A guitarist for more than 25 years, Craig Rogers has spent his life rocking out in bands and composing music for programs on networks including ABC, HBO, and PBS. When he's not writing his own tunes, he trains the next generation of six-string strummers through Craig's Guitar Lessons' at-home and in-studio sessions.
Drawing on both his guitar prowess and 10 years of teaching experience, Craig customizes each lesson around whatever skills and subjects compel his students. Those range from music theory and sight reading to rhythm- or lead-guitar techniques in a variety of genres including rock, blues, folk, and metal. Craig even teaches pupils their favorite songs, which saves each student's friends from having to pretend-listen to more air guitar.
Seanara Mode’s stylists and founders, Sean and Ara, not only revamp looks with hair services, but they also train fellow professionals in the art of styling and teach clients how to self-style at home. With 18 years of experience under his belt, Sean has clipped hair in three different countries and specializes in speedy cutting techniques. Ara began his haircutting career as a teen and has since worked with celebrity clientele and shown off his designs on TV. In their courses, Sean and Ara combine demonstrations with hands-on workshops to delve deep into the specifics of creating trendy updos, texturizing men’s hair, and cutting bangs so they no longer look like weird, hairy curtains.
World Gym's brick walls contain rows upon rows of pristine cardio and lifting machines across 18,000 square feet of floor space. Treadmills, ellipticals, and stationary bikes face flat-screen televisions and picture windows, invigorating cardiovascular pursuits with favorite programs and the innate evolutionary impulse to chase down passing cars. Assorted weight machines target and tone every muscle group, and free weights alight upon racks and benches. Daily attendees can crack open a schedule of group classes in such calorie-crusading disciplines as boxing, yoga, boot camp, and Zumba. Wearied clients retire to the clean locker rooms after their circuits, taking time to relax in the dry sauna, decompress in the private showers, or retrieve their belongings from the lockers that only open to the correct frequency of wet-towel whippings.
With locations in San Ramon and Lafayette, internationally recognized Itrim helps members lose weight quickly and keep it off by combining healthy meal plans with a specialized exercise center. Unlike other weight-loss programs that stop when clients have reached their goal, Itrim recognizes that most people still need guidance when it comes to maintaining their svelte figures. So their health coaches and staff take the time to provide hands-on support and give members tips for incorporating healthy eating and exercise into their daily routine. By following these tips and the rest of the program, Itrim says members can lose an average of 25 pounds in the first 12 weeks.
The meaning of art may be subjective, but Mission: Renaissance believes that the basic, technical skills needed to create art are learnable, regardless of a student’s age or experience. The instructors at the studio, which was originally founded in 1975, illuminate the Gluck Method, which focuses on the classic rendering techniques that the great masters used on their first computers. The classes can accommodate students as young as 5, and they explore a number of different mediums—including charcoal, watercolors, and oils—while giving attendees the experience they need to appreciate art, as well as create it. Spread across 19 studio locations in southern California, attendance is capped at around six students per instructor, which allows them to offer artists more personalized feedback and more fitting nicknames.
Color Me Mine's expert ceramic artists, whose kids’ parties have earned accolades from Parents magazine, help customers create one-of-a-kind, handmade keepsakes while enjoying BYO refreshments in a 1,700-square-foot studio. More than 500 ceramic plates, cups, mugs, garden decorations, and animal figurines, all of which carry a 10% discount for Groupon customers, bid for attention on long wooden shelves. After selecting a piece, customers design and draft a custom image, allowing them to reproduce Ming dynasty vases before the museum notices that they are broken. Add flare with helpful stencils, or seek inspiration from 22,000+ pre-designed images. When the design is complete, friendly staff, who can demonstrate easy painting techniques, supply customers with their choice of more than 60 colorful, nontoxic, lead-free, food-safe paints. Aspiring artisans brush and dab color onto their ceramic keepsake, pausing to chat and enjoy their refreshments. Color Me Mine glazes and fires all pieces to a shiny, professional finish, allowing customers to experiment with realistic ceramic hubcaps, and pieces are ready for pick up in a few days. Partygoers can bring their own refreshments, and those over the age of 21 can bring their own wine or beer.