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Animal Chiropractic The Benefits of a Well-Adjusted Pet by Linda Sechrist

Posted on 01 October 2015 by Jason

Although pet owners may consider animal chiropractic services as a modern-day phenomenon, it’s been around since the early 1920s. Proof resides at the Palmer College of Chiropractic library in a report describing an equine chiropractic adjustment course created by B. J. Palmer, who expanded on the work of his father, D.D. Palmer, the founder of chiropractic. It also houses the doctor of chiropractic veterinary diploma issued to graduates. Today, the American Veterinary Chiropractic Association (AVCA) is the primary national source of credentials in a field of medicine that treats horses, dogs, cats, cattle, pigs, sheep, goats, elephants, birds and reptiles.

Human and animal chiropractic medicine deals with describing the relationship between the spinal column and nervous system, as well as its crucial role in maintaining overall health. This methodology for animals is especially helpful in enhancing performance—in breeding, training and grooming dogs to conform to the specifications of American Kennel Club dog shows and/or agility competitions—and for horses that compete as jumpers, distance race horses or barrel racers.

Exacting Practicum

Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Bob Willard, in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, is certified to perform spinal adjustments and acupuncture on animals. Having practiced equine sports medicine since 1982, Willard elected in 2005 to extend his education with 200 hours of classroom and laboratory training according to the standard of the International Veterinary Chiropractic Association.

Willard had been a skeptic prior to his personal experience. “To help me deal with a compound fracture, my wife dragged me, against my better judgment, to see a chiropractor. After reaping the physical benefits, I was naturally curious to learn more. Today, I treat the majority of my patients with chiropractic and acupuncture before using conventional treatments,” advises Willard, who emphasizes that he finds these complementary therapies useful in preventing injuries. In one of the barns Willard works with, nearly every performance horse gets an adjustment every 30 days, because the owners can spot subtle differences long before a potential injury occurs.

In North America, laws and regulations governing animal chiropractic differ by state. American Veterinary Medicine Association guidelines recommend that a veterinarian should examine an animal and establish a preliminary diagnosis before initiating any alternative treatment. In some locations, a veterinarian must supervise treatments by an animal chiropractor who’s not also a vet.

Doctor of Chiropractic Donna Gigliotti, who practices at Macungie Animal Hospital, in Macungie, Pennsylvania, has been treating animals in collaboration with local veterinarians since 1997. She regularly lectures on the benefits and combines techniques such as neurofascial release, which affects the joints, muscles, ligaments and brain. This type of therapy is highly effective in treating genetic predispositions such as canine intervertebral disc disease, which can occur in any dog, but most particularly the dachshund, Lhasa apso and Shih Tzu. Selected for a genetic form of dwarfism, these breeds have discs prone to this age-related form of degeneration.

To help delay such related impacts, Gigliotti teaches owners to work with their pet to train them to perform balance exercises that develop the core muscles which hold the spine firmly in place. “I don’t want to repeatedly see a dog for the same issues when it’s possible for the animal to maintain the adjustment with the owner’s help,” notes Gigliotti, who is among a few doctors that have completed advanced neurology training for animals at The Healing Oasis Wellness Center, in Sturtevant, Wisconsin.

“Animal chiropractic techniques can also help with symptoms such as lameness, skin problems, bladder and bowel irregularities, sight and hearing loss, breathing difficulties, food and environmental allergies and gait abnormalities,” advises Doctor of Chiropractic Sherry Bresnahan. Licensed in the care of humans and animals, she holds AVCA certification and applies her extensive postgraduate training at Crystal Lake Veterinary Hospital, in Crystal Lake, Illinois.

Owner Alert

“A pet’s biggest asset is an observant owner. No one knows their constant companion better,” says Bresnahan. “It’s why vets hear statements such as, ‘My cat’s meow is off,’ or, ‘My dog is acting lethargic,’ or, ‘My pet’s eyes seem dull.’ In performance animals like horses, it’s generally the rider that spots something that’s off.”

She explains that although she doesn’t need to apply any more chiropractic pressure on animals than she uses on people, she notes that it is necessary to stand on bales of hay to place the upper body and hands at the correct angle when making an adjustment on a horse or rodeo bull.

Chiropractors that specialize in treating animals are adept at reading the body language of nearly any creature, which can speak volumes about their health challenges.

Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings. Connect at ItsAllAboutWe.com.

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Greenhouse Magic Eat Homegrown Organic Veggies Year-Round by Avery Mack

Posted on 01 October 2015 by Jason

Much of America’s supermarket produce is expected to ripen in trucks, stores or at home after traveling many hundreds of miles from field to table. During the past six years, as Americans’ hunger for fresher, better-tasting food has deepened, the number of home gardens has risen by 8 percent, to 113 million. That’s more than one for every three people.

Organic gardeners and others find that adding a greenhouse provides just-picked fruit and vegetables at their natural peak of ripeness and significantly extends the growing season. Pre-planted seeds and seedlings flourish in the protected environment and provide robust plants for an outdoor garden. Many vegetables, especially greens, can provide multiple harvests in the greenhouse well into the colder months.

Explore Fresh Horizons

“Greenhouse gardens are a constant experiment,” says Roger Marshall, author of The Greenhouse Gardener’s Manual, in Jamestown, Rhode Island. “I grew olive trees from seed, but they were sterile, so I had to buy propagated trees. Like my fig tree, everything will eventually outgrow the space allotted for it.”

“The plants get nothing unless you provide it,” adds Marshall. His two, 300-square-foot greenhouses use 100 gallons of water every three days, some collected in 55-gallon rain barrels. During winters, the unheated greenhouse protects leafy greens and root crops. Hydroponic lettuce and herbs share the propane-heated greenhouse with figs, lemon grass, ginger, galangal and nine citrus trees. Marshall opines there’s nothing like fresh key lime pie in January.

In Alstead, New Hampshire, Celeste Longacre, author of Celeste’s Garden Delights, uses her home greenhouse to give seedlings a head start on spring. She and her husband, Bob, grow nearly all the vegetables they’ll use for the year in the resulting backyard garden, noting that New Hampshire ranks number three for locavore support according to the national StrollingOfTheHeifers.com/locavoreindex. She recommends, “Start small, with a plant or two, and then make one change a week toward greater self-sustainable living.”

Success Tips

A greenhouse that creates a warm environment for plants during cold weather may also overheat. “Air circulation is vital; vents and fans are necessary to maintain the right temperature,” advises Longacre, explaining that plants can’t breathe in a damp house. She suggests, “Water only when absolutely necessary and at the soil line, not on the leaves. In hot climates, use shade cloth on the top and sides of the greenhouse.”

“There are destructive insects and beneficial insects,” Longacre says. “Aphids will kill a crop. Ladybugs can eat 50 aphids a day, plus mites and larva. After the aphids are gone, ladybugs like parsley, dill and geraniums for lunch. That will keep them around in case aphids return.” Ladybugs can be ordered online.

Some plants, like tomatoes, eggplant or winter fruits, need pollination that can be applied by hand, but it’s time-consuming. An easier solution is to use vibrating trays to shake pollen loose and fans that distribute it from plant-to-plant.

Southern Climes, Too

Even in warmer climates, a greenhouse has benefits. In Orlando, Florida, sisters Katherine and Jessica Grandey make good use of a 200-square-foot greenhouse of vertical aeroponic towers. No soil or additional watering is used because plant roots receive a nutrient solution. The small space provides the same amount of greens as a one-acre plot of land while using a tenth of the water, maturing from seed to table-ready produce in five to seven weeks.

The siblings donate a portion of their chemical-free crop to GrowGreen4Women, a nonprofit group that supports cancer patients.

Benefits Beyond Veggies

In Norwalk, Iowa, Master Gardener Richard Schreiber, membership director for the Hobby Greenhouse Association, collects succulents and cacti. His 500-square-foot greenhouse keeps temperatures at 50 degrees during chilly months.

