New Year's Hacks: Sign up for 7 Easy Hobbies in San Francisco​

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Boost your resume and impress your friends with one of these fun workshops. 


1. Make Something Pretty with Letterpress: Western Editions

Erin Fong and Taylor Reid, the creative duo behind Western Editions, make cute shit, and now you can too! Using a vintage 1960s Vandercook press the friends and former roommates are known for their cheeky greeting cards, one-of-a-kind illustrations of the Golden Gate Bridge, and pretty watercolors. Sign up for their Woodtype Valentine Card Workshop on Wednesday, February 3, from 7:30-9:30pm to make something super special for your sweetie. // westerneditions.com/workshops

2. Master the Wheel at Pottery Class: Clay Underground

Who doesn't love a handmade vase? Spend just an hour spinning the soothing pottery wheel at Clay Underground while you make your own ceramics and you're bound to feel more peaceful and accomplished in 2016. Sign up for a beginners class today and release the inner potter in you. At worst, you'll have a new pencil holder for your desk. At best, you can make your very own version of Heath Ceramics' fancy dishware. It's a win-win! // 187 Eddy St. (Tenderloin); theclayunderground.com

3. Whip Up a Five-Star Meal: SF Cooking School

Listen up, if you don't know how to cook a decent meal, you need help, quick. Up your dating game and improve your life in general with classes taught by culinary superstars at SF Cooking School. Already know how to boil pasta? SF Cooking School offers a range of classes from savory soups to sweet pastries for more advanced students. Learn from the best, be the best. It's that simple.  // 690 Van Ness (Civic Center); sfcooking.com

4. (Finally) Learn to Code: Hackbright Academy

Sorry, guys, this one is for ladies only. Founded in San Francisco in 2012, the academy graduates more female engineers than Stanford and UC Berkeley each year! Hackbright offers a 12-week accelerated software engineering fellowship where women can learn the fundamentals of computer science and modern web development, and ultimately become software engineers. Part-time courses give women proficient coding skills to level up on the job. Either way, your resume is going to look extra good this year. // 683 Sutter St. (Union Square); hackbrightacademy.com

5. Shake and Stir in a Cocktail Class: Berreta

Warning: If you take Beretta’s cocktail class, you're guaranteed to be the star of your next house party. Make sure you're ready for that kind of responsibility before diving into the world of spirits and bitters at Berreta. Learn the difference between stirred and shaken and maybe even name a cocktail after yourself. We're not judging. Email info@berettasf.com for more details.  // 1199 Valencia (Mission); berettasf.com

6. Learn to Make (and Eat) Chocolate: Dandelion Chocolate

You've eaten enough of it, now take your chocolate game to the next level by learning to make it. And not just any chocolate, we're talking about Dandelion Chocolate, of course. Take one of Dandelion's chocolate making classes— a two-hour all-around introduction to chocolate history, tasting, and production—and see all your sweet dreams realized. // 740 Valencia (Mission); dandelionchocolate.com

7. Have Other Ideas?: Workshop SF

Still no clue what hobby to pursue? Get inspired by the many classes WorkshopSF has to offer. Whether you prefer floral design or beer brewing, WorkshopSF has something for everyone. Check out there calendar here. // 1789 McAllister (Hayes Valley); workshopsf.org

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