If the main objective of the glamour photographer is to make the model look attractive, there are probably more challenging subjects than Beyoncé and Christina Aguilera—but that doesn't mean David Blecman is complaining. The Positive Negatives founder and longtime shutterbug—he was named the photo editor of his county newspaper before his 20th birthday more than 30 years ago—has a history of plucking these plum gigs, having snapped pictures of celebrities such as Jimmy Buffett and Gene Simmons and worked for commercial clients including Sears, JCPenney, and Bath & Body Works.
At his studio, Blecman applies his skills toward shooting everything from headshots for models and actors to portraits of kids and teens. He also shares his expertise during workshops that cover both photography and modeling, so students can know what it feels like to be on both sides of a lens without giving their neighbors a turn with the binoculars.
SIGNING Basics' instructors help their students learn to speak without uttering a word. Through private lessons and group classes, they teach American Sign Language to students of all ages and backgrounds. Introductory lessons lead students through the basics of the sign-language alphabet and movements. Advanced classes show students how to carry conversations, enabling them to communicate effectively or correct baseball coaches' faulty ?charge the mound? gestures. Instructors also offer workshops that impart basic techniques for businesses and groups.
Koffee Therapy features "shade-grown" coffees. Shrouded by a lush tree canopy, these bird-friendly blends boost vegetation, are completely organic, and were never smothered in Gak to accelerate ripening. Try a cup of drip Koffee ($1.50–$1.75) or sample an espresso-based drink from coffee-shop classics such as red eyes (from $2.25), mochas (from $2.75), and cappuccinos (from $2.50). Cold beverages include homemade ice tea ($1.60), ginger beer ($2), and refreshing Perrier ($1.50). Koffee Therapy also serves fruit smoothies ($4.50) and iced coffee drinks.
The nine licensed and passionate flight instructors at Middle River Aviation steer aspiring pilots through both a grounded aviation lesson and a midair experience in the blue yonder. Pupils remain bound to the ground for a half-hour session on flying fundamentals, including aircraft anatomy, safety protocols, and how to treat a bite from a cloud. Mentors then lead students to Middle River's fleet of Cessnas and other planes, which comprises one of the largest menageries of training aircrafts in the Baltimore-Washington metropolitan area. For an additional 30 minutes, students hone their aerial navigation skills from the cockpit as they fly above Martin State Airport. The airport's functional control tower introduce students to flying into or out of any airport based on their brands of etiquette, ranging from takeoff and landing procedures to the regional guidelines for drag-racing against hawks.
Getting in shape after giving birth can be difficult; taking care of the baby takes a lot of time and leaves bodies weary and sapped of energy. Stroller Strides understands these common struggles and has designed exercise regimens with new mothers in mind. All you need to get started is you, your baby or someone else's baby, and a stroller. Classes, which are taught by specially trained instructors, take place outdoors most of the year and consist of a warm-up, a buggy-bandying power walk, and interval stations where participants do a variety of body-toning exercises. Musically enhanced indoor classes are also available if you'd rather spare your body and baby from winter's clammy clutches. Instructors provide everyone with any additional equipment and, in the event of a fussy-baby episode, will show you exercises you can do with your baby.
Flexibility is the only thing separating us from the animals, with the possible exception of the octopus, which can squeeze itself through an opening the size of its own eye, but still can't be bothered to get a job. With today's Groupon to Inline Private Training, $40 gets you three Pilates mat classes and one private 30-minute Pilates equipment lesson (a $92 total value). If you already have a regular Pilates class, you can apply this Groupon towards Inline's Wednesday night yoga classes. Inline offers Pilates mat classes Mondays and Wednesdays at 6:15 p.m. and Saturdays at 9:10 a.m. Yoga classes are offered on Wednesdays at 7:15 p.m. Email Inline to reserve a spot in classes and schedule your private training session, and check out their schedule for changes or updates. Mats and equipment are provided, so you can take a break from latch-hooking your NASCAR-themed Pilates rug.