A gallery of masterpieces showcases stunningly virtuosic renderings?which are especially impressive considering they were created by kids. While fostering a friendly, cheerful atmosphere, instructors teach classical art skills to classes of up to 12 students at a time. During weekly classes, the skilled instructors demonstrate how to realistically illustrate animals, figures, and still-life scenes using traditional media. "Creativity follows mastery" is the KidsArt philosophy, so they designed the sort of program they imagine the old masters would have approved. Planting graphite sticks and paintbrushes in pupils' hands, instructors teach color mixing, show students how to break an image into its component parts, and instill necessary behaviors such as focus and patience. Programs include individualized drawing and painting lessons and special-topic workshops, such as clay sculpture, figure drawing, and Anime/cartooning.
Misa Leonessa Garavaglia is a life transformation specialist. As a speech coach, life coach, spiritual director and public speaker, Misa is passionate about partnering with individuals highly committed to personal, relational, and spiritual growth.
Nestled in the relaxation residence of Shanti and Jai Hudes, Be and Be Well’s soundproof flotation tank provides a meditative sensory-deprivation experience that can rejuvenate both body and mind. The warm, enclosed cocoon swaddles tired torsos in shadowy serenity as stress-induced strains are cunningly lured from their cellular lairs by waters saturated with Pied Piper epsom salts. Cloistered from the constant babble of cell phones and ventriloquist chanteuses, gray matter has ample time to ruminate upon life’s big questions as limbs perfect their levitating magician’s assistant impressions.
More than a century ago, an industrious farmer named Gerard enlisted the help of bees to pollinate his family estate. Inadvertently, the buzzing insects fertilized a new passion for Gerard, one that would become a family tradition.
Four generations later, Gerard?Z Honeybees' bustling hives create more than a dozen local and monofloral honeys from such plants as star thistle, orange blossoms, and avocado blossoms. Because the honeys are completely raw and natural, they maintain the micro-nutritious qualities often left out of industrial varieties, and they may help allergy sufferers to acclimate to their local pollen varieties.
Gerard?Z holds year-round beekeeping workshops and honey tasting seminars at local wineries, nurseries, and farmers? markets throughout the Bay Area and Central Valley. During the classes and tastings, bee experts demystify the process of maintaining a hive, and people get the chance to taste the difference between clover honey, buckwheat honey, black sage honey, and Doritos honey. Gerard?Z also helps to maintain the delicate honeybee population by finding homes for wild swarms or colonies that have built hives in unwanted places and might otherwise fall prey to exterminators.
Roasted red pepper lasagna, thai coconut-curried shrimp and rice, and beef mac-and-cheese casserole are a few things chefs might feature on the monthly changing menu at Fresh Prep Kitchens. Customers can pick up their already-prepared meals or have them delivered.