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Friday Night Café Music Series

Classical guitarist Jay Steveskey will perform on Friday, October 21 from 7 to 9 PM at The Gathering Place. 

Jay is a soloist, chamber musician and teacher. He has been featured on WVIA-FM radio, Scranton Today TV, in the Scranton Times-TribuneElectric City, the Dietrich Theater and runs the Fiddle Lake Guitar School in Susquehanna County. He has had extensive private studies with Argentine guitarist Pablo Cohen, Professor of Classical Guitar, Ithaca College and was selected to perform for a Master Class conducted by Sharon Isbin, Head of the Classical Guitar Department, Juilliard School. 

Jay looks forward to entertaining in this venue, saying, “The Gathering Place will be a perfect setting for one of my classical guitar concerts as I like to talk to the audience a bit about the music – brief descriptions/anecdotes of the pieces/composers. And, I usually like to include some nice popular arrangements for the guitar as well – whether it be movie/Broadway themes, wonderful Beatles arrangements as well as the beloved Spanish and Latin American classical guitar repertoire.”

The concert is free and made possible by a grant from the

Overlook Estate Foundation.

Unified and Special Needs Programs – Fall ’22

The First Lieutenant Michael J. Cleary Memorial Fund of Luzerne Foundation

These classes and opportunities are designed to

offer adults with varying abilities more opportunities  

to advance their interests and to be a part of the community. 


#140 – Cooking with Friends

With Marzia Caporale, this class will be making individual mini pizzas with Marzia’s great sauce!

Date: Sunday, October 23

Time: 4 PM

Cost: $15

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Master Gardeners of NEPA will supervise enthusiastic gardeners of varying abilities.   For more information contact Dori at 570-954-6650.   

Garden Club


Craft & Chat

A casual setting where artists with & without special needs come together to create & relate. Contact Dori at 570.954.6650.


An acting class focused on self-expression & emotional, social intuition. For information text Kate Foley at  570-702-7172.

All Access Acting

Creative Self Fall ’22

Carol Asiello

You can register online or by sending your completed registration form with a check for the classes you wish to take. 

Registrations close three days before the start of classes.

Registering Late? Call Emily at 570.563.2402

Please note that ALL supply costs are to be paid to the instructor on the night of the class.


#126 Eco-Printing a Silk Scarf

Emily Rancier will show you how to use a variety of leaves, flowers, onion skins, root shavings, & some rusted nails or metal to create a unique dyed & printed silk scarf of your own design! Students bring plant materials, rusted items, a ball of cotton string. Max 3 students.

Dates: Wednesday & Thursday, September 28 & 29

Time: 2 PM

Cost: $20 + $10 Supply Fee

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Kristina Laurito will teach basic macramé skills to create a wall hanging that can easily be adapted for use as a plant hanger. Topics covered: estimating cord lengths, basic macramé knots, making tassels & embellishments. Beginner to Intermediate.  Max 10 students. 

Dates: 3 Tuesdays, October 4, 11, 18

Time: 6:30 pm

Cost: $30 + $10 Supply Fee

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#127 – Create a Macrame Wall Hanging or Plant Hanger

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#128 – Painting in Oil & Cold Wax

Kym Balthazar Fetsko, graduate of UArts, will lead a course that covers developing an oil & cold wax abstract painting from start to finish: how to set up the base, basic color theory & composition, applying layers & finishing a painting.  No experience necessary. Dates:4 Wednesdays, October 5, 12, 19, 26

Time: 6:30 PM

Cost:$60.00 + $30 supply cost

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Set yourself on a road of discovery with Joe Statuto! Examples of different styles will be presented. You will be encouraged to explore various techniques to develop your style through drawing & painting. Students bring chosen media & supplies. Limit size 14x 17 or smaller.

