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June 16, 19 Author readings at Magers & Quinn

Minneapolis – Maggie Jackson, an award-winning author and journalist who writes the popular "Balancing Acts" column in the Boston Globe, will discuss her new book, Distracted: The Erosion of Attention and the Coming Dark Age, at 7:30 p.m. Monday, June 16, and Lisa Venable, author of the newly revised book God for President, will lead a discussion at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, June 19, at Magers and Quinn Booksellers, 3038 Hennepin Ave. S., Minneapolis. Alan Lightman, MIT professor and author of the bestselling Einstein’s Dreams, said this about Jackson’s book Distracted: "This is an important book. I found it to be a harrowing documentation of our modern world’s descent into fragmentation, self-alienation, and emptiness – brought on, to a large extent, by communication technologies that distract us, dislocate us, and destroy our inner lives. Others have commented on these issues, but I have never seen them gathered together and documented as completely as Maggie Jackson has done." Venable’s book is a delightful parable of involving Sarah Rose, a disillusioned American activist, who has retreated from Washington politics to her hometown in Minnesota to work for a friend at the Heavenly Hair Salon. Sarah has essentially given up on God, but one day is provoked by a conversation between customers at the salon about the state of the world and she begins to wonder what God would do as president of the free world. Sarah exclaims, "Imagine it…people would think twice before they act. Laws would be made with love. The water would be clean again. The fighting and wars would cease. God would never allow these atrocities!" For more information, visit or call 612.822.4611.

June 18 An Evening with Richard Leider

Minneapolis – "An Evening with Richard Leider," an event that will celebrate the new book Something to Live For: Finding Your Way in the Second Half of Life with David Shapiro (Berrett-Koehler), will be at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 18 at Mayo Memorial Auditorium, 425 Delaware St. SE, in Minneapolis, presented by the Center for Spirituality & Healing of the University of Minnesota. In his most personal book to date, Leider draws on ancient and contemporary wisdom, as well as modern research and moving stories, to help us find our own way in the second half of our lives. The cost is $40 and includes a signed copy of the new book. Space is limited and registration is required by June 4 at or by calling 612.626.2395.


Corepower Yoga in Edina

Edina, Minn. – Corepower Yoga & Spa recently has opened its sixth location in the Twin Cities in a 6,200-square-foot retreat of personal transformation at Centennial Lakes Plaza, 7495 France Ave. S., Edina. Sixty yoga classes will be offered each week at the new site. Corepower Yoga also has studios in downtown and uptown Minneapolis, St. Paul, St. Louis Park and Eden Prairie, as well as in Colorado, California, Oregon and Illinois. Corepower offers beginning and all levels of training in Power Vinyasa, Yoga Sculpt, Hot Power Fusion, Hot Yoga and meditation. Clients at the new site in Edina can enjoy the sunshine on the outdoor patio, shop at the retail boutique or treat themselves to a pampering spa treatment. New students to Corepower Yoga & Spa Edina will receive one week of unlimited classes free. To celebrate the Grand Opening, first time spa treatments at Serenity Spa will be 10 percent off. To learn more about Core Power Yoga, visit, or call for a spa appointment or inquire about classes at 952.835.YOGA.


June 7-8 Svaroopa Yoga retreat

ST. PAUL – Highland Yoga Center will host a weekend intensive yoga retreat, "Merging Head and Heart," from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 7-8 with Rama Berch, the originator and master teacher of Svaroopa® yoga and founding president of national Yoga Alliance and founder of Master Yoga Foundation. Rama teaches yoga according to the ancient tradition – as a direct path to svaroopa – the bliss of your own being. Rama will lead participants through ancient teachings on the true nature of your heart, mind and emotions. Those in attendance will experience how core opening – the essence of Svaroopa® yoga – transforms the body and clears away emotional issues that affect how you handle your life, your ability to see clearly, the way you plan and make decisions, and your ability to experience joy. The cost is $350. Highland Yoga Center, located at 1040 Cleveland Ave. S., St. Paul, offers hatha yoga taught in the style of Svaroopa®, which opens up your body and breath, as well as the deeper dimensions of your own being. For more information, visit, email [email protected] or contact Leslie Johnson at 612.408.0434.

June 13-14 Evolution of Consciousness with Robert McDermott

MAPLEWOOD, Minn. – Robert McDermott, president emeritus and professor of philosophy and religion at the California Institute of Integral Studies, will present lectures on "The Karma of America" and "Rudolf Steiner on the Evolution of Consciousness" June 13-14 at the Minnesota Waldorf School, 70 E. County Road B in Maplewood, sponsored by the Twin Cities Branch of the Anthroposophical Society. A $10 donation will be requested for each event. "Steiner on the Evolution of Consciousness," a lecture that will examine Steiner’s concept of the evolution of consciousness and his conviction that contemporary culture and society are the result of a gradual and increasingly profound alienation of the human being from the divine, will be from 7-9 p.m. Friday, June 13. "The Karma of America," focusing on the karmic significance that underlies the development of the United States of America and the threat of ecological devastation and its implications to America and its karma, will be from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, June 14. McDermott has written extensively on Indian and Western philosophy and religion, including books and essays on Gandhi, Radhakrishnan, Sri Aurobindo, William James, and Rudolf Steiner. He has served as president of the Rudolf Steiner Institute and chair of the board of both Sunbridge College and Rudolf Steiner College. For more information, contact Becky Streeter at 952.546.3351 or email [email protected].

