations, I see many older folks striving to return to simpler times. I am grateful for the years I had in nature with my family growing up. I know our camping trips will be deeply rooted in my children and me forever. We all need our feet planted firmly on the ground. Please continue to share your suggestions on healing ourselves and our environment by sending your ideas to Meanwhile enjoy your summer and have a happy Fourth of July celebration.

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arth’s Elements in Encinitas supplies spiritual tools to help the community with physical healing, emotional clearing and spiritual growth. The store was founded in 2012 when Hem Rai, store owner and Nepal native, felt the need to share the fascinating culture of his home village here in Encinitas. Earth’s Elements was born, and on February 2017, he opened another location in Carlsbad. Rai also owns stores in Idyllwild and Big Bear. “If you are looking for Himalayan salt lamps, home decorations, massage wands, singing bowls or pendulums, Earth’s Elements is the place to visit. Our friendly staff is always here to help guide you around the store. We’ll help you find the healing tools you need to be on your way,” assures Rai. Earth’s Elements features a wide selection of spiritual books, organic oils, beauty products, as well as Zen home and garden decorations. “We are also proud to showcase breathtaking spiritual paintings created by local artists in Encinitas. We believe in supporting local vendors because when our communities grow, they make our city a much better place to live,” says Rai. “Our goal is to support your spiritual journey and to help connect one another through the gifts of our beautiful earth. At Earth’s Elements, we are dedicated to offering the finest holistic healing supplies available. Our passion for crystals, our dedication to serve, and the many years we have invested in research allow us to offer the best quality stones in the market.” In addition, Earth’s Elements has a healing space offering Reiki, tarot cards, psychic and intuitive readings as well as private Kundalini Yoga and meditation classes. “If you are interested in releasing negative energy, giving yourself a chakra alignment or meeting a psychic, make sure to call our store to make an appointment today,” adds Rai. Location: 559 S. Coast Hwy. 101, Encinitas. For more information, call 760-2306145 or visit or

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f you ask Carl and Johanna Wright, owners of Lotus Cafe and Juice Bar in Encinitas, what brings them joy, they’ll probably share stories about their numerous trips to India and more recent excursions to the California desert. They also enjoy peaceful yoga and meditation sessions, experimenting with new culinary creations, and delighting in a hearty, nourishing breakfast. All it takes is one visit to Lotus Cafe and you’ll immediately notice how they’ve infused these passions into their restaurant’s theme. With a hunger to continue evolving the café’s offerings, the pair has gone to great lengths to share their love of the day’s first meal by providing an outstanding breakfast dining experience. For starters, this popular healthy eating establishment, voted “2017’s Best of Vegan in San Diego” from Trip. com, now opens at 7 a.m. “This way you have plenty of time to enjoy an energizing meal to be awake and ready to face the day,” says Johanna, who shares that their scrumptious breakfast menu includes items such as the popular Artichoke Scramble, Vegan Tofu Scramble, Coconut French Toast and Vegan Buckwheat Pancakes. “The Coconut French Toast made with eight grain bread or sourdough with a side of fruit is really a treat. It’s one of our most popular breakfast items.”

The pair shares that several of the dishes, including the Balboa Burrito and Huevos Rancheros, are so hearty they make an ideal brekkie following a morning surf session. The Balboa Burrito, a local favorite, consists of free-range scrambled eggs, cheddar, breakfast potatoes, avocado and house-made salsa fresca all tucked into an organic whole wheat chapati. “You can opt to add in one of our proteins including turkey sausage or bacon, veggie sausage or soy bacon. You really can’t go wrong with anything on the menu; I think you will love this breakfast,” says Carl, who notes that many of the menu items are named after some of his favorite places in Encinitas. Lotus Cafe also offers generously sized Acai and Pitaya Bowls blended with your option of organic apple juice, almond milk or soy milk with blueberries and banana. “We also top each bowl with fresh fruit, coconut and organic granola and honey,” says Johanna. Another way this energetic couple embraces the local culture is by supporting local companies. On a recent trip to the California desert, Carl and Johanna stopped for a cup of Joe at the Joshua Tree Coffee Company. “We struck up a conversation with the owner, Royce, who told us his favorite restaurant in Encinitas was Lotus Cafe. We immediately hit it off. We also fell

