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hen I moved down South after college, I’ll never forget being called a tree hugger when I asked coworkers where the recycling bin was located. On more than one occasion, I’ve been offered a turkey burger as a vegetarian alternative to hamburgers. And I often get a look of confusion from guests when I mention that we don’t have any paper towels in our house. Sustainable and natural living may not feel like the norm in our part of the country, but the small choices we make as individuals can have a lasting effect well into the future. Our kids remind me of my influence on a regular basis. Thatch (almost 3) said, “Why we going in the car?” when it was time to pick up his brother Mays from school on a stormy afternoon. To him, a bicycle is the primary mode of transportation for neighborhood trips, just like a canvas tote—not a disposable plastic bag—is a grocery bag and a local farm is the source of much of our produce. One of the things I love most about my job as publisher is regularly discovering more and more local businesses that can help support our family’s commitment to healthy and eco-friendly living. As I put together our fifth annual Healthy & Green Living Directory for this month’s issue, I was again filled with deep gratitude for the number of business owners—more than 60!—that wanted to share their commitment to wellness with each of you. Not only do they dedicate their time to providing our community with healthy alternatives, but they are the reason we are able to distribute Natural Awakenings at no cost to you, month after month. In addition to the businesses that sponsor Natural Awakenings, I am grateful for and humbled by each of you—individuals that take the time to pick up and read our 15,000-plus printed copies and the thousand more that read our digital eZine online each month. It is you who we seek to inspire, educate and serve throughout the year. Whether you’re drinking green smoothies and living off the grid, or clueless about what GMOs and vinyasas are, I encourage you to hold onto this special edition for the months to come and pick up an extra copy to share with a friend. Choose to be a conscious consumer by frequenting the businesses that sponsor our publication and thank them for serving our community so well (after they explain genetically modified organisms or demonstrate a vinyasa). Through the support of our advertisers, the interest of our readers and the commitment of Natural Awakenings, our healthy and green living community of Gulf Coast Alabama and Mississippi will continue to flourish for many years. On behalf of Mays and Thatch and the generations to come, I thank you for contributing to this partnership and to the well-being of our future. In gratitude,

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newsbriefs Mind Performance Center is Offering Dementia Screenings The Mind Performance Center, LLC, in Foley, Alabama, which provides non-drug rehabilitation for a range of brain disorders, is offering complimentary dementia screenings to Natural Awakenings readers. “Our approach fosters brain balance and performance without negative side effects,” says owner Dr. J. Douglas Brown, DC, DACNB. “Adding years to our patients’ lives—highquality-of-life years—inspires me to constantly research the latest breakthroughs in functional neurology and apply those as they fit into the treatment programs for my patients.” Brown is the only functional neurologist in the U.S. providing brain pathway activation therapy in conjunction with deep transcranial magnetic stimulation (which regenerates abundant release of neurotransmitters) and the science-based nutritional program of Alzheimer’s researcher Dale Bredesen. The unique approach has helped dementia patients that originally scored in the teens on the Montreal Cognitive Assessment to be restored to the point of scoring normal (26 to 30) on the same assessment. The center also treats ADHD, depression (even treatment-resistant depression), traumatic brain injury, autism, stroke and Parkinson’s. “The results of our treatments are tangible, often delivering improvement when nothing else has,” says Brown, who spends 90 minutes with new patients, fully examining their brain activity so that a detailed treatment program can be recommended. Location: Inside Path for Wellness, 240 W. Laurel St., Foley, AL. For more information, call 251-597-8787 or visit See ad, page 10.

Free Support for LGBTQ Youth in Mobile In an effort to provide support to local LGBTQ youth, Free2Be now offers counseling services in Mobile. The Huntsville-based organization started as a support group in 2010 and grew to offer social services in Birmingham, Athens and Dothan before opening locations in Mobile and Montgomery this year. The group provides social services free of charge in an effort to end violence, and advocates for the human and civil rights of sexual and gender minorities. This project is the first of its kind in Alabama, and is designed to meet the culturally specific needs of LGBTQ people. “We work to help survivors overcome trauma while providing public education and services to support the development of healthy relationships,” says Gerardo Cantú, the social worker and therapist who is working out of the Mobile office. Bilingual in English and Spanish, Cantú will be facilitating support groups for youth, young adults and transgender adults, as well as providing counseling and resource referrals.

Creative Healing Center Opens in Fairhope From the Center, now open in Fairhope, is a space for personal growth, spiritual development and creative expression. Co-founders Rebecca Washburn and Greta Bates share a passion for creative expression, spiritual connection and the healing arts that they want to share with the community. The center offers counseling services, reiki sessions, meditation classes and group workshops to facilitate creativity, growth and awareness. Washburn is a Licensed Professional Counselor who uses a holistic approach to her practice. She connects elements of mind, body, emotion, energy and spirit in her work with others, and teaches clients to trust their intuition, regain selfesteem and reduce anxiety. Bates is a seasoned moving arts instructor who believes that a client should always leave feeling better than when they arrived. As a reiki practitioner and meditation guide, she brings this philosophy into her healing work. On the last Thursday of each month, From the Center hosts The Artist Way Gathering, from 6 to 8 p.m. Based on the book The Artist Way by Julia Cameron, the monthly gathering incorporates discussion, journaling and other activities. Location: Montrose Office Park Building C, Ste. 1, 22787 Hwy. 98, Fairhope, AL. For more information, contact Rebecca Washburn (251-9294634 or or Greta Bates (601-421-0277 or

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newsbriefs Classes for Healthy and Empowered Living Laurie Azzarella and her Divine Oiler Team offer wellness classes every third Tuesday in Atmore, Alabama and every last Thursday in Spanish Fort, Alabama. A meet-and-greet takes place from 6:30 to 7 p.m., with a presentation from 7 to 8:45 p.m. Class topics encompass healthy living skills, inspired anatomy, toxin-free alternatives, personal motivation and a social network of people who are interested in making a difference in themselves, their families and their communities. As a Licensed Massage Therapist, Certified Registered Reflexologist and Young Living Educator, Azzarella enjoys empowering others with personal wellness. She also holds a master’s degree in education and has been an instructor for the International Institute of Reflexology for over 25 years, teaching Foot and Hand Reflexology across the country. “I also incorporate Young Living Essential Oils in these classes,” adds Azzarella. “I have found Young Living oils to have a very soothing yet therapeutic and detoxifying effect on our very congested bodies and minds.” Participants are encouraged to join the classes regardless of the type of essential oils they choose to use. “The classes are more about healthy living and a deeper understanding and appreciation of our bodies and our environment,” she says. For more information, call 850-3804943 or visit Laurie.MarketingScents. com. See ad, page 13.

Thai Yoga Massage Special Billie Reinhart, owner of Thrive Yoga and Massage, is offering Thai yoga massage samples to de-stress and restore. This unique style of massage incorporates gentle stretching and massage together without requiring any effort from the recipient. Each session’s sequence and intensity is tailored to fit each person’s needs. Those interested can call to schedule a session at the discounted rate of $25 per half-hour or ask about rates for longer sessions. Appointments will fill up quickly. Gift cards are available. Mention Natural Awakenings for a discount or use coupon code 25HALFHR when booking online. For more information, call 251-9294020 or visit See ad, page 3.

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study from the Karolinska Institute of Environmental Medicine, in Stockholm, analyzed data on air pollution exposure and lung function in the first and 15th years of life among 2,415 adolescents in Sweden. The researchers focused on nitrogen oxide in vehicle exhaust and particulate matter from road erosion, using road traffic, topography and weather conditions to classify pollution levels. They compared this data to the level of difficulty the teens experienced getting air through their peripheral airways, termed “resistance”. The study found that breathing problems increased for teenagers each time their exposure as infants to such pollution increased by 10 micrograms per cubic meter, with the strongest association occurring in male subjects with asthma at age 16. The same increase was not present in relation to their exposure to traffic pollution as teenagers. Lead author Erica S. Schultz, Ph.D., says, “An increasing number of studies demonstrate the importance of airway periphery for lung health. It’s concerning that the effect from the first year of life seems to be long-lasting, although we don’t yet know the full clinical implications.”


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nticipating surgery can be stressful, and many patients suffer from preoperative anxiety, which can cause serious health complications such as hypertension, rapid pulse and sugar metabolism changes. Israeli researchers from the University of Haifa have found that complementary medicine, combined with standard use of anti-anxiety drugs prior to entering the operating room, can significantly reduce preoperative anxiety levels and improve outcomes. Researchers divided 360 preoperative patients ages 17 and up into three groups: those receiving standard care for preoperative anxiety; those receiving standard care along with complementary therapy, featuring acupuncture, reflexology, individual guided imagery or a combination of the latter two; and those receiving standard care combined with generic guided imagery via a recording. Anxiety levels were measured preoperatively before and after the intervention on a scale of one to 10, with scores of four or more constituting intermediate or higherlevel anxiety. The study found that complementary therapy in combination with standard care produced a 60 percent reduction in anxiety, with the mean score dropping from 5.54 to 2.32. Combining standard care with reflexology and guided imagery provided the best relief, reducing anxiety by an average of 4.22 points. Patients receiving only standard care experienced a slight rise in their average anxiety level.

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Abandoned and lost fishing gear such as traps, crab pots and nets litter the ocean floor in coastal areas worldwide, continuing to attract, entrap and kill fish and other marine life. The Associated Press reports that global nonprofits, governments and companies are engaged in efforts to retrieve and recycle as many of the items as possible to protect the environment, save marine life and reduce hazards to marine navigation. A 2009 United Nations report estimated there are 640,000 tons of discarded fishing nets deep below the ocean surface worldwide. Recommended solutions include degradable panels on traps that break down and allow trapped marine life to escape. International agreements prohibit dumping fishing equipment at sea; yet in England, small vessels can amass landfill charges of roughly $700 per year, giving them an incentive to ditch broken gear. Pascal van Erp, a Dutch diver alarmed by the amount of equipment he’s encountered, founded the Ghost Fishing Foundation to tackle the issue. He says, “It’s found in all seas, oceans and inland waters at all depths, along the beach and under the sand. I don’t think the problem can be resolved completely, but we can keep it from getting worse by showing the problem to the public and the authorities.” Industry experts and scientists estimate that commercial fishermen annually lose about 10 percent of their traps due to bad weather.

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Fungus Among Us Genetically Altered Mushrooms Approved for Consumption

Clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats (CRISPR) is a new method of editing genomes of farm animals and food crops. White button mushrooms (Agaricus bisporus) that have been genetically modified to delay the natural browning process are the first CRISPRedited organisms to receive approval from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Yinong Yang, a plant pathologist from Penn State University, crafted the modified mushrooms by targeting the family of genes responsible for the browning effect seen in produce when sliced and exposed to oxygen. Yang was able to reduce the browning enzyme’s work by 30 percent and was granted approval from the USDA because no foreign or altered DNA was integrated into the mushroom genome. The department only assesses whether there’s a risk that the new modified variety of an organism could become a weed or “pest” to other plants. The mushrooms may still be subject to Food and Drug Administration or Environmental Protection Agency regulations. The National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine are in discussions about developing a new set of rules for the biotech industry in the next five to 10 years. Source:

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Plants Communicate with Sound A recent study from the University of Western Australia has found that plants regularly react to and emit sounds through a series of clicks produced by their roots, and that such inter-flora communication may be essential to their survival. Evolutionary biologist Monica Gagliano, who made the discovery, listened to the roots of young corn plants and found that they regularly produced sounds in the range of 220Hz, a frequency audible to the human ear. Plants have been shown to influence each other in many ways through nanomechanical oscillations on a molecular scale. Gagliano remarks, “Scientists also know that plants use volatile chemicals to communicate with each other.” Another biological research team under the direction of Professor Olaf Kruse, Ph.D., scientific director of the Center for Biotechnology at Germany’s Bielefeld University, has shown that green algae not only engages in photosynthesis, but also has an alternative source of energy: It can draw it from other plants (Nature Communications). Gagliano comments, “Considering that entire forests are all interconnected by networks of fungi, maybe plants are using fungi the way we use the Internet.”

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Nearly 2 billion wooden pallets are currently in circulation in the U.S., consuming around 50 percent of the country’s annual hardwood harvest and representing more than 90 percent of the world’s shipping waste. PalletSmart, in Fort Worth, Texas, has been making furniture, home decor and custom projects out of repurposed pallets and other reclaimed material since 2012. Company co-founder John Zaskoda says, “As with any business, we are looking to grow, but want to be smart about it. For now, we are staying put, taking custom residential and commercial orders and producing top-notch furniture.” He sees the endeavor as proof that with hard work and consistency it’s possible to make trash into treasure.


