20 great educational opportunities in 2014
Start at the Aquatic Center next to Fisherman's Wharf where you'll learn safety and equipment basics, then head down with this SF Rec and Park class to Lake Merced's scenic bird estuary to get down on some core-strengthening, stand-up paddle boarding action. Bring your own wetsuit, kiddies — it gets cold on those waters!
Sat/11, 1-4pm, free. Aquatic Park, Beach and Hyde, SF. www.sfrecpark.org
INTRODUCTION TO GRAPHIC AND WEB DESIGN
To do anything these days, you need a website. To have a website, you need a web designer. So basically, you may need to sign up for one of the Bay Area Video Coalition's intro courses on dynamic layouts and client interfaces so that you can continue living your life as a functional citizen in 2014.
Sat/11-Sun/12, 10am-6pm, $595. Bay Area Video Coalition, 2727 Mariposa, SF. www.bavc.org
With 51 species of this lovely, placid bloom sprinkling the premises, the San Francisco Botanical Garden is the perfect place to learn about the majesty of the magnolia. The garden offers daytime walks if you're scared of the dark, but we think the nocturnal stroll sounds divine.
Jan. 16, 6-8pm, $20. Register in advance. SF Botanical Garden, Ninth Ave. and Lincoln, Golden Gate Park, SF. www.sfbotanicalgardensociety.org
INDOOR CANNABIS HORTICULTURE
Sure the price tag is steep for this class on raising buds in bright indoor light, but you'll be supporting your green thumb and your local pot movement institution, which has surfed the tsunami of federal persecution and will live to blow clouds right through legalization (we reckon).
Thursdays Jan. 16-March 20, 10:30am-1pm, $1,195. Oaksterdam University, 1734 Telegraph, Oakl. www.oaksterdamuniversity.com
HYPNOTIC RESTORATIVE YOGA
Accessing the subconscious's potential for healing is the name of the game in this extremely mellow yoga class, during which you'll be put into a trance-like state through a hybrid method developed by a Reiki, yoga, and hypnotherapy professional. The dream state is said to be highly beneficial for psychic health -– and sounds hella fun.
Jan. 18, 2:30-5:45, $40-50. Yoga Tree Telegraph, 2807 Telegraph, Berk. www.yogatreesf.com
MEZCAL MASTER CLASS
Each month La Urbana, the chic new taqueria on Divisadero, hosts fancy mezcal tastings. But you're not just getting your drink on: A different producer of the agave-based spirit comes in each time to present a signature mezcal alongside tales of its production. Educated boozery, this is it.
5-6pm, $10-15. La Urbana, 661 Divisadero, SF. mezcalmasterclasses.eventbrite.com
Valentine's Day (sorry for any unwanted reminders) is on its effusive, heart-shaped way, giving you the perfect excuse for you to drop in on this class with Sin Sisters Burlesque co-founder Balla Fire to learn how to swish, conceal, and reveal with the best of them for your sweetheart.
Jan. 21, 7-9pm, $30. Center for Sex and Culture, 1349 Mission, SF. www.sexandculture.org
INEXPENSIVE AND INCREDIBLE: HOW TO SPOT GREAT VALUE WINE
Does paying $40 to learn how to parse affordable wines make sense? Depends on how many bottles of Cab Sauv you're consuming — and one would think that after partaking in this one-off seminar with Bar Tartine's old wine director Vinny Eng, that tally will increase.