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Natural Awakenings Bucks and Montgomery Counties PA

NewsBriefs, August 2012

  • Green Your Wardrobe at Impact Thrift Store
  • Free Sessions from Simply Be Well
  • Awakening Journeys Debuts Travel Adventures of Self-Discovery
  • Call for Cover Art and Photography
  • The First National Bank Sponsors Middletown Grange Fair
  • Food, Wine and Film Event at Wholistic Fitness
  • Introducing New Creative Healthy Cooking Classes
  • Expert Speaks on Business Development in Toxin-free and Sustainable Products

Green Your Wardrobe at Impact Thrift Store

The recently opened Impact Thrift Store, in Feasterville, will host a Back-to-School and Fall Thrift Fashion Show from 1 to 2 p.m., August 18, where fashion-forward trendsetters can catch a preview of fabulous ideas for fall 2012.

“The fall fashion forecast promises a striking mix of dark, bright and neutral colors,” says Heather Hamilton, assistant to the CEO. “Think dark chocolate brown with a splash of pumpkin orange, or titanium gray and honey gold. The color of the season is a warm shade of burgundy. Red plaids and tartans are classics, and bohemian prints in impactful autumn hues will be popular, as well as graphic black and white prints.”

Hamilton notes that while skinny jeans are here to stay, many designers have adjusted their silhouettes for a better fit and greater comfort. She advises layers that feature texture as a good way to transition between cool fall mornings and warm afternoons. “The classic navy pea coat makes a comeback, and riding boots will be a perfect versatile and comfortable accessory for your fall wardrobe,” Hamilton advises.

Other fundamental pieces she recommends picking up this fall are faux fur accents, sweater dresses, wedgeheeled shoes, sheath dresses and beautiful velvet and brocade fabrics. “Glossy leather handbags in burgundy or maroon are trendy yet wearable, and the statement necklace trend continues with mixed-metal embellishments,” notes Hamilton.

Location: Impact Thrift Store, 91 E. Street Rd., Feasterville. For more information, call 215-699-4146, ext. 111.

Free Sessions from Simply Be Well

To be well means one must devote time and conscious effort to taking care of one’s self. Simply Be Well Natural Healing Center (SBW) invites wellness-minded individuals to join them at Skippack Village’s First Friday events, running from 5 to 9 p.m., May through November. The Shippack Village shops will be open late, as musicians, artists and family entertainers enliven sidewalks, porches, shops and restaurants throughout the village. SBW will offer free samples of services, including tarot card readings, chair massages, reflexology, myofascial release and Reiki, set to the sounds of harpist Betsy Chapman. Healthy refreshments and nutrition education will be available, as well.

SBW provides a quiet, casual environment where people can relax and heal themselves through massage, bodywork, harp/sound therapy and healthy lifestyle coaching and spiritual counseling. Clients can choose from massage styles including aromatherapy, couples, craniosacral, hot stone, mu-xing (bamboo), myofascial, reflexology, Reiki, pregnancy, sports, sticks and stones and therapeutic.

Cost: Free. Location: 4010 Skippack Pike, Skippack. For more information, call 610-534-2439 or visit

Awakening Journeys Debuts Travel Adventures of Self-Discovery

Traveling to new destinations and learning about different cultures ignites the imagination and engages the senses, encouraging a fresh understanding of our place in the world and our connection with others. Beginning this fall, Awakening Journeys will give friends and readers of Natural Awakenings, Bucks and Montgomery Counties, opportunities for self-discovery, adventure and inspiration through the camaraderie and diverse activities that come with unique and purposeful travel. Peru and China are the first destinations, offered in a special 10-day tour format. Travelers with Awakening Journeys will find themselves immersed in the varied cultures and traditions of each destination.

Sheryl Miller, a traveler from St. Petersburg, Florida, says of her recent China tour, “This is a fabulous journey—an unforgettable, once-in-a-lifetime experience. China will fill up your senses and expand your heart.” Likewise, visitors to Peru’s many historic sites, such as Machu Picchu and the Inca ruins surrounding Lake Titicaca, speak of remarkable vistas and extraordinary memories.

