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NewsBriefs, May 2013

May NewsBriefs Topics
  • Beautycounter Introduces Safer Cosmetics and Beauty Care Products
  • Green Street Luxuries Offers Mother’s Day Special and Contest
  • Spring Native Plant Sale Raises Funds for Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve
  • Locavore Documentary to be Screened at County Theater
  • Lotus Health and Wellness Center Welcomes New Chiropractor
  • Bellabaci Creates New Facial Massage Cupping Therapy
  • Greenshire Arts Consortium starts a Wholistic School
  • Planning an Energypath

Beautycounter Introduces Safer Cosmetics and Beauty Care Products

Reiki master and reflexologist Tracy McGovern, founder of Essential Connections, will give the lecture, “Health in a Toxic and Stress-filled World,” from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., May 22, at the Upper Bucks Chamber of Commerce, along with certified holistic lifestyle and wellness coach Ann Murphy. The pair will explore the concepts that what goes in, on and around the body counts and will discuss how to maintain health in a product-driven world. Attendees will take home practical tips to use right away.

In the talk, McGovern will introduce the beauty care brand Beautycounter, founded by forward-thinking entrepreneur Gregg Renfrew, who wanted to create chic, safe and effective products while educating and empowering women to make the best choices for themselves and their families. While only 11 skincare and cosmetic ingredients have been outlawed for use in the United States, 1500 ingredients have been eliminated from the list that Beautycounter will use in its products.

Beautycounter ultimately seeks to bring about much needed change to the beauty industry, and gives women the opportunity to improve their own lives and the lives of others by educating and providing others with safer alternatives to the chemicals-laden cosmetics and beauty care products that they encounter daily.

Cost: $12/advance; $15/door. Location: 21 N. Main St., Quakertown. For more information, call 215-858-8195, [email protected] or visit To preregister (required), visit

Green Street Luxuries Offers Mother’s Day Special and Contest

Candy St. Martine-Pack, owner of Green Street Luxuries, has arranged a fun Mother’s Day contest, inspired by the memory of her late mother’s great advice. Contestants are invited to submit by email the best advice they received from their mother. One winner will receive a complimentary gift package that includes a one-hour, organic European facial and a one-hour, therapeutic full body massage, finished with a warm robe, complimentary slippers, a glass of wine and a long-stemmed rose. This package, valued at $100, is available for purchase as well. St. Martine-Pack wants to honor mothers and all that they do in the difficult job of caretaking their family.

Email entries by May 10 to [email protected]. Location: 617 W. Main St., Lansdale. For more information, call 267-879-1554 or visit

Spring Native Plant Sale Raises Funds for Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve

With native plants, you can create a beautiful landscape that also benefits the environment. Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve will hold its Spring Native Plant Sale, boasting a premier selection of more than 200 species of high-quality herbaceous and woody native plants, from May 11 to June 2, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day, at the Visitors’ Center. Plants are available for purchase throughout the week, but the weekends offer the largest selection. Knowledgeable staff and volunteers will be on hand to answer questions and help you choose the most suitable plants for your site.

Preserve members get a head start on the shopping, from 2 to 7 p.m., May 10, and are invited to enjoy the Member’s Day Lecture, from 1 to 2 p.m., with Mark Highland, founder of The Organic Mechanic Soil Company, as he discusses sustainable soil. Members also receive extended hours, from 9 to 11 a.m., May 11. Individual memberships start as low as $20 for students and seniors, ages 62 and up.

Location: 1685 River Rd. For more information, call 215-862-2924, email [email protected] or visit

Locavore Documentary to be Screened at County Theater

Locavore, an inspiring and upbeat documentary film about the benefits of returning home to our food supply, will be screened at the County Theater, in Doylestown, at 7:30 p.m., June 6. Presented by the Doylestown Food Co-op and the Bucks County Foodshed Alliance, the film is the second of four documentaries in the Farm Fresh Film Series. Part of a community outreach project, the series tackles the issues inherent in our food system today and promotes the idea that what we put into our bodies affects our health, community and world. A panel discussion follows each film and community participation is encouraged.