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hen properly viewed, the thresholds of all of life’s transitional moments can be both emotionally and spiritually rewarding. Whether it involves marriage or birth, job loss or illness, gleaning insight from the experience can yield fresh perspective on how to live life more fully today, if we remain mindful and lovingly attentive through the process. Like birth, death is a transition we can wisely prepare for. In recent years, compassionate individuals and grassroots movements have emerged to help us conduct ourselves, heal and grow from losing a loved one or face our own passing. An increasing number of initiatives support a new model in palliative care that treats death not as a failure, but an expected aspect of the human experience. Each in 16

its own way advocates for a grace-filled passage supported by dignified, caring and compassionate practices.

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The Conscious Dying Institute, in Boulder, Colorado, aims to restore death and dying to its natural place in the sacred circle of life. Its end-of-life literacy curriculum and certificate training programs are helping to create a new, wisdom-based culture of healing teachers and end-of-life doulas that serve among the frontline caregivers and companions providing the comfort people want and need most. Founded by Tarron Estes, a healing artist, poet, Caritas coach and transformational learning educator, the institute is grounded in love, spiritual openness, compassion and a universal field of consciousness.

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“Training is open to nurses, physicians, clinicians, caregivers, family members, healthcare teams and anyone else interested in exploring what it means to die consciously,” says Estes. It attends to the provider’s inner awakening and helps them strengthen their ability to give spiritual, emotional, physical and practical care to anyone, helping to relieve pain, regardless of diagnosis. “Rather than curative care, it’s all about seeking to increase precious, meaningful moments, a sense of spiritual sanctity, beauty, interconnectedness and appreciation of life for the families and patients they serve. An end-of-life doula at bedside assures that families and loved ones can focus on what is most important,” explains Estes, who believes that our true nature lives within us as an unblemished jewel. Helping individuals become comfortable talking about death is the work of Dr. Karen Wyatt, of Dillon, Colorado, founder of the End of Life University, an online interview series with end-of-life care experts. She provides a trustworthy loving environment in monthly death cafés. The author of What Really Matters: 7 Lessons for Living from the Stories of Dying expands the conversation through related articles and podcasts at Death cafés benefit from Wyatt’s experience as a hospice doctor. “There is never an agenda. Of the 10 to 12 people that generally join in, one is always a new caller, recently awakened to the idea of conscious dying or their own mortality. They’re seeking information and someone to talk to because family and friends aren’t interested. Some already embracing their mortality wish to explore their thoughts with others. Some callers join just to listen,” advises Wyatt. Because death in the West has become a commercialized, medical event with funeral home packages the norm, Wyatt recommends the National Home Funeral Alliance to those interested in a deeper understanding of options and resources for a gentler model. The nonprofit, grassroots movement and its members, such as Sacred Crossings, in Los Angeles, seek to restore the lost art and healing ritual of a home funeral by preserving the rights of families to provide home after-death care.

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For more than 40 years, philosopher, psychologist and physician Raymond Moody’s life work has been acknowledging the mysteries and validating the unexplainable events at the end of life. His seminal bestseller Life After Life appeared in 1975. Lisa Smartt’s mentorship by Moody led them to co-found She’s also authored Words at the Threshold, a study of the nonsensical, metaphorical and paradoxical language and visions of the dying. Moody and Smartt agree that by better understanding the unique language patterns related to end of life we can share more deeply and build bridges with our beloveds throughout the dying process. “When we do so, we offer greater support to the dying and ameliorate our own experience of loss as they cross the threshold,” remarks Smartt. Like William Peters, founder of the Shared Crossings Project, in Santa Barbara, California, they caution that compassionate etiquette during events at death is important. “Assume that levels of awareness exist in the dying so that our energy and presence are felt and our voices heard,” advises Moody. “Respect your words and actions, regardless of the person’s state of consciousness. Be a compassionate listener and validate their vision. Don’t pretend to intellectualize or explain anything.” Dianne Gray, president and executive director of the Elisabeth Kübler-Ross Foundation, also owns Hospice and Healthcare Communications. “The dying often wish to leave here surrounded by peace and harmony. They choose to let go

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Supporting and educating interested families is the mission of Sacred Crossings founder Rev. Olivia Rosemarie Bareham. The certified death midwife and home funeral guide draws from her experiences as an auxiliary nurse and hospice volunteer to assist families with end-of-life planning, death midwifery and arrangements for an at-home vigil and funeral, as well as cremation and burial choices. “We also offer sacred singing to help ease a loved one’s transition. Music by a bedside soloist or choir before, during and after death can be deeply relaxing and comforting, and even provide pain relief,” advises Bareham.

We rediscover that in order to die well, we must live well. Dying gracefully is the result of a mindful, day-to-day journey—a culmination of informed choices, honest discussions and deference to the hallowed fragility of nature’s life-death cycles. ~William Rosa of contentiousness and often wish family members would do the same, which is facilitated by mapping out Advance Directives according to the final wishes of the patient,” says Gray. Questions she frequently addresses in public talks and Death Over Dinner party conversations include: the necessity of finishing unfinished business; bringing closure to unresolved relationship issues; finding words to express our compassion; soothing the sense of impending loss; and managing to take only love with us to the other side, yet leave enough of it behind to help loved ones through their grieving process. She cautions that no matter how well we plan for death, things don’t always go as planned. “Sometimes no matter how many advance care conversations have taken place, discord can dismantle the best laid plans. It requires the tough work of compassionate communications. Friends and families need to remember that this is the patient’s end-of-life experience, not

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theirs. It is possible to find peace in the midst of conflict, understanding that the one leaving overwhelmingly wishes for a peaceful passing, including peace within the family.”  The Death Over Dinner initiative, founded by Michael Hebb in 2013, has been hosted by groups in more than 20 countries to help people engage in conversations on “how we want to die”—the most vital and costly discussion Americans aren’t having (DeathOverDinner. org/stories).

Practical Plans

The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and its 360 Degrees of Financial Literacy program offer a free downloadable national Guide to Financial Decisions: Implementing an End-of-Life Plan at It includes basic descriptions of issues that arise as we age beyond retirement and details the critical documents needed for the individual, dependents, property, assets, estate planning, wills and trusts. It also addresses issues related to advance, treatment and do-notresuscitate directives, insurance, types of funerals and costs, and Social Security, Medicare and veterans’ benefits. Guidelines suggest consulting with a certified public accountant or personal financial planning specialist. The latest innovation is the blessing of a living funeral, a celebration of life while the honoree is present to hear the eulogies, praises and farewells before they depart. provides a downloadable Five Wishes document, a popular advance directive, or living will that covers personal, spiritual, medical and legal aspects. It’s easy to use and can serve as a family guide to prompt conversations about personal care preferences in the event of serious illness. New York Times journalist Mark Leibovich wrote about how Massachusetts Senator Edward Kennedy chose to spend his final weeks in pursuit of a “good ending.” As death approached, Kennedy told friends that he wanted to take stock of his life and enjoy the gift of his remaining days with the people he loved most. As a result, he continued enjoying his morning ritual of reading newspapers while drinking coffee, playing with his dogs, watching James Bond movies with his wife and

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n their books Caring for the Dying and Having the Last Say, authors Henry FerskoWeiss and Alan Gelb, respectively, advocate reviewing our life and writing a short narrative to explore its value as we approach our final act of Earth’s play. Processing experiences from the past and what they mean at this juncture presents us an opportunity to achieve greater clarity and integrate them in a positive way in our life story. According to Fersko-Weiss, it has the power to reduce depression, increase life satisfaction, promote acceptance of self and enhance integrity of spirit, no matter what phase of life we are in. The harvesting of life experiences should reflect our true humanity—flaws and all—and what we’ve learned through mistakes and failures, as well as triumphs. Conveying a compelling mythic family story, values we’ve lived by and our embrace of meaningful relationships will help the people we know understand that, for all its difficulties and complexities, life is worth living. Our narrative, whether recorded as an essay or scripted video, becomes an act of praise for the gift of the life we’ve led, imperfect as it may have been. It can also serve as a potential keepsake that passes along life lessons and values from one generation to another. Gelb suggests that summing up what’s most important to us in 500 to 1,000 words can be an experience to savor and enjoy at a reflective time in life, an opportunity to capture our legacy and even serve as our own eulogy. When we want a loved one no longer here to feel near to us and hear them one last time, it’s a way for them to literally have the last say, he adds.

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holding family dinners and sing-alongs near nightly. He reveled in his bedside view of Nantucket Sound, sailed when he could and ate lots of his favorite ice cream. His mantra was, “Every day is a gift.” “As our time winds down, we all seek comfort in simple pleasures—companionship, everyday routines, the taste of good food, the warmth of sunlight on our faces,” remarks Boston’s Dr. Atul Gawande in Being Mortal. “If we strive in our final months for independence, companionship, mindful attention, dignity, wisdom, joy, love and freedom from pain, we have the power to make those days less miserable, confusing and frightening.” In these many ways, we can manage to gently embrace and tenderly navigate life’s final transition with grace and love.

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ast, fun to grow and packed with flavor and nutrition, tender young microgreens can go from seed to table in as little as a week. Close cousins to edible sprouts, microgreens are grown in potting soil or seed-starting mixes instead of plain water. They customarily grow beyond the sprout stage until they have produced a true leaf or two. After that, harvesting is a simple matter of snipping off fresh greens. “You don’t need a green thumb to grow microgreens, only patience and persistence,” says Mark Mathew Braunstein, in Old Saybrook, Connecticut, author of Microgreen Garden. Even first-timers can expect good results. For example, the thin shoots grown from popcorn taste like a more vibrant form of sweet corn, and pea shoots work well in wraps, salads and virtually any Asian dish. Like high-fiber wheatgrass, “Microgreens are great for juicing, either by themselves or mixed with other veggies,” says Rita Galchus (aka Sprout Lady Rita), proprietor of The Sprout House, in Lake Katrine, New York, which sells organic seeds for microgreens and sprouts. “You can add a handful of microgreens to a smoothie to ramp up the nutrition without changing its taste or texture,” she notes.

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The seeds of dozens of plants from alfalfa to wheat can be grown as microgreens. If seeking to maximize nutrition, put red cabbage and cilantro on the planting list. Scientists at the U.S. Department of Agriculture Food Quality Laboratory, in Beltsville, Maryland, tested the nutritional properties of 25 microgreens; red cabbage, cilantro, garnet amaranth and green daikon radish had the highest concentrations of vitamin C, carotenoids, and vitamins K and E, respectively. Microgreens generally provide three times as much nutrition per weight as the same food eaten in its mature state. “People underestimate the intense flavor of microgreens and might try planting mustard greens or radish varieties even if they don’t like spicy flavors,” say Elizabeth Millard, an organic farmer in Northfield, Minnesota, and author of Indoor Kitchen Gardening. For beginners, large seeds that sprout quickly such as sunflowers, buckwheat and snow peas are good choices because they produce big, robust sprouts with mild flavor. Many people also grow microgreens for their pets. “Cats tend to prefer mild, sweet-tasting microgreens such as red clover, alfalfa and flax seed,” advises

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Microgreens grow so fast that there’s little time for them to run into trouble. Commercial growers use large trays, but home gardeners can also use pretty coffee mugs or tofu boxes rescued from the recycling bin. Drainage holes in the container bottoms work well when growing beets or other slow-sprouting seeds, but are less important for fastgrowing sunflowers or wheat. Work only with organic seeds. Seeds sold for sprouting or bulk grains from a local health food store cost much less than the larger, robust seeds produced for gardening. Soak seeds in water overnight to jump-start germination. Place an inch or so of potting soil or seed-starting mix in the container, and then scatter the plump seeds on top. “A common beginner’s error is to sow seeds too thickly,” says Braun-

stein. Sown seeds should not touch each other, with most spaced about onequarter-inch apart. Spritz with water and cover with a plate or plastic wrap. At the first signs of sprouting, water and move the pot to a sunny spot near a bright window or within two inches of a bright grow light. Dribble in small amounts of water to maintain moisture over the next few days. To harvest, cut in bunches about one-half inch above the soil line. Microgreens store well in the refrigerator for a couple of days, but are best eaten fresh. For both beginners and experienced gardeners, growing microgreens provides a close-up look at seed germination, one of nature’s miracles. Award-winning garden writer Barbara Pleasant’s new book Homegrown Pantry: A Gardener’s Guide to Selecting the Best Varieties & Planting the Perfect Amounts for What You Want to Eat Year Round, will be out in March from Storey Publishing.

