Pybus University

Welcome to Pybus University, where learning is a lifelong adventure.

Pybus Public Market is pleased to offer a series of unique and fun classes for the general public. Classes are free, unless otherwise indicated below. Some classes have a limited number of attendees, so be sure to sign up early! The location of most classes will be in the Pybus Market Event Room. Each class will last 60 to 90 minutes and will be a one night event. Classes are taught by local volunteers with an interest and aptitude in the subject. The public is invited to register for as many classes as you like.

To register, click the “Register Now” link next to the class listings. Once you receive the automated confirmation of enrollment, simply show up for the 7:00pm class at the designated date at Pybus Market. Classes start promptly at 7:00pm.

Thank you for your interest in Pybus University.

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Class Descriptions - Fall 2018

September 11, 2018

From Grape to Glass

Rhett Humphrey

Have you ever wondered what all goes into making a bottle of wine?! Winemaking can get fairly complicated as it is more than just throwing some grapes into a bucket and letting them ferment. Depending on the grape, the region and kind of wine that a winemaker is producing, the exact steps will vary, but for the most part there are some basic steps from grape to glass. Come join our wine professional and learn the essentials on how red and white wines are made while enjoying a small sampling of wine. There is no fee for the class.

Rhett oversees the direct to consumer sales and marketing for Jones of Washington and has been with the winery for 4+ years. He is currently studying for his Certified level of certification with the Court of Master Sommeliers.

*Attendees must be 21 years of age.

Maximum attendnace is 40.

September 18, 2018

Electric Vehicles, the future is here!

Randy Brooks and Plug-In NCW committee

Learn why driving an electric vehicle (EV) might be the single most significant action you, as an individual, can make to reduce global climate change emissions.

  • Learn why it’s more economical to drive an EV than a fossil fuel vehicle.
  • Learn about EV charging and how to find public EV charging stations.
  • Learn what to consider when buying or leasing an EV.

Several models of EVs, and their owners, will be available to see after the class.

This class is presented by members of the Plug-In NCW committee. Plug-In NCW is a non-profit, all volunteer committee under the umbrella of the North Central Washington Economic Development District. We promote the electrification of all forms of transportation and coordinate installation of EV charging stations at host sites throughout North Central WA. Educating people about EVs is an important goal. This presentation will also be part of the national Drive Electric Week events coordinated by Plug In America.

September 25, 2018

Getting Ready for Medicare: a Medicare Road Map

Dick Anderson

Medicare can be complex and confusing. This class covers enrolling in Medicare, the A, B, C, Ds of Medicare and supplements to Medicare. There have been significant changes in the last two years, and more to come. Dick will cover how to avoid paying more for prescriptions, Medicare savings plans, and Extra Help with prescriptions. You will learn about avoiding Medicare fraud and steps you can take to get the most out of your Medicare dollar.

Dick Anderson has served eleven years as a volunteer counselor for SHIBA (Statewide Health Insurance Benefits Advisors – sponsored by the Office of Insurance Commissioner, Community Choice, and Aging and Adult Care of Central Washington). SHIBA provides free Medicare counseling and unbiased, objective information without selling anything or promoting any company, plan, or product. SHIBA’s goal is for you make your own informed decision.

October 2, 2018

The Joy of Bird Feeding: Five Steps to Bird Feeding Mastery

Patrick Bodell

It’s time to bring joy into your life through the hobby of bird feeding. In any given yard, you can attract 50, 100 or even more species of birds. That’s a lot of joy and awe right outside your window. Participants will learn how to attract the widest variety of birds to their yards without the mess and without pesky critters like mice, rats, squirrels and pigeons; create a backyard refuge that will improve the lives of birds and other wildlife; and enjoy a hobby that’s fun and rewarding for the whole family. Get more joy out of backyard bird feeding and discover a refuge in your own backyard!

Patrick Bodell is the owner of Wild Birds Unlimited of Wenatchee. He is a Certified Bird Feeding Specialist, an avid birder and eager to share the joy and hobby of backyard bird feeding.

October 9, 2018

Women’s Self-Defense: Are You Prepared?

Kari Erickson

Self-defense is a set of awareness, assertiveness, verbal skills, safety strategies and simple physical techniques that enable someone to successfully analyze, escape, resist, and survive physical assault. During this class you’ll learn the 3 P’s of Self-Defense: Prevention, Preparation, and Physical Reaction.

The class will include lecture, discussion, and easy to remember self-defense techniques that will better enable attendees to prepare an effective response ahead of time in much the same way you would prepare for a fire drill. The key to prevention is situational awareness and developing good habits to support this. Using awareness of surroundings and knowing your own physical strengths and limitations will help you develop strategies to respond appropriately should the need ever arise.

Kari Erickson is a 7th degree Black Belt teaching martial arts since 1987. She and her husband, Dave O’Connor, moved to Wenatchee to open the Wenatchee School of Karate in 1994 where they teach students ranging in age from 3 to 79 years old. Kari is committed to the benefits of life-long learning and passing that information on to others. Kari has taught Women’s Self-Defense, Karate, Tai Chi, Fencing, and Aerobic Kick-boxing at numerous locations throughout the Wenatchee Valley.

