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Visitors to the Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo can enjoy and purchase a selection of award-winning wines at Vine-2-Wine from 4 to 8 p.m., January 22, 29 and February 5, at the  Amon G. Carter Museum of American Art, located at 3501 Camp bowie Blvd in Fort Worth

 

The inaugural Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo and Botanical Research Institute of Texas Sustainable Winegrowing Competition established a unique approach to a Texas wine competition by recognizing both the winery/winemaker and grape grower.  Working with BRIT, wineries entered the competition by submitting written applications highlighting their sustainable practices, alongside their Texas wines for evaluation.

 

Winners included Bending Branch Winery, in Comfort, Tallent Vineyards of Mason,.  Nice Winery, in Houston, and Alta Mira Vineyards of Anderson. The top winning wineries were awarded for their sustainable practices in the vineyard and other areas of operation in addition to the wines they submitted to a blind tasting. 

 

Applicants outlined their efforts boosting sustainability across five areas: vineyard management, winemaking, employee practices, customer service and social responsibility.

 

Buy tickets at fwssr.com/events/vine-2-wine-events. For more information contact 817.738.1933.

 

 

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Bob Scarbrough opened the doors to Abrams Royal Pharmacy on January 2, 1980. One of three daughters, Lark Swofford recalls, “Even though I was only 13 years old at the time, the memories of listening to mom and dad discuss the logistics of opening up a new pharmacy are forever burned into my memory. One of those discussions involved a possible move to Kilgore, Texas. A lovely little town, but this city girl is glad they settled on Dallas!”


The first week was lackluster, with only a couple of dozen prescriptions filled. “But each Rx was filled with absolute love for his patients and their well-being,” says Swofford. “As word got out about a new neighborhood pharmacy in Lake Highlands, people loved it and in turn, loved him. Those of you who have met our father will know that when I describe him as the most loving person with the sweetest voice and demeanor, you know I’m not just being the doting daughter. This fact is as true as a burnt orange Texas sunset.”


Over the years, business continued to grow. “Dad earned the reputation of being able to compound just about anything the doctors needed, and in the 80s and 90s, that’s saying something!” advises Swofford. “Procuring chemicals, bases and dispensing devices demanded a different set of skills back then. On Saturdays, my sisters and I would work with him during the day stocking the shelves, washing dishes, taking out the trash and filing paperwork. You know, the typical child labor you’re exposed to when you’re a part of a family business. Then, after we closed shop for the week, we’d head over to the restaurant supply store to brainstorm on how we could improve on certain aspects of compounding bulk creams, then we’d be off to Kodak to purchase chemicals like azelaic acid, just one of the myriad dermatologicals that dad compounded before the formulas were available on the mass prescription market.”


 She shares, “I remember I saw dad looking through a health journal. Dad was sleuthing out ways for people to improve their health without pharmaceutical intervention. I was intrigued, but high school and college prevailed in my life, so I’d eavesdrop and learn by osmosis when I could. After pharmacy school, I started working full-time as a pharmacist, and quickly learned that I had lots more to learn; and who better to take me under his wing than my own father. We attended dozens, if not hundreds of lectures and seminars together, which gave us the tools by which we could really make a difference in our customers’ health. His learning never stopped. He’d strike up conversations with local healers, spiritual leaders and other natural-minded people and come home with loads of great information to share.”


The father’s profession became a family tradition. “A few more years passed and our youngest sister, Codi, graduated from pharmacy school and joined the team. Our middle sister, Greer, works in bookkeeping with our mother and also handles marketing and coordinating our ever-popular monthly seminar series. We’re all in, as they say! So here we are, celebrating our 40th year as a family-owned and operated business, a true rarity in today’s big-box world, for sure!”


As evidence, “When you walk into either of our stores, you’ll quickly realize that we’re not a normal pharmacy, meaning you won’t find school supplies, trinkets and junk food lining our shelves. What you will find, however, are professional-quality nutritional supplements, pharmacists that are available to answer your questions and windows that look into the lab where the compounding magic happens,” she points out.


