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h i s m o n t h ’s f e a t u r e s t o r y, “Transformative Travel”, evoked memories of the volunteer trips I took annually for almost 10 years. As a 13-yearold, I spent a week building a house in a small border town in Mexico. The structure was comparable in size to my living room, but in the eyes of the family it would serve, it was a beautiful home. As a college student, while building Habitat for Humanity houses in San Francisco, we often heard sirens and saw smoke as neighbors set their own run-down houses on fire in hopes of qualifying for a Habitat home of their own. And after moving cinder blocks for days to help build a church in Belize, I had one of the most beautiful snorkeling experiences of my life. These mission trips weren’t the only travel experiences that opened up my view of the world and offered new perspectives on life. Our family vacations to out-of-state relatives and new destinations also offered opportunities for lifelong learning about a range of cultures and climates. When we visited my cousins in Old Saybrook, Connecticut, I learned the hard way that controlling the speed of your bike on large hills is quite different from doing so on the flat streets at home in Houston. When we traveled to national parks and forests, we experienced natural wonders that life in the city lacks. At Banff National Park in Canada, my brother learned that flip flops are not ideal footwear for walking on glaciers. I never fathomed the idea of snow on the ground in August until our trip to Yosemite one summer; or that there were trees big enough to drive through, until we saw the redwoods. As we traveled away from home, the wildlife changed too. Lizards were more colorful in Florida, the hoof-stock was larger and more plentiful out West and Hawaii’s sea turtles dwarfed the sliders we were used to seeing in the bayou of Houston. My brother and I also learned how dining habits and food can vary greatly from coast to coast. I remember when my mom ordered an iced tea in North Carolina and I heard “sweet or unsweet?” for the first time. When we traveled to Hawaii, we were encouraged to use chopsticks the whole trip and we enjoyed the novelty of sitting on the ground for nice meals. Since having kids of our own, most of our travel involves camping because we quickly realized that wooded campsites accommodate our active family better than cramped hotel rooms. As mentioned in this month’s Healthy Kids article, “Nature’s Classroom”, kids enjoy having a sense of freedom when they’re outdoors without walls, and as they explore trails and climb trees they’re also building risk literacy. Before you depart on your next trip, take time to read “Building Better Bones” so you can help prepare your physical body for the next big adventure, and try a “Fermented Foods Revival” recipe to support your gut health and immune system. As the season begins to change, where will your travels take you? Whether it’s near or far, adventurous or restorative, I hope the physical exploration transforms your lifelong journey in a meaningful way. Happy trails!


P.S. When I reminisce about our trips in light of the recent hurricanes, I feel lucky that all of our travel has been voluntary. Natural disasters force many people on unexpected journeys away from their homes, and while the experience is certainly transformative, the effects are often undesirable. As national attention turns away from the recently affected areas, join me in remembering that for many in other states, the rebuilding process is just beginning. Volunteer, donate, pray—every bit counts.

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Sensory-Friendly Trick-or-Treating in Daphne The American Autism & Rehabilitation Center (AARC) will host its annual Sensory-Friendly Trick-or-Treat event from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., October 27. “This event allows us to serve specialneeds families in our community who feel that their child’s unique differences prevent them from participating in fall festivals or other trick-or-treating events,” says AARC Vice President Kevin Mohler. “The set-up is ideal for families whose children tend to elope or become overwhelmed easily, and gives parents a more secure, safe place to take their special-needs children.” Upon arrival, families follow a set route through AARC and receive candy or trinkets at each door along the way. Costumes are welcome but not required in hopes that children with sensory-processing difficulties feel included. This event is free to all families with special needs children and is made possible by local sponsorships. When local businesses partner with AARC, they contribute to the success of the event while also making special-needs families feel welcomed and valued. Donations go toward the expenses of the event including bags, candy, trinkets, toys, popcorn, photo shoots and decorations. Location: 8909 Rand Ave., Daphne, AL. For more information call 251-210-1632 or visit the events section at See ad, page 10.

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Volunteer Opportunities in Mobile and Baldwin Counties American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) Alabama is hosting a volunteer training and orientation on October 3, at Via Health Fitness and Enrichment Center, in Mobile, and one on October 17, at the Spanish Fort Senior Center, in Spanish Fort. Both take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Participants will learn how to present educational workshops in the community to create a happier and healthier lower Alabama. Workshop topics include Prepare to Care (a caregiving planning guide for families), Fraud Watch Network (protection from scams, credit card fraud and identity theft) and HomeFit (a guide to creating a lifelong home). Lunch will be served, seating is limited and registration is required. AARP membership is not required to volunteer. For more information, call 877-926-8300 or visit and 8

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Baha’is of Fairhope Celebrate Founder’s Vision of Oneness Baha’is of Fairhope will mark the 200th anniversary of the birth of Bahá’u’lláh, the Founder of the Bahá’í Faith, with The Light of Unity Festival at 12:30 p.m., October 21, at the Fairhope Public Library. This public celebration of the faith’s founder will also honor the growing community of united friends in Fairhope and will feature music, drama and storytelling as well as an inspirational talk by Professor Santosh Kamath, of Gainesville, Florida. Bahá’u’lláh (1817-1892) was a spiritual teacher whose teachings have spread around the world, inspiring a process of social transformation and community building that is made unique by both its global scope and the diversity of participants. The Light of Unity Festival is a celebration of the impact of Bahá’u’lláh’s teachings on the lives of families, neighborhoods and communities around the world. "His vision of the oneness of humanity is an antidote to the racial prejudice and materialism that is corroding American society. Now more than ever we need positive models of social change that bring people together rather than divide them,” says Sonya Bennett, Chairperson of the Fairhope Spiritual Assembly. “This will be our focus as we bring friends, family and neighbors together during the Light of Unity Festival.” The celebration will continue with a devotional gathering on October 22 and additional informational meetings that will be announced at the main event. For more information, call 251-9285692 or email BahaisOfFairhope@ See listing, page 40.

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Mobile Baykeeper Awarded Federal Grant to Remove Mardi Gras Debris Mobile Baykeeper was recently awarded a federal grant in the amount of $56,013 from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to facilitate a marine debris removal project on One Mile Creek, during Mardi Gras 2018 and 2019. A tributary of the Three Mile Creek Watershed, One Mile Creek is located near the downtown area and therefore receives an excessive amount of litter during Mardi Gras from urban stormwater runoff. The goal of the project is to help the City of Mobile “Move Toward a Litter Free Mardi Gras” by organizing a series of large-scale debris removals on the creek, implementing an extensive media campaign to raise public awareness and purchasing additional temporary litter barriers and concrete inlet screens to cover storm drains along parade routes. Mayor Sandy Stimpson looks forward to the impact this project will have on the city. “We applaud Mobile Baykeeper for continuing this effort to prevent litter and safeguard our precious waterways. This project will address a neglected waterway and restore it to its historic significance,” he says. The project kicks off with a community cleanup and debris removal on October 28.

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Wind Turbines Kill Winged Creatures Wind turbines make cleaner energy, but are dangerous to birds and bats. According to a study in the Wildlife Society Bulletin, approximately 573,000 birds and 888,000 bats are killed annually by wind turbines, which are providing increased wind power capacity nationwide. At one solar power plant in California, an estimated 3,500 birds died in just the plant’s first year of operation. What would help most is offshore turbines and knowledge about migration routes. The safest place for wind turbines is in the ocean, because songbirds and bats don’t migrate over such waters. On land, many songbirds fly at night and can’t see the wind turbines until it’s too late. Once they’ve discovered the unsafe area, they avoid it. Because migration routes are based on availability of food, water and resting areas, birds are forced to fly around the turbines, adding miles to their trip and the burning of more calories. Estimates of just how many bats are dying each year range from the tens of thousands to hundreds of thousands. Radar installations help to keep bats away from the deadly blades. Other remedies include slowing the blades at night to reduce collisions, which has proved to reduce overall wildlife deaths by 73 percent. In 2016 the American Wind Energy Association announced voluntary guidelines to halt turbines during low wind speeds, when bats are most active, to reduce bat fatalities by 30 percent. With two more industry changes, bat fatalities could drop 90 percent: feathering, or turning the blades parallel to the wind so the turbines don’t rotate; and higher cut-in speeds so they don’t rotate in light winds. Take action at 14

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Columbus Day Renamed to Honor First Peoples Many people feel that Christopher Columbus is partly responsible for the genocide of Native Americans, and bestowing him a day of celebration adds insult to injury. In a progressive move, the Anadarko City Council, in Oklahoma, unanimously voted to change Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples’ Day—observed this year on October 9. City employees get the holiday off, and other municipalities in Oklahoma have followed suit.

