Big Birthday Bash for Planet Earth For three days, culminating in a planetary Birth Day on December 22, millions of people will join celebrated author Barbara Marx Hubbard by participating in worldwide events, a global webcast, acts of love and unifying spiritual practices. Seventh Fire LLC, in Ann Arbor, a new startup founded to provide a dynamic sanctuary for our conscious evolution, is acting as a local hub for the event from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Jewel Heart Space. This “drop-in” event is a day to come together in community and intention, expressed through meditation, chanting, drumming, art, movement, storytelling and deep, heart-toheart connection. Seventh Fire invites everyone to link hearts and minds in love and positive intention for the Earth and her inhabitants and to co-create a planetary shift in consciousness. The event offers the opportunity to participate in a global awakening into a new consciousness and to create beloved community, both locally and globally. Admission is free. Location: 1129 Oak Valley Dr. For more information, email Info@SeventhFire.org or visit SeventhFire. Org and Facebook.com/SeventhFire. For more information about the global event, visit Birth2012.com. Ring in the Holiday Season with Handbells in Concert The annual Classical Bells concert will take the stage from 1 to 2 p.m., December 15, at the downtown library multipurpose room. Founded in 1983, this group of handbell artists has received national attention from five audio recordings, an acclaimed live concert video and new handbell music for distribution by handbell music publishers. Classical Bells’ primary instrument consists of 68 bronze and six aluminum English handbells, with a range of more than six octaves. In some pieces, the tonal coloring is enhanced by the mellow sound of a six-octave set of hand chimes. Led by Musical Director Darlene Ebersole, they have performed in concerts nationwide and appeared as featured performers with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and the Michigan Opera Theater. In addition, they have performed in numerous events sponsored by the American Guild of English Handbell ringers, including the National Director’s Seminar. For more information, call 734-327-4555 or visit aadl.org. 12/12/12 Celebration at Interfaith David Winfree, Rheisa K. Barres and Tammy Braswell will host a Sacred Celebration and Dedication to the New Age of Human Consciousness, from 7 to 10 p.m., December 12, at the Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth, in Ann Arbor. The event supports those that believe that as we cross the threshold and step forward together; the divine light shining within us leads to healing, heightened consciousness and transformation for the Earth. Their presentation includes three segments, related to the affirmation, activation and ascension of those attending. The divine presence and enlightened awareness within Winfree will uplift the consciousness of those present to perceive their own divinity. Barres, a dimensional consciousness shifter, will facilitate an infusion of group healing energy, based on a 12-sided pattern of wholeness. Braswell will initiate the activation of the core essence of those present. The core essence, when awakened, activated and fully expanded throughout one’s energy field, allows greater access to the soul’s gifts and talents, initiating the grandest version of the individual that can be fully expressed. Location: 704 Airport Blvd. Suggested donation is $30. For more information, call 248-212-8801 or email Rheisa@Light PlusWisdom.com. Order Baked Holiday Gift Baskets from SlapHappy A local bakery, the SlapHappy Cookery, is again offering their popular annual winter gift baskets. SlapHappy whips up homemade baked goods, focusing on freshness, flavor and fun that can be ordered online. This year’s baskets contain a medium sour cream coffee cake, three small rustic apple pear tarts and a half-dozen of either peanut clusters or triple-layer brownies. Baskets come with non-holiday-specific colors (but they are happy and make you feel good) and handmade bows (made by family in Grand Rapids). Arrangements will be made for pick-up. Also check out the special winter menu for other goodies like ginger bars and pistachio cakes. To order, email SlapHappyCookery@SlapHappyCookery.com. Or visit SlapHappyCookery.com. Body Conscious has Special Holiday Massage Deals Body Conscious is moving and expanding to 2454 East Stadium Boulevard, Suite B, in Ann Arbor. They now have an even larger team of highly trained and certified massage therapists that provide massage for specific and chronic pain conditions. They also offer relaxation massage to ease the stress of daily life. To prove how outstanding their massages truly are, the first one-hour massage is only $45 ($25 off). They are also offering discounted gift certificates until Christmas Eve. Visit their website and get a one-hour full-body massage gift card for only $45. For more information, call 734-657-3218, email Gadams@BodyConsciousMassageTherapy.com or visit BodyConscious MassageTherapy.com. Ann Arbor Folk Festival to be Held January 25 & 26 The 36th annual Ann Arbor Folk Festival, a fundraising event for The Ark, Ann Arbor’s nonprofit home for folk, roots and ethnic music, with sponsorship by the University of Michigan Center for Campus Involvement, will take the stage January 25 and 26, at Hill Auditorium, on the UM Campus. The Folk Festival presents a selection of the world’s finest traditional and contemporary performers. Each night includes a blend of well-known and up-and-coming artists, providing the audience with an opportunity to hear artists they know and love while discovering great new talent. Acts announced so far include The Head and the Heart, City and Colour, Rodriguez, Frontier Ruckus and Brown Bird on Friday; and The Civil Wars, Lucinda Williams, Dar Williams, Frank Fairfield, The