By Erin McNelis

January is National Hobby Month, and it's the perfect time of year to pick up a new interest or devote a little extra time to a current hobby. Hobbies can help you relieve stress, keep your brain active by learning something new, and offer opportunities to make new friends. That is why celebrating National Hobby Month might be just what you need. Get more involved in a hobby you already have or find a new hobby to enjoy from the list below. Tons of area businesses and groups offer classes and meetups to help you get started.

Fiber Arts

Knitting to Know You

247 N. Sycamore St., Newtown

The shop has beginning knitting and crochet classes as well as classes focused on specific techniques. Private lessons are also available.

Twist

5743 Lower York Rd., Lahaska

Across from Peddler’s Village, Twist offers classes in knitting, weaving, and spinning. You can also bring a project, sit, and chat in the shop’s comfortable living room and enjoy the creative and welcoming atmosphere.

Dance

Libra Dance Studio

150 W. Street Rd., Warminster

Do you have experience dancing and you want to get back into it, or have you always wanted to try, but never had the opportunity? Libra Dance Studio has beginner and intermediate adult classes in hip hop jazz, ballet, and tap. The studio takes pride in being a judgement-free space, so you can put on your dancing shoes, relax, and have fun.

Freestyle Dance Academy

341 Lower State Rd., Chalfont

The academy offers classes for adults in hip hop, tap, and breaking. They offer drop-in style classes to accommodate adults’ busy schedules.

La Luna Dance Studio

4010 New Falls Rd., Bristol

La Luna offers both private and group lessons, depending on if you want a more intense experience where you learn more in a shorter amount of time or a more relaxed, social environment. Choose from Zumba, Salsa & Street Latin, Argentine Tango, Ballroom and Swing.

Book clubs

Newtown Book Club

2835 S. Eagle Rd., Newtown

The bookshop hosts a book club on the last Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. See the book selection for the month on their Web site www.newtownbookshop.com/book-clubs-1. This month’s pick is Rabbit Cake by Annie Hartnett.

Doylestown Bookshop

16 S. Main St., Doylestown and 162A Peddler’s Village

The Doylestown Bookshop and its Peddler’s Village location host nine book clubs that meet monthly. Clubs have themes like nature lovers, sci/fi fantasy horror, philosophy, and personal growth. Find the right book club for you on their Web site at www.doylestownbookshop.com/bookclub.

Cooking

The Cook and His Books

20 Donaldson St., Doylestown

Learn to cook (or cook better) from the best. Chef Michael Kanter worked at the famous Le Bec Fin in Philadelphia and now offers pot luck classes on Monday and Wednesday nights as well as themed classes. His classes focus on real ingredients sourced locally as well as culinary traditions. And there is wine.

Let’s Bake Cookie Company

2570 Bristol Pike, Bensalem

Up your baking skills with a class at Let’s Bake. They offer classes and one-time events on cake decorating and vegetarian cooking, and they have a Valentine’s Day cookie event coming up. They also offer private and semi-private lessons.

Sports and Games

Bucks County Curling Club

1185 York Rd., Warminster

You’ve marveled at it during the Olympics. Now you can learn how to play the ancient Scottish sport of curling. The Bucks County Curling Club offers a basics class as well as novice practice times at the ice rink. For more information, visit www.buckscountycurlingclub.org.

Bucks County Card and Board Meetup

Board games aren’t just for kids, and they are making a huge comeback! The board game industry is booming, offering many choices beyond Monopoly and Risk. This group welcomes beginners and meets at locations around the county like Proper Brewing, Yardley Library, and the Southampton Free Library. Find them at www.meetup.com/Bucks-County-Card-and-Board/.

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