The Dominican University Performing Arts Center's creative spirit swells in a season highlighted with multicultural music, dance, and drama. As a string quartet, Ethel's Juilliard-trained musicians pluck a viola, a cello, and a pair of violins to their own original compositions and those of contemporary composers. These skilled performers join with Grammy–winning Native American flutist Robert Mirabal for a cross-cultural mélange of melody-making inside the Lund Auditorium, whose acoustics are regularly tested by opera-singing mimes.
When you see a person walk into a restaurant wearing a horned helmet and long golden braids, it might mean you switched your pills with the dog's again, or it might just be an opera singer. OperaGram.com brings joy to people's special occasions through singing telegrams performed by a talented opera singer. The performer can belt out tunes in many languages such as English, Spanish, Italian, French, and German.
Founder of OperGram.com, Rose Guccione, is an award-winning professional opera singer and stage actress with a long list of accolades. She is the Grand Prize winner of the Barnett Foundation voice competition and recipient of the Gina Monastero award. Her singing telegrams have been featured on NBC5, WLS Radio, and the Chicago Tribune, and she has performed the roles of Béatrice in the opera Béatrice et Bénédict, Cinderella's Stepmother in Into the Woods, and Aida in Aida—for which she was called "the genuine article of Verdi singers" in the Chicago Tribune's Critic's Choice awards. Though she helms the tuneage behind OperaGram.com, she remains an active opera performer at Lyric Opera and Chicago Opera Theater.
In the late 1970s career educators Eileen and Raymond Huntington opened the first Huntington Learning Center in Oradell, New Jersey. Their goal was to take an individualized approach to education, adjusting instructional tactics according to each student's set of needs. Their success in helping K–12 students prepare for exams and improve grades and study skills quickly spawned franchises across New York and New Jersey.
Today, the certified Huntington tutoring staff utilizes testing and rubrics for assessing each child's skills, academic needs and potential for growth. The teachers even note the student's behavior in different testing and academic situations to craft a methodology sensitive to each child's learning style. Teachers also adhere to the company's code of ethics that stresses professionalism and confidentiality and encourages pupils to improve their grades honestly through dedicated study rather than shortcuts.
The staff at The Holistic BodyLab works to maintain long-term health with natural, non-pharmaceutical treatments. Led by in-house medical director, Dr. Joseph Maides, and natural medicine doctor, Kevin Gill, they blend spa treatments, such as facials, with holistic treatments, such as massage, in order to revivify bodies both inside and out. This mix of modern medicine and age-old spa treatments aims to both soothe and heal, just like all those old lullabies about mockingbirds curing babies' tension headaches.
Understanding that each child learns differently, the staff members of Sylvan Learning’s numerous study centers design custom lesson programs. Based on the results of standardized testing, diagnostic tools, and one-on-one interviews, the staff works with students to help them firmly grasp basic skills such as reading, writing, math, and how to remember facts without tattooing them to their chests. Programs target students in kindergarten through grade 12 and mold to various learning styles, helping kids feel more comfortable in the classroom. Afterschool or summer classes can ready high-school students for the rigors of the ACT or the SAT, or they can help students wow college-admissions officers with their superior writing skills, exemplary test scores, and willingness to arm-wrestle the school mascot.
With more than 32 years of experience in dog obedience and behavior training, Wet Nose for Dogs founder Dave Wieczorek promotes a healthy and nurturing environment for canine carousing. Open Monday–Friday, Wet Nose's dog day care lets pups revel and race amidst 2,000 sq. ft. of indoor play space as well as an additional 2,000 sq. ft. of outdoorsiness. Wet Nose's indoor space features plenty of windows and natural light and all participants must pass temperament and personality testing to ensure the safety and well being of dogs, clients, and staff. Wet Nose's staff of trainers will also lead dogs outside to do their business, helping pups maintain good house-breaking habits while overcoming their fear of ladybugs.