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newsbriefs Earth Day Party for Preservation The eighth annual Bald Eagle Bash will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. on Earth Day, April 22, at the waterfront Tonsmeire Weeks Bay Resource Center at the Fish River Bridge, on U.S. Highway 98, in Fairhope. This fun event offers a taste of the bay and benefits the Weeks Bay Foundation’s mission to preserve and protect coastal wetlands. The current headlining sponsors are Poarch Band of Creek Indians/Wind Creek Hospitality/OWA and Coastal Land Trust. The party will feature Gulf-caught shrimp dishes and desserts from local restaurants, plus live music by The Mulligan Brothers. “This year, we plan to increase the number of restaurants to 17 to allow more chefs to showcase their talent,” says Foundation executive director, Yael Girard. “From fried shrimp to shrimp curry to seafood salad, there is something for everyone.” Tickets are $40 in advance and $45 at the gate. Children 10 and under are free. Parking is free with shuttles to the event. For more information, call 251-990-5004 or visit See ad, page 19.

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Quarterly Fairhope Gatherings Explore Spiritual Principles The Fairhope Baha’i Community now hosts quarterly Tea Talks, at 3 p.m., on the second Sunday of February, May, August and November, to engage an ever-widening circle of friends in meaningful conversations that consider how spiritual principles might be applied to today’s issues and needs. In February, friends and neighbors met to discuss the role and contributions of women in building an ever-advancing civilization. Together, the group viewed spiritual principles applicable to women as identified in the Baha’i Sacred Writings and considered how they related to the worldwide Women’s Marches held in January. The Tea Talks conversation identified special qualities possessed by women; how women’s involvement in world affairs is a prerequisite for establishing peace; and highlighted elements of the marches that supported unity and equality versus stances leading to division and opposition. The event also provided avenues for expressing personal thoughts and offering support and appreciation to others. The next Tea Talk event on May 14 will focus on the origin of the Golden Rule and activities to consider its value and application today. Light refreshments and socializing will follow. Location: 726 Amador Ave., Fairhope, AL. For more information, call 251-928-5692 or email See listing, page 35. natural awakenings April 2017


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The Pacific island nation of Kiribati has established the world’s second-largest (1.3 million-square-mile) shark sanctuary, which bans commercial fishing throughout, and has also expanded the Micronesia Regional Shark Sanctuary. The possession, trade and sale of sharks and shark products are also prohibited in these areas as is the use of fishing gear such as wire leaders for targeting sharks. Worldwide, about 100 million sharks are killed each year in commercial fisheries. Nearly 30 percent of all known shark species assessed by scientists are now threatened with extinction. Sharks are particularly vulnerable to overfishing because they mature and reproduce slowly. Many Pacific island nations have established shark sanctuaries, recognizing the valuable ecosystem and economic roles that healthy populations provide. The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora recently added 13 shark and mobula ray species to its list, a step toward ensuring sustainable and legal trade of these species.


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When air pollution blanketed Paris for three days, authorities called it the worst bout in 10 years and made public transit free. For the fourth time in 20 years, the city instituted a system based on alternating odd and even license plate numbers to keep certain vehicles off city streets, effectively cutting daily traffic in half; it’s the first time the ban’s been maintained for consecutive days. “Cars are poisoning the air,” says Paris city hall transport official Herve Levife. “We need to take preventive measures.” Three other cities—Athens, Madrid and Mexico City—will ban diesel engines by 2025 as part of a similar effort. Beijing, China’s capital city, has such dirty skies from cars and coal that protective masks are commonplace despite emissions restrictions and power plant closures, partly due to pollutants from neighboring regions. Paris leads the world in monthly car-free days, but several large metro cities participate in an international car-free day each September 22, including Washington, D.C., Seattle and Long Island, New York.


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

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According to data service Mercaris, the U.S. had a record 4.1 million acres of organic farmland in 2016, an 11 percent increase over 2014. As of June 2016, the number of certified organic farms reached 14,979, including 1,000 startups. The top states in organic cropland after California, with 688,000 acres, are Montana, Wisconsin, New York and North Dakota. Montana hosted a 30 percent increase to 417,000 acres in 2016, adding 100,000 acres since 2014 and 50 new organic farms. In assessing the positive trend, Scott Shander, a Mercaris economist, says, “With today’s lower commodity grain prices, farmers are looking to add value and meet consumer demands. The global market is dictating U.S. prices. Demand for organic corn and soybeans is still growing strongly, but production is not growing as fast, so more of the production will be international.”


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Green Drinks Earth Day Celebration 5 to 7 p.m., April 11 Fairhope Brewing Company, Fairhope, AL The April Green Drinks event will celebrate Earth Day with live music by Stephan Sylvester, local farm vendors and information from environmental nonprofits. The family-friendly evening will also include food from Sunflower Café. For more information, call 251-2797517, email MobileBayGreenDrinks@ or visit MobileBayGreenDrinks. See ad, page 10.

10 a.m. to 2 p.m., April 22 Graham Creek Nature Preserve 23030 Wolf Bay Drive, Foley, AL The City of Foley’s Environmental Department presents this Earth Day event at the Preserve’s Outdoor Classroom. The expo will feature grassroots organizations, educators, food growers, outdoor recreation and adventure guides. The Earth Day themed Observe and Explore Day will include story time, music, fun activities, games, wagon rides to the pitcher plant bog and a tour of the new Interpretive Center. For more information, call 251-923-4267 or visit

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10 a.m. to 6 p.m., April 22 Fairhope Pier Park, Fairhope, AL This is Alabama’s largest Earth Day celebration, honoring the Earth and the beautiful Mobile Bay. The 47th annual event hosts more than 100 environmental displays. Highlights include a children’s parade, educational activities, environmental film festival, electronics recycling and live entertainment throughout the day, including music by Grayson Capps. Free BRATS shuttle service is provided from Big Lots parking lot on North Greeno Rd., plus there will be a free bike valet at the event. For more information, call 702-496-5050 or visit See ad, opposite page.

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raditional turf lawns are an ecological nightmare,” says John Greenlee, author of The American Meadow Garden, who notes that most monoculture turf lawns never even get used. His company, Greenlee and Associates, in Brisbane, California, designs residential and other meadows throughout the U.S. as an engaging alternative. Many other appealing options likewise use native plants appropriate to the local climate. For instance, replacing Kentucky bluegrass, Bermuda grass or another nonnative species with natives can deliver drought resistance and lower irrigation needs; eliminate any need for fertilizers or toxic pesticides; reduce or eliminate labor-intensive and often polluting mowing and edging; enhance the beauty of a home; and attract birds, butterflies and other wildlife. 20

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

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

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In sunny and welldrained areas of the South, Penick suggests Gulf muhly, an ornamental grass. “Its fall blooms resemble pink cotton candy floating above its green leaves.” In Florida, flowering sunshine mimosa with fern-like leaves and other natural groundcovers are low maintenance. “Basket grass is a low, evergreen grass-like plant with long, spaghetti-type leaves that puddle around it, suitable for shade or partially shaded areas,” advises Penick. “It’s slow to grow, but highly

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

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

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“For sunny areas, try goat’s beard, penstemon, beach strawberry, mock orange and huckleberry,” says Nardozzi, who covers gardening nationally at “For part shade, experiment with gooseberry, red flowering currants, western amelanchier, deer fern, trillium and wild ginger.”

