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After a few years’ hiatus on the Gulf Coast, Spirit, a culmination of life experiences, learning to trust and surrender and the selflessness of several individuals created a U-turn in my journey and I’ve returned to Greater Las Vegas. While away, I was privileged to work under Meredith Montgomery, the publisher of Natural Awakenings Baldwin/ Mobile, Alabama ( It is with her guidance, confidence, counsel and unfailing friendship that I feel qualified to take the reins as managing editor of our Las Vegas publication. Through the efforts of Montgomery, I connected with Publisher Mary Ruetten. I am happy to call both of these talented women “friend,” and am humbled that they recognized and put voice to the light they see within me. I am honored to be entrusted with the editorial future of the Las Vegas Natural Awakenings magazine. Aligning my thoughts with this month’s Inspired Living issue, I am charged with emotion and an overwhelming sense of happiness for the opportunity to voice the importance of health, humanity and happiness. I am grateful to all those that “stimulate my mind and emotions to a high level or feeling and activity”—the very definition of inspiration. Each day, the source of my inspiration is undoubtedly God, spirit guides, the teachings of the Ascended Masters and my ancestors beyond the veil. I receive inspirational messages and guidance through quiet meditation, prayer and yoga. Quiet lessons inspire me to live simply. I am deeply moved by my ever-supportive mother, who at 83, continues to dream of painting and creating fiber arts. I watched her pack up a lifetime of memories as she prepared to come live near us. I am stirred by her courage and grateful for her sacrifices. I am empowered by my sisters and brother, who unreservedly take care of each other. I am inspired by the stoutheartedness of my husband and his strength through adversity. Vicariously sharing his experiences are a testament and inspiration to encourage social change. With the knowledge that I am loved and supported, my core is strengthened and I am inspired to help people feel good. I am uplifted by the laughter of my daughters, Ysabel and A’ngel, playing with Mays, my 3-year-old “BFF” and observing the joy, excitement and mutual respect between my young neighbors, holding nothing back in the display of love for their 18-month-old son, Jax. I am inspired to laugh more. The philosopher and visionary Jean Houston said, “The world needs the sense that we are all in it together.” Natural Awakenings magazine is an outlet for me to connect with you and share all that is good in the world. Knowing that we are all connected by a desire for health and wellness makes me happy. “Life Lift: Being Happy from the Inside Out,” (page 16) asks, “What are the secrets of a happy life?” For me, happiness is created with friends and family with whom I connect on a soul level. I try to practice self-observation, self-acceptance and self-love each day. In turn, I experience the most amazing love from spiritual beings, whom I call friends. By connecting with others, I have “upped my happiness quotient”. I accepted and received. As you turn the pages of this issue, please sense that we are all in this world together and open your heart and mind to the information within. Know that it is passed on to you with love. Trust that you will feel good by living simply and laughing more. Surrender and resonate with the information that you know to be true. Believe in humanity. Receive the inspirations that for you, create happiness. Respectfully and with peace,

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newsbriefs Start Living and Eating Better at Belsandia Expo


elsandia is holding the second annual Spring Health, Healing & Happiness Expo, starting at 8 a.m., June 15 and 16, at Springs Preserve in Las Vegas. The free Expo will include more than 20 speakers, movie premieres, food preparation demonstrations, a vendor marketplace, free yoga and t’ai chi classes and massages, entertainment by a world-class magician, a raffle and other giveaways. Guests may recharge their life and take control of their health and well-being from the inside-out at this weekend event, with natural solutions that embrace body, mind and spirit, including nutrition, fitness, spirituality and personal development. A welcoming reception will take place at 7 p.m., June 14, at Panevino Ristorante, where participants may enjoy demos and samples of healthful cuisine prepared by master chefs to kick start healthier eating habits. Location: Springs Preserve—333 S. Valley View Blvd., Las Vegas. Panevino—246 Via Antonio Ave. For more info, call 702-772-9401 or visit See ad, page 12.

Free Pilates Classes for Local Residents


as Vegas Pilates is offering free introductory classes in Xtend Barre, TRX and Gyrokinesis. Local residents with ID can get in shape for the summer. All classes are done barefoot. No-slip socks are required. Gyrokinesis is a 60-minute class that utilizes a stool and mat. Work from the inside out—an internal massage. Beginners are welcome. The Xtend Barre workout is a fast-paced, 55-minute full-body immersion that fuses dance, Pilates and sculpting exercises at the ballet barre to quickly develop a chiseled body. Xtend Barre stick classes utilize a dowel-type apparatus and spring-based resistance attached to the Xtend ballet barre. The workout, like Xtend Barre, is comprised of a cardio warm-up, an upper-body segment, lower-body segment and abdominal focus. TRX: RX Suspension training offers endless number of exercises that build power, flexibility, core strength and endurance by instantly modifying resistance with body position adjustments. These workouts are safe and effective for all fitness levels. Location: 120 S. Green Valley Pkwy., Ste. 184 (next to Whole Foods), Henderson. For more information, call 702-914-9944 or visit

Soul Scribble: Painting from the Soul


e chose this month’s cover after viewing a short clip called “Soul Scribble” on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network’s “Super Soul Sunday.” The team from Rainn Wilson’s (The Office) production company, SoulPancake, took to the streets, asking people to step up to a large plexiglass easel on a busy sidewalk, step out of their head and paint directly from their souls. See their creations at For more on SoulPancake visit: natural awakenings

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newsbriefs Summer Yoga and Pilates Slimdown


ody Heat – Hot Pilates & Yoga, in Las Vegas has put out a new 30-day challenge to their students. Beginning June 3 through July 2, each member that completes 30 classes in 30 days will receive a $10 credit after the challenge is complete. Body Heat – Hot Pilates & Yoga also offers one free week of unlimited classes for new students year-round. Classes include a series of Body Heat yoga classes, Candlelight Yoga, Hot Power Fusion and Yoga Sculpt, all between 60 and 75 minutes. In addition, Hot Pilates Extreme is offered for those that would like to incorporate 20 to 30 minutes of intense cardio to their practice. Hot Body owner Karly Urata says, “I promise you will come out of Extreme drenched in sweat and with one to two pounds less water weight. It’s a great detox!” Location: 8876 Eastern Ave., Ste. 106, Las Vegas. For class information, call 702-432-0028 or visit See ad, page 15.

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ertified Medical Qigong Therapist Kat Reyes Campbell began a new practice, The Three Treasure’s Medical Qigong Therapy, with the mission to offer an effective and safe alternative healing modality that focuses on integrating the Three Treasures of Man—jing (essence), qi (internal energy) and shen (spirit). Without the proper harmony and balance of each of these treasures, the body becomes weakened, is unable to function in optimal health and dis-ease enters. Campbell is a certified shiatsu practitioner and conducts classes based on Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) 5-Element theory, in which individuals learn self-healing of the organs and body functions through healing foods and specialized qigong exercises. With more than 550 hours of training in TCM, including acupuncture theory and diagnosis, acupoints and acupuncture, Campbell also teaches qigong and t’ai chi classes in the Las Vegas Valley. Medical qigong therapy is one of the oldest holistic healing modalities in the world, used to treat arthritis, asthma, chronic fatigue/pain, diabetes, hypertension and hypotension, heart conditions, excess weight issues, female/menopausal issues, prostate issues, recovery from surgery and more. For more information call 702-743-3786, email HealingChi_ or visit


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Four Seasons Offers BPA-Free Fillings


r. Jim Wright, DDS, AIAOMT, AIABDM, a holistic, biological, general and cosmetic dentist, offers services such as the removal of silver and mercury amalgam fillings and will replace them with Bisphenol-A (BPA)-free fillings at Four Seasons Dental & Med Spa, in Las Vegas. According to Wright, “BPA-free fillings are an important new innovation. While removing old silver and mercury amalgam fillings safely and offering my patients protection from the vaporizing mercury molecule, is an important first step, replacing old mercury fillings with white filling materials that are BPA-free and BPA inert is the next step forward in holistic, biological dental treatment.” BPA has been shown to disrupt hormones in laboratory animals and alter how their reproductive systems and brains develop and set the stage for breast and prostate cancer. More than 90 percent of Americans tested have shown traces of BPA in their bodies and higher levels of exposure have been linked to an increased risk of heart disease, obesity and diabetes. Wright believes that integrative dentistry allows patients the best possible choices. “Quality is always worth investing in,” he says. Location: 8855 West Flamingo Rd., Ste. 101. For more information, call 702-309-4600 or visit HolisticDentistLasVegas. com or See ad, page 13.

kudos Pediped Footwear Opens in Town Square


ediped footwear, founded in 2004 by Angela and Brian Edgeworth, has been awarded the American Podiatric Medical Association Seal of Acceptance for the promotion of healthy foot development. The Pediped Footwear System has recently been endorsed by researchers associated with Harvard Medical School and Children’s Hospital Boston. Since its inception, Pediped Footwear has donated $1.75 million to nonprofit organizations benefiting children, and its commitment to charitable giving continues to grow. For more information, visit

