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NewsBriefs, March 2013

  • Heritage Conservancy’s Largest Farm Preservation to Date
  • Basics of Swedish Massage Series at Lansdale Massage
  • Professional Forum Discusses Natural Seasonal Allergy Relief
  • Mind Body Spirit Expo Comes to Edison, New Jersey
  • Fox Chase Gala Fundraises to Fight Pancreatic Cancer
  • Organic T-shirt Campaign Raises Funds for Parkinson’s Unity Walk

Heritage Conservancy’s Largest Farm Preservation to Date

Located within the Cooks Creek Watershed, the Metzger Farm comprises more than 250 acres of cultivated farmland and pastures, including equestrian facilities. Over the past two years, through the Bucks County Agricultural Land Preservation Program, Heritage Conservancy has helped guide the preservation of this property, its largest preserved farm to date.

In 2008, when a large-lot subdivision was planned for the farmland, Heritage Conservancy developed an alternative that ended the landowner’s appeal for subdivision approval. The project’s momentum increased dramatically after an application to the county’s agricultural preservation program was approved for the large amount of acreage. With the county and the state providing funds for those tracts, the township preserved an adjoining 35 acres. Using township funds as a match, Heritage Conservancy prepared an application for funding to the conservation organization Open Space Institute to close the final gap in the funding puzzle.

“The Metzger property was a keystone property for a successful open space program because the property is very large and prominently located,” said Heritage Conservancy President Jeff Marshall. “Thankfully, we were able to balance the owner’s needs and the township’s vision.”

For more information on land conservation, visit

Basics of Swedish Massage Series at Lansdale Massage

Licensed massage therapist Pascale Dingenen, owner of Lansdale Massage Therapy and Wellness, in Lansdale, is accepting registrations for the six-week teaching series, The Basics of Swedish Massage, which will meet from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursdays. Each class in the series will address different areas of the body. The start date will be determined after a list of interested applicants has formed.

Dingenen says that although a great deal of scientific evidence supports the health benefits of skin-to-skin contact, American social norms inhibit this most basic form of human interaction and communication. “Despite our supposedly enlightened attitudes, we Americans are among the most touch-deprived people in the world,” comments Dingenen, explaining that touch is vital to our happiness.

Cost: $300; payment plans are available. Location: Lansdale Massage Therapy and Wellness, 55 E. Main St., Lansdale. For more information, call 267-263-2697 or visit

Professional Forum Discusses Natural Seasonal Allergy Relief

Natural Awakenings of Bucks and Montgomery counties will host a seasonal allergy forum from 7 to 8 p.m., March 20, at the Health and Wellness Center by Doylestown Hospital. The audience is invited to ask questions to the panel, consisting of three local experts: Drs. Philip A. Pappas, Ph.D., Lisa Rhodes, LAc, and Julie Lachman, ND The event will be moderated by Mark Hurwich, founder of Concentrated Coaching.

Coinciding with the first day of spring, the event will give attendees a better understanding of why seasonal allergies occur and how to prevent and treat them. Afterwards, individuals can consult with the International School of Shiatsu, Trinity Acupuncture and Soleil Kitchen about options for those with allergies. Truly Pure and Natural and Greco Family Chiropractic will provide goodies for giveaways.

Cost: Free. Location: lower level auditorium, 847 Easton Rd., Warrington. Register at

Mind Body Spirit Expo Comes to Edison, New Jersey

Now in its 16th year, the Mind Body Spirit Expo takes place from March 15 to 17 at the New Jersey Convention & Exposition Center, in Edison, New Jersey. The show, the largest of its kind on the East Coast, boasts nationally known speakers as well as 120 exhibitors and countless presentations and demonstrations. Free lectures cover topics including angels, meditation, dreams and chakras. Psychics and body workers will provide services onsite.

Speakers include energy healer Eric Pearl, Coast-to-Coast AM radio host George Noory, bestselling author and intuitive counselor Colette Baron-Reid, angel therapist Charles Virtue, and life strategist Robert Ohotto. Multi-platinum musical artist Kaya will perform at 6 p.m., March 16.

The expo runs from 4 to 9 p.m.,Friday, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday.

Cost: Free before doors open each day of the Expo. Seniors and students with valid ID get in free all-day Friday, and get $5 off all-day Saturday and Sunday. Parking is free. Location: 97 Sunfield Ave., Edison. For advance tickets and more information, call 215-599-3976 or visit

Fox Chase Gala Fundraises to Fight Pancreatic Cancer

The Bucks County chapter of Fox Chase Cancer Center’s Board of Associates — a group of volunteers that support cancer research at Fox Chase — will host an elegant gala called April in Vienna on April 20, at Spring Mill Manor, in Ivyland. This year’s Special Pledge will raise funds to assist researchers as they work towards eradicating pancreatic cancer, an aggressive form of the disease. Other funds raised will be designated to specific cancer research projects at Fox Chase.

The event will be reminiscent of a night at the Vienna Opera House and will include cocktails, dinner and auctions. A string quartet including Solomiya Ivakhiv, principal violinist of the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, will perform.

Sponsorships are available, and those funds enable 100 percent of money raised by the gala to go directly to cancer research.

Founded in 1904 in Philadelphia, Fox Chase Cancer Center, part of the Temple University Health System, is one of the leading cancer research and treatment centers in the United States.

Cost: $150 per person until March 31; $160 after that date. Location: 171 Jacksonville Rd., Ivyland. For more information, call 1-888-FOX-CHASE or visit To sponsor or advertise, visit

Organic T-shirt Campaign Raises Funds for Parkinson’s Unity Walk

Natural Awakenings magazine is an enthusiastic sponsor of the One T @ a Time fundraising campaign for the Parkinson’s Unity Walk in New York City’s Central Park on April 27. The campaign raises funds for Parkinson’s research through the sale of 100 percent organic cotton T-shirts with a universal message of healing: As One, We Heal. Justine Kawas, founder of the organic apparel company Green Changes based in Bucks County, PA, and Mary Keunecke, whose families have both been affected directly by Parkinson’s disease, created the shirt’s design. One hundred percent of the net proceeds from the sales will be donated to organizations that research Parkinson’s disease.

Kawas, founder of the One T @ a Time campaign, will lead the One T @ a Time team at the Unity Walk to represent organically healing and uniting the world. To join the cause, buy a fundraising T-shirt at; wear the shirt, snap a photo and share on social media with hash tags, #AsOneWeHeal #NaturalAwakenings #UnityWalk; and join the walk by registering at (search for One T @ a Time under team names).

Walk Location: 72nd Street Bandshell, Central Park, New York City. Registration opens at 8:30 a.m. and the walk begins at 10 a.m. For more information, email [email protected] or visit or

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