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Classes, Events & Services

Honest Weight offers free and low-cost community classes, events, and services as part of our mission. We are committed to helping our community learn more about growing, choosing, preparing, and using natural foods and to teaching about alternative ways of living that are healthy for ourselves, our community, and our planet. 

 

One-on-One Services

Group Sessions + Drop in Services

Honest Weight Outreach - Come see us out in the Community!

Please note that classes often fill up. Registration is required for many classes, events, and services, as indicated below next to each event. Please let us know if your plans change and you are no longer able to make it. Contact Anastasia with any questions at education@honestweight.coop.

All classes are free of charge unless otherwise noted!

 

 

Doren & Shawn New Years Cook Off

Sign up Here!!

Saturday December 30th 1pm in Teaching Kitchen!!

🎉 Welcome to a Culinary Countdown to the New Year! 🎉

Join us for a festive and interactive cooking class where we'll explore the art of crafting classic New Year's Eve recipes that not only delight the taste buds but also bring people together. Let's bid farewell to the old year and welcome the new one with the joy of cooking and the warmth of community.

Doren and Shawn continue to serve fun and flavor with their cooking series! This month, Doren will prepare us some Southern classics! Fried Fish, Black Eyed Peas and ham, and Peach pie! Shawn will let his creativity shine with a vegan chickpea fritter and surprise side dish!

This is a free event! Please register and we'll save you a seat, walk ins welcomed if space allows!!

One-on-one Services. Reserve your spot at our service desk!

We are now offering online Eventbrite sign-ups for many one-on-one services, simply click the link near the event below! Please only sign up for one service each month to allow space for others.

Acupuncture

FREE ACUPUNCTURE SESSIONS!

SOLD OUT FOR OCTOBER!!

Every Monday starting at 9am in the Community Room 

PLEASE, ONE ONE SESSION PER PERSON PER MONTH! REGISTRATION REQUIRED!!

Acupuncture can be used to help with a variety of conditions such as pain, anxiety, stress, digestive issues or just to maintain a healthy balance. A 30-minute session will allow time for a targeted one-sided acupuncture treatment. These sessions are open to ALL (you don’t have to be a member!). Sign up for ONE 30-minute spot and make sure to arrive a few minutes prior to your scheduled time. Due to the incredible response to this offering, we are limiting sessions to ONE PER PERSON, PER MONTH. 

Paul Marks L.Ac. MSTOM is a NYS licensed Acupuncturist with over 12 years of experience. He has spent extensive time studying classical acupuncture and moxa therapy as well as being a Ph.D. candidate at Liaoning University of TCM in China. He specializes in orthopaedic acupuncture and pain management.

Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy

November Registration

December/January Registration

Biodynamic craniosacral therapy (BCST) is a gentle, hand-on healing methodology that helps to settle the client's nervous system and help your body's inherent healing wisdom to surface and express itself. It helps to release stuck patterns and reduce tension, pain, and inflammation. Clients often find the treatments deeply relaxing and supportive of other healing approaches they are pursuing. Treatments are conducted fully clothed, and all touch is negotiated with the client.

A $5 NONREFUNDABLE Deposit is required to register, you will receive a $5 HWFC Gift Card upon attendance to your appointment, please email education@honestweight.coop for a fee waiver!

Evelyn Wright is an Albany area native, ecological economist, and longtime Honest Weight member. She is studying BCST at the School of Inner Health in Denver, CO. She is offering these BCST sessions as part of her mentorship towards becoming a certified practitioner.

Reiki w Dee!!

November Registration!

         FREE REIKI SESSIONS! Registration required.

Reiki is an energy system developed in Japan by Mikao Usui in the 1920s which helps to balance the body and allow its natural self healing capabilities to work more effectively. Elegant and intelligent, it works according to the needs of the person and is known for relieving pain promoting relaxation and well-being as well as aiding the healing processes of the body and is widely used in hospitals, nursing homes, rehabilitation centers, etc. as a complement to allopathic medicine. These 30-minute sessions will include a quick consultation to discover how to best serve your needs, scanning and full body treatment to support you in your wholeness.

