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We know it’s not usual for food stores to think of themselves as educators, but we’re not your usual market. A big part of our mission is to provide the latest information about health, nutrition and wellness to our community. So we invite top local experts and educators, including natural chefs, holistic nutritionists, acupuncturists, herbalists, and naturopathic doctors to share their knowledge with you in classes and workshops we host here at New Leaf. Join us at one of our upcoming events. We just bet you’ll learn a lot!

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Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Half Moon Bay

Gentle Yoga

Sports & Fitness
8:30am - 9:30am
$10.00

Start your day off refreshed and vibrant with a calming, gentle yoga class taught by local certified instructors in our Community Classroom.

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Half Moon Bay

Zumba

Sports & Fitness
5:30pm - 6:30pm
$7.00

Get a fun and effective workout to upbeat Latin and international music rhythms.  For all fitness and experience levels.

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Westside Santa Cruz

Optimizing Vitality Over 40!

Health & Wellness
6:00pm - 7:00pm
$5.00

With Tonya Fleck, ND Are you noticing that your energy isn't as high as it used to be? Do you notice your mood dipping at times? Are you wanting to optimize your energy and vitality? Are you wondering if it's possible to feel better at your age? Join Dr. Tonya Fleck for this exciting talk that will include conversations around optimizing thyroid health, adrenal health as well as balancing hormones. Dr. Fleck will also discuss whether bio-identical hormones are right for you. About the Instructor: Dr. Tonya Fleck-D'Andrea is the Founder and Medical Director of the Santa Cruz Naturopathic Medical Center. She received her doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine from the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine and Health Sciences, her BS in Pyschology from SUNY Buffalo and completed graduate work in Marriage and Family Therapy at the University of MD. Dr. Fleck has always been passionate about people experiencing freedom in their health and vitality. As a ND, she takes a holistic approach when creating individualized treatment plans, partnering with her patients to discover and remove the underlying obstacles to cure.

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Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Half Moon Bay

Mind Your Movement: Lifting Everyday Items

Hobbies & Special Interest
7:00pm - 8:00pm
$5.00

With Certified Personal Trainer Matthew Adams Groceries, furniture, children, even the newspaper- all are things that we may have to lift, move, and put back down on a given day. This class will focus on the foundational body mechanics needed to safely pick up, move, and put down anything. We will go over proper body alignment and muscular engagement to ensure proper lifting and save your back! On top of this, we will go over strategies for applying these mechanics to the variable world of everyday life.

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Thursday, May 10, 2018

Half Moon Bay

Gentle Yoga

Sports & Fitness
8:30am - 9:30am
$10.00

Start your day off refreshed and vibrant with a calming, gentle yoga class taught by local certified instructors in our Community Classroom.

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Half Moon Bay

Fertility, Pre and Post Natal Yoga with Your Baby

Sports & Fitness
11:30am - 12:30pm
$10.00

With Samantha Corsiglia, Earth Dancer Wellness This comprehensive class will address the daily changing needs of your body while your baby grows and while you heal from birth.

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Half Moon Bay

Coastside Gives

Charity & Causes
10:00am - 6:00pm

New Leaf is your headquarters for Coastside Gives. Together in a single day, we have the opportunity to raise money for several, local nonprofits, working to serve our community. Drop by our ‘Giving Table’ to learn more and donate.

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Westside Santa Cruz

Cinco de Mayo: Cooking with Salsa

Food & Drink
6:00pm - 8:00pm
$15.00

With Leah Aguayo, Salsa Expert! Come celebrate Cinco de Mayo with Mrs. A from Mrs. A's Famous Salsa Buena!Mrs. A is a teacher, mom and salsa maker! Learn simple recipes to prepare with family and friends using Mrs. A's Famous Salsas! Menu:GuacamoleA trio of tacos: Shredded chicken with Salsa Verde, Shredded pork with Rojo Loco and a Delish potato and veggie taco.A Tasting of all 5 flavors of Mrs. A's Famous Salsa Buena with chipsAqua FrescaSpanish Rice About the Instructor: Leah Aguayo locally known as "Mrs. A" has been teaching high school ceramics for over 35 years.  12 years ago, her 3rd period class encouraged her to market her special recipe.  They named the salsa and with the help of two students who designed the label, Mrs. A's Famous Salsa Buena hit the markets.  Mrs. A has a love for teaching and a passion for food.  

