Karen's Corner

On the first Wednesday of every month the Hartford City Library will host a Teen Art Club for grades nine through 12 in the meeting room from 5-6:30 p.m. These session are free with all the materials provided. Nov. 2 was the first session of this new program. The art project for this session was making creations out of old books such as pumpkins, snowmen and Christmas trees. The outcome of these projects were great! Every month will have a new project so be sure to come attend to see what excitement is to be had!

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On Friday, Nov. 4 and Saturday, Nov. 5, the Girl Scouts held its annual rummage sale at the Girl Scout house. The proceeds are used to help the service unit adopt a child/ family/ senior in need at Christmas time. The Girl Scout families and the community came together and donated bags of clothing, accessories, toys and house hold items to the rummage. The holidays are a great time to encourage community service through the troops.

Girl Scouts empowers young girls and helps teach them values such as honesty, fairness, courage, compassion, sisterhood and confidence. Girl Scouts is a organization that you can grow with from kindergarten to high school making life long friends while learning daily skills and doing community service among many fun activities with your troop.

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On Saturday, Nov. 5, the IU Health Blackford Hospital Health Fair took place at the Northside Elementary School from 8-11:30 a.m. They had booths set up with displays and resources such as dental care, hearing care, chiropractic care, nutrition, obesity, home care, early childcare, senior health, mental health, addiction resources, just to name a few. There were also stroke risk and blood pressure screenings as well as no cost and low cost labs available. They had the IU Health Lifeline Helicopter on site which the children got to explore and learn about. There were door prizes and giveaways such as gift cards and YMCA memberships. The health fair is an amazing opportunity to get all your resources in at one location. If you missed this one be sure to attend next years!

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On Thursday, Nov. 10, Carol Tropf instructed yet another amazing needle felted class at the Blackford County Arts Center. During this class they created beautiful cookie cutter ornaments. A few of the designs were Santa, candy canes, mittens, gingerbread men, snowmen and wreaths. Carol does amazing work and is very patient with teaching her skills to the class. The outcome of everyone's projects are always beautiful. Be sure to contact the Arts Center to ask about their upcoming classes.

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While Blackford County Arts Centers Second Saturday, Make It and Take It, art projects was underway, there was also their Holiday Art Shoppe going on. The Holiday Art Shoppe consisted of many different artist vendors that were selling handmade items such as wood bowls, wood toys, hand strung jewelry, decorations, cards, wall paintings, ornaments, scarfs, and much more. Display tables all looked amazing and many were filled with holiday cheer. It was definitely the place to be to start holiday shopping with so many unique items to choose from.

This months Make It and Take It art projects consisted of two different stations. One of the projects was made by using leafs and paint and the other was using colored tissue paper and water both creating beautiful fall art pieces. The employees and volunteers are always so helpful and patient with all the children and ensure they use their creative minds to the fullest while having fun.

The Blackford County Arts Center hosts this Make It And Take It every second Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for children in kindergarten through grade six. Donations are accepted but are not required. The children will have fun while creating a few different art projects every month that they get to take home with them. It's definitely something many children look forward to each and every month.

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