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									Sewing Artisan
November & December 2009

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Serving You 7 Days a Week

Let’s Fall into Thanks Giving and Good Cheer!
Happy Thanksgiving to one and all! And, if you’ve made it this far you’ve got to give thanks for still being here! Actually, I’ve personally found that even if the material things are a bit smaller or less abundant there just seems to be more cheer in the air. What is it that makes the Whos in Whoville still come out and hold hands even though the Grinch stole all their gifts? I think I’ve figured it out: you just can’t take away GOOD WILL TOWARDS ALL! I’ve seen more customers come in this year making gifts for their friends and family. I love helping the lady who can’t remember how to thread her serger and she’s making Christmas stockings for her grandchildren. I watched Pat help a lady embroider a Teddy Bear for her daughter’s Santa gift. What a great business to own and see so much giving by both staff and customers alike. As long as we have a needle, some thread, and a little fabric, there’s a quilt, a bear, a stocking out there ready to be given to the one you love and that will be remembered always. Now, believe me, an occasional Bernina or Janome can definitely make for a brighter Christmas, especially seeing how over the years these tools pay it forward, making the gifts that keep on giving! This Fall also brings Ricky Tims, Alex Anderson, and Libby Lehman to us for a special fun-filled three days of Sewing with the Stars! Come and be a part of this celebration of quilting starting December 3rd and going through the 5th. See us, our web site, or just call for details. Be part of the action!

Monday – Thursday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.


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Beyond Machine Basics
BSR Blitz 1
For all Bernina Stitch Regulator owners and prospective owners. Students will learn how to use their BSR feet for quilting and thread painting applications. They will learn to make the most of this wonderful Bernina exclusive. Prospective buyers may come and try it! Prerequisite: Bernina Basics 1. Tuesday, Nov. 10 (6:00p - 8:30p) OR Saturday, Dec. 20 (2:00p - 4:30p) TUITION: $25 (discount if purchased at SewVac Ltd.) Instructor: Susan Slesinger

Seasonal Serger Classes
Join Lana for our new Seasonal Serger Classes. Each session is three hours long and there will be a supply list available upon sign-up. These classes require that your serger is in good working order and you know the basics of threading your machine and know how to change it for the different configurations. You will have a great time as Lana teaches you!

Angel Quilt Project

Please join this fun opportunity to give of yourself while creating something special and, as a result of our efforts together, we can wrap a lot of babies in our love! If you are unable to make it to one of our meetings, you may work from home. Donations of cotton or flannel fabric (children’s prints) would be greatly appreciated. For more Winter Serger Class information or details on quilt Lana will cover: Place Mat, Christmas construction contact Pat Clark: Stocking, Snow Hat or Saturday, Nov. 7 (11:00a - 2:00p) (562) 430-7115 TUITION: $25 per class 2nd Wednesdays (9a - Noon) BSR Blitz 2 (discount if purchased at SewVac Ltd.) November 11, December 11 For all Bernina Stitch Regulator owners Instructor: Lana McMillan and prospective owners. In this second Fee: FREE level class you will explore techniques such Coordinator: Pat Clark as double needle doodling, bobbin quilting Take Your Artista and (think Ricky Tims prize winning projects!), Series 8 to the Limits thread painting, the BSR zigzag (Artista owners), adjusting tension to use specialty Students will learn how to set up and threads and more challenging quilting personalize their 8 series and Artista techniques. Prerequisite: Bernina Basics series sewing computers. They will Class1 and BSR Blitz 1 or confidence with learn how the specialized functions and memory features can make sewing free-motion quilting. Tuesday, Nov. 17 (6:00p - 8:30p) easier and faster. 180-200, 730, and new 830 owners will learn how to get TUITION: $25 (discount if purchased at SewVac Ltd.) the most out of their multi-directional Seaside Dolls Club 4th stitching function. For owners of all Instructor: Susan Slesinger Annual Doll Challenge Artista and Series 8 models. Tuesday, Dec. 8 (6:00p - 8:30p) The theme of our challenge is Buttonholes and Terrific TUITION: $25 “Eccentric Old Broad”. The dolls will be on display from November 2 through Tapering with the 8 Series (free for SewVac purchasers) Bernina 8 Series owners will learn to use Instructor: Susan Slesinger December 5. Customers and the amazing tapering function on their employees of SewVac are welcome to machines. It works for appliqué, decorative sewing and crafting. This class is part of American Sewing Guild vote, during this time period, on a doll the SewVac commitment to give our The Long Beach Chapter of the they think best represents the theme customers the best owner’s education. American Sewing Guild is now of our challenge. Dolls will be Monday, Dec. 21 (2:00p - 4:30p) meeting in our store on the fourth prominently displayed with ballots and TUITION: $25 a ballot box will be available. (discount if purchased at SewVac Ltd.) Wednesday of each month from 10:00 Instructor: Susan Slesinger a.m. to Noon. Visit the store for details.

