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From the time I was a young child, Iâ€™ve been visiting my cousin Tim on his farm, gleefully exploring the crops, driving the tractor, peering into the silos and jumping from the barn loft into a mound of hay. Over the years, small farm tractors have changed, but the long hours of loving labor invested in producing Americaâ€™s glorious local bounty remain constant. Nature plays such a crucial role in the lives of our farmers, whose hope-filled efforts at planting time can be undone with an untimely thunderstorm, that sheer joy arrives with each season of new sprouts bursting from the soil. With good luck and good weather, the harvest will be abundant. Julyâ€™s Natural Foods issue is full of yummy insights ready to help you make the most of the best that summer has to offerâ€”starting with farm-fresh produce for holiday and twilight feasts with family and friends, mixed with some warm weather fun. We are glad that actor, author and homemaker Mariel Hemingway embodies the naturally healthy Natural Awakenings lifestyle; this month, she shares her kitchen table wisdom with us on page 11. You will also love Locavore Nation, on page 13, which presents a great history of regional foods from across the country, complemented by helpful info from local groups. We are particularly excited that both backyard and community gardening are on the rise in our area. The 6,000-square-foot Slow Food Garden at White River State Park, courtesy of Growing Places Indy, offers the visiting public an opportunity to observe, engage and get hands-on experience in a working urban vegetable farm (GrowingPlacesIndy.org). Many area restaurants also have embraced the growing eat local movement. Among them, 3 Sisters CafĂŠ, in Broad Ripple, serves a varied slowcooked local menu made from scratch, and Georgetown Market feeds all comers with a daily hot lunch of local and organic produce. For a personal, at-home touch, Sarah Stout, a hometown certified clinical nutritionist, presents raw food cooking classes, complete with certification for qualifying participants. We love how July booms with outdoor events, kicking off with our nationâ€™s Independence Day celebrations, which mark the start of a month of special family events, reunions, parties and spontaneous get-togethers. July fourth always reminds us of how thankful we are to be Americans. Thanks to our countryâ€™s founders and many generations of armed forces, right up to the present, we continue to know what it is to enjoy freedom. The brave sacrifices that these servicemen and women and their families have made and continue to make on behalf of us all is awe-inspiring. May sunny skies surround our cherished readers as you dig through your farm fresh goodies, grab some fresh cheese from a favorite local creamery, and sit down to relax and visit over a plate of local dishes, intent upon enjoying the fruits of this delicious, nutritious issue. Abundant Blessings,
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r. Gerald Whalen, DC, director of Zionsville Holistic Chiropractic & Wellness Center, will present a series of free seminars on alleviating digestive difficulties, reducing carbohydrate intake, and holistic wellness care, that tap into his knowledge and unique training. Several opportunities to learn more about the importance of proper diet and overcoming potential problems from poor eating habits are upcoming on Tuesdays this month. Doctor Gerald Whalen The first seminar will cover natural approaches to support healing of “Digestive Difficulties” at 5:30 p.m., July 6. The second topic covering digestion focuses on the “Carbohydrate Epidemic” and why it’s so important to avoid a carb-rich diet, to be discussed at 5:30 p.m., July 20. The Introduction to Holistic Wellness Care presentations, designed for prospective or new patients, will take place at 5:30 p.m., July 13 and 27. “We are committed to providing the most advanced chiropractic and wellness care to your family,” says Whalen. The wellness center has been serving the health needs of the community since 2005. Location: 1620 W. Oak St., Ste. 100, in Zionsville. Seating is limited. For more info or to register, call 317-733-9630 or email DocWhalen@ZionsvilleChiropractic.com. See ad on page 16.
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unique dark chocolate with exceptionally high levels of healthful flavonoids is now being offered in the Indianapolis area. XoçaiTM Healthy Chocolate is available through Joyce Kleinman of The Healthy Wealthy Team. Research indicates that cocoa and its antioxidants/ flavonoids possess properties that have the ability to regulate cell function, relieve inflammation and protect the brain and heart, among other possible health benefits. How cocoa is processed significantly impacts these benefits, and chocolate products that use blanched, unfermented, sun-dried, non-roasted and cold-pressed cacao beans contain the highest flavonoid content. All Xoçai chocolates are proprietarily processed in this protective manner. Dr. Jenni Berebitsky, a naturopathic doctor, states, “As a culture, we are overfed, yet malnourished. Our bodies are designed for food to be our best medicine. But when we eat nutrient-deficient food, we are left depleted and unwell.” In reference to Xoçai, she says, “I have never seen any one product have such a positive effect on so many different people with so many different health concerns.” For more information, call the 24/7 information line at 801-437-5994, or locally at 317-363-2262, email TheHealthyWealthyTeam@gmail.com or visit TheHealthyWealthyTeam.com. See ad on page 25.
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atural Awakenings of Indianapolis and the Harrison Center for the Arts will present a Natural Living Fair from 6 to 9 p.m., August 6, and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., August 7, at the Harrison Center. Attendees will be able to connect with local natural health practitioners and wellness products providers. The event will bring together an array of businesses related to natural health, wellness, sustainability, fitness and a healthy planet. Its mission is to foster community spirit while educating and informing area residents about integrated health and wellness therapies and practices such as acupuncture, herbology, natural cooking, massage, Pilates, healing, yoga, meditation, family and pet health and more. Admission is free and the fair will include free samples, prize drawings and interactive displays. Volunteer opportunities are also available. For more info, call 317-862-6332, email Nancy@NACrossroads.com or visit NaturalLivingFair.com. See ad on page 32.
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technology that originated in Europe more than 50 years ago is now being provided in the Indianapolis area to help battle numerous debilitating conditions. Dr. Mary Grace Pennella, of Stillpoint Family Chiropractic, in Fishers, is now offering Whole Body Vibration (WBV) technology as a way to efficiently tone muscles, safely rehabilitate and strengthen injured muscles, improve circulation, regain balance and increase bone density to combat osteoporosis. The Russian space program used WBV as a means to maintain the bone mineral density and muscle strength of its cosmonauts. Today, many European Dr. Pennella with Patient Olympic athletes include WBV in their fitness regimens. Because WBV is considered a low-impact form of exercise, it is particularly wellsuited for most individuals, from those with injuries, geriatric or weight issues, to those who want to remain active and healthy. Dr. Pennella helps her patients engage in healthy alternatives to make their participation in a wellness lifestyle an easier choice. In addition to chiropractic care and WBV exercises, her practice offers Pilates, yoga, nutritional counseling and hair analysis. Location: 9780 Lantern Road, Ste. 230. For more info or to make an appointment, call 317-863-0365 or visit DrPennella.com. See ad on page 29.
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onsider supporting the efforts of the Indianapolis Vegetarian Society (IVS) while enjoying some of the all-natural, healthy food the organization endorses, prepared by a well-known local expert. Savor The Summer Garden, the tenth annual major fundraising dinner for the IVS, will be held from 1 to 3 p.m., August 14, at the Earth House. WISH-TV 8’s Chef Wendell will design a menu featuring a variety of vegetarian and vegan dishes using local, organic fruits and vegetables provided by Farm Fresh Delivery, Indianapolis’ premier door-to-door provider of fresh, organic produce. “People still ask me, ‘As a vegetarian, what do you eat?’” says IVS President Jessica Suhre. “We eat very well. Having specific rules means vegetarians go out of their way to expose themselves to new foods and unique combinations. We hope that people will come out and see what we’ve learned and share a meal with us in a friendly, laid-back atmosphere.” IVS serves as Indianapolis’ primary resource for vegetarian and vegan living, educating both seasoned vegetarians/vegans and those simply interested in the benefits of such a diet, by hosting a variety of events and providing an active online community. *VTLV\[HUKLUQV`H ]HYPL[`VMKLSPNO[M\S ]LNL[HYPHUHUK]LNHUKPZOLZ WYLWHYLKI`>0:/;=»Z V^U*OLM>LUKLSS
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Donate a Day Crop Mobs Sustain Small Farms and Build Communities Photo by Trace Ramsey
Across the country, crop mobs comprising dozens of mostly 20-something volunteers periodically gather at local sustainable small farms to donate their time to make immediate improvements. These landless farmers, apprentices, interns and the “agricurious” comprise a remarkably effective traveling work party, often assisted Weeding blackberry beds at by experienced farmers and gardeners eager to share Spence’s Farm in Chapel Hill, NC. their know-how with the next generation. Assigned tasks might be mulching, building a greenhouse, prepping garden beds or bringing in a harvest. “The more tedious the work we have, the better,” says Rob Jones, co-founder of the spreading movement, which originated in North Carolina’s Triangle in response to a regional surge in sustainable farming. “Because part of crop mob is about community and camaraderie, you find there’s nothing like picking rocks out of fields to bring people together.” It’s all about building the community necessary to practice this kind of laborintensive agriculture and to put the power to muster help into the hands of future local food producers. Any crop mobber can call a crop mob to do the kind of work it takes a community to do. Participants work together, share meals, play, talk and make music. No money is exchanged; it’s the stuff in which communities are made. For information and contacts in various states, visit CropMob.org or locally visit GrowingPlacesIndy.org.
Economic Security Buying at Home Keeps America Strong Poll after poll points to Americans’ preference for locally produced goods, according to msn. com; the real question is if we are willing to look for them and pay more. A 21st-century grassroots website, StillMadeInUSA.com, provides a helping hand with an online shopping directory of American brands. Categories range from personal apparel, handcrafts and household goods to tools, sports and entertainment, and include special occasions and shop-by-geography menus. “I try to buy American products whenever possible, but as a working mother of three boys, I don’t have time to drive from store to store or search for hours online,” says founder Stephanie Sanzone, explaining her website’s genesis. The Made in USA label represents a heightened concern for guarding American manufacturing jobs, worker and environmental health, product quality, consumer safety, national competitiveness and security while defending against an increasing trade deficit.
