NewsBriefs, December 2012
- Natural Awakenings Presents Healthy Living, Holiday Giving Event
- Personal Growth Book Club
- Eco-Friendly Salon Hosts Holiday Open House
- Dr. Moise Brings Integrative Pediatrics to Quakertown
- Tea Thyme, a Holiday Event
- Losing Weight during the Holidays
- Death and the Continuity of Consciousness Seminar
- Be Beautiful. Be Free. Events at Whole Foods Market
The Nourished Community of Brad’s Raw Foods and Natural Awakenings magazine of Bucks and Montgomery counties have collaborated to present a Healthy Living, Holiday Giving event from 5 to 7 p.m., December 7. Twenty local merchants and artists that are eco-conscious and promote healthy living will offer their unique products and gift certificates for purchase. Wellness professionals will share techniques to make the holiday season as stress-free and enjoyable as possible.
A $10 entrance fee will be donated to Kids in Distressed Situations (K.I.D.S.), a nonprofit that distributes new clothing, shoes, toys, books and juvenile products to children and families challenged by poverty, homelessness, domestic abuse, illiteracy, military family service, major illness, incarceration of family members and disaster survival. Upon paid admission, shoppers will receive a reusable goody bag filled with offers from local businesses as well as a glass to sample a new Raw Wine from Brad’s Raw Foods. Other fundraising activities for K.I.D.S. include a raffle and silent auction and vendor contributions of a portion of the evening’s sales.
Cost: $10 donation to K.I.D.S. Location: The Chip Factory, 7034 Easton Rd. Pipersville. For more information, call Audrey 267-544-9585 or Jaime at 973-580-2915 or visit Bit.Ly/HealthyLivingHolidayGiving.
•Personal Growth Book Club
Simply Be Well, in Skippack, will start a Personal Growth Book Club in early 2013. The club’s focus will be self-help, wellness and personal healing with the intention of self-exploration and the creation of a personal attitude and atmosphere of health, longevity and abundance. The first meeting will be from 7 to 8 p.m., January 16; subsequent meetings will occur on the third Wednesday of each month. Gail Thackery’s book, 30 Days to Prosperity, will be discussed at the first meeting.
Cost: $13 for the book. Location: 1246 Collegeville Rd., Skippack. For more information or to reserve a spot, call 610-584-2439 or visit SimplyBeWell.com.
•Eco-Friendly Salon Hosts Holiday Open House
Bliss, an eco-friendly, AVEDA-concept salon, will hold a holiday open house from 4 to 6 p.m., December 13, at its Trappe location. Meet the talented staff and enjoy complimentary hair and skin care consultations. Guests will learn about AVEDA’s patented hair color, which is between 97 and 99 percent naturally derived, delivering full grey coverage. Attendees can also sip a cup of AVEDA comforting tea, featuring 100 percent organic peppermint and licorice root, and be pampered with a signature AVEDA hand massage.
Owner Heather Geissler opened her first Bliss salon two-and-a-half years ago, at 1 Sunnybrook Road, in Pottstown, where she also owns an eco-friendly dog spa, Bow Wow Bliss, just next door. Eco-conscious dog parents can make an appointment for their best friend at Bow Wow Bliss at the same time as their own salon appointment, so that one can be groomed while the other is styled.
Cost: Free. Location: 12 W. Main St., Trappe. For more information, call 610-454-2547 or 610-326-2547 or visit BlissAnEcoFriendlySalon.com.
•Dr. Moise Brings Integrative Pediatrics to Quakertown
Quakertown offers a new type of pediatric care at Integrative Pediatrics. Adriana G. Moise, M.D., a classically trained and board-certified pediatrician with 18 years of experience, opened the practice over the summer. In December 2011, Moise completed a two-year fellowship in integrative medicine under the leadership of the renowned Dr. Andrew Weil at the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine. Integrative medicine combines mainstream medical therapies and complementary alternative modalities for which there is high-quality scientific evidence of safety and effectiveness. It honors the innate ability of the body to heal and values the relationship between patient and physician.
“I became interested in natural, integrative and holistic medicine when my daughter, now 27 years old, became vegetarian,” recalls Moise. “I began researching nutrition and discovered a great deal of science behind natural approaches to health, including energy medicine. Then, my patients were beginning to look for this type of care, asking me if certain natural treatments were appropriate, effective and safe. I wanted to get the background to be able to provide this service to the community because nobody in the area was trained in integrative pediatrics and very few physicians were trained in integrative medicine, even for adults.”
