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hhh, the joys of simple summer living. In New England, we seem to wait all year for July to arrive. We celebrate our nation’s founding big time here; it’s a grand way to officially launch a summer season filled with fireworks, cookouts, baby showers, weddings, birthday bashes and graduation parties. How will we ever fit it all in and still have time to just “be”? Taking time for ourselves can be easier than we tend to make it. Prioritizing what’s really important to us can give us fresh perspective that makes all the difference in our emotional state of being. Contrary to what many of us believe… we do not have to say yes to everything. I mean, nothing bad is going to happen if we take a night off and don’t make it to this or that event. I’ve found that choosing the much anticipated occasions that feel good— even when I just think about doing them—are the ones that feed my soul. I’m getting better at politely declining the rest. Recently, I’ve discerned that my life feels good when I listen to my heart rather than my head and allow my inner emotions to gently guide me to the choices that will ultimately make me happy. When we think about it, everyone just wants to be happy… I say there’s no reason we can’t be if we allow individuals the freedom to choose the simple pleasures that make them happiest. Once you’ve established your own criteria, we have some suggestions for leisurely summer fun with family and friends designed to satisfy. Why not try out the newest trend dubbed exercise in disguise? Lauressa Nelson explores why stand up paddling is pleasing to just about anyone over the age of 5. Check out the particulars on page 16 and at Charles River Canoe & Kayak, with five fun locations all around town (page 17). In more good news, summer berry season is here. Judith Fertig clues us in on the bountiful health benefits of these tasty gems on page 26. Casey McCann then lists spots for “Some Berry Good Local Pickin’” throughout Southeastern Middlesex County where pick-your-own sun-warmed fields await (page 28). In a creative spin on making life easier, less costly and more fulfilling every day of the year, Shareable.net writers Neal Gorenflo and Jeremy Adam Smith explain how “Sharing Our World” is the answer to some of today’s biggest challenges (page 18). We included many helpful go-to website resources. As you’re slipping into the pool, ocean or river for a dip this summer, consider taking along the family dog. On page 30 Ann Brightman provides safety tips to ensure that a fun time is had by all. We were surprised to find out that many cats can swim as well! Although it’s not their favorite thing, it’s good to know that we can take steps to keep all of our furry friends safe around water this summer. Please support our advertisers because without them we would not be able to bring this wonderful free resource for healthy living and a healthy planet to you and our whole community each month. Wishing you a safe and happy 4th of July,
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ctor Cuyle Carvin, whose film credits include Mineville and Alien Opponent, has taken on the role of coloring-book cartoon character to promote healthy living. The actor is distributing A Cuyle Carvin Coloring Book in churches, hospitals, YMCAs and other youth-oriented organizations, and it’s available free at CuyleCarvin.com/Charity.html. The book, which was written by Popeye historian Fred M. Grandinetti and illustrated by David Hudon, features Carvin as a Cuyle Carvin cartoon character who shows readers how to stay in shape and eat properly. “Encouraging people to stay in shape is close to my heart,” Carvin says. For more information, call F.G. Productions at 617-923-9316, email D.Grandinetti@ comcast.net or visit CuyleCarvin.com.
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fter eight years of offering yoga, personal training and a variety of natural-health modalities in Watertown, Inner Strength Studios has opened a second location in West Roxbury. Close to the Dedham line, the new studio is convenient to several towns and neighborhoods, including Needham, Norwood, Westwood, Chestnut Hill and Newton. Inner Strength offers high-caliber, heated, Vinyasa-style yoga. Founder Roman Spzond and several other teachers are trained to deliver a systematic series of poses to improve health, vitality and strength, and to relieve pain. “Unlike other traditions that may focus on the guru or archetype, Inner Strength is about you,” says Spzond. “Everything you need abides within you.” Classes at both studios are offered throughout the day and run for 60, 75 or 90 minutes. New students at either location can receive 30 days of unlimited yoga for $50. Other special offers for class cards and unlimited yoga are also available, and drop-ins are welcome. “Oftentimes yoga students will ask, ‘What else is out there?’” Spzond reports. “I think Inner Strength Studios have some of the answers they seek.” Inner Strength Studios are located at 309 Main St. in Watertown (617-924-0111) and 1524 V.F.W. Pkwy. in West Roxbury (617-477-3315). For more information, visit InnerStrengthYoga.com.
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pholstery on Broadway in Arlington is offering do-it-yourself (DIY) Upholstery Camps this summer for people who want to re-upholster or rejuvenate old furniture, learn a new skill, make new friends and have some fun in the process. The camps take place during the weeks of July 18 and August 8, Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., with an hour break for lunch. “If summer camp is too much of a time commitment, we also offer summer ‘punch cards’ for classes in July and August,” says owner Pamela Powell, who notes that re-upholstering is a green practice. “Our instructor, Kevin Kennedy, is a natural, and students report that he makes them feel really good about what they’re doing,” Powell says. “People tell us that they really look forward to class.” Powell notes that it’s not possible to work on couches or loveseats in classes and DIY camps due to space restrictions. For those who can’t attend camp or class, the staff at Upholstery on Broadway is also available to help with custom upholstery, fabric and drapery needs. Upholstery on Broadway is located at 205-A Broadway in Arlington. For more information, call 781-646-6708, email UpholsteryOnBroad firstname.lastname@example.org or visit UpholsteryOnBroadway.com.
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Gentle Giant Now Offer Bike Service for “Green Moving”
his summer, Gentle Giant is rolling out a new “green moving” initiative, featuring local moves conducted entirely on bicycles in Boston, Somerville and Cambridge. “I’m excited about the prospect of proving to people that Gentle Giant’s Bike Moving is a viable, commuMatt Budd nity-friendly solution to local moves,” says company founder Larry O’Toole. The company hopes that residents will gravitate toward Green Moves in an effort to reduce smog and noise from trucks. The moving bikes also take up less room in the streets, company officials note, and they could save consumers a substantial amount of time and money. Those wishing to inquire about employment with the new venture or community outreach to encourage Green Moves in their neighborhood can contact Mitchell Curtis at mcurtis@GentleGiant.com. For more information, call 617-661-3333 or visit GentleGiant.com.
Brighton High Robotics Team Wins Award
he Brighton Burning Tigers Robotics Team was honored with an Enthusiasm in Engineering Judges Award at the 2011 U.S. FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Competition. Students on the team created a robot for the competition as part of a Brighton High School Danny Louis and Joshua Altime program that provides economically disadvantaged youth with enhanced opportunities for learning and growth. During the U.S. FIRST competition, judges may encounter a team whose unique efforts, performance or dynamics merit recognition. The Burning Tigers were recognized this year for their “enthusiasm, spirit and many all-nighters,” according to the judges. Brighton students volunteer to join the robotics team, donating their time after school and on Saturdays. “Many engineers and university students also volunteer to come and help the high school students,” says Elly-May O’Toole, the Burning Tigers Robotics team head coach. “The program provides students a safe, constructive environment that promotes creativity and personal growth.” During the fall semester, students help to write grants and do small engineering challenges, while January and February are devoted to creating the robot. In the spring, students work on programming, electronics and special functions while gearing up for competition season. The Brighton Burning Tigers Robotics Team program is supported by charitable donations, which are always welcome. For more information about the Brighton High School Burning Tigers Team, call 617-697-3712, email BrightonBurningTigersTeam1973@gmail.com, or visit BrightonHigh.org (see Robotics Team). natural awakenings
Free Video on Managing Stress
lison Shaw, APRN, LMT, CEH, is offering a free, 10-minute video entitled Three Simple BodyMind Techniques to Help You Feel and Deal Better in Times of Upset or Stress to those who sign up for her monthly newsletter. “Our bodies are affected by every thought and emotion we feel,” says Shaw. “In these times of stressful, busy lifestyles, our bodies are often chronically tight, constricted and ungrounded. This, in turn, affects our Alison Shaw mood and our health.” Shaw says the video shows viewers how to instantly change their response to stress by becoming aware of how the body is responding to emotional experiences. It features three steps to reversing negative responses and returning to a relaxed and centered state. Shaw, a nurse practitioner and licensed bodyworker, has developed her Bodymind Resourcing practice over 25 years of working with individuals to help them heal more effectively and find more lasting health. She offers sessions in her Arlington office and by phone. “Everyone has within them a tool for greatly enhancing their healing and overall wellness,” she says. “It’s their body-mind connection, and my goal and joy is to help people make that connection and take back their healing.” For more information, call 781646-0686, email Alison@Bodymind Resourcing.org or visit Bodymind Resourcing.org, where you also can sign up for the monthly newsletter and receive the video. See ad on page 35. 8
newsbriefs Insta Facelift Now Offered at EV Custom Massage
icensed massage therapist Eric Volkin is excited to offer a new treatment to his clients at The Arlington Center. The Insta Facelift, which consists of lymphatic drainage techniques for the face, is a very light and energetic modality, Volkin explains. “This new technique of working just the face area is a really wonderful and refreshing treatment, with many positive benefits to the overall lymphatic system of the body,” he says. Eric Volkin Volkin also recently received his certification in orthopedic massage after completing all the required coursework. He says the Insta Facelift is quite unlike the deep-tissue work his clients may be used to, and the benefits go beyond looking good. “It can help with skin rejuvenation, sinus relief and increased hydration to the facial tissues,” Volkin says. “This kind of caring treatment is provided to clients of any age.” The Arlington Center is located at 369 Massachusetts Ave. in Arlington. For more information, call 339-368-0375 or visit EVCMassage.com. See ad on page 36.
Matrix Energetics Offers Transformative Seminars
his summer and fall, Matrix Energetics will offer several transformative healing seminars around the country. Introductory seminars will take place in Baltimore, Denver, Boston, San Diego and Chicago, with advanced seminars scheduled in San Diego, Newark and Fort Lauderdale. Matrix Energetics, a consciousness technology supporting insight, healing and spiritual growth, was born from a set of energetic treatments discovered by Dr. Richard Bartlett in his chiropractic and naturopathic practice. Dr. Richard Bartlett Using principles of quantum and energy physics, Bartlett says this teachable, transferable system helps individuals shift into a more balanced state and create fresh possibilities in their lives. “Matrix Energetics offers easy-to-learn techniques and strategies for enhancing all areas of life, such as health, family, career, relationships and finances,” he explains.” Once you learn to catch the wave of Matrix Energetics, it can become whatever you let it. Some of my students have developed abilities I’ve never dreamed of having.” Bartlett is the author of several books, including Matrix Energetics: The Science and Art of Transformation,The Matrix Energetics Experience, and The Physics of Miracles. For seminar locations and registration information, call 1-800-269-9513, email Info@MatrixEnergetics.com or visit MatrixEnergetics.com. Friday night demonstrations are always free and open to the public, space permitting. See ad on page 11.
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New Natural Treatment for Oily and Acne-Prone Skin
rboretum Skincare, in Chestnut Hill, now carries specialized Lotion for Problem Skin and Green Solution Mask for acne. Both products contain natural substances such as chlorophyll copper extract, tea-tree oil and sea buckthorn, which are effective in controlling acne. “These products are excellent treatments for acne and other inflammatory skin conditions,” says owner Olga Goldberger. “They’re good for both teenagers and adults with acne, pimples and minor inflammations.” Goldberger says that the addition of salicylic acid and zinc oxide give the Lotion for Problem Skin and Green Solution Mask highly anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties, reduce pore size, and regulate sebum production. Arboretum Skincare carries a variety of handmade, natural skin-care products with Liposomes for deeper skin penetration. Arboretum does not use any animalderived components, and it features a line of fresh garden masks made with fresh, organic fruits and vegetables for fresher and younger-looking skin. Arboretum Skincare is located at 207 Wolcott Rd. in Chestnut Hill. For more information, call 617-413-8548, email Arboretum1@gmail.com or visit Arboretum-Skincare.com.
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newsbriefs Dr. John Coleman Joins Newton Chiropractic and Wellness Practice
New Hatha and Anusara Yoga Studio in Waltham
hiva Shakti Yoga Center has opened its doors on Moody Street in Waltham. The studio, dedicated to the hatha and Anusara styles of yoga, offers classes led by advanced teachers for all fitness levels. “Our prices are moderate and the classes are held in a beautiful atmosphere,” says owner Gwenivere Lovewell. “Yoga practice benefits better choices, greater clarity and the creation of a local, supportive and nurturing community. Our slogan is ‘Source meets expression and life is lived to the fullest.’” Lovewell says those with injuries or special conditions are welcome, as the center specializes in therapeutic yoga. “This yoga is a possibility for everyone and there are no limits to the practice,” she says. “It’s an ever-growing and expanding journey.” Those wishing to try a class are encouraged to bring their own yoga mats if they have them. Shiva Shakti Yoga Center is located at 315 Moody St. in Waltham; entrance is on Spruce St. For more information, call 520-247-1915 or visit ShivaShaktiYogaCenter.com.
ulie Burke, D.C., owner of Newton Chiropractic and Wellness Centre, is pleased to welcome John Coleman, D.C. to the practice. Coleman practiced in Kansas for 15 years before relocating to Massachusetts. He has extensive post-doctoral education in network spinal analysis, which he offers at Newton Chiropractic. “Many of my patients have expressed to me the positive experiences they’ve had with Dr. Coleman,” Burke John Coleman, DC reports. “He is a truly welcome addition to our team.” Newton Chiropractic and Wellness is a holistic wellness center that aims to deliver high-quality, holistic health services and education to the public. The center offers chiropractic care, massage, nutritional counseling and detoxification programs. “We strive to create an environment in which the body’s innate potential to heal itself is respected and encouraged,” says Burke. Newton Chiropractic and Wellness Centre is located at 345 Boylston St., Ste. 300, in Newton Centre. For more information, call 617-964-3332, email info@ WellAdjusted.com or visit WellAdjusted.com. See ad on page 9.