Eight million tons of sewage sludge from wastewater treatment plants, euphemistically renamed biosolids, is annually marketed as fertilizer and applied to the American farms and gardens that grow our food, as well as the parks where we play. No food crop, aside from those labeled U.S. Department of Agriculture certified organic, is regulated to guard against it being grown on land treated with this sludge. Because of the nitrogen and phosphorous found in human solid waste residue, the sludge industry and certain government bodies overlook the toxic blend of all that goes down the drain. That’s why a few conscientious companies like Del Monte and Heinz have long had a policy not to purchase food grown in sludge. Sewage sludge contains antimicrobial compounds, heavy metals, pharmaceuticals and pathogens that may be absorbed by food crops, water supplies and our bodies. Currently, the Environmental Protection Agency requires testing for only nine chemical elements and two bacteria for land application of sewage sludge and no testing for residue buildup in soil. Meanwhile, studies from universities including Yale, Cornell and Johns Hopkins express concerns about the health and safety of this practice. To protect health: Buy USDA-certified organic; ask at farm stands if they use sludge or biosolids; inquire about food and bagged fertilizer companies’ policies; and tell elected officials that citizens don’t want sewage sludge in America’s food and water supplies. For more information visit United SludgeFree Alliance at USludgeFree.org. NACrossroads.com
A Perspective on Soy
ith many new soy foods on the market today, from nuts and beans to energy bars and powdered drinks, choosing those that are most healthful can be confusing. Soy has received mixed reviews, even though it has been eaten in Asia for hundreds of generations without reported adverse effects and is a staple in vegetarian kitchens worldwide. In its natural state, the soybean has proved to be high in nutritional value as a non-animal source of essential amino acids, qualifying it as the only complete plant protein. The controversy centers on 20th-century isolation of the soybean’s beneficial compounds, isoflavones, that in their natural state have been found to protect against breast, prostate and colon cancers, menopausal symptoms, heart disease and osteoporosis. Rather than use the whole food, the manufactured food industry instead has added these compounds in isolated form to various products. Concerns arise because the isolated plant compounds act differently in the body when they lack the supporting vitamins, minerals and plant substances present in natural whole soy. Also, their amount and concentration in manufactured foods tend to exceed what is present in whole soy foods. To avoid the risk of overexposure to isolated soy compounds and still reap soy’s many health benefits, look for organic, non-GMO (genetically modified organism) whole soy products. Examples include tofu, tempeh, edamame and whole canned or frozen soy beans, as well as products produced from whole soy, such as soy flour, soy milk, miso and soy sauces like tamari or shoyu. Source: Research compiled by Monika Rice, who holds a master’s degree in holistic nutrition and is a regular contributor to Natural Awakenings.
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ncluding mangos in summer fruit salads adds both delicious sweetness and health benefits. A new study by Texas AgriLife Research food scientists examined five mango varieties most common in the United States: Ataulfo, Francine, Haden, Kent and Tommy Atkins, and found that the tropical fruit has anticancer properties. When exposed to a variety of cancer cells in the laboratory, mango turned out to be especially effective against certain breast and colon cancers. The researchers attribute the cancer-fighting properties to the fruit’s polyphenolics, a class of bioactive compounds responsible for preventing or stopping cancer cells. As one might expect with an all natural anti-cancer agent, normal cells were not affected by the mango, which targeted only cells that had gone bad, by interrupting their mutated division cycles. Source: Texas A&M AgriLive Communications, 2010
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SLOW DOWN AT MEALTIME The Endocrine Society’s Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism reports that eating a meal too quickly reduces release of the hormones in the gut that induce feelings of being full, which can lead to overeating and weight gain.
onstick cookware, popular because it’s convenient to use and clean, also emits toxic fumes when overheated. Tests commissioned by the Environmental Working Group (EWG) have shown that in just two to five minutes on a conventional stovetop, cookware coated with Teflon and other nonstick surfaces can exceed temperatures at which the coating breaks apart and emits toxic particles and gases. They posit that the same holds true for ovenware. At the same time, the researchers report that ingesting inert particles that have come off scratched cookware isn’t a hazard. EWG’s recommended alternatives are stainless steel and cast iron cookware. However, for families stuck with nonstick pots and pans, the group offers the following tips: Never preheat nonstick cookware empty or at high heat and make sure to cook food at the lowest possible temperature possible for safe cooking. Don’t put nonstick cookware in an oven hotter than 500 degrees and use an exhaust fan. Keep pet birds out of the kitchen, because they are particularly susceptible to the fumes.
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In a 2008 U.S. Food and Drug Administration survey, more than half (54 percent) of consumers said they now read the label the ﬁrst time they buy a product. That’s a 10 percent improvement since the 2002 survey. ~ FDA’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, 2010
Out of the Mouths of Babes A Dozen Ways Children Teach Us to Eat Mindfully by Dr. Michelle May
Children are born with the ability to eat instinctively, fully tuned in to internal cues of hunger and fullness.
arents are usually the main facilitators of life lessons for their children, but in some arenas it’s best to let the kids do the teaching. Their natural eating behaviors, for example, exemplify smart choices for us all. Here are some surprising rules of thumb: Eat when you are hungry. From birth, babies know when and how much they need to eat and cry to let us know. As youngsters grow this vital instinct can be unlearned, so that by the time they are adults, most have learned to eat for other reasons besides hunger. By recognizing the difference between needing to eat and wanting to eat, adults can also relearn when and how much to eat. Stop eating when you are full. Infants turn their head away when they have had enough to eat and toddlers throw food on the floor when they’re done. But as adults, we clean
our plates because we were admonished as youngsters about starving children, feel a social obligation or something just tastes good.
Being hungry makes you grouchy. Being hungry, tired or frustrated makes a child crabby and affects adults in the same way. Take care of your mealtime needs instead of taking out your crankiness on those around you. Snacks are good. Kids naturally prefer to eat smaller meals with snacks in-between whenever they get hungry. That pattern of eating keeps their metabolism stoked all day; adults’ too. All foods fit. Children are born with a natural preference for sweet foods and quickly learn to enjoy fatty
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foods. Such fun comfort foods can be part of a healthy diet. In fact, studies show that overly restrictive food rules can cause children to feel guilty or ashamed and lead to rebellious eating. Everyone eats healthier when they learn to enjoy less nutritious foods in moderation without deprivation. Be a picky eater. Kids won’t easily eat something they don’t like. Consider how much less you’d eat if you didn’t settle for food that only tastes so-so. You can learn to like new foods. Healthy eating is
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MARIEL HEMINGWAY Her Kitchen Wisdom for Healthy Living by Giovanna Aguilar
Eating until you are content is more important than ﬁnishing everything on your plate. an acquired taste, so provide a variety of appealing, healthful foods at the family table. If children observe us eating a variety of healthful foods, then they will learn to as well. It can take up to 10 different occasions of two-bite exposures to a new food, but kids often surprise themselves by liking something they never thought they would. Make the most of your food. Eating is a total sensory experience for children as they examine, smell and touch each morsel. You’ll appreciate food aromas, appearance and flavors more if you aren’t driving, watching television, working on a computer, reading or standing over the sink. Eating with your family is fun. Babies and toddlers naturally love eating with other people. Family mealtime is a golden opportunity to model good habits and conversational skills and connect with each other. With older children, play high-low around the dinner table, where each family member takes a turn sharing the best and worst parts of their day.
There is more to a party than cake and ice cream. Invite children to a party and they’ll want to know what they are going to get to do; invite adults and they’ll wonder what food will be served. Instead of avoiding food-based get togethers, focus on the social aspects of the event. Sleep is good. Children need a good night’s sleep to prepare for the adventures that tomorrow will bring. Everyone benefits from a consistent bedtime and good rest. Live in the moment. Kids are masters at living in the present; they don’t waste a lot of energy worrying about what has already happened or what might happen tomorrow. They are fully engaged in small, enjoyable pursuits. Adults will do well to reconsider the true joys of life and we can learn a lot from children. Michelle May is a medical doctor, founder of the Am I Hungry? mindful eating program (AmIHungry.com) and the award-winning author of Eat What You Love, Love What You Eat. Her mission is to help individuals break free from mindless and emotional eating to live a more vibrant, healthy life.
his month Natural Awakenings speaks with Mariel Hemingway about her personal journey to achieving a healthy and happy life. The veteran actress has practiced and taught yoga for 20 years and avidly pursues avenues of sustainable living and holistic health. Her most recent books include Mariel’s Kitchen: Simple Ingredients for a Delicious and Satisfying Life and Mariel Hemingway’s Healthy Living From the Inside Out. In Mariel’s Kitchen, you stress the importance of local seasonal eating. What do you consider an ideal meal? It’s important to connect nature with food—knowing where foods come from, knowing about local farms and farmers’ markets. My perfect meal is something that is very simple, fresh and seasonal. The key is to use the right ingredients, a little olive oil and herbs. One of my favorites is searing fish so that it is raw on the inside and serving it with a wonderful aioli or fruit salsa and a lightly steamed, seasonal vegetable. You are a big advocate of organic food, which can be pricey for families on tight budgets. How can healthy eating be accessible to all? It’s about choices. When people want to eat healthier and believe organic is too expensive, I ask them to consider how many times they buy café coffee or order out. When you start to look at food and how you live your life as a method of preventive medicine, it becomes obvious that getting sick [due to poor nutrition and a weak immune system] is a lot more expensive. How did you come up with the concept for your health snack, Blisscuits? My mother had cancer when I was a child, and I was her primary caregiver, so I saw what chemotherapy and radiation did to her. When my ex-husband was diagnosed with cancer, I created the cookies as part of a healthy, NACrossroads.com
How has food influenced your life? My mother went to Le Cordon Bleu in Paris to learn how to cook. My family was crazy about food; growing up, I was obsessive about food and used it to fill a hole and replace love. I fasted and tried all kinds of diets, which eventually shut down my thyroid. I wound up needing to go to such extremes in order to find my center; now I’m privileged to be able to help other people find theirs. What I have realized is that instead of serving as a substitute for love, food should come from love as an expression of sharing and giving. You juggle many responsibilities and roles in your personal and professional life. What advice can you offer readers for achieving balance in their lives? You must make time for what’s most important to you. Ask yourself questions so that you can find places where you can pull back and reset your priorities. How much television do you watch? Are you taking time to exercise? Do you take five minutes to close your eyes, breathe and listen to internal whispers? It’s often the everyday places, people and things of value that work to keep you connected and balanced. What projects are you working on that you’d like to share?