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Ayurveda Cooling Summer Secrets by David Lomascola


yurveda’s pitta (fire) season is here, and as summer temperatures sizzle above 110 degrees and tempers flare in the afternoon scorch, Ayurveda’s cooling secrets breeze in the balance. Originating in India more than 5,000 years ago, Ayurveda is one of the oldest known healing systems on our planet. It is considered the medical branch of yoga. In Ayurveda, body, mind and consciousness maintain balance by working together. The doshas vata (air), pitta (fire) and kapha (earth) balance each other to produce a healthy, happy person. When the doshas are out of balance, the person is unhealthy and diseased. Pitta is responsible for metabolic function and digestion. In balance, it brings vitality and intelligence. Imbalanced pitta fires up anger, rage and inflammatory diseases. Arguing, analytical thinking, violence, loud noises and judgments all imbalance pitta, as does excessive afternoon exercise and sunbathing. Summer heat increases pitta, causing it to become imbalanced. Ayurveda teaches; like increases like and opposites balance. To balance pitta during summer enjoy cooling foods, drinks, herbs and lifestyle. It is advised to avoid hot, spicy foods, acidic foods and salty, pungent, sour foods. Ayurveda recommends cooling foods like sweet apple, sweet grape, pomegranate, coconut, zucchini, cucumber, cilantro, basmati rice, quinoa, oats and ghee during summer. Herbs like sandalwood, shatavari and aloe vera help to balance pitta. Cooling lifestyle habits include meditation, yoga, plenty of rest and happy, loving conversation. Follow these basic cooling Ayurvedic guidelines to help keep pitta healthy and balanced all summer long. David Lomascola, an ayurvedic practitioner and yoga instructor, is a graduate of the Ayurvedic Institute, in Albuquerque, NM. For more information, visit

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PSA Testing Controversy


en face a new dilemma at their annual physical this year—should they be screened for prostate cancer? Last year, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommended against routine screening for this form of cancer, regardless of age. Some doctors claim this will cause treatable prostate cancer cases to be missed. The level of prostate-specific antigen (PSA), a protein produced by the prostate gland, can be measured with a simple blood test. Until the USPSTF issued its recommendation, doctors routinely used the test to screen men 50 and older. The task force, however, concluded there is at least moderate certainty that the potential harms of PSA testing outweigh the benefits; many benign conditions, particularly prostate infections and enlargement, can elevate PSA readings higher than normal, prompting more aggressive testing. Before deciding on the test, it helps for men to explore this issue with their doctor. Some physicians take a “wait and see” approach and retest several times over a few months before making a recommendation; others suggest an immediate biopsy if PSA levels are high. While a blood test is a benign procedure, a prostate biopsy is not. A high PSA reading coupled with an overly aggressive doctor can cause anxiety and result in additional—and possibly unneeded— medical treatment. Source: James Occhiogrosso,

Animals Sense Color Vibrations by Nancy Brandt, DVM


nimals seek that which they know will heal them. They sense what is best for them. Notice how an animal feels when it chooses a particular place to go. There may be certain colors that are “calling” them to that spot. Cats are especially tuned to what they need and will seek a particular color if it is available. However, there are times when an animal can benefit from deeper immersion into color. Color therapy for animals, in its simplest form, might only include placing different colors near an animal. When several different colored towels are placed on the floor, an animal will choose to be near the color that best matches their needs. A veterinarian with color therapy experience may prescribe certain colors to be used in the home and placed around the pet to best promote healing.

A bit more in-depth color therapy might include a cold laser in the infrared spectrum. For example, Natural Care Institute LLC, at Haven Animal Hospital in Las Vegas, uses a specially designed color emitter that, by means of different filters, can emit specific wavelengths of light. Cold laser therapy, such as the Spectrahue Color Harmonics System, is

a noninvasive procedure that uses light to stimulate cell regeneration, increase blood circulation and release an animal’s energy blockages. Still a relatively new concept, it is being used to treat dogs with arthritis, tendon or soft tissue injuries and to promote wound healing. In a typical treatment session, the laser wand is applied to the area to be treated without shaving, clipping or sedating the animal. The animal often relaxes as endorphins are released and the therapy creates a sense of well-being. Color light therapy may improve the quality of an animal’s life and by extension, its human companion, as well. Holistic Veterinarian Dr. Nancy Brandt, DVM, is a certified animal chiropractor, acupuncturist and animal aromatherapist, practicing in Las Vegas. For more information, visit

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DIY Versus Commercial Carwash We all want our new, energy-efficient vehicles to look their best, and ecoconscious drivers want to extend their green lifestyle to include cleaning their car. Washing can provide some exercise and saves money, but the International Carwash Association reports that automatic car washes use on average fewer than 45 gallons of water per car, compared with 80 or more at home. Commercial facilities also drain wastewater into sewer systems to be treated or reused, while soapy do-it-yourself water can directly enter waterways via storm drains unless it’s in an area that filters into a local aquifer. Here are some helpful tips. Conserve water. For DIY folks, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recommends using a bucket instead of a hose for washing a section at a time, and then quickly rinsing using a pistol-grip hose nozzle, and also washing the car on gravel or a lawn, so wastewater doesn’t flow off pavement or sidewalks and down a storm drain. Be sure to use phosphate-free, non-toxic biodegradable soaps and waxes. Check under the car. Grime, dirt and salt may have accumulated in crevices of the undercarriage, especially in colder regions, so spray underneath, too. Be observant. A fender-bender, stray pebbles or the impact of another car door may have chipped exterior paint. According to the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence, corrosion, acid rain, storm damage and harsh sunlight can also mar body paint and expose metal surfaces. Treat these blemishes with a stop-rust spray and touch-up paint before they spread. Sources:,,,

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Vehicle Washing Restrictions in Greater Las Vegas Water restrictions in southern Nevada limit the washing of vehicles and prohibit or restrict surface, building and equipment washing. However, according to the Southern Nevada Water Authority (SNWA), each personal vehicle may be washed once a week at residential properties if using a required positive shut-off nozzle on the garden hose. Restrictions may vary based on individual jurisdiction, so contact the local water provider for specific information. There is no limitation on washing frequency if the guidelines for commercial vehicles are followed or a high-pressure, low-volume sprayer is used. Commercial vehicle and mobile car washing are allowed, as long as the company uses a high-pressure, low-volume sprayer and less than 10 gallons of water per vehicle. If washing commercial vehicles, water must be captured to a sanitary sewer using approved methods. SNWA suggests taking vehicles to any of their Car Wash Partners. Water Smart Car Wash companies recycle water onsite or send it to a water treatment facility where the water is treated and returned to Lake Mead. In addition, these commercial facilities use less water than the average homeowner. Several Car Wash Partner companies provide car-cleaning services with environmentally friendly products using little or no water. Coupons and a list of participating eco-friendly car wash facilities are available at


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Restoring Native Prairies, Yard by Yard From Canada south to Texas and from Indiana west to Colorado, nearly 600,000 square miles of grassland once contributed to this continent’s complex ecosystem, supporting a diverse and teeming web of life. Today, less than 1 percent remains intact. The good news is that farmers and residents have been making inroads toward restoring this native landscape, converting suburban yards and rural fields to expanses of tall grass and fallow pastures that welcome native species. Government agencies and conservation groups, aided by volunteers, have undertaken numerous restoration projects across U.S. and Canadian prairieland, some of them comprising thousands of acres. The initial investment in time and money starts with removal of invasive or even cultivated species and the planting of native grasses. Substantial benefits include low-maintenance ecosystems that require less water and no fertilizer while supporting diverse wildflowers and wildlife. But it’s not as simple as planting a few seeds. In semi-rural and more urban areas, neighbors and zoning laws don’t always see eye-to-eye with these “new pioneers”, especially in deed-restricted communities. Concern over perceived property value deterioration and a potential influx of vermin sometimes wins the day. Farmers have been known to plow under an entire restoration project upon news of rising grain prices due to the ethanol industry, in order to cultivate it for financial gain. It is evident that social and economic policies must support the effort if it is to succeed. Source: Yale Environment 360


Green Homes Can be a Bargain One of the most innovative, energy-efficient houses in the United States has been built in the District of Columbia’s working-class Deanwood neighborhood, which has struggled with foreclosures. The Empowerhouse, a residence that produces all of its own energy, consumes 90 percent less energy for heating and cooling than a conventional dwelling. Empowerhouse was designed using “passive house” technologies as part of the Solar Decathlon design competition, held on the National Mall in 2011. It’s the work of students at The New School, in New York City, and Stevens Institute of Technology, in Hoboken, New Jersey, in partnership with Habitat for Humanity and the D.C. Department of Housing and Community Development. Each duplicable unit costs a locally affordable $250,000. Bringing the community into the design process for both the house and landscape is the basis for collaboration on additional projects in the neighborhood, including a new community learning garden. The designers remark that it all plays a part in creating social sustainability, an aspect often left out of development programs. Source:

A new compound of lead telluride— a semiconductor first used in the Apollo moon landings to provide astronauts with a renewable, thermoelectric power source—can transform the heat emitted from car tailpipes and the chimneys of power stations and factories into a power source. According to the scientists engineering the innovation at Northwestern University, in Evanston, Illinois, as much as 15 to 20 percent of the heat currently being lost could be recovered as electricity. Another team of researchers at Utah State University, in Logan, has created a yeast biodiesel fuel that can be made using the watery waste from the mass production of cheese. One cheese plant’s daily byproduct of up to 1 million gallons of liquid cheese waste can produce 66,000 gallons of fuel.