Adding some clover to a traditional lawn may eliminate the need for fertilizers while retaining some turf, says Erica Strauss, of Gamonds, Washington, in her Northwest Edible Life blog. “When the clover loses leaf mass from mowing, its roots die off to compensate and nitrogen enters the soil for neighboring plant roots to use.” White clover works well for those on a budget; microclover costs more and is even better. For shady, north-facing or boggy-wet areas, Strauss recommends sweet woodruff. Moss is another option.

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

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

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“Water-saving gardens use less of this precious resource through appropriate plant choices, rain-conserving features, berming and terracing to slow runoff, water-permeable hardscaping and smart irrigation practices,” says Pam Penick, author of The Water-Saving Garden. “Regardless of where you live, saving natural awakenings April 2017


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


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

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“The energy recovery ventilator, or ERV, ensures fresh air in tightly sealed homes with little heat loss,” adds Chiras. The UltimateAir RecoupAerator, a whole-house air filtration ERV, also flushes out harmful airborne pollutants commonly found in residences, replacing them with clean, fresh, healthy air.

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and sustainable living event every June in Custer, Wisconsin. “One highlight last year was PacketFlux Technologies’ SiteMonitor.” “When a homeowner views their energy monitoring data, they quickly begin seeing the correlation between their energy consumption and production,” says Leon Dulak, the MREA site manager. “The direct correlation drives them to change how they live and use energy.”

Energy Storage

Tesla Motors does more than produce high-end electric cars and solar shingles. The company is also on the cutting edge of future energy storage. Tesla’s new, compact Powerwall 2 battery system, complete with inverter, can power an average two-bedroom home for 24 hours. Chiras says, “Utilities throughout the nation are cracking down with special fees on solar-home owners that occasionally pull electricity from the grid. I think more people are going to opt to go off-grid or install a Tesla battery to provide nighttime power to preempt this. It’s easier to maintain than a standard lead-acid battery, and should last as long. When its useful life is over, the homeowner returns it to the company.” “Saltwater-based batteries for homeowners are coming up,” observes Clay Sterling, assistant professor of electrical technology at Kankakee Community College, in Kankakee, Illinois. “The batteries from Aquion Energy are non-toxic, safe and recyclable.” Their Aspen series of aqueous hybrid ion batteries contain neither heavy metals nor toxic chemicals and are non-flammable and non-explosive, adding to their safety.

Gulf Coast Company Demonstrates Sustainable Home Building and Design


ATERSHED is a Fairhope based architectural and consulting firm that works with homeowners, businesses and communities to create healthy buildings and landscapes that conserve energy and resources while fostering a greater connection to the natural world. Their expertise revolves around building design, construction and operational solutions for a hot, humid climate. As one of WATERSHED’s current projects, Smart Home Pensacola is designed to achieve certification under the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design for Homes (LEED), the U.S. Department of Energy’s Zero Energy Ready Home and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s WaterSense program. Given its coastal location on Pensacola Bay, the home features storm-rated, Energy-Star windows and doors, Structural Insulated Panels and is built to the Institute for Business & Home Safety’s FORTIFIED Home standards which protect homes from natural disasters. Drawing on both the time tested vernacular of coastal architecture and cutting-edge technologies, WATERSHED designed the home to meet the homeowners’ goals for sustainability and their vision of a life on the water. Salvaged materials visually connect their new home to the history of family life on the property. Deep porches shade the home and extend living space out into nature, while also producing power and capturing rainwater. A permaculture landscape will provide food and wildlife habitat. While the growing green building movement is international, WATERSHED’s solutions are local. Using the latest state-of-the-art home automation systems and advanced building technologies, Smart Home Pensacola serves as an example of sustainable design and will serve as a model for the Gulf Coast community for years to come. For more information, visit and See ad, next page.

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Building green gets easier with green home plans. The prototype, super-insulated, 970-square-foot NewenHouse sustainable home in Viroqua, Wisconsin, is about 50 percent smaller and more than 80 percent more energy efficient than the average American home. The plans-and-services package for the Passive House-certified NewenHouse home features double walls for insulation and a super-efficient heat recovery ventilator. Four different home plans are available for houses under 1,000 square feet. John D. Ivanko is co-author of ECOpreneuring. Liam Kivirist captures the latest technology news on

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Google’s Nest Learning Thermostat replaces the old thermostat and immediately starts saving energy and money. Partnered with a smartphone, custom settings will lower the temperature at night, warm up the house upon waking and reduce heating or cooling swings when owners are away. On average, people save 10 to 12 percent on heating bills and 15 percent on cooling bills according to Energy Trust of Oregon research, with the device often paying for itself in less than two years.


The Natufia Kitchen Garden is a fully automated vertical garden that easily fits into a kitchen area. Natufia manages the non-GMO, certified organic seed germination, watering, nutrient needs, humidity control and light cycles, freeing the gardener to simply pick and savor year-round fresh produce. While pricey, it provides an option for urbanites that both lack outside growing space and prioritize convenient healthy eating.

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Leveraging a mix of filters, ionizers and fans, the Blueair HEPASilent air purification system captures 99.97 percent of particles down to 0.1 micron. A range of sizes are available to suit different spaces.

This handy droid vacuums up dust mites, allergens, pet hair and dirt. iRobot’s Roomba 880 detects debris, maneuvers around most furniture and curtains, features a high-efficiency particulate air filter to suck up the small stuff, works on a variety of surfaces and automatically plugs itself in to recharge.

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The Haiku Light fixture from Big Ass Solutions brightens when someone enters a room and turns off when it detects the absence of movement. The light-emitting diode (LED) fixture produces 50 percent more light than a typical 15-watt compact fluorescent light (CFL).

The bowl of Toto’s MH wall-hung, high-efficiency toilet with powerful 3-D dual flushing is coated with a nanotechnology glaze that seals the porcelain with an ionized barrier; its non-porous surface repels visible and invisible waste. The company’s smart toilet model also cleans itself.

