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Services and studies

Dayspring Church Apostolic Worship begins at 11:15 a.m. at the church, 27 Doctors Park Drive, Columbus. On Sunday, the church will be inspired by, You Are Overcomers. This is taken from 1 John 2:12-14 where, and you have overcome the wicked one Every visitor will receive a free gift.

The Sunday Education Session starts at 10 a.m. and covers Parable of the Soils, as shared in Luke 8:4-15.

Bible Study is Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. and is a Group Session sponsored by Heart Changers International, LLC on Depression, Stress and Grief with hand out questions. These help build our Personal Empowerment and walk.

Our Prayer of Power starts at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday and is preceded with requests and instructions on prayer.

The Celebrate Recovery Group session starts at 6:30 p.m. for about an hour.

Ignite is the Youth Growth Session that happens every third Friday.

For more information please call (812) 372- 9336, or email

East Columbus United Methodist Sunday events begin at 9 a.m. at East Columbus United Methodist Church at 2439 Indiana Ave. in Columbus, with fellowship time in the foyer with beverages and snacks. Worship begins at 9:30 a.m.

Sunday School begins at 10:40 a.m. for all ages and Bible interests.

First Presbyterian In 2020, the church will focus on their sense of call. To what is God calling people as individuals, as a congregation? The sermon for this Second Sunday after Epiphany will be on the parables of the sower and the mustard seed, Mark 4:1-34, and will be titled: Stories of Growth.

Worship begins at 9:30 a.m., 512 Seventh Street in Columbus. Infant and toddler care is available 9:15 a.m. to noon. The Mens and Womens Support Groups meet on Fridays at 7 a.m., and a second Mens Support group (working age men) meets every Monday at 6:15 a.m.

People in the community in need of a meal are invited to our Hot Meals offered Friday at 5 p.m. (please enter through the glass doors on Franklin). We are an LGBTQ-friendly church. Open and affirming to ALL.


First United Methodist On Sunday, Jan. 19, at the 9 a.m. Traditional Service and 11:00 AM The Table, Reverend Howard Boles will deliver the message, Come and See at the church, 618 Eighth Street. The scripture will be John 1:29-42.

Sunday School for all ages begins at 10:10 a.m. Childcare is available during the service.

Weekly on Thursday through February 27, FUMC will have a Grief Support Group that will support and guide those who have endured loss. They will explore grief using Julie Yarbroughs book, Beyond the Broken Heart: A Journey Through Grief. It will take place in the Blue Room (Room 216) at the church at 6:15 p.m., and is open to anyone. For more information, call the church office at 812-372-2851.

On Monday, join FUMC for their 7th Annual First Cares event. From 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m., they will be doing work in and for the community. There will be opportunities to help both at the church and throughout the community, including helping church members tie blankets, writing cards for service men and women and church VIP members, completing small projects at selected church members houses, and helping at Turning Point or the Humane Society. Anyone is welcome to help out during this morning of service.

On Friday, at 7:00 p.m., FUMC will host the Laura Andrews String Studio Recital. Come and hear the young stars of tomorrow! Admission is free, and donations are encouraged.

On Sunday, January 26, FUMC will host its first Life Planning Seminar. Possible topics include end-of-life planning, assisted living and funeral planning, and financial planning topics like retirement and college planning. The goal is to help people plan better in order to find peace in the challenges that come up throughout life when dealing with financial and end-of-life planning. There will be a dinner at 5:15 p.m. with the session to follow at 6:00. Anyone in the community is welcome to attend.

Information: 812-372-2851 or

Flintwood Wesleyan The church is located at 5300 E. 25th St.

Sunday services are Amplify (non-traditional) at 9 a.m. and The Well (traditional) at 11 a.m in the main sanctuary and led by Rev. Wes Jones, Senior Pastor. Sunday School classes at 10 a.m. in their regular room.

The Prayer Team meets at 8 a.m. Adult Choir Practice is 5 to 6 p.m.

Sunday evenings Celebrate Recovery begins with a meal at 5:25 p.m. in The Friendship Center and the meeting starts at 6 p.m. upstairs in Curry Hall. The public is invited to attend.

Connections, a ladies study group, led by Pastor Teri Jones. The group meets the second and fourth Monday of each month at 10 a.m. in The Friendship Center.

In the Beginning, a small group Bible Study, meets Tuesday evenings at 6 p.m. They are now meeting in the basement of the church in the young adult classroom. They are studying the book of Genesis. You can start at any point so new members are welcome to join.

Wednesday activities begins with a meal at 5:30 p.m. The program, iKids (Ignite Kids) On Fire For Jesus! starts at 6:15 p.m. This program is for kids in Pre-K through the 6th Grade. The Prayer Team meets at 6:15 p.m. in the Prayer Room. Youth meets at 6:30 p.m. downstairs in the church. Bible study is at 7 p.m. in the sanctuary.

Thursday: Cub Scout Pack # 588 will meet when events are scheduled and Boy Scout Troop # 588 will meet at 7 p.m.

Small group Cover to Cover is a Christian book club that meets the second Saturday of each month at 10 a.m. AM to select a new book and discuss the book they just read. Group meets in The Friendship Center. If interested contact Kim Rutan at 812-343-2217 (call or text) or via email at

In the event of severe winter weather, we will announce service/activity cancellations via local television networks, The Flintwood website, The Flintwood Facebook page, and the Flintwood App.

For further information about services or our ministries please call 812.379.4287 or email Church office hours are Tuesday, Thursday and Friday: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Our website is

Garden City Church of Christ Starting Jan. 5 at the 10 a.m. service, Garden City Church of Christ is hosting a four-week sermon series called Reset. Everyone in the community is invited to attend.

The topics of the series include Reset My Heart, Reset My Mind, Reset My Voice and Reset My Hands.

Garden City Church of Christ is located at 3245 Jonesville Road, Columbus.

