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Hot summer tips include several mini-vacation spots in the Northwest. Our lead story and picture features the Oregon House, located just 8 miles south of Yachats, Oregon on highway 101. Call ahead for overnight reservations or workshop information.

Also, reservations are available at several other friends of Community ConneXion: Clair Dubé at The Mill House Ranch (1-503-392-4569) in Neskowin (north of Lincoln City) offers overnight accommodations and retreat facilities; Lost Valley (south of Eugene) offers education in sustainable living (1-541-937-3351); and Cloud Mt Retreat Center (1-888-465-9118), just 1 hr. north of Portland near I-5 (call in advance), provides a beautiful, natural, quiet, spiritual setting for overnight accommodation or retreat facilities.

Special Events include: The 10th annual Israel Family Garlic Festival is in Arlington, WA (360-435-8577) on August 13-15 from 10 am to 8 pm daily. Camping facilities are in the area. Limited accommodations are available (call me at 503-810-8382). Organically Grown Garlic, Arts and Crafts, Live Music, Intentional Community and Great Food. This is an experimental eco-village and organic farm. Closer to home, the Network for a New Culture Summer Camp is August 10-22 at RiverSong Community in Hood River, OR. Also check out our Calendar of Events and our socially responsible business listings.

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Our web page continues to be popular. All of our articles and many advertisers are now available on the internet through keyword access. See key icon following each article. Just type in our web address (www.communityconnexion.com / keyword) plus the name or number in the key icon and you will go directly to that information. We are starting to get more and more inquiries from the internet. One member wrote:

"I thought I would check out the connexions home page and was quite amazed to see the weekly spiritual message spot right there on the home page. Thank you very much, and it explains why I’ve suddenly been getting a larger number of people requesting the weekly spiritual sharings.

"Hope all is well. Love & Blessings, Aja"

The Oregonian Supports Community ConneXion

In a front page article in June the Oregonian did a story on Shuddhananda Brahmachari, the Hindu Monk featured in our May/June issue, along with other information about the decline in church attendance compared to the growth in interest around Eastern religions. In this lead story they honored Community ConneXion as a resource and authority on alternative spiritual practices.

Whole Life Expo Cancels Portland Show

After moving the event from December ‘99 to October ‘99, the Whole Life Expo has canceled their Portland event due to over scheduling and over expansion of the newly reorganized Whole Life Expo organization.

Some of the slack will be made up with the Body & Soul Conference in Seattle in mid-September and the Lifeway Psychic Fair September 25th & 26th at the Forestry Center. Call Steve Strickland (541-482-3722) for more information or booth space in this very popular psychic fair.

About This Issue

You will notice that we have expanded our Resource Directory (starting on page 30) to include columns and articles on the same subject. The new Body & Soul section is on pages 31 and 32 to bridge between section #080 (Body / Soul / Mind / Spirit) and #240 (counselors & therapists). Astrology Today is now on pages 33 and 34, along with section #220 (Cosmic ConneXion). This allows Astrology and Intuitive Arts to be together for quick reference. The new Business and Professionals for Social Responsibility is on page 35 and incorporates Co-Housing, Community and Real Estate, along with a business calendar. Page 36 offers Eco-Products and Environmental Services (section #340).

Holistic Health

In the last issue we introduced this new column. We are introducing the idea of Complementary Medicine or better known as Integrative Medicine. The idea here is to not set ourselves aside as alternative medicine in opposition to traditional medicine, but to offer consultation and healing as cooperative, holistically incorporating the best of all medicine both ancient and modern.

It is our intention to move away from the concept of alternative, which can divide and create competition, and move toward Holistic Health and Wholistic Resources. For more information on this concept, watch our progress on our web page or look for these improvements in future issues of Community ConneXion.

John Poling

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