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Seeking out new hobbies and cultivating long-held pleasures can present a real challenge in today's time-scarfing society. While classes offer a fine-and-dandy way to explore and expand interests, not everyone has the time to enroll in night school. But there are many one-day and short-term classes and workshops that can get those artistic, creative juices flowing without the long-term commitment. Or if you're saturated with learning, there are clubs that meet monthly.

Classes

American Red Cross--2731 N. First St, San Jose (408/577-1000). Various emergency classes, including first aid.

Career Action Center--10420 Bubb Rd, #100, Cupertino (408/253-3200). Work-related classes, including résumé-writing and interviewing)

Common Ground/Ecology Action--2225 El Camino Real, Palo Alto (650/328-6572). Many cool gardening and landscaping classes.

Community Recreation Center--969 Kiely Blvd, Santa Clara (408/984-3257). Many classes, including matting/framing and other arts and crafts; guitar, tap and yoga.

East West Bookshop--324 Castro St, Mountain View (650/988-9800). New Age stuff.

Gavilan College--5055 Santa Teresa Blvd, Gilroy (408/848-4771). Many short-term and one-day classes, from computers to etiquette.

Home Depot (various locations)--Do-it-yourself classes every weekend.

John Robert Powers Development Center--355 Daniel Way, San Jose (408/296-5100). Fashion-related classes.

Prusch Farm Park--647 S. King Rd, San Jose (408/926-5555). Mostly cooking classes and projects for kids.

Saratoga Recreation Department--13777 Fruitvale Ave, Saratoga (408/868-1200). Offers a variety of short-term and one-day classes. Fee is slightly higher for nonresidents.

YWCA--4161 Alma St, Palo Alto (650/494-0972). A variety, including self-defense and CPR.

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From the March 5-11, 1998 issue of Metro.

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