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elcome to the April issue of Seattle Natural Awakenings! This month marks our three year anniversary of publishing Natural Awakenings in Seattle. In many ways, the time has flown quickly, but at the same time I know that we’ve only just gotten started, and I have never been more excited for the future of this publication. Whether you’ve been reading Natural Awakenings since the beginning, started reading one of nearly 90 editions in another city in the U.S., moved here and continued reading ours, or perhaps picked it up for the very first time today, I want to thank you. Our readers make this magazine possible by supporting our wonderful advertisers, who support us. Let our advertisers know you found them in Natural Awakenings! It’s fitting that we celebrate our anniversary this month by again publishing the official program for the Northwest Green Home Tour, now in its fourth year. This fantastic event brings together members of the community interested in green building and remodeling with homeowners, contractors and others to inspire and educate. Flip this magazine over to view the program, and I’ll see you on the tour on April 26. We bring you lots of other articles and ideas this month. National Geographic photographer James Balog’s sobering documentation of disappearing glaciers brings light to climate change in “Ice Chasers” (page 22). Get new ideas for natural cleaners with “Homemade Eco-Cleaners” (page 18) and be sure to learn about two wonderful programs for Seattle area residents to green their homes and yards in “Spring Greening” (page 14).
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wo new local businesses built sustainably by the same company are celebrating significant milestones. Robert Burns, owner of Envision and the builder behind resturant and bar Radiator Whiskey and distillery 2bar, notes each establishment focused heavily on reclaimed materials in order to build green while creating warm and welcoming environments. “We’re enjoying the fact that these two local establishments have both celebrated their first years in business,” Burns says, noting that Radiator Whiskey is celebrating their first anniversary this month, and 2bar has just completed 18 months in business. “2bar is an award winning distillery and the atmosphere and food at Radiator Whiskey is like no other place in Seattle,” Burns continues. Burns and his building crew worked with Radiator Whiskey owner Dan Bugge and 2bar owner Nathan Kaiser to reclaim and reuse everything from flooring to fixtures. To create a space for Radiator Whiskey, Envision executed a complete transformation of a former office space into a full restaurant, and built out a warehouse tasting room for 2bar. “Both owners of these businesses had a commitment to sustainability through reclaimed products, and they also wanted to convey particular moods through their decor,” Burns says. “Radiator Whiskey is inspired by the prohibition era and the reclaimed materials give a nod to that period. 2bar also used all reclaimed wood in a warm and streamlined style that compliments their location and is visually very interesting, and also keeps the focus on their amazing craft spirits.” All of the salvaged wood for Radiator Whiskey, a 21 and older resturant and bar whose chef sources much of their offerings from vendors at Pike Place Market, came through EarthWise Salvage in SODO. The flooring was reclaimed beam stock from a Seattle project and custom milled in Tacoma. “The floor had to be finished with a restaurant grade finish that met stringent standards, and I also wanted it to meet my commitment to low toxic finishes, so one of the most interesting parts of this project was finding a finish that would both withstand the rigors of restaurant traffic and also meet indoor air quality standards,” Burns explains, noting he was successful in locating a suitable product. The two businesses are linked by more than having been built by Envision: Radiator Whiskey barrel ages 2bar moonshine on site to give it a unique flavor and texture, offering it as one Radiator Whiskey’s of the resturant’s flagship spirits. “It was very exciting to work on both these projects because of their high commitments to reclaimed materials,”Burns says. “The beauty of working with both of these businesses was sourcing material to reuse and making it come together.” Radiator Whiskey is located at 94 Pike St., Ste. 30, Seattle. 2bar is located at 2960 4 Ave. S, Ste. 106, Seattle. For more information about Envision: 206-356-7853 or EnvisionRemodels.com. 4
Camano Islanders: Keep Library Open
embers of Citizens for a Camano Library are urging residents of the island to vote yes on Proposition 1, which would not only keep the library open, but expand it to a bigger facility. If the proposition does not pass, the library will close on April 30. “This library campaign is about more than ourselves,” says Camano Island resident Connie Hall. “It is about leaving a legacy for those on Camano Island who will come after us. Our ancestors insured 50 years ago that we would have access to library services and now it is our turn to do our part. A permanent Camano Island Library will be a gift to our current and future children, friends, family and neighbors.” “Libraries serve as the ‘people’s universe,’ where people of all ages can come together in a safe place and create a shared sense of community,” says local resident Ed Bednarzic. The larger facility would offer nearly an additional 5000 square feet of space. Ballots arrive in mailboxes on April 22, or residents can visit MyVote.WA.Gov to download their ballot.
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Judith Orloff Book Talks in Portland
r. Judith Orloff will visit the Portland metro area to speak, meet readers and sign copies of her latest book, The Ecstacy of Surrender: 12 Surprising Ways Letting Go Can Empower Your Life, in two May events. She will be at Unity of Portland on May 4 for the 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. services along with a workshop being held 1:30-4:30 p.m. She will also appear at 7 p.m. on May 5 at Powell’s Bookstore in Beaverton. An assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at the University of California-Los Angeles and intuitive healer, Orloff combines her training in conventional and alternative medicine in attesting that miraculous things happen when we stop pushing, controlling and trying so hard. Her new book is filled with strategies and solutions for surrendering anything that stands in the way of an extraordinary life, incldung stress, obsessive relationships, toxic people, money worries and fear of death. Orloff dispells many outmoded ideas about health, aging, sex, power, beauty and money by showing that instead of defeat, surrender is the missing ingredient to success and bliss. It allows us to daily live in a passionate heart zone with faith in our self and the divinity of all life. Of The Ecstacy of Surrender internationally renowned inspirational author Marianne Williamson says, “It takes you straight into the light: our surrender to a love and power greater than our own. Dr. Orloff nails it.” Locations: Unity of Portland, 4525 SE Stark St., Portland. Call 503-234-7441 or visit UnityOfPortland.org. Powell’s Bookstore, 3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd., Beaverton. Call 503-228-4651 or visit Powells.com. Also vist DrJudithOrloff.com.
