Warmer Weather Is On Its Way..... April 2020 Newsletter

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New Trends for Weddings

With styles constantly changing, here are some trends to watch for the 2020 wedding season, according to Brides.com.

  • Return to formal cakes: While dessert bars had their time in the limelight, wedding planners are seeing a return to formal cakes and an increased interest in petit fours.
  • Trimmed guest lists: Many couples are stepping back from massive guest lists in order to plan personalized events with a more intimate group.
  • Stylish and complementary bridesmaid dresses: A variety of styles tied together with a coordinating color scheme is the new standard for bridal parties.
  • Dried flowers: Popular in stand-alone arrangements or incorporated with fresh flowers, dried flowers add a variety of color and texture to bouquets.
  • Bold colors: Neutrals and pastels are fading in popularity as rich and bright colors become the new norm.
  • Eco-friendly details: It's becoming more common that couples are paying attention to the environmental impact of their Big Day by eliminating fireworks, renting greenery from nurseries, serving locally sourced food, and sending invitations printed on recycled paper.


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Also in this issue...
Get Involved During National Volunteer Month
Raising Awareness for Parkinson's Disease
50 Years of Earth Day
Tortellini Soup

Get Involved During National Volunteer Month

If you're not already volunteering for a cause you care about, consider jumping in this month. April is National Volunteer Month, and it's a great opportunity to thank faithful volunteers in your community and to get involved yourself. Consider one of these activities.

If your time is limited:

  • Volunteer one afternoon this month to help clean up trash in a local park.
  • Go through your home and collect clothing items and/or nonperishable food to donate.
  • Offer to run errands for an elderly neighbor who has trouble getting around.

If you want to get more involved:

  • Foster a cat or dog from your local animal shelter until they find a "forever home."
  • Sign up to help with an after-school tutoring program in a subject you enjoy.
  • Join an organization you're passionate about and help spread their message to others in your community.


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Raising Awareness for Parkinson's Disease

Nearly 1 million people in the U.S. live with Parkinson's Disease, and close to 60,000 people are diagnosed each year, reports the Parkinson's Foundation. In honor of Parkinson's Disease Awareness Month, take a few minutes to learn more about this disease.

According to the Mayo Clinic, Parkinson's is a progressive nervous system disorder that affects movement. Some common symptoms include tremors, slowed movement, rigid muscles, impaired balance, and speech changes.

While the cause of Parkinson's is still unknown, it appears to be linked to a combination of inherited genes and environmental factors such as exposure to toxic chemicals or traumatic head injuries. According to the Parkinson's Foundation, one constant among patients is extremely low levels of dopamine in the brain.

Treatments vary from person to person. Medication, surgical therapy and lifestyle changes can relieve symptoms and improve mobility; however, there is currently no cure.

If you notice signs of Parkinson's in yourself or someone you love, discuss your concerns with a medical professional.


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50 Years of Earth Day

In honor of Earth Day's 50th anniversary, celebrate our incredible planet with these fun facts.

  • The very first Earth Day celebration took place on April 22, 1970.
  • Rachel Carson's 1962 bestseller, Silent Spring, helped raise public awareness about environmental issues and sparked the conservation movement that led to the founding of Earth Day.
  • U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson from Wisconsin came up with the idea for the holiday after witnessing the effects of an oil spill in Santa Barbara, CA.
  • Senator Nelson knew that college students would be vital in helping Earth Day gain traction. He strategically chose April 22 because it fell between spring break and final exams on most campuses.
  • About 20 million Americans, 10% of the population at the time, participated in the first Earth Day celebration.
  • The success of this "green" holiday led to the U.S. Congress creating the Environmental Protection Agency.
  • In 1990, Earth Day became a global observance, mobilizing 200 million people in 141 countries.
  • Senator Nelson was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Bill Clinton for his role in founding Earth Day.
  • The U.N. General Assembly changed the holiday's name to International Mother Earth Day in 2009.
  • Also on Earth Day in 2009, a second generation "Moon Tree" was planted at the U.S. National Arboretum in Washington, DC. The original tree seeds flew in space on the Apollo 14 moon mission and were successfully germinated and planted afterward.
  • Today, Earth Day is the largest secular holiday in the world with more than 1 billion planet-loving participants.


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Tortellini Soup

1 Tbsp. avocado oil
1 medium yellow onion, diced
1½ cups diced carrots
2 bay leaves
5 cloves garlic, minced
4 cups vegetable stock
1 (14.5 oz.) can diced tomatoes
1 (15 oz.) can tomato sauce
½ tsp. basil
¼ tsp. oregano
1 (9 oz.) pkg. fresh cheese tortellini
2 cups fresh baby spinach
Fresh basil
1 loaf crusty bread

Heat oil in a large pot over medium-high. Add onion, carrots and bay leaves, and cook until carrots are soft, about 5-6 minutes. Add garlic and cook for 1 minute.

Add vegetable stock, diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, basil, and oregano. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium-low. Partially cover pot and simmer for 12 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Remove bay leaves. Add tortellini and spinach, and return to a boil. Cook for 2-3 minutes until tortellini floats to the top. Garnish with fresh basil and serve with crusty bread.


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