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June 2019

Osteoporosis and Bone Health: Top 5 Tips for Healthy Bones, Adam’s version 2019

Tuesday June 11, 2019 @ 6:45 pm - 8:15 pm
Free

With Adam Stark. Research keeps evolving.  We’re learning, questioning old assumptions.  Is it true that we need magnesium with calcium?  How much do we need?   (And, do we even need calcium?)  Yes, D plays a role, but what vitamin K out of Japan?  We’ll cover Adam’s Top-Five Tips for Healthy Bones, version 2019.  Free. Limited to 60.

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Cooking with Debra & Friends. Summer Food!

Thursday June 20, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Food is an expression of love, and as always, we’ll create simple dishes with lots of good fats, greens, and some surprises. For instance, we’ll make Injera, the giant Ethiopian pancake bread. with teff grain and no wheat at all. Will our ingredients be organic? Of course. Gluten-free? Yup. $85 per person. Limited to 14. Held in Debra's home.  Particulars provided upon registration.  Got friends?  Of course feel free to bing some and make it a party!  Want to meet…

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Monthly Meditation Classes at Debra’s Natural Gourmet Led by Jay Hovenesian

Monday June 24, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

The focus of these meditations will be on developing your inner senses, working through areas of your life where you feel stuck. You’ll become familiar with your inner healer. When Jay isn’t working in the supplement department at Debra’s, he maintains a private counseling practice and teaches meditation classes in the greater Boston area. Limited to 8 people, and the cost of attending is $15.  

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evanhealy skin care with Esthetician Christine Powers

Tuesday June 25, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Debra’s Natural Gourmet, 98 Commonwealth Avenue
Concord, MA 01742 United States
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Free

Learn all about the evanhealy line and seasonal skin care, and treat yourself to a mini-facial! evanhealy is a line of holistic and organic skin care products inspired by the wisdom of nature, formulated to support the rhythms of the body, and created to transform the modern perception of beauty.             During this event, you’ll receive 20% off any evanhealy products your heart desires, plus a unique gift with purchase.  Limited to 24.

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Homeopathy and Summer Fun. Begabati Lennihan, Homeopath

Wednesday June 26, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Debra’s Natural Gourmet, 98 Commonwealth Avenue
Concord, MA 01742 United States
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Free

Keeping the fun in summer, that is! Remedies for bug bites, sunburn, travel ills including motion sickness, sea sickness and even altitude sickness. Remedies for gardeners’ aching joints - and even remedies for plants! Remedies for flying - fear of flying, ankles swelling, ears popping in the plane. Simple and empowering directions for using homeopathy plus demystifying the myths about it.          Bring your questions! Local homeopath Begabati Lennihan, RN, CCH will sign copies of her books Your Natural Medicine…

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July 2019

Jim’s Poetry Night at Debra’s

Tuesday July 16, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Free

Tuesday, July 16, 7:00-8:30.  Jim's Poetry Night at Debra's.  Join our local poetry enthusiast and store manager, Jim Leahy, for an evening of sharing favorite poems.  Jim goes around the circle. People take turns reading favorite poems.  If you have something original to share, that's welcome too!  Come read, or just listen.  Please sign up in advance!

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Meditation Class Led by Jay Hovenesian at Debras

Wednesday July 31, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Debra’s Natural Gourmet, 98 Commonwealth Avenue
Concord, MA 01742 United States
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Wed, July 31, 7:00-8:30. Monthly Meditation Classes at Debra’s Led by Jay Hovenesian. The focus of these meditations will be on developing your inner senses, working through areas of your life where you feel stuck. You’ll become familiar with your inner healer. When Jay isn’t working in the supplement department at Debra’s, he maintains a private counseling practice and teaches meditation classes in the greater Boston area. Limited to 8 people, and the cost of attending is $15. 

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August 2019

Skin Care With Color: Evan Healy!

Thursday August 8, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Free

Customer favorite Evan Healy has a new makeup line, and we are lucky enough to be one of the test stores before its retail launch. Our very own esthetician, Thea, is going to do mini makeovers featuring Evan Healy, which means it’s playtime! You get to experience this line as well as learn makeup tips. Six lucky people get an appointment with Thea. When you call 978-371-7573 to reserve your spot, ask for the beauty department!

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Cooking From the Garden: with Debra & Friends

Thursday August 15, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
9 Pond View Drive, 9 pond view
Acton, MA 01720 United States
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Cooking from the Garden with Debra and Friends. At Debra’s home in Acton. Limited to 14, $85 per person. It’s about simple, organic and lusciously healthy. Our menu will feature ingredients from the garden. Menu: My Mother’s Potato Salad; Cold Cucumber Soup, Heirloom Tomatoes with Pesto; Eggplant Squash Lasagna; Peaches & Raspberry Coulis; something chocolate. Gluten-free.