Integrative Pediatrics sees patients ages newborn to 21 years and treats almost every pediatric health issue, including mood and behavior disorders, digestive problems, sleep issues and stress management.
Location: Integrative Pediatrics, 99 N. West End Blvd., Ste. 110, Quakertown. For more information or to make an appointment, call 215-804-2622 or visit IntegrativePediatrics.MD.com.
•Tea Thyme, a Holiday Event
Two local business owners are collaborating to present a unique, organic living, relaxation and shopping experience. Lisa Potts, co-owner of A Snip in Thyme Hair Salon, and Rebecca Andre, owner of Traveler’s Tea, will host Thyme for Tea, from 1 to 3:30 p.m., December 2; originally scheduled for November 3, the event was postponed due to Hurricane Sandy. Attendees will enjoy brewing demonstrations and tastings of organic tea and healthy treats, as well as complimentary hand massages, door prizes and a gift basket giveaway. Grand prize raffle proceeds will be donated to the American Red Cross.
Salon products and gift cards will be for sale, along with organic hair and body products, local jewelry, one-ofa- kind gifts, unique brewing tools and more than 12 varieties of hand-blended, organic Traveler’s Tea. The salon’s signature scent, Thyme in a Bottle, created by Andre, will be debuted.
Location: A Snip In Thyme, Harrow Station Shopping Center, 8330 Easton Rd., Bldg. E, Ste. 3, Ottsville. For more information, call 215-219-3630 or email [email protected].
•Losing Weight during the Holidays
The Hypnosis Counseling Center is now offering a weight loss program specifically for the holidays. Through hypnosis, Barry Wolfson will assist people with their eating habits without the use of drugs, herbs, diets, meal plans or special foods. Wolfson will also teach strategies for eating satisfying, healthy meals that help individuals get to an ideal weight and maintain it for life. Wolfson has 27 years of experience helping clients attain their goals and successfully change their lives for the better.
•Death and the Continuity of Consciousness Seminar
Dr. Gene Ang will lead a seminar on death and dying at Greenshire Arts Consortium, from 7 to 9 p.m., December 7, and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., December 8. The seminar will explore four different worldviews about the dying process as well as what may lie ahead after leaving the physical body. Discussion will include scientific research on the near death experiences, Tibetan Buddhism, Esoteric Christianity and Shamanism.
Ang, who holds a Ph.D. in neurobiology from Yale University, has joined the Greenshire faculty. In addition, he teaches seminars that focus on the integration of science, spirituality and healing. Ang has a healing practiced based in Westlake Village, California, but considers himself, rather than a healer, “part of the interconnectedness that occurs when facilitator, client and Source/Love/God interact to bring forth healing.” He feels that his teaching engagements are an extension of the interaction that occurs on multiple dimensions to bring wholeness and understanding to all involved.
Cost: $25, Friday; $125, Saturday. Location: 3620 Sterner Mill Rd., Quakertown. For more information, call 215-538-0876 or visit GreenshireArts.org.
•Be Beautiful. Be Free. Events at Whole Foods Market
Natural Awakenings magazine of Bucks and Montgomery counties is collaborating with Green Changes organic apparel company and the Whole Body departments of two Whole Foods Markets to celebrate the campaign Be Beautiful. Be Free. Both events will introduce attendees to high-quality cosmetics and personal care products that are free from potentially harmful, synthetic chemicals. Natural Awakenings magazine will distribute copies of this issue, fresh off the presses, with pages of tips for natural, chemicalfree beauty. Green Changes will be selling its 100 percent organic cotton T-shirts themed for the Be Beautiful. Be Free. campaign, plus various other eco-chic goodies.
Each event will revolve around a slightly different theme. The Whole Foods Market, Plymouth Meeting, event will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., December 8, in conjunction with a storewide tasting and holiday sampling day. The Whole Foods Market, Jenkintown, event will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 pm., December 9, and will feature a lesson from a ballroom dance instructor on how to walk with grace and confidence. The day of beauty will also include a green carpet fashion show and a roaming photographer taking photos of attendees being beautiful and free.