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Celebrate the 42nd Anniversary of EARTH DAY with Operation Green Team at Hays Nature Preserve Saturday, April 21st, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

It’s a perfect day to relax and enjoy the wildlife and sounds of the Flint River! Join us at 7:30 for a birding hike led by John Ehinger – don’t forget your binoculars!

More than 70 earth-friendly exhibitors/vendors will have informative exhibits and demonstrations throughout the day.

FUN FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY and it is Free! Trees will be given to the first 1,000 (1 tree per family). Buy from local businesses at our Earth Day Farmer’s Market Get healthy cooking tips and sampling from Chef Will’s cooking demonstration Be entertained with stories, songs & quips by storyteller “Riverboat John” Ferguson Get tips on having a more energy-efficient home Learn about bees and the art of being a beekeeper Children will enjoy a variety of activities including, playing in the natural playground, crafts to make and take home, and learning about animals --get up close to an owl, snakes and more to pet. Pack a picnic lunch or enjoy healthy fare which will be available for lunch/snacking during the festival. Please bring reusable water bottles to fill at our water stations.

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


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publishersletter “I want to lead people to something good and eternal,” writes Jenness Cortez, artist behind this month’s featured cover art “Mother Earth.” I must confess that when I first saw the artwork for the Natural Awakenings April cover, I first thought of Monte Sano. What could be more appropriate for April’s Earth Day theme than this towering natural landmark of Huntsville, home of the “jewel in the crown of Alabama State Parks, the so-aptly named “Mountain of Health?” But then I realized that the praying mountain with the beatific female face also represented Myrna Copeland (See “Myrna Copeland of Huntsville’s Pearly Gates,” by Jane DeNeefe on page 18). I want to thank everyone involved in putting together the article on Myrna, starting with writer Jane DeNeefe. Thank you, Jane—I love working with writers of your caliber. Thanks to Will Hoffpauir for recommending Jane to write the article, and arranging the introduction. Thanks also to Jim Copeland, Myrna’s son, for green-lighting the project, and for providing many of the photographs that appear in the article. Finally, a heartfelt thanks to Karen Ormstedt for doing such an excellent job with the design and layout of the published piece. I did not have the honor of knowing Myrna personally. However, one cannot read Jane’s portrait without feeling an allegiance and a kinship to such a luminous life. The best I can say is that I grew up in Huntsville as a kid in the seventies, before moving away and returning only recently. But that has always been enough for me to claim Huntsville as home. Learning about the life of Myrna Copeland has deepened the pride that I feel for my hometown—and for humanity, as a whole. I hope that you enjoy the April issue of Natural Awakenings, and that your month is filled with joy and abundance. Happy Earth Day, 2012.

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newsbriefs "The Four Seasons of Meditation" Workshop at the Yurt Garden


eb Paradise will be presenting a one-day workshop on The Four Seasons of Meditation on May 5, 2012. Learn meditation and explore yourself by following the lessons of Nature. During this workshop learn how to plant the seeds of awakenings, nurture your sprouting awareness, cultivate and weed your inner life, and reap the fruits of your harvest. The workshop will be held at The Yurt Garden located just 30 minutes from Huntsville in Gurley, AL. The workshop will run from 10am-4pm and cost $95. Lunch is included. There is a bonus Women’s Overnight Experiential with an evening class and morning session, which ends at 11:30am. The cost is $70 for the Women’s Overnight only, or $165 for both sessions. Deb Paradise has been practicing and teaching Sum Faht Meditation for over 20 years. She follows the ancient, traditional method of teaching by sensing, feeling, and addressing the needs of those in class and during private appointments. For more information or registration, please contact Deb Paradise at 205-378-9393 or by email at

What is Wasa?


oosely translated from a Chinese language, Wasa means: “it is.” In the healing realm, it describes not only imaging the healing as already having occurred, but also feeling as it feels when healed. Where is this feeling located in your human body and how may it be accessed? From the ancient system of Qigong, we know there is a ball of energy located between the human navel and heart. This light energy generates, vibrates, and emanates throughout its own bodily system and also outward. Not surprisingly, this area of ourselves is emitting what we humans call love and joy. In practicing Wasa, we allow ourselves to feel the love and joy of health and having healed. As practitioners, we help to generate this energy by knowing that in the world that is not limited by time/space, healing is already. We then allow ourselves to immerse in the empathy and compassionate love we feel for the one choosing to be healed—as they simultaneously feel the same for themselves. This feeling, facilitated with verbal chanting, brings into the present time reality the chosen manifestation of well-being. Continued awareness of Wasa is giving us a clarity of focus within our concerns for loved ones, mother earth, all living beings. Every living entity is affected by our choice to Wasa. Wasa is! For more information, contact Katy at 256-426-0232. See CRG on Page 39.

The Light of Christ Center Offers 8-Week Course in Health, Healing and Preventive Medicine


he world of medicine is undergoing a tremendous revolution both in terms of spiraling costs, and competing alternative therapies. Patients must look with new eyes at the entire field of wellness, sickness and personal responsibility in these matters. This course looks at physical, emotional and mental wellness and the causes of illness and dis-ease while maintaining a holistic perspective. Diet, nutrition, and lifestyle choices will be discussed as they relate to the health of the whole


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individual. One part affects all the other parts. That is why holistic healing must come about. There will be many handouts as resources and several outside speakers. The cost of the class is $80. Interested parties may register by calling The Light of Christ Center and leave a message, 256-895-0255. Please give your name, phone number and state the name of the class, “Health Healing & Preventive Medicine.� The course will run 7pm Thursdays, April 5-May 24, 2012. Light of Christ Center, 4208 Holmes Ave. See Ad on Page 6.

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he four Clairs . . . Clair-voyant, Clair-sentient, Clair-audient and Clair-cognizant . . . continue with a concentration on telepathy—instinctual, mental, soul. Each class will begin with grounding, clearing and cleansings of the Chakras, and a brief introduction of the telepathic technique. The entire remaining class time will be spent concentrating on developing this ability, as each continues developing the four Clairs. 7pm Mondays for 10 weeks. Begins April 16. The cost of the class is $100. Light of Christ Center, 4208 Holmes Ave, Huntsville. See Ad on Page 6.

Introduction To Metaphysics at Light of Christ Center


ncient Greek oracles admonished us to, “Know Thyself.� The Light of Christ Center presents a course on the various tools that allow us to look within and determine our inner makeup. Basic metaphysical information and practices are taught once a week over 10 weeks. Coursework will include consultations on your astrology chart and previous reincarnations. The course runs April 3-June 5, 2012. The cost is $100 plus $10 for the course textbook, Metaphysics 101. Interested parties may register by calling the instructor, Rev. Jeanette Gallagher at 256-534-3186. Or, call The Light of Christ Center and leave a message, 256-895-0255. Please give your name, phone number and state the name of the class, “Introduction to Metaphysics.� Light of Christ Center, 4208 Holmes Ave. See Ad on Page 6.

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he Light of Christ Center is comfortably situated in a vintage Centenarian House conveniently located near the UAHuntsville campus. Our Center facilities are available for rent to both members and non-members. We offer our Spiritual Home as your ideal venue for weddings, receptions, memorial services, classes/workshops and other gatherings. At your request, the Center’s Priesthood is capable of providing any level of spiritual and religious guidance and officiating. Please note that our Chapel can accommodate approximately 50 chairs that the Center can provide. Other rooms in our Centenarian House include a lounge, dining/meeting room, and kitchen (microwave only). Wheelchair ramp access is through our rear sunroom, but please note our bathrooms (1 upstairs; 1 downstairs) are NOT Handicapped Accessible. Visit our website at for more information, including pictures soon to be posted. Call 256-895-0255 and leave a message if you’re interested in a tour or to speak with someone about your event. Light of Christ Center, 4208 Holmes Ave, Huntsville. See Ad on Page 6.

Healthy Huntsville 2012—Building Community Around Health


ating well, exercising and remaining mindful of all the wonderful things in life can sometimes be eclipsed by the business of daily activities and unexpected happenings that capture both our time and energy. Being healthy is therefore an ongoing challenge which unfortunately often gets put on hold. With this in mind, Sterling Health, HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology and the City of Huntsville are proud to introduce Healthy Huntsville 2012, a community for all those who wish to have happier, healthier lives. This landmark citywide initiative is designed to build a community around healthy habits and behavior. Healthy Huntsville consists of 100 free events between now and August. Activities range from fitness classes to cooking demonstrations (complete with tasting) to health education, relaxation techniques and TEDTalk screenings. Major events include the Double Helix Dash 5K on April 10, Alabama’s Largest Yoga Class on April 28, Mayor’s Bike Ride on May 5, Healthy Cookoff with the Stars on July 15 and the People’s Choice Healthy Huntsville Awards Show on August 25 at Huntsville Botanical Gardens’ GreenU. Most events are family friendly. For example, the Healthy Cookoff features adult and kid divisions judged by local celebrity chefs. There will even be special health events just for kids, free. The Healthy Huntsville Games launch in May. Participants earn points for attending events and adopting healthy habits. Compete on a team or as an individual to win monthly and grand prizes at the August People’s Choice Awards Show. Join the Healthy Huntsville Facebook community, where there are regular tips, videos, articles and prizes. You can even share your own health ideas and learn from the innovations of others in your community. Sign up for email updates at For press, media and participation opportunities please contact

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n April 22, 2012, Earth Day, the Alabama Chapter of The Nature Conservancy will invite people from across the state to get outside and celebrate the p planet with a free picnic at R Railroad Park from 11am3pm. The Alabama Chapter will also join Conservancy chapters worldwide in an attempt to set the world record for the most people picnicking in a 24-hour period. The community is encouraged to bring a picnic (and blanket) or purchase picnic food at Railroad Park and join us for the world’s largest picnic celebration. There will be live music spotlighting local talent, a display of sponsored picnic tables decorated by local artists and the opportunity to participate in a Guinness world record. Picnic for the Planet for Earth Day 2012 is a celebration of the planet we live on, the bounty it provides and the people who work to preserve it. As a fundraiser for the local chapter of The Nature Conservancy, picnic tables will be available for sponsorship. Local artists in the community will be engaged in adorning the tables for future display around the city. This event is free and open to the public, rain or shine. The Nature Conservancy is a leading conservation organization working around the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people. Together with our members, donors and conservation partners, the Nature Conservancy in Alabama has protected more than 145,000 acres of critical natural lands in Alabama. To learn more, visit

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Operation Green Team Hosts Keep America Beautiful’s Earth Day 2012


arth Day, on April 22nd, is now in its 42nd year of commemorating the day that many historians recognize as the birth of the modern environmental movement. Organized by Gaylord Nelson, a Senator from Wisconsin who noticed that serious concern about environmental degradation was obvious everywhere, the first Earth Day drew instant attention from a wide range of citizens across the country. With help, Nelson helped organize a nationwide grassroots celebration on April 22, 1970 that eventually included more than 20 million people.


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Earth Day remains a watershed event in the environmental movement. Since its inception, interest and participation in Earth Day has only increased and spread around the world, with activities, celebrations, and events growing steadily over time and millions of concerned citizens taking part. It is now recognized as the largest nonreligious holiday in the world. The City of Huntsville’s Operation Green Team hosts Keep America Beautiful’s Earth Day annually at the J.D. and Annie S. Hays Nature Preserve, an idyllic location on the Flint River. The cool green of trees bursting into leaf, combined with the songs of migratory birds provides a peaceful backdrop for this free family event on April 21 from 10am-2pm at Hays Nature Preserve, 308 Fountain Circle, Huntsville. 256-427-5116. See Ad on Page 2.