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Creative Classes
Block of the Month
2009 BOM Finishing Class More details to come, but you will need to order and buy the finishing kit ahead of class. We can only take 15 students per class. Two classes offered at this time. Class one: Saturday, December 12 (10:30a - 4:30p) Class two: Saturday, January 9, 2010 (10:30a - 4:30p) TUITION: $20 per class Instructor: Sandy Szladek Mid-Year Block of the Month Make a new block each month, live, in our classroom. The cost for this program is $10 per month, or $99 for the whole year. Once you’ve picked out your colors, Nina will be teaching you how to make the block in the store each month. Learn new ways of making quilting easier, and learn how to put fabric colors together in new ways. 3rd Saturday of each month 1:00p - 4:00p OR 5:00p - 8:00p Instructor: Nina Anderson

Chelsea Handbags
These bags are not only decorative, but useful for carrying when you are shopping. You can easily wash them to keep them bacteria-free when used to hold produce, etc. They would make a great and useful gift. There are two sizes and both can be completed in class, using the techniques of Amy Butler. Pattern and supplies available at SewVac Ltd. Saturday, Dec. 12 (10:30a - 2:00p) TUITION: $25 Instructor: Judy Callea

Endless Embroidery for the Bernina 830
Students will learn how to use the Endless Embroidery feature of the Bernina 830 and how to use decorative stitches to create embroidery designs. Monday, Nov. 30 (1:00p - 5:00p) TUITION: $30 (free if machine purchased at SewVac Ltd.) Instructor: Susan Slesinger

Fleece Fun
It’s a blanket, no it’s a pillow. Could it be both? Our Janome teacher, Helen Bletko has taken the Quillow to new heights. Students will learn about embroidering or embellishing on high nap fabric, attaching thick piping using an adjustable zipper foot and be making a one of a kind item that everyone in the family will want to snuggle up with in those cold winter months. Tuesday, Nov. 24 (5:00p - 8:30p) TUITION: $15 Instructor: Helen Bletko

Christmas Table Runner
The table runner is a simple set of 3 bordered squares set on point and surrounded by white triangles and borders. It’s fun and easy. You should be able to complete the top during class. It is from the book “Mostly Table Runners” from Calico Printworks. There will be kits available. There will be a short break for lunch. Tuesday, Nov. 3 (10:30a - 3:00p) TUITION: $25 for class only, or $45 for class plus kit Instructor: Nancy Jordan

Charitable Gift: Noriko Bag
Judy Callea is giving a class for volunteers to make some decorative bags to hold hygiene items. The bags will be given to women and girls at the Los Angeles Rescue Mission in downtown Los Angeles for Christmas. We also welcome any donations of wash cloths, soap, shampoo, conditioner, lotion, combs, socks, tooth brushes, or tooth paste. A free pattern will be available in class. Please sign up for this class and bring any fabric scraps you might have, along with your sewing machine and notions. Monday, Nov. 2 (10:30a - 1:30p) TUITION: Free Instructor: Judy Callea

Creative Café
Come and join fellow creative spirits for coffee, chocolate, chatter, and creativity at our latest sewing group. This is designed for sewers 18 and over who would like to work “out of the box” and do projects such as decorating purchased clothing, making items for the home, and bringing their own ideas to life. Susan may do a brief optional demonstration of a creative technique. We provide refreshments, machines and equipment - you provide the imagination. Knitters and crafters are also welcome to join us. 4th Tuesdays (6:30p - 9:00p) November 24, December 22 TUITION: $59/nine classes Instructor: Susan Slesinger

