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tewart Pearce, internationally renowned Angelic Visionary, Seer and Sound Healer from the United Kingdom, will make his first-ever visit to the Midwest when he presents his workshops And So It Is In Heaven from 7 to 9 p.m., June 13, and A Bridge Between the Worlds from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., June 14, plus conducts private Soul Readings from June Stewart Pearce 15 to 18, all at The Playful Soul, in Broad Ripple Village. “We are joyfully honored to welcome Stewart Pearce to the Indianapolis area to share his amazing gifts and extraordinary life with us,” shares Vicki Mack, owner of The Playful Soul. His career has been a fascinating journey of discovery, blending his gifts as a premier Voice Coach and Psychic Visionary. He has worked with Diana, Princess of Wales; Margaret Thatcher; and Simon Callow among others. Formerly Head of Voice at the Webber Douglas Academy London for 18 years and Master of Voice at Shakespeare’s Globe Theater for 10 years, he now has a private practice in Knightsbridge, London, where he coaches and heals those who are drawn to him as a result of disharmony or disease. As a young child growing up in Buckingham Palace, he had psychic visions of ghosts and angelic orbs of light plus resonating naturally with the power of sound. These gifts impacted the way he learned and initially caused difficulty until he found joy and success in the world of theatre as a young student. During the Harmonic Convergence of 1987, he experienced the Divine transmission of 12 Archangels who have come to be known as the “Angels of Atlantis”. “Through their gracious teaching, the extraordinary light beings appearing as orbs gave me a temple of sound healing which I’ve progressively brought into creation since the mid-90’s,” says Pearce. “The Angel’s role is to encourage us back to wholeness through love and joy.” Costs: June 13 workshop/$12, June 14 workshop/$150. Separate fees for private Soul Readings. Location: 6516 N. Ferguson. For more information, call Vicki Mack at 317-253-0499, email Vicki@ThePlayfulSoul.com or visit ThePlayfulSoul.com, The AlchemyOfVoice.com or TheAngelsOfAtlantis.com. See ad on page 7.
Symphony on the Prairie Kicks Off at Connor Prairie
he Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra (ISO) will present its 33rd annual Marsh Symphony on the Prairie season at Connor Prairie Interactive History Park beginning at 8 p.m. on June 20 and June 21 with George Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue.” Other ISO shows this season will include music from The Eagles, Led Zeppelin, Beethoven’s “Symphony No. 7,” classic FM radio hits of the last several decades and the annual Star Spangled Symphony to celebrate Independence Day. Other concerts include the Classical Mystery Tour performing songs by The Beatles, Glenn Miller Orchestra, Jim Curry singing the John Denver Songbook, the ABBA tribute band Waterloo, The Beach Boys, The Hit Men with members from Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band. Attendees are invited to bring food, drinks, lawn chairs and blankets. Consider arriving early to explore Conner Prairie’s several themed historic areas, including Lenape Camp, Conner Homestead, 1836 Prairietown, 1863 Civil War Journey: Raid on Indiana, the Nature Walk and the Animal Encounters Barn. Explore the 200 wooded acres and discover fun activities and exciting ways to experience the past. Single tickets, tables and parking for symphony shows can be purchased at IndianapolisSymphonyOrchestra.org or at the Hilbert Circle Theatre Box Office at 32 E. Washington St., Ste. 600, Indianapolis. Tickets can also be purchased for a $1 discount with a Fresh Idea Card at Marsh Supermarkets. For more information on events and exhibits in Connor Prairie, visit ConnorPrairie.org. See ad on page 17.
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Harvard Medical School study found that how well women age in their 70s is linked to the way they ate earlier in life. Researchers started with 10,670 healthy women in their late 50s and followed them for 15 years. Published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, the results saw fewer chronic diseases among women that followed diets heavy in plantbased foods during midlife; these women were also 34 percent more likely to live past 70. Those that ate most similarly to the Mediterranean diet had even better outcomes—a 46 percent greater likelihood of living past 70 without chronic diseases. Eleven percent of the subjects qualified as healthy agers, which researchers defined as having no major chronic diseases, physical impairments, mental health problems or trouble with thinking and memory. According to lead author Cecilia Samieri, Ph.D., midlife exposures are thought to be a particularly relevant period because most health conditions develop slowly over many years.
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Grass Releases Surprising Amounts of CO2 Which emits more of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide: a cornfield or a residential lawn? According to researchers at Elizabethtown College, in Pennsylvania, it’s the grass. David Bowne, an assistant professor of biology, published the study results in the Soil Science Society of America Journal. After measuring carbon dioxide released from each setting, the scientists found that urban areas deemed heat islands may have a smaller overall impact than previously thought, compared with suburban developments. Previously, the heat island effect has been perceived as a phenomenon that occurs only in cities, where the mass of paved roads, dark roofs and buildings absorb and concentrate heat, making cities much warmer during hot days than other areas. Both carbon dioxide releases and soil temperature were measurably higher in residential lawns than in croplands and higher temperatures are directly associated with carbon dioxide efflux. Bowne says, “As you increase temperature, you increase biological activity—be it microbial, plant, fungal or animal.” Increased activity leads to more respiration and increased carbon dioxide emissions. Source: Tinyurl.com/LawnsVersusCorn
Furry Friends Being Treated More Like Family Around Indy by Lanette Erby
arents should not feel uncomfortable if they encounter a dog with the same name as their child. According to the Veterinary Pet Insurance Co., the nation’s largest pet insurance company, the most popular dog names of 2013, Bella and Max, are also among the top 100 most popular human baby names as ranked by BabyCenter.com. This trend toward giving dogs human names is a testament to the familial bond that exists between owner and canine, so it’s no wonder that pet parents want to bring their dogs with them wherever they go as part of the family unit. To meet this demand, more small shops, financial institutions, drycleaners and other Indy businesses have begun allowing dogs on their premises. Many of them provide community water bowls inside their doors and stock dog treats. Also, some restaurants invite families to have their dogs join them for meals on the patio. Waiters or waitresses will normally bring a water bowl to the table and, often times, will drop a few ice cubes in the water as a treat. For dog owners who want to further strengthen the bond with their dog, Dog Scouts of America, as featured on page 24, is a national organization with a local troop right here in Indianapolis. Troop #177 conducts monthly meetings that usually take place the second Saturday of each month at 9:30 a.m. at Best Friends Pet Care, in Indianapolis. Organized activities, along with the opportunity to earn merit badges for their pooches take place on a regular basis. The troop recently participated in the annual Mutt Strut. If once a month of play time with other furry friends is not enough—which of course it’s not for most pups—dog parks are sprinkled
Bark Park, Eagle Creek Bark Park, Paul Ruster Bark Park on the East Side, Indianapolis Humane Society Pet Park on the Northwest Side, and Waggin’ Tails Bark Park in Lawrence. For more information on activities and monthly meet-ups with Dog Scouts of America Troop #177, visit Meetup. com/Indy-Dog-Scouts-Troop-177/ events/161284802/ or email IndyDogScouts@gmail.com. Best Friends Pet Care is located at 8224 Bash St., Indianapolis. For more information on the Tom Wood Subaru Dog Park, visit TomWoodSubaru.com. throughout the Greater Indianapolis Area. Clay Terrace Mall in Carmel is no longer just a place for people to enjoy. The shopping center recently opened the Tom Wood Subaru Dog Park, a 42,300-square-foot dog playground open during daylight hours seven days a week. The park, located on the grassy knoll behind Kona Grill and next to the St. Vincent Sports Performance Center, is equipped with seating for patrons, waste stations and play elements for dogs. All friendly dogs are welcome free of charge. Close by in Fishers is the fouracre Pierson Bark Park. Visitors and their canine companions can purchase a day pass or a membership to take advantage of the parks many amenities, including a winding brick path that circles the entire park; a fountain aerated pond in which furry friends can splash around; a designated small dog area; and a bath station. The Lodge, a recently opened, bed and breakfast-style dog boarding facility, takes advantage of the on-site bark park facilities. Several other dog parks located around the city include Broad Ripple
Pierson Bark Park and The Lodge, 11787 E 131st St., Fishers, 317-5772275, PiersonBarkParks.com. For guides to Indianapolis Municipal Bark Parks, visit Indy.Gov/Egov/City/ DPR/Pages/BarkPark0214-8063. aspx or Voices.Yahoo.Com/A-GuideIndianapolis-Bark-Parks-Fun-DogsAnd-4906964.html?cat=7.
