June 13, 2019 This Summer, Pick Up a New Skill or Hobby By Andy Sohn Just because class is done for the semester doesn’t mean you can’t learn something new! Summertime can be a great opportunity to break out of your routine and try out a new hobby or learn a new skill. Here are some of our favorite ways to boost your learning and development outside of the classroom. On Campus Cal Adventures offers instructional sailing, paddleboarding, windsurfing, sea kayaking, rock climbing and rappelling classes, custom trips and day programs for UC Berkeley and the local community. Learn more at the Cal Adventures website. Located off Lower Sproul Plaza, the Berkeley Art Studio offers classes in ceramics, photography, drawing, painting, design, and printmaking. Classes are taught by professional artists who will help you gain a better understanding of a particular medium and realize your artistic vision. Students of all skill levels are welcome. Summer Class Schedule In the Community The Piedmont Adult School offers evening and weekend classes from local experts on an wide array of topics, including conversational French, beaded jewelry making, introductory bagpipes, and Burmese cooking. Courses run from one day to ten weeks and are offered at several Piedmont school campuses. Check out their Summer 2019 offerings and register for a course. The City of Albany Recreation & Community Services 2019 Summer Activity Guide features art and cooking classes, martial arts and fitness programs, sports leagues, and a free event series that takes place between April and August. Check out the guide and register for classes online! The East Bay Regional Parks Activity Guide has everything from kayaking and trail guides to geocaching! Need more inspiration or just want to do something for the day? Funcheap SF is a great guide to free and affordable events in the Bay Area. The site is updated often and you can find something to do on any given day of the week. They also have sub-guides specific to the East Bay.