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Carroll County Public Library schedules (Dec. 1-7)

Author John Mayden will be signing copies of “Breaking the Barriers: Keys to Unlocking Inner Peace” at the Carroll County Public Library North Carroll Branch from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3.
Author John Mayden will be signing copies of “Breaking the Barriers: Keys to Unlocking Inner Peace” at the Carroll County Public Library North Carroll Branch from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3.

The following programs will be offered through Carroll County Public Library. Registration is required only where noted. For more information, call 410-386-4488. Visit www.library.carr.org for more program information.

Eldersburg

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6400 W. Hemlock Drive, Eldersburg

410-386-4460, 410-795-3520

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Thursday

Read and Play: 9:45 a.m. For ages birth-24 months, with accompanying caregiver. Join your little one at a storytime featuring interactive books, rhymes, music, and movement, followed by playgroup activities which allow children to practice skills and socialize.

Independent Exploration: 10 a.m. For all ages. Drop-in for self-directed use of our makerspace resources during Independent Exploration, our unstaffed open lab hours. Check library.carr.org/explorationpoint for a full list of equipment and software available. Children 12 and younger must be accompanied by an adult. For staff assistance with a project or piece of equipment, please speak with a librarian to schedule a one-on-one tech appointment. Mondays and Tuesdays 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Thursdays 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturdays 10 a.m.-4 p.m., and Sundays 2-4 p.m. during listed dates.

Twos and Threes Together: Winter: 11 a.m. For ages 2-3, with accompanying caregiver. This lively, fast-paced storytime for young children includes books, songs, fingerplays, and movement.

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Independent Exploration: 5-8 p.m. For ages 16-adults. Drop-in for self-directed use of our makerspace resources during Independent Exploration, our unstaffed open lab hours. Check library.carr.org/explorationpoint for a full list of equipment and software available. For staff assistance with a project or piece of equipment, please speak with a librarian to schedule a one-on-one tech appointment.

Chat 'n' Chew: Winter Garden Tasks: 7 p.m. For adults. Join the Carroll County Master Gardeners as they discuss tasks that should be done in your winter garden. Share your successes and struggles in the garden and get advice to help your garden thrive.

Friday

Sensory Storytime: 10 a.m. For ages birth-8. This inclusive program welcomes children of all abilities and their caregivers to a supportive, judgment-free storytime. Only kids need to register.

Open Exploration: Preschool: 11 a.m. For ages 3-6. Join us in Exploration Point to encourage your preschooler's scientific thinking and problem solving skills. Drop by between 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. for informal play and exploration through self-directed STEAM activities.

Recycled Wine Cork Stoppers: 2 p.m. For adults. Join us as we create your own personal wine cork stoppers using recycled materials. Supplies will be provided. All attendees need to register.

Saturday

Saturday Storytime: Winter: 9:45 a.m. For ages birth-8. We'll share books, stories, rhymes, music, and movement. Come talk, sing, read, write, and play together in a format appropriate for young children.

Iris Folding Cards: 1 p.m. For ages 12-adults. Join us as we explore the magic of Iris folding. You will leave with a completed card and the skills to make more at home. All attendees need to register.

Sunday

Peaceful Melodies: Lydia Bandy: 2 p.m. For all ages. Enjoy the soothing sounds of piano or harp, as our local performers fill the library with beautiful calming music. This program is sponsored in part by a Community Arts Development Grant from the Carroll County Arts Council and the Maryland State Arts Council.

Winter Art - Opening Reception: 2 p.m. For all ages. The Gallery at Eldersburg Branch Library will be featuring local artists' work with a holiday theme. View the art on display, meet the artists, and inquire about purchases. The winter show pieces will be on display from December through February. Refreshments will be served.

Monday

Family Storytime: Night: 9:45 a.m. For ages birth-8. We'll share books, stories, rhymes, music, and movement. Come talk, sing, read, write, and play together in a format appropriate for young children.

