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ealthy food is our theme this month, and thankfully we are blessed to be surrounded by healthy food choices in San Diego. After a month of learning more about the gut and how food affects it, I feel inclined to default to sharing my new fascination with mealworms due to its novelty. Many of us locals love to surf. And we also know that—like most of our human toys—surfboards are not exactly eco-friendly. Recently, I took a three-hour tour (sounds like Gilligan’s Island, eh?) at EcoTech Surf where owner Ryan Harris is making strides to change all of that. In the green spotlight on page 19, you’ll learn that one of First time on Eco friendly the ways Ryan is helping to green the surfboard industry lightweight surf board. is with meal worms, who literally eat unwanted surfboard foam and it comes out the other end as organic soil. How amazing is that? Toxins go in, and organics come out! I am happy to announce that I will be on one of Ryan’s eco-friendly boards enhancing my experience and relationship with the ocean. The expression “my gut feeling” holds a whole new meaning to me now. Our gut is the core that rules our physical and mental health and on page 13, local nutritionist Isabelle Yang shares this truth with us. While it can take more time and money to prepare healthy food, as we are orchestrated by our busy personal schedules and tight budgets, the benefits are enormous. San Diego has a vast amount of healthy food choices to choose from as more and more home delivered organic food delivery services and even drive-through organic restaurants are popping up. Balancing mind, body and spirit is not an easy job, unlike the mealworm. Reprogramming our brains is often necessary. Dr. Danielle Chavalarias, owner of InnerOptimal in Encinitas along with her daughter Marie-Laure Wagner, is our community spotlight this month offering NeurOptimal-neurofeedback a holistic approach to brain training. I hear from many of my community partners how this modality has changed their lives for the better. I find that so much of my life correlations get entwined with my advertisers as I gather local information to compliment our national editorial. This month is loaded with local editorial and talented practitioners. I added a Senior Section after getting to know Tina Buchanan with Visionary Care. I am simultaneously involved with busy professionals and emotionally spent children, siblings and friends who need help with their aging parents. Delegation is so important for the future health of our Baby Boomers. Our national articles can always be found on our website at NA-SD.com if not in my printed version. I do urge my readers to read online for environmental and deeper educational reasons. Like the mealworm, digest it and share what you learned with others.
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lease note that Julie Chippendale’s upcoming Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) course mentioned in last month’s issue will now be held on Monday evenings from 6 to 8:30 p.m. April 2 to May 21 at Scripps Encinitas Hospital. Julie Chippendale, RN, BSN, is a certified yoga instructor and mindfulness teacher. The eight-week course is geared toward those interested in being an active participant in changing their health while achieving a greater sense of well-being. “Participants report living more in the present moment and find it easier to plan for the future without living in the future as well as understanding the past without dwelling on the past,” she says. For more details, see ad page 13.
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r. Danielle Chavalarias, owner of InnerOptimal in Encinitas along with her daughter Marie-Laure Wagner, is passionate about helping others live a healthy, happy life. After receiving her naturopathic degree in France in 1982, she ran the first European Holistic Healing Institute in Southwest France. After 12 successful years in Europe, she relocated to the United States. For over 40 years, Chavalarias, known to most as Dr. Danielle, has worked on the power of the mind. She is an advanced trainer in NeurOptimalneurofeedback brain training, a holistic health teacher and French psychotherapist who has successfully helped others manage their stress and anxiety through emotional mastery and brain training. She couldn’t be more pleased with the results achieved with the NeurOptimal brain training system. “So many of us feel like we’re running on a hamster wheel,” she says. “We’re all working so much, we don’t eat or sleep well, we have concentration and memory problems. We’re a society of overwhelmed individuals who have lost our stamina and ability to problemsolve. But, there is a safe, effective way to get back your vigor, feel more joy in your life and more success in your business and work with our brain training program.” Marie-Laure Wagner, Brain Improvement Specialist, Peak Performance Coach and NeurOptimal representative, can attest to the effectiveness of the program. “Years ago, I was going through a challenging time in my life. I was depressed and found myself constantly procrastinating. I needed a way to be more efficient,
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Garlic (Allium sativum)
“There’s a lot of evidence that suggests garlic supports heart health,” says Rosalee de la Forêt, a clinical herbalist and author
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Used in India for 4,000 years, black pepper may be the most popular spice of our era. “Black pepper can increase the amount of nutrients your body absorbs from other food and spices,” says de la Forêt. A study published in Plant Medica concluded that subjects consuming a small amount (20 milligrams) of an extract of black pepper showed an increase of retained curcumin in their bodies. For
of Alchemy of Herbs: Transform Everyday Ingredients into Foods and Remedies that Heal. A study published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition tracked the blood pressure of 79 patients with uncontrolled hypertension and found that the mean systolic blood pressure of those consuming two 240-milligram capsules of aged garlic extract a day for 12 weeks significantly decreased compared to those taking one capsule or a placebo. “Garlic may also reduce the duration and severity of colds and flu when taken at the onset of symptoms and each day afterwards,” says de la Forêt, citing a study published in Clinical Nutrition. “I mince a clove and mix it with honey to make it easier to swallow.”
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Ginger (Zingiber officinale)
“Ginger is a rhizome people have traditionally used medicinally to help with digestive issues, including upset stomachs and nausea,” says Karen Kennedy, of Concord, Ohio, a horticulturist and educator at the Herb Society of America. In a study published in the World Journal of Gastroenterology, researchers concluded that gastric emptying and relief was more rapid after subjects with frequent or severe stomach upsets ingested 1.2 grams of ginger. Ginger is also linked to increased circulation and reduced inflammation. A study published in Phytotherapy Research noted that this spice also worked in alleviating migraines equal to the pharmaceutical sumatriptan (Imitrex). According to a study in the journal Arthritis, it’s an effective tool in the battle against rheumatoid arthritis. Ginger adds a zing of healthy flavor to hot teas and stir-fried veggies such as broccoli, green beans, carrots or mushrooms.
Cinnamon (Cinnamomum cassia and Cinnamomum verum)
“One of cinnamon’s super powers is that it may help regulate blood glucose in patients with Type 2 diabetes,” Roy says. In a study published in Diabetic Medicine, subjects taking two grams of cinnamon daily for 12 weeks exhibited much better blood sugar control. Roy suggests sprinkling it on oatmeal, apples, pumpkin pie and brownies. Roast chicken flavored with cinnamon and other spices is another treat.
petite. In research published in the journal Physiology and Behavior, participants that consumed red pepper spice had a slightly higher core temperature and energy expenditure after a meal than the control group. The study further suggested that those that consumed capsaicin-containing spices like paprika ate fewer calories per day and had less interest in food.