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THE HEALING POWER OF STORY How Telling Our Truths Can Set Us Free by Judith Fertig
fter his deployment in Iraq, U.S. Marine Captain Tyler Boudreau returned home in 2004 with post-traumatic stress syndrome and an emotional war wound that experts now call a “moral injury”. He could only sleep for an hour or two at night. He refused to take showers or leave the house for long periods of time. He and his wife divorced. “My body was home, but my head was still there [in Iraq],” he recounts. At first, Boudreau tried to make sense of his conflicted feelings by writing fiction. Then he wrote a detailed, nonfiction analysis of his deployment, but that didn’t help, either. In 2009 he wrote a memoir, Packing Inferno: The Unmaking of a Marine, that came closer to conveying his personal truth. “I needed to get back into the story,” he says, so he could pull his life back together in Northampton, Massachusetts. Like Boudreau, we all have stories—ongoing and ever-changing— that we tell ourselves to make sense 16
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of our lives. They can help us heal and powerfully guide us through life, or just as powerfully, hold us back. In 1949, Sarah Lawrence College Professor Joseph Campbell published The Hero with a Thousand Faces, in which he outlined a master monomyth. It involves leaving everyday life and answering a call to adventure, getting help from others along the way, facing adversity and returning with a gift, or boon, for ourselves and others. It’s a basic pattern of human existence, with endless variations.
Power to Heal the Body
How does telling our truth help heal our body? Professor James Pennebaker, Ph.D., chair of psychology at the University of Texas at Austin, is a pioneer in the mind-body benefits of story, which he explores in Opening Up: The Healing Power of Expressing Emotions. In the late 1980s, while consulting for the Texas prison system, Pennebaker discovered that when suspects lied while taking polygraph tests, their heart
rate rose, but when they confessed the truth, they relaxed. “Our cells know the truth,” writes microbiologist Sondra Barrett, Ph.D., who also blogs at Sondra Barrett.com, in Secrets of Your Cells, “Our physiology responds to what we’re thinking, including what we don’t want people to know.” When we are afraid to tell a story and keep it in, “Our cells broadcast a signal of danger,” she explains. “Molecules of adrenalin, along with stress hormones, connect with receptors on heart, muscle and lung cells—and in the case of long-term sustained stress, immune cells.” We experience increased heart rate, tense muscles, shortness of breath and lower immunity when we’re stressed. She notes, “When we release the stories and feelings that torment us, our cells respond with great relief and once again become havens of safety.” We need to tell our stories even in facing life-threatening illness, and maybe because of it. Dr. Shayna Watson, an oncologist at the Cancer Centre of Southeastern Ontario, in Canada, encourages physicians to listen to patients. “In the name of efficiency,” she reports in an article in Canadian Family Physician, “it’s easy to block out patients’ stories and deal only with the ‘facts’, to see the chat, the time and the stories as luxuries for when there is a cancellation. The study of narrative tells us, however, that in these easily neglected moments we might find more than we expect; there can be understanding, relationship building and healing— the elements of our common humanity.” A current problem is but a dot on the entire timeline of a person’s
“By sharing our stories together and finding common ground, we lay the groundwork for world peace and much more.” ~Rev. Patrick McCollum
existence. By keeping their larger story in mind, patients can find a wider perspective, with the strength and resolve to heal, while the physician can see the patient as a person, rather than a diagnosis.
Power to Heal Emotions
“Telling your story may be the most powerful medicine on Earth,” says Dr. Lissa Rankin, the author of Mind Over Medicine, who practices integrative medicine in Mill Valley, California. She’s tested the concept firsthand. “So many of us are tormented by the insane idea that we’re separate, disconnected beings, suffering all by our little lonesome selves,” she observes. “That’s exactly how I felt when I started blogging, as if I was the only one in the whole wide world who had lost her mojo and longed to get it back. Then I started telling my story—and voilà! Millions of people responded to tell me how they had once lost theirs and since gotten it back.” They did it by telling their stories, witnessed with loving attention by others that care. “Each of us is a constantly unfolding narrative, a hero in a novel no one else can write. Yet, so many of us leave our stories untold, our songs unsung,” remarks Rankin. “When this happens, we wind up feeling lonely, listless and out of touch with our life purpose. We are plagued with a chronic sense that something is out of alignment. We may even wind up feeling unworthy, unloved or sick,” says Rankin, who blogs on related topics at LissaRankin.com.
Power to Heal a Family
Sometimes, writing a new story can help keep families connected. Kansas City, Missouri, author and columnist Deborah Shouse took an unplanned and unwanted, yet ultimately rewarding journey with her mother through Alzheimer’s disease. Shouse discovered that as her mother was losing her memory and identity through dementia, crafting a new narrative helped her family hold it together, a process she details in Love in the Land of Dementia. “You have to celebrate the person who is still with you,” Shouse says,
noting we may discover a different, but still interesting, person that communicates in ways other than talking. She recommends employing a technique she calls The Hero Project, which she developed with her partner, Ron Zoglin. It uses words, photos and craft supplies in what Shouse terms “word-scrapping” to generate and tell a new story that helps keep the personal connection we have with our loved one and make visits more positive. She shares more supportive insights at DeborahShouse Writes.wordpress.com.
Sharing an old story may also provide a rare link to the past for a person with dementia. “Savor and write down the stories you’re told, even if you hear certain ones many times,” Shouse counsels. “By writing down the most often-repeated stories, you create a legacy to share with family, friends and other caregivers.”
Power of the Wrong Story Our thoughts are a shorthand version of a longer life story, says author Byron Katie, a self-help specialist from Ojai,
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Humorist, speaker, and professional storyteller Kim Weitkamp, of Christiansburg, Virginia, knows that the power of story creates wider ripples. She sees it happen every time she performs at festivals and events around the country. “It is naturally in our DNA to communicate in story form,” she advises. “The power of story causes great revelation and change in those that listen.” She cites supporting studies conducted by psychologists Marshall Duke, Ph.D., and Robyn Fivush, Ph.D., at the Emory Center for Myth and Ritual in American Life, in Atlanta, Georgia. “They found that children—at ages 4, 14, 44 or 104, because we’re all children at heart—are more resilient and happy and rebound faster from stress when they know their family stories. They know they’re part of something that’s bigger than themselves that people in their family have kept going,” says Weitkamp. “When people leave a storytelling event, they leave telling stories,” she says with a smile, “and that results in happier and healthier families and communities.” Judith Fertig tells stories about food at AlfrescoFoodAndLifestyle.blogspot. com from Overland Park, KS.
Each of us has a mission of some kind to fulfill at the moment we make the shift from nowhere to now here, from spirit to form. I’ve seen firsthand how this universe has a creative source of energy supporting it that is literally the matrix of all matter. Nothing occurs by happenstance anywhere, because this universal mind is perpetually on call, going about its miraculous ways in terms of infinite possibilities.
From “Why Me?” to “Thank You!”
Wayne Dyer on the Value of Hard Lessons by Linda Sechrist
fter four decades teaching self-development and empowerment and authoring more than 30 bestselling books, Wayne W. Dyer, Ph.D., shares dozens of events from his life in his latest work, I Can See Clearly Now. In unflinching detail, he relates vivid impressions of encountering many forks in the road, from his youth in Detroit to the present day, and reflects on these events from his current perspective, noting what lessons he ultimately learned.
