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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, August 7, 2018

Half Moon Bay

Gentle Yoga

Sports & Fitness
8:30pm - 9:30pm
$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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Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Westside Santa Cruz

Back to School Store Tour

Home & Lifestyle
5:30pm - 6:30pm

Stress less during back to school time with this workshop covering family wellness for back to school success. Get prepped for meal plan ideas that fuel back to school, including healthy breakfasts kids will love and super-fast super foods for the whole family. Gain knowledge about natural energy for both parents and children; including steady energy and natural calm for kids, coffee and coffee alternatives for parents.  Join us as we get ready to get back to the grind with healthy habits the whole family will benefit from. Food demo included. Meet in the Community Classroom.

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Half Moon Bay

Library Series: Rainbow Chefs & Storybook Cooks

Other
1:00pm - 3:00pm

New Leaf is hosting children's programs while the library relocates. Rainbow Chefs will teach pre-k and k-aged kids about subjects including nutrition, cooking, fresh foods from diverse cultures, gardening and healthy life choices. For kids in preschool - kindergarten. 

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Thursday, August 9, 2018

Half Moon Bay

Pre & Post Natal Yoga

Health & Wellness
11:30am - 12:30pm
$5.00

This comprehensive class will address the daily changing needs of your pregnant body while your baby grows and after birth. 

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Half Moon Bay

Gentle Yoga

Sports & Fitness
8:30pm - 9:30pm
$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

Paella Party

Food & Drink
6:00pm - 8:30pm
$35.00

Take a culinary trip to Spain when you sign up for this class and learn to make traditional paella from scratch! Attendees will be instructed on how to make the most authentic Spanish dish using ingredients like prawns, clams, chorizo, and saffron. Full meal and wine pairing included.

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Friday, August 10, 2018

Half Moon Bay

Coastside Creative Collective

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

New, weekly, participant-driven gathering hosted by a group of artists to provide a supportive environment for fellow creatives. Bring any art medium you’re currently working on for discussion.

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Half Moon Bay

Healing Yoga and Ayurveda

Sports & Fitness
8:30pm - 9:30pm
$7.00

Increase focus and strength with slow flow yoga based on principles of Indian holistic medicine. Includes guided meditation and breathing exercises for all levels. With Ayurvedic wellness practitioner and yoga instructor Dayna Holli

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All Stores

Gluten-Free Store Tour

Food & Drink
6:30pm - 7:30pm

You don't have to navigate the gluten-free world alone. Discover where gluten can hide and how to pick the best products for you. Offered the first Friday of every month. With Certified Health Coach Kim Rice

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Saturday, August 11, 2018

Half Moon Bay

Using Essential Oils: Back-to-School

Health & Wellness
2:00pm - 3:00pm

Learn how to make clean, healthful kids products at home for back to school: pest spray and aids to keep your kids healthy.

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Monday, August 13, 2018

Westside Santa Cruz

Advanced Master Chef Camp for Kids & Teens

Food & Drink
11:00am - 2:30pm
$265.00

Calling all former chef campers! In this NEW series, kids and teens will build upon the skills they previously learned in Chef Lauren’s Kids/Teen Cooking Camp to take them to the next levels of cooking and baking. We will use the Master Chef approach of daily Mystery Baskets where chefs can apply their skills while working together to create delicious dishes! Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free friendly. Lunch included each day. Ages 10-17 About Chef Lauren: Lauren graduated from The California Culinary Academy and began her culinary career as a Classically Trained Pastry Chef. She went on to teach culinary school in California, after working on the East Coast and Switzerland. After being diagnosed with food allergies, Lauren found a way to convert classic recipes into healthier versions, omitting wheat, dairy and refined sugar. Visit her website: http://www.nowheatnodairynoproblem.com to learn more!