“After experiments and mistakes, hobbyists find what works best for them. The resultant mix often includes both flowering and fruiting plants,” says Master Gardener Tom Karasek, the association’s president, in Longview, Washington. “All greenhouses have microclimates for more or less light or humidity and cooler or warmer temperatures.”

For added value, greenhouse gardens act as insulation when situated on a rooftop to reduce heating and cooling costs, plus divert rainwater from drainage systems; the latter being especially valuable in urban zones.

Whatever its size or scope, greenhouse gardening also shelters a sense of community. As they trade vegetables for a fisherman’s excess catch or as a thank-you for the loan of tools, gardeners share both lively fare and their love of discovery.

Connect with freelance writer via AveryMack@mindspring.com

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Awakening the Global Heart Compassionate Activists Unite to Write Earth’s New Story by Linda Sechrist

Posted on 01 October 2015 by Jason

As individuals and in groups, more people today are expressing deep inner caring and compassion for fellow humans and all life on this planet by hitching their heartfelt energies to powerful actions that hold the promise of a sustainable future.

In This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate, author Naomi Klein attests that the power of ferocious love is underestimated by companies and their government advocates. Suggesting that climate change be considered a framework for broader social improvements instead of a single issue, she invites “seizing the moment of discontent” to advance healing the planet and its broken economies and communities.

Stories about how ordinary people are energizing local and online communities of practice to improve intergenerational communication, eliminate monetary influence in politics and restore democracy, social justice, community wealth building, independent media, sound health care and clean food and water are frequently missing from mainstream media. Pioneering efforts by activists such as Mario Tigueros, Pachamama Alliance program manager for the Game Changer Intensive; Joshua Gorman, founder of Generation Waking Up; and Cole Kleitsch, founder and director of Walking Civics, warrant widespread attention and support.

Hearts Afire

When hundreds of participants in Pachamama’s Awakening the Dreamer symposium, held in cities throughout the U.S., kept asking “What’s next?” Tigueros facilitated the creation of Game Changers, which explores present challenges and possibilities and ways to create a new future. He says, “We wanted to help them in awakening to their personal qualities and strengths before setting out to change the world. While engaging with others and creating a global society for all beings to flourish is a goal to strive for, we came to recognize that it takes a collective and collaborative approach within a community of practice to keep the message alive and implement what’s learned in the 12-week training.”

A love for social justice prompted Tiguerous to recognize the corporate capture of America’s democracy. “Suggesting that symposium participants work with Move to Amend and Citizens’ Climate Lobby made sense,” he explains. One is a nonpartisan coalition of organizations and individuals seeking to end corporate personhood and demand true democracy; the other empowers individuals to exercise their political power.

It takes love to inspire the youth of GenY, Generation We and the Digital Generation, all names for the Millenials, to create a new story and transform their lives and communities. Gorman is counting on his peers to help make it happen.

“We’re writing a different story than the worn-out one we’ve been led to believe is inevitable,” he says. Some of Generation Waking Up’s young leaders have formed local communities of practice that campaign to get big money out of politics, pressure universities to divest fossil fuel investments, build local and just food systems, end mass incarceration, enroll residents to go solar and inspire everyday citizens to live in more just, sustainable ways.

“Young people have a leadership role in spearheading the change our world is calling for. Ultimately, it will only come about with every generation working together,” observes Gorman, who operates from Oakland, California. He’s encouraged when Generation Waking Up members say they want to learn from older adults that spent decades struggling for positive social change.

A deep love for the potential of civic engagement prompted Gladstone, New Jersey, resident Kleitsch’s Walking Civics initiative. The intergenerational nonprofit, endorsed by the Campaign for the Civic Mission of Schools, trains military veterans and students as young as 16 as poll workers.

“I want to inspire future voters by letting them learn how to do the job competently and with integrity, and lead them to participate in democracy’s most cherished act of voting,” advises Kleitsch. It’s currently active in several jurisdictions across the country and will scale up for 2016 and beyond.

