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 Upcoming Classes 

 

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Valentine's Kids Cards and Crafts
Wednesday, February 14, 12:30-1:30PM
Join us in the Community Room for some fun Valentine's Day Kids Crafts! We will be making cards, coloring, and eating some yummy snacks! All are welcome!
 
Diamond Way Buddhist Center Public Lecture
Thursday, February 15, 7-8:30PM
Diamond Way (Vajrayana) Buddhist Center of Albany is Hosting international Buddhist Teacher Artur Przybyslawski. Artur Przybyslawski is full of inspiration and practical knowledge. He will give an introduction to the Highest Teachings of the Buddha. 
 
Chocolate Class: Bean to Bar with Primo Botanica
Saturday, February 17, 3-5PM SOLD OUT
Join Oliver from local business Primo Botanica for the first in a series of free classes exposing co-op members to different origins of cacao, cacao nibs and the chocolate they can make from it with counter-top equipment some of which they may already have! Nibs we use during the class will be available for purchase through the co-op’s bulk section. We would like the class to be a way to educate folks on how to use roasted cacao. You will observe the dark chocolate making experience and be sampling the finished product.
 
Vegan Cooking Class with Ariffa Bevin,
Sunday, February 18, 1-3PM SOLD OUT!
This month’s vegan cooking demo will be Mexican-inspired! We’ll start with a tasty Mexican appetizer followed-up by the main course of black bean and corn enchiladas with homemade mole sauce.  Whether you’re a new vegan, curious non-vegan, long-time vegan or just interested, are all welcomed! 
 
Statistics with Jonathan Skinner
Wednesday, February 21, 6:30-7:45PM
On the Empire of Chance.  Some stories about how our understanding of probability changed science and everyday life, based on the work of leading historians of science.  A partial book review of The Empire of Chance by Gerd Gigenrenzer and others.
 
Chocolate Class: Bean to Bar with Primo Botanica
Saturday, March 3, 3:30-5:30PM  
Join Oliver from local business Primo Botanica for the first in a series of free classes exposing co-op members to different origins of cacao, cacao nibs and the chocolate they can make from it with counter-top equipment some of which they may already have! Nibs we use during the class will be available for purchase through the co-op’s bulk section. We would like the class to be a way to educate folks on how to use roasted cacao. You will observe the dark chocolate making experience and be sampling the finished product.
 
Vegetable Fermentation Master Class with Mark from Hosta Hill
Sunday, March 4, 2-3:30PM
Ever wanted to try making sauerkraut or kimchi at home, but too afraid or intimidated by the process? Join us for a fermentation master class with Mark Phillips of Hosta Hill for a hands-on demonstration and workshop on the basic techniques behind successful and safe vegetable fermentation at home. Vegetables and other ingredients will be provided by Honest Weight to make Sauerkraut, but participants are asked to bring their own quart size glass jar. Additional materials will be provided for those that do not have access to these items. 
 
Herb Story Hour for Kids with Rebecca Grance Andrews
Saturday, March 10, 1-2PM
Ever wished you could take Herbology with Harry Potter? Come to this class just for kids and you'll learn a bit about herbs from another magical story, The Herbalist of Yarrow. We'll make an herbal craft, sing an herbal song, and you'll create your own personalized herbal tea formula to bring home! 
 
Decluttering for Better Health with Julie Ulmer
Saturday, March 10, 3-4PM
When cramped kitchens make it harder for us to prepare healthy, whole foods and indoor air pollutants like dust, mold and mildew thrive in cluttered spaces, some simple changes can benefit us on a number of levels!  Learn to identify safety hazards, improve the flow of your home and discover decluttering and organizing tips that set you up for successful cleaning and may improve your overall health and wellbeing.  Join professional Organizer Julie Ulmer in this productive class!
 
Albany Food Readers Book Club
Saturday, March 10, 7-8:30PM
Do you like to eat? Do you like to read? Do you want to learn more about food? If so, you might enjoy joining our book club: Albany Food Readers! Albany Food Reader’s is a local book club with a focus on books dealing with food. The March book is "From Chicken Wings to Kale Smoothies--How What We Eat Defines Who We Are", by Sophie Egan.
 
 
Weekly Practitioner Services

Reserve a session at our Service Desk or by calling (518) 482-2667

Healing Touch with Richard Sahr, Mondays, 11AM-2PM is an energy therapy in which practitioners consciously use their hands in a heart-centered and intentional way. Sign up for a session at our Service Desk.

