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We know it’s not usual for food stores to think of themselves as educators, but we’re not your usual market. A big part of our mission is to provide the latest information about health, nutrition and wellness to our community. So we invite top local experts and educators, including natural chefs, holistic nutritionists, acupuncturists, herbalists, and naturopathic doctors to share their knowledge with you in classes and workshops we host here at New Leaf. Join us at one of our upcoming events. We just bet you’ll learn a lot!

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Thursday, March 2, 2017

Half Moon Bay

Gentle Yoga

Sports & Fitness
8:30am - 9:30am
$10.00

Start your day off refreshed and vibrant with a calming, gentle yoga class taught by local certified instructors in our Community Classroom.

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Half Moon Bay

Fertility, Pre and Post Natal Yoga

Sports & Fitness
11:30am - 12:30pm
$5.00

With Samantha Corsiglia, Earth Dancer Wellness This comprehensive class will address the daily changing needs of your body while your baby grows and while you heal from birth.

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Westside Santa Cruz

Movie Night: PlantPure Nation

Film, Media & Entertainment
6:00pm - 8:00pm

With Educator Sandi Rechenmacher, NC The documentary film PlantPure Nation tells the story of three people on a quest to spread the message of one of the most important health breakthroughs of all time - that a whole-food, plant-based diet can prevent and in some cases reverse many of the diseases that kill Americans every year. They meet up with resistance from Big Ag, Big Pharma, and Big Food, oh my!!! The filmmakers are using PlantPure Nation to create a broad grassroots movement.  They are spearheading the formation of PlantPure Pods in cities and towns across N. America. Members of these groups are planting seeds of change around the message of plant-based nutrition in their communities. One tool they are using in this effort is the same 10-day Jumpstart program featured in the film, to give people the experience of a whole food, plant-based diet.

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Saturday, March 4, 2017

Half Moon Bay

Weston A. Price, Real Food, and Bone Broth

Food & Drink
11:00am - 12:30pm
$5.00

With Shelley H. Lane, L.Ac., NTP Join Shelley for an introduction to the Weston A. Price Foundation and stimulating discussion on “Real Food.” Shelley will cover both new and traditional nutrition basics. You will learn how to make nourishing bone broth that will be shared at the end of class.

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Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Half Moon Bay

Gentle Yoga

Sports & Fitness
8:30am - 9:30am
$10.00

Start your day off refreshed and vibrant with a calming, gentle yoga class taught by local certified instructors in our Community Classroom.

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Westside Santa Cruz

Cleansing Foods Nutrition Session

Health & Wellness
1:00pm - 2:00pm

With Nutrition Consultant Madia Jamgochian Come to this FREE one hour nutrition session to find out what foods you should be eating to get the best cleansing results. Many detoxes and cleanses are all about restricting certain foods, but this talk will tell you what to ADD to your diet to get you feeling your best. Learn about the Dirty Dozen & Clean 15, as well as how to incorporate more cleansing foods into your diet. About the Instructor: Madia graduated from Bauman College of Holistic Nutrition in 2013 after completing her BA in Environmental Studies and Exercise Sports Science at UCSB. She enjoys educating on how to heal inflammatory and autoimmune conditions, and believes in the food-as-medicine approach.

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Half Moon Bay

Zumba

Sports & Fitness
5:30pm - 6:30pm
$7.00

Get a fun and effective workout to upbeat Latin and international music rhythms.  For all fitness and experience levels.

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Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Half Moon Bay

Laugh It Off: Improv for Wellness

Hobbies & Special Interest
7:00pm - 8:30pm
$5.00

Say YES to the collective, cooperative and creative joy of improvisation with brief instruction and fun group activities. Let loose and get creative!

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Thursday, March 9, 2017

Half Moon Bay

Gentle Yoga

Sports & Fitness
8:30am - 9:30am
$10.00

Start your day off refreshed and vibrant with a calming, gentle yoga class taught by local certified instructors in our Community Classroom.

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Half Moon Bay

Fertility, Pre and Post Natal Yoga

Sports & Fitness
11:30am - 12:30pm
$5.00

With Samantha Corsiglia, Earth Dancer Wellness This comprehensive class will address the daily changing needs of your body while your baby grows and while you heal from birth.

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Westside Santa Cruz

Bone Broth Workshop

Food & Drink
6:00pm - 7:30pm
$25.00

Have you been wondering how to make that super tonic that everyone is talking about? Finally, a class on how to make real bone broth at home, taught by Chef Magali, of Kitchen Witch Bone Broth. In this class, you will learn how to choose, roast, boil, simmer and chop your way to a deeply nourishing pot of bone broth- providing essential nourishment for you and your family. Class will begin with a lecture on the what's, why's, and how's of bone broth for the modern kitchen. Magali will then demonstrate how to put together a pot of broth, and class will finish with a tasting bar of beef, chicken,and pork bone broths along with our favorite flavor additions! Space is limited, (and this class always fills up) so sign-up in advance to reserve your spot!