in love with his coffees and totally support his coffee brewing philosophy,” explains Johanna. “I’ve never had coffee that has as much flavor as this coffee,” agrees Carl, who shares that he and Johanna enjoyed it so much, they now offer Joshua Tree Coffee Company’s First Roast organic coffee to their customers. “It’s our ‘house’ brand. We’re proud to be the only restaurant in Encinitas to offer this incredible coffee.” For those who’d prefer an alternative breakfast beverage, Lotus Cafe’s juice bar offers fresh fruit and vegetable juices, wheat grass and ginger shots, as well as an extensive smoothie menu. In addition, drink offerings include Indian Masala Chai tea with ginger and cardamom. The recipe, featuring authentic spices, is made twice daily from scratch. This delectable tea, a quintessential embodiment of the café’s cultural blend, was crafted by Carl, who worked on the recipe for six months to perfect it. Not an early bird but still a breakfast aficionado? No problem, as the café features an all-day breakfast menu. “For dinner, my personal favorite is the Artichoke Scramble with a salad instead of potatoes and toast,” says Johanna. Carl and Johanna pride themselves on providing something for everybody at every meal. While the menu significantly emphasizes plantbased dishes, Cafe Lotus also offers fish and poultry options, along with a wide variety of gluten-free selections. Diners can either eat inside the comfy restaurant or outside on the largest outdoor dining area in Encinitas. The patio, one of the largest in North County, features approximately 100 seats, including several large tables for parties of up to 10 people. “It’s a wonderful, pet-friendly patio that’s open all day. It’s a great place to happily enjoy a healthy meal with your family or friends,” adds Carl. Lotus Cafe and Juice Bar is located at 765 S. Coast Hwy. 101, Encinitas. Open daily from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Call 760-479-1977 for more information. To see their entire breakfast menu, visit natural awakenings

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ardiff 101 Main Street is proud to partner with the City of Encinitas to present the 12th Annual Cardiff Dog Days of Summer on August 13. This free event, being held from noon to 6 p.m., features over 200 dog-related vendors and rescue groups, pet adoptions, live music, dog contests, kids activities, beer and wine garden, food trucks and more. New this year, the event will be held at the Encinitas Community Park next to the Maggie Houlihan Dog Park and will feature a carefully curated “Maker’s Market Row” where you can find quality handmade goods and connect with local artisans. The event will also feature a “Rescue Row” presented by Rancho Coastal Humane Society and Pet Health Expo presented by the City of Encinitas. Location: Encinitas Community Park, 425 Santa Fe Dr., Encinitas. For more information, visit See ad page 23.

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oadside Attraction’s new film Beatriz at Dinner, starring Salma Hayek, John Lithgow, Connie Britton, Jay Duplass, Amy Landecker, Chloë Sevigny, David Warshofsky and John Early, opened in theaters nationwide on June 23. Beatriz (Salma Hayek), an immigrant from a poor town in Mexico, has drawn on her innate kindness to build a career as a health practitioner in Los Angeles. Doug Strutt (John Lithgow) is a cutthroat, self-satisfied billionaire. When these two opposites meet at a dinner party, their worlds collide and neither will ever be the same. This film explores a variety of worldly, as well as spiritual, themes such as integrity, compassion, materialism and greed. Beatriz has dedicated her life to a variety of healing practices, yet finds herself immensely challenged when confronted with the antithesis of all she holds dear. As a spiritual seeker, she strives to express the best of herself, yet feels herself brought to the brink of madness by the realities of modern life. Watch the film trailer and get tickets at

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ocal practitioners Marc Malin and Rebecca Harmon will host a Sound for Self-healing series at Global Heart Sanctuary in Solana Beach. The first part of the series, Stress, Anxiety and Sound Sleep, will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. July 12 and 19. During these classes, participants will learn techniques they can use at home including how to calm and soothe the nervous system, and easy ways to remove physical emotional and spiritual blocks. The second part of the series, Chronic Pain, being held August 2 and 9 from 7 to 9 p.m., will focus on chronic pain issues and sound healing. “You will take away an understanding of how and why sound therapy will help you with these issues,” says Malin. Malin, owner of Sound Touch, is a licensed massage therapist and awardwinning musician. He teaches Massage and Holistic Health at the University of San Diego and has been in the sound healing field for over 15 years with previous practices in Boston, MA, and Santa Fe, NM. Harmon is a licensed acupuncturist with a master’s degree in Oriental Medicine. She incorporates Sound Healing and Chakra Balancing and Bio Field Energy tuning in her practice. Tuition: $200; includes a one-hour Sound Touch Session ($100 value). Location: 731 S. Hwy. 101, Ste. 1M, Solana Beach. Space limited. Register in advance at

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about it. Were some religious experiences tied to psychedelic plant medicines? And, could taking them induce a similar spiritual experience in me?” Zapolin’s conversation with Chopra made it clear that there was more he needed to experience. “I realized the part that was missing was that I was searching for happiness outside of myself. And maybe, I’d never be truly happy until I went inside,” he says. Armed with the intent of expanding his consciousness, Zapolin decided to try plant medicine and assembled a film crew and cast—including famed actress Michelle Rodriguez—to document the journey. “About a dozen of us in total hiked the Inca Trail to sit with a shaman and drink Ayahuasca and San Pedro tea. It was a very powerful experience which left me with no doubt that there absolutely is a spiritual component to these plant medicines— they’re not just drugs. These plant medicines are very healing on a physical, emotional and spiritual level.” That initial ceremony breathed new life into Zapolin. “I recognized this ancient wisdom may be the answer to so many of our modern problems. In addition to more mind exploration experiences, including Ibogaine and ketamine treatments, he incorporated meditation and breathwork into his life. He also became the spiritual director of the Kismet Clinic, a holistic ketamine treatment center in South

