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ou often hear of my passion for a singular message in my publisher letters: Green living is healthy and healthy living is green, and that God has made us and the Earth to be self-sustaining. Everything needed for vibrant health and a safe and thriving environment is already here and both our bodies and the environment are made to be self-healing. The original owner’s manual for both—the Bible’s first chapter of Genesis—depicts how our Creator lovingly created a perfect Earth, beginning with the waters and dry land, and then plants, lights in the sky and seasons, creatures of the sea, birds of the air, and ultimately, mankind, to enjoy and steward this wonderful creation. So how are we doing? April’s celebration of Earth Day, the largest civic observance in the world, presents a perfect time to pause and ponder this question in a deep and meaningful way. In honor of the occasion, our special Green Living issue is dedicated to our community and our planet. We’ve packed it with empowering tips and inspiring information to aid us all in thoughtfully and lovingly embracing a more Earth-friendly and sustainable lifestyle. As a fan of Natural Awakenings, it’s probably fairly safe to conclude that you’re a fan of doing what it takes to provide a livable planet for future generations. This includes everything from supporting natural health and organic farming to using electric vehicles and mass transportation to cleaning indoor air. These are doable steps among the many we talk about each an every month in this magazine. This month, Crissy Trask’s feature article, “Live Green, Save Big,” disproves the myth that eco-friendly choices are harder on our wallets than conventional options. The accompanying piece, “By the Numbers,” is another eye-opener. And that’s just for starters. Greening up our lives doesn’t have to be a matter of all or nothing, so long as we’re moving in the right direction. “Going green” is a process for each of us. Just as with any major shift, thinking evolves and progress comes in doable steps. If someone wants to lose weight, for example, they have a better chance of succeeding if they pick a future date to reach a specific goal, and then work backward, articulating where they need to be on a weekly or monthly basis. It works the same way when we want to make any shift with lasting and permanent benefits. Last year, the Earth Day Network, via, succeeded in signing up more than 1 billion people around the world eager to perform at least one act of green for Earth Day, which is annually observed on April 22. Their 2014 goal is 2 billion people making a commitment. I have pledged to use my car less and take the DART rail line more. What will you commit to doing? Please join millions of other Natural Awakenings readers across the country in resolving to make increasingly conscious choices, starting today. May this issue inspire us all to get outside more (check out our article on Dallas Sierra Club outings), connect with the bounty our Creator has graciously provided for us and continue on a daily path toward a greener, healthier and more sustainable lifestyle, committed to taking good care of our health and our environment. Blessings,

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Five Eco-Friendly Life Decisions that Can Actually Save Us Money by Crissy Trask



DIY Recipes Keep Your Home Naturally Clean


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Reduce, Reuse and Recycle to Renew the Health of Our Planet



Qigong Steps Up Vitality and Serenity by Meredith Montgomery



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Bette Midler Works with Jewish Family Services in Dallas


usic and film legend Bette Midler will appear May 1 as the keynote speaker for a Woman to Woman fundraising luncheon on behalf of Jewish Family Services (JFS) at the Hyatt Regency Dallas. The biennial Woman to Woman event, founded by Ethel Zale, celebrates the power and impact of women in the Dallas area while providing substantial support for JFS programs and services. For more than 60 years, JFS has served the greater Dallas community by providing nationally accredited mental health and social services to anyone in need, regardless of race, religion, ethnicity or ability to pay. Tickets to the luncheon are $250 each. Call 972-437-9950, ext. 239, or visit at

newsbriefs EcoCoppell Earthfest


he annual EcoCoppell Earthfest, sponsored by Waste Management, will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., April 12, at Town Center Plaza, to educate residents about ways to lead more environmentally sustainable lifestyles. Attendees can fly through the air on a bungee jump, paint their face with fun and vibrant colors, watch a live show by the mad scientist, Professor Brainius, get a balloon shaped into a favorite character and jam out to Coppell’s own Definitely Maybe band, which will be powered by 100 percent solar energy, provided by the Solar Shuttle. Booths cover topics such as wind and solar as alternative energy, water conservation, air quality, conserving natural resources. Pick up organic plants at the plant sale; proceeds go to the Coppell Community Garden. North Texas Renewable Energy will be onsite with an electric car show featuring a Tesla Roadster. BE-Wind, LLC, will feature a prototype of the wind turbines to be installed on Richard J. Lee Elementary, the new CISD Gold LEED-certified school. Craft vendors will sell products that stay true to the spirit of Earthfest. Residents can also drop off items at the Fix Up/Clean Up collection at Town Center Elementary, 185 North Heartz Road, where gently used household goods and clothing may be donated to charity. Document shredding is also available. For more information, call the Parks and Recreation Department at 972-462-5100 or visit

New Talent Competition Debuts at Earth Day Texas


arth Day Texas and the nonprofit Texas Music Project are holding the inaugural Earth Day Texas Rising Stars Music Competition and Talent Showcase on April 26 and 27 at Fair Park, in Dallas, for musicians between the ages of 13 and 19. Texas teens can enter the competition as a performer or songwriter by visiting TexasMusicProject, where fans will vote for their favorite contestants. On the second day of the music showcase, five performer finalists will take the stage to play for a panel of judges, composed of music industry professionals. Winners will receive recording time, a video of their performance, gigs, industry consultation and other prizes.


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The Fresh Market Opening Third Dallas Area Store


he Fresh Market chain of specialty grocery stores plans to open a third Dallas metro location this fall at the intersection of Southlake Boulevard and South Carroll Avenue, in the Southlake Park Village shopping center. It will join previously announced stores in the Turtle Creek Village shopping center and the Arboretum Village shopping center, which are are both expected to open inlate 2014 or early 2015. The Fresh Market, Inc., providesfresh, natural and organic foods,fresh cut flowers, fresh cut meats, fresh produce, bulk items, rustic decorations and an open-air feel that is intended to mimicthat of general store of yesteryear. A partnership with the New England Aquarium to develop an environmentally sustainable seafood policyshapes their product sourcing decisions and helps to continuously improve the environmental responsibility of the items sold in their seafood department. For more information, visit

Jeff Primack Workshop in Austin


killed qigong teachers Jeff Primack and Kai Van Bodhi will facilitate qigong moving forms and breathing techniques, strength training, tui na qigong massage, foot reflexology, food healing and cooking for wellness in a four-day intensive workshop in Austin, Texas, from June 14 to 17, at the Austin Convention Center. Qigong breathing can help naturally resolve health issues. Transcending the physical and experiencing ourselves as pure energy is possible within a few minutes of the 9-Breath Method, a signature technique taught to more than 50,000 people at Qi Revolution workshops around the country. Oxygen retention and pulsation of breath is the secret of the masters, and few courses offer this level of comprehensive instruction. Cost is $149. For more information, call 800-298-8970 or visit See ad, page 3.

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newsbriefs Saint Michael’s Farmers’ Market is Open for Business


he farmers’ market at Saint Michael’s Episcopal Church will reopen for its third season from 8 a.m. to noon, beginning April 5 through September 6.The market has grown into a favorite neighborhood gathering place. Last year, a misting tent was added and a preschool playground was finished,bringing together even more activities and fellowship opportunities for the community. This year,live music will entertain shoppers. Saint Michael’s Farmers’ Market welcomes farmers and growers that practice natural, sustainable, organic farming. The products must come from within a 150mile radius of Dallas County. The variety of foods include farm-fresh eggs, grassfed beef and chicken, baked goods, tamales, cheeses and pastas. All vendors must grow, produce, or make at least 60 percent of what they sell at the market. Location: 8011 Douglas Ave., Dallas. For more information, call 214-363-5471 or visit See ad, page 11.

