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These Storied Walls - Trace the History of Your Gardiner Property
with Dawn Thistle
Do you have a particular Gardiner home or building you find intriguing? Have you wondered about its history - who lived or worked there, what businesses operated at that location, when it was built, or how its footprint changed over the years? Many answers to these questions can be found in old maps, directories, deeds, and newspapers in the Gardiner Public Library's amazing collection of archival resources. Special Collections Librarian, Dawn Thistle, will guide you through the library's collections, as well as other historical and online sources, to develop a timeline and narrative of the property you would like to explore - and you'll find yourself happily ensconced in plenty of Gardiner history, too!
Tidying Up, Sparking Joy and Swedish Death Cleaning
with Lisa Lyons
Are you plagued with too much stuff but just don't know how to organize or get rid of it? Would you like your home to be filled just with the things you love and need, a place of relaxation instead of clutter? Do you have more heirlooms than kids who want them? Discover the “gentle art of Swedish death cleaning” and the four decluttering steps of Marie Kondo, author of The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up. Learn proven techniques to maximize your space and create a tidy home, from semi-retired professional organizer, Lisa Lyons. Have you already “kondo’d" your stuff? Let’s compare our experiences!
with Robert Harvey
Have you ever felt like Medicare regulations are a black box? There’s an alphabet soup of plans, a book of fine print and a calendar full of dates to remember. The whole thing seems like a mystery with too few clues to solve. Robert Harvey, a Licensed Insurance Agent with HealthMarkets, can answer many of the questions you may have about Medicare, from the beginning of the process on. He will discuss: when you are eligible, what is the timeline for enrollment without penalties, what original Medicare covers and what it doesn’t, what additional plans work in conjunction with original Medicare, and your financial assistance options.
Up Close and Personal with the Great Highland Bagpipe
with Vera Maheu
We've all heard Amazing Grace, Auld Lang Syne and many other songs played on the bagpipes. Here's your chance to see how they work! Learn about the different parts of the bagpipes, how to tune them, and how they're different from other instruments. We'll talk about the pipe's history and traditions, find out about available classes and how you can participate in a pipe and drum band. If you're brave enough, you might just get a chance to play them. Are the pipes calling you?
Which Camera Should I Buy?
with Gary Swinton
You only have to go into a retail store or online to get an idea of the sheer number of digital cameras on the market. There are so many brands, types and technologies, each one claiming to be the best, that it's hard to make sense of it all. Join this roundtable discussion to learn what you need to know before purchasing a digital camera. The discussion will range from point and shoot cameras to high-end digital single lens reflex cameras, with the instructor bringing a wide variety of examples to view. Interchangeable lens options (with examples provided by instructor) and purchase resources, both online and locally, will be discussed.
Wood Burning Session II
with SpinOff Studio
Wood burning has been around since the 1600s, most often used to add details to scroll work on furniture and leather. Learn the historical technique using modern means. In this class, we will go over tools including different tips, discuss safety styles, and finishing techniques. Students will first try their skills on scrap wood and then have time to work on a larger live-edge board and walk away with a finished piece. A materials fee of $10 is due to the instructor at the first class.
Wool Applique-Americana Flag
with Lorraine Hart
This project is a framed 8" x 10" American flag using red, white, and blue wool felt. The Americana flag is blanket stitched onto a blue striped background, accented with an assortment of white buttons sewn onto the red stripes and a single gold star accented with a red button. A welcomed addition to any home decor. Kits may be purchased from instructor at first class.
Worm Harvest Night
with Jock Robie
This will be a free session for any interested composting alumni. The instructor will inspect worm bins, demonstrate and assist with harvesting, and answer any questions. The instructor will bring harvest kits for alumni to use for harvesting their own worm bins. This class is offered in partnership with the Gardiner Food Co-op and Cafe.