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Your teen, with a knife

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A summer without at least a little bit of structure can become real flabby, real fast. If your teen's idea of summer fun includes waking up at noon, flipping on Instagram, and ignoring the lawn for the next 12 hours, here's a good alternative. Sign 'em up for a class! Not a boring one (they will never forgive you for ruining their life, again). We're talking about a class that includes all the fun stuff teens love (getting those hands dirty, playing with fire, and eating a lot). Starting May 31, classes begin at The Wellness Kitchen in Templeton, and they are sneakily educational. Teens 13 to 18 are invited to chop, stir, bake, and devour their creations. Courses span the basics of cooking to more advanced stuff, and will encourage even the pickiest eater to consume the rainbow (um, I absolutely mean veggies, not Skittles). Better yet, the price tag on this summer adventure is absolutely free. That's more than you can say about that "all-important" summer tankini!

The Wellness Kitchen is located at 1255 Last Tablas Road, Suite 102 in Templeton. Registration details are at thewkrc.org/calendar.html. Δ

Hayley Thomas Cain's birthday was on May 29. You can still send snacks to hthomas@newtimesslo.com.

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