The Hills Market offers many reasonably-priced, tasty events throughout the summer.

Meetup groups are a great place to meet new people and gain new experiences.

The Hills Market

Sadly, it's not that far from where I reside, but I have only been to one of these special events. I already had a volunteer gig, so I also missed the popular Market to Market bike ride a couple of weeks ago. (I didn't really know about them until a couple of years ago, but I know, no real excuse not to go to them.) I know the Salmon Roast, which is coming up May 25 from 11:30 a.m to 3:30 p.m., is always a big deal and I know people who plan on going each year. I normally don't eat seafood and am only really willing to have salmon, so I think I might go and try it. The Hills Markets are also holding "Charity Happy Hours" where part of the proceeds from the sale of pizzas ($7.99 for a large) go a specific group-tonight at the downtown location you can stop by to have beer, wine and pizza and it will benefit Stowe Mission. "Surf and Truck" Tuesdays will be at the Worthington location offering peel & eat shrimp and beer for a discount, along with a food truck from 5-8:30 p.m.-food truck this week is Pizza Cottage. Food trucks will also be invading the Downtown location on Tuesdays, too, from 5-7:30 p.m-Lac Viet is the featured truck. The stores will also be hosting $5 pancake breakfasts on Saturdays (Downtown 9 a.m.-1 p.m. and Worthington 8 a.m. to noon/Sundays in Worthington 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.-served with Ohio maple syrup, of course! Check out the calendar at to find out what's going on from week to week.


When I was on a trip to California, my friends were members of a ski cabin in Lake Tahoe. One night, my friend and I were talking to a man named Adrien, he worked Ski Patrol at Alpine Meadows on the weekends and worked at Apple and lived in Cupertino/Silicon Valley. Ironically, even though he worked in the computer industry, he complained that today many people don't communicate with each other face-to-face and spend too much time with electronic devices. I agree that times have changed and many people see more of their TV, computer(s) or phone than other people. I think our ability to play and have fun and spend time outdoors and with each other have gone away, but I've started to see a change in recent times. More people seem to want to spend time outdoors and with other people and reconnect.

I originally joined a Meetup group in my community and did charity work as time allowed. I met a few people and had a good time volunteering. As time passed, I had more free time, so I joined more groups. If you have hobbies or interests, it's a great place to meet likeminded people. People often can share tips or tricks associated with a topic and you can make new friends. I'm now a member of several groups and usually participate in 2-3 events each week. I've been fortunate to meet many nice people and have gotten in better physical shape playing outdoor sports and going hiking. This in turn, has improved my quality of life and I have learned about myself and others in the process.

So, my advice is to get out and do something, learn something and share something with someone else. Meetup can be a great place to do that. If you don't like the group, there's no reason to go back. But I suggest you check out another one to see if you find something or someone you like in it. There seems to be a Meetup for almost every topic imaginable, so I don't think you will have trouble finding one that includes something that interests you. To find a meetup, visit and type in a topic or keyword.