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.
Urban Roots: 2375 Tchoupitoulas St., (504) 522-4949, UrbanRootsNola.com
The Plant Gallery: 9401 Airline Hwy., (504) 488-8887, ThePlantGallery.com
Virtual Music Lessons from NOLA School of Music
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. NOLAschoolofmusic.com
Sazerac House Virtual Cocktails
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.
Pottery Classes at Earth and Fire
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
New Orleans School of Cooking Hands-on Classes
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