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A New Way of Eating For People & the Planet

TEACHING GREEN Education for a Sustainable World

April 2013 | Las Vegas Edition | NaturalAwakeningsLV.com


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GREENFest and Festival of Communities, Together For the First Time by Nancy Somera

16 THe NeXT LeVeL Education for a More Sustainable World by Linda Sechrist

20 eArTH MUSiC Saving Nature’s Wild Symphony by Bernie Krause

21 FOOD ALLerGieS CAN Be eLUSiVe TO iDeNTiFy by Dr. Daniel F. Royal

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22 eATiNG eCOLOGy Daily Decisions Make a Difference by Judith Fertig

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ast year, I made an Earth Day pledge that I would not purchase any plastic Ziploc bags for the entire year. One year later, I am pleased to report that I succeeded! When you pay attention, it is amazing how many food packaging bags and containers can be recycled and reused. At times my family became annoyed with what resembled “trash” drying all over the kitchen, but I didn’t care. I wanted to make a difference in our environment by keeping fewer bags from our landfills. Some sources credit the bags with an estimated 500-year lifespan; others prefer a more conservative 1,000 years. At any rate, it’s a really, really long time. I must confess that in other green living areas I’m not always as diligent. Sometimes a paper towel is more convenient than a cloth one, although we do try to use cloth napkins at meals. I don’t always use eco-friendly cleaning products; bleach is necessary at times to pass my standard of cleanliness. And I do find myself feeling guilty when I discover a recyclable item in the trash bin and I don’t dig through the garbage to retrieve it. I don’t always get it 100 percent correct. I do, however, give myself credit for increasing my awareness of how to live more sustainably and making an effort to do so. My family is learning, too. We installed a simple shower timer with an alarm to enforce shorter showers and used nearly 25 percent less water over the same period, saving money on both our water and energy bill. My daughter and I recently repurposed an old wash sink platform and legs into a patio planter. We had fun turning junk into something useful, and when I look from my kitchen window everyday at the flowers growing in our project, a satisfied smile crosses my face. I’m hopeful the examples I set for my children help them grow into future sustainable citizens, the topic of our feature article this month. While they still need a lot of reminders and guidance to make good choices, hopefully one day the voice inside their head won’t be mine, saying, “Recycle that!” or “Reuse this!” but will be their own voice, instead. Your family can learn how to take simple steps toward living a more sustainable lifestyle at the fourth annual GREENFest Earth Day celebration, April 20, at UNLV (see page 14). This year, GREENFest has combined with the 17th annual Festival of Communities, so plan for an entire day of art, culture, entertainment, education and inspiration for the whole family. So, what to pledge this Earth Day? I’m kicking around a few ideas, but haven’t settled on one yet. I think this year I want it to be a family pledge, so discussions are in order to get everyone onboard. I welcome your suggestions. In fact, I would love to be inspired by what you have done to live more sustainably. Email me your suggestions at Editor@NaturalAwakeningsLV.com. Celebrate Earth this month and as always, feel good, live simply, laugh more.

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newsbriefs Wongu University Offers New Degree Program In Oriental Medicine

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ongu University of Oriental Medicine, in Las Vegas, is the first school approved by the Nevada State Board of Oriental Medicine to offer a Master of Science degree in Oriental Medicine program. Students complete 3,500 hours of study and an approved program in Oriental medicine as the first step to becoming a licensed doctor of Oriental medicine. Students develop a solid foundation in Oriental medicine theory and diagnosis, acupuncture, Chinese herbs and herbal formulas, tuina, taiji and qigong. Advanced studies include internal medicine, pediatrics, gynecology, dermatology and oriental medicine classics such as huang di nei jing, shang han lun, and wen bing. A clinical internship provides 1,000 hours of training, where students record at least 350 patient visits. Acceptance into the Master of Science program requires a bachelor’s degree with a 2.5 minimum grade point average. Some previously earned coursework may transfer. Successful completion of the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine examinations satisfies the criteria to sit for the Nevada Board of Oriental Medicine licensing exam. After passing both exams, applicants are licensed as a doctor of oriental medicine in the State of Nevada. Applications are being accepted and financial assistance is available to qualified applicants. For more information or to register, call 702-463-2122 or email Start@Wongu.org. See ad, page 9.

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he VIP Green Carpet Event, this year’s kick-off event to GREENFest and Festival of Communities, will be held 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., April 18, at Springs Preserve Amphitheatre. More than 30 organizations will join emcee Hillary Swensk, of Channel 8, along with community leaders and professionals committed to furthering the sustainable movement in southern Nevada for an evening of networking, celebration and entertainment. Attendees will enjoy delicious food, beverages and green swag bags while being entertained throughout the evening by music, a raffle with great giveaway prizes, exhibits and tours. A silent auction benefits the biennial UNLV Solar Decathlon Team that will compete from October 3 to 13 in Irvine, California. One of 20 collegiate teams from around the country to compete, this student-run project relies upon guidance and support from faculty members, industry mentors and community supporters. Location: 333 S. Valley View Blvd., Las Vegas. Admission is $20 online or $25 at the door. For more information, visit Festivals.unlv.edu and GreenFestLV.com.

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newsbriefs Bike Swap & Rally Rolls into Henderson

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et your wheels spinning at the city of Henderson’s inaugural Bike Swap & Rally, the only event of its kind in the Valley, taking place 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., April 6, at Cornerstone Park, in Henderson. Participants may trade or sell gently used bikes and parts of all kind, including road, BMX, mountain, time trial, triathlon and children’s bikes. A vendor marketplace will feature new bicycles, parts and gear, including shoes, clothing and helmets. The event also features expert bicycle repair, bicycle recycling, demonstrations, a basic bike repair course and a bicycle safety course. Information about bike commuting and safe routes to school will also be available. A free bike valet will be offered onsite for those wishing to park their bikes during the event. Location: 1600 Wigwam Pkwy., Henderson. Admission is free for all ages. For more information, call 702-267-4000 or visit HendersonLive.com.

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lue Heron, one of Las Vegas’ premier luxury homebuilders, has been selected by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) to design and build the 2013 New American Home. Blue Heron is the only firm in the 30-year history of the program to be selected as architect, builder and interior designer. The New American Home is a one-of-a-kind residence featuring a desert-inspired courtyard and open floor plan and includes renewable building materials and green amenities. The home has been constructed to achieve Emerald certification under the National Green Building Standard and Platinum certification by Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), the two highest ratings within the industry. Additional green features include a gas HVAC system, solar hot water heater with gas-fired back-up, solar panels and closed spray foam insulation that also reduces sound transmission through plumbing walls. It also features a weather-sensitive system that collects rainwater to assist in irrigation during dryer weather, tankless hot water heaters, hydronic air handlers and intelligent fireplaces. For more information, call 702-531-3000 or visit BlueHeron.com.


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V Healer, the new massage studio of Jamie Schab, has opened at 7331 West Charleston, Suite 130, in the Northwest/Summerlin area of Las Vegas, offering customized massage therapy, energy therapy, bodywork and opportunities for classes and workshops for increasing the body/mind/spirit connection. Schab works with clients to create a space of safety and provides undivided attention to achieve goals. Space is available for other health-related classes. There will be ongoing fun and exciting opportunities to align with health and community, and her website provides resources and education tips for self-care and wellness. For more information call 702-355-2381, email LVHealer@ yahoo.com or visit LVHealer.com. See ad, page 30.

Natural Awakenings Offers New Dating Website

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atural Awakenings is premiering a new online dating site, NaturalAwakeningsSingles.com, in partnership with the Conscious Dating Network, the Internet’s largest and oldest conscious/spiritual/green dating site. Niche, online dating offers singles an efficient way to screen and date potential partners that share similar values and interests and are ready to be in a loving relationship. NaturalAwakeningsSingles. com is designed to facilitate this enlightened way of meeting, dating and connecting. The site will allow singles to join, create a full profile, upload photos and videos, send hellos, indicate interest and even read and reply to private messages and IM’s, all for free. Upgrading, which allows members to initiate personally written messages and IM’s, is inexpensive compared to other online dating sites, with packages ranging from $7.97/month to $16.97/month. Natural Awakenings Publishing Corporation CEO Sharon Bruckman says, “I’m really excited about this new alliance, which enables us to offer our 80-plus Natural Awakenings publishers around the country yet another way to help their readers connect with like-minded people, this time for the purpose of creating conscious relationships. I can’t wait to hear the new love stories!” For more information, visit NaturalAwakeningsSingles.com. natural awakenings

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Stress Reduction Class Beginning Soon

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Meaningful Mondays at Poppy Den

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oppy Den by Chef Angelo Sosa, a gastropub with Asian influences, authentic flavors and handpicked ingredients, is continuing the Meaningful Mondays community outreach program the pub created to raise money for local charities. From 6 to 10 p.m. on selected dates, the restaurant will donate 20 percent of their proceeds to a local charity. April dates and charities are: April 1, Epicurean Charitable Foundation; April 8, Nevada Blind Children’s Foundation; April 15, Dress for Success Southern Nevada; and April 22, Ronald McDonald House Charities Greater Las Vegas. “Meaningful Mondays is a great program for all involved. The charities receive some well-needed funds and our guests give back by simply eating here on a Monday night,” says Chef Angelo Sosa. Location: 440 Rampart Blvd., Ste. 180. For reservations (advised), call 702-802-2480. Charities wishing to be associated with Meaningful Mondays may call Preferred Public Relations at 702-254-5704.

