Farm to Table Dinner with Slow Food RVA

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When

Thursday, September 25th / Check-in from 6pm – 6:30pm / Dinner from 6:30pm – 8:30pm

Location

Ellwood’s Community Room

Put on by

Slow Food RVA, Ellwood’s Chef Patrick Carr and Head Bakery Chef Ingrid Schatz

Description

Join us for an evening of food and conversation benefiting Slow Food RVA! We are partnering with Slow Food RVA to host a Farm to Table dinner, with Slow Food RVA providing the entire 3 course dinner through their various partner farms and our own chefs preparing it.

Slow Food RVA is a non-profit, all-volunteer organization which works collaboratively to champion the local foods of central Virginia and their sources, producers and historical traditions.   They welcome volunteers of all ages, skills and backgrounds to join them in developing and staging their programs. Learn more about their programs and volunteer opportunities here.

Check out the menu here. Vegan and gluten-free options are available, and the menu is subject to change due availability of fresh, local ingredients.

We are pleased to announce that Natural Organic Process Enterprises (NOPE) will compost the dinner’s food scraps, making this a zero-waste event!

NOPE is proud to have functionally closed the loop of the food cycle (grower-> consumer->compost) through our compost credit program which supplies locally made compost to local agricultural non-profits and urban gardens. (NOPE has worked with the Lewis Ginter and The City of Richmond to name a couple)

NOPE is excited to announce that they currently developing a plan for a residential collection service using bicycles as a mode of transportation. Program participants would accrue points redeemable for compost for growing season or for donation.

Cost

$45.00*

*Includes 3-course meal and two glasses of local wine. Cash bar for additional glasses.

Capacity

36

Registration


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Guest name(s), if applicable
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Ellwood Thompson’s presents
Guest name(s), if applicable
Add. Dietary Restrictions




Ellwood Thompson’s presents
Guest name(s), if applicable
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Questions?

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

**Can’t attend but would like to donate to support good, clean, and fair food in Central Virginia?  Make a donation to Slow Food RVA here or at our Customer Service desk.

Envision the James

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When

Wednesday, September 24th / 7:00 to 8:00PM

Location

Ellwood’s Community Room

Presented by

The James River Association & Chesapeake Conservancy

Description

The Envision The James initiative offers a unique opportunity to make your voice heard about how YOU want to see the legacy of the James River protected and enhanced. Through your active involvement, you can meet civic-minded people who share an interest in the future and who want to participate in creating innovative projects to make the community a more enjoyable and prosperous place to live, work, and explore. This initiative stems from common interests of the James River Association, Chesapeake Conservancy, and National Geographic to inspire new and enrich existing community conservation efforts on the James River through education, exploration, and community engagement and to develop a model that can be used on the Chesapeake Bay’s other great rivers. Envision The James is a collaborative initiative that invites communities and individuals to create a common vision for the James River to benefit present and future generations. The vision will respect the river as a community asset by identifying and promoting opportunities to enhance:

  • Heritage and river-based tourism
  • Recreational trails and river access
  • Conservation and restoration efforts
  • Wildlife habitat throughout the watershed

The Envision the James initiative aims to facilitate communications among citizens, organizations, and business leaders in the region, as well as those with special interest in or knowledge of the James River watershed. Leaders in each of these groups will participate as members of a Conservation Council, bringing together the expertise, ingenuity, and resources necessary to actualize a shared vision for the James.

Cost

FREE! (please RSVP here)

Capacity

40

Register for class

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

Questions?

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

THE PRO & CONS OF LABELING GMO PRODUCTS PANEL DISCUSSION: OCTOBER 1, 2014 AT 7PM – 8:30PM AT ELLWOODTHOMPSON’S

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We are all set for a great panel discussion with food industry representatives and community activists about the pros and cons of labeling for consumers the presence of Genetically Modified Organism (GMOs) in food products.

Please mark you calendar and come join us at the Community Room at Ellwood Thompson’s on October 1st (7:00pm-8-30pm)

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The Energetics of Autumn

September 23rd marks the first day of fall for 2014! If you’ve been reading this blog for a little while, you will remember that at the onset of each season (Spring & Summer), I write a little bit about the upcoming changes (energetically, spiritually, locally and even nutritionally) that each season can bring. Autumn is one of the most subtle and also the most anticipated seasonal changes. There comes small and big shifts, and for the most part, Autumn is a time of reflection, relaxation, rejuvenation and most importantly, letting go.

