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The Texas Veggie Fair (TVF), which attracted 10,000 attendees last year, will be held from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., October 21, at Reverchon Park to disseminate information which promotes healthier, kinder, more sustainable choices that lessen pain and destruction to people, animals and planet.

Speakers include Kristie Middleton, author of Meatless: Transform the Way You Eat and Live – One meal at a Time, vegan chef and author, Grey, the Vegan Rapper, and Kneel Cohn host of CFEI’s Home on the Range. With more than 175 vendors, this dog-friendly event features food, live music, clothing, housewares, veggies, a beer garden, chef demonstrations, games, yoga, kids activities, giveaways an a food contest.

Admission is free. Location: 3505 Maple Ave., Dallas. For more information, visit



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Lakewood/Lower Greenville

A pastoral, urban enclave of green elegance, Lakewood boasts genteel homes and sizeable trees on rolling slopes down to White Rock Lake. To its south is Junius Heights, a region of early 1900s homes enjoying a resurgence of urban hipness, and to the west is the almost as historical Lower Greenville, now an entertainment district of boutiques, bars and restaurants. At its heart is the Lakewood Shopping Center, identified by the signature neon tower of the former Lakewood Theater, an art deco delight. 

Bountiful Green Nature

Lakewood fronts the quieter west side of White Rock Lake ( Long scenic West Lawther Drive and adjacent paved path trace the shoreline with excellent vistas and occasional benches. The trail connects on the northwest tip to the White Rock Creek Trail that leads to Richardson and beyond, and on the southern spillway end to the Sante Fe Trail that extends to Deep Ellum.

With its immensely tall trees, White Rock Lake’s shallow north end is a mecca for waterfowl such as migrating pelicans, cormorants, scaups and the resident geese and ducks. T&P Hill boasts a unique playground and a picnic shelter with a fantastic lake view. The 1930s Boomerang Boathouse, restored by White Rock Rowing (, is home to their scull storage and launching.

Off of White Rock Road, the wide watery arms of White Rock Rowing extend to the 1920s Filter Building, which they restored for rentals, and the new Sam S. Leake Boathouse that is home to several boating clubs. The nearby Plaza Soluna off the rock parking lot is a lovely place for quiet contemplation—unless the colony of bright green monk parakeets that nest in the nearby electrical tower gets raucous.

Accessible from the spillway parking lot off Winstead are trails the local Audubon chapter extols as the best birdwatching in Dallas. Wedged in a quiet area between the dam and a railroad trestle, wetlands attract waterfowl year round, as do the turbulent descending waters of the spillway itself.

Just as loved by many is the ultra-popular Tietze Park ( in the center of Lakewood/Lower Greenville. Home to a rather rockin’ climbing wall, creative toddler playground, and low and horizontal bois d’arc tree, sometimes referred to (incorrectly) as an Indian marker tree. The park hosted one of the first neighborhood recycling centers in the 1980s.

Green and Growing Gardens

Lakewood loves its lawns and gardens. Redenta's Garden Shop ( has been keeping them green for decades with plants (especially for shade), organic gardening products and landscape advice. It hosts great classes and special events, plus a creative Potting Bar for container gardens. Ruibal’s Plants ( offers annual and perennials with larger plants by order.

Located south of Junius Heights, East Dallas Community and Market Garden ( was a pioneer in the community garden movement. First started to help Southeast Asian immigrants grow the food of their homelands, the enterprise has expanded to several locations around Dallas and offers spring plant sales. Some gardeners now sell to restaurants and make food products.     

Holistic Health Hotbed

The gentleness of Lakewood and its surroundings attracts many holistic practitioners. While chiropractors are plentiful, Cafe of Life Chiropractic Care (, tucked away off Lower Greenville, stands out with its robust approach to holistic health care, encompassing the patient’s mental, emotional and spiritual life, plus great community events. The Dallas location of 100% Chiropractic ( features the Webster Technique to minimize late-stage pregnancy discomfort and prepare the pelvis for a smooth birthing experience. Lakewood Chiropractic Clinic ( also offers acupuncture.