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Happy Furry Home Tips for Keeping a Pet-Friendly Home Clean by Sandra Murphy


ouseholds with multiple pets abound as families often opt for a mix of companion animals. Currently, more than 70 million dogs, 75 million cats and 6 million birds are kept as pets in the U.S., according to a recent American Pet Products Association survey. While we cherish their affection, downsides include pet hair dust bunnies, scattered litter, spilled seeds and potty accidents. Cleaning up can be easier with training and planning. “Living on the beach, it’s easy for the dog to bring sand indoors, so I taught him to shake it off,” says dog expert and trainer Amy Robinson, in Vero Beach, Florida. “I put water in a bottle and misted it lightly on his head, then gave the cue, ‘Shake,’ and shook my shoulders. He mimicked me and got rid of most of the sand. Brushing him with a towel got the rest.” Once the dog understands the cue, retire the water bottle. “I have a Newfoundland/poodle, a great Pyrenees/poodle and a Labradoodle, so I keep old towels outside the door to wipe dirty feet,” says Kathleen Thometz, owner of Doodle Art & Design, in Western Springs, Illinois. “The Newfoundland can open the door, so I have to catch him before he tracks in muddy paw prints.” Thometz

keeps their hairbrush with the towels. “I have them groomed regularly, but a quick brush after a walk means I don’t have to vacuum between weekly house cleanings,” she says. “Short hair can be even harder to pick up,” reminds Ryan Riley, co-founder of, in Los Angeles. “We brush our 50- and 70-pound pit bull mixes outside after play time and they love it.” “Carpets and pets are a challenging combination, especially when pets get older and accidents happen,” observes Amy Bell, an interior decorator at Red Chair Home Interiors, in Cary, North Carolina. “I recommend hard surface flooring, washable slipcovers for furniture and keeping lint brushes by the door.” All-natural, sustainably sourced area rugs or hall runners make it easier for dogs to get around on slick surfaces; be sure the backing can withstand wet accidents. “I use a hair-attracting dry mop to pick up fur on hard floors. It takes me 10 minutes a day to do 2,400 square feet; otherwise, I’d have tumbleweeds of hair blowing around. I use a Quick Vac every two days on area rugs,” says Joan Fradella, a Florida Supreme Courtcertified family mediator in Lantana,

Florida. A basset mix, vizla/Rhodesian ridgeback and boxer/Labrador all shed hair in her house. Fradella also uses a water-soaked microfiber cleaning cloth to remove what she calls sniggle art (dog nose prints) on sliding glass doors. If a hairy cat balks at brushing, try a cat hair removal glove. Some are designed to massage and remove loose hair; others clean up furniture and fabrics. Stick with washable cat or dog bedding and use a removable cover for more frequent laundering. Warming temperatures due to climate change are fostering a rise in flea populations worldwide. Food-grade (not pool-grade) diatomaceous earth sprinkled on a pet’s bedding or the pet itself is safe; the silky powder adversely affects only creatures with hard outer skeletons. Some dogs grab a mouthful of food and join the family, trailing crumbs along the way. Instead, feed them in their crates where they feel at home, allowing 15 minutes to finish. For a dog that eats too fast and then sometimes vomits, use a puzzle-designed feeder so it has to work to get to the food. Fradella uses food and water bowls with wide bottoms because they’re harder to overturn. Stainless steel, washed daily, is best. A waterproof mat with a raised lip helps contain mealtime spills. A static mat removes litter from a cat’s feet upon exiting the litter box. “Dogs can be trained to put away their toys,” advises Robinson. Cats, not so much. Birds are messy, producing floating bits of feathers and scattered seed. A mesh seed catcher will capture most of it; a dry mop gathers up the rest. Bell suggests randomly sprinkling about 15 drops of lavender essential oil on a new air filter before installing it for a fresh scent throughout the house, and regularly changing filters. Multiple pets may necessitate more frequent filter replacements, which also reduces dander and related allergy symptoms. Simple routines and the right tools lead to a safe, healthy home. They also free us up from unnecessary chores to enjoy more time with our beloved pets. Connect with freelance writer Sandra Murphy at StLouisFreelanceWriter@

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haron Puszko, Ph.D., founder of the Daybreak Geriatric Massage Institute, in Indianapolis, teaches and certifies massage therapists working in assisted living, long-term care and memory care facilities. She relates, “These individuals appreciate not only the physiological benefits of massage but also having a therapist touch and address them by their names. A 105-year-old woman jokes, ‘Now that they’ve figured out how to keep us alive for so long, they don’t know what to do with us. Thank God for massage therapy.’” Specialty certificate programs such as Puszko’s, representing advanced education and training within a modality qualified as therapeutic massage and bodywork, are benefitting both massage therapists and clients. Some outcome-based specialty modalities considered as requirements for specific populations such as seniors, athletes, infants and cancer patients and survivors, are referred to as “medical massage”. The nonprofit National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork provides an accredited, voluntary certification beyond entry-level state licensure. To maintain their status, therapists must complete 24 hours of continuing education and 100 hours of work experience, and pass a criminal background check every two years. The certifying board also approves continuing education providers that teach specialty techniques, including integrative health care, sports massage and military veteran massage. The result is therapies ad-

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ministered according to a national standard of excellence requisite for therapists working in collaboration with doctors, chiropractors, wellness centers, retirement care communities and other medical settings. Puszko, an approved provider who founded her service in 2000, offers beginning and advanced weekend workshops for therapists on the complexities of physiological changes and technical skills required to work with geriatric or senior clients. She works from three offices in upscale retirement communities and teaches approved continuing education curricula throughout the U.S. and internationally. “Although the skills I teach are not taught in massage school, they are in demand at independent and assisted living facilities where massage is considered a vital aspect of health care,” says Puszko. “Older Americans represent the greatest challenge to massage therapists. For elderly residents, stretching and pulling on delicate skin and joints, as well as pushing one’s elbow into gluteus maximus muscles, are unacceptable approaches.” She explains that they might be called upon for a range of needs from helping prepare a 70-year-old marathoner for a race to reducing the stress of an exhausted hospice patient. Geri Ruane is one of four founding directors of Oncology Massage Alliance, in Austin, Texas. She manages the operations for this nonprofit created in 2011 to help therapists that volunteer to administer complimentary hand and

