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Upcoming Events

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Laser Project: S'mores Station
Exploration Commons
Monday, June 17, 2024 - 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Ages: 15 - Adults, Adults
Registration and more information
We will create our own custom s'mores stations with an engraved design on the front of a wooden box to hold marshmallows, chocolate, and graham crackers. We will finish with a quick assembly of s'mores items in the kitchen. Each attendee will create their own custom design for their box.

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Beginner Sewing Level 1: Make a Canvas Tote (Class 2)
Exploration Commons
Tuesday, June 18, 2024 - 9:30am - 12:30pm
Ages: 14 - Adults, Adults
Registration and more information
Get further acquainted with the sewing machine and basic tools of the trade. Learn how to work with different-weight fabrics and sew a boxed corner. Students will also learn about topstitching, reinforcement stitching, and how to use webbing to make bag handles. Apply these skills and more to make a lined canvas tote bag with coordinating handles.

Class Prerequisites: Intro to Basic Sewing Skills and/or EC sewing machine certification. 

Required Materials: A sewing machine and all materials will be provided.

About Beginner Sewing Level 1: these classes introduce new or less experienced sewists to beginning sewing information and resources with hands-on practice.

Beginner Sewing Level 1 classes introduce and practice the following skills:

  • basis sewing tools
  • cutting, measuring, and marking fabric
  • pressing with an iron
  • basting and sewing

You can take Level 1 classes in any order, but beginners might benefit most from following the Class 1, 2, and 3 sequence.

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Books and Bites: Edible Flowers and Nature Reads
Exploration Commons
Tuesday, June 18, 2024 - 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Ages: Adults
Registration and more information
Join us for another joint program between CCPL's Westminster Branch and Exploration Commons, hosted in our teaching kitchen! We will learn about edible flowers while attendees will help create one of five dishes to share among the whole group: 

- Butterfly Pea Flower Salad

- Fried Squash Blossoms

- Mango Smoothie Bowl with Edible Flower Garnishes

- Melon Hibiscus Sorbet

While we eat, librarians Hannah and Joy will book talk a variety of narrative nonfiction nature-focused books that will be available for checkout at the end of class.

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Intro to Adobe Illustrator
Exploration Commons
Thursday, June 20, 2024 - 5:00pm - 7:30pm
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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Spice Blends for Grilling
Exploration Commons
Saturday, June 22, 2024 - 10:00am - 12:00pm
Ages: 16 - Adults, Adults
Registration and more information
Learn the secrets to creating seasonings perfect for grilling meats, seafood, and veggies. Participants will create a grilling spice blend and then make their own signature blend to take home. A tasting will conclude the class.

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ServSafe® Food Protection Manager Two-Day Class: Day 1
Exploration Commons
Monday, June 24, 2024 - 9:00am - 4:00pm
Ages: 16 - Adults, 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, June 24, and session two on Tuesday, June 25.

©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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Intro to Laser Cutting
Exploration Commons
Monday, June 24, 2024 - 5:00pm - 7:30pm
Ages: 12 - Adults, Adults
Registration and more information
This beginner-level laser cutter class will walk you through design basics, machine use, and safety procedures. At the instructor's discretion, customers who successfully complete this program will be certified to use Exploration Commons' Fusion Pro and Fusion Edge laser cutters.

Customers aged 12 to 15 who complete their certification are required to have a certified adult with them to use the laser independently.

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ServSafe® Food Protection Manager Two-Day Class: Day 2
Exploration Commons
Tuesday, June 25, 2024 - 9:00am - 4:00pm
Ages: 16 - Adults, 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, June 24, and session two on Tuesday, June 25.

©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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Beginner Sewing Level 1: Sew a Small Zipper Bag (Class 3)
Exploration Commons
Tuesday, June 25, 2024 - 9:30am - 12:30pm
Ages: 14 - Adults, Adults
Registration and more information
Get acquainted with the sewing machine and basic tools of the trade. Expand your sewing skills by adding a zipper to a small storage bag. You'll insert a zipper into a small cotton bag with lining and learn hand sewing techniques.

Class Prerequisites: Intro to Basic Sewing Skills and/or EC sewing machine certification. 

Required Materials: A sewing machine and all materials will be provided.

About Beginner Sewing Level 1: these classes introduce new or less experienced sewists to beginning sewing information and resources with hands-on practice.

Beginner Sewing Level 1 classes introduced and practice the following skills:

  • basis sewing tools
  • cutting, measuring, and marking fabric
  • pressing with an iron
  • basting and sewing

You can take Level 1 classes in any order, but beginners might benefit most from following the Class 1, 2, and 3 sequence.

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Adobe Illustrator: Create an Acrylic Keychain
Exploration Commons
Tuesday, June 25, 2024 - 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Ages: 12 - Adults, Adults
Registration and more information
In this session, we will review the fundamental tools of Adobe Illustrator for designing acrylic keychains. Attendees will experiment with the software and create their keychains on the Fusion Pro laser cutter. All the necessary materials will be provided, and no prior experience with laser cutting is required.

