LETTER FROM THE PUBLISHER

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Have you heard? Fred-Anthony Garza is opening a second Vegeria restaurant! Viva Vegeria opens this month at 1422 Nogalitos, just west of IH-10 and just south of Southtown. (See display ad on page 7.) Those who have enjoyed a few meals at the original Vegeria on Broadway know that each visit is an immersion in Garza’s amazingly simple (and also amazingly rare) concept: the passionate belief that prepared food can be both nutritious and delicious.

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ENLIGHTENED PARENTING: Tips for Raising Confident and Loving Kids

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by Meredith Montgomery

Fueled by unconditional love, parenting with presence embraces all potential connections between parents and their children.

Establishing Values

Shelly Lefkoe, co-author of Chicken Soup for the Soul: Guide to Effective Parenting, believes that children learn what we model as important values. She tells her daughters they should treat her with dignity and respect, not because she’s their mother, but because, “That’s how you treat people, and that’s how I treat them.”

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Sinkin EcoCentro Offers Free Summer Info Sessions

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The William R. Sinkin EcoCentro building on the San Antonio College campus is little more than a year old, and already it has proven itself to be a popular destination for community eco-education. During August, EcoCentro is hosting free community classes on a number of green-focused topics.

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Call for Worldwide Protection from Wi-Fi Radiation

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In May, 190 scientists from 39 nations appealed to the World Health Organization (WHO) to “exert strong leadership in fostering the development of more protective EMF guidelines…” The letter was developed by a committee that included professors from Columbia University, Trent University, the University of Washington and the University of California, Berkeley. It was then signed by a host of university professors and researchers from around the world.

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Solar Surges: Sun-Fueled Energy Booms in Pioneer States

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Two years in the making, the Topaz Solar Project, the world’s largest, has begun operating in California, powerful enough to supply 160,000 homes using 9 million photovoltaic solar panels installed across 9.5 square miles. Compared to fossil fuel technology, the facility is projected to remove 377,000 tons of carbon dioxide each year; equivalent to taking 73,000 cars off the road.

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Seeking Youngsters Age 8-13 for Children’s Vegetable Garden Fall Program

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Here’s a recipe for a great time: lots of dirt, a few plants, digging and kids! That’s pretty much the recipe for the fall 2015 Children’s Vegetable Garden Program, which is looking for participants age 8-13. The garden program, offered by the San Antonio Botanical Garden, provides an opportunity for children to grow their own vegetables, flowers and ornamental plants, with help from instructors from the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and Bexar County Master Gardeners.

The program is a weekly commitment for children (and a parent) that takes place each Saturday from 9 a.m. until 12 p.m. (only two absences are allowed). The fall program begins Saturday, Aug. 22, and continues through Dec. 5.

Participants are given a garden plot that measures 3.5 feet by 28 feet at the San Antonio Botanical Garden. Children use their plot to plant and sprout various seeds, vegetables and flowers. Each Saturday children tend their garden and can participate in other hands-on activities to earn their Junior Master Gardener certification.

SABGThe San Antonio Botanical Garden is located at 555 Funston Place in San Antonio. Cost to participate in the fall program is $30 per child or $40 for two children to share a plot (non-refundable). For more information about the program or the botanical garden, visit www.sabot.org.

Overcoming Food Insecurity: Tips for Increasing Access to and Consumption of Healthy, Nutritious Foods

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by Lauren Witt

Eating nutritious, healthy foods can be challenging for many in San Antonio. This is because many local residents and families are living in a state of food insecurity. The United States Department of Agriculture defines food insecurity as not having enough food (hunger), not knowing where your next meal will come from (limited or uncertain access), or not having access to food that provides you with the needed nutrition requirements (limited access to adequate food).

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Teaching Life Skills to Children with Unique Challenges

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Editor’s Note: This article was taken from the educational blog on the Brain Balance Achievement Centers website (www.brainbalancecenters.com).

Neurobehavioral disorders like ADHD, Asperger’s and processing disorders are not just disorders of childhood; they may affect all aspects of adult life. Adults with neurobehavioral disorders often struggle with the same issues as those faced in childhood.

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Learn How to Launch a new Community Garden on July 28

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You can be a part of a growing movement in San Antonio. We mean literally… a movement focused on growing. Fruits. Vegetables. You name it! How? Start or participate in a community garden, of course. Join the Green Spaces Alliance of South Texas on Tuesday, July 28, for an informational session about starting a community garden. This orientation session will help you learn how to get your community garden in the ground and provide guidance on everything from planning to funding to sustaining your garden.

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Mindfulness Meditation Lowers Blood Pressure

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Research from the University of Virginia and Emory University has found that just a few minutes of mindfulness meditation a day can significantly reduce high blood pressure among African- Americans.

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