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am born and raised here in New Orleans and it’s a huge part of who I am. So, needless to say, I was so excited when I noticed in the last year what I am now calling a bit of a “health renaissance” of sorts here in the city. I noticed more healthy options on menus, more restaurants geared towards healthy fare, new fitness studios, and it seems as if there was a fitness pop-up every day of the week this past summer. We also began partnering with great organizations such as the mayor’s initiative, Fit NOLA, and others such as Eat Fit NOLA that are driving factors in encouraging healthy living here in the city. In a city that is known for debauchery, I was happy to see that we are starting to find a balance. We can still celebrate the culture which makes up our fine town—the food made with local ingredients and love, the music that fills our soul, and the spirit that we dance with (is there any better way to burn calories?!). These ingredients have always brought us together as one heartbeat, beating together on our streets and in our homes, but now we are coming together as a community to celebrate healthy living as well.

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I realized at that time that I was very fortunate to have a medium at my disposal in which I could give this movement a voice—a place to spotlight local organizations doing what they can to give back, locals doing amazing things within our community, the neighborhoods that make up our whole, the local events that bring us together, and support the small businesses that drive our economy. I thought that it was the least I could do for the town I have called home for the majority of my life and has given me so much. I would love to continue with that opportunity to provide the local content that I know we all love and balance that with the most interesting and helpful information on healthy, green living out there. I know the long and beautiful love affair we all have had with our town for so long—may we continue down this path to celebrate our culture and our health as one, and if there is anything I can do to help promote that, please don’t hesitate to let me know. Happy Holidays to you and your family.

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Natural Awakenings is your guide to a healthier, more balanced life. In each issue readers find cutting-edge information on natural health, nutrition, fitness, personal growth, green living, creative expression and the products and services that support a healthy lifestyle.

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Dis ’n Nat HOLIDAY SPENDING IS EXPECTED TO EXCEED $1 TRILLION THIS YEAR. THIS HOLIDAY SEASON, SHOP SMALL AND STAY LOCAL! WWW.STAYLOCAL.ORG.

Cinnamon may help balance blood

sugar levels. In one study, just 1 teaspoon a day for 40 days cut cholesterol by about 18% and blood sugar levels by 24%.

REGULAR SLEEP TIMES PROMOTE HEALTH A REPORT FROM THE U.S. CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION SUGGESTS THAT 35 PERCENT OF U.S. ADULTS DON’T GET ADEQUATE SLEEP. Dr. W. Chris Winter of the Charlottesville Neurology and Sleep Medicine clinic recommends we pick a wake-up time that works for every day and stick with it, regardless of bedtime; it pays off by eventually training the brain to fall asleep at the same time every night. Swedish scientists found that sleep loss reduces the presence of hormones that promote feelings of fullness in the stomach and increases the amount of those that promote hunger leading to obesity.

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CUT YOUR OWN CHRISTMAS TREE! STEELE‘S CHRISTMAS TREE FARM HAS BEEN A FAMILY-RUN BUSINESS IN WASHINGTON PARISH FOR 38 YEARS. With over 1,000 Christmas trees ranging in height from 5-12’ tall, you are bound to find your perfect family tree. They have a cute little gift shop, fun activities for the kiddos, and leashed pets are welcome. Take the family and make a day of it! www.steeleschristmastreefarm.com.

MEDITATION OVER MORPHINE?

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Earlier this year, a study conducted by Wake Forest Baptist University found that meditation could reduce pain intensity by 40 percent and pain unpleasantness by 57 percent. Morphine and other pain-relieving drugs typically show a pain reduction of 25 percent. Meditation works by reducing activity in the somatosensory cortex and increasing activity in other areas of the brain.


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learned English it morphed from “to do one’s market shopping” into “to do one’s grocery shopping” into “to make one’s groceries” into “makin’ groceries.” The French Market is a wonderful place to find treats and treasures for friends, family, or even yourself. Here are a few of my favorites: LORETTA’S AUTHENTIC PRALINES Been in business for over 35 years, Gimme Praline Beignets! MEALS FROM THE HEART Vegan, gluten-free, and hearthealthy delicious offerings. FRENCH MARKET PRODUCE Locally sourced fruit, vegetables, pepper jelly, and more!

riginally a Native American trading post, the market is the oldest of its kind in the United States and remains a place where locals shop as well as tourists. During the 1990’s I lived on Decatur and loved walking with my kids just across the street to “make groceries” or

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grab a treat and walk up to the Mississippi river bend and enjoy. Enter NOLA 101 and the French Connection—“makin’ groceries” actually comes from the French saying “faire son marché,” which means “to do one’s market shopping.” Faire translates to either “to do” or “to make.” So, as the French

THE CREPE CART Sweet or savory made before your eyes, offering vegan & gluten free. ALBERTO’S CHEESE & WINES Variety of items include Mediterranean and European Cuisine. For more info check out the website www.frenchmarket.org.

naturalbeauty WHAT IT DOES:

Energizes and softens overworked feet. HOW TO MAKE IT: Add a cup of granulated sugar to a bowl. Slowly pour some coconut oil (warmed in the microwave) until you reach your desired consistency. Add a few drops of peppermint essential oil or extract, and transfer to a jar. You can really use any essential oil you like here. Use on the edge of the bath or while in the bath to give your feet the love they deserve.

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STAY HEART-HEALTHY THIS HOLIDAY SEASON he holiday season is a time for family gatherings, sharing gifts and enjoying savory foods but it can also be a time of stress and unhealthy eating which can play havoc on your heart. According to Dr. Rita Redberg, director of the Women’s Cardiovascular Services at the University of California, San Francisco, heart disease is the number one killer of men and women in the United States. The average person gains five pounds during the holidays which places more stress on your heart. That doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the fun and foods of the holidays.It only means to not indulge in excess so you can stick to a heart-healthy diet and lifestyle throughout the holiday season.

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Here are some tips to stay heart-healthy this holiday season.