Florida. “All of this has totally opened me up. I’m not resisting anything anymore,” he declares. “I realized that what I thought were some of the worst possible experiences in my life turned out to be the best things that ever happened to me. If I would have known this earlier, I would have been more relaxed in my life.” Because of his affinity for going within for answers and healing, Zapolin is now spearheading a movement. His latest venture, Mind Army, advocates for the rights of each of us to go inside our own minds through the use of organic and synthetic compounds like Ayahuasca, ketamine, Ibogaine, LSD and psilocybin mushrooms. “That’s where the answers to so many of our problems can be found. And we’re demanding for the Constitutional right for us to legally and safely access those answers. We only see about 1 percent of reality; the other 99 percent is an illusion. When more of us can overcome this illusion and tap into the reality of truth, we can overcome many of our contemporary society’s issues.” Zapolin’s work is quickly gaining traction. His riveting documentary film The Reality of Truth, which explores the relationship between spirituality,

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ward-winning documentary filmmaker, conscious entrepreneur and plant medicine advocate, Mike “Zappy” Zapolin, had an idyllic upbringing. “I was raised in a good home and always had a lot of encouragement from my family. After graduating from college I made the money, fell in love, started a family. I was living the ‘American dream’,” he explains. So imagine his surprise, when after achieving so many societal milestones by his late 20s, he couldn’t shake the feeling that something was missing. “Here’s a guy who had it all, according to society’s standards; and yet, I still felt unfulfilled.” So Zapolin, never one to turn down an opportunity for growth, set out to discover exactly what was missing. While soul-searching, Zapolin recalled some profound psychedelic experiences he’d had in his youth. “I wondered if psychedelics should be part of the methodology I employed to seek answers,” he says. But it wasn’t until 2008 while re-reading the Bible with his alternate perception that it hit him so clearly. “I was reading about God providing the Israelites with manna from heaven during their period of wandering in the desert when it struck me—could this manna actually be mushrooms?” pondered Zapolin, who then called up his friend Deepak Chopra to discuss the possibility of psychedelics being mentioned in the Bible. “I couldn’t stop thinking


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religion and plant medicine, recently won the Amsterdam Film Festival’s Van Gogh award. In addition to documenting his Inca Trail adventures, the film features counsel from top thought leaders like Deepak Chopra, Ram Dass, Marianne Williamson and Sri Sri Ravi Shankar. With almost one million views on YouTube and countless film screenings around the globe, the film is making its mark. “One of the most gratifying aspects has been hearing how the movie has literally saved people’s lives,” he shares. “I’ve had people come up to me and tell me that they felt hopeless. But, the movie spoke to them and they went off to journey with the plants instead.” Zapolin realizes that using psychedelics for psychotherapy is a controversial subject, but he feels that it’s timely. “More people than ever are being called to journey within for answers and healing. It’s amazing! We need a critical mass of people to go inside their minds,” he asserts. “When they do, they’ll get a deeper sense of self, shift their perspective and gain more empathy for the world around them. It’s so much easier to solve problems when we can experience true empathy.” Zapolin shares that the journey is there for everybody. “Whether it’s a trip to Peru or Costa Rica to sit with a shaman, or a trip to a ketamine clinic in the U.S., you just have to put yourself in the right setting. Know that you’re going to heal and expand your consciousness and that whatever you learn is going to be great.”

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Take Toxins Out of Your Life by Meredith Montgomery


he term “detox” has been gaining traction in health circles, but cleansing practices have existed for millennia, ranging from Egyptian hydrotherapy to Medieval Lenten practices and Native American fasting, smudging and sweat lodges. The truth is that we need cleansing now more than ever—to rid our bodies of chemical overload and our minds of negative thinking. The Environmental Defense Fund has counted more than 100 chemicals produced in the U.S. that are present in everyday products and hazardous to humans and the environment. “Our body is a natural detoxifier, ridding itself of toxins through pooping, peeing, sweating and shedding skin. But in our current toxic overload situation, it’s not always an efficient process,” observes Deanna Minich, Ph.D., an author and functional nutritionist in Washington state. Some experts believe many commercial detoxification programs are unsafe, extreme and ineffective. “Psychologically, a short-term cleanse can act as a stepping stone if you’re eating


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fast food and donuts every day,” says Dr. Michael Greger, a Washington, D.C., physician specializing in clinical nutrition and author of How Not to Die. “What matters more is longterm—what you’re eating a decade from now. No quick fix is going to do it, it’s a lifestyle change.”

