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Around Town: North Charleston Arts Festival & Birds of Prey

Posted on April 23, 2015 by

In Around Town this month, we’re highlighting a place you might not even know exists, and an event that you may very well overlook. Both of these can be enjoyed by all, no matter your age, gender, or interests. Okay, maybe if you really, really dislike birds, one won’t be for you. Without further ado, we encourage you to make time to visit The Center for Birds of Prey….and don’t forget to put the North Charleston Arts Festival on your calendar!!

North Charleston Arts Festival

NC Arts Festival

Do we have any art lovers out there? Yes, the world renowned Spoleto Festival is right around the corner, but don’t overlook the North Charleston Arts Festival taking place May 1-9. Obviously, Spoleto can’t be topped, but affordability is an issue with the festival, and North Charleston has worked hard to provide a wide array of exhibits for completely free or very moderately priced.


What’s there to do? Holy cow, there’s just too much to list. And it’s all on their website, so why recreate the wheel? (But just to give you a taste: street dances, concerts, theatre presentations, film screenings, an art walk, children’s programs, workshops, demonstrations, and SO. MUCH. MORE.)


When and where does this all go down? May 1-9…the Main Event is held the first weekend at the North Charleston Performing Arts Center and the Charleston Area Convention Center. The Grande Finale is at North Charleston Riverfront Park and features performances by professional groups and Tri-county schools, children’s activities and fireworks over the Cooper River. Lots of stuff going on in between at a variety of venues, including libraries, community centers, schools, civic auditoriums, and parks.


How much is this going to cost me? That’s the great news—much of this is completely free and if it’s not, it’s affordable. Check out the website. All the details are there.




The Center for Birds of Prey


The Center for Birds of Prey is one of Charleston’s hidden treasures. Maybe you’re unsure of why you should care about birds (we all should, and you’ll find out why!). Maybe you love birds and want to teach your children or grandchildren about them. Regardless, everyone should visit this facility at least once. The 152-acre Avian Conservation Center site is surrounded by the Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge and the Francis Marion National Forest. It is easily accessible from U.S. Highway 17 and located in Awendaw, SC–check it out!


What’s there to do? Take a tour, enjoy flight demonstrations, explore exhibit areas, visit the owl woods. Enjoy beauty and nature…


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Good Eats and Treats: Spring Lunch Anyone?

Posted on April 23, 2015 by

How about a simple and delicious Spring Lunch? We’ve got just the recipes for you this month. Start out with a delicious Curried Chicken Salad served with a Mandarin Orange, Spinach and Almond Spring Mix. Throw in an easy Raspberry Crumble for dessert…but wait–why not close the deal and really impress your guests with a twist on ‘normal’ Sweet Tea? Try this Almond Tea recipe! Enjoy!


Curried Chicken Salad

(The pineapple and curry add that gourmet touch!)




2 c. cooked boneless chicken breasts, diced

1 apple, peeled and cubed

1 c. fresh pineapple, diced

1/4 c. golden raisins

1/3 c. dates, chopped

2 T. chutney, chopped

1/2 t. salt


2 t. curry powder

2 T. Chicken broth

1 c. mayonnaise


Directions: Combine salad ingredients and refrigerate. While chilling, prepare dressing as follows: Simmer curry and broth together for about 2 minutes, stirring constantly until it forms a smooth paste. Cool and add paste to mayonnaise. Mix dressing with salad one hour before serving to allow flavors to blend; then return to refrigerator.


Mandarin Orange, Spinach & Almond Salad



10 oz bag of fresh spinach washed and drained

11 oz. can mandarin oranges, 2 T. juice reserved

1/2 c. extra virgin olive oil

3 T. balsamic vinegar

1/4 c. honey roasted almond slivers


Directions: In a salad bowl, whisk together olive oil, vinegar and mandarin orange juice. Pour the dressing over the spinach and oranges and toss gently. Top with almonds.



Raspberry Crumble




1 lb. raspberries

6 to 8 T. sugar



1/2 c. butter or margarine

1 2/3 c. whole wheat flour

2/3 c. rolled oats

1/2 c. soft brown sugar


Directions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line bottom of pie pan with raspberries and sprinkle sugar over them. In a mixing bowl, cut butter into flour and blend with pastry blender until crumbly. Stir in the oats and brown sugar and mix well. Sprinkle on top of the berries. Bake for 40 to 45 minutes until the top is golden.



Almond Tea

sweet tea


3 regular tea bags

6 c. cold water

1 c. sugar or equivalent sweetener

2/3 c. lemon juice, freshly-squeezed

2 t. almond extract

1 t. vanilla extract


Directions: Place tea bags in 2 cups of boiling water for about 10 minutes. In a separate pan, bring 4 cups water to a boil and add sugar. Let simmer for 5 minutes, then add lemon, almond and vanilla. Combine the mixture with the tea. May be served hot or iced.


All recipes taken from Goosenberry Patch: Celebrate Spring Cookbook.

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BOGO* of the Month: Strengthen Hips, Lessen Knee Pain!

Posted on April 23, 2015 by

*Imagine’s version of a BOGO (Buy One, Get One) is to share one simple and healthy activity with you (such as new exercises, stretches, nutrition information or cardio activities) that by implementing you will see benefits in 2 or more ways. 


It’s back—Imagine’s BOGO of the month. We’ve got a great one for you, a must for everyone. All you have to do? Strengthen your hips. The benefits? Well, obviously stronger hips (important for all types of physical activity and movement in general) but also–less knee pain! Whaaaattt??? Yes, you read that correctly. By strengthening your hips, you will in fact lessen your knee pain! So…this blogpost is particularly relevant to those folks out there who have so much knee pain they struggle with any weight bearing activities. The exercises and stretches we’re sharing avoid the knee almost entirely (share with friends and family members who are suffering–this is a great place to start!). For more information as to the WHY behind strengthening hips/lessening knee pain, please visit The Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy’s website. We’re here to give you a place to start by introducing you to the three simple hip exercises that were proven to work in decreasing knee pain.


Please note that in the exercises/stretches below, the transparent image is the starting position and the solid image is the ending position.


Exercise One: Standing Hip Abduction


Instructions:  Stand near a wall or counter so you can reach for balance if necessary.  Tighten your abdominal muscles. Then, keeping your leg straight, lift it out to the side and pause briefly at the top.  Be sure to lift the leg straight out to the side without coming forward and try not to lean.  If you lean, you went too far! Start with 10 repetitions and progress to 30. Repeat with the other leg. Ankle weights can be added once these have become too easy!

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Exercise Two: Seated External Rotation


Instructions: Sit on a firm surface with your feet just touching the floor.  Slide one foot up your opposite shin to the top of your knee.  Repeat 10 times and progress to 30.  Repeat for the opposite leg.

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Exercise 3: Side-lying Clams


Instructions: Lie on one side with your bottom leg straight and your top knee bent up so that your top foot is hooked behind the crease of your bottom knee.  Keeping your foot down, lift your top knee up and out, like the motion of a clam shell opening.  Repeat 10 times and progress to 30 repetitions.  Then lie on your other side and repeat with the opposite leg. 

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In regards to knee pain and exercises, let us emphasize this is truly the tip of the iceberg–simply a great place to start. We would love to assist in you your path to a pain free life. Please contact the clinic closest to you for a FREE 30 minute consult–we’ll let you know if you’re a good candidate for therapy. We’re always here to help you get BETTER FASTER and stay BETTER LONGER!!!

All information found in this post attributed to article found on the Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy website, “Strengthening Your Hip Muscles: Some Exercises May Be Better Than Others”.

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