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The Indianapolis Food, Farm and Family Coalition (IndyFoodFarmFamily.org) recently published a new Local Food Guide to help the people of Central Indiana ﬁnd local, sustainable and organic food. The free guide can be downloaded online and is also distributed locally. It includes sustainable farms; farmers’ markets; community supported agriculture (CSA) farms; restaurants that use locally-sourced ingredients; and locations selling specialty goods, such as grass-fed meats, honey, eggs and local wine. Coalition members include volunteer representatives from government, consumer, business, farm, multicultural, anti-hunger advocacy, faith and community development groups who are working together to bridge the gap between producers and consumers. Their mission is to make Indianapolis a more food-secure city through education, awareness and public programs. Slow Food Indy (SlowFoodIndy. com) is the Central Indiana chapter of Slow Food USA. This community supported network promotes the area’s food culture with monthly events and volunteer opportunities dedicated to “good, clean and fair food.”
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onsider Boston cod, Georgia peach pie, Florida’s Indian River grapefruit, wheat from Kansas, heirloom tomatoes from Colorado, Michigan sour cherries, Texas pinto beans and California wines. While the definition of American cuisine is difficult to pinpoint, it definitely exists in regional form, say the Americans polled by the James Beard Foundation. It’s the particular tastes of the places we call home. There’s a delicious reason why regional foods remain popular; as The Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture found, the average “fresh” food item on American dinner tables now travels 1,500 miles to get there—and often tastes like it.
Taste is All About Terroir “Place-based foods have a unique taste, related to the soil, water, air and climate of a region, as well as the ethnic or regional heritage of their producers,” advises Rachelle H. Saltzman, folklife coordinator and director of the Iowa Place-Based Foods project. She notes that regional food might be considered a result of the happy pairing of nature and nurture. Regional foods start with terroir, a French term that refers to a peculiar combination of microclimate and geography. If we draw a circle with its center in our own backyard, the area within the circumference of the circle that encloses the same climate and geography is the general terroir. Although terroir is in wide use in reference to wines, it also applies to any
food. Terroir accounts for the differences in flavor between mild orange blossom honey from Arizona, aromatic and pearlike tupelo honey from Florida, ambercolored and medium-flavored clover honey from Iowa and dark and slightly sulfurous sunflower honey originating in South Dakota. “When you eat honey that local bees make, you’re eating an easily digestible, raw food full of enzymes, pollen, vitamins, proteins and minerals from the region,” says Tony Schwager of Anthony’s Beehive, in Lawrence, Kansas. Bees forage for nectar in nearby blossoms and then do all the processing in the hive. The result is a regional food yielding more than 300 varieties across the United States. Even Vermont maple syrup can register the flavor changes from terNACrossroads.com
“In this wine, you can taste the magical place where our children, Hailey and Loren, grew up. Aromas of blackberries and bay leaves, like those that grow along the spring-fed creek with subtle notes of tobacco, smoke and earth, dance in the background, derived from the soil itself.”
the sap that rises in the tree only after a long, cold winter—can taste different depending on whether the maple tree grows in areas rich in limestone (giving flavor notes of caramel, vanilla and bitter almond) or schist (where minerals yield a slightly moldy note), giving it a unique taste of place.
~ Janet Trefethen, of Trefethen Family Vineyards, in Napa, Before European settlement here, California, about its HaLo cabernet sauvignon. Native American roir, according to Amy Trubek, assistant professor of nutrition and food sciences at The University of Vermont and author of The Taste of Place: A Cultural Journey Into Terroir. Trubek is participating in an ongoing study of the character of smallbatch maple syrups. “Like Burgundy wines or Savoie cheeses, the terroir of maple syrups matters,” she says. For example, maple syrup—a whole food made only from
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tribes were often identified—and strengthened physically and spiritually— by the regional foods they ate, whether gathered by hunting or fishing in the wild or raised themselves. Early visiting explorers and naturalists noted such delicacies as wild strawberries growing along the New Hampshire shoreline, native persimmons in Virginia and beach plums on Cape Cod. In Early American Gardens: For
Meate or Medicine, gardener and author Ann Leighton chronicles which plants were native to New England and which ones the 17th-century colonists brought or had sent from England. The resulting cuisine evolved into a fusion of English recipes with New World ingredients. Through many generations, regional cuisines developed along the Eastern seaboard, often featuring maple syrup, cranberries, wild blackberries, corn, pumpkins, Carolina gold rice, cod, clams, blue crab, shad and shrimp. Grafting new and old world plants produced the happy accidents of the Bartlett pear, Concord grape and Newtown Pippin apple. What grew in these innovative gardens naturally began to grace American tables. “Native corn became a truly American food,” observes Lenore Greenstein, a food and nutrition journalist who has taught at several U.S. universities. “The corn of the settlers, however, was not the sweet corn we know today, but the field corn used to feed livestock and make corn meal, syrup and starches. Sweet corn was unknown until 1779, yet by 1850 it had replaced field corn on American tables.”
Ethnic Traditions Beyond the land itself, regional foods continue to be influenced by the transportation routes followed in early trad-
“Indian beliefs are the same and different [from one another]. For us, the sacred food is salmon; for the Plains Indians it was buffalo; in the Southwest it was corn. We all see food as part of our religion, but different foods give us our strengths… if we move about from place to place, we become separate from our sacred foods; we become weak.” ~ Louie H. Dick, Jr. of Oregon’s Umatilla tribe in “Water is a Medicine that Can Touch Your Heart” from Native Heritage: Personal Accounts by American Indians 1790 to the Present, edited by Arlene Hirschfelder
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ing ventures; the ways of the English homeland were soon joined by those of African slaves. Greenstein relates that New Orleans’ famous gumbo comes from the African ngombo, for okra, its principal ingredient. The thick stew gets some of its distinctive flavor and smooth texture from gumbo file powder made of dried, wild sassafras leaves. In other parts of the South, a cuisine that became known as soul food grew up around dishes made from produce that slaves could grow in their own kitchen gardens: boiled peanuts, sweet potato pie, boiled greens and black-eyed peas. Immigrants from Ireland who arrived in the New World during the potato famine of the 1840s and those Europeans promised free land under the Homestead Acts of the 1860s brought garden seeds, favorite plants and ethnic food traditions with them, further enlarging our country’s collective eating repertoire to include sauerkraut, coleslaw, cheesecake, cinnamon rolls and potato salad. Mennonite farmers who had emigrated from the Netherlands to Germany and then on to Russia, as their pacifist views clashed with the prevailing governments, finally left the steppes of the Ukraine for the similar terroir of the Kansas prairie in 1875. (This was around the same time that cowboys were herding longhorn cattle from Texas along the Chisholm Trail to railyards in Abilene, Kansas.) The Mennonites brought bags of turkey red winter wheat seeds that helped transform the wild prairie into the cultivated “breadbasket” it is today. In a similar fashion, Italian families coming to California brought their love of wine to a hilly region that benefited from moisture granted by the fog rolling in from the Pacific. They knew how to make the most of a climate with a spring rainy season followed by a dry summer—great conditions for growing wine grapes.
Good for Us Food Foods naturally suited to their environment grow better, taste better and are packed with more nutrients, reports Sustainable Table, an educational nonprofit working to build healthy communities through sustainable eating habits (SustainableTable.org). When grown and consumed locally, foods escape the degrada-
tion of being irradiated for longer shelf life. When they come from organic farms, they’re also grown without pesticides and herbicides. Consider also that milk from dairy cattle raised in areas where they can eat grass “Were it not for Lake Michigan, you couldn’t grow fruit for most of the this far north on a commercial scale. The weather fronts year has a better come in from the west over the deep lake. The lake beflavor and concomes a climate modifier, giving the fruit its character.” tains more beneficial nutrients ~ Justin Rashid, of American Spoon Foods, a grower of than milk from grain-fed cows. sour cherries, apricots and peaches in Michigan’s Upper Jeni Britton Bauer Peninsula uses regional Midwestern ingredients—including organic milk from found that regional agriculture contribgrass-fed cows, local goat cheese, forutes to the local economy, provides fresh aged wild foods and organic berries—for food and a secure food supply, and plays Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams. “We couldn’t a role in preserving our rural heritage. In believe the difference in flavor in milk Goût de Terroir: Exploring the Boundaries from grass-fed versus grain-fed cows,” of Specialty Agricultural Landscapes, he she says. “It’s because grass-fed cows concludes that “Agricultural landscapes, produce milk with more conjugated linand the regional cuisine and foodways oleic acid, a cancer-fighting compound, [culinary practices] to which they conas well as healthful omega-3 fatty acids.” tribute, offer powerful expressions of Local examples such as hers illustrate the place.” larger truth. As Greenstein sums it up, “Regional
Good for Our Community Growing and eating regional foods is equally beneficial for our communities. According to Larry West, a writer for E/The Environmental Magazine, most farmers on average receive only 20 cents of each food dollar spent on what they produce. The remaining profit gets consumed by transportation, processing, packaging, refrigeration and marketing costs when their crops travel far and wide. Farmers who choose to sell their foods to local customers see a better return on their investment. When neighbors choose to eat locally, it supports local agriculture and encourages continued use of area land for farms, keeping development in check while preserving open space. There are even more benefits. Research by Duncan Hilchey, a senior extension associate at Cornell University, and his colleagues in upstate New York
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Extending the Season Farmers and gardeners in every region have ways to extend the growing season. Kitchen gardeners have used cloches (glass bells put over tender plants to ward off the cold), cold frames (south-facing raised beds protected against the cold) and greenhouses. Many organic farmers now use poly-tunnels (which function as portable greenhouses) that allow them to get crops in the ground sooner and extend the end of the season. We can also continue to savor seasonal bounty by preserving the harvest. Farm wives and gardeners who understand the realities of feast and famine, glut and scarcity turn excess yields into what they call “value-added products.” Cucumbers become pickles; basil mixes into pesto; tomatoes provide a base for salsa. They also freeze fresh, whole berries on cookie sheets, then move them to containers to store in the freezer. Local state agriculture extension services offer free detailed information about preserving foods.
