By Betsy Natter

Have you always wanted to learn to knit? Have you made a resolution to read more books this year? The start of a new year is often a great time to try a new hobby while seeking out new social opportunities too. Many local businesses offer a range of short term classes where you can learn a new skill, meet new people and maybe even discover a new passion. January is National Hobby Month, so check out these hobby ideas and a few places in MontCo where you can get started.

Sewing Classes

The Round Bobbin

1126-B Horsham Rd., Ambler, PA 19002
(215) 367-5596

The Round Bobbin offers classes in quilting, punch needlework, wool embroidery and hand sewing for special projects. Take a class or join a Friday Sit ‘n-Sew to work on your own projects while socializing and enjoying lunch with new friends.

Stitcher’s Dream

221 S Easton Rd., Glenside, PA 19038
(215) 758-2798

This fiber arts business holds a variety of classes where you can learn to sew, crochet or knit (even on a machine!). Learn to make fingerless gloves, stockings and more.

Book Clubs

Towne Book Center – Wine Bar & Café

220 Plaza Dr. B-3, Collegeville, PA 19426
(610) 454-0640

Towne Book Center, located in the Providence Town Center shopping district, offers regular book clubs for those who enjoy Classics, Literary or Contemporary fiction. Titles are listed online monthly and members receive 15% off the price of the book. has a great list of book clubs that meet all over the Montgomery County area and beyond. Check out meeting times for clubs that read in your genre preference.

Art Classes

Engage Art Studio

1005 N Gravel Pk., Schwenksville PA 19473
(215) 512-7205

This studio and classroom space have been operating in Skippack Village for many years but are moving to a much larger facility just north of Schwenksville. The lower level artisan gallery is now open and studio classes will begin here in March. Classes in drawing, painting and ceramics are offered.

Art Dept Studios North Wales – The Mud Shack

1241 Knapp Road, North Wales PA 19454
(215) 393-8380

In addition to the popular paint and sip art classes, The Mud Shack offers one-time and four-week Wheel classes where you learn to pull and shape your own pottery on a potter’s wheel. Includes kiln firing and finishing.

Learn to Cook

The Kitchen Workshop

21 Plank Ave., Suite 204, Paoli, PA 19301
(610) 993-2665

Learn to make your own pasta, dress up chicken or recreate your favorite Chinese dishes as home. Learn new techniques in a hands-on, fun, informative and social setting. Plus, you can eat the result!

The Culinary Arts Institute

1400 Forty Foot Rd., Lansdale, PA
(267) 646-5970

The Culinary Arts Institute is a division of Montgomery County Community College and opens their kitchens to the community for regular monthly classes. Three-hour classes with a new theme every month.

Dance for Fun and Exercise

SocialSport Dance Club

1634 Old York Rd., Abington, PA 19001
(215) 784-9087

Whether to learn how to dance for an upcoming wedding or finally conquer the steps of the foxtrot, mambo or jitterbug, SocialSport teaches a full scope of dance types. Enjoy a full range of experiences with private and group lessons, practice sessions and club parties.

Swing Kat Entertainment

Locations in Lansdale and Pottstown
(610) 348-6727

Swing is a social form of partner dancing that you can learn in this fun environment while challenging your athletic ability and staying in shape. Swing Kat’s main location is in Pottstown, but several other studios offer classes as well. Check their schedules for ability levels and locations.

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