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When the microbiome becomes depleted, overall health is affected. Dr. Robynne Chutkan, a gastroenterologist at Georgetown University Hospital, founder of the Digestive Center for Wellness, in Washington, D.C., and

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“Health and wealth have become associated with cleanliness, yet the opposite is probably true,” assesses Chutkan. “Kids come in from the playground to use hand sanitizers and eat processed snacks. Instead, discard the microbiome-disrupting sanitizer and pro-


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author of Gutbliss and The Microbiome Solution, explains, “The GI tract is the body’s engine, and microbes are the worker bees that operate the machinery so that digestion and toxin removal can happen.” She recommends switching to a plant-filled diet to effectively repopulate the microbiome and be aware of how food is grown. “Much storebought produce, even organic options, is grown in depleted soil. Seek out biodynamic farmers that prioritize nutrient-rich soil to foster microbes,” Chutkan says. Even planting a couple of herbs or microgreens on the kitchen windowsill can make a difference. “Just picking those herbs and getting your hands in healthy dirt increases your exposure to health-promoting microbes.”

vide fresh vegetables for them to eat outside. We don’t want kids exposed to any serious pathogens, but getting a little dirty is essential.” Studies have found that children with pets are more likely to have fewer allergies and infections and take fewer antibiotics than those living in pet-free households (Clinical & Experimental Allergy and Kuopio University Hospital, Finland). Pets that venture outdoors bring healthy microbes inside; so does fresh air, which purifies poorer quality indoor air. Chutkan also warns of excessive bathing. “When we scrub ourselves, we rub off microbes and naturally occurring oils; unless we’re filthy, we just need to gently rinse.” Marketers convince consumers that products with toxic ingredients are necessities, but coconut oil, apple cider vinegar and honey can effectively replace many toiletries.

“The digestive system is responsible for delivering nutrients and escorting dangerous toxins out of your body; if you can’t digest well, you can’t detoxify well,” he says. Unlike drastic fasts and juice cleanses, which can deplete nutrients, he recommends stimulating fat metabolism with a cleanse that starts each morning with melted ghee followed by a simple nonfat diet throughout the day. According to research published in Alternative Therapies in Health and

Medicine, ghee, a clarified butter, has been proven to remove environmental toxins by attaching to toxic fats. Kitchari, the staple of the meal plan, is a nourishing and easy-to-digest, porridge-like blend of beans, rice and Indian spices. “When you eat a mono diet of just kitchari, your body can transfer the energy that normally goes toward digestion into cleansing and healing other systems,” says Douillard. For those not ready to maintain such a limited diet,

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According to ayurveda, burning fat fuels detoxification because toxins from preservatives, pollutants, pesticides and other damaging chemicals are stored in our fat cells. When fat is metabolized and used as an energy source, the toxins are released, ready to be flushed out. “When we’re not burning fat, toxins can accumulate, cause congestion in the lymphatic channels, overwhelm the liver and ultimately be deposited back into fat cells or stored in the arteries, heart and brain,” comments Certified Ayurvedic Practitioner Dr. John Douillard, of Boulder, Colorado. He’s the author of Eat Wheat and a former director of player development and nutrition advisor for the New Jersey Nets professional basketball team.

Reboot with a Quick Cleanse

To stimulate the body’s natural ability to burn fat, Douillard recommends a four-day, at-home detox cleanse.

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he recommends a polydiet with the option to add seasonal steamed vegetables, oatmeal and other gluten-free grains.

Few Snacks, More Water

Work toward eating three meals a day—a light breakfast, big lunch and light and early dinner—without snacking in-between, and fasting for 13 hours each night. Douillard notes, “This regimen should be maintained beyond the cleanse because it gives the body a chance to use up its carbohydrates—its normal, go-to fuel—and switch to its calmer, more stable, detoxifying fuel—body fat.” Adapt the cleanse to avoid strain, because when under stress, the lymphatic system shuts down and the body stores fat and toxins. “If three meals a day with no snacks is not possible yet, have a nonfat high-protein snack and plan to eat more protein at your next meal,” suggests Douillard. “Or start with four meals, and work your way down to three.” Aim to drink half your healthiest body weight in ounces of room-temperature water every day, while also sipping warm-to-hot water—believed to soften the intestinal tract, move the lymph and hydrate the cells more effectively than cold water—every 10 to 15 minutes for two weeks. Plain water has a hydrating effect that not even lemon water can replicate.

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“Toxins are best understood less as poisons than as barriers—obstacles to the life and health we truly want,” says Minich. As a functional medicine nutritionist, she believes that food as medicine is only one aspect of full-spectrum health. Her approach revolves around clusters of nutritional, anatomical, psychological and spiritual life issues that can be jointly detoxified, supported and healed. “Good eating alone will not necessarily solve our emotional woes or stop our limiting beliefs and toxic self-talk,” she explains in Whole Detox, a book based on a whole-life, whole-systems, whole-foods approach to detoxification. “We need to remove all the barriers that impede our growth. Limiting thoughts, as well as heavy metals and pesticides, are toxic barriers that weigh us down, sapping energy that might be used for better things.” Her 21-day program is designed to establish long-term lifestyle changes with simple habits. She recommends monitoring our emotions and tracking thoughts with daily writing exercises. “Look at yourself like you’re examining a food label to get to the root of limiting patterns,” she says, encouraging questions such as, “Is this thought healthy for me?” or, “Do I want this thought in my being?” Be mindful of speech as well; swearing, exaggerating and interrupting can have deleterious effects, while uplifting affirmations can inspire positive actions.