Coleman McMurphy, of the Morningside Clinic (, is considered a master of traditional Japanese acupuncture, as well as a modern style called Master Tung’s Acupuncture. He also practices high-level Chinese herbology. Just north of Lakewood is Acupuncture Juncture, a serene office space hosting the marvelous Jennifer Walz (, who blends reiki and aromatherapy with her sessions, and the esteemed Acupuncture by Emily (

Lakewood and yoga have long been simpatico, and many studios grace the area, but Lotus Yoga Dallas in the Lakewood Shopping Center ( deeply grasps the neighborhood vibe, even offering moon flow yoga at White Rock Lake and yoga retreats in nature. Keeping urban yogis in embodied gear and classes is Yoga Mart (, now at the 3-G intersection by the spillway where Eastlake and Lakewood meet.

Marking the area’s northern border, the well-traveled Mockingbird Lane hosts many yoga and massage enterprises. A popular eclectic Lakewood building, 6162 East Mockingbird, boasts at least a dozen masseuses. Although named Thai Sports Massage of Dallas (, Kelly Galey runs a diversified practice with powerful intellectual and spiritual grounding.  

The community-focused nonprofit White Rock YMCA ( has been encouraging a healthy, engaged lifestyle, including yoga and Pilates, since Lakewood began. On the edge of Junius Heights, the Samuell Grand Recreation Center ( offers yoga, among other fitness classes, and Fitnz360 ( presents yoga, Pilates, and more with a compassionate community focus.

Farm-Fresh Food and Dining

Holistic eating is easy in the Lakewood area. Whole Foods Market ( is the natural health engine of the area, with a juice/smoothie bar and deli, markets for meat, seafood, and cheese and an extensive organic produce and bulk selection.

Roots Juices ( has a stunning array of concentrated fruit and vegetable juices, fortified waters, smoothies, energy shots and superfoods. A similar, less-extensive spread is found near the spillway at I Love Juice Bar (, plus noodle bowls, soups and sandwiches. 

For great people-watching, visit the patio at Unleavened Fresh Kitchen ( with creative wraps, soups, salads and beverages that keep people coming back. Same applies to the scene at Dream Café (, plus a bit deeper menu that includes sandwiches and entrees. Snap Kitchen's ( healthy to-go offerings have been a welcome addition for busy professionals.

The Grape ( pioneered the Lower Greenville dining scene by offering continental fare with a fresh ingredient emphasis. Now the area is a locavore hotbed. None embrace it more than Company Cafe ( whose eclectic comfort fare is made with local and organic ingredients, plus they bake deluxe gluten-free cakes. Sundown At Granada ( offers farm to table fare, artisan beer and oodles of hipness. The somewhat similar HG Sply Co. ( has a rooftop patio and rustic vibe.

Unrefined Bakery ( started its empire on Upper Greenville with gluten-free and vegan breads, muffins, and cakes. Try Top Pot Doughnuts (, because there is such a thing as artisan donuts; from Seattle, of course.

The jewel of Junius Heights is the Garden Café (, offering literally garden-fresh organic food, with humanely produced eggs and local grass-fed meats. Fabulous dog-friendly patio and fun special events. The heart of the Lakewood vegetarian scene is the legendary Kalachandji's Restaurant & Palace, ( and its popular Indian buffet, salad bar and ultra-relaxing garden patio.

Lakewood is where jazz lives in Dallas. Balcony Club (, tucked away above the Lakewood Theater since 1988, presents live jazz and blues in a lively deco setting. For a bit more relaxed scene, try Stoney's Wine Lounge (, with a wide variety of wines, plus cheese, charcuterie, and chocolate. Times Ten Cellars ( features wine from its vineyard and others, plus global finger foods, salads and sweets. Their late-afternoon jazz on Sundays is superb.