Independent Exploration: 10 a.m. For all ages. Drop-in for self-directed use of our makerspace resources during Independent Exploration, our unstaffed open lab hours. Check library.carr.org/explorationpoint for a full list of equipment and software available. Children 12 and younger must be accompanied by an adult. For staff assistance with a project or piece of equipment, please speak with a librarian to schedule a one-on-one tech appointment. Mondays and Tuesdays 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Thursdays 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturdays 10 a.m.-4 p.m., and Sundays 2-4 p.m. during listed dates.

Family Storytime: Night: 11 a.m. For ages birth-8. We'll share books, stories, rhymes, music, and movement. Come talk, sing, read, write, and play together in a format appropriate for young children.

Pajama Storytime: 6:30 p.m. For all ages. There is nothing better than bedtime stories with cookies and juice. Wear your PJs to this cozy storytime. Refreshments will be served.

Tuesday

Read and Play: 9:15 a.m. For ages birth-24 months, with accompanying caregiver. Join your little one at a storytime featuring interactive books, rhymes, music, and movement, followed by playgroup activities which allow children to practice skills and socialize.

Independent Exploration: 10 a.m. For all ages. Drop-in for self-directed use of our makerspace resources during Independent Exploration, our unstaffed open lab hours. Check library.carr.org/explorationpoint for a full list of equipment and software available. Children 12 and younger must be accompanied by an adult. For staff assistance with a project or piece of equipment, please speak with a librarian to schedule a one-on-one tech appointment. Mondays and Tuesdays 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Thursdays 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturdays 10 a.m.-4 p.m., and Sundays 2-4 p.m. during listed dates.

Read and Play: 10:15 a.m. For ages birth-24 months, with accompanying caregiver. Join your little one at a storytime featuring interactive books, rhymes, music, and movement, followed by playgroup activities which allow children to practice skills and socialize.

Wednesday

Read and Play: 9:45 a.m. For ages birth-24 months, with accompanying caregiver. Join your little one at a storytime featuring interactive books, rhymes, music, and movement, followed by playgroup activities which allow children to practice skills and socialize.

Twos and Threes Together: Night: 11 a.m. For ages 2-3, with accompanying caregiver. This lively, fast-paced storytime for young children includes books, songs, fingerplays, and movement.

Holiday Crocheted Trivet Ornament: 6 p.m. For adults. Register for this event. Please join Betty Green and Joann Parker to learn how to crochet a fabric trivet ornament. Please bring a size J hook to the class. You must know how to crochet to register for the class.

Finksburg

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2265 Old Westminster Pike, Finksburg

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410-386-4505

Thursday

Twos and Threes Together: Furry Friends: 9:45 a.m. For ages 2-3, with accompanying caregiver. This lively, fast-paced storytime for young children includes books, songs, fingerplays, and movement.

Read and Play: 11 a.m. For ages birth-24 months, with accompanying caregiver. Join your little one at a storytime featuring interactive books, rhymes, music, and movement, followed by playgroup activities which allow children to practice skills and socialize.

Learn About Clog Dancing: 6 p.m. For all ages. The Carroll County Cloggers are the longest continuously active clogging group in Maryland. Come watch them perform and then participate as you learn some clogging moves in this interactive program.

Friday

Songs, Stories, and Seniors: 10:30 a.m. For ages 2-adults. Stop by for a fun program filled with bell ringing, stories, and a craft with the Senior Inclusion Program. The Senior Inclusion Program is a group of senior citizens with developmental disabilities who participate in a retirement program at Westminster Senior Center. Come and join us for some great fun.

Saturday

Christmas Crafts: 10:30 a.m. For ages 7-12. Come to the library and create some fun holiday crafts for your tree or to give to someone special. All supplies will be provided. Only kids need to register.

Sunday

No special programs listed.

Monday

No special programs listed.

Tuesday

Read and Play: 9:45 a.m. For ages birth-24 months, with accompanying caregiver. Join your little one at a storytime featuring interactive books, rhymes, music, and movement, followed by playgroup activities which allow children to practice skills and socialize.

Twos and Threes Together: Down Under: 11 a.m. For ages 2-3, with accompanying caregiver. This lively, fast-paced storytime for young children includes books, songs, fingerplays, and movement.