Grow Your Own The best terroir of all is our own garden. A fresh-picked tomato will convert even the most dedicated supermarket shopper every time. A state agricultural extension agent or local master gardener will know what grows best in area gardens. Consider growing heirloom varieties of fruits and vegetables for greater ﬂavor and color. A good resource is Seed Savers Exchange (SeedSavers.org), a northern Iowa farm that acts as a collective for members who use and save thousands of varieties of seeds. Its yearbook lists member gardeners and their comments on their success with various types of plants.
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hether this is your first year growing a kitchen garden or your thumb glows green from years of use, it’s possible to quickly turn dreams of bountiful organic harvests into a reality. Even small gardens can be surprisingly productive, sometimes yielding enough squash to feed the neighborhood. These 10 tips will help you reap top harvests of superb vegetables and herbs. Shop from Your Garden First. After a lifetime of buying food in stores, you may need to change your shopping habits to accommodate the stream of veggies from your own produce patch. It makes sense to shop there first. When you plan meals based upon your garden’s abundance, much less overripe produce ends up as compost. Spread on the Mulch. Everywhere but in the subtropics, rain often becomes scarce in summer, so do everything you can to keep plants supplied with consistent moisture. Tomatoes, in particular, are sensitive to changes in soil moisture that can lead to black spots on the bottoms of ripening fruits. In any climate, drip irrigation from soaker hoses on the surface makes watering easy and efficient. Covering the hoses with mulch reduces surface evaporation and discourages weeds at the same time. Harvest Often. From snap beans to zucchini, vegetables will be longer and stronger if you keep them picked. Gather what’s ripe at least three times a week. Early morning is the best time to gather garden-fresh veggies. Make Plenty of Pesto. A fast-growing annual herb that loves hot weather, basil will keep producing new leaves over a longer time if you harvest big
bunches just as the plants develop buds and flowers (the flowers are edible, too). If you have too much basil to use right away, purée washed leaves with olive oil and lemon juice, then cover with water in ice cube trays and freeze. Store the hard cubes in freezer bags for use in making pesto during nonharvest months. Squeeze Tomatoes. In choosing your favorite tomatoes, taste them fairly by keeping them in a warm place because cool temperatures can destroy their flavor compounds. In addition to watching the vines for ripe colors, make a habit of gently squeezing tomatoes to judge their firmness, the same way you might check an avocado or peach. Heirloom varieties, in particular, are at their best just as they begin to soften, but may become mealy if you wait too long. Taste Local Favorites. Trying new crops is always fun, especially if you know they grow well in your region. To learn more about which vegetables and herbs naturally grow well in your climate and soil, visit local farmers’ markets to see what local organic farmers are growing. Any crop that grows well in a neighbor’s field is likely to also do well in your garden. Keep Your Cool. Take on big garden tasks early in the morning or in the evening, when it’s cool. If you must work outdoors on a hot day, try freezing damp kitchen towels into a U-shape and drape a frozen collar around your neck to keep from overheating. Bet on Beans. Most vegetables are fastgrowing annuals that decline after they
have produced for several weeks. Replace tattered spring crops with fast-growing bush snap beans, which will promptly sprout and grow in all but the hottest climates. Where summers are sultry, there is often time to follow spring crops with a planting of edamame (edible green soybeans), which offer sensational taste, texture and nutrition. Sow More Salad. Lettuce and other salad greens often go to seed and turn bitter when hot weather comes, but a second salad season is right around the corner. Leafy greens, from arugula to tatsoi (a gorgeous Asian mustard), thrive from late summer to fall in most climates. Keep seeds left over from spring in the refrigerator and start planting them outside as soon as cooler nights arrive in late summer. In subtropical areas, start seeds indoors and set the seedlings out after the hottest months have passed. Fortify Soil. Each time you cultivate a bed, mix in a generous helping of compost or another form of rich, organic matter. Over time, the soil will become better and better, which means ever more beautiful homegrown veggies, fresh from your own garden. Barbara Pleasant is the author of numerous gardening books; this year’s release is Starter Vegetable Gardens: 24 No-Fail Plans for Small Organic Gardens. For more information visit BarbaraPleasant.com.
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As a teen, Dr. Mary Grace Pennella, of Stillpoint Family Chiropractic, dealt with extreme menstrual pain that sometimes caused her to faint. Painkillers prescribed by her gynecologist didn’t help, nor did anything else she tried. It wasn’t until her family pharmacist recommended going to a chiropractor that Pennella found relief. “My mother thought it was crazy to see a chiropractor for menstrual pain, but she was desperate to help me,” Pennella recalls. Learning that if the nervous system is free of blockages, the body can heal, Pennella began daily sessions for three weeks and hasn’t experienced a problem since. Although fascinated by the process, she didn’t think she was cut out for chiropractic school; instead, she opted to earn degrees in business administration and fashion merchandising. The next 11 years were spent working in the retail fashion industry. The job, while lucrative, was stressful and left Pennella feeling miserable. “I felt that I wasn’t doing anything meaningful, or doing what I was meant to do,” says Pennella. “I knew it was either my sanity or my job, so I decided to quit.” Pennella began working at Jo-Ann Fabrics, earning $7 per hour. The job was a nobrainer, but it allowed her to “cocoon” and take needed time to discover what she really wanted to do. The only career that excited her was chiropractic. With college 15 years behind her, Pennella wasn’t sure if her dream was achievable, but she decided to return to school. Now certain of her goal, she pursued a degree in chiropractic and graduated from Palmer College of Chiropractic in 2000.
After graduation, Pennella leased a space from another doctor for five years and practiced there under the name Stillpoint Family Chiropractic. In 2006, she moved to her current location in Fishers. Unlike most chiropractic offices, Stillpoint offers a wide range of additional holistic services including yoga, Pilates, massage therapy, meditation, nutrition counseling, hair analysis and the new PowerVibe Motion, a device that uses oscillating vibration for core strengthening and weight loss. Free wellness coaching is also offered to patients through a contracted coaching organization. Pennella’s dedication and passion for overall better health and a more fulfilled life are evidenced not only by the choices she offers her patients, but by her commitment to teaching and practicing the true principles of chiropractic wellness care. “Wellness care seeks to turn on the body’s natural healing ability,” she says. Unlike standard medical care, which treats symptoms by adding something from the outside—a medication, surgery or procedure—wellness care does not add anything. Instead, it looks for the underlying causes of any disturbance or disruption and then offers adjustments and interventions that can optimize the conditions needed for the body to function normally. Pennella points out that chiropractic and other adjustments don’t heal, the body does. “If you are not taking care of yourself, both emotionally and physically, you are sabotaging yourself,” she advises. “Proper nutrition, exercise and even meditation are critical to overall health. We live in a stressful world,
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ur culture so values beauty and cleanliness that millions of us spend hundreds of dollars a year on personal services and body care products. We regularly clean, soften and beautify every inch of our exterior, from hair to toenails. But how clean are we on the inside? “Today’s onslaught of known toxins in our environment continually bombards us with chemicals that can alter the way our body works,” says Brenda Watson, a certified nutritional consultant and author of Detox Strategy: Vibrant Health in 5 Easy Steps. “This not only affects natural processes, it also affects the body’s capacity to heal and maintain vibrancy.” Watson suggests that we adopt an increasingly refined mindset about being responsible for our health. She likes a program that cleans and maintains internal body systems, such as our colon, liver and other organs, through herbal cleanses, colon hydrotherapy and a highfiber diet that packs a punch with good nutrition. “For centuries, every culture around the world has been using some form of colon cleansing for health,” she observes. This proponent of colon hydrotherapy—which detoxifies the large intestine through a gentle infusion of purified water at a safely controlled temperature and gentle, continuous pressure—is not alone. Like Watson, Dr. Linda Berry, a chiropractor, certified clinical nutritionist and author of Internal Cleansing, supports the viability of colonic irrigation. “Colonics remove the waste from the body and can be optimized with an herbal cleanse and high-fiber diet that may aid in the cellular relief of toxins,” says Berry. She sees juice fasting as another complement. “The problem with
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o one likes ticks (except the birds that love to eat them), but like fleas and cockroaches, ticks are a fact of life. After a winter break in the northern states, they’re back with a vengeance come warmer weather and plague parts of the south all year round. Many species of ticks can carry disease. From the more common Lyme, Erlichia and Rocky Mountain spotted fever to tick paralysis and Anaplasmosis, these bugs are bad news. Some diseases are species specific, but some, like Lyme disease, can infect deer, dogs and humans. Cats seem to be resistant to many tick diseases like Erlichia and Rocky Mountain spotted fever; although why this is so remains largely a mystery.
Lyme Disease Dogs are 50 percent more likely to contract Lyme disease as humans. If left untreated it can cause serious, debilitating problems. Symptoms affecting joints and organs may be hidden in the early stages of the disease, so it’s important to have a dog tested every year and anytime the guardian suspects the dog has been exposed to ticks. The disease has been reported in every state. The good news is that Lyme disease cannot be transmitted directly from a pet to family
members. If ticks are typically found in an area, it’s wise to reduce the risk by inspecting canines and people several times a day when enjoying outdoor activities. An excellent vaccine exists for pets, although not for humans.
Ehrlichiosis The second most common infectious disease in the United States, this potentially life threatening menace is spreading, carried by several common dog ticks. The parasite attacks the blood cells, rather than the joints. Intermittent fever and lethargy (which can signal various illnesses) are the main signs. The disease can result in permanent disability or death. While there are no proven cases of direct transmission of the Ehrlichiosis parasite from dogs to people, ticks can transmit it directly to people. A simple in-office blood test can determine if a pet has this disease; blood screening will often show a decreased platelet count.
Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever This illness shows similar signs and symptoms as Lyme disease in dogs. The danger is that pet owners and vets often chalk them up to a sprained ligament or twisted knee, because the pet seems better in a day or two. Keys to diagnosis include the appearance of fever, repeated symptoms or lameness that shifts between legs. Again, a disease-specific blood test is helpful.
Treatment No vaccine exists for Erlichia or Rocky Mountain spotted fever, and the decision to vaccinate for Lyme disease depends on exposure risk. At the Alternative Care Center in Margate, New Jersey, we sometimes use nosodes, a homeopathic “vaccination” in the treatment or as a preventive measure for Lyme disease. Homeopathic treatment of active or resistant Lyme disease may use Lym D (from BioActive Nutri-
tional) and Ledum, which can also be used in combination with antibiotics. Some holistic vets believe that such homeopathy works with the body to boost the immune system in attacking the Lyme organism. Yet the only prevention measure approved by the U.S. Food and
Drug Administration is the Lyme vaccine. Primary treatment for all tick-borne diseases is the antibiotic doxycycline, taken as prescribed for three to four weeks. Using special tests after treatment will show if the disease is gone.
Tick Control Ticks are tough. Daily grooming and combing to search for ticks remains the best non-medical treatment. Because we have found no truly holistic alternative with the desired effect, I do advise topical tick control rub-on products like Frontline and collars like Preventic. Be aware that veterinary versions of such products are both safer and more effective than retail brands. Risk versus benefit to health is always the rule in considering the best route to take. The best advice for an individual animal will come from the family’s holistic veterinarian. Mark D. Newkirk holds a veterinary medicines directorate degree and is the owner and director of Margate Animal Hospital and Alternative Care Center, in Margate, NJ. Phone consultations are available at 609-8233031. For more information, visit AlternativeVet. com. NACrossroads.com
BIKE TO WORK The Two-Wheel Commuting Wow by Paul Dorn
eople might start Commuters can now during a 20-minute commuting by commute, while also select the “Bicycling” improving coordination. bicycle to improve their fitness, save money Commuting bicyclists layer on Google Maps or support sustainability, easily meet the Centers but they continue at Maps.Google.com/ for Disease Control because it’s fun. biking to help them and Prevention’s Ask a motorist recommendation that about their commute plan their route. adults engage in moderateand they’ll frown, at intensity physical activities best. Ask a bicyclist for 30 minutes or more at about their commute and they’ll smile, least five days a week. A study in the and likely mention the endorphin rush, Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & fresh air, wildlife spotted that morning, Science in Sports concluded that just 30 the new breakfast shop discovered en minutes of bicycle commuting improved route or how their retirement accounts aerobic fitness, cardiovascular load, are swelling with money saved by not cholesterol and the burning of fats for driving. energy. According to the British Medical Health Beneﬁts Association, in a nine-year study of The health benefits of bicycling are 9,000 UK civil servants, those who recognized around the world. Cycling is cycled 25 miles a week (2.5 miles each a holistic form of exercise that gradually way) experienced half the heart attacks builds strength and muscle tone with as those who shunned physical exercise. little risk of over-exercise or strain, A long-term Copenhagen Heart study according to AdultBicycling.com. Legs, of more than 30,000 men and women thighs, hips and buttocks all benefit, found that even after adjusting for other including hip and knee joints. The risk factors, those who biked to work had average cyclist burns about 300 calories a 39 percent lower mortality rate than 22
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those who did not. A less stressful commute also contributes to mental well-being, even to the point of countering depression. A study at Duke University found that 60 percent of people suffering from depression overcame it by exercising for 30 minutes three times a week without antidepressant medication, which is comparable to the rate of relief people generally achieve through medication alone. Daily exercise may also help prevent memory loss, according to several recent studies from the United States and Europe. The research, reported by the University of Illinois at UrbanaChampaign and others, suggests that because regular aerobic exercise—such as bicycling, swimming or running—can improve cardiorespiratory fitness by up to 14 percent, it helps improve brain function. Further, improved overall health helps prevent certain diseases that may affect mental health.
Fr o m e r g o n o m i c s e a t s a n d pedals, seamless shifting and Kevlar-lined puncture resistant tires to handlebar speakers a n d e l e c t r i c - a s s i s t e d p ow er, today’s bicycles are packed with innovative technologies that make cycling accessible, easy and fun. Riding at night and in wet weather is also safer with bright, energy-efficient LED lights and lightweight fabrics like Gore-Tex, HyVent and H2NO that are big on breathability and waterproof comfort.
Cost & Time Beneﬁts When it comes to sustainability, the bicycle is one of the most energyefficient personal transportation devices ever created. According to the American Automobile Association, the average annual cost of operating a sedan for 15,000 miles in 2010 totals $8,487; for an SUV, it’s $11,085. Vehicle costs include depreciation, finance charges, fuel, maintenance, tires, tolls, insurance and taxes. Given the latest U.S. median annual household income of $52,029 reported by the Census Bureau in 2008, the cost of car ownership exceeds 15 or 20 percent of the typical household’s income. A quality bicycle, which can be purchased for the price of about one car payment, will never need fueling, is inexpensive to repair and has an operating carbon footprint that’s next to nil. Bicycle commuting is surprisingly time-efficient, too. Federal Highway Administration statistics show that nearly half of all trips in this country are three miles or less. More than a quarter of all trips are less than a mile. A three-mile trip by bicycle takes about 20 minutes; in a busy city, traveling the same distance by car can take longer. Add in getting a car out of a parking space, into traffic, through lights and congestion and parked again, and for many urban and neighborhood trips, bicycles are simply faster from point to point. Making a good thing even better, bicycle commuting saves time that would otherwise be spent at a gas station, car wash, automobile mechanic, department of motor vehicles and even traffic court. Plus, without the large cost of operating a car, it’s just possible that bicyclists might even save the necessity of time spent at a second job. As yet another bonus, there’s next to no time spent sitting in traffic. Paul Dorn, a writer and activist in Sacramento, California, is coauthor (with Roni Sarig) of The Bike to Work Guide: Save Gas, Go Green, Get Fit. He is a former editor of the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition newsletter, former executive director of the California Bicycle Coalition, and a League of American Bicyclists certified instructor.
Bicycle Indiana: Helping To Share the Road by Beth Davis
Bicycle Indiana is a statewide nonprofit organization that began as the Indiana Bicycle Coalition in 1993. It was organized by a group of concerned ing cyclists aiming to bring de awareness to statewide moting communities by promoting ating safe bicycling; educating bicyclists, motorists and policy-makers; and advocating for laws and policies to help increase bicycling throughout Indiana. That same mission is in place today, as the group continues to expand its membership and staff. Executive Director Nancy Tibbett joined the organization in 2008. Her passion for education and advocacy was ignited in 2007, while she was president of the Central Indiana Bicycling Association. Six months into her presidency, a motorist killed one club member and seriously injured a second, prompting an urgent call to action for Tibbett. “I felt I needed to do something to really get the word out and begin promoting safety,” she explains. Tibbett began brainstorming with her predecessor at Bicycle Indiana for ways to increase awareness of Indiana’s bicyclists. When the position of executive director became available, Tibbett knew she was right for the job. Now, she works hard to promote and
protect bicycling and cyclists through this cohesive state organization that represents the interests of all bicycle users and addresses their concerns. Members include individuals, corporations, retail establishments,
bicycle clubs and other organizations, and all help promote bicycle transportation for health, recreation, competition, sport, travel and commuting. The organization addresses issues at government and public levels, but educating motorists is often the greatest challenge. “Motorists get frustrated sometimes by the pace of bicyclists,” says Tibbett. “We can’t sway everyone, but we hope to help people understand the benefits of using this alternate mode of transportation.” Among those benefits, she says, are saving money on gas, helping the environment by reducing carbon footprints, and enhancing personal health through increased exercise. Bicycle Indiana advances its mission by providing information; promoting events such as the recent Bike to Work Day, in which 12 cities participated; and offering the resources needed to help both cyclists and motorists become educated about sharing the road. Tibbett says classes covering bike safety are hosted all across the state and include a lecture, written test and road riding test. Bicycle Indiana has also created a DVD for motorists that they hope to distribute to driver’s education classes as a tool for instructors. One of the nonprofit’s most exciting new developments, according to Tibbet, is the Bureau of Motor Vehicles’ recent acceptance of Bicycle Indiana’s application to create a special license plate. Beginning January 1, 2011, motorists can pay an additional $40 for an “I Share the Road” plate; $25 will go to Bicycle Indiana. “Donations are instrumental in allowing us to continue our programs,” Tibbet explains. “This group recognition license plate will be an important part of our success.” Bicycle Indiana is located at 201 S. Capitol, Ste. 800, in Indianapolis. For information, call 317-466-9701 or visit BicycleIndiana.org. NACrossroads.com
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FRIDAY, JULY 2
Glorious 4th Festival – July 2-4. 10am-5pm. Experience how this great American holiday was celebrated in the 1800’s. It’s a red, white and blue weekend of patriotic feasts, games and fun sure to create memories and smiles all year long. See website for pricing. Conner Prairie, 13400 Allisonville Rd, Fishers. 317-7766006. Info@ConnerPrairie.org. ConnerPrairie.org. Marsh Symphony on the Prairie – July 2-4. 8pm. Star-Spangled Symphony with conductor Alfred Savia leading the orchestra through shining renditions of patriotic repertoire. Celebrate with rousing music, an Abraham Lincoln imitator and fireworks. Prices vary, see website for details. Conner Prairie, 13400 Allisonville Rd, Fishers. 317-639-4300. IndianapolisSymphony.org.
