Community Spotlight

The Dallas Gluten-Free & Allergen Friendly Expo

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The Dallas Gluten Free  Allergen Friendly (GFAF) Expo will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., September 10 and 11, at the Dallas Market Hall-North Hall. The event is community-based and fun for the entire family. Attendees can sample and purchase hundreds of products and have the opportunity to meet with local and national brand representatives, receive coupons and attend informative presentations by top-notch speakers. While all products at the Expo are gluten-free, many are also free from all the top eight allergens. There is also a dedicated nut-free section. Continue Reading

The Blackland Prairie Raptor Center

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by Rachel Scott McDaniel

The Blackland Prairie Raptor Center (BPRC) was founded in 2004 by a handful of individuals dedicated to the preservation of North Texas wildlife. The program began on a volunteer’s ranch 70 miles northeast of Dallas. “We started out with programs in the area,” BPRC Executive Director Erich Neupert recalls. “But we were looking for a permanent place.”  Continue Reading

Natural HealthFest Showcases Cutting-Edge Developments

EB_Healthfest -LOGO-NoDate-NHF-adjThe seventh annual Natural HealthFest, created and produced by Healthy by Nature, a nationally syndicated radio show hosted by bestselling author and Certified Clinical Nutritionist Martie Whittekin, will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., May 7, at the Richardson Civic Center. This unique wellness event combines the best of nutrition and natural medicine with the best of modern science. Eight renowned experts will teach new ways to optimize health, increase energy, detoxify, boost immunity and improve weight loss and beauty with safe, natural methods. Whittekin will broadcast her radio show live from the event from 8 to 9 a.m.

The educational Natural HealthFest is designed to benefit those from the newly health-conscious to seasoned authorities. More than 50 exhibit booths showcase cutting-edge health equipment and services, dietary supplements, innovations in wellness, free screenings, numerous health modalities, skin care, gourmet natural foods and product samplings. Exhibitors are required to be of high integrity, with fair, consumer-focused and non-discriminatory business practices.

Doug Kaufmann, host of the television show Know the Cause, will be the kickoff speaker. He will share what people need to know about an often overlooked, yet crucial root cause of weight gain. Whittekin says, “As the name of our radio show implies, we are healthy by nature if we follow two simple rules: Give the body sufficient amounts of what it needs for optimum function; and don’t gum up the works with excesses it can’t handle. Natural HealthFest helps us understand how to do a better job following those rules.”

Whittekin says her goal is to continue making Natural HealthFest better and better each year. “It’s really about substance over flash, and quality over size,” she explains. “We understand that people want time to visit the exhibitors, so we have grouped the speakers into panels with ample time for Q&A.”

Her mission is to arm, educate and motivate individuals to take charge and be the best versions of themselves. “At the end of the day, I’ll feel better if I know they’re able to make an informed choice among good options,” she notes. “Whether individuals want to optimize their good health, solve a chronic complaint or even fight a life-threatening illness, Natural HealthFest’s talks and exhibits are a tremendous resource.”

Early savings online tickets sales are now open. Early bird tickets are $18 and senior discount tickets are $16.20. Day of event ticket price is $20. Location: 411 W. Arapaho Rd., Richardson. To purchase tickets, visit

Plano International Festival

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Sample the Cultures of the World

The 11th annual Plano International Festival will be held from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., October 17, in Haggard Park, near Highway 75 and 15th Street, in Plano. Visitors can “tour the world” enjoying cultural displays, a naturalization ceremony, parade of flags, an international art exhibit, multicultural music and dance performances, children’s educational activities, international fashion show and more. Food and beverages will be available for purchase in the ethnic food court.

The Fitness and Wellness attraction located within the festival will offer free fitness information and health screenings for adults and children, including exercise demonstrations, nutrition information, free flu shots for adults and children, eyeglasses for children, hearing testing, glaucoma testing, blood pressure screening, HIV testing, dental screenings and education and fire safety information in the Courtyard Theater from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The award-winning Plano International Festival event draws more than 18,000 attendees and accolades include the 2009, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015 city of Plano Environmental Star of Excellence. Other highlights include Reading Around the World, presented by the Plano Public Library System, live art demonstrations; and ikebana demonstrations by the Sogetsu Ikebana Society.

