CHEW presents “The Science & Lore of Apple Cider”

Wednesday, April 2nd, 7:15pm. CHEW (Culinary History Enthusiasts of Wisconsin) invites you to attend our April monthly meeting in the Co-op’s Community Room to hear our guest speakers, Deirdre Birmingham and John Biondi, talk about America’s first drink: traditional, fermented, pre-Prohibition cider. Deirdre and John are establishing apple orchards on their farm in order to make a variety of fine-crafted ciders. CHEW is a non-profit membership organization dedicated to the celebration of food and culinary customs from all parts of the world and meets the first Wednesday of each month at 7:15pm, at the Co-op. For more information, log onto www.chew.wisconsincooks.org. Meetings are free and open to the public.

Ki and Heart School 12-Week Course

Begins on Monday April 7th at the Tao Sangha Center on Madison’s eastside. Fee of $200 goes to UNI, the non-profit branch of the Tao Sangha International. Participants will learn the hands-on oriental medicine of Sangha Shiatsu and 6 other Ki healing practices. The class assists people in shifting from, ego to heart, intellect to intuition, and ultimately to release the healing energy (Ki) and power within your heart. For more information please contact the Tao Sangha Center at 257-4663 or usa@taosangha.com and visit http://na.taosangha.com.

Heart of Communication Four-Week Class

Tuesdays April 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th, 6:30pm-8:30pm. A participatory practice based on Buddhist principles. It’s an opportunity to grow spiritually through learning how to listen with an open heart, without projection or judgment. Experience feeling completely understood and cared for. For more information, please contact the Tao Sangha Center at 257-4663 or usa@taoshiatsu.com and visit http://na.taosangha.com.

The Big Eat

April 14th, 5:30pm-8:00pm at Monona Terrace. The Big Eat is a culinary extravaganza to benefit the work of the partnering agencies in Family Centers. To order your tickets today visit http://familycentersinc.org or call 843-0134. All proceeds benefit the thousands of families at the Family Centers each year. Do a good thing for your community while doing a good thing for yourself!

Northside Farmers’ Market Volunteers Meet and Greet

Monday, April 14th, 6:30pm-8:00pm at the Warner Park Main Building, 1625 Northport Dr. Volunteers (all are welcome, yes you!) and organizers are gathering for a planning session and work party. Public invited. Meet the organizers and find out how your help can benefit our community by volunteering for small tasks and community outreach and education projects of the Northside Farmers’ Market. Light refreshments will be served. A good time will be had by all! For Information, call 217-9631 or email nfmmanager@nfmmanager@yahoo.com or visit www.northsidefarmersmarket.org. (The Northside Farmers Market season begins the first Sunday in May.)

Alliance for Animals Spring Vegetarian Dinner

Saturday April 19th, from 5:00Ppm to 8:00pm at the Wil-Mar Center, 953 Jenifer St. Adults $10, students and seniors $5, Kids $3. A benefit in honor of the Great American Meatout. Delicious food and huge Silent Auction! For more information, log onto www.allanimals.org or call 257-6333.

Habitat for Humanity ReStore—Earth Day Celebration

Saturday, April 19th, 12:00pm-4:00pm at the Habitat ReStore, 208 Cottage Grove Rd. Seventh annual Earth Day celebration featuring a Recycle/Reuse Art Auction and hosting 15+ Earth-friendly exhibition booths providing information on green building, sustainable living and other recycling/reuse options.

ACT 6 Wisconsin AIDS Ride Info Session

Sunday, April 27th, 1:00pm in the Wily Street Co-op Community Room. Interested in a four-day bike ride across southern Wisconsin that raises money to fight AIDS? ACT 6, the Wisconsin AIDS ride, is the perfect opportunity join the fight by riding or volunteering. Come to this thirty minute info session to ask questions, watch video, and hear from riders and volunteers from previous and this year’s ride.