Choose healthy foods at holiday parties. Watch the alcoholic beverages. Pay attention to how much dessert you eat. Manage holiday stress by taking time for yourself. Maintain your exercise routine during the holidays. Staying heart-healthy during the holiday season is possible if you watch the foods you eat, manage stress and continue to exercise. By being proactive, you can enjoy the holidays and be heart-healthy too.

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Doing a plank is one of the easiest, but most effective full body exercises out there. Holding the body stiff as a board develops strength primarily in the core—the muscles that connect the upper and lower body—as well as the shoulders, arms, and glutes. Also, it requires no equipment and can be performed just about anywhere (well, almost). Here’s how to do the perfect, standard plank:

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PLANK IT UP! by Renee Jackson

1. PLANT the hands directly under the shoulders (slightly wider than shoulder-width apart) like you’re about to do a push-up.

2. GROUND the toes into the floor

and squeeze the glutes to stabilize the body. Your legs should be working in the move too; careful not to lock or hyperextend your knees.

3. NEUTRALIZE the neck and

spine by looking at a spot on the floor about a foot beyond the hands. Your head should be in line with your back.

4. HOLD the position for 20 seconds. As you get more comfortable with the move, hold your plank for as long as possible without compromising form or breath. natural awakenings

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healingways 6 | TAKE A HOLIDAY BINGE DAY Designate a day with no limits and no self-judgment. For anyone that mentally monitors their calories or sweets, claim a binge day out loud with permission for total holiday munching freedom. The next day we can reinstate discipline after our day of liberation.

7 | SING WHILE WE WORK Nothing makes meal preparation tasks go faster than crooning along to our favorite carols. Turn up Susan Boyle’s O Holy Night and before you know it, your lungs will be full of air, heart filled with sentiment, and the turkey stuffed with seasonal goodness will be ready to go into the oven.

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HOW TO REALLY ENJOY THE SEASON

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eelings of comfort and joy can seem elusive when the holiday to-do list looms or runs amuck. The season can seem more like an endless burden than a parade of cheerful events and glad tidings. Amidst celebratory chaos, these simple rules will help restore inner peace and create greater happiness.

1 | ESCHEW PERFECTION Guests are much more interested in filling their stomachs with great food than judging the scuff marks and wall dings. The perfection of the season is found in the special moments when families and friends sit down together. 2 | PAY ATTENTION TO THE SMILES

Approaching holidays bring out more shared smiles, kind words and thoughtful gestures. While out and about, look for the grins and well wishes. Hold the door open for others and offer a friendly greeting to store clerks. We’ll find ourselves smiling more, too, because thoughtfulness is contagious.

3 | DO NOTHING FOR 15 MINUTES It’s amazing how refreshed we feel when we take a few minutes to sit in a comfort-

able chair and simply experience a moment of stillness. Inner quiet allows the mind to relax and reinvest energy in the body, so we return to holiday activities with renewed zest.

4 | GIVE EACH PERSON A SPECIAL GIFT

Think of something thoughtful that both the giver and receiver enjoy doing together and write a promissory note for the shared experience, such as a free backrub, a day spent downtown, a personal manicure or a movie the other person wants to see.

5 | TAKE ADVANTAGE OF EXTENDED

SHOPPING HOURS To avoid crowds and lines, schedule a late-night powershopping trip. This is the easiest way to manage a department store visit with sanity, have easy access to the shelves and get immediate service.

DIANNE BISCHOFF JAMES is a life transformation coach, actor, business consultant and author of The Real Brass Ring: Change Your Life Course Now. She specializes in facilitating the midlife reboot and lives in Boston, MA.

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8 | EXPRESS FEELINGS IN A HEALTHY WAY Family gatherings can sometimes test our boundaries and patience. Avoid repressing feelings by finding a way to speak a personal truth in the moment, in a calm and healthy fashion. It’s better than arriving at home stewing about what we wish we could or should have said. 9 | ASSIGN ROLES TO HOUSEHOLD HELPERS

The holiday load is lighter when everyone pitches in. Assign specific roles to household members with clear responsibilities, from taking out the garbage to setting the table and washing up.

10 | LEAVE SOME TASKS FOR LATER It’s unrealistic to think the house has to be in perfect order after festive gatherings. After guests leave, put the leftovers in the fridge and watch a movie. Cleanup will feel easier and faster after a good night’s rest. 11 | EXPRESS GRATITUDE AT THE TABLE Loving feelings can never be expressed enough, so use the holiday as an opportunity to tell others how important they are to you. Create a heartfelt moment at the table by sharing at least one thing that you’re truly grateful for, and ask everyone else to do the same. 12 | GO OUTSIDE FOR FUN IN NATURE

Hiking in a nearby forest preserve, skating, sledding or building a snow fort with the kids not only burns energy, but is emotionally exhilarating for the whole family. Pick an outdoor activity, don appropriate togs and share in the laughter and serenity of a sparkling winter day.


recipeforsuccess EAT FIT NOLA Chocolate

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Technically this flourless chocolate torte has just a smidge more calories than a traditional “Eat Fit-approved” dessert. But we think it’s every bit of worth it, and just had to share.

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weeten up your holiday season with Dakota’s delicious torte. Its rich chocolate flavor is perfect to serve at your next family gathering or dinner party. Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Grease and parchment line bottom of 10’’ round cake pan. Combine water, salt, and Swerve in a small pot and heat until dissolved. Set aside to cool. Melt chocolate over a double boil

6 whole eggs 2¼ cup unsweetened baking chocolate 1 cup coconut oil ¾ cup Swerve ½ cup water For more ways to spice up your table, check out Ochsner Eat Fit recipes at OchsnerEatFit.com

Using handheld mixer, or transfer over into a stand mixer, beat in coconut oil a little at a time. Next, beat in sweet water solutions. Finally, beat in eggs one at a time.

¼ teaspoon salt 1 cup unsweetened baking chocolate 1/3 cup almond milk 1 teaspoon instant coffee

Transfer batter to pan, place in water bath and bake for approximately 45 minutes.

Recipe by: Kim Kringlie at Dakota

Per serving: 190 calories, 20 grams fat, 14 grams saturated fat (nearly all plantbased), 35 milligrams sodium, 12 grams carbohydrate, 4 grams dietary fiber, 0 sugar, 4 grams protein.

