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People are “sick and tired of being sick and tired!” And there are countless obstacles- known and unknown- keeping people from living their life to the fullest. And the result? Symptoms and unexplained symptoms often accompanied by medications to treat symptoms.

Sleeplessness - Low Energy - Inability to Focus Emotional Disconnect from Your Family Depression - Anxiety - Poor Digestion Accelerated Aging - Hormone Imbalance Migraines Joint Pain & Stiffness High Blood Pressure - Uncontrollable Cravings There is a major, unseen interference to health that most people are unaware of: toxicity. Although toxins exist everywhere in our modern world, there are simple steps you can take to minimize their impact on your health. When you don’t feel good or are tired all the time, it can affect your family life and even your career. It’s terrible to feel like you are not ‘present’ in daily activities, experience chronic pain, depression or even anxiety. For others, they may deal with uncontrollable cravings that can lead into a vicious cycle of extreme dieting and fad exercise programs that tend to only lead to more stress on your mind and body.

• Obesity prevalence among children and adolescents has almost tripled since 1980 • 1 in 3 American adults struggle with insomnia • 1 in 11 children have asthma • Female epidemic: hormone & thyroid disease It’s time to break the cycle and align your lifestyle with the goals you have for your health and quality of life. With more people developing more problems and more diseases than ever before, it’s time to get empowered and do something proactive for your body and the innate healing power within.

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Remember, “genetics don’t cause Drs. Renee and Kyle Lopez epidemics; our daily choices do and the choices you make affect the health of everybody in your family” says Dr. Lopez. At the Lopez clinic, the doctors and team strive to empower families to make proactive decisions through neurological and muscular balance, optimizing daily eating habits and reducing daily exposures to toxins in our environment. The Lopez’s have dedicated their life to the health and wellbeing of families across North America. Serving all populations including those seeking to maintain or optimize wellness as well as individuals with acute and chronic health conditions like digestive disorders, allergies, hormone dysregulation, Metabolic Syndrome, Neurodevelopemental Disorders and more. For additional information or to schedule a consultation with the doctors, contact 251928-5058 or go to

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Making the Most of Summer’s Bounty by Claire O’Neil


VOLUNTEERS Doing Good During Time Away by Avery Mack

19 HELPING HANDS CLOSE TO HOME Volunteering Locally Offers Refreshing Perspectives


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23 LIVING LIFE IN COLOR by Betsey Grady


How Raising Children Changes Men by Armin Brott



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newsbriefs A Zumba Kind of Health Expo in Mobile The Healthy Moments Health & Wellness Expo will be held from 4 to 7 p.m., June 25, at Heron Lakes Country Club, in Mobile, followed by a Zumbathon at 7 p.m., benefiting the Breast Center of Providence Hospital. Participants may consult with experts in the fields of exercise, nutrition, skincare, organic living, healthcare and more. The evening features a wide selection of vendors, samples, door prizes and free health screenings, as well as a raffle and silent auction. Kymberly Soule, owner of Studio Glitz Productions and expo host, states, “After being diagnosed with cancer, I simply asked God what he wanted to me do and he led me in a direction of natural healing one step at a time for a healthy future, which is something I belive in.� Free admission and $10 for Zumbathon entry. Location: 3851 Government St. For more information, call 251-421-2259 or email See ad, page 4.

New Spiritual Book Club in Foley A new yoga and spirituality reading group is forming for the summer at Trinity Yoga Studio, in Foley, from 6 to 7:30 p.m., on the last Friday of the month. After reading each book, participants will meet for group discussion and fellowship and bring an appetizer to share. June 28: When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times, by Pema Chodron July 26: Yoga Bitch: One Women's Quest to Conquer, Skepticism, Cynicism and Cigarettes on the Path to Enlightenment, by Suzanne Morrison August 30: The Inner Tradition of Yoga: A Guide to Yoga Philosophy for the Contemporary Practitioner, by Michael Stone Location: 21441 Hwy. 98 East. For more information, call Natalie Saucier at 251609-5541, email or visit See ad, page 39.

Study Yoga with Robert Veihman Robert Veihman, a yogi, vocalist, actor, artist, cook and vegan, has returned to Mobile and is offering two yoga workshops from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., June 22 and 23, at Synergy Yoga and Pilates. At Pure Yoga, in New York, he completed his 200-hour teacher training, led by Kay Kay Clivio and Yogi Caru Chandra and later completed an advanced Prema Vinyasa teacher training under Dana Slamp. Veihman has also studied under such influential teachers as Jill Miller, Dana Flynn, Jennifer Pastiloff, Kimberly (Kiki) Flynn, Isaac Pena, Erica Mather and Loren Basset. His training includes classical hatha, ashtanga, iyengar, forrest yoga, Prema, Yoga Tune Up and restorative/therapeutic yoga. The first session, Down Dog and Beyond, on June 22, is for all levels. Starting with an anatomical study of the shoulders, elbows and wrists, a physical study of asana and transitions between postures will follow. The class concludes with a practical routine that focuses on conditioning exercises and stretches. The second part, Flowing into Flight, on June 23, is for intermediate to advanced practitioners, but all levels are welcome. Participants will intensively learn about arm balances and inversions. Cost is $30 each or $55 for both ($50 before June 14). Location: 3152 Old Shell Rd., Ste. 2, Mobile. For more information, call 251-473-1104 or visit Synergyoga. net. See ad, page 39.


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Learn to Lose Weight by Pacing Yourself The Mobile Parks and Recreation Department is offering a class, Pounds and Paces, for five weeks from 6 to 7:30 p.m., Mondays, between June 26 and July 24, at the Volunteers of America's Community Enrichment Center. Taught by instructor Marquerite Dillon, RN,BSN,HCN,CHT, this class will cover the basics of good nutrition and lifestyle changes to help shed extra pounds. Learn how to find a special plan to help lose weight effortlessly. Learn how to “trick” your body into shedding pounds as you pace yourself. Cost is $28. Location: 6500 Zeigler Blvd., Mobile. To enroll, call 251208-1661 or 251-208-1607.

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Reiki Center of Fairhope is celebrating one year of operation with the motto, “Health and healing is our mission.” Beginning with one practitioner offering classes and services, the center has added six new professional associates and is growing. About their method of healing, founder Julie E. Brent says, “We hold a space for the intention that anything can get well.” June workshops include additional ways to work with universal life force energy for healing. QiGong, with Donna Weber; Working with Indigo Children, with Amy Siegal; and Reiki and Quantum-Touch will be offered. There will be other activities for children and seniors, as well. A free Reiki exchange/share starts at 7 p.m., two Wednesdays each month. No experience is necessary to attend.


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Emerald Coast Expo has Something for Everyone The 2013 annual Emerald Coast Health, Wellness, Home, Patio & Family Expo, sponsored by Natural Awakeningsof Northwest Florida and Ballinger Publishing, will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., June 29 and 30, inside the Pensacola Interstate Fairgrounds. With everything for a healthy and sustainable home, family, community and lifestyle, visitors will find out about the newest products and services, get expert advice and budget-friendly tips in the fields of health and wellness, home improvement, gardening, conservation, community programs, family and lifestyle, sustainable energy and more. Exhibits, speakers, workshops, door prizes and new products and information about modern green living and ways to wellness will connect the public with area experts that can help expand our green horizon and showcase the latest innovations inspired by nature. For more information or to sign up for the MSBC Walk and Run, call 850-941-4321 or visit

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Green Homes Can be a Bargain One of the most innovative, energy-efficient houses in the United States has been built in the District of Columbia’s workingclass Deanwood neighborhood, which has struggled with foreclosures. The Empowerhouse, a residence that produces all of its own energy, consumes 90 percent less energy for heating and cooling than a conventional dwelling. Empowerhouse was designed using “passive house” technologies as part of the Solar Decathlon design competition, held on the National Mall in 2011. It’s the work of students at The New School, in New York City, and Stevens Institute of Technology, in Hoboken, New Jersey, in partnership with Habitat for Humanity and the D.C. Department of Housing and Community Development. Each duplicable unit costs a locally affordable $250,000. Bringing the community into the design process for both the house and landscape is the basis for collaboration on additional projects in the neighborhood, including a new community learning garden. The designers remark that it all plays a part in creating social sustainability, an aspect often left out of development programs. Source:

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Recycle All Electronic Products With the average American household owning 24 electronic devices, the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) estimates we are annually producing nearly 3 million tons of e-waste. Tube-type TVs and computer monitors contain lead, while cell phones harbor toxic mercury, cadmium, arsenic and brominated flame retardants, all of which can leach from landfills into groundwater. Alternatives include selling old phones or trading them in at a store, and buying a new phone only when necessary. For $10, Staples will recycle any brand of computer monitor, desktop and laptop computer, fax machine, printer or scanner. Dell products are accepted at no charge. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency offers information about local e-waste recycling and regulations regarding handling of electronic equipment at For a global perspective, see the United Nations Environment Programme 2010 update at Tinyurl. com/UNeWasteReport.

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Surfers count themselves among the most ardent environmentalists. Yet their sport is awash in petrochemicals and carcinogens, from neoprene wetsuits and urethane surfboard leashes to polyurethane boards and epoxy resins. So surfboard shaper Danny Hess is adopting salvaged woods, natural finishes and organic resins to transform how they are made. His boards are built to last, an anomaly in a sport in which enthusiasts’ boards may break once or twice every season. He uses Super Sap, the first U.S. Department of Agriculture BioPreferred Certified liquid epoxy resin, and is experimenting with organic foam and salvaged redwood in seeking to build a truly green surfboard. “What I’m trying to do is build heirloom surfboards that are passed on from father to son over many generations, rather than these disposable things that we’re just consuming,” Hess says. Before founding Hess Surfboards, Hess lived in a straw-bale house in Colorado, studied sustainable architecture at the San Francisco Institute of Architecture, built tree houses and worked as a licensed contractor. “One day I had this ‘Aha!’ moment when I realized I could create these molds, like the ones I was using to bend wood for cabinet doors, for surfboards,” he says. Hess has since expanded into also making sustainable skateboards. Learn more at

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en face a new dilemma at their annual physical this year—should they be screened for prostate cancer? Last year, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommended against routine screening for this form of cancer, regardless of age. Some doctors claim this will cause treatable prostate cancer cases to be missed. The level of prostate-specific antigen (PSA), a protein produced by the prostate gland, can be measured with a simple blood test. Until the USPSTF issued its recommendation, doctors routinely used the test to screen men 50 and older. The task force, however, concluded there is at least moderate certainty that the potential harms of PSA testing outweigh the benefits; many benign conditions, particularly prostate infections and enlargement, can elevate PSA readings higher than normal, prompting more aggressive testing. Before deciding on the test, it helps for men to explore this issue with their doctor. Some physicians take a “wait and see” approach and retest several times over a few months before making a recommendation; others suggest an immediate biopsy if PSA levels are high. While a blood test is a benign procedure, a prostate biopsy is not. A high PSA reading coupled with an overly aggressive doctor can cause anxiety and result in additional—and possibly unneeded—medical treatment.

