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, August 2nd

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.

Thursday, August 3rd

10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Willy North
Ages: Any; adult supervision not required
Instructor: Lytonia Floyd
Fee: Free; registration required

Learn how to get the most nutrition for your food dollars. Join a UW-Extension FoodWise Nutrition Educator for a free guided tour of the Willy Street Co-op—North grocery store, and talk with Second Harvest staff to learn about and register for FoodShare.

Please contact Lytonia Floyd by phone 608-224-3645 or by email Floyd.lytonia@countyofdane.com.

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.

12:30pm to 1:30pm

Location: Willy North
Ages: Any; adult supervision not required
Instructor: Lytonia Floyd
Fee: Free; registration required

Learn how to get the most nutrition for your food dollars. Join a UW-Extension FoodWise Nutrition Educator for a free guided tour of the Willy Street Co-op—North grocery store, and talk with Second Harvest staff to learn about and register for FoodShare.

Please contact Lytonia Floyd by phone 608-224-3645 or by email Floyd.lytonia@countyofdane.com.

Saturday, August 5th

10:00am to 12:30pm

Location: Lake View Hill Park, 1202 Northport Dr, Madison, WI 53704
Ages: 8 and older; adult supervision required
Instructor: Linda Conroy
Fee: $20 for Owners; $30 for non-Owners

Join herbalist and forager Linda Conroy to explore the wild plants that grow around us. We will learn about common and uncommon wild plants that can be used for food and medicine. Identification techniques, as well as ways to prepare plants for optimal nutrition and healing, will be discussed. Dress appropriately for the weather and wear comfortable walking shoes. This class will take place at Lake View Hill Park, 1202 Northport Drive, Madison. Meet in the parking lot; the tour leaves promptly at 10:00am.

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

Sunday, August 6th

10:00am to 12:30pm

Location: 4864 Pheasant Branch Conservancy Springs, Middleton
Ages: 8 and older; adult supervision required
Instructor: Linda Conroy
Fee: $20 for Owners; $30 for non-Owners

Join herbalist and forager Linda Conroy to explore the wild plants that grow around us. We will learn about common and uncommon wild plants that can be used for food and medicine. Identification techniques, as well as ways to prepare plants for optimal nutrition and healing, will be discussed. Dress appropriately for the weather and wear comfortable walking shoes. This class will take place at Pheasant Branch Conservancy, 4864 Pheasant Branch Road, Middleton. Meet in the Conservancy parking lot; the tour leaves promptly at 10:00am.

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

Monday, August 7th

6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Willy West Community Room
Ages: 13 and older; adult supervision not required
Your Co-op's Own Instructor: Ben Becker
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. Vegetarian and dairy-free.

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

Tuesday, August 8th

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.

4:30pm to 5:30pm

Location: Willy East Community Room
Instructor: Lily Kilfoy
Ages: 5-8 years old; adult supervision not required
Fee: $10 for Owners; $20 for non-owners

Join The Kids Chef Lily Kilfoy in this hands-on cooking class for kids. Two tasty topics will tantalize your taste buds. Berries, tropical and stone fruits, juices, yogurt, seeds and even veggies will find their way into these smoothies. Tortillas, lettuces and more will be used to wrap fantastic fillings. Participants will work in cooperation to create scrumptious smoothies and wonderful wraps. Vegetarian and nut-free.

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

Wednesday, August 9th

6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Willy West Community Room
Ages: 18 and older
Your Co-op's Own Instructor: Paul Tseng
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. Vegan.

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

Thursday, August 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.

6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Willy East Community Room
Ages: 13 and older; adult supervision required
Instructor: Linda Conroy
Fee: $22 for Owners; $32 for non-owners

Join Linda Conroy to learn to chop fresh vegetables and transform them into a delightful ferment. In this class, we will make or discuss sauerkraut, carrot kraut and kimchi. Everyone will take home a jar of fermented vegetables to finish the fermentation process at home. Vegetarian.

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

Friday, August 11th

4:30pm to 5:30pm

Location: Willy West Community Room
Instructor: Lily Kilfoy
Ages: 5-8 years old; adult supervision not required
Fee: $10 for Owners; $20 for non-owners

Join The Kids Chef Lily Kilfoy in this hands-on cooking class for kids. All cuisines have their own style of dips and delicious items to go with. From fresh guacamole with corn tortilla chips to garlic hummus with pita crisps and everything in between, in this class, participants will delight in making delicious dips from around the world. Vegetarian and nut-free.

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

Monday, August 14th

6:00pm to 7:00pm

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

Join Co-op Services staff to learn about the farmers who supply our Meat department and their animal welfare practices. We will discuss our different offerings in the meat case and coolers, including some lesser-known cuts. We'll also provide tips on how to prepare different cuts of meat.

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

Tuesday, August 15th

1:30pm to 2:30pm

CANCELLED

Location: Willy West Community Room
Ages: 13 and older; adult supervision not required
Your Co-op's Own Instructor: Katie O'Connell-Jones
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 West Customer Service desk or by calling 608-284-7800.

