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One Month of Group Salsa Lessons for One or Two from Salsa Guy Richmond (50% Off)

Salsa Guy Richmond

Richmond

In one lesson a week for four weeks, instructor teaches basics such as leading, following and moving to a rhythm; classes offered in Spanish

$40 $20

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Two-Hour Walking Photography Tour for One, Two, or Four from Richmond Photo Tours (Up to 60% Off)

Richmond Photo Tours

Multiple Locations

Instructors first teach students to use their cameras and photo techniques, then lead a walking tour in which they snap shots of scenery

$75 $35

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$29 for an Online Sales Course from Excel with Business ($299 Value)

Excel With Business

Online Deal

Online course imparts skills of salesmanship with video tutorials, exercises, podcasts, and material by author of Selling for Dummies

$299 $29

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$19.99 for an Online Traffic-School Course from BESTtrafficschool.com ($39.95 Value)

BESTtrafficschool.com

Online Deal

DMV-approved online traffic course may lower insurance rates; satisfies court point or fine-reduction requirements for VA citations

$39.95 $19.99

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$69 for CompTIA A+, Network+ and Security+ IT Certification Training Bundle from Career Academy ($1,485 Value)

Career Academy

Online Deal

Online courses with video instructions help IT professionals attain certifications in networking and corporate security

$1,485 $69

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$165 for $300 Toward A Photography Portrait Session — J. Cameron Photography

J. Cameron Photography

On Location

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

$300 $165

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$99 for a Complete Cisco Certification IT Network Training Bundle from IT University Online ($3,295 Value)

IT University Online

Online Deal

Bundles contain hands-on exercises, multimedia presentations, and exam simulators to help students prepare for CCNA and CCNP certification

$3,295 $99

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1, 3, or 12 Months of Photoshop, Game Design, and 3D Animation Courses at School of Interactive Design (Up to 92% Off)

School of Interactive Design

Online Deal

In-depth online courses taught by industry experts teach graphic design, 3D animation, and game design

$1,188 $99

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One or Three Months of Writing Classes at Education and Innovation Center For Children (Up to 70% Off)

Education and Innovation Center For Children

Nuckols Road

In classes with a 5:1 student-to-teacher ratio, children focus on aspects of writing determined during an assessment

$200 $65

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90-Minute 3-D Design and Printing Class for One or Two at Tech Em Studios (Up to 66% Off)

Tech Em Studios

Glen Allen

In a 90-minute class, elementary- through high-school-aged students learn how to create, customize, and print a 3-D design

$40 $15

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$43 for $85 Worth of Music Lessons — Stafford Regional Handbell Society

Stafford Regional Handbell Society

Fredericksburg

After-school music instruction through handbell techniques and rhythm in a fun, group environment; for kids in grades 2–8

$85 $43

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Cognitive Assessment with 1, 2, or 5 Optional Brain Training Sessions at LearningRx Charlottesville (Up to 72% Off)

LearningRx Charlottesville

Sachem Village

Brain trainers help students reach their learning potential through cognitive assessment, tutoring, reading education, and tools

$249 $69

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Two or Four 30- or 60-Minute Private Violin or Viola Lessons at Softspoken Music Notes (Up to 76% Off)

Softspoken Music Notes

Locust Grove

Instructor with a bachelor's degree in music and 12 years of experience with string instruments; lessons for all ages and ability levels

$90 $27

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Four or Six One-Hour Tutoring Sessions at Kidz-Tutoring (Up to 52% Off)

Kidz-Tutoring

Woodbridge

Instructors with a minimum of three years experience teach students in grades K–12 any subject ranging from algebra and writing to languages

$180 $89

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$65 for a Three-Hour Lesson on QuickBooks at ITS Integrated Technical Solutions ($135 Value)

ITS Integrated Technical Solutions

ITEC Training

Students learn the basics of QuickBooks, which helps small businesses do everything from invoicing to tracking sales and expenses

$135 $65

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Eight-Week Spanish or French Language Course at Animated Child (Up to 51% Off). Six Options Available

Animated Child

Montclair

Classes introduce language skills through music and movement, puzzles and art projects, and multiple-intelligence teaching models

$235 $115

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$66 for $120 4 Piano Lessons— Manassas Joe's Piano

Manassas Joe's Piano

Bull Run

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

$120 $66

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$100 for Makeup Class for Four from Makeup by Kim Nicole ($240 Value)

Makeup by Kim Nicole

Makeup by Kim Nicole

Experienced makeup artist teaches four students how to use makeup in the most effective way, sharing the tips that make her a pro

$240 $100

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One or Two Months of Piano Lessons at Jessica's Studio (Up to 65% Off)

Jessica's Studio

Chesapeake

An experienced piano instructor teach's piano lessons for kids and adults of beginner and intermediate experience levels

$100 $35

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$545 for $990 Worth of Makeup Classes — Spectrum Beauty Academy

Spectrum Beauty Academy

Alexandria

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

$990 $545

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One Month of Reading or Math In-Center Tutoring at A Plus Success Quality Tutoring (Up to 61% Off)

A Plus Success Quality Tutoring

Alexandria

Instructors work with K–12 students twice weekly to improve their reading or math skills

$250 $99

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$96 for $160 Worth of 1 Month of Piano Lessons — East Wing Recording & Entertainment

East Wing Recording & Entertainment

Virginia Beach

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

$160 $96

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30-Minute Kids' Music Lessons at Ego Music - Hampton Roads (Up to 53% Off).