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he American Society for Microbiology reports that by age 18, about 80 percent of patients with cystic fibrosis are chronically infected with the bacterium pseudomonas aeruginosa, which promotes an inflammatory response that destroys lung tissue. The infection frequently leads to serious related health issues. According to collaborative research led by Tim Holm Jakobsen, Ph.D., and Michael Givskov, Ph.D., of the University of Copenhagen, in Denmark, garlic, which acts as a powerful natural antibiotic, could help. The onion-related herb contains ajoene, the major component of a multitude of sulfur-containing compounds, which is produced when garlic is crushed. Ajoene inhibits the expression of 11 key genes controlled by cell-to-cell communication and is regarded as crucial to the ability of the bacterium to cause disease.



istening to our favorite music, whatever the genre, can increase both our enjoyment of and performance levels in competitive sports participation. Keele University researchers, presenting these findings at the 2012 British Psychological Society annual conference, noted that playing selected tunes reduces perceived exertion levels, plus increases one’s sense of being “in the zone”. The greatest effects were found with music used during structured training sessions. Previous studies showing that motivational music in general boosts performance did not include exploring the effects of listening to one’s favorite music. 12

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n outdoor spaces from Cape Cod, Massachusetts, to Arch Cape, Oregon, produce is growing and grill embers are glowing. Growing a garden and grilling its bounty have never been more popular. For the first time since 1944, when 20 million “Victory” gardeners produced 44 percent of the fresh vegetables in the United States, food gardening is outdistancing flower gardening. In its latest survey of garden retailers, the National Gardening Association found that consumers’ spending for growing their own food hit $2.7 billion, versus $2.1 billion for flowers. Barbecuing grill chefs are expanding their repertoire beyond grass-fed burgers and steaks. More vegetables and fruit are being grilled now than in the past, according to the latest annual survey by leading grill manufacturer Weber. This all makes sense to Karen Adler and Judith Fertig, co-authors of The Gardener & the Grill. They’ve observed that when the bounty of the garden meets the sizzle of the grill, delicious things happen. “Natural sugars in vegetables and fruits

caramelize,” says Adler. “Essential oils in fresh herbs become more aromatic. The colors of fruits and vegetables stay more vivid when grilled, rather than when cooked any other way.” “Grilling gives even familiar foods an exciting new makeover,” notes Fertig. For example, by cutting a head of cabbage into quarters, brushing each cut side with olive oil and then grilling and chopping, the backyard chef infuses a grill flavor into a favorite coleslaw. Flatbreads, patted out from prepared whole-grain or gluten-free pizza dough, can be brushed with olive oil, grilled on both sides and then topped with flavorful garden goodies. Simple fruits like peaches and plums—simply sliced in half, pitted and grilled—yield fresh taste sensations, especially cradling a scoop of frozen yogurt. A quick foray to the garden or farmers’ market can provide just the right colorful, flavorful edge to any summer barbecue. Claire O’Neil is a freelance writer in Kansas City, MO.

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Kale, Potato and Chorizo Pizza

Hearty but not heavy, this pizza takes kale (or alternatively, Swiss chard or collard greens) and onions from the garden, and then adds vegetarian chorizo to accent.

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Fresh on the Grill Baja Fish Tacos

Fresh fish tacos with a twist are a healthy treat. Tip: Assemble the raw slaw ingredients before grilling the cabbage, which cooks simultaneously with the fish. Yields 4 servings Grilled Napa Cabbage Slaw Taco Topping 1 large head Napa cabbage, cut in half lengthwise Grapeseed oil, for brushing 1 cup assorted baby greens, such as spinach, oak leaf lettuce or Boston lettuce 8 green onions, chopped (white and green parts) ¼ cup tarragon vinegar ¼ cup sour cream ½ cup freshly squeezed lemon juice ½ tsp fine kosher or sea salt Baja Fish 1½ lbs mahi mahi, catfish, halibut or other mild, non-farmed, white fish (about ¾-inch thick) ¼ cup blackened seasoning or other barbecue spice mixture 8 whole-wheat flour tortillas, for serving 8 lemon wedges, for serving 1½ cups of a favorite salsa, for serving Prepare a hot fire in the grill. Brush the cut sides of the Napa cabbage halves with oil. Coat the fish fillets 14

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with the blackened seasoning or other selected spice mix. Grill the cabbage, cut-side down, directly over the fire for 2 to 3 minutes or until the cabbage shows good grill marks, then remove from heat. Grill the “flesh”, or cut side, of fish fillets first (not the skin side, which is darker because it is more delicate) directly over the fire for 3 to 4 minutes. Turn the fish only once, and finish cooking with the skin side against the grate another 3 to 4 minutes, for 10 total minutes per inch of thickness (most fish fillets are about ¾-inch thick). Note: The skin side is last because it has more connective tissue and holds together better on the grill. Finish assembling the slaw. Thinly slice the grilled cabbage and place in a large bowl. Stir in the greens and green onions. Having earlier combined and mixed the vinegar, sour cream, lemon juice and salt for the slaw dressing in a small bowl, now pour it over the greens mixture. Toss to blend. Assemble the tacos by placing some of the grilled fish on each tortilla. Top each with about one-third cup of the slaw and roll up, soft taco-style. Serve with a lemon wedge and a small ramekin of salsa.

1 pound fresh whole grain or gluten-free pizza dough ¼ cup whole grain or gluten-free flour for sprinkling 4 new potatoes, cooked and thinly sliced 8 kale leaves Olive oil, for brushing and drizzling Grapeseed oil for brushing the grill rack 8 oz cooked and crumbled vegetarian chorizo (Portuguese or other spicy sausage optional) ½ cup chopped green onion (white and light green parts) Coarse freshly ground black pepper Prepare a hot fire on one side of the grill for indirect cooking. Oil a perforated grill rack with grapeseed oil and place over direct heat. Divide the dough into four equal parts. Sprinkle with whole grain or glutenfree flour and press or roll each piece into an 8-inch circle. Sprinkle flour of choice on two large baking sheets and place two rounds of dough on each sheet. Brush the potatoes with olive oil, place on the perforated grill rack and grill for 15 minutes, turning often, or until tender before topping the pizza. Brush the kale with olive oil. Grill leaves for 1 minute on each side or until slightly charred and softened. Quickly trim off the bottom of the stalk and strip the leaves from the stems. Finely chop the leaves and set aside. Brush one side of each pizza with olive oil and place, oiled side down, on the direct heat side of the grill grate. Grill for 1 to 2 minutes or until the dough starts to bubble. Brush the top side with olive oil and flip each pizza round, using tongs, onto a baking sheet. Quickly brush pizza rounds with additional olive oil, and then spoon on

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en Budd, former executive director of AARP and current editor-in-chief of Currents magazine, says, “I was approaching 40 when my dad died suddenly, and at the funeral, I heard people say how he’d changed their lives. So in midlife, I decided to change mine.”

Disaster Relief Budd, who lives with his wife in Burke, Virginia, says, “Not everyone can join the Peace Corps, but they might share a week or two of vacation time.” Nine months after Hurricane Katrina, Rebuilding Together was looking for unskilled labor to help in New Orleans. So he helped prep homes for incoming electricians, plumbers and carpenters, and then painted. He was hooked, and has subsequently volunteered in China, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Kenya and the West Bank. His award-winning book, The Voluntourist, details his experiences. Megan Wieder, a high school senior in Titusville, Pennsylvania, mulched trails and painted park equipment and homes during her week in New Orleans as a volunteer for People to People, which hosts future leaders for such projects. “I learned I can help others,” she says. This October, the Sierra Club’s New Jersey Seashore Service will assist the Natural Resource Education Foundation of New Jersey with its forest, marsh and meadowlands conservation efforts. The project will 18

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simultaneously allow participants to observe the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy along the shoreline, as well as in nearby communities.

Infrastructure Improvements The Sierra Club’s August trip to Mt. Rainier, in Washington, will train volunteers to work with the National Park Service in repairing hiking trails and building restraining walls at an elevation of 6,600 feet. Stunning views grace the two-mile hike from the Sunrise Visitor Center. Volunteer organizer DiDi Toaspern observes, “We are doing work that wouldn’t get done otherwise due to budget restraints. Even removing invasive plants helps to protect native species and nesting areas.” Recreational Equipment Inc. (REI) will bring volunteers to Yosemite National Park in northern California this September to assist park rangers in contouring trails to shed water and cut or move vegetation that blocks trails or impedes streams. This fall, volunteers in New York City’s Bronx borough will also help the city parks department clear an overgrown 60-acre area surrounding the gardens of the BartowPell Mansion, built in 1836, a museum for 19th-century furnishings and decorative arts since 1946. Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion State Historic Park, in Canandaigua, New York, features nine separate gardens—stylized as secret, Italian, Japanese, rose, blue and

After a tasty vegan breakfast, volunteers in New York’s Finger Lakes region care for 500 rescued farm animals like Marge, a playful pig, at the 175-acre Watkins Glen Farm Sanctuary. Similar shelters bless Orland and Los Angeles, California. When Archosaurs Attacked and Reptiles Ruled Texas is the catchy name for the city of Arlington’s archeology education site (estimated at 95 million years old) where volunteer teams unearth fish, shark, ray, turtle and dinosaur fossils. “Last year, a new crocodilian species was found there,” says Rob Stringer of Earthwatch UK. In two-week stints, volunteers chart locations, clear areas, dig drainage trenches and prepare fossils for identification. There’s something for everyone in the emotional, spiritual and physical challenge of voluntouring. “Upon arrival, one’s first thought is, ‘What have I let myself in for?’ but upon returning home, you step back and see the value,” advises Budd. “Volunteers don’t change the world so much as they change the way people see each other through shared experiences.” Avery Mack is a freelance writer in St. Louis, MO. Connect at

Voluntour Tips Do research. Don’t overlook small organizations. Review testimonials from volunteers and communities served. Ask questions to see if the project is a match for personal skills. How long has the organization been operating? Is advance work required, such as an essay on interests and expectations? What’s the cost, what does it cover and is it tax-deductible? (If an organization is more interested in a credit card number than in-person contribution, go elsewhere.) Give feedback. It’s the best way for a program to improve. Expect good customer service. Spread the word. Get the most out of the experience, and then tell friends about it.