Be Bold: Birmingham Studio Adds Brave New Moves to Your Classical Practice


aster Teacher Cara Reeser will host “Big and Bold” a Pilates and Yoga inspired movement intensive in Birmingham. This Pilates/Yoga fusion class will give students an opportunity to go deep into the practice of arm standing and back bending. With an eye towards alignment, strength and flexibility students will learn new and exciting ways to enhance their practice. Boldly go where your practice has not gone before. All levels are welcome as we go “Big and Bold” in a safe, fun and supportive environment. Don’t miss this opportunity to train with Cara Reeser, the owner of Pilates Aligned, Inc. Cara began her initial studies in the Pilates Method with first generation Master Teacher, Kathleen Stanford Grant. Now she serves as the lineage carrier of the Kathy Grant work, and is highly respected in the industry. She is an advanced teacher of the work, presenting continuing education and teacher mentoring group workshops at her studios in Denver, throughout the US, and abroad. The workshop will be held at Pilates on Highland in Birmingham on Saturday, April 14, 1-7pm ($200), and a PMA Approved, TPC Master Program on Sunday, April 15, 9am-12pm. ($50). Professionals and students welcome. Space is limited. Advance registration requested online. Pilates on Highland, 2827 Highland Ave S, Birmingham. 205-323-5961.

Heart to Heart Children’s Yoga Camp in Guntersville


n June, Heart to Heart Children’s Yoga Camp in Guntersville will offer classes that focus on physical balance, strength and flexibility through fun yoga poses like lion, tree and downward dog as well as breathing techniques. Each day of the camp will feature a different theme, including Open Hearts, Seeds to Trees, and Taking Flight. Yoga mats will be given to each child at the first class (to take home at the

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end of the week). Your child’s favorite stuffed animal is invited to join us. Healthy organic snacks will be shared during our time together. Camp for 3-6 year-old children will be held June 11-15 and for 7-12 year-old children June 18-22. Camps are limited to 10 students. Cost: $70/Monday-Friday. Camps will be held at Heart to Heart Health and Wellness Studio in downtown Guntersville. Instructor Jessica Rains is a Licensed Massage Therapist, Certified Reflexologist, and experienced children’s movement educator. Jessica received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance from Wright State University in Ohio, and an Associates in Health Sciences from Swedish Institute in New York City. While living in NYC, Jessica worked at OM Yoga Center with Cyndi Lee and studied many forms of yoga throughout the city. She lives in Guntersville with her family, and enjoys growing organic vegetables, paddling kayaks and learning about all the gifts from nature. Register by contacting Jessica Rains at or calling 256-582-5025.

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ynthia James is a transformational specialist guiding thousands of people to make changes for lasting healing in their lives. As a lecturer, teacher, performing artist and award winning author of What Will Set You Free, Cynthia has coached and supported thousands of people into healthy and vibrant living. Cynthia is an Associate Minister at Mile Hi Church in Colorado. Her newly released book, Revealing Your Extraordinary Essence, offers practical tools for self-empowerment. A Workshop by Guest Minister, Rev. Cynthia James, Saturday, April 21, 2012 from 9am-4pm. Cost is $75 per person (includes lunch).

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The extraordinary person is awake, available and authentic. They are conscious in how they live, respond and express. The workshop is free and open to the public. A meet-and-greet gathering Friday evening, April 20 at 7pm. Reverend Cynthia James will offer a brief talk about the Saturday workshop and answer questions. The Reverends: Cynthia James and David Leonard together for Sunday Service at 10:30am April 22. The Center for Spiritual Living, 308 Lily Flagg Road, Huntsville. Contact: Gloria Agrelius: or 256-503-3083. See Ad on Page 15.

Alzheimer’s A-Z: A Brain Health Expo


lzheimer’s A-Z! is a one-day community outreach event that will take place on May 5, 2012 at UAH University Center in Huntsville. The focus will be on four primary areas: Prevention, Diagnosis, Support & Management, and Research.

Hours will be 10am-2pm with lunch being provided for attendees. The event is an interactive brain healthy living experience with exhibitors, guest speakers, workshops, entertainment, a Youth Zone, Respite Room, and screenings. Special activities/speakers will be targeted for the African-American and Hispanic/Latino populations, as well as other breakout workshops with CEUs available on various topics related to Alzheimer’s disease. This day will offer attendees everything they need to know about Alzheimer’s disease under one roof. Components include: • Health experts to answer questions • Interesting and relevant speakers on Alzheimer’s related topics • Community support services • Alzheimer’s research updates • Health screenings: Blood pressure, BMI, cholesterol, Diabetes, memory screenings • Games and entertainment • Youth Zone • Respite Room Alzheimer’s A-Z! is for families who have a loved one with Alzheimer’s, a family history of Alzheimer’s or anyone interested in brain health. To participate as a vendor or attendee, please contact Brandi Medina at 256-880-1575 or

UFOs and The Paranormal: Investigating the Fringe


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Huntsville. Rich has 47 years of investigations and research to share with us. UFOs have been part of our planet for as long as our recorded history can tell us. The objects outperform our technologies and have done so for centuries. The US Government and military dismiss UFOs, yet they cannot readily explain 30% of the cases investigated. Other governments are releasing their files and show similar results, namely that, after careful analysis, many remain unexplainable. Did you know that the majority of Russian case files show that the objects are seen moving in and around water? Observations show that the objects move with the same agility and flight characteristics as when they move in air. What do we make of abduction accounts? 3.7 million people claim that they have had an abduction experience, yet reported sightings of objects do not come near that number. Are all real or mind manipulation? Can natural causes be present? Let’s take a look at the paranormal aspects of the UFO phenomena and the fringe areas that deepen the mystery. This presentation will be held at the Radisson Hotel in the Olympus Room at 8721 Madison Blvd, Madison on Friday, April 27 at 6:30pm. Admission is $10. For more information contact Rich Hoffman at or visit

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re you easily distracted, unable to stay on task? Do your emotions often get the better of you, swaying you in directions you would never take if you were in a calmer state? Do you spend a lot of time dwelling on past situations, finding it difficult to move out of those thoughts and live in the present? What is grounding anyway? Grounding means that you are present—right Now. It connects you to your physical body. When you are disconnected from your physical body, your life on earth can feel painful and overwhelming. Grounding is having the awareness that at this very moment, you are safe, peaceful, calm, and ready to respond to life circumstance. Grounding allows you to be able to be fully conscious of yourself, your surroundings, and the earth so that you can make the best choices possible to live life in a place of freedom, joy, and peace, no matter what is happening. Join us April 14 from 9am-12pm, as we experientially explore together ways to ground through grounding meditations, breath work, bio-feedback, emotional balancing points, and more. The workshop will be held at the Center for Personal Growth, 924-B Merchant Walk Way SW, Huntsville. Cost is $70. To attend, please contact Shari Prior at 256-289-3331 or Shari is a Reiki Master, Healing Touch Practitioner, Master Rapid Eye Technician, and an Ordained Minister. See CRG on Page 37.

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Reusing Rainwater Saves Money and is Better for Plants by Brita Belli


oug Pushard, an expert in rainwater catchment systems who shares his know-how at, believes that homeowners capture rainfall for two reasons—either to make the most of a precious water resource in states with low seasonal precipitation or to control stormwater runoff in states with high precipitation. It’s also an easy way to make a dent in household water and sewer bills. Capturing and managing rainwater provides an environmentally sound alternative to wasting precious tap water pulled from diminishing underground reservoirs, and can replace some or all of a home’s water needs, depending on the system.

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Rainwater is also better for nourishing lawns, plants and gardens. “People want to use rainwater instead of city water in their yards because they understand that city water carries chlorine, which is not great for plants,” Pushard explains. The amount of water used by residential irrigation is significant. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Water Sense Program, an American family of four uses 400 gallons of water a day, including 30 percent of it outside. More than half of that outdoor water is used for lawns and gardens, with the rest sprayed on cars, in swimming pools and on sidewalks and driveways. Collectively, nationwide landscape irrigation totals more than 7 billion gallons per day.

Water Calculations In its simplest form, rainwater harvesting involves little more than placing rain barrels—with capacities from 55 gallons to several hundred gallons—under a home’s downspouts. Popular models can be purchased from home improvement stores, or county extension classes teach how to make one from inexpensive parts. Online research shows the various styles available; most have a spigot at the base for attaching a hose or filling a watering can. The larger capacity, more sophisticated systems use storage cisterns than can hold thousands of gallons of water below ground. These employ pumps that move the water to sprinkler systems or other points of use. For these more complicated setups, Pushard recommends engaging professional help, adding that below-ground systems will capture excess water yearround, even in climates where temperatures drop. “In northern New Mexico, where I live, we get almost onethird of our precipitation in the winter,” he says. “If you have a below-ground system, you can capture that; with an above-ground one, you can’t, because the tank or fittings would freeze and burst.” The formula for determining the maximum amount of water available to capture is related to roof size. Multiply the square footage of the roof times the local annual rainfall (found at, and then multiply the result by .623 gallons. That .623 factor is “how many gallons are in an area of one square foot by one inch

deep of rainwater,” according to one of Pushard’s online tutorials. Not all roof materials are created equal. On the high end, tile, metal, concrete or asphalt roofs have a 95 percent runoff efficiency; gravel roofs, 70 percent; and grass roofs, 17 percent, so factor that in, too. Pushard recommends always going with a bigger tank, if possible, to avoid having to add more water storage later.


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Think Big Rainwater harvesting works as an effective irrigation device, but it needn’t be limited to outdoor use. One of the easiest—and most useful—places to direct captured rainwater is toilets. Citing bathrooms as a home’s biggest water user, the EPA notes that a single toilet can use 27 percent of household water. “It’s ludicrous that we use drinking water to flush toilets,” says Pushard. To use stored rainwater instead, run a new plumbing line to the rainwater storage tank and install a pump that activates when the toilet flushes. Rainwater can supply sink faucets, as well, but counting on rainwater to be the sole source of all household water requires a substantial investment and a filtration, purification and UV light system to make the water drinkable. When capturing rain for potable uses, roofing material becomes more important: Unpainted metal and tile are preferred, because these will not leach chemicals into the water that are difficult to remove. In terms of overall cost, the simplest rainwater collection systems will cost a few hundred dollars (less than $100 per barrel), while a whole-house system will cost tens of thousands. However, Pushard points out, rainwater harvesting can be a lifesaver with water shortages becoming a new norm in many states. —Brita Belli is the editor of E-The Environmental Magazine and the author of The Autism Puzzle: Connecting the Dots Between Environmental Toxins and Rising Autism Rates.

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Huntsville’s Pearly Gates

by Jane DeNeefe


ack before the Internet, before Kroger had a health food section, before Earth Fare was even possible, Huntsville had Pearly Gates. In the 1970s or 80s, if you were new to Huntsville and wanted to find some Dr. Bronner’s peppermint soap, or handmade granola or Mo’s 24, someone would tell you there was only one place to go—Pearly Gates. Then you may have met the proprietor, Myrna Copeland. With curly hair increasingly grey, a boisterous laugh and the raspy voice of a chainsmoker, Myrna was a visible matriarch of alternative culture Huntsville. When she died at Pearly Gates in December 2011, many remarked that it was the end of an era.

