Workshops

Workshops are open to adults and teens over 12, except where noted.

Due to space availability and anticipated popularity, we recommend registering online.  A limited number of walk-ins will be permitted as space allows after registered guests are admitted.

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

When registering, be sure to note the location of the workshop.

To register for workshops, click here.

Workshop Listing

Saturday 9 AM – 9:45 AM

How To Be Safe Around Dogs
Children ages 3 to 6 will learn how to act around dogs. The message is simple, fun, and based on a music video that will have your kids singing  all day long. 1 adult per child.
Presented by JoAnne Dykhuizen, For Your Pets
Village Hall

How To Make Holiday Bows
Learn how to make a variety of bows to add that extra touch to your gifts this holiday season.
Presented by Tania Hess, Plainfield Public Library
Village Hall

How To Build Your Social Media Presence
Creating and building a social media presence can seem tricky – it is actually easier than you think! Learn tips and tricks to help you use multiple social media platforms.
Presented by Kiley Mullane, Plainfield Public Library
Village Hall

How To Plan The Perfect Event on a Budget
Throw an event that will be fun and inviting for your guests – without breaking the bank!
Presented by Donna Adair
Village Hall

Saturday 10 AM – 10:45 AM

How To Plan an Awesome Disney Vacation
Learn about when to start planning, the best times to travel, where to stay, ticket options, and much more!
Presented by Amy Huffman
Village Hall

How To Make Handmade Greeting Cards
Assemble free-cut patterns onto cardstock and impress your friends with how crafty you can be.
Presented by Joanne Pawlowski
Village Hall

How To Educate Yourself Online
Learning online is easier than ever. Let us show you the different sites and how to start learning!
Presented by Kiley Mullane, Plainfield Public Library
Village Hall

How To Use Essential Oils
Essential oils can improve your daily life – learn different ways to mix and use them.
Presented by Lauren Zitzka, Young Living Essential Oils
Village Hall

Saturday 11 AM – 11:45 AM

How To Simplify Your Life with Phone Apps
We’ll explore a variety of apps that can help you be organized, productive, and creative!
Presented by Kelly Haras, Plainfield Public Library
Village Hall

How To Improve Study Habits, Relieve Test Anxiety and Improve Sports Performance Naturally
See demonstrations showing the power of the subconscious mind. Participants will leave with techniques they can use on their own.
Presented by Brenda Gray, Hypnosis for Change
Village Hall

How To Knit for Beginners
After this workshop, you’ll be able to take home a swatch of stitches and kickstart a new hobby!
Presented by Elemental Yarns Staff
Village Hall

How To Make Quick and Healthy Recipes
Watch and learn how to make quick, healthy meals for your busy lifestyle!
Presented by Brandon Graves, Peter Rubi
Village Hall

Saturday 12 PM – 12:45 PM

How To Prepare the Perfect Cheese Plate
Cheese Plate 101: Learn what cheese selections work best together, how much to serve, and fun condiments, wine, and beer to complement your cheese plate.
Presented by Anna Trost, Wine & Cheese by TCC
Village Hall

How To Decorate Your Holiday Table
Spruce up your holiday spread with fresh flowers and items from your home. Change from fall to winter with simple additions.
Presented by Aimee Evans, Village Flower Shop
Village Hall

How To Improve Study Habits, Relieve Test Anxiety and Improve Sports Performance Naturally
See demonstrations showing the power of the subconscious mind. Participants will leave with techniques they can use on their own.
Presented by Brenda Gray, Hypnosis for Change
Village Hall

How To Add Functional Fitness to Your Life
Incorporate movements into your daily workout that are essential to human movement, push/pull, squats, lunges, and multidirectional reaches. Please wear proper footwear and attire.
Presented by Debbie Stapleton, ACE Certified Medical Exercise Specialist
Plainfield Twp Community Center

How to Decide If a Current Trend is Just a Fad or If You Should Include it in Your Food Plan
Invention, merchandising, social connection, and health studies have been used to propel foods into our everyday diet. Come explore the tastes and true health benefits (or lack of them) that will help you choose for yourself. Samples of some food trends will be provided.
Presented by Mimi Poling, Plainfield Park District Commissioner 
Plainfield Twp Community Center

