December event – Intro to Leather Working, and Milkweeds & Monarch.

Friday, December 11th 6 – 8:30 pm

@ Northside Community Center, 809 Taylor St, Ann Arbor, MI 48105

Free, but donations greatly appreciated to help us cover our costs!

6:00 POTLUCK ~ Bring a dish to pass & washable plate/cup/fork

7:00 SKILLSHARES ~ Choose between:

Milkweeds and Monarchsmilkweedpod

Amanda Klain, of the Native Plant Nursery, will teach how to grow milkweed and help the monarch butterflies that depend on them. She’ll introduce the native milkweeds that occur in SE Michigan, and demonstrate how to collect, clean and treat the different species’ seeds to facilitate their growth. There should be enough milkweed for everyone to take home. Feel free to bring your own if you have gathered any pods. Also covered will be how to raise monarch larvae indoors. (Pre-registering at is not required but allows us to bring enough supplies, and to reach you in case of instructor illness.)   *MILKWEED SEEDS MAKE GREAT HOLIDAY GIFTS!


shoeIntroduction to Leather Working and Shoe Repair

Robert Hay will share knowledge gained in his work in shoe manufacture and repair. By deconstructing a pair of welted men’s shoes, he will show the assembly of the various parts. He will also teach the basics of working with leather. Participants will try their hand at carving and stamping their own leather bracelets to take home. There is a materials fee of $5. Class size is limited to 8 participants. Pre-register at

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