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Free Things to do Near Me? Finding Them May be Easier Than You Think

How do you avoid becoming isolated from the world at large after retirement? Especially if you’re on a fixed income? Being part of the world around you helps to keep you emotionally healthy and cognitively engaged. It’s so easy to find situations and activities that are enjoyable and that make you feel valued. I have found several ways to find free things to do near me to stay connected. All it takes is a bit of research and a willingness to put yourself out there. Here are 5 tips to help you stay active and connected too!

Stay Connected

Start by signing up for email or snail mail reminders to keep abreast of an organization’s current activities. Some organizations may even offer text alerts. Signing up is key in order to avoid missing out on many interesting goings-on!

Visit the Local Library

I was surprised to discover a jackpot of free or very low-cost activities near me when I visited my library and the libraries of nearby towns. The events encompass a wide variety of interests. Here’s what I signed up for just in the coming month and this is by no means everything that was offered:

  • A free workshop that explains how to download to my cell phone or other devices the free e-resources my library offers
  • A Saturday morning poetry group for writers or lovers of poetry
  • 2 different craft workshops on how to make a Korean lantern and hand-warmers (all materials provided free by the library)
  • A writers group that meets twice a month
  • A lecture on how to use an Air Fryer

All of my area libraries offer free, fairly current movies on various days or evenings — one even provides free pizza and dessert! I also found a Saturday afternoon performance by a locally well-known women’s chorus for $3. And I don’t want to forget the monthly Mystery Readers Book Group I signed up for that I’m looking forward to being a part of. So in the coming month alone, I found 10 low-cost or free activities near me just from public libraries.

Look into Your Communities Women’s Clubs

Women’s Clubs are part of a National Federation of Women’s Clubs and meet one evening per month. They also offer a social hour, as well as opportunities to sign up for community volunteer activities. I am also part of the Junior League, now as a sustaining member after having been an active member for many years. That connection provides me with acquaintances I have known for a long time as well as getting to know the newest members.

Women’s organizations are generally very welcoming and newcomers are made to feel valued and wanted. There are annual dues that vary in amount but there is usually financial help if needed.

Find a Retail Sponsored Event

Many retailers offer lectures and activities in the hopes of drumming up business but usually don’t require a purchase to attend. My local used bookstore has an occasional open-mic night. It’s fun to listen to those brave new writers get up in front of a supportive audience and share their work. A local wine merchant just offered a talk on wine and cheese pairings with free tastings. I’m looking forward to the upcoming wine and chocolate talk!

Check Local for Local Events from the Government

There are arts councils with their lectures and gallery openings. Or civic associations for those who wish to keep abreast of town government issues. And even organizations specific to your own locale, such as hiking clubs.

Finding free activities is easy, if you know where to look for them!

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