“Whether you’ve been a customer for 40 years or have driven by but never walked in, we invite you to our 40 year celebration on January 22. More details will follow on our e-newsletters and Facebook page, so be sure to stay tuned!” exclaims Swofford. “ We can’t wait to celebrate with everyone and we’re looking forward to many more years of helping you get healthy and stay healthy naturally. We're not your typical pharmacy, and we're proud of it! Since 1980, the pharmacists at Abrams Royal Pharmacy have held the belief that when we give our bodies the nutrition it needs, there is a decreased need and reliance on pharmaceutical intervention, which results in an increase in vitality and health. Working as trusted partners with physicians and patients, our fellowship-trained pharmacists develop customized protocols that include nutrition, professional-quality supplementation and compounded medications to meet each patient’s unique needs.”


Abrams Royal Pharmacy is located at 8220 Abrams Rd., in Dallas. For more information call 214-349-8000 or visit arp-rx.com.

 

 

 

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Our garages, spare bedrooms and closets probably contain our mother’s vintage china that the kids don’t want, bowling shoes from someone that quit the league long ago or an old filing cabinet full of warranties for products long since replaced. Now we face another new year.

Time marches on. We remodel rooms, inherit Aunt Sally’s antiques, the kids move in and out and  we can’t bear to part with those sentimental knickknacks gathering dust and sending pangs of guilt every time we think of disposing them. We all have too much stuff, and it simply won’t all fit. Maybe it’s time to downsize. Postponing the purge just results in more overflowing, unsightly homes, garages or expensive offsite storage units sitting idle for years.

Before downsizing, we must ask ourselves important questions about whether we really need all this stuff or that these items have outlived their purpose. Belongings once treasured are transforming to burdens.

Let this year be a time to take action. Make the decision to cut the ties and free up time, money and energy without the burdens and clutter of the past. Inaction and indecision take an emotional toll on our physical and emotional health. Often the task of downsizing feels overwhelming, but the joy experienced when it is completed is indescribable.

 

For more information, call Dina Taylor, owner of Easily Organized, at 941-921-5066, email Dina@EasilyOrganized.com or visit EasilyOrganized.com.

 

 

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1. Eat less sugar and processed foods. Over time, they both can be causative factors of obesity and cancer.

2. Laugh more. Laughing builds the immune system.

3. Intermittent fasting builds the immune system and controls cravings, calories and helps prevent metabolic syndrome.

4. Managing stress through mindfulness, meditation and regular exercise allows the parasympathetic nervous system to function properly.

5. Eating healthy fruits and vegetables will give the fuel and energy to live our best life without tiring easily.

 

Authored by Jerron Hill M.D., founder of Ketamine Health & Wellness, located at 5944 W. Parker Rd., Ste. 400, in Plano.

 

 

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EarthX, the host of the annual EarthX Expo/Conference/Film Festival in Dallas, has renamed the EarthxFilm interactive arm EarthxInteractive as EarthXR, highlighting an expansion of extended reality and immersive content (XR) in both their expo and year-round event programming

With an urgent need to pay closer attention to the environmental issues facing our planet, EarthXR believes that virtual, augmented and mixed reality technology is a powerful medium for global citizens to expand their environmental awareness and work toward sustainable solutions.

EarthxFilm President Michael Cain notes that the name change will better represent the message of providing diverse educational and inspirational content. “In the last three years, EarthxFilm has found that virtual, augmented and increasingly, mixed reality technology, are vital and rich resources for global citizens to become better educated and inspired to action, thus embracing all of these technologies necessitated the change to EarthXR.”

Throughout 2020, EarthXR will place exhibit booths and pop-up activations in cities like Los Angeles, New York, Park City, Dallas, and San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, which will include upcoming partnerships with some of the most respected environmentally aware brands, including Samsung.

EarthXR Director of Interactive Programming and Partnerships Tiffany Kieran is curating interactive events that showcase the use of mixed reality to educate the public about the many facets of the environment and climate. "XR experiences have proven to be game-changers on the frontlines of environmental justice from taking audiences up close on endangered species rescue efforts to placing them in the middle of climate crisis situations and providing world leaders with environmental solutions. We are excited by how much filmmakers and audiences have embraced these immersive experiences and how our national and international partnerships are helping us unite across the world to protect the planet as one.”

 

For more information, visit EarthX.org/expo/main-attractions/earthxr.

 

 

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 The weight-loss industry is a multi-billion-dollar business, and overweight is a source of many disease processes that cost our nation and people both economically and  as quality of life. There are constantly new products and trends on the market; what they have in common is that they exist outside of us.

 
The secret to having the body we want is on the inside, waiting patiently for activation. But first, and most importantly, we must be certain about what we really want. It is only then that we can ask for it. There is an inner genie that exists for one purpose—to serve our needs. It is waiting to hear our requests and wants to grant our wishes. We can just stop, relax and activate our creative imagination by visualizing what we want.
 