Saturday 1 PM – 1:45 PM

How To Perform Magic Tricks
Amaze your friends and family with some basic magic tricks. Simple tricks and instructions. Ages 12 and up.
Presented by Jim Ottlinger, Jim’s Magic Shop
Plainfield Public Library

How To Paint A Picture on Canvas
Create your own work of art by painting on canvas with step-by-step instructions. All supplies included.
Presented by Shane Rotkis
Plainfield Public Library

How To Build Your Own Website
Get tips on the basics of WordPress and have your site up and running in under an hour.
Presented by Paul Rak, PJR Computing
Plainfield Public Library

How To Use Essential Oils 
Essential oils can improve your daily life – learn different ways to mix and use them.
Presented by Lauren Zitzka, Young Living Essential Oils
Plainfield Public Library

How To Make Money Work For You
Learn the 3 different savings accounts you need, ways to reduce debt, retirement savings strategies, and much more!
Presented by Marlene Lees and Stephanie Synal, Primerica
Plainfield Twp Community Center

How To Perform Tai Chi
This interactive class show you how exercises can be done to promote balance and flexibility.
Presented by Full Life Martial Arts
Plainfield Twp Community Center

Saturday 2 PM – 2:45 PM

How To Perform Magic Tricks
Amaze your friends and family with some basic magic tricks. Simple tricks and instructions. Ages 12 and up.
Presented by Jim Ottlinger, Jim’s Magic Shop
Plainfield Public Library

How To Cut the Cable Cord
Cable vs. Streaming, what’s the difference? Hear an overview and comparison of streaming devices and options.
Presented by Kelly Haras, Plainfield Public Library
Plainfield Public Library

How To Be Your Own Mr./Mrs. Fix-It
Before you call the repairman, try fixing it yourself with basic plumbing, electrical, and miscellaneous home repair skills you will learn during this workshop. Please bring your questions.
Presented by Lance Agne, Plainfield Public Library
Plainfield Public Library

How To Use Social Media for Small Business
Build your small business using LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram, and other social media outlets.
Presented by Paul Rak, PJR Computing
Plainfield Public Library

How To Add Social Media to Your Genealogy Repertoire
When it comes to genealogy, lots of social media sites are popping up to help make searching for your ancestors fun.
Presented by Tina Beaird, Plainfield Public Library
Plainfield Twp Community Center

How To Perform Hands-Only CPR
A down and dirty beginner’s guide to cardiopulmonary resuscitation prepares you for emergencies.
Presented by the Plainfield Fire Protection District
Plainfield Twp Community Center

Saturday 3 PM – 3:45 PM

How To Perform Magic Tricks
Amaze your friends and family with some basic magic tricks. Simple tricks and instructions. Ages 12 and up.
Presented by Jim Ottlinger, Jim’s Magic Shop
Plainfield Public Library

How To Digitally Organize and Store Your Photos
Your smartphone makes taking pictures easier than ever.   We’ll explore apps and programs you can use from your device or your home computer.
Presented by Kelly Haras, Plainfield Public Library
Plainfield Public Library

How To Detect Ghost Activity
The Plainfield Public Library is rumored to be a “hot-spot” of paranormal activity. Use ghost hunting equipment to locate otherworldly spirits.
Presented by Tina Beaird, Plainfield Public Library
Plainfield Public Library

How To Use the Computer – Basic Skills for Seniors
Are you struggling to use your computer? Learn the essentials of setting up and using email, working with documents, and using Facebook and Google.
Presented by Paul Rak, PJR Computing
Plainfield Public Library

How To Make Better Coffee
Making a good cup of coffee is in the beans, let the coffee experts show what they do to extract delicious coffee.
Presented by Ten Drops Coffee
Plainfield Twp Community Center

How To Embrace Yoga
Yoga enhances flexibility, strengthens muscles and offers a new outlook on life. Please bring a yoga mat and refrain from eating at least 2 hours before class.
Presented by Melissa Walter-Hart, Plainfield Park District
Plainfield Twp Community Center

To register for workshops, click here.