What has writing this book taught you and how can it help others better understand their own lives? My biggest lesson was that our whole life is like a checkerboard. When I looked back on my life, I began to realize this and gained an awareness of the fact that there’s something else moving all of the pieces around. The key to attracting this mystical guidance into your life is to start with awareness that all things are possible and to forget about yourself. When you get your ego out of the picture, your inner mantra isn’t, “What’s in it for me? and “How much more can I get?” Instead, when your inner mantra is, “How may I serve or what may I do for you?” and you practice consistently living this way, you attract this mystical guidance. I have found that the more I do this, the more these miracles show up.
There are 60 chapters in the book. Every time I finished one, I would think: “Now I can see clearly why I had to go through all of these experiences and learn all these lessons.” As a result, I suggest that whenever something happens that leads you to ask, “Why is this happening to me?” shift instead to the awareness that all experiences, no matter what, are gifts.
You describe the influential patterns and motivators in your life as diamonds and stones; how would you characterize your childhood years in foster homes? I can now see that spending the better part of my first decade in a series of foster homes was all a part of God’s infallible plan for me. I believe I was in a type of training camp for becoming a teacher of higher spiritual and commonsense principles. If I was going to spend my adult life teaching, lecturing and writing on self-reliance, then I obviously needed to learn to rely upon myself and be in a position to never be dissuaded from this awareness. What better training ground for teaching this than an early childhood that required a sense of independence and need for self-sufficiency? Now that I know that every encounter, challenge and situation is a spectacular thread in a tapestry, and that each represents and defines my life, I am deeply grateful for them all.
What can you see clearly about your role as a parent? I’ve watched my eight children show up from birth with their unique personalities and blossom into their own awakenings. I know for certain that the one Divine mind that is responsible for all of creation has a hand in this engaging mystery. Same parents, same environment, same culture and yet eight individuals, with their own distinctive character traits. Khalil Gibran stated it perfectly in The Prophet: “Your children are not your children. They are the sons and daughters of Life’s longing for itself. They come through you but not from you, and though they are with you yet they belong not to you.” Each of my children had their blueprint from God. My job has been to guide, then step aside and let whatever is inside them that is their own uniqueness steer the course of their lives.
What has your life taught you about prayer? I feel that the prayer of Saint Francis of Assisi says it best: “Lord, make me an instrument of your peace. Where there is hatred, let me sow love. Where there is darkness, let me bring light. Where there is sadness, let me bring joy.” The masters I’ve studied pray to become more godly, more like where we originally came from. My prayer is always, “Help me to remind myself to get rid of this ego and to be like You are. Help me to be my highest self, the place within that is God.” Linda Sechrist is a Natural Awakenings senior staff writer. Visit ItsAllAbout We.com for the extended interview.
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Musician with a Cause
Jack Johnson Plans Shows with the Planet in Mind by Meredith Montgomery
inger-songwriter Jack Johnson’s touring concerts have almost always doubled as fundraisers for local environmental nonprofits. “Early on, we recognized that we could not only fill a room, but also raise funds and awareness for nonprofit groups we believe in,” says Johnson. Then, as he started playing larger venues, “I realized the power of touring to connect our fans with local nonprofits in every town we played.” Johnson and his wife, Kim, also founded two environmentally focused charitable foundations, and during the past five years, all of his tour proceeds have been donated to them, in turn going to hundreds of environmental education nonprofits worldwide. The enabling commercial success began in 2001 when his debut album successfully established this Oahu, Hawaiian’s trademark mellow surf-rocker style. Since then, he’s released five more studio albums, including the most recent, From Here to Now to You. “While I have so much gratitude for the support our music receives, for me, music has always been a hobby, a side thing. It grew into a way to work in the nonprofit world. Being engaged in environmental education almost feels like my real job, and the music’s something we’re lucky enough to provide to fund related causes,” says Johnson. As the size of his audiences grows, so does the size of his potential environmental footprint. On the road, Johnson’s team works with the Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance to fuel all tour trucks, buses and generators. Comprehensive conservation efforts including refillable water bottle 20
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stations, plus organic cotton T-shirts and reusable or biodegradable food service ware are standard at his shows. “We try to be environmentally conscious every step of the way,” says Johnson. “Our record cases and posters use recycled paper and eco-friendly inks. We record albums in my solar-powered studio. It’s an ongoing learning process and conversation as we find even better ways to do things.” Johnson’s team often requests increased recycling efforts and use of energy-efficient light bulbs at venues, advancing long-term eco-changes everywhere they perform. He explains, “Our thinking is that once they change the light bulbs for us, they’re not going to go back to the old light bulbs after we leave. Many venue managers tell us they have stuck with the improvements because they realize that they’re easy to do.” Marine pollution and single-use plastics are issues high on the musician’s environmental list, but the topic he’s most passionate about is food. In his home state of Hawaii, 90 percent of food is imported. “The idea of supporting your local food system is a big deal in our family and we take that point of view on the road because it’s a vital issue anywhere you go,” he says. At each tour stop, all of the band’s food is sourced within a specific radius. Johnson also works with radio stations to promote regional farming, helping to build community and fan awareness of the benefits of supporting local farms. At home, Johnson has solar panels on the roof and drives an electric car. The entire family, including three children, participates in recycling, worm composting and gardening. “It’s fun to take what we learn at home on the road and bring good things we learn on the road home,” he says. The Swiss Family Robinson is one of the family’s favorite books. “We love figuring out ways to apply ideas,” he remarks. “For our first water catchment system, we got 50-gallon drums previously used for oil and vinegar from a bread bakery and attached spigots. The kids were so excited to watch them fill the first time it rained.” Johnson finds that all of the facets of his life work together. For example, “Music is a social thing for me. I get to share it with people. Surfing is where I find a lot of balance; it’s a more private time. But I also come up with lyrics and musical ideas while I’m surfing.” Johnson’s approach to inspiring all generations to be conscious of the environment is to focus on the fun, because it’s easy to become overwhelmed by the big picture. Understanding that his own kids are among the future stewards of planet Earth, he works diligently to instill values of creativity and free thinking. Johnson reflects, “When I look at things that are in the world now that we would have never dreamed possible when we were growing up, I recognize how much can change in one generation. Looking for answers that aren’t there yet—things nobody’s thought of—that’s what’s going to solve problems.” Meredith Montgomery publishes Natural Awakenings of Mobile/Baldwin, AL (HealthyLivingHealthyPlanet.com).
Living Off the Land Low- and No-Cost Ways to Feed a Family by Avery Mack
Whether it’s membership in a food co-op, tending a backyard garden or balcony tomato plant or foraging in the woods for edibles, living off the land means cleaner, fresher and more nutritious food on the table.