4:30pm to 5:30pm

CANCELLED

Location: Willy West Community Room
Instructor: Lily Kilfoy
Ages: 9-12 years old; adult supervision not required
Fee: $10 for Owners; $20 for non-owners

Join The Kids Chef Lily Kilfoy in this hands-on cooking class for kids. Two tasty topics will tantalize your taste buds. Berries, tropical and stone fruits, juices, yogurt, seeds and even veggies will find their way into these smoothies. Tortillas, lettuces and more will be used to wrap fantastic fillings. Participants will work in cooperation to create scrumptious smoothies and wonderful wraps. Vegetarian and nut-free.

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

Wednesday, August 16th

6:00pm to 8:00pm

CANCELLED

Location: Willy West Community Room
Ages: 13 and older; adult supervision required
Instructor: Linda Conroy
Fee: $22 for Owners; $32 for non-owners

Join Linda Conroy to learn how adding wild food to our fermented vegetables is delicious and nutritious. She will discuss ways to increase the nutrient density of ferments by adding wild food to local fermented vegetables. We will make carrot/burdock kraut, adding other herbs and wild food to craft a unique ferment. Everyone will take a jar home. Vegetarian.

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

6:30pm to 7:30pm

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

Recent news articles have discussed that the majority of reflux and heartburn problems can be overcome through a change in diet and lifestyle. Katy Wallace, Traditional Naturopath, will present food-based ways to address an "over-acidic" stomach and eat (and sleep) in comfort. Gluten-free and grain-free.

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

Friday, August 18th

4:30pm to 5:30pm

CANCELED
Location: Willy East Community Room
Instructor: Lily Kilfoy
Ages: 5-8 years old; adult supervision not required
Fee: $10 for Owners; $20 for non-owners

Join The Kids Chef Lily Kilfoy in this hands-on cooking class for kids. All cuisines have their own style of dips and delicious items to go with. From fresh guacamole with corn tortilla chips to garlic hummus with pita crisps and everything in between, in this class, participants will delight in making delicious dips from around the world. Vegetarian and nut-free.

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

Monday, August 21st

6:00pm to 7:30pm

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

Take your kombucha to the next level! This class will build on the information covered in Preservation Basics: Kombucha 101, with more flavors and techniques. This class will cover fruity flavors, advanced fermentation techniques, perpetual kombucha brewing and starting SCOBYs! Vegetarian and dairy-free.

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

Tuesday, August 22nd

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.

Wednesday, August 23rd

6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Willy West Community Room
Ages: 13 and older; adult supervision required
Instructor: Linda Conroy
Fee: $22 for Owners; $32 for non-owners

Join Linda Conroy to learn to chop fresh vegetables and transform them into a delightful ferment. In this class, we will make or discuss sauerkraut, carrot kraut and kimchi. Everyone will take home a jar of fermented vegetables to finish the fermentation process at home. Vegetarian.

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

Thursday, August 24th

6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Willy East Community Room
Ages: 15 and older; adult supervision not required
Instructor: Megan Cain
Fee: $25 for Owners; $35 for non-owners

Preserving food doesn’t have to be difficult or take a lot of time. And if you think canning is the only option, then this workshop is for you! Learn the quickest and easiest ways to preserve vegetables, fruits and herbs so you're eating food from your garden all 12 months of the year; learn which foods give you the most bang for your buck; and discover delicious recipes for highlighting your preserved food.

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 7:00pm

Location: Willy West Community Room
Ages: Any; adult supervision required
Instructor: Michelle Jolly
Fee: Free; registration required

This program is an introduction to the food-based cleansing process. Join Michelle Jolly, Health Coach of Human Nature, to learn new ways to get healthy by assisting the body's major elimination and toxin-removing organs (liver, kidneys and digestive tract) with food and herbs that allow for internal cleansing. Vegan, gluten-free and grain-free.

Please register by stopping at the Willy West Customer Service desk or by calling 608-284-7800.

Friday, August 25th

5:30pm to 6:45pm

Location: Willy East Community Room
Instructor: Lily Kilfoy
Ages: 5 and older; registration for adults and children required
Fee: $10 for Owners; $20 for non-owners

Join Chef Lily Kilfoy in this class for families. Learn about different foods and where they come from, kitchen safety, how to follow recipes and how to use a variety of equipment and tools. Lily can’t wait to share her take on the taste of the southern United States. Corn bread, mac and cheese, black eyed peas, and peaches and cream are a few fixings that come to mind. Come craft a meal that highlights the flavors of the southern states. Vegetarian and nut-free.

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

Wednesday, August 30th

6:00pm to 7:00pm

Location: Lakeview Library
Ages: Any; adult supervision required
Instructor: Michelle Jolly
Fee: Free; registration required

This program is an introduction to the food-based cleansing process. Join Michelle Jolly, Health Coach of Human Nature, to learn new ways to get healthy by assisting the body's major elimination and toxin-removing organs (liver, kidneys and digestive tract) with food and herbs that allow for internal cleansing. Vegan, gluten-free and grain-free.

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