Laughter Yoga

January 29, 2020 @ 6:30 pm - January 29, 2020 @ 7:30 pm
Join us for laughter yoga and laugh as you've never laughed before. No flexibility or sense of humor required!! Bring water and something to lie on (yoga mat, blanket, towel, etc) and wear loose comfortable clothing. (This class can be done sitting and does not require laying down.) Everyone is welcome, we accommodate all genders, ages, and abilities. Bring a friend and share the joy of laughter! The goal is to leave feeling less stressed and more joyful while improving your overall health! ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR: Jaime is a certified Laughter Yoga Leader and has taught for three years. Tickets are $7 for general admission and $5 for owners and can be purchased here.

$5 Community Dinners

January 31, 2020 @ 5:00 pm - January 31, 2020 @ 9:00 pm
Dinner should be for relaxing, socializing and enjoying great food together. Don't worry about cooking and cleaning, come eat with us and our Co-op community!
 
Bring family, friends and neighbors for a delicious, made-from-scratch meal in our café. Enjoy everything on our hot bar—for just $5 a pound!
 
Our January menu is full of lighter fare and plenty of plant-based options. The healthy new year dishes include chicken stir-fry, beef stir-fry, lemon herb-crusted tilapia, vegetarian sweet potato black bean enchiladas, vegan red curry chickpea stew, blueberry almond cobbler and plenty of veggie sides!
 
We hope you'll join us from 5-9 pm for a great deal and a family-friendly meal.

Root (Muladhara) Chakra Workshop

February 5, 2020 @ 6:30 pm - February 5, 2020 @ 9:00 pm

The Muladhara or Root Chakra is said to be the foundation chakra that symbolizes initiation, wealth, support and stability. Some believe that a blocked chakra can cause ill health, leg and knee pains, sciatica, varicose veins, and piles. This workshop aims to demonstrate how to balance your chakra which is believed to help you achieve stability, connect to wealth and tune into the natural source.

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR: Asheesh Gupta is a spiritual coach and holistic therapist who educates the public about the mantra of living, chakras and chakra meditations. He specializes in physical, mental and spiritual healing through counseling, Rudraksha & gemstones.

Tickets are free but required and can be reserved here.

Fermenting Basics

February 12, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - February 12, 2020 @ 8:00 pm

Join us for a hands-on demonstration of home-scale vegetable fermenting- a simple, safe and healthy way to preserve vegetables. You'll learn about lacto-fermentation, an ancient and largely forgotten food way that was important not only to preserve vegetables, but also to create probiotic rich foods to promote gut health and to break down vegetables to increase the bioavailability of vitamins and nutrients that are more digestible. We will answer any questions and help troubleshoot your ferment failures and you'll get to take some fermented vegetables home.

PARTICIPANTS SHOULD BRING: a knife, cutting board and a glass jar or fermenter of your choice to hold a pint of vegetables.

Tickets are $16 for general admission, $14 for owners, $25 for couples, and $10 for anyone who doesn't want to take vegetables home. They can be purchased here.

Give Where You Live Happy Hour

February 17, 2020 @ 5:00 pm - February 17, 2020 @ 7:00 pm
Enjoy 25% off all made-to-order sandwiches and drafts (kombucha and beer) 5-7 pm as we celebrate our register round-up program partners. We'll be presenting a check to our previous month's nonprofit and rounding up for the current month's nonprofit too. They'll be tabling in the cafe so you can learn more about each organization. February's featured organizations include Catholic Action Center (January's round up recipient) and DV8 Kitchen Vocational Foundation (February's round up recipient).

Gardening with Native Plants

February 26, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - February 26, 2020 @ 7:30 pm
What are native plants and why are they the best to garden with? This class will give you the answers. Join a gardening movement by transitioning your landscape into a more sustainable, interesting, and joyful space by planting native plants. Participants will learn different ways they can use native plants in their gardens and how they attract pollinators and birds, help solve drainage issues around your home, and the myriad ways they benefit the environment.
ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR: Katrina Kelly owns a landscape design business, EARTHeim, which specializes in using native plants to create pollinator and wildlife gardens. Katrina also teaches community classes through the OLLI program at UK. Tickets are $10 for general admission and $8 for owners and can be purchased here.  