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Friday, March 10, 2017

Westside Santa Cruz

Wine & Watercolor

Hobbies & Special Interest
6:00pm - 8:00pm
$15.00

With Madia Jamgochian Come spend the evening sipping wine and painting with watercolor. Paper, paint, brushes and still life subject provided. All you have to do is show up! Bring a friend to share the experience. About the Instructor: Madia Jamgochian is a self-taught artist who loves experimenting with different mediums. In 2012, she illustrated a children's book about a daschund who goes on vacation, (Babe's Vacation) available on Amazon. Madia likes to offer art classes as a way to promote relaxation and using a different side of your brain.

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Half Moon Bay

Kids' Cooking Class: Eat the Rainbow!

Food & Drink
3:00pm - 4:00pm
$5.00

Your child will ride a rainbow of adventure into the colorful world of vegetables! Kids will sample a variety of healthy choices and create their own rainbow plate of nutritious foods. For ages 3-6 plus chaperon.

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Saturday, March 11, 2017

Half Moon Bay

Yoga & Self-Healing with Wah!

Health & Wellness
10:00am - 12:00pm
$16.00

In this 2-hour yoga class you will practice breathing exercises, postures (asana), and self-healing techniques. Conclude with a deep relaxation and short meditation. All levels welcome.

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Sunday, March 12, 2017

Half Moon Bay

Coastside Summer Camp Fair

Family & Education
10:00am - 2:00pm

This event is the perfect opportunity for families to learn about different local summer camp options for children of all ages and register. Enjoy live music, games, and free raffle in front of our store, rain or shine! Meet representatives from YMCA Summer Camps, The Heal Project, Revival in the Redwoods, La Petite Baleen, Coastal Adventures, San Mateo County 4-H, The Big Lift, Coastside Children’s Program CCP and many more.

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Westside Santa Cruz

Adopt A Pet

Home & Lifestyle
11:00am - 1:30pm

Stop by and say hello to some adoptable furry companions brought to you by Peace of Mind Dog Rescue.

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Monday, March 13, 2017

Westside Santa Cruz

Mastering Stress for Unstoppable Success

Health & Wellness
6:30pm - 7:30pm

With Author Lisa Hamil, Pharm.D Learn how you can master stress and assure that it does not master you! Dr. Hamil will discuss why stress matters and how you can use it to your advantage. Rest assured, you will not want to miss this important topic.

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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Half Moon Bay

Gentle Yoga

Sports & Fitness
8:30am - 9:30am
$10.00

Start your day off refreshed and vibrant with a calming, gentle yoga class taught by local certified instructors in our Community Classroom.

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Westside Santa Cruz

Tuesday Tea Time: Achieving Sound Sleep

Health & Wellness
12:00pm - 1:00pm

With Nutrition Consultant Madia Jamgochian Did you know, adequate sleep is just as essential as proper nutrition in maintaining your health? Come to this one-hour nutrition session to find out which foods, supplements and daily habits will help you snooze. About the Instructor: Madia graduated from Bauman College of Holistic Nutrition in 2013 after completing her BA in Environmental Studies and Exercise Sports Science at UCSB. She enjoys educating on how to heal inflammatory and autoimmune conditions, and believes in the food-as-medicine approach.

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Half Moon Bay

Zumba

Sports & Fitness
5:30pm - 6:30pm
$7.00

Get a fun and effective workout to upbeat Latin and international music rhythms.  For all fitness and experience levels.

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Westside Santa Cruz

Kickstart Your Health: Brain Food for Healthy Aging

Health & Wellness
6:00pm - 7:30pm
$22.00

By 2050, the number of people (65yrs+) with Alzheimer's disease may triple (to 16 million). In this class students will learn to boost nutrition, eliminate harmful brain toxins, increase antioxidants, and grow new brain cells. Students will learn how to protect mind and strengthen memory. The payoff is huge! This Info-Dining class features nutrition science, recipes, handouts/resources, live cooking demos & hearty samplings of delicious, brain-powering foods along with resources to help ‘keep oneself as sharp as a tack’ like my 107 year old grandma did. Yummers! Take this class, repeat this class, bring a friend(s), and put more years in your life and more LIFE in your years! Bring, your notebooks, taste buds, and questions. Come hungry! *PCRM (Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine) promoting Food for Life science-based life-styling.

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Westside Santa Cruz

Pi Day Celebration Tasting

Hobbies & Special Interest
11:30am - 2:30pm

Celebrate Pi Day with us on March 14 (3.14) and enjoy samples of Beckman's fresh-baked pie, with optional whipped cream topping. 

