Archive | November, 2012

Portland Saturday Market Serving Up Gluten-Free and Paleo Food

Posted on 13 November 2012 by Jason

When planning on spending the day at Portland Saturday Market, it’s impossible to not think about food. With over 21 international food booths at the Market, everyone is bound to find something they like. But what if you are gluten-free or on the Paleo health regime? Well the Market has that covered. Gluten-free options are available from some of the vendors—you just have to ask.
Try Old Town Burger. Their beef has no additives and they have no problem leaving the bun off. Their menu includes a basic burger, cheese burger, bacon burger and a Swiss cheese and mushroom burger for consumption. And try their homemade sauce which is gluten free.
Dona Lola’s serves up some of the best street tacos with choices of chicken or beef, or create a plate of taco filling without the taco shells, for a Paleo friendly option. They have the option of tacos by themselves or a plate, which includes two tacos, rice and beans and a wedge of lime to squeeze on the tacos, which only improves them.
A few of the other options include: African cuisine, elephant ears, homemade hand dipped ice cream, gyros, German sausages, b-b-q, and of course, two coffee carts. Portland Saturday Market tries to have options for everyone so check them out and let them know what you think.

Portland Saturday Market is open every Saturday and Sunday through December 24.

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Heartspace Hosts Community Acupuncture Thursdays

Posted on 13 November 2012 by Jason

Beginning in November, Heartspace Center for Healing, an integrated medical clinic, will be providing Community Acupuncture on Thursdays from 5 to 8 p.m. in their Lake Oswego Clinic. Community Acupuncture is a great way to experience all the health benefits of acupuncture at an affordable price.
Call in advance to reserve a spot, or just drop by to receive treatments from their two amazing practitioners, Melea King LAc., MSOM, and Julia Park LAc. Payments will be on a sliding scale of $15-$35 per treatment.
Heartspace Center for Healing is a collaboration of holistic practioners including King, Park, Krista Anderson-Ross ND, Katrin Fink, LMT and David Whitlow, LMT.
To find out more about their practitioners and events at the clinic, located at 1637 Laurel Street, Lake Oswego, visit heartspaceforhealing.com or call 503-804-0133.

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KIVA Tea Bar & Spa Opens in Northwest Portland

Posted on 13 November 2012 by Jason

You work hard and live life to the fullest. Isn’t it time to pamper your mind, body and soul? KIVA endeavors to be your great full service neighborhood Tea Bar & Spa—a soothing environment that offers a holistic approach to beauty and wellness.
At KIVA, they use the wisdom of ancient cultures, such as traditional Chinese medicine and Ayurveda, offering a modern approach to providing balance both internally and externally.
Go in early and enjoy a delicious cup of tea or coffee. In a hurry? Grab a nutritious super food smoothie and vegan pastry to go. Or slow down, stay for some healthy food or relax and enjoy their luxurious spa featuring such indulgences as a Balinese Ceremony Body Treatment, a Foot Sanctuary with Himalayan salt immersion or a nurturing full-body massage—all provided by one of their personally trained professionals.
Thoughtfully selected gifts also await you—including natural skin care lines, infused oils and one-of-a-kind exotic treasures from KIVA’s latest journeys to the Middle East.
Monthly community programs will feature guest presenters offering workshops on healthy living alternatives. Local artists and their works will also be featured.

KIVA Tea Bar & Spa, located at 1533 NW 24th Ave., opens November 8 with a Grand Opening November 17 from 5 to 9 p.m. kivateaspa.com. 971-229-1368.

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Fall Tune-Up—Inner Sourcing Your Entire Life

Posted on 13 November 2012 by Jason

As we move into fall and begin to find this new rhythm of the season, perhaps it’s also a good time to move within.
In her practice as a Holistic Psychotherapist and Creative Consultant for individuals and couples, clients of Katje Wagner, PhD, DipIPW find that regular “inner tune-ups” can be relieving, reviving and truly restore their connection with themselves, helping them find the wisdom and momentum for whatever is next on the horizon of life.
Maybe the change in weather as the days darken is bringing on more difficult moods. Perhaps that job or relationship has finally gotten to the place where it’s apparent that something needs to change. Or maybe there’s just the sense that something is calling and it’s time to discover more about what that is.
Whether for seasonal “inner tune-ups,” regular sessions or just a steady companion when the need arises, Wagner is available and offers free phone consultations.
For more information, visit katjewagner.com, call 503-313-5733 or email katjewagner@gmail.com.

