It's not all that surprising mostly women turned out for Heidi Schumann's 50 Shades of Gray seminar, but previous design seminars attracted a wide mix of contractors and home renovators.
The award-winning designer has held seminars almost each month since establishing her design studio at Qualicum Beach. For the record, 50 Shades was unrelated to the risqué novel. It was about fabric colours.
"It was a lot of fun," said Schumann, laughing.
The renowned Vancouver designer started Design Details Inc. in Qualicum Beach early this year, completing the jump from Vancouver to the Island.
She specializes in kitchen and bathroom design and is highly praised for her professionalism, attention to detail, and creativity. In her 25-year career she has amassed numerous awards.
Three of her kitchen designs were named top picks on the television show This Old House. Her work repeatedly earns National Kitchen and Bathroom Association recognition. Her specialty is spaces that connect people to their homes and environment.
Affiliated with V6B Design Group in Vancouver, her new studio carries hand-selected, unique and imported materials not available elsewhere.
Her seminars are usually monthly affairs, and are open to anyone. Her next one will be on green design and sustainable living. To learn more, visit 101-663 Beach Rd. in Qualicum Beach, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 250-594-2666.
Acts of kindness Acts of kindness are up for grabs at Red Door Yoga's Aulds Road location.
A "Karma Card" box encourages passersby to pull a card, then go out and perform the kind act written on the card.
The "Be The Change" project is based on the words of Mahatma Gandhi: "Be the change you wish to see in the world," and is the first of its kind.
Gandhi, a practicing yogi, believed the guiding principle that what we wish to create externally world, we must first cultivate inside.
The "Be The Change" project has been enthusiastically received since its launch. Red Door Yoga actively encourages everyone to be part of the project. People can also participate by posting their experience performing a random act of kindness at www.facebook. com/RedDoorYoga.
"What Mahatma Gandhi said is simple and effective: 'If you want kindness, become kindness,'" said Red Door Yoga owner Kavita Maharaj.
Red Door Yoga Studio is at 7282 Aulds Rd. For more information, contact Kavita Maharaj at 250-390-9367 or email email@example.com.
Christmas in July July 25 is Christmas in July at Lifehouse Chiropractic Studio.
Christmas usually evokes thoughts of winter, family and gift giving, but the need for giving doesn't end with winter. Many forget it is in the middle of the year when food banks and charities are the most in need.
"On this day at the chiropractic studio we will be celebrating our clients with Secret Santa gifts and open to receive the donation of food items," said Dr. Norm Detillieux. "It's a fun day to appreciate what we have and our ability to give."
For the past three years, Detillieux has volunteered several hours each week at the New Hope Centre.
He also holds an annual donation day, which is now Christmas in July.
Detillieux also offers a free initial chiropractic consultation and examination at no charge, but people are asked to make food donations in lieu of payment.
Lifehouse is at 1710 Jingle Pot Rd., call 250-740-0333.
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