Workshops

Have you ever wanted to expand your world and learn something new? Well, that’s exactly what the How-To Fair is all about. Taught by local experts and business owners, a wide range of learning opportunities are offered. Remember you can chose among 28 different workshops, so join us for one session or three; whatever your interest and schedule allows.

Workshops will be offered at three different locations:

    •  Plainfield Public Library, 15025 S. Illinois Street
    •  Plainfield Township Community Center, 15014 S. Des Plaines Street
    • Village Hall, 24401 W. Lockport Street

Workshops are open to adults and teens over 12.

NEW THIS YEAR! Registration is not required. Seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Doors will open 5 minutes prior to class time.

Workshop Listing

Saturday, September 22, 2018

9:30-10:30 a.m.

How To  Crochet
Get hooked on crochet while you unravel all the fun, colorful and decorative projects you can create with a simple ball of yarn. Explore the basic crochet stitches, patterns and yarn types. Yarn and hooks supplied for this fun hands-on program. Limited to 12 people.
Presented by Debi Grandsard, Plainfield Public Library
PLAINFIELD PUBLIC LIBRARY

How To Download Books, Movies and More for FREE
Learn how to borrow digital books, audiobooks, magazines and more. Limited to 8 people.
Presented by Lauren Pierce, Plainfield Public Library
PLAINFIELD PUBLIC LIBRARY

How To Impress Your Guests with a Simple Italian Dinner
Have you tried Big Pauly’s Wood Fired Pizza? The owner’s heart belongs to Plainfield. Pauly Horwath was born and raised in Plainfield and wanted his first restaurant to be in his hometown. Pauly is going to demonstrate how to make a delicious caprese salad and pasta. Tastings and recipes included. Limited to 20 people.
Presented by Paul Horwath, Big Pauly’s Pizza
PLAINFIELD PUBLIC LIBRARY

How To Take a Historic Walking Tour of Downtown Plainfield
In 2013, the Village was honored when the Downtown Plainfield area was named to the National Register of Historic Places. Take a stroll down Lockport Street from Route 59 to Fox River and learn all about this historic and vibrant town. Limited to 20 people.
Presented by Tina Beaird, Plainfield Public Library
PLAINFIELD PUBLIC LIBRARY

How To Workout and Have Fun
Learn how to have fun while getting fit! We will be using fitness bands, stability balls, hand weights, jump ropes and more to keep you motivated and having fun. All fitness levels welcome. Please wear proper attire, including tennis shoes, and bring a water bottle.  Limited to 30 people.
Presented by Colleete Richardson, Plainfield Park District
PLAINFIELD TWP COMMUNITY CENTER

How To Enjoy Your Local Forest Preserve
Discover the benefits and opportunities of your Forest Preserve District of Will County. Residents use the preserves for a variety of purposes. Find out the best places to fish, take your dogs and more. Plus, we’ll dispel some myths people have about forest preserves. Limited to 50 people.
Presented by Chris Gutmann, Forest Preserve District of Will County
PLAINFIELD TWP COMMUNITY CENTER

How To Carve a Watermelon Basket
Impress your guests by learning how to create a beautiful fruit centerpiece using kitchen tools. Limited to 50 people.
Presented by Kausi Chandran
VILLAGE HALL

How To Make Handmade Cards
Show your friends and loved ones how much you care by creating custom-made cards. All supplies included. Limited to 15 people.
Presented by Joanne Pawlowski
VILLAGE HALL

How To Become a 5K Runner
Have you ever wanted to get into running but don’t know where to start? Maybe you thought “I could never be a real runner.” This workshop will show you how to go from the couch to running a 5K in 8 weeks. Limited to 50 people.
Presented by DNA, Plainfield’s Active Lifestyle Outfitter
VILLAGE HALL

How To Make a Succulent Out of Felt
Learn all about wool and felt while you create a small succulent arrangement to take home. Limited to 15 people.
Presented by Stephanie Barta, Benzie Designs
VILLAGE HALL

10:45 – 11:45 a.m.

How To Be a Better Public Speaker
Want your speaking to be more engaging? More memorable? Or less intimidating ? This class is for you. Learn tidbits and techniques to help you become a better speaker. Whether you are new to public speaking or have some previous experience, you are welcome to join us. Limited to 20 people.
Presented by Sharon Cantina, Bridge Builders
PLAINFIELD PUBLIC LIBRARY

How To Protect Your Privacy on Facebook
Worried about hacking or click-bait? Learn how to protect your privacy on Facebook. Limited to 8 people.
Presented by Lauren Pierce, Plainfield Public Library
PLAINFIELD PUBLIC LIBRARY

How To Pair Wine & Cheese and Make Your Own Cheese
Wine & Cheese by TCC will taste you through a series of wine and cheese pairings to show you how to pick the right wines for your favorite cheeses. We’ll even show you how to make your own fresh ricotta cheese! Limited to 30 people.
Presented by Anna Trost, Wine & Cheese by TCC
PLAINFIELD PUBLIC LIBRARY

