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ive simply. It’s a choice my husband and I have made, and our recent move to downsize our home is the first major step in our decision to live simply. But what does it really mean? In her article on Page 18, Bernadette Beach, RN and executive director of St. Paul of the Cross Retreat Center and the Rekindle the Spirit Institute in Detroit, explains that living simply means setting limits that reflect faith values by taking only what is needed – not hoarding or taking in excess. This path, Beach says, will lead us to a life that is outwardly simple and inwardly rich. Sounds wonderful. Moving toward a simpler, more sustainable lifestyle is a mission we all can choose. The Christian Simplicity program offered at St. Paul’s brings to light the impact our buying decisions have on our well-being and the environment. As consumers, we must be mindful of our purchases and desire to acquire new things, especially since so many of our everyday products contain chemicals that pose a threat to our health. According to an article posted on the website of the World Population Balance, it would take the resources of over five Earths to sustainably support all of the world’s 7 billion people if they consumed as much as the average American. Everyday items, such as furniture, electronics and children’s toys, contain chemicals that are linked to ailments and diseases. The workshop, Our Toxic Stuff, to be presented March 25 by environmental health organization LocalMotionGreen, and detailed on Page 6, is a great opportunity for attendees to bring household items to the class to be tested for toxic chemicals. Simplifying your life doesn’t have to be about drastic change, in fact it’s probably more sustainable to start with small steps. Learning to make effective nontoxic cleaners from common ingredients is a great step in the right direction. For help in getting started, visit LocalMotionGreen’s website, A special thanks to healing energy practitioner Tammy Braswell of Create By Vibration, who did a property realignment and clearing in our new home to help provide us a fresh beginning and an environment filled with positive, harmonious energy. Learning to simplify appears to be a journey that will take time and effort. We’re open to sharing what we’ve discovered along the way, as well as learning from others, so that we all may benefit. Please be sure to join us on Facebook to share your ideas. Feel good, live simply and laugh more.

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newsbriefs Detroit-Windsor Dance Academy Celebrates 30 Years with Black Tie Gala


he Detroit-Windsor Dance Academy (DWDA) will host the academy’s 30th anniversary celebration, Crystal Ball, at 6 p.m., March 15, at the Roostertail in Detroit. Grammy award winning recording artist Aretha Franklin and attorney Elliott Hall will co-chair the black tie event. “I’m so honored to be one of the co-chairs of the DWDA 30th anniversary gala, along with my good friend Aretha Franklin,” said Hall. “DWDA is a Detroit jewel that for 30 years has helped shaped thousands of lives through tenacity and excellence. Debbie White-Hunt and her husband, Bruce Hunt, have helped to develop the cultural fabric of this great city and continue the legacy of developing world class talent. They deserve our support,” continued Hall. “This will be an evening celebrating 30 years of teaching, nurturing and guiding the talented dancers that have trained with the Detroit-Windsor Dance Academy” said Debra White-Hunt, artistic director of DWDA, who along with her husband started the nonprofit DWDA. Proceeds from the event will help to establish student scholarships. DWDA provides a variety of dance instruction from classical ballet, jazz, modern dance and contemporary hip-hop moves, as well as African dance and belly dancing, for students of all ages. Several DWDA trained dancers perform professionally on Broadway, television, music videos and concerts, including Franklin’s December soldout performance at Motor City Casino. Cost: $130; $150/VIP. Location: 100 Marquette Dr., Detroit. Tickets can be purchased at Detroit-Windsor Dance Academy in Detroit or online at For more information, call 313-872-7200.

Topsoil Café Opens in Midtown Detroit


opsoil Café, a vegetarian and vegan restaurant, has opened at 4454 Woodward, in the Museum of Contemporary Art Design (MOCAD), in Midtown Detroit. Daily features include a soba noodle bowl and a curry, as well as salads and three soups. “We’ll also have a vegan coney, which we’re pretty excited about,” says Ben Hall, co-owner and chef. “It’s a tofu hot dog in a bun topped with Russell Street’s own vegan chili prepared in a smoother, coney-style texture. Menu prices range from $3 to $8, with MOCAD members receiving a 10 percent discount. Beverage choices include beer and wine as well as tea and coffee by Ugly Mug, an Ypsilanti roaster. Hall opened Topsoil Café in partnership with Raymond Wagner, chef at Russell Street Deli in Eastern Market, and Jason Murphy, Russell Street’s co-owner. Topsoil follows Russell Street’s practice of using locally grown organic produce. Location: 4454 Woodward, Detroit, 313-832-6622. Hours: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday; 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Thursday and Friday. For more information, visit


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LocalMotionGreen Presents Green Cosmetics and Toxic Stuff Seminars


ody care products and cosmetics smell fantastic, come in fancy bottles and promise to keep people clean, healthy and looking beautiful. But, what’s really in these products? What’s the connection between health and furniture, electronics, children’s products and other stuff? Join Environmental Health Educator Melissa Sargent of LocalMotionGreen at Ecology Center, one of Michigan’s leading environmental health organizations, as she answers these questions and much more at two classes hosted by the Neighborhood Club in Grosse Pointe: The first class, Green Cosmetics, scheduled from 6 to 7 p.m., March12, will provide great resources, tips and shopper’s guides to help consumers choose safer products. Sargent says too often body care products and cosmetics contain harmful chemicals linked to neurotoxicity, infertility and cancer. Fortunately, there are ways to protect one’s health and take action. Sargent will lead the class, Our Toxic Stuff, from 6 to 7 p.m., March 25, to explore the chemicals in everyday products, their health effects and ways to reduce exposure. “We’ll bring our XRF device with us, which immediately detects toxic chemicals in consumer products, so you can bring in any children’s products, pet toys or other household items you’d like tested for toxic chemicals,” says Sargent. The mission of LocalMotionGreen at Ecology Center is to educate and empower communities, consumers, major institutions and corporations to develop new practices, programs and policies that will positively affect people’s health. The events are part of the 60 Days to Health program sponsored by the Grosse Pointe Public School System, Beaumont Community Health Coalition, Beaumont and the Neighborhood Club. Cost: Free. Location: 17150 Waterloo, Grosse Pointe. For more information, visit, email MelissaS@ or call 313-881-2263.


Christian Program Teaches Ways to Living Simply



etroit Waldorf School, which uses an interdisciplinary approach to teaching students pre-K through eighth grade, has been awarded a $500 educational grant from the Captain Planet Foundation, an international environmental education foundation for youth based on the Captain Planet cartoon. The school will use the funds to establish an urban wetlands study habitat to support its newly launched middle school Environmental Science and Sustainability Curriculum. “We are thrilled to present this award to Detroit Waldorf School,” says Leesa Carter, executive director of the foundation. “We receive hundreds of submissions each year and have to be very selective to whom we award funding. This is one of the few projects from across the country that we chose to fund. We wish Detroit Waldorf School great success as they work to implement this important project.” Dianna Guldi, the school’s eighth-grade teacher, says, “The students will study our site, identify suitable indigenous flora and fauna, participate in the design process and help to build the wetland in coordination with other youth and adult volunteers from Detroit Community Schools.” Founded in 1966 and located in historic Indian Village, Detroit Waldorf School is part of the international Waldorf School movement, which is comprised of over 1,000 schools in more than 60 countries and is based on the educational philosophy of Austrian Rudolph Steiner. The school provides students an environment that nurtures growth, learning and creativity by focusing on each student’s intellectual, physical and emotional development. Captain Planet Foundation, founded in 1991, encourages innovative projects that empower today’s children to become environmental stewards. Detroit Waldorf School is located at 2555 Burns, in Detroit. For more information, visit or call 313-822-0300.

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he Rekindle the Spirit Institute at St. Paul of the Cross Passionist Retreat and Conference Center, in Detroit, is offering the seven-week faith formation program, Christian Simplicity: Compassionate Living, from 5 to 8 p.m., Sundays, beginning March 2 and continuing to April 13. The series of weekly classes will inspire and inform Christian communities on how to use the traditional Lenten disciplines of prayer, fasting and almsgiving to protect God’s creation, embrace Gospel justice and nurture spiritual fulfillment. “Many of us see the value and have the desire in living more simply, but don’t know where to start” says Bernadette Beach, executive director of St. Paul of the Cross Retreat Center. “This program offers practical opportunities for people of faith to apply the values of Christian Simplicity to their everyday lives. Living simply means setting limits that reflect faith values by taking only what is needed – not

hoarding or taking in excess. It is the path to a life that is outwardly simple and inwardly rich,” adds Beach. Each weekly session begins with a light meal of soup and salad. Established in 1948 by the Passionist community, St. Paul of the Cross Passionist Retreat and Conference Center provides an atmosphere of warmth, openness and compassion in a secure and tranquil environment where all are welcome to experience hope, renewal and the loving presence of God through spiritual retreats and hosted events. Cost: $15/session; $75/series. Location: 23333 Schoolcraft Rd., Detroit. To register, visit, call 313-286-2802 or email MSansotta@

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newsbriefs Holistic Psychic Fair Features Intuitive Astrologer Dennis Fairchild


he Intuitives Interactive group’s Spring Holistic Psychic Fair is set to run from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., March 22, at the Clarion Hotel and Conference Center in Ann Arbor. The expanded event will feature a variety of intuitive readers, mediums, psychic sketch artist, astrologers, energy workers, vendors and live presentations. Special guest Dennis Fairchild, intuitive astrologer, author and former columnist for phenomeNews, will present, Feng Shui and 2014 Astrology Forecast, at 2 p.m. “It’s our third fair in less than 12 months and each fair has grown exponentially — more than doubling our attendees each time,” said Amy Garber, fair coordinator and founder of Intuitives Interactive. “So we’re going even bigger this time with a larger venue and increasing the number of practitioners and vendors. Our goal is to offer a transformative opportunity for people to heal and enlighten themselves at the spring equinox.” Interactive presentations include gallery readings (messages from the departed) with acclaimed medium Wendy Powers, past-life regression experiences with Constance Hart and Jude Shepard, and chakra-tuned crystal toning bowl experience by Rachel Eckenrod. The Intuitives Interactive group is geared toward intuitives, indigos and others wishing to explore the intuitive side to life with like-minded individuals. The group meets the first and third Sunday of the month for group discussions, psychic development exercises and exploration, presentations on metaphysical topics and networking. Cost: $5/admission; $20/readings and energy work; $5/interactive presentations. Location: 2900 Jackson Road, Ann Arbor. For more information, email or visit

Learn About Nutrition at Taylor Yoga


aylor Yoga is offering the program, Nutrition For Our Lifestyle, a series of four weekly classes that meets from 12:15 to 1 p.m., Saturdays, March 8 to March 29. Dietician and fitness instructor Melissa will introduce a nutrition book founded by the American Dietetic Association and American Diabetes Association, explain how to use the book and select menus based on individual caloric needs, in addition to teaching about nutrients, shopping for recipe ingredients and menu choices when dining out. Participants will track their measurements, weight and activity level during the four-week course. Nutrition book is included with the cost of the class. Taylor Yoga, which teaches numerous forms of hatha yoga including Vinyasa, Ashtanga, Yin and Yang, hosts workshops and retreats throughout the year. Cost: $50. Location: 8935 Telegraph Rd., Taylor. To register (required), call 313-292-9642 or email Melissa at For more information, visit


