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vital to taking care of yourself and your loved ones— beginning with making your daily hookup with your inner source, the Holy Spirit. That’s why this month’s focus on Family Wellness is vital, with Natural Awakenings contributors offering helpful ideas to equip every member of the family for healthy, happy living, including beloved pets. We hope that you will take time to evaluate areas where your family will benefit from improvements in your routine and take steps now to ensure that everyone has the best possible opportunities for staying healthy—mentally, physically and spiritually. If your daily clock seems permanently bumped into fast forward, one thing many families do to slow down the tick-tick-ticking is to gather for dinner almost every night. This cherished pause in the schedule presents an opportunity to turn off the tube and become hyper aware of one another. To start the conversation flowing, try sharing one thing you each are thankful for before eating. It has been my experience that God honors this attitude of gratitude by more clearly revealing present blessings of peace, joy and abundance. Who isn’t grateful for the summer break? Plus, North Texans can now begin the countdown to cooler, under-100-degree days. During this last official month of summer, everyone is famously staying out of the heat and trying to squeeze in a few last treasured days of R&R pleasures before falling headfirst into preschool schedules, bigschool kids’ activities, amped-up work routines and renewed attention on weightier matters. I am no exception, which is why this issue speaks to me in so many ways. Our Green Living feature article, encouraging local communities to invest in Main Street, provides food for both thought and action about how each of us can more effectively direct our dollars toward making this a more green, healthy and sustainable planet. Why not move our money from big banks and Wall Street to community banks and local credit unions that give back to our community? Everyone can join this movement. Before I go, let me encourage you to take advantage of the many fall events and festivals, when the fun continues. Until next month, when we explore Creative Expression, North Texas-style, remember that green living is healthy and healthy living is green. Blessings,

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he inaugural OneYogaUSA (OYUSA) Dallas Yoga Conference and Music Fest, to be held September 14 and 15, at the Maverick Athletic Center at the University of Texas at Arlington, comprises yoga classes, lectures, master intensives and concerts, sponsored by Namaste Light. Yogis and talented musicians plan to bring together the yoga, kirtan, bhakti and conscious community. More than 50 presenters include Craig Kohland, Rod Stryker, Hemalayaa Behl, Lisa Ware, Laura King and Pramod Kumar. Creative, green and local vendors and donation-based lunch tickets will complement fire hooping, a drum circle and the Love Lounge, a space for relaxation and restoration with massage, bodywork and energy healing. Global musicians performing include The Bhakti House Band, Desert Dwellers, Rara Avis, The Human Experience, Kenny Kolter, Shaman’s Dream, The Sound and the Meaning and The Willy Collins Band. Cost is $325/$300 by Aug. 15. Location: 498 W. Nedderman Dr., in Arlington. For more information, visit OYUSADallasFest. com.

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he Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) Orange Line to Irving has opened, bringing with it a new era of choices and changes to avoid duplication of services for passengers throughout the region. The first phase of the Orange Line, a 5.4-mile section from Bachman Station to Irving Convention Center Station, provides easy access to arts, education, entertainment and businesses, while adding three new stations to the DART rail system: University of Dallas, Las Colinas Urban Center and Irving Convention Center. Passengers traveling between Parker Road Station and downtown Dallas will see an extended period of more frequent service during weekday peak periods. Customers traveling to downtown Dallas from either LBJ/Central Station or Bachman Station will see more frequent service at all times. Three stations have new names. Pearl Station is now Pearl/Arts District Station; Cityplace Station is Cityplace/Uptown Station; and South Irving Station is now the Downtown Irving/Heritage Crossing Station. Other route schedule changes and parking accommodations are extensive.

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Healthy Eating, Family-Style

No-Fuss, Stay-Trim Strategies by Matthew Kadey


n exhausting routine of early morning wakeups, soccer practices and work deadlines makes it understandably easy to put healthy family eating on the back burner. As more time-strapped families adopt drive-through dining, it’s no surprise that weight scales nationwide are buckling under the pressure. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, more than a third of American adults are obese. But the expanding-waistline epidemic impacts far more than just the quality of life among adults. A report in the Journal of the American Medical Association states that 16 percent of children are either overweight or obese, with another 16 percent knocking on the door. According to Sally Phillips, a registered dietitian and nutrition expert at


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Ohio’s Akron Children’s Hospital, a child that has an unhealthy body weight not only often has self-esteem issues, but is also at increased risk for Type 2 diabetes, hypertension, elevated blood cholesterol and triglycerides, plus orthopedic challenges; all health problems that possibly could impact life expectancy. More, childhood obesity that progresses into adulthood has been linked to increased artery wall thickness—a marker for atherosclerosis. Because many overweight children become plump adults, lifestyle modification at an early age is vital. Try these no-fuss strategies from experts to overcome today’s pitfalls to attaining family nutrition.

The un-family meal

The sit-down meal is an endangered

family function, thanks to hectic schedules, time spent with TV, video games, the Internet and other electronic devices, as well as the perceived uncool factor of noshing with the folks. Yet studies show that family meals foster communication and usually lead to higher intakes of calcium- and fiber-rich fruits and vegetables, plus lower amounts of unhealthy fats, sugar and sodium, says Keith-Thomas Ayoob, Ed.D., a registered dietitian and associate clinical professor in the Department of Pediatrics at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, in New York. A supporting study published in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association confirmed that tykes that took in fewer family meals (and watched more TV) were more likely to be overweight. University of Minnesota researchers found that adolescent girls that ate often with their family were less prone to use cigarettes, alcohol and drugs. Try this: Commit to a sit-down meal most days of the week, suggests Registered Dietitian Brenda J. Ponichtera, author of Quick and Healthy Recipes and Ideas. Don’t overlook breakfast as potential family time as well, counsels Ayoob. “Kids that eat a well-balanced breakfast do better in school, have improved vitamin and mineral intake and are more likely to maintain a healthy body weight.”

Liquid calories

Today’s average American household obtains more than 20 percent of its daily calories from beverages; on average, soft drinks alone account for 8 percent of adolescents’ calorie intake. The rise in beverage consumption has mirrored the country’s slide toward rounder body shapes. “Satiety is less when you drink calories versus eating the same calories in foods, because drinks empty from the stomach quicker,” advises Phillips. “The extra calories from liquids can easily exceed what the body can use.” The worst culprits are “liquid candy” such as soda and energy, sport and sweetened fruit drinks. In a study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, Harvard researchers confirmed that a greater intake of

these beverages leads to weight gain in adults and children. “Plus, most sweetened drinks don’t have much nutritional value,” says Ayoob. Although they contain important vitamins, even fruit juices, such as orange, cranberry and apple, still pack a lot of concentrated sugars. Try this: Phillips recommends limiting empty-calorie sweetened beverages and replacing them with unsweetened choices like low-fat milk, homemade iced tea and filtered water jazzed up with lemon or lime. Keep daily intake of fruit juice between four to eight ounces, and focus on eating whole fruits, instead. “You can also freeze natural fruit juice in ice-cube trays,” says Phillips. “Pop these into [a glass of] water for a hint of sweet flavor.” Send children to school or camp with a reusable, BPA-free water container (stainless steel works well) so they get in the aqua-drinking habit. Also consider stocking the fridge with refreshing, potassium-rich coconut water.

Chicken again?

Never before has such a variety of foods been more readily available. Still, too many families fall into the trap of preparing the same familiar eats—like spaghetti, chicken, and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches on white bread—week in and week out. When children are repeatedly presented with the same foods, they don’t learn to appreciate new flavors and textures, which reinforces a picky palate and a fear of unfamiliar dishes, says Ayoob. From a body weight standpoint, an article published in Science suggests that when the brain isn’t gratified by food—which can happen when the family eats roast chicken for the fourth time in the same week—people are more likely to make midnight kitchen raids and add to their total calorie intake. Try this: Once a week, have a newfood-of-the-week meal, featuring healthy ingredients such as quinoa, lean bison or kale, paired with family favorites, to encourage branching out. “Don’t throw in the towel if your child emphatically refuses it at the start. Research shows that it can take 10 or more times before a new food is accepted by a finicky eater,” advises Phillips, a mother of two. She also suggests letting kids loose

in the produce department to pick a new fresh item they are curious about, and then involving them in its preparation, so they are more likely to try it. “Or, substitute a familiar food, like apples, with pears,” Ayoob recommends.

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


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Meals in a hurry

The desire for something quick may be why half of total U.S. food expenditures today go to meals prepared outside the home. Studies suggest that the more we purchase fast food, the greater our girth. “This should come as no surprise, because what is often ordered is mostly out-of-control portions, higher in calories, fat, sugar and salt, than what would be served at home,” says Ayoob. Even shunning the all-too-familiar drive-through for a smarter option could pack on pounds. Researchers reported in the Journal of Consumer Research that an individual is likely to underestimate the calories in a meal marketed by a restaurant as healthier, than those in a meal from a perceived offender. This mistake often leads to overeating through purchasing extra or bigger side orders, suggest the study’s authors. University of Minnesota research suggests that adolescent members of families that rely on fewer than three purchased meals per week are more likely to consume healthier beverages and vegetables with meals and less prone to indulge in soda and chips at home. Try this: Skip the fast food outlets

and open The Joy of Cooking. “Preparing more home-cooked meals is all about planning and implementing time-saving strategies,” says Ponichtera. Take time during the weekend to create dinner menus for the coming week, with input from all family members, and make a detailed grocery list to facilitate an efficient visit to the health food store and grocery. Ponichtera also stresses the, “Cook once, serve twice,” trick, where home chefs purposely double the recipe and plan to serve leftovers later, adding different sides for variety. When time is at a premium, tossing ingredients for stews or chilies into a slow cooker in the morning is a tasty and healthy option. “Always have a few homemade dishes that can be easily warmed up, such as lasagna, soups and

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casseroles, in your freezer,” adds Ponichtera. It also works to freeze leftovers in lunch-size containers to take to work. On days when family members have time to cook, make salads and dressings (served on the side) or bean, vegetable and whole-grain side dishes ahead of time, so they will be ready accompaniments for the coming week’s entrées. “Involving children in the meal prep not only saves parents time,” reflects Ponichtera, “but also teaches kids valuable cooking skills they might otherwise lack.” Everybody wins. Canadian-based registered dietitian and nutrition writer Matthew Kadey also takes active vacations to keep trim. Copyrighted © 2012 Penton Media, Inc. 89020:512SH

