Dear Sun Spots: My daughter would like to sell her beautiful handmade jewelry, photographs, and holiday cards at a craft fair, but can only do so on Sundays. Would you please let us know of craft fairs within an hour’s drive of Farmington that will be held on Sundays? Your help is much appreciated. – V. C., Farmington.

Answer:
In addition to responses from readers, you and your daughter might consider checking out the following sites for a more in-depth listing: www.newenglandcraftfairs.com; http://mainemadecraftshows.20m.com/; and, www.maine.info/festivals. You might also like to check in with many of your local schools to see if they might have any. For instance the Longley School Craft Fair will be held here in Lewiston on a Saturday, Oct. 21, but there are many other schools that may also be holding such fairs.

To D.M. Lewiston and Jean C. Fournier, Lewiston, seeking art classes for children and adults – Sun Spots columns, Aug. 19 and Sept. 26: Sun Spots had the pleasure of talking with Margaret Larlee, executive director, of the Artisans Guild in the Great Falls Performing Arts Center in Auburn, 966-3817, who says you might consider checking out opportunities with them. There are charges for private classes, but for those unable to afford them, Larlee has a great bartering system in place. She calls it a ‘trade thing.’ For instance, if you want to learn how to make jewelry or take pottery classes, you can do so. You make two items. One you keep, the other you make to sell. There are also participants who take art lessons and their bartering is in turn teaching the youth in the program. Larlee says it’s the aim of the Artisans Guild to ensure classes are possible for everyone. Among the programs offered are Protégé Project that allows them to target highly gifted teens to study under established artists. Another is a writers class, another adult class. If checking them out via their Web site, please note the site has not been updated for some time and you’d be better calling the guild for a more updated list of events/happenings and more at the studio.

Private classes Mondays and after 5 p.m. week days. The guild also holds an after-school schedule of 3 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursdays. Adult classes are on Monday mornings. Friday is the outreach portion of the program, visiting the homes of the elderly as well as a variety of housing projects.

Besides teaching the fine arts, participants have a unique opportunity to use equipment not found in the average art studio, such as: a four-head process silk-screen press, airbrush equipment, framing equipment, pottery, rug hooking, quilting and more. All of this will be available to anyone who wants to take a class or free to any artist who volunteers their time toward mentoring a teen. Contact the guild at 966-3817 or visit its Web site at www.artisansguild.us.

Dear Sun Spots: Could you please let me know what happened to Jump City at the Promenade Mall in Lewiston? We bought a 10-visit pass at the beginning of the summer for our daughters and went to go recently and they were closed. There is no longer a message when you call the number either. I just want to know who can refund my money for the pass. Thank you. – S. R., Lewiston.

Answer:
In addition to responses from readers, Sun Spots is not sure if this is the business you are seeking, but has located a Jump City Inflatable Center & Restaurant at 855 Lisbon St., Lewiston, ME 04240. They may be reached via phone at 795-0444.

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