You don’t have to go to Hawaii to learn the ins and outs of playing the ukulele. Learn to play melodically and harmonize using chords and lyrics in a series of adult-level classes. “Ukuleles: Easy To Play, Easy To Love” workshops are scheduled for Park Hill Library on Saturday, July 22 & 29 from 2:30 p.m. to 4:40 p.m. Get tips for buying, tuning and maintaining your ukulele. Some loaners will be available or bring your own. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Come to one or both FREE sessions. Park Hill Library, 4705 Montview Blvd., Denver.
Classes & Workshops
Way better than a free ice cream or free bag of popcorn is Emily Grffiith Technical College’s tuition-FREE four-week Culinary Quick Start program to help people enter the professional kitchen workforce. Offered on five consecutive Monday-through-Friday evenings, a new course starts monthly. Students learn the culinary basics to prepare them for employment on the prep or pantry station in a professional kitchen, a launching pad for culinary careers. With at least 17,000 reported unfilled line cook positions in Colorado, quick employment is virtually assured. The program is directed at those currently unemployed or under-employed. A report on 9News alerted us to this program.
If you’re looking to hit a high-note this summer, we’ve created a Mile High Summer Concerts Guide. Because we’re “cheapskates”, we’re not covering any of the biggies at major venues, like the Pepsi Center or Red Rocks (who can pay those prices?) — just the local shows in the park or as part of a festival/fair. Luckily, the Front Range is jam-packed with many summer concerts — many of them FREE… our favorite kind! To ensure you don’t miss out on any live music, we’ve created this helpful guide sorted by day of the week. Clicking on a link will take you to our event listing for more details, including who’s performing, showtime, location, any restrictions (what you can and can’t bring) and other notable information. If we’ve missed any in your part of town, be sure to drop us a note. Let the music play!
Libraries can teach you the basics (and not so basic) about computers for FREE. Jefferson County Public Library is another system that hosts a number of classes. Virtually all its libraries including Arvada, Belmar, Evergreen, Golden, Lakewood, and Standley Lake, offer classes ranging from Internet basics and social media to workshops on using Word and Excel. Here’s a link to their current schedule. There are even special interest classes such as how to sell your stuff online. All classes are FREE, but you do need to register by calling 303-235-5275.
Think you have the next Bill Gates or Steve Jobs in your family? Consider taking them to a computer coding class designed especially for kids. CoderDojo Denver hosts FREE classes for ages 7 to 18 most every Saturday of the month through May 28 (no Dojo on March 26, April 2 or May 7) at Regis University from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. CoderDojo makes development and learning to code a fun, sociable and awesome experience. Classes help kids with problem solving, teamwork, collaboration and engineering skills as well as with self confidence. While classes are free, parents are expected to participate to enhance the learning experience. But it’s great fun for all. You do need to register and children should bring a laptop, if possible. You will fill out your registration information one time and come as often as you can. You can register anytime and join in anytime during the sessions. No previous experience is required. Parking is free at Regis on Saturdays. Annex Building A-185 at the north end of Parking Lot #5 (farthest point you can go if you enter Entrance #1 off of 50th into Regis), 3333 Regis Blvd., Denver.
Executive chef Jeff Bolton of Kachina Southwestern Grill hosts a well-priced spring cooking class on Thursday, March 26, 6:30 p.m., showing guests how to replicate classic Kachina recipes. The demonstration and tasting includes the restaurant’s signature salsa, chicken tinga tostadas, tacos al pastor and Navajo fry bread. The class costs $25, including a glass of wine or beer; gratuity must be added. Reservations are required by calling 303-410-5813. The Kachina Southwestern Grill is in the Westin Westminster, 10600 Westminster Blvd.
Tomorrow, February 17, and every Tuesday, Rocky Mountain Anglers gives 30% off fly-tying supplies, as well as FREE weekly classes between 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. The shop requests that attendees arrive around 6 p.m. so that they can get tables set up for the class. 1904 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder, 303-447-2400.
Chef Kelley Williamson is a fixture at many Whole Foods Markets, teaching healthy cooking workshops. Her latest venture is the Plant Based Kitchen Cooking School which will feature hands-on classes and demos. If you’ve ever wanted to know more about plant-based recipes (vegan or vegetarian) and living a healthy lifestyle, these classes are for you. Basic and and advanced workshops are limited to 12 students per session and feature a wide variety of recipes, along with safe knife skills and information from Nutritionist Jerry Casados. Basic classes start on Saturday, January 10 at 10 a.m. Cost is $25 per class. Advanced classes (the first is Saturday, January 24) run longer and cost $39.99. 2829 Fairfax St. (inside the Share Denver facility in Park Hill), Denver, 303-944-4641.
The Family Garden, a non-profit parenting resource hub, offers education, inspiration and community for families throughout pregnancy, birth and early childhood. Services include childbirth, yoga and fitness classes, parenting education, parent/child activities, support groups, health and wellness education, and community building. Many different philosophies and approaches to childbirth and parenting are presented without judgment or advocacy for a particular view. All services (with the exception of child care) are offered on a sliding scale based on ability to pay. Classes (daily except Sunday) include various forms of yoga, birthing and more are $10 for drop-ins, with punch cards $45 for 5 classes and $150 for 20 classes. Child care is $3 for drop-ins, and a 10-visit card for $27.50, 20 visits for $50. The Parents with Infants Group, Storytime, Music Together are among the FREE offerings. 600 S. Airport Rd., Longmont, 303-678-1144.