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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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Monday, September 2, 2019

Half Moon Bay

Yoga Flow- All Levels

Health & Wellness
8:30am - 9:30am
$10.00

This class begins with a gentle warm-up, flowing into a series of balancing poses, core work, twists and sun salutations to build heat before winding down to healing and restorative poses. Excellent for all levels to deepen your practice.

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Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Half Moon Bay

Gentle Yoga

Health & Wellness
8:30am - 9:30am
$10.00

Start your day with a gentle take on traditional yoga. All elements of regular yoga are practiced at a slower, more gentle pace. An excellent format to improve flexibility as poses are traditionally held for an extended length of time. This practice is helpful for relieving back pain and improving balance.

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Half Moon Bay

Seeds, Beans and Grains Nutrition Class

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

Nutrition Class with Certified Nutrition Consultant Madia Jamgochian How much do you know about seeds? Although you may not have stopped to think about it, we live in a world of seeds- from our morning coffee, to the slice of toast with breakfast, to the cotton clothes we wear and the piece of chocolate we had for dessert, seeds supply us all day long. Seeds (as well as beans and grains) can be an important source of nutrition. Come to this class to learn the benefits, how to soak them, and the point of sprouting. 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. Shortly after, she started her personal consulting business My Healing Habits. She enjoys educating on how to heal inflammatory and autoimmune conditions, and believes in the food-as-medicine approach.

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Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Half Moon Bay

Gentle Stretch Yoga with LindaGrace

Health & Wellness
11:00am - 12:30pm
$10.00

Using chairs and other yoga props, this class is designed to create breath awareness, enhance balance, and increase flexibility for people new to yoga or those experiencing joint sensitivity, overall stiffness due to lack of activity, or other physical limitations. All classes end with restorative poses, using supports and gravity for deep relaxation... helping release tension and reduce stress. If you have specific issues you would like to discuss with LindaGrace prior to class, please email lindagrace@wisewoman-yoga.com

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Westside Santa Cruz

Know Your Macros: 3 Weeks to Healthier Eating

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

Nutrition Series with Certified Nutrition Consultant Madia Jamgochian Join us for this FREE 3-week series during the month of September and learn the basics of macronutrients! This series breaks down as follows: Class # 1 Wednesday, September 4: Start Your Day with Protein- Healthy habits developed early last a lifetime and breakfast is one of the best habits to establish. Eaten regularly, a protein-rich breakfast can be beneficial in a number of ways! Learn how to incorporate protein-rich foods into your breakfast routine. Get tips for meals outside the breakfast box. Class # 2 Wednesday, September 11: Choose Smart Carbs- Carbohydrates, often referred to as carbs, are found in more than just bread. Of the three macronutrients – carbohydrates, fat, and protein – carbs have the greatest impact on blood sugar levels. Explore seasonal options for smart carbs, including vegetables, grains, and legumes. Class #3 Wednesday, September 18: Embracing Healthy Fats- Although modern culture has distorted our perspective on fats, some fats are essential for optimal health. Historical and scientific evidence show that our ancestors did not suffer from many modern chronic diseases even though they ate wholesome, unprocessed fat-rich foods. Discover Madia's favorite sources of fats and how they can be part of a healthy diet. *Please sign up for each class to ensure your spot does not get taken. This class fills up- priority will be given to those who are on the list. 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. Shortly after, she started her personal consulting business My Healing Habits. She enjoys educating on how to heal inflammatory and autoimmune conditions, and believes in the food-as-medicine approach.

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Thursday, September 5, 2019

Half Moon Bay

Yoga Mix- All Levels

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

Wake up, energize and restore your body with Yoga Mix! Yoga Mix is a combination of stretching, flow, balance, Yin yoga, restorative, and meditation.  It is customized as best possible to the student needs.  Each class will wake up the muscles with some gentle stretching, then raise the heart beat with a flow which will incorporate strengthening and balance poses. The last part of class will be dedicated to longer held stretching poses (Yin), and a final restorative pose to start the day refreshed!