Hearts Joining Hearts

At 15, Kelsey Juliana’s love of family, friends and future generations far outweighed any trepidation she felt in acting as one of two plaintiffs in a legal strategy to protect the atmosphere, guided by Mary Christina Wood, a law professor and author of Nature’s Trust.

Wood created the Oregon nonprofit Our Children’s Trust, now operating in all 50 states and internationally, to enforce the duty of government to protect natural resources for present and future generations. It supports youth in bringing legal action in courts, administrative agencies and local legislative bodies. In local Sierra Club chapters, organizers work with facilitators to educate and empower youth to lead campaigns with town councils, legislative chambers and the courts.

Mounting research is confirming what many have long suspected—extensive media coverage of negative news can trigger stress, fear and trauma. Images & Voices of Hope (ivoh) Executive Director Mallary Tenore cares deeply about how the media can benefit the world by catalyzing change and meaningful awareness of issues such as those raised by Our Children’s Trust.

“At ivoh, we believe in focusing on the world we want to live in—not only problem-solving the world we have. We are currently helping our global community of media practitioners tell ‘restorative narratives’, stories that show how people and communities are making a meaningful progression from despair to resilience. Instead of focusing solely on tragedy and trauma, these narratives extend the storyline by showing signs of renewal, recovery and restoration,” explains Tenore.

On-Task Learning Curve

James Maskell wishes every media outlet would cover the doctors and health professionals that are applying the “functional/integrative/root cause” approaches to health care. Formerly a vendor of supplements to health professionals, Maskell has morphed his focus to found the Evolution of Medicine Functional Forum, a monthly educational Web show for health professionals and industry insiders.

After becoming captivated by functional medicine at a trade show, he developed this fresh, high-tech concept that combines the latest health news, functional medicine research, practice developments and health technologies in a mixed-media format. Offered free on YouTube, it combines interviews, TED-style talks, videos and audience interaction.

“With health politics raising more questions than answers and with technology changing the healthcare landscape, there’s never been a more ripe time for health innovation and accelerating a shift toward what works for most doctors,” remarks Maskell, who also recently collaborated with the Institute for Functional Medicine to live-stream Genomics and Functional Medicine, the most cutting-edge clinical Functional Forum to date.

Andrew Brandeis, a licensed naturopathic doctor in San Francisco, developed a challenging new skill set in creating the easy-to-use, mobile Share Practice app, launched 18 months ago and now also available on the Internet. It’s already used by 15,000 doctors nationwide to rate and review the effectiveness of drugs, herbs and supplements. They also ask questions and receive quick feedback about patient treatments.

Brandeis sees an even bigger future opportunity. “As we spot trends and see what is working where and why, we can direct research dollars. There are all kinds of off-label uses for drugs, herbs and supplements that we’ll support when we see that 10,000 doctors are using them in the same way for the same thing,” says Brandeis, who enjoys the meaningfulness of this collective contribution.

Gery Juleff, of Hopewell, New Jersey, reinvented himself and his career to serve a greater good. Seeking to inspire change through intelligent discussion on environmental issues he founded and hosts the Green Radio Hour broadcast on GreenHourRadio.com. He was formerly a member of the British Foreign Service, serving for 25 years as a diplomat, mostly in Africa and Brazil.

In Juleff’s last London foreign office assignment, he dealt with policies on climate change, renewable energy technology and energy security. “My love of Africa, the continent most likely to be affected by climate change, quickened my sense of needing to do whatever I could to limit any negative effects,” he says. Even though he was innocent about the scope of such an undertaking, “When the station owner suggested I use my knowledge to host a radio show, I said yes.”

In What Then Must We Do? Straight Talk About the Next American Revolution, economist and co-founder of the Democracy Collaborative Gar Alperovitz provides many examples of successful community wealth building. He’s been part of a team partnering with others in cities that include Cleveland, Ohio; Rochester, New York; Jackson, Mississippi; and Washington, D.C. As co-chair of The Next System Project, he’s dealing with the bigger picture of long-term systemic change.