This is called “imadulation”, or using our imagination intentionally to create the life we desire. If we have tried to get what we want but not achieved the result we desired, we must change the way we see ourselves on the inside and back it up with action.
 
If we promise to imadulate, rub our inner genie and listen to our inner guidance every day, we will surely see positive results.
 
For more information visit Imadulation.com.

 

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More than a year has passed since beloved Dallas restaurateur, ecologist and river advocate Ed Lowe died after slipping off an embankment while exploring one of his favorite places, the banks of the Rio Grande in Boquillas Canyon, in Big Bend National Park. Through the Texas River Protection Association and Friends of the Brazos River, Lowe had worked tirelessly to protect Texas waterways from pollution and other threats. He regularly led youth groups from all socio-economic backgrounds through guided hikes and canoe trips, ensuring that everyone had access to these serene natural treasures.
 
Lowe’s dedication to sustainable and socially just food systems is still impacting people through his signature project, Celebration Restaurant & Market, the farm-to-table eatery he founded in 1971. Natural Awakenings reached out to some of Lowe’s friends at Celebration and asked them to reflect on his visions for sustainability, and how they’re carrying on his legacy.
 
President Shannon Lindley believes Lowe’s family values and his approach toward teamwork contributed to Celebration’s longevity. “I think he was a true pioneer and visionary in a lot of aspects. He stayed ahead of the curve in the industry. The concept behind Celebration was to serve food to people that is similar to the way his mom would serve their family—a protein, veggies and salad—and have everyone sit down and share it together,” she reflects.
 
Today, there are many farm-to-table restaurants offering what Celebration has been doing since day one, but Lindley believes Lowe’s passion for investing in each person and considering them a partner rather than an employee helped build a dedicated staff —most of whom have been with Celebration five years or more. Those relationships helped Celebration succeed in the competitive restaurant business and maintain support of the local farmers and vendors where they source wholesome foods.
 
Lindley affirms that Celebration is continuing to support projects that Lowe built, such as community gardens at Jack Lowe Sr. Elementary School, named after Lowe’s father, a Dallas businessman. She says Celebration regularly donates to schools, charities and organizations Lowe was passionate about.
 
“He was a very humble person, both through the life he lived and how he wanted to help others. He was very generous, and if he heard of a situation where someone needed help, he’d step up. There was a partner here through a work program, and she needed eye surgery. We were able to help her pay for her surgery. He was proud to be able to help improve somebody’s life to be better and give more,” Lindley shares.
 
Gerald Johnson, catering manager, has worked there since 1979—testament to how the family culture Lowe had established retains employees with very little turnover. “I was hiring people for the upcoming holiday season, and I was kind of out of rhythm with the hiring process because we don’t have to do it that often,” he laughs.
 
 
Johnson fondly recalls Lowe’s passion for helping children explore Texas’ waterways, instilling in them an appreciation and respect for the environment. “He took underprivileged kids out on the water. Many of those kids had never done things like that before. It really helped them to grow,” he explains. Lowe was dedicated to bringing in students from the Dallas Independent School District through internships to gain work experience.
 
Celebration maintains direct relationships with many long-time farmers and vendors from with Lowe had sourced for decades, thus keeping local farms strong. Johnson notes those vendors have also become part of the Celebration family over the years. “We don’t treat vendors as people we just purchase food from. We treat them like part of the family, because they are. Lowe felt it was important to make everyone feel needed.”
 
Johnson believes many Dallas area farm-to-table restaurants modeled themselves after Celebration, which remains competitive today because Lowe’s vision was very clear and he never veered from it. “He was firm about the kind of food he served, and he wanted it to be affordable for everybody,” Johnson says. “He cared about every little detail, from recycling to conserving energy, and not taking good food for granted.”
 
Johnson emphasizes that whether Lowe was at Celebration working alongside his employees or paddling on the Brazos River, he had a fiery passion for everything he did. “We still feel that he’s proud of us and watching over us,” says Johnson. “A lot of people feel this way outside of his restaurant. He was a genuine, true friend, and I think that rubbed off on other people, too.”
 
