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Cornstalk Festival

DUNNELL, Minn. – The second annual Cornstalk Music • Art • Peace Festival returns August 3-4 to rural Dunnell, in the southernmost part of the state, near Jackson, not far from the Iowa border. Cornstalk is a gathering that celebrates the visual, performing and healing arts, and it is dedicated to promoting peaceful resolution to conflict in the world and at home.

Musicians and music lovers from all across the country will be part of this event. The music begins Friday at 6 p.m. with Bob Saar, Doc J & The Smith Brothers, and then Aimee B & The Sun Dogz. The event resumes at 9 a.m. Saturday with guest poet Farrish Sharon, followed by Bonnie Berquam’s bellydancing group, Bob Boulden, Bob Saar and Friends. The Fabulous Johnee Zee will wrap up the morning events. The afternoon features Part One Tribe, Paul McCaffrey, bellydancing, Cactus Joe and Friends, Lois Fry & Friends, speakers, and Fiel/Faithful. Headlining on Saturday night is Damon Dotson & Band until midnight, with special performance by the Mystik Players fire dancers.

Artists, speakers, food and merchandise vendors will be on site for the duration of the festival. Admission is $10 per day, with children 12 and under free. As a non-profit agency, Cornstalk Inc. supports our troops, and festival proceeds this year will go directly to Disabled Veterans of the Iraq/Afghanistan wars. For more information, go to

Mastering Alchemy

Jim Self, founder of Northern California’s Avalon Institute and a leader of seminars and teacher of healing, clairvoyance and personal energy management courses since 1980, will present the foundation to "Mastering Alchemy" October 4-7 in Minneapolis.

"Alchemy is accomplished by changing the frequency of thought, altering the harmonics of matter and applying the elements of Love to create a desired result," Self says. This work is for those who wish to understand the shifts that are occurring on the planet, ascension symptoms and what we can do to make it easier to transition through this shift. The seminar will help participants learn tools to become one with the soul, experience simultaneous time, understand how the third, fourth and fifth dimensions work and dissolve the veils of forgetfulness.

Since childhood, Self has had ability to recall his experiences within the sleep state. During the last 10 years, this awareness has expanded into relationships with the archangels, ascended masters and teachers of light. The information presented in Mastering Alchemy is a co-creation of these relationships.

For information on the free class and seminar upcoming in the Twin Cities, call (763) 843-0043, (530) 271-0724 or visit

Midtown Yoga Festival

MINNEAPOLIS – Midtown Yoga Festival, featuring more 30 local yoga vendors, various instructional seminars including Bikram, CorePower, Iyegnar, Ashtanga and Kundalini Yoga, Kirtan singing, meditation, cultural

entertainment, lectures, bodywork and much more, will debut from 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, at Midtown Global Market, 920 E. Lake Street, Minneapolis, near Chicago Avenue and Lake Street.

"With 16.5 million Americans practicing some form of yoga, there are a lot of opinions about what yoga is or should be," writes Kaitlin Quistgaard, editor of Yoga Journal. "How fortunate, then, that yoga meets us where we are." The keynotel speaker is Dr. Zeal Okogeri, whose mission is to open hearts, heal, and inspire people into action through his uplifting message on practical wisdom.

The festival is free and open to the public, including yoga lovers in the Twin Cities area and anyone who has been curious about yoga. Yoga teachers, students, practitioners, beginners, mediators and center owners will be in attendance.

For those interested in presenting, sponsoring, endorsing or vending at the festival, contact Gaia ji ("Gen") Richards at (612) 874-0858 or e-mail [email protected].

A side note: Midtown Global Market – an international collection of more than 50 independent and local vendors offering delicacies, prepared foods, grocery items and unique gifts from around the world – is expanding its offerings of fresh produce and locally produced art with the addition of the Main Street Farmer’s Market. Unique items such as arugula, kale, swiss chard, garlic shoots and other greens are available. The farmer’s market will be presented from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursdays through October 25. For more information, contact Joanna Stone at (612) 724-7457 or e-mail [email protected]

New inner strength studio

MINNEAPOLIS – Inner Strength Fitness, an alternative to the corporate health clubs, opened this spring at 5200 Minnehaha Ave. S., Minneapolis, to offer yoga, spinning, outdoor bootcamp (in Minnehaha Park), spin/yoga and spin/run classes, and much more.

Inner Strength Studio’s owners, Melissa and Tracy Moreno, encourage their students to have a lifelong commitment to physical, mental and spiritual wellness. Inner Strength offers patrons the opportunity to develop this three-part balance in their own lives, regardless of what stage they currently are at in their journey.

The studio has no memberships fees or contracts. Clients pay for classes they choose. The studio offers a private environment with convenient parking, changing rooms, shower and bath facilities. The inner strength studio’s friendly staff and instructors include an elite list of experts in the disciplines of biking, running, yoga and athletic training.

A green package is available to reward customers who arrive to the studio by either foot, bike or public transportation. The studio is located on the light rail line, between the 50th Street and VA Medical Center stops, directly across Hiawatha Avenue from Minnehaha Park in the Longfellow/Nokomis neighborhood. The Inner Strength owners believe physical fitness is equally as important as having a healthy earth. The studio was constructed by reclaimed wood, cork flooring, reclaimed aluminum for the sign, and earth-friendly cleaning products.

Inner Strength will conduct "spinathons," a two-hour spin class, in which all proceeds go to a featured charity of the month. The studio currently is working with the Minnesota AIDS Project and the Humane Society by donating a portion of its proceeds on a monthly basis.

For more information, call (612) 644-1953 or visit

Green building conference

SAN FRANCISCO – The country’s largest annual residential green building event, West Coast Green Residential Building Conference & Expo, returns to Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco September 20-22 to assist industry professionals who want to learn more about residential green building and design, gain exposure and forge business partnerships. The event features one day for interested homeowners.

West Coast Green will bring together industry leaders and visionary thinkers who will lead discussions and panels, workshops, exhibitor booths and networking events, including designers Sarah Susanka and Michelle Kaufmann, author Paul Hawken, Cameron Sinclair of Architecture for Humanity, and David Gottfried of the United States Green Building Council.

For more information and registration, visit or call toll-free 1 (800) 724-4880.

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Tim Miejan
Tim Miejan is a writer who served as former editor and publisher of The Edge for twenty-five years. Contact him at [email protected].


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