Natural Female Hormone Balancing

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When

Wednesday, May 28th / 7:00 to 8:00PM

Location

Ellwood’s Community Classroom

Instructor

Dr. Ron Herrsche

Dr. Herrsche graduated from Rutgers University in 1971 and received his Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Palmer College of Chiropractic in 1976. Practicing at Integral Health Services in 1976 to 1980, he worked side-by-side with medical doctors, psychotherapists, homeopaths and nutritionists, which exposed Dr Herrsche early in his career to a wide array of healing modalities – alternative and traditional. He received his Virginia chiropractic license from the Virginia Board of Medicine in 1981 and has been practicing in Virginia for the past 33 years.

Dr. Herrsche has a strong post-graduate background in therapeutic nutrition, specializing in natural female hormone balancing, adrenal fatigue, repairing intestinal permeability and safe detoxification protocols. Other areas of expertise are natural thyroid support and health issues related to gluten and the role it can play in autoimmunity disorders of the entire body.

Description

In Dr. Herrsche’s Natural Female Hormone Balancing class, you will learn:

1) About Estrogen and Progesterone and their proper ratio for healthy function.

2) Estrogen Dominance and its affect on PMS, Menopause, PCOS and thyroid function.

3) The difference between bio-identical and synthetic hormones.

4) How saliva testing is an accurate tool to assess the Progesterone/Estrogen Ratio.

5) Cautions that you should be aware of when using progesterone creams.

6) The adrenal gland/hot-flash connection.

Cost

FREE

Register for class

There is limited seating for this class so you must register ahead of time.

RSVP by emailing trichardson@ellwoodthompsons.com.

Questions?

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

HERETICS UNITE! with Joel Salatin

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When

Thursday, May 22nd  /  6:00-7:30PM

Location

Ellwood’s Community Classroom

Instructor

Joel Salatin, Polyface Farms

Joel Salatin is a full-time farmer in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley. A third generation alternative farmer, he returned to the farm full-time in 1982 and continued refining and adding to his parents’ ideas.

The family’s farm, Polyface Inc. (“The Farm of Many Faces”) has been featured in SMITHSONIAN MAGAZINE, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC, GOURMET and countless other radio, television and print media. Profiled on the Lives of the 21st Century series with Peter Jennings on ABC World News, his after-broadcast chat room fielded more hits than any other segment to date. It achieved iconic status as the grass farm featured in the NEW YORK TIMES bestseller OMNIVORE’S DILEMMA by food writer guru Michael Pollan and the award-winning film documentary, FOOD INC.

Description

We are part of an integrity living tsunami that threatens Wall Street and governmental orthodoxy. That’s a good thing. Modern American orthodoxy assumes that the Dow Jones Industrial Average is far more important than dancing earthworms. That exports are more valuable than functional aquifers. That food convenience is far more important than food knowledge. That health comes from drugs and personal satisfaction comes from Hollywood entertainment. Heretics question all of these axiomatic untruths. Essentially, how those of us who don’t subscribe to the food orthodoxy of our day can unite around our heresies:  drug-free, GMO-free, local-centric, seasonal, and beyond. This hard-hitting but humorous subject by farmer, author and entertainer Joel Salatin identifies these outrageous orthodoxies, explains the heresy antidote, and calls for all of us to chart a different path for integrity living.

Cost

$10

Capacity

50

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There is limited seating/availability for this event so you must register ahead of time.

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Questions?

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

Food & Mood

5.21.14 Food & Mood

When

Wednesday, May 21st  /  7:30 – 8:30PM

Location

Ellwood’s Community Classroom

Instructor

Sara Seward, CHHC

Description

Our dietary lifestyle can trigger physiological and chemical changes within our brain that affects how we feel, our behavior and how we respond to situations.  In essence, what we eat helps to determine both our physical and emotional well-being.  This workshop will help you to understand how food, digestive health, blood sugar management and environmental factors play a role in how you feel, and what changes you can make to have and sustain a healthy mood.

