Fru-Gal: Free classes in floral design, toilet installation, cooking, playing guitar

A 2013 file photo of Michaels in Lexington.
A 2013 file photo of Michaels in Lexington.

There is always something to learn, and what better time to learn something new than the new year?

Whether you want to learn how to design a floral arrangement or get some help from a computer class, there are lots of places that offer free classes. Here are some to consider.

Free classes

▪  Sign up for Home Depot workshops to learn from experts how to do all kinds of DIY projects, including installing a backsplash or replacing a toilet. At 6:30 p.m. Jan. 21, you can make a beverage crate by learning how to use a jigsaw. Sign up for class at

▪  Williams-Sonoma offers free Junior Chef classes and cooking sessions for grown-ups for learning grilling basics and making homemade soups. An adult knife skills class is being held Jan. 24. Bring your knife for complimentary knife-sharpening in the class. A Wafflemania class for kids is being held Jan. 23. Call your local Williams-Sonoma store for times and to register.

▪  Michaels Arts and Craft Stores offer free classes in-store and online for all ages. A free floral-arrangement class will be 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Jan. 26. Register online at Free online seminars can be found at

▪  At 10 a.m. Feb. 13, Lowe’s Build and Grow clinics will teach kids how to build a Valentine’s picture frame.

▪  Apple stores offer workshops on taking better pictures, and iPhone or iPad basics. Check out your local library for computer classes, too. The Lexington libraries offer classes from Intermediate Excel to creating your own video projects using photos, video clips and music.

▪  Guitar Center stores offer classes. Register online at Village Branch Library, 2185 Versailles Road, is offering beginning guitar classes from 5:30 6:30 p.m. Jan. 25..

▪  Luluemon Athletica, 161 Lexington Green Circle, is offering free yoga classes at 9 a.m. Saturdays. Call 859-971-0676.

▪  Join Sephora’s free beauty insider program and take in-store classes to learn makeup techniques including contouring or how to create two different smoky eyes. Register online for class:

▪  Whole Foods, 161 Lexington Green Circle, has various healthy events throughout the year. Take the Gluten Sensitive Tour for new gluten-free meal ideas, to learn what is gluten free and enjoy samples.

▪  Joseph Beth Bookseller offers reading time with children of all different ages, and all of them are free. Toddler Time is at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Percussion Petting Zoo is at 11 a.m. Jan. 23. Enjoy a story and a performance, and everyone will get a chance to try out the instruments.

▪ Mark these dates in your calendar: The National Park Service, when it turns 100 this year, will offer free admission on these dates: April 16 to 24; Aug. 25 to 28; Sept. 24 and Nov. 11.

▪  Print out the calendar of events at McConnell Springs, because there are lots of programs available for kids and adults, some of which are free. At 10 a.m. Feb. 20, children in kindergarten through fifth grade can learn about plants and animals from other parts of the world that are invading the park and maybe your backyard. Call to attend the Junior Naturalist program at the park, 859-225-4073.

▪  Kids can have a fun night learning at the Explorium of Lexington on Parents Night Out from 6 to 10 p.m. Jan. 22 and 29. $18 a child for non-members, and $15 a child for members. Call 859-258-3253 for information and reservations.

▪  One of my favorite places to attend classes is at the Fayette County Extension Office on Red Mile Road. They offer classes on gardening, canning and much more.

▪  Sign kids up for a free Lego Club or Lego Club Jr. two-year magazine subscription. Kids will receive a new magazine every two months. Allow 6 to 14 weeks for the first magazine. You can sign up more than one child, and each child can receive a copy.

▪  At, get a free welcome box when you create a baby registry. Add at least 15 items from the Jumpstart Guide to your registry, and when you do, you will see “claim now” button on the left side. Click to receive a free baby registry welcome box with baby product samples valued as much as $35.

▪  Do you have some unused gift cards? Check online at CVS CardCash to exchange gift cards for a CVS ecard. You can get as much as a 97 percent exchange to a CVS ecard with more than 200 merchants’ gift cards accepted for exchange.

▪  Get two free issues of Kentucky Monthly magazine. This offer is available to new readers only.

▪ Celebrate Winter Family Days at Newport Aquarium, One Aquarium Way, Newport, through Feb. 28. One or two kids ages 2 to 12 get in free with each adult paying full price. Some days and times might sell out, so buy your tickets in advance online.

▪ IHOP is offering all-you-can-eat pancakes through Feb. 14. at participating restaurants. Check the website for more information.

▪ Print out a 25 percent off coupon on all party ware, greeting cards, gift wrap, bags, bows, party favors, piñatas, party accessories and more at Toy R Us. Expires Jan. 23.