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Arts/Crafts

“Christmas Treasures” - Featuring a collection of work by resident artists, through Dec. 23 from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. A reception will be held today, 1-3 p.m. Artisans at Dahmen Barn, Highway 195 North, 419 Park Way, Uniontown, Wash. Free. (509) 299-3414.

Craft Classes/Workshops

Creative Expressions - Share your ideas and learn about embroidery machines from instructors. This meeting will be the Christmas Party. Tuesday, 6-8 p.m., Charming Lulu, 1300 N. Mullan Road. $10. (509) 340-9256.

Last Minute Gifts - Bring your serger to this class and learn how to make a scarf or cloth napkins in minutes. Wednesday, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Sew Uniquely You, 11402 N. Newport Highway, Suite C. $5. (509) 467-8210.

Learn to Knit - Students will make two washcloths and then move on to a personal project. Classes will be held from 10 a.m.-noon on Tuesdays, Jan. 6, 13, 20; or Saturdays, Jan. 10, 17, 24. Materials list will be provided with registration. Materials to be purchased separately. The class is for beginners. Knit-n-Crochet, 600 W. Kathleen Ave. #30, Coeur d’Alene. $35. (208) 676-9276.

Serger Basics - Learn the basics and practical uses of a serger. This is a beginner-intermediate level class. Jan. 7, 10 a.m., Top Stitch, 3808 N. Monroe St. $29. (509) 328-7397.

Lady Bug Quilting Academy - Jan. 7-March 25. Learn proper techniques of fabric handling, quilting and advance to making your own interpretations of your chosen patterns. Class will be Wednesdays from 12:30-2:30 p.m. (No class Jan. 21 and Feb. 18). Class size is limited; call for more information or to sign up. Sew Uniquely You, 11402 N. Newport Highway, Suite C. $250. (509) 467-8210.

Beginning Sewing Level I - Learn to sew or improve your skills in this hands-on beginner class. Meets Jan. 7, 14, 21 and 28 from 4-6 p.m. Top Stitch, 3808 N. Monroe St. $70. (509) 328-7397.

Machine Embroidery Workshop - Learn the seven things that will simplify machine embroidery, needles and thread through creative ideas. Jan. 8, 10 a.m., Top Stitch, 3808 N. Monroe St. $40. (509) 328-7397.

Learn to Crochet Class - Students will learn basic stitches on a washcloth and then move on to more advanced techniques with a flower. The third class is reserved for picking and getting started on a project. Classes are Jan. 8, 15 and 22 from 2-4 p.m. Materials list will be provided with registration. Materials to be purchased separately. Knit-n-Crochet, 600 W. Kathleen Ave. #30, Coeur d’Alene. $35. (208) 676-9276.

Beginning Sewing Level II-III - Improve your skills and build on what you’ve learned in Level I. Completion of Level I or equivalent experience is recommended. Classes held Jan. 9, 16, 23 and 30 from 4-6 p.m. Top Stitch, 3808 N. Monroe St. $70. (509) 328-7397.

Knit a Sweater - Jan. 15-Feb. 19. For beginner to intermediate knitters, learn how to knit a simple hooded sweater with a kangaroo pocket. The Wonderful Wallaby pattern is knit in the round. The pattern is available in child-adult sizes so you can knit it for yourself or as a gift. Registration is required for all classes. Class is taught by Rachelle Hartvigsen. Held Thursdays, 7-8 p.m., Spokane Art School, 809 W. Garland Ave. $54; supply list available. (509) 325-3001.

Fit for Real People - Love to sew but have problems with fitting? Learn from trained Palmer/Pletsch instructor how to alter patterns to fit you. This hands-on workshop is for intermediate level sewers. Jan. 17, 9 a.m., Top Stitch, 3808 N. Monroe St. $95. (509) 328-7397.

Home/Garden

2015 Horticulture Class Series - Jan. 15-April 2. The WSU Spokane County Extension is offering a 12-week class designed for those who want in-depth horticulture training for personal or professional development. Classes take place on Thursday evenings from 6-9 p.m. WSU Spokane County Extension, 222 N. Havana St. $275. (509) 477-2195.

Buried in Treasures Hoarding Facilitated Workshop - Jan. 15-April 2. Have your things taken over your house, life and social calendar? Would you like to learn tips on how to de-clutter and stop over-acquiring from people who know what it’s like? Lightening the Load is offering a 12 week “Buried in Treasure” facilitated support group for individuals with hoarding issues. Hoarding is when individuals continue to accumulate items, such as clothes, newspapers and food, and then have persistent difficulty discarding possessions. Individuals with hoarding behaviors often face health issues related to falls, as well as run the risk of losing their homes. This workshop takes place on Thursday evenings from 7-9 p.m. Transitional Living Center, 3128 N. Hemlock St. $200; tuition assistance/payment plans offered. (509) 850-3905.

Animals

Santa Claws Photos and Tree of Hope - Bring your furry friends to meet Santa. SCRAPS will receive the portrait price to support their Animal Medical Fund. Petco’s Tree of Hope Campaign will help save the lives of thousands of animals in need and give them a warm bed, a meal and another night of being safe and cared for until they find a loving home. Saturday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Petco, 10 N. Sullivan Road. $9.95/portrait. (509) 927-2670.

Third Annual Dog People Blood Drive - The Inland Northwest Blood Center will have their bus parked in front of the clinic so people can donate, and the Pet Emergency Clinic Blood Bank will be there to do initial blood typing and temperament testing on dogs. For your dog to be an eligible donor they must be: more than 60 pounds, 6 years old or younger, happy and healthy. Feb. 14, 1 p.m., Lincoln Heights Veterinary Clinic, 2829 E. 27th Ave. (509) 535-3551.

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