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Natural HealthFest


Now in its eighth year, Natural HealthFest will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., June 17, at the Richardson Civic Center, with the theme of Better Memory, Mood and Energy—The Crucial Role of Nutrition, Detoxification, Lifestyle and Natural Remedies. Doors open at 7:30 a.m. for ticket sales and a live Healthy by Nature radio broadcast with host Martie Whittekin, CCN, of Healthy by Nature radio, at 8 a.m.

Natural HealthFest 2015 - Bigger and Better Than Ever - Natural Awakenings North Texas - Dallas - Fort Worth Metroplex NorthIn addition to free health screenings, more than 60 vendors will be demonstrating cutting-edge health equipment and services, as well as natural foods, high-quality nutritional supplements, skin care and other natural products for the whole family. There will also be samples, coupons, book signings and new video courses. Natural foods will be available for purchase for snacking and lunch.

NB - HealthFest - 11-adj150xLOWRenowned experts will teach participants new ways to optimize wellness, increase energy and lose weight. Lectures focus on natural solutions for a wide range of health concerns, including hormone issues, aches and pains, natural beauty, an alternative to mammography and ways to slow the effects of aging.
Natural HealthFest - A Ticket to Health - Natural Awakenings North Texas - Dallas - Fort Worth Metoplex NorthTickets are $10 online or $15 at the door. Parking is free. Location: 411 W. Arapaho Rd., Richardson.  For more information, call 877-673-2536 or visit


Study Permaculture in Plano


Nicholas Burtner

Nicholas Burtner has opened the nonprofit School of Permaculture in Plano. He interned at the Permaculture Research Institute of Australia, attended the Earthship Academy for natural and recycled building construction, in Taos, New Mexico, and worked in all of the major climate regions worldwide. Burtner now brings his expertise and passion for teaching, designing and consulting to DFW.

The School of Permaculture focuses on the education of individuals and groups to relearn how to work and harmonize with natural systems for everyday living needs such as housing, food, clean water and community. Classes range from one hour to one-day workshops that include an introduction to permaculture and information on local wild edibles, teas, tinctures, whole system gardening and permaculture design certification.

Burtner states, “We want everyone that wants it to be able to attend and afford our permaculture design course. That’s why we offer an entirely new format which includes a ‘come-when-you-can’ course schedule that integrates with your schedule, a flexible payment plan and kids ages 12 to 17 can come with you free!”

For more information, call 214-856-8477 or visit

Counselor Kip Watson Embraces Multimedia Platform


crg_kipwatson_27412012-08-best-adjLicensed Professional Counselor, sports psychology professional and Certified High Performance Coach Kip Watson can be heard from noon to 1 p.m. Thursdays on 1190AM Dallas/Fort Worth,  and select markets nationwide, as well as on the iHeartRadio app. She co-hosts a talk show and offers free video tips for subscribers.

Committed to helping others, Watson also gives support to the community and her clients by offering daily “KipFit tips” posts on her YouTube channel which can also be viewed on Facebook. Topics include confidence, focus, overcoming mistakes, achieving consistent performance, managing emotions, dealing with anxiety, doubt and gaining mental toughness.

For more information, call 214-543-4108 or visit


Friends of Landon Seek Volunteers for Charity Race

Natural AwakeningsThe sixth annual children’s Mo-o-oving Thru’ The Mud With Landon Mud Run, named after a young Cooke County child diagnosed with hypothalamic hamartomas (HH) at 3 years of age, is seeking sponsors and volunteers wishing to join the fun and support a great cause at 10 a.m., June 3, in Gainesville. The non-competitive mud run is held at Circle N Dairy, a third-generation working dairy farm. Sponsorship levels range from $100 to $1,000.

All of the money raised will be donated to the nonprofit Hope for HH, which provides support to the families, caregivers and healthcare providers dealing with this often under-diagnosed genetic disorder. Over the past five years, this event has donated more than $100,000 to Hope for HH.

