Classes in Washington

Two-Month Membership Package with Hydromassage, Personal Training, and Optional Tanning at Gold's Gym (Up to 85% Off)

Gold's Gym

South Hill

$190 $29

Advanced cardio and strength-training equipment fortifies physiques at famous gym; hydromassage beds coddle fully clothed muscles

Multi-state Concealed-Handgun-License Course for One or Two at Southwest Washington Surplus (Up to 55% Off)

Southwest Washington Surplus

Vancouver

$120 $65

Students satisfy the requirements to apply for Oregon and Utah concealed-carry licenses, the latter of which has reciprocity in 35 states

One-Day Movie-Star Workshop or One-Week Movie-Star Camp for Kids at Popcorn Media (Up to 56% Off)

Popcorn Media, LLC

Bellevue

$200 $89

A Hollywood production crew guides kids in the creation of their own movie, from screen acting to lights, then stages a red-carpet premiere

Paint Your Pet Class for One or Two at Mind Unwind (Up to 42% Off)

Mind Unwind

North Admiral

$30 $18

Instructors provide supplies and guidance while adults reproduce their favorite picture of their beloved pets on an 11"x14" canvas

Blow-Your-Own-Glass Project for One or Two at Rainier Glass Studio (Up to 63% Off). Six Options Available.

Rainier Glass Studio

Industrial District

$49.95 $19

Over a 2,000-degree furnace, assist a glass blower in creating hanging ornaments, translucent flowers, or spinner bowls

Introductory Glass-Blowing Class for One or Two at Redmond School of Glass (Up to 51% Off)

Redmond School of Glass

Southeast Redmond

$60 $35

Professional artists guide students through each step of crafting a glass float or ornament, starting with blowing molten glass

Two-Hour Glassblowing Workshop for Two or Four at Central Glass Works (50% Off)

Central Glass Works

Centralia

$70 $35

Students learn how to sculpt a paperweight and blow an ornament or float; private class offers entire studio and hands-on participation

One or Three Three-Hour Cardboard-Furniture-Making Classes at Art Maniac Studio (Up to 51% Off)

Art Maniac Studio

Factoria

$65 $32

Participants make their own furniture from old cardboard boxes, decorating their creations as they see fit

$39 for a New Orleans Creole Cooking Class for Two at Marcela's Creole Cookery ($100 Value)

Marcela's Creole Cookery

Pioneer Square

$100 $39

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Restaurant co-owner walks 12–16 students through a complete creole meal, including soup followed by an appetizer, entree, and dessert

$6 for a Zumba Class at Belltown Dance Studio ($12 Value)

Belltown Dance Studio

Seattle

$12 $6

Students follow simple steps set to energizing Latin music during Zumba workouts

Six-Week Dance Class Series or Six Zumba Classes at Belltown Dance Studio (Up to 62% Off)

Belltown Dance Studio

Belltown

$85 $32

Students learn simple steps in international dance over six-week course, or move to energizing Latin music during Zumba workouts

Introduction to Flame-Working Class for One or Two at The Boro School (50% Off)

The Boro School

International District

$150 $75

At studio owned by master glass artist Nathan "Nate Dizzle" Aweida, students spin solid glass in a torch flame to produce marbles

Two-Hour Welding 101 Class for One or Two or CNC Plasma Class for One at All Metal Arts (Up to 53% Off)

All Metal Arts

Seattle

$90 $45

Metalworking classes include hands-on exercises demonstrating welding basics; CNC plasma cutting classes teach the basics of the technology

$29.95 for Three Months of Webcast 3-D Drawing Lessons from Mark Kistler's Virtual Classroom ($99 Value)

Mark Kistler's Imagination Station

Online Deal

$99 $29.95

Students of all ages learn techniques in live, online classes led by Emmy-winning artist Mark Kistler

Two or Four Drop-In Improv Classes at Yawp Club (Up to 55% Off)

Yawp Club

University District

$50 $25

Improv expert Ben Lidgus guides creative and comedic workouts and improvisational games that increase confidence and self-expression

Art Class for One or Two from Patricia Ann Wilson - Exploring Multiple Mediums Art Course (Up to 71% Off)

Patricia Ann Wilson - Exploring Multiple Mediums Art Course

Daniel Smith Artists' Materials

$170 $59

Eight-week art course at the Daniel Smith studio teaches up to 25 students in collage, watercolor, monoprint, pen and ink, and drawing

Design and Print Your Own Letterpress Poster with an Antique Printing Press

Poster-Printing Class

Central Business District

$50 $50

Sara McNally shows you how to set wood type and printer’s blocks on an iron hand press so that you can design your own bespoke poster

Introductory Stained-Glass, Fusing, or Mosaic Class at Glassique (Up to 62% Off)

Glassique

Lake City

$125 $47

Design and fabricate leaded or foiled suncatchers, fused pieces of jewelry, tiled trivets, or Christmas ornaments in 3- to 6-hour classes

$25 for $50 Groupon — Studio Moves Dance Center

Studio Moves Dance Center

Tacoma

$50 $25

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

Select Local Merchants

Marcela's Creole Cookery uproots the definitive flavors of authentic New Orleans cuisine and Cajun fare and packs them into a menu brimming with robust seasonings and exotic meats, as mentioned by Seattle Weekly contributor A.J. Tigner. With 30 combined years in the restaurant world, Marcela's owners have created an inviting eatery that pays homage to the Big Easy with vibrant, playful colors showcased in contemporary artwork. Red-clothed tables coddle piping-hot platters of creole delicacies, including muffaletta po boys, hearty gumbos, and fried ocean critters such as shrimp, alligator, and crawfish from Poseidon's personal crustacean collection.

