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April

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All April long, we're celebrating Earth Month.
See the list of special Earth Lovin' classes, events, and sales here!

Irish Nachos With Ryan Bombard, CDSNY
Wednesday, April 3rd, 10am-12:00pm
Join Ryan as he demonstrates how to make nachos with with a healthy Irish twist using ground turkey. The meal will end with tasty rice pudding! This class is open to the public and offered in partnership with the Center for Disability Services of NY. Teaching Kitchen

Gluten-Free Alchemy With Joan Bender
Wednesday, April 3rd, 1-2pm
Chocolate orange tea treats are a satisfying, gluten- and dairy- free decadent snack. Join local gluten-free author Joan Bender as she creates this yummy treat and shares it with attendees! Teaching Kitchen

Celebrate Earth Month with...
CBD Basics With Brian from Charlotte’s Web
Thursday, April 4th, 1-2:00pm
This informative lecture will provide a brief dive into the history of hemp, assess the somewhat confusing current legal landscape, discuss the ECS (endocannabinoid system) and how to identify quality CBD products. Bring your questions! All Charlotte’s Web products will be 10% Off on April 4th! Community Room

What’s the Story?: The Very Hungry Caterpillar With Deanna Beyer
Friday, April 5th, 11-11:30am
Drop in for our Little Cooperators Storytime! Along with a reading of The Very Hungry Caterpillar, we will make awesome caterpillar finger puppets and all eat our way through the same delicious fruits featured in this classic book! This new offering on the first Friday of each month is for ages 2-4. Parents must accompany children. Community Room

Intro to Whole30®
With Laura Gregg
Saturday, April 6th, 11am-12:00pm
Join Whole30® Certified Coach Laura Gregg to learn more about the Whole30® and how just 30 days can change your life. She will give an overview of the program, answer questions and highlight (and sample!) some products available at Honest Weight to help make your Whole30® a success! Teaching Kitchen

Celebrate Earth Month with...
Dirty Rice: Bulk Cooking Class 
With Justin Hardecker of our Bulk Department
Saturday, April 6th, 6-7:30pm
Join us for this engaging cooking class where we'll tackle a southern favorite in zero waste bulk style! Instead of chicken livers, giblets, and pork, we'll use dried mushrooms, sun-dried tomatoes, and other bulk ingredients to achieve the earthy umami-ness that makes dirty rice a favorite southern comfort food.  This class will also provide a great opportunity to explore our wonderful herb and spice section! Teaching Kitchen

Cosmetics Made Easy for the Wellness of You!: Energizing Mineral Bath With Latrell DeWitt of our Wellness Department
Sunday, April 7th, 1-2:30pm
All are welcome as Latrell teaches us how to make an energizing mineral bath with Honest Weight brand essential oils. Children are also encouraged to attend and must be accompanied by an adult. Teaching Kitchen

Schodack Sessions Folk Music
Monday, April 8th, 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

Chicken Piccata With Laura Rosenthal
Tuesday, April 9th, 10am-12:00pm
During this hands on class we will prepare thinly sliced and tenderized chicken breast sautéed with fresh lemon, white wine and caper berries for Chicken Piccata. The piccata will be paired with the ancient wheat berry Kamut topped with pea sprouts. Teaching Kitchen

Public Meditation with Tibetan Buddhism Albany
Tuesday, April 9th, 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

Celebrate Earth Month with...
Sustainable Surf-n-Turf 
With Lenku and Josh
Wednesday, April 10th,11:30am-12:30pm
This collaborative cooking demo with LenKu (Meat & Seafood) and Josh (Grocery) promises to be both delicious and informative! Learn how we source our seafood, new innovations in sustainable fisheries, and exactly what “ocean-friendly” seafood means. Samples of Baked Lemon Garlic Haddock and Beyond Meat will be shared! Teaching Kitchen

Alzheimer’s or Dementia?
Wednesday, April 10th, 12:30-1:30pm
In the United States alone, more than 5 million individuals are living with Alzheimer’s and 16 million are serving as their unpaid caregivers. No one has to face this disease alone or without information. The Alzheimer’s Association® has created an education program covering the basics of Alzheimer’s and dementia to provide a general overview for people who are facing a diagnosis as well as those who wish to be informed. Community Room

Qi Gong Meditation With Chris Reilly
Wednesday, April 10th, 7-8:00pm
For thousands of years, Chinese mystics have used Qi Gong to explore the wonder, mystery and bliss of life. Join us 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. Community Room 

Taco Bake With Ryan Bombard, CDSNY
Thursday, April 11th, 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

Celebrate Earth Month with...
Bulk 210: Techniques for Zero Waste Household Management With Tom Gillespie, Manager of our Bulk Department
Thursday, April 11th, 6-7:30pm
Learn ways to reduce your reliance on single-use plastics and minimize waste with tips and tricks from Honest Weight’s Bulk Department. An encore presentation of Tom’s popular class in honor of Earth Day! Community Room

Celebrate Earth Month with...
E-waste Recycling
Sunday, April 14th, 12-4:00pm
Bring your old computers, flat screens, stereos, cables, batteries, etc. to the store parking lot for free recycling. Please note that we CAN NOT accept: Cathode Ray Tubes (i.e. old bulky large monitors or TV's), kitchen appliances, coffee pots, microwaves, toasters, or smoke detectors. Honest Weight Parking Lot

Check out our Earth Day event page for complete details. Some fees may apply.