The Sleep Store Announces Natural Switch
he Sleep Store has announced a switch to all natural and less toxic conventional products, says owner and founder Lillian Fisher. Although the store has carried one of the largest selections of organic latex and natural mattresses in the Greater Seattle area for many years, they originally started out offering traditional specialty mattresses. Currently, half of Fisher’s inventory is natural or organic, and she has plans to increase the percentage soon. “I had a customer who had her heart set on an organic mattress,”Fisher explains. “She looked at me and said ‘I don’t want to wake up five years from now and find out that something in my mattress caused me or my child to
get cancer,’ and that really just hit me like a ton of bricks.” Fisher cites research linking flame retardant chemicals to neurological issues including autism and ADHD and notes her family has been affected by ADHD. “Until you live with the harm that has been done, you don’t understand it,” she says. “If owners of a new mattress have to let it outgas in the garage for weeks or months before they can bring it into their house, something is wrong.” At The Sleep Store, which Fisher runs with her daughters, she strives to offer a safer middle ground to families who can’t afford a purely organic mattress. “Rather than spray everything with
toxic chemicals, we work manufacturers to make mattresses from all natural materials or to make conventional mattresses with mechanical flame barriers, which include; wool, rayon with silica or a new product called PLA that is made from corn.” Fisher notes that many people interested in wellness but unable to afford 100 percent natural or organic are opting for these healthier conventional mattresses with mechanical flame barriers and the CertiPUR-US™ seal which guarantees the mattress meets or surpasses current VOC guidelines. “You’re on that mattress eight hours a night, seven days a week. You don’t want something in there, that can cause harm, to create a future health problem,” she notes. The Sleep Store also sells adjustable bed frames, platform beds, natural and organic pillows, mattress toppers, bedding, sheets and more. The Sleep Store is located at 10623 NE 8th St., Bellevue. For more information: 425-454-8727 or TheSleepStoreUSA.com.
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tacie Zinn Roberts will present a free workshop on April 29 at 7 p.m. at Mosaic Coffee House in Wallingford, followed by a signing of her book, How To Live Your Passion & Fulfill Your Dreams. The talk, which is sponsored by Seattle Natural Awakenings, will focus on practical, step-by-step strategies to help change negative self-talk into a positive and healthy relationship with one’s own thoughts. Zinn Roberts will sign copies of her book after the workshop. The workshop takes place April 29 at 7 p.m. at Mosaic Coffee House, located at 4401 2nd Ave. NE, Seattle. Free. Registration required: Stacie@WhatsYourAvocado.com.
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he Northwest Green Home Tour takes place on Saturday, April 26 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The 2014 tour features 35 sites, which are completely free to the public for self-guided touring. In addition, 12 Sustainability Stops offer discounts, demos, healthy refreshments, and more. The annual home tour is co-produced by the Northwest EcoBuilding Guild and Built Green and showcases local, sustainable and green new homes, remodels and energy retrofits in the greater Seattle area. The tour provides an opportunity for the community to learn more about the green building industry from the people and businesses that support it, including builders, contractors, suppliers and green homeowners. It also serves as a way for building professionals to engage with the general public. The Northwest Green Home Tour takes place Saturday, April 26 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free. For more information and directions, flip over this magazine to view the tour program, or visit NWGreenHomeTour.org.
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ccording to the American Thyroid Association, a hidden epidemic affects over 20 million Americans, up to 60 percent of whom are not aware of their condition. Thyroid dysfunction is sometimes involved in fatigue, weight changes, depression and anxiety, says Dr. Tel Oren, who is better known to many as “Dr. T.” A nutritionist and medical doctor, Dr. T will present a talk on April 23 at 7 p.m. about thyroid function and its impact on metabolism, hormones, how it affects every other system in the body, how to identify if you or a loved one suffer from thyroid issues, and how to eliminate most of the problem without drugs. Dr. T will also be seeing clients on April 25 for his gentle, non-medical, non-surgical, painless and esthetically pleasing method of removing skin tags and other growths. Evaluation appointments are free and can be booked at DoctorTEvents.com. Dr. T’s lecture takes place April 23 at 7 p.m. at Mercer Slough Environmental Education Center, 1625 118th Ave. SE, Bellevue. $10 admission purchased in advance at DoctorTEvents.com or $12 at the door (cash or check only). For more information: 425-753-0634.
Bastyr Center for Natural Health Expands Integrative Oncology Services
astyr Center for Natural Health has announced an expansion of their integrative oncology care and services in order to serve the needs of the increasing number of cancer patients interested in receiving high-quality integrative care. “We needed a bigger, better space to provide optimal care for our oncology patients,” says Dr. Leanna J. Standish, who previously treated integrative oncology patients at the University’s campus in Kenmore, Washington. “It makes so much sense to improve this clinical operation at Bastyr Center because it has all the facilities we need, like the dispensary, physical medicine, physicians and phlebotomists.” The Center will now provide enhanced care and amenities to cancer patients, including comprehensive clinical care, laboratory services and an onsite dispensary to fill prescriptions. Patients will also benefit from convenient evening and weekend hours and easy transit and parking options at the LEED-certified facility located on the border between Wallingford and Fremont. Dr. Standish and her colleagues will work with patients’ oncologists and other medical specialists to provide complementary treatments in naturopathic medicine, acupuncture, botanical medicine, nutritional care and mind-body medicine (such as yoga and meditation). According to Dr. Standish, integrative cancer care aims to help keep quality of life at the forefront of a patient’s treatment plan by focusing on the patients’ whole body, mind and spirit. Clinicians focus on strengthening patient’s immune systems while also helping them withstand chemotherapy and other treatments with difficult side effects.
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Local Builder Adds Energy, Heating Service
oug and Laura Elfline of Mighty House Construction, a green building company, recently opened a new business, Mighty Energy Solutions. Their new venture will revolve around their role as a manufacturer’s representative for companies producing infrared radiant ceiling panels. “Infrared radiant ceiling panels are one of the newest options in the marketplace,” Laura Elfline explains, noting the panels are 30-50 percent more efficient than a forced air system, saving energy and money. The silent panels warm occupants by directing heat downward, rather than warming up all the air in the room, like most other heating systems, which helps make occupants feel warm quickly after turning them on. Since the panels don’t circulate air, they also don’t produce dust. Because they work like the sun and thus are mounted on the ceiling, they are out of reach of children and pets and allow for the most flexibility for furnishing small rooms. Finally, the infrared rays are similar to those found in an infrared sauna, frequented by people seeking relief for stiff joints, healing after surgery, or general wellness. “They are an ideal replacement or supplemental heat source for outdated or insufficient systems,” Elfline says. “One of our favorite aspects of our work is introducing homeowners to the plethora of sustainable home remodeling solutions in the marketplace; helping to find the sweet spot of what works best in our clients’ homes,” she continues. “We are excited to bring this cutting-edge heating solution to consumers and other contractors with the confidence of our professional and personal experience.” The Elflines are inviting the public to experience this modern heating solution, along with other energy efficient and green remodeling options, at their home during the NW Green Home Tour, April 26 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information: MightyEnergy.net. For more information: MightyEnergy.net or 206-715-0893.
