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he PCOS Foundation, a charity for Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS), is holding the PCOS Awareness 5K Fun Run/Walk in celebration of PCOS awareness month. The event will be held Sunday, September 23 and will kick off at the Downtown Aquarium (410 Bagby St.) at 8 a.m. Projecting a turnout of approximately 600 participants for its third year, the PCOS Foundation has set a fundraising goal of $75,000 to provide education and support to women living with PCOS. What is PCOS? It’s a common endocrine disorder that affects as many as 10% of females of childbearing age. Despite the large number of adolescent girls and women affected by PCOS, many go undiagnosed. This is because the symptoms of PCOS are seemingly unrelated and there is no single test that determines its diagnosis. Teenage girls and women with PCOS may experience difficulty losing weight, insulin resistance, irregular menstrual cycles, excess facial and/or body hair, enlarged ovaries with multiple cysts and infertility. PCOS also puts women at a higher risk for certain diseases including diabetes, endometrial cancer, heart disease and stroke. Visit to register online for the Run/Walk, learn more about Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, or to connect with the PCOS Foundation. For more information contact Lisa Benjamini at lisa@ or 713-487-7267.

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oin the Psychic and Holistic Café for refreshments and a reading by a psychic reader, medium, and/or spiritual counselor, from 12 noon to 6 p.m., every 2nd Saturday. The participating holistic practitioners offer reiki, energy-work, aura cleansing and more. You can also visit vendor booths and shop for crystals, jewelry, candles, incense, and sage. Spend the afternoon meeting new people, networking, and sharing. This event is always relaxing and fun, and admission is always free. Located at Homewood Suites by Hilton at 29813 I-45 North in The Woodlands. Take I-45 N, Exit 79A toward TX-242/College Park Dr./Needham Rd. and make a U-turn. Conroe area, take I-45 S, Exit 77 Shenandoah. Send an email to info@innerjourneycafe. com for more information or to participate. See page 6 for their ad.

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ooking with Lucia: Under the Tuscan Sun on Wednesday August 22nd, 6:30 to 10 p.m. Herbs picked right from the garden and Italian opera provides the backdrop for an evening of cooking the “cuisine of the sun.” $62. My Mama’s Pasta Sauce on Wednesday August 20th, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. In this class, Lucia shares her mother’s traditional Sicilian pasta sauce or “suga”, complete with meatballs. The class will prepare Basil Pesto Ligurian style with fettuccine noodles and smoked salmon and shallot cream sauce over linguine. We’ll look at several types of pasta and discuss other sauce ideas, as well as the role of Italian herbs. Come hungry! $62. Aromatherapy with Lucia: Lotions and Potions on Saturday, August 11th, 1 to 4 p.m. Essential oils can enhance our spirits and provide healing. Lucia Bettler will lead you in making a brown sugar scrub, a relaxing bath salt, a fragrant room spray and more. $48 + $8 materials. Feng Shui and Moon Magic Seminars: Local author Trish Keel offers insights into feng shui and moon magic. The third will focus on the Hazel Moon on Sunday, August 19th from 1:30 to 3 p.m. You’ll receive new information that is not published in her book, Feng Shui & Moon Magic! $20. Limited seating. Call Trisha at 713-952-5429 to reserve your spot today. Please see Lucia’s ad, page 15.

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West Houston Theosophical Study Center Presents: Reincarnation


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or thousands upon thousands of years humans have pondered whether or not we may be reborn and experience many lives. The ancient Egyptians embodied the concept in the form of a Phoenix—still the universal symbol of reincarnation. Is it possible that forever experiencing an infinite number of lives might help us learn ever better ways to live, and gain, among an infinity of ongoing improvements, ever increasing world peace? What are your thoughts on the possibilities reincarnation offers? On Thursday, August 16th, from 7 to 8:45 p.m., the West Houston Theosophical Study Group will facilitate a presentation on Reincarnation. It will be at the Tracy Gee Community Center, 3599 Westcenter, near Beltway 8 and Richmond. You are invited. All West Houston Theosophical Study Center meetings are free and open to the public. For more information, contact Barbara at or Flem at or 281-493-4542.



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or most parents, back-to-school season also signals the start of cold season, which for some kids, can stretch out for months. Kids’ immune systems, like their brains, need to be educated and strengthened, which might explain why young children are likely to experience two or three colds a year, says Dr. Lawrence Rosen, a holistic pediatrician practicing in New Jersey and chair of the American Academy of Pediatrics Section on Complementary and Integrative Medicine. Here are some great strategies to keep kids healthy and bolster their

immune systems throughout the year. Manage stress: Stress is probably the biggest challenge to a child’s immune system, says Rosen. “Stress plays a big role in immune health. It literally impacts us on the cellular level. Studies repeatedly show that kids get sick more frequently when they are stressed out.” “Give your kids some down time,” Rosen advises. “Don’t schedule every minute of their time. If you are a compulsive scheduler, then schedule quiet time.” Sleep is a vital component of immune system health, he points out. “Most children need at least eight hours

of sleep a day and teenagers may need as much as 10 hours.” Eat right: Eliminating sugar completely from a child’s diet is a huge step toward better health and building a strong immune system, says holistic Pediatrician Debby Hamilton, of Boulder, Colorado. In California, a Loma Linda University study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition shows that eating or drinking eight tablespoons of sugar (about the amount in two, 12-ounce soft drinks) can: n Reduce the ability of white blood cells to fight off infection by 40 percent. n Lower immune function for up to five hours. n Block absorption of vitamin C, which plays a vital role in immune function. n Make cells more permeable to the influx of bacteria and viruses. Tracee Yablon-Brenner, a registered dietitian, holistic health counselor and co-founder of, offers a few tips to get kids enthusiastic about healthy eating: n Ask kids to help prepare the food and set the table, with tasks appro priate to their ages. n Cut vegetables in small pieces and “hide” them in favorite foods; for example, add zucchini and broccoli to spaghetti sauce. n Grow a garden (even a container garden) and engage children in the fun of growing food. n Take them to a farmers’ market to help pick out meal ingredients. Any food high in vitamin C is great for strengthening immune systems and improving overall health. Sources include citrus fruits, berries, bell peppers,

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cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower and Brussels sprouts and all dark, green, leafy vegetables, especially kale. Yablon-Brenner thinks that juice is too high in sugar (even natural sugars) and instead favors fiber-rich whole fruits. She encourages eating lots of wild-caught fish (avoiding farmed fish, which can be contaminated with mercury and other toxic substances) and plenty of foods rich in vitamin E and zinc, such as pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds. Probiotics are also important for keeping the immune system strong. For some kids, eating all-natural yogurt is enough, but for others, probiotic supplements may be necessary. “I’m really passionate about educating and teaching families about the benefits of eating real food and helping them recognize that food is really the best medicine,” says Yablon-Brenner. Exercise: Daily exercise is a key component of any health regimen. “Sometimes, I literally write a prescription for family exercise,” says Rosen. Outdoor exercise is beneficial because it also exposes children to the sun, helping them to manufacture

the vitamin D that is essential for a strong immune system. Other highly recommended exercise programs include yoga for stress reduction, which can be adapted even for small children. Supplements: Rosen and Hamilton both favor select supplements for children, especially during cold and flu season. Rosen recommends a whole-food multivitamin for kids every day, as well as vitamin D supplements, as follows: 400 IU daily for babies, 1,000 IU for young children, 2,000 IU for tweens and 4,000 IU for teens and adults. A blood test may check levels of vitamin D. Hamilton adds 15 milligrams of zinc daily and likes targeted herbal preparations for preventing and treating colds. Sanitation: The experts’ advice here may be surprising: They all recommend letting kids get a little dirty. “Kids are a little too sterile,” says Hamilton. “We used to play in the dirt, get dirt under our nails and expose our immune systems to bacteria that made them stronger. Our focus on antibacterial products today has actually led to the growth of antibiotic-resistant superbugs.” As a postscript, she recommends avoiding

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ince the big corporate banks contributed to crashing the economy in 2008, news sources report that they’ve been rewarded with bailouts, tax breaks and executive bonuses, while American workers have lost jobs and homes. There is little wonder that many Americans—and now, institutions and local governments—have been closing their accounts at these corporate banks and transferring the money to community banks and credit unions. The intent is to send a strong message about responsibility to government and Wall Street, while supporting institutions that genuinely stimulate local economies. The first Bank Transfer Day, last November, was publicized over five weeks, largely through social networks. During that period, credit unions received an estimated $4.5 billion in new deposits transferred from banks, according to the Credit Union National Association. Citizens are calling for financial institutions to be accountable, encouraged by the popularity of the Move Your Money campaign. Schools, churches and local governments across the country have been transferring large sums, or at least considering doing so, in order to invest in local economies instead of Wall Street. Last year, the city of San Jose, California, moved nearly

$1 billion from the Bank of America because of the bank’s high record of home foreclosures. City council members linked foreclosures to lost tax revenue, reduced services and layoffs, and urged other U.S. cities to follow their example. The Seattle, Washington, city council responded to the Occupy Wall Street movement by unanimously passing a resolution to review its banking and investment practices, “…to ensure that public funds are invested in responsible financial institutions that support our community.” Officials in Los Angeles, New York City and Portland, Oregon, are discussing proposals that address how and where city funds are invested. Massachusetts launched the Small Business Banking Partnership initiative last year to leverage small business loans, and has already deposited $106 million in state reserve funds into community banks. Student activists and the Responsible Endowments Coalition are urging colleges and universities—some of which have assets comparable to those of a town or city—to move at least a portion of their endowments from Wall Street. The Peralta  Community  College District, in California, with an annual budget of $140 million, has done just that. The district’s board of trustees voted unanimously last November to move its assets into community banks and credit unions. Churches and faith organizations are moving their money, too. Congregations in the California interfaith coalition LA Voice vowed to divest $2 million from Wells Fargo and the


Bank of America, ending a 200-year relationship with the big banks. The Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church, in East San Jose, pulled $3 million out of the Bank of America and reinvested the funds into Micro Branch, a division of SelfHelp Federal Credit Union, designed to assist underserved communities. Moving money to where banking practices and investments are transparent is the most effective action. Oregon  Banks  Local represents small businesses, family farms and  community  banks. It offers a website tool that ranks local banks and credit unions on such criteria as where they are headquartered, jobs created and the extent of local investment, showing which financial institutions truly serve local communities. “People from all walks of life are angry at the banks,” says Ilana Berger, co-director of The New Bottom Line, a national campaign that promotes moving money from Wall Street. But the broad appeal of this grassroots movement toward financial reform is based on more than anger or strategy. “It’s a way to move our money to follow our values,” says Berger. “It’s an opportunity to really protest against the banks, but also a way to show what we want them to be.” Freelance writer Rebecca Leisher originated this article as part of “9 Strategies to End Corporate Rule,” for the Spring 2012 issue of YES! magazine.

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itch the Cards. All electronic transactions siphon money out of the local community to some extent, so try the human approach and bank in person. Make purchases with cash or second best, write a check. If plastic is the only choice, choose a debit card. Local merchants lose some of their potential profit each time you use a card, but they pay up to seven times more in fees when it’s a credit card. Studies show that people spend 12 to 18 percent more when they use cards instead of cash.

Earn Feel-Good Interest. A community development bank will reinvest money from a CD back into the local community and pay you interest. So will alternative savings tools offered by RSF Social Finance or the Community Investment Note from the nonprofit Calvert Foundation, which also lets you target by cause, such as public radio stations. Put money into microloans and receive no interest, but big returns in socioeconomic justice. Closer to home, consider investing in family, such as a college loan for a nephew or niece.

Move Your Debt. Already broken up with your megabank? From credit card balances to car loans to mortgages, megabanks make far more money off your debt than your savings. Refinance debt with a credit union or local bank and let the fees support your community. Be wary of “affinity credit cards”, which donate a certain amount per purchase to charitable organizations but often are connected with a megabank.

Create a DIY Retirement Fund. Avoiding Wall Street’s ubiquitous 401k can be tricky. One way is via “selfdirected” IRAs and Roth IRAs. These require the account owner—you—to make the investment decisions. With or without the counsel of a personal financial advisor, you get to decide what types of projects to invest in—from local green businesses to real estate.

