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Classes

Classes are held at the Loft, unless otherwise specified. The Loft is located at 218 North Main Street, on the second floor above Images of the Past and Present, directly across Main St. from River Market.

Entrance is located on the south side of the building. The Loft has a room capacity of 21 people. Parking is not allowed in the space next to the building; please use street parking or the River Market parking lot.

Please pre-register in-store at River Market, phone (651) 439-0366 or email Ola Schmelig at education@rivermarket.coop. Payment due at registration. We accept all major credit cards. If you need to cancel, please notify us at least 3 days in advance for a full refund.

For instructors, here is our class proposal form and Loft best practices.

Stress, Hormones and the Belly Fat

Thursday, December 11

6-8pm

Stress damage comes from injuries, the air we breathe, the food we eat, or don’t eat, the things we drink, the medicines we take, the man-made chemicals all around us, and the negative emotions we choose to embrace. Over time inflammation and chronic disease symptoms develop. In this class you will learn how hormone imbalances can affect your sleep cycles, carbohydrate cravings, and why counting calories doesn’t work for belly fat. Presented by Dr. Daryl L. Cooper D.C., F.A.S.B.E.

The class is free for any co-op owners and $5 for non-owners.

Herbal Balms for Winter Skin

Saturday, December 6

10am-12pm

Winter is hard on skin. Soothe yours with surprising herbs from nature. Learn how to choose moistening herbs to suit your skin type, make an olive oil infusion and combine to make your own simple salve.

Great idea for a thoughtful holiday gift, Christmas is just around the corner! Presented by Dr. Kelley Hagenbuch D.C., M.H. The class fee is

$5 for any co-op owners and $10 for non-owners.

European Models of Health Care for Healing

Tuesday, December 9 and January 13

3-4pm

Neighborhood Nursing, from the Netherlands, is holistic and relationship based health care. Now in Stillwater, the first USA town, Neighborhood Nurses are working in local teams to help you navigate the medical system, identify and coordinate strengths and resources within yourself, family, friends, community and the environment.

Three nurses from Buurtzorg Neighborhood Nursing: Chris Brandt, Michelle Michels, and Sara Stolzenberg will be presenting and offering tips and a little stocking full of tools for health and well-being during this holiday and winter season. Come young and old, caregivers and the curious and explore these local health care options.

Free class, registration required.

How to Make an Evergreen Wreath

Wednesday, December 10

6:30-8 pm

A seasonal wreath is a lovely way to bring nature’s beauty to your home and it also makes a perfect hostess gift. They are quick, easy and inexpensive and we will make one using fresh natural plant material. Kathy St. Peters will share her tips and secrets on how to collect the materials, assemble the wreaths and how to best display them in your home. All materials and tools provided but you can bring your own as well. Seating is limited, sign up early.

The class fee is $5 for any co-op owners and $10 for non-owners.

Stress, Hormones and the Belly Fat

Thursday, December 11

6-8 pm

Stress damage comes from injuries, the air we breathe, the food we eat, or don’t eat, the things we drink, the medicines we take, the man-made chemicals all around us, and the negative emotions we choose to embrace. Over time inflammation and chronic disease symptoms develop. In this class you will learn how hormone imbalances can affect your sleep cycles, carbohydrate cravings, and why counting calories doesn’t work for belly fat. Presented by Dr. Daryl L. Cooper D.C., F.A.S.B.E.

The class is free for any co-op owners and $5 for non-owners.

Let’s Make Lefse

Saturday, December 13

10 am-12 pm

Learn how to make this tasty, traditional Norwegian flatbread. Working together, we will combine potatoes and other ingredients, shape this potato dough into balls, roll out into a thin potato pancake and cook it on a hot griddle. There are countless ways to enjoy it: slather on butter; sprinkle with sugar; spread with nut butters and jam; create a fresh fruit-chocolate-yogurt dessert or savory sandwich wrap. If you have one, please bring a large rolling pin with a cloth cover and a zip lock baggie for the “good lefse-you betcha” to take home.

Presented by Kathy St. Peters. Seating is limited, sign up early.

The class fee is $5 for any co-op owners and $10 for non-owners.

European Models of Health Care for Healing and Health

January 13

3-4pm

Neighborhood Nursing, from the Netherlands, is holistic and relationship based health care. Now in Stillwater, the first town in the USA, Neighborhood Nurses are working in local teams to help you navigate the medical system, identify and coordinate strengths and resources within yourself, family, friends, community and the environment. Come young and old, caregivers and the curious and explore these local health care options. Free class, registration required.

Essential Nutrients and Why We Need Them

Tuesday, January 6

6:30-8:00pm

Some of the essential nutrients like vitamins, minerals, essential fatty acids, and essential amino acids must come from outside sources because your body can’t make these. Yet they are vital for our bodies and their deficiencies may play a part in many diseases, e.g. cancer, diabetes, heart disease, etc.

Presented by Don Slinger, based on his experience with fighting and getting rid of prostate cancer.

Free class, registration required.

Herbal Remedies for Cold and Flu

Saturday, January 10

10am-12pm

You simply shouldn’t miss this essential class for the winter season. Dr. Kelley Hagenbuch D.C., M.H., a practicing area clinical herbalist with an extensive natural healing background, will demonstrate how an elderberry tincture is made and will discuss other methods for making herbal medicines for common cold and flu and will cover herbs like mullein, boneset, yarrow, and other that have been used for their anti-viral and anti-bacterial actions.

The class fee is $5 for co-op owners and $10 for non-owners.

Making Sauerkraut

Wednesday, January 14

5-7pm

Come learn about the ancient practice of fermenting and storing cabbage. In this class you will learn about lactic acid bacteria, the benefits of fermented foods, and how to make your own kraut to take home and enjoy. Please bring your own cutting board, knife, and wide mouth pint jar. Location to be announced. Presented by Lindsey Baris, farmer at Rising Sun Farm in River Falls, WI.

The class fee is $5 for co-op owners and $10 for non-owners.

The Art of Beekeeping

Saturday, January 24

8:30am-6pm

This workshop will address everything you need to practice the art of beekeeping, including: why bees are beneficial, basic bee biology and behavior,

beekeeping equipment, selecting a site and starting a bee colony, managing honeybees throughout the year, extracting honey, preparing your hives for winter, and managing surviving colonies the following

year. Presented by Joanne Sabin, beekeeper and a member of the Minnesota Hobby Beekeepers Association (MHBA).

The class fee is $45 for co-op owners and $50 for non-owners.

Jump Start Your Metabolism

Tuesday, January 27

6:30-8:30pm

Learn how eating real foods in balance can help you lose weight, eliminate cravings and increase energy. This interactive class explains how your food choices, blood sugar levels and essential fatty acids affect your energy and your ability to lose or maintain weight. This course qualifies for 2.4 continuing education credits for registered nurses. RNs are responsible for determining whether this course meets their needs. Presented by Nutritional Weight and Wellness. The class fee is $25 for co-op owners and $30 for non-owners.