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Discover the Rich History of Maple Sugaring at Oakwoods Metropark


earn the history of maple sugaring and the maple sugaring process, including how trees are tapped and sap is collected at Oakwoods Metropark Nature Center near Flat Rock. Michigan is the fifth largest producer of maple syrup in the United States, dating back to the American Indian times. Suitable for all ages, the following programs will demonstrate the process of boiling sap to maple syrup, as well as offer taste testing: From ancient techniques to modern day equipment, Maple Sugaring Through the Ages, will be presented at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., March 1 and again March 22. The hands-on demonstration will explore the unique and tasty art of gathering maple sap for use in making syrup, sugar, candy and more. Syrup and Sugar, scheduled at 10 a.m., March 8, will teach the rich tradition of collecting maple sap in Michigan. The program, Backyard Sugaring, at 2 p.m., March 8, is designed for those who want to learn how to make their own maple syrup from the maple trees at their home. Homeschool Thursday: Maple Syrup, at 1 p.m., March 27, is a sweet way to introduce the homeschooler to the art of maple sugaring. Oakwoods Metropark is one of 13 Metroparks that comprise the Huron-Clinton Metroparks regional park system. The Metroparks, which cover 25,000 acres along the Huron and Clinton rivers and span across five counties, offer scenic nature trails, beaches, educational programs and year-round recreational activities and events. A Metroparks vehicle entry permit is required to enter any of the Metroparks. Cost: $3-4/per person per program; $7 daily park permit. Location: 17845 Savage Rd., Belleville. For more information or to register (required), call 734-782-3956 or visit


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Taylor Yoga Leads Class on Understanding the Challenges of Adult ADHD



aylor Yoga is offering the workshop, Who Am I Living With?, at 6:30 p.m., March 19. Designed to help people understand the challenges adult attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, known as ADHD, can bring to a relationship, the workshop is a combination of performance and discussion, with time allotted for Q-and-A. Performance artist trained in improvisation, Mike Fedel, diagnosed with adult ADHD, will present vignettes that show the audience what it can be like to live with someone with undiagnosed adult ADHD. Adult ADHD can impact every part of a person’s life, from relationships with friends and family, to their own sense of self-worth. Forgetfulness, inattentiveness, difficulty completing tasks, emotional overreaction and impulsiveness are symptoms of ADHD that can wreak havoc on relationships. The class will also discuss the other side of ADHD: the set of gifts observed by some experts in people diagnosed with ADHD. Connie Fedel opened Taylor Yoga in 2011, offering from beginner to advanced level classes in yoga, Pilates and belly dancing. Fedel’s personal health journey directed her into a yoga lifestyle that helped her realize “we are all in control of our own health.” A firm believer in paying it forward, Fedel will donate proceeds from the workshop to Fish & Loaves community food pantry.

he Rotary Club of Monroe’s Superhero 5K Run/Walk is set to take place May 3 at the Loranger Square Pavilion, in Monroe. Racers, who are encouraged to dress as their favorite superhero, will wind through downtown Monroe’s historic neighborhoods and along the River Raisin. The family fun event kicks off with a kids superhero mile run at 8:30 a.m., followed by a yoga class for kids at 9 a.m. The superhero 5K run starts at 9 a.m., with a yoga cool-down at 10 a.m. Costume contest and awards will be presented at the main stage in Loranger Square at 10:30 a.m. The Rotary Club of Monroe is one of 50 clubs in Rotary District 6400, which includes Wayne, Monroe and Lenawee counties in Michigan and Essex County in Ontario. Proceeds from the event will help fund the club’s Community Service Fund. Cost: $25 before April 21. Location: East First and Washington Streets, Monroe. For more information or to register, visit

Cost: $5 donation or canned good. Location: 8935 Telegraph Rd., Taylor. For more information or to register, call 313-292-9642 or visit

Taylor Garden Club Accepting Applications for Student Scholarship


he Taylor Garden Club, dedicated to improving the greening of the city of Taylor, is now accepting applications for the Jeanne Eckert Scholarship, in honor of the club’s first president. The $1,000 student scholarship will be awarded to a Michigan graduating high school senior or college student to study horticulture, conservation, botany, environmental studies or landscape design. To be considered for the scholarship, students must submit the application along with two letters of recommendation: one from an unrelated adult and one from a science teacher, as well as a one-page personal mission statement, before the deadline of May 2. Founded in 1990, the Taylor Garden Club, open to anyone inspired by gardening, encourages home and community beautification, conservation, education, charitable groups and promotes better horticultural practices. The group meets the third Thursday of each month, September through June, excluding December. For more information, scholarship application or to join the club, visit natural awakenings

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Meal Planning Website Helps Busy Join The Global Wellness Connection Community Families to Eat Well he Global Wellness Connection (GWC) is a sisterhood of love, honor and


connection, as well as a platform for women to connect through a common interest of living a healthier, more balanced life. Healthy Living Specialist Latricia Wright will lead an information session at 7 p.m., March 20, at St. Paul of the Cross Passionist Retreat and Conference Center featuring hands-on activities, tea tasting, giveaways, a Q-and-A session and an exclusive opportunity to join the GWC community. “All aspects of our lives contribute to the health of our mind and bodies – eating habits, physical activity, careers, relationships and spirituality,” says Wright. “We believe a supportive, nonjudgmental environment is key to achieving our wellness goals.” GWC is designed to engage women with information, demonstrations and activities that prove powerful transformations of total physical, mental and spiritual well-being. Each session focuses on easy to implement regimens that women can adopt and see progression within days. For more information, visit or email Latricia Wright at St. Paul of the Cross Passionist Retreat and Conference Center, 23333 Schoolcraft Rd, (I-96 Service Drive, just E of Telegraph) Detroit.

Massage Therapist Laura Montalto Scheduled Presenter at Holistic Networking Meeting


he Holistic Networking Group, a community networking event for businesses centered around healthy and sustainable living, will meet from 7 to 8:30 p.m., March 5, at St. Paul of the Cross Passionist Retreat and Conference Center, in Detroit. The scheduled presenter is Laura Montalto, certified massage therapist and owner of Blooming Orchid Wellness Center in Detroit. Montalto, certified through Irene’s Myomassology Institute in Southfield since 2011, will discuss the different kinds of knots, which are either adhesions or trigger points within the connective tissue of the muscle, and explain how deep tissue massage targets the deep tissue structure of the fascia and muscles. “Deep tissue massage breaks up these adhesions and trigger points, releasing the built-up toxins by loosening the muscles. With the toxins released, blood and oxygen can circulate again as it should through one’s body,” says Montalto. Sponsored by Natural Awakenings magazine of Detroit, each monthly Holistic Networking Group meeting allows time for introductions, a featured presenter and networking. Bringing business cards and flyers is recommended.

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he subscription meal planning service, No More ‘to go,’ founded by working mom Stacey Strout Stabenow from Dallas, provides healthy meal plans for busy families. Every Friday subscribers receive an email containing a link to the new week’s worth of menus and organized grocery list that can be viewed, printed and accessed from a mobile device. Members can also browse through previous weeks of menus, since menus are not rotated off the site. “Each weekly menu offers a variety of vegetables, grains and proteins. Typically it features two chicken meals, one beef meal, one pork meal and one seafood meal, utilizing a variety of different cuisines,” says Stabenow, who tests every meal. All recipes include helpful tips and vegetarian and gluten-free alternatives. Understanding how chaotic dinner time can be, Stabenow designed No More ‘to go’ to keep families out of the fast food lane and instead provide healthy, balanced meals from recipes she finds sifting through cookbooks, magazines and the internet. Cost: $7/month or $64/year. For more information, visit

newsbriefs Relieve the Winter Blues with a Massage from New Body Therapeutics


ejuvenate and experience an overall sense of peace and calming with a professional massage from New Body Therapeutics in Northville. Located in a beautifully refurbished Victorian house, licensed massage therapist and owner Angela Avigne and her highly knowledgeable trained staff tailor each massage session to the needs of the client as well as provide suggestions on ways to improve and maintain health and wellness. New Body Therapeutics offers massage therapy to address a wide range of clients’ needs, with a specialty in repetitive injury therapy and massages for seniors aged 65 and older. Other therapies available include myofascial release, prenatal massage, raindrop NewBody_QuarterV.pdf therapy, Swedish 1 2/15/14 10:08 PM









massage, Thai herbal massage, Bellanina facelift massage, lymphatic drainage, reflexology and Reiki healing therapy. Clients can also pamper themselves with a facial in the quiet, relaxed environment of New Body Therapeutics, which uses and sells Eminence organic skin care products. Present the coupon from the company’s website to take advantage of the winter special combination which includes a one hour facial and one hour massage for $100 during the month of March. Avigne’s personal health journey directed her into massage and body therapy. She received her certification in 1999 through Irene’s Myomassology Institute in Southfield, a nationally accredited institute, and opened New Body Therapeutics in 2005. Location: 335 N. Center St., Northville. For more information, visit or call 248-348-2770.

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Legumes Improve Blood Sugar, Blood Pressure


cup of beans a day may keep the doctor away. In a randomized trial published in the Archives of Internal Medicine of 121 participants diagnosed with diabetes mellitus, daily consumption of approximately one cup of legumes (peas and beans) was found to improve glycemic control and reduce systolic blood pressure and heart rate, thereby reducing participants’ calculated risk score for coronary heart disease (CHD). Body weight, waist circumference and fasting blood glucose and triglyceride levels also decreased on the legume diet. Legumes appear to make dietary carbohydrates digest more slowly and with a lower glycemic index, which has been associated with reduced hypertension and fewer CHD events in pre-diabetic individuals.

Vitamin E Hope for Cancer Care


lusive anti-cancer elements of vitamin E, natural tocopherols, have been identified by researchers at Ohio State University as being able to deactivate an enzyme essential for cancer cell survival. Although both alpha and gamma forms of natural tocopherols worked, the gamma was the most potent in shutting down the troublesome enzyme. Through manipulating the structure of the gamma molecule, the scientists were able to create an agent 20 times more effective than the original vitamin. In mice, this agent reduced the size of prostate cancer tumors. Over-the-counter vitamin E supplements are limited because many use synthetic forms that do not contain the natural gamma tocopherols. The study’s authors, led by Ching-Shih Chen, Ph.D., note that the human body cannot absorb the high dosages of natural vitamin E required to achieve the anti-cancer effect; their goal is to develop a safe pill that could be taken daily for cancer prevention.

Superfoods Defend Against Radiation


wo superfoods show promise for protecting people from radiation damage—cruciferous vegetables and miso, a food paste made from fermented soybeans. Scientists have identified a specific chemical byproduct, 3,3’diindolylmethane (DIM), derived from the digestion of cruciferous vegetables and especially concentrated in broccoli, that is responsible for the defensive effect. The source of miso’s beneficial properties needs further investigation, but appears to stem from the fermentation process. Research led by Gary Firestone, Ph.D., of the University of California-Berkley, and physician Eliot Rosen, Ph.D., of Georgetown University, in Washington, D.C., concluded that administering supplemental DIM before or immediately following lethal levels of radiation exposure protected rats from immediate death. If clinical trials with humans are successful, the compound could be used to minimize acute radiation sickness. A comprehensive research review published in the Journal of Toxicologic Pathology lends credence to miso’s shielding power. Mice that ate miso a week before irradiation appeared to be protected from radiation injury.


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he British Journal of Sports Medicine reports that a generally active daily life that includes do-it-yourself activities and projects like gardening and car maintenance can cut the risks of heart attacks and strokes by as much as 30 percent and prolong life among adults 60 and over. These routine activities may be as beneficial as exercising for older adults because they decrease total sedentary time, the researchers say. Scientists in Stockholm, Sweden, tracked more than 4,000 men and women for an average of 12.5 years, starting at age 60. At the start of the study, regardless of exercise habits, high levels of other physical activity were associated with smaller waists and lower levels of potentially harmful blood fats in both sexes, and lower levels of glucose, insulin and clotting factor levels in men. Those with higher levels of other physical activity were also significantly less likely to experience metabolic syndrome, a first cardiovascular disease event, and early mortality from any cause. The same was true for individuals that undertook high levels of formal exercise, even if it wasn’t routine. Participants that both exercised regularly and were often physically active in their daily life had the lowest risk profile of all.

