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Free Classes and Services at the Co-op

 Upcoming Classes  

Register to reserve your free spot in one of our classes here!

 

Fall Comfort Food with Ryan
With Ryan Bombard
Wednesday, October 3rd, 10am to 12pm
Join Ryan of CDSNY and learn to make hearty Shepherd's Pie along with with zucchini tater tots. We’ll finish our seasonal meal with homemade pumpkin pie! This class is open to the public and offered in partnership with the Center for Disability Services of NY.
Teaching Kitchen

Farm Tour! Visit Lovin’ Mama Farm in Amsterdam
Thursday, October 4th, 11am
Meet up with friends from Honest Weight at Lovin’ Mama’s certified organic, no-till farm and learn all about regenerative agriculture! Regenerative farmers are taking responsibility to heal and regenerate the soils and ecosystems they farm. Tour includes walking our one acre of diversified fields and greenhouses, a discussion of our growing methods and how our work combats climate change. Transportation not included.
Meet at the farm, 240 Cranes Hollow Rd in Amsterdam, NY

Detoxing for Beginners - an Educational Workshop
With Rebecca Chmielewski
Thursday, October 4th, 6:30 to 8pm
In this class, we will be going over what a detox is, why it's important to detox in today's world, four problems people face when detoxing, and provide solutions. The information is being provided to you for educational and informational purposes only. It is not intended to replace the guidance of your healthcare practitioner.
Teaching Kitchen

All About Apples
With Laura Rosenthal
Tuesday, October 9th, 10:30am to 12pm
Join Laura for this hands-on cooking class! We’ll begin by tasting 10-15 varieties of local apples, learning about their uses and charting tasting notes. Then we’ll make individual barley apple turnovers with each attendee’s favorite apples!
Teaching Kitchen

Public Meditation with Tibetan Buddhism Albany
Tuesday, October 9th, 7:30-8:30pm
Diamond Way Buddhism appeals to a diverse array of people. This monthly meditation practice on second Tuesdays at Honest Weight is straightforward, and aimed at regular people with busy lives. No need to sign up! Come sit, for the first or four-hundredth time!
Teaching Kitchen

Pizza & Salad with Ryan
With Ryan Bombard
Thursday, October 11th, 10am to 12pm
Join Ryan of CDSNY and learn to make cream cheese veggie pizza along with a side of zucchini pasta salad. This class is open to the public and offered in partnership with the Center for Disability Services of NY.
Teaching Kitchen

Baking with Bulk: Sourdough English Muffins
With Amy Halloran
Thursday, October 11th, 6-7:30pm
Put a little taste of New York State into your breakfast! Amy Halloran, author of The New Breadbasket, will teach us how to create English muffins using a sourdough starter and locally grown and milled stone-ground flour from Farmer Ground Flour in Trumansburg, New York. You’ll learn to navigate our extensive bulk flours and show your friends and family how easy it is to love local grains. Bring a container and you can even bring home some sourdough starter to seed your baking habits.  This class is presented as part of our Bulk Department's Flour Week!

¡Bebé Spanish!
with Castle Island Bilingual Montessori
Friday, October 12th, 10-11:00am
Join toddler teacher and native Spanish speaker Miss Lili of Castle Island Bilingual Montessori for a Spanish play group for parents and toddlers. Miss Lili will guide children between the ages of 18 and 36 months old and their parents through Montessori hands-on activities. This class will be held from 10-11:00am on the following Fridays in October in the Community Room: 12th, 19th and 26th
Community Room

Singing Bowls
With Bill Leslie
Monday, October 15th, 6 to 7:00pm
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. Participants in this meditation session are encouraged to bring a cushion or yoga mat to sit on. A limited number of chairs will be available. Please arrive on time for meditation at 6pm. This class takes place on the third Monday of each month.
Community Room

Statistics: A World without Time
With Jonathan Skinner
Wednesday, October 17th, 6:30 to 7:45pm
This stand-alone session will review the book A World without Time by Palle Yourgrau and discuss the fundamental role of mental models in science, with a digression to describe the friendship between Albert Einstein & Kurt Gödel.  No math background needed.
Conference Room

Jing, Qi and Shen: The Three Taoist Treasures in Qi Gong Meditation and Acupuncture
With Chris Reilly
Wednesday October 17th, 7 to 8:00pm
The three Taoist Treasures—known as Jing, Qi and Shen—served as an important framework in the development of traditional Chinese medical and meditative practices. Comparable to, but different from our modern concepts of mind, body and spirit, these ideas roughly translate to "essences," "vital movement," and "intuitive awareness."  Please join me for a fun and enlightening discussion of the three treasures and how they are reflected in traditional Chinese medicine and qi gong.
Community Room

¡Bebé Spanish!
with Castle Island Bilingual Montessori
Friday, October 19th, 10-11:00am
Join toddler teacher and native Spanish speaker Miss Lili of Castle Island Bilingual Montessori for a Spanish play group for parents and toddlers. Miss Lili will guide children between the ages of 18 and 36 months old and their parents through Montessori hands-on activities. This class will be held from 10-11:00am on the following Fridays in October in the Community Room: 12th, 19th and 26th
Community Room

Honest Weight’s 3rd Annual HOMEGROWN HAPPENING!
Saturday, October 20th, 12 to 4:00pm
Homegrown fun for the whole family, with delicious food, an outdoor marketplace, free classes, and great raffles and prizes! Plus, not-to-miss doorbuster deals on the best in local and organic all day long!