Myrna May Copeland, 1938-2011. Courtesy of Wanda Gail Campbell.


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Easter Sunday, 1966, Huntsville Alabama. Courtesy of Jim Copeland.

Myrna did not found Pearly Gates, although it is her vision of the store that most people remember. In 1972, Rebecca Wood organized a group to start a food co-op which she managed in Five Points. Eventually, Pearly Gates was more or less given to Myrna, and in 1974 she reopened it as a natural food store and restaurant at its present location on Memorial Parkway. Pearly Gates has been closed temporarily, but Myrna’s daughter Deanna McGrew explains that plans are underway to reopen, hopefully in April 2012, a refreshed Pearly Gates for a new era. Myrna’s parents had rural roots, but she was born in New York City, which made her feel like a “citizen of the world,” her brother Monte writes. Continuing, he remembers: “As a young girl, Myrna spent summers with her great grandma Carly on her farm in the Adirondacks learning the ways of herbal medicine, organic farming, raising animals and survival in the wild.” Myrna found out that her great grandmother Angelina Carly’s family farm was a stop on the Underground Railroad. These childhood experiences gave her a lasting sense of social justice, and they honed her interests in foraging and herbal healing—interests still reflected in the jars of roots and herbs at Pearly Gates.

Jim Copeland, center front, leads procession bearing Myrna’s ashes from Pearly Gates to her memorial celebration across the creek at Lowe Mill. Courtesy of Kristie French.

Martin Luther King memorial march in Memphis, with Don Copeland. Courtesy of Jim Copeland.

Myrna married Donald Copeland and they moved to Huntsville in 1958 as part of the wave of engineers who came to town to work on the space race. The Copelands bought a homestead on Weatherly Mountain, still rural at the time, and started their family. Like many women of the early sixties, Myrna felt restless in the role of wife and mother, and as a “yankee” in the South, she felt her social consciousness stirring. The Copelands became involved in the civil rights movement. They marched in Selma and worked on local organizing efforts, often with their close friends and comrades, John and Joan Cashin. Myrna’s civil rights period has been welldocumented in Huntsville Times articles in recent years,

Marching in Selma. Joan Cashin with sign, Myrna in sunglasses, Don Copeland with white shirt behind them. Courtesy of Sheryll Cashin, from her book Agitator’s Daughter.

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those barriers that separate men and women. That goal includes teaching the kuan-yin theory, an old Chinese philosophy, which promotes caring and nurturing, qualities most often associated with women.” In Jim Copeland’s view, “Master Gilbert saw my mom’s overwhelming tolerance for all kinds of people,” and guided her along the path of becoming a dharma teacher. “Buddhism is about stripping away that external identity to get to our deeper nature,” Jim explains, “and you know how she always welcomed the ragtag outcasts of society to Pearly Gates.”

as well as in two books worth investigating. Sheryll Cashin’s The Agitator’s Daughter contains the most intimate and comprehensive sense of Myrna’s civil rights days, but her significant efforts are also documented in Roland Freeman’s 1998 book Mule Train: A Journey of Hope Remembered. Myrna was a co-founder and leader of the National Democratic Party of Alabama, a racially integrated party that supported Hubert Humphrey for President instead of Alabama Governor George Wallace. She remained a Democrat for the rest of her life, active with Huntsville’s Democratic Women and dancing with joy at a local celebration of Barack Obama’s inauguration, an accomplishment her own work in Alabama helped achieve.

“Myrna understood the need for alternative retail businesses to exist in order to change culture,” Clear Englebert noted. Founder of A Good Book Store, Opening Books, and Books As Seeds, Clear Myrna with her teacher Master Don Gilbert, at remembers Myrna’s influence While some remember Myrna Guntersville Lake.Courtesy of Jim Copeland. on his development as a socially primarily for food, and others conscious business person. They draw inspiration from her drew inspiration from the ethos of the Whole Earth Catalog as political involvement, for many, Myrna’s deepest influence well as national trends like feminism, appropriate technology, on their lives was her spiritual guidance as a teacher and the alternative social networks that preceded the internet. of yoga and meditation. Before yoga had become a Clear met Myrna through a group called LRY (Liberal Religious household word, Myrna taught hatha yoga at UAH’s “Free Youth) at the Unitarian Church. U.” Her friend Bob Maitland had begun a serious study of Buddhism, especially meditation, under Korean Zen He recalls, “Myrna gave a lecture on non-violence to a peace club that I tried to start at Huntsville High. Later she hired me as a dishwasher at Pearly Gates. Then I became a waiter, then a cook, then manager of the food store.” Myrna teaching Myrna was one of several people who gave $2,000 each to at a zen retreat at start Opening Books, a non-profit community library Clear the Copeland’s lake founded in 1989.

house in Guntersville. Courtesy of Jim Copeland.

Master Il-Bung Seo, and Myrna, along with several other Huntsvillians, took up the practice. They formed one of the first Korean-style or Chogye Buddhist sanghas in the United States, the Huntsville Zen Center. Master Seo never moved to the United States, but his student Don Gilbert, known as “Master Gilbert,” formed a connection with the Huntsville Zen Center and became Myrna’s personal teacher. Master Gilbert once explained, “Zen is very patriarchal. I’m trying to put as much emphasis as I can on breaking


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A memorial celebration was held at Lowe Mill’s Flying Monkey Theater on January 8, 2012, complete with eulogies, memorabilia, food, live music and dancing. Search “Myrna Copeland” on YouTube for a p y and slideshow, eulogies by Sheryll Cashin and Joe Murphy, the chanting of the heart sutra. Please “stay tuned” for announcements of the re-opening ng of Huntsville’s beloved Pearly Gates. es. Jane DeNeefe is the author of Rocket City Rock and Soul: Huntsville s, Musicians Remember the 1960s, published by The History Press.



Extraordinary Encounters with Dolphins by Bill Van Arsdale


or the past dozen years, Amlas McLeod has been leading wild dolphin encounters in Bimini, Bahamas, enabling swimmers to experience transformative changes through encounters with this extraordinary marine mammal. “Wild dolphins often enjoy interacting with boats, but most are not interested in being close to humans. As soon as you get into the water, they disappear,” McLeod explains. “The Atlantic spotted dolphin species near Bimini is unusual in that they are comfortable connecting with people, and seem to enjoy it as much as we do. Amazingly, they actually include us in their pod activities during these encounters.” These spotted dolphins often swim very close to the boat, jumping up or turn-

ing to get a better view of folks on McLeod’s catamaran. Once overboard, swimmers revel in how the animals playfully move and twirl amongst them and often come within inches as they glide by slowly enough to make prolonged eye contact. “You cannot help but get the sense that you are interacting with a highly sentient being; the feeling of direct connection is remarkable,” says McLeod. “I am most affected by my quiet connections with the elders that will just hang in the water with me. Sometimes, they will close their eyes and simply rest at my side. Their presence is one of total, unqualified acceptance.” People who swim so intimately with these dolphins depart feeling they have “met the master,” as McLeod puts it. Com-

ments from guests returned via TripAdvisor. com ( report how the experience puts them back in touch with who they really are and empowers them to make changes in their lives. “Connecting with these special dolphins somehow brings us into the ‘here and now’ in a profound way,” says McLeod. “We drop out of the mind and into the heart. There is this feeling of expansion, connection and being one with everything. When people return home, they often report that they have started to let go of things in their lives that no longer serve them, allowing them to become more true to themselves.” For information, visit Bill Van Arsdale is a contributing writer.

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GREEN HOME CHECKLIST Room-by-Room Steps We Can Take, Starting Right Now by Crissy Trask


reen living is being embraced by more folks than ever, in ways both large and small, giving the Earth some much-needed kindness. If you’re interested in some good ideas that fall between a total home solar installation and basic recycling—with many delivering big impacts—check out Natural Awakenings’ room-by-room green checklist. You’ll find inspired, practical changes that are doable starting right now.

Kitchen The kitchen can be a hot spot for waste. Eileen Green, with, says that

reducing waste, conserving water and increasing energy efficiency are all important considerations within an environmentally friendly kitchen.

 Eat up food. Each year, a typical household discards an estimated 474 pounds of food waste, according to University of Arizona research—at large economic and environmental cost. Buying more fresh food than we can eat before the expiration date is up and allowing leftovers to expire in the fridge are culprits. “Drawing up menus and avoiding buying on impulse can help,” advises Green. Compost food scraps at home or sign up for curbside composting, if it’s offered locally. Disposing of food in garbage disposals or landfills is not environmentally sound.

 Dispense with disposables. Replace disposable paper and plastic products with durable, lasting alternatives: cloth napkins instead of paper; dishwasher-safe serving ware instead of single-use paper or plastic; glass or recycled food storage containers in place of throwaway plastic bags and wrap; and natural fiber dishcloths to replace paper towels and plastic sponges.

 Clean naturally. Chemical powerhouses have become the norm in household cleaning products, but they are not essential. Non-toxic cleaners are up to the task, from cleaning a sink to an oven.

 Shop for the Energy Star logo. Appliances bearing the Energy Star logo are up to 50 percent more energy efficient than standard ones. This translates to significant savings in annual operating costs.

 Filter water with less waste. Bottled water is expensive and wasteful. Instead, purchase a home-filtering system that uses recycled or reusable filters. On the road, carry tasty filtered water in a reusable glass bottle.

 Conserve water. Run dishwashers only when fully loaded and fill the sink with water, rather than running it down the drain, when washing by hand. Use water only to wet and rinse; otherwise turn it off.

 Phase out non-stick skillets. Teflon coatings can leach toxins when damaged or overheated. Play it safe and begin assembling a set of cookware that includes properly seasoned cast iron, which is naturally non-stick.


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 Avoid cheap reusable shopping bags. Flimsy reusable bags end up as trash within a few months under normal use. Buy a set of high quality reusable bags that will give years of use.

Bedrooms “Most people spend more time in the bedroom than in any other room of the house,” remarks Huffington Post Eco Etiquette columnist Jennifer Grayson. “So it’s important to focus on making bedrooms as green and healthy as possible.” She advocates paying special attention to sleepwear, bedding and furniture people sleep on.

 Start with a good foundation. Box springs can be constructed of plywood or particleboard, which commonly contain formaldehyde, classified as a probable human carcinogen by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and a toxic air contaminant by the state of California. Choose those that have been certified as formaldehyde-free or with low emissions. A platform bed made of Forest Stewardship Council-certified wood, sourced from sustainably managed forests, is a healthy alternative.

 Don’t sleep on a cloud of chemicals. “If your face is pressed up against a conventional mattress for seven hours a night, then you’re going to be breathing in whatever chemicals are off-gassing from that mattress for seven hours a night,” warns Grayson. Mattresses are commonly treated with fire-retardant chemicals to comply with U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission rules. To avoid toxic chemicals like the hydrocarbon toluene, emitted from mattresses stuffed with polyurethane foam, instead look for untreated, wool-covered mattresses (wool is a natural fire retardant) filled with natural latex or containing a

Find more big ideas in Natural Awakenings’ article, “Spring Green Rehab,” at spring system wrapped with organic cotton batting. Non-organic cotton production relies on lots of hazardous synthetic chemicals in its production. Organic cotton, linen and wool bedding are safer bets, especially when certified to meet strict environmental standards.