Coconut Oil Manages Cholesterol, Shrinks Waistlines


educed physical activity and increased consumption of carbohydrates and saturated fats fuel increased rates of obesity, cardiovascular disease and insulin resistance, plus abnormal lipid content in the blood. Although coconut oil is a saturated fat, its chemical composition appears to prevent it from generating negative effects on lipid profiles, according to a growing body of research. In an earlier study published in Lipids, women that exhibited abdominal obesity consumed supplements of either coconut oil or soybean oil. Throughout the 12-week trial, both groups followed the same weight-loss diet. At the end, the coconut oil group presented a higher level of high-density

lipoprotein (HDL), or protective cholesterol, and smaller waistlines, while the soybean oil group showed lower HDL levels and an increase in total cholesterol and lowdensity lipoprotein (LDL) plus a less desirable LDL-toHDL ratio. In a later study published in the Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition, consumption of coconut oil was again associated with a beneficial lipid profile in premenopausal women. Researchers that conducted a concurrent pilot study with male and female subjects found that men also experienced shrinking waistlines when supplementing with coconut oil. They explain that coconut oil contains mainly mediumchain fatty acids, which rapidly convert into energy, thereby circumventing the cycle that makes cholesterol and stores fat (Pharmacology).

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America’s Best Community Garden Cities We don’t have to live in a rural area or even the suburbs to be a farmer these days. According to the Trust for Public Land, the 10 best cities for homegrown veggies from urban gardens are Seattle, Washington (a P-Patch program provides 68 gardens for residents throughout the city); Portland, Oregon (its Produce for People program donates fresh produce to local hunger agencies); Long Beach, California (growing anything from sugar cane and lemongrass to sunflowers and tomatoes); St. Paul, Minnesota (17 community gardens—half run by nonprofits and half open to rent); Honolulu, Hawaii (1,254 plots for public use); San Jose, California (19 community gardens on 35 acres); Baltimore, Maryland (community gardens cover 11 acres throughout the city); Washington, D.C. (a Master Peace Farm program tends area gardens and mentors budding veggie growers at an adjoining middle school); Anchorage, Alaska (a city goal is enabling residents to work together in harmony); and Louisville, Kentucky (Brightside’s community garden program, established 19 years ago, currently manages 10 of Louisville’s 16 gardens). These gardens not only extol the virtues of fresh, local and often organic foods, they also bring communities together. Some produce food for those in need, others have youth programs and some have even been credited with reducing local crime rates. Many community gardens accept new members in the fall; visit to find one nearby and reserve a space. Source:

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Entrepreneurs are creating novel ways to circumvent the commercial food system that ships food, in or out of season, for hundreds or thousands of miles at the cost of quality and too often, accountability. Re:farm Denver, in Colorado, for example, supplies families with everything they need for backyard gardens, from irrigation systems to seeds. In 2013, 200 families participated. Cottage food laws allow artisans to sell breads, jams, candy and other foods made in home kitchens. While specific restrictions vary, 42 states have some type of cottage law. Beth-Ann Betz, who bakes sweets in her New Hampshire kitchen, says, “It gives me the option to be independent and self-employed at 66.” At the Community Thanksgiving

Potluck, in Laguna Beach, California, dinner is shared, not served. For 25 years, those with homes and without, single people, families, city council members and the jobless have gathered to share food and community for the holiday. “It’s a wonderful chaos,” says Dawn Price, executive director of the nonprofit Friendship Shelter. At Bottles Liquor, in West Oakland, California, a banner reads “Fresh Fruits and Vegetables Available Here.” Bottles is a member of the Healthy Neighborhood Store Alliance, an effort of the nonprofit Mandela Marketplace to bring pesticide-free produce to corner stores throughout the neighborhood. Source: Yes magazine

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t may be cold outside, but it’s always warm inside at Livonia Yoga Center, where everyone is greeted with a smile and welcomed into a peaceful space that enhances relaxation and clarity of mind. There are no strangers at Livonia Yoga Center, only friends and yogis; that is the theme that resonates throughout the studio. Open since 2009, Livonia Yoga Center shares the same “meet you exactly where you are” practice philosophy as its sister studio, Northville Yoga Center, established in 2008. Students are encouraged to listen to their bodies, respecting limitations, and explore their potential at their own pace. Both studios offer classes suitable for practitioners of all levels, from gentle to high energy yoga, including hatha, Vinyasa, Ashtanga, Yin Yoga, prenatal and restorative. Class sizes range from five to 20, and are offered several times throughout the day, seven days a week, to accommodate even the busiest of all schedules. Anyone who may Livonia


we bring to this life, helping us experience more peace and joy,” says instructor Janet Roberts. “We wish that for everyone,” she adds, “and it is our mission to provide a comfortable space for this transformation to happen.” Livonia Yoga Center is located at 19159 Merriman Road, in Livonia, 248-477-4408. Visit for more information and class schedules. Northville Yoga Center is located at 200 South Main Street, Suite B, in Northville, 248-449-9642. Visit NorthvilleYogaCenter for more information and class schedules.

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Fresh Food Trends Natural Trailblazers in Sustainable Eating by Melinda Hemmelgarn

Food experts have listed local, regional and sustainable foods among the top food trends for 2014. Consumers’ heightened environmental awareness and their love for fresh flavors are responsible.


here’s even a new term, “hyperlocal”, to describe produce harvested fresh from onsite gardens at restaurants, schools, supermarkets and hospitals—all designed for sourcing tasty, nutrient-rich foods minus the fuelguzzling transportation costs. Adding emphasis to the need to preserve vital local food sources, the United Nations has designated 2014 as the International Year of Family Farming. Here are four thriving food trends resulting from shifts in Americans’ thinking and our growing love for all things local.


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economical than searching for and gathering wild foods in their natural habitat? From paw paws and persimmons in Missouri to palmetto berries in Florida and seaweed in California, Mother Nature provides a feast at her children’s feet. Commonly foraged foods include nuts, mushrooms, greens, herbs, fruits and even shellfish. To learn how to identify regional native wild foods and cash in on some “free” nutritious meals, foragers need to know where and when to harvest their bounty. Conservation departments and state and national parks often offer helpful field guides and recipes. Jill Nussinow, also known as The Veggie Queen, a registered dietitian and cookbook author in Santa Rosa,

California, characterizes foraging as “nature’s treasure hunt.” Nussinow says she forages for the thrill of it and because, “It puts you very much in touch with the seasons.” On her typical foraging excursions through forests and on beaches, Nussinow notes, “You never know what you might find: mushrooms, berries, miner’s lettuce, mustard pods or sea vegetables. It’s free food, there for the picking.” However, she warns, “You have to know what you are doing. Some wild foods can be harmful.” For example, Nussinow advises getting to know about mushrooms before venturing forth to pick them. She recommends the book Mushrooms Demystified, by David Arora, as a learning tool, and checking with local mycological associations for safe mushroom identification. She also likes the advice of “Wildman” Steve Brill, of New York City, who publishes educational articles at Wildman “He knows more about wild foods than anyone I know,” she says. Vermont wildcrafter Nova Kim teaches her students not only how to identify wild edibles, but also how to harvest them sustainably. It’s critical to make sure wild foods will be available for future generations.


Kefir, kimchi, kombucha and sauerkraut all owe their unique flavors to fermentation. Sandor Katz, author of The Art of Fermentation: An In-Depth Exploration of Essential Concepts and Processes From Around the World, is a self-described “fermentation revivalist”. He explains how microorganisms, such as lactic acid bacteria that are universally present on raw vegetables and in milk, transform fresh food into preserved sustenance. Katz recalls how his boyhood love for sour pickles grew to an “obsession with all things fermented.” An abundant garden crop of cabbage left him wondering, “What are we going to do with all that cabbage?” The answer came naturally: “Let’s make sauerkraut.” Subsequently, Katz has become an international expert on the art and science of fermentation from wine to brine and beyond, collecting recipes and wisdom from past generations (WildFermentation. com). He observes, “Every single culture

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enjoys fermented foods.” Increasing respect and reverence for fermented foods and related communities of beneficial microorganisms is a new frontier in nutrition and medical sciences. For example, several researchers at the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics annual meeting last fall in Houston, Texas, described the connections between the trillions of bacteria living in the human gut, known as the “microbiota”, and mental and physical health. Kelly Tappenden, Ph.D., a professor of nutrition and gastrointestinal physiology with the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, explained that gut bacteria play a variety of roles, including assisting in the digestion and absorption of nutrients; influencing gene expression; supporting the immune system; and affecting body weight and susceptibility to chronic disease.

Feed Matters

The popular adage, “We are what we eat,” applies to animals, as well. New research from Washington State University shows that organic whole milk from pasture-fed cows contains 62 percent higher levels of heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids compared to conventional, or non-organic, whole milk. The striking

difference is accounted for by the fact that the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s national organic program legally requires that organic cows have access to pasture throughout the grazing season. The more time cows spend on high-quality pasture, which includes grass, legumes and hay, the more beneficial the fats will be in their milk. On the other hand, when ruminant animals, designed to graze on pasture, are fed a steady diet of corn and soy, both their milk and meat contain less beneficial fat. According to Captain Joseph Hibbeln, a lipid biochemist and physician at the National Institutes of Health, American diets have become deficient in omega-3 fatty acids over the past 100 years, largely because of industrial agriculture. Hibbeln believes that consuming more omega-3s may be one of the most important dietary changes Americans can make to reduce the risk of chronic diseases, improve mental health and enhance children’s brain and eye development, including boosting their IQs. Coldwater fish such as salmon, mackerel, tuna and sardines provide excellent sources of omega-3 fatty acids. Plus, dairy and meat from animals raised on pasture can improve our intake, as well.


How might eating with the “creation” in mind influence food and agriculture trends? Barbara Ross, director of social services for Catholic Charities of Central and Northern Missouri, believes, “People’s common denominator is that we are all part of and integral to the creation.” She considers how “Food, agriculture, environment and economy are bound together in a way that requires we think, plan and act for the dignity of each person and the common good of the human family.” Ross explains that the choices we make in these vital areas affect the richness of our soils, the purity of our air and water and the health of all living things. Marie George, Ph.D., a professor of philosophy at St. John’s University, in Queens, New York, agrees, “The serious ecological crises we see today stem from the way we think,” and “re-

veal an urgent moral need for a new solidarity” to be better stewards of the Earth and its creatures. For example, George sees it as contrary to human dignity to cause animals to suffer; that’s why she opposes gestation crates and the push for cheap food that exploits animals and the environment in the process. Kelly Moltzen, a registered dietitian in Bronx, New York, shares a passion for addressing food justice and sustainability from her faith-based perspective of Franciscan spirituality. She believes that, “When we connect our spirituality with the daily act of eating, we can eat in a way that leads to a right relationship with our Creator.” By bridging spirituality with nutrition and the food system, Moltzen hopes to raise awareness of how people can care for their body as a temple and live in right relationship with the Earth, which she perceives as “the larger house of God.” Fred Bahnson, director of the Food, Faith and Religious Leadership Initiative at Wake Forest University’s School of Divinity, in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, is the author of Soil and Sacrament: A Spiritual Memoir of Food and Faith. His book takes the reader on a journey to four different faith communities—Catholic, Protestant, Pentecostal and Jewish—to explore connections between spiritual nourishment and the cultivation of food. Bahnson speaks about sacred soil and the communities of mystical microorganisms that lie within and create the foundation for sustenance. He also describes the special power of communal gardens, which welcome all and provide nourishing food, yet come to satisfy more than physical hunger. Regardless of religious denomination, Amanda Archibald, a registered dietitian in Boulder, Colorado, believes, “We are in a new era of food—one that embraces and honors food producers and food systems that respect soil, environment and humanity itself.” Melinda Hemmelgarn, aka the “food sleuth”, is a registered dietitian and award-winning writer and radio host at, in Columbia, MO ( She advocates for organic farmers at

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Christian Simplicity Faith Formation Program Inspires Living Simply

by Bernadette Beach


or a long time, many people thought that a just world would be achieved by lifting others up to the Western world standard of living. However, that is impossible given the spatial restrictions and limited resources of the Earth. Estimates suggest that it would take four or five planets to accomplish that elevation in lifestyles. Unfortunately, there is only one planet Earth. Americans love stuff. Today’s culture presents consumers with seemingly endless choices of clothes to wear, foods to eat and products to purchase – which they do, by the cartload. Possessions are discarded and replaced at an alarming rate, creating tremendous amounts of waste. The constant accumulation of belongings has significant consequences for the environment, for communities around the world and even for the health and happiness of individuals. Many people see the value, and have the desire, in living more simply; but where does one begin? Everyone can do his part in sharing existing resources and limiting new purchases. When buying is necessary, an effort can be made to be a conscious consumer by taking into account the direct and

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indirect impacts the purchases will have on other people and the environment. Knowing the hidden costs behind acquisitions is part of being a conscious consumer. It also means understanding how purchases or use of natural resources can help shape more sustainable business practices and a more responsible economy as a whole.

