For most of us, every New Year begins with good intentions of becoming our best physical selves and ends in a few extra pounds of regret. The good news is that resolutions don't have to be yearlong trudges or feats of strength. This year, try something easy and instant with these local spots, and leave the dumbbells at home.
Make it (Wood)Work at Makerspace
Turn your DIY Pinterest fails into something Instagram-worthy in a workshop course at Makerspace. With woodworking classes year-round, make and take home your very own handcrafted cutting board, wine bottle balancer, or coffee table under the expert guidance of master craftsmen. Once you become a member, a vast library of hand tools and power tools await you to create next functional masterpiece. The next woodworking courses begin at 10 AM on January 27th and March 2rd – classes are limited to 6 people per date.
2101 Harrod Street Unit 8
Mix Up Some Good Libations at The Bittery
Put down that Coors and pick up craft mixology in a cocktails class at The Bittery. Don't be fooled by the pink exterior of the building – inside it is anything but basic with a shared retail space to buy bitters and other cocktail essentials and a bar to learn how to mix your next houseparty hit. After you learn the basics like Manahattans and Mai Tais, come back and venture into more sophisticated cocktails like the Fogcutter and French 75. No more vodka Red Bulls, it's time to say 'cheers' with better drinks this year!
501 East Davie Street
Sharpen Your Skills at SkillPop RDU
School is in session with SkillPop classes at your disposal. Never fear, SkillPop classes aren't the ordinary lecture and test format but pop-up styled in-person learning. Learn something fun with latte art and hand lettering, or something functional such as marketing your small business or learning the ropes of buying a home. Easily accessible, classes are available weekly between $25 - $50 and all over Raleigh, making SkillPop your one-stop resolution shop.
Multiple Locations including the Loading Dock Raleigh, Mayton Inn, and Sir Walter Coffee
BYOB (Brew Your Own Beer) at Atlantic Brew Supply
If physical health and financial wealth are your goals this year, look no further than the bottom of a glass of homebrew. Beer is a great source of antioxidants, fiber, protein, and vitamin B so save money on going out to the pub or the gym by brewing your own. Atlantic Brew Supply's beginner homebrew kits pair well with their 'Brewniversity' classes where you learn everything you need to know to brew your first batch of extract or all-grain beer. Each class is followed weeks later by 'Big Brew,' a monthly in-house homebrew session. The first all-grain brewing class of the year is on January 28th so there's still time to get on track to becoming a homegrown cicerone.
3709 Neil Street
Volunteer at the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina
Have a more civic-minded and service-oriented goal in mind? Give back by volunteering at the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina to make sure no one goes hungry. By volunteering to sort food pantry donations and package wholesome meals, you can help feed the 630,000 people in central and eastern North Carolina who struggle to access nutritious and adequate amounts of food necessary for an active and healthy life. Getting started is simple, walk in on Wednesday evenings between 6-8 PM or on Saturdays from 9 AM to 4PM. Invite friends to make time fly and be amazed at how many people you can feed in such a short amount of time.
1924 Capital Boulevard
Renee is a sit-down comedienne and event photographer when she's not at her day job. While it doesn't pay the bills, her talents are an excuse to day drink craft brews on rooftops, get into festivals on Fayetteville Street, and general gallivanting. Outdoors she's usually seen with her default date: her dog Max, scoping out a spot to people watch and heckle passersby. Her mother says the two worst things you can give her indoors are a drink and a mic.