Your mother told you to use your time wisely, didn’t she? So if you’re lucky enough to have any to spare, consider broadening your skills with a class.
1. Cooks’Wares Cooking Classes
Get cooking the right way with knife skills classes, a “Family Dinner Under 30 Mins” class, and even an “All About Mushrooms” class. If you really want to win friends and influence people, sign up for the three-day intensive bread workshop. 11344 Montgomery Rd., Montgomery, (513) 489-6400, cookswaresonline.com
2. Brazee Street Studios
Oakley’s Brazee Street has an entire school of glass, which is good, because apparently there’s nothing you can’t make with glass. Try Kilncarving 101 (sculpting fused glass with fiber paper to create texture), glass bead making, glass weaving, and even drawing with glass. 4426 Brazee St., Oakley, (513) 321-0206, brazeestreetstudios.com
3. Civic Garden Center of Greater Cincinnati
Proper gardeners know that minding the plot (and yard, and trees) is important all year round. In addition to hosting community garden events and educational presentations, Civic Garden Center has a full schedule of classes for the gardener-in-training. Learn about planning and design, the right kinds of tools, how to deal with pests, and about different types of gardening. 2715 Reading Rd., near Clifton. (513) 221-0981, civicgardencenter.org
4. Knit On!
It’s time to get real: You cannot teach yourself to knit using YouTube videos. So every Wednesday and Saturday, knitting savant Sally Dixon goes through the basics of knitting (or crocheting) at Newport’s Knit On! supply shop. Wed at 7 pm or Sat at 11:30 am, 735 Monmouth St., Newport, knit-on.com
5. Brush Factory
Brush Factory might be the hippest game in town. Learn about garment sewing and design in classes held at their vintage-tastic Brighton workshop. Sewing 101 goes through the art of making pocket squares, linens, and altering pants, and Design 101 gives you a chance to work out your own wardrobe. Sun 4–6 pm, 2019 Central Ave., Brighton, (513) 381-5222, brushmanufactory.com