HWFC’s Coffeehouse Open Mic
Saturday, October 20th, 7 to 9:00pm
Join us in the Co-op Cafe on the third Saturday of each month for a night of community music, poetry, and storytelling. Sign up and check in starting at 6:00pm in the Community Room, or just grab a latte and listen to talented members of the HWFC community! This is family friendly event for all ages.
Co-op Cafe

HWFC Community Fun
with Karen Beetle
Tuesday, October 23, 7:00 – 8:30pm
On the fourth Tuesday of each month, the Co-op community of Member-Owners and Staff is invited to have fun, share space and get to know each other through interactive activities and group games. Through playful engagement and cooperative activities, we will build trust, deepen respect for each other and learn to support each other’s strengths.

Contact Yevette Buddeau at MemberServices@HonestWeight.coop to reserve a space in this month's workshop. Drop-ins will be welcome at the door as space allows.
Community Room

Healthy Minds = Healthy Communities
With Tina Lee and NAMI NYS
Wednesday, October 24th from 1-2:30pm
1 in 4 Adults and 1 in 5 Children are impacted by a mental illness. Serious and often fatal consequences like substance/alcohol abuse, the opioid pandemic, and suicide occur when left untreated. Join The National Alliance on Mental Illness’s Tina Lee, Community Education and Outreach Manager, and learn the warning signs, suicide prevention, and community resources, and start the conversation on the importance of mental wellness. Shane Schulz, NAMI Rensselaer Board Member, will share his story of living in Recovery.

The largest grassroots mental health organization in the nation, NAMI provides support, free education, and advocacy for those families and individuals impacted by mental illness.
Community Room

¡Bebé Spanish!
with Castle Island Bilingual Montessori
Friday, October 26th, 10-11:00am
Join toddler teacher and native Spanish speaker Miss Lili of Castle Island Bilingual Montessori for a Spanish play group for parents and toddlers. Miss Lili will guide children between the ages of 18 and 36 months old and their parents through Montessori hands-on activities. This class will be held from 10-11:00am on the following Fridays in October in the Community Room: 12th, 19th and 26th
Community Room

Lantern-Making Workshop
with Washington Park Conservancy
October 27th, 4-6:00pm 
On November 4, Albany will celebrate light and community as we come together to walk with lanterns around the lake in Washington Park at dusk. Join us at Honest Weight for one of many lantern-making workshops to be held around the city in the weeks leading up to the parade! All abilities & ages welcome. For more information about the Lantern Parade, visit their Facebook event. The event is sponsored by the Washington Park Conservancy, with co-sponsorship by the City of Albany.

Trick-or-Treating at Honest Weight
Wednesday, October 31st from 3-6:00pm
Bring the little ones in their costumes for some safe indoor trick-or-treating! They can visit every department marked with balloons to receive a treat. Visit our Community Room, too, for snacks, cider, and activities. Nothing scary about this Halloween event! No registration is necessary.

Weekly Practitioner Services

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

Healing Touch with Richard Sahr, Mondays, 11AM-2PM
Healing Touch 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. 

Health Coaching with Andrea Hollinger, Certified Health Coach, Mondays, 12:30-3:30PM
Cancelled on 10-29
A health coach is a guide and mentor who empowers you and provides ongoing support and guidance as you set goals and make sustainable changes to improve your health and happiness. Together, you and Andrea will identify goals and work towards achieving those goals in small steps to allow for sustainable change and better health. Teaching Kitchen

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

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.

Homeopathy Instruction with Meg Crossett, Wednesdays from 10am-1pm.
Autumn is a great time to invest in your health! Homeopathy is a system used to raise the vital force of a person through the use of natural remedies that are meant to trigger the body’s natural defenses using the principle that “like cures like.” A complete history will be gathered and homeopathic remedies will be suggested. It is expected that attendees will follow-up one or two times over a six month period. This consultation is not meant to diagnose, treat or prescribe for any disease, injury, disability or condition. Sign up at our Service Desk for a 90 minute session at 10am or 11:30am

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

Feng Shui Every Way with Laura Lee Ross, Fridays 5-8PM 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! 

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!

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!

Singing Bowls with Bill Leslie, Third Mondays, 6-7:00PM  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. Participants in this meditation session are encouraged to bring a cushion or yoga mat to sit on. A limited number of chairs will be available. Please arrive on time for meditation at 6pm.

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.  

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.

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! 

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.

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!

 

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

Please contact Deanna Beyer, Education Coordinator, with any questions: 518.482.2667 ext. 219 or DeannaB-AT-honestweight.coop