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he fun, family- and pet-friendly Power Walk, benefitting Dress for Success Southern Nevada, will be held May 18, at Town Square, in Las Vegas. Check-in for the 5K or one-mile course is 7:30 a.m. and the walk begins at 8:30 a.m. Dress for Success Southern Nevada is a local affiliate of the worldwide organization dedicated to empowering disadvantaged women seeking to find a job and start a career. In order to gain employment and become self-sufficient, it is critical that women are healthy and well. The Power Walk supports the health and wellness, career development and employment retention programs of Dress for Success. Location: 6605 Las Vegas Blvd. S. Cost is $25 for adults, $15 for kids and $5 for dogs. For more information, call 702-9668566 or visit DressForSuccess.org/SouthernNevada.

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new, eight-week MindfulnessBased Stress Reduction (MBSR) class, taught by Dr. Leanne Earnest, will begin on May 2 at Stillpoint Center for Spiritual Development. Two introductory lectures to learn more about the benefits and requirements of the program will be held 6 to 7 p.m., April 4 and 19. The MBSR program is an intensive training in mindfulness meditation, developed more than 30 years ago by Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn, at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Research results have shown that this program results in many health benefits. It includes training in body scans, breath awareness, qigong, yoga and more. In a formal mindfulness meditation practice, the capacity to get in touch with one’s feelings, body sensations and tone and rate of thoughts is developed. Over time, it becomes easier to bring mindfulness to other areas of life, learning what triggers us, what emotions are difficult and how we strive and disconnect from the present moment in compulsive behaviors. For more information, visit StressLessLasVegas.com. See ad, page 10.

Recycled Fashions

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angles has expanded its design line of fashionable, green jewelry with the addition of a big, bold and beautiful one-and-three-quarter-inch cuff bracelet. Like all their jewelry, it is handmade using recycled, post-consumer aluminum beverage cans. All packaging used for shipping is also made from recycled materials. A percentage of each sale is donated to the Save the Earth Foundation. Cangles was started in 2009 by four siblings that wanted to reuse and recycle post-consumer cans to create affordably priced green jewelry. They are ecologically motivated to keep cans out of landfills and committed to giving back by making donations to social and environmental charities. Cangles also carries a line of unique and exclusive Save the Earth licensed bracelets for both men and women. For more information, call 877-491-5655. To see selections and order, visit Cangles.com.

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as Vegas Pilates, a fully equipped Pilates studio specializing in private and small group classes, is offering a new client special that consists of three private sessions for $150. Conveniently located at The District, in Henderson, certified Pilates instructors focus on the individual and quality of movement, making it a fitness program suitable for every age and gender. The studio offers Pilates, Gyrotonic, Xtend Barre, TRX and yoga. Their team of highly skilled instructors teaches more than 75 classes per week to fit their clients’ schedule and lifestyle. Location: 120 S. Green Valley Pkwy., Ste. 184. For more information, call 702-217-4229 or visit LVPilates.com. See ad, page 25.

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evada Naturalist, a Clark County Cooperative Extension program, educates and trains adults interested in learning about the natural resources in southern Nevada. Participants study natural resources, environmen- Lake Mead National Recreation Area tal education and interpretation, laws and regulations and environmental issues. The focus of the program is to give a broad understanding of nature to participants interested in learning, volunteering, teaching and participating in conservation projects and issues. The program will also give participants the skills and confidence necessary to make a difference for environmental stewardship and conservation in southern Nevada. The program offers two semesters of instruction. Topics include ecology, regional plants and animals, invasive species, geology and soils, environmental laws, taxonomy, biological diversity and more. Classes are held in classrooms, museums and the field. Students complete a project and then receive a certificate. The spring semester begins April 1, from 6 to 9 p.m., Mondays and Wednesdays. Field trips are scheduled on Saturdays at various times and locations. The cost is $150 per semester, which includes all program materials, refreshments and some field trips. For more information or to register, contact Denise Parsons at 702-948-5906 or email Parsonsd@unce.unr.edu. Session two will be offered in the fall. natural awakenings

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A Bus Pass to Green Well-Being

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here’s a way to simultaneously help both Planet Earth and one’s own health, report scientists from Imperial College London, in England. The researchers examined four years of data from the country’s Department for Transport National Travel Survey beginning in 2005, the year before free bus passes were available for people ages 60 and older. The study team found that those with a pass were more likely to walk frequently and take more journeys by “active travel”—defined as walking, cycling or using public transport. Staying physically active helps maintain mental wellbeing, mobility and muscle strength in older people and reduces their risk of cardiovascular disease, falls and fractures. Previous research by Taiwan’s National Health Research Institutes published in The Lancet has shown that just 15 minutes of moderate daily exercise lowers the risk of death in people over 60 by 12 percent, and another study at Newcastle University found that 19 percent of Britain’s adults achieve their recommended amount of physical activity through active travel alone. Public health organizations in the UK believe that “incidental” exercise, such as walking to and from bus stops, may play a key role in helping seniors keep fit and reduce social exclusion.

A DIET FOR HEALTHY BONES

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ge-related bone mass loss and decreased bone strength affect both genders. Now, the first randomized study, published in the Endocrine Society’s Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, indicates that consuming a Mediterranean diet enriched with olive oil may be associated with increased serum levels of osteocalcin, a protein that plays a vital role in bone formation. Earlier studies have shown that the incidence of osteoporosis in Europe is lower in the Mediterranean basin, possibly due to the traditional Mediterranean diet, which is rich in fruits, vegetables, olives and olive oil.

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COFFEE AND VISION LOSS LINKED

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asing up on java consumption or switching to decaf may be a wise move for coffee lovers, according to a scientific paper published in Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science. The study links heavy consumption of the caffeinated beverage to an increased risk of developing exfoliation glaucoma, a condition in which fluid builds up inside the eye and puts pressure on the optic nerve. This leads to some vision loss and in serious cases, total blindness. Researchers obtained data from 78,977 women from the Nurses’ Health Study and 41,202 men from the Health Professionals Follow-Up Study that focused on caffeinated coffee, tea and cola servings. They found that drinking three or more cups of caffeinated coffee daily was linked with an increased risk of developing the eye condition, especially for women with a family history of glaucoma. However, the researchers did not find associations with consumption of decaffeinated tea, chocolate or coffee. “Because this is the first [such] study, confirmation of the U.S. results in other populations would be needed to lend more credence to the possibility that caffeinated coffee might be a modifiable risk factor for glaucoma,” says Doctor of Science Jae Hee Kang, of the Channing Division of Network Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, in Boston, Massachusetts. “It may also lead to research into other dietary or lifestyle risk factors.”


globalbriefs News and resources to inspire concerned citizens to work together in building a healthier, stronger society that benefits all.

Survival Alert

Join America’s Start Saving Water Now Challenge America, like most of the rest of the world, is running short of fresh water. Our welfare depends on having annual access to 150 trillion gallons of fresh water for drinking, cleaning, growing food, making products and generating electricity. In every region of the country, the conservation and recycling of this vital resource is a key solution to achieving a sustainable future. “We can do better” is the urgent message of the 2013 National Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation. Last year, people in more than 1,000 cities took simple actions to save water and related energy expenditures, pledging to collectively reduce their water use by 4.7 billion gallons over one year. The Wyland Foundation, supported by the National League of Cities and the Environmental Protection Agency, are again sponsoring prizes for residents in the most “waterwise” cities, based on pledges to be made in April. Last year, $50,000 in awarded prizes included a Toyota Prius, Lowe’s gift cards and 1,200 water-saving fixtures. Sign on at WylandFoundation.org/mywaterpledge.

Silver Lining

Cleaning Up the Cloud The New York Times has reported that “cloud” data centers—which store YouTube videos, run Google searches and process eBay bids—use about 2 percent of all electricity in the nation. In some data centers, up to 90 percent of the energy is wasted. Now, an industry consortium called the Uptime Institute is sponsoring a “server roundup” and handing out rodeo belt buckles to the Internet company that can take the largest number of heat-producing, energy-hungry servers offline. Many centers expend as much or more energy in cooling their facilities as in computing and transmitting data. Sharing best practices has become common among data center pros. Facebook won the Institute’s Audacious Idea award last year for its Open Compute Project, which enabled both its server and data center designs to be open-sourced for anyone to access and improve upon. Source: Slate.com natural awakenings

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globalbriefs Label GMOs

Whole Foods Supports Americans’ Right to Know Whole Foods Market has become the first company in the industry to decide that all products containing genetically modified organisms (GMO) in its U.S. and Canadian stores must be so labeled by 2018. “We support the consumer’s right to know,” said Walter Robb, co-CEO of Whole Foods Market, in announcing the policy. “The prevalence of GMOs in the United States, paired with nonexistent mandatory labeling, makes it very difficult for retailers to source non-GMO options and for consumers to choose non-GMO products.” Genetic engineering introduces changes in DNA structure—usually to increase crop yield, plant hardiness and aesthetic appeal, rather than improve nutritional content. Acknowledged downsides of artificially transferring genes into plants include substantial increases in the use of chemicals and genetic cross-contamination of fields. While major food companies funded the defeat of California’s Prop 37 calling for GMO labeling, 82 percent of Americans are pro-labeling, according to a recent poll by market research firm YouGov. On April 8, Americans will demand that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) stop choosing Monsanto’s industrial interests over policy transparency and public health. Concerned citizens are beginning to take back America’s food system. Join the Eat-In for GMO Labeling, Stone Soup style, outside of the FDA Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, 5100 Paint Branch Pkwy., College Park, MD 20740, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., April 8. Visit Occupy-Monsanto.com.

