While it?s impossible to know what Seattle?s skyline will look like in the future, the Seattle Architecture Foundation hopes that citizens at least have some input and interest in the developments. To do this, the organization arranges a slew of architecture- and design-related walking tours, lectures, youth workshops, and volunteer opportunities throughout the city. Ideally, the activities help people become more informed and enthusiastic about great design and more willing to become involved when the city finally launches into space.
The Intro to Photography class is produced by Monte Zucker Photographic Education (MZPE), which provides quality professional photographic instruction. More than 30,000 enthusiastic students of all levels have attended their photographic tours on three continents over the past seven years to learn how to combine the power of technical expertise and artistic vision to create beautiful photos and films. In addition to offering the tours, MZPE produces instructional books and DVDs, as well as teaching in-depth photo-master classes around the world. The 2002 United Nations Photographer of the Year, celebrated photographer and mentor Monte Zucker once stated, "I don’t photograph the world as it is. I photograph the world as I would like it to be." Continuing on in his memory, current instructor Bob Ray teaches with an entertaining, passionate presentation that focuses on learning immediately in class. The experience provides an aspiring photographer a comprehensive set of tools to reach his or her artistic potential.
With classes that often begin with a stop at the world-famous Pike Place Market for ingredients, Diane's Market Kitchen offers cooking lessons that celebrate local flavors. Students can learn to prepare authentic Northwest meals, while courses in pasta making and simple chicken meals are also available for those looking for practical dishes to make at home.
Lauded by schools and music magazines, the percussion courses at Interact and Learn immerse pupils in world traditions and contemporary beats alike. Offerings range from downloadable mini-courses to group classes focusing on jazz and salsa rhythms. Both kids and adults can free their inner Ringo in drum kit lessons, while private, instrument-specific instruction narrows in on bongos and maracas.
Founder David Leeds designed the versatile Tango Card to “ensure people use every penny of their gift cards every time,” according to a profile in Forbes magazine. Patrons convert their Tango Card’s cash balance into gift cards to more than a dozen name-brand retailers such as Amazon.com, Target, Home Depot, REI, and Pottery Barn, with no additional purchase fees. An online interface of free mobile applications for the iPhone, iPad, Android phone, and WiFi-enabled abacus enables them to easily track each card’s balance and expiration date. Faced with a looming expiration date, patrons can donate the unused portion of a card to a charity such as Habitat for Humanity, or opt to redeem it for cash, ensuring their dollars aren’t wasted. Click here to learn more about the Tango Card, and nothing more about the snacking habits of armadillos.