o switch from running to the market to stepping into a home garden for fresh produce, it’s best to start small. Smart gardeners know it’s easy to be overwhelmed by a big plot so they plan ahead with like-minded friends to swap beans for tomatoes or zucchini for okra to add variety. If one household is more suited to freezing excess harvests while another cans or dehydrates, more trades are in the offing. Start kids by having them plant radishes, a crop that will give even the most impatient child quick results. “You can’t do everything yourself,” counsels Kathie Lapcevic, a farmer, freelance writer and teacher in Columbia Falls, Montana. “I have a huge garden, expanded now into about 7,000 square feet, that provides 65 percent of what our family eats,” she says. “On the other hand, I can’t imagine life without nut butter and found I can’t grow Brussels sprouts. A few trips to the store are inevitable.” Lapcevic plants non-GMO, heirloom varieties of seeds in her chemical-free garden. She adds a new variety or two each year and reminds peers that it takes a while to
build good soil. Three years ago, she also added pollinator beehives on the property. Their honey reduces the amount of processed sugar the family uses. From Libby, Montana, Chaya Foedus blogs on her store website PantryParatus.com about kitchen self-sufficiency. “Foraging is a good way to give children a full sensory experience,” she remarks. “We turn a hike into a mission to find and learn about specific foods, where they come from and what to do with them.” To start, select one easily identifiable item for the kids to pick. “In Libby, that’s huckleberries,” says Foedus. “Similar to blueberries, they grow on a bush, so they’re easy to see and pick. Huckleberries don’t grow in captivity—it’s a completely foraged economy.” Michelle Boatright, a graphic designer and hunter of wild plants in Bristol, Tennessee, learned eco-friendly ways to forage from a game warden friend. Five years later, her bookcase holds 30 books on edible plants—she brings two with her on excursions. “When in doubt, leave a plant alone. It’s too easy to make a mistake,” she advises. “Know how to harvest, too—
take only about 10 percent of what’s there and leave the roots, so it can grow back. “For example, ramps, a wild leek, take seven years to cultivate,” says Boatright. “Overharvesting can wipe out years’ worth of growth. In Tennessee, it’s illegal to harvest ramps in state parks. Mushrooms are more apt to regrow, but leave the small ones.” As for meat, “I was raised to never shoot a gun, but to make my own bows and arrows,” recalls Bennett Rea, a writer and survivalist in Los Angeles, California. “Dad used Native American skills, tools and viewpoints when he hunted. Bow hunting kept our family from going hungry for a few lean years and was always done with reverence. It’s wise to take only what you need, use what you take and remember an animal gave its life to sustain yours.” Rea uses several methods for obtaining local foods. “Living here makes it easier due to the year-round growing season. For produce, I volunteer for a local CSA [community supported agriculture] collective. One hour of volunteering earns 11 pounds of free, sustainably farmed, organic produce—everything from kale to tangerines to cilantro. “Bartering is also an increasingly popular trend,” he notes. “I make my own hot sauce and trade it for highend foods and coffee from friends and neighbors. Several of us have now rented a plot in a community garden to grow more of our own vegetables. I only buy from stores the items I can’t trade for or make myself—usually oats, milk, cheese and olive oil.” Truly good food is thoughtfully, sustainably grown or harvested. It travels fewer miles; hasn’t been sprayed with toxins or been chemically fertilized; is fresh; ripens on the plant, not in a truck or the store; and doesn’t come from a factory farm. The old saying applies here: “If you want something done right, you have to do it yourself.” Avery Mack is a freelance writer in St. Louis, MO. Connect via AveryMack@mindspring.com.
mouth, advises Asheville, North Carolina, resident Katherine Dreyer, co-founder and CEO of ChiWalking.
Try new techniques and terrain. “The body is smart and efficient. It must be constantly challenged in safe ways and tricked into burning more calories,” says Malin Svensson, founder and President of Nordic Walking USA. She suggests taking the stairs or strolling on sand to strengthen the legs and heart. Dreyer recommends ascending hills sideways (crossing one foot over the other) to engage new muscles and protect the calves and Achilles tendons. She also suggests walking backwards for 30 steps every five minutes during a 30-minute walk to reestablish proper posture.
FEET How to Make Walking Part of Everyday Life by Lane Vail
ippocrates called walking “man’s best medicine,” and Americans agree: According to the U.S. Surgeon General, walking is America’s most popular form of fitness. It’s free, convenient and simple. The Foundation for Chronic Disease Prevention reveals that 10,000 daily steps help lower blood pressure, shed pounds, decrease stress, and reduce
the risk of heart disease and Type 2 diabetes. Here’s how to rev up the routine and stay motivated.
Breathe. Belly breathing calms the parasympathetic nervous system, expands lung capacity and improves circulation. Inhale through the nose, fill the belly and expel through the
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Push with poles. Compelling the body forward with Nordic walking poles can burn 20 to 46 percent more calories than regular walking, reports Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport. Svensson explains, “Applying pressure to the poles activates abdominal, chest, back and triceps muscles, which necessitates more oxygen and thereby raises the heart rate.” The basic technique is: plant, push and walk away.
Feel the Earth move under your (bare) feet. Improve mood, reduce pain and deepen sleep by going outside barefoot, says Dr. Laura Koniver, of Charleston, South Carolina, a featured expert in the documentary, The Grounded. “The Earth’s surface contains an infinite reservoir of free electrons, which, upon contact with the body, can neutralize damage from free radicals,” she says. Notice nature. Alexandra Horowitz, author of On Looking: Eleven Walks with Expert Eyes, finds walking outdoors infinitely more engaging than exercising in the gym. Seek out woodsy hikes, scenic waterways or historic downtowns, and “open up to experiencing the world,” she says. Practice moving meditation. To lighten a heavy mood, “Imagine your chest as a window through which
Let your feet speak for an important cause and sign up for an awareness walk. energy, fresh air, sunshine, even rain, can pour into and through you as you walk,” says Dreyer. To ground a scattered mind, she suggests focusing on connecting one’s feet with the Earth.
Make fresh air a social affair. A group walk can boost performance levels of participants, says Dennis Michele, president of the American Volkssport Association, which promotes fun, fitness and friendship through noncompetitive, year-round walking events. Horowitz suggests strolling with friends and sharing sensory discoveries. “A fresh perspective can help tune you into the great richness of ordinary environments often overlooked,” she says. Ditch the distraction of electronic devices. Horowitz views walking texters as “hazards and obstacles,
non-participants in the environment.” Australian researcher Siobhan Schabrun, Ph.D., reveals the science behind the sentiment in her recent University of Queensland study. The brain, she found, prioritizes texting over walking, resulting in “slowing down, deviating from a straight line and walking like robots, with the arms, trunk and head in one rigid line, which makes falling more likely.” Walking a dog brings mutual benefits. Dr. John Marshall, chief oncologist at Georgetown University Hospital, in Washington, D.C., prescribes dog walking to his cancer patients, asserting it yields better outcomes than chemotherapy. For maximum enjoyment, strive to hit a stride, advises Carla Ferris, owner of Washington, D.C. dog-walking company Wagamuffin. Be a fanny pack fan. Fanny packs, unlike backpacks, which can disturb natural torso rotation, comfortably store identification, phone, keys and
water, says Svensson. Ferris agrees: “Walks are so much more enjoyable hands-free.” Walk while you work. Much of the independent and collaborative work at Minneapolis finance company SALO emerges as employees walk slowly on ergonomic treadmill desks. “Being up, active and forward-moving on the treadmill benefits productivity,” says co-founder Amy Langer. Alternatively, consider investing in a cordless headset or standing desk. “Most anything you can do sitting, you can do standing, and supporting your own body weight is almost as beneficial as walking,” she says. A study reported in the journal Diabetologia suggests that sedentary time combined with periods of moderate-to-vigorous exercise poses a greater health risk than being gently active throughout the day. Dreyer’s mantra? “The body is wise. Listen when it says, ‘Get up and walk a bit.’” Lane Vail is a freelance writer in South Carolina. Connect at WriterLane.com.
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Scouts, badges, troops and summer camp—they’re not just for kids anymore. Dog Scouts of America is a new twist on tradition that is fun for all ages.
