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Cheese Class

Do you love cheese? Of course, who doesn't? Do you want to know more about it? See previous answer. Cheese 101 is the best place to start-- even some of the best cheesemongers began here. Sit and relax over a plate of some of the best cheeses as the basics are bared. You'll be guided through a tasting of fresh cheeses, washed rind and aged, plus a variety of cow, sheep, and goat cheese, all while learning about cheese-making and cheese-pairing fundamentals; Murray's Cheeses: 8/1, /8/5, or 8/10, 2 hours; cheese making is Monday and Thursday from 6:30-8 p.m. and Saturdays from 3:30-5 p.m.

Kayaking in Manhattan

You don't need to go to the tropics have fun in the sun. With the Manhattan Kayak Company, you'll discover the beauty and majesty of water closer to home: New York Harbor. And in August, you'll be able to experience it not only close-up but standing-up as well with fun classes in Stand-Up Paddleboard and Yoga. Come on down to the Pier 66 Boathouse at West 26th St. and the Hudson River or register for your tour or lesson online to get started right away. Monday through Friday, 2-3 p.m. or 5-6 p.m. (Paddleboard), 7 p.m. (Yoga)

Dog Training Class

One session with dog-whisperer Anna Grossman and you'll see a palpable improvement in your dog's behavior. In this hour-long orientation you'll receive a solid introduction on how to use gentle and humane techniques to encourage behaviors you want, stop behaviors you don't want, and have fun along the way. Wednesday, Aug. 7 at 7 PM. $25. 3rd Ave and 17th St.;

Hiking Through History

Join the National Park Service for a hike through the National Historic Landmark District on Governors Island. Park rangers will guide you on a 1.5-mile, 1.5-hour tour through more than 200 years. Tours begin with the arrival of 10 AM and 2:15 PM Manhattan ferry. Aug. 1. Free; The Trust of Governors Island;

Kids' Open House

The Learning Experience Children's Academy Open House will celebrate the upcoming school year as well as the grand re-opening of the lower level of 7 preschool classrooms which have been closed since Hurricane Sandy. The event will host many local merchants and vendors and feature activities for children and parents alike; 28 Washington Street. Aug. 10, 10 a.m. ? 2 p.m. Free.

Chess Camp

This Summer Chess NYC will provide 3 additional weeks of True Grandmaster Competition Prep Camp, led by World Famous, 5 times reigning USA Champion Irina Krush and supported by Chess NYC Experts and Masters. Camp Dates: Aug. 19-23. $445. At Zinc on 82 W. 3rd St. Sign up soon at as seats are limited.


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