Steel Wheels and Drew Nelson, on Saturday. Colin Hay is the emcee and show time is 6:30 p.m. For ticket prices call 734-763-8587 or visit mutotix.com. See ad page 30. Keep Your Resolutions with Help from Hypnosis Ariana Arlen Haynes, a local hypnotherapist, states that with hypnosis, individuals can use their own inner resources to effect the changes they truly want—to quit smoking, lose weight, reduce stress, manage pain and more. She says, “The exciting thing about working with hypnosis is that people usually come to it after many other approaches have failed for them. They are able to see they can use their own minds to effect the changes they really want, and leave feeling empowered, while finding the changes come easily.” Hypnosis can help achieve goals without depending solely upon willpower. She claims that her smoke cessation program has a 95 percent success rate and is guaranteed with a free follow-up session, if necessary. All sessions, for any purpose, are tailored to the individual. Haynes is offering a 20 percent discount on appointments scheduled by January 31. (Smoke cessation requires only one visit, and the discount applies to initial consultations on any other issue.) For more information or appointments, call 734-428-1247, 877-765-5441 or email Ariwellwood@gmail.com. See ad page 11. Tai Chi for Teens at Peaceful Dragon School Observing the challenges that teens are faced with today, such as the fast pace of technology, overachievement, bullying and information overload, has compelled Master Wasentha Young, of the Peaceful Dragon School, to offer mind/ body tools for managing stress for ages 11 to 14. The Peaceful Dragon School, in Ann Arbor, will be providing a safe environment for teens to explore and apply an alternative method of, “soft overcoming hard.” Tai chi classes will be taught by Young from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., Tuesdays, from January 8 through April 2. The flowing movements of the Tai chi form develop mindful movement, better balance and relaxation and self-acupressure for muscle tension; different styles of meditation; and the playful interactive exercises of Tai chi Push Hands. Developing inner awareness during the teen years has always been a challenge. Building the bridge between awareness of the body and mind is daunting even for adults, and now we find that our lifestyles demands it at a younger age. Location: 1945 Pauline Blvd., Ste. B. For more information, call 734-741-0695 or visit PeacefulDragonschool.com. Hess to Explain Primal Rejuvenation Paul Hess, Ph.D., has arrived from California to help people increase their energy and get their lives back and will give a talk—Tired of Being Tired?—from 7 to 9 p.m., December 10, at Crazy Wisdom Bookstore, in Ann Arbor. His own experience with chronic fatigue led him to try a vast array of healing modalities, diets and supplements to find what works. Hess found causes of fatigue in poor nutrition, toxicity and deep emotional stress. Giving the body all the nutrients it needs to heal itself often requires unusual dietary solutions. Poisons like mercury that damage digestion and the brain require detoxification with food and supplements. Deep emotional stress can be addressed with breath work and spiritual energetic transmissions that are widely available. His approach, Primal Rejuvenation, is a positive approach and lifestyle to feel and look younger, increase and stabilize energy, moisturize skin and boost libido. Hess provides free consultations to help people understand their health issues. Under his guidance, motivation builds as they learn to feel how foods and supplements affect them. Location: 114 S. Main St. For more information, call 408-489- 1190 or visit PrimalRejuvenation.com and CrazyWisdom.net. Art and Music Flourish Anew As the Chelsea Center for the Arts (CCA) begins the Winter/Spring 2013 term with addition of new ceramics classes and open ceramic studio hours, its music and visual art offerings are perfect for those looking for exceptional instruction. With programs to enjoy individually or together, CCA provides a wide array of group classes and private lessons for children, youths, teens, adults and seniors. Funded by a grant from the Worthington Family Foundation, the original garage structure of the CCA building has been fully renovated for use as a year-round visual art classroom, with all-new heating, cooling, insulation, plumbing and electrical fittings and surfaces. The mission of the Chelsea Center for the Arts, founded in 1994, is to enrich the quality of community life through programs that foster the creation, understanding and enjoyment of the arts. Call 734-433-2787 or visit ChelseaCenterForTheArts.org. KUDOS The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) recently awarded Gold LEED status to the city of Ann Arbor’s Municipal Center at 301 East Huron Street, including the new Justice Center, landscaped municipal plaza rain gardens, green roof promenade and porous pavement in the parking lot. The internationally recognized Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design gold awards from the USGBC require a construction project to achieve a minimum of 39 points for building and site design, construction and operations. Ann Arbor’s Municipal Center obtained 44 LEED points. According to the USGBC, LEED provides building owners and operators a concise framework for identifying and implementing practical and measurable green building design, construction, operations and maintenance solutions. Many of the Municipal Center’s building materials were obtained from regional and recycled-content materials. Construction debris was recycled onsite and certified sustainably harvested wood was used throughout the process. Quinn Evans is the architectural firm for the Ann Arbor Municipal Center. For more information, visit a2gov.org/LEED.
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