foot massage therapy to cancer patients and caregivers in chemotherapy infusion rooms and prior to radiation treatment. The alliance offers financial assistance to licensed massage therapists for advanced training through approved third-party oncology massage classes and provides hands-on experience with cancer patients. Ruane defines the essential aspects of an oncology massage therapist’s (OMT) skill set. “A properly trained therapist has an informed understanding of the disease itself and the many ways it can affect the human body; the side effects of cancer treatments, such as medications, surgery, chemotherapy and radiation; and the ability to modify massage techniques in order to adapt accordingly. Our main purpose is to reduce stress and provide emotional support for cancer patients and caregivers in radiation and infusion rooms.” For example, an OMT will ask a patient about their cancer treatment history, including particulars of related individual health issues, prior to the massage. Hospitals in 35 states and Washington, D.C., now offer massage therapy to individuals during cancer treatment. MK Brennan, president of the Society for Oncology Massage, created in 2007, in Toledo, Ohio, is a registered nurse with a longtime practice in Charlotte, North Carolina. Brennan observes, “In nursing school, I was taught how to give a back rub, an aspect of patient care once provided by all nurses, but no longer part of a nurse’s education. It now

appears that there could be a resurgence of interest in offering massage therapy in hospitals that would encompass more medical aspects and require modified techniques for different patient populations.” In addition to oncology and geriatric massage, other select massage therapy modalities such as orthopedic, bodywork, Asian techniques and those related to pregnancy, infant and child health care as well as other special needs require advanced education and training. Before making an appointment with a

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Chakra and Essential Oils Meditation – 6-7:15pm. Enjoy a relaxing chakra meditation infused with essential oils. Through a process of deep relaxation and intention we will use the essential oils to harmonize and balance the chakra system. Facilitated by Rebecca Washburn and Sara French. Space is limited, call or email to sign up in advance. $20. From the Center, 22787 US Hwy 98, Bldg C, Ste 1, Fairhope, AL. Rebecca Washburn: 251-929-4634. Rebecca.

markyourcalendar Green Drinks Fairhope Earth Day Celebration Celebrate Earth Day with live music by Stephan Sylvester, a market of local farmers and information from nonprofit organizations. The family-friendly evening will also have food from Sunflower Café. Free to attend except the cost of your drinks.

TUESDAY, APRIL 4 Yoga on Tap – 6pm. Hoppy Hour meets at the Fairhope Brewing Company. It's a fun 60-min vinyasa flow class for all levels. Come for the yoga, stay for the outstanding local beer. Bring a mat and a friend. All levels, unheated. $5. Fairhope Brewing Company, Fairhope, AL.

April 11 • 5-7pm

Fairhope Brewing Company 914 Nichols Avenue, Fairhope, AL 251-279-7517 •

THURSDAY, APRIL 6 April Book Club – 7pm. The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World by Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu. Join us for a lively discussion. No need to sign up in advance, or even finish the book. This is an opportunity to be in community and get to know your soul mates. Free. Soul Shine Yoga, Fairhope, AL.

FRIDAY, APRIL 7 Chakra Motion Yoga Class – 5:30-6:30pm. Energize and enliven your body with this integrative experience. In this class you will journey through the chakras with yoga flow, chakra dance and meditation. Explore how this can release blocks, open energy and revitalize your creativity. $15. Soul Shine Yoga, Fairhope, AL.

SATURDAY, APRIL 8 Between the Pen and Paper – 10am-12pm. Delve into your creative potential and learn to work past artistic blocks with meditation and focused writing time. Light refreshments provided. Beginners welcome! “Stories live in our bodies-listen to the voice of your soul.”-Greta Bates. $20. From the Center, 22787 Hwy 98, Bldg C Ste 1, Fairhope, AL. 601-421-0277.


FRIDAY, APRIL 14 AHA Student Massage Clinic – Apr 14 & 27. School-supervised internship gives opportunity for student practitioners to work with clients in a professional setting & clients to receive quality, full-length healing treatments at a great value. Call 251-753-1937 to schedule appointments at 10:15, 11:30 and 12:45. $25 for 50-min full-body student massage. Alabama Healing Arts, LLC, 6304 Cottage Hill Rd, Mobile, AL. AlabamaHealingArts@gmail. com.

TUESDAY, APRIL 18 Oily Moms, Dads and Kids – 6:15-8pm. Tips and suggestions on how to use Young Living essential oils and products to ease the ups and downs of everyday life with children. $5 at the door. Private residence: 100 Alexander Ave, Atmore, AL 36502. Debra Swartzendruber: 251-368-1275.

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markyourcalendar Green Drinks Mobile Join us for an informal yet engaging happy hour with like-minded folks and a monthly speaker every third Wednesday. Free to attend except the cost of your drinks.

April 19 • 5-7pm

Alchemy Tavern 7 South Joachim Street, Mobile, AL

SATURDAY, APRIL 22 Reflex-OIL-ogy for the Respiratory System – 12-3pm. You will learn how to work the reflexes of the feet/hands to aid specific respiratory conditions, administer and receive hands-on techniques. We will share and discuss safe and proper use of essential oils to support this area of the body. $40. Must preregister. Bay Branch Estates, Daphne, AL 36526. 850-380-4943. Live Your Passion Rally – 6-8pm. Meet fellow oilers and hear the latest updates from Young Living Corporate in Utah. Share your story and partake in the festivities. Win door prizes and toast your success with some NingXia Red. $10. Must pre-register. Bay Branch Estates, Daphne, AL 36526. TinyURL. com/LiveYourPassionRally.

markyourcalendar Bald Eagle Bash “Party for Preservation” to benefit Weeks Bay Foundation. Enjoy Gulf shrimp prepared by top local restaurants. Music by The Mulligan Brothers. Free parking with shuttles to event. Tickets are also available at Page & Palette and the Foundation office. Advance tickets $40; tickets at the gate $45; kids 10 and under free.

April 22 • 4-7pm

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THURSDAY, APRIL 27 AHA Student Massage Clinic – Apr 14 & 27. See Apr 14 listing. Call 251-753-1937 to schedule appointments at 10:15, 11:30 and 12:45. $25 for 50-min full-body student massage. Alabama Healing Arts, LLC, 6304 Cottage Hill Rd, Mobile, AL.

Artist's Way Gathering – 6-8pm. A creative gathering of discussion, journaling and activities based on the book, The Artist's Way, by Julia Cameron. Bring a book and your journal. Light refreshments and activity supplies provided. Facilitated by Rebecca Washburn and Greta Bates. $15. From the Center, 22787 US Hwy 98, Bldg C, Ste 1, Fairhope, AL. Rebecca Washburn: 251-929-4634. Rebecca. Oily Moms, Dads and Kids – 6:45-8:45pm. Wondering how to introduce essential oils into your family life? Join us as we share tips and techniques on creating an oil-infused healthy lifestyle that children will gravitate to. $5 at the door supports the Prodisee Food Pantry. Prodise Pantry, 9315 Spanish Fort Blvd, Spanish Fort, AL. 850-380-4943.


markyourcalendar Race the Town Scavenger Hunt Race through Fairhope to find QR codes strategically scattered around town. When done, head back to the pier for vendors and fun! Proceeds go to FEEF and Baldwin County Foster & Adoptive Parents Association. $25.