 Block the afternoon sun. During the day, shut off air-conditioning vents inside bedrooms and block the afternoon sun with interior or exterior solar shades. By day’s end, even in warm climates, bedrooms should be cool enough for sleeping with the addition of a slight breeze from an open window or a slow-running floor or ceiling fan.

 Go wireless. It’s impossible to completely avoid electromagnetic radiation from today’s technologies, so lower exposure in the bedroom by removing electronic devices and placing electrical items at least five feet away from the bed.

 Forget fabric softeners. Most fabric softeners contain highly toxic chemicals that latch onto sheets and can be inhaled or absorbed directly into the bloodstream through skin. Instead, add a quarter-cup of baking soda to the wash cycle to soften sheets and other laundry.  Leave the lights off. Motion-detecting nightlights save energy while allowing safe passage in the wee hours.

Laundry Room In a typical U.S. home, the washing machine accounts for 21 percent of

home water use and combined, the washer and dryer comprise 5 to 8 percent of home energy demands. Diane MacEachern, founder of and author of Big Green Purse: Use Your Spending Power to Create a Cleaner, Greener World, explains that a good way to conserve key resources is to use these appliances less—reducing the number of loads and drying items on outdoor clotheslines or indoor racks. MacEachern says, “You can probably wash things like sweatshirts and blue jeans less frequently without much consequence, and a clothesline requires no energy other than the sun.” Also, make sure that whatever goes into the washer or dryer with clothes is non-toxic, or else you’ll be wearing toxic chemical residues next to your skin all day, cautions MacEachern.

 Select cold water. On average, only 10 percent of the energy used by a clothes washer runs the machine; the other 90 percent goes to heat the water. The typical American household does about 400 loads of laundry each year, resulting in much energy squandered on hot water. With the exception of laundering greasy spots or stubborn stains, routinely wash in cold water, using a cold-water eco-detergent.  Install a clothesline. Running a dryer for just 40 minutes can use the energy equivalent of a 15-watt, compact fluorescent bulb lit for a week. Stretch out a line and hang clothes outside to dry in the fresh air to save about $100 a year on electric bills. The sun imparts a disinfectant benefit as a bonus.  Replace an old machine. A washer or dryer that is older than 10 years has hidden costs. notes

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that an older machine uses more energy and can cost from 10 to 75 percent more to operate than a new, highefficiency appliance.

 Choose eco-friendly laundry products. Conventional laundry soaps contain chemicals that can be problematic for us and wreak havoc on marine ecosystems. Look for coldwater brands that are fragrance- and phosphate-free.

 Switch to concentrates. Concentrated detergents translate to less energy used in shipping, less waste and more value.

 Stop static cling without dryer sheets. Never over-dry

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Bathroom The smallest room in the house is a disproportionately large contributor to household environmental impacts. In an average non-conservation-minded American home, 38,000 gallons of water annually go down the drains and toilet. “Along with that water,” says MacEachern, “You’ll be washing lots of personal care and cleaning products down the drain, as well, where they could get into local natural water supplies and make life difficult for birds, frogs and fish.” Sara Snow, television host and author of Sara Snow’s Fresh Living: The Essential Room-by-Room Guide to a Greener, Healthier Family and Home, cautions against personal skin care products with questionable chemical ingredients. “A good percentage of them are being absorbed right into our bloodstream, so focus on ingredients that do no harm; ones that help our bodies instead, such as nourishing and healing botanicals.”

 Slow the flow. Ultra-efficient showerheads use as little as 1 gallon per minute (gpm); aerated types that mix air into the water stream to enhance pressure provide a good soak and rinse using less than half the water than some other low-flow showerheads. At the sink, aerators should flow between 0.5 and 1 gpm—plenty of pressure for brushing teeth and washing hands.

 Flush responsibly. According to the EPA, the toilet alone can use 27 percent of household water. Replace older toilets (pre-1994) with new, higher efficiency models for savings of two to six gallons per flush.


 Heat water wisely. A tankless water heater supplies

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on a traditional water heater to cut warming time to a few hours a day at most.

 Shun a plastic shower curtain. Polyvinyl chloride (PVC) has been called “the poison plastic” for its highly toxic lifecycle, which includes the release of dioxins into the air and water. These toxic chemicals persist in ecosystems and can cause cancer. PVC shower curtains are also a short-life product that cannot be recycled, so switch to a PVC-free alternative. Organic hemp is the eco-shower curtain gold standard.

 Ban antibacterial products. Triclosan is a popular antibacterial agent found in many household cleaners, hand soaps, cosmetics and even toothpaste. It’s also a registered pesticide and probable human carcinogen that’s showing up in the environment and children’s urine. The Mayo Clinic suggests that triclosan may contribute to the development of antibiotic-resistant germs and harm the immune system, making us more susceptible to bacteria.  Install a shower filter that removes chlorine. Chlorine, which is increasingly being linked to some cancers, is used by many municipalities to disinfect water supplies. People absorb more chlorine through the skin and by inhaling chlorine vapors when bathing and showering than from drinking it.

 Use recycled and unbleached paper products. Using recycled bath tissue helps close the recycling loop on all the paper we dutifully recycle at the curb. Unbleached varieties keep chlorine byproducts like dioxins out of the environment.

 Remove bad odors instead of covering them up. In a University of California study, chemical air fresheners were found to have higher concentrations of polluting volatile organic compounds (VOC) than any other household cleaning product. Long-term exposure to some VOCs have been linked with adverse health effects. This Natural Awakenings checklist suggests steps that are possible in making any home healthier, safer and more enjoyable. Start checking off items today and begin shrinking the family’s ecological footprint right away. Crissy Trask is the founder of and author of the bestselling, It’s Easy Being Green: A Handbook for Earth-Friendly Living. Follow her at

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GREEN UN-ROOM CHECKLIST by Crissy Trask Kitchens, bathrooms and laundry rooms earn the most attention in greening up our homes, but what about the miscellaneous spaces? Attics, garages, closets and entry halls can get overlooked, although they also yield benefits from some green-minded attention. Here are tips for the most common “un-rooms” to get the ball rolling.


 Empty the car of extra weight and optimally inflate tires to improve gas mileage by up to 5 percent.

 Replace poisonous windshield

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wiper fluid with a make-it-yourself solution that combines seven cups of distilled water, one-half-cup isopropyl alcohol and one-half-teaspoon ecodishwashing liquid. Properly dispose of old wiper fluid in a boldly labeled container at a hazardous waste center.

 Clean with a broom instead of a hose to save water.


 Install a whole-house fan to pull warm air out of the attic, keeping rooms below cooler.

 Blanket the attic with a reflective heat barrier to reflect heat before it has a chance to enter.

 If the tops of floor joists above the insulation are visible, recommends adding more insulation

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 Leave shoes, along with allergens and dirt, at the door for a healthier home.

 Reduce unwanted mail by opting out of catalogs, credit card and insurance offers and Direct Marketing Association-member mailings at, OptOutPrescreen. com and, respectively.

 Doormats made from recycled plastic soda bottles keep millions of them from entering landfills.


 Get organized with bins and shelves made from recycled plastic, reclaimed wood, salvaged and repurposed items, formaldehyde-free plant-based boards or Forest Stewardship Councilcertified wood.

 Shop for local, previously owned clothes and accessories from consignment boutiques, thrift stores or a local clothing swap.

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n today’s go-go-go society moments just for ourselves are sometimes few and far between, especially when playing roles in life like parent, spouse, sibling, child, friend, employee, or even boss. We aren’t pulled in many directions. We stretch ourselves in many directions. We withhold our wants and wishes—our need for time alone, time for what we love, or time to just sit and be and breathe—in order to do for others and be in their best interest. When we’ve pushed ourselves to the limit, given until we believe we can’t give anymore, and are longing for one moment of peace and quiet, are we really in a space within ourselves of being for others and what we deem their best interests? The answer is no, for when we’ve pushed ourselves in our stress levels, forced a self-imposed lock down of our needs, we aren’t in a space to truly give our all for others. Because we get to a point where there’s no more to give. When we take time to sit and be with ourselves, let the stress dissolve, and breathe we recharge, regroup and get back in our bodies. When we take time to do the things we truly love to do, whether it’s a walk in the woods, a long hot bath, reading a few chapters in our favorite book or taking time out for quiet meditation, we are able to connect more with our true self, our light and spirit. When we live in our light we can be more for others. We can be with them fully with less reaction, anger, bitterness and resentment. And when we take the precious time to allow reconnection to Self, we are honoring that light and life within us. In this honoring, we can let go of any resentment of ourselves for not making time for us a priority.

A simple, effective and profound pose for a quiet, relaxing moment with Self is Legs Up the Wall Pose (Viparita Karani). This pose literally allows the stress of the day to drain away. It has been said that this pose will “cure what ails you.” It’s a pose to let go and surrender, wherein you fully release and be. Begin this pose by first setting up the space. Fold two thick blankets and stack one on top of the other. This will support your hips. The end result of the pose is to be positioned with the legs comfortably against the wall with the hips and lower back on the blankets. Getting into this pose may not be the typical yogic flow; however. Sit on the blankets with the right side of the body facing the wall, feet on the floor. Shift your body and pivot to swing your legs slowly up the wall while bringing the back down. Use your hands for support. Position the hips on the blankets so that you are comfortable, the back is straight, shoulder blades against the floor and feet are able to fall open. Extend the arms to the side and surrender in the breath and in the pose. Breathe fully and let go. Release your tight hold on life and simply let life flow through you. Anytime you’re feeling overwhelmed, anxious, stressed, reactive, fed up, or just want to take a quiet moment for Self, give your soul Legs Up the Wall Pose—and let it cure what ails you. M/Gatlianne is an Author, Yoga Instructor, Interfaith Minister and Holistic Health & Reiki Practitioner based in Athens, AL. For more information contact her at M@Gatlianne. com or visit,, or natural awakenings

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wildflowers are expected to be in bloom. Registration:, or call 256-366-1937.

100 Years of Von Braun: His American Journey Exhibit – 9am-5pm through May 2012. Exhibit showcasing the life of Dr. Wernher von Braun, in honor of his 100th birthday on March 23, 2012. U.S. Space & Rocket Center, 1 Tranquility Base, Huntsville. Museum admission.


Spring Festival of Flowers Award-winning festival featuring tens of thousands of tulips, daffodils and other spring flowers. Admission charged. Huntsville Botanical Garden. 256-830-4447. Unity Church on the Mountain hosts Rev. Grace Gifford – Palm Sunday Worship is at 10:30am. 1328 Governors Dr. SE, Huntsville, 256-536-2271. Wildflower Hike at Monte Sano State Park – 1pm. Led by Naturalist Charles Rose. Meet at the hiker’s parking lot on the right, just past the Lodge. Many

American Kennel Club All Breed Dog Show – 9am-4pm, Apr 5-8. Four-day AKC all breed dog show featuring conformation competition all 4 days, each day ending with Best In Show. Free to spectators, open to the public. Shelby County Exhibition Center, 86 Argo Rd, Columbiana. 205-982-7552.

THURSDAY, APRIL 5 Fleet Feet-Led 5K Training – at Fleet Feet Sports, 2722 Carl T Jones Dr, Suite B-2. No registration required. Big Band Bash XVII – Benefit concert celebrating the talents of Alabama musicians playing the classic big band sounds and showcasing the best jazz bands from area schools from around the state. Princess Theatre for the Performing Arts, 112 2nd Ave NE, Decatur. 256-340-1778.