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Friday, May 11, 2018

ALL STORES

Cinco De Mayo

Hobbies & Special Interest
8:00am - 9:00pm

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with an assortment of party staples like Chips, Salsa, Guac and more

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Half Moon Bay

The Great Guac-Off

Hobbies & Special Interest
5:00pm - 7:00pm

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with a guacamole tasting competition between New Leaf employees’ recipes and New Leaf’s Own. Taste, vote and pick up recipes and tips.

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Monday, May 14, 2018

Westside Santa Cruz

Osteoporosis and Bone Vitality

Health & Wellness
6:00pm - 7:00pm

With Danette Sutton, DC Learn about bone density testing and the pitfalls to avoid. This class will offer insights into osteoporotic drugs and provide information on how they work. It is never too early to be concerned about bone health because our peak bone mass occurs by the age of 18! Come learn how to build quality bone at any age.

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Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Half Moon Bay

Gentle Yoga

Sports & Fitness
8:30am - 9:30am
$10.00

Start your day off refreshed and vibrant with a calming, gentle yoga class taught by local certified instructors in our Community Classroom.

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Half Moon Bay

Zumba

Sports & Fitness
5:30pm - 6:30pm
$7.00

Get a fun and effective workout to upbeat Latin and international music rhythms.  For all fitness and experience levels.

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Westside Santa Cruz

Gluten-Free on a Budget Nutrition Talk & Store Tour

Hobbies & Special Interest
1:00pm - 2:00pm

With Nutrition Conusultant Madia Jamgochian Come to this educational store tour to learn how to shop gluten-free on a budget! Sample some of the products talked about in class, and learn why gluten-free might be right for you. About the Instructor: Madia graduated from Bauman College of Holistic Nutrition in 2013 after completing her BA in Environmental Studies and Exercise Sports Science at UCSB. Shortly after, she started her personal consulting business My Healing Habits. She enjoys educating on how to heal inflammatory and autoimmune conditions, and believes in the food-as-medicine approach.

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Westside Santa Cruz

Movie Night: Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret

Film, Media & Entertainment
6:00pm - 8:00pm

Presented by Nutrition Consultant and Educator Sandi Rechenmacher Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret (2014) is a groundbreaking feature-length environmental documentary following intrepid filmmaker Kip Andersen as he uncovers the most destructive industry facing the planet today – and investigates why the world’s leading environmental organizations are too afraid to talk about it. Animal agriculture is the leading cause of deforestation, water consumption and pollution, is responsible for more greenhouse gases than the transportation industry, and is a primary driver of rainforest destruction, species extinction, habitat loss, topsoil erosion, ocean “dead zones,” and virtually every other environmental ill. Yet it goes on, almost entirely unchallenged. As Andersen approaches leaders in the environmental movement, he increasingly uncovers what appears to be an intentional refusal to discuss the issue of animal agriculture, while industry whistleblowers and watchdogs warn him of the risks to his freedom and even his life if he dares to persist. As eye-opening as Blackfish and as inspiring as An Inconvenient Truth, this shocking yet humorous documentary reveals the absolutely devastating environmental impact large-scale factory farming has on our planet, and offers a path to global sustainability for a growing population. Learn why eating a plant-based diet is best for all living on this beautiful planet. About Sandi: Sandi Rechenmacher is a whole foods, plant-based (WFPB) nutritional consultant, educator, and chef. Her passion is supporting people to nourish and revitalize their bodies, minds, and spirits via a diet based on nutrition science. Sandi is the founder of Simply Nutritious, offering presentations and workshops, sharing her 40 years of nutrition wisdom. She works in conjunction with the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) presenting Food for Life classes in Northern California designed by nutrition scientists and dietitians, covering lifestyle disease prevention/reversal and microbiome immune system support, and more.  She holds a BA and Teaching Credential from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and certification in nutrition education/consultation. Former owner of a natural foods store, Sandi knows food biz!

