Dig Baton Rouge

At Your Leisure

By Cody Worsham

As a 25-year-old graduate of LSU, this time of year makes me nostalgic.

When the weather cools, I’m always reminded of my years on campus and how enjoyable it was to be around thousands of like-minded individuals pursuing a better life through the furthering of their education. Don’t get me wrong – I don’t miss finals, group projects, or pop quizzes, but I do, every now and then, look back fondly on being in classroom and feeling that contagious energy of eager learning.

Lucky for me and other like-minded residents of Baton Rouge, LSU makes it possible to get on campus and entertain that nostalgia – without actually having to enroll. LSU’s Leisure Classes are a great way to stimulate the mind and memory. Best of all: no blue books, scantrons, or clickers required.

Here are a few courses that caught my eye.

Dog Obedience

A little math for you: one 18-month Australian Shepherd + two cats + 1,000 square feet of living space = a recipe for disaster. Thank God my dog has his basic obedience down. If yours doesn’t – or if, like mine, he could use a refresher – this course from Sarah Schaff of From Pets to Partners is a perfect option. You’ll not only learn the basic commands for your dog, but using positive reinforcement, you’ll learn how to shape all behaviors, meaning you can teach tricks and enforce rules of any kind, long after the last session finishes.
Cost: $123 ($105 for students, parents, faculty, staff, and leisure class members)
Date/Time: Wed 6 to 7 PM / Oct. 22 – Nov. 19

Self-Massage with Props

The single struggle is real, especially when it comes to tight muscles. Fret not, ye solo and sore, for Janet Sullivan has techniques for massaging those hard-to-reach places. Props are provided; just bring yourself, and Sullivan promises, “You will float home!”
Cost: $26/$23
Date/Time: Tues 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM / Sep 9
Sun 4:30 PM – 6:00 PM / Sep 28


If you’re going to invest the time and money to learn a skill, learn something that a) you can do for the rest of your life and b) no one else you know can do (for bragging purposes). Batik – “a fascinating and complex textile art form in which the artist uses wax as a resist, or water proofer, to create pictures or patterns between dye processes” –  meets both criteria. Charlotte Gibeson will show you how to make 16” x 16” wall hangings you can showcase to your friends to let them know you’re better than them.
Cost: $186 / $159 ($10 for materials)
Date/Time: Tues 6-8 PM / Oct. 14 – Nov. 18

Blogging for Beginners

DIG’s very own love and dating columnist Holly Phillips shows classgoers how to share their passions with the world. Blogs are basically today’s digital CVs – if you don’t have one, you need one. Be it business, pleasure, or both, your blog will come to life under Holly’s watchful eye.
Cost: $60/$49 ($10 for materials)
Wed 5:30 – 7:30 PM / Sept. 3 – Oct. 1

Woodworking: Beginning

When you’re given the chance in life to be a little more like Ron Swanson, take that chance and run with it. Learn woodworking from Terry Landry, owner of Landry’s Furniture Shop, and before long, you’ll have a house full of your own creations, as any good man should have.
Cost: $107/$86 ($12 for materials)
Date/Time: Sun 2:00 – 4:30 PM / Sep 7 – Oct 5

Beer Tasting

Taste beer. ‘Nuff said.
Cost: $55/$44 ($100 for materials)
Date/Time: Mon 6-8 PM / Sep 8 – Oct 13


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