Innovative Building Material Trumps Concrete Concrete and steel allow us to build immense houses, skyscrapers and dams, but in 2012, the U.S. Energy Information Administration determined that cement manufacturing uses more energy than any other industry. A new substitute process of growing biodegradable bricks via millions of bacteriadepositing chemicals, similar to the way coral grows, is now coming into use. The bacteria are injected into a brick mold with an aggregate material such as sand. After a short time, the bacteria turn it into a solid brick. Not only is this a renewable resource, it uses relatively little energy and is a viable option for future methods of construction, including terraforming other planets ( BuildingMaterials).

Migrating Trees Forests Shift West with Climate Change The consequences of climate change are impacting plant species in unanticipated, but logical ways; for instance, conifers and other needle trees are moving northward because they are more sensitive to temperature than flowering, deciduous trees. They already populate the boreal forest of eastern North America, so they’re well-adapted to expand into colder, drier conditions. Individual trees can’t move, but populations can shift over time as saplings expand into a new region while older growth dies in another. A new study published in Science Advances also shows that about three-quarters of tree species common to eastern American forests, including white oaks, sugar maples and American holly, have shifted their population centers westward since 1980 due to drier conditions in the East. Global warming has significantly altered rainfall totals. Songlin Fei, a professor of forestry at Purdue University, in West Lafayette, Indiana, and one of the study authors, observes, “Different species are responding to climate change differently. Most of the broadleaf species of deciduous trees are following moisture that’s moving westward.” Changes in land use, conservation efforts, wildfire frequency and the arrival of pests and blights all play parts in shifting populations. Forest ecosystems are defined as much by the mix of species and the interaction between them as by the simple presence of many trees. If different species migrate in different directions, then ecological communities could eventually collapse.

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TRAVEL Outer Adventures, Inner Journeys by April Thompson

An open-hearted journey can take unexpected paths. More travelers today are searching for deep and lasting changes in their view of themselves and the world.

Declare Your Intentions

Cousineau suggests that travelers prepare to open their thinking by reading about the history, culture and geography of a place, and then continue to learn en route by talking to locals for insight rather than relying only on a guidebook. “Make yourself vulnerable. Ask questions and be humble. Talk to your waiter or cab driver about their lives and conditions in their country. Those that become most delighted and transformed by their experiences are the most curious,” observes Cousineau. Anna Pollock, of London, England, founder of Conscious Travel and a sustainable travel expert, elaborates on potential results. “Travelers may see the world and their part in it differently or feel greater clarity, peace, freedom or hope. For some, it’s about insights into their personal purpose. Others may return with a deeper sense of connectedness or feeling of mastery that comes from trying something completely new.” Jake Haupert, of Seattle, owner of Evergreen Escapes International, cofounded the Transformational Travel Council to help people embark on such life-altering journeys, and translate “Aha!” moments on the road into meaningful changes back home. He has witnessed individuals undergo radical shifts from changing careers to becoming parents. One couple was so moved by their experiences on an African safari that they adopted their first child from Kenya.


Attention and intention are the main ingredients for transformative travel for Phil Cousineau, acclaimed author of The Art of Pilgrimage. “Ask yourself what is motivating the journey: Are you going just to check something off your bucket list because you read about it or are you going because your grandma told you how magical her visit there was in the 1920s? Are you going because you’re at a crossroads in your life, marriage or work?” queries Cousineau. Naming your intention helps open up the heart and psyche for transformation. Cousineau recommends sharing our choice beforehand with a friend or even a casual acquaintance. Writing it down can also unpack those yearnings and understand the pull to a place.

Part of the intention setting is clarifying what we hope to accomplish through making a journey, suggests Nathaniel Boyle, creator of The Travelers podcast and the travel platform Holocene that facilitates community among transformation-seeking travelers. It might be climbing a mountain with our spouse to strengthen a marriage, or taking a cooking class in Italy or a basket weaving workshop in Indonesia to rekindle a sense of fresh input and creative expression.

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cally, travel can feel like torture at times, and some travelers feel unhappy, unprepared, bored or disappointed,” remarks Cousineau. “But the flip side is that travels can stretch us, just like a medieval rack.” If you have stretch goals, you can build them into an itinerary, advises Haupert, whether it’s getting up the courage to skydive or negotiating a purchase in a foreign street market.

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If we truly want to know the secret of soulful traveling, we need to believe there is something sacred waiting to be discovered in virtually every journey. ~Phil Cousineau

Move Beyond Comfort

“Travel can serve as a vehicle for expansive personal growth. Through it, we learn to explore the world and ourselves,” Boyle observes. “When you venture outside the controlled environment of prepackaged trips for tourists to face difficult decisions and confusing and chaotic situations that require problem solving, that’s where real change can occur,” says Haupert. “My 12,000-mile journey from Washington, D.C., to Antarctica was transformative in so many ways,” says journalist Andrew Evans, author of The Black Penguin memoir. “I’m a geographer by training and spent four years studying maps, but I never understood the true size of the world until I traveled across it on a Greyhound bus. I now see the world as much smaller and much more accessible. The trip made me a stronger, more confident person, and less afraid of what other people think of me; it also made me want to keep traveling.” “Travel comes from the word travail, to labor, and trip from tripalium, Latin for a medieval torture rack. Metaphori-

To heighten experiential awareness while traveling, build fewer to-dos into an itinerary, the experts recommend. “Immerse yourself in a place. Leave time for unplanned explorations, rather than bouncing between destinations without space for spontaneity and restful reflection,” says Haupert. “Also build in time for meditation, yoga, simple relaxation or other intentionally restorative moments in-between the high-intensity peak experiences.” Haupert suggests staging a ceremonial start to a journey, such as a special dinner or bike ride upon arrival. Similarly, Cousineau recommends starting a new journal on every journey, to ceremoniously start anew in one’s thinking. Engaging in ritual can also help awaken the traveler, says Cousineau. He suggests walking in silence as we approach a sacred site, or physically engaging with it, as pilgrims might do when they palm the feet of a Buddha statue or press their forehead to the Wailing Wall. Sacred sites are fertile ground for transformative experiences, says Lori Erickson, an Episcopal deacon, travel writer and author of Holy Rover: Journeys in Search of Mystery, Miracles, and God, a memoir of her trips to a dozen of the world’s holy sites. “So many people have prayed and opened their hearts in a holy place that you can feel the energy,” she says. Erickson suggests that travelers seek out hallowed ground from different traditions, which can help heal divides among people of divergent faiths. “The art and architecture of holy sites are beautiful manifestations of spiritual longing and human creativity. These places have the power to move you, regardless of your own spiritual background.”

Journey Jump-Offs Here’s a short list of resources to inspire transformative adventuring. n The blog at explores Cambodia’s sacred Buddhist sites.   n Evergreen Escapes at Evergreen specializes in unforgettable locales tailored to the traveler’s inner calling.   n “The Travelers” podcast via features stories and advice from 200-plus changemakers on topics ranging from creativity, fear and gratitude to travel-related careers.   n Muddy Shoe Adventures at offers small-group trips that challenge participants with combinations of physical activities and cultural experiences.   n connects people through shared spiritual adventures like mind-body healing and immersion in nature.   n Phil Cousineau ( hosts writer’s retreats, literary tours and pilgrimages to historic sacred sites.   n Responsible Travel at Responsible offers socially and environmentally conscious tours to all seven continents, including small-ship cruises to more authentic, lesserknown ports of call.   n Transformational Travel Council’s website conveys uplifting stories, a travelers’ forum and other tools for changeseekers.                                                                                 n World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms ( links volunteers with organic farmers to help build a sustainable global community.

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When you give while traveling, you often get back even more, says Cousineau. “A pilgrim never travels empty-handed. Bring gifts; even postcards from home can make a meaningful connection.” He recently brought baseball equipment along on a group tour he led to give to kids in baseball-crazed Cuba. Giving appreciation is as important as tangible mementos, he notes. “Gratitude makes transformation possible; that’s what modern people are longing for, to be touched.” Boyle suggests that finding ways to give back can unlock unique opportunities. Quinn Vanderberg and Jonathon Button, guests on Boyle’s podcast, left stable lives and jobs in California for Nicaragua in 2012 with only their travel bags and a shared dream. Brainstorming a vision for a new life together, the 25-yearold pair had realized, “We wanted life to be filled with travel, culture and people, and to make an impact along the way,” says Vanderburg. “We went knowing we wanted to create a social venture, but first wanted to see what was really needed by the community.”