Place unsweetened baking chocolate, almond milk, and instant coffee in double boiler and heat until smooth using a wooden spoon and stir occasionally. Place flourless chocolate cake on rack and cover with ganache. Cool in refrigerator for 1 hour.

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EW ORLEANS—Today, The New Orleans Health Department’s Fit NOLA Initiative, Whole Foods Market New Orleans, Humana-Rock and Roll NOLA, Higher Power, and Athleta announce Leah L. Duncan as the recipient of the December 2017 Healthy Hero Award. A “Healthy Hero” is a New Orleanian dedicated to improving the physical and nutritional wellness of their community. Leah works tirelessly in the community as the outreach director for the Humana Society of Louisiana, director of New Orleans Veggie Fest, and owner of Bayou Vegan Café. Leah states, “I was a life-long vegetarian, and am now a vegan and a mom who wants to make the world a healthier, kinder place for my children.”

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ABOUT HEALTHY HERO Fit NOLA & Whole Foods Market together launched Healthy Heroes—a program to celebrate community members leading healthy efforts across New Orleans. The Healthy Hero program will give New Orleans residents an opportunity to receive recognition for their work in creating a culture of health within the metro area. Fit NOLA and Whole Foods Market aim to improve health outcomes for residents by promoting the resources and opportunities to access physical activity and healthy nutritional avenues. Each month, residents are invited to nominate a Healthy Hero online before the designated deadline for a chance to be selected as that month’s sole winner. Nomination questions focus on the environment Healthy Heroes create for themselves and others. To learn more about the Healthy Hero initiative or apply to be a Healthy Hero, please visit: nola.gov/health-department/fitnola/healthy-hero/.

ENVIRONMENTAL | Gulf Restoration Network: www.healthygulf.org

COMMUNITY AIRWAVES | WHIV-LP: www.whivfm.org

READING RADIO | blind/print COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT | impaired-WRBH: www.wrbh.org Green Light New Orleans: MUSIC-BEARER | WWOZ: www.greenlightneworleans.org www.wwoz.org ARTS & CULTURAL | ANIMAL ADVOCACY | Tipitinas Foundation Inc.: Humane Society of Louisiana: www.tipitinasfoundation.org www.HumaneLA.org SOCIAL INNOVATION | MUSIC & CULTURE | Music Culture Propeller Incubator: Coalition: www.maccno.com www.gopropeller.org Fit NOLA is a partnership between the City of New Orleans and local organizations, working together to create a healthier city by promoting physical activity and improved nutrition. www.nola.gov/health-department/fit-nola.

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MENTAL HEALTH | NAMI: www.namineworleans.org

KIDS EDUCATION & IMAGINATION | KIDsmART: www.kidsmart.org


healthyhome HOW TO SCENT EACH ROOM IN YOUR HOUSE

eal estate agents often advise homeowners to bake bread or cookies before a viewing. Filling your house with a delicious food smell might hurry the sales process, but in everyday life, is oatmeal and peanut butter an appropriate scent for the bathroom? There are practical reasons for choosing different scents for each room in your house. Besides, if you use one fragrance too long, eventually you will not notice it anymore. Not only will you lose the experience, but you might try to compensate by upping the dosage, creating an overpowering atmosphere for guests. Here are some ideas for which scents to apply to each room, and how to invite different moods into the areas of your home.

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BATHROOM Use fresh, non-heavy smells to give your bathroom a spa-like atmosphere. Fresh linen works well, as do cotton and natural smells like rain and sea breeze. Be aware that you will also be able to smell the cleaning products you use, so choose complementary scents in bleach and toilet cleaners if you can.

BEDROOM You want to foster an atmosphere of relaxation and sensuality here. Dark, heavy scents work well. Do not be afraid to layer, but avoid overpowering the room if you have trouble sleeping. Incense sticks work well here, as do plugins and candles—arranged safely and never left unattended. Use rose, lavender, vanilla, berries, patchouli and lotus flower for deep relaxation and harmony.

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You might not have thought about applying scent in your hallway, but everyone’s first impressions are made here. Use fresh, floral fragrances to transition from outdoors to indoors. Hide a plug-in spray underneath a console table, or fill a vase weekly with fragrant blooms to provide a focal point. Potpourri would also look nice, but beware of heavy musks, and keep it light. Cut grass, lemon oil, hyacinth, jasmine and magnolia are all fresh scents to welcome guests to your home.

This is likely the main area of your house, and the one room that should reflect your personality. Food scents are not always a good idea, as everyone’s focus will be on the dinner rather than conversation. If using lavender and chamomile, choose an energetic scent to complement them, as they have a sedative effect. Choose a lively, unusual scent, and do not be afraid to use musks in moderation. Sandalwood, orange oil, berries, cedar and vetivert are good choices.

Naturally this room lends itself to food scents. There are hundreds of varieties now available in candles and diffusers. Avoid plug-ins, as the residue may land on food preparation surfaces. Again, fresh flowers are a good visual source. Use fresh-baked cookies, cinnamon, strawberry, apple, sage, rosemary and basil. Be aware that you also may want to use scents to deter insects and cover up cooking smells. Citronella does wonders, as do lemon and citrus candles.

It is possible to use scents to cover up odors such as cooking, pets and cigarette smoke, so if there are areas of your home that are prone to malodor, make sure you pay attention to the scents you use nearby. Reed diffusers are an excellent safe and potent way to disperse scent, and are best placed high and out of reach of pets and children. Remember some pets are sensitive to smells such as citrus and eucalyptus, so use these carefully and choose products with as few chemicals and pollutants as possible.

