Most students in introductory stained-glass-making classes are in search of a new hobby or a fun few hours, but not Connie Beckers. In 1995, she took such a course and soon built a career around the art of stained glass and kiln-working. Now, through The Goddess of Glass, she teaches others her craft during classes that cover the creation of jewelry, coasters, plates, and transparent overalls. She?s also been known to flex her instructional muscle as a guest artist on the DIY Network show Cramped Quarters, where she taught the show?s host and contractor how to make stained-glass tiles for a kitchen in the middle of remodeling.
The Goddess of Glass also sells artwork and gifts out of a separate retail shop. Patrons can commission a custom piece, such as a stained-glass window, or peruse a collection of pieces by more than 80 local artisans. The shop?s staff can also advise clients who need custom framing, helping them to pick the proper matting and frame so that their Richard Nixon rookie cards really pop.
Car-X Auto Service works wagons into shape with an array of alleviating automotive services. The trained lubricant sommeliers will pour your car a refreshing 5-quart glass of oil while rim rejuvenators revolve your ride's rubbers with a tire rotation. Heroic windshield wipers are retired from service and replaced with fresh recruits, and the vehicle's road trip longevity is ensured with a 30-point courtesy inspection.
Midwest Carry Academy's instructors teach at several ranges in the local area.
Available rentals including .22 caliber pistols and 9 millimeter pistols.
Midwest Carry Academy's shooting experts aim to imbue students with the skills needed to responsibly bear arms. The instructors' backgrounds range from the NRA to law enforcement to military, and they draw on these experiences to teach handgun and home defense courses. In these classes, teachers help both entry-level and advanced shooters hone their skills and master efficiency. Additionally, the instructors themselves continuously take new courses to further develop their skills as both teachers and gun handlers.
Juxtaposition Arts (JXTA) engages 650 young artists in North Minneapolis annually in hands-on educational programs that teach professional design, production, and marketing skills. Led by professional artists and higher-education instructors, each job-training studio uses an integrative, problem-solving curriculum that guides students through the planning, production, and marketing of high-quality design products, which can then be sold to both local and national customers. Through its programs, JXTA aims to transform young artists into innovators and problem solvers, arming them with the confidence, skills, and connections to successfully enter and thrive in the creative workforce. A strong focus on community-based creative expression encourages participating youth to contribute to the revitalization of their own communities as they develop their careers.
Lions Gym is a full-service fitness studio with a full battery of free weights, weight training machines, and cardio machines, classes, and a complete set of gym amenities such as lockers, showers, scales, towel service, and more. Vanquish Valentine's Day chocolates or establish a new, lasting routine with a full month of curls, presses, and cardiopulmonary turbo boosts. Lions' dedicated staff is always available to give encouragement as well as advice about how to burn calories without releasing greenhouse gasses.
At schools, art studios, and museums across the city, Minneapolis Community Education fosters not only fun and practical skillsets, but also a sense of togetherness for students and teachers alike. While standing in a gym full of exercising neighbors, director Jack Tamble explained the social element of his organization, stating, “Community education is more than just about learning. When people gather together like they're doing behind me in this room, they get to know each other, and they really get to enjoy living in Minneapolis.” The network of community-recruited teachers has been serving the area for more than 40 years, and today teaches various skills ranging from basic computer navigation and multicultural cooking to advanced woodworking and fluency in Pig Latin.