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want to give a shout out to local photographer Adriana Fernandez for this month’s incredible cover photo, which she took at the Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve, in Michoacán, Mexico. Adriana is a social scientist and former Monarch Coordinator at the Field Museum’s A Monarch’s View of the City research project.   With spring now here, monarch butterflies (Danaus plexippus) have started their multigenerational migration from the overwintering forests in the reserve near Mexico City, through the southeastern U.S. and to our temperate zones for the summer. All along their journey, monarchs are vital pollinators for native plants and crops. But did you know that accumulating factors in the past 20 years have caused a steep decline in monarch populations, and the familiar butterfly we so know and take for granted could disappear in our lifetimes if active steps aren’t taken? The Xerxes Society (Xerces.org) calls the rapid decrease of the monarch population an epic migration on the verge of collapse. “In the 1990s, nearly 700 million monarchs made the epic flight each fall; now only a fraction of the population remains, a decline of more than 80 percent has been seen in central Mexico and a decline of 74 percent has been seen in coastal California.” From critical loss of habitat and food sources due to agriculture, development and mowing along our major roadways to pesticides, parasites, climate change, deforestation and other factors, monarch numbers—along with those of other native pollinators like bumblebees—have dropped at an alarming rate. The encouraging news is that since scientists know in real time that this is happening, actions can be taken and we can all get involved now to try to save the monarch from extinction. Here are a few ideas to help us get started right away. If you’re one to roll up your sleeves, become a volunteer citizen scientist, working with organizations like the Xerxes Society and Monarch Watch (MonarchWatch.org) to help monitor local populations. If you’re politically inclined, work with the Sierra Club (SierraClub.org) or other environmental groups that affect policy, learn the issues and get the message to your government representatives. The website MonarchJointVenture.org has many resources for getting involved nationally and locally. Volunteer with the Field and Peggy Notebaert Nature museums, as well as other public and municipal institutions. Financial support is also needed. Make your yard a butterfly oasis by adding native plantings to your yard, including Midwest species of milkweed (the only plant on which monarchs lay their eggs). Many nurseries and online sources carry the plants, as well as butterfly weed and other nectar sources for adult monarchs. Don’t have a garden? Work with your park districts, schools, municipalities and even workplaces to create butterfly- and pollinator-friendly gardens that are pesticide-free. Efforts are underway to create an Illinois monarch license plate that will help fund the planting of milkweed roadside habitat in Illinois. If enough people sign up at ILEnviro.org/monarch, the monarch plate decal will become a reality. It’s not just one group or change that’s going to make a difference, it’s all of the initiatives and then some, together through their combined weight that will rescue our pollinators, and ultimately, ourselves. As my friend and colleague Mike Nowak states, “It’s time for the indivisible movement for monarchs, which, along with our other native pollinators, are in a lot more danger than we even realized.” Happy Earth Month and happy spring!

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ew Balance North Shore is having its annual Trade-In Sale through the end of April. Customers can donate used shoes and save $10 to $15 on a fresh, new pair of New Balance shoes for walking, running or working out. Even kid’s shoes will be on sale at $5 off. The collected shoes will be donated to Waukegan charities that include The Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Center and the Holy Family Soup Kitchen and Homeless Shelter. Typically, more than 2,000 pairs of used shoes are donated during the event. Customers can feel free to do some spring cleaning at home and bring in as many old shoes as they’d like—all will benefit some very good causes. Location: 610 Central Ave., Highland Park. For more information, call 847-266-8323 or visit ShopNewShoes.com. See ad on page 17 and in the Community Resource Guide.

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he Zero Balancing Wellness Center, in Wilmette, is offering three dynamic workshops as part of their Spring Wellness Series. Answering Your Inner Calling, presented by life coach and author Lisa Espinosa, is May 10; and Whale Breathing, presented by Mary Rondenet, is May 17. America Martinez will return on June 4 with Deepening Your Intuition. For practitioners, Zero Balancing II will be held from Mary Murphy April 6 through 9, with Sheila McCarthy-Daskovsky. For advanced practitioners, there is Secrets of the Skull, with Mary Murphy, April 20 through 23, with a new Advancing Skills Day on April 19. Zero Balancing is a holistic, hands-on, gentle, mind/body therapy for stress reduction, wellness support and pain management. Ongoing qigong programs are also offered through Budding Spring Healing. Location: 809 Ridge Rd., Ste. 200, Wilmette. For more information and to make appointments, call 847-920-9292 or visit zbwellness.com. See ad in the Community Resource Guide.

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resented by the University of Illinois Extension McHenry County Master Gardeners and McHenry County College, McHenry County Gardenfest 2017, a daylong series of garden-related seminars and workshops, will take place from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., April 8. Experienced and seasoned gardeners alike will get a much-needed dose of spring and learn about new garden trends, plants and techniques. Nationally renowned keynote speaker Melinda Myers will talk about Garden Renovations for Any Size Landscape. In addition to more than 30 breakout sessions covering gardening topics such as how to control garden pests and diseases, identifying dormant deciduous trees, cooking with herbs, native plant landscaping, new plants, organic gardening and garden design, dozens of exhibitors will be selling books and garden-related products, and performing demonstrations. Cost is $45 in advance/$50 at the door, and includes lunch. Location: McHenry County College, 8900 U.S. Rte. 14, Crystal Lake. Pre-register at McHenry. edu/gardenfest by Mar. 28. For more information, call 815-479-7570.


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he Certified Coaches Federation (CCF) will conduct a two-day training to provide attendees all the tools they need to launch their own practice as a full- or part-time professional life coach or executive coach, from 9 a.m., April 8, through 5 p.m., April 9, at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Chicago Downtown. Course participants will learn leading-edge coaching and business skills supporting long-term success in their preparation.   Key elements of coaching—including foundaJenna Goodhand tion, language, structure, proven techniques and master strategies—will be shared in this intensive certification program. Along with presentations and interactive sessions, training will feature the CCF Certified Training Manual and tool kit, a one-on-one coaching session with your Certified Master Coach Trainer Jenna Goodhand, and inclusion in the continuing education program.    Individuals can advance themselves personally and professionally by obtaining the confidence, knowledge and skills needed for helping others achieve their goals. CCF is the leading life coach certification program, with more than 12,000 graduates worldwide.   Cost: $979. Location: The Embassy Suites by Hilton Chicago Downtown, 511 N. Columbus Dr.For more information or to register, call 1-866-455-2155, email  Info@CertifiedCoachesFederation.com or visit CertifiedCoachesFederation.com. See ad on page 57.

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imi Shekoski, Ph.D., a certified Natural Vision Improvement teacher and holistic natural health doctor, is the owner of Happy Eyesight Studio, with locations in Crystal Lake and Highland Park, offering holistic natural vision improvement coaching services to people of all ages. She will conduct a Workshop for Better Vision from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on April 8 and May 20 that can benefit people with vision conditions including middle-age sight with reading problems, nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism, cataract and glaucoma. Mimi Shekoski, Ph.D. Consultation via phone or Skype is available to those that wish to see clearly without glasses, contact lenses or surgery. Local workshop or upcoming online video courses are also offered to encourage people to see clearly with their own eyes, without corrective lenses that could cause dependency and deterioration. Location: 4314 Carlisle Dr., Crystal Lake. For appointments, call 815-219-7897 or for more information, visit HappyEyesight.com. See ad in the Community Resource Guide.

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he Sugar Beet Food Co-op is holding a customer appreciation weekend April 22 and 23 to celebrate Earth Day in Oak Park. Members can receive a 10 percent discount and nonmembers 5 percent off all non-sale items. Shoppers can meet the farmers working to sustainably grow healthy foods, write their “New Earth Year’s Resolution” and post it on the Earth inspiration board or check out a book from the Oak Park Public Library to learn more about composting and reducing their footprint. Sugar Beet will be donating 5 percent of the day’s sales to an organization or program chosen by the community. Sugar Beet, the first and only west suburban food co-op, was born in 2015 out of the work of community members, and strives to give back to the community on a daily basis. The idea of a business and its community working interdependently together has been documented as far back as 1769. The current food co-op culture continues to support this ethos, as well as democratic control, education and information sharing for the community and concern for our environment and world. Location: 812 W. Madison, Oak Park. For more information, call 708-9487656 or visit SugarBeet.coop. See ad on page 45.

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he Bruno Groening Circle of Friends is screening a new documentary film, The Phenomenon Of Healing, from 1 to 7 p.m., April 23, at the Dance Building, in Des Plaines. It highlights testimonials from people around the world about healing from incurable diseases and chronic conditions following the teaching of the late mystic Bruno Groening.

Admission is free, donations are appreciated. Location: 1330 Webford Ave., Des Plaines. For details of location and time, call 773-775-8855 or visit Bruno-Groening-Film.org and see the Community Calendar in this issue. Bruno Groening

Grayslake Organic CSA is now Prairie Wind Family Farm

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tarting with the spring growing season, Prairie Wind Family Farm, the resident farm within the Prairie Crossing community, in Grayslake, is now solely owned and operated by farmers Jen and Jeff Miller. The couple offers organic vegetables, fresh fruit and pasture-raised egg Jeff and Jen Miller farm shares as a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program through the fall, and spring deliveries begin the week of April 24 to communities throughout the area. Produce is also available in season at the Oak Park Farmers’ Market, Chicago restaurants and special farm events. In 2012, the Millers joined with another farming couple, Peg and Matt Sheaffer, to form Sandhill Family Farms, a unique farm business model of two farming families, with two farm locations providing for a shared CSA program. Sandhill operated successfully for many years in Grayslake, and now the Sheaffers offer their CSA from their farm in Brodhead, Wisconsin, and the two families continue to work closely together. “Throughout our 11 years of farming, we’ve fed more than 3,000 families and built a reputation for consistent, fresh, flavorful food produced with integrity. We collaborate with Liberty Prairie Foundation to host family-friendly farm events and offer a successful community Gleaning Program to engage the volunteers, donate fresh produce and minimize food waste. We’re grateful to farm with our family, provide food for our community and do our part to build a better food system,” says Jeff Miller. For more information and to sign up for the 2017 CSA season, visit PrairieWindFamilyFarm.com. See ad on page 34.

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rofessional intuitive, trainer and reiki master Linda Schiller-Hanna will conduct an immersive one-day workshop, Opening Your Psychic Channels: Access Your Higher Self, Guides, and Departed Loved Ones, sponsored by the Edgar Cayce Association for Research and EnLinda Schiller-Hanna lightenment based on the 7 Steps to Intuition system, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., April 29, at Oakton Community College, in Des Plaines. Registration and book tables open at 8:30 a.m. Participants will learn to rapidly accelerate their psychic ability using step-by-step tools and techniques. “One of the best gifts you’ll ever give yourself is learning to pay attention to the subtle flow of information that lies within you to guide your life,” says Schiller-Hanna. “The mysteries of life and the afterlife are suddenly within the realm of the knowable and easily accessible as you explore the boundaries of your own untapped potential.”   Admission is $74 for A.R.E. members/$94 nonmembers in advance; $94/$114 at the door. Preregister with a friend and save $5 each (use code FE173563) at 800-3334499 or EdgarCayce.org/fieldconferences. Visit Linda’s website at Lightworker22.com. Location: 1600 E. Golf Rd., Rm. 1610, Des Plaines. See ad on page 31.

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he Resiliency Institute Bioregional Herbalism Series begins from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., April 30, and will continue to meet one Sunday a month for six months in Naperville. In this hands-on, highly interactive series, participants will reconnect with the wisdom of ancestors that relied on plants for nourishment, healing injuries, preventing disease and curing illness. Each class includes plant walks, harvesting, preparing and sampling. The Resiliency Institute, a nonprofit, will meet at Solemn Oath Brewery, in Naperville, from 4 to 7 p.m., April 28 to celebrate Arbor Day while enjoying tacos and locally brewed beer. This event supports the planting of fruit and nut trees throughout suburban communities. Series limited to 15 students. Locations: series, 10S404 Knoch Knolls Rd., Naperville; brewery, 1661 Quincy Ave., Ste. 179. To register for the series, the Arbor Day event or to donate, visit TheResiliencyInstitute.net. See ad at NAChicago.com.

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ioneer of the New Paradigm: A Tribute to the Work of Ervin Laszlo, will take place from noon to 5 p.m., April 30, at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum. A piano virtuoso, trailblazing physicist and dedicated philanthropist, Dr. Laszlo led the way in exploring consciousness and creating a new story for humanity that reflects the truth of our interconnectedness. Doors open at 11:30 a.m. Participants will view the premiere of Ervin Laszlo a PBS film Life of a Modern Day Genius, Ervin Laszlo; hear cutting-edge presentations by Laszlo, Larry Dossey, Jude Currivan, Emanuel Kuntzelman, Allan Leslie Combs, Louis Kauffman, Chris Laszlo and Alexander Laszlo; and enjoy a reception with food and drinks, hosted by Greenheart International and the Global Purpose Movement. Tickets are $50 at the door; $40 online at GlobalPurposeMovement.com/ gather. Location: 2430 N. Cannon Dr., Chicago. See ad on page 37.

Bridge to Success’s Bottomline Boutique Now Open in Chicago

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he Bottomline Boutique, a unique, upscale resale women’s attire boutique, is now open at 2208 West Chicago Avenue, in the Ukrainian Village neighborhood. The store offers customers high-end fashion apparel and accessories at a fraction of the cost, within a dignified, urban chic environment. It’s operated by the Chicago-based nonprofit Bridge to Success, a city-wide program that enhances employment opportunities for at-risk, lowincome or no-income men, women and young adults by providing interview resources to build selfconfidence through appearance, interview preparation and sense of belonging at the workplace. Bridge to Success is holding a fundraiser called Sip for Suits the evening of May 2 at Quartino Ristorante, in Chicago. Attendees can take advantage of terrific silent auction items that area businesses and individuals have donated to support the cause. In addition to networking and enjoying top-of-the-line wine with savory nibbles, a special treat will be meeting owner Jon Coletta, Chicago’s first celebrity chef. All proceeds support the programs of Bridge to Success. Restaurant location: 626 N. State St., Chicago. For more information, visit Facebook.com/TheBottomlineChi.

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New Certified Functional Medicine M.D. in Elk Grove Village

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ertified IFM practitioner Dr. Peter Kozlowski has opened an office at 92 Turner Avenue, in Elk Grove Village, and is accepting patients of all ages. Kozlowski specializes in nutrition, gut health, thyroid, MTHFR, pediatrics and environmental medicine. Kozlowski has been applying functional medicine since his intern year of residency, after training privately with leaders in the field, while working in the clinics of Dr. Mark Hyman, Dr. Susan Blum and Dr. Deepak Chopra. Fluent in Polish and medical Spanish, he is now finishing certification with the Medical Academy of Pediatric Special Needs. The Chicago native completed a family medicine residency here and then practiced in the Florida Panhandle; now he has come home to be closer to family. “I love Functional Medicine because it gives patients a voice and allows them to find answers,” says Kozlowski. “The answers don’t lie in the prescription pad, but in addressing physical, mental, and spiritual components in your life which are either promoting health or contributing to disease. The most important tool we have is communication, which is why I spend a lot of time with my patients. Through listening and using the newest and most relevant lab tests, I can recommend the necessary changes.” For more information, visit Doc-Koz.com. See ad in the Community Resource Guide.


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arl Greer, Ph.D., Psy.D., is a practicing clinical psychologist, Jungian analyst and shamanic practitioner. Greer has written a new book, Change the Story of Your Health, a companion to his award-winning Change Your Story, Change Your Life. The book shows how we can identify our health story and use journaling and expanded-awareness practices to begin changing it, leading to better health and wellness. Many of the book’s exercises involve shamanic journeying or working in and with nature: dialoguing and interacting with the Earth, a river, the wind or a fire. Others require engaging and working with the chakras, dreams, symptoms or the inner healer. No matter what their health concern, readers will find tools for writing and bringing to life a new health story. Readers that begin using the practices on a regular basis will find it easier to let go of what is no longer serving them and bring in whatever can help them live according to a more satisfying health story. For more information, visit CarlGreer.com. See ad on this page.

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newsbriefs Gyrotonic Studio Opens New Location in Highland Park

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PYRL Chicago, a Gyrotonic studio that offers individual and group sessions, is now open in its new, light-filled location at 1781 Green Bay Road, in Highland Park, serving all of Chicagoland. They are currently offering a special three-class promotion for new clients, for individuals and groups of five and 10 participants. Director Amy Pena has worked with many elite athletes and celebrities. Gyrotonic is a revolutionary movement system that incorporates a series of gentle circular movements of yoga, tai chi, gymnastics, dance and swimming, performed on specialized equipment to simultaneously stretch and strengthen the entire body with minimal effort. Gyrotonic is ideal for people of all ages and abilities, and anyone seeking to increase their overall strength, flexibility, range of motion and athletic performance. Athletes, fitness enthusiasts, golfers, dancers, swimmers, runners, seniors and rehabilitation clients find that the system effects quicker and fuller recovery after an injury. Location: 1781 Green Bay Rd., south of Central Ave. in downtown Highland Park. For more information, call 847-348-0822 or visit SPYRLChicago.com. See ad on page 13 and in the Community Resource Guide.

Many New Developments from Bell Lifestyle Products

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ith more than 20 years of experience, Bell Lifestyle Products Inc., in South Haven, Michigan, is expanding its line of products, most recently launching a new, all-in-one bladder and urinary tract support formulation and a new line of sports supplements. It has also updated its ecommerce website to allow visitors to more easily shop online or find their local Bell Lifestyle retailer. The Bell Lifestyle website also provides considerable health and wellness resources including the Bell Wellness Center, containing hundreds of recipes, infographics and articles on physical, mental, social and nutritional wellness from selected category experts. New articles are posted weekly, providing helpful information on dealing with many ailments for people of all ages. Bell Lifestyle Products offers a full money-back guarantee on more than 60 natural health products—in new, color-coded packaging to assist in product selection—across 13 health categories that are available in more than 7,000 health food stores and pharmacies worldwide. For more information, call 800-333-7995, email Info@BellLifestyle.com or visit BellLifestyle.com or Bell-Wellness.com. See ad on page 3.

New Natural Awakenings App Released

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he Natural Awakenings healthy living, healthy planet lifestyle app has been upgraded with a brand-new look and updated features. The changes to the free app, which has already been downloaded by 40,000-plus users, will make keeping up with the best choices for a green and healthy lifestyle easier than ever. New features include being able to sign up for promotions, updates and newsletters plus linking to the Natural Awakenings website. Visitors can find local magazines nationwide; a national directory of healthy and green businesses and resources with products, practitioners and services, complete with directions; updated national monthly magazine content; archives of hundreds of previously published articles on practical, natural approaches to nutrition, fitness, creative expression, personal growth and sustainable living by national experts that are searchable by key words; and an archive of articles in Spanish. “These upgrades and expanded accessibility will empower people to enjoy healthier, happier and longer lives more easily than ever before,” notes Natural Awakenings founder Sharon Bruckman. “Offering free access to Natural Awakenings’ powerful network of healthy living resources through this exclusive app is another way we can serve our users.” To download the free app, search for Natural Awakenings on Google Play or the Apple app store or visit NaturalAwakeningsMag.com. See ad on page 6.