Little D Farmers Market Debuts at Trinity Groves


he newest fresh food venue in Dallas, Little D Farmers’ Market, will debut from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., April 6, in the parking lot of Four Corners Brewery, 423 North Singleton Boulevard, in Dallas.All of the vendors grow or produce their food within a 150-mile radius of Dallas, and will be selling seasonal fruits, vegetables and specialty items straight from their gardens or kitchens. There are no middlemen, resellers, importers or dealers. Having a source for locally-grown produce not only improves the health and quality of life in the surrounding area, but can also strengthen the community by providing a social gathering of like-minded food enthusiasts.Little D Farmers’ Market was formed with the motivation to bring an additional source of fresh, local food to the neighborhoods west of the Trinity River. A full list of vendors is available at

Sustainability Summit: Saving the Planet Takes Generations


he Dallas County Community College District’s 2014 Sustainability Summit will be held from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., April 16, at North Lake College, in Irving. The keynote speakeris nationallyknown permaculture expert Toby Hemenway, author of Gaia’s Garden: A Guide to Home-Scale Permaculture, and workshops and sessions focusing on a variety of topics, as well as exhibitors sharing information about their green products and services will be in attendance Participants also can learn about women across the globe that have initiated environmental Toby Hemenway projects in their communities during a free showing of the movie documentary, Arise. Admission is free, including lunch. Location: 5001 N. MacArthur Blvd. Register (required) at For more information, call 214-378-1823. Hemenway also will present a one-day workshop, Urban Sustainable Principles and Practices, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., April 17, at North Lake College, as part of the DCCCD Clean Economy Series. Cost is $99. register at


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Baylor Health Care System Provides a Wealth of Integrative Medicine Community Education


he Baylor Sammons Cancer Center, in Dallas, is host to scores of class, workshops, lectures and other events that are available at no cost to the Metroplex community. Here is the lineup for April to further the cause of integrative medicine at the largest hospital in North Texas. Writing for Wellness: April 2, from 2 to 3 p.m., free. Journaling may enhance the healing process through expression of thoughts, feelings, and emotions. Learn how journaling can help us cope with life’s challenges. Relaxation Techniques, Sampling and Overview: April 4 and 18, from 10 to 11 a.m., free. Explore different approaches to relaxation by focusing on breathing techniques, muscle relaxation and guided imagery. Complementary Methods for Health & Relaxation Workshop: April 5, all day, begins at 8 a.m. Hear guest speaker Betty Murray, BS, CN, CHC, IFMCP, present, What You Should Know about Genetically Modified Foods (GMOs). Before the lecture there will be a pre-conference yoga demonstration by Dallas Yoga. Following the presentation there will be two break-out sessions: Creating a Healing Space and Energetic Healing Touch. When registering, specify which topic is being attended.

Healthy Cooking Demonstration: Herbilicious Delicious: April 8, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Learn to incorporate a variety of herbs to enhance the flavors of favorite foods. Why Relaxation? Reasons to Make It a Daily Practice: April 11, from noon to 1 p.m. Explore the science and theory behind relaxation practice to better understand how relaxation aids healing and take part in a brief relaxation exercise. Healthy Cooking Demonstration: Fiesta Flavors: April 23, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Learn the basic building blocks of some popular Latin dishes. Guided Imagery: An In-Depth Relaxation Experience: April 28, from 12:15 to 1 p.m. Experience a live, uninterrupted 20-minute guided meditation designed to foster deeper relaxation. Healing Vibrations: April 30, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Drumming and the use of pure rhythm is a fun and therapeutic way of releasing emotions Research now shows drumming can accelerate physical healing, boost the immune system and produce feelings of well-being. Admission is free. Location: 3410 Worth St. For registration (required), call 214820-2608. See ad, back page.

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Tomatoes Prevent and Even Treat Liver Disease


omatoes are widely known for their outstanding antioxidant content, anti-inflammatory and cancerfighting properties, plus benefits to heart health. Now, research from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Human Nutrition Research Center, at Tufts University, in Boston, Massachusetts, has found that consuming tomatoes—particularly their lycopene content—can also help prevent and even treat both liver disease and cancer of the liver. The researchers combed through 241 studies and scientific papers to connect the dots. They report that lycopene up regulates the sirtuin 1 (SIRT1) protein, meaning it increases the number of receptors on cell surfaces, thereby increasing cellular response to it. SIRT1 activation is recognized to protect against obesity-induced inflammation and degeneration of the liver, explain the study’s authors. Lycopene was found to protect against fatty liver disease, liver fibrosis and the formation of cancer in the liver and lungs. Multiple studies have shown cooked tomatoes and tomato sauce offer increased bioavailability of healthful lycopene.


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ew research suggests that renovation planning should involve more than just picking the right colors and styles; doing it right may help prevent childhood respiratory conditions. Researchers from St. Louis University, in Missouri, linked home renovations with increased wheezing, asthma and chronic coughing among children living in the home. The study, published in the American Journal of Public Health, followed 31,049 children between the ages of 2 and 14 years old from seven Chinese cities over a two-year period. Previous research has also reached a similar conclusion, identifying some specific materials responsible for increased childhood respiratory disorders. A Russian study of 5,951 children ages 8 to 12 found that increased asthma and wheezing were related to recently completed painting, as well as the installation of new linoleum flooring, synthetic carpets, particleboard and wall coverings. That study, published in the same journal states, “Exposure levels are the highest during and shortly after painting, but low levels of exposure may remain for several months. Wooden furniture, as well as painted or varnished and new furniture, is likely to emit chemical substances.” A 2002 study of New York children published in the Journal of Urban Health found similar results.

Ventilation and Cleaning Hinder Indoor Pollutants


roperly ventilating and frequently cleaning our homes and offices are both important to our health, concludes a new European study published in the Journal of Environmental Science and Health. Researchers analyzed bacterial and fungal counts and suspended particulate matter in indoor air samples of 40 homes and offices. They determined that 45 percent had indoor pollution levels greater than that recommended by the current European Concerted Action Report on air quality standards. An analysis of a Canadian government Health Measures Survey discovered 47 different indoor volatile organic compounds (VOC) among more than half of the 3,857 households surveyed throughout Canada. Most of the VOCs identified there have also been present in separate European and U.S. studies. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), VOCs are carbon chemical compounds that can evaporate under normal indoor atmospheric conditions. The concern with indoor VOCs is their potential to react with indoor ozone to produce harmful byproducts that may be associated with adverse health effects in sensitive populations. Benzene, trichloroethylene, tetrachloroethylene and xylene top the list of common VOCs inside U.S. households, according to an EPA report. Typical sources comprise common household chemicals, furnishings and décor, as well as indoor activities such as unventilated cooking, heating and smoking.

Dallas Sierra Club Outings Provide an Essential Link to Nature


he purpose of The Sierra Club is to explore, enjoy and protect the wild places of the Earth, to promote the responsible use of the Earth’s ecosystems and resources and to educate and enlist humanity to protect and restore the quality of the natural and human environment. More than a century ago, John Muir and a group of conservationists laid the foundation for an organization dedicated to preserving and protecting the magnificent wild lands of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. The impact of the newly formed Sierra Club was immediate, and its efforts long overdue. With more than 750,000 members, the Sierra Club is today the leader in the grassroots environmental movement. Its members not only preserve our unspoiled landscape, but also protect endangered species and help enact policies so that the air we breathe and the water we drink are safe for future

generations. Muir believed that if you took people out into our wild lands to see for themselves America’s majesty and beauty, they would work toward preservation and protection, and this is still the guiding principle of the Sierra Club’s outings program. The Dallas Sierra Club has an active program of more 120 outings per year. On any weekend, you might find dayhikes in and around the Dallas area, car camping trips to state parks and wild areas, backpacking trips, canoeing trips and family outings. Several times a year, they go hiking in Colorado, New Mexico or Big Bend National Park. The Dallas Sierra Club sponsors many different types of outings, including backpacking, bus trips, bicycling, service outings, family outings, inner-city outings, singles outings and Young Sierrans outings. A Rock Lake shoreline cleanup

takes place the second Saturday of each month; check the outings list for details. Occasional trail maintenance and trail building outings are also sponsored.The Dallas Sierra Club also offer a variety of skills development classes for those new to camping or backpacking. Twice per year (usually in February and September) Beginner Backpacking classes are offered, followed by several backpacking trips suitable for beginners. Other classes include Wilderness Navigation, Advanced Backpacking and Camping, Knot Tying, Wilderness First-Aid, Beginning Canoeing, and Leader Training classes. The best way to find out about Dallas Sierra Club classes and outings is to viewtheir website calendar and sign up for their Twitter feed. There is also a free monthly email distribution subscription with more outings. For more information, visit


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Phillip Collins, executive director of the Memnosyne Institute, the organization that created GSDFW, was inspired by the people gathered for the occasion, saying, “I look out and see the people who are moving the environmental movement forward. This is an environmental community whose size and diversity is often not recognized. We appreciate you.” Mary Ann Thompson-Frenk, cofounder of the Memnosyne Institute, commended GSDFW Project Manager Phillip Shinoda for launching GSDFW in 2011 as a way to connect people and spur collaboration. Memnosyne Institute co-founder Joshua Frenk noted that the GSDFW community is growing and reminded audience members that the green movement is about the future, saying, “A lot of people who don’t believe in the environmental movement believe the best is behind us. People in the environmental community believe the best is in front of us.”