Cost

$5

Capacity

30

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There is limited seating/availability for this event so you must register ahead of time.

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Questions?

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

Belgian Beer & Cheese Class

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When

Wednesday, May 21st / 6:00 to 7:00PM

Location

Ellwood’s Community Classroom

Instructors

Dany Schutte, Resident Cheesemonger & Brad Lawrason of Brewery Ommegang

Description

Take your palate on a trip to Belgium in this pairing. Dany and Brad will share with you their knowledge and passion for the favorite indulgences of this region as you taste Brewery Ommegang’s award-winning Belgian-style ales expertly paired with Belgian cheeses.

Cost

$15.00

Capacity

40

Register for class

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


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Questions?

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

Overnight Infusions: Herbal Beverages for Spring and Summer

Overnight Infusions: Herbal Beverages for Spring and Summer

During the warmer seasons, few people enjoy a nice hot cup of herbal tea, but they still desire the medicinal benefits that tea can offer. One of the most underused ways to make an herbal infusion is to steep a tea overnight, in just room temperature water to create a delicious, highly medicinal overnight infusion.

I’ve started making a few this spring and I am loving the refreshing, cool, midday herbal cocktails that I’m experimenting with. Here are some of my favorite overnight infusions so far:

  1. Hibiscus + Lavender – steeped overnight. Strain in the morning and add a squeeze of lemon and sparkling water for a refreshing, bright red “lemonade”.
  1. Hawthorn + Nettles + Astragalus – steeped overnight. Strain in the morning and add 1tsp honey and a squeeze of lemon for great immune supporting tea!
  1. Calendula + Alfalfa + Dandelion leaf – steeped overnight. Strain in the morning and mix with sparkling water and 1 tsp honey for a gentle, nutrient rich cleanse.

Overnight infusions are best done with the above ground parts of the herbs (like leaves, flowers, stems and seeds). The below ground portions (roots and rhizomes) do not extract very well without a longer steeping time or a concentrated decoction.

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Overnight infusions are simply the longer version of making a hot tea. When herbs are placed in warm/hot water, the extraction process is speeded up, allowing most of the water soluble medicinal constituents to be extracted quickly. When allowed to steep for 6-8 hours in just room temperature water, the same water soluble constituents are extracted, just over a longer amount of time resulting the same medicinal benefits with a cooler, more refreshing beverage. You can use the same ratios or amount of tea you would normally use (I tend towards stronger infusions so I use heavier hand) but you can experiment and see what amount is perfect for you.

In the summer, try solar infusions where you set the herbs and water outdoors and let the sun warm the water. This also works for infusing oils if you like a homemade calendula infused apricot oil or a nettle infused olive oil for topical use!

 

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

Customer Knife Sharpening Session

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When

Sunday, May 18th / 10:00AM to 2:00PM

Location

Ellwood’s Patio

Mr. Leonard’s Sharpening Service

Mr. Leonard’s Sharpening Service will be on our patio this Sunday to sharpen your knives for you while you shop! All you need to do are come with your knives between the hours of 10:00am and 2:00pm.

Shop, eat, or relax on our patio while you wait!

The fee for sharpening knives, for both straigh-edge and serrated, is $6.00 each. Household, kitchen, fabric and shop scissors are $8.50 each. Hand garden tools including hand pruners, hedge clippers and loppers are $10 each.

In addition to their services, Mr. Leonard’s will also donate 5% of their sales that day to our 5% for the Community recipient, J.L. Francis Elementary School.

Common questions:

The best way to transport your items is to wrap them in a towel with your name and cell phone number inside.

It normally takes about 15-30 minutes to sharpen your items (maybe a little longer depending on the line)

They accept cash, check, and credit card as payment.

If you have any questions you can call Ken Leonard at 804-334-2666.