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Home Renovations Aggravate Childhood Asthma
ew research suggests that renovation planning should involve more than just picking the right colors and styles; doing it right may help prevent childhood respiratory conditions. Researchers from St. Louis University, in Missouri, linked home renovations with increased wheezing, asthma and chronic coughing among children living in the home. The study, published in the American Journal of Public Health, followed 31,049 children between the ages of 2 and 14 years old from seven Chinese cities over a
two-year period. Previous research has also reached a similar conclusion, identifying some specific materials responsible for increased childhood respiratory disorders. A Russian study of 5,951 children ages 8 to 12 found that increased asthma and wheezing were related to recently completed painting, as well as the installation of new linoleum flooring, synthetic carpets, particleboard and wall coverings. That study, published in the same journal states, “Exposure levels are the highest during and shortly after painting, but low levels of exposure may remain for several months. Wooden furniture, as well as painted or varnished and new furniture, is likely to emit chemical substances.” A 2002 study of New York children published in the Journal of Urban Health found similar results.
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roperly ventilating and frequently cleaning our homes and offices are both important to our health, concludes a new European study published in the Journal of Environmental Science and Health. Researchers analyzed bacterial and fungal counts and suspended particulate matter in indoor air samples of 40 homes and offices. They determined that 45 percent had indoor pollution levels greater than that recommended by the current European Concerted Action Report on air quality standards. An analysis of a Canadian government Health Measures Survey discovered 47 different indoor volatile organic compounds (VOC) among more than half of the 3,857 households surveyed throughout Canada. Most of the VOCs identified there have also been present in separate European and U.S. studies. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), VOCs are carbon chemical compounds that can evaporate under normal indoor atmospheric conditions. The concern with indoor VOCs is their potential to react with indoor ozone to produce harmful byproducts that may be associated with adverse health effects in sensitive populations. Benzene, trichloroethylene, tetrachloroethylene and xylene top the list of common VOCs inside U.S. households, according to an EPA report. Typical sources comprise common household chemicals, furnishings and décor, as well as indoor activities such as unventilated cooking, heating and smoking.
Supplements Could Save $70 Billion in Medical Costs
n a Frost & Sullivan study report authored by Christopher Shanahan and Robert de Lorimier, Ph.D., the use of dietary supplements, including B vitamins, phytosterols and dietary fiber, could reduce the cost of treating coronary artery disease in the U.S. by nearly $50 billion over the next seven years. In addition, healthcare costs related to diabetes, vision problems and osteoporosis could be reduced by nearly $20 billion collectively with the use of certain supplements. The projections were based on cost-benefit analysis comparing a series of scenarios to assess the effect on overall disease management costs if an identified high-risk population were to avoid costly medical events by increasing their intake of dietary supplements purchased out-of-pocket versus no supplement usage. “The healthcare system spends a tremendous amount of money treating chronic disease, but has failed to focus on ways to reduce those costs through prevention,” says Steve Mister, president of the Council for Responsible Nutrition Foundation. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, only 3 percent of U.S. healthcare costs are spent on the prevention of chronic diseases.
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or centuries, aromatherapy using orange oil has been heralded in traditional herbalism for its ability to alleviate anxiety. Research published in the journal Advanced Biomedical Research now finds that aromatherapy using the same ingredient can significantly reduce a child’s anxiety at the dentist’s office. The study, conducted at Iran’s Isfahan University of Medical Sciences and published in the peer-reviewed journal Advanced Biomedical Research, tested 10 boys and 20 girls between 6 and 9 years old. In this crossover design study, participants were assigned randomly into two groups. Half the children were treated with water instead of any essential oil (control) initially and received orange aroma in the second session (intervention). Another 15 children received treatment under orange aroma in the first encounter (intervention) and were treated without any aroma the second time (control). When the children were given orange oil aromatherapy, they experienced significantly reduced heart rates and lower salivary cortisol levels compared with those not receiving it. The results corroborate findings from a 2000 study from the University of Vienna, in Austria, published in Physiology and Behavior.
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ir conditioning does more than keep us cool. A study of 300 adults and homes concludes that central air conditioning removes significant levels of volatile organic compounds and pollution particulates from indoor air. The research, published in the journal Science of the Total Environment, finds that using air conditioning with windows closed reduced indoor air pollution the most. One caveat, however, is that the research was conducted in Taipei, China—notable for its extreme outdoor pollution. Another recent study published in Environmental Science confirms the general premise. A research team in Zhejiang, China, found that air conditioning reduced the presence of potent atmospheric pollutants known as polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAC) by 23 percent. PACs contain compounds that are carcinogenic, mutagenic and teratogenic (damaging to fetuses).
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Alice Mills smiles as she looks at the box that sits on her lawn in Hutchinson, Kansas, an act of kindness for neighbors and the community. Inside the box is a miniature library. Books sit on two shelves; the bottom with short stories for children and the top with novels for adults. After her children grew up and moved away from home, they took the books they wanted with them. The rest sat on a bookshelf collecting dust. “If they’re here, they’re not being read,” Mills says. The concept for the Little Free Library began in 2009 to promote literacy and the love of reading, as well as to build a sense of community, according to LittleFreeLibrary.org. They are now popping up around the world in the United States, Bulgaria, Germany, Italy, Pakistan, Spain, Turkey and the Congo. A recent Pew Internet & American Life Project survey shows that Americans strongly value the role of public libraries in their communities, both for providing access to materials and resources and for promoting literacy and improving the overall quality of life. More than half used a public library in a one-year period, and 72 percent say they live in a “library household”. Most Americans say they have only had positive experiences at public libraries and value a range of library resources and services. National Library Week begins April 13. Contributing source: HutchNews.com
United Nations Blueprints Sustainability Goals A new publication, Trade and Environment Review: Wake Up Before it is Too Late, from the United Nations Commission on Trade and Development, declares that transformative changes are needed in current food, agriculture and trade systems to increase diversity on farms, reduce use of fertilizer and other inputs, support small-scale farmers and create strong local food systems. Key indicators of needed transformation in agriculture include increased soil carbon content and better integration between crop and livestock production; more incorporation of agroforestry and wild vegetation; reduction in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions of livestock production; reduction of GHG through sustainable peatland, forest and grassland management; optimization of organic and inorganic fertilizer use; reduction of waste throughout the food chains; changing dietary patterns toward climate-friendly food consumption; and reform of the international trade regime for food and agriculture. The report includes contributions from more than 60 international experts, including a commentary from the Institute of Agriculture and Trade Policy. Source: iatp.org
Menus Minimize Greenhouse Gases Experts at the Rowett Institute of Nutrition and Health, at Aberdeen University, in Scotland, have created a new menu plan that is healthy and nutritious, as well as good for the environment. The researchers compiled a shopping list of 52 foods arranged in categories according to how much climatechanging greenhouse gases are produced to make and transport them (Tinyurl.com/ScottishDiet). They then devised a weekly weight allowance for each food, which when followed, would reduce the use of greenhouse gases by about a third. Surprisingly, the list features foods such as chocolate, ice cream and red meat, but anyone wanting to reduce their carbon footprint must only eat them in relatively tiny quantities. Some food groups, such as dairy products and meat, produce much bigger emissions of greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide than others because of the way they are manufactured and brought to market. The production of fruit, vegetables and legumes is much less likely to produce such high emissions.