April 29 • 9am-12pm

Fairhope Pier, Fairhope 601-606-0736 • Sign up on under RACE the TOWN Scavenger Hunt Wellness Spa Grand Opening – 12-5pm. Grand opening and open house. The public is invited to stop by for drinks, snacks, door prizes, a tour and great savings—30% off facials purchased at the event and 10-20% off select merchandise and products. Free. Ocean Springs, MS. 228-209-4090.

SATURDAY, MAY 13 Men's Yoga for Low Back Pain – 9:30-11:30 am. Join RYT-200 Matthew Gerhart in a series of hip openers, hamstring stretches, abdominal and lower back movements designed to help alleviate back pain. Or experience a supportive environment for men who have always wanted to try a class. Beginner-friendly, props provided. Call/text 251753-3037 for details or to register. $25 by April 15; $30 after. Alabama Healing Arts, LLC, 6304 Cottage Hill Rd, Mobile, AL. AlabamaHealingArts@gmail. com.

SUNDAY, MAY 14 Tea Talks: The Golden Rule – 3pm. The Fairhope Baha’i Community hosts these quarterly talks to engage an ever-widening circle of friends in meaningful conversations that consider how spiritual principles might be applied to today’s issues and needs. Light refreshments and socializing will follow. 726 Amador Ave, Fairhope, AL. 251-928-5692.

FAIRHOPE, AL FAIRHOPE MASSAGE THERAPY Chester Schmidt, LMT: 251-359-0500 Brenna Taylor, LMT: 480-430-4548 ROSIE BLUUM (DOWNTOWN) Kristen Kelly, LMT 6A South Bancroft Street 251-599-5943 • 251-517-5626 See ad, page 29.

FOLEY, AL THERAPEUTIC MASSAGE Charlene Rester, RN, LMT Historical Downtown 117 West Orange Avenue 251-550-0117

GULF SHORES, AL HOT & COLD STONE MASSAGE Roselee Marie Giovino, LMT Foley and Gulf Shores Locations 251-228-2077 Advertise Your Massage Business on this page for $20/month! Call 251-990-9552 to reserve your spot.

MOBILE, AL ALABAMA HEALING ARTS 6304 Cottage Hill Road 251-753-1937 See ad, page 16. ELEMENTS THERAPEUTIC MASSAGE 6920 Airport Boulevard, Suite 111 251-342-6415 See ad, page 29.

MONTROSE, AL JEN ADAMS, LMT 22787 U.S. 98 at Parker Road, Suite D-5 251-616-4201 See ad, page 28.

ROBERTSDALE, AL HEALING ACRES Massage, Reflexology, Colonics, Reiki 22355 Price Grubbs Road 251-300-9052 See ad, page 29. NAN cardholders receive discounts at these businesses. Visit www.TinyURL. com/NANCard for details.

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Discounts on Supplements – Every Sunday get 15% off supplements at Fairhope Health Foods (251-928-0644) and Virginia's Health Foods (251479-3952). 280 Eastern Shore Shopping Center, Fairhope, AL and 3055-A Dauphin St, Mobile, AL.

Hot Power Yoga – 8am. Mon-Fri. A faster paced power vinyasa flow builds strength, increases flexibility, strengthens your core and transforms your body and mind. Find your groove, shine your light and practice at your own level. Heated. $15 drop-in, packages available. Soul Shine Yoga, 103B N Bancroft St, Fairhope, AL. Namaste@

Center for Spiritual Living Service – 10am. Make every step, every choice, every word, a conscious one. Center for Spiritual Living, 1230 Montlimar, Mobile, AL. 251-343-0777.

Unity Gulf Shores Sunday Service – 10am. Come home to Unity. Casual attire. Open and affirming. Drink specials, coffee, snacks at 10am; lunch served at 11am. Unity Gulf Shores and Orange Beach gathering at Papa Rocco's Bar & Grill, corner of Hwy 59 and W 6th Ave, Gulf Shores, AL. 678-481-5026. Unity Orange Beach Sunday Service – 10am. Come home to Unity. Casual attire. Open and affirming. Drink specials, coffee, snacks at 10am; lunch served at 11am. Unity Gulf Shores and Orange Beach gathering at Bayes Bar & Grill, behind Marriott at the Wharf, Orange Beach, AL. 678-481-5026. Open Table Worship Service (United Church of Christ) – 10:30am. Weekly progressive Christian worship. Gathering in the chapel at All Saints Episcopal Church, 151 S Ann St, Mobile, AL. 251-545-1011.

Unity Church of Gulfport Sunday Service – 10:30am. Join us for fun and lively Sunday mornings to hear Rev. Judy Voght give meaningful and spiritual messages to start your week and your life on an upbeat and positive path. Free. Unity of Gulfport, 1700 E Railroad St, Gulfport, MS. Sunday Service – 10:30am. Explore a spiritual pathway with Mobile Unitarian Universalists, 6345 Old Shell Rd, Mobile, AL. Unity Christ Church Sunday Service – 11am. Tune in, turn on, tap into the loving presence of the Divine at Unity Christ Church. If you desire a nonjudgmental, open, supportive and loving spiritual community, Unity Christ Church of Mobile is here to inspire, uplift and celebrate the Divine. 5859 Cottage Hill Rd, Mobile, AL. 251-285-3440. Facebook. com/unityofmobile.

Vinyasa Yoga – 8am. Mon & Fri. Unite breath and movement in a vinyasa yoga class. Build strength, increase flexibility and transform your body and mind. All levels. Unheated. $15 drop-in, packages available. Soul Shine Yoga, 103B N Bancroft St, Fairhope, AL.

AHA Gentle Morning Yoga with Julia – 9:30am. Mon/Sat. Gentle yoga to attain inner peace, relieve stress and build strength and flexibility through body-mind awareness, breath and postures. Beginner-friendly. Props provided. Call/text Julia at 251-382-7895 to register. $10/class or 12-class pass for $100. Alabama Healing Arts, LLC, 6304 Cottage Hill Rd, Mobile, AL. AlabamaHealingArts@gmail. com. Group Reformer Class – 12pm. Mon & Wed. Catch the wave of classical fitness and join Adrienne during your day for a Pilates group reformer class. Stand taller, get toned, and be both leaner and stronger. Also Wednesdays at noon. Please log onto the website to make reservations. Synergy Yoga & Pilates, Mobile, AL. 251-473-1104. BURN! Weight training/Kickboxing – 10-11am. Mon, Wed and Fri. This class is a fat-burning mix of calisthenics, weight training and kickboxing. Achieve your fitness goals while having fun at the same time. All fitness levels welcome. $10. Richard Fitness Systems, 1880 Airport Blvd, Ste D, Mobile, AL. Brandon: 251-786-9123.

