Monday, January 26, 2015

Count Blessings, Not Calories

From coffee-roasting to sex ed, resolutions are about more than push-ups


You survived the apocalypse. Now what? Time to make — and break — another round of New Year's resolutions. 

Outsmart Starbucks: Institute of Domestic Technology
Home coffee roasting is easier than you think, but there are still a few things you should know, lest your Whirley-Pop full of green beans explode into flames. The Institute of Domestic Technology gives coffee connoisseurs tips and tricks on how to simply (and safely) roast your own
$95. Zane Grey Estate in Altadena (address provided with registration).

Play Heavy Metal: Precious Metal Arts
Scavenge your lady's orphaned earrings and craft all-new Frankenstein-like creations without breaking the bank. Precious Metal Arts is both a gallery and studio space that offers instruction on subjects from jewelry design and stone setting to wirework and wax carving.
$80-290. 2510 Main St. Ste. C, Santa Monica (310-581-4844)

Be a One-Man Band: Dave's Accordion School
Since 1971, a native Angeleno known simply as "Dave" has been preserving the fine dulcet sounds of the accordion at this neighborhood school. If you've always secretly wanted to take up the squeezebox, Dave's waiting for you. Plus, hipsters have already claimed the ukulele.
4 lessons per month, $120 & up. 3058 Glendale Blvd., Atwater Village (323-663-1907)

Get What You Give Back: TimeBanks USA
Don't fear the dollar's fluctuations -- in fact, don't even bother with 'em. That's the idea behind TimeBanks, a nationwide labor exchange founded by Dr. Edgar S. Cahn, former special counsel and speechwriter for the late Bobby Kennedy. Trade your talents and time for everything from child care, delivery, accounting, tutoring, and legal assistance — all without ever opening your wallet. 

Get Sexucated: The Pleasure Chest
Not only is The Pleasure Chest one of LA's most iconic adult toy stores, it's also a place to learn another language. There's a class called "El Sexo Basico," which covers condoms, lubricants, and safe sex practices entirely in Spanish — you know, the other language of love.
7733 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood (323-650-1022)

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