Dates: 4 Thursdays, October 6, 13, 20, 27

Time: 6:30 PM

Cost: $30.00

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#129 – Drawing & Painting: Finding your Signature Style

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#130 Calligraphy: The Art of Beautiful Writing

Mary SadauckasCalligraphy Guild of NEPA, introduces you to the Italic Script with practical and fun examples.  No experience required. 

Dates: 2 Tuesdays, October 11, 18

Time: 10:30 AM

Cost: $30 + $5 Supply fee

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Linda Mesavage will teach you this easy way to warp a loom, weave & remove your project all in one day! Bring your own loom.

Date: Saturday, October 29

Time: 10 AM – 4 PM

Cost: $60.00 + $10 supply fee

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#131 – Beginning Rigid Heddle Weaving

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#132 – Knit a Cabled Cowl

Kristina Laurito will teach students to knit textured stitches & traditional cables while creating a scarf that can be worn long or buttoned into a cowl.  Includes casting on/binding off, knit, purl, cable, & seed stitches; establishing a repeating pattern of textured stitches & finishing.  

Date: 3 Tuesdays, November 1, 8, 15

Time: 6:30 Pm

Cost: $30 + $15 supply fee

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Emily Rancier will show you how to cover a playball with 3 thin layers of carded wool & decorate with pre-felts, yarns & fabrics. Surround with pantyhose & bounce! (in soapy water). Further felting & fulling produces a warm woolen hat that is uniquely you!  Students bring their own towels, plastic bag, spray bottle, dishpan, pantyhose. Max 5 students.

Dates: 3 Wednesdays, November 2, 9, 16

Time: 1 PM

Cost: $30 + $10 supply fee

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#133 – Felt Hat on a Ball

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#134 – Needlefelt a Little Dog

Join Susan Segall to sculpt a felted object out of wool roving by repeatedly stabbing with a barbed needle.  Come try out this technique.  No experience necessary.      

Dates: 3 Tuesdays, November 22, 29 December 6

Time: 6 PM

Cost: $30 + $10 supply fee

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Michael Swanson teaches the process of arranging multiple pieces of glass into an artistic design in the form of a bowl, a brooch, or whatever you imagine!

Date: 2 Thursdays, November 3, 10

Time: 6 PM

Cost: $30 + $45 supply fee

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#135 – Fused Glass

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Afternoon Lecture & Learning Fall ’22

Sponsored by

Atty. Maura Armezzani Tunis

Saporito, Falcone & Watt Attorneys at Law

Register online & Pay at the Door for all these classes.

New! A procedural republic is one that relies on institutions and their procedures, like voting, to arrive at guidance for agreement on policies, etc., while a conservative republic is based on agreement regarding civic virtues, like community involvement, employment, nationalism, and in general a sense of an involvement in a larger whole. 

In Federalist Paper 10, arguing in favor of a proceduralist approach because of his deep suspicion of political passions, James Madison argues that the value of voting as established by the Constitution is two-fold: we are electing representatives who might be better informed and less passionate than we as individuals are, and the number of people voting, divided in parties or geographical areas, will prevent the passions of any particular group of taking control and harming the minority. 

Is his focus on passions still appropriate and relevant? For example, as work changes from physical labor (i.e., farming and manufacturing) to service (i.e., waitressing, delivery, tech, or in general office work) does the nature or variety of our political passions change? Does that possible change affect Madison’s argument? What is its effect on the possibility of a common good?

In short, is it better to focus on controlling/dividing passions or trying to develop or educate the public to a sense of a common good?

#146 – What should govern governing look like: Passion vs. Virtue?

Passion vs. Virtue

Time: Noon

Date: December 14, Wednesday

Cost: $5 pay at the door

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#145

We the People??? Really? What Makes us a People?

Following our discussions of the common good, equality and universality, rooted in our investigation of “All Men are Created Equal”, we return to another of our self-defining phrases, “We the People”. We originally used this as a sign of rebellion, a common usage then and even now. We are, after all, not the king nor ruling classes (hence populism). What makes a people? What sustains a people? How do we know WE are a people? Where should we look for a more positive definition: local community experience, economic class, ethnic heritage, religious identification, shared ideals, voting patterns? Or is the meaning of “The People” always and only in opposition?