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Friday, September 6, 2019

Westside Santa Cruz

Cider and Food Pairing with Golden State Cider

Food & Drink
6:00pm - 7:30pm
$10.00

Branch out from beer and come try cider pairing with Golden State Cider! Head Cider Maker, Tim Godfrey will lead an exploration into the world of cidermaking, and lead a cheese-pairing with GSC's crisp and unique ciders, for an experience that is sure to blow your mind and your taste buds. GSC's orchard partner The Five Mile Orchard from Corralitos will also be on site to talk about the decision making process in the orchard, and how that translates to the cider in the can. We will taste GSC's Newtown Pippin cider, from their terroir-driven California Farms Series of ciders, and have the opportunity to taste unique apples grown in the Bay Area. Try the Mighty Dry, Mighty Hopped, Gingergrass, Bay Brut and Newtown Pippin paired with different cheeses and other appetizers in this fun Friday night class. About Golden State Cider: GSC claims their cider team is unlike any other. With a knack for exploration and experimentation, their boys in blue are known for making a cider so crisp it will make you question your very understanding of the word itself. They use 100% fresh-pressed West Coast apples to create an exquisite product you will want to tell your friends about.

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Sunday, September 8, 2019

Half Moon Bay

Dehydrating Basics

Food & Drink
1:00pm - 3:00pm
$10.00

Cooking class taught by local UC Master Food Preservers!

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Monday, September 9, 2019

Half Moon Bay

Yoga Flow- All Levels

Health & Wellness
8:30am - 9:30am
$10.00

This class begins with a gentle warm-up, flowing into a series of balancing poses, core work, twists and sun salutations to build heat before winding down to healing and restorative poses. Excellent for all levels to deepen your practice.

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Westside Santa Cruz

Movie Night: Forks Over Knives

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

Forks Over Knives (2011) is an film that examines a profound claim that food is medicine! The major storyline in the film traces the personal journeys of a pair of pioneering researchers, Dr. T. Colin Campbell and Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn, and their groundbreaking studies that brought them to meet each other. Their research led them separately to the startling and now shared conclusion: degenerative diseases like heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and even several forms of cancer, could almost always be prevented—and in many cases reversed—by adopting a whole-foods, plant-based diet. Despite the profound implications of their findings, their work has remained relatively unknown to the public... until now. The filmmakers travel with Drs. Campbell and Esselstyn on their separate but similar paths, from their childhood farms where they both produced “nature’s perfect food”; to China and Cleveland, where they explored ideas that challenged the established thinking and shook their own core beliefs. The idea of food as medicine is put to the test. Throughout the film, cameras follow ‘reality patients’ who have chronic conditions from heart disease to diabetes. Doctors teach these patients how to adopt a whole-food, plant-based diet as the primary approach to treat their ailments—while the challenges and triumphs of their journeys are revealed. Forks Over Knives utilizes state of the art 3-D graphics and rare archival footage. The film features numerous leading experts on health, examines the question “why we don’t know,” and tackles the issue of diet and disease in a way that will have people talking for years.

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Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Half Moon Bay

Gentle Yoga

Health & Wellness
8:30am - 9:30am
$10.00

Start your day with a gentle take on traditional yoga. All elements of regular yoga are practiced at a slower, more gentle pace. An excellent format to improve flexibility as poses are traditionally held for an extended length of time. This practice is helpful for relieving back pain and improving balance.

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Westside Santa Cruz

Movie Night: What the Health

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

With Educator Sandi Rechenmacher, NC What the Health is a ground-breaking feature length documentary from the award-winning filmmakers of Cowspiracy, that follows the exciting journey of intrepid filmmaker, Kip Andersen, as he uncovers the impacts of highly processed industrial animal foods on our personal health and greater community, and explores why leading health organizations continue to promote the industry despite countless medical studies and research showing deleterious effects of these products on our health. About Sandi: Sandi Rechenmacher is a whole foods, plant-based (WFPB) nutritional consultant, educator, and chef. Her passion is supporting people to nourish and revitalize their bodies, minds, and spirits via a diet based on nutrition science. Sandi is the founder of Simply Nutritious, offering presentations and workshops, sharing her 40 years of nutrition wisdom. She works in conjunction with the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) presenting Food for Life classes in Northern California designed by nutrition scientists and dietitians, covering lifestyle disease prevention/reversal and microbiome immune system support, and more.  She holds a BA and Teaching Credential from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and certification in nutrition education/consultation. Former owner of a natural foods store, Sandi knows food biz!

