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$99 for an IT Database Admin Online Training Bundle from Database Training Academy ($3,595 Value)

Database Training Academy

Online Deal

$3,595 $99

More than 150 hours of training in all areas of database technology ranging from SQL to Oracle

$39 for a Membership and 8-Week Online Course from Rhode Island Photography Workshops ($200 Value)

Rhode Island Photography Workshops

Online Deal

$200 $39

Year of access to online materials and in-depth eight-week course provide practical instruction on using digital SLR cameras

$164 for $299 Worth of Film Classes — Young FilmMakers Academy

Young Filmmakers Academy

Baltimore

$299 $164

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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

$3,295 $99

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

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

$1,188 $99

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

Certification for One, Two, or Three Online Courses from Social Media Academy (Up to 93% Off)

Social Media Academy

Online Deal

$497 $59

Social media strategists impart the skills needed to succeed in Internet marketing, with online courses in Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter

$36 for $60 Worth of Singing Lessons — Step By Step Music Lessons

Step By Step Music Lessons

Towson

$60 $36

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Four 30-Minute Music Lessons at Limelight Music School (Up to 55% Off)

Limelight Music School

Sykesville

$109 $49

Instructors teach students of all ages to play drums, guitar, piano, stringed instruments, brass instruments, or woodwinds, or to sing

$99 for One Month of Tutoring at bSmart Learning Center ($230 value)

bSmart Learning Center

Catonsville

$230 $99

Seasoned instructors tutor students in languages, math, science, and standardized tests for up to a month

Beauty-Aesthetics Workshop plus Snacks and Body Wraps for One or Two from Make Up & Shape Up (Up to 60% Off)

Make Up & Shape Up

Owings Mills

$200 $85

Burgeoning makeup artists brush up on their skills at a three-hour workshop that covers important beauty topics and includes a body wrap

$66 for $144 Worth of Music Lessons — The Maryland Music Academy

Maryland Music Academy

Columbia

$144 $66

Four 30-minute private lessons on any instrument. Our expert teachers work one-on-one with students. Anyone over the age of four is welcome.

4, 8, or 12 Private Music Lesson Packages for Kids and Teens at Let There Be Rock School (Up to 55% Off)

Let There Be Rock School

Columbia

$180 $89

Private music lessons taught by rock musicians; four tickets to a student show; student and adult lounge access; unlimited studio time

$44 for $100 Worth of Test-Prep Classes — Fundamental Education

Fundamental Education

Ellicott City

$100 $44

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Intro-to-Day-Trading Course, Seminar, or Both at Trade to Win (Up to 75% Off)

Trade to Win

Parole

$299 $99

Those looking for guidance in advancing in diverse markets will find just that in courses designed to teach day trading

Four or Six Hours of SAT Tutoring with Diagnostic Testing at KnowledgePoints (Up to 70% Off)

KnowledgePoints

Multiple Locations

$440 $149

Prep program readies students for the SAT with tutoring and a diagnostic test to pinpoint strengths and weaknesses

$59 for One Month of Music Lessons at The Music Centre ($120 Value)

The Music Centre

Whitfield Building

$120 $59

Center staffed by specialists in the piano, violin, cello, saxophone, trumpet, clarinet, drums, voice, and more; Grammy-nominated musicians

$94 for $160 Worth of Singing Lessons — The A Cappella School

The A Cappella School

Rockville

$160 $94

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$1,648 for $2,997 Worth of Academic Classes — Hands On Dental Assistant Training

Hands On Dental Assistant Training

Rockville

$2,997 $1,648

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Boost Your Photo Skills with a Veteran NYT Photojournalist

Hands-On Photography Class

Smithsonian American Art Museum and the National Portrait Gallery

$75 $75

Sam D'Amico, a veteran of 500 assignments with the New York Times, helps you master composition and camera functions at the Kogod Courtyard

$49 for $98 Worth of Defensive-Driving Classes — Dexterity Driving School

Dexterity Driving School

Washington

$98 $49

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$45 for $75 Worth of Test-Prep Classes — Five Star Learning

Five Star Learning

Redeem from Home

$75 $45

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$45 for $80 Worth of Music Lessons — Turn 2 Notes