Folk Art Wreath Quilt
This quilt combines simple piecing and the beauty of appliqué and the end result is stunning! Machine appliqué and piecing techniques will be featured in class. Judy will focus on other skills such as rotary cutting and using connector blocks to simplify the quilt piecing. This would be a beautiful holiday gift for a loved one. 2 sessions. Saturdays, October 3 & 31 (11:00a - 2:30p) TUITION: $40 Instructor: Judy Callea

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Creative Classes, Continued
Let’s do a Mother & Daughter Purse Class
The new Carmel Swing Bag is a stylish, fun-to-make bag with an overthe-shoulder strap and magnetic snap closure with inside pockets. There are lots of different design ideas for completing this bag! Pattern and supplies are available at SewVac Ltd. Students should know how to use the basic features of their sewing machine. Saturday, Nov. 14 (10:30a - 2:00p) TUITION: $35 for mother & daughter, Or $30 for adult only Instructor: Judy Callea

Raw Edge Appliqué
A spectacular Basket of Poinsettias in beautiful batiks featuring a raw edge appliqué technique - this is an opportunity to practice free motion quilting on a beautiful wall quilt. It’s an interesting application of the appliqued design and you will love the idea of embellishing with the threads of your choice. It’s fun and uniquely creative. Saturday, Sept. 26 & October 10 (10:30a - 2p) 2 sessions TUITION: $40 Instructor: Judy Callea

Sandy’s November Secret
Sandy’s class for November is called “Country Wreath”. It’s a lap quilt and there will be a kit. Cost includes the kit. Sundays, November 1 & 22 (Noon - 4:30p) 2 sessions TUITION: $45, including kit Instructor: Sandy Szladek

Sew Tranquil
Do you need a little time off from the holiday rush? Bring your sewing, knitting, handwork or other project to our sewing oasis and get a little creative respite. Susan will be on hand to help you with your projects. We will provide soothing music and snacks. Teens welcome if accompanied by an adult. Please RSVP by November 24 so we know it is a “go” and can shop for food. Friday, Nov. 27 (12:30p - 4:30p) TUITION: $10 Instructor: Susan Slesinger

Quilts of Valor
Quilts of Valor is a non-profit foundation whose goal is to cover our combat wounded. We make quilts that are presented to our Veterans who have served in Iraq or Afghanistan. We are always looking for volunteers to help cut, sew, or press fabrics. We also need long-arm quilters. For details, contact Barbara Winkler at (562) 925-7673 or email This is not about politics — it’s about people! Meets Thursdays from 1p - 5p Check our web site calendar for any changes.

Machine Quilting 101

Everything you wanted to know about quilting with your walking foot, but were afraid to ask! In this class you will learn how to prepare a quilt for machine quilting. You will learn how to successfully quilt a project using your walking foot and be shown how much can actually be quilted (yes, walking feet can do curves!). Students will be guided through a series of progressive exercises so that they’ll feel comfortable machine quilting. Wednesday, Nov. 11 (6:00p - 8:30p) Raggy Flannel Quilt TUITION: $25 (discounted if taken Create a one-of-a-kind raggy flannel with Machine Quilting 102) jacket made of 2 layers of flannel. It can be funky, elegant, colorful or Instructor: Susan Slesinger muted. This jacket is perfect for Southern California. Class fee includes the pattern. There will be some Machine Quilting 102 In this technique class students will be homework between classes! If you guided through a series of progressive don’t have a machine you can borrow a exercises to learn how to control their classroom one when the classroom is machines, outline quilt, echo quilt and not in use. Minimum skill level: how to do all over free motion quilting. Completed beginning sewing class. 3 lessons. BSR feet welcome. Sundays, Jan. 10, 24 & Feb. 7 Wednesday, Nov. 18 (6:00p - 8:30p) (2:00p - 4:30p) TUITION: $25 (discounted if taken TUITION: $35 with Machine Quilting 101) Instructor: Susan Slesinger Instructor: Susan Slesinger