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Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Westside Santa Cruz

Advanced Master Chef Camp for Kids & Teens

Food & Drink
11:00am - 2:30pm
$265.00

Calling all former chef campers! In this NEW series, kids and teens will build upon the skills they previously learned in Chef Lauren’s Kids/Teen Cooking Camp to take them to the next levels of cooking and baking. We will use the Master Chef approach of daily Mystery Baskets where chefs can apply their skills while working together to create delicious dishes! Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free friendly. Lunch included each day. Ages 10-17 About Chef Lauren: Lauren graduated from The California Culinary Academy and began her culinary career as a Classically Trained Pastry Chef. She went on to teach culinary school in California, after working on the East Coast and Switzerland. After being diagnosed with food allergies, Lauren found a way to convert classic recipes into healthier versions, omitting wheat, dairy and refined sugar. Visit her website: http://www.nowheatnodairynoproblem.com to learn more!

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Half Moon Bay

Gentle Yoga

Sports & Fitness
8:30pm - 9:30pm
$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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Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Westside Santa Cruz

Advanced Master Chef Camp for Kids & Teens

Food & Drink
11:00am - 2:30pm
$265.00

Calling all former chef campers! In this NEW series, kids and teens will build upon the skills they previously learned in Chef Lauren’s Kids/Teen Cooking Camp to take them to the next levels of cooking and baking. We will use the Master Chef approach of daily Mystery Baskets where chefs can apply their skills while working together to create delicious dishes! Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free friendly. Lunch included each day. Ages 10-17 About Chef Lauren: Lauren graduated from The California Culinary Academy and began her culinary career as a Classically Trained Pastry Chef. She went on to teach culinary school in California, after working on the East Coast and Switzerland. After being diagnosed with food allergies, Lauren found a way to convert classic recipes into healthier versions, omitting wheat, dairy and refined sugar. Visit her website: http://www.nowheatnodairynoproblem.com to learn more!

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Half Moon Bay

Stepping Up Productivity

Health & Wellness
6:30pm - 7:30pm
$5.00

Learn some simple and fun skills and get inspired to increase your productivity and improve outcomes in your daily life at your work and home with Barry Roland, DC, Sun Center for Well Being.

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Thursday, August 16, 2018

Westside Santa Cruz

Advanced Master Chef Camp for Kids & Teens

Food & Drink
11:00am - 2:30pm
$265.00

Calling all former chef campers! In this NEW series, kids and teens will build upon the skills they previously learned in Chef Lauren’s Kids/Teen Cooking Camp to take them to the next levels of cooking and baking. We will use the Master Chef approach of daily Mystery Baskets where chefs can apply their skills while working together to create delicious dishes! Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free friendly. Lunch included each day. Ages 10-17 About Chef Lauren: Lauren graduated from The California Culinary Academy and began her culinary career as a Classically Trained Pastry Chef. She went on to teach culinary school in California, after working on the East Coast and Switzerland. After being diagnosed with food allergies, Lauren found a way to convert classic recipes into healthier versions, omitting wheat, dairy and refined sugar. Visit her website: http://www.nowheatnodairynoproblem.com to learn more!

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Half Moon Bay

Pre & Post Natal Yoga

Health & Wellness
11:30am - 12:30pm
$5.00

This comprehensive class will address the daily changing needs of your pregnant body while your baby grows and after birth. 

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Half Moon Bay

Gentle Yoga

Sports & Fitness
8:30pm - 9:30pm
$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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Friday, August 17, 2018

Westside Santa Cruz

Advanced Master Chef Camp for Kids & Teens

Food & Drink
11:00am - 2:30pm
$265.00

Calling all former chef campers! In this NEW series, kids and teens will build upon the skills they previously learned in Chef Lauren’s Kids/Teen Cooking Camp to take them to the next levels of cooking and baking. We will use the Master Chef approach of daily Mystery Baskets where chefs can apply their skills while working together to create delicious dishes! Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free friendly. Lunch included each day. Ages 10-17 About Chef Lauren: Lauren graduated from The California Culinary Academy and began her culinary career as a Classically Trained Pastry Chef. She went on to teach culinary school in California, after working on the East Coast and Switzerland. After being diagnosed with food allergies, Lauren found a way to convert classic recipes into healthier versions, omitting wheat, dairy and refined sugar. Visit her website: http://www.nowheatnodairynoproblem.com to learn more!

