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Published on June 26, 2015

Take Care of You This Summer

With the kids home, plus countless events, weddings and parties to attend, you’re probably busier than ever this summer. Take time to do something for you before the season flies by! From enrolling in a class to mastering a new hobby, these just-for-you ideas will help you make the most out of the next couple of months.

  1. Take a Class: Just because you’re done with school doesn’t mean you have to be done learning. This is the summer to finally take that course you’ve always been interested in. Both MATC and the University of Wisconsin–Madison offer noncredit continuing education for adults. MATC’s summer schedule includes courses in writing, art, cooking, gardening, technology, design and business. UW similarly offers courses for nonstudents in personal enrichment and professional development. Most classes meet just once a week in the evenings, making it easy for you to fit into your schedule. The UW even offers online courses you can start anytime and complete within a year.
  2. Volunteer: There are many benefits of volunteering besides improving the community, which in itself is already reason enough! Volunteering can increase feelings of accomplishment, connect you to others and improve your overall health. Surround yourself with nature at the Olbrich Botanical Gardens, better the community with the United Way of Dane County or get crafty at the Art Fair on the Square.
  3. Get Active: With gorgeous weather and scenic views of several lakes in Madison, there are plenty of ways to get moving in the great outdoors this summer. Go hiking or biking around Lake Monona, the Arboretum, Kettle Morraine State Forest or Devil’s Lake. There are also tons of cycling and walking trails throughout Madison, like the Capital City Trail, the Ice Age National Scenic Trail and the Glacial Drumlin State Trail. Cool off with a swim in Lake Mendota at the terrace or one of many regionally and neighborhood staffed beaches in the area.
  4. Support Local Businesses: Treat yourself while showing your support for the community when you shop locally. Be sure to support community farmers by picking up your produce at the Farmers’ Market every Saturday on Capitol Square. While you’re downtown, swing by the East Johnson district for vintage threads at Good Style Shop, coffee at Johnson Public House and unique gems and stones at Burnie’s Rock Shop. You can also check out this guide for buying locally in Dane county, with ideas from entertainment to local restaurants.
  5. Master a New Hobby: Now’s the time to learn something new, just for you. Start a small garden in the yard, try antiquing at malls around
    Wisconsin, research your family history and make a family tree, learn origami, work on jigsaw puzzles with the kids or finally finish that scrapbook. You can even do something as simple as writing in a journal, doing a daily crossword or reading 50 pages a day.

What’s your summer goal this year? Share in the comments below!

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