The Abundance Foundation was born from the collaboration of two co-ops—Chatham Marketplace and Piedmont Biofuels. They started the organization to carry out specific sustainability projects, all while teaching residents about local food, renewable energy, and community. The foundation's first project brought warm water to students in an elementary school through the use of solar power. Aiming to make all of its activities fun and engaging, it now conducts children's sustainability and energy tours that teach youth where their food and energy come from. Its do-it-yourself sustainability workshops teach adults about eco-projects, including how to make cheese, soap, and bread from scratch, and how to practice organic gardening or beekeeping.
Popular globetrotting pop collective Architecture in Helsinki transforms Cat’s Cradle into a throbbing, futuristic discotheque as its latest tour storms American shores. Formed in Melbourne, the ambidextrous dance band stirs fans with a tornado of flamboyant sounds, infectious anthems, and commitment-free instrument swapping. With hits such as “Do the Whirlwind” and latest single “Contact High,” lead crooner Cameron Bird and his cakewalking team of tunesmiths tickle ear bones and rehabilitate ankles in support of its latest album, Moment Bends. During the kaleidoscopic performance, the band seduces dance floors with 10-foot hooks and sounds culled from hypnotic synths, romantic glockenspiels, and strummed chest hairs. Filling out the bill, Swedish dance wizards Lo-Fi-Fnk enchant with instant club hits and songs for strobe-light campfires, and pop enthusiasts Dom charm with stargazing Casios.
Geneticist Dr. Michael Bleyman founded Carolina Tiger Rescue in the 1970s as a breeding sanctuary for large carnivores whose habitats had become unsafe. Its original intent was to protect wild species that were crucial to the survival of particular ecosystems, sustaining the populations until their home habitats were protected enough to support them without risk. Today, the organization protects wild cats in captivity and in nature by providing homes for abandoned or neglected cats, raising awareness about the threats to these animals, and assisting with conservation efforts in rainforests and wild habitats. Carolina Tiger Rescue currently houses more than 70 carnivores, including tigers, black leopards, ocelots, caracals, servals, and kinkajous. Many of the facility's residents have been rescued from dangerous situations in urban spaces and private breeding facilities. Now they have a lifelong home in re-created natural habitats.
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At Franklin Street Yoga Center, visitors can expose their federation of limbs to a fitness fest helmed by a skilled staff of muscle menders. Boost blood circulation and sledgehammer stress deposits into milk-shake powder with classes that include the flow- and balance-oriented Chakra Vinyasa (for all levels), the breath-centric Bhakti Vinyasa flow (designed for students with prior experience), and the steady-paced power hour (for all levels). Lay down the meditative concrete for a tranquil foundation with a bevy of poses that strengthen the core, improve flexibility, and provide newfound clear-headedness that obviates the need for Magic 8-Balls.
Renaissance Carpet Cleaners’ deluxe treatment fusses over frowsy floors in two rooms (up to 200 square feet per room) and a hallway, using a Rotovac hot-water extraction to scrub out dust mites, pollen, and allergens hidden inside pest-ridden pile. After coddling carpets with disinfectants and brighteners, floor toupees will be deodorized, and then a pre-spot treatment can erase traces of red-wine-finger-painting spills or your pet squid's ink blots. See Renaissance’s online schedule to make an appointment.