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hen thinking about the best forms of exercise as we enter midlife and beyond, we should first clarify some myths and preconceptions,” says Michael Spitzer, of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, biochemist, fitness expert and author of Fitness at 40, 50, 60 and Beyond. “In our society, there’s a mindset that once we pass our 40th year, it’s all downhill from there. Our metabolism slows and we gain weight, lose mobility and flexibility, deal with more aches and pains, experience shortness of breath and the list goes on.” According to Spitzer, this all can happen, but it’s more of a self-fulfilling prophecy than destiny. “Research with older people at both rehabilitation and nursing centers tells us that the human body wasn’t designed to begin a major decline in function until age 70, barring major illness or accidents along the way. Most of individual decline is due to lifestyle choices, not nature’s plan.” Spitzer teaches his clients that weight training is essential for every age group.

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“After age 30, most people lose between 0.5 to 1 percent of lean muscle fiber per year, which directly affects the basal metabolic rate. Much like a car engine, the more lean muscle mass we have, the more energy our ‘engine’ uses, even when idling. If not prevented, by age 50, for example, we may have lost as much as 20 percent of the lean muscle fiber we had when we were 30.” He also recommends regular cardiovascular exercise. “Do a good round of cardio inside your target heart rate zone for 30 minutes at least three times a week. It’s vital for lung and heart health, the primary benefit of cardio exercise as opposed to just burning calories.” “For those in their 40s, I recommend high-intensity interval training such as burst training, along with a mind-body practice like power yoga or budokon,” says Nelson Pahl, of Northfield, Minnesota, managing editor of Longevity Times. “Vinyasa yoga, tai chi and cycling are ideal during our 50s, while hatha yoga, tai chi, or qigong and hiking work well in our 60s.”

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“Most of my clients are 70 and up,” notes Gwyneth Jones, an active aging specialist at the Carriage Club, in Kansas City, Missouri, who also trains physical therapists, rehabilitation specialists and movement educators. “They enjoy mixing up their daily exercise routines and look forward to the support and encouragement of their classmates. Discussions include lighthearted wordplay and questions about anatomy and physiology.” Pahl urges everyone at every age, “Consume only whole foods, always.” He rarely drinks alcohol and begins every day with yoga and qigong. “Also, be sure to stay well hydrated,” adds Jones. “This will keep your joints healthy, skin clear and moist, digestion more efficient and detoxification of organ systems more effective. Add fresh lemon if you like.” Physical fitness is only one aspect of aging gracefully. Spiritual growth lifts and lightens any mental and emotional load, while supporting physical well-being.

Spitzer also recommends, “Reading, learning to play a musical instrument, crafting activities, computer strategy games or doing other activities that require concentration or new problemsolving skills; all help the mind stay tuned up and sharp.” It’s always healthy to break out of normal routines and comfort zones, venture into new worlds, volunteer and do what makes our heart soar. Jones advises, “Choose activities that feel good, refreshing, include people you enjoy, and are done in pleasant environments. Don’t forget to revel in sunshine or a good book on a rainy day. Listen to music, play music, sing and dance every day.” Maturity brings benefits we can embrace with delight when we bring loving attention and happy novelty to life. Aimee Hughes, a freelance writer in Kansas City, MO, is a doctor of naturopathy and consultant for the Yandara Yoga Institute. Connect at

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e all relish a cozy nest, whether that means light-filled views, the embrace of form-fitting sofas and chairs or plush rugs that snuggle bare feet. A beautiful, comfortable home that reflects our personal style and embodies our values can be achieved by learning the origin of furnishings and investing in sustainably made pieces that will stand the test of time, say experts. “Furnishing a home ethically doesn’t mean sacrificing comfort or style,” says JD Doliner, a business consultant in Charlotte, North Carolina. Doliner’s home is graced with 18th- and 19th-century antiques, organic cotton mattresses, comfy custommade chairs from Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)-certified wood and handmade wool rugs certified child-labor-free by GoodWeave. “They give me peace of mind as a humanitarian and environmentalist,” she says.

provide a competitive edge, she notes. “We look at the story behind a product and make sure that it aligns with both our company’s and clients’ values,” says Hindman, a co-author of Sustainable Residential Interiors. “We ask questions like, ‘Are workers paid a fair wage? Was the product made with local materials? What is the story behind the company’s founding?’”

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The Sustainable Furnishings Council (SFC) coalition of manufacturers, retailers and designers partners with businesses and informs consumers to increase environmentally responsible choices in the marketplace. Its 400 members commit to sustainability and transparency in their business practices and submit an annual action plan showing such efforts. Headquartered in Edenton, North Carolina, the council strives to minimize industry carbon emissions and remove unsustainable materials and harmful chemical ingredients from residential and commercial furnishings. “The residential furnishings industry frequently takes raw materials from one continent, processes and manufactures on another to be consumed on yet another, leaving a huge environmental footprint,” says Susan Inglis, the council’s executive director. As the third largest consumer of wood, these manufacturers bear significant responsibility for preserving the world’s forest ecosystems and fighting deforestation, reports Inglis.

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To make informed decisions, furniture shoppers need to ask how, where, from what and by whom a potential purchase is made. Lisa Beres, a healthy home expert and former interior designer in Newport Coast, California, and author of Just Green It! advises not taking product claims at face value. Ask if the product has earned a certification like the Global Organic Textile

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oday’s mass-produced furniture may contain hidden chemicals such as formaldehyde-based adhesives, flame retardants and other volatile organic compounds (VOC) linked to serious health issues. Researchers from the Natural Resources Defense Council found 45 toxic chemicals in indoor dust, 10 of which were present in at least 90 percent of households sampled. “These chemicals enter the air as materials in the furnishings break down,” explains healthy home expert Lisa Beres. “Because we spend an average of 90 percent of our lives indoors, the exposure to harmful chemicals is troubling.” Beres advises shoppers to be wary of synthetic fabrics, which not only consume nonrenewable resources like petroleum, but may also contain toxic dyes, heavy metals or chemicals like Teflon. Foam and other fillings in mattresses, sofas and chairs are often a hidden source of off-gassing VOCs. The Sustainable Furnishing Council’s seal of approval and member list at are a good place to start to find companies committed to offering healthier alternatives that include transparency and responsibility in their manufacturing practices.

Standard for fabrics or GreenGuard, which verifies low levels of chemical emissions. Not all natural products are sustainably produced; cotton, for example, is one of the most heavily sprayed crops. Look for certified organic cotton as a responsible textile choice. Beres also suggests renewable fiber sources like bamboo or hemp. “Natural latex is a sound alternative to foam fillers, offering good support and dust mite resistance,” says Beres. Specific animal-based products like down feathers used in bedding can provoke allergies and be produced inhumanely, Beres cautions. Products certified to the Responsible Down Standard, which protects the well-being and welfare of geese tapped for their manufacture, offer a

humane choice for fluffy down comforters. Look for well-crafted furniture made from locally sourced, reclaimed or FSCcertified wood instead of particleboard, which usually contains formaldehyde and may be made from unsustainably harvested wood. Sustainable furnishings are both better for the planet and can make a home distinctive. Natural pieces like a countertop made from reclaimed, rough-hewn wood provide a unique beauty that mass-manufactured pieces can’t match and also showcase the material’s natural form and feeling. Her firm promotes durable, timeless pieces over trendy furnishings that a client might discard in a few years. When it’s time to retire a piece of furniture, find a new home


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resounding chorus of research shows that the traditional three R’s of essential early education should also encompass an M for music. Playing instruments prior to and during school years can put children on a tuneful path to lifelong benefits.

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A 2015 study by the National Association for Music Education ( shows that youngsters harboring an early appreciation for music tend to have larger vocabularies and more advanced reading skills than their peers. The research also revealed that schools with music programs have an estimated 90.2 percent graduation rate and 93.9 percent attendance rate compared to others averaging 72.9 and 84.9 percent, respectively. A recent study by the Children’s Music Workshop (ChildrensMusic Wo r k s h o p . c o m ) , wh i ch p r ov i d e s instructional programming for more than 25 Los Angeles-area public and private schools, cites a host of additional benefits. These highlight music education’s role in developing the part of the brain that processes language; improving spatial

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intelligence; thinking creatively; gaining empathy for people of other cultures; encouraging self-expression and teamwork through playing as a group; and achieving higher grades both in high school and on standardized tests. Higher institutes of learning are equally involved. Boston’s Berklee College of Music ( offers majors in making it as a music professional, performance music and music therapy, plus postgraduate degrees. Its annual five-week summer performance program in “Beantown” furthers the skills of 1,000 U.S. and international children 12 years old and up. In addition to musical skills, “We see improvement in young people’s confidence and persona,” says Oisin McAuley, director of summer programs. “It’s a truly formative experience.” In addition, The Berklee City Music online program serves high schools nationwide, assisted by alumni in some cities. It also awards scholarships for participation in the summer performance activities in Boston. The nonprofit Young Americans ( organization, launched in 1992, operates its own college of performing arts in Corona, California, that fosters artistic, intellectual

Be open-minded enough not to label innovations in genres as junk; whatever kids are drawn to should be fine. ~Dayna Martin and personal growth for those working toward becoming performers or arts educators. Its International Music Outreach Tours have brought workshops to K through 12th grade students in nearly all 50 American states and 15 countries in Europe and Asia.

Singing, keyboards and percussion instruments are other tools she uses. “Many parents want their child to become accustomed to social settings. Because their child loves music, they’ll often seek a group music forum,” notes Blumenthal. Family Music Time (FamilyMusic, in Fort Myers, Florida, is one of 2,500 affiliated centers nationwide and in 40 countries that follows music CDs provided by Princeton, New Jersey-based Music Together ( Drumming and singing sessions with parents and chil-

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“Don’t force children to play music. It’s better when they want to do it on their own. Having instruments around the house can make it easier,” suggests Dayna Martin, a life coach and author of Radical Unschooling: A Revolution Has Begun, near North Conway, New Hampshire. Learning music can also decrease math phobia, similar to the way in which children that love to cook and follow recipes learn math, she points out, because math and music are undeniably interconnected. As part of a self-taught passion for medieval history, her 17-year-old son Devin is building a replica of a Vikingera log house on the family’s property and has made several stringed instruments steeped in the historical period using mathematical principles. “When children apply math to further their interest in music, it makes more sense to them than when it’s some problems in a workbook, and they pick it up more readily, which instills a lifelong appreciation of mathematics as an essential tool,” she observes. Jamie Blumenthal, a board-certified music therapist and owner of Family Music Therapy Connection: North Bay Music Therapy Services (, in Santa Rosa, California, works predominantly with special needs children. “Autistic children love music, and playing wind instruments like flutes and whistles helps work the muscles around the mouth, assisting with speech development,” she says.

dren up to 5 years old help them gain a music appetite and early group musicmaking experience, according to Director LouAnne Dunfee. At her studio, local professional musicians also conduct private lessons in piano, guitar and trumpet for children ages 6 and up. Children playing instruments can mean much more than just music to our ears.

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ife has many sublime pleasures: watching the sun rise over the horizon and observing the changing colors of the clouds; laughing with a best friend; or simply feeling the grass, dirt or sand under bare feet. The Japanese have a term, mono no aware, for that sublime moment of perfection just before it fades. Sometimes it translates as sensitivity or awareness of impermanent things. It could, for instance, refer to the beauty of cherry blossoms in full bloom; the cherry trees will blossom again next year, but we do not always have a chance to see them again. Everyday distractions can cause us to forget to slow down to enjoy moments. The secret to sublime living is to pay close attention to the sweet pleasures of life, no matter how small, and savor them before they pass. There is no way to know which weather-perfect day will be the last before the season shifts. Enjoying such a fleeting, sublime moment may mean discarding the day’s plans, but the delights of life do not always come around again. How easy it is to let the mind wander and forget to focus on the pleasure of an experience and the joys that life offers. We’re in danger of missing out on sublime living when we constantly prioritize what “has to be done” instead of that which is most valued. Soon, it may seem as if the

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stories of our lives are being written by someone else. We forget our power to be our own storyteller and to mindfully engage in how we spend every hour. Dissatisfying tales can be replaced when we live according to a new story we write each day, called, “My life is an extraordinary adventure,” or “I relish being with my children,” or “I express love through sharing my music,” or “I am being true to myself, and that enables me to help others heal.” The more we focus on what brings us happiness, revitalization, purpose or meaning, the easier it will be to upgrade priorities and discard any plot lines and events that seem scripted by someone else. We can then make a new commitment to writing and living a more satisfying story for ourselves. We can pause to contemplate our power to be the storyteller and to always remain fully present and conscious of the sublime moments. Carl Greer, Ph.D., Psy.D., is a practicing clinical psychologist, Jungian analyst and shamanic practitioner. He teaches at the C.G. Jung Institute of Chicago and is on staff at the Replogle Center for Counseling and Well-Being. Connect at

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care. The goal is to promote health as a positive force well beyond the absence of disease. It’s possible for many pets to appear to be healthy while specialized, noninvasive testing shows underlying issues that must be addressed if illness is to be prevented. Conventional medicine either doesn’t offer such testing or ignores minor abnormalities, placing the pet at risk for developing serious and potentially irreversible problems.