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Evening Book Discussion Group led by Barbara Gugluizza, Concord Free Public Library

Monday August 19, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Free

The Concord Free Public Library teams up with Debra's for a discussion of Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman. "This wacky, charming novel. . . draws you in with humor, then turns out to contain both a suspenseful subplot and a sweet romance. . . Hilarious and moving." —People                        Copies available at both the Main and West Concord Fowler libraries. All are welcome!

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CBD Topicals: A discussion with Jason Sepp, ShiKai.

Wednesday August 21, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Free

Jason and his father, Dennis (founder of ShiKai), are both chemists. Jason will talk about CBD (what is it?), how you might use topicals, and where ShiKai’s products fit into your life. We’ve heard that Jason is a fantastic speaker on this issue, and his passion for and experience with CBD makes him a welcome guest in our store. Limited to 60 people. Register at http://www.DebrasNaturalGourmet.com/Events (or let us help you do that when you’re in the store). Jason is…

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September 2019

Don’t Get Sick!” Wintertime Wellness with Adam Stark

Tuesday September 10, 2019 @ 6:45 pm - 8:15 pm
Free

Learn about the immune system, the most complex and powerful system in the body.

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Poetry with Jim Leahy

Tuesday September 10, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Free

Poetry Lovers’ Evening with Jim Leahy.

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Evening Book Discussion Group

Monday September 16, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Free

Book Club Led by Barbara of the Concord Public Library

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Stories of Recovery from Food Addiction

Tuesday September 17, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Free

Food Addicts in recovery anonymous

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Monthly Meditation with Jay Hovenesian

Wednesday September 18, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Meditation!

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DIY Bath Recipe

Thursday September 19, 2019 @ 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Free

DIY for Bath!

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Debra’s Natural Gourmet Store Tour

Thursday September 19, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Free

Get the scoop on the foods Debra loves most.

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Calm-A-Mama: Plant Healing

Wednesday September 25, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Free

Learn about Calm-A-Mama Plant Healing

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October 2019

Cooking Class: Fall Dinner with Debra & Friends

Thursday October 10, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
9 Pond View Drive, 9 pond view
Acton, MA 01720 United States
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Cooking with organic ingredients, sitting around a table with friends! Cooking with Debra & Friends. A lovely fall dinner. Simple, lusciously healthy. Menu: Roasted Beets with Pistachios; Dancing Mushroom Omelet with Assorted Greens; Detox Cultured Veggie Salad; Baked Sweets with Tahini; Potato Parsnip Pancakes; Maple Baked Apples; Almond Chocolate Cookies. Menu happens to be gluten-free.

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CBD and Gut Health

Wednesday October 16, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Free

Learn about the connection between CBD and Gut Health! Miles, CV Science’s National Educator will talk about CBD and the health of our GI tract, which can alter health for rest of the body. The newest research illustrates how hemp-derived CBD provides support for our gut and microbiome. Miles will address topics such as "gut-brain axis" and "leaky gut". Miles received his Master’s in Experimental Medicine from McGill University, and now speaks about the use of cannabinoids in wellness. CVScience…

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Debra’s Natural Gourmet Store Tour with Debra

Thursday October 17, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Free

Monthly Store Tour! A good time will be had by all!. You’ll go home smiling and with free samples. Tour lasts an hour. Limited to 15 people.

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Book Discussion Group at Debra’s Natural Gourmet

Monday October 21, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Debra’s Natural Gourmet, 98 Commonwealth Avenue
Concord, MA 01742 United States
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Free

Mon, Oct 21, 7:00-8:30. This month, postponed from last month, the discussion is of The Invisible Wall: A Love Story That Broke Barriers, b

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Meditation with Jay

Monday October 21, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Meditation with Jay Hovenesian Mon, Oct 21, 7:00-8:30. Monthly Meditation Classes at Debra’s Natural Gourmet Led by Jay Hovenesian. The focus of these meditations will be on developing your inner senses, working through areas of your life where you feel stuck. You’ll become familiar with your inner healer. When Jay isn’t working in the supplement department at Debra’s, he maintains a private counseling practice and teaches meditation classes in the greater Boston area. Limited to 8 people, and the cost…

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Prevent Colds & Flu with Homeopathy

Wednesday October 23, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Free

Prevent and Treat Colds and Flu Naturally, with Begabati. Concord Festival of Authors! Wed, Oct 23, 7:00-8:30. Prevent and Treat Colds and Flu Naturally, with Begabati. This event is part of the Concord Festival of Authors! concordfestivalofauthors.org. Little-known secrets from a Harvard alumna and author of the award-winning book, Your Natural Medicine Cabinet. Begabati will share her favorite tips from 15 years of running a health food store in Boston and Cambridge and ten years as a holistic practitioner at…

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Osteoporosis and Bone Health. Talk by Adam Stark.