Calendar “Shows More” to Support Integrative Veterinary Medicine
calendar featuring veterinarians in the buff with discreetly placed animals is available for sale to support educational documentaries on integrative veterinary care. The “Dr. ShowCindy Lu with Liz Hassinger, DVM More” calendar, good for the balance of 2011, can be purchased for $10 at DrShowMore.org. The clever photos are accompanied by text on integrative medicine for pets. Dr. Margo Roman of Main Street Animal Services, of Hopkinton (MASH), is among those promoting the calendar to mark the 250th anniversary of veterinary medicine. “Earlier this year, we brought the calendar to Thailand, where it ignited interest in integrative veterinary medicine in Thai veterinary schools,” Roman reports. “It also created an opportunity to treat the Thai royal family’s cat with acupuncture and homeopathy.” MASH, established in 1983, eventually became the first integrative veterinary medical practice in New England with a mission to disseminate information about good health and preventive medicine for animals. The Dr.DoMore film project, which benefits from the calendar sales, is a documentary series designed to educate animal caretakers about integrative modalities. Main Street Animal Services (MASH) is located at 72 West Main St. in Hopkinton. For more information, call 508-435-4077, email MashVet@verizon.net or visit MashVet.com. See ad on page 31.
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Free E-Book on Dealing with Pain
arbara Gosselin, a physical therapist in Arlington who specializes in holistic bodywork, has written a new e-book called 21 Ways to Alleviate Pain. It’s free and available for downloading at HolisticHealingPT. com. “I’ve been working with so many people who struggle with pain,” says Gosselin. “I wrote this e-book to offer information that I’ve gathered over the past 25 years about coping with and healing from pain.” The e-book contains advice and tips about exercise, posture, applying heat or cold to painful areas and mind-body principles that Gosselin has found helpful for herself and her clients. “I’ve dealt with my own back pain, so I know first-hand how difficult it can be,” she says. “The thing that saved me was looking at my pain from a mind-body perspective and realizing that it was understandable when viewed within the larger context of my life. My pain led me on a healing journey that changed my life for the better.”
For more information, call 781-5074226, email Barbara@Holistic HealingPT.com or visit Holistic HealingPT.com. See ad on page 33. natural awakenings
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USDA Praises Plant-Based Diets S E very five years, the U.S. Department of Agriculture routinely announces dietary guidelines advising Americans about what to eat. Now, for the first time, the agency has broken from tradition to talk about truly good foods, rather than just scientifically discuss nutrients. More, the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2010, released this year, embraces the value of plant-based diets. In the new edition, the guidelines’ healthy eating patterns may or may not include moderate amounts of meat. At the same time, the guidelines explain clearly that meat is not essential, and that near-vegetarian and vegetarian diets are adequate and have even resulted in better health. A pertinent excerpt follows. “In prospective studies of adults, compared to non-vegetarian eating patterns, vegetarian-style eating patterns have been associated with improved health outcomes—lower levels of obesity, a reduced risk of cardiovascular disease and lower total mortality. Several clinical trials have documented that vegetarian eating patterns lower blood pressure. On average, vegetarians consume a lower proportion of calories from fat (particularly saturated fatty acids); fewer overall calories; and more fiber, potassium and vitamin C than do non-vegetarians. Vegetarians generally have a lower body mass index. “These characteristics and other lifestyle factors associated with a vegetarian diet may contribute to the positive health outcomes that have been identified among vegetarians.” Source: Grist.org
Don’t Take a Seat
multi-ethnic study of 4,757 U.S. adults in a National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey found that those who took the most daily breaks from sitting had, on average, a smaller waist circumference, fewer blood fats and reduced markers for insulin resistance than those who took the fewest breaks. The researchers also noted increased levels of C-reactive protein in the bodies of sedentary subjects, which is linked to inflammation and many chronic diseases, even in people who regularly exercise. To get moving: Stand up to take phone calls and during meetings; walk to visit a colleague, rather than phoning or emailing; use a bathroom on a different floor; centralize trash and recycling bins and office equipment to encourage short trips during the work day; take the stairs; and park at the far end of the lot. Source: European Society of Cardiology
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cientists at England’s University of Manchester have confirmed how some people suffering from chronic pain might benefit from meditationbased therapies. They concluded that people that are more advanced in meditation practices (up to 35 years) are likely to anticipate and experience pain less than less-advanced meditators or non-meditators. “Meditation trains the brain to be more present-focused, and therefore to spend less time anticipating future negative events,” comments Christopher Brown, Ph.D., who conducted the research. When testing the pain tolerance of study participants using a noninvasive laser, the researchers noted unusual activity during anticipation of pain in part of the prefrontal cortex, an area of the brain known to be involved in controlling attention and thought processes when potential threats are perceived, but more study is needed. Participants had a diverse range of experiences with various meditation practices, spanning from months to decades. All of them perform some form of mindfulness meditation—such as that which is the basis of the MindfulnessBased Cognitive Therapy recommended by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence for recurrent depression, because up to 50 percent of people with chronic pain experience depression. “The importance of developing new treatments for chronic pain is clear,” says Brown. “Forty percent of people who suffer from chronic pain report inadequate management of their pain problem.”
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Dalai Lama Leads Ritual Kalachakra for World Peace For the first time, His Holiness the Dalai Lama will confer the Kalachakra for World Peace ritual in our nation’s capital this month. “We believe it is capable of creating... peace of spirit, and therefore peace in the world,” he says. The Capital Area Tibetan Association is sponsoring the event, intended to inspire harmonious relationships and abiding peace in the hearts of all people, in gratitude to those that have supported the preservation of Tibet’s rich cultural heritage. Together, participants will act to promote the strength of compassion and wisdom so urgently needed to reduce conflict in today’s world. The 11-day event launches July 6, the 76th birthday of the Dalai Lama, recipient of 84 humanitarian commendations, including the Nobel Peace Prize. The occasion will begin with site consecration, chanting prayers and creation of a sand mandala by the monks of Namgyal Monastery. The Dalai Lama will then teach the foundations of Buddhism for three days, followed by the Kalachakra ritual dance and three days of empowerment. The ceremony will close with prayers on July 16.
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Peace Index States Earn New Peace Index The inaugural United States Peace Index (USPI), created by the international thinktank, the Institute for Economics and Peace, provides the first-ever ranking of the 50 U.S. states based on their levels of peace. The USPI shows Maine is the most peaceful U.S. state, with New York, California and Texas recording the highest increases in peace since 1991. The USPI report reveals that peace in the United States has improved since 1995, primarily driven by a substantial decrease in homicide and violent crime. Peace is significantly correlated with economic opportunity, education and health, high school graduation rate, access to health insurance and the percent of infant mortality. The 10 most peaceful states identified are Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Minnesota, North Dakota, Utah, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Iowa and Washington. Maine topped the list of states on three of the five USPI indicators: number of violent crimes, number of police officers and incarceration numbers (the homicide rate and ease of access to small arms are the other two). Regionally, southern states were the least peaceful, while states in the Northeast were most peaceful. The Midwest and West were on a par, with midwestern states being slightly more peaceful.
Conditions are perfect for a new generation of farmers in their 20s and 30s that distrust industrial food systems, are intent on meaningful employment and may well succeed an aging farm populace. More are starting small farms and joining networks of like-minded agriculture enthusiasts, according to a recent story in The New York Times, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture wants to transform the budding trend into a fundamental shift. Last year, under a provision in the 2008 Farm Bill, the department distributed $18 million to educate young growers and ranchers across the country. Garry Stephenson, coordinator of the Small Farms Program at Oregon State University, says he has not seen so much interest among young people in decades. “They’re young, energetic and idealist, and they’re willing to make the sacrifices,” he says. According to the USDA’s 2007 Census of Agriculture, farmers over 55 currently own more than half of the country’s farmland. According to Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, the hope is that some of the beginning farmers will graduate to stakes in midsize and large farms as older farmers retire.
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COOL AID Remedies for Summer Bummers by Maureen Healy
Happiness in Perpetuity by Paul David Bond Pesqueira Paul Bond’s magic realism art illuminates a dreamlike world where anything is possible, as he deftly juxtaposes and rearranges common elements to convey universal spiritual or metaphysical ideas. Sometimes, his paintings are simply uplifting illusions, expressing the whimsical, surreal and fantastic side of life. They are always soothing, visual meditations that delight the imagination and stir the soul. Rearranging familiar objects gives Bond the visual symbols he uses as a language to reflect an emotion or thought he’s entertaining at the moment. “Often, a painting is born from something randomly seen from a car window or a line in a novel or song,” he explains. “If it stirs my curiosity, it finds its way into my work.”
Don’t let potential summer ailments sideline the fun. Be prepared with this all-natural first-aid kit. Summer bummer: Dehydration To the rescue: Coconut water When feeling the heat, reach for a tropical treat. “Pure coconut water is like natural Gatorade,” says Janet Zand, an Oriental medicine doctor, certified acupuncturist and co-author of Smart Medicine for Healthier Living. “It provides plenty of electrolytes and minerals that regulate body systems and help keep fluid levels in balance.” Bonus: This natural, low-calorie beverage hydrates you without the sweeteners, preservatives and artificial flavors found in most sports drinks— making it a great post-workout thirst quencher.
About Happiness in Perpetuity, he says, “We create our experience and physical environment based on our beliefs and thoughts. Those who wait for outer experiences to make them happy are at a disadvantage—happiness is simply a choice, based on our desire for it.” View the artist’s portfolio at PaulBondArt. com.
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How to use: Drink 11 ounces of coconut water as soon as you begin to feel parched; it will offer the same short-term benefit as drinking a liter of water and eating a banana. Note: This isn’t a substitute for drinking enough H2O. “The key to staying hydrated is water, water, water,” says Zand. “And don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink it.”
Summer bummer: Overheating To the rescue: Rose water Made by steam-distilling flowers, rose water is the go-to remedy when you’re feeling overheated, says Margi Flint, a professional member of the American Herbalist Guild, founder of EarthSong Herbals, in Marblehead, Massa-
chusetts, and adjunct professor at Tufts University School of Medicine. â€œHerbs have energetic properties; some are heating, some are cooling and some are neutral,â€? she explains. â€œRose water is very cooling.â€? Bonus: Rose water smells terrific and also makes a great facial toner. How to use: Put a few drops of organic, food grade rose water into a cup of water and drink it; or add rose water to a spray bottle filled with regular water and spritz yourself as often as you like. You can also use rose water to create a cold compressâ€”douse a washcloth and put it in the refrigerator for a few minutes to make it cool to the touchâ€”and apply it to the back of the neck or wrists.
Summer bummer: Poison ivy To the rescue: Homeopathic Rhus tox Urushiolâ€”the oily sap produced by poison ivy and its cousins, poison oak and poison sumacâ€”triggers contact dermatitis, an itchy and oozy rash. Topical treatments can actually spread the noxious oil around; so instead, heal the rash from within. â€œHomeopathy works on the principle that like-cureslike,â€? explains Zand. â€œRhus tox is homeopathic poison ivy.â€? How to use: Allow two to three tablets to dissolve in your mouth every two hours until symptoms are relieved.
Summer bummer: Indigestion To the rescue: Nux vomica If you overindulged at a summertime shindig, you might turn to the classic homeopathic cure for gluttony. â€œNux vomica is good if youâ€™ve eaten too many fatty foods or had too much alcohol and the result is nausea or gas,â€? says Zand. How to use: Dissolve five pellets in your mouth 20 minutes after eating and drinking, then repeat two to three times until symptoms are resolved.
Summer bummer: Sunburn To the rescue: Lavender essential oil â€œLavender is the best thing to apply right after a sunburn,â€? says Margo Mar-
rone, author of The Organic Pharmacy. â€œIt contains linalool, a natural antiseptic that helps keep burns infection-free; and esters, which reduce pain and promote cell regeneration.â€? How to use: Mix 10 drops of lavender essential oil with pure aloe vera gel (or a favorite fragrance-free lotion) and apply it to affected skin as soon as you notice the burn.
and latex-free bandages â€œFirst, clean the bite, sting or cut with hydrogen peroxide,â€? advises Flint. â€œThen follow with a few drops of yarrow tincture, which acts as an astringent to pull the tissue together. Itâ€™s safe to use on open wounds.â€? How to use: Douse the affected areas with peroxide, then apply six to 12 drops of yarrow tincture.
Summer bummer: Muscle strains To the rescue: Arnica
Summer bummer: Athleteâ€™s foot To the rescue: Grapefruit seed Arnica works for strains, sprains, bruises extract and superficial scrapes. Most people use it topically, but you can get faster results if you also ingest tablets, Zand explains. How to use: Take three tablets orally three to five times a day for the first 24 to 48 hours; apply topically throughout the day. Note: Never apply arnica to an open wound.
â€œCompounds found in the inner rind and seeds of grapefruits have shown potent anti-fungal activity,â€? notes Marrone. â€œThey attack the cell wall of fungi and prevent replication when applied topically.â€? How to use: Add 10 to 15 drops of organic grapefruit seed extract to a tablespoon of water and apply with a cotton swab to the affected areas twice daily.
