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

Pybus University classes will be held virtually via Zoom or Facebook Live for spring 2021. Information on how to attend each class will be listed on the registration page via Eventbrite and emailed to participants after registration. Any questions can be directed to the Pybus University Coordinator at

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!

Class Descriptions - Spring 2021

January 26th

Eco-Friendly Lawn Care

How often should I water my lawn? Does this change from month to month? Should I fertilize my lawn? What kind of fertilizer should I use and how much? When should I apply it? What is the best and worst turf to plan in our area?  What are some attractive and eco-friendly alternatives to lawns? What programs exist to help streamside landowners? What about ditch water users?

Have you asked these questions? Is so, be sure to join Cascadia Conservation District and the Chelan-Douglas County Master Gardner Program to learn about eco-friendly lawn care and more. This class will teach you how to make the most of your lawn and yard while keeping water conservation and water quality in mind!

Check out our Your Lawn, Watered Right brochure to get a sneak peek at some of the class topics: 


Alan Smith was born and raised in South Dakota.  He attended Cleveland State University receiving a BBA degree in accounting in 1969.  Alan’s got the gardening bug in 1971 in Cleveland becoming enamored with the Rodale Press magazine and organic gardening.  He moved to Wenatchee in 1985 and expanded his efforts into blue berries, marionberries and grapes in addition to the basic garden vegetables. Al has been a Master Gardener for three years. In college, he played soccer and he still believes that’s the REAL football game. In addition to gardening, he has a love of fly fishing and enjoys a good game of bridge.

Ryan Williams has a combined 13 years of experience with Conservation Districts in Washington State, including 11 years at Snohomish CD and 2 years at Mason CD. Ryan has worked with private landowners in urban and rural environments with a focus on native plants, river and wetland restoration and backyard conservation. Ryan is the Program Director for Cascadia Conservation District.

February 2nd

Be Red Cross Ready

(Spanish 6pm and English 7:30pm)

Be Red Cross Ready

Everyone knows the Red Cross helps people during disasters and emergencies. You may not know that it’s also part of our mission to help you help yourself and your community before an emergency occurs! Becoming “Red Cross Ready” means following our 3 simple steps to ensure you are prepared for a disaster:

  • Get a Kit
  • Make a Plan
  • Be Informed

We’ll teach you how to prepare yourself, your family, and your community during this 1-hour course. Being prepared may not prevent a disaster, but it will give you confidence to meet the challenge!

Ryan Rodin is the Executive Director of the Greater Inland Northwest Chapter of the American Red Cross, which covers 15 counties in Eastern Washington and North Idaho. Prior to becoming Director in April, 2019, Ryan served as a board member of the Chapter for 5 years. Ryan has previously worked in the non-profit and political world and enjoys being in the outdoors and traveling in his spare time. Ryan always appreciates the opportunity to carry out a key part of the Red Cross mission by providing disaster preparedness presentations designed to make our communities safer.

Hannah Christen is the Disaster Program Manager for the American Red Cross serving Chelan, Douglas, Grant, and Okanogan Counties. Before this position, Hannah served as an Americorps member with the Red Cross focusing on community disaster preparedness. Hannah is passionate about community preparedness education and working to build disaster-resilient communities.

Prepárese con las Cruz Roja. Prepárese ante desastres

¡Capacitación GRATUITA de preparación para emergencias para su comunidad! Las inundaciones, los huracanes y los incendios forestales son cada vez más frecuentes y pueden resultar devastadores para nuestros seres queridos, hogares y comunidades.

Desarrolle la confianza que necesita aprendiendo pasos simples que puede tomar ahora, para prepararse y proteger a su familia. Aprender es fácil, a través de una de nuestras capacitaciones gratuitas sobre preparación para desastres.

Be Red Cross Ready es un Plan de Estudios sobre Educación en Preparación organizado por la Cruz Roja Americana, dirigido a adultos e impartido por presentadores certificados. Es además nacional, estandarizado, y GRATUITO. El programa está diseñado para ayudar a las personas a comprender, prepararse y responder adecuadamente a las catástrofes.

