Joe’s Wino’s Wine Club
This is an extracurricular that goes well with your book club. Sign up at Joe’s Wine and Liquor for their wine club. For $35, you’ll get two bottles (typically a white and red). With picks that are new and unusual, it’s a great way to explore new varietals. A geography lesson as well, you’ll discover wineries from all over—Corsica, Portugal, Slovenia, France, Italy and stateside. Membership also includes a discount on all wine purchases.
Meeman Center for Lifelong Learning
Enroll in night school at Rhodes College at The Meeman Center for Lifelong Learning. Taught by Rhodes faculty, this semester's courses range from Language of Sports to Causes of the American Civil War. Your semester won’t be too packed—most classes only meet for two to four sessions. Sign-up begins in September; class will be in session starting in October. Grab a friend and save some seats.
Society Skate Park
Looking for an afterschool activity or channeling the skater boy persona you never achieved in high school? Sign up for private lessons at Society Skate Park. Rental equipment includes a board and all the safety gear. We recommend private lessons—even better a date night or a back-to-school event for parents. They also have one of the best coffee and espresso bars in Memphis. You’ll be doing a “50/50 Grind” and an “Ollie” before too long.
Drop-in the beginner Adult Ballet classes at Ballet Memphis. You don’t have to add a recital to your calendar or purchase pink tights. You can wear comfortable exercise clothes, while training in the basics of classical ballet. They also offer a Flamenco and Latin dance class, taught in Spanish. Book it with friends and this can count as your PE credit. You may find yourself sitting up a little straighter too!
Memphis Botanical Garden
It's hard enough to figure out what to wear in the Memphis climate. How do you manage a garden or your own "big backyard?" Memphis Botanical Garden can help school you. Register for classes such as container gardening, herb gardening or floral design. You can also attend garden talks on pruning, tree selection, plant propagation and what you are really supposed to do with hydrangeas.
What's that they say about idle hands? Start pottery classes at Belltower. It doesn't matter if you have only worked with your kid's playdough. The instructors will get you started on clay—and get you a seat on the potter's wheel. You'll learn the basics of "wheel-throwing" in the intro class. Instructors can take you through month long intensives as well. If you have just one free night, you can make your own coffee mug (and even attach a handle).