Ready, Set, School: Down Under: 1:30 p.m. For ages 3-6. An independent storytime that prepares children for school. Fun, hands-on activities will teach listening, pre-reading, math, movement, music, and art skills. All adult caregivers are welcome.

Wednesday

Family Storytime: Down Under: 9:45 a.m. For ages birth-8. We'll share books, stories, rhymes, music, and movement. Come talk, sing, read, write, and play together in a format appropriate for young children.

Family Storytime: Down Under: 11 a.m. For ages birth-8. We'll share books, stories, rhymes, music, and movement. Come talk, sing, read, write, and play together in a format appropriate for young children.

Pajama Party Storytime: Down Under: 6:30 p.m. For ages birth-8. Wear your pajamas, bring your favorite stuffed animal, and listen to stories before bed. This storytime introduces stories through books, songs, and activities appropriate for young children.

Mount Airy

705 Ridge Ave., Mount Airy

410-386-4470, 301-829-5290

Thursday

Twos and Threes Together: Make Believe: 10 a.m. For ages 2-3, with accompanying caregiver. This lively, fast-paced storytime for young children includes books, songs, fingerplays, and movement.

Music and Movement: Yoga: 2 p.m. For ages 2-6. Dance, music, and cooperative games help children learn how to work and play together as well as develop listening and motor skills. This program provides opportunities for children and their caregivers to participate together listening to stories and engaging in different movement activities.

Friday

Ready, Set, School: Make Believe: 10 a.m. For ages 3-6. An independent storytime that prepares children for school. Fun, hands-on activities will teach listening, pre-reading, math, movement, music, and art skills. All adult caregivers are welcome.

Family Storytime: Make Believe: 11 a.m. For ages birth-8. We'll share books, stories, rhymes, music, and movement. Come talk, sing, read, write, and play together in a format appropriate for young children.

Saturday

Questions About Health Insurance?: 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. For adults. Open enrollment on the MD Health Connection is from Nov. 1 to Jan. 31. Navigating the website can be challenging and the library is here to help! Certified staff will be available to assist you in applying, shopping, and enrolling for health insurance on the MD Health Connection. Appointments can be made at www.doortohealthcare.org beginning in early to mid-October. Appointments are strongly encouraged but walk-ins are welcome. This program is for those not on Medicare.

Sensory Storytime: 9:45 a.m. For ages birth-8. This inclusive program welcomes children of all abilities and their caregivers to a supportive, judgment-free storytime. Only kids need to register.

Saturday Storytime: Make Believe: 11 a.m. For ages birth-8. We'll share books, stories, rhymes, music, and movement. Come talk, sing, read, write, and play together in a format appropriate for young children.

Sunday

No special programs listed.

Monday

Read and Play: 9:45 a.m. For ages birth-24 months, with accompanying caregiver. Join your little one at a storytime featuring interactive books, rhymes, music, and movement, followed by playgroup activities which allow children to practice skills and socialize.

Twos and Threes Together: Art: 11 a.m. For ages 2-3, with accompanying caregiver. This lively, fast-paced storytime for young children includes books, songs, fingerplays, and movement.

Tuesday

Family Storytime: Art: 10 a.m. For ages birth-8. We'll share books, stories, rhymes, music, and movement. Come talk, sing, read, write, and play together in a format appropriate for young children.

Family Storytime: Art: 11 a.m. For ages birth-8. We'll share books, stories, rhymes, music, and movement. Come talk, sing, read, write, and play together in a format appropriate for young children.

The Maryland Zoo Presents: Conservation Conversation: 6:30 p.m. For ages 12-adults. The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore will have an in-depth discussion of the Panamanian Golden Frog's natural history, the conservation concerns, and the ways in which the Zoo and other organization are working to protect them. Presented by the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore with funding from The Kahlert Foundation. All attendees need to register.

Wednesday

Read and Play: 9:45 a.m. For ages birth-24 months, with accompanying caregiver. Join your little one at a storytime featuring interactive books, rhymes, music, and movement, followed by playgroup activities which allow children to practice skills and socialize.

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Twos and Threes Together: Art: 11 a.m. For ages 2-3, with accompanying caregiver. This lively, fast-paced storytime for young children includes books, songs, fingerplays, and movement.