Solar Plexus (Manipura) Chakra Workshop

March 4, 2020 @ 6:30 pm - March 4, 2020 @ 9:00 pm
The Solar Plexus or Manipura Chakra is considered to be the chakra of self-power. It's associated with action, power, independence and self-respect and is said to be the center of will, vitality, energy and passion. Circumstances can cause worry, fear and feelings of powerlessness, but unblocking the Solar Plexus Chakra is believed to alleviate those conditions, physical, mental, emotional and financial issues in addition to diabetes and digestion problems. This workshop is designed to unblock your Solar Plexus Chakra through Chakra Yog. ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR: Asheesh Gupta is a spiritual coach & holistic therapist who educates the public about the mantra of living, chakras and chakra meditations. He specializes in physical, mental and spiritual healing through counseling, Rudraksha & gemstones. Tickets free for but required and can be reserved here.

Native Perennials for Your Garden

March 11, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - March 11, 2020 @ 8:00 pm
In this class, you will learn about some of the best perennial plants for your garden. This top 20 list of best perennials was curated based on the plant's overall performance in a range of garden settings, its attractiveness to pollinators and wildlife, and availability of purchase. We will also discuss some very important tips on how to shop for plants so you avoid harming pollinators and to make sure you're purchasing what will work for your garden. Anyone who raises honeybees is also apt to find this information useful. Join ecological landscape designer, Katrina Kelly, in learning how to plant your garden with native plants. Tickets are $10 for general admission and $8 for owners and can be purchased here.

Pasta Making Basics

March 18, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - March 18, 2020 @ 8:30 pm
Lexington Pasta Company has been a part of your community for ten years and we want to celebrate! Learn how the company came to be and learn some pasta-making basics and be a part of an interactive pasta-cutting demonstration.
ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR: Maxx has a Bachelor's Degree in Hospitality Management and Tourism with a minor in business. He has worked in the restaurant and service industry for a decade and has been with Lexington Pasta and Pasta Garage for five years doing everything from line cooking to sales.
Tickets are free but required and can be reserved here.

Savoring Your Words: Writing Your Food Traditions

April 8, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - April 8, 2020 @ 9:00 pm
Learn how to convey the most elemental of experiences in words that will be savored long after your work is read. We’ll read compelling food narratives and give you the ingredients to create essays that capture your food heritage. ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR: Ellen Birkett Morris has written about food for Cooking Light, The National Culinary Review, NPR’s Kitchen Window, Gastronomica, Alimentum, and The Courier-Journal. Tickets are $15 for general admission and $13 for owners and can be purchased here.

Attracting Pollinators

April 22, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - April 22, 2020 @ 8:00 pm
Nothing is more enjoyable than being outside and seeing a big colorful butterfly drinking nectar on a flower. Butterflies are a great way to get children and adults alike interested in learning about nature. However, there are a lot of things about their lives we may not know about. Where do butterflies go in the winter? What is a native bee and how are they different from honeybees? What are the best plants to attract pollinators? In this class, you'll get the answers to these questions plus much more. The main focus will be on butterfly and bee pollinators and what we can do in our own gardens to benefit them. Learn about specific plants that will attract certain species to your garden, such as the tiger swallowtail. The best garden maintenance practices will help you attract more of these wonderful species. ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR: Katrina Kelly owns a landscape design business, EARTHeim, which specializes in using native plants to create pollinator and wildlife gardens. Katrina also teaches community classes through the OLLI program at UK. Tickets are $10 for general admission and $8 for owners and can be purchased here.

Writing the Life You’ve Lived

April 29, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - April 29, 2020 @ 8:00 pm
This course is aimed at women over 50 who perhaps never thought of writing their stories but are intrigued by the possibilities of gaining greater strength and resilience in challenging times. Join us for an engaging and fun exercise by exploring your amazing life and purpose through writing. ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR: Being well over 50 and having experienced life learning lessons through adversity, Sylvia Lovely has written her own story as a witness to a life with moments of crushing defeat and ultimately triumph. Tickets for this class are $15 for general admission and $13 for owners and can be purchased here.

Gardening With Chickens

May 6, 2020 @ 6:30 pm - May 6, 2020 @ 8:30 pm
Can chickens and gardens coexist? Not only can they, but they can benefit each other with enough forethought and planning. Learn what kinds of plants are good for chickens, how chickens can help your garden, and techniques for protecting your plants from scratching and pecking. Chicken keepers will learn the value and potential pitfalls of letting chickens into the garden with tips and techniques for effectively gardening with and for your chickens. ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR: Travis Robinson has kept chickens in his backyard for at least 10 years. He is interested in using chicken-keeping to increase access to food at a hyper-local level and in developing our “egg-shed” (not altogether different from a watershed) to build a resilient community. He is also interested in how chickens can help build healthy soil and compost food waste. He consults with current and future chicken-keepers on best practices and presents at fairs and festivals whenever he has the opportunity. Passing along his chicken knowledge is a passion. General admission tickets are $7 and owner tickets are $5 and can be purchased here.