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f traveling out of town for a meaningful volunteer experience isn’t an option this summer, set aside time to make a difference closer to home. Whether you prefer watching the sunrise on the beach, breaking a sweat in the garden or socializing in the comfort of air conditioning, here are three unique volunteer opportunities that will shift your perspective this summer and beyond.

Share the Beach From May through October each year, sea turtles lay thousands of eggs on Alabama’s beaches. Share the Beach is a sea turtle conservation program that uses volunteers to patrol 47 miles of the state’s coastline during nesting and hatching season. The effort began in 2001 in response to widespread reports of hatchlings becoming disoriented due to artificial lighting near the water in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach. Each March, volunteer recruitment and training begins. “Many of our volunteers have been with us since that first

year, but we’re always wanting to spread the word about what we’re doing so that new individuals can get involved,” says Director Mike Reynolds. Most volunteers are trained and start working at the beginning of the season on May 1, but Share the Beach holds one training in June for individuals that are only available during the summer months. Participants must be 18 years old to volunteer on their own, but any age is welcome to accompany adults, making this a family-friendly opportunity. Volunteers are typically assigned 1.25 miles of coastline to patrol one morning per week on foot. It’s important that they arrive at the beach at sunup so that they can identify turtle tracks before vacationers disturb the sand. Volunteers are trained to analyze the tracks to determine the species of the turtle and the probability of finding a nest on the beach. If a nest is present, data is collected, a predator screen is installed and the nest is flagged to make it visible to pedestrians and vehicles.

Most of the organization’s approximately 350 volunteers live near the beach, but some travel from as far as Fairhope or Elberta to work their shift. Mobile residents make up the Dauphin Island patrol team. Because volunteers are required to commit to at least one month of service, this is not an opportunity for short-term visitors. However, Reynolds says, “We invite those that can’t be a part of our regular volunteer program to call us and find out when they can join our volunteers on their daily patrol or assist with nest-sitting.” For more information, call 251-965-6378 or visit

Bee Natural Farm For those wanting a true farm-to-table experience, Bee Natural Farm, in Fairhope, offers a unique volunteer opportunity. The farm has been producing high-quality organic produce for more than 20 years and relies on the hard work of local volunteers. The five-acre farm was designed

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We are always looking for people that can donate their time to share their gifts and talents with the foundation. Previously we’ve had volunteers lead yoga classes, teach meditation and bring in educational animals. ~Ricky Trione, executive director, The Exceptional Foundation

to be diverse, with a wide variety of fruits and vegetables, beehives, milk goats and chickens. For many years, Phil Strniste and Gwen Snyder operated Bee Natural as a CSA (community supported agriculture), where community members purchased a share of the farm’s output and in return received a weekly share of the harvest. While plans to return to that model are in place, the current operator, Justin Taylor, is focused on the self-serve market that is open onsite to the public three days a week. Volunteer opportunities are available for individuals 18 and older to work threehour shifts one morning a week. Daily duties might include feeding the chickens and collecting their eggs, milking Moon Pie and Rose Bud (the goats) or feeding Kazoo (the donkey). After the animals are tended to, chores such as weeding, picking produce or installing garden structures are assigned. At the end of their shift, volunteers get to take home a little of everything the farm provides. From handling manure to bumping into spiders, this job is definitely not glamorous enough for everyone. But for those that don’t mind a few critters and a lot of dirt, the experience offers more than the bounty of farm-fresh produce that is taken home after each shift. Volunteers learn about gardening, the local growing season, composting, livestock husbandry and even a little about biofuel (the farm vehicles run on vegetable oil recycled from Fairhope restaurants). Taylor adds, “It’s a way for people to get a glimpse of the quickly disappearing past of Alabama's small organic farms.”


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ing them with learning opportunities in a social environment.” To enhance the lives of its participants and their families, the foundation offers daily activities such as kickball, Wii dance, bingo, exercise, karaoke and card games; basketball, tennis and golf teams; visual arts, music and dancing; the Aktion Club, sponsored by The Daphne Kiwanis Club; and regular field trips. Volunteers aged 16 and up are needed year-round to assist with daily activities. They go through a personal orientation with the program director to become familiar with how to serve those with special needs and disabilities. Specific triggers for individual participants are also addressed so that volunteers learn how to use tools such as redirection and positive thinking. The program operates at St. Paul’s Life Center, in Daphne, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Thursday, with evening events planned once a month. Volunteers are scheduled based on the needs of the foundation and the availability of the volunteer. “We work with the preferences of each volunteer, because we don’t want them to get burned out. Some volunteers are students that volunteer for a month in the summer, and some come in yearround. We have a group of ladies that work three-hour shifts three times a week and others that work on an as-needed basis,” Trione explains. Community members can also contribute by leading a class for the members. “We are always looking for people that can donate their time to share their gifts and talents with the foundation. Previously we’ve had volunteers lead yoga classes, teach meditation and bring in educational animals,” says Trione. While the organization’s main goal is to improve the self-confidence of their members and make them feel like they’re contributing to society, Trione notes that the experience often imparts another benefit to the volunteers, as well. “I often hear our volunteers say they feel like they are the ones receiving the greater reward and blessing from the participants, not the other way around.” For more information, call 251-625-8955 or visit



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How Hues Can Help and Heal by Judith Fertig

From relaxing in a hot tub amidst sparkling blue lights to sleeping soundly surrounded by soft-green walls, we continuously experience the subtle influence of colors in our surroundings.


hile humans have long appreciated nature’s chromatic displays, it wasn’t until 1666 that Sir Isaac Newton proved that white light from the sun refracted through a prism separates into the individual bandwidths we perceive as hues. A growing body of research by physicians, environmentalists, psychologists and alternative medicine specialists is now exploring how color— as light and pigment—can affect people physically, mentally and emotionally. According to Pakistani research physicists Samina T. Yousuf Azeemi and S. Mohsin Raza, working from the University of Balochistan, “Colors generate electrical impulses and magnetic currents or fields of energy that are prime activators of the biochemical and hormonal processes in the human body.” Different colors cause different reactions, from stimulating cells to suppressing the production of melatonin. Published in the journal EvidenceBased Complementary Alternative Medicine, Azeemi and Raza’s photobiology research, applied as chromotherapy, supports premises of ancient Chinese, Egyptian and ayurvedic healing traditions in which color is intrinsic to healing: for example, red increases circulation; yellow stimulates nerves; orange increases

energy; and blue and green soothe everything from skin irritations to anxiety. Blue light can reset our biological clocks. Although electric light attempts to mimic natural sunlight, the body does not sense it that way, according to findings published in Environmental Health Perspectives. During the day, artificial light with more blue wavelengths may help improve the performance of students and employees working indoors; at night, a reduction of the blue portion in artificial lighting provided for shift workers could protect against sleep disturbances. The irony, notes Science Writer David C. Holzman, of Lexington, Massachusetts, is that applications of blue light are now used to cure some of the very things it can cause—sleeplessness and depression. Sonya Nutter, a Kansas City mother of three elementary schoolchildren, can attest to the soothing effect of blue light when soaking in her Kohler chromotherapy tub in the dark: “It’s even better than lavender scent for calming,” she says.

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used for bone marrow and stem cell transplants. Treating diabetic ulcers is another application, according to a 2012 study in the Journal of Endocrinology, Metabolism, and Diabetes of South Africa. Red light sessions at many medical spas help rejuvenate aging skin by stimulating collagen production. Color as pigment can convey subtle cues to influence our perceptions, attitudes and behavior. In a study conducted at England’s Oxford University and Spain’s Polytechnic University of Valencia, for example, participants believed that hot chocolate tasted better in orange mugs than any other color, with white scoring lowest. “Color associations are so strong and embedded so deeply that people are predisposed to certain reactions” when they see a color, explains Elliot, a learned association that is often culturally based. Because color can engender individual emotional response, it plays a major

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role in one’s preferences in surroundings, including wall colors, furnishings and appliances. Pantone, a leading provider of color systems to businesses worldwide, annually recommends a specific color that it feels best connects with the current zeitgeist, or prevailing spirit and mood, so that manufacturers of paints, kitchenware and fabric will produce the look people will want to have around them. In 2011 Pantone picked a vibrant pink. Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute, explained that “In times of stress, we need something to lift our spirits, a captivating, stimulating color that gets the adrenaline going.” Now sensing greater optimism, their 2013 color choice is a vivid emerald, described as “lively, radiant and lush… a color of elegance and beauty that enhances our sense of well-being, balance and harmony.”