She attests that visualization can help prevent the creative self from shutting down, another aspect of toxicity. “Be intuitive and imaginative; allow creative expression to flow. Before you can manifest what you want in life, you have to envision it.” Minich wants patients to invite introspection by taking a few minutes each day to be in solitude and silence, allowing meaning and purpose to surface. Daily stress relief practices such as meditation, yoga, self-massage and mindful breathing can foster stress reduction. “Life shouldn’t feel like an emergency. We need to navigate around stress so we’re not inundated by it,” counsels Douillard. By extracting toxins through sweat and circulating nutrients, physical activity is equally important for detoxification, but it’s also a form of self-love. “It expands your sense of possibilities, freeing you to go where you will and to carry burdens lightly,” Minich says. In this age of personalized medicine, Minich encourages patients to focus on the parts of a detox program that they need most, whether it’s diet, exercise, massage, emotional wellbeing or spirituality. She reminds us that the desire and need to cleanse is universal. “Detox is as old as humankind.” Meredith Montgomery publishes Natural Awakenings of Gulf Coast Alabama/Mississippi (HealthyLiving


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Why Do Veterans Love QIGONG? by Qigong Practitioner Jeff Primack

Author Jeff Primack has practiced Qigong for 20 years and trains thousands of people annually at Qi Revolution seminars held across the United States.


igong Practitioner Jeff Primack has practiced qigong for 20 years and trains thousands of people annually at Qi Revolution seminars held across the United States. He shares that qigong helps overcome trauma with an “energetic solution” as opposed to pharmaceutical or psychological approaches. “A Qigong Master I studied with was imprisoned by the Chinese government and while in a jail cell, he practiced qigong for many years and was strengthened. At age 80 he still practices,” says Primack. “The postures develop a ‘magnetic energy’ that gives peace, increased faith and creates a tangible increase in energy on command.”

“QIGONG is a very positive natural modality we are proud to offer for our men and women who served our country.” Alina Mayo, MD – Veteran’s Hospital – Bay Pines, FL 20

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Dr. Alina Mayo, MD, of the VA Hospital in Bay Pines, Florida, says that qigong with Supreme Science Qigong Center instructors has been well received at the hospital. “When veterans do qi breathing, trust issues and whether the teacher is also a vet becomes less important,” says Primack. “Old mind patterns are temporarily bypassed as the ‘feeling of qi’ is strong enough to give a natural high. Many vets report this has been invaluable to replace harmful addictions. Skeptical views on qi are instantly overcome by the tangible waves of vibration that dissolve tension and relax tight muscles.” Todd Nichols is a brave teacher sharing Breath Empowerment with more than 1,000 veterans. “Sometimes in lockdown facilities where chairs are held down with bags of sand it can be challenging to lead qigong breathing. Frequent outbursts and flickering florescent lights compound the

ficulties of teaching in the VA buildings themselves. Veterans are guarded and apprehensive,” explains Primack. “Todd draws them in and challenges them to take huge breaths, swallow it and hold it in their belly. A crammed room becomes momentarily silent, smiles and then scattered giggles. All it takes is their breathing participation and it works.” Primack shares that while traumatic memories are not erased, their grip on muscles and mind is temporarily lessened long enough for veterans to realize they have control over their mind with their breath. “Our technique 9-Breath Method oxygenates to the core creating a wave of peace that shuts down over-thinking. Breath Training is the best thing veterans can use to regulate stress without drugs.” Qi Revolution is the event where most people first encounter Primack and his instructors. “When hundreds of people do qigong in one room, a profound group energy is created. It quickens people’s ability to feel qi and progress. We keep the conference price affordable and free of vendors to maintain integrity and focus at our trainings,” he shares.

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SUNDAY, JULY 2 Petco Adoption Event – 12-3pm. Find a new friend and adopt them on the spot. We’ll be at Petco Del Mar with lots of adorable dogs and puppies for you to meet. Petco Animal Supplies, 2749 Via De La Valle, Del Mar, 92014.

TUESDAY, JULY 4 Historic Old Town Fourth of July – 11am-4pm. Old Town San Diego State Historic Park is hosting a free, old-fashioned Fourth of July celebration where visitors will be able to experience a unique special event where park staff and volunteers try to capture how early San Diego residents would have celebrated their Independence Day. Old Town San Diego Chamber of Commerce, 2415 San Diego Ave, San Diego, 92110. Over the Top 4th of July Celebration – 6-10pm. Enjoy unparalleled views of the Big Bay Boom Fireworks Show, 40 stories high on top of the Hyatt while sipping on unlimited beer, wine, champagne and premium liquor from the bar and dining on BBQ cuisine from the themed dinner buffet. Limited seats available for purchase. Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego, One Market Pl, San Diego, 92101. 619-232-1234. Independence Day Fireworks in Imperial Beach – 9-10pm. Fireworks will be shot from the IB Pier, beginning around 9pm. Best viewing is on the beach from Imperial Beach Blvd to Palm Ave, facing the end of Portwood Pier. Bring a picnic or grab a snack from neighboring businesses, then spread your beach blanket early to claim some space and catch all the action. Tune into KyXy Radio 96.5FM for a synced music playlist set to the fireworks show. Imperial Beach Pier, 10 Evergreen Ave, Imperial Beach, 91932.