Obviously, we see big shifts with the trees – major beautiful color explosions and then an enormous release – everything falls back into the ground, ready to hibernate for the coming winter. I have always found that autumn is the ideal time to purge your house, life, car, dressers, job etc. of all of the stuff that is not serving you. Making sure to purge excess burdens and physical objects is ideal so that we can focus on uncluttered reflection within ourselves.

Letting go is a major theme of this season (as all the leaves let go of the trees) and we can do that with our lives, too. The major underlying emotion of Autumn is actually grief, which is surprisingly therapeutic when you give yourself the chance to actually grieve. No one allows time to grieve properly during the year when we have major losses such as a family member, the loss of a relationship, a house, a job, a child going off to college. Some of these things may not be seemingly “traumatic”, and it is still a loss. It’s perfectly fine and normal to be sad when we lose major pats of our lives, and allowing time to settle into that loss will be so therapeutic. This is the perfect season for that – to take time to be introspective and reflect.

Now is the time of year when things kind of start to accumulate also: Going into the 4th quarter, schools starting, holidays coming up, lots of traveling. We’re often pulled in 100 different directions now which is actually the opposite of what the season presents. So here is what I suggest to you:

  1. Check in with yourself (i.e, take a whole day off) and see where you may be struggling, lacking, need support and what is not serving you.
  2. Make an effort not to over-exert yourself and deplete your reserves (which you will undoubtedly need for winter time). If we don’t change our activity level coming into this season, fatigue will usually follow closely behind us and catch up.
  3. Get plenty of sleep. This season poses more darkness and shorter days. Again, decrease your activity a little and pay attention to the day length.
  4. NOURISH yourself with joyful activities, warming foods and good people.
  5. Take time to cook and prepare foods. This keeps you close to home and hearth!

Here is one of my favorite Fall recipes:

Gingery Butternut Squash Soup

  • 2 yellow onions (chopped)
  • 2 tbsp fresh ginger (peeled and minced)

In a large soup pot, sauté in 1 tbsp coconut oil until onion is translucent.

  • 2 apples (peeled, seeded and chopped)
  • 1 butternut squash (peeled, seeded and cut into cubes)
  • 4 cups chicken or vegetable broth

Add to put and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until squash and apples are tender. Puree in blender until smooth. Add salt and pepper to taste

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

Saving Money: Energy Audits for a Greener Home

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All attendees are entered to win a $50 gift card to Ellwood Thompson’s AND a free Home Energy Assessment with Blower Door Test!*


When

Saturday, September 20th / 1:00 to 2:00PM

Where

Ellwood’s Community Room

Presented by

Andrew Payne, NAR Green designee REALTOR® at Long & Foster Real Estate | Website | 9.20.14 NAR Green logo

Blake Waring, Vice President of Home Energy Remodeling | Website

The Nitty Gritty

Do you like to save money on your home energy bills? (Of course) How about reducing your carbon footprint?  (Naturally!) Being green and “saving green” can go together. (Even better) Learn about home energy audits and energy saving tips from Blake Waring and Andrew Payne, REALTOR®.

What are some easy and low cost measures to boost energy savings? What are major green home appliances that can pay for themselves over time?  Join us and find out!

Light refreshments will be served.

Admission

$5.00 (All proceeds will be donated to Richmond Metropolitan Habitat for Humanity, a local supporter of green homes!)

Register for class

Space is limited (and we want to be sure there are enough snacks to go around!) so please register ahead of time.


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Questions?

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

* For the Free Home Energy Assesment with Blower Door Test (this is a whole home, diagnostic pressure test), the home must be within 25 miles of Richmond & be conducted before the end of the year.

Screening: The Electric Road Trip

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When

Friday, September 19th / 6:00 to 8:00PM

Location

Ellwood’s Community Room

Presented by

Drive Electric RVA

Description

Filmmaker Jonathan Slade and his wife Novia Campbell set out from Oakland, Maryland in their all-electric Nissan Leaf with one question in mind: how long will it take them to make it to Ocean City, Maryland – more than 500 miles – using only electric charging stations along the way? What unfolds is a 21st century adventure and a lesson for anyone interested in the development of alternative energy.

Watch the trailer here.

Last but not least, popcorn & drinks will be provided!

More Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/725506640840066/

Cost

FREE! (please RSVP on the event page here)

Capacity

40

Register for class

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

Questions?

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

Ellwood’s Book Club: Eating on the Wild Side

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When

First Meeting! Thursday, September 18th / 6:00 to 8:00PM

Location

Ellwood’s Community Room

Book Selection

Eating Wild Book

Eating on the Wild Side: The Missing Link to Optimum Health  by Jo Robinson | Website

Description

We love reading, learning, and staying up-to-date on the emerging research and trends in food, nutrition, health, the environment, and beyond. Since we know many of you feel the same way, why not bring this all together so we can learn and share as a group?