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The U.S. Department of Agriculture has issued a draft statement essentially giving the green light to the marketing, sale and planting of Dow Chemicalâ€™s genetically modified (GM, GMO, GE) corn and soybeans resistant to 2,4-D, which will trigger a huge increase in the use of the toxic herbicide. The determination under the Plant Pest Act comes despite intense opposition over the past two years from farmers, more than 400,000 other individuals and some 150 farm, fishery, public health, consumer and environmental groups and private businesses. Meanwhile, the Grocery Manufacturers Association has issued talking points against GMO labeling laws for food industry lobbyists that claim the laws are unconstitutional, violating the First Amendment, although other legal experts say the assertion is baseless. Take action at Tinyurl.com/PushToLabelGMO. Learn more at OrganicConsumers.org.
Spring Greening Programs Help Residents Make a Difference in their Neighborhoods & Homes by Liza White
ith the arrival of spring, the weather is getting nicer, and thoughts naturally turn to gardening and home-improvement projects. King County’s GreenTools and Seattle Public Utilities’ and King County’s RainWise are two programs that are making it easier for Seattle homeowners to green up their indoor and outdoor spaces. GreenTools is an award-winning collection of green building resources for residents, businesses and governments. GreenTools offers assistance and guidance to anyone in the community interested in promoting more sustainable homes and buildings. The GreenTools team provides technical assistance, hands-on training, and information necessary to find locally produced, high-quality sustainable building materials and resources. When considering how to save resources and make a home more efficient, a home energy audit is a good place to start. Audits can identify problem areas where a remodel would
be most effective. GreenTools offers a do-it-yourself guide to home energy audits that can save money and provide quick solutions or inform longerterm remodel plans.
For the average homeowner beginning a remodeling project and understanding how to apply green practices might feel like earning a col-
lege degree. GreenTools offers a handy resource to make this process easier: the Eco-Cool Remodel Tool (EcoCoolRemodel.com), a virtual house that provides ideas and information about greening up every area of the home. The Wisdom of Rain Gardens Every year, heavy rains can overwhelm Seattle’s combined sanitary and storm water pipes. This can cause a mix of raw sewage and polluted storm water runoff to overflow into the Puget Sound and surrounding waterways. The “I’m RainWise” signs popping up around Seattle neighborhoods point to an elegant solution to address these problems: rain gardens and cisterns (think super-size rain barrels). Rain gardens are one of the most effective tools to deal with pollution caused by storm water runoff. A RainWise rain garden acts like a native forest, collecting, absorbing and filtering runoff from a home’s rooftop. Rain gardens are shallow depres-
sions partially filled with loose soil and mulch and often planted with native species. Rainwater rushes through downspouts and into the rain garden, where it is temporarily collected and allowed to slowly soak back into the soil, relieving pressure on the City of Seattle’s and King County’s storm water infrastructure. As the water is absorbed, the mulch layer binds up harmful metals and breaks down toxins into safer components. When residents install a rain garden, they increase and purify ground water and reduce the amount of oil, pesticides, fertilizers, and other toxic chemicals that enter the Puget Sound, making our local waters safer for us and for salmon and other marine life. Cisterns for Every Season Like rain gardens, RainWise cisterns slow the flow of rainwater running off rooftops. These large tanks, which can be placed around the property, fill with water from downspouts during a rain. In the summer, this water can be stored and used for irrigating lawns and gardens. In the rainier months, a small valve is opened, and the excess water is allowed to slowly flow back into the municipal drainage system. RainWise Rebates: A Green Solution to an Overﬂowing Problem For homeowners who want to help reduce toxic storm water runoff—and beautify their yards—the RainWise program can help make a new rain garden or cistern affordable. Seattle and King County are tackling the problem of combined storm and sanitary sewer pipes overflowing with a combination of traditional (big pipes and tanks) and “green” infrastructure. As part of that investment, the RainWise program helps residents living in certain areas to reduce storm water runoff from their property. The program will pay up to 100 percent of the cost of installing rain gardens and cisterns, based on how many square feet of roof runoff is controlled. Using the RainWise program, Sergio Alvarez and Beth Oretsky (pictured, above left) were able to divert rain from their roof away from the combined sewer system. After attending a RainWise fair at the Highland Park Improvement Club, the West Seattle couple found a contractor to install their RainWise system. “I have never had such a smooth experience working with a government agency,” says Alvarez. “The coordination between the contractor, the city, the county and the homeowners was seamless and collaborative. We were all on the same page working together.” But stopping pollution is not the only reason to install a rain garden. For busy Seattle residents, rain gardens are easy to maintain and look fantastic. “People walk by all the time and comment on our beautiful rain gardens,” say Ballard residents Marlene and John. “They’re a joy to see, and it’s wonderful to know that they are also helping the Puget Sound.” Sustainable Ballard, a neighborhood environmental organization, will be presenting a rain garden (Site N9) on the
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See if you qualify for a rebate covering up to 100 percent of the cost of a new rain garden or cistern by visiting RainWise.Seattle.gov. For more information: Rainwise@Seattle.gov or Seattle Public Utilities’ Garden Hotline at 206-633-0224.