ogs, their owners and the larger community all benefit when a pet earns the basic Dog Scout certification badge. Any dog can participate, as long as he’s well-behaved. To qualify for the initial badge, he must be able to heel without pulling, greet a person calmly, meet another animal without overreacting and to see food and leave it alone. The test criteria are similar to that used for the Canine Good Citizen certificate from the American Kennel Club. Tests can be videotaped if there’s no organization evaluator in the area. Once the dog’s earned the basic Dog Scout badge, the rest of the badges are optional, depending on how involved human-canine pairs wish to get. Instead of pursuing a particular sport or activity, scouting allows the dog to
dabble and find what he likes best. Distinctive badges can be earned in separate ability levels including obedience, community service, trail work, nose work, water sports, pulling, herding and lure coursing (a performance sport first developed for purebred sighthound breeds). Handlers can also earn badges in canine care, first-aid and sign language. All training is based on positive behavior and reinforcement on everyone’s part. “We don’t want dogs to be an accessory or a lawn ornament; they are part of the family, and a lot of fun, besides,” explains Dog Scouts president Chris Puls, of Brookville, Indiana. “As trainers, we have to figure out how to communicate with another species.” Most members engage in scout activities with more than one
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dog. Requirements for operating a troop are flexible, but holding four meetings a year is recommended. Meetings don’t have to be formal—a group hike in the woods counts. Other activities may include backpacking, biking, camping and treasure hunts like letterboxing and geocaching. If Sparky would like to try flyball, (timed relay races with balls) or treibball (urban herding of Pilates balls), but has no opportunity for these pursuits on his home turf, summer camp is a good forum to investigate lots of options. Weekend camps are held in Maryland in July and Texas in November. Weeklong camps are held in Michigan in June and July. “Many people bring more than one dog to camp,” says Allison Holloway, who works in financial account services for the U.S. Department of Defense, in Columbus, Ohio. “I take six dogs with me and each has his or her favorite activity, which I like, because it’s too much for one dog to go from early morning until late at night. New members often say they come to camp just for the fun and camaraderie, but they usually end up collecting badges like the rest of us. It’s
a great reminder of what you and your dog did at camp together.” One of Holloway’s dog scouts has special needs. Lottie Moon is a double merle, all-white, Australian shepherd that doesn’t let being deaf or blind slow her down. Last year she surprised her owner by earning an agility badge at camp. “I think she sees shadows and movements. I place
a dowel rod in front of the jump and she knows that when she touches it, it’s time go airborne,” says Holloway. “Lottie inspires and motivates me.” Holloway received the Dog Scout’s 2013 Excellence in Writing Award for her blog at Lottie-SeeingInto Darkness.blogspot.com. Many Dog Scout troops serve their communities to show how dogs can and should be integrated into daily life. In Wyoming Valley, near Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, Phyllis Sinavage, office manager for a wholesale distributor, reports on recent activities conducted by Troop 221. “We’ve donated oxygen masks for pets to local fire departments and emergency services. We raise funds to buy them and also have oxygen mask angels that donate the price of a mask in memory of a pet. One third grade class raised enough money to purchase two masks after we visited and did a bite prevention class.” Learn more and join with others for a troop experience at DogScouts.org. Connect with Sandra Murphy at StLouisFreelanceWriter@ mindspring.com.
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daily Waterman’s Farm Market – 8am-8pm. Thru early Nov. Featuring vegetables, fruit and u-pick option. 7010 E Raymond St, Indianapolis. Also 10am-7pm, June & Oct at 100 N Ind 37, Greenwood. 317-888-4189. WatermansFarmMarket.com.
sunday JCC Farmers’ Market – 10am-1pm. Thru Aug 10. Fresh, locally sourced foods, consumables and complementary items to promote healthy living. JCC Indianapolis, 6701 Hoover Rd, Indianapolis. 317-251-9467. JCCIndy.org. Irvington Farmers’ Market – 12-3pm. Open 2nd Sun each month thru Oct. Ellenberger Park, 5301 E Saint Claire St, Indianapolis. 317-540-2425.
tuesday Eskenazi Health Farmers’ Market – 11am1:30pm. Thru Sept 30. Local produce, fresh baked goods, plants and other market items. 720 Eskenazi Ave, Indianapolis. 317-880-4785. Avon Farmers’ Market – 4-7pm. Thru Sept 23. Fresh, local produce all summer long. Hendricks Regional Health south parking lot, 8244 E US 36, Avon. 317-272-0948.
wednesday Greenfield Farmers’ Market – 8am-12:30pm. Thru Oct. Variety of food items, treats for pets. Parking lot at Ind 9 and North St, Greenfield. 317-477-4320. Original Farmers’ Market at the City Market – 9:30am-1:30pm. Thru 10/29. Gourmet foods are also featured at this market. 222 E Market St, Indianapolis. 317-634-9266. IndyCM.com/index.php/Farmers-Market. Morgan County Farmers’ Market Mooresville – 3-6pm. Thru Oct 1. All items sold at this market are produced in Indiana. Indiana & Main St, Mooresville. 317-501-3000. Info@McFarmers.org. Crooked Creek Farmers’ Market – 4-6:30pm. Thru Oct 29. Healthy foods, artisans and a new time and location this year. Humane Society of Indianapolis,7929 N Michigan Rd, Indianapolis. 317-257-5388. CrookedCreekFm.org.
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Plainfield Chamber of Commerce Farmers’ Market – 4-7pm. Thru Sept. Special event days are featured. Plainfield Friends Meeting Lawn, 105 East St, Plainfield. 317-839-3800. PlainfieldChamberFarmersMarket.org.
thursday Statehouse Farmers’ Market – 10:30am1:30pm. Thru Oct. 10. Farmers’ Market with Food Trucks. Robert Orr Plaza and Senate Ave, Indianapolis. StateHouseMarket.com. 38th & Meridian Farmers’ Market – 4-6:30pm. Thru Oct. 3808 N Meridian St, Indianapolis. 317-924-2612. Abundant Life Church Farmers’ Market – 4-7pm. Thru Sept. 7606 E 82nd St, Indianapolis. 317-585-9162. ALCIndy.com/ALCFarmers Market.html. Brownsburg Farmers’ Market – 4-7pm. Thru Sept. On the lawn of Brownsburg Town Hall, 61 N Green St, Brownsburg. 317-852-1120. Noblesville Farmers’ Market – 5-8pm. Thru Sept 18. Produce, artisan foods, local art, live music and fresh meals in European-style evening market. 839 Conner St. 317-776-0205. NoblesvilleMainStreet.org.
friday Old National Centre Market – 11am-2pm. Closed on first Fridays. Thru Oct. Locally grown produce and fresh baked goods are featured. 502 N New Jersey St, Indianapolis. 317-231-0000 x229. Farm to Fork at Normandy Farms – 4-7pm. Thru Oct. Large selection of certified organic or certified naturally grown produce and meats with no artificial chemicals. 7802 Marsh Rd, Zionsville. 317-439-0714. Summer Green Market – 4-8pm. Thru Aug. Shop local food growers and crafters outside on the Garden Lawn. Organic produce, baked goods, means and dairy products are available. Rain or shine. The Green Market, Traders Point Creamery, 9010 Moore Rd, Zionsville. 317-733-1700. TPFOrganics.com. Westfield Farmers’ Market – 5-8pm. Thru Aug. Variety of produce, baked good, dairy, arts and crafts. Ameriana Bank, 3333 E Ind 32, Westfield. 317-867-7740.