For more information about the church, visit or call 812-372-1766.

Grace Lutheran Rev. John Armstrong will preach on Sunday, based on John 1:29-42. Worship is at 8 and 10:30 a.m., with Sunday School for all ages at 9:30 a.m.

Alpha, an introduction to the Bible continues Tuesday, January 21, 6-8 p.m. with the topic Who is Jesus?

Searching Scripture begins Tuesday, January 21, 6-8 p.m. with the topic The Ten Commandments.

Old Union United Church of Christ Scriptures for the 10 a.m. Sunday service will include Isaiah 49:1-7, 1 Corinthians 1:1-9, and John 1:29-42. The message will be Finding Jesus.

Sunday school will be at 9 a.m. with fellowship at 9:40 a.m.

The church is located at 12703 N. County Road 50W, Edinburgh.

Petersville United Methodist Church The Rev. Stormy Scherer-Berry will give her message, Know Your Name, at the 9 a.m. worship service on Sunday morning at the church, 2781 North County Road 500 E, Columbus. The theme for this Sunday will be Who has God called you to be?

Scriptures from Isaiah 49 and John 1:38-41 will be shared by liturgist Patsy Harris. The childrens sermon will be given by Teresa Covert, and the choir will provide special music, under the direction of Kathy Bush.

The congregation will be encouraged to stay for a special meeting immediately following worship concerning an anticipated split in the world-wide United Methodist Church; Pastor Scherer-Berry will lead the discussion. A time of fellowship will follow the service.

The Bakers Dozen Bible study group will meet at the home of Larry and Connie Nolting on Monday at 6:30 p.m.; the Journey Bible study group also will meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday at the home of Chris Kimerling. The Sit and Stitch group will meet Tuesday night at 6:30 p.m. at the Nolting home.

Choir practice will be Wednesday night at the church at 6:30 p.m., and Prayer Time will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday morning at the church with Barb Hedrick as leader.

Information:812-546-4438; 574-780-2379

Sandy Hook United Methodist The church will be having a Bible study on the book of Ruth for six winter Wednesday evenings from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. starting Jan. 8 through Feb. 19 (there will be no study January 29). This video-based study is part of the Epic of Eden Bible studies.

Please contact the church office at 812-372-8495 or if interested in participating (so books can be ordered).

The church is located at 1610 Taylor Road, Columbus.

St. Paul Lutheran Sanctity of Life will be celebrated Sunday at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 6045 E. State Street, at the 8 and 10:45 a.m. services with Pastor Doug Baumans message entitled A Light Thing for the Light based on Isaiah 49:1-7.

Christian Education classes for all ages begin at 9:30 a.m. Vicar Daniel Fickenscher will lead the Spanish worship service at 2:30 p.m. in the church followed by Spanish/English Sunday School at 3:30 p.m.

Open enrollment for the 2020-2021 Preschool and Kindergarten Registration begins on Monday, Jan. 27. Classes are for children who are 3, 4 or 5 by August 1. 3-year old classes meet 8:15 to 11:15 a.m. Tuesday and Thursday. 4-year old classes meet 8:15 to 11:15 a.m. Monday, Wednesday, Friday OR 12:10 to 3:10 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday. Half day Kindergarten classes meet 8:15 to 11:45 a.m. Monday Friday. Extended care available to compliment class sessions and a STEM enrichment class available on Wednesday afternoons. The teaching staff holds college degrees in education and are committed to nurturing children in their spiritual growth and love of learning. Class sizes are small and the school is accredited through the National Lutheran School Accreditation. Information: 812-376-6504 or

Financial Peace University classes will begin Monday, Jan. 27, 6 p.m. at the church. Classes teach how to beat debt and make a plan for the future together. Information:

Information: 812-376-6504.

Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Columbus On Sunday at 10 a.m., Heaven on Earth: Christianity and the Social Gospel Movement will be presented by Rev. Nic Cable and Peggy Sabau.

In the early 20th century, what came to be known as the Social Gospel Movement swept through the United States. How did this movement come to influence our religious tradition and how do we continue this movement in the 21st century will be questions explored in this weeks service.

The church is at 7850 W. Goeller Blvd., Columbus.

Information: 812-342-6230.

Westside Community Pastor Robert Vester will lead the service this Sunday at 10 a.m. at the church at the corner of West State Road 46 West and Tipton Lakes Boulevard.

The childrens program for birth through sixth grade meets at the same time as the 10 a.m. worship service.

For more information on studies or small groups that meet throughout the week, contact the church office at 812-342-8464.


North Christian Church The church is looking for singers to join their Chancel Choir. Now is the perfect time to get started! Rehearsals are Wednesdays at 6 p.m. at the church, 850 Tipton Lane, Columbus.

For more information, contact the Music Director, Travis Whaley, at


First United Methodist Tuesday evenings from Jan. 7 to Feb. 25, the church will host a grief support group. Meetings will begin at 5:30 p.m.

The group will explore grief using Julie Yarbroughs book, Beyond the Broken Heart: A Journey Through Grief. It will take place in the Blue Room (Room 216) at the church, and is open to anyone. To register, or for more information, call the church office at 812-372-2851.

On Monday, the church will host the seventh annual First Cares event. From 9 a.m. until noon, volunteers will do work in and for the community. There will be opportunities to help church members stuff homemade animal pillows and tying blankets, or help clean at the Turning Point shelter. Anyone is welcome to help during this morning of service.

On Friday at 7 p.m., the church will host the Laura Andrews String Studio Recital. Come and hear the young stars of tomorrow! Admission is free, and donations are encouraged.

On Jan. 26, the church will host its first Life Planning Seminar. Possible topics include end-of-life planning, assisted living and funeral planning, and financial planning topics like retirement and college planning. There will be a dinner at 5:15 p.m. with the session to follow at 6 p.m. Anyone in the community is welcome to attend.