SUNDAY, JULY 4 Canal Family Fest – 4:30-9pm. Celebrate Independence in Indiana at the Indiana State Museum on the downtown canal walk. As part of the city’s Independence Day celebration, visitors can enjoy fun, family-oriented activities before the annual downtown fireworks. Free. Indiana State Museum, 650 W Washington St, Indianapolis. 317-232-1637. IndianaMuseum.org. CarmelFest 2010 – July 4-5. 12-10pm. Festival celebrating our nation’s heritage. Kid’s attractions, parade, live entertainment, freedom run and fireworks. Free. In the heart of Carmel at the City Center, 1 Civic Sq, Carmel. 317-581-0331. Info@CarmelFest.net. CarmelFest.net. Freedom Blast Fireworks Show – 9:47-10:30pm. The largest fireworks show in the state. Celebrate Independence Day with your family and friends. This display can be seen from most areas of Indianapolis as the fireworks are launched from the roof of the Regions Bank tower in downtown. Free. Regions Bank, 1 Indiana Sq, Indianapolis. 317-221-6000.
TUESDAY, JULY 6
Mark Your Calendar Wellness Seminar: Digestive Difficulties – 5:30pm. Learn ways to support one’s digestive system. Health screenings, handouts and discussion to help participants understand common digestive difficulties and what to do about them. Free. Zionsville Holistic Chiropractor & Wellness Center, 1620 W Oak St, Ste 100, Zionsville. RSVP: 317733-9630. DocWhalen@ZionsvilleChiropractor. com. ZionsvilleChiropractor.com.
THURSDAY, JULY 8
Chakra Dhyana – 6:30-8pm. Bi-weekly. Chakra Dhyana is a series of chants that open the chakras (energy centers) and raises one’s vibration to allow more positive flow into one’s life. Consists of Kundalini warmup with Beatles, chanting the Chakra Dhyana with tuning forks, and 20-min meditation. $15. Mother Nature’s Sun, 6516 Ferguson St, Indianapolis. 317-253-5683. Wendy@MotherNatureSun. com. MotherNatureSun.com.
FRIDAY, JULY 9
Drumming Circle with Ryan – 6:30-8pm. During this dynamic world percussive rhythmic immersion, gain the tools to be a creative hand drummer, learning how to drum, trance-inducing rhythms from around the world, how to improvise and ways to use drumming as an expression for optimal health. $15. Mother Nature’s Sun, 6516 Ferguson St, Indianapolis. 317-253-5683. Wendy@MotherNatureSun.com. MotherNatureSun.com.
SATURDAY, JULY 10
Anniversary Party: Opening of The Playful Soul – 10am-7pm. Mini-classes, treatments, food, fun and Beatle Blessings. Free. Mother Nature’s Sun, 6516 Ferguson St, Indianapolis. 317-253-5683. Wendy@ MotherNatureSun.com. More info: MotherNatureSun.com.
Mark Your Calendar Raw Food Certification: Level 1 – 10am-2pm. Learn about raw and living food diets, and how to prepare delicious raw food meals. Discover one’s next favorite dish. Learn healthy shopping strategies. Recipes, certification and meals provided. $125/pre-register. Reinventing Wellness, 8725 Gordonshire Dr, Indianapolis. 317-408-0110. Sarah@ReinventingWellness.com. ReinventingWellness.com. Racquetball 101 – 12-1:30pm. All ages; open to members and nonmembers. Learn to play this exciting and dynamic sport during this free clinic. Learn rules, techniques and fundamentals. Racquets and goggles are provided. Free. Noblesville Athletic Club, 411 S Harbour Dr, Noblesville. 317-776-0222. NAC@NACFitness.com. NACFitness.com.
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WEDNESDAY, JULY 14
Summer Soups & Salads Cooking Class – 6-8pm. Nutritionist and Raw Foods Chef Sarah Stout teaches how to create fun, fast and fresh soups and salads using summer’s best ingredients. Sponsored by Reinventing Wellness. $25. Optimal Wellness Center, 4545 Northwestern Dr, Ste A, Zionsville. 317-870-7220. SStoutCCN@gmail.com. WeCreateWellness.com. Bioidentical Hormone Therapy Seminar – 7:308:30pm. Doctors share their expertise and show how individualized programs are designed to meet the unique needs of each patient. Guests enjoy the opportunity to speak directly with the physician presenter(s) in a Q-and-A session following each seminar. BodyLogicMD, 6612 E 75th St, Ste 110, Indianapolis. RSVP required: 866-972-5306. BodyLogicMD-seminars.com.
FRIDAY, JULY 16
Intro to Vastu Shastra – 6-7:30pm. Vastu Shastra is Sanskrit for Building Science and the first “green building” science. It uses energy from the sun, the planets and the 5 elements of nature to create harmony in one’s home. Workshop includes yantras/materials. $25. Mother Nature’s Sun, 6516 Ferguson St, Indianapolis. 317-253-5683. Wendy@MotherNatureSun. com. MotherNatureSun.com. Asana Training – July 16-18. 7-9pm, Fri; 1-5pm, Sat; 9am-12pm, Sun. Author (Every Woman’s Yoga) Jaime Stover-Schmitt, EdD teaches Asana Yoga. Designed to expand one’s ability with yoga asana and alignment. Sessions include both theory and practice. Friday/ Saturday: Teacher sessions. Sunday: Open to public. $50/Fri, $85/Sat, $125/both if signed up by 7/5. Inner Peace Yoga Center, 5038 E 56th St, Indianapolis. 317257-9642. Carol@IPYC.org. IPYC.org.
SUNDAY, JULY 11
Meditation & Message with Vince Lisi – 10-11am. Over 80 mighty souls have attended these divine monthly meditations based on the Course in Miracles. Each month, Vince Lisi (Masters of Philosophy/ Theology) presents a spiritually enlightened message and meditation. CD included. $10. Source Yoga Center, 8609 E 116th St, Fishers. 317-915-9642. JHoopes2@comcast.net. SourceYoga.net. Inspirational Drumming with Steve Lang – 2-3:30pm. Steve Lang of Oakwood Retreat Center teaches Drumming 101 and leads an inspirational drumming session. Let one’s heartbeat guide one to open up to new freedom in the expression of drumming. $10/own drum, $15/rental drum. Source Yoga Center, 8609 E 116th St, Fishers. 317-915-9642. Janie@SourceYoga.net. SourceYoga.net.
TUESDAY, JULY 13
Introduction to Holistic Wellness Care – 5:30pm. Informative presentation designed for prospective and new patients. We explain all of our holistic wellness services so that one can achieve one’s health goals with us. Free. Limited seating, please call. Zionsville Holistic Chiropractic & Wellness Center, 1620 W Oak St, Ste 100, Zionsville. 317-733-9630. DocWhalen@ZionsvilleChiropractor.com. ZionsvilleChiropractor.com.
SATURDAY, JULY 17
Vinyasa Flow Yoga – 9-10am. All levels. Take an hour and feel the benefits of yoga for oneself. Bring a friend as this class is for everyone. Free. Optimal Wellness Center, 4545 Northwestern Dr, Ste A, Zionsville. Register: 317-870-7220. WeCreateWellness.com. Vegetarian/Vegan Potluck – 12-3pm. Bring a vegan or vegetarian dish and join the fun. Indiana Humanities Council, 1500 N Delaware St, Indianapolis. IndyVegSociety.org. 10 Phases of QiGong – 1:30-3:30pm. The 10 Phases of Qigong Development present a conceptual roadmap to assist development of Qigong practices for different levels. Perform exercises which represent each of the 10 Phases. $25. Mother Nature’s Sun, 6516 Ferguson St, Indianapolis. Pre-register: 317-253-5683. Info@IndyQi.com. MotherNatureSun.com.
TUESDAY, JULY 20
Wellness Seminar: The Carbohydrate Epidemic – 5:30pm. “Hello, my name is… I am a Carboholic.” If this is you, let’s look at the beginning steps we can take to free ourselves from the grip of our overwhelming desire for the sweet taste of carbohydrates. Free. Zionsville Holistic Chiropractor & Wellness Center, 1620 W Oak St, Ste 100, Zionsville. RSVP: 317733-9630. DocWhalen@ZionsvilleChiropractor.com. ZionsvilleChiropractor.com.
WEDNESDAY, JULY 21
Movie Night: The Secret – 6pm. Special series highlights the most talked about movies on health, wellness and well-being. A fun and informative night as we screen The Secret. Healthy snacks and refreshments will be provided. Invite friends for a night in front of the big screen. Free. Optimal Wellness Center, 4545 Northwestern Dr, Ste A, Zionsville. RSVP: 317-8707220. WeCreateWellness.com.
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WEDNESDAY, JULY 28
Chakra Dhyana – 6:30-7:30pm. See July 8 listing. $15. Mother Nature’s Sun, 6516 Ferguson St, Indianapolis. 317-253-5683. MotherNatureSun.com.
THURSDAY, JULY 29
Kids Day Out – 3-5pm. Healthy and fun. Special event includes healthy food and snacks, fun music and decorations, prizes, contests and kids yoga. Dr. Lauren will offer discounted kids chiropractic adjustments for patients with recent scans on file. Free/yoga, $15/adjustments. Optimal Wellness Center, 4545 Northwestern Dr, Ste A, Zionsville. 317-870-7220. WeCreateWellness.com.
FRIDAY, JULY 23
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Beatles Weekend: Beatles Concert – 6-10pm. Enjoy the Beatles all weekend long. Local musicians will play many favorite Beatles tunes to lead up to the amazing Beatles Exhibition from the Tom Fontaine collection. $15. Mother Nature’s Sun, 6516 Ferguson St, Indianapolis. 317-253-5683. Wendy@MotherNatureSun.com. More info: MotherNatureSun.com.
Women’s Health Series: Weight Loss – 6pm. Lecture focusing on the hottest issue in women’s health. Discussing health and wellness of women in today’s society. Topics include hormones, Candida, weight loss, thyroid, skin care and cancer. Answers for those interested in natural holistic health. Free. Optimal Wellness Center, 4545 Northwestern Dr, Ste A, Zionsville. RSVP: 317-870-7220. WeCreateWellness.com. Tibetan Heart Yoga Series 1: The Six Perfections – Times vary. Tibetan Heart Yoga Series 1 reveals the foundation of yoga as practiced by the Lineage of the Dalai Lamas. Tonglen compassion meditations are weaved into asanas which are each used to cultivate one of the six perfections: giving, morality, patience, joyful effort, concentration, and wisdom. A 20-hr intensive course including 10 hrs of asana practice and instruction and 10 hrs of lecture. $250/full course or pay by session. Mother Nature’s Sun, 6516 Ferguson St, Indianapolis. 317-253-5683. Wendy@MotherNatureSun.com. Complete details: MotherNatureSun.com.