Functional Medicine for Pets Why the Best Vets Use It by Shawn Messonnier


any pet owners have chosen functional medicine for their own care, so they logically turn to it for their four-legged family members, as well. Most veterinarians are still unfamiliar with this approach to pet health care and may even discourage its use because they see it as being out of synch with conventional ideology. Functional medicine addresses the underlying causes of disease, using a systemsoriented approach and engaging patients and doctors in a partnership designed to improve health. This evolved practice better addresses individual needs than a traditional approach that focuses on illness and treating disease rather than restoring overall health. By shifting from an allopathic platform to a more holistic, patient-centered one, functional medicine addresses the whole pet, not just a set of symptoms.

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for restoring health when animals have chronic disorders. It also doesn’t help them to at least live comfortably with incurable problems without the side effects often caused by extensive administration of medications. Conventional veterinary science lacks the proper tools for preventing and treating complex, chronic disease. In most cases, it doesn’t take into account an individual’s unique genetic makeup or exposure to toxins such as too many vaccines, drugs or environmental chemicals. Functional medicine always focuses on the unique nature of the patient; there is no “one treatment fits all” mentality. Functional medicine vets are specifically trained to assess the underlying causes of complex, chronic disease and to apply strategies such as nutrition, diet and naturopathic remedies to both treat and prevent these illnesses. They can ably help the increasing number of pets suffering from complex, chronic health issues such as diabetes, heart disease, cancer, allergies, arthritis, seizures, bowel and bladder problems and immune system disorders. Functional medicine best addresses these concerns because it involves understanding the origins, prevention and treatment of ailments and emphasizes customized

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The system of medicine practiced by most vets is geared toward acute care of a severe trauma or a climax in illness that necessitates urgent diagnosis and treatment. They typically apply specific, prescribed treatments such as drugs or perform surgery to treat the immediate problem or symptom. This approach works well for pets experiencing a crisis, but isn’t appropriate

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An integrative, science-based healthcare approach considers interactions in the pet’s history, physiology and lifestyle that might lead to problems. All of the diagnostic and treatment modalities are based upon proven scientific principles and follow evidence-based medicine to yield the best results in terms of total function. Functional medicine integrates traditional Western medical practices with what are sometimes considered “holistic” or “complementary” healing methods. The focus is on prevention through nutrition, diet and exercise; use of the latest laboratory testing and other diagnostic techniques; and prescribed combinations of botanical medicines, supplements, therapeutic diets and detoxification programs, using drugs only when necessary as a last, rather than a first, resort. This whole-pet approach allows doctors to choose whichever therapies are best for each patient. Holistic vets see many patients for which conventional medicine has proven ineffective. Sometimes conventional doctors back away from offering treatment, either because the pet is “too old,” the treatment is “too expensive” or the results are unlikely to be “satisfactory.” Functional medicine can help many of these so-called hopeless cases, return pets to health and often heal disease after principles of functional medicine have been consistently applied to the pet’s everyday lifestyle. Finding a functional medicine vet is challenging, but worth the effort. Focusing on the individual needs of a pet ensures the optimum chance for achieving and sustaining proper health. Shawn Messonnier, a doctor of veterinary medicine practicing in Plano, TX. For more information, visit


to our fifth annual Healthy and Green Living Directory, now serving Jackson, Harrison and Hancock counties in Mississippi in addition to Mobile and Baldwin counties in Alabama. Throughout the year, Natural Awakenings strives to bring you the latest information and resources available for health, nutrition, fitness, personal growth, natural living, sustainability and creative expression. In order to serve you even better, we offer this special edition featuring a convenient directory to keep at your fingertips all year long. Refer to this handy reference when searching for the things you need to live a healthier, more balanced life.

contents Food & Nutrition


Acupuncture 33

Green Building


Aerial Yoga 33

Green Burial Services


Air Quality 33

Green Living 38

Akashic Readings

Grief Support


Animal Health & Wellness 33

Healing Arts 39

Animal Welfare

Homeopathy 39


Architecture 33

Local Foods

Aromatherapy 33

Massage Therapy



Meal Delivery




Ayurveda 33

Meditation 40

Babycare 34

Microgreens 40

Barre Classes


Movement Therapy


Beauty 34

Natural Health


Chiropractic 34

Natural Products


Churches 34

Networking 41

Classes & Lectures


Nutritional Counseling


Colon Hydrotherapy


Oxygen Therapy


CSA 35

Pet Care & Services


Counseling 35

Pilates 41

Craniosacral Therapy


Recreation 42

Crystals & Gems


Reflexology 42

Dementia 35

Restaurants 42

Dentistry 35

Scar Tissue Release Therapy 42

EFT 36

Spas 43

Energy Healing


Stress Management


Entertainment Venues


Thai Massage


Environmental Education 36

U-Pick Farms 43

Essential Oils 36


Farmers' Markets

Volunteer Opportunities 44



Feng Shui 37

Wellness Centers


Fertility Massage

Women's Wellness



Flower Essence Remedies 38



Yoga 44

Please note: The contents of this Healthy and Green Living Directory are for informational purposes only. The information is not intended to be used in place of a visit or consultation with a healthcare professional. Always seek out a practitioner that is licensed, certified or Gulf Coast Alabama/Mississippi Edition otherwise professionally qualified to conduct a selected treatment, as applicable.



Patrick Miller, Licensed Acupuncturist 1203 Highway 98, Suite 1-C, Daphne, AL 251-626-7778 • Acupuncture treats neck and back pain, weight management, sciatica, arthritis, headaches, stress/ anxiety, digestive issues, fertility issues, menstrual and menopausal symptoms and more. Experience natural pain relief with acupuncture, cupping and physical therapy. See ad, page 11.



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265 Young Street, Fairhope, AL • 251-517-0268 Build strength and increase flexibility in our signature Aerial Fit and Aerial Stretch classes. We offer Aerial Yoga and Circus Arts classes for all ages. Private instruction also available. See ad, back cover.




Helping people live with more compassion and respect for all beings and the living environment, ultimately creating a more compassionate and peaceful world for us all. Join us for a vegan dinner every fourth Saturday.




Family Care Naturally 1404B West 1st Street, Gulf Shores, AL Behind Walgreens • 251-970-3605

Let me assist you in learning about the many ways essential oils can be used for physical, mental, emotional and spiritual wellness for yourself and home. See ad, page 13.


22787 U.S. Suite D-5, Montrose, AL 251-616-4201 • Reflexology for the ear using ear seeds, (available in office) a non-invasive, drug-free, complementary health treatment that works with other healing modalities. Manage stress, anxiety, depression, pain, addiction, allergies, PMS, vision problems and more. See ad, page 14.


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Patented delivery system technology eliminates mold, allergens, pet dander, odors, harmful bacteria and viruses safely. No GMO, chemicals, additives. Financing, group presentations and discounts available. No more dirty air! See ad, page 12.


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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 13.

Acupuncture: An ancient Oriental technique that stimulates the body’s ability to sustain and balance an electromagnetic life force (qi), which is channeled in a continuous flow throughout the body via a network of meridians. Disease is understood as an imbalance in the meridians. A practitioner inserts acupuncture needles at specific points along the meridians to stimulate or disperse the flow of life force. Aerial Yoga: Aerial yoga and aerial silk classes utilize fabric harnesses to suspend the body in the air for a novel fluid and acrobatic form of yoga. Aerial classes are suitable for all experience levels and can be used to relax joints and help realign the body. Ayurveda: Ayurveda (science of life) is a 6,000-year-old philosophy that uses the inherent principles of nature to help maintain health. The goal is detoxification and restoration of overall balance. Ayurveda is recognized by the World Health Organization as an effective health science.

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Babycare - Colon Hydrotherapy


1820 Pass Road, Gulfport, MS 228-357-5574 • A natural parenting store proudly offering a growing selection of cloth diapers and accessories, baby carriers, unique gifts and other green products for families. Classes and support groups offered regularly. See ad, page 9.


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.




81 Magnolia Avenue, Fairhope, AL 251-928-5692 Join our gathering of people from diverse religions and backgrounds to celebrate unity and support the spiritual health of the community. Meeting every fourth Sunday. Contact us to learn more.


103A North Bancroft Street, Fairhope, AL 251-990-9934


A s a l o n o ff e r i n g organic products and SALON services including hair c olor, perms and shampoo. Make a difference today in your hair, your life and the Earth. Visit us for a free hair exam today and go organic! Manicures, pedicures and eyebrow waxing also available. See ad, page 25.


151 South Ann Street, Mobile, AL 36604 251-545-1011 • No matter who you are or where you are on life's journey, you are welcome here! We invite you to join us on Sunday mornings at 10:30 a.m. Sunday School at 9:30 a.m.

Chiropractic: Chiropractic is a healthcare profession that focuses on disorders of the musculoskeletal and nervous systems. The chiropractor analyzes and corrects misalignments by manipulation or adjustment of affected joints and tissues to restore mobility, alleviating pain and muscle tightness and allowing tissues to heal. Colon Hydrotherapy: A safe, effective method of removing waste from the large intestine without the use of drugs. By introducing filtered and temperature-regulated water into the colon, the waste is softened and loosened, resulting in evacuation by natural means. Community Supported Agriculture (CSA): This comprises of a community of individuals that pledge support to a farm operation so the growers and consumers provide mutual support while sharing the risks and benefits of food production. Members, or shareholders, of the farm pledge in advance to cover anticipated farm expenses. In return, they receive shares in the farm’s bounty throughout the growing season. Craniosacral Therapy (CST): This manual therapeutic procedure is meant to remedy distortions in the structure and function of the brain and spinal cord, the bones of the skull, the sacrum and its interconnected membranes. Craniosacral work is based upon two major premises: that the bones of the skull can be manipulated because they never completely fuse; and that the pulse of the cerebrospinal fluid can be balanced by a practitioner trained to detect variations in that pulse. 34

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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 12.


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 mean in g f ul, h ealthy an d prosperous lives. Our open and affirming congregation honors all paths to God. Sunday services at 10 a.m. See ad, page 9.


22979 U.S. Highway 98 • Fairhope, AL 251-990-8934 Gain a new level of spiritual awareness through worship and fellowship at UES. By applying Jesus’ teachings, grow into Christ-like maturity and learn to demonstrate the Truth in your life.


LAURIE AZZARELLA YL #327923 Daphne, AL • 850-380-4943

Offering classes and lectures to groups and organizations on natural health and wellness, essential oils, r e f l e x o l o g y. F u n , informative and interactive presentations. CE credits available depending on class. See ad, page 13.


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Justin Taylor, Farm Owner Fairhope, AL • 251-367-3238

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A small organic farm offering pick-your-own blueberries and a seasonal vegetable membership (community supported agriculture). Find Bee Natural Farm on Facebook for more information.


6304 Cottage Hill Road, Mobile, AL 251-753-1937 • Improve relationships, eliminate issues, reduce cravings, clarify life purpose and more. Non-invasive, drug-free techniques include holistic counseling processes, emotional freedom techniques (EFT), spiritual kinesiology, neurolinguistic programming, strategic intervention, past-life regression (PLR) and Access Consciousness Bars. See ads, pages 3 and 23.



