PHCC plans workshops for kids

Kid Stuff, Pine Hill Community Center’s free Saturday workshops for kids ages 6-12 has a great lineup of programs  in the next few weeks.  

Children and their parents and friends can make special holiday crafts, chat live with children in Zimbabwe and learn some Native American  art forms.  The workshops take place every Saturday morning from 10:30 a.m.-noon. Younger children are welcome if accompanied by an adult, and adults are welcome with or without a child in tow. 

 Events include:
• Saturday, Oct. 20 — Andes artist Roshan Houshmand will assist the kids in making accordion books.  Each child will come away with a book of his or her own. 
• Saturday, Oct. 27 — It’s Halloween weekend and  Pine Hill will be hosting the first annual Steampunk Festival. Whacky Wendy Brackman will be leading a Kid Stuff workshop in mask making.  She’s an improvisational comic entertainer by nature, a sculptor by training and a paper wizard by craft. Her one-of-a-kind talent is in turning fine-art into fun-art, by transforming paper into intricate, clever, personalized and funny hats, masks, costumes and accessories. (whackywendy.com).  Everyone will walk out of this workshop with a one-of-a-kind  mask or hat.  
• Saturday, Nov. 3 — Corn husk dolls with Patti Rudge.  Make these traditional seasonal dolls with an expert craftswoman and nature expert.   
• Saturday, Nov. 10 — Deborah Sanchez will bring some Native American crafts to share and the kids will all make a native corn necklace.
• Saturday, Nov. 17 — In a very special Kid Stuff session, Dennis Gaboury will talk to the kids about his work with orphaned children in Zimbabwe, and the children will have a chance to talk to the kids in Zimbabwe via Skype.  

 For seven years, Dennis Gaboury has been the Catskills’ oddest snowbird, journeying south from Hobart to Africa when the weather turns cold. And on each trip to Zimbabwe, he takes back some of the warmth and generosity of his neighbors in the Catskills for Zimkids Orphan Trust, which he founded seven years ago. Join Dennis  later at Pine Hill Community Center at 1 p.m. to hear his stories from Zimbabwe, learn about Zimkids and see the amazing the dolls the orphans create. In the meantime you may want to check out the zimkids website at zimkids.com. 
The Pine Hill Community Center is located at 287 Main Street, Pine Hill. Info: 845 254-5469 or visit: pinehillcommunitycenter.org