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Top 5 Spring Laneway Learning Classes

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Most people have an interest they've never pursued; put on a 'one-day' list and forgotten about in that desk drawer they never dare to open. If you're one of those people, you're probably looking to add a little random to your routine - enter Laneway Learning and their informal, informative and often wonderfully weird weeknight classes in bars and cafes in and around Melbourne's CBD.

Laneway Learning classes usually cost $14, cater to about 20 people each and run all year round, here are my top picks for this season:

Carve a Jack O'Lantern
Monday 26 Oct, 6:15 - 7:30pm at Shebeen. $21.00 (includes 1 pumpkin per person).


For those of you organising a Halloween party, or (thanks to American horror films) can't resist the idea of owning an authentic Jack O'Lantern - here's your chance.
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Students should prepare to get their hands messy in this class, where along with hearing a brief but fascinating history of pumpkin carving; they'll be designing, gutting, and carving their own.

The cost of the class is reduced by $7 if you B.Y.O pumpkin, which is something I never thought I'd write, let's all try it again - B.Y.O PUMPKIN!

Michael Mink is a veteran carver (who knew that was a thing) who loves any chance to teach others all about the fun and enjoyment of pumpkin carving.

Sing for Joy
Monday 2nd Nov, 6:15pm - 7:30pm at Gypsy Hideout. $14.00


Everyone likes to sing, not everyone does it so well - but there's no law against belting out your latest lyrical addiction either way.
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In this endorphin-inducing workshop students will:
Experience group singing
Play with embodied rhythm
Get in touch with body to voice connection
Learn a new song

Teaching Sing for Joy will be Janie Gibson. An actor and teaching artist, Janie likes to focus on human connections through song.

Epigenetics: You Are What Your Great Grandparents Ate
Monday, Nov 2nd, 8:00pm - 9:15pm. The Croft Institute. $14.00


Attention all food lovers/calorie counters/health nuts and...Genetics enthusiasts? Since you're about to Google it anyway; Epigenetics is the study of variations caused by external or environmental factors. These variations have the ability to switch particular genes on and off.

In this class, you'll be presented with scientific evidence of how we can tailor these 'switches' through daily lifestyle choices like diet and exercise. Personally, even though I don't fall into any of the above categories, this class got my brain buzzing.

Epigenetics is taught by Pam Ferrada who with her Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering advocates for the promotion of science in schools and for the translation of scientist's work to make it more approachable (and fun) for the lay public.

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Sword Fighting: Medieval Martial Arts
Mon Oct 26th. 8:00pm - 9:15pm, at Shebeen. $14.00


Karate, Tai Kwando, and Jiu Jitsu - these are probably the most common names that pop into your head when martial arts are mentioned. For this class; think swords, judging by the topics covered you might not ever be able to stop:

- History of sword fighting
- Movie & TV show myth busting
- Learn the difference between Long swords, Arming swords, Rapiers & Greatswords.

Students will also learn the how to's of fighting techniques using foam swords, for obvious reasons. Teacher Gindi Wauchope has been a teacher of medieval and renaissance combat with a variety of weapons since 2010 and currently teaches Rapier, Sword & Buckler and Longsword combat at the school of Historical Fencing.

Mother's Ruin: A Guide to Australian Gin
Wed Nov 4th, 6:15pm - 7:30pm or 8:00pm - 9:15pm, both sessions held at Captain Melville. $17.00


It couldn't be a list of learning experiences in Melbourne without some refined liquor content, could it?

Since Gin is enjoying a bit of a revival moment right now, this class will take Laneway Learner's through the spirit's chequered history, how it's made and the use of various botanicals the process and of course, a tasting of Australian gins.

Caroline Childerley, founder & editor of The Gin Queen website teaches this class to share her passion and spread the word - even to those who don't like gin, not yet anyway.

Some more fun L.L classes this spring include; Urban Beekeeping, Swing: Put on Your Dancing Shoes Make Mexican Heart Decorations, Exotic Spices & Herbs and What's Happening with My Face.

Laneway Learning classes are booked via PayPal or debit/credit card. Just follow the title links above & hit 'Register Now'. If you require an alternate payment method just email the team at melbourne@lanewaylearning.com and they'll get back to you right away.
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When: All through Spring.
Phone: To contact the LL team just email melbourne@lanewaylearning.com
Where: Melbourne City & Northcote
Cost: $14 - $21
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