For a martial art, aikido is quite peaceful. The Japanese combat style eschews the drilling strikes and violent choke holds that characterize mixed-martial-arts fighting and handshakes between vikings for a martial-art form that flows around opponents, craftily using their momentum against them to throw off their balance and bring them to the mat. Instructor Anthony Campagna leads a team of instructors with more than 25 years of experience to instill students of all ages and skill levels with the confidence and sense of calm that has made the form a popular form of self-defense for nearly a century.
Understanding that each child learns differently, the staff members of Sylvan Learning Center’s numerous study centers design custom lesson programs. Based on the results of standardized testing, diagnostic tools, and one-on-one interviews, the staff works with students to help them to firmly grasp basic skills such as reading, writing, math, and how to remember facts without tattooing them to their chest. Programs target students in kindergarten through grade 12 and mold to various learning styles, helping kids to feel more comfortable in the classroom. After-school or summer classes can ready high-school students for the rigors of the ACT or the SAT, or they can help students to wow college admissions officers with their superior writing skills, exemplary test scores, and willingness to arm-wrestle the school mascot.
For more than 50 years, Allegro Music has been fostering fellowship among area musicians of all ages. The shop, which is open seven days a week, has all the provisions for a successful musical journey. Lessons with experienced instructors help students sharpen their skills. There's classical and modern sheet music aplenty, and staff can track down a composer or piece you can't find in-house. The store’s collection of brand-name instruments includes guitars, keyboards, and band instruments, as well as nontraditional percussion instruments such as congas and djembes. And they can outfit drummers with customizable drums from Mapex that feature fearsome orange alligator skin or your favorite Cathy cartoon strip. When instruments start to squeak, repair-shop manager Gabe Eaton nurses them back to health along with fellow technicians Brian Hart and Joel Ryan.
Having shot more than 30,000 subjects throughout his career as a photographer, including many Silicon Valley business figures, Eric Gould understands how to create a good photo in any setting. His adeptness at communicating with subjects carries into his photography workshops, where he conveys difficult concepts clearly and methodically, saving students from such rookie mistakes as shooting with the lens cap on or turning the flash on while taking pictures of your imaginary friend's third grade graduation. In his own photo sessions, he frames professional clients in business portraits and headshots, high-school seniors in youthful poses, athletes in midaction, and a wide spectrum of people and places encountered on international travels.
Gymboree offers a bevy of baby-engaging classes, in which parents and wee ones work together to build tots' creativity and encourage development through play. Weekly classes are available for every age from the freshly born sapling to the 5-years-young wise wanderer. This deal includes rhythm-building music classes, sports classes, imagination-expanding art classes, and Gymboree's most popular class, Play & Learn. The month-long membership allows you to take one class per week, with make-ups available during enrollment if you miss a class.
Flower Addict specializes in decking halls with fragrant flora and blossoming sunshine. In the spirit of a true neighborhood flower shop, the personable florists treat customers with the same care and attention a mother plant gives to a tender baby bulb. They'll lend artistic direction and advice to customers looking to craft an adorable arrangement for themselves or an admired someone. Add a splash of color to the black and gray backdrop of Easter, or make April 21's Administrative Professionals Day a perennial favorite with a variety of the shop's inspired ideas. A professional eye inspects the quality and beauty of every earth-blossom that goes into each delicate display.