Snow Days Tree Set
This tree set is perfect for a table top tree. Class includes tree skirt and three ornaments - mittens, hats, and stockings. The ornaments can be made from 5” charm squares. The tree skirt is 20” wide including the ruffle and the ornaments are 4” to 4½”. This is a fun class for the holiday season. Pattern and supplies are available at SewVac. Saturday, Nov. 28 (10:30a - 1:30p) TUITION: $25 Instructor: Judy Callea

The Blanket with Sleeves
It’s a blanket with sleeves? You’ve seen them advertised on TV and wondered how they would do that? Wonder no more. Helen Bletko will show you just how easy these sleeved blankets truly are. You can make this blanket in only a couple hours and you can make in any color or print of fleece you want. You are the artist. Sunday, Nov. 15 (1p - 4:00p) TUITION: $19.95 Instructor: Helen Bletko

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Give your beloved baby a unique gift. Learn how to turn a fabric book panel into a personalized treasure every child will love. Just in time for the holidays, Martha will walk you through all the steps to make a one-of-a-kind book for your pride and joy. Materials are available at SewVac, in kit form or as individual items. You may bring your own sewing machine or use a classroom model. All that’s needed is a basic knowledge of machine sewing. Personalize your book with your baby’s name. This takes only a few minutes, but needs to be done prior to class. Contact Martha at to schedule. Fee for personalized embroidery is $10, which can be applied to a future SewVac purchase. These kid-friendly fabric books are perfect gifts for babies and toddlers. Start your little one on a lifetime of reading pleasure with his or her very own book. Friday, Nov. 6 (2:00p - 5:00p) OR Tues. Dec. 8 (6:00p - 8:30p) TUITION: $19.95 without kit, or $34.95 with kit Instructor: Martha Haber

Parks & Rec Classes
Adult Beginning Sewing: Beyond Beginning Sewing
The Tote Bag. Students will learn several sewing techniques including rotary cutting (great for quilting!), zipper application, seam finishing, and how to use and care for a sewing machine. In this class students will make a large zippered tote. This class is great for future quilters and home dec sewers. Fee includes pattern and use of sewing machine. Five parts. Wed, Jan. 6, 13, 20, 27, Feb. 3 (6:00p - 9:00p) TUITION: $59 Instructor: Susan Slesinger The Jammies. Students will make adult or children’s pajamas (bottom in choice of lengths and a top or camisole) while increasing their sewing skills. Techniques include buttonholes, setting sleeves, creating ties and elementary pattern fitting. Class fee includes one pattern and use of a sewing machine. Pre requisite: Adult Beginning Sewing or similar level. Please call (562) 498-6684 for supply list before class. Monday, Sept. 14, 21, Oct. 5 & 12 (6:00p - 9:00p) OR Monday, Jan. 4, 11, 18 & 25 (6:00p - 9:00p) TUITION: $49 Instructor: Susan Slesinger

Sewing 911
Students will learn “emergency” clothing repairs (i.e. sewing on buttons, mending seams, repairing hems). Techniques can be done by hand or machine. Call SewVac Ltd. for supply list (562) 498-6684. Tuesday, December 30 (2p - 5p) TUITION: $25 Instructor: Susan Slesinger

Beyond Beginning Sewing
Top or Bottom. Students will make a cute skirt, tunic top or pajama bottoms in a choice of lengths, while learning skills, such as sleeve insertion, waistband construction, use of interfacing, seam finishes and basic pattern fitting. Class fee includes one pattern and use of a sewing machine. Pre requisite: Adult Beginning Sewing or similar level. Please call (562) 4986684 for supply list before class. Thurs, Nov. 19, Dec. 3 & 10 (6p - 9p) OR Wed, Feb. 10, 17 & 24 (6p - 9p) TUITION: $45 Instructor: Susan Slesinger

It’s Not Too Late for Christmas (or Spring) Quilt
No quilting experience is needed for this class - you only have to have a sense of adventure and be able to sew a straight stitch. You will make multicolored PaintStick patches using Shiva sticks and rubbing plates. After they have a chance to dry, you will come back to make your wall hanging (or table runner). Choose Christmas or Garden Flower plates. Sunday, Nov. 8 (1:30p - 4:30p) and November 22 (1:00p - 5:00p) TUITION: $30 Instructor: Susan Slesinger

