Life in the Year 2050

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September 10th / 6:00 to 8:00PM


Ellwood’s Community Classroom

Facilitated By

Raj Jaisinghani


Ever wonder where humanity is going and where we will be in the year 2050? By participating in this free workshop, you can contribute your opinion to the final chapter of Raj Jaisinghani book Homo sapiens, which discusses the impact of humans – from environmental science to human behavior & genetics to economics & politics to philosophy and sociology – and the impact these intersections have on our behavior and our world.

Professionals from all disciplines are invited to attend, including engineers, scientists, environmentalists, activists, psychologists, sociologists, economists, political scientists, artists, poets, musicians, philosophers, and more. Topics for discussion include food & water quality & supply, air quality & pollution, global warming and impacts, new technologies impact on behavior and energy, economy/laws/governance, transportation, social trends & arts in 2050.

Light refreshments provided.


FREE! You will need to RSVP in advance.

Register for class

Seating is limited for this workshop so you much register here.


Call the customer service desk at 804-359-7525 or email

10 Practices for a Great Day

It’s always ideal to have a little arsenal of positive practices we can utilize once in a while to put a smile on our faces (or better even, someone else’s). It’s so easy to fall into the monotony of a day and live through it without really knowing what’s happening, remembering the conversations we have or the details that make the day special. I absolutely love giving people little tidbits of happiness that they can whip out every day to make their day brighter. As I’m sure you know, when you feel happy and smile and laugh, the whole body just feels better, doesn’t it? I’m a strong believer that our body’s are wired for bliss, and we often don’t utilize happiness and joy enough. It’s the little things, and the easy things that can make a day go from “OK”to “great”! Here are some of my favorites:

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  1. Make time for a delicious breakfast at least once a week. Have your favorite danish or pastry, fresh fruit from the market or indulge in your “hits the spot”cup of tea or coffee. Take enough time to savor the deliciousness of it all, and don’t feel too rushed while eating.
  2. Turn off email notifications/texts on your phone. Seriously, there’s plenty of research out there connecting email notifications with increased anxiety and stress. We all know we’ve got work to do. We don’t need that little reminder going off every 5 minutes.
  3. Compliment someone on something genuine, like “Hey, you handled that situation really well. Thanks for staying so calm about it.” Or, “That was an awesome idea! This makes the project so much better!”
  4. Take a deep breath at every red light. This is the ideal time to take a moment, calm yourself down and release some built up driving tension.
  5. Call (don’t text) someone you care about and tell them you love them or miss them. Catch up with an old friend you haven’t talked with in a while.
  6. Go outside for a walk. Enjoy the season, and find a new park or secret road to explore. Take the ear buds out while you’re at it. The birds are pretty.
  7. Clean out your desk, dresser, closet, inbox, fridge or pantry and re-stock with currently applicable things. De-cluttering feels AMAZING!
  8. Watch your favorite movie (or even go see a movie by yourself!). Bring your favorite snacks, too 🙂
  9. Plan out an ideal day. I mean I really perfect day, complete with activities, people, feelings you want to have and accomplishments you want to get done. Here’s a great Ideal Day Worksheet to help you plan it out and make it happen (from a favorite gal of mine at Braid Creative).
  10. Do something that brings you joy every single day. Pick up your old hobby (knitting, reading, journaling, dancing, playing your instrument, video gaming, jogging, yoga, meeting your girlfriends for coffee dates etc). Even if you have to schedule this time in your planner, make sure it happens!

There’s so much we can do every day to make the day better and make our body’s feel more vibrant, happy and full. Just pick one and get going!

Natural Childbirth Series

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Sundays, September 7th, 14th, & 21st  / 1:00 to 3:00PM


Ellwood’s Community Room


Heather McLees-Frazier | The Healthy Birth

toLabor trained professional birth doula & Lamaze trained childbirth educator

Heather McLees-Frazier lives with her husband and three children in Carytown. She has worked in the field of childbirth for two years and has degrees in physical anthropology as well as Renaissance women’s history. Having three radically different birth experiences got her interested in the issues surrounding American maternity care. She trained as a doula with toLabor in 2012, and as a childbirth educator with Lamaze International in 2013. Her educational background as well as her personal and professional experience with birth give Heather a broad understanding of the societal ramifications of our maternity care choices and the practical applications of what helps women have safe and rewarding experiences in birth.


These classes are designed to give you and your partner information about what helps the most in labor and birth, all in a 3-week course. These classes incorporate Lamaze’s 6 Healthy Birth Practices, the physical and emotional signposts of labor and how to cope with them, support strategies for medicated and unmedicated labor, labor variations and non-medical techniques for addressing them, and your wishes and options for achieving the birth you want as well as for post-partum.

Learn more about Heather’s philosophy and programs here.


$125 for the series (covers admission for mother and partner)



Register for class

There is limited seating/availability for all classes and events and you must register ahead of time.

Register by emailing Heather at or by calling (804) 833-4474.


Call the customer service desk at 804-359-7525.