Events, Classes and Workshops

For more information about taking, teaching or scheduling a private class visit our Class, Community Room & Rentals Information page. Please note that private rentals and internal Co-op meetings are not posted to this public calendar so it is important to contact us for accurate availability times.

If you are interested in offering classes or lectures, contact the Education and Outreach Coordinator.

Class Refund Policy

Registration for classes that Willy Street Co-op cancels will be refunded in full. Individuals who wish to cancel their registration for classes must contact Customer Service with 72 hours notice to receive a full refund. No refunds will be given for cancellations within 72 hours of a class. In order to cover costs incurred, there are absolutely no exceptions to the Refund Policy. For classes at Willy East, contact (608) 251-6776. For classes at Willy West, contact (608) 284-7800. For classes at Willy North, contact (608) 709-5445. 

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Wednesday, February 1st

9:00am to 1:00pm

Location: Willy West Community Room

Is money tight? You may be eligible for FoodShare benefits on a QUEST Card! FoodShare is a federal benefit, like social security, that provides extra money for groceries to low-income individuals and families. The benefits comes on an easy-to-use debit-like card that can be used at the Willy Street Co-op, many farmers markets, and most major grocery stores. The income guidelines are higher than you might think: individuals earning $11+ per hour and working 40 hours per week may qualify. To find out if you may be eligible, please call 1-877-366-3635 for a confidential screening and to schedule an appointment to apply at Willy Street Co-op. During your appointment, a FoodShare Outreach specialist will assist you with an application, answer questions, and connect you with other great community resources. Walk-ins welcome. Se habla Español.

6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Willy East Community Room
Instructor: Linda Conroy
Ages: 13 and older; adult supervision required
Fee: $22.50 for Owners; $32.50 for non-owners. Sign up for the entire series as an Owner and get the fifth class free.

Join veteran home cheesemaker Linda Conroy for this fun and inspiring class. We will make and sample yogurt, kefir, cultured cream, and cultured butter. After transforming milk into these cultured products, we will learn to transform them into soft spreadable cheese. Participants will leave with recipes and a culture to get them started at home!

Other classes in the series: Mozzarella and Ricotta (2/8); Feta and Farmer Cheese (2/15); Cheddar and Gouda (3/1); Mold-Ripened Cheese (3/8). All classes are from 6:00pm–8:00pm in the Willy East Community Room.

Payment is required at registration; please register by stopping at the Willy East Customer Service desk or by calling 608-251-6776.

Monday, February 6th

10:00am to 2:00pm

Location: Lakeview Library

Is money tight? You may be eligible for FoodShare benefits on a QUEST Card! FoodShare is a federal benefit, like social security, that provides extra money for groceries to low-income individuals and families. The benefits comes on an easy-to-use debit-like card that can be used at the Willy Street Co-op, many farmers markets, and most major grocery stores. The income guidelines are higher than you might think: individuals earning $11+ per hour and working 40 hours per week may qualify. To find out if you may be eligible, please call 1-877-366-3635 for a confidential screening and to schedule an appointment to apply at Willy Street Co-op. During your appointment, a FoodShare Outreach specialist will assist you with an application, answer questions, and connect you with other great community resources. Walk-ins welcome. Se habla Español.

6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Willy West Community Room
Instructor: Linda Conroy
Ages: 13 and older; adult supervision not required
Fee: $15 for Owners; $25 for non-owners

Join herbalist Linda Conroy to learn ways to incorporate herbs and food into your diet to promote heart and overall cardiovascular health. Participants will take home an herbal remedy created in the class.

Payment is required at registration; please register by stopping at the Willy West Customer Service desk or by calling (608) 284-7800.

Tuesday, February 7th

6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Willy East Community Room
Instructor: Amie Swanson
Ages: 13 and older; adult supervision not required
Fee: $20 for Owners; $30 for non-owners

What could be better than a rich, creamy dessert that will feed a small crowd?! Join Amie Swanson of Ladonia Cafe to see how a vegan tiramisu and vegan truffles will convince even the pickiest eater that vegan desserts can be divine! Vegan.

Payment is required at registration; please register by stopping at the Willy East Customer Service desk or by calling (608) 251-6776.

6:00pm to 6:30pm

Location: Willy West Community Room
Your Co-op's Own Instructor: Katie O'Connell-Jones
Ages: 13 and older; adult supervision not required
Fee: Free; walk-ins welcome

Supporting the local food system is one of Willy Street Co-op's main missions. Join Co-op Services staff to learn about what local means to us and for a tour through the Co-op that features local businesses and products.