Spiritual and High Vibe

The building for Unity on Greenville ( may be small, but since 1942 it has sheltered a vibrant congregation of spiritual seekers that foster purpose and potential in their lives. Services, classes, and many special events such as regular holistic fairs, drum circles, shamanic work, Sufi poetry and dances for universal peace.

HeartSpace Spiritual Center (, on the edge of Junius Heights, provides emotional sanctuary and promotes oneness community. Their Sunday services shake the rafters with soulful music. The vegetarian Hinduism of the nearby Radha Kalachandji Temple ( has been a part of the neighborhood since 1971. 

Monica Blossom guides the high-vibe community of Ecstatic Dance Dallas ( in embodied consciousness every Sunday afternoon in Lakewood. The Labyrinth ( off Lower Greenville has been a leader in the metaphysical movement for 20 years. 

On the northern end of Lower Greenville is Greenland Hills Methodist Church ( and holding down the south end is Munger Place Church ( Both are creative, open and affirming, embodying Jesus’s words in their social justice activities and deeply compassionate outreach.



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October, Breast Health Month, in is a reminder of a crucially important issue, but we must have some way to know if our breasts are truly healthy. Breast tissue can be influenced by a number of different factors, and symptoms often reflect imbalances in other organs and systems of the body.  For example, breast tissue is primarily lymphatic tissue, which is part of our immune system, as well as a contributor to our hormonal health.  Knowing how the lymphatic system is functioning is important because the health of the lymphatic system is a major contributors to breast health. Thermography is one of the very few ways to evaluate lymphatic functioning.

Another contributing factor is dental health. Each of our teeth sits on one of our acupuncture meridians, and issues with teeth or the surrounding gum tissue connected to meridians affecting the breasts are a very common underlying cause of a change in health.  Thermography is also one of the few ways we can evaluate the health of the gums and their related effect on breasts and other organs. All of our organs affect breast health. If the liver is overburdened or the digestive system is not functioning optimally, these imbalances can contribute to changes in the breasts, as well.

For women, each thermography report includes a full-page breast analysis that rates breast health on a scale from one to 12, notes contributing factors and points out the extent to which several key factors are contributing.  It also gives a 2-D graphical representation to pinpoint specific areas of concern.

Whole-body regulation thermography is a painless, non-invasive and radiation-free technology that can help determine the overall health of the breasts and give great insight into those contributing factors. This means no more guesswork; you know which areas of the body need support and balance in order to positively influence breast health. In addition, regulation thermography can very often see changes in the tissues seven to 10 years before they become symptomatic, which could allow imbalances to be corrected before they lead to larger issues. 

Whether using thermography or other diagnostic modalities, it is important to have a real understanding of our breast health. Regulation thermography is uniquely designed to fill the gaps left by many other diagnostic tools in our understanding of causative factors and can be a highly useful tool in our breast health toolbox.



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It doesn’t take long to find health care-related references in today’s media identifying modern challenges people face with issues such as health insurance the opioid epidemic, obesity and other chronic conditions. Everyone is seemingly concerned about the rising cost of health care and the need for greater predictability as to the outcome of various treatments. One health care discipline that transcends much of the disquieting talk about health care is chiropractic care.

Doctors of chiropractic are healthcare professionals that concentrate on the care and prevention of disorders of the musculoskeletal system, with particular attention to the care and treatment of the spine. Chiropractors care for patients that have concerns about back and neck pain, headaches and pain in the joints and the extremities. Chiropractors begin by diagnosing musculoskeletal conditions, and then rendering treatment that may help people feel better, but the true value of the service is the functional outcomes that are often achieved such as improved mobility, stability and performance in activities essential for daily life.

Patient satisfaction with chiropractic care is consistently among the highest of all the health professions, reaching into the 90th percentile. Approximately 35 million American adults receive chiropractic care each year and rate their treatment as “very effective”, and that the quality of care was a “good value for the money.” These results were derived from evaluating patient experiences across the age and condition spectrum.

