First published on 6 Feb 2012. Updated on 10 Jan 2014.
Shoot a gun at the Melbourne International Gun Club
Want to release some rage and a volley of lead? Every Saturday, you plus seven mates and some ID (so the cops can check you’re a good egg) can learn the art of pistol and revolver handling, and looking hardcore. They also have a monthly orientation for lone wolves. 120 Todd St, Fishermans Bend. (03 9646 3976). $80.
Live your TV fantasies at the Actors Nest
Courses on the secrets of small screen success by ‘working actors’ – a rare breed indeed! – such as Home and Away’s Paul O’Brien and Neighbours’ Eliza Taylor and Damien Bodie. 109 Fitzroy St, St Kilda. (03 8060 1837). Nine-week courses from $420.
Find your sea legs at Albert Park Lake
It’s never too late to conquer the city seas – just enlist in a learn-to-sail programme at Albert Park Lake. With programmes on offer summerround, you’ll be Sydney-to-Hobart-ing come Christmas. 3 Aquatic Dr, Albert Park Reserve, South Melbourne 3205. (03 9686 2571). Various dates and prices.
Get back on your bike at the CERES Bikeshed
Hire some tools and learn to patch up your old bike, or assemble some new wheels of steel with the retro charm of recycled parts for $30–$100. Cnr Roberts and Stewart Sts, Brunswick East. Fri-Sat 12 noon-4pm. $5-$100.
Build your own guitar at Monsalvat
Dodgy guitar ruining your campfi re Kumbaya? From raw materials to fi nishing touches, seasoned luthier Chris Wynne will show you how to design and build the perfect guitar at this historic artists’ colony. Monsalvat, 7 Hillcrest Ave, Eltham. (03 9431 2490). $2,800.
Perfect your mixing at DJ Warehouse
God might be a DJ, but even He had to start somewhere. DJ Warehouse’s one-day crash course for beginners will have you dropping needles and spinning tunes in record time. 431 Victoria St, Abbotsford. (03 9421 2941). $190.