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feel good • live simply • laugh more

Teaching Green


Education for a Sustainable World

Eating Ecology Daily Decisions Make a Difference

Going Electric The New Drive for Sustainable Mobility


America’s National Treasures

April 2013 | North Texas Edition |


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contents 5 newsbriefs


10 businessprofile 1 1 healthbriefs 13 globalbriefs 17 ecotip


18 community spotlight

20 fitbody 27 inspiration 28 wisewords


34 consciouseating 37 calendar 44 resourceguide 47 classifieds

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Go Green at Parks and Other Community Events

20 CRossfit


Expect Whole-Body Functional Fitness by Michael R. Esco

22 paRk it heRe Exploring America’s National Treasures by S. Alison Chabonais


24 the next LeVeL Education for a More Sustainable World by Linda Sechrist

27 eaRth MusiC Saving Nature’s Wild Symphony by Bernie Krause

28 heaLinG the

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A Conversation with Bioneers Co-Founder Nina Simons


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30 GoinG eLeCtRiC Tech Advances May Drive Eco-Transportation Mainstream by Brita Belli

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he other day I stopped by a supplement store to pick up refills, carrying two empty bottles in to make sure I was purchasing the same brand and potencies. Once I found them, I asked the cashier if they had a recycle bin for the empty plastic containers. To my surprise, she said they recycled cardboard, but not plastic. When I asked why, she just shrugged and said they hadn’t made the effort to recycle materials other than cardboard. This got me to thinking as we were researching our materials for this month’s theme on green living and sustainability. The Shelton Group’s Green Living Pulse and Eco Pulse surveys reveal that Americans are mostly unwilling to give up comfort and perceived personal freedom for the environment. The studies found that 69 percent of Americans believe it is important to personally reduce water consumption, yet only 26 percent actually acted on these beliefs; only 7 percent felt guilty about not sticking to an energy-efficient thermostat setting; and just 6 percent felt remorse over using chemical lawn or plant fertilizers. While 39 percent of Americans regret wasting food, the average household throws out 470 pounds of food every year, making it the largest component of our nation’s landfills. Recently, Clorox commissioned their own survey of 600 women that found they think it’s trendy to be environmentally conscious, with 39 percent feeling more pressure to be green than skinny, and that throwing recyclables into the trash is the green faux pas that makes them feel the most angst. A report by OgilvyEarth in 2011, found that the biggest barrier holding Americans back from green purchases is money. As I look at the amount of money and commitment Americans invest in our homes, cars and wardrobes, not to mention entertainment and hobbies, I wonder why we don’t find the same value in a more sustainable lifestyle, understanding what it means to our health, environment and the future of our children. I think it’s an American cultural trait that we have inherited due to our historical wealth of resources. We have reported in Natural Awakenings that Sweden purchases trash from Norway so they have enough material to burn for power generation. They are so efficient at recycling that they don’t have enough trash of their own! I marvel at how we have missed that mark for so long. Don’t get me wrong, our family is on the same journey, and consistently weighs the pros and cons of green and sustainable products versus those of traditional products, but let’s not beat up on ourselves or criticize those that are making efforts to be sustainable. What I propose is that you join me in finding just one category in which you are willing to substitute traditional items with green alternatives for the next year, whether it’s cleaning products, low-water consumption toilets or a commitment to green lawn or pest products. Not only will I report back to you on my own journey, I’ll give you the chance to submit your journey and findings and we’ll select a few to publish. Let’s learn from one another and make this transition one we all look back on and wonder why we didn’t do it sooner! Stay happy, healthy and sustainable. You may find the journey to be more enjoyable while setting an example or possibly influencing others!

Jim Davis, Publisher

newsbriefs Getting Muddy for a Cause


ircle N Family Dairy, in conjunction with the Hope for Hypothalamic Hamartomas Foundation, will hold their second annual mud run fundraiser May 18, in Lindsay. The event is themed M-o-o-ving Thru’ the Mud with Landon, to raise funds for medical expenses incurred by families fighting hypothalamic hamartoma, a rare form of brain lesion. The adventure run is a kid-friendly mud run situated on a real farm with obstacles for children 4 to 14 years old. Kids compete at their own pace and will be challenged by a one-mile course of 10 farm-themed obstacles including a tunnel crawl, rope swing, pig pen, great calf escape and tractor tire dive. Gates open at 9 a.m. with the mud run lasting from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Participants can rinse off from manned fire truck hoses. Other activities include hayrides, barrel train rides, face painting, games, food and beverage vendors and music. Participants are encouraged to bring a towel and change of clothes. Registration is $20 and includes a race T-shirt, goodie bag and lunch. Team registration is available for scout and church groups, providing an experience in overcoming obstacles as a team. Location: 2074 CR 446, four miles west of I-35 on US 82, in Lindsay. For more information, call 940-372-0343 or visit See ad, page 25.

Environmental Education at Learn 2 Live Green


he city of Plano will host Learn 2 Live Green, a free, family-friendly environmental event designed to entertain and educate participants about the conservation of resources and protection of the environment. The event runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., April 13, at The Shops of Legacy, in Plano. Learn 2 Live Green showcases eco-friendly and sustainable applications and products through a variety of environmental topics, workshops, demonstrations and educational seminars. Topics include resource conservation, recycling and composting, replacing toxic products with green products, native landscaping, organic gardening, energy-efficient construction and remodeling, and nutrition values of natural foods. Chet Garner, host of The Daytripper, will speak about recreational travel in North Texas and beyond. A hands-on workshop on rain barrels, composting and container gardening is available for a fee covering the cost of materials. Other workshops include creating backyards for birds, success with tomatoes, organic gardening tips and Texas-friendly plants. Entertainment and activities include face painting, an art swap of green art and recyclable materials, an 18-piece jazz band, building items with unique materials, nature activities, a soap and water bubble show and a presentation of native animals by Critterman. Location: 5741 Legacy, Plano. For more information and schedule of events, visit natural awakenings April 2013


newsbriefs Texas Crawfish & Music Festival has Arrived


he 27th anniversary of the Texas Crawfish & Music Festival, the largest crawfish festival in the South, takes place on back-to-back weekends April 19 to 21 and 26 to 28, at Preservation Park, in Spring. Silas Merritt “Uncle Si” Robertson, of Duck Dynasty, will be a special guest on April 20 for a meet-and-greet and photo session from 1 to 4 p.m. This year’s event sports the biggest music lineup to date. The family-friendly event features 14 artists each weekend, local and regional bands, karaoke contests, carnival rides, midway games, petting zoo, educational stations, interactive games and activities for children. Plenty of southern Louisiana food, Cajun-style crawfish, spicy fixings, burgers, vegetarian items and festival foods will be on hand. Festival hours are 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Fridays, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Sundays. Advance general admission is $10. Proceeds benefit the Spring Preservation League, a nonprofit foundation dedicated to the preservation of Old Town Spring and community projects. Location: 130 Spring School Rd., Spring. For schedule of events and more information, visit

Daphne Acupuncture Center Opens in Plano


n an effort to harmonize body and mind through the practice of acupuncture and Chinese herbs, Daphne Su, L.Ac., has opened a new office, in Plano. To celebrate, Daphne Acupuncture Center is offering Natural Awakenings North Texas readers $10 off their first visit ($65 for first visit) and 20 percent off the second visit ($50 for follow-up visit). Through the practice of acupuncture, a drug-free and safe therapy, Su has helped many people with a variety of chronic health issues, including allergies, asthma, migraines, chronic pain, depression, anxiety, women’s issues, digestive disorder, high blood pressure Daphne Su and fibromyalgia. Practiced in China and other Asian countries for thousands of years, acupuncture involves the stimulation of points on the body using a variety of acupuncture techniques, and is one of the key components of traditional Chinese medicine. Su firmly believes in helping people heal naturally so they can live a healthy and pain-free life. The procedure for each treatment includes diagnosis, discussing treatment options and the treatment phase, which may include acupuncture, cupping, moxibustion, TuiNa and herbs. Su practices t’ai chi from 8 to 9 a.m. every Saturday at Russell Creek Park, and invites like-minded practitioners to join her. Location: 4101 Spring Creek Parkway, Ste. 200, Plano. For more information, call 972-665-6818 or visit See ad, page 44.

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Learn About Permaculture at Texoma Earth Day


he fifth annual Texoma Earth Day Festival, themed Growing Green, will be held from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., April 20, on the municipal grounds in Sherman. The free event offers a community-wide recycling opportunity with paper shredding and the recycling of electronic waste, cardboard, ink and toner cartridges, medicine bottles, Styrofoam, ball caps, eyeglasses and clothing. Terry Jenson, of DFW Ecovillage, will be the keynote speaker at 11 a.m., with information and insight about a proposed planned sustainable community based on permaculture principles and practices, including homes made of compressed earth blocks, the use of solar and rainwater harvesting and the establishment of green businesses owned by residents. The festival will open with the American Heart Association Heart Chase, a series of heart-healthy activities, followed by music from the children’s choir. Entertainment, activities, workshops and demonstrations will inform adults and children alike. Festival activities include art shows, electric and hybrid vehicles, music, workshops, food and beverage booths, educational displays and presentations, resources for green products and services and a variety of vendors offering eco-friendly items including flowers, plants and gardening accessories. Location: 405 N. Rusk, Sherman. For more info, visit

New Plano Farmers’ Market Opens at Fairview Farms


he Collin County Farmers’ Market (CCFM) at Fairview Farms, in Plano, will open for business at 8 a.m., April 20. The first market in the city to open under new regulations developed by the Plano Environmental Health Department, the market is operated by CCFM, a nonprofit community corporation. The focus of the market is on Texas-grown produce and meats, along with locally made products and a community center where folks can learn about green and healthy living. The market will open with 40 vendors selling products that include local, naturally grown produce, forage-fed natural meats, varieties of honey and bee pollen, coffee, breads, olive oil, soaps and green and organic products. Plans call for a community garden on the property, sponsored by local business and maintained by local Scout troops and other volunteers in the area, with all produce harvested being donated to local food banks. Market day activities include music, entertainment, pony rides, a bounce house, face painting and a bungee jump for older kids. Fairview Farms was built in 1989 as one of the original markets in North Texas and has a pottery store and party facility onsite. Location: 3314 N. Central Expressway, Plano.

Utopia Opens with Complete Food and Fitness Solution


he first location of a new healthy weight-loss concept, Utopia Food & Fitness, has opened in the Lakeside Market development, in Plano. The boutique-style studio includes a contemporary fitness environment with top-of-the-line Nautilus circuit equipment and an onsite café that provides freshly prepared food for dine-in or “gourmet-to-go” meals for members and non-members. Training sessions at Utopia are set by appointment, ensuring no rush-hour crowds. Trainers assure member questions are answered and proper technique is used during each stage of the routine. Utilizing circuit training methods to maximize results in minimal time, workouts are scheduled for 20 minutes, twice a week. Utopia co-founder Kirk Wilder states, “Unlike diet-only programs that can consume your muscle, sap your energy and lower your metabolism, Utopia helps you balance calories in versus calories out for lasting, attractive results.” Co-founder Dr. Carol Ireton-Jones, a registered dietitian, ensures food is healthful, balanced and nutritious. All meals are cooked onsite by an executive chef using seasonally fresh, local and organic ingredients. Location: 5805 Preston Rd., Ste. 594, Plano. For more information, call 972-781-1888 or visit for their special charter membership offer and a $110 savings.

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newsbriefs Real. Texas. Festival.


he city of Mesquite will host the seventh annual Real. Texas. Festival. from 5 to 11 p.m., April 26 and 10 a.m. to 11 p.m., April 27, at Rodeo Center, in Mesquite. Pre-sale tickets are $10 until April 14 and $20 at the gate. Children 12 and under get in free. One of the cornerstones of the festival is the 56th annual Mesquite Championship Rodeo, where fans will enjoy music, pyrotechnics and events like bareback and saddle bronc riding, bull riding, steer wrestling, barrel racing and team, tie-down and steer roping. More than 25 bands will be performing, including Pat Green on April 26, and Kevin Fowler on April 27, who will perform at 9:30 p.m. The Marketplace sports a “Made in Texas” flair, and other festival attractions that include a battle of the bands, a classic car and motorcycle show and a barbeque competition that includes the "Cook of the Year" award. The Kid Korral features trampolines, inflatable globes to propel around the track, a pony ride carousel and a youth basketball tournament with a free skills clinic conducted by hall-of-famer Nancy Lieberman. The Celebration Station Community Stage offers activities for children of all ages. Location: 1818 Rodeo Dr., Mesquite. Parking is free and shuttles are available. For more information, visit

William Close to Appear at Fort Worth Arts Festival


he four-day 28th annual Main St Fort Worth Arts Festival will take place from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., April 18, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m., April 19 and 20, and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., April 21, in Downtown Fort Worth. The free, nationally recognized juried art fair is a family-friendly event that showcases art, live music, local cuisine, dancers and performing artists. Nearly 300 performing musicians include Robert Randolph & The Family Band, Sister Hazel, Little Texas and Average White Band. Live music starts at noon daily, with 10 performances scheduled by the internationally renowned performance group MASS Ensemble, with William Close, the 2012 star of America’s Got Talent. Artists will be exhibiting and selling one-of-a-kind and limited edition works of art, and families will enjoy a hands-on, arts-and-crafts outdoor studio with children’s and parent’s activities such as ceramic painting, art demonstrations, clay sculpting, rock climbing and much more. The festival also brings together many of the region’s top restaurants, allowing guests to experience excellent culinary fare. Location: 501 Main St., Fort Worth. For more information, visit Get the free MAIN ST. Fort Worth Arts app on iTunes. 8

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Texas Hospitality with a German Flavor


he North Texas community of Muenster celebrates German customs with southern hospitality by hosting the 38th annual Germanfest from noon to midnight, April 26, 10 a.m. to midnight April 27, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., April 28. The festival, sponsored by the Muenster Chamber of Commerce, offers fun, food and frolic catering to the entire family. Headline entertainers throughout the weekend includes Diamond Rio, Brave Combo, Alpenmusikanten, Alpenfest of Houston, Hard Night’s Day and Side Street Circus. Competitive events include timed running races, a bicycle rally, a BBQ Cook-Off, a German competition called Nagelschlagen, in which a nail spike is hammered into a stump with the least number of hits, and the Bell Ringer, Ball Toss and Wall Climbing contests. Family activities include live music and entertainment, mimes, magicians, balloon sculptures, clowns and storytellers, carnival rides, a Kinder Theater for the children, dancing, arts and crafts, a rock-climbing wall and folk dancers. Authentic German beer and sausage, apple strudel, hearty cheeses, homemade European bread, cakes and pies will be available. Admission is $6-$8, with kids 8 and under free. Free entry to anyone dressed in complete ethnic German costume. Location: U.S. Highway 82 West, 12 miles from I-35 (70 miles north of DFW Metroplex), Muenster. For more information and schedule of events, call 940759-2227 or visit

Honoring Earth Day

Earth Day: Then and Now


nspired by the events of a massive oil spill in California and the lack of real concern over big business pollution in 1970, U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson announced an idea for a “national teach-in on the environment” stimulating the birth of Earth Day. With the efforts of Denis Hayes and an enthusiastic team of 85, the groundwork for Earth Day 1970 was formed. Environmental protection, water and air pollution, energy conservation and the dumping of toxins and raw sewage were top-of-mind issues to address. On April 22, 1970, 20 million Americans across the country demonstrated in rallies for the need to address reform in creating a healthy, more sustainable environment. Earth Day 1970 galvanized individuals to challenge the status-quo and to look for ways to protect the environment, initiating the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency and the eventual passing of the Clean Water Act and Endangered Species Acts. Today, Earth Day is celebrated throughout the world as a global movement that initiates international campaigns like A Billion Acts of Green. The 2013 Earth Day theme, The Face of Climate Change, seeks ways to remove impediments and forge a path to a post-carbon future. For more information on how to register an act of environmental service as part of Two Billion Acts of Green, visit To find local Earth Day events, visit