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Levi’s Latest Sustainable Moves World record holder and Olympic champion sprinter Usain Bolt will soon model Puma boots that are “made for rotting,” and when the next Levi Strauss collection arrives, their new jingle will be, “These jeans are made of garbage.” Crushed brown and green half-liter plastic bottles will be on display at retail store displays, of which the equivalent of eight, or 20 percent, are blended into each pair of Waste<Less jeans. Nike and Gap have their own sustainability programs, and Patagonia has long supported a small ecosystem of Earth-friendly suppliers. But as the biggest maker of jeans in the world, with sales of $4.8 billion in 2011, Levi’s efforts command the most attention. Levi joined the Better Cotton Initiative, a group of companies that work with local nongovernmental organizations in Pakistan, India, Brazil and Mali to teach farmers how to grow cotton with less water. Last year marked the first cotton harvest given this effort and Levi has blended its share into more than 5 million pairs of jeans. With cotton prices on the rise and pressure from activist groups such as BSR, an environmental organization that works with businesses, large clothing manufacturers are starting to adopt more sustainable practices. Source: Business Week


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Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) provides a direct link between a local farmer and you. You purchase a share of harvested crops at the beginning of the season which helps farmers cover planting and harvesting costs, and they provide in-season, local vegetables (and sometimes fruit, dairy, meat, and more) weekly at a predetermined drop spot throughout the growing season.

Downtown3rdFarmersMarket.com Casino Center & Stewart Ave., LV Fridays, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

LAS VeGAS FArMerS MArKeT LasVegasFarmersMarket.com Gardens Park 10401 Gardens Park Dr., LV Tuesdays, 4-8 p.m. Bruce Trent Park 1600 N. Rampart Blvd., LV Wednesdays, 4-8 p.m. Floyd Lamb Park at Tule Springs 9100 Tule Spring Rd., LV First and third Saturdays, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Co-ops can take the shape of retail stores or buying clubs. All food coops are committed to consumer education, product quality, and member control, and usually support their local communities by selling produce grown locally by family farms.

GREENFEST FEATURED VENDORS

BOUNTiFUL BASKeTS FOOD CO-OP BountifulBaskets.org

Use collective purchasing power to receive fresh conventional and/or organic, high-quality food at lower prices. Order weekly online from Monday, 12 p.m. to Tuesday, 10 p.m. Pick up times/locations vary.

VeGAS FOOD CO-OP Grass-fed beef, poultry, herbs and other resources. Order monthly. Pick up sites vary. VegasFoodCoop@ gmail.com.

Town Square 6605 Las Vegas Blvd South, LV 89119 Friday, 3-7 p.m. Tivoli Village – Indoor/Outdoor Market 302 S. Rampart St., LV Saturdays, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Sansone Park Place 9480 S. Eastern Ave., LV Sundays, 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

BeT ON THe FArM FArMerS’ MArKeT BetOnTheFarm.com Springs Preserve 333 S. Valley View Blvd., LV Thursdays, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Weekly and biweekly shares of farm fresh seasonal harvest. Seven pick up locations in LV/HD/ Summerlin. Order online or call 397-2021.

MeadowValleyCSA.com

Weekly basket of seasonal, fresh picked vegetables, herbs and occasional flowers. Pick up at Moapa, NV, farm or home/business delivery for additional fee. Order online or call 864-2291.

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Sixty acres of prime agricultural land in the heart of the Las Vegas Valley offer a diverse choice of produce that you can select and pick yourself. School field trips and group tours are welcome. 7800 N. Tenaya Way, LV. 409-0655.

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Weekly basket, full of fresh and local vegetables, herbs and fruit. CSA support helps supply baskets to Senior Centers and the Las Vegas Blind Center. Three pick up locations: NW, SE, SW.

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Seasonally grown certified organic fruit, vegetables and citrus each week to be picked up at your designated pick-up location. Business delivery available. 622-0752.

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Earth Day Community Celebration

GREENFest and Festival of Communities, Together For the First Time by Nancy Somera

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wo of Las Vegas’ most popular festivals, GREENFest and the Festivals of Communities, are coming together for the first time from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., April 20, to celebrate the rich cultural diversity of the Valley and observe National Earth Day. Together, these free festivals offer a day of exploration, inspiration and celebration. GREENFest co-founder Annette Bubak is pleased with the collaborative efforts on both sides. “More than 30 Green Allies are coming together to bring our community a bigger and better festival this year,” she says. “Festivalgoers will enjoy two distinct experiences: an art and cultural event at Festival of Communities, and eco-friendly, sustainable living GREENFest.” Randy McCrillis, lead organizer for the Festival of Communities, says, “This event provides the Vegas Valley an

opportunity to come together as a community to celebrate cultural diversity, education and sustainability.” GREENFest will be located adjacent to the south parking garage and the black parking lot, where a recycling drop-off center will be set up to accept household recycling items and electronic waste such as old computers and other unused or broken electronics. A shredding booth will also be on hand for residents to discard sensitive, personal material. A farmers’ market will connect GREENFest to the Festival of Communities, located near the north parking garage. Festivities include green vendors, live entertainment, live performances, activities, food and drink from around the world, recycling and conservation exhibits, organic gardening and cooking demonstrations, campus tours, fashion shows, art, mascots, a beer garden and plenty more for everyone in the family. Kids will have fun with face painting, bounce houses, bumper cars and a human fly trap, where kids can run up an inflatable ramp, bounce on a small trampoline and hurl themselves onto a super-sticky inflatable wall. Through the efforts of UNLV Sustainability Coordinator Tara Pike, the event will strive for zero waste, which means most of the trash produced by vendors and participants will be collected and diverted for recycling or composting. The industry standard for zero waste is a 90 percent diversion rate, but for this event, Pike has set a goal of 98 percent. Tracy Skenandore, of Republic Recycling, and co-founder of GREENFest, applauds Pike’s ambition. “Most community events only achieve a 50 percent or less diversion rate. The goal of UNLV and Tara Pike to achieve 98 percent would be an amazing accomplishment and will take a collaborative effort to make it happen.” Along with the exciting festivities, GREENFest will showcase the UNLV Solar Decathlon project, a solar-powered house that is cost-effective, energy-efficient and attractive that one of the 20 collegiate teams elected to design, build, and operate. The competition takes place this October in Irvine, California. While the event is sure to entertain, the true nature of GREENFest is to educate and bring awareness to residents about how to become more sustainable. “People may want to walk down a greener path, but don’t know where to begin,” maintains Bubak. “The demonstrations throughout the day are meant to show people simple ways they can get started and the benefits for doing so. Collectively, we can then have a much greater impact as a community.” Admission and parking are free. For more information, visit GreenFestLV.com or Festivals.UNLV.edu. See ad, back cover.

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Community leaders and professionals share their likeminded initiatives in furthering the sustainable movement in southern Nevada with interested colleagues. Then, an evening full of good food, drinks, fun activities, door prizes, music and silent auction (benefitting the UNLV Solar Decathlon team). $20 pre-pay/$25 at door. GreenFestLV.com.

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approach requires, with complementary in-class and online programs for young people and adults. Her determined vision is slowly becoming a reality as teachers become familiar with these concepts and integrate them into handson, project-based learning that crosses disciplines and better marries school experiences with real-life lessons.

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THE NEXT LEVEL Education for a More Sustainable World by Linda Sechrist

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hat is the We need to build cases for with the knowledge of interconpurenvironmental protection nected global pose of around broad-based issues, plus the education?” That’s a community concerns like skills and tools to question Zoe Weil become creative frequently revisits with health, quality of life, the her workshop audiprotection of watersheds and problem solvers and motivated ences. As co-founder wildlife and the education of change makers in and President of the our children. Environmental whatever fields Institute for Humane they pursue,” says Education (IHE), Weil issues are also social, has spent most of her economic and quality of life Weil. Weil points to adult life researching issues. Our challenge is to four primary elethe answer. Her conclusion is that the U.S. bring life-sustaining principles ments that comDepartment of Educainto creative thinking for the prise a humane education: providing tion’s present goal of long view, rather than the information about preparing graduates to short term. current issues in “compete in the global age-appropriate economy” is far too ~ Terry Tempest Williams ways; fostering the myopic for our times. Three C’s of curiosWeil’s firsthand ity, creativity and critical thinking; instillresearch, which grounds her book, ing the Three R’s of reverence, respect The Power and Promise of Humane and responsibility; and ensuring access Education, has led her to forward the to both positive choices and the necesidea that the goal should be inspiring sary tools for problem solving. “These generations of “solutionaries” prepared to joyfully and enthusiastically meet the elements enable students to take all that they learn and use it with reverence and challenges of world problems. a sense of responsibility,” says Weil. “I believe that it is incredibly irHer institute offers the only master’s responsible for America’s educators and degrees in humane education that this policymakers not to provide people 16

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Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Seymour Papert, a renowned educator and computer scientist, has conducted in-depth research in how worthy realworld topics get students excited about what they learn. They increase their tendency to dig more deeply and expand their interest in a wide array of subjects as they better retain what they learn, become more confident in trusting their own judgment and make the connections needed to broadly apply their knowledge. Young people learn how to collaborate and improve their social and group speaking skills, including with adults. According to Papert, project-based learning improves test scores and reduces absenteeism and disciplinary problems. “If schoolchildren are given the gift of exploration, society will benefit, both in practical and theoretical ways,” notes Papert.

