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7 classes you wouldn’t dare skip

Woodworking 101

Spruce up your crib with new furniture built with your own bare, fully fingered hands, thanks to the guidance of acclaimed woodwork design boutique Oliver Apt. This daylong beginner class is safe and fun, taking you through the steps of crafting a beautiful contemporary bench. Sorry, Ron Swanson won’t make a cameo, but pizza will. Plaid clothing optional. ($600 in advance starting Saturdays in Sept/Oct; incl. materials and refreshments; Oliver Apt., 10225 100 Ave.)

printmakingFine Prints

Design stencils and layer colours as you construct your pop-art masterpiece during this six-week beginner workshop on the basics of printmaking. These techniques will pay off in vibrant design prints perfect for posters and shirts. Not your thing? The Society of Northern Alberta Print-artists can indulge your etching, letterpress and relief print courses. ($286 starting September 22; SNAP Print Studio, 10123 121 St.)

whiskeyExpand Your Whiskey Palate

It’s your chance to find out why Kavalan—this year’s “World’s Best Whiskey”—comes 10,000 kilometres from Scotland. The first step to becoming a connoisseur of Taiwanese and Indian single malt whiskies is attending deVine Wines’ tasting and presentation. Sip and learn about the extensive history and unique molasses distilling process of this new and exploding market.($50 in advance on Sept. 24 at 7pm; deVine Wines, 10111 104 St.;devinewines.ca

terrariumBuild Your Own Terrarium

Annie Parent, owner of the eclectic boutique Habitat Etc., walks you through the steps of building and caring for your own succulent garden. Perfect for an evening out with friends, each of you leaves with your own personalized arrangement of echeveria, stonecrop and more.($50 on Sept. 22, incl. materials and refreshments; Habitat Etc., 10187 104 St.)

abeltonChannel Your Inner DJ

No guarantee your set will top the charts, but this 12-week introduction to music software Abelton Live will teach you how to produce sick electronic music and hip-hop beats. These seminar-style classes with the DJs and concert promoters known as Night Vision will build your confidence with music theory, mixing and mastering as you transform into a pro. Wait, did we actually say “sick”? The transformation’s begun… ($700–$800 starting Sept. 13; Night Vision Music, 11231 Jasper Ave.)

Hors d’Oeuvres for the HolidaysBite sized potato rosti appetizer topped with fresh sour cream, smoked salmon and dill viewed from directly above

Ease your way into the season with the help of this holiday entertaining workshop. Learn some of the coming season’s trending eats, such as Spanish dates and chicken parmesan tidbits, alongside Gail Hall, one of Edmonton’s most knowledgeable chefs and culinary educators. ($175 on Nov. 14, incl. all ingredients, recipe kit, apron, wine and certificate; Seasoned Solutions Loft Cooking, 10249 104 St.)

gameGamers Unite

Think game apps are distracting? Wait till you’re creating your own with the world’s most popular video game design technology. The workshop hosted by Edmonton Digital Arts College covers design foundations, application and customization using the Unity 3D platform. Over 15 weeks, participants collaborate on a game from concept to completion, while each gets one-on-one time with an industry professional. Best of all, unlike level 147 of Candy Crush, this class won’t cost you a dime. (Free starting in October; Stanley Milner Library)