Instructed by a decorated pilot and FAA Safety Team Representative, Alpha Zulu LLC students pitch the easy-to-fly Beechcraft Skipper toward the stratosphere during one-hour introductory flights. Over a 30-minute informational session prior to the flight, the instructor—author of a comprehensive aircraft-maintenance guide—familiarizes yearling cloud hoppers with control panels, preflight checks, and the proper etiquette for conversing with eagles. During the ensuing hour, customers gaze down at a shrinking Fleming Field as they adjust the rudder and shift altimeter needles under their own control. Once landing gear is safely back in the grips of the runway, students take home a video recording of their flight, which may be used to review their lesson or to terrify an acrophobic VCR.
The cheery ring of ice against glass sings out from Minnesota School of Bartending's 30 fully stocked bar stations, behind which instructors draw on experience accumulated since the academy's inception in 1968 to forge cocktail virtuosos. At a long, gleaming bar, one-on-one training provides 18-and-older students with the skills they need to artfully craft and concoct the latest drinks, cocktails, and shooter drinks and listen to the woes of world-weary rodeo clowns. The bartending training also incorporates pointers about customer service, information about liquors and wines, and how to take multiple drink orders. Graduates returning for complimentary refresher courses or lifetime job-placement assistance fill the hall with revelry, and burgeoning elixir crafters wander in according to a flexible calendar designed for college students, part-time workers, and on-call lion tamers. Watering holes and private parties brim with festivity as newly knowledgeable pint fillers go out into the world to flaunt credentials and top off glasses.
The staff members at Sylvan Learning's numerous centers understand that each child learns differently. Therefore, they don’t try to implement a uniform tutoring system; instead, they design custom lesson programs based on the results of a skills assessment using diagnostic tools and one-on-one interviews.
Tutors work with students from pre-kindergarten through grade 12, illuminating topics ranging from basic reading and writing to remembering complex algebraic formulas without having them tattooed on your chest. Many of Sylvan’s instructors work in local schools, so they are intimately familiar with common curricula and understand how to gear lessons toward optimal results. Camps and after-school and summer classes can ready high-schoolers for the rigors of the ACT or the SAT, or they can help students to wow college-admissions officers with their superior essay-writing skills.
In the midst of an industry so saturated in emerging technology that fierce competition is law, the Twin Cities Photography Group operates as a cooperative to nurture the artistic development and technical skills of amateur and professional photographers. To expand the photographic community and foster a passion for creativity, the group keeps a clean studio space for picture snappers to host shoots and workshops.
Skilled instructors educate the public on basic photography fundamentals and camera-specific tips that allow students to get the most from advanced equipment without threatening to cut its weekly allowance. Regular meet ups assemble members for photo walks at area parks and photogenic seasonal events, such as air shows and free outdoor concerts.
Today's Groupon can be redeemed at the following three market days and locations: Saturday, April 30 at the Washington City Fairgrounds in Lake Elmo; Saturday, May 14 at the Anoka County Fairgrounds in Anoka; or Saturday, May 21 at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center in Duluth. Saturday sales run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. This deal is not valid on Sunday. Admission fee to the markets is $1, but shoppers can enter free by donating a nonperishable food item for the Second Harvest food shelves.