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Cal Poly Project Produces Biofuels...page 24 Summer Camping...page 26 Get Your Glean On in SLO...page 32

The Central Coast Guide to Green & Healthy Living!


Love is to the heart, what the summer is to the farmer's year. It brings to harvest all the loveliest flowers of the soul. ~ Author Unknown


and the

Winner is...

This may be the year to begin a whole new category of Darwin Awards, recognizing our foolishness in continuing unsustainable practices. The Darwins (www.darwinawards.com), were created to "honor" those who exemplified the Darwinian principle. In other words, the stupid don't survive. Last year, for example, there was the drunken man who took off his clothes and entered a bear den at the Belgrade Zoo. The bears, fearing his intentions dishonorable, killed him. He was posthumously awarded a Darwin. Have we, collectively, as human beings, shown ourselves worthy of our own Darwins? Surely the evidence is there to conclude that we are changing the climate of the globe. CO2 levels have reached 400 parts per million: a dubious milestone. The last time this was true was somewhere between two and five million years ago. In 2003, a barrel of oil was about $26. Since then, oil has pin-balled between about $60 and $100 per barrel, roughly three times what it was in 2003. Our continuing, and growing, dependence on oil is worthy of a Darwin, don't you think? We seem hell-bent on getting oil out of the ground as fast as we can, with little thought to the cost or consequence (Keystone Pipeline?). The conclusion? Where do we send in the nomination?

Margaret Hennessy Founder/Publisher

Solstice Green Directory Mission: To provide information on environmental issues and ways to address concerns of residents on the Central Coast. To help educate consumers so that they can make better choices locally by providing visibility of green and healthy products and services. To develop and provide business networking opportunities to encourage relationships that will support a more sustainable community.

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CONTENTS The Solstice Green Directory Summer 2013

directory 5 features Moving? Make it Eco-Friendly!

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A Juicy Summer Treat!

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Perfume and Cologne... So PassĂŠ!

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Cal Poly Project Produces Biofuels!

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Summer Camping!

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Herbs... Grow Your Own

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3 Ways to Green the Office!

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Get Your Glean On!

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Goat at Home?

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Ivory Trade... A Threat to Elephants

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Baking Soda for Earth-Friendly Gardening!

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Acupuncture: Ancient Medicine...

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Global Warming Terms

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What Do You Do With Your Day?

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Upcoming Events

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ACCESSORIES & GIFTS Bambu Batu • (805) 788-0806 The House of Bamboo 1023 Broad St., San Luis Obispo 93401 www.bambubatu.com Organic natural products for your conscious lifestyle

ARCHITECTS

ACUPUNCTURE

Liv-In Environments • (805) 481-1066

Clare B. Lowery L.Ac. • (805) 541-6772 Traditional Chinese Medicine, Acupuncture & Herbology Licensed over 20 years • ClareLowery.com

ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE

Gregory D. Soto, Architect Passive Solar Design/Sustainable Design for Residential & Commercial

AROMATHERAPY

Obispo Hyperbaric • (805) 440-9856 Are you suffering from brain trauma, stress, anxiety, chronic fatigue, injury/surgery? Get relief. Call Now! 805 Aerovista Place, Ste. 102 San Luis Obispo, CA 93401 www.ObispoHyperbaric.com Please see display ad on page 23

Carol Dawn’s Reflexology & Massage Aromatherapy, too • (805) 546-8660 Serving San Luis Obispo for 26 years 1171 Toro St., Suite B, San Luis Obispo Please see display ad on page 43

Ruth’s Herbal Remedies • (805) 481-9205 Handcrafted products made w/ certified organic herbs/ essential oils for healing & relief www.ruthsherbalremedies.com Please see display ad on page 33

ANTIQUES Central Coast Antique Marketplace (805) 462-8382 Multi-dealer Showroom, Memorabilia, Treasures 3905 El Camino Real Atascadero, CA 93422 www.Facebook.com/CentralCoastAntiqueMarketplace Please see display ad on page 37

“The Barn” Antiques & Unique Mall (805) 438-5329 35 + Dealers, Collectibles, Vintage, Yard Art 22390 El Camino Real Santa Margarita, CA 93453 www.thebarnantiquesmall.com thebarn438@gmail.com Please see display ad on page 37

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ASTROLOGY SLO Astrologers • (805) 546-3420 Call for updated meeting information. sloastrologers.blogspot.com Please see display ad on page 43

ATTRACTIONS Hearst Castle • (800) 444-4445 Visitor Center Opens at 8 am Daily. First Tour Begins at 9 am. Advanced Reservations Strongly Recommended. 750 Hearst Castle Road, San Simeon, CA 93452 www.hearstcastle.com Please see display ad on inside front cover

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AUCTIONS

Original Sprout • (888) 805-2229

Estate, Business & Ranch Liquidations 3850 El Camino Real Atascadero 93422 www.777auctions.net info@777auctions.net Please see display ad on page 47

Natural hair & skin care for the whole family www.OriginalSprout.com Please see display ad on page 21

Ruth’s Herbal Remedies • (805) 481-9205

AYURVEDA Shirodhara • Organic Herbal Oil Therapy Deeply calms the central nervous system ClareLowery.com • (805) 541-6772

BABY & CHILDREN EcoBambino • (805) 540-7222 863 Monterey St. San Luis Obispo, CA 93401 Natural, eco-friendly products for children. www.ShopEcoBambino.com

BAKERY Sweet Alexis • (805) 528-8956 Vegan – 100% Peanut & Nut Free Bakery Delicious Cookies and Cupcakes! Don’t want to drive – Call for Shipping Info www.sweetalexis.com Please see display ad on page 21

BAMBOO FARM & NURSERY Paso Bamboo Farm & Nursery (805) 712-1759 Visit to appreciate our many Bamboo species 5590 North River Road, Paso Robles, CA 93446 www.pasobamboo.com gavino@pasobamboo.com Please see display ad on page 31

BAMBOO PRIVACY SCREENS Paso Bamboo Farm & Nursery (805) 712-1759 Bamboo provides beautiful privacy solutions 5590 North River Road, Paso Robles, CA 93446 www.pasobamboo.com gavino@pasobamboo.com Please see display ad on page 31

BARTER BUSINESS GROUP Cal Coast Trade • Call Greg • (805) 975-5334 A sustainable way to do business! Watch the video on our website… www.calcoasttrade.com Please see display ad on page 47

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BATH & BODY

777 Auction Company • (805) 466-7296

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Super hydrating/anti-aging facial & massage cremes Made with all certified organic ingredients Please see display ad on page 33

BEER FESTIVAL Seven Sisters Fest • (888) 966-7767 Craft Beer Tasting • Good Eats • Nonstop Music July 12 – 13, 2013 • El Chorro Regional Park Onsite Camping, Food, Retail & Art Vendors www.sevensistersfest.com Please see display ad on page 19

BOOKKEEPING BottomLine Bookkeeping Affordable! Accurate! Prompt! Diane Parnell • (805) 709-4443 Please see display ad on page 11

BREWERY CentralCoastBrewing.com • (805) 783-BREW Local, fresh & delicious beers • 1422 Monterey St, SLO Sustainable business practices, including bike delivery Please see display ad on page 14

BUILDING RESOURCES Matt Clark Tile & Stone • (805) 543-7600 181 Tank Farm Rd. Ste. 140, SLO www.mattclarktile.com We carry beautiful environmentally friendly products Please see display ad on page 49

SLO Green Build • (805) 286-0072 Non-profit green bldg education & support www.slogreenbuild.org

BUSINESS TRADING Cal Coast Trade • Call Greg • (805) 975-5334 A sustainable way to do business! Watch the video on our website… www.calcoasttrade.com Please see display ad on page 47

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BUS SERVICE

CERTIFIED PUBLIC ACCOUNTANT

Regional Transit Authority (RTA) (805) 541-2228

R. Barkley & Associates • (800) 211-5677

CAFÉ

Professional Business Services Taxes, Bookkeeping, Home Loans, Investment Planning www.rbarkley.com Please see display ad on page 35

CLEANING Coastline Cleaning Company • (805) 400-5433

SunShine Health Foods/Shine Café Whole Food Market & Organic Cafe 415 Morro Bay Blvd., Morro Bay • (805) 772-7873 Please see display ad on page 37

