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It’s National Health & Fitness Month: Celebrate With a Healthy Lifestyle at the MAC

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So, it’s National Health and Fitness Month. Maybe you’re already so on top of it that you’re reading this post on your iPhone while on mile five of your morning 10K. Or maybe this information makes you squirm a bit with the vague memory of that New Year’s resolution that somehow fell to the wayside somewhere along the line. But no matter. It’s never to late to start getting fit– and there are so many ways and reasons to do so, that there’s no need to panic. In fact, National Health and Fitness Month makes it easier than ever– not only because the weather is finally the kind you want to enjoy outside– but also because fitness centers such as the Maryland Athletic Club are offering great opportunities this month to use the facilities, take classes, and start getting healthy. We checked in with Sharon Nevins, Vice President of Marketing at the MAC to find out how they’re celebrating National Health and Fitness Month and how we can, too.

Baltimore Fishbowl: So May is National Health and Wellness Month. What does that mean? And what is the MAC doing to help celebrate it?

Sharon Nevins: National Health & Fitness Month was created to help shine a spotlight on the importance of exercise to be healthy. Our industry, along with the First Lady’s “Let’s Move” Campaign joined together to encourage everyone to lead an active, healthy lifestyle. MAC helps celebrate by opening its doors to the entire community to enjoy the MAC and get moving for 7 days. We also have designated community wide classes where non-members can try us out with others just like them.

BFB: That’s great! What an awesome opportunity for those of us who are interested in trying out a new gym. Now that the nice weather is finally here, what are some of the best outdoor exercises we can do to supplement our time at the gym? Baltimore has so many great outdoor spaces and activities. Any top picks or workout ideas?

SN: Just getting outside and walking is always nice. Baltimore also has some incredible trails for hiking. From the NCR trail to Loch Raven to Soldiers Delight and the B&A trail for biking. Whatever is fun and easy for you, you should do. The idea is to enjoy it (most of the time) so you keep up the habit.

Pledge to Breathe Fresh Air!

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Ditch dirty air! Be part of creating a sustainable future by empowering yourself and others to make clean air a priority in the Baltimore metro area. Your house can run on CLEAN energy! 

Meet Booker Prize Winner James Kelman at the Ivy Tomorrow Night

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Tuesday, May 7th
7:00pm
The Ivy Bookshop, 6080 Falls Road

Get a seat in front!

Man Booker Award-winning novelist James Kelman visits the Ivy Bookshop tomorrow night at 7 as the inaugural guest of the store’s new “front table” series that brings us face to face with amazing writers from around the world. Kelman, who received the Man Booker in 1994 for How Late It Was, How Late, writes books peopled with ultra-authentic working-class Scottish characters inspired by his native land. The author will discuss his newest, Mo Said She Was Quirky (Other Press), which depicts one single day in the life of an everywoman named Helen. In typically masterful Kelman narration, we are sometimes in Helen’s head, sometimes on the outside watching her shuffle past, watching her work the nightshift in a London casino. The single mom to a six-year-old daughter, Helen lives with her Pakistani waiter boyfriend, much to the chagrin of her narrow-minded neighbors. Thanks to Kelman’s well-honed craft and attentive imagination – and his own faith in his character – we believe in Helen from the start. And, in a novel critics have tagged Kelman’s most accessible to date, we feel grateful for the difficult hours of her life we’re invited to share.

Find the Perfect Gift for Mom at Sprezzatura

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Be delighted and intrigued by the collection of beautiful objects at Sprezzatura. From jewelry and fashion accessories to home décor and gifts for men, women and children, Sprezzatura — located in Stevenson Village — is your source for unique shopping.

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Stepping into the store is like stepping into a well-curated museum: A sophisticated selection of original art, books, home accents and gourmet treats fill the collection. And you’ll always enjoy gorgeous fresh cut flowers and exceptional service at Sprezzatura, including signature gift-wrapping and a knowledgeable staff to help you find just what you need.

