Co-op Cooking & Health Classes

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Co-op Classes2018-06-21T15:42:36-05:00

If a class is full – there will be a waitlist option.
We do consider waitlists when planning the next cycle of classes or if there is enough interest to repeat the class that cycle.

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Beginners Bike Repair

Instructor
Ronn Ritz, Skunk River Cycles

Date and Time
Tuesday, April 23, 6:45-8:15pm
Additional class on Saturday, March 27, if this date does not work with your schedule. 

Want to learn how to fix a flat or to oil your chain? Some simple preventative maintenance can keep your bike working well and help you avoid costly future repairs. Join iconic Skunk River Cycles owner, Ronn Ritz, as he talks you through some of the basics of bike repair. Ronn will not have time to work on each bike in the class, but you can address specific questions if you bring your bike with you.

Zero Waste Lifestyle

Instructor
Elaine Axmear, Zero Waste Living Advocate, E Ria Home + Gift

Date and Time
Thursday, April 25, 6-7:30pm

A Zero Waste Lifestyle (ZWL) is rewarding and economical when done right. Reducing our trash and use of packaging can help us save money, conserve our natural resources, and much more! Join Elaine Axmear to learn helpful tips and tricks for a Zero Waste Lifestyle. She will provide simple, concise handouts for attendees with references, recipes and how-to guides.

Beginners Bike Repair

Instructor
Ronn Ritz, Skunk River Cycles

Date and Time
Saturday, April 27, 9-10:30am

Want to learn how to fix a flat or to oil your chain? Some simple preventative maintenance can keep your bike working well and help you avoid costly future repairs. Join iconic Skunk River Cycles owner, Ronn Ritz, as he talks you through some of the basics of bike repair. Ronn will not have time to work on each bike in the class, but you can address specific questions if you bring your bike with you.

Intro to Homeopathy

Learn about this new-old way of healing common ailments like colds, flu, headaches, low energy, stomach upsets and “the blues.” Homeopathy is a safe, gentle, effective way of healing to address everyday health problems as well as more chronic conditions. Learn what homeopathy is, how it works and how it can help with difficult or stubborn health problems and many conditions.

Instructor
Marybeth Buchele, HMC, CCH RSHom(NA), Iowa Natural Wellness Clinic

Marybeth Buchele

Date and Time
Monday, May 13, 6:30-8pm

Special
Wellness

Composting with Worms

Come hear and see how easy it is to turn your food scraps into compost. Vermiculture is a process of composting which holds a particular appeal to homeowners and apartment dwellers alike since you can utilize worms, in a bin, to compost food waste year round. The worms do all the work! You’ll leave this class with specific instructions on what you need to get started with this efficient method of composting and some worms to get started with.

Instructor
Steve Libbey, Master Gardener & Composting Educator

Date and Time
Thursday, May 16, 6:00pm

Cancer Prevention and Support Using Principles of Oriental Medicine

You can do more to prevent cancer than you realize. Cancer does not just happen. Most adult onset cancers can occur after an accumulation of seven or eight factors. You can adjust your health through better food choices and lifestyle efforts. Learn about some of these options from Valerie’s experience as a science researcher in Portland, OR and from her 20+ years of using the principles of Oriental medicine to help improve the health of tens of thousands of people here in Iowa. It is easier and less expensive to prevent cancer than to treat it or cure it.

Instructor
Valerie Stallbaumer, Story County Medical Acupuncturist

Date and Time
Tuesday, May 21, 6:30-8pm

Becky’s Favorites – Scones!

Scones in America have the tendency to be overly-sweetened, dry, heavy bricks.  Because of this less-than-stellar reputation, they can be intimidating to make at home.  Becky has learned, however, that with the combination of a few key ingredients and the use of some helpful techniques, anyone can create delicious scones that turn out light and tender every time!  She’ll share a few of her favorite scone recipes including a savory Parmesan-herb one! Not a hands on class.

Instructor
Becky Ringsby, Savor Specialty Chef Services

Date and Time
Thursday, May 30, 6:30-8pm

Special
Baking, Vegetarian

Wines to Keep You Cool

Join Lacy of Okoboji wines for a refreshing variety of wines to keep you cool all summer long! Delicious assortment of appetizers included. Must be 21+

Instructor
Lacy Laughton, Okoboji Wines

Date and Time
Wednesday, June 12, 7-8pm

Special
21+

Annual Herb Walk

We’ll meet at Ames’ Emma McCarthy Lee Park (south of Ross Road in West Ames) for this year’s Wheatsfield Herb Walk. Wondering just what an “herb walk” is? Think of it as a guided tour of our local weeds and trees. Nancy will share her herbalism knowledge so bring your curiosity and questions. Wear comfortable clothing, hat, and shoes; apply insect repellent if bugs bother you. Keep in mind we will be walking off trail for some parts of the walk.

Instructor
Nancy Beatty, RN, Clinical Herbalist

Date and Time
Monday, June 17, 6-7:30pm

Special
Off-Site

Eggs-cellent Recipes

Becky loves to feature eggs in many of her meals and has spent a lot of time experimenting with recipes and cooking techniques.  She will share tips and tricks to poaching, soft-boiling, and soft-scrambling.  Recipes will focus on egg sandwiches with Becky showing you how to make homemade aioli and an easy Hollandaise sauce for eggs Benedict! Not a hands on class.

Instructor
Becky Ringsby, Savor Specialty Chef Services

Date and Time
Tuesday, June 25, 6:30-8pm

Special
Not Hands-On
Vegetarian

Upcoming Events

  1. Earth Week Event: Beginners Bike Repair

    April 23 @ 6:45 pm - 8:15 pm
  2. Earth Week Event: Plant Some Seeds!

    April 24 @ 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
  3. New Member-Owner Orientation

    April 24 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  4. Earth Week Event: Zero Waste Lifestyle

    April 25 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm