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Phoenix Bikes Raises Up Old Bikes and Young People

Phoenix Bikes, a financially and environmentally sustainable nonprofit bike shop in Arlington, empowers local youth to become social entrepreneurs through direct participation iN its community programs. Their programs are designed to teach youth how to restore out-of-service bikes as they work their way toward earning their own bike. In the process, they build free bicycles for needy people in the ... Read More »

Things are Growing at Common Good City Farm

Common Good City Farm, in the heart of LeDroit Park, is green with new shoots of asparagus and leafy lettuce. Sitting on a half acre amidst old row homes and a new playground, the residents of this diverse neighborhood have found the farm to be an oasis for fresh vegetables and herbs. For the past five years, what used to be ... Read More »

Organic Nutrition as a Lifestyle

The search for healthy, nutritious food options often proves to be a hardship amidst one hour lunch breaks and fast food restaurants. In 2010, computer programmer, Rachan Malhotra, walked out of his downtown DC office looking for lunch, and it became clear that most of the food he found was neither healthy nor nutritious. This realization set him on a ... Read More »

Finding Balance for Total Wellness at The Yoga Fusion Studio

The Yoga Fusion Studio has a deep tradition of providing sanctuary and wellness to Bethesda Chevy Chase, offering yoga and pilates classes, as well as unique services and workshops. Celebrating its 3rd anniversary this month, the studio was founded by Laura Urgelles, former principal dancer with the Washington Ballet and 3-time Kona Triathlon finisher, Bill Beyer. During the time she ... Read More »

Body Smith Gym Inspires Neighborhood Growth

For 15 years, BodySmith Personal Training had been a fixture within the Dupont and Logan Circle neighborhoods, providing private studio personal training to a multitude of clients in the DC area. Today, it has moved into a brand new and expanded location, giving life to BodySmith Gym. Owner, Stuart Smith began his career as a personal trainer and quickly realized ... Read More »

Farm to Table for All:

A tall, jeans-clad woman in rubber boots works her hoe down a lumpy, earthen field on a rainy spring morning.  “It’s the farmer’s day off,” explained Pam Hess, executive director of Arcadia, a nonprofit farm planted in the 19th century kitchen garden of Woodlawn Estate in Alexandria, Va.  Hess readied the soil for more vegetables that will grow to feed ... Read More »

Medical Cannabis in the District

In 2010, the District of Columbia (DC) became one of 18 states to legalize the use of marijuana (cannabis). Although Amendment Act B18-622 was passed with a 13—0 vote, qualified DC residents were unable to obtain medical marijuana until April 2013, when Capital City Care became the first licensed DC medical cannabis distribution center. It is now anticipated that several ... Read More »

Join us for BuddhaFest!

The 4th Annual BuddhaFest will take place June 20 – 23 at Artisphere in the Rosslyn section of Arlington, VA. The festival presents a lively mix of films, discussions, meditation and music. The festival, sponsored by Tricycle.com, the Insight Meditation Community of Washington, The Center for Consciousness and Transformation at George Mason University, and Natural Awakenings, is a Buddhist inspired ... Read More »

Welcome June!

Welcome June, the start of glorious summer. I love the shift from spring to summer with joyful memories of the last days of the school year and the promise of a season free to explore and travel, be silly with my girlfriends, and read lots of books. As an adult, it continues to be a month that inspires great happiness ... Read More »

Oneness Family School

A large circle of 6-to-9-year-olds sits and contemplates a jar brimming with multicolored glass hearts. “How do we want to celebrate our transcendence?” asks their teacher, and a forest of hands fills the air. The Rainbow Heart Jewel Ceremony at Oneness-Family School (OFS) is underway, a practice that honors each child’s progress and affirms their benefit to the community. Each ... Read More »