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.
As they enter the training at Curves, female guests come face-to-face with the smiles of other women. And just as points on a circle share a common distance from the circle's center, workout participants share the experiences of those nearby, trading stations throughout the 30-minute training session. One minute is spent on a piece of strength-training equipment built for feminine frames and designed to work two opposing muscle groups with a single movement. Exercisers then move on to a recovery station, where they run, jog, or dance to maintain heart rates and keep platforms in place during momentary losses of gravity.
So you think you can dance, huh? No. Well, that’s okay because there's hope for you at Just Dance Ballroom in Oakland, CA. A host of instructors take you on the adventures of dance - both American Style and International. Learn all the rhythm and Latin moves like the Cha Cha, Rumba, East Coast and West Coast Swing, Bolero, Mambo, Salsa, Samba, Jive and Paso Doble. Enjoy the smooth standards like the Waltz, Viennese Waltz, Tango, Foxtrot and Quickstep. You’ll even learn floor craft, which is the talent for moving to and from the dance floor (yes, there is such a thing called ‘dance etiquette’). If your partner is sick of you stepping on their toes or you want to impress the public with your smooth moves, Just Dance Ballroom is the place to start.
The artists at Wine and Canvas awaken their students’ inner Rembrandts and Van Goghs with classes that pair a featured painting with specialty cocktails and wines. The mobile studio’s monthly calendar includes themed classes in which instructors expound on the nuances of painting Parisian street lamps, Japanese flowers, or Venetian cityscapes. The master painters—many of them local artists—provide step-by-step instructions while students mimic each stroke and periodically dip their brushes into glasses filled with crimson cabernet. Each of the studio’s various drink-friendly venues boasts a specialty libation selected to incite creativity or conversations with fellow painters. When the artistic frenzy concludes, students return home with a finished masterpiece large enough to conceal any wall safe or mirror portal.
Members of Alameda Athletic Club make use of cardio equipment, free weights, and exercise classes before rewarding their taxed bodies with restorative massages. A one-month membership unbars a fitness fortress, as members gain access to cardio and weight rooms and an unlimited number of classes, including Pilates, yoga, and TV repair. Zumba sessions bounce to the beat of Latin rhythms, and boxing classes arm students with self-defense. Women can sweat and strive in the private exercise room, and all members can enjoy an invigorating spell in the sauna.
Students should bring: Bottle of water, towel
Registration required: Yes
Good for beginners: Yes
Average class length: 60 minutes
Number of Staff: 1?5 people
Class location: Indoors only
Guests allowed: Yes
Parking: Free street parking
Pro Tip: Arrive 10 minutes early to register for your first class. Have fun, keep moving, and fake it till you make it.