“Evening With Visionaries” One of Several Upcoming SNFC Offerings

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More classes and events are being offered at our neighborhood's own Sacramento Natural Foods Co-op (1900 Alhambra Blvd.)

It’s winter, the weather’s been wet, and the evenings are chilly and dark.  Want to get out of the house, learn something new, and perhaps meet some new people?  I know I’ve said this here before, but the Sacramento Natural Foods Co-op, located right here in the Newton Booth/Alhambra Triangle Neighborhood, has a wide variety of classes and events, conveniently scheduled in the evenings and on the weekends.

In addition to cooking classes, there are events like the “Evening With Visionaries” on January 29, and classes on things like herbal remedies and tai chi.  It’s easy to sign up; go to this link for the SNFC Class Schedule, click on the class you want, and pay for it online.  Or, simply call the Co-op at (916) 455-2667; or sign up for the class in person at the Co-op.  All classes are held at the Co-op Learning Center and Cooking School, right around the corner from the Co-op at 1914 Alhambra Blvd.  (They do request that you please not park in the Co-op parking lot if you are there for a class, due to limited parking space.)

Here are some of the events coming up very soon (and as of this writing, all of these events have numerous spaces available):

Winter Family Favorites – Monday, January 25, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.  Learn hearty new recipes for those chilly winter evenings!  You will learn to make: seafood mulligatawny chowder; easy pressure cooker pot roast; corn pie casserole; “seriously sinful” garlic bread; and Jamaican banana bread with chocolate and walnuts for dessert.  (The class is $30 for Co-op owners; $39 for non-owners.)

A Taste of Thailand – Tuesday, January 26, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.  Learn about key Thai ingredients and cooking techniques, to help you create delicious Thai food at home.  Menu includes: steamed fish in yellow curry sauce wrapped in banana leaves; pork satay with pickled cucumber salad; mussamun beef and potato curry; lahp, a “good luck” salad; and clay pot shrimp with bean thread noodles.  (The class is $30 for Co-op owners, and $39 for non-owners.)

Essential Herbs for Your Family’s Health – Wednesday, January 27, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.  Candis Cantin, a lifelong herbalist, will share herbal means to strengthen your family’s immunity, including herbal remedies for colds, congestion, sore throat, and childhood illnesses.  (The class is $10 for Co-op owners, and $15 for non-owners.)

Think Globally, Act Locally: An Evening With Visionaries – Friday, January 29, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.  Local visionary David Shabazian, of the Rural-Urban Connections Strategy Project, will discuss various actions going on locally in regards to alternatives to industrial agriculture.  There will also be a screening of a DVD of food author Michael Pollan’s presentation at the 2009 Bioneers Conference.  Local wines will be available for tasting.  (The event is $10 for both Co-op owners and non-owners.)

Intro to Tai Chi and Chi Kung – Saturday, January 30, 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.  Learn about the Chinese practices of tai chi and chi kung, which improve flexibility, coordination, balance and energy while removing stress.  The benefits of tai chi and chi kung can be experienced by anyone, regardless of age or health condition.  (The class is $5 for Co-op owners, and $7 for non-owners.)

Simple and Delicious! Cooking on a Budget – Monday, February 1, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.  Learn to make easy and budget-friendly family meals that are delicious and nutritious.  Menu includes turkey meatloaf; cauliflower soup with smoked turkey and barley; quinoa with winter greens and tofu; and linguine with clams.  (The class is $25 for Co-op owners, and $35 for non-owners.)

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