Registration is preferred; please register by stopping at the Willy West Customer Service desk or by calling (608) 284-7800.

6:00pm to 7:00pm

Location: Lakeview Library
Your Co-op's Own Instructor: Ben Becker
Ages: 13 and older; adult supervision not required
Fee: Free; registration is required

Feel empowered to prepare fresh healthy foods, even when limited by the size of your wallet. Through participation in discussion, participants will explore strategies for procuring nourishing and affordable food, how to recognize healthy, fresh choices, and tasty and versatile preparation methods.

Registration is required; please register by stopping at the Willy North Customer Service desk or by calling (608) 709-5445.

7:00pm to 7:30pm

Location: Willy West Community Room
Your Co-op's Own Instructor: Katie O'Connell-Jones
Ages: 13 and older; adult supervision not required
Fee: Free; walk-ins welcome

Supporting the local food system is one of Willy Street Co-op's main missions. Join Co-op Services staff to learn about what local means to us and for a tour through the Co-op that features local businesses and products.

Registration is preferred; please register by stopping at the Willy West Customer Service desk or by calling (608) 284-7800.

Wednesday, February 8th

6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Willy East Community Room
Instructor: Linda Conroy
Ages: 13 and older; adult supervision required
Fee: $22.50 for Owners; $32.50 for non-owners. Sign up for the entire series as an Owner and get the fifth class free.

Join veteran home cheesemaker Linda Conroy as we curdle milk and stretch the curd. This class will provide a hands-on opportunity for participants to make two styles of ricotta, traditional and whole milk, as well as fresh mozzarella. Everyone will leave with recipes and cheese made in class.

Other classes in the series: Cultured Milk—Kefir, Yogurt and More (2/1); Feta and Farmer Cheese (2/15); Cheddar and Gouda (3/1); Mold-Ripened Cheese (3/8). All classes are from 6:00pm–8:00pm in the Willy East Community Room.

Payment is required at registration; please register by stopping at the Willy East Customer Service desk or by calling 608-251-6776.

Thursday, February 9th

6:00pm to 7:30pm

Location: Willy East Community Room
Your Co-op's Own Instructor: Robert Halstead
Ages: 13 and older; adult supervision not required
Fee: Free; registration is required

Join Co-op Services staff to gain a better understanding of the rights, benefits and history of Ownership at Willy Street Co-op.

Please register by stopping at the Willy East Customer Service desk or by calling (608) 251-6776.

Friday, February 10th

2:15pm to 5:30pm

Location: Willy West Community Room
Fee: $35 for Owners; $70 for non-owners

An individual nutrition consultation is your opportunity to learn how the correct food choices for your body can enhance your well-being. A one-on-one session with Katy Wallace of Human Nature includes a consultation regarding your health goals, as well as lifestyle and food choice suggestions geared toward addressing health goals and developing sustainable change.

Appointments are confirmed upon payment. Payment is due at the time of scheduling; otherwise, the appointment will be released to other interested parties. Payment is non-refundable and non-transferable unless notice of cancellation or rescheduling is provided seven (7) or more days prior. To register for the next available opening, email info@humannaturellc.com or call 608-301-9961.

Saturday, February 11th

11:00am to 5:00pm

Enjoy samples of all the citrus varieties the Co-op´s outstanding Produce department has to offer.

Tuesday, February 14th

8:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Willy East Community Room

Is money tight? You may be eligible for FoodShare benefits on a QUEST Card! FoodShare is a federal benefit, like social security, that provides extra money for groceries to low-income individuals and families. The benefits comes on an easy-to-use debit-like card that can be used at the Willy Street Co-op, many farmers markets, and most major grocery stores. The income guidelines are higher than you might think: individuals earning $11+ per hour and working 40 hours per week may qualify. To find out if you may be eligible, please call 1-877-366-3635 for a confidential screening and to schedule an appointment to apply at Willy Street Co-op. During your appointment, a FoodShare Outreach specialist will assist you with an application, answer questions, and connect you with other great community resources. Walk-ins welcome. Se habla Español.

Wednesday, February 15th

6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Willy East Community Room
Instructor: Linda Conroy
Ages: 13 and older; adult supervision required
Fee: $22.50 for Owners; $32.50 for non-owners. Sign up for the entire series as an Owner and get the fifth class free.

Join veteran home cheesemaker Linda Conroy as we transform curds into two similar but different styles of cheese. We will see each stage of the process, learn the nuance of each cheese, how to store them and when to add herbs. Participants will leave with recipes and cheese to take home.