North Christian Church You are invited to join the Centering Prayer Group that meets in the North Christian Prayer Chapel, Lower Level #6, on Friday mornings from 10:30 11:30 am. This is a drop-in prayer group, meaning that you can come as your schedule allows. Familiarity with Centering Prayer and its spiritual practices is not necessary. For more information, consult the Centering Prayer page at

St. Paul Lutheran An eight-week grief support Bible study entitled, Hope When Your Heart Breaks continues on Monday, Jan. 20 at 2 p.m. in the churchs Conference Room. Those learning to live without a loved one are welcome.

St. Peter Lutheran Church On Sunday, Jan. 26, the church will host a soup supper and Euchre party 11750 West County Road 930S, Columbus.

The soup supper will start at 5 p.m. and admission is $5. The Euchre party starts at 6:30 p.m. and admission is $5. Proceeds will go to Love Chapel in Columbus and Anchor House in Seymour.

Zion Lutheran Church The church, at 1501 Gaiser Dr., Seymour, will hold its Annual Ham and Turkey Dinner with all the trimmings Sunday February 9, 2020 from 4 to 7 p.m. The public is invited.

A free will offering will be taken. Proceeds will go to mission projects. Carry-out will be available. Call the church office with questions at 812-522-1089.

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Hull asks to be first UK city to trial universal basic income – The Guardian

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A cross-party group of councillors in Hull have formally backed the idea. Photograph: Alamy

Hull wants to become the first UK city to test a weekly universal basic income for its residents after a cross-party group of councillors formally backed the idea.

The proposal would mean every adult would be paid a basic sum potentially between 50 and 100 a week regardless of income, and do away with the need for welfare.

People receiving disability payments would instead get the equivalent sum in universal basic income (UBI) and there would be higher payments for pensioners and lower sums for children.

The ambitious scheme has been trialled with varying success in Finland, the US and Kenya but the idea has been gaining traction in a number of UK cities, particularly in the north of England.

Matt Jukes, the chief executive of Hull city council, will write to Sajid Javid, the chancellor, to request permission to pilot UBI after winning the backing of councillors last week.

The shadow chancellor, John McDonnell, had promised to allow trials of UBI if Labour won last months election, with Liverpool and Sheffield earmarked as two pilot cities. The Conservative government, however, has been less keen on the idea. It said previously that the proposal would not work for those who need more support such as disabled people and those with caring responsibilities.

Sam Gregory, who chairs a UBI lab in Sheffield in support of the scheme, said Hulls backing was an important moment for basic income in the UK. He said: Three major northern cities Liverpool, Sheffield and Hull have now asked to host pilots of this radical new idea, because the Westminster way of doing things has failed these communities for far too long.

Even the Conservative councillors in Hull voted for this motion, saying that they were open-minded about a pilot in the city. We dont know if UBI is the answer, but theres a growing consensus between different political parties that we need to test it out.

UBI trials in Finland, the only advanced economy to pilot a widespread scheme, found that people receiving basic incomes were happier, but they were no better and no worse at finding employment than a control group.

Economists on both left and right have argued for UBI as a source of personal empowerment, providing citizens with more choice over work, education, training, leisure and caring. Others argue that UBI would be too expensive and would be difficult to set at the right level, and believe higher spending on public services would work better.

Jack Haines, a Liberal Democrat councillor on Hull city council, said Britains welfare system was broken and that UBI could be a better way of helping those most in need. He said: Hull is a progressive city and Im proud the Liberal Democrats here as well as the other parties have chosen to try out this new policy, which has the possibility to transform the city and the country.

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Financial Empowerment Is the New FeminismHeres Why – Observer

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Financial independence is one of the core concepts of living a holistically wealthy life. Anthony Devlin - PA Images/PA Images via Getty Images

2020 marks the start of not only a new year but also an entirelynew decade. In terms of financial empowerment for women, its an opportunity to make big strides in our effort to address larger societal issues such as equality and justice, reproductive rights, poverty and domestic issues like financial abuse, as well as income security and retirement. It is estimated that 46% of women are not too confident or not at all confident about their ability to live comfortably after retirement, compared to only 31% of men who feel that way.

After my husband died unexpectedly, leaving me a 31-year-old widow with two small children, I realized that all women need to have a firm financial identity. I also found my voice in raising awareness about womens financial empowerment, as well as the importance of gender equality, diversity and financial inclusion. Womens rights have become my passion, and I realize that, globally, we cant fully achieve holistically wealthycommunities if women dont have access to the same opportunities to thrive and be successful.

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One common thread that runs through most of the #MeToo stories is the need for women to be financially empowered so that they can feel empowered to say no to any situation that will cause harm. Saying no to requests that are out of scope withyour vision or mission in life or could endanger your physical, mental or even your financial health is important. As I state in my new book,Holistic Wealth: 32 Life Lessons To Help You Find Purpose, Prosperity, and Happiness: The word no is like an asset in a metaphorical bank account where our lifes energy is the holding. Use it to save, and use it to earn a greater sense of yourself, whats important to you, and where you want to spend your time and energy.

Indeed, financial empowerment is the new feminism, and this is why Im claiming 2020 as the year of holistic wealth. In my book Holistic Wealth, I outline several strategies that can help women achieve financial wellness.

The Holistic Wealth Method is a framework I developed for assessing your actions and decisions. In applying the Holistic Wealth Method ask yourself: Will this decision be a withdrawal from or a deposit to my holistic wealth bank account? Approaching life with a holistic wealth mindset means approaching life mindfully and with the realization that each decision and each action represents a withdrawal from or deposit to that holistic wealth bank account. Repeated withdrawals from the holistic wealth bank account will lead to bankruptcy.

