With its comfortable classrooms, computer lab, lounge, and private study areas, American English Institute gives newcomers to the country a preview of typical school settings. But, its curriculum is tailored entirely to nonnative English speakers. The Intensive English program, a nearly full-time eight-week course, represents the core of the curriculum. The course helps students climb through five levels of English aptitude, from beginner to advanced, and quickly shapes their reading and writing skills, grammar, and speaking and listening abilities. Students can also opt for goal-specific programs, such as GED or university prep.
When The Charity Bomb’s staff purchases pink-, purple-, and blue-dyed cornstarch in bulk, they aren’t preparing to thicken the world’s biggest pan of tie-dyed gravy. Instead, they’re preparing for one of their festive 5K color runs, where runners are greeted at the finish line with cheers and handfuls of colorful powder. Each run, including the organization’s nighttime glow-in-the-dark run for sleep-runners, concludes with a party and benefits charities such as Boy Scout of America.
A multifarious but rarely nefarious array of local wineries, restaurants, artisans, crafters, and entertainers fortifies the stomping grounds at the Grape Harvest Festival, the oldest fete of its kind in California. But the main attraction is, without a doubt, the myriad buckets of squishy, sweet violet spheres waiting for aspirant tap dancers and resentful vegetable farmers to engage in one of the few remaining traditional grape stomps open to the public. Once you've finished gleefully purpling your heels, you'll get to taste the fermented fruits of local labor and celebrate the Rancho Cucamonga community’s vineyard heritage by sampling sips and nibbles from fine neighboring eateries, with each bite soundtracked by live music and other performances populating the various festival stages. Meanwhile, palates preferring motor oil to wine can salivate over the careful craftsmanship and luscious vroom-vrooms of the fest’s Saturday motorcycle rally and Sunday car show, which showcase a wide sampling of motos, including wine-powered Harleys and the rare ’82 vintage Ford Zinfandel. And with more than 100 arts and crafts options, the artsy-flatulentsy of any age can both make and take home handcrafted treasures.
Celebrating its 60th anniversary, the NHRA’s top pedal grinders compete for the checkers as Lucas Oil Raceway hosts the high-octane conclusion to this year’s NHRA Mac Tools U.S. Nationals, one of drag racing’s most prestigious events. The ghosts of former Model-T drivers race alongside novice and veteran speed demons such as champion Larry Dixon as they try to secure enough points to propel their teams into the Countdown playoffs and Full Throttle championships. The legendary track lives up to its reputation for smoothness as cars glide towards the finish line like sticks of butter on a bunny slope.
Few things are as satisfying as hearing the swish of a ball hitting a soccer net, except for giving someone else the opportunity to experience that joy. Pass It Forward embodies this ethic with its "buy a ball, donate a ball" program. With every purchase of the organization's eco-friendly, match-quality soccer balls, a similar ball finds its way to an underserved child or community. These balls go around the world, to children in Africa and other underserved areas, and to under-funded clubs in the US. Once properly equipped and on the field, youth can build camaraderie, endurance, teamwork, leadership, and a sense of cultural identity and pride.
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In an effort to create violence-free homes, Orange County Child Abuse Prevention Center (CAPC) works to stop the generational cycle of child abuse. Through in-home visits and mental-health counseling, it teaches at-risk families how to replace parenting that may lead to abuse and neglect with healthy, positive parenting styles, promoting self-sufficiency and nurturing parent-child relationships.
CAPC caseworkers use 14 intervention-style programs to alleviate family stress and eliminate negative parenting techniques that could lead to child abuse. They work with high-risk families to promote positive parenting with infants and toddlers, teach teens about healthy dating choices, and reach out to families in which abuse is suspected. Parent-to-parent workshops connect families to help them learn from one another, whereas in-home mental-health services and crisis stabilization for suicidal or homicidal children help reduce violence in already fractured homes.
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