Celebrate the Planet at Earth Day Dallas


arth Day Dallas (EDD) 2013 will take place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., April 20 and 21, at Fair Park, in Dallas. A 700,000-square-foot Eco Expo with 700 exhibitors will promote environmentally responsible actions and eco-friendly products and feature educational speakers and demonstrations on topics that include water conservation, composting, global warming, energy tips and inspiring ideas to incorporate eco-friendly ideas into everyday life. EDD seeks to elevate environmental awareness and influence the way North Texans think, live and work. Professional racecar driver Leilani Munter, Discovery’s Planet Green Number One Eco Athlete in the world, is this year’s special guest. Other activities include a Radio Disney Family Zone, environmental activities, tree climbing and dance performances. Traditional festival food and beverages will be available, along with healthy, organic and gluten-free options. On April 21, families can participate in an environmental 5K fun run. Proceeds benefit the DFW Truck Farm, a traveling program that teaches kids and the community about growing local foods and gardening in small spaces. The stroller-friendly event runs from 8:30 to 10 a.m. Admission is free. Location: 1101 1st Ave, Dallas. For more information, visit

Go Green at Parks and Other Community Events


ost kids don’t have a clue what wilderness means,” observes Robin Snyder, chief of visitor services at New River Gorge National River, in West Virginia. “Many haven’t been exposed to basic outdoor nature activities.” That’s why the National Park Service annually sponsors more than 57,000 local school and park programs across the country, reaching 2.9 million students each year. More than 810,000 children also are participating in its Junior Ranger program. Many programs reflect First Lady Michelle Obama’s child wellness initiative, with the appropriate twist, “Let’s move outside.” This year’s National Park Week, from April 20 to 28, centered on Earth Day, will offer free weekday admission to all 398 national parks from April 22 to 26, adding 134 more historic sites, preserves, recreation areas and other sites to the usual 264 with no entrance fee. Earth Day’s 43rd anniversary celebrations throughout America and worldwide will encourage everyone to join in the next “billion acts of green,” aligned with the theme: The Face of Climate Change. “In the face of unprecedented occurrences of extreme weather, loss of species and pollution, it is clear that climate change is affecting our planet. We cannot afford to wait any longer to act,” advises the Earth Day Network, which posts many ideas for participating at

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Clean Energy Systems Offers Innovative Solutions by Charles Lewis pendence is to fully understand PV olar photovoltaic (PV) systems and its value, Clean Energy Systems power everything from small conoffers a free seminar the third Saturday sumer items like calculators, toys of each month at locations throughout and wristwatches, to more complicatthe Metroplex. “The more understanded systems such as communications ing and knowledge one has of solar, satellites and water pumps. According the more they value the immedito consumer research data, 75 percent ate and long-term benefits of a PV of U.S. consumers believe that solar system,” says Wardrup. “Our seminars energy is a viable energy resource, yet teach you what to look for in panels the majority of them believe it is still and invertors, how many panels you too expensive. may need and why, what to look for in According to the Appraisal Joura quality installation and how to figure nal, a solar electric system increases a out your investment and payback period—with and without home’s value by about $20 for every $1 in annual utility bill local and federal rebates.” savings. That would equate to about a $14,000 increase in In the DFW region, Oncor Energy is currently offering appraised value on a home with an annual savings of $700 competitive rebates for solar electric systems through their a year in utility costs. This figure is in line with a National Bureau of Economic Research analysis done in late 2011 that service providers. “When combined with the 30 percent federal Renewable Energy Tax Credit, these rebates can pay for found solar panels add between 3 and 4 percent to the value over 65 percent of the cost of a system,” notes Wardrup. “In of a home. the past, conscientious consumers wanting to go solar were Clean Energy Systems is a full-service solar energy looking at a 10- to 15-year return [payback] on investment, consulting firm in Richardson that specializes in residential, but with the current Oncor and federal rebates, real-time recommercial and governmental solar design, engineering and turns can occur in five to six years, making this the best time installation. Founded in 2008 by owner Warren Wardrup, to invest in a solar electric system.” Clean Energy Systems focuses exclusively on PV projects, Clean Energy Systems handles all aspects of installing installing more than 900 kilowatts of grid-tied solar power producing panels and involved in more than eight megawatts a solar electric system, including securing local building permits and available rebates. Clean Energy Systems’ turnkey of solar system applications. program consults, designs, engineers, constructs and installs As a registered service provider for Oncor and a lieach solar electric system in a seamless, effective process, censed electrical and solar contractor, Clean Energy Systems supporting a clean energy future for generations to come. delivers the highest quality, cost-effective solar solutions for Financing options are available with no upfront payments for any application, following the stringent specifications reinstallation cost. quired by the Oncor solar program. “While solar is certainly not new to the market, our services can help your home or business become more energy efficient with real-time energy Location: 1701 N. Greenville Ave., Ste. 1112, Richardson. savings that continue to increase in value over time as energy For more information and a schedule of solar seminars, call 972-231-4800, visit, or check the rates increase,” says Wardrup. Calendar of Events in this magazine. See ad, page 16. Believing the first step in moving towards energy inde-



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Turmeric Acts Against Cancer


hroughout history, the spice turmeric has been a favored seasoning for curries and other Indian dishes. Its pungent flavor is also known to offer medicinal qualities— turmeric has been used for centuries to treat osteoarthritis and other illnesses because its active ingredient, curcumin, can inhibit inflammation. A new study led by a research team at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, in Munich, Germany, has shown that turmeric can also restrict the formation of metastases and help keep prostate cancer in check. The researchers discovered that curcumin decreases the expression of two pro-inflammatory proteins associated with tumor cells and noted that both prostate and breast cancer are linked to inflammation. The study further noted that curcumin is, in principle, suitable for both prophylactic use (primary prevention) and for the suppression of metastases in cases where an established tumor is already present (secondary prevention).

How Does Your Garden Glow?


ardening can be a healthy pastime… as long as toxic tools aren’t involved. Researchers at the Ann Arbor, Michigan-based Ecology Center recently tested nearly 200 garden essentials—especially hoses, hand tools, gloves and knee pads—for chemicals and heavy metals such as lead, cadmium, phthalates and Bisphenol A (BPA), which are linked to birth defects, hormone imbalances, learning delays and other serious health problems. The researchers found that nearly twothirds of the tested products contained levels of chemicals that concerned them greatly. Cautious gardeners should seek products that are free of polyvinyl chloride (PVC) and lead-free, and follow good garden hose hygiene: Avoid drinking out of the hose, don’t leave it exposed to the sun (where water within the hose can absorb chemicals) and always flush it out before watering edible plants. Source:

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A Bus Pass to Green Well-Being


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

Getting the Lead Out


he U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently redefined the “action level” for lead exposure in children. Youngsters are now considered at risk and qualify for careful medical monitoring if they have more than five micrograms per deciliter of lead in their blood—half the previous threshold. Lead poisoning can cause cognitive and behavioral problems, and the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends testing blood lead concentration levels at age 1 and again at 2, when concentrations peak. Most lead poisoning cases occur in substandard housing units, especially those with window frames still coated with lead-based paint banned since 1978. Families in dwellings built before 1950 should also be vigilant about lead. The Consumer Products Safety Commission cautions that home lead test kits sold online and at hardware stores may not be reliable enough to identify and remove sources of exposure. Professional contractors offer more accurate results. Children exhibiting blood lead levels above the new threshold are usually monitored, rather than treated with medications that carry serious risks. Once lead sources are removed, children’s blood lead levels typically return to a more normal range within weeks. The CDC confirms that rather than remedial treatment, the primary goal should be making sure children aren’t exposed to lead in the first place. Fortunately, the levels of most of America’s youngest children today are well below the revised action point, with average blood lead content of 1.8 micrograms, while school-age children, teenagers and adults face little risk. 12

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Coffee and Vision Loss Linked


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

a diet foR heaLthy Bones


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

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Thrifty Threads

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


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globalbriefs Silver Lining

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

Better Barters

Swapping Trash for Fresh Produce Mexico City’s innovative monthly Mercado del Trueque (barter market) in Chapultepec Park is a winning trifecta for citizens, local vegetable and plant vendors and the city’s secretariat of the environment. There, residents can exchange cardboard, paper, glass, aluminum, plastic bottles, electronic devices and other waste for paper chits that are redeemed at kiosks for vouchers worth points. The traders can then use the vouchers to buy tomatoes, potatoes, lettuce, lemons and other produce from participating farmers from surrounding districts. Mexico produces 40 million tons of garbage annually, but only recycles about 15 percent. With this barter system, farmers have gained a new place to sell their produce and earn extra income, while the materials collected are processed for industrial reuse. Source:

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Sweden Running Out of Garbage Sweden’s successful recycling program ensures that only 4 percent of the country’s waste ends up in landfills, while the other 96 percent is reused. But this means incinerators that burn waste to create heat and electricity are running short on fuel. As a solution, Sweden has recently begun to import about 800,000 tons of trash every year from other European countries, most of it from neighboring Norway, which finds it a cost-effective option. Find details at 14

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Online Literacy

Students Learning to Adopt Internet Academics The findings of a survey of teachers conducted by the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project, in collaboration with the College Board and the National Writing Project, show that the Internet has opened up a vast world of information for today’s students, but digital literacy skills need improvement. Three-quarters of Advanced Placement and National Writing Project teachers say that the Internet and digital search tools have had a “mostly positive” impact on their students’ research habits, but 87 percent say these technologies are creating an easily distracted generation with short attention spans, and 64 percent say they do more to divert students’ attention than to help them academically. The good news is that 99 percent of teachers in the study agree with the notion that, “The Internet enables students to access a wider range of resources than would otherwise be available,” and 65 percent agree that, “It makes today’s students more self-sufficient researchers.” Read the full report at Tinyurl. com/TeenResearch.

Keystone XL Fight

Protesters Rally Again Against Tar Sands Pipeline In February more than 10,000 citizens rallied at the White House, calling on President Obama to honor his clean energy campaign promises and reject the proposed Keystone XL Pipeline, resulting in multiple arrests of protest leaders. The 1,700-mile pipeline, a project of TransCanada Corporation, would carry tar sands crude oil south from Alberta, Canada, through multiple heartland states to refineries on the Gulf Coast. “As our nation’s worst-ever economic recession drags on, creating jobs in the clean energy sector should be priority number one,” states a Sierra Club Beyond Oil campaign spokesperson. “Building the poisonous Keystone XL pipeline would put the brakes on clean energy and exacerbate the pollution and public health problems that come with America’s dependence on dirty, dangerous oil.” The Sierra Club reports that pipeline plans require clear-cutting boreal forests and consuming huge amounts of energy and water, leaving behind toxic lakes. An associated oil spill could devastate aquifers that supply water to 30 percent of America’s irrigated farmland (2,554 U.S. oil pipeline spills occurred from 2000 to 2009). Opponents are also concerned the pipeline would exacerbate air pollution and cancer, respiratory illnesses and other health problems in communities surrounding oil refineries in Chicago, Detroit and Houston. For states directly impacted, visit Learn more and take action at dirtyfuels/tar-sands. natural awakenings April 2013


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

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New Calculations for Polar Ice A new report from the University of Washington, in Seattle, published in the journal Science on polar ice sheets in Greenland and Antarctica, works to reconcile differences between sometimes-conflicting research studies. Scientists compiled 20 years of data to determine how much ice is being lost and sea levels have increased as the global climate warms. Past studies have shown a range of ice losses, from zero to catastrophic. When the data was synthesized and analyzed holistically, it became clear that the ice sheets are losing three times as much ice each year as they did in the 1990s—in the middle of previous estimates. Ice sheets are one of several main drivers of rising sea levels. Other factors, which account for 80 percent of the increase, include the melting of glaciers on land and the expansion of the sea itself as the atmosphere heats up. The melting of polar sea ice has no direct effect on sea levels because the ice is already in the water. Glaciologist and co-author Ian Joughin told The Christian Science Monitor, “The melting needs monitoring to further understand the ice sheet processes leading to the change.” 16

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Keep Bucks in Your Pocket at the Pump When mass transit isn’t an option, drivers have many ways to save money by coaxing more miles per gallon (mpg) from their vehicle. It’s easy to adopt some simple driving and maintenance habits. Slow down. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), driving at 55 mph instead of 65 mph can improve gas mileage by as much as 15 percent. Reduce excess weight. An extra 100 pounds of nonessential cargo in a vehicle could reduce mpg by up to 2 percent, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. Properly inflate tires. The increased surface area of the rubber in soft tires meeting the road creates ongoing drag and a greater demand on the engine. Keep the engine tuned. Regularly check and refresh fluid levels, especially in colder regions where winter places additional stress on engine parts. While high-quality synthetic motor oil blends may protect the engine better than conventional oil, they don’t eliminate the need for regular oil changes, according to The National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence notes that one misfiring spark plug can reduce fuel efficiency by up to 30 percent. Avoid rapid accelerations and braking. The EPA estimates that about half of the energy needed to power a car is consumed during acceleration, and fuel economy can be improved by as much as 10 percent by avoiding unnecessary braking. Keep the engine air filter clean. According to, a clogged filter strains performance. In some cars, the filter can be easily checked by the owner; or drivers may ask a technician to do so during regular tune-ups.

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Salt Escape Provides Unique Healing Environment by Beth Davis


lished a book in 1843 noting that salt miners s a child, James Rizzuto, owner of Salt never experienced lung-related ailments such as Escape, in Plano, watched his mother sufasthma, pneumonia or chronic bronchitis. Even fer with severe asthma. She would have miners that had respiratory disease before they asthmatic attacks in the middle of the night, and began working in the mines felt better and had doctor visits and frequent trips to the emergency fewer symptoms as they spent more and more room were common. Eventually, it got so bad time in the caves. that the physician provided Rizzuto’s father with Eventually, salt spas, rooms and caves beshots of adrenaline to administer to his mother came common throughout Europe, Russia, Israel when necessary. “I remember her sitting at and other countries to simulate the therapeutic the kitchen table, shaking,” says Rizzuto. “The Salt Escape Owner effects of actual salt mines. At the time of his woman was a prisoner of her illness, and it left a James Rizzuto research, salt therapy rooms did not exist in the big impression on me.” United States and Rizzuto recognized that it would be an Years later, when his own daughter developed asthma, exciting venture, but wasn’t prepared to open a business. he watched once again as a loved one struggled to breathe. He kept his eye on the progress of this holistic thera“She would get sick, but couldn’t recover like others,” he notes. “It seems that every Christmas, she would end up with py, and it wasn’t long before salt rooms began popping up around the country. By 2011, he was ready to launch a spa pneumonia, so we would spend the holidays in the hospital. in Texas. In July, the Salt Escape therapy wellness center She takes all of these pills and medication and they all have opened in Plano to provide drug-free therapy for respiraside effects, which can be very scary,” he says. “I knew there tory and skin ailments using salt’s natural antibacterial and had to be a better way.” anti-inflammatory properties. He researched alternatives and discovered the salt rooms At the center, halotherapy takes place in two rooms— of Europe. Fascinated, he learned that Felix Botchkowski, a one for adults and one for children. “For adults, we want to Polish health official, had pioneered salt therapy, also known create a calm, peaceful atmosphere where they can relax as halotherapy, in the mid-18th century. Botchkowski pub-


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while benefiting from the salt therapy,” explains Rizzuto. “The room includes a zero-gravity chair, background music and a visual underwater video. For kids up to and including 12-year-olds, we want to create a fun space where they can hang out and play. We have movies, toys, coloring books and more in the room to make them feel comfortable.” Every wall surface, including the floor and ceiling, is covered with natural rock salt to create a sterilized negative ion environment. Halogenerators, or dry saline generators, are used to crush the salt into small particles for inhalation. Rizzuto says that these particles are then blown into the air so that clients are breathing in a very high concentration of salt. He notes that one 45-minute session is like spending three days breathing in the ocean air. “These particles can help with the relief of symptoms from upper and lower respiratory conditions such as allergies, asthma, bronchitis, cystic fibrosis, sinus infections and others,” he notes. “Salt therapy has even shown to be beneficial for skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis.” Rizzuto says that he takes great satisfaction is witnessing the transformation of clients. “They are feeling better; they are managing their own conditions, and salt therapy is paving the way to help them do that. It’s a great feeling.” In an effort to help individuals become even more aware of their overall health and wellness, and to provide solutions for natural healing, Salt Escape recently expanded its offerings to include massage therapy by Dana Alexander; yoga nidra classes with Jessica Craft and reflexology by Mary Ellen Dorey. “Our goal is to give folks options,” says Rizzuto. “I always say that life is about choices: the ones you make and the ones that are presented to you. How can you make good choices if you don’t find alternatives?”