Similarly, there are some actions that act like compound interest in a holistic wealth bank account, like listening to your intuition and lifelong learningthe benefits of these actions multiply over time in many different areas of your life. The Holistic Wealth Method can be applied in everyday situations regarding a range of daily decisions. For example, in assessing if a decision will add to your holistic wealth bank account, think about the vision of your life going forward and what you truly want for yourself. If you have toxic relationships that lead to financial abuse, then ask yourself if keeping these relationships is a deposit into or a withdrawal from that bank account. Likewise, in thinking about your current spending habits, daily eating regimen and the amount of time you spend on social media, examine how these actions add to (or take from) your overall holistic wealth.

Holistic wealth is about having an intentionally designed lifeso changing your mindset is key to ensuring you can achieve it and overcome any setbacks, like domestic and financial abuse.

Financial independence is one of the core concepts of living a holistically wealthy life. There are several strategies to get you to a place where you have enough income to pay your living expenses for the rest of your life without having to depend on anyone else. Whether this means retiring by the age of 40, or taking a more traditional route, building your financial portfolio depends on having your financial identity. Heres an excerpt from Holistic Wealth:

A well-planned future also starts with developing your own financial identity. One way to do this is through financial literacy. Improving your financial literacy is also the greatest stimulant of wealth. Many of us make our first large purchase with a spouse or significant other. The first house, the first car, the wedding and honeymoonthese are all expenses tied to our expansionary years. We therefore transition into adulthood not having gained a full sense of our own personal financial identity. For instance, what is my investment identity? What are the things I will splurge on versus save on? This can also be tied to our values and mission in life. It is highly individual. Each of us should have a financial identityone that is distinct and separate from our spouses or parents. If you find yourself always wondering what your friends or parents think about the way you spend or invest, then its an indication that you havent fully figured out your financial identity. Its impossible to design a well-planned future without a proper financial identitywe end up living our lives in the footsteps of othersand possibly making the same money mistakes.

Holistic Wealth: 32 Life Lessons to Help You Find Purpose, Prosperity, and Happiness by Keisha Blair. Photo Courtesy of Keisha Blair

Taking measured risks are imperative to achieving holistic wealth; it means stepping out on your own with the confidence you need to make your own financial decisions. Too many people become paralyzed by fear and take no action at all when it comes to living their dreams. In addition, when you confuse real constraints with fake ones, you deplete your holistic wealth bank account. People with a holistic wealth mindset dont fear taking measured risks. They recognize fake versus real constraints, and they view setbacks as only temporary, and include their lifes mission in their definition of success. Get past your fear by focusing on the outcome you want to achievethen say yes to your desire to take measured risks toward your goals.

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Women Are Buying This Female Sexual Empowerment Product In Bulk – Sporteluxe

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Sexual wellness is having a huge year already. Brands are flocking to the sexual wellness category as its ever-increasing popularity grows. The sexual wellnessmarket is really dominating at the moment, with the likes retailers like Goop selling everything from vibrators to stimulation gel in their Between The Sheets section and Free People stocking items for their sexual wellness sales. CES, a huge tech conference held yearly banned sexual wellness technology products last year, and just a week ago, according to CNN, sex technology was on full display. The trade shows organizer estimated there were roughly a dozen sex tech companies includingDame, Lovense, Ohmibod, Pulse, and MysteryVibe presenting their innovations at CES and trying to make female sexuality and pleasure less taboo.Maybe its time to flip the script on female sexuality?

And if it wasnt proof enough, They Call Her Alfie, a skincare brand who just last year released their Love Gel, is selling out of said item in troves. So much so, women are buying the They Call Her Alfie Love Gel in bulk because they finally have something that works. Love Gel empowers women. Love Gel isspecifically for women who have trouble in the bedroom.

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By applying Alfiesamazing Love Gel, made with the same revolutionary technology as the other products in their line, the skin absorbs and retains ingredients faster and longer. This makes the effects happen quickly and lasts longer (i.e. more time in the bedroom). Love Gels uses include helping solve a number of bedroom blunders. This includes fueling sex drive, protecting you from infection, reducing the friction of condoms, and more. Which in turn makes you less anxious, less worried about performance. You feel like you have a safe space to enjoy sex freely.

It helps to hydrate (hello wetness) and delivers more blood flow to the clitoris. The woman will also have a very heightened sexual experience this way. Made with the same technology as other products inAlfiesrevolutionary line, the Love Gel stimulates, soothes, and rejuvenates for your best sex ever.

A study was done at the University of Groningenthat studied multiple couples having sex concluded in the factwomen, turning off fear and anxiety is key, while men need to know they will be physically stimulated. Were definitely listening to the hype. For the first time in history, women are being empowered through science, technology, and brands like They Call Her Alfie.

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When asked about the revolutionary product, Bianca says Alfie is different. The brand invests the time to fully develop its technology. They also have clinically proven studies to ensure the product delivers. In the case of theLoveGel, as thelocalizedarea has a thinner dermis. We are wellaheadof the pack in not onlyintimacyrelevantresults but alsocumulativebenefits when used frequently.

With women becoming more and more empowered every day, she hopes that the tides have turned. With female health being studied more, the acceptance of LGBTQIA+ communities recognition, and more, we see change. However, Bianca wants more empowerment. She believes that the stigma around sex needs to be considered mainstream. By creatingLove Gel, she can assist many in their personal relationships with themselves and others.

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Curves Aptos: Empowered, Healthier and Happier TPG, Inc. – Aptos Times

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Empowered, Healthier and Happier in 2020!

By Edita McQuary

Generally it is women who are the caretakers we take care of family, friends or neighbors and at times putting our own health and personal caretaking last on our to do list.

The New Year is a good time to review and take stock of our own health and wellbeing, make changes for the better and resolve to take care of ourselves. Curves Aptos is just the place to help you get started on a new you.

Curves is a facility offering an all-inclusive standardized workout regime in just 30 minutes. You dont have to struggle figuring out the machines of the circuit as coaches train you one-on-one and are always assisting you.