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Papert’s observations were affirmed by middle school students at Voyagers’ Community School, in Farmingdale, New Jersey, in one of the IHE 10-week online classes—Most Good, Least Harm—in April 2012. “Initially, students were intimidated and underestimated their ability to express their thoughts and concerns or debate issues with the adult participants. That challenge faded quickly,” remarks Karen Giuffre, founder and director of the progressive day school. Posing provocative questions like, “What brings you joy?” and engaging in conversations in subjects like climate change, racism, recycling, green energy, genocide and war challenged the students to step up to become respected equals. “This demanded a lot from these young people, because the experience wasn’t only about absorbing complex issues and developing an awareness of the


material, political, economic and cultural world around them. It was also about how they probed their minds and emotions to determine where they stood on issues and what they could do to change their lifestyle, or that of their family and community, to make it more sustainable,” says Giuffre. The students went on to help organize a peace conference that entailed 20-plus workshops to inspire an individual mindful awareness of peace that motivates and empowers the peacemaker within. It was intended to incite collective action across generations, explains Giuffre, and was followed by community service to people impacted by Hurricane Sandy.

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Children or adults that participate in activities such as those created by IHE or the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) Challenge 20/20 are developing what Peggy Holman describes as “change literacy”, the capacity to be effectively present amid a changing set of circumstances. Holman, an adjunct professional lecturer at American University’s School of Public Affairs, in Washington, D.C., is co-founder of the Open Space Institute-US, which fosters whole-system engagement, and author of Engaging Emergence. “Conversational literacy—the capacity to talk and interact in creative ways with others that are very different from us—is our birthright. However, change literacy, a necessary skill for future leaders, is learned via curiosity,” advises Holman. “In my experience, children grasp it more quickly than adults, because authentic expression and curiosity come naturally to them. Children don’t have a long history, and so are naturally more present when engaged in exploring things that matter.” Global problems of deforestation, peacekeeping, conflict prevention, terrorism, water pollution and shortages, natural disasters and mitigation, global warming, education for all, biodiversity, ecosystem losses and global infectious diseases aren’t yet subjects found in a normal curriculum for grades five through nine. However, the Internet-based Challenge 20/20 program now has youth in nearly 120 independent and traditional schools throughout the United States working on solu-

tions that can be implemented both locally and globally. “Challenge 20/20 partners American schools at any grade level [K-12] with counterpart schools in other countries, free of cost,” explains NAIS Director Patrick Bassett. “Together, teams tackle real global problems while forming authentic bonds and learning firsthand about cross-cultural communication.” Qualifying students may have an opportunity to share their experiences at the association’s annual Student Diversity Leadership Conference. In 2010, 11 students at the Fay School, in Southborough, Massachusetts, partnered with Saigon South International School (SSIS), in Vietnam. After a year of studying, raising awareness and brainstorming solutions for the global water deficit, Fay students focused on the challenges families in underdeveloped countries face that must walk miles to find clean, safe, water sources. A taxing water-carrying experiment brought immediate appreciation for the difficulty of transporting water, prompting them to invent the Water Walker. The modified rolling cooler with heavy-duty straps attached can carry up to 40 quarts of water on large, durable wheels and axles designed to navigate rocky terrain.

Re-Imagining Education

“Transformative learning, which is vital to the learning journey, goes beyond the acquisition of information,” says Aftab Omer, Ph.D., president of Meridian University, in Petaluma, California, and founder of its formative Institute of Imaginal Studies. “In informational learning, we acquire facts, concepts, principles and even skills, but in transformative learning, we are cultivating capacities. This is how certain capabilities become embodied in us, either as individuals or as human systems,” he advises. Portrait artist Robert Shetterly tours with his series of more than 100 portrait paintings in traveling exhibits titled Americans Who Tell the Truth. They are helping individuals learn to embody patience, perseverance and compassion, while enhancing their understanding of sustainability, social justice, civic activism, democracy and civil rights, via both historical

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role models and contemporary mentors such as environmental activist Bill McKibben, conservationist Terry Tempest Williams and renowned climate scientist James Hansen. “We don’t need to invent the wheel, because we have role models that have confronted these issues and left us a valuable legacy,” remarks Shetterly. In 2004, he collaborated to produce a companion curriculum with Michele Hemenway, who continues to offer it in Louisville, Kentucky, elementary, middle and high schools. Hemenway also teaches Art in Education at Jefferson Community & Technical College and 21st-Century Civics at Bellamine University, both in Louisville. Out of many, she shares a particularly compelling example of a student transformed due to this learning method: “I taught a young girl studying these true stories and portraits from the third through fifth grades when she took her place in a leadership group outside the classroom. Now in middle school, she is doing amazing things to make a difference in her community,” says Hemenway. Reflecting on her own life, deciding what she cared about most and what actions she wanted to take, plus her own strengths, helped the student get a blighted building torn down, document and photograph neighborhood chemical dumping and have it stopped and succeed in establishing a community garden, a factor known to help reduce crime. Among Shetterly’s collection is the portrait of John Hunter, a teacher in Charlottesville, Virginia, who devised the World Peace Game for his fourth grade students. Children learn to

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communicate, collaborate and take care of each other as they work to resolve the game’s conflicts. The game triggers an eight-week transformation of the children from students of a neighborhood public school to citizens of the world. Demonstrating transformational learning at its best, they experience the connectedness of the global community through the lens of economic, social and environmental crises, as well as the imminent threat of war. Hunter and his students are now part of a new film, World Peace and Other 4th-Grade Achievements, which reveals how effective teaching can help unleash students’ full potential. Professor Emeritus Peter Gray, of Boston College, who researches comparative, evolutionary, developmental and educational psychology, believes the transformational method will be accepted as part of the increased demand to integrate enlightened educational approaches in public schools. The author of Free to Learn notes, “A tipping point can occur. It’s happened before, when women won the right to vote, slavery was abolished and recently when gays were openly accepted in the military.” Weil agrees that when more individuals commit to working toward a sustainable and just world, it will happen. “What’s more worthy of our lives than doing this work for our children and coming generations?” she queries. “How can we not do this for them if we love them?” Linda Sechrist is a Natural Awakenings senior staff writer. For recorded source interviews and additional perspective, visit her website, ItsAllAboutWe.com.

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GreenPower Program Educates Las Vegas Students by Nancy Somera

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reenPower, the outreach program of the Desert Research Institute (DRI), promotes and supports the education of Nevada’s preK-12 students about environmental and climate topics. Funded by the generosity of customers that voluntarily add a few dollars each month to their NV Energy electric bill, the program provides schools and educators free professional development, training and workshops, as well as grants, scholarships and tools to help educators teach their students about renewable energy, conservation and sustainability. In February, approximately 50 teachers attended the annual teacher training workshop at DRI, participating in STEM-focused (science/technology/engineering/mathematics) workshops, learning about composting and even making recycled jewelry, all to give teachers ideas about how to open students’ eyes to more possibilities. More recently, DRI offered a three-day science-related workshop for Clark High School students to learn about en-

ergy conversation and efficiency and how to apply this knowledge in a real-world setting. GreenPower hosted a portion of one day using their new “green boxes”, a collection of science-related materials and curricula that give students an optimal interactive experience to learn about science. “Green Boxes is a concept we created for students to have an engaging and interactive learning environment,” says Amelia Gulling, GreenPower’s administrator. For the next two years, collaboration with DRI scientists will help launch science-related programs and provide ongoing knowledge to Clark students that will ultimately benefit the greater community. Currently, there are 136 GreenPower schools within 10 of Nevada’s 17 counties, and more schools are being added each month. To learn more about the GreenPower program and how to donate or involve a school, visit DRI.edu/GreenPower.