Sewing Machine Boot Camp
Do you have a sewing machine which you do not know how to use? Are you nervous about using your machine? Come and learn how to use your machine and how to perform basic maintenance on it. Please call (562) 498-6684 for a supply list prior to class. Please, NO TOY MACHINES. Thursday, Oct. 15 (6p - 9p) (6p - 9p) OR Wed, Nov. 4 (1:30p - 4:30p) OR Sun, Dec. 6 OR Tues, Dec. 29 (2:00p - 5:00p) TUITION: $30 Instructor: Susan Slesinger

Parks and Recreation Classes must be enrolled through the LONG BEACH PARKS & RECREATION DEPARTMENT (562) 570-3111. Space is limited, so register early to avoid disappointment.

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Software Classes
Bernina Software V6 Part 1
For all levels. This class will cover the basics of your software. If you have Editor Plus or Designer Plus, this is where you begin. If you have V5. you are welcome to join the class but new features have been added to V6. Monday, October 26 (2p - 5p) OR (6p - 9p) TUITION: $50 (free for SewVac Ltd. purchasers) Instructor: Linda Huhta

Ricky Tims

Editor Lite & Art Design
Learn the icons and menus and how you can create designs and add lettering, while exploring your Editor Lite or Art Design software. Check our web site calendar for class schedule: TUITION: $50 (free for SewVac Ltd. purchasers) Instructor: Linda Huhta

Bernina Software V6 Part 2
For all levels. This class will cover tools that are in both levels. Monday, November 9 (2p - 5p) OR (6p - 9p) TUITION: $50 (free for SewVac Ltd. purchasers) Instructor: Linda Huhta

Explorations Software

Part 1 - All levels welcome. We will explore the toolbar and menus, create beautiful lettering, and much more. For Bernina Software V6 Part 3 version 1.5 (older versions don’t have all For Designer Plus level owners. You the features). must complete Parts 1 & 2 above Check our calendar for class schedule before taking this class. at Monday, November 16 TUITION: $50 (2p - 5p) OR (6p - 9p) (free for SewVac Ltd. purchasers) TUITION: $50 Instructor: Linda Huhta (free for SewVac Ltd. purchasers) Part 2 - for Classic & Galaxy levels. Instructor: Linda Huhta Discover how to display designs on actual articles and visually see how they will Bernina Software V6 Part 4 look. Explore the different stitch types For Designer Plus level owners. You available and use cookie cutters to create must complete Parts 1, 2 & 3 above designs. For version 1.5 (older versions before taking this class. don’t have all the features). Monday, November 23 Check our calendar for class schedule at (2p - 5p) OR (6p - 9p) TUITION: $50 TUITION: $50 (free for SewVac Ltd. purchasers) Instructor: Linda Huhta (free for SewVac Ltd. purchasers) Instructor: Linda Huhta

Ricky Tims’ Super Quilt Seminar
Come see us at the Ricky Tims’ Super Quilt Seminar in December! Learn from 3 of the top national quilting experts in the industry, and have 3 days of fun! Visit here to read more and sign up:

We’ll be there... will you?

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Sew Vac ltd Clubs
Bernina Software Club $59/year After you’ve taken your basic software classes, then what? Let’s take it further and apply it to real projects. This club is geared toward V6 Designer Plus users; Editor Plus users are welcome, but may not be able to finish all projects. Prerequisite: Software Mastery 1, 2, 3 and 4. Meets 3rd Wednesdays each month. (2:00p - 5:00p) OR (6:00p - 8:30p)
Coordinator: Linda Huhta

Machine Use Classes
Our GUIDE CLASSES are designed to introduce you to all the wonderful capabilities of your machine. These are handson programs and require bringing your machine to class. Pre-registration is required for all classes. Please stop by the store or call us at (562) 4986684 to register.