“The economics of sustainability focus on partnerships with local assets like universities, hospitals and cultural institutions to facilitate broad-based economic security for the entire community,” says Alperovitz. He’s deeply committed to the concept of an ecologically sustainable society, where problem-solving activities nurture democracy.

Waking Up

This small sampling of individuals whose actions are affirming their heart’s directives is not random and signals a larger movement. It represents author Anodea Judith’s explanation for the evolution of our human journey, captured in the title and essence of her book Waking the Global Heart: Humanity’s Rite of Passage from the Love of Power to the Power of Love.

James O’Dea, author of The Conscious Activist, says, “As we evolve, we recognize that it’s the heart which holds the great key to our collective healing, to real civility, the courage to face our own shadow and true progress.”

Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings. Visit ItsAllAboutWe.com for the recorded interviews.

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Ground Rules for Runners A Guide for Running on All Terrains by April Thompson

Posted on 01 October 2015 by Jason

Many fitness-seekers run because it’s so simple and adaptable. Running can be done in groups, pairs or alone, with little equipment, skill or planning needed. Anyone can run virtually anytime, anywhere—an indoor treadmill, scenic trail, beach or sidewalk. But all surfaces are not created equal. Recently, opponents of running on hard surfaces such as concrete or asphalt claim they are more apt to cause injuries or pain than softer dirt or grass.

According to body-movement researcher Daniel Ferris, Ph.D., director of the human neuromechanics laboratory at the University of Michigan’s School of Kinesiology, no evidence currently supports the theory that running on harder surfaces leads to more injuries. “However, we see a difference in the injury types,” he reports, noting that it’s likely related to differences in how people strike their feet on different surfaces, thus delivering a different stress load to the rest of the body. Running on hard surfaces is more often correlated with issues like plantar fascia and Achilles heel injuries; softer surfaces are more often linked with soft-tissue injuries such as knee problems.

According to Michael Sandler, a running coach and author who has developed a variety of helpful resources on mindful running (MindfulRunning.org), being present is paramount to safer running on varied surfaces. “Enjoy music while running, but you have to be tuned into your surroundings, too,” says Sandler, currently based near New York City. “Sometimes runners get injured when changing footwear or surfaces without being aware of how that affects their running. You’re going to run faster on cement than on grass; each surface dictates a different stride.”

Some softer surfaces such as grass, trails and sand tend to be more uneven, which can lead to trips, falls and related injuries and require more exertion. In a recent University of Michigan study, walkers expended up to 25 percent more energy on an uneven surface than on a smooth one, while runners experienced no difference in exertion levels. This benefits those that may be walking for weight loss, accelerating calorie burn.

Helpful Change-Ups

Ferris recommends that runners and walkers mix up terrains to recruit different muscle groups and make them work in new ways. As a result, a strong inland runner may struggle to complete a run on a beach, which draws more upon the calf muscles. Whether it’s a change of surface or training shoe, Ferris cautions to ease into it, rather than making an abrupt shift.

Gail Fuller, a 10-time marathoner and certified running coach in Silver Spring, Maryland, believes that variety is the spice of running. “I love to switch it up; I get bored easily. I’ll run on trails one day, tracks the next,” says Fuller, an asthmatic who took up running 13 years ago to mitigate its effects.

Fuller encourages new runners, even those with pre-existing conditions, to consider different types of runs. “I recently coached a woman working toward her first 5K in Baltimore. She said she had bad knees and only felt comfortable running on a treadmill,” relates Fuller. “We’ve slowly worked in trail runs and hill work to the point where she now enjoys training on hills to get strong for a race.”

However, Coach Fuller ultimately tells runners to follow their body’s intuition regarding training. “I dislike treadmills, so I don’t use them. If you don’t like something, even if another seasoned runner recommends it, don’t do it,” she counsels, recalling her own unhappy event runs on Venice Beach sand and a New Jersey boardwalk. “Your body will tell you what it needs.”

