Inventure! Kids' Science Lab, Legacy Paper Arts and more.

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Bolstered by her years as a sewing-pattern designer - she even co-hosts PBS' It's Sew Easy - writing a book of patterns was the next logical step in the career of Trish Preston. The Canal Winchester mom's new book Because I Love You Sew($17 on Amazon) offers 17 designs for handmade gifts perfect for a range of loved ones. While you're waiting for your copy to arrive, check out Preston's blog for more craft ideas (twopeasinapoddesigns.com). Bolstered by her years as a sewing-pattern designer - she even co-hosts PBS' It's Sew Easy - writing a book of patterns was the next logical step in the career of Trish Preston. The Canal Winchester mom's new book Because I Love You Sew($17 on Amazon) offers 17 designs for handmade gifts perfect for a range of loved ones. While you're waiting for your copy to arrive, check out Preston's blog for more craft ideas.

March saw the debut of a new interactive education center in Powell, the Inventure! Kids' Science Lab (10235 Sawmill Parkway). The lab offers two- to three-hour classes (register at inventuresciencelab.com) that focus on making science, technology, engineering and math relatable and fun - musical science and kitchen chemistry are just a couple of the subjects on the agenda. Most classes are around $25 per kid, and event space and party programming are also available.

Another fun Powell stop is Legacy Paper Arts. And during one Saturday afternoon a month, the paper-crafting store hosts a "Creative Cafe." Make a $1 donation and you'll get access to myriad cool supplies for designing and decorating a greeting card. The store gives all the donation money collected during the monthly Creative Cafe to the Alzheimer's Association of Ohio. Call 614-389-4606 or visit legacypaperartsohio.com for details on dates and times. Another fun Powell stop is Legacy Paper Arts. And during one Saturday afternoon a month, the paper-crafting store hosts a "Creative Cafe." Make a $1 donation and you'll get access to myriad cool supplies for designing and decorating a greeting card. The store gives all the donation money collected during the monthly Creative Cafe to the Alzheimer's Association of Ohio. Call 614-389-4606 or visit for details on dates and times.

Still feeling generous? Local mommy blogger Jill May Basom (maggiemaysgifts.com) helped start a new library at downtown's Amethyst Recovery Center, a drug and alcohol treatment facility for women and their children. Donations of nonfiction books (think healthy cookbooks, self-help essays, wellness tomes) are now accepted at the center. Still feeling generous? Local mommy blogger Jill May Basom () helped start a new library at downtown's Amethyst Recovery Center, a drug and alcohol treatment facility for women and their children. Donations of nonfiction books (think healthy cookbooks, self-help essays, wellness tomes) are now accepted at the center.

-Jackie Mantey