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Jan. 14

DELMAR — Q.U.I.L.T. Inc., a not-for-profit guild of quilters interested in learning about the art of making quilts, will meet 9:30-11:30 a.m. Jan. 14 via Zoom. Members live in the Capital Region and surrounding communities. All levels of quilters are welcome. Meetings are held at the Delmar Reformed Church the second Tuesday of each month (September through June.) Due to the pandemic, meetings are currently held virtually. For the January meeting, members and guests join on Zoom at 9:30 a.m. to greet fellow quilters. A brief business meeting begins at 9:45 a.m. which will be followed by Mini-Workshops and Show and Share. Preregistration is required on the Q.U.I.L.T. Inc. website https://www.quiltinc.org/ to receive the Zoom link.

Jan. 15

HUDSON — The FASNY Museum of Firefighting will be hosting the monthly Super Saturday event at 10:30 a.m. Jan. 15, Weird Science with Professor Sparks. Spend the morning exploring the science of fire. Professor Sparks and her robot canine companion, Spot 2000, will present an interactive program that is full of surprises. After the program make your own “slime” to take home. Only Professor Sparks can make learning about science this much fun. This hands-on program is appropriate for children 5 and older. Admission is free for for Columbia County residents and Museum members.

STOCKBRIDGE, Massachusetts — Berkshire Botanical Garden, 5 West Stockbridge Road, Stockbridge, Massachusetts, presents Greenhouse and Conservatory Management 9 a.m.-noon Jan. 15. Led by William Florek, this course will focus on the fine points of controlling the greenhouse environment. Whether maintaining a conservatory collection of ornamental plants or producing greenhouse crops, participants will learn how to grow, care for and maintain plants in a greenhouse setting. The relationship between temperature, water, light, fertilization, plant health and diseases will be covered, with a strong emphasis on IPM (integrated pest management). This program is appropriate for homeowners with conservatories, glassed-in porches and greenhouses. The cost of four classes is $210 for non-members and $185 for members. For information, visit http://www.berkshirebotanical.org/events; call 413-298-3926 or email info@berkshirebotanical.org.

STOCKBRIDGE, Massachusetts — Berkshire Botanical Garden, 5 West Stockbridge Road, Stockbridge, Massachusetts, presents Botanical Wellness: Fire Cider Make and Take 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Jan. 15 and March 12 and 2:30-4 p.m. Feb. 12. Come see how fun and easy herbology can be with this introductory herbal extraction workshop. Fire Cider is a beloved traditional herbal folk remedy that is gaining mainstream notoriety. Known for its immune-and-digestion boosting effects, this savory DIY infusion is made with wholesome ingredients and steeped over time, creating a bright and spicy tonic used to invigorate one’s whole being. Simple to make, fire cider warms body and soul while adding a healthful ritual to one’s repertoire. Learn how everyday food and culinary herbs, when chosen and prepared wisely, can help us improve our wellbeing. Leave this class revitalized with a recipe and jar of finished fire cider to take home. Providing this homebrew with steeping time allows the medicinal properties of the ingredients to be extracted into the vinegar. You will learn about the medicinal qualities of the plants within the formula, the history of Fire Cider, a basic herbal extraction lesson, the importance of traditional foods and remedies, recipes, and ideas on how to incorporate this tonic in your home. The ingredient list is flexible, so learn the process and then make your own recipe at home omitting or adding ingredients as you like. Come prepared to chop ingredients and get a little messy. Non-members, $35; members, $30. For information, visit http://www.berkshirebotanical.org/events; call 413-298-3926 or email info@berkshirebotanical.org.

STOCKBRIDGE, Massachusetts — Berkshire Botanical Garden, 5 West Stockbridge Road, Stockbridge, Massachusetts, presents The Cutting Garden online noon-2 p.m. Jan. 15. Dreaming of a luscious cutting garden that produces blooms all season long? Join Colie Collen, the grower and designer behind Flower Scout, for this comprehensive course on planning, starting, troubleshooting and maintaining a prolific cut flower garden. Non-members, $25; members, $15. For information, visit http://www.berkshirebotanical.org/events; call 413-298-3926 or email info@berkshirebotanical.org.

Jan. 18

COPAKE — The Roeliff Jansen Community Library Board of Trustees will meet at 6 p.m. Jan. 18 via Zoom. The Roe Jan Community Library Board of Trustees normally meets on the third Tuesday of each month. All meetings are open to members of the public. If you would like to attend this meeting, email Tamara Gaskell at director@roejanlibrary.org for the Zoom login information.

STOCKBRIDGE, Massachusetts — Berkshire Botanical Garden, 5 West Stockbridge Road, Stockbridge, Massachusetts, presents Sustainable Garden Care and Maintenance online 5:30-7:30 p.m. Jan. 18. Learn about the maintenance considerations that should be integrated into the design process of your sustainable garden. Students’ horticultural knowledge will expand to factor in sustainable maintenance concerns with cost-effectiveness into plant selection. Learn procedures for perennials, woody plants, and lawns, including transplanting, staking, fertilizing, winterizing, mulching, plant pathology, and pest control with an emphasis on deer control. The cost for six classes is non-members, $210; members, $185. For information, visit http://www.berkshirebotanical.org/events; call 413-298-3926 or email info@berkshirebotanical.org.

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