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Best Hobbies for 2019

Cooking ClassPicking up a new hobby can add a ton of great benefits. Learning a new skill is not only a great way to enrich your everyday life but can also help you feel closer to your community and maybe make a few friends in the process!

If you live in the Pittsburgh, Wexford, or Butler areas and are looking for ways to kickstart your new year, continue reading our list of some of the best hobbies to pick up for 2019!

Writing

Are you the friend who always has the funniest stories to share at the party? Creative writing is a hobby that can span your entire life and only gets better with time. Sometimes, though, the hardest part is simply getting started.

If you ever dreamed of writing a memoir or you’re looking to find a new way to share some of your favorite anecdotes, The Creative Nonfiction Foundation can help. Budding writers can learn the craft of personal narrative through a wide curriculum of online classes and workshops. Their 5- to 10-week courses cover a full range of non-fiction writing styles and give you the tools to help you craft the next New York Times best seller.

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Photography

Woman Taking PicturesLooking to take your Instagram account to the next level? For over 115 years, the Pittsburgh Filmmakers/Center for the Arts has been training future professionals and photography enthusiasts on how to capture the perfect shot. PF/PCA works to engage artists at every stage of their development, from novice to the experienced artist.

Students can choose from a plethora of accredited and non-accredited courses in multiple disciplines, including: digital SLR photography, black and white film, photographic processes and more. Classes are ongoing and are held throughout the week during the day and evening.

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Cooking

Whether you dream of opening your own restaurant or you’re looking to impress your friends and family at the next holiday potluck, cooking is a fulfilling (and filling) activity that’s sure to make you a very popular dinner guest. If you need help sharpening your knife skills or always wanted to learn the secrets of French cooking, Gaynor’s School of Cooking is here to help.

The chefs at SCA/PA provide hands-on courses and series that will teach you techniques that’ll have you sautéing, braising, and grilling like a professional cook. Along with their fun cooking classes, students can also take special courses in baking, wine pairing, and mixology.

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Fitness

Fitness ClassIt’s never too early or too late to start on a path towards improving your health while learning skills that’ll increase your confidence and discipline. Wright’s Gym is an all-ages martial arts school offering courses in everything from Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Muay Thai to basic self-defense.

Membership also gives you access to their large cardiovascular studio and CrossFit gym to help you increase your flexibility, endurance, and core strength. Their friendly and supportive staff can help you personally design a fitness program to help you reach your goals while having fun and making new friends.

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Sign Up for a Class Today!

Now that you’ve seen our list of the best hobbies to pick up for 2019, we feel that it’s time you go out and explore them for yourself! If you’re looking to add some joy to the new year, visit any of these great locations or go online to sign up for a class or membership today!

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