Break Into TV equips aspiring television personalities, including news anchors, meteorologists, and television hosts, with the skills necessary to become top-notch broadcast talent. During the weekend or month-long course, students can hone their on-screen personas under the attentive tutelage of AMS-sealed meteorologist, TV host, and news reporter Jonathan Novack. Intensive weekend courses pack two days chock-full of training in teleprompter reading, voice delivery, live reporting, and interviewing skills, imparting essential skills such as which questions not to ask during color pieces featuring water-skiing squirrels. During the two-day course, students also work under the watchful eye of the pros to construct a submission-quality 60-second demo reel.
The staff members at Sylvan Learning's numerous centers understand that each child learns differently. Therefore, they don’t try to implement a uniform tutoring system; instead, they design custom lesson programs based on the results of a skills assessment using diagnostic tools and one-on-one interviews.
Tutors work with students from pre-kindergarten through grade 12, illuminating topics ranging from basic reading and writing to remembering complex algebraic formulas without having them tattooed on your chest. Many of Sylvan’s instructors work in local schools, so they are intimately familiar with common curricula and understand how to gear lessons toward optimal results. Camps and after-school and summer classes can ready high-schoolers for the rigors of the ACT or the SAT, or they can help students to wow college-admissions officers with their superior essay-writing skills.
At Craftdate, a group of environmentally conscious artists and designers helps visitors create unique pick-me-ups—all in a personalized but ecologically minded manner. Under the guidance of the Craftdate ladies, visitors decorate T-shirts and cards with one-of-a-kind designs during silkscreen classes, and they transform old lotions and perfumes into handmade soaps during soap-making workshops. The Craftdate curriculum includes a smattering of other options, including paper-marbling courses, planting parties, and monoprint-card classes that are free for kids aged 8 and under.
With 30 years' experience choreographing fight sequences for television and film, competitive-fencing instructor Tim Weske leads SwordPlay Fencing Studio's intrepid teachers in demystifying the art of the sword for students. His combat choreography sequences have touched films and TV shows as diverse as I Love You, Man and Angel, and he has safely instructed celebrities such as Natalie Portman and Brad Pitt to convincingly parry with their onscreen opponents and dual for red-carpet supremacy.
At SwordPlay Fencing Studio, once-a-week group sessions or private lessons in foil, épée, and saber provide pupils with fun workouts by engaging minds with subtle strategy while burning calories, increasing agility, and building muscle tone. Afternoon and evening sessions are held Monday through Saturday to fit hectic jobs and busy mornings repainting the neighbors' lawn flamingos.
The team at Vagabond Grillyard appreciates a fine cut of meat. The menu includes irresistible dishes such as the signature burger—grass-fed, dry-aged beef topped with housemade garlic aioli, sweet onion marmalade, and sharp cheddar and served on a brioche bun. To create the pulled-pork sandwich, pit masters roast pork shoulder for 12 hours before sliding it onto a portuguese bun and decorating it with bacon and sriracha poppy-seed coleslaw. In true Vagabond form, the fellas behind the grill frequently cater events for all occasions, recently wrapping up an event for E! personality Catt Sadler.
Trips and training form the centerpiece of PCH Scuba's services for area hydronauts. Programs range from beginner-level certification to search-and-recovery training, and adventures journey both close to home and as far ranging as Fiji. The Open Water Diver course makes for a fun and accessible first foray beneath the waves, incorporating a deep-delving adventure to Catalina Island, which is named after the third queen of Spain: Queen Island. The staff leads explorations of San Diego's collection of wrecks and adventures on chartered dive boats. Whatever sort of wave-blanketed voyage the aquatic adventurer desires, PCH's community of Master Scuba Diver–certified teachers and dive leaders are eager to chaperone.