Top 5 Skills to Pick Up This Week

Learn everything from sushi rolling to stargazing—all in one week.

1. Water Bath Canning
Does this time of year make you fear losing your favorite summer fruits? Have you ever wished you could pickle a beet? Then the Cooks’ Wares water canning class is for you. Led by retired Ohio Certified Master Gardener Heather Matthews, the class will teach you how to use the Water Bath Canning method to preserve your own fruits, sauces, and juices, as well as how to make pickles and relishes. $45: Register online. Tues, Sept. 9, 6:30 p.m –8:30 p.m., Cooks’ Wares, The Shops at Harper’s Point, 11344 Montgomery Rd., Harper’s Point, (513) 489-6400. cookwaresonline.com

2. Sewing
The Broadhope Art Collective will demystify the sewing machine. This class will provide you with tips and tricks for your sewing endeavors. You will also leave with your very own self-made pillow. If you already have a sewing machine, you can bring it; otherwise, you can use one of theirs. All materials are provided. $50: Register online or by phone. Wed, Sept. 10, 3:30 p.m.–5:30 p.m., Broadhope Art Collective, 3022 Harrison Ave., Westwood, (513) 225-8441, broadhopeartcollective.com

3. Baking From Scratch
After this class, you’ll never need to make cinnamon rolls from a can again. The “Baking for Brunch” cooking class teaches you to make your own yeast dough and how to turn that dough into delicious breakfast treats. Like any good cooking class, there’s plenty to eat: quiche and coffeecake will be served during the class, and all students will take home their prepped cinnamon rolls and scones to bake. $60: Register online or by phone. Sat, Sept. 13, 10 a.m.–1 p.m., Cincinnati Cake and Candy Supplies, 1784 East Galbraith Rd., Reading, (513) 831-6161, shop.cincicake.cincicakeandcandy.com

4. Sushi Rolling
At Sushi Cincinnati, you can learn how to roll your own sushi. These BYOB classes teach you the basics of sushi rolling while you sip your favorite beverage. After the demonstration, the instructors will help you make your own sushi rolls. You can eat your three sushi rolls there, or you can take them home with you.  $25: Register online. Sat, Sept. 13, 7 p.m. (Doors open at 6:30), Sushi Cincinnati, 130 West Pike St., Covington, (513) 335-0297, sushicinti.com

5. Stargazing
Saturday, the Cincinnati Observatory Center is holding its annual ScopeOut Astronomy Fair. After the fair opens at noon you will be able to tour the building and (safely) look at the sun. In the evening there will be a dinner and a lecture presented by PBS’ Star Gazers’ co-host James Albury. Once night falls, the observatory’s telescopes will be open for stargazing.  $7 for adults, $5 for kids. Optional Dinner and Presentation $25. Reservations required for dinner. Sat, Sept. 13, Noon–11 p.m., Cincinnati Observatory Center, 3489 Observatory Place, Mt. Lookout, (513) 321-5186, cincinnatiobservatory.org

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