DIY Clear Ball Ornaments

Using clear ball ornaments we'll create fun and one-of-a-kind holiday decorations! We'll have pom-poms, shells, snowflakes, ribbon, and more to fit your personality and style!

Candy Making 101 with Keegan Rodgers

Keegan C. Rodgers, Head Baker at the People's Food Co-Op, leads this hands-on and lively workshop on how to make candy!

In this class, students will learn how to make chocolate truffles and bark, plus how to work with sugar to make rock candies or brittle! The ingredients, the steps involved with each candy, and how to properly store the finished product will all be covered in this class. You get to try some of Keegan's tasty treats too!

This event is cosponsored by the People's Food Co-Op and is part of an ongoing baking series.

Erupting Sensory Snow

Create fun sensory snow and then add a special ingredient to make it erupt!

Danish Heart Baskets

In Scandinavia, they celebrate Jul, which stretches from mid-November to mid-January. One tradition of Jul is to weave heart baskets out of felt, fabric or paper.

Make your own Danish heart baskets to fill with goodies and decorate your own home!

Make a Father's Day Card!

Nothing says Happy Father's Day like a homemade gift from the heart!

Join us as we create one-of-a-kind Father's Day cards to celebrate dad, grandpa, or your favorite uncle!

Make A Mother's Day Card

Make a beautiful Mother's Day card!

Make a Mask

Have you suddenly realized you might need a costume...ASAP?

Decorate a mask that you can wear with pride!


Come in your best, craziest, or most outrageous costume to AADL’s annual costume contest!

To enter, you must be seen by the judges between 12:30–2:00 pm. The award ceremony will be held at 2:30 pm. We will have a FREE photo booth in the Lobby (from 12:00-3:00 pm) for all to enter and commemorate the day as well as snacks and crafts.

Target gift cards for $30 will be awarded in these categories:

Best Overall Kids Costume
Best Overall Teen Costume
Best Overall Adult Costume
Best Overall Family Costume

Halloween medals will be awarded in the following categories:

Best Simple, Yet Sophisticated
Best Book Character
Most Creative Family Costumes
Most Creative Group Costumes
Best Character Costume based on a Popular Character
Best Parent & Baby (as Accessory)
Most Esoteric
Most 'Of the Moment'
Best Use of Special Effects
Most Hilarious
Most Complex
Best & Brightest Colored
Most Disgusting/Gross
Best Robot
Best Flying Object

Advent Reflections from Michigan's Northern Woods with Author Gayle Boss

Inspired by the landscape and animals of the north woods, Michigan author Gayle Boss writes with the heart of a poet in her new collection of Advent reflections All Creation Waits.

Twenty-five portraits meditate on how wild animals adapt to winter's darkness and cold, inspiring us with the ancient wisdom that darkness is not the end, but the way to a new beginning. Each reflection is accompanied by a striking and sensitive woodcut in deep blacks and brilliant whites by artist David G. Klein.

Be inspired with the beauty of winter and the natural world as Gayle Boss discusses how this unique volume came to be. She will also take a closer look at the gorgeous woodcut illustrations in large-scale.

This event will be held at AADL's Pittsfield location, overlooking the wetlands where many of the animals that inspired this volume find a home. This event will also include a book signing, and books will be for sale.

Erupting Sensory Snow

Create fun sensory snow and then add a special ingredient to make it erupt!

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