Being conscious of the mind-body connection can deepen the benefits of running and other workouts, mentally, physically and spiritually, according to Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, worldwide leader of the Shambhala Buddhist tradition, nine-time marathoner and author of Running with the Mind of Meditation. “Instead of spacing out [during] exercise, say, ‘I’m going to be present and relate to my breathing and movement’,” he counsels. “That’s healthy for the mind and the body.”

Whatever’s beneath their feet, mindful runners can discover the joys of physical and mental synchronization.

Connect with freelance writer April Thompson, of Washington, D.C., at AprilWrites.com.

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Discover the 2015 Body Mind Spirit Expo

Posted on 01 October 2015 by Jason

The Body Mind Spirit Expo returns to the Oregon Convention Center (Hall E) November 7 and 8 with a weekend filled with the finest presentations, exhibitors and entertainment.
Discover an outstanding collection of 90 of the nation’s most intriguing exhibitors, offering the latest findings in natural health, personal growth and metaphysics. Then head to the lecture rooms for this season’s phenomenal schedule and discuss the latest discoveries with more than 70 incredible presenters and authors.
Weekend admission of $12 is good for both days, so come back for more fun on Sunday. Only the Body Mind Spirit Expo offers the tools and techniques to uncover your own glorious inner being while meeting up with future like-minded friends. Save $1 off the already low admission price by downloading a coupon from bmse.net. Mark your calendar now!
The Expo is Nov. 7-8: Saturday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to -6 p.m. For information and to purchase tickets, phone 541-482-3722 or visit bmse.net.

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I’m Possible Writing Workshops for Mothers and Families in Transition

Posted on 01 October 2015 by Jason

Sometimes the best way for people to work through and overcome major life transitions is to workshop their experiences and feelings about them on paper.
Melissa Gorgon Clark, a longtime Portland based writer and family advocate, is offering private, semi-private and group workshops to women and children in the throes of major life transitions including separation, divorce, the loss of a loved one, family pet or other traumatic or paradigm shifting life event.
“Life can be tough, especially if you’re sensitive. I’ve been there. We’ve all been there. And when you’re emotionally attached to something, it can make it difficult to see the event for what it is clearly. These workshops are designed to help families exorcise negative emotions attached to major life events and create more positive memory relationships with those events,” says Clark.
Groups and workshops were created with families and the challenges they face in mind. Clark draws from her own personal experiences with parenting and life transitions, in addition to drawing on a substantial educational and professional career.
“My intention with these workshops,” states Clark, “is to leave each participant feeling empowered to express themselves openly and overcome the emotional difficulties that often come with situational adversities that are simply a part of life.”
For more information on how to hire Melissa Gorgon Clark to teach an I’m Possible group at your school, learning space or within your community or family, call 503-539-1008.

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Henna Hair Color House Calls: Newest Twist in All Natural Hair Care

Posted on 01 October 2015 by Jason

When it comes to all natural hair color, no matter how eco-savvy the stylist or the salon, there are few choices as organic and naturally beautiful as henna. There are also very few salons and stylists who offer henna hair color services to clients as the all-natural hair color can be a bit of a messy, time consuming process.
In response to high demand for henna services and personalized care, longtime Portland stylist Stephanya Portukalian is now offering henna hair color services on a house-call basis to help mitigate the time, expense and confusion for clients who would otherwise attempt to fumble through the henna application process, often leaving the dye job looking less than professional.
“Henna has very simple but specific application and aftercare considerations, and I have found that henna on a house-call basis is much more client-friendly than running around town with a plastic bag on your head wrapped in a scarf for several hours after dashing out of the salon,” explains Portukalian.
Services include henna consultation and application, cutting and styling. Clients simply prepare for a henna house call visit from Portukalian by answering the door with clean, damp hair ready for application in a designated chair or area of the home. The henna sets in the hair for several hours; then the client can easily rinse away any residual plant residue for a professional shine.
To inquire about house-call henna for the hair, contact Stephanya Portukalian at 503-943-9409.