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the same familiar eats—like spaghetti, chicken, and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches on white bread—week in and week out. When children are repeatedly presented with the same foods, they don’t learn to appreciate new flavors and textures, which reinforces a picky palate and a fear of unfamiliar dishes, says Ayoob. From a body weight standpoint, an article published in Science suggests that when the brain isn’t gratified by food— which can happen when the family eats roast chicken for the fourth time in the same week—people are more likely to make midnight kitchen raids and add to their total calorie intake. Try this: Once a week, have a new-food-of-the-week meal, featuring healthy ingredients such as quinoa, lean bison or kale, paired with family favorites, to encourage branching out. “Don’t throw in the towel if your child emphatically refuses it at the start. Research shows that it can take 10 or more times before a new food is accepted by a finicky eater,” advises Phillips, a mother of two. She also suggests letting kids loose in the produce department to pick a new fresh item they are curious about, and then involving them in its preparation, so they are more likely to try it. “Or, substitute a familiar food, like apples, with pears,” Ayoob recommends.

Snack attacks With so much unhealthy snack food marketed toward kids, it’s easy for youngsters to graze their way to a bigger waistline. Findings shared by Italian university researchers in the Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition specifically link savory, energy-dense snack foods with childhood obesity. The U.S. Department of Agriculture reports that the percentage of American children eating three regular meals a day has decreased over the past 25 years, while consumption of highcalorie, snack-type foods has gone up. “Unhealthy snacking can have an impact on academic performance, energy levels and weight,” Ayoob remarks. Try this: Don’t push the panic button if a child looks a little heavy while he or she is still growing, but it never hurts to give the household pantry and fridge an overhaul. First, get rid of nutrient-devoid chips, cookies and soda. “Replace them with healthier, portable fuel like nuts, baby carrots, low-fat string cheese and cottage cheese, yogurt and dried fruit,” suggests Ayoob. This does away with the good-versus-bad food battle on the home front. Ponichtera likes keeping a bowl of varicolored seasonal fruit on the counter for when kids return home ravenous. She also recommends offering sliced veggies and fruit with tasty and nutritious yogurt, guacamole or hummus dip, or making afterschool smoothies, using frozen fruit, healthy, low-fat milk and yogurt. Because watching TV—including commercials extolling unhealthy foods—provides prime opportunities for mindless snacking (various studies link excess TV time with elevated body fat), consider pulling the plug after an hour. If snacking must be done in front of the tube, Ponichtera likes natural, unbuttered popcorn, deeming it excellent because it’s whole-grain, low in calories and high in filling fiber.

Meals in a hurry The desire for something quick may be why half of total U.S. food expenditures today go to meals prepared outside the home. Studies suggest that the more we purchase fast food, the greater our girth. “This should come as no surprise, because what is often ordered is mostly out-of-control portions, higher in calories, fat, sugar and salt, than what would be served at home,” says Ayoob. Even shunning the all-too-familiar drive-through for a smarter option could pack on pounds. Researchers reported in the Journal of Consumer Research that an individual is likely to underestimate the calories in a meal marketed by a restaurant as healthier, than those in a meal from a perceived offender. This mistake often leads to overeating through purchasing extra or bigger side orders, suggest the study’s authors. University of Minnesota research suggests that adolescent members of families that rely on fewer than three purchased meals per week are more likely to consume healthier beverages and vegetables with meals and less prone to indulge in soda and chips at home. Try this: Skip the fast food outlets and open The Joy of Cooking. “Preparing more home-cooked meals is all about planning and implementing time-saving strategies,” says Ponichtera. Take time during the weekend to create dinner menus for the coming week, with input from all family members, and make a detailed grocery list to facilitate an efficient visit to the health food store and grocery. Ponichtera also stresses the, “Cook once, serve twice,” trick, where home chefs purposely double the recipe and plan to serve leftovers later, adding different sides for variety. When time is at a premium, tossing ingredients for stews or chilies into a slow cooker in the morning is a tasty and healthy option. “Always have a few homemade dishes that can be easily warmed up, such as lasagna, soups and casseroles, in your freezer,” adds Ponichtera. It also works to freeze leftovers in lunch-size containers to take to work. On days when family members have time to cook, make salads and dressings (served on the side) or bean, vegetable and whole-grain side dishes ahead of time, so they will be ready accompaniments for the coming week’s entrées. “Involving children in the meal prep not only saves parents time,” reflects Ponichtera, “but also teaches kids valuable cooking skills they might otherwise lack.” Everybody wins. Canadian-based registered dietitian and nutrition writer Matthew Kadey also takes active vacations to keep trim. Copyrighted © 2012 Penton Media, Inc. 89020:512SH

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hen Kaitlin Crocker arrived in North Grafton, Massachusetts, at Tufts University Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine in 2006, she met up with another new arrival, a 3-year-old beagle named Daisy. Usually such dogs are acquired from research facilities so that students can perform physical health exams and work to socialize them. Crocker notes, “Daisy might never have been outside before; she was afraid of the door, the steps and big dogs. I was glad to see that once her nose took over, she decided a walk was kind of fun.” Tufts dogs are typically available for adoption afterward, and Daisy moved in with Crocker’s parents, until Crocker finished school. “Daisy got along well with our family dog, Hawk. She adjusted to home life, especially after we added lights in the back yard, because she was afraid of the dark,” recalls her mother. After graduation, the newly minted veterinarian married and found a house with a nice yard for Daisy. The dog’s only apparent problem so far has been with

a hissing feline called Gracie, whom Daisy has decided to ignore. Daisy’s next adjustment will be the arrival of a human baby; one of Crocker’s girlfriends is aiding the preparation by bringing her baby to visit, so Daisy can learn about bottles, diapers and crying infants. After Jessica Albon’s apartment building was sold, she and her Labrador retriever, Izzy, relocated to a 300-squarefoot apartment on her parent’s property, with shared kitchen facilities. “It caused some friction,” admits this Winston-Salem website designer and owner of Thrive Your Tribe. “Two-year-old Izzy was full of energy, and our ideas of training differed.” Albon couldn’t find an apartment willing to take a large pet, so her answer was to buy a house. Business travel from New York also takes Steven Rice, a vice president at public relations firm Harrison & Shriftman, away from his rescue dog, Samantha. Then, “My parents get the fun of having a dog around without the full-time commitment,” says Rice, “while Samantha enjoys the change from a city