Therapeutic Touch with Nancy Brandt, Mondays, 12-3PM Therapeutic touch is a research-based energy healing modality which promotes a relaxation response and supports our innate capacity for self-healing. Great with helping chronic pain and emotional distress. Sign up at the Service Desk. 

Deep Tissue Massage with Melissa Enslin, LMT, Tuesdays, 10AM-1PM Sign up at the service desk to enjoy a 15-minute relaxing session. Cancelled 2/27/18.

Nutritional Counseling with Hollan Bonjukian, Wednesdays, 8:30-9:30AM From Fear to Freedom; learn how to use dietary fats to become fat adapted and break the sugar addiction. This is an opportunity to discover dietary freedom through fats from a nutrition expert, athletic trainer and compassionate coach.

Guitar Lessons with Vartan Bonjukian, Thursdays, 2-5PM One-on-one lessons! Bring your electric or acoustic guitar for a simple 45-minute tutorial, or use Vartan’s. Sign up at the Service Desk.

Feng Shui Every Way with Laura Lee Ross, Fridays 3-6PM Visit with Laura Lee to learn how to balance the energy of your home, your outfits, and other aesthetic concerns. Balance the energy of your life. Bring your floor plan, photos, or ideas! CANCELLED  2/16.

Herbal Health Consultations, Saturdays 9:30AM-12:30PM Join Stacey Magliaro to learn more about the use of herbs and diet for aging well, health issues, and in helping individuals regain lost vitality. Sign up at the Service Desk.

Monthly Drop-in Sessions

No need to register for these monthly sessions. Just drop in!

Singing Bowls with Bill Leslie, Third Mondays, 6-7PM  Meditation allows the mind to let go of the past and put aside expectations for the future. The sound of singing bowls helps create that pause. 

Folk guitar and Ukulele Group, Second Mondays, 6-8PM This instructional workshop is tailored to equip, inspire and encourage participants to competently make and talk the language of music. Drop in!

Public Meditation Class with Diamond Way Buddhism, Second Tuesdays, 7:30-8:30PM This monthly meditation practice at HWFC is straightforward and aimed at regular people with busy lives. Beginners are welcome!

Weekly Drop-in Sessions

No need to register. Just drop in!

Conversational French with Martha, Sundays, 5:30-7pm. Drop by our Community Room and join in this meetup for French speakers at all levels.  

Sunday Morning Yoga with Katherine Nadeau, Sundays, 11AM-12PM Greet the new week with grace and energy in a mindful yoga practice.  All levels welcome. Please bring a mat and water with you, dress comfortably, and bring any props you need.

Conversational Spanish with Melanie Porés, Mondays, 10-11AM Drop by our Café and join in this meetup for Spanish speakers at all levels.  Class will be suspended 1/30/18-3/6/18

Body Fat & Blood Pressure Screening, Tuesdays, 11AM-1PM Personal trainer, Jeff Miller, will test your body fat and blood pressure and translate those numbers into usable information about your health.  At Service Desk.

Spanish Language Conversation Group with Diana, Tuesdays, 4-5PM, Improve skills in an informal setting. Just drop in-no need to register! Class is suspended until further notice.

English as a Second Language, Tuesdays, 6-7:30PM Tutoring in English reading and writing and for English as a Second Language (ESL). Students can bring school work, projects, or teacher will provide learning material as needed. Guardians must be present for minors.

Co-op Family Group, Wednesdays, 10AM-12PM A weekly family group that has been meeting at Honest Weight since 2006 to discuss a whole host of topics pertaining to natural parenting choices. Kids are welcome! 

iRest Yoga Nidra, Wednesdays, 6-7PM Based on the ancient teachings of meditation, iRest provides tools to help you relax deeply, release stress and increase resiliency, with a goal of improving interpersonal relationships and providing greater control and mastery of life. Cancelled 2/14/18.

Yoga for Parkinson’s, Thursdays, 10:30-11:30AM A gentle yet motivating chair yoga class designed to inspire mind/body ease and enhance daily functioning for people with Parkinson’s and their caregivers.

Honest Beets: Sounds of the Capital Region, Second & Fourth Sundays 11AM-2PM HWFC seeks to showcase an eclectic array of styles, genres, musicians and poets in our Café

Knit & Stitch, Fridays, 12-2PM  Knit & Stitch is for people at all levels of expertise, those with skills to share and others who wish to learn, in a setting of camaraderie and conversation. Drop in anytime!

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FOR MORE INFORMATION:

Please contact Sandy Pratt with any questions: 518.482.2667 ext. 219 or sandypratt-AT-honestweight.coop