Practicing Yoga and Famous Musicians

By Genelle Millard Van Heuklon, co-owner Globally Sound Fair Trade

Yoga is an opportunity to experience your mind, body, spirit and famous musicians playing live. That’s right. You read it correctly. I’ll put it here in all capital letters – AN OPPORTUNITY TO EXPERIENCE FAMOUS MUSICIANS PLAYING LIVE!

I’m glad I have your attention. I’d like to introduce myself. My name is Genelle. I co-own Globally Sound Fair Trade with my mother, Germaine. We are known in Downtown Appleton primarily for our store where we make it easy for people in the Fox Cities to purchase ethically-made goods..

Our store is our lifestyle and we begin and end many of our days at Globally Sound with yoga. My sister, Reneé, and I guide the classes where we are dedicated to providing an atmosphere where each person can practice at his or her own pace and comfort level.

“I like practicing yoga at Globally Sound because it feels like family to me. A very laid back atmosphere,” yoga student, Pam Christianson said. “You get to know people and everyone knows everyone’s name. A very relaxing way to do yoga.”

Oh yes! Let’s not forget those famous musicians. For the third year in a row I’ve had the chance to practice yoga while various members of Rusted Root played live. Check out the video to enjoy a bit of the experience. Practice with us in our studio now and maybe next year you’ll join me practicing yoga with Rusted Root live at Inner Sun in Oshkosh!

For more information about yoga classes at Globally Sound, visit

Chalk On The Town So Many Things to Love

Friday, August 19th Downtown Appleton was full of chalk and artists, young and old, creating beautiful chalk murals for the special Chalk on the Town event for Art on the Town.

Renee Torzala attended Chalk on the Town and this what she had to say about the event.

How do I love Downtown Appleton?  There are so many reasons I love coming Downtown, how can I possibly count them all?  I think the main reason I’m drawn to Downtown is because it radiates a feeling of community… where you can always find good coffee and soak in the sights, sounds and smiles of those around you.

Whether our family is attending the Farm Market, enjoying a Thursday evening concert, taking a trolley ride to the riverfront, or stopping at the coffee shop after church, we always leave with a sense of gratitude.  How did we get so lucky to live in such a wonderful community?

This was evident once again last Friday when our whole family decided to check out the Chalk About Town event to see what it was all about.  I knew our kids might be a little old for some of the activities, but it turned out to be a great little event – and another excuse to stop into our favorite places!

It all began in Houdini Plaza where kids and the young-at-heart were invited to design to their heart’s content wherever they chose.  With festive music playing and a live Mary Poppins greeting everyone, you couldn’t help but smile.  It took a little prodding, but after some thought and coaxing from Mary Poppins…our little artists went to work and really amazed me with their creations.  Even more amazing were the several professional chalk art pictures displayed on the sidewalk along the Avenue!

People attending the Art about Town event in the evening were able to see the finished artwork, but we actually got to see the artists creating them in person!  As we made our way along the Avenue, we made sure to stop at the Copper Rock for gelato and iced coffee.  We also discovered some new favorite spots, along with our trusty favorites!

We enjoyed our day so much that we came back the next day for the Farm Market.  To our children’s delight, their sidewalk creations were still there, displayed prominently amid the vendors and shoppers.  All weekend they were chalking it up in our driveway, but instead of a simple sun or flower, they were creating wizards and brightly colored creatures.   Who knew that a simple event would spark such creativity?

I can’t count the ways that I love Downtown, since there are too many.  I just know that we’ll be back!


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Photos by Renee Torzala

Please join us for the Friday, September 16th Art on the Town

Visit the Just Act Natural Green Market this Saturday

Join us this Saturday from 8am – 12:30pm for this month’s Just Act Natural Green Market — an extension of the Downtown Appleton Farm Market.

The Green Market block extends from Durkee Street east to Drew Street.  The south side of the street will be filled with green vendors and the north side is chuck-full of art vendors.

This is the public’s chance to chat with local experts on all things green.  Ever think about installing solar panels?  Check out Appleton Solar’s booth and get straight answers about the power of solar.

Want to switch to kid- and pet-friendly lawn care?  Talk to local companies Valley Organics and Backyard Organics.

Always wanted to start backyard composting?  Now you can talk with the compost experts at Compost Joe’s.

Where’s the best bike trails in the area and where can I get the best bike?  Fox Cities Greenways will tell you and give you a map.  Make your way over to the Appleton Bike Shop booth and they’ll show the best bike for your needs.

How do I even start coverting to a green lifestyle?  Dianne and myself here at Just Act Natural can help you with that, too.  Come talk to us either at the booth or in the store.  We are happy to help!

The opportunities abound at the Green Market.  You’re going to the Farm Market anyway, take a few more steps eastward on College Avenue and talk to locally-owned businesses and organizations about going green!  See you Saturday!

J.C. Paustian
Just Act Natural 

You Could Be the Avenue Act!

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Avenue 91.1 is looking for just the right act to headline The Avenue Act at the Downtown Appleton Art Market during the Farm Market on Saturday, September 17th!

Plus, your act will be video recorded and available on The Avenue On Demand section of

Heres how it works:

  • Upload an mp3 of one song starting August 5th.   (Hint: listen to The Avenue and key into the type of music our listeners love)
  • Entries must be received no later than Tuesday August 23rd.
  • 5 finalists will be selected and notified on Friday August 26th.
  • Starting Friday September 2nd, listeners can vote for their favorites. (Hint: if you’re 1 of the 5 finalists…gear up all your fans to vote for you!)
  • The winner will be announced on September 9th on the air!

Will you be The Avenue Act at the Downtown Appleton Art Market on September 17th?

Record an mp3 enter at the Avenue 91.1 and find out.

Story Book Dance Party at the Building For Kids

Hey kids, grab your parents, friends, favorite story book costumes and your dancing shoes and get ready to boogie at the Story Book Dance Party at the Building for Kids Children’s Museum on Saturday, August 27th from 6 pm – 8 pm..

Dance the night away with Cinderella, Belle, Prince Charming and other surprise story book characters while enjoying special Story Book hands-on activities and crafts in DaVinci Studio.

Want VIP Access to the Story Book Characters while enjoying refreshments in the VIP Lounge? You got it. VIP Tickets are $20 each and are limited so call now at 920.734.3226 to secure your VIP status!

More information about the Storybook Dance Party is available on the Building For Kids blog