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“Color clearly has aesthetic value, but it can also carry specific meaning and information,” says Andrew J. Elliot, Ph.D., professor of psychology at the University of Rochester, in New York. He and a team of researchers concluded that, “Seeing red is not good before [taking] a test measuring performance” (Journal of Experimental Psychology: General). In contrast, they found that seeing green enhances creative performance. Photodynamic therapy, a recently developed, non-invasive cancer treatment, involves injections of a light-sensitive solution, followed by shining laser-emitted blue light on internal tumors or lightemitting diodes (LED) on surface tumors. A National Cancer Institute fact sheet explains how such light kills cancer cells and shrinks tumors. Based on the success of NASA experiments and research at the University of Alabama at Birmingham Hospital, red LED lights are also helping cancer patients deal with sore mouths associated with chemotherapy and radiation




IN COLOR by Betsey Grady

Color very much affects us. Just imagine standing in a beautiful, green grassy field with clear, bright blue skies; now imagine standing in that very same field under gray, overcast skies. We immediately sense a different feeling, although the only thing that has changed is the color of the sky.


ome people choose clothing colors based on what they are doing for the day. For example, if a practitioner will be meeting one-on-one with clients all day, they might wear green or pink. Both of these colors support energy around the heart, inspiring compassion and integrity. Even if they are unaware of their moods, people often choose colors to wear that are reflective of how they feel. If someone wears a lot of black, it is not a sign of darkness. Black has a protective energy to it and it's a color that absorbs and transmutes. In addition to having a slimming effect, wearing black is like wearing a shield, and one just feels a bit safer in it. Yellow is the color of optimism, new beginnings and enthusiasm, and a yellow coffee mug might be a good omen with which to start the day. When we need to get a lot of work done, use a brown mug or wear brown, because that is the color of organization and getting down to business. Orange will make us feel bright and creative and a little more engaging, because it is the color of creativity and social friendliness. When using color in the home, thought needs to be given to what mood we want to impart and where. If there is a lot of energy in a family room, we may want to choose colors that soften that energy. Or, to liven up our creative room, we can think of what bold, bright color would stimulate us. An experienced feng shui consultant can help determine the best colors for anyone’s energy and home environment.

Local consultant Meryl Hyderally says, “I use color in feng shui to help my clients create balance and harmonizations between themselves and their living environments. In feng shui, each of us has a principle element (fire, soil, metal, water, tree), which guides and influences the way we energetically navigate our way through life.” When making recommendations to clients, Hyderally considers both time and space in order to support the changes or energetic shifts a person would like to make. “For example, a person whose principal element is fire, I would encourage the person to incorporate more earth and water elements into their living or work environment to create a foundation of stability to build upon. Color, imagery and sculpture can create subtle nuances in our environment, which then reflect the change or changes an individual desires,” explains Hyderally. Keep in mind that colors transcend time. If a student that longs to be outdoors spends most of his or her days surrounded by pale, peach-colored classroom walls, a dislike for that color will likely last a lifetime. We are all different, so individuals should note what appeals to them and how it makes them feel. When something feels really good, expand upon it. Colors are a fun and easy way to change our mood or ambiance. What colors are on your palette today?


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A.A. Milne (author of the Winnie the Pooh books) and J.K. Rowling (of Harry Potter fame) first wrote for their kids. We may also be inspired to play an instrument or take up an art form learned as a child while encouraging our children in their music or art lessons.

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The Fatherhood Factor

How Raising Children Changes Men by Armin Brott


ecoming a father is one of the most defining benchmarks in a man’s life. In their research, University of California-Berkeley Psychology Professors Phil Cowan, Ph.D., and Carolyn Cowan, Ph.D., found that when asked how important each aspect of life felt over a two-year study period, childless men surveyed showed a significant increase in the “partner/lover” aspect. But young fathers squeezed that facet into a smaller life space to accommodate the significant increase in the “parent” element. Here are a few highlights from what relevant studies by Oregon State University, in Corvallis, the University of Nevada-Las Vegas and Switzerland’s University of Zurich say about how fatherhood changes men.

Confidence and Pride

Having a close relationship with our child helps build mutual confidence

and self-esteem. Turning a child’s tears into laughter and feeling proud when he does well confirms that we’re on our way to being a successful father. Albeit briefly, a child may even share our tastes in culture, entertainment and other areas before mapping his own individuality, but some common attitudes and interests will remain.

Patience and Humor

When something goes wrong, we can take it seriously and try to change things, or roll with it and laugh. Doing the latter can increase compassion for our own and others’ mistakes.

Flexible Thinking

Early on, it may be nearly impossible to differentiate the needs of our child and partner from our own. In reality, needs are to varying degrees in opposition, thus imposing frustrations and sorrows

Raising kids produces a heightened awareness of others’ perspectives, reports University of Delaware researcher Rob Palkovitz, Ph.D. Many guys admit that they were somewhat selfish and self-centered before having kids, because having people depend on you and putting their needs before yours doesn’t come naturally. (Palkovitz notes that marriage alone doesn’t trigger this realization.)

Changing Values

Becoming a father prompts a hard look at one’s fundamental beliefs and values. Our view of what seemed harmless when we were younger, like not caring about money or possessions and potentially harmful lifestyle choices, changes completely when there’s a family to support. We see the world differently. Our health and well-being are no longer just personal concerns; they’re integral to our family. Interestingly, more mature new fathers—having had more time to hone their philosophy of life—report less of a need for fresh soul-searching than younger fathers. Superdad Armin Brott has been building better fathers for a decade through his blog, bestselling books and American Forces Network radio show. Learn more at and natural awakenings

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Humane Society Hosting Adoption Events The Baldwin Humane Society (BARC) will hold an adoption event with dogs and cats at Petsmart in the Eastern Shore Mall, in Spanish Fort, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., June 1. Another adoption event, Boot Camp with BARC!, will also take place on June 1, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Daphne Fit Body Boot Camp, in Daphne. A Dog Days at the Hangout adoption event is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., June 8, at the Hangout, in Gulf Shores. In a new adoption program, BARC now has cats from the Baldwin County Animal Control Center displayed at Petsense, in Foley. BARC needs volunteers to help out at adoption events and in the Fairhope office. For more information about volunteering, call 251-928-4585 or visit

Two Events Slated to Help The Haven The Haven, a no-kill adoption guarantee animal shelter in Fairhope, will hold a Yappy Hour fundraiser with light fare and refreshments from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., June 27, at Windmill Market, in Fairhope. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under. Dogs get in free. The Haven’s Wash–n-Wag Dog Wash at Give A Dog A Bone Dog Wash and Pet Boutique will take place from 1 to 4 p.m., June 30, at 59 South Church Street. Under the guidance of shop owner Molly Beasley, she and The Haven volunteers will wash dogs for $10. All proceeds go to The Haven. The Haven will also bring their Mobile Adoption Rescue Unit full of cute, cuddly dogs available for adoption. T-shirts, other Haven items and free information for pet owners will be provided Volunteers are always needed as foster parents, animal care assistants at the facility and retail volunteers at The Haven Resale Shop, 357 Morphy Avenue. For more information, call 251-929-3980.

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Azalea City Cat Coalition is devoted to ending the homeless cat problem in Mobile by providing community outreach and education on the value of spay and neuter using trap/neuter/ release (TNR) options. This all-volunteer organization is always in need of helping hands and donations. Summer volunteers are welcome at Azalea City Cat Coalition to transport cats, foster them to approved homes and give adoption event assistance. For the more adventurous, field work opportunities require volunteers to visit private residences, businesses and public areas upon request to trap cats in need of spay or neutering. Azalea City Cat Coalition needs donations of dry cat food, litter (any kind) and wet cat food. Adoption events are held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., the fourth Saturday of each month, at Petsmart, in Spanish Fort. All rescues are spayed or neutered and vaccinated prior to adoption. For more information, call 251648-7582 or visit AzaleaCityCats. org. For an application form, email

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Dr. Martin Moves Holistic Veterinary Practice Dr. Marcia Martin, previously practicing within the Animal ER and Referral Center of Mobile, has moved the Holistic Veterinary Center to 2565 Dauphin Street (at Florida Street), in Mobile. She states, “It is time to step out and open the practice I have been dreaming about; one totally dedicated to holistic health and wellness for both pets and their people. I have a dream of a green and sustainable practice that allows people the freedom to choose a different path for their pets and themselves.” With wellness care, treatment of chronic disease and illness, homeopathy, nutrition, chiropractic and acupuncture, Martin offers a warm, comforting and positive healing atmosphere for patients. For more information, call 251-2635019 or visit veterinarycenter.

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4 years old, female Shar-Pei/Hound Mix

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ith most exercise programs, while his person works out, a dog stays home alone, counting squirrels outside the window and wishing Animal Planet wasn’t a rerun. How about bringing some of that exercise home so the pet gets fit, too? John E. Mayer, Ph.D., a Chicago clinical psychologist and author of Family Fit, maintains that, “Fitness works best as a group event, including the family dog. They love to participate in many things, so be creative. Try swimming, touch football, jumping rope, rollerblading, tag or hideand-seek.” Diane Tegethoff Meadows and Susan Riches, Ph.D., each accepted a challenge to exercise with their dogs 30 minutes a day for 30 days. “I walk my three Scotties every morning anyway, so adding minutes was easy,” says Meadows, a retired senior paralegal in Bulverde, Texas. “One of them is in charge of choosing the route, and we seldom go the same way two days in a row.” Riches, a retired Fort Lewis College professor and archaeologist, in Durango, Colorado, doesn’t let inclement weather interfere. “Inside, we play fetch

up and down the stairs,” she says. “I hide treats for tracking games of ‘find it.’” The dogs also like to jump through hoops. “The Scottie and Westie go at it for 30 minutes; the Maltese stops after 15.” Jeff Lutton, a Dogtopia dog daycare/ boarding franchisee in Alexandria, Virginia, conducts a popular running club. “On Sunday mornings we have about 15 people that run with their dogs. My golden retriever used to run six miles, but since she’s 9 now, we’ve cut back to three.” “Treibball [TRY-ball] is herding without sheep, soccer without feet,” explains Dianna L. Stearns, president of the American Treibball Association, based in Northglenn, Colorado. “All you need is Pilates balls, a target stick for pointing, a signal clicker and treats. It’s a fun, problem-solving game for all involved.” The idea is for the dog to direct rubber balls into a goal with its nose, shoulder and/or paws—eventually, as many as eight balls in 10 minutes. Treibball can be played in group classes or competitions or at home using a kiddie soccer goal. Another exercise option is to turn the backyard into an obstacle course for

the dog, kids and adults. Use a clicker to signal the next move. Four or five hula hoops spaced a bit apart provide a pattern for a sit/stay game as the dog moves into each one on command. A thin wooden dowel across two boxes and anchored to a stick-on photo hook on either end provides a hurdle. A child’s oversized plastic golf club hits a tennis or plastic ball just far enough for the dog to retrieve. For a doggie triathlon, add more elements, such as yard races between dogs and children on their tricycles or scooters down a straight path, with everyone cooling off in a hard-plastic swimming pool as part of the event. For dogs that are older or have mobility issues, some stretching before or even after exercise is suggested. “Doga [dog yoga] has become a daily ritual with my 11-year-old golden retriever since the onset of arthritis in her hips and back. Besides keeping her joints limber, it’s good one-onone time for us,” says latchkey dog expert Eileen Proctor, in Castle Rock, Colorado.