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Capitola

Pi Day Celebration Tasting

Hobbies & Special Interest
11:30am - 2:30pm

Celebrate Pi Day with us on March 14 (3.14) and enjoy samples of Beckman's pies, with optional whipped cream topping. 

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Half Moon Bay

Pi Day Celebration Tasting

Hobbies & Special Interest
11:30am - 2:30pm

Celebrate Pi Day with us on March 14 (3.14) and enjoy samples of Beckmans pie, with optional whipped cream topping. 

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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Half Moon Bay

Healthy Fats and Why You Should Eat Them

Health & Wellness
6:30pm - 8:00pm
$5.00

With Shelley H. Lane, L.Ac., NTP Shelly will share valuable lessons from the Weston A. Price Foundation, including why certain fats are crucial to good health and the best way to gain them. Taste liver pate and learn how easy it is to make. Bring your questions!

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Thursday, March 16, 2017

Half Moon Bay

Gentle Yoga

Sports & Fitness
8:30am - 9:30am
$10.00

Start your day off refreshed and vibrant with a calming, gentle yoga class taught by local certified instructors in our Community Classroom.

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Half Moon Bay

Fertility, Pre and Post Natal Yoga

Sports & Fitness
11:30am - 12:30pm
$5.00

With Samantha Corsiglia, Earth Dancer Wellness This comprehensive class will address the daily changing needs of your body while your baby grows and while you heal from birth.

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Westside Santa Cruz

Why Cleanse? 5 Ways Guided Cleansing Revitalizes Your Health

Health & Wellness
6:00pm - 7:00pm

With Dr. Marissa Castello, ND This class will cover spring cleanse essentials, including how environmental toxins affect your health, the cellular benefits of cleansing, planning and sticking to a successful cleanse, and the beauty and healthy aging benefits of cleansing.   About the Instructor:Dr. Marissa Castello is a naturopathic doctor at the Santa Cruz Naturopathic Medical Center. She received her doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine from Bastyr University in Seattle, Washington, recognized worldwide as an academic leader in natural medicine and sciences, and completed a 4 year program in culinary arts from the Natural Epicurean Academy of Culinary Arts in Austin, Tx. Dr. Castello has always been passionate about the cleansing experience and showing people how they can find freedom in their health and vitality.

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Saturday, March 18, 2017

Half Moon Bay

Stress Hormones & Health

Health & Wellness
10:30am - 12:30pm

With Certified Nutritionist and Holistic Health Coach Judy Pearson-Kobsar In this transformative seminar you will gain the knowledge and specific steps to get to the root of a number of health issues including stress, depression, low energy, hormone or weight challenges, and turn them around so you can regain your health and life. Former attendees said this 2-hour seminar was the best investment of time they ever made.

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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Half Moon Bay

Gentle Yoga

Sports & Fitness
8:30am - 9:30am
$10.00

Start your day off refreshed and vibrant with a calming, gentle yoga class taught by local certified instructors in our Community Classroom.

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Half Moon Bay

Zumba

Sports & Fitness
5:30pm - 6:30pm
$7.00

Get a fun and effective workout to upbeat Latin and international music rhythms.  For all fitness and experience levels.

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Westside Santa Cruz

Managing Menopause Naturally

Health & Wellness
6:00pm - 7:30pm
$5.00

With Dr. Tonya Fleck-D'Andrea, ND Join us for an interactive discussion on how to safely and effectively manage menopausal symptoms naturally, as well as how to prevent diseases associated with aging such as breast cancer, osteoporosis and heart disease. This class will cover: what’s happening hormonally during menopause, food as medicine, nutrition through supplementation, botanical medicine, bio-identical hormone replacement, conventional hormone replacement therapy, and much more! About the Instructor: Dr. Tonya Fleck-D'Andrea is the Founder and Medical Director of the Santa Cruz Naturopathic Medical Center. She received her doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine from the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine and Health Sciences, her BS in Pyschology from SUNY Buffalo and completed graduate work in Marriage and Family Therapy at the University of MD. Dr. Fleck has always been passionate about people experiencing freedom in their health and vitality. As a ND, she takes a holistic approach when creating individualized treatment plans, partnering with her patients to discover and remove the underlying obstacles to cure.

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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Half Moon Bay

Getting Started with Essential Oils

Hobbies & Special Interest
6:30pm - 7:30pm
$5.00

With Lorna Rodriguez-Wong Get the answers to your questions including, What are essential oils? How do I use them? What are their benefits? You will also learn how to quickly make an essentials oil spray at home for your use, or to give to others.

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Thursday, March 23, 2017

Half Moon Bay

Gentle Yoga

Sports & Fitness
8:30am - 9:30am
$10.00

Start your day off refreshed and vibrant with a calming, gentle yoga class taught by local certified instructors in our Community Classroom.