FRIDAY, APRIL 6 Secret Church with David Platt – 6pm-12am. David Platt, Pastor of Church at Brook Hills in Birmingham, and author of “Radical� speaks about The Cross and Suffering. This is a simulcast event projected on two large screens. $5. Refreshments are provided. Aldersgate on the Parkway (Former Skate Odyssey), 11319 Memorial Parkway SW, Huntsville.



Wednesday Walk at Big Spring Park – 5pm. Led by Katie Burrus. Meet at the concrete steps next to the Huntsville Museum of Art/Pan e Vino. Registration: or call 256-701-1046.

Flashlight Easter Egg Hunt – 8pm. Bring your Easter basket and flashlight to enjoy this unique egg-hunting experience. The Easter Bunny will be available for a photo. Free. Heritage Park, Cullman. 256-734-9157.

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Monkey Speak – 8-11pm. Held the first Friday of every month, Monkey Speak is Huntsville’s most exciting spoken word open-mic night, an open stage for anyone to read perform or improvise poetry drama or prose or any variation of the spoken word. No experience is necessary. Mature audiences only. Admission $5. Flying Monkey Arts Center at Lowe Mill, 2211 Seminole Dr, Huntsville.

SATURDAY, APRIL 7 Easter Eggstravanganza – Come meet Burritt Rabbit and hunt for eggs. Burritt on the Mountain, Huntsville. 256-533-4118. BurrittOnThe Family Bike Ride at Aldridge Creek and the Tennessee River – 9am. Led by Chris Levin of Bicycle Cove. Meet at the parking lot of Ken Johnston Park. All ages welcome. Ride to Ditto landing for a picnic and back again. Registration: or call 256-701-1046. Nano Day – 10:30am-2:30pm. Learn about the science of nanotechnology and its applications to everyday products. Sci-Quest Hands-On Science Center, Huntsville. 256-837-0606. Hiking Safety in Lake Guntersville State Park 1pm. This program discusses some of the things you need to be aware of when hiking and what to


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Easter Egg Hunt – Noon. Bring the kids out to hunt Easter eggs in the main campground. Prizes awarded. Free. Lake Guntersville State Park Nature Center. 256-571-5445. Wildflower Plant Sale – Each “even year� native plants, including woodland, meadow, ferns and shrubs are offered for sale. Tours available through the wildflower garden. Free. Sportsman Lake Park, Cullman. 256-734-4281. Cruise-In on the Square – 3-8pm. Antique automobile enthusiasts display cars, trucks and motorcycles. Live entertainment, door prizes. Free. Downtown Athens. 256-232-5411. Lawrence County Saddle Club Horse Show – 7am until. First Saturday of each month, enjoy western pleasure classes, gaited classes, barrel racing, pole bending and arena races.

SUNDAY, APRIL 8 Unity Church on the Mountain hosts Reverend Carol Landry – Worship is at 10:30am. 1328 Governors Dr. SE, Huntsville, 256-536-2271. Unity


THURSDAY, APRIL 12 UAB Reynolds Lecture Series: Medicine and Memory in the Oral Histories of Alabama’s Black Physicians – 12-1pm. Box lunches are available on a first come, first served basis. UAB Lister Hill Library, 1530 3rd Avenue S, Birmingham. 205-934-4475. Southern Circuit Film Screening & Director Q&A, “World’s Largest� –7pm. Desperate for tourism, hundreds of small towns across the U.S. claim “world’s largest� things, from 15-foot fiberglass strawberries to 40-foot concrete pheasants. “World’s Largest� visits 58 such sites and profiles one town’s five-year struggle to build the world’s largest lava lamp. By documenting these roadside attractions, “World’s Largest� captures the changing, perhaps even vanishing, culture of small-town America. Tickets are $10, $8 students. Alys Robinson Stephens Performing Arts Center, 1200 10th Ave S, Birmingham. 205-975-ARTS.

FRIDAY, APRIL 13 Earth Day at Huntsville City Hall – 11am-1pm. Register for Huntsville’s Citywide Great American Cleanup & Beautification Day at City Hall, 308 Fountain Cir, Huntsville. Great Moonbuggy Race – 8am-5pm. Visitors to the US Space & Rocket Center will see high school and college students race human-powered “moonbuggies� over a half-mile of simulated lunar terrain. The students face real-life design, engineering & building challenges in getting their buggies ready to race. US Space and Rocket Center, 1 Tranquility Base, Huntsville.

Double Helix Dash at McMillian Park 2012 – 5:30pm. Run the inaugural Double Helix Dash 5K (3.1 miles) or the 1-mile route through the distinctive double-helix running path of McMillian Park, as well as points through Cummings Research Park. Online registration closes April 9. Race day registration on site from 3-5pm on April 10. HudsonAlpha’s McMillian Park on the Biotech Campus in Cummings Research Park, 601 Genome Way Huntsville.

ECKANKAR on TV: The Foolish of God – 7:308pm. Inspiring stories and insights from Harold Klemp, spiritual leader and acclaimed author of more than sixty books on ECKANKAR. Tune in to explore some behaviors and attitudes you might recognize in others or even in yourself to help you unfold spiritually. Free. Knology Cable Channel 11 (Huntsville). 256-534-1751;



Family Chess Night – 4:30-5:30pm. Huntsville Main Public Library, 915 Monroe St, Huntsville. Come play chess with a worthy opponent at our Family Chess Nights. Boards and equipment will be provided. All ages and playing levels welcome, but kindergartners and younger must be accompanied by an adult.

Big and Bold Moves: A Journey into Spinal Extension and Arm Standing – In this course we will work towards proper alignment, range of motion, strength building, and proper mechanics students will need for their journey into back bending and arm standing with confidence. PMA-approved course (5 CEC), with a cost of $200. Call 205-323-5961 or visit to register. Pilates on Highland, 2827 Highland Ave S, Birmingham.

Wednesday Walk at Indian Creek Greenway – 5pm. Led by Katie Burrus. Meet by the posts at the greenway entrance. Paved path along the creek, native plants and trees, brisk, but comfortable walk. Registration: or call 256-701-1046.

Early Spring Hike at DeSoto State Park with JSU Field Schools – 10am-12pm. Led by Brittney Hughes, Park Naturalist. This is one of the most beautiful times of year at DeSoto. Free to the public. Registration appreciated but not required. Great for all ages. 256-997-05025. DeSotoResort.

Montevallo Art Show – 10am-5pm. The Montevallo Arts Council invites artists to submit applications for the 2012 Montevallo Art Show. The sixth annual art show, located in Orr Park along the wooded banks of Shoal Creek, will be comprised of about seventy artists. Musical groups will perform on the Square Stage. Food and refreshment vendors will be on site for the family event, which will take place rain or shine. Orr Park, 154 Vine St, Montevallo. 205-436-1555. Community HU Song – 1:30-2pm. Join others in singing HU, an ancient love song to God that can help and uplift you in countless ways. Held each Saturday (except April 7). Huntsville ECK Center, 900 Wellman Avenue, #3 (Five Points). 256-5341751. Land Trust Spring Burst Guided Hike/Green Means GO Hike – 9-11am. McKay Hollow at the Monte Sano State Park. Call 256-534-5263 or visit for more information.

SUNDAY, APRIL 15 Big and Bold: A Pilates and Yoga Inspired Movement Intensive – This three-hour Pilates/ Yoga inspired movement class will give students and opportunity to go deep into the practice of arm standing and back bending. The cost of the class is $40. Please bring a yoga mat. Call 205-323-5961 or visit to register. Pilates on Highland, 2827 Highland Ave S, Birmingham.

THURSDAY, APRIL 19 Meridianville Area MOMS Club Meeting and Open House – 10-11am. Stay-at-home moms that live in the 35759, 35761, and 35750 zip codes of North Alabama, please join the MOMS Club of Meridianville Area, AL for our monthly business meeting and open house! Kids are welcome, of course! Flint River Baptist Church, 12945 HWY 231/431, Hazel Green. Email for more info. L.E.A.N. Expectations, Live RIGHT Now – 6-8pm. This class in the Dr. Sears L.E.A.N. Expectations Series focuses on the postpartum adjustment period. Each class is different, based on the needs of the moms involved. We discuss breastfeeding, bonding, mom asking for help, etc. Classes are taught by Freida Houck, Dr. Sears L.E.A.N. Coach, with Mom Said Eat Your Veggies. $25/person; Dads free with mom. Reservations required. A Nurturing Moment, 7540 Memorial Parkway SW, Suite B, Huntsville. 4th Annual Bachelor Auction to benefit the National Children’s Advocacy Center – 6-10pm. Huntsville Country Club,2601 Oakwood Ave, Huntsville. Recommended $20 donation.


Unity Church on the Mountain hosts Reverend Carol Landry – Worship is at 10:30am. 1328 Governors Dr. SE, Huntsville, 256-536-2271. Unity

Nonprofit 201: Logic Models, Part Two – 1-4pm. Presenter: Anita Daniel, Botanical Garden. Bring a completed logic model (or a draft) for your organization. In this hands-on workshop, Anita will work through your model and provide critiques and insights. $15 ($10 for Part 1 participants). Huntsville-Madison County Public Library, 915 Monroe St, Second Floor Events Room, Huntsville.



Bluegrass & Gee’s Bend Week – 3:30-5pm checkin. The Folk School, held in the conference center facilities at Camp McDowell, brings creativity and renewal to the forefront by providing excellent instructors in a non-competitive, friendly, and relaxed environment. This April, enjoy the vocal nuances of Grammy nominated artist Claire Lynch or master other bluegrass instruments such as banjo or mandolin. Learn quilting from two Gee’s Bend quilters or discover watercolor and recycled glass mosaics. Camp McDowell, 105 Delong Rd, Nauvoo, AL. 205-387-1806.

Art 4 Paws – 9am-4pm. Art 4 Paws Pet Adoption and Art Festival will include animals up for adoption from local rescue groups and shelters, along with photographers, painters, and other vendors, with donations going to animal-related charities. Village Green, Downtown Madison.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 18 Spring Carnival – 5:30pm, April 18-21. Musical entertainment and family fun nightly for ages 7 years & older. Full carnival rides, contests and exhibits featured for agriculture, crafts, food, and much more. Admission charged. Info: JacksonCountyFair, or contact Jane Stump, 256-4378280 or 256-608-1328. Veterans Park Fairgrounds, Cecil & Jefferson Dr, Scottsboro.