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Sierra Talks: Top Ten Myths of Night Sky Photography – 6:30pm. Above our heads each evening lies a universe of motion, excitement and color. In this light-hearted and informative program, noted sky photographer Dennis Mammana dispels the most popular myths about shooting the sky, and exposes you and your camera to an entirely new universe. Joyce Beers Center, 3900 Vermont St, San Diego, 92103. Ernest Lotecka, 760-533-2725.


worms at this interactive presentation. North Park Recreation Center, 4044 Idaho St, San Diego, 92104. Animal Communicator and Pet Psychic – 1-2pm. Sindi Somers of Wild and Tame Wellness and Communications will share insights into how animals give and receive information. Discover your ability to communicate with both wild and tame animals. Learn techniques to help create clearer communication and enhance your relationships with all animals, including your pets. Museum of Man-Balboa Park, 1350 El Prado, San Diego, 92101.

Free All About Worms Workshop – 10:30am12:30pm. Vermicomposting (worm composting) MONDAY, JULY 10 is an environmentally-friendly way to turn your Summer Critter Camp – July 10-14. Campers food waste into nutrient rich castings for your will experience amazing animal interactions plus plants or garden beds. Learn all about how easy it animal-themed games, crafts, songs and more. kidsartcampad.qxp_Layout 1 4/12/17 10:30 AM Page 1 is to compost your food waste with red wriggler

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SeaWorld 4th of July Fireworks – 9:40pm. SeaWorld will celebrate Independence Day with a 15-minute display of fireworks set to a musical soundtrack. Park hours will be 10am-11pm. All summer long, SeaWorld lights up with Electric Ocean, a summer nighttime extravaganza that transforms the park into an underwater world of colorful luminescence. Included with park admission. SeaWorld San Diego, 500 SeaWorld Dr, San Diego, 92109. 800-257-4268.

FRIDAY, JULY 7 Summer Concert Series – 6pm. San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum Summer Concert Series. Event includes: crafts in the outdoor art studio, food vendors, $5 beer & wine cash bar for adults, complimentary extended hours overflow parking available behind the museum. Follow signs for weekday parking and afterhours access to all the educational hands-on exhibits in the museum. Free with museum admission. San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum, 320 North Broadway, Escondido, 92025. 760-233-7755.

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Helen Woodward Animal Center, 6461 El Apajo, Rancho Santa Fe, 92067. Snap Shot: Nature Photography – 9am-Noon. July10-14. This camp will focus on appreciating the beauty of plants in the garden around us. Students will tour different areas of the Garden each day and will focus on taking pictures of flowers, trees, insects and using plants as a backdrop for portraits. Throughout the week campers will also create their very own photo album to take home. Students need to provide their own digital camera or smart phone. Ages 7-10. Limited to 20 campers. Members $135/5 days, Non-Members $150/5 days. Reserve your space today. San Diego Botanical Gardens, 230 Quail Gardens Dr, Encinitas, 92024. 760- 436-3036 x201.

FRIDAY, JULY 14 Imperial Beach Sun & Sea Festival – July14 & 15. Pirates in Paradise is the theme for this year’s festival. This year will feature world-class sandcastle sculptors creating some of the best sand creations on the West Coast as well as a community parade and pancake breakfast, live music, children’s craft activities, a Kids ‘n Kastles competition, farmers’ market and international food fair. Free. Pier Plaza, 10 Evergreen Ave, Imperial Beach, 91932. Free Movie Night: Merchants of Doubt – 6:30pm. Inspired by the acclaimed book by Naomi Oreskes and Erik Conway, Merchants of Doubt takes audiences on a satirically comedic, yet illuminating ride

into the heart of conjuring American spin. Filmmaker Robert Kenner, director of the documentary Food, Inc., lifts the curtain on a secretive group of highly charismatic, silver-tongued pundits-for-hire who present themselves in the media as scientific authorities—yet have the contrary aim of spreading maximum confusion about well-studied public threats ranging from toxic chemicals to pharmaceuticals to climate change. 8304 Clairemont Mesa Blvd, #101, San Diego, 92111. Ellen Shively, 619479-3412.

SATURDAY, JULY 15 Planting Water and Growing Soil Classes – 9:30-11:30am. Regenerate your landscape with both active and passive sustainable planting and water harvesting strategies that can be used on any scale. Landscape professionals, Communitree Gardens, share techniques to modify land contour in a hands-on class that will cover a lot of ground. Class made possible by the San Diego County Watershed Protection Program. Free. The Water Conservation Garden, 12122 Cuyamaca College Dr W, El Cajon, 92019. Call 619-660-0614 x10 to register. Pride 5K – 9:30am-12:30pm. Welcome back Pride Runners. Show your Pride and race with the best of them during San Diego’s Pride 5K. The 5K race will start and finish at University Avenue and Centre Street. (Next to the San Diego LGBT Center). $35-45. San Diego LGBT Community Center, 3909 Centre St, San Diego, 92103. 619-857-8719.