Commercial • Residential • Rental Properties • RCFE’s Always Eco-friendly • coastlinecleaning@gmail.com www.coastlinecleaningslo.com Please see display ad on page 45

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RTA buses get you around the county 7 days a week! Talk Green. Live Green. Hop Aboard. www.SLORTA.org Please see display ad on back cover

CLOTHING & BAMBOO

CALIFORNIA STATE PARKS

Bambu Batu • (805) 788-0806

Hearst Castle • (800) 444-4445 Visitor Center Opens at 8 am Daily. First Tour Begins at 9 am Advanced Reservations Strongly Recommended 750 Hearst Castle Road, San Simeon, CA 93452 www.hearstcastle.com Please see display ad inside front cover

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The House of Bamboo 1023 Broad St., San Luis Obispo 93401 www.bambubatu.com Organic natural products for your conscious lifestyle

COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTERS CHC of the Central Coast, Inc. Corp. HQ: 150 Tejas Place, Nipomo

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COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTERS (Cont.) CHC Arroyo Grande - Primary Care

Pediatrics/Ped’s Dental 201 W. Mill Street, Santa Maria, CA 93458 (805) 345-3702

260 Station Way, Arroyo Grande, CA 93420 (805) 473-6201

CHC Santa Maria III - Primary Care

CHC Arroyo Grande Coastal Medical Center (CMC) 336 S. Halcyon, Arroyo Grande, CA 93420 (805) 270-1600

CHC Atascadero 7512 Morro Road, Atascadero, CA 93422 (805) 792-1400

CHC Guadalupe 4581 10th Street, Suite C, Guadalupe CA 93434 (805) 343-5577

CHC Lompoc 425 W. Central Ave, Lompoc CA 93436 Medical - (805) 737-1169 Dental - (805) 735-2846

1414 Miller St, Ste 9, SM CA 93454 (805) 346-2753

CHC Santa Maria - Broadway Dental 210 N. Broadway, Santa Maria, CA 93454 (805) 347-1171

CHC Santa Maria - SM High School 901 S. Broadway, Santa Maria. CA 93454 (805) 614-9275

CHC Templeton 325 Posada Lane, Templeton, CA 93465 Primary Care - (805) 542-6703 Dental - (805) 542-6702 Women’s Health - (805) 542-6701

CHC Paso Robles

CHC Oceano

416 Spring Street, Suite 201, Paso Robles, CA 93446 (805) 238-7250

1981 Cienega Street, Oceano, CA 93445 (805) 489-4236

CHC Paso Robles - Pediatrics

CHC San Luis Obispo - Pediatrics

500 1st Street, Paso Robles, CA 93446 (805) 286-3100

77 Casa Street, Suite 202, SLO, CA 93401 (805) 269-1500

CHC Morro Bay

CHC San Luis Obispo - Women’s Health

660 Harbor Street, Morro Bay, CA 93442 (805) 772-1055

1551 Bishop St., Suite B-240, SLO, CA 93401 (805) 549-0402

CHC Cambria

CHC San Luis Obispo - Specialty Services 1551 Bishop St., Suite B-260, SLO CA 93401 (805) 269-1350

CHC San Luis Obispo - Primary Care 77 Casa St, Suite 201, SLO CA (805) 594-1851

CHC Santa Maria - Arbor Medical Group Women’s Health/OB/GYN 1418 E. Main St, Suite 210, Santa Maria CA 93455 (805) 928-3678

CHC Santa Maria I - Primary Care 2801 Santa Maria Way, Suite A, SM, CA 93455 (805) 934-5400

CHC Santa Maria I Women’s Health/Well Pregnancy Prog. 2801 Santa Maria Way, Suite B, SM, CA 93455 (805) 934-5402

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2515 Main Street, Suite B, Cambria, CA 93428 (805) 927-5292

CREDIT UNIONS SESLOC Federal Credit Union • (805) 543-1816 A not-for-profit, depositor owned, financial institution serving all who live, work, worship or attend school in San Luis Obispo County. 11491 Los Osos Valley Rd., SLO 1399 Grand Ave., Arroyo Grande 8380 El Camino Real, Atascadero 13th & Spring Streets in Paso Robles www.sesloc.org Please see display ad on page 27

COMPUTER CONSULTING/TRAINING KCBX.net • (805) 781-2580 Microsoft Office, Photoshop, Quickbooks and more. 4100 Vachell Lane, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401 www.kcbx.net


CUISINE

EMOTIONAL FREEDOM TECHNIQUES Mia Simmons, ADV, Level 3 • (805) 528-7633

“Exploring the culture of cuisine!” Sustainability • Fun • Food & Wine Please see display ad on page 33

Advanced, Level 3 EFT Practitioner Meridian tapping technique • www.miasimmons.com Please see display ad on page 28

CUSTOM LANDSCAPE DESIGN & INSTALL

EMPLOYMENT Looking for a Green Job???

Ecotones Landscapes • (805) 927-0374 Specializing in site specific plant selection • Geographically based landscapes • Over 13 years on the Central Coast www.ecotoneslandscapes.com Please see display ad on page 33

DENTAL

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ENERGY WORK / ENERGY MEDICINE

Scott Taylor DDS • (805) 772-8143

Amethyst Healing Center

685 Main St., Suite C, Morro Bay, CA 93442 www.puresimpledental.com Please see display ad on inside back cover

704 Main St., Cambria, CA 93428 (805) 927-1700 Please see display ad on page 35

DOULA

Mia Simmons, ADV, Level 3 • (805) 528-7633 Advanced, Level 3 EFT Practitioner Meridian tapping technique • www.miasimmons.com Please see display ad on page 28

Julie Belmonte • (805) 215-3153 Care Provider – Postpartum • Doula • Senior Care • Concierge Care Let me help you care for your loved ones

The Healing Works • Brenda Keeney (805) 478-1223

EAR CONING Nicole Bush, Ear Coning Specialist (805) 234-2994 • earconingbynicole@gmail.com Ear candling is a natural way to remove wax & debris from the ear canal. It is a safe and simple procedure that has many benefits. Please see display ad on page 28

Shaman, Holistic Nutritionist, Medical Intuitive 405 E. Branch St. #107, Arroyo Grande, CA 93420 www.thehealingworks.org Please see display ad on page 31

ENTERTAINMENT Acoustico

Original Sprout • (888) 805-2229

A two-piece musical ensemble providing green friendly music for public and private events. www.acoustico.org

Natural hair & skin care for the whole family www.OriginalSprout.com Please see display ad on page 21

DR. MAGIC • (805) 544-7737 www.drmagic.biz

EARTH FRIENDLY PRODUCTS

ECO-FRIENDLY TOWELS Jimmy Towel • (805) 542-0707 Jimmy Towel is a reusable, quick-drying hand towel that zips into a stylish, pocket-sized case for use whenever you’re not at home. www.jimmytowel.com Please see display ad on page 31

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Educational Fun-filled COMEDY MAGIC for All Ages and Colorful, Biodegradable Balloon Animals, Hats, & Heart Flowers/Happy Face Wands! Great Shows for Children to Seniors as DR. MAGIC or “The GREEN WIZARD”! Please see display ad on page 51

“The GREEN WIZARD” (805) 544-7737 • www.drmagic.biz Teaching boys & girls about “GREEN LIVING” now! Supporting family activities to: Recycle, Reduce, Reuse! Sustainable Magic Shows & Biodegradable Balloons. Please see display ad on page 51

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ENVIRONMENTAL DESIGN

DIRECTORY

Liv-In Environments • (805) 481-1066 Gregory D. Soto, Architect Passive Solar Design/Sustainable Design for Residential & Commercial

FLOORING MATERIALS & INSTALLATION ProSource Flooring • (805) 781-2657 The Largest Wholesale Flooring Source in North America • www.prosourcefloors.com Please see display ad on page 19

ESTATE LIQUIDATIONS 777 Auction Company • (805) 466-7296 Estate, Business & Ranch Liquidations 3850 El Camino Real, Atascadero, CA 93422 www.777auctions.net info@777auctions.net Please see display ad on page 47

EVENT SERVICES MHI Tech Labs • (661) 513-3828 Web Sites, Internet Media, Event Photography, and Creative Services • www.mhilabs.com Please see display ad on page 10

FACIALS Lillie’s Organic Skin Care • (805) 801- 9699 Treat yourself to the ultimate in organic skin care Specially designed for damaged & sensitive skin lillie@barefootmomease.com or barefootmomease.com