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Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Westside Santa Cruz

Movie Night: What the Health

Film, Media & Entertainment
6:00pm - 8:00pm

With Educator Sandi Rechenmacher, NC What the Health is a ground-breaking feature length documentary from the award-winning filmmakers of Cowspiracy, that follows the exciting journey of intrepid filmmaker, Kip Andersen, as he uncovers the impacts of highly processed industrial animal foods on our personal health and greater community, and explores why leading health organizations continue to promote the industry despite countless medical studies and research showing deleterious effects of these products on our health. “Why haven’t we heard this before now?” Because it’s been a secret. Come find out what, why, and how this information is being kept from us. Knowing can be pivotal in realizing one’s optimal health and wellness while alive. About Sandi: Sandi Rechenmacher is a whole foods, plant-based (WFPB) nutritional consultant, educator, and chef. Her passion is supporting people to nourish and revitalize their bodies, minds, and spirits via a diet based on nutrition science. Sandi is the founder of Simply Nutritious, offering presentations and workshops, sharing her 40 years of nutrition wisdom. She works in conjunction with the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) presenting Food for Life classes in Northern California designed by nutrition scientists and dietitians, covering lifestyle disease prevention/reversal and microbiome immune system support, and more.  She holds a BA and Teaching Credential from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and certification in nutrition education/consultation. Former owner of a natural foods store, Sandi knows food biz!

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Half Moon Bay

Laugh It Off: Improv for Wellness

Hobbies & Special Interest
7:00pm - 8:30pm
$5.00

Say YES to the collective, cooperative and creative joy of improvisation with brief instruction and fun group activities. Let loose and get creative!

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Thursday, May 17, 2018

Half Moon Bay

Gentle Yoga

Sports & Fitness
8:30am - 9:30am
$10.00

Start your day off refreshed and vibrant with a calming, gentle yoga class taught by local certified instructors in our Community Classroom.

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Half Moon Bay

Fertility, Pre and Post Natal Yoga with Your Baby

Sports & Fitness
11:30am - 12:30pm
$10.00

With Samantha Corsiglia, Earth Dancer Wellness This comprehensive class will address the daily changing needs of your body while your baby grows and while you heal from birth.

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Friday, May 18, 2018

Half Moon Bay

Gluten-Free Happy Hour

Hobbies & Special Interest
5:00pm - 7:00pm

May is celiac awareness month. Come by and enjoy gluten-free beer, gluten-free pretzels and gluten-free mustards at our happy hour!

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Westside Santa Cruz

Wine & Watercolor

Hobbies & Special Interest
6:00pm - 8:00pm
$15.00

Come spend the evening sipping wine and painting with watercolor. Paper, paint, brushes and still life subject provided. All you have to do is show up! Bring a friend to share the experience. About the Instructor: Madia Jamgochian is a self-taught artist who loves experimenting with different mediums. In 2012, she illustrated a children's book about a daschund who goes on vacation, (Babe's Vacation) available on Amazon. Madia likes to offer art classes as a way to promote relaxation and using a different side of your brain.

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Sunday, May 20, 2018

ALL STORES

Mother's Day

Hobbies & Special Interest
8:00am - 9:00pm

Treat Mom right with the perfect gift, like flowers, chocolate, and wine!

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Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Half Moon Bay

Gentle Yoga

Sports & Fitness
8:30am - 9:30am
$10.00

Start your day off refreshed and vibrant with a calming, gentle yoga class taught by local certified instructors in our Community Classroom.

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Westside Santa Cruz

Beauty Foods Nutrition Talk

Health & Wellness
1:00pm - 2:00pm

With Nutrition Consultant Madia Jamgochian Come to this one hour nutrition session to learn what foods make you glow from the inside-out! Sample some of the items talked about in class, and bring home recipes to incorporate into your daily routine! About the Instructor: Madia graduated from Bauman College of Holistic Nutrition in 2013 after completing her BA in Environmental Studies and Exercise Sports Science at UCSB.  Shortly after, she started her personal consulting business My Healing Habits. She enjoys educating on how to heal inflammatory and autoimmune conditions, and believes in the food-as-medicine approach.