“Whenever she wants to stretch, she will come up and gently paw me,” relates Proctor. “Her favorite is the upward dog pose. Before practicing doga, this dear one had trouble getting to her feet, and then was lame for a minute. Now she is able to get up and move about immediately.” When exercising with pets, always keep plenty of water handy, start slow and watch out for how the weather or workout

by Jeff Lutton 4 Start slow 4 Run warm-up laps 4 Take breaks 4 Always carry water 4 Keep nails trimmed n Avoid running on hot pavement with longhaired or thick-coated dogs. n Shorten mileage for pups under 2 years, as well as older dogs. n Avoid concrete surfaces, which are rough on paw pads. n Stay away from winter road salt; it can cut and further damage paws. n Watch for hip or knee problems; if a dog lags behind, it’s time to stop. Jeff Lutton, of Dogtopia, conducts a running club for people and their pets in Alexandria, VA.

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affects the participants. Scientists have changed from saying it takes 21 days to form a new habit to admitting it may take up to three times that long. That might be true for people, but try explaining it to the dog standing at the back door on day two—he’s ready to do it again.

he checkbook should never stand in the way of obtaining the best possible care for a beloved pet, but only 1 percent of America’s 100 million eligible pets are insured,” says Rob Jackson, co-founder of Healthy Paws Pet Insurance, in Bellevue, Washington. Health insurance is widely available for pets in case of accident or illness. Experts note that informal diagnosis can be difficult when the patient can’t say how much pain they feel or where it is located. While veterinarians perform tests to identify a problem, associated costs can extend beyond a family’s budget. Iva Burks, of Port Angeles, Washington, where she’s the county director of health and human services, recalls, “Years ago, we adopted Kelsi, a rescue Scottie who ate a toy and had to have surgery; we were relieved that insurance covered about half the cost. Three months later, she was diagnosed with lymphosarcoma and then had chemo over a two-year period; insurance paid about $10,000 toward our expenses.”

Bran, Burks’ current Scottie companion, was diagnosed with transitional cell carcinoma last year. “So far, he’s had two surgeries and chemotherapy and reached a cap on benefits at about $8,000,” she notes. Costs, benefits and approaches vary by company, policy, coverage, deductibles and clauses about preexisting conditions. Petplan (GoPetPlan. com) includes veterinary exam fees and any alternative/holistic therapies recommended and administered by a veterinarian. Veterinary Pet Insurance (VPI at insures dogs, cats, birds and exotics such as chinchillas, hedgehogs and potbellied pigs. Healthy Paws ( provides unlimited benefits, with no incident, annual or lifetime caps. Most plans average $25 to $35 a month, with $100 to $1,000 deductibles; riders for extra coverage are available. As in choosing any potential insurance, it’s wise to compare benefits and read the fine print to find the plan that’s the best fit to meet a family’s current and future needs. natural awakenings

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SURVIVING THE DOG DAYS OF SUMMER Best Tips for Caring for Cats and Canines by C.J. Puotinen

Never leave a pet in a parked car on a sunny day or during hot weather—even with the windows open—even for a few minutes. Help prevent heat stress or heat stroke at all times by using common sense: Avoid overexertion and keep the animal cool and well watered. If your dog pants heavily, fails to respond, develops a rapid heartbeat or bright red tongue, vomits, looks anxious or feels hot to the touch, lower the animal’s temperature by applying towels soaked in cool water to the abdomen, lower legs, neck and hairless areas. Then, get it to a veterinarian immediately. Emergency treatment with intravenous fluids and medication to prevent or reverse brain damage may save the dog’s life. In addition to keeping pets indoors in air-conditioned space on hot, humid days, offer them a frozen, water-filled plastic container to help keep them cool. Some dogs love to sleep on them this time of year, even using them as pillows. While most professional groomers and veterinarians recommend against shaving dogs and cats down to their bare skin, a short summer trim can help longhaired pets avoid problems associated with heat-trapping matted hair and tangles. Daily brushing or combing will help a cat or dog feel comfortable—and look great—in any weather.

Make the most of summer by enjoying relaxing time with favorite four-legged friends while staying aware of pets’ special needs. These simple precautions will keep furry Repelling Pests Insect bites and stings can interfere with companions comfortable and healthy. an animal’s good times. If a honeybee Cool Pets

Start with drinking water. The more active your dog or cat, the more it needs extra water, preferably chemical-free spring or filtered water. It can be provided in a bowl, pet water dispenser or travel canteen. Some natural foods markets sell electrolyte-enhanced drinks for canine athletes and pets recovering from illness or dehydration. Be sure to change your pet’s water daily, keep water dispensers clean and encourage animals to drink more often when the mercury soars. One reason hot weather is hard on pets is because they can’t cool themselves by perspiring through the skin the way humans do. Their 30

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only sweat glands are on their paw pads and noses. High humidity interferes with the cooling effects of panting. Veterinarians advise against leaving pets outdoors in hot, humid weather (especially those that are very young or old, weak or ill, overweight or breeds with snub noses, such as Pekingese, pugs and bulldogs). To avoid heat-related problems, exercise in the early morning or evening, substitute gentle walks for hard runs and stop whenever the dog seems tired or is panting heavily. Swimming or splashing in a lake, river, ocean or backyard wading pool can help keep a dog cool. Be sure to rinse the dog’s coat after a dip in a chemically treated pool or saltwater.

(which leaves its stinger behind) attacks a pet, gently flick the stinger away with a fingernail or use tweezers to remove it. Don’t squeeze or press the stinger, which can release more venom. Next, rinse the stung area with cider vinegar or strongly brewed chamomile tea. A single drop of full-strength or diluted essential oil of chamomile or tea tree oil can be safely applied to a bite or sting on most adult dogs (always avoid the eye area). But this disinfecting treatment cannot be used on cats, very small dogs or young puppies. Whenever fleas are a problem, combing with a flea comb removes shedding hair, along with these parasites and their eggs. Also, spray the animal and pet bedding with natural products containing neem (gentle to pets, but toxic to parasites)

to prevent infestations. Neem can help keep a dog free from fleas, ticks, lice, mites, flies and mosquitoes.

Other Seasonal Concerns

Light-haired dogs and cats can get sunburned if exposed to too much midday sun. A safe-rated sunblock can be applied to the tips of the ears and the nose, plus the skin around the animal’s lips, to help prevent sunburn, pain and peeling. Many breeds can develop ear infections during summer months, especially large-eared ones like Labradors and golden retrievers that love the water. Rinse or clean the dog’s ears with a solution of equal parts water and vinegar. This lowers the ear’s pH, making it less hospitable to Malassezia yeast cells, the culprit behind most canine ear infections. Or use an herbal ear oil or ear treatment to keep a pet’s ears clean and healthy. To treat ear infections and other allergy symptoms from the inside out, add a probiotic supplement to a dog’s food. Many probiotics are labeled for veterinary use, but any human probiotic can be adapted for pets. Determine an approximate dose by dividing your pet’s weight in pounds by 100. For example, a 50-pound dog would take half the label’s recommended dose, while a 10-pound cat or rabbit would get one-tenth. Because probiotics are considered safe and there is no toxic dose, larger amounts can be well tolerated. Digestive enzymes added to a pet’s food help strengthen the immune system by improving digestion and the assimilation Nat Awk horiz qtr ad 3/15/13 12:20 of nutrients.

Year-Round Exercise

The better shape you and your pet are in, the more you’ll both enjoy summer—or any season. Like their human companions, dogs and cats benefit from a healthy diet and active exercise that is increased gradually to prevent possible injury. Couch potato dogs need regular exercise, not just weekend workouts, and every exercise session should begin with a gradual warm-up and end with a gradual cool-down. If a dog chooses to overdo it, treat any resulting new, acute injuries with cold, and treat old, chronic injuries, soreness or joint pain with warmth. Homeopathic arnica preparations can help reduce pain and swelling. Athletic dogs enjoy long hikes, lengthy swims and everything else that summer has to offer. But as dogs age or recover from injuries, their joints can hurt or their body alignment can be altered. Systemic oral enzyme supplements and anti-inflammatory herbs, including boswellia, devil’s claw, feverfew and yucca can help older dogs remain active, and reduce the risk of injury in all dogs. Look for products labeled for pet use or adjust the label dose of human supplements based on the pet’s weight. Consult a veterinarian as needed. Looking forward, the rapid growth of canine sports is making rehabilitation medicine a new veterinary specialty. Complementary therapies such as acupressure, acupuncture, massage, chiropractic adjustments and physical therapy all can help a pet feel especially well cared for. C.J. Puotinen is the author of Natural Relief from Aches and Pains, The Encyclopedia PM Page of 3 Natural Pet Care and Natural Remedies for Dogs and Cats.

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Natural Citrus Flea and Mosquito Repellant 1 large lemon, including thick rind, sliced paper thin 1 Tbsp crushed rosemary leaves or 6-inch sprig 1 Tbsp aloe pulp or juice, as needed 1 quart hot water Place lemon slices in a bowl and add rosemary. For dry skin, add aloe pulp. Pour a quart of near-boiling water over mixture, lightly stir and let steep overnight. Strain into a large spray bottle and refrigerate until needed. Shake well before spritzing the dog, at least twice a week or more often when bugs are most prevalent, including stomach and paws. Sources:,

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Body in Spirit Sunday with Rev. K. Laurendine: Energy 101 – 1-4pm. Explore the body’s energy field. Learn how to feel, see, read and clear the aura; techniques for developing intuitive faculties, including soul centering and using a pendulum; energetic clearing and protecting personal space and explore dream symbols and interpretation. Suggested energy exchange: $35/$25 for Fortis affiliate. Fortis College Massage Therapy Program, 300F Azalea Rd, Mobile. Please pre-register: 251-753-1937. KellyLaurendine@gmail. com.


The Rotary Youth Club’s Summer Program – Jun 3-Aug 2. 7am-6pm. Your child will have an awesome adventure with field trips, water activities, sports, art, academics and more. $150/month. Rotary Youth Club, Fairhope. 251-928-9148.