Christian Simplicity Compassionate Living is a series of seven weekly faith formation

sessions designed to inspire and inform Christian communities on how to use the traditional Lenten disciplines of prayer, fasting and almsgiving to protect God’s creation, embrace Gospel justice and nurture spiritual fulfillment. The course explores a variety of topics while allowing time for reflection and sharing of practical tools to help people of faith apply the values of the Christian Simplicity program to their everyday lives. Simplicity does not mean moving to a cave or eating berries. Living simply means setting limits that reflect faith values by taking only what is needed – not hoarding or taking in excess. It is the path to a life that is

outwardly simple and inwardly rich. Topics that will be discussed during the program are diverse and instructive. The first week is an introduction to the program with rituals centered on the elements of Earth, fire, air and water as a reminder of our relationship with nature. Topics for the subsequent weeks address practical things people can do to live more mindfully.


Food and water are the most basic physiological needs for human survival. There are many aspects to the role food plays in a person’s life, from providing nourishment to the body, to relationships with others through family traditions and in a fast-paced world of just grabbing a bite to eat from one activity to another. Reflecting on how food is grown and the abundance of food available explores important aspects of this topic.


Water is the most basic element to humans. The average adult male body is made up of approximately 60 percent water. It is important to conserve and protect the water supply, and the reality of what happens today is explored.

Christian Simplicity Program Information St. Paul of the Cross Passionist Retreat and Conference Center, located at 23333 Schoolcraft Road, in Detroit, is offering the seven-week faith formation program, Christian Simplicity: Compassionate Living, from 5 to 8 p.m., Sundays, beginning March 2 and continuing to April 13. Cost is $15 per session or $75 for the seven-week series and includes a light meal. For program information or preregistration, call 313-286-2802, email or visit

Energy and Transportation:

Energy and transportation have evolved dramatically over the past 100 years. Both have an incredible impact on modern society and have contributed to the global economy of today. Looking at the most efficient and clean types of transportation allows a person to think about new and exciting options.

Gratitude and Generosity:

The final week of the series, gratitude and generosity go together like fire and heat. Gratitude is ignited when a person realizes how precious the fragile gift of being alive on this beautiful planet is and how blessed they are. Generosity naturally flows from a sense of being a part of the web of God’s creation. Some people practice simple living by reducing consumption or by lowering expenditure on goods or services. Living simply is paring away — material possessions, obligations, expectations, people. It is removing all the stuff and rubble from one’s life; making space in their house, their heart, their brain and their life for exactly and only what is needed. It is returning to a way of living that most people can only vaguely remember: pleasures that don’t cost large sums of money, rewards that don’t have to be bought in stores and amusements that don’t require a screen. Anyone seeking out spiritual principles to guide them in living a life more simply will welcome the Christian Simplicity series, where it is hoped that participants will leave the workshop refreshed, renewed and inspired by the words of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, “Live simply, so that all may simply live.”

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Powerhouse Herbs Four Backyard Plants Protect Against Disease by Kathleen Barnes

Mother Nature’s most potent healing herbs are already on most spice racks or growing nearby, often right outside the door.


erbs, respected for their healing properties for millennia, have been widely used by traditional healers with great success. Now clinical science supports their medicinal qualities. Pharmaceutical companies routinely extract active ingredients from herbs for common medications, including the potent pain reliever codeine, derived from Papaver somniferum; the head-clearing antihistamines ephedrine and pseudoephedrine, from Ephedra si-

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nica; and taxol, the chemotherapy drug commonly used to treat several types of cancer, including breast cancer, from Taxus brevifolia. These are among the findings according to Leslie Taylor, a naturopath and herbalist headquartered in Milam County, Texas, and author of The Healing Power of Rainforest Herbs. Even among an abundance of healing herbs, some stand out as nature’s “superherbs” that provide an array of medical properties, according

to Rosemary Gladstar, of Barre, Vermont, the renowned author of Herbal Remedies for Vibrant Health and related works. Two of these, she notes, are widely considered nuisance weeds. Plantain (Plantago major): Commonly used externally for poultices, open wounds, blood poisoning and bee stings, it also helps relieve a wider variety of skin irritations. According to a study published in the Indian Journal of Pharmacology, this common “weed” fortifies the liver and reduces inflammation, which may reduce the risk for many kinds of chronic diseases. At least one study, published in the journal Planta Medica, suggests that plantain can enhance the immune system to help fight cancer and infectious diseases. “Plantain is considered a survival herb because of its high nutritional value,” advises Gladstar, who founded the California School of Herbal Studies, in Sonoma County, in 1978. A new study published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry confirms it’s an excellent source of alpha-tocopherol, a natural form of vitamin E and beta carotene that can be used in salads for those that don’t mind its bitter taste. Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale): Like plantain, dandelion is one of the most powerful medicinal herbs on the planet. “Dandelion is revered wherever you travel, except in the United States, where it is considered noxious,” observes Gladstar. Americans should reconsider their obsession with eradication. Dandelion root is an effective treatment against several types of cancer, including oftenfatal pancreatic and colorectal cancers and melanoma, even those that have proven resistant to chemotherapy and other conventional treatments, according to several studies from the University of Windsor, in England. Traditionally part of a detoxification diet, it’s also used to treat digestive ailments, reduce swelling and inflammation and stop internal and external bleeding. Turmeric (Curcuma longa): Turmeric gives curry powder its vibrant yellow color. “Curcumin, turmeric’s most important active ingredient, is a wealth of health, backed by substantial scientific evidence that upholds its benefits,” says Jan McBarron, a medical

and naturopathic doctor in Columbus, Georgia, author of Curcumin: The 21st Century Cure and co-host of the Duke and the Doctor radio show. Several human and animal studies have shown that curcumin can be an effective treatment for Alzheimer’s disease, both in prevention and to slow or even stop its progress. One Australian study showed that curcumin helps rid the body of heavy metals that may be an underlying cause of the memory-robbing disease. Scientists at the University of California, Los Angeles, found that curcumin helped dissolve the plaques and tangles of brain material characteristic to Alzheimer’s. Curcumin is also known to be effective in lessening depression and preventing heart disease, some types of cancer and diabetes, says McBarron. Ginger (Zingiber officinale): Primarily used for its considerable antiinflammatory properties, ginger makes a delicious and healing tea and an enticing spice in a variety of dishes. This herbal powerhouse has at least 477 active ingredients, according to Beyond Aspirin, by Thomas M. Newmark and Paul Schulick. Considerable research confirms ginger’s effectiveness against a variety of digestive problems, including nausea from both morning sickness and chemotherapy. Research from Florida’s University of Miami also confirms its usefulness in reducing knee pain. “Ginger is a good-tasting herb to treat any type of bacterial, fungal of viral infection,” says Linda Mix, a

Herb: A plant or a part of a plant that is used as medicine or to give flavor to food. ~ Merriam Webster

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by Sandra Murphy

Scouts, badges, troops and summer camp—they’re not just for kids anymore. Dog Scouts of America is a new twist on tradition that is fun for all ages.


ogs, their owners and the larger community all benefit when a pet earns the basic Dog Scout certification badge. Any dog can participate, as long as he’s well-behaved. To qualify for the initial badge, he must be able to heel without pulling, greet a person calmly, meet another animal without overreacting and to see food and leave it alone. The test criteria are similar to that used for the Canine Good Citizen certificate from the American Kennel Club. Tests can be videotaped if there’s no organization evaluator in the area. Once the dog’s earned the basic Dog Scout badge, the rest of the badges are optional, depending on how involved human-canine pairs wish to get. Instead of pursuing a particular sport or activity, scouting allows the dog to dabble and find what he likes best. Distinctive badges can be earned in separate ability levels including obedience, community service, trail work, nose work, water sports, pulling, herding and lure coursing (a performance sport first developed for purebred sighthound breeds). Handlers can also earn badges in canine care, first-aid and sign language. All training is based on positive behavior and reinforcement on everyone’s part. “We don’t want dogs to be an accessory or a lawn ornament; they are part of the family, and a lot of fun, besides,” explains Dog Scouts president Chris Puls, of Brookville, Indiana. “As trainers, we have to figure out how to communicate with another species.” Most members engage in scout activities with more than one dog. Requirements for operating a troop are flexible, but holding four meetings a year is

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Dog Troops Also Earn Badges and Go to Camp

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recommended. Meetings don’t have to be formal—a group hike in the woods counts. Other activities may include backpacking, biking, camping and treasure hunts like letterboxing and geocaching. If Sparky would like to try flyball, (timed relay races with balls) or treibball (urban herding of Pilates balls), but has no opportunity for these pursuits on his home turf, summer camp is a good forum to investigate lots of options. Weekend camps are held in Maryland in July and Texas in November. Weeklong camps are held in Michigan in June and July. “Many people bring more than one dog to camp,” says Allison Holloway, who works in financial account services for the U.S. Department of Defense, in Columbus, Ohio. “I take six dogs with me and each has his or her favorite activity, which I like, because it’s too much for one dog to go from early morning until late at night. New members often say they come to camp just for the fun and camaraderie, but they usually end up collecting badges like the rest of us. It’s a great reminder of what you and your dog did at camp together.” One of Holloway’s dog scouts has special needs. Lottie Moon is a double merle, all-white, Australian shepherd that doesn’t let being deaf or blind slow her down. Last year she surprised her owner by earning an agility badge at camp. “I think she sees shadows and movements. I place a dowel rod in front

of the jump and she knows that when she touches it, it’s time go airborne,” says Holloway. “Lottie inspires and motivates me.” Holloway received the Dog Scout’s 2013 Excellence in Writing Award for her blog at Lottie-SeeingInto Many Dog Scout troops serve their communities to show how dogs can and should be integrated into daily life. In Wyoming Valley, near Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, Phyllis Sinavage, office manager for a wholesale distributor, reports on recent activities conducted by Troop 221. “We’ve donated oxygen masks for pets to local fire departments and emergency services. We raise funds to buy them and also have oxygen mask angels that donate the price of a mask in memory of a pet. One third grade class raised enough money to purchase two masks after we visited and did a bite prevention class.” The Dog Scouts of America Hike-a-Thon, in May, is the nonprofit organization’s annual fundraiser, open to everyone willing to ask friends and family members to pledge funds for distances walked. It’s a good way to partner with the dog for quality outdoor time, spread the word about Dog Scouts and enjoy the spring weather. Learn more and join with others for a troop experience at

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Pet Food Bank – 3-5:30pm. 2nd Wed. of every month. Bring proof of your animals which you are seeking assistance for. See website for requirements. Please do not bring animals to this visit. Trenton/Woodhaven Animal Shelter, 21860 Van Horn Rd, Woodhaven., 734-926-1098.

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Sat, Mar 8 Offsite Adoption – Dearborn Home & Garden Show - 10am-3pm. The Dearborn Animal Shelter is overflowing with wonderful cats, kittens, dogs, & puppies, and we want them all to have loving homes, so we will also be bringing them out to meet you. Free admission. Ford Community & Performing Arts Center, 15801 Michigan Ave, Dearborn.