“Paprika is a great salt alternative, too,” says Roy. “Too often, people think they are craving salt, but they aren’t. They are craving flavor, and paprika gives a nice kick to chili, salad, grilled cheese and so many other foods.” Amber Lanier Nagle is a freelance writer in Northwest Georgia (AmberNagle.com).
Digestive Wellness Holds the Key to your Overall Health
by Isabelle Yang
ver 2,000 years ago, Hippocrates, known as the “Father of Medicine,” stated, “All disease begins in the gut.” Optimal health can only be achieved with having optimal digestion and elimination. No matter how well you eat and how many supplements you take, if you can’t digest and absorb it, your cells cannot use it. And if you are not able to eliminate waste and toxins effectively and in a timely manner, they wreak havoc in every part of your body. Sub-optimal elimination could manifest as skin issues such as eczema or acne, hormonal imbalances, mental health conditions like depression or anxiety, body aches and pains, and many other chronic conditions such as acid reflux, diabetes, chronic fatigue, hypertension and cancer. Digestion is a complicated, delicate and energy consuming task. When it’s done correctly, our entire body reaps the benefit. The opposite is also true; sub-optimal digestion negatively affects all organ systems ranging from nervous, thyroid, digestion, endocrine, cardiovascular to skeletal systems. When you learn to eat in a way that ensures your cells absorb and benefit from all the nourishing nutrients in your meals, you become healthier, and happier, in body, mind and spirit. Isabelle Yang, nutrition educator and digestive specialist, is the founder of Healthy Gut Vibrant Life. For more information and to sign up for her online 7-Day Nourishing Detox to Reboot Your Metabolism and Recharge Your Energy group program starting March 19, email Isabelle@HealthyGutVibrantLife.com or visit HealthyGut VibrantLife.com/7DayDetox.
Paprika (Capsicum annuum)
A common spice added to Hungarian, Portuguese, Spanish, Turkish and Indian cuisine, paprika is rich in natural carotenoids (the orangey pigment in many plants with antioxidant power) and capsaicin, both of which may decrease mortality from chronic illnesses. Another benefit of this capsaicincontaining spice is its ability to control apMarch 2018
W Top 4 Reasons Facebook Live Is a Must for Your Business by Simone Talarico-Ross
ith the latest Facebook changes announced last January, I had to drastically modify the strategy I use on my clients’ Facebook business pages. It is clear now what Facebook will favor: Live Streaming. Live Streaming is any kind of live broadcast, transmitted over the Internet. In itself, live streaming is not new; but the "smart heads" at Facebook discovered that viewers have a passive engagement with pre-recorded videos. However, Live videos create real engagement. Facebook Live is a must for businesses for several reasons; here are my top four: People prefer Live videos: Video is the favorite choice of media for anyone online, and people are engaging more with Live videos than any other type.
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Harmonize with Spring for Optimum Health by Brendan Mattson and David Frech A key concept in Chinese medicine is, “Heaven and man are one,” which implies that we cannot understand our health without considering our surrounding conditions. Implementing simple lifestyle changes can help us take an active role in our own health care and better integrate the momentum of natural rhythms. Spring is is associated with the wood phase, characterized by germination and growth. It is the season when life begins anew with a vigorous and energetic quality. As cold gives way to warmth, the yang qi ascends and begins to spread upward and outward. This is the season in which more movement and activity is to be encouraged. The nature of this activity is free and comfortable, as evidenced by the Chinese Neijing’s recommendation to breathe fresh air in the morning, walk in the courtyard,
Gooseberries are Good for the Gut Researchers from Malaysia’s Islamic Science University tested 30 patients with gastrointestinal issues, dividing them into three groups. One received lactose, a placebo; another group was given omeprazole, an over-the-counter remedy; and the third Phyllanthus emblica Linn, an ayurvedic treatment for gastrointestinal issues also known as Indian gooseberry. The research found the herbal treatment resulted in less pain, vomiting, sleep loss and other issues. Participants’ intestinal walls also showed signs of significant healing. The researchers concluded, “Findings indicate that the ethanolic extract of P. emblica fruits has gastroprotective effects in humans that justify its traditional use.”
loosen our hair and make the whole body comfortable. This is also a good time to do stretching exercises or yoga to loosen up the tendons and muscles. Many consider the spring equinox to be a better time to set new physical activity goals than making New Year’s resolutions, due to spring’s association with growth. Emotionally, spring is an ideal time to feel excited about new possibilities, but remain flexible when our plans face adversity. Spring is also a great time to do spring cleaning and unclutter our life, which will allow our activities to flow more freely. The associated organ and channel is the liver. Dietary recommendations for spring include eating foods that appear in the spring and are light and dispersing, such as young shoots of asparagus, bean sprouts and green onions. Liver-soothing teas and foods such as chrysanthemum, goji berry, peppermint or mulberry leaf can also be benefical. Dark, leafy greens, including mustard, turnip and collard, sautéed with garlic and turmeric, can invigorate the free flow of qi and get us up to speed with spring. Brendan Mattson, LAc, and David Frech, LAc, CWC, CPT, are with the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine. For more information, visit PacificCollege.edu. See ad on page 7.