Bar manager Jon Radke has worked at the restaurant since 1986, when he first moved to Dallas from Chicago. He remembers his first encounter with Lowe while waiting for his job interview. “I saw this tall guy walking through the bar toting a bunch of broken-down cardboard boxes out to the dumpster. He called over, ‘I’m Ed— I’ll be with you in a second.’ I was struck by how the owner was breaking down boxes and taking them out to the trash,” Radke says. “He wasn’t a guy who just bossed people around. Ed was willing to do what it took to get things done and would never ask you to do anything he wasn’t willing to do himself. We try to carry that forward. That was a beautiful message that maybe he didn’t realize he was sending at the time.”
 
 
The positive, family-like culture Lowe fostered at Celebration is reflected in the community, Radke says, because they draw many regular customers that live right in the neighborhood and don’t have to travel far to enjoy healthy, local foods. “The amazing thing about Ed is that Celebration has been open almost 50 years, which is an incredible thing to accomplish, especially in Dallas, where so many restaurants come and go,” he says. “Ed was a hippie kind of guy and always kept things simple—providing good food in a nice environment for people to enjoy themselves.”
 
Radke recalls frequently hearing stories of Lowe’s preparations for Celebrations’ opening day in 1971. “They were so busy getting the menus and everything ready, and he fell asleep in one of the booths. The following morning, the milkman knocking on the door awakened him—he had a milkman delivering the milk!”
 
The farm-to-table concept has now come full circle, and Radke believes that exemplifies Lowe’s vision of how people have come to think about food. “I feel proud to help carry on that tradition. It’s always exciting when we get to the peak of the growing season and can tell customers that their produce was on the vine yesterday. Our customers are people who appreciate that, and it’s a big part of why we’ve been successful for so long. It’s groundwork that was laid by Ed.”
 
Celebration Restaurant is located at 4503 W. Lovers Ln., in Dallas. For more information, call 214-351-5681 or visit CelebrationRestaurant.com.
 

 

 

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The Dallas Generational Group Jingle Bell Run, attracting more than 4,000 participants a year, will take place on December 20 at the Hilton Anatole during their Christmas at the Anatole celebration. All proceeds benefit the Trinity Strand Trail and the Mavs Foundation.
 
The family-friendly event includes a one-mile fun run at 6:30 p.m., a nighttime 5k race at 7 p.m. and a lively post-race party. Participants are encouraged to dress in holiday attire and will receive a pair of jingle bells and glow bands to "jingle all the way" through the race. There will be carolers and music along the race course to ensure every step of the race is jolly. Dogs are welcome, and there will be an award for Most Festively Dressed Dog.
 
Registration is $20 to Dec. 18 and $55 after. For more information and to register, visit DallasJingleBellRun.com.

 

 

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Holidays at the Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary will bring the beauty of the holiday season into nature from 6:30 to 9 p.m., December 13 and 14. Festive lights and décor will accentuate a half-mile Heard nature trail with a glimpse of the Dinosaurs Live! exhibit. This light display is designed to enhance, rather than overpower the sanctuary’s natural beauty.
 
Local musicians Anthony & Marina (December 13) and La Pompe (December 14) will delight audiences with live holiday music under the stars in the Heard outdoor amphitheater. Children and the young at heart will enjoy the opportunity to take a photo with Father Christmas and Mother Nature in a festive setting. Hot beverages and treats will be available for purchase.
 
Tickets at the door are$9 for adults and $6 for kids 3 to 12 (children 2 and under are admitted free). Save $2 per ticket through December 11 at HeardMuseum.org/holidays. For more information, call 972-562-5566.

 

 

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The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden will debut a brand-new Christmas Village this year as part of Holiday at the Arboretum through December 31. Inspired by the European Christmas markets, or Christkindlmarket, the Pauline and Austin Neuhoff Christmas Village is comprised of 12 charming shops and façades almost 20 feet tall that represent a quaint European hamlet.
 
Highlights include a bakery, a candy shop, Santa’s House, and more. At night, the Christmas Village shops and trees shine bright with more than a million lights. During the weekends and evenings, volunteers dressed as shopkeepers pass out samples of their wares.
 
Stop by the bookstore to receive a specially designed bookmark to take home and guests can make some noise in the music shop with the tambourine and triangle, and enjoy a jingle bell to take home. There’s a doctor’s office, a cobbler, a bandstand, a butcher, a hat shop and a carpenter, all with themed activities and treats.
 
Location: 8525 Garland Rd., Dallas. For prices and for more information, call 214-515-6615 or visit DallasArboretum.org.
 

 

 

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