October 16, 2018

Chocolate Truffle Making 101

Willow Merritt

Do you love chocolate? Have you ever wondered how the creamy centers (called ganache) of a chocolate truffle are made? Have you ever wanted to work with chocolate but have been too intimated? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then this is the class for you. Willow will show you how to make a basic dark chocolate ganache recipe, and will give attendees the opportunity to roll chocolates into truffle balls that they can dip in chocolate and roll in a variety of yummy toppings. Willow Merritt is the owner/chocolatier of Yeti Chocolates LLC. She has been making chocolates since 2006 and wants to share her passion of the craft with others. This is a “make and take” class and a $5 donation is asked for at the end of the class to cover instructor material costs.

Maximum attendee number: 30

October 23, 2018

The Fountain of Youth – is Wenatchee the Fountain-Head?

Dr. Malcolm Butler

The fountain of youth does exist – within you. You just need to activate it!

To be fair, it is a rejuvenative power that lies within you, all natural, which can both repair you when you are broken, and reshape you when you ask it to. What I am going to tell you is how to ask your body to rejuvenate you, every day, to make you younger than you are today. The best news is that I have nothing to sell, and Wenatchee is a perfect place to turn on these rejuvenative powers. This talk is for those over 50, and those hoping to become over 50, to understand what it takes to make the second half of your life last as long as the first.

Dr. Butler is a board-certified Family Physician who has practiced full spectrum primary care in Wenatchee since 1995, he has delivered over 1000 babies at Central Washington Hospital, and currently focuses his practice on addiction and chronic pain. He has overseen the transition of Columbia Valley Community Health into a patient-centered medical-home and is recognized as a regional thought-leader in all areas of primary care. In 2005 he was named Washington State Family Physician of the year, and in 2012 he received national recognition for leadership in efforts to reduce accidental opioid deaths.

Dr. Malcolm Butler
Dr. Malcolm Butler

October 30, 2018

Putting Your Dahlias to Bed: How to dig, divide and store your dahlia tubers.

North Central Washington Dahlia Society

Dahlia tubers often freeze in our cold winters. If you want to enjoy your gorgeous blooms next spring, you’ll most likely have to dig and store them at the end of the growing season. This timely class will teach you how as well as how to identify the “eyes” that hold the promise of new growth. Watch a demonstration on how and when to cut down, dig, divide and store your tubers. We will discuss different methods of storage and you will have a hands-on demonstration of dividing clumps and labeling tubers. Tools for digging, dividing and labeling will be shown. Bring your questions and ideas. Attendees will receive a coupon for a free tuber at our April 2019 Tuber Sale at Pybus.

For students new to growing dahlias and more experienced growers. (NCW Dahlia Society)

November 6, 2018

Foster Care Mythbusters

Hayley Stoebner

With an increasing need for foster care in our region, you might wonder if fostering a child is right for you. Whether you’re simply curious, or ready to start the process of becoming a foster parent, you may have questions. This class seeks to answer questions and dispel the myths/misconceptions about who can become a foster parent. You might have practical questions such as, “Do I have to be married to become a foster parent,” or, “Do I have to own my home?” or just wonder what the experience might be like. Hayley will share information about the steps involved in becoming a foster parent and offering a child a safe and loving home.

Hayley Stoebner is the recruitment coordinator with Fostering WA and has worked in child welfare in various capacities for over 16 years. She has a Master’s degree in social work. Fostering WA is a grant-funded program of Eastern Washington University contracting with the state to recruit and support foster parents in eastern Washington. Fostering WA also seeks to raise awareness about the need for more foster parents.

For more information, see: or call 509-322-1191 or e-mail

November 13, 2018

African Safari — why it has never been easier and should be on your vacation bucket list.

Steve & Jan Lutz and Bruce & Mary Jo Bendickson

Steve & Jan Lutz, Bruce & Mary Jo Bendickson, and Gil & Kay Sparks  just returned from a fantastic two-week safari in Kenya through Kosen Safaris. They want everyone in North Central Washington to know how easy it is to experience this trip of a lifetime. Join the Lutz’s, Bendickson’s and Sparks, along Hillary Kosen of Kosen Safaris as they tell about their recent safaris in Kenya, Africa. Learn about what to expect from a safari trip, including the flora, animals and birds, the interaction of the people we met, the camps, “roughing it” safari style and general costs.

December 4, 2018

The Healer Within: Nurturing Lifelong Vitality

John Neff

This workshop introduces how to deeply relax—yet energize, and strengthen. Learn how to deepen your connection with the ever-present life force: to generate vitality, joy and resilience. Enjoy simple, ancient, evidenced-based Qigong and Tai Chi practices including: a wide-range of meditative movements, breathing, mindfulness, and presentation of self-healing principles in a supportive environment.

Learn how to:

  • Reverse/reduce pain, suffering and chronic disease
  • Transform stress to power
  • Increase your “flow” experience in daily life
  • Implement the brain science of self-renewal
  • Deepen connection with your True Nature

John Neff, D. Min., has developed and taught integrative body, heart-mind, spirit programs for 25 years. He is: a certified teacher in various forms of Qigong and Tai Chi, a board certified coach, has served as an ordained minister, and has a doctorate in holistic education. His passion is supporting people to live their full aliveness.