OKG Shop: Adult education 

The kids are back in school and getting smarter every day. Don’t let their youthful minds outpace those of the adults surrounding them — it’s a recipe for insurrection. Instead, metro residents should take advantage of numerous opportunities to improve themselves by visiting some local venues for continued learning.

By Greg Elwell  | Photos Garett Fisbeck

click to enlarge Oklahoma history books at Full Circle, Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016. - GARETT FISBECK
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  • Oklahoma history books at Full Circle, Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016.

Learn about Oklahoma history

Full Circle Bookstore 1900 Northwest Expressway fullcirclebooks.com 405-842-2900

As the wise LeVar Burton taught us, “Take a look; it’s in a book.” Oklahomans who want to know more about the state need look no farther than Full Circle Bookstore, 1900 Northwest Expressway, where they can both shop and read local. Full Circle Bookstore is the destination for a veritable rainbow of Oklahoma history knowledge. With more than 30 years in business, this independently owned bookstore combines a great selection with personalized service that’ll have you flying twice as high as a butterfly.

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  • Painted pottery at Paseo Pottery, Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016. (Garett Fisbeck)

Learn to make pottery

Paseo Pottery 3017 Paseo St. thepaseo.com 405-525-3017

Don’t let the creative fire burn out — transfer the skills learned in art class to a new medium at Paseo Pottery, where owner Collin Rosebrook has been teaching students to make and decorate clay masterpieces since 1989. Classes are held Tuesday nights and Saturday mornings for students looking to make their own works of art, but the gallery is open during the day so visitors can admire others’ creations and purchase one-of-a-kind gifts for friends.

click to enlarge Wine at Grand Cru Wine & Spirits, Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016. - GARETT FISBECK
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  • Wine at Grand Cru Wine & Spirits, Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016.

Learn about wine

Grand Cru Wine & Spirits 9275 N. May Ave. facebook.com/grandcruwineandspirits 405-749-9463

It might take a full-time tutor to keep parents ahead of their kids in trigonometry or AP biology, but a few areas in which it’s easy to outpace minors are enology (the study of wine), zythology (the study of beer) and mixology (the study of cocktails). Dive mouth-first into the tipsy arts at Grand Cru Wine & Spirits, where customers can take home a tasty array of Champagne, locally brewed beers and specialty liqueurs for an evening of edification with fellow adults.

click to enlarge Running shoes at OK Runner, Friday, Aug. 26, 2016. - GARETT FISBECK
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  • Running shoes at OK Runner, Friday, Aug. 26, 2016.

Learn to run

OK Runner 1189 E. 15th St., Edmond 3720 W. Robinson Ave., Norman myokrunner.com 405-285-1455

Gym class was a painful period — both mentally and physically — for many of us. Leave behind the scarring sound of the coach’s whistle and rediscover a love of fitness at OK Runner. With locations in Edmond and Norman, this runners’ repository has the gear for novices and experts alike. It’s not just shoes and socks, either — OK Runner gives customers a foot assessment and gait analysis to find the right fit as well as training, advice on injuries and even running camps.

click to enlarge Cheese display at Forward Foods in Norman, Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015. - GARETT FISBECK
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  • Cheese display at Forward Foods in Norman, Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015.

Learn to cook

Forward Foods Carriage Plaza Shopping Center 2001 W. Main St. #111, Norman forwardfoods.com 405-321-1007

Perhaps the only thing more rewarding than cooking a great meal is eating one, and with the help of Norman’s Forward Foods, both are within reach. Fork over a little time to enjoy a wine-and-cheese pairing class or sprinkle some new ingredients into the usual cooking repertoire to make the dinner table a destination for friends and family. With one of the best cheese selections in the metro and great customer service, it’s not difficult to develop a taste for the very best.

Learn to knit

David’s Yarn 16526 N. Pennsylvania Ave., Edmond davidsyarn.com 405-562-1839

Knitting rocketed back into the mainstream a few years ago as capable crafters rediscovered the joy of making their own hats, scarves and sweaters. At David’s Yarn, needle ninjas will find a bounty of fine yarns and other supplies as well as instruction on how to use them. The shop hosts classes for beginners interested in crochet, stitching and knitting, but with limited admission, so sign up early. Or just pop by, browse and relax with other hobbyists who are learning new skills.

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