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GARDENING Dependable Landscape Maintenance (805) 438-3046 Complete lawn & yard service for home or office Mowing, edging, pruning, weeding & sprinkler repair - every other week. Experienced & Friendly • Free estimates

GIFTS EcoBambino • (805) 540-7222 863 Monterey St., San Luis Obispo, CA 93401 Natural, eco-friendly products for children www.ShopEcoBambino.com

GREEN FLOORING Matt Clark Tile & Stone • (805) 543-7600 181 Tank Farm Rd. Ste. 140, SLO www.mattclarktile.com We carry beautiful environmentally friendly products Please see display ad on page 49

ProSource Flooring • (805) 781-2657 The Largest Wholesale Flooring Source in North America • www.prosourcefloors.com Please see display ad on page 19

web design IT support photography video creative services

GREEN-REALTOR Allyson Nakasone, Realtor®, Ecobroker® (805) 234-0809 www.mySLOhome.com Coldwell Banker Premier Real Estate 689 Tank Farm Road, Suite 230, SLO Please see display ad on page 19

C. Green Real Estate Co. 171 N. 13th St. Suite A, Grover Beach 93433 O: 481-7700 F: 481-9338 P: 441-7370 Please see display ad on page 23

HAIR & SKIN PRODUCTS Original Sprout • (888) 805-2229 Natural hair & skin care for the whole family www.OriginalSprout.com Please see display ad on page 21

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Sunshine Health Foods/Shine Café

HEALING PRODUCTS Cayucos Natural • (805) 471-9319

HEALTH / DETOX

HEALTH / HEALING CENTERS Amethyst Healing Center 704 Main St., Cambria, CA 93428 (805) 927-1700 Please see display ad on page 35

DIRECTORY

Natural skin and body care formulated and manufactured with ingredients our bodies recognize and appreciate: plant extracts and oils. Face Recovery Cream & Cleanser, Arnica & Calendula Muscle & Joint Recovery. www.cayucosnatural.com Please see display ad on page 47

Whole Food Market & Organic Cafe 415 Morro Bay Blvd., Morro Bay • (805) 772-7873 Please see display ad on page 37

HEALTH / WELL BEING

Relished Food - Holistic Nutrition

Healing the Quantum Way • (805) 610-2642

Laureen Wallravin, CNT, FDN Detox your diet and unlock your body’s powerful healing potential! Relishedfood.com • 805.242.3677 Please see display ad on page 35

Support your whole body with Biofeedback and Nutritional Testing. Retrain how your body responds to stress and address underlying health imbalances with Standard Process supplements. 5610 West Mall, Atascadero www.healingthequantumway.com Please see display ad on page 51

Scott Taylor DDS • (805) 772-8143 685 Main St., Suite C, Morro Bay, CA 93442 www.puresimpledental.com Please see display ad on inside back cover

HEALTHY COOKING Ruth’s Savory Sauces • (805) 481-9205

HEALTH / FITNESS Avila Bay Athletic Club & Spa (805) 595-7600 Tropical paradise, tennis, ozone pools, classes incl. yoga, cafe & catering, conf. rooms, special events avilabayclub.com Please see display ad on page 45

HEALTH FOOD STORES Bliss Café Tues-Sat 11-9pm & Sun-Mon 11-6pm Good Karma Cuisine, Smoothie, Juice Bar & Whole Food Market 778 Higuera Street, SLO (in the back of the Network) www.blisscafeslo.com Please see display ad on page 16

Local, organic sauces that add a healthy, spicy zest to pastas, grains, soups, & more; pesto, marinara, tomatillo, Thai curry & marmalade Please see display ad on page 33

HEALTHY FOODS Tio Alberto’s Mexican Food • (805) 773-5996 Live Foods Café & Juice Bar All foods prepared to order with the freshest natural ingredients daily 841 Dolliver Street, Pismo Beach, CA Please see display ad on page 48

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HERBALISTS / HERBAL REMEDIES

Virginia Perry Souza • (805) 347-4544

Made w/ all certified organic herbs & oils; locally handcrafted healing tinctures & salves for ailments & pain relief • www.ruthsherbalremedies.com Please see display ad on page 33

Wealth Advisor • Senior Vice-President Morgan Stanley 800-659-4311 virginia.souza@morganstanley.com www.morganstanley.com/fa/virginia.souza Please see display ad on page 43

HOME MORTGAGE LOAN SERVICE R. Barkley & Associates • (800) 211-5677 New Purchase & Refinancing of Conforming FHA & Jumbo Home Loans at Record Low Interest Rates www.rbarkley.com Please see display ad on page 35

HOSPITALS Arroyo Grande Community Hospital (805) 489-4261 Dignity Health of the Central Coast Recognized for Quality, Safety and Service 345 S. Halcyon Rd., Arroyo Grande arroyograndehospital.org Please see display ad on page 25

French Hospital Medical Center (805) 543-5353 Dignity Health of the Central Coast Recognized for Quality, Safety and Service 1911 Johnson Ave., San Luis Obispo frenchmedicalcenter.org Please see display ad on page 25

Marian Regional Medical Center (805) 739-3000 Dignity Health of the Central Coast Recognized for Quality, Safety and Service 1400 E. Church St., Santa Maria marianmedicalcenter.org Please see display ad on page 25

Twin Cities Community Hospital (805) 434-3500 1100 Las Tablas Rd. • Templeton, Ca. 124-bed acute care, 30 new private rooms for obstetrics, intensive & telemetry care, 23 new ER suites www.twincitieshospital.com Please see display ad on page 21

INTEGRATIVE MEDICINE Salus Integrative Medicine • (805) 226-5190 1020 Pine Street, Suite A Paso Robles CA 93446 Dr. Darya Boland, HBSc ND Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine Salusinfo1020@gmail.com Please see display ad on page 37

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INVESTMENT SERVICES

Ruth’s Herbal Remedies • (805) 481-9205

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JANITORIAL Coastline Cleaning Company • (805) 400-5433 Commercial • Residential • Rental Properties • RCFE’s Always Eco-friendly • coastlinecleaning@gmail.com www.coastlinecleaningslo.com Please see display ad on page 45

Enviroclean • (805) 710-4101 Office Cleaning • Window Cleaning • Outside Maintenance Environmentally safe & LEED approved products Fax: 805-619-7189 • envirocleanplus@aol.com www.envirocleanplus.com Please see display ad on page 33

JUICE BAR Tio Alberto’s Mexican Food • (805) 773-5996 Live Foods Café & Juice Bar All foods prepared to order with the freshest natural ingredients daily 841 Dolliver Street, Pismo Beach, CA Please see display ad on page 48

KIDS Nicole Bush, Ear Coning Specialist (805) 234-2994 A beneficial, natural and safe treatment to promote healthy ears for adults and children. earconingbynicole@gmail.com Please see display ad on page 28

LANDSCAPE DESIGN Sage Ecological Landscapes & Nursery (805) 574-0777 Sustainable gardens & gifts Complete landscape services 1188 Los Osos Valley Rd, Los Osos sagelandscapes.net Please see display ad on page 41

LANDSCAPING Ecotones Landscapes • (805) 927-0374 Specializing in site specific plant selection • Geographically based landscapes • Over 13 years on the Central Coast www.ecotoneslandscapes.com Please see display ad on page 33


French Hospital Medical Center (805) 543-5353

LANDSCAPE MAINTENANCE Dependable Landscape Maintenance (805) 438-3046

LANDSCAPING SUPPLIES

Dignity Health of the Central Coast Recognized for Quality, Safety and Service 1400 E. Church St., Santa Maria marianmedicalcenter.org Please see display ad on page 25

Sage Ecological Landscapes & Nursery (805) 574-0777 Sustainable gardens & gifts Complete landscape services 1188 Los Osos Valley Rd, Los Osos sagelandscapes.net Please see display ad on page 41

Twin Cities Community Hospital (805) 434-3500

LOANS SESLOC Federal Credit Union • (805) 543-1816 A not-for-profit, depositor owned, financial institution serving all who live, work, worship or attend school in San Luis Obispo County. 11491 Los Osos Valley Rd., SLO 1399 Grand Ave., Arroyo Grande 8380 El Camino Real, Atascadero 13th & Spring Streets in Paso Robles www.sesloc.org Please see display ad on page 27