Other classes in the series: Cultured Milk—Kefir, Yogurt, and More (2/1); Mozzarella and Ricotta (2/8); Cheddar and Gouda (3/1); Mold-Ripened Cheese (3/8). All classes are from 6:00pm-8:00pm in the Willy East Community Room.

Payment is required at registration; please register by stopping at the Willy East Customer Service desk or by calling 608-251-6776.

Thursday, February 16th

6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Willy West Community Room
Your Co-op Own Instructor: Paul Tseng
Ages: 18 and older
Fee: $10 for Owners; $20 for non-owners

Join Chef Paul as he guides participants through hands-on knife skills, including the major cuts, slices and dices. Chef Paul will discuss kitchen knife essentials, including how to sharpen and maintain a knife. Participants should bring their favorite kitchen knife from home to practice with.

Payment is required at registration; please register by stopping at the Willy West Customer Service desk or by calling (608) 284-7800.

Friday, February 17th

10:30am to 11:30am

Location: Lakeview Library
Your Co-op's Own Instructor: Katie O'Connell-Jones
Ages: 13 and older; adult supervision not required
Fee: Free; registration required

Do you know how to read a nutrition label? Do you have special dietary interests such as vegan, gluten-free, food allergies or fair trade? Join Co-op Services staff for an introductory course on labels you might encounter while shopping for your groceries. We'll help decipher label meanings on food products, and participants will walk away more confident as they navigate the grocery aisles and make food selections.

Please register by stopping at the Willy North Customer Service desk or by calling 608-709-5445.

2:15pm to 5:30pm

Location: Willy East Community Room
Fee: $35 for Owners; $70 for non-owners

An individual nutrition consultation is your opportunity to learn how the correct food choices for your body can enhance your well-being. A one-on-one session with Katy Wallace of Human Nature includes a consultation regarding your health goals, as well as lifestyle and food choice suggestions geared toward addressing health goals and developing sustainable change.

Appointments are confirmed upon payment. Payment is due at the time of scheduling; otherwise, the appointment will be released to other interested parties. Payment is non-refundable and non-transferable unless notice of cancellation or rescheduling is provided seven (7) or more days prior. To register for the next available opening, email info@humannaturellc.com or call 608-301-9961.

Monday, February 20th

6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Willy East Community Room
Your Co-op's Own Instructor: Ben Becker
Ages: 13 and older; adult supervision not required
Fee: $10 for Owners; $20 for non-owners

Looking for a raw brewing experience? Looking to have a do-it-yourself fermented beverage at home? In this kombucha basics class we will give you an introduction to what kombucha is, how to make it at home, and what you will need to start brewing this tasty, invigorating drink.

Payment is required at registration; please register by stopping at the Willy East Customer Service desk or by calling (608) 251-6776.

Tuesday, February 21st

6:00pm to 7:00pm

Location: Lakeview Library
Instructor: Katy Wallace
Ages: Any; adult supervision required
Fee: Free; walk-ins welcome

To succeed in eliminating sugar cravings from your life, it helps to understand your chemistry and digestive health. Katy Wallace, Traditional Naturopath of Human Nature, will discuss how to resolve nutrient deficiencies and imbalances in your flora in order to feel your best. She'll share simple tips you can incorporate into daily life for best results. Gluten-free, grain-free and sugar-free.

Registration is preferred; please register by stopping at the Willy North Customer Service desk or by calling (608) 709-5445.

Tuesday, February 28th

6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Willy West Community Room
Instructor: Megan Cain
Ages: 12 and older; adult supervision required
Fee: $27 for Owners; $37 for non-owners

Starting your own seeds allows you to jump into the gardening season early, save money, and grow unique and fun varieties. You'll master the essentials such as what vegetables should be grown from seed and when, why you can't use a window to start seeds, how to gather the right supplies and care for your seedlings, and what colorful varieties are available to grow this year. Participants will start some seeds to take home.

Payment is required at registration; please register by stopping at the Willy West Customer Service desk or by calling (608) 284-7800.

6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Willy East Community Room
Instructor: Cara Moseley
Fee: $20 for Owners; $30 for non-owners
Ages: 13 and older; adult supervision not required

The Green Owl's Vegan Pastry Chef, Cara Moseley, will demonstrate how to make her vegan cheesecake. She will also teach the class how to make different flavor combinations from a basic vegan cheesecake recipe. Students will enjoy samples and take home several recipes and ideas from the class. Gluten-free options will be demonstrated and discussed. Vegan and gluten-free.

Payment is required at registration; please register by stopping at the Willy East Customer Service desk or by calling (608) 251-6776.