Turtles is dedicated to fostering an appreciation of and a protective spirit for clean air, water and soil. The name is inspired by the 17 turtle species that can be found in the MobileTensaw River Delta. Located in Fly Creek Marina, 17 Turtles offers canoe, kayak, stand up paddle board and camping gear rentals for hourly or multi-day trips. Customized private power boat eco-tours for up to six people are available, as are half-day, full-day and overnight guided paddles. Environmental education programs, team-building events, wilderness medical training and birthday parties are also offered. With so many beautiful places to explore within an hour of their dock, 17 Turtles can plan a trip for anyone. For more information, see ad, page 2.



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 13.

A cutting edge approach to brain disorders that is drugfree, non-invasive and proven effective. Treating dementia, depression, m e m o r y lo s s , A D H D , autism, learning disabilities, traumatic brain injury and more. See ad, page 10.

Rosie Bluum 6A South Bancroft Street, Fairhope, AL 251-599-5943 • 251-517-5626

Supported by Open Table, UCC 765-714-7719 Peer support group for 14 to 18-year-old LGBT youth led by trained facilitators every Saturday from 2 to 4 p.m. in Stirling Hall at All Saints Episcopal in Mobile. Free counseling also available.



Licensed Professional Counselor 22787 U.S. 98, Suite C-1, Fairhope, AL 251-929-4634 • Experience inner peace and harmony of mind, body, energy and spirit. Let go of anxiety and patterns from the past and create a life that honors who you are. Insurance accepted.


THE WILLOW TREE AT ROSIE BLUUM 6A South Bancroft Street, Fairhope, AL 251-517-5326 or 251-751-6945

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 13.

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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 25.

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Alabama Healing Arts Your Partner in Wellness, From Student to Professional


labama Healing Arts (AHA) is an occupational college and wellness center offering a holistic approach to healthy living and career success. For those seeking a fulfilling career, AHA offers a 650hour massage therapy program, 200/300/500-hour yoga trainings and three levels of reiki certification. For those seeking better health, specific options can accommodate diverse needs. Receive the healing benefits of a therapeutic massage, reiki treatment or both with their popular reiki-massage. De-stress and strengthen with a yoga or qigong class. Increase benefits at the cellular level with a toxin-cleansing nutritional or skincare program. Clear lifetimes of limitation and increase life possibilities with an Access Consciousness Bars or holistic counseling session. With more than 25 years of experience, owner Kelly Laurendine brings a heart-centered approach to living and learning in an environment geared toward personal empowerment and professional realization. She believes in the healing arts—having used yoga, massage and reiki to heal a serious spinal injury—and counseling to overcome issues like anxiety and low selfesteem. She says, “Exploring different realms of physical, mental, spiritual and energetic well-being is my passion. It has been my life’s dream to create a space where a variety of healing and personal development modalities can be experienced or learned. I love sharing many amazing AHA moments with this community.”

ALABAMA HEALING ARTS (AHA) See ads, pages 3 and 23.


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ENERGY HEALING HEAR THEM SPEAK Babette de Jongh 251-424-4944

Weeks Bay Plantation hosts Blueberry Jam Sessions and other outdoor music events throughout the year. The venue is also available for private parties and weddings. See ad, page 15.

T e l e p a t h i c communication, counseling and healing for multi-species families. Healing with Body Talk, Reiki, Matrix Energetics and more.

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850 Sea Cliff Drive, Fairhope, AL 251-928-8623 Providing eco-tours (half-day, full-day and overnight adventures) for individuals and groups. Specializing in wildlife biology, birding, fishing, team building, birthday parties and family fun in the Delta, Mobile Bay, Fly Creek, Fish River, Magnolia River and the Gulf of Mexico. See ad, page 2.


6304 Cottage Hill Road, Mobile, AL 251-753-1937 • Purchase therapeutic-grade oils, ultrasonic diffusers, diffuser necklaces and more from socially-conscious business located in Mobile. Browse web to purchase directly or expand income by becoming an AHA team consultant. See ads, pages 3 and 23.


For more information, see ads, pages 3 and 23.



Healing Acres, Robertsdale, AL 205-283-2743 Offering therapeutic massages, oil treatments, Zyto scans and classes with doTERRA essential oils for healthy living. 20+ years of essential oil knowledge. 17 years of massage therapy experience. See ad, page 23.

LAURIE AZZARELLA YL #327923 Daphne, AL • 850-380-4943

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 13.

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Joanie Stiff, Market Coordinator 251-208-1550 • 2017 Markets: Saturdays Downtown from 7:30 a.m. to noon (April 29 to July 29; October 14 to November 18). Thursdays in Springhill area from 3 to 6 p.m. (May 25 to July 27).

EAT FRESH, BUY LOCAL See listings, page 49.


Meeting at Fairhope Brewing Company 251-279-7517 Shop from local farmers at the monthly Green Drinks mobile bay meeting in Fairhope every second Tuesday from 5 to 7 p.m. This informal happy hour brings like-minded people together and usually features a brief speaker at 6 p.m. See ad, page 20.

Farmers' Markets - Fertility Massage


Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT): Through the EFT self-help process, one mentally tunes in to specific issues while tapping on meridian points with the fingertips. This stimulates corresponding areas of the body, balancing disturbances in the meridian system and allowing nonserving emotions to be released. Energy Healing: Energy medicine balances a person’s vital life energies (prana) and main energetic centers (the seven chakras), allowing the body to naturally heal. Energy healing modalities encompass biofield, spiritual, contact, distant, therapeutic touch, reiki or qigong. Essential Oils and Aromatherapy: Aromatherapy is the practice of using volatile plant oils by means of inhalation and topical application to enhance physical, psychological, emotional and spiritual well-being. This method is often used in conjunction with massage therapy, acupuncture, reflexology, herbology and chiropractic or other holistic treatments. Feng Shui: This is the Chinese art of positioning objects according to the laws of Heaven (spiritual) and Earth (natural) to create a living and working environment that facilitates a harmonious and positive flow of energy to improve one’s life. Proper practice of feng shui is meant to create and maintain good health, wealth, relationships and creativity.



Elements Therapeutic Massage


Meryl Hyderally, Feng Shui Design Consultant 251-463-1862 •

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Utilizing feng shui principles, let us create an organized and productive space that reflects who you are while enhancing your life, personally and professionally. It's about more than aesthetics— holistically designed spaces are conducive to an effortless life. See ad, page 10.


22787 U.S. Suite D-5, Montrose, AL 251-616-4201 • Fertility massage combines multiple modalities to enhance the health and function of abdominal organs which can boost fertility but is also used to improve overall mental, emotional and physical well-being. See ad, page 14.

Healthy Living through Massage, One Client at a Time


fter retiring from her position as nurse manager in Springhill Medical Center’s pediatrics and nursery department, Elements owner Claudia McClure learned about the benefits of regular massage from her daughter, Rebecca Murphy, LMT. The mother-daughter team found it hard to find massage services in Mobile on a regular basis and opened Elements Therapeutic Massage in 2008. “Owning a massage studio has been a natural transition from my prior profession as a nurse. I am drawn to the wellness industry, and believe in the benefit of a healthy lifestyle and preventive care,” explains McClure. “Massage has proven to be greatly beneficial in my own life, and I love being able to provide this service in my community.” Elements’ vision is to deliver an extraordinary wellness experience, one client at a time. Therapists spend time with clients to understand their body's problem areas, learn about their wellness goals and discuss expected outcomes. Employing 12 licensed massage therapists and a knowledgeable front desk staff, Elements is open seven days a week. Same-day appointments are available, walk-ins are welcome and appointments can be made online. Members of Elements’ wellness program enjoy benefits such as a monthly massage and discounted rates. For more information, see ad, page 5.

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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 11.


280 Eastern Shore Shopping Center 251-928-0644 • Café: 251-929-0055

See ad, page 21.

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 15.


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 4.


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 4.




Providing high quality building performance and business solutions that contribute to the long term sustainability of our community. Offering green building consulting and construction services for energy efficiency, water efficiency, indoor air quality and procurement and waste management for homes and businesses.


Rebecca Dunn Bryant, AIA, LEED Fellow 302 Magnolia Avenue, Fairhope, AL 251-929-0514

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Watershed designs green buildings and homes that inspire a greater connection with the natural world. Visit us online at “The oldest task in human existence: to learn to live on a piece of land without spoiling it” ~Aldo Leopold

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1016 Hillcrest Road, Mobile, AL 251-634-8055 • Ascension is a full service f u n e r a l h o m e o ff e r i n g traditional funeral and cremation services and merchandise. Ascension also offers natural burials as a “green” and environmentally sustainable alternative that is comparable to the cost of cremation.


Fairhope & Mobile • 251-279-7517 An informal happy hour for anyone interested in green mobile bay living at home, at work and everywhere in between. Gathering from 5 to 7 p.m. on second Tuesdays at Fairhope Brewing Company and third Wednesdays at Alchemy Tavern (Mobile). See ad, page 20.



1016 Hillcrest Road, Mobile, AL 251-634-8055 • Christian-based grief recovery program for all losses. Helping people through the grief process with the goal of transitioning into a renewed life of purpose and fulfillment. Meets every Tuesday from 1 to 2:30 p.m.

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Sherry Seicshnaydre, Energy Healer Gulfport, MS 228-313-0664 •

Joanie Stiff, Market Coordinator 251-208-1550 •

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 23.

2017 Markets: Saturdays Downtown from 7:30 a.m. to noon (April 29 to July 29; October 14 to November 18). Thursdays in Springhill area from 3 to 6 p.m. (May 25 to July 27).


Reconnective Healing Practitioner 22787 U.S. 98, Suite D5, Fairhope, AL 251-222-0220 • Reconnective Healing returns you to an optimal state of vitality and helps people with aches and pains, dis-ease, stress, PTSD, mental challenges, range of motion and athletic performance. Visit See ad, page 9.

LIFE FORCE ENERGY COACH Julie E Brent • 251-281-8811

Reiki Master Teacher, Certified Quantum-Touch® Instructor, private energy healing coaching/ sessions and Reflexology sessions by appointment. Monthly workshops offered. Ho'oponopono practice. Individual yoga coaching, Sivananda Certified Instructor since 1988.

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 12.


Homeopathy Consultant 5821 Old Pascagoula Road, #307, Mobile, AL 251-508-4230 • Homeopathy, sometimes called "The Royal Medicine" because of a long history of use by royalty such as Queen Elizabeth, is accessible, affordable, effective and safe. No charge if it doesn’t work.

EAT FRESH, BUY LOCAL See listings, page 49.


12562 Mary Ann Beach Road, Fairhope, AL 251-279-8745 Weeks Bay Plantation/LA Berry Farms is the regional destination of choice for pick-your-own blueberries, herbs and heirloom tomatoes—all organically grown. Check Facebook or contact us for specific Spring picking dates. See ad, page 15.

Flower Essence Remedies: Homeopathic flower remedies are specifically prepared blossoms of plants used to treat the underlying emotional causes of diseases. Each flower species contains its own healing energy with distinct healing properties and vibrational qualities to assist in the release of negative emotional issues. Homeopathy: A therapy that uses small doses of specially prepared plants and minerals to stimulate the body’s defense mechanisms and healing processes in order to cure illness. Homeopathy employs the concept that “like cures like.” A remedy is individually chosen for a person based on its capacity to cause, if given in an overdose, physical and psychological symptoms similar to those the patient is experiencing.

Hear Them Speak

Opening the Lines of Communication with All Beings


elepathic animal communication and counseling are powerful tools that promote understanding and can resolve behavioral issues in a multispecies household. With almost 20 years of professional experience, Hear Them Speak owner Babette de Jongh heals animals, people and situations with a powerful combination of telepathy, intuitive counseling, reiki, Body Talk and Matrix Energetics. According to de Jongh, our animal companions have wisdom to offer, and are often frustrated by their human’s lack of ability to receive help. Communication between all species creates a more harmonious existence and can help both animal and human family members achieve greater physical and spiritual well-being. Multi-species-family therapy and energy healing has the power to work miracles when all else has failed. Telepathy also helps with making end-of-life care decisions for an aging or ill animal companion, finding lost pets and connecting with those who have passed on. “I provide a bridge of understanding to give animals a voice,” she says. “I also offer classes and workshops so humans of all ages and ability levels can embrace their own telepathic abilities. When we truly understand animals and accept our deep connection with them, we have the power to heal ourselves, our animal companions and the world.” For more information, see listings under Animal Health, Energy Healing and Pet Care & Services.