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INVESTING IN MAIN STREET Cities, Schools and Churches Move their Money to Local Economies by Rebecca Leisher


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


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Money campaign. Schools, churches and local governments across the country have been transferring large sums, or at least considering doing so, in order to invest in local economies instead of Wall Street. Last year, the city of San Jose, California, moved nearly $1 billion from the Bank of America because of the bank’s high record of home foreclosures. City council members linked foreclosures to lost tax revenue, reduced services and layoffs, and urged other U.S. cities to follow their example. The Seattle, Washington, city council responded to the Occupy Wall Street movement by unanimously passing a resolution to review its banking and investment practices, “…to ensure that public funds are invested in responsible financial institutions that support our community.” Officials in Los Angeles, New York City and Portland, Oregon, are discussing proposals that address how and where city funds are invested. Massachusetts launched the Small Business Banking Partnership initiative last year to leverage small business loans, and has already deposited $106 million in state reserve funds into community banks. Student activists and the Responsible Endowments Coalition are urging colleges and universities—some of which have assets comparable to those of a town or city—to move at least a portion of their endowments from Wall Street. The Peralta Community College District, in California, with an annual budget of $140 million, has done just that. The district’s board of trustees voted unanimously last November to move its assets into community banks and credit unions. Churches and faith organizations are moving their money, too. Congregations in the California interfaith coalition LA Voice vowed to divest $2 million from Wells Fargo and the Bank of America, ending a 200-year relationship with the big banks. The Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church, in East San Jose, pulled $3 million out of the Bank of America and reinvested the funds into Micro Branch, a division of Self-Help Federal Credit Union, designed to assist underserved communities. Moving money to where banking practices and investments are transparent is the most effective action. Oregon Banks Local represents small businesses, family farms and community banks. It offers a website tool that ranks local banks and credit unions on such criteria as where they are headquartered, jobs created and the extent of local investment, showing which financial institutions truly serve local communities. “People from all walks of life are angry at the banks,” says Ilana Berger, co-director of The New Bottom Line, a national campaign that promotes moving money from Wall Street. But the broad appeal of this grassroots movement toward financial reform is based on more than anger or strategy. “It’s a way to move our money to follow our values,” says Berger. “It’s an opportunity to really protest against the banks, but also a way to show what we want them to be.” Freelance writer Rebecca Leisher originated this article as part of “9 Strategies to End Corporate Rule,” for the Spring 2012 issue of YES! magazine.

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

nity Investment Note from the nonprofit Calvert Foundation, which also lets you target by cause, such as public radio stations. Put money into microloans and receive no interest, but big returns in socioeconomic justice. Closer to home, consider investing in family, such as a college loan for a nephew or niece.

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Move Your Debt. Already broken up with your megabank? From credit card balances to car loans to mortgages, megabanks make far more money off your debt than your savings. Refinance debt with a credit union or local bank and let the fees support your community. Be wary of “affinity credit cards”, which donate a certain amount per purchase to charitable organizations but often are connected with a megabank. Spend Deliberately. Forget Internet deals; shop local and independent. Support second-hand markets by buying used, and barter and trade services when possible. Look for goods grown and made nearby. Research purchases carefully; find easy company-screening assistance at Green America’s Responsible Shopper website (GreenAmerica. org). Shorten Loan Lengths. To maximize interest paid by customers, banks offer to stretch out terms. Avoid the 30-year mortgage or the seven-year car loan. If you’re stuck with one on paper, change the terms yourself. Decide the loan duration that’s best for you and pay down the principal. Calculators at sites like can be used for any loans, not just mortgages. Earn Feel-Good Interest. A community development bank will reinvest money from a CD back into the local community and pay you interest. So will alternative savings tools offered by RSF Social Finance or the Commu-

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SOCCER’S A KICK FOR FAMILY FITNESS Summer Olympics Highlights the Excitement by Randy Kambic

In many other countries, soccer is known as football, or even “the beautiful game,” because the grace and style of play is often considered as important as the final score. While less popular than other professional sports in this country, soccer’s suitability and benefits for today’s children have spawned its own American subculture.

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ith the 2012 Summer Olympic Games underway from July 27 through August 12, in London, many soccer moms and dads will be watching live or recorded matches with their children gathered around the TV. Among the 28 national male and female teams competing internationally, the U.S. women’s team brings special excitement as the defending Olympic champions in their division. Their shared enthusiasm is sure to inspire some family soccer ball kick-around action in the yard or a local park. Soccer is an ideal physical outlet for boys and girls because it’s considerably less violent than football; provides a great cardio workout; builds thought processes in employing strategies;

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play and the magic of the moment.” A part-time writing instructor at Carroll University, in Waukesha, Wisconsin, Boyd has been posting weekly parental advice blogs on for four years. One suggests that if field conditions are damp, parents should bring gallon-size baggies to protect the car’s floor from the mud of soccer shoes, plus a change of clothes for the players. In another, she asks parents “not to be snooty or pompous” if their child’s team is better than the opposition and to “have more patience with referees that don’t meet your standard of perfection in calls.” Because soccer calls for nearconstant movement—running with or toward the ball or walking into a better position on the field—it’s an effective antidote to childhood obesity. The President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition ( suggests that children get one hour or more a day in either moderate or vigorous aerobic physical activity. For adults, the recommendation is at least 30 minutes of physical activity a day, or 75 minutes a week of vigorous aerobic activity. Playing or practicing soccer skills definitely meets the criteria. Last year, the American Academy of Pediatrics Association (HealthyChildren. org) cited soccer as a way for children to be physically active while they learn teamwork and sportsmanship. It also noted that the most common player injuries are minor sprains and strains, followed by bruises. Boyd advises, “Most of these require rest, ice, compression and elevation for the injured area, and a week away from the sport. Don’t rush children back onto the field; think longterm.” Current and longtime U.S. national Olympic team member Christie Rampone, of Point Pleasant, New Jersey, notes that because soccer doesn’t involve the hands, “Youngsters get used to using other, different muscle groups, allowing for optimal strength and coordination.” She suggests that parents have children also note some non-action elements of the sport, such as the communication occurring on the soccer field. Even when people in the stands are loudly shouting encouragement,

players are talking with each other and using body language to enhance their team play. “Point out to kids the positive emotions and energy expressed when things don’t go well. Even though the game can be frustrating at times, learn from how the players stay poised and focused throughout the match.” For more information, also visit and Randy Kambic, who played soccer in school, is a freelance writer and editor in Estero, FL, and a copyeditor for Natural Awakenings.

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hen Kaitlin Crocker arrived in North Grafton, Massachusetts, at Tufts University Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine in 2006, she met up with another new arrival, a 3-year-old beagle named Daisy. Usually such dogs are acquired from research facilities so that students can perform physical health exams and work to socialize them. Crocker notes, “Daisy might never have been outside before; she was afraid of the door, the steps and big dogs. I was glad to see that once her nose took over, she decided a walk was kind of fun.” Tufts dogs are typically available for adoption afterward, and Daisy moved in with Crocker’s parents, until Crocker finished school. “Daisy got along well with our family dog, Hawk. She adjusted to home life, especially after we added lights in the back yard, because she was afraid of the dark,” recalls her mother. After graduation, the newly minted veterinarian married and found a house with a nice yard for Daisy. The dog’s only apparent problem so far has been with a hissing feline called Gracie, whom Daisy has decided to ignore. Daisy’s next adjustment will be the arrival of a human baby; one of Crocker’s girlfriends is aiding the preparation by bringing her baby to visit, so Daisy can learn about bottles, diapers and crying infants. After Jessica Albon’s apartment building was sold, she and her Labrador retriever, Izzy, relocated to a 300-square-foot apartment on her parent’s property, with shared kitchen facilities. “It caused some friction,” admits this Winston-Salem website designer and owner of Thrive Your Tribe. “Two-year-old Izzy was full of energy, and our ideas of training differed.” Albon couldn’t find an apartment willing to take a large pet, so her answer was to buy a house. Business travel from New York also takes Steven Rice, a vice president at public relations firm Harrison & Shriftman, away from his rescue dog, Samantha. Then, “My parents get the fun of having a dog around without the fulltime commitment,” says Rice, “while Samantha enjoys the change from a city apartment to a large backyard.” The dog has favorite toys, her regular food and

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

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Wise Parenting Insights from Wendy Mogel by Meredith Montgomery


linical Psychologist and author Wendy Mogel, Ph.D., is known for the practical parenting advice featured in her books, The Blessing of a Skinned Knee and The Blessing of a B Minus. She is a leading expert appearing in Race to Nowhere, a documentary film examining the achievement-obsessed culture permeating America’s schools, and serves on the advisory board of Challenge Success, an organization that supports schools and families in reversing and preventing the unhealthy tolls assessed by our current educational system. Speaking from the perspective of her “compassionate detachment” philosophy, Mogel explores the educational challenges that students face today and offers some solutions.

Race to Nowhere reveals the problems associated with America’s academic testing culture. What are the most critical weaknesses of today’s public school system? It is breaking my heart to see enrichment programs sacrificed on the altar of standardized testing and such extreme focus on the core academic skills. We certainly want our children to have these skills, but we are losing sight of how much is learned through play, imagination, art and music. High school students feel tremendous pressure to succeed. It seems that as a society, we are displacing our own anxieties about the unstable economy and the condition of the planet onto

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Students are paying the price for the pressure being put on them on multiple levels: Heavy backpacks are damaging their spines, sleep deprivation interferes with their learning process and expectation of perfection can lead to girls with eating disorders and demoralized boys with a desire to give up. I routinely speak with students that feel compelled to personally end hunger in Rwanda while they must also score high grades in several advanced placement classes, excel in multiple extracurricular activities and maintain a slender figure. Some of these same high school kids tell me they fear that scoring a B- on a quiz may cause their parents to divorce or drive their mothers into depression, partly based on some sense that adult pride and security rest on their children’s accomplishment.

What can teachers do to facilitate healthy learning environments? While teachers can set an example of work-life balance, exuberance and involvement for young people, healthy

teacher-parent relationships are vital, as well. Anxious parents can sometimes act like bullies to teachers when they are concerned about their child’s success. I encourage teachers to work with parents in a respectful and diplomatic way, without becoming defensive or taking anything too personally; I remind them that parents are often just nervous.

