A community presence in Orange County since the California Gold Rush, YMCA of Orange County remains true to its lasting mission of physical and social enrichment for men, women, and kids of all ages. Staff members uphold the YMCA’s core values of honesty, acceptance, and fairness as they invest in their community’s children and strengthen family bonds critically weakened by overzealous games of Monopoly. They pump up adult-fitness regimens with aquatic fitness and boot-camp classes, personal training, and a full gymnasium outfitted with equipment for basketball, martial arts, and rope skipping. They’ve also filled their fitness center with free weights, cardio equipment, and rowing machines. When they’re not helping adults trim down waistlines during Zumba and aerobics classes, staff members are getting back in touch with their inner children. They stimulate imagination, mental development, and growth as they lead children’s day camps, afterschool programs, and youth basketball.
Samy’s Camera's team of shutterbugs imparts mastery of the rapidly changing currents of digital photography through any of the introductory classes. Computer classrooms resound with the banter of students and the hum of photo editing hard drives during the Introduction to Photoshop CS5 class, which focuses studies on Adobe Camera Raw images and the simple ways to manipulate them into prints of celebrities eating other celebrities. Intro to Digital Bookmaking offers insight into how a coffee table book can be a personalized wedding album, cookbook, and more. During the seminar, Samy's Creative Solutions software will be demoed and a coupon code for a free photo book is given out. The secrets of calibrating cameras and computers to show consistent color unveil themselves in the Intro to Color Calibration course, and Understanding Your Digital Camera covers basics such as setting resolution, basic flash operation, and more for a point-and-shoot or digital SLR camera. Intro to DSLR Video helps people realize the full potential of their cameras and provides instruction on how to stabilize and accessorize shooting rigs.
Professional music instruction will teach you how a proper flute trill can summon magical imps to do your bidding, and if you're lucky enough to discover the mythic H-note, the magical imps will clean your inner ear canal for optimum resonance. Once a week for four weeks, you'll meet with one of the experienced instructors at The Music Factory, a school that prides itself on its roster of experienced, professional musicians. The school itself both contains and resembles a recording studio, with vibrant red walls and minimal furnishings that allow the instruments to take center stage. Teachers and advisors include members and past members of bands such as the Carpenters, the Motels, Something Corporate, Face to Face, and Rufio.
With only two years of piano lessons under her belt, 9-year-old Kim Gardner was talented enough to perform for the National Federation of Music. Other instruments come just as naturally to her—now in her 30s, she's taught voice, guitar, and piano for more than seven years. Along with a team of equally experienced instructors, Kim teaches students through The Music Adobe, named for its personalized private lessons that take place inside students' homes. The experienced instructors have all been carefully screened and selected to ensure the highest quality of music education and experience possible. The Music Abode's personalized approach and open teaching philosophy allows instructors to tailor instruction to each individual's different style of learning.
For beginners, Kim and the team imparts the fundamentals by honing in on skills such as sight-reading and playing basic chords. With intermediate and advanced students, they focuses on more complex symphony pieces, and suggests ways to avoid laughing at conductors when they start waving their little sticks. They prepares every student to participate in semiannual recitals, where pupils can show off their newfound chops for family and friends.