Archive | February, 2017

NRG Stadium Big Game Sustainability

Posted on 05 February 2017 by Douglas Merrow

What a winning team … sustainability and football! NRG Stadium is home to the NFL’s Houston Texans and the host site of this year’s biggest game (Super Bowl 51), on Sunday, February 5. This beautiful, and relatively new, state-of-the-art sports and entertainment venue was constructed with sustainability and environmental impact in mind. Built by NRG, the leading integrated power company in the U.S., the stadium is one of four facilities nestled within the 350-acre NRG Park complex. The park offers numerous sustainable ecofriendly features, including nearly 600 solar panels, four solar panel canopies and an electric vehicle parking area featuring NRG EVgo charging stations. NRG Stadium also has integrated LED field and stadium lighting, making the facility more energy efficient. In fact, it is one of the first professional football venues to install LED field lighting.

The NRG company has received several awards for its industry leadership and nationwide “econrg” initiatives, which are fashioned and designed to meet the challenges of climate change, clean air and the protection of natural resources.

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The Royal Rosarians’ Milk Carton Boat Race

Posted on 05 February 2017 by Douglas Merrow

It’s never too early to begin collecting milk cartons and jugs for the classic Rose Festival Milk Carton Boat Race—a family friendly community tradition dating back to 1973. Children and adults race and show off their handmade, human powered boats that float only by means of recycled milk cartons and jugs. Creatively constructed watercraft will compete in nine categories, with one earning a place in history upon the coveted Best in Show milk can trophy.

The festivities take place this year on Sunday, June 25, beginning at 11 a.m., at the historic Westmoreland Casting Pond, in the Sellwood neighborhood of southeast Portland. Admission is free and there is no cost to enter a boat to participate in the race. Start collecting those milk cartons and jugs now.

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Reset, Rejuvenate, Revive

Posted on 05 February 2017 by Douglas Merrow

Spring is the beginning of the fiscal year for nature and for our body. If we move in concert with nature, then our body will be ready to bloom in spring and let go of the toxins that could affect our emotions, mental clarity and immune system.

The Art of Digestion will be conducting a Spring Cleanse and Rejuvenation Series in March at New Renaissance Bookshop, in northwest Portland. This 12-day cleanse is about eating, moving and adjusting one’s life to give our body the support it needs during this critical seasonal juncture. Time tested protocols and recipes from the ancient system of Ayurveda will be used to support balance and health in the body. Daily cleansing and detoxification protocols, focused breath work, yoga for detoxification, plus group and individual support are included.

Cost for all three classes plus handouts is $180, and pre-registration is required. The Spring Cleanse and Rejuvenation Series will take place March 14, 21 and 28 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Location: New Renaissance Bookshop Events Center, 1338 NW 23rd Avenue, Portland. For more information, contact or visit

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Create Plenty: Stories to Change the Future

Posted on 04 February 2017 by Douglas Merrow

The future might not be a disaster—if we start telling the right stories about it . . . right now! That’s the premise of a short-story competition sponsored by Create Plenty, a Portland-area organization that trains young people in climate literacy and leadership.

Understanding the power of the story to make sense of what’s happening around us, Create Plenty came up with a powerful proposition: “The future might not be a disaster if we have the right stories to direct us. Your short story about a household living in a positive and possible future has a chance at cash prizes, publication, and influence over what the future may bring.”

Winners in both the Youth and Adult categories will win $250, four runners up will be awarded $50 each, and 20 authors will have their stories published. Submission deadline is February 28. For more information including guidelines, suggestions and information about how to submit stories, visit

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Temple Healing Offers Heal the Healer Discounts in February

Posted on 04 February 2017 by Douglas Merrow

temple medicine imageTemple Medicine Healing is a Portland based center founded on nursing, clairvoyance, mediumship and vibrational living. During the month of February, Temple Healing is offering half price energy sessions to healers, teachers and health care practitioners. This is part of a Heal the Healer Campaign.

There is a reason that Temple Medicine Healing was voted as a favorite New Business by Natural Awakenings magazine readers in 2016. According to clinical director, Amy Kimmick, BSN, RN, “Energy Work is gaining traction as an adjunctive therapy, and is less clandestine than ever.” This work employs the mind-body connection to build a  rhythm of awareness and healing. This framework asserts that each person has an energy body which overlays the physical, and when stress, pain or trauma occurs, there is simultaneously a consolidation in the energy body.

“We all count on the body to heal itself mostly, and I use that to facilitate healing,” says Kimmick. She affirms that her work is twofold: to help people heal themselves and to support the healers and educators of our time. Kimmick adds, “The beautiful bellwether of this work is that it is guided by our soul.”

Sessions can be done in their shop at 1716 NE 42nd Ave., Portland, or over the phone 503-421-2075. Visit to book online. (If you are not a healer, teacher or health care practitioner, still mention this article for a discount.)

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