Curves coaches believe in empowering members through positive encouragement when correcting form, compelling you to work at your optimal ability and celebrate your successes.

Curves is a great place to work out with lots of encouragement, said Jane Amaral, a member for more than 15 years.

Owner Annette Hunt just celebrated one-year of ownership and her team of qualified coaches, Charlotte Carreira, Laurel LeBaron and Corrie Matheison, are eager to help women make lifestyle changes to improve their health, lose weight and look and feel better. All staff have been Curves-certified, trained in the purpose and function of the circuit, and are knowledgeable about the body and nutrition.

Annette Hunt

Annette comes from a very active family where she was encouraged to try different sports as a young child. She enjoys jazz, tap, and ballet dancing, bicycling, and competitive swimming.

Annette was a Jazzercise instructor for six years before she purchased the Curves franchise. During this time she learned the skills of instructing others on body mechanics, proper movement, and modifications based on individual needs.

Annette is a firm believer in low-impact, high-intensity movement to keep and maintain a strong core and correct body alignment.

Along with her B.S. degree in Dietetics from U.C. Davis, she is uniquely qualified to teach the fundamentals of how to create and maintain a healthy body.

She is a vegetarian, has enjoyed optimal health throughout her life and wants to teach others how to make the right choices to live a long, healthy life.

Annette also offers the Curves Complete Dietary Program with one-on-one weekly nutritional coaching to support those interested in losing weight.There is also an online component which provides recipes to create a simple and creative menu plan based on individual preferences.

The first phase of the Curves Complete program is a jumpstart to weight loss. The next phase is designed to continue to lose weight safely, while protecting your muscle mass.

The third phase provides lifestyle maintenance for continual weight management. One member said she went from 190 lbs. to 157 lbs. in two years, and has kept it off!

The entire Curves facility and program is designed for any age, any athletic ability and it is inspiring to see our community of women work out together, as we have members ranging between 22 and 88, said Annette. Our younger members find our older clientele inspiring as they can see the difference in those who are active and taking care of themselves verses those who arent.

Of the 300 current members, the oldest is 88 but she looks and acts an easy 10 years younger. She is an inspiration, Annette continues. The youngest member is 22 years old, attending school and working full time. Curves is the perfect choice for her as it is such a quick and efficient workout.

Curves is not a quick fix workout regime. The program focuses on a lifestyle change with modifications to all exercises for those who need it.

For instance, one member with a recent valve replacement wanted to increase muscle tone, balance and flexibility. And at 72 years old, she now feels like a new woman. Other members have decreased their blood pressure or their blood sugar medications, improved bone density, reduced anxiety, blood pressure and diabetes.

Member Debra Kerr uses a small portable oxygen tank while exercising at Curves.

I have been coming to Curves for several years now and it has been very empowering now that Annette has taken over this last year, said Debra.She can get me going and keep me going. She is very professional and hands on while she is in the circuit doing the movements with us. My physician has told me to keep moving and Annette and the Curves staff are the perfect solution for me.

Thanks to my daughters who gave me a membership on Mothers Day, it helped motivate me to get back to my normal weight and improve my strength, said 15-year member Mary Jo K. The social interaction gives me mental health, strength and the Curves coaches inspire me.

Curves North America (US and Canada) franchises are women-owned and operated and are strong in supporting important organizations such as Second Harvest Food Bank, Alzheimers Research and Breast Cancer Awareness, just to mention a few.

Annette said at the Aptos facility they dont discuss politics, religion or sports. We are only interested in improving womens health, she said.

Over the past year, Curves Aptos has contributed $2500 towards Alzheimers Research; $5000 in services towards our local schools and non-profit organizations, $1000 towards Second Harvest Food Bank; and impacted more than 450 families with the Christmas Adopt-a-Family Stars Program.

We want to empower our members through cardio and strength training and to help support and give back to our community along the way, Annette said. I am a local girl, and want to support my community as much as possible.

Its 2020, and if you havent already, let Curves Aptos help you take control of your life and feel the empowerment of a healthier, stronger and happier you!

Join Curves Aptos today!

Curves is located at 7000 Soquel Drive, Aptos. To contact them, call 831.688.2348, Email: [emailprotected], or visit,

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Social networks react to the revealing empowerment of Representative Ayanna Pressley of her fight against alopecia – Up News Info

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Roommates, in a world full of often irrelevant beauty standards, it can be difficult to truly embrace your natural beauty; This is especially difficult when you are a public figure. However, there are those who are in the public eye who decide to be an example to others with regard to their beauty, no matter how personal or painful the experience may be, just like Ayanna Pressley.

Representative Ayanna Pressely is known for her incredible political work, and recently she was one of those who advocated the removal of Donald Trump on the floor of the House, but her latest headline movement is inspiring women across the country.

Ayanna only bravely revealed her fight against alopecia in a recent interview that ended with her bare bald head for the first time. As soon as the video was released, Ayanna was praised for shedding light on her journey and giving others a voice that may be suffering in silence.

Speaking about his alopecia trip, Ayanna said the following:

I was missing her. I was mourning my hair. I was mourning the state of our democracy. I was mourning my mentor, President Elijah Cummings. When I saw myself in the mirror, I had done a beautiful job, but I didn't recognize myself. She wore this wig, fully dressed. But at that moment, I couldn't remember the last time I had felt more naked. I want to be released from the secret and shame that secret entails. It is about self-agency. It's about power. It's about acceptance. "

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Sandra Heasler

GP Rural Crime Watch nominates for Sandra Heasler Volunteers of the Week. They wrote, Sandra is an exemplary volunteer who works tirelessly as Secretary of our organization. She is truly an asset and blessing to have in our group.

Barry Chorney

The North Peace Bracket Racing Association nominates Barry Chorney for Volunteers of the Week. They wrote, Barry looks after all our Security and Fire Services needs. Thanks, Barry!

