Arbor Day More Vital Now than Ever The 147th annual Arbor Day on April 27 encourages tree planting worldwide to replenish lost tree cover including trees wiped out in the recent fires in California and hurricanes in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico. The Arbor Day Foundation (ADF) is committed to providing 5 million trees in these areas alone.
The popular Illuminate Expo will again return to Flat Rock at 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, April 14 and 15, at Blue Ridge Community College. This biannual psychic and healing arts fair will host over 70 exhibitors, including healing therapists, intuitive counselors, Reiki practitioners, psychics, and many other talented health practitioners and healers. There will also be free lectures, and metaphysical and spiritual gift items for sale such as books, healing tools, crystals, jewelry, art, music and more.
Creating Sustainable Urban Living by Randy Kambic Homesteading is a broad field. “Along with planting produce, we encourage people to compost, change how they use water, learn about biochar—a long-term soil amendment that returns carbon to the earth—and employ creative economics, including bartering and food-sharing systems,” says K. Ruby Blume, of Grants Pass, Oregon, who founded the Institute of Urban Homesteading, in Oakland, California, a decade ago. She’s also co-author of Urban Homesteading: Heirloom Skills for Sustainable Living.
Popular Needlework Crafts Go Green Whether for function, decoration or personal gifting, the skillful hobbies of yarn arts such as knitting, quilting, weaving, stitching, sewing, crocheting and macramé are going strong. The difference these days is that doing it eco-responsibly is enhancing the process.
At 6 p.m. on Wednesday, January 17, Dr. Jay Wrigley from Charlotte, North Carolina, will be hosting an informational discussion at St. John Chiropractic Center, in Traveler’s Rest. The event will explain to attendees how to take charge of their health naturally, including how to properly choose nutritional supplements for maximum effectiveness.
Librarian Shannon Morrison drives the Digibus, a new, 40-foot-long Winnebago computer classroom that hit the road in January bound for Fresno County, California, communities with the goal of bringing free computer literacy and job searching skills to the public.
Finland, internationally renowned for innovative educational practices, is poised to become the first country to eliminate school subjects.
Outdoor Learning Engages the Whole Child Meredith Montgomery Nature-based schools provide a child-centered, guided discovery approach to early learning that appeals to kids, parents and teachers and offers far-ranging benefits.
Kids That Learn to Cook Grow Up Eating Healthier Jen Haugen Envision walking the supermarket aisles and picking up a favorite pasta sauce and breakfast cereal, then adding favorite fruits and vegetables to the cart. When we think about the grocery brands we buy or our go-to recipes, they tend to begin with one common thread—the influence of our mothers—our first teachers about food and cooking.In their Project EAT study, University of Minnesota researchers found that Mom has the biggest impact on the family’s eating habits and continues to play a significant role in our food choices, brands and how we cook, even influencing our ideas about health itself by their example. Cooking Together Most of us learn about cooking from our mothers, and one way moms have a tremendous impact on their children is by collaborating on recipes and cooking meals together. The idea of an at-home “kitchen counter cooking school” doesn’t focus on a hard and fast course on cooking; instead, it’s a place where family members gather around the counter and cook together. This almost guarantees that meals will be healthier and more fun, affording a sense of ongoing adventure where kids can explore ingredients from around the U.S. and even the world. Consider creating a “United States of My Plate” project by preparing a recipe from each state during the summer, and then rating the recipes based on taste and flavor (startup tools are at ChooseMyPlate.gov).