Moving to a new community is always difficult, especially when you've left friends and family behind. Use these online tools to start building a local network made-up of your interests and hobbies:
Meetup.com is a great resource for finding like-minded locals who enjoy the same things you do. From book clubs, to dining clubs, to wine-tasting, hiking, skiing and more, you'll find everything you need right here. And because this site is mainly a way for people to set-up meetings and get-togethers, all the socializing takes place offline - much better than the online chat rooms or webspaces.
Tribe.net is an information source for finding local entertainment spots, restaurants, etc. However, in the last six months, Tribe.net has also started organizing parties and get-togethers, so it's worth checking out. And while you're there, check out the local scene and post your own review.
meet your neighbors via the Internet. While not all neighborhoods have signed up yet, you may be surprised to find yours. Events, activities and message boards are just part of the fun.