Family Cookie Time Storytime: 6:45 p.m. For ages birth-10. Bring the whole family and get in the winter spirit with a special evening storytime full of tasty stories, a yummy craft, cookie decorating, and of course, cookie eating. Refreshments will be served.

North Carroll

2255 Hanover Pike, Greenmount

410-386-4480

Thursday

Energy Assistance and So Much More: 9:30 a.m. For adults. Human Services Programs of Carroll County will be in the library to provide energy assistance information, refer clients for hearing aids and eyeglasses, assist with security deposits, and connect people to other HSP emergency services. HSP staff will be in the branch 9:30-11:30 a.m.

Family Storytime: Dogs: 10 a.m. For ages birth-8. We'll share books, stories, rhymes, music and movement. Come talk, sing, read, write, and play together in a format appropriate for young children.

Friday

Read and Play: 10:30 a.m. For ages birth-24 months, with accompanying caregiver. Join your little one at a storytime featuring interactive books, rhymes, music, and movement, followed by playgroup activities which allow children to practice skills and socialize.

Winter Wonderland: 1-3 p.m. For ages 3-6. Join us for a make it, take it craft time. Make a variety of crafts in our library workshop.

Saturday

Your Book Is Published, What's Next?: 1 p.m. For adults. Reverend John Clark Mayden Jr. will discuss proven strategies for marketing your book to your target audience. Rev. Mayden is the pastor at Mount Zion United Methodist Church in Carroll County and is the author of three spiritual books, including his most recent "Breaking the Barriers: Keys to Unlocking Inner Peace."

Sunday

No special programs listed.

Monday

North Carroll Knitters Night: 7 p.m. For adults. Knitters and crocheters are all welcome to join this semi-monthly gathering to share tips, projects, and patterns.

Tuesday

Move & Learn: Fairy Tales: 10 a.m. For ages 2-6. A theme-based storytime featuring an age-appropriate story, songs, and learning activities, with a concentration on creative movement.

Move & Learn: Fairy Tales: 11 a.m. For ages 2-6. A theme-based storytime featuring an age-appropriate story, songs, and learning activities, with a concentration on creative movement.

A Downton at Christmas Tea: 6:30 p.m. For adults. The most-watched PBS drama in history, Downton Abbey, left us with fond memories. Join us for a tea with Gypsy's Tea Room as we look back at Downton Christmas holidays. Remember Matthew's proposal to Mary in the glistening snow? In addition to soup, scones, canapés, chicken salad, smoked salmon, trifles, shortbread, accompaniments, and teas, you will be able to meet library staff dressed as some of the main characters. Dress for the tea is encouraged, such as hats, gloves, or attire from any Downton era, but certainly not necessary. Register early due to limited reservations. Refreshments will be served. All attendees need to register.

Teen Writing Group: 7 p.m. For ages 11-17. Attention teen writers. Here is your opportunity to share your individual writing with others, or work together to craft a new story. Be prepared to talk about characters, plots, and settings.

Wednesday

Family Storytime: Fairy Tales: 10 a.m. For ages birth-8. We'll share books, stories, rhymes, music and movement. Come talk, sing, read, write, and play together in a format appropriate for young children.

Questions About Health Insurance?: 5:30-8:30 p.m. For adults. Open enrollment on the MD Health Connection is from Nov. 1 to Jan. 31. Navigating the website can be challenging and the library is here to help! Certified staff will be available to assist you in applying, shopping, and enrolling for health insurance on the MD Health Connection. Appointments can be made at www.doortohealthcare.org beginning in early to mid-October. Appointments are strongly encouraged but walk-ins are welcome! This program is for those not on Medicare.

Pajama Party Storytime: Fairy Tales: 6:45 p.m. For ages birth-8. Wear your pajamas, bring your favorite stuffed animal, and listen to stories before bed. This storytime introduces stories through books, songs, and activities appropriate for young children.

Taneytown

10 Grand Drive, Taneytown

410-386-4510

Thursday

Family Storytime: Toys: 9:45 a.m. For ages birth-8. We'll share books, stories, rhymes, music, and movement. Come talk, sing, read, write, and play together in a format appropriate for young children.