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California Environmental Quality Act Workshop – 9:30am-2:30pm. The cost of this class has been underwritten by Sierra Club San Diego which allows us to offer this course at a deep discount. Courses of this nature normally charge $150 or more. $15. Registration required; space is limited. Hourglass Field House, 10440 Black Mountain Rd, San Diego, 92126. Richard Miller, 858-569-6005. Annual LGBT Pride Parade – 11am-2pm. The annual San Diego LGBT Pride Parade is the 4th largest in the U.S. attracting over 100,000 cheering spectators and significant media participation. Come be a part of this year’s historic celebration. Pride Parade, University Ave and Normal St, San Diego, 92103. 619-297-7683. Bob.Leyh@ Hoppy Hour – 3-4:30pm. Bring your bunny for a chance to play with other bunnies. This is a time to hang out and enjoy the cuteness of bunnies at play. In order to participate, rabbits have to be spayed/ neutered for at least 30 days and free of illness. The bunnies play while the humans sit around the outside of the bunny play area so bring a cushion. Cold drinks will be available. Admission is $10/ rabbit, but people are free and have just as much fun. SDHRS Adoption Center, 4807 Mercury St, Ste A, San Diego, 92111.

MONDAY, JULY 17 Art and Garden Adventure Camp – 9am-Noon. July17-21. Each day students will explore different areas of the garden to find inspiration for their art projects. We will paint on canvas, decorate clay animals, do sand art and make our own survival bracelet. We will also go on exciting scavenger hunts, play games and build a hydroponics unit to take home. Ages 7-10. Limited to 20 campers. Members $135/5 days, Non-Members $150/5 days. Reserve your space today. San Diego Botanical Gardens, 230 Quail Gardens Dr, Encinitas, 92024. 760- 436-3036 x201.


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Designing with California-Friendly Plants – 5:30-7:30pm. Create a water-wise garden design from scratch. Clayton Tschudy, Director of Horticulture, will discuss topics including site analysis and measurement, plotting your design on paper, environmental factors and water-efficient plant grouping. Members Free, Non-Members $10. The Water Conservation Garden, 12122 Cuyamaca College Dr W, El Cajon, 92019. Call 619-660-0614 x10 to register.


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Summer Concert Series – 6pm. San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum Summer Concert Series. Event includes: crafts in the outdoor art studio, food vendors, $5 beer & wine cash bar for adults, complimentary extended hours overflow parking available behind the museum. Follow signs for weekday parking and afterhours access to all the educational hands-on exhibits in the museum. Free with museum admission. San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum, 320 N Broadway, Escondido, 92025. 760-233-7755.

SATURDAY, JULY 22 Dog Surf and SUP Lesson – 8:30am. Surf Lessons: 10am, 11am & 12pm. Surf’s up, pups. Teach your dog to surf or SUP (stand-up paddle board) with help from the SoCal Surf Dogs. Lessons fill up fast. $45 (includes equipment rental). Del Mar Dog Beach, 3200 Camino Del Mar, Del Mar, 92014. Insect and Ladybug Festival 2017 – 9am-5pm. July 22-23. Featuring thousands of fascinating creepy-crawlies including live insects, lizards, snakes, and the famous Madagascar hissing cockroaches. Children can practice bug collecting, hands-on insect arts and crafts, and even taste cooked mealworm larva. Entomologists and other bug experts will be available for questions and more than 20 informational booths will teach and entertain children and adults alike. Free for members and children 12 and under. Non-members free with paid admission. San Diego Botanical Gardens, 230 Quail Gardens Dr, Encinitas, 92024. 760- 436-3036 x201. Pet Loss Support Group – 10-11:30am. 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. Please bring pictures of your pet with you to the sessions. There are no fees for the sessions; however, donations are greatly appreciated. Reservations are encouraged but not required. San Diego Humane Society, 5500 Gaines St, San Diego, 92110. 619299-7012, x2311.

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Bunny 101 – 10:30am-Noon. Got a new bunny and not sure what to feed her? Are you wondering why she does that strange flip in the air during her run time? The class is also perfect for someone considering adding a rabbit companion to their family and wanting to learn more before adopting. Bring your bunny for hands-on instruction. Handouts will be provided with detailed information. $15/ person, $20/family. If you plan to attend, please respond to B101, SDHRS Adoption Center, 4807 Mercury St, Ste A, San Diego, 92111.

WEDNESDAY, JULY 26 Dune Defenders – 9am-12pm. Become a Dune Defender and join San Diego Audubon as we protect Mission Bay’s fragile coastal dune habitat. This group meets at various sites in Mission Bay. Find out more or sign up via Conservation@ Stay tuned for a follow-up email with additional information about that week’s restoration site.

Oceana Coastal Kitchen Beer Pairing Dinner – 6-9pm. Oceana Coastal Kitchen is partnering with local craft brewery Green Flash Brewing Co. for an intimate and educational four-course pairing dinner. To complement each of the featured pours from Green Flash Brewing Co., Executive Chef Steven Riemer is preparing a custom menu with fresh, ingredient-driven dishes. Perfect for beer enthusiasts and novices alike, a brew master from Green Flash Brewing Co. will also be on-site to explain tasting notes and brewing processes. $50. Catamaran Resort Hotel and Spa, 3999 Mission Blvd, San Diego, 92109. 858-488-1081.

