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.

If you have any questions or concerns, please email

PLEASE only register for classes you plan to attend. Double check your calendars. A significant number of people register and don’t show up. This creates extra work for our volunteer crew, and for capped classes means your friends are unable to attend. Please flag your registration email. If you can’t attend, let us know. Our speakers volunteer their time and expertise. Help us keep Pybus U classes free to the public, and a place where community meets!

Pybus University classes will be returning to in person for the fall of 2021 and will be hosted from 7pm to 8pm Tuesday evenings in the LocalTel event center at Pybus Public Market (unless otherwise indicated below). Any questions can be directed to the Pybus University Coordinator at

Class Descriptions - Fall 2021

August 31st

Alternative Transportation

with Arlberg Sports, LINK Transit & Sustainable Wenatchee

There are so many different forms of transportation to explore outside of the traditional. This class will take you through many of those and give you a chance to try some of these options yourself. Whether you are interested in learning more about switching to an electronic vehicle, in upgrading a commuter bike to an e-bike or just passionate about decreasing your carbon footprint, this class will be a wealth of information in all the areas of alternative transportation. Learn about the LINK Transit system and what new routes are coming to our area. And with 10 heavy-duty battery electric buses on the road and five more on order, hear about how Link Transit is poised to boast one of the highest percentages of fleet electrification in the Northwest. Hear from Sustainable Wenatchee more information about EV’s and check out different vehicles yourself. Hear from and learn the amazing benefits of e-bikes, and try one out yourself, with guidance from Arlberg Sports. The Pybus Market plaza space will be closed off during this class to give participants a chance to climb aboard a LINK Transit bus, sit in the driver’s seat of an EV and/or take a test ride on a e-bike for yourself.


Selina Danko with LINK Transit
Find more information on LINK Transit here:

Jana Fischback with Sustainable Wentachee
Find more information on Sustainable Wenatchee here:

Josh with Arlberg Sports
You can visit Arlberg Sports storefront in downtown Wenatchee or check out their vendor space in the Pybus Public Market or find additional information on Arlberg Sports here:

September 21st

Transitioning into a Meaningful Retirement

It is estimated that by 2030, the number of adults 65 years of age and over will reach 72 million, or 20% of the US population (CDC, 2013). Also, life expectancy is continually increasing, meaning people may spend 17 or more years in retirement (United Nations, 2019). Society has put a great emphasis on the importance of paid work, but there has been little focus on transitioning out. This class will assist in the transition by empowering this generation to enhance their quality of life through the process of retirement by educating, supporting, and providing access to resources in their community.

The purpose of this class is to develop an occupation-based transition into retirement program to enhance self-efficacy, time management, and social skills to promote participation in a meaningful retirement and to ultimately improve quality of life. The focus of this class will be occupation-based, meaning activities that support performance in the following areas of occupation: activities of daily living (ADLs), instrumental activities of daily living (IADLs), rest and sleep, leisure, and social participation (AOTA, 2014).


Meg Thees is a 3rd year Occupational Therapy Doctorate student at Rocky Mountain College in Billings, Montana. Meg, originally from western Washington, moved to Wenatchee in 2017 prior to starting graduate school. She returned to Wenatchee earlier this year for clinical rotations at Central Washington Hospital and is now completing her doctoral capstone experience to complete her program. Meg will be working closely with her community supervisor Amy Jennings, a licensed and registered Occupational Therapist, who is the team lead for inpatient and outpatient occupational therapy teams at Central Washington Hospital.

September 28th

Below the Rapids of the Upper Columbia

What is going on in our local rivers? Did you know fish aren’t the only animals that swim in them? Some birds do too! Is a bull trout really a trout? Is there really such a thing as a saber-toothed salmon? Join the Upper Columbia Salmon Recovery Board staff to learn the answers to these questions with an amusing game of river trivia. Also learn about the incredible amount of restoration work taking place and how the public can stay informed and involved!

Upper Columbia Salmon Recovery Board website:

Brief bio:

Nicole Jordan: Nicole Jordan holds her bachelor’s degree in Environmental Communication and Education from Huxley College at Western Washington University and has worked several years in professional communication and outreach for marine conservation in Puget Sound.

