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Natural Burial Boutique Opening February 2017

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Dying to Bloom will open its doors in February to offer a range of unique burial products for a natural return to the earth in a comforting retail store located in Nyack. The boutique provides a selection of burial products specifically chosen for their harmonious, natural, environmental qualities, such as lovely hand crafted biodegradable caskets, shrouds, unique urns and artistic memorial products for humans and pets.

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Spur Your Creative Thinking with So You Design Cards

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The arts is something we always have taken for granted. Painting, drawing, crafting, sewing, sculpting and woodworking were fun to do but not really necessary for a ‘successful’ life. With a prioritization of STEM we have begun to look at how principals of the arts are a foundation of STEM, and now STEAM learning.

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Learning and Growing With Horses

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“Hudson Valley Horse- Play in Kerhonkson is the area’s only equine assisted learning and psychotherapy center providing on-the-ground interactions with horses,” shares founder Cori Nichols. They work with school-aged children, teens, adults and families and blended families as well as groups, clubs, teams and organizations. Absolutely no horse experience is required. There is no riding.

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Pediatric Dentist Helps Children Feel at Ease

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The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends children have their first dental visit by their first birthday. “At Hudson Valley Pediatric Dentistry we teach you and your child the proper way to take care of their teeth in a warm and nurturing environment,” shares Dr. Geri-Lynn Waldman. She and her staff love working with children and are specially trained to put each child at ease. From the moment you walk into the waiting room you’ll find an atmosphere dedicated to children of all ages, with hand-painted murals, Netflix, an X-box, a play house, photo booth and life-size fun characters.

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New Healing Center Opens in Valley Cottage

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The Wholeness Center in Valley Cottage is now open. According to co-founder Ariana Breganti, the center is a place to receive support, feel inspired and restore a sense of balance for both clients and practitioners alike. “Our mind, body, spirit approach is heart-centered. We help to guide, while holding loving space which allows everyone to open and connect to their wholeness,” she says.

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Scatter Rug Craft Workshop in Gardiner

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Located in the hamlet of Gardiner, Sunflower Art Studios will be offering a 3-class scatter rug craft workshop on February 11, 18 and 25 from 1 to 3 p.m. Instructor Gwynne Rose will lead the sessions. She comments, “I remember my mother using strips of sturdy old clothing to make colorful throw rugs to ‘scatter’ about on the floor for cushioning, drafts or foot wiping. One placed by the sink, one by the door for shoes, one outside the door for wiping shoes and one strategically placed to cover a hole in the carpet. Come and recreate a bit of history with us and make your own scatter rug.”

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Cocktail Reception and Auction to Benefit Young Man Living with Paralysis


On Saturday, February 25, come together for a good cause at the 1st annual cocktail reception at Nyack Seaport to benefit the New York Spinal Cord Injury Fund in honor of Tommy McGuire, a 23-year-old living with paralysis following a recent injury. From 6:30 to 10:30 p.m., enjoy food, drinks and fun at the historic Nyack waterfront.

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Restorative Yoga and Essential Oils


According to local yoga teacher Janet Lee, “Restorative yoga is a wonderful form of yoga that helps to engage the parasympathetic nervous system which is responsible for our body’s ’rest and digest’ state to restore balance.”

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Campus Tour at Blue Rock School


Blue Rock School welcomes parents interested in kindergarten through eighth grade to visit their charming, wooded campus at 10 a.m. January 28 for its Winter Information Session and Campus Tour. Attendees will discover how Blue Rock School's unique educational approach brings learning to life. Admissions Director, Beverly Stycos invites parents to "Join us for a walk through our school and learn what a gift a Blue Rock education could be for your child."

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Release Energy Blocks with Heartfelt Healing


Reiki Master/ Teacher and Integrated Energy Therapy® (IET) practitioner Lisa LaCava first became involved with energy work over seven years ago. Her desire to gain more knowledge of energy as a mode of healing led her to create her own intuitive healing practice. As her passion and dedication to helping others grew, she was guided to formalize her work and became a Reiki practitioner in 2013, and subsequently a Reiki Master/Teacher in 2014. She began offering Integrated Energy Therapy in 2015. Since then she has been guiding her clients to transformation and healing.

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