Well, we’ve gone and done just that. Starting this September, we are hosting our inaugural Ellwood’s Book Club!

We invite you to meet us in the Community Room one evening every month, starting September 18th, for a discussion on that month’s book. All meetings will be led by Brittney Scott, MFA.

Moderator Bio

Brittney Scott, MFA

Reading is Brittney’s passion, whether its fiction, non-fiction, or poetry. She received her MFA from Hollins University and is the recipient of a Joy Harjo Prize for Poetry as well as the Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Prize. Her work was also selected for Best New Poets 2014. You can find her poems in Prairie Schooner, The New Republic, Narrative Magazine, Alaska Quarterly Review, North American Review, Crab Orchard Review, Poet Lore, and elsewhere. Her fiction has appeared in Quarter After Eight. She teaches creative writing to adults, Girl-Scouts, and high-risk youth at Richmond’s Visual Arts Center, as well as English and composition at John Tyler Community College.

Book Discount with Pre-Registration

We will offer a 15% discount on book copies purchased in-store to any member who pre-registers for to attend the book club! Simply RSVP here, print your confirmation email, and show it when checking-out at Customer Service.

Meeting Admission

FREE!

Capacity

40

Register for Ellwood’s Book Club

There is limited seating, so we highly recommend you register in advance to reserve your seat.

Register online for the class now.

Questions?

Call the customer service desk at 804-359-7525 or email trichardson@ellwoodthompsons.com.

SERIES // Raising a Family in a Toxic World

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When

Part 1 // Thursday, September 18th / 10:30am – Noon

Part 2 // Thursday, September 25th / 10:30am – Noon

Part 3 // Thursday, October 2nd / 10:30am – Noon

(Attend all or just one!)

Location

Ellwood’s Community Room

Instructed by

Dr. Ron Herrsche & Mary Stefanik, M.S.

Description

Raising a family in a toxic world is a struggle we all face daily. In this three part series Dr. Ron Herrsche and Mary Stefanik, M.S. will discuss important ways we can turn this tide.

Part 1 will focus on HOW WE EAT. How we can improve our diets to increase our energy, reduce brain fog, improve our health, and reduce our doctor bills. Dr. Herrsche will discuss managing our blood sugar levels, including hypoglycemia, insulin resistance and diabetes through our diet.

Part 2 will focus on AGE & EXERCISE, specifically why exercise is the number one predictor of healthy aging, how it changes the way we age, and decreases our likelihood of various diseases including depression, Alzheimer’s and dementia. Dr. Herrsche will discuss the importance of adrenal function and chronic fatigue as it relates to aging and exercise.

Part 3 will focus on PUTTING IT ALL TOGETHER in our hectic lives- how to change when we are swimming upstream. Mary Stefanik will discuss practical self-coaching techniques from her personal experience as a busy mom of 2 and the experiences of her many clients. Dr. Herrsche will wrap up with a discussion of female hormone issues, managing and improving night sweats, weight gain, PMS and menopause.

Admission

$15 per class or $30 for all 3 classes!

Register for class

Seating is limited so you must register ahead of time. Register for your preferred class/classes below:


Raising Your Family in a Toxic World Series




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Raising Your Family in a Toxic World Series



Questions?

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

Inflammation: Extinguishing the Flames with a Wellness Approach

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When

Wednesday, September 17th // 6:00 to 7:00PM

Location

Ellwood’s Community Room

Presented by

Dr. Franklin Luke of River City Chiropractic Wellness

Description

Chronic inflammation is caused by an imbalance in the immune system. Not getting enough rest, too much stress and a high carbohydrate diet are all a good way to increase your risk of chronic inflammation. Chronic inflammation responds very well to lifestyle changes. This workshop will teach you how to begin an anti-inflammation diet, show you what supplements can help, and teach you how chiropractic adjustments can reduce inflammation.

Cost

FREE! (please RSVP ahead of time here so we can account for you in the light refreshments!)

Capacity

40

Register for class

Register online for the class now.

Questions?

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

JRGBC Luncheon Series: Green Schools

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When

Wednesday, August 17th  /  12:00 to 1:00PM

Location

Ellwood’s Community Room

Description

As we find ourselves in the back-to-school shuffle, what better time is there to join speaker Steve Davis as he covers topics involving schools and sustainability. Light lunch provided.

Cost

$10 for JRGBC members / $25 for non-members

Capacity

30

Register for this JRGBC Richmond Luncheon

Advanced registration is required for this luncheon series.

Register online here.

Questions?

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