Turn 2 Notes

Redeem from Home

$80 $45

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$39 for $70 Worth of Language Classes — SCETA

Sceta

Redeem from Home

$70 $39

Learn basic Japanese to visit Japan or understand animes

$199 for an Online SAT Prep Course from The College Review ($399 Value)

The College Review

Online Deal

$399 $199

Experts help high schoolers prepare for their college-entrance exams in an online SAT course

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

BESTtrafficschool.com

Online Deal

$39.95 $19.99

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

Four 60-Minute One-on-One Online or In-Person Tutoring Sessions from In Class Solutions (Up to 68% Off)

In Class Solutions

On Location

$300 $99

Private tutoring via Skype, in the client's home, or at a public location helps K–12 students grasp difficult concepts or prepare for tests

$25 for $50 Toward Translation Services — Language Innovations, LLC

Language Innovations LLC

Farragut Square

$50 $25

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Two or Four 60-Minute Guitar Lessons from Planetary Music (Up to 54% Off)

Planetary Music

Redeem from Home

$140 $69

Professional guitar instructors arrive at students' homes to teach them how to play one of the most popular instruments in modern music

One or Two College-Essay-Writing Consultations at Lucille Education Solutions Consulting (Up to 54% Off)

Lucille Education Solutions Consulting

On Location

$105 $55

Students get the expert help they need on their entrance essays, possibly increasing their chances of acceptance to their college of choice

$39 for 1-Hour Music Lesson $70 — Love Music Lessons

Love Music Lessons

Redeem from Home

$70 $39

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Three-Hour Beginner Photography Workshop for One or Two from Remember Forever (Up to 60% Off)

Remember Forever

On Location

$95 $39

Beginner workshops help you learn the ins and outs of your camera's functions and how to take great pictures in specific conditions

$59 for an Online Website Building Class from Express Website Course ($197 Value)

Express Website Course

Online Deal

$197 $59

Video course teaches students the ins and outs of creating a website and working with the WordPress platform

Four or Eight One-Hour Study Skills Tutoring Sessions from Learn 2 Learn (Up to 78% Off)

Learn 2 Learn

On Location

$200 $49

Tutors help students of all levels learn to study smarter, not harder, with test-taking strategies such as memory training and note taking

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

Career Academy

Online Deal

$1,485 $69

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

$85 for $170 Worth of Academic-Tutor Services — Eye Level of FairOaks, VA

Eye Level Of Fairoaks, Va

Redeem from Home

$170 $85

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$36 for $60 Worth of Academic-Tutor Services — Simon Studies Educational Services, LLC

Simon Studies Educational Services, Llc

U Street - Cardozo

$60 $36

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Four or Eight Salsa-Dancing Lessons at Saboreate Dance Company (Up to 51% Off)

Saboreate Dance Company

Washington

$60 $30

Students learn sensual salsa moves during 60-minute lessons

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Since 1978, Brett Aviation's FAA-certified flight instructors have imparted wisdom to fledgling aviators through programs ranging from discovery flights to full pilot certifications. Their trusty aircraft run skyward laps from its nest at Martin State Airport, allowing students to get a feel for flight controls and build the confidence that comes from hours spent aloft. Planes also take off on sightseeing flights, giving passengers aerial glimpses of such destinations as downtown Baltimore, Annapolis, and Ocean City at 120 miles per hour, just fast enough to outrun the tall ships that frequently drag-race down Chesapeake Bay.

701 Wilson Point Rd.
Middle River,
MD
US

Husband-and-wife team Amy and Jae Rice turn the camera on brides and grooms for truly unique wedding photos. While their reception pictures take on a more traditional look, the duo also takes brides on location to capture highly stylized images that resonate with personality. In fancy white gowns, brides pose atop tractors, at the edge of waterfalls, or along windowsills of abandoned buildings.

Weddings, engagements, and trash-the-dress sessions aren't their only bag, however. They also love capturing the personalities of moms-to-be, grads, newborns, and families with portrait sessions. Fleshing out the portfolios of professionals and performers with headshot sessions is another of their many specialties.

