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Summer of Play is a series of workshops on skills you’ve always wanted to learn. It’s like summer school without the grades.

Our Summer of Play workshop series have concluded for Summer 2017. We’d love to hear from you about these workshops. Did you attend any? What did you think? If you didn’t attend any, how come? If you’ve got a few minutes to spare, we’d appreciate you filling out this survey. All survey participants can opt to have their name entered to win a River Market $50 Gift Certificate. Survey closes September 30, 2017.

We want to say a big thank you to the facilitators and shop hosts who made these workshops happen. We think they were a smashing success and hope to do it again in the future.

Summer 2017 Workshops

DIY Laundry Soap
Thursday, June 22, 2017
7pm to 8pm
Make your own inexpensive and natural laundry soap with Jolene’s Natural Soap. Working in small groups, we’ll grate, heat, and mix ingredients to make naturally scented laundry soap. No experience necessary. All participants will get to take some home. Space is limited, so grab a friend and register right away! This workshop is suitable for teens and adults. You will be working with graters, hot plates, and other implements.

Intro to Musical Theatre for Grown Ups
Wednesday, July 5, 2017
7pm to 8pm
Release your inner Gleek and dance your pants off with this fun, one-hour intro to the world of Musical Theatre for Grown Ups. The Stage New West Director Stefanie Swinnard will get your body moving and your heart rate up all while having a good laugh. No singing required but feel free to sing along! This workshop is suitable for adults.

Knife Sharpening Skills for Beginners
Thursday, July 6, 2017
7:30pm to 8:30pm
If you are finding yourself frustrated – or worse, injured – from dull knives in your kitchen, join Chef Rob Mackay at Canteen & Supply and learn the basics of sharpening your own knives at home. Save money and time; it’s easier than you think! Chef Rob will demonstrate the proper technique using a stone. Bring a knife (non-serrated and properly wrapped for transport, please!) to give it a try yourself. Supplies will be available to purchase and take home including knives, sharpening stones and sharpening steels. This workshop is suitable for adults.

Three Fun Yarn Crafts
Saturday, July 8, 2017
10am to 11:30am
Remember simple crafts? Why not learn or relearn some simple and fun handicrafts and join Susan from Cosy Yarns who will teach you how to make pom-poms, weave with straws, and make a beaded owl! A great activity for the whole family to do together! Space is limited and registration is required. No cost to participate, but all children must be accompanied by an adult. Maximum two children per adult.

Salsa & Guacamole Making
Wednesday, July 12, 2017
4pm to 5pm
Kick off early for the afternoon on hump day and join Katia and Alfonso from Pamola Bakery and make traditional Mexican salsa and guacamole so that the rest of your week is just right. All participants will get to take home a small container of their hard work to snack on at home. Space is limited and this one will fill up fast! Don’t miss it. This one is suitable for teens and adults.

Learn to Play Chess
Sunday, July 16, 2017
12pm to 3pm
Have you ever wanted to learn to play chess? Join us at River market on July 16 to learn to play chess from youth experts in our community. We’ll have multiple tables set up for you to try and strategize. If you’d just like to sharpen your skills, feel free to drop by as well. This workshop is suited to all ages and you are welcome to just drop by! 

Quick Pickles Hands On Demo
Saturday, July 22, 2017
11am to 12pm
Quick Pickles are a super fast way to add some zing to your produce and change up the veggie drawer. They take zero experience or know how and can be done in a jiffy. If you can chop and stir, you can make quick pickles. Stop by for a super fast demo and take home instructions to make your own! All ages can participate. This is a drop in workshop – a batch only takes 10 minutes or so.

Cast Iron Cookware Care
Thursday, August 3, 2017
7:3opm to 8:30pm
Chef Rob Mackay is back with another great workshop! This time he’s talking cast iron cookware. Cast iron is all the rage right now, but if you can’t find the perfect pre-seasoned pan at a thrift shop, how do you season your own? Chef Rob will take you through the steps to season on a stovetop. Many great cast iron supplies to cook, clean and season will be available for purchase before and after the workshop. This workshop is suited to adults only. Registration now open.  

In the Kitchen with Chef Justin
Saturday, August 5, 2017
10am to 11am
Longtail Kitchen’s papaya salad, or “somtum” is the most popular Thai style salad. Now you can learn how to make your own and produce a delicious, complex and refreshing salad! Chef Justin will demonstrate what kind of equipment you’ll need and show you how to use it as well as introducing you to the ingredients and the sauce made from scratch. Participants will get to taste a sample. Space is limited, so register right away. This class is suited to adults only. Registration now open.