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5 LOCAL SHOPS AND COMPANIES TO BUY A GIFT FOR THE ACTIVE PERSON IN YOUR LIFE. 1.TASC PERFORMANCE | Athletic

wear for men and women. Tasc just opened its gorgeous new flagship location on Magazine earlier this year. New Orleanian father and son team Al and Todd Andrews spent years developing a proprietary bamboo fiber fabric that feels and performs unlike any other athletic wear out there. It is all natural, made without any chemical additives, sustainably sourced, and made in their family-owned facility in India, which they personally oversee. With annual revenues already in the 8 figures and their line in over 700 retailers nationwide in just a few short years, expect this to be one of the great start-up stories to come out of NOLA this century—Shark Tank need not apply! They also host a running club every other Tuesday and a great fitness pop-up such as yoga on Sunday mornings (free ice coffee and mimosas following the class, which you have obviously earned!). www.tascperformance.com.

2. VARSITY SPORTS | athletic wear and footwear for men, women, and “future runners.” Locally owned and operated, Jenni Peters opened the first location in 2000 with investments from 20 locals to turn a little corner house in Baton Rouge into a running store. They now have locations in Baton Rouge, the Northshore, Metairie, and they just opened a new store in Old Metairie. As they say “run hard, live easy.” Host of several running clubs as well. www.varsityrunning.com. 3. LOUISIANA RUNNING + WALKING CO | Athletic wear and footwear for men and women. Home of New Orleans’ only video gait analysis, they can show you how your feet land and the type of footwear necessary for your stride at any of their 3 locations in Metairie, Uptown, and Midcity. They also host local running and walking clubs. www.louisianarunning.com.

4. MASSEY’S PROFESSIONAL OUTFITTERS | Outdoor wear and gear. Family-owned and operated since 1972, Massey’s is the only place in southern Louisiana to find surf and snow gear you can actually see, touch, and try before you buy for that next vacay. They also have a killer selection of camping gear, bikes, kayaks, athletic wear, footwear, accessories, and basically anything you may need for your next outdoor adventure. As you may have seen driving by, their awesome flagship store on Carrollton Ave. in Midcity often has a sales tent outside with killer deals. Locations in New Orleans, Metairie, the Northshore, and Baton Rouge. www.masseysoutfitters.com.

5. NEW ORLEANS YOGA APPAREL | Yoga wear for men, women, and children. Created by New Orleanian and local yoga teacher, Mariesa Barbara, to promote an active lifestyle and what makes NOLA unique. Seriously, the baby yoga pants with the snowballs all over them make me want to melt! Wear your local flava, y’all! www.neworleansyogaapparel.com.

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Carla ASK THE LIFE COACH with Robertson

I’m trying to simplify the holidays this year, but I can’t figure out what parts to let go of. Any tips?

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ere’s an easy way to focus on what’s most important to you for the holidays, and one of my favorite pre-holiday exercises. First, think of a really happy holiday memory. Use all your senses to immerse yourself in the memory, then describe it in writing, recalling specific details and how you felt. Look over what you wrote, circling key words or phrases that evoke the way you want to feel this season. Use this as a gauge for your holiday activities, plans, décor (or lack thereof ), etc. For example, if your key feelings are wonder and joy, choose experiences that will allow that. If your key feelings are coziness and warmth, you might prioritize different experiences. You can do this with family members so each person gets to pick one activity that matches their desired feelings. You will be amazed at how many typical holiday activities fall away and which ones become much more important when you focus on feeling states. Enjoy, and have a wonderful holiday! Carla is a master certified life coach in New Orleans. Have a question for Carla or want to learn more about her programs, events or services? Contact her at carla@livingwildandprecious.com or 504-507-0687.

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calendarofevents TELL NOLA WHAT YOU’RE DOING! All calendar events must be received via email by the 7th of the month. Email calendar@nalamag.com for guidelines and to submit entries.

markyourcalendar Blue Cliff College, Massage Therapy Department, Continuing Education, CEUs for LMTs Help a student with their education at our student massage clinic. $30. Blue Cliff College, Clearview Mall, across from food court, Metairie. Info or appointment: 504-293-0972

December 2 Morning Massage Clinic. 9:15 & 10:45 A.M. Swedish and NMT

December 6 & 13 Swedish Massage Clinic 12:45 & 2:15pm

December 6, 13, 21 & 22 Neuro-Muscular Therapy Clinic 12:45 & 2:15pm

December 7 & 21 Deep Tissue Massage Clinic 6:15 & 7:30 PM

December 7 & 21 Swedish Massage 6:15 & 7:30 PM

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Growing Gardeners – 10am-12pm. Also, December 9. Ages 6-9 welcome. $17 per class, $14 per six class packages. Tolmas Visitors Center at City Park, 5 Victory Ave, New Orleans. 504-483-9470 or www. NOBGEducation@ NOCP.org. Conscious Connected Breathing Workshop w/ Jack Fontana – 2:30-5pm. $63. Wild Lotus Yoga Downtown, 2372 St Claude, New Orleans. WildLotusYoga.com. Yoga, Art, & Me: A Kids Yoga Workshop – 2:304pm. $25. Wild Lotus Yoga Uptown, 4842 Perrier St, New Orleans. WildLotusYoga.com.

January 13-14, 2018 Massage Cupping Bodywork Introduction, Annie Garic, ACE Educator

Beignet Fest City Park – 10am-5pm. For more info go to: www.beignetfest.com.

Continuing Ed Workshops

January 13-15, 2018 Massage Level 1 Certification, Annie Garic, ACE Educator

February 23-25, 2018 Ortho-Bionomy Basics: Focus on Spine & Pelvis, Peggy Scott, Associate Advanced Instructor of Ortho-Bionomy

March 3-5, 2018 Ortho-Bionomy Basics: Focus on Extremities, Peggy Scott, Associate Advanced Instructor of Ortho-Bionomy New Orleans

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Blue Cliff College NeuroMuscular Therapy Clinic – 12:45 & 2:15 pm. $30. Blue Cliff College, Clearview Mall, across from food court, Metairie. Info or appointment: 504-293-0972.

Jingle Bell Run – 8-11am. Fees start at $30. Audubon Park, 6500 Magazine St, New Orleans. www.arthritis.org.

Santa Paws – $15. Heritage Park@ Convention Center Blvd. between John Churchill Chase Street and Gaienne Street. Register online@ santapawsnola.eventbrite. com, or pay at the door.

