These cold winter months are the perfect time to learn something new — whether it’s how to cook a new dish, make a seasonal craft or even a new skill to improve your health and possibly even your career.

 Why sit at home with only four walls to look at when there’s a whole world out there just waiting for you?

Cooking

 Many local businesses offer cooking classes, teaching techniques and new skills to make you more comfortable in the kitchen.

 Feast Cooking School at Feast Gourmet in Fenton offers classes for both the novice and seasoned cook, learning alongside professional chefs, yet with an easygoing approach. Look for classes on hearty winter soups, Cuban cooking, dumplings, European chocolate desserts, cooking with beer and more.

 The Laundry and CRUST in Fenton also offer several cooking classes throughout the winter months. Their classes sell out very quickly, so it’s important to sign up early, said co-owner Mark Hamel.

    The busiest season for these classes is in the fall and winter, with pie and bread baking classes and soups and sauces classes. Coming up at The Laundry will be an Australian Wine Dinner on Feb. 27 and a Farm to Table Dinner on March 12.

 “These dinners fall into the ‘class’ category, because they are educational events,” Hamel said. “You learn all about the foods being served and how they are prepared. A portion of the Australian

Wine Dinner will go toward relief of the Australian wildfires.”

    CRUST in Fenton recently completed a number of cooking classes, from pretzels and scones/biscuits to Valentine’s Day baking and decorating, Hamel said. Check out websites for more information.

 The Sugar Shack in Fenton offers monthly social events that are also teaching opportunities for owners Mike and Shawn Hall. “Every month is a different topic,” Shawn said. “We’ll offer classes on tablescaping, plate presentation, creating menus, themed recipes, etc.” The upcoming March social on March 11 and 12 will be on “Charcuterie and cheese.”

Crafts

 Gerych’s Special Events & Floral Design in Fenton is well-known for offering seasonal classes. Its first one for 2020 will be a “Create a Spring Wreath” class Saturday, March 21. The class will be led by one of Gerych’s staff designers.

 You can also learn to knit or crochet at special classes offered through Linden Community Education for Winter/Spring 2020. Southern Lakes Parks & Recreation also offers classes in glass painting, acrylic painting for flowerpots and more.

 Other craft classes and home projects can be found at Michaels and The Home Depot in Fenton, for both adults and kids.

 Midwest Mercantile in Fenton Township has two more “I’m a SUCCER for you” classes Sunday, Feb. 23 and Friday, Feb. 28, helping you learn how to paint pots and containers for succulent plants, in a fun atmosphere of brunch and mimosas, included in the class fee.

Art

 Have fun while dabbling in art projects through local classes at Painting with a Twist in Fenton, Julie Abbott Art Classes at Eclections in Fenton, and Inspiration Arts and Crafts Workshops at The Vintage Farm House in Holly.

   Cause & Affect Gallery, at 126 N. LeRoy St., Fenton offers a number of workshops in the studio space at the gallery. Their artists are the instructors and cover a wide variety of mediums. The studio space is 450 square feet and accommodates up to 20 people depending on what medium is being taught. There are workshops for all ages. Call (810) 354-8214 for details or visit their Facebook page.

Dance and fitness

 Whether you’re into Jazzercise or Zumba, Pilates or Pounding, there’s a fitness class for you in the tri-county area. Visit the Times new 2020 Source Book to find a fitness studio or gym, and also watch for classes at the Loose Center in Linden, Fenton Community & Cultural Center, and Karl Richter Community Center in Holly.

CNC Machining classes

 In just eight weeks, you could have a new career waiting for you. Epic Machine in Fenton offers the Epic CNC Training Academy — an eight-week session that provides students with job-ready CNC machining skills through focused, hands-on training. The next class session will be March 30 to May 22, followed by sessions June 1 to July 24 and Sept. 14 to Nov. 6.

Skills

    You can learn some of the basics of tying flies for fly fishing in this class Tuesday, March 3 at 7 p.m., sponsored by Red Fox Outfitters at The Fenton Winery & Brewery.

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