El plan de estudios tiene la opción de mezclar y combinar módulos de preparación para emergencias sobre peligros locales relevantes para su comunidad. Estos módulos incluyen: Elementos imprescindibles para la preparación, incendios domésticos, huracanes, terremotos, inundaciones,tsunamis, tornados, incendios forestales,calor extremo, tormentas eléctricas, tormentasinvernales, volcanes y deslizamientos de tierras.

Hannah Carter es un miembro de AmeriCorps que trabaja con la región de Los Angeles de la Cruz Roja Americana. Ella trabaja como una líder de preparación para la región junto con su compañera Francesca, y se enfoca en la preparación de la comunidad para desastres.

Soy Francesca Brighty de la Cruz Roja Americana. Yo soy una miembra del programa AmeriCorps para el equipo de la preparación para los desastres en la región de Los Angeles. Trabajo con mi colega, Hannah Carter, haciendo y presentando materiales de la educaión sobre la preparación

February 9th

How to Cope with the Ongoing Stress of the Pandemic

Have you been feeling ongoing stress during this time? Maybe you’re not feeling much at all, which can also be a protective reaction to overwhelming stressors. Join us for a conversation with Christine Wineberg, psychologist and behavioral medicine consultant at CVCH to talk about resilience to help you develop the endurance necessary to deal with the pandemic. Resilience is not about being strong all the time. Rather, resilience is recognizing that both struggle and strength exist in the present moment.

This class will be held via Zoom. Please note that you will have to use a password to enter the class. Class Link and Passcode will be listed here and emailed to participants prior to the class.

Presenter Bio: Christine Wineberg, Psy.D., is a licensed clinical psychologist and the behavioral medicine consultant at CVCH in Chelan. She is from Philadelphia, PA, has a Master of Arts degree in Music Therapy from Drexel University and a Psy.D. from Immaculata University. Christine’s areas of interest include health psychology, therapeutic assessment, autism and compassion fatigue. She enjoys singing, playing guitar and piano, hiking, snowshoeing and swimming and serves on the board of Lake Chelan Bach Fest which hosts an annual classical music festival.

February 23rd

Open-forum Conversation on How to Educate & Engage Online

Have you had to transition from in-person learning to online engagement? Are you now setting your organization meetings up via Zoom? We all have had to make adjustments during this time and learn new processes. We at Pybus University have had to as well and would like to talk about it. Join us for an open-forum conversation about how to educate and engage our community online. We’ll have members from the community share what they have learned switching to an online platform when presenting community classes.

We will go over the challenges associated with online presentations, how to create an atmosphere of learning, maneuvering through technology ups and downs, ways to interact or encourage participant interaction and more. This class is a conversation for community groups and individuals who are working to host educational classes they would normally host in person.

Presenter Bio: Mary Henson is the Pybus University Coordinator with the Pybus Public Market. In a previous position, Mary worked with Marine and Family Programs at USMC base Camp Pendleton leading and facilitating adult education courses. She will talk through how you can take basic adult education learning techniques and translate them into an online platform.

March 2nd

Survival to Thrival: A Conversation on Assisting Small Businesses

Join us for a conversation with Meredith and Linda from the Wenatchee Downtown Association about what small businesses in our community can do to move from a state of survival to thriving during this challenging time. They will discuss the state of businesses in different industry sectors and begin the conversation about the effects of the pandemic. Throughout the class you will learn about some of the “best practices” shared from small businesses and the small ways you can make a big impact for your business with simple modifications and messaging. Find out how to cut through the COVID CLUTTER and turn to more traditional messaging options. Move forward into 2021 with realistic plans and goals and build up your customer support and loyalty during this difficult time.

Bios: Linda Haglund is the Executive Director of the Wenatchee Downtown Association and is a local through and through. When she took her job almost 10 years ago, she considered it her DREAM JOB out of all the others she has had the honor to do in the past. She gets to work every day in the downtown she grew up. She believes there is no better time than NOW to be community connected.

Meredith Hilger is the Program & Event Director of the Wenatchee Downtown Association. She is a Wenatchee native with deep roots here. She grew up with her family owning a downtown business, and loves that she gets to continue to be a part of this wonderful community.

March 9th

Feel to Heal: Regulate Your Emotions Through the Power of Music

Join us for a generative discussion on how we can leverage the power of music in our everyday lives to help us feel, heal, and thrive. This special session will include an immersive sound bath meditation to experience the power of sound healing in practice.