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New Technology Increases Solar Efficiency There is huge potential in solar power, but our current methods of capturing the sun’s energy are limited as widely used silicon solar cells approach their theoretical limit of 33.7 percent efficiency. Now a Princeton University research team has applied nanotechnology principles to incorporate a design that significantly increases their efficacy. Led by Stephen Chou, the team has made two dramatic improvements: reducing reflectivity and more effectively capturing the light that isn’t reflected. The new solar cell is much thinner and less reflective, capturing many more light waves via a minute mesh and bouncing off only about 4 percent of direct sunlight. The new design is capable of capturing a large amount of sunlight even when it’s cloudy, producing an 81 percent increase in efficiency even under indirect lighting conditions. Source:

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Aura-Soma Color Therapy at Qua Baths and Spa by Gabrielle Wyant

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he Awardwinning Qua Baths and Spa at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas is one of the first spas in the country to offer Aura-Soma therapy, a combination of massage and aromatherapy Aura-Soma Color Therapy Series with the natural healing powers of color and light. Color therapy is gaining momentum as more spas incorporate ayurvedic medicine, an approach that conceives of the body in terms of seven chakras, each associated with a specific organ and a unique color. In Ayurveda, physical imbalances can be improved via color therapy. A 60-minute consultation with an Aura-Soma certified practitioner takes guests on a journey of self-discovery, aiding in clarity, direction and tranquility. Two multi-sensory treatments offered are Aura-Soma Synergy (135 minutes for $400) and Aura-Soma Color Quest (75 minutes for $210), each are designed to bring balance and support to the client’s physical and emotional well-being, leading to enhanced awareness and self-discovery. The treatments feature 109 beautiful equilibrium bottles filled with colors, aromas, crystals and light that contain 100 percent organic essential oils, herbs and flower essences. Therapy begins with the client’s selection of dual-colored bottles and a consultation to explain the meaning of each color and how it applies to each person. Each color combination and the order in which it is selected symbolizes a different area of the individual’s life, including personality, gifts and talents, present state and potential. Clients choose one color to focus on throughout the treatment, and that color is incorporated into a multi-sensory experience using sight, smell and touch. The journey may continue with colored ambient glow lighting, scented pomander spray, a 75-minute massage combining elements of aromatherapy essential oils with Hawaiian Lomi Lomi and cranial sacral techniques, as well as a complimentary bottle of a handpicked color and its accompanying affirmation card. Revitalized, clients continue their exploration of life with a whole new perspective on color.

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he Latin word prius means “coming before,” which makes it an appropriate name for the car that began the automotive industry’s move to hybrids. The Toyota Prius, which debuted in Japan in 1997, was the first mass-produced hybrid vehicle. It was introduced worldwide four years later and is sold in 40 countries today. Nearly 2 million hybrid vehicles have been sold in the United States, significantly reducing CO2 emissions and fuel consumption. Many environmental experts believe CO2 emissions are a major cause of climate change occurring in the world today. Toyota estimates that its global fleet of nearly 20 hybrid vehicles has resulted in approximately 34 million fewer tons of CO2 emissions than those emitted by gasoline-powered vehicles, saving their owners more than 3 billion gallons of gasoline. Prius starts and moves on battery power, but if the battery gets low or if the car senses it needs more power than the battery can provide, the gas engine takes over to both propel the vehicle and recharge the battery. It requires no charging station, no waiting for charging and no chance of being caught short on battery power. When idling, the battery powers the vehicle’s accessories and air conditioning. Toyota sells one plug-in hybrid and seven hybrid models available in the United States. They are Prius Liftback, Prius v, Prius c, Prius Plug-in, Camry Hybrid, Avalon Hybrid and Highlander Hybrid. Of the U.S. models, Camry Hybrid and Avalon Hybrid are manufactured in North America, with a another model, Highlander Hybrid, planned. For more information, visit Findlay Toyota, 7733 Eastgate Rd., Henderson, call 702-566-2000 or visit See ad, back cover.

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Traveling Volunteers Doing Good During Time Away by Avery Mack


en Budd, former executive director of AARP and current editor-in-chief of Currents magazine, says, “I was approaching 40 when my dad died suddenly, and at the funeral, I heard people say how he’d changed their lives. So in midlife, I decided to change mine.”

Disaster Relief

Budd, who lives with his wife in Burke, Virginia, says, “Not everyone can join the Peace Corps, but they might share a week or two of vacation time.” Nine months after Hurricane Katrina, Rebuilding Together was looking for unskilled labor to help in New Orleans. So he helped prep homes for incoming electricians, plumbers and carpenters, and then painted. He was hooked, and has subsequently volunteered in China, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Kenya and the West Bank. His award-winning book, The Voluntourist, details his experiences. Megan Wieder, a high school senior in Titusville, Pennsylvania, mulched trails and painted park equipment and homes during her week in New Orleans as a volunteer for People to People, which hosts future leaders for such projects. “I learned I can help others,” she says. This October, the Sierra Club’s New Jersey Seashore Service will assist the Natural Resource Education Foundation of New Jersey with its forest, marsh and meadowlands conservation efforts. The project will simultaneously allow participants to observe the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy along the shoreline, as well as in nearby communities.

Infrastructure Improvements

The Sierra Club’s August trip to Mt. Rainier, in Washington, will train volunteers to work with the National Park Service in repairing hiking trails and building restraining walls at an elevation of 6,600 feet. Stunning views grace the two-mile hike from the Sunrise Visitor Center. Volunteer organizer DiDi Toaspern observes, “We are doing work that wouldn’t get done otherwise due to budget restraints. Even removing invasive plants helps to protect native species and nesting areas.” 14

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Recreational Equipment Inc. (REI) will bring volunteers to Yosemite National Park in northern California this September to assist park rangers in contouring trails to shed water and cut or move vegetation that blocks trails or impedes streams. This fall, volunteers in New York City’s Bronx borough will also help the city parks department clear an overgrown 60-acre area surrounding the gardens of the Bartow-Pell Mansion, built in 1836, a museum for 19th-century furnishings and decorative arts since 1946. Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion State Historic Park, in Canandaigua, New York, features nine separate gardens— stylized as secret, Italian, Japanese, rose, blue and white, pansy, moonlight, old-fashioned and rock gardens. Each May, volunteers learn to plant decorative designs that can involve up to 8,000 plants, and others maintain the gardens throughout the summer.

Animal Conservation

After a tasty vegan breakfast, volunteers in New York’s Finger Lakes region care for 500 rescued farm animals like Marge, a playful pig, at the 175-acre Watkins Glen Farm Sanctuary. Similar shelters bless Orland and Los Angeles, California. When Archosaurs Attacked and Reptiles Ruled Texas is the catchy name for the city of Arlington’s archeology education site (estimated at 95 million years old) where volunteer teams unearth fish, shark, ray, turtle and dinosaur fossils. “Last year, a new crocodilian species was found there,” says Rob Stringer of Earthwatch UK. In two-week stints, volunteers chart locations, clear areas, dig drainage trenches and prepare fossils for identification. There’s something for everyone in the emotional, spiritual and physical challenge of voluntouring. “Upon arrival, one’s first thought is, ‘What have I let myself in for?’ but upon returning home, you step back and see the value,” advises Budd. “Volunteers don’t change the world so much as they change the way people see each other through shared experiences.” Avery Mack is a freelance writer in St. Louis, MO. Connect at

Voluntour Tips Do research. Don’t overlook small organizations. Review testimonials from volunteers and communities served. Ask questions to see if the project is a match for personal skills. How long has the organization been operating? Is advance work required, such as an essay on interests and expectations? What’s the cost, what does it cover and is it tax-deductible? (If an organization is more interested in a credit card number than in-person contribution, go elsewhere.) Give feedback. It’s the best way for a program to improve. Expect good customer service. Spread the word. Get the most out of the experience, and then tell friends about it. Proceeds from Ken Budd’s book, The Voluntourist, are donated to international children’s and wildlife organizations. Find tips and links to resources at

Community-Based Volunteering & Outreach “Volunteers don’t get paid; not because they’re worthless, but because they’re priceless.” ~Sherry Anderson


o one can do everything, but everyone can do something. Volunteerism opportunities today includes full-time, part-time, weekly, daily and hourly work where people can give their time, and also their hearts, spirits and professional prosperity. Hundreds of organizations in greater Las Vegas connect individuals, families, groups and corporations with important, meaningful and fun volunteer positions. They are easily found on websites such as The United Way of Southern Nevada’s Volunteer Center (UWSN) ( As the largest community volunteer force in southern Nevada, UWSN connects individuals with projects that are worthy of their time, talent and effort. Efforts may include feeding the hungry, assembling hygiene kits for the homeless, downtown cleanup or reading to children. Sign up for any of these events or ongoing opportunities.

SPECIaL EVEnTS HOMEWORK HELP AND TUTORING Begins June 3, Mon-Thurs 3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. Andson Foundation, Inc.— Minimum age 21. Tutor aides are needed at Boys & Girls Club of Henderson’s after-school tutoring locations across Henderson, Las Vegas and North Las Vegas. The ideal commitment is one or two afternoons a week for the school year.

DOWNTOWN CLEANUP June 8, 8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. City of Las Vegas— Minimum age 16, or 8 with adult. This event kicks off at the historic 5th Street School. Volunteers are needed to paint curbs and hydrants, pick up trash, pull weeds, paint murals, clean alleyways and other activities in what will be a fun day filled with community pride. Volunteers should wear comfortable, weather-appropriate clothing. Water will be provided to volunteers and there will be a lunch at the conclusion of the event.

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TORINO FOUNDATION CAMP PROGRAMS Thursday-Sunday, June-August, hours vary Torino Foundation— Minimum age 21 for camp counselor, 18 for activity specialist. This summer, camp counselor and activity specialist volunteers are needed to participate in Torino Foundation camp programs for children with autism, blind/visually impaired individuals, children at risk of heart disease, a Nevada Childhood Cancer Foundation program for critically ill children, programs for mothers/children affected by domestic violence and a program for families to experience Healthy Heart and Healthy Planet ways of living. For more information and volunteer positions, visit

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LIFE LIFT Being Happy from the Inside Out by Judith Fertig

An age-old question rides a new wave of bestseller lists, university research and governmental soul-searching. The answers to “What are the secrets of a happy life?” might surprise us.


appiness is the only true measure of personal success,” advises Geoffrey James, of Hollis, New Hampshire, author of How to Say It: Business to Business Selling. His work confirms that the rollercoaster world of business does not always promote a sense of well-being. James believes, “The big enemy of happiness is worry, which comes from focusing on events that are outside your control.” For him, something as simple as a good night’s sleep contributes to personal happiness. Each of us has certain things that help make us feel positive, and they often come in small moments, advises Ed Diener, Ph.D., a psychology professor at the University of Illinois and author of Happiness: Unlocking the Mysteries of Psychological Wealth. Based on 25 years of research into the subject, he’s a recognized expert in what he calls “subjective well-being.” In a recent six-part BBC series on happiness, Diener told viewers, “It may sound silly, but we ask people, ‘How happy are you, on a scale of one to 10?’ The interesting thing is that it produces real answers that are valid—not 16

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perfect, but valid—and they predict all sorts of real things in their lives.”

