At Soulflame Pottery, artists and devoted clay enthusiasts Roy Odom and Cindi Wills impart their passions for the craft by way of pottery classes and creations of their own. Open to anyone aged 10 and older, the facility keeps its classes small and intimate. That scaled-down design allows for plenty of one-on-one instruction, and enables students to explore both hand-building and wheel-throwing methods while working on custom projects. Roy and Cindi's own pieces include carved porcelain, sculptures, and functional items, such as serving bowls and a time-out chair for unruly students.
At Scuba Stop DFW, visitors open up whole new worlds to explore with PADI-certified training in SCUBA, as well as an extensive selection of underwater gear. The team of skilled instructors draws from years of experience in the water and a raft of official certifications––from Emergency First Responder to PADI-Open Water Diver to Sea Monster Fighter. Memorable dive expeditions allow students to explore the depths of lakes across Texas and New Mexico, including Canyon Lake, The Blue Hole in Santa Rosa, NM, and Balmorhea State Park.
HeartStart Express turns everyday citizens into life savers with CPR, AED (automated external defibrillator), and first-aid courses. Those certification courses cover performing CPR, using an AED, and applying first aid to adults, as well as children and infants. They can also certify healthcare professionals in basic life support, enabling them to recognize life-threatening emergencies and execute proper procedures such as CPR. Classes take place online, at one's place of business, or at other designated sites throughout the region.
The Hope Center for Autism is a public charter school that teaches prekindergarten through second grade and empowers children with autism. The center’s curriculum incorporates applied behavior-analysis techniques and low staff-to-student ratios to ensure each student receives a comprehensive education. Children also undergo anywhere from 2 to 30 hours of therapy every week in a one-on-one setting, with each session tailored to their individual needs and goals.
At The Painted Pot, artists and art therapists help students to tap into creative instincts while creating artistic mementos. Students of all ages and experience levels delve into hands-on projects such as painting, creating pottery, and glass fusing. In addition to regular classes, the studio hosts birthday parties and BYOB parties for adults.
Palm Language Center offers two levels of language classes, the first focusing on conversational facility before moving on to such technical matters as verbs, grammar, and how to pronounce “onomatopoeia” in any language. Palm's two instructors split polyglot duties between them, with European native Marie Francis taking Italian and Spanish, leaving Moroccan-born Driss Siyas with classical Arabic and French.