Activities around town for June 11
Write some haikus. Weybridge has extended its annual haiku deadline from July 1 to Aug. 31. The earlier deadline was predicated on the date of the July town picnic, where awards would be announced. The picnic has been cancelled so haikuists have more time. Submit your haiku about life in the time of the pandemic to [email protected] or 80 Meetinghouse Lane, Weybridge, VT 05753. He will forward them to our poet laureates for judging.
Be an eMaker. The eMakey at Hannaford Career Center is offering two e-workshops in the coming week.
The first is “Make a Japanese Knot Bag with Faith Daya and Wendy Shook” on Thursday, June 18, 7-9 p.m. Sew along mentors Faith and Wendy through the virtual sewing lab, making a simple Japanese Knot Bag. A materials list will be provided in advance to use your own supplies or purchase a pre-assembled materials kit for $10. Faith and Wendy will also provide advice on making masks and what to do with all the leftover mask-making fabric. Limit 30. Free. Register at makeryatpahcc.org/event-3861359.
The second is “3-D Printing for Beginners.” Join Makery mentor Devon Karpak (via Zoom) on Thursday, June 25, from 5-6 p.m., to learn about 3-D printing and how you can try it for yourself, from CAD to slicers and more. Novices are encouraged to register. Limit 30. Cost is sliding scale, free, half fee of $3, or full fee of $6. Register at makeryatpahcc.org/event-3861047.
Take a moment to smell the flowers. Celebrate National Garden Week, June 7-June 13, by visiting the Sheldon Museum’s garden at 1 Park St. in Middlebury. While the museum is closed, the Middlebury Garden Club has kept the museum garden blooming and beautiful. Come for a stroll, enjoy the blooms and sculptures, make a sketch or bring a picnic.
Make It Together: Plastic Bottle Terrarium. Raid your returnables and help your child transform a plastic bottle into a home for plants.
• 2-liter soda bottle (a smaller plastic bottle could work as well)
• Small plant or seeds
• Sharpie marker
• Rocks, pebbles or marbles
• Sharp scissors
• Garden trinkets (optional)
Directions: Turn a coffee mug upside down and rest your sharpie pen across the top. This will help you draw a straight line around the 2-liter bottle. As you place your bottle next to the sharpie, spin the bottle around slowly to draw the line. Take some sharp scissors and cut along the line. Adult help may be needed. Later you will be putting the top half of the bottle back onto the bottom half of the bottle; to make the top part fit better we cut a little over 1-inch slit down the side of the bottom bottle.
Fill the bottom of the bottle with some small rocks, pebbles or marbles. This allows excess water to flow to the bottom of the bottle. This will prevent it from soaking the soil and making it muddy. Add some soil. How much soil you put in depends on if you are planting a plant or seeds. If you are planting small plants, you don’t need to put much in. If you are planting seeds you will want to fill the bottle with soil so that there is about an inch of space left to the top. Next add your plant, and add some more soil to fill in the spaces. If you are planting seeds, plant 6 to 10 of them. Later, as they grow, you can pluck out some of the weaker ones and leave the two or three best ones. Water the soil so that it is moist.
Children may add decorations drawn on the outside of the bottle, or add trinkets from nature or around the house — acorn tops, a nice rock, small toy or figure, etc. After that, just place the top half of the soda bottle back on.
How to care for your terrarium: There are two important factors you have to consider when it comes to your terrarium: the amount of sunlight it gets and the amount of water inside. Once the plants have sprouted you should make sure it gets sunlight but do not leave it in direct sunlight for the entire day. It is a closed environment and it can get very hot inside.
As for water, look carefully at the soil in the terrarium. It should look moist but not soaked or too dry. Beads of water should form on the top inside near the edge and these will drip down the sides and continue to water the soil. If it appears to be too wet you can take the top off and leave it uncovered for a day or two.
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