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Urban, suburban or rural, where we live incurs long-term repercussions on the natural environment. Choosing an established community within or close to an urban center tends to be more protective of air, water and land quality than living in a distant, car-dependent suburb, yet many families feel either drawn to or resigned to the suburbs for the lower housing prices. But as Ilana Preuss, vice president at Washington, D.C.-based Smart Growth America, explains, “There is more to housing affordability than how much rent or mortgage we pay. Transportation costs are the second-biggest budget item for most families. In locations with access to few transportation choices, the combined cost of housing and transportation can be more than 60 percent of the total household budget. For families with access to a range of transportation choices, the combined cost can be less than 40 percent.” In most suburbs, where the only practical transportation choice is a personal vehicle, dependency on a car takes a toll on us financially and physically. Driving a personal vehicle 15,000 miles a year can cost about $9,122 annually in ownership and operating expenses, according to AAA’s 2013 Your Driving Costs report, and hours spent daily sitting behind the wheel being sedentary is eroding our health. Lack of transportation options is a leading detriment to the nation’s collective wellness, according to the federal agency Healthy People. Sustainable cities provide many transportation options, including public buses and trains, car-sharing services and all forms of ride sharing; and perhaps most importantly, they are bike- and pedestrian-friendly. Choosing communities that make it possible to reduce driving and even go car-free much of the time can save us money, reduce stress and improve our health.

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about qigong while working as a stockbroker in need of stress relief. He compares qigong’s movement of energy in the body to water running through a hose: “Qi is concentrated in channels throughout the body. Think of the qi as water and those channels as a garden hose branching out to every aspect of the individual. Stress, whether physical or emotional, can kink the hose. Qigong helps get the kinks out,” he explains. “It relaxes the body, letting energy flow more efficiently, allowing the body to heal itself.” Qigong styles vary, but Hayley remarks that most involve slow movement, focused awareness and special breathing techniques. Many describe the practice as a moving meditation. Qigong teacher Judith Forsyth, in Mobile, Alabama, says, “It’s often described as the mother of tai chi. When the quiet, internal energy art of qigong mixed with the powerful external martial arts, it developed into tai chi.” She emphasizes that the focus of qigong is less on its physical mechanics and more on understanding how the vital force moves through the body and can be used to enhance health and longevity. Inside the body, there’s an integrated network of subtle energy centers that international Qigong Master Robert Peng believes are connected to the capacity for genuine happiness. The goal is to awaken and pack these centers with qi. “By repeating slow, gentle movements over and over, you can develop the body’s capacity to draw qi from the universe. It can be stored in these centers and later channeled back through the body to empower your daily activities,” explains Peng, author of The Master Key: The Qigong Secret for Vitality, Love, and Wisdom. He focuses on three of the body’s big energy portals: the “third eye”, located between the eyebrows; the “heart center”, at the center of the chest on the sternum and the “sea of qi”, just below the navel. The idea is that when energy is accessed in these three centers, specific spiritual qualities are accessed: wisdom, love and vitality (respectively). Harmonizing all three is ideal. Peng advises that when these essential elements are woven together in balance, dynamic happiness is possible. “You begin to project more wisdom,

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The History of Earth Day, from the Horse’s Mouth


uring the month of April, people from communities big and small all over the world will recognize and celebrate Earth Day with events, festivities, expos and cleanups. This celebration is particularly important and special for Natural Awakenings magazine, because we are deeply connected to all things green, healthy and sustainable in the DFW Metroplex and North Texas communities and to the much larger environmental movement that is so relevant and so critical at this time in our history. Reprinted here is an article by Senator Gaylord Nelson (D-Wisc.), the founder of Earth Day, providing insight and background into the early origins of this celebration. The idea for Earth Day evolved over a period of seven years starting in 1962. For several years, it had been troubling me that the state of our environment was simply a non-issue in the politics of the country. Finally, in November 1962, an idea occurred to me that was, I thought, a virtual cinch to put the environment into the political “limelight” once and for all. The idea was to persuade President Kennedy to give visibility to this is-


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sue by going on a national conservation tour. I flew to Washington to discuss the proposal with Attorney General Robert Kennedy, who liked the idea. So did the President. The President began his five-day, eleven-state conservation tour in September 1963. For many reasons the tour did not succeed in putting the issue onto the national political agenda. However, it was the germ of the idea that ultimately flowered into Earth Day. I continued to speak on environ-

mental issues to a variety of audiences in some twenty-five states. All across the country, evidence of environmental degradation was appearing everywhere, and everyone noticed except the political establishment. The environmental issue simply was not to be found on the nation’s political agenda. The people were concerned, but the politicians were not. After President Kennedy’s tour, I still hoped for some idea that would thrust the environment into the political mainstream. Six years would pass before the idea that became Earth Day occurred to me while on a conservation speaking tour out West in the summer of 1969. At the time, anti-Vietnam War demonstrations, called “teach-ins,” had spread to college campuses all across the nation. Suddenly, the idea occurred to me – why not organize a huge grassroots protest over what was happening to our environment? I was satisfied that if we could tap into the environmental concerns of the general public and infuse the student anti-war energy into the environmental cause, we could generate a demonstration that would force this issue onto the political agenda. It was a big gamble, but worth a try. At a conference in Seattle in September 1969, I announced that in the spring of 1970 there would be a nationwide grassroots demonstration on behalf of the environment and invited everyone to participate. The wire services carried the story from coast to coast. The response was electric. It took off like gangbusters. Telegrams, letters, and telephone inquiries poured in from all across the country. The American people finally had a forum to express its concern about what was happening to the land, rivers, lakes, and air – and they did so with spectacular exuberance. For the next four months, two members of my Senate staff, Linda Billings and John Heritage, managed Earth Day affairs out of my Senate office.

Five months before Earth Day, on Sunday, November 30, 1969, the New York Times carried a lengthy article by Gladwin Hill reporting on the astonishing proliferation of environmental events: “Rising concern about the environmental crisis is sweeping the nation’s campuses with an intensity that may be on its way to eclipsing student discontent over the war in Vietnam…a national day of observance of environmental problems…is being planned for next spring…when a nationwide environmental ‘teach-in’…coordinated from the office of Senator Gaylord Nelson is planned….” It was obvious that we were headed for a spectacular success on Earth Day. It was also obvious that grassroots activities had ballooned beyond the capacity of my U.S. Senate office staff to keep up with the telephone calls, paper work, inquiries, etc. In mid-January, three months before Earth Day, John Gardner, founder of Common Cause, provided temporary space for a Washington, D.C. headquarters. I staffed the office with college students and selected Denis Hayes as coordinator of activities. Earth Day worked because of the spontaneous response at the grassroots level. We had neither the time nor resources to organize 20 million demonstrators and the thousands of schools and local communities that participated. That was the remarkable thing about Earth Day. It organized itself. Senator Nelson passed away in 2005 at the age of 89. He received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1995 for his important environmental work.

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Yoga – 10-11am. Exhale Dallas hosts a yoga class on the Ginsburg Family Great Lawn. Free. Klyde Warren Park, 2012 Woodall Rodgers Frwy, Dallas.

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Film Screening: Wall-e – 7-9pm. Wall-E is an animated romantic science fiction film that tackles such issues as consumerism, nostalgia, environmental problems and waste management. Wall-E, a robot designed to clean up a waste-covered earth, falls in love with Eve, another. The two go into outer space and embark on an adventure that changes their destiny and the destiny of humankind. The film is seen as a critique and an examination of the impact humans have on the planet and the risk to our civilization and Earth. Discussion follows. Free. Unitarian Universalist Church of Oak Cliff, 3839 W Kiest Blvd, Dallas.