How To Perform Gentle Yoga
You don’t need to stand up to reap the benefits of yoga. Instead of using a yoga mat, a chair is used for different postures. This class includes centering, yoga warm-ups, postures, concentrations, breathing exercises and guided relaxation through meditation. Gentle yoga is a safe and effective way to offer yoga to any group, age and level of health. Limited to 30 people.
Presented by Melissa Hart, Plainfield Park District
PLAINFIELD TWP COMMUNITY CENTER

How To Improve Your Photography Skills
Tom Wyler of Wyler Studios shows you the rule of thirds when framing a shot, how framing a shot sets the emotion, the principles of 3-point lighting and using daylight indoors and outdoors. Limited to 30 people.
Presented by Tom Wyler, Wyler Studios
PLAINFIELD TWP COMMUNITY CENTER

How To Make a Chakra Bracelet
In this hands-on class, unleash your inner energy by creating a healing bracelet with seven chakra colors. All supplies included. Limited to 15 people.
Presented by Natalie Leone
VILLAGE HALL

How To Make a Flower Arrangement in a Margarita Glass
Let’s take flower arranging to the next level. Professional crafter Kausi Chandran demonstrates how to create a memorable flower display perfect for entertaining. There will be a drawing for the arrangement at the end of the program. Limited to 50 people.
Presented by Kausi Chandran
VILLAGE HALL

How To Repair Drywall
Dings, holes, pops, scrapes and cracks, life happens. Rejuvenate the look and feel of your walls.  In this workshop, Home Depot will cover the steps to repairing your walls using a drywall repair kit. Limited to 50 people.
Presented by Home Depot – Shorewood
VILLAGE HALL

How To Get Rolling with Essential Oils
Learn the best way to use oils to get the most out of every bottle. Make your own personalized blend in roller-bottles to bring home with you. Let’s get rolling and take another step towards wellness. Limited to 15 people.
Presented by Megan Stevens, Young Living Essential Oils
VILLAGE HALL

12:00 -1:00 p.m.

How To Be Mindful Everyday
Discover the benefits of using mindfulness techniques to benefit your health and well-being. A beginner’s guide to simple ways to incorporate mindfulness into your everyday life. Limited to 20 people.
Presented by Colette Shelby, Plainfield Public Library District
PLAINFIELD PUBLIC LIBRARY

How To Create a Seasonal Container Garden
A University of Illinois Extension Master Gardener demonstrates how to create a stunning seasonal container for your front yard or patio. Learn what types of plants and materials should be used during the fall. There will be a drawing for the seasonal container at the end of the class. Limited to 50 people.
Presented by University of Illinois Extension
PLAINFIELD PUBLIC LIBRARY

How To Salsa Dance
Come have a great time and learn a simple Latin dance routine that you can show off at your next party. Bringing a partner is recommended but not necessary to take the class. Limited to 30 people.
Presented by Chelly Benzinger
PLAINFIELD TWP COMMUNITY CENTER

How To Catch a Ghost
The Illinois Paranormalists showcase equipment needed while ghost hunting and share results from actual investigations in our area. Limited to 50 people.
Presented by Paul Schmidt, Illinois Paranormalist
PLAINFIELD TWP COMMUNITY CENTER

How To Install a Backsplash
Wishing you had a kitchen backsplash? This class is for you! Let the experts from Home Depot show you how to prep and install a mosaic backsplash. Limited to 50 people.
Presented by Home Depot – Shorewood
VILLAGE HALL

How To Draw Landscapes
Dottie Mueller will walk participants through the process of drawing a simple landscape with charcoal. This class is perfect for those beginning to draw. Limited to 15 people.
Presented by Dottie Mueller, Dottie’s Art Studio
VILLAGE HALL

How To Paint Interior Walls
The experts from Home Depot will suggest the best interior paints and finishes to paint top-down and achieve a clean-lined and well-blended paint project. They will also provide taping tips as you prepare to paint. Limited to 50 people.
Presented by Home Depot – Shorewood
VILLAGE HALL

How To Knit
The perfect class for beginners and those wanting to try knitting. After the workshop, you’ll have a swatch of first stitches and the start of a new hobby! Limited to 12 people.
Presented by Elemental Yarns Staff
VILLAGE HALL

How To Take Advantage of Updates to Medicare Part 2
Updates were recently made to Illinois Medicare Part 2. Learn what you need to know to take advantage of testing and pharmaceutical opportunities. Limited to 15 people.
Presented by the Experts at Lh Unlimited
VILLAGE HALL

iCash
Visitors can stop by to check to see if they have unclaimed property. The Treasurer’s Office is safeguarding more than $2.9 billion in unclaimed property belonging to millions of Illinois residents. One in four Illinois adults discovers property to claim.
Presented by the Illinois State Treasurer’s Office
VILLAGE HALL  – 9:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.