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Half Moon Bay

Coastside Creative Collective

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

New, weekly, participant-driven gathering hosted by a group of artists to provide a supportive environment for fellow creatives. Bring any art medium you’re currently working on for discussion.

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Half Moon Bay

Healing Yoga and Ayurveda

Sports & Fitness
8:30pm - 9:30pm
$7.00

Increase focus and strength with slow flow yoga based on principles of Indian holistic medicine. Includes guided meditation and breathing exercises for all levels. With Ayurvedic wellness practitioner and yoga instructor Dayna Holli

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Half Moon Bay

Nut Butter & Jam Time

Food & Drink
3:30pm - 4:30pm
$5.00

Calling all parents and kids to the Community Classroom to create and take home delicious nut butter & jam concoctions—great for lunches and snacks. Enjoy samples of nut butters and jam treats.

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Saturday, August 18, 2018

ALL STORES

Tasting: Nut Butter & Jam Time

Seasonal & Holiday
11:00am - 3:00pm

Sample a variety of nut butters and jams with an assortment of tasty snacks like pretzels, celery and crackers--a great way to discover your favorite combination! Gluten-free options available.

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Half Moon Bay

Tasting: Battle of the Nut Butters & Jams

Family & Education
11:00am - 2:00pm

We want to know which nut butters and jams our customers prefer.  Participate in our blind taste test of flavor and texture!

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Westside Santa Cruz

Pickling Workshop

Food & Drink
2:30pm - 4:30pm
$25.00

In this hands-on workshop with Home Chef Lisa Bono, you will learn how to make classic pickles and pickle other kinds of veggies using vinegar, sugar and spice. The class will cover pickling and food preserving basics: equipment, technique, ingredients, storage, and recipes. You’ll leave class with a few jars of your very own fun creations and the knowledge to start pickling at home. No experience necessary. 

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Westside Santa Cruz

Adopt-a-Pet

11:00am - 1:30pm

Stop by and say hello to some adoptable furry companions brought to you by Peace of Mind Dog Rescue.

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Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Half Moon Bay

The Pelvic Floor: Pregnancy, Birth and Beyond

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

Learn how to use your pelvic floor and abdominals to avoid or rehabilitate conditions such as diastasis, recti, prolapse, pelvic floor dysfunction/pain, and other conditions.  

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Half Moon Bay

Gentle Yoga

Sports & Fitness
8:30pm - 9:30pm
$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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All Stores

"Try It" After-School Snack Demo

Food & Drink
3:30pm - 5:00pm

Every third Tuesday till May 2017 (minus December) join us for a fun, monthly event to teach students to make easy, healthy snacks with little or no cooking. August will be apples and homemade granola. September will be dips and snacks for lunch boxes. October will be Halloween-themed snacks. November will be easy side dishes for kids. Ingredients will be provided by New Leaf and food prep will be done by Pans on Fire's cooks. Walk-ins welcome. Pleasanton Library's Large meeting room, 400 Old Bernal Ave. Pleasanton. On most months Pans on Fire will also be featured at the New Leaf store on the third Wednesday of each month (excluding Dec) with a smialir themed cooking demo but for a more advanced partipants, but all ages welcomed. 

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Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Westside Santa Cruz

Beyond Autoimmune- A Wellness Class

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

Are you ready to move beyond the limitations of chronic illness, reclaim your health, and get back to enjoying what you love? In this talk led by Bonnie Bea, Integrative Holistic Practitioner, you will discover how to find and break through hidden emotional and spiritual roots of chronic illness. Learn simple techniques to ease pain and fatigue, and increase energy and pleasure throughout the day. Discover how to get the most out of both conventional and alternative medicine. 

