Friday, April 29, 2011

Weekend (and weekday) update

Posted By on Fri, Apr 29, 2011 at 1:12 PM

Yes, it's time to peep into the weekend and next week to give you a heads-up on some worthwhile happenings around town.

• Let's talk about yoga first, since the majority of Indy readers are probably still having trouble getting images from Rich Tosches' naked men's yoga class out of their minds.

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Pranava Yoga Center just graduated its first class of 200-hour certified teachers (disclosure: my girlfriend is one of them) and those new instructors and the studio are looking to immediately practice their seva, or selfless service to others.

As such, the studio, as of this Sunday, May 1, has added a Sunday morning donation-based class from 8 to 9:30 a.m. (suggested donation $5 to $10) that will be taught by a different new teacher each week. All of the proceeds raised will go directly to charities or local nonprofits, including outfits like the Red Cross, the Alzheimer's Association and the Manitou Art Theatre, according to studio co-owner Mike Matsumura.

Sign up for Pranava's newsletter on its website for advanced notice on which organizations will receive the proceeds.

• Next up, catch a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 1:30 on Monday, May 2, for the new Harrison Urban Garden (HUG), located on the west side of the Harrison School District 2 Central Administration Building at 1060 Harrison Road (off Lake Avenue).

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Pikes Peak Urban Gardens (on whose board I sit) has taken the lead role in organizing the project, and will maintain a small urban farm on a portion of the site.

Here's how PPUG director Larry Stebbins describes HUG and its significance:

This is our most unique garden project to date. When fully developed It will combine community gardens (from neighbors, school district employees, Harbor House, Greccio Housing, churches, schools and more ...), an urban farm to grow produce for those less fortunate in the neighborhood and an educational outdoor classroom and kitchen (second phase, 2012) ...
As of today we are fully booked for our community garden plots, with 28 plots reserved and over 48 men, woman and children involved in gardening. Next year we will open an additional 12 plots to fully build out the .6 acre garden. We will be looking for funding this year for our outdoor educational classroom and outdoor kitchen.

While on PPUG: It'll offer a final spring class, "Grow Your Best Warm Season Organic Veggies Ever!" from 10 to 11:30 a.m., Saturday, May 14, in the Horace Mann Middle School auditorium. Entry is $5.

And PPUG will also be offering a Junior Gardener Class for 8- to 11-year-olds from 10 to 11:30 a.m., Wednesdays, June 15 through July 20 at the Harlan Wolfe Ranch. The cost is $75 for the series. Visit PPUG's website for more on all of the above.

• Looking ahead to Tuesday, May 3, the Blue Star will hold a Leopold Bros. Spirits Dinner at 6:30 p.m. Not unlike the cocktail dinner I recently attended at the Summit at the Broadmoor, it will feature five liqueur-paired courses.

Click here for the full menu, price and more: Leopold_Brothers_Spirits_Dinner.pdf

• Lastly — not to leave you hanging for a fourth day in a row — Wednesday, May 4, ushers in a gluten-free night at the Melting Pot in honor of Celiac Awareness Month. Catch a four-course menu for $28 plus tax and tip.

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