With precision, 9-year-old Colin Louwers cut the perfect little apple out of red construction paper to glue to a fall tree. His sister Aubrey, 7, worked on a different fall scene, noting with a bright smile, “I just like making stuff.”

The art class that Colin and Aubrey of Solon enjoyed was a sampling of offerings by the Solon Center for the Arts, which presented a fall open house Saturday to showcase programs in dance, theater, art and music.

Registration is under way for the programming, which runs through December. Those interested can visit the center’s website at solonarts.org.

“This gives the kids a chance to come in and see what we are all about and introduce them to the building,” SCA art instructor Lara Young said.

Ms. Young presented an art project for kids ages 2 to 5 and another for ages 6 to 11.

“It’s a fall feeling scene,” she said.

In addition to general art class, Ms. Young presents a free art Saturday once a month to give all age groups an experience with art. The schedule is posted on the center’s website.

“This is the first time we are here,” Colin and Aubrey’s mother Lisa said. “We wanted to get them involved in art and do something creative. It’s such a nice facility.”

Upstairs Music Department Coordinator Vanessa Majeski introduced a group of youngsters and their parents to a variety of instruments.

“It’s all about allowing kids to explore new or different instruments,” she said.

Instructor Jonathan Griffin gave a demonstration on the saxophone and clarinet.

“They offer so many things here,” Aurora resident Vicki Hiney said.

She and her husband Todd brought children Kendall, 9, and Owen, 7, to the center.

Owen played the xylophone while Kendall took a liking to the drums.

Her daughter loves acting, Ms. Hiney said, adding that Owen did a summer program at the center before.

“I love it,” she said of the programming, “and it’s cost effective.”

For the last decade, Sue Reid has covered the government, business climate and residents of Solon. A Times reporter for 22 years, Ms. Reid has earned commendations from the Ohio Newspaper Association and Cleveland Press Association.

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