Neuro-Muscular Therapy Clinic 6:15 & 7:30 PM.

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DECEMBER 1, 2017 Wild Lotus Winter Retreat – 5pm through December 3. Flowering Lotus Retreat Center, Magnolia, MS. 504-899-0047. WildLotusYoga.com.

Morning Massage Clinic – 9:15 & 10:45 am. $30. Blue Cliff College, Clearview Mall, across from food court, Metairie. Info or appointment: 504-293-0972.

DECEMBER 3, 2017 Run WILD Girls on the Run NOLA 5K – Audubon Park Shelter #10 Starts 8am on Dec 3. For more info www.gotrnola.org.

The Archetype of the Father: Past and Present – 7:30pm. Presented by C.G. Jung Society of New Orleans. Speaker Jutta von Buchholtz. $15/General Admission, $10/Students, Free for Members. Parker UMC, 1130 Nashville St, New Orleans.

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DECEMBER 3, 2017 Jon Scott in Concert – 1pm. Experience the life-affirming, energizing, original music of Jon Scott, an award-winning “visionary vocalist” from Nashville! His hit All is Well, Life is Good, We Are Truly Blessed won Best New Thought Song at the POSI Music Awards (Spiritual Grammys) in 2017. Don’t miss this afternoon of music that ignites the soul. $15 Suggested Donation. Unity of Metairie, 3939 Veterans Memorial Blvd, Metairie 504-885-7575.

DECEMBER 4, 2017 Medical Aesthetics: Laser Hair Removal 101 – 2-5pm. Limited spots. Only for licensed Aestheticians and currently enrolled students in a certified Aesthetic program. $25. Paradise on Columbia Med Spa, 200 N Columbia St, Covington. Call to schedule 985-892-8876.

DECEMBER 5, 2017 Ideal Protein Weight Loss Program – 12:30pm. Dr. Debbi Hannan presents: The Ideal Protein Weight Loss Program at Chiropractic Health Center. Free. 101 Clearview Pkwy at Airline Dr, New Orleans. 504-454-2000. Drum Circle – 7pm. An ancient, energizing, rhythmic spiritual practice! $10 Suggested Donation. Unity of Metairie, 3939 Veterans Memorial Blvd, Metairie. 504-8857575. UnityOfMetairie.com.

Eat Fit Demo and Tour – 10-11am. Free. Whole Foods Market, 3420 Veterans Blvd, New Orleans. 504-703-6900. EatFitNOLA@gmail.com. www.ochsner.org/eat-fit. MaCCNO Holiday Happy Hour – 5-8 pm. New Orleans Jazz Market, 1436 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd, New Orleans. Blue Cliff College Swedish Massage Clinic – 12:45 & 2:15 pm. $30. Blue Cliff College, Clearview Mall, across from food court, Metairie. Info or appointment: 504-293-0972. Blue Cliff College NeuroMuscular Therapy Clinic – 12:45 & 2:15 pm. $30. Blue Cliff College, Clearview Mall, across from food court, Metairie. Info or appointment: 504-293-0972. Swedish Massage Clinic – 6:15 & 7:30 pm. $30. Blue Cliff College, Clearview Mall, across from food court, Metairie. Info or appointment: 504-293-0972. Deep Tissue Massage Clinic – 6:15 & 7:30 pm. $30. Blue Cliff College, Clearview Mall, across from food court, Metairie. Info or appointment: 504-293-0972. Neuro-Muscular Therapy Clinic – 6:15 & 7:30 pm. $30. Blue Cliff College, Clearview Mall, across from food court, Metairie. Info or appointment: 504-293-0972.

DECEMBER 8, 2017 An Evening of Mantra Music w/ Visiting Artist Girish – 7:30-9pm. $20. Wild Lotus Yoga Downtown, 2372 St Claude, New Orleans. WildLotusYoga.com.


31st Annual Art Against AIDS Gala – 8-11pm. Black tie optional. $75 General Admission. Superdome, New Orleans. CrescentCare.org/ Events/AAA.

DECEMBER 10, 2017 Bayou Veg Fest – 11am-5pm. Free. Downtown Houma, in front courthouse. BayouVegFest@ gmail.com.

DECEMBER 17 10:00am-5:00pm, Tibetan House, 4900 Tchoupitoulas Street Meditation Retreat with Anam Thubten – Anam Thubten grew up in Tibet and at an early age began to practice in the Nyingma tradition of Tibetan Buddhism. Among his many teachers, his most formative guides were Lama Tsurlo, Khenpo Chopel, and Lama Garwang. He is the founder and spiritual advisor of Dharmata Foundation, teaching widely in the U.S. and abroad. He is also the author of various articles and books in both the Tibetan and English language. His books in English include The Magic of Awareness and No Self, No Problem. To view Anam Thubten’s teaching and retreat schedule, please visit www.dharmata. org/events-calendar. Through the essential wisdom of Buddhism and his personal experience on the spiritual path, Anam Thubten brings alive the timeless teachings and invites everyone to participate. To register,contact Gael Thompson at info@tibetan house.com, or (504) 330-3507

DECEMBER 9, 2017 Yoga & Live Music Class w/ Girish – 2:30-4:30 pm. $30. Wild Lotus Yoga Uptown, 4842 Perrier St, New Orleans. www.WildLotusYoga.com. Moe Joe’s Bounce Fitness Fest – 11:30 am-1:30 pm People’s Health New Orleans Jazz Market 1436 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd. New Orleans, La 70113. For more info: www.themoejoe.com. Holiday Open House – 4-7 pm. Affordable Healing Arts in the New Orleans Healing Center, 2372 St. Claude Ave, Suite 220, New Orleans.

A Chant Workshop w/ Girish – 1-3:30pm. $45. Wild Lotus Yoga Downtown, 2372 St Claude, New Orleans. WildLotusYoga.com.

