A simple sewing tutorial from Mikala Cash's grandmother at age six sparked a passion in the Creative Sewing Lessons' founder that continues to smolder after an education from Massachusetts College of Art and Design. At her North Attleboro studio, Mikala guides students of various levels through a range of classes, including tailoring, invisible zippers, and sewing for kids, which arms youngsters with the know-how to construct business suits for lemonade stand conventions. In addition to her sewing classes, Mikala invites guest artists to lead workshops during her Creative Night Out series, a monthly event that introduces participants to hands-on subjects such as visual journaling and knitting.
Professional School of Bartending has taught the art of cocktail creation to more than 10,000 bartenders since the school's inception in 1977. Inside the lounge-inspired training facility, instructors teach the necessary bartending skills ranging from exotic and traditional mixology to responsible customer service.
Graduates of the comprehensive program benefit from a lifetime job-placement-assistance program that has blossomed from a regional effort to a coast-to-coast hunt. Besides ensuring a smooth transition from graduation to career, the school has an open-door policy that leaves the light on for all graduates: former students can repeat any class free of charge helping them to revamp their mixology skills or recall how to skewer an olive without making it scream. Professional School of Bartending also streamlines local businesses' day-to-day operations by lending out its training methods and expertise through its consulting services.
Part of one of the world's premiere institutions of higher learning, Continuing Studies at Brown gives adults the opportunity to further their studies and pursue their passions in small classes led by highly qualified teachers. Use your cranial knowledge sponge to soak up the fact flood flowing from courses such as Scripture in the First Century ($225) and The Secrets of Learning and Memory ($375). Learn about—and take part in—planetary preservation in Environmental Conservation in Rhode Island ($375), or explore the leg-breaking world of the stage with Beginning Playwriting: The Play, Your Voice, and Writing for Another Dimension ($400). Working with Online Social Networks ($262.50) can help you navigate the tangles of the web's most popular platforms for staying in touch, and German 1 ($400) can facilitate your communication with German-speakers and schnauzers. Enrollment in continuing studies at Brown also provides students with access to libraries, computers, and online course materials (a $10 fee applies each semester). Students are encouraged to register early in order to choose from the best selection of courses.
Choose from any of Learning Connection's one- to three-hour classes to break into culinarians’ lockbox full of ways to turn simple ingredients into visually appealing, mouth-watering fare. Learn bread-making basics and experiment with take-home recipes for loaves, pizzas, and pretzels to master the art of artisan bread ($55). Vegetarian cooking for everyone ($60) shatters misconceived misconceptions that vegetarian dishes are made mainly from plants and recycled cardboard; budding chefs discover new sources of protein such as tempeh and soy. The wines of Italy course ($57) transports palates to a balmy Italian sunset with five wine tastings from regions such as Tuscany, Umbria, and Piedmont. In this class, novice and experienced tasters will pick up tips on what to look for when purchasing wine, how to serve wine, how to taste wine, and what type of nose is best for sniffing wine.
Since 1992, the Providence Latin American Film Festival has been lauded for showcasing Latin American, Portuguese, and Spanish feature films, shorts, documentaries, and animations. This year's lineup of 10 moving pictures explores film as a vehicle for expressing and understanding the Latin American experience, from the documentary No Woman, No Cry on the struggles of pregnant women to Hora Cero, an action-packed heist film set in Venezuela. VIPs have access to every film in the lineup, as well as to art exhibits, panel discussions, filmmaker-led workshops, and popcorn-nibbling lessons. With passes to the opening or closing night's soirees, attendees may carouse with the festival's board of directors, corporate sponsors, and party-hat-wearing projectors while munching on appetizers and celebratory cuisine. The opening-night after-party kicks cinematic things off at Roots Café, where invite holders will receive a drink ticket, and Temple Restaurant hosts the closing-night party.
The professionally trained fencing instructors at Rhode Island Fencing Academy & Club seek to develop their students' mind, body, and character through participation in the centuries-old sport. During the academy's classes, students of any skill level may choose to learn on all three Olympic weapons: foil, sabre, and épée. The one-hour sessions generally last for six weeks and each builds on prior material to help students improve their skills on the strip. Two meetings are composed entirely of competition with fellow classmates, allowing students to show off their newfound skills, and the last session is a class tournament.
Rhode Island Fencing Academy & Club, which originally operated as a two-location enterprise, consolidated into one 12,000-square-foot full-time professional fencing studio in March of 2012. The air-conditioned facility features 15 electric strips and zero chandeliers from which swashbuckling fencers may swing. Though the sport finds its roots in the practice of sword fighting, modern fencing is much safer, and the academy has advanced equipment and instructors that hold CPR certification just in case.