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Northwest Green Home Tour, happening April 26. (Flip this magazine over for the official tour program.) “Sustainable Ballard is all about neighbors helping neighbors to live more sustainably, and RainWise fits perfectly with that,” says Sustainable Ballard president Jenny Heins, whose organization received a grant from Seattle Public Utilities and King County to promote the RainWise program. Those attending the free Green Home Tour can also stroll through a “village” of RainWise rain gardens, cisterns, and urban farms, with food and fun for all ages. (Sustainability Stop 12 on the tour.) Visitors will learn how South Park residents have brought traditional practices for collecting rain from their home countries and given them creative new expression in their vibrant and diverse community. At Sustainability Stop 11, “Highland Park,” tour goers can see how the
Highland Park Improvement Club’s RainWise installations are inspiring neighbors to make their own green transformations. Visitors can enjoy food and fun learning activities for kids and adults. Those interested in seeing rain collection taken to the extreme can visit Green Home Tour Site N5, “Drinking Rainwater in Ballard,” presented by Bristow Enterprises and Kim Mulligan, an agent for Cooper Jacobs Real Estate who specializes in green homes. Featuring one of the city’s first legal whole-house rainwater collection systems, this remarkable home meets 100 percent of its water needs from rain that falls on the roof. Liza White is a writer and owner of Four Legged Friends Seattle, a dog walking and pet care business serving Northwest Seattle. For more information: FourLeggedFriendsSeattle.com.
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hy not expand on the spring tradition of home cleaning by appraising existing home furnishings and décor to see how rearrangements can freshen the whole presentation? Employing a few basic creative strategies will yield long-lasting beauty, cost savings, health benefits and utility, all adding up to enhanced sustainability. Secondhand items readily spruce up interiors when they are thoughtfully selected. Look for gently used, new-to-you items— ranging from furniture and lamps to accent pieces like pottery and wall art—at antique and thrift shops, yard and estate sales or via online forums such as CraigsList.com and Freecycle.org. Seeking out fair trade items helps support a fair wage for artisans around the world. Plants enliven and beautify any space while cleaning indoor air, according to a recent study by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration and Associated Landscape Contractors of America. Plants cited as especially effective in removing formaldehyde, benzene and carbon monoxide from the air include bamboo palm, Chinese evergreen, English ivy, gerbera (African) daisy, chrysanthemum and peace lily. Pot them in used jars or other repurposed containers to conserve materials and add character and more personality to home décor. Overall balance is key. “An imbalanced room has large furniture grouped together at one end and lightweight furniture and bare walls at the other,” says professional designer Norma Lehmeier Hartie, author of Harmonious Environment: Beautify, Detoxify & Energize Your Life, Your Home & Your Planet. “The effect is like being on a tilting boat in a storm.” Furniture arrangements are best when they allow light to flow through spaces with ample allowance for moving about the room. The ideal setup facilitates worktable projects and small-group conversations. Round tables help make everyone feel like they belong, according to green living expert Annie Bond. Sustainable kitchen wares are often the classiest. Sturdy pots, pans and kettles, like Le Creuset and Picquot Ware, may offer replacement parts and lifetime guarantees; Bialetti and Bodum coffee makers and Littala glassware are durable and long-lasting. While some may cost more upfront, their longevity saves money over time. Then there’s always grandma’s iron skillet.
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another benefit: The Jabs’ homemade laundry detergent costs five cents per load, compared with 21 cents for a store brand. Annie B. Bond, a bestselling author and pioneering editor of the award-winning Green Guide, dispels a DIY myth: “What’s time-consuming isn’t making the cleaners; it’s making the decision to switch and figuring it all out,” she says.
HOMEMADE ECO-CLEANERS DIY Recipes Keep Your Home Naturally Clean by Lane Vail
mericans use 35 million pounds of toxic household cleaning products annually. According to the Children’s Health Environmental Coalition, in Los Angeles, traces of cleaning chemicals can be found throughout the human body within seconds of exposure, posing risks like asthma, allergies, cancer, reproductive toxicity, hormone disruption, neurotoxicity and death. Equally sobering is the decades of research suggesting a relationship between the overuse of powerful disinfectants and the rise of antibiotic-resistant super bacteria like methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), as well as concerns over these toxins
entering water supplies and wildlife food chains. Cleaning product labels lack transparency, says Johanna Congleton, Ph.D., a senior scientist for the Environmental Working Group, because “manufacturers aren’t required to specify ingredients.” One approach to assure safe ingredients is do-it-yourself (DIY) products. For Matt and Betsy Jabs, the authors of DIY Natural Household Cleaners who blog at DIYNatural. com, creating homemade cleaners is a rewarding exercise in sustainability and simplicity. “We’re cutting through all the marketing and getting back to basics,” says Matt. Affordability is
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Find these multitasking ingredients in local groceries and health stores or online. White vinegar effectively cleans, deodorizes, cuts grease and disinfects against bacteria, viruses and mold. Castile soap in liquid or bar form serves as a biodegradable, vegetablebased surfactant and all-around cleaner (avoid mixing with vinegar, which neutralizes its cleansing properties). Baking soda cleans, whitens, neutralizes odors and softens water. It’s an excellent scrubbing agent for bathrooms, refrigerators and ovens. Borax, a natural mineral, improves the effectiveness of laundry soap. Although classified (as is salt) as a low-level health hazard that should be kept away from children and animals, borax is noncarcinogenic and isn’t absorbed through skin. Washing soda, a caustic chemical cousin of baking soda, softens water and removes stains. Bond advises, “It’s a heavy duty cleaner as powerful as any toxic solvent,” so wear gloves. Hydrogen peroxide is considered an effective disinfectant and bleach alternative by the Environmental Protection Agency. Use it to whiten grout and remove stains. Essential oils derived from plants infuse cleaners with fragrance and boost germ-fighting power. Tea tree, eucalyptus and lavender oils all boast antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal properties. The Jabs advise that although they can be pricy, “The investment will pay for itself many times over.” Lemon juice or citric acid cuts through
one 14-ounce bar of grated castile soap. Use one tablespoon per load, adding a half-cup of lemon juice to the rinse cycle. Prior to washing, use hydrogen peroxide as a stain remover (test first; it may lift color).
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All-purpose cleaner: Homemade Cleaners: Quick-and-Easy ToxinFree Recipes, by Mandy O’Brien and Dionna Ford, suggests combining one cup of vinegar, one cup of water and 15 drops of lemon oil in a spray bottle. Use it anywhere, including glass and mirrors. For serious disinfecting, follow with a hydrogen peroxide spray.
one cup of washing soda, a half-cup of citric acid and a half-cup of coarse kosher salt. Leave it uncovered for several days, stirring often to prevent clumping. Cover and refrigerate. Use one tablespoon per load with a half-cup of citric acid in the rinse to combat streaks. Laundry detergent: Combine one cup of borax, one cup of washing soda and
Toilet bowl cleaner: Sprinkle one cup of borax into the toilet at bedtime and then clean the loosened grime with a brush the next morning, advises Bond. Wipe outer surfaces with the all-purpose spray. Wood polish: Bond recommends mixing a quarter-cup of vinegar or lemon juice with a few drops of olive and lemon oil. Hard ﬂoor cleaner: Environmental Working Group’s DIY Cleaning Guide suggests combining a half-gallon of hot water with one cup of white vinegar in a bucket to mop. Carpet cleaner: Freshen rugs by sprinkling baking soda at night and vacuuming in the morning, suggests Bond. For deeper cleaning, combine one cup of vinegar and two-and-a-half gallons of water in a steam cleaner.
