Does the word "classes" conjure up painful flashbacks of pop quizzes and dull classes? As an adult, you have the luxury of taking classes in subjects that interest you—quizzes optional. We've assembled a list of some of the most intriguing classes being offered around Des Moines. Which ones are calling your name?
1. Des Moines Art Center
4700 Grand Avenue
Do you spend most of the day sitting behind a computer in the office? Nurture your creative side with classes at Des Moines Art Center. Subjects include painting and drawing as well as other types of media including ceramics, photography and metals. Wine and art classes allow you to relax with a glass of red while an instructor leads you through a special project.
2. Des Moines Social Club
900 Mulberry Street
Des Moines 50309
You may have a hard time choosing from the eclectic assortment of classes offered at this unique Des Moines venue. Categories include Literary, Music, Dance and Fitness, and Visual Arts. Lifestyle topics range from dog training to financial planning. If you've always harbored a desire to join the circus, live your dream with classes in juggling, hooping and aerials. Classes are also available for kids and families.
3. Cooking with Alessandra
333 E. Grand Avenue
Des Moines 50309
Who doesn't love Italian food? Delight family and friends with a meal of authentic dishes that you prepare from scratch. Italian-born Alessandra teaches how to prepare classic favorites like fettuccine, focaccia and tiramisu using techniques learned from her grandmother. Absorb the delights of Italian cuisine first-hand when Alessandra leads a week-long food and wine tour through charming country villages back in her home country.
4. Community Education at Des Moines Public Schools
DMPS believes that "Learning Is a Lifelong Celebration!" Their community education program offers an extensive selection of classes that changes each season. Want to learn a new language, try out a new fitness program or make your own body lotions? You'll find all this and much more in their catalog. Convenient online courses are also available with subjects like computer software training, web page design and basic accounting.
5. Unity Acrobatics
Des Moines 50316
Do you think that acrobatics and tumbling are only for kids? Check out Unity Acrobatics, which has a mission to promote a love of fitness and artistic expression through tumbling, trampoline and dance training for all ages. Take advantage of Parents' Escape Nights, when your kids can enjoy some fun on a Saturday evening while you and your significant other have some date time. Open gym sessions on Saturdays and Wednesdays are open to all, whether or not you are currently enrolled in classes.
Do you know of other interesting classes being offered in our area? Tell us about them in the comments!