Wednesday October 30, 2019 @ 6:45 pm - 8:15 pm
Free

Osteoporosis and Bone Health. Current research. Presented by Adam Stark. Wed, Oct 30, 6:45-8:15. Osteoporosis and Bone Health, Adam Stark. Research keeps evolving. We’re learning, questioning old assumptions. Is it true that we need magnesium with calcium? How much do we need? (And, do we even need calcium?) Yes, D plays a role, but what vitamin K out of Japan? We’ll cover Adam’s Top-Five Tips for Healthy Bones, version 2019. Free. Limited to 60. Sign up by clicking on TICKETS…

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November 2019

Poetry Night at Debra’s with Jim Leahy

Tuesday November 5, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Free

Poetry Night at Debra's. Join local poetry enthusiast and store manager, Jim Leahy, for an evening of poetry sharing. Tues, Nov 5, 7:00-8:30. Poetry Night at Debra's. Join local poetry enthusiast and store manager, Jim Leahy, for an evening of poetry sharing. Take turns reading favorite poems. If you have something original to share, that's welcome too. Or come just to listen. Let Jim know if you can come. Signup at by clicking on the REGISTER button or at https://www.debrasnaturalgourmet.com/events.

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Laughter for the Health of It! With Susan Phillips

Wednesday November 6, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Free

Laugh for the Health of It! With Susan Phillips, Certified Laughter Yoga Teacher. Laughter Yoga, practiced in over 100 countries, is easy, healthy and fun! Susan will lead us in sitting and standing laughter exercises to boost joy. Susan promises that Laughter Yoga will help us shed stress. Together we’ll learn to use laughter as a wellness strategy — not only to shift our mood but boost our immune system and increase resilience. Isn’t this perfect, especially for this time…

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Stress and the Power of Adaptogens

Tuesday November 12, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Free

The power of adaptogenic herbs from the Ayurvedic tradition to help us deal with stress. Stress and the Power of Adaptogens with Gabriel Smalling. Gabriel is the National Educator for Himalaya Herbal Healthcare, an Ayurvedic herbal supplement company. Gabriel is fascinated by the relationship we have with nature and will share his love of traditional Ayurvedic medicine that is used to bring the body back into balance. His focus this evening will be on stress, the mind, and herbs like…

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Monthly Meditation Classes at Debra’s Natural Gourmet with Jay Hovenesian

Wednesday November 13, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Monthly Meditation with Jay Monthly Meditation Classes at Debra’s Natural Gourmet Led by Jay Hovenesian. The focus of these meditations will be on developing your inner senses, working through areas of your life where you feel stuck. You’ll become familiar with your inner healer. When Jay isn’t working in the supplement department at Debra’s, he maintains a private counseling practice and teaches meditation classes in the greater Boston area. Limited to 8 people, and the cost of attending is $15.…

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Library Book Discussion Group

Monday November 18, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Free

A brilliant, bold novel. Library Book Discussion Group. This month the discussion is of This Is How It Always Is, by Laurie Frankel. Book discussions take place in our store.“Laurie Frankel writes with more heart than anyone I can think of...With emotional acuity, admirable bravery, utter compassion, and complete understanding, she’s created a family attempting to forge a path through one of life’s most mystifying challenges: how to define what it is that makes your child who he or she…

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Osteoporosis and Bone Health with Adam Stark

Wednesday November 20, 2019 @ 6:45 pm - 8:15 pm
Free

Osteoporosis and Bone Health with Adam Stark Wed, Nov 20, 6:45-8:15. Osteoporosis and Bone Health, Adam Stark. Research keeps evolving. We’re learning, questioning old assumptions. Is it true that we need magnesium with calcium? How much do we need? (And, do we even need calcium?) Yes, D plays a role, but what vitamin K out of Japan? We’ll cover Adam’s Top-Five Tips for Healthy Bones, version 2019. Free. Limited to 60. Sign up by clicking on TICKETS above or at…

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Early Bird Sale and Pajama Party

Saturday November 23, 2019 @ 6:00 am - 9:00 am
Free

Come in pajamas. Get a free muffin! 20% everything in the shop (even on items already on sale!) What a way to start your holiday shopping. Sat, Nov 23, Early Bird Sale. 6:00-9:00 a.m. Everything 20% OFF, even items already on sale. This is our hugely popular annual sale. A chance to start your holiday shopping for gourmet food gifts, scarves, candles, essential oils. A chance to buy those supplements you need. A chance to stock your cupboard and try…

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December 2019

Dec Monthly Meditation Classes At Debra’s Led By Jay Hovenesian.

Wednesday December 11, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Meditations will focus on development of your inner senses, working through areas where you feel stuck. Limited to 8 people, the cost of attending, payable to Jay, is $15. When Jay isn’t working in the supplement department at Debra’s, he maintains a private counseling practice and teaches meditation classes in the greater Boston area.

