I, for one, don't know how I would stay sane without my hobbies. Knitting is my way to relax, getting on stage is my chance to make new friends (and make some people laugh), and giving new life to a piece of old furniture gives me a sense of accomplishment. Everyone needs a creative outlet. Just in time for resolutions, January is National Hobby Month, so whether you're revisiting an old pastime, honing your already impressive skills, or picking up something new, Kalamazoo has classes, courses, and camps for the new year.


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    Make Studio

    Make Studio is a small family owned business on Gull Road that walks you through creating small interior wood decorations step-by-step. According to their website, they boast 5 stains, 35 paint colors, and encourage you to BYOB. Learn more about their workshops and how to book private events here.
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    Kalamazoo Institute of Art

    Where better to learn an art at any age than at the KIA? From ceramic to glass, jewelry design to painting, print making and photography, the Kalamazoo Institute of Art is a great place to start or expand your skills. Classes begin soon, so reserve your easel, pottery wheel, or loom today!

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    Wine & Canvas

    Grab some friends and make a night out of sipping wine and painting at many great restaurants in our area. Wine & Canvas is a mobile operation that brings art supplies and know-how and helps you create a one-of-a-kind piece of art for your home, or as a gift. Just use their handy calendar to find where they are going to be, register, and you're all set. They also do Cookies & Canvas for the gifted little-artist in your family, and private parties, too.

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    Get Behind the Scenes at Kalamazoo Civic Theatre

    A lot of people say they don't have the guts to get on stage, but that doesn't mean you can't be involved in theatre. There is so much that goes in to building a live show from the ground up. From painting sets to manning the follow spots (spotlights) to ushering for performances, there is so much to be done. Contact the Director of Volunteers and discover a love of theatre.

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    David De Lossy

    Borgess Run Camp

    If there's one thing Kalamazoo does more than brew beer it's run. Running clubs pop up all the time, and one of the largest and most organized is the Borgess Run Camp. Whether you're looking to be more active in 2019 or you want to meet new people, joining a running club is a great start. A lot of runners will tell you that the key to sticking with running is camaraderie; having a support system to keep you going. There's no shortage of accountability in the Borgess Run Camp. Running not your thing, but a new, fun, team sport is up your address, check out Pickleball. A friend of mine swears by it.

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    Wine Tasting

    Kalamazoo is known for craft brews, but Michigan wines are recognized throughout the world for their distinct flavors. In fact, St. Julian Winery in Paw Paw has an internationally recognized riesling that has won several awards. Go your own and get a flight at Wine Loft, or get tickets to a more structured, educational experience, like Wine Not, where wine makers can answer your questions and you'll learn from experts what foods to pair.

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