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‘Spring Fling’ Brings Crafts

Potomac Community Center’s annual event to include community shred.

Crafters for a Cause will exhibit their belt buckles and jewelry.

Crafters for a Cause will exhibit their belt buckles and jewelry.

The Potomac Community Center’s annual “Spring Fling” on May 4 will offer Potomac area residents an opportunity to find that special gift for Mother’s Day or to browse vendors for one-of-a-kind craft items, purses, clothing and jewelry. It’s also a chance to clear one’s house of unnecessary items — those things one just can’t give away. Now one can bring them to the Potomac Community Center, rent a table for $30 — and sell them for a little extra spending money. This “Spring Fling” event will feature crafts, collectibles, art, jewelry, and “gently used” items.

Penny Heltzer of Potomac, who serves on the Potomac Community Center board, said, “This event gives shoppers a chance to peruse a wonderful selection of gift ideas for everyone’s budget. We have attracted some exceptionally unique artisans this year.”

Among the vendors will be Trish Brooks Designs. Brooks combines several art techniques to create original jewelry of freeform wire-wrapped crocheted necklaces and pendants. These were featured at the juried James Renwick Alliance Show in December. Other items included in this event are the Honeré Collection by Beth Rosen — handmade jewelry and purses designed by Rosen — as well as her hand-embroidered raincoats and skirts.

A new feature this year is a gift to children. Nancy Delasos, education director of Abrakadoodle — the award-winning art and creativity program — will be on hand to provide art lessons for children 20 months to 12 years old while parents shop.

For those who get hungry, pastry chef Natalie Morelli, owner of “Made with Love” will be selling her cookies and cupcakes. She explains the name of her business with a smile. “Mami always taught me to do all things with love because they would just turn out better. She always said, ‘If I wasn’t going to do it with love, why do it at all.’”

The collectibles and craft fair will take place from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. this Saturday, May 4 at the Potomac Community Center, 11315 Falls Road, Potomac. All proceeds from the sale of vendor spaces will benefit programs at the Potomac Community Center. To rent a table, call Heltzer at 301-983-9624.

In conjunction with the “Spring Fling,” the community center will also host a Community Shred from 10 a.m. – noon. Bring boxes of documents to the center for shredding.

Potomac Community Center board member Jill Lavin said, “We hope Potomac residents will come out to support our Spring Fling. One hundred percent of our profits benefit the Potomac Community Center. It is such a vital part of our lives here in Potomac. The Community Center offers activities for every age — from infants to senior citizens — and hundreds of residents use it every week. This “Spring Fling” is a way for everyone to give back to our exceptional community center.”

For more information contact the Potomac Community Center at 240-777-6960.