Cheap Thrills - Special interests
Is it true that the best things in life are free? Or at least less than full price?
TulsaPeople searched for the best deals in town for all of your lifestyle needs, with exclusive finds and unique experiences. From home party ideas, to places to go, to bargain shopping, try our suggestions to find your own cheap thrills.
Want to expand your mind? You can rev up those little gray cells with classes in home and garden, cooking and technology. Many classes for kids are also offered. Best of all — no grades!
Advanced grocery savings Learn to cut your grocery bill by 50 percent or more using coupons, sales and rebate techniques, $20 per three-hour class. Tulsa Community College 595-7766, www.tulsacc.edu
Home buying and selling Free classes and tips to prepare your home for purchase and to help you find the perfect home investment. Tulsa Community College 595-7766, www.tulsacc.edu
Wine tasting Review the basics of wine tasting with TulsaPeople Magazine’s contributing wine writer and master sommelier, Randa Warren. Tulsa Community College 595-7766, www.tulsacc.edu
Computers Take courses to improve your computer skills with keyboarding, e-mail and Microsoft Word. Tulsa Parks Various park centers, 596-7275, www.tulsaparks.org
Financial planning Learn tips on saving more and spending less for free. Tulsa Parks Various park centers, 596-7275, www.tulsaparks.org
Cooking Broaden your taste buds with free cooking classes such as Healthy Soul Food Cooking, Low Cost/Low Fat Cooking, Crock Pot Cooking and Diabetic Cooking on a Budget. Kids can also take fun, family-friendly classes through park services, such as the basics of cooking, as well as how to make healthy snacks and cupcakes. Classes for preschoolers, youth, and home schoolers. Tulsa Parks Various park centers, 596-7275, www.tulsaparks.org
Outdoor adventures Kids can go on outdoor scavenger hunts, make environmentally friendly crafts and learn about recreational impact on nature. Tulsa Parks Various park centers, 596-7275, www.tulsaparks.org
Safety Classes for young people to train in first aid, self-defense and babysitting. Tulsa Parks Various park centers, 596-7275, www.tulsaparks.org
Interior design and home improvement
When it comes to your home, DIY is hot. If that HGTV show inspires but doesn’t educate, try these sources.
The Home Depot This chain home improvement store lives up to its motto, “You can do it. We can help.” Free how-to clinics for kids ages 5 to 12, 9 a.m.-noon, first Saturdays. Register online for adult in-store clinics. Topics include energy efficiency, tiling floors and walls and hanging drywall. Free do-it-herself workshops for women. Various times and locations, www.homedepot.com
Lowe’s In-store educational workshops on home safety and home protection tips, procedures and materials. Free Kids Build and Grow Clinics educate kids on how to safely complete a variety of projects, such as time capsules and jewelry boxes. Various times and locations, www.lowes.com
Take French, Italian or Asian cooking classes from local chefs at the Viking Gallery by Metro Builders Supply on Brookside. 3514 S. Peoria Ave., 747-4754
Oxley Nature Center
More than 11 acres of trails cover 804 acres, where visitors can walk through the forests, prairies and wetlands in one afternoon. All ages can participate in the Nature Center’s interpretive programs. Free birding, 8-9:45 a.m., first Saturdays. Free botany walk, 10:30 a.m.-noon, fourth Saturdays. Full moon walks during the spring, $2, general public; free to Friends of Oxley. Mohawk Park, 6700 Mohawk Blvd., 669-6644, www.oxleynaturecenter.org
Tulsa Garden Center
Free Library Book Discussion Club and Brown Bag Lecture Series. The book club, noon-1 p.m., monthly, gardening themes; lunch lectures noon-1 p.m., monthly, gardening topics such as roses, tree grafting and bonsai. 2435 S. Peoria Ave., 746-5125, www.tulsagardencenter.com