History:

Mr. Leonard’s Sharpening Service has been located in Richmond for 17+ years and has been serving professional and home chef’s for over 30 years.  We are the nationwide sharpener recommended by JA Henckels, the largest premium cutlery manufacturer in the world.  Our equipment design is based on sharpening machinery used in the meat packing industry and provides an excellent edge with minimal metal removal.  Our sharpening team has decades experience in sharpening and will provide you excellent service at reasonable pricing.  Our motto is “We provide you with the edge in life”,  and we look forward to being of service to you.

For more info, visit their website.

Unleash Your Writer Within

5.17.14 Unleash the Writer

When

Saturday, May 17th / 1:00 to 3:00PM

Location

Ellwood’s Community Classroom

Instructor

Stacy Hawkins Adams, founder of Author In You

Stacy is a former journalist with 20+ years of professional writing experience. She is the author of one nonfiction book and eight women’s fiction novels, and pens a freelance parenting column for the Richmond Times-Dispatch. She has co-taught adjunct writing classes at the University of Richmond and leads workshops at writing conferences nationwide. Learn more about Stacy’s work here.

Description

Love to write and want to hone your skills? Join award-winning author and journalist Stacy Hawkins Adams for an informal “writers meet up” to receive tips and strategies to jump-start your writing and make it compelling.

Learn why telling your story matters and how you can best craft it for:

  • Personal reasons (through journaling)
  • A small audience (family and friends) or
  • Mass appeal (writing essays, blog  posts or books)

Beginning writers who are exploring whether and how to write will leave with tools for their journey and insight on how to move their projects forward.

This two-hour class will focus on nonfiction writing; a future session will be scheduled for writers interested in penning fiction.

Admission

$35. Registration closes May 14th

Capacity

40

Register for class

There is limited seating for this workshop so register ahead of time.

Register online for the class at www.authorinyou.com/rvawriting/ or through PayPal at http://tinyurl.com/WriterWithin

Questions?

Call the customer service desk at 804-359-7525 or email Stacy at Stacy@StacyHawkinsAdams.com.

Solarize RVA Workshop: Richmond’s Solar Bulk Purchasing Program

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When

Saturday, May 17th / 9:00 to 10:00AM

Location

Ellwood’s Community Classroom

Sponsored by

Richmond Region Energy Alliance (RREA)

Description

SolarizeRVA is a program of the Richmond Region Energy Alliance (RREA), a local community service nonprofit. By going solar as a community, we’re able to tap into the power of bulk purchasing to get the most competitive prices on solar installations. SolarizeRVA’s two participating solar contractors represent the best intersection of price, product, and experience in our area. Our solar education workshop will have one of our contractors on-hand to answer your questions:

  •  Learn about the benefits of solar energy
  • Find out what solar costs and the return on your investment
  • Explore whether your home is a good candidate

Learn more about SolarizeRVA on their website.

Admission

FREE

Capacity

40

Register for class

There is limited seating for this workshop so register ahead of time.

Register online for the class here.

Questions?

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

RVA Massage Therapist Collaborative

5.15.14 RVA Massage

When

Thursday, May 15th / 7:30 to 8:30PM

Location

Ellwood’s Community Classroom

Host

Kiara Fuentes, a local Certified Massage Therapist, owner of Massages by Kiara and a graduate of the Institute of Massage Therapies.

Description

RVA Massage Therapist Collaborative is a forum for MTs and bodyworkers to create a collaborative community where we can share business and marketing strategies, as well as, techniques and modalities in a safe, respectful environment. This forum is not just about networking, but about building a community that allows us to learn from each other and share our knowledge and experiences. Please bring tables/linens, business cards and a community building spirit. For more info please contact massagesbykiara@gmail.com.

Suggested donation

$5.00 (cash at the door)

Capacity

40

Register for class

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

Register online for the class now.

Questions?

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

5% DAY // J. L. Francis Elementary School

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Join us Sunday, May 18th, we will be donating 5% of our sales to J. L. Francis Elementary!

The Mission of J. L. Francis Elementary School is to provide high quality educational experiences in collaboration with parents and community in order to assure continuous achievement of students academically, physically and emotionally; appreciation for cultural diversity, and a view of the world as a family – a circle of friends who care.