DECEMBER 12, 2017 Ideal Protein Weight Loss Program – 5:30pm. Dr. Debbi Hannan presents: The Ideal Protein Weight Loss Program at Chiropractic Health Center. Free. 101 Clearview Pkwy at Airline Dr, New Orleans. 504-454-2000. Solar Plexus Chakra Class – 7pm. $10 Suggested Donation. Unity of Metairie, 3939 Veterans Memorial Blvd, Metairie. 504885-7575. UnityOfMetairie.com. Reindeer Run 5K – 8am. Audubon Aquarium of the Americas. Call for more info 504-561-8927.

DECEMBER 13, 2017 Eat Fit Demo and Tour – 1011am. Free. Whole Foods Market. 300 N Broad St, New Orleans. 504-703-6900. EatFitNOLA@ gmail.com. www.ochsner.org/ eat-fit. Blue Cliff College Swedish Massage Clinic – 12:45 & 2:15 pm. $30. Blue Cliff College, Clearview Mall, across from food court, Metairie. Info or appointment: 504-293-0972. Blue Cliff College NeuroMuscular Therapy Clinic – 12:45 & 2:15 pm. $30. Blue Cliff College, Clearview Mall, across from food court, Metairie. Info or appointment: 504-2930972.

DECEMBER 14, 2017 Botox Thursday – 9am-5pm. $9 a unit (regularly $12). Minimum 20 units. Paradise on Columbia Med Spa, 200 N Columbia St, Covington. Call to schedule: 985892-8876. Eat Fit Demo and Tour – 1011am. Free. Whole Foods Market. 5600 Magazine St, New Orleans. 504-703-6900. EatFitNOLA@ gmail.com. www.ochsner.org/ eat-fit.

LifeCity Green Drinks: Holiday Market – 5-8pm. Happy hour and networking event celebrating Christmas with a pop up shop for green vendors with Stay Local and The Healing Center. The Healing Center, 2372 St. Claude Ave, New Orleans. 504-909-2489, Janae@ MyLifeCity.com. Eat Fit Demo and Tour – 6-7pm. Whole Foods Market. 3450 Highway 190, Mandeville. 504-703-6900. EatFitNOLA@gmail.com. www. ochsner.org/eat-fit.

DECEMBER 15, 2017 Uptown Shala Grand Opening – 6-7:30pm. Come celebrate Swan River Yoga’s latest outpost with free yoga, mantra music, and opening packages. Shala Yoga Uptown, 5422 Magazine St, New Orleans. SwanRiverYoga.com. Family Movie Night: The Santa Clause – 7pm. Good, old-fashioned holiday fun; guaranteed to put you into the spirit of giving! $5 Suggested Donation. Unity of Metairie, 3939 Veterans Memorial Blvd, Metairie. 504-885-7575. UnityOfMetairie.com. Dashing through the Dome – 6:00 pm. Mercedes-Benz Superdome 1500 Sugar Bowl Dr. New Orleans, LA 70112. dashingthroughthedome@ gmail.com.

DECEMBER 16, 2017 Naughty or Nice Charity Workout – 10am-12pm. Give a gift and get a lift! Bring an unwrapped gift for a child in need and get an awesome workout. GeauxFit Training, 4304 Firestone Rd, Metairie. Vegan Village Market – 11am-3pm. Produced by NOLA Veggie Fest, a project of the Humane Society of Louisiana. Tibetan House, 4900 Tchoupitoulas St, New Orleans. Made in Louisiana Festival – 12:304:30pm. $20/door, $15/advance, $12/ SoFAB Members. Southern Food and Beverage Museum, 1504 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd, New Orleans. NatFAB.org. Old Man River Half & 5K – 8am. Gretna, LA. For more info www.runnotc.org/races/2017/ olemanriver.shtml.

DECEMBER 17, 2017 Books 2 Prisoners Volunteer Work Night – 4-7pm. Come help us out as we open letters from inmates, choose books for them to read, and package them for shipping. We also need a hand with shelving new donations. 2523 George Nick Connor Dr, First Fl, New Orleans.

DECEMBER 19, 2017 Ideal Protein Weight Loss Program – 5:30pm. Dr. Debbi Hannan presents: The Ideal Protein Weight Loss Program at Chiropractic Health Center. Free. 101 Clearview Pkwy at Airline Dr, New Orleans. 504-454-2000. Metaphysical Bible Study – 7pm. See ancient scripture through new eyes! $10 Suggested Donation. Unity of Metairie, 3939 Veterans Memorial Blvd, Metairie. 504-885-7575. UnityOfMetairie.com.

DECEMBER 21, 2017 Henna Happy Hour – 7:30-10pm. Enjoy complimentary henna with any $10 food or beverage purchase. Attiki, 230 Decatur St, New Orleans. Blue Cliff College Neuro-Muscular Therapy Clinic – 12:45 & 2:15 pm. $30. Blue Cliff College, Clearview Mall, across from food court, Metairie. Info or appointment: 504-293-0972. Swedish Massage Clinic – 6:15 & 7:30 pm. $30. Blue Cliff College, Clearview Mall, across from food court, Metairie. Info or appointment: 504-293-0972. Deep Tissue Massage Clinic – 6:15 & 7:30 pm. $30. Blue Cliff College, Clearview Mall, across from food court, Metairie. Info or appointment: 504-293-0972. Neuro-Muscular Therapy Clinic – 6:15 & 7:30 pm. $30. Blue Cliff College, Clearview Mall, across from food court, Metairie. Info or appointment: 504-293-0972.

DECEMBER 22, 2017 Blue Cliff College Neuro-Muscular Therapy Clinic – 12:45 & 2:15 pm. $30. Blue Cliff College, Clearview Mall, across from food court, Metairie. Info or appointment: 504-293-0972.

DECEMBER 24, 2017 Christmas Eve Candlelight Service – 11am. Love Offering. Unity of Metairie. 3939 Veterans Memorial Blvd, Metairie. 504-885-7575 UnityOfMetairie.com.

DECEMBER 26, 2017 The Five Elements – 7pm. $10 Suggested Donation. Unity of Metairie, 3939 Veterans Memorial Blvd, Metairie. 504-885-7575. UnityOf Metairie.com.

DECEMBER 31, 2017 Burning Bowl Service – 11am. Love Offering. Unity of Metairie, 3939 Veterans Memorial Blvd, Metairie. 504-885-7575. UnityOfMetairie.com.

