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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Thursday, June 1st

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.

5:30pm to 6:45pm

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

Join Chef Lily Kilfoy in this exciting cooking class for families! You can't beat breakfast because it is family-friendly and fun for any meal of the day. In this class, participants will whip up some of Lily's favorite recipes including Cheddar and Dill Biscuits, Mini Denver Frittatas, Caramelized Banana Upside-Down Coffee Cake, and Apricot Granola & Honey-Vanilla Yogurt Parfaits.

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

Saturday, June 3rd

4:00pm to 7:00pm

Sunday, June 4th

10:00am to 12:30pm

Location: Willy East Community Room and Jenifer St.
Instructor: Linda Conroy
Ages: 8 and older; adult supervision required
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. Meet in the Community Room; the tour leaves promptly at 10:00am.

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

Monday, June 5th

6:00pm to 7:00pm

Location: Willy East Community Room
Instructor: Katy Wallace
Ages: Any; adult supervision required
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.

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

Tuesday, June 6th

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 kids of Owners; $20 for non-owners

Join The Kids Chef Lily Kilfoy in this hands-on cooking class for kids ages 5-8 years old. Summertime means camping and spending time in the great outdoors. In this class, participants will create multiple recipes for enjoying around the campfire. Vegetarian.

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

Wednesday, June 7th

9:30am 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 8:30pm

CANCELED!!
Location: Willy West Community Room
Instructor: Neeta Saluja
Ages: 18 and older
Fee: $20 for Owners; $30 for non-owners

Join Chef Neeta Saluja as she demonstrates how to make Shrimp Curry in Creamy Coconut Sauce; Saffron Rice, fragrant basmati rice cooked and flavored with Indian spices and saffron; and Tapioca Pudding.

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

Friday, June 9th

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 kids of Owners; $20 for non-owners

Join The Kids Chef Lily Kilfoy in this hands-on cooking class for kids ages 5-8 years old. With the beginning of summer come local strawberries that are bursting with flavor. In this class, participants will prepare multiple recipes using the sweet seasonal fruit. Vegetarian.

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

6:00pm to 10:00pm

Monday, June 12th

6:00pm to 7:30pm

Location: Lakeview Library
Your Co-op's Own Instructor: Paul Tseng
Ages: 18 and older
Fee: Free; registration is required

Once your knife skills have improved, your cooking will be more efficient and and more delicious. Join Chef Paul for a demonstration on how to dice, julienne, and chiffonade vegetables and fruits. Chef Paul will also discuss how to choose, care for and sharpen knives.

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

Tuesday, June 13th

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, June 14th

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 7:30pm

Location: Willy East Community Room
Your Co-op's Own Instructor: Ben Becker
Ages: 18 and older
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 East Customer Service desk or by calling (608) 251-6776.

Friday, June 16th

2:00pm to 5:00pm

Sassy Cow Creamery is visiting with their fantastic local ice cream and we are laying out a toppings bar with some of our favorite store treats. Join us for free sundaes--bring Dad!

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 kids of Owners; $20 for non-owners

Join The Kids Chef Lily Kilfoy in this hands-on cooking class for kids ages 5-8 years old. With the beginning of summer come local strawberries that are bursting with flavor. In this class, participants will prepare multiple recipes using the sweet seasonal fruit. Vegetarian.

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

Saturday, June 17th

10:00am to 5:00pm

Monday, June 19th

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.

6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Willy East Community Room
Instructor: JL Fields
Ages: 13 and older; adult supervision not required
Fee: Free; registration required

If you’re a new vegan looking for cooking shortcuts or a long-time vegan in a dietary rut, the air fryer and pressure cooker are to the rescue! JL will show you simple ways to add flavor and texture to plant-based foods that cook up in minutes!

Chef bio:
JL Fields is the founder and culinary director of the Colorado Springs Vegan Cooking Academy. She is a vegan lifestyle coach and educator, Food for Life instructor, and a chef instructor in the culinary program at the University of New Mexico-Taos. JL is the author of The Vegan Air Fryer: The Healthier Way to Enjoy Deep-Fried Flavors and Vegan Pressure Cooking: Delicious Beans, Grains, and One-Pot Meals in Minutes. She is the co-author of Vegan for Her: The Woman's Guide to Being Healthy and Fit on a Plant-Based Diet. JL produces and hosts the weekly radio program Easy Vegan and writes the monthly vegan dining review for the Colorado Springs Gazette. She writes and broadcasts from Colorado Springs where she lives with her husband Dave and their rescued cat Oliver. JLgoesVegan.com

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

Tuesday, June 20th

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.

4:30pm to 5:30pm

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 ages 9-12 years old. Summertime means camping and spending time in the great outdoors. In this class, participants will create multiple recipes for enjoying around the campfire. Vegetarian.

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

Wednesday, June 21st

6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Willy East Community Room
Your Co-op's Own Instructor: Paul Tseng
Ages: 16 and older; adult supervision not required
Fee: $10 for Owners; $20 for non-owners

Join Chef Paul to capture the aroma, color and taste of strawberries by preserving the local bounty. Participants will also learn to make crepes with jam and custard, and everyone will go home with a jar of freshly made jam. Vegetarian 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.

Thursday, June 22nd

10:00am to 1:00pm

Sunday, June 25th

10:00am to 4:00pm

Wednesday, June 28th

6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Willy West Community Room
Your Co-op's Own Instructor: Paul Tseng
Ages: 16 and older; adult supervision not required
Fee: $10 for Owners; $20 for non-owners

Join Chef Paul to capture the aroma, color and taste of strawberries by preserving the local bounty. Participants will also learn to make crepes with jam and custard, and everyone will go home with a jar of freshly made jam. Vegetarian and gluten-free.

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

Thursday, June 29th

1:00pm to 1:30pm

Location: Willy East Community Room
Your Co-op's Own Instructor: Amanda Ikens
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 East Customer Service desk or by calling 608-251-6776.

5:00pm to 5:30pm

Location: Willy East Community Room
Your Co-op's Own Instructor: Amanda Ikens
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 East Customer Service desk or by calling 608-251-6776.