Date: Tuesday, November 15

Time: Noon

Cost: $5

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In this hands-on class Penn State Master Gardener Gary White will demonstrate the correct way to plant fall bulbs for Spring show of color.

Date: 11 AM

Time: Tuesday, September 27

Location: The Pocket Park –

In the event of rain at The Gathering Place

Cost: $5

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#105 – Planting Spring Bulbs

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#106 – Bird Feeding through the Seasons

Join Ann Vitale, Nature Enthusiast, for a talk about birds. Do you enjoy watching birds for entertainment or as a hobby? Learn more about how to help songbirds throughout the year. Do they have different requirements for nesting, growing, migrating? What about habitat? Water? A variety of feeders will be demonstrated along with tips about what works, what doesn’t, & some ideas for holiday gifts for others who enjoy watching birds in winter as well as summer. 

Date: Thursday, September 29

Time: Noon

Cost: $5

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Get a jump start on spring planning with Penn State Master Gardener Gary White. He will share tips on ways to grow perfect strawberries & what materials you will need.  You can have everything ready as soon as spring weather rolls around.

Date: Thursday, October 6

Time: 1 PM

Cost: $5

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#107 – How to Grow Perfect Strawberries

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#108 – “From

Suffragists

to Senators”

Lackawanna County has always been home to women working to make their lives better, & the struggle for the vote found a receptive audience here. Learn more about suffragists & their opponents, & women who made the most of their political opportunities. Join Sarah Piccini from Lackawanna Historical Society for this timely presentation.

Date: Tuesday, October 11

Time: Noon

Cost: $5

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Our lives seem to go by in a rush. As soon as we get used to something, it is replaced by something new. From phones wired to the wall, we now have portable phones which are also computers. Join Dennis Martin as we look at Jeremiah Clark & see how fast life went by for him during his lifetime.

Date: Wednesday, October 12

Time: Noon

Cost: $5

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#109 – The Life & Times of Jeremiah Clark

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#110 – The CCC & WPA & The Great Depression

With unemployment over 20%, FDR stepped in & created the CCC in 1933 & the WPA in 1935. Money wasn’t handed out without work & these were jobs that needed to be done but did not compete with private enterprise.  The effects are long lasting & some are little known.  Time after the lecture will allow participants to share local knowledge & personal history. 

Date: Thursday, October 13

Time: 1 PM

Cost: $5

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If you have a dog, or dogs, or even if you don’t, this new knowledge is fascinating & useful. Behavior researchers in the US & Europe are behind the new jobs dogs do happily.  Learn how to solve behavior problems at home by being a benevolent leader. These experts explain the failures of dog adoptions from rescues, & why interacting with your dog, teaching new things, is so beneficial for both of you. 

Date: Saturday, October 15

Time: 11 AM

Cost: $5

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#111 – The Evolving Knowledge of Dog Behavior

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#112 – All Men are Created Equal?

What do we mean when we say that all men are created equal? Clearly there has been a learning curve as that phrase has grown to include minorities and women, at least in the United States; in effect, as we learn what we mean by “men.” But what do we mean by “all”? What is the truth, or at least the next step, in understanding the universality of all? Do we mean everyone in Clarks Summit? In the United States? The world? What is the practical meaning of “all” and what responsibility does that confer on all of us? Can we justify the (self-centered? community-centered?) limits we place on our sense of universality, our sense of all? Does this also apply to what is truly “common” in the common good? To whom does the common good apply? Dr. Hal Baillie will lead this discussion.

Date: Wednesday, October 19

Time: Noon

Cost: $5

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Bring summer inside with beautiful, healthy houseplants.  Penn State Master Gardener Nancy Moreau will present a workshop on plant propagation, focusing on houseplants.  You will take home a freshly potted plant & will learn how to feed, water & care for indoor plants through winter & after. 