Reiki is not a replacement for medical treatment please consult a medical provider as Reiki practitioners do not diagnose medical conditions or prescribe medication.

Dee Mclaughlin is a sixth generation Reiki master in the Usui Shiki Ryoho tradition. She received all of her training at the John Harvey gray Center for Reiki Healing under Reiki Master Teacher Lourdes Gray.

 

Tarot Readings with Lori 

November Registration!

Join Lori for a free 30 minute Tarot Reading Session; One per Person per Month!

Lori Johnson has been a coop member for decades. Her first coop experience in Unity, Maine.She performs tarot card readings at psychic fairs throughout the area. And delights in the stories that the cards unfold for us.She is also skilled in the healing arts Reiki, Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy, and Raindrop Treatments using essential oils. Lori has been a nurse for many decades, calling on her intuition and skill for healing and card readings.

A $5 NONREFUNDABLE Deposit is required to register, you will receive a $5 HWFC Gift Card upon attendance to your appointment, please email education@honestweight.coop for a fee waiver!

Angel Card or Natal Chart Readings 

November Registration!!

Join Jenn for a free 45 minute Session; One per Person per Month!

Jenn finds that curiosity is continuously nudging her toward deeper and greater exploration of the unseen world. The interconnectedness of seemingly unrelated elements of life, is where the magic of our experience as creators exists. We can choose where to set boundaries, how to receive information, and impeccably understand why a cycle is both ending and beginning anew. And since there is a vast universe of information from which we decide our world view, there are many tools to assist in dialing in on what is right in a moment, or even as an archetype. She offers two options of divination to help you clarify your truth. One is through an Angel Card Reading, where you can gain confirmation on the messages your guardian angel(s) or guides have been bring up for you lately. Second is a natal chart reading where you can address where planetary transits are lighting up your life.

Jenn is a part of Kyle Gray’s Angel Team and have completed Level-II Certification with National Council for Geocosmic Research (NCGR).

A $5 NONREFUNDABLE Deposit is required to register, you will receive a $5 HWFC Gift Card upon attendance to your appointment, please email education@honestweight.coop for a fee waiver!

 

This Month's Classes

 

  Arabic Lessons with Hamad

Next Session Thursday November 9th 10:15am Community Room

This is a basic Arabic class that focuses on learning the Arabic language through a cultural lens. Arabic is one of the hardest languages to learn due to its versatility and evolution. While learning the language, it is recommended to learn a little about the culture to understand where words come from and how they formulate. 

Hamad Alghareeb is a native Arabic language speaker. Hamad acquired English as a new language through formal education, which influenced their love for teaching and languages. Additionally, they taught English as a New Langauge in South America and the Middle East. 

                         Folk Guitar & Ukelele.

 First Monday in the Community Room 6pm

A learning/sharing session open to all who are interested, this low-stress instructional workshop is tailored to equip, inspire and encourage participants to competently make and talk the language of music. Come learn to play and sing hundreds of traditional and contemporary folk, pop, and country songs, and meet other musicians – whether aspiring or accomplished - in this all-level class that meets on the second Monday of every month. No need to sign up--just drop by!

Knit & Stitch, drop in!

Every Friday from 1-3pm Community Room

We welcome knitters and crocheters, beginners or advanced. Come share your skills or learn new ones in a friendly, relaxed atmosphere. No need to sign up; just drop by!

Traditional Music Jam, drop in!

1st & 3rd Thursday of each month from 1-3pm Community Room

A round Robin format will accommodate people at all levels of ability as each person gets to choose a tune and its tempo. People of all ages and experiences are encouraged to fully participate as musicians and/or listeners.

All styles of traditional music and instruments are welcome. This is a participatory group with no expectations of performance. If anyone wants to try a particular tune, they need to bring sheet music to share and they should be able to lead.

Join us as a listener! We love an audience, the more the merrier!!

Please email Patricia Kernan at kernan.pat@gmail.com with any questions.

Conversational Spanish Online with Melanie Pores!

