Are you looking for something different to try? With so many activities and services going digital, you don’t have to leave the comfort of your home to experience new things. Whether you want to learn a new skill or find a moment of Zen, here are five local online workshops:
Painting furniture 101
On Thursday July 9 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday July 12 from 10 a.m. to noon, the local art studio Let’s Create Art will share their love of furniture restoration. During this two-hour workshop, participants will be guided on the best way to prepare, paint and protect furniture. The $ 20 class will provide a list of supplies to have on hand and a Zoom link to join for guided instruction. Once you have mastered Paint 101, the workshop offers more workshops, including on creating ombre finishes and the profitability of furniture restoration. New hobby, are you interested?
Build positive energy
Local Gift Shop and Center for Conscious Living Elysian Fields is hosting a three-part segment titled “Thriving as an Empath in Times of Change” via Facebook Live. Led by intuitive reader Julie Klutinoty, these free online workshops will run from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on July 15, 22 and 29. guide others. Each session will end with a discussion of how to help empathetic and intuitive children navigate these uncertain times. Klutinoty will also be available for questions from participants on the last evening.
Big Cat Habitat will launch its first virtual “wild yoga” session from 9 am to 9:30 am on Saturday July 18. Live from the fox’s habitat, yoga teacher Erika Cain will guide participants through a 30-minute stream. No purchase is necessary, although donations are appreciated and help support the more than 150 animals that inhabit the sanctuary. The session will be broadcast live on all of Big Cat Habitat’s social media platforms. Come for the foxes, stay for the stretches.
Cypress Pillar Healing Arts has started offering many of its courses online. The extensive virtual program includes many workshops that can help you stay active, including adult martial arts lessons in boxing, grappling and jujutsu, Tai Chi or tribal belly dancing. Sign up for a six-week course package or attend a session for a lump sum. The Cypress Pillar Mystery School is also available, with rotating workshops on topics such as tarot reading, runes, and meditation. See the Cypress Pillar website for more information.
Drink like a pirate
To celebrate its first year in business, Loaded Cannon Distillery will be hosting a trio of online mixology classes via Facebook Live at the end of the month. Tune in to learn how to make signature cocktails from master mixologist Michelle Russel, including a Strawberry Basil Martini, Pirate’s Coffee, and a smoky Old Pirate Fashioned. As usual, Load Cannon’s alcohol lessons will be merged with the traditions of the local pirates. Forms are available on the event page to pre-order necessary bar supplies and accessories, such as a pestle or shaker. Better start practicing your “yo-ho-hos!” “