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Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Half Moon Bay

Gentle Stretch Yoga with LindaGrace

Health & Wellness
11:00am - 12:30pm
$10.00

Using chairs and other yoga props, this class is designed to create breath awareness, enhance balance, and increase flexibility for people new to yoga or those experiencing joint sensitivity, overall stiffness due to lack of activity, or other physical limitations. All classes end with restorative poses, using supports and gravity for deep relaxation... helping release tension and reduce stress. If you have specific issues you would like to discuss with LindaGrace prior to class, please email lindagrace@wisewoman-yoga.com

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Westside Santa Cruz

Know Your Macros: 3 Weeks to Healthier Eating

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

Nutrition Series with Certified Nutrition Consultant Madia Jamgochian Join us for this FREE 3-week series during the month of September and learn the basics of macronutrients! This series breaks down as follows: Class # 1 Wednesday, September 4: Start Your Day with Protein- Healthy habits developed early last a lifetime and breakfast is one of the best habits to establish. Eaten regularly, a protein-rich breakfast can be beneficial in a number of ways! Learn how to incorporate protein-rich foods into your breakfast routine. Get tips for meals outside the breakfast box. Class # 2 Wednesday, September 11: Choose Smart Carbs- Carbohydrates, often referred to as carbs, are found in more than just bread. Of the three macronutrients – carbohydrates, fat, and protein – carbs have the greatest impact on blood sugar levels. Explore seasonal options for smart carbs, including vegetables, grains, and legumes. Class #3 Wednesday, September 18: Embracing Healthy Fats- Although modern culture has distorted our perspective on fats, some fats are essential for optimal health. Historical and scientific evidence show that our ancestors did not suffer from many modern chronic diseases even though they ate wholesome, unprocessed fat-rich foods. Discover Madia's favorite sources of fats and how they can be part of a healthy diet. *Please sign up for each class to ensure your spot does not get taken. This class fills up- priority will be given to those who are on the list. 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. Shortly after, she started her personal consulting business My Healing Habits. She enjoys educating on how to heal inflammatory and autoimmune conditions, and believes in the food-as-medicine approach.

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Westside Santa Cruz

Tapas Night: Flavors of Spain!

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

With Chef and Nutritionist Laura Casasayas-Pala Everyone loves traditional tapas! Popular throughout Spain, tapas are festive and delicious  appetizers and snacks that are perfect for parties and get-togethers.  In this hands on class we will be preparing fine dinning easy tapas, playing with different seasonal vegetables, edible flowers as well as other local ingredients.  Recipes - "Piquillo" Stuffed Pepper - Garden Fresh Seafood Cocktail - Ocean and Mountain Meatballs Class includes beer or wine pairing for those 21+ About the Instructor: Laura Casasayas was born in Catalonian, Spain and raised around food, stories and traditional cooking. Her grandmother taught her the magic of what ingredients make a delicious, nutritious homemade Spanish dish. Laura is a Spanish Acupuncturist, Dietitian and creator of the 11th Hour Coffee food menu. Laura has more than 10 years running her own practice in Spain. she Recently moved to Santa Cruz and has a very strong desire to keep educating and expanding awareness in mindful and healthy eating.

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Thursday, September 12, 2019

Half Moon Bay

Yoga Mix- All Levels

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

Wake up, energize and restore your body with Yoga Mix! Yoga Mix is a combination of stretching, flow, balance, Yin yoga, restorative, and meditation.  It is customized as best possible to the student needs.  Each class will wake up the muscles with some gentle stretching, then raise the heart beat with a flow which will incorporate strengthening and balance poses. The last part of class will be dedicated to longer held stretching poses (Yin), and a final restorative pose to start the day refreshed!