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Reiki Share Offered Downriver


atti Radakovich, Reiki Master Teacher, is starting a Reiki share Downriver in conjunction with Total Health Foods. The first Reiki share will be Sunday, March 16 at 1 pm in the Zen Room at Total Health Foods. They hope to offer the free opportunity on a monthly basis. The Reiki share is open to anyone that has been attuned to at least level 1 Reiki. It is an opportunity for Reiki practitioners to practice their skills and give and receive Reiki to and from other Reiki practitioners. Cost: Free. Location: Total Health Foods, 2938 Biddle Ave, Wyandotte. For more information, email

Proposed Resolution to Ban Homeopathy in Veterinary Practice Struck Down


n January 2014, the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) voted no to a resolution “to discourage the use of homeopathy by US veterinarians and identify the approach as unsafe or ineffective.” The resolution was not adopted with an overwhelming 90% of votes against it. The AVMA Executive Board had decided earlier the organization already had guidelines for complementary and alternative medicine and would not single out individual therapies for judgment. It recognized that evidence-based research for many conventional and alternative therapies is inadequate and stressed the importance of needing to gather more evidence on individual modalities. “I am absolutely thrilled for the wonderful opportunity this gives me and the Academy of Veterinary Homeopathy (AVH) to help educate other veterinarians about the fantastic effectiveness of veterinary homeopathic treatment,” said Dr. Jeff Feinman, VMD, CVH, owner of Weston-based HomeVet and past President of the AVH. “The overwhelming support from our AVMA delegate colleagues is already being shared by other conventional veterinarians who want to learn more. The AVH has received requests from state veterinary associations for continuing education programs in vet homeopathy. As education chair of the AVH, I see the outcome of the one year of careful study of this resolution and deliberation by our colleagues as a very good thing.” In addition, the AVMA voted overwhelmingly in favor of admitting the American Academy of Veterinary Acupuncture into the AVMA House of Delegates as a constituent allied veterinary organization. The American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association was admitted in July 2013. For more information, visit or visit Dr. Jeff Feinman’s integrative pet care website at Submitted by Ariana Rawls Fine, Assistant Editor of Natural Awakenings Fairfield County.

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Yake Elementary Fourth Graders Hold Pet Food Drive


or the second year, the fourth graders at Yake Elementary School in Woodhaven have conducted a pet food drive for Basil’s Buddies Pet Food Bank. Last year, the students collected over 1500 pounds of dog and cat food; the final totals have not yet been counted for this year’s collection. The fourth grade teachers participating this year are Linda Burnett, Lori Amerman, and Katie Snyder. The food drive was the brainchild of teacher Linda Burnett. Yake Elementary principal Tim Podlewski encourages the students each year to be involved in some type of

community service project as a classroom effort. Mrs. Burnett wanted the kids to have a local impact and she knew the kids all loved animals so she thought it would be a perfect fit. “We are truly grateful to Mrs. Burnett and the fourth grade classes at Yake Elementary,” said Patti Radakovich, Chairman of Basil’s Buddies. “The food goes along way to help feed the pets of our clients.” For more information, please visit A list of food donation sites is available online.

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Food Revolution in a Tank

Aquaponics Offers Year-Round Homegrown Fish and Veggies by Avery Mack


icture a salad of mixed lettuces or romaine accented with microgreens and ripe, red tomatoes alongside an entrée of tilapia, complemented by a dessert of fresh strawberries—all organic, eco-friendly and freshly harvested, even in the middle of winter. The ingredients for this meal don’t have to travel many miles to reach the table—they can be found just several feet away, thanks to aquaponics. “Aquaculture is fish farming, hydroponics is soilless gardening,” explains Becca Self, executive director of educational nonprofit FoodChain, in downtown Lexington, Kentucky. “Aquaponics is a mutually beneficial blend of the two. Our indoor aquaponics system produces about 150 pounds of fresh tilapia every month, plus nearly 200 pounds of lettuces, herbs and microgreens.” FoodChain, which shares production space in a former bread factory with Smithtown Seafood and West Sixth Brewing, hosted 2,000 guests and was the destination for 54 field trips last year by farmers, church groups, Rotary clubs and students of all grade levels. The seafood restaurant’s website notes, “We can step

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outside our back door into the farm for our superfood salad greens, herbs and tilapia.” FoodChain is also finding a way to use waste grain from the microbrewery as fish food. According to brewmaster Robin Sither, the grain is free of genetic engineering, but not organic. He notes that it’s rare for a brewery to use organic grain. The general hydroponics concept dates back to ancient practices in Chinese rice fields, Egyptian bottomlands flooded by the Nile River and Aztec floating gardens perched on low rafts layered with rich bottom muck. By the early 20th century, chemists had identified solutions of 13 specific nutrients which, added to water, could entirely substitute for fertile soil. That’s when William F. Gericke, Ph.D., of the University of California-Berkeley, took the science of hydroponics into commercial production. “In today’s space-efficient, closed, recirculating aquaponic systems that combine fish tanks and plant troughs, fish waste provides fertilizer for the plants, while the plants clean the water for fish,” says Gina Cavaliero, owner of Green Acre Aquaponics, in Brooksville, Florida. The 2013 Aquaponics Association Conference, in Tucson, Arizona, reported that aquaponic plants grow faster and offer higher yields, plus the sustainable technology recycles 90 percent of the water. In Denver, JD Sawyer, president of Colorado Aquaponics, operates a 3,000-square-foot farm in a food desert neighborhood (without easy access to fresh, healthy, affordable food). Koi, tilapia and hybrid striped bass fertilize romaine, bib lettuce, kale, Swiss chard, spinach, chives and strawberries. Other crops include tomatoes, peppers, yellow squash and root vegetables like beets and carrots. Tilapia and bass sell to the community and restaurants; koi are used in livestock ponds. Sawyer remarks, “An aquaponics system can be indoors or out, depending on the climate, for commercial use or in the home. The basement, garage or a spare room is ideal for growing your own food.” Home garden sizes range from a 20-gallon aquarium to a 10-by-20-foot area.

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says Ellis. He reflects that the solutions for feeding the world exist if we just open our eyes to what needs to be done. For those that don’t care to harvest and clean fish, decorative koi species work well. Erik Oberholtzer, founder and owner of Tender Greens restaurants, which sources from nearby southern California farms and is exploring ways to install an aquaponics system in each of its restaurants, explains, “The world is suffering from a loss of growing habitat, genetically modified seeds and global warming. Aquaponics enables growers to stay ahead of climate change, making it the future of sustainable farming.

ies; we don’t want just pretty plants that have diluted flavor. Butter lettuce is the tilapia of plants—it’s easy to grow for a good yield.” ~ Erik Oberholtzer, Tender Greens restaurants

It’s an ethical way to make quality food healthy, affordable and profitable.” Aquaponics methods deliver fish free of mercury and genetically modified fish food, plus the freshest vegetables possible, all without the worry of weeds, rabbits, insects, suspect fertilizers, toxic herbicides and pesticides. A home aquaponics system can be one of the best green investments to make in 2014. According to Oberholtzer, “Eating this way should not be a luxury.” Avery Mack is a freelance writer in St. Louis, MO. Connect via AveryMack@

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Avery Ellis, an ecological designer and permaculture specialist in Boulder, Colorado, builds dynamic, living, nonconventional systems. “The temperature in most homes is near 70 degrees, an ideal temperature for a tropical fish like tilapia,” he says. “A 50-gallon fish tank, a 50-gallon storage bin and a timer to feed the fish automatically and supply light can be a self-sustaining system.” Outdoors, a greenhouse or geodesic dome can house the system. “A harmonious balance maintains itself, and we enjoy maximum yields from little labor,”

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healthykids Action Plan for Parents

Seven Signs of Food Sensitivities by Pamela Bond


n recent years, Pediatrician William Sears has seen many more cases of asthma and eczema in his San Clemente, California, office. Dairy and wheat remain the biggest culprits, but experts believe new factors may be contributing to the rise in food sensitivities, including synthetic additives like partially hydrogenated oils, artificial colors and flavors and sweeteners, plus genetically modified ingredients. Often undiagnosed and untreated, food intolerances can cause long-term tissue damage, warns Sears, author of The NDD Book, which addresses what he calls nutrient deficit disorder without resorting to drugs. Increasingly, kids

are developing formerly adult-onset diseases, such as Type 2 diabetes, obesity, depression, cardiovascular disease and acid reflux, he says. If it seems that a child is having a dietary reaction, first look for clues. “A lot of parents already suspect the answer,” says Kelly Dorfman, a licensed nutritionist dietitian and author of What’s Eating Your Child? Become a “nutrition detective”, she suggests. Here’s how to assess conditions and find solutions.

Spitting Up

Suspects: Intolerance to casein—a protein prevalent in dairy cow milk different from its form in breast milk that can get into mothers’ milk or formula—tends to irritate an infant’s gut lining, causing gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and then chronic ear infections or constipation, says Dorfman. Action: Remove dairy from the baby’s and nursing mom’s diet for at least a week. For formula feeding, choose a brand made with predigested casein or whey. To heal baby’s damaged intestinal lining, give 10 billion CFU (colony forming units) daily of probiotic bacteria, mixed in a bottle or sprinkled on food.

Chronic Diarrhea

Suspects: Intolerance to gluten (a protein in wheat and other grains) or lactose (dairy sugar). Diarrhea, the gastrointestinal tract’s way of eliminating problematic substances, plus gas and bloating, often accompany these intolerances. Lactose intolerance is usually a root cause and is present in nearly everyone that’s gluten intolerant, Dorfman says. Action: Get a blood test to check for celiac disease, then eliminate gluten for at least a month. Although the diarrhea could end within a week, “You need a few weeks to see a trend,” counsels Dorfman. Consume fermented dairy products like cheese and yogurt, which have low lactose levels; cream dairy products may also test OK.

Chronic Ear Infections

Suspects: Dairy intolerance and for many, soy sensitivity. Some research has shown that 90 percent of kids with recurring ear infections or ear fluid have food reactions, corroborated by Dorfman’s patients. Action: Quit dairy and soy for several months to verify a correlation. Dorfman recommends eliminating soy milk, soy yogurt and tofu, adding that ultrasensitive individuals may need to avoid processed foods that contain soy byproducts.

Itchy Skin

Suspects: Reaction to gluten, casein (in dairy products) and eggs plus oranges, grapefruit, tangerines, lemons, strawberries and pineapple. Action: Because itchiness can suggest a histamine response, ask an allergist for an IgE radioallergosorbent (RAST) blood test to detect food sensitivities.

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Suspects: Sensitivity to artificial colors or sugar. According to Sears, children’s underdeveloped blood-brain barrier increases vulnerability to the neurotoxic effects of chemical food additives, including artificial colors and monosodium glutamate (MSG). Action: When possible, buy organic foods certified to contain no artificial colors. Otherwise, scrutinize food labels for the nine petroleum-based synthetic dyes in U.S. foods: Blue 1 and 2, Citrus Red 2, Green 3, Orange B, Red 3 and 40, Yellow 5 and 6. Avoid ingredients like high-fructose corn syrup, sucrose, glucose, fructose, cane sugar and syrup—all added sugars.


Suspects: Gluten sensitivity is traditionally associated exclusively with digestive disturbances, but some recent studies have linked it to neurological symptoms, from moodiness and chronic headaches to ADHD and coordination loss. Action: Eliminate gluten for a month to assess a potential connection between mood and food, possibly signaled by excessive eating of a certain food.

Stunted Growth

Suspects: Gluten sensitivity or zinc deficiency. Because gluten intolerance interferes with nutrient absorption, suffering kids often fail to thrive. “Small size—height or weight—is a classic symptom of celiac disease,” Dorfman advises. Zinc could be another factor; it normalizes appetite and through its relationship with growth hormones, helps the body develop. If levels are too low, growth will be abnormally stunted. In such cases, a child may rarely be hungry, be a picky eater or complain that food smells or tastes funny, Dorfman says. Action: Eliminate gluten consumption for a month. A blood test by a pediatrician can determine serum zinc levels, or buy a zinc sulfate taste test online. After sipping a zinc sulfate solution, the child will report either tasting nothing (indicating deficiency) or a bad flavor (no deficiency). Zinc-rich foods include beef, chicken, beans, pumpkin seeds, cashews and chickpeas. To counter a deficiency, ask a family healthcare provider for an age-appropriate supplement dose. Pamela Bond is the managing editor of Natural Foods Merchandiser.