Getting to Happy

The moment-to-moment path to happiness follows a trail blazed by paradox. A recent University of Missouri College of Business study by Marsha Richins, Ph.D., suggests that happiness is in the wanting, not the getting. As noted Positive Psychologist Martin Seligman, Ph.D., remarks, “Focusing solely on happiness as a foundation of a good life,” won’t get you there. Gretchen Rubin, the New York City-based author of The Happiness Project and Happier at Home, further finds that, “Happiness doesn’t always make you feel happy.” Trying each day to be emotionally centered, affable, kind, conscientious, generous, patient, principled, accomplished, spiritual and true to yourself—the kind of person that should be happy and that makes other people happy—can be tough. Widespread economic and associated financial challenges have made many question whether money can buy happiness, a common core assumption

of the “happiness starts on the outside” approach. Apparently, money can sometimes buy feelings of well-being, but only to a certain degree, according to researchers Angus Deaton and Daniel Kahneman, at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public & International Affairs. In 2010, they surveyed 450,000 randomly chosen residents across the country via daily questionnaires. The study revealed that, “Low income exacerbates the emotional pain associated with such misfortunes as divorce, ill health and being alone.” Yet they also discovered that, “High income buys life satisfaction, but not happiness,” and there is no further progress in happiness beyond an annual income of $75,000 (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences). On the other side of the world, in the tiny Himalayan country of Bhutan, where 70 percent of its 717,000 citizens are subsistence farmers and an annual income of $75,000 would be considered a fortune, people say they are generally happy, partly due to the nation’s “happiness starts on the inside” philosophy. Since 1971, Bhutan has been operating based on a gross domestic happiness (GDH) value system. Bhutanese Prime Minister Jigmi Y. Thinley explains that the country has focused on growing both materially and spiritually, and citizen well-being has taken precedence over economic growth. For decades, this was deemed an oddity by many in the West, although now it appears prescient. “It’s easy to mine the land and fish the seas and get rich,” says Thakur Singh Powdyel, Bhutan’s minister of education. “Yet we believe you cannot have a prosperous nation in the long run that does not conserve its natural environment or take care of the well-being of its people, which is being borne out by what is happening to the outside world.” The country measures its success in maintaining GDH by conducting regular surveys of the population. The reigning official definition of happiness involves peace, contentment and living in harmony with all creation. Seligman, author of Flourish: A Visionary New Understanding of Happiness and Well-Being, has become a believer in GDH. “How can you measure well-being in a person, a family, a country or globally?” he queries. Research by

Seligman and his colleagues at the University of Pennsylvania, in Philadelphia, points to four basic elements: positive emotion, relationships, meaning in life and accomplishment, or PERMA. Seligman says there are proven ways to improve each element. For positive emotion, writing down three “blessings”, or things that went well that day, can increase our feelings of gratitude and well-being. For relationships, actively listening and being present for a loved one and having that attention returned can strengthen those bonds. Increasing meaning in our lives, says Seligman, can be a challenge for Westerners. “We have threadbare spiritual and relationship furniture. We have too much ‘I’ and not enough ‘we,’” he says. But getting involved in something that increases the “we” factor will help make us happier.

Nurturing Signature Strengths

Self-surveys at AuthenticHappiness. com can help us identify our strengths and realize what we’re especially good at—and we increase our feelings of accomplishment by doing more of them. “You can even figure out how to do the task you like least by using your signature strength,” Seligman advises. He shares an example of a grocery store cashier that disliked bagging groceries, but was exceptional at social interaction. She made herself happier by chatting with her customers while she packed their selections. Lara Blair, a portrait photographer in Camas, Washington, believes in celebrating strengths. “If making things is what you love, give it the space in your brain, home and life that it deserves.” Blair’s seminars and retreats help people tap ways to increase feelings of creativity, accomplishment and meaning. “If you nurture it and believe that growing this beautiful thing is worth the effort, the rewards will be more than you ever dreamed,” she says. When, as a happily married lawyer with children, Rubin thought her life was missing something vital, she used her love for reading and writing to explore that wistful, “What if?” She started researching subjective happiness via Marcus Aurelius, Samuel Johnson, Benjamin Franklin and St. Thérèse de Lisieux, whom Rubin refers to as her “spiritual master.” She decided to test-

If I become happy and it makes you happy, it is like tipping the first domino so the next one falls and that happiness spreads. ~ James Fowler, economic behaviorist, University of California-San Diego drive her findings at Happiness-Project. com and began blogging about new ways of thinking and behaving that were bringing her and her readers greater selfrealization and contentment. “A great place to start is with your own body,” she counsels. “Are you getting enough sleep? Are you getting good food to eat? When you take care of those very basic things, you feel energized, and then you can start moving to address other issues.”

Sustaining Happiness

Once we’ve upped our happiness quotient, it can still be difficult to stay at that level, says Kennon Sheldon, professor of psychological sciences at the University of Missouri, in Columbia. In a recent study conducted with research-

ers at the University of California-Riverside, Sheldon and his colleagues found that by both recognizing that the desire for “more” and “better” in our lives won’t stop and also appreciating what we have, we’ll stay happy. It’s equally vital to continually keep things fresh, with positive new experiences at home, work, play and exercise, as well as in relationships. In other words, sustained happiness takes a little work. “Just before going to bed,” suggests James, “write down at least one wonderful thing that happened that day. It may be anything from making a child laugh to a big sale. Whatever it is, be grateful for the present day, because it will never come again.” The benefits of individual wellbeing radiate to those around us, notes Seligman. “When individuals are flourishing, they are more productive at work, physically healthier and at peace.” He believes that as we find ways to increase positive emotion, relationships, meaning in life and individual accomplishment, it’s possible for life on Earth to flourish. Judith Fertig is a regular contributor to Natural Awakenings.

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How Hues Can Help and Heal by Judith Fertig

From relaxing in a hot tub amidst sparkling blue lights to sleeping soundly surrounded by soft-green walls, we continuously experience the subtle influence of colors in our surroundings.


hile humans Chinese, Egyptian and Colors, like features, have long ayurvedic healing tradifollow the changes of tions in which color is appreciated nature’s chrointrinsic to healing: for the emotions. matic displays, it wasn’t example, red increases until 1666 that Sir Isaac circulation; yellow stim~ Pablo Picasso Newton proved that ulates nerves; orange white light from the sun increases energy; and refracted through a prism separates into blue and green soothe everything from the individual bandwidths we perceive skin irritations to anxiety. as hues. A growing body of research by Blue light can reset our biological physicians, environmentalists, psycholclocks. Although electric light attempts ogists and alternative medicine special- to mimic natural sunlight, the body does ists is now exploring how color—as not sense it that way, according to findlight and pigment—can affect people ings published in Environmental Health physically, mentally and emotionally. Perspectives. During the day, artificial According to Pakistani research light with more blue wavelengths may physicists Samina T. Yousuf Azeemi help improve the performance of stuand S. Mohsin Raza, working from dents and employees working indoors; the University of Balochistan, “Colors at night, a reduction of the blue portion generate electrical impulses and magin artificial lighting provided for shift netic currents or fields of energy that workers could protect against sleep are prime activators of the biochemical disturbances. The irony, notes Science and hormonal processes in the human Writer David C. Holzman, of Lexington, body.” Different colors cause different Massachusetts, is that applications of reactions, from stimulating cells to supblue light are now used to cure some of pressing the production of melatonin. the very things it can cause—sleepless Published in the journal Evidenceness and depression. Based Complementary Alternative Sonya Nutter, a Kansas City mother Medicine, Azeemi and Raza’s photoof three elementary schoolchildren, can biology research, applied as chromoattest to the soothing effect of blue light therapy, supports premises of ancient when soaking in her Kohler chromo18

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therapy tub in the dark: “It’s even better than lavender scent for calming,” she says. “Color clearly has aesthetic value, but it can also carry specific meaning and information,” says Andrew J. Elliot, Ph.D., professor of psychology at the University of Rochester, in New York. He and a team of researchers concluded that, “Seeing red is not good before [taking] a test measuring performance” (Journal of Experimental Psychology: General). In contrast, they found that seeing green enhances creative performance. Photodynamic therapy, a recently developed, non-invasive cancer treatment, involves injections of a light-sensitive solution, followed by shining laseremitted blue light on internal tumors or light-emitting diodes (LED) on surface tumors. A National Cancer Institute fact sheet explains how such light kills cancer cells and shrinks tumors. Based on the success of NASA experiments and research at the University of Alabama at Birmingham Hospital, red LED lights are also helping cancer patients deal with sore mouths associated with chemotherapy and radiation used for bone marrow and stem cell transplants. Treating diabetic ulcers is another application, according to a 2012 study in the Journal of Endocrinology, Metabolism, and Diabetes of South Africa. Red light sessions at many medical spas help rejuvenate aging skin by stimulating collagen production. Color as pigment can convey subtle cues to influence our perceptions, attitudes and behavior. In a study conducted at England’s Oxford University and Spain’s Polytechnic University of Valencia, for example, participants believed that hot chocolate tasted better in orange mugs than any other color, with white scoring lowest. “Color associations are so strong and embedded so deeply that people are predisposed to certain reactions” when they see a color, explains Elliot, a learned association that is often culturally based. Because color can engender

individual emotional response, it plays a major role in one’s preferences in surroundings, including wall colors, furnishings and appliances. Pantone, a leading provider of color systems to businesses worldwide, annually recommends a specific color that it feels best connects with the current zeitgeist, or prevailing

spirit and mood, so that manufacturers of paints, kitchenware and fabric will produce the look people will want to have around them. In 2011 Pantone picked a vibrant pink. Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute, explained that “In times of stress, we need something to lift our spirits, a captivating, stimulating color that gets the