8047 Park Haven Road
Dundalk,
MD
US

When he's not busy recording and performing his original songs, Billy Redfield shares his passion for the guitar with students at Baltimore Guitar Instruction. Held at his clients' homes, Billy's lessons accommodate beginning and advanced students alike. His expertise encompasses all of the instrument's fundamentals, from proper chord formations and strumming techniques to restringing and tuning the guitar. After teaching his students to read tablature, Billy even helps them learn their favorite popular songs, from Beatles? pop tunes to Beethoven's psychedelic sonatas.

Mobile
Dundalk,
MD
US

Established: 2005

Handicap Accessible: Yes

Staff Size: 25?50

Parking: Parking garage

Reservations/Appointments: Optional

Most popular offering: African-American art, history, culture

Pro Tip: $6 validated parking is directly across the street at the PMI Parking Garage.

Good for Kids: Yes

Walk-ins Welcome: Yes

The Reginald F. Lewis Museum celebrates the achievements of African Americans, especially those from Maryland?which often means expanding on grade-school history lessons. For instance, Betsy Ross is typically credited with making the first American flag. However, one of the museum's rotating exhibits reveals that Grace Wisher, an African American indentured servant, also worked on the original star spangled banner. Dubbed "For Whom It Stands: The Flag and the American People," that exhibit was recognized as one of the country's best in the summer of 2014 by USA Today?in part because it featured a scrap of the real, first flag, covered in the bald eagle feathers that filled the air back then. That's just one of the myriad rotating exhibits that the museum has hosted, to complement permanent collections that highlight Maryland African Americans' endurance through two centuries of slavery, and their artistic and intellectual innovations.

Q&A with Helen Yuen, Director Of Marketing

What sets your business apart from your competition?

A Smithsonian affiliate, the museum is the east coast?s largest African-American museum. Besides rotating exhibitions, enjoy live musical performances from gospel jazz to steel drums. Films in our theater have enriched audiences on the history of soul food, civil rights, and more. For families, programs like art workshops and living history bring our mission to life. Lectures and our resource center enrich what you'll find in our permanent collection. We also nourish the body with the best soul food in Baltimore at our museum cafe. Visit our website for a full calendar of events.

What was the inspiration for starting this business?

To showcase the rich contributions of Maryland African Americans, from Harriet Tubman and Thurgood Marshall to the unsung heroes who helped make Maryland what it is today.

What?s your favorite part about your job?

Having people experience something new, different, and enriching to their lives.

830 E Pratt St.
Baltimore,
MD
US

Bearing the titles of Master of Photography and Photographic Craftsman from Professional Photographers of America, David and Ally McKay embody the keen vision and aesthetic prowess that separated good photographers from great ones. They share these skills during classes at McKay Photography Academy, where they train eyes, fingers, and imaginations to work in tandem as a snapshooting dream machine. Their classes help aspiring photographers progress from neophytes to seasoned pros; the Beginning Digital Photography course teaches students to harness the intricacies of their instruments, and the Pro Academy offers inside tips on how to successfully snap wedding portraits, pose recent grads, or tease out candid emotions. When not busy instructing the next generation of shutterbugs, David and Ally also devise photo safaris, which send small teams of photographers to capture shots of famed landmarks including San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge; the Lincoln Memorial of Washington, DC; or Yosemite's 60-foot statue of Yogi Bear.

101 West Fayette Street
Baltimore,
MD
US

Paintings of bowls overflowing with fruit, majestic Southwestern mesas, and a white horse against an orange backdrop line the brick walls at Mitchell School of Fine Arts. Beneath those examples, students of all ages and levels learn to create their own magnum opuses under the tutelage of instructors, who channel degrees in fine art, publication in books and magazines, and a range of other credentials.

In classes, the teachers focus on topics such as landscape painting or classical drawing to help pupils master the nuances of a particular style and portray the beauty of a blossoming flower or a dirt bike that runs on flowers. An animal pastels class for youngsters inspires participants to grab soft drawing implements and sketch colorful fauna on paper. Private lessons are available, as are commissioned portraits from the faculty themselves, who will render the likeness of a loved one.

6247 Falls Rd
Baltimore,
MD
US