February is the month of love and chocolates. There are lots of lovely educational and fun events going on at the New Leaf Community Classroom this month. There's something for everybody at the new community resource. For more information and for class registration, visit: www.Newleafhalfmoonbay.eventbrite.com.
Wine Tastings & Live Music
Join us in the cafe area for tastings and a food sample. A different vendor is featured each week. Feb 5: Monterey Wine Co and Miss B. on guitar and harmonica, Feb 12: Martin Ranch and Fret & Fiddle, Feb 19: Classic Wines and Lighthouse String Band, Feb 26: Alexia Moore Wine and Lexi Grand on keyboards. 5pm-7pm. Complimentary.
**Monday, February 1 **
Eating for Health Course
Join Nutrition Consultant Quincey Cummings this month on Mondays and explore dietary changes to improve your overall health and wellbeing. Feb 1: choosing lean protein and fats; Feb 8: how to increase your energy and lose weight, Feb 15: Sustainable food and the environment. Register for one or more classes. 6pm-7:15pm, Free.
Wednesday, February 3
Afternoon Tea Party for Seniors
Stop by the New Leaf Community Classroom and enjoy a relaxing cup of tea and treats from our bakery. Meet friends and make new ones. Join us the first Wednesday of every month. 3pm-4pm, Free.
Wednesday, February 3
Introduction to Meditation
Join Linda Romano, Neuromuscular Therapist, CAMT, NAMT, and learn the basic skills for developing a meditation practice at home to create a peaceful mindset and greater focus in your daily life. 7pm-7:45pm, Free.
Thursdays, February 4, 11, 18 & 25
Pre & Post Natal Yoga
Join Samantha Corsiglia for a comprehensive class that will address the changing needs of your pregnant body while your baby grows, and while your body heals from birth. Samantha is an Integrative Women’s Health Specialist and the founder of Earthdancer Wellness. She has been working in the health field since 1999. She has experience and training in massage therapy, Ayurveda and Traditional Chinese Medicine, holistic lifestyle counseling, Reiki, Polarity, Cranial Sacral, Reflexology, hospice patient care, The Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal TherapyTM, Spiritual Healing, Motherhood and homebirth. 11:30am-12:30pm, $5.
**Thursday, February 4 **
Learn to Play the Ukulele
Join Maureen Dere for a fun, introductory class where you’ll learn how to tune your instrument, the names of strings, basic chords, and timing and rhythm styles. You will even learn to play a simple song in your first class. You must bring your own ukulele to participate. Maureen is a wonderful teacher and you will be impressed how quickly you can learn to play some great tunes! 4pm-5pm, $5.
Saturday, February 6
Yoga and Self Healing with Wah!
Join Wah! for breathing exercises, postures, self-healing techniques, and conclude with a deep relaxation and short meditation. She will share with you some of her insights about yoga from her book, Dedicating Your Life to Spirit. All levels welcome. Wah! brings both intellectual concepts and the experience of healing and receptivity to yoga center, churches, cancer clinics, women's groups and veterans helping people heal disconnection and renew relationships. She is an innovator in her field, using a deep understanding of music and healing to create profound transformative events.
Eating for Health Course: Add Energy, Lose Weight
Join Nutrition Consultant Quincey Cummings and explore dietary changes to improve your overall health and wellbeing. Today’s topic: How to gain energy and lose weight: We'll discuss the relationships between diet, blood sugar, and insulin control in maintaining optimal weight, identify risk factors that contribute to symptoms of dysglycemia (unbalanced blood sugar), and explain how stress contributes to unhealthy weight gain. 6pm-7:15pm, Free.
Friday, February 12
For the Love of Chocolate & Photo Booth Fun
Come celebrate the splendor and magic of our most beloved ingredient, chocolate. We will be offering tastings of several sumptuous chocolate confections from 1pm–7pm. Plus we are premiering the “Lovin’ at the Leaf Tour” from 4pm-7pm: take your photo in our custom photo booth, enter to win prizes, enjoy music, giveaways, free samples and more. Free.
Eating for Health Course: Sustainable Nutrition
Join Nutrition Consultant Quincey Cummings and explore dietary changes to improve your overall health and wellbeing. Today’s topic: sustainable nutrition: how can we meet the needs of the present population while protecting our food supply for the future? Learn how to eat well while showing good stewardship to our Mother Earth. 6pm-7:15pm, Free.
Wednesday, February 17
Managing Stress through Meditation
Join Linda Romano, Neuromuscular Therapist, CAMT, NAMT and learn the basic skills for developing a meditation practice at home to create a peaceful mindset and greater focus in your daily life.
Wednesday, February 24
Using Vegan Cheeses
Join The Family Chef Amy Fothergill and explore the expanding world of vegan cheeses! Learn which ones are best for cooking and/or eating and how to incorporate them into your recipes for the best results. Known as The Family Chef, Amy has over 25 years of cooking experience as a restaurateur, caterer, and food service manager. She has worked in restaurants and hotels in both the kitchens and front of the house. Now, as the mother of two young children, Amy has adapted her cooking knowledge to focus on healthy options. Her cooking style is easy, delicious and nutritious. 6:30pm-8pm, $25.
Friday, February 26
Affordable Health Screenings
West Coast Heath Screening Services Heart Watch is a mobile CLIA-certified laboratory offering low cost health screenings including Cholesterol, Glucose, HbA1c, Osteoporosis/Bone Density, and Body Composition. Bone density testing begins at 10am. Some screenings use the finger stick method by a certified phlebotomist. Results are ready within 10 minutes and no appointment is necessary. For costs and fasting information, visit www.westcoasthealthservices.com or call 1-800-549-0431. 9am-12pm, Prices vary.