Publisher Emeritus of CIO magazine Gary Beach founded Tech Corps in 1995 to build technology infrastructures in public schools. Since its inception, it has organized more than 10,000 volunteers to help institute new technology in K–12 schools. Programs including a computer grant, afterschool clubs, and a summer Techie Camp provide youth with access to technological resources and train them in modern skills that will help make them competitive in the workforce. Techie Camp and Techie Club immerse elementary- and middle-school students in hands-on curricula that teaches them to build or work with Lego Mindstorms NXT robots, expanding their knowledge of topics related to the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math.
Uninitiated Indian foodies can enter the chambers of Taj Mahal's bountiful menu of flavorful fare with a safe yet savory sampling of garlic naan ($3.50) paired with a plate of deep-fried cutlets packed with mashed potatoes and veggies peppered in spicy herbs ($5). Main plates will satisfy carnivores and vegetarians alike, with options ranging from boldly spiced chicken vindaloo pinched with lemon and vinegar ($15) to navrattan curry, which features nine garden-fresh friends hanging out in a simmering pool of yogurt, cashews, cream, and butter ($13). No matter the dish, you get to choose how much you'd like the chef to spice it up; specify whether you'd like it mild, medium, sporty, spicy, really spicy, or "Shiva's sweat," which requires you to sign a waiver first.
Musician Matt Steidle wears many hats: composer, performer, and teacher. As the owner of Stylie Studio, he has the chance to exercise all three. As a composer, he creates tunes for commercials or helps others record and stylize their own songs. As a performer, Matt soundtracks everything from weddings to birthday parties with ballads dating as far back as the '60s all the way to today's hits. And as a teacher, he passes on his expertise in guitar, electric bass, piano, and music theory to the next generation of artists.
Arthur Murray has been a leading name in franchise dance since 1912, when the entrepreneur began selling mail-order dance lessons. Expanding his reach, he enlisted teachers to spread his signature dance lessons on first-class steamships and skyrocketed to fame in the '30s after introducing the public to such dances as the Lambeth Walk and The Big Apple. By the 1950s, Arthur and his wife, Kathryn, were hosting their own highly popular TV show on ABC, The Arthur Murray Dance Party, which ran for 12 years. Today, Arthur Murray's team prepares students for rug cutting at special events and weekend nightclub jaunts. Clients who arrive to lessons partnerless will be paired up with other classmates as the instructors assess their current skill level and make recommendations on the most appropriate program. Throughout lessons, instructors teach the foundations of two to four dances from a long list of styles that range from Latin to country-western, helping students to learn basic step patterns, timing, and the ability to lead or follow.
Learn how to mix, stir, and shake under the tutelage of ABC’s experienced instructors. During the course of 40 knowledge-soaked hours, bartenders-to-be will receive extensive instruction and hands-on practice in alcohol alchemy, blending liquors and mixers into sippable sensations. Flair-bartending courses instill skills in bar-top gymnastics, teaching students how to perform eye-catching moves such as showy pours, attractive glass flips, and ice-cube triple-salchows. Emerging beverage buffs leave the course with a mixing kit for practicing at home, and ABC grads enjoy a lifetime of free refresher courses, job-placement assistance, and access to a Cheers dimension that currently, due to spatial fluctuations, contains only Cliff Clavins.
Scientists have recently discovered that in addition to conducting electricity, water also conducts friendship—a hypothesis proven time and time again at the Sycamore Hills Swim Club. The community-focused swim club boasts both a 35'x37' main pool with a diving board for adults and professional Marco Polo teams to splash in while kids 4 and under wade in a shallow pool that never goes deeper than 18 inches. The swim club's smaller size—and the watchful eyes of at least one lifeguard at all times—helps set guardians' minds at ease as they keep an eye on kids from beneath the shaded pavilion. The staff also fosters a sense of community by hosting Friday night grill outs, movie nights, and other family events. To keep kids safe around the water and foster a love for swimming, Red Cross–certified Water Safety Instructors teach kids to swim during private lessons. Kids can then put their speedier strokes to the test on Sycamore Hills Swim Club's swim team.
Since 1996, PetPromise's founders and network of volunteers have been rescuing and finding homes for stray cats and dogs. Along with rescuing stray animals from the streets and local shelters, the no-kill animal-welfare organization spays or neuters feral cats or pets whose owners need financial assistance. PetPromise also is in the process of creating an animal-care and adoption center to serve as a home-like sanctuary for animals as they await adoption.