Thursday, February 18, 2010

Peoples Yoga Tonight is ON! Brunch Sun & More!

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Greetings Detroit and all who grace us here!
Feb 18, 2010 - North Corktown HQ, Detroit - I know that we just sent one of these out, but we've had some changes and I wanted to thank everyone who joined us in Eastern Market last night for the FREE screening of FOOD, Inc.

Local Foods Resource Guide
We had an incredible turn out and great local resources to share. I put together this bare bones Local Foods Resource Guide to hand out at the event and wanted to make it available to everyone. Though this list is FAR from exhaustive I invite you to help expand it and create a living document of the Food Security/Justice Movement in Detroit. Please send Resource Name, Contact Info (Name, Address, Phone, email, website) and a short description of their Local offerings my way. Offers of assistance to co-create this database will be heartily welcomed!

Peoples Yoga

People's Yoga is ON!
We have been blessed to find an incredible instructor for this evenings People's Yoga session at Spirit of Hope Church (6:30p). Jill Shilling will be joining Angela for this special session. All are welcome and People's Yoga is always donation-based so that people who feel the need for yoga can access yoga whether they have a $10 in their wallet or not. I'm very thankful for Jill and pleased that People's Yoga will carry on through my recovery this week. Here are the details on People's Yoga from my blog.

Corktown Community Brunch
Excitement about this Sunday's Corktown Community Brunch is building. Please visit the Brunch Minisite and check out our wish list. We would love to bring unused resources from your garage or basement back into circulation. We are also looking for accounting and legal assistance as we organize our Community Kitchen efforts. Please contact me if you are interested in learning more about this project.

A Displaced Sweets For Your Sweetie
Due to snow the week before Valentines Day our Sweets for Your Sweetie Meetup at Irene's was cancelled. Though slightly out of place post-Valentines, we can all benefit from sweetening it up on occasion. Details on the class are below. If you would like to join us please visit Irene's Meet-up page and RSVP there. Note: We're already excited about March's Spring into Raw Meet-up at Irene's!

Detroit Urban Sustainability Training
Detroit Urban Sustainability Training - 10 Days in Detroit learning Urban Sustainability from Detroiters living it. Angela and I are pleased to be involved in and to support this exciting grassroots program organized by Kate Devlin of Spirit and Faith Farms. We encourage you to consider the program and spread the word.

Sprouts from Detroit Raw Community Farms
We've been featuring our friend Carolyn's Detroit-grown Sprouts at many of our classes and events. If you'd like to order some of these amazing sprouts please contact Carolyn to make arrangements. We're pleased to share that you can arrange pick up of flats or bags of spouts at many of our events.

Thank You all so much!
Thanks again for all the well wishes. I'm feeling better daily. I'm sure that once again, I'm forgetting to add important items to this edition, but I plan to send these out on a more regular basis, so I'll do my best to catch it next time.

Angela, Aya and I look forward to seeing you soon. Our blessings to you and yours.

In Health, Joy and Liberation,
Gregg on behalf of
the Detroit Evolution Crew

February 18, 2010

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evolvedetroit Anyone avail to hang w/Aya & I at our N. Corktown HQ 1-4pm today? Angela has an important meeting. Also need help w/chairs fm last night 41 minutes ago reply

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evolvedetroit Well, looks like Aya will be walking to his 1st Birthday Party next week. Oh boy! Let the fun begin. 2 hours ago reply

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evolvedetroit Made a few important updates to Incld a Local Food Guide & the fact that tnght's Peoples Yoga is ON! Pls RT! 2 hours ago reply

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evolvedetroit Great turn out for FOOD, Inc. in #EasternMarket last night. Here's the #Detroit Local Food Resource Guide we provided 4 hours ago reply

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Our Next Brunch is February 21st - The Menu is Coming Soon!
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The Corktown Community Brunch brings friends and neighbors together to prepare healthy all local/organic food for other friends and neighbors. All are welcome and encouraged to inspire and inform discussions of local resilience, food security and environmental and social justice. This donation-based Brunch is offered on the 3rd Sunday of every month.

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Sweets for your Sweetie
Friday, February 26th, 6:30-9pm $10
Location: Irene's Myomassology Institute
26061 Franklin Road, Southfield, MI 48033

Join Chef Angela Newsom at Irene's Myomassology Institute and learn how to make your own raw chocolates and desserts for that special person in your life. (And that special person could be YOU!) We will be preparing a White Chocolate Raspberry Swirl Cheesecake and Chocolate Almond Butter Cups using raw cacao. Raw cacao has many health benefits including:

Antioxidants - Raw cacao has more antioxidants than any food including blueberries, red wine and green tea! In fact, it has 4 times as many antioxidants than found in green tea!

Neurotransmitters - Raw cacao raises the level of seretonin in the brain, acting as a natural antidepressant!

Essential Minerals - Raw cacao is rich in essential minerals like magnesium and sulfur, great for building strong bones, a strong heart and beautiful hair!

This class is part of Irene's ongoing Veggie Meet-ups. To save your space in this class please RSVP through


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Gregg Newsom has studied and practiced yoga since 1994. In 2004, he began to teach at yoga studios and medical centers across the Metro Detroit area. Though teaching many and varied styles of yoga his personal practice is Ashtanga. In 2006, Gregg traveled to Mysore, India to study with Ashtanga guru Sri K. Pattabhi Jois. His time in India enhanced his connection to the traditional practice of yoga and he strives to share this with all of his students. He's also been blessed to practice and study with Maju Jois, David Life, Sharon Gannon, Tim Miller and R. Sharath Rangaswamy.

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Location: Spirit of Hope Church
1519 Martin Luther King, Detroit 48208

Evolutionary Yoga returns to Detroit thanks to the Spirit of Hope Church and all of our dedicated students who have continued to support and encourage our efforts to share yoga in Detroit. NOTE THIS CHANGE: Please park on MLK and ring the front door to enter. We will be practicing in the 3rd floor gym. Please give yourself extra time if you are new to this location. Call 313.316.1411 if you need assistance. There is no entry after 6:30p. Dress in layers or bring blankets for the pranayama (breath & meditation) that concludes our session.

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