Those that have not tried chiropractic care may find a chiropractor in nearby and visit the office to see firsthand what chiropractic has to offer. The chiropractor will explain the basic tenets of this conservative approach to health care that recognizes the basic ability of the human body to maintain healthy equilibrium and positive response to the environment. The chiropractor will explain the examination, report of findings and recommendations for treatment that are part of the chiropractic approach.

Chiropractors utilize specific procedures in examination; manual techniques such as adjustments, manipulations and soft tissue releases; therapeutic modalities and exercise; and counseling services for topics including nutrition, exercise, stress management, restorative sleep and supporting good posture. Chiropractors are also well-trained to determine when a patient needs to be referred to another caregiver.

Now is the time to add chiropractic to an overall wellness health plan and join the millions of Americans that include chiropractors in their personal team of healthcare providers to add a non-invasive, drug-free approach to optimized healthy living.



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The citizens of Dallas have saved more than 376 billion gallons of water since 2001, but it’s always good to think about how to better use it efficiently. Here are some things to think about.

Start by taking a look at the water bill and compare usage this month to the same month last year. This will give us an idea if we’re using more water than usual. Dallas uses a four-tiered rate structure, meaning the more water we use, the higher our rate. For example, for the first 4,000 gallons, we’re charged $1.90 per 1,000 gallons. But on the fourth tier, which is anything above 15,000 gallons, we’re charged $8.55 per 1,000 gallons. That’s not counting the $5.31 per 1,000 gallons for waste water (sewer) treatment. We can take a closer look at the water rates at and access the DWU calculator to estimate our monthly bill.

Repair any leaks, because a one-drip-per-second leak can waste more than 3,000 gallons per year. Check your toilet by adding a couple of drops of food coloring to your toilet tank. If after about 10 minutes, the water in the bowl changes color without having flushed, we need to replace a leaking flapper. Be sure to replace it with a flapper for the specific toilet model. The wrong flapper may increase the gallons per flush. Visually check faucets and showerheads. Use WaterSense-labeled fixtures and appliances. For example, washing dishes by hand can waste more than 5,000 gallons of water per year compared to washing a full load with an efficient dishwasher.

If we’re unable to locate a leak, but suspect one, check the water meter to make sure no water is running inside or outside the house. Check the leak indicator in the meter, and if it is running, there is a leak. The leak indicator is typically a small red triangle embedded in the face of the meter display. Or, call 214-651-1441 and a representative will come to check for leaks.

Remember that we are limited to twice weekly watering in Dallas (even numbered addresses, Sunday and Thursday; odd numbered, Saturday and Wednesday), but water only if the lawn needs it. If it has rained during the week, adjust watering accordingly. Weekly watering advice is available at Operate an automatic sprinkler system on manual. Irrigation systems on automatic use up to 47 percent more water.

Request an irrigation system check-up, the city of Dallas provides the service free of charge. Request the service at

Mulch around trees and plants, this helps retain moisture. When adding to the landscape, use drought-tolerant native or adaptive plants.

For more information, call 214-670-3155 or visit



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Green Source DFW, a North Texas online environmental news publication, has invited readers to vote in their sixth annual Sustainable Leadership Awards contest in five categories once a day until October 7. Here are this year’s candidates:

Small Business

1. Cowboy Compost

2. GoodWork Coworking

3. Nature’s Plate

4. One Life Radio

5. Recycle Revolution

Small Nonprofit

1. Arlington Conservation Council

2. Environmental Co-op

3. Liveable Arlington

4. Texas Trees Foundation

Nonprofit Professional

1. Brad McCorkle

2. Brandon Morton

3. Meghna Tare

4. Corey Troiani

5. Tracy Wallace

Large Business or Nonprofit (project or program)

1. DCCCD Sustainability Summit

2. DFW 2017 City Nature Challenge

3. EcoStrate

4. TetraPak

5. TreeHouse


1. Anne Alderfer

2. Ranjana Bhandari

3. Dr. Robert Haley

4. Kirk Miller

5. Hester Schwarzer

The top three finalists in each category will be judged by a panel. Winners will be announced at the awards ceremony on November 9 at the Dallas Arboretum. This year's event will feature Lee Stetson, who has performed as the pioneering conservationist John Muir in Yosemite National Park for more than 30 years.

