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Laughs for last day of 2013: Downtown Bemidji establishments host family friendly activities for New Year’s Eve

BEMIDJI — Lainey Oelrich carefully glued feathers to a would-be picture frame.

The 8-year-old was among several children who went to the Bemidji Public Library on Tuesday afternoon to make crafts as several downtown establishments offered New Year’s Eve activities for families. Glazed & Amused offered an assortment of bears and rabbits for painting and the Headwaters Science Center hosted a New Year’s Eve party with several “ball-drops” throughout the evening.

At the library, Lainey was attaching feathers and stickers to a foam picture frame, saying the feathers — especially the pink ones — were her preferred adornment option.

She also said she already knows what picture she wants to put inside it. “One with my mom and dad,” she said.

Nearby, her older brother, Dawson, 7, was attaching to the top of a dark blue foam mask light blue pipe cleaners, calling them antennas.

Later, he showed how the mask could be worn either right-side-up, with the antennas standing tall, or upside-down, with the antennas headed down either side of the bridge of his nose.

At Glazed & Amused, people of all ages were painting pottery pieces. Six-year-old Sawyer Corcoran had chosen to paint a bear holding books in one hand and an apple in the other.

“Because I like bears,” he said, adding he also likes to read.

Nearby, Allison DeClusin, 12, was focused on the final details of her own creation.

“I’m painting a bear with a champagne bottle for my godmother,” she said.

The bear, wearing a party hat and holding the champagne, had a very New Year’s Eve feel to it. “I thought it would be good for my godmother,” Allison said.

At the library, which also held a morning storytime, cousins Sylvia Davis LaRose, 8, and Krista Williams, 5, were making identical refrigerator magnets, a craft project featuring a little girl with her white kitten. In her right hand, there was a miniature clothespin, so she could “hold” something in her palm.

Sylvia said she and and Krista also planned to attend the party at the Science Center later that afternoon. “We’re going all over the place,” she said.

Shandon Charwood, 7, was one table over, preparing to cover an orange foam mask in feathers, stickers and pipe cleaners.

“I’m still figuring it out,” he said.

He had also attended the storytime that morning and said he likes to visit the library because he likes to read.

“I have a lot (of books),” he said. “I don’t know if I have a favorite.”