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Albany Bike Rescue Repair Workshop and Rules of the Road Class,
Saturday April 21, 12-6PM
From 12-4 Albany Bike Rescue will be set up outside performing basic 10-15 minute repairs.
Bring your bike for a quick tune up or repair. Refurbished Bicycles will also be available for purchase!
At 5PM they will be presenting a class and info session covering safe cycling practices, basic at-home maintenance skills, NYS vehicular law as it applies to bicyclists, and sharing quick tips on how to keep your bicycle in safe mechanical order before every ride. We hope you will join the discussion

Springing for More Energy and Digestive Health with Raya,
Sunday, April 22, 12:30-2PM
Join Raya - a Digestive Health Coach, for a discussion about foods that boost energy and aid digestion while detoxing the liver on a budget.

Springtime Wild Medicinals Plant Walk with Rebecca Hein from Underground Alchemy,
Thursday, April 26, 5-6:30PM
Join us for an introduction to the early springtime medicinal wild plants of our region. The walk will take place OFFSITE at the Tivoli Preserve, an 80 acre park in Albany on the edge of the West Hill and Arbor Hill neighborhoods, just a mile and a half from the Co-op. Learn to identify and learn the health properties of dandelion, burdock, teasel, horsetail, coltsfoot, nettle, garlic mustard, chickweed, and many more. We will meet at the parking lot (Livingston & Judson) and walk through the fields, into the woods and down to the lake. Bring your hiking boots and tick protection. Rain Date is Friday, April 27, 5-6:30PM.
“Activating Chocolate” with Oliver,
Saturday, April 28, 4-6PM
Ollie Wonka of Primo Botanica Chocolate will be discussing the adaptogenic properties of cacao and how to integrate it into your daily life. We will be using health-promoting tonics and powders that can be found in the co-ops wellness and bulk department to make some "activated" chocolate. We will be learning to make our own truffles that promote wellness and boost our immune systems.
Memorial Day Cooking with Ryan from CDFSNY,
Wednesday, May 2, 10AM-12PM
Come join us as we learn how to make Memorial Day Cookout Appetizers.  The Program is designed to help integrate people with disabilities into the community helping out and being apart it. We teach them job skills and help them become better at life. 
An Introduction to Tarot with Julie,
Thursday, May 3, 6:30-8PM
Join Julie in an introductory class on Tarot.  Julie will be teaching from the Rider-Waite deck, please come to class with any of the 3 versions of the Rider-Waite Tarot cards - or buy them here!  She will be covering the history of tarot, and helping to familiarize you with the deck of Tarot cards.  This will be a fun and interactive class!
Thermography - Know More, Live Longer
Saturday, May 5, 2-3:30PM
Thermography is a 100% safe, no contact, NO radiation screening modality.  Participants will gain an understanding of what medical thermography is, how it works, and how it is used to detect inflammation and developing changes in the body.  We will describe the 3 primary applications of thermography for medical diagnostics and how to incorporate it for early detection and preventive healthcare. 
Albany Food Readers Book Club,
Saturday, May 5, 7-8:30PM
Our May 2018 Book of the Month is going to be  The Devil in the Kitchen: Sex, Pain, Madness, and the Making of a Great Chef - by chef  Marco Pierre White.
Butternut Squash and Chicken Stew with Laura
Tuesday, May 8, 10:30AM-12PM
Join Laura from the Center for DIsability Services in making Butternut squash and chicken stew packed with sweet onions, carrots and fresh herbs. Served with seasoned Kamut.
"The Last Pig" Movie Screening,
Friday, May 11, 6:45-8:30PM
The Last Pig is a documentary featuring local farmer, Bob Comis. Through this personal journey, the film raises crucial questions about equality, the value of compassion and the sanctity of life. Refreshments will be provided, and all are welcome to remain for a discussion following the hour-long film. 
Kids in The Kitchen - Breakfast Favorites
Saturday, May 12, 1-3PM
Pancakes and waffles and eggs, oh my! Breakfast recipes are fun and approachable for kids. They're also delicious! Budding chefs can easily pull together breakfast for their family on a weekend morning, or dinner on a weeknight when they learn these basics.  
Tai Chi - An Introduction, with Sheila,
Wednesday, May 16, 12:30-1:30PM
Enjoy this gentle Tai Chi practice to improve strength, balance, coordination and flexibility.  Sheila Harrigan is certified in Tai Chi for Arthritis and Fall Prevention by the Tai Chi for Health Institute. Class will be limited in size to 12 attendees.
Statistics with Jonathan Skinner,
Wednesday, May 16, 6:30-7:45PM
This session will be a book review of The Tyranny of Metrics by Jerry Z. Muller.  Dr. Muller, a history professor at Catholic University of America, tells the problems with the mangement slogan, “What gets measured gets done,” and offers advice about dealing with misinterpretation & over-reliance on statistics.
Cheeses Taste So Gouda! by the HWFC Cheese Department,
Thursday, May 17, 6-7:30PM
Explore the changes in flavors described as caramelly, nutty, and buttery, plus, the texture of Gouda Cheeses, from Local Artisan Cheese Makers to the Netherlands.  What makes that crunch?  Enjoy tasting our Cheese Plates of 10 different Goudas, from young to aged, made with Cows, Sheep, or Goats Milk.
Vegan Italian Dinner- Ziti and Cheesecake with Ariffa
Friday, May 18, 6:30-8pm
Vegan Italian is back! Join us for a cheesy and hearty baked ziti ending with cheesecake topped with your choice of whipped cream, strawberry or blueberry compote or all three! A light snack will also be served. All are welcome!
Online Business Simplified with Joseph Muench
Saturday, May 19, 3-4PM
In this class with local online business owner Joseph Muench, you will learn about the critical elements that form the foundation of a profitable online business.  There will also be time for individual participants to ask questions relating to starting or monetizing an online business.  If you don’t have an idea yet for your online business, no problem, you will learn a proven method to discover what your online business niche should be.
Empaths Have Powers Not Problems, with Abigail Thurston,
Tuesday, May 22, 6-8PM
Gain trust in your intuitive powers, Learn easy ways to clear your aura from the emotional energy of others, Develop skills to energeticly shield yourself when near people in person or on social media.  Abigail Thurston is an empath, a kinesiologist, and a teacher who works with women’s subtle energy to support healing of subconscious emotions, and awaken love and joy. Class will be limited in size to 8 attendees. 
Tai Chi - An Introduction, with Sheila,
Wednesday, May 23, 12:30-1:30PM
Enjoy this gentle Tai Chi practice to improve strength, balance, coordination and flexibility.  Sheila Harrigan is certified in Tai Chi for Arthritis and Fall Prevention by the Tai Chi for Health Institute. Class will be limited in size to 12 attendees.
Vegetable Gardens with Doug Pratt
Sunday, May 27, 3-4:30PM
Doug Pratt, a 40+ year Master Gardener will be here to talk about soil, transplants, seed, compost, pH, and intoructory essentials for vegetable gardening. There will be an open forum for questions and discussion.  All are welcome. 
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 4/24/18

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! 

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.  

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.

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, SUSPENDED! LOOKING FOR A MEMBER OWNER TO TEACH! Wednesdays from 6-7 or from 7-8pm.  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. Please bring a yoga mat and small pillow to class.

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. Cancelled 4/5.

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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Please contact Sandy Pratt with any questions: 518.482.2667 ext. 219 or