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Upcoming Events

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Taco Tuesday: Plant-based Taco Night
Exploration Commons
Tuesday, May 24, 2022 - 5:00pm - 6:30pm
Ages: Adults
Registration and more information
Turn your Taco Tuesday into a plant-based feast! In this hands-on class, we’ll make Vegan Jackfruit Tacos, Guacamole, and Jicama Salad.  

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Cottage Foods Workshop - Day 1
Exploration Commons
Wednesday, May 25, 2022 - 4:30pm - 7:30pm
Ages: Adults
More information
Interested in starting a cottage food business in Maryland? Join us for an informative presentation by Bryan Laing of the Small Business Development Center covering inspections, legalities, and pointers for success. Presented in partnership with the Teaching Kitchen at Exploration Commons and Carroll Community College.

Registration is through Carroll Community College at: Cottage Foods Workshop - Carroll Community College (augusoft.net)

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Basic Sewing Pattern Alterations
Exploration Commons
Wednesday, May 25, 2022 - 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Ages: 16 - Adults, Adults
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Learn the basic techniques for pattern alterations and sew clothing items that fit better than store-bought. We will discuss some of the most common alterations needed. You are welcome to bring in a pattern or garment that you're working on for personalized feedback.

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Intro to 3D Scanning
Exploration Commons
Thursday, May 26, 2022 - 10:00am - 12:00pm
Ages: Adults
Registration and more information
3D scanning is a digital design process that enables the creation of detailed and accurate models of real-world objects. Join us for an introductory look into this technology, used extensively in engineering, architecture, historical preservation, and video game development. We will demonstrate the use of our handheld Artec Leo 3D Scanner and highlight some recent projects that have been created with it.

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Cooking with Butterfly Pea Flowers Demo
Exploration Commons
Thursday, May 26, 2022 - 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Ages: Adults
Registration and more information
The butterfly pea flower brings beautiful, color-changing, blue and magenta hues to drinks, salads, and more. This program will demo butterfly pea flowers in a simple syrup for iced tea and lemonade, as well as a color-changing vinaigrette.

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Cottage Foods Workshop - Day 2
Exploration Commons
Thursday, May 26, 2022 - 4:30pm - 7:30pm
Ages: Adults
More information
Interested in starting a cottage food business in Maryland? Join us for an informative presentation by Bryan Laing of the Small Business Development Center covering inspections, legalities, and pointers for success. Presented in partnership with the Teaching Kitchen at Exploration Commons and Carroll Community College.

Registration is through Carroll Community College at: Cottage Foods Workshop - Carroll Community College (augusoft.net)

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Easy Dinnertime Salads
Exploration Commons
Friday, May 27, 2022 - 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Ages: 16 - Adults, Adults
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The salad takes a starring role in this hands-on cooking class. We will make a hearty salad that takes center stage at dinnertime. Also, learn how to increase the nutrient density of your favorite salad recipe to make it even more filling and satisfying.

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Robot Coding with Pepper
Exploration Commons
Saturday, May 28, 2022 - 10:00am - 11:30am
Ages: 11 - Adults, Adults
Registration and more information
Code with Pepper, CCPL's social humanoid robot! Program Pepper to strike up a conversation, dance, or tell a story using the drag and drop interface, Choregraphe. No previous coding experience is required. Pepper was funded by a Library Services and Technology Act Grant from the Maryland State Library and Institute of Museum and Library Services. 

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Superfood Smoothies
Exploration Commons
Wednesday, June 1, 2022 - 10:30am - 11:30am
Ages: 14 - Adults, Adults
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In this hands-on class, you’ll make smoothies with everyday superfoods readily available at the grocery store.

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Intro to CNC Routing
Exploration Commons
Wednesday, June 1, 2022 - 10:30am - 12:30pm
Ages: 12 - Adults, Adults
Registration and more information
This two-part program will introduce you to the basics of design, machine use, and safety procedures for our Iconic i2015 CNC router. Session one will focus on project design and the VCarve software. Session two covers machine use, including hands-on time with the CNC machine. Customers who successfully complete both sessions of this program will be certified for use of Exploration Commons’ CNC machine.

All program registrants must complete the prerequisite online Iconic CNC Machine Use and Safety Training prior to attending the first session of this program.

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Advanced Laser Cutting: Epilog Dashboard
Exploration Commons
Wednesday, June 1, 2022 - 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Ages: 16 - Adults, Adults
Registration and more information
In this session, we will take a closer look at the Epilog Laser Dashboard to gain a better understanding of the Fusion Pro's abilities. Topics include color mapping and camera-based artwork alignment. Fusion Pro Laser Cutter certification is required prior to attending this program.
 

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Pound Cake Perfection
Exploration Commons
Thursday, June 2, 2022 - 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Ages: 14 - Adults, Adults
Registration and more information
Learn to bake the perfect basic pound cake and four flavor variations.