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Half Moon Bay

Zumba

Sports & Fitness
5:30pm - 6:30pm
$7.00

Get a fun and effective workout to upbeat Latin and international music rhythms.  For all fitness and experience levels.

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Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Westside Santa Cruz

Beyond Autoimmune: New Possibilities for Healing

Health & Wellness
6:30pm - 8:00pm
$5.00

Join Bonnie Bea, Integrative Holistic Practitioner for a transformational evening in opening up to the greater possibilities of healing. Bonnie will share with you tips and tools that you need to truly heal. At this event you will: - Learn 5 secrets that you need to know about healing autoimmunity - Uncover hidden patterns that may be blocking you from healing - Learn simple tools and techniques that will ease pain and fatigue - Gain insight about the uncommonly known roots of chronic illness - Get clarity about the next steps to take in your healing journey If you are ready to move beyond the limitations of chronic illness, restore your health, and get back to enjoying what you love...join us! Space is limited so please RSVP to reserve your seat. About the Instructor: Bonnie Bea is the founder of Beyond Autoimmune. As an Integrative Holistic Practitioner she specializes in supporting people with chronic pain and fatigue resolve the underlying roots of illness so that they can reclaim their health and get back to enjoying what they love. 

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Thursday, May 24, 2018

Half Moon Bay

Gentle Yoga

Sports & Fitness
8:30am - 9:30am
$10.00

Start your day off refreshed and vibrant with a calming, gentle yoga class taught by local certified instructors in our Community Classroom.

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Half Moon Bay

Fertility, Pre and Post Natal Yoga with Your Baby

Sports & Fitness
11:30am - 12:30pm
$10.00

With Samantha Corsiglia, Earth Dancer Wellness This comprehensive class will address the daily changing needs of your body while your baby grows and while you heal from birth.

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Westside Santa Cruz

Detox Your Hygiene Routine

Health & Wellness
6:00pm - 7:00pm
$5.00

With Certified Holistic Health Coach Stephanie Hanson Did you know that body care products can play a role in causing allergies, infertility problems, immune disorders, digestive issues, weight gain, and obesity? Come learn what ingredients to avoid and what to safely use. About the Instructor: Stephanie Hanson has worked in the supplement industry and studied in the Holistic Health field for over 10 years. Stephanie is a Certified Health Coach and has been working with clients for over a year.  Her Journey to help others with their health began after she was able to successfully heal herself inside and out. Through trials and education, she came to understand stress and inflammation were the cause of her troubles and the solution was a balanced lifestyle. Healthy habits are easy to talk about, but hard to maintain. Stephanie’s mission is to share her passion, knowledge, and tools for lifelong health in order to support others in her community to heal. 

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Friday, May 25, 2018

Westside Santa Cruz

Beer & Cheese Pairing with Ground Breaker Brewing & Snowdonia Cheese

Food & Drink
6:00pm - 8:00pm
$10.00

Come learn beer and cheese pairing with Ground Breaker Brewery and Snowdonia Cheese Co. About the beer: Local to Portland Oregon, Ground Breaker is a dedicated, gluten-free brewery. Locally sourced chestnuts and hops make for a unique, delicous, naturally gluten-free, (and vegan) beer. About the cheese: Snowdonia Cheese Company, located amongst the stunning valleys, lakes and mountains of North Wales, is renowned and often awarded for its innovative and colorful approach to hand crafting their distinct range of cheeses.  Known to be one of the UK’s leading producers of specialty cheese, and frequently recognized for their top quality and great taste profile.  In January of 2017, Fine Food Digest released their “Best Brand Guide” and the Snowdonia flagship, Black Bomber, was awarded the distinction of “Best British Cheese” for what is now two of the last three years. 

