25th Annual National African American Read-In

READ-IN 2.28.14

When

Friday, February 28th / 3:30 to 4:30PM

Location

Ellwood’s Community Classroom

Instructor

Gwendolyn Nixon, sponsored by the National Council of Teachers of English

Description

In honor of National Black History Month, join Gwendolyn Nixon to participate in the 25th Annual African American Read-In. This event is one of many taking place during the month of February all over the nation as a way to make literacy a significant part of Black History Month. All are welcome to join in by bringing a poem, excerpts from essays, stories, and plays by African American writers to share with the group. There will be 30 minutes to share what has been brought, followed by a 30 minute talk-back. After the reading and responses, participants are invited to continue their sharing and community-building in Ellwood’s Café.

Cost

FREE!

Capacity

40

Register for class

If you would like to register ahead of time, do so here.

Walk-ins welcome!

Questions?

Call the customer service desk at 804-359-7525.

Friday's Hot Bar 02.28

Vegan:  Black Beans, Basmati Rice, Steamed Broccoli, Blueberry & Peach Crisp, Lettuce, House-Made Guacamole, Fire Roasted Salsa, House-Made Pico de Gallo, Vegan Cheddar, Vegan “Tofutti” Sour Cream, Taco Shells, Whole Wheat Tortillas, Roasted Vegetable Medley, Wheat Hamburger Buns, Vegan Collard Greens, Chana Masala, Zesty Italian Lentils, Spicy Three Pepper Tempeh

Veggie: Cheddar Cheese, Sour Cream, Lima Beans, Mashed Sweet Potatoes, Homestyle Mashed Potatoes

Meat/Seafood: Carne Asada,  Seasoned Ground Beef, Farm-Raised Blackened Tilapia, Homestyle Chicken Pot Pie, Pot Roast, Collard Greens, Barbecued Beef Brisket

Soups: Spicy Sweet Potato w/ Chickpeas, Andouille Sausage & Kale, Curried Carrot & Coconut Milk Soup, Brunswick Stew

Raw: Totally Alive Cole Slaw, Shaved Brussels Salad w/ Lemon-Poppy Seed Vinaigrette, Raw Nappa Citrus Slaw

* All Items On The Hot Bar Are Subject To Change Throughout The Day Without Notice

Morel Mushroom Hunting in Virginia

MORELGRAPHIC2.27.14

When

Thursday, February 27th / 6:30 to 7:30PM

Location

Ellwood’s Community Classroom

Instructor

Steve Haas, Owner of Steve Haas Mushrooms

Steve Haas and HaaShrooms Wild Mushroom Forays are the result of his love of the hunt and the opportunity to teach others his passion, offering guided forays worldwide with a focus on locating and positively identifying culinary and medicinal fungi. Steve Haas Mushrooms is among the most trusted sources for wildcrafted culinary and medicinal mushrooms, acting as a resource for regional mushroom hunters and a source for the culinary industry as well as the natural health and healing community.

Description

The morel mushroom is the prized mushroom of the wild food forager! Virginia’s forests offer the perfect habitat for these culinary treasures of the woods.

Secret locations of the morel mushroom are rarely shared. Patches are treasured and passed on to family or very close friends.The trick to successful morel mushroom hunting is knowing when and where they may occur. This class is designed to give participants the skills necessary to find their own secret Morel Mushroom patch!

Cost

The cost is $40 and can be credited towards a private or group foray any time available during the 2014 Wild Mushroom season (season begins in early April and runs through early November).

Capacity

40

Register for class

There is limited seating/availability for all classes and events and you must register ahead of time.

Register and pay for the class below.


Ellwood Thompson Present’s



Questions?

Call the customer service desk at 804-359-7525.