Weekly on Fridays, 10am-12pm 

Beginning to advanced students are welcome to join this extraordinary community class led by the wonderful Melanie Pores. Please email education@honestweight.coop for the Zoom link.

Gentle Yoga w. Carrie

Fridays November 10th & 24th at 4pm Community Room

FREE! Drop-in No Registration Required!

This class will be gentle in nature with plenty of cues to modify. Perfect for beginners, seasoned yoga practitioners, and everyone in between. The yoga practice led will require little to no weight bearing on hands and knees making it perfect for sensitive joints. Classes are created based on who shows up and what is requested and they will always include a centering, breathing exercises, warm-ups, yoga forms, and relaxation. Chairs can be used as yoga props if needed. All are welcome. Please bring a yoga mat (we will have some available) and any props that you require for a yoga experience that will best support you.

Community Yoga with Mary!

October 29th November 12th & 26th 9:30-10:30 AM in The Community Room

FREE! Drop-in No Registration Required!

Make time in your week to yoke together mind, body, & spirit through intentional movement in this hour-long vinyasa class. With a focus on conscious breath, you will move through a series of poses (asanas), creating space in your body as well as your heart. Connect to yourself, while practicing yoga in community. All levels class, beginners welcome. Mary Rosch, an Albany native, has been practicing yoga for over a decade, and loves to now share yoga through teaching. Come as you are to this Sunday morning class and help cultivate extra special energy in the HWFC Community Room!

December Death Cafe

December 6th 7pm Community Room

No registration required; Just Show Up!!

Hosted by member-owner, Michelle Polacinski, this cafe will provide a safe space to discuss death in all aspects. The objective is to increase awareness of death with a view to helping people make the most of their (finite) lives. While this is not a bereavement or grief support resource, we will happily refer you to places where you can receive this kind of support.
This offering is Free. Beverages and a sweet treat will be provided.

Michelle Polacinski is an experienced herbalist and trained end-of-life doula. After struggling with physical health issues throughout her childhood and teenage years, Michelle discovered plant medicine. Growing up in the rural Lebanon Valley, she was no stranger to foraging and yet continues to learn about new plants and their healing properties every day. She has been working with plants for over 12 years.

       Queer Family Support Group w. Hamad

Monday November 6th 4pm Community Room

This group is dedicated to supporting parents, guardians, and family members of the LGBTQ+ community. Many family members want to start supporting their loved ones but are unsure how. This is your gateway to being a supporter!

Topics include: gender, sexuality, education, LGBTQ+ trauma, history, and more.

Hamad Alghareeb is a queer educator who served as a teacher, counselor, and educational leader. Hamad works as an education consultant that specializes in working with inclusive educational environments

Sound healing Journey with Teresa

Monday November 13th Community Room

Join Teresa Harlow as she guides you through a sound healing journey, to experience the ancient power of healing with a 24-inch bronze singing bowl that you will get to stand in. Nicknamed The Blessing Bowl.

We will begin with a short introduction on how to access your true self with a guided Reiki meditation before we flow into your sound healing journey. The peaceful sound of the bronze bowls will help you sink into a meditative state, where insight occurs, and transformation takes place.

“Meditation is not suppression of thoughts. It is observing your thoughts. Why not just observe where the sound is taking your thoughts? It is not about erasing your thoughts.” Dr. Mitch Nur

As you are emersed in sound frequencies, Teresa invites you to surrender and take a moment to acknowledge & explore your own needs, emotions, and feelings that are moving to the surface. Sit with them, feel them, and give them a voice by listening to them and stating them silently in your mind. Give yourself permission to release what no longer serves you with the support of the bronze Blessing Bowl you can stand in.

Energy Boosting, Thyroid Balancing Workshop

Tuesday November 28th 6:30pm Community Room

Are you tired of being tired all the time?  Could it be your thyroid? In this workshop you will learn the 7 secrets to overcome constant fatigue, stubborn weight, and crippling stress & anxiety. Even if you’ve been struggling with hypothyroidism or Hashimoto's for years, this workshop is going to be a game changer for you. Join us for the Energy Boosting, Thyroid Balancing Workshop and discover the strategies to achieve sustained energy, confidence, and weight loss with Hashimoto's! As a former Biomedical Engineer and someone who spent years with debilitating fatigue, rashes, and stubborn weight from Hashimoto's Thyroiditis, Grace knows firsthand the struggle to regain her health, energy, and confidence. She was finally able to break free from her symptoms naturally, and is now a certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach who loves helping other women with Hashimoto's lose weight, reboot their energy, overcome stress and revive passion in their career and life.