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Saturday, May 26, 2018

ALL STORES

Weekend Tasting Event: First Tastes of Summer!

Hobbies & Special Interest
12:00pm - 4:00pm

Enjoy a first taste summer’s best offerings, bursting with freshness and flavor! Sample favorites from our BYOBBQ catering menu, like our housemade grilled chicken or a custom mac and cheese side dish. New Leaf is your go-to-source for delicious, healthy summer foods! 

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Sunday, May 27, 2018

ALL STORES

Weekend Tasting Event: First Tastes of Summer!

Hobbies & Special Interest
12:00pm - 4:00pm

Enjoy a first taste summer’s best offerings, bursting with freshness and flavor! Sample favorites from our BYOBBQ catering menu, like our housemade grilled chicken or a custom mac and cheese side dish. New Leaf is your go-to-source for delicious, healthy summer foods! 

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Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Half Moon Bay

Gentle Yoga

Sports & Fitness
8:30am - 9:30am
$10.00

Start your day off refreshed and vibrant with a calming, gentle yoga class taught by local certified instructors in our Community Classroom.

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Westside Santa Cruz

Tuesday Tea Time: Anti-Inflammatory Foods

Health & Wellness
12:00pm - 1:00pm

With Nutrition Consultant Madia Jamgochian Come to this one hour nutrition session to learn about what foods are the best for fighting inflammation. Enjoy tea, and sample some of the foods talked about in class. About the Instructor: Madia graduated from Bauman College of Holistic Nutrition in 2013 after completing her BA in Environmental Studies and Exercise Sports Science at UCSB. Shortly after, she started her personal consulting business My Healing Habits. She enjoys educating on how to heal inflammatory and autoimmune conditions, and believes in the food-as-medicine approach.

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Half Moon Bay

Zumba

Sports & Fitness
5:30pm - 6:30pm
$7.00

Get a fun and effective workout to upbeat Latin and international music rhythms.  For all fitness and experience levels.

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Thursday, May 31, 2018

Half Moon Bay

Gentle Yoga

Sports & Fitness
8:30am - 9:30am
$10.00

Start your day off refreshed and vibrant with a calming, gentle yoga class taught by local certified instructors in our Community Classroom.

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Half Moon Bay

Fertility, Pre and Post Natal Yoga with Your Baby

Sports & Fitness
11:30am - 12:30pm
$10.00

With Samantha Corsiglia, Earth Dancer Wellness This comprehensive class will address the daily changing needs of your body while your baby grows and while you heal from birth.

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Friday, June 1, 2018

Westside Santa Cruz

Beer & Sausage Pairing with Uncommon Brewers & Niman Ranch

Food & Drink
6:00pm - 8:00pm
$10.00

Come spend your Friday learning how to pair Uncommon Brewery's selection of beers with an assortment of gourmet sausages- a classic combination! Sample tastes of Long Form Tripple, Siamese Twin Ale, Framboos Blonde Ale, Whiskey Thief Ale and the Bacon Brown.  Niman Ranch began in the early 1970’s on an eleven-acre ranch in a small coastal town just north of San Francisco.  The cattle were raised using traditional, humane husbandry methods and given wholesome all-natural feeds.  Today, the Niman Ranch network has grown to include over 720 independent farmers and ranchers across America.

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Saturday, June 2, 2018

Half Moon Bay

Yoga & Self-Healing with Wah!

Health & Wellness
10:00am - 12:00pm
$16.00

In this 2-hour yoga class you will practice breathing exercises, postures (asana), and self-healing techniques. Conclude with a deep relaxation and short meditation. All levels welcome.

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Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Half Moon Bay

Gentle Yoga

Sports & Fitness
8:30am - 9:30am
$10.00

Start your day off refreshed and vibrant with a calming, gentle yoga class taught by local certified instructors in our Community Classroom.

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Half Moon Bay

Zumba

Sports & Fitness
5:30pm - 6:30pm
$7.00

Get a fun and effective workout to upbeat Latin and international music rhythms.  For all fitness and experience levels.

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