In 1916, Jeannette Rankin, a staunch proponent of women's rights, became the first woman to be elected to the US Congress. She left a portion of her estate to assist mature, unemployed women, which her personal assistant used to establish a foundation that provides financial help to women returning to school. Starting with Rankin's initial $16,000, the Jeannette Rankin Women’s Scholarship Fund has awarded about $1.3 million in scholarships to more than 600 women since 1978. The organization continues to provide financial aid, care packages, and special events for low-income women aged 35 and older who are returning to undergraduate education or vocational-training programs.
Having toured with Dinosaur Jr. and Meat Puppets in recent years, Dead Confederate returns to reclaim its native soil by planting its flag at the intimate downtown venue 40 Watt Club. In a dynamic live performance, the five-piece band will free cuts from their newest album, Sugar, from the confines of ear buds and bootlegged eight tracks. Beards can stoically bob along to the J Mascis–aided single "Giving It All Away" and the band's other forays into the dark corners of the rock-o-sphere, from freeform psychedelic wanderings to pulsing aural packets of distortion. Fellow performers Colour Revolt, whose debut album ranked among Paste's Best of 2008, and shoegazey Twin Tigers will ease ears into the deep end of the sonic pool with tonal palettes that range from jaunty to noisy. 40 Watt Club boasts two full bars for mid-show sipping or pouring libations to the gods of rock. Doors open at 9 p.m.
Recently featured in Athens Food and Culture Magazine, Jack's Bar pleases adult palates of all styles with tantalizing wine tastings and a cozy, sports-centric ambience, including a heated patio and big-game-beaming TVs. Amid glowy lights and a backlit bar, imbibe six South American wines while getting the skinny on their complex flavors, a thrill for burgeoning fine-wine aficionados or developers of wine-flavored toothpastes. As stomachs savor zestful vinos, mouths can relish complimentary hors d'oeuvres. Customers must be 21 and up.
From spacious locker rooms to family-friendly facilities, BodyPlex gyms are built to take the stress out of working out. Fitness machines ranging from cardio equipment to free-motion systems beckon those familiar with the gym scene to jump right into a regime. Newcomers need not stress about a learning curve, as personal instructors power walk the grounds, ready to give one-on-one instruction with an appointment. To ease the workout worries of parents, enthusiastic staff members man the gym's onsite Kidsplex, a youth-focused playroom stocked with crafts, toys, and two different video-game systems. Additionally, those who achieve their best when with like-minded people can break a sweat and their personal fist-bump record in one of the gym's daily fitness classes.
Dolphin Dive Center's experienced instructors guide potential divers though the process of earning their flippers with safety and expertise. Before hi-fiving mermaids or snapping shots of celebrity anemones, novice aquanauts tote their swimsuits and towels to the YWCO's heated pool where they will plunge into the fathomable depths under the supervision of a water-wise guide. Students are introduced to the basics of scuba, including the proper use of diving equipment and breathing techniques. The Discover Scuba lesson is available to anyone 10 years of age or older, and all scuba equipment is provided for the class. For customers that redeem today's deal, Dolphin Dive Center will take $35 off a full scuba-certification course (normally $395) if they sign up for the full certification within two months of the Discover class, finally bringing you access to continental shelf shuffleboard leagues.
Since 2009, Studio Dance Academy’s team of highly trained instructors has been leading students age 3 and up in ballet, tap, jazz, pointe, modern, lyrical, theatrical, hip-hop, and Irish dance classes. Now operating from a newly renovated space, the academy is committed to teaching proper technique to dancers of all abilities in a supportive and nurturing environment. In addition to keeping the local tutu industry afloat, seasonal dance recitals give students a chance to show off what they’ve learned in front of an audience.
The Athens School of Music's skilled instructors impart students of all ages and skill levels with note-hitting know-how. The one-on-one lessons–overseen by experienced musicians trained in a variety of styles–enhance pupils' relationships with an array of instruments, including guitar, piano, and electric kazoo. Seven studios enable artists to pluck in tranquil solitude, a piano room summons strummers, and a sound-reinforced drum room with two kits creates a perfect percussion palace and an ideal place to practice eating with drumsticks. While waiting for lessons to begin, students can relax, collaborate, or silently air jam in the school's comfortable, couch-adorned lobby.