Mentone Earth Day Celebration – 10am-3pm. Activities will include a 5K Race, Children’s Imagination Station, Music, Food, Rain Barrel Workshop, Citizen’s Water Quality Monitoring Workshop, Vendors and Exhibits from across the state. Proceeds for the festival will go towards One World Adventure Company’s local Outdoor Education programs such as our Adventure Day Camp for local youth, WET, a teen backpacking trip that explores our watershed, and the Strong Family Initiative. Brow Park in Mentone, AL. Info: Angie@ Operation Green Team Earth Day at Hays –10am-2pm. Fit & Fun Children’s Activities at the Terrame Natural Playground located at the entrance to Hays Nature Preserve. Pack a healthy lunch or

enjoy the healthy fare available at the festival to fuel your body for a day of fun outside. Veggie hotdogs, turkey hotdogs, fruits and water will be available. Admission to the festival is free. The Preserve is located on S. U.S. 431 east of Huntsville. Going south, turn left after mile marker 324. 256-532-5326. One Year After: The April 27th Tornadoes – Saturdays 10am-6pm; Sundays 12-6pm; Monday-Friday 9am-5pm, beginning April 21. The magnitude of the storms that occurred in our area on April 27, 2011 makes them both historically and scientifically significant. The exhibit will illustrate both the force of these storms and the impact they had on survivors, volunteers and the community. McWane Science Center, 200 19th St N, Birmingham. 205-714-8300. The Greater Huntsville Chapter of Jack & Jill of America, Inc 3rd Annual Pink, White & Blue Children’s Ball – 6-10pm. An evening of fun, with dining and dancing to conclude with a delightful array of delicious candies. Net proceeds from the ball support the Madison County community and to the Jack and Jill of America Foundation. Tickets $25 for children ages 3-11; $40 adults. For information on Sponsorship opportunities, Silent Auction donations and Tickets to help support this worthy event please contact Dr. Belinda Savage-Edwards at or Marcia Freeman, 256-885-9708 ext 237. Westin, Huntsville, 6800 Governors West, NW.

SUNDAY, APRIL 22 Unity Church on the Mountain hosts Seamus Ennis – Worship is at 10:30am. 1328 Governors Dr. SE, Huntsville, 256-536-2271. UnityChurchOnThe Picnic for the Planet – 11am-3pm. Get outside and celebrate Earth Day with good food and great company. Be a part of The Nature Conservancy’s Picnic for the Planet. Enjoy live music, view picnic table art, and join us and other Conservancy chapters worldwide in attempting to set the Guinness world record for the most people picnicking in a 24-hour period. Food and beverages available for purchase on site. Open to everyone, rain or shine. Railroad Park, 1600 1st Ave S, Birmingham. 205-251-1155.



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Celebrate the 42nd Earth Day on the Wildflower Trail – 1:30 and 3:45pm. Join Lynne Weninegar for a fun discovery tour of the Land Trust trail named for its springtime claim to fame: Beautiful Wildflowers. Don’t forget you camera. One hour leisurely hike; easy with moderate incline. No admission charged. The Land Trust of North Alabama. 256-534-5263. Celebrate the Outdoors on Earth Day – 2pm. Celebrate the outdoors on Earth Day with live performances by Red Mountain Theatre Company’s Youth Programs and “Singing in the Rain” cast members. Free. Vulcan Park and Museum, 1701 Valley View Dr, Birmingham. 205-324-2424.

MONDAY, APRIL 23 Still Serving Veterans 1st Ladies Golf Tournament Honoring Women Warriors – 8:30am2:30pm. ,A Hole In One Prize Bently Automotive Group will be a 2012 Cadillac. Other prizes will be 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Place Teams, Longest Putt, Closest to the Pin, and Farthest Drive. Entry fee for ndividuals $125; visit for different sponsorships and registration procedures. The Huntsville Country Club, 2601 Oakwood Avenue NW, Huntsville. Land Trust of North Alabama’s 25th Anniversary Celebration at Monte Sano Lodge – 6-9pm. Monte Sano Lodge, 5105 Nolen Dr, Huntsville.

TUESDAY, APRIL 24 Mind, Body Yoga with Katherine – 6:30-7:30pm. A blend of asanas (poses) that will tone the body, as well as calm the mind and energize the spirit. We will practice a series of poses, one flowing into the next, integrating breath and movement for relaxation. The poses include Sun Salutation, standing poses, forward bends, back bends, twists, and final relaxation pose. The poses are fairly easy and you’re encouraged to do as much or as little of the series that fits your level, from beginner to experienced. $12. Soles Dance Center, 901 Franklin St, Huntsville.

Huntsville Hospital. Jones Valley Wellness Center, 1345 Four Mile Post Rd, Huntsville. Stormy Weather: Reception/Reading for Birmingham Arts Journal – 6-7:45pm. Authors, artists, poets and photographers gather to celebrate the newest issue of Birmingham Arts Journal, now in its 10th year of publication. On the first anniversary of Alabama’s devastating storms, the journal features works about storms. Public is invited. Admission Free. Baker Donelson, Wells Fargo Tower, Birmingham.

DRAW! – 2-4pm. Presented by the K.I.D. Artist Collective, Admission $5. Practice drawing live models with interesting outfits. No Pictures please. All levels welcome. Contact for more info. Flying Monkey Arts Center, 2nd Floor, Lowe Mill, 2211 Seminole Dr, Huntsville.

TUESDAY, MAY 1 Star Super Market: Healthy Cooking Demo – 5:30-6:30pm.HudsonAlpha, 601 Genome Way, Huntsville.



Huntsville Master Chorale presents Shane Kennedy, Conductor – 7-8pm. Trinity United Methodist Church, 607 Airport Rd SW. Huntsville.

Hike at Hays w/ Operation Green Team – 9-11am. Operation Green Team will lead hikes through Hays Nature Preserve on the natural and paved trails. Enjoy exercise surrounded by the beauty of the Preserve. Registration is free, but please call 256532-5326 to reserve your spot. Reservations should be made by the Monday of the week of the hike.

Dog Sees God – 7:30-9:30pm. $14. Renaissance Theatre Main Stage, 1216 Meridian St, Huntsville.

SATURDAY, APRIL 28 Sterling Health: Alabama’s Largest Yoga Class at the Huntsville Botanical Garden –Alabama’s largest Yoga Class takes place at the Huntsville Botanical Gardens Central Corridor as a part of the Healthy Huntsville 2012 initiative. Yoga will be instructed by Katherine Orton. Bring your own mat. This class is free to the public and takes place outdoors. 4747 Bob Wallace Ave, Huntsville. Bibb County Glades Field Trip – 8am. Called “a botanical lost world,” partly due to eight new species of plants having been discovered there, this unique relictual landscape contains a number of Alabama endemic plant species and others rare, unusual and particularly adapted to life in a limestone glade. This is a moderate walking trip on natural, uneven and rocky terrain, held outdoors regardless of temperature. Trip fee covers bus transportation; bring lunch. $40 Members |$45 Non-Members. Birmingham Botanical Gardens, 2612 Lane Park Rd, Birmingham.

SUNDAY, MAY 6 Land Trust Spring Burst Guided Hike – 2-4pm. Wade Mountain Nature Preserve. Call 256-534-5263 or visit for more information.

BERKELEY BOB’S APRIL-MAY MUSIC LINEUP Located in Cullman, Alabama, Berkeley Bob’s Coffee House and Whole Earth Store is a 1960’s style California Coffee House where we “celebrate nature, coffee and folk music.” Open Mike Nites every first and third Monday from 7-9pm. Bring your guitar, bongos, poems, whatever, and share your talents with us. Saturday night concerts feature local and out of area musicians playing a wide variety of styles. All shows 7-9pm, family oriented and free. To inquire about a booking call Bob at 256-775-2944. April 7:

THURSDAY, APRIL 26 Huntsville Hospital Seminar: Eating for Life – 4:15-5:15pm. Presented by Anna Key, RD, LD of

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Walk MS – 9:30am-12:30pm. A one mile, two mile, and three mile route option for all participants. Huntsville Botanical Garden, 4747 Bob Wallace Ave, Huntsville. Living Art Bonsai Society Annual Bonsai Show 9am-5pm, Sat; 12-5pm, Sun. Huntsville Botanical Garden, 4747 Bob Wallace Ave. Admission $12 for adults. Please visit or for more information.

SUNDAY, APRIL 29 Unity Church on the Mountain hosts Rev. Wanda Gail Campbell – Worship is at 10:30am. 1328 Governors Dr. SE, Huntsville, 256-536-2271.

Fire Mountain. Popular folk rock band from Troy.

April 13: Delta Reign. Mobile bluegrass band. $10 Cover. April 14: Janet Hall and Steve Norris May 1:

Dar Stellabotta. Folk singer on her first Alabama tour.

May 4:

Josh Brooks and his band

May 5:

Chigger Ridge. Local family country band.

May 11:

Songwriter Showcase

May 12: Riverboat John Ferguson. Great storyteller and singer. May 18: Mustachio May 19: The Walker Street Opry. Our favorite Bluegrass band.

Beginning Belly Dance Class – 5:30-6:30pm. Nomadic Tapestry, 1219 C Jordan Lane NW, Huntsville. 256-637-9979.

ongoingevents sunday Meditation – 8:20am. Center for Spiritual Living, 308 Lily Flagg Rd, Huntsville. 256-883-8596. A Course in Miracles Study Group – 9:15am. Shared reading and group discussions. Extra books available. Light of Christ Center, 4208 Holmes Ave, Huntsville. 256-895-0255. Unity Church On The Mountain Service – 10:30am. Adult Sunday School at 9:30am. Practicing Oneness with God in a positive light of love for all. 1328 Governors Dr. SE, Huntsville. 256-536-2271. UnityChurch 1-Hour Mystery School – 11am. A different service each week including ritual, music, and a message in an open, loving environment. Light of Christ Center, 4208 Holmes Ave, Huntsville. 256-895-0255. LightOf Social Dance Class – 3-6pm. Social Dance Class taught by Sandra Watts. Combination of ballroom and country/western dance. Prepares you to dance anywhere. One hour class with practice dancing to follow. $6.00. GeeÊs Place, 2274-A Highway 72 East, Huntsville. 256-682-7886. Power Yoga – 4:30-5:30pm. Marcy White. The Yoga Center of Huntsville, 500-A Pratt Ave, Huntsville. 256-653-9255 or 256-533-7975. YogaCenterOf Zumba Dance – 6-7pm. „JAK‰arta. Nomadic Tapestry, 1219 B&C Jordan Ln, Huntsville. Nomadic Beyond Basic Bellydance – 5-6pm. Michelle. Nomadic Tapestry, 1219 B&C Jordan Ln, Huntsville. Keys of Compassion Support Group – 6-7pm. There is a higher perspective to your pain. Free. Natural Elements, 1874 Suite M, Slaughter Rd, Madison. 256-922-8454.

monday Your Yoga with Casey – 6-7am. BeginnerÊs class with Casey, $14 session or $45 for 4 class pack (valid one month from purchase) Studio 258, 2nd floor, Lowe Mill, 2211 Seminole Drive, Huntsville. Email: Casey@youryogas or call 256-679-7143. Level 1 Pilates – 7-8am. All levels. Michelle Camper. The Yoga Center of Huntsville, 500-A Pratt Ave, Huntsville. 256-533-7975. YogaCenterOf

Free Biomat Sessions – 10am-5pm. Free 30-minute Biomat sessions all day at the Center for Directional Healing. Call to reserve a time. 256-882-0360. Zumba Gold classes – 4:30-5:20pm. Nomadic Tapestry, 1219 C Jordan Lane, Huntsville. Nomadic Beginning Belly Dance Classes – 5:30-6:30pm. Learn new school belly dance with an old school flair. Nomadic Tapestry, 1219 C Jordan Lane NW, Huntsville. 256-637-9979. Beginner Couple/Partner Dances – 6-8pm. Sandra Watts will be teaching Sweetheart Schottische along with other partner dances. Social dancing after the class. If you have never danced, this is the class to learn how. $5.00. GeeÊs Place, 2274-A Highway 72 East, Huntsville. 256-682-7886. Beyond Basics – 6:45-7:45pm. For those with less than 75 hours of class time training. Nomadic Tapestry, 1219 C Jordan Lane NW, Huntsville. 256-637-9979. Yoga Class – 6:00-7:15pm. Iyengar-based yoga focuses on form, technique and alignment. Body Language Pilates, 305 Jefferson St, Ste C, Huntsville. 256-704-5080. Level I Yoga – 6:30-8pm. All levels. Pam Herdy. The Yoga Center of Huntsville, 500-A Pratt Ave, Huntsville. 256-533-7975. Dialogue on Awakening – 6:30-8pm. Weekly forum with rotating facilitators. Love offering. Please call 256-534-8779 for location and more details. Huntsville Photographic Society Program Night – 7-8:45pm. Come and associate with some of the best photographers in the valley. Join for only $20 per year. We meet the second and fourth Mondays of each month except December. Huntsville-Madison County Public Library Auditorium, 915 Monroe Street, Huntsville.