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HELPING SENIORS with Better Life Solutions by Erin Lehn Floresca
ina Buchanan of Visionary Care Consultants in San Diego, didn’t originally set out to work with seniors. “In 2004, I was in my under-grad program at San Diego State working toward a major in psychology or sociology. Social work just kind of landed in my lap. A friend thought I would enjoy it and eventually, I agreed that it might be a good fit, so I chose a degree in social work. At that time, I really wanted to work with underprivileged children and those in the foster care system.” As part of her senior year, Buchanan and her classmates were assigned internships. However, instead of working with kids as she had hoped, the program paired her with a nursing home. At first, she was devastated. And then she met “Mary,” an isolated hospice patient with no family or support system. Buchanan visited with Mary daily for weeks and was even with her on the day she died. “I became her support system. The whole experience was surreal. I’d never had a relationship with anybody in Mary’s shoes,” she says. “I was heartbroken; and it forever changed me.” It also forever changed the course of her career. During her master’s program, Buchanan was able to pick out her own internship. This time around, she chose a grade school. However, she wasn’t in love with the work the way she thought she would be and decided that work-
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ing with seniors was a better fit, after all. After graduation, she landed a job as a social services director in a nursing home followed by a job in home health care where she worked for eight years. “It was an eye-opening experience, to say the least,” says Buchanan. “I saw how fragmented the system was for seniors living at home. Many of them lacked access to basic resources like transportation and meals. It was so frustrating and heartbreaking to see them struggling so much while trying to navigate a broken system. What they needed was an advocate to help guide them.” In 2017, Buchanan decided to become that advocate. “I wanted to branch out on my own so that I could help people learn how to navigate the system.” At the same time she decided to launch her business, she became the health care advocate for her own grandparents, helping them coordinate end-of-life care. Although losing her grandparents spun her world into heartache, it was exactly the experience she needed to propel her forward. “Going through this on such a deep and personal level helped me realize exactly how important all of this was. It helped me really define the vision for my business.” According to Buchanan, although it’s taboo to talk about death and dying in our culture, it doesn’t have to be. “Believe it or not, seniors actually want someone to have conversations with about death.
While it might be uncomfortable for us, as family, it’s not about us—it’s about them. They need that support, emotionally, so they can enjoy their last days and have a better quality of life.” Buchanan says she can help guide family members on how to start those crucial conversations. “They need to be had—and the earlier the better. For my grandparents, it was so peaceful and so cohesive, and I wish this for everyone else. To age with dignity and die with dignity. We can frontload that by making many of these decisions early so we aren’t making hard choices in times of crisis.” Buchanan affirms that she can act as an advocate on any level—from liaison to manager, to families all around the globe. “When you invest in services with me it can be on a monthly basis to get questions answered or I can help implement the resources we discuss. It’s whatever level of service you need,” says this agingin-place specialist who shares that she has strategic partners for all aspects of one’s life. “Whether it’s the financial piece, the VA or health piece, transportation, meal deliveries or real estate—I can oversee whatever you need me to help out with.” Buchanan is especially excited about her new venture as a gift annuity life estate program senior advocate. “These programs have been around for many years, but they’re not discussed much. However, they can be a great option for those seniors 70 and above who need guaranteed income, have equity in their home, and want more flexibility than a reverse mortgage offers,” she says. Letting seniors know that there are options available, and helping to guide them toward the right choices for them, is her passion and she is excited to share her knowledge and enthusiasm with those seeking better life solutions. Tina Buchanan MSW, Aging Life Care Ambassador, can be reached at 619-2283584 or by visiting VisionaryCareSD.com. For more information on The Charitable Gift Annuity Life Estate Program, see Senior Brief on page17 or visit GiftAnnuity ForHome.com. See ad, page 14.
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Promoting Quality of Life at Every Stage of Life How Hospice Can Help by Jan Jones, RN
onsidered to be the model for quality, health care at the end of life, hospice care involves a team-oriented approach to expert medical care, pain and symptom management, and emotional and spiritual support, tailored to an individual’s health care needs and wishes. Support and guidance is also provided to a patient’s family members. Members of the hospice staff make regular visits to assess the patient and provide additional care. Hospice staff are on-call 24 hours a day, seven days a week. What services are provided? The hospice team will help: Manage the patient’s pain and symptoms Address the patient’s emotional and spiritual needs Provide medication, medical supplies and equipment Coach the family on how to care for the patient Grief and bereavement support for surviving family and friends When should I ask about Hospice? If you or someone you know is living with a serious illness and experiencing: Change in goals of care Change in health prognosis Decline in medical condition The need for more information about health care options The decision that comfort, care and quality of life matter most Then it’s time to talk with your doctor or a trusted healthcare provider to see if hospice is right for you.
Jan Jones, RN, is president and CEO of The Elizabeth Hospice. Since 1978, The Elizabeth Hospice has touched the lives of more than 95,000 patients and families throughout San Diego County and Southwest Riverside County. Comprehensive services are available to adults and children impacted by serious illness, grief and loss. For more information, visit ElizabethHospice.org.
Gift Annuity Life Estate Program
ina Buchanan MSW, Aging Life Care Ambassador and founder of Visionary Care Consultants in San Diego, is excited to discuss a program she is passionate about, called the Gift Annuity Life Estate Program. Buchanan speaks highly regarding the benefits to seniors. “I love the idea of this program,” she says. “It’s a great option for seniors who have extra equity in their home and need an additional income stream.” According to Buchanan, the gift annuity life estate, also known as Gale, is ideal for those 70 years or above who need additional income to cover medical expenses or improve their lifestyle, have a property debt to equity ratio that is 30 percent or less, are charitably inclined and desire to leave a legacy, and don’t have any beneficiaries or heirs to their real estate property. “With gift life annuities, you donate your home to a charity foundation and have guaranteed monthly income for the rest of your life,” she says. “The program has great tax benefits and is more flexible than a reverse mortgage as you don’t have to live in your home. You can rent it out so you can travel, or whatever you want. It’s totally up to you.” Tina Buchanan MSW, Aging Life Care Ambassador, can be reached at 619-228-3584 or by visiting VisionaryCareSD.com. For more information on The Charitable Gift Annuity Life Estate Program, visit GiftAnnuityForHome.com. See ad, page 14.
Declutter and Organize your Space
edra Robins, owner of Vibrant Home Organization, is passionate about creating free-flowing spaces. She founded her business so she could support others in clearing their clutter for good, allowing for a better flow of energy in one’s space and life. Robins’ services include one-on-one personalized assistance to help clear the clutter in your home or office; assistance with removing discarded items; and sensitive coaching on psychological and emotional components that may arise during the process. Once that is done, she assists each client with organizing the remaining items. “We’ll create paperwork and storage systems focusing on efficiency and emphasizing your personal style. And I’ll give you plenty of strategies, so you can continue keeping your space clutter-free and free flowing,” she says. To connect with Nedra Robins, call 801-598-2497, email Nedra@ gmail.com or visit VibrantHomeOrganization.com. March 2018
of days to regroup, then come back one step at a time. Look in the mirror and say, “I will do this; it’s written into my new blueprint for health.”
Why Do We Crash?
