The phrase "use it or lose it" applies to both mind and body--if you're not engaging both with new challenges, they get flabby.
Thankfully, the Treasure Valley is full of opportunities to keep using it--whether your interest is in the arts, environment or a little of everything.
All ages and abilities can take classes taught by professional dancers. balletidaho.org.
Boise Art Museum
BAM is full of opportunities to learn about art with programs for everyone from toddlers to seniors. boiseartmuseum.org.
Boise Contemporary Theater
BCT's Theater Lab is designed to give young actors, playwrights and storytellers the chance to develop their craft. bctheater.org.
Boise Parks and Recreation
Classes and activities are for all ages and include swimming and tennis lessons, arts camps, activity nights and more. Adults can take advantage of sports leagues and classes. cityofboise.org/departments/parks.
Audiences can get to know the musicians and music better through programs including pre-concert visits with musicians. boisephilharmonic.org.
Boise Rock School
Young musicians learn to play instruments, be in a band and perform live concerts. boiserockschool.com.
Boise School District Community Education
The school district offers classes created and taught by community members. There are myriad fitness, cooking and metaphysical classes, as well as art, music, photography and personal finance. boiseschools.org/commed.
Boise WaterShed's classes and activities give kids the chance to learn about how the ecosystem works. boiseenvironmentaleducation.org.
Brown Bag Series
The Idaho Historical Museum offers lessons from the past with one-hour talks from noon-1 p.m. on the second Tuesday of the month. history.idaho.gov/brown-bag-lecture-series.
Young writers join one-week summer writing camps while grown-up writers can take advantage of monthly drop-in workshops.thecabinidaho.org.
The Discovery Center of Idaho offers events and classes for kids, including summer camps. Grown-ups can join Adult Nights designed for the 21-and-older set. scidaho.org.
The Boise City Department of Arts and History offers the lecture series with topics ranging from history and urban planning to public affairs and culture. boiseartsandhistory.org.
Foothills Learning Center
Families can get the environmental scoop with a series of classes and events about the natural world. boiseenvironmentaleducation.org.
A regular happening where speakers have five minutes and five Power Point slides on whatever topic is on his or her mind. igniteboise.com.
Old Boise Music Studio
Some of the best-known musicians in Boise offer lessons in everything from guitar and piano to voice and violin. oldboisemusicstudios.com.
Idaho Botanical Garden
IBG hosts classes offering advice on plants and trees, crafts and even wildflower walks or tai chi. idahobotanicalgarden.org.
Osher Lifelong Learning Institute
The Osher Institute offers lectures and classes for seniors with topics ranging from history, business and ecology to politics and culture--there are even occasional chances to travel. boisestate.edu/osher.
The Treasure Valley Institute for Children's Art has a constantly revolving selection of classes. trica.org.
For a more complete listing, visit boiseweekly.com.