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Half Moon Bay

Fertility, Pre and Post Natal Yoga

Sports & Fitness
11:30am - 12:30pm
$5.00

With Samantha Corsiglia, Earth Dancer Wellness This comprehensive class will address the daily changing needs of your body while your baby grows and while you heal from birth.

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Downtown Santa Cruz

Dips Around the World

Hobbies & Special Interest
12:00pm - 3:00pm

Come try a varitey of tasty dips from around the world. Salsa, tazitiki and more! We carry all options in store.

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Westside Santa Cruz

Healthy Vegan: Protein Rich Meals

Food & Drink
6:00pm - 8:30pm
$45.00

With Vegetarian Chef & Nutritionist Jenny Brewer Go beyond tofu and fake meats and learn delicious and creative ways to include more whole-food sources of plant proteins in your diet--like tempeh and sea vegetables. We'll prepare a delectable multi-course feast while you practice your knife skills and explore a variety of cooking techniques. About the Instructor: Jenny Brewer is a nutritionist and natural foods chef who believes healthy food should be fun and flavorful. She's a graduate of the Chef’s Training Program at the Natural Gourmet Cookery School in New York City, has a Masters Degree in Nutrition and is a Certified Nutrition Specialist. To learn more, visit her website: www.nourishingnutrition.com.

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Friday, March 24, 2017

Westside Santa Cruz

Beer & Sausage Pairing with Lagunitas Brewery

Hobbies & Special Interest
6:00pm - 8:00pm
$10.00

Lagunitas Brewing Company is teaming up with Continental Sausage (Charcut Nuvo) to share with you their tips on pairing beer and sausage for optimum flavor. Enjoy tastes of beer and sausage--a classic combination!

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Saturday, March 25, 2017

Westside Santa Cruz

Shape Up Saturday

Sports & Fitness
8:00am - 9:00am

Keep your New Year’s Resolution for fitness going strong! Join us for a bootcamp class led by Toadal Fitness instructors and get re-charged!

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Sunday, March 26, 2017

Westside Santa Cruz

Summer Camp Fair at the Westside New Leaf

Hobbies & Special Interest
10:00am - 2:00pm

This is a perfect opportunity for families to learn about different local summer camp options for all age kids, and to register.  Get a jump on summer activities! Enjoy live music, games, and raffle in front of our store, rain or shine!

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Monday, March 27, 2017

Westside Santa Cruz

Raw Desserts Workshop

Food & Drink
6:00pm - 8:30pm
$40.00

With Raw Chef Pam Nectar Gharibians Raw deserts are as delicious as they are nutritious! Come learn how to make a simple raw chocolate fudge with bee pollen and sea salt, raw macaroons, and key lime pie! All easy and healthy! This will be a hands on, taste-as-we-go sweet way to get comfy with confections! We will make chocolate bee pollen fudge, macaroons, key lime pie, and carrot cake with chai frosting! About Pam: Pam has called both Vancouver and San Francisco home and her international, innovative, healthful culinary style reflects these dynamic cites. With over 10 years in the Natural Products Industry with some of the best companies as well as a certification in Nutrition and Herbal Medicine, Pam has much to share in the kitchen where she happily turns healthy work into memorable play.

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Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Half Moon Bay

Gentle Yoga

Sports & Fitness
8:30am - 9:30am
$10.00

Start your day off refreshed and vibrant with a calming, gentle yoga class taught by local certified instructors in our Community Classroom.

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Half Moon Bay

Zumba

Sports & Fitness
5:30pm - 6:30pm
$7.00

Get a fun and effective workout to upbeat Latin and international music rhythms.  For all fitness and experience levels.

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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Half Moon Bay

Homeopathic Remedies for Allergy Season: Beat Hay Fever!

Health & Wellness
7:00pm - 8:00pm
$5.00

Do you dread the allergens in winter and spring? Homeopathy may have the answer for you! Come to this one-hour wellness session and learn which remedies can reduce/eliminate annoying hay fever symptoms. About the Instructor: Cynthia Kingsbury is a Certified Classical Homeopath trained at the rigorous 4-year program at the Institute of Classical Homoeopathy, located in San Francisco. She has been helping people with difficult-to-treat chronic conditions since 2006, and practices in Santa Cruz, CA and the greater Bay Area.  

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Thursday, March 30, 2017

Half Moon Bay

Gentle Yoga

Sports & Fitness
8:30am - 9:30am
$10.00

Start your day off refreshed and vibrant with a calming, gentle yoga class taught by local certified instructors in our Community Classroom.

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Half Moon Bay

Fertility, Pre and Post Natal Yoga

Sports & Fitness
11:30am - 12:30pm
$5.00

With Samantha Corsiglia, Earth Dancer Wellness This comprehensive class will address the daily changing needs of your body while your baby grows and while you heal from birth.

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