Fairly similar to advertising; nearly every man and his dog is online now and travelling to events with no car or money isn’t always an option. So get online and sign up to everything!
Forums both design and non-design can be a useful resource as well as a great way to make friends as well as clients. There are many community and networking sites out there than I can list here but a start is “LinkedIn”, “Facebook”, “MySpace”, “Bebo” and so on.
In both Firefox and Internet Explorer you can create a selection of links to go along the toolbar; this is useful for every day use, as you can just click one after the other and stay up to date!