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Massage Therapy - Natural Health

MASSAGE THERAPY ELEMENTS THERAPEUTIC MASSAGE 6920 Airport Boulevard, Suite 111, Mobile, AL 251-342-6415

Not all massage is created equal. Our therapists listen to your needs and employ the proper techniques to deliver a truly therapeutic experience. Experience the benefits of massage and discover the positive effect it can have on your body and well-being. Schedule an appointment today. Walk-ins welcome! See ad, page 5.


Amanda McFadden LMT, APP, Reiki Master Located at Bliss Sea Spa, Gulf Shores, AL 251-284-8773 • The best massage around! Specializing in deep tissue, craniosacral, aromatherapy, reiki and polarity; plus infrared sauna, ionic footbath and organic airbrush tanning. Couples, groups and bridal parties welcome. Book online:


22787 U.S. 98, Suite D-5, Montrose, AL 251-616-4201 •

field. See ad, page 14.

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

KIMBERLY MORRIS, LMT #4172 Located at Bliss Sea Spa 824 Gulf Shores Parkway, Suite A-2 251-284-5065 •

many diagnoses.

Massage is vital to your wellbeing. As a licensed physical therapist assistant and nationally certified lymphatic therapist, Kimberly has a unique perspective and is experienced in pain management and


2065 Old Shell Road, Suite B, Mobile, AL 251-476-6463 Offering therapeutic m a s s a g e including a range of modalities for pain and stress management in a professional, relaxing atmosphere. Our clients come first and most have been coming to us for many years.

MASTERS OF MASSAGE See listings, page 53.


Tracey Glover • 251-510-2418 Serving Mobile and the Eastern Shore, AL Promoting healthy, sustainable lives through better nutrition and The Pure Vegan m i n d f u l l i v i n g b y offering organic, nonGMO, 100 percent plant-based meals delivered to your doorstep every Monday night. Plant-based cooking and education classes also offered.

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Massage Therapy: Rubbing or kneading the body to encourage relaxation, healing and well-being. Benefits also include increased circulation and detoxification and reduced physical and emotional stress. More than 100 methods of massage are available. Meditation: As a spiritual practice, meditation is used to facilitate a mystical sense of oneness with a higher power or the universe. Methods and practices to achieve a meditative state are based upon principles that encourage an individual to engage in thought or contemplation. 40

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103-B N. Bancroft Street, Downtown Fairhope 251-225-4597 • Calm your mind with weekly meditation classes at Soul Shine Yoga. A variety of teachers offer guided and silent meditation as well as Yoga Nidra. See ads, pages 3 and back cover.


MOVEMENT THERAPY GENTLE CHAIR YOGA Sherlyn Culwell, RYT Fairhope and Daphne, AL 251-610-3151

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 3.


Downtown Fairhope, AL 205-746-6632 Create a life of balance with Ayurveda, the ancient art of natural living. Contact me to discover how Ayurveda, massage, yoga and clean eating can nourish your body, mind and spirit. See ad, page 11.


333 Greeno Road S., Unit 2B, Fairhope, AL 251-210-6955 A 7-minute session, once a week provides a natural solution for healthy joints, strong bones and muscles, better balance and flexibility and pain reduction. Accessible to all ages; non-invasive; non-pharmaceutical. See ad, page 8.




600 Pierce Road, Mobile, AL 251-607-0102 •


809 Gulf Shores Parkway Gulf Shores, Alabama 36542 251-948-7862

Mobile Pet Cemetery offers a peaceful, final resting place to honor and memorialize pets. Mobile Pet Cemetery also offers burial services and merchandise, pre-planning arrangements and perpetual care cemetery grounds.

Babette de Jongh 251-424-4944

Offering CBD (cannabidiol) from the hemp plant (helps a n x i e t y, i n s o m n i a , inflammation, etc.). Charlotte’s Web and other brands cookies, candy, creams, sublingual drops, e-juice. New: Akuamma—opioid receptortargeted pain relief. Mention this ad for 12% off.

Telepathic communication, counseling and healing for multi-species families. Healing with Body Talk, Reiki, Matrix Energetics and more.



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 20.

Pilates: Pilates is a structured system of small, isolated movements that demand powerful focus on every nuance of muscle action, while working out on floor mats or machines. This technique emphasizes development of the torso’s abdominal power center, or core.


Jeremy Stout, Energy Healthcare Practitioner


A New Spectrum of Healing


6304 Cottage Hill Road, Mobile, AL 251-753-1937 • Convenient, cost-effective nutritional solutions to improve overall health/ performance, manage stress, lose weight and age gracefully--from the cellular level. If “you are what you eat,” choose to be energetic, mentally strong and feeling your best! See ads, pagea 3 and 23.

OXYGEN THERAPY HYPERBARIC OXYGEN THERAPY Family Care Naturally 1404B West 1st Street, Gulf Shores, AL Behind Walgreens • 251-970-3605


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 12.



eremy Stout is an Energy Healthcare Practitioner offering Reconnective Healing (RH) and The Reconnection. “By utilizing higher energy frequencies to facilitate healing, RH returns us to an optimal state of balance so that we feel our best physically, mentally, spiritually and emotionally,” says Stout. After struggling for years from athletic-related injuries and the debilitating effects within the PTSD spectrum, Stout sought out a Reconnective Healing session. He was so impressed by the results that he learned how to facilitate RH to assist others to heal. RH has provided relief from conditions such as migraines, injuries, arthritis, PMS, colds, stress, mental challenges and limited range of motion in clients. Individuals can also utilize RH to reach athletic performance, and it is available to pets as well. Sessions are non-touch and can be facilitated in person or via distance healing. Clients usually need no more than three, 30-minute sessions, unless the body experiences new trauma. However, some clients return for more sessions than they need because they enjoy the flowing meditative state that occurs during an RH session. “Life will always present challenges but it should not be hard or difficult,” Stout says. “We should be enjoying life’s progress and what our ‘self’ can be—that is the objective of RH.” For more information, see ad, page 9.

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Recreation - Scar Tissue Release Therapy

The Pure Vegan

The Pure Vegan

Wellness for Humans, Animals and the Planet


he Pure Vegan helps people live healthy, sustainable lives through better nutrition and mindful living by offering an organic, non-GMO, 100 percent plant-based weekly meal delivery service, as well as plant-based cooking and education classes. Pure Vegan owner and Chef Tracey Glover, a registered yoga teacher, former healthcare attorney and writer, says her wellness philosophy is grounded in the conviction that all things are interconnected. “Eating a plant-based diet is one of the most powerful personal decisions we can make to improve our own health, improve the lives of billions of sentient beings, and protect the earth,” says Glover. While many of her customers are interested in transitioning to or sustaining a plant-based diet, some are coping with health issues or struggling to find time to cook healthy meals when life gets busy or new babies arrive. Many are simply trying to lose weight or reduce the temptation of fast food on their way home from work. Glover points out, “I cook with love, and I think people feel that.” Glover is also the Executive Director and co-founder of the local nonprofit ARC (Awakening Respect and Compassion for all Sentient Beings). ARC’s mission is to raise awareness of how human activity impacts other species and the environment and how to make choices that benefit us all. Part of ARC’s outreach includes hosting a vegan dinner and educational program the fourth Saturday of every month. The dinners are held inside Plantation Antique Galleries, in Mobile. For more information, see listings under Animal Welfare, Meal Delivery and Vegetarian/Vegan.


850 Sea Cliff Drive, Fairhope, AL 251-928-8623 Providing eco-tours (half-day, full-day and overnight adventures) for individuals and groups. Specializing in wildlife biology, birding, fishing, team building, birthday parties and family fun in the Delta, Mobile Bay, Fly Creek, Fish River, Magnolia River and the Gulf of Mexico. See ad, page 2.

REFLEXOLOGY LAURIE AZZARELLA YL #327923 Daphne, AL • 850-380-4943

Offering classes in Ingham Reflexology, a holistic therapy that brings natural balance to your body. A great tool for self help and emergency care. CE classes open to professionals and individuals seeking wellness. See ad, page 13.


SCAR TISSUE RELEASE THERAPY Reflexology: This is a natural healing method of pressure point massage used to relieve tension and pain by pressing on a part of a person’s head, hands, body or feet. Reflexology is based upon the principle that there are reflex points or zones that correspond to every part of the body. Tai Chi and Qigong: Tai chi and qigong combine movement, meditation and breath regulation to enhance the flow of vital energy (qi) in the body, improve circulation and enhance immune function. When the gentle movements of qigong mixed with the animal style martial arts, it became tai chi. Thai Massage: Thai massage incorporates gentle rocking motions and rhythmic compression along the body’s energy lines and passive stretching to stimulate the free flow of energy, break up blockages and help restore general well-being.

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22787 U.S. 98, Suite D-5, Montrose, AL 251-616-4201 • Scar Tissue Release Therapy is a three dimensional, fascial release system that works to minimize scar tissue development and restrictions. No matter how new or old your scar, this therapy can help. See ad, page 14.





Experience a mind, body and spirit transformation and feel rejuvenated, toxin-free and totally relaxed. Groups welcome. Check our Yelp and Trip Advisor reviews. Mention this ad: $5 off. Book online:

Not all massage is created equal. Our therapists listen to your needs and employ the proper techniques to deliver a truly therapeutic experience. Experience the benefits of massage and discover the positive effect it can have on your body and well-being. Schedule an appointment today. Walk-ins welcome! See ad, page 5.

See ad, page 3.

6920 Airport Boulevard, Suite 111, Mobile, AL 251-342-6415

824 Gulf Shores Parkway, Suite A-2 Kimberly Morris, LMT: 251-284-5065 Amanda McFadden, LMT: 251-284-8773


6920 Airport Boulevard, Suite 111, Mobile, AL 251-342-6415 Not all massage is created equal. Our therapists listen to your needs and employ the proper techniques to deliver a truly therapeutic experience. Experience the benefits of massage and discover the positive effect it can have on your body and well-being. Schedule an appointment today. Walk-ins welcome! See ad, page 5.



12562 Mary Ann Beach Road, Fairhope, AL 251-279-8745 Weeks Bay Plantation/LA Berry Farms is the regional destination of choice for pick-your-own blueberries, herbs and heirloom tomatoes—all organically grown. Check Facebook or contact us for specific Spring picking dates. See ad, page 15.

See ads, pages 3 and 23.

WELLNESS SPA OF OCEAN SPRINGS 21 Marks Road, Ocean Springs, MS 228-209-4090

Soul Shine Yoga

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 13.


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A Yoga Community for Everyone ounded in 2014, Soul Shine Yoga is committed to holding space for transformation, both on and off the mat, with a spirit of joy, abundance, commitment and gratitude. The dedicated yoga studio, located in Downtown Fairhope, offers a wide variety of heated and non-heated classes for all ages and levels. Hot classes at Soul Shine include their signature Hot Power Hour, Hot Vinyasa and Hot Restore: Hips + Hamstrings. These classes are held in a room with five custom infrared radiant heat panels, a therapeutic, clean heat source. The diverse schedule of unheated classes includes Foundations, Vinyasa, Core Fusion Yoga, Buti Yoga, Yoga Dance Fusion, Hatha Yoga, Gentle Yoga, Restorative Yoga, Yin Yoga, Prenatal Yoga, Yoga Nidra, Somatics and Meditation. In addition to group classes, Soul Shine offers open studio times, frequent workshops, private yoga sessions and life transformation coaching. Their yoga-inspired boutique carries Manduka yoga mats and activewear and accessories from Spiritual Gangster, Onzie, alo yoga and more. The studio’s collaboration with Kudzu Aerial Fitness and Detour Pole Fitness allows students to also book Kudzu’s signature aerial yoga and conditioning classes through Soul Shine for an experience unlike any other on the Gulf Coast. For more information, see ads, pages 3 and back cover.

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Vegetarian/Vegan - Yoga

Weeks Bay Plantation A Regional Destination for Blueberries, Music and More


eeks Bay Plantation, home to LA Berry Farms, is an agricultural reserve and entertainment venue in Fairhope. In addition to growing 48 acres of certified organic blueberries, the reserve now offers six varieties of heirloom tomatoes and over a dozen herbs, all grown in new greenhouses for year-round fresh produce. Beginning this spring there will be numerous opportunities to enjoy the farm through special events. Weeks Bay Plantation is a great field trip destination, especially during picking season (starting mid-April). The public is invited to visit the farm during open hours in the picking season to pick fresh blueberries, herbs and heirloom tomatoes (availability is dependent on harvest). The third season of Blueberry Jam Sessions are being planned as well. These family-friendly live music events showcase local and regional talent in a fun, picnic-like atmosphere. The plantation is also available as a venue for private parties and weddings.


