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LOUISVILLE MAGAZINE 12.16 45 Get skilled Get Cultured e Louisville Free Public Library's How- To Festival has taught folks how to use a 3-D printer; adopt a shelter pet; barbecue; use basic sign language; do simple electrical repairs; host a high-school exchange student; graduate from college debt-free; slice, dice and chop; draw freehand geometric designs; dance hula; age gracefully; fix car bumps and scratches; dispose of your body; protect against identity theft; make Chinese dumplings; sing opera; and lots more. is year's, the sixth annual, is Saturday, May 13, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the library's downtown branch. Can't wait until May? Here are some tips from past festivals. How To Do Office Yoga, presented by Jodie Tingle-Willis of Supreme Peace Yoga in south Louisville Right-nostril breathing for after-lunch sluggishness: 1. Sit up tall. 2. Place your left thumb over your left nostril. 3. Begin breathing slowly and gently in and out of the right nostril. 4. Do this for 10 or more breaths. How To Plant A Shade Garden, presented by Jefferson County master gardener Trilba Smith Best Flowers for Kentucky Gardens Annuals: begonia, browallia, caladium, impatiens, torenia. Perennials: anemone, astilbe, ceratostigma, epimedium, hardy geranium, heuchera, hosta, lamium, pachysandra. In the howling heart of a Mexican jungle without a name. At least not a name I could spell in Spanish. e same letters leaned differently on the tongue — A as "ah," I as "e," E as "a," full circle — and left me stuttering like a toddler when I tried to buy a bus ticket. is was summer 2013, a backpacking trip with an amiga. In that month, surrounded by freewheeling Australians and language naivety, I learned a range of random words: respiracion (breathing), corazón (heart), estrella (star). ¡VAMOS! e words glinted of light between mostly darkness, no constellation lines connecting. ree summers later, plans for Mexico again and the desire to master at least some basics before my flight. At the 100% Spanish Language Center on Hubbards Lane, I take a beginner's class at a friend's suggestion. Big lesson binder in front of me, a little apprehension inside me and four other folks filling the seats beside me. We face the teacher — swirling, charismatic Gabby, with her smile that speaks Spanish. She says: ¿Como están, ustedes? We answer the best we can: Bien, bien. is our first hour-and-a-half session of 10. (For the 10-week course: $250, plus the book.) We each explain (in English) why we're here. e Southern belle is going to visit her daughter studying abroad in Spain. e nurse wants to communicate better with her patients. e couple wants to try something new. I'm going down to be a camp counselor at my friend's nonprofit. We practice greetings to the bippity-boppity of Gabby's magic marker. In the book, we follow along on "pagina trece" as Juan introduces himself to Marie, asks for her number immediately after he asks how she is. (Little fast there, buddy.) We repeat vocabulary words from the chapter's list, changing adjectives from masculine to feminine forms when necessary — a new monster, un monstruo nuevo. Soon there's a whole class spent on the alphabet I once lacked, and numeros. ere's the difference between ser (to be) and estar (to be), and that is the big, confusing question. ere's the stack of index cards in my bed, then on the walls, labeling rooms: la cocina, el baño. ere are the nights spent like a diligent little school girl, answering each chapter's practice questions, moving lessons ahead. ere are the couple classes I skip because spring and warm breezes and back porches and wine. ere's week nine and chapter four or five, the anxiety of having only a few verbs under my belt. Eventually, there's Mexico. ¡Estoy feliz! ere's a journal in my hand at all times, jotting new. ¡Soy una periodista! ere's the necessary immersion, free of charge, only taxing the mind. ere's me, ankle-then- knee-deep in a Spanish sea, mind muscling wave after wave, no floaties. — Arielle Christian Speaking of the library: is summer, soak up some culture with a Louisville Cultural Pass (available at any Louisville Public Library for youth 21 and younger). Adults accompanying a kid 16 or younger get free admission to a wide range of events, from museums to plays at Actors eatre to days of natural beauty at Bernheim.

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