To celebrate Mother’s Day, Sprezzatura will host afternoon wine and champagne daily from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., the week before Mother’s Day, beginning Tuesday May 7.  Each day, the boutique will feature a selection of women’s fragrances, accessories and jewelry that mom will adore.

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Expansive selection of gourmet teas

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Unique imported fragrances

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Mother’s Day Shopping Made Easy with Gifts at Halcyon House

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Want to be certain you buy something mom will love?  Head to Halcyon House, the gift shop and home store of  renowned interior designer Stiles Colwill, close your eyes and point! The selection is just that good, with elegant home accessories, divine bed linens (a wide selection of John Robshaw lines the shelves), chic jewelry and more to make the store the place to a find sure-fire winning gift for mom.  See what’s in store below!

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Handmade Ceramics

 

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Agraria diffusers & soaps
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Pono Tortoise jewelry
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Rattan serving pieces
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Vases & cachepots
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Multiple colored leather clutches

 

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Hand carved soapstone decorative boxes

 

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Angela Caputi bracelets

 

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Summer Tunics

 

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Pewter Topiary salt & pepper shakers
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Lafco scented soaps and candles
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Decorative Mexican dishes
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Mouthblown vases

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Neuromuscular Integrative Action: “Dance Meets Yoga Meets Tae Kwon Do” at Baltimore Yoga Village

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We all know that exercise makes us feel better. Even the most dedicated couch potato feels the benefit of a brisk walk, or a game of Frisbee.  In recent years, yoga has grown in popularity due to its focus not just on physical wellness, but also on relaxation and spiritual or emotional well-being. However, yoga is not the only form of exercise that combines these qualities. If you’re looking for an exercise or movement practice that also encompasses mental and emotional health, you might want to turn to NIA—a practice “dance meets yoga meets tae kwon do,” as one instructor called it—that successfully integrates all that and more; leading to a holistic feeling of health with real results. Lola Manekin and Alba Azola are two local NIA instructors who teach classes at Baltimore Yoga Village. We asked them to fill us in about what NIA really is, and how we can reap its many benefits.

Power Your Home with Wind Energy from Clean Currents

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Clean Currents helping Baltimoreans switch to wind power on Earth Day
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By now, most people have had the experience of driving down the highway and seeing, off in the distance, the tall white wind turbines that are beginning to dot the American landscape. In recent years, they’ve become the icon of renewable, sustainable energy—the promise of less pollution, fighting climate change, and pursuing energy sources that are safe for humans and the environment. Now Baltimoreans can enthusiastically jump on the green energy bandwagon with Clean Currents, a company making it possible for Baltimore residents to choose to power their homes exclusively through wind power. Now, this doesn’t mean that they come to your backyard (or porch, or stoop) and install a windmill that sends electricity into your house. Rather, it means that they buy energy from wind farms as close as Pennsylvania and send that through BGE’s power lines to your home. There’s no change in reliability of electricity, and you may be surprised to learn that BGE still maintains power lines and the flow of power to homes and businesses powered by Clean Currents. When you make the switch, your power remains uninterrupted, perfectly normal, but your household is just that much greener.

Event of the Day: Decanter – A Maryland Wine Tasting and Racing Event

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Saturday, April 20 and Sunday, April 21
10:00am – 6:00pm | $30 and up

Decanter is a two-day wine tasting and horse racing event. There are a few options for enjoying your time there. The General Admission Pass ($30) provides a Grandstand (read: the best) vantage point of all turf and dirt races of the day, samples of fine Maryland wine from Free State wineries, access to local artisans, and specialty food (at an extra costnot included). For the dedicated Decanterer (yes, weve just decided thats a word), you can upgrade to the Decanter Pass ($50), which includes all of the above, but you also get to take home a full size Riedel wine glass, samples of an exclusive Decanter wine from each attending winery, and a six bottle carrying bag. Tickets for youth and designated drivers (yes!) are available at a discount as well.

Decanter takes place on April 20 and 21 at the historic Pimlico race track in Baltimore. For more information or to purchase tickets, you can visit www.marylandwine.com

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