FRIDAY, JULY 30 SATURDAY, JULY 24
Beatles Weekend: Magic History Tour – 129pm. Beatlemania continues all weekend long. The unveiling of Tom Fontaine’s collection of Beatles memorabilia celebrating Mother Nature’s Sun 1-year anniversary. See Beatles’ guitars, photos, clothing worn by the Fab 4 and much more, and all for sale. Beatles fans must attend. $15. Mother Nature’s Sun, 6516 Ferguson St, Indianapolis. 317-253-5683. Wendy@MotherNatureSun.com. MotherNatureSun.com.
SUNDAY, JULY 25
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Ladies’ Night Out – 6pm. A full evening of healthy and pampering services for women only. We’ll provide healthy snacks and cocktails, facials and spa services, massages, Reiki, footbaths and more. Take the night off and join us for this fun, supportive and empowering evening just for the ladies. Starting at $25. Optimal Wellness Center, 4545 Northwestern Dr, Ste A, Zionsville. Reservations: 317-870-7220. WeCreateWellness.com.
Meditation Class – 5:30pm. Learn more about the art of meditation and how to maximize the benefits from incorporating it into one’s wellness lifestyle. Discover techniques that help achieve a heightened sense of awareness, concentration, focus and total mind/body relaxation. Donations accepted. Optimal Wellness Center, 4545 Northwestern Dr, Ste A, Zionsville. 317-870-7220. WeCreateWellness.com.
SATURDAY, JULY 31
TUESDAY, JULY 27
Indianapolis Sailing Club Dinner – 6:30-9pm. Enjoy a mouth-watering Thai meal, live music, and hear a talk on “Spirituality and Science” with Dr. John McGrew, director of Clinical Psychology at IUPUI. Outdoor dining, weather permitting; free raffle. Part of the proceeds go to Interfaith Hunger Initiative. Sponsored by Whole Foods. $75/person. Indianapolis Sailing Club, 11325 Fall Creek Rd, Geist. 317-2579642. Carol@IPYC.org. IPYC.org.
Introduction to Holistic Wellness Care – 5:30pm. See July 13 listing. Zionsville Holistic Chiropractic & Wellness Center, 1620 W Oak St, Ste 100, Zionsville. 317-733-9630. DocWhalen@ZionsvilleChiropractor. com. ZionsvilleChiropractor.com.
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THURSDAY, JULY 22
Real Milk Dairy Tour – 8am-8pm. Bus departs Indy for tour to Swiss Connection and the Rhodes Family Farm. Cheese and Charcuterie tasting, milk production handbook or safe handling guide, and discussions on milk. Optional lunch provided from Goose the market. $45. Seating limited; RSVP. Slow Food Indy and Weston A. Price Foundation. SlowFoodIndy.com.
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Mark Your Calendar Natural Living Fair – Aug 6-7. 6-9pm, Fri; 10am-4pm, Sat. Natural Awakenings hosts the first Natural Living Fair. Find the natural and healthy living providers, services and supplies you have been seeking. Free. The Harrison Center, 1505 N Delaware St, Indianapolis. 317-862-6332. NaturalLivingFair.com.
FRIDAY, AUGUST 13
Off The Mat Into The World Yoga – Aug 13-15. 6-9pm, Fri; 10am-5pm, Sat and Sun. Yoga teachers, leaders, activists and interested students. A 3-day intensive yoga workshop for finding purpose and turning into sacred activism. Purpose and action living on and off the mat. $300/advance, $350/after July 15. Cityoga, 2442 Central Ave, Indianapolis. 317-9209642. CitYoga.biz.
SATURDAY, AUGUST 14
Mark Your Calendar Savor the Summer Garden Dinner – 1-3pm. Hosted by the Indianapolis Vegetarian Society and Farm Fresh Delivery. IVS has teamed with local businesses and farms to specifically highlight produce that can be grown locally and prepared in non-traditional and delicious ways. $12/advance; $15/door. Earth House, 237 N East St, Indianapolis. For more info: IndyVegSociety.org.
FRIDAY, AUGUST 20
Pre-Natal Teacher Training with Sarah Longacre – Aug 20-22. 10am-5pm, daily. Yoga instruction, teaching modifications for pregnancy. Learn the emotional and physical challenges a woman undergoes during labor and childbirth, and how her prenatal yoga classes can help prepare her for that journey. $325/advance, $350/after July 20. Cityoga, 2442 Central Ave, Indianapolis. 317-920-9642. CitYoga.biz.
SUNDAY, AUGUST 22
New England Lobster Bake – Time (TBA). A fundraiser that will feature a sustainable New England lobster bake. Ingredients to include lobster and mussels, plus local corn, potatoes, bread and cole slaw. A Slow Food Indy project. Complete details: SlowFoodIndy.com
Waterman’s Farm Market – 8am-7pm. Large variety of produce and food-related products. 7010 E Raymond St. WatermansFarmMarket.com. Pilates Reformer Classes – No Sun classes. Mon: 8am, 9am, 10am, 6:30pm; Tue: 1:30pm, 3pm, 6:30pm; Wed: 9am, 10am, 6:30pm; Thurs: 1:30pm, 3:30pm, 6:30pm, 7:30pm; Fri: 9am, 10am; Sat: 9am, 10am. Engages the mind with the body to create exercises that involve whole body movement. It builds strength without excess bulk, creating a sleek, toned body with slender thighs and flat abs. Pilates also improves overall health resulting in increased flexibility, agility and economy of motion. Inner You Pilates, 14950 Greyhound Ct, Indianapolis. 317-571-8367. InnerYouPilates.com.
sunday Yoga Intensive with Eric Bryant – 11:30am-1:30pm. Second Sun each month. Intermediate/advanced. Moving meditation yoga practice. Eric leads a series of flowing, heat- producing Vinyasas to harmonize the breath through standing poses, toxin-shedding twists and balances, followed by meditation. $15/ members, $20/walk-ins. Source Yoga Center, 8609 E 116th St, Fishers. 317-915-9642. Janie@SourceYoga. net. SourceYoga.net. Garden Walks – 1pm. Stroll through the beautiful historical landscape of the Oldfields estate. Free. Indianapolis Museum of Art, meet at main visitor entrance at the Lilly House, 4000 Michigan Rd, Indianapolis. IMAMuseum.org. Yoga Flow – 4-5:15pm. All levels of experience. A unique, complete way to improve flexibility and strength in one’s body, mind and life. $15/class; $60/5 classes. Optimal Wellness Center, 4545 Northwestern Dr, Ste A, Zionsville. WeCreateWellness.com. Meditation Class – 5:30-6:30pm. Manage stress, anxiety, control high blood pressure, insomnia, headaches, and mental fatigue. Learn breathing and relaxation techniques and build a strong support system with like-minded friends. Free. Optimal Wellness Center, 4545 Northwestern Dr, Ste A, Zionsville. Pre-register: 317-870-7220. WeCreateWellness.com.
monday Farm Market – Thru Oct. Mon-Wed, 9am-6pm; ThuSat, 9am-7pm. Featuring quality apples, pumpkins, plants, local food, produce, meat, and more. Tuttle Orchards, 5717 N County Rd 300 West, Greenfield. 317-326-2278. TuttleOrchards.com.
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Zumba Fitness – 4:45-5:40pm. Looking for a fun workout after a long day at the office? Look no further. First class free with coupon. $5/class. Indianapolis City Market, 2nd fl E wing, 222 E Market St, Indianapolis. 317-492-3253. Tita_64@yahoo.com.
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Mat Combo Class – 5:30-6:30pm. A complete blend of stretching and strengthening that works the entire body and major muscle groups. Pilates Wellness Studio, 1233 Parkway Dr, Zionsville. Contact Tobie Hall: 317-873-2163. PilatesWellnessStudio.com.
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Animal Communication Workshop – 6:30-8pm. Pre-requisite: Introduction to Animal Communication. Learn additional tips, techniques, and strategies to help connect with animals and have the support of classmates and longtime professional animal communicator Shannon Gross while practicing new skills over a period of four weeks. $120. Contact Shannon for dates: Shannon@ShannonGross.com. Sahaja Meditation – 7-8pm. Discover inner peace; get rid of anxiety and stress. Experience a simple yet powerful meditation technique. Free. Franklin Road Branch Library, 5550 S Franklin Rd, Indianapolis. 317-456-2021. IndianaMeditation@gmail.com. Tai Chi Easy Class – 7-8pm. All levels, no experience. De-stress with this modified Tai chi program. Included is Qigong moving-breathing exercises, Tai chi movements, meditation, self hand and foot massage. $11/class; $54/6. The Healing Chi Wellness Center, 72 S Jefferson St, Danville. 317-441-2111. Amy@TheHealingChi.com. TheHealingChi.com. Women’s Community Drum Circle – 7-9pm. No experience needed. Drumming is a great way to relieve stress and connect with other women in a spirit of unity. All drums and percussion provided. “Journey,” a group discussion on current empowerment issues, follows the circle. $5. Bongo Boy Music and Wellness Center, 8481 Bash St, Ste1100, Castleton. 317-771-0241. Lisa@BongoBoyMusic.com. BongoBoyMusic.com.
tuesday Art Exposure – 7am-2:30pm. Support local artists at Tulip Noir Café. Third Tue each month new artwork is put on display. Stop in for a delicious and healthy meal. Tulip Noir, 1224 W 86th St, Indianapolis. 317848-5252. TulipNoirCafe@gmail.com.
