Students unleash their inner creativity during Wine and Palette's laid-back painting classes. The professional-artist instructors invent projects that reflect their individual style, from bold abstract patterns to misty, atmospheric landscapes. Though all members of a course work on the same basic image, students add individual flourishes to make the image their own. And, since each class meets at a local bar or restaurant, they can also choose to kick back with a drink or snack as they paint.
As a part of Southwestern College in partnership with California State Parks & Recreation, Crown Cove Aquatic Center serves as an accessible outlet for locals to get educated and enjoy aquatic activities around the beautiful surrounding beaches. Visitors can enjoy a host of recreational paddling activities, including kayaking and stand-up paddleboarding, or take a lesson with one of the experienced instructors or sea lions on staff.
When you need something to do on your day off, visit Xtreme Adventures Bonita in Coronado, and indulge in a day filled with fun and adventure.
Parking is plentiful, so guests can feel free to bring their vehicles.
Xtreme Adventures Bonita is obviously the place to be, so get your calendar out and make plans to visit it soon.
Jeff Roberto, a sushi expert, brings a plethora of experience to his San Diego sushi oasis. He has catered large events of up to 16,000 guests as well as the sets of such Hollywood films as Titanic, Pearl Harbor, and Elizabethtown. Inside SOAR (Sushi On A Roll) he constructs specialty rolls filled with shrimp tempura, seared tuna, spicy scallops, and sashimi and nigiri rolls featuring fresh water eel and squid.
Roberto also leads group explorations in the art of sushi preparation during interactive sushi-making classes held inside a private sushi bar. Two-hour classes commence with an assessment of how many edamame you can stuff in your cheeks before you begin tucking vegetable fillings in sheets of seaweed with the help of a bamboo mat. Students jot down notes on the proper consistency of sushi rice, when to sprinkle rolls with sesame seeds, and how to repurpose chopsticks as the mast of a ship-in-a-bottle.
A koi mural provides the backdrop for the expansive 30-seat sushi bar, which is outlined in neon to highlight the dramatic curve of the space. The expansive venue, which accommodates up to 100 people, is popular among large groups of friends looking for a fun outing and U.S. senators playing hooky. Free parking is also available.
Avivit Erlichman honed her cake-making skills under world-renowned bakers in the Middle East and the United States, developing a baking philosophy built around beautiful presentation and using only fresh, preservative-free products. Avivit boasts a diverse culinary repertoire; she's able to whip up everything from Israeli cheesecakes, pecan pies, and lemon cakes, to savory couscous, chicken schnitzel, and stuffed peppers. As a proud mother of three, Avivit brings a wealth of experience with children to the kitchen table, helping kids of all ages unlock their creative potential during children's cake-decorating and baking courses.
Signature service: Social Painting Classes
Staff Size: 2–10 people
Average Duration of Services: 2–4 hours
Pro Tip: We are here to make sure you go home with a sense of accomplishment, and a beautiful painting.
Q&A with the Owner/ Instructor
Describe a time your services really changed a client's life for the better.
I have had many people walk in before the show, view the featured painting, and say, "There's no way I'm going to paint that." At the end of the session, everyone is smiling, and ecstatic about what thy accomplished in a few hours.
Besides making clients happy, what do you like most about your job?
I love seeing everyone's paintings evolve from simple sketches to full-blown colorful landscapes/still-lifes. I love seeing the clients become friends in such a short time, and their interaction with one another throughout the course of the class.
Sometimes it's all about the little things in life. What supplemental courtesies do you include with your main services to leave clients with a smile on their face?
If a client is struggling with a section of the painting, I will assist them in color mixing and applying paint to their own canvas. Before each class, I have everyone hold up their glasses and "cheers" the person(s) to each side of them. It's all about making everyone comfortable and bringing out their inner artist.
Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
Along with instruction, I play background music when they are really getting into painting. It allows them to be a bit more social during this time to talk among themselves. Depending on the song playing, I like to encourage sing-a-longs to get them "amped up" and a bit more relaxed. I also encourage clients to sit back, relax, and order food/beverages from the venue, since the class lasts about 2.5 to 3 hours.