saturday Zionsville Farmers’ Market – 8-11am. Thru Sept. Large selection of sweet treats complement market offerings of local produce, artisan food products, meat and eggs. Main St & Hawthorne, Zionsville. 317-478-4107. ZionsvilleFarmersMarket.org. Carmel Farmers’ Market – 8-11:30am. Thru Step 27. Along with a variety of produce, unique food items and craft vendors, the market offers prepared-food items. Center Green, south of the Palladium, Carmel. 317-571-2474. CarmelFarmersMarket.com. Binford Farmers’ Market – 8am-Noon. Thru Nov 1. Over 100 vendors with deep roots in Indiana, including farms, nurseries, specialty food products and artisan crafts. New location for the 2014 season: Lawerence North High School, 7802 N Hague Rd, Indianapolis. 317-841-0755. BinfordFarmersMarket.com. Broad Ripple Farmers’ Market – 8am-Noon. Thru mid-November. Food-focused market with locally grown and produced food and plant products, along with ready to eat food. Broad Ripple High School, 1115 Broad Ripple Ave, Indianapolis. BroadRippleFarmersMarket.org. Cumberland Farmers’ Market – 8am-Noon. Thru Oct. Expanded market will include yard art and more. Cumberland Town Hall, 11501 E Washington St, Cumberland. 317-894-6203. Danville Chamber Farmers’ Market – 8amNoon. Thru Sept 20. Variety of food vendors, breads and ready to eat breakfast. Courthouse Square, 6 S Jefferson St, Danville. 317-745-0670. Fishers Farmers’ Market – 8am-Noon. Thru Sept. Special event days each month, including Wellness Day 6/14. Held in the amphitheater green space, 11601 Municipal Dr, Fishers. 317-578-0700. FishersChamber.com/Chamber/ Farmers_Market.aspx. Franklin Farmer’s Market – 8am-Noon. Thru Oct 4. Food items, herbs, craft items and more. Parking lot at Jefferson and Jackson Sts, Franklin. 317-346-1258. Greenwood Farmers’ Market – 8am-Noon. Thru Oct 11. Indiana produce, crafts and baked goods and meats. United Methodist Church, 525 N Madison, Greenwood. 317-883-9144. OldtownGreenwood.com. Farmers Market at the Fairgrounds – 8amNoon. Thru Oct. Hancock County 4-H Fairgrounds, 620 N Apple St, Greenfield. 765-617-1768. Shelby County Farmers’ Market – 8am-Noon. Thru Oct 4. Local produce, baked goods and honey. Public Square, Shelbyville. 317-398-9552. Noblesville Farmers’ Market – 8am-Noon. Thru Oct 11. Riverview Overflow Parking Lot 395 Westfield Rd. 317-776-0205. NoblesvilleMainStreet.org. Greenfield Farmers’ Market – 9am-1pm. Thru Oct. Variety of food items, treats for pets. Parking lot at Ind 9 and North St, Greenfield. 317-477-4320. Morgan County Farmers’ Market Martinsville – 9am-1pm. Thru Oct 4. All items sold at this market are produced in Indiana. Courthouse Square, 180 S Main St, Martinsville. 317-5013000. Info@McFarmers.org.
SATURDAY, JUNE 14
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TUESDAY, JUNE 3
An Evening with the Angels – 7pm. An experiential and interactive evening to play with your Angels, explore their presence in your life, delve deeper into the mysteries of this existence and begin to discover your Soul Languages. Free. The Playful Soul, 6516 N Ferguson, Indianapolis. 317-253-0499. ThePlayfulSoul.com.
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 4
Imaginary Friend Playgroup – 10-11am. For children ages 3-6. $10. Playing With Your Guardian Angels –11:30am-12:30pm. For children ages 7-10. $10. The Playful Soul, 6516 N Ferguson, Indianapolis. 317-253-0499. ThePlayfulSoul.com. Hoosier EVA Meeting – 6-8pm. Learn to support the continuing growth of using electric vehicles locally. Regular monthly meetings focus on growing local EVA enthusiasts and educate the public on the benefits of electric vehicles. Free. New Location: Tom Wood Volkswagon (upstairs conference room), 4545 E 96th St, Indianapolis. Rick Steiner, 317-987-4890. HoosierEVA.org.
THURSDAY, JUNE 5
Brain Balance Center of Indianapolis Open House – 3-5pm. Learn more about the Brain Balance Program, an individualized and comprehensive approach to helping children with neurobehavioral and learning difficulties surmount their unique challenges. Free. Brain Balance Center of Indy, 9150 N Meridian St, Ste D, Indianapolis. Please RSVP: 317-843-9200. BrainBalanceIndianapolis.com. Target Free Night at The Children’s Museum – 4-8pm. Enjoy all the fun activities and exhibits of the museum, with free admission sponsored by Target. Free. The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, 3000 N. Meridian St, Indianapolis. 317-334-4000. ChildrensMuseum.org. Sparrow Club Dessert Tasting – 5:30-9pm. Enjoy cocktails, desserts from local caterers and restaurants, and a silent auction. All proceeds benefit Sparrow Club, which provides financial and emotional support for critically ill children and their families. $50 per person. Mill Top Banquet and Conference, 802 Mulberry St, Noblesville. Kathryn: 317-366-1680. SparrowClubsIN.org/events. David Austin Roses – 6pm. Incredible English roses for every garden. Learn about the history and development of these unique and beautiful roses. Free. Allisonville Nursery, 11405 Allisonville Rd, Fishers. 317-849-4490. AllisonvilleNursery.com.
FRIDAY, JUNE 6
First Friday Food Truck Festival – 5pm. Indulge in the savory selections of Indy’s best food trucks and eclectic assortment of brews from Leinenkugel’s while enjoying live music and entertainment. (First Friday of each month through October.) $5; 5 and under free. Old National Centre, 502 N. New Jersey St, Indianapolis. 317-231-0000. Visit OldNationalCentre.com
First Friday Gallery Tour – 6pm. Tour more than 25 downtown galleries and art venues. Patrons are encouraged to walk or drive throughout the downtown cultural districts, and visit the city’s diverse visual art offerings. Free. Various Downtown Galleries. 317-634-3114. IDADA.org.
SATURDAY, JUNE 7
Relay for Life Carmel – 9am. The movement features community and campus events that offer and inspiring opportunity to honor cancer survivors, promote how individuals can reduce their cancer risk, and raise money to help end cancer. Creekside Middle School, 3525 W 126th St, Carmel. Sign up or donate: RelayForLife.com/CarmelIN. Indie Vintage Marketplace – 9am-4pm. A monthly celebration of all things unique, indie, and stylish. The goal is to enhance the experience of living as a more responsible consumer by promoting the positive aspects and downright fun of vintage, antique, locally sourced, re- and upcycled goods. Free. Glendale Town Center, 62nd and Keystone, Indianapolis. IAVMIndy.com.
Indy Dog Scouts Meet-Up – 9:30am. Meet with other local active dog owners. All those who enjoy taking their dogs out gather to share info on local dog-friendly places and meet other dog owners. Best Friends Pet Care, 8224 Bash St, Indianapolis. 317-841-8182. Meetup.com/Indy-Dog-Scouts-Troop-177. Talbot Street Art Fair – 10am-6pm; Sunday 10am-5pm. With over 270 artists from across the nation, this juried art fair continues to be ranked as one of the finest fairs in the country. A family-friendly event with plenty to see and do for everyone. Free. 16th and 20th St and Delaware and Pennsylvania, Indianapolis. 317-745-6479. TalbotStreet.org. Independent Music + Art Festival (IMAF) and INDIEana Handicraft Exchange –128pm. An outdoor music festival featuring local musicians and visual artists. Held in conjunction with a D.I.Y. contemporary craft fair with over 100 vendors selling their handmade goods. Look for local craft beer, food trucks, and much more. Free. Harrison Center for the Arts, 1505 N Delaware, Indianapolis. 317396-3886. HarrisonCenter.org. 317-238-5489. IndieanaHandicraftExchange.com.
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TUESDAY, JUNE 10
Nutrition Tips for Health and Weight Loss – 6-7pm. Quick pointers on food and liquid intake to improve your energy, weight, mental clarity and more. $10. Inner Peace Yoga Center, 5038 E 56th St, Indianapolis. Register by June 9: 317-445-4203. InnerPeaceYoga.com.
THURSDAY, JUNE 12
Essential Oils for Skin and Hair Care – 6-7pm. Class is open to anyone with some background in essential oils. Free. Inner Peace Yoga Center, 5038 E 56th St, Indianapolis. Register by June 11: 317445-4203. CarolCrenshaw.VibrantScents.com.
FRIDAY, JUNE 13
Transform 30 – 6-7pm; or Saturday 10-11am. Feel more energized, manage hunger and sugar cravings, sleep better, reduce inflammation and much more. Make yourself the priority for the next 30 days. Free. Dr. Carol Watson, 808 Montezuma Dr, Greenfield. RSVP: 317-318-9003 or Carol@ DrCarolWatson.com. DrCarol.Transform30.com. And So It Is In Heaven – 7-9pm. Join Stewart Pearce in an evening of conversation, profound information about the healing magic of the Angels of Atlantis and spiritual teachings that will allow you to see life from a new perspective. This inspirational event kicks off a multi-day visit to Indianapolis by Pearce. $12. The Playful Soul, 6516 N Ferguson, Indianapolis. 317-253-0499. ThePlayfulSoul.com. Saxony Summer Concert Series – 6:309:30pm. An outdoors evening of live music by some of the area’s favorite bands. Free. Witten Park at Saxony, 13258 Saxony Blvd, Fishers. Saxony-Indiana.com.
