FORT WAYNE — New Year’s resolutions might bring to mind eating a healthier diet or working out more, but learning a new skill, taking up a new hobby and making new friends also make the list of top New Year’s resolutions year after year.
These activities are also beneficial for your brain health. According to the Mayo Clinic, staying mentally active and socializing regularly keep your brain in shape and may curb memory loss.
Fortunately, in Fort Wayne, there are a variety of opportunities throughout the year to learn something new and meet new people. Check out these ideas for branching out in 2019:
Tap into your creativity
Local arts nonprofit Wunderkammer Company, 3402 Fairfield Ave., offers art workshops for an affordable price. On Jan. 27, it will host a watercolor painting workshop with artist Lissa Brown. The cost is $10 and includes all art materials. Participants also get to keep their watercolor palette and paintbrush after the workshop. For more information, visit Wunderkammer’s Facebook page.
Nonprofit Artlink, 300 E. Main St., also regularly offers art classes that are open to the public. Last year, it began hosting Collaboratorium, collaborative art-making sessions, on the third Wednesday of each month. The events are free and open to anyone 18 years or older. For more information, visit artlinkfw.com/events.
Learn a new skill
The Build Guild, 1025 Goshen Ave., is a shared work space for its members — hobbyists, entrepreneurs and anyone else who is interested in tackling a do-it-yourself project. The shared workshop offers members access to a variety of equipment including woodworking tools, 3-D printers and a sewing machine. The Build Guild also offer a variety of workshops — from how to crochet to welding basics — that are open to the public for a small fee. For more information, visit The Build Guild’s Facebook page.
TekVenture, 1550 Griffin St., is another space that provides tools, materials and mentors for makers of all kinds. For more information, visit tekventure.org.
Join a club
The Allen County Public Library helps connect book lovers through multiple book clubs. Whether you’re a fan of true crime or classics, there’s something for everybody. Horror fans will find good company in the Stephen King Book Club. In January, the True Crime Book Club will meet Jan. 10 at the Main Library to discuss “In Cold Blood” by Truman Capote. To find a list of book clubs and events, visit www.acpl.lib.in.us/home/whats-happening/book-clubs.
Take a class
You can always return to the classroom, no matter how many years ago you graduated. Purdue University Fort Wayne recently released the spring/summer 2019 catalog for continuing studies. Classes offered include professional development courses, languages and a variety of personal enrichment classes from how to organize your home to learning about wine. Class fees vary. For more information, visit www.pfw.edu/dcs.
Ivy Tech Community College’s Fort Wayne Campus offers IvyLiving courses. The programs are non-credit classes that promote personal growth and lifelong learning through short-term experiences from cooking classes to beekeeping for beginners. Local and regional experts share their knowledge and passions in a small group setting. For more information, visit www.ivytech.edu/fortwayne/living.