Learning in Ruskin Heights

$59 for a Photo 101 Class with Photo Shoot at Freeland Photography ($450 Value)

Freeland Photography

Downtown Lee's Summit

Classes educate students on fundamentals of camera functions from f-stop to shutter speeds; pupils exercise new skills during photo shoots

$450 $59

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$60 for Four 30-Minute Private Music Lessons at Village Music Academy ($120 Value)

Village Music Academy

formerly the Toon Shop

Local musical experts with backgrounds in jazz, classical, rock, & country lead students through 30-minute sessions on choice of instruments

$120 $60

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$99 for a Business-Certification-Course Package from Management and Strategy Institute ($449.90 Value)

Management and Strategy Institute

Online Deal

Online certification courses for leadership and project management help professionals prove to employees they have valued skills

$449.90 $99

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$29.99 for an Online Home-IT Course from Excel With Business ($299 Value)

EwB Home IT Course

Online Deal

Lord over your home's computer and Internet with a course designed by the technology expert who wrote the first ...For Dummies book

$299 $29.99

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$59 for Napoleon Hill Mastery Course from Nightingale Conant ($357 Value)

Nightingale Conant

Online Deal

Self-improvement course teaches the secrets to success through 15 downloadable MP3 audio lessons and online manuals

$357 $59

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$99 for a Complete CompTIA A+, Network+, and Security+ IT-Certification Bundle from IT University Online ($2,695 Value)

IT University Online

Online Deal

Expert lectures, multimedia aids, and exam simulators aid in three courses, strengthening resumés and enhancing marketability

$2,695 $99

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$69 for CompTIA A+, Network+ and Security+ IT Certification Training Bundle from Career Academy ($1,485 Value)

Career Academy

Online Deal

Online courses with video instructions help IT professionals attain certifications in networking and corporate security

$1,485 $69

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$59 for a One-Year Subscription to Skills-Assessment-Test Database from Brainbench with Certifications ($199 Value)

Brainbench

Online Deal

More than 600 tests, which are used by employers to assess job applicants, cover skills from C++ to French proficiency to typing

$199 $59

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$99 for an IT Database Admin Online Training Bundle from Database Training Academy ($3,595 Value)

Database Training Academy

Online Deal

More than 150 hours of training in all areas of database technology ranging from SQL to Oracle

$3,595 $99

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$49.99 for an Online 150-Hour Master TEFL or TESOL Course from Global Language Training ($520 Value)

Global Language Training Kansas City

Online Deal

Online course equips students with the tools to guide non-English speakers toward fluency; certificate upon satisfactory course completion

$520 $49.99

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$175 for $350 Worth of Photography Classes — Lauren Houston Photography

Lauren Houston Photography

On Location

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

$350 $175

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$29 for One-Year Access to Online Yoga and Meditation Courses from Yoga Meditation Course ($99 value)

Yoga Meditation Course

On Location

Learn yoga and meditation at home to unwind and refocus your energies

$99 $29

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Certification for One, Two, or Three Online Courses from Social Media Academy (Up to 93% Off)

Social Media Academy

Online Deal

Social media strategists impart the skills needed to succeed in Internet marketing, with online courses in Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter

$497 $59

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$36 for a Two-Hour Fire Starter Photography Workshop at Kevin Ashley Photography ($89 Value)

Kevin Ashley Photography

Overland Park

Basic photography skills taught by experienced wedding and lifestyle photographer Kevin Keith

$89 $36

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One, Two, or Three Years of Online Guitar or Bass Lessons from Dangerous Guitar (Up to 91% Off)

Dangerous Guitar

Online Deal

More than 650 high-definition videos give professional instruction in a wide range of playing styles

$134.55 $18

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Select Local Merchants

Michelle Childs Beedle practically grew up performing—she began at the ripe young age of 3. Since then, she's taught competitive singers, snagged roles in various movies, and even won two Emmy awards. With Antonia Studios, she shares her talents not only through voice and piano lessons, but also by painting faces and hosting princess parties.

