BY STEVE DINNEN
The school district offers an impressive lineup of classes meant to improve both your health and your brain. Here’s a partial listing of classes that begin in January: belly dancing, Zumba toning, genealogy, exploring UFOs, beekeeping, photography, tap dance, crocheting, rust-dyeing silk scarves and my personal favorite, welding for all levels. Classes start as late as May 26 (growing beautiful irises, which follows stand-up paddling). Check out their offerings at commed.dmschools.org.
DMPS is not alone in its effort to improve your mind and arts and crafts skills. You also can choose from a wide range of courses online—sign language, conversational Japanese, edible gardens, etc.—at Des Moines Area Community College, learnmore.cengage.com.
The Ray Society at Drake University likewise hosts a number of classes this year. Try deciphering U.S. and Iran relations, for instance, or the culture and history of Inuit art. And don’t forget mah-jongg for beginners. They are at drake.edu/raysociety/.