The Light of Touch: Every Color for Every Body by Julianne Bien he world around color therapy methods us is constantly are chromatherapy, illuminated by light. spectrachrome and It’s what enables color harmonics, us to see color and which all utilize a perceive our world color light illuminator as lively and fascinatcalled the Lumalight, ing. Not only is color a tool that enables made up of various energy carried in light shades, tones and to efficiently support Lumalight Color & Geometry pigments, it is the the body’s own healSelf-Session essential energy that ing potential. is basic to all life. Carried in sunlight, When used in bodywork, such color is a true and honest sensation as acupressure, color harmonics can that playfully stimulates our senses and have a significant effect on the recipiaffects our psychological and physical ent by sending messages throughout the state of being. body as a “call to action”. While reflex Color light therapy has existed and zones are being worked, color can help evolved throughout history. The ancient release old memories that are trapped Egyptians used light and prisms to heal in the body tissue. people. Heliotherapy, the act of curing To a seasoned massage therapist, sickness by sun exposure, was born color therapy lends space to the healin ancient Greece. Color light therapy ing method of massage. The hands and helps to heal the body, mind and soul. fingers are a massage therapist’s most Within all living organisms, inforimportant tools. Color light therapy mation is communicated through color- can give them breathing room while coded broadcasts of faint light energy. the light takes charge, not only for their All of us emit these broadcasts beneath client, but also for themselves. Small our skin, which help maintain our packets of “color energy” travel at the natural and active state of rhythm. Stud- speed of light and will go where it is ies have shown that light is an essential needed in the body. ingredient to a healthy metabolism in Color Light Frequency, Geometry all-living creatures on Earth. and Form Certified Therapist, Michael Today, color light therapy continThrower, of Las Vegas, has used color ues to help the healing process, and light to enhance results in his practice massage therapists and body workers for several years. He introduces this are at the forefront of guiding people noninvasive, energy-based modalinto a state of self-healing and rejuveity with the Lumalight by selecting a nation by a multitude of disciplines. color filter, clipping it to a penlight On the leading edge of current and shining it two to eight inches


adrenaline going.” Now sensing greater optimism, their 2013 color choice is a vivid emerald, described as “lively, radiant and lush… a color of elegance and beauty that enhances our sense of well-being, balance and harmony.” Judith Fertig blogs at

away from the body. According to Thrower, “[The Lumalight] is used to relieve temperaturedriven emotions and ailments, as well as boost energy and create a more powerful life force. Reflex zones in the body also respond well with color therapy. I believe you just need to create the space for the client to be aware of their current self and their body will receive what it needs.” Thrower introduces color light applications to his clients and explains how incorporating the method can enhance the healing experience. He first gets the client comfortable, asking what color they feel they need at the moment. “This allows them to be more aware of the present and allows me to have a better feeling of their current state,” he says. “From there,” Thrower continues, “I look at their condition and choose the corresponding color that would be of help to them. For example, I would use a blue if the client has hot pain, such as arthritis. This would help cool and calm the pain. If energy is needed, I would choose orange for stimulation. It’s all about coordinating the colors to meet the clients’ needs.” Understanding and experiencing the benefits of energy-based modalities such as color therapy enhances the cascading effect of peacefulness, but also provides the body with vital information that only color can offer. Julianne Bien, founder of Spectrahue Light & Sound, developed the Lumalight Color & Geometry System and its training materials. Bien presents her theories at conferences and nationally accredited certification courses throughout the U.S. and Canada. For more information, visit

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The Colors of Health

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by Julianne Bien


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olor in its purest form is energy, and is constantly in motion. As with everything in nature, each color has a complementary opposite, such as red to green, orange to blue and yellow to violet. The two opposing forces are known as yin and yang. All life is influenced by the visible rainbow spectrum. Each color has a unique frequency that affects the body differently. Daytime colors are low-frequency, high-amplitude waveforms such as red, orange and yellow, which are considered yang, the warmer part of the spectrum, because they excite and activate, as well as offer a burst of energy. At the other end of the visible spectrum are cooler, nighttime colors. These are high-frequency, low-amplitude waveforms that are yin. Blues, grays and violets relax and sedate. Green is the great equalizer and also considered to have yin qualities.

COLOR ATTRIBUTES Red: Essential for physical and emotional transformation, red restores depleted energy; stimulates circulation, the muscular and cardiovascular systems. Orange: Warm and encouraging with vitalizing radiance; used to relieve nervous tension and arthritic symptoms. Yellow: Warm and positive with a purifying effect; used to heal arthritis and stimulate eye and ear functions, strengthen the nervous system and assist the metabolism. Green: Cooling, sedating and balancing; helps reduce the swelling and inflammation of joints and tissues. Sky Blue: Cool and calming, facilitates the breaking down of emotional barriers; aids in relaxation and sleep, soothes skin irritations and relieves itching and pain. Indigo Blue: Peaceful and calming; used for restlessness and pain and helps bacterial infections, calm skin eruptions, oozing sores and external bleeding. Violet: Used to treat anxiety and nervous imbalances; helps relieve itching, irritations and inflammation.

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Magenta: Helps balance emotional disturbances, and supports the circulatory and hormonal system. Crimson: Known as the best color to clear stagnant energy blocks; helps clear negative emotions. Gold: Similar to solar energy, gold encourages proper circulation in the body; used for arthritic and rheumatic conditions. Turquoise: Supports the restoration and rejuvenation of the body at a deep level; used for relaxation and helps inflammation and itching. Light Green: Harmonizes all systems of the body.


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DOG SPORTS People & Pets Play Well Together by Sandra Murphy


ith most exercise programs, while his person works out, a dog stays home alone, counting squirrels outside the window and wishing Animal Planet wasn’t a rerun. How about bringing some of that exercise home so the pet gets fit, too? John E. Mayer, Ph.D., a Chicago clinical psychologist and author of Family Fit, maintains that, “Fitness works best as a group event, including the family dog. They love to participate in many things, so be creative. Try swimming, touch football, jumping rope, rollerblading, tag or hide-and-seek.” Diane Tegethoff Meadows and Susan Riches, Ph.D., each accepted a challenge to exercise with their dogs 30 minutes a day for 30 days. “I walk my three Scotties every morning anyway, so adding minutes was easy,” says Meadows, a retired senior paralegal in Bulverde, Texas. “One of them is in charge of choosing the route, and we seldom go the same way two days in a row.” Riches, a retired Fort Lewis College professor and archaeologist, in Durango, Colorado, doesn’t let inclement weather interfere. “Inside, we play fetch up and down the stairs,” she says. “I hide treats for tracking games of ‘find it.’” The dogs also like to jump through hoops. “The Scottie and Westie go at it for 30 minutes; the Maltese stops after 15.” Jeff Lutton, a Dogtopia dog daycare/boarding franchisee in Alexandria, Virginia, conducts a popular running club. “On Sunday mornings we have about 15 people that run with their dogs. My golden retriever used to run six miles, but since she’s 9 now, we’ve cut back to three.” “Treibball [TRY-ball] is herding without sheep, soccer without feet,” explains Dianna L. Stearns, president of the American Treibball Association, based in Northglenn, Colorado. “All you need is Pilates balls, a target stick for pointing, a signal clicker and treats. It’s a fun, problem-solving game for all involved.” The idea is for the dog to direct rubber balls into a goal with its nose, shoulder and/or paws—eventually, as many as eight balls in 10 minutes. Treibball can be played in group classes or competitions or at home using a kiddie soccer goal. Another exercise option is to turn the backyard into an


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obstacle course for the dog, kids and adults. Use a clicker to signal the next move. Four or five hula hoops spaced a bit apart provide a pattern for a sit/stay game as the dog moves into each one on command. A thin wooden dowel across two boxes and anchored to a stick-on photo hook on either end provides a hurdle. A child’s oversized plastic golf club hits a tennis or plastic ball just far enough for the dog to retrieve. For a doggie triathlon, add more elements, such as yard races between dogs and children on their tricycles or scooters down a straight path, with everyone cooling off in a hardplastic swimming pool as part of the event. For dogs that are older or have mobility issues, some stretching before or even after exercise is suggested. “Doga [dog yoga] has become a daily ritual with my 11-year-old golden retriever since the onset of arthritis in her hips and back. Besides keeping her joints limber, it’s good one-onone time for us,” says latchkey dog expert Eileen Proctor, in Castle Rock, Colorado. “Whenever she wants to stretch, she will come up and gently paw me,” relates Proctor. “Her favorite is the upward dog pose. Before practicing doga, this dear one had trouble getting to her feet, and then was lame for a minute. Now she is able to get up and move about immediately.” When exercising with pets, always keep plenty of water handy, start slow and watch out for how the weather or workout affects the participants. Scientists have changed from saying it takes 21 days to form a new habit to admitting it may take up to three times that long. That might be true for people, but try explaining it to the dog standing at the back door on day two— he’s ready to do it again. Sandra Murphy is a regular contributor to Natural Awakenings.