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Earth Music Saving Nature’s Wild Symphony

by Bernie Krause e may be drawn to the sounds of waves or woodland streams or beguiled by the subtle winds and creature voices of the desert or mountains. Whatever captures our imagination, as we actively listen, something in a wild animal’s repertoire will cause us to catch our breath. Nature teems with a vigorous resonance that is as complete and expansive as it is delicately balanced. Every place on the planet populated by plants and wild animals is a concert hall, with a unique orchestra performing an unmatched symphony. Each resident species possesses its own preferred sonic bandwidth—to blend or contrast—akin to how stringed, woodwind, brass and percussion instruments stake out acoustic territory in an orchestral masterpiece. Into Earth’s daily round are embedded the dawn and daytime, evening and nighttime choruses. Whatever the purpose of a creature’s aural signal—mating, protecting territory, capturing food, group defense, play or social contact—it must be audible and free from human acoustical interference if the species is to successfully function. During the last half of the 20th century, I recorded the wild sounds of more than 15,000 species and 4,500 hours of natural ambience. Nearly 50 percent of these land, sea and sky habitats have since then become seriously compromised, if

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not biophonically silent. The loss of representative habitats due to human presence and noise has resulted in declines in the density and diversity of creatures large and small that contribute to healthy natural soundscapes. Fortunately, in the absence of human habitation, these places can become lively again. Fellow British soundscape ecologist Peter Cusack wrote of the restoration of wildlife 20 years after the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear catastrophe in the Ukraine: “Animals and birds absent for many decades— wolves, moose, white-tailed eagles, black storks—have moved back, and the Chernobyl [human] exclusion zone is now one of Europe’s prime wildlife sites. The species-rich dawn chorus is one of Chernobyl’s definitive sounds… its nighttime concerts equally spectacular.” In 1968, 45 percent of the old-growth forests in the contiguous United States were still standing; by 2011 it was less than 2 percent. Before the forest echoes die, we may want to step back for a moment and listen carefully to the chorus of the natural world where rivers of sound flow, ranging from crickets, frogs and insects to wrens, condors, cheetahs, wolves—and us. Otherwise we are denying ourselves the fullest experience of that which is essential to our spiritual and psychological health. The whisper of every leaf and creature’s song implores us to love and care for the delicate tapestry of the biophony that was the first music our species ever heard. It told us that we are part of a single, fragile biological system; voices in an orchestra of many, with no more important cause than the celebration of life itself. Adapted excerpt from The Great Animal Orchestra, by Bernie Krause, used with permission of Little, Brown and Company. Listen in at WildSanctuary.com and learn more at NatureSounds.org and WorldListeningProject.org.


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Food Allergies Can be Elusive to Identify by Dr. Daniel F. royal

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ore than 75 symptoms are associated with food toxicities, including acne, asthma, bloating, depression, fatigue, headaches, hyperactivity, joint pain, memory loss, mood swings, obesity, sinusitis, sore throat, urinary urgency and many more. Many people have what is known as a type two IgG (an immunoglobulin or antibody our body makes in response to an allergen) toxic reaction to common everyday foods that we eat regularly. It is difficult to detect type two delayed food reactions, as opposed to IgE, or immediate reactions, because the symptoms may take up to 72 hours to manifest. Because these types of sensitivities are very difficult to detect on our own, perfectly healthy foods can be virtual poison to someoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s particular system. In order to find out which foods are toxic to our particular system, blood must be drawn and analyzed by a lab that specializes in IgG food sensitivity testing. A skin scratch test only reveals IgE, not IgG, reactions. As a result of food sensitivity testing, foods that are affecting a person can be identified, and eliminating these culprits will help one to feel better. Some people also rid themselves of lifelong conditions such as migraines. Others feel a tremendous boost in energy, sex drive and mental acuity. Still others notice their constant irritability is gone and their moods are improved, joint pains are relieved, irritable bowel symptoms (abdominal cramps, bloating, gas, constipation and diarrhea) are eliminated, ear infections cease, weight loss occurs and more. Simply removing the offending foods will cause many health ailments to improve or disappear entirely. Additionally, using amino acids to reduce symptoms by binding the free radicals to which one is reacting, making the system more alkaline to counter inflammatory reactions and eliminating negative energy fields with kinesiology can all help. These test results enable a doctor to help patients improve their health by removing the underlying cause of their symptoms. Sometimes one can avoid a food for a period of time to allow it to clear from the system and later eat it only occasionally to avoid a return of symptoms. Identifying delayed reactions to foods can help to develop a personalized plan to free oneself of the stress, fatigue and pain caused by allergies.

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Eating Ecology Daily Decisions Make a Difference by Judith Fertig

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onsuming food has such an enormous ripple effect that making small changes, one meal at a time, can reap big benefits. How we choose, prepare, cook, serve and preserve our food can improve nutrition, weight loss, cost savings and the environment.

Decide What to Eat

Choosing what we eat is critical. New York Times food columnist Mark Bittman believes that no food is absolutely off limits because, “It’s all in the way we use these things.” Yet, he adds, “The evidence is clear. Plants promote health.” For the past few years, Bittman has experimented with eating vegan for breakfast and lunch, and then indulging at dinner. “It’s just one model of a new way of eating,” he says, “but it makes sense on many levels. By eating more plants, fewer animals and less processed food, I’ve lost 30 pounds and my cholesterol and blood sugar levels are normal again.” When a friend sent him a 21stcentury United Nations study on how intensive livestock production causes more greenhouse gas emissions than driving a car, Bittman realized how a change of diet is a win-win for him and the environment. For a wake-up call on how our food choices affect the planet, the Center for Science in the Public Interest offers a short quiz at Tinyurl.com/ EatingGreenCalculator. 22

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“One of the most ecologically conscious things you can do to make a great meal is prepare it with food that you grew yourself,” says New Yorkbased lifestyle writer Jen Laskey, who blogs at Frugaltopia.com. “Plant a small vegetable garden and a few fruit trees in your yard or join a local community garden. Even sprouting an herb garden on a windowsill will make a difference; plus, everyone in your household will appreciate the choice in fresh seasonings.” Kansas City Star journalist Cindy Hoedel suggests planting parsley, basil, dill and other herbs every three to six weeks in eggshells in a sunny window after the outdoor growing season for a year-round tasty harvest. When shopping, renowned activist, author and eco-stylist Danny Seo, of Bucks County, Pennsylvania, suggests bringing along reusable shopping bags and choosing local foods when possible, plus sustainable seafood and free trade, organic and hormone-free foods. The Socially Responsible Agricultural Project offers more eco-shopping tips, such as carpooling grocery trips and avoiding products with more than five ingredients, at Tinyurl.com/ShopHealthier.

Prepare and serve Righteously “On average, each person throws about $600 worth of food into the trash every year because of spoilage,” says Seo. Instead of rinsing food before

storing, which causes more spoilage, he recommends cleaning it right before meal preparation. Buying what’s in season (and thus less expensive) makes sense, advises Hoedel. “When you find fresh produce on sale, buy it in large quantities and boil it (one to five minutes, depending on how long the regular cooking time is), and then freeze it in glass containers. This saves money and plastic packaging waste.” Hoedel also likes to store lemon wedges, chopped onions and other leftovers in small glass jars instead of plastic bags. Seo suggests using real dinnerware, glasses and utensils instead of disposable products. For a touch of elegance, take the advice of travel expert Kathy Denis, of Leawood, Kansas. “Adopt the traditional French practice of using—and reusing—a cloth napkin all week, or until it is too soiled to use,” she recommends. “Family members like to have a personal napkin ring. Each napkin gets shaken out and then rolled up in the ring for use at another meal.” “Saving leftovers in the freezer helps keep it full (which helps it run more efficiently) and ensures future meals that require minimal energy to prepare,” advises Seo. Hoedel’s zero-waste tips, shared via Twitter, include making and freezing lots of end-of-season pasta sauce with tomatoes, peppers and basil. Food can also be canned or pickled. Seattle cookbook author Kim O’Donnel, who founded Canning Across America and is known for her meatless recipes, says, “My only regret about canning is that I waited so long. Learning how to extend the season of my favorite fruits and vegetables in a jar is one of the most gratifying and useful skills I’ve acquired as an adult.” As green eating habits add up, Bittman says he enjoys… “a bit of self-satisfaction knowing that, by an infinitesimal amount, I’m reducing the pace of global warming. And I’m saving money by buying more ‘real’ food and less meat and packaged junk.” Award-winning cookbook author Judith Fertig blogs at AlfrescoFood AndLifestyle.blogspot.com.


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Both professional and amateur runners have benefited from Chiplin’s camps, including graduate Ginny Landes, 62, who says visualization techniques have changed her running outlook and her life. “My goal is not high achievement or personal records; it’s to always finish my run feeling good,” says Landes, of Lafayette, Colorado. As part of the visualizing process, she says she also clears her mind of negative thoughts, stops comparing her performance to others and accepts factors that are out of her control, whether it’s bad race weather or competitive colleagues. Practicing helpful visualization techniques consistently in daily life can lead to better returns across the board, not just in athletics, according to Terry Orlick, a performance consultant from Ottawa, Ontario, and author of many self-improvement books, including Embracing Your Potential and In Pursuit of Excellence.