Foaming hand/dish soap: Shake one cup of water, a quarter-cup of castile soap and 15 drops of essential oil in a foaming dispenser. Use in bathrooms and kitchens.
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Culinary Mushroom Magic Delicate Powerhouses of Nutrition and Medicine by Case Adams
oday, fungi cuisine in the West is typically limited to Agaracus bisporus—the relatively mild button mushroom, which matures into the acclaimed portobello. But digging deeper into available options reveals chanterelle (Cantharellus sp.), oyster (Pleurotus ostreatus), morel (Morchella sp.) and shiitake (Lentinula edodes) species. These culinary mushrooms provide a virtuosity of delicate flavors harboring nutritional and medicinal benefits, according to those that study them.
University of California-Berkeley research scientist and Mycologist Christopher Hobbs, Ph.D., explains that shiitake and oyster mushrooms follow the button as the most widely cultivated around the world. “They come in many colors, varieties and species and are typically the most easily digested and utilized of all mushrooms,” he notes. “Mushrooms are an amazing health food,” says Hobbs. “Most edible fungi are high in fiber, good-quality protein, key vitamins, micronutrients, phosphorous and potassium, and low in fat and calories. It’s one of nature’s perfect diet foods.” As protein powerhouses, portobello and other button mushrooms, shiitake and oyster varieties all deliver between 30 and 35 percent protein by weight. The fiber content can range from 20 grams per 100 grams (about 3.5 ounces) in the case of portobello to a lofty 48 grams per 100 grams in the Phoenix oyster mushroom. Mushrooms also supply potent B vitamins. One hundred grams (about 3.5 ounces) of portobello contains more than four milligrams (mg) of riboflavin (B2), 69 mg niacin (B3) and 12 mg pantothenic acid (B5). Shiitake’s comparable numbers are three, 106 and 17 while pink oyster delivers 2.45, 66 and 33 mg of the three nutrients. Thus, they deliver significantly more than recommended daily allowances (RDA)—for example, niacin’s adult RDA ranges from 14 to 16 mg and riboflavin’s is just 1.1 to 1.3 mg. Mushrooms also present one of the few food sources of vitamin D—primarily D2—but some also contain small amounts of vitamin D3, according to U.S. Department of Ag-
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riculture research. Also, their D2 levels spike dramatically when sun-dried spore-side-up, confirmed in research by internationally recognized Mycologist Paul Stamets. Mushrooms contain important minerals, too. Portobello contains 4,500 mg, oyster 4,500 mg and shiitake 2,700 mg of potassium per 100 grams, all with low sodium levels. Plus, they deliver usable amounts of copper, zinc and selenium. Beyond the nutrient numbers lies mushrooms’ bonus round: They contain special complex polysaccharides—long-chain molecules within cell walls—that have been the subject of intense research at leading institutions around the world, including Harvard, Yale and the University of California. Mushrooms’ (1-3)-betaglucan complexes have been shown to inhibit many cancers and suggest potential solutions for diabetes, heart disease and immune-related conditions. Stamets explains that mushrooms also contain sterols, shown to benefit cardiovascular health. “Shiitake and other mushrooms like reishi have cholesterol-normalizing effects,” adds Hobbs. Can we take these benefits back to the kitchen? “Most mushrooms have to be cooked to release their healthgiving benefits,” explains Hobbs. Stamets concurs: “Cooking liberates mushroom nutrients from their matrix of cells. They are tenderized upon heating, making their nutrients bioavailable for digestion.” Thankfully, finding these tasty superfood delicacies has become easier as entrepreneurial fresh-mushroom growers have emerged throughout the United States in recent years. Case Adams is a California naturopath and author of 25 books on natural healing. Learn more at CaseAdams. com.
Makes a healthy filling for tacos and enchiladas, or crumble as a topper on deluxe nachos. They taste as good as they smell, and like chili they taste almost better as leftovers. Fills 12 large tacos, or more paired with fillings such as chopped leafy lettuce or guacamole. 1-2 cups of chopped stropharia, shiitake or maitake mushrooms 1 cup crumbled tempeh or other healthful protein source 1/4 cup chopped onions 1/2 cup sunflower seeds or chopped almonds 1/4 cup sesame seeds 1 cup corn 1 chopped sweet pepper (add hot peppers if desired) 1 small handful of chopped olives 4 shakes of soy sauce 1 Tbsp spiced hot chocolate 2 Tbsp chili powder 1 Tbsp ground cumin ¼ cup nutritional yeast 2 cloves of chopped garlic 1 cup broth or water
Hot & Sour Cauliﬂower Mushroom Soup by Loni Jean Ronnebaum This rare mushroom has a unique firmness reminiscent of noodles and can be soaked and rinsed to clean, and then cut into cauliflower-like chunks. Slow cook overnight for best results. Yields 8 servings 2-4 lb fresh cauliflower mushrooms 16 oz kimchi 1/2 cup peas 1 20-oz can crushed pineapple 1 32-oz vegetable broth 1 egg or 1/4 cup egg substitute Chili paste, black pepper, garlic powder, ginger and soy sauce to taste Combine ingredients (except egg) in a pot and bring to a boil. Add beaten egg to the boiling soup while gently stirring. Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer overnight.
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ational Geographic photographer James Balog says he was skeptical about climate change until he saw it happening firsthand. Watching once-towering glaciers falling into the sea inspired his most challenging assignment in a storied 30-year career—finding a way to photograph climate change. In exploring Balog’s Extreme Ice Survey, a breathtaking photographic record of vanishing glaciers, and his award-winning documentary, Chasing Ice, Natural Awakenings asked about the challenges he faced to bring this dramatic evidence of climate change to a world audience.
How did seeing glaciers shrink “before your eyes” move you to endure sometimes lifethreatening conditions to get these images on record? I fell in love with ice decades ago as a young mountaineer and scientist. I loved to get up before dawn and hike out on a glacier in Mount Rainier or one in the Alps, watch the light come up and hear the crunch of the frozen ice underfoot. On a trip to Iceland early in the project, I was looking at these little diamonds of ice that were left behind on the beach after the glaciers broke up. The surf had polished them into incredible shapes and textures. Walking the beach, you’d realize each one was a unique natural sculpture that existed only for that moment before the return of high tide stole it away. Nobody would ever see it again. That was an amazing aesthetic and metaphysical experience. I realized that I wanted people to share this experience, to see the glaciers disappearing. This visual manifestation and evidence of climate change is here, happening right before our eyes. It is undeniable.