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fitbody different and sometimes competing stimuli. “CrossFit training prepares the body not only for the unknown, but for the unknowable, as well,” explains Greg Glassman, founder of CrossFit. Due to its nonspecific nature, this approach may not be best for an athlete focusing exclusively on one sport. “While it may not help you become an elite marathoner, this can be an effective training regimen for those interested in broad-based, functional fitness,” advises Bob LeFavi, Ph.D., a certified strength and conditioning specialist, senior coach for USA Weightlifting and professor of sports medicine at Armstrong Atlantic State University, in Savannah, Georgia. The program requires disciplined workouts three to five days a week in an intense circuit format with little rest. This allows the practitioner to finish in five to 30 minutes, depending upon his or her current fitness level and the day’s plan.

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CROSSFIT WORKOUTS Expect Whole-Body Functional Fitness by Michael R. Esco

CrossFit, a strength and conditioning program used by the military over the past decade, is growing in popularity with recreational athletes.


hile most traditional exercise plans target a specific area of fitness—like jogging for cardiovascular health or weightlifting for strength— CrossFit focuses on all of them by combining many types of exercise. A typical mixture might include weightlifting, gymnastics, aerobics and explosive plyometrics, energetic and fast-acting movements that improve strength and speed. The goal is to enable the body to respond to many 20

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A free Workout of the Day (WOD) is posted daily on CrossFit. com. WODs generally involve exercises using combinations of Olympic weights, dumbbells, kettlebells, medicine balls, gymnastic rings, climbing ropes, jump ropes and rowing machines. Bodyweight-only exercises such as push-ups, sit-ups and pull-ups are commonly included. Most WODs are named for women or fallen military heroes. Here are a few examples. Cindy – as many rounds as possible of five pull-ups, 10 push-ups and 15 bodyweight squats within 20 minutes Angie – 100 pull-ups, 100 push-ups, 100 sit-ups and 100 bodyweight-only squats with in-between breaks Murph – a one-mile run, followed by 100 pull-ups, 200 push-ups, 300 bodyweight squats and another one-mile run; advanced athletes do it all wearing a 20-pound vest The objective is to beat one’s own overall best time with each workout. “CrossFit training is unique in that it rarely schedules rest periods, unless specified as part of the WOD,” says Brian Kliszczewicz, a CrossFit researcher and Ph.D. student of exercise physiology at Auburn University, in Alabama. “Your fitness level will determine the length, intensity and duration of each WOD.” Kliszczewicz’ recent research found that CrossFit subjects expended more than 250 calories on average during 20 minutes of the Cindy workout. Any WOD can be done at home with the proper equipment, a base level of physical fitness and knowing how to properly execute each exercise. Consulting with a coach can help; be sure to ask for credentials and references, including education and experience in sports science and conditioning. Glassman also suggests visiting one of 5,000 CrossFit affiliates worldwide; warehouse-like facilities that are unlike traditional fitness centers in that they don’t have lots of

machines. Instead, the only equipment available is what’s necessary for conducting WODs. Workouts are completed in groups, with participants usually performing the same exercises, directed by a CrossFit coach trained to observe individual technique. Because athletes like to compete with themselves and others, they can post their personal bests for each WOD on the CrossFit website.

Injury Risk Professor Henry N. Williford, EdD, a fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine and department head of Physical Education and Exercise Science at Auburn University at Montgomery, cautions, “Make sure the staff at a CrossFit affiliate is appropriately trained to deal with emergencies; at a minimum, they should be certified in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and first aid.” Let the coach know of any discomfort or pain during a workout. As an intense workout progresses, many CrossFit exercises can be performed as one is becoming increasingly tired, increasing the risk of injury to a joint or muscle. Beginners, seniors and anyone out of shape or with a previous injury or health condition needs to take additional precautions; basic guidelines for physical activity are published by the American College of Sports Medicine at It’s important to start slow and gradually increase the intensity of workouts. “Personal safety is always a major factor that must to be considered when selecting any exercise regimen,” remarks Williford. Requirements for starting to practice CrossFit exercises include a base level of sufficient physical strength to handle the demands, which may be achieved by first following a less intense plan. Always check with a physician before starting any exercise program.

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Exploring America’s National Treasures by S. Alison Chabonais


he Kent family, of Amherst, New Hampshire, has faced many “Can I really do this?” moments while adventuring in America’s national parks. So far they’ve visited 57, and with Pinnacles just named a full park in January, they’ll likely be headed for


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California again. American Somoa, in the South Pacific, potentially the last and most remote destination of their 11-year odyssey, is under serious consideration. Along the way, father Scott, mother Lisa and (now) 18-year-old Tanner and 16-year-old Peyton each grew increas-

ingly self-confident in testing their skills at everything from spelunking, subtropical snorkeling and paragliding to ice trekking and kayaking subarctic waters. “If they offered it, we tried it,” says Lisa. “Our family regularly debates our favorite memories.” While they hiked and explored natural rock formations at every opportunity—including New Mexico’s Carlsbad Caverns, Kentucky’s Mammoth Cave, South Dakota’s Wind Cave and California’s Yosemite—the gals also liked to ride horses while the guys fly fished. “One of my favorite moments was when Tanner and I hiked a Colorado trail to a pristine lake in Rocky Mountain National Park, where he caught his first trout,” recalls Scott. “I never give the same answer as to the best experience or best park,” adds Tanner, citing Yellowstone, in Wyoming, and Wrangell-St. Elias, in Alaska, as particularly spectacular, partly for their distinctive wildlife. His favorite anecdote? “When I was little, I stared down a barracuda in the Dry Tortugas, off the coast of South Florida, wildly pointing it out to Dad, who was calmly photographing itty-bitty fish and never saw it.” “It’s so cool to get close to a big animal,” says Peyton, recalling when she and Mom were sea kayaking Alaska’s Glacier Bay near a humpback whale. “I thought we were going to end up in the whale’s mouth,” she laughs. The family agrees that their longest expedition—eight Alaskan parks in three weeks—was extraordinary. “We had to fly into the Arctic Circle on a float plane and walk the ice using crampons,” Peyton notes about their visit to the remote Gates of the Arctic and Kobuk Valley, among America’s least-visited parks, in contrast to the most-visited Great Smoky Mountains National Park, straddling Tennessee and North Carolina. Whether witnessing Kodiak Island bears, Hawaiian volcanoes or Everglades’ alligators, their overarching mission was to visit every major park before Tanner embarked for college. The family’s National Park Service Passport already has 57 stamps secured during school holidays and summer vacations, timed to prime park seasons and complemented by destination photos. “It’s easy to talk about the big

Find and Enjoy a Nearby National Park Adventure Texas is home to national parks, historical sites, trails and monuments. Here are just a sampling of sites that offer families the opportunity to explore nature and the outdoors together.

moments, but you can have a memorable time in any park,” says Lisa, from appreciating the beauty of a boardwalk to boarding a ferry for an island picnic. “Getting back to basics has been really good for our family, part of the glue that binds us together.” She says her growing children learned to be brave and patient, help fellow travelers and be happy without cell phones. “We moved away from immediate gratification to focusing on a greater good,” remarks Lisa. “We enjoy interacting and doing simple things together.” The family assesses its national parks tour as affordable, accessible and affecting how they experience life as a software engineer (Scott), physical education teacher (Lisa) and student athletes (Tanner and Peyton). They are pleased to be counted among the innumerable national park visitors that have benefited since the inception of what Ken Burns’ video series characterizes as America’s Best Idea. Lisa sums it up: “You don’t have to do it as big as we did to get big out of it.” S. Alison Chabonais is the national editor of Natural Awakenings.

Amistad: An oasis in the desert, Amistad National Recreation Area is located on the U.S. portion of the International Amistad Reservoir. Amistad, whose name comes from the Spanish word meaning friendship, is best known for excellent water-based recreation, camping, hiking, rock art viewing and wildlife. Amistad can be accessed from Del Rio. Big Bend: Situated in West Texas, night skies are dark as coal and rivers, like the 1,250-mile-long Rio Grande, carve templelike canyons in ancient limestone. Hundreds of bird species take refuge in a solitary mountain range surrounded by weatherbeaten desert filled with cactus bloom and a large diversity of species. Big Bend National Park can be access from Alpine, Study Butte, Presidio or through Marathon. Fort Davis National Park: One of the best surviving examples of an Indian Wars frontier military post in the Southwest. From 1854 to 1891, Fort Davis was strategically located to protect emigrants, mail coaches and freight wagons on the Trans-Pecos portion of the San Antonio-El Paso Road and on the Chihuahua Trail. Guadalupe Mountains National Park: Experience the world’s premier example of a fossil reef from the Permian Era. The park near Salt Flats is known for its extensive hiking and backpacking opportunities in one of the nation’s most pristine wilderness areas. Birding, history and other activities await visitors in this hidden gem of West Texas.

Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park: Located in Johnson City, this park tells the story of our 36th president, beginning with his ancestors up to his final resting place on his beloved LBJ Ranch. This entire “circle of life” gives the visitor a unique perspective into one of America’s most noteworthy citizens by providing the most complete picture of any American president. Palo Alto Battlefield National Historical Park: This is the site of the 1846 battle between Mexico and the existing United States that changed the map of North America. The battlefield lies 10 miles north of the Rio Grande River, in Cameron County, close to Brownsville at the southern tip of Texas. Rio Grande River: The boundary between the United States and Mexico, this 1,250-mile-long river stretches through West Texas, making a curve to the northeast to form the “big bend”, where the wild character of the river lives on. The Rio Grande Wild & Scenic River can be accessed through Big Bend National Park from Alpine, Study Butte, Presidio or through Marathon. San Antonio Missions: After 10,000 years, the people of South Texas found their cultures and lives under attack from Apache raids, deadly diseases from Mexico and drought. Survival lay in the missions. By entering a mission, they foreswore their traditional life to become Spanish, accepting a new religion and pledging fealty to a distant and unseen king. These National Park Missions are located in and around San Antonio. For more info, visit (national parks) and click on Texas on the national map.

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Education for a More Sustainable World by Linda Sechrist


hat is the purpose of education?” That’s a question Zoe Weil frequently revisits with her workshop audiences. As co-founder and President of the Institute for Humane Education (IHE), Weil has spent most of her adult life researching the answer. Her conclusion is that the U.S. Department of Education’s present goal of preparing graduates to “compete in the global economy” is far too myopic for our times. Weil’s firsthand research, which grounds her book, The Power and Promise of Humane Education, has led her to forward the idea that the goal should be inspiring generations of “solutionaries” prepared to joyfully and enthusiastically meet the challenges of world problems. “I believe that it is incredibly irresponsible for America’s educators and policymakers not to provide people with the knowledge of interconnected global issues, plus the skills and tools to become creative problem solvers and motivated change makers in whatever fields they pursue,” says Weil. Weil points to four primary elements that comprise a humane education: providing information about current issues in age-appropriate ways; fostering the Three C’s of curiosity, creativity and critical thinking; instilling the Three


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approach requires, with complementary We need to build cases for in-class and online programs for young environmental protection people and adults. Her determined vision is slowly becoming a reality as around broad-based teachers become familiar with these community concerns like concepts and integrate them into handshealth, quality of life, the on, project-based learning that crosses protection of watersheds and disciplines and better marries school experiences with real-life lessons. wildlife and the education of our children. Environmental Make the Extraordinary Ordinary issues are also social, Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s economic and quality of life Seymour Papert, a renowned educator and computer scientist, has conducted issues. Our challenge is to in-depth research in how worthy realbring life-sustaining principles world topics get students excited about into creative thinking for the what they learn. They increase their tendency to dig more deeply and expand long view, rather than the their interest in a wide array of subjects short term. as they better retain what they learn,

~ Terry Tempest Williams R’s of reverence, respect and responsibility; and ensuring access to both positive choices and the necessary tools for problem solving. “These elements enable students to take all that they learn and use it with reverence and a sense of responsibility,” says Weil. Her institute offers the only master’s degrees in humane education that this

become more confident in trusting their own judgment and make the connections needed to broadly apply their knowledge. Young people learn how to collaborate and improve their social and group speaking skills, including with adults. According to Papert, project-based learning improves test scores and reduces absenteeism and disciplinary problems. “If schoolchildren are given the gift of exploration, society will benefit, both in practical and theoretical ways,” notes Papert.

Terry Tempest Williams portrait by Robert Shetterly

Bill McKibben portrait by Robert Shetterly

Zoe Weil portrait by Robert Shetterly


Telling Transformation

Papert’s observations were affirmed by middle school students at Voyagers’ Community School, in Farmingdale, New Jersey, in one of the IHE 10-week online classes—Most Good, Least Harm—in April 2012. “Initially, students were intimidated and underestimated their ability to express their thoughts and concerns or debate issues with the adult participants. That challenge faded quickly,” remarks Karen Giuffre, founder and director of the progressive day school. Posing provocative questions like, “What brings you joy?” and engaging in conversations in subjects like climate change, racism, recycling, green energy, genocide and war challenged the students to step up to become respected equals. “This demanded a lot from these young people, because the experience wasn’t only about absorbing complex issues and developing an awareness of the material, political, economic and cultural world around them. It was also about how they probed their minds and emotions to determine where they stood on issues and what they could do to change their lifestyle, or that of their family and community, to make it more sustainable,” says Giuffre. The students went on to help organize a peace conference that entailed 20-plus workshops to inspire an individual mindful awareness of peace that motivates and empowers the peacemaker within. It was intended to incite collective action across generations, explains Giuffre, and was followed by community service to people impacted by Hurricane Sandy.

Answering the Call

Children or adults that participate in activities such as those created by IHE or the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) Challenge 20/20 are developing what Peggy Holman describes as “change literacy”, the capacity to be effectively present amid a changing set of circumstances. Holman, an adjunct professional lecturer at American University’s School of Public Affairs, in Washington, D.C., is co-founder of the Open Space Institute-US, which fosters whole-system engagement, and author of Engaging Emergence. “Conversational literacy—the capacity to talk and interact in creative ways with others that are very different from us—is our birthright. However, change literacy, a necessary skill for future leaders, is learned via curiosity,” advises Holman. “In my experience, children grasp it more quickly than adults, because authentic expression and curiosity come naturally to them. Children don’t have a long history, and so are naturally more present when engaged in exploring things that matter.” Global problems of deforestation, peacekeeping, conflict prevention, terrorism, water pollution and shortages, natural disasters and mitigation, global warming, education for all, biodiversity, ecosystem losses and global infectious diseases aren’t yet subjects found in a normal curriculum for grades five through nine. However, the Internet-based Challenge 20/20 program now has youth in nearly 120 independent and traditional schools throughout the United States working on solutions that can be implemented both locally and globally. “Challenge 20/20 partners American schools at any grade level [K-12] with counterpart schools in other countries, free of cost,” explains NAIS Director Patrick Bassett. natural awakenings April 2013


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

Re-Imagining Education

“Transformative learning, which is vital to the learning journey, goes beyond the acquisition of information,” says Aftab Omer, Ph.D., president of Meridian University, in Petaluma, California, and founder of its formative Institute of Imaginal Studies. “In informational learning, we acquire facts, concepts, principles and even skills, but in transformative learning, we are cultivating capacities.

