Craft and cookie classes to prepare for holidays

  • Millstone Township Community Education is offering the following special classes create treats for the palate as well as the eye. All classes will be held at the Millstone Elementary School unless otherwise noted. Preregistration is required for all courses.
  • “Holiday Cookie Workshop” will be held Dec. 2, 8-10 p.m. in the teachers’ lounge. Participants should bring two dozen baked cookie-cutter cookies in their favorite holiday shapes, along with a serving tray. Colleen Mantell, a certified Wilton instructor and owner of Crazy Cakes, will show students how to decorate like a professional using gels and other techniques. The fee is $10, with an additional $15 supply cost.

    “Fresh Holiday Mantel Swag,” a class on how to create a 36-inch swag for indoor or outdoor display, will be offered Dec. 9, 7-9:30 p.m. in the art room. Participants will use ribbon, pine cones, berries, ball and German statice, but must bring their own hammer, glue gun and glue sticks. The fee is $27.50.

    “Holiday Appetizers and Party Decorating” will be offered Dec. 15, 7-9 p.m., at the Clarksburg Inn banquet room, Route 524/Stagecoach Road, Millstone. Chef Beth Noonan will prepare three appetizers, and there will be a party table set with decorating ideas. The fee is $25.

    A “Hydrangea Holiday Tree” is a 20-inch-tall centerpiece constructed from a eucalyptus base loaded with hydrangeas and baby’s breath. Students must bring pruners, glue gun and glue sticks to the class, which will be held Dec. 16, 7-9:30 p.m. in the school’s art room. The fee is $22.

    “Gingerbread House,” for all ages, includes an 8-inch gingerbread house, icing and decorating candies. The class will be held Dec. 20 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. in the art room. The fee is $15, with an additional $10 materials fee.

    “Live Holiday Flower Arrangement” will be taught by Debbie Personette, owner of Bloomers & Things, Allentown, Dec. 22 from 7-9 p.m. in the art room. The fee is $8 plus an additional $25 materials fee.

    To register or for more information, call Millstone Community Education, (732) 446-6802, ext. 17, or e-mail

    Elks seeks items for

    U.S. troops in Iraq

    The Millstone Elks Veterans Committee has adopted a platoon in Iraq, the 472nd Marine Air Wing. The service members need many items, especially the basics such as razors, toothpaste, and free phone calls. The committee is focusing on sending them international phone cards so they can call home.

    The Elks members will send the items to Iraq around Thanksgiving so that the servicemen and women can have them in time for the holidays.

    Donations may be sent to the Millstone Elks Veterans Committee, Millstone Elks Lodge 2613, P.O. Box 34, Clarksburg 08510.