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How can parents foster learning and success in all of their children at home? A big piece of a parent’s responsibility is to clearly see each of their children for who they are, independent of parental preconceptions and dreams, and to foster that individual’s strengths and enthusiasm for life, instead of struggling to fit him or her into society’s narrow definitions of success. A snapshot taken of a child today should not be confused with the epic movie of his or her entire life. Good parents model balance; but the default position in our culture has become overindulgence, overprotection, overscheduling and expectations of perfection. When parents pick their kids up from school, instead of cross-examining them about test scores and who they sat with at lunch, a mom or dad can share something delightful about their own day; something interesting they saw or did or thought that reminded them of their son or daughter. Communicate that it’s a pleasure to be a parent and an adult. Show them that as grownups, we continue to learn new things. Inspire them to want to be happy adults and parents. Meredith Montgomery is the publisher of Natural Awakenings Mobile/Baldwin, AL (



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IMPROVING IMMUNITY Natural Ways to Keep Kids Well by Kathleen Barnes


or most parents, back-to-school season also signals the start of cold season, which for some kids, can stretch out for months. Kids’ immune systems, like their brains, need to be educated and strengthened, which might explain why young children are likely to experience two or three colds a year, says Dr. Lawrence Rosen, a holistic pediatrician practicing in New Jersey and chair of the American Academy of Pediatrics Section on Complementary and Integrative Medicine. Here are some great strategies to keep kids healthy and bolster their immune systems throughout the year. Manage stress: Stress is probably the biggest challenge to a child’s immune system, says Rosen. “Stress plays a big role in immune health. It literally impacts us on the cellular level. Studies repeatedly show that kids get sick


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more frequently when they are stressed out.” “Give your kids some down time,” Rosen advises. “Don’t schedule every minute of their time. If you are a compulsive scheduler, then schedule quiet time.” Sleep is a vital component of immune system health, he points out. “Most children need eight hours of sleep a day and surprisingly, teenagers may need as much as 10 hours.” Eat right: Eliminating sugar completely from a child’s diet is a huge step toward better health and building a strong immune system, says holistic Pediatrician Debby Hamilton, of Boulder, Colorado. In California, a Loma Linda University study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition shows that eating or drinking eight table-

spoons of sugar (about the amount in two, 12-ounce soft drinks) can: n Reduce the ability of white blood cells to fight off infection by 40 percent. n Lower immune function for up to five hours. n Block absorption of vitamin C, which plays a vital role in immune function. n Make cells more permeable to the influx of bacteria and viruses. Tracee Yablon-Brenner, a registered dietitian, holistic health counselor and co-founder of, offers a few tips to get kids enthusiastic about healthy eating: n Ask kids to help prepare the food and set the table, with tasks appro priate to their ages. n Cut vegetables in small pieces and “hide” them in favorite foods; for example, add zucchini and broccoli to spaghetti sauce. n Grow a garden (even a container garden) and engage children in the fun of growing food. n Take them to a farmers’ market to help pick out meal ingredients. Any food high in vitamin C is great for strengthening immune systems and improving overall health. Sources include citrus fruits, berries, bell peppers, cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower and Brussels sprouts and all dark, green, leafy vegetables, especially kale. Yablon-Brenner thinks that juice is too high in sugar (even natural sugars) and instead favors fiber-rich whole fruits. She encourages eating lots of wild-caught fish (avoiding farmed fish, which can be contaminated with mercury and other toxic substances) and plenty of foods rich in vitamin E and zinc, such as pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds. Probiotics are also important for keeping the immune system strong. For some kids, eating all-natural yogurt is enough, but for others, probiotic supplements may be necessary. “I’m really passionate about educating and teaching families about the benefits of eating real food and helping them recognize that food is really the

best medicine,” says Yablon-Brenner. Exercise: Daily exercise is a key component of any health regimen. “Sometimes, I literally write a prescription for family exercise,” says Rosen. Outdoor exercise is beneficial because it also exposes children to the sun, helping them to manufacture the vitamin D that is essential for a strong immune system. Other highly recommended exercise programs include yoga for stress reduction, which can be adapted even for small children. Supplements: Rosen and Hamilton both favor select supplements for children, especially during cold and flu season. Rosen recommends a whole-food multivitamin for kids every day, as well as vitamin D supplements (if blood tests confirm a deficiency), as follows: 400 IU daily for babies, 1,000 IU for young children, 2,000 IU for tweens and 4,000 IU for teens and adults. Hamilton adds 15 milligrams of zinc daily and likes targeted herbal preparations for preventing and treating colds. Sanitation: The experts’ advice here may be surprising: They all recommend letting kids get a little dirty. “Kids are a little too sterile,” says Hamilton. “We used to play in the dirt, get dirt under our nails and expose our immune systems to bacteria that made them stronger. Our focus on antibacterial products today has actually led to the growth of antibiotic-resistant superbugs.” As a postscript, she recommends avoiding hand sanitizers; not only are they less than effective, but their alcohol content can cause dry skin. Kathleen Barnes is a natural health advocate, author and publisher; 10 Best Ways to Manage Stress is her latest book. Visit


Come Back to Your Senses A Childlike Spirit Shows the Way by Clint Kelly


hildren know that the wonders of creation may be comprehended through the five senses; for what are the senses really, but five portals, or ways, of knowing? Watching any group of children for a time brings a distinct sense that they are closer to understanding all that the senses have to teach us. They don’t just smell a flower; they inhale it. An ant is best observed not from a standing position, but on one’s belly. They do not simply taste something good and move on, they roll it around the tongue, lick it gradually and make it last. Children savor their senses, patiently waiting for the full story to emerge. A child’s imagination is embellished by the senses to the point of celebration. Children are teachable because they are hitting on all cylinders of human sensory perception and can never get enough. A child at play is a child with portals wide open. If adults lived that way—hilariously, at full speed, unencumbered—how much more

might they perceive and how much more might others perceive in them? To that child at play, there is something of God that is also in the rain, the mud and the untethered laughter that rings out from the puddle-splasher. So, how do we come back to our senses? Revel in the little things. Cook together and discuss how every sense comes into play. One of many people’s favorite activities is to make organic popcorn, a wonderful object lesson in how all the senses work together to yield a pleasurable result. Hear it pop, smell its mouthwatering goodness, see how the kernels expand, taste the yummy results and feel the difference between popped and unpopped corn, lightly topped with natural salt. “Feely” bags are fun. Place a fruit or vegetable in a small sack or clean sock and have kids guess what’s inside by listening to the sound it makes when shaken, what it smells like, what it feels like and with eyes closed, what a small bite tastes like. Lastly, let them look inside. We do well to keep our eyes peeled too, like children, and be amazed by all the ways life is continuously communicating with us. Clint Kelly is the author of the Sensation series of thrillers, based on the human senses. He lives with his wife in the high-touch beauty of Washington State.

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Drawing Time with Jon – 10:30am. An event of the Mayor’s Summer Reading Program. Elementary school kids and families are invited to come and draw with a fabulous local artist. Free. J. Erik Jonsson Central Library, 1515 Young St, Dallas. 214-670-1400.


Kids Club: Reuse, Reduce, Recycle – Thursdays Aug 2-16. 11am-12pm. 3-part series of age-appropriate green activities that care for Planet Earth. Session 1 will show kids how to reuse every day items, transforming old into new. The Aug 9 session will use arts and crafts to illustrate reducing consumption and conserving resources. Aug 16, the theme is sorting recycling and what it means to the environment, including a recycling sorting contest. Free. Whole Foods Market, 2118 Abrams Rd, Dallas. 214-8241744. registration required:

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Stories to Snack On: Storytime for Grownups – 12pm. Escape from your office, avoid the heat and enjoy your lunch while we read you short stories. Nice to be treated like a kid again. Free. J. Erik Jonsson Central Library, 1515 Young St, Dallas. 214-670-1400. The Night of the White Pants: Films of Dallas – 7pm. Showcasing the mansions of Swiss Avenue and the Doublewide, this film takes the patriarch of a distinguished but crumbling Dallas family on a wild ride through East Dallas with his daughter’s punk rock boyfriend. Amy Talkington, director and Dallas native, will discuss her film. Free with museum admission. Rated R, 87 mins. Horchow Auditorium, Dallas Museum of Art, 1717 N Harwood, Dallas. 214-922-1311.


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Snore and Explore: Museum Sleepover – Aug 4-5. Children 6-12 will discover the science of flight from super heroes to helicopters to pterosaurs. Get behind the scenes access to intriguing exhibits, sharpen skills for discovery with secretive scavenger hunts, and create clever crafts to take home. Includes a pizza snack, continental breakfast, a private screening of the new IMAX film Flying Monsters, and one of the museum’s popular live stage shows. $35/child, $20/ adult chaperone. Museum of Nature & Science, 1318 2nd Ave, Dallas. 214-428-5555. DallasMuseumNa-

Beginner Backpacking Class – 10am-4:45pm. For those who want to learn/refresh backpacking skills, class covers outdoor clothing, boots, backpacks, tents, sleeping bags, cookware, food, wilderness ethics, even men’s and women’s issues. A lunch of backpacking food included. Bring water bottle. $30, $20/ Sierra Club members. REI, Guadalupe Peak Rm, 2nd fl, 4515 LBJ Freeway, Dallas. Info: 214-368-2306.

Acro Yoga, Thai Bodywork, Chi Vinyasa – 11:30am-6pm. An energizing vinyasa flow yoga practice, then acro yoga with group partner work, energizing flying and acrobatics. Base, fly and spot. Finally focus on acro therapeutics and learn to practice the basics of Thai yoga bodywork. $85/the day, ala carte pricing for various portions. Powerhouse Yoga, 6000 Colleyville Blvd, Ste 140, Colleyville. Bicycling Basics – 2-3:30pm. Are you just getting into the sport of cycling and would like to learn the basics? Join experienced instructors for an informative session to learn about the types of bikes and gear needed along with an introduction to cycling safety and bike maintenance. Free. REI, 4515 LBJ Fwy, Dallas. 972-490-5989.

Restorative Yoga Workshop – 2:30-4:30pm. When supported properly with blankets, blocks and props, the mind and body are able to reset and renew, reducing tension, increasing energy, stimulating and soothing organs and lengthening the spine. Poses are held a bit longer, allowing you to rest deeply while passively stretching and opening the body in a gentle way. $35/advance, $45/day of if space available. Move Studio, Preston Campbell Center, 17062 Preston Rd, Ste 108, Dallas. For prop info: 972-732-0206.