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2016 review from Australia’s Murdoch University, in Perth, confirms the cognitive benefits of consuming plants in the Salvia genus, particularly sage. Cognition includes processes associated with attention, memory, judgment, evaluation, reasoning, problem solving and decision making. Researchers discussed the theory that an accumulation of amyloid-ß peptide (Aß) in the body is responsible for some cognitive dysfunction in Alzheimer’s patients. Studies have shown that sage can protect mice against Aßinduced neurotoxicity, thus helping to preserve cognition. The researchers also highlighted acetylcholine (ACh), a neurotransmitter believed to play an important role in attention, learning, memory and motivation. ACh enzyme inhibitors help prevent alterations in ACh, preserving these functions. In vitro and animal studies show that some species of salvia are effective ACh enzyme inhibitors. In addition, animal studies have shown that sage extracts can reduce depression and anxiety. Both of these conditions can contribute to a decrease in cognitive function. Further research is needed to determine the extent of the effect and safe dosage.

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MEDICAL MASSAGE Targeted Therapy for Specific Ills by Linda Sechrist

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haron Puszko, Ph.D., founder of the Daybreak Geriatric Massage Institute, in Indianapolis, teaches and certifies massage therapists working in assisted living, long-term care and memory care facilities. She relates, “These individuals appreciate not only the physiological benefits of massage but also having a therapist touch and address them by their names. A 105-yearold woman jokes, ‘Now that they’ve figured out how to keep us alive for so long, they don’t know what to do with us. Thank God for massage therapy.’”

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Specialty certificate programs such as Puszko’s, representing advanced education and training within a modality qualified as therapeutic massage and bodywork, are benefitting both massage therapists and clients. Some outcomebased specialty modalities considered as requirements for specific populations such as seniors, athletes, infants and cancer patients and survivors, are referred to as “medical massage”. The nonprofit National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork provides an accredited, vol-

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untary certification beyond entry-level state licensure. To maintain their status, therapists must complete 24 hours of continuing education and 100 hours of work experience, and pass a criminal background check every two years. The certifying board also approves continuing education providers that teach specialty techniques, including integrative health care, sports massage and military veteran massage. The result is therapies administered according to a national standard of excellence requisite for therapists working in collaboration with doctors, chiropractors, wellness centers, retirement care communities and other medical settings. Puszko, an approved provider who founded her service in 2000, offers beginning and advanced weekend workshops for therapists on the complexities of physiological changes and technical skills required to work with geriatric or senior clients. She works from three offices in upscale retirement communities and teaches approved continuing education curricula throughout the U.S. and internationally. “Although the skills I teach are not taught in massage school, they are in demand at independent and assisted living facilities where massage is considered a vital aspect of health care,” says Puszko. “Older Americans represent the greatest challenge to massage therapists. For elderly residents, stretching and pulling on delicate skin and joints, as well as pushing one’s elbow into gluteus maximus muscles, are unacceptable approaches.” She explains that they might be called upon for a range of needs from helping prepare a 70-year-old marathoner for a race to reducing the stress of an exhausted hospice patient. Geri Ruane is one of four founding directors of Oncology Massage Alliance, in Austin, Texas. She manages the operations for this nonprofit created in 2011 to help therapists that volunteer to administer complimentary hand and foot massage therapy to cancer patients and caregivers in chemotherapy infusion rooms and prior to radiation treatment. The alliance offers financial assistance to licensed massage therapists for advanced training through approved third-party oncology massage classes


and provides hands-on experience with cancer patients. Ruane defines the essential aspects of an oncology massage therapist’s (OMT) skill set. “A properly trained therapist has an informed understanding of the disease itself and the many ways it can affect the human body; the side effects of cancer treatments, such as medications, surgery, chemotherapy and radiation; and the ability to modify massage techniques in order to adapt accordingly. Our main purpose is to reduce stress and provide emotional support for cancer patients and caregivers in radiation and infusion rooms.” For example, an OMT will ask a patient about their cancer treatment history, including particulars of related individual health issues, prior to the massage. Hospitals in 35 states and Washington, D.C., now offer massage therapy to individuals during cancer treatment. MK Brennan, president of the Society for Oncology Massage, created in 2007, in Toledo, Ohio, is a registered nurse with a longtime practice in Charlotte, North Carolina. Brennan observes, “In nursing school, I was taught how to give a back rub, an aspect of patient care once provided by all nurses, but no longer part of a nurse’s education. It now appears that there could be a resurgence of interest in offering massage therapy in hospitals that would encompass more medical aspects and require modified techniques for different patient populations.” In addition to oncology and geriatric massage, other select massage therapy modalities such as orthopedic, bodywork, Asian techniques and those related to pregnancy, infant and child health care as well as other special needs require advanced education and training. Before making an appointment with a massage therapist/bodyworker for a specific type of help, inquire about their knowledge, experience, training and continuing education. Ask about additional credentials above entry-level core education that are specific to special needs. Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings. Connect at ItsAllAboutWe.com.

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Own Our Value and Worth

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our time and services. This is the number one thing to work on to move forward to create the business and life we desire and deserve. We literally need to put that worth into dollars and cents.

Heal Our Stuff

There is as much being as doing involved in this step. When we begin to dream big dreams, set intentions and goals for ourselves and concurrently start to strive for prosperity, abundance, health, wealth and success, everything that is not in alignment with that rises up to be healed or transformed. Just when we think we’re “ready” to answer our calling and launch a new business, personal baggage gets in our way and can become an easy excuse behind which to hide lack of forward momentum in establishing a holistic business. We may have a strategy and a business plan, but if we can’t heal from our stuff, we won’t be ready to soar. One caution: spending too much time working on ourselves and looking to others to fix us or clear blockages or heal us becomes a very dangerous game of “spiritual escapism”. We may end up with a rich inner life while our physical life and business crumbles.

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Coaches and healers need their own coaches, and it is an investment in self. Hiring a coach will cost money and may feel uncomfortable and inconvenient, but that’s all right. A successful business needs a strategy that is steady, yet evolving. The time, energy, resources and money we’ll waste without the knowledge, support and guidance we need will cost much more than what we pay a coach. A coach is able to look at business with an objective eye, and often with a different realm of experiences to form and guide strategy.

Monetize Our Magic

We may have the greatest gifts in the world, but until we learn how to take them into the marketplace, most of us will struggle. The universe does connect the dots; yet we must have channels open so our tribe, our clients, can find us and let us work our magic. There are plenty of proven strategies that work, and without guidance, we may want to try them all. Choose someone as a coach and mentor that has been where we are and is being, doing and having what we want to be.

Trust Ourselves and Trust Spirit

Building a successful holistic business is an evolving journey of trusting in that what we’re feeling inside and what we’re desiring is true. It is universal law that if we have a desire, a way has already been made. A desire does not show up until the supply is there, and it’s up to us as healers and practitioners to do our part to be ready to soar when the pathway appears. This means to plan, to learn, to be honest with ourselves and to recognize our worth. This is the secret: show up; make a decision; and take aligned action rather than just a bunch of being busy and always doing without a plan or guidance. Michelle Barr is a coach, intuitive business strategist, healer, speaker and author. She offers a 90-Day Unlimited Profits for Intuitive Women coaching program. For more information, visit TalkWithMichelleBarr.com. See ad on page 25.


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ECO YARDS Turning Lawns into Native Landscapes by Lisa Kivirist and John D. Ivanko

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raditional turf lawns are an ecological nightmare,” says John Greenlee, author of The American Meadow Garden, who notes that most monoculture turf lawns never even get used. His company, Greenlee and Associates, in Brisbane, California, designs residential and other meadows throughout the U.S. as an engaging alternative. Many other appealing options likewise use native plants appropriate to the local climate. For instance, replacing Kentucky bluegrass, Bermuda grass or another non-native species with natives can deliver drought resistance and lower irrigation needs; eliminate any need for fertilizers or toxic pesticides; reduce or eliminate labor-intensive and often polluting mowing and edging; enhance the beauty of a home; and attract birds, butterflies and other wildlife. 32

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

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

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

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


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

Mediterranean and California Coast

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

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“For sunny areas, try goat’s beard, penstemon, beach strawberry, mock orange and huckleberry,” says Nardozzi, who

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

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

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A kitchen garden represented by any kind of edible landscaping replaces some turf grass with produce. Carefully designed and maintained, it can be as attractive as any other garden space. “According to GardenResearch. com, 30 million U.S. households, about 25 percent, participated in vegetable gardening in 2015,” reports Dave Whitinger, executive director of the National Gardening Association, owned by Dash Works, in Jacksonville, Texas. “To integrate edibles into a landscape, first assess the locations of sunny and shady spots,” says garden consultant Charlie Nardozzi. “Then, identify plants suited to the growing conditions that will fit in those areas. Mix in edibles with flowers, shrubs and groundcovers to keep the yard beautiful.” For urban areas, he recommends raised beds and containers as a good way to integrate edibles, bringing in clean soil and moving containers to the sunniest spots in the yard. “We have 3,000 raised beds in Milwaukee,” says Gretchen Mead, executive director of the Victory Garden Initiative, which helps install edible landscapes. “We went from about 35 new kitchen gardens eight years ago to more than 500 each year now.” The easy-to-build raised beds go on top of or in place of turf lawns. For Midwestern residents, Mead recommends beginning with six crops that can be started as transplants, like tomatoes or broccoli, and then growing a couple of plants from seed, like zucchini or green beans.

Water-Saving Gardens

“Water-saving gardens use less of this precious resource through appropriate plant choices, rain-conserving features, berming and terracing to slow runoff, water-permeable hardscaping and smart irrigation practices,” says Pam Penick, author of The Water-Saving Garden. “Regardless of where you live,

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saving water is a priority for everyone. Drought is a growing problem in the Southwest and West, but also affects the Midwest, Southeast and even New England.” “Rain gardens help absorb, retain and use rainfall, preventing it from draining into the sewer,” agrees Jennifer Riley-Chetwynd, with Colorado’s Denver Botanic Gardens. “Rain barrels collect water from gutters and downspouts so there’s more control in time and method of distribution, including perhaps drip irrigation.” According to the Groundwater Foundation, in Lincoln, Nebraska, rain gardens can remove up to 90 percent of problematic nutrients and chemicals and up to 80 percent of sediments from rainwater runoff. Compared to a conventional lawn, they allow 30 percent more water to soak into the ground.

Hardscaping

Hardscaped areas are used far more

frequently than the turf lawn they replace as we move through spaces like walkways, patios, fountains, decks and grilling areas to enjoy the outdoors. “Plant people can get excited about planting but forget to leave ample space for patios and paths, often resulting in an overgrown, pinched look for seating areas and other places meant to be inviting,”

cautions Penick. “It can also be easy to underestimate how large plants can grow in a few years. Plan ahead for these ‘people spaces’ and install them before establishing garden beds.” Landscapers recommend being generous with this technique without paving over paradise. “Plants will spill and lean over hardscaping, so it won’t feel too large once your garden is filling in,” says Penick. “To address runoff and allow rainwater to soak into the soil, use water-permeable paving wherever possible: gravel, dry-laid flagstone or pavers; even mulch for casual paths.”

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pril 22 marks the 47th celebration of Earth Day to demonstrate support for environmental protection in 193 countries, coordinated globally by the Earth Day Network (EarthDay.org). On Earth Day 2016, the U.S., China, and 120 other countries signed the landmark Paris Agreement to forward the creation of a climate protection treaty. Earth Week events include the March for Science on April 22 in Chicago, (ScienceMarchChicago. org) and People’s Climate Mobilization on April 29 in Washington, D.C. and Chicago (PeoplesClimate.org). According to Earth Month Network (Earth-Month. org), the theme of this year’s Earth Month is Our Changing Climate. The Earth has been around for 4.5 billion years, yet the climate that most humans can relate to has been here only since the end of the last ice age, about 11,000 years ago. Our civilization has experienced consistent annual seasonal change punctuated by a few climatic extreme events that lasted for several decades, such as the “little ice age” that occurred twice between 1300 and 1750. Often, an extreme weather event might be linked to our changing climate. Because of this perceived “instant correlation”, teams of expert climate scientists from research institutions around the globe publish an annual report on extreme weather events related to climate change (ametsoc.net/ eee/2015/2015_bams_eee_low_res. pdf) through the American Meteorological Society. Information from this publication is often used by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), a group of about 2,000 international scientists that reviews and summarizes climate

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science to further update their assessment reports released every six years. More importantly, these findings allows scientists to understand the difference between a climate that changes naturally to one that is altered by human-induced warming. Although there will always be some element of doubt about why our climate is changing, there is a general consensus that it is changing, and sometimes right in front of our eyes. For example, the USA National Phenology Network annually tracks what they term “first leaf” to indicate climatic spring. This year, spring arrived in portions of the country at least three weeks sooner than ever recorded (usgs.gov/news/ just-how-early-spring-arriving-your-neighborhood-find-out-0). As Midwesterners, we’ve learned to buffer the negative impacts of such extreme weather events, mainly through the advancement of technology. In other parts of the world, developing countries with poor economies and weak infrastructure may be negatively impacted for a longer period of time by extreme weather anomalies, affecting many more people. The greater impact on natural resources can make preparing for and recovering from the damage more difficult. One thing is for sure; no, make that several things are for sure; global temperatures since 1880, or the beginning of the industrial revolution, have risen nearly 2.0 degrees F, or 1.1 degrees C. While this statement is bold to most climate scientists, the small increase does not seem to worry most people that still do not believe that a planet 2.0 degrees warmer can be detrimental to not only the climate system, but to the other systems within the climate system. A small space such as a parking lot that is 2.0 degrees warmer than average may not generate a great deal of heat, yet our oceans, which cover 70 percent of the Earth’s surface at 2.0 degrees warmer than normal can generate a tremendous amount of heat. In other words, it is not the single point on the graph, but the area under the curve that shows what is really happening. Other factors affected by our changing climate include the Earth’s increasing population, from 1.5 billion in 1850 to nearly 7 billion in 2010. The corresponding increase in demand for energy and increased use of fossil fuels has pushed one of our most powerful greenhouse


gases, carbon dioxide, from nearly 285 parts per million (ppm) in 1850 to 405 ppm in 2016. A report in 2013 by the IPCC found it to be “extremely likely” that more than half the global warming that occurred from 1951 to 2010 was a consequence of human emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases such as methane and nitrous oxide. So as we enter the month of April and celebrate our Earth, let’s remember that the planet’s climate has changed a lot over the eons, moving both warmer and colder, in its own very natural way that has allowed a sustainable growth of human civilization worldwide to develop and flourish. Yet there have also have been and will continue to be winners and losers in the process. We see that extreme variability can create warmer winters, such as in 2016-2017, that can affect the Midwest and Great Lakes region. However, those that rely on seasonal precipitation in the winter and summer might find that a “new normal” may become less reliable in the future. The science of climate change is driven by both data and policy. We need to further study the unknowns and use the knowledge we have obtained so far to formulate sound decisions that will allow us all to endure an uncertain, unexpected and perhaps unwelcome future. Rick DiMaio is a professional meteorologist and climate scientist, specializing in aviation meteorology and environmental sustainability. Since 1985, DiMaio has served the Chicago area as a TV and radio broadcast meteorologist, college instructor and flight operations aviation meteorologist. He is currently heard on The Mike Nowak Show on 1590 WCGO and at MikeNowak.net.

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even go into our bodies as replacement parts. Many different products are made with plastic in whole or in part. A milk jug, soft drink bottle and liquid laundry soap bottle are fair game for recycling; a garden hose, strand of tree lights and granola pouch are not. In addition, there are an ever-growing number of plastic types, and not all have the same quality, performance features or value. The recycling industry works to help recover a select group of these plastic products that are a part of our daily routine. For plastic to be recycled into another product, it must go through several processes, including shredding, float sorting, melting down and reforming. Different plastics have different float and melting points for breaking

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down the old product, and that determines what type of new product it can become, as well as whether it can be accepted for recycling at all.

The Plastic Number

The bottom of a water bottle, yogurt cup, milk jug or plastic shopping bag displays a number inside a triangle of arrows called a resin code. Just seeing a number on a product does not ensure that the product can be recycled at a MRF. The resin code was developed by the plastics industry in the 1980s to serve as an indicator of the type of resin (plastic) content in the item. This code provides a guide to help the growing number of recycling programs to identify the types of plastics that the MRF might accept and help workers to identify and sort the plastic containers for shipping to plastic buyers (end markets). The confusion for many residents is believing the “chasing arrows” triangle means the product can be put into the recycling bin and actually get recycled. Some recycling programs are limited to accepting only #1 and #2 plastics; other programs include more numbers, and still others state an exception to indicate certain exclusions to the list. This is due to conditions of supply and demand, driven by what the end markets are buying to turn into the next product

Form and Function

Besides the type of resin, the form of the product is a factor in identifying whether a MRF can sort the items into bales to be sold to an end market. A rigid plastic bottle such as a milk jug or soft drink bottle is made to enable the product to be transported, stored and maintain content integrity. The rigidity also determines how it can be recovered at a MRF and sent to a specific end market to convert into another product. These are often able to be recycled. Flexible plastics, such as plastic bags, or “stringy” plastics such as hoses and lights strings are made to fulfill other uses and expectations. Types often mistakenly misplaced in a recycling bin might be described as “squishy” plastics such as laundry baskets, decorative wreaths and oversized items like children’s wading pools, furniture and large buckets. The ability of the MRF equipment to recover these


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heck with the city or municipality on a regular basis to find out which plastics are currently accepted in a curbside recycling program. Many offer checklists on their websites or decals on the bins to guide residents. Some communities or counties offer drop-off locations or special collections for hard-to-recover or challenging materials such as styrenebased plastics, often labeled as #6. For example, Lake County residents can utilize SWALCO drop-off days for some materials. During April, many Earth Day events may also take hard to recycle items. Don’t presume or expect that a new type of plastic package is included in the recycling program. Don’t toss these into the bin: plastic toys, play pools, flip-flops, wreaths, baskets, plastic bags, and “stringies” such as hoses and light strings.

and find end markets are very different and in many cases, not possible at this time. In other words, flexible, stringy and squishy plastics usually are not recyclable. A problem arises when new plastic types and forms are developed to be more lightweight for efficient manufacture and transport, and provide better protection to keep food from spoiling. Each recycling facility has a significant investment in equipment to sort out the wide variety of materials delivered to them, but not all can be currently sorted or destined to an end market. Keeping up with changes in packaging is a challenge for the MRF, but there are promising initiatives on the horizon researching how to recover these more difficult items. Kris Kaar is a senior consultant with RRS (Resource Recycling System) and president of the Illinois Recycling Association. Contact her at KKaarkkaar@recycle. com or visit IllinoisRecycles.org. RRS is a sustainability and recycling consulting firm serving communities, companies and organizations. Visit Recycle.com.

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n Recycle rather than trash as many items as allowed by your local municipality, including all metal, plastic, glass, paper and cardboard, electronics and other items that are now commonly reused to make renewable products and packaging.

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ur planet currently supports a population of more than 7.5 billion people, resulting in a demand for clean drinking water and quality air that is at an all-time high. Unless society collectively changes its lifestyle habits that affect the environment, Mother Earth will not have a chance to recover from the abuse inflicted by humans for decades. Earth Day is a reminder that planet Earth belongs to all of us, not just a select few. Every decision—our daily transportation choices, what products we purchase, how much water we consume and how much we waste—has an effect on the entire population, current and future. Although this responsibility may seem to be a heavy burden, there are alternatives to many of our dayto-day decisions that can make a big difference to the planet. Here are some simple steps that will help create a more environmentally friendly home. n Switch from harmful toxic chemical cleaners to nontoxic biodegradable products. This lessens the exposure to

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toxins in the home environment and reduces the amount of chemical agents that end up in landfills and pollute fresh drinking water supplies. n Fix leaky faucets and pipes around the home. Every gallon leaked not only increases the water bill, but also contributes to the waste of clean drinking water supplies, which is limited. Install rain barrels to capture runoff that can be used for watering plants in order to preserve clean drinking water for human consumption. n Understand that everything, including waste, has its place. Instead of throwing away food scraps, begin a compost bin in order to transform scraps into valuable soil for gardening and planting. n List your unwanted, slightly used household items on a website like Craig’s List or donate them to a nonprofit second-hand store. This enables individuals that cannot afford brand new items to more easily fulfill their needs while repurposing items rather than adding to a landfill.