Ocean Camp for Ocean Lovers & Future Scientists Ages 5-12 – Tues-Fri, Jun 4- July 26. Ages 5-8, 9am12pm. Ages 9-12, 1-4pm. Ocean Camp offers half day children's camps with a variety of ocean themes. Daily schedule includes critical thinking, creative thinking, problem solving in the marine world on Alabama's gulf environment. $125 per camper. Gulf Shores & Orange Beach. 251-802-8605.


Yoga Workshop: Complete Yogi Cleanse for Body and Soul – 10am-2pm. This is the green juice for your soul, a holistic approach to purification and detoxification for all levels of being. Workshop covers right diet according to modern science & Ayurveda, mantra, alllevels asana practice, journaling, meditation and yogic lunch. $60 (contact Tracey for special rates). Quiet Mind Massage and Yoga. 251-510-2418. Tracey@


I’ve Got Your Back - A Therapeutic Yoga Workshop – 2-4:30pm. Join Julie Wilkins, OTR and Lynette Staggers, PTA RYT for a therapeutic yoga workshop on back and spine health. Participants must be able to

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Healthy Community Dinner – 6pm. Enjoy Maximized Living recipes for dinner plus learn how to build real health in your everyday life. Topics: Nutrition, Detoxification & Nerve Stress. Free. Andree’s, Fairhope. 251-928-5058.


Gentle Foundations of Yoga Summer Session – Jun 11-July 30. 10-11am. Julie Wilkins will be teaching an 8 class/8 week summer session of Gentle Foundations of Yoga at Church of the Apostles. Class is for beginners or those looking for a more therapeutic and gentle style of yoga. $10 drop-in/$65 for 8 class package. Church of the Apostles, Montrose.


Qigong for the Whole Family – 6-8pm. Learn easy fun exercises for better health, calmer emotions and increased focus. Qigong (chee-gong) is an ancient form of Chinese breathing and movement exercises suitable for all ages. $25 or one adult and one child $40. Reiki Center of Fairhope, 20730 Hwy 181, Fairhope. Trainer: Donna Weber, M.A., LPC: 251-210-8708. Donna@ ReclaimYourTrueEmotions.


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YogAroma: Yoga and Aromatherapy Workshop – 2-4:30pm. Class will include a beginner friendly yoga session infused with essential oils, followed by a brief discussion on the integration of essential oils into lifestyle. Ends with a restorative yoga practice sprinkled with gentle adjustments and relaxation inducing scents. Suggested donation $25. Space 301, Downtown Mobile. 251-202-YOGA.


Reclaim Your True Personality – 9am-4pm. Release your mask personality and rediscover the person you were meant to be. Your mask personality was formed when you were about four years old and affects every area of your life. $95 (lunch on your own). Reiki Center of Fairhope, 20730 Hwy 181, Fairhope. Donna Weber, M.A., LPC: 251-210-8708. To Register: Flight from the Ground Up – Jun 22-23. 11am1:30pm. Join Robert Veihman and learn about the foundation of down dog and other postural transitions. Arm balances and inversions will then be demonstrated, studied and practiced. Evolve your practice into a flow that integrates all the information you have studied. $30 per day/$55 for 2 days. Synergy Yoga & Pilates. 251-473-1104. Numerology Workshop – 1-3pm. Gain a better understanding of what the numbers in your life mean. We will also be completing a numerology chart for each participant with Carolyn O'Brien. $20. Prana Health and Wellness, 209-A S. Section St, Fairhope. 251-455-9359.


Recipe Night and Nutrition Workshop – 6pm. Experience the taste and power of real food. Learn more about the 5 Essentials and how nutrition plays a key role in your health, detoxification and fitness. Free. Holiday Inn Express (The Heritage Room), 19751 S Greeno Rd Fairhope. 251-928-5058.


Healthy Moments Expo – 4pm. Consult with experts in the fields of exercise, nutrition, skincare, organic living, healthcare and more. Featuring a big selection of vendors, samples, door prizes, silent auction and free health screenings. Free. Heron Lakes Country Club, 3851 Government St, Mobile. Studio Glitz Productions: 251-421-2259. Power Flow Yoga – Jun 25-Jul 30. 4-5pm. Join Julie Wilkins for a fitness based Power Yoga 6 week/6 class summer session. Class is for experienced beginners or those currently involved in active forms of physical fitness. $10 drop-in/$50 six class session. Church of the Apostles, Montrose. JWilkins75@


Usui Reiki Level I & II – Jun 29-30. 9:30am-5:30pm. Come experience this powerful healing modality Saturday and Sunday. $330/$299 prepaid. Reiki Center of Fairhope, 20730 Hwy 181, Fairhope. 251-281-8811.

Annual Emerald Coast Health, Wellness, Home, Patio & Family Expo 2013 – Jun 29-30. 10am-6pm. Everything for your healthy and sustainable home, family, community and lifestyle. Topics include health and wellness, home improvement, gardening, conservation, community programs, sustainable energy and more. Free. Pensacola Fair Grounds Conference Building, 6655 Mobile Hwy, Pensacola, FL. 850-9414321.


Body in Spirit Sunday: Sacred Yoga - EARTH with Rev. K. Laurendine – 1-4pm. Open to life’s gifts with a sense of gratitude by embodying the Earth element. Allow space for deep connection and love to emerge. Be nourished with the flow of life while we practice postures and explore this element together. Suggested energy exchange: $35/$25 for Fortis affiliate. Fortis College Massage Therapy Program, 300F Azalea Rd, Mobile. Please pre-register: 251-753-1937. KellyLaurendine@gmail. com.


Body in Spirit Sunday with Rev. K. Laurendine: Hocus Focus! – 1-4pm. Put the Law of Attraction to work for you and understand main roadblocks for why sometimes it "doesn't" work. Clear your energy with EFT, reveal personal symbolism and connect with angels/guides/higher self by “visioning” to create a powerful high-vibration vision board. Suggested energy exchange: $35/$25 for Fortis affiliate. Fortis College Massage Therapy Program, 300F Azalea Rd, Mobile. Pre-register: 251-753-1937. KellyLaurendine@gmail. com.

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ongoingevents sunday Discounts on Supplements – Every Sunday get 15% off supplements at Fairhope Health Foods (251-928-0644) and Virginia's Health Foods (251345-0494). 280 Eastern Shore Shopping Center, Fairhope and 3952 Airport Blvd, Mobile. Center for Spiritual Living Service – 10am. Make every step, every choice, every word, a conscious one. Center for Spiritual Living, 1230 Montlimar, Mobile. Rev. Sherrie Quander: 251-343-0777. Sunday Service – 10:30am. Explore a spiritual pathway with Mobile Unitarian Universalists, 6345 Old Shell Rd, Mobile. Sunday Service – 10:30am. Questioning, understanding and growing together spiritually as we enjoy the adventure of life. Center for Joyful Living, 60 N Ann St, Mobile. 251-391-6960. Sunday Worship – 11am. Celebrate Spirit in this special and sacred space. Between Hillcrest and Knollwood. Unity Mobile, 5859 Cottage Hill, Mobile. 251-661-1788. Unlimited Horizons of the Emerald Coast – 2:30-5:30pm. 2nd Sunday. Open to public. All are invited to join this forum of open-minded seekers of Universal truth. Share knowledge and promote enlightenment. Monthly speakers present on a variety of metaphysical topics. $7. Gulf Breeze Recreation Center, 800 Shoreline Dr, Gulf Breeze, FL. 850-610-0919. UnlimitedHorizons1@gmail. com. Align & Flow Yoga – 4-5:15pm. Alignment-based flow yoga class for all levels taught by Amanda Barfield. Make the transition from the weekend to the work week one of fluidity and ease. Join us as we come together to breathe, play, laugh, move and live. $10/prepaid, $15/drop-in, $5/first class. Integrated Health and Wellness, Fairhope. Open Table: A Community of Faith Worship Service (United Church of Christ) – 5pm. Weekly progressive Christian worship. St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 1050 Azalea Rd, Mobile. 251-545-1011.

monday Power Pilates – 9:15-10:15am. Intermediateadvanced level taught by Lynette Staggers. Blends Pilates and yoga (primarily Pilates) and traditional strength training exercises with an emphasis on the core. May utilize stability balls, light weights or resistance bands. Great class to sculpt your body as a whole. $10/prepaid, $15/drop-in, $5/first class. Integrated Health and Wellness, Fairhope. Yoga with Dana – 12pm. Take a break in the middle of your day. Join Dana to transform the body, relieve stress and relax the mind. Discover bliss! Synergy Yoga & Pilates. 251-473-1104.


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Kid’s Martial Arts – 4:30-5:30pm. This martial arts class is designed specifically for kids. Covers technique, including kicking, punching and forms, discipline, building self-confidence, living by the training principals and having fun. Great introduction into the benefits of the martial arts. $10 a week. Prana Health and Wellness, 209-A S. Section St, Fairhope. 251-455-9359. Mindfulness Practice and Meditation – 5:45pm. We gather in the tradition of Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh to provide an opportunity to those that wish to deepen their Mindfulness Meditation Practice. No experience necessary. $5 suggested donation.  Plantation Antique Galleries, 604 Bel Air Blvd (back entrance), Mobile. 251-422-5474. 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. See website for more info Metabolic Conditioning Mondays– 6:05-6:20pm. Metabolic Conditioning AKA Met Con or Burst Training is high intensity, short bursts/duration type of exercise that re-conditions your metabolism to burn fat. Free. 401 N Section St, Fairhope.251-928-5058. (and click on Essential #4). Pranic Healing and Meditation – 6:30pm. Come experience healing for your mind, body and soul. We address specific physical and emotional ailments, followed by the Meditation on Twin Hearts. Let us take the stress off and balance your aura. Classes also available. CEU's -LMTs and Nurses. $10 donation. Mobile. Deana: 251-454-0959.