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Adventure travelers named transformation and an expanded worldview as top motives for their explorations. ~Adventure Travel Trade Association They went on to partner with local educational nonprofits and artisans to launch Life Out of the Box, a line of clothing and accessories modeled after Toms’ “Buy one, give one” business model. For every product sold, the entrepreneurs donate

Starting with a moment of reflection before departing a place, take advantage of a trip’s afterglow to recall insights learned, gel memories, share insights and move to make changes stick. Haupert sees this as a good time to develop an action plan to “express gratitude for the journey and create a framework for your homecoming.” Then, take a day to reflect upon returning home before jumping back into work or other obligations, internalizing your experience and integrating your “traveler self” back into normalcy. It might involve a trip to the spa, an afternoon of journaling or organizing trip photos, suggests Haupert. “Resist the urge to check emails the minute the plane touches down or start planning the next trip. Take time to remember the journey and see your home turf with fresh eyes,” adds Cousineau. The returned pilgrim has a responsibility to memorialize the journey, an ancient



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tradition of Judeo-Christian and Islamic faiths, advises Cousineau. The San Francisco writer traveled with a group on foot from Louisville, Kentucky, to Thomas Merton’s Abbey of Our Lady of Gethsemani, near Bardstown, Kentucky, to celebrate the legacy of Merton and Mahatma Gandhi. One of the women inked a footprint from each of 100-plus travelers, sewing them into a quilt to commemorate the pilgrimage. Chronicling the journey can be as simple as a dinner party with friends to share what we have learned, says Cousineau, but suggests that travelers engage attendees to also contribute their own stories and reflections. “We have a choice upon returning; do nothing and just let that experience fade or own it for ourselves,” concurs Boyle. “It’s incumbent to extract the meaning of our experiences and find a way to express them, whether through a photo series, article, painting or video. The traveler’s ‘third act’ of creativity after preparation and execution is how we process change.”

Close Encounters Eager for a transformative adventure without traveling afar? Here are some ideas for exploring cultures and connecting with others closer to home. 4 Attend festivals celebrating varied cultures in your local community. Every spring in Washington, D.C., embassies showcase the cuisine, art and history of 70 countries. Frackville, Pennsylvania’s 103-year-old Lithuanian Days is the oldest ethnic festival in the country. 4 Host a traveling cyclist and hear tales from the trails via WarmShowers. org, a hospitality exchange for 90,000 touring cyclists and hosts. 4 Take advantage of local, state and national parks, including 88 ocean and coastal parks within the National Park Service ( Along with wilderness sites, the service also stewards important cultural heritage sites nationwide. 4 Find a spiritual retreat center at 4 Overnight on an organic farm. Visit to sample what’s in season in the region. 4 Meet and host individual travelers via, a network of 11 million globetrotters in 150,000 cities.

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NATURE’S CLASSROOM Outdoor Learning Engages the Whole Child by Meredith Montgomery

Nature-based schools provide a child-centered, guided discovery approach to early learning that appeals to kids, parents and teachers and offers far-ranging benefits.


or youngsters at Tiny Trees Preschool, in Seattle, nature is their classroom—rain or shine; tuition even includes a rain suit and insulated rubber boots. At Schlitz Audubon Nature Preschool, in Milwaukee, children use downed wood to build forts and fires; students of Vermont's Educating Children Outdoors (ECO) program use spray bottles of colored water to spell words in snow; and after Tiny Tree preschoolers bake mud pies they figure out how many cuts are needed for everyone to get a slice (learning about triangles in the process).

Forest Schools Based on the publicly funded forest kindergarten model used by Scandinavian countries since 1995, Tiny Trees encompasses seven urban park locations throughout the city, ranging from 15 to 160 acres. With no buildings, playgrounds or commercially produced 22

furniture and 30 percent less overhead, “We can make exceptional education affordable,” remarks CEO Andrew Jay. “Most of the day is spent exploring the forest. If children see salmon in the stream, we observe them from a bridge, and then search out the headwaters to see where they’re coming from,” explains Jay.

Nature Preschools The launch of Earth Day in 1970 and America’s nature center movement in the 1960s yielded another immersive naturebased model that includes indoor learning. The preschool at the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design-certified Schlitz Audubon Nature Center includes three nature-focused indoor classrooms and three outdoor areas—two with manmade structures like a slide and picnic tables, and one left completely natural. Founding Director Patti Bailie says the chil-

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dren spend most of their day outside and teachers can take them beyond the play areas to explore 185 acres of prairie, forest, wetlands and lakefront beach habitats.

Public School Programs ECO currently collaborates with seven Vermont public schools from preschool to high school, offering year-long programs for students in inquiry-based outdoor learning for up to four hours a week. “We immerse ourselves in nature with a 10-minute hike into the forest,” says program coordinator Melissa Purdy. Students first learn safety protocols and how to set up camp. Introducing skill-appropriate tools, preschoolers whittle sticks, third-graders build teepees and lean-tos, and high school students build bridges across streams.

Building Resiliency Sharing space with insects and plants requires special safety protocols and preparation, but the injury rate of outdoor learning is no higher than that of indoor schools. “Children are building risk literacy—they climb trees, but only to safe heights; they step on wet rocks, but learn how to do so without falling,” says Jay. Classrooms without walls work because students have a sense of freedom within reasonable boundaries.

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Parents and teachers often describe nature preschool students as being more observant, confident, inquisitive and engaged.

“In winter, we dress warmly and do more hiking to generate body heat. We use picnic shelters in heavy rains. Children don’t have anxiety about the future—rain means puddles to splash in and snow means building snowmen,” says Jay.

Developing the Whole Child Outdoor learning naturally creates knowledge of local ecosystems, environmental stewards and a sense of place, but teachers also observe many other developmental benefits.

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At the Magnolia Nature School, at Camp McDowell, in Nauvoo, Alabama, Madeleine Pearce’s agile and surefooted preschoolers can hike three miles. Located in a rural county with a 67 percent poverty rate, the school partners with Head Start to secure tuition-free opportunities for families. Pearce attests how exploring the 1,100acre property fosters language skills. “With less teacher instruction, children have more time to talk freely with each other.” Instead of loudly calling kids in, Purdy uses bird calls or a drum, which fosters a sense of peace and respect. During daily sit time students observe themselves as a part of nature. “As birds sing and wildlife appears, children see the rewards of quiet and stillness, so self-regulation becomes natural,” agrees Bailie.

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rinkley Hutchings’ vision for Nature Connect formed when she began wondering who would care for the planet if children lack a connection to the outdoors. “I spent my childhood outside and I want to help foster the next generation of scientists and environmental stewards,” she says. Nature Connect offers preschool, homeschool, after school programs, family programs and camps in Baldwin County to cultivate a sense of wonder, a love for learning and an appreciation of the natural world. Kids unplug from technology and explore the outdoors to reconnect with each other and the world around them. With lots of educational fun and play, students learn about animal tracking, bird language, sensory awareness, storytelling, plant and animal identification, and primitive skills and crafts. Hutchings says, “I’ve seen children in our programs go from refusing to sit on

the ground to diving into bushes during a game, and from being scared of spiders to excitedly showing a beautiful web to her new friend.” Studies show that time spent in nature increases attention span, ability to concentrate, self-esteem, creativity, critical thinking and problem-solving skills. Children who spend more time outdoors and who participate in cooperative group activities also tend to have healthier relationships with friends and family.

Bailie sees how children in forest kindergartens express better motor skills, physical development and cognitive abilities than those restricted to traditional playgrounds. Natural playscapes change with the season, are sensory-rich and provide extra oxygen to the brain—all factors that correlate to brain development. Such benefits are reported in Brain-Based Learning by Eric Jensen, Brain Rules by John J. Medina and the Early Childhood Education Journal. Outdoor preschools also foster microbial exposure, essential for healthy immune system development. “Without this exposure, children are at increased risk for developing allergies, asthma, irritable bowel disease, obesity and diabetes later in life,” says B. Brett Finlay, Ph.D., author of Let Them Eat Dirt, which cites supporting science. Kindergarten readiness is a goal of all preschools, but Pearce doesn’t believe a traditional academic focus is required. “By putting nature first, children are socially and emotionally ready for kindergarten,” she says. “They know how to conquer challenges and are ready to take on academics.” “Our programs are not only about connecting with nature, but also about nurturing the children to be healthy and vibrant individuals,” Hutchings explains. “We support children to be kind and generous members of the community, empower them to navigate life’s challenges and create the space for them to experience the joys of being alive.” Enrollment is now open. For more information, call 251-747-7846 or visit

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ature journal content is highly personal, ranging from scientific species accounts to wildlife-inspired stories. With just a notebook, pencil and fully engaged senses, nature enthusiasts of all ages can foster observation skills, creativity and outdoor exploration. Prompt open-ended questions. “Nature journals encourage children to ask questions and search for answers,” says Tiny Trees Preschool CEO Andrew Jay, of Seattle. Ask why flowers are blooming, how slugs suddenly appeared and what type of tree a leaf came from. Build upon findings with drawings and notes. Make a sound map. Project Learning Tree, a nationwide environmental education program funded by the American Forest Association, suggests drawing an “X” in the middle of the page to represent where the child is sitting. Then use pictures, shapes or words to show the relative locations of surrounding sounds. Consider the macro perspective. Vermont’s Outdoor Education Coordinator Melissa Purdy shows students close-up shots of moss or sticks without revealing what the abstract image is. Students note what they observe and wonder as they try to solve the mystery. Alternatively, challenge children to draw their own macro images by looking at an object with a magnifying glass.