apartment to a large backyard.” The dog has favorite toys, her regular food and her own bed nearby, so she feels right at home. In the case of divorce, courts routinely treat pets as property, rather than family, although attitudes are changing as judges recognize the emotional attachment of both parties. Attorneys encourage couples to decide where the pet will live. “During our divorce, the issue of who would get custody of our beagle almost took us by surprise,” says David Bakke, the Atlanta-based online editor of Money Crashers Personal Finance, headquartered in Chicago. “We were so involved in the issues of child custody, alimony and child support that we didn’t discuss Rocky until late in the process.” “My wife got primary custody of our children. We decided it would be in the best interests of both our dog and our kids that they live together,” Bakke says. “When they visit me, they bring Rocky with them. I miss him, but I also know this is best for everyone else.” When children are not an issue, pets can become a primary concern in divorces. “We never had children and our Yorkshire terrier, Clover, became our substitute,” says Courtney Karem, marketing director at the Bougainvillea Clinique, in Winter Park, Florida. “My ex-husband eventually moved a few hours away, but we arrange for him to see Clover, who lives with me.” In acrimonious divorce cases, matrimonial Attorney Rachel Weisman, founder of Weisman Law Group, in New York City, has dealt with pet ownership. There have been occasions where a spouse denies rightful visitation before custody is determined or even gives the pet away without consensual agreement. If there is a possibility of abuse, a protective order for the animal can be obtained, advises Weisman. The core question is what is the key to the pet’s health and happiness? Times of change are stressful for all concerned, but can be made easier for pets by keeping their interests in mind, just as one would with beloved children.

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Pilates 101 Workshop with Sharon, 7:45 – 9:15 p.m. Learn Pilates basic principles and positions, optimum muscle engagement and the bony landmarks that relate to Pilates. $15 online by 28th, $20 door. Studio NiaMoves Workshop Rm, 508 Pecore, www., 713-864-4260.


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ongoingevents monday Restorative Yoga with Shannon at Green Planet Sanctuary, Last 2 Mondays in August, 6:15 p.m. All fitness levels. 13424 Briar Forest. RSVP $15/class; multiple class discounts. Adult Yoga Classes. 6:15-7:15 p.m. West Houston Medical Center, 12121 Richmond Ave., #302. First class is free. Call Aileen Hansen, R.N. and Certified Yoga instructor, to register: 832-259-3328. Nia, Yoga and Pilates. Nia 6 a.m., 9:15 a.m. (w/ childcare), 10:30 a.m.(52 Moves), 11:30 a.m., 6:30 p.m., Vinyasa Krama Yoga, 8 a.m., Pilates 7:45 p.m. $8-$15/class. 508 Pecore, 713-864-4260, www.

tuesday Free Yoga in the Park Grand Lakes Gazebo, off Grand Trace and Fry Road with Melissa Smith. Beginners and more experienced students. In support of the Alzheimer Association of Houston. Call Melissa 713- 357-8817 or visit www. graceyogaand Chan (Zen) Chinese Sutra Study Class, 7:30 p.m. Learn introductory Zen Meditation and Buddhist teachings from the Chan/Zen Masters of Linji/Rinzai tradition. Donations encouraged. No experience needed. 12129 Bellaire Blvd.,,, 281-568-1568. Yoga Skills for a Changing World with Brandy Deutsch. 6:30 p.m. Intermediate. $60/month or $20 drop-in. Spectrum Center, 4100 Westheimer at Midlane, Ste. 233. 832-754-5052. Nia, Yoga, ZBellyBolli, Ecstatic Dance Pilates at NiaMoves. Nia 6 a.m., 6:30 p.m. Forrest Yoga 8 a.m. Pilates w/ childcare 10:30 a.m. Zumba, 9:15 a.m. Zumba-ZBellyBolli 7:30 p.m. $8 -$15/class. 508 Pecore, 713-864-4260. Check schedule, www. Perfect Balance Dance Workout, a Meta “Physical” Movement class with Teresa Maron, 6:30 p.m. $15/ class, 10 classes/$100. Green Planet Sanctuary.

wednesday How to Balance your Chakras, plus Chakra Healing. The Int’l Center for Reiki Training. 7-9 p.m. 281826-2872 or 281-671-4325; healingenergy17@ $30. Advanced reservations required. Exploring Meditation with Reverend Hui-Yong Shih. 7-8:30 p.m. Zen Buddhist, guided and walking meditations. We’ll work with the various methods to find what works for each person Join anytime. Suggested donation, $10. Green Planet Sanctuary, 13424B Briar Forest Dr. Neroli Reflexology, Summer, Wednesdays. $35 for 30 minutes. 9 a.m.-8 p.m. North of downtown. 11717 Bauman, Ste A. Schedule with Maria 832-573-9846.


Aquarian Foundation explores truth with a capital “T.” 8 p.m. WHY PRAY? What is prayer? What is Spiritual Healing? We study and practice the principles of effective affirmative prayer and Spiritual Healing. 4910 Willowbend Blvd., Ste. A. 713-721-8833. Chan (Zen) Beginning Meditation Classes, 7:30 p.m. Learn from the Chan/Zen Masters of Linji/ Rinzai tradition. Introductory Zen Meditation and Buddhist teachings. Donations encouraged. No experience needed. 12129 Bellaire Blvd., 281-5681568;, Introduction to Meditation 7 p.m. every 2nd Wednesday. Newcomers and experienced meditators. A talk, guided instruction in sitting & walking meditation, and group discussion. Suggested donation, $10. Houston Shambhala Meditation Center, 7915 Westglen Dr. Free self-hypnosis lesson every Wednesday, 6:30 p.m. Includes the foundation of hypnosis, its uses and a relaxing group session. Practical Hypnosis 4 Practically Everything, 114 Guenther Sugar Land. RSVP 832-922-2018, Limited seating. Learn to Meridian-tap for Pain, Phobias and other issues. Free. 9:30 a.m.-11 a.m. Abundance-tapping and testimonials, EFT videos, tapping for member issues (pain, disease, trauma, grief, addiction, phobias). Free handouts. Anna 281-363-9775, www.