Verna Horney

GP Centre for Newcomers nominates Verna Horney for Volunteers of the Week. They wrote, Since September 2018, Verna has been facilitator for our Wednesday Evening Group for the English Conversational Club. Each week clients meet for one hour and 30 minutes to practice speaking English in a small group setting through facilitated conversations. We are so grateful and blessed to have Verna as a volunteer. She is a cheerful, patient and friendly. She is passionate about her volunteer work with us and is genuinely interested in teaching and learning herself about different cultures. Her lessons and activities are always fun, and participants really appreciate and enjoy her facilitation style. Thank you so much for all that you do!

Silvia Coules

The North Peace Bracket Racing Association nominates Silvia Coules for Volunteers of the Week. They wrote, Silvia is always ready to help at the track whenever we are need. Thanks, Silvia!

Beverly Hildebrandt

GP Centre for Newcomers nominates Beverly Hildebrandt for Volunteers of the Week. They wrote, Since October 2019, Beverly has been co-facilitator for our Wednesday Evening Group for the English Conversational Club. Each week clients meet for one hour and 30 minutes to practice speaking English in a small group setting through facilitated conversations. Even though Beverly had no previous experience directly related to facilitating conversational group, she proved herself to be a perfect fit from get-go. Thank you so much for all that you do! We are so grateful and happy to have Beverly as our volunteer.

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By Anna Iovine2020-01-20 10:30:00 UTC

Mashable's new series Don't @ Me takes unpopular opinions and backs them up with...reasons. We all have our ways, but we may just convince you to change yours. And if not, chill.

Anne sees lights-on sex as a mirror, or a Mbius strip. The 24-year-old looks at her partner looking at her, looking at them looking at her...

This does not scare her. In fact, that's what makes lights-on sex hot in the first place.

Anne, who's an MFA student in New York, went on to tell me that lights-on sex has always been the norm for her. In a society heavily impacted by porn, it's easy to see why. Porn shows sex with the lights on, for obvious reasons.

"I didnt think lights-off sex was necessarily real I thought it was a teen-movie trope or a relic of the 50s," Anne said. "I watched porn from a young age and the majority of that is obviously lights-on."

Now, she sees lights-off sex as a turn off. It makes her feel like her partner does not want to see her body, as if they're doing some sort of shadowy activity.

My first sexual experiences were lights-on, so that's what I got used to.

I am in the same camp as Anne. My first sexual experiences were lights-on, so that's what I got used to. I also watch porn, and no matter whether it's a glossy production or home video taken on an iPhone 10, the lights have been on. Even many movie sex scenes are lights-on because frankly, we need to see what's going on!

So, I never balked at it. I enjoy seeing my partner's body; I would not be having sex with them otherwise. And I assume they feel the same way about me. I can easily see what I'm doing, and what they're doing, and it just adds to the hotness of it all.

Now, having sex with the lights off almost seems utilitarian, or like we both have something to hide.

As I had talked to others and had new partners, however, I soon learned that not everyone thought lights-on sex was hot. In fact, some seemed downright afraid of it.

While Anne and I have been comfortable with having sex with the lights on since our sexual awakening, many people have the opposite experience. Given our Puritan, body-image focused society, it's easy to deduce why.

"Having sex with the lights off can stem from several personal and societal factors," said Adina Mahalli, a certified relationship consultant and sexual health expert at Maple Holistics. These factors can range from body image struggles to societal taboos originating from religious beliefs.

"Sex is seen as a sin in Catholicism and sex in many religions is seen as something that shouldnt be done recreationally. Shame in an act will make you not want to see well while participating in it," Mahalli continued.

Everything is on display.

Holistic sexuality coach Christie Federico explained that having the lights on adds an element of vulnerability to the act. Sex is vulnerable to begin with, and having the lights on can amplify those feelings. Everything is on display. Even eye contact during sex can make people uncomfortable.

"There's a fear of 'What will this person see if they look that deeply?'," Federico said, "A fear of not being good enough."

These are just some reasons why one might be hesitant to have lights-on sex. Frank, a 22-year-old software engineer in New Jersey, compared it to an old cheese or fermented fine wine. He said, "It is an acquired taste that needs not only getting used to but conscious pre-planning or thinking about." Frank said he liked having sex with the lights on when he was "proud" of himself and proud to be with his partner.

Given that having the lights on can amplify one's insecurities, having a supportive partner could help make it easier. That was the case for Alice, a grant writer from Oregon. "I started with lights-on sex when I met my current boyfriend, who is very into body worship and praise," she said. "I'm heavy, and I have some confidence issues, so I found it a little uncomfortable at first."

It can increase intimacy and connection with your partner and can lead to better sex overall.

Alice's partner gave her compliments and "sweet talk" that she said "smoothed the transition" for her, and now she finds light-on sex empowering and loves to be seen.

And there are other benefits, too. It can increase intimacy and connection with your partner and can lead to better sex overall. Mahalli noted that humans are visual creatures, and during sex you can go off of subconscious visual cues.

Also, plainly, you get to see your hot partner better with the lights on, and that is, uhh, hot.

That's one reason 22-year-old Sonia prefers lights-on sex. "I enjoy seeing my hot partners, and I like being seen by them in return," she said.

For those who want to feel that same level of empowerment and intimacy that lights-on sex can bring but are not sure where to start, here's some advice.

Start with the lights dimmed not fully on, but not fully off either or in natural light, so something like morning sex or an afternoon delight. "Dimmed light sex can set a more sensual mood than having the lights on full, while still allowing both parties to see everything that is going on," Mahalli said.

If you want to go a more woo-woo route, Federico suggested "eye gazing" or "soul gazing." Couples can sit or lie next to each other and stare into each other's eyes. This is an exercise aimed to make you more comfortable being seen, but with clothes on first.