Athena Fitness: Bootcamp for Women – 7-8pm. This free trial class inside Yoga Balance is for all ages, shapes and sizes. Wear athletic apparel and footwear; bring hand weights and a sticky/yoga mat if you have them. Count on supportive, motivating coaches. Feel free to bring friends with you. DFW Bootcamp for Women, 5881 Virginia Pkwy, McKinney. Registration requested: 214-731-3198.


Homemade Sodas and More – 7-9pm. Make home brewed root beer and ginger ale. Learn to make sodas and tonics from seasonal/unexpected ingredients,

and control the amount of sugar you use. Attendees will get 2 swing-top bottles with their brews and many recipes. Early reservation recommended. $50 (nonrefundable). Dallas Farmers’ Market, Multi-purpose Rm, level 2, 1010 S Pearl Expressway, Dallas.


Kids Club: Reuse, Reduce, Recycle –11am-12pm. See Aug 2 listing. Whole Foods Market, 2118 Abrams Rd, Dallas. 214-824-1744. registration required:

Advanced Bicycle Maintenance: Derailleurs – 6-8:30pm. Experts lead you through a tune up of your shift system: parts, shifter/derailleur specifications and adjustment of the system. Finish the class with a test ride to check your work. $40, $30/members. REI, 4515 LBJ Fwy, Dallas. 972-490-5989. Register: Len Barnett and Friends – 6-8:30pm. Highly respected percussionist Len Barnett leads his band in a performance of his style of percussion-driven jazz. Barnett has shared the stage with many well-known performers, including Cab Calloway, Joe Vincelli and a host of others. Free with museum admission. Atrium, Dallas Museum of Art, 1717 N Harwood, Dallas. 214-922-1311.

Talk Radio: Films of Dallas – 7pm. Shot exclusively in Dallas and set in the city, Oliver Stone’s film examines the life of a caustic radio talk show host just as his controversial show is about to be launched nationwide. James Faust, artistic director, Dallas Film Society, will discuss the film industry in Dallas. Rated R, 110 mins. Free. Horchow Auditorium, Dallas Museum of Art, 1717 N Harwood, Dallas. 214-922-1311.


Photo Safari/Workshop – 8am-4pm. Day-long photo safari and afternoon workshop led by staff photographer Cathy Burkey and featuring Tom Maddrey of Eclipse Photography Institute will concentrate on various aspects of nature and animal photography. $150, $125/members. 650 S R L Thornton Fwy, Dallas. Reservations: 469-554-7423. White Rock Lake Cleanup – 8:15am. Walk and talk while enjoying birds and wildflowers and helping pick up trash and recyclables at the Sierra Club’s adopted section of White Rock Lake Park. Gloves, trash bags, etc., provided. Brunch afterwards. Meet at Love of the Lake office, NE corner of Garland Rd & Buckner Blvd. Leader Carol Nash: 214-824-0244.

Colorful Container Planting – 10:15am. Learn to transplant splashes of soothing color into your surroundings and feel the cool breeze. Container gardens transform patios and landscapes from bare cement to jungles of rustling beauty. Cool your Texas landscape with 3-5 containers of color under trees, or accent home doorways with flowing texture combinations. Free. Any Calloway’s or Cornelius Nursery.

Earth Heal Circle – 11am-4pm. Sahkwiahki (Earth Mother) has been harmed and often neglected. Come and join the Many Faces People as they give back to the Earth Mother by pruning, clearing, watering, feeding and planting. Four Feathers Trading Post, 3522 CR 2621, Caddo Mills. RSVP by Aug 2: 214288-9935. Chefs at the Market – Aug 11 & 18. 11:30am-1pm. Some of the area’s finest chefs give demonstration cooking classes as part of the Dallas Farmers’ Market. On Aug 11 Gerard Thompson of Rough Creek Lodge Restaurant will theme his presentation to the market. Aug 18 Chef Jay Jerrier of Il Cane Rosso will demonstrate the cooking of his restaurant. $25/Thur before class, $30/at door. Market Resource Center, 1010 S Pearl Expressway, Dallas. 214-653-8088.

Bhavana In Motion – 2:30-5:30pm. The sanskrit word bhavana means call into existence, and bhavana in motion is awakening to the potency of possibility. An amalgamation of 3 principal elements: tantra yoga, conscious dance and shamanic ritual, interwoven with creative expression, meditation, breath and the whisperings of deep silence. $15/in advance only. No late arrival. Move Studio, Preston Campbell Center, 17062 Preston Rd, Ste 108, Dallas. 972-7320206. CPR and AED Training – 2:30-5:30pm. An instructor-led course teaching critical skills needed to respond to and manage a cardiac emergency in the first few minutes until emergency medical services (EMS) arrives. Taught by a retired EMT-Paramedic. $40/advance, $50/day of if space available. Move Studio, Preston Campbell Center, 17062 Preston Rd, Ste 108, Dallas. 972-732-0206. Blondes vs. Brunettes – 7pm. A powder-puff football game as a way of raising money and awareness for the Alzheimer’s Association. Founded by sisters whose father was afflicted by Alzheimer’s, BvB is a personal way for young professionals across the country to help eradicate this disease. $25, $10/parking. Fair Park, Cotton Bowl Stadium, 3750 Cotton Bowl Cir, Dallas.


Beautiful Butterflies: Gardening for Kids – 9:3010:30am. Take part in the last of the summer series for little gardeners and their parents. Certain plants attract beautiful butterflies, and this program will talk about wildlife pollinators. Accompanied by a parent, children will make butterflies out of coffee filters and pipe cleaners while they color and learn about the natural world. Free. Space limited, online registration recommended. Any Calloway’s Nursery.


Twelve Hills Nature Center: Volunteers Needed – Aug 16 & 25. 8-10am. Here’s a chance to enjoy the outdoors and do something for Mother Nature. Help with ongoing projects including maintaining the wildscape and removing invasive plants; i.e. weeding. Bring your favorite weeding and pruning tools, work gloves, water and dress for sun. Behind Rosemont Elementary School, 719 N Montclair Ave, Dallas. 214-941-6069. Kids Club: Reuse, Reduce, Recycle – 11am-12pm. See Aug 2 listing. Whole Foods Market, 2118 Abrams Rd, Dallas. 214-824-1744. registration required:

Logan’s Run: Films of Dallas – 7pm. Futuristic tale of an idyllic life of pleasure within a domed city was filmed throughout the Metroplex. Greg Brown, program director, Dallas Center for Architecture, will discuss the architecture of Dallas, featured prominently in the film. Rated PG, 119 mins. Free. Horchow Auditorium, Dallas Museum of Art, 1717 N Harwood, Dallas. 214-922-1311.


Late Night at the Dallas Museum of Art – 6pm-12am. An opportunity for a special family outing. Learn more about the exhibition The Legacy of the Plumed Serpent in Ancient Mexico with various activities, performances, tours, music. $10 or less. Dallas Museum of Art, 1717 N Harwood, Dallas. 214-922-1311.



Market to Kitchen Series – 8am-12pm. The Coppell Farmers’ Market presents Chef John Franke of The Ranch preparing items and sharing recipes that show ways to cook or preserve the quality produce found at the market. Parking on S Coppell Rd, along Burns, and City Service Center parking lot E on Burns. 793 S Coppell Rd, Old Town Coppell. 972-304-7043.

Back to School Dinner Planning – 3-4:30pm. A family class that includes snacks for kids, smoothies and back to school dinner planning for busy families. Make and eat or take home. $15 per family, grocery list provided. Dynamic Yoga 4 Love Studio, 558 Bluebird Ln, Red Oak. RSVP: instructor@

Trail Maintenance: Cedar Ridge Preserve – 9am12pm. Help upgrade the beautiful walking trails in Cedar Ridge Preserve. A great morning workout and the scenery is exceptional. Bring gloves and water. Walk the preserve and admire wildflowers and fauna afterward. 7171 Mountain Creek Pkwy, Dallas. Carpool, Ginger Bradley: 469-223-7902. Directions: 972-709-7784.

Body Breakdown/Body Brilliance – 1pm. Is your body in balance and cooperating in all the things you have left to do on the planet? The mind controls the body, but maybe the body isn’t getting the memo. Aches, pains, bizarre to not so bizarre symptoms, it might mean the slightest thing is out of balance. This class starts a process of discovery back to body brilliance. $20 donation. Unity of Dallas, 6525 Forest Ln, Dallas. 972-233-7106.

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Chefs at the Market – 11:30am-1pm. See Aug 11 listing. Market Resource Center, 1010 S Pearl Expressway, Dallas. 214-653-8088.

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Intro to Ballet Workout – 2:30-4:30pm. Workshop to introduce the Barre Ballet Workout and allow current students to refine core techniques. Focus is on deconstructing the alignment of postures to maximize efforts and ensure the most body-positive results. Bring water and towel. $25/advance, $35/ at door. Move Studio, Preston Campbell Center, 17062 Preston Rd, Ste 108, Dallas. 972-732-0206. Astronomy Walk – 9-11pm. This is the Saturday nearest the New Moon. It’s a night walk (not appropriate for children) and astronomy talk with Clyde Camp. Proper footwear a must. Check website for important details. Meet at the Suncreek Park circular parking lot at 9pm sharp. Free. Connemara Conservancy, Suncreek Dr & Alma, Allen. 214-351-0990.

and enjoying being somewhere away from the hustle and bustle of Texas suburbia. Free. Enter at Wooded Gate on East side of Alma, south of Bethany. 214351-0990.

Healing the Heart & Soul – 2pm. The workshop offers essential ingredients for life transformation, as well as a deeper understanding as to why some people don’t seem to heal. It also covers the roles of forgiveness, mirroring and miracles in relation to healing, and the 5-step process that can uncover the cause hidden behind any challenge or problem, thus making room for transformation and healing. $20/by Aug 22, $25/at door. Unity of Dallas, 6525 Forest Ln, Dallas. 972-233-7106.


An Evening of Miracles – 7-9pm. This lecture is for students of spirituality and healing, especially for students of A Course in Miracles. One of the most respected teachers on Christ Consciousness, Michael Mirdad, discusses the principles of miracles and applying and receiving them. Topics include: Learning how to experience Miracles, Practicing Forgiveness, Reality vs. Illusion and Healing Relationships. $20/ by Aug 22, $25/at door. Unity of Dallas, 6525 Forest Ln, Dallas. 972-233-7106.


Freddie Jones’ Jazz – 6-8:30pm. Freddie Jones, composer, producer and trumpeter performs with his group. The group has shared the stage with greats such as David Sanborn and Chuck Magione. Free with museum admission. Atrium, Dallas Museum of Art, 1717 N Harwood, Dallas. 214-922-1311.