• Change your routine. I suggest that you change up your exercise a little. Eat something completely new and foreign to you or stop eating something you eat consistently to give your body a break. Look in the mirror and say, “Crashing is just a calling to try something different.” • Obsessing on stress creates stagnation, not forward progress. Often, we have to let go to achieve what we ultimately desire. Be clear on your goals, plan the necessary steps and take action. Then time will be your best friend.
by Ana Nieto
K, you have finally revved yourself up into a strong regimen of healthy eating, consistent workouts, awesome energy levels and looking like an Abercrombie & Fitch model. You are like that gorgeous convertible sports car we’ve seen a thousand times in Hollywood flicks driving down Pacific Coast Highway on a sunny day. Then all of the sudden—whoom! You fly off the cliff crashing into a fiery explosion. One day you wake up, look at yourself in the mirror, and see a completely different person. What happened to my triceps? I hate myself for eating ice-cream last night! Why do I look so old? Who am I kidding? But have we really changed? In some cases, we truly have let our healthy rou-
tine run off the cliff, but, more often than not, this feeling of disaster is mere perception, not reality and is absolutely natural. We all encounter these dips into sadness, stress or doubt because we feel the selfimposed pressure to constantly improve and attain the next level of conditioning. I believe that, in life, we often sink down a bit before coming up stronger. If the blueprint for health in your mind is written to overcome set-backs, you’ll be fine. Just look back in the mirror and say, “Hey Mr./Ms. Abercrombie, I’ve got something better to come, so watch out!”
Ana Nieto is the founder of Volar, Transformational Mentorship & Coaching. Her business model incorporates more than personal training, and it’s geared toward helping you transform not only how you look and feel, but also to transform how you relate to life itself. For more information, visit VolarByAnaNieto. com. This article originally appeared in Affinité Magazine.
Here are some tips: • Before entirely giving up your exercise and nutrition routine due to a crash, give yourself a break. Step away for a couple
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Eliminating Waste from the Surfboard Industry with Switch to Zero Program
yan Harris, the owner and founder of Earth Technologies, Ry Harris Shapes and H2SUP, constantly strives for greener and more sustainable materials to build surfboards with. This leader in eco-conscious boards considers himself a life-long environmentalist. “I’ve always been outdoorsy with a strong connection to nature,” he says. After growing up in Portland, Oregon, and working in product design at Nike for years, Harris left the soggy Pacific Northwest and moved to Southern California. Although not a surfer before his arrival, he quickly fell in love with the surf culture. Within his first year of moving to Los Angeles, he began shaping boards on the side, to supplement his bartender income. Soon, his hobby became a full-time gig, and 17 years later, Harris is regarded as one of biggest driving forces in the green board movement. With his awareness of how toxic surfboard materials are to the environment, from resin to foam, Harris’s goal is to eliminate all waste from surfboard factories. His Zero Waste program is a giant
leap in the right direction. “The first step for us came about 10 years ago when we began using eco-resins,” recalls Harris. “But the resin was yellow and you know that surfers equated yellow with Ryan Harris old. Fast forward to now, this eco-resin is so clear and beautiful and it’s superior from a performance standpoint.” While he was excited to offer more eco-friendly boards, he had a lightbulb moment last year when he realized his factory was still making a ton of waste that ends up in landfills. So, Harris set out to
find solutions with several programs that help him properly deal with the waste. Harris has partnered with companies like Waste to Waves, a company that recycles surfboard foam; and Pushfins in Portland, a company that makes eco surfboard fins out of glassing room waste. He is especially excited about being able to eliminate all of his shaping room waste with the help of a company called Living Earth Systems and their network of meal worms. “It’s an amazing process, really. Meal worms and other critters eat the foam and their excrement produces organic soil,” he explains. “This is a gamechanger, how an organic life form can take something so toxic to the environment and turn it into something organic.” According to Harris, what started as a ‘pipe dream’ is now a reality. “We’re now making usable products out of all our trash,” says this trendsetter, who hopes the rest of the industry will soon hop on board. For more information on Ryan Harris and his Zero Waste program, visit EarthTechSurf.com.
Is Your Mattress The Problem?
How to get a good night's sleep, without harmful chemicals
ake this quiz: 1. Do you have back pain when you wake up? 2. Neck pain? Stiffness or soreness? 3. Does it take you more than 30 minutes to fall asleep? 4. Do you experience restless sleep? Toss and turn at night? If you answered “yes” two times or more, this may be the most important article you read all year. Here’s why… While you sleep, your immune system recovers and prepares for the day ahead. It replenishes every cell in your body. Low-quality, uncomfortable mattresses have been linked to discomfort and pain, which can prevent quality sleep. People who struggle with sleep deprivation may suffer from irritability, depression, over-eating—and even face a higher risk for Alzheimer’s. If your mattress is filled with chemical toxins, airborne allergens, or worse, your body is doing battle with those things rather than repairing itself. You’re losing valuable energy each night instead of healing your body and revitalizing your mind. And all of that can wreak havoc on your health and well being.
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disturbing to some. That’s because the Environmental Protection Agency has identified at least four possibly dangerous chemicals commonly found in some synthetic mattresses—benzene, propane, naphthalene and styrene— especially bedding made in China and overseas, where such governing agencies do not exist. Consider these facts: ● Typical mattresses made from artificial materials are known to emit potentially harmful gases in your bedroom—a phenomenon known as off-gassing. ● Laboratory researchers in the U.S. and Europe have identified up to 61 potentially harmful chemicals that off- gas from typical synthetic mattresses. ● Exposure to these 61 chemicals has been associated with irritation of the skin, eyes and digestive systems. ● Additionally, the chemicals off-gassed by synthetic mattresses have been associated with headache, fatigue, depression and even hearing loss. ● Your skin, the most porous entry point into your body, has contact with a mattress for 8 hours every night, on average. ● Children, who breathe faster than adults, are especially vulnerable to chemical exposure. Every night, we lie down with minimal clothing for a seemingly good night’s sleep. But in reality, while lying on a conventional mattress, we are breathing in and absorbing through our
skin a range of chemicals from synthetic materials—chemicals that can disrupt our sleep cycles and negatively impact our health. Our mattresses emit gases from a toxic brew of components used to cre- ate them. From the polyurethane foam used in the padding to fire retardants and other additives, conventional mattresses continue to release chemicals in gaseous form long after they roll out of the factory. Even after they have finished off-gassing, the chemically based construction of a conventional mattress provides an ideal environment for dust and dust mites, whose excrement is the #1 trigger for asthma attacks. And get this. You know those white labels on a mattress that say, “Do Not Remove”? Incredibly, the law actually allows manufacturers to include potentially hazardous chemicals in your mattress without disclosing the fact on any label. But if a true list of ingredients were available for conventional mattresses, it would likely include TDI (a common component), a known carcinogen, which can cause respiratory ailments such as bronchitis and asthma. In addition, liver damage and breathing problems have been linked to vinyl chloride monomers, another common mattress material. The list goes on. Unfortunately, it is highly unlikely that you would be given information about any of these chemicals from a manufacturer of conventional, synthetic mattresses.