Holiday Cards: 6:30 p.m. For ages 15-adults. We're going to make fun holiday cards using stamps and paper quilling. We'll provide the supplies and instruction, so stop by and join us to make awesome hand-crafted cards.

Friday

Book Chat: 1 p.m. For adults. Join us for book sharing. Tell others what you've been reading and get ideas for what to read next.

Writer's Circle: 2 p.m. For adults. Nothing clarifies thoughts and ideas like writing them down. Join us to listen and share whatever you write: essays, poetry, stories, etc.

Saturday

All Wrapped Up: Holiday Drop-In Crafts: 10 a.m.-noon. For ages 2-10. December holiday craft and activities for children to make and take home. A fun and festive event to get everyone in the holiday mood.

Junior Gardener's Workshop: Create a Christmas Mug: 1:30 p.m. For ages 8-12. Register for this event. Learn how to create a festive holiday arrangement! Members from the Silver Fancy Garden Club will provide the materials and expertise to help you create a gorgeous arrangement in a Christmas mug. All supplies will be provided. Only kids need to register.

Sunday

Make a Keepsake Ornament: 2 p.m. For adults. Register for this event. Bring 10-20 pictures of family and friends and use them to create a beautiful photo ball ornament. Great fun to do together, so bring your friends.

Monday

Upcycle Your Empties: 6:30 p.m. For ages 13-adults. Register for this event. Turn empty bottles, corks, and caps into adorable creations perfect for gift giving; gifts so cute you'll want to keep them for yourself. All supplies will be provided. Refreshments will be served.

Tuesday

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Twos and Threes Together: Birds: 9:45 a.m. For ages 2-3, with accompanying caregiver. This lively, fast-paced storytime for young children includes books, songs, fingerplays, and movement.

Teen Advisory Board: 6:30 p.m. For ages 12-17. Need service hours? Stop in and share your opinions with the library staff about books, music, movies, and programs that you'd like to see at the Taneytown Branch. Refreshments will be served.

Wednesday

Wee Dance: 9:45 a.m. For ages 3-6. We use songs and movement to learn some of the basics of dancing. Join in the fun as we learn to dance with Kim Golliday from the Taneytown Dance Center.

Read and Play: 11 a.m. For ages birth-24 months, with accompanying caregiver. Join your little one at a storytime featuring interactive books, rhymes, music, and movement, followed by playgroup activities which allow children to practice skills and socialize.

Pajama Party Storytime: Birds: 6:30 p.m. For ages birth-8. Wear your pajamas, bring your favorite stuffed animal, and listen to stories before bed. This storytime introduces stories through books, songs, and activities appropriate for young children.

Westminster

50 E. Main St., Westminster

410-386-4490

Thursday

Twos and Threes Together: Homes: 10 a.m. For ages 2-3, with accompanying caregiver. This lively, fast-paced storytime for young children includes books, songs, fingerplays, and movement.

Read and Play: 11 a.m. For ages birth-24 months, with accompanying caregiver. Join your little one at a storytime featuring interactive books, rhymes, music, and movement, followed by playgroup activities which allow children to practice skills and socialize.

Family Storytime: Homes: 1 p.m. For ages birth-8. We'll share books, stories, rhymes, music, and movement. Come talk, sing, read, write, and play together in a format appropriate for young children.

Music-Create, Mix, & Master: 2:30 p.m. For ages 16-adults. Explore and create sounds and music using a microphone and keyboard. Mix them up using the Audiobox USB interface and then record and produce your masterpiece using PreSonus Studio One recording software.

Needle Nuts: 6 p.m. For adults. Knitters and crocheters of all skill levels are welcome to join this monthly gathering to share tips, projects, and patterns. Please join us. Knitting needles are now available to check out at the Westminster Branch..

Friday

No special programs listed.

Saturday

Pre-Twinkle Violin Class: 10:30 a.m. For ages 2-6. Come to a free violin class at the library! We are offering a free 30-minute group class that will instruct children the very basics of violin playing (instrument hold, bow hold, rhythms, basic instrument care, etc.). Children will have a chance to jam along with Ms. Glenda on real violins. Questions will be answered at the end of the class regarding the Suzuki method and how to find an instrument. Only kids need to register.