Personal Finance and Investing Group

Wednesday November 15th 7pm Community Room

Whether you are a novice or experienced investor, just starting your first job or happily retired -- this group is for you. We will cut through the jargon and demystify personal finance as we learn to invest using simple yet effective, time-tested, common-sense principles, while increasing our financial IQ. Join us and bring out your inner investor in a friendly, easy-going atmosphere, and have fun along the way.

Regenerative Writing Circle Series with C- NOVEMBER DATE CANCELLED!!

Next Date: Thursday November 16th 6pm Community Room

This writing circle will be dedicated to reimaging our writing practice and introducing new multidisciplinary creative mediums to better understand ourselves and our craft. Each session will start with a share out of our current writing pieces that we would like some feedback on and then we will move into the teaching portion of our time together. Each writing circle will introduce a new tool we can use in our writing, whether it is guided tarot or astro-cartography or how we can create stories through visual collages. We will ask attendees to bring copies of their work if they want to participate in our shareout in the beginning and to come with an open mind and a journal to reflect on our sessions together. Everyone is welcome - whether you are a seasoned writer or just dipping your pen into writing. 

Who is C Romeo (they/them)?
C Romeo (they/them) is a fat queer nonbinary and autistic human who has been a writer since they were eight years old reading their original stories to their elementary class every show and tell. C believes storytelling is a critical part of our collective history and how we can ensure every person's voice is heard and captured throughout time and space. When they aren't working on their two books, they are spending time with their chosen family, organizing A Big Gay Market, and hanging out with their rescue kitty, Eliza

      Learning to Listen;

Let's End White Supremacy.

Third Thursdays at 6:30pm via ZOOM

Next Date:November 16th 6pm

We are building a growing team whose focus is to bring about the end of white supremacy. We importantly do this work for us, so that we can rid ourselves of racism, and know we are doing the work together to end this pervasive and destructive oppression. Safe, nonjudgmental place where we can share our thoughts, show our strengths and vulnerabilities, and move forward together as a team. Compassionate and courageous listening has proven to be a useful tool in taking effective action. Specifically, we use this tool to build capacity to listen to each other around issues of racism and to dismantle white supremacy. Ending white supremacy takes focused persistence, so we are providing monthly opportunities to do this work together.
 
Email;Listeningpartnerships@gmail.com for Meeting Link
 

Death Design;Living Wills

Sunday November 26th 4:30pm Community Room

Join us for the second iteration of the death design workshop series at the co-op! This will go over how to create a living will, also known as advanced directives. Many believe that they do not need to make any plans until they know they are going to die soon, but anyone can and should plan their death once they turn 18. This workshop is for adults of any age.

Please bring a laptop or pen and paper for this one. Otherwise, pen and paper will be provided.

Michelle Polacinski is a local traditional herbalist and end of life doula in addition to being a member of the co-op.

This is the second part of Michelle's new series;Death Design( formerly titled Planning for your Death). Michelle also hosts a monthly Death Cafe; a safe space to discuss death & dying.

Meditation for ALL! with Dave

Wednesday November 29th 7pm Community Room

This all-levels class is designed to break meditation down into its fundamental components so that even first-time practitioners can leave with tools to jump start an independent meditation practice. During this group, participants will be given instructions to help them connect to their breath, acknowledge their senses, and embrace conscious reflection. Dave strives to pace this group so that each stage allows all participants to feel a deep sense of rest and intrapersonal connection, while minimizing the risk of excess distraction. Guided meditation will run for approximately 35 minutes with an additional 15 minutes allowed for Q&A.

