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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.

108 Spruce St.
Providence,
RI
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Harlem Globetrotters Playing Three-on-Five

Since forming in the 1920s, the Harlem Globetrotters have continued to entertain millions of parents, children, and general basketball admirers with a trademark blend of athletic precision and razzle-dazzle showmanship. For the team's 2014 tour, a rotating [roster](http://gr.pn/PHdb6w) of Globetrotter favorites?including three female players?takes to the hardwood each game. Spectators might spot veteran guard [TNT](http://gr.pn/rOe0P4) sharing a behind-the-back pass with dunker [Quake](http://gr.pn/QTIGVh), whose high jump once cleared 7 feet, cruelly dashing his dreams of working in a ceiling-fan store. The Globetrotters might also present a study in contrasts with 5-foot-2 [Too Tall](http://gr.pn/PHdmPh) and 7-foot-4 [Stretch](http://gr.pn/1dYrbUt), the team?s tallest member. During each Globetrotters game, youngsters laugh along and witness the jovial jocks performing classic routines of unconventional passing and sudden transmutations of water into confetti. To infuse their visits with an extra shot of unpredictability, the Globetrotters also let fans in each city vote on special rules for every game; past rules have included the use of a four-point shot and the installation of a penalty box. Over the years, similar antics have followed the Globetrotters around the world, including to 122 countries and territories and all six continents on which basketballs grow naturally. The Globetrotters? extensive travels haven?t gone unnoticed: they?re one of the few teams to earn a spot in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame as ambassadors of the sport.

1 Davol Square
Providence,
RI
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Even after 30 years, the culinary wizards at Blue Grotto are still committed to refining the restaurant?s menu, continually assessing its classic Italian dishes and asking how they can improve them. Rather than dulling meals with premade ingredients, the chefs instead prefer to work from scratch with local, seasonal ingredients. They prepare as much as possible by hand, showing a meticulous attention to detail while forming the gnocchi and stuffing mushroom caps with crabmeat. The restaurant?s alluringly generous menu washes down with an equally expansive wine list composed largely of Italian and Californian wines. Located in historic Federal Hill, Blue Grotto lovingly embraces guests in its pleasant setting, which boasts such comforting touches such as a fireplace and waiters who sing-speak in a gentle baritone.

210 Atwells Ave
Providence,
RI
US

At 14,000 square feet, the Providence Rink dwarfs the famed ice rink at New York City's Rockefeller Center and provides visitors with plenty of room to ice skate for hours. Located in Kennedy Plaza, skaters can enjoy a day of gliding against a backdrop of Providence landmarks during open skate sessions. After graceful spins across the ice, guests can indulge in cocoa, coffee, and delicious eats from downtown Providence's nearby local haunts. The rink also offers birthday party packages with the use of a heated pavilion space, group reservations for business and social outings, and full-ice private event rentals.

2 Kennedy Plz
Providence,
RI
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This specialized kitty and doggie depot is a one-stop shop for all pet needs, including standard toys and treats, and an impressive selection of unusual merchandise. The stocked shelves include more than 200 stylish collars (many for $19.99), lovely leads ($19.99), and decorative bowls for dogs and cats (starting at $10.99).

17 S Angell St
Providence,
RI
US

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.

201 Wayland Ave
Providence,
RI
US