With OnlineDriversEd.com, the couch can become a desk and the den a classroom as teens prepare for the written portion of the permit test. The program is DMV-approved in California and Nevada, and provides participants with reading material, flash-animated lessons, and video in order to teach them the rules of the road in an engaging way. To ensure students fully understand what they learn, they must take periodic quizzes, which they can take them as many times as it takes to pass or until their computer has become outdated.
Though many outsiders know Sonoma County for its fine wines, the savvy drinkers at North Bay Brewery Tours spread the word about the region’s other specialty: craft beer. A relatively simple outfit, the company only needs knowledgeable drivers and tour guides, a fleet of buses running on eco-friendly compressed natural gas, and enough effort to organize group tours, party buses, and pub crawls. Brewery-hopping tours, their top services, head to three craft breweries each trip. One on-the-bus tour segment demonstrates from start-to-finish how beer is made.
Beer samples will be available for purchase at participating breweries, and complimentary ice-cold water or beer on the bus keeps tour takers thirsts' slaked between stops. Examiner.com recommended the tour as an excellent way to taste a variety of brews while enjoying the safety of a designated driver.
American Philharmonic Sonoma County's ensemble of 60–75 volunteer musicians whisk audiences around the globe and through time during "The Grand Tour." Freelance violinist, composer, and conductor Evan Craves pilots a romance-heavy program that showcases his amazing ability to keep tempo and swat mosquitoes at the same time. The virtuosic hands of young Russian pianist and Rachmaninoff specialist Elena Ulyanova hold down the 24 variations of the composer's Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini. Berlioz's first voyage to Italy inspired the dashing Le Corsaire, and Manuel de Falla's The Three-Cornered Hat traipses through a comic tale of seduction in Andalusia. After the program, guests can dance to the songs stuck in their heads around the Wells Fargo Center's formidable collection of outdoor sculptures.
Parkpoint Health Club has been a part of the Sonoma County landscape since 1983, when Bill and Lindy Buchanan opened their first health club in Santa Rosa. Over the last three decades, the club has earned its reputation with three locations, a diverse lineup of fitness equipment, a friendly and professional staff of trainers, and supplementary amenities such as massage therapy, facials, and nutritional counseling. Adults can get their sweat on in Pilates, yoga, cycling, and Zumba classes, and kids can enjoy after-school play in childcare or swimming in the pools in the summer.
The spider-like staffers at Vertex Climbing Center support customers of all climbing abilities as they scale a variety of faux rock faces. During ClimbTime classes, experienced instructors belay and handle equipment while climbers focus on mastering walls and top-of-the-mountain yodeling routines. A collection of 35-foot walls jut skyward at varying difficulties, from steeply inclined slabs to fully inverted overhangs. Following supervised climbing lessons, patrons can move on to more advanced classes or take a belay test that qualifies them to guide friends indoors and brag to retired sailors about knot-tying superiority.