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Celestial Living Arts Monthly Forecast November 2012

Posted on 13 November 2012 by Jason

We plunge deeper into the Scorpion terrain this month intensifying the exploration on how to make necessary changes ahead.
Fortunately, our third and last Mercury Retrograde of 2012 kicks in November 6-28, backtracking from the outward-bound sign of Sagittarius into the investigative and introverted sign of Scorpio.
This prompts us to dig a little deeper and connect the dots below the surface so we can see the paper trail on any of the fabricated truths that have appeared on the big screen of our lives. With this new information, we are better positioned to again have faith in our dreams and a better map in place on how to get there.

Mantras and musings for the November shifts:
Aries (Mar 21-Apr 19): There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all of time, this expression is unique. ~ Martha Graham
Taurus (Apr 20-May 20): Seeing things through a different set of eyes changes the whole picture. ~ Cameron C Powell
Gemini (May 21-Jun 20): The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift. ~ Albert Einstein
Cancer (Jun 21-Jul 22): In the depth of winter I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer. ~ Albert Camus
Leo (Jul 23-Aug 22): Let greatness find and recruit you in your quiet moments. ~ Alan Cohen
Virgo (Aug 23-Sep 22): The great epochs in our lives are at the points when we gain the courage to rebaptize our badness as the best in us. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche
Libra (Sep 23-Oct 22): We must be willing to let go of the life we have planned, so as to accept the life that is waiting for us. ~ Joseph Campbell
Scorpio (Oct 23-Nov 21): Remember, the entrance door to the sanctuary is inside you. ~ Rumi
Sagittarius (Nov 22-Dec 21): Losing an illusion makes you wiser than finding a truth. ~ Ludwig Borne
Capricorn (Dec 22-Jan 19): We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors; we borrow it from our children. ~ Native American Proverb
Aquarius (Jan 20-Feb 18): The best political, social, and spiritual work we can do is to withdraw the projection of our shadow onto others. ~ Carl Jung
Pisces (Feb 19-Mar 20): The best way to make your dreams come true is to wake up. ~ Paul Valery

Liz Howell is available for personal astrological consultations and can be reached at Liz@CelestialLivingArts.com.
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Local Beats – PDX

Posted on 13 November 2012 by Jason

A monthly collection of musical highlights in our fair city

November’s name comes from the word “novem’ meaning nine, as November was the ninth month in the Roman calendar. November was also called ‘wind month’ by the Anglo-Saxons as it often was the time when the winds began to blow and winter began. It may be too early to talk about winter coming to Portland but this month certainly brings in a bunch of good music to our lovely town.

Sera Cahoone
From our neighbors up north comes the sweet sounds of Sera Cahoone, a songstress whose country tinged folk rock tugs at the heartstrings and makes you smile at the same time. Touring in support of her new album Deer Creek Canyon, see why critics and fans alike are calling her an artist not to miss. Portland’s own psychedelic folk band The Parson Red Heads and harmonic trio Desert Noises open.
Thurs., Nov. 1, Doug Fir Lounge, 830 E Burnside Street, Portland, 9pm

Siren Nation Festival
The mission of Siren Nation is to highlight the many achievements of women in the arts and one of the ways they do so is through a music festival November 8-11 at various venues throughout Portland. Check out their website at sirennation.org for a complete calendar of events including performances by award-winning singer-songwriter Antje Duvekot (Nov. 9), indie-country folk darling Jolie Holland (Nov. 10) and the haunting and catchy Mynabirds (Nov. 11).
Thurs., Nov. 8 through Sun., Nov. 11, various venues, times vary