Summer bummers: Bites, stings and cuts To the rescue: Hydrogen peroxide, yarrow tincture
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hile some frustrated commuters are inching along on rush hour highways, hoping to afterward work off stress at overcrowded gyms, others are stopping off at the nearest lake, river or bay for a workout that many call therapeutic. Promoted by Olympic athletes, moms and septuagenarians alike as an effective total body workout and mental release, stand up paddling, or SUP, is the fastest-growing sport across the nation, according to the Outdoor Industry Association. Stand up paddling was first developed by improvisational Hawaiian “beach boys,” that would stand on surfboards and use outrigger paddles to navigate alongside tourists learning how to surf. However, the sport can be enjoyed with or without waves, or wind on virtually any body of water because the paddler, rather than Mother Nature, provides propulsion. It’s luring enthusiasts of other water sports as well; surfers, kiteboarders and windsurfers appreciate new opportunities to get on the water more often, while canoeists and kayakers enjoy the alternative of standing.
SUP is equally adored by nonathletes. “This isn’t the kind of sport that requires a lot of lessons to enjoy,” advises Jeff Robinson, owner of Olde Naples Surf Shop, in Naples, Florida, who offers a 15-minute tutorial on the basics with each rental.
Exercise in Disguise
“One of the best aspects of SUP is that it is low impact, making it a lifetime sport,” emphasizes David Rose, owner of Paddleboard Orlando. In fact, that’s why just about anyone over the age of 5 can participate. The paddler controls the speed and intensity of the experience, from recreational cruising to aerobic athletic training. “We call it exercise in disguise, because there’s so much going on that you don’t realize when you’re doing it,” explains Mike Muir, president of Riviera Paddlesurf, in San Clemente, California. The 54-year-old took up SUP after a hip replacement and credits it for relieving him of chronic lower back pain, as well as excess pounds. “It’s the cardio and calorie-burning equivalent of swimming or running,” explains Brody Welte, owner of Stand
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Up Fitness, in St. Petersburg, Florida. “But unlike either of those, SUP combines low-impact and weight-bearing exercise; and it includes balance and strength training.” “My balance has improved 100 percent; I can stand on a board today that I could not stand on one year ago,” affirms 73-year-old renowned surfer and board shaper Mickey Muñoz, of Capistrano, California, who paddles with his 65-pound dog aboard.
More than a Workout
Payoffs, however, go well beyond the physical. SUP fans that characterize it as a great escape from their daily milieu mention social, psychological and spiritual benefits, as well. “When you’re out paddling, it’s easy to find solitude,” muses Hawaiianborn Dave Chun, founder of Kialoa Paddles, in Bend, Oregon. He suggests that its Hawaiian roots imbue stand up paddling with a spirit of aloha, humility and respect. At the same time, “It’s one of the few sports that allows people to maintain a conversation,” says Dan Gavere, co-creator of SUPInstruction.
resident introduced her husband to the sport. Within three months, the couple had purchased their own equipment. They now paddle together with one of their twins on each of their boards. Adams adds, “As part of our vacation planning now, we scout locations where we can bring our boards.” Most likely, the Adams family will be able to enjoy their boards almost anywhere in the country. SUP groups in locations as unlikely as Idaho and New Mexico can be found on Meetup. com. “No body of water is off limits for stand up paddling,” says Gavere, citing its biggest growth trends in the Rocky Mountains, where kayakers and whitewater rafters are using inflatable boards on rivers and lakes; the Great Lakes, where people do yoga on boards on flat water; and Texas, where some folks fish from their boards or ride small Gulf of Mexico waves.
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com. Having discovered SUP in the paddling mecca of Oregon’s Columbia Gorge, he considers it an ideal family recreational sport. In any case, the activity remains mentally engaging because the standing position allows views in every direction, including into the water. “It’s like walking on water. You really get to see what’s around you,” observes Shelly Strazis, a 43-year-old Long Beach resident who began paddling after having multiple accident-related surgeries on her left knee and right shoulder. “It’s such a relaxing workout. I used to mountain bike, but I can’t do that with the kids,” explains Francine Adams, the mother of 5-year-old twins. “I’m afraid of waves and some ocean creatures, but these boards are so stable that it doesn’t matter.” After her first SUP outing with a moms’ group, this Orlando, Florida,
SUP enthusiast Lauressa Nelson is a contributing editor for Natural Awakenings and a freelance writer in Orlando, FL.
Local Spots to Stand Up and Paddle by Casey McAnn here are many places around Boston to try Stand Up Padding (SUP) according to Mark Jacobson, manager of Charles River Canoe and Kayak (CRCK), which offers five locations for people to launch or rent paddleboards on the river. Jacobson says that newcomers may want to start at CRCK’s Allston/Brighton dock, located on the Charles between the Eliot Bridge and Christian Herter Park. “There are three parking lots nearby, so you don’t have to carry your board very far,” he says. “It’s also a nice place for people to start, because the river’s more narrow and it’s a little bit less windy there.” Jacobson reports that the Allston/ Brighton location introduced SUP two years ago with two boards. Now, there are nine available for renting. The CRCK location at Kendall Square and the public docks on the Boston side of the river near the esplanade (North Point Park, for example) present more challenging conditions, he says, and some benefits. “The closer you are to downtown Boston, the more exciting it is,” Jacobson reports. “You get dramatic views of the skyline, and it’s fun to paddle under the Zakim Bridge. It’s more windy and exposed there, however, so it’s not the place I’d recommend to someone going for the first time.”
Another option is Walden Pond, he says, where the water is often clear and paddlers can appreciate a whole different view. “Because you’re standing up, you can actually see what’s going on below you and get a better view of fish and whatever’s on the bottom.” In Newton, CRCK has docks at Nahantan Park and on Commonwealth Avenue near the intersection of Route 128 and the Massachusetts Turnpike. Both are easy to reach and offer free parking, Jacobson says, while Nahantan offers a more natural setting. “Once you get on the river there, you really don’t see houses, because it’s going along the park and it’s a very green, very quiet area.” Jacobson also recommends Lake Cochituate State Park in Natick, where SUP enthusiasts can launch from the beach or dock. No matter the location, he says, keys to success include finding the right size board, starting out in calmer water and practicing the right way to climb back on the board in case of a spill. Life jackets are also required for this sport, Jacobson adds, because the Coast Guard considers paddleboards to be vessels. Courtesy of Daniel E. Smith
For more information about Charles River Canoe and Kayak locations and offerings, visit PaddleBoston.com.
share power, dialogue and knowledge, such as workplace democracy, citizens’ deliberative councils, unconferences, open spaces and world cafés are getting more attention, aided by innovative Web 2.0 tools and other means. Scores of new websites are designed to help us share real stuff, and it’s possible to create a complete lifestyle based on sharing. We can live in a co-housing community, work in a co-op, grow food in a neighbor’s yard and travel to the open space town council meeting via a local car-share. Want to know about the nuts and bolts of how to build a shareable life? Read The Sharing Solution, by Janelle Orsi and Emily Doskow.
Shareable Cities A revolution is underway in our understanding of cities; they are becoming the focal point for our collective hopes and dreams, as well as for all kinds of innovation needed to avert a worsening climate crisis. In the past, we tended to see cities
SHARING OUR WORLD Simply Sharing Can Solve Big Challenges by Neal Gorenflo and Jeremy Adam Smith
Sharing is the answer to some of today’s biggest questions: How will we meet the needs of the world’s enormous population? How do we reduce our impact on the planet and cope with the destruction already inflicted? How can we each be healthy, enjoy life, and create thriving communities?
istorically, we are all connected by climate, roads, fisheries, language, forests, cultures and social networks as part of life on this planet. In recent decades, the rules of access and ownership have shifted in new directions, making sharing more convenient, necessary, fulfilling and even profitable. 18
Sharing as a Lifestyle Ways to share in everyday life seem to be multiplying like rabbits, but perhaps the Great Recession is forcing all of us to pay more attention to its importance these days. There’s car sharing, ride sharing, bike sharing, yard sharing, co-working, co-housing, tool libraries and all kinds of cooperatives. Ways to
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as dirty, unnatural, isolating places; today, citizens and urban planners alike are starting to see their potential for generating widespread well-being at low financial and environmental cost. There’s an increasing appreciation for the benefits of public transit, urban agriculture, making room on the streets for pedestrians and bicyclists and for civic engagement. The very thing that defines a city—its population density—makes sharing things easier, from cars to bikes to homes.
Social Enterprise and Cooperatives Social enterprises, both nonprofit or for profit, offer products or services that aim to advance social or environmental missions with benefits for all. This industry is small, relative to the overall economy, but growing extremely fast in some sectors. The Social Enterprise Alliance reports that nonprofit earned income grew
by more than 200 percent, to $251 billion, between 1982 and 2002, reflecting a continuing trend in their expanding engagement with their publics. Meanwhile, Cleantech Group research shows that investment in clean-tech ventures nearly trebled, to $5.2 billion, between 2004 and 2008. At the same time, fair trade goods sales doubled between 2004 and 2007, to around $4 billion, according to the Fair Trade Federation. Gar Alperovitz, author of America Beyond Capitalism, says that more than 11,000 worker cooperatives have emerged in the last 30 years. Many embrace pro-social missions and are managed, governed and owned by the people who work at them.
The Nonprofit Sector Nonprofits are an increasingly important way for people to share their wealth and labor. Independent Sector reports that, in the U.S. alone, charitable donations to nonprofits more than doubled between 1987 and 2007, to $303 billion; about 75 percent came from private individuals. The National Center for Charitable Statistics further reports that the number of nonprofits increased 31.5 percent between 1999 and 2009, to 1.58 million. Data from Volunteering in America shows that in 2010, 63.4 million volunteers dedicated more than 8.1 billion hours of service.
Microfinance This form of capitalization is a powerful innovation that extends small loans and financial services to help the world’s poorest people rise out of poverty, serving customers that traditional banks largely ignore. Kiva, a U.S. nonprofit peer-to-peer microfinance sensation, facilitates around $5 million in no-interest loans per month to entrepreneurs in developing nations through its website. Microfinancing is yet another way the world is learning to share its wealth.
The Internet It’s easy to take it for granted, but the Internet’s potential as a sharing platform has just begun to unfold. The Internet itself would not be possible if people did not share labor, software and infrastructure. No one owns it or
runs it. It’s built and it operates on free and open source software and open standards. Data travels over networks and is routed through servers owned by private individuals and corporations that share transport and routing duties. This global commons enables the creation of tremendous value. Harvard Business School Professor John Quelch estimates that the economic impact of the Internet is $1.4 trillion annually in the United States alone. Last year, the Computer & Communications Industry Association calculated that companies and nonprofits relying on “fair use” (such as search engines, web hosting and social media) employ 17 million people and generate $4.7 trillion a year, one-sixth of the country’s gross domestic product.
COMING IN AUGUST
Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) FOSS and the Internet have a symbiotic relationship. The Internet would not have been possible without FOSS, and the growth of FOSS relies on the Internet to power its peer production and distribution model. For example, more than 270 million people use the Firefox browser, a shared, freely available tool. Half the world’s websites, about 112 million, are hosted on Apache’s open source server software. A quarter million websites run on Drupal, a leading open source content management system. That’s just scratching the surface. Today, the more than 200,000 open source projects operate on nearly 5 billion lines of code that would cost hundreds of billions of dollars to reproduce. Visit the Infoworld Open Source Hall of Fame website for more on desktop favorites. Today, millions of individuals and organizations rely on FOSS in performing their daily work, as do a growing number of governments. It’s a pervasive part of life in the developed world; because of its low cost, open source software may become even more important to developing countries.
The Open Way Inspired by the success of free and open source software, the values and
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SHARING HELPFUL WEBSITES The Internet is a vast repository of information, and even with the help of search engines, navigation can be daunting. These links address topics of interest noted in “Sharing Our World.” Bike Sharing: tinyurl.com/4zsfjtb Car Sharing: tinyurl.com/49hytdj Co-working: tinyurl.com/ygbvntq Ride Sharing: tinyurl.com/499lh9n Sharing Directory: Shareable.net/ how-to-share Source: Shareable.net Civic Engagement: tinyurl.com/ 242yaja Cohousing: tinyurl.com/3amn2ch Cooperatives: tinyurl.com/ 4m7vqx2 Urban Agriculture: tinyurl.com/ la558s Yard Sharing: tinyurl.com/4chmtua Source: Yes.Magazine.org Business/Government/Education: OpenSource.com Car Sharing: RelayRides.com Home & Family Life: Neighbor Goods.net Home & Garden: ShareSome Sugar.com InfoWorld Open Source Hall of Fame: tinyurl.com/4ujuzpu Microfinance: Kiva.org Neighborhood Rentals: Rentalic. com Open Government Directive: tinyurl.com/495ks6k Open Source Tractor: OpenFarm Tech.org/wiki/LifeTrac OpenStreetMaps: OpenStreet Map.org Peer-to-Peer Knowledge: blog. p2pFoundation.net Social Media: TrendWatching.com Yard & Garden: Hyperlocavore. ning.com
dia, and 96 percent of Generation Y has practices of open sourcing—making joined a social network, where sharing information and innovations publicly is a way of life. In these powerful ways, available—are being applied in a dizsocial media has taken sharing mainzying number of ways. In the past few stream. years, open, or peer-to-peer, sharing strategies have gained significant traction in science, business, culture, educa- Generation Y = Gen G tion and government. Now that a shareable world has a seri Applications range from the obous foothold, all that’s needed is a willscure, like the Open Source Tractor, to ing population to scale it up. There’s the everyday, like the OpenStreetMaps a strong argument that Gen Y is the project. It’s a tough trend to quantify, generation that can bring it to fruition. because it is so viral and self-organized. Roughly 100 million strong in The Obama administration’s Open the United States, Gen Y grew up on Government Directive is the Internet and brings currently one of the most values and practices, We are rethinking its visible of these efforts, at including sharing, into least in the United States. ourselves through the real world. Last year, The directive orders each sharing, linking TrendWatching.com executive department called them Gen G (for and agency to identify and collaborating “generous”) and said they and publish online, in an are accelerating a culin new ways. open format, at least three tural shift where giving is high-value data sets; crealready the new taking. ate an open government They may not reach their full sharing web page and respond to public input potential until later in life, but there received via that page; and develop and are promising indicators that they are publish an Open Government Plan that already having a telling impact. describes how they are improving trans An online study by Cone Inc. and parency and integrating public participa- AMP Insights concluded that 61 percent tion and collaboration into its activities. of 13-to-25-year-olds feel personally
Social Media Sharing is the currency of social media. Socialnomics author Erik Qualman alerts us that, “Social media is bigger than you think.” The public uploaded more usergenerated video to YouTube in a recent six-month period than the three major TV networks produced and distributed in the past 60 years. Now with more than 500 million users, Facebook would represent the third largest country in the world by population. Wikipedia contains more than 9 million articles in 250 languages, all written by volunteers—and with an accuracy that studies like that at Harford Community College, in Bel Air, Maryland, indicate approaches that of leading commercial sources (80 versus 95 percent). Creative Commons has made it easier for creators to share their work; they’ve licensed more than 130 million creative works in 50 countries since 2002. By 2008, one in eight couples who married that year met through social me-
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responsible for making a difference in the world. Eighty-three percent will trust a company more if it’s socially and environmentally responsible. Volunteering by college students increased by 20 percent between 2002 and 2005, with nearly one in three contributing their time. Business strategist Gary Hamel believes that this massive generational force, which outnumbers baby boomers, promises to transform our world in the image of the Internet—a world where sharing and contributing to the common good are integral to the good life. William Strauss and Neil Howe, authors of Millennials Rising, believe that Gen Y is a hero generation, coming of age in a time of crises they’re already helping to resolve, largely by applying the tools and mindset of sharing. Neal Gorenflo is the publisher of Shareable.net, a leading online magazine about sharing that includes the Web’s largest collection of how-toshare articles. Jeremy Adam Smith is the editor of Shareable.net.