Dave is a licensed mental health counselor and certified yoga teacher (CYT200) who owns and operates a psychotherapy practice out of Albany, NY. Though his current work entails counseling, he enjoys opportunities to share his love and knowledge of meditation.

Around the World Cuisine for Kids; Morocco!!

Saturday December 2nd 12pm Teaching Kitchen

The next stop for this super fun class is Morocco!! We will explore some fantastic food, and learn all about this interesting culture. Of course, we'll also get another stamp on our passports!

This monthly class at Honest Weight will explore countries around the world and introduce our youngest cooperators to some classic cultural examples of food. Each child will be given a "passport" to bring each time they attend. Appropriate for ages 4-10, parents are welcome to stay if they wish.

Stitching Exchange Mending Clinic!!

Sunday December 3rd 12pm Community Room

Stitching Exchange participants will offer simple clothing repairs while patrons shop. Stitching Exchange will also have a few of their creations for sale as well, give back this holiday season with a handmade gift from Stitching Exchange!!

Repairs include: buttons replaced, small tears mended, hemming, and simple tailoring. Modest donations happily accepted and will go directly to the immigrant woman who completes the repairs.

Stitching Exchange is an ongoing artist project for immigrants learning English. We focus on learning new sewing skills and exchanging sewing traditions from around the world, while practicing speaking English. Through our informal “sewing bees,” we foster creativity, build community, and cultivate friendships. For more info: melissasarris2@gmail.com

A ticket to this event does not guarantee a spot on the mending list, mending appointments are first come, first served!

Medicare 101

Wednesday December 6th 1pm Community Room

Come to this educational program to remove the confusion surrounding Medicare! Whether you already are on Medicare or will be in the next year or so, this program will give you a grasp of the different parts of Medicare (A, B, C,D), what you can expect to pay for each part, the difference between Original Medicare and supplemental/advantage plans and how to avoid Medicare scams.

Sandra Kahlon is an Occupational Therapist who has been working with and advocating for seniors for 30 years. Her favorite position was a 17 year tenure as the Director of Rehabilitation Services at a skilled nursing facility and Rehabilitation center in the Capital District. There it was her role to be the liasion between the Facility and the insurance companies. That is where Sandra’s passion for advocating was ignited as it was up to her and her team of therapists to ensure that the patients at the center were granted enough days of therapy to return home strong, safe and confident. 

DIY Fire Cider Workshop

Saturday December 9th 1-2:30pm Teaching Kitchen

In this workshop you will learn how to make fire cider, a warming and health promoting elixir used to support digestion and boost immunity. We will discuss the history of fire cider and the medical benefits of this health promoting tonic. After learning about the properties of the different ingredients, you’ll get to make your own jar to take home and enjoy all winter long!

$12 nonrefundable fee saves you a seat. Please email education@honestweight.coop to request a fee waiver! No one turned away due to lack of funds!


Cathy is a certified Ayurvedic Health Counselor, Chef, Clinical Herbalist and wellness educator. She works part time as an advanced cook at Honest Weight and is the owner of Balanced Body Ayurveda. 

To explore her offerings please visit: www.balancedbodyayurveda.com

Is This Normal? PMS and How Charting Your Cycle Can Help

Saturday December 9th 2pm Community Room

FREE! Registration appreciated, Drop-Ins welcome!

What exactly is “normal” when it comes to changes in the way bodies feel and function throughout the menstrual cycle?  What are the different types of PMS and what are common symptoms of each? And how does all this relate to your hormones?

Join Julia from ChartWise to discuss how charting your menstrual cycle can help you understand your PMS and take action to improve your symptoms.  All those 18+ and interested in learning about menstrual cycle charting are welcome to this relaxed, secular, and BIPOC/queer-friendly conversation!

Julia Cosgrove (she/her) is a Holistic Reproductive Health Practitioner and Fertility Awareness Educator Intern with Justisse College International based in Albany, NY.  She is dedicated to helping people access the information and support to find calm and confidence in their reproductive health choices.  You can learn more at www.chart-wise.com.

If you’d rather chat 1:1, Julia offers 1:1 sessions for free at the Co-op, too!  Please reach out to Julia at julia@chart-wise.com to schedule.

