Saturday, May 31, 2008
Friday, May 30, 2008
Bonus: The planetarium shows cost only $3 for adults. That's a pretty cheap date.
At the moment, the planetarium show starts at 8:15 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays; doors open at 8 p.m. The current topic is "Secrets of Saturn."
When we last visited the observatory, the topic was the Roman understanding of astronomy (tied into the art museum's Roman sculpture exhibit). It was a fun activity for us as a couple, but the families who were there also seemed to enjoy it.
Thursday, May 29, 2008
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
The focus is on fitness, dance and art, as you might expect, but there are some random classes scheduled, too. One of the most interesting: a series of astronomy hikes. Neat.
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
MIT has posted more than 1,800 classes to its Open Courseware system. You can review lecture notes, watch video or listen to audio of lectures, and even test yourself with actual exams. It's the most convenient and least expensive way I can think of to learn something new.
It's no surprise that the site's most popular classes are things like "Linear Algebra" and "Introduction to Algorithms." (I'm really more in the market for a class like "How to Add Without a Calculator.") For the rest of us, classes are available in about three dozen departments, including architecture, philosophy, literature, music and writing.
Friday, May 23, 2008
- Grilling 101: 1 p.m. Sundays
- Exterior Painting and Staining: 10 a.m. Saturdays
- Tiling Floors and Walls: 11 a.m. Saturdays
- Installing Pavers: 11 a.m. Saturdays
Thursday, May 22, 2008
- Open studio painting and sculpture at the Garfield Park Arts Center.
- Flower-arranging, gardening and koi-pond classes at the Garfield Park Conservatory.
- Sewing, drawing and painting classes at Broad Ripple Park.
- A variety of dance classes in multiple locations.
- CPR and first-aid classes in multiple locations.
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
Sunday, May 18, 2008
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
- Tuesday, June 3 -- Healthful Cooking: Fish.
- Tuesday, June 17 -- Making Pizza at Home.
- Tuesday, July 8 -- A Simple Mediterranean Dinner.
- Tuesday, July 22 -- Summer in Provence.
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
- May 15: "Glory Days of Steam," which focuses on travel during the steam engine years.
- May 22: "She’s a Hoosier Line: A Retrospective on the Monon."
- May 29: "One Man's Trolley," a look at electric railroading through the years.
Railroad history not your cup of tea? In June, the film series focuses on historical disasters, such as tornadoes, floods and flu epidemics; in July, the focus shifts to military history.
- Butler University: You must apply to the Audit for Enrichment program and provide transcripts of previous academic work. Cost is $100 per credit hour.
- IUPUI: Open to enrolled students only. Audit requests must be approved by course instructors, and full tuition is charged.
- Marian College: You must complete an application for audit, which is available at the admissions office, and get approval from the professor. Fee is $140 per credit hour.
- University of Indianapolis: Visit the School of Adult Learning for an application to the Lifelong Learning College. Half tuition is charged, so you'll pay about $150 per credit hour for evening classes.
Monday, May 12, 2008
The best part, however, might be the family activity areas, which offer some interesting hands-on learning opportunities. You can learn to make everything from abalone shell necklaces and trade bead bracelets to old-style Miwok-type dolls and Inuit finger masks. You can also watch artists make pottery and drums, learn a traditional dance and sit in on story time. With so much to do, it's impossible not to walk away with a richer understanding of Native American culture.
The event takes place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., June 21-22. Cost is $8 in advance or $10 at the door.
Sunday, May 11, 2008
The fair is from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Cost is $12 for adults and $2 for children.
Friday, May 9, 2008
- Herb gardens -- Learn how to plant herbs; 2 p.m. at Smith & Hawken; free.
- Stepping stone workshop -- Learn how to make a decorative stepping stone; 10 a.m. Saturday at Garfield Park Conservatory; $5 (includes materials).
- Wire sculpting -- Make two pendants and learn basic wire-working techniques; 10 a.m. Saturday at Bead Boutique (Carmel); $50 (includes materials).
- Asian festival -- Starting at 11 a.m., the Garfield Park pagoda will play host to an Asian festival, which features food, cultural entertainment, vendors and even a bridal fashion show; free.
- Home improvement -- Don't forget the Home Depot workshops on topics such as container gardening and laying tile. See previous post for details.
- Cooking -- The Chef's Academy is offering a class on fish identification and cookery; 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.; $75.
I'm not listing any classes for Sunday, because you should be very busy pampering your mother (or being pampered by your kids).