3 Hours of Math Tutoring
Bridget Neale Paris has a BA and MA in mathematics, and over 10 years of teaching experience at the high school and college level. She is also the mother of 4 children, ages 7-17, and thus has extensive experience tutoring students enrolled at all ages in the Concord Public School System.
Item 1 Generously donated by Bridget Neale Paris, Valued at $375
Shaker Box Workshop
Have you always wanted to try your hand at some woodworking? Making Shaker oval boxes is easy enough for beginners, but is great fun regardless of your skill level. This class is offered for two people (17 years and older) to each make a 5" Shaker box using the technics that the original Shakers used in the late 18th C and into the 19th C. You’ll cut and shape the “fingers,” bend the sides of the boxes and the lids, rivet the oval together with copper tacks, and shape the tops and bottoms and peg them into place. The class is held over two days (not necessarily consecutive). Approximately three hours the first day (the sides are cut and then bent in hot water and allowed to dry around a form) and four hours the second day. All materials are included. (You are bidding on one of the two class participant spaces.)
Creatively donated by Ann James, Valued at $130
Two hours Private Art lesson with Maris Platais, ASMA
National Award winning artist will help you get started on a new adventure or re--kindle your passion for painting or drawing. The lesson will be geared to the experience level and interest of the individual. We will work primarily in acrylic paint or the preferred medium of your choice. location to be in my studio or yours. Two hour lesson to be held on a mutually agreed upon date and time.
Generously donated by Maris Platais, Valued at $200
Learn to Knit!
Eva Herndon would like to teach you to knit! She is an expert knitter who will teach the high bidder - or someone they love - to knit, well enough to complete a simple project. Eva says, 'you're never to old to learn, but it's easier if you're over ten.' And you will spend some quality time with a lovely person too!
Donated by Eva Herndon, Valued at $25.00
Career Guidance Workshop for up to Four
If you are getting back into the job market, looking to change career fields or to prepare for an opportunity when it comes calling, this is the program for you. With a group of three or four seekers, you will meet for ten one-hour sessions discovering your personal strengths and skill sets, learn how to impress others in interviews, and create a resume that impressively reflects your professional skills. Networking and selection of references will lead you to the job that reflects what you do best. See Christine Lear or Susan Bacher for appraisals of previous sessions. Gather your friends together to meet with a retired human resource professional. This item is for a group of three or four.
Item generously donated by Michael Dundorf, valued at $100.
Have an idea that you want to see in print? Want to figure out how to submit an op-ed, personal essay, or letter to the editor? Always dreamed about publishing a book? Ever wanted to make a real crack at publishing in the New York Times or Harper’s Magazine? Do you or your child need help on those pesky college entrance essays for next year? Let two professional writers and philosophy professors help you for five hours in a mini writing workshop.
Take your pick of either teacher. John Kaag and Carol Hay are happy to work with any age or writing ability—at any stage in the writing process. Together, they have been published in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Harper’s, the Paris Review, Aeon Magazine, the Boston Globe, and many other venues. They want to help you transform your ideas into a piece of writing that others will want to read.
This five hour workshop is estimated at 500 dollars. John is especially keen to work with authors who might want to publish a book. He would like to offer those people a 10 hour session of instruction and editing. He is the author of American Philosophy: A Love Story, which was named an NPR Best Book of 2016 and an New York Times Editor’s Choice.
Generously donated by Carol Hay and John Kaag. The estimated value of this workshop is $1,000.
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Basket Weaving Class
Have you ever wanted to weave a basket? Well here is your chance! Betsy Fell will teach a basket weaving class, for up to 4 people (aged 12 and up) at your house at a mutually agreed time, for the high bidder. She’ll supply the materials to make small baskets, about 3.5” x 3.5” x 5 inches tall (see photo). It takes about 2.5 hours for a beginner to complete. But the feeling of accomplishment will last a lifetime!
Generously donated by Betsy Fell, Valued at $100
How to see Europe for Less, Sunday, April 30 at 12:30 pm
This is a 2-hour presentation of information I have gleaned from traveling to and from Europe. It will cover staying at apartments and less-expensive hotels. We'll discuss decisions to make about the kind of trip you want and the kind of traveler you are. We'll consider websites; transportation options; phone and email/web possibilities; and whether that city pass is worth it. We'll cover travel books, tourist attractions, dining and shopping. We'll talk about customs and language. Handouts will be provided. Up to 15 people can attend on Sunday, April 30 at 12:30pm after church coffee hour. Sandwiches and drinks will be provided.
Donated by Sally Coulter, Valued at $30 per person
Three Piano Lessons
Whether starting out fresh, or refreshing skills learned long ago, playing piano is terrific - come give it a whirl! Ideal gift for anyone from 5 to 105 - including yourself! I have a graduate degree from the New England Conservatory, taught for 27 years at the Longy School of Music in Cambridge, and currently teach at my private studio in Carlisle.
Musically donated by Margaret Darling, Valued at $150
Making Paper from Mushrooms
Three-hour workshop for three students. All equipment and supplies will be provided. Participants will learn how to identify suitable mushrooms, all of which are found in Carlisle, how to prepare them, and the techniques to turn them into beautiful writing paper. Participants will go home with their own samples from up to five different kinds of mushrooms.
Creatively donated by Kay Fairweather, Valued at $130
Tennis player and former Marcus Lewis Tennis Center Instructor Jackie Schaefer, will provide tennis instruction or hitting practice for up to 4 participants. Included are 4 sessions of instruction or hitting at a local public tennis court.
Generously donated by Jackie Shaefer, Valued at $100
Chinese Yo-yo and Lessons to Use It
Reference to the "empty bell" was first found in annals of the Ming Dynasty between 1386 and 1644 AD. The bamboo or empty bell, commonly known today as the Chinese yo-yo, was originally made of two round, wooden ends connected in the middle by a horizontal piece of wood. This simple toy was nevertheless an integral part of ancient Chinese culture. This unique auction item includes a multi-color Chinese yo-yo with wooden sticks used to make it spin and do tricks, and lessons from Cole Schaefer. It is recommended for children 7 to 97 given the skill/coordination required to master this craft.
Generously donated by Cole Shaefer, Valued at $30
2 90-MInute Knitting Classes for Up to 3 People
Would you like to learn to knit from a fun and experienced knitter? Or would you like to learn a new technique or two? Beginner and intermediate knitters, this item is for you! It includes two 90-minute classes for 2-3 people. Or perhaps you'd like to give someone the gift of knitting classes, there couldn't be a better place to start! Classes to be held on mutually agreed upon dates and times.
Cleverly donated by Linda Myers-Tierney, Valued at $100