Free The Woodlands EFT Tappers in Spring, 4:455:45 p.m. Every 2nd and 4th Wednesday. Creative Life, 5326 Spring-Stuebner Rd., www.creativelife. org/map.html. Optional love offering. Bring your issues, and we’ll acu-tap together. David, 281-6272345 or Spiritual Color Meditation Classes sponsored by Aquarian Foundation, 6:30 p.m. All levels. 4910 Willowbend Blvd. Subject to change without notice. Donations accepted. Patricia, 713-721-8833. Start your day with Sunrise Yoga, free, 5:15 - 6:15 a.m. Luke’s Locker in Katy, La Centerra, Cinco Ranch Blvd and 99 with Melissa Smith. Beginners and more experienced students, in support of the Alzheimer’s Association of Houston. 713-357-8817 or go to Free Support Groups for Sexual Assault/Incest Survivors. A safe and supportive atmosphere for adult female survivors of sexual assault/incest to explore their thoughts, feelings, behaviors. Support groups for friends and family also. Confidential. Houston Area Women’s Center, 1010 Waugh Dr. Must book appointments. or 713528-7273. Free Support and Educational Meetings for Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS), 6 p.m. Every 3rd Wednesday. PCOS causes infertility, insulin resistance, weight gain and other symptoms. 10901 Katy Frwy. or 713-487-7267. Nia, Yoga, HoopDance, and Belly Dance at NiaMoves. Nia 6 a.m., 9:15 a.m. Nia Express (Beginners) 5:30 p.m. Beginner Hoop 10:30 a.m. Belly Dance Beginner I 6:30 p.m., Belly Dance II 7:30 p.m., Belly Dance Intermediate 8:30 p.m. $8-$15/class. 508 Pecore, 713-864-4260. Check schedule,

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Chan (Zen) English Sutra Study Class, 7:30-9:30 p.m. Learn from the Chan/Zen Masters of Linji/ Rinzai tradition. Donations welcome. 12129 Bellaire Blvd., 281-568-1568,, zen@ Healthy Steps Class by Patty Adamik, 4:30 p.m. Green Planet Sanctuary, 13424-B Briar Forest Dr. Fun, safe, supportive movement and exercise class to music. Improve balance, range of motion, strength and flexibility. $15/class. 281-615-6007 or www. Quantum Healing with Mindy King, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Donation. Receive personal healing at Spectrum Center, 4100 Westheimer Ste. 233. Free EFT. Weekly Tap with Helen Racz. Every Thursday, 7 p.m. Spectrum Center, 4100 Westheimer, Ste. 233. Learn highly effective, simple Emotional Freedom Technique, a meridian-based therapy. Donations welcomed. Web streamed Live! See Thursday Evenings Meditation. Sitting meditation 7-8 p.m. and Dharma discussion 8-9 p.m. Houston Shambhala Meditation Center, 7915 Westglen Dr. Call 281-686-5176 or Qigong and Taiji with Mike Powers. Qigong, 6 p.m. Taiji, 7:30 p.m.; Individual classes, $15. Both classes in same evening, $25. Discounts for monthly fees. For more information contact Mike Powers:, 713-723-8393. Green Solutions Lecture - Every 3rd Thursday 7-9 p.m. Please register for class by emailing or calling 281-4403136. $15/class. Free Meditation Sessions led by Rev. Gail Williford, noon-12:30 p.m. St. Paul’s Methodist Church, 5501 Fannin at Binz, 1st floor, the small chapel. Visit for directions. Nia, Yoga, Zumba, Yoga, ZBellybolli, and Pilates at NiaMoves. Nia 6 a.m., 6:30 p.m., Zumba 9:15 a.m., Yoga 8 a.m. ZBellyBolli 7:30 p.m. Pilates 7:45 p.m. $8 - $15/class. 508 Pecore, 713-864-4260. Check schedule,

friday Free Weekly Affirmation Gathering with Doyle Ward, Fridays, 7 p.m. Learn to use affirmations to enhance your relationships, health, and career, heal the past. Spectrum Center, 4100 Westheimer, #233. Donations welcomed. or 832-628-4113 Chan (Zen) Youth and Children’s Meditation Classes in the Chan/Zen Masters of Linji/Rinzai Tradition. 7 p.m. Youth (12-16) and Children (6-12, parents need to participate and volunteer). Donations welcome. 12129 Bellaire Blvd., 281-568-1568,, email: Chan (Zen) Chinese Beginning Meditation Class, 7-9 p.m. Learn from the Chan/Zen Masters of Linji/Rinzai Tradition. Donations welcome. No prior experience needed. 12129 Bellaire Blvd., 281-568-1568,, email: zen@




Neurolinguistic Programming and Timeline Techniques with author, Carlos A. Sanchez. Free. 800-568-7660 or www.LeadersWithoutBorders. com. 2002 Timberloch Place, #200, The Woodlands. International Friends of the Woodlands free meetings, the 1st Friday of month. Enjoy meeting people who like to travel, have been living in other countries. Various speakers. Erika, 281-292-1526 or

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Nia, Yoga, Nia for Tots, and Nia Yoga Flow at NiaMoves. Nia 6 a.m. (with yoga cool down), 9:15 a.m., 11:30 a.m., Nia for Tots 10:30 a.m. Love Your Body Yoga 8 a.m. $8 -$15/class. Studio NiaMoves, 508 Pecore, 713-864-4260. Check schedule, www.

saturday Neroli Reflexology, 10% off 1 hour session, 15% off 3 pre-paid sessions of reflexology and aroma cleanse. 1 p.m.-8 p.m. 11717 Bauman, Ste A. Schedule with Maria 832-573-9846. Qi Gong, mind-body movement with Darryl Pierre, 2nd and 3rd Saturdays, 9 - 10:30 a.m. Green Planet Sanctuary, 13424B Briar Forest Dr. $20/class. For more info., Chan (Zen) Intermediate and Beginning Meditation Classes. Learn from the Chan/Zen Masters of Linji/ Rinzai Tradition., Beginner Class: 10 a.m.-noon. Donations welcome. No experience needed. 12129 Bellaire Blvd., 281-568-1568, www.cthouston. org, Free Mandarin Classes, I and II, 1:30 p.m. Learn Mandarin reading, writing, and speaking. No prior Mandarin needed. Donations encouraged. Chung Tai Zen Center of Houston, 12129 Bellaire Blvd., 281568-1568,, A Healing Circle with Healing Touch Practitioner, Margaret Harle. 4 p.m. Every 3rd Saturday. Participate in healing meditation and techniques to restore harmony and balance. Donation, $5-$15. Reserve your space: 713-419-8207 or Introductory Course on the Flower Remedies of Dr. Edward Bach, Level One of the Bach Int’l Education Program. Contact Gretchen, or for info. Free Tai Chi Class with Master Blue Siytangco. Join Master Blue the last Saturday of the month at Mountain River Studios, 9000 SW Frwy, Ste 430, 8:30-11:30 a.m. Visit or call 832-545-3506 for more information. Free Tai Chi Class: every Saturday 3:30-5 p.m. Donations welcome. No experience required. Visit 12129 Bellaire Blvd., 281-568-1568, www., zen@