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ast winter, Terry Chiplin went for an early morning run near his Colorado home. Snow crunched as his sneakered feet hit the front porch of his mountain lodge, tucked into a secluded forest. Evergreen boughs glistened in the sun, drooping slightly from the weight of the sparkling white powder. The running coach smiled as he lifted his face to the sky, welcoming the large, wet flakes that kissed his face. “Can you picture it?” asks the bubbly British native and owner of Active at Altitude, in Estes Park. That is visualization, he explains, a concept he uses regularly at retreats he conducts for runners from beginner to elite as a holistic means of boosting performance. “It’s simply a succession of mental images; we use visualization all the time.” Whether it’s Tiger Woods envisioning a perfect golf swing minutes before taking a shot or Michael Phelps replaying a mental video of an ideal swim the night before an Olympic event, many athletes have long worked with trainers such as Chiplin to move beyond strictly physical preparation and consciously enlist creative mental capacities to enhance their performance. Using imagery and positive self-talk can improve

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the efforts of any type of athlete and, as Chiplin’s clients have found, improve their lives. “The notion that we are just a physical body, so we just need to train physically, is old-fashioned,” Chiplin maintains. Shortly after launching his program six years ago, he learned firsthand how powerful the mind could be in boosting (or sabotaging) performance. He remarks, “It quickly became apparent that the main issues people face are the mental things, what is happening in their heads.” Chiplin recalls watching runners fall from the peak capabilities they had reached after training hard for endurance events as their mileage tapered off in the final days before the race. Similarly, he thinks the sort of “negative visualization” he witnessed can have a similar impact on everyday life events, such as exams, interviews and job achievement. Although unclear about its exact mechanism, sports psychologists have long recognized the value of positive mental imagery, especially in building skills and reducing anxiety. In working with athletes, they apply shared models such as those reported in The Sport Psychologist.

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s with any skill, practice often, gradually increasing the number of sessions. n For maximum effect, incorporate sounds, smells, colors and feelings to create vivid images. n Plan imagery to meet current needs. If struggling with a skill, imagine performing it perfectly and confidently many times. If distractions are an issue, imagine remaining calm and focused while dealing with whatever occurs during an event. Source: Adapted from Association for Applied Sport Psychology


Orlick has worked with people from many walks of life that use imagery in their quest for improvement, including surgeons, musicians, pilots, dancers, astronauts and CEOs. When working with Canadian Olympic teams, Orlick found that 99 percent of the athletes practiced visualization an average of 12 minutes per day, four times a week. Studies have linked imagery and improved performance in a variety of sports. For instance, researchers found that golfers that used visualization and positive self-talk improved their putting performance (Journal of Sports Science & Medicine). Another study showed an increase in confidence among novice female rock climbers, leading to better performance (Journal of Sport Behavior). For Landes, her personal experience is all the proof she needs. After years of rarely being able to run the entire course of a major annual race in Aspen—generally walking the last stretch—Landes tried visualizing herself having a strong finish as she trained and prepared for the event. For weeks, she replayed the last three miles many times in her mind. Then she ran the race, paring 12 minutes off her previous year’s time. “It felt great,” Landes says, “and it worked.” Freelance journalist Debra Melani writes about health care and fitness from Lyons, CO. Connect at Debra Melani.com or DMelani@msn.com.

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basics of Batik, and how to create your own piece of art. The majority of the supplies will be provided. $25. LV Healer, 7331 W Charleston, Ste #130, LV. 702-355-2381. LVHealer.com. See Clearly Now: Natural Eyesight Improvement Workshop – 11:30am-1:30pm. Better vision without glasses, contacts or surgery. Improvement in just 2+ hours. Pre-register and save. $35. Transformations, 9291 Starcross Ln , LV. 702-405-9375. Transformations-LasVegas.org. Introduction to Predictive Astrology – 1-2:30pm. Learn simple methods to forecast trends and life events for yourself, family and friends. Taught by Mary Swick, Astrologer and Feng Shui consultant. Free. West Charleston Library, 6301 W Charleston Blvd, LV. 702-507-3964. lvccld.org.

Gardening in Small Places: What Went Wrong? – 8am. Taught by Dr. Angela O’Callaghan. Learn how to look at your garden and recognize if something has gone wrong, correcting it organically. Prepare your garden for the summer heat. $25. Lifelong Learning Center, 8050 Paradise Rd, LV. 702-257-5573. Gardening Class – 9-11am. Topic: Safe and Sound Insect Control. Harmful chemicals are not needed to control garden and yard pests. Using everyday household items we will show how to make traps, sprays, and repellents. Free. Acacia Park, 50 Casa del Fuego, HD. 702-257-5555. Easy Trim Down with Trampoline – 9:30-10:30am. A workout to experience the benefits of trampoline. No prior experience is necessary. Any fitness level will benefit from this class. Free (love offerings welcome). Transformations, 9291 Starcross Ln , LV. 702-405-9375. Transformations-LasVegas.org. Garden Tour – 10am-12pm. Clark County Master Gardeners will offer a tour of the Demonstration Gardens. Topic is Paint Your Garden with Color. Free. Lifelong Learning Center, 8050 Paradise Rd, LV. 702-257-5555. Help for Anxiety, ADD/Focus, ASD – 6:30pm. See description 4/11. Free. Brain Solutions Inc, 8515 Edna Ave, Ste, LV. 702-340-2248. BrainSolutionsNV.com. Brain Health - Caregiver Lecture – 2-3pm. Learn about the social services, education programs and other resources available and free to caregivers. Gain valuable information and get all your questions answered. Free. West Charleston Library, 6301 W Charleston Blvd, LV. 702-507-3964. lvccld.org. The Art of Spiritual Dreaming Book Discussion – 4-5pm. Recognize dreams as a source of inner truth and as a key element of spiritual growth. Free. The Spirit Within U, 4780 W Ann Rd Ste 4, N. LV.

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EZ Weight Loss Series: Fats That Heal – 11am12:30pm. Also 4/4. Learn about the importance of fats in our diet. Learn which fats are essential to your health and which are detrimental. $12.50. Transformations, 9291 Starcross Ln, LV. 702-4059375. Transformations-LasVegas.org. LVBNM April Showers of Business Growth – 6pm. 50 Business exhibits, Chefs Corner tasty food samples and raffle drawings. Pick up free admission tickets at any Storage West location and Findlay Chevrolet. Suncoast Hotel & Casino Grand Ballroom, 9090 Alta Dr, LV. 702-639-6964. PJProductionLive.com/LVBNM.

FRIDAY, APRIL 5 Ultrasound Heart Screenings – 10am-5pm. The screenings offered are: ECHO ( heart ), Carotid, Abdominal Aorta. Appointments required. West Charleston Library, 6301 W Charleston Blvd, LV. 702-369-4216. Rumi Returning: The Triumph of Divine Pass – 7-9:30pm. Acclaimed documentary about this beloved poet whose mystical poetry has inspired whirling dervishes for centuries. Producer-Director Kell Kearns and Producer-Writer Cynthia Lukas will answer questions about its making. Free. West Charleston Library, 6301 W Charleston Blvd, LV. 702-507-3964. lvccld.org. Madre Tierra: Introduction to Permaculture Weekend – Apr 5-7. Introductory permaculture class, design project, hands-on installation, and networking mixer. Guest speaker Larry Santoyo is a leading expert in smart and responsible environmental design. GreatBasinPermaculture.org. 702445-4090. GreatBasinPermaculture.org.

SATURDAY, APRIL 6 Gardening Classes – 9-11am. Taught by Master Gardener instructors. Topic: Choosing Plants (Vegetables, Fruit trees, Herbs and more). When to grow what plants can make all the difference. Free. Acacia Park, 50 Casa del Fuego, HD. 702-257-5555. Learn the Art of Batik– 9am-12pm. Learn the

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Discovery Ayurveda Class – 1-3pm. “The 3 Doshas & The 15 Subtypes” Vata, Pitta, and Kapha, make up one’s constitution according to Ayurveda. Discover the location and actions of the 15 subtypes. $25. All About Yoga, 601 Whitney Ranch, Ste C-12, HD. 702-496-1375. TheTreeOfLifeYoga.com.

TUESDAY, APRIL 9 Transforming Emotional Eating – 11am-12:30pm. Learn how mental-emotional stress, fear, anger, depression and worries affect your health and weight. $12.50. Transformations, 9291 Starcross Ln , LV. 702-405-9375. Transformations-LasVegas.org.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 10 Grand Opening – 4-7pm. Music 4 Life Health Club offers Las Vegans with stress management fun programs in drum circles, forced meditation sound healing and educational music medicine boot camps. Memberships $20/month. Music 4 Life, Inc., 2975 S Rainbow Blvd, Ste B, LV. 702-889-2881. Music4Life.us.

THURSDAY, APRIL 11 Help for Anxiety, ADD/Focus, ASD – 6:30pm. Also 4/13. Learn how we can help with anxiety, ADD/focus issues, learning disabilities, ASD, sen-

There’s An Herb For That – 11am-12pm. Learn how to use herbs to support the body, staying healthy and intentionally thriving. Bring your herbal questions to class. Join us on a journey to health. $5. Herbally Grounded, Health Store & Learning Center, 4441 W Charleston Blvd , LV. 702-558-4372. HerballyGrounded.com.

savethedate SATURDAY, APRIL 20 GREENFest Earth Day Celebration – 11am-6pm. A community celebration and festival featuring green vendors, activities, demonstrations, music, farmers’ market and giveaways. Free. UNLV Campus. GREENFestLV.com. Zumba Charity Event – 1-3pm. Dance and sweat for local resident in need of dialysis and help feed the hungry. By donation of plastic water bottle caps. Namaste Yoga Studio, 7240 W Azure Dr, #115, LV. 702-683-1872. ZumbaLV.com. Annual Spring Rose Show – 1-4pm. Follow the sweet smell of fresh roses, as your nose directs you to the Valley Rose Society’s Annual Rose Show. Browse and enjoy the beautiful display and ar-


rangements. Free. West Charleston Library, 6301 W Charleston Blvd, LV. 702-507-3964. lvccld.org. Green Clean – 2-4pm. Learn how to make your own allergy-free and toxin-free cleaning supplies and save money. Help youreself, your loved ones and the environment. Free. Transformations, 9291 Starcross Ln , LV. 702-405-9375. Transformations-LasVegas.org. Chefs for Kids Dinner & Auction – 5:30-10pm. The evening honors Dr. Brian & Kelly Iriye for their ongoing support of the program that works to eliminate malnutrition and hunger through education and awareness. Gourmet dinner and live auction. $185. Caesars Palace, 3570 Las Vegas Blvd S, LV. 702-257-5548. ChefsForKids.org.

