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What’s happening at the Prairie Arts Center?

PRINCETON — The following programs and classes are offered at the Prairie Arts Center in Princeton during the months of November and December. Go to www.theprairieartscouncil.org for a full detailed description of each, or call 815-875-ARTS (2787). Early registration is encouraged for all classes and workshops. All art exhibits are open and free to the public.

Nov. 5 — Holiday wreath workshop from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Learn tips on how to use color schemes, floral picks, placement of ornaments and bow making. Give new life to an old wreath from Christmases past as your instructor guides you through the steps on how to make and present a professionally decorated wreath for your home.

Nov. 6 — Wine and Paint from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Enjoy an evening of relaxed painting creativity while sipping a glass of wine. Create a ready-to-frame watercolor landscape painting to take home. Wine, food, music and materials are provided. No painting experience necessary.

Nov. 15-17 — “Wonderland” children’s Christmas musical will be presented at 7 p.m. Nov. 15 and 16 and at 3 p.m. Nov. 17. A musical adventure which takes the Baker family away and into a “Wonderland” of snow and fantasy to reclaim the joy of the season. Loaded with Christmas carols, fantasy creatures, elves, fairies and a nasty queen, this is a play which is sure to warm the heart of even the gruffest humbug of the season.

Nov. 12 to Dec. 8 — Christmas Mini-Tree Festival. More than 30 trees and wreaths decorated by local artisans will be on display for two weeks in the gallery of the Prairie Arts Center. Hours are 1 to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, with extended hours of 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 23, to coincide with Princeton’s Christmas open house. Raffle tickets for the trees and wreaths will be sold throughout the two week festival.

Nov. 22 to Dec. 8 — Sale of limited edition hand-painted ornaments of the Red Covered Bridge and the Soldiers and Sailors Monument. Produced in limited quantity and hand painted by local artisans, these two historic sites were chosen to commemorate their 150th and 100th respective anniversaries. Planned to be a PAC annual event, a different historic site will be chosen every year for the production of a limited edition ornament, making them a collectors choice.

Dec. 6 — “Christmas Around the World” concert at 7 p.m. presented by the Illinois Valley Flute Ensemble and “Flutopia,” featuring international Christmas music as well as some familiar tunes from the “Nutcracker Suite”. No reservations required. Admission by donation only.

Dec. 7 — Children’s Christmas crafts from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. All children preschool age and older are invited to come during an open house to make Christmas crafts at their leisure. Children will be divided into age appropriate groups for planned crafts. This event is free to the public. No reservations required. Children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult.

Dec. 8 — Raffle drawing for winners of mini Christmas trees and wreaths will be at 3 p.m. Members of the Prairie Arts Council will draw the winners. You do not need to be present to win.

Programming at the Prairie Arts Center Is partially funded by the Illinois Arts Council, Sun Foundation, Illinois Valley Fine Arts Trust and generous donations given by individuals and businesses.

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