Tracy Bowerman: Tracy has worked in river conservation for the past two decades. She earned a Ph.D. in Aquatic Ecology from Utah State University and has studied salmon and trout populations throughout the Pacific Northwest.

Greer Maier: Greer has worked as a fish biologist for the past 10 years. She received a Master’s of Science from the University of Washington School of Aquatic and Fisheries Sciences studying juvenile Chinook salmon in the Columbia River estuary.

October 5th

Tips, Tools and Techniques for the Family Caregiver

Providing care for a loved one can be challenging at times. This is an opportunity to discover tools and tips that may alleviate some of the rough patches and help to create better moments throughout the day for you and your loved one. While this class is focused on those with a loved one with Dementia, the information covered would be beneficial to anyone who finds them in the role of caregiver.

Bio: This class will be presented by a staff member of Serengeti Care. Serengeti Care supports people of all ages in the comfort of their own home. Their home care services are specialized to fit your needs, whether it be a few hours or around the clock care. They bring Assisted Living to you!

October 12th

Neuroscience of ADHD

ADHD is normally explained as a list of symptoms. A more productive way of understanding ADHD is to understand how the ADHD brain processes information differently from the neurotypical brain. This brief class will use the Triune Brain theory to explain the difference between neurotypical brain processing and ADHD brain processing, and look at the neurochemicals that drive the processes.  ADHD medication will be discussed briefly to show the connection between neurochemical changes during treatment that make the ADHD brain operate more like a neurotypical brain. 


Mitch McCarrell has taught Special Education for over twenty years, and specialized in working with ADHD students. He has been diagnosed as ADHD and take medication for it.  He has attended numerous national seminars and studied the works of ADHD experts such as Dr. Russell Barkely, Dr. Ned Hallowell, Dr. John Ratey, Dr. Ari Tuckman, and Dr. Ted Mandlekorn, who operates Puget Sound Behavioral Clinic on Mercer Island. 

October 19th

Putting Your Dahilas to Bed

with the NCW Dahila Society

Dahlias grow from tubers that are planted a few inches below the surface of the garden. Because of this, tubers rarely survive our harsh winters if they are left in the ground at the end of the season. Although some growers purchase new tubers each year, most people prefer to dig up this year’s crop in the fall, saving the tubers for the next year. Tubers can easily be successfully stored in a cool dry place over the winter, giving you healthy roots to plant next spring. 

Visit our website for information on NCW Dahlia Society, and the American Dahlia Society webpage for information on growing dahlias:

 Bios: Members of the North Central Washington Dahlia Society have all been growing dahlias for years. It has been a labor of love for all of us, and we are committed to encouraging and assisting community members who want to learn more about growing dahlias in their gardens. We enjoy sharing ideas with anyone who is interested, and we learn a lot from you and from each other. Pybus has been a wonderful partner for the NCW Dahlia Society. 

November 2nd

Learn to Make Delicious Desserts with Bluestar Espresso

by Cafe Columbia

If you have ever had any of the delicious pastries or desserts from Café Columbia and wondered just how they make such delightful treats, then this class is for you. With the holiday season just around the corner you are not going to want to miss this class with Café Columbia. Join us in the Pybus Market Community Kitchen where Cathy will showcase some truly stellar desserts. Come and learn how to make great desserts using Blue Star coffee and espresso. Class includes instruction, recipes and a sample of one of the desserts. Desserts to be included: espresso ice cream, espresso brownies and espresso truffles.

This class will be limited to 15 class participants.

To find out more about Café Columbia visit their website here:

To find out more about Blue Star coffee visit their website here:

Bio: Class taught by Cathy Rodriguez of Cafe Columbia. Cafe Columbia has been part of the market since 2013 and has served BlueStar exclusively since then. Cathy has worked in the restaurant business for over 10 years and two years with local chocolatier Schocolat.

November 9th

Stop the Bleed®

with Lifeline Ambulance Inc.