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 12.


22355 Price Grubbs Road, Robertsdale, AL 251-300-9052 Experience wellness with massage, reflexology, body treatments, Reiki, colonics, essential oils, wellness classes and more. Walk our new labyrinth (open to the public during daylight hours)! See ad, page 23.


For more information, ee ad, page 15.

BRANDY RHODES COACHING Vegetarianism: The voluntary abstinence from eating meat and/ or other animal products for religious, health and/or ethical reasons. Lacto-ovo vegetarians supplement their plant-based diet with dairy products and eggs; lacto vegetarians eat dairy products, but not eggs; ovo vegetarians include eggs, but no dairy; and vegans eat a plantbased diet without any animal-derived products. Yoga: Yoga originated 5,000 years ago in India, designed as a means to release tension in the body, bring calmness to the mind and provide an ethical code to live by. The word yoga is derived from the Sanskrit root yuj, meaning to yoke or unite, and refers to the integration of physical and mental exercises designed to unite body, mind and spirit.


Tracey Glover • 251-510-2418 Serving Mobile and the Eastern Shore, AL


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Promoting healthy, sustainable lives through better nutrition The Pure Vegan and mindful living by offering organic, nonGMO, 100 percent plant-based meals delivered to your doorstep every Monday night. Plant-based cooking and education classes also offered.

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103-B N. Bancroft Street, Downtown Fairhope 251-225-4597 • Empower your practice at Soul Shine Yoga. Find strength and peace of mind in over 40 group classes weekly or schedule private instruction with our experienced teachers. See ads, pages 3 and back cover.

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A fitness and wellness studio for women who prefer a homelike exercise setting instead of a gym. Offering a variety of classes, personal training and health coaching for overall mind-body balance. See ad, page 23.

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BEAUTY, HAIR & SKINCARE Locs of Soul Mobile • 240-515-4388

$10 off natural styles $4 off barber cuts


ESSENTIAL OILS Young Living Essential Oils — Divine Oilers

25% off inhalation therapy products

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Planet Gymnastics Mobile • 251-650-0699

20% off first session $10 off all birthday parties

CHIROPRACTIC Chiropractic Life Center Fairhope • 251-929-2622

50% off initial exam 15% off office visits 10% off supplements and supplies

Mobile • 251-404-3924

Salt Removers, Inc.

Daphne • 251-625-0080

FITNESS & YOGA Daphne Fitness Daphne • 251-621-3030

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Fairhope Fitness 24 Fairhope • 251-929-2450

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Pneuma Yoga and Movement Studio

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Mobile & Baldwin Co • 251-895-7185

EDUCATION/SCHOOLS Hermes Enchanted Garden Montessori-Influenced, In-Home Childcare Daphne • 251-269-0022

15% off first month’s tuition

Ocean Camp

Daphne • 251-458-6506

Soul Shine Yoga

Fairhope • 251-225-4597

10% off 10-class package

Thrive Yoga and Massage Fairhope • 251-379-4493

25% off yoga and massage for new clients; 10% for returning

Gulf Shores • 205-936-9892

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6th Annual Vision Board Gathering – 6:30pm. Creating a vision board is a way to set a visual daily reminder of where you are wanting to go in life, what you'd like to see manifest, what you want to keep your focus on. Supplies, snacks, beverages provided. Bring magazines and smiles to share. $20. Rosie Bluum, Fairhope, AL. 251-517-5626.

AHA 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training – Iyengarbased, hatha yoga training includes fundamental sciences, teaching methodologies, breath and meditation practices and in-depth philosophy study. Upon completion, graduates are eligible to register with Yoga Alliance. Call 251-753-1937 for details or to request an application. Alabama Healing Arts, LLC, 6304 Cottage Hill Rd, Mobile, AL. AlabamaHealingArts@gmail. com.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 4 Reflexology Workshop – 8am-5pm, Feb 4-5. Learn therapeutic Ingham Foot Reflexology taught by Laurie Azzarella, International Institute of Reflexology Instructor. Use on family, friends or professional clients. 16 CEUs for therapists. $375 includes textbook, course outline, IIR Privileges. Bay Branch Estates, Daphne, AL. 850-380-4943. LaurieAzzarella@gmail. com.


markyourcalendar AHA Massage School: Night Class State-licensed (#2253), 650-hour curriculum includes hands-on techniques, fundamental sciences and student clinic/ outreach practicum. AHA has a100 percent pass rate for students taking the licensing exam. Enrollement open through March 6.

February 6 • 5:45-8:15pm Alabama Healing Arts, LLC 6304 Cottage Hill Rd, Mobile, AL

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 7 Yoga on Tap at Fairhope Brewing Co – 5:30pm. Join our local yoga community for an all levels vinyasa class followed by local beer and time to catch up with new and old friends. $5. Fairhope Brewing Co, 914 Nichols Ave, Fairhope, AL. Namaste@

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



markyourcalendar Green Drinks Mobile Join us for an informal yet engaging happy hour with like-minded folks and a monthly speaker every third Wednesday. This month’s speaker: Jason Kudulis, from the Mobile Bay National Estuary Program, will discuss volunteer water quality monitoring. Free to attend except the cost of your drinks.

February 15 • 5-7pm

Alchemy Tavern 7 South Joachim Street, Mobile, AL

Quantum-Touch Level One with Juiie E Brent – 9am-5:30pm, Feb 11-12. Quantum-Touch teaches us to focus, amplify and direct Life Force energy for a wide range of healing benefits with surprising, extraordinary results. Your love has tremendous impact to benefit yourself and others. 13 NCBTMB/12.5 Nursing CEs available. $400 prepaid or $480 door. Reiki Center of Fairhope, Fairhope, AL. 251-281-8811. ReikiCenterOfFairhope. com/events.


Valentine Essential Oil Class – 10am-12pm. Come join us and get wonderful ideas for your Valentine gifts and pamper yourself at the same time. Please RSVP so we will be sure to have enough for everyone. $5. Healing Acres, 22355 Price Grubbs Rd, Robertsdale, AL. 205-283-2743.


SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 12 Sunday Service with Felicia Searcy – 10:30am. Join Unity Minister Rev. Felicia Searcy for a positive spiritual message. We are honored to have such an acclaimed guest speaker come all the way to Unity of Gulfport. A "premier results expert". Free. Unity Church of Gulfport, 1700 E Railroad St, Gulfport, MS. Dream Big-Dream Bold – 1-4pm. Join Unity Minister Felicia Searcy for a workshop. Learn what successful people do to create sustained results. A 5-point test to determine if your dream is right for you. Simple thinking strategies that will guard you from fear, doubt and worry. $20 suggested love offering. Unity Church of Gulfport, 1700 E Railroad St, Gulfport, MS.

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 14 Green Drinks Fairhope – 5-7pm. Join us on Valentine’s Day for an informal yet engaging happy hour with like-minded folks (every second Tuesday). Free to attend except the cost of your drinks. Chocolate from Sunflower Café plus produce and meat from End of the Road farm and Herb & Pepper Farms. Fairhope Brewing Company. 914 Nichols Ave, Fairhope, AL. 251-279-7517. MobileBayGreenDrinks@gmail. com.

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Healing Touch Level 1 Workshop – 8am-6:30pm, Feb 17-18. Mary Frost, Certified Healing Touch Practitioner & Instructor, will teach the art of Healing Touch in a two-day workshop. Check the website for details and cost. Unity Church of Gulfport, 1700 E Railroad St, Gulfport, MS.

3rd Sunday Potluck – 11:45am-12:30pm. Unity Church of Gulfport offers a wonderful potluck event every 3rd Sunday of the month. Join us for spiritual healing during the service and food for the soul post-service. Bring a dish to share. Unity Church of Gulfport, 1700 E Railroad St, Gulfport, MS.

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 21 Essential Oils & The Practice of Massage – 8:30am-4:30pm, Feb 21-22. Mary Frost, Certified Healing Touch Practitioner & Instructor, will teach the art of massage and the use of essential oils in a two-day workshop. Check the website for details and cost. Unity Church of Gulfport, 1700 E Railroad St, Gulfport, MS. Welcome to Essential Oils – 6:15pm Meet and Greet, 6:30-8:15pm Presentation. Join fellow oilers and learn how to use essential oils in your every day life, how to properly diffuse and take care of a diffuser and how to find and utilize educational resources. $5 at the door. 100 Alexander Ave, Atmore, AL. Debra Swartzendruber: 251-253-0010.

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 23 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.

The Many Uses of Oils – 6:30pm Meet and Greet. 7pm Presentation. Are you confused about all the hype around essential oils? Are they really safe and effective? Join Laurie Azzarella, Young Living Educator as she shares her experience and the intriguing ways to safely use essential oils. $5 at the door (donation for Prodisee Food Pantry). Prodisee Pantry, 9315 Spanish Fort Blvd, Sapnish Fort, AL. 850-380-4943.

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 24 AHA Student Massage Clinic – See Feb 10 listing. Alabama Healing Arts, LLC, 6304 Cottage Hill Rd, Mobile, AL.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 25 Usui Reiki Level I & II with Julie – 9:30am5:30pm, Feb 25-26. Basic Usui Reiki and some amazing supercharged ways to increase the focus and intensity of your work. Level I gives you the tools for self healing, Level II increases your connection and you will learn to work on others. 12.5 Nurses CEs available. $250 prepaid/$300 at the door. Reiki Center of Fairhope, Fairhope, AL. 251-281-8811.

SATURDAY, MARCH 11 Emerald Coast Holistic Health Expo – 10am-4pm, Mar 11-12. Experience a day filled with innovations in natural health, holistic wellness, eating well, alternative fitness, natural products and integrative family medicine with door prizes galore. Free for attendees. Booth space is limited. Emerald Coast Convention Center, 1250 Miracle Strip Pkwy SE, Fort Walton Beach, FL. 850-460-3266. Submit.


markyourcalendar Green Drinks Fairhope: Growing Microgreens Join us for an informal yet engaging happy hour with like-minded folks every second Tuesday. At 6pm learn about Herb and Pepper Farm in Loxley, AL, followed by a demonstration of how to grow your own microgreens. Free to attend except the cost of your drinks. Food from Sunflower Café plus produce and meat from End of the Road farm and Herb & Pepper Farms.

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2017calendarhighlights PLANS CHANGE! Please call ahead to confirm dates & times. SATURDAY, APRIL 1 Crepe Myrtle Trail Ride – 8-11:30am. Hosted by Mobile United, The Crepe Myrtle Trail Ride is a family-friendly, 12-mile bike ride at a beginner pace. Enjoy scenic views of Mobile Bay while listening to fun, educational talks about the Crepe Myrtle Trail and the natural areas that make Mobile such a beautiful place. Arlington Park, Brookley Complex, Mobile, AL. Registration required. Free.


savethedate The Gulf Coast Grandmothers Gathering A collective of women of all ages who embrace the archetype of the loving, wise Grandmother. Join our annual gathering in Fairhope to reflect and renew spirits, fulfilling the ancient prophecy: “When the Grandmothers speak, the earth will heal.” $340$415 for 3 nights lodging and all meals.

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TUESDAY, APRIL 11 Green Drinks Earth Day Celebration – 5-7pm. Celebrate Earth Day with Green Drinks! Live music, vendors, food. Free to attend except the cost of your drinks. Fairhope Brewing Company, 914 Nichols Ave, Fairhope, AL. 251-279-7517. Facebook. com/MobileBayGreenDrinks.

SATURDAY, APRIL 15 National Park Week – April 15-23. A presidentially proclaimed celebration of our national heritage. Get free admission to all National Park Service sites on National Park weekends (Apr 15-16 and 22-23).

SATURDAY, APRIL 22 Earth Day Mobile Bay – 10am. Alabama’s largest Earth Day celebration. Free. Fairhope Pier Park, Fairhope.


SATURDAY, APRIL 29 City Of Mobile’s Certified Farmers’ Market – 7:30am-12pm. Opening day for the Spring market in Downtown Mobile. Open every Saturday, Apr 29-Jul 29. Joanie Stiff, Market Coordinator: 251208-1550.


THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 28 Healthy Skin Naturally – 6:30pm Meet and Greet. 7pm Presentation. Because your skin is your largest organ, it is important to be careful what you put on it. Learn the benefits of natural skin care. $5 at the door (donation for Prodisee Food Pantry). Prodisee Pantry, 9315 Spanish Fort Blvd, Sapnish Fort, AL. 850-380-4943.