Italian-Inspired Paleo Cooking With Raya Ioffe
Sunday, April 14th, 12:30-2:30pm
Are you trying to eat a paleo-based diet or looking to omit grains, gluten or dairy? We have some whole food meal ideas that will help reduce inflammation and support overall health. We’ll start with a  classic spaghetti and meatballs using fresh squash and zucchini instead of pasta and end with delicious paleo banana bread for dessert! Many samples will be shared! Teaching Kitchen

Singing Bowls With Bill Leslie
Monday, April 15th, 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

Celebrate Earth Month with...
Wildflowers! 
With Linda Ford
Wednesday, April 17th, 12:30-1:30pm
This stunning visual presentation of the Copper Canyon Region of Mexico will provide you with a wonderful cross section of spectacular scenery, nature hikes to view the beautiful wildflowers, as well as visits to cultural and historical sights and opportunities to interact with the Tarahumara.  Gallery of photos will also be on display. Refreshments will be served! Community Room

Statistics with Jonathan: Judgements & Statistical Reasoning
Wednesday, April 17th, 6:30-7:45pm
A discussion of snap judgements & statistical reasoning, based on two books: The Undoing Project: A Friendship That Changed Our Minds by Michael Lewis (journalist & author of Moneyball) & Thinking Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman (psychologist & winner of the Nobel Prize in Economics).  No math background needed for this stand-alone class. Conference Room

HWFC’s Coffeehouse Open Mic
Wednesday, April 17th, 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

Sat Nam: Kundalini Yoga With Lisa Brown
Saturday, April 20th, 9:30-1am
Kundalini Yoga 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

Celebrate Earth Month with...
Earthdayogathon to benefit Protect Our Breasts
Monday, April 22nd, 6:00-7:00pm
The Protect Our Breasts Earthdayogathon is an opportunity to help prevent breast cancer by encouraging a cleaner earth, cleaner you. Honest Weight is proud to support the sharing of simple science-based tips to embody a cleaner, healthier lifestyle. Taught by Nikki Rogers of

Lifted Vision, Community Yoga Services. Stop by our Service Desk to register with a $10 donation. Honest Weight will match all donations dollar for dollar! Conference Room

Healthy Eating on a Budget
Tuesday, April 23rd, 6:00-7:30pm
Increasingly, our food decisions are being driven by two main factors: budget and health. Learn smart shopping practical tips to buying healthy food on a budget, from the “Dirty Dozen” and “Clean 15” guides of what to buy organic to healthy items to stock in your pantry when the prices are low. You’ll discover easy tips to save you on your next shopping trip to get the most out of your groceries and discover how easy and affordable it is to eat healthily. Conference Room

Celebrate Earth Month with...
DIY Coffee Body Scrub 
With Erica of Seriously Spotless
Wednesday, April 24th, 12:30-1:30pm
Ever wondered how you can make DIY body care items using simple items from around your home? Local green cleaning expert and owner, Erica Cubello, of Seriously Spotless will share tips and tricks on how to use everyday essentials to create a luscious and luxurious coffee & sugar scrub. Learn how to make your own scrub (and bring one home!), what inspired her to create her business, and how it's growing in the Capital Region. Teaching Kitchen

Celebrate Earth Month with...
Soil Testing
 With Cornell Cooperative Extension
Saturday, April 27th, 11:00am-2:00pm
Drop by and bring a soil sample to be tested by experts for a small fee! Follow these simple directions. Store Entrance

Celebrate Earth Month with...
Albany Bike Rescue Workshop
Saturday, April 27th, 12:00-5:00pm
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 Outside Patio/Conference Room

Celebrate Earth Month with...
So Many Seeds! Planting & Pods for Kids
Saturday, April 27th, 1:00-4:00pm
Drop by with the kids to plant pansies and create handmade wildflower seed pods for your own garden between 1-4pm. A healthy, tasty snack will also be provided. Although you can drop in at anytime, registration is required for this event! Parents must accompany children. Teaching Kitchen

Celebrate Earth Month with...
Bike Safety Class 
With Albany Bike Rescue
Saturday, April 27th, 5:00-6:00pm
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! Community Room

Detoxifying Vegan Soups With Lisa Brown
Sunday, April 28th, 12:30-2:30pm
Join Natural Gourmet Institute trained chef Lisa and learn how to create delicious and detoxifying vegan soups to nourish the body and support internal cleansing. Recipes and lots of helpful information will be shared! Teaching Kitchen 

* 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.

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

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

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!