MASSAGE Amethyst Healing Center

Arroyo Grande Community Hospital (805) 489-4261 Dignity Health of the Central Coast Recognized for Quality, Safety and Service 345 S. Halcyon Rd., Arroyo Grande arroyograndehospital.org Please see display ad on page 25

Laureen Wallravin, NTP, FDN Find out what foods work for your unique body chemistry with non-invasive metabolic testing. www.relishedfood.com • 805.242.3677 Please see display ad on page 35

412 S. McClelland St. Santa Maria Where natural history comes to life. www.naturalhistorysantamaria.com

Specializing in prenatal massage, rated #1 in SLO Lillie customizes each session w/24 years of experience lillie@barefootmomease.com or barefootmomease.com

MEDICAL CENTERS

METABOLIC DIET Relished Food - Holistic Nutrition

The Natural History Museum • (805) 614-0806

Barefoot MomEase Wellness Spa (805) 801-9699

Aromatherapy, too • (805) 546-8660 Serving San Luis Obispo for 26 years 1171 Toro St., Suite B, San Luis Obispo www.caroldawnsreflexology.com Please see display ad on page 43

1100 Las Tablas Rd. • Templeton, Ca. 124-bed acute care, 30 new private rooms for obstetrics, intensive & telemetry care, 23 new ER suites www.twincitieshospital.com Please see display ad on page 21

MUSEUMS

704 Main St., Cambria, CA 93428 (805) 927-1700 Please see display ad on page 35

Carol Dawn’s Reflexology & Massage

Marian Regional Medical Center (805) 739-3000

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Complete lawn & yard service for home or office. Mowing, edging, pruning, weeding & sprinkler repair - every other week. Experienced & Friendly • Free estimates

Dignity Health of the Central Coast Recognized for Quality, Safety and Service 1911 Johnson Ave., San Luis Obispo frenchmedicalcenter.org Please see display ad on page 25

MUSIC Acoustico A two-piece musical ensemble providing green friendly music for public and private events. www.acoustico.org

MUSIC FESTIVAL Seven Sisters Fest • (888) 966-7767 Craft Beer Tasting • Good Eats • Nonstop Music July 12 – 13, 2013 • El Chorro Regional Park Onsite Camping, Food, Retail & Art Vendors www.sevensistersfest.com Please see display ad on page 19

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NATURAL SKIN & BODY CARE

NUTRITION

Cayucos Natural • (805) 471-9319

Healing the Quantum Way • (805) 610-2642

Natural skin and body care formulated and manufactured with ingredients our bodies recognize and appreciate: plant extracts and oils. Face Recovery Cream & Cleanser, Arnica & Calendula Muscle & Joint Recovery. www.cayucosnatural.com Please see display ad on page 47

Support your whole body with Biofeedback and Nutritional Testing. Retrain how your body responds to stress and address underlying health imbalances with Standard Process supplements. 5610 West Mall, Atascadero www.healingthequantumway.com Please see display ad on page 51

NATUROPATHIC MEDICINE Salus Integrative Medicine • (805) 226-5190 1020 Pine Street, Suite A Paso Robles CA 93446 Dr. Darya Boland, HBSc ND Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine Salusinfo1020@gmail.com Please see display ad on page 37

NETWORKING Solstice Green Directory • (805) 473-5064 Solstice Green Mixers • Mix & meet local green businesses that make a difference! See NEW Website for venues, times and other events. www.slosolstice.com

NEWCOMERS SERVICES Local Welcome Service Since 1972 (805) 773-6418 Free newcomer packet of maps, coupons & local info. www.centralcoastwelcome.com • Liz Hiatt

NON-PROFIT Sierra Club-Santa Lucia Chapter 547-B Marsh St • San Luis Obispo (805) 543-8717 • santalucia.sierraclub.org Please see display ad on page 51

SLO Green Build • (805) 286-0072 Non-profit green bldg education & support www.slogreenbuild.org

Your Local Brewery since 1998

Relished Food - Holistic Nutrition Laureen Wallravin, NTP, FDN Find out what foods work for your unique body chemistry with non-invasive metabolic testing. www.relishedfood.com • 805.242.3677 Please see display ad on page 35

The Healing Works • Brenda Keeney (805) 478-1223 Holistic Nutritionist, Shaman, Medical Intuitive 405 E. Branch St. #107, Arroyo Grande, CA 93420 www.thehealingworks.org Please see display ad on page 31

OFFICE SPACE San Luis Business Center • (805) 540-5100 Shared resources - sustainable options/office space 4251 South Higuera, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401 Please see display ad on page 50

ORGANIC CAFE SunShine Health Foods/Shine Café Whole Food Market & Organic Cafe 415 Morro Bay Blvd., Morro Bay • (805) 772-7873 Please see display ad on page 37

OSTEOPATHIC MEDICINE Kathryn A. Perry, D.O. • (805) 548-8490 777 Pismo Street, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401 Please see display ad on page 49

OXYGEN THERAPY Obispo Hyperbaric • (805) 440-9856 Are you suffering from brain trauma, stress, anxiety, chronic fatigue, injury/surgery? Get relief. Call Now! 805 Aerovista Place, Ste. 102 San Luis Obispo, CA 93401 www.ObispoHyperbaric.com Please see display ad on page 23

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PHYSICIAN

RIDESHARING Regional Rideshare • (805) 781-1385

777 Pismo Street, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401 Please see display ad on page 49

Information on bicycle commuting, ridesharing, transit and telework • www.rideshare.org Please see display ad on page 45

RADIO BROADCASTING American General Media • (805) 781-2750 93.3 KZOZ, 98.1 K-JUG, Q104.5, KRUSH 92.5 www.krush925.com Please see display ad on page 46

SENIOR CARE Julie Belmonte • (805) 215-3153

El Dorado Broadcasters • (805) 545-0101 KSLY-FM, KSTT-FM, KURQ-FM, KVEC-AM KSMX-AM, KSMY-FM, KSNI-FM, KXFM-FM Please see display ad on page 38

Care Provider – Postpartum • Doula • Senior Care • Concierge Care Let me help you care for your loved ones

DIRECTORY

Kathryn A. Perry, D.O. • (805) 548-8490

SHAMANISM

KCBX FM Public Radio • (805) 549-8855 Symphonies, jazz, daily news & transforming stories Streaming live on the Internet at www.KCBX.org Please see display ad on page 4

REALTOR-GREEN Allyson Nakasone, Realtor®, Ecobroker® (805) 234-0809 www.mySLOhome.com Coldwell Banker Premier Real Estate 689 Tank Farm Road, Suite 230, SLO Please see display ad on page 19

The Healing Works • Brenda Keeney (805) 478-1223 Shaman, Holistic Nutritionist, Medical Intuitive 405 E. Branch St. #107, Arroyo Grande, CA 93420 www.thehealingworks.org Please see display ad on page 31

$109 for a 3 month Directory Listing. Call today! 805.473.5064

C. Green Real Estate Co. 171 N. 13th St. Suite A, Grover Beach 93433 O: 481-7700 F: 481-9338 P: 441-7370 Please see display ad on page 23

REFLEXOLOGY Carol Dawn’s Reflexology & Massage Aromatherapy, too • (805) 546-8660 Serving San Luis Obispo for 26 years 1171 Toro St., Suite B, San Luis Obispo www.caroldawnsreflexology.com Please see display ad on page 43

REUSABLE TOWELS Jimmy Towel • (805) 542-0707 Jimmy Towel is a reusable, quick –drying hand towel that zips into a stylish, pocket-sized case for use whenever you’re not at home. www.jimmytowel.com Please see display ad on page 31

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SOLAR

DIRECTORY

GRID Alternatives – Central Coast (805) 351-3344 Leading teams of volunteers/job trainees to install solar for low - income homeowners 2900 El Camino Real, Atascadero, CA 93422 www.gridalternatives.org/volunteer volunteercc@gridalternatives.org

SPA SERVICES Avila Bay Athletic Club & Spa (805) 595-7600 ex.0 Use of club included on day of service! Full service spa including massage, mani & pedi, organic facials, and more! • 6699 Bay Laurel Plc, Avila Beach avilabayclub.com Please see display ad on page 45

SUSTAINABLE FOOD & WINE www.CasaFestiva.com “Exploring the culture of cuisine!” Sustainability • Fun • Food & Wine Please see display ad on page 33

