Sometimes classes will come up after we have sent our schedule to be printed. You will find all our additional classes here.
#149 – Appetizers. This class will be rescheduled.
Assunta Meloni is back and she is bringing her skills and recipes for appetizers. She will be making Insalata Russa, asparagus flan, and cauliflower meatballs.
Class Size limited to 10 Students Cost: $35
#146 – Pop-Up! Vegetarian Soups and Knife Skills
#147 Kidazzle Play Day
April 24, Wednesday from 2:30 to 5:30 PM
Children ages 6 to 8, from 4:00 – 5:30PM
It’s not easy to find a toy that will let a child’s imagination run free and is loved by parents for its washable, bio-degradable, completely safe qualities. Kids and their caregivers are invited to sample several toys that are new to the market at The Gathering Place. Kidazzle Boutique owner Sonia Wysochanski will bring the latest games, puzzles, and art supplies for children to try. Children, ages 3 to 5, will have their Play Day time from 2:30 to 4:00 PM and children, ages 6 to 8, will sample toys from 4:00 to 5:30 PM.
#148 – Protecting Pollinators: Enhancing the Lives of Butterflies
April 24, Wednesday at 6 PM
Merriel Oliver will discuss her shared journey of enhancing the world by attracting Monarch butterflies, and other pollinators, to the NEPA environment. General awareness about pollinators has been raised in Tunkhannock in three ways: by the mural art work of “The Butterfly People,” by local gardeners with pollinator attracting plantings, and by encouraging preservation of threatened, native vegetation.
Merriel will talk about the decline of pollinators, how to reduce pesticide use, and what types of plants to use in attracting pollinators to your backyard. Let’s not allow these beautiful and helpful species to disappear, as they aid in pollination of at least 30 percent of the world’s crops and allow 90 percent of our wild plants to thrive.
Merriel has been a GED/HiSET (High School Equivalency) Instructor for nearly 20 years, and an avid gardener for 40 years. She and her husband, Frank, have learned a lot about gardening through memberships in garden clubs, as well as attending conservatory workshops and seminars.
Their common dream was to someday create a Butterfly Farm. About five years ago, the couple bought about ten acres bordering Tunkhannock creek. The land had been abandoned for 40 years according to neighbors and used as a dump by the public.
A lot of hard work is really starting to pay off, as the property is now filled with flowers, attracting numerous beautiful pollinators. Last year, their gardens bloomed from spring until fall with a wide range of pollinator friendly options. “It was wonderful to see that our dream was being fulfilled and to be reminded of the words from a classic movie, “if you build it, they will come.” Our work at The Butterfly Farm, is dedicated to preserving pollinators, and we are delighted that they are coming.”