The Sylvester family had bartending in its blood. Whether it was Uncle Mickey holding court with 40 years' worth of regulars or Tony Sr. mixing one of his signature Skip and Go Nakeds, they exemplified the easy grace and no-nonsense craftsmanship found in a true barman's barman. That dedication to well-poured drinks carried over to Tony Jr., who has spent the last 35 years training mixologists nationwide through the curriculum of his ABC Bartending Schools. Taught behind fully functional bars, his courses educate students in topics ranging from drink recipes and equipment setup to flair moves and alcohol awareness. His schools also emphasize employment; after graduation, students can take advantage of a nationwide job placement service to land gigs in Miami nightclubs, Las Vegas casinos, or the bar cars of Chicago's El trains.
The staff members at Sylvan Learning's numerous centers understand that each child learns differently. Therefore, they don’t try to implement a uniform tutoring system; instead, they design custom lesson programs based on the results of a skills assessment using diagnostic tools and one-on-one interviews.
Tutors work with students from pre-kindergarten through grade 12, illuminating topics ranging from basic reading and writing to remembering complex algebraic formulas without having them tattooed on your chest. Many of Sylvan’s instructors work in local schools, so they are intimately familiar with common curricula and understand how to gear lessons toward optimal results. Camps and after-school and summer classes can ready high-schoolers for the rigors of the ACT or the SAT, or they can help students to wow college-admissions officers with their superior essay-writing skills.
A former professor with degrees from Tufts, Harvard, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Mike ElDeiry has dedicated himself to helping the next generation get into the best colleges to pursue their dreams. Focusing on the SAT and ACT admission exams, he founded Broward Tutorial Services, Inc. to help pupils learn the tricks and techniques that can help them ace the tests. In lessons, students learn such essential techniques as time management, process of elimination, and avoiding common traps laid by the exam writers or the pirates using the testing facility as a base. Under ElDeiry's tutelage, students have made marked improvements in their scores, with boosts of more than 300 points on the SAT.
The foundation of The Raw Oasis detox program is pure plant-based nutrition—organic green vegetables with fresh, organic fruits. Consuming foods in this natural state can help the body cleanse and rejuvenate itself. Far more than food, The Raw Oasis takes an integrative approach to health, encouraging clients to get enough water, rest, and exercise and providing them with stress-management skills, herbal detoxification, and, of course, support.
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The Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale has come a long way since its original 1958 incarnation as the Junior League's Fort Lauderdale Art Center, housed in a former hardware store. A fire in 1967 prompted the center to relocate to a temporary home in a former annex to what is now Nova Southeastern University—an institution with which the museum would later forge an intellectual and cross-disciplinary association. The museum as patrons know it today was designed by American architect Edward Larrabee Barnes and opened to the public in 1986. Within its bright-white exterior—with color apparently overflowing from its top, dripping down across the sides—stands a permanent collection of more than 6,000 pieces, including a significant body of work by early-20th-century American painter William Glackens. Other art in residence includes Picasso ceramics, creations of the northern European COBRA movement, and works from more than 90 contemporary Cuban artists in exile around the world.
After exploring the varying aesthetics of temporary exhibitions, guests can grab a bite to eat and question what makes a sandwich “art” in the café area of the Books & Books store. Adults and kids dive deeper into art via gallery talks, storytelling, and hands-on activities, as well as art-academy classes taught by locally and nationally renowned artists.
Every child learns differently and has their own unique set of challenges. For this reason, JFK Tutoring, Inc. maintains a network of more than 4,000 tutors—all of whom have completed a criminal and educational background check—and has parents interview potential candidates until they find one they feel will be the best match for their child. Upon choosing a tutor, parents can then arrange contracts by the hour, week, or month, whichever is most convenient for them. Annual memberships include regular progress reports for both parents and teachers and complimentary biannual math and reading assessments to gauge progress.
Each tutoring session can be scheduled at JFK's learning facility or onsite at the child's home, school, or other public place such as a library, church, or community center. Tutors use JFK's own nationally recognized lesson plans, which have shown to improve test scores of 97% of students after eight weeks. There are specialized courses for SAT prep, as well as SES programs for low-income students at designated Title I schools. To keep their skills sharp, students can also use online exercises to practice on their own time or when their increased capabilities have allowed them to wander into a fourth dimension.