At Grape Beginnings, passionate wine aficionado Frank D’Aponte splits his time between producing his own high-quality vintages and instructing others on how to do the same. Frank has a decade of winemaking experience under his belt; as a third-generation winemaker, grape juice runs through his veins. Frank has deepened his knowledge with extensive travel throughout the Napa and Sonoma valleys, studying under master winemakers such as James Allen of Sequoia Grove Vineyards. Novice vintners delve into every aspect of the process, including pressing fresh grapes from California, Chile, Italy, and Argentina, racking in oak barrels, and bottling with custom-made labels.
Hands-on experience can be a bonus in most educational programs, but with massage, it's a necessity. The Institute For Therapeutic Massage makes that vital step in the educational process a boon to their clients as well, offering affordable Swedish massage sessions in a supervised environment. Students undergo extensive tests of their knowledge and hands-on skills before they're cleared to start untying shoulder knots, and a licensed massage therapist watches on as tension melts away. In addition to the core Massage and Bodywork Program, students can pursue additional training in Oncology Massage, Eastern Bodywork, and Personal Training.
During three-day MAC Home and Garden Shows, tens of thousands of people visit each year to talk to professionals about the latest design trends and to make plans for interior & exterior home improvements. Garden display awards showcase top-notch themed gardens and environmentally based landscapes that home gardeners can incorporate into their own designs. From basic home improvements and maintenance projects, to major renovations and new construction, the shows can help home professionals do the job right while saving time and money.
Creative opportunities are everywhere inside Pink Elephant Pottery Studio. Shelves brim with unadorned pottery, including plates, cups, statuettes, and other items. Nearby, paints and brushes wait to bring different designs to life. The studio's artistic staffers gladly help paint and teach new techniques. Of course, there's no one approach to the pottery. Visitors are free to paint elephants pink, green, yellow, or how they look in real life: striped like a zebra.
Learning to read, solve math problems, or master any school subject relies on one thing: the brain. With this in mind, the coaches at Learning Solutions eschew traditional tutoring methods that focus on one subject at a time. Instead, they use brain-training games and other mind exercises designed to hone a child's overall cognitive skills. The coaches work with students of all abilities, including gifted children. They also specialize in helping those with ADHD, autism, and dyslexia. LearningRx's team also works with adults and seniors.
Former college athletes Rich Stoner and David McDaniel know what it takes to play sports. They offers specialty training for budding basketball players that focuses on dribbling, passing, and shooting. The duo helps other athletes hone their fitness abilities with workouts that focus on Olympic weightlifting and kettlebell and medicine-ball exercises.