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Westside Santa Cruz

Asian Street Food: 4 Class Series

Food & Drink
6:00pm - 8:30pm
$180.00

With Chef Eric Adema, Owner of Plus 1 Catering Series breaks down as follows: Class #1: Vietnamese Street Food: Thursday, September 12- Vietnamese food is considered by many to be the best of the southeast Asian cuisines, possibly due to the culinary influences acquired during the French occupation. Unique, tasty combinations were the result and their world-famous street food is no exception! In this class you will first learn how to make Bahn Xeo or Vietnamese crepes with cardamom rubbed pork.  Next we’ll make Bun Cha, or Vietnamese meatballs.  Then we’ll make Pho’ noodle bowls with homemade star anise bone broth, grilled marinated beef, herbs & fresh lime.  The class finishes with 5-spice chicken Bahn Mi, or as they are commonly known, “Saigon Sandwich.”  As a bonus, this class will offer a sweet slow drip coffee demo which will also be available to taste for anyone needing a little “pick me up.” Beer or Sake will be available to pair with items as we snack on our creations throughout the evening for those 21+ Class # 2: Thai Street Food: Thursday, September 26- Food from Thailand truly exemplifies traditional southeast Asian food with minimal influence from the western culinary world. Thai food is fresh, healthy, and deeply satisfying with its vibrant flavors. Class will begin with Tom Kha Gai, also known as coconut shrimp soup.  Then we will hand roll Poh Pia Tod  or crispy chicken spring rolls with fresh herbs & lettuce.  Next, we’ll make Som Tum or green papaya salad with cashews topped with Yam Nua (marinated spicy rare beef) with spearmint & rau ram.  We finish class with ground pork Pad See Yu, a dish with caramelized flat rice noodles & sweet soy.  We will also include a Thai iced tea demo which will also be available to sample. Beer or wine will be available to pair with items as we snack on our creations throughout the evening for those 21+ Class #3: Dim Sum: Thursday, October 10- Some believe that the term Dim Sum originated in the Eastern Jin Dynasty. According to legend, an unnamed general ordered civilians to make buns and cakes and send them to the front line, in order to express his gratitude towards his soldiers after battles. The Chinese characters for “gratitude” were then abbreviated to “dim Sum.”  This may be just a story, but it is true we are all grateful to have dim sum!   This class will focus on the techniques involved in making 4 classic dim sum favorites.  We will start with Dan Tat or Hong Kong style egg custard tarts.  Next, we will make spicy shrimp & scallop Shu Mai, or open-faced dumplings. While those are steaming, we will hand roll dough for BBQ chicken Char Sui Bao or” steamed buns” and finish the class with pork Xiao Long Bao or “soup dumplings.” The bamboo steamers will be going nonstop so we can feast on our creations throughout the whole class! Beer and wine pairings available for those 21+ Class # 4: Japanse Ramen Bowls: Thursday, October 24 When most people think of Japanese food, the first thing that comes to mind is typically sushi.  Japanese food, however, is quite diverse! It is founded on meticulous techniques and pure, simple flavors that are loaded with umami, the fulfilling flavor of nature itself. This class begins with Dashi, or kelp bonito broth, which is the base of several popular Japanese dishes, including our first dish, Miso Soup.  Next, we will prepare Buckwheat Soba Noodles or Yakisoba, with Salmon Teriyaki. Curry Ramen Noodle Bowl with pork Tonkatsu or crispy fried cutlet is next on the menu. To end the class, we will make Okonomiyaki or savory pancake “as you like it.” With a focus on overall techniques, you will leave with the knowledge & confidence to experiment with numerous variations of these dishes at home. Beer or Sake will be available to pair with items as we snack on our creations throughout the evening for those 21+ Kanpai! Sign up for all 4 classes as a series for a discount, (pick first date only) or choose an individual class! About the Instructor: Chef Eric Jan Adema first learned his passion for food while cooking his great grandmother’s recipes with his mother as a kid. In 1989 his family took over the Boulders Inn in Connecticut, and by age 24 he became the head chef . In 2003, Eric moved to San Francisco where he worked as a chef & restaurant consultant for over 10 years. He now lives in Boulder Creek .