Pilates – 5:30-6:30pm. Annette Beresford. The Yoga Center of Huntsville, 500-A Pratt Ave, Huntsville. 256658-9748. Line Dancing – 6-8pm. New and old line dances taught by Diane Martin. $5.00. GeeÊs Place, 2274-A Highway 72 East, Huntsville. 256-682-7886. Meditation – 6pm. Center for Spiritual Living, 308 Lily Flagg Rd, Huntsville. 256-883-8596. Beginner/Intermediate Mat Class – 6-7pm. This class adds more exercises from the series and will challenge oneÊs mind/body connections. Body Language Pilates, 305 Jefferson St, Ste C, Huntsville. 256-7045080. Toastmasters: Redstone Toastmasters – 6-7:30pm. The Apollo Room, Radisson Hotel, 8721 Madison Boulevard, Madison. Guests always welcome. Science of Mind Classes – 6:30-8:30pm. Center for Spiritual Living, 308 Lily Flagg Rd, Huntsville. 256883-8596. Basic American Tribal Style (ATS) – 6:45-7:45pm. Lea. Nomadic Tapestry, 1219 B&C Jordan Ln, Huntsville. Back to Basic Drumming – 8-9pm. Darbuka Dave. Nomadic Tapestry, 1219 B&C Jordan Ln, Huntsville. Beginning Yoga – 7pm. Holly Dyess. Beez Fitness, 7495 Wall Triana Highway, Madison. $8 at the door for non-members. The Living Art Bonsai Society – 7pm, first Tuesday of every month at the Huntsville Botanical Garden, 4747 Bob Wallace Ave. Contact: Shelby Aesthetic, 256-417-7187 or Hsv.LivingArtBonsaiSociety@

wednesday tuesday Pilates – 9-10am. Annette Beresford. The Yoga Center of Huntsville, 500-A Pratt Ave, Huntsville. 256-6589748. Level I Yoga – 10:15-11:30am. Annette Beresford. The Yoga Center of Huntsville, 500-A Pratt Ave, Huntsville. 256-658-9748. Lunchtime Belly Basics – 11:30am-12:30pm. Nomadic Tapestry, 1219 B&C Jordan Ln, Huntsville. Bellydance Blast Class – 4:30-5:20pm. Nomadic Tapestry, 1219 C Jordan Lane, Huntsville. Nomadic

Level 1 Pilates – 7-8am. All levels. Michelle Camper. The Yoga Center of Huntsville, 500-A Pratt Ave, Huntsville. 256-533-7975. YogaCenterOf Creamery Tours – 9am, 10am, 1pm, 2pm. Find out where and how the goat cheese recommended by Oprah, Food Network, and Southern Living is made. Belle Chevre Creamery, 26910 Bethel Road, Elkmont (Huntsville). $8 adults, $4 kids, free for 6 and under. 256-423-2238. Science of Mind Classes – 10am-12pm. Center for Spiritual Living, 308 Lily Flagg Rd, Huntsville. 256883-8596. Bellydance Blast Class – 4:30-5:20pm. Nomadic Tapestry, 1219 C Jordan Lane, Huntsville. Nomadic

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Beginning Belly Dance Class – 5:30-6:30pm. Nomadic Tapestry, 1219 C Jordan Lane NW, Huntsville. 256-637-9979.

Pilates – 9-10am. Annette Beresford. The Yoga Center of Huntsville, 500-A Pratt Ave, Huntsville. 256-6589748.

Meditation – 6pm. Center for Spiritual Living, 308 Lily Flagg Rd, Huntsville. 256-883-8596.

Level I Yoga – 10:15-11:30am. Annette Beresford. The Yoga Center of Huntsville, 500-A Pratt Ave, Huntsville. 256-658-9748.

Course in Miracles Class at Unity Church on the Mountain – 6:30pm. beginning on Feb 8 and continuing every Wednesday. 1328 Governors Dr SE, Huntsville. 256-536-2271.

Lunchtime Belly Basics – 11:30am-12:30pm. Shahala Liz. Nomadic Tapestry, 1219 B&C Jordan Ln, Huntsville.

Power Yoga – 6-7pm. Marcy White. The Yoga Center of Huntsville, 500-A Pratt Ave, Huntsville. 256-5337975. West Coast Swing Dance Class – 6:30-8:30pm. West Coast Swing Dance Class taught by Stephane Schneider. One hour class with practice dancing to follow. No partner needed. $5.00. GeeÊs Place, 2274-A Highway 72 East, Huntsville. 256-682-7886. Free Tennessee River Writers Group – 6:30-8:30pm. Open-minded, open-hearted and creative group. Exercises, Readings, considerate critiques. All experience levels welcome. Flint River Coffee Company, 1443 Winchester Rd. Call George Kost 256-682-5479. Satsang – 6:30pm. Satsang with Gangaji. Center for Spiritual Living, 308 Lily Flagg Rd, Huntsville. 256883-8596. Searching? – The Red Mountain Study Group of Huntsville invites inquiries from men and women, no matter what their beliefs, who are still searching for the meaning of their lives now and here. Our work includes meditation, practice and study based on the teaching of G. I. Gurdjieff. We are affiliated with the Gurdjieff Foundation of New York. 256-361-9575. Email: Hike at Hays with Operation Green Team – 9-11am. Operation Green Team will lead hikes through Hays Nature Preserve on the natural and paved trails each Wednesday through August 29. Enjoy exercise surrounded by the beauty of the Preserve. Registration is free. Contact 256-532-5326 or MailGreen.Team@ to reserve your spot. In the event of inclement weather, hikes will be canceled.

Zumba Gold Class – 4:30-5:20pm. Nomadic Tapestry, 1219 C Jordan Lane, Huntsville. Nomadic Dance Basics– 5:30-6:30pm. Amber. Nomadic Tapestry, 1219 B&C Jordan Ln, Huntsville. Nomadic Align & Wine! – 6-9:30pm. Yoga with Mitzi at the Huntsville Museum of Art. Cost and additional details at Huntsville Museum of Art, 300 Church Street South. „Life Questions‰ Class – 6:30pm. Unity Church on the Mountain, 1328 Governors Dr SE, Huntsville. Info: 256-536-2271 or call Debbie Preece at 256-337-8200. Spiritual Awareness Class taught by Rev. Grace Gifford – 6:30-8pm through December 8. Living the truth through the Christ within all of us. Unity Church on the Mountain, 1328 Governors Dr. SE, Huntsville. 256-536-2271. Level I Yoga – 6:45-8:15pm. Pam Herdy. The Yoga Center of Huntsville, 500-A Pratt Ave, Huntsville. 256533-7975. Beyond Basic Zils – 6:45-7:45pm. Sallye. Nomadic Tapestry, 1219 B&C Jordan Ln, Huntsville. Nomadic Beginning Yoga – 7pm. Holly Dyess. Beez Fitness, 7495 Wall Triana Highway, Madison. $8 at the door for non-members.

friday thursday Yoga for Back Care class at Body Language Pilates – 5:30-6pm, Thursdays, March 29-May 3. Yoga postures can be modified for back care health and healing. Common conditions such as scoliosis, sciatica, herniated disks, neck strain etc. are addressed. Space is limited. Contact Suzanne Newton at or 256 585-3727 to sign up. Drop-ins are also accepted based on space availability. Fusion Pilates – 9-10am. A fusion of Pilates and Hanna Somatic work teaching one to access and strengthen oneÊs deepest connections bringing balance to oneÊs spine and overall posture. Body Language Pilates, 305 Jefferson St, Ste C, Huntsville. 256-7045080.


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Level 1 Pilates – 7-8am. All levels. Michelle Camper. The Yoga Center of Huntsville, 500-A Pratt Ave, Huntsville. 256-533-7975. Bellydance Blast Class – 4:30-5:30pm. Shahala Liz. Nomadic Tapestry, 1219 B&C Jordan Ln, Huntsville. Concerts on the Dock – 6-9pm. Friday nights, Lowe Mill Arts & Entertainment, 2211 Seminole Drive. Picnics, coolers and pets on a leash are welcome. 256-533-0399. Public Clearance Session – 7pm. Third Friday each month. Learn effective healing through reception and application of Divine energies. Light of Christ Center, 4208 Holmes Ave, Huntsville. 256-895-0255. Paranormal Study Center – 6:30pm, fourth Friday each month. Meets at Radisson Hotel/Olympus Room,

8721 Madison Blvd, Madison. For more information, contact Lamont Hamilton at Ballroom Dance Class and Party – 7-10pm. Group class at 7pm with a different dance being taught every month. Then, social dancing from 8 to 10pm. $10 per person. Southern Elegance Dance Studio, 3005 L and North Dr SW, Huntsville.

saturday Intro to Yoga at Body Language Pilates – 1011:30am, Saturdays, March 31-May 5. This is a 6-week series class that is suitable for beginners and all levels of students who want to refine the basic skills of Yoga. Postures are taught in a precise alignment method. Active postures are balanced with restorative postures and meditation. Space is limited. Contact Suzanne Newton at or 256 585-3727 to sign up. Drop-ins are also accepted based on space availability. Natural Childbirth Classes – 9-11am. Downtown Cullman. A 4-part series. Call to Register 256-9620975. Level I Yoga – 9-10:15am. Pam Herdy. The Yoga Center of Huntsville, 500-A Pratt Ave, Huntsville. 256-533-7975. Your Yoga with Casey – 9:45-10:45am. BeginnerÊs class with Casey, $14 session or $45 for 4 class pack (valid one month from purchase) Studio 258, 2nd floor, Lowe Mill, 2211 Seminole Drive, Huntsville. Email: or call 256-679-7143. Cardio Ballroom – 11am. Mega calorie burning dance fun. No more treadmill! Madison Ballroom, 9076 Madison Blvd, Madison. Level I Yoga – 11:30-12:45pm. Bobbie Brooks. The Yoga Center of Huntsville, 500-A Pratt Ave, Huntsville. 256-533-7975. Artist Market – 12-4pm. Local artists and others are invited to set up a booth and sell their wares to the public. There will be art, jewelry, vintage clothing, records, and more interesting things for sale inside our facility. Safe from rain. Free admission. Flying Monkey Arts Center at Lowe Mill, 2211 Seminole Drive, Huntsville. Community HU Song – 1:30-2pm. Join others in singing HU, an ancient love song to God that can help and uplift one in countless ways. Huntsville ECK Center, 900 Wellman Avenue, Ste 3, Five Points. 256-5341751. Reiki Free Clinic (no charge) – 2-4 pm. Every Third Saturday of each month. Center for Personal Growth, 924-B Merchant Walk Way SW, Huntsville. For appointments contact Shari Feinman-Prior at Ballroom Dancing – 7pm Beginner Group Class, 8pm Dance Party. Madison Ballroom Dance Studio, 9076 Madison Blvd, Madison. 256-461-1900. Madison

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Acupuncture & Natural Health Care Dr. Loren Hunter, ND 922 6th Ave SE Decatur, AL 35601 256-350-6001

U’Jeana Wilson Owner/Certified Colon Hydrotherapist Degree in Psychology 256-489-9806

Dr. Loren Hunter, ND believes in bridging natural healthcare with traditional healthcare. Dr. Hunter believes that both schools of thought are equally important, and he will encourage you to work closely with your physician. Services offered include acupuncture, naturopathy, myofascial release, neurokinesiology, nutritional and herbal counseling.