Loch Lomond and Black Prairie
Portland’s own Loch Lomond blends the distinct vocals of Ritchie Young with the unique symphonic chamber pop sounds of the talented band that surrounds him. Their latest release is a five-song EP entitled White Dresses. Fans of Colin Meloy and The Decemberists will likely love this band. And speaking of The Decemberists, guitarist Chris Funk and bassist Nate Query have a side project called Black Prairie. It’s fun and it’s bluegrass and they open for Loch Lomond so you’re in for a double bill of awesome no matter what.
Fri., Nov. 30, Aladdin Theater, 3017 SE Milwaukie Ave., Portland, 9pm

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EFT – Transformational Healing by Carole Leonhardt

Posted on 13 November 2012 by Jason

Imagine finding a gentle technique to emotional freedom, literally at your fingertips, where fears, anger, guilt, grief and limiting beliefs no longer keep you imprisoned in stuck emotions and negative thinking. What if this tool could actually transform your life?
Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT), also known as meridian tapping, is a gentle stress relief technique, with roots in the principles and practice of ancient Chinese acupuncture. It is based on the fundamental belief that stuck negative emotions result from a disruption in the body’s energy system and block the body’s natural flowing energy.
Originated by Gary Craig in the 1990s, this self-applied technique involves tapping or touching with your fingertips on the meridian points of the face and body, while focusing your thoughts on an uncomfortable emotion, an unhappy memory or another problem that might be disturbing to you. It helps release excess stress by sending a message to your brain that it is safe to relax.
As members of the human race, we are naturally hardwired to react with a fight or flight response when we sense potential danger. When early man was faced with a saber tooth tiger, he basically had two choices—run for his life or bring it home for dinner. Although we now rarely find ourselves confronted with life-threatening situations, we can still perceive events as frightening through the same lens as did our ancient ancestors. When we encounter a stressful situation, cortisol, the “stress hormone,” is released into our system. We may experience cold, clammy hands, shallow breathing, an increased heart rate, an inability to think clearly or imagining the worst, even though we rationally know there is no real threat to our life. While not all stress is harmful, prolonged exposure raises cortisol levels in our bodies and can begin to take a serious toll on our physical and emotional well-being.
From early childhood, we were exposed to numerous experiences, some of which may have had a negative impact on us at the time causing a disruption in our energy system. Later on as adults, we can be triggered, consciously or unconsciously, when we perceive a similar situation, and we experience the fight or flight reaction. It might be something as simple as getting called into the boss’ office or facing a mid-term final. Our subconscious mind may connect these events to an earlier time in our childhood when we were called into the principal’s office, or if we failed a test in school. We may not be aware of exactly how this reaction was triggered; we just know how uncomfortable it feels. Tapping helps us by releasing stuck emotions about a particular problem so that we can let go of it and provide relief and relaxation to our body enabling it to self-heal. Some people even consider it as a form of “rewiring” the brain because we no longer have an adverse reaction to a memory of a past event that upset us and caused us discomfort.
Although EFT is a relatively new technique, it has yielded remarkable results for relieving emotional and physical distress, and often works when nothing else will. Since it does not involve drugs or other medical interventions, it is different from conventional medical approaches, but it is beginning to gain wider and wider recognition within the mainstream medical community.
In as little as 10-15 minutes, tapping can have a relaxing effect on our bodies and completely change our outlook on life. The basics are easy to learn and use. It’s completely portable so we can take it with us wherever we go and it’s available any time we begin to experience stress in our lives. This simple and effective tool provides us with an avenue for clearing emotional blocks resulting from pain, giving up smoking, weight loss issues, food cravings, insomnia and even the fear of public speaking. It is a gift we can give ourselves on the road to self-discovery where transformational healing is possible, allowing us to become more whole and healthier human beings.

Carole Leonhardt is an EFT practitioner and coach in Beaverton. To learn more, contact her at carole.r.leonhardt@gmail.com or 503-704-3511.

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