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ON THE GO Safe Eating Away from Home by Judith Fertig


lthough following a diet without gluten has become easier due to increased availability and labeling of gluten-free foods, we still need to know how to make sure which foods strictly qualify. We always have more control in our own kitchen, yet we’re not always eating at home. Natural Awakenings asked experts to comment on reasons for the demand and offer practical tips and tactics for healthy eating on the go. According to the Center for Celiac Research & Treatment, 18 million Americans are now gluten sensitive, 3 million more suffer from celiac disease, and the numbers continue to skyrocket, says Dr. David Perlmutter, a neurolo-

gist and author of Grain Brain. Gluten, a naturally occurring protein in wheat, barley and rye, is prevalent in the modern American diet. Perlmutter points to new wheat hybrids and increasing amounts of gluten in processed foods as exacerbating the problem. He particularly cites today’s overuse of antibiotics and anti-inflammatory medications as contributors to “inappropriate and excessive reactions to what might otherwise have represented a non-threatening protein like gluten.”

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Allergy-Friendly Recipes the Whole Family Can Enjoy who also shares recipes at, remembers when going out for a glutenfree lunch was difficult. “The friendly lunch spots my coworkers and I used to enjoy on a weekly and sometimes even daily basis were no longer friendly for me,” she says. “There was nothing on the menu I could eat, and it seemed better for everyone if I simply stayed in the office. But it isolated me socially from my colleagues and deprived me of a much-needed midday break that had been such an enjoyable part of my routine.” Attending catered breakfasts or lunches for office meetings also presented difficulties. Shepard learned that it’s best to be prepared and pack something, even if it’s only a snack. “Some of my favorites include fresh fruit, like apples or bananas with peanut or almond butter, washed berries, applesauce, coconut yogurt, hummus and red peppers, trail mix, dry cereals like granola, and nutrition bars. I keep a variety of these bars in my purse and car year-round, so I’m never bored with my choices.” “Gluten-free instant oatmeal is a staple in my life,” advises Shepard. She never leaves home without it, regardless of the length of the trip. “All you need is a cup or a bowl and some boiling water. Be sure to buy certified glutenfree oats, because regular oats can

be contaminated with gluten grains.” Shepard also recommends avoiding pre-sweetened varieties. Kate Chan, a teacher and mother of two in suburban Seattle, Washington, who has been following a gluten-free diet since 2000, has solved the problem of eating healthy at work another way: The family cooks extra the night before. “While cleaning up the kitchen, I just pack the leftovers for lunch. I like to vary the side dishes a bit if I pack side dishes at all, and toss in fruit and more vegetables,” she says. Chan likes to use a bento-style lunch box with several compartments, plus thermal containers, so she can enjoy a variety of gluten-free lunch options.

gluten-free soups such as butternut squash and black bean, corn tortillas with fresh fillings, and fruit for a delicious lunch upon reaching the peak. Some gluten-free snacks can contain as many empty calories as other types of junk food, notes Registered Dietitian Katharine Tallmadge. “Many ‘gluten-free’ products are made with refined, unenriched grains and starches, which contain plenty of calories, but few vitamins or minerals.” She agrees with Kidd and others that choosing whole, natural, fresh foods, which are naturally gluten-free, makes for healthy eating wherever we go.

On the Road In Los Angeles, California, Kristine Kidd, former food editor at Bon Appétit, has recently returned to gluten-free eating. On her menu-planning and recipe blog,, and in her cookbook, Weeknight Gluten Free, she recommends whole, fresh foods from farmers’ markets that are naturally gluten-free. When she and her husband hike the Sierra Mountains, she carries homemade, high-fiber, gluten-free cookies to eat on the way up and packs

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fter four decades teaching selfdevelopment and empowerment and authoring more than 30 bestselling books, Wayne W. Dyer, Ph.D., shares dozens of events from his life in his latest work, I Can See Clearly Now. In unflinching detail, he relates vivid impressions of encountering many forks in the road, from his youth in Detroit to the present day, and reflects on these events from his current perspective, noting what lessons he ultimately learned.

these miracles show up. There are 60 chapters in the book. Every time I finished one, I would think: “Now I can see clearly why I had to go through all of these experiences and learn all these lessons.” As a result, I suggest that whenever something happens that leads you to ask, “Why is this happening to me?” shift instead to the awareness that all experiences, no matter what, are gifts.

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I can now see that spending the better part of my first decade in a series of foster homes was all a part of God’s infallible plan for me. I believe I was in a type of training camp for becoming a teacher of higher spiritual and commonsense principles. If I was going to spend my adult life teaching, lecturing and writing on self-reliance, then I obviously needed to learn to rely upon myself and be in a position to never be dissuaded from this awareness. What better training ground for teaching this than an early childhood that required a sense of independence and need for self-sufficiency? Now that I know that every encounter, challenge and situation is a spectacular thread in a

tapestry, and that each represents and defines my life, I am deeply grateful for them all. Each of us has a mission of some kind to fulfill at the moment we make the shift from nowhere to now here, from spirit to form. I’ve seen firsthand how this universe has a creative source of energy supporting it that is literally the matrix of all matter. Nothing occurs by happenstance anywhere, because this universal mind is perpetually on call, going about its miraculous ways in terms of infinite possibilities.

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What can you see clearly about your role as a parent? I’ve watched my eight children show up from birth with their unique personalities and blossom into their own awakenings. I know for certain that the one Divine mind that is responsible for all of creation has a hand in this engaging mystery. Same parents, same environment, same culture and yet eight individuals, with their own distinctive character traits. Khalil Gibran stated it perfectly in The Prophet: “Your children are not your children. They are the sons and daughters of Life’s longing for itself. They come through you but not from you, and though they are with you yet they belong not to you.” Each of my children had their blueprint from God. My job has been to guide, then step aside and let whatever is inside them that is their own uniqueness steer the course of their lives.

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umans are inherently social creatures. Most of us enjoy the company of others and spend much of our waking time engaging in social interactions with colleagues, friends and family. People that spend a lot of time together often adopt one another’s eating and exercise habits—sometimes for the better, but often for the worse. At least one positive side to wishing to conform socially is unexpected. Finding the right circle of friends—our

own personal support group—can make sticking to an exercise schedule or diet easier. It’s a key factor in the popularity of organized weight-loss groups and exercise classes. Studies published in the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology and the Journal of Obesity demonstrate that just having a weight-loss or fitness support system in place results in better adherence to diet and exercise with more pounds shed and kept off over the

This micro-blogging site is informal and fast-paced, providing nearly instantaneous feedback. Use Twitter to identify friends with similar health and fitness goals. Follow links to motivational photos, low-calorie recipes and at-home workouts. Tweeting when feeling the urge to eat virtually guarantees that we’ll receive a helpful response in a minute or two. Twitter chats are also a fabulous way to connect with an established and helpful healthy living tribe.


A visual smorgasbord of clean-eating recipes, at-home workouts and inspirational photos keeps spirits up. Pinterest accesses photos throughout the Internet that we can grab and “pin” to a personal online vision board. It’s also possible to create a visual cookbook, pinning recipes to, for example, clean eating, Paleo,

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ardening is not about having or taking; it’s about giving,” says Connecticut psychotherapist Gunilla Norris, author of A Mystic Garden: Working with Soil, Attending to Soul. “And in giving, the garden gives back to you.” She deems the art of practicing gratitude in the garden as an intentional path for cultivating spirituality.“Every day, go out and thank the ground. Life is burgeoning all around us, all the time,” she continues. “If we can just appreciate that, it’s a big deal.” It’s hard not to be humbled and awed by the miracle of life when we see a seedling push its tiny green head above ground, lean toward the sun and unfurl its first set of leaves. Each bit of plant life is simply fulfilling its mission to grow and be. “Gardening enhances our relationship to the Earth. Through gardening, we are helping to heal the planet, which is part of the work we are all called to do,” remarks Al Fritsch, a Jesuit priest in Ravenna, Kentucky, and author of the e-book, Spiritual Growth Through Domestic Gardening (free at Over his lifetime, Fritsch has helped turn a parking lot, a section of church lawn, and overgrown bottomland all into thriving gardens. In his view, “It gives us a sense of home, roots us in place.”

We can even discover our personal calling through cultivating a garden while gleaning endless spiritual lessons: Here dwells patience and an appreciation for the natural order of things; no fertilizer can force a flower to bloom before its time. Here resides mindfulness as we learn to notice changes in the plants under our care and discern what they need to thrive. Here abides interdependence; we wouldn’t have carrots, corn or cherries without the bats, birds, and bees playing in the pollen. In a garden, we naturally accept the cycle of life, death and rebirth as we bid adieu to the joy of seasonal colors and let flowerbeds rest in peace, anticipating their budding and blooming again. Just as the fruits of growing a garden exceed the doing—the weeding and seeding and countless other tasks—so do the riches of tending a spiritual life surpass the striving. We do well to rejoice in the sacred space created, cherishing every spiritual quality nurtured within and reflected in the Divine handiwork. Breathing in the floral perfume carried by the breeze and reveling in the multi-hued textures of living artistry, we celebrate the fact that we too, are playing our part of the natural miracle of life. Connect with freelance writer April Thompson at

ecotip Healthy Food at the Front Door A growing trend is the ringing of a doorbell heralding the arrival of healthy food. In addition to the convenience and time savings, having a grocery delivery van make roundtrips to and from multiple customers’ doorsteps generates far less emissions than traditional shopping. Home deliveries of local and organic fresh fruits and vegetables have customers clamoring for more. After serving most of the New York metro area for more than a decade, online grocer FreshDirect ( began delivering in the Philadelphia metro area in October 2012 and expanded to other parts of Pennsylvania, plus New Jersey and Delaware, last fall. “Our hyper-local, farm-to-fork food systems result in healthy relationships between consumers, food and farmers,” says David McInerney, co-founder of FreshDirect. The company also supports hunger organizations and provides nutritional counseling. Planet Organics ( serves the San Francisco Bay area. Beginning last fall, Instacart partnered with Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods and Costco to begin delivering food to homes in 13 neighborhoods in Chicago. Beginning in Colorado, where it’s based, Door to Door Organics ( now provides its service in Michigan, plus metro areas of Kansas City, Chicago and New York. Green BEAN Delivery (, based in Indianapolis, now also delivers organic and sustainable foods in Cincinnati, Columbus and Dayton, Ohio; Louisville

and Lexington, Kentucky; and most recently, St. Louis, Missouri. Irv & Shelly’s Fresh Picks ( taps into 100-plus farmers within a day’s drive of its Niles, Illinois, center, to serve the Chicago and Milwaukee metro areas. “We’re able to concentrate on reaching people of all incomes and get deep into the communities,” says co-owner Shelly Herman. The eight-year-old company also partners with community groups, food pantries and schools. Going a step further, other companies are delivering prepared healthy meals. In one example, Power Supply ( recently partnered with Mindful Chef to foster this connection with 50 yoga and other fitness facilities, as well as other businesses in the Washington, D.C., metro area.

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SAT, MARCH 01, 2014 Maple Sugaring Through the Ages –10am & 2pm. (thru 3/22). Hands on maple sap gathering demo. Learn ancient and modern day techniques to collect sap for making maple syrup, sugar and more. Pre-register. $4. Oakwoods Metropark Nature Center, 32911 Willow, New Boston., 734-782-3956. Drum Circle with the Twins – 8pm. Join us for our first drum circle with the twins! Free. Total Health Foods, 2938 Biddle Ave, Wyandotte., 734-246-1208. Drink Yourself Healthy - 11am. All water is not created equal. Learn which water is best for your body and the how water will help to boost your overall health and improve your mood from hydration expert, Carol Ann Fischer, DC, ND. Free. Call for reservations. TLC Holistic Wellness, 31580 Schoolcraft Rd, Livonia., 734-664-0339.