Date: Tuesday, November 1

Time: 1 PM

Cost: $5

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#113 – Brighten up Winter with Houseplants

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Art Of Communication Fall ’22

State Street Grill

You can register online or by sending your completed registration form with a check for the classes you wish to take. 

Registrations close three days before the start of classes.

Registering Late? Call Emily at 570.563.2402


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#101 – Italian for Everyone

Learn to speak Italian with Marzia Caporale, Ph.D. Professor of Italian & French. This is a fun, interactive class exploring the basics of Italian language & culture. All levels.  Supplies: Notebooks & pens.

Date:8 Tuesdays, September 27, October 4, 11, 18, 25, November 1, 8, 15

Time: 7 PM

Cost: $60.00

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“All right then- I’ll go to Hell.” Read the Adventures of Huckleberry Finn & join Paula Baillie   for a discussion of how this classic still addresses problems & issues of today. 

Date: Wednesday, October 26

Time: Noon

Cost: $5

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#102 – Huckleberry Finn

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#103 – Mark Twain: A Seriously Funny Man

Mark Twain’s own life was filled with just as much adventure, honesty, humor & heartache as any of his stories. His bold, clear, penetrating writing says as much today as it did when written.  Join Anne Armezanni  as we explore the many facets of the life & work of a great American writer. 

Date: Tuesday, November 8

Time: Noon

Cost: $5.00

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Join Adrienne Horger for a look back at Chaucer’s world, The Prologue to the Canterbury Tales, The Wife of Bath’s Prologue and Tale, & The Pardoner’s Introduction, Prologue & Tale.

Dates:Tuesday, October 4, Wednesday, October 5,  Thursday, October 6

Time: 11 AM

Cost:$25

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#104 – Chaucer Revisited

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Practical Knowledge Fall ’22

Forensic Associates of NEPA, LLC

You can register online or by sending your completed registration form with a check for the classes you wish to take. 

Registrations close three days before the start of classes.

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#138 – Estate Planning & Administration Basics

Charles Curtin, an attorney & banker, will give an overview of the basic Estate Planning documents, plus helpful tips to avoid potential pitfalls when creating a plan or administrating an estate.

Date: Thursday, October 6

Time: 7 PM

Cost: $15

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Join Abigail Pisanchyn, Act 120 certified & trained in defense tactics, as she will instruct you in “Aware Techniques” to protect yourself.

Date: Monday, October 17

Time:7 PM

Cost: $15

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#139 Women’s Self Defense

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A Closer Look Fall ’22

Sponsored by

Maura Armezzani Tunis, Esq.

Saporito, Falcone, & Watt Attorneys at Law

You can register online or by sending your completed registration form with a check for the classes you wish to take.

Registrations close five days before the start of classes.

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#136 Photos in the Attic

Julie Manwarren will help you to identify old family photos & give you important information on what to do (& not to do) before you sort through photos. We will cover dating photographs & how to use “clues” in the picture & known family information to identify subjects.

Date: Thursday, October 13

Time: 6:30 PM

Cost: $15.00

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In this beginner’s class, Julie Manwarren will show you how to navigate Ancestry.com & build a family tree; includes tips & tricks for finding ancestors, best ways to store & share photos, how Ancestry DNA test results can aid research.  Attendees should open a trial Ancestry account prior to attending. Bring your own laptop or portable device.

Date: Thursday, October 20

Time: 6:30 PM

Cost:$15.00

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#138 How to Build Your Family Tree

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Classes for Kids Fall ’22

Forensic Associates of NEPA, LLC

Sponsored by

Forensic Associates of NEPA, LLC

Forensic Associates of NEPA, LLC

You can register online or by sending your completed registration form with a check for the classes you wish to take. 

Registrations close three days before the start of classes.

Registering Late? Call Emily at 570.563.2402.