The Natural Alternative
One of the most significant actions we can take to reduce our exposure to toxins and improve our overall health is to make changes to the one household item that is in direct contact with our bodies for one third of our lives—our mattresses. “There are more ways than ever to sleep better and wake up pain-free on a natural, organic mattress,” says Pablo Hernandez, president of Mattress Makers, in San Diego, CA. “Many people, like me, are in search of a natural sleep system. I was shocked to learn that toxic emissions from mattresses are a major source of daily pollution in our lives,” says Hernandez.
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ADVERTORIAL An all-natural, organic mattress is free of potentially harmful chemicals. Instead, natural materials like natural rubber are used. Rubber is naturally hypoallergenic and resistant to dust mites, making it ideal for allergy sufferers. Also, natural rubber is antimicrobial, inhibiting the growth of bacteria, mold and mildew, which can cause asthma and respiratory distress. No synthetic materials are added to provide these benefits. “All rubber used in our natural mattresses is from the sap of a rubber tree, which can yield rubber for up to 30 years. When a tree is done producing rubber, it is taken down and turned into furniture. A new tree is then planted in its place, thus making natural rubber a sustainable bedding component,” says Hernandez. What’s the difference between an organic mattress and a conventional one? “Organic mattresses are crafted from natural materials. Conventional mattresses are made mostly of artificial materials from nonrenewable sources, such as plastic and other petrochemicals,” says Hernandez. Do organic mattresses come in different firmness? “Yes, there are two main types of organic mattresses: Natural rubber and inner-spring. Both styles are available with varying firmness options to suit anyone’s sleep needs,” says Hernandez.
What To Look For
When researching natural, organic mattresses, look at these areas: 1. Visit a store that carries mattresses made with either 100% all-natural latex or certified organic latex. “A lot of mattress companies market their mattresses as being all-natural but in reality either use a blended latex made with synthetics or just a little layer of latex combined with polyurethane foam,” says Hernandez. 2. Try out a new mattress for at least 15 minutes. Lie down in various positions, to simulate a night of sleep. Look for a store that offers a clean pillow to test out. “It’s important to dress for the occasion. When mattress shopping it’s best to wear loose fitting clothes or something similar you would wear to bed to get a good idea of how the mattress responds in your sleep ware ,” says Hernandez.
3. 1. Protect yourself by insisting on a strong guarantee. “I know people are tired of sleeping on a worn-out, chemicalladen mattress. That’s why we give every customer a 180 night Wake Up Happy Comfort Guarantee to exchange if it doesn’t deliver the sleep you want,” says Hernandez. If you’re not sleeping well or you’re worried about toxic chemicals in your bedroom, consider this: The two things in life you spend the most time on are work and sleep. How much of your remaining hours on earth do you want to waste losing sleep on an uncomfortable, chemical-laden mattress? That’s a question that many are asking.
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“To help Natural Awakenings readers make the right choices, we’re offering a package of 4 Free Gifts for a limited time,” says Hernandez. Readers may bring this article to either one of our Mattress Makers location to see the latest natural organic sleep systems and claim the following gifts: FREE Gift #1: Custom4lbAll-Natural Rubber Pillow ($68 value). You get this just for visiting the store. There’s no obligation to buy anything. Here’s why this is important: A good pillow is essential to your health, because it can gently support you in a healthy sleep position while providing comfort to your neck and shoulders.
Doctors and chiropractors agree— nearly all neck and back problems are made worse by improper sleeping habits and bad or worn-out pillows. The All-Natural Pillow, reserved and waiting for you, is filled with soft, 100% natural rubber. Fact: About 10% of the weight of a 2year-old pillow is actually dust mite droppings—excrement. With one big exception: Dust mites hate natural rubber pillows, like the one waiting for you to pick up at Mattress Makers. FREE Gift #2: The Ultimate Mattress Shopping Guide ($9.95 value). Inside, you’ll discover little-known facts about how to find the perfect mattress and easy to follow tips when mattress shopping. FREE Gift #3: Natural Tencel Luxury Sheet Set ($199). A quality mattress deserves to be covered with luxury quality sheets. Our 100% Tencel Luxury Sheets are the perfect pairing for your natural mattress. Made from Eucalyptus these sheets are made to keep you cool with a nice soft touch to them. FREE Gift #4: $200 Savings Voucher, good toward the purchase of any Natural Organic Mattress in our store. This special $200 discount is not available to the general public. It’s only for you, as a reader of Natural Awakenings. “To see the difference that natural and organic sleep systems have made in people’s lives is nothing short of miraculous,” says Hernandez.
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ALL MONTH LONG Back to Nature – Forget your worries, escape the hustle and bustle of the city and reconnect with your wild roots. Join us for Back to Nature, an interactive exhibit featuring new animals such as parrots, mice, iguanas, falcons, frogs and more. Be among the first to walk through our new Native Pollinator Garden, attracting butterflies, hummingbirds and bees while learning about the role of native pollinators in our everyday lives. Living Coast Discovery Center, 1000 Gunpowder Point Dr, Chula Vista, 91910. 619-409-5900. Info@TheLivingCoast.org. Balboa Park Tour – This approximately threehour tour is filled with larger-than-life stories, interesting legends and fun facts. Fantastic tour guides will regale you with historic tales of San Diego’s past as you traverse the city on your way to Balboa Park. Weekdays only. $109. San Diego Segway Tours by Wheel Fun Rentals, 1355 N Harbor Dr, San Diego, 92101. 805-650-7770. SDSegwayTours@WheelFunRentals.com. Whale and Dolphin Watching Adventures – 8:30am-1pm. Blue Whale Watching Adventures depart conveniently from downtown San Diego, Friday to Monday. This is a great opportunity in San Diego to get an up-close and personal whale watching experience. Perfect for families, kids and out-of-town visitors and locals alike. $55 adults. Sat/Sun, $65 adults. Hornblower Cruises and Events, 970 N Harbor Dr, San Diego, 92101. 619-686-8715. SD@HornBlower.com. SanDiegoWhaleWatching.com. Living with Animals – 10am-5pm. Whether we see an animal as a pet, a pest or food has changed over time and across cultures, making our rela-
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tionships with them dynamic and complex to say the least. Take a journey with us and discover all the surprising, unique and inspiring ways that we live with animals. You’ll find we’re not human without them. Exhibit free with general admission. San Diego Museum of Man, 1350 El Prado, San Diego, 92101. 619-239-2001. MuseumOfMan@ MuseumOfMan.org.