Help and Healing on the Spiritual Path – 7-8:30pm. During this lecture, you will have the opportunity to experience healing energy through the Teachings of Bruno Groening. Contact with this energy provides the basis for maintaining or restoring health and provides help in private and professional matters. Free. Donations appreciated. Center for Spiritual Living, 4801 Spring Valley Rd, Second floor, Peace room, Dallas. 469-583-9530. BGroeningDallas1@gmail. com.


Harry Farthing: Author of Summit – 7-8:45pm. Author Harry Farthing will discuss the history and the experience of climbing Everest. Free. REI Dallas, 4515 LBJ Frwy, Dallas.


Tai Chi with El Centro College – 11:30am-12:30pm. Take a break from the office and center yourself with a Tai Chi class from El Centro College. Free. Klyde Warren Park, 2012 Woodall Rodgers Frwy, Dallas.


What You Should Know About Genetically Modified Foods – 8am-1pm. Should you be concerned about genetically modified organisms in food? Learn about the science and concerns about genetically modified foods. Free. Registration required. Baylor Charles A Sammons Cancer Center, 10th Floor Hunt Auditorium, 3410 Worth St, Dallas. 214-820-2608. Grapevine Epic Earth Day – 8am-7pm. Second annual event features eco-friendly exhibits, speakers, vendors, entertainment, games and activities. Guest speaker is Chad Pregracke, CNN Hero of the Year. Reserve your seat. Downtown Grapevine. Info: Mary Jo Tellin at 817-410-3490 or Earthfest Allen – 10am-2pm. Held at the Connemara Conservancy Meadow, the outdoor festival includes nature walks, kayaking, kite flying and wildlife ambassadors. Free.  Connemara Meadow Preserve, 300 Tatum Rd, Allen.


Skyline 360 Tours – 12:30-1pm. Join the Dallas Center for Architecture for a standing tour of the Dallas skyline. Free. Klyde Warren Park, 2012 Woodall Rodgers Frwy, Dallas.

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Therapeutic Horticulture Program - Spring Blooms Planters – 10am-12pm. In conjunction with the Dallas Arboretum, join us for an indoor hands-on activity where participants assemble a planted container with seasonal flowers and a green “lawn.” All materials provided. $8. Coppell Senior Center, 345 W Bethel Rd, Coppell. 972-462-5136.

Dallas Sierra Club Meeting – 7-8:30pm. Howard Garrett will speak on organic gardening and landscaping. Learn how organic programs can save 50 percent of irrigation costs. Also learn about various organic gardening techniques that benefit you and our environment. Free. REI Dallas, 4515 LBJ Frwy, Dallas. 972-699-1687.


Lunchtime Music – 12-1pm. Bring lunch and enjoy music in the park. Free. Klyde Warren Park, 2012 Woodall Rodgers Frwy, Dallas.

Complementary Methods for Health and Relaxation The Healing Environment Workshop for Patients, Families and Professionals Saturday, April 5 8:00 am to1:00 pm Participants in this workshop will learn various techniques that can be put to use in their everyday lives. The workshop opens with a Yoga Demonstration presented by Dallas Yoga. Betty Murray, a certified nutritionist and founder of Living Well Dallas will present a Keynote Presentation on What You Should Know About Genetically Modified Foods (GMO’s).

Camp Cooking Basics for Backpackers – 7-8:30pm. Learn about equipment (stoves, cook sets & fuel), planning and preparation along with some tips and tricks to make your meals the hit of the trip. Free. REI Dallas, 4515 LBJ Frwy, Dallas.


Ideas in Bloom – 12:15-1:15pm. Weekly lunchtime speaker series with authors, artists and the city’s greatest thinkers. Free. Klyde Warren Park, 2012 Woodall Rodgers Frwy, Dallas.


Attendees may choose two of the following breakout sessions to learn various healing and relaxation methods: Creating a Healing Space; Tai Chi; Shad Rasas-The Six Tastes of Nature; Exploring the Healer Within: A Rhythmic Journey; Exploring the Healer Within: A Visual Journey; Exploring the Healer Within-Part 2: A Multi-Modal Journey; Energetic Healing Touch and You.

Inner Engineering Live program Achieve inner peace, joy and fulfillment 26 hours of CME credits for Physicians and Medical professionals Thursday – Sunday, April 10-13

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Bird Walk – 8-11am. Expect to see 30-plus species. Bring binoculars and field guides if you have them. Free. Connemara Meadow Preserve, Alma & Tatum Rd, Allen. 214-351-0990.

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The Power of Increasing Your Frequency – 10am. We are more than our physical body. We have an energy field around us, which can either vibrate at a high or low frequency producing positive or negative experiences in our lives. Learn how the high frequency of essential oils can be used to increase your frequency and why this is important. Free. Abundant Life Wellness Center, 3345 Western Center Blvd, Suite 140, Fort Worth. 817-847-0900.


Abby’s Run for Dandy-Walker Syndrome – 7-11am. The 3rd annual fundraiser benefits the national non-profit Dandy-Walker Alliance. There will be the USATF-sanctioned & timed 5K, a 1M fun run/walk, entertainment, games, food, awards and a raffle. $15-$35. Frisco Square, 6101 Frisco Square Blvd, Frisco. 972-250-0538. BDFaith@sbcglobal. net. EcoCoppell Earthfest – 9am-1pm. Event-goers can enjoy hands-on environmental demonstrations, education booths, kid’s crafts and entertainment, two bands, organic plant sale, Tesla electric car show, bungee trampoline, food trucks, Professor Brainius and kite flying. Free. Coppell Town Center Plaza, 255 E Parkway Blvd, Coppell.

Bluebonnet Trails Festival – Thru April 13. 9am5pm. During the month of April, the bluebonnets are on display in Ennis and the city provides a map, showcasing the best viewing spots  along 40 miles of driving trails. In addition, the city puts on a weekend festival with arts and crafts, children’s activities, entertainment and bluebonnet souvenirs. Free. Downtown Ennis.

Spring Plant Sale – Thru April 13. Sat, 9am-5pm; Sun, 1-5pm. Purchase from a huge selection of hardto-find herbs, native and well-adapted plants. The Heard will provide some of the best plants for North Central Texas gardens and an opportunity to obtain many rare plants. Sales are tax free and proceeds benefit the Heard. Free. Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary, 1 Nature Place, McKinney. 972-562-5566.

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Look for Dr. Kotsanis as a featured speaker at the: Wellness Expo Addison Conference Center 15650 Addison Rd, Addison Texas For more information contact 817-756-1896 Promise of Peace Garden Ecofest & Fun Run– 124pm. The Dallas community garden hosts this event featuring music, food and eco-friendly activities at the Imagine Garden. A fun run precedes the fest at 11 a.m. Festival is free. Registration fee for run is $10/ adults; $6/kids. Promise of Peace Garden, 1435 San Saba, Dallas. Oak Cliff Earth Day – 12-5pm. Annual eco-festival featuring green vendors, children’s activities, food and entertainment. Free. Lake Cliff Park, 1200 N Zang Blvd, Dallas.

Work Party – 12:30-5:30pm. The Many Faces People gather as one to make repairs to the sweat lodge or medicine wheel. A general spring clean-up on the sacred land. Come one, come all. Love offering. Four Feathers Trading Post, 3522 CR 2621, Caddo Mills. RSVP: 214-288-9935. Silverhawk903@yahoo. com.


Yoga – 10-11am. Exhale Dallas hosts a yoga class on the Ginsburg Family Great Lawn. Free. Klyde Warren Park, 2012 Woodall Rodgers Frwy, Dallas.

Easter Egg Hunt Saturday, April 12 10:30am All Children are invited Book Study Group: “The Divine Matrix”Bridging Time, Space, Miracles, and Believe by Gregg Braden Begins April 3 1:00pm Presented by Unity Church of Sachse 5502 Ben Davis, Sachse, TX For more information call 972-984-8946 or email


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Stroller Boot Camp – 10-11am. The YMCA hosts a bootcamp for moms, dads and anyone else with a stroller. Free. Klyde Warren Park, 2012 Woodall Rodgers Frwy, Dallas.


