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Cocoa and Canvas moving to Girls Inc.

Participants focus on their artwork in a crowded room during last year’s Cocoa and Canvas event. This year’s event is being moved to Girls Inc., which will provide additional space.

By ROSS FLINT - rflint@shelbynews.com

Thirty-eight people crowded into the meeting room at the Blue River Community Foundation building leaving it a little cramped at last year’s Cocoa and Canvas event, which was meant to raise money for the Drug Free Shelby County youth council.

So this year’s event, scheduled to run from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, is being moved to Girls Inc., 904 S. Miller St. in Shelbyville.

Drug Free Shelby County had to turn away some people last year because they were already over their goal of 30 participants.

Dawn Adams, the art teacher at Hendricks Elementary School, led last year’s group in painting an 11x14 Valentine’s Day-themed scene with little birds sitting on tree branches that had hearts replacing leaves. Adams will again lead this year’s event, although Lori Springer, executive director of Drug Free Shelby County, was unsure how big the painting is this year.

This year’s event will be capped at 30 participants.

“I hate to cap it,” Springer said. “Dawn said over 30 is a little harder. We wanted to make sure we had enough easels. We were scrambling last year.”

The cost to participate was increased this year because organizers found the admission price last year wasn’t enough. By the time they bought supplies and snacks, there wasn’t any money left for the youth council, Springer said.

The cost is $15 for individuals and $24 for couples and all ages are invited. This year’s council is wanting to do a few more projects with the money raised.

Participants can sign up in advance or show up at the door, pending availability. To reserve tickets, contact Youth Coordinator Elizabeth Clark at scdfc.eclark@gmail.com.

“It’ll be a great,” Springer said. “If it’s like last year, it will be a really fun time.”