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Multiple Locations

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Under the tutelage of skilled instructors, prospective rock icons learn scales, chords, and soloing techniques during 30-minute lessons

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Rueda Con Ritmo

In The Groove

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Hour-long classes feature four different levels of Cuban-style salsa dancing

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Multiple Locations

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South Berkeley

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Multiple Locations

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Alamo

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Richmond

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Mission Bay

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Downtown

$70 $33

Dexterous instrumentalists train aspiring players of all ages during low-key one-on-one lessons tailored to skill level or song choice

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SoMa

$199 $79

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Enjoy Spanish

San Francisco

$60 $20

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Experienced bilingual instructors teach group Spanish classes at six levels, taking students from basic present tense to fluency

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Multiple Locations

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Downtown

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Stock-trading courses taught by a young CEO and master trader give students a grounding in trading platforms, markets, and basic strategy

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San Francisco

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Bar owner Gillian Fitzgerald and pickle shop owner Kelly McVicker teach you how to make bloody marys from scratch; snacks provided

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Sylvan Learning

On Location

$502 $149

Skills assessment gauges student’s knowledge and study needs, allowing teachers to tailor tutoring classes to build academic confidence

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Online Deal

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On Location

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Licensed instructors teach onsite safety classes

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Lawley Lessons

Redeem from Home

$55 $22

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Redeem from Home

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Trained instructors tailor in-home guitar lessons so students build knowledge and improve their skills; RockStarter kit with music book

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Online classes give beginners an overview of mobile app development

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Fill Me In English Language Services

On Location

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Students learn to feel more comfortable speaking English at five-, ten-, fifteen-, or twenty-hour language classes with emersion exercises

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Online course allows students to learn the rules of the road, safe-driving practices, and how to improve their driving confidence

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Online Deal

$69.95 $15

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State-certified online course serves as replacement for in-class learning and teaches fundamentals of safe driving

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Union City

$160 $75

English-speaking students in grades K-12 are immersed in Chinese language and culture at in-home and classroom tutoring sessions

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Kims Academy

Multiple Locations

$350 $59

After a diagnostic assessment, tutors assist kids with math, reading, or writing skills to prepare for the SAT or ACT

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Arabic Language Service

San Francisco

$200 $99

Experienced tutors can travel to pupils' homes for in-person Arabic lessons, video chat via Skype, or meet at a Starbucks coffee shop

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Excelsior

$999 $549

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San ramon

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The Love Lab

Cow Hollow/ Marina

$135 $65

Partners learn the fundamentals of professional back, neck, and foot massages as they munch on gourmet refreshments

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Aria Music Studio

Burlingame

$70 $35

Lifelong pianist Wendy Liu teaches students of various skill levels to play everything from basic scales to solo sonatas

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San Mateo

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Hillsdale

$475 $138

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Concord

$130 $50

Seasoned instructor Ranjani Jones teaches basic theory, sight-reading, and technique for guitar, beginner piano, and voice

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Fremont

$630 $275

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Multiple Locations

$70 $32

Talented instructors tailor lesson plans to each student's tastes and skill level during private or group music lessons

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IBEC - Instituto Brasil De Educação E Cultura

San Francisco

$820 $451

Pretend you're going to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil by learning Portuguese in this six-week course.

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Sqa Solution

Daly City

$600 $300

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Huntington Learning Center

Fremont

$403 $89

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Using a comprehensive academic evaluation and customized tutoring, certified tutors help students overcome their scholastic struggles

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Lewis Violin Studio

San Francisco

$300 $165

Learn how to play classical, fiddle, or jazz violin

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New World Music Academy

Pleasanton

$170 $85

Professional performers teach students to play guitar, flute, or string instruments; piano classes take place in a group setting

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ThinkTank Learning

Palo Alto

$210 $49

Certified academic consultant helps students gauge strengths and weaknesses when taking the SAT, and help pupils ace tests with tutoring

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Rockaway Beach

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Multiple Locations

$215 $45

After assessing academics, personality, and career interest, tutors create an academic program designed to address each K–12 student's needs

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Early Music Minds

Mountain View

$50 $5

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Spanish In Downtown San Rafael

San Rafael

$100 $50

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Falcon Learning

Milpitas

$250 $125

Kids from grades K to 6 engage in themed activities, learning about such topics as animals, flight, cooking, and world cultures

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Cupertino

$60 $24

Kids attend classes on Saturday where they can learn Chinese, work on handcrafts, or practice painting in a supportive environment

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Cupertino

$492 $85

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San Jose

$120 $59

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Learn to work with JavaScript and XML with this self-guided online programming course

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Online Deal

$276 $25

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Interactive online course instructs students in masterful barkeeping through self-paced video lessons, quizzes, and professional guidance

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Through 12 digital lessons, students learn to mix 125 different cocktails and receive post-course job assistance

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Aperture Academy

Campbell

$135 $59

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Professional photographers tutor student shutterbugs on digital-photography basics and photo-printing techniques

55% Off Musical Instrument Course

Tavan Music Academy

Los Gatos

$40 $18

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Ryan Acosta Music

Campbell

$140 $70

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Sokool Edu

Cambrian Community

$60 $30

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Chris Bryant Guitar School

Los Gatos

$225 $95

Musician bases his curriculum on simple chords and chord progressions, teaching students in whatever genre of music most interests them

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Canoas Garden

$25 $14

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South San Jose

$190 $95

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Boulder Creek

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Vacaville

$342 $150

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Forte Vocal Performance Academy

Downtown Santa Cruz

$60 $19

Children and adults learn singing techniques, stage presence, and characterization from accomplished international performer Audrey McDonald

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Tropical Adventures Scuba and Travel

