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.
A former elementary-school teacher, Robin Brooke harnessed her experiences in the classroom to boot up Giggle-Bytes, a computer-learning program for youngsters. Determined to arm her students and her own four children with the necessary computer skills to use the Internet and instant message the Toys R Us giraffe, Brooke teamed up with Discovery Kids Puterbugs, a program produced by Imagine Tomorrow. The Imagine Tomorrow software is customizable for each lesson and academic level, so that kids who have never touched a computer can learn alongside techno whizzes. In both her traveling classes and her birthday parties, Brooke helps kids to build their social skills and cultivate teamwork while gleaning self-confidence, spatial skills, and the ability to navigate through the digital age.
Drawn2Art strives to teach children the skills to draw, paint, and create three-dimensional art realistically. Whether drawing, painting, or sculpting, kids learn Drawn2Art’s visualization techniques that allow them to break down subjects into simpler, easier-to-create pieces. This results in a gallery of impressive student artwork that ranges from silhouettes and fruit to household pets, flowers, and seaside landscapes.
As a champion West Coast swing dancer with more than a decade of experience, Miguel de Sousa has the knowledge and skills to introduce individuals, couples, and groups of 6–100 to the art form of social dancing. In addition to West Coast swing, the international instructor and competitor specializes in teaching styles such as country or nightclub two-step, salsa, and ballroom dancing. No partner is required, as dancers can act as leader, follower, or sports-style commentator during private lessons and will rotate partners in group classes.
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.