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Earth’s climate changes already underway? When people encounter Extreme Ice Survey images, their response is typically immediate and dramatic. It is the first step toward caring about a distant landscape most will never experience in person, enabling them to connect the dots between what happens far away and the rising sea levels, extreme weather events and other climaterelated issues closer to home.
What can an everyday person do to help underscore the global scientific consensus and urgency of addressing global warming? Lobbyists and pundits seek confusion and controversy, because ignorance seeks to hide within a noise cloud of false information. As long as the public thinks climate change isn’t real or that science is still debating it, fossil fuel industries protect their profits. Without social clarity, the political leaders financially beholden to fossil fuel industries have no motivation to act. Market signals don’t help us make correct decisions when the military, health and environmental costs of fossil fuels that spread throughout the economic system don’t show up in today’s gasoline prices and electricity bills. Science and art seek clarity and vision. Clear perception is the key to changing the impact we’re having on our home planet. With social clarity, the policy, economic and technological solutions to wise energy use and countering climate change can be widely implemented. The path forward is being traveled by individuals committed to improving their own lives and communities; by school children who can’t stand the inaction of their elders; by innovative entrepreneurs and corporations eager to make or save money; by military generals seeking to protect their country and their soldiers; and by political leaders of courage and vision. We are all complicit with action or skeptical inaction; we can all participate in solutions to climate change.
What’s next on the horizon for you?
We will continue to keep the Extreme Ice Survey cameras alive. This project doesn’t end just because the film came out. We plan to keep observing the world indefinitely. We’ll install more cameras in Antarctica; funding permitting, we also hope to expand into South America. I intend to continue looking at human-caused changes in the natural world, which is what I’ve been photographing for 30 years. I’m developing a couple of other big ideas for conveying innovative, artistic and compelling interpretations of the world as it’s changing around us. I will continue doing self-directed educational projects through our new nonprofit, Earth Vision Trust. Overall, I feel a great obligation to preserve a pictorial memory of vanishing landscapes for the people of the future.
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i” (pronounced chee) refers to the life force or vital energy present in all things throughout the universe while “gong” means dedicated effort or steady practice of a skill. Qigong is the art of working intensely with this energy, cultivating life force. Acupuncture physician and qigong instructor Walter Hayley, in Bonita Springs, Florida, became passionate about qigong while working as
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heal itself.” Qigong styles vary, but Hayley remarks that most involve slow movement, focused awareness and special breathing techniques. Many describe the practice as a moving meditation. Qigong teacher Judith Forsyth, in Mobile, Alabama, says, “It’s often described as the mother of tai chi. When the quiet, internal energy art of qigong mixed with the powerful external martial arts, it developed into tai chi.” She emphasizes that the focus of qigong is less on its physical mechanics and more on understanding how the vital force moves through the body and can be used to enhance health and longevity. Inside the body, there’s an integrated network of subtle energy centers that international Qigong Master Robert Peng believes are connected to the capacity for genuine happiness. The goal is to awaken and pack these centers with qi. “By repeating slow, gentle movements over and over, you can develop the body’s capacity to draw qi from the universe. It can be stored in these centers and later channeled back through the body to empower your daily activities,” explains Peng, author of The Master Key: The Qigong Secret for Vitality, Love, and Wisdom. He focuses on three of the body’s big energy portals: the “third eye”, located between the eyebrows; the “heart center”, at the center of the chest on the sternum and the “sea of qi”, just below the navel. The idea is that when energy is accessed in these three centers, specific spiritual qualities are accessed: wisdom, love and vitality (respectively). Harmonizing all three is ideal.
By adding qigong to their daily routines, children learn to channel energy and enhance concentration; office workers reduce stress; seniors enhance balance and quality of life; and caregivers and midwives advance abilities to help others. ~ The National Qigong Association Peng advises that when these essential elements are woven together in balance, dynamic happiness is possible. “You begin to project more wisdom, love, vitality, inspiration and peacefulness. Conversations flow more smoothly. Your life becomes more productive, meaningful and serene,” he says. “Whatever the challenges encountered, you’ll be better equipped to deal with them, while remaining inwardly content.” Forsyth was first guided to qigong when the prescribed rest, drugs, exercise and physical therapy following an accident left her with lingering neck and back problems. She recalls, “After eight weeks of practice, I experienced significant physical improvement, not only where I had considerable pain, but in my overall energy level, ability to sleep and the condition of my skin and hair. The peace and harmonizing meditation benefits of qigong were also affecting me positively in other ways. I became less worried, less of a perfectionist, less stressed out and began to experience more joyfulness.” While all styles benefit overall health, specific qigong exercises may be prescribed for specialized needs, from athletic conditioning to management of chronic conditions such as arthritis, hypertension or cancer. The gentle movements can be performed by almost anyone at any age and ability level, even those confined to a chair or bed. “Qigong speaks to the body and the body then addresses the condition,” Hayley remarks. The experts advise that qigong is best practiced every day, even if for just five minutes. “A group class offers a synergy that a home practice lacks, but the more important practice is at home,” observes Hayley. Some personal instruction is ideal so the practitioner receives feedback, but books and videos make qigong accessible to everyone, everywhere. Hayley reminds newbies, “Just be patient. If one form doesn’t suit you, remember there are thousands of different forms to try.” Peng’s advice to beginners is, “Be happy! Think of the exercise as lighthearted play and remember to smile as you move.” Meredith Montgomery is the publisher of Natural Awakenings Mobile/Baldwin, AL (HealthyLivingHealthyPlanet. com).
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tHURSDAY, APRIL 3 Education for the Soul: Healing – 7-10pm. Verla Wade & Osiris Indriya will explore healing, what it is, and how it is evolving in our changing world. Representing a premier school of metaphysics, Verla and Osiris will lay out a clear path of progression to become a trained and certified healer in the School of Healing Arts at the Modern Mystery School. Free. Standing Stone, 943 N 89th St, Seattle. 206-781-3390. 10thHouse.org/edu4soul. Wisdom of Your Face with Jean Hanerq – 7-8:30pm. Use face reading to make good choices in online dating; to find a career that’s a better fit, to transform family relationships and more. Free. East West Bookshop, 6500 Roosevelt Way NE, Seattle. 206-523-3726. EastWestBookshop.com/ events/6252.