Holistic Health Conversation Table; Reducing Inflammation

Sunday December 10th & 17th 5pm Community Room

FREE! Registration appreciated, Drop-Ins welcome!

Many of us as members and/or shoppers of HWFC, have a desire to live healthy lifestyle, in whatever different ways that looks for each of us! Even more, we each have learned some healthy "secrets" things that we all could benefit from. How about we get together and learn from each other? I can learn from you, and you can learn from me. A shared experience where we are free to share or listen to others. There will be ground rules so as to have an orderly discussion and conclusion to our time of conversation and gain some gems that will help us all in our journey of living in great health and well-being! Come join us!

About Rich:

I have shopped at the Coop for years often buying raw honey and produce. Only this year have I decided to become a member of the Coop. Perhaps, largely because at my age, 69, I am not working construction as much as in years past and have more time to invest elsewhere.

Health has been a long journey for me, primarily due to the death of my brother to cancer over 18 years ago. I swore I would not have cancer, and learned all I could to prevent cancer in my body. That has led me down a path that has allowed me to learn so much about the human body and not just nutrition, but exercise, sleep, and a peaceful heart. Integrating my body, soul, and spirit is where true health is found.

Bring Your Own Sewing Machine Class w. Becky!

Monday December 11th 2:30pm Community Room

Do you have a sewing machine, but need some help learning how it functions?

Join Becky for a Bring-your-Own Sewing Machine Class!

Students must bring their own sewing machines, scissors and pins. Becky will give individualized support on how to use your sewing machine, as we collectively work on a project. We will provide fabric, and you'll go home with your project & new sewing skills! Please note this class is only intended for those who can bring their own machine! You'll learn how to work with patterns, cutting/sewing techniques, and more!

Please bring in fabric inspired by your winter holiday of choice for a stocking project!

$5 NONREFUNDABLE RESERVATION FEE; Upon arrival students will receive a $5 HWFC gift card. No-shows or cancellations will not get a gift card. Please email education@honestweight.coop for info on fee waivers!

Yoga & Writing

Monday December 11th 6pm Community Room

Learn some simple gentle and restorative exercises that open and release parts of the body, especially those involved in writing, including shoulders, arms, and hands. Designed for everyone, these are inclusive and supported postures – no mat work. Accompanying these will be writing exercises that make use of the benefits of opening not only the body, but also the heart and mind. No special equipment or clothing required, except for loose, comfortable outfits. Ellen Higgins, Ph.D., author and writing instructor, has been teaching writing for over 30 years, including a Writing Workshop for the Bethlehem Central Schools Adult Ed program since 2007. She has also taught yoga/meditation and water safety and fitness classes.

Indian Cooking with Sam & Mike

Saturday December 16th 6pm Community Room

Join Sam & Mike for their monthly cooking class!

You'll leave with a full belly after spending the evening in great company. What could be better?! Entertaining and incredibly knowledgeable, Sam & Mike create a fun, festive atmosphere in which to learn these Raj family recipes.

A $5 deposit reserves your spot. Upon attendance to class you will receive a $5 gift card to the store. Gift cards will not be issued to those not in attendance on the day of the event and no refunds will be issued for attendee cancelations.

No one will be turned away due to lack of funds, email education@honestweight.coop for a fee waiver!

 Kid's Gardening & Nature Club!!

Sunday December 17th 11am Community Room

Welcoming youth ages 5-12+ for our monthly Kids Gardening & Nature Club!
These workshops will include a Nature inspired lesson, and also hands-on
activities either in the garden or in the community room. There will be
music, movement, and gardening fun for all. Kids are welcome to bring
their own pair of gardening gloves, but gloves will also be available to
borrow. We will meet on the 3rd Sunday, every month!

Please only register your child. Caregivers/Parent(s) + one child = one
registration. Thank you!

 Open Mic Night! 