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Gallery Lab: Artists Corris and Slater – 6:30pm. Nasher presents a new series of experimental gallery programs, said to be a fresh perspective on engaging with the arts: informal conversations, interactive presentations, performances, demonstrations, unexpected viewpoints on art. This second preview features artists Michael Corris and Brett Slater. Nasher Sculpture Center, 2001 Flora St, Dallas. 214242-5125.


Twelve Hills Nature Center: Volunteers Needed – 8-10am. See Aug 16 listing. Bring your favorite weeding and pruning tools, work gloves, water and dress for sun. Behind Rosemont Elementary School, 719 N. Montclair Ave, Dallas. 214-941-6069.

Evening Views at the Dallas Zoo – 5:30-7:30pm. An opportunity to photograph the animals during the magic hours right before sunset. Take advantage of the evening light and get memorable shots of some of the Zoo’s most photogenic animals in ZooNorth. Receive a special map indicating where these animals are located. $30/advance (encouraged), $40/day of (beginning 5pm). 650 S R L Thornton Fwy, Dallas. Reservations: 469-554-7423.

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Primary Colors – 6-8:30pm. Matt and Luke Marantz, the musical brother team behind New York-based band Primary Colors, return to their hometown of Dallas to showcase music from their new album, Colors for Everyone. The contemporary jazz album, while containing beautiful melodies, improvisation and heartfelt lyrics, draws heavily on folk and rock influences. Atrium, Dallas Museum of Art, 1717 N Harwood, Dallas. 214-922-1311.

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Saturday, September 8th at 11am and 3pm and Sunday, September 9th at 12 noon. Dallas Gluten and Allergan Freey Expo The Westin Park Central Dallas, 12720 Merit Drive, Dallas TX (972) 385-3000 Betty Murray, CN, HHC, RYT is a Certified Nutritionist & Holistic Health Counselor, Founder and CEO Living Well Health & Wellness Center. 972-930-0260 office 972-559-3648 fax 14330 Midway Road, Bldg 1, Suite 121, Dallas, TX 75244

artists. Start anytime. 3-wk sample: $25. Flexible attendance and payment plans available. Cimmaron Park Rec Center in Valley Ranch, 201 Red River Tl, Irving. 972-281-3075.

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daily Energy Blast – Exhibit tells the dynamic story of energy and alternative energy resources in North Texas, the Barnett Shale, and the innovative pioneers who continue to make energy a leading industry in the region. Ages 11 & up. Included in $14/adult, $10/ child admission. Fort Worth Museum of Science and History, 1600 Gendy St, Ft Worth. 817-255-9300. Grossology: The (Impolite) Science of the Human Body – Thru Sept 3. Explore why your body produces mushy, oozy, crusty, scaly and stinky gunk. Sophisticated animatronics and imaginative exhibits tell you the good, the bad and the downright ugly about runny noses, body odor and much more. Free with Museum exhibit admission. Ft Worth Museum of Science & History, 1600 Gendy St, Ft Worth. 817-255-9300.

Live Animals of the World: A Conservation Exhibit – Museum houses 12 types of non-native animals, encouraging visitors to take a proactive role in conserving wild spaces. $9/adults, $6/children 3-12 & seniors, free/members & children ages 2 & under. Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary, 1 Nature Pl, McKinney. 972-562-5566. The IMAX Experience: Ft Worth – Showtimes online. Features include Titanica, To the Arctic, Coral Reef Adventure, Born to be Wild, T-Rex, and Thrill Ride. $7/adults, $6/children 2-12 & seniors. Ft Worth Museum of Science & History, Omni Theater, 1600 Gendy St, Ft Worth. 817-255-9300.

The Magic School Bus – Children ride with Ms. Frizzle and friends for a whirling journey into weather adventures. Send hot air balloons soaring, make a snowflake, or mix up wild weather. Museum of Nature & Science, 3535 Grand Ave, Dallas. Tickets: 214-428-5555. Cedars Food Park at Dallas Heritage Village – Wed-Fri, 11am-2pm for lunch; Thurs 5-10pm for dinner, entertainment and beer and wine from local establishments. A collaboration between 18 of Dallas’ best gourmet food trucks and the Dallas Heritage Village, this is Dallas’ only food truck venue in a park setting. Food prices from $2-$9; a portion of the proceeds go to Dallas Heritage Village, 1515 S Harwood, Dallas.

Top Ten Wine Selections –5-7pm, weekdays; 126pm, weekends. Wine tastings and, as always, you can pick up your favorite cheese pairings from a amazing selection of delicious cheeses from around the world. Whole Foods Market, 4100 Lomo Alto Dr, Highland Park. 214-520-7993. Happy Hour at Bar Alto – 5-7pm, weekdays. Take $1 off selections of wine by the glass. Sit back at the bar or in the cafe and relax while you eat a bite or take it with you while you make your shopping selections. Whole Foods Market, 4100 Lomo Alto Dr,

Highland Park. 214-520-7993. WholeFoodsMarket. com/Stores/HighlandPark.

sunday Sunday Service/Meditation and Purification – 9-11:45am. Spend a Sunday morning with likeminded people for meditation, chanting, an inspirational talk, readings from the Bible and Bhagavad Gita, and the uplifting Festival of Light. 9-9:45am, Meditation and Purification. Ananda Dallas Meditation & Yoga Center, 4901 Keller Springs Rd, Ste 103, Addison. 972-248-9126. Dynamic Meditation – 10-11am. One of the active meditations compiled by Osho. Breath, jump, scream and shout, let it all go, then be in the bliss of silence and stillness; finish with dance of celebration and “be” different. Cosmic Cafe, 2912 Oak Lawn Ave, Dallas. 214-521-6157. Krafty Kids – 12pm. Seasonal crafts each week. Dallas Public Library, Bookmarks Branch, 8687 N Central Expy, Dallas. 214-671-1381. NorthPark@

Special Discounts on Select Items – 5:30-10pm. Zen Sushi, 380 W 7th St, Dallas. 214-946-9699.

Hot Yoga Community Class – 5:45-6:45pm. A combination of energetic vinyasa flow, power yoga and balance poses. Students focus on twists, holding asanas and strengthening the core muscles. Hands on adjustments, enhancements and assists from the instructors. Modifications for all body types and ages. $12 suggested donation. Dynamic Yoga 4 Love Studio, 558 Bluebird Ln, Red Oak. Meditation Class – 6:45-7:45pm. 1st & 3rd Mon. Clear the mind to gain clarity of personal goals and improve health. $5. Institute for Total Wellness, 1700 Commerce St, Ste 1400, Dallas. RSVP: 214-717-6300. Laughing Yoga – 7-8pm. Healthy and playful experience that helps the body to move easily, freely, and genuinely laugh. Free, donations accepted. Cosmic Cafe, 2912 Oak Lawn Ave, Dallas. 214-521-6157.

Cosmic Dance – 7:30-9pm. Dance and disappear into deep stillness. Take your energy to a new height, be a child, reactivate your senses. Donation $5. Cosmic Cafe, 2912 Oak Lawn Dr, Dallas. 214521-6157.

tuesday Zumba – 9-9:30am. Latin dance inspired exercise in a fun 30-min class. $5. Curves, 11909 Preston Rd, Ste 1486, Dallas. 213-866-0399. Family Events – 1-3:30pm. Discover a new artmaking activity each month. Dallas Museum of Art, 1717 N Harwood, Dallas. 214-922-1200. Live Well with Living Well – 2:30-4pm. 3rd Sun. Innovative and informative talks, panels and interactive mini-workshops with the professionals of Living Well Dallas. Preregistration required; space limited. $5. Move Studio, 17062 Preston Rd, Dallas. 972-930-0260. For class schedule: Kundalini Yoga – 5-6:30pm. Includes chakra sounds and breathing techniques. Cosmic Cafe, 2912 Oak Lawn Ave, Dallas. 214-521-6157. Awakening Heart Meditation – 5-7pm. Interfaith mindfulness meditation, music and message based on the teachings of Thich Nhat Hanh. Facilitated by Brother ChiSing and friends. Childcare provided. Donation accepted. Dallas Meditation Center, 727 S Floyd Rd, Richardson. 972-432-7871. .


Dance Exercise Class – 9:15-10:15am. Mon-Thurs. Easy-to-follow routines featuring Jacki Sorensen’s creative choreography and a variety of music and

Museum First Tuesdays – 11am-2pm. 1st Tues thru Sept. A day of hands-on art projects, family tours, story times, gallery activities, and performances for children. Families, playgroups, day cares and home-schoolers welcome. Free. Dallas Museum of Art, 1717 N Harwood, Dallas. 214-922-1200. Zen Lemon – 6-7pm. Yoga class for all levels. Bring a towel and water. Free. Lululemon-Galleria, 13350 Dallas Pkwy, 3080, Dallas. 972-385-2316. Lululemon. com/Dallas/DallasGalleria.

DFW Greenweavers – 7pm. 2nd Tues. Networking for professionals and companies who are greenminded, eco-friendly or wishing to become more so. $1. Blue Mesa, 7700 W Northwest Hwy, Dallas. 214-378-8686.

PUBlic Knowledge – 7pm. 1st Tues. Adult gathering celebrating brains and brew, featuring science, history, and guests from diverse fields, presented at a local bar or restaurant. Location: 817-255-9300.

COH Donation Yoga Class – 7-8pm. Yoga flow class for all levels. Bring own yoga mat. Free. Donations accepted benefit local missions. Community of Hope UMC, 1800 E Debbie Ln, Mansfield. 817453-2328. Guided Meditation Class: Beginner Friendly – 7-9pm. Facilitated by Brother ChiSing. For beginners and more advanced practitioners who want to supplement their silent practice with guided

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meditations. Each month has a theme. $10-25 donation. Limited to 12. Dallas Meditation Center, 727 S Floyd Rd, Richardson. 972-432-7871.

Group Meditation – 7:30-8:30pm. Meditate with like-minded friends to access inner peace, calmness and joy. Free. Ananda Dallas Meditation & Yoga Center, 4901 Keller Springs Rd, Ste 103, Addison. 972-248-9126.

Country and Western Dance Lessons – 7:30-9pm. 3-week 2-step series, then 3-week waltz series. Sandunga Dance Studio, 2155 Marsh Ln, Carrollton. Info, cost: 972-418-1600.

wednesday Dallas Greendrinks – 2nd Wed. Meet for happy hour with other eco-conscious people. No cover, buy own drinks. Location TBD. DallasGreendrinks@

Eat Organic on a Budget – 10:30am. Value tour of Whole Foods store teaching the tricks to getting the most for one’s dollars. Whole Foods Market, 4100 Lomo Alto Dr, Highland Park. 214-520-7993.