by Kim Childs
o-housing puts a modern spin on old-fashioned village life by deliberately fostering community and green living through the sharing of space and resources among homeowners. Cambridge, Acton and Jamaica Plain feature four co-housing communities, with others on Cape Cod and in central and western Massachusetts. Diane Simpson, the founder of Jamaica Plain Cohousing, labored for well over a decade to see her dream become a reality at 65 Cornwall Street, where 30 homes have been occupied since 2005. Natural Awakenings wanted to know more about the benefits and challenges of living in co-housing. NA: What drew you to co-housing? My husband, Dave [Nathan], and I lived in an ordinary neighborhood a few blocks away and we didn’t know any of our neighbors. There had been several break-ins, due largely to the fact that nobody knew who belonged in the neighborhood and who didn’t. Eventually, one of our neighbors formed a crime watch, and many households participated. After that, life on the street improved considerably. So we made the leap in thinking that if knowing your neighbors a little bit is good, then knowing your neighbors well and interacting with them on a daily basis is probably better. NA: Why does it appeal to you? One thing that’s satisfying is that you’re living in a much smaller ecological footprint. You don’t have to go out and buy your own juicer or copy of The New York Times or your own cooking tools. You can usually borrow something from someone else, and many residents will borrow someone’s car when they need it for an occasional trip, instead of having to buy their own car. It’s also very good if you want frequent social interaction without constantly having to set up dates with friends. My husband and I like to go out for breakfast on Sunday mornings, for example, and there’s always somebody available to join us. Kids may benefit the most, because we have this fabulous green space in the middle of the community where they can play baseball or run around on the grass. Their playmates are right there, and adults are around to help keep them safe.
An Old-Fashioned Approach to Modern Living NA: What else is shared? We share meals about once a week and we have group yoga and Zumba classes. We have shared community garden space, a shared T-pass and shared libraries. Bicycles are passed down from one child to another and adults have a bike-sharing program. We have a shared woodworking and tool shop and crafts studio. Four times a year, we have a swap in which people bring all their unwanted stuff to the common house, and I’ve gotten some really amazing items there. We also have a “skill share” bulletin board, where you can post a skill you want to share and ask for something you’d like others to share with you. We also put the mailroom in a central place so that when people go to get their mail they’ll hopefully see their neighbors. NA: How do housing costs compare to other homes in your area? It’s hard to compare our home costs to non-co-housing home costs, because your “home” includes the common areas. We have a huge bike storage area, an enormous community dining room and living room, a children’s play room, a commercial-size kitchen, a rumpus room, a laundry room, a gorgeous patio and waterfall, an extensive outdoor arcade area and two guest rooms. You’d have to look at the prices of homes in
some of the assisted-living communities to get an idea of the cost of a place with similar amenities. NA: Who may not be suited for co-housing? If you need a professionally managed building that’s really on top of the rules 100 percent of the time, you would not do well in co-housing, because it’s managed by the residents. There’s nobody in a management office that you can complain to if you’re upset about something another resident is doing. When our residents are having problems with each other, they have to agree to discuss the problem. If they’re too riled up to do that on their own, a member of our mediation team will sit down with both parties and attempt to resolve the situation using the Nonviolent Communication system developed by Marshall Rosenberg. Instead of tossing accusations back and forth, the mediator helps to untangle the problem, giving both parties an opportunity to listen to each other in a safe environment and learn things they didn’t know before. I’ve been through this process three times and it’s remarkable; the outcome has been win-win for both parties each time. For more information and to request a tour, visit JPCohousing.org. To learn more about co-housing, visit CoHousing.org.
Vitality Personal Fitness: Training People for Real Life, Fewer Injuries, and Better Performance
by Kim Childs
hayleen Pastick is a licensed physical therapist and personal trainer who spent 11 years working in local fitness clubs and specializing in injury prevention. Unfortunately, many clients came to her after they’d already hurt themselves while trying to get in shape. “I saw people who spent lots of time training in traditional facilities on machines, and there’s not a lot of translation from that kind of fitness to their sport of choice or lifestyle,” Pastick recalls. “They’d fall or get severely injured and hire me to learn how to do it right.” Now fitness enthusiasts of all ages and abilities can work safely and effectively with Pastick at her own facility, Vitality Personal Fitness, in Newton. It’s a state-of-the-art functional training studio where Pastick prepares people for athletic challenges and the challenges of everyday living. Functional training is the preferred method of Olympians and professional athletes, she notes, and it’s essentially an approach to fitness aimed at improving someone’s execution of the body’s basic movements. “You want to have a fitness repertoire that includes lunging, jumping, getting up from the ground, pushing, pulling, and twisting,” says Pastick. “Many traditional fitness settings don’t cover all those primal movement patterns. We watch clients doing things like squats and push-ups and, if we see dysfunction in the way they move and clean that up, they’re less likely to get injured.” Vitality offers one-on-one training and small group sessions. Those experiencing pain are directed to a corrective exercise program and individual training until they are ready to join a small group. The studio features the TRX suspension training system, which 22
Jay Krawczyk, Master Trainer, working with client Jim Wilker on the TRX suspension trainer performing W biceps curls. consists of straps and bands that can be attached to a wall or pole and used as a home gym. The system uses a person’s body weight for resistance and trains the body as a whole, rather than in isolated muscle groups. This reduces the risk of injury, Pastick notes.
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“We train in three dimensions— forward, sideways and twisting,” she says. “A lot of people aren’t trained to stabilize for rotation, which can result in injuries like ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) tears and herniated discs.” Pastick, who enjoys mountain biking,
hiking, and triathlons, reports that she tore her own ACLs in the past, and hopes to prevent others from doing the same. “I choose to practice in a fitness environment so I can prevent injuries and help people with injuries,” she says. “There are tens of thousands of physical therapists out there, and personal trainers who aren’t physical therapists, so it’s a really important combo to understand injuries and help people prevent them. That’s a lot more exciting to me.” Pastick says it can take a while for her clients to learn corrective strategies and movements, but the payoffs are well worth the investment. “This kind of training translates to all sports and all walks of life,” she says. “We have grandmothers who can now get down on the floor and play with their grandbabies, women bragging about beating their husbands at 10K races, a 92-yearold client who’s here to become a better ballroom dancer, and another person who’s training to become a Navy SEAL.” Vitality’s motto is “Be well, get fit, stay vital.” Pastick practices what she teaches by balancing her administrative duties as a business owner with regular functional training. “I exercise at least an hour a day using these kinds
of skills,” she reports. “After you start doing this kind of training, your body craves it and you feel good, so it’s a positive feedback loop. It’s great for the mind-body connection, too; when people start to exercise they just feel better mentally and physically. We see that quite a bit.” Vitality is hosting an open studio on Thursday, July 21, from 5 to 7 p.m. Pastick is also organizing summer demo
sessions at the studio and in local parks, where clients can display the training methods that are making them stronger and more flexible. Vitality Personal Fitness is located at 118 Needham Street in Newton. For more information and class schedules, call 617-620-3585, email VitalityPersonalFitness@gmail.com or visit VitalityPersonalFitness.com. See ad on page 7.
snapshots Our area is rich with a variety of businesses and individuals who provide natural, healthy living products and services that can help us achieve greater well-being and fulfillment. They also create opportunities to build meaningful community connections and explore options for living a simpler, greener, more authentic life. Here are just a few of the many facilities, practitioners and providers who support Natural Awakenings’ mission to “feel good, live simply and laugh more.”
Boston Green Building
Boston Green Building (BGB), established in 2007, has quickly become one of Boston’s premier, full-service green builders. The Boston Green Building team builds beautiful and healthful spaces that increase the well-being and comfort of individuals and families, while decreasing the operational costs and carbon footprint of their homes. “Ultimately, we’re handing this world over to our kids,” says owner Brian Butler. “If I’m not part of the solution, I’m part of the problem.”
Michael Kanter and Elizabeth Stagl opened Cambridge Naturals nearly four decades ago to fulfill their vision of creating a community natural-health store. Providing a premium selection of supplements, bulk herbs, yoga supplies, local healthful snacks, fair-trade goods and natural skin-care products, Kanter and Stagl personally research all items and seek out products of the highest quality. “We’ve survived and thrived even in challenging economic times because of our incredible staff,” says Kanter. “They provide one-on-one great customer service.”
218 Lincoln St. Allston 02134 617-202-3777 BostonGreenBuilding.com
50 Terminal St., Bldg. 2, Ste. 100 Charlestown 02129 617-242-1700 BostonOrganics.com The Boston Organics’ mission is to deliver fresh, organic produce to promote and support healthy living in a mindful and sustainable way that respects the environment and supports local farms, local businesses and fair-trade practices. Matt Malinowski, Marketing and Customer Service agent, says that staff members at Boston Organics embrace this mission. “They recognize that life’s too short to work somewhere that they don’t care,” he says. Boston Organics works with the Northeast Organic Farming Association to help local organic farmers receive their certification. 24
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23 White St. Cambridge 02140 617-492-4452 CambridgeNaturals.com
Get in Shape for Women 645 Massachusetts Ave. Cambridge 02139 617-576-9100 GetInShapeForWomen.com
Get in Shape for Women uses a four-component approach to fitness that includes cardio, weight training, nutrition and coaching. Manager Dan Baughman says that the group-workout dynamic at Get in Shape adds a level of accountability, along with consistent yet varied workouts. “People have to want to improve,” he says. “We want to make sure people feel good about what they’re doing and feel enthusiastic about showing up.”
Johnson Compounding and Wellness Center 577 Main St. Waltham 02452 781-893-3870 NaturalCompounder.com
Gary Kracoff, N.D., worked as a pharmacist for many years before he started leaning toward natural practices and compounding (customized medications) and stopped selling traditional pharmaceuticals. “Medicine should be about making people healthy and not about suppressing symptoms,” says Kracoff. “We pride ourselves on educating clients so they can make informed decisions for improved health.” At Johnson Compounding and Wellness Center, Kracoff and his partner, Steve Bernardi, follow up with clients and provide information via a network of licensed practitioners. See ad on page 34.
Traditional Acupuncture Cambridge 02138 617-492-3941 After suffering from fatigue that Western medicine could not resolve, Mona Stein took her friends’ advice and tried acupuncture. The experience yielded immediate, positive results and an eventual career change. Now, Stein practices Five-Element Traditional Acupuncture, which treats the whole person in body, mind and spirit, bringing all into balance with the five elements. Stein says, “Seeing people come alive, chronic insomniacs sleeping through the night, and women getting pregnant. . . witnessing and participating in someone’s transformation is the reward.”
Pilates Works, Inc. Wayland 01778 508-655-1178 PilatesWorksInc.com
Debra Goldman, who has been a personal trainer in the Boston area for three decades, believes in teaching people how to be their own trainers. As owner of Pilates Works, Goldman offers individual service that’s customized for each client. “I provide the service that I’d want to receive,” she says. “I’m constantly adapting to each person’s changes to find out what motivates them.” Goldman teaches safe, effective,
functional fitness for those who want to be physically active and live independently their whole lives. “I try to bring the ‘personal’ to personal training,” she adds.
The Red Lentil Vegetarian and Vegan Restaurant 600 Mount Auburn St. Watertown 02472 617-972-9188 TheRedLentil.com
“There’s lots of love in every plate,” says Red Lentil’s Chef and Owner Pankaj Pradhan. Raised vegetarian with a passion for food, Pradhan says his personally created dishes appeal to a diverse clientele, 60 percent of whom are not vegetarian or vegan. The Red Lentil sources local organic products to create meals that focus on balancing Ph levels in the body. “We endeavor to be good to our customers, good to farmers and good to the environment,” says Pradhan.
