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Are you worn down by the thought of heading out for "Black Friday" shopping? Do you want to get working on those holiday gifts you say you're going to handmake every year or have a project sitting around gathering dust? Do you realize Christmas Eve is only 25 days away from the day after Thanksgiving? You may want to come out to Crafternoon! It's a ladies' "stitch and bitch", where you can bring anything you'd like to work on. You can use my space, and any tools I have and get feedback from other crafters. Plus, we often do a potluck-ish thing, so feel free to bring something to snack. Crafternoon is a drop-in affair, so you don't have to stay the whole time. 3p is the last drop in time, we'll be around until 5. I usually work on a mending or embroidery project, but you are welcome to bring a sewing machine (we have an iron and any other stuff you may need), or work on your scrapbooking, make a book, knit, or just draw or doodle. Keep in mind these are all indoor crafts. If enough enthusiasm exists, I can also schedule a shop day to use the bandsaw/table saw/router/milling machine/drill press, etc. But that would be a separate day. Please comment or email if you are interested in shop work. I am also willing to have classes to make your own pen/pencil or other shop classes, if people show interest. We've got more than enough space for everyone, but please let me know what you'll be working on so I can prepare surfaces for different crafts. If you don't craft, but want to do something, I'll have coloring pages OR you can buy project supplies for yo-yos or wire art for $10 or $20 respectively. Let me know if you want to purchase a project in advance so I have enough supplies to sell you. :) Parking is plentiful at my house, but we are close to public transport, and it's always nice to carpool for the environment. Please leave kiddos at home for this one!
Become immersed in the Cosmos at the RH Fleet Science Center. This planetarium show only happens the first Wednesday of the month. More info is at this website http://www.rhfleet.org/site/astronomy/planetarium.html , as well as the links to purchase tickets. The tickets are $12.
For our last book club of 2019, we're reading The Witch Boy. The blurb: In thirteen-year-old Aster's family, all the girls are raised to be witches, while boys grow up to be shapeshifters. Anyone who dares cross those lines is exiled. Unfortunately for Aster, he still hasn't shifted . . . and he's still fascinated by witchery, no matter how forbidden it might be. When a mysterious danger threatens the other boys, Aster knows he can help -- as a witch. It will take the encouragement of a new friend, the non-magical and non-conforming Charlie, to convince Aster to try practicing his skills. And it will require even more courage to save his family . . . and be truly himself. We're meeting at Kairoa in U Heights. Parking can be a challenge, so leave yourself time. The venue is all ages, and CBC is as well, also co-ed and cross posted.
In December, we will be reading "The Beauty" by Aliya Whiteley. Description: Somewhere away from the cities and towns, in the Valley of the Rocks, a society of men and boys gather around the fire each night to listen to their history recounted by Nate, the storyteller. Requested most often by the group is the tale of the death of all women. They are the last generation. One evening, Nate brings back new secrets from the woods; peculiar mushrooms are growing from the ground where the women’s bodies lie buried. These are the first signs of a strange and insidious presence unlike anything ever known before… Discover the Beauty. I recently saw copies of it at Mysterious Galaxy but you can also find it on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Beauty-Aliya-Whiteley-ebook/dp/B06WV9JTB5/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=the+beauty&qid=1570461378&s=digital-text&sr=1-1 The library has a couple of copies as well: https://sandiego.bibliocommons.com/item/show/502301161 This is a short book...perfect length for the holiday season. Hope to see you there!!