Between beachcombing, strolling under the redwoods, and enjoying Arcata’s diverse food scene, the days go by quickly enough. But for the overambitious among us, how about adding an educational element to your next vacation? Learning a new skill while having fun with the family makes memories that truly last. Checkout these two community hubs that regularly offer opportunities to learn a new skill while visiting the North Coast.  

Foodwise Kitchen
At Arcata’s own plant-based kitchen, Foodwise owner Rachele McCluskey believes that everyone would eat healthy – if only they knew how to cook! Not strictly raw or vegan, Foodwise Kitchen takes the power of organic fruits and vegetables to create vibrant dishes inspired by culinary exploration. Sound like what the doctor ordered? Foodwise Kitchen would love to help you get cooking. Every Sunday, their ‘Meal Prep’ class teaches new tricks for creating easy, plant-based recipes at home. Participants also get to home glass Tupperware containers full of the delicious dishes they made in class. For feeding one to two, meal prep is $85, which includes 4 take-home containers and a double-sized slice of McCluskey’s signature raw cheesecake. Families can opt for a larger take-home size for $105– quite the upgrade on takeout! Foodwise also offers a range of foodie classes throughout year including “Kids in the Kitchen” and “DIY Kombucha.” 

SCRAP Humboldt
In order to supply the community with upcycled materials and inspire creativity, a crew of crafty SCRAP volunteers and staff are committed to reinventing the wheel. In addition to stocking everything from twice-loved pipe cleaners to drawer pulls at101 H Street, SCRAP regularly offers a range of workshops and classes. Some of us need company to find our inner-rafter! This winter, the non-profit organization offered Intro to Bookmaking ($15), where participants used SCRAP’s supply of papers and fabrics to make a handbound book. Other workshops have covered making your own Macramé Wall-hanging ($10) and Hand-Drawn Screen Printing ($15), a simpler method of getting your designs on a t-shirt. For adults, SCRAP regularly hosts ‘Craft & Drink’ night at Six Rivers Brewery in McKinleyville, where both craft beer and creativity are on tap.