As we continue spending more time at home, it can be easy to
fall into a rut of laziness. Teaching yourself how to garden or cook can be a good
way to become more productive while at home or in safe areas. Despite the
pandemic, New Orleans continues to provide fun yet educational ways to stay active.
This week would be a great day to begin your summer garden.
Better Homes and Gardens has tips and classes that can help beginners find
their way around the yard and learn what to plant in areas as hot as Louisiana.
In addition, local plant shops such as Urban Roots and The Plant Gallery both
have a wide selection of plants, as well as knowledgeable workers to assist you.
Make any day a day full of music by learning
how to play an instrument through virtual lessons. All ages are welcome to
participate via Zoom. You can sign up on the website by telling them your preferred
day and instrument. Learn how to make some noise with the NOLA School of Music.
Wednesdays are for drinking—and learning. The
Sazerac House is offering virtual cocktail classes, so you can get your drink
on by being your own bartender. Curbside pick-up for all ingredients is
available as well. Sign up on the website to learn how to be an in-house
mixologist. 101 Magazine St., (504) 910-0100, sazerachouse.com.
July can become your new crafting month. Earth
and Fire Studio offers adult in-person pottery classes for beginners
and also holds space for experienced potters. Four classes a month are offered
on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays and have six to seven people in one
class. Be creative and practice social distancing by become a potter. 724
Adams St. (504) 234-1080, earthandfirestudio.com
This Friday, July 24, at 5 p.m., you can learn how to cook gumbo,
BBQ shrimp and grits, and Bananas Foster crepes in a hands-on cooking class,
where you'll get to prepare authentic meals with an expert chef. The class
holds 10 people and is three hours long. Signing up can be done via the website,
and classes cost $145 a person. Temperatures will be checked upon arrival and
parties are expected to practice social distancing. 524 St. Louis St., (800) 237-4841, neworleansschoolofcooking.com