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THRIFT STORES Goodwill Industries • (805) 544-0542 Facilitating reuse for over 100 years, with all types of second-hand merchandise • www.scgoodwill.org Please see display ad on page 15

TILE Matt Clark Tile & Stone • (805) 543-7600 181 Tank Farm Rd. Ste. 140, SLO www.mattclarktile.com We carry beautiful environmentally friendly products Please see display ad on page 49

TOURS Hearst Castle • (800) 444-4445 Visitor Center Opens at 8 am Daily. First Tour Begins at 9 am Advanced Reservations Strongly Recommended 750 Hearst Castle Road, San Simeon, CA 93452 www.hearstcastle.com Please see display ad on inside front cover

TRANSPORTATION Regional Rideshare • (805) 781-1385 Information on bicycle commuting, ridesharing, transit and telework • www.rideshare.org Please see display ad on page 45


Regional Transit Authority (RTA) (805) 541-2228 RTA buses get you around the county 7 days a week! Talk Green. Live Green. Hop Aboard. www.SLORTA.org Please see display ad on back cover

VEGAN BAKERY Sweet Alexis • (805) 528-8956 Vegan – 100% Peanut & Nut Free Bakery Delicious Cookies and Cupcakes! Don’t want to drive – Call for Shipping Info www.sweetalexis.com Please see display ad on page 21

VENUE Sage Ecological Landscapes & Nursery (805) 574-0777 Sustainable gardens & gifts • Complete landscape services • 1188 Los Osos Valley Rd, Los Osos sagelandscapes.net Please see display ad on page 41

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES GRID Alternatives – Central Coast (805) 351-3344 Leading teams of volunteers/job trainees to install solar for low - income homeowners 2900 El Camino Real, Atascadero, CA 93422 www.gridalternatives.org/volunteer volunteercc@gridalternatives.org

WEBSITE DESIGN

5 tips on drinking

More Water! 1. Add fresh fruit. Citrus fruits, such as lemons, limes, and oranges, are classic water enhancer's. Cucumber and fresh mint are refreshing flavors as well. 2. Use juice. Any fruit juice can be a good base flavor for water, but tart juices, like cranberry, pomegranate, grape, and apple, are especially delicious. 3. Try bouillon or broth. If your palate leans toward the savory, you may pass on tea and start sipping one of these hot and savory liquids instead. Choose low-fat and low-sodium versions 4. Drink tea. Herbal, fruit, green, white, and red teas are generally considered to be better for you than black teas (or coffee, for that matter) because they contain little to no caffeine. 5. Get sparkly. Try carbonated waters for an interesting change!

MHI Tech Labs • (661) 513-3828 Web Sites, Internet Media, Event Photography, and Creative Services • www.mhilabs.com Please see display ad on page 10

WHOLE FOOD CAFÉ & MARKET Bliss Café Tues-Sat 11-9pm & Sun-Mon 11-6pm Good Karma Cuisine, Smoothie, Juice Bar & Whole Food Market 778 Higuera Street, SLO (in the back of the Network) www.blisscafeslo.com Please see display ad on page 16

WINDOW CLEANING Enviroclean • (805) 710-4101 Office Cleaning • Window Cleaning • Outside Maintenance Environmentally safe & LEED approved products Fax: 805-619-7189 • envirocleanplus@aol.com www.envirocleanplus.com Please see display ad on page 33

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Moving? FEATURES

make it eco-friendly!

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When you're preparing to move to a new home or apartment, money, time, and energy are all concerns. In order to “go green” as you prepare to move, try following these tips. 1) Use eco-friendly packing materials. Borrow boxes from a friend or purchase ones that have already been recycled. Use blankets and towels to pad the inside of boxes instead of packing peanuts and bubble wrap, which are typically petroleum-based and not biodegradable. 2) Recycle and donate as you pack. When you sort through belongings, you will inevitably come across items you have not worn or used in a year or more. Get rid of anything that falls into this category. Recycle what can be recycled and donate the rest. 3) Find movers with

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green policies. Ask them what eco-friendly policies they may have in place. Do they use recycled materials when they pack? Do they take the shortest route between one location and another? Learn about their policies and then choose. 4) Use nontoxic cleaning supplies. As you clean your old home and your new as well, make a choice to purchase supplies that are eco friendly not only to the environment, but to your own health. 5) Make as few trips as possible. Though you may feel like you are saving money by moving all of your belongings yourself, it’s likely you will have to make several trips between locations. Rent a truck or hire a local moving company. Don't attempt to transport everything in your own vehicles.


don't forget your

Reusable

Water Bottle Have you ever wondered about the best way to clean it? Drop in an effervescent denturecleaner tablet, let sit overnight, then scrub with a baby bottle brush. Remember to wash it out with at least soap and water once a week and leave the cap off while it dries.

Your Source For Floors Carpet • Hardwood • Laminate • Tile Stone • Glass • Vinyl and more!

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a juicy

FEATURES

Summer Treat!

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Watermelons are found almost everywhere in the world. Although we can find watermelons in our markets throughout the year, the season for watermelon is the summer when they are sweet and of the best quality. Watermelon is a safe alternative to caffeine filled energy drinks which can easily dehydrate us. Food experts recommend watermelon as a very good source of vitamin B6 and a good source of vitamin B1 and magnesium. Because of its higher water content (approximately 90%) and low calorie value, it is ranked more valuable than many other fruits. Watermelon also has a special cooling effect and is exceptionally high in citrulline, an amino acid that our bodies use to make another amino acid, arginine, which is used in the urea cycle to remove ammonia from the body. It is a good source of thiamin, potassium and magnesium which protect our body from so many diseases. Watermelon is fat free but helps energy production. Be sure you pick one up at your local Farmers Market!

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in the

The Cookie & Cupcake Company of Los Osos!

Pink!

Vegan - 100% Peanut & Nut Free Bakery Don’t want to drive? Call for Shipping Info!

805.528.8956

Ounce for ounce, pink grapefruits have the same number of calories and amount of vitamin C, but the pink variety has more that 40 times the beta carotene!

THE NEW

Birth & Baby

www.sweetalexis.com

CENTER SERVICES

Services Provided at Twin Cities Community Hospital

SERVICES

CLASSES Prepared & Natural Childbirth Classes: Wednesdays 6:30pm Newborns and Parent Support Group (NAPS): Mondays 9:30am Infant Care: Monthly Breastfeeding: Monthly Solid Foods Introduction and Beyond: As scheduled All Classes Complimentary

Breastfeeding Station Personal Lactation Consultations Lactation Clinic

RESOURCES Breastfeeding Helpline: (805) 434-4644

To Sign Up, Call (805) 434-4965

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Perfume

and Cologne...

FEATURES

so passテゥ!

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It seems as though fewer people these days are wearing perfumes (or colognes). And this may be a good thing, especially to those who have allergies or chemical sensitivities to them. For hundreds of years people have been wearing man-made scents without questioning the safety or consequences of doing so. Yet, the ingredients lists are not readily available and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration does not test cosmetics for safety before they go onto the market. To some, just breathing perfumed products causes them to feel ill effects窶馬ot to mention the effects of repeated exposures or of applying that same product directly to the skin, the largest organ in the body.

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by Angela Robinson-Platz

Here are four things to think about before using perfume: 1) Perfumes are man-made chemicals that put off strong smelling fumes and these fumes may be so strong that they cause some people to feel ill effects. 2) Perfumes interfere with smell and taste (most wineries do not allow their employees to wear perfume). 3) Perfumes cover up your natural pheromones. 4) Perfumes can be very expensive, so forgoing the purchase will save you some money.


low fat Coleslaw Instead of mayonnaise, try a dressing made of ½ cup of plain nonfat yogurt, 3 tablespoons of apple juice, and 2 tablespoons of vinegar. That’s enough for a pound and a half of shredded cabbage with 2 cups of shredded carrots, 2 shredded celery stalks, ⅓ cup raisins, and 1 diced apple. Each cup has about 74 calories (5% of them from fat).

Quick Facts:

Barrels of oil annually required to package water for US demand: 1.5 million, enough to fuel 100,000 US cars for a year!

Carmen Green Broker

171 N. 13th St. Suite A, Grover Beach, CA 93433

cgreenrealestate.com • 805.481.7700

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Cal Poly project produces

Biofuels!