Gentle Chair Yoga – 11am-12pm. Accessible to individuals that are unable to stand unsupported for long periods of time, including seniors and anyone suffering from chronic pain, injuries, movement disorders or limited balance. Also Wed in Daphne. $5. Soul Shine Yoga, 103B N Bancroft St, Fairhope, AL. 251-610-3151.

Baha'i's of Fairhope Diversity Devotions – 3-5pm. 4th Sunday. The coming together of people from diverse religions and backgrounds to celebrate their unity and strengthen the spiritual health of the community. Refreshments are served following the shared devotional program. Free. 81 Magnolia Ave, Fairhope, AL.


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Doggie Happy Hour – 5-7pm. 1st Mon. A rescue networking event hosted by My Happy Dog 123. Bring your dog for drinks and live music while raising money for a local rescue foundation. Q&A with local vets. Free grain-free dog treats. Raffle prizes. Puppy photo booth. Free. OK Bicycle Shop, 661 Dauphin St, Mobile, AL. Viviane Hentschel: myhappydog123. Bridging the Great Divide – 6-8pm. The Family Center is offering this class for parents of teens. It helps prepare and equip parents for having the important conversations needed with their teens. Helps parents see things from the teen perspective. Free. 601 Bel Air Blvd, Ste 100, Mobile. Lydia Pettijohn: 251-479-5700.

Together We Can – 6-8pm. A Family Center class to help parents build a better future for their children by working together as co-parents. Open to couples regardless of their relationship. Free. 27365 Pollard Rd, Daphne, AL. Christie Brannon: 251-626-1610. Pranic Healing and Twin Hearts Meditation Clinic – 6:30-8:20pm. Headaches, stress, physical or emotional ailments bothering you? Experience healing for your mind, body and soul, with Pranic Healing and/or Meditation on Twin Hearts. We all have the ability to heal ourselves and others. Classes also available. Donation. Center for Spiritual Living Mobile, AL. RSVP: 251-454-0959.

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YogaDance with Manja – 8:15am. Start your Tuesday dancing through your yoga flow! This new class offers a fun mix of vinyasa flow sequences with jazz dance elements so you can head into your day feeling refreshed and uplifted. Synergy Yoga & Pilates, Mobile, AL. 251-473-1104.

30-Minute Meditation – 8:30am. Think you don't have time to meditate? This is for you! Classes include journaling and guided relaxation with breath work and creative visualization. Make time for your special self. $5. From the Center, 22787 Hwy 98, Bldg C Ste 1, Fairhope, AL. 601-421-0277.

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Farmers Market – 9am-2pm. Tues & Sat. Farmers market offering direct farm sales to the public. Fresh seasonal produce, beef, pork, lamb, chicken, eggs, honey, jellies, baked goods, handcrafted soaps and local artistry. Open year round. Know your farmer. Coastal Alabama Farmers and Fishermans Market, 20733 Miflin Rd, Foley, AL. 251-709-4469.

La Leche League Mobile Bay Area – 10:30am. Open to all women with an interest in learning about and supporting breastfeeding. Babies/ children are welcome. Free. 251-689-2085. For location information or breastfeeding help contact or MeghanLLL@

Grief Recovery Meeting – 1-2:30pm. This is a Christian-based grief recovery program for all losses. Experienced, professional and compassionate staff members support you through the grief process with the goal of transitioning into a renewed life of purpose and fulfillment. Ascension Funerals & Cremations, 1016 Hillcrest Rd, Mobile, AL. 251634-8055. Green Drinks Fairhope – 5-7pm. Every 2nd Tues. Join us for an informal yet engaging happy hour with like-minded folks. Connect with other progressive people in our area. Brief speaker at 6pm at most meetings. Open to the public. Free to attend except the cost of your drinks. Food from Sunflower Cafe and produce from local farmers. Fairhope Brewing Company, 914 Nichols Ave, Fairhope, AL. 251279-7517.

AHA Evening Yoga with Catherine – 5:45pm. Give your spirit the gift of a calming and centering tune-up by improving posture, muscle-tone, strength and flexibility, establishing core strength, refreshing the mind and restoring healthy balance. Beginnerfriendly. Props provided. Call/text to register. $10/ class or 12-class pass for $100. Alabama Healing Arts, LLC, 6304 Cottage Hill Rd, Mobile, AL. 251-377-8940.

Outstretched Christ-Centered Yoga Class – 5:45pm. Also at 8:15am on Wed. Each week Pneuma offers two donation-only yoga classes open to the public. Classes are appropriate for all levels and include a Christ-centered devotion. Donation only. 1901 Main St, Daphne, AL. See website for more info: Sierra Club Meeting – 6-8pm. 1st Tues. Public welcome. 5 Rivers Delta Resource Center, Spanish Fort, AL.


Free Yoga for Multiple Sclerosis – 10:30am. This chair yoga class is free to participants with MS and funded by the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation. Build strength and flexibility while improving balance and circulation. Fairhope, AL. Thrive@ThriveFairhope. com. 251-379-4493.

AHA Morning Yoga with Matthew – 9:30am. Learn the basics of yoga postures. Energize, align, strengthen, center and de-stress through movement, body-mind awareness and breath. Beginnerfriendly. Props provided. Call/text 251-753-2037 to register. $10/class or 12-class pass for $100. Alabama Healing Arts, LLC, 6304 Cottage Hill Rd, Mobile, AL.

Gentle Chair Yoga – 11am-12pm. Accessible to individuals that are unable to stand unsupported for long periods of time, including seniors and anyone suffering from chronic pain, injuries, movement disorders or limited balance. Also Mon in Fairhope. $5. Pneuma Yoga/Movement Studio, 1901 Main St, Daphne, AL. 251-610-3151.

Positive Parenting – 9:30-11:30am. A 9-week course using the Nurturing Parenting curriculum which focuses on positive discipline and communication with children. Free. 601 Bel Air Blvd, Ste


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Restorative Yoga with JJ – 4pm. Been a long few days? No stresses and no worries! Allow RYT JJ Moody to lead you down a relaxing path with some restorative yoga. Be supported by all the right props as the poses plus gravity gently melt away the week's anxieties. Synergy Yoga & Pilates, Mobile, AL. 251-473-1104. Green Drinks Mobile – 5-7pm. 3rd Wed. Join us for an informal yet engaging happy hour with likeminded folks and monthly speaker at most meetings. Connect with other progressive people in our area. Open to the public. Free to attend except the cost of your drinks. Alchemy Tavern, 7 S Joachim St, Mobile, AL.