Ego Music - Hampton Roads

VA Beach - Red Mill Studio

Students aged 5–15 learn to sing or play guitar, piano, or other instruments from instructors with at least 10 years of experience

$48 $24

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$60 for $100 Toward 4 30-minute Music Lessons — Muzik-4-Life

Muzik-4-life

Virginia Beach

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

$100 $60

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$150 for $300 Worth of Photography Classes — Vinluan Photography

Vinluan Photography

On Location

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

$300 $150

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$110 for $250 Worth of Photography Services or Portraits — Time Stopped with Miranda Ann

Time Stopped Photography

On Location

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

$250 $110

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Two, or Four 30-Minute Music Lessons at MorningStar Music Learning Center (Up to 53% Off)

MorningStar Music Learning Center

Northwest Virginia Beach

Experienced musicians lead 30-minute lessons in guitar, ukulele, and piano

$45 $22

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$39 for an On-Demand Voiceover Acting for Beginners Course ($219 Value)

Gravy For The Brain

Online Deal

Prolific UK voiceover artist Peter Dickson helped craft this comprehensive beginners course in professional-grade voiceover skills

$219 $39

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There's no rushing creativity, which is why the instructors at Art Adventures present students with the fundamental techniques, and then allow them create a truly individual piece at their own pace. The center's classes are open to students of all skill levels, including adults as well as children as young as 4, and they explore mediums such as sketching, painting, photography, and clay sculpting. By keeping class attendance small, the instructors are capable of providing more personalized feedback while helping students find the confidence that they need to express themselves through artwork. The classes may use a reference photograph as a source of inspiration; however, it is up to students to use that inspiration as they see fit and exercise their own imagination. At the end of every year, Art Adventures hosts its own gallery show where students are encouraged to display their pieces and debate the differences between the shades of eggshell and ivory.

825 Grove Rd
Midlothian,
VA
US

Ultimate Karate Academy equips its students with the tools to overcome mental and physical challenges, whether those challenges arise inside the classroom or outside the academy’s walls. With classes and programs for groups as young as preschool age, the academy teaches American freestyle karate and aims to instill confidence and discipline in each of its pupils. As a diversion from standard martial arts, the academy also offers a cardio kickboxing class at least once per week.

14209 Midlothian Turnpike
Midlothian,
VA
US

Signature service: Richmond's First STEM Preschool

Established: 2013

Reservations/Appointments: Required

Staff Size: 2?10 people

Average Duration of Services: 2?4 hours

Pro Tip: We suggest that you bring your child by to meet us before bringing him/her to play for the week.

2517 Grenoble Rd
Henrico,
VA
US

Josh knew the first treasure hunt he set up was a success when he saw the happy look in his three younger brothers' eyes as they uncovered the final treasure chest. Based on Josh's clues, the younger Schwabs had just gleefully trekked across Warrenton, Virginia, and into the Shenandoah Mountains in search of their goal. But the event was more than just a fun way to spend the day: it also gave them inspiration at a time when the future felt grim, as their mother was undergoing chemotherapy treatment. Although that has since become a fond memory of a good day, it's also warmly remembered by the family as the catalyst that led Josh to establish Ravenchase Adventures, where he now sets up just such engaging hunts for the public.

Now Ravenchase is an event company that offers pre-set and custom treasure hunts and adventure races. As the company has grown, Josh's team has even set up events for a variety of well-known clients, from DreamWorks Studios to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. But regardless of who participates, he and his dedicated staff ensure each two- to three-hour adventure is filled with brainteasers, mysterious clues, and baffling ciphers. Each solved clue leads the groups across town with treasure maps. Fun prizes await at their final destination. In an effort to give back to the community, the company also set up the nonprofit Ravenchase Foundation, which supports organizations that inspire and teach tolerance for history, logic, and the arts.

3000 E Marshall St
Richmond,
VA
US

At Mise En Place, a staff of culinary artists and sommeliers teach visitors how to navigate the kitchen during an array of cooking classes. Aspiring foodsmiths follow their instructor’s lead as they get their hands messy slicing, dicing, and mixing fresh ingredients to build tasty meals in a variety of disciplines. The culinary wizards demonstrate easy, straight-forward approaches to fixing dishes and robust sauces, teaching students that knives are best used for chopping, instead of throwing at people strapped to spinning wheels. The crew also hosts parties for both adults and kids, during which participants craft meals to share in the school's bright, airy studio, or at an off-site location, such as the celebrant’s home.

104 Shockoe Slip
Richmond,
VA
US

Richmond Fencing Club has molded budding fencers since JFK was president and humankind had just turned its eyes to the moon. Today, three instructors—each with their own titles from the Virginia Division Championships—helm the educational efforts, overseeing a program that educates students as young as 6 in the foot- and bladework required to wield a fencing foil competitively.

They teach in a no-nonsense facility, its cinderblock walls decorated only with pegs to hang fencing equipment, its smooth hardwood floors interrupted only by well-worn fencing lanes. The fencing-dedicated space keeps elaborately uniformed students cool with central air conditioning instead of replacing helmets with ice buckets like lesser establishments.

3411 Carlton St
Richmond,
VA
US