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n Consolidate errands and plan accordingly to streamline your trips for efficiency, which conserves fuel and saves time and money. If your commute is less than a mile or two away, consider walking, riding a bike or even car pooling with a friend. Those living in rural communities that require a vehicle for transportation may want to purchase a vehicle higher in fuel efficiency, or purchase a green technology retrofit in order to make their existing vehicle more fuel efficient while also decreasing its toxic emissions. n Commit to teaching the younger generations about the importance of environmental stewardship and their responsibility to live a lifestyle that lessens their negative impact on Mother Earth. All the practices and methods of preserving the environment and conserving our most important natural resources can be passed down to our children and our children’s children. This is needed in order to continue the legacy of helping Mother Earth recover from years of abuse, while also preserving resources for future generations to come. If we all take small steps in changing our daily habits with regards to how we treat water, waste and energy, we will have made a big difference collectively in giving Mother Earth a fighting chance. Samuel K. Burlum is an investigative journalist, a consultant for small and medium businesses and the owner of Extreme Energy Solutions, Inc. which creates ecofriendly consumer products and emissions reduction technology. He is the author of The Race to Protect Our Most Important Natural Resource and Life in the Green Lane—in Pursuit of the American Dream, as well as many articles addressing environmental concerns, small business and public policy. For more information, visit SamBurlum.com or ExtremeKleaner.com. See ad on page 5.


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Window Cleaner ¼ to ½ tsp liquid detergent 2 Tbsp plain white vinegar 2 cups water Add all ingredients to a spray bottle and shake. Soap is important in this recipe, as it cuts the wax residue that may remain on glass surfaces from prior washings with commercial window cleaners.

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ecoalertecoalertecoalertecoalerteco How to Create Helpful Home Habitats We watch the graceful flight of colorful butterflies and appreciate their crucial role as pollinators. Establishing butterfly gardens or accommodating them in yard plantings increases food sources radically threatened by reductions in blossom-rich landscapes due to development, intensive agriculture, insecticides and climate change. The National Wildlife Federation (nwf.org) reports that butterflies are particularly attracted to red, yellow, orange, pink and purple blossoms that are flat-topped or clustered for landing or hovering, with short flower tubes that present easy access to nectar. Regional planting. In the Southeast, goldenrod, with its arching, yellow flowers, appeals to Buckeye species. Tiger Wing, Dainty Sulphur and Malachite lead the way in Florida. Some other suitable plants and trees for attracting butterflies, according to the Lady Bird Johnson Wildlife Center (Wildflower.org) are yarrows, red and white baneberries, and red, scarlet and soft maples in the Northeast; Butterfly and Honey daisies, Indian Mallow, American Century and Husiache, in the Midwest; and Giant, Ground, Subalpine and Noble firs, Vine Maple and Columbian Monkshoods in the Northwest. Inspiring individual efforts. Care2.com reports that California Academy of Sciences aquatic biologist Tim Wong cultivated California Pipevine plants in his backyard butterfly home four years ago upon learning that it is the primary food for California Pipevine Swallowtails in the San Francisco area. Starting with just 20 caterpillars, he was able to donate thousands of the swallowtails to the San Francisco Botanical Gardens last year and has grown more than 200 plants. Milkweed. Populations of iconic Monarch butterflies have plummeted 90 percent in the past 20 years, reports the National Wildlife Federation, primarily due to decline of 12 native milkweed species. They need support for their annual 2,000-plus-mile migration from the U.S. Northeast and Canada to central Mexico and back. Joyce Samsel, curator of the Florida Native Butterfly Society (FloridaNativeButterflies.org), notes that the Florida Monarch stays south of Tampa year-round. Learn about milkweed host plant growing conditions at Tinyurl.com/ LocalMilkweedByState. Find milkweed seeds via MonarchWatch.org. Donate to help. Adopt milkweed habitat land through an Environmental Defense Fund (edf.org) program by donating $35 for one acre up to $350 for 10 acres. Their goal is to retain and protect 2 million acres.

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he nonprofit School & Community Assistance for Recycling and Composting Education (SCARCE) is hosting a world language film festival for high school and college students on April 23 at the Studio Movie Grill, in Wheaton. This environmentally themed project, funded by the Illinois Science & Energy and Innovation Foundation (ISEIF), will award cash prizes resulting from a juried competition. Talented student teams from area high schools and colleges have been making short videos about the new electric smart meters in world languages. The purpose of the festival is to reach out to DuPage County’s immigrant populations that speak in native languages or use English as a second language, so that all residents can participate in smarter energy use. For more information, call Kay McKeen at 630-545-9710, email Kay@scarce.org or visit scarce.org/film-festival/ to vote on your favorite video.

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Midewin Tallgrass Prairie Offers Spring Events

Since 1996, volunteers, partners and staff have been working with NFF staff to bring back some of the original species of native Illinois prairie plants to land that includes the abandoned Joliet Army Ammunition Plant (aka the Joliet Arsenal). So far, teams have already worked to replant nearly 200 species of native Illinois prairie plants.

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vast expanse of some 18,500 acres of virgin American land, Midewin Tallgrass Prairie recently hosted production of a new Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) episode of Travels with Darley: “Route 66 & Midewin.” Producer Darley Newman has been working with n addition to volunteer the National Forest Foundaworkdays every Thursday in tion (NFF) on a project that April, there will be an Earth shows what the U.S. Forest Day invasive species pull on Service offers in the great April 29. outdoors. In the show, Midewin Wilmington, Ill. – Two bison calves stay close to their mothers at Ecologist Bill Glass leads Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie in Wilmington. The calves were born during the week of July 25, 2016 to the Newman through the Will herd that was introduced at Midewin in October 2015 and istory walks, spring County prairie in search of the continues to generate interest. prairie bloom walks and Midewin bison herd. Along the more are part of a full day way, they encounter fields of of activities planned for the whole family at Midewin as part eight-foot-tall grasses, a crew of volunteers harvesting native of the area’s annual Red Carpet Corridor Days, including a Illinois prairie seeds and people picnicking and enjoying the community-wide seed broadcast at the Iron Bridge Prairie at trails of Midewin on foot, by bicycle and on horseback. 4 p.m., May 6 (Tinyurl.com/RedCarpetCorridorDays). Two free public previews of the episode will be held: April 1 at the Mar Theater, in Wilmington, and April 11 at The Midewin Welcome Center is located at 30239 S. SR. 53, the Joliet Area Historical Museum, in Joliet, where Newman in Wilmington. Trails are open daily from 4 a.m. to 10 p.m. and NFF Executive Vice President Mary Mitsos will attend For more information, visit fs.usda.gov/midewin. (Tinyurl.com/TravelsWithDarley).

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anice Cole, the author of Chicken and Egg: A Memoir of Suburban Homesteading with 125 Recipes, knows how delicious a really fresh egg tastes. She keeps three chickens she calls “the girls” in the backyard of her suburban Minneapolis home. “Jasmine, a white Silkie, lays small, beigecolored eggs; Keiko a black and white Ameraucana and

Silver Wyandotte cross, green eggs; and Peanut, a brown, feathery Cochin mix, brown eggs,” relates Cole. Cole has learned a lot about the natural lives of chickens. They need 14 hours of sunlight to produce eggs and lay about one per day. Chickens must be protected from predators, locked up at night in their coop for optimal well-being and let out in the morning to roam. Here are some tips for buying the freshest, most delicious and humanely raised chicken eggs.

How to Read an Egg Carton

Deciphering the language on an egg carton is a first step. Diet affects flavor. “Eggs from pasture-raised chickens allowed to roam—eating grass, worms and bugs in the backyard or a pasture—will look and taste better than eggs from chickens limited to an inside space eating chicken feed,” says Cole. “Pasture-raised eggs will have a fresh herbaceous, or grassy, flavor with an ‘egg-ier’ essence.” “Look for the terms organic, free range or ideally, pastured or pasture-raised,” advises Adele Douglass, in Herndon, Virginia, executive director of Humane Farm Animal Care (CertifiedHumane.org). “USDA Organic” is a U.S. Department of Agriculture label confirming that the food the chicken ate was certified organic. “Non-GMO” indicates a diet free of genetically modified ingredients. “Free-range”, another USDA label, means the chicken had continuing access to the outdoors. “Pasture-raised” assures that the chicken roamed outdoors daily, eating what they wanted; the ideal scenario. “Cage-free” is a USDA-regulated designation ensuring that the chickens were allowed to roam freely about within their building to get food and water. “Natural” has no real meaning says Douglass; the term invokes no USDA regulation and nothing about actual farming practices. “Certified Humane” or “Animal Welfare Approved” means that each free-range hen has at least two square feet of outdoor space; it’s the most desirable designation, says Douglass.   When farmers want to raise egg-laying chickens, they need to provide physical conditions similar to those Cole affords, but on a larger and more efficient scale, usually without the love. In regions where 14 hours of daylight are not a given, farmers use artificial lighting. When snow is too deep for the birds to venture out and it’s too cold for bug life, farmers supply indoor coops and feed. How well and humanely they do this is up to consumers to find out.

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Eating one egg a day, or moderate consumption, will not raise cholesterol levels in healthy adults, concludes a 2012 review in the journal Current Opinion in Clinical Nutrition and Metabolic Care. While egg yolks contain cholesterol, they also possess nutrients that help lower the risk for heart disease, including protein, vitamins B12 and D, riboflavin and folate, according to the Harvard School of Public Health, in Boston. A study by Kansas State University researchers published in the 2001 Journal of Nutrition also found that phosphatidylcholine, another substance in eggs, can decrease the amount of cholesterol the body absorbs from them. Plus, eggs are great sources of micronutrients and an44

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~ Pete and Gerry’s, America’s first Certified Humane egg producer tioxidants, says Kristin Kirkpatrick, a registered and licensed dietitian and wellness manager for Cleveland Clinic’s Wellness Institute, in Ohio. “I’ve always been a huge proponent for eggs. As lean sources of protein, they help us stay full, are easy to prepare and can be part of a healthy eating regime because they’re packed with free-radical- and inflammation-fighting antioxidants.” Kirkpatrick adds, “Eggs also help protect eyes. Their nutrientrich yolks, like leafy green vegetables, are high in lutein and zeaxanthin, carotenoids that studies have repeatedly shown help protect against macular degeneration.”   Ideally, all chickens would be treated like Cole’s “girls.” For now, the best most of us can do is choose “Pasture-Raised,” “Organic” and “Certified Humane”. Getting to know more about the farmers that produce our eggs is even better.    Judith Fertig writes food health articles and cookbooks from Overland Park, KS (JudithFertig.com).

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nzymes are among the most commonly used supplements for cats and dogs because they are widely beneficial. They support digestive health and enhance nutrient absorption, as well as reduce inflammation and boost overall wellness. A nutrition school adage states, “If you have a question on your exam and don’t know the answer, put down ‘enzymes’ and you’ll likely be correct.” The point is that enzymes made by the body for specific functions are essential to life because they affect nearly every physical or biological process. Enzymes help normal, healthy pets use nutrients and support the righting of gastrointestinal disorders, whether involving simple vomiting, diarrhea, chronic or complete constipation, anal sac disorders or inflammatory bowel dis-

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ease, regardless of cause. Because sick pets often suffer from reduced appetite and impaired digestion, enzyme supplements are often added to a dietetic regimen to improve their nutritional status. Helpful enzymes include proteases, carbohydrases (like amylase) and lipases that break down proteins, carbohydrates and fats, respectively. Digestive enzymes are highly specific both to the type of food they act upon and the conditions under which they work. They can be derived from pancreatic, plant or microbial sources (bacteria or fungi). While pancreatic enzymes activate mainly in the small intestines (being inactive in the stomach’s lower pH environment), plant and microbial enzymes begin digesting foods in the stomach immediately after ingestion and likely even on the food being prepared, if the enzymes are added several minutes before they are eaten. Enzymes from microbial and plant origins have a broader spectrum of activity because they are stable and active through a wide pH range of 3.0 to 8.0. Enzymes may be helpful for pets with inflammatory conditions, including arthritis, dermatitis, allergies, asthma and cancer. In such cases, they should not be administered with food, because otherwise they will be “used up” before the pet digests the food.

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It’s also possible to use enzyme supplementation to reduce excessive shedding because enzyme supplementation is widely recognized to increase the absorption of nutrients, some possibly involved in controlling hair growth. Some of these nutrients may be used in thyroid hormone synthesis, which can positively affect hair growth and reduce shedding. A novel use for enzymes is to help pets practicing coprophagia, or the eating of their own or another animal’s feces. Adding the proper enzymes to the diet is believed to curb this problem, which could result from a nutrient deficiency caused by incomplete digestion and absorption. For pets with behavioral coprophagia, enzyme supplementation is unlikely to help the problem but will still benefit the pet’s overall health. The recommended dose by breed and weight is based upon experience, the label of a specific product and directions provided by the family veterinarian. Using enzymes according to a professional’s advice is safe, with rare to nonexistent side effects. Talk to the pet’s doctor about the best enzyme products to address individual needs and keep them healthy.

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eneé S. Barasch, a to more serious conditions certified digestive such as Crohn’s and other health specialist, autoimmune diseases. detoxification/purification In general, when our specialist and founder of food isn’t being digested Nutritional Health Soluproperly, our bodies aren’t tions, in Highland Park, has working as efficiently as been a Chicago area leader they can. Food becomes a in nutrition and digestion toxin, instead of something education for more than 12 that nourishes us. years. She splits her time between seeing clients in What role do private sessions, speaking Reneé S. Barasch, LDHS enzymes play in to the community, writing digestion? about digestion issues, being an ambasEnzymes are the catalyst for food to be sador for holistic digestive health and digested. They help to deliver the nugiving people the ability to connect the trients to the cells and increase absorpdots between nutrition and digestion. tion. When food is steamed, broiled, Although every digestive system is roasted, boiled, fried, stewed, canned, different, many people experience alpasteurized or microwaved, the lergy flare-ups in the spring that may be naturally occurring enzymes in it are related to how their bodies are breaking destroyed. I recommend that everyone down ingredients in their food. Being take a specific digestive enzyme supaware of our specific digestive needs plement. That enzyme depends largely and taking steps to protect the gut can on your diet, and how your body breaks eliminate allergies, improve absorption down fats, carbs and protein. Testing and take unneeded stress off our organs. is recommended to determine which enzyme is right for you. Why is thorough digestion so An enzyme with higher amylase important for overall health? content helps break down carbohyDigestion is one of the main ways the drates, and one with more lipase works body detoxifies, or cleanses. If the food better to break down fats. In my office, you’re consuming isn’t broken down we run lab tests to determine the right properly and thoroughly, it causes stress mix of enzymes for each person. I take on the system as it moves through, into consideration factors like family which can lead to symptoms like gas, history, diet and overall health. The tests bloating, acid reflux, constipation, diaralso help detect any nutritional defirhea and even insomnia, depression, ciencies. Based on the results, I might psoriasis, eczema and chronic pain. recommend diet modifications and food Proper digestion also allows for supplements in addition to enzymes. thorough absorption, so your body is able to use the nutrients you’re putting inside it. Undigested food leads to what How do environmental irritants affect digestion? we call “leaky gut”, where it passes We encounter factors in the environment through the gut membrane and into the every day that can cause irritation and bloodstream. This can eventually lead 48

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inflammation, whether that’s someone’s excess perfume, secondhand smoke or particles from a construction site. In the springtime, the air is full of dust, mold and other seasonal aggravators. When we breathe these in, they get into our bloodstream in less than 20 seconds. Our bodies then have to break down those extra toxins, which is a lot of work for the liver, kidneys and gallbladder. If they aren’t broken down properly, it results in what people think of as seasonal allergies; runny nose, itchy eyes, red or blotchy skin. People often miss the connection between allergies and digestion. Instead of going to an allergist, they might just need to have their digestive system checked for digestive imbalances.

What practices can people do every day to improve digestion?

Digestive health is dependent on a number of factors, but it is key to both detoxification and real nutrition. I tell my clients that ideally, they are looking to digest, absorb, transport, utilize and eliminate the cellular waste that’s put into their bodies. Avoiding environmental irritants and pollutants eliminates the need to break them down in the first place. Chewing your food thoroughly starts the breakdown process before it gets into the digestive system. Eating a healthy mix of protein, fats, whole grains fruit and veggies at each meal may be easier to break down than a giant plate of just pasta or a huge steak. Food that is processed or contains GMOs is much harder for the body to process, so I encourage clients to look for whole foods in their natural form as much as possible. Nutritional Health Solutions is located at 480 Elm Pl., in Highland Park. For appointments, call 847-207-2034. For more information, email NHSolutions@ sbcglobal.net or visit DigestiveHealthSolutions.com. See ad on page 9 and in the Community Resource Guide. Carrie Jackson is an Evanston-based writer and frequent contributor to Natural Awakenings Chicago magazine. Connect at CarrieJacksonWrites.com.


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SATURDAY, APRIL 1 Geology of Midewin – 9am. Also Apr 22, Sept 9. 15,000 yrs ago, a glacial ice sheet moved over Illinois leaving its mark on Midewin. Environments in prehistoric times included tropical swamplands and subtropical oceans. View the rocks, hills and plains of Midewin that still bear evidence of these vastly different environments. Tour lasts 2-1/2 hrs and takes place on unimproved roads; gravel and potholes can be expected. Midewin Welcome Center, 30239 S State Rte 53, Wilmington. 815-423-6370. fs.usda.gov/midewin. Introduction Session for Spring Hypnotherapy Certification Course – 10am-12pm. Offered by Funda Kahn, this course offers NGH certification in hypnosis, plus fundamentals of EFT, NLP and Huna Philosophy. Northbrook location. For details: 847971-1221 or InnerChildConnection.com. Mindful Living Matters – 10am-12pm. Learn some simple natural steps to take to reduce stress, discuss healthy eating, what it means to love without judgment, and highlight products that are safe for the environment, you and your family. Pay for own meal and drinks. Free attendance. Rosalia’s Deli, 241 N York Rd, Elmhurst. 630-677-2649. Gina@ FindingGodsPeace.com. Certified Organic Spring Veggie Garden Open House – 10am-4pm. Rain or shine. Enjoy our first garden open house of 2017. Garden tours and talks on the hour; organic food and product give-aways; organic teaching garden. The Organic Teach Garden, 1104 Ridge Rd, Highland Park. 847-561-1302. OrganicTeachGarden@gmail.com. Plant Chicago Indoor Farmers’ Market – 11am3pm. 1st Sat thru May. Held in the lobby of The Plant, 1400 W 46th St, Chicago. 773-847-5523.

Midwest Grows Green Kick-Off Event – 7-9pm. Will demonstrate the Natural Lawn Care approach to urban and residential homeowners through interactive, educational games that incorporate MGG resources, presentations, and real-life experiences. Arlington Heights Memorial Library, 500 N Dunton Ave, Arlington Heights. More info: bit.ly/MGGkickoff.

