Long Island Classes Are in Session

It’s been a few years since you went back to school—monogrammed backpack and Lisa Frank notebook in tow (yes, just a few years). But learning never has to stop. Rich Walker, a psychologist at Winston-Salem State University, found that people who engage in a different experiences are more likely to keep positive emotions and care less about negative ones than people who have fewer experiences. Pick up a new skill, which unlike geometry you may actually be able to put to use, at one of these fun Long Island classes. Lisa Frank notebook and backpack not required, but I won’t judge if you bring them along for the ride.

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Learn to Make Wine

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If you spent much of your time on the North Fork tasting wines this summer, consider learning how to make your own this fall (bonus: there’s no single-lane traffic on the way to your basement). Arbor Wine & Beer Making Supplies offers winemaking classes, which teach budding vintners the grape-to-glass process. There are also tastings involved. Phone: 631-277-3004 | Address: 184 Islip Ave., Islip Click to attend

Start a Dance Revolution

The fall can bring a return to hectic schedules but penciling some time for a fun cardio can get endorphins flowing, thereby reducing stress. Fred Astaire Manhassett offers private and group classes for anything from ballroom dancing (date night!) to the cha cha (girls night!). Regulars keep coming back for the positive atmosphere—even those with two left feet are welcomed with open arms. Phone: 516-439-5477 | Address: 20 Park Ave., Manhasset Click to attend

Embrace Your Inner Artist


Artists and amateurs have been flocking to painting parties on Long Island in recent years. Port Jefferson became the third Long Island town to open a Muse Paintbar in January (Great Neck and Garden City are others). The concept is simple: Paint something—whether it’s on canvas or a Mason jar—while enjoying vino, beers and tapas. People of all skill levels are invited to stroke and sip. Click for contact info, locations and to attend

Get a Surf-Inspired Workout

Summer is ending, meaning surf lessons will get fewer and farther in between in these parts. But fitness instructor Mary Beth Lessing is allowing locals to continue to ride the wave into the cooler months. Her year-round Surfset classes allow clients to simulate the physical demands of surfing without the ocean. The workout works the core the entire time and helps improve balance, giving dedicated class goers a head start on next year’s summer bod. Phone: 610-220-4120 | Address: 128 West Main St., Bay Shore Click to attend

Fly a Plane

Days spent on rooftop bars may be waning, but you can still take in life from above. Schools like American Airman in Ronkonkoma and Nassau Flyers in Farmingdale have introductory flight classes for wannabe pilots. Even if owning an aircraft isn’t a life goal, these classes still come highly recommended for thrill-seekers. American Airman: Phone: 631-807-1373 | Address: 2111 Smithtown Ave., Hangar D, Ronkonkoma Click to attend; Nassau Flyers: Phone: 631-454-0626 | Address: 1300 New Hwy., Farmingdale Click to attend

beth ann clyde

beth ann clyde

Beth Ann Clyde is a social strategist of Long Island Pulse. Have a story idea or just want to say hello? Email bethann@lipulse.com or reach out on Twitter @BAClyde.