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ServSafe® Food Handler Course
Exploration Commons
Wednesday, June 26, 2024 - 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Ages: 15 - Adults, Adults
Registration and more information
The ServSafe® Food Handler course, taught by a Certified ServSafe® Instructor, provides basic food safety knowledge. This two-hour class covers five key areas: Basic Food Safety, Personal Hygiene, Cross Contamination and Allergens, Time and Temperature, and Cleaning and Sanitizing. At the end of the class, participants will receive a certificate after completing a 40-question assessment.
©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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Intro to 3D Scanning
Exploration Commons
Wednesday, June 26, 2024 - 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Ages: 13 - Adults, 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, which is used extensively in engineering, architecture, historic 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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Beginner Sewing Level 2: Intro to Garment Construction (Class 1)
Exploration Commons
Thursday, June 27, 2024 - 9:30am - 12:30pm
Ages: 14 - Adults, Adults
Registration and more information
This series of sewing classes introduces new or less experienced sewists to beginner sewing information, resources, and hands-on experience.

Beginner Sewing Level 2: Intro to Garment Construction introduces the following information and skills:

  • fabric types, terminology, and preparation for sewing
  • interfacings types, uses, and application
  • reading, customizing, and cutting from a commercial pattern
  • constructing and finishing a simple garment

This is a series class; you need to register for the first class and attend all three classes.

  • Class 1: Choosing, Purchasing and Preparing Fabrics for Garment Sewing (06/27/2024)
  • Class 2: Measuring the Body, Preparing the Pattern, and Cutting the Fabric (07/11/2024)
  • Class 3: Sewing Slim Cut Lounge Pants (07/23/2024)

 

Series Prerequisites and Required Skills:

  • Intro to Basic Sewing Skills and/or have EC sewing machine certification
  • can thread a sewing machine and wind a bobbin
  • can sew items together with different seam allowances
  • understand the purpose of back-stitching
  • have previously sewn items equivalent to the projects in the Beginner Sewing Level 1 classes: small fabric container, lined canvas tote with webbing handles, lined pouch with zipper

Required Materials:

  • A sewing machine, some materials, and a commercial sewing pattern will be provided
  • Students will supply the appropriate fabric, elastic, and thread for their garment
  • Appropriate amount of prewashed and dried fabric for your size*
  • Appropriate width and amount of elastic for your size*
  • Matching thread*

*Do not purchase fabric, elastic, or thread before the first class.

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Kids Cooking: Stovetop Quesadillas
Exploration Commons
Friday, June 28, 2024 - 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Ages: 10 - 13
Registration and more information
This hands-on class will introduce kitchen safety and stovetop cooking skills as we prepare a simple quesadilla recipe. This class is appropriate for children with no cooking experience.

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Intro to Canva
Exploration Commons
Saturday, June 29, 2024 - 10:00am - 11:00am
Ages: 12 - Adults, Adults
Registration and more information
Canva is a free web-based digital design program. Attendees will learn how to navigate the homepage, create new projects, and edit various templates to create projects for digital and print use. 

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Laser Engraved Livestock Brushes
Exploration Commons
Saturday, June 29, 2024 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Ages: 12 - Adults, Adults
Registration and more information
Getting ready for the summer livestock or horse show season? Join us to customize a wood-handled grooming brush to express your own personality! We'll learn the basics of Adobe Illustrator and designing for laser engraving, then watch as your design is engraved onto a brush to take home.

This class does not result in independent laser use certification. 

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Cooking for Wellness: UV Safety Month
Exploration Commons
Monday, July 1, 2024 - 1:30pm - 3:30pm
Ages: 15 - Adults, Adults
Registration and more information
In the heat of the summer, we are all lathering up with sunblock and hanging out in the shade. It's good to protect your skin from UV damage, but are you getting enough vitamin D? Discuss how you can protect your skin and get more vitamin D in your diet with a registered dietitian while enjoying a light summer custard. This class is provided through The Partnership for a Healthier Carroll County and Carroll Hospital.

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3D Design Skills: Design Intent
Exploration Commons
Tuesday, July 2, 2024 - 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Ages: 16 - Adults, Adults
Registration and more information
Ready to take your 3D design skills to the next level? In this comprehensive, hands-on session in Onshape, a powerful cloud-based computer-aided design (CAD) platform, we will explore how to control the way a 3D model behaves using the concept of design intent.

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Tomato Galette
Exploration Commons
Tuesday, July 2, 2024 - 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Ages: 16 - Adults, Adults
Registration and more information
In this hands-on class, participants will make a delicious Tomato Galette. 

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Intro to Basic Sewing Skills (Skill Level 0)
Exploration Commons
Tuesday, July 2, 2024 - 5:00pm - 7:30pm
Ages: 14 - Adults, Adults
Registration and more information
style="box-sizing:border-box;margin:0;padding:0;text-align:left">Learn the basics to feel comfortable using a sewing machine. This introductory-level class includes the EC sewing machine certification necessary for many other classes and/or independent sewing machine use in the makerspace.

 

 

If you've never touched a sewing machine or a sewing needle, or if it's been years since you've sewed, and you need a refresher on the basics, then this class is for you.

 

 

Prerequisite: None

Materials: A sewing machine and all necessary materials will be provided.

 

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Intro to Audio Recording and Editing
Exploration Commons
Wednesday, July 3, 2024 - 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Ages: 12 - Adults, Adults
Registration and more information
Welcome to the world of audio recording and editing! Whether you are an aspiring podcaster, voice actor, musician, or simply curious about producing audio, this introductory session will give you a solid start on your journey.

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Asian-Styled Steamed Buns
Exploration Commons
Saturday, July 6, 2024 - 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Ages: 15 - Adults, Adults
Registration and more information
Love Asian-style steamed buns? Join this hands-on class and learn how to prepare Steamed Pork Buns and Egg Custard Buns. 

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