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ongoingevents TELL NOLA WHAT YOU’RE DOING! All calendar events must be received via email by the 7th of the month. Email calendar@nalamag.com for guidelines and to submit entries.

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Introduction to Zen Meditation – 8:30 am (except the first Sunday of the month). By donation. Midcity Zen. 3248 Castiglione St, New Orleans. MidCityZen.org. Community Hot Quickie – 9-10am. Sixty minute, Bikram-inspired hot yoga. Same therapeutic practice, less time! All levels welcome; no class package required – by donation every week! Yes, Yoga. 8338 Oak St, New Orleans. YesYogaNOLA@gmail.com. YesYogaNOLA.co. Sunday Morning Meditation – 9am. Unity of New Orleans Spiritual Center, 3722 St Charles Ave, New Orleans. 504-899-3390. UnityNewOrleans.org. A Course in Miracles – 9:30am. Unity of New Orleans Spiritual Center, 3722 St Charles Ave, New Orleans. 504-899-3390. UnityNewOrleans.org. Science of Being – 9:30am. Unity of New Orleans Spiritual Center, 3722 St Charles Ave, New Orleans. 504-899-3390. UnityNewOrleans.org. The Yoga of Jesus – 9:45am. Class based on the Yogananda book The Yoga of Jesus. All are invited. Free. Unity of New Orleans Spiritual Center, 3722 St. Charles Ave, New Orleans. Unity of New Orleans Spiritual Center Sunday Service – 11am. 3722 St Charles Ave, New Orleans. 504-899-3390. UnityNewOrleans.org. Sunday Celebration Service – 11am. Unity of Metairie. 3939 Veterans Memorial Blvd, 504-8857575. UnityOfMetairie.com. Yoga on Tap – 10am. Dec 17th-31st. Bayou Wine Garden. Eckankar – 11am-12pm. Discover what Eckankar can do for you to enrich your life with Divine Guidance. NO Healing Center, 2371 St Claude Ave, 4th floor. Basic/Beginners Aikido Class – 3:30pm-4:30pm. Practice the art of preface. First class free. NOLA Aikido, 3909 Bienville St, Ste. 103 in Mid-City, New Orleans. 504-208-4861. Info@NOLAAikido.com.

Basic/Beginners Aikido Class – 6:15pm-7:15pm. Practice the art of preface. First class free. NOLA Aikido, 3909 Bienville St, Ste. 103 in Mid-City, New Orleans. 504-208-4861. Info@NOLAAikido.com.

tuesday Qigong/Dao-In – Noon. Tues & Thurs. Bring a mat. $5/ class. New Orleans Healing Center, 2372 St Claude Ave, 4th flr, New Orleans. 985-467-0900 or dc@affordablehealingarts.com. Connected Warriors Yoga – 12-1pm. Higher Power Yoga and Cycle, 514 City Park Ave. Free Yoga for Veterans, Service members, active, military, and their friends and family. Yoga in the Cathedral – 5:30-6:30pm. Bring your own mat. Free (donations accepted.) Christ Church Cathedral, 2919 St. Charles Ave, New Orleans.

Level Up! Intermediate Yoga – 7:30-8:30pm. A challenging practice to bring you to the next level! Arm balances. Backbends. Inversions. 95 degrees. Come be playful and learn to fall in style! Yes, Yoga. 8338 Oak St, New Orleans. YesYogaNOLA@gmail. com. YesYogaNOLA.co

Northshore Table Tennis Club – 6:30-9:30pm. $5 per session. Abita Recreation District #11. 22517 Hwy 36, Abita Springs.

in style! Yes, Yoga. 8338 Oak St, New Orleans. YesYogaNOLA@gmail.com. YesYogaNOLA.co

Cocktails + Yoga at NOLA Distilling – 6:30pm. For more info www.noladistilling.com. Free-FitNOLA Pilates – 10am-11am. Annunciation Park. For more info: www.nola.gov /health-department/fit-nola.

Uptown Hot Vinyasa – 9-10am. New class time! A dynamic, heated flow practice. Come sweat and move like you! All levels welcome. Yes, Yoga. 8338 Oak St, New Orleans. YesYogaNOLA@gmail.com. YesYogaNOLA.co.

wednesday

Qigong/Dao-In – Noon. Tues & Thurs. Bring a mat. $5/class. New Orleans Healing Center, 2372 St Claude Ave, 4th flr, New Orleans. 985-467-0900 or dc@affordablehealingarts.com.

Gentle Yoga – 10:30-11:30am. Free. Lyons Rec Center, 624 Louisiana Ave. Prayer and Healing – 11am. Unity of New Orleans Spiritual Center, 3722 St Charles Ave. 504-899-3390. UnityNewOrleans.org.

Community Meditation – 6-7pm. Love Offering. Unity of Metairie, 3939 Veterans Memorial Blvd, Metairie. 504-885-7575. UnityOfMetairie.com.

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A Course in Miracles – 6:30pm. Facilitated by Mary Beth Ellis. Unity of New Orleans Spiritual Center, 3722 St Charles Ave, New Orleans. 504899-3390. UnityNewOrleans.org.

Relax, Release, and Renew – 6:30-7:30pm. Weekly series to build coping skills, create deep relaxation, nourish your mind/body/spirit, and enhance life. $10 Suggested Donation. Affordable Healing Arts. 2372 St Claude Ave, Suite 220, New Orleans. AffordableHealingArts.com.

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Inner Flow Yoga – 6:30pm. Enhances lymphatic flow, digestion, immunity, balance, and relaxation. Great for beginners! $10. The Esplanade at City Park Yoga Studio, 3443 Esplanade Ave, 2nd Fl, New Orleans, LA.

A Course in Miracles Discussion – 7pm. Join Rev Jack Fowler. Love offering. Unity of Metairie, 3939 Veterans Memorial Blvd, Metairie. 504-885-7575. UnityOfMetairie.com.

