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May Lunch and Learn- Your Health is in Your Hands: Reclaim your health with food

The first Friday of the month from 12-1pm Open Door will host a speaker to talk about an aspect of health and wellness while you enjoy your lunch! 

Date: Friday, May 4
Time: 12-1pm
Cost: Free and open to all
Presenter: By Dr. Laleh Ph.D., Research Scientist, Health & Wellness Coach

Let’s take a walk back in time to learn from our evolution and our ancestors. Let’s use science, our genetics, and our immune system as a guide to optimal health as Mother Nature intended. Learn why “diets” do not work. Learn more about the direct link between our food, our environment and our health. Learn more about 3>4>50. Your health is priceless, take control of your health TODAY.

Dr. Laleh Talebian Ph.D. is a trained research scientist and wellness coach with a strong focus on disease prevention. She has her Bachelor’s degree in Genetics and Food Biochemistry from the University of CA, Davis and a PhD in Molecular and Cellular Biology of Cancer from Dartmouth Medical School. To broaden her scope of knowledge of human health, she continued her training by doing three years of Post-Doctoral Research on the role of inflammation in human genetic diseases, such as Cystic Fibrosis, COPD, lung cancer and others. From 2008-2013, she worked as a research scientist involved in clinical research/clinical trials with the Blood and Marrow Transplant program at Norris Cotton Cancer Center.

For questions, email Miriah at miriah.opendoorwrj@gmail.com.

Medicinal Plants & Lyme Disease: Understanding how Herbs can Help

Date: Sunday, May 6
Time: 4-6pm
Cost: $25
Presenter: Kimberly Hotelling

Medicinal plants offer incredible support and healing for those with Lyme and co-infections. For optimal health, herbs need to be an essential part of a healing protocol for those recovering from the affects of these stealth tick pathogens.  

In this class we will learn how the Lyme bugs work in our bodies and will discuss some of the herbs that can be incredibly helpful for the different body systems that this illness can impact. We will also discuss strategies to reduce your chances of getting bit and provide tips and resources for what to do if you do get a tick bite. 


Come learn:

- how these stealth microbes affect our bodies
-what herbs we can use to recover our health
-tips to reduce tick exposure 

This class is taught by Herbalist Kimberly Hotelling. When her son became ill with Lyme disease at the age of 10, Kimberly began her long journey to learn all she could about the illness to help him recover.  In the process of helping her son get his health back and then herself, her husband and eventually her clients she has learned and seen first hand the powerful healing effects that plants have with these pathogens.  She firmly believes that herbs need be a integral part of getting well from Lyme disease/tick pathogens and she wants to help others learn how to use medical plants to regain their health and balance.

For more information on Kimberly and her herbal practice and offerings visit her website at rootvinehealing.com

To register for the class email rootvinehealing.com or call 802-439-6570


 Family Contact Improvisation Class and Dance-Jam

Date: Friday, May 11
Time: 6-7:30pm
Cost: By donation- suggested is $5 per person or $10 per family
Instructors: Kelly Armbrust and Jennifer Blue. 

No experience necessary and all ages welcome! 

We'll explore ways to move with your children/families based on elements of contact improvisation that include rolling, lifting, sharing weight, maintaining a point of physical contact and deep listening.

For more information or to RSVP email Kelly at  kelly.opendoorwrj@gmail.com


Mother’s Day Event: Gratitude & Joy

Date: Sunday, May 13
Time: 1-2:30pm
Cost: $60 per pair
Instructor: Lisa Varno

Mothers and children ages 13+ are welcome to gather together as we explore a gentle yoga class, experience a time of journaling and reflection, enjoy baked goods, and create a unique opportunity for mothers and children to express their gratitude for one another.  

For more information or to register, email Lisa. 


Edgewater Farm CSA in WRJ: Box share delivery to OPEN DOOR!

Open to the public!  
Pick up your fresh produce at Open Door on Wednesdays from 3:45-7pm. 
The Box Share:  equivalent 1/2 bushel basket.  
From $225.

We fill up the box each week with a diverse selection of produce dependent upon what is in season and what is abundant. 

For example, you can expect strawberries in June, blueberries in July and watermelons in August. Of course, how much you get is dependent upon how well the crop does that year. Along with fruit, you also get greens, roots, corn, tomatoes, etc. 

This CSA season begins Wednesday, June 13 and runs until October 3rd.  You can choose to sign up for 8, 11, 14, or 17 consecutive weeks within that time-frame.

For more information and to sign up visit Edgewater's website!


CSA Cooking Party

Date: Wednesday, June 13
Time: 5:30-7:00 pm
Instructor: Lisa Varno
Cost: $20 register here>

Join us as we explore our first CSA box together! Use simple and creative recipes to design a light vegetarian meal that we'll share together. Lisa will also discuss the nutritional benefits of each vegetable from your box. Non-CSA members are also welcome! Email Lisa with any questions at lisa.varno@gmail.com


Date: TBD

Parents and guardians of upper elementary and middle school children are warmly encouraged to attend this informative session on talking to kids about sexuality. The presentation and discussion aims to guide what sexuality topics are developmentally appropriate for 11-14 year olds and how parents and guardians can overcome the discomforts of talking about sex with their children. Please join us with an open mind, sense of humor and many questions! 

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Cindy Pierce educates and entertains audiences with her message about making healthy choices and navigating cultural pressures. She is the author of Sexploitation: Helping Kids Develop Healthy Sexuality in a Porn-Driven World. 



Dr. Michael Lyons is a family physician who has provided care to kids and adults in the Upper Valley for over 20 years. He is also a clinical assistant professor at Dartmouth’s Geisel School of Medicine. 


Instructors: Cindy Pierce and Kevin Comeau
Time: TBA

This workshop, taught by Cindy Pierce and Kevin Comeau, will blend two approaches to awareness and empowerment for young women.

Cindy's aim is to inspire women to intentionally seek a stronger sense of who we are. Staying strong in our values and beliefs can be challenging, but the freedom of being our true selves leads to more clarity and conviction.

Kevin's approach to women's self defense centers on agency. Women have the right to determine their own course in life. Kevin will demonstrate practical ways in which women can utilize their strength, along with leverage, precision, and passion, to establish and maintain safe and healthy boundaries for their bodies, and by extension, their spirits.

The women who participate in this workshop will leave with an enhanced sense of their own individual and communal power, with more tools to navigate a challenging but exciting world.