INPAX's live-fire classes take place at an outdoor range located in North Versailles.
Instructors can supply handgun rentals during live-fire classes.
Led by founder, author, and former US Marine Corps member Sam Rosenberg, the teaching crew at INPAX shares its expertise with amateurs and federal agents, SWAT teams, and dignitary-protection teams. The instructors' signature, systematic self-defense methods, which have been featured on various national and local news-media outlets, are the product of more than 15 years of research. Rather than asking their clients to understand martial-arts moves or dedicate years to training, they teach them how to understand basic movements and ways to identify threats that can keep them from becoming victims. In addition to these tactics, they also instruct students on basic and advanced techniques for handling firearms, spending time both in the classroom and on the range.
In the late 1970s, career educators Eileen and Raymond Huntington opened the first Huntington Learning Center in Oradell, New Jersey. Their goal was to take an individualized approach to education, adjusting instructional tactics according to each student's particular set of needs. Their success in helping K–12 students prepare for exams and improve grades and study skills quickly spawned franchises across New York and New Jersey.
Today, the certified Huntington tutoring staff utilizes testing and rubrics for assessing each child's skills, academic needs and potential for growth. The teachers even note the student's behavior in different testing and academic situations to craft a methodology sensitive to each child's learning style. Teachers also adhere to the company's code of ethics that stresses professionalism and confidentiality, encouraging pupils to improve their grades honestly through dedicated study rather than shortcuts.
At Corks and Canvases, local artists demonstrate how to paint vivid scenes while students sip their favorite wines. After passing out canvases and supplies, teachers guides attendees aged 15 and older stroke-by-stroke through the process of creating projects such as a Van Gogh–inspired starry night over Pittsburgh or a sailboat as it floats at sunset. At BYOB classes, they invite guests to uncork a vintage and nibble snacks brought from home. The studio also hosts bachelor or bachelorette parties, fundraising events, and family nights that let kids and their smartest stuffed animals paint alongside adults.
In 2009, the Duquesne Dukes men's basketball team put their own spin on the annual March Madness. Defying the odds, the team made an unprecedented run to the Atlantic 10 conference championship game and followed that with its first berth in the NIT since 1994. The resulting whirlwind brought plenty of media attention to a university that otherwise prefers to stay off the beaten path. Sprawled across a serene 43-acre hilltop campus, Duquesne University hosts 16 Division I athletic teams in sports such as soccer, track and field, and women's volleyball, and since the school's inception, the Dukes' colors of red and blue have remained the same, unlike a chameleon that constantly changes its favorite movie.
The Pittsburgh Center for the Arts acts as both the patron and the glittering stage for the local arts community, raising awareness of Pittsburgh's visionaries-in-residence with a host of educational programs and exhibitions. Its members scamper freely through galleries stuffed with canvases and sculptures by local artists such as Brian Dean Richmond and Gregory Witt. Prospective Picassos and vicarious Velazquezes, meanwhile, can pour their inner outsider artist into bright and bold Plexiglass prints, hand-hammered metal jewelry, and subtle Chinese brush paintings during a day of three hour-long studio sessions at an Arts Crash Course. If you're still suffering from excess inspiration afterward, burn off the rest before it curdles into images of poker-playing dogs with a $25 member discount to sign up for ongoing classes in watercolor painting, ceramics, and other crafts. Admission to the galleries at local cinema and media center Pittsburgh Filmmakers is also included with your membership benefits, as well as a 10% discount on colorful blown glass vases and funky jewelry in the gift shop and assorted discounts on art supplies at three area stores.
Students who come to Gaynor’s know to expect more than an evening of culinary theater; the ingredients and utensils are foisted into the eager hands of all who enter. Choose a class from the Interntional Cooking Series and dabble in the cuisine of Thailand, Indai, Morocco, or Spain. Learn how to make pierogies both traditional and exotic in the pierogie-making class. Brush some butter on your piecrust game in a beginners' pastry class. And when the Easter Bunny climbs down the chimney this year, greet him with extra-savory ham after taking copious notes at the holiday-themed dinner class. The full schedule of classes is available online, with new classes added regularly.