Compost NOW – 12:30-2pm. Free. Accept fruits and vegetable scraps, coffee grounds, tea bags, eggshells, nut shells, seed shells, plain bread, grains, and rice. No meat, bones, or dairy. Behind Latter Library/Friends of NOPL.

Compost NOW – 4-5:30pm. Free. Accept fruits and vegetable scraps, coffee grounds, tea bags, eggshells, nut shells, seed shells, plain bread, grains, and rice. No meat, bones, or dairy. Children’s Resource Library.

Free Spirited Yoga – 6:30pm. Free. Join NOLA Tribe Yoga for Free Spirited Yoga every Wednesday night. Warm up 5K at 5:35pm. The Tchoup Yard, 405 Third St, New Orleans.

HIIT at the Peristyle – 6-7:30pm. All levels. Bring a water bottle and a friend. Free. Peristyle on City Park.

Yin Yoga – 5-6pm. Gentle, restorative yoga: Long holds. Deep stretching. Props. Yoga newbies encouraged! Yes, Yoga. 8338 Oak St, New Orleans. YesYogaNOLA@gmail.com YesYogaNOLA.co.

monday

Basic/Beginners Aikido Class – 6:15-7:15pm. Practice the art of preface. First class free. NOLA Aikido, 3909 Bienville St, Ste 103, in Mid-City, New Orleans. 504-208-4861. Info@ NOLAAikido.com.

Compost NOW – 6-7:30pm. Free. Accept fruits and vegetable scraps, coffee grounds, tea bags, eggshells, nut shells, seed shells, plain bread, grains, and rice. No meat, bones, or dairy. Mid-City Library. FitNOLA Dance Fitness Lyons Center – 6pm. Free. For more info: www.nola.gov/healthdepartment/fit-nola.

thursday

Vinyasa Flow Yoga – 6-7:15pm. Free. Popp’s Bandstand, in front of Morning Call in City Park. 56 Dreyfous drive. Bring a mat, a water bottle, and a friend. Compost NOW – 6-7:30pm. Free. Accept fruits and vegetable scraps, coffee grounds, tea bags, eggshells, nut shells, seed shells, plain bread, grains, and rice. No meat, bones, or dairy. Alvar Library. Northshore Table Tennis Club – 6:30-9:30pm. $5 per session. Abita Recreation District #11. 22517 Hwy 36, Abita Springs. Peaceful Mamas Monthly Class for Busy Moms – 7:45-9:15pm. Wild Lotus Yoga Uptown. 504-899-0047. TeamLotus@WildLotusYoga.com. WildLotusYoga.com.504-899-0047. TeamLotus@ WildLotusYoga.com. WildLotusYoga.com


friday Tiny Trees – 10-10:30am. Simple, animated poses, games, music, breathing, and meditation are all a part of this sweet, fun, class designed especially for you and your child. One adult can attend with up to two children, ages 1 to 3. $49/six classes; $10 drop-in. Transform NOLA. 8509 Oak St, New Orleans. 985-640-2648. TransformNOLA.com

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Happier Hour Wine Tasting – 5-7pm. Free. Spirit Wine, 3500 Magazine St, New Orleans. Jammin’ Community Hot Quickie – 5:306:30pm. Bikram-style class to music. Live DJ and Oak St. Happy Hour on the fourth Friday of every month! Donation suggested. Yes, Yoga. 8338 Oak St, New Orleans. YesYogaNOLA@gmail.com. YesYogaNOLA.co New Orleans Spiritual Awakening Group – 6-9pm. New Orleans Spiritual Awakening Group sponsored by Homeward Bound Services. May Wen. Broadmoor Arts and Wellness, 3900 General Taylor St., NOLA. https://www.facebook.com/ neworleansspiritualawakening. Beginners Yoga / Level 1 Vinyasa – 6-7pm. Free. Broadmoor Arts and Wellness Center, 3900 General Taylor. Bring a mat, a towel, and a water bottle along with any other props you wish to bring. NOBL Free Fridays on every 1st Friday of every month for more info: www.climbnobl.com

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Northshore Table Tennis Club – 9:30am-12:30pm. $5 per session. Abita Recreation District #11. 22517 Hwy 36, Abita Springs. Yoga and Guided Meditation – 10-11:30am. Yoga nidra with Katrina Zech. $15 donation. Unity of New Orleans Spiritual Center, 3722 St Charles Ave, New Orleans. UnityNewOrleans.org. Inner Flow Yoga – 10am. Enhances lymphatic flow, digestion, immunity, balance, and relaxation. Great for beginners! $10. The Esplanade at City Park Yoga Studio, 3443 Esplanade Ave, 2nd Fl, New Orleans, LA.

FOR THE COOLEST EVENT OF THE SEASON VISIT NOLA CHRISTMASFEST AT THE NEW ORLEANS CONVENTION CENTER THIS DECEMBER 21-31. The family-friendly, indoor holiday celebration takes place from 11am ‘til 9pm daily, with special hours Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve. The Pay-One-Price of $20 includes skating on REAL ice, ice slides, rides, inflatables, a snowball fight, a walk-through gingerbread house, rock climbing, holiday characters, and more—even an appearance by My Best Friend Hank. And, parking is only $15 across the street from the entrance at Hall I. Buy tickets onsite or online at NOLA ChristmasFest.com.

Compost NOW – 10:30-12pm. Free. Accept fruits and vegetable scraps, coffee grounds, tea bags, eggshells, nut shells, seed shells, plain bread, grains, and rice. No meat, bones, or dairy. Rosa Keller Library. Level Up Intermediate Yoga – 11am-12:15pm. A challenging practice to bring you to the next level! Arm balances. Backbends. Inversions. 95 degrees. Come be playful and learn to fall in style! Yes, Yoga. 8338 Oak St, New Orleans. YesYogaNOLA@gmail. com. YesYogaNOLA.co. Strength Palace – 2-3pm. No-pressure group exercise class for real people promoting positivity and strength for all. 4210 St Claude Ave, inside Shaolin-Do Kung Fu & Tai Chi, New Orleans. NOBL Ladies Climbing Nights every 3rd Saturday of each month. For more info: www.climbnobl.com.

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