Twin Lakes

$424 $129

After hours of practice in pool and in Monterey Bay's open waters, receive PADI open-water certification and celebrate with barbecue party

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$299 $95

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Online Deal

$250 $49

Through online videos and coursework, a professional photographer imparts how to have complete control of a digital camera

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Redeem from Home

$20 $10

Communicating via Skype, instructors work with students during music classes that focus on subjects such as vocals, guitar, and theory

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R. Delp Photography

On Location

$325 $59

Choose 2 locations for onsite shoots for up to 5 subjects; capture joyful wedding memories with 6 hours of coverage, plus a print credit

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Dangerous Guitar

Online Deal

$134.55 $18

More than 650 high-definition videos give professional instruction in a wide range of playing styles

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The word "moodology" isn't in the dictionary. Nonetheless, the term, coined by photographer Curtis Jermany, best encapsulates his work, which he describes as "the practice of photographically capturing your many moods." To achieve this, Curtis casts his portraiture subjects in heavy shadow, dramatically emphasizing the sheen of sweat on a young boxer or the fretboard of a talented musician's guitar. While Curtis mans the camera, his team of makeup artists and stylists helps ensure that every pose-striker feels comfortable and confident.

Available for commercial and private work both in the studio and on-location, Curtis's clients range from fashion models to families, kids, and high school seniors. Besides snapping his own photos, Curtis teaches classes that help amateur shutterbugs avoid rookie mistakes such as filling entire rolls of film with close-up pictures of your eye.

5848 Foothill Boulevard
Oakland,
CA
US

Pairing their civic-mindedness with a strong business sense, a group of University of California, Berkeley students grabbed a laptop and a borrowed pickup and began delivering school supplies to underserved students across the region. Today their initiative, K to College, distributes the resources students need to excel in school and attain a solid education. Collaborating with local businesses, K to College creates grade-appropriate supply kits as part of their Give 22 campaign, named as such because the kits cost $22 to complete—a third of their retail price. Packed in a sturdy canvas tote bag, these kits of pencils, papers, and dental-care items go to public-school students in the free or reduced-price lunch program. K to College also advertises back-to-school efforts through local TV stations and works with the Folsom State Prison to organize community-service opportunities for inmates as part of a rehabilitation program—an effort that caught the attention of CNN.

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7730 Pardee Ln
Oakland,
CA
US

The staccato beat of conga drums rises over the deep voice of a bass guitar and the higher trills of the timbales and piano. Head dancer Evan Margolin and his bevy of experienced instructors lead students in classes that take beginners through basic footwork and salsa rhythms, with intermediate and advanced sessions offering salsa aficionados more challenging instruction. The social class structure—partners rotate throughout every session—creates a low-pressure learning environment and keeps dancers from scrambling to locate a partner or human-shaped tupperware container. The one-hour beginner classes are mostly filled with salsa novices and new dancers, and Dance SF's experienced and engaging local salsateers are patient and friendly when showing new students how to bust well-timed moves. During intermediate classes, which require six months or more of social dancing experience, students focus on timing and cross-body leads with turns. After some evening classes, new dancers are invited to join an all-night salsa party where they can put their new moves in practice. Students should wear comfortable clothing, which includes dancing shoes, but does not include rear-flapped onesie pajamas.

4148 MacArthur Blvd.
Oakland,
California
US

Oakland Flyers organizes aerial endeavors with flight lessons and club plane rentals to keep their customers airborne. Since 1989, its team of instructors has trained amateurs in basic flight techniques with on the ground and in-air lessons that lead to professional pilot qualifications. Pilots and students can take to the skies and practice scribbling their initials in the clouds in Cessna, Piper, and Bellanca airplanes as they gain hours toward private pilot, instrument, commercial, and flight-instructor ratings. An on-site pilot-supplies shop also keeps patrons prepared with books, charts, and limited avionics.

8135 Earhart Rd
Oakland,
CA
US

The two grand exhibition rooms at the Institute of Mosaic Art show off the textured tile work of its staff and visiting artists, with more works displayed outside in its lush garden. Within, more than 80 classes and workshops for all skill levels cover a wide range of topics and techniques, including working with glass, smalti, and tiles, as well as projects such as jewelry and exterior decorations. Visiting artists conduct special workshops, giving students insight into their creative processes and suggestions on the best brand of car windshield to smash for supplies.

The institute also houses Mosaic Studio Supply, which fills its homey halls with materials and manuals for all projects. Mosaic makers can browse the stock of a la carte supplies, from colorful tiles to tools and adhesives, as well as kits full of color-coordinated pieces.

3001 Chapman St
Oakland,
CA
US

Dance Daze in Schools teaching intern Jaime Fields wrote that she has “never enjoyed anything in life as much as dance. The feelings that come with moving through a space and owning every moment of it, no restrictions; that is the best experience.” Jaime started dancing when she was four, and now, she shares her skills with kids and gives them a “creative outlet and center for their lives” through dance classes.

Jaime’s experience is thanks to Dance Daze in Schools, which trains adults with teaching experience and college students like Jaime in dance instruction and then connects them with youth in local K-12 schools and community organizations. In- and after-school dance classes teach movement vocabulary, dance technique, and original choreography one of two days per week. Students can focus on one continuous style or revolving dance styles such as hip hop, ballet, and tap, with an option for varied styles including African, break dance, and Baile Folklorico depending on the teacher’s dance background. The blended learning program combines dance lessons with production and tech projects, such as setting up recording devices and editing audio and video clips, to teach real world skills. Dance Daze in Schools also provides internships to teach college students lesson planning and classroom management and reaches out to high school students with community service opportunities.

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1151 Harbor Bay Parkway,Suite 100
Alameda,
CA
US