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 Upcoming Classes  


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Financial Strategies 101

Thursday, January 24th, 6-7:30pm
Looking for suggestions for managing your money and building a roadmap for a successful financial future? Then this program, “Dollars and Sense-Making the Most of Your Money” is a great way to start the new year! Community Room

CBD Edibles

With Alex and Deanna
Saturday, January 26th, 11am-12pm
Curious about trying CBD or looking for interesting (and delicious) ways of taking it? Join Alex and Deanna from our Wellness Department for a demo class on how to make Coconut CBD Cups and Sleep Gummies. Samples will be shared!* Teaching Kitchen

Yoga for Beginners

With Katherine Nadeau
Tuesday, January 29th, 7-8pm
Welcome to yoga for the complete and absolute beginner. Part discussion, part practice, all designed to make you feel welcome in a yoga class. Katherine teaches an energetic vinyasa style yoga. The practice aims to flow from one asana to the next, linking each pose with breath and intention. No experience necessary!

February 2019 CLASSES

What’s the Story?: Click, Clack, Moo
With Deanna Beyer
Friday, February 1st, 11-11:30am
Drop in for our first Little Cooperators Storytime! This new offering on the first Friday of each month will include an engaging story book, creative craft, and yummy snack for our younger shoppers (ages 2-4). Parents must accompany children. Community Room

First-Time Home Buyer Workshop
With Virginia O’Brien
Saturday, February 2nd, 2-4:00pm
A workshop designed for first-time home buyers who would like to learn more about the process! We will discuss financing options, grant opportunities, and other things to consider when choosing the size, style, and location of your first home. Virginia will also cover the sales cycle of your future home and the cost of homeownership, from maintenance to taxes. Community Room



Fluffy Pancakes and Breakfast Omelets
With Ryan Bombard
Wednesday, February 6th, 10am-12:00pm
Join Ryan from CDSNY as he demonstrates how to make variations on perennial breakfast favorites. This class is open to the public and offered in partnership with the Center for Disability Services of NY. Teaching Kitchen

Socially Conscious Investing: Aligning Your Investments With Your Values
With Darren Leader
Wednesday, February 6th, 12:30-1:30pm
From the food that you eat to the brands that you support, the decisions you make every day reflect your values and beliefs. When it comes to investments, however, most of us have no idea what we are invested in, and what steps we can take to ensure that the companies that we invest in better reflect our values. This educational session will give you an overview of what Socially Responsible/Impact Investing is, the pros and cons and the practical ways in which you can better align your investments with your values. Community Room

Vegan Love: Dating and Partnering as a Vegan
Friday, February 8th, 7-9:00pm
Honest Weight and The Capital Region Vegan Network (formerly Albany Vegan Network) will host Maya Gottfried, author of the books Vegan Love and Our Farm. Maya will present on dating and partnering as a vegan, followed by a Q&A and a book signing. Enjoy snacks, community, and maybe even bump into the vegan love of your life! Community Room

Preparing Your Home For Sale
With Virginia O’Brien
Saturday, February 9th, 2-4:00pm
Learn how to prepare your home for sale in our current real estate market! We will discuss the importance of decluttering and staging to increase your home’s appeal to prospective buyers; how to best price your home at different times of the year, and we will discuss the sales cycle so you are prepared to handle possible setbacks while your home is under contract. Finally, we will discuss how to manage the sale of your home concurrent with the purchase of a new one. Community Room

Albany Food Readers Book Club Meeting
Saturday, February 9th, 7-8:30pm
Love food and reading? The Albany Food Readers Book Club is the book club for you! We’ll be discussing The Apprentice: My Life in the Kitchen by Jacques Pépin. Get your copy from your local bookstore or library today! Click here to sign up for this event. Community Room

Roots/Routes Exhibit Opening Reception
With Honest Arts
Sunday, February 10th, 5-7:00pm
Meet the artists and view our newest exhibit for the first time! paintings, drawings, prints, photography and mixed media work that will hang in the store’s hallway gallery. Refreshments will be provided. Community Room

Schodack Sessions Folk Music
Monday, February 11th, 6-8:00pm
Serving music enthusiasts from beginner through intermediate, this group offers basic instruction on playing and singing folk music on various instruments. Everyone is welcome to stop in, observe and/or participate! We meet on the second Monday of each month. Community Room

Hand-Dipped Chocolate Fruit
With Laura Rosenthal
Tuesday, February 12th, 10am-12:00pm
A fun, hands-on class! Making dipping chocolate from scratch will allow us to use the very best ingredients and experiment with flavor combinations. We’ll enjoy it with fresh strawberries and bananas-- yum! Teaching Kitchen

American Red Cross Blood Drive
Tuesday, February 12th, 12-5:00pm
Give the gift of health! Register for our biannual drive at the Service desk or online by clicking the link above. Teaching Kitchen

Public Meditation with Tibetan Buddhism Albany
Tuesday, February 12th, 7:30-8:30pm
Diamond Way Buddhism meditation is offered on the second Tuesday of each month at Honest Weight. Come meditate for the first or four-hundredth time! Teaching Kitchen

Discover the Healing Powers of Laughter Yoga
With Deb Foss
Wednesday, February 13, 1-1:45pm
Not only does it increase happiness, but laughter yoga may also strengthen the immune system, reduce pain, and relax the body. Make some new friends, get goofy, and let your inner kid out to play. All ages and abilities welcome! Community Room

Qi Gong Meditation
With Chris Reilly
Wednesday February 13th, 7-8:00pm
For thousands of years, Chinese mystics have used Qi Gong to explore the wonder, mystery and bliss of life. Join us for a peek “behind the curtain” as we deepen our engagement with and understanding of life and its subtle movements, sharing some of the most fundamental techniques such as the microcosmic orbit, the inner smile, cleansing Qi Gong, and more. All experience levels welcome. Bring a soft chair cushion to sit on and wear comfy clothes.