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Make Your Own Face Cream Class

Sunday December 15, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Free

Make Your Own Luscious, Healing Face CreamSunday, Dec 15, 2:00-3:00-ish. Make your own face cream with Debra. Friends rave “How luxurious!” “It soaks right in!” Free, but limited to 30 lucky people who have not attended before. Attendees will receive a coupon for 20% off recipe ingredients following the class. Everyone goes home with a generous sample of Debra’s face cream. Sign up by clicking on TICKETS above.

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Library Book Club At Debra’s Natural Gourmet

Monday December 16, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Free

This month we’ll discuss Born A Crime, by Noah Trevor. Book discussions take place in our store.This month we’ll discuss Born A Crime, by Noah Trevor. Book discussions take place in our store.“What makes Born a Crime such a soul-nourishing pleasure, even with all its darker edges and perilous turns, is reading Noah recount in brisk, warmly conversational prose how he learned to negotiate his way through the bullying and ostracism. What also helped was having a mother like Patricia…

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A Child’s Christmas In Wales: A Reading By Jim Leahy

Wednesday December 18, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Debra’s Natural Gourmet, 98 Commonwealth Avenue
Concord, MA 01742 United States
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A reading of a Child's Christmas in Wales. Christmas pudding too! Wednesday, December 18, 7:00 p.m. A CHILD'S CHRISTMAS IN WALES. Come hear our Jim Leahy read this lovely Christmas poem. And, as he does every year, Jim will serve homemade Christmas pudding after the reading. Allow Jim and us to treat you at the holidays. Sign up by clicking on TICKETS.

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January 2020

Share Poetry

Tuesday January 14, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Free

For people who love poetry, whether it be original or a childhood favorite poem.Poetry Lovers’ Evening with Jim Leahy. Bring a favorite poem to share with the group. It’s a wonderful way to start 2020! Write Jim at Jim@DebrasNaturalGourmet.com to tell him you’ll be attending, or sign up by clicking on the TICKETS button above.

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The Lymphatic System: Function and Support with WishGarden Herbs

Wednesday January 15, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Free

What is the lymphatic system? It’s a network of tissues and organs that help rid the body of toxins...With Shawn Manske, ND, Educator for WishGarden Herbs. What is the lymphatic system? Shawn will talk about our body's network of tissues and organs that help rid the body of toxins and waste materials. Shawn graduated from the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine in Toronto, Canada. He was in clinical practice as a Naturopathic Doctor prior to moving to Colorado. In this…

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Monthly Meditation with Jay

Wednesday January 15, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Monthly Meditation with Jay: Developing Your Inner SensesMonthly Meditation Classes at Debra’s Natural Gourmet Led by Jay Hovenesian. The focus will be on developing your inner senses, working through areas of your life where you feel stuck. Become familiar with your inner healer. Limited to 8 people, the cost of attending is $15. When Jay isn’t working in the supplement department at Debra’s, he maintains a private counseling practice and teaches meditation classes in the greater Boston area. Sign up…

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The Lymphatic System: Function and Support with WishGarden Herbs

Wednesday January 15, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Free

What is the lymphatic system? It’s a network of tissues and organs that help rid the body of toxins...With Shawn Manske, ND, Educator for WishGarden Herbs. What is the lymphatic system? Shawn will talk about our body's network of tissues and organs that help rid the body of toxins and waste materials. Shawn graduated from the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine in Toronto, Canada. He was in clinical practice as a Naturopathic Doctor prior to moving to Colorado. In this…

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Red Notice: A True Story of High Finance, Murder….

Monday January 20, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Free

Discussion of Red Notice: A True Story of High Finance, Murder, and One Man's Fight for Justice by Bill BrowderEvening Book Discussion. Led by Barbara Gugluizza, Concord Free Public Library. This month: Red Notice: A True Story of High Finance, Murder, and One Man's Fight for Justice by Bill Browder. "Hard to put down, part John Grisham-like thriller, part business and political memoir." -- Andrew Ross Sorkin, New York Times. “Reads like a classic thriller, with an everyman hero alone…

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Debra’s Natural Gourmet — Store Tour!

Wednesday January 22, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Free

Fun Store Tour at Debra's Natural Gourmet Store tour with Debra. A good time will be had by all! You’ll go home smiling and with free samples. Tour lasts an hour. Limited to 15 people. Sign up at clickiing on TICKETS.

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The Little Shop That Could: A Retailer’s Love Affair with Community & Food

Tuesday January 28, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Free

A real romp! Life, business and darn good recipes. Hilarious and thoughtful.The Little Shop That Could with Debra. Everything you wanted to know about our shop. Come hear what makes us run. Laugh at bloopers over the years. Limited to 60. Reserve your seat – Click on TICKETS above. Yes, the book is in the store!