Thursday's Hot Bar 02.27

Vegan:  Black Beans, Basmati Rice, Steamed Broccoli, Blueberry & Peach Crisp, White Bean & Swiss Chard Ragout, Sugar Snap Peas w/ Fennel, Sesame Roasted Eggplant w/ Mushroom Sauce, Steamed Local Dinosaur Kale, Herb Roasted Mushrooms, Asparagus w/ Roasted Mushrooms & Rosemary Oil, Vegan Collard Greens, Chana Masala, Coconut-Curried Tofu & Mushrooms, Celery Root & Cauliflower Mash

Veggie: Blue Ridge Potatoes & Mushrooms, Lemon Garlic Green Beans w/ Parmesan

Meat/Seafood: Chicken Vindaloo, Cod w/ Lemon Caper Wine Sauce, Spanish Chicken, Cider-Braised Chicken, Coq Au Vin Blanc

Soups: Roasted Tomato Chili w/Quinoa, Spicy Sweet Potato w/ Chickpeas, Chicken Tortilla Soup, Curried Carrot & Coconut Milk Soup, Creamy Tomato Bisque

Raw: Totally Alive Cole Slaw, Shaved Brussels Salad w/ Lemon-Poppy Seed Vinaigrette, Kale and Fruit Salad

* All Items On The Hot Bar Are Subject To Change Throughout The Day Without Notice

CANCELLED // Nourish Presents: Herbal Safety for Women & Pregnancy

NourishPresents2.26.14

When

Wednesday, February 26th / 6:00 to 7:00PM

Location

Ellwood’s Community Classroom

Instructor

Ellwood’s Health Coach: Lindsay Kluge, MS, CNS, LDN

Description

In the current world of so many medical options and (mis)information overload, it may be difficult to make informed decisions about herbal therapies for women in all walks of life, from pregnancy to menopause. This class will review some of the traditional herbal remedies for women’s health and go in depth about herbal safety during pregnancy, touching on herbal properties, appropriate dosing, frequency of use and all safety considerations. We will also have a question and answer session with the herbalist! Bring your questions, concerns and curiosities!

Cost

$7

Capacity

40

Register for class

There is limited seating/availability for all classes and events and you must register ahead of time.
Register online and pay for the class below.


Nourish Presents Series



Questions?

Call the customer service desk at 804-359-7525.

Wednesday's Hot Bar 02.26

Vegan:  Black Beans, Basmati Rice, Steamed Broccoli, Blueberry & Peach Crisp, Vegetable Curried Rice, Aloo Gobi, Chole Saag, Gobi-Mattar, Curried Baingan, Lemon Rice, Celery Root & Cauliflower Mash, Stewed Kale & Chickpeas, Coconut-Curried Tofu & Mushrooms, Spicy Basil Tofu w/ Tomatoes, Veggie Korma

Veggie: Kadhi-Pakora, Tandoori Naan

Meat/Seafood: Curry Chicken, Tikka Massala, Cod w/ Lemon Caper Wine Sauce, Chicken Vindaloo

Soups: Roasted Tomato Chili w/Quinoa, Whole Lentil Soup, Chicken Tortilla Soup, Curried Carrot & Coconut Milk Soup, Creamy Tomato Bisque

Raw: Totally Alive Cole Slaw, Shaved Brussels Salad w/ Lemon-Poppy Seed Vinaigrette, Kale and Fruit Salad

* All Items On The Hot Bar Are Subject To Change Throughout The Day Without Notice

Tuesday's Hot Bar 02.25

Vegan:  Black Beans, Basmati Rice, Steamed Broccoli, Blue Berry & Peach Crisp, Dinich Wat, Ginger-Garlic Cabbage,Lemon & Garlic Asparagus, White Bean & Swiss Chard Ragout, Pimento Jalapeno Corn, Stewed Kale & Chickpeas, Butternut & Brussels Sprout Wild Rice in Herbed “Butter”, Spicy Basil Tofu w/ Tomatoes, Chana Masala

Veggie: Creamy Gorgonzola Mashed Potatoes, Succotash, Cheesy Brussels Sprout Gratin

Meat/Seafood: Olive & Fennel Braised Pork, Slow-Braised Pork Ribs, Spanish Chicken, Tilapia with an Olive & Mixed Mushroom Wine Sauce, Meatloaf w/ Port Wine Mushroom Sauce

Soups: Roasted Tomato Chili w/Quinoa, Whole Lentil Soup, White Chicken Chili, Brunswick Stew, New England Clam Chowder

Raw: Totally Alive Cole Slaw, Shaved Brussels Salad w/ Lemon-Poppy Seed Vinaigrette, Raw Kale Salad

* All Items On The Hot Bar Are Subject To Change Throughout The Day Without Notice

Herbalists Get Colds? (Plus Elderberry syrup!)