For more information, call Circle N Dairy owner Michelle Neu at 940-372- 0343 or visit

Get Colorful in Old Town Lewisville

showimageColorPalooza, with a wide variety of exhibits and interactive events, will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., April 8, at Old Town Lewisville. Visitors get to show off their artistic abilities, watch skilled artists create one-of-a kind sculptures and paintings, marvel at colorful sidewalk chalk art and learn how to better care for the Earth and make their homes more environmentally friendly.

Amateur and professional chalk art will be featured, as well as a chalk art scholarship contest. Other events include the DIY Tie-Dye Station ($5). Buckets of water and colorful dye will be provided.

Admission is free. For more information, call 972-219- 3401 or visit and about the scholarship contest.

Become Familiar with Birds of Prey

nb_bprc-raptor-hawk-rthabackkb_rzdup-adjThe Blackland Prairie Raptor Center (BPRC) has many years of experience introducing children and adults to the world of raptors. These hawks, owls and falcons are well trained, and with the assistance of BPRC education specialists, show what makes them an important part of our environment.

BPRC presentations, approximately 45 minutes long, are available to be booked at schools, home school groups, youth organizations, libraries, scouts and more. Each year, they educate and entertain more than more than 30,000 people all over North Texas and Oklahoma. Group size can range from a few to a classroom to a whole school. For schools, they recommend no more than 150 at a time and can do back-to-back programs as requested.

At their home location on Lavon Lake, which an accommodate up to 300, there is a park with pavilions, an amphitheater, restrooms, trails and a full schedule of activities for all ages.

For more information, call 469-964-9696 or visit

Heart-Centered Alternative to K-12 Education

nb_living-ethics-drumming-1-adjVicki Johnston, founder of Living Ethics School and Center for Living Ethics, is dedicated to restoring childhood through natural learning. Each month, Johnston and the Living Ethics School host an open house event, Tea, Talk and Tour, where families of current and prospective students can learn more about the philosophy, curriculum and relationships, tour the facility and grounds and connect with other like-minded parents and families.

Johnston says, “We’ll discuss your child and the importance of learning that cultivates the imagination, heart and creativity in sync with academics; relationships that are heart-centered; supportive community; and daily access to gardening and wild nature.”
Johnston believes that the full stature of intelligent, competent, adulthood emerges from the fullest expression of childhood, and that is the goal and essence of the Living Ethics School.

Location: 340 Country Club Rd., Fairview. For more information, call 214-544-8338 or visit

Enjoy the Real Stars of the Prairie

kidsNature admirers age 5 and up can join the Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area (LLELA) team from 7:45 to 9:45 p.m., March 25, for a fascinating evening trekking to their prairie restoration area to view the wonders of the night sky. Constellations both familiar and unusual, satellites, and sometimes planets and the moon are features of the ever-changing night sky.

If it’s cloudy, there will be a night hike instead. Participants need to dress appropriately for the weather and walking. Long pants and closed-toe shoes are recommended. Due to security concerns, attendees must arrive by the start time and stay until the end. Also, bring a full (and refillable) water bottle and a blanket or chair. There are clean portable toilets close to parking areas.

Guests are asked to respect wildlife, animals, plants, other visitors and facilities at all times; remember that LLELA is a nature preserve.

Cost is $10 per person. Registration required by Mar. 24. Location: 201 E. Jones St., Lewisville. For more information, visit

Attend The Garden Show for a Beautiful Yard

nb_-cc-garden-show-adjThe annual Garden Show, presented by the Collin County Master Gardeners Association, will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., March 18, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., March 19, at Myers Park and Event Center, in McKinney. The event will be blooming with new and creative ideas, classes, vendors and activities for the whole family.

Guests will discover new plants and design, and receive practical tips and Earth-kind gardening principles from some of the state’s top horticulture experts. Collin County Master Gardeners, with decades of collective experience, will be on hand to answer questions and offer ideas for more successful gardening experiences.

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