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February 2020

Longevity, Immunity and You! From Microbiome to the Endocannabinoid System

Tuesday February 4, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Free

Longevity, Immunity and You! From the gut, brain and nervous system, all are connected to our immune and endocannabinoid systems.Longevity, Immunity and You! With Garden of Life Educator, Amber Lynn Vitale. Amber is a Certified Nutritionist in Integrative Nutrition, and an Ayurvedic Clinical Consultant. Since early childhood, she’s been fascinated with the power of foods, herbs, and dietary supplements to optimize health. She works with doctors and alternative medical professionals and writes articles for a variety of natural health publications.…

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ANNEMARIE BORLIND February Swap Out Event

Wednesday February 12, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Free

Bring in your current Vit C serum OR eye wrinkle cream and swap it out for ANNEMARIE BORLIND product.Wed Feb 12, 2:00-6:00, ANNEMARIE BÖRLIND February Swap Out Event. Bring in your current Vitamin C serum OR eye wrinkle cream, and we will swap it out for either an ANNEMARIE BÖRLIND Orange Blossom Energizer or Essential Eye Wrinkle Cream, both made with organic or wild crafted, Non-GMO ingredients (while supplies last and one swap per customer). You’ll see guaranteed results in…

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Arthritis: Natural Help

Tuesday February 18, 2020 @ 6:45 pm - 8:15 pm
Free

Joints hurt? We can't promise a cure, but you can reduce pain and swelling. Tuesday, February 18, 6:45-8:15. Arthritis. Adam Stark. Joints hurt? They don't have to. We can't promise a cure, but we can talk about ways to reduce the pain and swelling, through nutrition and herbal medicine. Hopefully, you walk away with more than just a list of things to try, but a clearer understanding of what they are, how they work, and what they'll do. Free but…

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Monthly Meditation with Jay

Wednesday February 19, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Monthly Meditation with Jay: Developing Your Inner Senses Monthly Meditation Classes at Debra’s Natural Gourmet Led by Jay Hovenesian. The focus will be on developing your inner senses, working through areas of your life where you feel stuck. Become familiar with your inner healer. Limited to 8 people, the cost of attending is $15. When Jay isn’t working in the supplement department at Debra’s, he maintains a private counseling practice and teaches meditation classes in the greater Boston area. Sign…

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Emma by Jane Austen. Library Discussion Group.

Monday February 24, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Debra’s Natural Gourmet, 98 Commonwealth Avenue
Concord, MA 01742 United States
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Library Discussion Group at Debra's Natural Gourmet Monday, Feb 24, 7-8:30. Each month, Debra's Natural Gourmet is lucky to have Concord librarian, Barbara, lead our book discussions. This month, we're reading Jane Austen's Emma. Austen wrote, "I am going to take a heroine whom no one but myself will much like." In the very first sentence she introduces the title character as "Emma Woodhouse, handsome, clever, and rich." Discussions are free, but limited to 12 book lovers. Click on the…

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March 2020

Debra’s Book Launch at The Concord Book Shop

Sunday March 1, 2020 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Free

Debra's Book Launch for The Little Shop That Could Sun March 1, Debra’s Book Launch at The Concord Book Shop. 3:00-4:00-ish. The Little Shop That Could: A Retailer’s Love Affair with Community and Food. The Concord Book Shop is a warm and welcoming independent bookstore that makes us proud. It makes our community better. So yes, shop local, and come hear Debra speak about our shop’s first 30 years. Irreverent. Hilarious and thoughtful. No need to RSVP, but do come!

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Share Poetry

Tuesday March 10, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Free

For people who love poetry, whether it be original or a childhood favorite poem. Poetry Lovers’ Evening with Jim Leahy. Bring a favorite poem to share with the group. It’s a wonderful way to start 2020! Write Jim at Jim@DebrasNaturalGourmet.com to tell him you’ll be attending, or sign up by clicking on the TICKETS button above.

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Monthly Meditation with Jay

Wednesday March 18, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Monthly Meditation with Jay: Developing Your Inner Senses Monthly Meditation Classes at Debra’s Natural Gourmet Led by Jay Hovenesian. The focus will be on developing your inner senses, working through areas of your life where you feel stuck. Become familiar with your inner healer. Limited to 8 people, the cost of attending is $15. When Jay isn’t working in the supplement department at Debra’s, he maintains a private counseling practice and teaches meditation classes in the greater Boston area. Sign…

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Store Tour with Debra of Debra’s Natural Gourmet

Thursday March 19, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Store tour with Debra. Laughs and learning. Thurs March 19, 7:00 p.m. Store tour with Debra. A good time will be had by all! You’ll go home smiling and with free samples. Tour lasts an hour. Limited to 15 people. Please sign up at www.debrasnaturalgourmet.com/events or click on the TICKET BUTTON above.