tuesday Chasing Fresh Produce Delivery – Tuesdays and Fridays. Your local source for 100% Alabama farm to table produce. Order by Sun for Tues delivery and by Wed for Fri delivery. 251-550-9600. Facebook. com/ChasingFresh. Rise and Shine Yoga – 6:30-7:45am. Tues and Thurs. Start the day with an invigorating Hatha Yoga practice. Class includes a mixture of flow yoga, Pranayama, restorative and meditation. Fellowship, coffee and some of mom's homemade bread follows. $8/drop-in, $60/10 class package, $85/family. Trinity Yoga Studio, Highway 98 East, Foley. 251-987-1147 or 251-609-5541. TinyURL. com/TrinityYogaFoleyAL. Core Barre with Dana – 8:30am. Give yourself the best seat in the house with Core Barre - work your body to a fusion of ballet, Pilates, yoga and classic fitness. Move to fun music and really change your shape! Synergy Yoga & Pilates. 251-473-1104. Tuesday Morning Yoga with Tracey, RYT 200 – 9:30am. Join Tracey for an all-levels 75 min flow yoga class incorporating all the yogic tools at our disposal to quiet and expand our minds, open our hearts, release anxiety and depression, and find

the peace, freedom, and wholeness we all crave. $12 (senior and student discounts available). Quiet Mind Massage and Yoga Studio, Mobile. Tracey@ Therapeutic Yoga Hour – 10am. All abilities welcome. Ever wonder how yoga can help your specific ailment? This class begins with discussion of physical and energetic issues going on with students, followed by a series of postures and breathwork designed around your needs. Pay What You Can. Rosie Bluum, 6A S Bancroft St, Fairhope. 251-202-YOGA. KulaYogaCommunity. org or La Leche League Mobile Bay Area – 10:30am. La Leche League meetings are open to all women with an interest in learning about and supporting breastfeeding. Meetings are always free and babies/children are welcome. 251-689-2085. For location information or breastfeeding help contact AmandaLLLMobile@ or 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. 251-6348055. Gentle Yoga – 4:15pm. Slow flowing, joint-opening movement with emphasis on breath awareness and meditation. Appropriate for beginners, including those with physical limitations. Concludes with guided relaxation. Pay What You Can. Center for Spiritual Living. 251-202-YOGA. Breath and Balance (ages 11-14) – 4:30-5:30pm. Celebrate this unique stage of growth, change and challenge! Strengthen, gain flexibility, then relax into the comfort of stillness. Taught by Joy Larsen. $10 a week. Prana Health and Wellness, 209-A S. Section St, Fairhope. 251-455-9359. Yin Yoga – 5:45-7pm. Yin yoga targets the deepest tissues of the body, our connective tissues. Mostly seated poses that can be held for longer periods of time, from 3 to 10 minutes. Practice is appropriate for all levels. Taught by Cindy Johnson. $10 without membership. Prana Health and Wellness, 209-A S. Section St, Fairhope. 251-455-9359. Energize and Relax Yoga – 6-7:15pm. Tues and Thurs. This class emphasizes flow yoga with Pranayama and some Kundalini. Meditation follows the energizing portion to calm in preparation for the day. $8/drop-in, $60/10 class package, $85/ family. Trinity Yoga Studio, Hwy 98 East, Foley. 251-987-1147 or 251-609-5541. TrinityYogaFoleyAL. Positive Parenting Class – 6-8pm. Also Wed. at 9:30am. Kids don’t come with a set of instructions. Learn tools and skills to create a happy, healthy family. Free. The Family Center, 601 Bel Air Blvd, Ste 100, Mobile. 251-479-5700. Sierra Club Meeting – 6-8pm. 1st Tues. Open to the public. 5 Rivers Delta Resource Center, Spanish Fort. Wellness Classes – 6:30pm. Join us each week as we discuss methods for optimum health. Classes include nutrition, essential oils and meditation techniques. Call for information. $10. Healing Acres, 22355 Price Grubbs Rd, Robertsdale. Charlotte: 251-4231863.

Creative Spark Writing Group – 7-8pm. Love offering encouraged and appreciated. Rosie Bluum, 6 A Bancroft St, Fairhope. 251-517-5626. Mindful Living Workshop – 7-8pm. Introduction to Mindful Living is a free one hour interactive workshop that presents key elements of the Mindful Living program by Angela Day. Held every Monday evening in June. Free. Reiki Center of Fairhope, 20730 Hwy. 181, Fairhope. 404-4291651. Angela@MindfulLivingTransformation. com. Mobile Bay Canoe and Kayak Club Meeting – 7-8:30pm. 1st Tues. For pro-paddlers and those brand new to the sport. Open to the public. 5 Rivers Delta Resource Center, Spanish Fort. Spiritual Book Study Group, Mobile – 7-9pm. 1st and 3rd Tues. Read and discuss spiritual books chosen by the members. Contact Joy: 251-382-4215. Spiritual Cinema Group, Mobile – 7-9pm. 2nd and 4th Tues. View and discuss spiritual movies received from “Spiritual Cinema Circle.” Contact Melissa: 251-452-0393.

wednesday Viniyoga with Rhonda – 6:45am. Viniyoga is directed toward healing—a yoga for all ages. Join Rhonda Gran-Proescher to refresh the breath, awaken the body & renew the spirit. Synergy Yoga & Pilates. 251-473-1104. Mantra, Mudra and Movement – 9am. This class incorporates sound, breath, hand gestures, yoga postures, joint opening movement and relaxation to facilitate a state of meditation incorporating mind, body and breath. Appropriate for all abilities. Pay What You Can. Rosie Bluum, 6A S Bancroft St, Fairhope. 251-202-YOGA. or $5 Yoga Flow & Chair – 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. 251-379-4493. Core Integration Flow Yoga – 9:15-10:30am. Intermediate-advanced level taught by Lynette Staggers. A dynamic alignment based flow class designed to access the deepest part of your core. Through flowing sequences you will learn to move from your core transforming your mind, body and spirit. Modifications are offered. $10/prepaid, $15/ drop-in, $5/first class. Integrated Health and Wellness, Fairhope. Yoga for Multiple Sclerosis – 12-1pm. This chair yoga class is free to participants and funded by the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation. Build strength and flexibility while improving balance and circulation. Enjoy exercise at every level, even in a wheelchair. Improve balance, strength and flexibility. Free. Fairhope UMC CLC. 251-379-4493. Off the Vine Organic Produce Pick Up (Fairhope, Daphne, Spanish Fort) – 4-7pm. The Fieldhouse, 26037 Capital Dr, Daphne. Pre-order online by Sunday. 850-374-2181. Off the Vine Organic Produce Pick Up (Mobile) – 4-7pm. Body by Cindy Fitness Studio, 6300 Airport Blvd. Pre-order online by Sunday. 850-374-2181.

Off the Vine Organic Produce Pick Up (Mobile) – 4-7pm. Full Circle Massage, 2152 Airport Blvd. Pre-order online by Sunday. 850-374-2181. Off the Vine Organic Produce Pick Up (Orange Beach) – 4-7pm. Moondoggies Natural Health, SanRoc Cay Marina. Pre-order online by Sunday. 850-374-2181. Eastern Shore MS Support Group – 5:30pm. Second Wed. Eastern Shore MS Support Group meets each month at Ruby Tuesday in Fairhope. Family, friends and caregivers are always welcome. Weezer: 251-928-7606. Power Flow Yoga with Angela – 5:45pm. Join associate Baptiste Power Vinyasa teacher Angela Cain to revitalize the body and energize the day. Enjoy the sweet sweat and moving meditation of Power Flow and leave class refreshed and recharged! Synergy Yoga & Pilates. 251-473-1104. Align & Flow Yoga – 6-7:15pm. Fun and funky flow with Amanda Barfield! This class is a combination of alignment-based flow yoga, upbeat music and intermediate level pinnacle poses. Pose variations are available to all levels of practitioners. $10/prepaid, $15/drop-in, $5/first class. Integrated Health and Wellness, Fairhope. Near Death and Related Consciousness and Spiritual Experiences – 6pm. 2nd Wed. Mobile affiliate group of IANDS. All are welcome to share experiences and support. Beginning our 11th year. Free. West Regional Branch, Mobile Public Library, Grelot Rd (near University Blvd). 251-340-8565.

thursday Rise and Shine Yoga – 6:30-7:45am. Tues and Thurs. Start the day with an invigorating Hatha Yoga practice. Class includes a mixture of flow yoga, Pranayama, restorative and meditation. Fellowship, coffee and some of mom's homemade bread follows. $8/drop-in, $60/10 class package, $85/family. Trinity Yoga Studio, Highway 98 East, Foley. 251-987-1147 or 251-609-5541. TinyURL. com/TrinityYogaFoleyAL. Kid’s Yoga (ages 5-10) – 3:30-4:30pm. Encourages children to relax and have fun while building strength, flexibility and balance. Children leave with a better sense of body awareness, focus and self-confidence. Class will teach breath awareness, poses, singing and games with a spunky creative twist! Prana Health and Wellness, 209-A S. Section St, Fairhope. 251-4559359. Gentle Yoga – 5:30pm. Gentle movement and postures, guided breathwork and meditation. Concludes with deep relaxation. Available to beginners and up, modifications available for limitations. Also Tues 5:30pm and Wed 9am. Pay What You Can. Rosie Bluum, 6A S Bancroft St, Fairhope. 251-202-YOGA. or Energize and Relax Yoga – 6-7:15pm. Tues and Thurs. This class emphasizes flow yoga with Pranayama and some Kundalini. Meditation follows the energizing portion to calm in preparation for the day. $8/drop-in, $60/10 class package, $85/ family. Trinity Yoga Studio, Hwy 98 East, Foley. 251-987-1147 or 251-609-5541. TrinityYogaFoleyAL.

Body, Mind, Spirit, Coffee, Tea & Conversation Social Meet-Up Group – 6:30-8:30pm. 1st Thurs. The Body, Mind & Spirit Group of Florida: Emerald Coast. Each meet-up will have an array of activities, speakers, products, samples, demonstrations, practitioners and networking opportunities. $5. Pensacola, FL. Call for details: 850-941-4321. Thursday Evening Yoga in West Mobile – 6:30pm. 4th Thurs. All levels 75 minute practice incorporating mantra, pranayama, asana and readings from all of the world's great spiritual traditions which are united in Universal Love and Light. BYOM. Fourth Thursday of every month fundraiser for a different charity each month. $10 or contact Tracey for special rates. Episcopal Church of the Redeemer, 7125 Hitt Rd, Mobile. 251-510-2418. Tracey@ShantiWarrior. com.

friday Chasing Fresh Produce Delivery – Tuesdays and Fridays. Your local source for 100% Alabama farm to table produce. Order by Sun for Tues delivery and by Wed for Fri delivery. 251-550-9600. Facebook. com/ChasingFresh. Fab Fifteen Friday – Get an extra 15% off purchases. Back to Health Nutrition and Natural Foods, 1600 N McKenzie, Foley. 251-970-2225. Restorative Yoga – 9am. Use supported postures held for several minutes to release tension deep within muscles and reach inner stillness. Perfect for beginners and those with limitations or injuries. Pay What You Can. Rosie Bluum, Fairhope. 251202-YOGA. Friday Evening Yoga – 5:45pm. Relax and renew at the end of a long work week. Enhance balance, strength and suppleness with Leigh, Jasmine or Brooke while the mind experiences pure delight! Check the website for the specific teacher schedule rotation. Synergy Yoga & Pilates. 251-473-1104.

