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"Global Love Day"

TAMPA, Fla. – It’s all about LOVE in global proportions. The Love Foundation invites people around the world to join together in celebrating and expanding love during a one-day planetary event encompassing all nations, all people, and all life on May 1. This fourth annual Global Love Day, with the theme "Love Begins With Me," takes place as various celebrations around the globe.

Since the initial launch of Global Love Day in 2004, The Love Foundation has received responses from individuals and organizations in more than 94 countries, along with 77 proclamations from international and US governors, mayors and councils endorsing the idea.

"This day honors our collective humanity and the power of love within each individual," said Harold W. Becker, founder of The Love Foundation. "When we, as individuals, realize our potential to love unconditionally, we transform ourselves and the planet at the same time. Together, we can make a difference by joining our energy during this one day celebration of humanity."

For complete details, visit www.thelovefoundation.com.

"Solutions Volume 1" showcases innovative design, art, activism

MINNEAPOLIS – On May 2, Solutions Twin Cities will produce a unique event at the Southern Theatre. "Solutions Volume 1" showcases leading edge work by local designers, architects, artists and activists. It’s the only place you will find solar-powered clean water for slums, new designs for money, the first urban flower coop, the pre-fab weeHouse, a mobile movie theater for refugees and even blooming roofs. The fast-paced program will provide a series of presenters called "solutionists" 6 minutes and 40 seconds each to "wow" the audience with their work. The tight time frame allows each presenter just enough time to present 20 rapid-fire slides, ensuring a high impact exchange of ideas.

Doors open for "Solutions Volume 1" at 7 p.m. Presentations will take place from 8-9:30 p.m., followed by a 30-minute discussion. Featured solutionists are: NEED Magazine, Alchemy Architects, Worrell, Inc., Architecture for Humanity: Minnesota, Studio 4284, Architecture for Humanity – Iowa, RoofBloom , photographer Andy Richter, Give Us Wings, Urban Earth Flower and Garden Co-op, mnartists.org, Commission to End Homelessness and Dual Currency Systems. The evening will wind up with a reception until midnight with music by local blues and rockabilly trio, Cadillac Kolstad Band. Tickets are $6 online or with a student ID and $8 at the door. The Southern Theatre is located at 1420 Washington Ave. S., Minneapolis.

Solutions Twin Cities is a website, a community and a new mindset exemplified by the Solutions event. Founded by young designers Colin Kloecker and Troy Gallas in 2006, Solutions Twin Cities presents innovative thinking, good design and an exciting means of exchanging ideas that benefit society.

For more information, visit www.solutionstwincities.org

"Healing in the Light of Love"

Eden Prairie, MN – Renowned International Qigong Master Chunyi Lin will reveal healing aspects of Qigong that he has never shared before with the public at the Spring Forest Qigong 2007 International Conference May 18-20 at the Sheraton Bloomington South Hotel in Bloomington, Minn.

Lin is the creator of a revolutionary approach to the ancient Chinese practice of energy medicine known as qigong. Anticipation of Lin’s presentation is attracting healers and others from all over the world drawn by the success they have already experienced utilizing his techniques to produce remarkable, some say miraculous, results. These results have even generated interest and cooperative studies in researching the benefits of Spring Forest Qigong within medical settings such as the University of MN and the Mayo Clinic.

At the Conference, titled "Healing in the Light of Love," Master Lin will explain Healing with Sound, Healing with Light, and What Happens Before and After Enlightenment. Special group healings and meditations are planned as well as focus sessions to enhance your personal energy healing abilities.

The conference is open to the public. For more information, visit www.springforestconference.com or call (952) 593-5555, ext.1.

Art-A-Whirl

MINNEAPOLIS – This spring marks the 12th year of Art-A-Whirl – the annual open studio and gallery tour in Northeast Minneapolis. From Friday, May 18, to Sunday, May 20, hundreds of artists will showcase work in painting, photography, sculpture, mosaics, mixed media, wood, glass, textiles, ceramics, jewelry and more.

A Silent Auction Preview Party will take place in the third-floor gallery of the Northrup King Building on Thursday, May 17. Mingle with artists and local dignitaries as you sneak a peek at the artwork, gift certificates and specialty items that have been donated for the silent auction, which runs all weekend.

Art-A-Whirl is sponsored by the Northeast Minneapolis Arts Association (NEMAA), a non-profit arts organization with more than 400 members. The annual self-guided tour to individual studios, art buildings and private galleries is one of the biggest art crawls in the upper Midwest, drawing thousands of visitors to Northeast Minneapolis each year. Free trolley service runs to and from locations on Saturday and Sunday, and this year there is a new and improved bike map for those who want to ride, not crawl.

Look for a 2007 Art-A-Whirl Directory at all Rake magazine locations and Bibelot stores in May. Visit nemaa.org.

Inner peace

MAPLEWOOD, Minn. – The Benedictine Center in Maplewood is offering three enrichment opportunities in May that will provide information and support to anyone searching for inner peace and wondering how to live more meaningful lives. They are described below.

• "Setting Limits for the Sake of Love," Tuesday, May 8, 7-8:30 p.m., $20. This evening get-together is designed to help individuals struggling to "find God in challenging times." The discussion will be led by Mary White, O.S.B., a licensed psychotherapist and teacher of Christian meditation, who draws on the wisdom of the world’s great spiritual traditions.

• "Leading Lives That Matter," Friday, May 11, through Saturday, May 12, $60 (includes lodging and meals). This overnight retreat will help you to listen to the promptings of your heart, and discern where to place your time and energy so you can live more centered, peaceful lives. It will be led by Carol Rennie, a Benedictine Sister and prioress of St. Paul’s Monastery.

• "Men’s Contemplative Spirituality Group," Monday, May 28, 7-9 p.m., free will offering. Men will find support and encouragement in their spiritual journeys by participating in this ongoing group that has been in existence for five years. David Sagula, Ph.D., a psychologist and retreat leader, facilitates the meeting and discussion.

To register for one or more of these opportunities, go online to www.stpaulsmonastery.org and follow the Benedictine Center link. For more information, call (651) 777-7251 or e-mail [email protected]. The Benedictine Center, a ministry of the Benedictine Sisters at St. Paul’s Monastery, is located at 2675 Larpenteur Ave. E. in Maplewood.

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