This is how certain capabilities become embodied in us, either as individuals or as human systems,” he advises. Portrait artist Robert Shetterly tours with his series of more than 100 portrait paintings in traveling exhibits titled Americans Who Tell the Truth. They are helping individuals learn to embody patience, perseverance and compassion, while enhancing their understanding of sustainability, social justice, civic activism, democracy and civil rights, via both historical role models and contemporary mentors such as environmental activist Bill McKibben, conservationist Terry Tempest Williams and renowned climate scientist James Hansen. “We don’t need to invent the wheel, because we have role models that have confronted these issues and left us a valuable legacy,” remarks Shetterly. In 2004, he collaborated to produce a companion curriculum with Michele Hemenway, who continues to offer it in Louisville, Kentucky, elementary, middle and high schools. Hemenway also teaches Art in Education at Jefferson Community & Technical College and 21st-Century Civics at Bellamine University, both in Louisville. Out of many, she shares a particularly compelling example of a student transformed due to this learning method: “I taught a young girl studying these true stories and portraits from the third through fifth grades when she took her place in a leadership group outside the classroom. Now in middle school, she is

doing amazing things to make a difference in her community,” says Hemenway. Reflecting on her own life, deciding what she cared about most and what actions she wanted to take, plus her own strengths, helped the student get a blighted building torn down, document and photograph neighborhood chemical dumping and have it stopped and succeed in establishing a community garden, a factor known to help reduce crime. Among Shetterly’s collection is the portrait of John Hunter, a teacher in Charlottesville, Virginia, who devised the World Peace Game for his fourth grade students. Children learn to communicate, collaborate and take care of each other as they work to resolve the game’s conflicts. The game triggers an eight-week transformation of the children from students of a neighborhood public school to citizens of the world. Demonstrating transformational learning at its best, they experience the connectedness of the global community through the lens of economic, social and environmental crises, as well as the imminent threat of war. Hunter and his students are now part of a new film, World Peace and Other 4th-Grade Achievements, which reveals how effective teaching can help unleash students’ full potential. Professor Emeritus Peter Gray, of Boston College, who researches comparative, evolutionary, developmental and educational psychology, believes the transformational method will be accepted as part of the increased demand to integrate enlightened educational approaches in public schools. The author of Free to Learn notes, “A tipping point can occur. It’s happened before, when women won the right to vote, slavery was abolished and recently when gays were openly accepted in the military.” Weil agrees that when more individuals commit to working toward a sustainable and just world, it will happen. “What’s more worthy of our lives than doing this work for our children and coming generations?” she queries. “How can we not do this for them if we love them?” Linda Sechrist is a Natural Awakenings senior staff writer. For recorded source interviews and additional perspective, visit her website,


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Earth Music Saving Nature’s Wild Symphony

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


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

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Healing the Ecosystem Within A Conversation with Bioneers Co-Founder Nina Simons by Brita Belli


ioneers are innovators from all walks of life, seeking to make the world a better place in ways that respect the Earth and all of its inhabitants. Their organization, considered a “network of networks,” connects people and ideas through their annual National Bioneers Conference, local community action groups and original multimedia productions, including the awardwinning “Revolution from the Heart of Nature” radio series. Bioneers co-founder Nina Simons, co-editor of Moonrise: The Power of Women Leading from the Heart, talked with Natural Awakenings about the role each of us plays today in creating a more sustainable tomorrow.


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How can we be hopeful about the state of the Earth? I feel that we each need to cultivate a balanced view. It’s important to hold what I call a “both/ and” awareness, which recognizes how seriously our planet’s life support systems are compromised and how intensive the demand is for us to engage in reversing their deterioration. At the same time, I remain deeply hopeful, because so many people are awakening to the urgency of the issues we face and many more are now mobilizing to act in positive ways.

Does this mean that you see a societal shift toward a better way of thinking? Our state of mind is directly affected

by where we place our attention. If our primary source of information is mainstream media, then it’s easy to feel depressed and hopeless. Each of us would benefit from limiting our daily media intake, because it influences our inner story and impacts how we nourish our psyches, stories and visions. One of the greatest medicines for despair is action. When we act on behalf of what we love and those in need, it can help restore gratitude, a sense of faith and a more balanced view. That’s why natural disasters often elicit the best kinds of responses human beings can offer: compassion, empathy and a desire to generously contribute to solutions.

To what extent does healing the Earth depend on healing ourselves? We co-created the current political, economic, energy, industrial and food production systems based on competition and hierarchies that are wreaking havoc on Planet Earth and on our collective quality of life and future survival. As long as we participate in them, we perpetuate them. We have an immense opportunity to reinvent our selves and society’s systems right now. Our culture conditions us to be hard on ourselves, judging and comparing our talents and actions while often valuing ourselves primarily based on our work or relationships. To be the most effective change agents we can

be, I believe we need to reverse these patterns and learn to consider ourselves and all of life as sacred and inherently worthy of love. One of the most powerful things each of us can do at this pivotal point is to claim full responsibility for our inner “story-scape”—to shift our personal story about the impacts we’re capable of having, what our capacity for action really is and how bringing ourselves in service to life at this moment can be meaningful, joyful and effective.

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Isn’t there often a conflict between what people believe and what they do? We each contain a complex ecosystem within us. The more we can become conscious of cultivating ourselves to be authentically and fully in heartfelt service to what we love, the better we can show up on behalf of the Earth and the people and creatures with whom we share it as home.

Do you see women playing a particular role in this transformation? While every person is a unique mix of both masculine and feminine qualities, I think that women as a whole have a deeply embedded coding that inclines us to be especially strong in caring, compassion and collaboration. As leadership capacities, I believe these three—and connecting across differences—may be among the most essential to resilience. Our future as a species will clearly benefit from more women finding their voice, truth and connections to power. The more women that can articulate their individual experiences in support of an inclusive collective vision, the more we can begin to tip our institutions, culture and the men we love to increasingly value these “feminine traits,” which I refer to as relational intelligence. For a long time, we have perpetuated a fatally flawed culture that has put intellect first. It’s past time that we all put the wisdom of our hearts, bodies and intuition first, with intellect in a supporting role. Freelance writer Brita Belli is the editor of E-The Environmental Magazine. Connect at natural awakenings April 2013



vide 80 percent of a charge in less than 30 minutes, tripling the number of such stations by mid-2014, including the first ones in our nation’s capital. It also aims to increase the presence of charging stations at workplaces. These steps in the growth in infrastructure are easing Americans’ transition from gas-powered to electric and hybrid cars. Already, more than 7,000 public charging stations dot the country, from Custer, Washington, to Key West, Florida (plan a route at Meanwhile, most EV owners simply charge up at home.

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Tech Advances May Drive Eco-Transportation Mainstream by Brita Belli ith the opening of three new Supercharger stations for its luxury Model S on the East Coast last January, electric carmaker Tesla now operates a total of nine stations serving its electric sedan owners between San Francisco and Los Angeles and between Boston and Washington, D.C. That same month, Nissan announced plans to add 500 public stations for electric vehicle (EV) fast-charging, which pro-


Excitement has risen in recent years as electric car manufacturers have rolled out more affordable, family-friendly versions like the Nissan Leaf and Mitsubishi i-MiEV. Honda is testing its Fit EV in 2013; with only 1,100 available to lease, opportunities to try out the fun, sporty car are at a premium. These models offer considerable fuel efficiency, easy charging and even apps to check their charge, yet eco-vehicles continue to represent a fraction of overall car sales. In a 2012 report, the U.S. Energy Information Administration noted that fewer than 10,000 EVs were sold in 2011. While sales of all-electric vehicles improved slightly in the first half of 2012, dealers saw nowhere near the major jump produced by plug-in hybrids like the Chevrolet Volt and Toyota Prius. Obstacles to a stronger EV sales upswing include purchase price, charging time and driver anxiety about range. “The battery is a big reason the cars are expensive,” says Jim Motavalli, author of High Voltage: The Fast Track to Plug in the Auto Industry. “More public charging is coming,” he adds, “but it doesn’t mat-

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ter as much as a cheaper upfront cost and longer range—200 miles plus— instead of the standard 100 now.”

Mass Transit

Almost any form of public transportation can run on alternative power—electricity or natural gas, propane, biodiesel or hydrogen. “The big hurdle,” says Motavalli, “is having enough stations to rival the 160,000 conveniently located gas stations we already have.” Biodiesel buses have been in use for several years at locations like Colorado’s Aspen resorts and Harvard University. Musicians Willie Nelson and Jack Johnson each rely on a biodiesel tour bus. Many school buses—including those in Charleston, West Virginia; Medford, New Jersey; and San Diego, California—have been converted to biodiesel, significantly reducing the toxic emissions and particulate matter children breathe in at bus stops. Some school systems in Michigan and New York use hybrid-electric buses. Vehicle fleets are also joining the greening trend. Kansas City, Missouri-based Smith Electric Vehicles already produces all-electric, zero-emission trucks for Coca-Cola, Frito-Lay, Staples and the U.S. Marines. The need for regular recharging, a former obstacle for deploying electric buses for public transportation, has been cleared by Utah State University’s (USU) Aggie Bus. The groundbreaking, all-electric bus has a plate that draws off electricity across an air gap when it pauses over another plate installed at a bus stop. In mid-2013, WAVE, Inc., the university’s offshoot company behind the project, will launch a commercial on-campus demonstration in partnership with the Utah Transit Authority, via a 40-foot-long transit bus and 50 kilowatts of wireless power transfer. Such wireless technology could also revolutionize electric-car recharging. “EV owners and operators will now be able to simply drive over a pad in the ground to recharge their batteries, the benefits of which reach far beyond convenience,” says Robert T. Behunin, Ph.D., USU vice president of commercialization and regional development. Regarding greening travel by train, Europe is leagues ahead of America; half its trains are now electric. A new regenerative braking system being developed by Deutsche Bahn and Tognum could turn all trains into hybrids. Its innovative drive system converts the kinetic energy produced during braking into usable electrical energy, reducing emissions and saving up to 25 percent in fuel consumption. The first such converted hybrid train testing the technology began carrying passengers in Germany in January 2013. The International Energy Agency’s 2012 EV City Casebook reports that, “Electric vehicles represent one of the most promising technology pathways for cutting oil use and CO2 on a per-kilometer basis. The experiences of urban drivers and the pioneering policies of local governments can help accelerate the transition to clean and sustainable mobility.” Freelance writer Brita Belli is the editor of E-The Environmental Magazine. Connect at

North Texas in the Vanguard of Green Technology by Kenny Bergstrom ecause of its historic commitment to oil production, most people would not consider North Texas a hotbed for alternative fuels, but the region has options for almost every gasoline alternative. It boasts more than 150 electric vehicle charging locations, 16 compressed natural gas (CNG) stations, 64 propane stations and 16 ethanol stations available to the public. In 1995, DFW Clean Cities became one of the first Clean Cities organizations under the Energy Policy Act provision for organizations that promote the use of alternative fuels to lessen America’s dependence on foreign sources of petroleum. DFW Clean Cities works closely with municipalities, counties, transit authorities and other organizations to ensure they are doing everything within their power to improve transportation efficiency. As the Dallas-Fort Worth Clean Cities Coalition works to reduce petroleum consumption using alternative fuels and advanced technologies, the region is experiencing large decreases in greenhouse gases. Improving air quality in North Texas has become a vital necessity, because 10 counties in the region persistently exceed the national ambient air quality standards for ozone, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. DFW Clean Cities also encourages idle-reduction technology as a way to cut emissions and reduce fuel consumption. Onboard auxiliary systems power several dozen police vehicles and other fleet vehicles in the region as a way to cut fuel costs and reduce unnecessary idling. Several cities in North Texas have adopted a policy that limits idling for heavy-duty vehicles to five minutes. Lightduty and heavy-duty hybrid vehicles are another option for reducing emissions and petroleum consumption. This type of vehicle is available from almost every auto manufacturer, and can provide much-needed fuel economy improvements for vehicle owners and fleet operators. Together with Air North Texas, a regional air quality public awareness campaign coalition, DFW Clean Cites educates the public about how clean vehicles and advanced technologies can improve air quality for all North Texans. Reducing emissions through clean technology choices not only improves air quality, but also protects public health and welfare, improving the quality of life for all.


Kenny Bergstrom is a communications specialist for the North Central Texas Council of Governments, working on Air North Texas and DFW Clean Cities. For more information on these programs and to sign up for air pollution watches and warnings, visit See ad, inside front cover. natural awakenings April 2013



Unexpected Upside Media Gadgets Can Boost Family Connections by Lisa Marshall


itness a gadget-obsessed family at the dinner table and it is easy to conclude that technology is fracturing family life: Mom’s emailing her boss; Dad’s watching a YouTube video on his tablet; sister’s texting her boyfriend; and little brother is playing Angry Birds on his smart phone.


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No one is talking with each other. But dysfunctional dinner habits aside, it appears cell and Internet technologies haven’t turned out to be as harmful as once predicted. “When we started this research, the dominant thought was that Internet technology would make us lonely, so-

cially isolated and threaten our family lives,” says Lee Rainie, director of the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project. “We have been asking people about this now for 12 years in our surveys and the dominant answer is ‘Actually, we feel more connected with our families than we did before.’” Web-conferencing systems like Skype have enabled family members across the globe to chat for free and also see each other. Social networking sites like Facebook have enabled previously out-of-touch siblings to share photos and revive contact. According to Pew studies since 2008, cell phones have led married couples to talk more during the day and parents to maintain more open lines of communication with their kids. “There always seems to be anxiety in raising a teen, and now a lot of that can be alleviated,” says Larry Rosen, Ph.D., a research psychologist at California State University and author of Me, MySpace, and I: Parenting the Net Generation. “A scared mom or dad can text their kid, saying ‘R U OK?’ and get a one-word answer back, whereas before that kid would have had to find a pay phone, maybe wouldn’t have done it and Mom and Dad would have panicked.” Rosen’s own research suggests that social networking can actually teach teens to be more empathetic, a trait that enhances their bonds with family members. For example, a cousin will post on Facebook that her cat died, then the

teen responds warmly and their bond tightens. The teen gains empathy useful in face-to-face experiences. “Research from the Pew Center has shown that active social networkers tend to have more friends and support and be more involved with their communities and families,” Rainie maintains, while cautionary studies from the Kaiser Family Foundation suggest that kids unhealthily obsessed with media tend to have lower grades and get into trouble at school. Overall, according to a 2011 study by the Barna Group, a Ventura, California, research firm, 32 percent of parents and 47 percent of teens say technology has made their family life better, while 18 percent of parents and 6 percent of teens say it has worsened, because the news is not all good. Consider how, instead of sitting down to watch a show together, family members often are in a room or vehicle watching their own show on their own tiny screen. “People miss social moments around them because they are communicating with the network inside the screen, rather than the world immediately surrounding them,” says Rainie. (On the flip side, Rainie notes, families often share those moments with each other, too, like a funny YouTube video or a picture on Facebook.) Rosen cautions that the smart phone could be a pivotal game-changer if consumers aren’t careful. “We are already finding that most people under the age of 40 check their phones every 15 minutes or less, and if they can’t, they become highly anxious. Their whole social world appears channeled through

this device, and that is worrisome.” Both Rosen and Rainie stress that the key to making any technology a positive for family dynamics is to set rules at the outset and know when to unplug. Here are some guidelines to consider. Cell phones. Everyone can check their phone messages before dinner and then power it down while the family is eating. Don’t use phones in bed, or in the hour before sleeping, which can be particularly detrimental to a teen’s rest, Rosen’s research shows. Facebook. “When your child says, ‘All of my friends are on Facebook and I feel left out,’ that is probably the time to let them join Facebook,” advises Rosen. Reserve the right to look at their page periodically with them. Each parent and child pair can decide if they should “friend” each other, but don’t assume that gives a parent a backstage pass to the child’s personal life. Pew reports that 80 percent of parents whose children use social media have friended their child. However, “Insisting that your child friend you on Facebook is often an invitation for them to set up a phantom, or fake page,” notes Rosen. Smart phones and tablets. Set specific times to ban technology. “As couples, we used to retire to bed at night and watch TV and talk. Now we watch TV, check our phone and play Words with Friends games, and that has taken the place of intimate communication.” It helps to set specific times to check the phone and leave it off for big chunks of time. Lisa Marshall is a regular contributor to Natural Awakenings.

