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Jo Robinson will speak at Seattle's Town Hall on June 17, 2013.

eatingwildsideHumans once thrived on wild plants, but 400 generations of misguided farming methods have bred essential nutrients and fiber out of many modern fruits and vegetables, says Jo Robinson, a nationally recognized investigative journalist from Vashon Island. Robinson has spent the past 15 years delving into research on how we can restore vital nutrients to fruits, vegetables, meats, eggs and dairy products.

In her new book, Eating on the Wild Side, Robinson explores the nutritional history of fruits and vegetables and discusses how the evolution of farming unwittingly squandered essential fiber, protein, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants--leaving us more vulnerable to diseases including obesity, diabetes, cancer, cardiovascular disease, chronic inflammation and dementia.

Free: Walk and Talk for Stronger Communities!WalkingPhoto/Sponsorship Connections

Meet up Saturday, May 4, and Sunday, May 5, with Feet First and Neighborhood Walking Ambassadors for free, guided walks through Fremont, Queen Anne, Pioneer Square, Bradner Gardens, Beacon Hill, West Seattle, Central District, Ballard, Fauntleroy, Rainier Beach, the International District, the Arboretum, Interaken and Volunteer Park, and Edmonds. Click here for details.

Think of this as a neighborhood brainstorm a la pied; the idea is for walkers to talk with each other about what's meaningful to them in the places they live and work.

Conversation topics are as varied as the people taking part,  from art and architecture to potholes and shortcuts and from video surveillance to the urban forest, organizers say. Anything goes--especially if it helps you and others better understand our cities and neighborhoods as places and spaces.

The local walks were inspired by Jane's Walks, created in 2007 in Toronto by friends of the urban thinker Jane Jacobs. The annual series of free, volunteer-led urban walks has grown from 27 to over 600, from Calgary to Canberra and Sao Paulo to Ljubljana.

Learn more at feetfirst.org/events.

Talk about terrific community energy!Urbangames

Come to a free sport, health and wellness event in Seattle's Central District on Sunday, April 28, from 1 - 4 p.m. at Garfield Community Center, 23rd & Cherry. Indoor/outdoor games, open swim (1:30 - 3 p.m.), cooking demos, healthy treats, health screenings, fitness and nutrition workshops and entertainment. We'll be there with a Neighborhood Discovery Cart full of fun science activities. Hope to see you on Sunday!

Have a pair of new or gently used athletic shoes to donate? Bring them to the event to support fitness for foster families through Treehouse for Kids.

Questions? Contact urbangamesevent@yahoo.com

Does wellness get any better than this?Chihuly Glasshouse

Seattle yogis will "Flow in the Glow" as SHAKTI Vinyasa Yoga Founder Lisa Black teaches a 75-minute class to the music of the 60-70's in the Chihuly Garden and Glass Museum at the base of the Seattle Space Needle at 8:30pm, on April 20, 2013.

All levels are welcome to this complimentary event. Please come with an open spirit and friendly nature, as you'll will be mat to mat with fellow Seattle yogis who are all very excited to share this unique event with each other.

Space is limited to the first 300 in attendance, no rsvp required, but please arrive early. Don't forget your mat and water. Hosted by Chihuly Garden and Glass, SHAKTI Vinyasa Yoga Studios of Seattle and lululemon athletica. Learn more

Visit Wellbody Academy's Playdium to play ExerGames, reconnect with the joy of play and learn about the importance of movement to wellness.