Monday, January 26, 2009

Remembering the Parks Department

In a frigid month like this one, it's tempting to skip educational opportunities and instead watch another "Top Chef" marathon on Bravo. After all, who wants to go out in this weather?

If you need an educational jolt, head to an unlikely place: your local parks department. Most of the winter/spring classes are held indoors, thank goodness, and these classes are just what you need to get your brain working again.

Take, for example, the upcoming classes at the Carmel Clay Parks and Recreation Department. You can learn to paint or draw, study art history, make a short film, upgrade your cooking skills or become a better writer.

Likewise, Indy Parks and Recreation is offering classes in art, fitness, dance and more. If your New Year's resolution was to "go green," consider one of the organization's environmental education programs.

It seems your local park really can be the best place to spend an inhospitable January day.

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