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The holidays are over and now it's time to get back into the swing of things. If you are looking for a fun, educational activity for your children, the Dietrich will be kicking off its January series of art classes next week. Taught by artists-in-residence Amy and Steve Colley, students will explore a variety of art forms in Mixed Media classes. Children will work with clay as they learn to throw pots on potter's wheels and create sculptures; they will also paint and draw and create 3-D collages out of recycled household items. Participants will also learn about famous artists and their works of art along the way. Mixed Media classes for children ages five to eight years old will be held Fridays, Jan. 11, 18, 25 and Feb.1 from 4 to 5:30 p.m. and students ages nine to twelve will be able to take classes on Wednesdays, Jan. 9, 16, 23, and 30 from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Classes are $40 for four-class series, and all materials will be provided.

There will also be a Preschool Mixed Media class for young artists ages four and five years old in January. For many of these students, this will be their first experience in the arts. They will create their own masterpieces as they learn to work with paints, clay, and collage. Classes will be held on Thursdays, Jan. 10, 17, 24 and 31 from 10 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. Preschool Mixed Media classes are sponsored by the Dietrich Fundraising Committee and admission is free.

The Dietrich will also be starting up its quilting classes next week. In Quilting for Kids, students ages six and up will have fun learning early American quilting techniques as they stitch up a project that incorporates a variety of fabrics into a starry night. All materials will be provided and no experience is necessary. Admission is $6 per class.

In our intergenerational class Quilting for Everyone, adults and students ages eight and up will learn quilting basics as they create Atlantic Star quilts. This project is great for beginners of all ages. Participants will create interesting patchwork with the effective use of border prints and will also discover how to create artful illusions of transparency in their work. Admission is also $6 per class and no experience is needed. Quilting for Everyone is a great opportunity for family members and friends to spend quality time together as well as learn a folk art.

If you are like me and enjoy a good read during the winter months, we invite you to take part in our Wyoming County Reads project. This year's book is Ragtime by E.L. Doctorow. Start reading now and then join us for free book discussions, events related the novel and showings of the film. The project will be jumpstarted with a presentation at WVIA's Sordoni Theatre Sunday, Jan. 27 at 3 p.m. During this special event, pianist Gary Boerckel, host of Music to My Ears on WVIA-FM, and soprano Bernadette Boerckel will perform rags from the 1890s to the 1990s, narrating the story of the rise and revival of one of America's most enduring musical styles. This delightful program will be recorded for later radio broadcast and a light reception will follow. Ragtime From Barrelhouse to Broadway has been sponsored by the Apple Wagon Antique Mall and Sandy & Ron Vieczorek. Free transportation will be provided from the Dietrich Theater to WVIA's Media Center. The bus will depart the Dietrich at 1:30 p.m. Reservations are required. Please contact us at 570.9961500 to sign up, and stay tuned for more information about Wyoming County Reads.

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

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