1771 Massachusetts Ave. Cambridge 02140 617-354-1771 SudoShoes.com Sudo Shoes brings vegan footwear to Cambridge, offering simple, straight, clean lines of recycled and recyclable products. Owner Scot Fitzsimmons says, “It’s less about selling and more about presenting great designs that are free of animal products.” Fitzsimmons’ prime incentive is to give vegans and vegetarians a place to shop locally with a good conscience while serving the entire local community. “This is a service to veggie-minded people and those looking for a balance,” he says.
Veggie Planet 47 Palmer St. Cambridge 02138 617-661-1513 VeggiePlanet.net
Veggie Planet, an all-vegetarian restaurant that specializes in gourmet pizza, came to Cambridge from New York in 2001, after owner Adam Penn was surprised to find very few vegetarian restaurants in town. “I think of Veggie Planet as a welcoming, comfortable, and non-judgmental environment,” says Penn. “We try to provide something for everyone with the hope that more people will be drawn to vegetarianism.” At night, the restaurant’s main dining room transforms into the renowned Club Passim folk music club.
Waltham Chiropractic John Duffy, D.C. Waltham 02453 781-894-4270 WalthamChiropractic.com
Dr. John Duffy has practiced chiropractic medicine for 20 years with the firm belief that “the body heals when you find the interference and remove it.” Duffy seeks to help his patients attain and maintain optimal health by detecting and removing interference, using natural methods and applied kinesiology. “I enjoy helping people,” he says. “I’m fulfilled when people see results and I’m devoted to finding therapies and methods that work.” See ad on page 29.
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Kevin Mulhern, D.C. 88 Maple St., Ste. A Waltham 02453 781-891-8388 WellnessCenterOfWaltham.com For 34 years, Dr. Kevin Mulhern has practiced chiropractic medicine “to help people get healthy for life and give them what has been given to me,” following his own experience of pain relief through chiropractic. Mulhern says the three causes of misalignment are pollution, stress and trauma—both obvious and undetected—and that to help people, “you have to have a heart that feels what’s going on with your clients.” natural awakenings
BERRY GOOD Blueberry Couscous Salad with Mango, Onion, and Lemon Dressing
Reap Big Benefits from Summer’s Tiny Gems
This cool summer salad, with its fresh flavors, is easy to make and a pleasure to eat. Serves 4 ½ cup orange juice 1 /3 cup water ½ tsp natural salt, divided ¾ cup whole wheat couscous 1 package blueberries 1 cup fresh mango cubes 1 /3 cup chopped red onion 2 Tbsp chopped fresh mint 2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice 2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil 1 /8 tsp black pepper Combine orange juice, water and ¼ tsp of the salt in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil. Stir in couscous; cover, remove from heat and let stand 5 minutes. Transfer couscous to a bowl and fluff with a fork; cool 10 minutes. Stir in remaining ¼ tsp salt, blueberries, mango, onion, mint, lemon juice, olive oil and pepper; mix well. Serve immediately or refrigerate until serving. Source: Recipes.Driscolls.com recipe library.
by Judith Fertig
resh berries, nature’s little gems, full of flavor and flavonoids, reach their peak during the warmer months. Each berry’s burst of juicy deliciousness carries antioxidants, vitamins C and E, riboflavin and fiber that work to fight obesity, protect brain function and promote urinary health. The red, blue and purple pigments in berries, known as anthocyanins, also help our bodies detoxify, repair damaged DNA, fight cancer and help lower LDL, or “bad” cholesterol, levels. The Department of Food Science and Technology at Oregon State University cites scores of studies that point to the many health benefits from consuming a variety of fresh berries. Each berry offers not only a unique flavor and color, but also a particular health protection.
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BLACK RASPBERRIES: The dark purple member of the raspberry family grows on low shrubs and ripens in summer. This member of the berry corps helps fight oral, esophageal and colon cancers. BLACKBERRIES AND MARIONBERRIES: Members of the rose family, these berries grow on shrubs and ripen in mid-to-late summer. Both help digestion and prevent salmonella growth. BLUEBERRIES: Powerhouse blueberries also grow on low shrubs and generally ripen in early summer. This renowned berry offers whole-body protection against many diseases and aging. CHERRIES: Sour cherries ripen in early
GRAPES: Dark purple Concord grapes, often found in home gardens or at farmers’ markets, ripen in the fall. Their resveratrol content is a key help in combating the effects of aging. STRAWBERRIES: These delicious favorites ripen throughout the year in various parts of the country. Strawberries help fight breast and cervical cancers. Home gardeners that grow berries know exactly what fertilizers and natural pesticides have been placed in or on them. Buying organic berries at the local farmers’ market or the grocery store ensures that the health benefits of fresh berries are not undercut by infiltrated pesticides or anti-fungal chemicals used by agribusiness, both here and abroad.
Right before serving, berries may be gently rinsed, and then patted completely dry; they will keep well in the refrigerator as long as they are not crowded together. Summer berries can star in cool treats throughout the day. At breakfast, they’re a welcome wake-up flavor for cereal or yogurt. As a snack, they’re perfect whether eaten by the handful or turned into frozen yogurt pops. Seasonal berries can be combined with quinoa or couscous for easy summer salads. They also add a special note when friends and family toast the end of the day with an iced tea, enhanced with fresh blackberries and mint. Pairing berries with low-fat ingredients, whole grains, fresh produce and natural sweeteners makes for fast, fresh and fabulous summer dishes that keep us cool all summer long. Judith Fertig is a freelance writer in Overland Park, KS; see AlfrescoFood AndLifestyle.blogspot.com.
MORE GOOD NEWS Berries May Lower the Risk of Parkinson’s
Berries Help Fight Pain and Heart Disease
A recent study by researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health, in Boston, that followed 125,000 subjects for 20 to 22 years, confirms that eating berries can lower the risk of Parkinson’s disease. The participants who consumed the most flavonoids, especially the anthocyanins found mostly in berries, had a much lower risk of developing the disease than those whose diet contained less or different classes of flavonoids.
A natural form of aspirin—salicylic acid—has been found in berries that grow on canes, such as blackberries, blueberries and raspberries. The Oregon State University’s Department of Food Science and Technology reports that the salicylic acid found in these caneberries could prove to have effects similar to aspirin in protecting against heart disease. A 100-gram serving (about ¾ cup) of red raspberries, for example, contains about 5 milligrams of salicylic acid.
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summer, while sweet cherries reach their peak later in summer. Both types help reduce inflammation, especially in occurrences associated with gout.
Blackberry Mint Iced Tea Served over ice, this flavorful beverage is a great way to quench thirst on the hottest days of summer. Serves 8 (about 2 quarts) 5 organic black tea bags ¼cup mint leaves, crushed; reserve one leaf per serving for garnish 4 cups boiling water ½ cup natural sugar (or use honey to taste) 6 (6-oz) packages blackberries, reserve two to three per serving for garnish Place tea bags and mint in a heatproof pitcher. Add boiling water and steep at least 10 minutes. Strain into another pitcher and discard mint and tea bags. Stir in sugar. Purée blackberries in a blender or food processor, then strain though a fine sieve. Discard pulp and seeds. Stir blackberry purée into tea. Taste and adjust sugar as desired. Chill. Serve over ice garnished with mint leaf and two or three blackberries. Source: Recipes.Driscolls.com recipe library
Berry Good Local Pickin’ by Casey McAnn
While the health benefits of berries are numerous, it’s their sweet, juicy goodness that makes them summertime favorites. Picking berries can add to the fun, and eastern Massachusetts abounds with places to pick your own, including organic options. Natural Awakenings rounded up some local favorites:
Belkin Family Lookout Farm 89 Pleasant St. South, South Natick
One of the oldest working farms in America, Lookout has strawberries and other summer fruits, along with Rainier cherries in early July. They also offer lots of activities for kids. For more information, call 508-653-0653 or visit LookoutFarm.com.
Carver Hill Orchard Brookside Ave., Stow
If growing conditions allow, Carver Hill will have strawberries, cherries, blueberries and raspberries this summer, along with ice cream treats to refresh pickers. For more information, call 978-897-6117 or visit CarverHill.com.
Honey Pot Hill Orchards 144 Sudbury Rd., Stow
The blueberry-picking season at Honey Pot Hill Orchards begins in mid-July. Carry cash for payment. For more information, call 978-562-5666 or visit HoneyPotHill.com/ index.php.
Land’s Sake Farm 90 Wellesley St., Weston
This farm and environmental education center offers organically grown strawberries, raspberries, and blueberries,
along with vegetables, flowers, and a guided tree walk. For more information, call the Farm Stand line at 781609-2456 or visit LandsSake.org/farm/farmstand.
Silferleaf Farm 460 Strawberry Hill Rd., Concord
Organic raspberries are the specialty at Silferleaf, where cash is accepted for the berries. Before heading out, it’s good to check on availability by calling 978-369-3624 or emailing Silferleaf@gmail.com.
Sunshine Farm 41 Kendall Ave., Sherborn
Raspberries, blueberries, ice cream, and peaches can be found at this third-generation New England family farm, along with fresh flower bouquets and sunflowers. For more information, call 508-655-5022 or visit Sunshine FarmMa.com.
Wright-Locke Farm 78 Ridge St., Winchester
Organically certified raspberries are available for picking in late summer and visitors are welcome to stroll around the farm and its adjacent conservation properties year round. For more information, call 781-721-7128 or visit WLFarm.org.
There are several helpful websites for locating other “pick-your-own” berry farms in the area. Visit Mass.gov/agr/massgrown/map.htm, PickYourOwn.org/mass.htm or MassFarmStands.com to search by location.
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Strawberry Frozen Yogurt This blend, made even more delicious with a natural sweetener, is a summertime variation of homemade yogurt with fruit. If desired, freeze the mixture in a frozen pop mold to make individual frozen treats. Serves 6 3 cups strawberries, hulled 1¾ cups plain yogurt 2 Tbsp liquid honey or 4 tsp agave syrup Additional strawberries Untreated rose petals In a blender, purée strawberries until smooth. Add yogurt and a natural sweetener of choice; pulse until evenly blended. Pour into a shallow, freezersafe container and freeze, uncovered, for 40 minutes. Using a fork, break up ice crystals and return to the freezer for 1 hour or until firm. (Alternatively, freeze in an ice cream maker, according to the manufacturer’s instructions.) Transfer to the refrigerator 15 minutes before serving. Serve in glass sundae dishes, garnished with strawberries and rose petals. Source: 175 Natural Sugar Desserts, by Angela and Ari Dayan, ©2007 Robert Rose Inc.; reprinted with permission. natural awakenings
If it will be Rover’s introduction to the water, start slowly and be patient, especially if he’s still a pup. Don’t assume he’ll automatically know how to swim. Choose a warm day and a shallow body of water, with a gently sloping beach or bank that’s easy for the dog to navigate. Let him approach the water’s edge and investigate it in his own time. Never splash him or force him to enter the water before he’s ready.
Once caution has turned to curiosity, try enticing him into the water by entering it yourself and calling him— perhaps attracting him with a treat or by tossing a toy a short distance into the water (not so deep that his paws can’t reach the bottom). Gradually, he should feel more confident, especially if he sees you having fun, and will venture further into the water.
Take your time while introducing your dog to boating. Keep in mind that he’s used to surfaces that are stationary and stable, so it might take him a little while to get used to a tilting and moving craft. Let him get acquainted with the boat while it’s still tied up, whether it’s a canoe, kayak or yacht. Keep his first boat trips short and watch him for any signs of motion sickness.
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Even if a dog is a seasoned swimmer, it’s a good idea to equip him with a canine life jacket or personal flotation device while you’re out on a boat. Accidents can happen, and cold, deep, choppy water can challenge even the strongest swimmer. A life jacket is a must if your dog isn’t a good swimmer; not only while he’s on a boat, but also when he’s playing in water that gets progressively deeper. Make sure the device fits properly and allow him a chance to get used to wearing and swimming with the life jacket before taking him out over deep water.
Summer Safety Tips by Ann Brightman
Sharing water activities with your canine companion is a wonderful bonding experience, as long as you keep in mind that, as with children, you must consider a pet’s safety and comfort. While many dogs take to the water like ducks, especially retrievers, spaniels and similar breeds, others are a bit timid at first and may need some help getting used to this new experience. These 10 tips will ensure that you and your best friend can splash out in worry-free fun, whether you’re wading in a stream, going boating or visiting the beach or a lake cottage.
Whether on a boat or the beach, ensure that the dog has access to good quality, fresh drinking water; maybe bring your own from home.
Make sure he has shade. Boat surfaces and beach sand can become extremely hot during sun-filled summer days, which are hard on unprotected paws; a dog’s sensitive nose and ears can get sunburned from excessive exposure, as well. When swimming in the ocean, be aware of strong tides. Sea lice and jellyfish are other risks to watch out for. Jellyfish can sting a curious dog, causing extreme pain and swelling, while sea lice are microscopic organisms that can cause intense itching. It’s a good idea to rinse your dog (and yourself) with fresh water after swimming in the ocean.
The biggest rule of thumb as far as safety goes is to always supervise your dog around any body of water, just as you would a child. If you have a pool, teach him Before starting any new activity with your dog, it’s a how to get out of it and don’t leave behind enticing toys still smart idea to first make sure he’s in good health. If you’re floating in the water. Remember that swimming is vigorous in any doubt as to his fitness, have him checked by a vet. exercise and a dog can tire quickly, especially if he’s older.