Gentle Yoga – 10:30-11:15am. Moves the whole body through a complete series of seated and standing poses. Coppell Senior & Community Center, 345 W Bethel Rd, Coppell. 972-462-5136. Read and Learn – 10:30-11:30am. Features musicians, storytellers and puppets performing for newborns to 6 yr olds. Reading activity is followed by a guest performer. Dallas Public Library, Bookmarks Branch, 8687 N Ctrl Expy, Dallas. 214-671-1381.

Health Orientation Class – 6:15pm. Class on the benefits of proper spinal alignment for good health and preventing sickness. Free. Aspire Health Clinic, 10440 N Ctrl Expy, Ste 124, Dallas. 214-234-0000.

welcome. Helmets required and lights/water recommended. Post-ride eats at Jake’s. New Dallas Bike Works Parking Lot, 4875 W Lawther Dr, Dallas.

Chill Yoga 101 – 6:45-7:45pm. No heat vinyasa flow, come and chill. Yoga is significant to everyone in a personal and unique way. To breathe, feel and let go for a moment, is the beauty of Yoga. Beginners, post-natal, all levels welcome. $12 suggested donation. Dynamic Yoga 4 Love Studio, 558 Bluebird Ln, Red Oak.

Coppell Farmers’ Market – 8am-12pm. One of the best community markets in the DFW area, is a one-stop shopping trip for fresh, seasonal produce, pastured meats, eggs, breads and locally made foods. Find bedding plants for spring/summer color, herbs or vegetables. 793 S Coppell Rd, Coppell.

Dallas Organic Garden Club – 6:30pm. 4th Thurs. Monthly meeting. REI, 4515 LBJ Fwy, Dallas.

Vegetarian Cooking Class – 7-9pm. Gourmet Indian vegetarian cooking with master chef Manjuali Devi. $25. Kalachandji’s Community Hall, 5430 Gurlay Ave, Dallas. 214-662-6889. Danny@

Chanting HU – 7:30pm. 2nd Thurs. Try chanting HU and find out how 20 min can change your life. HU means happiness, balance, harmony, peace and the loss of fear. It has been used by many different spiritual groups including Ecankar as a sacred name for God. Lotus Yoga, 6337 Prospect Ave, Dallas. 214-425-5343.

friday MoMe Yoga – 10:30am. Mother-child yoga and nursery rhymes, specifically for moms of infants and toddlers. Bring a mat. Dallas Public Library, Bookmarks Branch, 8687 N Ctrl Expy, Dallas. 214671-1381.

Health Orientation Class – 12:30pm. See Thurs listing. Aspire Health Clinic, 10440 N Ctrl Expy, Ste 124, Dallas. 214-234-0000. Urban Yoga Charity Class – 4:30-6pm. Karma flow class with all proceeds going to a local cause and/or charity. Urban Yoga, 1706 8th Ave, Ft Worth. 817-908-FLOW.

thursday Audubon Center Third Thursday – 9am-9pm. Free admission 3rd Thurs each month. Guided hikes throughout the day; riverbend picnic site overlooking the river. Trinity River Audubon Center, 6500 S Loop 12, Dallas. 214-398-8722. Baby Bounce Basics – 12:30-1pm. Activities for moms/caregivers and infants up to 24 months old with interactive music, nursery rhymes and stories. Dallas Public Library, Bookmarks Branch, 8687 N Central Exp, Ste, Dallas. 214-671-1381.

CPR Training – 6-8pm. American Heart Training Center with over 125 highly trained instructors. Texas CPR Training, 4013 Carrizo, Plano. 214-7706872.


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Late Nights at the Dallas Museum of Art – Thru Sept. 6pm-12am. 3rd Fri. When the Dallas Museum of Art, the Nasher Sculpture Center and the Crow Collection of Asian Art all stay open until midnight. Enjoy outdoor performances, films, and a progressive tour of all three museums. $10. Dallas Museum of Art, 1717 N Harwood, Dallas. 214-922-1803. ‘Til Midnight at the Nasher – 6pm-12am. 3rd Fri. All ages. Outdoor evening series featuring local bands and movies, alfresco dining, gallery tours and more. $10/adults, $7/seniors, $5/students, free/12 & under, members. Nasher Sculpture Center, 2001 Flora St, Dallas. 214-242-5100.

Friday Night Bike Ride – 7-9pm. Twelve-mile social bicycle ride around White Rock Lake with 5 stops to keep the group together. All skill levels


Kayak Power River Trip – 9am. 3rd Sat. Ecoriver tour safety talk then 6-mi kayak trip down the Elm Fork. Beginners welcome. $50/adult, $25/ under 18. Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area, 201 E Jones St, Lewisville. Registration required: 214-669-1663.

Shoreline Spruceup – 9am. 2nd Sat. Help keep White Rock Lake clean. Enjoy the company, visit with friends, paddle some kayaks, receive thanks form other lake users and collect lots of trash. Meet in the parking lot of Jackson Point on the west side of the park. Jackson Point, 4200 W Lawther Dr, Dallas. 214-669-1663. Om in the Park – 9-10am. Yoga classes for all levels. Bring a towel and water. Free. Lululemon Athletica – Northpark, 8687 N Central Expy, Dallas. 214-234-0305.

Target First Saturdays – 10am-2pm. 1st Sat. Family activities including art scavenger hunts, family tours, yoga, story time and live performances. Free. Nasher Sculpture Center, 2001 Flora St, Dallas. 214242-5100. Four Seasons Market – Thru Dec 29. 10am-3pm. The market replicates a European-style market where you can not only meet local farmers, artisanal food producers and craftsmen, but also sample and purchase their products in a colorful, family-friendly venue. NTX Center, 677 W Campbell Rd, Richardson.

Family Events – 1-3:30pm. Discover a new artmaking activity each month. Dallas Museum of Art, 1717 N Harwood, Dallas. 214-922-1200. Family Bird Watching – 2-4pm. 1st Sat. Beginners and families with children ages 5-13. Learn basic skills in outdoor fun like camping, birding, nature journaling and more. $20/adult, $10/child. Trinity River Audubon Center, 6500 S Loop 12, Dallas. 214-398-8722.

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Dr. Jennifer Taylor & Dr Christy Porterfield Nancy L. Corsaro, L.Ac 2317 Coit Rd, Ste B, Plano, TX 2840 Keller Springs Rd. Suite 301, 972-612-1800 Carrollton, TX 214-793-5684 Family healthcare encompassing all stages of life. We offer ic, gentle Chiropractic care with Do you have pain, digestive issues an emphasis on patient education or allergies? Perhaps you want to including: How a healthy nervous lose weight, quit smoking or find system keeps you well, nutrition, relief from stress. Acupuncture detoxification, exercise, and emoand herbs can help these and many tional freedom. Complementary weekly workshops other conditions.  This ancient available. Mention this ad and receive your first visit healing modality can also help you for only $27.00. This is a $265.00 value and includes maintain good health and balance.   a consultation, comprehensive history and examinae Services • Reiki • Deep NancyIncluding: Corsaro is aAcupuncture Texas-licensed acupuncturist and Tissue tion as Massage well as all necessary x-rays. Formerly Taylor Chinese herbalist and is nationally board-certified Family Chiropractic. herapy • Pregnancy Massage • Acupressure • Chinese Herbology in acupuncture (NCCAOM).  Call for a free phone HEIKKINEN CHIROPRACTIC or office 15-minute consultation.




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Carlos Chapa, MS, L.Ac, Dipl. OM 8350 N. MacArthur Blvd , Suite177, Irving, TX 972-444-0660 Valley Ranch Acupuncture is your source for quality, comprehensive health care. This is what truly separates Eastern & Western Medicine. We treat the Root, not simply the symptoms. If you struggle with chronic pain, want to experience wellness naturally, or if traditional therapies have failed you, it may be time to consider Valley Ranch Acupuncture. Our Practitioners are Licensed & Board Certified Acupuncturist & Herbalist, practicing medicine for over 25 years combined.


Dr. Ray Nannis 1600 Plano Rd, Richardson 972-671-2225 Nannis Chiropractic Family Health Center is a professional but comfortable atmosphere with family style treatment rooms. Our emphasis is on patient education including workshops and demonstrations. With our high tech computer nervous system scanning we provide Subluxation Station Bio Analysis and we offer you the benefit of our advanced training in acupuncture techniques as well as post graduate training in neurology, orthopedics, headaches, TMJ, rehabilitation, sports injuries, and whiplash. Special Services offered include Spinal Decompression, BioVeda Allergy Relief Center and Free Reports. We encourage you to make preventative health and wellness a personal priority while partnering with you on your road to optimal health. We pride ourselves on discovering the cause of your health concern rather than only managing symptoms. See ad on page 2.


Dr. Cecilia Yu, D.C. 12740 Hillcrest rd, Suite 138, Dallas, TX 972-387-4700 The only National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association practitioner (NUCCA) in Dallas-Ft Worth. This Chiropractic specialty provides a “gentle” approach with no cracking or popping. It restores optimal balance to the entire spine – thus solving issues such as low back pain, allergies, Asthma, constipation, digestive problems, neck pain, Scoliosis, herniated disc and hyperactivity. Dr Yu “guarantees” to tell you upfront whether or not you can be helped by NUCCA. Free consultation. Call for appointment. See ad on page 19.


Jill Allison Bryan P.O. Box 180913, Dallas, TX 214-232-8656 Do you wish you had time in your busy life to pursue your creative passions? Do you long to feel energized, inspired and fulfilled by creativity? As a certified creativity coach, Jill will help you: Stop procrastinating • Move past perfectionism, fear and overwhelm • Enjoy focus and follow-through • Replace time-consuming habits with creative satisfaction • Move past blocks and live a more joyous, fulfilling life E-mail to schedule a free 30-min. coaching session today.


12830 Hillcrest Rd, Suite D111, Dallas, TX 972-364-9008, Ext 2206 Specializing in energy psychologies, EMDR, Eden Energy Medicine, and Resonance Re-patterning to relieve the effects of stress and trauma on the mind and body and to enhance vitality and performance. I use a gentle, intuitive, integrated approach to treat the whole person and give simple, powerful ways to keep helping yourself. Together we create the approach that works best for you! Sessions and classes, 25+ years experience. Start feeling better today.