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Intro to 3D Printing and Design with Tinkercad
Exploration Commons
Thursday, June 2, 2022 - 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Ages: 12 - Adults, Adults
Registration and more information
Learn the basics of using Tinkercad to design for 3D printing! We'll walk through basic 3D design using Tinkercad software and create a simple project to be 3D printed. No previous design experience is necessary!

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Intro to CNC Routing
Exploration Commons
Friday, June 3, 2022 - 10:30am - 12:30pm
Ages: 12 - Adults, Adults
Registration and more information
This two-part program will introduce you to the basics of design, machine use, and safety procedures for our Iconic i2015 CNC router. Session one will focus on project design and the VCarve software. Session two covers machine use, including hands-on time with the CNC machine. Customers who successfully complete both sessions of this program will be certified for use of Exploration Commons’ CNC machine.

All program registrants must complete the prerequisite online Iconic CNC Machine Use and Safety Training prior to attending the first session of this program.

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Indian Cooking Class
Exploration Commons
Saturday, June 4, 2022 - 12:30pm - 3:30pm
Ages: 15 - Adults, Adults
Registration and more information
Join special guest instructor Kiran Chaturvedi and her daughter, Garima, in this hands-on cooking class. We'll make cholay (chickpeas), batooray (puffed fry bread), and two chutneys. 

This program was supported by the American Rescue Plan: Humanities Grants for Libraries is an initiative of the American Library Association (ALA) made possible with funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) through the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021.

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Blender Basics: Image Texturing
Exploration Commons
Monday, June 6, 2022 - 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Ages: Adults
Registration and more information
Learn the general basics of Blender, a free 3D design software. This section will be focusing on placing a simplistic image texturing onto objects. 

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TinkerCAD: Editing Existing 3D Models
Online
Monday, June 6, 2022 - 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Ages: 12 - 18
Registration and more information
Come learn how to find and edit existing 3D models in TinkerCAD. No experience is required!

Media Production Tools were funded by an Infy Maker Award from Infosys Foundation USA.
 

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Intro to Laser Cutting
Exploration Commons
Tuesday, June 7, 2022 - 10:00am - 12:00pm
Ages: 12 - Adults, Adults
Registration and more information
This beginner-level laser cutter class will walk you through the basics of design, machine use, and safety procedures. Customers who successfully complete this program will be certified for use of Exploration Commons’ Fusion Pro 48 laser.  

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Sandwich Wraps
Exploration Commons
Tuesday, June 7, 2022 - 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Ages: 15 - Adults, Adults
Registration and more information
In this hands-on cooking class, we’ll make different types of sandwich wraps as well as different spreads like hummus and herby cream cheese. Plus, you’ll learn how to keep that wrap from getting soggy and the trick to keeping it sealed.  

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Basic Knife Skills
Exploration Commons
Wednesday, June 8, 2022 - 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Ages: 16 - Adults, Adults
Registration and more information
This hands-on class will cover everything you need to know about caring for your knives and how to use them. You’ll learn how to chop, dice, mince and get plenty of practice with other professional cuts. This is a beginner's level class.

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Baking Basics: Classic Lemon Bars
Exploration Commons
Thursday, June 9, 2022 - 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Ages: 14 - Adults, Adults
Registration and more information
Bake delicious classic lemon bars from scratch.

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Learn to Solder
Exploration Commons
Saturday, June 11, 2022 - 10:30am - 1:00pm
Ages: 16 - Adults, Adults
Registration and more information
Soldering is fun and fundamental to a wide assortment of maker electronic projects as well as modern technology. From simple light-up LEDs to complex robots, solder is the glue that holds the technological world together. Join us for a hands-on project where you will assemble and solder your very own electronic dice circuit.

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Salsa!
Exploration Commons
Monday, June 13, 2022 - 11:00am - 12:30pm
Ages: 15 - Adults, Adults
Registration and more information
In this hands-on cooking class, we’ll make a variety of veggie and fruit-based salsas. You’ll sharpen your knife skills and leave with recipes perfect for summer BBQs and gatherings.  

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Intro to Laser Cutting
Exploration Commons
Monday, June 13, 2022 - 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Ages: 12 - Adults, Adults
Registration and more information
This beginner-level laser cutter class will walk you through the basics of design, machine use, and safety procedures. Customers who successfully complete this program will be certified for use of Exploration Commons’ Fusion Pro 48 laser.

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Shark-cuterie Boards
Exploration Commons
Monday, June 13, 2022 - 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Ages: Adults
Registration and more information
Celebrate this year's Summer Reading theme, Oceans of Possibilities, with this two-session hybrid makerspace/teaching kitchen class! On day one, we'll use design software and our Fusion Pro laser to make a shark-themed charcuterie board. On day two head to the kitchen to artfully arrange your shark-cuterie board.

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