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Evening Book Discussion Group at Debra’s Natural Gourmet

Monday March 23, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Debra’s Natural Gourmet, 98 Commonwealth Avenue
Concord, MA 01742 United States
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Monthly Evening Library Discussion Group Evening Book Discussion. Led by Barbara Gugluizza, Concord Free Public Library. This month our book is an Oprah Book Club selection: The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates. NPR says, "What if memory had the power to transport enslaved people to freedom?” Book discussions take place in our store. Copies available at Main and West Concord Fowler libraries. Sign up at www.debrasnaturalgourmet.com/events.

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April 2020

Share Poetry

Tuesday April 14, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

For people who love poetry, whether it be original or a childhood favorite poem.Poetry Lovers’ Evening with Jim Leahy. Bring a favorite poem to share with the group. It’s a wonderful way to start 2020! Write Jim at Jim@DebrasNaturalGourmet.com to tell him you’ll be attending, or sign up by clicking on the TICKETS button above.

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Monthly Meditation with Jay

Wednesday April 15, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Monthly Meditation with Jay: Developing Your Inner Senses Monthly Meditation Classes at Debra’s Natural Gourmet Led by Jay Hovenesian. The focus will be on developing your inner senses, working through areas of your life where you feel stuck. Become familiar with your inner healer. Limited to 8 people, the cost of attending is $15. When Jay isn’t working in the supplement department at Debra’s, he maintains a private counseling practice and teaches meditation classes in the greater Boston area. Sign…

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May 2020

Share Poetry

Tuesday May 12, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Free

For people who love poetry, whether it be original or a childhood favorite poem. Poetry Lovers’ Evening with Jim Leahy. Bring a favorite poem to share with the group. It’s a wonderful way to start 2020! Write Jim at Jim@DebrasNaturalGourmet.com to tell him you’ll be attending, or sign up by clicking on the TICKETS button above.

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Monthly Meditation with Jay

Wednesday May 20, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Monthly Meditation with Jay: Developing Your Inner Senses Monthly Meditation Classes at Debra’s Natural Gourmet Led by Jay Hovenesian. The focus will be on developing your inner senses, working through areas of your life where you feel stuck. Become familiar with your inner healer. Limited to 8 people, the cost of attending is $15. When Jay isn’t working in the supplement department at Debra’s, he maintains a private counseling practice and teaches meditation classes in the greater Boston area. Sign…

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June 2020

Share Poetry

Tuesday June 9, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

For people who love poetry, whether it be original or a childhood favorite poem.Poetry Lovers’ Evening with Jim Leahy. Bring a favorite poem to share with the group. It’s a wonderful way to start 2020! Write Jim at Jim@DebrasNaturalGourmet.com to tell him you’ll be attending, or sign up by clicking on the TICKETS button above.

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Monthly Meditation with Jay

Wednesday June 17, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Monthly Meditation with Jay: Developing Your Inner Senses Monthly Meditation Classes at Debra’s Natural Gourmet Led by Jay Hovenesian. The focus will be on developing your inner senses, working through areas of your life where you feel stuck. Become familiar with your inner healer. Limited to 8 people, the cost of attending is $15. When Jay isn’t working in the supplement department at Debra’s, he maintains a private counseling practice and teaches meditation classes in the greater Boston area. Sign…

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July 2020

Massachusetts CBD Summit: A Panel Discussion

Tuesday July 14, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Free

Panel discussion on CBD. What it is, how to use it, what “full spectrum” really means, and why agriculture matters. CBD is touted for pain, anxiety, inflammation, sleep and more. And for the most part, it actually works. Sounds good. So, where do we start? We are absolutely thrilled to be joined live (via internet) by three of our favorite Massachusetts CBD producers, all experts in their fields, for an informative and spirited discussion of CBD – what it is,…

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August 2020

Botanicals, Nutrients and Perspectives on COVID-19 with Roy Upton

Thursday August 13, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Online and Socially Distant via Zoom
Roy Upton

  Yes, this is the headshot supplied by Mr. Upton himself... We are truly blessed to be joined by the LEGENDARY Roy Upton (our description, not his!) for a discussion on the role of nutrients and botanicals around COVID-19.  The discussion will include science and tradition, and herbs from the European, Chinese, Native American, and Ayurvedic traditions. Roy Upton is the founder, president, and editor of the American Herbal Pharmacopoeia. He is also a co-founder and past president of the…

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Probiotics, Women, Aging and Cognitive Function

Wednesday August 19, 2020 @ 7:00 pm
Online and Socially Distant via Zoom

          Did you know there's a link between recurrent UTIs and cognitive decline? Most of us already have a rudimentary understanding of probiotics -- that they're healthy gut bacteria which help us digest food, keep us regular, and maintain balanced immune function. But that's just the tip of the iceberg.  Healthy probiotic bacteria may help us with situations as diverse as weight loss, skin conditions, cholesterol, and even our moods. This talk will skip right over…

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Home-Scale Vegetable Fermentation Katie Korby, Fermentation Manager @ Real Pickles