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savethedate A New Path to Health for Body and Soul – 1-2:30pm. “There is no incurable” (Bruno Groening). Speaker: Marlene Ganyonga, MD, Germany. Admission free; donations appreciated. Sulzer Regional Library, 4455 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago. 773-775-8855. Bruno-Groening.org. Preview: Route 66 & Midewin – 3pm. Get a sneak peek of the new PBS Travels with Darley episode: Route 66 & Midewin. Following the screening, Midewin archaeologist Joe Wheeler will moderate a Q&A panel featuring many of those who were involved in production. Free. The Mar Theater, 121 S Main St, Wilmington. Facebook.com/ events/1594982433862552.

savethedate A New Path to Health for Body and Soul – 7-8:30pm. “There is no incurable” (Bruno Groening). Speaker: Marlene Ganyonga, MD, Germany. Admission free; donations appreciated. Park Forest Village Hall, Lower Level, Rm 1, 350 Victory Dr, Park Forest. 773-775-8855. Bruno-Groening.org.

SUNDAY, APRIL 2 Astro Symposium: The Language of Learning – 2-5pm. Explore the astrological factors related to learning and education through the mutable houses, transits and progressions as they affect learning, teaching, assimilation and creativity. Bring your chart. We will be looking at participants’ charts to see how the astrology of learning works for you. With Lin Ewing and Brian Allemana. $40. Life Force Arts Center, 1609 W Belmont Ave, Chicago. 773-327-7224. LifeForceArts.org. AstrologicalDetails.com.

savethedate A New Path to Health for Body and Soul – 2:304pm. “There is no incurable” (Bruno Groening). Speaker: Marlene Ganyonga, MD, Germany. Admission free; donations appreciated. Eisenhower Public Library, 4613 N Oketo Ave, Harwood Heights. 773-775-8855. Bruno-Groening.org.

MONDAY, APRIL 3 Essentials of CranioSacral Therapy – Mondays, Apr 3-17. 9am-4pm. Course is a practical introduction and overview to the theory and practice of CranioSacral Therapy, a form of gentle bodywork which grew out of cranial osteopathy and osteopathic medicine. Learn essential ways to evaluate and treat the craniosacral system using gentle, yet powerful techniques. No prerequisites. 18 CEs for bodywork professionals. $360. Zen Shiatsu Chicago, 825A Chicago Ave, Evanston. 847-864-1130. ZenShiatsuChicago.org.

Lakefront Bird Walk – 7:30am. With Chicago area naturalist Wendy Paulson. Dress for weather and bring binoculars. Walk cancelled only in the event of extreme bad weather. Free. McCormick Place Bird Sanctuary, north parking lot (not the Marina lot), 2400 S Lake Shore Dr, Chicago. RSVP required, Dan Jacobson: 312-453-0230 x 2002 or DJacobson@Audubon.org. Gyrokinesis Class – Tuesdays, Apr 4-May 9. 9:3010:15am. 6-wk session. Not on Gyrotonic machines, but on stool and floor. $120/6 wks unless you are a new client, then the first class is free, so $100/6 wks. Spyrl Chicago, 1781 Green Bay Rd, Highland Park. 773-814-2071. SpyrlChicago.com. Secrets to Communicate Effectively with Your Family without Feeling Like the “Bad Cop” – 10am. Webinar. Details: Hinmans.com. Angelic Organics’ Come to the Table Dinner Series: Women Leading – 6-9pm. Join us at Bang Bang’s new Ravenswood location to discuss ways that women are changing the face of our local food system and leading innovation that increases sustainable food access in Chicago. Chefs & Presenters: Chefs Christine Cikowski & Joshua Kulp of Honey Butter Fried Chicken, Emily Stewart of Bang Bang Pie & Biscuits, Jen Rosenthal of Planted Chicago, Jackie Gennett of Bushel & Peck’s, Tracy Boychuk of The Roof Crop. Beverage Purveyors: Candid Wines, KOVAL Distillery and more. 4947 N Damen Ave, Chicago. Tickets: LearnGrowConnect.org.

savethedate A New Path to Health for Body and Soul – 6:308pm. “There is no incurable” (Bruno Groening). Speaker: Marlene Ganyonga, MD, Germany. Admission free; donations appreciated. Oak Park Public Library, Small meeting room, 2nd Fl, 834 Lake St, Oak Park. Debbie: 773-775-8855. NorthAmerica.Bruno-Groening.org. Changing the Prescription: A Functional Medicine Approach to Anxiety and Depression – 7pm. Wanted: people suffering with depression and anxiety. Are you tired of all the pills? Are you tired of the denial of your feelings? Are you tired of fatigue, brain fog, and lack of motivation? Are you tired of the weight gain, bloated feelings, and not enjoying anything? Imagine your life without depression and/or anxiety. With Laurie Goldman, MD, a 20+ year practicing psychiatrist, national, author, spirited speaker. Clear Path Wellness, 1655 N Arlington Heights Rd, Arlington Heights. To register: 847-686-6666. That Vitamin Movie – 7-9pm. Many Americans are on 5 to 9 medications and they don’t feel better. Are megadose vitamins the key to optimal health? With prescription medications now in the top 10 killers of Americans, this documentary shows that there is a safer, more effective and cheaper way to tackle illness. 23 world-renowned experts, one clear message. Free. Pure Detox, 417 S Arlington Heights Rd, Arlington Heights. 847-613-4363. ShaantaInc.com.

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classifieds AKASHIC CONSULTATION AKASHIC RECORD READING – Open the record of your soul’s journey to find information to support you in your life right now, heal your past and help you into your future. Heal. Grow. Investigate. Find direction. Lin Ewing: 847-609-0034. AstrologicalDetails.com.

ASTROLOGY ASTROLOGY – Understand yourself, your motivations, your feelings. Recognize your talents, strengths, successes. Overcome difficulties and confusion. Astrology can help pull it all together. Relationships. Career. Plan the future. Serious astrology for serious seekers. Private, personal consultations. Lin Ewing: 847-609-0034. AstrologicalDetails.com.

BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES BEAUTIFUL TRANQUIL SETTING – Downtown Homewood. Full- or part-time opportunities available. Insight Awareness: 708-957-1284.

EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS EMERGENCIES CAN STRIKE AT ANY TIME – Wise Food Storage makes it easy to prepare with tasty, easy-to-cook meals that have a 25-year shelf life. Free sample. Call 800-620-8157.

HEALTH PRODUCTS GOT KNEE PAIN? BACK PAIN? SHOULDER PAIN? – Get a pain-relieving brace little or no cost to you. Medicare Patients call Health Hotline now! 1-800-589-0629.

HELP WANTED ARE YOU HIRING? – Find your next team member. Call 847-858-3697 or submit online at Submit. NAChicagoNorth.com/CHI/Magazine-Classifieds. MEDIA SALES: CHICAGO AND SOUTH/ SOUTHWEST SUBURBS – Excellent opportunity for flexible part-time work with great rewards. Natural Awakenings Chicago is seeking a selfmotivated professional with strong interpersonal and communication skills to introduce businesses to the benefits of advertising in print and online. Ideal candidate must be self-motivated, organized and creative in sourcing suitable clients and events to target in Chicago and suburbs. You must enjoy conversing on the phone and in face-to-face meetings, as well as enjoy working both from your home and from the road throughout the metropolitan area, and have previous relationship-based ad sales experience. You’ll need at least 20 flexible daytime hours per week to prosper. Occasional weekend and evening time needed to attend events and network. Pay is generous commission, plus bonuses. Email your info, a brief description of your experience and your phone number to Info@NAChicagoNorth.com.

HERBAL APPRENTICESHIPS WILDWOOD INSTITUTE NOW TAKING APPLICATIONS – Renowned herbal apprenticeship program, which meets once a month for a year starting in May 2017. This hands-on, comprehensive, collegiate-level program is designed to teach you how to use herbs intelligently, effectively and safely for yourself and your family. For those who are interested in a career in herbalism, or professional applications of herbalism, the first year will also give you a base for our Advanced and Clinical programs (2nd & 3rd yr). 3311 Mound View Rd, Verona, WI. To apply: WildwoodInstitute.com. 

SERVICES YOUR LISTING CAN BE HERE – Visit Submit. NAChicago.com/CHI/Magazine-Classifieds.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 5 Wellness Wednesday – 7am-9pm. Enjoy information, samples, tastings.15% off supplements/ vitamins for owners. 10% off supplements/vitamins for everyone. Sales include: tinctures, probiotics, nutritional oils, vitamins, minerals, enzymes, amino acids, omega-3’s, protein powders. Sugar Beet Food Co-op, 812 Madison St, Oak Park. 708-948-7656. SugarBeet.coop. Beginning Zen Shiatsu – Apr 5-June 7. Wednesdays, 11am-2pm or 7-10pm. Learn to give a basic 1-hr shiatsu treatment that you can share with friends and family. Course is stand-alone offering; also the first 30 hrs of our complete shiatsu certification programs. $450 plus books. Zen Shiatsu Chicago, 825A Chicago Ave, Evanston. 847-864-1130. ZenShiatsuChicago.org. Women’s Networking Group – 11:30am-1pm. 1st Wed. Offered through the Hoffman Estates Chamber of Commerce. Buy own lunch. Location varies in Hoffman Estates. Dr.Kristen@TheBalanceDoc.com. HEChamber.com.

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Go Green Highland Park Meeting – 12:151:30pm. 1st Wed. All welcome. If you’d like to be involved but can’t attend, email us. Madame ZuZu’s, 582 Roger Williams Ave, Highland Park. More info: GoGreenHP2014@gmail.com. GoGreenHP.org. Green Drinks McHenry County – 5-7pm. 1st Wed. Come talk about “greening” the future with others. Special presentations each month on a timely environmental topic or green business. Duke’s Alehouse & Kitchen, 110 N Main St, Crystal Lake. GreenDrinks.org/IL/Crystal%20Lake. Gyrokinesis Class – Wednesdays, Apr 5-May 10. 6:30-7:25pm. See Apr 4 listing. Spyrl Chicago, 1781 Green Bay Rd, Highland Park. 773-814-2071. SpyrlChicago.com.

THURSDAY, APRIL 6 Zero Balancing II – Apr 6-9. For practitioners. With Sheila McCarthy-Daskovsky. Zero Balancing Wellness Center, 809 Ridge Rd, Ste 200, Wilmette. 847-920-9292. zbwellness.com.

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8th Annual Local Food Lobby Day – 9am-3pm. Help educate our legislators on the importance of local food and farming for the health of our communities, our economies and our environment. Arlington’s Restaurant, 210 Broadway St, Springfield & The Illinois State Capitol Complex. More info & to register: IlStewards.org. 3 Ways to Listen First and Avoid Daily Fights with Your Kids – 10am. Facebook Live. Details: Hinmans.com. Racial Justice Summit: (Re)Imagining – Apr 6 & 7. 6-8pm, Thurs; 9am-4pm, Fri. Guided by the experienced leadership of YWCA Evanston/North Shore and the expertise of 20 leaders, activists, and performers, the goal of (Re)Imagining is to bring people of all ages and demographics together to deepen their understanding of their own racial identities, develop skills to work for change, formulate action plans, and engage with others. Unitarian Church of Evanston, 1330 Ridge Ave, Evanston. More info: tinyurl.com/jl74oem. Illinois  Peregrines: From Decline to Recovery  – 6:30pm. With Mary Hennen, Director-Chicago Peregrine Program, Bird Division, The Field Museum. Once considered an endangered species and extricated in Illinois from 1951-86, the peregrine falcon population is now past historic levels. Hennen’s presentation will take us through the recovery of the peregrines in Illinois. As the majority of the population now lives in an urban habitat, learn what it means to live in close proximity to this remarkable bird. Midewin Welcome Center, 30239 S State Rte 53, Wilmington. RSVP: 815-423-6370 or Midewin_RSVP@fs.fed.us.

FRIDAY, APRIL 7 World Health Day

Barrington Area Spring Bird Walk & Hike – 8am. Get to know nearby nature with Barrington area naturalist Wendy Paulson. Waterproof boots are strongly recommended for these hikes. Don’t forget your binoculars. Free. Meet at Beese Park, east end of Cornell Ave. RSVP required, Dan Jacobson: 312-453-0230 x 2002 or DJacobson@Audubon. org. CitizensForConservation.org. Gyrokinesis Class – Fridays, Apr 7-May 19 (no class Apr 28). 10-10:55am. See Apr 4 listing. Spyrl Chicago, 1781 Green Bay Rd, Highland Park. 773-814-2071. SpyrlChicago.com.

savethedate Grand Opening: Divine Creative Synergy – 6-9pm. Come in for a visit to find out more information on reiki sessions, aromatherapy, workshops and art. Free. Divine Creative Synergy, 707 Chicago Ave, Evanston. 312-391-8740. DivineCreativeSynergy.com. Contending with “Ain’t It Awful” – 7-9pm. The basic concept of this presentation is to extend Edgar Cayce’s idea about thoughts being things into teaching how to protect against and repel the onslaught by those who insist everything is awful. Presented by Ron Hounsell. Free; love donations gratefully received. The Edgar Cayce Holistic Center and Bookstore in Unity Northwest Church, 259 E Central Rd, Des Plaines. 847-299-6535. HolisticCenterChicago.com.


savethedate A New Path to Health for Body and Soul – 7:30-9pm. “There is no incurable” (Bruno Groening). Speaker: Marlene Ganyonga, MD, Germany. Admission free; donations appreciated. The Dance Building, 1330 Webford Ave, Des Plaines. Debbie: 773-775-8855. NorthAmerica. Bruno-Groening.org.

SATURDAY, APRIL 8

HanamatsuriBuddha Day (Buddhism) McHenry County Gardenfest 2017 – 7:30am-4pm. For gardeners of all skill levels. Keynote speaker is author and TV/radio host Melinda Myers. More than 30 breakout sessions held within 4 segments throughout the day. Dozens of exhibitors will sell books, gardenrelated products, and give demonstrations. McHenry County College, 8900 U.S. Rte 14, Crystal Lake. More info & to register: McHenry.edu/gardenfest. 61st Street Indoor Farmers’ Market – 9am-2pm. South side Chicago’s premier farmers market. Market also features chef demos, live music and more. Experimental Station, 6100 S Blackstone Ave, Chicago. ExperimentalStation.org/market. Life & Executive Coach Certification – Apr 8-9. 9am, Sat-5pm, Sun. Learn leading-edge coaching and business development skills supporting long-term success as prepare to become a full- or part-time professional life coach or executive coach. Conducted by the Certified Coaches Federation. $979. The Embassy Suites Chicago Downtown, 511 N Columbus Dr, Chicago. For more info or to register: 866-455-2155, Info@CertifiedCoachesFederation.com or CertifiedCoachesFederation.com Personal Land Restoration – 10am. Speaker: Ders Anderson, Greenways Director, Openlands. Little did Ders and his family know when they started their prairie in 1981, how one ecological connection would lead to another and another. Come get inspired by their 35-yr story. $10/nonmembers. Barrington Village Hall, 200 S Hough St, Barrington. RSVP:  847-382-7283. CitizensForConservation.org. Holistic Natural Vision Improvement Workshop – 10am-5pm. See clearly without glasses, contacts or surgery. Improving eyesight naturally is risk free, saves money, and offers life-long clarity of sight, improved self-image and self-confidence, and reduce risks of getting eye diseases. Learn these simple, easy, effective techniques that helped countless people of all ages around the world. $150. Happy Eyesight Studio, 4314 Carlisle Dr, Crystal Lake. 815-219-8856. HappyEyesight.com.

savethedate F e l d e n k r a i s Wo r k s h o p w i t h A m o n a Beuchler – Apr 8 & 9. 10:30am-4:30pm, Sat; 126pm, Sun. Learn how to self-heal and improve your skills by using awareness through movement, a personal exploration of your body and mind connection. Group classes are verbally guided movement explorations. Practitioner leads the student through various gentle movements, while also guiding the student’s awareness in specific ways that support a natural learning process that arises out of sensory self-inquiry and arising discoveries. Amona also offers Feldenkrais & Focusing individual sessions. $70/1 day, $120/2 days. Inner Metamorphosis University, 1418 W Howard St, Chicago. 708805-6171. Move-With-Life.org. Lifesurfing.org.

The Meaning of I – 11am-3pm. Our self, or I, is the thing we know best. We’re always thinking about our needs, desires, wishes and problems. But what exactly is the I? Where is it to be found? Is the self we normally relate to taking us towards happiness? Join us for this day course and discover how answering these questions will open the door to complete freedom from suffering and pain. $40 includes a delicious vegetarian lunch. KMC Chicago in Wicker Park, 2010 W Pierce Ave, Chicago. 708-763-0132. MeditateInChicago.org. Connecting with the Light through Meditation and Affirmation  – 2-4pm. Janel Watschke will explain what it means to “bring in the Light” and how to do it. $25, $20/A.R.E. members. The Edgar Cayce Holistic Center and Bookstore in Unity Northwest Church, 259 E Central Rd, Des Plaines. 847-299-6535. HolisticCenterChicago.com. Chicago IANDS – 2-5pm. Support/study/resource forum for near-death, out-of-body and spiritual experiences, losses. Guest Speaker: Vincent Genna, “The Real Deal” world-renowned Psychic Medium and Spiritual Teacher. $20 suggested donation. Evanston Hospital, Frank Auditorium, 2650 Ridge Ave, Evanston. 847-251-5758. ChicagoIANDS.org. Drum Circle: Rhythms & Dance – 7-9pm. Bring a drum or borrow one of ours. This is a fun way to relieve stress and celebrate life. No experience needed, we will guide you. $10. Body & Brain Yoga Northbrook, 1947 Cherry Ln, Northbrook. 847-562-9642. TheWhispersOfLove.com.

SUNDAY, APRIL 9

Palm Sunday (Christianity) National Library Week Pilates Instructor Training Course – 9am-5pm. This 7-hr course covers important concepts of athletic conditioning and performance training. Emphasis is placed on 11 Foundational Principles when training athletes. Principles cover alignment and biomechanics for major joints as well as understanding how to train the three classifications of muscles for optimal performance. $389. Yin Yang Pilates, 111 S Rand Rd, Lake Zurich. 847-719-1800. Hyde Park Handmade Artisan Bazaar and Farmers’ Market – 12-4pm. Meet dozens of vendors at the indoor crafts and farmers’ market while listening to Hyde Park’s finest deejays spinning jazzy, soulful soundtracks to your shopping. Promontory Restaurant, upstairs lounge, 5311 S Lake Park Ave W, Chicago. 312-801-2100. Facebook.com/ HydeParkHandmade. Mother/Daughter Bellydance – 1-2pm. Open to daughters 4 and up, this workshop focuses on gaining comfort in your body and boosting self-esteem through dance. Bellydance started, historically, as a dance done by women, for women and is a wonderful art form to share with our daughters. Early Bird: $20/mother, daughter pair; $30/mother, daughter pair; $15/Half Circle members; $10/Full Circle members. Hip Circle Studio, 709 Washington St, Evanston. 847-328-5767. HipCircleStudio.com. Meet the “B.E.M.E.R.” – 1-2:30pm. Come to hear about and experience the BEMER. Free 8-min sessions on the BEMER, PEMF technology at its finest. Two sessions, 8 mins each does the same for your body as a 5-mile run. NASA is putting it in the space suits. Garrett Wellness Center, 3020 N Kimball Ave. Chicago. Tom Masbaum: 708-955-3634.