Monday December 18th 6pm Coop Cafe

Join us for community music, poetry, and storytelling! 
All are welcome to perform at this community event, or just grab a latte and listen to talented members of the HWFC community! 
Beverages and great snacks, goodies, and food can be purchased at HWFC. Alcoholic beverages of any kind are not permitted. Outside food and beverages of any kind are not permitted. 
Interested in performing? Sign up and check in starting at 6:30pm in the Co-op Cafe. Time slots will be assigned in order of performer check-in. Contact Cynthia and Roger at  SchodackSessions@gmail.com. for more information. 
Member-Owners will not receive time investment hours for performing or as audience members

Adult Art Class w. Selena!

Sunday December 17th 12:30pm Community Room

Tissue Paper Collages!!

All materials will be provided and light refreshments will be served. Ages 16+ are welcome to attend.

See you there!

Quantum Club w. Laurel!!

Saturday December 23rd 6:30pm

Join quantum researcher and Wellness coach Laurel PC in learning the basic scientific explanation behind nature’s healing capacities. We will cover the foundations of metabolism and relate the biomechanisms to quantum physics. This completely revolutionary knowledge will aid you in taking complete control of your physical, mental/emotional, and spiritual health to further your life of limitless wellness. No background in science necessary- feel free to bring your notebooks & pens for these timeless lessons!

Laurel Parker-Chan is a student researcher at RPI, founder of Limitless Wellness, and dog mom to the cutest husky pup, Zuko! I love expanding my understanding of this beautiful world we are gifted and sharing the power of knowledge with everyone I meet. Currently working on research in the field of Quantum Biology while developing light technology to heal us while we work to help others. In my free time, you’ll find me enjoying cold plunges deep in the Catskills, sun bathing in my hammock, or reading on a ledge.

Planning a NYE Beverage Menu

Friday December 29th 6pm

Learn how to plan a New Years beverage menu with Elissa! New Year's Eve is a time to celebrate, and what better way to do that than with an amazing selection of drinks? From NA options to alcoholic beverages, learn recipes and sparkling wine varieties that will ring in a fantastic new year. Elissa will guide you through the different types of sparkling wines, including Champagne, Cava, and Prosecco, so that you can choose the perfect bottle to toast with. With Elissa's tips and tricks, you can ensure that your guests will have a fantastic time, and that your party will be the talk of the town. Reserve your spot now!

Elissa is a local wine consultant and educator, with a level 2 WSET certification in wine. She hosts tastings and classes around the Capital Region. She has 10 years experience in the food and beverage industry, as a chef at some of Boston's best restaurants and as a cheesemonger. Elissa wants to help others grow, learn, and expand their palate! Email SipWithElissa@gmail.com for more information.

Creating your Vision Board for 2024

Tuesday January 2nd 6pm Community Room

Vision or dream boards are common for articulating dreams and goals, whether a life plan, a special event, a desired objective – to travel, to own a home, to publish a book. Writers to visualize characters in fiction or subjects in nonfiction, worlds (real or imagined), plots and story or life lines. Vision boards can also be used by writers to articulate and portray their goals in a visual and tactile way, including SMART (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and Timely) goals. For instance, a goal to publish could be broken down into singular steps, such as, increasing skills by taking a writing class, interacting with other writers regularly, reading X number of books in your genre, asking for beta readers to look at your work. A vision board can be a concrete visual map of your goals, something that can be hung in your writing space, reminding and inspiring you. Materials will be provided, but participants are encouraged to bring any that are of special meaning to incorporate into the vision board. Ellen Higgins, Ph.D., author and writing instructor, has been teaching writing for over 30 years, including a Writing Workshop for the Bethlehem Central Schools Adult Ed program since 2007. She has also taught yoga/meditation and water safety and fitness classes.

 

Plastics Recycling in the Capital Region & Beyond: Myths vs. Markets, Webinar, February 2022 with Honest Weight's Environment Committee and NYSAR3 (New York State Association for Reduction, Reuse and Recycling)

Community Outreach - Co-op Classes at the Community

Our Community Impact Team travels all around the Capital District to offer Honest Weight education at schools, libraries, and community spaces. Come see us out in the community!

For more information or to get involved, contact Amy at amy@honestweight.coop.