If you’ve never spent a warm afternoon playing bocce with a group of friends while enjoying your favorite adult beverage, you’ve been summering wrong. This is your chance to rectify your mistakes, and the Murer House Learning Center (1125 Joe Murer Court, Folsom) is offering a free clinic so you won’t look like a total noob. The Murer House will teach you the basics (rules, strategies, etc.), and before you know it, you’ll be flashing your newfound skills around town at places like Sutter’s Landing Park (20 28th St., Sacramento), where you can find free bocce courts that are open to the public, or perhaps you’ll decide to go all-in and join up with the East Portal Bocce Club (Eastportalbocceclub.com), who plays their games at East Portal Park (1120 Rodeo Way, Sacramento). Or, maybe you’ll just be a badass at your next family barbecue. That works, too. For more info on the free clinic, which runs from 9 a.m.–noon on Saturday, April 13, go to Murerhouse.org. You won’t need to register or anything, just show up and get ready to bocce like a boss.

**This write-up first appeared in print on page 13 of issue #288 (March 27 – April 10, 2019)**