Class Description: A bleeding injury can happen anywhere. We’ve all seen it happen too often—on the news or in everyday life. Life-threatening bleeding can happen in people injured in serious accidents or disasters. Instead of being a witness, you can become an immediate responder because you know how to STOP THE BLEED®.

A STOP THE BLEED® course is for people who are interested in learning this life saving skill. The American College of Surgeons STOP THE BLEED® campaign has trained over 1 million people including students, teachers, and community groups. We are committed to training anyone who is old enough to understand what the course teaches and is interested in learning how to save a life. In a STOP THE BLEED® course, you’ll learn three quick techniques to help save a life before someone bleeds out: (1) How to use your hands to apply pressure to a wound; (2) How to pack a wound to control bleeding; (3) How to correctly apply a tourniquet. These three techniques will empower you to assist in an emergency and potentially save a life.

Learn more at

Bios: Yvonne Kennedy is a Senior Emergency Medical Services Instructor and Training Coordinator for LifeLine Ambulance, Inc. Her team provides professional, vocational and community courses including STOP THE BLEED® throughout central Washington.

November 16th

Indoor Composting with Red Wigglers

During the winter, compost piles in backyards all over NCW stop doing much of anything. But when you compost indoors with worms–specifically, Red Wigglers–your kitchen scraps will continue to produce nutrient-rich worm castings during even the coldest, darkest months. Vermicomposting, as it’s called, is probably even easier than you might think. Betsy will demonstrate how to start composting with worms, including discussing the different types of bins you can buy or make. You’ll also learn why Red Wigglers are the best for vermicomposting, how to keep them happy–including what and how to feed them–and how to harvest and use your worm castings, AKA black gold. If you start worm composting this winter, you should have enough black gold in the spring to feed your seedlings and other plants. Even if you’ve tried worm composting and failed, the instructor will try to help you figure out what went wrong.

Bios: Betsy Dudash is a Wenatchee-based, Purdue-trained Landscape Horticulturist and Designer whose focus is on native plants. She is currently Board President of Sustainable Wenatchee and enjoys writing blogs and articles on sustainability-related topics as well as lecturing on landscaping with native plants.

November 30th

History of Organic Farming

Come learn from local area expert Jerry Pipitone about the history of organic farming. Jerry has been involved in this process here in Washington many years and knows the ins and outs of organic farming. Jerry’s farm, Pipitone Farms, was established here in East Wenatchee in 1978 so he definitely knows his stuff when it comes to farming. Jerry will share the history of the organic farming process and growth in Washington state and what that looks like today.

Bios: Jerry Pipitone has adhered to strictly organic practices at Pipitone Farms since 1978, certified first with Tilth Producers, then with the Washington State Department of Agriculture. They own a productive five-acre orchard on the bench-land above the Columbia River in the little town of Rock Island. Here the abundant sunshine, cool waters of the Columbia, and the caring hands of Jerry and his team grow wonderful apricots, garlic, Italian prunes, nectarines, peaches, peppers, tomatoes and shallots.

April 20th

Stress, Anxiety, Sleep and Cannabinoids

Please join us to learn about the endocannabinoid system/ECS, the largest neurotransmitter system in your body that is considered one of the most important healthcare discoveries of the last century. Deficiencies in your ECS can result in many adverse symptoms. Cannabinoids, compounds from industrial hemp plant, interact on receptors in every body system. We will overview the ECS and highlight the benefits of cannabinoids: CBD, CBG, CBC, and CBN for helping us to have better stress tolerance, sleep better to wake more rested, and to deal with anxiousness. Many health and wellness products are now targeted at our ECS, yet toxicity and fraudulent labeling are a significant concern, so we will touch on a checklist for safety and quality. 

Bio: Dr. Chandra Villano, ND has been practicing Naturopathic Medicine in the Wenatchee Valley for 16 years and she is passionate about Naturopathic Medicine, the endocannabinoid system, clinical nutrition, and green living. She is an active board member and educator with two local non-profits for cancer survivorship and she has a keen interest in neuroscience, epigenetics, and mindfulness. She is an avid organic gardener, cyclist, and lover of nature.

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