If your hesitations have to do with body image issues, you may need to do separate work before embarking on a lights-on journey. There are a lot of ways this could be done, either on your own or with the help of a mental health professional.

Federico suggests spending more time lounging around naked to get comfortable with yourself and telling yourself positive affirmations. Something that's helped me is unfollowing social media accounts that cause me to compare my real-life body with someone's (often Photoshopped) photos; you can even replace them with more body-positive accounts if you'd like.

Ultimately, lights-on sex is something to try at least once.

The goal here is not to love yourself immediately; asking yourself to unlearn decades of body hate in an instant will backfire quickly. Take it slow. "A better goal than working toward loving every single inch of one's body is working toward simply accepting it as is, even if you don'tlove it," Federico said, "And remembering that your worth isn't determined by your appearance whatsoever."

Ultimately, lights-on sex is something to try at least once. If you are afraid or if you have and you didn't like it take a look and examine why. Is it because of your body-image? Is it because of awkwardness between you and your partner? The reason is probably beyond the bedroom entirely. It may take time to figure out and worth through but it may send ripples of benefits in your life including but not most importantly improving the sex you have.

Doing it with the lights on might feel awkward at first but sex, especially with a new partner, is naturally awkward sometimes. You are learning about your partner's body and they are learning yours, and it is not meant to be perfect.

"Lights on feels like an aid to the treasure hunt," Anne said. "Lights on feels like sharing. It feels like consent. It feels like bearing witness."

And, if you really want to, you can just close your eyes.

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The EMPOWERCARE project has been awarded more than 4 million euros of European Regional Development Funding via the Interreg VA 2Seas programme.

The project, involving 13 partners from the UK, Netherlands, France and Belgium, aims to fully involve older people in decisions concerning their own health and wellbeing, and provide the right support to enable them to remain in their homes, assisted by their local community. EMPOWERCARE will address the issues facing communities in caring for the growing ageing population, by bringing together existing, proven solutions, including innovative technologies, from across all project partners.

In 2013 the over 65s made up 18.2% of the European population and this figure is set to rise to a staggering 28.7% by 2080. Traditional services are already at capacity and the present system pushes people to the default point of safety: the hospital. With the cost of care for older people increasing it is necessary to integrate these groups more closely with their communities.

EMPOWERCARE will take a holistic approach, with 3 areas of activity: Empowerment, Technology Strategies and Workforce Development resources. These will contribute to a more personal approach to care and technology learning whilst reducing isolation/loneliness and increasing solidarity amongst older people.

Community Asset Based Development approaches will get to the heart of what matters most to local communities by harnessing skills and expertise of local people, co-creating innovations that make a real difference to lives, health and wellbeing.

The project will oppose a medical deficit model and instead focus on empowering people to take more responsibility for their care using technology and local services to keep them in work, healthy andmotivated, having control over decisions that affect their health and wellbeing. Learning networks will enhance shared knowledge amongst professionals and families to ensure durability and transferability.

Kent County Council Director of Partnerships, Anne Tidmarsh said: The EMPOWERCARE project provides a fantastic opportunity to address some of the challenges we face with an ageing population through technology, innovation and work to reduce social isolation. We are committed to putting people at the heart of service redesign and will use our ESTHER programme to help structure this project to ensure we engage our community in developing and achieving the right outcomes. Kent County Council and its Design and Learning Centre for Clinical and Social Innovation are very pleased to be part of this project.



Interreg 2 Seas:

Interreg 2 Seas 2014-2020 is a European Territorial Cooperation Programme covering England, France, the Netherlands and Belgium (Flanders). The Programme is part-financed by theEuropean Regional Development Fund and has a total of 241m (203m) ERDF to co-finance projects in the 2014 2020 period.

About The Health and Europe Centre:

The Health and Europe Centre works in partnership with local NHS and government stakeholders to bring innovation and investment to the health sector. We are unique in our focus of facilitating international learning and accessing EU-funded projects for the benefit of our local stakeholders.


The ESTHER philosophy was created in the region Jnkping in Sweden in 1997. The Esther model was one of the best-known examples of putting patients at the heart of redesigning services and has been adapted in Kent.


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Members of the Global Shapers Community, a network of young people at the World Economic Forum, talk about what theyre hoping to accomplish at this years summit.

Several members of the Global Shapers Community answered questions from The New York Times. Their responses have been edited and condensed.

With some of the mixed perceptions about Davos, what are your expectations of the conference?

I will be attending as part of an inspiring delegation of young people from the Global Shapers Community, which is an initiative of the World Economic Forum. I look forward to connecting and working with those who are leading at the front lines of their communities in the fight against climate change, who are restoring nature, who are helping to drive equitable societies, and who are committed to creating a more caring and inclusive world.

What do you hope to accomplish at Davos?

The most important part of the Global Shapers Community is the word community. At a time when our generation faces ecological, economic and values crises, some of the most vital technologies in navigating the path ahead are not necessarily artificial intelligence, blockchain or robotics they are empathy, collaboration and justice. I hope, as a community, we can be a constant reminder of that, as this years annual meeting in Davos seeks to redefine what truly matters as a measure of success for governments and corporations.

With some of the mixed perceptions about Davos, what are your expectations of the conference?

There has been a fair bit of criticism of Davos in the past, questioning whether the worlds elite has the courage to take necessary action in terms of climate change. For the 50th anniversary, the World Economic Forum has launched a new manifesto that is looking to hold companies accountable and nudge them to be more responsible, which I believe is crucial when we now have around 10 years to drastically reshape our societies to become more circular and self-sustaining.

In my eyes, its actually quite simple: We only have one planet, so business as usual is no longer an option. Our current model is clearly not going according to plan. Luckily, circular societies and circular business models would not only make us less vulnerable to the very scary consequences of the climate emergency but also create new opportunities for jobs and economic growth. After all, the pioneers of today will be the market leaders of tomorrow. That makes me hopeful.