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Introduction to Essential Oils – 6-7:30pm. Learn what essential oils are and how to use them for wellness and abundance. Try out some Young Living Oils. Free. Inner Peace Yoga Center, 5038 E 56th St, Indianapolis. Register by June 15: 317445-4203. CarolCrenshaw.VibrantScents.com.
TUESDAY, JUNE 17
markyourcalendar Stress Management Group – 6-8pm. Six week program emphasizing mind body medicine skills. Classes introduce individuals to stress management skills designed to reduce the body’s physiological reaction to stress while developing tools to optimize physical and emotional health. Based on mindfulness practices, each session includes centering, the stress management skill, and an experiential activity. Participants will learn and practice tools such as mindfulness, diaphragmatic breathing, meditation, movement and expressive techniques. $200/6-week series; payment options available. Hermitage Center, 46th and Fallcreek Pkwy, Indianapolis. Contact Dr. Kimberly Martin, 317-721-9067. Dr.KimberlyM.com.
THURSDAY, JUNE 19
SHIfT Happens with Hypnosis – 6-7:30pm. Learn how to overcome fears and change habits without using willpower. SHIfT happens with hypnosis. $20. Inner Peace Yoga Center, 5038 E 56th St, Indianapolis. Register by June 18: 317525-6539. InnerPeaceYoga.com.
FRIDAY, JUNE 20
Indian Market and Festival – 10am-5pm. Experience the work of more than 130 Native artists, plus unforgettable cultural performances and more. Free with museum admission. Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, 500 W. Washington St, Indianapolis. 317-6369378. Eiteljorg.com.
SATURDAY, JUNE 21
WFYI Kids in the Park – 10am-4pm. A day of fun in the park for families featuring PBS Kids character meet and greets. Lots of fun activities for the entire family. Free. White River State Park Lawn, 801 W. Washington St, Indianapolis. WFYI.org./events/pbs-kids-in-the-park.
SUNDAY, JUNE 22
The Secret of the Yoga Sutra, with Pandit Tigunait – 3-5pm. Have the Himalayas come to your doorstep as you learn about the Yoga Sutras, the source wisdom of all yoga traditions from the spiritual head of the Himalayan Institute. Dr. Tigunait’s new book The Secret of the Yoga Sutras will be on sale at the event. $30 in advance/ $35 at the door. All Souls Unitarian Church, 5805 E 56th St, Indianapolis. Register: 317-257-9642 or go to Eventbrite.com/e/the-secret-of-the-yogasutras-tickets-11434875019. Monumental Yoga – 12-1pm. Second annual event encourages new and advanced yogis alike to participate in the single largest yoga event in the city. Instructors will be scattered throughout the Circle to help with alignment and basic yoga postures. Free. Monument Circle, 100 Monument Circle, Indianapolis. Facebook.com/MonumentalYoga.
TUESDAY, JUNE 24
Indy Holistic Hub Connection Series – 6-7:30pm. Experience prosperity clearings, as well as teachings how to cleanse, bless and protect your business in this workshop. $10/guest; free/ member. Hub contact: Jennifer@SeffrinSynergy. com. The Playful Soul, 6516 N Ferguson, Indianapolis. 317-253-0499. ThePlayfulSoul.com.
THURSDAY, JUNE 26
Brain Balance Center of Indianapolis Open House – 3-5pm. Learn more about the Brain Balance Program, an individualized and comprehensive approach to helping children with neurobehavioral and learning difficulties surmount their unique challenges. Free. Brain Balance Center of Indy, 9150 N Meridian St, Ste D, Indianapolis. Please RSVP: 317-843-9200. BrainBalanceIndianapolis.com.
SATURDAY, JUNE 28
Fishers Freedom Festival – 8am-6:30pm. Sunday 8am-6:30pm. Family event hosting art and craft sites, business booths, two parades, fireworks, a 5K race, live music, food vendors and more. This 2-day event is fun for the entire family. Fireworks at dusk on Sunday evening. Roy G. Holland Memorial Park, 1 Park Dr, Fishers. 317-595-3195. FishersFreedomFestival.org.
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Indy Mega Adoption Event – 10am-8pm; Sunday 10am-8pm. Meet your new best friend at this event bringing together adoption and rescue groups from all over the greater Indy region. Adoptable dogs and cats will be ready to find loving, forever homes. Free. Indiana State Fairgrounds, 1202 E 38th St, Indianapolis. 317-927-7500. Pediatric Celiac & Gluten Support Group – 3-5pm. Gluten-free cooking demo, activities and treats for kids. Share your gluten-free tips, learn from other families; Riley Children’s Hospital team members available for questions. Free. First Floor Learning Center, Main Atrium, IU Health North Hospital, 11725 North Illinois Street, Carmel. RSVP: KKeppner@iu.edu.
FRIDAY, JULY 11 - 13
planahead Serendipity – Fri July 11, 2pm thru Sun July 13 10pm. Music, Yoga, dancing, speakers, workshops and more during this 3-day event celebrating life and love through mind, body and spirit. Vendors contribute to the vision of the festival, with unique shopping experiences, and organic food – with both vegan and vegetarian options. The festival takes place in a natural setting on a 50-acre retreat center in Cloverdale. Ticket prices vary by event selection, with daily and weekend passes available. Information@SerendipityFest.com. SerendipityFest.com.
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JCC Membership Drive – thru June 30. Learn about the benefits of JCC membership, and programs including a focus on health and wellness, the arts, special events and youth programs. This special drive offers 75% off enrollment, and includes 2 free 45-minute training sessions and 1 free 5-punch guest pass. JCC Indianapolis, 6701 Hoover Rd, Indianapolis. 317-251-9467. JCCIndy.org.
Yoga Lunch Express – 12-12:45pm. Also on Tuesdays. Yoga stress-release class and lunch special, featuring your choice of smoothies or cup of soup. $10/class drop-in; $8/class book of 10. $3/lunch item. Main Street Yoga and Yogulatte, 1032 Main St, Ste B, Speedway. 317-753-1266. MainStreetYogaIndy.com.
sunday Kundalini Yoga – 8:30-9:45am. A unique blend of posture, breathwork, meditation and chanting. Modifications available for any fitness level. Body Mind and Core, 1344 S Rangeline Rd,Carmel. 317-696-0720. HariDattiKaur.com. The Richard Brendan Radio Show – 11am. Engaging conversations with today’s leading visionaries and social change artists. 88.7 FM WICR. 317-796-1897. RichardBrendan.org. Dharma 4 Kids – 11am-12:15pm. Suitable for ages 4-11. Children learn how to develop harmony, confidence and methods to calm the mind. The topics of both classes will correlate to foster parent/child discussion after class. $5/child. Snacks included. Dromtonpa Kadampa Buddhist Center, 6018 N Keystone Ave, Indianapolis. 317374-5281. Meditation-Indianapolis.org.
tuesday Yoga Movement for Parkinson’s – 1:30-2:30pm. Also on Thursdays. Movement designed for people with Parkinson’s disease. Seated and supported poses in a small group. Donation based. breath. life.yoga, 8202 Clearvista Parkway, Suite 8C, Indianapolis. 317-502-5630. BreathLifeYoga.com. Pot Roast Dinner at Earth Fare – 4:30-7:30pm. Enjoy a “real meal” with braised beef, roasted carrots, onions and baby potatoes. Vegetarian and vegan options available. $9.99/person. Earth Fare, 13145 Levinson Ln, Noblesville & 1390 Rangeline Rd, Carmel. EarthFare.com.
Kundalini Yoga – 11am-12:15pm. All levels. A unique blend of posture, breathwork, meditation and chanting. Modifications available for any fitness level. $7. Cityoga, 2442 N Central Ave, Indianapolis. 317-920-9642. HariDattiKaur.com.