TUESDAY, APRIL 23 Business Start-Up Orientation – 3-5:30pm. Identify the gap between dream and reality, avoid pitfalls and build a profitable business. The seminar is designed to help the entrepreneur in early planning stage to determine the feasibility of the idea, the market niche, government regulations, and financing needs. Free. West Charleston Library, 6301 W Charleston Blvd, LV. 702-507-3964. lvccld.org.

THURSDAY, APRIL 25 Radon Awareness Presentation – 6-8pm. Attendees receive a free radon test kit. The only way to

know what the radon levels are inside your home is to measure them. Free. Paseo Verde Library, 280 S Green Valley Pkwy, HD. 702-257-5550. RadonNV.com. Rose Society Spring Meeting – 7-9pm. Topic: Propagating Roses from Cuttings. What tools are needed and what procedures works best. How to take a cutting from a public place/garden or from someone’s garden. Free. Lifelong Learning Center, 8050 Paradise Rd, LV. 702-257-5555.

Eclipses – 1-2:30pm. How is your life being affected by the Solar Eclipse in Taurus on May 10th? Learn what “new beginnings” to expect in your life. Taught by Mary Swick, Astrologer and Feng Shui consultant. Free. West Charleston Library, 6301 W Chalreston Blvd, LV. 702-507-3964. lvccld.org. Reiki Level I Certification – May 4-5. Reiki is life force energy that restores us at a spiritual, mental and emotional level. It can assist you in your personal healing or your loved ones. Incorporate it in your daily life as one of your spiritual tools. Come and empower yourself by receiving this attunement to connect to Divine Healing energy. $175. Just Breathe Wellness Center, 5333 So Arville, #206, LV. 702-499-3068.

FRIDAY, APRIL 26 Follow the Beat to Your Heart: Wellness for Positive Living – 4:30-6pm. With certified life coach and licensed school psychologist John Hayes. Utilizing drumming and music medicine for greater positive living and attitudes. $10. Music 4 Life, Inc., 2975 S Rainbow Blvd, Ste B, LV. 702-889-2881. Music4Life.us.

savethedate TUESDAY, MAY 7 Build A Conscious Business – Full-day seminar with entrepreneurial expert Dale Halaway to learn the secrets of creating a profitable business without limits, a business that has soul, guided by a deeper purpose and operating from a higher level of consciousness. If you are struggling from inconsistent revenues, difficulty closing sales or uncertain around what to do next, this seminar might be for you. $97. 254-7730. InspiringConsciousBusiness.com.

SUNDAY, APRIL 28 Reiki Share Circle – 4-5pm. Allow Reiki to heal and transform your life. If you are new to Reiki or have a degree, join our loving circle. We seek spiritual awakening and transformation to ascension. Love donation. Just Breathe Wellness Center, 5333 So Arville, #206, LV. 702-350-1711.

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Bikram Yoga – See website for class schedule and rates. Bikram Yoga Green Valley, 1550 N Green Valley Pkwy, Ste 310, HD. 463-0671. BikramGreenValley.com. Bikram Yoga – See website for class schedule and rates. Bikram Yoga Las Vegas, 5031 Wagon Trail Ave, Ste 109, LV. 547-9642. BikramLasVegas.com. Falun Gong Exercise & Qigong Meditation – 8-10am Mon-Sat; 9-11am Sun. Advanced traditional Chinese meditation system designed to improve mind and body through slow, gentle and smooth exercises. Free. Desert Breeze Park, 8268 Spring Mountain Rd, LV. 773-3667. FalunDafaLasVegas. blogspot.com. Hot Pilates & Yoga – One week unlimited access. Free. Body Heat, 8876 Eastern Ave, LV. 432-0028. BodyHeatYoga.com. Yoga & Meditation – See Website for daily class schedule. Just Breathe Wellness Center, 5333 S Arville St, Ste 206, LV. 553-6819. JustBreathe WellnessCenter.com. Yoga & Pilates – See website for class schedule and rates. Vegas Hot!, 5875 S Rainbow Blvd, Ste 206, LV. 257-8171. VegasHot.com

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Botanical Garden Tours at Lake Loews – 9am. Learn interesting details and receive great information while exposing your senses to Loews’ botanical wonderland. Free. Botanical Gardens at Lake Loews, 1605 Lake Las Vegas, LV. 567-6000. Zen Meditation – 9-10:30am. Sitting and walking meditation practice with pre-recorded Dharma talks from the Chung Tai Monastery. Free. Lohan School of Shaolin, 3850 Schiff Dr, LV. 217-1498. ZenBuddhismLasVegas.com.

monday Senior Memoir-Writing Class – 10-11:30am. Life Stories Nevada helps older adults record their

weekdays Staying Healthy! Radio Show – Mon-Fri. 8-9am & 5-6pm. Hosted by Jeffrey Burke, ND, MH on KLAV 1230 am. Enrich your knowledge and learn how to stay healthy all year long. Free. 731-1230. StayHealthy.info.

sunday fresh52 Farmer’s & Artisan Market – 8:30am1pm. Lively, friendly, open-air market. Free. Sansone Park Place, 9480 S Eastern Ave, HD. fresh52.com.

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life stories for themselves and future generations. Four weekly classes. Free. Temple Beth Sholom, 10700 Havenwood Lane, LV. 702-940-5423. LifeStoriesNevada.org. Yoga with Jeff – 6:15-7:15pm. Improve your strength, flexibility and endurance, while clearing your mind with the power of Yoga. Donation. Herbally Grounded, 4441 W Charleston Blvd, LV. 558-4372. Yoga & Qigong – 7:45-9:15pm. Multi-level ashtanga yoga class and qigong infuses balancing chi (energy). $10 donation. 107 E Charleston, LV. 325-9923. GoldLightYoga.com.

tuesday Momma’s Milk Circle – 10am-1pm. Support group for nursing moms and babies of up to one year of age hosted by lactation specialists. Well Rounded Momma Homestead, 3556 E. Patrick Ave, LV. 7952500. WellRoundedMomma.com. Beginner’s Yoga – 4:30-5:45pm. Classical Ashtanga yoga. A multi-level class created for new and intermediate students; an emphasis on play, heart opening, and alignment. Blue Sky Yoga, 107 E Charleston, LV. 325-9923. GoldLightYoga.com. Spiritual Book Club For Women – 6-8pm. 4th Tues. First meeting meet and greet and discuss future book choices. Meditation included in each meeting. Suggested donation $8. Just Breathe Wellness Center, 5333 S Arville St, Ste 206, LV. 702-553-6819. JustBreatheWellnessCenter.com. Drummunication – 6:30-8pm. A guided journey to release stress, raise your spirits, enhance clarity and focus, and develop a culture of co-operation and community. $25/class or $200/10 weeks. Music 4 Life, Inc, 2975 S Rainbow Blvd Ste B, LV. 8892881. Music4Life.us. Reiki Healing Circle – 7-9pm. Relax and de-stress in a safe, serene environment of friends and practitioners. Free. 2595 S Cimarron, LV. 702-327-3720.

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wednesday Brain Balance Open House – 2:30-4:30pm. 2nd Wed. For all parents, teachers, educators, administrators and support staff. Learn about ground breaking, drug free program that helps kids with ADD, ADHD, Aspergers, Tourettes, OCD, PDD. Free. Brain Balance Achievement Centers of Henderson, 11 S Stephanie St, HD. 778-9500. BrainBalanceCenters.com. Inspirational Reiki Healing Circle – 7-9pm. Natural healing through guided meditation. Relax and recharge your mind and body. $5. Call for location. 405-9375. Transformations-LasVegas.org.

thursday Green Drinks – 2nd Thurs. Network with other eco-friendly business professionals. Times/locations vary. Facebook.com/GreenDrinksLV. Country Fresh Farmers’ Market: Water Street – 9am-4pm. Free. Events Plaza, 240 Water St, HD. 579-9661. CountryFreshFarmersMarket.com. ‘Bet on the Farm’ Farmers Market – 10am-1pm. Mario Batali’s and Joe Bastianichу’s sustainable market. Free. Springs Preserve, 333 S Valley View Blvd, LV. BetOnTheFarm.com. Momma’s Milk Circle – 10am-1pm. Support group for nursing moms and babies of up to one year of age hosted by lactation specialists. Well Rounded Momma, 6000 S Eastern Ave, Ste 9A, LV. 795-2500. WellRoundedMomma.com. Reiki with Angels Meditation – 11:30am-12:30pm. 2nd & 4th Thurs. Heal, restore and empower yourself. Allow the love of the Angel and the power of Reiki to assist you in your spiritual journey. $10. Just Breathe Wellness Center, 5333 S Arville St, Ste