Herbalists Get Colds? (Plus Elderberry syrup!)

Yep, it has been known to happen. As a matter of fact, I had a full-blown cold this past weekend with all of the classic sniffly symptoms: Sore throat, mild headache, drippy nose, disrupted sleep, droopy eyes…

Sometimes when I tell people I have a cold, they give me this look that says, “How can you get sick?”, like there’s no hope left in the world. But honestly, herbalists are no more immune to the common cold than the rest of the general public – we just may know how to dance with it a little more efficiently. I’m around people feeling unwell basically every day, so it’s incredibly important to me to keep my immune system strong, and to have a solid arsenal of herbal allies when I catch a bug floating around. It’s been my experience that people always have at least 4 symptoms that are the tell-tell signs of coming down with a bug, and when you can identify them and act quickly on symptom #1- you can really increase your chances of warding off the invasion before it takes hold. For instance, when I’m getting sick: Sign #1 – my throat feels ticklish and sore; Sign #2, my head starts to feel heavy and foggy; Sign #3, my nose turns into an unstoppable faucet; Sign #4, everything moves to my chest, takes up residence and refuses to leave. At that point, I’m basically sleeping until it goes away. So, I know what Sign #1 feels like, and as soon as I feel it I act within an hour. Here’s my roadmap of navigating a cold attack:

  • Cold Coming on Tea:This is for the “I’m getting sick” stage – dry throat, lack of fluids in the body – bugs are trying to get in, and you want to add heat to your body to push the bugs back to the surface. Other great herbs for this are Cayenne, garlic, and GINGER. See my last post on Fire Cider, which I always keep around and include 1 tbps daily in times of need.

Finally, I take echinacea root consistently and in high doses for 48 hours. I usually prefer taking the tincture in this circumstance. I take a loading does of 1200mg (about 2 tsp), then 1/2 tsp every single hour the first day. Day two, I take 1/2 tsp every 2 hours. Mix the tincture with a little water, as echinacea is pretty strong! [http://www.hindawi.com/journals/ecam/2012/841315/]

  • Still drinking tea ALL day if my cold has progressed into the “I know I’m totally sick stage” with a stuffy nose, inflamed membranes, sore throat/lymph nodes, red and hot symptoms. This is where yarrow, elder flowers & peppermint come in. These are more cooling herbs to modify the hot inflamed symptoms going on. I really love Traditional Medicinals Gypsy Cold Care tea and I add some honey and fresh lemon to each cup.

Lindsay | Herbalist Gets Colds?

 

SLEEP – No matter what I have planned that day – it’s usually always more important to rest and allow my body time to just get over this situation. The more I push myself the longer the illness lasts. Please don’t go to work sick… that’s how other people get sick. I know it’s never convenient to get sick, but when you are, you are. Take some time to recover.

  • Finally comes the much anticipated “I think I’m getting better” stage – you’re blowing everything out, it’s bright and colorful, mucosa is boggy and membranes are still a little puffy, but there’s active expelling of stuff happening. Now it’s time for the clean up-crew: Goldenseal! I still prefer tincture, and I take about 1tsp 3x daily. This herb is ideal for cleaning up the dregs of a cold. It has a really astringent flavor, so mix with a little water when taking. Remember, goldenseal is an endangered herb so only take when you absolutely need it and for short periods of time. It does it’s job effectively and should be discontinued after about 4 days.

Some other helpful remedies for cold symptoms and prevention:

Mullein tea – for dry, unproductive coughs. Mullein is very moistening to counter-act the dryness of hoarse bronchioles. Dose 1tsp in 1 cup hot water steep 7-8 minutes, covered. I sometimes have up to 6-7 cups a day when needed.

Thyme tea – for wet, productive coughs. Thyme is very drying which will counter act the excess moisture from too much mucus in the chest. Dose 1tsp in 1 cup hot water, steep for 7-8 minutes, covered.

Food based vitamin C – 1 orange a day will give you plenty of Vitamin C

Decrease/completely eliminate dairy and sugar from the diet. Dairy will just add to the mucus problem, and sugar is like giving the bugs more ammunition to fight against you. Soup and broths are really helpful, along with plenty of easy to digest foods like apple sauce or oatmeal with ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg and berries.