MONDAY, APRIL 10

Passover begins at sundown (Judaism) Health & Wellness Workshop – 1-3pm & 4-6pm. 3 interesting “Too good to be true” topics: Learn how you are effected by other peoples’ energy and how to protect yourself; Learn about and actually experience EFT, the gentle tapping therapy for emotional and physical symptom release. PTSD, grief, digestive issues, hip-knee-back-shoulder pains substantially lessen; Experience free 8-min Bio-ElectronicMagnetic Energy therapy sessions. FDA approved. Money back guarantee. CEs available. $25/workshop. Heaven Meets Earth Yoga Studio, 2746 Central St. Evanston. Tom Masbaum: 708-955-3634.

TUESDAY, APRIL 11 Malcolm Smith, International Healer – Apr 1113. 9am-6pm, by appt. For over 35 yrs, Malcolm has relieved pain, restored sight and hearing, cured “incurable” diseases including cancer. The list of problems presented to Malcolm include virtually every physical, emotional, mental and spiritual condition. Some remote sessions available. $90/30-min. The Edgar Cayce Holistic Center and Bookstore in Unity Northwest Church, 259 E Central Rd, Des Plaines. To schedule: 847-299-6535. HolisticCenterChicago.com. Flight of the Butterflies Screening and Discussion – 1-2:45pm & 7-8:45pm. Spring is here, and our most charismatic insect neighbors will soon be here as well. Come to the library to learn about monarchs and much more, including how you can create habitat in your yard to support butterflies and other pollinators. Kids and adults welcome. Free. Wilmette Public Library, 1242 Wilmette Ave, Wilmette. 847-256-5025. WilmetteLibrary.info. Preview: Route 66 & Midewin – 4:30-6pm, reception; 6pm, screening. Get a sneak peek of the new PBS Travels with Darley episode: Route 66 & Midewin. Producer Darley Newman visited Illinois for a few days in Oct to film scenes for the show. Museum Executive Director Gregory Peerbolte will moderate a stand-up Q&A panel following the screening. Free. Joliet Area Historical Museum, 204 N Ottawa St, Joliet. Facebook.com/events/171905549979251. Green Drinks Libertyville – 6:30pm. 2nd Tues. Like-minded people meet to discuss issues of environmental importance and build awareness. O’Toole’s Pub, 412 N Milwaukee Ave, Libertyville. For more info: Facebook.com/greendrinkslibertyville or GreenDrinks.org. How to Shop Like a Nutritionist at an Everyday Grocery Store – 7pm. Learn how to: Read nutrition labels and be a more organized shopper; Plan a balanced meal; Select foods that fight inflammation and avoid foods that fuel inflammation; Apply your new knowledge with a super foods recipe. Learn easy, budget-friendly and time-conscious strategies. Led by Madelaine Schaufel, RD, LD. $10. Grocery Store in Hoffman Estates Area. RSVP: Nutrition@ TheBalanceDoc.com. TheBalanceDoc.com.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 12 Equal Pay Day

Dinner with the Doctors: Diet & Digestive Health – 6:30-8pm. Join Drs. Cari Jacobson & Abby Kramer for dinner and an evening of learning. The doctors love to share with new or current patients how they work. They both believe the education of patients is just as important as the treatment they receive. Special guest Dr. Tom Bayne. Free. Be

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Optimal Holistic Health Center, 1249 Waukegan Rd, Glenview. 847-486-8000. BeOptimal.com. Stress & Health: A Natural Approach to Optimizing your Health – 7pm. Are you tired of fatigue, brain fog and lack of motivation? Are you tired of the weight gain, bloated feelings and not enjoying anything? Do you go to your doctor only to be told that you lab tests are normal, even though you know something is wrong? Do you feel depressed and/or anxious? Are you tired of the denial of your feelings? Imagine enjoying your life at optimal health. With Dr. Laurie Goldman, MD, a 20+ yr practicing psychiatrist, national author, spirited speaker. Clear Path Wellness, 1655 N Arlington Heights Rd, Arlington Heights. To register: 847-686-6666. Secrets to Adding an Extra Hour into Each Day for Things You Enjoy – 8pm. Instead of wasting time with arguments and meltdowns. Webinar. Details: Hinmans.com.

Nutritional Health Solutions Talk – 10-11:30am. With Reneé S. Barasch-Ingraham. Learn the benefits of improving your health through better digestion. Free. Glenview Public Library, 1930 Glenview Rd, Glenview. 847-207-2034. DigestiveHealthSolutions.com. Health & Wellness Workshop – 10am-1pm. 3 interesting “Too good to be true” topics: Learn how you are effected by other peoples’ energy and how to protect yourself; Learn about and actually experience EFT, the gentle tapping therapy for emotional and physical symptom release. PTSD, grief, digestive issues, hip-knee-back-shoulder pains substantially lessen; Experience free 8-min Bio-Electronic-Magnetic Energy therapy sessions. FDA approved. Money back guarantee. CEs available. Vital Wellness Center, 108 Valley Dr, Ste F, Elburn. Tom Masbaum: 708-955-3634.

10-Minute Morning Routine to Become Energized Throughout the Day – 10am. Facebook Live. Details: Hinmans.com.

5th Annual Clean-Up Green-Up – 10am-2pm. Discover healthy habits and how to reduce energy and contribute to the environment. Includes vendors, demos, kid activites and more. Clark St & Carmen Ave, Andersonville Neighborhood. More info: Facebook.com/Winona-Foster-Carmen-WinnemacWFCW-Block-Club-153638898008748.

FRIDAY, APRIL 14

THURSDAY, APRIL 13

With Laurie Goldman, MD, a 20+ yr practicing psychiatrist, national, author, spirited speaker. Clear Path Wellness, 1655 N Arlington Heights Rd, Arlington Heights. To register: 847-686-6666.

savethedate The Adoption Process from A to Z – 7-9:15pm. Attorney Sally Wildman explores fundamentals of adopting a child and basic legal steps of this process. Highlights include different types of adoption, resources for initiating a search for an available child, and today’s trend of “openness.” Program open to public; preregistration necessary. Course #0462 under “PERSONAL ENRICHMENT” in the catalogue. $35/family. Community Education Township High School District 214, Forest View Educational Center, 2121 S Goebbert Rd, Arlington Heights. Registration closes Apr 17: 847-718-7700 or ce214.org.

THURSDAY, APRIL 20

SUNDAY, APRIL 16

Good Friday (Christianity)

Easter Sunday (Christianity)

Zero Balancing Secrets of the Skull – Apr 20-23. For advanced practitioners. With Mary Murphy. Zero Balancing Wellness Center, 809 Ridge Rd, Ste 200, Wilmette. 847-920-9292. zbwellness.com.

Wellness Professionals Network – 10-11:30am. A meetup for wellness practitioners with inspired connections and dialog, personal and professional support. Guided Path Psychological Services, 201 E Dundee Rd, Palatine. Sarah Karnes: 262-745-8362. Meetup.com/Spiritual-Nourishment-Chicagoland.

MONDAY, APRIL 17

3 Places to Find Support When You Don’t Know What to Do for Your Child – 10am. Facebook Live. Details: Hinmans.com.

Spring Open House at Insight Awareness – 11am4pm. Join us as we open our doors and hearts to you for a very special day of sharing. Relax and shop while visiting with our teachers and practitioners who will be offering you information about their passion in the healing arts. There will be treats to eat with tea and coffee. Rock Gem & Jewelry Show with Moksha Imports. Trunk Show with Andrea of The Secret Door. Free lectures: How to Make it a Great Day; Crystal Healing Basics; Reiki: A Life Path; Heart-Centered Hypnotherapy; Past Life Regression; Shamanism in the 21st Century. 20% off in the Dragonfly Gift Shop. $5/10-min chair massages. 18110 Martin Ave, Homewood. 708-957-1284. InsightAwareness.com.

SATURDAY, APRIL 15 Food as Medicine Symposium – 8:30am-3:30pm. A day of cutting-edge nutritional medicine from expert Chicago faculty. Topics as diverse as plantbased diet, preventing Alzheimer’s and treating IBS with food, protecting the gut microbiome, and how gardens can heal and improve hospital settings. $50. Evanston Hospital, 2650 Ridge Ave, Frank Auditorium, Evanston. Register & more info: NorthShore. org/foodsymposium. Ghosts of the Ammunition Plant – 10am. In 1940, the U.S. Government acquired over 36,000 acres of land to build an ammunition plant. Why here? And how was it built and operated? Learn about the deadly explosion during World War II. Tour the inside of one of the few remaining warehouses and an ammunition storage bunker. Tour lasts about 3 hrs with travel over unimproved roads, including gravel and potholes. Midewin Welcome Center, 30239 S State Rte 53, Wilmington. 815-423-6370. fs.usda.gov/midewin.

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TUESDAY, APRIL 18 Secrets to Creating Long-Term Health & Happiness – 12pm. For your family using holistic health no one is teaching you. Webinar. Details: Hinmans.com. Dragonflies & Damselflies, Oh My! – 7pm. Over 300 million yrs ago, dragonflies with 2½-foot wingspans ruled the air. Today their descendants number 100+ species in Illinois alone. McHenry County College’s Marla Garrison, author of Damselflies of Chicagoland, will take us on a pictorial journey into the fascinating world of local dragonflies and damselflies including their anatomy, life history and behaviors. Free. Heller Nature Center, 2821 Ridge Rd, Highland Park. For more info & complete schedule, Rena Cohen: 847-831-0331. LakeCookAudubon.org. Lessons in Truth Workshop – 7pm. Ld by Greg Barrette, minister of Unity Northeast Church. Based on the classic Unity book, Lessons in Truth by H. Emilie Cady, a 19th-century homeopathic physician and spiritual teacher. Written in 1892, it has provided millions with a concise and very understandable presentation of Unity’s basic teachings. Free-will offering. Unity Northwest Church, 259 E Central Rd, Des Plaines. 847-297-0997. UnityNorthwest.org.

7th Annual Lake County Green Conference – 12:30pm, check-in. 1-6pm, program. Explore local examples of green construction, sustainable grounds, and renewable energy for our schools, houses of worship and community centers. College of Lake County, 19351 W Washington St, Lower A Wing Conference Center Auditorium, Grayslake. More info: tinyurl.com/gq293nx. Reiki Circle – 7-9pm. Reiki and energy practitioners gather for conversation and session. Donations accepted. Divine Creative Synergy, 707 Chicago Ave, Evanston. 312-391-8740. DivineCreativeSynergy.com. Your Self as Your Friend – 7:30-9pm. A refreshing and restorative evening. Receive guidance and simple TLC practices so you can embrace more self-love and self-discovery. Donation. Inner Balance, 350 Pfingsten Rd, Northbrook. Meetup.com/ Spiritual-Nourishment-Chicagoland.

FRIDAY, APRIL 21

Ridvan begins (Bahai’i)

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 19

Barrington Area Spring Bird Walk & Hike – 8am. Get to know nearby nature with Barrington area naturalist Wendy Paulson. Waterproof boots are strongly recommended for these hikes. Don’t forget your binoculars. Free. Meet at Beese Park, east end of Cornell Ave. RSVP required, Dan Jacobson: 312-453-0230 x 2002 or DJacobson@Audubon. org. CitizensForConservation.org.

Zero Balancing Advancing Skills Day – With Mary Murphy. Zero Balancing Wellness Center, 809 Ridge Rd, Ste 200, Wilmette. 847-920-9292. zbwellness.com.

Secrets to Communicate Effectively with Your Family without Feeling Like the “Bad Cop” – 7pm. Also featuring Young Living, Stella & Dot, Norwex. Live gathering. Details: Hinmans.com.

Changing the Prescription: A Functional Medicine Approach to Anxiety and Depression – 7pm. Wanted: people suffering with depression and anxiety. Are you tired of all the pills? Are you tired of the denial of your feelings? Are you tired of fatigue, brain fog, and lack of motivation? Are you tired of the weight gain, bloated feelings, and not enjoying anything? Imagine your life without depression and/or anxiety.

Sound Healing Journey – 7-9pm. Join Eben Alexander, MD, author of Proof of Heaven and The Map of Heaven, and Karen Newell, co-founder of Sacred Acoustics, on an exploration of oneness and sound-enhanced meditations to deepen your connection to infinite source. $45. Infinity Foundation, 1280 Old Skokie Rd, Highland Park. 847-831-8828. InfinityFoundation.org.

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March for Science Chicago – For details: ScienceMarchChicago.org. Sugar Beet Co-op Customer Appreciation Weekend – Apr 22-23. All Sugar Beet members receive 10% and non-owners receive 5% off all non-sale items purchased. Sugar Beet Food Co-op, 812 Madison St, Oak Park. 708-948-7656. SugarBeet.coop.

Soul Ascension and Beginning Out-of-Body Astral Travel – 11am-6pm. Learn about lightbody development and the foundational secrets for becoming one with your indwelling divine self with Steven Hanauer. $65, $55/A.R.E. members. In-depth healing and heart awakening sessions with Steven available by appt Apr 23 for $70/hr. The Edgar Cayce Holistic Center and Bookstore in Unity Northwest Church, 259 E Central Rd, Des Plaines. 847-299-6535. HolisticCenterChicago.com.

Earth Day at Sugar Beet Co-op – 7am-9pm. Sugar Beet is offering fun and meaningful ways to learn more and support our planet. Come meet the farmers who are working to sustainably grow healthy foods, write your “New Earth Year’s Resolution” and post it on our Earth inspiration board, or check out a book from the Oak Park Public Library book bike and learn more about composting, reducing their footprint, and beyond. We will also be donating 5% of our sales this day to an organization or program chosen by the community. Sugar Beet Food Co-op, 812 Madison St, Oak Park. 708-948-7656. SugarBeet.coop.

Earth Day Concert & Fundraiser: Not a Hoax – 6-10pm. Features live music by Air Credits; opening sets by Sidewalk Chalk and DJ Audio Jack; food by chef Abra Berens; cocktails by Paul McGee; wines by Andrew Algren; beer from Lagunitas; and environmental programming by NRDC. The party is a call to action and a fundraiser, seeking to raise awareness about climate change while demanding that lawmakers recognize global warming as a serious, and real, problem. Garfield Park Conservatory, 300 N Central Park Ave, Chicago. Tickets: Ticketfly. com/event/1438745.

Geology of Midewin – 9am. See Apr 1 listing. Midewin Welcome Center, 30239 S State Rte 53, Wilmington. 815-423-6370. fs.usda.gov/midewin.

SUNDAY, APRIL 23

28th Annual Earth Day Parks & Preserves CleanUp – 9am-12pm. Register to be a volunteer at one of the available parks. If you would like to volunteer please sign up for one of the open sites, or join us at Humboldt Park or Kickapoo Woods (Forest Preserves of Cook County) for a larger celebration. More info: fotp.org/events-page/earth-day. Shop Local Fair – 9am-3pm. Choose from an array of fabulous items and services from local small businesses: jewelry; health & fitness; all-natural beauty; art and home décor; photography; home energy efficiency expertise and much more. More than 50 vendors expected. Raffle; bicycle services; food. Sauganash School, 6040 N Kilpatrick Ave, Chicago. Marcia Shapiro: MsShapiro@aol.com. Accessing Infinite Oneness – 9am-4:30pm. Join Eben Alexander, MD, author of Proof of Heaven and The Map of Heaven, and Karen Newell, co-founder of Sacred Acoustics to journey beyond the so-called reality of your five senses in this new workshop. $115. Infinity Foundation, 1280 Old Skokie Rd, Highland Park. 847-831-8828. InfinityFoundation.org. Women of Faith Business Owners – 10am12pm. This Meetup is for strong, powerful, and action-orientated women that want to end the struggle in owning a business and gain the peace and profits that come from God’s Abundance. Pay for own meal and drinks. Free attendance. Cafe K’Tizo, 1915 Gary Ave, Wheaton. 630-677-2649. Gina@FindingGodsPeace.com. Des Plaines Earth Day Celebration – 10am-3pm. Celebrate Earth Day, connect with nature, and show your support for Mother Earth. Includes interactive exhibits, Peace Fire & Water Ceremony and more. All welcome. The Historic Methodist Campground, 1900 E Algonquin Rd, Des Plaines. More info: dpparks.org & Shift2Green.org. Clearing Your Energy Field: A Workshop for Therapists – 10am-5pm. Learn how to establish and maintain a strong clear energy field. Learn practices to prevent energy transfer before it happens, and how to recognize and clear energy transfer after it’s occurred. No prerequisites. $120. 6 CEs for bodywork and social work professionals. Zen Shiatsu Chicago, 825A Chicago Ave, Evanston. 847-864-1130. ZenShiatsuChicago.org.

is designed to help reimagine and recalibrate your life’s purpose. Facilitator Carol Hohle. $45. The Well Spirituality Center, 1515 W Ogden Ave, LaGrange Park. 708-482-5048. csjthewell.org.

TUESDAY, APRIL 25 Experience Shiatsu: A Free Workshop – 10am12:30pm. Shiatsu is a hands-on therapy that relieves tension, maintains the health of the organs, and helps you to cultivate the healthy feeling you want to have in your body. At this event, we’ll empower you with some basic shiatsu techniques that you can share with others. Have a chance to both give and receive shiatsu. Will demo some advanced applications of shiatsu, and we’ll talk a bit about our certification training. No prerequisites. All welcome. Zen Shiatsu Chicago, 825A Chicago Ave, Evanston. 847-864-1130. ZenShiatsuChicago.org.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 26

Ganåhdo’go:nah – Moon of Many Leaves

THURSDAY, APRIL 27

Air Quality Awareness Week Yom Hashoah

Take Our Sons & Daughter to Work Day

World Language Film Festival – Hosted by the nonprofit School & Community Assistance for Recycling and Composting Education (SCARCE). Environmentally themed project funded for high school and college students by the Illinois Science & Energy and Innovation Fund (ISEIF). Juried competition with cash prizes. Studio Movie Grill, 301 Rice Lake Sq, Wheaton For more info, Kay McKeen 630-545-9710 or Kay@scarce.org. scarce.org. Endangered Beauty Exhibit Reception – 1-3pm. Exhibit by award-winning photographer Carol Freeman runs Apr 23-Jun 5. Carol Freeman will be there to answer questions about her project and share information about the fascinating species she has photographed. Free. Brushwood Center at Ryerson Woods, 21950 Riverwoods Rd, Deerfield. 847-404-8508. TeamGreenWeb.org.

savethedate The Phenomenon of Healing – 1-7pm (incl 2 breaks). This film documents the worldwide activities of the Bruno Groening Circle of Friends, providing impressive evidence to confirm that help and healing on the spirictual path are possible today. Admission free; donations appreciated. The Dance Building, 1330 Webford Ave, Des Plaines. Debbie: 773-775-8855. Bruno-Groening-Film. org. NorthAmerica.Bruno-Groening.org.

MONDAY, APRIL 24 Workers Memorial Day

Prairie Wind Family Farm CSA Spring Deliveries Begin – Produce is also available in season at the Oak Park Farmers Market, Chicago restaurants and special farm events. For more info & to sign up for the 2017 CSA season: PrairieWindFamilyFarm.com. The Power of Introspection: Recalibrating Where We Can Make a Difference – 10-11:30am. Also meets May 8 & 22. Are you an empty nester? Have you left the work world recently? Perhaps you’ve recently retired or are thinking about it? This workshop, filled with journaling and reflective exercises,

One Extremely Effective Way to Communicate So You Don’t End Up Doing Everything Yourself – 10am. Facebook Live. Details: Hinmans.com. Primal Oceans Salt Cave & Dinner – 6pm. Secrets to Communicate Effectively with Your Family without Feeling Like the “Bad Cop.” Details: Hinmans.com.

