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Thanks to Bay Area Ski Bus, getting from point A to point B never felts so good. Its shuttle buses, outfitted with modern conveniences such as video systems, usher passengers to and from local ski resorts, negating their need to worry over travel plans or convince the troll under their bed to return their car keys. Provided meals, snacks, and beverages keep both hunger and thirst at bay, and lift tickets dispensed upon arrival get skiers straight to the slopes. When the faraway ski destinations of Colorado or Val d'Isère entice travelers away from home, Bay Area Ski Bus grows wings to match. Its guides handle every detail of the adventure, from flights and shuttle arrangements to lodging and lift tickets.
5660 College Ave
Oakland,
CA
US
Every car in the state of California needs a smog check if it is rolled off the assembly line between 1976 and six years ago, if it's more than four years old and is being sold, or if it recently took up residence in a mountain formerly occupied by dwarves. Fortunately, Time4Smog makes it easy to get your vehicle up to code. Simply roll up to one of their seven locations, and you'll be on your way within 15 minutes. It's not all for naught, either: according to the California Air Resources Board, the Smog Check program removes about 400 tons of smog-forming pollutants from the atmosphere every single day.
5200 Telegraph Ave.
Oakland,
CA
US
Attuned to the sound of purring German engines, the technicians at Precision Automotive keep rides such as Porsche, Mercedes, and BMW swooshing smoothly down the roadways. They perform everything from routine oil changes and tire rotations to repairs for engines and transmissions. Although the team specializes in German imports, their skill set extends virtually all makes and models, imported and domestic.
4045 Broadway
Oakland,
CA
US
Teaching robotics at the Chabot Space & Science Center, Jutiki Gunter realized that his pupils had few robotics-learning resources outside the classroom. He aimed to fill that gap by founding Robotics for Fun in 2004, supplying students with a year-round space where they can construct robots and enrich their mathematic and scientific skills along the way. Gunter's team of instructors fills inquisitive minds with basic design and programming know-how, as well as teaching them how to make two robots communicate and fashion a racing robot programmed to express crippling anxiety. Students enrolled in the membership program tinker on themed projects throughout the year, while attendees of the Robotics for Fun summer camp study programming languages or the fundamentals of RC-vehicle technology.
4009 Webster St
Oakland,
CA
US
The staff members at Sylvan Learning's numerous study facilities 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 standardized testing, diagnostic tools, and one-on-one interviews. Tutors work with students from 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. 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.
1345 Grand Avenue
Piedmont,
CA
US
Gil Stancourt says he'll put a light bulb in anything. Take one look around his studio and you'll believe him. The born tinkerer, who built his first lamp at the age of 12, has spent the last quarter century restoring antique lamps and designing original lighting fixtures, and in that time he's custom-made crystal fixtures, reproductions of cathedral chandeliers, and even art objects from repurposed items. Gil's specialty is bringing back to life antique lamps, which he can convert into more eco-friendly fixtures by retrofitting them to use energy-efficient GU-24 compact fluorescent bulbs and to not shine directly in the eyes of an endangered species that's trying to get some rest. The lighting master shares his expertise in instructional classes, during which students learn basic wiring techniques and proper tool usage by constructing their own lamp from a wine bottle and other materials.
3910 Martin Luther King Jr Way
Oakland,
CA
US
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