Date: The first Monday of every month
Time: 7:30 p.m. (Sign up at 7 p.m.)
Location: Pete's Candy Store (709 Lorimer St.), Brooklyn
Perfect For: Proving that spelling bees aren't just for brainy 10-year-olds
Website: petescandystore.com

It's back to school season, and admit it, part of you misses learning. Find an excuse to hit the books (specifically, the dictionary) at Pete's Candy Store in Williamsburg for the monthly bee. Make up for your lack of 6th-grade game by spelling words correctly and chatting up girls with ease. And if you forget that silent m in "mnemonic," wash away the shame with a strong drink. Everyone wins. Except the guy who instituted that silent m. He sucks.