Rehab Roll – 6pm. Learn how to improve balance, stability & breathing plus tone & stretching your body and increasing flexibility, overall strength & range of motion in this workshop. RSVP. Free. Integrated Health Chiropractic Center, 1075 Ann Arbor Rd, Plymouth., 734-454-5600.

WED, MARCH 05 2014 Bill Ayers Book Talk and Signing – 6:30pm. Join the activist and author of Public Enemy: Confessions of an American Dissident, for a book talk, signing and reception. Free. Auburn Great Room,upstairs from Source Booksellers, 4240 Cass, Detroit., 313-832-1155.


Holistic Networking Group – 7-8:30pm. Presentation on deep tissues massage and how it differs from Swedish massage by Laura Montalto, certified massage therapist and owner of Blooming Orchid Wellness Center. Opportunity to network, share ideas, help support one another & grow our local healthy and sustainable community. Bring business cards and flyers to share. Free. St Paul of the Cross Passionist Retreat & Conference Center, 23333 Schoolcraft Rd, Detroit. (I-96 Svc Dr E of Telegraph). 586-943-5785.

Spinal Health Workshop – 1:15pm. RSVP. Free. Integrated Health Chiropractic Center, 1075 Ann Arbor Rd, Plymouth., 734-454-5600. Kundalini Yoga – 9:30am. Healing the Heart through Reiki and Art, 2955 Biddle, Ste 200, Wyandotte. HealingTheHeartThroughArt. com,734-673-0079.

SUN, MARCH 02, 2014 11th Annual Dearborn Women’s Expo –10am5pm. Great retail therapy with 100 exhibitors, silent auction, duck pond for prizes, fashion shows and more. Proceeds benefit Children’s Leukemia Foundation. $3. Ford Community Performing Arts Center, 15801 Michigan, Dearborn., 313-5867481.

MON, MARCH 03, 2014

Body Movement Workshop – 6pm.Intro to functional body movements. Bring any weight resistance and mat.RSVP. Free. Integrated Health Chiropractic Center, 1075 Ann Arbor Rd, Plymouth., 734-454-5600.

THUR, MARCH 06, 2014 Walking for Success – 6:30-7:30pm. Learn how to make the most of your walking program before the upcoming spring season plus learn ways to progress your walks to achieve weight loss goals. Free. Henry Ford Self-health Center, 23400 Allen Rd, Woodhaven., 734-676-3813.

Poetry Night – 8-10pm. Open Mic Poetry Night in the Juice bar. Free. Total Health Foods, 2938 Biddle Ave, Wyandotte., 734-246-1208. Posture Workshop – 6pm. Learn how posture affects your health & longevity. Get advice on correct sitting, bending & lifting plus ergonomics of your work station. Register. Free. Integrative Chiropractic Wellness Center, 1075 Ann Arbor Rd, Plymouth., 734-454-5600.

FRI, MARCH 07, 2014 Drink Yourself Healthy - 7pm. All water is not created equal. Learn which water is best for your body and how water will help to boost your overall health and improve your mood from hydration expert, Carol Ann Fischer, DC, ND. Free. Call for reservations. TLC Holistic Wellness, 31580 Schoolcraft Rd, Livonia.., 734-664-0339. Wish Upon a Butterfly – 10am. (thru 6/1). Walk among live butterflies. See hundreds of butterflies flutter around and some may even take a seat on you! This experience also teaches a butterfly’s life cycles from caterpillar to adult. The Flight of the Butterflies IMAX movie is a great complement to this exhibit. $17.95.Michigan Science Center, 5020 John R St, Detroit., 313-5778400.

SAT, MARCH 08, 2014 Yoga for the LGBT – 12:30-1:30pm.Yoga welcomes all, bringing together mind, body and spirit. $10. The Yoga and Wellness Collective, 21925 Garrison, Dearborn., 313617-9535 . Backyard Sugaring – 2pm. Program is for maple tree owners who want to learn how to make their own syrup. Preregistration. $3. Oakwoods Metropark Nature Center, 32911 Willow, New Boston., 734-782-3956.

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Art Opening – 6pm. Michelle Carpenter Photography. Total Health Foods, 2938 Biddle Ave, Wyandotte., 734246-1208.

MOn, MarCh 10, 2014 Intro to Herbs – 6pm. Join DTL Herbs with introductory session on everything you need to know about herbs. $5 w/ RSVP. $7 door. Total Health Foods, 2938 Biddle Ave, Wyandotte., 734-246-1208.

tueS, MarCh 11, 2014 Youngevity Meeting – 7-8pm. Learn about Youngevity Minerals. Free. Total Health Foods, 2938 Biddle Ave, Wyandotte. THFDownriver. com, 734-246-1208. Medicine Cabinet Makeover – 6:30-7:30pm. Enhance your health with essential oil in this seminar with Dr Phil Hoehn. Complimentary samples. Free. Carl Sandburg Library 31100 Seven Mile, Livonia., 734-425-3940.

Wed, MarCh 12, 2014 Drink Yourself Healthy - 7pm. All water is not created equal. Learn which water is best for your body and how water will help to boost your overall health and improve your mood from hydration expert, Carol Ann Fischer, DC, ND. Free. Call for reservations. TLC Holistic Wellness, 31580 Schoolcraft Rd, Livonia.., 734-664-0339.

thur MarCh 13, 2014 Pressure Point Therapy & Stress Reduction – 7-8pm. Step-by-step instruction taught by Dr. William H, Karl, DC. Register. Karl Wellness Center, 30935 Ann Arbor Trail, Westland., 734-425-8220.

Essential Exercises – 8-9pm. Explore six exercises to help improve strength, balance and overall energy; great for all ages and fitness levels! RSVP. Karl Wellness Center, 30935 Ann Arbor Trail, Westland., 734-425-8220. Vegan Recipes – 6pm. Join Lucinda as she demos some of her vegan recipes plus food sampling. $5. Total Health Foods, 2938 Biddle Ave, Wyandotte., 734-246-1208. Meditation for Beginners: Isha Kriya – 7-8pm. Learn a simple yet powerful 15 min. practice which creates enhanced clarity, improved health and a state of peacefulness and joy. (ages 12+) Free. Whole Foods Market, Midtown Detroit, 115 Mack, Detroit. 313-451-4742.

Fri, MarCh 14, 2014 Empty Bowls – 6-9pm. Buy a handmade bowl w/ soup from local restaurants & pot of tea. Proceeds to Cass Community Social Services/Food Bank. $15 Socra Tea & Artist Gallery, 71 Garfield, Ste50, Detroit. 313-833-7100.

Sat, MarCh 15, 2014

savethedate Bach Flower Remedies Course (3/15-16). Examine all 38 of Dr. Bach’s remedies, explore his philosophy and methodology and learn applications for daily life in this two-day Introductory Course: Level 1 of the International Education Program approved by the Bach Centre, UK, led by Carol Bennington, PhD, BFRP. 12.5 NCBTMB CE hours. (Pre-requisite for Advanced Workshop/ level 2 & Practitioner Training/Level 3). Pre-Registration required. 734-726-4303.

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Reiki Share – 1-2pm. Reiki Share with Veggie Patti. Free. Total Health Foods, 2938 Biddle Ave, Wyandotte., 734246-1208. Spinal Health Workshop – 1:15pm. RSVP. Free. Integrated Health Chiropractic Center, 1075 Ann Arbor Rd, Plymouth., 734-454-5600.

MOn, MarCh 17, 2014 Essential Oils Enhance the Heart – 7-8:15pm. Join Aromatherapist, Cynthia Hass, as she discusses essential oils that enhance the heart on physical, emotional, mental and spiritual levels. Free. Call to register. Canton Chiropractic, 6231 N Canton Center Rd, Ste 109, Canton., 734-455-6767.

tueS, MarCh 18, 2014 Let’s Make This Crystal Clear – 7-8:30pm. Learn about the care and energy of crystals plus their uses in healing with MJ Potter. Focus will be on crystals for chakras. Free. Call to register. Canton Chiropractic, 6231 N Canton Center Rd, Ste 109, Canton. CantonCenterChiropractic. com, 734-455-6767.

Wed, MarCh 19, 2014 Beating Adrenal Fatigue Naturally – 7-8pm. Exhausted, stressed, hormones out of balance? Learn 5 easy strategies to get your life back on track with Dr Civello, free. Zerbo’s Health Foods, 34164 Plymouth, Livonia. DrCivello. com, 734-525-9588. Spinal Health Workshop – 6pm. RSVP. Free. Integrated Health Chiropractic Center, 1075 Ann Arbor Rd, Plymouth., 734454-5600.

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Ready to Simplify your Life? Session Topics: 3/2 Christian Simplicity: 3/30 Energy: Fasting from OverUsing Clean Energy and Consumption and Living Consuming Energy More More Simply Efficiently 3/9 Consumption: 4/6 Transportation: Reconsidering Our Exploring Alternative Ways Relationship to Stuff of Getting Around, Reducing Carbon Emissions 3/16 Food: Buying and Eating Our 4/13 Gratitude and Food Responsibly Generosity: Discovering New Ways of 3/23 Water: Opening Our Hearts and Conserving and Protecting Becoming Involved the Sacred Gift of Water

Sun, MarCh 16, 2014

Tummy Trouble – 7-9pm. Learn natural means of improving or correcting acid reflux, hiatal hernias, irritable bowel syndrome, ulcers and more by Dr Carol Ann Fischer, DC ND. Limited to 15 guests. Reservations required. Free. 3rd floor, Civic Center Library, 32777 Five Mile, Livonia. 734-756-6904.

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Meditation for Beginners – 7-8pm. Stress may be a root cause to many of our modern ailments. With regular practice, meditation has been shown to relieve some of these problems. In this one hour Isha Kriya meditation class, participants will learn a simple yet powerful 15 min daily practice which offers enhanced feelings of peace, calm, and clarity and can be done while seated in a chair. No previous meditation exp necessary. Ages 12+. Free. Summit on the Park, 46000 Summit Pkwy, Canton., 313-451-4742. natural awakenings

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calendarofevents Understanding the Energy in Your Home – 7-8pm. Teleclass teaches how the energy in your home influences your life and how to clear negative energy. Free. Must register to receive call-in info and worksheet. CreateByVibration. com, 734-716-2881.

SAT, MARCH 22, 2014 Drink Yourself Healthy - 11am. All water is not created equal. Learn which water is best for your body and the how water will help to boost your overall health and improve your mood from hydration expert, Carol Ann Fischer, DC, ND. Free. Call for reservations. TLC Holistic Wellness, 31580 Schoolcraft Rd, Livonia.., 734-664-0339. Body Movement Workshop – 1:15pm. Intro to functional body movements. Bring any weight resistance and mat. RSVP. Free. Integrated Health Chiropractic Center, 1075 Ann Arbor Rd, Plymouth., 734-454-5600.

SUN, MARCH 23, 2014 Temple Gathering – 5-7pm. Get a chance to connect and openly discuss topics regarding sexuality, tantra, consciousness, spirituality, and more. After opening meditation, there is a Sacred Circle where questions on intimate topics may be shared in a safe space. Register. Mystery School of the Temple Arts, Dearborn.

MON, MARCH 24, 2014 Posture Workshop – 6pm. Learn how posture affects your health & longevity. Get advice on correct sitting, bending & lifting plus ergonomics of your work station. Register. Free. Integrative Chiropractic Wellness Center, 1075 Ann Arbor Rd, Plymouth., 734-454-5600.

Meditation for Beginners: Isha Kriya – 6:30-7:30pm. Learn a simple yet powerful 15 min. practice which creates enhanced clarity, improved health and a state of peacefulness and joy. (ages 12+) Free. Bacon Memorial Library, 45 Vinewood, Wyandotte. 313-451-4742. Medicine Cabinet Makeover – 6:30-7:30pm. Enhance your health with essential oil in this seminar with Dr Phil Hoehn DC Complimentary samples. Free. Carl Sandburg Library 31100 Seven Mile, Livonia., 734-425-3940.