THURSDAY, MARCH 1 Psychic Tools – 7-9pm. We are made up of three parts–spirit, mind and body. Most forms of healing focus only on the body. The spiritual aspect of healing is often missing. This four-week class: $160. May be paid at $40 per night or if paid in full, $140 on first night. Intuitive Insights, 4455 Morena Blvd, Ste 108, San Diego, 92117. Call Vessa for more info at 858-509-7582. MyIntuition.net. Seussical the Musical – 7-9:30pm. San Elijo Middle School Rising Stars are pleased to present Seussical the Musical. A donation of $5 per general admission ticket is recommended. By donating in advance, you’ll be eligible to enter the performing arts center in advance of those who donate at the door. Retain your receipt to show at the door as no tickets will be mailed. $5-25. San Marcos, San Elijo Middle School, 1600 Schoolhouse Way, San Diego. mkt.com/semspto.
FRIDAY, MARCH 2 Friday Night Liberty – 5-9pm. San Diego’s biggest monthly art walk. Meet working artists, enjoy dance, theatre and music performances, visit museums and galleries and explore the growing district. Free. Liberty Station, NTC Promenade,
2640 Historic Decatur Rd, San Diego. ntcfoundation.org/community-impact/friday-night-liberty.
SATURDAY, MARCH 3 Largest West Coast Koi Show 2018 – 9am. Over 300 Koi on display in competition, from six inches to three feet long. Described as living jewels, Koi can live over 100 years. Vendors selling koi art, koi t-shirts, koi fish of all sizes, pond and pump equipment, koi food, patio furnishings, pond and water garden design, solar power, water garden plants and free advice for your koi pond and/or water garden. Free admission. Del Mar Fairgrounds, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd, Del Mar, 92014. KoiClubOfSanDiego.org. Stretch Yourself Free Yoga – 9-10am. Join Yoga One for a free outdoor yoga class in our amphitheater. This event is open to the public and brought to you by Scripps Health. Please bring your own mat and water. Horton Plaza Park, 900 Fourth Ave, San Diego, 92101. Grunion Runs with Birch Aquarium at Scripps – 10:30pm-12:30am. Get ready for a true Southern California experience. Watch hundreds of small silver fish called grunion ride the waves onto La Jolla beaches to spawn. Birch Aquarium naturalists will highlight the fascinating lives of these mysterious fish, help you hatch grunion eggs before your eyes and then lead you to the beach to search for grunion in the wild. Prepare for cool, wet conditions and bring a flashlight. Minors must attend with a paid adult; recommended for ages 6+. Members: $15, public: $17. La Jolla, Birch Aquarium at Scripps, 2300 Expedition Way, San Diego. Aquarium. ucsd.edu.
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BrunchCon – 9am-4pm. The acclaimed food and drink festival all about brunch, now in its third year, is kicking off its 2018 tour in America’s Finest City. Your ticket includes one brunch bite from each of our thirty vendors, an open mimosa bar and an open Bloody Mary bar. No one under the age of 21 years will be allowed into the event. All tickets are final sale. Port Pavilion on Broadway Pier, 1000 N Harbor Dr, San Diego, 92101.
The Sky Tonight – 7-8pm. Join us for a tour of the solar system narrated by the Fleet’s astronomer. Journey through the cosmos with us as we explore a new topic each month. For optimal viewing, each show is limited to 250 attendees. Fleet Science Center, 1875 El Prado, San Diego, 92101. Visit rhfleet.org to purchase tickets in advance.
MONDAY, MARCH 5
San Diego Yoga Festival – 9am. Mar 9-12. A four-day yoga festival offering non-stop yoga classes (every hour on the hour until sunset) right on the beach. Classes are led by the top healers in Southern California and worldwide. Many of these yoga celebrities have been featured on television shows, magazines and/or are internationally recognized. San Diego Yoga Festival, 10 Evergreen Ave, Imperial Beach, 91932. SanDiegoYogaFestival. com/classes.
Suds and Science – 6:30-8pm. Women in science are changing the world. And even more important, they are changing how research is done. Join us as Dr. Stephanie Cherqui, Dr. Elizabeth Winzeler, Dr. Terry Jernigan and Dr. Kimberly Claffy share the important research they are doing, why we need more women in science and engineering and what their experience has been as women in science. $5 with food and drinks available for purchase. Come early to place your food and drink order at the bar. Stone Brewing World Bistro and Garden Liberty Station, 2816 Historic Decatur Rd, #116, San Diego, 92106. Using Psychic Tools to Succeed in Sports with Andree – 7-9pm. Use psychic tools to succeed and perform to the best capacity of your body. Remove thoughts holding you back from your best game. $40 or $35 with RSVP two days prior by calling 858-509-7582 or signing up at sign-up sheets at institute. Intuitive Insights, 4455 Morena Blvd, Ste 108, San Diego, 92117.
TUESDAY, MARCH 6 NanoEngineering: Developing Better Batteries – 5:30-7pm. High energy, long life, rechargeable batteries are considered an important technological opportunity to reduce production of greenhouse gases. Join us for this program to learn about these exciting developments as well as to join the conversation about how best to meet potential social and ethical challenges. Fleet Science Center, 1875 El Prado, San Diego, 92101. Visit rhfleet.org.
