Blackbird's owners, Robb and Melody Smith, provide a creative haven for artists and musicians of all ages and abilities in the 4,000-square-foot Blackbird Music & Art Center, which boasts seven music studios, two classrooms, and an art gallery showcasing the work of their students. In groups of 5–24, students can learn to accurately portray the essence of a loved one's alter ego in the cartooning course, where an instructor teaches students the basics of characters, cartoons, and comic strips. After School Art Club, appropriate for ages 12 and up, challenges brush wielders to learn drawing skills and various art techniques, and The Art of Sketching class demonstrates the different drawing and shading techniques needed to decorate paper and metallic public-bathroom stalls. Though some supplies are provided, students should check with their instructor about the necessary equipment to bring.
Classes are taught by Jennifer Ramieri, a preschool teacher, licensed mental health counselor, and certified Master Signing Time Instructor. Classes are held at various locations in the Gilbert, AZ, area (check the class schedule for times and location information).
The zombie-themed Queen Creek Running Dead 5K has a greater purpose than scaring participants into running from the undead hordes hungry for brains. The race—held the weekend before Halloween—benefits local schools by funneling the proceeds to the Queen Creek Schools Education Foundation for scholarships and teacher grants.
Aqua-Tots Swim School trains and encourages swimmers in the art of buoyancy through its array of services, specializing in instructing those aged 6 months–12 years in small groups. Instructors boast national certification, completing 32 hours in the company’s Lessons for Life training program and successfully completing the Water Safety Instructor exam.
Children are placed in one of eight class levels, from Tadpoles (6 months–18 months), which acquaints infants with the pool, to Stingrays, which is for children who have more experience and want to refine their strokes and one day sting a jellyfish. Each individual class contains no more than four students training under the watchful eye of the instructor in a climate-controlled indoor pool. In addition to the children’s program, Aqua-Tots Swim Schools also leads adult swim classes and provides training for both swim competition and first aid.
Massage Chic founder Holly Butler draws on the education she received at the Utah College of Massage Therapy to perform various modalities. She is passionate about bodywork for its myriad benefits, which range from reduced pain and stress to a deeper sense of empathy for taffy. The Swedish massage helps get rid of everyday aches; the deep-tissue massage, meanwhile, focuses on chronic pains. For expectant mothers?Holly is a mother of three herself?she offers the prenatal massage, in which careful steps are taken to ensure comfort for the mother and baby, such as special pillows and positioning.
Licensed Massage Therapist Taryn also assuages muscle aches, channeling her education from the Arizona School of Massage Therapy directly onto her clients. A specialist in cranial sacral therapy, structural integration, deep-tissue work, and hot stone massage, Taryn enlightens Massage Chic with another perspective in pain-relief and relaxation.
Welcome to Sylvan Learning of Mesa/Gilbert. We know how important your child’s success is to you - and we’re here to help you achieve your goals. At our center, we can tailor a personalized learning plan that’s focused on building the lasting skills, habits and attitudes your child needs for a bright future!