With the temperatures beginning their steady climb upward, Valley residents may be seeking more indoor activities to keep them busy during the hot summer months. The North Mountain Visitor Center, 12950 N. 7th St., offers a selection of weekly and monthly activities to keep those creative juices flowing, in a cool and comfortable environment.

The Redwork Hand Embroidery & English Paper Piercing Club meets the second Wednesday of the month, from 9:30 a.m.-12 p.m. Enjoy camaraderie while stitching away and sharing ideas with other crafters. Projects vary; individuals work on whatever they feel like doing. Club organizer Sharron Meyer distributes a new embroidery pattern each month, and is available to help with questions and technical issues. Cost is $8 per session; Meyer can show you how to get started and supply you with a simple beginner’s kit. For more information, call 602-329-1378 or e-mail smeyer1@wildblue.net.

Meyer also recently launched a Time Out group, from 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. the fourth Friday of the month. Bring any craft you want to work on and enjoy the company of other crafters. Cost is $5, half of which is donated to the North Mountain Visitor Center.

Doug Duffy hosts a weekly “Art of Making a Cabochon” class, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Wednesdays at the center. This lapidary class focuses on the cutting and polishing of rocks, and making a cabochon, or domed stone. The cost is $60 for 12 hours of instruction (classes typically run four weeks). For more information or to sign up, call Duffy at 602-973-4291 after 2 p.m. or leave a message.


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