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SATURDAY, MARCH 10 You Can Be A Veterinarian Camp – 8:45am12:30pm. Offering a rare opportunity for kids in San Diego to practice veterinary skills, interact with animals and gain experience with equipment they might use in the future. Whether aspiring veterinarians come to the internal medicine and surgical camps, or come to just one, they are sure to have fun. $69.99 per child. Helen Woodward Animal Center Education, 6463 Helen Woodward Way, Rancho Santa Fe, 92067. 858-756-4117. Education@AnimalCenter.org. Amazing Animals Healing Day: Telepathy, Hands-on Healing for Animals and Animal Spirit Guides – 10am-2pm. Read your animal’s thoughts. Answer questions about animal’s behavior. Communicate so your pet will understand. Give a healing to your pet. Communication with departed pets. What to do in an emergency. Bring a photo of your pet. $80 or $75 w/RSVP three days prior. Intuitive Insights, 4455 Morena Blvd, Ste 108, San Diego, 92117. Call Vessa for more info at 858-509-7582. MyIntuition.net.
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SUNDAY, MARCH 11 San Diego Half Marathon and 5K – 6:30am-1pm. The San Diego Half Marathon and 5K is a race that celebrates the beauty and uniqueness of San Diego, while raising money to support our communities. $55-$119. Petco Park, 100 Park Blvd, San Diego, 92101. Info@sdHalfMarathon.com. Fiesta Island Time Trials – 7am-9:30pm. Join all the competitors to see who can ride the quickest 20K, improve the most or log your best PR. Single riders, tandems and teams all compete for top honors and island records. All levels are welcomed and encouraged to participate. Prizes and awards will be given to series winners at the last race of the season. $17-$33. Fiesta Island, 1590 E Mission Bay Dr, San Diego, 92109. Megan Maher. 619-546-5390. FiestaIsland.info. Bird and Butterfly Garden Walk – 11am-Noon. Take a leisurely stroll through the Tijuana River Valley’s Bird and Butterfly Garden. This nature walk happens quarterly on the 2nd Saturday of March, June, September and December. Free. No reservations necessary but it is a good idea to call and confirm the walk. Tijuana River Valley Regional Park Visitor Center, 2310 Hollister St, San Diego, 92154. Questions or to confirm walk, call 619-428-2946.
MONDAY, MARCH 12 Intuition and Art – 7-9pm. Art experience is not necessary. In this workshop, you will learn to transfer your true self onto your art medium, discover
what your main medium is to express yourself and much more. $40 or $35 with RSVP two days prior by calling 858-509-7582 or signing up at sign-up sheets at institute. Intuitive Insights, 4455 Morena Blvd, Ste 108, San Diego, 92117. Psychic Art: Ignite Your Life and Intuition – 7-9pm. Use art to get your own answer on love, relationships, business, health and vitality. Art experience in not necessary. Just your curiosity. $40/$35 w/ RSVP two days prior. Intuitive Insights, 4455 Morena Blvd, Ste 108, San Diego, 92117. Call Vessa for more info at 858-509-7582. MyIntuition.net.
SATURDAY, MARCH 17 The Annual Tip Top Run Leprechaun Dash and Bash – 8:30am. Open to runners and walkers of all ages, the event offers spectacular views of the Agua Hedionda Lagoon and Pacific Ocean. The event includes a 5K and 10K walk and fun run. Shuttle service is provided to take participants back to their cars. Agua Hedionda Lagoon Discovery Center, 1580 Cannon Rd, Carlsbad, 92008. For more information or to register call 760-804-1969 or visit AguaHedionda.org. 38th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival – 9am-6pm. Come experience the largest St. Patrick’s Day Parade west of the Mississippi. Join more than 30,000 attendees in our annual celebration featuring a parade with over 125 entries, more
than 75 food/craft booths, a beer garden, two band stages and a Celtic village. The kids zone has a band stage featuring young performers and traditional Irish music, carnival rides and crafts. Free. Sixth Ave and Laurel St, San Diego, 92103.
FRIDAY, MARCH 23 WonderCon Anaheim – Mar 23-25. All superhero fans and comic book lovers are invited to gather at the Anaheim Convention Center for WonderCon. Throughout the weekend, attendees can enjoy exclusive programming from comic book publishers and film/TV studios, in addition to anime, celebrity autograph signings, portfolio review, games and a Saturday night masquerade. Experience all that WonderCon Anaheim has to offer and don’t forget to take advantage of the convention’s close proximity to Downtown Disney, Disneyland and California Adventure. Anaheim Convention Center, 800 W Katella Ave, Anaheim. For more information, visit WonderCon.org.
SATURDAY, MARCH 24 Race for Autism – 7-10:30am. You can be a superhero for Autism. Join us in changing the lives of thousands of San Diego families at the Race for Autism. $20-$40. Balboa Park, 6th Ave and Laurel St, San Diego, 92103.
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sunday Reiki Levels 1, 2, Master and Teacher – Nationally certified courses. 1-day classes. Ongoing throughout the year. Earn CE credits. More info: 760-593-4595. CULearn.net. 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. MTRP.org. 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 and sign up: AltaVistaGardens.org. 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. TheGarden.org. 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: TheGarden.org.
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 BodyWorldArts.com. Bird Walk – 3-4pm. Take a leisurely stroll down the McCoy Trail and view and learn about some of the 370 species of birds that live or stop by this reserve on their yearly migration. Walks begin at the Visitor Center unless otherwise noted on calendar and happen the1st, 3rd and 5th Sunday of the month. Bring binoculars if you have them. All ages welcome. No reservations required. Free. Tijuana River Valley Regional Park Visitor Center, 2310 Hollister St, San Diego, 92154. 619-428-2946. 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. MTRP.org.
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 at Birds@SanElijo.org. 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. SDBGarden.org. Qi Gong Class – 6-7pm. $10/class. InnerOptimal, 2210 Encinitas Blvd, Ste L, Encinitas. Contact Amelie 415-297-2354 for more information. 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 SDHort.org.
tuesday Free Admission to the Japanese Friendship Garden – 3rd Tues. Enjoy a refreshing stroll through the garden and stop by the activity booths in the upper garden. Free. 2215 Pan American Rd, San Diego, 92101. 619-232-2721. niwa.org. $15 Yoga Classes – 11:15am. Bring your child into class with you for Vinyasa Mama Tues and Thurs. Nature’s Whisper Yoga, 4205 Park Blvd, San Diego, 92103. 760-213-1110. NaturesWhisper.com. A Gathering of Priestesses Live Online Video Show – 6pm. With special guests each week. For more info: GatheringOfPriestesses.com. California Native Plant Society San Diego Chapter – 7pm. 3rd Tues (except Aug and 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. cnpssd.org.
