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Mad for March classes and events

The month of March marks the annual time for basketball tournaments, St. Patrick’s Day parties and, this year, Easter. 

In the regional art world March marks another wallop of workshops tailored to the season and beyond.

A handful of classes come with hints of spring.

Take the Welded Metal Garden Sculptures class in Zumbrota. Metal artist Kelly Ludeking takes participants step by step through the processes of creating garden decorations.

“Everyone, from the complete novice as well as experienced metal workers will enjoy this opportunity to try their hand at this rewarding craft,” said Marie Marvin, director at Crossings.

Students are encouraged to bring along found steel or cast-iron objects that they would like to incorporate into their unique garden object of art.

This class is made possible by and will be held two blocks away from Crossings at the state-of-the-art welding shop Custom Iron.

From the garden to hanging baskets, the spring theme continues at Hallstrom’s Greenhouse in Planting “Pride of Red Wing” Baskets.

Participants can experience the fun of creating aniconic hanging flower basket. Plant a 14-inch moss basket and Hallstrom’s will care for it in the greenhouse until mid-May. The class happens Monday March 21 and costs $49.

For those who may already have taken the class want to reuse their basket, an alternative time will be offered Tuesday March 22, with $37 cost for creating one basket, $64 for two.

New this year is Rain Gardens 101 presented by the Cannon River Watershed Partnership and the city of Red Wing.

Learn about the benefits of rain gardens for water quality and gardening in this introductory workshop from 7 to 8 p.m. Thursday March 17 at the Red Wing High School.

Easter is early this year and a handful of classes of reflect the holiday.

ArtReach offers a monthly Free Art Day for kids of all ages at their crafting hub, 112 Bush St. This month children can create an Easter egg project 10 a.m. to noon Saturday March 12. Adult assistance required for the 20-to-30-minute project.

The art center also is offering natural egg dying lessons at this month’s Wednesday Workshop 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday March 23. Cost is $5.

For more information on classes or workshops, visit Red Wing Community Education and Recreation at, Crossings at Carnegie at or ArtReach at

Stacy Bengs-Silverberg

Stacy Bengs has been a photojournalist at the Red Wing Republican Eagle since 2010. She holds a bachelors degree in journalism and art from the University of Minnesota.

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