106 James St.
Seattle,
WA
US

At Pan Africa Restaurant & Bar, chefs craft authentic African and African fusion dishes in the kitchen and teach their recipes to students in the classroom. They lead African-cuisine enthusiasts through authentic techniques in a choice of vegetarian or omnivorous cooking classes held on assorted Sundays and Tuesdays. In classes, students discover the secrets to crafting tasty doro wat, beef tibs, and stretchy injera bread that can be used to pick up food during the meal or thrown at nearby plates of marinated chicken to signal interest. For dinner, chefs craft succulent entrees including yassa peanut stew and lamb alicha cutlets in stewed curry.

1521 1st Ave
Seattle,
WA
US

Eat Local?s chefs create locally-sourced meals from scratch, and teach cooking students how to do the same. Every item on the menu is handmade using Northwest grass-fed meats, free-range chickens, and organic or sustainably-grown local produce. The staff places food items in biodegradable packaging or reusable glass containers, and, for cooked meals, freezes them to maintain flavor and quality. Eat Local Frozen Meals can be bought in-store or packed in dry ice and shipped to individual doorsteps or rabbit holes. Those jonesing to make their own edibles can enroll in classes that guide the creation of pasta, pies, and even marshmallows.

503 Broadway
Seattle,
WA
US

The sounds of squealing electric guitars mingle with the delicate plucking of ukuleles and booming basses inside The Guitar Store, a music-lover?s haven nestled in Greenwood. Wall-mounted guitar holders display an exclusive selection of handcrafted G&L guitars and basses alongside a rotating inventory of vintage instruments. In addition to selling and repairing instruments, The Guitar Store?s staff includes a team of skilled instructors, from bands such as PRS, Harvey Danger and Queensryche, who teach burgeoning musicians the art of rock during flexibly scheduled music lessons and vision quests.

8310 Aurora Ave N
Seattle,
WA
US

The Three Faces of FareStart Cafe

Cuisine with a Cause

FareStart began in 1992, when founder David Lee realized that homeless people needed more than just food. His innovative job-training program has changed the lives of nearly 7,000 disadvantaged individuals so far. After men, women, and teens complete free food-service training—which includes life-skills training and individual case management—they can take advantage of job-placement services. Graduates of the program boast a 90% employment rate, with some even ending up at the FareStart restaurant on Virginia Street. During their training, students get on-the-job experience at FareStart Cafe.

Café Favorites for Breakfast and Lunch

Beginning at 7:30 a.m. Monday–Friday, the FareStart cooks start churning out quiches, breakfast sandwiches, and fresh bagels. Lunch, which stretches into early evening hours Monday–Thursday, features hot and cold sandwiches, such as a grilled-zucchini sandwich with hummus or a chicken-curry-salad sandwich topped with dried cranberries and a spring mix.

Support Baristas-in-Training

Designed specifically for homeless and disadvantaged youths, the FareStart Barista Training & Education Program opens up a vital career path for teens. The espresso machines at the café are manned by trainees in this program, who brew lattes, americanos, and cappuccinos for caffeine-hungry customers. Pro tip: if you bring your own cup, you’ll get a steep discount on a double-shot of espresso or a drip coffee.

2100 24th Ave S
Seattle,
WA
US

The Three Faces of FareStart

Cuisine with a Cause

FareStart began in 1992, when founder David Lee realized that homeless people needed more than just food. His innovative job-training program has changed the lives of nearly 7,000 disadvantaged individuals so far. After men, women, and teens complete free food-service training—which includes life-skills training and individual case management—they can take advantage of job-placement services. Graduates of the program boast a 90% employment rate, with some even ending up at the FareStart restaurant on Virginia Street.

Gourmet Lunch

The restaurant’s main focus is lunch, which it serves Monday–Friday. The concise, sandwich-centric menu includes the acclaimed Field Roast sandwich, which features a hazelnut-crusted lentil and sage patty nestled between slices of vegan potato bread with mustard and vegan fig mayo. Entrees generally include soup, and FareStart devotees agree that the tomato-basil blend is not to be missed. Be sure to watch out for new specials and desserts, such as a bacon-chocolate-chip cookie, which pairs perfectly with a housemade espresso.

Guest Chef Dinners

Each Thursday night, Seattle’s finest chefs take over the FareStart kitchen for a one-of-a-kind prix fixe meal. In addition to supporting a good cause, guests can feel good knowing that they’ve tried one of USA Today’s 10 Best Foodie Spots in Seattle. Reservations usually fill up in advance, so plan ahead to catch your favorite chefs.

700 Virginia St
Seattle,
WA
US

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