FEATURES

by Madeline Palaszewski

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What do you get when you mix algae and human waste? Sustainable biofuels! Scientists at Cal Poly were awarded a $1.3 million grant from the Department of Energy (DOE) to produce biofuels from these sources. The DOE hopes to significantly improve the sustainability of algae-based biofuels and accelerate technological breakthroughs. The research team uses algae ponds at the nearby San Luis Obispo Water Reclamation Facility to conduct its project. The DOE says the project could result in technology that has the ability to save Californians hundreds of millions of dollars in water recycling costs each year. The Cal Poly team says it would like its research to help commercialize the use of algae in the wastewater recycling process and production of biofuel. The research team is led by Tryg Lundquist, professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Chemistry Professor Corinne Lehr. It also includes faculty and students from six departments. Our congratulations to this innovative team!


If it’s good for the planet, it’s good for the patient.

FEATURES At Dignity Health of the Central Coast; Arroyo Grande Community Hospital, French Hospital Medical Center and Marian Regional Medical Center, we recognize the interdependence and interrelatedness between human health and our environment. We believe in the caring stewardship of a renewable Earth. Our hospitals are recognized at the local, state and national level for leadership in ecology. We continually pursue opportunities to create environmentally-friendly ways of life.

Recognized for Quality, Safety and Service Arroyo Grande Community Hospital 345 South Halcyon Road Arroyo Grande, CA 93420 (805) 489-4261 French Hospital Medical Center 1911 Johnson Avenue San Luis Obispo, CA 93401 (805) 543-5353 Marian Regional Medical Center 1400 East Church Street Santa Maria, CA (805) 739-3000 Tell them you found them in Solstice! • www.slosolstice.com

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summer

FEATURES

Camping!

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In addition to great healthy fun and experiencing wild life, camping is an economical way to take mini trips with your family and friends. Here are some tips for your next camping trip: 1) Leave no trace. Don't litter or destroy natural terrain in any way. Soft soled shoes should be worn around the campsite to minimize damage to the ground. 2) Buy bulk organic foods and cook them on the greenest stove that meets your needs. 3) Choose your camp stove wisely for backpacking, Sustainable Travel International recommends

the Sierra stove, a lightweight, super-efficient model that can burn pine cones, wood chips, tree bark, charcoal or any other solid fuel. 4) Pack biodegradable shampoo or soap for cleaning up. Dispose of them well away from water sources. 5) Use a large collapsible bottle so that you don't need to make repeated trips to the waterhole. Waste water should be directed or emptied onto dry ground or vegetation, not into a stream or river. 6) Don't camp near old, sickly, or decaying trees, and choose a level, well-drained spot so that the areas won't mark so easily. 6) In order to keep the ground intact, try not to level the ground on which your campsite sits. Place cloths under your sleeping mat to make it level.


REDUCE

RECYCLE & REUSE Reduce is the first mandate for protecting the environment. SESLOC electronic services provide more than convenience, they dramatically REDUCE environmental impacts. That’s why we provide them FREE.* ˆ eStatements ˆ Online Transactions ˆ Direct Deposit ˆ eBranch ˆ eAlerts

ˆ Online Bill Pay ˆ SESLOC Mobile ˆ Finance Manager ˆ Debit Card Using electronic statements and deposit services saves fuel, paper, printing chemicals, water and other resources, including your time.

*While the stated services are provided to you at no charge, related usage of the services may incur activity fees. Please ask us for our current fee schedule and about our current account requirements.

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invest in reusable

Plates, Cups,

FEATURES

and Utensils

Nicole Bush, M.A. ear coning specialist

(805) 234-2994 Ear candling is a natural alternative for cleaning the ears. The treatment is safe, simple and beneficial for adults and children.

of ear candling are:

Allergy Relief Improved Hearing Mental Clarity Sinus Relief and Balancing Vertigo and Tinnitus

Often the work place is the worst place when it comes to disposables. Ask your workmates to bring in extra or mismatched cups, plates, and silverware. They are also easily and inexpensively obtainable at yard sales, thrift shops, and flea markets. Did you know that, according to the Clean Air Council, American office workers use about 500 disposable cups per person every year? Businesses and offices create a large amount of trash that adds to the waste stream and may eventually become marine debris. When using single-use items, such as napkins, take only what is needed. Try to choose items with less packaging. Avoid individually wrapped snacks in vending machines – you can buy in bulk ahead of time. You will save money and the environment at the same time.

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EFT consists of fingertip tapping on meridian points. EFT alleviates negative emotions and experiences. Research suggests EFT is effective because it helps to balance the activity of the parasympathetic and sympathetic regions of the brain, making it a powerful healing tool.

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Herbs... grow your own!

Tell them you found them in Solstice! • www.slosolstice.com

FEATURES

There is no better feeling than that of growing your own food. Working in the soil, nurturing the seedlings until they bear fruit brings a sense of pride and accomplishment. Growing your own herbs can provide you with a source of the herbs you use most. Organic produce and herbs can be expensive too, and growing your own could save you money. Herb gardens date back as far as the 15th century. Just as herbs have many different uses, so did the types of gardens grown. Every monastery, estate and farmhouse had an herb garden in some form. Herb gardens were a way of life for most people. Here are some of the most common types of herb gardens: Aromatic: This type of herb garden is grown mainly for its aromatic qualities. The flowers are used in floral arrangements, or dried, or the oils extracted for perfume or candles. Culinary: This category probably springs to mind automatically. We cook with herbs everyday and many of them are very easy to grow. Basil, oregano, dill, sage and parsley are just a few herbs common to culinary herb gardens. Rosemary can also be included in this category. Medicinal: For ages, people have been growing herbs for their medicinal qualities. Herbs like garlic, chamomile, catnip, and echinacea all have medicinal benefits. Ornamental: These types of herbs are grown simply because they look pretty! Although, there are some herbs that are functional too and cross over from the other categories like lavender, echinacea and rosemary all have lovely flowers when in bloom.

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3 ways to Green the

Office!

1. Leave the hard copy reports. Use online (versus hard copy) versions of items such as annual reports, and information memorandums. Cut and paste necessary information and/or print only those pages instead of the whole report. If you have to print, make sure you print on both sides of the paper. 2. Install 'task' lighting - i.e. an efficient lamp for your desk so that a whole bay of overhead lights doesn't have to be turned on for just one person. It's easier on the eyes too. 3. Buy recycled ink and toner cartridges. Reconditioned or remanufactured printer, photocopier and fax machine ink/toner cartridges are available for many brands. If your brand of machine doesn't allow these sort of cartridges to be used (some don't) consider switching to one that does when you refresh your equipment. Also make sure you take spent cartridges to a certified recycling facility, rather than just putting them in the bin. On the other hand, you may be able to refill your empty cartidges at a local office supply retailer!

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perfect summer

Grilled Corn!

Soak corn on the cob in a bowl of water (with husks on) for at least 15-20 minutes. Preheat the grill on medium heat. Remove corn from water. Place the soaked corn in the husk on the grill. Cook for 20 minutes, turning the corn every 5 minutes. Use a fork to determine if the kernels are soft. If they are then the corn is done. Remove the corn from grill with tongs and peel away husk and silk. Use pot holders to hold corn. It will be very hot, so use caution!

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get your

Glean On! FEATURES

by Katy Budge

Overabundance exists wherever food is grown – from backyard gardens to large commercial scale operations, but much of that food goes entirely to waste, with some estimates putting the figure at one-third of all the food grown worldwide. True, some is loss to pests or other field conditions, but most is just left to rot because it’s not cosmetically up to par for market (consumers want perfect looking produce) or because maybe you shouldn’t have planted two six-packs of zucchini. Enter the concept of gleaning. The verb “to glean” is typically applied to information or to agriculture. In the case of the latter, Merriam-Webster defines it as such: “to gather grain or other produce left by reapers,” “to pick up after a reaper,” “to strip (as a field) of the leavings of reapers.”In San Luis Obispo County, agriculture is a predominant industry, so food waste is an avoidable given. Enter GleanSLO (www. gleanslo.org), a grassroots effort started in 2010 as Backyard Harvest. Now operating under the auspices of the Food Bank Coalition of San Luis Obispo County, GleanSLO coordinates food growers willing to have their produce gleaned – whether private gardens or commercial operations – with volunteer gleaners. Once gleaned, the fresh produce is distributed via the Food Bank to needy county residents. The success of the GleanSLO program is pretty impressive. Last year, 99,165 pounds of food were harvested that would have otherwise gone to waste. In just the first four months of 2013, almost 55,000 pounds of produce were gleaned and distributed to needy people in the community…our community. (a version of this article previously appeared on www.CasaFestiva.com.)

