At Sosa Gliding Club, instructors and tow pilots don't receive paychecks; they teach others simply to share the joy of gliding. And since the club owns the Rockton Airport-which has two grass runways, a fleet of single- and two-seat gliders, and a clubhouse-they can pass on their knowledge through ground courses. Through cross-country soaring classes, for instance, they teach potential pilots to soar in gliders, finding invisible rising air currents to carry them upward rather than simply gliding the aircraft to the ground. Once students achieve basic piloting prowess, club instructors can then give aerobatic instruction, showing students how to perform slow rolls, loops, and wingovers during adrenaline-pumping staring contests with eagles.
The staff at Wintronic Computers Plus scrub excess muddle from hardware and software and sweep both PC and Apple systems of viruses. Desktop computers and laptops undergo a thorough hard-drive organization, which rids drives of extraneous digital clutter and creates space for future downloaded videos of babies rapping. Smudged surfaces and cracks emerge free of dust and miscellaneous flotsam after a safe exterior cleaning. To keep computers running smoothly and free of pernicious bugs, Wintronic's technicians make a full sweep of every file to scan for errant worms, Trojan horses, and the virus that causes relatives to forward chain letters. The store promises a quick turnaround on service and offers a warranty on all cleaning and repair work.
Armed with extensive training and an in-depth understanding of the Canon brand’s cameras and optical advances since 1973, stalwart instructors unveil the inner workings of DSLRs for new photographers of all ages. They hold intensive five-hour, hands-on workshops in hotels, zoos, and boutique pet hotels to give attendees a practical understanding of manual camera basics. Over the course of each workshop, they demonstrate and let students practice controlling lens exposure; using the mode dial; and selecting proper lenses for shooting moving objects, shooting in various levels of light, or catching candids of ghosts brushing their teeth. To complement the hands-on instruction, teachers also answer any questions to further prepare attendees for varied camera use.
The staff members at Sylvan Learning's numerous study facilities 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 standardized testing, diagnostic tools, and one-on-one interviews.
Tutors work with students from kindergarten through grade 12, illuminating topics ranging from basic reading and writing to remembering complex algebraic formulas without having to scribble them on your hand. 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.
From now until March, provincial league play will winnow down the 16 Ontario University Athletics men's basketball teams to a group of four well-oiled basketball machines, one of which will collect the coveted Wilson Cup. Meanwhile, the cameras of The Score TV network will stay trained on the action, tracking teams that have a chance to clinch a berth in the National Championship. Among the possible contenders, the Carleton Ravens hope to reclaim the title for the fourth time in five years, heading toward the playoffs after clinching the Eastern Conference and earning the respect of the curmudgeonly fortune cookie that told them they couldn't. Last year's champions the Lakehead Thunderwolves fight for their position atop the Western conference in the season's closing games while prepping to plow through the playoffs. The old-school wooden bleachers of the University of Waterloo's Physical Activities Complex intensify the heady air of collegiate competition and make it easier for fans to cheer on their favourites by doing the worm.
The staining swamis at Abbey Stained Glass have been teaching students of all levels how to color light and bend beauty for 25 years. In the first class, you'll practice staining fundamentals, including how to cut, grind, foil, solder, patina, and polish glass, before employing these skills in the pursuit of a five-piece suncatcher. Once you have the basics down, spend the next three lessons constructing a window composed of up to 15 pieces, depicting your favorite flower, bird, or gas station logo. After a month with the friendly staff at Abbey Stained Glass, you'll have a new set of skills and a tangible keepsake of your acumen, perfect for impressing grandparents and handsome milkmen alike. Classes are held in small groups of 10–12 and take place on Wednesdays from 2 p.m.–5 p.m. and 6 p.m.–9 p.m.