“We are innately connected to nature, but need to provide opportunities to make that connection,” says Patti Bailie, former assistant director of Antioch University’s nature-based Early Childhood certificate program, in Keene, New Hampshire. Here’s how. Get wild at home. Hang bird feeders, grow wildlife-attracting plants, start a compost pile and designate an area of the yard for natural play where kids can dig and the grass isn’t mowed. Explore a forest instead of a playground. Without swing sets and toys, children create imaginative play, build forts and climb trees. Incorporate active transportation into the family routine. Walk, bike or paddle. Rain gear and flashlights enable rainy and after-dark explorations. Find a sit spot. Give children the time and space to write and draw freely in their journal as they sit quietly in nature. “Return to the same spot regularly and see how things have changed,” advises Patti Bailie, a professor of early childhood education at the University of Maine, in Farmington. If kids are too busy exploring and learning while outside, reflections can be captured once they’re back inside, too.

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Choosing a Chiropractor How to Find the Best One by Marlaina Donato


hiropractic medicine is known for its non-surgical approach to chronic pain and other musculoskeletal conditions, but also has much more to offer. However, finding the right doctor can be as daunting as shopping for a comfortable pair of shoes. Here, three reputable practitioners talk about securing individualized care and getting the most out of chiropractic.

Address Specific Needs

Clarifying the desired outcome is helpful, because some clients are just looking for a quick fix to reduce pain, while others may be seeking overall better health, lasting wellness and an improved quality of life. “Due to insurance issues, we’ve become known as pain doctors, but that’s not the full extent of chiropractic,” explains Dr. Michelle Robin, owner of Your Wellness Connection and the educational website, in Shawnee, Kansas. “Also, you can see more than one chiropractor, as each has their own strength.” Dr. Michael Aho, of Crosstown Chiropractic, in Chicago, agrees. “Chiropractic care encompasses many

styles, so one of the biggest variables is the type of treatment the doctor uses. Most offices commonly treat neck, mid-back and low back pain. If you have a specific shoulder, knee or foot problem, you may want to find a doctor that frequently treats those issues. If you are pregnant, choose a chiropractor that has experience working with pregnant women.” “There are more than 140 different chiropractic techniques. Some are light touch, while others are aggressive. Some are hands-on and some use instruments for adjusting. It’s important that the doctor’s approach resonates with your nature,” advises Dr. Jackie St.Cyr of the Innate Chiropractic Healing Arts Center, in Houston. Robin advises that sitting in a doctor’s reception room to just observe and trusting our intuition is helpful before moving forward with a consultation.

Ask Questions

First, find out if a chiropractor has embraced either a conventional medical or holistic model, and then delve more deeply to find the right approach and level of care. “Ask how long a doctor

has practiced and their governing philosophy. Do they treat the full spine or focus on the point of pain, and what range of techniques do they apply? You want them to know your spine before they adjust it; make sure they conduct a new patient exam,” suggests St.Cyr. An exam may include a thermography scan and X-rays. Helpful questions include what to expect during the initial visit, recommended frequency of treatment, the desired doctor’s office hours and how treatment might benefit a particular condition. Because most chiropractic offices offer compatible treatments, also ask about complementary modalities such as acupuncture, massage therapy, heat therapy, and interferential current therapy using minute electrical pulses for deep tissue pain relief.

Be Consistent

“You shouldn’t expect instant results,” says Aho. “You’ll benefit the most if you don’t wait too long after first experiencing symptoms of a problem before starting treatment, and are consistent with your treatment.” Being proactive can foster good results. St.Cyr concurs, stating, “When patients follow their chiropractor’s recommended routine of regular corrective care, they get the best results. Be consistent with visits and do your customized spinal exercises; they’ve been proven to work.” Robin expounds that not following through with homecare is a common pitfall for patients. “Like dental care, you always need to do something for your spine every day, be it stretching, other exercise or good nutrition.” She notes that everyone’s response to chiropractic is different. “Be realistic. If you’ve experienced injuries or accidents, it will take longer, and your healing might look different from that of someone else that is free of injuries and follows a healthier diet. Sometimes people give up on chiropractic instead of finding a chiropractor that is good for them. You wouldn’t give up going to the dentist, and the same should apply to chiropractic care.” Marlaina Donato is a freelance writer, author and multimedia artist. Connect at

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BUILDING BETTER BONES Bouncing, Leaping and Lunging Our Way to Bone Health by Kathleen Barnes

Success in the quest for stronger bones is possible at any age. “Peak bone strength is reached by the age of 30, so it’s vital for young people to engage in dynamic impact movement through their teen years and 20s,” says Sherri Betz, chair of the American Physical Therapy Association bone health group, a doctor of physical therapy and geriatric-certified specialist with a private practice in Santa Cruz, California. Engaging in sports during our youthful developing years helps build strong, wide and dense bones that will carry us well into old age, literally giving us a firmer base to stand on. It’s paramount to encourage children and young people to be physically active and for us all to continue with athletic activities throughout adulthood to preserve the bone health peak we reach at age 30.

“Bone responds to exercise much like muscle,” explains Larry Tucker, Ph.D., professor of exercise sciences at Brigham Young University, in Provo, Utah. “Bone doesn’t grow, per se, but like muscle, it does get denser and stronger according to the stresses and strains put on it.” “The key is to put a heavy load on bones to stimulate them to grow,”

Optimal Bone Exercises

“Adulthood is a perfectly good time to start building and improving bone fitness and health. The outcome is just a little bit less,” says Steven A. Hawkins, Ph.D., a professor of exercise science at California Lutheran University, in Thousand Oaks. 26

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Best Bone Test The most common way of testing bone density is a DEXA (dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry) scan. The result is called a T-score and is one case where a zero is perfect. A score of +1.0 to -1.0 is considered normal. A score between -1.0 and -2.5 is considered osteopenia, or weakened bones. A score lower than -2.5 indicates some level of osteoporosis. The National Osteoporosis Foundation recommends bone density testing for women and men older than 65 and 70, respectively, and those that are petite, prone to breaking bones or have other risk factors. For more information, visit


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Hawkins notes. Standing exercises are recommended, because the bones most likely to benefit from strengthening exercise are 30 targeted leg and hip bones, says Tucker. “Surprising the bone is your best bet,” points out Betz. The most highly recommended exercises involve those that require changing directions, bouncing and leaping—from basketball to lively dances, and even some intense yoga postures. Hopping and jumping are probably the best way to strengthen bones, but must be done in the proper way, according to Tucker and others. Research by Tucker’s team published in the American Journal of Health Promotion studied the effects of jumping on hip bone density in premenopausal women. It may seem counterintuitive, but Tucker reports that most benefits are gained from jumping as high as possible, resting 30 seconds and repeating up to 10 times twice a day in intervals at least eight hours apart. “If you jump continuously, the exercise loses effectiveness pretty quickly,” he says. Those that enjoy circuit training should do something else during the 30-second rests between repetitions, Tucker advises. Because it’s the jolt of jumping that stimulates bone strength, using a mini-trampoline or another cushioning device to lessen impact on the body won’t increase bone density. Betz cautions against starting a jumping program too quickly. “Proper alignment, balance and body awareness

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come first,” she says. “Do 20 to 25 heel raises in a row, a full squat with good alignment and a full lunge to ready the body for a jumping program.” Such strengthening safeguards against falling and injury.