DCCCD: Sustainability Summit – 8am-3pm. Dallas County Community College District hosts this environmentally-themed event at North Lake College, featuring break-out sessions and a green expo. Permaculture expert Toby Hemenway provides this year’s keynote address. Lunch provided. Free. North Lake College, 5001 N MacArthur Blvd, Irving. Make Ruffle Sashay Scarves – 1-3pm. Learn to crochet ruffle sashay scarves. All materials provided. $8. Coppell Senior Center, 345 W Bethel Rd, Coppell. 972-462-5136.


Audubon Dallas: Golden Cheeked Warbler – 7-8pm. This month’s program is on the golden cheeked warbler. Also election of officers and vote on revised bylaws. Free. CC Young Retirement Center, 4847 W Lawther Dr, Dallas.


Tai Chi with El Centro College – 11:30am-12:30pm. Take a break from the office and center yourself with a Tai Chi class from El Centro College. Free. Klyde Warren Park, 2012 Woodall Rodgers Frwy, Dallas.


Introduction to Essential Oil – 10-11:30am. Learn how to use essential oils for health, wellness, emotional healing and specific health concerns. You will be introduced to the nine everyday oils and the countless ways they can be used to improve your overall health and quality of life. Free. Abundant Life Wellness Center, 3345 Western Center Blvd, Fort Worth. Felicia@AbundantLifeWellnessCenter. com. SUNDAY, APRIL 20 – HAPPY EASTER!



Skyline 360 Tours – 12:30-1pm. Join the Dallas Center for Architecture for a standing tour of the Dallas skyline. Free. Klyde Warren Park, 2012 Woodall Rodgers Frwy, Reading Rm, Dallas.

Cedar Hill Earth Day – 5-8pm. The city hosts the family friendly celebration, featuring a self-guided video tour of sustainable exhibits that event-goers can access via QR codes, tree planting, recyclable crafts, green booths, face painting and entertainment. Cedar Hill Government Center, 285 Uptown Blvd, Cedar Hill. TUESDAY, APRIL 22 - HAPPY EARTH DAY!


Lunchtime Music – 12-1pm. Bring lunch and enjoy music in the park. Free. Klyde Warren Park, 2012 Woodall Rodgers Frwy, Dallas.


Ideas in Bloom – 12:15-1:15pm. Weekly lunchtime speaker series with authors, artists and the city’s greatest thinkers. Free. Klyde Warren Park, 2012 Woodall Rodgers Frwy, Dallas.


Tai Chi with El Centro College – 11:30am-12:30pm. Take a break from the office and center yourself with a Tai Chi class from El Centro College. Free. Klyde Warren Park, 2012 Woodall Rodgers Frwy, Dallas.


Heritage Day – 10am-4pm. Celebrate the history of the Blackland Prairie. The Heard will host demonstrations, entertainment, educational programming and vendors to give visitors a view into our region’s culture and history. This event also features the grand opening of the Heard’s new Pioneer Village. Included in general admission: $7-$10. Free for McKinney residents. Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary, 1 Nature Place, McKinney. 972-562-5566.

Earth Day Texas – Thur April 27. 10am-6pm. Annual, family-friendly and free outdoor festival that allows leaders in the corporate, academic and nonprofit worlds to show North Texans how green lifestyle choices can lower their cost of living, improve their health and help save the environment. Fair Park, Dallas.

Backpacking by Bike – 2-3pm. Bikepacking lets you cover more miles than hiking plus you can access dirt roads and trails that may be inaccessible to other vehicles. Learn about various aspects of bikepacking, including outfitting your bike, gear to bring and trip planning tips. Free. REI Dallas, 4515 LBJ Frwy, Dallas.


Bring in the Day – 5am-12pm. We gather together before sun-up to sing, drum, dance, pray the new day into existence. We never take the new day for granted and therefore welcome it in. Love offering. Four Feathers Trading Post, 3522 CR 2621, Caddo Mills. RSVP: 214-288-9935. Silverhawk903@yahoo. com.


Fort Worth Botanic Garden Tour – 9:30am3:30pm. Tour the gardens and have lunch in the Gardens Restaurant. Bring money for lunch. Deadline to register is April 14. Bus leaves promplty at 9:30 am. The cost includes the Japanese Garden and the conservatory. $6. Coppell Senior Center, 345 W Bethel Rd, Coppell. 972-462-5136.


Lunchtime Music – 12-1pm. Bring lunch and enjoy music in the park. Free. Klyde Warren Park, 2012 Woodall Rodgers Frwy, Dallas.

Connemara Meadow Open House – 1-5pm. Hike the 72-acre Meadow Preserve at the monthly open house. Free. Connemara Meadow Preserve, Alma & Tatum Rd, Allen. Enter at gate on east side of Alma, south of Bethany. 214-351-0990.


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Lunch & Learn with Shakespeare Dallas – 12-1pm. Grab lunch and learn the backstory and motivation behind the troupe’s staged readings at the Winspear Opera House. Free. Klyde Warren Park, 2012 Woodall Rodgers Frwy, Dallas.



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Dallas Blooms – Thru April 6. The largest floral festival in the Southwest, Dallas Blooms features more than 500,000 spring-blossoming, along with its Bird House Exhibit, five life-size playhouses designed by local architects to complement this year’s theme, Birds in Paradise. $10-$15. Dallas Arboretum,
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Sunday Service/Meditation and Purification – 9-11:15am. Spend a Sunday morning with like-minded 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; 10-11:15am, Service. Ananda Dallas Meditation & Yoga Center, 4901 Keller Springs Rd, Ste 103, Addison. 972-248-9126.

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.

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.

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. 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.

monday The IMAX Experience: Ft Worth – Showtimes online. Features include Flying Monsters; Forces of Nature; The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug; Island of Lemurs; Mummies: Secrets of the Pharaohs; Rocky Mountain Express, Tornado Alley. $7/adults, $6/children 2-12 & seniors. Ft Worth Museum of Science & History, Omni Theater, 1600 Gendy St, Ft Worth. 817-255-9300.

Zen to Go – Mon thru Thurs. 12-12:45pm. An oasis in the middle of the day offering walking and sitting meditation followed by brief sharing. Donation accepted. Dallas Meditation Center, 727 S Floyd Rd, Richardson. 972-432-7871. 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.

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. WholeFoodsMarket. com/Stores/HighlandPark.


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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 artists. Start anytime. 3-wk sample: $25. Cimmaron Park Rec Center in Valley Ranch, 201 Red River Tl, Irving. 972-281-3075. Additional locations:

Core 30 – 9:30-10am. Core 30 is a brand new 30-minute core fitness class that will incorporate exercises to strengthen the abdominals and back. Free. Coppell Senior Center, 345 W. Bethel Rd, Coppell. 972-462-5136. Gentle Yoga – 5-6pm. Learn a complete series of seated and standing yoga poses. Chair support will be offered. Wear fitness shoes with good support. Free. Coppell Senior Center, 345 W Bethel Rd, Coppell. 972-462-5136.

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. 214-521-6157.

Sufi/Zen Poetry – 8pm. Readings from the esoteric masters at the Community Table. All dimensions welcome. Free. Cosmic Cafe, 2912 Oak Lawn Dr, Dallas. 214-521-6157.

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.

Aquacise – 9:30-10:15am. Low impact water aerobics for all levels. Participants must be members of the Coppell Senior and Community Center. Free. Aquatic Center & Recreation Center, 234 E Pkwy, Coppell. Lynn Dorn: 972-462-5136. Beginning Taoist Tai Chi Class – 9:30-10:30am. Learn the 108 moves of Taoist Tai Chi. Class cost includes matriculation, a shirt, 4 months of beginning classes and 1 month of continuing classes. $6/class. Package available. Central Congregational Church, 5600 Royal Ln, Dallas. 214-762-1661. Dallas.TX@

Yo-Lates – 10:30-11:30am. Yoga poses are performed in a slow flowing progression mixed with Pilates, focusing on posture and core stability to create symmetry, flexibility and strength. Free. Coppell Senior Center, 345 W. Bethel Rd, Coppell. 972-462-5136. Alzheimer’s Support Group – 2-3:30pm. 2nd&4th Tues. Activities & care available at no charge with a reservation for family members if attending support group. Guest speaker specializing in this  area of expertise presents information at the second meeting of each month. Free. Friends Place Adult Day Services, 1960 Nantucket,
Richardson. 972-437-2940. Boozeday Tuesday – 5-7pm. Enjoy free tastings while you get your weekly shopping done. Green Grocer, 3614 Greenville Ave, Dallas.