Locavore takes an optimistic and informative approach to present the benefits of sourcing food locally. Digging deep into our basic human connection to the land and agrarian life, the documentary considers the benefits to our health and civic life when we reconnect with our local farmers and food producers. Encouraging us as individuals and communities to incorporate food growing into our every day spaces, Locavore emphasizes the importance of

ado_doylestownfoodcoop_201304Cost: $10 ($8 for co-op members). For tickets and more information, visit

Lotus Health and Wellness Center Welcomes New Chiropractor

Michael Shanfeld, doctor of chiropractic, has joined Lotus Health and Wellness Center, in Newtown. “We have a certain way of approaching chiropractic care and care in general,” comments Barry Shapiro, vice president of business development for the center. “We didn’t want the snap-crack kind of care. We wanted someone who was going to nurture.” Shapiro feels that he has found that in Shanfeld, who has worked as a chiropractor in Newtown for 15 years. Shanfeld specializes in the relief of migraines, wrist and ankle pain, neck issues and sports injuries. He has worked with trainers and coaches to help heal and prevent injuries.

“In sports, most injuries are caused by technique issues,” explains Shanfeld. “If you’re doing something wrong, you need to figure out what you’re doing wrong and correct the problem. It prevents you from reinjuring yourself, and the improved technique will improve performance.”

“It’s a beautiful blend that allows me to focus on what I do,” Shanfeld says of the Lotus wellness team that comprises a pediatric chiropractor, massage therapists, acupuncturists and a wellness coach that is also a registered nurse. Happy to be part of a staff that offers comprehensive care, he explains, “It brings symbiosis. Each of us focuses on what we do and helps people achieve overall health. It’s a team approach.”

Location: 505 E. Washington Ave., Newtown. To schedule an appointment, call 215-968-5900 or visit

Bellabaci Creates New Facial Massage Cupping Therapy

Cupping therapy is a holistic therapeutic and healing technique that works by creating a vacuum and using suction to penetrate beneath the skin to improve circulation and help your body to remove toxins. It has been practiced for thousands years by a number of cultures around the world. Bellabaci facial massage cups use the traditional principle of suction but with new, safer materials. Bellabaci cups are made from a pliable medical grade silicone that enables the creation of a vacuum by simply squeezing the cups, applying them to the skin, and releasing the grip. They are safer and easier to use because they do not require heating the air inside glass cups the way that traditional cupping therapy does. The suction created with the Bellabaci cups penetrate up to four inches into the skin and tissue beneath it, improving circulation, breaking up and releasing toxins, and stimulating the lymphatic system to help it dispose of stagnant, toxic waste.

“Bellabaci facial cupping therapy is used to minimize and eradicate wrinkles, to reduce puffiness and bags under the eyes, to exfoliate and to stimulate the body’s own production of collagen and elastin,” says Carrie Wiedemann who is not only the U.S. director of training and sales for Bellabaci, but also a LMT, and yoga, NIA and creative dance teacher. “Treatment two to three times per week is recommended for improving skin tone and texture and keeping your skin looking young and beautiful.”

To order or to become a trained therapist, call 267-357-3525 or email [email protected].

Greenshire Arts Consortium starts a Wholistic School

Greenshire Arts Consortium of Upper Bucks is creating a middle school based on wholistic education principles. Inspiring wholeness through education, the mission of the Greenshire School is to prepare students to live confident and inspired lives as responsible stewards of self, community and the planet. The wholistic approach to education provides an integrative program of the sciences, humanities, arts and living skills. Along with excellence in academics, the Greenshire School fosters creativity and individuality in students, encouraging them to explore and embrace their inherent abilities, uniqueness and qualities of the heart. The school will focus on grades 6, 7, and 8, offering youth in their adolescent years a healthy alternative to public school education. As the school grows, high school grades will be added. The first community meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. on May 13. Parents, teachers, and concerned community members are invited to be a part of this conversation.

Location: 3620 Sterner Mill Rd, Quakertown. For more information, visit or call 215-538-0976.

Planning an Energypath

Energypath, the region’s largest sustainable energy conference, attracting more than 600 participants, will be held on August 1 and 2, at Villanova University. Industry professionals, policymakers, academics attendees and exhibitors can sign up now to attend, register for certification classes or for vendor opportunities to reach business professionals from all over the world.

The world’s most innovative experts are striving to overcome the issues surrounding our global sustainable energy future, and this year’s conference is focused on presenting a path towards this future. Topics include an overview of different sustainable practices across regions and countries, such as transportation, residential and commercial building sectors and renewable energy technologies.

Workshop attendees will also have the opportunity to gain hands-on training and receive certification in a sustainable energy technology like Solar PV, Wind, Micro Hydro and Energy Efficiency.

For more information or to register, call Elizabeth Smurda at 610-264-4440, ext, 7010, or visit

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