Walking Isn’t It

Walking, running, weight training and other repetitive exercises don’t improve bone density, says Hawkins. “Walk and do other repetitive exercises for cardiovascular health and general fitness. While these might help maintain current bone strength, they won’t improve bone density.” Walking reduced the risk of hip fracture by 41 percent for postmenopausal women walking four hours a week, with fewer falls due to improved strength, balance and other factors per the Journal of the American Medical Association. Numerous studies confirm that exercise of any kind keeps us healthy, but for bone health, the answer is to start weight-bearing exercises early and sustain the practice for a lifetime. Kathleen Barnes is a health writer and author of The Calcium Lie II: What Your Doctor Still Doesn’t Know, with Dr. Robert Thompson. Connect at


Yoga for Bones Yoga doesn’t involve bouncing or jumping for the most part, but it can be helpful in maintaining strong bones, says Sherri Betz, a Santa Cruz, California, physical therapist and Pilates and yoga instructor. “Poses, including tree, chair, warrior, triangle, half moon and sun salute, need to be as dynamic as possible and focus on leg strengthening and spine extension."

OSTEOGENIC LOADING: A Simple and Effective Solution for Increased Bone Density


ccording to the International Osteoporosis Foundation, one in two women and one in five men over age 50 will suffer from an osteoporotic bone fracture. Unfortunately, most people don’t realize osteoporosis is a problem until they break a bone. Bones are constantly rebuilding, but bone density plummets with age, as bones disappear faster than they rebuild. Compiled research from 152 peerreviewed studies relating to bone-building modalities and their impact on postmenopausal women shows that the most effective solution for building significant bone mass without drugs or risk of injury is osteogenic loading. The concept is based on a very brief type of exercise that triggers natural bone growth. Osteogenic loading is most effective through a series of specially designed movements that are simple enough for even those in their 80s and 90s to experience the benefits of stronger bones, plus increased strength and balance. The overall science behind osteogenic loading has been well researched and known for quite some time, but until 2006, the technology to make it available to the average consumer wasn’t available. Wellness company OsteoStrong began offering its patented osteogenic loading system in September 2012, and thousands of people have experienced the benefits since then. Many have quit their osteoporosis medications, experienced total osteoporosis reversal, and several over the age of 60 are showing bone density scores equivalent to people in their 30s. For more information, see ad, page 11.

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Fermented Foods Revival Rediscover Probiotic-Rich Foods by Judith Fertig

Colorful jars of fermented Korean kimchee, Indian chutney, German sauerkraut and bottles of kombucha line many grocery store shelves today. We’re in the midst of a fermented food revival.

Grassroots Groundswell

“I grew up in New York City as the grandson of immigrants from Belarus, and sauerkraut and pickles were common foods I always loved, but neither my grandparents nor anyone else I knew made them,” says Sandor Katz. This Woodbury, Tennessee, writer who travels the world giving related workshops is credited with bringing fermented foods back into the limelight. He explains, “I am self-taught and learned to ferment by experimentation. It was that first successful batch of sauerkraut that sparked my obsession. I also love cheese, beer, chocolate, coffee, yogurt and many other products of fermentation.” Kirsten and Christopher Shockey, the authors of Fermented Vegetables: Creative Recipes for Fermenting 64 Vegetables &

Herbs in Krauts, Kimchis, Brined Pickles, Chutneys, Relishes & Pastes, homestead in Oregon’s Jackson Valley. “A fateful Christmas gift—a ceramic crock full of bubbling, fermenting cabbage under the tree, funky fermenty smell and all,” first piqued their interest, Kirsten recalls. “Eventually, we started our own small farmstead fermentation company.” Christopher explains that the combination of salt and shredded or chopped vegetables can launch the production of probiotic lactic acid bacteria that preserves the food and drives off “bad bacteria”. Jennifer McGruther, who lives in the Pacific Northwest, is the author of The Nourished Kitchen cookbook, an offshoot of her blog of the same name. Her first batch of fermented food was

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yogurt. Now she visits her local farmers’ market every Saturday before spending Sunday prepping foods for the rest of the week. “Traditional foods like fermented vegetables, yogurt or kombucha don’t take long to prepare; they take time to culture, but it’s so rewarding,” she says.


How Much Is Enough?

Fermented foods offer a variety of positive effects on health. “If you’re consuming a diet rich in fermented foods, you’re essentially bathing your GI tract in healthy, food-related organisms,” says food research scientist Robert Hutkins, Ph.D., a professor at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Fermented foods with live probiotics can also improve brain function, according to a study in the journal Gastroenterology. Fermented foods are meant to be eaten as condiments, not consumed in large quantities. Overdoing such intake might cause bloating, cramping and other digestion problems. Dr. Leonard Smith, a gastrointestinal and vascular surgeon and medical advisor for the University of Miami Department of Integrative Medicine, recommends “a half-cup of cultured vegetables or two ounces of your favorite probiotic liquid per day to start.” He says it’s possible to eventually work up to having a serving of cultured vegetables and probiotic liquids at every meal, or possibly as a between-meal snack. Christopher Shockey adds, “We don’t see these foods as a ‘medicine’ to be eaten daily because you have to force yourself; instead, we see it as a fun, delicious, easy, healthful addition to mealtime.” Judith Fertig writes cookbooks and foodie fiction from Overland Park, KS (

Locally-Brewed Kombucha is Gateway to Gut Health


ine years ago, Amanda Webb bought her first bottle of kombucha at Fairhope Health Foods. She fell in love with the distinct taste, and now her own small batch Wild Magnolia Kombucha is sold on the very same shelves. Webb often hears, “What in the world is kombucha?” Kombucha (pronounced as Kom-boo-cha) is a fermented tea comprised of organic teas, organic cane sugar and a symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast (SCOBY). During fermentation, the SCOBY consumes the sugar to produce a tart, effervescent beverage rich in B-vitamins, enzymes, probiotics and acids—all aiding a healthier digestion and detoxification of free radicals in the body. “I have tried to make Wild Magnolia Kombucha more palatable than what is available in supermarkets because I often hear how vinegar-tasting kombucha is,” says Webb. “I want people to love kombucha because if they enjoy the taste, they get to enjoy the wonderful benefits.” Wild Magnolia’s handcrafted brews maintain a unique taste and are flavored with nourishing foods for body and soul. Watermelon, cilantro and jalapeño were paired together for a summer seasonal flavor, while apple, pear and rosemary are married for a fall option. Webb’s main brews include the refreshingly tart Lemon-Ginger and a smooth Matcha Zing (matcha and lemon) and all flavors are available in 12-, 16- and 32-ounce bottles and kegs. Kombucha kits are also available for those wanting to learn how to brew at home. For more information, see ad, page 31.

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½ green cabbage 1 to 2 carrots 1 green apple, cored and quartered One 2-inch piece fresh ginger ½ cayenne chili ½ small purple or red onion One 2-inch piece fresh turmeric 3 Tbsp unrefined fine or 6 Tbsp unrefined coarse sea salt 1 quart (or liter) filtered water Use a food processor with a coarse grating blade to shred the cabbage, carrots, apple, ginger, chili, onion and turmeric. (Consider wearing food-safe gloves to avoid touching the chili.) Transfer to a crock or a large glass or ceramic bowl, and mix well. In a pitcher or large measuring cup, dissolve the salt in the water, stirring if necessary to dissolve the salt. Pour the saltwater over the salsa mixture until all ingredients are submerged, leaving a couple of inches at the top for expansion. Place a snug-fitting plate inside the crock or bowl over the salsa-water mixture; then weigh it down with food-safe weights or a bowl or jar of water, so the vegetables remain submerged under the brine as they ferment. Cover with a lid or a cloth, and allow it to ferment five to seven days, checking periodically to ensure the salsa is still submerged below the water line. If any mold forms on the surface, simply scoop it out. It won’t spoil the salsa unless it gets deeper inside the crock. (It may form where the mixture meets the air, but it rarely forms deeper.) After one week, put the salsa in jars or a bowl, cover and place in the fridge, where it usually lasts up to a year.

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Fermented Chopped Salad Yields: about 6 cups Unlike other salads, this version stores for many months in the fridge. Serve on its own or toss it in vinaigrette and serve over brown rice for a quick and nutritious rice bowl dinner. 1 radish, finely chopped ½ small onion, finely chopped 1 turnip, chopped into ½-inch chunks 1 carrot, chopped into ½-inch chunks 3 small apples, chopped into ½-inch chunks Handful of green beans, cut into 1-inch lengths 1 rutabaga, chopped into ½-inch chunks 1 to 2 grape leaves, kale leaves or other large leafy greens (optional) 3 Tbsp unrefined fine or 6 Tbsp unrefined coarse sea salt 1 quart (or liter) filtered water

Traditional kefir is made with cow’s milk, but can be made with plantbased milks like cashew, almond, sunflower seed or coconut. The sweetener feeds the kefir microbes, leaving minimal sugar in the end product. The grains will grow over time; only about one tablespoon of kefir grains is needed to keep the kefir going; remove the extras to eat, give to friends or add to compost. 1 quart (or liter) filtered water ½ cup raw, unsalted cashews 1 tsp coconut sugar, pure maple syrup or agave nectar 1 Tbsp kefir grains (a natural starter, available at health food stores and online) Mandarin sections for garnish (optional) Use a blender to blend the water, cashews and coconut sugar (or maple syrup or agave nectar) until it’s smooth and creamy. Pour the cashew milk into a 1½- to 2-quart glass jar, making sure it is less than two-thirds full. Add the kefir grains, stir and then place the cap on the jar.