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All Stores

Pans on Fire Cooking Demo

Food & Drink
3:30pm - 6:30pm

Watch amazing cooks create easy and fun, seasonal recipes. Stop by to find out information about their year-round cooking classes for all ages. Enjoy samples while supplies last and recipes.

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Thursday, August 23, 2018

Half Moon Bay

Pre & Post Natal Yoga

Health & Wellness
11:30am - 12:30pm
$5.00

This comprehensive class will address the daily changing needs of your pregnant body while your baby grows and after birth. 

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Half Moon Bay

Gentle Yoga

Sports & Fitness
8:30pm - 9:30pm
$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

Thirsty Thursday

Food & Drink
5:00pm - 7:00pm

This month's beer and cider tasting features Drake's Brewing Company West Coast style brews and William Tell hard apple cider, an International Cider Challenge 2016 winner. Must be 21+ to sample alcohol.

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Westside Santa Cruz

Summer Pie & Galette Workshop

Food & Drink
6:00pm - 8:30pm
$35.00

Come celebrate summer fruit and learn the secrets to making a delicious homemade pie. In this workshop Nutrition Consultant Madia Jamgochian will teach you how to assemble a pie crust from scratch, using the correct ratios of flour, butter, and water. Teams of 3 will complete the recipes for three summer pie fillings like peaches, rhubarb, and blackberries! At the end of class we will all sit down and enjoy our homemade creations!Gluten-Free friendly. About the Instructor:Madia graduated from Bauman College of Holistic Nutrition in 2014. She loves re-creating classic recipes using healthier baking ingredients that everyone can enjoy.

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Friday, August 24, 2018

Half Moon Bay

Coastside Creative Collective

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

New, weekly, participant-driven gathering hosted by a group of artists to provide a supportive environment for fellow creatives. Bring any art medium you’re currently working on for discussion.

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Half Moon Bay

Healing Yoga and Ayurveda

Sports & Fitness
8:30pm - 9:30pm
$7.00

Increase focus and strength with slow flow yoga based on principles of Indian holistic medicine. Includes guided meditation and breathing exercises for all levels. With Ayurvedic wellness practitioner and yoga instructor Dayna Holli

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Saturday, August 25, 2018

Half Moon Bay

Ayurveda: Daily Life Practices and Healthy Digestion

Health & Wellness
10:00am - 12:00pm
$8.00

Learn basic practices that create sustainable and balancing daily life rhythms and ways to stimulate your digestive fire through herbs, nutrition and yogic breathing. 

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Half Moon Bay

Master Gardeners Workshop: Veggies and Ornamentals

Other
1:00pm - 2:30pm

Join us for this UC Master Gardeners workshop, presented by Linton Bowie, that will cover soil preparation, plant selection and plant care for veggies and ornamentals that will flourish on the coast.

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Monday, August 27, 2018

Westside Santa Cruz

Mushrooms for Mind, Body, & Heart

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

Class will begin with a review of how mushrooms support immune functioning. Host Defense National Science Educator, Gina Rivers Contla, will discuss the various body systems that respond well to mushroom supplementation. We will focus on Cordyceps and its impact on lung functioning and athletic performance, how Lion’s Mane supports the brain and nervous system, the impact of Chaga as an antioxidant and support for epithelial tissue, and Reishi's tonifying effects on the cardiovascular system and whole body. See you there! *These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease."

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Half Moon Bay

Using Essential Oils: Restful Nights Sleep

Health & Wellness
7:00pm - 8:00pm

A good night sleep is very important for health. Learn how to make clean, healthful sprays, rubs and diffusing combos at home.

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Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Westside Santa Cruz

Tuesday Tea for Seniors: Seasonal Fruits & Vegetables

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

Join us for tea time and build your knowledge on seasonal fruits and vegetables. You will leave with fresh ideas for incorporating local seasonal produce into your regular routine.