The nonprofit event relies heavily on volunteers, and community service hours are available. Participation is welcome at all levels, from joining a committee to being a green ambassador or serving a two-hour shift at the event. Those interested in volunteering may visit the website for more information.

Admission is free. Location: Haggard Park, 901 E. 15th St., Plano. For more information, visit See ad, back cover.

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2015 DFW Solar Tour Coming October 3

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homes and buildings.

The tour enables people to learn how their neighboring homeowners and businesses are using solar energy, wind energy, energy efficiency and other sustainable technologies to save money and consume less of our natural resources. The strategies and techniques on display during this year’s tour range from changing to LED light bulbs and selecting more efficient appliances to cutting-edge, ultra-efficient eco-homes and businesses that are generating as much or more energy than they consume.

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Tour Coordinator Mellen West says, “We will be including homes with solar panels, wind turbines, grey water systems, electric cars and manual lawnmowers whose owners never go to gas stations. The tour will include businesses such as The Da Vinci School, near Midway and Royal, which received a prestigious LEED Gold certification for their ground-up green building techniques.”

NTREG’s Lissa Magel adds, “We will be featuring some new locations this year, and we actively welcome homeowners and businesses to volunteer to be a part of the tour.

The National Solar tour is the largest grassroots solar event in the nation, involving about 150,000 participants and 5,000 solar energy sites nationwide. West notes, “We have sponsorship opportunities at the kilowatt, megawatt and gigawatt levels available to those committed to keeping this kind of peer-to-peer educational event fun and free to the public.”

Admission is free. For more information, visit

FREE Yoga Day !!!

Image result for the mat yoga studioThe Mat Yoga Studio is kicking off National Yoga Month with the ninth annual DFW free day of yoga on Labor Day, September 7. A free day of yoga gives people of every age and every fitness level an opportunity to try yoga for the first time; experience a new style of yoga; take a class from a new instructor; and share yoga with friends and family.
The Mat Yoga Studio is offering a full day of free classes, including Open Flow, Senior/Chair Yoga, Gentle Flow and R&R, where students can roll out pent up tension with a yoga therapy ball they provide.
National Yoga Month, a national observance designated by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, is designed to educate people about the health benefits of yoga and to inspire a healthy lifestyle.

Location: 18484 Preston Rd., Ste. 201, in far north Dallas. For more information or to register, call 972-497-9642.

Highland Village Lions Club Balloon Festival and Fair

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The Highland Village Lions Club Foundation will host their 28th annual Balloon Festival and Fair from August 14 through 16, at Unity Park, located 2.5 miles west of I-35 East.Attendees will enjoy seeing hot air balloons float serenely over the park, along with many other fun activities, including balloon ascensions,balloon glows and tethered balloon rides.

There will be 5K and 1K hot air races beginning at 8a.m. Saturday. A classic car show and contest of more than 100 vehicles begins at 10a.m.,and local entries are welcome. For early risers,there is breakfast Saturday and Sunday mornings to fuel the balloon watchers.

The Lions will be conducting free vision screening for ages 6 months and up, from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday and noon to 7p.m. Saturday. Eyeglass and cellphone donations will be accepted at the event.

Admission is free for the festival. A$5 donation for parking is requested. Location: 2200 Briar hill Blvd.,Highland Village,TX. For a full schedule of events or to register for a race, visit .

Healing Oasis Welcomes All Women

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The Healing Oasis was created during a Mom’s Day Out group last year by founders and facilitators Jodi Roberts and Kris Sands with a specific intent to support stay-at-home moms. Roberts is an anthropologist and sound healer. Sands is a Healing Touch certified practitioner, and both practice at Star Coyote Sound Temple, in Plano. Continue Reading

C-Section Recovery Center Pioneers of CSRT Therapy for Better Women’s Health

C-Section Recovery Center Pioneers of CSRT Therapy for Better Women's Health - Natural Awakenings North Texas - Dallas - Fort Worth Metroplex NorthThe C-Section Recovery Center is geared specifically toward helping women that have had a Cesarean section (C-section) surgery in the past and are experiencing chronic pain and other symptoms such as neck or lowback pain, fatigue, TMJ, constipation, low libido, bladder leakage, plantar fasciitis and more. Continue Reading

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