BIO-FEEDBACK TESTING HEALTHY CHOICES, LLC Steve Krzyzewski 2225 Drake Avenue, Suite 18 Huntsville, AL 35801 256-679-1997 Steve Krzyzewski provides Advanced Bio-Feedback Testing, the Amethyst Bio-Mat Infrared Therapy, and the Ionic Footbath. The Bio-feedback uncovers root cause(s) for health challenges and develops natural protocols allowing the body to heal itself. The Amethyst Bio-Mat uses infrared, negative ions, and the natural healing of amethyst to bring the body back into balance. ( The Ionic footbath helps the body to detoxify.

Center for Optimal Wellbeing is the longest operating colonic therapy provider in Huntsville. First time clients have expressed immediate feelings of increased energy levels and improved efficiency in waste elimination. You will enjoy the experience of your own “personal cleansing spa” as you receive colon hydrotherapy (colonic), far infrared sauna, an optional massaging shower, and ionic footbath services—in a clean, comfortable, and relaxing private environment. Call for directions and a 10% discount on your first service when you mention Natural Awakenings or use code COWB.

HOPE FOR LIFE COLON HYDROTHERAPY Amanda Mashburn, owner/colon hydrotherapist 10300 Bailey Cove Road, Suite-7A Huntsville, AL 35803 256-270-8731 Our goal is to live long and live strong. Young or old, male or female, healthy or sick, will benefit from an internal cleansing. Mention“Natural Awakenings” and recieve 10 dollars off your first colonic visit.


CHILD BIRTH SERVICES 10 MOONS RISING BIRTH SERVICES Donna Mitchell CPM, CLC, BMsc 256-566-9305 Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee 10 Moons Rising Birth Services offers education and resources for women during pregnancy. We offer counseling in nutrition, herbal teas, VBACs, Out of Hospital births in TN and MS, midwifery care, prenatal visits, postpartum visits, doulas and monitrices. We specialize in natural birth options in the North Alabama/Tennessee area. We have Certified Lactation Consultants also available for consult.

1489 Slaughter Road, Madison 256-837-3448 I-ACT Certified Colon Hydro Therapists. Do you know that 80% of your immune system is in your colon? Bathe your body from the inside to improve health. Colon irrigation aids in soothing and toning the colon, which makes elimination more effective.

ENERGY HEALING CENTER FOR DIRECTIONAL HEALING™ Susan Spalding 2225 Drake Ave. SW, Suite 18 Huntsville, 35805 256-882-0360 For over 20 years, Susan Spalding and the staff at the Center for Directional Healing have been helping people achieve harmonic health through Directional Healing, Reflexology, and now the Amethyst Biomat. Clients may choose a single service, or combine all three for the most complete healing experience. Healing techniques, articles, and more information are available online at

ENERGY PSYCHOLOGY CENTER FOR PERSONAL GROWTH Shari Feinman-Prior 924-B Merchant Walk Way SW Huntsville, AL 35801 256-289-3331 “SPARK YOUR LIGHT” from within your TRUE BEING and TRANSFORM your life. Offering tools from energy psychology, Rapid Eye Technology, Healing Touch, Reiki, and Life Skills Coaching, to create change in deep seated patterns of behavior for a healthy and joyful life.

FAMILY MEDICINE PROGRESSIVE FAMILY MEDICINE Chad Gilliam, M.M.S. PA-C 1230 Slaughter Road, Suite C, Madison, AL 256-722-0555 Progressive Family Medicine provides medical care for patients of all ages and uniquely blends Natural and Prescription medicines together to help speed the patient’s recovery. Progressive Family Medicine is the patient’s clinic of choice when they would like to understand how natural medicines work along with prescription drugs.

All is connected... no one thing can change by itself. ~Paul Hawken

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Trudi Gardner, M.S. 256-772-6999

Sandra Cope Huntsville 256-534-1794 256-509-3540

An interior design philosophy that invites serenity and reduces stress. Feng Shui design concepts brings positive energy into your home and office to encourage Prosperity, Well Being, Harmony, and Balance.

Certified Jin Shin Jyutsu Practitioner. An easy, effective way of restoring health and well-being by balancing the body’s energy pathways to enhance the body’s natural healing abilities.


HAIR SALON CJ HAIR AND ART STUDIO CJ Denison 105E Church St Madison, AL 35758 256-603-9018

Specializing in NATURAL Hairstyles. Cuts with Texture and Movement. Specializing in Fine Hair, Razor cuts, Men's Hair Pieces with A NATURAL Look. Specializing in Hair Color OFF the Scalp. Hair Painting. A Safer way to Color or HiLight Your Hair to Help in Decreasing the Exposure to the Scalp. HEALTHY HAIR is HAPPY HAIR. Also Original Art Work and Private Art lessons available. Call Today for YOUR Appointment.

HOLISTIC PSYCHOTHERAPY CENTER CIRCLE COUNSELING Jane Ajaya, LCSW, MSEd Located at Behavioral Health Solutions 1644 Slaughter Rd, Madison 35758 256-325-1690 Offering compassionate, confidential guidance and counseling for mental, emotional, physical and spiritual health and happiness. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, mindfulness meditation, energy-work, dream analysis, hypnotherapy, grief and recovery work, 12 step support. Individual, couples and family therapy. In private practice for over 20 years. Most insurance accepted. No insurance? Still affordable.


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Becky Waters Certified Hypnotherapist and Professional Breathworker 3322 S. Memorial Parkway, Suite 641 Huntsville, AL 256-348-5236

Creating positive change through hypnotherapy and Breathwork. Empowering you to live to your highest potential. Relieve stress and anxiety, release negativity, pain management, pre/post medical procedure, fears/phobias, weight loss, smoking cessation, and more

MARSHA MATHES Certified Hypnotist 3313 Memorial Parkway, Ste 116 Huntsville, AL 35801 256-698-2151 Hypnosis is a tool to assist you in countless ways to heal your past, empower your present and create your future: • Quit smoking • Weight loss • Nail and lip biting • Teeth grinding • Insomnia • Anxiety and stress relief • Phobias and fears • Pain relief • Sports enhancement • PTSD (Post-traumatic stress disorder) • Current and Past Life Regressions • Much more…

SMALL CHANGE WORKS John Lambert Cullman, AL 35055 256-590-3824 Ever Feel ‘Stuck’ with Unwanted Feelings and Behaviors? I’ll help you with issues like anxiety, anger, self-esteem, regrets, worry. Personalized service. Flexible hours. Reasonable fees. Call John Lambert at 256-590-3824.

MASSAGE A NEW YOU MASSAGE AND BODYWORK Paula J. Sorg (L.M.T. #3321) 22 Rhett Ave, Ste A, Huntsville, AL 15093 East Limestone Rd, Harvest, AL 256-520-0663

Helping you relieve stress, recover from injury or just helping you transform your life through better health. Offering Swedish, Deep Tissue, and Hot Stone Massage along with Neuromuscular and Paraffin Wax Therapy.

CENTER FOR THERAPEUTIC MASSAGE AND BODYWORK 1634 Slaughter Rd., Madison 256-430-9756 Our vision is to provide professional massage services in a comfortable clinical environment to Madison and the surrounding area. Student massages available for 1/2 the regular rate. Lic. E1311.

CLOUD NINE Evening and Weekend Appointments 256-337-6989 Finally, someone who makes housecalls! Swedish, Ortho and Deep Tissue massage in the privacy of your own home. Gift Certificates also available for any occasion.

MASSAGE THERAPY SCHOOL MADISON SCHOOL OF MASSAGE THERAPY, LLC 1634 Slaughter Rd, Suite C Madison, AL 35758 256-430-9756 Our training will change your life forever in a new career as a Professional. Student massages available for 1/2 the regular rate. AL Board of Massage School Lic# S-117 AL State Board of Ed. School Lic# 1200I.





Dr. Deb Gilliam, N.M.D. 1230 Slaughter Road, Madison, AL 256-722-0555


Dr. Gilliam treats a variety of health problems with chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, heart disease, hormone replacement and thyroid issues being at the forefront. Dr. Gilliam sees patients from around the world due to the reputation she has earned by treating hard to treat medical conditions. Dr. Gilliam works to find the cause of medical conditions and does not simply treat the patients’ symptoms.

Spiritually Assisted Intuitive Readings, Energetic Healing and Balancing for People and Pets, World Culture Shamanic Training, Spirit Midwife: Assistance for individual and caregivers during Death & Dying Process. Forty years of training and experience.



Advanced Practitioner Lic.#249 Dr. Ida P. ROLF method 2336A Whitesburg Drive 256-512-2094

BODY LANGUAGE, INC. 305 Jefferson St., Ste. C 256-704-5080


Serving Huntsville since 1995

Our goal is to teach individuals how to take control of their health and well-being through the Pilates method, creating a wholesome person of sound mind, body, and spirit. Private, semi-private and group training on the equipment is available along with group mat classes.

“When the body gets working appropriately, then the force of gravity can flow through. Then spontaneously, the body heals itself.� —Ida P. Rolf

LIGHT OF CHRIST CENTER 4208 Holmes Ave, Huntsville 256-895-0255 The Light of Christ Center is conveniently situated in a vintage Centenarian House conveniently located near the UAHuntsville campus. Our Center facilities are available for rent to both members and non-members. We offer our Spiritual Home as your ideal venue for weddings, receptions, memorial services, classes/workshops and other gatherings. Call 256-895-0255 and leave a message if you’re interested in a tour or to speak with someone about your event. Amenities available: • Kitchen (microwave only) • Solarium • Lounge/Salon • Roundtable Room (meeting/dining) • Chapel (w/up to 50 chairs)




Universal & Karuna Reiki Master 256-584-8081 Reiki is a simple natural and safe method of healing. Reiki treats the physical body, the emotions, and the mind and spirit, creating many beneficial effects. Many have experienced miraculous results. Reiki works in conjunction with all other medical or therapeutic techniques to relieve side effects and promote recovery.

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HEALING SOUNDS MUSIC THERAPY Stephanie Bolton, MA, MT-BC 256-655-0648 Huntsville, Alabama-based music therapy practice focused on improving personal health and wellness using guided imagery and music techniques. Currently providing workshops and individual consultations.

A complete system of body education that balances the physical body, improves posture, and helps resolve chronic pain. Created by Dr. Ida P. Rolf in the 1950s, Structural Integration has been scientifically validated and has withstood the test of time, as millions of people have enjoyed the remarkable benefits.

“Your Most Valuable Wealth Is Your Health!�

We offer holistic medical approaches for healing and optimization of health by addressing the person as a whole‌ mind, body and spirit.


Rodney D. Soto, M.D 12205 County Line Road, Madison, Alabama


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