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Friday, September 13, 2019

Westside Santa Cruz

Wine & Watercolor

Hobbies & Special Interest
6:00pm - 8:00pm
$18.00

With Madia Jamgochian Come spend the evening sipping wine and painting with watercolor. Paper, paint, brushes and subject provided. All you have to do is reserve your space and show up! Bring a friend to share the experience. About the Instructor: Madia cultivated her creative side with colored pencils and has only recently branched out to watercolor, a new and exciting medium. She loves using her images to illustrate the nutrition education handouts she makes. You can find her on social media at madias_sketchbook on instagram!

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Saturday, September 14, 2019

Half Moon Bay

Yoga and Self Healing with Wah!

Health & Wellness
10:00am - 12:00pm
$18.00

Wah! is a legend in the yoga music world and in this all ages yoga class she combines postures, breathing and self-healing techniques to help you access better health.  Wah! sings live for deep relaxation at the end of class. Learn more at: www.wahmusic.com

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Half Moon Bay

Meet the Doula

Health & Wellness
12:45pm - 2:15pm

With Samantha Corsiglia, founder of Earth Dancer Wellness and Coastside Birth Options Come to this meet and greet for the opportunity to have the Coastside’s fertility, maternity, and birth professionals answer your questions and provide resources and suggestions that will help you traverse this miraculous adventure called womanhood. Meet professionals in: Women’s Health & Fertility Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy Pre/postnatal yoga & BirthDance Birth, post-partum, and night doulas Midwifery, Medical Advocate Lactation & Natural parenting Hypnotherapy Herbs, Acupuncture & Nutrition Light Refreshments will be served.

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Monday, September 16, 2019

Half Moon Bay

Yoga Flow- All Levels

Health & Wellness
8:30am - 9:30am
$10.00

This class begins with a gentle warm-up, flowing into a series of balancing poses, core work, twists and sun salutations to build heat before winding down to healing and restorative poses. Excellent for all levels to deepen your practice.

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Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Half Moon Bay

Gentle Yoga

Health & Wellness
8:30am - 9:30am
$10.00

Start your day with a gentle take on traditional yoga. All elements of regular yoga are practiced at a slower, more gentle pace. An excellent format to improve flexibility as poses are traditionally held for an extended length of time. This practice is helpful for relieving back pain and improving balance.

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Westside Santa Cruz

Supplementing with CBD

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

With Magda Hjalmarsson, Founder of Balnce & Bliss Come to this wellness lecture to learn about the benefits of CBD for anxiety relief and overall wellness. We will share our dosage // product guidelines to ensure you are properly absorbing your CBD supplements to have maximum benefits. About the Instructor: Magda is a functional medicine practitioner who specializes in using nutrition & hemp // cannabis medicine to achieve wellness. Magda teaches online workshops and offers one on one coaching to support each individual on their journey to optimal health.

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All Stores

Learn to Shop on Your Bike!