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@ SanDiegoRiver.org. 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. 619668-3281. MTRP.org. 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. BalboaPark.org. Catch a Flick with Your Baby at the Crybaby Matinee – 11am. Pass the popcorn. Angelika Film Center offers Crybaby Matinees where you needn’t worry if your baby needs a feeding or has a tantrum. The lights are set to dim and the volume is turned down to accommodate moms and little ones. $8.50/ Adult; Babies free. Carmel Mountain Ranch, Angelika Film Center, 11620 Carmel Mountain Rd, San Diego. For more information, visit AngelikaFilmCenter.com/sandiego/programs-and-events. First Wednesdays Free Community Concert Series – 4pm and 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. ArtCenter.org. USI-Tech / Bitcoin Overview – 6pm. An opportunity to introduce yourself and your friends to the extraordinary Bitcoin opportunity with USI-Tech. Attend to learn about Bitcoin and how to acquire and accumulate Bitcoin faster than you may imagine possible. Seating is limited. Email us at ProTrade-UST@ProtechEnterprises.net to RSVP. 201 E Grand Ave, Escondido.
thursday Trains, Paints and Plants at San Diego Botanic Garden – 10-11am. Three of a kid’s favorite things in one place: trains, paints and gardening. San Diego Botanic Garden’s motorman-engineer James runs his unique trains and answers your train-obsessed tot’s questions about the mode of transport. Nature related crafts and plant potting round out this fun-filled hour. Ages 1 to 6. Free with admission or membership. San Diego Botanic Garden, 230 Quail Gardens Dr, San Diego. 760436-3036. SDBGarden.org. 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. Walkabout-Int.org. 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. SanDiegoHistory.org. $15 Yoga Classes – 11:15am. Bring your child into class with you for Vinyasa Mama Tues and Thurs. Nature’s Whisper Yoga, 4205 Park Blvd, San Diego, 92103. 760-213-1110. NaturesWhisper.com. 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 SDHumane.org. Junior Rangers at Tijuana Estuary – 3:304:30pm. Jr. Rangers ages 7 to 12 learn about the ecology of estuaries, the importance of wetlands and will discover an appreciation for this disappearing ecosystem by participating in related hands-on activities featuring different topics at each session. Kids can earn patches, buttons and more as they progress through the program. Programs are held rain or shine. Free. Imperial Beach, Tijuana Estuary, 301 Caspian Way, San Diego. trnerr.org/jr-rangers.
friday Mac’s Kids Corner – 10-11am. Is your child fascinated by trains and moving toys? Then this is the play group and story time for you. Come and meet parents and make new friends while in a learning environment. There are lots of indoor and outdoor fun activities for the kids including stories about trains, crafts, puppets, paints and more. Included with admission. Balboa Park, San Diego Model Railroad Museum, 1649 El Prado, San Diego. sdmrm.org. Go Ice Skating at Poway Ice Arena – 1:45-4:30pm. Bundle up in warm clothes and go enjoy a public skate session for all ages and skating levels at Poway Ice Arena. The whole family can do this activity together as a fun and novel way to get some exercise. $12 admission; $3 skate rentals. Poway Ice Arena, 2455 Kerran St, San Diego. PowayIce.therinks.com. 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. SanDiegoRiver.org. Friday Night Liberty – 5-9pm. 1st Fri. Evening of free open artist studios, galleries and performances throughout NTC Arts and Cultural District at Liberty Station. NTC Command Center, 2640 Historic Decatur Rd, San Diego, 92106. More info, Whitney Roux: 619-573-9300. WRoux@ NTCFoundation.org.
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: MTRP.org. Wildlife Tracking Walks – 8:30-10:30am. 1st Sat. Learn to recognize and identify various signs left behind by resident wildlife. Free. Mission
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Trails Regional Park Visitor Center, 2 Father Junipero Serra Trl, San Diego, 92119. 619-668-3281. MTRP.org. Vista Farmers’ Market Wellness Event – 8am1pm. 3rd Sat, July-Dec. With the farmers’ market. A great opportunity for you to meet practitioners from a vast range of modalities and learn about their specialties, products, services and how they can benefit your health. Free. Vista county courthouse parking grounds, 325 S Melrose Dr, Vista, 92081. 619-301-8906. VistaWellnessEvents.com. 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: SanElijo.org. Ruffin Canyon Care Restoration – 9am-Noon. 1st Sat. Bring gloves and hand tools if have, but loaners available. Wear hat, sunscreen, sturdy shoes and long sleeves. Ruffin Canyon, 9298 Shawn Ave, San Diego. RSVP: 619-297-7380. Dog Beach Cleanup – 9am-Noon. 2nd Sat. You and your friendly dog are invited to join Friends of Dog Beach at our regular beach cleanups. All cleanup supplies provided, along with treats for you and your dog. Dog Beach, North Ocean Beach. More info: 619-523-1700. DogWash.com/html/ 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: AltaVistaGardens.org. Guided Nature Walk – 9:30-11am, Sun, Wed, Sat. Guided walk from the Visitor Center on one of three trails. Learn about the history, geology, plants, animals and ecology of the park. Free. Mission Trails Regional Park Visitor Center, 2 Father Junipero Serra Trl, San Diego, 92119. 619-668-3281. MTRP.org. 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. TheGarden.org. Free Family Arts Activities – 10am. 2nd Sat. Explore various artistic mediums. Materials provided. All ages welcome. Free. California Center for the Arts, Art and Education Studios, 340 N Escondido Blvd, Escondido, 92925. ArtCenter.org. Kids in the Garden – 10am-noon. 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@AltaVistaGardens.org. AltaVistaGardens.org. Ride the Trains at Poway – 10am-4pm. All aboard. Little train lovers can go to Poway-Midland Railroad every Saturday. Adults/$2.50-$3.50; $1/ Kids. Poway-Midland Railroad, 14134 Midland Rd, San Diego. PowayMidlandRR.org. 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. SDBGarden.org.
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 and W Pt Loma Blvd. RSVP: 619-224-4591. FamosaSlough.org. 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. MTRP.org. 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: FieldTrips@cnpssd.org. 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 and W Pt Loma Blvd, San Diego, 92138. 619-224-4591. FamosaSlough.org. 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 JWallen@SanDiego.gov. 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. GlutenFreeInSD.com. 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. AgriServiceInc.com.
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