Eastern Shore MS Support Group – 5:30pm. 2nd Wed. Eastern Shore MS Support Group meets each month at Ruby Tuesday in Fairhope, AL. Family, friends and caregivers are always welcome. Weezer: 251-928-7606. Kula Yoga Wind Down Wednesday – 6pm. Join Rebecca for a breath-guided yoga class accessible for all levels. Stretch tired and stiff muscles while calming your mind. Class will conclude with meditation. Props provided. $10 per class. Center for Spiritual Living, 1230 Montlimar Dr, Mobile, AL.

MELT Method Class – 6pm. MELT is a simple self-treatment that helps prevent pain, heal injury and erase the negative effects of aging and active living. Regardless of age or fitness level, MELT can improve your longevity through self-treatment. Log on to reserve your spot. Synergy Yoga & Pilates, Mobile, AL. 251-473-1104.

Near Death (NDEs) and Related Experiences – 6pm. 2nd Wed. Mobile affiliate group of IANDS. All are welcome to share experiences and support. Free. West Regional Branch, Mobile Public Library, Grelot Rd (near University Blvd), Mobile, AL. 251340-8565.

Guided Meditation – 6:30pm. We begin with a deep and peaceful relaxation of the body and mind, a journey of the senses through visual suggestions and time to experience within yourself all that is unfolding. Approximately 60 mins. Bring mat, blanket or pillow. Space is limited. $5. Rosie Bluum, 6A S Bancroft, Fairhope, AL. 251-517-5626. Chill Skills – 7-9pm. The Family Center offers an inspiring four-week class designed to change your life outlook. Learn what fuels your anger and how to see it in a new light. Warning: classes may cause peace. $25/week. 601 Bel Air Blvd, Ste 100, Mobile, AL. Call 251-479-5700 to register for next class.

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Vinyasa Yoga – 8am. Mon/Fri. See Monday listing. Unheated. $15 drop-in, packages available. Soul Shine Yoga, 103B N Bancroft St, Fairhope, AL. Namaste@

Kula Thursday Morning Flow – 9:30am. Join Rebecca for Open Flow Yoga: standing poses, floor work and synchronized breathing. Class will conclude with a long guided meditation and deep relaxation. Props provided. $10 per class. Center for Spiritual Living, 1230 Montlimar Dr. Mobile, AL.

Gentle Yoga with Virginia – 12pm. A stressful morning? Synergy can fix that. Join Virginia Keene in the land of "ahhhhs" for a relaxing hour-long gentle yoga class to sooth the spirit, calm the mind and replenish the soul. Leave class feeling refreshed and focused. Synergy Yoga & Pilates, Mobile, AL. 251-473-1104. 30-Minute Meditation – 12:30pm. Join the Thursday lunch bunch and reset your day. Classes include journaling and guided relaxation with breath work and creative visualization. Make time for your special self. $5. From the Center, 22787 Hwy 98, Bldg C Ste 1, Fairhope, AL. 601-421-0277. Group Reformer Class – 5:15pm. Catch the wave of classical fitness and join Adrienne at the end of your day for a Pilates group reformer class. Stand taller, get toned and be both leaner and stronger. Leave class feeling great. Please log onto the website to make reservations. Synergy Yoga & Pilates, Mobile, AL. 251-473-1104.

Yoga with Chris M. – 5:45pm. Join Chris McFadyen for some energizing yoga. Let his breath work, asana and flow calm the mind and also enhance and refocus the body. Relocate your passion and humor after a long day. Synergy Yoga & Pilates, Mobile, AL. 251-473-1104.

Movie Night – 6-8pm. Showing a different thoughtprovoking movie each week. Seating is limited; please reserve your seat by calling 228-831-1785. Free. Coast Health & Nutrition, 12100 Hwy 49, Ste 628, Gulfport, MS.

Personal Wellness and Self-Discovery Classes – 6:30pm. Every last Thurs. Monthly classes designed to empower oneself to heal, uplift and detoxify the body, mind and spirit. $5 donation for food pantry. Prodisee Pantry, 9315 Spanish Fort Blvd, Spanish Fort, AL. 850-380-4943. LaurieAzzarella@gmail. com. Dynamic Dads – 7-9pm. The Family Center is the site of the Mobile County Fatherhood Initiative. Be the father your children need--A super hero for your super kid! Free. 601 Bel Air Blvd, Ste 100, Mobile, AL. Lydia Pettijohn: 251-479-5700.

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AHA Morning Yoga with Angela – 9am. Learn the basics of yoga postures. Energize, align, strengthen, center and de-stress through movement, body-mind awareness and breath. Beginner-friendly, props provided. Call/text 646-220-8561 to register. $10/class or 12-class pass for $100. Alabama Healing Arts, LLC, 6304 Cottage Hill Rd, Mobile, AL. Purification Meditation – 11am. Join Betsey Grady from Rosie Bluum in the hot room and purify your body and mind with a guided meditation and creative visualization. Let the heat of the room envelop you as you go deeper within to rest in the calm center within you. $10. Soul Shine Yoga, 103-B N Bancroft St, Fairhope, AL. Betsey: 251-517-5626.

saturday Saturday Morning Yoga with Augusta – 7:308:45am. All levels. The movements will challenge you to stay mindful and your mindfulness will allow you to honor your limits without judging yourself. $15 drop-in. $10 students and instructors. Creative Outlet, 66 1/2 S Section St, Fairhope, AL. 251-9285363. Farmers Market – 9am-2pm. Tues & Sat. Farmers market offering direct farm sales to the public. Fresh seasonal produce, beef, pork, lamb, chicken, eggs, honey, jellies, baked goods, handcrafted soaps and local artistry. Open year round. Coastal Alabama Farmers and Fishermans Market, 20733 Miflin Rd, Foley, AL. 251-709-4469. FoleyMarketMgr@gmail. com.

AHA Morning Yoga with Ginny – 9:30am, Apr 14 & 28. Enjoy an inspirational exploration of body-mind-spirit while promoting balance and wellness within. Traditional foundations promote proper body alignment and safety. Beginnerfriendly. Props provided. Call/text 251-623-0374 to register. $10/class or 12-class pass for $100. Alabama Healing Arts, LLC, 6304 Cottage Hill Rd, Mobile, AL. Restorative Yoga – 10:30am. Guide yourself toward a healthier state of being in restorative yoga. There’s no goal of stretching or strengthening, just relax with what is. All levels. Unheated. $15 drop in, packages available. Soul Shine Yoga, 103B N Bancroft St, Fairhope, AL.