Personal Media Use Stats n Kids ages 8 to 18 spend seven hours, 38 minutes per day with media, including video, TV, music and the Internet n 77 percent of teens own cell phones; 35 percent of adults own a smart phone n 38 percent of cell phone owners use it during TV commercials n 13 percent of cell phone owners say they have used their phone to avoid interacting with people Sources: Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project; Kaiser Family Foundation natural awakenings April 2013



Eating Ecology Daily Decisions Make a Difference by Judith Fertig


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

Decide What to Eat

Choosing what we eat is critical. New York Times food columnist Mark Bittman believes that no food is absolutely off limits because, “It’s all in the way we use these things.” Yet, he adds, “The evidence is clear. Plants promote health.”

For the past few years, Bittman has experimented with eating vegan for breakfast and lunch, and then indulging at dinner. “It’s just one model of a new way of eating,” he says, “but it makes sense on many levels. By eating more plants, fewer animals and less processed food, I’ve lost 30 pounds and my cholesterol and blood sugar levels are normal again.” When a friend sent him a 21stcentury United Nations study on how intensive livestock production causes more greenhouse gas emissions than driving a car, Bittman realized how a change of diet is a win-win for him and the environment. For a wake-up call on how our food choices affect the planet, the Center for Science in the Public Interest offers a short quiz at EatingGreenCalculator.

Identify Good Sources “One of the most ecologically conscious things you can do to make a great meal is prepare it with food that you grew yourself,” says New York-based lifestyle writer Jen Laskey, who blogs at “Plant a small vegetable garden and a few fruit trees in your yard or join a local

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community garden. “Double recipes to overs in small glass jars instead of plastic bags. Even sprouting an herb maximize your time Seo suggests using real garden on a windowsill will make a difference; and the fuel used to dinnerware, glasses and utensils instead of plus, everyone in your cook, bake or grill. disposable products. household will appreciFor a touch of elate the choice in fresh Then, think like a egance, take the advice seasonings.” restaurant chef and of travel expert Kathy Kansas City Star journalist Cindy Hoedel use what you have Denis, of Leawood, Kansas. “Adopt the suggests planting parsin creative ways.” traditional French ley, basil, dill and other practice of using— herbs every three to six ~ Kim O’Donnel, author, and reusing—a cloth weeks in eggshells in The Meat Lover’s Meatless napkin all week, or a sunny window after Celebrations: Year-Round until it is too soiled to the outdoor growing Vegetarian Feasts use,” she recommends. season for a year-round “Family members like tasty harvest. to have a personal napkin ring. Each When shopping, renowned activnapkin gets shaken out and then rolled ist, author and eco-stylist Danny Seo, up in the ring for use at another meal.” of Bucks County, Pennsylvania, sug“Saving leftovers in the freezer gests bringing along reusable shopping helps keep it full (which helps it run bags and choosing local foods when more efficiently) and ensures future possible, plus sustainable seafood meals that require minimal energy to and free trade, organic and hormoneprepare,” advises Seo. free foods. The Socially Responsible Hoedel’s zero-waste tips, shared Agricultural Project offers more ecovia Twitter, include making and freezing shopping tips, such as carpooling lots of end-of-season pasta sauce with grocery trips and avoiding products tomatoes, peppers and basil. with more than five ingredients, at Food can also be canned or pickled. Seattle cookbook author Kim O’Donnel, who founded Canning Prepare and Serve Across America and is known for her Righteously meatless recipes, says, “My only regret “On average, each person throws about canning is that I waited so long. about $600 worth of food into the Learning how to extend the season of trash every year because of spoilage,” my favorite fruits and vegetables in a jar says Seo. Instead of rinsing food before is one of the most gratifying and useful storing, which causes more spoilage, skills I’ve acquired as an adult.” he recommends cleaning it right be As green eating habits add up, fore meal preparation. Bittman says he en Buying what’s in joys… “a bit of selfseason (and thus less satisfaction knowing expensive) makes sense, that, by an infinitesimal advises Hoedel. “When amount, I’m reducyou find fresh produce ing the pace of global on sale, buy it in large warming. And I’m savquantities and boil it ing money by buying (one to five minutes, more ‘real’ food and depending on how long less meat and packaged the regular cooking junk.” time is), and then freeze it in glass containers. This saves money and Award-winning cookplastic packaging waste.” book author Judith Hoedel also likes to store Fertig blogs at lemon wedges, chopped AlfrescoFoodAnd onions and other

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Coppell Farmers’ Market

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Dallas Farmers’ Market

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Downtown Farmers’ Market 4800 S. Hulen St., Ft. Worth 817-925-3965

Frisco Farmers’ Market

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Georgia’s Farmers’ Market

916 E. 15th St., Plano• 972-516-4765;

Grapevine Farmers’ Market

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Old Town Lewisville Farmers’ Market

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Anthony and McDonald (Saturday), McKinney Virginia Pkwy and Adriatic (Thursday), McKinney 972-562-8790;

North Central Texas Farmers’ Market 3821 Southwest Blvd., Fort Worth 254-643-2388

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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 3 Perfect Storm – 6-7:30pm. Our children are sick and are not predicted to outlive their parents. What is happening? In depth look at why and how we can protect our children. Free. HealthWorks: A Creating Wellness Center, 2317 Coit Rd, Ste B, Plano. Shari Miles: 972-612-1800. Bike Maintenance Basics – 7-8:30pm. Routine maintenance on your bike can keep you riding smooth and prolong the life of your bike. Join an introductory class designed to help you take care of your bike. Free. REI Plano, 2424 Preston Rd. 972-985-2241.

FRIDAY, APRIL 5 Spring Plant Sale and Celebrate Nature at the Heard – Apr 6-7. Purchase plants from a huge selection of hard-to-find herbs, native and welladapted plants. Includes: live concerts, guided trail tours, vendors, hand-crafted items and more. $10/adults, $7/ages 3-12 & seniors, free/age 2 & under. Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary, 1 Nature Pl, McKinney. 972-562-5566.

SATURDAY, APRIL 6 Texas Outdoor Family Camping – Apr 6-7. A great, family friendly camping opportunity. All camping equipment need for the weekend included; food and other supplies not included. Visit the green and wild cedar hills and historic Penn farm while taking your family on a kayaking and fishing adventure at Joe Pool Lake. $65/family (up to 6). Cedar Hill State Park. Register: 512-389-8903. 10th Annual Brazos River Clean-up – 9am. Complimentary Ranch House BBQ dinner after clean-up (12:30-5pm). Free canoes and shuttles provided by Low Water Canoes and Rhodes Canoes. Meet at Tres Rios Campground near the confluence of Brazos River, Paluxy River and Squaw Creek. More info: 254-897-4253, EarthFest 2013 – 10am-2pm. Bring the family and enjoy the great outdoors. Will feature many outdoor activities from kite flying to wildlife demonstrations. Free. Connemara Meadow Preserve, 300 Tatum Rd, Allen. EcoCoppell Earthfest – 10am-2pm. A community wide Earth Day celebration with environmental education booths, live music, and city sustainability demonstrations. The CCG will be holding the annual plant sale. Town Center Plaza, 255 Parkway Blvd, Coppell. Creating Shade Gardens – 10:15am. Learn about plants that thrive in Texas shade gardens and show

M-o-o-ving Thru’ the Mud with Landon: May 18 you how to improve your own shady spaces. Free. All Calloway’s Nursery locations. 817-222-1122.

SUNDAY, APRIL 7 Bird Walk – 8-11am. Bring binoculars and field guides if have them, and learn what to watch for in habits, characteristics and calls from Gailon and Rodney, both with Prairie and Timbers Audubon Society. Can expect about 30+ species. All ages welcome. Connemara Meadow Preserve, 300 Tatum Rd, Allen.

TUESDAY, APRIL 9 I Need Salt Not Gold – 5-6pm. Expert will talk about need of salt in our daily life. You will be amazed to know how dead sea salt, Himalayan salt, seaweed, and fucoidan can change our life. Give yourself a push in a natural way. $10. Salt Miracle Wellness Center, 1012 W Hebron Pkwy, Ste 138, Carrollton. Amber: 972-394-7258. Dallas Sierra Club Meeting – 7-8:30pm. Pam Smith, Park Landscape Manager, will talk about Farmers Branch’s 2.5 acres of roses and lessons learned that can be applied to individual gardens. Free. REI Dallas, 4515 Lyndon B Johnson Freeway, Dallas. Kirk Miller: 972-699-1687.

Guided Meadow Walk – 9-11am. With Rich Jaynes. Connemara Meadow Preserve, 300 Tatum Rd, Allen.

Extreme Weather on Earth & Beyond – 10am12pm. Dr. David Baker, Austin College Associate Professor of Physics and Director of the Austin College Weather Station, will present this special “weather report.” Baker is the co-author of The 50 Most Extreme Places in Our Solar System. Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge, 6465 Refuge Rd, Sherman. Register: 903-786-2826 or Learn 2 Live Green – 10am-4pm. Showcases ecofriendly and sustainable applications and products, workshops, demonstrations and a variety of educational seminars. Includes an array of entertainment and activities. Free. The Shops of Legacy, 5741 Legacy, Plano. For more info & schedule: Clark Gardens Spring Festival – Apr 13 & 14. 10am-6pm, Sat; 11am-5pm, Sun. Live entertainment, sustainability and gardening educational stations, art exhibitors, a children’s activity area, a classic car show, a model train show and a motorcycle show. Local wineries and Texas-made artisanal cheeses, and vendors. $10/adults, $7/ages 5-12, free/age 4 & under and memebrs. Additional fees for certain activities. Clark Gardens, 567 Maddux Rd, Weatherford. 940-682-4856. Butterfly and Hummingbird Gardens – 10:15am. Learn how to create a garden to enjoy your own private butterflies and hummingbird show. Free. All Calloway’s Nursery locations. 817-222-1122. Residential Green Cleaning Class – 10:30am12pm. Topics include: safer cleaning methods, green products, making your own labels, recyclable refuse. Free. Cozby Library, 177 N Heartz Rd.

THURSDAY, APRIL 11 Triathlon Basics: Try a Tri? – 7-8:30pm. Is it time to try a Tri? Discover the ins-and-outs of triathlons: types, distances, how to get started, how to train, and what to expect on race day. Free. REI Plano, 2424 Preston Rd. 972-985-2241.

FRIDAY, APRIL 12 Moms and Dads for Autism Night Out – 7-10pm. Ashlyn’s Hope is a non-profit which exists to positively impact families of children with autism. Your participation in this event will help support local families. Join us for an unforgettable evening filled with fun and fabulous art as you paint a picture with new friends. Sponsored by Brain Balance of Plano, attendees will have food, drinks and painting. $40. Let’s Art Party, 1035 E 15th St, Plano. More info, Brain Balance of Plano: 972-248-9482. Tickets:

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7:30am-5pm. Includes the American Heart Association Heart Chase, a series of heart-healthy activities, entertainment, activities, workshops and demonstrations for adults and kids. Also a community-wide recycling opportunity. Held at 405 N Rusk, Sherman. For more info:

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1:30pm Free We honor all at this Ceremony. We strive to “make things right” for everyone, as we honor N’ye (buffalo). This type of Ceremony is typically not open to the general public, but call for particulars. Four Feathers Trading Post, 3522 CR 2621, Caddo Mills Silverhawk: 214-288-9935. Astronomy Walk – 9-11pm. Join Clyde Camp for a Nightwalk and Astronomy nearest the New Moon. Appropriate footwear is a must. This is an inappropriate walk for young children. Connemara Meadow Preserve, 300 Tatum Rd, Allen.

TUESDAY, APRIL 16 Lightweight Backpacking Basics – 7-8:30pm. Do you want to try backpacking but worry about carrying a heavy pack? Join an REI backpacking expert will provide excellent tips on lightweight backpacking techniques. Free. REI Plano, 2424 Preston Rd. 972-985-2241.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 17 Weston A. Price Foundation Workshop – 6-7:30pm. With Drs. Christy Porterfield and Jennifer Taylor. Workshop on the nutrition value of whole foods, what to select, seasonally and where, and how to prepare them for optimal nutrition. Connect with other like-minded individuals who want to learn how to keep their families healthy in today’s world. Free. HealthWorks: A Creating Wellness Center, 2317 Coit Rd, Ste B, Plano. Registration required: 972-612-1800. Advanced Bike Maintenance: Derailleurs – 6-8:30pm.The bike staff will lead you through a tune up of your shift system. Please bring your clean bike. $30/member, $40/nonmember. REI Plano, 2424 Preston Rd. 972-985-2241. Craft Brews of the Pacific Northwest – 6:30-8pm. Discover the region that put microbrews on the map. The Pacific Northwest is home to the most exciting beers in the world, from the famed Deschutes Black Butte Porter to lesser-known gems like Wasatch. Space limited. Free. Whole Foods Market, 2201


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Collin County Farmers’ Market Opens – 8am. Features Texas-grown produce and meats, locally made products and a community center to learn about green and healthy living. Market will open with 40 vendors. Fairview Farms, 3314 N Central Expressway, Plano.

Texoma Earth Day Festival: April 20 Preston Rd, Ste C, Plano. 972-612-6729. RSVP & mention North Texas Natural Awakenings: Andrea.

THURSDAY, APRIL 18 Fort Worth Arts Festival – Apr 18-21. Free, nationally recognized juried art fair is a familyfriendly event that showcases art, live music, local cuisine, dancers and performing artists. 501 Main St, Fort Worth. For more info & schedule: Dallas DownRiver Club Meeting – 7pm. Canoeing, kayaking and rafting club. Roma’s, 7402 Greenville Ave, Dallas. 214-373-0500. More info, Dale Harris: 972-680-2727 or

FRIDAY, APRIL 19 Texas Crawfish & Music Festival – Apr 19-21 & 26-28. 5-11pm, Fri; 11am-11pm, Sat; 11am-9pm, Sun. Features 14 artists each weekend, local and regional bands, karaoke contests, carnival rides, midway games, petting zoo, educational stations, interactive games and activities for children. Plenty food, too. $10 advance. Preservation Park, 130 Spring School Rd, Spring. For schedule & more info: Gong Meditation – 7pm. The Gong is used for centuries to relax and de-stress the body and mind. $20. Shambhala Wellness, 215 E University Dr, Denton. Johanna Oosterwijk: 940-380-8728. Relay For Life Plano 2013 – 7pm. Teams camp overnight and take turns walking or running around a track for 12 hrs, signifying the fact that cancer never sleeps. John Paul II H.S., 900 Coit Rd, Plano. For more info:

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Earth Day Dallas 2013 – Apr 20-21. 10am-6pm. Features 600 exhibitors with engaging exhibits, educational speakers, demos, music, entertainment, food and fun for everyone. 5k run on Apr 21. Free. Fair Park, 1200 S 2nd Ave, Dallas. For detailed schedule: Using Groundcovers in the Landscape – 10:15am. Discover the many varieties of groundcovers useful in hard to grow areas under trees, on slopes, and in rocky terrain. Learn about tried and true groundcovers that perform well in Texas sun or shade. Free. All Calloway’s Nursery locations. 817-222-1122.