FRIDAY, APRIL 28 Arbor Day

Arbor Day Celebration with The Resiliency Institute – 4-7pm Celebrate Arbor Day while enjoying tacos and locally brewed beer. Event supports the planting of fruit and nut trees throughout our suburban communities. Solemn Oath Brewery, 1661 Quincy Ave, Ste 179, Naperville. TheResiliencyInstitute.net. Good Food Advocate Celebration – 7-10pm. An Angelic Organics Learning Center benefit to support Roots & Wings at Blackhawk Courts Farm & Garden. Join us for good food, live music, beer tasting and more. Prairie Street Brewhouse, 200 Prairie St, Rockford. Tickets & more info: LearnGrowConnect.org.

SATURDAY, APRIL 29 International Dance Day

Learn Animal Communication – 9-11am. To improve your relationship with animal companions. Bring a photo of an animal you can share. Learn how to remedy behavior issues, adoption issues, end of life decisions and more. $25. Mundelein. Details: 312-231-5607 or TheWhispersOfLove.com. Opening Your Psychic Channels: Access Your Higher Self, Guides, and Departed Loved Ones – 9am-5pm. Clairvoyant Linda Schiller-Hanna will offer experiential activities with step-by-step techniques to open your psychic channels. $74/A.R.E. members, $94/nonmembers, pre-registered; $20 higher at door. This field conference event is sponsored the A.R.E. Headquarters. Oakton Community College, Rm 1610, 1500 E Golf Rd, Des Plaines. To register, mention code FE173563: 800-333-4499.

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savethedate SUNDAY, MAY 7 Earth Retreat – 10am-4pm. Spring is a time of fresh beginnings. Join us to renew your Spirit and reconnect with the Earth. Day begins with yoga under the oaks followed by a guided meditation. After lunch will embark on an exploration of deep ecology, using all our senses to engage with life-affirming energies of the natural world around us. Time for journaling and sharing our stories. Led by Greg Rajsky. Please bring a lunch. $65. Tara Retreat, 6603 Oak Hill Dr, Richmond. RSVP: 815-728-1050. RetreatFinder. com/WhiteTaraRetreat. Life Mission Exploration – 2-4pm. A creative space for introspection, uncovering and embracing you and your uniqueness. Recognize your life mission cues. Donation. Inner Balance Office, 350 Pfingsten Rd, Ste 107, Northbrook. RSVP,  Sarah Karnes: 262-745-8362 or Sarah@TheWayOfTheHeart.com. SpiritualNourishment.org.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 10 Answering Your Inner Calling Workshop – 7-9pm. Led by life coach and author, Lisa Espinosa. Follow your Soul’s calling to joyful and fulfilling work. Learn to identify and heal those parts of you that can resist this calling and to embrace your Soul’s wisdom as it leads you to the fulfillment of your life’s purpose. $35. Zero Balancing Wellness Center, 809 Ridge Rd, Ste 200, Wilmette. 847-9209292. zbwellness.com.

SATURDAY, MAY 13 5K Eco-Run – 7:15-8:30, check-in; 9am, race. Run through beautiful Silver Creek Conservation area and help benefit the McHenry county recycling program. Prairieview Education Center, 2112 Behan Rd, Crystal Lake. RotaryEcorun.org.

savethedate SATURDAY, MAY 20 Your Self as your Friend for Midlife Women – 10am-12:30pm. Bring more clarity and compassion to navigating your midlife transition. Make peace with brain fog, hot flashes and mood swings so you can celebrate who you are becoming. $30. Inner Balance Office,  350 Pfingsten Rd, Ste 107, Northbrook. Pre-register, Sarah Karnes: 262-7458362 or Sarah@TheWayOfTheHeart.com. SpiritualNourishment.org.

JUNE 20-22 Mata Amritanandamayi (AMMA) Visiting Chicago – Receive AMMA’s hug (darshan) and blessings. Imagine being immersed in a sea of love and experience Amma’s higher consciousness, her endless devotion to caring for our Earth and anyone truly in need. Programs are free, including music, meditation, food and more. M.A. Center Chicago, 41W501 Keslinger Rd, Elburn. Chicago.Amma.org.

Follow your Yoga Dreams – 10am-4pm. Experience rejuvenation, relaxation and increased flexibility and strength at this day-long hatha yoga program. White Tara Retreat is a place where you can tune out of the chatter of your mind and the world around you, to deepen your practice. A place where life is simpler and time is less urgent, allowing your presence on the mat to take on new dimensions. Yoga instructor, Connie Stepanek. Please bring a lunch. $65. Tara Retreat, 6603 Oak Hill Dr, Richmond. RSVP: 815-728-1050. RetreatFinder. com/WhiteTaraRetreat. Spring Fling at Mystic Moon – 11am-3pm. Special discounts in our metaphysical store as well as tarot cards, aura readings, oracle card readings, local artwork, organic henna tattoos and much more. Back of Lovelight Healing Center, 408 Center St, Grayslake. LovelightHC.com.

FRIDAY, JUNE 9

People’s Climate March Chicago – 12pm. National march across the country to stand up for our communities and climate. 670 W Hubbard, Chicago. More info, Midwest Region Director of Food & Water Watch Jessica Fujan: 773-796-6088 or jfujan@fwwatch.org. Actionetwork.org/events/ peoples-climate-march-chicago?source=widget.

Midwest Women’s Herbal Conference: Honoring the Wise Women of the Past, Present and Future – June 9-11. Speakers: Tammi Sweet, Ubaka Hill, Lisa Ganora, Whapio and Robin Rose Bennett and many more. Over 60 workshops and plants walks, Kids’ Camp and Teen Spiral. Includes pre-conference classes and workshops. Personal growth workshops, singing, dancing, plant walks, meals, swimming, red tent communal space and more. Enter to win a free full conference ticket, including meals & lodging, at NAChicago.com/CHI/Contests. Contest ends Mar 31. Camp Helen Brachman, Almond, WI. For more info: MidwestWomensHerbal.com.

Motivate Your Meridians – 1-4pm. With Teri Calandra and Cindy Huston. Your afternoon journey will begin with a 45-minute meditation designed to help you find your center, and anchor you to the beauty that is your body. From there you start to move with a gentle vinyasa class, followed by a short break. Once you return we slow things down even more with a restorative yoga practice combined with an optional stress reduction auricular (series of 4 points in the year) acupuncture session. Every aspect of the day is built around techniques you can easily remember and incorporate into your everyday life. $35/advance; $40/at door. 4007 N Broadway, Chicago. Registration required: CalandraAcupuncture.com.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 17 Whale Breathing – 7-8:30pm. Join Mary Rondenet as she teaches how to breathe with ease and a sense of connection to the universe. Whale Breathing is a way of establishing and maintaining your connection to spirit through the use of the whale totem. Whales evoke deep calm, memory and clarity. $35. Zero Balancing Wellness Center, 809 Ridge Rd, Ste 200, Wilmette. 847-920-9292. zbwellness.com.

SUNDAY, APRIL 30 Bioregional Herbalism Series Begins – 9:30am3:30pm. Meets one Sun a month for 6 months. Reconnect with the wisdom of our ancestors who relied on plants for nourishment, healing injuries, preventing disease and curing illness. Each class includes plant walks, harvesting, preparing and sampling. The Resiliency Institute, 10S404 Knoch Knolls Rd, Naperville. To register: TheResiliencyInstitute.net.

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Journeys to the Other Side – 10am-1pm. Susan Wisehart, contributing author to Dr. Michael Newton’s book, Memories of the Afterlife, will discuss the between state based on Newton’s regression hypnosis research of over 7,000 people who remembered the afterlife before incarnating again. Learn techniques for cleaning barriers to communicating with your Spirit guides and loved ones, a simple meditation tool to facilitate spirit communication, journey to contact your spirit guides and loved ones who have crossed over, experience a group guided past life regression to discover relationships and lessons carried to this lifetime. $75, $65/10 days advance. Infinity Foundation, 1280 Old Skokie Rd, Highland Park. Register: 847-831-8828 or InfinityFoundation.org. To schedule a private session: 847-458-7878 or SusanWisehart.com. Pioneer of the New Paradigm: A Tribute to the Work of Ervin Laszlo – 12-5pm. Featuring: Premiere of the PBS Film Life of a Modern Day Genius, Ervin Laszlo. Presentations by Ervin Laszlo, Larry Dossey, Jude Currivan, Emanuel Kuntzelman, Allan Leslie Combs, Louis Kauffman, Chris Laszlo & Alexander Laszlo. Post-presentation reception at 4pm with food and drinks. Sponsored by Greenheart. $40/online, $50/at door. Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, 2430 N Cannon Dr, Chicago. More info & to register: GlobalPurposeMovement.com/gather. Sugar Beet Food Co-op Annual Owners Meeting – 2:30-4pm. Meeting agenda will include: a financial report; updates from our General Manager, Chris Roland; updates from our Board President, Peter Nolan; voting for new Board Members. Family friendly event. Enjoy great food, drinks. School of Rock, 219 Lake St, Oak Park. 708-948-7656. SugarBeet.coop.

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daily all month $50 Hand and Feet Restore – Thru Apr. Natural balance rejuvenating treatment combines acupressure massage of hands, forearms, feet and lower legs, exfoliation and moisturizing. Antalee Wellness Spa, 1834-36 Glenview Rd, Glenview. 847-486-1130. Antalee.com. $79.99 Swedish Massage Pedicure – Thru Apr. Enjoy the classic form of a full-body soft tissue massage for 50 mins. Package inc. Antalee’s classic pedicure. Add $10 for deep tissue. Antalee Wellness Spa, 1834-36 Glenview Rd, Glenview. 847-486-1130. Antalee.com. $84.99 90-Min Swedish Massage – Thru Apr. Add $5 for Deep Tissue. Enjoy the classic form of a fullbody soft tissue massage. Excellent for first-time clients. Antalee Wellness Spa, 1834-36 Glenview Rd, Glenview. 847-486-1130. Antalee.com.

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$89 Microdermabrasion with Hydrofacial Combination – Thru Apr. Revolutionary treatment provides instant facelift. Our diamond crystals polish the skin by gently exfoliating and removing the top layer of dead skin cells away in a controlled manner. Antalee Wellness Spa, 1834-36 Glenview Rd, Glenview. 847-486-1130. Antalee.com.

Sip for Suits – 5:30-8:30pm. Join Bridge to Success at Quartino Ristorante for a sophisticated evening of networking and silent auction bidding while enjoying top-of-the-line wine with savory treats. A special treat will be meeting our host, Chef Jon Coletta, Chicago’s first celebrity chef and owner of the trendy Quartino Ristorante. 626 N State St, Chicago. TheBridgeToSuccess.org.

$159.99 Eminence Organic Facial, 50-Min Massage & Pedicure with Guava Passion Treatment – Thru Apr. Add $10 for Deep Tissue. Receive our customized Eminence Organic Facial, the classic form of a full-body, soft-tissue massage and a pedicure with a special Guava Passion Treatment. Antalee Wellness Spa, 1834-36 Glenview Rd, Glenview. 847-486-1130. Antalee.com.

SATURDAY, MAY 6 Elmhurst Art in the Park – May 6 & 7. 10am-5pm. Juried fine art show with approximately 100 artists from the Midwest. Wilder Park, 175 S Prospect Ave, Elmhurst. rglmarketingforthearts.com/elmhurst-artin-the-park. ZwierDigitalArts.com. Herbalism 101 – 10am-5pm. Our very popular introductory herbalism class will be taught by Kathleen Wildwood. Learn the different types of herbal preparations and how to use herbs safely and effectively. Take an herb walk and enjoy a wild salad made in class. $85. Wildwood Institute, 3311 Mound View Rd, Verona, WI. Register: WildwoodInstitute.com. Present Stretch: Intro Session and Training – 10am-6pm. Wholeness practitioners, experience a new modality. The Love Warrior Studio and Sanctuary, 1809 Lincoln St, Evanston. Illuminating Alternatives: 646-416-0013.

Complimentary Anti-Aging Consultation and Skin Analysis – With Dr. Promila Banerjee. Learn about the new revolutionary Scition® Dual Wavelength, the most advanced FDA-approved hybrid laser along with Broadband Light. Zero downtime. Halo Laser & Aesthetic Medicine, Waukegan Rd, Northfield. 847-260-7300. ChicagoHalo.com. Free Communication, Cognition or Swallowing Screening – 7-10pm. By appt Mon-Fri during the 2nd week of each month. For all persons 18 and over. Your skills quickly assessed by a licensed and certified speech-language pathologist. Payne Wellness Center, 830 E Higgins, Ste 111Z, Schaumburg.  847-275-8517. PayneWellnessCenter.abmp.com. Gyrotonic Private Sessions – Thru Apr. Sessions on the machine by appointment. Spyrl Chicago, 1781 Green Bay Rd, Highland Park. 773-814-2071. SpyrlChicago.com. Herbal Apprenticeships: Now Taking Applications – Wildwood Institute is now accepting applications for our renowned herbal apprenticeship program, which meets once a month for a year starting in May

2017. This hands-on, comprehensive, collegiate-level program is designed to teach you how to use herbs intelligently, effectively and safely for yourself and your family. For those who are interested in a career in herbalism, or professional applications of herbalism, the first year will also give you a base for our Advanced and Clinical programs (2nd & 3rd year). Wildwood Institute, 3311 Mound View Rd, Verona, WI. To apply: WildwoodInstitute.com.  New Balance Shoe Trade-In Sale – Thru Apr. Bring in any used shoes to donate, and save $10-$15 on a fresh new pair of New Balance shoes for walking, running or working out. All the collected shoes will be donated to these Waukegan charities: The Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Center and the Holy Family Soup Kitchen and Homeless Shelter. 610 Central Ave, Highland Park. 847-266-8323. Sugar Beet Co-op Owner Drive – Thru Apr. Special incentives to become a member of the Sugar Beet this month. Sugar Beet Food Co-op, 812 Madison St, Oak Park. 708-948-7656. SugarBeet.coop.

weekly Classes in Applied Metaphysics – 7:30-10:30pm. Know the creator within you. Practice concentration, visualization, dream interpretation, and meditation with classmates and a teacher. Meet each week to receive Universal Truth. New class every month. $20. School of Metaphysics, 5021 W Irving Park Rd, Chicago. 773-427-0155.

sunday Sunday Celebration Services – 9 & 11am. Led by Greg Barrette and featuring music by Megon McDonough. Unity Northwest is a center for spiritual growth, offering tools for living at every level of expression. Free-will offering. Unity Northwest, 259 E Central Rd, Des Plaines. 847-297-0997. UnityNorthwest.org. Bioregional Herbalism Series – 9:30am-3:30pm. 4th Sun. Registration open, begins Apr 30. Reconnect with the wisdom of our ancestors who relied on plants for nourishment, healing injuries, preventing disease and curing illness. Each course includes lecture, discussion, hands-on practice with harvesting and making remedies, weed walks to meet plants in their homes and time to cultivate and reconnect with nature’s wisdom. $495/6 mos. The Resiliency Institute, 10S404 Knoch Knolls Rd, Naperville. 630425-4285. TheResiliencyInstitute.net. Northshore Artisan Market – Thru May. 10am2pm. 1st & 3rd Sun; 2nd & 4th Sun in Apr. Pastured meat and eggs, craft food, bread, fish, cheese, artisanal desserts, produce and flowers. Indoor market.

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The Barn at Paulus Park, 200 S Rand Rd, Lake Zurich. Facebook.com/NorthshoreArtisanMarket. Time to Dance – 10:30-11:30am. Also Tues, 1:302:30pm & Fri, 1-2pm. A ballet class for people age 55 and over. First class free. Drop-ins welcome; pre-registration requested. North Shore School of Dance, 505 Laurel Ave, Highland Park. Register: DanceForJoy16@gmail.com. Midewin Ranger Hike to Bison Pasture – AprOct 29. 11am-12pm. Also Sat. You may or may not spot the bison, but you will learn about Midewin’s unique past, present and future in a fun, interactive way, and learn about the dynamics of these fascinating creatures. No reservations required. Meet at the Iron Bridge Trailhead. Midewin Welcome Center, 30239 S State Rte 53, Wilmington. 815-423-6370. fs.usda.gov/midewin. Endless Waves: 5Rhythms Embodied Movement Practice/Conscious Dance – 11am-1pm. Explore the 5Rhythms (flowing, staccato, chaos, lyrical and stillness) using all styles of music in a welcoming community. Each event begins with a warmup, followed by a short discourse or instruction and then time for unguided movement. $20, $180/10 sessions. 4146 N Elston, Chicago. 815-788-8553.  Mandala-cfta.org. Yoga for Strength and Silence – 12-1:30pm. Enjoy a rejuvenating hatha class closed with restorative poses and guided meditation. Align body and mind for the days ahead. $10. Urban Escape Healing, 1049 N Ashland Ave, Chicago. 312-547-9247. UrbanEscapeHealing.com. Ecstatic Dance – 1-3pm. Gather in our sacred space, set intention, move, dance, sweat, let go, energize. It’s a fun free-form workout meditation. $15 or class pass. Heaven Meets Earth Yoga, 2746 Central St, Evanston. 847-475-1500. HeavenMeetsEarthYoga.com. Discover the Healing Abilities of the Ancient Practice of Qigong – 2-4:30pm. With Keith Brewer, ACTQA Certified. Free classes introducing anyone interested to qigong and taiji to come and try them, or experienced practitioners to practice their skills. Open to everyone. Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, 65 E Wacker Pl, 17th Fl, Chicago. 866-276-0717. PacificCollege.edu.

monday Gluten-Free Monday – 10am-8pm. All gluten-free grocery items 10% off all-day long. Free. Earthly Goods Health Foods, 6951 Grand Ave, Gurnee. 847-855-9677. Earthly-Goods.com. Community Acupuncture – 11am-1pm. $20-$40. Nirvana Naturopathics, 1500 Shermer Rd, Ste LL29, Northbrook. 847-508-1470. NirvanaNaturopathics.com.

markyourcalendar Footbath Detox Mondays – 11am-6pm. Sluggishness, fatigue, low energy and poor sleep? A 30-min ionic footbath stimulates cells to release toxins and rebalance the cellular system that is responsible for overall health. The process continues after the toxins are dislodged during treatment, allowing your entire body to function optimally. Save $10. Nutritional Health Solutions, 480 Elm Pl, Ste 108, Highland Park. 847-207-2034. DigestiveHealthSolutions.com.