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Dunes...

Quick Facts:

keep off!

If US households replaced one roll of virgin-lumber bathroom tissue with a 100% recycled roll, we would save 375,000 trees, 250 lbs. of pollutants, and 155 million gallons of water.

Those signs at the beach warning you to stay off sand dunes are not just decoration. Sand dunes are the first line of defense against beach erosion and they naturally protect the coast from the effects of strong storms and waves. Beach grass is another natural and necessary ingredient to stop beach erosion. However, beach grass breaks easily when walked on by beach goers. That's why staying off sand dunes and beach grass are critical to protecting our coastlines.

Commercial/Residential Cleaning Commercial Janitorial Cleaning Commercial/Residential Cleaning

Enviroclean

Specializing in office&cleaning, window cleaning, Window Cleaning Maintenance Window Cleaning & Outside Outside & outside maintenance for Maintenance 10 years.

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Ruth Madocks

Specializing in site specific plant selection and geographically based landscapes Over 13 years on the Central Coast!

805.481.9205

www.RuthsHerbalRemedies.com ruth@ruthsherbalremedies.com

Email Phone Address License

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Goats

at home?

FEATURES

by Sean Murphy

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Goats are very useful animals, especially when it comes to clearing weeds and brush. They are not picky eaters and will even devour star thistle and poison oak! A goatherd’s services can save a lot of time and fuel when it comes to clearing an area. It is possible to rent a herd, but remember goats aren’t your average livestock; they actually make great pets too! If raised with the right care and attention they can be very friendly and loyal companions. Also, goats can really help out a compost pile by eating kitchen scraps and supplying manure. Some varieties can also be sheared to make wool. And for the more dedicated goat owner, they can be milked. Goat milk is very tasty and can also be made into cheese or soap.

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Quick Facts:

When you toss out one aluminum can, you waste as much energy as if you filled that can half-full of gasoline and poured it onto the ground!

artificial Sweeteners! Artificial sweeteners are in sodas, frozen yogurt, diet foods, “sugar-free” foods, gum, chewable vitamins, yogurt, vitamin drink tablets and “no sugar added” foods. The two primary components of aspartame are phenylalanine and aspartic acid. These amino acids are harmless when consumed as part of natural unprocessed foods. The neurotoxic effects of these chemicals in their “free form” may result in immediate health consequences such as headaches, mental confusion, dizziness and seizures. What to avoid on ingredients labels: Aspartame, dextrose, maltitol, maltose, nutrasweet, equal, and sorbitol. Leave them out of your diet.

R. Barkley & Associates

(805) 927-1700 Intuitive Readings • Energy Healing Spiritual Counseling • Acupuncture Massage • Metaphysical Products Astrology • Events & Classes

704 Main Street Cambria, CA 93428

www.AmethystHealingCenter.com

Even "healthy" food can be unhealthy. Find out your Metabolic Type® and learn to eat what your body thrives on. relishedfood.com | 805-242-3677 Business Back Office Accounting & Taxes IRS & Government Representation Financial Services Home Mortgages

Robert C. Barkley Certified Public Accountant

Bring More Green into Your Life Ph: 800.211.5677 / 805.929.0070 eM: rbarkley@rbarkley.com www.rbarkley.com P.O. Box 1590, Nipomo, CA 93444-1590

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Ivory Trade...

a threat to central african

Elephants

FEATURES

by Madeline Palaszewski

Record numbers of forest elephants in Central Africa are being slaughtered for their ivory tusks. According to a new report by the UN Environment Program, sites monitored throughout Africa showed that approximately 17,000 elephants were illegally killed in 2011. The initial data from 2012 shows that the situation did not improve and overall figures could be much higher. Globally, illegal ivory trade activity has more than doubled since 2007. The poaching threat is compounded by the most important long-term threat to the species’ survival – increasing loss of habitat as a result of rapid human population growth and large scale land conversion for agriculture. The report recommends critical actions, including improved law enforcement across the entire illegal ivory supply chain and stronger legislation. Training of enforcement officers in the use of tracking, intelligence networks and innovative techniques, such as forensic analysis, is urgently needed. Organizations, such as Save the Elephants, are dedicated to securing a future for these majestic mammals.

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Got Milk... cartons?

Mon.-Fri. 9-6, Sat. 9-5 Sun 10-4

FEATURES

According to National Geographic Channel's documentary, Human Footprint, each American consumes 3,264 half gallons of milk over the course of a lifetime, which adds up to 989,985,594,240 half gallons for the population as a whole. It takes more than one trillion kilowatt hours of energy (emitting 740,674,244 tons of greenhouse gases) to produce, ship and landfill all those paper milk cartons. That's the same amount of energy needed to power New York City for 16 years! Unfortunately, only a scant 2 percent of those cartons are ever recycled. If Americans recycled every one of their half gallon milk cartons, and those were turned into new ones, we would keep 3,689,244 tons of greenhouse gasses out of the atmosphere.

Central Coast Antique Marketplace

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Fresh local produce, bulk foods, vegetarian café, natural remedies

“The Barn” Antiques & Unique Mall

22390 El Camino Real Santa Margarita • (805) 438-5329 thebarnantiquesmall.com

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Anti-Aging Medicine Menopause & Andropause Biotoxin Illness - Mold Toxicity - Lyme • IV Nutrient Infusions • Breast Thermography • • •

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Baking Soda for earth-friendly

Gardening! while munching the leaves, and die within a day or so. Repeat as necessary.

2. Sprinkle baking soda on cabbages to thwart caterpillars: If those small green cabbage worms have been making Swiss cheese of your cabbage, broccoli, and kale plants, try this trick: Make a 50/50 combination of flour and baking soda, and dust it all over whichever plants the cabbage worms are eating. They'll eat the combo

4. Kill crabgrass: Simply wet it down, then pour a thick dusting of baking soda on it. The crabgrass will start dying back in two to three days. Try to be careful where you're applying the baking soda. You could harm your lawn grass if you get too much of the baking soda on it.

3. Sweep baking soda into sidewalk or driveway racks to discourage weeds: Simply pour or sweep a thick layer of baking soda into sidewalk and patio cracks. The baking soda will kill any small weeds that are already there, and prevent new ones from sprouting.

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1. Make a Spray to Treat and Prevent Powdery Mildew: Powdery mildew is a problem for many plants. Squashes and cucumbers are particularly susceptible to it. Here is a simple, all-natural spray you can make: 1 gallon of water / 1 tablespoon of baking soda / 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil / 1 tablespoon of dishwashing liquid. Treat and prevent powdery mildew using baking soda, water, and dish detergent.

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Acupuncture ancient medicine for modern times!

FEATURES

by Clare Lowery, L.Ac.

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Acupuncture is a branch of Chinese Medicine which dates back well over five thousand years. It is a healing modality which involves a complex system of diagnosis based on observation of a patient's signs and symptoms. Treatment is administered by inserting very fine needles into specific points on the body. The points relate to organs and are located on meridians, which are invisible energy pathways in the body. Visualize the nervous system of the human body; the acupuncture meridian system is similar. When receiving acupuncture many patients experience the pathway of the meridian being treated. They feel an electrical pulse traveling along the line of the meridian. This amazing system of medicine may seem mysterious because we cannot see the pathways and points. We can, however, feel pain and we want relief. Just as a river or stream can get clogged by debris and become sluggish, so too with the meridians or channels in our bodies. The ancient Chinese, through observation and refinement over thousands of years, developed this system. Acupuncture can best be used for health maintenance, as preventative medicine.

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Egg Shells...

in your garden?

Crushed egg shells add valuable nutrients to soil. Make sure you crush the egg shells before you add them to your garden. Egg shells that are not crushed will break down very slowly. You can also put them in the bottom of plant pots instead of stones. They are lighter and are a source of nutrition. Place egg shells in a circle on top of the ground surface around tender plant stems such as peppers, tomatoes, broccoli and cabbage, to deter slugs and cutworms. Egg shells should be washed before you place them in compost or into your garden.

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FEATURES

terms related to CO2 and

Global Warming!