SUNDAY, APRIL 21 Oak Cliff Park Earth Day – 12-5pm. Includes vendors, artists and entertainers. Tell your friends, bring the family, bring your pets, there is something for everyone to enjoy. Lake Cliff Park, 1200 N Zang Blvd, Dallas. More info:

MONDAY, APRIL 22 Rainwater Harvesting – 6-8pm. Build a rain barrel. $50. Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center, 17360 Coit Rd, Bldg C, Dallas. Must RSVP:,2013-107-rainwater-harvesting-rain-barrel-making.

THURSDAY, APRIL 25 Benefits of Acupuncture for Fertility – 5:306:30pm. Free workshop presented by Xie Yin, Licensed Acupuncturist (M.D. of China). Limited seating, light refreshments will be served. Acupuncture and Herbs, 9555 Lebanon Rd, Bldg 10, Ste 1003, Frisco. To sign up: 972-335-2626 or Free Parent Education Seminar – 6:30-7pm. Parents are invited to attend this free seminar to learn about how the Brain Balance program is helping children with social, academic, and behavior issues achieve success. Attendees will learn about the two

taught by internationally acclaimed expert and teacher Donna Eden with David Feinstein. Learn practical, “hands-on” ways to restore your energy, sharpen memory and mental clarity, strengthen your immune system, calm your stress response using the oldest, safest, most accessible and affordable “medicine” there is. $35/advance, $45/at door. Grapevine Concourse Center, 3800 Fairway Dr, Grapevine. Register:

hemispheres of the brain and how a disconnect can be a source of their child’s issues. Brain Balance of Plano, 1501 Preston Rd, Plano. RSVP: 972-248-9482. What is Acupuncture – 7-8pm. Presentation about acupuncture and how acupuncture can help people bring their health back. Free. Daphne Acupuncture Center, 4101 Spring Creek Pkwy, Ste 200, Plano. Daphne Su: 972-665-8618. Daphne


FRIDAY, APRIL 26 Germanfest – Apr 26-28. 12pm-12am, Fri; 10am12am, Sat; 10am-6pm, Sun. Muenster Chamber of Commerce’s annual German heritage festival. Live music and entertainment. BBQ Cook Off, great German food and beer, and much more. Nagelschlagen competition. Fun for the whole family. $6-$8; free/ age 8 & under. U.S. Highway 82 West, 12 miles from I-35 (70 miles north of DFW Metroplex), Muenster. Info & schedule: 940-759-2227 or Real. Texas. Festival. – Apr 26 & 27. 5-11pm, Fri; 10am-11pm, Sat. Enjoy the 56th annual Mesquite Championship Rodeo, music, food, pyrotechnics and a variety of events like bareback and saddle bronc riding, bull riding and much more. $10 advance by Apr 14; $20 at gate; free/age 12 & under. Rodeo Center, 1818 Rodeo Dr, Mesquite. For more info: Texas Crawfish & Music Festival – Apr 26-28. 5-11pm, Fri; 11am-11pm, Sat; 11am-9pm, Sun. See Apr 19 listing. Preservation Park, 130 Spring School Rd, Spring. For schedule & more info:

SATURDAY, APRIL 27 Free Learn About Solar – 10am-12pm. 1701 N Greenville Ave, Ste 1112, Richardson. RSVP: Info@

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Healing Oils of the Bible Seminar

10am-6pm Free Learn vital info on healing power of essential oils. Free lunch. Bring this ad for a free door prize. North Texas YL Fellowship, 1241 Carl Dr, Tioga RSVP requested: Laura Martin, 214-680-7196

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1:30pm Free Tales of many different ways. Share the tales with Omistaipoka, our storyteller. Perhaps you may have a tale or two of your own to tell. Four Feathers Trading Post, 3522 CR 2621, Caddo Mills RSVP to Silverhawk: 214-288-9935.

SUNDAY, APRIL 28 Connemara Meadow Preserve Open House – 1-5pm. Experience what makes this natural oasis in the middle of suburbia so special, and always surprising. Free. Connemara Meadow Preserve, 300 Tatum Rd, Allen.

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M-o-o-ving Thru’ the Mud with Landon – 9am, gates open; 10am, Mud Run. Kid-friendly mud run with obstacles for children 4-14. 1-mile course of 10 farm-themed obstacles including a tunnel crawl, rope swing, pig pen, great calf escape and tractor tire dive. Other activities: hay rides, food/beverage vendors, barrel train rides, face painting and more fun for the family. Fundraiser for medical expenses incurred by families fighting hypothalamic hamartoma. $20/person & includes a t-shirt, goodie bag and lunch. Held at Circle N Dairy, 2074 CR 446, Lindsay. 940-372-0343.

SATURDAY, MAY 25 Lavender Festival – May 25-27. 9am-5pm. Rain or shine. Pick your own fresh lavender while available; have a lavender lunch at our cafe and enjoy the beauty that surrounds us. Wine tasting, food and great shopping. Our Lavender Store carries twig wreaths, lavender soaps and more. Vendors will be present at the festival with everything from antiques, art and hand-crafted items. Free admission and parking. Lavender Ridge Farm, 2391 County Rd 178, Gainesville. 940-665-6938.

TUESDAY, JUNE 11 Camp Invention Registration – A full week of learning disguised as fun. For children entering grades 1-6. Full-week program employs inquirybased activities in science, technology, engineering, math, history and the arts that elicit creative thinking to solve real-world challenges. One week only, programs will run in the cities of Allen, Dallas, Frisco, Keller, McKinney, Prosper, Southlake, Trophy Club, Wylie and more. For details: 800-968-4332.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 15 An Evening with Donna Eden – 7-9pm. Learn simple tools for restoring health and vitality, as

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Yoga Tree: Yoga 101 – 5:15-6:15pm. Discover the joyful practice of yoga. Yoga 101 is the perfect entry point for those who have heard about the benefits of yoga and want to learn more. First class free. Yoga Tree, 1410 Ave K, Ste 1105A, Plano. 972-398YOGA (9642).

Sunday Morning Rides – Various start times and lengths. Richardson Bikemart, Southeast corner of Campbell Rd & Coit Rd, in the front parking lot. Mention North Texas Natural Awakenings: 972231-3993. Teen/Adult Horse Club – 11am-5pm. Do you have horse experience, but wish to ride and learn more? Join the Camp Tonkawa Horse club. This Sunday club is for Adults, children come on Saturdays, Homeschoolers on Mondays. $15. Camp Tonkawa Outdoor Learning Center, Inc, 1036 CR 203, Collinsville. For restrictions & details: 940440-8382 or Horse_club.shtml. Visit the Cats – 11am-6pm, Sun & Sat. A selfguided tour to learn about the animals that call InSync home. Helpful volunteers available to answer any questions. $10/adult, $7/senior (65+), $7/child (4-12), free/under 4. In-Sync Exotics, 3430 Skyview Dr, Wylie. 972-442-6888. Alzheimer’s Caregiver Support Group – 2-3pm. 3rd Sun. Get info on local resources, education and support. Open to anyone whose loved one may be affected by dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. Autumn Leaves of McKinney, 175 Plateau Dr, McKinney. 972-542-0606. ZSmith@Autumn Nature Explore Family Club – Thru Apr. 3-4pm. 1st Sun. Event aims to connect children and families with nature through fun, age-appropriate activities. Free. Environmental Education Center, 4116 W Plano Pkwy, Plano. Register: LiveGreenInPlano. Transition Dallas Meeting – 6pm. 4th Sun. A group of people interested in learning to live resiliently and sustainably within our neighborhoods. At many of our meetings we have re-skilling sessions, so we can revive the skills that enabled our grandparents to be self-sufficient within their communities. For meeting location & mention North Texas Natural Awakenings:


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to the healthful practice of yoga. In a fun, safe environment, they learn basic yoga postures building strength, flexibility, coordination, and body awareness. First class free. Yoga Tree, 1410 Ave K, Ste 1105A, Plano. 972-398-YOGA (9642).

Angela’s Open Mic Night – 6pm. Grab your guitar, keyboard, banjo, etc and come show us what you got. Also offer live music every Thurs, Fri & Sat in a warm, family-friendly atmosphere where we feature comfort food and great spirits. Free. Angela’s at the Crosswalk, 1010 E 15th, Plano. 972-633-9500.

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monday Performance Enhancement Training – Demo by appt. Experience Interactive Metronome (IM) training first hand. IM is used for those with learning differences, serious athletes looking to improve their game, and adults looking to improve their dayto-day performance. Free. Available 8:30am-5pm, M-F at Willow Bend Academy, 2220 Coit Rd, Ste 500, Plano, 972-599-7882; 8:30am-5pm, M-F at Willow Bend Academy, 101 E Southwest Pkwy, Ste 101, Lewisville, 972-436-3839. Massage for Mom – 10am-4pm. $10 off any massage for North Texas Natural Awakenings readers. One-hour Hot Stone, Swedish or Pregnancy massage, reg. price $55/hr. Massage Space, 7000 Independence Pkwy at Legacy, Plano. Reservations required: 972-612-5363. Overeaters Anonymous – 12pm. Weekly Mon-Fri. A 12-step recovery program for compulsive eating. Prairie Creek Baptist Church, 3201 W 15th St, Plano. 972-238-0333. Yoga Tree: Sprouts and Kids Yoga – 3:45-4:15pm, Sprouts; 4:30-5:15pm, Kids. Introduce your child

Pilates Infused Yoga – 6:15-7:15pm. Pilates offers a complete work-out for the body that exercises not just the main muscle groups, but weaker, less used muscles too. First class free. Shambhala Wellness, 215 E University Dr, Denton. Johanna Oosterwijk: 940-380-8728. Beekeeping Meeting – 6:30pm. 2nd Mon. Beginner to experienced keepers welcome, ages 8-80. Free. Collin County Hobby Beekeepers Association meets at Heard-Craig Center, 205 W Hunt St, McKinney. Mention North Texas Natural Awakenings: 972-8438084. Monday Night Ride at Arbor Hills – 6:30pm. Bring bike, helmet and light. Meet at the trail head at Arbor Hills. More info: Native Plant Society Meeting – 7pm. 3rd Mon. Guest speakers on topics related to native plants and habitats. Free. Dallas Chapter Native Plant Society. REI Outdoor Equipment Store, 4515 LBJ Frwy, Dallas. 866-527-4918. Open Stage – 7pm-12am. An opportunity to practice performance on a stage with an engaged and supportive audience. Performers sign up to show off their skills in a 5-min time slot, which we film and share with the performer to help hone their craft. After variety show, practice any and all types of performing art. $5 cover, 21+. House of Poets, 580 W Arapaho Rd, Ste 199, Richardson. Mention North Texas Natural Awakenings: 214-494-0952.


Texas YL Fellowship, 4501 W Oak Shores Dr, Crossroads; 1241 Carl Dr, Tioga. RSVP requested, Laura Martin: 214-680-7196.

Healthy Eating Tours – 10am & 4pm. Learn how to make healthier choices, using our ANDI scoring system. Learn how to read labels; build menus around plant-based foods low in fat to ensure highly nutrient dense meals. Whole Foods Market, 2201 Preston Rd, Plano. Mention North Texas Natural Awakenings: 972-612-6729.

of art and provide insight into the mind of the artist. Free. Heard-Craig Carriage House located, 205 1/2 W Hunt St, McKinney. 972-569-6909.

Dance, Dance, Dance – 7-9:15pm. Dance hosts available to dance with unescorted ladies. Refreshments served. $5. Plano Senior Recreation Center, 401 W 16th St, Plano. Details: 972-941-7155 or

Tween & Teen Game Day – 3:45-5pm. Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Guitar Hero and many other Wii & Play Station games. Free. Denton Public Library, North Branch, 600 N Locust St, Denton. 940-349-8752.

North Texas Environment Meetup – 7:30-8:30pm. 1st Tues. Meet other like-minded environmentallyconscious people to discuss environmental issues both on a global and local level. Environmentalists.

Adults with Special Needs Cooking Classes – 6-8pm. 1st & 3rd Wed. Call for details. Space limited. $10. Market Street Culinary School, 6100 Eldorado Pkwy, McKinney. Reserve spot now & mention Natural Awakenings North Texas: 972548-5167.

Sisters Safe Talk – 10-11am. 2nd & 4th Tues. We are a group of women of all ages. We come together as sisters so we can openly and safely share a part of ourselves on this wonderful journey. Free. Shambhala Wellness, 215 E University Dr, Denton. RSVP suggested: 940-380-8728. Dallas Museum of Art – 11am-3pm. 1st Tues. Programming designed specifically for children age 5 and under and their families, but all ages welcome. Art-making activities, story times, performances, and gallery activities. Free. Dallas Museum of Art, 1717 N Harwood St, Dallas. 214-922-1200. Meet and Greet: Healthy Kids Pediatrics – 12pm. 1st Tues. Come meet our providers. An informal gathering of parents interested in meeting Dr. Deborah Bain and Nurse Practitioners, Christie Potter, CPNP and Jessica Drain, FNP-BC. Also, a time to bring your questions regarding Healthy Kids Pediatrics. Free. Healthy Kids Pediatrics, 4851 Legacy Dr, Ste 301, Frisco. To confirm attendance: 972-294-0808. Yoga for Runners – 6:45-7:45pm. 20-wk program, less than $8/session. Luke’s Locker, 959 Garden Park Dr, Allen. For details & mention North Texas Natural Awakenings: 469-854-6244. Amazing YA Book Club – 7pm. 1st Tues. All grownup but still love reading young adult books? Join us to discuss YA books with other adult fans. Emily Fowler Library, 502 Oakland St, Denton. For titles: 940-349-8718. Collin County Chapter of the Native Plant Society of Texas Meeting – 7pm. 2nd Tues. Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary, 1 Nature Pl, McKinney. More info: 972-380-4030. DFW Greenweavers – 7pm. 2nd Tues. Networking for professionals and companies who are greenminded, eco-friendly or wishing to become more so. $1. For location details, mention North Texas Natural Awakenings: 214-378-8686. PTAS Chapter Meetings – 7pm, refreshments; 7:30pm, meeting & program. 4th Tues, Sept-Nov & Jan-May. All meetings and other activities open to everyone. PTAS offers interesting programs and wonderful guest speakers at our meetings that bring a great variety of expertise and excitement to the membership. Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary, 1 Nature Pl, McKinney. Program details: Public Knowledge – 7pm. 1st Tues. Adults celebrating brains and brews through conversation and presenters from diverse fields in science and history. Different bar or restaurant location each month. For location details: Learn More About Essential Oils – 7-9pm. 3rd Tues. Learn how to use essential oils to control Flu, Staph, West Nile, toxic mold and more. Keep your home healthier without dangerous chemicals. Free. Location alternates: Tioga or Crossroads. North

Cirque Out – 8-10pm. A weekly circus-skill enthusiast work out. Work on your hooping, spinning, juggling and general tomfoolery. Nice weather location: The Richardson Civic Center, 411 W Arapaho Rd, Richardson. Bad weather location: The Peace Pipe Hookah Lounge, 580 W Arapaho, Ste 181, Richardson. Mention North Texas Natural Awakenings: 214-494-0952.

wednesday Nature Awareness Club – 9:30am-2:30pm. 2nd Wed &/or Thurs; Club members choose one day each month. Learn about our local North Texas plants and animals, through activities, games, and nature walks. Bring your Nature Journals and pencils. Children 4 & up. $15. Camp Tonkawa Outdoor Learning Center, Inc, 1036 CR 203, Collinsville. Pre-registration required, mention North Texas Natural Awakenings: 940-440-8382. Christian Women Business Networking – 11am1pm. 1st Wed. Fellowship and networking with other professional Christian women, to draw us closer together. We meet monthly over lunch, for prayer, inspiration and a “Spiritual Vitamin.” Prestonwood Country Club, 15909 Preston Rd, Dallas. For reservation & details, mention North Texas Natural Awakenings: 972-704-3898.