Bernina Basics
Designed for all Bernina computerized machines. Please enroll in the appropriate sessions for your Bernina model. Bernina 1, 2, & 3 are for all Berninas & Bernettes. Please sign up for all three of these classes as each builds upon the last. Bernina 4 is for Bernina Aurora Machines (EC/PC) only and Bernina 5 is for all Bernina Embroidery Machines.
BERNINA 1 & 2 Thursday, Nov. 5 (10:30a - 4:30p) BERNINA 1 Mon, December 7 BERNINA 2 Wed, Dec. 9 (6 - 8:30p) (6 - 8:30p)

Embroidery Club $59/year Ever wanted to use all those stitches you paid for but were afraid to try? At last - a club for you! Have fun creating different sewing & embroidery projects on any sewing machine each month. (For non-embroidery machine owners, embroidery machines will be available compliments of SewVac Ltd.) 3rd Thursdays. Instructor: Marla Renner (10:30a - 12:30p) OR (6:30p - 8:30p)
$59/year Lana will teach a different lesson each session (see web calendar for details). The rest of the time will be used to help you with your own projects. Meets the 3rd Tuesdays each month. (3:00p - 5:30p) OR (6:00 - 8:30p) Coordinator: Lana McMillan $59/year Join Helen and other proud Janome owners to learn about the wonderful world of Janome machines. This is a hands-on club, focusing on the “Sewing Side” of Janome machines. Meets the 1st Thursday of even numbered months. (6:00p - 8:30p) Coordinator: Helen Jo Bletko

Janome Basics
Attention Janome owners. We now have new and improved Janome classes! Whether you are beginning to learn how to sew and about your Janome machine, or you have been sewing since childhood and you finally have your Janome dream machine. Please sign up for the class or classes that best suit you and your Janome machine.
JANOME 1 all Janome sewing machines Wed, December 9 (6p - 8:30p) JANOME 2 all Janome sewing machines Mon, December 14 (6p - 8:30p) JANOME 1 & 2 all Janome sewing machines Sat, Nov. 14 (10:30a - 4:30p) JANOME 3 electronic sewing machines Wed, Nov. 18 (10:30a - 1:00p) OR Wed, Dec. 16 (6p - 8:30p) JANOME 4 embroidery/sewing or stand alone embroidery machines Mon, Nov. 23 (10:30a - 1:00p) (6p - 8:30p) OR Mon, Dec. 28

Garment Club

BERNINA 3 Mon, Nov. 9 (12:30p - 3p) OR Mon, Dec. 14 (6p - 8:30p) BERNINA 4 (EC on PC) (Bernina Auroras ONLY) Mon, Nov. 16 (3p - 5p) OR Wed, Dec. 16 (6p - 8:30p) BERNINA 5 Mon, Nov. 23 OR Mon, Dec. 21 (2p - 4:30p) (6p - 8:30p)

Janome Club

Tuition: $300 (FREE for SewVac purchasers)

QESS (pronounced kiss) Workshop $59/year Join Marla and enjoy 2½ hours of relaxing, uninterrupted sewing time. Meets the 3rd Fridays.
(10:30a - 1:00p) Coordinator: Marla Renner

DECO Basics
Designed for all DECO machines. By appointment only. Please call store at (562) 498-6684 to set up an appointment. Instructor: Staff Tuition: $75 (free for SewVac purchasers)

Seaside Doll Club $59/year Have fun and express yourself through your favorite doll making medium. Although primarily cloth doll makers, all doll makers regardless of medium are welcome. First Mondays, (2:00p - 5:00p) Coordinator: Pat Clark
$59/year Experiment with new and exciting ways to enhance your sewing experiences! Cheryl Guacci will show you new techniques featuring all the latest in sewing. Meets 1st Wednesdays (10:30a - 12:30p) OR (2:30p - 4:30p) Instructor: Cheryl Guacci

Serger Basics
Designed for all overlock and coverlock machines. One part for daytime classes and two part for night classes. Instructor: Staff Wednesday, Nov. 11 (11:00a - 4:00p) OR Wednesdays, Dec. 23 & 30 (6:00 - 8:30p) Tuition: $150 (FREE for Sew Vac purchasers)

Sewing Club

Tuition: $300 (free for SewVac purchasers)

Sew Vac Kids’ Club $59/year 2nd Thursday of each month OR 3rd Friday of each month (4:00p - 6:00p) Instructors: Helen Bletko

We’ll be closed November 26 December 25 January 1 Happy Holidays!

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