Arts & Crafts

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Service Project-Reusable Sanitary Napkins

Tu, Nov 1-Dec 27|9:30am|No Cost

The NSC is partnering with God’s Child Project to make reusable sanitary napkins to distribute to girls in developing countries. Menstrual hygiene management (MHM) is an important public health issue for girls worldwide. Menstruation is associated with stigma and marginalization for millions of girls, especially among girls living in low-income countries.  This project is suitable for every craft level, from beginning to advanced. If you would like to donate supplies, please contact the group Tuesday morning.  

Hooks, Needles & Yarn

Tu, Nov 1-Dec 27|10:30am|$0M

Do you enjoy spending time with friendly, fun women with your same interest? Join Sandra and Kathy to crochet together, and meet new friends—beginners are welcome. If you have extra yarn that you are not using, Sandra will gladly accept donations for this program

Watercolor Class with Carol Luc

Tu, Nov 1-29|2pm|$52M/$57NM

Tu, Dec 6-13|2pm|$26M/$31NM

With this fun creative approach you will learn traditional techniques, including mixing colors, wet-into-wet, glazing, flat and graduated washes, and more.  Carol is an accomplished artist with a masters degree in painting and bachelors in advertising design. Please bring your own supplies. A list is available upon request.

Cute as a Button

W, Nov 2|10am|$18 

F, Dec 2|10am|$18

Welcome Cathy Tomaszewski! Each month Cathy will be teaching a new craft to the group. She is a local artist and is a part of the Niles Artisan Guild. The November craft is a decorative yarn pumpkin and December craft will be a snowman.  These crafts will be displayed in the lobby. 

Hand Clay Sculpting Group

F, Nov 4-Dec 30|1pm|$0M

(No class Nov 25)

Sculpting clay is a brilliant way to ignite your creativity.  Clay sculpting is the art of shaping, casting, or carving a moldable material; numerous materials are used for sculpting with clay being the most popular.  A material fee will be requested by the leader or please bring your own supplies.  If you are new to the group, please call the day before to make sure the group leader will be in attendance.  This group does not have an instructor, and participants learn from each other.  

Volunteer—Thanksgiving Cards & Crafts

M, Nov 14|11am|No Cost 

We will be making Thanksgiving cards and crafts for homebound seniors living in our community. Helping others will bring joy to everyone’s life. 

Save Money Wrapping Gifts & Reduce Waste

M, Nov 14|1pm|$3

(Instructor: Aleca Breneman)

Learn about numerous ways to wrap a gift, not using expensive wrapping paper, tape or bags while helping the environment. See how household items can be used for wrapping decorations. You may bring a gift item; we’ll review how to wrap it. There will be a drawing for a gift also. 

Robert’s Floral Design

M, Nov 21|2pm|$30M/$35NM

W, Dec 21|2pm|$30M/$35NM

Chicago florist and artist, Robert Neri, creates stunning custom made flower arrangements for any event or occasion. Robert has been in business for nearly 40 years and has been an instructor at his studio and Mather. Robert will teach once a month and will try to coordinate the floral design to a special holiday or occasion associated with the month.  Cost includes all materials and instruction.

Crafty Caring Hands

F, Dec 9 & 23|10am|No Cost

(Instructor: Mary Kos)

This arts and crafts workshop gives seniors an opportunity to create and give back. The group completes projects such as lap robes and crocheted caps to donate to local organizations including cancer treatment centers, hospitals, and medical centers.  


Do I have to be talented to join?  Not at all.  Depending on your comfort level, the group will make simple to more complex crafts. 

Will I have fun at the workshop?  This workshop is an excellent opportunity to meet other people, socialize, and be creative.  A $2 donation to purchase supplies is suggested for each class. The group is seeking a business sponsor to support the group.  Wish list items include: a box of non-toxic crayons, coloring books, crochet hooks, fabric, and yarn. Items must be newly purchased.