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A dog may need help getting out of the water, especially when swimming off of a boat or dock, as well as in a pool. A boating harness is a good solution; available in several sizes, it’s designed for optimum mobility and should include a sturdy upright handle on the back of it to help you lift a pet out of the water.
to mention your mutual bond of friendship. As long as you keep his safety in mind, the fun you share will give you many happy memories to look back on for years to come.
Ann Brightman is the managing editor of Animal Wellness Magazine, from which this is reprinted with Water activities can hugely enrich a dog’s life experience, not permission ©2009 (AnimalWellnessMagazine.com).
POOL CATS Paddling Classes Can Keep Them Safe
by Mary Ellen es, cats can swim. This is good to know if your home features a resident pet and a swimming pool. While most cats are not in love with a dip in the water—neither would you be if you had to dry your nose-to-toes fur using a tiny pink tongue—what would happen if a favorite feline fell in? If curiosity or circumstance caused her to take the plunge, could she make it to the edge and safely pull herself out of the pool? Our family has taken seriously the task of teaching our five cats how to swim, and always proceeded with loving care and patience. We’ve experienced considerable success by following these steps. Remember that the “swim class” is designed to teach your cat what to do if she finds herself accidentally in the water. We trim the cat’s toenails a few days before their swim class. Then, holding your cat firmly and calmly against your midriff as the two of you wade into the shallow end of the pool, keep her secure until you feel her relax in the water. Soothingly speak to her in a loving manner, gently caressing her body, and
watch her face until her expression calms. We hold the cat in our arms until her legs and paws begin to move in the water—showing that she is trying to “run” away. We’ve found that the more a feline moves in the water, the more familiar she becomes with the feel of it on her limbs and with the motion of swimming. When she’s ready, gently release your cat into the water and stay by her side as she “runs,” or kitty paddles, to the pool’s edge; then let her pull herself out, so that she knows she can do it. Note that if the water level is too low in a pool, a cat can drown in it, so either raise the level of the water or put a small ladder into the pool so she knows where to climb out. It is magical watching cats smoothly glide forward with their head held high. Some like the experience better than others; if a feline fur-eeks out, she may be better suited as a permanent landlubber. Also, a cat that’s used to having a bath may be a better candidate for adjusting to a paddle in the pool. Wet cat fur, especially longhaired fur, retains water (along with pool chemicals), so our family finishes each kitty-paddling swim class by rinsing and gently toweling off our pet with an absorbent microfiber cloth. Then she air dries in the sun. Mary Ellen is a pet newspaper columnist who shares the stories and tips she discovers in her online newsletter at AngelScribe.com. She’s taught felines to ride in a bike or stroller and walk on a leash, but her swimming lessons have made the biggest splash (You Tube tinyurl.com/ 6jy2rap). Reach her at AngelScribe@msn.com. Note: This article was written as advice for pet safety. Swim classes were conducted in a series of safe steps in structured kitty-paddle classes by a trusted family member, so the cats would not feel afraid. This article is not intended to encourage others to test to see if their cats can swim.
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WEDNESDAY, JULY 6
New England Forests Exhibition: Zofnass Family Gallery – Jul 1-5. 9am-5pm. This new, permanent exhibition explores the natural history and ecology of our regional forests, their responses to human activity, and their environmental significance. Explore the ecology of woodland caribou, wolves, and other wildlife of New England; learn about lichen cities that cling to rocks; and the circle of life within and around a forest pond from tiny tadpoles to giant moose. $9/adults, $7/Harvard students, $7/seniors, $6/ages 3-18, free/members. Harvard Museum of Natural History, 26 Oxford St, Cambridge. 617-495-3045. HMNH.Harvard. edu/Exhibits/Index.php#new.
Resume Writing/Job Hunting – 1-3pm. Drop-in help for adults needing assistance with making resumes or job hunting. First come, first served basis. Free. Cambridge Public Library, Central Sq, 45 Pearl St, Cambridge. 617-349-4010. CambridgeMA.gov/CPL.
Health Awareness & Fit for Life for the Elderly – 10-11am. A tailored program to encompass all aspects of wellness. Focuses on stretching, gentle massage, light weight lifting, flexibility, body fat testing for healthy weight, blood pressure testing, and dietary restrictions. All seniors welcome. Free. Regus Business Center, 275 Grove St, Newtonville. 978-475-2244. Newton.Patch.com/Events/ Home-Healthcare-Agency-Sponsors-HealthAwareness-Fit-For-Life-For-The-Elderly-2.
SUNDAY, JULY 3 Boston Harborfest 30th Annual Chowderfest – 11am-6pm. Often imitated, but never outdone, this nationally-renowned event showcases the culinary talents of some of Boston’s best restaurants. $12/ adults, $8/under 12. City Hall Plaza, 1 City Hall Sq, Boston. 617-227-1528. BostonHarborfest.com/ Chowderfest. Jazz on the Porch – 12pm. Relax on the Spectacle Island porch to the sounds of guitar¬ist David Ehle. Free. Spectacle Island, departs from Long Warf. 617-223-8666. BostonHarborIslands.org. Boston Pops Orchestra Preview Concert – 8:30pm. A free Boston Pops Orchestra warm up concert. The oval opens up at 4pm for access to the Hatch Shell lawn area. Hatch Shell & Charles River Esplanade, Boston. CelebrateBoston.com/ Hatch-Shell/Concerts.
MONDAY, JULY 4 Pops Concert & Fireworks Display – 8:30pm. Free Boston Pops Orchestra concert and a fireworks display above the Charles River. Concert visitors should arrive at the Esplanade early as capacity is very limited. Hatch Shell & Charles River Esplanade. CelebrateBoston.com/ Hatch-Shell/Concerts.
TUESDAY, JULY 5 Vinyasa Yoga – 7-8pm. A style that synchronizes breath and movement. Be instructed to move from one pose to the next on an inhale or an exhale. Learn proper alignment and how to breathe while gaining strength from the inside and out. $14/drop in, $60/5 consecutive classes. Groton Wellness Medical Center, 493-495 Main St, Groton. 978449-9910. GrotonWellness.com.
THURSDAY, JULY 7 Yoga for Seniors – 10:15-11:15am. Led by experienced yoga teacher, Theresa Boughner. Class is done using a chair and provides a gentle stretch and limbering for the body and a restorative exercise for the mind. $3. Watertown Senior Center, 31 Marshall St, Watertown. 617-972-6490. WatertownMA.gov.
SATURDAY, JULY 9 Harry Potter Scavenger Hunt – 9am-5pm. Thu Sept 5. Celebrate the world of J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter in a scavenger hunt in the museum galleries. Pick up an HMNH “Marauder’s Map” to explore hundreds of specimens from wolves to wolfsbane and to test the depth of your knowledge about Harry’s world. $9/adults, $7/Harvard students, $7/seniors, $6/ages 3-18, free/members. Harvard Museum of Natural History, 26 Oxford St, Cambridge. 617-495-3045. HMNH.Harvard.edu/ Lectures_And_Special_events/index.php. Kitchen Scraps to Compost – 10am-12pm. Turn unwanted kitchen scraps into a rich fertilizer for plants. Learn how to set up a home composting bin. Topics include choosing the right bin, feeding and maintaining worms, and harvesting black gold fertilizer. $20/Garden members, $25/Historic NE members, $35/nonmembers. 781-891-1985. Shop. HistoricNewEngland.org/p-6650-Kitchen-Scrapsto-Compost-Composting-101.aspx. 150th Anniversary of the Civil War – 11am-4pm. The parade grounds at Fort Warren will come alive with period music and living history demonstrations. A fife and drum corps greet visitors at the dock with music of the Civil War era. Throughout the afternoon, the Heritage String Band performs living music and contra dancing. Historian Rick Spencer discusses the historic significance of the Civil War music. Uniformed Civil War living historians will be at the fort interacting with visitors sharing their stories and history. Authentic Civil War artifacts and costumes on display. Free. Georges Island. 617-223-8666. BostonHarbor Islands.org.
techniques, as well as precautions and contraindications to support women through their healthy pregnancies. $140. Cortiva Institute, 103 Morse St, Watertown. 617-668-2000. Katie McCarren: KMcarren@Cortiva.com; Holly Fitch: HFitch@ Cortiva.com. Cortiva.com. Cold Stone Therapy for Migraine Headaches – 9am-5pm. Hands-on practice to perform strategic placement of hand-crafted cold marble stones to decrease the pressure of dilated blood vessels, sinus congestion, and the use of specially formulated aromatherapies for migraines and the most common types of headaches, as well as specific headache point massage strokes. Tuition includes how-to handouts and 4 spa foot towels and certificate of attendance. $135. Cortiva Institute, 103 Morse St, Watertown. 617-668-2000. Katie McCarren: KMcarren@Cortiva.com; Holly Fitch: HFitch@Cortiva.com. Cortiva.com. 20th Annual Summer Steamer Run – 10am12pm. A 4.13-mi run to benefit Respond Inc and Somerville YMCA. $25/entry fee, $30/day of. Casey’s Pub, 171 Broadway, Somerville. 617-5241121.Steamer@SRR.org. SRR.org/Events/Annual_Events/Summer_Steamer/2011/index.html. Glassblowing Family Experience – 1pm. Enjoy a glassblowing demonstration with the family. A truly unique experience. $15/person. Make pendants for only $10 more per person. Diablo Glass School, 123 Terrace St, Boston. 617-442-7444. DiabloGlassSchool.com.
MONDAY, JULY 11 Ultimate Bootcamp: Newton – 5:40-6:40am. Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu. An exciting outdoor, fullbody conditioning fitness program designed to challenge, tone and trim the body in four intense weeks. Core strengthening drills, muscle toning exercises and calorie-burning cardio games are mixed together with motivation and encouragement to provide a fun-filled workout for a wide range of fitness abilities. Cold Spring Park, 1200 Beacon St, Newton. 617-787-1224. For fee schedule: UltimateBootcamp.com. Ultimate Bootcamp: Arlington – 6-7am. Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu. See above description. Buzzell Field, approximately 45 Summer St, Arlingtion. 617-787-1224. For fee schedule: UltimateBoot camp.com. Ultimate Bootcamp: Watertown – 6-7am. Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu. See above description. Arsenal Park, 545 Arsenal St, Watertown. 617-787-1224. For fee schedule: UltimateBootcamp.com.
Roslindale Summer Concert Series – 6-8pm. Presented by the Mayor’s Of¬fice of Arts, Tourism & Special Events. Features Boston’s favorite local entertainers. Free. Adams Park, 4238 Washington St, Roslindale. 617-635-3911. CityOfBoston.gov/ Calendar/Arts.
Ultimate Bootcamp Evening: Watertown – 6:30-7:30am. Mon, Tue, Thu. See above description. Arsenal Park, 545 Arsenal St, Watertown. 617-787-1224. For fee schedule: UltimateBoot camp.com.
SUNDAY, JULY 10
TUESDAY, JULY 12
Basics of Pregnancy Massage – 9am-5pm. Whether want a thorough review of the basics or an introduction to the specialty of pregnancy massage, learn safe and effective pregnancy massage client positioning, draping and pregnancy massage
Jungle Jim’s Wild About Balloons – 10am. Part of Summer in the City. A high-energy performance filled with music, intricate balloon making, humor and lots of audience participation. Free. Donnelly Field, 67 Berkshire St, Cambridge. Rain Site,
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SUNDAY, JULY 17 Jazz on the Porch – 12pm. Relax on the Spectacle Island porch to the sounds of guitar¬ist David Ehle. Free. Spectacle Island. Departs from Long Warf. 617-223-8666. BostonHarborIslands.org/ event-details?rid=1534. Nutricia Low Protein Cooking Tour: Boston Event – 1pm. Chef Neil, a global low protein chef, will show how to prepare easy and delicious low protein recipes. Free. Boston Center for Adult Education, 122 Arlington St, Boston. 617-2674430. Calendar.Boston.com/Boston-ma/Events/ Show/185964246-Nutricia-Low-Protein-CookingTour-Boston-event#. Summer Fun at the Pond – 1-3pm. Children of all ages will enjoy a puppet show by Rosalita’s Puppets, arts and craft workshops, entertain¬ment, and discounted boat rides for families provided by Courageous Sailing at the first children’s day celebration at Jamaica Pond. Free. Jamaica Pond Boathouse, 507 Jamaica Way, Jamaica Plain. 617-635-4505.
THURSDAY, JULY 14 Boomtown Festival – 6pm. Annual free festival featuring dance, music, art, film and other events. Centanni Courtyard, 2nd St & Centanni Way, Cambridge. Rain site, Multicultural Arts Center, 41 2nd St, Cambridge. 617-349-4380. CambridgeArtsCouncil.org/SummerInTheCity.
SATURDAY, JULY 16 Let’s Move Outside: Fitness Day – 10:30am-3pm. A full day of fitness activities for the entire family. Become a Let’s Move Outside Junior Ranger. Youth and their families exercise together with a variety of fitness program including, hiking, swimming, boot camp fitness, yoga, martial arts and kite flying. Various islands. Reservation information: 617-223-8666. BostonHarborIslands. org/event-details?rid=1618.
MONDAY, JULY 18 The Little Red Wagon, Strega Nona – 10am. Music, theater, storytelling and puppetry. Free. Dana Park, 74 Magazine St, Cambridge. Rain Site, Morse School, 40 Granite St, Cambridge. 617349-4380. CambridgeArtsCouncil.org/ SummerInTheCity.
