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Upcoming Events

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Restaurant Roundtable
Exploration Commons
Monday, January 30, 2023 - 12:30pm - 2:30pm
Ages: 16 - Adults, Adults
Registration and more information
Join a roundtable for chefs, managers, and restaurant owners in Carroll County and the surrounding area. Get together with your peers to discuss current issues, upcoming events, new menu items, personnel issues, and more. Hosted by the Teaching Kitchen at Exploration Commons at 50 East. There is no charge for this event and registration is requested, but not required. This will be a quarterly event.

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School’s Out Kids Baking Class: Chocolate Lovers
Exploration Commons
Monday, January 30, 2023 - 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Ages: 8 - 15
Registration and more information
In this hands-on baking class, we’ll make simple chocolate pastry puffs and hot cocoa.  

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Intro to Basic Sewing Skills
Exploration Commons
Tuesday, January 31, 2023 - 10:00am - 12:30pm
Ages: 14 - Adults, Adults
Registration and more information
Learn the necessary basics to feel comfortable using a sewing machine. This is a beginner-level class; you will leave feeling confident about the next steps to take toward sewing your own projects.

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Intro to Adobe Illustrator
Exploration Commons
Tuesday, January 31, 2023 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Ages: 12 - Adults, Adults
Registration and more information
Learn the basic features of Adobe Illustrator. Participants will have the opportunity to learn and explore the program through hands-on instruction. No experience is required!

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Intro to 3D Scanning
Exploration Commons
Tuesday, January 31, 2023 - 5:30pm - 7:00pm
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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Japanese Knot Bags
Exploration Commons
Wednesday, February 1, 2023 - 5:00pm - 6:30pm
Ages: 12 - Adults, Adults
Registration and more information
Use our Bernina sewing machines to create your own reversible Japanese knot bag. 

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Intro to Basic Sewing Skills
Exploration Commons
Thursday, February 2, 2023 - 10:00am - 12:30pm
Ages: 14 - Adults, Adults
Registration and more information
Learn the necessary basics to feel comfortable using a sewing machine. This is a beginner-level class; you will leave feeling confident about the next steps to take toward sewing your own projects.

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Making Customized Chocolate for Valentine's Day
Exploration Commons
Thursday, February 2, 2023 - 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Ages: Adults
Registration and more information
Customize chocolates for yourself or your valentine in this two-session class! We'll create our designs in Fusion 360, and utilize 3D printing and the makerspace's Vaquform machines to create custom molds. Then we'll head to the teaching kitchen to learn the process of molding chocolate.

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Managing Blood Sugar with Nutrition
Exploration Commons
Friday, February 3, 2023 - 10:30am - 12:30pm
Ages: 15 - Adults, Adults
Registration and more information
Learn a new recipe while learning how to manage your blood sugar! In this class, we will be making a zucchini crust pizza topped with arugula and prosciutto while discussing how you can use nutrition to better manage diabetes with a registered dietitian. This program is in partnership with Tevis Center for Wellness, Carroll Hospital.

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Intro to Laser Cutting
Exploration Commons
Saturday, February 4, 2023 - 1:00pm - 3:00pm
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 laser cutter.

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ServSafe® Food Protection Manager Two-Day Class: Day 1
Exploration Commons
Monday, February 6, 2023 - 9:00am - 4:00pm
Ages: Adults
Registration and more information
The ServSafe® Food Protection Manager Course is for individuals preparing to take the ServSafe® Food Protection Manager Certification Exam. After taking the course and passing the proctored, multiple-choice exam, participants will receive a Food Protection Manager Certificate, valid for up to five (5) years. This course covers Food Safety Training; Foodborne Illness; Hygiene, Health & Food Safety; Flow of Food: Purchasing, Receiving, Storing, Preparing, Cooking and Serving; Environment: Equipment, Cleaning, Sanitizing, Pest Control and Facilities; and the HACCP System. This is a two-day class with session one on Monday, February 6 and session two on February, 13.

©2018 National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (National Restaurant Association). All rights reserved. ServSafe is a trademark of the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation. National Restaurant Association® and the arc design are trademarks of the National Restaurant Association.

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Sewing Skills: Using Templates
Exploration Commons
Tuesday, February 7, 2023 - 10:00am - 12:30pm
Ages: 14 - Adults, Adults
Registration and more information
Learn how templates can increase sewing speed and accuracy. In this class, we will make a 12" x 18" reversible placement with mitered corners. Previous sewing experience is necessary.

Students should bring the following supplies to class: 

  • Fabric: 45" wide piece of 100% cotton lightweight home decor fabric, pre-washed and dried
  • For 2 placemats:
    • 1/3 yard main fabric
    • 1/2 yard contrasting fabric for back and border
  • Thread and a matching filled bobbin for your machine.
  • Sewing Machine*
  • Blind hemming foot for your machine

*Exploration Commons sewing machines are available for certified users on a first-come, first-served basis. Please indicate if you will be bringing your own machine or using one of ours. 

