Invest in Some New Skills Through Adult-Ed Classes

BY STEVE DINNEN

Ready to learn something new in 2019? Like playing the banjo, or open water scuba diving, or woodcarving (beginners and advanced)? Dozens of classes are available starting as early as tomorrow from the community education program run by Des Moines Public Schools.

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/.

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