Cap and trade: an emissions trading scheme in which total emissions are "capped" at a lower level than existing emissions. Permits to emit CO2 , adding up to the value of the cap, are then bought and traded by businesses covered by the program. Carbon Capture: a process that removes CO2 from, for instance, the emissions of a power station or from the air, and stores it so it does not contribute to the greenhouse effect. One form of carbon capture is carbon sequestration (see below). Carbon capture technology is still unproven on a large scale. Carbon Sequestration (Geosequestration): a process to reduce CO2 in the atmosphere; a variety of sequestration methods, including removing carbon from flue gases, condensing it to a liquid then pumping it underground for storage, are being explored. Underground storage might include injecting it into the rock cavities after oil and gas have been extracted, or sending it to the ocean floor.

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Carbon Dioxide (CO2): the major greenhouse gas; increasing amounts of CO2 are being released by burning fossil fuels or dead plant matter (including deforestation). Carbon Dioxide Equivalent (CO2e): expresses the global warming impact of other greenhouse gases by comparing them to the amount of CO2 required to cause the same warming effect. Carbon Footprint: the amount of carbon dioxide emitted into the atmosphere by an individual, organization or nation. This is usually measured in tonnes of carbon dioxide emitted annually.


Carbon Neutral: achieving zero net greenhouse emissions through activities to reduce gas creation and paying for offsetting programs such as renewable energy generation and tree-planting. Carbon Offset: to pay someone else to reduce their carbon emissions by an amount calculated to equal your own carbon emissions from a particular activity, such as driving, air travel or your business activities. Common forms of carbon offsetting include paying firms to invest in renewable energy generation, energy efficiency or planting trees (which absorb CO2). Carbon Sink: any mechanism that removes greenhouse gases or aerosols from the atmosphere. Oceans, trees and soil are all carbon sinks. Carbon Trading: a market to encourage carbon abatement through selling and buying "carbon credits," enabling heavy emitters to meet reduction commitments by buying surplus emission reductions. Trading markets are well-established in Europe as well as the United States.

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Carol Dawn RN, CMT.

Nat Cert. Reflexologist 26 yrs in business locally specializing in aromatherapy

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Learn Astrology...

Meeting Every 1st Wednesday of the Month 6:00-7:30pm GALA Center, located at 1060 Palm St., San Luis Obispo Newcomers Welcomed!

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what do you do with

Your Day? FEATURES

by The “Green” Franciscan Sister, Janet Corcoran, OSF

Every day we are gifted with 86,400 seconds or 1,440 minutes. Yes, precious moments to spend for the betterment of Mother Earth. Each year, we celebrate National Mother Earth Day. During this time, we are reminded that it is Mother Earth Day everyday. Marshall McLuhan reminds us, “There are no passengers on Spaceship Earth. We are all crew.” Each day we are called to be crew, and wise stewards of creation by reusing, reducing, recycling, and conserving the goods of Mother Earth. Here are some thoughts that challenge and remind us of our responsibility to be respectful of the human and natural environment: “The best investment on earth is earth.” - Luis J. Glickman • “The sun shines not on us, but in us.”- John Muir • “Forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare

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feet, and the winds long to play with your hair.” - Khalil Gibran • “The earth is what we all have in common.” - Wendell Berry • “Service is the rent you pay for your room on earth.” - Mohammed Ali • “Mankind has not woven the web of life. We are but one thread within it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves. All things are bound together, all things connect." - Chief Seattle • “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtfully committed citizens can change the world. Indeed it’s the only thing that ever has.” - Margaret Mead Hopefully, these thoughts will leave an imprint on our minds and hearts, which will result in each of us being more environmentally friendly in our day to day living. Continue to spend 86,400 seconds or 1,440 minutes each day demonstrating a respect and care for Mother Earth.


food plants for

Butterflies!

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Colorful summer gardens can be specially planned to provide nectar for hummingbirds, butterflies, and honeybees. With honeybee populations on the decline across the country, this is especially important. For the full sun garden, Crocosmia, Echinacea, Monarda, Nepeta, and Scabiosa are favorites of these wonderful summer visitors. Other hummingbird favorites, are the giant, long lasting blooms of the hardy hibiscus which create a stunning sight in midsummer. You do need to have some water in the garden as butterflies do need to drink. they cannot drink from large pools directly, instead they prefer smaller mud pools, which you can achieve artificially by sinking a clay saucer into the ground, in a sunny spot, add a little earth and add water, keeping the moisture topped up every day.

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Sunscreens?

how to choose one!

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1) Choose a Cream Over a Spray or Powder: Sprays or powders may be easier to apply and less messy, but they release chemicals that may be harmful when inhaled. 2) Broad Spectrum Protection: Check the label to ensure your cream of choice offers protection from both UVA and UVB rays. 3) Picking the Right SPF: If you will be heavily exposed to the sun, make sure to choose a cream that has at least an SPF of 30. There isn’t significant research that shows anything above SPF 50 is much more effective. 4) Look at Those Ingredients: Avoid creams that include oxybenzone and retinal palmitate (vitamin A). Sunscreens with zinc, titanium oxide, avobenzone or Mexoryl SX are safer.

“What you put ON your body is just as important as what you put INTO it.”

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Estate, Business & Ranch Liquidations

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Save Your Cash, Increase Business An innovative way to do business sustainably

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Weeds... FEATURES

can't take the heat!

Everyone knows that using too much fertilizer, insecticide, herbicide, and fungicide on crops damages the environment, in particular, water resources. However, most of us do just that in our own gardens and produce the same type of pollution. Here is an alternative to chemical herbicide: Pour boiling water on the weeds. Using heat will cause them to turn brown within a few hours, much like the effect of using a contact herbicide with one major difference. There is no toxic residue and the area is immediately safe for children.

Live Foods Cafe & Juice Bar! Tio Alberto’s Live Foods Cafe & Juice Bar is owned by award winning chef Alberto Hernandez... a favorite of the Central Coast for over twenty years!

Serving Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner - freshly prepared to order using organic fruits and veggies and the freshest ingredients. Vegan dishes available. Delivery available plus full catering for events and parties!. 841 Dolliver St. /Pismo Beach/ 805.773.5996

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Chocolate

you love it!

What is it that makes chocolate so irresistible? A large part of chocolate's allure, of course, lies in the taste. It is a deliciously rich concoction that satisfies the most intense craving. But several chemical reactions are also at work. For one thing, chocolate stimulates the secretion of endorphins, producing a pleasurable sensation similar to the "runner's high" a jogger feels after running several miles. The question arises: Why is chocolate such a powerful food? It also contains a chemical which our bodies converts into phenylethylamine (PEA). This is the same chemical that is produced when we fall in love. About 40% of women and 15% of men report chocolate cravings.

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Traditional Osteopathy Rational integration of conventional and alternative healthcare approaches.

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(805) 548-8490 Traditional Osteopathic Practice Preventative holistic healthcare taking into account the interconnectedness of mind, body and spirit.

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why Solstice? We have been asked many times why we chose the name Solstice for our Green Directory. Twice each year, the Earth is at a point in its orbit, where one hemisphere is most inclined away from the Sun. This causes the Sun to appear at its farthest below the celestial equator when viewed from the far hemisphere. It creates the longest day (summer) or longest night (winter). The Sun appears to “stand still,” which is the literal Latin translation of the word solstice. It can go no further before returning to balance. It then begins its journey back to the point of equinox (equal day and night). We are now at the point of “solstice” for our species and all living things on Earth. We too must begin our journey back to balance on this beautiful shimmering blue planet we call home, if we are to survive.

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Upcoming Events

(All events are open to the public)

Thursday, June 20th

Summer Green Mixer & Mini Eco Business Expo Where: Sage Eco-Gardens & Nursery 1188 Los Osos Valley Rd., Los Osos When: 5:30 – 7:30 PM Food: Bliss Cafe / Beer: Central Coast Brewing / Wine: Costa De Oro / Live music! $5 donation to benefit The Land Conservancy. Over $1,000 in FREE Giveaways & Participate FREE in our Mini Soapbox!

Thursday, September 19th Fall Equinox Green Mixer

Where: The Natural History Museum 412 S McClelland St., Santa Maria http://www.naturalhistorysantamaria.com When: 5:30 – 7:30 PM Wine Tasting / Food / Live Music $5 donation to benefit The Natural History Museum. Over $1,000 in FREE Giveaways, Meet the GREEN Wizard, & participate FREE in our Mini Soapbox!

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