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Legacy Learning jumps into the New Year with diverse series of workshops

—Submitted photo Author and food writer Darcy Dougherty Maulsby will lead a Midwestern baking workshop for Legacy Learning in January.

Legacy Learning Boone River Valley will kick off the new year by hosting several workshops in January and a Cups and Creativity Event as well.

Cups and Creativity is a special event planned for Jan. 5 at Mornin’ Glory Coffee Shop. Organizers said those attending will be able to paint their own cup and create a special memory while gathering “gathering with a community of dreamers.” Participants can purchase a cup for $20 and enjoy soup while supporting the nonprofit Legacy Learning Boone River Valley organization. The event will be held from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. There will also be entertainment.

Making Memories with Wood

Rusty Farrington will show participants how to use the wood shop to create their own presentation box. Those attending will learn basic skills in the first workshop, and how to sharpen chisels, plane blades and scrapers. Participants then will be continue to build a box with dovetail joins, miters and a frame and panel lid. The workshop will take part over three weeks — Jan. 10, 17 and 24 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Webster City High School.

Cooking workshops

Each month in the new year will bring International Cooking Workshops. The first one will feature soups and breads around the world, including Pho, Mexican soup and German breads. The workshop is scheduled for Jan. 13.

Preserving our Holiday Rituals

Preserving Our Holiday Rituals Writing Workshop will be held Jan. 26 through 28.The sessions will take place at the Legacy Cabin in Briggs Woods Park. Organizers promise a relaxing weekend of writing. Jennifer Berte will lead the workshop and will help participants hone writing skills, or find motivation to start on that novel or poem. All levels of writers are welcome and writing is not limited to the published workshop topic.

Special treasures

Ernie Koch, who specializes in handmade wooden bowls carved from found woods and special memory woods, will lead a workshop Jan. 27-28 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Koch uses natural “found” woods. Participants may bring their own pieces of wood or some will be available.

Weaving a Tall Cat’s Head Basket

Learn the art of basket weaving on Jan. 27 and 28 at Briggs Woods Park. The workshop will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Midwestern Baking

Join blue-ribbon baker, food writer, farm cook and Iowa author Darcy Dougherty Maulsby to explore the art of Midwestern baking. The hands-on learning experience will include baking versatile yeast rolls, fool-proof pie crust, classic Dutch apple pie and a scrumptious cake. The workshop is set for Jan. 27 and 28 from 1 to 4 p.m., immediately following the weaving workshop.

Cold Frame for

Starting Plants

Closing out the month of January, a workshop entitled Building a Cold Frame for Starting Plants will be held on Jan. 31. Organizers said participants will learn how to build their own cold frame — a transparent-roofed enclosure, built low to the ground and used to protect plants from adverse weather. The device can be used to get an early start on early spring greens, to harden off transplants or to extend the growing season into the late fall. The group will collaborate to building one cold frame and will leave with the know-how to complete their own project at home.

For more information or to register for the workshops, visit www.legacylearningbrv.org.