Leave the jar at room temperature for 24 to 48 hours, gently shaking it periodically. The cashew milk will become somewhat bubbly, then will begin to coagulate and separate; shake it to remix the kefir or scoop out the thicker curds and use them like soft cheese or sour cream. Refrigerate up to one week. When ready to serve, pour the kefir into a glass and garnish the rim with mandarin orange sections, if desired. Recipes and photos are courtesy of Michelle Schoffro Cook and New World Library; visit

In a medium bowl, mix the radish, onion, turnip, carrot, apples, green beans and rutabaga; then transfer to a small crock. Place the grape leaves or other leafy greens on top of the chopped ingredients to help hold them under the brine; then weigh the mix down with foodsafe weights or a jar or bowl of water. In a pitcher or large measuring cup, dissolve the salt in the water, stirring if necessary to dissolve the salt. Pour the brine over the salad, cover with a lid or cloth, and let ferment for one week. Remove the covering, weights and grape leaves or other leafy greens. Dish out into jars or a bowl, cover and refrigerate, where the salad should last six to 12 months.

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For significant savings, use ingredients with a lower water footprint. “Be conscientious about food purchases,” advises Gene Baur, president and co-founder of the nonprofit Farm Sanctuary, in Watkins Glen, New York, and Orland and Los Angeles, California. “Choosing plant foods instead of animal products can make a huge difference. Estimates show that one person switching to a vegan diet can save at least 1,000 gallons of water every day.”

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Before landing on a plate, an eightounce steak will have necessitated 850 gallons of water, including growing and processing the animal’s food grain. The amount of water needed to produce a quarter-pound hamburger equals that of 30 average showers. “Dietary choices have environmental and ethical impacts,” agrees Michael Schwarz, founder of Hudson Valley Treeline Cheese, in Kingston, New York. “The carbon and water footprints of conventional dairy products are also enormous.” His company’s vegan cheeses are basically cashews, probiotic cultures and salt. Unlike American’s 10 million dairy cows, cashews aren’t injected with growth hormones, don’t emit methane and produce no waste runoff to pollute waterways.

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The Natural Resources Defense Council reports that Americans annually discard more than 35 million tons of uneaten food that costs local governments $1.5 billion annually in clean up and landfill

maintenance. Food waste contributes to climate change through the use of huge quantities of water, fertilizer, land and fuel to process, refrigerate and transport it. Plus, it emits methane gas as it decomposes. Reducing food waste can have a far-reaching impact. Applying simple household tips will help minimize waste: Protect all meat, poultry and fish along with dairy products like yogurt, sour cream and cottage cheese from bacteria by storing them in the original packaging until used; seal any leftovers in airtight containers. Wrap hard cheese in foil or waxed paper after opening. Keep fruits and vegetables separate and don’t wash before refrigerating to forestall mold. Activated oxygen, like that used in the small refrigerator appliance BerryBreeze, neutralizes bacteria and mold to keep stored foods fresh longer.

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Artist's Way Gathering – 6-8pm. A creative gathering of discussion, journaling and activities based on the book, The Artist's Way, by Julia Cameron. Bring the book and your journal. Light refreshments and activity supplies provided. Facilitated by Rebecca Washburn and Greta Bates. $15. From the Center, 22787 US Hwy 98, Bldg C-1, Fairhope. 251-9294634.


Usui Reiki Level I & II – 9am-5pm, Oct 28-29. Basic Usui Reiki -Level One is to give you the tools for self healing, Level Two increases your connection with the Reiki energy and you will learn to work on others in person and distantly. $300/$250 prepaid. Reiki Center of Fairhope, Fairhope, AL. 251-281-8811. ReikiCenterOfFairhope@gmail. com. Tea Time – 10:30am-12pm. Learn about the health benefits of tea, tea time customs and how to brew various teas. Plus, enjoy a holiday upcycle presentation. Led by Clare Chen of Zen Tea. Library Community Room, Daphne Library, Daphne, AL. 251-391-0109.


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Yoga for the Inner Warrior – 2-4pm. Join Catherine Teal, BA, RYT-200, in a series of strengthening and empowering poses designed to activate your inner warrior. Beginner-friendly, props provided. Call/text 251-377-8940 for details or to register. $25 by Oct 29; $30 after. Alabama Healing Arts, LLC. 6304 Cottage Hill Rd, Mobile, AL.


Port City Craftsmen 45th Arts & Crafts Show – 9am-5pm, Nov 17-19. Handmade crafts from local vendors. Admission $3, or $2 with 1 can good which will be donated to Feeding the Gulf Coast. Abba Shrine Auditorium, 7701 Hitt Road, Mobile, AL.


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sunday Discounts on Supplements – Every Sunday get 15% off supplements at Fairhope Health Foods (251-928-0644) and Virginia's Health Foods (251479-3952). 280 Eastern Shore Shopping Center, Fairhope, AL and 3055-A Dauphin St, Mobile, AL. Waterway Village Farmers Maket – 9am-2pm. Adjacent to Tacky Jacks. Farm grown produce, seafood, breads and pastries, homemade fruit pies, local honey, fresh salsa, seafood dips, fresh milk, cream and ice cream, bath products, artists and artisans. 251-7520194. Waterway Village, 101 E 24th Ave, Gulf Shores, AL. Center for Spiritual Living Service – 10am. Make every step, every choice, every word, a conscious one. Center for Spiritual Living, 1230 Montlimar, Mobile, AL. 251-343-0777. Open Table Worship Service (United Church of Christ) – 10:30am. Weekly progressive Christian worship. Gathering in the chapel at All Saints Episcopal Church, 151 S Ann St, Mobile, AL. 251-545-1011.

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

Unity Church of Gulfport Sunday Service – 10:30am. Join us for fun and lively Sunday mornings to hear Rev. Judy Voght give meaningful and spiritual messages to start your week and your life on an upbeat and positive path. Free. Unity of Gulfport, 1700 E Railroad St, Gulfport, MS.

AHA Gentle Yoga – Mon 9:30am/Thurs 5:45pm. Connect body-mind-spirit through movement, presence and breath. Beginner-friendly. Props provided. Register: Call/text 251-753-1937 for Mon; 251-382-7895 for Thurs. $10/class; $100/12-class pass. Alabama Healing Arts, 6304 Cottage Hill Rd, Mobile, AL.

Sunday Service – 10:30am. Explore a spiritual pathway with Mobile Unitarian Universalists, 6345 Old Shell Rd, Mobile, AL.

Gentle Yoga with Dana – 4:15-5:15pm. Join Dana for a calming yoga class to ease your stress and both soothe and quiet your mind. Find bliss in the land of "ahhhs" and experience the joy—leave feeling on top of the world! Synergy Yoga & Pilates, Mobile, AL. 251-473-1104.

Unity Christ Church Sunday Service – 11am. Tune in, turn on, tap into the loving presence of the Divine at Unity Christ Church. If you desire a nonjudgmental, open, supportive and loving spiritual community, Unity Christ Church of Mobile is here to inspire, uplift and celebrate the Divine. 5859 Cottage Hill Rd, Mobile, AL. 251-285-3440. Facebook. com/unityofmobile.

Doggie Happy Hour – 5-7pm. 1st Mon. A rescue networking event hosted by My Happy Dog 123. Bring your dog for drinks and live music while raising money for a local rescue foundation. Q&A with local vets. Free grain-free dog treats. Raffle prizes. Puppy photo booth. Free. OK Bicycle Shop, 661 Dauphin St, Mobile, AL. Viviane Hentschel: myhappydog123.