VIP ticket holders can attend the reception and meet Lee Stetson from 5 to 5:30 p.m. To learn more about the nominees and vote, visit For awards tickets, visit



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The Addison Wellness Expo will feature more than 100 exhibitors from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., October 14 and 15, at the Addison Conference Centre. Participants will discover the latest in holistic medicine, nutrition, herbs, essential oils and more. They can have an aura photo taken, get an intuitive consultation, experience foot reflexology, reiki, massage and energy healing. Other highlights include fun shopping for jewelry, crystals, stones, hemp fabrics and other fine products while enjoying delicious food from Azure Restaurant.

There will be 24 talks in three categories: holistic medicine, personal growth and metaphysics, covering the latest breakthroughs in holistic medicine, how to combat stress and negativity and spiritual insights. Yoga on the lawn starts at 3 p.m.

Location: 15650 Addison Rd, Addison. For more information, visit or for a free weekend pass, courtesy of Natural Awakenings magazine.



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The sixth annual Green Source DFW Sustainable Leadership Awards. Will be held by Memnosyne Institute on November 9 at the Dallas Arboretum with a virtual trip back in time. Guest speaker “John Muir” will be portrayed by Lee Stetson, who has performed as the pioneering conservationist in Yosemite National Park since 1983. “Lee has not been to the DFW area in several years, so don’t miss this opportunity to see the star of the Yosemite Theater and the Ken Burns’ National Park series as shown on PBS,” says Wendel Withrow, director of Green Source DFW.

In addition to Stetson’s performance, the event will feature awards in the following categories: Large Business, Small Business, Small Nonprofit, Nonprofit Professional, For-Profit Professional and Volunteer, along with some specialty awards.

North Texans will get the chance to vote on their favorite nominees during September. Finalists will be announced in October and the winners will be selected by a panel of judges from the North Texas green community.

For more information, call 287-1046 or visit and


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The 2017 DFW Solar Tour will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. October 7, by the nonprofit North Texas Renewable Energy Group. The public is invited to visit select innovative homes and buildings throughout the Dallas-Ft. Worth Metroplex.

The tour enables people to learn how homeowners and businesses are using solar energy, wind energy, energy efficiency and other sustainable technologies to save money and consume less of our natural resources. The strategies and techniques on display during this year’s tour range from things as simple and easy as changing to LED light bulbs and selecting more efficient appliances to cutting-edge, ultra-efficient eco-homes and businesses that generate as much or more energy than they consume.

The tour includes green building educational presentations by Beth Johnson, with Keller Williams Realty, the first Realtor to earn the Quadruple Crown of green building credentials and will present throughout the day, at TreeHouse Dallas the world’s first energy-positive home improvement store, which offers many sustainable solutions such as Sunpower solar systems and Tesla power packs.

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The seventh annual Swim Across America Dallas Open Water Swim will be held September 30 at Lake Ray Hubbard, in Rockwall. Participants of all ages and skill levels are invited to choose their open-water distance of .5 miles, 1.5 miles or  3 miles. There are also offer opportunities to volunteer as a kayaker or land volunteer. This event is not a competition, but a fun fundraising event for everyone.

Proceeds will support early detection and innovative clinical trials at the Swim Across America Innovative Clinical Trials Center (ICTC) at Baylor Charles A. Sammons Cancer Center. Swimmers are required to raise at least $500 by event day. Those under 18 or current college undergrad students are required to raise $200 by event day.

A person may elect to swim alone or be part of a team. Many colleagues and college alumni will form teams, or teams may be formed in honor or memory of a loved one. All team members are still required to meet the individual fundraising minimum.

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