This session will be led by Chris Reilly, L.Ac., MSA, an acupuncturist and herbalist of 17 years and student of Taoist Internal Alchemy Qi Gong of over 20 years. Community Room


Taco Bake with CDSNY
With Ryan Bombard
Thursday, February 14th, 10am-12:00pm
All the taco flavors you love in one easy-to-prepare dish! Open to the public and offered in partnership with the Center for Disability Services of NY. Teaching Kitchen

Be Mine! Valentine Crafting for Kids
Thursday, February 14th, 10-11:15am
Calling all little Cooperators to create a handmade Valentine for someone special! Materials and a light snack will be provided. Kids of all ages welcome! Parents must also attend. Community Room

Sat Nam: Intro to Kundalini Yoga
With Lisa Brown
Saturday, February 16th, 9:30-11:00am
Kundalini Yoga, or "Yoga of Awareness," is an ancient practice that incorporates breathing techniques (pranayam), postures (asanas), movement (kriyas), sound current (mantras), meditation, and deep relaxation into each class with the intention of helping the practitioner awaken to higher levels of consciousness. Open to all, no prior experience necessary. Community Room

Scrolls & Quote Embellishment for Hand Lettering
With Nina Stanley
Saturday, February 16th, 1-3:00pm
All are welcome* to join Nina, artist extraordinaire, as she guides participants through the techniques of adding scrolls and quote embellishments to lettering projects. Feel free to bring a notebook or journal, although materials will be provided. No experience is necessary, though this class is a perfect follow-up to Hand Lettering Basics offered last month! *Ages 8+ Community Room

Singing Bowls
With Bill Leslie
Monday, February 18th, 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. This class takes place on the third Monday of each month. Please arrive on time! Community Room

Cosmetics Made Easy for the Wellness of You!
With Latrell DeWitt
Tuesday, February 19th, 1-2:30pm
Our Wellness Department’s Latrell will lead you in creating a toning massage oil that will improve skin tone, encourage cell renewal, and other benefits! Everyone will leave with a bottle of their own massage oil. Teaching Kitchen

Where Statistics & Genetics Meet
With Jonathan Skinner
Wednesday, February 20th, 6:30-7:45pm
In this class, we will discuss the scientific study of human heredity from 1789 (the madness of King George III) through 1939 (eugenics). We’ll cover data collection from insane asylums, inferences from big data, and limitations on interpretation. No math is needed for this statistical history, which you’ll find relevant to current issues. Conference Room

HWFC’s Coffeehouse Open Mic
Wednesday, February 20th, 7-9:00pm
Join us in the Co-op Cafe on the third Wednesday of each month for a night of community music, poetry, and storytelling. Grab a latte and listen to talented members of the HWFC community, or come at 6:30 to sign up to perform. This is family friendly event for all ages. Co-op Cafe

Bulk 210: Techniques for Zero Waste Household Management
With Tom Gillespie, Manager of our Bulk Department
Thursday, February 21st, 1-2:30pm
Learn ways to reduce your reliance on single-use plastics and minimize waste with tips and tricks from Honest Weight’s Bulk Department!
Community Room

To Life!: Nourishment for Women During and After Breast Cancer Treatment
With Raya Ioffe, Functional Nutritionist & Lifestyle Practitioner
Saturday, February 23rd, 2-4:00pm
Join Raya Ioffe for a special cooking class designed for patients and survivors of breast cancer and those who care for them. She will demonstrate simple, nourishing recipes for clean comfort food to support wellness during and after treatment. This class is offered in partnership with To Life!, the Capital Region's personal source for breast cancer support, education, and services. Teaching Kitchen

Demystifying Gluten-Free Flours
With Joan Bender
Wednesday, February 27th, 1-2:00pm
Trying to avoid wheat and gluten but overwhelmed by the many types of gluten free flour? Join Joan Bender, certified health coach and gluten free cookbook author, to explore GF flours and the wide range of tastes, textures, and culinary properties that they offer. Once you learn their unique qualities, you can easily substitute them and enjoy your favorite recipes, made gluten free! Teaching Kitchen

Kick Your Sugar Habit for Good!
With Rebecca Chmielewski
Thursday, February 28th, 6-7:30pm
Have you experienced how eating just a little sugar creates a desire for more? Join Rebecca for inspiration to permanently change your relationship with sugar and turn your life around through the power of healthy eating. Learn tools to control what you eat and drink, not through sheer willpower, but by understanding what causes cravings-- and knowing that you can reduce them naturally over time.* Community Room


* 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.


Please contact Deanna Beyer, Education Coordinator, with any questions: 518.482.2667 ext. 219 or 

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
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.

¡Bebé Spanish! with Castle Island Bilingual Montessori Fridays, 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 every Friday in November except 11/23. Community Room.

Feng Shui Every Way with Laura Lee Ross, Fridays 11:45am-12:45pm 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!