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eCubed Counseling & Consulting Shannon Alexander 1513 Potomac, Richardson, TX 214-796-9624

Are you living the life you’ve always imagined? Life is limited. Do the unexpected. Dare to become the person you are intended to be – today. We are on a mission to equip clients with resources needed to reach peak performance and success. We Educate, Empower and Encourage you to become all you are intended to be. Through a solution-focused approach in coaching: personal, career, business, leadership and Special Needs, life independence, we restore balance, focus, direction, self- development and growth. Collaboratively we identify goals, overcome limiting beliefs, create a POWER plan, and establish ownership and accountability for reaching the desired outcome. Sessions are uniquely tailored and can be virtual or on-site. If you are ready to make a change, taking your personal and professional life to new heights, contact us today to schedule a free 30 minute consultation.


11600 Welch Road, Dallas 214- 363-6311 Established almost 100 years ago, The Hockaday School provides a college preparatory education for girl; from pre-kindergarten to 12th grade, including Boarding school for grades 8-12. With an enrollment of approximately 1000 students and a 10:1 student teacher ratio, Hockaday students enjoy a 100% acceptance rate to college. Notable Hockaday alumni include Barbara and Jenna Bush, Dixie Carter, and Pamela Willeford.


12345 Inwood Rd, Dallas 972-387-8700 Jesuit College Preparatory School of Dallas, founded in 1942 is a private Catholic institution for young men under the direction of the Society of Jesus. It’s located on a 27-acre campus in North Dallas and provides a student-centered Catholic Jesuit education to approximately 1,000 students in grades 9-12 with an 11:1 student-teacher ratio. Jesuit Dallas students’ average SAT scores exceed the national average by more than 200 points.

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Locations: 3520 S. Marvin D. Love Frwy, Dallas 888-880-4276 2901 W Airport Frwy, Irving 866-807-3216 4225 W. Plano Pkwy, Plano 888-868-9915 Don Herring Mitsubishi located in Dallas, Irving, and Plano takes pride in offering the best selection of new and used vehicles to the Dallas and DFW Metroplex areas. The new Mitsubishi, all Electric Vehicle, i-MIEV is ready for immediate delivery. No money down financing is available on most new Mitsubishi’s. Visit Don Herring online or come by and see why Don Herring is the #1Mitsubishi Dealer in North Texas. We recognize your time is valuable, and strive to make your shopping experience easy and to offer you the lowest price available online. We pledge to beat any advertised offer in the Metroplex. See ad on page 3.


835 W. Davis, Dallas, TX 214-942-1030 From the Ends of the Earth is a FAIR TRADE WORLD IMPORTS store located in the exciting new Oak Cliff Arts District. We carry a large variety of items from around the world, and can’t wait to meet you when you stop in to shop. Our offerings include clothing and accessories, home décor, writing tablets and pens, music and instruments, and handmade cards. To see a sampling of our offerings go to


Preston-Campbell Center 17062 Preston Rd # 108 Dallas, TX 972-732-0206 Find more than the treadmill of traditional fitness at Move Studio, an inspiring North Dallas studio for dance, Pilates, yoga, Nia, fitness and movement experiences for grown-ups. Since 2000, we’ve been helping people move with more joy and ease and providing a unique alternative to traditional fitness facilities, yoga centers and dance studios. Customize and enhance your workout with personal training or small group sessions on the Pilates Equipment. Move with style and attitude in Hip Hop and Zumba classes. Express yourself through Zensual Dance, Bellydance, and the Nia Technique. Move through pregnancy and birthing with ease in our prenatal and postnatal classes. Enjoy unique workshops, concerts and special events. Experience the healing effects of Far Infrared Sauna therapy. Rejuvenate and reinspire your routine by rediscovering the joy of purposeful movement.


4625 Frankford Rd, Suite 317, Dallas 214-382-2644 Whether you’re looking for a one-time cleaning or a complete housekeeping solution, ECOMAIDS can accommodate virtually any schedule. We offer weekly, bi-weekly, monthly and other cleaning regimens. We also offer evening and weekend appointments for our clients’ busiest schedules. ECOMAIDS can also accommodate any budget. We understand that affordability is a concern especially these days. Let us know what you’re able to invest each month, and we’ll customize a cleaning regimen that will keep your home fresh and clean without breaking the bank. Call for an estimate.


800-351-9542 We have been programmed to believe that the “smell” of clean comes from highly advertised commercial cleaners. Don’t be deceived! The smell is really highly toxic fumes disguised with fragrances which creates dangerous levels of indoor air pollution! If your family suffers from asthma, allergies or illnesses, reclaim their wellbeing TODAY. Give them the gift of clean air. Try our SafeHaven Healthy Home Residential Cleaning Services or the exclusive SafeHaven AllNatural Cleaning product line we use. Order online, by email or by phone. We only exist to provide you true green cleaning options because “We Care About the Air You Breathe. Servicing all of DFW.

GREEN PEST CONTROL ECOFRIENDS PEST CONTROL P.O. Box 671281,Dallas TPCL #13982 972-484-7287 EcoFriendsPestControl

Chemicalfree pest control that works. Protect your family, pets, home and environment with our customized treatments using botanical products. Rid your home and environment of roaches, rodents, mosquitoes, fleas, termites and ants an have the kind of environment Mother Nature wants you to have. We treat your home like we treat our hom and your satisfaction is guaranteed. Call 972-484-7287 for a free consultation and estimate. See ad on page 24.






Leslie Duong 5917 Greenville Ave, Dallas, TX 214-887-8325 ke to live healthy and green, now AC Herbs and Vitamins speciale sure that YourLeslie familY and Duong is a licensed Herbancial affairs are alist,healthY BS Biology, and Health Nutritionist, with 14 years of and green, too! experience in Chinese Natural nient consultation to address Herbs, your Lesliespecific will sit down with amily and financial goalsyou andtoneeds. conduct–a private and perours and weekend consultations available. sonal evaluation of your health. You can assured that her many years of experience Estate Attorney andbetter in no time. She willPlanning start to help you feel Counselor can help Specializing with Prostate,in:Cancer, Hepatitis A,B,C, Detoxing, Cholesterol, Fertility, Impotency, Lupus, Thyroid, Menopause, Diabetes, Depression, rs of Attorney Drug Detox, Skin Problems, Sexually Transmitcal Advanced Directives ted Disease, and Weight Loss. Free Consultation Available. Call to schedule you appointment. See dianshipsad page 9.

J.R. POTTS, Attorney at Law 2705 S. Cooper St. Suite 300, Arlington, TX 817-275-5500 Helping you to ensure the health of your family and financial affairs. Estate planning Attorney specializing in Wills, Trusts, Powers of Attorney, Guardianships, Special Needs Planning, Advanced Directives. Convenient consultation to address your specific family and financial needs. After hours and weekend consultations available. See ad on page 26.


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Dr. Latonia Smith 2701 Osler, Suite 10, Grand Prairie 972-641-2400 A different kind of dentistry where the focus is on health not disease. Our goal is to provide dentistry that enhances your overall health and improves the quality of your life. Have the smile you have always wanted with straight, white teeth. We use Invisalign instead of metal brackets and offer other services using simple and effective methods that are less invasive. We offer the most bio-compatible treatments available. Call 972-641-2400 to schedule your initial consultation. See ad on page 11. C=40 M=0 Y=0 K=0

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HOMEOPATHY Dr. Alex Bekker

6500 Mockingbird Ln, Suite 115, Dallas 214-821-3133 Dr. Bekker is a physician specializing in homeopathy, which is a medicinal therapy which uses natural substances that stimulate the person’s own vitality to overcome illness, and restore health. Some of the conditions treated are Childhood Illness, Autism, Asthma, Allergies, Auto-Immune Disorders, Anxiety, Depression and many other conditions. The result of homeopathic treatment is the permanent cure of the individual and the restoration of health.

A dog is the only thing on Earth that loves you more than you love yourself. ~Josh Billings


James Clark, “J.R.” Potts, Keith LMTJr. 11311 North P.O. BoxCentral 13006 Expressway, Suite 211, Dallas, Arlington, TX TX 76094-0006 214- 315-2959 (817) 275-5500 (817) 549-0340 Fax Keith Clark is a licensed massage therapist in private practice utilizing many massage modalities during sessions to promote the importance of body maintenance. Whether you need a massage to relax and reduce stress, to recharge your fatigued muscles, or to assist in alleviating chronic pain, you’ll find the style of massage, you need here. Massage can help address a number of health issues including: Lowback pain, Improve range of motion, Ease medication dependence, Enhance immunity by stimulating the body’s natural defense system, Exercise and stretch muscles, Help athletes prepare for, and recover from, strenuous workouts, Improve the condition of the skin, Increase joint flexibility and lessen depression and anxiety. Call or go online for an appointment. REVIVIFY.

MEDICAL DR. KAREN ASBURY, MD INTEGRATIVE MEDICINE Dr. Karen Asbury, MD 2313 LaVida Place, Plano 972- 867-7790 The practice of Dr. Asbury is on the cutting-edge of Integrative Medicine. We specialize in a combination of Internal Medicine and Alternative Care, using the best of both. We believe the body is a wonderfully functioning system that was designed to be self healing, if given what it needs. Are you tired of drugs and conventional medicine? Do you want to address the cause of disease and not just the symptoms? Do you want natural solutions to chronic diseases? Dr. Asbury provides all aspects of adult care including full preventive evaluations and comprehensive treatment of chronic diseases. Call 972-867-7790 for an appointment or a free Consult. See ad on page 12.


Norm Forbes 337-353-796 PureBox provides eco-friendly, easy to use moving boxes for residential, commercial & special event needs. Rent our reusable boxes instead of buying cardboard and we will deliver to your home or office. PureBoxes are lightweight, stackable, nest-able and perfectly designed to keep your belongings organized and secure. Don’t miss the opportunity to make your next move faster, cheaper, greener & less stressful. Stop wasting your time & money on Earth-polluting cardboard. See ad on p 43.

NATUROPATH Well Natural Health

Dr. Marinette Paredes 4230 Avondale Ave, Suite 100, Dallas, TX 214-520-8108 Naturopathic and Chinese Medicine. Encouraging individuals to participate in optimizing their well-being. Services include acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, homeopathy, nutritional counseling and wellness counseling. For more information and to schedule an appointment call 214-520-8108. Be Well.


