October Workshops and Events

Join us for great schedule of workshops and events in October. We’re excited to co-present an offsite tour of the new Taylor Street Apartments in Montpelier with our featured community partner, Downstreet Housing & Community Development. We’ve also got intriguing and timely topics lined up for our community workshops, including eliminating sugar, end of life care for pets, and pumpkin carving.

Unless otherwise noted, workshops are free and take place in our upstairs community room. An elevator to access that room is available upon request. Space for our workshops is limited, and preregistration is suggested. You can reserve your spot using our online form, calling (802) 262-3242, or by signing up on the bulletin board in our exit way.

Get the Sugar Out! with Lisa Mase, Harmonized Cookery
Wednesday, Oct. 2 | 5:00–6:00 pm | Free

Fall is the perfect time to gently cleanse and boost immunity. Sugar consumption in excess can happen easily and can lead to issues such as inflammation, fatigue, and digestive disorders. Learn how to reduce sugar consumption and leave with recipes and inspiration.

End-of-Life Care for Pets with Erika S. Bruner, DVM, CVA
Thursday, Oct. 3 | 5:30–7:00 pm | Free

The end of our pets’ lives can be a challenging time for us. Explore your thoughts, ask questions, and hear practical information from a local veterinarian, 18 years in practice, who focuses specifically on end-of-life care and acupuncture for pets.

Falling Away . . . with Robert Kest, Ph.D.
Thursday, Oct. 10 | 6:00–7:30 pm | Free

Moving beyond western constructs of self and psychotherapy, this class will be an exploration of being and unfolding that is rooted in the principles of mindfulness, ethics, community, and consciousness.  

Tour of Taylor Street Apartments with Megan Lovely, Property Manager, City of Montpelier
Tuesday, Oct. 15 | 5:00–6:00 pm | Free

Interested renters and curious community members welcomed! Get all your questions answered by joining us for a tour of the newly constructed Taylor Street Apartments above the transit center. Apartments will be accessible as available. Meet onsite at One Taylor Street, Montpelier.

Let’s Talk Housing: Impact, Trends, and Potential with Michael Rama, Downstreet Housing Director of Advancement
Wednesday, Oct. 16 | 5:00–6:00 pm | Free

Have an interest in the health and future of our communities? Curious how we can make Vermont living more affordable? Join us for an open and educational discussion about the state and future of housing from a Downstreet Housing perspective, Central Vermont’s leading affordable housing enabler.

Sugar-Free Halloween Fun with Amy Panetta, MA, NC, Nutrition and Lifestyle Consultant
Thursday, Oct. 17 | 6:00–7:30 pm | $8 members/$10 nonmembers | 4-person minimum

October can be tons of fun—and can bring anxiety to parents challenged with too much sugar or children with food allergies and sensitivities. Amy has creative ideas for parties and trick-or-treating, as well as sweet, nutrient-dense, whole food recipes!

Ingredients of the FICO-Score Pie with Downstreet Housing’s Kira Charissakis, Education Coordinator/Housing Advisor & Cheryl Moyer, Housing Advisor
Wednesday, October 23 | 6:00–7:30 pm | Free

We will look at the FICO credit scoring formula and uncover the mystery ingredients to achieving an excellent credit score. Learn tips about how/when credit is looked at, and what you can do to create a strong score. We will end with a 30-minute Q&A.

Pumpkin Carving with Doni Cain, Co-op Assistant Grocery Manager
Friday, October 25 | 5:00–7:00 pm

Come carve jack-o-lanterns with us! We will supply the pumpkins, carving tools, and refreshments. You can take your jack-o-lantern home or leave it for us to display at the Co-op. Limited to 12 attendees, please sign up in advance.

Unsustainable Agriculture in Occupied Palestine with Mark Hage, Adam Elie & Wafic Faour
Tuesday, October 29 | 5:30–7:00 pm

A brief history of Israel-Palestine with a focus on the crisis facing Palestinian farmers posed by the Israeli military, government, settlements, land and water policies, and the Separation Wall. We will close with recommendations and discussion of what Vermonters can do to support Palestinian farmers.