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Five local places to pick up a new skill

At Syn Shop, a $40 monthly membership allows access to big-ticket equipment most people never get to use. (And sometimes fruit.)
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    • The Cooking Experience

      Courses at this interactive kitchen range from Quick & Easy sessions on a single dish to in-depth lessons on techniques and gourmet classes where you cook (and eat) a full dinner. Less inclined to get your hands dirty? Try a Dinner Demo, where you’ll watch the preparation of a themed meal. $25-$100, 9500 S. Eastern Ave., 754-4400,

    • Dewey Street

      DIYers will find plenty to like at this crafting studio, where classes include textile design, silk painting and stone setting. There’s also $10 open-studio time, so bring a project and benefit from the knowledge of the craft-crazy staff. $10-$125, 2960 S. Durango Drive #111, 767-0338,

    • Red Rock Climbing Center

      From a belay orientation to courses on rope knotting and climbing, this gym will train you to take on Red Rock’s walls. For beginners ready to get serious, the four-week Learn to Climb series will leave you feeling confident. $35-$150, 8201 W. Charleston Blvd. #150, 254-5604,

    • Syn Shop

      Join the maker movement at this hackerspace where members get access to big-ticket equipment most people never get to use. For $40 a month, you can master a 3D printer, laser cutter, soldering iron and other sweet gear. $40 regular membership, 117 N. 4th St.,

    • Clay Arts Vegas

      Build your potting skills with eight-week wheel-throwing or hand-building courses, or grab a day pass and perfect centering and glazing techniques on your own schedule. $18-$125, 1511 S. Main St., 375-4147,

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