Yoga Learning Adventures for Children – 4:455:30pm. This creative yoga program engages children’s bodies, minds and imaginations. Kids “travel” to faraway places, go on adventures and discover a world full of possibilities through movement, song and art. Appropriate for all children, including those with Aspergers, Autism or PDD-NOS. Siblings accompanying children on the spectrum may participate at a reduced rate. Parent/guardian is welcome and encouraged to participate. Ages 6-10. $10/drop-in; $80/10 classes. Main Street Yoga, 1032 Main St, Ste B, Speedway. 317-753-1266. MainStreetYogaIndy.com.
Sahaja Meditation – 12-1pm. A simple and spontaneous meditation technique, which de-stresses mind, improves attention and brings inner peace and joy harnessing one’s own inner energy. Free. Old National Bank, 6135 N College Ave, Indianapolis. 317-300-4560. IndianaMeditation.org.
Fishers Summer Concert Series – Thru July 15. 7-9pm. Enjoy a family-friendly evening filled with music, and bring a picnic to spread out on the lawn. Free. Nickel Plate District Amphitheater, 6 Municipal Dr, Fishers. 317-595-3150. Fishers.In.US/index.aspx?NID=420.
Meditation Group – 7-9pm. Explore a different style of meditation each week to look within, relax, re-center and balance yourself. Guided meditations, singing bowls, music, drumming and many other techniques will be used. $10. Good Journeys House of Healing, 17901 River Ave, Noblesville. 317-750-7392. GoodJourneys.net.
wednesday Tween and Teen Yoga Class – 4:30-5:30pm. Developing a regular habit of yoga will help youth develop strength of body and mind. It also helps increase concentration and focus promotes self-confidence, emotional balance and provides tools for stress management. $10, ages 12-18. Peace Through Yoga, 575 S Main St #500, Zionsville. 317-679-1168. PeaceThroughYoga.com. Restorative Movement & Methods Dance Class – 5-6:00pm. For individuals with limited mobility. Pure Dance Class – 7:00-8:00pm. Flowing spirit dance. Both classes meet the second and fourth Wednesday’s each month. $15 per class or $50 for 4 classes. The Playful Soul, 6516 N Ferguson, Indianapolis. 317-253-0499. ThePlayfulSoul.com. Outdoor Yoga – 5:45-6:45pm. Beginners are encouraged to participate in this basic yoga class, which meets at a designated park or outdoor space. (Check website for fees and weekly location updates.) Breathe Yoga, 5345 Winthrop Ave, Ste E, Broad Ripple. 704-777-7878. BreatheYogaDharma.com. Sahaja Meditation – 7-8pm. A simple and spontaneous meditation technique, which de-stresses mind, improves attention and brings inner peace and joy harnessing one’s own inner energy. Free. Old National Bank, 4950 E County Line Rd, Greenwood. 317-300-4560. IndianaMeditation.org. Open Your Heart – 7-8:15pm. Each class includes a relaxation meditation, clear and inspiring teachings from Universal Compassion, followed by a meditation on the topic. $10/class. Dromtonpa Kadampa Buddhist Center, 6018 N Keystone Ave, Indianapolis. 317-374-5281. Meditation-Indianapolis.org. Oneness Blessing – 7-9pm. Oneness is transference of energy into the crown chakra to bring in and release things from your life such as: healing, clarity, release emotions and bring in abundance into your life. $10. Good Journeys House of Healing, 17901 River Ave, Noblesville. 317-750-7392. GoodJourneys.net. Healing, Drumming and Meditation Circle – 7-9:30pm. Weekly discussion takes place at metaphysical super store, offering classes, services and the largest rock shop in the Midwest. Free. All My Relations, 7218 Rockville Rd, Indianapolis. 317-227-3925. AllMyRelationsIndy.com.
thursday Family Dinner Night at Earth Fare – 4-8pm. Bring the whole family for a great healthy meal option, where up to 6 kids eat free with the purchase on an adult meal of $5 or more. Earth Fare, 13145 Levinson Ln, Noblesville & 1390 Rangeline Rd, Carmel. EarthFare.com.
Vegan Buffet at Spice Nation – 5:30pm. The Indian restaurant features vegetarian and vegan-friendly selection. Spice Nation, 4225 Lafayette Rd, Indianapolis. 317-299-2127. Museum Nights on the Canal – 4-8pm. Thru July. Enjoy free admission to the Indiana Experience, hands-on activities, face painting and new family-friendly programming. Free. Indiana Historical Society, 450 W Ohio St, Indianapolis. 317-232-1882. IndianaHistory.org. Garfield Park Pops Concert Series – 7pm. June 12 thru Aug 7. Variety of musical concerts in a family-friendly setting. Free. Garfield Park Arts Center and MacAllister Amphitheatre. 2431 Conservatory Dr, Indianapolis. 317-327-7135. IndyParks.org. Transform Your Life – 7-8:30pm. This class teaches practical methods to use immediately in daily life. These teachings will help you become happier and more peaceful. A perfect manual for inner transformation. $10/class. Dromtonpa Kadampa Buddhist Center, 6018 N Keystone Ave, Indianapolis. 317-374-5281. Meditation-Indianapolis.org.
friday Happy Hour Yoga – 4:30-5:30pm. Great weekend starter to stretch out, relax and calm down! For anyone with some yoga experience. Please bring your own mat. $5. Inner Peace Yoga Center, 5038 East 56th St, Indianapolis. 317-257-9642. IPYC.org. Community Yoga – 6-7pm. All levels Vinyasa Flow yoga class, with refreshments served afterwards. Donations only, any amount. Breathe Yoga, 5345 Winthrop Ave, Ste E, Broad Ripple. 704-777-7878. BreatheYogaDharma.com. Marsh Symphony on the Prairie – June 20-Aug. 8pm. Bring your own chairs, blankets, food and drinks to enjoy a picnic and musical entertainment in a beautiful outdoor setting. $24/adult; $30/ adult premium concerts; $12/child, free/under 2. Conner Prairie, 13400 Allisonville Rd, Fishers. 317-639-4300. IndianapolisSymphony.org.
Fridays After Dark Concert Series – Thru Sept 13. 9-11pm. Start the weekend with casual, acoustical music from local and regional artists. Bring blankets or lawn chairs and a picnic to spread out on the lawn and enjoy the concert under the stars. Free. Nickel Plate District Amphitheater, 6 Municipal Dr, Fishers. 317-595-3150. Fishers.In.US/index.aspx?NID=420. Summer Nights Film Series – 9:30pm. Thru Aug. Screenings of films ranging from blackand-white classics to modern hits are presented in the IMA’s outdoor amphitheater. $10/public, $6/member. Indianapolis Museum of Art, 4000 Michigan Rd, Indianapolis. 317-923-1331. IMAMuseum.org.
saturday Vinyasa Flow Yoga – 9-10:15am. This beginning to intermediate class will incorporate more knowledge about the teachings of yoga. The coordination of movement and breathing, yoga is the ultimate cross training system. $15/ drop-in. Shamrock Wellness, 14535 B, Hazel Dell Pkwy (Inside the Riverview Health and Fitness Building), Carmel. 317-703-4431. ShamrockWellness.com. Farmers’ Markets – Visit one today. There are 14 markets in and around the city taking place on Saturdays through the summer. Check calendar section featuring market listings. Restorative Yoga – 12-1pm. Enjoy a Vinyasa Slow-Flow yoga class to recover from the week and enter the weekend in a more relaxed state. $10. Breathe Yoga, 5345 Winthrop Ave, Ste E, Broad Ripple. 704-777-7878. BreatheYogaDharma.com. Marsh Symphony on the Prairie – Thru Aug. 8pm. See Fri listing. Conner Prairie, 13400 Allisonville Rd, Fishers. 317-639-4300. IndianapolisSymphony.org.
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