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Learn to Solder
Exploration Commons
Tuesday, February 7, 2023 - 5:00pm - 7:00pm
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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Quick Stovetop Breads
Exploration Commons
Wednesday, February 8, 2023 - 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Ages: 15 - Adults, Adults
Registration and more information
Learn a quick stovetop bread recipe to serve with any meal. In this hands-on class, you will prepare a fluffy, skillet bread that can be made on a busy weeknight. We will also prepare some simple accompaniments to enjoy with your fresh bread.

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Intro to 3D Printing and Design with Tinkercad
Exploration Commons
Thursday, February 9, 2023 - 6:00pm - 7:30pm
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, February 10, 2023 - 10:00am - 12:00pm
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.

Ages 12 to 15 are required to have a certified adult with them to independently use the CNC router.

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Make 'n Model!
Exploration Commons
Friday, February 10, 2023 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Ages: 16 - Adults, Adults
Registration and more information
In this class, we will explore the differences in design by recreating a real-world object using different 3D modeling software. 

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Galentine's Brunch in the Kitchen
Exploration Commons
Saturday, February 11, 2023 - 10:00am - 12:30pm
Ages: Adults
Registration and more information
Bring your favorite gal-pal for a Galentine's Day Brunch Cooking Class. Recipes will include Strawberry and Goat Cheese Crostini, Lobster Ravioli in Brown Butter Sauce, Waffles with Bourbon Barrel Maple Syrup, and Chocolate Covered Strawberries. This is a hands-on cooking class. One registration per group, with a max group size of four.

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ServSafe® Food Protection Manager Two-Day Class: Day 2
Exploration Commons
Monday, February 13, 2023 - 9:00am - 4:00pm
Ages: Adults
Registration and more information
The ServSafe® Food Protection Manager Course is for individuals preparing to take the ServSafe® Food Protection Manager Certification Exam. After taking the course and passing the proctored, multiple-choice exam, participants will receive a Food Protection Manager Certificate, valid for up to five (5) years. This course covers Food Safety Training; Foodborne Illness; Hygiene, Health & Food Safety; Flow of Food: Purchasing, Receiving, Storing, Preparing, Cooking and Serving; Environment: Equipment, Cleaning, Sanitizing, Pest Control and Facilities; and the HACCP System. This is a two-day class with session one on Monday, February 6 and session two on February, 13.

©2018 National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (National Restaurant Association). All rights reserved. ServSafe is a trademark of the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation. National Restaurant Association® and the arc design are trademarks of the National Restaurant Association.

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Making for Seniors: Create a Simple Wood Laser Cutter Project
Exploration Commons
Tuesday, February 14, 2023 - 10:00am - 12:00pm
Ages: Adults
Registration and more information
Learning new technology should be fun, not intimidating! Join us for a very basic hands-on session where we'll create a simple wood laser cutter project and actually watch your project being made on our Fusion Pro laser cutter. Previous basic computer experience is required. No previous experience with laser cutting or design software is needed. This class does not result in independent laser use certification.

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Kids Intro to Basic Sewing Skills
Exploration Commons
Tuesday, February 14, 2023 - 5:00pm - 7:30pm
Ages: 10 - 16
Registration and more information
Learn the necessary basics to feel comfortable using a sewing machine. This is a beginner-level class; you will leave feeling confident about the next steps to take toward sewing your own projects.

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Hello Python
Exploration Commons
Wednesday, February 15, 2023 - 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Ages: 12 - Adults, Adults
Registration and more information
Interested in learning Python but don't know where to start? Join us for an introductory look at the Python programming language, resources for learning, and a general open discussion about programming.

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Six Ingredient Dinners Demo Class
Exploration Commons
Thursday, February 16, 2023 - 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Ages: 16 - Adults, Adults
Registration and more information
These dinners require just six ingredients! Learn how to do less prep and add more flavor to your meals. Recipes include prosciutto-wrapped chicken with sage, aloha kebobs with sesame rice, and crispy potato-crusted salmon.

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Intro to CNC Routing
Exploration Commons
Friday, February 17, 2023 - 10:00am - 12:00pm
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.

Ages 12 to 15 are required to have a certified adult to independently use the CNC router.

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Creating Jewelry with Makerspace Technology
Exploration Commons
Saturday, February 18, 2023 - 10:00am - 12:00pm
Ages: 15 - Adults, Adults
Registration and more information
Learn about the types of jewelry you can make with our makerspace technology. We will review the available equipment, selecting materials, and setting up design files for success. Using Adobe Illustrator and our Epilog Fusion Pro laser, participants will make either a pair of earrings or a bracelet to take home. This is an introductory level program and no previous experience with design software or laser cutting is required. 

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Animation Creation: Intro to 3D Modeling with Blender
Exploration Commons
Saturday, February 18, 2023 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Ages: 16 - Adults, Adults
Registration and more information
Learn the cool features and utilities found inside the free 3D modeling and animation software known as Blender! This class will showcase basic navigation of the user interface and its modeling tools. 

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