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Audubon’s Homemade Holidays Offering Many Workshops

What started as a day with a single focus — making wreaths for the holidays — has blossomed into so many learning opportunities that you may have trouble choosing.

At Homemade Holidays on Saturday, Dec. 7, the Audubon Center & Sanctuary is offering six different workshops: Wee Beasties, Canning, Felted Ornaments, Fairy Creatures, and Paper Making, as well as Wreath Making.

And if you haven’t created enough presents by the time you are finished, there will be vendors from whom you can buy other homemade items and lots of wonderful possibilities in Audubon’s Blue Heron Gift Shop.

At 11 a.m., in 1.5-hour workshops you can learn how to make beautiful evergreen wreaths, adorable wee beastie ornaments or delicious preserves. The Wreath Making and Canning workshops will be repeated at 1 p.m.

The 45-minute workshop where you can make homemade paper, perfect for cards and gift tags, is offered at 11 a.m. and noon.

At 1 p.m. and 2 p.m., you can learn the basics of making a felted jingle bell for your cat (they LOVE them), a felted ornament for your tree, or felted soaps for your bathroom — and they all make great gifts, too.

At the 2 p.m. Fairy Creatures workshop, you can make something memorable from those natural materials you can’t help collecting whether you’re at home or away, like a jar of sand, a pocketful of seashells, or a handful of rocks.

With instructors who are all Audubon naturalists or local artisans, the workshops are suitable for ages 9 and up.

This is a great way to spend time with family and friends as the holiday rush begins!

Cost for the 1.5-hour workshops is $16 or $12 for Friends of the Nature Center; for the 45-minute workshops, it is $8 and $6 for Friends of the Nature Center

Space is limited. Reservations are needed by Monday, Dec. 2, and can be made by calling (716) 569-2345, emailing info@jamestownaudubon.org, or using the online form by clicking through the Program Listing at http://jamestownaudubon.org.

Regular admission ($6, free for children and Friends of the Nature Center) applies for visitors not attending the workshops. There is no charge for shopping at the Blue Heron Gift Shop, viewing Liberty, the bald eagle, in her outdoor habitat or walking the trails dawn to dusk.

The Audubon Center & Sanctuary is at 1600 Riverside R. one-quarter mile east of Route 62 between Jamestown, N.Y., and Warren, Pa. Winter hours for the Center are 10 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Monday and Saturday, and 1-4:30 p.m. Sunday. From dawn to dusk daily there is no charge to visit Liberty, Audubon’s resident bald eagle, or walk, snowshoe or cross-country ski the more than 5 miles of beautifully maintained trails.

To learn more, call (716) 569-2345 or visit www.jamestownaudubon.org.

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