Local group rates are available, and local nonprofit organizations can fundraise for their trips. Groups and local fundraisers, call Natural Awakenings Publisher Audrey Chen at 646-361-7031 or e-mail [email protected]. For more information itineraries or to register for a trip, visit

The First National Bank Sponsors Middletown Grange Fair

The First National Bank, Bucks County’s oldest and most established community bank, is sponsoring the 64th annual Middletown Grange Fair, which takes place from August 15 to 19, in Wrightstown. The fair highlights the agricultural roots and farming culture of Bucks County, with three large exhibition barns filled with more than 4,000 booths featuring arts and crafts, home products, hay and grain, antique tractors and more than 500 farm animals raised by Bucks County’s active 4-H members.

Set up in Commercial Tent C, The First will host a coupon booth with great prize giveaways. For both borrowers and investors, The First aims to personalize financial solutions. Independent and committed to the local community, the bank reinvests the deposits it receives from local businesses, local mortgages and local people. The First will also educate anyone interested in the options that can help them meet his or her short and long-term financial needs.

Location: Middletown Grange, #684 Fairgrounds, 576 Penns Park Rd., Wrightstown. For more information, call 215-860-9100 or visit

Food, Wine and Film Event at Wholistic Fitness

Wholistic Fitness, LLC, a 3,500-square-foot women’s wellness center in North Wales, will host a food and wine tasting with a screening of the documentary film, Miss Representation, beginning at 6:30 p.m., August 17. Local wines will complement a menu of seasonal, organic tapas, including a paella of summer vegetables, fresh mozzarella-tomato salad with eggplant relish, zucchini fritters with spicy tomato jam and a trio of dips with spelt toasts. The event is expected to sell out; advanced registration is recommended. Miss Representation explores the way women are portrayed in the media and how it influences everything around them. The documentary features interviews with teenage girls as well as such renowned politicians, journalists, entertainers, activists and academics as Condoleezza Rice, Nancy Pelosi, Katie Couric, Rachel Maddow, Margaret Cho, Rosario Dawson and Gloria Steinem.

Location: 217 Church Rd., Ste. B, North Wales. To register, call 267-613-8246 or visit

Introducing New Creative Healthy Cooking Classes

The Cooking Club and Gehman Design Remodeling (GDR) are collaborating to bring Chef Sondra’s Creative Healthy Cooking Classes to GDR’s working Kitchen Showroom in Harleysville, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., the first and third Monday evenings of every month. The demonstration-only classes will display Chef Sondra’s passion for teaching people how to eat nutritiously, with gourmet touches, every day. The chef will demonstrate a variety of seasonal cooking styles, highlighting international, raw and vegetarian fare that is gluten-free.

Gehman Design Remodeling will host a free, kickoff open house in the showroom, from 4 to 8 p.m., August 22, where the fall class schedule will be announced and registrants receive $5 off every class prepurchased that evening.

GDR owners Dennis and Glenda Gehman offer full, design-to-build services for projects of any size. They have served southeastern Pennsylvania since 1990. GDR remodeling consultants will be available at each of the cooking classes to answer questions for individuals that want to explore the kitchen and bath displays.

Sondra teaches hands-on classes in her home on the second and fourth Thursdays of every month.

Location: 355 Main St., Harleysville. For more information, call 215-378-9150 or 215-513-0300 or visit or

Expert Speaks on Business Development in Toxin-free and Sustainable Products

Narelle Chenery founded Miessence in 2001, developing an extensive range of products for skin, hair and body care, plus nutritional superfoods and cosmetics made in a way that meets international food-grade, organic standards. Chenery will lead two workshops, starting with Toxin-free Personal Care & Superfood Nutrition, from 2 to 3:30 p.m., followed by Sustainable Business Partnership with Miessence, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. , August 26, at the office of Trilutions Real Estate Group, Cherry Hill, New Jersey.

“People are becoming increasingly aware of the potentially hazardous chemicals in so many of the products we use daily,” comments Event Coordinator Lacey Swartz. “They want safe and sustainable alternatives but are often frustrated by misleading marketing claims. In addition to toxins, people are also concerned about nutrient depletion in our food systems and are seeking ways to return to real food sources of nutrition.”

Chenery has spent more than a decade researching and developing personal care products that are truly organic—including how the ingredients are grown, extracted, processed, preserved, bottled and labeled—ensuring that organic food standards are upheld at every step of the process. Recently, she has turned her attention to maximizing the nutritional benefits of organic superfoods.

Location: 1960 Rte. 70 E. Register at, or for more information, call Sheri Kurdakul at 609-510-9156 or e-mail [email protected].

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