WEDNESDAY, JULY 20 Scrapbooking – 7-8:30pm. A beginner’s lesson led by an experienced scrapbooker. Bring 3-5 pictures to make your first page and everything else supplied. All levels welcome. Expert help, scrapbooking equipment and new ideas available. If already scrapbook, bring upplies and work on your current project. Free. Watertown Free Public Library, Lucia Mastrangelo Rm, 123 Main St, Watertown. 617-972-6431. Pauli Stern: PStern@ Watertown-MA.gov. WatertownLib.org.
THURSDAY, JULY 21 The Healing Qualities of Medicinal Plants Workshop – 10am. Explore Mount Auburn from the perspective of our medicinal plant collection with Maurene Simonelli. Discover the magical lure and profound benefits of herbal medicine as an alternative therapy. Learn how simple tinctures
and syrups are made, enjoy a sampling of medicinal teas and discuss which plants work best for various disorders. If time allows observe some of these plants in the landscape. $15. Mount Auburn Cemetery, 580 Mount Auburn St, Cambridge. Limited enrollment; pre-registration required: 617-547-7105.
FRIDAY, JULY 22 Tri-State Trek – Jul 22-24. 5am. A 270-mile bike ride from Boston to New York to raise money and awareness for ALS. Crowne Plaza, 320 Washington St, Newton. 617-441-7211. TriStateTrek@als. net. TST.ALS.net.
SUNDAY, JULY 24 Reiki 2 – 9am-5pm. A hands-on workshop where participants take their energy knowledge to the next level. There is a focus on having a solid connection with these new Reiki energies. Attendees enjoy a confidence about being grounded and energetically clear for their massage and Reiki sessions. $160. Cortiva Institute, 103 Morse St, Watertown. 617-668-2000. Katie McCarren: KMcarren@Cortiva.com; Holly Fitch: HFitch@ Cortiva.com. Cortiva.com. Seize the Summer: SomerStreets Series – 124pm. Join us as we close the streets to vehicles and open them to residents to bike, ride and shop locally. Highland Ave, City Hall Concourse to Cedar St. SomervilleMA.gov.
TUESDAY, JULY 26 Rona Leventhal, Travelin’ Shoes – 10am. A multicultural storytelling extravaganza. Free. Sacramento Field, 19 Sacramento St, Cambridge. Rain site, 28 Sacramento St, Cambridge. 617-349-4380. CambridgeArtsCouncil.org/SummerInTheCity.
Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment. ~ Buddha
WEDNESDAY, JULY 27 Summer Nights at the Museum – 5-8pm. Explore the museum during extended hours. Join volunteers in the galleries to gain insight into the exhibits and the science behind the collections. Free/members, $4.50/adults, $3/ages 3-18. The Harvard Museum of Natural History, 26 Oxford St, Cambridge. 617-495-3045. HMNH.Harvard.edu.
THURSDAY, JULY 28 Understanding Bioidentical Hormones – 5-8pm. Get an understanding of the hormones, treatments, controversies, risks and benefits of bioidentical hormones. Free. Groton Wellness Medical Center, 493-495 Main St, Groton. 978-449-9910. GrotonWellness.com.
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Performance & Movie Night – 7pm. Free. East Cambridge Savings Bank Parking Lot, 292 Cambridge St, Cambridge. 617-349-4380. CambridgeArtsCouncil.org/SummerInTheCity.
FRIDAY, JULY 29 Glass Beadmaking – 6:30pm. An evening of glass, friends and wine. Spend three hours in one of our studios to experience an introductory taste of working with hot glass in glassblowing and bead making. $75. Diablo Glass School, 123 Terrace St, Boston. 617-442-7444. DiabloGlass School.com. Walk/Ride Day – 6:30pm. Go Green, Wear Green, and Get Rewarded. Check in online, twitter it, friend us, blog it, let us know how it goes, whether this is your regular means, or just occasional. Be sure to check our calendar for updates on other events going on around town. Yoga classes, raffles, ice cream, more. GoGreenStreets.org.
SATURDAY, JULY 30 Wine Tasting – 6:30pm. Enjoy wine and cheese along with a glass blowing demonstration. Wine, cheese, crackers and thin meats will be served in our lounge. Taste a delicious selection of unique wines. $35. Diablo Glass School, 123 Terrace St, Boston. Reservations required; space limited: 617-442-7444. DiabloGlassSchool.com.
SUNDAY, JULY 31 Tree Sketching Workshop: Multi-Site Walking Tour – 9-11am. Explore the amazing variety of tree forms using pencil and paper with Erica Beade. Will focus on capturing the shapes and volume of trunks and branches, and techniques for drawing foliage using a variety of markings to build up tonal areas and describe leaf character. All skill levels welcome. A list of necessary supplies sent in advance. $15. Mount Auburn Cemetery, 580 Mount Auburn St, Cambridge. Limited enrollment; pre-registration required: 617-547-7105. Jazz on the Porch – 12pm. Relax on the Spectacle Island porch to the sounds of guitar¬ist David Ehle. Free. Spectacle Island. Departs from Long Warf. BostonHarborIslands.org. Toe Jam Puppet Band: The Green Show – 12pm & 2pm. Through music, song, and puppetry children learn about the importance of recycling and how everyone must keep the Earth clean. Free. Georges Island. Rebecca Smelling: 617-223-8108 or RSmerling@IslandAlliance.org. BostonHarborIslands.org.
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sicians, farmers, food trucks and much more. 460 Harrison Ave, Boston. 800-403-8305. SoWaOpen Market.com. Flocks – Thru Jul 8. A temporary outdoor art installation of reflective, soft-sculpture “birds,” suspended in five large groups along the 1-mi stretch of Cambridge St between Inman Sq & Lechmere Station. Cambridge Arts Council: 617-349-4380. CambridgeFlocks.com. Farmer in Training – Jul 11-15, 18-22 & 25-29. M-F, 8am-1:30pm. Spend a week outdoors with peers and the staff from Newton Community Farm learning to plant, maintain, and harvest a farm garden. Every day assist the farmer in the fields, harvest produce and prepare a snack, take part in a lesson pertaining to food systems, and enjoy games and activities in the shade. Sign up for one or two weekly sessions. Weekly: $135/Friends of the Farm, $150/general public. Newton Community Farm, 303 Nahanton St, Newton. 617-9169655. NewtonCommunityFarm.org.
Charles Square Farmers’ Market – Thru Nov 20. 10am-3pm. Also Fri, 12-6pm. Everything offer is from New England farms: fresh, organic produce, cut flowers, flower bedding, herb and tomato plants, and baked goods. Charles Hotel Courtyard, 1 Bennett St, Cambridge. Facebook. com/CambridgeFarmersMarkets. PortRDavis Vintage Fair – Thru Aug. 10am-3pm. 2nd & 4th Sun. Dealers selling vintage and retro clothing, jewelry, furniture, art, books and magazines, kitchen, and other wicked cool stuff. Will run the 2nd and 4th Sunday of June, July and August. Free. Free parking and “Mad Men” cash bar. Dilboy VFW Hall, 371 Summer St, Somerville. PortRDavisVF@gmail. Facebook: PortRDavis Vintage Fair. SoWa Open Market – Thru Oct 31. 10am-4pm. Features 140 indie designers, crafters, artists, mu-
Central Square Farmers’ Market –12-6pm. City Parking Lot #5, Bishop Allen Dr & Norfolk St, Cambridge. MassFarmersMarkets.org. Best of Berklee College of Music – Thru Aug 23. 5-7pm. A free Courtyard Series featuring the best of Berklee College of Music. During the concerts, Henrietta’s Table will sell $10 burgers (beef or salmon) and $5 beer and wine. Charles Hotel Courtyard, 1 Bennett St, Cambridge. 617-6615000. RegattabarJazz.com/Courtyard_Series. Kettlebell 101 – 5:30-6:30pm. With Jay Krawczyk. Learn the proper technique for kettlebell exercises such as the Turkish Get Up, the Swing, the Clean, the Windmill, the Clean and Press, the Snatch and more. Vitality Personal Fitness, 118 Needham St, Newton. 617-620-3585. Vitality PersonalFitness.com. Lower Body & Core Training Classes – Thru Sept 12. 7-8pm. Designed for walkers and runners as part of a balanced training program. Includes a combination of yoga, Pilates and traditional training modalities. Open to all. Free for members of Team core harmony who are preparing for the Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk on Sun, Sept 18. Held at Shiva Shakti Yoga Center, 315 Moody St, 2nd Fl, Waltham. For more info about the Walk & how to register for free training: 617-794-7123 or coreharmony.com/Giving.html. Hatha Yoga at Gallery 263 – 7:15-8:30am. Increase flexibility, strength and balance. Relax and recharge mind and spirit. Intelligent sequencing and attention to alignment which will challenge all levels. Emphasizes correct alignment within a flowing sequence that will leave you feeling strengthened and energized. 263 Pearl St, Cambridgeport. 617-459-9817. WatertownHolisticHealth.com.
Get Primal: Fusion Class – 5:30-6:30am. With Jay Krawczyk. Shape up with the seven primal patterns of movement: squat, lunge, push, pull, bend, twist and gait (walk, run or jog). Maximize your workout and capitalize on modern stretching techniques. Vitality Personal Fitness, 118 Needham St, Newton. 617-620-3585. VitalityPersonalFitness.com. Let’s Make Music – Jul 5 & 12. 9:30-10:15am or 10:30-11:15am. Ronni Olitsky introduces songs, finger plays, chants and movements using a variety of rhythm instruments and play materials, incorporating elements of both traditional and contemporary children’s music. $120/6 sessions. The Freedman Center at MSPP, Newton Cultural Center, 225 Nevada St, Newton. Warmlines.org. Stretching for Seniors – 10:30-11:30am. With Sylvia Piltch. Increase range of motion with easy stretching set to the rhythm of big band music. Cambridge Public Library, Main, Community Rm, 449 Broadway, Cambridge. 617-349-4032. CambridgeMA.gov/CPL.aspx. Kendall Square Concert Series – Thru Sept. 12-2pm. A series of free outdoor concerts. Listen to some of the area’s most acclaimed musicians on our open air seated plaza. Free. 300 Athenaeum St, Cambridge. Performance schedule: KendallSquare.org. Farmers’ Market at Harvard – Thru Oct 25. 12-6pm. Fresh, locally grown produce, baked goods, meat, eggs, cheese, pasta, flowers, dips, nuts, ice cream, honey, maple syrup, chocolate, and more. Harvard University, lawn between the Science Center & Memorial Hall, Cambridge. Dining.Harvard.edu/FLP/Ag_Market.html. Cold Springs Park Farmers’ Market – Jul 5-Oct 25. 1:30-6pm. Farm-fresh produce, turkey, beef, fresh fish, cheese, eggs, popovers, baked goods, jams, jellies. There will be flowers, crafters and a local fiddler to entertain. 1200 Beacon St, New-
ton. Jdore@NewtonMA.gov. CI.Newton.MA.us/ Parks/SpecialEvents/FarmersMarket/Farmers Market.htm.
ages welcome. Bring a mat or towel. First come, first serve. Free. Meet at Spectacle Island Visitor Center. Rebecca Smelling: 617-223-8108 or RSmerling@IslandAlliance.org. BostonHarbor Islands.org.
Lexington Farmers’ Market – 2-6:30pm. Features locally grown produce, a variety of meats, fish, baked goods and other prepared foods, and artisan’s tent. 1 Fletcher Ave, Lexington. LexingtonFarmersMarket.org. The Harmony Class: Yoga & Pilates – 7-8:30pm. Taught by Debra Bennett, Certified Pilates & Yoga Instructor. A unique blending of yoga & Pilates, creating strength, flexibility and balance within the body while stationary and in motion. Small group classes appropriate for all levels. $25/class; monthly registration only, no drop ins. Newton. More info, contact core harmony: 617-794-7123 or coreharmony.com/ NewtonClasses.html. Dirty Water Saloon – 7-10pm. Two-step, West Coast Swing and Line Dancing for GLBT folks, friends and allies. Learn to lead or follow to artists such as Train, Lady Antebellum, and Brad Paisley. Free. The Milky Way, 284 Amory St, Jamaica Plain. DirtyWaterSaloon.com.
Gore Place Farm Stand – 7am-7pm, Wed-Sat. Fresh produce; lamb: grass-fed, antibiotic and hormone free; eggs: antibiotic and cage free. Located next to the Farmer’s Cottage, Gore Place. GorePlace.org/Farm-Stand.htm. Tong Ren Healing Energy Class – 9-10am. Classes use the Tom Tam Healing System. The foundation of his system is that blockages in the flow of Chi impede healing. Direct energy from the collective unconscious, to focus it on people, reducing blockages. Completely natural, safe and painless. $10 suggested donation. Jefferson Cutter House (basement), 611 Mass Ave at Rte 60, Arlington. Class leader, Charlie Smigelski, RD: CharlieNutrition.com. TomTam.com. Kripalu Yoga Levels I/II – 10-11:30am. Join Certified Kripalu Yoga teacher Kim Childs for this mid-week class to refresh, relax, and reinvigorate body, mind and spirit. Beginners welcome to this gentle to moderate style Kripalu class covering warm-ups, stretches, postures, breathwork, relaxation and guided meditation. $17 to drop in or class card. The Arlington Center, 369 Mass. Ave, Arlington. KimChilds.com.
Kendall Square Concert Series – Thru Sept. 122pm. See Tues listing. 300 Athenaeum St, Cambridge. Performance schedule: KendallSquare.org.