16310 Hight Avenue
Belton,
MO
US

Spurred by a drive to instill children with a love for the arts and to build their self-esteem, professional actor Miles McMahon helms an array of educational programs at Theatre of the Imagination. He and his staff of local theater lovers build on more than 2,000 successful children's theatrical productions through creative summer camps, acting and performance classes, special workshops, and birthday parties for performers in prekindergarten through ninth grade. Miles writes a completely new work for each class and camp, using the script to immerse students in a cooperative, creative environment while freeing them from the pressures of lead roles, auditions, and autographer's elbow. Staff members can also conduct Movie Star Acting birthday parties, where they shoot a short film with the birthday child as the star.

111 W 75th St
Kansas City,
MO
US

In 1988, potter Michael Smith invited a small group of peers to his home to share ideas and further explore the art of clay manipulation. After just a few meetings, the group quickly grew to include around 70 craftspeople, who started meeting at the Kansas City Art Institute instead of inside Smith's giant conch shell. These regular get-togethers laid the groundwork for the initial incarnation of KC Clay Guild, a place where artists could socialize, buy materials in bulk, and learn from one another.

Now, the volunteer-run co-op is even larger. It occupies its own facility and has vastly expanded the number of services it provides. Amidst the changes, KC Clay Guild has remained true to its initial goals, guided by a mission statement to support the clay community. Artists of all skill levels enroll in classes that cover an array of techniques, such as wheel throwing, hand building, and slip casting. Members take part in regular meetings, open-studio time, and monthly shows, and visiting artists stop by to lead workshops and repair their ceramic automobiles. The guild even offers a scholarship to high-school seniors and hosts birthday parties, team-building exercises, and family-fun nights for casual potters.

200 W 74th St
Kansas City,
MO
US

Founder and professional shutterbug Mike Freeland calls on more than two decades of photographic experience and camera-handling in shoots ranging from staged portraiture to mostly improvised weddings. Joined by a team of 10 other photo pros, Freeland Photography captures moments during special events, documents images for commercial businesses, and invites families into the studio to strike poses before being frozen in carbonite. Freeland Photography was recently inducted into The Knot's Wedding Hall of Fame.

320 Southeast Douglas Street
Lee'S Summit,
MO
US

Communiversity developed out of the freethinking student movements in Berkeley, California in the '60s, when All Student Association President Steve Eimer campaigned on a platform of providing accessible education to the entire community. UMKC Communiversity carries on an honorable tradition of shared experience and ideas, offering nearly 1,000 nonacademic, noncredit, pandisciplinary classes each year, suggested and taught by volunteer experts. Courses on parenting, arts and crafts, martial arts, cooking, and social development are all represented on the everchanging course roster, which reverses traditional dynamics by making leaders of students and demanding that essays be written on the sides of pencils. Now helmed by program director and official jazz guitarist Rick Mareske, Communiversity is a part of the UMKC Office of Student Involvement, and remains ever committed to, in the words of Mark Twain, not letting school get in the way of education.

5100 Rockhill Rd
Kansas City,
MO
US

First-time scuba divers will learn from professional, certified trainers during Skin-n-Scuba’s Discover Scuba training session. The training course includes all necessary diving gear and is conducted in the facility’s 26’x52’ indoor saltwater pool, featuring salt, water, and two sunken Spanish Armada galleons. Individual class enrollment is capped at 15 in order to maintain a reasonable instructor-to-student ratio and leave room in the pool for the dolphins enrolled in backstroke. The two-hour classes for Groupon buyers are offered Fridays (starting at 10 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3 p.m.), Saturdays (9 a.m. and 11 a.m.), Sundays (1 p.m. and 3 p.m.) and Mondays (10 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m., and 5 p.m.).

9300 East 35th Street South
Independence,
MO
US