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Hearing Loss Association of Houston, 9:30 a.m. The 2nd Saturday (except June and December) St. Luke’s Methodist Church, 3471 Westheimer, Rm. 23. Free Support Groups for Children, Teens, Who Experienced Sexual Assault/Incest. A safe and supportive atmosphere for female survivors to explore their thoughts, feelings and behaviors. Support for family. Confidential. Appointment a must. 713-528-7273. Houston Area Women’s Center, 1010 Waugh Dr. See Discovery Green: Recycling, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Recycle paper, plastic, glass and aluminum. Check for info. on recycling electronics, cell phones and prom dresses for charity. 1500 McKinney, 713-400-7336.

Slow Flow Yoga, 9 a.m. Discovery Green, 1500 McKinney, Downtown Houston. 713-400-7336. Nia, Yoga, and Tribal Belly Dance at NiaMoves. Nia 8 a.m., 9:15 a.m., 4:30 p.m. (Beginner and Full Figured Nia). Yoga (all levels) 10:15 a.m., Tribal Belly Dance 11:30 a.m. $8-$15/class. Studio NiaMoves, 508 Pecore, 713-864-4260. Check schedule,

sunday Lazelle Bradley at Centerpoint Health Fairs: 1st Sunday, individual consults, $25, 1-5 p.m. 2nd Sunday, The Green Solution 4 Healthy Weight Loss Classes, $15, 3 p.m. 3rd and 4th Sundays, individual consults, $25, and Sunrider Store, 1-5 p.m. 1920 Hollister. Register: 281-440-3136. Aquarian Foundation explores truth with a capital “T.” Who are the Sixth and Seventh Root Races? Do you have conscious recall of your past lives? What’s next? 11 a.m. Open to seekers of truth; 3 p.m. (members only). 4910 Willowbend Blvd, Ste A. 713-721-8833. Half-Day Meditation Retreat at Chung Tai Zen Center. 9 a.m.-noon, 1st Sunday of month. Meditation and lectures. Silence is observed. All welcome. No fees, donations encouraged. No experience required. 12129 Bellaire Blvd., 281-5681568, or Blessing and Dedication Ceremony: Every last Sunday 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. No fees, donations encouraged. No prior experience required. Visit us at 12129 Bellaire Blvd., 281-568-1568, www. or Free: Introduction to Meditation at Dawn Mountain, 11 a.m. For calming and settling the mind and opening to a more spiritually-centered life. Dawn Mountain, Tibetan Temple, 1925 B Richmond Ave., 713-630-0354. Open to the public. Donations welcome. Unity Church of Practical Christianity. Sunday Services 8:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m. Pipers Meadow Community Center, 12590 Pipers View Dr., Webster., 281-554-7420. Green Solutions Lecture Every 2nd Sunday 3-5 p.m. Please register for class by emailing LBnutritionist@ or calling 281-440-3136. $15/class. ECK Worship Service at Houston Eckankar Center, 11 a.m.-noon, 11231 Richmond, Ste. D-106. For information call 281-759-1130. NU-REIKI™ Practice Clinic with Julia Carroll. Last Sundays of the month, 2:30 p.m. Renew and practice NU-REIKI I, II and Situational Healing methods. NU-REIKI, Chakra Balancing by appt. Memorial Dr. 713-880-5171, www.juliacarroll1. com. Discovery Hoop Dance 10:30 a.m., and Ananda Yoga, noon. Discovery Green at 1500 McKinney, Downtown Houston. or 713-400-7336. Nia, Hoop, Yoga and ZBellyBolli at NiaMoves. The Nia Technique is The LOVE Your Body Workout. Nia 8 a.m. Hoop 9:05 a.m. ZBellyBolli 10 a.m. Kundalini Yoga 11:15 a.m. Beginner Hoop 1 p.m. $8-$15/class. 508 Pecore, 713-864-4260. Check schedule, Lake Houston Unity. Sunday service, 10:30 a.m. Homewood Suites in Kingwood. www. 281-812-2210.



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Angela Caughlin, LCSW, is a nationally known speaker in loss, change, transition and the mind-body connection. She is a licensed psychotherapist, and the author of numerous books. She works with individuals, groups and organizations to foster an understanding of the mind/body connection and how to heal and evolve from loss and challenges one’s personal or business life. Her latest book, Journaling Through: Unleashing the Power of the Authentic Self, published in 2009, acquaints the general public with journaling as powerful tool to facilitate change and the mind/body connection. See ad page 11.


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Flow-Of-Light Natural Health and the Institute of Holistic Health & Science are founded by Helen Liu, PhD, a medical physicist who works in bio-energy research and holistic study. Dr. Liu provides bio-energy scan of your energy field and teach you how to best attune your energy body for health and healing. She also provides spiritual counseling and uses meditative approaches to bring vitality and harmony in your Body-MindSpirit. Public research studies and group classes are also offered.

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A community of seekers and holistic practitioners who transform and heal through education and experience. We provide a supportive forum for learning new ideas, exploring various modalities, and sharing experiences to facilitate healing of mind, body and Spirit. We endeavor to educate the greater community while living in a spirit of unity and integrity. Meets monthly on the third Monday, 12 to 1:30 p.m. in The Woodlands Chamber of Commerce. For further information please contact Judy Bunch at the number or email address above.

HOLISTIC LIVING NETWORK Peggy Rome & Kathleen Elmore 281-359-5285

Providing learning and networking opportunities for those interested in all aspects of holistic living. Meets 7 p.m. on second Tuesday of month at Cafe East in Humble.