Dog Running Tips by Jeff Lutton 4 Start slow 4 Run warm-up laps 4 Always carry water 4 Take breaks 4 Keep nails trimmed n Avoid running on hot pavement with longhaired or thickcoated dogs. n Shorten mileage for pups under 2 years, as well as older dogs. n Avoid concrete surfaces, which are rough on paw pads. n Stay away from winter road salt; it can cut and further damage paws. n Watch for hip or knee problems; if a dog lags behind, it’s time to stop. Jeff Lutton, of Dogtopia, conducts a running club for people and their pets in Alexandria, VA.



og parks are a great addition to our city and a privilege for dog owners. They provide a safe and contained area for pets to play, allowing socialization with other dogs in a safe, fenced area where they can run and play freely. Most dog parks in the greater Las Vegas community have a water fountain, doggie cleanup bags and a place for owners to relax. After entering the dog park, it’s tempting to just stand back and watch all the activity. However, dog owners should take care to follow some basic dog park rules and etiquette. Out of respect and safety for other park users, keep dogs on a leash until safely in the off-leash area. The best way to make and keep human friends at the park is to clean up after a pet. To avoid a dog park frenzy, have dogs spayed or neutered. Puppies before the age of four months are not fully vaccinated, which can put them and other dogs at risk. Leave them at home. Consider a dog’s temperament when introducing them to a variety of breeds, sensitivity

and levels of training. Insist on good behavior. If the dog is behaving unruly, leash him and immediately leave. Don’t smoke or eat at the dog park. Time spent at the dog park is the canine version of happy hour: socializing, flirting and playtime. Take the time to learn the rules for each park and follow proper etiquette to make the dog park experience wonderful for all that visit.

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Spring Valley Community Park 7600 West Flamingo Road SOuThEaST Sunset Park 2601 East Sunset Road SOuThWEST Exploration Park 9275 South Buffalo Drive Western Trails 7355 Rogers Street CJ Dog Park Corner of Jones and Cactus hEndErSOn Hidden Falls Park 281 West Horizon Drive Dos Escuelas Dog Park Desert Shadow Trail

Police Memorial Park 3250 Metro Academy Way

Heritage Bark Park 300 Racetrack Road

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SuMMErLIn Kellogg Zaher Dog Park 7601 West Washington Avenue

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Saturday, June 1 Friendly Ford and Paws for the Cause Pet Adoption Day – 11am-3pm. More than 50 dogs and cats will be available for adoption. All pets are spayed/ neutered, micro-chipped and up-to-date on vaccines. Everyone who adopts will get a free Mini Studio Portrait Session and 1 Gift Print Portrait (a $128 value) from Pet’ographique. Friendly Ford, 660 N. Decatur Boulevard, LV. Friendly Ford and Paws for the Cause Pet Adoption Day – 11am-3pm. Free microchips. Already have a dog or cat? Bring them for micro-chipping courtesy of Friendly Ford and performed by Dr. Lynch of Desert Inn Animal Hospital. Reiki Share Circle – 4-5pm. Allow Reiki to heal and transform your life. New to Reiki or have a degree-come join a loving circle. We seek spiritual awakening and transformation to ascension. Love donation. Just Breath Wellness Center, 5333 S Arville, #206, LV. 702-350-1711.

help. 300 E. Steward Ave (located off of US 95 and Casino Center Drive). Dog Adoptions at First Friday – 5-9pm. Looking for a new furry friend to add to your family? Stop by First Friday near the Kid Zone with some of our amazing adoptable pups. We’ll also have some great games for the kids. Join us downtown and check out great artwork, grab some grub and adopt a shelter pet. Casino Center and California.

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Saturday, June 8

6th Annual LVBNM Health/Fitness/Beauty Affair – 11am-6pm. 50 Exhibits - health, fitness and beauty. Chef Corner Tasty Food Samples, live entertainment and raffle drawings. Plus, free screenings and counseling for back pain, skin conditions, weight loss, dental, eye care, stop smoking, blood pressure check and more. Pick up free admission tickets at Storage West, Sam’s Club, Findlay Chevrolet and Ted Wien’s Tires & Auto Services. Free admission ticket for two. Suncoast Hotel & Casino, 9090 Alta Dr, LV. 702-639-6964. PJProductionLVie. comk/LVBNM.html.

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Friday, June 7 Community Outreach at the Downtown 3 Farmer’s Market – 9am-1:30pm. Drop by and grab some pawsome produce and meet with some of The Animal Foundation staff and volunteers to learn a little bit more about who we are, what we do, our summer goal to save lives and how you can rd

Animals Are Soul Too Book Discussion – 4-5pm. Animal lovers, join the book discussion “Animals are Soul too!”. Enlarge awareness of our divine kinship with animals as Soul and as carriers of divine love. Free. The Spirit Within U, 4780 W Ann Rd, Ste 4, N LV. Funny Bones Comedy Show for Nevada SPCA – 2pm. This hilarious show benefits Nevada SPCA’s lifesaving, no-kill work for community animals in need. Comedy legend Sammy Shore is assembling world-famous comedians, singers and magicians, along with up-and-coming comedic talents for a terrific afternoon of laughs and entertainment. Tickets: $25. Celebrity red carpet beings at 1pm. The Orleans Showroom, 4500 W Tropicana Ave, LV. 702-365-7111.

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Full day seminar with entrepreneurial expert Dale Halaway. 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.

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Thursday, June 13 Landscape Design with the End in Mind: Part I – 5:45-7:45pm. Clark County Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Denise McConnell will be

presenting two, separate free gardening classes in June. June 13: Landscape Design with the End in Mind: Part I. McConnell will introduce the basics of landscape design. You then have 2 weeks to work on a design. June 27: Part II. A review and discussion of the design with each participant. Participation in Part I is required to attend Part II. Class size is limited to 20 households. Register online or by phone. Free. Gibson Library, 100 W Lake Mead Pkwy, HD. 702-257-5555. Free Seminar – Get Help for Anxiety, ADD/ Focus, ASD and Much More! – 6:30pm. Come and learn how we can help with anxiety, learning issues, focus/attention, sensory integration, ASD issues and more with no medication and lasting results. Free seminars will show how the science of neuroplasticity can help. RSVP online or by phone. Free. Brain Solutions Inc., 8515 Edna Ave, Ste 110 (entrance through main lobby), LV. 702-340-2248.

Friday, June 14 Free Ultrasound Heart Screenings – 10am-4pm. Three-day event: Jun 14, 15, 17. The American Institute of Medical Sonography in partnership with the West Charleston Library proudly presents free Ultrasound Heart Screenings. Ultrasound is a noninvasive screening that is safe and painless. Images of your organs are presented in real-time for you to see during the screening. No radiation or injections are used for these screenings. The screenings offered are: ECHO (heart) – carotid – abdominal – aorta. Appointments are a must. Free. West Charleston Library, 6301 W Charleston Blvd, LV. 702-6746469.

Saturday, June 15

savethedate Health, Healing & Happiness 2nd Annual Conference This annual conference for natural solutions embraces the whole body, mind and spirit. 20+ world-class speakers on nutrition, fitness, spirituality and personal development will be in attendance. Award-winning movies, food demos by master chefs, free classes, free massage and mini-spa treatments are offered. This vendor marketplace showcases holistic solutions and a radio show broadcasts live interviews with attendees and sponsors. Amazing raffle and door prizes! $99/advance. $129/door. Day passes: $65/advance and $7/door.

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Springs Preserve, 222 S. Valley View Blvd, LV. 702-772-9401 Information and tickets: Birds, Butterflies & Bees – 3:30-5pm. Discover how birds, butterflies and bees contribute to the world’s food supply. Learn simple tips for how to attract these wondrous creatures to the yard, as well as how to keep them away. Find out which birds live year round in the area and how to recognize them. Free. Green Valley Library, 2797 Green Valley Pkwy, HD. 702-257-5555.

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MOnday, JunE 17 Free Ultrasound Heart Screenings – 10am-4pm. The American Institute of Medical Sonography in partnership with the West Charleston Library proudly presents free Ultrasound Heart Screenings. Ultrasound is a non-invasive screening that is safe and painless. Images of your organs are presented in real-time for you to see during the screening. No radiation or injections are used for these screenings. The screenings offered are: ECHO (heart) – carotid – abdominal – aorta. Appointments are a must. Free. West Charleston Library, 6301 W Charleston Blvd, LV. 702-6746469.

SaTurday, JunE 22 The Animal Foundation Volunteer Orientation – 10:45am-12:15pm. Donate your time and help provide a hands-on approach to battling pet overpopulation in the Las Vegas Valley. Join us for a volunteer orientation. No reservations required. Seating is first-come, first-serve. Sunrise Library Auditorium, 5400 E Harris Ave, LV. Volunteer@

Sunday, JunE 23 MicroGreens: What are They? – 2-4pm. Learn why MicroGreens are gaining in popularity flavor and health value. Often confused with sprouts, these nutrient dense plants offer 4 to 40 times more vitamin and antioxidant content than their mature counterparts. Microgreens are a top restaurant item for their variety and intense taste. Class synopsis: Explanation of MicroGreens, review common plants used as micros, overview of the nutritional value of specific micros, discussion on the flavors and multitude of uses for micros, lecture by Urban Hydro Greens. Free. West Charleston Library, 6301 W Charleston Blvd, LV. 702-507-3964.