Tuesday August 25, 2020 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Is your garden overflowing? Learn how to make living, cultured, probiotic sauerkraut at home using traditional methods.  You’ll leave knowing the basics to get you started on cabbage, beets, garlic, carrots, turnips and onions. We’ll talk about what equipment you need, how to start, what to look for during the fermentation process, and work on recipe development. We’ll discuss troubleshooting and answer all of your questions. This workshop is suitable for folks who have never fermented before, and for those who have and want to learn more. …

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Seasonal Cleansing for Wellness and Resilience with Jonathan Glass

Tuesday August 25, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

  Jonathan Glass: acupuncturist, Ayurvedic healer, published author, neighbor, friend. Join Jonathan Glass M.Ac, author of the Total Life Cleanse for a discussion about the profound relationship between diet, lifestyle and our immune system. Jonathan will share the benefits of gentle seasonal cleansing and dietary/lifestyle practices based on the principles of Ayurveda... and good old common sense! Jonathan will discuss universal principles of health along with relevant suggestions related to supporting our immunity during the pandemic. Jonathan is an acupuncturist,…

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September 2020

Home-Scale Vegetable Fermentation

Thursday September 10, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Online and Socially Distant via Zoom

  Is your garden overflowing?  Want to save all that goodness and bounty for later, using a traditional method to enhance flavor AND nutrition? Learn how to make living, cultured, probiotic sauerkraut at home using traditional methods. You’ll leave knowing the basics to get you started on cabbage, beets, garlic, carrots, turnips and onions. We’ll talk about what equipment you need, how to start, what to look for during the fermentation process; and work on recipe development. We’ll discuss troubleshooting,…

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Natural Medicine, Immunity & Viruses

Wednesday September 16, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Online and Socially Distant via Zoom
Adam Stark

  COVID-19 is the elephant in the room, and yes, we’ll talk about COVID-19. But we’ll also cover some basics. How does the immune system work, and why do viruses present such a unique challenge to our fundamental immunity?  AND -- what can we do about them?  We'll talk about adults and children, prevention and treatment, in a talk informed equally by traditional herbalism and modern science.   Join our own Adam Stark, live on Zoom, for a talk with plenty…

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Mindful Resilience for Families in Challenging Times

Thursday September 17, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Online and Socially Distant via Zoom

Social distancing.  Online classes.  Health anxiety.  For families with children and teenagers, these challenging times are in many ways unprecedented. Join author, psychologist, and consultant Chris Willard in this workshop for parents interested in sharing mindfulness with their children and teenagers through the ongoing pandemic and beyond. Dr. Willard will share fun, creative ways to integrate mindfulness into your family routine for greater calm, happiness, and resilience. Dr. Christopher Willard (PsyD) is a psychologist and educational consultant based in Boston specializing…

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Beauty from the Inside Out

Wednesday September 23, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Online and Socially Distant via Zoom

  You may have heard the saying “beauty is only skin deep,” but we beg to differ!  From our trillions of cells all the way out to our layers of skin, proper nutrition and supplementation is key to ensuring our inner beauty shines through from all the layers of our physical bodies.   These layers include the skin, muscles, tendons, and internal organs. Our speakers will discuss the role of collagen in maintaining vibrant health through all these layers, and offer…

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October 2020

Natural Medicine, Immunity & Viruses

Tuesday October 6, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Online and Socially Distant via Zoom
Adam Stark

  COVID-19 is the elephant in the room, and yes, we’ll talk about COVID-19. But we’ll also cover some basics. How does the immune system work, and why do viruses present such a unique challenge to our fundamental immunity?  AND -- what can we do about them?  We'll talk about adults and children, prevention and treatment, in a talk informed equally by traditional herbalism and modern science.   Join our own Adam Stark, live on Zoom, for a talk with plenty…

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Mushrooms for the Body, Mind + Heart

Wednesday October 14, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Online and Socially Distant via Zoom

The kingdom of fungi is a powerful ally in health and wellness. Join clinical herbalist and educator, Jerry Angelini, for a review of beneficial mushrooms in human health (and animal health, too).  We all understand that mushrooms can support immunity -- and in case you don't, Jerry will touch on that.  But Jerry will also speak about mushrooms for stamina, lung function, heart health, brain function, skin, and more. Cordyceps has an impact on lung functioning and athletic performance*. Lion’s…

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Debra Speaks @ The Concord Festival of Authors

Wednesday October 21, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Online and Socially Distant via Zoom

Debra will share from The Little Shop that Could: A Retailer's Love Affair with Community and Food, a 30-year compendium about the wacky world of retail and getting into trouble with town government, winning national awards (ahem, that's plural), exploring the natural products industry and discussing topics like candidates for public office who are high on sugar from Twinkies. Those of you who know Debra know she is not lacking for anecdotes and opinions.  Want to know if Debra agrees…

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Bone Health: More than Just Calcium

Thursday October 29, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Online and Socially Distant via Zoom
Adam Stark

Calcium, calcium, calcium.  When we talk about our bones, it's the constant refrain.  Yet most of us get enough calcium without even trying -- and taking more doesn't necessarily do any good.  (The amount we need is a lot less than you might think).  So if we're all getting enough calcium, why is osteoporosis still "a thing" for so many of us?  