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Mindfulness Meditation – 7:30-8pm. A true beginner’s meditation class to help explore a diverse range of concentration and meditation techniques from the kriya yoga tradition. No experience required. Free. Aayu Clinics, Lakeview Immediate Care, 1645 W School St, Chicago. 773-227-3669. LakeviewImmediateCare.com/aayu-yoga.

tuesday Beginning Mat Pilates – 10-11am. Amanda Kantor, Certified Pilates Instructor, leads a beginning level mat Pilates exercise class. Limited enrollment. $100/4 wks. re:fit, 901 Waukegan Rd, Glenview. For more info & appt: 847-657-0881. ReFitInc.com. Community Acupuncture – 1-2pm. $20-$40. Nirvana Naturopathics, 1500 Shermer Rd, Ste LL29, Northbrook. 847-508-1470. NirvanaNaturopathics.com. Time to Dance – 1:30-2:30pm. See Sun listing. North Shore School of Dance, 505 Laurel Ave, Highland Park. Register: DanceForJoy16@gmail.com. Plant Clinic Hours – 2-4pm. Held year round. Gardening or houseplant questions? Our horticulturist can help. Bring in photos or a sample of your plant for identification or disease diagnostics. Complimentary houseplant potting service available, for a suggested donation. You provide the plant and pot and we provide the soil and expertise. Oak Park Conservatory, 615 Garfield St, Oak Park. 708-725-2400. pdop.org. Shiatsu Student Clinic – 7 or 8pm. Clients receive a 45-min session from an advanced Zen Shiatsu student. Sessions are performed in a group setting with instructor observation. $35/45-min or $90/3 treatments. Zen Shiatsu Chicago, 825A Chicago Ave, Evanston. Availability limited; for appts: 847-864-1130. ZenShiatsuChicago.org. Tai Chi Class – 8:15pm. See Sat listing. Whole Health Acupuncture, 50 Turner Ave, Elk Grove Village. 847-357-3929. WholeHealthPrograms.com.

wednesday Happy Hour Free Acupuncture – 11am-12pm. Initial evaluation and treatment for instant pain relief or any health concerns. For videos look up Deerfield Community Acupuncture on YouTube. The best doctor is in your body. Get well naturally. Free. Deerfield Community Acupuncture, 405 Lake Cook Rd, Ste 211, Deerfield. 847-845-4090. DeerfieldCommunityAcupuncture.com. Community Acupuncture – 11am-1pm. $20-$40. Nirvana Naturopathics, 1500 Shermer Rd, Ste LL29, Northbrook. 847-508-1470. NirvanaNaturopathics.com. Healing Circle with Mark Earlix – 7-9:30pm. Your opportunity to become free from your body’s distress, aches, pains or sickness. No RSVP needed. Free. Unity Church of Evanston, 3434 Central St, Evanston. Info: 888-380-6388. MarkEarlix.com. Move and Include: Open Floor Embodied Movement Practice/Conscious Dance – 7:15-9:15pm. A movement practice that explores what it means to be a fully embodied being, physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually. Through movement, we find ways to connect more deeply with ourselves and each other and develop resources to help us live a move balanced, embodied life. $20, $180/10 sessions. 54 Brink St, Crystal Lake. 815-788-8553.  Mandala-cfta.org.

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thursday Community Acupuncture – 1-2pm. $20-$40. Nirvana Naturopathics, 1500 Shermer Rd, Ste LL29, Northbrook. 847-508-1470. NirvanaNaturopathics.com. Create Health Everyday – 7pm. 3rd Thurs. Looking for new approaches to live naturally in the modern world? Need support in making healthier choices? Want to share your ideas about what works? Then Creating Health Everyday is for you. Creating health is a not a single choice, but an everyday process with each choice contributing to the result. To make it easier, join us as we support each other in our journey to better health using natural medicine. Share your ideas and learn new information in a supportive group setting. Free. World Tree Natural Medicine, 17W703 Butterfield Rd, Ste F, Oakbrook Terrace. 630-359-5522. WorldTree@ comcast.net. TheHealingPowerOfNature.com. Supercharge Your Love – Thru Apr 27. 7-8:30pm. In this series, learn Buddhist methods to make a heartfelt connection with everyone, enjoy an attitude of gratitude, experience the joy of being kind, and cultivate a balanced, happy mind. Each class includes guided meditation, teaching and discussion. No registration or prior experience required. Everyone welcome. $10. KMC Chicago in Oak Park, 13 Harrison St, Oak Park. 708-763-0132. MeditateInChicago.org.

friday Stretch Fridays – 10am-5pm. Chain Reflex Stretch Therapy can help you mover better and feel better. Whether you sit at a desk all day, work around the house, play sports, or you’re a weekend warrior. These activities can often lead to unwanted stiffness and joint pain, which can cause injury’s due to lack of mobility and flexibility. Stretching benefits: reduce pain especially in lower back and neck; improve flexibility and mobility; reduce risk of injuries; release endorphins which are natural pain suppressants; decrease stress and muscle soreness. 3330 Dundee Rd, Ste S5, Northbrook. For an appt: 847-272-3700. WholeHealthNorthShore.com. Community Acupuncture – 11am-1pm. $20-$40. Nirvana Naturopathics, 1500 Shermer Rd, Ste LL29, Northbrook. 847-508-1470. NirvanaNaturopathics.com. Time to Dance – 1-2pm. See Sun listing. North Shore School of Dance, 505 Laurel Ave, Highland Park. Register: DanceForJoy16@gmail.com. Mindfulness & Wellness: Managing Stress, Creating Health, Encouraging Balance – 1:15-2:30pm. With Archana Lal-Tabak, MD, and Jim Lal-Tabak. Learn about the mind-body connection and a variety of mindfulness exercises. Experience natural stress reduction strategies and tools. Each class is self-contained and a new wellness-educational topic and mindfulness technique presented every week. Scholarships and work study available. Drop-ins welcome. $108/4 sessions, $30/drop-in. Heart of Transformation Wellness Institute, 1618 Orrington Ave, Ste 206, Evanston. RSVP: 847-425-9355, LalTabak@mac.com. 


saturday Weekly Beer and Wine Making Classes – Make a batch of your choice with the guidance of our instructors. You’ll be sipping and sharing your own fine beverages you will be proud of. Wild Blossom Meadery, 9030 S Hermitage Ave, Chicago. 773-233-7579. WildBlossom@Bev-Art.com. WildBlossomMeadery.com. Join the Centennial Volunteers – Sat & Sun. Be a part of forest and river revitalization by joining an inspiring movement of volunteers gathering to restore 7 special sites along the Chicago and Calumet rivers. To find a group, Ilana Federman: 312356-9990 or Ilana@fotfp.org. Dates & locations:  fotfp.org/event/centennial.

Ki-Hara Resistance Stretching Class – 9-10am. Stretch and strengthen your hips and shoulders using the revolutionary flexibility method, Ki-Hara. Increase range of motion and decrease pain in half the time of yoga. $5 for first class. Stretch Chi, 410 S Michigan Ave, Ste 841, Chicago. Advance registration required: 773-750-5031. StretchChi.com. Woodstock Winter Farmers’ Market – Thru Apr. 9am-1pm. 1st & 3rd Sat. Shop for fresh produce and local products all winter long. McHenry County Fairgrounds, Bldg D, 11900 Country Club Rd, Woodstock. WoodstockFarmersMarket.org.

Mighty House Radio Program – 7-10am. Funny, friendly experts with answers and ideas to help with all of your home improvement projects. Join Ron Cowgill, Robbie Ehrhardt, Rich Cowgill and the Mighty House team each Saturday morning to get help with all your home improvement and repair issues. On 1590 WCGO AM, 1590WCGO.com & MightyHouse.net.

Get a Joyful Workout with Nia – 9:30-10:30am. Moms! Artists! Entrepreneurs! Nia is a beautiful blend of simple steps and free dance, where anything goes movement wise. Combining martial arts, dance arts, and healing arts, each Nia class tunes your mind and spirit as it tones your body. Take a dash of tai chi, a sprinkle of yoga, a splash of jazz dance, add some playful shouts and calming breaths and bake or sizzle for 55 mins at your desired temperature. All ages, all abilities. Low-impact, barefoot. Wear something stretchy and get ready for the sweetest sweat ever. Also on Tues and Thurs. Your first week of classes is just $7. $14. Raydiant Day Center, 1400 Greenleaf St, Evanston. 847-869-6477. RaydiantDay.com.

Tai Chi Class – 8:45am. Also Tues, 8:15pm. Reduce stress; increase flexibility and balance; improve muscle strength and definition; increase energy; stamina and agility. Wear flat-soled shoes and loose fitting clothes. $10/class. Whole Health Acupuncture, 50 Turner Ave, Elk Grove Village. 847-357-3929. WholeHealthPrograms.com.

Metabolic Balance – 9:30-10:30am. Healthy weight loss through personalized all-natural nutritional program. If you are serious about taking steps forward to achieve a healthy lifestyle and your ideal weight make your intention a realty. Free consultation ($150 value). Mind Body Health Center, 6650 N Northwest Hwy, Ste 215, Chicago. For appt: 773-614-6454.

Edible Wild Plants Certificate Course – 9:30am3:30pm. 3rd Sat. Over the course of 10 months learn 200 edible wild plants that grow in our bioregion through classroom and home study, 20 hrs of guided plant walks, and by eating and preparing recipes every class. Earn a certificate and an edible wild plants recipe book. $660/10 mos. The Resiliency Institute, 10S404 Knoch Knolls Rd, Naperville. 630-425-4285. TheResiliencyInstitute.net. The Mike Nowak Show Radio Program – 10-11am. Weekly local radio show focused on gardening and the environment, with lots of humor to wake us up on a Saturday. Author and master gardener Mike Nowak and cohost Peggy Malecki feature a variety of guests and weatherman/climate scientist Rick DiMaio in live show on 1590 WCGO AM, also available in podcast on MikeNowak.net and podcast apps, and streaming live on 1590WCGO.com and the TuneIn and Stitcher radio apps. Midewin Ranger Hike – Apr-Oct 29. 11am-12pm. See Sun listing. Meet at the Iron Bridge Trailhead. Midewin Welcome Center, 30239 S State Rte 53, Wilmington. 815-423-6370. fs.usda.gov/midewin. Community Acupuncture – 11am-1pm. $20-$40. Nirvana Naturopathics, 1500 Shermer Rd, Ste LL29, Northbrook. 847-508-1470. NirvanaNaturopathics.com.

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ACUPUNCTURE WHOLE HEALTH ACUPUNCTURE 50 E Turner Ave, Elk Grove Village 847-357-3929 WholeHealthPrograms.com

Offering community acupuncture on a sliding scale from $15-$40. Acupuncture is most effective when done consistently and for a full course of treatment. This brings faster relief, so you can get back to work and the things that you enjoy. Pricing lets you afford to have acupuncture simply because it feels good.

WORLD TREE NATURAL MEDICINE

Wm Thor Conner, ND, LMT Kristina Conner, ND, MSOM 17W703-F Butterfield Rd, Oakbrook Terrace 630-359-5522 TheHealingPowerOfNature.com Acupuncture is an effective, noninvasive therapy; when combined with naturopathic medicine, there is almost nothing that can’t be addressed. Dr. Kristina Conner has more than a decade of experience healing patients and improving lives.

ANIMAL COMMUNICATION WHISPERS OF LOVE

Linda Roberts 312-231-5607 Linda@TheWhispersOfLove.com TheWhispersOfLove.com Helping people and animals to heal their past, present, and to live healthy lives is Linda’s passion. Animal Communication provides assistance with behavioral issues, recent adoptions, illnesses, allergies, medical concerns and more. Communication coupled with energy work may benefit all family members. Linda performs and teaches energy sessions, animal communication, shamanism, reiki and belly dance.

BODYWORK ROTH STRUCTURAL INTEGRATION

Diane Roth, BCSI Highland Park, 60035 847-533-3213 • RothSI.com Structural Integration (SI) realigns, rebalances and re-educates the body through manual therapy and movement education. Chronic pain, bad posture, tired and achy bodies are signs that the body is out of balance. SI benefits include decreased pain, injury rehabilitation, improved posture, ease in movement, and increased flexibility and stamina.

ALLERGY RELIEF CALANDRA CENTER FOR HEALTH AND WELLNESS

2015 S Arlington Hts Rd, Ste 111 Arlington Hts 60005 312-515-9492 CalandraAcupuncture.com Offering a variety of modalities to help you feel better, including NAET Allergy Elimination, acupuncture and Reiki. We thrive to work with your primary medical doctors to offer the highest quality complimentary care and welcome patients who haven’t found relief through traditional Western medicine. Also offering informational and certification classes.

LISA SULLIVAN, MD

Specializing in Pediatric & Adult Allergy, Asthma & Immunology Buffalo Grove 847-541-4878 Vernon Hills 224-656-5279 LisaSullivanMD.com Dedicated to the highest standards in allergy, asthma and immunology care, we strive to maintain a patient-centered focus while providing comprehensive and quality service. All ages and ailments are welcome, and will benefit from our holistic and integrative approach to immune support and sleep. Member: North Shore Independent Physician Coalition. See ad on page 21.

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ZEN SHIATSU CHICAGO

825 Chicago Ave, Evanston 60202 847-864-1130  ZenShiatsuChicago.org You’ll feel the stress melt away like the snow in spring through our relaxation-focused shiatsu massage practice, which offers the same energizing benefits as acupuncture combined with the restorative power of yoga poses. Dress in cozy threads, shiatsu is performed on fully clothed clients. Professional and student therapists available. See ad on back cover.

ZERO BALANCING WELLNESS CENTER

Mary H. Murphy, LMT, CZB, CST-D 809 Ridge Rd, Ste 200, Wilmette 60091 847-920-9292 • ZBWellness.com Zero Balancing (ZB) works with the flow of chi through the skeletal system. Gentle, and energizing, a ZB session leaves the client with a wonderful feeling of body-mind integration and energized relaxation. ZB can help relieve body pain, emotional distress and boost well-being. Received clothed, ZB addresses the whole person.

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BRAIN HEALTH NOWSTUDIO.CO

Logan Square location 773-413-0749 NowStudio8@gmail.com Safe, gentle and highly effective, CranioSacral therapy, helps you heal from the inside out. It quiets the mind and helps relax the nervous system, which allows the body to start working on healing. Upledger trained. Over 18 yrs experience. People are often amazed at how much of a difference they feel after several sessions. Even one session can leave you “floating.”

MARNY TURVILL, MD Evanston 60201 847-644-8540 DrMarny@gmail.com DrMarny.com

Has your life been taken over by PTSD, a concussion or other TBI, chemical sensitivities, anxiety, or a child with learning or behavior problems? If you are ready to take back control and thrive, contact Dr. Marny now! You can feel better, think better and behave better without medications!

CERTIFIED FUNCTIONAL MEDICINE PETER KOZLOWSKI M.D. 92 Turner Ave, Elk Grove Village 60007 847-626-5758 Doc-Koz.com

Have you have been dealing with chronic health issues on your own for years? You’ve gone to your medical doctor but their solution has been to take a pill and exercise more? Explore Functional Medicine. Together we will find out what makes you unique and I will help you heal naturally focusing on nutrition, gut health, digestion, hormones and environmental factors.

DR. IRINA TUTUNIKOV, DO

Healthyon Institute 2700 Patriot Blvd, Ste 250, Glenview 60026 847-656-5824, 847-232-9932 HealthyonInstitute.com Dr. Tutunikov focuses on managing complex chronic diseases through personalized application of functional medicine. Her specialties include nutrigenomics, genetics, bio-identical hormones and environmental and sports medicine. Also nutrition, infertility, obesity, diabetes, thyroid, cardio-vascular diseases, autoimmunity, GI disturbances, headaches, anxiety, depression, holistic pain management. Offering advanced metabolic testing and detoxification as well as Osteopathy.


CHRONIC PAIN RELIEF MICHAEL AMENDOLARA, MD

Chronic Pain Elimination Specialist & Neuro Linguistic Programming Master Practitioner 908-625-8673 Info@FreedomNowMD.com FreedomNowMD.com Tried everything and still in pain? When other traditional and even alternative treatments have failed to resolve chronic physical or emotional pain issues my holistic mindbody-spirit and mindfulness techniques are extremely effective. Free, no risk consultation. I work with people located anywhere in the USA & anywhere in the world by telephone & Skype.

COACHING & COUNSELING CLEAR CENTER COACHING Rev. Jacki Belile, CPC LivingWellMinistries.net “Clear the Clutter, Find Your SELF”

Are you overwhelmed with the demands of your full life or the bold decisions that beckon you? Do you need help living from your core values (Center) in your high-stress leadership role? I specialize in customized plans for slowing down, listening deeply and acting decisively—day in and day out. Single sessions and discount packages both available to meet your needs.

RESOLUTIONS COACHING & CERTIFICATION TRAINING Tim Marshall, Hypnosis/NLP Trainer 25 E Washington • 233 E Erie 312-854-2270 Tim@ResolutionChicago.com

Achieve higher performance and motivation. Do you want peace of mind eliminating uncontrollable fear, anxiety, stress, sadness? Or are you hungry for inner calm? Stop smoking. Eat less. Reduce compulsiveness. Enjoy life more with greater success. 30+ years hypnosis and NLP experience. Free phone consultation. Near Millennium Park & Northwestern Memorial Hospital.

GINA SANNASARDO

Life Coach for Women of Faith Business Owners 630-677-2649 FindingGodsPeace.com I help women of faith who are stuck, broken and exhausted (even though they are brilliant) and can’t figure out why. I show them a powerful path to end the struggle and create powerful profits and amazing freedom by infusing their faith into every area of their business and life.

CRYSTAL HEALING

EFT (EMOTIONAL FREEDOM TECHNIQUES)

ROSLEY’S ROCKS AND GEMS

4344 N Western Ave, Chicago 60618 773-561-7200 • CrystalMaster.com

TOM MASBAUM, EFTADVANCED

Founded in June of 1993, we are the premier mineralogical boutique store in Chicago, specializing in geological specimens and ancient healing stones. We are a multigenerational family business. Owner and founder Steven Rosley uses his expertise in the physical and spiritual restorative properties of gemstones to bring you The Center, a place for education, healing, meditation and shopping. Check out extensive selection of chakra stones and make sure to stop in for one of our classes, workshops or events.

DANCE FOR HEALTH

708-955-3634 EFTWithTom@gmail.com EFT-Tom.com EFT, Emotional Freedom Techniques, is a simple, gentle and very effective tapping procedure on the acupuncture spots, or acupuncture without needles. In individual EFT sessions Tom offers a 100% guarantee of success or no charge. 6,000 individual sessions, mostly on the phone. Emotional and many physical issues fade away. Initial call free.

ESSENTIAL OILS

CBG INSTITUTE FOR DANCE & HEALTH

doTERRA ESSENTIAL OILS

North Shore School of Dance 505 Laurel Ave, Highland Park 60035 DanceForJoy16@gmail.com

Allison Lutze AllisonLutze@gmail.com MyDoterra.com/AllisonLutze

Discover the healing art of dance in ballet-based classes. Dance is proven to have both physical and psychological benefits. Two current classes: Dance for Joy for cancer survivors, and Time to Dance for those 55 years or older. Taught by dancer teacher Lisa Gold and Lynne Chervony Belsky, MD. See ad on page 7.

Interested in using essentials oils to nurture beauty and compliment healthy life? Schedule a session or host a group class today. Hosts receive a free Family Essentials Kit ($125 value) with $35 membership. Email me for details and scheduling.

FAIRS AND EXPOS ENLIGHTENED BALANCE CHAKRA SPA

DIGESTIVE HEALTH SPECIALIST

30 N Williams, Brink Street Market, Ste F Crystal Lake 815-307-1180 EnlightenedBalance.com

RENEÉ S. BARASCH, LDHS

480 Elm Place, Ste 108, Highland Park 60035 847-207-2034 • DigestiveHealthSolutions.com Digestive problems? Acid Reflux/ GERD, IBS, Crohn’s, colitis? Let us help you naturally achieve nutritional balance, feel better and enhance the quality of your life. Improve digestion while reducing discomfort and bloating so you can eat the foods you love again. Certified digestive health specialist/enzyme therapist. See ad on page 9.