#124 – Lunch for the Bunch

This Class has been cancelled.

Bakers will be making simple BLTs with a Secret Ingredient. Salad assembly offers a variety of vegetables with a raspberry reduction glaze. Dessert is a cupcake in a jar. Cheryl O’Hora, instructor

Date: Saturday, October 22

Time: 11 AM – 1 PM

Cost: $20.00

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Cheryl & Arianna O’Hora, instructors, will help students make several varieties of cookies from main cookies dough. Recipes provided and tasting included!

Date: Saturday, December 3

Time: 1 PM

Cost: $15.00

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#125 – Holiday Cookies

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Food & Beverage Fall ’22

State Street Grill

You can register online or by sending your completed registration form with a check for the classes you wish to take.

Classes are limited to 10 people unless specified.

Registrations close five days before the start of classes.

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#114 Arancini

“Little Oranges” in Italian is a Sicilian delight! The simple ingredients including rice, meat sauce, and mozzarella, turn into treats worthy of an Italian trip . . . or this class! Paula Lamberton will guide you.

Date: Tuesday, Sept. 27

Time: 6 PM

Cost: $40

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Savor the taste of fall vegetables with some tasty soups to  enjoy now or tuck into the freezer. Robin Phillips will demonstrate and sample Curried Butternut and red lentil soup and Chicken Corn Chowder.

Date: Tuesday, October 4

Time: 6 PM

Cost: $40

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#115 Farm Market Soups

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#116 Flatbread & Spreads

Donna Vannan, the owner of Maximum Zen, is known for her dedication to local, healthy plant based foods, especially her flatbreads. She will share strategies to “layer flavors” for awesome taste while keeping things light and fresh.

Date: Wednesday, October 5

Time: 6 PM

Cost:$45

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The cheese-lady, Suzanne Roth, offers a four-course artisanal cheese tasting with selections from different countries along with specially paired accompaniments and wine. She also shares specialty sources and an extensive background so that you can create a special offering at your next gathering. Limited to 20 people.

Date: Monday, October 10

Time: 6 PM

Cost: $55

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#117 Pairing Cheese & Wine

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#118 Beer & Brats

The Class is Cancelled.

Pull out the lederhosen for this Beer and Brats tasting extravaganza with the Staff of Weis Markets, Scott Township. Several different beer offerings will be paired with a mouthwatering selection of Brats, mustards and sauerkraut. Limited to 20 people.

Date: Tuesday, October 25

Time: 6PM

Cost: $45

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Learn the complete process of baking Tuscan bread. Then enjoy the authentic treat with some cheese sauce and ratatouille. Lakshmi Mizen, instructor

Date: Sunday, October 30

Time: 1 PM

Cost: $30

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#119 Tuscan Bread

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#120 Gluten Free Pizza

Do you have a gluten allergy or sensitivity? Missing the taste of delicious pizza? Marzia Caporale will help you rediscover the tastes you have stared longingly for.

Date: Sunday, November 6

Time: 4 PM

Cost: $25

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Take the stress out of holiday entertaining and get some creative ideas for 3 tempting treats: a tabled appetizer, a passed appetizer, and an individual dessert. Paula Lamberton, instructor

Date: Thursday, November 10

Time: 6 PM

Cost: $40

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#121 Holiday Appetizers

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#122 Khima – Ground Beef Curry

Curry is an international dish found in many countries, including India, where there are unique traditions with the spicy cuisine. This class is the perfect opportunity to learn the savory, sweet aspects to this storied dish. Lakshmi Mizen, Instructor

Date: Sunday, November 13

Time: 2 PM

Cost: $45

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Few treats compare to homemade chocolates but making these candies can be intimidating. Donna Coleman puts the fun into creating a variety of treats that you will make with her. What you don’t eat you can share when you get home . . . or not!

Date: Friday, November 18

Time: 6 PM

Cost: $35

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#123 Homemade Candy

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