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 4 Alabama Coastal BirdFest – Oct 4-7. 4-day birding and nature festival with guided tours in Baldwin and Mobile counties, speakers, dinner events at 5 Rivers and free, family-friendly Bird & Conservation Expo (Oct 7 in Fairhope). Tours and evening events require adv. registration. Fairhope and Spanish Fort, AL.

CreekFest – 10am-2pm. Celebrate one of Mobile's most historic waterways - Three-Mile Creek. This is a family-friendly event which offers a cane-pole fishing tournament (ages 16 and under), live music, hot dogs, kayak rentals, door prizes and educational exhibits. Free. Tricentennial Park, Mobile, AL.




Hangout Music Fest – May 19-21. Featuring over 70 bands on the beautiful beaches of Gulf Shores, AL. 2017 lineup includes Mumford and Sons, Twenty One Pilots, Frank Ocean, Chance the Rapper, Weezer and many more.

THURSDAY, MAY 25 City Of Mobile’s Certified Farmers’ Market – 3-6pm. Opening day for the Spring market in the Springhill area. Open every Thursday, May 25-Jul 27. Joanie Stiff, Market Coordinator: 251-208-1550.

SATURDAY, JUNE 3 Annual Grandman Triathlon – 7am. Racers jump off the Fairhope pier into the open waters of Mobile Bay and swim 1/3 of a mile alongside the Fairhope Pier, then bike 18 mi throughout the city of Fairhope across grueling hills and finish the race sprinting a 5k alongside Mobile Bay. Benefitting Mobile Baykeeper. Fairhope, AL. Register:

WEDNESDAY, JULY 26 Bay Bites – 5-8pm. Enjoy a variety of cuisines from local food trucks, craft beer, live music and lawn games on the waterfront of Mobile River. Benefitting Mobile Baykeeper. Cooper Riverside Park, Mobile, AL.

THURSDAY, JULY 27 Cleansing the Gut – 6:30pm Meet and Greet. 7pm Presentation. Find out how we can effectively and easily clean our hard working organs and digestive tract. $5 at the door (donation for Prodisee Food Pantry). Prodisee Pantry, 9315 Spanish Fort Blvd, Sapnish Fort, AL. 850-380-4943. LaurieAzzarella@

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City Of Mobile’s Certified Farmers’ Market – 7:30am-12pm. Opening day for the Fall market in Downtown Mobile. Open every Saturday, Oct 14-Nov 18. Joanie Stiff, Market Coordinator: 251208-1550.

38th Annual Peter Anderson Arts & Crafts Festival – 9am-5pm. Nov 4-5. Featuring 400 arts, crafts and food vendors, live music and children’s activities. More than 150 shops, restaurants and local galleries surround the festival. Free. Downtown Ocean Springs, MS. 228-875-4424.

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 9 Fairhope Film Festival – Nov 9-12. A film lover’s film festival, offering participants the opportunity to see world-class award winning films in a unique, picturesque location over a four-day period. Downtown Fairhope, AL. Annual Magnolia State Gem, Mineral and Jewelry Show – Nov 10-12. Meteorite displays, fossilized exhibits, in addition to interesting and educational exhibits and plenty of artisans from around the US. $3. Jackson County Civic Center, 2902 Shortcut Rd, Pascagoula, MS. 228-229-8781.

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 12 Green Drinks Gift Market – 5-7pm. Tis the season to be green. Shop for eco-friendly gifts from local vendors. Live music, food, beer specials. Free to attend except the cost of your drinks. Fairhope Brewing Company, 914 Nichols Ave, Fairhope, AL. 251-279-7517. MobileBayGreenDrinks@gmail. com.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 16 Holiday Market & Christmas Kids Day – 10am2pm. Farmers market, arts & crafts, fun activities, music, pictures, dance performances and more. Cathedral & Bienville Squares, Mobile, AL. Joanie Stiff, Market Coordinator: 251-208-1550.

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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 an uplifting, positive message to nourish your spiritual soul from Rev. Judy Voght every Sunday. 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. 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.

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 Morning Yoga – 9:30am. Mon/Wed. 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 251-753-1937 to register. $10/class or 12-class pass for $100. Alabama Healing Arts, LLC, 6304 Cottage Hill Rd, Mobile, AL. AlabamaHealingArts@gmail. com. Morning Open Flow – 9:30am. Join Faye for all levels class. Class will include strong standing poses with focus on breathing. Class will end with relaxing savasana. Props provided. $10 per class or unlimited monthly for $50 with Kula Yoga Community. Quiet Mind Yoga, 2065 Old Shell Rd, Mobile, AL. 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. MELT Method Class – 12pm. MELT is a simple self-treatment that helps prevent pain, heal injury, and erase the negative effects of aging and active living. MELT is for everyone, regardless of age or fitness level, and can improve their longevity through self-treatment. Synergy Yoga & Pilates, Mobile, AL. 251-473-1104.

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. Yoga with Chris G – 5:45pm. Join Chris Garrett for an energizing blend of Iyengar and Vinyasa yoga. Recharge the body, soothe the soul and refocus the mind after a long day. Breathe, work, smile and find joy in the movement! Synergy Yoga & Pilates, Mobile, AL. 251-473-1104. 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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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. 251-597-5557.

tuesday 10% Off Facials – Tues & Thurs. Book your appointments at Wellness Spa of Ocean Springs on Tuesdays and Thursdays and receive 10% off of any facial treatment or microdermabrasion when you mention this listing. Excludes any other offers, coupons or specials. Wellness Spa of Ocean Springs, 21 Marks Rd, Ocean Springs, MS. 228-209-4090.

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@


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AHA Evening Yoga – 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: Yoga with Valerie – 5:45pm. Join 200-hr RYT Valerie Mitchell for a glorious yoga experience as she challenges with a strong emphasis on alignment and focus while still calming the mind. Relieve stress and rejuvenate, energize and recharge the body. Synergy Yoga & Pilates, Mobile, AL. 251-473-1104.

Path to Wholeness Yoga Series – 6pm. Tuesdays, Jan 31-Mar 7. Join Mary Ann for a 6-wk yoga series at Mobile Museum of Art as we explore the body, mind and spirit. Breath awareness and slow mindful movement create a meditation in motion. All-levels welcomed. Please bring your own mat. $10/class. 4850 Museum Dr, Mobile, AL.


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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.

Sierra Club Meeting – 6-8pm. 1st Tues. Public welcome. 5 Rivers Delta Resource Center, Spanish Fort, AL.

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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.

$5 Yoga & Chair Yoga – 9:15am, Flow. 10:30am, Chair Yoga (seated or holding onto chair to practice balance). Beginners welcome. Bring your own mat. Enjoy exercise at every level. Improve balance, strength and flexibility. $5. Fairhope UMC CLC, AL. 251-379-4493. AHA Morning Yoga – 9:30am. Mon & Wed. 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. Positive Parenting – 9:30-11:30am. A 9-week course using the Nurturing Parenting curriculum which focuses on positive discipline and communication with children. Open enrollment is available; certificates upon completion. Free. 601 Bel Air Blvd, Suite 100, Mobile, AL. Lydia Pettijohn: 251-4795700. 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.

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. Restorative Yoga with Lauren – 4pm. Been a long few days? No stresses and no worries. Allow Lauren Parrish 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... oh yeah! 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. 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. Yin and Yang Flow – 6pm. Join Melanie for in and Yang Flow: yin postures followed by level 2 strong standing poses and synchronized breathing. Class will conclude with meditation and relaxation. $10 per class or unlimited for $50 with Kula Yoga membership. Quiet Mind Yoga and Massage, 2065 Old Shell Rd, Mobile, AL.

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. Suite 100, Mobile, AL. Call 251-479-5700 to register for next class.

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 13. THRIVE YOGA & MASSAGE Billie Reinhart, RYT, LMT 251-379-4493 See ad, page 3.

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

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MOBILE, AL ALABAMA HEALING ARTS 6304 Cottage Hill Road 251-753-1937 See ads, pages 3 and 23. ELEMENTS THERAPEUTIC MASSAGE 6920 Airport Boulevard, Suite 111 251-342-6415 See ad, page 5.

MONTROSE, AL JEN ADAMS, LMT 22787 U.S. 98 at Parker Road, Suite D-5 251-616-4201 See ad, page 14.

ROBERTSDALE, AL HEALING ACRES Massage, Reflexology, Colonics, Reiki 22355 Price Grubbs Road 251-300-9052 See ad, page 23. NAN cardholders receive discounts at these businesses. Visit www.TinyURL. com/NANCard for details.

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10% Off Facials – Tues & Thurs. Book your appointments at Wellness Spa of Ocean Springs on Tuesdays and Thursdays and receive 10% off of any facial treatment or microdermabrasion when you mention this listing. Excludes any other offers, coupons or specials. Wellness Spa of Ocean Springs, 21 Marks Rd, Ocean Springs, MS. 228-209-4090.

AHA Morning Yoga – 9am. Learn the basics of yoga postures. Energize, align, strengthen, center and destress 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. AlabamaHealingArts@gmail. com.

Gentle Yoga with Lauren – 12pm. A stressful morning? Synergy can fix that! Join Lauren Parrish in the land of "ahhhhs" for a relaxing class to soothe the spirit, calm the mind and replenish the soul. Also on Tuesdays at noon. Synergy Yoga & Pilates, Mobile, AL. 251-473-1104.

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. Breathing Space Guided Meditation 6-Week Series – 6pm. Thursdays, Feb 7-Mar14. Join Rebecca for this series. Class will include gentle yoga movement and guided mediation. Props provided. $10/class or unlimited for $50 with Kula Yoga membership. Quiet Mind Yoga and Massage, 2065 Old Shell Rd, Mobile, AL.

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, Suite 100, Mobile, AL. Lydia Pettijohn: 251-479-5700.

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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.

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

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. 251-597-5557. MktMgrFoley@gmail. com.

Open Flow Saturdays – 9-10am. Julie Wilkins teaches an all levels form-based vinyasa class every Saturday at COTA Montrose. Strengthen, stretch and inspire. $10 drop-in. COTA Montrose 7159 McIntyre St, Montrose, AL. 251-554-4856. Wonderful Morning Yoga – 9am. Join Chris M, Emily, Valerie or Angela and start your morning with a revitalizing and bliss inducing class. Refresh and renew the spirit—bring the joy and zest back as you kick start your weekend! Synergy Yoga & Pilates, Mobile, AL. 251-473-1104.

Kula Yoga Saturday Morning Class – 9:30am. Open-level class where energizing postures that develop strength and flexibility are combined with breath and movement. Modifications make every pose accessible to students of all levels. $10 per class or unlimited for $50 with Kula Yoga membership. Quiet Mind Yoga and Massage, 2065 Old Shell Rd, Mobile, AL. Expressive Art – 10am-12pm. Tamlin Allbritten, author of Art With A Purpose, teaches kids and their parents what they need to know through a creative process that fosters thought-provoking insights. All ages welcome. For times and dates: $20. Fairhope, AL. RSVP:

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Second Saturday Kite Flying – 10am-4pm. Kite flying exhibition and free kite flying lessons for single line, dual line and quad line sport kites. Free. Long Beach Harbor area, Beach Blvd at Jeff Davis, Long Beach, MS. 228-206-0322.

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.

classifieds Fee for classified listings is $1 per word. Volunteer opportunities are listed for free as space is available. OPPORTUNITIES MARKETING VOLUNTEER – Green Drinks Fairhope is in need of a volunteer to manage their email and social media marketing campaigns. If interested, email

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SERVICES ENERGY HEALER – Offering energy work, spiritual healing, medical intuitive readings, natural remedies and supplements. Sherry Seicshnaydre: 228-3130664.

MEDIUM~INTUITIVE~PSYCHIC – Marie Bates Curry offers intuitive guidance and spiritual connections. Individual and group readings. By appointment only: 251300-7261.

UNIVERSAL GUIDANCE - Consult Spirit Guides, Masters of the Universe and departed loved ones. Ask questions, get answers to transform your life. Betsey Grady: 251-752-6509.

VOLUNTEER OPPS AZALEA CITY CAT COALITION – Volunteers needed in any capacity. Contact Susan Young: 251-648-7582. SusanYoung@ DOG RIVER CLEARWATER REVIVAL STORM DRAIN MARKER PROJECT – Volunteers needed to educate the public about the storm drain system. Janet Miller: 251-654-1827.

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