Baha'i's of Fairhope Diversity Devotions – 3-5pm. Every 4th Sunday. Join us in the coming together of people from diverse religions and backgrounds to celebrate our unity and strengthen the spiritual health of the community. Refreshments served immediately following the shared devotional program. 81 Magnolia Ave, Fairhope, AL. BahaisOfFairhope@

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co-parenting issues, positive parenting methods, money management and economic stability. Open to parents of children 18 and under. Also taught on Wednesday mornings. Family Center Baldwin County, 22671 Hwy 59 S, Robertsdale, AL. 251-947-4700.

tuesday 10% Off Facials – Tues & Thurs. Book your appointments at Wellness Spa of Ocean Springs on Tuesdays and Thursdays and receive 10% off of any facial treatment or microdermabrasion when you mention this listing. Excludes any other offers, coupons or specials. Ocean Springs, MS. 228-2094090.

Sunrise Yoga with Linda – 6-7am. Fall is finally here, so greet the sunrise with Linda Csaszar and take pleasure in some revitalizing morning yoga. Charge the body, ease stress and focus the mind as the day begins. Find joy in the movement. Also on Thursdays w/ Chris G. Synergy Yoga & Pilates, Mobile, AL. 251-473-1104. Fitness at Midlife and Beyond – 8:15-9:30am. Tues & Thurs. Free fitness classes held at Stimpson Field. Designed for exercisers at mid-life and beyond, these classes will include cardio, weights and a yoga-inspired stretch. Bring a mat and water. Stimpson Field Tennis Center, Morphy and Mershon, Fairhope, AL. 251-609-0504. PWestinScott@

Positive Parenting Classes – 9-11:30am. 8-week course focused on parenting techniques that work without using corporal punishment. Taught in our Baldwin County office as well as Mobile on Thursdays 9-11:30 am. The Family Center, 22671 Hwy 59 S, Robertsdale, AL. 251-947-4700. Kids101@ La Leche League Mobile Bay Area – 10:30am. Open to all women with an interest in learning about and supporting breastfeeding. Babies/children are welcome. Free. 251-689-2085. For location information or breastfeeding help contact 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, AL. 251634-8055. Farmers Market – 2-6pm, Tues. 9am-2pm, Sat. Farmers market offering direct farm sales to the public. Fresh seasonal produce, beef, pork, lamb, chicken, eggs, honey, jellies, baked goods, handcrafted soaps and local artistry. Open year round. Know your farmer. Coastal Alabama Farmers and Fishermans Market, 20733 Miflin Rd, Foley, AL. 251-709-4469.

Green Drinks Fairhope – 5-7pm. Every 2nd Tues. Join us for an informal yet engaging happy hour with like-minded folks. Brief speaker at 6pm at most meetings. Open to the public. Free to attend except the cost of your drinks. Food from Sunflower Cafe and produce from local farmers. Fairhope Brewing

Company, 914 Nichols Ave, Fairhope, AL. 251279-7517. TOPS – 5:30pm. TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly). Open to anyone who wishes to lose weight. We weigh in every Tues and then have a short program by one of our members. Try it for free. Spanish Fort Presbyterian Church, Spanish Fort, AL. 251-625-6888. AHA Evening Yoga – 5:45pm. Tues & Thurs. This calming and centering tune-up improves posture, muscle-tone, strength and flexibility. Beginner-friendly. Props provided. Register: call/ text 251-377-8940 for Tues; 251-382-7895 for Thurs. $10/class; $100/12-class pass. Alabama Healing Arts, 6304 Cottage Hill Rd, Mobile, AL. Ashtanga Yoga with Manja Podratz – 5:45-7pm. This dynamic method of sequenced postures links with your breath and concentration techniques. This new class introduces the Ashtanga series in an accessible manner to beginners as well as intermediate students. A great way to finish off your Tuesday. Synergy Yoga & Pilates, Mobile, AL. 251-473-1104. Outstretched Christ-Centered Yoga Class – 5:45pm. Also at 8:15am on Wed. Each week Pneuma offers two donation-only yoga classes open to the public. Classes are appropriate for all levels and include a Christ-centered devotion. Donation only. 1901 Main St, Daphne, AL. See website for more info: Sierra Club Meeting – 6-8pm. 1st Tues. Public welcome. 5 Rivers Delta Resource Center, Spanish Fort, AL.

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10% Off Waxing – Book your appointments at Wellness Spa of Ocean Springs on Wednesdays and receive 10% off of any waxing when you mention this listing. Excludes any other offers, coupons or specials. Ocean Springs, MS. 228-209-4090.

10% Off Facials – Tues & Thurs. Book your appointments at Wellness Spa of Ocean Springs on Tuesdays and Thursdays and receive 10% off of any facial treatment or microdermabrasion when you mention this listing. Excludes any other offers, coupons or specials. Ocean Springs, MS. 228-2094090.

AHA Morning Yoga – 9am. Energize, align, strengthen, center and de-stress through movement, body-mind awareness and breath. Beginner-friendly, props provided. Call/text 646-220-8561 to register. $10/class; $100/12-class pass. Alabama Healing Arts, 6304 Cottage Hill Rd, Mobile, AL.

AHA AM Chair Yoga – 9:30am. This class utilizes the aid of a chair, when needed, to improve posture, muscle-tone, strength and flexibility. Call/text 251-753-2037 to register. $10/class; $100/12-class pass. Alabama Healing Arts, 6304 Cottage Hill Rd, Mobile, AL. Free Yoga for Multiple Sclerosis – 10:30am. This chair yoga class is free to participants with MS and funded by the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation. Build strength and flexibility while improving balance and circulation. Fairhope, AL. Thrive@ThriveFairhope. com. 251-379-4493.

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

Therapeutic Yoga – 11am-12pm. This class will focus on reverse engineering the classical yoga asana. We will use gentle, pure movement to allow the yogic postures, breath techniques and meditations soften us back to a place of ease and coordination. Taught by Sybil Nance, Yoga Therapist. Soul Shine Yoga, 103B N Bancroft St, Fairhope, AL. Namaste@ Restorative Yoga with Rita Durant – 4-5pm. Been a long few days? No stresses or worries! RYT/ Franklin Method certified Rita Durant can lead you down a relaxing path with some restorative yoga. Be supported by all the right props as the poses plus gravity gently melt away the week's anxieties. Synergy Yoga & Pilates, Mobile, AL. 251-473-1104.

Green Drinks Mobile – 5-7pm. 3rd Wed. Join us for an informal yet engaging happy hour with likeminded folks and monthly speaker at most meetings. Connect with other progressive people in our area. Open to the public. Free to attend except the cost of your drinks. Alchemy Tavern, 7 S Joachim St, Mobile, AL.

Eastern Shore MS Support Group – 5:30pm. 2nd Wed. Eastern Shore MS Support Group meets each month at Ruby Tuesday in Fairhope, AL. Family, friends and caregivers are always welcome. Weezer: 251-928-7606.

MELT Method Class – 12-1pm. MELT is a simple self-treatment that helps prevent pain, heal injury and erase the negative effects of aging and active living. Regardless of age or fitness level, MELT can improve your longevity through self-treatment. Log on to reserve your spot. Synergy Yoga & Pilates, Mobile, AL. 251-473-1104.

Group Reformer with Adrienne – 5:15-6:15pm. Catch the wave of classical fitness and join Adrienne at the end of your day for a Pilates group reformer class. Stand taller, get toned and be both leaner and stronger. Leave class feeling great! Please log onto the website to make reservations. Synergy Yoga & Pilates, Mobile, AL. 251-473-1104. Movie Night – 6-8pm. Showing a different thoughtprovoking movie each week. Seating is limited; please reserve your seat by calling 228-831-1785. Free. Coast Health & Nutrition, 12100 Hwy 49, Ste 628, Gulfport, MS.

Holistic Moms Network Monthly Meeting – 6:30-7:45pm, 3rd Thursdays. Please join us for our monthly chapter meeting. Enjoy a lively night of connecting with others. Bring your passion, your personal experiences and recommendations for future meetings. Free. Daphne Public Library, 2607 US Hwy 98, Daphne, AL. Personal Wellness and Self-Discovery Classes – 6:30pm. Every last Thurs. Monthly classes designed to empower oneself to heal, uplift and detoxify the body, mind and spirit. $5 donation for food pantry. Prodisee Pantry, 9315 Spanish Fort Blvd, Spanish Fort, AL. 850-380-4943. LaurieAzzarella@gmail. com. Buti Yoga – 6-7pm. Buti Yoga is an unheated class that has a foundation in power yoga and fused with tribal dance, plyometrics and deep abdominal toning. This class has more of a workout/fitness feel, than traditional yoga, but that's what makes it fun! All levels. Soul Shine Yoga, 103B N Bancroft St, Fairhope, AL.

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

saturday Fall Market on the Square – 7:30am-12pm. Oct 14Nov 18. Local produce, baked goods, honey, flowers, soaps, live music and more. Cathedral Square, downtown Mobile. 251-208-1550.

