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Are you a history buff? I know a lot of folks in our area are and they especially enjoy local history. Therefore we have asked Dr. Sheldon Spear, local historian and author to come back to the Dietrich for a history presentation Wednesday, Nov. 14 at 7 p.m. This time his focus will be on how Northeastern Pennsylvania history fits into American history as a whole. He will explore events and developments that are significant to our nation including frontier warfare in our region before and during the American Revolution, anthracite industrialization and the labor movement. Admission to the presentation is free. We hope to see you there.

We also hope you can attend a couple of holiday-oriented classes that are on the horizon. In collaboration with the Tunkhannock Business and Professional Association, the Dietrich will be presenting a Holiday Candy Crafts workshop for children ages six to 12. This class is free of charge and will be held Saturday, Nov. 10 from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Our morning session of this class has already filled up so make your reservations today. During this class, craft and candy expert Eileen Barziloski will show you how to make edible holiday decorations with your favorite candies. Kids will be able to make one of the following: a hidden treasure Christmas tree, a candy sleigh, a candy skier or a candy toy train. Sounds like fun. Right? All materials will be provided just bring your creativity.

Then Saturday, Nov. 17 from 10 a.m. to noon, adults and students ages 13 and up will have the opportunity to learn the ins and outs of creating a gingerbread house. From cottage to mansion, local baker Gina Sherwood will teach the basic techniques of construction and decorating a gingerbread house. Admission is free and you will leave ready to create your own family fun. Call the Dietrich at 570.996.1500 to register for either of these classes. Space is limited.

During Tunkhannock's Christmas in Our Hometown, the Tunkhannock Business and Professional Association (TBPA) will be hosting a Holiday Candy Crafts contest and a Gingerbread House contest. More details about the contests will be available during these classes and will be announced by TBPA in November.

Another class that the Dietrich is offering in November is Tips and Tricks for Making Jewelry. On Monday, Nov. 26 from 6 to 9 p.m., instructor Esther Harmatz will teach students about different types of jewelry attachments and easy wire wrapping techniques as they create a pair of earrings and bracelet. During the class participants will also learn how to make neat loops and coils, add bead embellishments and use a peg template. I took this class a year or so ago and learned so much. It's a great basic course for anyone who is interested in making his or her own jewelry. Admission is $60 and all materials will be provided. Call us at 570.996.1500 to register.

As you can see, the Dietrich is so much more than the movies.

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