206, LV. 350-1711. JustBreatheWellnessCenter.com. Solar NV Monthly Meeting – 6:30pm. 3rd Thurs. Featuring speakers from variety of renewable energy disciplines and great place to network with people who share an interest in renewable energy. Free. UNLV, 4505 S Maryland Pkwy, LV. 507-0093. SolarNV.org. South Valley Rose Society Meeting – 7-9pm. 4th Thurs. Various gardening topics each month. Clark County Cooperative Extension Lifelong Learning Center, 8050 Paradise Rd, LV. 257-5555. LVMasterGardeners@unce.unr.edu.

friday Downtown3rd Farmers Market – 9am-2pm. Locally grown fresh fruit, vegetables, herbs, flowers and artisanal selections. Guest chef demonstrations. Kids craft zone. Dog park. Largest indoor Farmers Market in the valley. Free parking. 300 N Casino Center, LV. Downtown3rd.com. Country Fresh Farmers’ Market – 10am. Free. Henderson Pavilion, 200 S Green Valley Pkwy, HD. 579-9661. CountryFreshFarmersMarket.com. fresh52 Farmer’s & Artisan Market – 3-7pm. Lively, friendly, open-air market in front of Whole Foods. Free. Town Square, 6605 Las Vegas Blvd S, LV. 900-2552. fresh52.com. Community Hu – 3:15-3:45pm. Open your heart to divine love and experience uplifting joy, healing, relaxation and spiritual connection. Free. The Spirit Within U, 4780 W Ann Rd, Ste #4, NLV. 224-4328. First Friday – 6-12pm. Arts festival on 1st Fri each month. Food, drink, art and entertainers. Free. Downtown Arts District, LV. 384-0092. FirstFriday-LasVegas.org. Community Hu – 6:15-6:45pm. 4th Fri. Open your heart to divine love and experience uplifting joy, relaxation and spiritual connection. Free. Pure Health Foods, 7575 Washington, #129, LV. 224-4325.

saturday fresh52 Farmer’s & Artisan Market – 8am-1pm. Lively, friendly, open-air market. Free. Tivoli Village, 302 S Rampart, LV. 900-2552. fresh52.com. Boot Camp in The Park – 9-10am. Affordable, structured fitness program. $15person/$20pair. Reunion Trails Park, 44 Chapata Dr, HD. CertifiedPersonalTraining@yahoo.com. Chi Kung & Tai Chi Classes – 9-11am. Chi Kung (Qigong) is the art of developing internal energy particularly for health and vitality, mind expansion and spiritual cultivation. $10. Rainbow’s End Natural Foods, 1100 E Sahara Ave, LV. 324-0353. EarthPowers.com. Las Vegas Electric Vehicle Club – 10am. 2nd Sat. Informative discussion about and display of electric vehicles. Free. Call for location. 277-7544. lveva.org. Sivananda Yoga – 10-11:30pm. Enjoy one of the last traditional styles of yoga. Breathwork, sun salutations, chanting and deep relaxation. RSVP. $16. Just Breathe Wellness Center, 5333 S Arville St, Ste 206, LV. 553-6819. JustBreatheWellnessCenter.com. Kids Rhythm Club – 11-11:45am. 2nd Sat. Drum together for fun, make new friends. $3. 2975 S Rainbow Blvd, Ste B, LV. 702-889-2881. DrumCirclesLasVegas.com.

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Dr. Margaret R. Colucci 2085 Village Center Circle, Ste 110, LV 89134 702-880-5335 • RedRockChiropractic.com Dr. Colucci, a 1989 Palmer graduate, serving the Las Vegas valley for over two decades. Specializing in treating the whole body in family wellness care, pediatric & pregnancy chiropractic care, auto, work & sports injuries. Serving Summerlin.

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Dr. David Stella, DC 4225 E Stewart Ave, Ste 111, LV 89110 702-932-1798 • StellaChiropractic.com Chiropractic solutions for overall wellness and pain relief. Individualized care since 1998. Anti-aging, body work, a r o m a t h e r a p y, n u t r i t i o n a l counseling, detox programs. We welcome you to live the life you were meant to live. See ad, page 6.

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Dr. Truvella “Trudy” Reese, DMD 7480 W Sahara Ave, LV 89117 702-982-0400 • GenDental.com Eco-friendly, family-friendly dentistry with state of the art technology. Specializing in personal attention and conscientious oral health care. Accepting most insurance plans, new patients welcome.

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HOLISTIC DENTIST BeLL CeNTer FOr BiOLOGiCAL AND HOLiSTiC DeNTiSTry Dr. Michael Bell, DDS 8068 W Sahara Ave, Ste A, LV 89117 702-256-7666 • LVtmjDentist.com

Holistic dentistry with a whole body approach to create a healthy smile and body. Live microscopic viewing of mouth bacteria. Laser gum disease treatment. Computerized TMJ and bite analysis. Mercury testing and removal. Nutritional testing. Autonomic nervous system analysis. Invisalign. See ad, page 17.

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Dr. Orlandis Wells, MD OB/GYN 2649 Wigwam Parkway, Ste 101, HD 89074 702-568-6108 • HendersonNVobGyn.com Functional medicine to treat fatigue, weight gain, depression, anxiety, gastrointestinal problems, and hormone imbalances. Treating the root problem – not symptoms, we help patients enjoy their lives and their relationships.

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Daniel F. Royal, DO, HMD, JD 9065 S Pecos Rd, Ste 250 HD 89074 702-938-5055 • RoyalMedicalClinic.com We treat causes not symptoms with unique and natural therapies that are not available anywhere else. They failed? Get the Royal Treatment for energy, weight loss, pain relief, Bio-Identical hormones, testosterone, diabetes and more. See ad, page 19.

LICENSED MASSAGE THERAPY CHUCK WiLLiAMS, NVMT4937

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A place for healing, education and wellness. Including professional massage therapy and bodywork services. Contact Jamie about space rental for classes and workshops, or to schedule a massage.

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Having an event or party? Feature Aura Photographs with your color consultation. Available for corporate events, parties, clubs, and shows. We come to your establishment to make your event a true success. Make your next event ultramodern and revolutionary. Book your event/party today. Call Gary 702-487-5223.

PILATES LAS VeGAS PiLATeS

120 S Green Valley Pkwy, Ste 184, HD 89012 702-914-9944 LVPilates.com A fully equipped Pilates studio specializing in private and small group classes. Certified Pilates instructors focus on the individual and quality of movement, creating a system for every age and gender. Pilates, Gyrotonic, Xtend Barre, TRX and Yoga. See ad, page 25.

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SEMINARS SeMiNArS THAT iNSPire

Dale Halaway, Master Teacher 9850 S Maryland Pkwy, Ste 5-217, LV 89183 702-254-7730 • SeminarThatInspire.com Our seminars empower you to: solve your problems, grow your business, release your fears, achieve your goals, discover your purpose, increase your self confidence, make changes in your life, heal the masculine/feminine divide. See ad, page 7.

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SOLAr UNiVerSe

Las Vegas & Henderson SolarUniverse.com 877-43-SOLAR (7-6527) Solar by the ProsNABCEP. Tier 1 product line, best in the business. Best price guaranteed on comparable products. Multiple finance options available – Lease, Zero Down, Non-equity. See ad, page 20.

Wellness Center & Intl. School of Reiki Victoria Stitzer, Expert in Rapid Behavior Modification • 702-405-9375 Transformations-LasVegas.org

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Dr. Anil Patel 6841 S Eastern Ave, Ste 100, LV 89119 702-456-7546 • OmMedical.org Providing specialized personal care in weight loss and preventative medicine to avoid major medical problems. Nutrition and fitness counseling, cardiac screening, supplements. Anti-aging and skin rejuvenation services matches inner health with outer beauty.

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Vinaysa Flow Yoga & GONG, Gong meditations and “Yogatize” for weight loss classes, workshops, and private lessons. Like us on Facebook.

Lose Weight, Tone Your Body, Energize Your Life! The newest certified Bikram Yoga facility offering 26 classic hatha yoga stretching postures and two breathing exercises taught in a 90-minute class.

BODyHeAT HOT PiLATeS & yOGA 8876 Eastern Ave, Ste 105, LV 89123 702-432-0028 BodyHeatYoga.com

Hot Yoga, Hot Pilates, Body Sculpt, and Boot camp classes are taught in a state of the art environment with the optimum atmosphere. We have a variety of classes to suit all levels. See ad, page 17.

STRESS REDUCTION STreSS LeSS LAS VeGAS

Leanne L. Earnest, Ph.D. 2340 Paseo Del Prado D-307, LV 89102 702-222-1812 • StressLessLasVegas.com Dr. Leanne Earnest is a licensed clinical psychologist with over 15 years experience integrating mindfulness meditation with traditional psychotherapy. She teaches proven programs to reduce stress, improve mental and physical health. See ad, page 10.

UNIVERSITIES WONGU UNiVerSiTy

8215 & 8620 S Eastern Ave, LV 89123 702-463-2122 Wongu.org Nevada State Board approved to offer a MS Degree in Oriental Medicine. Didactics with clinical training in acupuncture and herbology ensure competent practitioners. Step into a new career or expand your practice. See ad, page 9.

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