I realize I’m no prophet, but meaningful, human-to-human connection, how we once knew it could be lost forever if we don’t work to cultivate it. In an increasingly attached-to-tech age, so many of us are more comfortable remaining anonymous, hiding behind a username or our screens.

Believe or not, there are actually things you don’t need a wi-fi password for. There are a ton of chances to meet, yes, actual humans and push back against the status quo. It’s time to put those devices down for some good old fashioned face-to-face human contact. What’s the worst thing that could happen? You’ll hate it? Or, you’ll learn something new, have a new bar of soap in the dish or something tasty for dinner. Chin up buttercup, let’s aim for some good old-fashioned fun.

Just for kicks

Backyard Social Co.— This group meets once every month intending to feed (with great food and cocktails) your body and soul. Co-Hosts Anne and Valerie invite guest speakers, chefs and teachers with a focused topic and a touch of activism thrown. For couples or singles, to learn more visit here.

MeetUps — So many activities, so little time. This online program has been around for a while but it’s grown quite a few interesting and active groups. Our faves:

  • Hiking w the Bold Betties—If you are afraid to break a nail, perfect.
  • Get cooking with the PC Vegans—We should have guessed PC had one of these.
  • Single moms camping adventures—Don’t you just love everything about the idea of single mom’s getting together to support each other and getting outdoors? Us too.

Cooking Classes

Traeger Shop Classes — “Gets you Grilling” each class is taught by an award-winning pit master. Dawg! Now is your chance to learn how to use that expensive high-tech grill and take your cooking skills to the next level. As Traeger teacher Dannielle “Diva Q” Bennet says, “Life is too short for bad BBQ.” We couldn’t agree more. Traeger’s shop class schedule is listed here.

Cooking Classes at Harmon’s — A grocery store teaching you how to cook? Seems like the responsible thing to do. The chefs at Harmon’s cooking school teach the how-tos of baking an artisan loaf or whipping up an egg-white meringue for macarons—all in their state of the art kitchens. Click here to scan Harmon’s line-up.

Dine On In — A career restaurant chef, this Martha can really cook. Spending her spare time teaching community cooking meet-ups, Martha Puentes wishes to inspire and make meal preparation fun. Novel recipes like dairy-free shrimp and grits or suggested toppings other than shredded cheese on tacos (not that we don’t love cheese). Expect to meet some foodie-loving friends while gaining those culinary skills. What’s she up to next? Find out here.

DIY Classes

Soap Making Classes—Jen and Derek, founders of our favorite local skin care company, Olio Skin & Beard Co. offer soap making classes to the public. Using only safe and healing ingredients, they provide everything you need to clean up your act, as well as your skin.

Dig up Some Dirt—How about taking a gardening workshop with the team at Wasatch Community Gardens this summer? From the beauty that lies beneath, learn the benefits that come through practicing vermiculture (those cute red wigglers) or water-conservation best practices. Take a glance at WCG’s workshop listings here.

Cheesemaking—Taking your homesteading skills to another level, USU offers cheesemaking classes through the Western Dairy Center. Along with learning the basics of cheese science, you will also get to experience making a variety of cheeses in the WDC dairy facility. Classes are limited to 12 people and fill up quickly, for info: westcent@usu.edu or call 435-797-3466.

For fun

Social Dance Classes—All those nights watching Dancing with the Stars, those wallflower days are OVER. No partner is needed to participate at the DF Dance Studio. Salsa, swing, ballroom, country or tango, come at the level you’re at and have a blast. Get all the dancing deets here

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