Hobbies & Special Interest
6:00pm - 7:30pm

With Matt Miller, Program Specialist at Ecology Action Every wonder what it would be like to ride your bike for a grocery store run? The freedom of movement, the easy bike parking right up front, and not hassling with parking your car. In this new class we'll look at making your trips to the grocery store by bike. How are you supposed to carry all of your goods on two wheels? We'll peel back the layers on how make a store run successful. Do I need a basket or panniers? What even is a pannier anyway? Different ways to pack your supplies, distributing weight, and knowing when too much is too much. The best part is, you can add that extra dessert item to your grocery list because you biked there, you need the calories to get home! Join us to learn the ins and outs of shopping by bike. About the Instructor: Matt Miller works as the Sustainable Transportation Program Specialist for Ecology Action. Among other projects, he manages Santa Cruz County Bike to Work Day. He's been bike commuting in Santa Cruz for 10 years and has several hundred successful grocery store runs by bike to his credit. Whether it's making a quick run for meal ingredients or stocking up for the week, Matt has done it all. From grocery shopping, to moving houses, to biking cross country, Matt brings a depth of bike experience that will help unpack the nuance to shopping by bike. About Ecology Action: Ecology Action is a nearly 50 year old non-profit that brings innovative programs to people, businesses, and communities to help them achieve environmental and economic sustainability. Ecology Action headquarters is in downtown Santa Cruz. More can be found out here: ecoact.org

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Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Half Moon Bay

Gentle Stretch Yoga with LindaGrace

Health & Wellness
11:00am - 12:30pm
$10.00

Using chairs and other yoga props, this class is designed to create breath awareness, enhance balance, and increase flexibility for people new to yoga or those experiencing joint sensitivity, overall stiffness due to lack of activity, or other physical limitations. All classes end with restorative poses, using supports and gravity for deep relaxation... helping release tension and reduce stress. If you have specific issues you would like to discuss with LindaGrace prior to class, please email lindagrace@wisewoman-yoga.com

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Westside Santa Cruz

Know Your Macros: 3 Weeks to Healthier Eating

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

Nutrition Series with Certified Nutrition Consultant Madia Jamgochian Join us for this FREE 3-week series during the month of September and learn the basics of macronutrients! This series breaks down as follows: Class # 1 Wednesday, September 4: Start Your Day with Protein- Healthy habits developed early last a lifetime and breakfast is one of the best habits to establish. Eaten regularly, a protein-rich breakfast can be beneficial in a number of ways! Learn how to incorporate protein-rich foods into your breakfast routine. Get tips for meals outside the breakfast box. Class # 2 Wednesday, September 11: Choose Smart Carbs- Carbohydrates, often referred to as carbs, are found in more than just bread. Of the three macronutrients – carbohydrates, fat, and protein – carbs have the greatest impact on blood sugar levels. Explore seasonal options for smart carbs, including vegetables, grains, and legumes. Class #3 Wednesday, September 18: Embracing Healthy Fats- Although modern culture has distorted our perspective on fats, some fats are essential for optimal health. Historical and scientific evidence show that our ancestors did not suffer from many modern chronic diseases even though they ate wholesome, unprocessed fat-rich foods. Discover Madia's favorite sources of fats and how they can be part of a healthy diet. *Please sign up for each class to ensure your spot does not get taken. This class fills up- priority will be given to those who are on the list. 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. Shortly after, she started her personal consulting business My Healing Habits. She enjoys educating on how to heal inflammatory and autoimmune conditions, and believes in the food-as-medicine approach.

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Thursday, September 19, 2019

Half Moon Bay

Yoga Mix- All Levels

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

Wake up, energize and restore your body with Yoga Mix! Yoga Mix is a combination of stretching, flow, balance, Yin yoga, restorative, and meditation.  It is customized as best possible to the student needs.  Each class will wake up the muscles with some gentle stretching, then raise the heart beat with a flow which will incorporate strengthening and balance poses. The last part of class will be dedicated to longer held stretching poses (Yin), and a final restorative pose to start the day refreshed!

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Monday, September 23, 2019

Half Moon Bay

Yoga Flow- All Levels

Health & Wellness
8:30am - 9:30am
$10.00

This class begins with a gentle warm-up, flowing into a series of balancing poses, core work, twists and sun salutations to build heat before winding down to healing and restorative poses. Excellent for all levels to deepen your practice.

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Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Half Moon Bay

Gentle Yoga

Health & Wellness
8:30am - 9:30am
$10.00

Start your day with a gentle take on traditional yoga. All elements of regular yoga are practiced at a slower, more gentle pace. An excellent format to improve flexibility as poses are traditionally held for an extended length of time. This practice is helpful for relieving back pain and improving balance.

