Archive for Thursday, September 9, 2004

Developing a crafty plan

Pinecrest classes to create social circle for seniors

September 9, 2004

Organizers hope upcoming craft classes at Pinecrest will have participants not just working with yarn but spinning some yarns, too. Janelle Shanks said she and fellow Pinecrest resident Charlene Wittenmyer wanted the classes to be as much about camaraderie among older adults as about crafts.
"We noticed there are so many seniors who don't do anything," Shanks said. "We're trying to get them to do things. They do play cards here, but a lot of them don't get out here and play.
"We're trying to get the seniors involved in something."
The classes, which begin Monday, are open to Pinecrest residents and friends, although Shanks said they wanted to keep the class limited to those 50 and older, "or 45, if they're not too young and spry," Shanks said jokingly.
Shanks and Wittenmyer will bring their crafting experiences with yarn work, crochet, embroidery and painting to the class, although Shanks said they hoped participants would bring their own skills to the craft table. For instance, she said there was a Pinecrest resident who could teach others how to decorate eggs.
"We're going to start small, and if people want bigger things we'll find out what they need and they can do it," Shanks said.
At the first class, which begins at 6 p.m. Monday at Pinecrest I Clubroom, participants will make suncatchers. To start off with, Shanks said most projects could be completed in one session, although as Christmas rolled around the crafts would get more complex, like making soldiers from clay pots and making tree ornaments. Shanks said projects would focus on other upcoming holidays like Halloween and Thanksgiving, too.
Registration is not required to attend the class. Shanks said organizers intended to purchase materials and split the costs among those attending. Light refreshments will also be served.
"We hope it will be fun," Shanks said. "We're wanting people to be involved in things."

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