Avoid hectic malls and shopping centers this holiday season (at least for a couple of days) and craft your own jewelry for that special someone in your life. Metal Arts Academy in Auburn (1039 High St.) is offering a few Jewelry Fabrication Workshops to not only help you check a few names off your holiday gift-giving list, but you’ll also be able to walk away with a few new skills and a rewarding experience. For $150 per student, you’ll learn the basics of soldering, texturing, etc. and work with brass, silver and copper. Classes on Wednesday, Dec 5./Dec. 12 and Thursday, Dec. 6/Dec. 13 will run from 5–9 p.m.; and the Saturday, Dec. 8 class will run from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. For more info, go to Metalartsacademy.com.

**This write-up first appeared in print on page 8 of issue #279 (Nov. 21 – Dec. 5, 2018)**