FRIDAY, JULY 28 Bunny Yoga – 6-8pm. De-stress after a long work week with some yoga, wine and bunnies. Enjoy a 55-minute class surrounded by San Diego House Rabbit Society shelter bunnies looking for their forever homes. Class will be instructed by Mary Sanders, a Yoga Alliance certified instructor with an emphasis in therapeutic yoga. SDHRS Adoption Center, 4807 Mercury St, Ste A, San Diego, 92111.

SATURDAY, JULY 29 Activist Orientation – 11am-12:30pm. Attend our activist’s orientation and learn what you can do and how to get more involved in our efforts to protect the environment. You will meet other activists to hear what we are facing and how we are responding. Let us help you find your perfect volunteer opportunity. Sierra Club San Diego, 8304 Clairemont Mesa Blvd, Ste 101, San Diego, 92111. For more information call 858-569-6005. Complementary Gift Packages natural awakenings

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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:

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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:

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Spirit Dance: Ecstatic Dance and Moving Meditation – 10am-12pm. 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.

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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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

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$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.

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.


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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 – 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 farmer’s 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

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the kiosk by the corner of Famosa Blvd & W Pt Loma Blvd, San Diego, 92138. 619-224-4591.

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:

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.

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

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. Mis-

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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.

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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

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

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

Seaside Bazaar Marketplace – 9am-5pm, Summer; 9am-4pm, Winter/Spring/Fall. 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. RanchoSanta Leucadia/Encinitas Farmers’ Market & Art Fair – 10am-2pm. Paul Ecke Elementary, 185 Union St, Encinitas, 92024. 858-272-7054. Info@ LeucadiaFarmers 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@

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

TUESDAY Coronado Ferry Landing Farmers’ Market – 2:306pm. 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.

Santee Farmers’ Market – 3-7pm, Mar-Oct; 3-6pm, Nov-Feb. 9608 Carlton Hills Blvd, corner of Mast & Carlton Hill, Santee, 92071. 619-449-8427. SanteeFarmers 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. Vista Main Street Farmers’ Market – 4-8pm. Historic Downtown Vista, 255 Main St & Indiana Ave. Bill Westendorf: 760-224-9616. Ocean Beach Farmers’ Market – 4-8pm, AprNov; 4-7pm, Nov-Apr. 4900 block of Newport Ave between Cable & Bacon Sts, Ocean Beach, 92107. 619-279-0032. People’s Produce Farmers’ 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.

THURSDAY 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. 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, x277. 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 x3.

Linda Vista Farmers’ Market – 3-7pm, summer; 2-6pm, winter. 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. 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. or

FRIDAY La Mesa Certified Farmers’ Market – 2-6pm, Summer; 1-5pm, Winter. 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-5pm, summer; 9am-4pm, winter/spring/fall. Seaside Bazaar Marketplace, 459 S Coast Hwy 101, Encinitas, 92024. 760-753-1611. Del Mar Farmers’ M a rk 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, MH, 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.


CANNABIS ALLEGIANCE WELLNESS CENTER San Diego Medical Marijuana Center Bert Telles 858-414-4271

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.


760-456-9118 We connect humans and pets with natural approaches to health and happiness. We use a simple approach by utilizing solid, science-based information and products of impeccable quality. We include, too, a commitment to finding and providing the most ecologically-correct manifestations of Cannabisbased medicine available.

RX-C: BEYOND DELIVERY 760-849-8250

We specialize in helping patients understand and navigate the latest methods for realizing the maximum medicinal benefits cannabis has to offer.


949-370-1245 Weedease Organics makes organic cannabis-infused cooking oil for medical marijuana patients. OCCO-Organic Cannabis Canola Oil, CANNA*COCO*BIS-Organic Cannabis Coconut. The safe and perfect way to get your medication without inhalation.

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.


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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.


Loma Linda University Graduate 1983 Safe Biocompatible Dentistry Digital x-rays, safe amalgam removal 760-746-3663 • Visit us! Bring your mouth to optimum health and beauty through nonsurgical laser gum therapy and metal-free conservative dentistry. Stress-free Spa dentistry. Ozone therapy.


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.





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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.

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.



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

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.


1820 Oceanside Blvd., Oceanside 760-429-2092


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.



150 Encinitas Blvd., Encinitas 760-536-4905

Dr. Roopa Chari, M.D. Deepak Chari, M.S. 760-230-2711

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.

Jimbo’s...Naturally! 1923 Calle Barcelona, Carlsbad 760-334-7755


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.



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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.

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


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


• 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!


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!


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Free Monthly Mixers. Free Admission Food and Drink. Join and RSVP at TFIBN. com. Vendor Spaces $99 cash or ITEX. Call Art Kaliel at 760-613-6412.


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

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

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 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.

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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.

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.

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.




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.

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.


Hem Rai, owner 760-230-6145 559 South Coast Hwy. 101, Encinitas 300 Carlsbad Village Dr., Carlsbad


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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.





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