Tea & Cards: Learn to Play 
Saturday, August 6, 2017
4pm to 6pm
Before cable TV there were better ways to enjoy an afternoon or evening. Group card games are a wonderful way to connect with friends and spend an afternoon chatting and enjoying yourself. Have you ever played Whist? Euchre? Learn from Century House card game experts and sip tea supplied by Great Wall Tea. Space is limited to 16 registrants – we recommend registering a foursome! This workshop is best suited to adults, or to teens who are interested in playing cards. Registration now open

Ink & Drink: Fish Print Edition!
Friday, August 18, 2017
8pm to 10pm
Paint and Sips are a popular way for all skill levels to get your craft on while being social with friends. Craft Cafe has you covered for a unique Fraser River take: Ink & Drink – Fish Printing Edition! Space is limited. All participants will have the opportunity to make a print using an actual fish and enjoy a glass of wine. Grab some friends and join us for a fin-tastic time.This workshop is for adults only, no minors are permitted.  Registration opens August 4

Tropical Terrariums
Saturday, August 26, 2017
10am to 12pm
Robin Schafer from Bunches & Blooms has more than 35 years of experience in floral design and his enthusiasm for plants knows no bounds. Join Robin as he helps you create a special tropical planter to take home and gives you tips on care. This workshop is suitable for teens and adults, or for older children who are accompanied by an adult.  Registration opens August 12.

Air Plant Arranging & Care
Sunday, August 27, 2017
10am to 12pm
Air plants are hot hot hot right now! These ancient tropical plants are unique, grow in almost any condition, and are fairly easy to care for. Join Robin Schafer from Bunches & Blooms as he helps you arrange your very own air plant, and gives you all the tips so that they can survive even the blackest of thumbs.This workshop is suitable for teens and adults, or for older children who are accompanied by an adult. Registration opens August 13

DIY Laundry Soap
Thursday, June 22, 2017
7pm to 8pm
Make your own inexpensive and natural laundry soap with Jolene’s Natural Soap. Working in small groups, we’ll grate, heat, and mix ingredients to make naturally scented laundry soap. No experience necessary. All participants will get to take some home. Space is limited, so grab a friend and register right away! This workshop is suitable for teens and adults. You will be working with graters, hot plates, and other implements.

Intro to Musical Theatre for Grown Ups
Wednesday, July 5, 2017
7pm to 8pm
Release your inner Gleek and dance your pants off with this fun, one-hour intro to the world of Musical Theatre for Grown Ups. The Stage New West Director Stefanie Swinnard will get your body moving and your heart rate up all while having a good laugh. No singing required but feel free to sing along! This workshop is suitable for adults.

Knife Sharpening Skills for Beginners
Thursday, July 6, 2017
7:30pm to 8:30pm
If you are finding yourself frustrated – or worse, injured – from dull knives in your kitchen, join Chef Rob Mackay at Canteen & Supply and learn the basics of sharpening your own knives at home. Save money and time; it’s easier than you think! Chef Rob will demonstrate the proper technique using a stone. Bring a knife (non-serrated and properly wrapped for transport, please!) to give it a try yourself. Supplies will be available to purchase and take home including knives, sharpening stones and sharpening steels. This workshop is suitable for adults.

Three Fun Yarn Crafts
Saturday, July 8, 2017
10am to 11:30am
Remember simple crafts? Why not learn or relearn some simple and fun handicrafts and join Susan from Cosy Yarns who will teach you how to make pom-poms, weave with straws, and make a beaded owl! A great activity for the whole family to do together! Space is limited and registration is required. No cost to participate, but all children must be accompanied by an adult. Maximum two children per adult.

Salsa & Guacamole Making
Wednesday, July 12, 2017
4pm to 5pm
Kick off early for the afternoon on hump day and join Katia and Alfonso from Pamola Bakery and make traditional Mexican salsa and guacamole so that the rest of your week is just right. All participants will get to take home a small container of their hard work to snack on at home. Space is limited and this one will fill up fast! Don’t miss it. This one is suitable for teens and adults.

Learn to Play Chess
Sunday, July 16, 2017
12pm to 3pm
Have you ever wanted to learn to play chess? Join us at River market on July 16 to learn to play chess from youth experts in our community. We’ll have multiple tables set up for you to try and strategize. If you’d just like to sharpen your skills, feel free to drop by as well. This workshop is suited to all ages and you are welcome to just drop by! 

Quick Pickles Hands On Demo
Saturday, July 22, 2017
11am to 12pm
Quick Pickles are a super fast way to add some zing to your produce and change up the veggie drawer. They take zero experience or know how and can be done in a jiffy. If you can chop and stir, you can make quick pickles. Stop by for a super fast demo and take home instructions to make your own! All ages can participate. This is a drop in workshop – a batch only takes 10 minutes or so.