WED, MARCH 26, 2014 Energy Healing with Color – 7-8:30pm. Color has been used for healing since 2000BC; learn how color relates to chakras, organ health and color laser therapy. Free. RSVP. Karl Wellness Center, 30935 Ann Arbor Trail, Westland., 734-425-8220. Spinal Health Workshop – 6pm. RSVP. Free. Integrated Health Chiropractic Center, 1075 Ann Arbor Rd, Plymouth., 734454-5600.

THUR, MARCH 27, 2014 Home School Thursday: Maple Syrup – 1pm. Introduction to maple sugaring. Dress for the weather. Preregister. $4. Oakwoods Metropark Nature Center, 32911 Willow, New Boston., 734-782-3956. Rehab Roll – 6pm. Learn how to improve balance, stability & breathing plus tone & stretching your body and increasing flexibility, overall strength & range of motion in this workshop. RSVP. Free. Integrated Health Chiropractic Center, 1075 Ann Arbor Rd, Plymouth., 734-454-5600.

TUES, MARCH 25, 2014 The Scoop of Poop – 7-8:30pm. Humorous workshop discussion about the serious topic of how your body is functioning and then learn how to treat different issues. Free. Canton Chiropractic, 6231 N Canton Center Rd, Ste 109, Canton., 734-455-6767. Why Your Thyroid Needs Support – 7-9pm. Have cold hands or feet, weight gain or mood swings? Learn potential reasons plus the thyroid’s link to heart health, digestive issues and more with Dr Carol Ann Fisher, DC ND. Help your body get back on track with natural alternatives. Limited to 10 guests. RSVP Free. TLC Holistic Wellness, 31580 Schoolcraft Rd, Livonia.., 734756-6904.

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FRI, MARCH 28, 2014 Drink Yourself Healthy - 7pm. All water is not created equal. Learn which water is best for your body and how water will help to boost your overall health and improve your mood from hydration expert, Carol Ann Fischer, DC, ND. Free. Call for reservations. TLC Holistic Wellness, 31580 Schoolcraft Rd, Livonia.., 734-664-0339.

SUN, MARCH 30, 2014 Vegan Brunch – 11am-2pm. Specialty quiche, soup, salad & seasonal spring tea! $15 (while supplies last). Socra Tea & Artist Gallery, 71 Garfield, Ste50, Detroit. 313-833-7100.

SUN, APR 13, 2014 VegFest – 11am-5pm. VegMichigan presents notable local and national speakers on the health, environmental and ethical benefits of a plant-based diet. Cooking and raw-food demonstrations, samples, featuring tasty vegan cuisine from many restaurants and bakeries. Exhibitors, door prizes, literature, cookbooks and children’s activities will round out this event. Suburban Collection, 46100 Grand River Ave, Novi.

SUN, MAY 18, 2014 6 th Annual Natural Health & Eco Fest – 1-5pm. Featuring International and local speakers, lectures and workshops, food demos and samples, healthy and eco lifestyle vendors. $7 in advance, $10 at the door. Laurel Manor & Conference Center, 39000 Schoolcraft Rd, Livonia.,

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Sunday’s Tea - 20 oz pot of tea with 2 scones. $5. Knitting groups welcome. SocraTea & Artist Gallery, 71 Garfield, Ste 50, Detroit. 313-833-7100. Yin (restorative) Yoga – 7-8pm. $14 walk in. Livonia Yoga Ctr, 19219 Merriman Rd, Livonia., 248-449-9642. Donation Yoga -11:30am-12:30pm. All levels welcome in a serene studio with natural light. Be Nice Yoga, 4100 Woodward, Detroit., 313-544-9787.

SWCRC Connections Weekly Networking Group – 8am. Free to chamber members, one business per industry. Non-members can visit two meetings free. WCCC-Downriver Campus, 21000 Northline Rd – Conference Room 11, Taylor. Rick Williams, 734-626-7778. Foot Detox Days - call to make an appt . $25. Total Health Foods, 2938 Biddle Ave, Wyandotte., 734-246-1208. Gentle Yoga – 9-10:15am. All levels. $14. TaylorYoga, 8935 Telegraph Rd, Taylor., 313-292-9642. Yoga - 10:15-11:15am. Come enjoy yoga in a nurturing environment! $10 walk-in rate. St John Neumann, 44800 Warren Rd, Canton., 734-455-5910.

Gentle Basic Yoga – 9:30-10:30am. Have you been wanting to try a yoga class? David Demo teaches this wonderful class that will help get your week off to a great start – all levels welcome. New students – first week free, then $5 per class afterwards. Strongheart Yoga, 8373 Old 13 Mile Rd, Warren.

Transformational Tuesdays – 12-2pm. $5 SanKofa Life Center, 18734 Woodward Ave, Detroit., 313-366-5250.

Zumba Fitness - 6-7pm. Exhilarating, effective, easy-to-follow, Latin-inspired, calorie-burning dance fitness-party™. $7 drop in. Vibe Fit, Skateland of Woodhaven,23911 Allen Rd, Woodhaven.

Beginners Pilates – 6pm. Guardian Martial Arts & Fitness, 30942 Ford Rd, Garden City., 734-266-0565.

Lunch Yoga – 12-1pm. Donation. Yoga 4 Peace, 13550 Dix-Toledo Rd, Southgate. 734-282-9642. Health, Healing and Happiness – 6:457:45pm. Workshop encompassing new approach to better and happier you. $10. The Yoga and Wellness Collective, 21925 Garrison, Dearborn. YogaAndWellnessCollective., 734-778-2022. Yoga with Your Neighbor – 11am-12pm, 7:30-8:30pm. Join in the fun of doing yoga in a supportive environment and improve your health in a relaxing manner. Appropriate for all levels. $10. Your Soul Fuel, 28471 Greenlawn, Flat Rock., 734-789-9964. LifeCare’s Outstretched in Worship – 6:107:20pm.Workout, worshipful experience and a little relaxation; beginner and intermediate/ advanced classes. $6.LifeCare, 33445 Warren, Westland., 734629-3551.

Classic Nia – 5:30-6:30pm. All levels. $13. Body and Mind Fitness, 239 E Nine Mile Rd, 1 blk E of Woodward, Ferndale. NiaBethSchedule.

Qi Gong and Yoga for Real Bodies and Yoga Nidra – 6-7:15pm. Qi Gong is ancient Chinese exercise. No exp needed, provides stress relief and focus. Donation. Yoga 4 Peace, 13550 Dix-Toledo Rd, Southgate., 734-282-9642. Transformational Tuesdays – 7-9pm. $5 SanKofa Life Center, 18734 Woodward Ave, Detroit., 313-366-5250. Opening the Doors of Change - 8pm. Prepare to be informed, uplifted and inspired as you discover how to open the doors to positive change in your life. Each wk Chris Lee brings you the hottest authors, experts and thought leaders - dynamic people who positively impact the planet. Visit chrisleelifestyle to listen online. Yoga Sculpt – 7:15-8:15pm. Total body workout, set to music to tone and sculpt major muscle groups, while complimenting regular yoga practice; boosting metabolism and pushing strength and flexibility to new heights. $12. Yoga Shala and Wellness Center, 25411 W. Warren, Dearborn Heights. 313-278-4308.

SWCRC Connections Weekly Networking Group – 8am. 2nd and 4th Wed. Free to chamber members, one business per industry. Nonmembers can visit 2 meetings free. WCCCDownriver Campus, 21000 Northline Rd – Conf Rm 8, Taylor. Contact Mark Tremper 313-4600438. Mom & Baby Yoga – 10:30-11:30am. Bond w/your baby, release tension, strengthen your body, focus the mind and increase flexibility. Enjoy togetherness with your baby during this fun and worthwhile activity; meet other moms and babies too. Northville Yoga Center, 200 S Main St Unit B, Northville., 248-449-9642. Tai Chi – 6-7pm. With Bobby Jean Calhoun $5. SanKofa Life Center, 18734 Woodward Ave, Detroit., 313-366-5250. Canton Communicators Club – 6:30pm. Learn to become a better communicator and improve public speaking abilities! Canton Coney Island, 8533 Lilly Rd, Canton. Canton.FreeToastHost. com, 734-994-0569. Community Share Dinner & Activities – 6:30-8pm. Join us for a meal, followed by contemporary worship, Bible study, classes, music, cards, and crafts-sign up for dinner each wk, suggested cost $6 per adult, $4 for 4-14, 3 and under free. “pay-what-you-can”. Allen Park Presbyterian Church, 7101 Park Ave, Allen Park., 313-383-0100.

SWCRC Connections Weekly Networking Group – 8am. Free to chamber members, one business per industry. Non-members can visit two mtgs free. Best Western/Greenfield Inn “The Pink Palace” Packard Room, 3000 Enterprise Dr, Allen Park. Annette Prevaux 313389-3937. Chakra Yoga – 11am-12pm. Vinyasa class led by Courtney Conover, designed to help balance chakras, all levels $14. Taylor Yoga, 8935 Telegraph Rd, Taylor. Circle of Light – 2-7pm. (Light Energy) with Sukyo Mahikari - Love Offering. SanKofa Life Center, 18734 Woodward Ave, Detroit., 313-366-5250.

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Open Mic – 7-10pm. For musicians, poets, comedians, etc. Sign up starts at 6:30pm. Free. Always Brewing Detroit, 19180 Grand River, Detroit. 313-879-1102. Drum Circle – 7-9pm. Includes instructions with Baba Uche’, $5. SanKofa Life Center, 18734 Woodward Ave, Detroit., 313-366-5250.

Detroit Eastern Market – 5am-5pm. Open year-round. Now that most of the local farmers markets have closed for the season, it’s great time to check out Eastern Market. EBT accepted. 2934 Russell St, bet Mack & Gratiot, Detroit.

Community Yoga - 7-8pm. All-levels, dedicated Christian Yoga Studio. Free/Donation. Living Waters Yoga, 63 Kercheval, Ste 20, Grosse Pte Farms., 313-884-4465. Slow Flow/Yin Fusion – 7:15pm. Slow down and stretch out your body in order to leave your worries behind, all levels, $12 walk ins. Yoga Shala Wellness, 25411 W Warren Ste D, Dearborn Heights. YogaShalaWellnessCenter. com, 313-520-3377. Cardio Kickboxing – 7:45-8:45pm. Ages 13 and up. $5. Michigan Karate Academy, 23753 Van Born Rd, Taylor. 313-292-9214.

Hatha Yoga- 8:30-9:30am. All levels. Bring mat, towel, water bottle and dress comfortable in workout clothing. Suggested donation, $515. Pop-Up Yoga at Whole Foods Market, Midtown-Detroit, upstairs Community Room, 115 Mack, Detroit., 248-930-4587.

Prenatal Yoga – 11am. $14. Northville Yoga Center, 200 S Main St Unit B, Northville., 248-449-9642. Slow Flow Yoga – 9-10am. Pop-Up Yoga. $10 suggested donation. SocraTea & Artist Gallery, 71 Garfield, Ste 50, Detroit. 313-833-7100

Vinyasa Yoga - 9-10:15am. Flowing sequence, all levels. $14. Taylor Yoga, 8935 Telegraph Rd, Taylor., 313-292-9642.

Prenatal Yoga – 10:45-11:45am. All levels welcome. Goal is to leave you feeling more connected to yourself and your baby.$ 12. Yoga Shala and Wellness Center, 25411 W. Warren, Dearborn Heights.YogaShalaAndWelnessCenter. com, 313-278-4308.

Yin Yoga - 11:45am-12:30pm. All levels, yin is a unique quality of challenge and surrender that works to stretch muscles and connective tissues $15. BE NICE Yoga Studio, 4100 Woodward Ave, Detroit., 313-544-9787. Hustle Dance Classes – 6:30-7:30pm. With Fast Freddy, $5. SanKofa Life Center, 18734 Woodward Ave, Detroit., 313366-5250. Open Gymnastics Fridays – 7-9pm. All levels welcome, drop in fee $10. Sokol Detroit Gymnastics, 23600 W Warren Ave, Dearborn Hghts., 313-278-9493.

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