Class Is in Session

5 best places to learn something new!

Reading, writing, and ’rithmetic are so old school. Here are a few of our favorite places to learn something new.

Game On
Mah-jongg: Dominoes meets poker in this ancient Chinese puzzle game. March down to the Gershman Y for a crash course. Next time you see Grandma, bust out the tiles and show off your skills. It may even distract her from asking when you’re finally going to settle down.

For the Beauty School Dropout
After all that fun in the sun, it’s time for some detox. Get a bit of inspiration at the Steeped in Beauty workshop. Tea guru Alexis Siemons provides tips for crafting your own blends, while natural beauty expert Jolene Hart shows you how to create concoctions that perk up your complexion.

The Wheel Deal
While traversing the city’s pothole-riddled streets, your trusty steed takes a beating. Instead of facing the bike shop’s eye-rolling hipsters every time you get a flat, enroll in a repair class at Neighborhood Bike Works. Learn to true a wheel, overhaul bearings, and adjust brakes. Neophytes are welcome, and tools are provided — all you need is a little bit of elbow grease.

Sock It to ’Em
Ever the consummate crafter, you think you’ve constructed it all. But head to The Reiki School + Clinic for a little something extra. After a guided meditation to unleash your inner artist, spend the afternoon converting socks into monkeys and other critters.

Earn Your Nature Badge
The staff at Urban Jungle specializes in helping spatially challenged city dwellers add a little green to their lives. Watch for demos on terrarium making, vegetable gardening, and tree care. Come October, you can learn to carve a pumpkin that’ll impress the bejesus out of the whole neighborhood.

Photo: U.S National Archives / Flickr 

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under-$50 finds!Under-$50 Finds
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Independents Hall
20 N 3rd St
@ Market St, unit 201
Philadelphia, PA 19106
Neighborhood Bike Works
3916 Locust Walk
@ 40th St
Philadelphia, PA 19104
1526 E Passyunk Ave
bt Tasker & Dickinson Sts
Philadelphia, PA 19147
727 S 4th St
2nd flr
Philadelphia, PA 19147
The Gershman Y
401 S Broad St
Philadelphia, PA 19147