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Half Moon Bay

Gentle Yoga

Sports & Fitness
8:30pm - 9:30pm
$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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Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Westside Santa Cruz

Natural Radiance: DIY Skincare Products

Fashion & Beauty
6:00pm - 8:30pm
$25.00

Learn to make your own natural skin care line for summer - protect your skin, improve immunity, and create a natural glow from the inside out. You'll learn which essential oils strengthen your energy, support good mood, improve circulation, and protect/beautify the skin.You’ll also learn how to use whole ingredients from an Ayurvedic perspective. Talya has 15 years experience in Ayurvedic aromatherapy and creating 100% pure DIY products.

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Half Moon Bay

Fermented Foods: Apple Ciders & Vinegars

Food & Drink
6:30pm - 8:00pm
$10.00

Learn the fine art of making hard apple cider and apple cider vinegar.  Topics include apple selection, supplies and process. Take home your own apple cider vinegar starter and the know-how to make delicious ciders.

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Thursday, August 30, 2018

Half Moon Bay

Pre & Post Natal Yoga

Health & Wellness
11:30am - 12:30pm
$5.00

This comprehensive class will address the daily changing needs of your pregnant body while your baby grows and after birth. 

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Half Moon Bay

Gentle Yoga

Sports & Fitness
8:30pm - 9:30pm
$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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Friday, August 31, 2018

Half Moon Bay

Coastside Creative Collective

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

New, weekly, participant-driven gathering hosted by a group of artists to provide a supportive environment for fellow creatives. Bring any art medium you’re currently working on for discussion.

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Half Moon Bay

Healing Yoga and Ayurveda

Sports & Fitness
8:30pm - 9:30pm
$7.00

Increase focus and strength with slow flow yoga based on principles of Indian holistic medicine. Includes guided meditation and breathing exercises for all levels. With Ayurvedic wellness practitioner and yoga instructor Dayna Holli

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Saturday, September 1, 2018

Half Moon Bay

Yoga and Self Healing with Wah!

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

Join Wah! in this 2 hour yoga class and practice breathing excercise, postures (asana) and self-healing techniques. The class concludes with a deep relaxation and short meditation. All levels welcome.

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ALL STORES

Tasting: Apple-Topia

Food & Drink
12:00pm - 4:00pm

Dig into local apple season at New Leaf! Enjoy tastes of different varieties of apples, pairing options, and other apple-themed products around the store.

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All Stores

Gluten-Free Lunch Demo

Food & Drink
1:00pm - 4:00pm

Learn new ways to put together a gluten-free lunch for you and your family that is healthy and well-balanced. Enjoy samples and take home recipes.  With Certified Health Coach Kim Rice

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Sunday, September 2, 2018

ALL STORES

Tasting: Apple-Topia

Food & Drink
12:00pm - 4:00pm

Dig into local apple season at New Leaf! Enjoy tastes of different varieties of apples, pairing options, and other apple-themed products around the store.

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Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Half Moon Bay

Gentle Yoga

Sports & Fitness
8:30pm - 9:30pm
$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

Movie Night: Nutrition Myths Dispelled!

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

Food Matters (2008) In recent years numerous science-based documentaries have been made to educate the American public about what goes on within our food supply. Given that a handful of corporations control nearly everything we buy at the grocery store, its high time that we get smart and understand how these corporations are shaping our world and our bodies and our brains. Come learn, ask questions, understand your options, get resources, get inspired! Local Nutrition Consultant Sandi Rechenmacher will present movies and be available to answer questions about FOOD! Stop by the New Leaf Deli beforehand and pick up something amazing to dine on and come on in to enjoy a game-changing flick. Let thy Food be thy Medicine and thy Medicine be thy Food - Hippocrates. That is the message from the founding father of modern medicine echoed in the controversial new documentary film Food Matters from Producer-Directors James Colquhoun and Laurentine ten Bosch.

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