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-

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.

Tuesday Meditation – 6:30-7:30pm. Experience the silence of a gently guided meditation. All levels of experience welcome. Love offering. Unity on Greenville, 3425 Greenville Ave, The Gathering

Place, Dallas. Karen Romestan: KarenRomestan@

Community Acupuncture – 6:30-7:45pm. Auricular (ear point) acupuncture is provided in group setting for relaxation, reduction of cravings and cleansing. $20/advance, $25/at door. White Rock Holistic Wellness Center, 718 N Buckner Blvd, Ste 416-103, Dallas. Jade: 214-642-0002. Walz.Jennifer@gmail. com.

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. 817-453-2328.

Beginning Taoist Tai Chi Class – 7-8:30pm. Learn the 108 moves of Taoist Tai Chi. Class cost includes matriculation, a shirt, 4 months of beginning classes and 1 month of continuing classes. $10-$15/class. Package available. Central Congregational Church, 5600 Royal Ln, Dallas. 214-762-1661. Dallas.TX@

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 meditations. Each month has a theme. $10-$25 donation. Limited to 12. Dallas Meditation Center, 727 S Floyd Rd, Richardson. 972-432-7871. Meditation for Health and Healing – 7-9pm. Join experienced teachers Jon and Linda Caswell as they guide students through a practical, secular practice for the ordinary Joe. No chanting or incense! Donation. Lake Highlands Acupuncture, 10252 E. Northwest Hwy, Dallas. 214-267-8636. Heather@ Gong/Sound Meditation – 7:30-8:30pm. 1st & 3rd Tues. Gong and drum provide energetic and sonic backdrop to group meditation. Cosmic Cafe, 2912 Oak Lawn Ave, Dallas. 214-521-6157.

Group Meditation – 7:30-8:30pm. Meditate with likeminded 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 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.

Breastfeeding Cafe – 1-2pm. All breastfeeding moms welcome to chat about breastfeeding at all ages and stages of nursing. The café is attended by a

certified lactation counselor and/or Le Leche League Leader. Baby scale available to do before and after weights. Designed to offer support to all nursing mothers from newborn challenges to toddler strikes. Free. The Nappy Shoppe, 3253 Independence Pkwy, Plano.

reservation for family members if attending support group. Guest speaker specializing in this area of expertise presents information at the second meeting of each month. Free. Friends Place Adult Day Services, 1960 Nantucket,
Richardson. 972-437-2940.

Circuit Training – 5-6pm. The class will work on the cardiovascular system and all major muscle groups in a fun format. Free. Coppell Senior Center, 345 W Bethel Rd, Coppell. 972-462-5136. FDerita@

CPR Training – 6-8pm. American Heart Training Center with over 125 highly trained instructors. Texas CPR Training, 4013 Carrizo, Plano. 214-770-6872.

Chair Massage –3-6 pm. Sign up for an appointment in advance or walk in. 10-minute minimum. $1/minute. Coppell Senior Center, 345 W Bethel Rd, Coppell. 972-462-5136.

Lewy Body Dementia Caregiver Support Group – 5-6:30pm. 1st Wed. Cindy Marshall, M.D., director of Memory Care at Baylor Neuroscience Center, will address the unique concerns, challenges, & treatments associated with LBD. Free. Friends Place Adult Day Services, 1960 Nantucket,
Richardson. 972-4372940. Dallas Green Drinks – 6 pm. 2nd Wed. Meet for happy hour with other eco-conscious people. No cover, buy own drinks. Location TBD.

Gentle Yoga – 5-6pm. Learn a complete series of seated and standing yoga poses. Chair support will be offered. Wear fitness shoes with good support. Free. Coppell Senior Center, 345 W Bethel Rd, Coppell. 972-462-5136.

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. Dallas Organic Garden Club – 6:30pm. 4th Thurs. Monthly meeting. REI, 4515 LBJ Fwy, 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, postnatal, all levels welcome. $12 suggested donation. Dynamic Yoga 4 Love Studio, 558 Bluebird Ln, Red Oak.

Vegetarian Cooking Class – 7-9pm. Gourmet Indian vegetarian cooking with master chef Manjuali Devi. $180/8 sessions; $30/class, including dinner. Kalachandji’s Community Hall, 5430 Gurley Ave, Dallas. 214-662-6889.



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.

Aquacise – 9:30-10:15am. Low impact water aerobics for all levels. Participants must be members of the Coppell Senior and Community Center. Free. Aquatic Center & Recreation Center, 234 E Pkwy, Coppell. Lynn Dorn: 972-462-5136.

Beginning Taoist Tai Chi Class – 9:30-10:30am. Learn the 108 moves of Taoist Tai Chi. Class cost includes matriculation, a shirt, 4 months of beginning classes and 1 month of continuing classes. $6/class. Package available. Central Congregational Church, 5600 Royal Ln, Dallas. 214-762-1661. Dallas.TX@

Fit Dance Plus – 9:30-10:30am. Aerobic fun with simple foot patterns, working around a chair, adding balls and or weights for coordination, balance and muscle work and ending with gentle stretching. Free. Coppell Senior Center, 345 W Bethel Rd, Coppell. 972-462-5136. 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. NorthPark@ Yo-Lates – 1-3pm. Bring your piece of junque, then reify it into a sparkling piece of garden art. Beads provided. Free. Coppell Senior Center, 345 W. Bethel Rd, Coppell. Preregistration required: 972-462-5136.

Alzheimer’s Support Group – 2-3:30pm. 2nd&4th Thurs. Activities & care available at no charge with a

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.

Chair Massage –3-6 pm. Sign up for an appointment in advance or walk in. 10-minute minimum. $1/minute. Coppell Senior Center, 345 W Bethel Rd, Coppell. 972-462-5136. 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. 817908-FLOW.

‘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. TilMidnight.

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Kirtan Music Jam – 7-8pm. 1st Fri. Join us for kirtan, the mantra meditation as song. It calms your mind of fear & anxiety & opens your heart letting the divine invade with true love. Free. Atma Bhakti Yoga Center, 6315 Lindlsey Ave, Dallas. 469-563-2862.

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

saturday Coppell Farmers Market – Thru Nov. 22. 8am12pm. The Coppell Farmers Market features a wide range of local seasonal produce; pastured, grassraised meats; free-range chicken and eggs; artisan cheeses and breads; ready-to-eat dishes; and much more. Free admission. Old Town Coppell, 793 S Coppell Rd, Coppell. 972-304-7043. Saint Michael’s Farmers Market – Thru Sept 6. 8am-12pm. Farmers Market includes all food vendors with products ranging from Beefalo to fresh produce. Saint Michael’s and All Angels Episcopal Church, 8011 Douglas Ave, Dallas.

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. Beginning Taoist Tai Chi Class – 9:30-11am. Learn the 108 moves of Taoist Tai Chi. Class cost includes matriculation, a shirt, 4 months of beginning classes and 1 month of continuing classes. $10-$15/class. Package available. Central Congregational Church, 5600 Royal Ln, Dallas. 214-762-1661. Dallas.TX@ 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. 214-2425100.

Cloth Diapering 101 – 11am-12:30pm. Learn the basics of cloth diapering. Receive a gift certificate to Nappy Shoppe for $15. $15. The Nappy Shoppe, 3253 Independence Pkwy, Plano. 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. Animals on the Air – 3-4pm. Live radio show explores the world of wild animals and domestic pets. Q&A on taking care of pets. Listener contests to win prizes. Hosted by Sean Greene, deputy director of the Dallas Zoo and Dr Nancy Turner, veterinarian from the Bent Tree Animal Hospital. Station KSKY 660 AM.