What do you hope to accomplish at Davos?

With the COP25 summit, formally known as the Conference of Parties, concluding at last months U.N. Climate Talks, there is a clear pressing need for countries to set more ambitious targets to scale up renewable energy. I personally look forward to meeting world leaders and sparking discussions on how we enable a global clean energy transition.

We have never been better equipped to take on the challenges we face, and we could create much more democratic, decentralized and decarbonized energy systems for the future while lifting up to a billion people out of energy poverty in the process. If the future can be bright, why would we choose differently? This is a question I would like to discuss with world leaders.

With some of the mixed perceptions about Davos, what are your expectations of the conference?

I think its interesting and important to bring together different representatives to discuss shaping new economies, and I am proud to represent the youth and future generations. I look forward to meeting fellow Global Shapers and hope to meet women in power, to learn about barriers they have had to overcome and best practices to accelerate empowerment for future leaders.

What do you hope to accomplish at Davos?

I will represent the Shaping Fashion project and show how young people in 45 cities around the world have come together to share knowledge and tools, run collective action campaigns and change personal behaviors to revolutionize the fashion industry.

Besides shifting consumer sentiment, the $2 trillion industry needs drastic change and I will be calling for multi-stakeholder collaboration to measure, improve and transparently communicate environmental and social sustainability of fashion.

Transparency is something I feel very strongly about. It is our right to be able to choose companies and products that meet our values and we need information that is complete, comparable and trustworthy to do so. The industry and legislators need to empower us to make these decisions. Its what can truly accelerate the sustainable fashion revolution.

With some of the mixed perceptions about Davos, what are your expectations of the conference?

Davos may have the reputation of being a space where business and political leaders come together to sign deals, and perhaps forward their own short-term interests. However, there is no doubt that the decisions made today will affect our environment for centuries to come.

I wish to be a voice for future generations and young people, who will be the most impacted by these decisions. I seek to have empathetic and courageous conversations with those in power, and to advocate for a long-term, values-based lens in decision making.

What do you hope to accomplish at Davos?

Davos also brings together phenomenal leaders across sectors, and I believe they have a genuine desire to improve the world. One could call it idealistic, but I very much resonate with Margaret Meads notion never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed it is the only thing that ever has.

I look forward to exchanging ideas, and forging relationships with those also committed to restoring the health of our planet, and fostering the self transformation of individuals with the intention that this will support greater collective action and impact.

With some of the mixed perceptions about Davos, what are your expectations of the conference?

The Davos 2020 meeting comes at the onset of a new, vital decade, and 2020 is also the year that countries are required to renew their commitments with even greater ambitions. I hope this meeting will coerce world leaders to take action, especially in reducing emissions by 7.6 percent in 2020 and every other year! I hope the world will look back at this meeting in 10 years as one among many that jolted world leaders to take action.

What do you hope to accomplish at Davos?

Deliberately leaving no one behind is the only way we will achieve the sustainable development goals by 2030. Over 70 percent of Africans still reside in rural areas and continue to be alienated from development.

We must urgently listen to concerns from those on the streets and from deep in the rural interiors whose voices are rarely heard or examined with the primary aim to design and redesign and implement relevant action points with measurable outputs. As such, the question on my mind as I head to Davos is how to marry social innovation with technological innovation to achieve a cohesive and sustainable world!

With some of the mixed perceptions about Davos, what are your expectations of the conference?

In Davos, Ill be rubbing shoulders with many chief executives and heads of state who will no doubt acknowledge the importance of tackling climate change. However, those watching may view these words as lip service to the sustainability and stakeholder capitalism narrative.

While my country is experiencing the worst bush fire season on record, globally climate change is set to cause increasing harm in the coming decades. Now is the time to find innovative solutions for urgent climate action.

In Davos, I will be representing progress toward these solutions, seeking to convince business leaders that utilizing carbon emissions can in fact ease the pressure on the bottom line.

At Mineral Carbonation International, we have developed a technology platform that transforms carbon dioxide into building materials like cement and plasterboard. This is a long-term, safe storage solution that has the potential to lock away billions of metric tons of emissions from industry or captured from the atmosphere.

What do you hope to accomplish at Davos?

This year, we have the opportunity to spark real climate change action in many areas. I hope to demonstrate that carbon dioxide is a resource that can help, not hinder the planet.

If I can convince business leaders that decarbonizing is profitable, this will encourage desperately needed climate action, contribute to our Paris Climate Change targets and provide hope for humanity.

With some of the mixed perceptions about Davos, what are your expectations of the conference?

Davos is often viewed as an elitist and exclusive event. Even if this is true, it also serves as an opportunity for impact thought leaders and experts take the stage to influence our worlds decision makers and their agendas.

The theme this year, Stakeholders for a Cohesive and Sustainable World, spotlights this point at the onset of a critical decade: It is our last chance to limit global warming below 1.5 degrees Celsius and safeguard our future. My expectation and hope are that whenever plans are being made about the future onstage or offstage reducing emissions must be at the core of these plans.

I expect our world leaders to be bold in their decision making and actions. We need them now more than ever to lead from a place of empathy to serve those most impacted by their decisions including vulnerable coastal communities, minority groups and the young people of our world.

What do you hope to accomplish at Davos?

I hope to use this opportunity to support the voices and messages raised by young people around the world. We must listen to the scientists we are not running out of time, we are now out of time and we need ambitious, deliberate, action. I urge world leaders to take the following actions in true partnership with local Indigenous communities.

Make the policy changes needed to meet the Paris Agreement, as we must reduce global emissions by at least 7 percent every year until 2030 to safeguard our planet.

Support the protection of at least 30 percent of our planet by 2030 and invest in nature-based solutions and biodiversity.

Recognize young people and nature as primary and core stakeholders and authentically incorporate their interests and voices into decisions and actions that will impact them.

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