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Published April 5th 2018
15 free ways to get fitter, smarter, and have fun
Do you love your hobbies, or want to boost your fitness, or just have more fun. Feeling a bit overwhelmed by our digital and high-tech world, then why not take some free classes. Maybe it's time to get on top of your career too, and follow your passion. These classes below are all free, and all are held this month in Melbourne - sign up for one, or all.
Our first set of classes this month cover everything from hobbies, to fitness, to fun. Enjoy art, dance, yoga, Tai Chi, gardening, and exercise classes for free.
April 21st: Travel Sketching with Alissa Duke is an inspirational two and a half hour walk around East Melbourne, with some hands-on drawing experience and tips on travel sketching. Meet at 1pm at East Melbourne Library at 122 George Street.
Enjoy an artistic walk. Credits: City of Melbourne
April 18th: Old Skool Hip Hop Dance Class is a fun class that dives back into the roots of hip hop dance with some moves that will take you way back. Get your outfit ready, and get down and funky. This class is suitable for beginners and those with previous experience looking to practice their moves. Meet 5.30pm (class runs for 75 minutes) at Kathleen Syme Library and Community Centre, at 251 Faraday Street, Carlton. Contact
03) 9658 8300 for further details.
Old Skool Hip Hop. Credits: City of Melbourne
April 21st: Vegetable Gardening: Beyond the Basics is part of a series of workshops designed to help you get the most out of your garden, whether you're a novice or experienced gardener. This workshop will dig further into gardening knowledge and skills, including soil rejuvenation, crop rotation, and seed sowing. Meet noon (class runs for 2 hours) at Kathleen Syme Library and Community Centre, at 251 Faraday Street, Carlton.
April 22nd: Boyd Summer Park: Splash Yoga is a class in the urban oasis at Boyd park pop-up. A great way to get fit and start your day. Boyd Park is at 207 City Road (rear of Community Hub) on Southbank. Classes start at 9am and run for an hour. Contact (03) 9658 8314 or email email@example.com to find out more.
April 23rd: there are Tai Chi and Qigong Classes in East St Kilda at 8pm (for an hour) on Mondays. Tai Chi (Taijiquan in Chinese) is an internal Chinese Martial Art that is a tranquil and graceful way of keeping fit, and improving your health. Classes include Qigong breathing and meditation techniques as well. This is an ideal perfect mind-body exercise program suitable for all fitness levels. Sessions are held at Sakharov Hall, rear Holy Trinity-St Nicholas Church, at the corner of Hotham and Inkerman Streets, in East St Kilda.
April 24th: Mindfulness for Stress, Sleep and Focus is a class that teaches you how to distinguish between mindfulness practices that work and those that don't. You will learn how to effectively shift your mindset through focused attention. This class is held via General Assembly at 12a 45 William Street in Melbourne. Class starts at 12.30pm and runs for one hour.
April 25th: Boyd Summer Park: Rise and Shine Sessions are held in the early morning in the Boyd Park pop-up space in Southbank. These active Wednesdays allow you to train in a fun and social way, to build your fitness across time. Boyd Park is at 207 City Road (rear of Boyd Community Hub) at Southbank. Classes start at 7am and run for an hour. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more.
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April 19th: 'MakerBasics: Introduction to Arduino' introduces you to an electronics prototyping platform. It makes it easy for anyone to put together electronic components with a few lines of code and create interactive devices. Bring a laptop with Arudino software installed, and ask at the Level 2 desk at Library at The Dock if you require assistance. The location is 107-117 Victoria Harbour Promenade, in the Docklands. Classes run for an hour and three quarters and begin at 5pm.
April 23rd: 'Public Workshop - Intro to Espresso Machinery' is a class that goes through the inner workings of coffee machines. Starting with a basic parts overview, this class covers specific functions and highlights the impressive technical processes involved in producing high-standard coffee. Classes are at Padre Brunswick East at 438-440 Lygon Street.
April 26th (also May 23rd): Accessing eBooks offers guidance for Victorian State Library members on a huge range of nonfiction ebooks spanning science, philosophy, art and more. Learn everything you need to know about searching and downloading ebooks to a computer or portable device. Meet in the foyer of the State Library of Victoria, at 328 Swanston Street Melbourne, at either 10am on the Wednesday or 2pm on the Thursday (classes run for an hour and a quarter).
Build your business skills with resumes, interview and management at these great classes below.
April 23rd: This Resume Writing Workshop demonstrates how to build a resume, use appropriate language, and promote your strengths. The workshop includes templates and examples, and experienced instructors. Visit the Skills and Jobs Centre at 311 Lonsdale Street in Dandenong, to find out more.
Be the star at your next interview. Credits: Eventbrite website
April 23rd: the Interview Skills Workshop then builds your confidence in getting the right job, tackling tough questions, and standing out from the competition. It includes role play and practice, and great career advisors. Visit the Skills and Jobs Centre at 311 Lonsdale Street in Dandenong, to find out more about this session too.
April 23rd: 'Find Work That Matters' is a class that aims to find a job more exciting than your current employment, and provides practical steps for how to get there. This session is full of useful ideas, examples, and advice. Check this out at the General Assembly at 12a 45 William Street in Melbourne. The session starts at 6pm and runs for an hour.
April 24th: Strata Governance 101 is a class for those who want to implement change in their strata community. Learn about the role of the body corporate, facilities managers and management, including their roles and responsibilities. This workshop will be held by Strata Community Australia, at the Multicultural Hub (506 Elizabeth Street in Melbourne) from 6.30pm (for an hour and a half).