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meditation classes CHUNG TAI ZEN CENTER OF HOUSTON 12129 Bellaire Blvd. Houston 77072 281-568-1568

Chan/Zen Meditation Classes. Guided by Ordained Zen Masters of Chung Tai Chan Monastery. No fees. Donations are welcome. No prior experience required for beginners. Learn from the Chan/Zen masters of Linji/Rinzai tradition. The following classes are taught every week (classes begin the week of September 2) Beginner (A) Mon 7:30 – 9:30 pm (B) Sat 10:00 am – noon. Intermediate: Wed 7:30 – 9:30 pm. Advanced: Thu 7:30 – 9:30 pm. Children: Fri 7:00 – 9:00 pm. Ages 6-12, Parents need to participate & volunteer in the class. Youth: Fri 7:00 – 9:00 pm. Ages 13-18. Mandarin Language Class I and II: Sat 1:30 – 3:30 pm. Free lessons in Mandarin reading, writing, listening, & speaking. No prior Mandarin experience needed. Tai Chi: Sat 3:30 – 5:30 pm. Choir Practice: Sun 1:30 – 3:30 pm. The following events are held every month: Half-day Meditation Retreat, First Sunday of every month 9:00 am – noon. Sunday Services & Meditation, Every Sunday except the days of Blessing Ceremony and Half-day Retreat 10:00 am – noon. Blessing Ceremony, Last Sunday of every month 9:30 am – 2:20 pm. See ad on page 12.

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KingwoodFarmer’s Farmer’s Market in Kingwood’s O Kingwood Market in Kingwood’s Town Town Park Thursday every Thursday 3 to 7Come p.m. CenterCenter Park every from 3from to 7 p.m. Come andthe visit the certified to buy locally and visit certified vendorsvendors to buy locally grown grown and produced fruit, vegetables and delicacies such deliand produced fruit, vegetables and such cacies as Indian food, jellies and artisan jams, artisan breads, as Indian food, jellies and jams, breads, olive olive oil,cheese, goat cheese, lavender, jerky, sugar-free oil, goat lavender, jerky, sugar-free desserts, desserts, and garden plants and orchids, orchids, vegetablevegetable and garden plants and much much much more. For info: more713-703-5392 info: 713-703-5392 much more. For more bob@ Theco-op co-op takes takes place place Rawfully OrganicCo-op Co-op- -The Rawfully Organic every Forest Club. Times and every Thursday ThursdayatatNottingham Nottingham Forest Club. Times directions are onare and directions on Eco-Farmers’ Market–– Every Every Thursday Thursday 4-8 p.m. Eco-Farmers’ Market at 801 Town at the the CITYCENTRE CITYCENTRE central central plaza, plaza, 801 Town & & Country Locally grown grown fruits fruits and and vegetables, vegetables, Country Blvd. Blvd. Locally as well as as baked baked goods, goods, meates, meates, cheeses, cheeses, plants plants and and as well eco-friendly eco-friendly products. products. Lastrada’s Farmers’ Market, 322 Westheimer Lastrada’s Farmers’ Market, 322 Westheimer Rd., Rd., Houston 77006, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Houston 77006, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

wednesday Wednesday Urban Harvest Farmers Market - City Hall, 901 Urban Harvest Farmers Market - City Hall, Bagby, 11 a.m-2 p.m. for more info visit urbanhar901 Bagby, 11 a.m-2 p.m. for more info visit UrbanHarvest. org.

Spring at Wirt and Spring Branch BranchFarmers FarmersMarket Market at Wirt Westview meets meets every Wednesday from 2:30-6:30 and Westview every Wednesday from p.m. Rain or Shine. Please www.springbranch 2:30-6:30p.m. Rain or visit Shine. Please visit for additional information. We for additional are supportedWe by are the Swiss Bell by Tower Center Bell and information. supported the Swiss The Blue Planetand Café asBlue well as all ofCafé the Villages of Tower Center The Planet as well as the Spring Branch Area andSpring the School of the Woods. all of the Villages of the Branch Area and the School Come visitisusall and see what Come visit of us the andWoods. see what the buzz about. the buzz is all about. The Third Day Organic Produce & Meat Co-op Organicavailable Produceat&this Meat Co-op –The TheThird majorDay categories co-op are: – The major categories availableand at this co-op are: Natural Organic Food Products household and Natural Organic Food Products andvegetables, household and personal items; Organic fruits and and personalBeef items; vegetables, and Natural andOrganic Chickenfruits (nowand including Georgia’s Natural Beef and Chicken including GeorTexas GrassFed Beef) as well(now as Essential Oil Scentgia’s Texas GrassFed Beef) as well as Essential Oil ed Soy Candles and Natural Soaps and skincare prodScented Candlespick-up and Natural and skinucts. TheSoy standard dates Soaps are mainly on care products. The standard pick-up dates are mainly Wednesday but do occasionally vary. Check the webon Wednesday but do occasionally vary. Check the site, for details and website, for details and exact order and pick-up dates. More information exact order and pick-up dates. More information available available from fromVanessa VanessaClark, Clark,281-797-8908. 281-797-8908. Central City Co-op Co-op and and Partner Partner Co-ops Co-ops are are haphapCentral City pening over Houston Houston every every Wednesday. Wednesday. Central Central pening all all over City’s main location location at 2515 Waugh Dr. (in the Montrose) and is trose) is is open openon onWednesday Wednesdayfrom from9-6:30 9-6:30p.m. p.m. and committed totoproviding is committed providingthe thebest best organic organic produce available available from from local and national suppliers. We also provide lots of other organic dry goods as well as have visiting visitingvendors vendorsbringing bringing customers sushave ourour customers sustaintainable foods clothing. For more information able foods and and clothing. For more information visit visit Sugarland SweetCity Wednesdays 4-6:30 4-6:30 Sugarland SweetCityCo-op, Co-op,Wednesdays p.m. FACEBOOK: p.m. FACEBOOK: php?gid=121514826166oror at 832-788php?gid=121514826166 callcall AnnAnn at 832-788-9068 9068 or or

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Georgia’s Local Farmers’ Market – Inside Georgia’s Local Farmers’ Market – Inside GeorGeorgia’s Farm 2 Market – 12171 Katy Freeway, gia’s Farm 277079, Market – I-10 12171 Katy Houston Houston at, Freeway, Dairy Ashford, 77079, I-10 Ashford, 1 block of Dairy 1 block eastat,ofDairy Dairy Ashford on theeast south side Ashford road. on the 1:30-3:30 south side feeder 1:30-3:30 feeder p.m., road. 281-940-0990, p.m., 281-940-0990,