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Eco-conscious Green Drop Garage Opens Second Location

Posted on 01 October 2015 by Jason

In an effort to mitigate the environmental impact of car ownership and care, Green Drop Garage has opened a second location in southeast Portland, servicing most makes and models, including vegetable oil-fueled, hybrid and utility vehicles. Many of their cleaners, lubricants and washers are also low-VOC and as environmentally friendly as possible without compromising quality.
In addition to offering eco-conscious vehicle maintenance, online appointment setting and loaner bicycles—complete with locks, helmets and safety lights—for customer use while vehicles are being serviced, Green Drop Garage also offers Women-Only Basic Car Care classes to those who feel less than confident talking to a mechanic, or if female customers just want to learn car-care basics in a non-intimidating atmosphere.
For those planning cold-weather holiday getaways, Green Drop doesn’t want to see anyone set out on the open road unprepared. Learn how to inspect your vehicle to prevent common breakdowns. Build the ultimate prep kit to help handle those times when the compost hits the fan or to assist a fellow motorist in need. This is a hands-on experience, with the opportunity to crawl under cars and get dirty. Participants will leave with the pseudo-official pre-trip checklist and a new appreciation for duct tape.

Locations: 1417 SE 9th Ave., Portland; phone 503-236-7767 and 5321 SE 28th Ave., Portland; phone 503-567-8344. Visit GreenDropGarage.com to schedule a service or maintenance drop-off online.

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Time Lapse and Astrophotography Courses with Clark James

Posted on 01 October 2015 by Jason

Clark James is best known in local creative circles as the co-owner/creative director of visual FX/animation house HIVE, in Portland, overseeing the work of over 35 artists for the NBC series Grimm, multiple National Geographic series and ongoing Nike projects, among others.
“Photography is an art form I discovered a few years ago, out of pure curiosity and a desire to travel the world to capture the wide range of emotions I experience in nature,” explains James.
In response to increasing requests to learn about how to replicate the breath-stealing images posted on his photography website, ClarkJames.Photography (sic), and social media (#ClarkJamesDirect or @ClarkJamesDirect), James is now offering destination photography workshops. Private, semi-private and group workshops commence in Eastern Oregon—ranging from one day to one week in the Steens and Wallowa ranges, or anywhere else the client desires—where James will offer his unique brand of mindful and uplifting teaching.
Fee per person per day is $75. On location(s), participants will shoot five to six hours and leave with all the knowledge required to shoot one’s own masterpiece. On the following weekend, James will host another two-hour workshop to teach the art of post processing the footage and hosting it for free on Vimeo or YouTube, plus building a simple website to share the work with friends and family. The Post class is $25 and is held at James’ visual effects facility in Portland.

For more information, visit ClarkJames.Photography.

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Time Lapse and Astrophotography Courses with Clark James

Posted on 01 October 2015 by Jason

Clark James is best known in local creative circles as the co-owner/creative director of visual FX/animation house HIVE, in Portland, overseeing the work of over 35 artists for the NBC series Grimm, multiple National Geographic series and ongoing Nike projects, among others.
“Photography is an art form I discovered a few years ago, out of pure curiosity and a desire to travel the world to capture the wide range of emotions I experience in nature,” explains James.
In response to increasing requests to learn about how to replicate the breath-stealing images posted on his photography website, ClarkJames.Photography (sic), and social media (#ClarkJamesDirect or @ClarkJamesDirect), James is now offering destination photography workshops. Private, semi-private and group workshops commence in Eastern Oregon—ranging from one day to one week in the Steens and Wallowa ranges, or anywhere else the client desires—where James will offer his unique brand of mindful and uplifting teaching.
Fee per person per day is $75. On location(s), participants will shoot five to six hours and leave with all the knowledge required to shoot one’s own masterpiece. On the following weekend, James will host another two-hour workshop to teach the art of post processing the footage and hosting it for free on Vimeo or YouTube, plus building a simple website to share the work with friends and family. The Post class is $25 and is held at James’ visual effects facility in Portland.
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For more information, visit ClarkJames.Photography.

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