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Westside Santa Cruz

Foundations for Digestive Health

Health & Wellness
1:00pm - 2:30pm

Wellness Class with Dr. Danette Sutton This class will explain normal physiology of the digestive process so that we may understand how the human body is designed to work! The gut, brain and liver are all interconnected and all play a big role in digestion. During this class, we will focus on these three major areas. In particular, we will discuss GERD, reflux, H pylori, diverticulitis, leaky gut and IBS (irritable bowel) but other concerns are also welcome. Available testing for these conditions will be covered as well. If you have questions regarding a test result or how to read a label, please bring them.  About the Instructor: Dr. Danette L. Sutton is a second generation chiropractor, born and raised in Santa Cruz. She received a BS degree from Santa Clara University in Combined Sciences and her DC degree from the Los Angeles College of Chiropractic in 1984. She was certified as an Applied Clinical Nutritionist in 2015. She has studied extensively in subjects including over one thousand hours in homeopathy, in addition to orthopedics, radiology and nutrition, among many other topics. She has a passion for improving health through chiropractic and nutrition and develops an individualized protocol for each patient. Health comes from the inside-out and this requires more time than simply cutting off a pain signal. Her treatment addresses the underlying condition and not just the symptoms.

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Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Half Moon Bay

Gentle Stretch Yoga with LindaGrace

Health & Wellness
11:00am - 12:30pm
$10.00

Using chairs and other yoga props, this class is designed to create breath awareness, enhance balance, and increase flexibility for people new to yoga or those experiencing joint sensitivity, overall stiffness due to lack of activity, or other physical limitations. All classes end with restorative poses, using supports and gravity for deep relaxation... helping release tension and reduce stress. If you have specific issues you would like to discuss with LindaGrace prior to class, please email lindagrace@wisewoman-yoga.com

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Thursday, September 26, 2019

Half Moon Bay

Yoga Mix- All Levels

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

Wake up, energize and restore your body with Yoga Mix! Yoga Mix is a combination of stretching, flow, balance, Yin yoga, restorative, and meditation.  It is customized as best possible to the student needs.  Each class will wake up the muscles with some gentle stretching, then raise the heart beat with a flow which will incorporate strengthening and balance poses. The last part of class will be dedicated to longer held stretching poses (Yin), and a final restorative pose to start the day refreshed!

