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Stop letting your kids have all the fun and join us each week for a class you’ll never forget!
Meet the Instructor, Amanda!
Amanda Thomsen is an avid gardener, cooker and crafter. She is also the author of Kiss My Aster, Backyard Adventure and writes for Green Profit Magazine, as well as a brownie troop leader and overall nature lover. With her experience working in landscape design and being a mom herself she is an expert at teaching moms how fun do it yourself projects can really be!
She lives with her husband, daughter, Husky, dachshund/pug mix and cat in Palos Park. Amanda cant wait to teach you how to make your own dryer sheets, start up a backyard chicken coop, create winter wreaths that will hang on your door all season long and so much more!
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Sept 18-Composting 101 6-7pm $10 learn the basics so you can compost at home using a variety of methods. Learn how and what you can compost and what to do with it once you’ve made it.
Sept 25- How to Keep Your Houseplants Alive 6-7pm $10 Keeping houseplants alive can be a struggle, learn how to choose plants that will thrive for you, learn how to care for them and how to troubleshoot any problems you may encounter.
Oct 2- Make Your Own Detergent and Reusable Dryer Sheets 6-7pm $20 DIY your own laundry detergent and dryer sheets that are non-toxic, custom-scented and get the job done. Participants will bring home their creations.
Oct 9- Terrarium Studio 6-7pm $30 Come and plant up a terrarium in a vintage, upcycled vessel! Everything is provided for you to make & take your terrarium, including a lesson on how to keep it alive.
Oct 16- Backyard Chickens 6-7pm $10 Learn the basics on adding chickens to your backyard. From zoning to overwintering to eggs, learn everything you need to know before you buy that custom coop!
Oct 23- Homemade Soap 6-7pm $20 Learn how soap is made, with additions such as essential oils, oatmeal or goats milk. Pick up your soap once it has dried and cured (in time for the holidays).
Oct 30- Make Creepy Candles 6-7pm $20 Make Halloween themed (or everyday) candles using everyday items from around the house. Participants will bring home at least one candle.
Nov 6- Making Bread 101 6-7pm $15 Learn a foolproof bread recipe and taste all the variations you can make with it. From cinnamon raisin bread to garlic and cheese loaf, if you’ve always failed at homemade bread in the past, this class is for you.
Nov 13th- Bring Home an Amaryllis 6-7pm $20 Learn all about amaryllis bulbs then pot one up that will bloom in 6 to 8 weeks, just in time for Christmas. Participants will bring home their creations.
Nov 20th- Making Household Cleansers 6-7pm $20 Make an all-purpose cleaner, a shower cleaner and reusable cleaning wipes in this fun class. Participants get to bring home their creations along with the recipes to make refills with.
Nov 27th- No class
Dec 4th- Wreath making class 6-7pm $40 Make a custom winter wreath from fresh greens. Learn how to design and create your own wreath from pine, fir and cedar. Each participant brings home their fragrant creation.
Dec 11th- DIY Dog Treats 6-7pm $15 Participants will make a few kinds of dog treats to take home. Perfect for filling your fur baby’s stocking this Christmas.
Dec 18th- Make a Centerpiece From Fresh Greens 6-7pm $25 Create a centerpiece for your holiday dinners in this fun class. Greens, cinnamon sticks, ribbons and other materials will be available for you to use.