Saturday Morning Yoga with Augusta – 7:308:45am. All levels. The movements will challenge you to stay mindful and your mindfulness will allow you to honor your limits without judging yourself. $15 drop-in. $10 students and instructors. Creative Outlet, 66 1/2 S Section St, Fairhope, AL. 251-9285363. Farmers Market – 9am-2pm, Sat. 2-6pm, Tues. Farmers market offering direct farm sales to the public. Fresh seasonal produce, beef, pork, lamb, chicken, eggs, honey, jellies, baked goods, handcrafted soaps and local artistry. Open year round. Coastal Alabama Farmers and Fishermans Market, 20733 Miflin Rd, Foley, AL. 251-709-4469. FoleyMarketMgr@gmail. com.

Saturday Morning Yoga at Simply Life – 9:3010:45am. We welcome you to an open flow yoga class appropriate for all levels of practice. Drop-in $10/class. Simply Life Learning Center, 2065 Old Shell Rd, Mobile, AL. 251-473-8040. Facebook. com/SimplyLifeLearningCenter.

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Sunset Yoga for Charity – 2nd & 4th Fridays, MarOct. Yoga on the bluff ending at sunset. Start time varies with sunset time. Full schedule of details and charities online: Bring your mat and a donation for the charity supported. Henry George Bluff, Fairhope. 251-379-4493.

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Yoga with Anna-Marie – 9-10:15am. What a great way to jumpstart your weekend! Let breath and body move in sync as Anna-Marie Babington's seamless style weaves a blend of classical yoga flow and poses. Renew your spirit with a glorious class—begin the day refreshed and re-energized. Synergy Yoga & Pilates, Mobile, AL. 251-473-1104.

classifieds Fee for classified listings is $1 per word. Volunteer opportunities are listed for free as space is available. OPPORTUNITIES F R A N C H I S E O P P O RT U N I T Y — OsteoStrong is looking for motivated, healthconscious individuals to open new franchises in Alabama. Our proven system for success offers an exceptional business opportunity. More info: 251-210-6955;

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SERVICES ENERGY HEALER – Offering energy work, spiritual healing, medical intuitive readings, natural remedies and supplements. Sherry Seicshnaydre: 228-313-0664.

MEDIUM~INTUITIVE~PSYCHIC – Marie Bates Curry offers intuitive guidance and spiritual connections. Individual and group readings. By appointment only: 251300-7261. UNIVERSAL GUIDANCE - Consult Spirit Guides, Masters of the Universe and departed loved ones. Ask questions, get answers to transform your life. Betsey Grady: 251752-6509.

VOLUNTEER OPPS AZALEA CITY CAT COALITION – Volunteers needed in any capacity. Contact Susan Young: 251-648-7582. SusanYoung@

DOG RIVER CLEARWATER REVIVAL STORM DRAIN MARKER PROJECT – Volunteers needed to educate the public about the storm drain system. Janet Miller: 251-654-1827.

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20733 Miflin Road (Co. Rd. 20), Ste. B Foley, AL • 251-971-FARM Open year round Monday-Saturday. Local, in-season fruits and vegetables, beef, chicken, raw milk, eggs, cheese, honey, jellies and much more. Find Forland Family Market on Facebook and Instagram.

Local health food store and wellness center to support your healthy lifestyle. Carrying local eggs, honey, milk and produce. See ad, page 30.


280 Eastern Shore Shopping Center Fairhope, AL • 251-928-0644 Comprehensive health food store featuring local products: organic produce, meat, eggs, honey, soap and more. See ad, page 5.


3055 A Dauphin Street, Mobile, AL 251-479-3952 Comprehensive health food store featuring local products: organic produce, meat, eggs, honey, soap and more. See ad, page 5.


Jones Park Pavillion, Highway 90 Gulfport, MS • 228-257-2496 Open year round on Wednesdays from 9am1pm. For more information: GulfportHarborMarket.


Cathedral Square, Downtown Mobile 251-208-1550 • Fresh fall veggies, baked goods, flowers, soaps & lotions, seafood, handcrafted goods and live music. Saturdays, 7:30am-noon (October 14-November 18). See ad, page 21.

OCEAN SPRINGS FRESH MARKET L&N Depot, 1000 Washington Avenue Ocean Springs, MS • 228-257-2496

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320 Eastern Shore Shopping Center Fairhope, AL • 251-929-0055 Organic cafe serving lunch Mon-Sat, dinner ThursFri and Sunday brunch. Using locally-grown produce, herbs and meat. See our six-page menu online. See ad, page 5.


3055 A Dauphin Street, Mobile, AL 251-479-3200 Organic cafe and juice bar serving lunch Mon-Sun. Using locally-grown produce, herbs and meat. See our six-page menu online. See ad, page 5.


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Weeks Bay Plantation/LA Berry Farms is the regional destination of choice for pick-your-own blueberries, herbs and heirloom tomatoes—all organically grown. Check website for picking dates. See ad, page 13.

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105 Lottie Lane, Suite A, Fairhope, AL 251-990-0535 • Hearing loss affects everyone uniquely which is why we solve hearing problems one individual at a time. We have the knowledge and technology to guide you on a journey to better hearing. See ad, page 13.


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A salon offering organic products and services SALON 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! See ad, page 20.


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


1700 East Railroad Street, Gulfport, MS 228-871-7004 A positive path for spiritual living. Unity teachings and communities are places of spiritual healing. If you’re drawn to individuals like Oprah, Wayne Dyer, Marianne Williamson and Deepak Chopra, you’ll love Unity of Gulfport. See ad, page 32.



2200 Government Street Mobile, AL 36606 251-304-9797 • Enjoy soaps made from certified organic oils and essential oils. We also have organic candles, diffusers and hair products plus original art from local artists.  See ad, page 16.


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(Located inside Path To Wellness) 240 West Laurel Avenue, Foley, AL 251-597-8787 • A cutting edge approach to brain disorders that is drugfree, non-invasive and proven effective. Treating dementia, depression, memory loss, ADHD, autism, learning disabilities, traumatic brain injury and more. See ad, page 33.

A relaxing salon environment that is free of harmful chemicals, impurities and fragrance. Offering hair services, facials, spray tans and massage with 100% o rg a n i c p r o d u c t s . L e a r n m o r e a t See ad, page 30.


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IAOMT Protocol 225 West Laurel Avenue, Foley, AL 251-943-2471 • Free book for new patients: Mercury Free Dentistry. Offering ozone; laser (nosuture) gum surgery; testing for compatible materials and cavity-causing bacteria; examine for gum disease and bacteria; laser cavity diagnoses; saliva pH check; oral galvanic screening; no fluoride. See ad, page 10.


Healing Acres, Robertsdale, AL 205-283-2743 Offering therapeutic massages, oil treatments, Zyto scans and classes with doTERRA essential oils for healthy living. 20+ years of essential oil knowledge. 17 years of massage therapy experience. See ad, page 16.

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Experience the healing, uplifting and detoxifying benefits of authentic, genuine therapeutic grade essential oils and supplements. Contact us for personal Zyto Wellness readings and wholesale privileges. Wellness classes on last Thursday of the month at Prodisee Pantry. See ad, page 11.


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12100 Highway 49, Suite 628, Gulfport, MS 228-831-1785 Local health food store and wellness center to support your healthy lifestyle: natural and organic options for food, supplements, cleaning supplies and skincare. Chiropractic care, massage therapy and essential oil counseling also available. See ad, page 30.


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


Reiki Practitioner From the Center, Fairhope, AL 601-421-0277 • Make time for your special self! Reiki sessions for antianxiety, empowerment and balance. “I offer care and kindness to my clients—it’s the sweet work.”


Reconnective Healing Practitioner 6A S Bancroft St, Fairhope, AL 251-222-0220 • Reconnective Healing returns you to an optimal state of vitality and helps people with aches and pains, dis-ease, stress, PTSD, mental challenges, range of motion and athletic performance. Visit See ad, page 16.

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


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

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333 Greeno Road S., Unit 2B, Fairhope, AL 251-210-6955 • A 7-minute session, once a week provides a natural solution for healthy joints, strong bones and muscles, better balance and flexibility and pain reduction. Accessible to all ages; non-invasive; nonpharmaceutical. See ad, page 11.


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Fairhope & Mobile • 251-279-7517 An informal yet engaging happy hour with likemobile bay minded folks every second Tuesday in Fairhope and every third Wednesday in Mobile. Connect with other progressive people in our area. Sponsorship, speaker and catering opportunities available. See ad, page 28.

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