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Portland creates: There’s still time to enter Portland Creates, our community art contest for all ages. Registrations will be accepted at the library until April 26, with works on display at the library throughout May. Stop by the library to pick up rules and submission forms – the first 70 people will also receive a Portland Creates messenger bag!

Medicare 101: Confused by all the choices regarding Medicare? Are you overwhelmed by the alphabet soup of plan choices? Navigating health insurance systems doesn’t have to be confusing or stressful. Join Portland resident and Medicare expert Nathan Wirth as he explains how Medicare works and the difference between Medicare Advantage, Original Medicare and Medicare Supplements. Another session will take place on May 6 at 2 p.m.

Children and teenagers

Virtual STEM Club Sunsational Sundial: Have you ever been outside and wondered what time it was? Using plates, stickers, a peg, and the sun, Virtual STEM Club: Sunsational Sundial will go old school and make our own sundials so we can tell the time without a watch! Registration for your Virtual STEM Club: Sunsational Sundial To-Go Bag begins April 20, the same day the video will be posted to YouTube. This is not live video, so the program can be done at your own pace. STEM Club: Sunsational Sundial is recommended for ages 6-12, requires parental supervision, and is limited to 30 guests.

Start with seeds: Spring is upon us and it’s time to get your hands dirty in the garden! Help us start seeds for our sensory garden for kids and take home a planted seed for your own garden. We invite all those with a green thumb AND all budding gardeners to the library on Wednesday, April 27 at 6 p.m. for our planting party. Users must register in advance at the library by calling 517-647-6981 and this program will be offered if time permits.

Art time for teens: frame it: Teenagers, do you have a special photo on your phone or on social media that you would like to print, but you have no place to put it? Head to the youth office and pick up your Take-And-Make bag for Frame It Up!, the Portland District Library’s Teen Art Hour project in April. Each bag has different combinations of paper to create a unique frame. You can keep it for yourself or make one for an Easter or Mother’s Day gift.

Books and covers: Let your imagination soar by joining us at the Portland District Library on Thursday, May 5 at 6 p.m. for a gardening-themed story hour Books and Blankets. Bring your blanket to sit on as we gather in the sensory garden to dig into books, songs and a special craft. We will have a snack together and each child will receive something to take away. We look forward to seeing you and your little seedlings! This program requires registration and is recommended for families with children 8 and under.

— The Portland District Library is located at 334 Kent St., Portland. For more information, call 517-647-6981 or visit pdl.michlibrary.org.

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