Organizers of the über-popular River City Marketplace events recently announced a new intimate, hands-on series, Soiree, a collection of workshops that will be hosted by local artists and makers. The first installment is set for Saturday, May 12, and features brands owned and operated by local mamas, making this the world’s most perfect thing to do on Mother’s Day weekend! Make mala bead bracelets with GypsyLamb, or artisan soaps with Sunshine Soap and Candle Company. Learn about watercolor basics with Tonja Wilcox Art and Design, and create soy wax candles with Peace, Love and Soy Wax. Tickets are $125 and include guaranteed participation in three of the aforementioned workshops of your choice, refreshments and adult beverages (you know, to help spur creativity). Soiree will take place at a cute-as-can-be work place called The Makers Place (2618 X St.) and will host two sessions, one from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m., and another from 2 – 5 p.m. Visit for more and to buy tickets. The organizer’s other massive, free, open-to-everyone events (River City Marketplace) are also scheduled for Saturday, May 5 and Saturday, Oct. 20, both at Fremont Park (1515 Q St.) from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Those events will feature over 100 vendors, live music and local bites.

**This write-up first appeared in print on page 17 of issue #264 (April 23 – May 7, 2018)**