Evening Social Runs/Walks – 6:30pm. Post party new restaurant each 6 weeks. All levels welcome. Luke’s Locker, 959 Garden Park Dr, Allen. Mention North Texas Natural Awakenings: 469-854-6244. Organic Society Meeting – 6:30pm, seed & info exchange; 7pm, meeting. 3rd Wed. Denton Organic Society. Denton Senior Center, 509 N Bell Ave, Denton. 940-382-8551. Sport Watch Tech Clinics – 6:30pm. 2nd Wed. Garmin, Polar, Nike, Times, Moto, Soleus. Luke’s Locker, 959 Garden Park Dr, Allen. Mention North Texas Natural Awakenings: 469-854-6244. Teen Anime Club – 6:30pm. 3rd Wed. The Colony Public Library, Conference Rm, 6800 Main St, The Colony. 972-625-1900. Animanga – 6:30-8pm. 3rd Wed. For teens grades 6-12. Watch anime? Read Manga? Draw fan art? Share your love of all things anime/manga. Snacks provided. Free. Denton Public Library, North Branch, 600 N Locust St, Denton. 940-349-8752. Bedtime Stories – 7pm. All ages. Come to story time prepared for lifelong learning and a barrel of fun. Free ticket at 2nd floor desk. A parent or caregiver must accompany each child. Frisco Public Library, 6101 Frisco Square Blvd, Frisco. 972-292-5669.

Networking Meeting – 11:30am-1pm. North Dallas Networkers lunchtime networking meeting. Come see one of the best run and most fun networking groups in DFW. $13 includes lunch and a beverage. No charge for the meeting. Membership requirements explained at the meeting. Picasso’s Restaurant, 18160 N Dallas Pkwy, Dallas. Mention North Texas Natural Awakenings. Restaurant: 972248-0011. Vicki Knutson: 214-587-3786. Frisco Noon Lions Club – 12-1pm. 2nd & 4th Wed. Friendships, fun and fulfilling. Come share the joy of community involvement and fellowship while helping make the world a better place. Designed for busy small business owners and professional and works well for the time conscious individual (stay at home mom, student, retiree). Meetings featuring informative speakers and hands-on training are held at local Frisco restaurants. All welcome, ages 18 & up. Free. Buy own lunch if wish to eat. For details, Brandy Miles & mention North Texas Natural Awakenings: 972-335-2487 or Brandy@ Art History Brown Bag Series – 12:30-1:30pm. 1st Wed. Presented by Annie Royer. A look at the “isms” including cubism, romanticism, modernism and impressionism. How did one “ism” influence the next? How did artists influence and challenge each other? Series will heighten one’s appreciation

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thursday Free Admission & Wildlife Program – 9am-9pm. 3rd Thurs. Admission and parking free. 7:15pm, Special Program: Saving Our Birds, The work of the Rogers Wildlife Rehabilitation Center. Trinity River Audubon Center, 6500 Great Trinity Forest Way, Dallas. 214-309-5801. Lunch Hour Yoga – 11:30am-12:20pm. Class utilizes the Franklin Method and Smart Spine along with various types of yoga for relaxation and rejuvenation. $15. Pilates for Life, 103 W Belmont Dr, Allen. 214-704-3070. Adriatica Farmers’ Market – Begins Apr 11. 3-7pm or until sellout. Local and organic meat, dairy and produce vendors. McKinney Farmers’ Market, 6851 Virginia Pkwy, W McKinney. 972-562-8790. CPR Training – 6-8pm. American Heart Training Center with 125 trained instructors. Texas CPR Training, 4013 Carrizo, Plano. 214-770-6872. Dallas Organic Gardening Club – 6:30pm, refreshments; 7pm, meeting. 4th Thurs. Free. REI, 4515 LBJ Freeway, Dallas. Teen Writers Group – 6:30pm. 3rd Thurs. Join other teen writers to discuss projects, get ideas and suggestions for publication, and for fellowship and fun. Free. The Colony Public Library, Conference Rm, 6800 Main St, The Colony. 972-625-1900 x 3. Fitness in the Square (FITS): Part of Be Fit Frisco – 6:30-7:30pm. A free one-hour exercise class in the courtyard in front of Frisco City Hall. For kids 10+ to adults. Bring water, towel, and appropriate clothing and shoes. The type of workout changes each month. Bring your family and move together. Be Fit Frisco, Frisco City Hall Square, 6101 Frisco Square Blvd. 972-292-6501. Essential Oils Class – 6:45-7:30pm. 3rd Thurs. From Seed to Seal. If you don’t know your seed you don’t know your oil. Learn what the ancients used to remove moles, warts, skin tags, age spots and more. Free. LED Skin Care Center, 3645 Dallas Pkwy, Ste 111, Inside Ovation Boutiques, Plano. RSVP; class size limited: 214-587-3786. Power Yoga – 6:45-7:45pm. In conjunction with Luke’s Locker Allen, class meets at Allen Yoga Center, 915 Market St, Allen. Details & mention North Texas Natural Awakenings: 469-854-6244. Dallas Down-River Club Meeting – 7pm. 3rd Thurs. Canoeing, kayaking and rafting club. Roma’s, 7402 Greenville Ave, Dallas. 214-373-0500. More

info, Dale Harris: 972-680-2727 or Dale_Harris@ The Colony History Project Committee – 7pm. 3rd Thurs. Help cultivate and preserve The Colony’s rich history. The Colony Public Library, 6800 Main St, The Colony. 972-625-1900. Men’s Only Pilates – 8pm. Class utilizes all the Pilates equipment. $15. Pilates for Life, 103 W Belmont Dr, Allen. 214-704-3070.

friday Friday Focus – 8am. Networking opportunities. Enjoy a cup of java and learn more about business community. IHOP in The Colony, Meeting Rm, 4801 State Hwy 121, The Colony. 972-625-8027. LEGO Builders Club – 4pm. 3rd Fri. Drop in and get creative by building with the library’s LEGOs. A different theme for each month. Ages 6 & up. Emily Fowler Central Library, 502 Oakland, Denton. 940-349-8752. Free Mom & Kids Yoga – 5:30-6pm. 1st Fri. Find out how our Multisensory Kids Yoga can help improve your child’s focus and grades while keeping you both fit at the same time. SMARTS Club, 8780 Preston Trace Blvd, Frisco. Registration required & mention North Texas Natural Awakenings: 214-872-8592. Free Community Yoga – 6-7pm. 1st Fri. Suitable for all levels. Learn to breathe, relax and renew. Space limited. Free. Transform U Fitness, 1565 W Main St, Lewisville. Pre-registration required: 972-849-9666. Yoga Tree: Drown Your Dog – 6-7pm. Looking for a light-hearted yoga experience? This class incorporates exciting postures and popular music. Following class we gather at one of our neighborhood restaurants to jump-start the weekend. First class free. Yoga Tree, 1410 Ave K, Ste 1105A, Plano. 972-398-YOGA (9642). Crow After Dark – 6pm-12am. 3rd Fri, except Jan & Dec. Enlighten your night and experience Asia after dark. Enjoy music, dance, films, tours, and more. Free. Crow Asian Art Museum, 2010 Flora St, Dallas. 214-979-6430. Acoustic Friday – 7pm. Weekly open jam and song circle. All acoustic instruments and levels welcome. All music genres welcome. Free. Visual Art League Art Gallery, Lewisville. 972-420-9393. Free Community Yoga – 7-8pm. 1st Fri. In the spirit of Friday night, come prepared to let loose and experience amazing yoga styles. Each month will feature different teachers. Open to all levels of experience. Pranaa Ayurveda Spa & Yoga, 4017 Preston Rd, Ste 532, Plano. Mention North Texas Natural Awakenings: 972-608-0402. Live Music – 7-9pm. Live music and delicious treats: blended or hot coffee, delicious hot cocoa, Collin County’s award-winning specialty bakery treats, hand-dipped Blue Bell ice cream, fresh baked cookies, cakes and bakery sweets. Free. For details & to con-


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Muenster Germanfest: April 26-28 firm happening, mention North Texas Natural Awakenings: Coffee N Cream, 11660 Legacy Dr, Frisco. 214-705-9600. Community Dance – 7-9:30pm. 2nd & 4th Fri. Live Music, varied styles. Fun for all ages 21 and up. $5/ person Denton Senior Center, 509 North Bell Ave, Denton. For details & mention North Texas Natural Awakenings: 940-349-8720. Square and Round Dance for Fitness and Fun – 7:30pm. 1st & 3rd Fri. Individuals and couples of all ages welcome. Texas Reelers, 820 W Arapaho, Richardson. Mention North Texas Natural Awakenings: 972-235-1400.

saturday Denton Rugby – We are always looking for new recruits in Dallas Fort Worth Area. Email for more info about how to join. Currently we have players that live in Lewisville, Flower Mound, Keller, Southlake, Frisco and many others. Mention North Texas Natural Awakenings to Jason Millerd: Pathfinders Fun Cycling – A free, non-competitive riding group for all cycling skill levels. Short, weekly bicycle rides for the purpose of fun and exercise. All rides held on the weekend, less than 20 miles and include a food destination and a “no rider left behind” policy. Routes and destinations change each week. For more info: CycleHighlandVillage. Operation Kindness – 3rd Sat. No Kill animal shelter brings animals for adoption. Weather permitting. Whole Foods Market, outside store, 2201 Preston Rd, Plano. Mention North Texas Natural Awakenings: 972-612-6729. Saturday Morning Rides – Various start times and lengths. Richardson Bikemart, Southeast corner of Campbell Rd & Coit Rd, in the front parking lot. Mention North Texas Natural Awakenings: 972231-3993. Small Fry Sports Classes – A skills and developmental sports class for boys and girls ages 3 & 4. Each month offers a different sport which allows children to develop new skills and gain exposure to all sports offered at the Y. Parents participate alongside their child during this fun and active class. $20/YMCA Family Member, $40/everyone else. Frisco Family YMCA, 3415 Main St, Frisco. Trey Gilmore: 214-297-9622.

Collin County Farmers’ Market – Begins Apr 20. 8am. Features Texas-grown produce and meats, locally made products and a community center to learn about green and healthy living. Fairview Farms, 3314 N Central Expressway, Plano. Bird Walk – Thru May. 8-9:30am. 2nd Sat. With the Heard Museum and Prairie and Timbers Audubon Society. Walks begin promptly. Free with regular admission. Heard Museum, 1 Nature Place, McKinney. Coppell Farmers’ Market – April 6-Nov 23. 8am-12pm. Seasonal produce for the North Texas area, natural meats and eggs, seafood, organic dairy products, honey, teas, breads, mixes, flowers, plants, and more. Coppell Farmers’ Market, Corner of Bethel & S Coppell rds, Coppell. Mention North Texas Natural Awakenings: McKinney Farmers’ Market – Begins Apr 6. 8am12pm. Local and organic meat, dairy and produce vendors. Locally grown and produced food and craft items. Live music. Chestnut Square Historic Village, 315 S Chestnut St, McKinney. 972-562-8790. Yoga Tree: Yoga 101 – 8:30-9:30am. Discover the joyful practice of yoga. Yoga 101 is the perfect entry point for those who have heard about the benefits of yoga and want to learn more. First class free. Yoga Tree, 1410 Ave K, Ste 1105A, Plano. 972-398YOGA (9642). Recycling: Electronics – 9-11am. The city of Plano encourages residents to bring all old electronic devices (not being used) to this site for proper disposal. For details, location & mention North Texas edition of Natural Awakenings: 972-769-4150. Free One-Hour Seminars – 10am. Topics: gardening, beekeeping, rainwater collection, goat milking, poultry. Ploughshare Institute for Sustainable Living, 7781 Gholson Rd, Waco. Mention North Texas Natural Awakenings: 254-754-9663. Second Saturday for Youth – 10-11:30am. For youngsters aged 4-10; children 6 & under must be accompanied by a parent or other responsible adult. Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge, A/V Classroom, 6465 Refuge Rd, Sherman. Reservations necessary: 903-786-2826.

Texas Natural Awakenings: 214-450-3286. Visit the Cats – 11am-6pm. See Sun listing. In-Sync Exotics, 3430 Skyview Dr, Wylie. 972-442-6888. Yoga Tree: Restorative Yoga – 11:30am-12:30pm. Restorative Yoga is an expression of the science of relaxation. Come let our instructors teach you to relax, release, and let go. First class free. Yoga Tree, 1410 Ave K, Ste 1105A, Plano. 972-398-YOGA (9642). Homestead Open House – 12-3pm. 3rd Sat. Time subject to change during heat of summer. The Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area is home to several historic structures, most notably the Minor-Porter Log House, which dates to about 1869. Volunteers on hand to guide visitors through the structures and answer questions in this informal tour. Visitors welcome to arrive at any time during the open hours and tour at their own pace. Regular admission to LLELA: $5/person; free/age 5 & under. No additional charge for tour. Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area, 201 E Jones St, Lewisville. 972-219-7980. Kayak down the Elm Fork – 12-3pm. 3rd Sat. Whether have lots of river time under your belt or have never set foot in a kayak, you’re welcome here. Kayak Power provides equipment and instruction followed by a 6-mile trip down the Elm Fork to a shuttle vehicle. Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area, 201 E Jones St, Lewisville. Reservation required: 214-669-1663. Heard Nature Photographers Club – 1:30pm. 2nd Sat. Speakers and discussions. Topics include how-to and technique discussions and travelogue presentations. Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary, 1 Nature Pl, McKinney. More info: 972-462-7314. Treblemakers – 2pm. 3rd Sat. An afternoon filled with singing, listening and moving. Music instructor Kim Forguson brings books to life through musiccentered games and activities. Best for ages 6-8. Denton Public Library, North Branch, 600 N Locust St, Denton. 940-349-8752.

