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Local News Briefs for April

Holistic and Metaphysical Life Expo Returns to Midtown Holiday Inn

Spiritual Life Productions presents the Austin Metaphysical & Holistic Life Expo on April 13 and 14 at the Holiday Inn Austin Midtown. “All of the exhibiting professionals offer paid services or merchandise,” says Marilyn Waggoner, long-time organizer of the quarterly events. “However, each one of them are more than willing to answer your questions about the work they do, the services they provide, or the products they offer.”

Attendees will be able to explore the many gifts and metaphysical products available while interacting with a variety of practitioners including psychics, readers, astrologers, energy workers and crystal and jewelry vendors.

Educational lectures will cover advanced, intermediate and basic topics, giving participants an opportunity to interact directly with many of the experts and practitioners in a one-on-one group learning experience.

Cost: $8. Location: 6000 Middlefiskville Rd. Hourly door prizes. Saturday 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., Sunday 11a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information visit or on Facebook at /SpiritualLifeProductions.

Earth Day ATX to ‘Honor Our Home’

This year’s theme for Earth Day Austin, being held on April 13 from noon to 6 p.m. at Huston-Tillotson University, is “Honor Our Home.”

Earth Day Austin is the largest sustainability event in Central Texas. Thousands from the Austin area and beyond will gather to learn about conservation and sustainable solutions, celebrate a love for the environment, and get connected to the best and most innovative green businesses and organizations.

Attendees will explore rich, in-depth programming, exciting new activities and engaging exhibitions that allow them to discover new connections to the environment and environmental issues. Inspired by their experiences and interactions, participants are empowered to make new sustainable choices that enhance their lives while helping the planet.

Free. Location: 900 Chicon St., Austin. For more information, visit Earth Day Austin is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.

B*Tru Arts Presents InspiroFest

B*Tru Arts, an Austin-based multicultural nonprofit, will present InspiroFest on April 28 from 3 to 9 p.m. at The Vortex, in Austin.

InspiroFest is a communal, artistic festival created to bring together and promote local, multicultural artists in an exciting collection of live music, dance, theatre, film and other artistic performances. B*Tru Arts works in conjunction with several local businesses to showcase their unique products while providing great food and a host of interactive activities in a spirited atmosphere that celebrates artists from all walks of life.

B*Tru Arts is dedicated to supporting local artists and the arts community. Their goal is to make a positive impact on the greater Austin area by creating and providing immersive experiences in the arts. They carry out their mission by holding public performances, providing high-quality education in the performing arts, expanding performance opportunities for local artists, and assisting them in the production of their works.

Free. Location: 2307 Manor Rd., Austin. For more information, visit Performers email [email protected]; vendors email [email protected]; sponsors email [email protected]

HerbDay to Raise Awareness of Health Benefits of Herbs

The American Botanical Council (ABC) opens their doors for HerbDay, a free and open-to-the-public event from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., on May 4, at the ABC headquarters at the historic Case Mill Homestead. The event will include free refreshments, samples and educational materials, children’s activities, plant sale, vendors, music, and tours of ABC’s 25 theme gardens with local herbalists, Nicole Telkes and Ellen Zimmermann.

“This is the one time each year that the nonprofit American Botanical Council opens its doors to the public to raise awareness of the significance of herbs and the many ways they can be used safely and creatively for health, beauty, and culinary enjoyment,” says Gayle Engels, special projects director for the Council.

Highlights include presentations by renowned physician, teacher, founder of Medicine Lodge Ranch, and internationally known expert in the fields of dietary supplements, herbal medicine, women’s health, and natural medicine, Dr. Tieraona Low Dog; and ABC founder and executive director, Mark Blumenthal.

Free. Location: 6200 Manor Road, Austin. For more information, call Engels at 512-926-4900, email [email protected] or visit or

New Science-Based Card Deck Offers Therapeutic Insights

Frames is a new tool for mindfulness and self-exploration. Designer Melanie McCalmont says, “If you love science, art, technology, travel and spirituality, Frames is a modern way to use visual allegory for creative problem solving. Frames starts by asking yourself an important, but unanswered, question in your life and then laying out four random cards from the deck (a frame). As your brain makes meaning from the Frames visual allegory, hidden areas of your inner data are unlocked.”

Inner data, according to McCalmont, is the sum of all of our physical, intellectual and spiritual experiences. She says, “When we get insights to our answer, our intuition responds with a state of alignment with our purpose.”

Frames cards are beautifully illustrated by international British artist David Hallangen, free of gender and class references. The Frames User Guide contains instructions, card summaries and help on interpretation.

To purchase Frames or product gift certificates, as well as attend how-to webinars, visit Natural Awakenings readers may attend a Frames webinar at no charge, including a live demonstration and Q&A, using code NA148995.

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