When John A. Horning started his real-estate company out of his home in 1946, it would have been difficult to imagine how successful it would become. Stretching across 12 counties, Shorewest Realtors employs more than 1,400 individuals today, helping to supply the needs of Wisconsin property sellers and buyers. In addition to their regular real-estate responsibilities, Shorewest also offers classes for real-estate agent and broker licenses, readying students to take their state exams or just fit in at real-estate parties.
Aiming to instill an appreciation of learning from an early age, Mad Science of Milwaukee hosts a schedule of programs that introduce kids to the wonders of science. In a typical day at summer camp or an after-school session, savvy instructors guide their students through complex scientific concepts including non-Newtonian fluids and aerodynamics, making the topics accessible through child-friendly media such as silly putty and model rockets. The classes also often include take-home projects that participants can proudly display as proof of their intent to grow up to be an Erlenmeyer flask.
In the 15 years since its opening, Adventure Rock has upheld its objective of granting guests of all ages and experience levels a chance to learn how to climb. The staff meticulously maintains amenities including 12,000 square feet of textured climbing surfaces and bouldering caves. Sculpted arêtes and cracks challenge forearms as intrepid wall-climbers chart a course up colored pathways to seek council with the sentient ductwork at the faux mountain's 35-foot peak. Under the helm of experienced instructors, students learn the ins and outs of ascension via climbing classes. As climbers scramble upward on more than 40 top ropes, air-conditioning keeps faux mountainsides from awkwardly perspiring geode sweat drops. While the indoor facility offers a controlled environment in which to learn and practice, Adventure Rock’s staff also unleashes patrons’ inner adventurers via private outdoor climbing classes held at Devil’s Lake as well as portable rock wall rentals for all manner of party or event.
At Healing Forest Studio, founder and former university art professor Lori Slocomb blends multiple artistic styles into one unique, accessible curriculum. Having lived in both New York and L.A., Lori has experienced first-hand the artistic differences that separate the coasts. She aspires to bridge that gap by sharing both conceptual and technical schools of thought with her students, as she and her team of instructors join forces to offer professional, college-grade drawing and painting classes. Lori also takes pride in the open atmosphere and positive energy of her studio, which makes beginner-level and veteran artists alike feel welcome.
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Marquette University's Department of Performing Arts beguiles audiences with uplifting main-stage performances. Extracted from the mind of Sally Nemeth, Holy Days sheds light on a tale of a close-knit, grief-stricken family from Kansas. Haunted by the aftermath of the Great Depression, Nemeth's characters hold fast to their ruptured farm while neighbors and friends flee for more prosperous lives as traveling game-show contestants. An all-student design team infuses Holy Days with a heavy dose of creativity, infusing the intimate 226-seat Evan P. and Marion Helfaer Theatre with an engaging sense of time and place.