The Random Helpers

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“Patchwork Central is one of the random helpers,” a case worker told me as he stopped by last winter to find out if we happened to have an extra-large coat for his homeless client. Coats, kitty litter, slippers, cremation urns, wheelchairs, antacid pills, laptop power cables. If someone is looking for any of this, it’s […]

A New School Year Begins

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Patchwork Central’s after school Arts & Smarts program kicked off on Tuesday, and we’re anticipating a great year. Already students in grades K-5 have gotten started in tutoring, working one-on-one with adult and high school tutors to keep caught up in school this year. The tutors do not only help the students with homework, they […]

A Feast of Joy

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“I’m a weaver. I take the different threads of things and pull them together.” That’s how Susan Fowler describes her storytelling, and it’s a great way to describe the Garden Feast that Patchwork held yesterday to celebrate our Summer Arts & Smarts Program. An entire energetic summer of fun came together in a frenetic swirl […]

We Go Biking and Dancing Along

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Patchwork Central’s summer Arts & Smarts Children’s Programming has been active and animated throughout the month of June. Art Garden Week I was followed by two Bike Weeks for teens. First, participants practiced their bike repair basics in Patchwork’s studio under the supervision of Pete and Paul, our regular Bike Shop volunteers, and Charles from […]

Summertime

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Patchwork is a magical place, and during the Arts & Smarts Program’s Art Garden Weeks, that magic is condensed into a few short mornings. Last week was our first Art Garden Week of the summer. A wonderful group of children and adults gathered each morning. Each morning they were transported by Susan Fowler’s stories. They […]

Celebrating the School Year

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Last Thursday evening, our Arts & Smarts program celebrated the many successes of the past school year during our End of the School Year Celebration. We celebrated the kids who improved their reading, who improved their math, who made great art, and who faithfully attended our programming. We celebrated the volunteers who, as part of […]