Sunday

Santa's Shop: 2 p.m. For ages 5-12. Santa's Shop is open for business; just two Sundays in December, while supplies last, to shop for presents for your family. Tickets to buy each present will be handed out at the door (no money involved). No adults allowed-children only. Personal shoppers on hand to assist in making selections. All items are new.

Monday

Read and Play: 9:30 a.m. For ages birth-24 months, with accompanying caregiver. Join your little one at a storytime featuring interactive books, rhymes, music, and movement, followed by playgroup activities which allow children to practice skills and socialize.

Ready, Set, School: Fruits and Vegetables: 10:30 a.m. For ages 3-6. An independent storytime that prepares children for school. Fun, hands-on activities will teach listening, pre-reading, math, movement, music, and art skills. All adult caregivers are welcome.

Teen Advisory Board: 3:30 p.m. For ages 12-17. Calling all teens looking for leadership roles in planning library programs! We want you for our Teen Advisory Board. Meetings will start with snacks at 3:30 p.m., then we'll get down to business around 3:45 p.m. Need service hours? We've got those too. Refreshments will be served.

Tuesday

Let's Move!: Fruits and Vegetables: 10 a.m. For ages 2-5. Our regular, theme-based storytime with a twist, a stretch, and maybe a yoga pose! There will be an age appropriate story, songs, and a learning activity along with the opportunity to get up and get moving.

Read and Play: 11 a.m. For ages birth-24 months, with accompanying caregiver. Join your little one at a storytime featuring interactive books, rhymes, music, and movement, followed by playgroup activities which allow children to practice skills and socialize.

Pajama Party Storytime: Fruits and Vegetables: 7 p.m. For ages birth-8. Wear your pajamas, bring your favorite stuffed animal, and listen to stories before bed. This storytime introduces stories through books, songs, and activities appropriate for young children.

Wednesday

Twos and Threes Together: Fruits and Vegetables: 10 a.m. For ages 2-3, with accompanying caregiver. This lively, fast-paced storytime for young children includes books, songs, fingerplays, and movement.

Read and Play: 11 a.m. For ages birth-24 months, with accompanying caregiver. Join your little one at a storytime featuring interactive books, rhymes, music, and movement, followed by playgroup activities which allow children to practice skills and socialize.

Medicare 101: 5 p.m. For adults. Are you or someone you care about eligible for Medicare? Come and find out how to get the most out of your Medicare health benefits. There are many decisions to make when you are eligible for Medicare. We will cover the four parts of Medicare (Parts A, B, C, and D) and how they work, Medicare Supplement (medigap) plans, preventive services, and how to protect yourself from healthcare fraud. We also will cover the Medicare Savings Programs, which are not all low-income programs. Presented by Carroll County's SHIP/SMP program.

Westminster Book Discussion Group: "The Secret Place," by Tana French: 6:30 p.m. For adults. Please join us for a fun and exciting discussion of each month's featured title. New participants are always welcome.

A few of our favorites

Music: Create, Mix & Master

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Thursday, 2:30 p.m., Westminster branch. For ages 16-adults. Explore and create sounds and music using a microphone and keyboard. Mix them up using the Audiobox USB interface and then record and produce your masterpiece using PreSonus Studio One recording software.

Your Book is Published, What's Next?

Saturday, 1 p.m., North Carroll branch. For adults. Reverend John Clark Mayden Jr. will discuss proven strategies for marketing your book to your target audience. Rev. Mayden is the pastor at Mount Zion United Methodist Church in Carroll County and is the author of three spiritual books, including his most recent "Breaking the Barriers: Keys to Unlocking Inner Peace."

Holiday Crocheted Trivet Ornament

Wednesday, 6 p.m. Eldersburg branch. For adults. Register for this event. Please join Betty Green and Joann Parker to learn how to crochet a fabric trivet ornament. Please bring a size J hook to the class. You must know how to crochet to register for the class.



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