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Westside Santa Cruz

Asian Street Food: 4 Class Series

Food & Drink
6:00pm - 8:30pm
$180.00

With Chef Eric Adema, Owner of Plus 1 Catering Series breaks down as follows: Class #1: Vietnamese Street Food: Thursday, September 12- Vietnamese food is considered by many to be the best of the southeast Asian cuisines, possibly due to the culinary influences acquired during the French occupation. Unique, tasty combinations were the result and their world-famous street food is no exception! In this class you will first learn how to make Bahn Xeo or Vietnamese crepes with cardamom rubbed pork.  Next we’ll make Bun Cha, or Vietnamese meatballs.  Then we’ll make Pho’ noodle bowls with homemade star anise bone broth, grilled marinated beef, herbs & fresh lime.  The class finishes with 5-spice chicken Bahn Mi, or as they are commonly known, “Saigon Sandwich.”  As a bonus, this class will offer a sweet slow drip coffee demo which will also be available to taste for anyone needing a little “pick me up.” Beer or Sake will be available to pair with items as we snack on our creations throughout the evening for those 21+ Class # 2: Thai Street Food: Thursday, September 26- Food from Thailand truly exemplifies traditional southeast Asian food with minimal influence from the western culinary world. Thai food is fresh, healthy, and deeply satisfying with its vibrant flavors. Class will begin with Tom Kha Gai, also known as coconut shrimp soup.  Then we will hand roll Poh Pia Tod  or crispy chicken spring rolls with fresh herbs & lettuce.  Next, we’ll make Som Tum or green papaya salad with cashews topped with Yam Nua (marinated spicy rare beef) with spearmint & rau ram.  We finish class with ground pork Pad See Yu, a dish with caramelized flat rice noodles & sweet soy.  We will also include a Thai iced tea demo which will also be available to sample. Beer or wine will be available to pair with items as we snack on our creations throughout the evening for those 21+ Class #3: Dim Sum: Thursday, October 10- Some believe that the term Dim Sum originated in the Eastern Jin Dynasty. According to legend, an unnamed general ordered civilians to make buns and cakes and send them to the front line, in order to express his gratitude towards his soldiers after battles. The Chinese characters for “gratitude” were then abbreviated to “dim Sum.”  This may be just a story, but it is true we are all grateful to have dim sum!   This class will focus on the techniques involved in making 4 classic dim sum favorites.  We will start with Dan Tat or Hong Kong style egg custard tarts.  Next, we will make spicy shrimp & scallop Shu Mai, or open-faced dumplings. While those are steaming, we will hand roll dough for BBQ chicken Char Sui Bao or” steamed buns” and finish the class with pork Xiao Long Bao or “soup dumplings.” The bamboo steamers will be going nonstop so we can feast on our creations throughout the whole class! Beer and wine pairings available for those 21+ Class # 4: Japanse Ramen Bowls: Thursday, October 24 When most people think of Japanese food, the first thing that comes to mind is typically sushi.  Japanese food, however, is quite diverse! It is founded on meticulous techniques and pure, simple flavors that are loaded with umami, the fulfilling flavor of nature itself. This class begins with Dashi, or kelp bonito broth, which is the base of several popular Japanese dishes, including our first dish, Miso Soup.  Next, we will prepare Buckwheat Soba Noodles or Yakisoba, with Salmon Teriyaki. Curry Ramen Noodle Bowl with pork Tonkatsu or crispy fried cutlet is next on the menu. To end the class, we will make Okonomiyaki or savory pancake “as you like it.” With a focus on overall techniques, you will leave with the knowledge & confidence to experiment with numerous variations of these dishes at home. Beer or Sake will be available to pair with items as we snack on our creations throughout the evening for those 21+ Kanpai! Sign up for all 4 classes as a series for a discount, (pick first date only) or choose an individual class! About the Instructor: Chef Eric Jan Adema first learned his passion for food while cooking his great grandmother’s recipes with his mother as a kid. In 1989 his family took over the Boulders Inn in Connecticut, and by age 24 he became the head chef . In 2003, Eric moved to San Francisco where he worked as a chef & restaurant consultant for over 10 years. He now lives in Boulder Creek .

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Sunday, September 29, 2019

Westside Santa Cruz

Nutritious Baking for Teens

Food & Drink
2:00pm - 4:00pm
$35.00

Cooking Class for Teens With Chef & Nutritionist Laura Casasayas-Pala Baking is the way that most teens tend to find themselves becoming familiar with the kitchen due to the draw of tasty treats. In this hands-on class Laura will show them how to make healthy versions of a few favorite classics. Learn to bake healthy goods, full of nutrients and whole foods. Teens will become familiar with gluten-free flours, healthy nuts, good fats and frostings using alternative sweeteners.  Recipes: - Sweet potato Brownie (Gluten free and vegan) - The real energy "Twix" bar (Gluten free and vegan) - Paleo blue berry muffins (Gluten free) Ages 13-16. *NOTE: if your child has special needs of any kind, please come 15 minutes early to speak with the instructor. About the Instructor: Laura is a Spanish Acupuncturist, Dietitian and creator of the 11th Hour Coffee food menu. Laura has more than 10 years experience running her own practice in Spain offering private consultation and workshops. She recently moved to Santa Cruz where she is continuing her passion of educating and expanding awareness of mindful and healthy eating.

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Monday, September 30, 2019

Half Moon Bay

Yoga Flow- All Levels

Health & Wellness
8:30am - 9:30am
$10.00

This class begins with a gentle warm-up, flowing into a series of balancing poses, core work, twists and sun salutations to build heat before winding down to healing and restorative poses. Excellent for all levels to deepen your practice.

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