The answer lies in calcium management -- the process of getting calcium to the right places, and keeping it out of the wrong ones.  

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November 2020

Homeopathy Principles + Practice for Cold, Flu, and Cough

Tuesday November 10, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Online and Socially Distant via Zoom

Dr. Merville is a pharmacist who specializes in homeopathy.  He will begin with the basics: what homeopathy is, how to use it, and how to choose and select a dilution and regimen.  He will then turn to a discussion of homeopathic medicines for the cold season, and leave plenty of time for Q&A.

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The Gut-Brain Axis: Probiotics and Hemp for mood, digestion, and more.

Wednesday November 18, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Online and Socially Distant via Zoom

"Hemp may be a magical plant, but CBD is not a magical compound.  And there's more to probiotics than individual strains, in the gut."

We've all heard the simplified versions: Probiotics are for digestion.  Hemp CBD is for calming, and sometimes pain. 

None of that isn't true.  But there's a lot more going on.  Cutting edge research now points to CBD having a major role in gut health.  Meanwhile, we now are beginning to understand how probiotics effect everything from mood and behavior to weight management and even long-term disease risk.  In fact, CBD and other hemp compounds help the probiotics work, and vice versa.

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December 2020

Holidays, Stress + Immunity

Wednesday December 2, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Online and Socially Distant via Zoom

Mostly, we'll empower you to use this somewhat mysterious modality, making it simple and user-friendly, dissolving common myths...!" Homeopathy can offer safe, effective and fast-acting natural medicines for this stressful world ... for seasonal depression ... for grief around holidays when we're aware of the loved ones no longer with us ... all of which undermine our immune system. We'll talk about remedies for the emotions likely to come up, and also practical remedies for colds and flu. Mostly we'll…

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Herbal Adaptogens for Resilience, Vitality and Immunity

Wednesday December 9, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Online and Socially Distant via Zoom

Join an internationally recognized speaker for a far-ranging and highly informative discussion on Adaptogens, herbs for vitality, energy, and resilience.  Adaptogens are herbs that help us respond to stress.  They don't calm us down, they don't wind us up.  They build up our reserves, so we can handle more of life's stresses, with energy, vitality, immunity, and (emotional) grace.

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January 2021

Differentiating Herbal Protocols for Prevention vs. Acute Immune Needs in the time of COVID

Monday, January 11 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Online and Socially Distant via Zoom
Mitch Coven

Herbs mostly alter systems in one direction only.  We'll help differentiate herbs for immunity that we all need during this historic time." Most folks who use herbs talk about what the herb is "for."   This herb is for the brain.  That herb is for the liver.  But what does that really mean?  How do these herbs effect the system, and the person? And then we come to immunity and viruses...  Yes, some herbs strengthen immunity -- but what does that…

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The Bone Talk

Tuesday, January 19 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Online and Socially Distant via Zoom
Adam Stark

The answer is not more calcium.  It's not better calcium.  The answer is calcium management.  Nutrients that help calcium go to the right places -- and stay out of the wrong ones

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Organic Aromatherapy 101

Monday, January 25 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Online and Socially Distant via Zoom

Essential oils can be a beautiful and integral part of your wellness goals" Essential oils are more than just perfume.  They're the most concentrated essence of the plant.  So we're excited for this Intro talk -- and even more excited for its sequel, Aromatherapy 201, which we hope to host in a month or so.  Tonight we'll explore important topics such as: what essential oils are, and why plants make them? the different ways in which essential oils and hydrosols…

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February 2021

Viruses, Herbs & Immunity

Tuesday, February 16 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Online and Socially Distant via Zoom
Adam Stark

COVID-19 is the elephant in the room, and yes, we’ll talk about COVID-19. But we’ll also cover some basics. How does the immune system work, and why do viruses present such a unique challenge to our fundamental immunity?  AND -- what can we do about them?  We'll talk about adults and children, prevention and treatment, in a talk informed equally by traditional herbalism and modern science.   Join our own Adam Stark, live on Zoom, for a talk with plenty of…

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Investing for Climate Action

Tuesday, February 23 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Online and Socially Distant via Zoom
Bill Page

Please come armed with questions about solar energy, alternative proteins, smart cities, LED lighting, and water!"   Bill Page, Senior Portfolio Manager at Essex Investment Management has spent his entire career focused on socially responsible investing. Over a decade ago, Bill decided that climate change presented the greatest challenge of our generation. With challenges, come opportunity. Bill will give his take on climate change, how he frames the problem, and then invests in the solutions. He will describe thematic investing, clean technology investing,…

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