July 11-13 The 15th Step Process with Dr. Joseph Costa

Burnsville, Minn. – The 15th Step, an easy process to learn, uses the principles of science and energy to raise the vibration of the physical body to the frequency of guides and masters of the Inner World. It is a level of consciousness that is a bridge between the material and non-material worlds, where you can go to heal the cells of your body, and ask any questions. It’s an amazingly effective tool to achieve physical, emotional and spiritual balance. Dr. Joseph Costa, founder of the Institute of Thought in San Diego where he teaches regression therapies and self-mastery courses, will return to the Twin Cities to teach the 15th Step Process. He will speak at 7 p.m. Friday at 13405 Colfax Ave., S., about the world consciousness shift, mind techniques to heal the earth and answer any questions. The 15th Step Process training will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, July 12-13. The cost for the entire weekend is $285, or $20 for the Friday lecture only. For more information, go to, or call Eric Christopher at 651.649.1952.


June 7 Back in Shape Run and Memorial Walk

Bloomington, Minn. – Northwestern Health Sciences University will host the 2008 Center for Diagnostic Imaging Back in Shape Run, considered the fastest 5k race in Minnesota, and the Patrick Holmes Memorial 5K Walk, held in memory of Patrick Holmes, an exercise therapist at Northwestern who died in the I-35W bridge collapse on Aug. 1, 2007. Last year, the event featured the three fastest 5k times in Minnesota. The winner, Matthew Chesang of Kenya, set a course record of 14:04 in 2007 and will be back on June 7 to defend his title. The Back In Shape Run features a prize purse of $6,550 this year, including a $1,000 cash prize for the top male and top female finishers and a $500 cash prize for the top finishing male and female Americans. Two fellow Kenyans – Benson Chesang and Sammy Malakwen – have committed to entering this year’s race and are expected to challenge last year’s winner. The run begins at 8 a.m. Saturday, June 7, the walk begins at 9 a.m. and kids races are at 10:15 a.m. at Northwestern, located on the corner of Penn Avenue and 84th Street in Bloomington. Register at or pick up a form on the campus of Northwestern Health Sciences University. The cost of the 5K Run and Walk, before June 5, is $20, and $25 on the day of the race. The cost of Kids Races before June 5 is $7, and $10 on the day of the race. For more information, to register, or to learn about pledging, visit or call Sarah Erickson at 952.888.4777, ext. 129. Northwestern Health Sciences University offers a wide array of choices in natural health care education including chiropractic, Oriental medicine, acupuncture, therapeutic massage and, human biology, and integrative health and wellness.

June 7-15 Great River Energy Bicycle Festival

The 10th annual Great River Energy Bicycle Festival, which includes the Nature Valley Grand Prix pro stage race, brings the excitement of professional racing, stunt riders, live music and family activities to several cities across central Minnesota. Highlights of the 2008 festival include: Velodrome Racing in the National Sports Center in Blaine June 7-8; Rasmussen College Women’s Cycling Summit, an annual conference to assess the state of women’s cycling, June 10 at the I-35 Holiday Inn in Bloomington; and the Nature Valley Grand Prix, a five-day stage race, the top-ranked cycling event for women and third-ranked for men in the United States, June 11-15, as a precursor to the Olympic Games in China, with stops in St. Paul, Cannon Falls, Minneapolis, Mankato and Stillwater; and much more, with information available at The Great River Energy Bicycle Festival featuring the Nature Valley Grand Prix is free and open to the public. In 2007, the Great River Energy Bicycle Festival raised $30,000 for Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota, double its largest contribution to date. Funds from the Great River Energy Bicycle Festival are directed to the Pediatric Hospice and Palliative Care Department at Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota, the only program of its kind in the state.

July 9-12 Moondance Jam

Walker, Minn. – This 17th annual rock fest offers the public a chance to see such iconic bands as Crosby, Stills & Nash, George Thorogood & the Destroyers, Boz Scaggs, The Guess Who, Poison, Sweet, Styx and many others. The Moondance Jam offers plenty of on-site camping and is nicely nestled in the pristine woods of north-central Minnesota. Nearby Walker offers convenient shopping or dining, and there are numerous lakes available for those who like to fish or swim during non-concert hours. For a complete line-up of bands, or to view available campsites and to order tickets,

visit their website at or call 1.800.MOONJAM.

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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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