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Bar/Mat Class – 9:30-10:30am. Using a ballet barre with light weights and a round ball, challenge the body with isometric moves. Merging yoga and Pilates postures. Pilates Wellness Studio, 1233 Parkway Dr, Zionsville. Contact Tobie Hall: 317-873-2163. PilatesWellnessStudio.com. Farmers’ Market at Wishard Hospital – 11am1:30pm. Local farmers to sell fresh fruits, vegetables and plants at hospital. Visitors welcome. Wishard Hospital, 1001 W 10th St, Indianapolis. 317-630-7750. Farmers’ Market at Stadium Village – 4-7:30pm. This brand-new market will house 25-30 vendors, and is a 100% grower/producer market. Free parking is available in the Shapiro’s parking lot. StadiumVillageFarmersMarket.com. Yoga Flow – 6-7:15pm. See Sun listing. Optimal Wellness Center, 4545 Northwestern Dr, Ste A, Zionsvile. 317-870-7220. WeCreateWellness.com. Evening with the Doctor – 7-8:15pm. Learn about the Bio-Energetic Synchronization Technique that is an extraordinarily effective healing modality. Learn about the six essentials for a healthy, pain-free life, and what one can do to get better faster and stay better longer. Free. Morter Health Center, 10439 Commerce Dr, Ste 140, Carmel. Reservation required: 317-8729300. MorterHealthCenter.com. Vinyasa Yoga – 7:45-9pm. Help put one’s muscles and mind at ease with Vinyasa yoga. Improve flexibility, spiritual health and emotional growth. $30/4 classes. Noblesville Athletic Club, 411 S Harbour Dr, Noblesville. 317-776-0222. Nac@NACFitness.com. NACFitness.com.
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wednesday Wellness Walks – 9-9:30am and 6-6:30pm. All ages and levels. The Power of Slow Gear. This class utilizes slower movements, engaging one’s muscles differently. Combines stretching, breathing, posture, sideways and backward movements, low impact. $10/class, $7/if bring a friend. The Labyrinth, 2809 State Rd 38 E, Westfield. Janet Tarr: 317-440-1732. J-Tarr.com. Indianapolis Farmers’ Market at the City Market – 9:30am-1:30pm. Market Street between Delaware and Alabama sts, Indianapolis. 317-634-9266. IndyCM.com. Gentle Yoga – 11am-12pm. Focus on sequences to relieve fatigue and stress. Postures will focus on breathing and movement to encourage energy and relaxation. Props will be used and modifications made as necessary. Pilates Wellness Studio, 1233 Parkway Dr, Zionsville. Contact Tobie Hall: 317-873-2163. PilatesWellnessStudio.com. Greenwood Farmers’ Market – 2:30-6pm. Greenwood Public Library, 310 S Meridian St, Greenwood. 317-883-9144. OldTownGreenwood.com. Farmers’ Market at 52nd and Shadeland Ave – 4-7pm. Lawrence United Methodist Church, 5200 N Shadeland Ave, Indianapolis. 317-770-1331. Plainfield Town Center Farmers’ Market – 4-7pm. Plainfield Plaza, 1800 E Main St, Plainfield. 317839-3800. Yolates – 6-7:15pm. Advanced beginner/intermediate. This dynamic yoga class integrates Pilates (to strengthen the core muscles), slow and dynamic movements, along with aromatherapy and vibrational therapy. The personal attention given will help one to feel secure as work through each posture. $15/session, $120/10 classes. Mother Nature’s Sun, 6516 Ferguson St, Indianapolis. 317-201-1195. WendyWellness@ sbcglobal.net. MotherNatureSun.com. 12-Step Meditation – 7-8pm. This gathering is open to anyone working a 12-step program of recovery regardless of addiction. Based loosely on The 12-Step Buddhist, by Darren Littlejohn, this group is meant to complement rather than take the place of regular 12step meetings. No experience in meditation required. Free. Held at 125 Spruce St, Indianapolis. 317-6375683. Joanhm@mac.com. TheChurchWithin.org. Sahaja Meditation – 7-8pm. Discover inner peace; get rid of anxiety and stress. Experience a simple yet powerful meditation technique. Free. Old National Bank, 4805 E 96th St, Fishers, 317-456-2021. IndianaMeditation@gmail.com.
thursday Toastmasters – 7am. Develop one’s communication skills to open doors in one’s personal and professional life. Free. La Peeps, 8255 Craig St, Ste 102, Indianapolis. Contact Matt Zentz: 317-430-5804 or MZentz@Marketpath.com. CastletonTM.org. Geist Farmers’ Market – 2:30-6:30pm. 8115 Oaklandon Rd (intersection with Fox Rd), Indianapolis. 317-517-0484. 38th and Meridian Farmers’ Market – 4-6:30pm. North United Methodist Church, 3808 N Meridian St, Indianapolis. 317-924-2612. Farmers’ Market at Chateau Thomas Winery – 4-7pm. Chateau Thomas Winery, 6291 Cambridge
Way, Plainfield. 317-837-9463. ChateauThomas.com. Meditation Hikes – 4-5pm. Meditation hikes move through the IMA’s grounds and gardens, sometimes in silence and sometimes with dialogue. Hikes occur regardless of weather. Free. Indianapolis Museum of Art, meet at the Efroymson Entrance Pavilion, 4000 Michigan Rd, Indianapolis. GlobalPeaceInitiatives. net. Healthy Chocolate: Find Out More – 7pm. An hour that could change one’s life. To get one’s free chocolate, say Joyce sent you. Holiday Inn at the Pyramids. For more info: 317-363-2262. Mind, Body, Spirit Class – 7-8pm. First Thurs each month. Tap into and live from one’s wisdom within. With Life Coach Dane McCullough. Discover one’s full potential. Free. Life Coach Dane & Company, 2424 E Main St, Plainfield. 317-432-7426. DaneMcCullough@aol.com. LifeCoachDane.com. Prenatal Yoga – 7-8:15pm. Pregnant and searching for a gentle, healthy way to continue yoga practice or remain vibrant, flexible and fit during one’s body’s important journey? This is the class. Taught by Andrea Ballard, prenatal certified. Stretch and tone while centering thru breathing. $15/walk-in, $10/member. Source Yoga Center, 8609 E 116th St, Fishers. 317915-9642. Janie@SourceYoga.net. SourceYoga.net. Community Drum Circle – 7:15-8:30pm. No experience needed. Release some tension and stress. Nothing needed except a willingness to have fun; all drums and percussion provided. $5 hand drum class from 6:307pm if want a lesson in the basics prior to the drum circle. Free. Bongo Boy Music and Wellness Center, 8481 Bash St, Ste 1100, Castleton. 317-771-0241. Lisa@BongoBoyMusic.com. BongoBoyMusic.com.
friday Friday Specials – 7am-2:30pm. New specials every Fri as well as Sun. Stop in each week to try something on our new summer menu, such as the Portobello mushroom sandwich or the warm tomato-spinach salad, each meal is one-of-a-kind. Prices vary. Tulip Noir, 1224 W 86th St, Indianapolis. 317-848-5252. TulipNoirCafe@gmail.com. TulipNoirCafe.com. Farmers’ Market in Westfield – 4-8pm. Walnut and Main sts, Westfield. 317-867-5427. DWNA.org. The Green Market – 4-8pm. Shop from local farmers and artisans. Get fresh vegetables and local handmade goods and support the community at the same time. The Green Market, 9101 Moore Rd, Zionsville. TPFOrganics.com.
saturday Broad Ripple Farmers’ Market – 8am-12:30pm. Some vendors open at 7:30am. Broad Ripple High School, 1115 Broad Ripple Ave, in lot behind school, Indianapolis. 317-299-7129. BroadRippleFarmersMarket.com. Carmel Farmers’ Market – 8-11:30am. Carmel Civic Square, in south parking lot, Carmel. CarmelFarmersMarket.com. Binford Farmers’ Market – 8am-12pm. Hawthorn Plaza, Binford Blvd and 62nd St, Indianapolis. 317841-0755. BinfordFarmersMarket.com. Farmers’ Market at Zionsville – 8-11am. Main St and Hawthorne, Zionsville. Contact Tony Suttle: 317-733-6343. Fishers Farmers’ Market – 8am-12pm. Fishers Train
Station, 11601 Municipal Dr, Fishers. 317-578-0700. FishersChamber.com/Chamber/Market.asp. Greenwood Farmers’ Market – 8am-12pm. Greenwood Public Library, 310 S Meridian St, Greenwood. 317-883-9144. OldtownGreenwood.com. Noblesville Farmers’ Market – 8am-12:30pm. Riverview Hospital, 395 Westfield Rd, located next to the hospital at Conner St (Ind 38 and Ind 19), Noblesville. 317-776-0205. Noblesville.biz/NMain Street/fm. Yoga Flow – 9-10:15am. See Sun listing. Optimal Wellness Center, 4545 Northwestern Dr, Ste A, Zionsvile. WeCreateWellness.com. Farmers’ Market at the City Market – 9:30am1:30pm. Market Street between Delaware and Alabama sts, Indianapolis. 317-634-9266. IndyCM.com. Free Martial Arts Session – 10-11am. Instilling the qualities of self-confidence, self-discipline and self-control builds a strong foundation for success in all aspects of a person’s life. Free. Broad Ripple Martial Arts Academy, 5145 E 65th St, Indianapolis. 317-251-2488. Kaboggs56@yahoo.com. BroadRippleMartialArts.com. Kids Rhythm Club – 10:45-11:30am. Ages 3-12, parents encouraged to participate. Explore recreational music making through rhythm-based games using various instruments. $5/child; free/parents. Bongo Boy Music and Wellness Center, 8481 Bash St, Ste 1100, Indianapolis. 317-771-0241. Lisa@BongoBoyMusic.com. BongoBoyMusic.com. Quantum Fit Open House – 12-1:30pm. First Sat each month. Learn Quantum Fit’s training methods: teaches core movements, sound nutritional basics and takes one through one’s fitness assessment workout. Free. Quantum Fit (inside Broad Ripple Martial Arts), 5145 E 65th St, Indianapolis. 317-658-1827. Info@ QFitIndy.com. QFitIndy.com.
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