Drink fluids all day long, either herbal tea or just water. Aim for at least 64oz – you want to flush your system out as thoroughly as possible while still increasing your nutrient intake with good foods and herbal medicines. Nettle tea is a great way to add nutrients into your water and is a potassium-sparing diuretic.

I take elderberry pretty frequently throughout the year to keep my immune system strong, even when I’m feeling just fine. Here’s my favorite recipe for Elderberry Syrup – easy to make and cost effective.

It’s true…an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Even when you’re feeling spry and healthy, remember to take care of your immune system and keep it strong with daily doses of good, nutritious foods.

 

Lindsay Kluge M.Sc, CNS, LDN | HealthCoach@EllwoodThompsons.com

Lindy Hop Lessons

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When

Every Monday / Monthly Series: 6:30 to 7:30PM / Drop-In Lesson: 7:30 to 8:30PM

Location

Ellwood’s Community Classroom

Instructor

John Ennis & Ruth Brown, Greater Richmond Area Council for Authentic Jazz Dance Education (JDEC)

John Ennis has been dancing since 2002 and dancing Lindy Hop since 2005. His defining characteristic is enthusiasm – he is completely convinced (and with good reason) that Lindy Hop is the culmination of human achievement. This enthusiasm is evident not only in John’s dancing, but also in his dedication to increasing his dance knowledge, to communicating that knowledge to others in the community, and to helping grow a vibrant Lindy Hop scene here in Richmond, Virginia.

Ruth Brown’s first experience with modern Lindy Hop was on her first date with John Ennis in 2010, and she’s been rapidly expanding her knowledge ever since! A true lover of Lindy Hop, Ruth is known for her eagerness to push her dancing forward, doing her best to learn as much as possible on both the social floor and in workshop environments. Among her students, Ruth is known for her kindness and her attention for detail.

Description

Get moving and get introduced to Lindy Hop and the world of Jazz dance! Two, 1-hour classes are offered each Monday. No partner or dance experience needed, just comfortable, easy-to-move-in clothing and shoes.

The first class, taking place from 6:30 to 7:30PM, will be a month-long series on a specific style of Lindy Hop. The class theme will rotate monthly, starting with “30s Charleston” in January. The full list of classes offered by JDEC in the Richmond area is maintained here.

The second class, running from 7:30 to 8:30PM, is a drop-in class with rotating topics. These are not cumulative, so anyone at any time is welcome to come, dance, and learn!

Cost

6:30pm Series / $25 per month
7:30 Class / $5 per class

Capacity

24

Register for class

There is limited availability for both the classes and the monthly series so you must register ahead of time.

Register online for the 6:30PM monthly series here.

OR register for the 7:30PM class here.

Questions?

Call the customer service desk at 804-359-7525.

Transformational Movement Lessons

TMLs with Kate Deaton (recurring)

When

Mondays from 4:00 to 5:00PM

Location

Ellwood’s Community Classroom

Instructor

Kate Deaton MS, ACC, CPCC, OTR/L

Description

Through this feldenkrais based ABM Transformational Movement Lessons (TMLs), you will become aware of your habitual movement patterns, what is not fully aligned, and where you hold yourself back without meaning to. These movement patterns can be from old injuries, habits you have developed, muscle imbalances for example.

Whether you are an athlete or a coach potato (or somewhere in between),the more clearly you are aware of your movement habits, the more easily you can learn and adopt new patterns of movement. These TMLs innovative guided movement exercises and the Nine Essentials, you create new neural patterns that increase strength, flexibility, self awareness, alignment and vitality. Whether you are in good health or have a limiting diagnosis, the method gives you tools to move in your life with more ease and awareness.

Requirements:

–  Yoga mat or similar non skid padding for the lesson
–  Willingness to take off shoes and socks
–  Comfortable, easy-to-move-in clothing, consider layers of tops for comfort and coverage

Cost

$20 per class or $75 per month

Capacity

24

Register for class

There are a limited number of spaces for these classes so you must register ahead of time.

Reserve your spot in class now.

Questions?

Call the customer service desk at 804-359-7525.