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Growing wildflowers, tax aid, teen crafts highlight March library events
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A class on gardening with California native plants will be held at 6 p.m. March 22 at the Turlock Library and hosted by UC Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners of Stanislaus County (Photo contributed).

Visitors to the Turlock Library in March will have a variety of activities to choose from including arts and crafts classes, a wildflower seed starter lesson and native gardening tips from Master Gardeners.

Free tax preparation assistance from IRS-trained AARP volunteers will be available from noon to 3 p.m. every Wednesday in March.

Story Time for children under 5 years will be held at 11 a.m. every Thursday in March. The activity includes books, stories, songs, fingerplays and more.

A crocheting and knitting get-together will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. every Wednesday in March. Advanced crafters and beginners are invited to join and learn or share tips and advice with others while enjoying a relaxing morning at the library.

Teens can sign-up to participate in a Stop Motion Lab session that will be held at 4 p.m. Thursday. Participants will learn how to create their own film using various equipment and crafts. All materials will be provided. This event is for ages 12-18. Space is limited; advance sign-ups required. For more information, contact the Turlock Library at 209-664-8100.

Community members can sign-up to participate in an open sew event from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. March 14 and 28. The library will provide the sewing machines, irons, and sewing tools (measuring tapes, seam rippers, pins, etc.). Individuals will need to be able to work independently on their own projects. Open Sew is designed for ages 14 and older and will be held in the library's Makerspace.

The Turlock Chess Club will meet at 1 p.m. March 15. Whether you are an amateur, a master, or somewhere between, participants can bring their boards to meet and play against others for practice or friendly competition. 

Library visitors can learn how to upcycle biodegradable egg cartons into a self-contained seed starter for wildflowers from 11 a.m. to noon March 18. All ages are welcome; children 4 and under must have direct adult supervision.

A Turlock Building Challenge: Toothpicks and Marshmallows event will be held from 4 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. March 21. Each family will have 30 minutes to make a creation out of toothpicks and marshmallows. Due to capacity limits, ask each person to register individually. Participants are limited to five per table. Children under 4 are welcome but must have direct parental supervision.

A class on gardening with California native plants will be held at 6 p.m. March 22 and hosted by UC Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners of Stanislaus County. Spring is a great time to plant California natives in your garden. Many of these plants are water-wise, easy to care for, and have colorful flowers. In addition, creating a habitat in your landscape provides food and shelter for native pollinators. "If you plant it, they will come." You will be amazed at the diversity of insect pollinators that visit your garden. 

A teen Make It session will be held from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. March 23. Teens are invited to make something in the library’s Makerspace. You provide the ideas and creativity, and the library provide the arts & crafts materials. This program is designed for teens 13 and older.

Babies, toddlers, and preschoolers can enjoy an hour of free play, music, and movement from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. March 27. Children must be supervised by parents or adult guardians. 

Teens and tweens can stop by the library from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. March 30 to make their own buttons. This event is for ages 11 to 18.

The Turlock Library is located at 550 Minaret Ave. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Thursday; noon to 8 p.m. Wednesday; and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.