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New market touts eco-friendly vendors

Environmentally conscious mart will debut Aug. 6, much to the delight of O.C. ‘greenies.’


When entrepreneur Rana Sabeh couldn’t find available vendor space to showcase her discount natural products business, she decided to create her own alternative ‘green’ market.

The Orange County Green Market debuts Aug. 6 at the Irvine Valley College.  Everything from eco-friendly cleaning supplies and services , repurposed accessories, natural skin care products and Sabeh’s own business Healthy Bargains will be open to the public from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.   Saturdays in the college’s parking lot.

“I figured that if I’m an eco-friendly vendor trying to get out on the market and I can’t then there must be others like e who are also having a hard time,” Sabeh, a Huntington Beach resident, said of her decision to launch the market.

With room to fit up to about 80 vendors lined up for the opening weekend with more expected to sign on as the market grows.

No environmentally friendly vendors will be turned away from her market, she said.

“I really want to build a community, for the market to unite what I call the ‘greenies,'” she said.

However, the market is also build on a foundation of education, she said.

Some of the vendor spaces will be  occupied by nonprofits which advocate to raise awareness of ‘green’ lifestyle practces.

“I also want to pull in people who don’t know about living green and educate the to see how t can fit into their liifestyle,” Sabeh said.  “It’s an opportunity for them to understand that it’s a win-win for their health, families and for the environment, as well.”

The market also has an educational component for IVC’s green initiative and business students: free vendor space.

While details are still being worked out, a limited number of students will be able have access to real-world entrepreneurial experience of running a small business — something Sabeh wishes she had access to in college, she said.

“What Rana is doing is very exciting for us at the college,” said Jeff Hurlbut, the college’s director of facilities and maintenance. “Moving forward, we’re trying to gear things and events so students can have interaction in it.”

The college hosts seasonal vendors such as pumpkin and tree lots as well as the occasional craft or car show, Hurlbut said.

Although the market came too late to be worked into this semester’s curriculum, future semesters may hold the opportunity for students to earn course credit for their partcipation, Hurlbut said.

“I don’t know yet what’s going to happen.” Hurlbut said.   “But I ‘m excited to see what students will do with the opportunity.”


Deepak Chopra brings message of peace and love to Tampa Bay area

Here is an interesting article on Deepak Chopra from the St. Petersburg Times

PALM HARBOR — They came. They saw. They didn’t conquer.

Instead, they felt the love.

More than a thousand people were expected Friday night as celebrity doctor, Deepak Chopra, a world leader in mind, body and soul medicine, came to the Innisbrook Resort and Golf Club to instruct others how they could “Be the Change.”

Dale Colton, a Palm Harbor resident who works with Chopra, put the outreach program together.

[TERRI BRYCE REEVES | Special to the Times]

Deepak Chopra autographs a ticket for Donna Kashtan, who showed up two hours early to hear his talk. The proponent of mind, body and soul medicine was expected to draw more than 1,000 people to Innisbrook Resort Friday night for the presentation.

“We’re trying to bring people together and raise their collective consciousness,” she said. “Basically, the message is that we all have to start caring about each other if we want to solve the problems of humanity.”

It’s a grass roots, worldwide movement presented by the Alliance for a New Humanity, which aims to build a just, peaceful and sustainable world by connecting people and raising awareness.

Chopra is a founding director and its president.

During a phone interview earlier on Friday, Chopra — in his very gentle Indian accent — suggested that we must give up our militaristic approach to solving world problems.

“What we’ve tried in the past is just not working,” he said. “Even the peace activists are angry.”

Oh, and we may want to drop the warring rhetoric too, such as the “war on poverty,” “war on terrorism,” and “war on AIDS.”

Instead he advocates for a peaceful, nonviolent approach that involves changing ourselves, finding our passion, making a difference in our communities, then sharing our success stories through a worldwide network.

We’ll all be happier for it, he said.

He gives the example of abject poverty.

“We aren’t going to have peace when 50 percent of those in the world live on less than $2 a day and 20 percent of those live on less than $1 a day,” he said.

And trade in those tanks for turnips.

“Only 4 percent of the U.S. military budget would solve hunger,” he said.

Chopra, an endocrinologist, splits his time between New York and California .

He’s written more than 45 books dealing with themes of alternative medicine, spiritualism, life after death and such. He has also appeared on shows like CNN’s Larry King Live and Fox’s the O’Reilly Factor.

Chopra is optimistic that attitudes are changing and that we are moving in a positive direction.

“If enough people do this, we’ll have a different world,” he said. “It just takes one person at a time.”

By Terri Bryce Reeves, Times Correspondent, St. Petersburg Times
In Print: Saturday, February 7, 2009