WEdnESday, JunE 26 Chakra Awareness, Part 1 – 6-8pm. This deeply moving experiential class is a three part series. $25 per class. Angel Blessings Wellness Spa, 4485 S Buffalo, LV. RSVP Christy Berry-Ugarte: 702-239-2680.

ThurSday, JunE 27 Landscape Design with the End in Mind: Part I II– 5:45-7:45pm. Clark County Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Denise McConnell will present Part II of this free gardening class. (See Jun 13 for details.) A review and discussion of the design with each participant. Participation in Part I is required to attend Part II. Class size is limited to 20 households. Register online or by phone. Free. Gibson Library, 100 W Lake Mead Pkwy, HD. 702257-5555.

Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health-Caregiver Lecture – 2-3pm. West Charleston Library, in partnership with the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health presents: Caring for a Loved One with Memory Loss. Complementing excellent medical care and research opportunities, the Center’s focus on caregivers affirms that neurocognitive disorders (Alzheimer’s, Huntington’s, Parkinson’s and Multiple Sclerosis) impact not just the patient but everyone involved in care and support. Learn about the social services, education programs and other resources available and free to caregivers. Gain valuable information and have all questions answered. Free. West Charleston Library, 6301 W Charleston Blvd, LV. 702-507-3964.

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Wholistic Fair at Center for Spiritual Living The Center for Spiritual Living will host a Wholistic Health Fair with aromatherapy readings, natural skin care products, holistic health coaches, an herbalist, card readers, natural and organic distributors and more. A live raw food demonstration and workshops will also be held. A special room will be available that offers meditation to quiet, center and still the mind.

Aspiring Conferences, LLC presents this amazing seminar featuring Dale Halaway, Eva Love and Will Noyes, Mitzi Reed and Magdalena Brandon.

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Register online or send check to: PO Box 50695, Henderson, NV 89016. Wellness Happy Hour – 1-2pm. Learn the natural solution to conquering stress and pain. Spend an hour with Linda Addington sampling delicious medicine plant juice blends to help you become even more beautiful, lean and strong. Free. Angel Blessings Wellness Spa, 4485 S Buffalo, LV. RSVP Linda: 702-610-4400.

Sunday, JunE 30 Computer Classes: Beyond the Basics – 10:30am1pm. Learn to create and manage an email account, send and open attachments from your email account, work with various file types: Text, Data, Picture, Audio, Video and Spreadsheet (doc, pdf, jpeg, rtf, mp3, avi, xls), send and attach a resume to online job application. Free. West Charleston Library, 6301 W Charleston Blvd, LV. 702-507-3942.

Sunday, JunE 30 African Artwork Charity Benefit – 1-3pm. Discover genuine African Art from Congo, Tazania and Kenya. Proceeds benefit ARAG, a local 501c3 non-profit to assist the integration of our local refugee community. No need to RSVP just join us. Free. Angel Blessings Wellness Spa, 4485 S Buffalo, LV.

ThurSday, JuLy 4 Fourth of July Celebration – 6-9pm. Celebrate America’s birthday with a tribute to the red, white and blue featuring family activities, patriotic music and a spectacular fireworks show. Complimentary admission. Mission Hills Park, 551 E Mission Dr, HD. 702-267-2171.

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daily Bikram Yoga – See website for class schedule and rates. Bikram Yoga LV, 5031 Wagon Trail Ave, Ste 109, LV. 702-547-9642. Hot Pilates & Yoga – One week unlimited access. Free. Body Heat, 8876 Eastern Ave, LV. 702-4320028. Nevada SPCA Little Critter Adoption – 9am8pm. At Your Service Pet Supplies & Grooming is proud to partner with the Nevada SPCA hosting adoptions to help find homes for their Little Critters. At times, AYS may have bunnies, gerbils, guinea pigs, hamsters, mice, rats, degus and more. Please adopt a Critter. Don’t shop when there are so many little ones in need. Please visit, a non-profit, non-kill shelter, to help with a donation or learn more about adoptions. At Your Service Pet Supplies & Grooming, 55 S Valle Verde Dr, 300, HD. 702-498-0416. Stress Reduction Sessions – 10am-2pm. Stressed? Overwhelmed? Sleepless nights? Experience a free stress reduction session. Sessions are available daily. Free. 3663 E Sunset Blvd, Ste 106, LV. 310-7397673. Yoga & Meditation – See Website for daily class schedule. Just Breathe Wellness Center, 5333 S Arville St, Ste 206, LV. 702-553-6819.

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. 702-731-1230. Summer Adventure Camps at Springs Preserve – 9am-4pm. Mon-Fri. Ages 6-12. Come face-to-face with a Gila monster, make crafts, go on a nature walk, explore the museums, climb a tree and explore a gorilla’s nest in the summer Rainforest Adventure exhibit! Ready for more? Act out with drama pros


on our stage and go for a swim at the nearby Y with our camp partners, Drama Kids International and the YMCA. New activities each week! New sessions weekly. $180/week members; $205 with extended care. $200/week non-members; $225 with extended care. Convenient payment plans 702-822-7700.

sunday Falun Gong Exercise & Qigong Meditation – 8-10am and 9-11am. Falun Gong, also known as Falun Dafa, is an 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. 702-773-3667. fresh52 Sunday Farmers & Artisan Market – 8:30am-1pm. fresh52 farmers and artisan market is a lively, friendly, open air market where neighbors and friends come together to celebrate the community. Free. Sansone Park Place, 9480 S Eastern, LV. 702-900-2552.

monday QiGong-Tai Chi Classes – 8:30-9:30am. These ancient Chinese healing arts involve gentle, rhythmic movement exercises, controlled breathing and focused intention. The body becomes strong, the mind clear, the spirit calm. People of all ages can benefit and establish a life long self-healing practice. $5. Whitney Community Center, 5712 Missouri Ave, LV. 702-743-3786. Wongu University of Oriental Medicine-Graduate Program – 9:30am-8:30pm. The first school of acupuncture and Oriental medicine in Nevada is offering a Master of Science Degree in Oriental Medicine, covering courses in acupuncture, Chinese herbology, Taiji, moxibustion with western medicine, practice management and more. Currently accepting applications for Spring 2013. Didactic


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Unit $180/Clinical Hour $18. Wongu University of Oriental Medicine, 8215 & 8620 S Eastern Ave, LV. 702-463-2122. Yoga with Jeff – 6:15-7:15pm. Improve strength, flexibility and endurance, while clearing the mind through the power of yoga. Donation. Herbally Grounded, 4441 W Charleston Blvd, LV. 702-558-4372. Yoga & Qigong – 7:45-9:15pm. Multi-level ashtanga yoga class and qigong infuses balancing chi (energy). Donation: $10. 107 E Charleston, LV. 702-325-9923.

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. 702795-2500. Beginner Yoga – 4:30-5:45pm. Classical Ashtanga yoga, as taught by Baba Hari Dass. A multi-level class created for new and intermediate students with an emphasis on play, heart opening and alignment. Progressive options offered in many asanas, challenging each individual. First Tues of the month features a Beatles themed music class; the rest of the month features a fun music playlist. Donation: $10. Blue Sky Yoga, 107 E Charleston, LV. 702325-9923. 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.

wednesday Overeaters Anonymous – 10-11am. OA Support Group – OA offers an approach to permanent weight loss with desired results of a physical, emotional and spiritual healing. This program of recovery is a way of life, based on the twelve steps and twelve traditions of Alcoholics Anonymous. Donation. Congregation Ner Tamid, I-215, 55 N Valle Verde Dr, HD. 714-309-0531. Voicemail info: 702-5932945. 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. 702-778-9500. Mary Kay Skincare and Meeting – Skincare Classes: 5:30-6:30pm. Open Meeting: 6:30-8:30pm. Meetings are open to any guest. Every 3rd Wednesday we have a special guest event that features various makeup techniques. Please RSVP. Free. Pink Studio, 6655 S Tenaya Way, Ste 120, LV. 702371-1037.

thursday Green Drinks – 2nd Thurs. Network with other eco-friendly business professionals. Times/locations vary. Country Fresh Farmers’ Market-Water Street

– 9am-4pm. Outdoor market selling fruits and vegetables, fresh baked breads, salsas, honey, jams, loose leaf teas, organic soaps, dolls, jewelry, crafts and more. Free. Downtown Henderson. Events Plaza, 240 Water St, HD. 702-579-9661. Senior Memoir-Writing Class – 10-11:30am. Life Stories Nevada helps older adults record their life stories for themselves and future generations. Four weekly classes. Free. Temple Beth Sholom, 10700 Havenwood Lane, LV. 702-940-5423. ‘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. 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. 702-7952500. Reiki with Angels Meditation – 11:30am-12:30pm. Heal, restore and empower yourself. Allow the love of the Angel and the power of Reiki to assist you in a spiritual journey. We seek to bring Divine Light into our everyday lives. $10. Just Breath Wellness Center, 5333 S Arville, #206, LV. 702-350-1711. 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. 702-507-0093.

friday Qigong-Tai Chi Classes – 8:30-9:30am. Bi-monthly. These ancient Chinese healing arts involve gentle, rhythmic movement exercises, controlled breathing and focused intention. $5. Whitney Community Center, 5712 Missouri Ave, LV. 702-743-3786. 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. Country Fresh Farmers’ Market – 10am. Free. HD. Pavilion, 200 S Green Valley Pkwy, HD. 702579-9661. fresh52 Friday Farmers & Artisan Market – 3-7pm. fresh52 farmers and artisan market is a lively, friendly, open air market where neighbors and friends come together to celebrate the community. Located outside Whole Foods at Town Square. Free. Town Square (outside Whole Foods), 6605 LV. Blvd S, LV. 702-900-2552. 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. 702-224-4328. First Friday – 6-12pm. Arts festival on 1st Fri each month. Food, drink, art and entertainers. Free. Downtown Arts District, LV. 702-384-0092. 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.