Dr Stephanie Golder & Mindy Fritz 10000 North Central Expressway #400, Dallas, TX 214-642-3976 Specializing in the reduction or elimination of disorders, including anxiety, depression, migraine, ADD (AD/HD), behavioral disorders, learning disability, and many others, utilizing neurofeedback and Christian counseling. Our goal is to help our clients achieve improved physical, emotional, and spiritual health. Neurofeedback is a proven, effective treatment that is non-invasive and does not involve medication. Call 214-642-3976 for a consultation. See ad on page 28.

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Living Well Health and Wellness Center

Betty Murray, CN, HHC, Ryt 14330 Midway Rd, Suite 121, Dallas, TX 972-930-0260 Betty Murray, CN, HHC, RYT is a Certified Holistic Health Counselor. Betty has a knack for making the science of nutrition easy to understand and implement. Betty specializes in metabolic and digestive disorders and weight loss resistance. A master of the bio-chemistry of the body, Betty teaches clients how to utilize nutritional interventions to improve their health. Call 972-9300260 today to schedule a free 20-minute phone consultation to see if nutrition counseling is right for you.

Natural Health Shop

400 North Coit Rd, Suite 1902, Richardson 972-664-1990 Everyday low prices on over 9,000 health and wellness products Natural and supplements. We specialize in special orders. Groceries, suppleHealth ments, sports nutrition, beauty special needs nutrition, Shop products, massage, detox. Located at the intersection of Coit and Roundrock. Open 7 days a week. See ad page 15.

ORGANIC FOODS TEXAS DAILY HARVEST Fisher Lane, Yantis, TX 903-335-1758

CR 45, Earth, TX 214-908-2569 Providing other families with clean and great tasting dairy products made from our sustainable, organic certified, West Texas native grass pastures of contented, happy, and humanely treated cows is the mission of Three Happy Cows. Our products are free of any added hormones, antibiotics, toxic chemical pesticides or herbicides. Due to the nature of the nutritional diet of our cows, our products have a wonderful fresh taste and maintains their flavor. Three Happy Cows products can be found at Central Market, Natural Grocers, Rosemeade Market, Cupboard, and Local Yocal. See ad on page 20.


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877-604-8208 ext. 702 Organic mattresses – safe, allergy-free, temperaturecontrolled sleeping system. Experience your best night’s sleep ever with revolutionary composition of lavender, swiss herbs, hi-tech materials. Our Swiss made Aven02 mattresses are 40% more durable than most existing products on the market. Organic Bedroom Inc is exclusive US retail distributor of Aven02 organic mattresses. Call for appointment. Get 2 coupon offers for November purchase. See ad on page 12.


Jon & Laura Petersen Anna, TX 972-924-2722 Alfresco Living designs and installs outdoor improvements that make your outdoor rooms nicer. We take the time to design your Landscape Lighting to fit your lifestyle. Water Features, Mosquito Misting, Cool Fogging, Rain Water Harvesting and Christmas Lighting to take your outdoor living environment to the next level of pure enjoyment and a place where you can relax and enjoy the sound of a waterfall in a mosquito free evening while your landscape lights highlight the focal points of your yard.


We are a Certified Organic Farm producing milk, cheese, yogurt, beef, pork, eggs and produce in East Texas. Our products area available in many stores in the Metroplex and in Austin, and we are now offering Neighborhood Delivery and a CSA. Please call or see our website at to sign up for Neighborhood Delivery.




Dr. Nancy Bozeman 621 N. Little School Rd, Kennedale 817-572-2400 As an alternative medicine specialist, Dr. Nancy Bozeman emphasizes your pet’s entire well-being by taking a holistic approach to veterinary medicine. Offering a full range of conventional and complementary modalities including Homeopathy, Acupuncture, Chiropractic, Laser Therapy, NAET, Nutrition Counseling and we offer Vaccination titers. Come visit our comfortable, pet-friendly, homey office environment. See ad on page 27.


Eric Pratt, Owner 1920 Abrams Pkwy #387, Dallas, TX 214-732-4721 We are professional Pet Lovers and we promise to treat your pet like precious members of the family they are. We provide pet services to owners who are not only away from home on vacation but also away from home because of a long day at work. We pride ourselves in giving each pet special attention according to their breed, character and age. Contact us for full information and pricing based on your pet’s needs.


Dallas, TX 214-810-1785 Energy efficient, attractive and durable Dog Doors professionally installed. Let your dogs and cats live large with the freedom they deserve by getting a professionally installed Wall pet door in any type of wall, Door dog door, Screen pet door, Dog door right in the glass, or Pet door panel insert for a sliding glass patio door. Don’t be trapped into thinking that your dog door must be installed in a door. With Lone Star Dog Doors you will benefit from our many years of remodeling experience plus we use Hale Pet Door products, representing the highest quality in the industry. Call 214-810-1785 today so we can install “Your Pet’s Doorway to Living Large” in the Dallas area. See ad on page 14.


Stephanie Ebbesen-Stuer 214-563-5769 Green Home Residential is the first green residential real estate brokerage in North Texas to specializing in healthy, sustainable high performing real estate. Return on your green home investment can show up in increased energy efficiency, improved indoor air quality and health, decrease in waste, and reduced water consumption, among other things. Get the professionals at Green home Residential to find the shade of green that fits our real estate needs. We will customize services based on your requests and show you how to take advantage of government programs and incentives. Green living is healthy and healthy living is green. Call us for a complimentary consultation.

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6808 Pastor Bailey Dr, Dallas 214-331-8522 Church that Grows people. Services are Sundays at 7:30am, 9:15am, 11:00am, 12:45am, and online at Mid-week service is Wednesdays at 7:00pm. Reverend Bryan L. Carter, Senior Pastor.


Nance Woods 330 Market St, Baird, TX Stress? Illness? Injury? Biofeedback could be the answer. Distance sessions available. Quantum Zen also offers Human BioAcoustic Vocal Profiling and Nance is a highly sought after Reiki Master/ Teacher. Trying to sell your house but it just won’t sell? Keep getting an “unfriendly” feeling around your property? Property clearing is available. Quantum Zen is a holistic wellness center specializing in stress management located west of the metroplex on Interstate 20.

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classifieds HELP WANTED ADVERTISING SALES CONSULTANT – Natural Awakenings Dallas Metroplex edition is hiring a part-time advertising sales representative. Experience in print or other media sales is preferred. Applicant must have interest in healthy living and must be self-starter. Job is commission-based with high incentive-based payouts and offers flexible schedule. Benefits include meeting interesting people doing innovative work in the green, healthy and sustainable living fields. Please email resume to Publisher@ and sate Ad Sales Consultant in the subject line.




Dr. Genie Fields 5220 Spring Valley Rd, Suite 604 Dallas, Tx 214-352-8758 Non-invasive body imaging now you can finally see what the body is doing before it becomes functional enough to create an irreversible problem. Using a highly sensitive contact probe and sophisticated computer software Thermography can measure the functionality of all your organs and glands. Your Thermogram is very specific to your unique biochemical profile.


Dr. Karen Goodwin 4100McEwen, Suite 130, Dallas 214-295-9631 We offer state-of-the-art camera Thermography for breast, neurological disorders, and metabolic disorders. The Center also offer hormone testing, blood and other laboratory evaluation and simple consultation to review all findings for prescribed procedures. Offering natural, safe therapies to alleviate dysfunction and prevent disease. Services include detoxification, and nutritional programs and protocols.


Jon & Christi Hurley 615-653-5228 Drink coffee and burn fat. Join thousands of other coffee and tea drinkers who have lost those unwanted pounds. Try the Bfit challenge today! Call Christi at 615653-5228 and get ready for a fitter, healthier you! See ad page 27.

PRACTITIONER SPACE FOR LEASE ROOM FOR LEASE within a beautiful and easy to access Wellness Center located in north Ft. Worth. Energize your business by co-location with a naturopath, masseuse and licensed family counselor. For information call 817-847-0900 or visit our website at

SPACE FOR LEASE WITHIN THE DALLAS MEDITATION CENTER. Tranquil energy, lovely interior, community spirit, convenient, central location. Rates range from $400 to $800 per month. 727 S. Floyd Rd., Richardson, TX 75080, 972-432-7871.

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Jennifer Trejo, Naturopath 3345 Western Center Blvd, Suite 140 Ft Worth, TX 817-847-0900 Services include: BioSET, which locates and corrects imbalances in the body through detoxification, enzyme therapy, homeopathy, nutrition and lifestyle recommendations; breast thermography which can detect cancer forming up to 8 years before other detection devices, with no radiation exposure or compression; saliva hormone testing and correction using homeopathic hormones; thyroid testing and balancing; metabolism testing; weight loss; IonCleanse foot Detox and oxygen steam sauna. See ad page 29.


1651 Wall Street, Garland 972- 864-1934 Rohde’s helps you get and maintain beautiful Yards and Gardens in a chemical-free environment. We know organics better than anyone else. Organic yards and gardens require less water, have fewer insects and diseases and result in better health for you, your family and the environment. We will give you the guidance you need either in our store or at your home. Products and services include Landscaping and maintenance, natural fertilizer, natural insect control, unique garden gift items, pet food for dogs and cats, and a large selection of native and drought-tolerant plants. Call the experts today at 972-864-1934. See ad on page 10.

YOGA DYNAMIC YOGA & FITNESS STUDIO BY YOGA 4 LOVE Lisa Ware 558 Bluebird Ln, Red Oak, TX 469-437-1334

Dynamic Yoga and Fitness Studio by Yoga 4 Love was born from a long and fruitful yoga practice and whirlwind of a yoga teaching career from the owner and founder Lisa Ware, Registered Yoga Teacher. She and her Dynamic Team Staff along with her husband and co owner Richard Ware, decided that Red Oak was ready for something totally fresh and new. Most of our yoga classes are HOT yoga, and if you have yet to experience this wonderful practice you are in for a treat. Certified instructors will motivate you and help you set your sights high to achieve your goals, both in and out of the studio. We are Mind, Body Spirit based to nurture the whole you. We are not a gym. We are unique studio where you can commune with like- minded individuals.

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5. Flowermound 972-899-3548 2550 Crosstimbers Rd, Flowermound 75028 6. Frisco 214-436-4410 3580 Preston Rd, Suite 107, Frisco 75034 7. Southlake 214-436-4410 2600 E. Southlake Blvd, #160, Southlake 76092 8. Mockingbird & Greenville 214-515-9113 5706 E. Mockingbird Ln, Highland Park 75205




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