SpinFest – 3-7pm. 3rd Sat. A free, open event hosted by Creative Motion to explore circus skills with the public. Learn to juggle, hula hoop, or spin poi, staves, or flags. Heights Park Arapaho Rd at Floyd Rd, Richardson. Mention North Texas Natural Awakenings: 214-494-0952. Sunday Mountain Bike Group Ride – 6pm. Open to all levels. Informal and leaderless. Food, fun and riding. Food served after the riding. Location changes weekly. For details & location: BBishop@ Parents Night Out – 6-11pm. 1st & 3rd Sat. Drop the kids off for tons of games. Pizza and drinks served. $15 with pre-registration, $20 at door. Corinth Gymnastics, 1402 N Corinth St, Corinth. Details, mention North Texas Natural Awakenings: 940-498-4386. Stargeezer Star Party – 6:30-9:30pm. 1st Sat. Bring the whole family. Star parties begin at sunset, weather permitting. Free. Spring Park, Jonandrea Ln, Garland. Live Music – 7-9pm. Live music and delicious treats: blended or hot coffee, delicious hot cocoa, Collin County’s award-winning specialty bakery treats, hand-dipped Blue Bell ice cream, fresh baked cookies, cakes and bakery sweets. Free. For details & to confirm happening, mention North Texas Natural Awakenings: Coffee N Cream, 11660 Legacy Dr, Frisco, 214-705-9600; and 190 E Stacy Rd, Allen. 972-678-2626. Frisco StarFest – Sunset-10:30pm. 2nd Sat. Approximately a dozen telescopes will be set up for your viewing pleasure. Weather permitting. Free. Frisco Commons Park.

daily First Aid Classes, CPR & Babysitter Training – Various days. Monthly at various branches. For specific info on cost, space availability, times:

Family Story Time – 10:30am. All ages. Come to story time prepared for lifelong learning and a barrel of fun. Free ticket at 2nd floor desk. A parent or caregiver must accompany each child. Frisco Public Library, 6101 Frisco Square Blvd, Frisco. 972-292-5669. Kid’s Fish – 11am-1pm. Ages 4-11. The opportunity to go outside to our pond and do some live fishing (weather permitting). If bad weather will have a scavenger hunt. Free. Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World, 2501 Bass Pro Dr, Grapevine. 972-724-2018. Parkour Clinic – 11am-1pm. 2nd & 4th Sat. Indoor parkour and free running instructional classes open to all ages and abilities. Learn more challenging techniques in a padded environment. Release of liability waiver is required prior to participating. $15. LIFE Cirque. Elite Champion Gymnastics, 2621 Summit Ave, Ste 300, Plano. Mention North Texas Natural Awakenings: 214-450-3286. Parkour in the Park – 11am-1pm. 1st & 3rd Sat until it’s too hot. Parkour and free running exhibition and instructional happening open to all ages and abilities. Free. LIFE Cirque. Robert E. Lee Park, 3400 Turtle Creek Blvd, Dallas. Mention North

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aCne soLutions Led skin CaRe CenteR

3645 Dallas Pkwy, Ste 111 Plano 75093 214-587-3786, Inside the Ovation Boutiques on NW corner of Parker and Dallas Tollway. From acne to anti-aging the LED Skin Care Center delivers like no other. Detox, hydration and education bring you clear, healthy, wrinkle and spot free skin. No downtime, pain or recovery. Daily, progressive results from the inside out.

aCupunCtuRe aCupunCtuRe and heRBs

Xie Yin, L.Ac. (M.D. of China) 9555 Lebanon Rd, Bldg 10, Ste 1003 Frisco 75035 972-335-2626, Our goal is to provide effective, allnatural and drug free solutions to infertility, stress and hormonal imbalance, pain relief, allergies, digestive disorders, migraine, anxiety, insomnia, fatigue and more. Trained in China, with 23 years of experience in acupuncture and herbal medicine. See ad, page 33.

daphne aCupunCtuRe CenteR

Daphne Su, L.Ac. 4101Spring Creek Pkwy, Ste 200, Plano 75024 972-665-8618, I'm a third generation Chinese Medicine doctor (China) and dedicated to helping people live a physically healthy and emotionally balanced life. Through acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine, I help my patients with pain management as well as relief from allergies, arthritis, asthma, Bell's palsy, fibromyalgia, insomnia, infertility, high blood pressure, headaches and more.

patti CaRey, L.aC.

Acupuncture, Herbs & Nutrition 2121 W Spring Creek Pkwy, Ste 107 Plano 75023 972-704-3730 • After years in Western medicine, I finally found a way to really help people heal, relieve pain and reduce stress. In my practice I utilize acupuncture (with or without needles), herbal medicine, nutrition and energetics to help you create and maintain the healthy body you deserve. See ad, page 38.

antiQue Maps and aRt papeRhound.CoM

Orginial antique maps and biblical prints dated from 1595 to 1850. World, regional, country, city and fort maps; Biblical and portrait prints; cartographers / engravers including Tallis, Picart, Blaeu, Speed, Bowen and Homann. Each piece represents an investment of work, art and irreplaceable historical significance. See ad, page 26.

ChiRopRaCtiC dR. aMy st. John, d.C., LMt

Serendipity Health & Wellness 3900 W 15th St, Ste 506, Plano 75075 214-801-0741 • Relieving pain head to toe, whether caused by injury, stress or fatigue. I offer personalized care, private appointments and therapeutic massage.

syneRGy BaLanCe

Dr. Cecilia Yu, D.C.; NUCCA practitioner 12740 Hillcrest Road, Ste 138, Dallas 75230 972-387-4700 • By aligning the first vertebrae through a precise NUCCA adjustment, Dr. Yu eliminates nerve interference from the brain stem. Such interference can manifest itself in any manner including Scoliosis, skin conditions, behavioral disorders, herniated discs or joint problems. Unlike traditional chiropractic, even traditional upper-cervical chiropractic, there is no popping, cracking or twisting and a NUCCA adjustment holds longer which means you return far less often. See ad, page 15.


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CoMpRehensiVe heaLthCaRe heaLthwoRks

2317 Coit Road, Ste B, Plano 75075 972-612-1800 Whole body & lifestyle healthcare rejuvenating your body from the inside out. Comprehensive healthcare— naturally. Visit our website to view our schedule of free workshops. See ad, page 21.

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Michelle and Tommy Neu 4 Miles West of I-35; on US 82, Lindsay 76240 940-372-0343 • State-permitted dairy licensed to sell fresh, all natural unprocessed grade A raw milk. Visit us at the farm to learn why our greattasting, fresh, raw milk is a safe and naturally healthier choice for your family. Call us to schedule a tour to see a working family farm and be sure to visit our on-site store for fresh raw white and chocolate milk, cream, free-range eggs and more. See ads, pages 25 and 40.

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Anita Sisler 339-832-1220 • Begin the New Year clutter free! Let the Declutterbug help you organize while putting away those Christmas decorations. Affordable, wonderful help for decluttering and organizing your home. Serving the North Texas area. See ad, page 26.

dentistRy dentaL studio of CaRRoLLton Drs. Robert and Sandhya 2005 W Hebron Pkwy, Carrollton 75010 972-395-0150 • And 331 W Harwood Rd, Hurst 76054 817-282-4539

Approaching dentistry from a natural, whole body health perspective, we make teeth beautiful, keep them healthy and offer honest education on how balanced structures in the face/mouth can affect your overall health. Serving adults, children and apprehensive clients, at our state-of-the-art facility we offer the cutting-edge "DNA Appliance"; a small device which addresses snoring and sleep apnea, mercury free fillings and crowns, teeth whitening, Clear Braces, TMJ pain and much more. See ad, page 32.

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2220 Coit Rd, Ste 500, Plano 75075 972-599-7882 • And 101 E. Southwest Pkwy, Ste 101 Lewisville 75067 972-436-3839 • SACS accredited educational alternative that offers individualized, mastery-based instruction for grades 4-12. Oncampus and Home Study options. Experienced, Interactive Metronome provider —specialized training that improves neuron-network function and overall day-to-day performance.

eneRGy auditinG dweLLGReen of daLLas

Roger Taylor, Owner / Operator 214-509-8582, DwellGreen of Dallas is a certified total building performance evaluation and energy auditing company, serving the North Texas area. We can lower your cost of energy and improve the safety and comfort of your home or office. Free phone consultation on an existing or new home. Call to schedule an on-site consultation. See ad, page 23.

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Jackie Kenney • 214-837-4872 • doTERRA Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils are the highest standard of quality essential oils available. Take control of your family’s health with all-natural gifts from the Earth. They kill bacteria and viruses and are 50-70 times more powerful than herbs. Replace your medicine cabinet with non-toxic, safe-for-theentire-family choices.

GReen GaRMent CaRe oxxo CaRe CLeaneRs 5110 Eldorado Pkwy, Frisco 75034 214-705-7739 • Eco-friendly garment care cleaners. Convenient 24hour drop-off and pick-up system. Odorless process leaves clothes brighter and retaining their correct size and shape without “dry cleaning” smell.

GReen pest ContRoL natuRaL pest soLutions 214-763-2758 •

Eco-friendly residential and commercial pest control using botanical products. We control all types of insect pests including termites, mosquitoes, ants, roaches and fleas without the use of harsh, dangerous chemicals. We offer programs from a single pest one time treatment to a comprehensive total protection plan. Call to schedule your Free inspection. See ad, page 28.

haiR saLon haiR CoLoR studios

9200 E. Lebanon Rd, Ste 32, Frisco 75035 214-436-4955 • Our coloring stylists love to work with the wonderful alternative products we have that are made from natural extracts and yogurt. These exquisite products, such as NAYO, Neuma and Moroccan Oil, actually do improve your hair quality so we in turn can help you look your most radiant while you're out-andabout. Whether you're simply sensitive to some of those harsher chemical lines or just want vibrant, beautiful, healthy hair you'll love our natural approach to how we treat your hair and overall beauty. Ask about free color consultation.

heaLthy dininG the saLad stop

3685 Preston Rd, Frisco 75034 972-377-7867 Fresh and nutritious, locally grown food.

heaLthy kids BRain BaLanCe aChieVeMent CenteRs

Debby Romick 1501 Preston Rd, Ste 501, Plano 75093 972-248-9482 • The Brain Balance Program brings hope to families of children who suffer with behavioral, academic and social challenges. We special-ize in a drug-free, research-based, multifaceted approach to address the underlying issues of the many disorders that impact our children today. Each child has a unique combination of functional weaknesses that impact motor, sensory, immune, visual-spatial, auditory, and cognitive development. Call us today to learn about our comprehensive assessment. See ad, page 11.

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hoListiC dentistRy dentaL aRts of pLano

Dr. Nevein Amer, DDS 4701 West Park Blvd, Ste 201, Plano 75093 972-985-4450 • Dr. Amer specializes in cosmetic and Holistic dentistry including mercury-free fillings and the safe removal of old mercury-based fillings, metal-free crowns, digital x-rays, help for sleep apnea and TMJ, veneers and Invisalign, the clear alternative to braces. Her Holistic approach involves looking at the entire person during evaluation, and always talking with you about the material to be used in your mouth. See ad, page 15.

inteRnaL MediCine pRiMaRy CaRe and inteRnaL MediCine of fRisCo 5858 Main St., Ste. 210, Frisco 75033 972-377-8695

Highest ethical and clinical standards of care while providing exceptional attention to every patient.

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6505 W Park Blvd, Ste 200, Plano 75093 972-378-5867 • Burn up to 1000 calories an hour, strengthen your whole body and have a blast doing it. This fun is not just for kids. Huge trampoline jumping areas where you can literally bounce off the walls. Try trampoline dodge ball, a life-size maze, or rope-swing, slide or bounce into a huge foam pit. Special bounce and play area for kids under 7. You've got to see it to believe it. Open jumps, birthday parties, corporate team building and aerobics classes. See ad, page 21.

kuRt thoMas GyMnastiCs 10825 John W Elliott Frisco 75034 • 214-872-4646

Gymnastics training for preschool to competitive levels.

MaRkets spiCe BaZaaR

4681 Ohio Dr, Frisco 75035 • 214-618-3175 Indian grocery store.

MassaGe 3t’s (tJ’s teRRifiC touCh)

469-237-4289 • Specializing in Swedish massage for overall body relaxation and deep tissue massage for tense knotted muscles, an affordable 3T’s massage can help relieve stress commonly associated with a hectic lifestyle. See ad, page 39.

MassaGe spaCe

7000 Independence Pkwy, Ste 180 Plano 75025 972-612-5363 • Seven different types of massage therapy for rejuvenation and energy. See ad, page 25.

neuRofeedBaCk the saMs CenteR

Dr. Marvin Sams 972-612-0160 • The Sams Center specializes in evidence based, non-drug therapy for ADD/ADHD, learning issues, chronic Depression and Anxiety, Asperger’s and Autism, epilepsy, Bipolar, and OCD. Quantitative EEG (computerized brain wave analysis) detects and defines the neurological issues; NeuroMatrix Neural Efficiency TrainingTM safely remediates and optimizes brain function. Find out more today. See ads, pages 17 and 29.


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outdooR GeaR & eduCation Rei

2424 Preston Rd, Plano 75093 • 972-985-2241 Quality outdoor gear and clothing with a 100 percent satisfaction guarantee.

pediatRiCs heaLthy kids pediatRiCs

4851 Legacy Dr, Ste 301, Frisco, 75034 972-294-0808 • Where your child’s health is our passion! Offering a full range of pediatric services integrating conventional and natural medicine for your child’s optimal health. See ad, page 22.

pLayCaRe adVentuRe kids pLayCaRe

690 Parker Square, Flower Mound 75028 972-899-2060 And 1401 Shoal Creek, Ste 140, Highland Village 75077 972-899-2060 Drop-in child care and entertainment center.

RestauRants shandiZ MediteRRanean GRiLL & MaRket 4013 West Parker Rd, Plano 75093 972-943-8885

Halal meats, fresh produce, groceries and flat bread baked on-site.

sMoothies sMoothie kinG of denton 1601 Brinker Rd, Denton 76208 940-484-5464

Great-tasting smoothies using the highest quality nutritional ingredients for a healthy snack alternative.

soLaR & aLteRnatiVe eneRGy CLean eneRGy systeMs

1701 N. Greenville Ave, Ste 1112 Richardson 75081 972-231-4800 • Affordable American made solar. Residential and commercial installations. Do-it-yourself kits and turnkey systems. Financing available. See ad, page 16.

soLaR CoMMunity 1-87-SOLAR-NRG (877-652-7674) Ask us how our Solar Community programs can save you money!

totaL wind & soLaR

Offices and service throughout D/FW 866-631-5934 Total Wind & Solar offers consultation, design, installation and service of alternative energy and rainwater harvesting systems based on your actual needs. Serving the North Texas-D/FW area.

spa saLt esCape

2100 Dallas Pkwy, Ste 140, Plano 75075 972-378-4945 • Adults and children can relax in our salt rooms while breathing in natural salt with its anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties, accelerating nasal clearance and improving lung function. Separate salt playroom with viewing window for children. Salt room yoga and onsite massage therapy available. See ad, page 7.

spiRituaL deVeLopMent shiR tikVah RefoRM synaGoGue 7700 Main St, Frisco 75034 214-500-8304, •

Services are held on Friday evenings at 7 p.m. Every service welcomes children of all ages. Religious school classes take place on Sunday mornings during school year. Call or visit our website for service schedule. See ad, page 29.

st. phiLip’s episCopaL

6400 Stonebrook Pkwy, Frisco 75034 214-387-4700 • Sunday services, community programs, job ministry, preschool, and St. Philip’s Academy “K” class.

tRiBaL aMeRiCan indian CRafts fouR featheRs tRadinG post

3522 CR 2621, Caddo Mills 75135 214-288-9935 • Experience the world of Tribal American Indians hosted by Silverhawk & Prayerwalker. The store offers tribal art created by local artisans and worldrenowned Native American artists. Educational seminars. We practice traditional ways, including prayer and drumming circles, sweat lodges, work parties, medicine wheels, etc. If you're seeking a spiritual path following ancient American tribal ways, ask about our community. See ad, page 39.

wateR wateRsedGe stRuCtuRed wateR

Twenty First Century Health 972-855-8711 • Better health through state-of-the-art water. Cutting edge technology. Call us or visit our website to learn more about how improving your home’s water can improve your health.

weLLness CenteRs shaMBhaLa weLLness CenteR

215 E University Dr, Denton 76209 940-380-8728 • A true wellness center and oasis for body, mind and spirit. Our caring practitioners really listen and can help you raise the level of wellness you are experiencing. Massage, Reiki, yoga, nutrition and counseling are just some of the modalities we offer. Book a session, drop in for yoga or join us at one of our educational seminars. See ad, page 21.

yoGa sChooL taiLoRinG & aLteRation seRViCes autuMn stitCh

279 W Main St, Frisco 75034 • 972-712-1727 Tailoring, custom clothing, monogramming, draperies and shoe repair.

theRMoGRaphy theRMoGRaphy CenteR of daLLas

Dr. Genie Fields 5220 Spring Valley Rd, Ste. 405, Dallas 75254 214-352-8758 • Screening with thermography can detect abnormalities, many times 8-10 years before other screening methods. Non-invasive. No radiation. See ad, page 5.

yoGa tRee

1410 Avenue K, Ste 1105A, Plano 75074 972-398-YOGA (9642) • Yoga Tree is located in historic downtown Plano. Our studio is dedicated to sharing the healing and rejuvenating benefits of yoga with others. We offer a variety of classes and workshops as well as RYT 200 and 500 hour certifications. See ad, page 29.

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April 2013 - Natural Awakenings - Dallas Fort Worth Metro North - the "North Texas" edition. Your healthy, balanced living authority: • He...

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April 2013 - Natural Awakenings - Dallas Fort Worth Metro North - the "North Texas" edition. Your healthy, balanced living authority: • He...