Davis Square Farmers’ Market – 12-6pm. Plump tomatoes, sweet corn and juicy peaches are not the only farm goodies you’ll find (in season) at this weekly farmers market. All manner of natural foods and product vendors. Day St & Herbert St, Somerville. 781-893-8222. Somerville.Patch.com/ Listings/Davis-Square-Farmers-Market. Maum Meditation Introduction Seminar – 7-8pm. Also 3-4pm, Sat. Purpose is to bring people out of the false mind world that they are living in that includes stress, anxiety, loneliness, etc., all sorts of pain and burden. Subtracting all these false mind elements can remove the source of all these disturbances and live much better. Even one’s body will become healthier. Maum Meditation, 50 Massachusetts Ave, Arlington. 617-272-6358. Maum.org.
Gore Place Farm Stand – 7am-7pm. Fresh produce; lamb: grass-fed, antibiotic and hormone free; eggs: antibiotic and cage free. Located next to the Farmer’s Cottage, Gore Place. GorePlace. org/Farm-Stand.htm. Adrenaline: Functional Training Class – 9-9:55am. With Jay Krawczyk. A high-energy circuit class using kettlebells, TRX, ropes, balls and bands designed to burn calories and incinerate fat. Vitality Personal Fitness, 118 Needham St, Newton. 617-620-3585. VitalityPersonalFitness. com. Youth Yoga – Thru Aug 18. 10:30am. A gentle beginner yoga class overlooking the spectacular views of the Boston Harbor for ages 8 & up. Geared towards youth and their parents, but all
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Belmont Farmers’ Market – 1:30-7pm. Now featuring local wineries. Fresh, local items directly from local farmers and producers: vegetables, fruit, baked goods, meat, cereals, honey, jam, eggs, cheese, sauces, plants and more. Cross St & Channing Rd, Belmont. BelmontFarmers Market.org. Collins Tea Time – 3:30-5pm. We provide tea, snacks, and plenty of reading material to browse and borrow. Informal discussions and an invigorating break. Collins Branch, 64 Aberdeen Ave, Cambridge. 617-349-4021. CambridgeMA.gov/ CPL.aspx. International Folk Dancing – 8-10:45pm. Programs feature mostly request dancing and limited teaching. Prior international folk dance experience helpful, but many dances can be followed by watching the leaders. $8, $6/FAC members, $5/ students. First Parish of Watertown Church, lower hall, 35 Church St at Summer St, Watertown Sq, Watertown. FACOne.org.
Gore Place Farm Stand – 7am-7pm. Fresh produce; lamb: grass-fed, antibiotic and hormone free; eggs: antibiotic and cage free. Located next to the Farmer’s Cottage, Gore Place. GorePlace. org/Farm-Stand.htm. The Family Walking Program – 9:30am. Take a healthy walk through the mall with your kids. Spend time with other parents, discussing various topics, while children make new friends, and learn the benefits of regular exercise. Strollers welcome. Watertown Mall, 550 Arsenal St, Watertown. 617926-4968. Watertown-Mall.com/Events.html. Free Basic Beading Class – 11:30am. Learn the difference between all the different beads, stringing materials, findings, etc. And of course, learn how to crimp. Free. Life’s A Bead, 404 Trapelo Rd, Belmont. 617-489-7222. LifesABead@ comcast.net. LifesABead.com.
Plays in the Park – July 1, 15, 29 & Aug 12. 11:45am & 1:30pm. City Stage Co. presents Tall Tale of a Tally Ship. Cheer for the story of Julie, a woman who disguises herself as a lad and goes to sea during the age of sail. For kids. Free. Georges Island. Rebecca Smelling: 617-223-8108 or RSmerling@IslandAlliance.org. BostonHarbor Islands.org. Newton Summer Farmers’ Market – Thru Oct 7. 12-5pm. Farm fresh produce, turkey, beef, fresh fish, cheese, eggs, popovers, baked goods, jams, jellies. Flowers, crafters and a local fiddler to entertain. American Legion Post 440, 295 California St, Parking Lot. CI.Newton.MA.us/Parks/Special Events/FarmersMarket/FarmersMarket.htm. Charles Square Farmers’ Market – Thru Nov 18. 12-6pm. See Sun listing. Also Charles Hotel Courtyard, 1 Bennett St, Cambridge. Facebook. com/CambridgeFarmersMarkets Yoga at Special Olympics – 3pm. Parent and athlete gentle Kripalu Yoga class. $12. Special Olympics Headquarters, Yawkey Sports Training Facility, 512 Forest Street, Marlborough. Pat Lebau: 508-393-5581. Pizza and Art for Kids – 6-8pm. We’ll feed them and keep them busy with art projects while you relax at one of our neighboring restaurants. 8 yrs or older. $20. Artbeat, 212A Mass Ave, Arlington. 781-646-2200. ArtbeatOnline.com.
Gore Place Farm Stand – 7am-7pm. Fresh produce; lamb: grass-fed, antibiotic and hormone free; eggs: antibiotic and cage free. Located next to the Farmer’s Cottage, Gore Place. GorePlace. org/Farm-Stand.htm. Vital TRX Cross – 9-9:55am. TRX Suspension Training allows you to safely perform hundreds of functional exercises that build power, strength, flexibility, balance, mobility, and prevent injuries. All levels. High-energy class will get heart pumping by fusing cardio intervals, kettlebells, medicine balls and jump ropes. Vitality Personal Fitness, 118 Needham St, Newton. 617-620-3585. VitalityPersonalFitness.com. Union Square Farmers’ Market – Thru Oct 29. 9am-1pm. On the Union Square Plaza, Somerville. UnionSquareMain.org/Food/Farmers- Market.
Winchester Farmers’ Market – 9:30am-1:30pm. Town Common, Church St & Waterfield Rd, Winchester. WinchesterFarmersMarket.org. Broga Yoga – 10-11am. A yoga class geared for men, but open to all. Strong, energetic, and challenging, it uses traditional yoga postures and fitness movements for an amazing workout. Less flexibility intensive than other forms of yoga, broga teaches to mens’ natural physical strengths such as upper body and core muscle groups. $10 recommended donation. The Center for Arts at the Armory, 191 Highland Ave, Somerville. 617-2079374. BrogaYoga.com. Cambridgeport Farmers’ Market – Thru Oct 29. 10am-2pm. Everything offer is from New England farms: fresh, organic produce, cut flowers, flower bedding, herb and tomato plants, and baked goods. Morse School Parking Lot, Magazine St & Memorial Dr, Cambridge. Facebook. com/CambridgeFarmersMarkets.
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Fresh Pond Cambridge Walk from Whole Foods – 11am. 1st Sat. Meet in front of Whole Foods, then walk over to the pond and around the 2.25-mile paved trail. Whole Foods Market, 200 Alewife Brook Pkwy, Cambridge. Greenway Open Market – Jul 9-Sept 17. 11am5pm. An open air arts and crafts market on the Rose Kennedy Greenway. Wharf District Parks, between High St & Atlantic Ave. 617-292-0020. GreenwayOpenMarket.com. Vital Strength – 12-12:55pm. With Shayleen Pastick. Lifting, dumbbells, kettlebells and cables, pure strength training to build vital muscle mass. Learn variations on movement patterns, progression, and programming in this power-building, body-sculpting class. All levels; beginners encouraged to participate in one-on-one training beforehand to ensure safety, maximize results and increase confidence and fun. Vitality Personal Fitness, 118 Needham St, Newton. 617-620-3585. VitalityPersonalFitness.com. Go Fly a Kite – Jul 2-Aug 27. 1:30-2:30pm. Bring or make your own. Materials provided. First come, first serve. One kite per family. Designed especially for kids. Free. Spectacle Island. Rebecca Smelling: 617-223-8108 or RSmerling@ IslandAlliance.org. BostonHarborIslands.org. Maum Meditation Introduction Seminar – 3-4pm. See Wed listing. Maum Meditation, 50 Massachusetts Ave, Arlington. 617-272-6358. Maum.org.
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Affordable acupuncture, excellent care. Dozens of conditions treated safely and effectively in a comfortable community room. Sliding scale for everyone. $35-55 first visit, $20-40 follow-up.
DAVIS SQUARE ACUPUNCTURE & HEALING ARTS Lisa Desrosiers, LAc 617-548-8167 DavisSquareAcupuncture.com
Effective, gentle, compassionate healthcare for optimal health and wellness. Treatment for stress, mood, pain, injuries, headaches, immunity, digestion, women’s health, fertility, pregnancy, and preventative care.
CHIROPRACTOR NEWTON CHIROPRACTIC AND WELLNESS Julie Burke, DC 617-964-3332 Info@WellAdjusted.com
We are an integrative holistic wellness center. Our caring team consists of chiropractors specializing in Network Spinal Analysis, massage therapists and Shiatsu and Reiki practitioners. See ad page 9.
WALTHAM CHIROPRACTIC Dr. John C. Duffy, DC 781-894-4270 WalthamChiropractic.com
Activator methods, manual adjustments, massage, exercise therapy, spinolator roller tables, hydro-massage. Applied Kinesiology Testing for nutritional support, pediatric, pregnancy, whiplash, sports injuries. Major health insurances accepted. See ad page 29.
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JCWC is the only sterile and non-sterile PCAB-accredited pharmacy in Massachusetts. In addition to our compounding service, we offer a full range of nutritional supplements, natural products, homeopathic remedies and home health care equipment. See ad page 34.
CREATIVITY COACHING THE ARTIST’S WAY Kim Childs 617-640-3813 KimChilds.com
Kim coaches groups and individuals in the life-changing practices and principles of The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron. Group intensives offered each spring and fall.
COUNSELING/ PSYCHOTHERAPY ARLINGTON WELLNESS
Dal Hucknall, LICSW 781-424-6249 ArlingtonCenter.org/Therapy.html Change your life with integrated approach through healthy diet, nutrition, life coaching, and hypnosis. This highly effective, step-by-step method helps overcome anxiety, depression and addictions.
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Writer/Editor 617-640-3813 KimChilds.com
Let me help you to say what you want to say as clearly and originally as possible, whether your writing project is personal or professional.
HEALTHY HOME ENERGY CONSERVATION DESIGN Peter Brooks 617-833-0087 P.Brooks@rcn.com EnergyConservationDesign.us
A home consultation will: Reduce your carbon footprint and save energy; Increase comfort and air quality through diagnostic testing, air sealing and insulation.
HOLISTIC BODYWORK BARBARA GOSSELIN, PT
393 Massachusetts Ave, Arlington, MA 781-507-4226 HolisticHealingPT.com I’m a Physical Therapist with 20+ years experience helping people recover from pain using gentle, effective Bodywork techniques including Craniosacral Therapy and Fascial Mobilization. See ad page 33.
HOLISTIC HEALTH COACH NINA MANOLSON, MA, LMT, CHC Certified Health Coach 617-771-5121 Nina@BodyAliveBodyAware.com BodyAliveBodyAware.com
Helping busy women who take care of everything, start taking care of themselves. Nina offers health coaching, wellness and cooking classes. Free trial sessions offered. See ad page 34.
SAVOR YOUR EXISTENCE INTEGRATIVE HEALTH Dillan DiGiovanni, CHC 617-510-2534 SavorYourExistence.com
Set and reach goals for mindful eating and balanced lifestyle habits with Dillan as your coach. Live better. Savor Your Existence. See ad page 37.
HOLISTIC PET CANIS MAJOR HERBALS Nancy Anderson 617-501-9241 Nancy@CanisMajorHerbals.com
Helping to bring dogs back to wellness using medicinal herbalism for health conditions and Tail Hikes for exercise. See Canis MajorHerbals.com for more info. See ad page 31.
Lexington, MA 781-862-8000 Tamar@MyersBodywork.com MyersBodywork.com
Alison Shaw APRN, LMT, CEH 393 Massachusetts Ave Arlington, MA 02474 781-646-0686 Alison@BodymindResourcing.org Your symptoms are trying to tell you something… Listen! Your body, emotions and thoughts are constantly interacting and affecting each other. Using my innovative blend of Body-Centered Counseling, Bodywork and Energy Medicine, I will help you discover and release the underlying mind-body patterns that may be interfering with your health and limiting your life. See ad page 35.
INTEGRATIVE VETERINARY MEDICAL CARE MASH MAIN ST ANIMAL SERVICES OF HOPKINTON Margo Roman & Deborah Grady 72 W Main St, Hopkinton, MA 01748 508-435-4077 508-435-4204 Fax: 508-435-5533 MashVet@verizon.net MashVet.com
Tamar Myers, in practice since 1992, offers comprehensive bodywork. Her expertise in a wide variety of modalities allows her to design sessions unique to each individual’s needs.
NATURAL SKIN CARE ARBORETUM NATURAL COSMETICS Olga Goldberger 617-413-8548 Arboretum1@gmail.com Arboretum-SkinCare.com
Want to look your best? Homemade, all-natural, anti-aging, skin care line. Organic facial cleansers, serums, masks and creams sure to bring a glow to your face.
A full-service integrative veterinary clinic offering caring and healthful options and modalities like acupuncture, functional nutrition, homeopathy, chiropractic, herbs, ozone therapy, surgery and dentistry. See ad page 31.
MONA VIE INDEPENDENT DISTRIBUTOR Dawn McGee 781-308-3071 TheMVAcai.com
Providing products and personalized services dedicated to helping you improve your health. Serving New England and 18 countries around the world.
PHYSICAL THERAPY/ SPORTS MEDICINE
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Receive a massage experience that is unequaled, combining strength, gentleness, knowledge and experience with an acute sensitivity to minimizing pain and stiffness. By appointment only. See ad page 36.
1000A Cambridge St. Cambridge, 02141 617-492-6600 CambridgePTSportsMed.com
Specializing in outpatient orthopedic rehabilitation and treatment of sports, dance and work injuries. We also treat computer/musician overuse injuries, carpal tunnel, and injuries from motor vehicle accidents. See ad page 34.
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