We live in a culture that fears emotion. Often, we deny, repress, and hide our emotions, feeling like there is something wrong with us when we experience anger, anxiety, frustration, insecurity, overwhelm, and more. Left unexpressed, our emotions can accumulate into dis-ease, physically, psychologically, emotionally, and spiritually. But the truth is, we must feel in order to heal. Music is a powerfully under-utilized resource to help us regulate and process our emotions, so that we can increase our resilience for uncomfortable feelings and life stressors, release pent up and painful emotional energy, and ultimately calm our nervous systems to regain internal balance. Join us to experience it for yourself!

Bios: Ada Ketchie & Nathan Getzin are the founders of Wakes, creating experiences to help people awaken to a more meaningful and mindful life! They do this by creating live immersive sound meditations, intimate concerts, retreats, and online resources. Their great love (besides each other) is music and they are passionate about using the power of sound, voice, and vibration to facilitate greater mindfulness, relaxation, emotional release and delight. Music is a powerful tool that goes beyond background filler and can be used to tangibly transform your relationship to self by relaxing the nervous system and attuning to the wisdom and insights that reside within

March 16th

Why Honey Bees Matter with McGregor Farms

Pybus Public Market’s newest vendor McGregor Farms will be presenting a class on “Why Honey Bees Matter.” Come learn about the importance of bees to our valley and the world’s food supply.

Visit McGregor Farms Honey & Meadery

Presenter Bio: McGregor Farms is a family friendly, locally owned and family operated business focused on Honey and Mead. They offer their own local honey products as well as a variety of specialty honeys. You can visit their store front in the Market to try a flight of Meads, check out some honey or find a number of bee related gifts for the whole family!

March 23rd

Brewing 101

Do you love beer but want to know more about where it comes from? Beer dates back thousands of years and has a rich history that goes hand in hand with the advancement of civilization and industry. Despite having a simple recipe mainly involving water, barely, hops, and yeast, there are hundreds of different styles that have been created in various regions throughout the world. It is commonly referred to as “drink of champions”, but what is it that makes this ambrosiac beverage so enticing? How do you make something so varied and delicious using only four ingredients? Whether you’re a homebrewer, commercial brewer, or just an avid beer geek, we’ve got the class for you. In Brewing 101 we will talk about the history of beer, origins of certain styles, ingredients used, and the basics of the brewing process.

Presenter Bio: This class is taught by Peter Siderius, Head Brewer for Wenatchee Valley Brewing Company. Peter has a passion for brewing that started 4 years ago when he first started at Wenatchee Valley Brewing and since then he has done independent researched and worked towards a degree through Central Washington University in Craft Brewing. He loves sharing his knowledge and getting others interested in a beverage that has shaped this world.

March 30th

Dahlias 101

Let’s all help make 2021 a great year for dahlia gardeners, whether we are veteran growers or enthusiastic beginners! We will provide a hands-on demonstration of how to plant and care for your dahlias. Members of the NCW Dahlia Society will talk about which dahlias grow well in this climate, and will show you how to prepare your garden, plant your tubers and tend your plants throughout the growing season. We will talk about soil preparation, selection of the best planting locations and discuss routine maintenance that is common to dahlia growers across the Northwest. We will discuss the different forms and varieties of dahlia, how to interpret dahlia terminology and where to go for additional resources as your season progresses. Tools, accessories, supporting/staking and labeling will be discussed. We will briefly touch on how you can increase your dahlia stock by taking cuttings from your tubers. Bring your questions and ideas.

Everyone in attendance will receive a coupon for a free tuber at our spring tuber sales, tentatively scheduled for April 17 and April 24 at Pybus Public Market. Depending on COVID 19 protocols, dates and location may need to be changed before April, so check our website for the most up-to-date information –

Bios: This class will be taught by members of the North Central Washington Dahlia Society. Among these are American Dahlia Society accredited judges as well as avid dahlia growers who grow simply for the joy of it. The NCW Dahlia Society is committed to providing support to all local community members who love dahlias. We are looking forward to helping you in your dahlia endeavors!!

April 13th

Homelessness in the Valley

Join us for a conversation about homelessness in the Wenatchee valley area with local area individuals and groups working to combat homelessness and create positive change. Additional information and a list of panel individuals presenting during this discussion will be provided closer to the class date.
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.