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. 251-928-5363. Saturday Morning Yoga – 9am. Join Beverley, Leigh, Faye or Angela and start your weekend with a revitalizing class. Refresh and renew the spirit - bring the joy and zest back as you kick start your day! Synergy Yoga & Pilates. 251-473-1104. Messages from the Other Side with Psychic Medium Ericka Boussarhane – 6:30-8:30pm. Ericka uses her mediumship to help others find closure and insight in the lives. As a medium she is able to connect with loved ones who have crossed over to the other side. $10 per person. Mystic Cottage, 4971 Mobile Hwy, Pensacola, FL. 850-941-4321.

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FOODS & NUTRITION Questioning, understanding and growing together spiritually as we enjoy life’s adventure. Center for Joyful Living in Mobile. Sundays, 10:30 a.m.


103A N. Bancroft Street, Fairhope 251-990-9934 A certified organic salon offering organic products, and services including hair color, 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 23.

1230 Montlimar Drive, Mobile 251-343-0777 Rev. Sherrie Quander invites you to visit a loving, inclusive spiritual community where we aim to make every step we take, every choice we make, every word we speak a con scious one. Sundays at 10 a.m. See ad, page 17.



251-554-4856 Therapeutic for both mind and body, our products are for all kinds of people and skin types. Always nurturing, handcrafted, crueltyfree, organic and fair trade. See ad, page 17.


1050 Azalea Road, Mobile at St Luke’s (St. Luke's Episcopal Church) 251-545-1011 • No matter who you are or where you are on life’s journey, you are welcome here! Pastor Ellen Sims and the congregation invite you to join them on Sunday evenings at 5 p.m. Childcare provided. See ad, page 21.




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Offering laser therapy and spinal decompression as drug free and non-invasive treatment options for injuries and chronic conditions. See ad, page 23.

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BURRIS FARM MARKET & BAKERY 3100 Hickory Street Loxley, AL 36551 251-964-6464 Hwy 59 on the way to Gulf Shores. Fresh fruits and vegetables, fresh baked strawberry shortcake, ice cream and much more. Your first and last stop to the beach, or any other time.

FAIRHOPE HEALTH FOODS AND THE SUNFLOWER CAFÉ 280 Eastern Shore Shopping Center 251-928-0644 • Café: 251-929-0055 Comprehensive health food store and organic café, featuring organic food, free-range meat, vegan options and organic wine. Store open 7 days a week. Serving the public 38 years. See ad, page 2.

THE HEALTH HUT 680 S. Schillinger, Mobile: 251-633-0485 (Across from Home Depot) 6845 Hwy 90, Daphne: 251-621-1865 (Across from Home Depot) For nearly 30 years The Health Hut has been the goto place for high quality, whole-food vitamins, herbs and sport supplements at great prices coupled with a service-oriented, knowledgeable staff. See ad, page 33.

MOONDOGGIES NATURAL HEALTH & SPECIALTIES 27267 Perdido Beach Boulevard In SanRoc Cay Marina, Orange Beach 251-974-1747 Gluten-free products, snacks, specialty items, an expanded selection of supplements and essential oils. Come check out our Gnarly Finds Resale Boutique: art, collectables, clothing, books and more. Vi s i t u s o n l i n e :

OFF THE VINE ORGANIC PRODUCE Serving Mobile, Fairhope, Daphne, Spanish Fort and Orange Beach 850-374-2181, All organic - all the time! We bring the farmers market to you. Check our new selection every Friday and pick up the following Wed. Pick up or delivery available. See ad, page 12.

VIRGINIA’S HEALTH FOODS AND THE SUNFLOWER CAFÉ II 3952 Airport Boulevard, Mobile 251-345-0494 • Café: 251-345-0495 Comprehensive health food store and organic café, featuring organic food, free-range meat, vegan options and juice bar. Store open 7 days a week. Serving the public 37 years. See ad, page 2.

GREEN BUILDING EARTHSTONE CONSTRUCTION Natural, Energy-Efficient Structures 153 Cedar Ridge Road, Lucedale, MS 601-818-9600 • Locally sourced material and virtually indestructible! Healthy, green and beautiful. Homes, patios, pizza ovens and more. Free estimates.

HEALING ARTS BODY IN SPIRIT Rev. K Laurendine, ERYT, LMT, RMT, BA 251-753-1937 • Spiritual counseling, movement/yoga, energy and empowerment workshops, EFT, Reiki certifications, ministerial services, pet blessings.

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.

REIKI CENTER OF FAIRHOPE 20730 Hwy 181, Fairhope 251-281-8811 Health and wellness is our mission. Private Reiki sessions, therapeutic massage, QuantumTouch®, reflexology and more. Book online or call for appointment. Reiki workshops monthly, free Reiki share.


800 Shoreline Drive, Gulf Breeze, FL 850-610-0919 • A monthly forum for open-minded seekers of Universal truth through the metaphysical, holistic, paranormal, cryptozoological and extraterrestrial.


251-209-5285 Offering comprehensive residential and commercial interior/exterior painting services. Eco-friendly options available. With thorough and timely service, we make our living by making you happy. Locally owned and operated in Mobile. See ad, page 22.

PEST CONTROL INTUITIVE ARTS ERICKA BOUSSARHANE International Psychic Medium 850-941-4321 Amazingly accurate and detailed online psychic and mediumship readings as featured on national TV and radio stations.


22787 US 98, Bdg D Ste 5, Montrose 251-616-4201 • Unique massage technique that is gentle enough for the severest sufferers of pain and deep enough for the most rigorous of athletes. 14 years experience in the bodywork and natural wellness field.

HOUSEHOLD TERMITE & PEST CONTROL Serving Mobile and Baldwin Counties 866-943-7874

Full service, environmentally responsible pest management company and do-it yourself store specializing in termites, general pests, bed bugs, thermal remediation, mosquitoes, wildlife removal, moisture remediation and TAP insulation. See ad, back cover.


20205 Middle Earth Road, Citronelle 251-866-7204 • Middle Earth is an evolving education center, modeling permaculture, sustainable living and the interconnection of the health of the planet and the health of her inhabitants. See ad on page 21.

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Cathedral Square, Downtown Mobile Old Shell and University, Mobile 251-208-1558 • Local produce, baked goods, honey, flowers, soaps, live music and more! April 27 to July 28: 7:30am-12pm, Saturdays downtown and 2-6pm, Thursdays at Old Shell and University. See ad, page 13.


280 Eastern Shore Shopping Center 251-928-0644 Comprehensive health food store featuring local products: organic produce, organic milk, meat, eggs, honey and soap. See ad, page 2.

VIRGINIA'S HEALTH FOODS 3952 Airport Boulevard, Mobile 251-345-0494

Comprehensive health food store featuring local products: organic produce, organic milk, meat, eggs, honey and soap. See ad, page 2.


85 North Bancroft Street, Fairhope 251-990-8883 Local grocery sells the area's best produce, grassfed meat, Alabama's Organic milk, locally made cheeses, Gulf seafood, local honey, sweets and baked goods, and more! Best prices in town on produce, too!


Serving Mobile and Baldwin Counties 251-550-9600 Your local source for 100% Alabama farm to table produce. Delivering fresh, Alabama produce to your home or business. Fruits, vegetables, herbs, honey and farm eggs. Organic options available. No minimums, no commitment. See ad, page 13.


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OFF THE VINE ORGANIC PRODUCE Serving Mobile, Fairhope, Daphne, Spanish Fort and Orange Beach 850-374-2181 • We are the original organic box program. All organic - all the time! 100% guaranteed. We bring the farmer’s market to you. Simply check our weekly list every Friday. Mixed Fruit and Vegetable Shares, All Fruit Shares and Juicing Shares. Local pick up locations or delivery available. See ad, page 12.

WINDMILL MARKET'S PRODUCE CLUB 85 North Bancroft Street, Fairhope 251-990-8883 A weekly delivery of local and seasonal fruits, veggies, organic milk, cheese, grass-fed beef and more delivered from Baldwin County farms to your table every week! Six box sizes to fit your family's needs. Home delivery and Mobile pickup option also available!

RESTAURANTS & BAKERIES LULU'S AT HOMEPORT Under the bridge in Gulf Shores 251-967-LULU

SUNFLOWER CAFE II 3952 Airport Boulevard, Mobile 251-345-0495 Organic cafe and juice bar. Local produce, herbs and meats used. Menu online. See ad, page 2.

SWEET OLIVE BAKERY & CAFE 85 North Bancroft Street, Fairhope 251-990-8883 Open for breakfast and lunch every day until 5 p.m. serving European-style, artisan baked goods; freshly squeezed fruit and veggie juices; smoothies; daily lunch specials like fish tacos and poboys; delicious food to go; hot breakfast plates, and more!

U-PICK FARMS LA BERRY FARMS 12562 Mary Ann Beach Road, Fairhope 251-928-7744 A family-friendly, pesticide-free, u-pick blueberry farm. Nine varieties will be available throughout this season which runs from May to July. Hours: 8am-12pm, Thursday-Saturday. Check our website or Facebook page for firm pick dates and details.

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MANNA BAKERY 251-447-8667 Mobile's first organic bakery offers 100% organic breads including wholegrain, sweet and glutenfree choices, as well as European style desserts. Desserts are 100% all natural. We bake upon order, delivery within Mobile, Spanish Fort, Daphne, Fairhope and Dauphin Island. Seasonal specialties!

SUNFLOWER CAFE I 320 Eastern Shore Shopping Center 251-929-0055 Organic cafe serving lunch and Sunday brunch. Local produce, herbs and meats used. Menu online. See ad, page 2.


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