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Lunch & Learns

    • Wed, January 22, 2020
    • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
    • Media Room
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    Wednesday, January 22

    12:00–1:30 pm

    Facilitator:  Gloria Perez

    In this group, find a safe place to share your stories and deepen your spiritual journey. Come meet Gloria and learn about the new interest group she is starting in February. Our stories are created from the events of our lives, the experiences we go through, the things that we do. We use them to explore the meaning of life and our relationship to spirit within us and around us.  

    Feel free to bring your lunch — Water, coffee & tea will be provided.

    Register by: 1/20

    • Wed, January 29, 2020
    • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
    • William Reif Gallery
    • 10
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    Curried lentils (Dhal) with pan-fried plantains & steamed brown rice

    Wednesday, January 29

    11:30 am–1:00 pm

    Facilitator:  Usha Sundaram

    Introduction to Vegetarian / Vegan cooking incorporating Indian herbs and spices.

    Get introduced to the Vegetarian / Vegan cooking with various herbs and spices. Along with the demonstration learn the health benefits of the herbs and spices used in the dish.

    Learn to incorporate Turmeric and other Anti-Inflammatory Spices in our everyday cooking to stay healthy with the double benefit of enhanced taste. Master the art of cooking a variety of Vegetarian / Vegan dishes and eating “green” without just eating greens.

    Register by: 1/27


    • Wed, February 05, 2020
    • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
    • William Reif Gallery
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    Wednesday, February 5

    12:00–1:30 pm

    Facilitator:  Elizabeth Priller

    My story of "why" is a result of a long journey of physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, occupational, social, and relational knock-outs. If you have ever watched a MMA fight, you see the fighter's simultaneous desperation and determination to win the fight. Similarly, I have felt the pain, frustration, confusion, despair, and the feeling of drowning in stagnant water as a result of life's rapid fire assaults. From being an abused child, a teen mother, homeless at 18, diagnosed with an autoimmune illness at 19, and experiences beyond what seems "normal" in life, I finally decided that just barely keeping my head at surface level was not the life I was destined to live.

    Identifying my life’s calling and distinct mission propelled me to a place where I can use my pain to help others achieve their best. I have not “arrived” but instead, focus on the journey of exploration and growth. My story shares what it is to be human, and how to move from a place of surviving to thriving!!

    Register by: 2/3
    • Wed, February 19, 2020
    • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
    • William Reif Gallery
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    Wednesday, February 19

    12:00–1:30 pm 

    Facilitated by: Nadene Johnson

    Come learn about the Traditional Chinese Medicine Way of Health!  How does it work?  Learn about meridians and patterns, qi gong, healing sounds, and how to use them to stay healthy. Nadene will give out a door prize to a lucky participant! 

    Bring a sack lunch if you like. Water, coffee & tea will be available.

    Register by: 2/17

    • Wed, February 26, 2020
    • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
    • William Reif Gallery
    • 13
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    One pot Vegetable Biryani with mildly spiced tri-colored salad

    Wednesday, February 26

    11:30 am–1:00 pm

    Facilitator:  Usha Sundaram

    Introduction to Vegetarian / Vegan cooking incorporating Indian herbs and spices.

    Get introduced to the Vegetarian / Vegan cooking with various herbs and spices. Along with the demonstration learn the health benefits of the herbs and spices used in the dish.

    Learn to incorporate Turmeric and other Anti-Inflammatory Spices in our everyday cooking to stay healthy with the double benefit of enhanced taste. Master the art of cooking a variety of Vegetarian / Vegan dishes and eating “green” without just eating greens.

    Register by: 2/24


    • Wed, March 04, 2020
    • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
    • William Reif Gallery
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    Wednesday, March 4

    12:00–1:30 pm

    Facilitated by: Nadene Johnson

    How is naturopathic medicine different from regular medical care and what can it do for you? We'll learn about the foundations of health and how to apply it to your daily life. Nadene will give a door prize away to a lucky participant! 

    Bring a sack lunch if you like. Water, coffee & tea will be available.

    Register by: 3/2

    • Wed, March 18, 2020
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    • William Reif Gallery
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    Wednesday, March 18
    12:00–1:00 pm

    Facilitated by: Sandra Williams

    Come learn about CranioSacral Therapy (CST), a very gentle hands-on therapy that helps relieves pain and tension in the central nervous system and thus the whole body.  This holistic therapy works with the whole body and its natural healing processes so you get to the root of the issue, instead of masking symptoms. CranioSacral Therapy helps release both physical and emotional stress and trauma from the body. You will learn the basic principles of CST, how to find a provider, and how many people are living healthier lives due to its benefits!

    Bring a sack lunch if you like. Water, coffee & tea will be available.

    Register by: 3/16


    • Wed, March 25, 2020
    • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
    • William Reif Gallery
    • 13
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    Learn to make Naan (Indian flat bread) from scratch the traditional way as well as time saving short-cuts with Channa (chickpeas) masala

    Wednesday, March 25

    11:30 am–1:00 pm

    Facilitator:  Usha Sundaram

    Introduction to Vegetarian / Vegan cooking incorporating Indian herbs and spices.

    Get introduced to the Vegetarian / Vegan cooking with various herbs and spices. Along with the demonstration learn the health benefits of the herbs and spices used in the dish.

    Learn to incorporate Turmeric and other Anti-Inflammatory Spices in our everyday cooking to stay healthy with the double benefit of enhanced taste. Master the art of cooking a variety of Vegetarian / Vegan dishes and eating “green” without just eating greens.

    Register by: 3/23


    • Thu, March 26, 2020
    • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
    • William Reif Gallery
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    Thursday, March 26
    12:00–1:30 pm

    Facilitated by: Karen Carlson

    My presentation will be a powerpoint that provides an overview of GiGi’s Playhouse Rockford as part of the ONLY nationwide network of brick-and-mortar Down Syndrome Achievement Centers. We will look at the mission and history of the Playhouse itself, as well as taking a look at historical perceptions of Down syndrome. We will move from a historical context back to present day, with an emphasis on what programs and services available to individuals with Down syndrome that inspire and empower them to succeed in life. I will also emphasize one of our main priorities, which is changing the way world sees Down syndrome, and talk about what our community can do to get involved and make a difference.

    Bring a sack lunch if you like. Water, coffee & tea will be available.

    Register by: 3/24


    • Wed, April 29, 2020
    • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
    • William Reif Gallery
    • 14
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    Make Samosa (fried or baked pastry with a filling of spiced potatoes, onions, peas) from scratch with sweet and spicy chutnies

    Wednesday, April 29

    11:30 am–1:00 pm

    Facilitator:  Usha Sundaram

    Introduction to Vegetarian / Vegan cooking incorporating Indian herbs and spices.

    Get introduced to the Vegetarian / Vegan cooking with various herbs and spices. Along with the demonstration learn the health benefits of the herbs and spices used in the dish.

    Learn to incorporate Turmeric and other Anti-Inflammatory Spices in our everyday cooking to stay healthy with the double benefit of enhanced taste. Master the art of cooking a variety of Vegetarian / Vegan dishes and eating “green” without just eating greens.

    Register by: 4/27



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