Rawfully Organic Theco-op co-op takes takes place place Rawfully OrganicCo-op Co-op- -The every Saturday every Saturday at at 3400 3400 Bissonnet. Bissonnet. Times Times and and direcdirections are are on tions Woodlands Farmers Market Home Delivery ProWoodlands Farmers Market Home Delivery gram, email: for ordering Program, email: for information. ordering information. Bryan/College Station Saturday Farmers’ Market Bryan/College Station Saturday Farmers’ – 8 a.m.-noon, Wm. J. Bryant @ Bus. Rt. 6. Market – 8 a.m.-noon, Wm. J. Bryant @ Bus. Rt. 6. Midtown Saturday Market – – At www.tafia. Midtown Saturday html, 8 a.m.-noon. RAINMarket OR SHINE. Monica com/mfm.html, a.m.-noon. At Pope’s restaurant8 T’afia, 3701RAIN TravisOR St.,SHINE. Houston, Monica Pope’s restaurant T’afia, 3701 Travis St., NO MARKET IN AUGUST. Houston, NO MARKET IN AUGUST. Urban Harvest Farmers Market (formerly Bayou Urban Harvest Farmers City Farmers Market) 8 a.m. -Market Noon, all(formerly year. In Bayou 8 a.m. - Noon, all year. parkingCity lotFarmers behind Market) 3000 Richmond at Eastside. In parking lotfarmers behindand 3000 Richmond Eastside. More than 50 vendors sellingateverything More than 50harvested farmers and vendors selling everything from freshly produce and artisanal breads from freshly harvested produce and artisanal breads to grass-fed beef and emu eggs. to grass-fed beef and emu eggs. Onion Creek Saturday Heights Farmers’ Market Onion Creek–Saturday Heights Farmers’ Mar– 8 a.m.-noon, ket – 8 Stude a.m.-noon www.whiteoakfarmersmar between wood– and Heights Blvd. behind, between wood and Heights Blvd. Onion Creek CoffeeStude House, 3106 White Oak Blvd., Houston 77007.

Hosted Sugarland SaturdaySugar Farmers 4350 Austin Parkway, Land, Market, Texas 77479. For by First Colony Community Association, 8 a.m.information, e-mail Alice Fish at alicef@firstcolony. noon, 4350281-634-9557. Austin Parkway, Sugar Land, Texas org or call 77479. For information, e-mail Alice Fish at Pearland OldTown Center Farmers or callSaturday 281-634-9557. ket, 2010 Market, March - November, 2nd and 4th Pearland Center Saturday Farmers Saturday ofOldTown each month, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Zychlinski 2010 Market, March - November, and Market, Park, 2243 Grand Blvd., Pearland, Texas,2nd www. 4th Saturday of each month, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Zychlinski Park, 2243 Grand Blvd., Pearland, Texas, Tomball Saturday Farmers Market, March - vember, 2nd & 4th Saturdays near the Depot in Tomball Saturday Farmers Market, Historic Tomball, 8 a.m.-noon. At cornerMarch of FMNovember, 2nd & the Depot in 2920 (aka Main St.)4th & Saturdays Cherry St.,near tomballfarmersHistoric Tomball, 8 a.m.-noon. At corner of FM 2920 (aka Main St.) & Cherry St., tomballfarmersmarOld Town Katy Market Days, 3rd Saturday of Each Month, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., at Historic Downtown Square, Old Katy Market Days, 3rd Saturday of Katy,Town TX, 281-391-1993. Each Month, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., at Historic Downtown Square, Katy, TX, 281-391-1993.

sunday Sunday

Richmond Sunday Farmers Market – noon-4 p.m., Richmond Sunday Farmers5005 Market – noon-4, FM 359, south p.m., 5005 FM 359, of, 723, Richmond, TX. south of FM 723, Richmond, TX. Heights Sunday Farmers Market – 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Heights Sunday Farmers Market – 11 a.m.-3 Wabash Antique and Feed Store, 5701 Washington p.m., Wabash Antique and Feed Store, 5701 WashAve., Houston 77007, 713-863-8322. ington Ave., Houston 77007, 713-863-8322. Discovery Green Discovery Green Farmers’ Farmers’Market, Market, noon noon -- 44 p.m. p.m. www.discoverygreen. www.discoverygreen. Urban Harvest Market at Highland Village Urban HarvestFarmers Farmers Market at Highland Vil– Located in theinHeart of Highland Village, 2706 lage – Located the Heart of Highland Village, Suffolk, Houston 77027.77027. Held each from HeldSaturday each Saturday 2706 Suffolk, Houston 9 a.m.-1 p.m.,p.m., the market is housed in a permanent, from 9 a.m.-1 the market is housed in a permaopen-air structure on the sideside of Highland nent, open-air structure onsouthwest the southwest of HighVillage Shopping Center (located land Village Shopping Center (locatedalong alongthe the 4000 4000 block of of Westheimer). Westheimer).To Tofind findus, us,turn turnonto onto Suffolk block Suffolk at at Starbucks – we’re the parking just behind Starbucks – we’re in theinparking lot justlot behind Jos. A. Jos. A. Bank. Bank. Urban Harvest Farmers Market at Discovery Green at Discovery Urban Harvest Farmers Market (formerly CentralCentral City Co-op Discovery GreenGreen MarGreen (formerly City Co-op Discovery ket) Every Sunday, all year, noon-4 p.m. Discovery Market) Every Sunday, all year, noon-4 p.m. DiscovGreen, 1500 McKinney St.St. ery Green, 1500 McKinney

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O Neal’s Berry Farm and Farmer's Market, O Neal’sGosling Berry Road, FarmSpring, and Farmer’s Market, 24527½ Texas 77389, 281255-3699. Open semi-year round:Texas (early77389, Feb. til281July 24527½ Gosling Road, Spring, 31 and early Sept. til Dec. round: 24) Mon.-Sat. 10 til a.m.-6 255-3699. Open semi-year (early Feb. July p.m., 10Sept. a.m.-2tilp.m. 31 andSun. early 24) Mon.-Sat. 10 a.m.-6 and for current p.m.,Facebook Sun. 10 a.m.-2 and Facebook for current info. 2008 Rayford Road, Spring, Theiss Farm Market, TX 77380. Daily 10 a.m.6:30 p.m. Sunday a.m.Theiss Farm Market, 2008 Rayford Road, 11 Spring, 5TX p.m., 281-419-3276. 77380. Daily 10 a.m.- 6:30 p.m. Sunday 11 a.m.- 5 p.m., 281-419-3276

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