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Nancy L. Corsaro, L.Ac 2840 Keller Springs Rd. Suite 301, Carrollton, TX 214-793-5684 Do you have pain, digestive issues or allergies? Perhaps you want to lose weight, quit smoking or find relief from stress. Acupuncture and herbs can help these and many other conditions. This ancient healing modality can also help you maintain good health and balance. Nancy Corsaro is a Texas-licensed acupuncturist and Chinese herbalist and is nationally board-certified in acupuncture (NCCAOM). Call for a free phone or office 15-minute consultation.

DR. CARLOS CHAPA, LAC, OMD, PHD 9901 E. Valley Ranch Parkway, #1000, Irving 1106 N. Galloway Ave, Mesquite 972-444-0660

Trained in China and graduated from one of Korea’s top medical programs, Dr. Chapa is not only a doctor of Oriental medicine, he is also a board-certified herbalist and licensed acupuncturist. Through 17 years of treating patients and submersion in the 3,000-year-old practices of Eastern Medicine, he’s able to help you find relief with acupuncture, herbal medicine, homeopathy and more. Unlike Western medicine, Eastern Medicine doesn’t just focus on the disease; it cares for your whole self, holistically. Dr. Chapa is also proud to offer one of the only full herbal pharmacies offering more than 1,000 safe, organic herbal medicines. We are In-network with most insurance providers. Don’t forget to mention Natural Awakenings to receive 50% off your first visit. See ad on page 21.


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Daniel Finley has a special passion for working with those who have suffered trauma and tragedy. He spends two days a week at an in-patient facility where he is head of the Acupuncture Department working with Veterans returning from Afghanistan and Iraq with addiction, chronic pain and failing health. Daniel Finley brings his talents in Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine to Living Well Dallas three days a week with a special focus on working with those who struggle with chronic pain, athletes wanting to maximize performance and reduce injury and those who want to relieve stress, sleep better and have more energy. For a free consultation call 972-930-0260 how Acupuncture or Herbs can help you. Follow Daniel at


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Andrea Heikkinen, D.C Paul Heikkinen, D.C. Marsha Heikkinen, D.C., 820 E. Cartwright Rd, Suite 133, Mesquite, TX 972-285-3232 Our office is a family owned and operated business dedicated to helping our patients realize their natural healing abilities. We utilize chiropractic, acupuncture, massage and nutrition to effectively and gently treat the whole person. At Heikkinen Chiropractic we live to give you Back your Life. See us for Neck & back pain, Wellness care, Acupuncture, Therapeutic Massage, Pediatric Chiropractic, Headache, Decompression Traction, Nutritional consultation Athletic physicals. See ad on page 20.

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Dr. Ray Nannis 1980 Nantucket Dr., Suite 104, 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.




Jenny Bair, MHE, Co-founder Living Well Health and Wellness Center 14330 Midway Rd., Bldg. 1, Suite 121, Dallas 972-930-0260

Jenny’s mission is to empower singles, single parents, couples and families to find out what makes them “tick,” learn to connect at a deeper level with themselves and each other, and to communicate more clearly. She will help you develop new ways to connect with your spouse as life partners, co-parents and sizzling mates in love. Jenny has spent since the last 20+ years helping people change in all areas of their lives.Specifically, Jenny coaches you/ and your spouse to:Develop Love plan that may include Mission Statements, Physical, Mental & Emotional, Spiritual and Soulical Connecting and Learn how to listen and comfort each other. For the home; you can create, develop and define: Mission Statements, Core Values, Family Schedule & Power Hour, Household Organization Plan & Discipline. Prioritize family activities and Chore Delegation & Homework Hassle-free Zones. Email or call to set up a 20 minute consultation to see if we’re a fit for achieving your goals. She also has some upcoming tele-classes, retreats and events this year. Ms. Bair is also available to speak on a variety of topics to your organization, small group, or special event.


Hami ‘Hamydeh’ Safavi Life Coach/Executive Coach 4100 Spring Valley Rd.; Suite 600, Dallas, TX 203-209-8842 Hami Safavi is a 20-year results oriented Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) expert and Personal and Executive Coach. She can help you- Close the gap between where you are and where you want to be; Unlock insight, take action and create positive change in any context; Focus on solutions -- not the problems; and Experience greater enjoyment of a balanced life. Call 203-209-8842 now for an appointment.

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Sandy Hanne, LMT 1131 Rockingham, Suite 126, Richardson 469-438-8634 This deeply pleasant, profoundly relaxing technique sets you free in body and mind by releasing the tissues throughout your system that bind you down, tapping your body’s inner wisdom and reducing interference. Addressing musculoskeletal, neurological, head and other dysfunctions, it often helps when nothing else has worked, including for profound emotional release. Extensively trained by founder Dr. John Upledger.

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Kelley Walker, Dr. Sears Certified Health Coach 3200 S. Carrier Pkwy, Grand Prairie 817-253-0049 Restoring Eden’s vision is to educate and encourage others In the pursuit of healthy living and disease prevention with plant based nutrition and healthcare alternatives. God gave us everything we need for abundant wellness in His creation in the Garden of Eden. Clean eating of fruits, vegetables and and the pure extracts from plants are essential in restoring Eden’s original blueprint for abundant life. As a Certified Health Coach for Dr. Sears Wellness Institute, I also offer a variety of wellness workshops and classes for Families, Prime- Time Health and Expecting Women. These workshops are excellent wellness programs for organizations and corporations. See ad on page 14.


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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


Cleanliness is not next to Godliness, but it sure makes you feel better to come home to a clean and orderly house. I have over 10 years experience in house and office cleaning and use ALL GREEN PRODUCTS- without harmful fumes. I am a Christ For The Nations graduate and former elementary school teacher. I clean your home like I want my own home to be cleaned. Please call 469953-0244 for an interview and appointment.


6035 Royal Lane, Dallas 214-739-3668 Foot Solutions can help you achieve the comfort you desire with a careful foot evaluation by experts and customized recommendations for stylish top quality footwear and inserts that cradle and support your feet and a variety of helpful accessories. Whether you’re on your feet all day at work, experiencing painful foot problems like bunions and heel pain, living with diabetes or arthritis, or simply looking for more comfort, Foot Solutions can help. Call 214-739-3668 for your first step to better foot health and comfort.



Debby Romick 1501 Preston Rd, Suite 501, Plano 972-248-9482 The Brain Balance Program is an individualized and comprehensive approach designed to help children struggling academically, behaviorally or socially. Our goal is bring hope to families. We specialize in a drug-free, research based, multifaceted approach to address the underlying issues of the many disorders that affect our children today. Each child has a unique combination of functional wellnesses that impact motor, sensory, immune, visual-spatial, auditory and cognitive development. Call us today to find out about our comprehensive assessment. See ad on page 26.

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Mobile windshield chip repair at no cost to most customers with Full Coverage Insurance. Most Insurance Companies encourage repair over replacements. Most repairs completed in about 15 minutes. Repairs guaranteed not to spread and usually 80 to 90% better looking. Windshield chip repair is Environmentally friendly, saving your original windshield and keeps glass out of landfills. Retains the factory seal, preventing air and water leakage, stress cracks and weakening of the overall structure of your vehicle. Call 972-7048291 for immediate response and estimate.


Leslie Duong 5917 Greenville Ave, Dallas, TX 214-887-8325 AC Herbs and Vitamins specialLeslie Duong is a licensed Herbalist, BS Biology, and Health Nutritionist, with 20 years of experience in Chinese Natural Herbs, Leslie will sit down with you to conduct a private and personal evaluation of your health. You can assured that her many years of experience will start to help you feel better in no time. She can help with Prostate, Cancer, Hepatitis A,B,C, Detoxing, Cholesterol, Fertility, Impotency, Lupus, Thyroid, Menopause, Diabetes, Depression, Drug Detox, Skin Problems, Sexually Transmitted Disease, and Weight Loss. Free Consultation Available. Call to schedule you appointment. See ad on page 20.


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. C=40 M=0 Y=0 K=0

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HOMEOPATHY Dr. Alex Bekker

5209 Heritage Ave., Suite 410, Colleyville 817-545-5100 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. .


Keith Clark, LMT 11311 North Central Expressway, Suite 211, Dallas, TX 214- 315-2959

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: Low-back 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.