FRIDAY, APRIL 4 Living a Life of Awareness with don Miguel Ruiz Jr – 7:30-9pm. Awareness is a constant communion with the environment as well as the communion with one’s self in the present moment. Based on don Miguel Ruiz’s newest book, Living a Life of Awareness. $15. East West Bookshop, 6500 Roosevelt Way NE, Seattle. 206-523-3726. EastWestBookshop.com/events/6253.
SAtURDAY, APRIL 5 Meditation Class – Saturdays through April 19. 12:30-4:30pm. Learn grounding, centering, awareness of chakras and more These techniques can be used in all aspects of life. Sit in quiet meditation for reﬂection and rejuvenation and continue to use
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tHURSDAY, APRIL 10 An Evening with Gangaji – 7-9pm. Gangaji teaches by way of personal and universal anecdotes to remind people that we aren’t who we think we are. $20. Center for Spiritual Living, 5801 Sandpoint Way NE, Seattle. Registration required. 206523-3726. EastWestBookshop.com/events/6034.
FRIDAY, APRIL 11 Art of Empathy – 7:30-9pm. Karla McLaren’s new book: Art of Empathy introduces a groundbreaking model of The Six Essential Aspects of Empathy. McLaren helps one understand empathy clearly to develop tangible skills, communication techniques and mindfulness practices to help nurture healthy empathy in relationships and one’s inner life. $10. East West Bookshop, 6500 Roosevelt Way NE, Seattle. Registration required. 206-523-3726. EastWestBookshop.com/events/6257.
SAtURDAY, APRIL 26 Psychology of Loving Awareness – Saturday and Sunday. Psychologist Jack Kornfield invites professionals and meditators alike to discover the transformative practices from Buddhist psychology that are now being applied in therapy, education, medicine, business, law, athletics, and more. $249. Town Hall Seattle, 1119 8th Ave, Seattle. Registration required. 206-523-3726. EastWestBookshop.com/events/6259.
SAtURDAY, APRIL 12 UW Botanic Gardens: Beautify That Boulevard – 10-11am. Master Gardener Mary Machala will show how one can easily and inexpensively transform one’s boulevard into something eyecatching and unique. Free. UW Botanic Gardens - Center for Urban Horticulture, 3501 NE 41st St, Seattle. Registration required. 206-685-8033. Depts.Washington.edu/uwbg.
SAtURDAY, APRIL 19 MindBodyChi Health Workshop, Ancient Eastern Wisdom of Self-Healing – 9am-5pm. Discover the ancient Eastern wisdom of self-healing. This workshop includes breathing techniques, mind, body and chi interaction, meridian awakening exercises, chi energy exercises and more. $150 includes lunch. Belltown Community Center, 415 Bell St, Seattle. Registration required. 425-4443046. Shantunghsu@gmail.com. UW Botanic Gardens: Intensive Vegetable Gardening – 10-11am. Vegetable gardening provides moderate exercise and delicious, wholesome vegetables. Learn intensive gardening techniques to help maximize the harvests, while minimizing
a garden’s size and the time it requires. Free. UW Botanic Gardens - Center for Urban Horticulture, 3501 NE 41st St, Seattle. Registration required. 206-685-8033. Depts.Washington.edu/uwbg. Free Talk: Tips to Prevent and Treat Diabetes Naturally – 10:30am-12pm. Join us for this free talk to learn more about diabetes, herbs and supplements, diet and lifestyle changes, and recipes to help control glucose levels. Free. Bastyr Center for Natural Health, 3670 Stone Way N, Seattle. 206834-4100. BastyrCenter.org/content/view/2847. Tapping Into Bliss – 11am-1pm. Jay Thompson, certified licensed clinical hypnotherapist presents EFT basics with scripts for bliss, saying, writing and doing what you love to do. Includes a mindfulness stress reduction meditation and the powerful 4-circle method for activating dreams or goals. $35. Dream Clinic, 916 NE 65th St, Seattle. Registration required. 206-293-9703. MJThompson509@yahoo.com. 3rd Annual Center for Wooden Boats Spaghetti Social – 3-8pm. Includes tours of the Boat House, fun games and a silent auction. Bring the whole family. $8 adults, $6 kids under 12. Cama Center, Cama Beach State Park, 1880 SW Camano Dr, Camano Island. 360-387-9361. CWB.org.
SAtURDAY, APRIL 26 2014 NW Green Home Tour – 11am-5pm. This free annual event showcases local, sustainable and green new homes, remodels and energy retrofits in the greater Seattle area. The 2014 tour features 35 sites free to the public for a self-guided touring. In addition, 12 Sustainability Stops offer discounts, demos, healthy refreshments, and more. Locations vary. NWGreenHomeTour.org. Second Degree Reiki Class – April 26-27. 12:306:30pm. In Second Degree Reiki Training learn to provide distant reiki treatments for people, animals & situations as well as enhance and amplify handson reiki treatments. First Degree Reiki Alliance certification or comparable training is a prerequisite. $500. West Seattle. Registration required. 808-385-4661.SeattleCityReiki.com.
tUESDAY, APRIL 29 Five Ways To Quiet The Mean Girl In Your Head – 7-8pm. Quiet the “mean girl” in your head once and for all with practical, step-by-step strategies to help you change the way you think and talk to yourself in this free workshop with Stacie Zinn Roberts, author of How To Live Your Passion & Fulﬁll Your Dreams. Registration required. Stacie@WhatsYourAvocado.com.
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 30 Ask the Doctor Lecture Series – 7-9pm. Get health care questions answered by Anirban Das, DO. Dr. Das is an experienced osteopathic physician and current clinical faculty at the University of Washington. April’s lecture topic: Making the Most of Your Healthcare Dollars, followed by an open Q&A session. Free. Flat Rock Health Seattle, 10564 5th Ave NE, Ste 402, Seattle. 206-258-6652. FlatRockSeattle@gmail.com.
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SAtURDAY, MAY 17 Shamanic Extraction Healing Training â€“ Saturday and Sunday. 9:30am-5pm. Participants are initiated into the extraction method of healing, including how to see, sense, and remove localized illness and pain connected to spiritual factors. This training workshop is designed for people who want to bring shamanic healing work into their practice with others. Registration required. 541-708-0473. Beth@ShamanicUniverse.com. UW Botanic Gardens: Culinary Herbs â€“ 1011am. WSU King County Master Gardener Joan Helbacka discusses herbs that thrive in our area including information on growing, propagating and using a variety of herbs for cooking and as landscape plants year-round. Free. UW Botanic Gardens
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