Sizzling Summer Goodness. Community Drum Circle – 6:30-7:30pm. Enjoy a large community drumming experience, building one strong voice with many. All ages welcome. Bring your own drum and drums provided. Transformational leader Idris Hester facilitates the drum circle with Music 4 Life staff. Bring a drum or rhythm instrument, or use a Music 4 Life instrument provided by Remo, Inc. Join the Music 4 Life Health Club for $20/month and save 65-90% off program fees. $10. Music 4 Life, Inc., 2975 S Rainbow Blvd, LV. 702-889-2881.

saturday fresh52 Saturday Farmers & Artisan Market – 8am-1pm. fresh52 farmers and artisan market is a lively, friendly, open air market where neighbors and friends come together to celebrate the community. Free. Tivoli Village, 302 S Rampart, LV. 702-9002552. 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. 702-324-0353. LV. Electric Vehicles Club Monthly Meeting – 10am. EV owners and those interested get together to show and share. Our friendly club members answer any questions about EV’s. We have fun meet ups almost every week. Free. For location information contact Lloyd: 702-524-3233, Bill: 702-636-0304 or Jon: 702-277-7544. The Art of Spiritual Dreaming Book Discussion – 2-3pm. Every 4th Sat. The Art of Spiritual Dreaming book discussion. Explore your universe of dreams to receive spiritual insights and wisdom from the heart, pursue your divine purpose in life, recognize dreams as a source of inner truth and as a key element of spiritual growth. Free. Starbucks, 2120 N Rampart, LV. 702-224-4325. Overeaters Anonymous – 2pm. OA offers an approach to permanent weight loss with desired results of a physical, emotional and spiritual healing. This is a way of life, based on the twelve steps and twelve traditions of Alcoholics Anonymous and offers a program of recovery. Donation. Serenity Club - Suite 10, 3990 Schiff Dr, LV. VM info 702-593-2945. 702-593-2945. 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, N LV. 702-224-4328. Mind Body & Soul Saturday –7pm. Art, meditation, music, reading performances to foster wellbeing through the arts with wellness, massage, Reiki, energy sessions adjacent to a secluded landscaped courtyard that enhances, elevates and enlightens participants face-to-face and one-on-one. $15 for you and a guest. Weston Place, 6600 W Charleston, Ste 123, LV. 702-418-0707.

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11 S Stephanie St, Ste 120, HD 89012 702-778-9500 • Offering individualized plans to help children with learning difficulties reach their greatest physical, mental, social and academic potential. Customized programs correct imbalance and reduce/eliminate negative behaviors. We are brainbased, not drug based. See ad, page 23.



Dr. Margaret R. Colucci 2085 Village Center Circle, Ste 110, LV 89134 702-880-5335 • 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 and pregnancy chiropractic care, auto, work and sports injuries. Serving Summerlin.




Product B/Isagenix Distributor 702-239-1069 The aging “clock” is telomere shortening. Support your telomeres with the new generation of nutrition – Product B! Contact Linda Perry at 702-239-1069 to learn more. How well do you want to age?


Mary Kay Independent Consultant 702-371-1037 Mary Kay positively changes the lives of women and the environment. As your personal Mary Kay Independent Beauty Consultant, I look forward to assisting you with our trusted skin care, make up and body care products. See ad, page 10.

CHINESE MEDICINE THREE TREASURES MEDICAL QIGONG THERAPY Kat Reyes-Campbell Certified Medical Qigong Therapist 702-743-3786

Perry Dau 702-522-1898 Certified green cleaning company using Green Seal Certified cleaning chemicals and supplies. Sanitary and safe service eliminates gross soils (DIRT) with little to no chemical residual or odor.


We design medicines made for each unique patient and their specialized needs including bioidentical HRT for men and women. We consider a customer’s general well being and offer consultations with appointments.


Ancient healing wisdom in modern times. Medical Qigong is specifically tailored to treat an i n d i v i d u a l ’s p h y s i c a l a n d emotional pain at the root cause of symptoms achieving health, harmony and balance.


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The practice of this serene, balancing and energizing exercise will open your energy meridians and balance your Chakras. I will empower you with flowing movement, breath, color therapy techniques and meditation. See ad, page 10.


Ronald L. Greenawalt D.C., F.A.C.O. 7500 W Sahara Ave, LV 89117 702-363-8989 • Experience the “WOW” factor of realizing your potential physically, biochemically and emotionally in order to achieve your health and life goals with techniques like B o d y Ta l k , To t a l B o d y Modification and Neurolink. See ad, page 6.


6590 Boulder Hwy, LV 89122 702-798-1776 Water Smart contractor specializing in landscape construction, grounds maintenance, fertilizer, masonry, concrete, interlocking pavers and tree service. Call for a consultation. See ad, page 17.


Dr. Truvella “Trudy” Reese, DMD 7480 W Sahara Ave, LV 89117 702-982-0400 • 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.


Dr. Jim Wright, DDS, AIAOMT, AIABDM 8855 W Flamingo, LV 89147 702-281-9900 • Practicing holistic, biological dentistry with safe removal of mercury according to the standards of IAOMT and IABDM. State of the art early detect cavity mapping, cosmetic, general, specialty dentistry and low sensitivity teeth whitening. Dr. Wright offers holistic, no-prep veneers, Lumineers, Invisalign Braces, dental implants and All on 4 Implant Bridges, sleep and full sedation dentistry. See ads, page 13.

BELL CENTER FOR BIOLOGICAL AND HOLISTIC DENTISTRY Dr. Michael Bell, DDS 8068 W Sahara Ave, Ste A, LV 89117 702-256-7666 •

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 8.


Delivering smart energy solutions for your home or business. Take advantage of our programs and incentives on residential and commercial high-efficiency equipment and learn a Smarter Greener Better® way to save money and the environment. See ad, page 20.


Mindy Margolies, Nurse Practitioner 9065 S Pecos Rd, Ste 250, HD 89074 702-938-5055 • Do you have fatigue? Low sex drive? Poor memory? It could be your hormones. See Mindy, a BioIdentical Hormone specialist, at Royal Medical Clinic and get your life back today. See ad, page 9.




7331 W Charleston #130, LV 89145 702-355-2381


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.

Tanya Allason 702-683-5671

Organizing can be an overwhelming and daunting task. I can help you eliminate your clutter and create a calm and organized space. Stress less about your mess. Call today.



Certified Purpose Intuitive Consultant 702-750-2346 Inspired intuitive insights for your life’s path and purpose. Uncover your hidden gifts and talents, discover your highest potential, and clear the blocks in your way. Free initial phone consultation.


Akashic Records Expert Practitioner/ C.C. Life Coach 800 N Rainbow Blvd, LV 89107 702-370-5277 • Akashic Consultations and Life Coaching Sessions. Get clarity and guidance; get rid of the negative patterns and blocks and bring balance into your life. Free initial phone consultation/coaching session.

AT YOUR SERVICE PET SUPPLIES & GROOMING 55 S Valle Verde #300, HD 89012 702-982-4324

Quality, full service, pet supply store with the best value in the valley. Pet friendly. On-site “Barkery”. Nutritional experts. Professional grooming available seven days for cats, dogs and little critters. Pet adoptions too! See ad, page 31.


120 S Green Valley Pkwy, Ste 184, HD 89012 702-914-9944 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 7.


Daniel F. Royal, DO, HMD, JD 9065 S Pecos Rd, Ste 250 HD 89074 702-938-5055 • 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 9.


3315 W Craig Rd, Ste 105, NLV 89032 702-285-8321 • Massage has been an essential element of the wellness lifestyle for thousands of years the world o v e r. F o r $ 3 9 / h r y o u c a n experience these traditional techniques. Call today. Feel better now.

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817 S Main St, LV 89101 702-507-0093

Republic Services o ff e r s c o m p l e t e waste and recycling solutions for residential, commercial, industrial and construction customers. Offering free recycling assessments to meet the needs of any sized business or project.

Solar NV is the Southern Nevada chapter of the American Solar Energy S o c i e t y. We a r e a nonprofit organization whose mission is to educate about the benefits of renewable energy and promote the use of sustainable energy technology. See ad, page 7.




Dale Halaway, Master Teacher 9850 S Maryland Pkwy, Ste 5-217, LV 89183 702-254-7730 • 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 6.

SENIOR SERVICES EXCLUSIVE SENIOR ERRANDS Lydia Cazares, Director/Owner 702-596-5909

Non-Medical errand service serving senior citizens aged 55 and better. We have affordable hourly rates. Fully licensed, insured & bonded. Groceries, doctor visits, light cleaning, lots more. We treat all customers like family!

Las Vegas & Henderson 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 12.


8215 & 8620 S Eastern Ave, LV 89123 702-463-2122 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 6.

Wellness JUST BREATHE WELLNESS CENTER 5333 S Arville St, Ste 206, LV 89118 702-553-6819

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


Leanne L. Earnest, Ph.D. 2340 Paseo Del Prado D-307, LV 89102 702-222-1812 • 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 8.


Wellness Center & Intl. School of Reiki Victoria Stitzer, Expert in Rapid Behavior Modification • 702-405-9375 Transform your “Fears into Power”; “Pain into Joy” through powerful proven Mind-Body t e c h n o l o g i e s : N L P - E F TRegressions-Detox-Reiki-Pranic and Thetahealing. Free Reiki circles Wednesdays at 7pm. Call 702-659-2390.

YOGA BODYHEAT HOT PILATES & YOGA 8876 Eastern Ave, Ste 105, LV 89123 702-432-0028

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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 15.

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