Tim Wallace 5217 McKinney Ave. St 208, Dallas 214-770-9596 Once thought of as a treat for the rich and famous or athletes, this alternative to many traditional methods of healing has begun to be utilized by the elderly, middle-aged, youth and even children and babies. Those seeking stress relief, the over-worked, the injured, workers suffering from carpal tunnel syndrome and those in need of back pain relief have found pain relief through massage. Other benefits of massage therapy are increased circulation, headache relief, relaxation techniques, improved posture, lowered blood pressure, clear thinking and peaceful thought patterns. When you envy massage, come visit Tim Wallace, LMT, our massage therapist in Dallas near Highland Park. Call 214-770-9596 now for an appointment.


Jennifer Engels, MD Living Well Health and Wellness Center 14330 Midway Rd, Ste 121, Dallas 972-930-0260 Dr. Jennifer Engels would like to help you investigate what might be the root cause of your problems and help guide you on a journey away from illness and disease onto a path of health and wellness. She previously worked for many years as an Interventional Breast Radiologist and now draws upon that knowledge to help women identify their risk factors for breast cancer and counsels women on appropriate screening programs. She uses the latest technology to test for any nutritional deficiencies that could be corrected and any underlying food sensitivity that could be exacerbating the problem. She offers patients an individualized nutritional and lifestyle program in order to help them achieve their ultimate health. Call for an appointment now at 972-930-0260

Happy Muigai MSN, R.N., N.P.c Living Well Health and Wellness Center 14330 Midway Road,, Suite 121, Dallas 972-930-0260

DR. KAREN ASBURY, MD INTEGRATIVE MEDICINE Dr. Karen Asbury, MD Richardson, TX 972-479-9139

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 23.

Happy Muigai, NP-c, specializes in preventive medicine and non-surgical weight loss. She has dedicated her practice to the promotion of wellness; management of certain medical conditions like hypothyroidism, gut imbalance and adrenal issues; and physicals and women’s wellness exams with a integrative medicine approach. As a nationally certified Nurse Practitioner in Family Medicine, with a Master’s of Science from Baylor University in Waco, Happy has a wide range of experience as a pediatric and telemetry Nurse and Family Nurse Practitioner. She is also a fellow with the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine. As a Nurse Practitioner, Happy is able to diagnose and treat illness and injuries, perform physical exams, order and interpret diagnostic tests, write prescriptions and provide counseling and education


Constantine A. Kotsanis, MD 2260 Pool Road, Grapevine, TX 817-756-1896


Dr. Constantine A. Kotsanis is an unconventional medical doctor who travels the globe in search of answers to today’s health problems. His approach is to blend modern conventional medicine with the time-tested wisdom of older disciplines, creating unique treatments for each person. Having taken the time to become a certified nutritionist himself, Dr. Kotsanis believes the foundation of any treatment is proper nutrition. He applies this belief to treating conditions ranging from autism spectrum to chronic diseases including cancer and diabetes. Come Have Lunch with the Family - The public is invited to our FREE monthly Lunch & Learns. It’s a great way to meet the staff and doctor while learning more about health. We provide a gluten-free recipe from the Kotsanis Institute’s own cookbook “Food for Thought” (available on Each month is a different topic. Find the schedule on our website www. See ad on page 2.


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.

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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 214-6423976 for a consultation.

NUTRITION 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 972-930-0260 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 Natural health and wellness products and We specialize in speHealth supplements. cial orders. Groceries, supplements, nutrition, beauty products, Shop sports special needs nutrition, massage, detox. Located at the intersection of Coit and Roundrock. Open 7 days a week. See ad on page 42.

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

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.


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.


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.


970 Coit Rd, Suite 3071, Richardson 214-824-5489

Glitz Organic Salon is Dallas County premier organic hair salon. All our products come from the United Kingdom and are Certified Organic, Vegan and animal cruelty free. Gone are the noxious fumes, stinging scalp, and watery eyes. We are ammonia free, high performance long-lasting permanent hair color. Your hair will be healthier, shinier, and more natural than every before. We guarantee it. Our services include haircuts, hair coloring, hair straightening, weft creations and hair bonding extensions. Like us on Face Book as you check out pics of our peeps.

OUTDOOR LIGHTING ALFRESCO LIVING, LLC 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.

PEDIATRICS HEALTHY KIDS PEDIATRICS 4851 Legacy Dr, Suite 301, Frisco, TX 972-294-0808

Where your child’s healthy is our passion. We are an integrative holistic practice; offering a full range of pediatric services integrating conventional and natural medicine for your child’s optimal health. We believe optimal health is more than the absence of disease. It involves living the sort of lifestyle that promotes and embraces it. See ad on page 23.

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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 29.

LONE STAR DOG DOORS 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.

Sometimes it’s the smallest decisions that can change your life forever. ~Keri Russell


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.


Natural and Organic Skin and Body Care Products 1-888-524-0579 A full line of all natural and organic skin and body products and essential oils. Includes bath, body, facial, and hair products and therapeutic wellness oils. All products are certified organic and completely biodegradable and never tested on animals. Users of Bello Naturale skincare products have experienced better skin moisture retention using less product and relief from some skin conditions that had not been responsive to their prescription medication. Free sample available. Visit or call us today to find out more about our products and to order.




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 Streamingfaith. com. 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.


Dr. Genie Fields 5220 Spring Valley Rd, Suite 405, Dallas, Tx 214-352-8758 Offering full body Regulation Thermography, including the breast. It can detect abnormalities in the very earliest of stages, many times finding the underlying causes of disease. Regulation Thermography looks at the entire body’s BEHAVIOR after being stressed giving a ‘living dynamic view.’ Consultations, further evaluation and follow up care are offered as well. See ad on page 17.

Spring is nature’s way of saying, ‘Let’s party!’ ~Robin Williams


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 615-653-5228 and get ready for a fitter, healthier you!


Jennifer Trejo, Naturopath 3345 Western Center Blvd, Suite 140 Ft Worth, TX 817-847-0900 We help with acute and chronic health concerns ranging from autoimmune, fatigue, ADHD, gut issues, metabolic issues and more. Services include detoxification, enzyme therapy, homeopathy, nutrition, weight loss, functional blood analysis, saliva hormone testing, essential oils, Platinum Energy foot detox, and oxygen steam sauna. We also offer the latest technology in Neurofeedback and Breast Thermography. See ads on pages 11 and 21.


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 16.

YOGA SYNAMIC YOGA 4 LOVE STUDIO + DRAGONFLY SPA 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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Healthy Dining in the Metroplex —8— METROPLEX LOCATIONS

1. Preston 214-360-7569 6100 Luther Ln, Dallas 75225 2. Royal 214-613-2841 5960 Royal Ln, Dallas 75230 3.SMU 214-520-6878 6403 Hillcrest, Dallas 75205 4. Lemmon 214-780-0602 4015 Lemmon Ave, Dallas 75219

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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Baylor Charles A. Sammons Cancer Center

Baylor T. Boone Pickens Cancer Hospital

Baylor’s comprehensive cancer care – built around you. We’ve built a network of comprehensive cancer treatment centers throughout Dallas/ Fort Worth, including the new Baylor Charles A. Sammons Cancer Center and Baylor T. Boone Pickens Cancer Hospital. These facilities offer a full range of cancer-related services designed specifically with you in mind. In addition to comprehensive services with an experienced medical and nursing staff, many of our locations offer a calming atmosphere, chapels, outdoor healing gardens, patient education and support services, and a patient navigation program. We even have an integrative medicine program in Dallas that focuses on each patient’s concerns and needs from a holistic viewpoint. This approach incorporates complementary, ancillary and traditional medicine designed to reach the individual’s goals.     We have also expanded our cancer research program, providing you access to more groundbreaking clinical trials. For us, this represents an extraordinary dedication to cancer care. For you, it represents something far more personal: a towering source of hope.

For a physician referral or for more information about cancer care services, call 1.800.4BAYLOR or visit us online at Locations in: Dallas Fort Worth Garland Grapevine Irving Plano Waxahachie And now off ering services in: Carrollton & McKinney Physicians are members of the medical staff at one of Baylor Health Care System’s subsidiary, community or affiliated medical centers and are neither employees nor agents of Baylor Charles A. Sammons Cancer Centers or Baylor Health Care System. © 2013 Baylor Health Care System SAMMONS_401 _2013 NA CE 09.13


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