The Tutoring Club specializes in custom one-on-one tutoring sessions to enhance academic subjects, college prep, and study skills for students in kindergarten through 12th grade. The skill assessment diagnoses each student's challenges and assesses his or her current knowledge before charting a brave new path toward wisdom. Over the course of the tutoring sessions, instructors focus and build on students' existing strengths to shore up knowledge and intellectual resourcefulness, closing academic gaps faster than front doors on vacuum salesmen.
At Blazed & Bedazzled, customers paint their own pottery, choosing from a menagerie of prepotted ceramics to colorfully adorn. Wielding a brush at the translucent glass tabletops, guests can decorate a jumbo mug ($16) or a business-card holder ($15) with a fancily plated name or pictures of fax machines. A personalized switch-plate cover ($17) basks rooms in a one-of-a-kind glow. Gussy up a curvy bowl ($13) and apply a grimacing self-portrait to a cupcake box ($22) to keep desserts safe from the sticky fingers of pastry thieves. A piggy bank ($13) makes an attractive shell for artistic expression, in which the painter may stow away pennies or a recursive series of increasingly tiny pigs. A friendly staff is always on paint-flecked hand to guide customers and demonstrate effective painting techniques.
The Youngstown State Penguins ignite the crowd with intense athletic prowess and orange orb-slinging action. With the two-ticket package, dunk-hungry duos will witness the Penguins as they strive to overcome the Bowling Green Falcons as part of ESPN's BracketBusters weekend, which generally features non-conference matchups of teams looking to clinch the NCAA Championship and claim the spoils of basketbattle. Groups of four can maintain the hoop-hammering adrenaline rush with a second basketball viewing, as the Youngstown State men's team finishes its 2010–11 regular season against the feisty felines of the Wisconsin-Milwaukee Panthers in what will be the senior Penguins' final home game at Beeghly Center.
Signature service: All things computer and smartphone
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Average Duration of Services: 1?2 hours
Brands Used: Apple, Dell, HP, Microsoft, Acer, Samsung
Pro Tip: Phone repairs are usually less than your insurance deductible.
"If you make it, you will taste it" is the motto founders Julie Fabing Burleson and Suzy Vinson Nettles envisioned when they created Young Chefs Academy. In addition to giving youngsters hands-on exposure to culinary techniques, kitchen safety, eating etiquette, and table setting, the academy's philosophy ensures that kids like 10-year-old former veggie-hater Camille gain an appreciation for healthy homemade cuisine. With centers in more than 10 states, Young Chefs Academy enriches growing minds ages 3?18 with engaging cooking classes, camps, and birthday parties that impart valuable life skills, such as self-reliance and how to trick a younger sibling into doing the dishes.
Michelle Alpern, an avid swimmer and Red Cross-certified lifeguard since high school, is the founder of the Kids and Infant Safety Swim (KISS) Swim Program. Tailoring lessons to each student?s needs, Michelle and staff lead sessions for infants, toddlers, kids, and adults, focusing on the swim-float-swim method in a fun, safe, and nurturing environment. She specializes in childhood education, and her training includes more than 175 hours of pool instruction, child psychology and physiology, and CPR and AED certifications.