Enlightened Balance is a Spiritual Boutique, Rock Shop and Chakra Spa hosting a monthly Psychic Holistic Fair and Artist Trunk Show. Upcoming dates: Apr 8-9, May 1314, June 10-11, July 8-9, Aug 12-13, Sept 9-10, Oct 14-15, Nov 11-12, Dec 9-10.

GREEN CLEANING PRODUCTS EXTREME ENERGY SOLUTIONS, INC.

ENERGY HEALING

Info@ExtremeKleaner.com ExtremeKleaner.com

NOWSTUDIO.CO

Logan Square location 773-413-0749 NowStudio8@gmail.com Intuitive healer, Nors can help you learn more about your true self and its needs. Balance your chakras, and learn how to help them. Connect with your angels and spirit guides and clear the negative energy away so you can be your best self. I often use astrology in my work and sometimes healing modalities like cupping and reflexology. Unblock your creativity and move forward.

Visit ExtremeKleaner.com to get your free sample of Extreme Kleaner, a non-toxic biodegradable multi-purpose cleaner-degreaser aimed to improve air and water quality and reduce negative influences on the environment. See ad on page 5.

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GYROTONIC & GYROKENESIS SPYRL

1781 Green Bay Rd, Highland Park 60035 847-348-0822 SpyrlChicago.com GYROTONIC® and  GYROKINESIS® exercises work for everyone: youth, adult, seniors, injured, back pain, underexercised, weekend warriors and elite athletes. Enjoy this natural way to gain flexibility and mobility, taught by licensed senior trainer and studio director Amy Pena. Call today to schedule individual and group training sessions. See ad on page 13.

HOLISTIC DENTISTRY DR. ALLA AVER, DDS

2400 Ravine Way, Suite 400, Glenview 60025 847-998-5100 GlenviewSmiles.com Stay healthy with a whole-body, preventative care approach. We use non-fluoridated ozonated water, periodontal herbal treatments, and gluten-free herbal paste. Restorative options include: safe amalgam removal, BPA-free fillings and sealants, non-metal crowns and bridges, sleep apnea and TMJ appliances, and non-acrylic night guards, partials and dentures. Our conservative approach includes: digital X-rays and intraoral camera, non-surgical gum therapies including laser and ozone, and herbal irrigation. Material reactivity testing, saliva pH and microscopic plaque analysis are available. Our natural approach includes dental homeopathy, craniosacral therapy, and nutritional counseling. Dental discount plan available and PPO insurance plans accepted. See ad on page 22.

K. BOEHM, DDS, & ASSOCIATES

1585 N Barrington Rd, Ste 106, Hoffman Estates 60069 847-884-1220 1440 Maple Ave, Ste 2A Lisle 60532 630-810-1280 • KBoehmDDS.com

State-of-the-art holistic methods of dental care in a relaxed environment. Having extensive knowledge of the correlation between oral and overall health, Dr Boehm offers bio-friendly materials compatible with your body. Services include mercury-free fillings and crowns or bridges, safe mercury removal, fluoride-free office, electrodermal screening, homeopathy, cranial osteopathy, orthodontics and jaw orthopedics, laser treatment of gum disease and ozone therapy.

HOLISTIC DENTISTRY CHICAGO Elizabeth Strzelecka, DDS 7460 W Belmont, Chicago 60634 773-745-3636

As a Biological dentist, I recognize the impact of toxic substances and only use materials and procedures that are systemically compatible with your body. We offer a wide variety of procedures from general to cosmetic, ozone therapy, laser dentistry, safe mercury removal, TScan bite adjustment for TMJ, Earthing chair, infrared sauna and restoration of porcelain implants, all in a safe and relaxing atmosphere.

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MIDWEST INTEGRATIVE DENTISTRY 11952 Oak Creek Pkwy, Huntley 60142 847-659-8500 • MidwestDentistry.com

Dr. Sukel is a holistic general dentist, cosmetically restoring teeth without mercury or fluoride. Our digital X-rays and CT cone beam provide 3-D views for detailed diagnosis of root canals, laser gum treatment, missing teeth, implants and dentures. Sleep appliances and TMJ treatments for head and neck pain are also available.

WRIGLEYVILLE DENTAL

Dr. Bernice Teplitsky, DDS, PC 3256 N Ashland, Chicago 60657 773-975-6666 WrigleyvilleDental.com In addition to state-of-the-art technology and methods offered by most holistic dentists (microscopes, ozone therapy, etc.), we treat you as a partner. We thoroughly explain your unique situation, provide treatment options and keep you comfortable with Netflix, music and paraffin wax treatments. Located off the Brown line. Free garage parking.

HOLISTIC EYE CARE EVANSTON EYE WELLNESS Deana LaBrosse, OD 716 Main St, Evanston 60202 847-350-7952 EvanstonEyeWellness.com

Healthy eyes, “Look Great, See Great and Feel Great!” We help get you there by providing a highly personalized eye examination with a holistic approach. In addition to glasses and contacts, we offer medical eye care and a Dry Eye Treatment Center. All ages welcome. Insurance accepted.

HOLISTIC HEALTH PRACTITIONER TOM MASBAUM, EFT-ADVANCED

708-955-3634 EFTWithTom@gmail.com EFT-Tom.com EFT, Emotional Freedom Techniques, is a gentle, simple yet very successful process for releasing emotional and many physical symptoms. Every session, mostly on the phone, has a guarantee of success. It is that wonderful. Over 6,000 individual sessions and hundreds of classes over the last 11 years. Tom Masbaum, EFT Advanced, is the Founder of EFT With A Guarantee.

RE:FIT-RESTORING AND ENHANCING THROUGH FITNESS AND INTEGRATIVE THERAPIES Loribeth Cohen, PT Studio Director Mimi Abrams, PT 910 Waukegan Rd, Glenview 60025 847-657-0881 • refitinc.com

At re:fit, we believe that the body and mind interact to create health or “dis-ease.” We address both the underlying causes of pain and the body’s potential for healing. We offer many techniques for treatment and encourage the client to engage in their process of healing by combining physical therapy, IMT and exercise. Feel the difference!

WHOLE LIFE CHIROPRACTIC Christopher Codina, DC 2500 W Higgins Rd, Ste 420 Hoffman Estates 60169 WholeLifeChiroHE.com

Constantly foam rolling or taking meds to get through the day, just for it to come back? Learn how something that is easily treated and commonly found in the body may be the reason for your pain. Schedule your free consultation today to learn more. Conveniently located and insurance accepted.

HOLISTIC MEDICINE DR. NICK LEROY, DC, MS

Illinois Center for Progressive Medicine 1002 W Lake St, Chicago 60607 312-243-3338 • DrNick.net Dr. LeRoy has 20 years of experience in collaborating with his patients to determine why they are not well. He specializes in investigative work that includes a detailed discussion, examination and laboratory testing, then creates an integrative treatment plan that often includes diet and nutrition changes, acupuncture, chiropractic and other lifestyle modifications. Dr. LeRoy is best known for breast thermography, HPV treatment and GI problems.

DR. KIM MARTIN, DC, FASA, BCIM, CFMP, CGP

North Shore Health Solutions LTD 1446 Techny Rd, Northbrook 60062 847-715-9060 NorthShoreHealthSolutions.com Are your hands or feet burning? Do you have numbness or tingling or pain? Problems sleeping? Are you having regular bowel movements or digestion problems? Previously diagnosed with a Neuropathy condition? Did you know that these issues can all be related?

Great advertising opportunities for all budgets. Call us at 847-858-3697 for more information.

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HOLISTIC SERVICES ENLIGHTENED BALANCE CHAKRA SPA 30 N Williams, Brink Street Market, Ste F, Crystal Lake 815-307-1180 EnlightenedBalance.com

Enlightened Balance Chakra Spa offers energy work everyday by appointment or walk-in. Call or check out our website for today’s offerings.

INTEGRATIVE MEDICINE LAKEVIEW INTEGRATIVE MEDICINE Silvia Panitch, MD, Medical Director 3344 N Ashland Ave, Chicago 60657 773-525-6595   LakeviewIntegrativeMedicine.com

Balance your spiritual, emotional, psychological and physical well-being, and get the tools to heal. We integrate Western medicine methods of functional and internal medicine with modalities including acupuncture, biofeedback, chiropractic, nutrition, enzymes, amino acids, bio-identical hormones, homeopathy and neurotransmitters. Specializing in women’s health, weight control, pain management, gastrointestinal issues, adrenal fatigue and food allergies.

INTEGRATIVE PSYCHOTHERAPY DAVID H. JOHNSON, LCSW

847-475-3017, voicemail David@DavidHJohnsonLcsw.com DavidHJohnsonLcsw.com David’s body-centered, holistic approach is designed for health, healing and recovery of one’s authentic self. By accessing the body’s truth, there will be: relief from anxiety, alleviation of guilt and self-criticism, relaxation of body tension/discomfort, inner peace and greater spiritual awareness. Call for a free initial consultation or find further his website. 

ELLEN KATZ, MS, LMFT

Clinical Director, Inner Balance Northbrook, Chicago, Palm Springs 847-224-0244 InnerBalanceNow.com Ellen’s 30 years of experience as a psychotherapist integrates a conscious approach to healing old patterns through a mix of trauma and mindfulness-based psychotherapies, HMR, Lifeline, The Work (Byron Katie), energy medicine and somatic awareness. Join Meetup.com “Inner Balance Meditation” for updates on her events, and visit her at EllenKatz.net.

INFINITY FOUNDATION

KATE WILAMSKA, LCSW, CT

1280 Old Skokie Rd, Highland Park 60035 847-831-8828 • InfinityFoundation.org

IADC, EMDR, Hypnosis 847-212-4499 voice/text in English & po polsku HealingOurLosses.com

If you suffer due to losses of health, job, relationship, loved one, faith or life purpose, I will help you transform what remains, so you can be the person you were meant to be and to live a better life. I cannot change the past, but we can work together to improve your future.

INTUITIVE CONSULTATION HEATHER FAUN BASL

Offering more than 200 Courses for Life in personal, professional and spiritual growth and development. Daylong workshop with Eben Alexander, bestseller of Proof of Heaven, on April 22, Accessing Infinite Oneness. 20th Gala Anniversary, May 19 featuring Caroline Myss, practitioner fair and elegant dinner. Call or email for a free course guide. CEUs available. Reasonable practitioner and classroom rental.

MEDICAL HERBALIST AND CHIROPRACTOR

630-210-8688, 312-502-1539 Heather@GraceAngels.com GraceAngels.com 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.

MICHELE HEATHER

847-509-8289 MicheleHeather1@yahoo.com MicheleHeather1.com Do you feel stuck? Mentally blocked or can’t make a decision? Michele helps you identify and release issues keeping you from full expression of your Essences. Surround yourself by the love of your Guides to release issues for an awesome, humbling and life-transforming experience. Michele is also psychic and a Reiki Master Teacher.

DR. LEON KOLODZIEJ

7742 W Addison, Chicago 60634 773-589-9996 NaturesHealingRemedies.com Dr. K treats chronic and non-responsive conditions using chiropractic care along with acupuncture, physiotherapy, herbs, diet, nutrition, supplements and cleansing of the liver and colon. A master medical herbalist and chiropractor with over 30 years’ experience, Dr K formulates and uses herbal supplements for internal cleansing, healing and weight loss. 

METAPHYSICAL SPIRITUAL BOUTIQUE ENLIGHTENED BALANCE CHAKRA SPA 30 N Williams, Brink Street Market, Ste F, Crystal Lake 815-307-1180 EnlightenedBalance.com

Enlightened Balance is a Spiritual Boutique, Rock Shop and Chakra Spa offering daily readings and energy work by appointment or walk-in.

LEGAL THE LAW OFFICES OF CINDY CAMPBELL

208 S Jefferson St, Ste 204, Chicago 60661 866-566-9494 CKCampbell.com Our practice focuses on helping people who want to reach a resolution and stay out of court. Some of our services include mediation, collaborative famly law, adoption, guardianship, and wills and trusts.

LIFELONG LEARNING & PERSONAL GROWTH THE EDGAR CAYCE HOLISTIC CENTER AND BOOKSTORE

At Unity Northwest Church 259 E Central Rd, Des Plaines 60016 847-299-6535 • AREChicagoCenter@gmail.com Full-service bookstore, Cayce remedies, spiritual growth study groups, monthly programs, workshops and holistic fairs, intuitive skills development training, knowledgeable seekers, intuitives, healers and more. Call for hours. See ad on page 31.

NATUROPATHIC CONSULTATION DR. ALLA ARUTCHEVA, MD, PHD, ND

Associate Professor, Rush University Med. School Antalee Wellness 1836 Glenview Rd, 2nd Fl, Glenview 60025 • 847-486-1130

When your body is in an imbalanced state, your health is compromised. Dr. Alla Arutcheva’s Full Body Check Up is a non-invasive, highly reliable test that can provide you with a snapshot of your current state of health. She can also identify which supplements your body needs for optimal healing benefits.

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NATURAL VISION IMPROVEMENT MIMI SHEKOSKI

See Clearly Naturally Locations in Crystal Lake & Highland Park 815-354-8856 Mimi@HappyEyesight.com See clearly without glasses, contacts or surgery. Improving eyesight naturally is risk free and offers life-long clarity of sight, improved self-image and self-confidence, and better eye health. Be coached via phone, Skype or workshop, learn these simple, easy, effective techniques that helped countless people of all ages around the world.

PSYCHIC & MEDIUM

THERMOMETRY SCANNING

ENLIGHTENED BALANCE CHAKRA SPA 30 N Williams, Brink Street Market, Ste F, Crystal Lake 815-307-1180 EnlightenedBalance.com

2177 Shermer Rd, Northbrook 60062 847-963-6094 YourHealthyFoundations.com

Enlightened Balance Chakra Spa offers psychic readings everyday by appointment or walk-in. Call or checkout our website for today’s offerings.

SPIRITUAL HEALER

THE NEUROSCIENCE CENTER

440 Lake Cook Rd, Ste 2 Deerfield 60015 847-236-9310 Neuroscience.md

Specialists in treatment of complex and treatment-resistant neuropsychiatric disorders and chronic pain conditions for all ages. We offer a distinctive, thorough approach to patient evaluation, with proven cutting-edge treatments including BrainSPECT functional imaging and Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy, with the Chicago area’s only multi-person hyperbaric chamber. See ad on page 11.

NUTRITION ANGELIKA DANEK, MSW, LCSW

Psychotherapist / Certified Metabolic Balance® Coach Mind Body Health Center 6650 N Northwest Hwy, Ste 215, Chicago 60631 773-313-3757 In her clinical practice Angelika specializes in Nutritional Psychology and integrative mind-body therapy. Her area of expertise includes eating disorders, weight management, body image struggles and emotional eating. As a Certified  Metabolic Balance Coach she will guide you through this allnatural personalized weight management program that will help to achieve long lasting effects. See ad on page 13.

DR. KRISTEN HALLAND, DC

2500 W Higgins, Ste 420, Hoffman Estates 847-310-0303 TheBalanceDoc.com

888-380-6388 Mark@MarkEarlix.com MarkEarlix.com

THE GYNECOLOGY INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO

Become free from your body’s distress, aches, pains and sickness! Healer-intuitive Mark works with biological and neurological diseases, chronic pain and emotional dilemmas—offering spiritual guidance and direction. If you cannot or choose not to leave your home, Mark makes holistic house calls. Personal appointments available at Skokie location, call 888-380-6388.

SPORTING GOODS

Dr. Nicole E. Williams, MD, FACOG 1147 S Wabash Ave, Ste 200, Chicago 60605 312-929-9191 GynecologyInstitute.com Imagine something different when you come to your gynecologist’s office: examination space feels “personal,” staff members listen, office hours are convenient. We offer an environment that promotes healing and advanced office diagnostics paired with integrative techniques such as Acupuncture and pelvic floor physical therapy. We listen. We care.

NEW BALANCE NORTH SHORE 610 Central Ave, Ste 169, Highland Park 60035 847-266-8323 ShopNewShoes.com

THE GYNECOLOGY INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO

Fitting you in the correct type of shoe for your activity, and in the proper size and width for your feet, is our number one objective. When shoes fit well and your feet are comfortable, your whole body feels better and you can perform at your optimum level throughout the entire day. Largest selection of New Balance footwear and apparel in the Chicago area, with extensive inventory of sizes and widths from 2A-6E. Friendly staff is experienced in helping to resolve or relieve many common foot ailments such as plantar fasciitis, bunions, morton’s neuroma, hammer toe and arch pain. Locally owned and operated since 1995. See ad on page 17.

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Our wellness clinic averages only a 5-minute wait time before you’re getting natural, safe, and effective treatment with the Doctor. Dr. Kristen specializes in acupuncture, lowforce chiropractic care and food intolerance testing, and uses unique diagnostic tests to uncover the real cause of your health concern. Located at the corner of Higgins and Barrington roads. See ad on page 15.

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Whole Body Thermometry (WBT) is a safe, accurate, prevention-centered way to assess functional changes in the body. This infrared scanning device is accurately and efficiently driven by sophisticated mathematical algorithms. WBT works by identifying specific temperature patterns coming from internal organs, before and after the body is exposed to a cooling stress. See ad on page 21.

WOMEN’S WELLNESS

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Lisa Seaman, LAc, FABORM 1147 S Wabash Ave, Ste 200, Chicago 60605 312-929-9191 GynecologyInstitute.com Experience integrative gynecology with Lisa, a licensed acupuncturist, board certified with the American Board of Oriental Reproductive Medicine, and Functional Medicine expert, specializing in hormone balance, pain relief and weight management. Find support for fertility issues, pregnancy/birth/postpartum, painful periods, PCOS, endometriosis, fibroids and menopause. We listen. We care.

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s i t n o i L y l Pol

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SHIATSU THERAPIST

A year ago, I was diagnosed with Lyme Disease; though frightening, it was somewhat of a relief to finally know what was happening with my body. Eighteen years prior, I discovered a tick on the top of my head and soon after, my health changed. Migraines, aches and pains, weight gain, early onset menopause, rashes, thyroid issues—the list goes on. A genetic test concluded a resistance to detoxifying mold and lyme disease, and these results forced me to make some big life changes. I left my job on a full time basis to work from home, and in order to fully function, my body required energy work weekly.

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My daughter highly recommended Shiatsu and I was open-minded after a bit of research. WOW! With the myriad types of bodywork I receive, nothing has the effect as my experience with Polly. I am a new person—on the inside and outside. I can honestly feel myself healing. I am forever grateful and have met a new friend for life. – Laura Kimmel

WORK WITH POLLY!

Schedule a session in our Clinic. Our specialties include Chronic Pain, Autoimmune Disorders, Chronic Illness, and Emotionally Overwhelming States like Anxiety, Panic Attacks and Post-Traumatic Stress. Call 847-864-1130 and ask to book with a Chronic Conditions specialist.

BE LIKE POLLY.

Start a career in shiatsu therapy. Beginning Zen Shiatsu 10 Week Sessions Apr 5 - Jun 7, Wed 11am-2pm OR 7-10pm 5-Day Intensive May 15-19, Mon-Fri 10am-5pm 2-Weekend Intensive July 21-23 & 28-30, Fri 7-10pm, Sat/Sun 9am-4pm

E-mail info@zenshiatsuchicago.org or call 847-864-1130 to sign up today!

or try one of our Free Introductory Workshops Apr 25, Tuesday, 10am-12:30pm May 19, Friday, 7-9:30pm To view more class times, visit: zenshiatsuchicago.org/schedule/ www.zenshiatsuchicago.org 825 Chicago Ave., Evanston, IL

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