Beginner Tai Chi – 11am-12pm. Tai Chi is a series of gentle movements designed to strengthen and relax the body and mind and cultivate mindfulness. It is suitable for people of all ages and physical conditions. Classes may be joined at any time. Stirling Hall (behind All Saints Episcopal Church, 151 S Ann, Mobile, AL). 334-315-1379. RJVarley@



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Founder of Rosie Bluum 6A S Bancroft Street, Fairhope • 251-517-5626 • Referred to as the Book of Life, the Akashic Records are soul records, storing all information of an individual, place or thing. A consultation offers deep levels of guidance from the masters, teachers and guides, supporting you in living life from your authentic essence. See ad, page 29.



Dr. Wesley Corbin, DC, MS 1802 U.S. 98, Suite E, Daphne, AL 251-375-0012 • Caring for the whole person with spinal health, lifestyle advice, individualized nutritional programs and acupuncture. For patients battling chronic pain and illness, and for those seeking a more balanced life. Insurance accepted.

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1700 East Railroad Street, Gulfport, MS 228-871-7004 A positive path for spiritual living. Unity teachings and communities are places of spiritual healing. If you’re drawn to individuals like Oprah, Wayne Dyer, Marianne Williamson and Deepak Chopra, you’ll love Unity of Gulfport. See ad, page 13.


Gathering at Papa Rocco's in Gulf Shores, AL and Bayes Bar & Grill in Orange Beach, AL 678-481-5026 • Our practical spiritual teachings empower people to live meaningful, healthy and prosperous lives. Our open and affirming congregation honors all paths to God. Sunday services at 10 a.m. See ad, page 28.


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Offering Chinese Craniosacral Therapy, a subtle blend of Chinese meridian therapy and craniosacral energy work, that indirectly approaches physical and psychological imbalances. This experience teaches your body to use its own bioelectric immune system. See ad, page 29.

Experience the healing, uplifting and detoxifying benefits of authentic, genuine therapeutic grade essential oils and supplements. Contact us for personal Zyto Wellness readings and wholesale privileges. Wellness classes on last Thursday of the month at Prodisee Pantry. See ad, page 12.



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Offering gifts and services that nurture your spirit. Books, card decks, essential oils, Bach Flower Remedies, crystals, salt lamps, incense and organic clothing. Local art, jewelry, honey, soaps and candles. See ad, page 29.


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(Located inside Path To Wellness) 240 West Laurel Avenue, Foley, AL 251-597-8787 • A cutting edge approach to brain disorders that is drugfree, non-invasive and proven effective. Treating dementia, depression, memory loss, ADHD, autism, learning disabilities, traumatic brain injury and more. See ad, page 4.


IAOMT Protocol 225 West Laurel Avenue, Foley, AL 251-943-2471 • Free book for new patients: Mercury Free Dentistry. Offering ozone; laser (nosuture) gum surgery; testing for compatible materials and cavity-causing bacteria; examine for gum disease and bacteria; laser cavity diagnoses; saliva pH check; oral galvanic screening; no fluoride. See ad, page 11.


12100 Highway 49, Suite 628, Gulfport, MS 228-831-1785 Local health food store and wellness center to support your healthy lifestyle: natural and organic options for food, supplements, cleaning supplies and skincare. Chiropractic care, massage therapy and essential oil counseling also available. See ad, page 15.


280 Eastern Shore Shopping Center 251-928-0644 • Café: 251-929-0055 Comprehensive health food store and organic café serving the public for 40 years. Extensive supplement selection; organic groceries, produce and meats; bath and body products; bulk spices and herbs; pet supplies; baby products and more. Monthly product specials. See ad, page 5.


2346 East Pass Road, Gulfport, MS 228-896-7545 100 percent vegetarian restaurant serving plate lunches Tuesday through Saturday. Gluten-free options available. Samosas, paneer, local honey, desserts and other Café s p e c i a l t y f o o d s a l s o available. Mention this ad for 10 percent discount. See ad, page 15.

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2032 Airport, Midtown Mobile: 251-473-0277 680 S. Schillinger, Mobile, AL: 251-633-0485 6845 Hwy 90, Daphne, AL: 251-621-1865 For 30 years The Health Hut has been the go-to place for high quality, whole-food vitamins, herbs and sport supplements at great prices. Service-oriented, knowledgeable staff. See ad, page 10.


3055 A Dauphin Street, Mobile, AL 251-479-3952 • Comprehensive health food store and organic café serving the public for 40 years. Extensive supplement selection; organic groceries, produce and meats; bath and body products; bulk spices and herbs; pet supplies; baby products and more. Monthly product specials. See ad, page 5.


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PRANIC HEALING IN MOBILE Deana Lannie 251-454-0959

Free healing nights and group meditations every Monday. Pranic Healing classes and the advanced technique of Superbrain Yoga. See ad, page 13.

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Intuitive integrative massage techniques are used to facilitate the body into a state of healing without the "no pain no gain" mentality. Over fifteen years experience in the bodywork and natural wellness field. See ad, page 28.


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Experience yoga's benefits with the support of a chair and build strength, endurance and courage. Accessible to seniors and anyone suffering from chronic pain, injuries, movement disorders or limited balance. See ad, page 16.

Make time for your special self! 20 and 60 minute reiki sessions. $5 meditation c l a s s e s : Tu e s d a y s a n d Thursdays. “I offer care and kindness to my c l i e n t s — i t ’s t h e sweet work.”

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Sharing and teaching love, joy, peace and light through sessions, coaching, crystals and classes. Offering energy work (Reiki, BARS, Healing Touch), spiritual healing, medical intuitive readings, natural remedies and supplements. See ad, page 12.



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A Wellness Spa specializing in oncology skincare. Also offering digital skin analysis, facials, waxing and microdermabrasion. Wellness coaching available. Everything you need to know to accomplish good health, skincare and wellness. See ad, page 12.


Fairhope & Mobile • 251-279-7517 An informal yet engaging happy hour with likemobile bay minded folks every second Tuesday in Fairhope and every third Wednesday in Mobile. Connect with other progressive people in our area. Sponsorship, speaker and catering opportunities available. See ad, page 10.


Dr. Mary Sabal, DC, RN 1404B West 1st Street, Gulf Shores, AL Behind Walgreens • 251-970-3605   Acupuncture (needle and non-needle), chiropractic  (manual or instrument), massage  (therapeutic and relaxation), hair tissue mineral analysis, hyperbaric oxygen therapy. Multiple visit discounts. Better Air brand probiotic air purifier distributor. See ad, page 11.


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Enhances natural healing processes, hastens muscle recovery and raises energy levels. By breathing oxygen at higher than atmospheric pressures, cells, tissues and organs absorb more oxygen. Introductory pricing and multiple session discounts. See ad, page 11.


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