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TheatreworksUSA, - The Balsters' DUCK SOUP MAGIC SHOW Life Skills- Other,
Performing Arts- Magic
You won’t believe your eyes as the Balsters wow audiences of all ages with this fast-paced display of magic featuring Houdini’s mysterious masterpiece Metamorphosis; the amazing, gravity-defying Broomstick Suspension; and the hilarious Duck Soup magic trick... starring a live duck!
$1001- $3000
Hunt, Kathryn Apparel Repair Soiree Life Skills- Other,
Visual Arts- Crafts,
Visual Arts- Other
The button fell off. The sleeves are too long. The hem came undone. Learn basic techniques to repair common issues. Attendees bring in projects in progress or in need of attention. Designer brings basic supplies and tools to mend apparel. Exchange tips and ideas for projects that fix or reinvent items you may already own. Suggested Grades: 5 & up Duration: 1-hour Cost: $200 Keywords: Fashion, Wardrobe, Style, Sewing
$101- $200
Carpenter, Margot Harriet Tubman, the Underground Railroad, the Cause of Slavery, & Us! History,
Life Skills- Other,
Multicultural- Other
This interactive event does something thrilling and unique: children and adults learn about a woman important in American History, Harriet Tubman, about the importance of the underground railroad, and about the cause of slavery. Based on the philosophy Aesthetic Realism founded by poet and critic Eli Siegel, children learn about themselves and the respect for the world and people they most hope for! There are Power Point slides of the routes of the Underground Railroad, music, and a re-enactment of an escape from enslavement which was led by Harriet Tubman all the way to Canada.
$101- $200
Edgecomb, Diane Summer Escapades Life Skills- Other,
Nature- Animals,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Summer Escapades celebrates family fun with participatory stories chosen from Diane's best-loved family tales. Original fables, folktales and songs give us a look at exiting summertime adventures including the aquatic antics of a curious monkey who goes for a wild ride on the back of a shark! Summer Escapades is also available with Celtic harp accompaniment by Margot Chamberlain. Either way it's the perfect summertime treat.
$351- $500
Sprague, Lindsay (Lynn) Sugaring Off - Making Maple Syrup Life Skills- Food,
Nature- Other,
Learn how to tap maple trees properly, different methods with pros and cons. How to store and process sap, measure brix, and grade maple products. Science of sugar discussed, with chemistry. Best of all, live demonstration with partially boiled sap to reduce waiting time, kids can watch syrup finish and taste when cool as sugar on snow. May be done any time of year, ice shavings can substitute for snow in summer.
$101- $200
Tolliver, Lisa SAT/PSAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test) Test Prep Life Skills- Other,
Multicultural- Other,
SAT Success! Learn what's on the SAT, differences and similarities between the SAT and ACT, and strategies for improving your scores and increasing your speed and accuracy. Professor Lisa Tolliver (AB Harvard, MBA+post-grad Columbia, NYS DOE Teaching License) has helped hundreds of students master the SAT and improve their scores. She works with large groups, small groups, and individuals, including honors students, speakers of ESL (English as a Second Language), students who have autism, ADHD, and Asperger's Syndrome, and students who are re-taking the test.
$1001- $3000
Maurer, Jim Beat Box Workshop Life Skills- Other,
Performing Arts- Other
Ever wish you could play the drums, with your mouth???? Well Jester Jim is teaching the art of beatboxing to all young and old. A great introduction for kids to learn about tempo, and the sounds of music. Check out video clips of Jim doing his beatbox show on the website
$101- $200
Herscovitch, Lara Workshop - Waging Love: Finding & Amplifying Your Voice for a Better World Life Skills- Other,
(Women Waging Love: same workshop with female-only participants) The many challenges of our world can feel overwhelming. Every one of us has knowledge and skills that can help build healthier communities, but we don’t always know where to start or how to plug in. This engaging, interactive workshop is like a visit to an artistic and inspiring civic engagement coach. It is designed for people who want to build a personal road map in a safe, respectful space with some guidance and in connection with others. Through individual writing and reflection, compelling exercises, group discussion, and live and recorded music, we will cover: individual values, priorities and hopes; debunking the myths of a perfect solution and single charismatic leader; accepting, carrying and passing on a torch; letting one’s heart lead (not one’s ego); allowing for the messiness of collaboration; appreciating common threads as well as differences; and specific strategies and places to wage love in the civic arena. Step in, step up: we are the leaders we’ve been waiting for.
$351- $500
Tolliver, Lisa FoolProof Financial Education (for high school and college-aged people) Life Skills- Finance,
FOOLPROOF CURRICULM: 5 lesson units are delivered via a combination of live presentations, highly interactive online modules and dynamic websites with follow-up classroom work, and assessments. Unit details are presented below: I: When It Hits the Fan - You and Your Money & Introduction to FoolProof [90-120 min] II: Breathing Without Air - An introduction to the importance of credit and making wise credit decisions [Works with Module III, 90-120 min] III: Kick Some Buck - Continuation of the exploration of credit. Examines individual responsibility for credit decisions. [Expands upon Module II, 90-120 min] IV: Road Trip - Explores checking accounts, debit cards, and banking. Can be used as the full curriculum for checking accounts, debit cards and banking. By adding printed personal fiance worksheets, this module can cover five classroom sessions. [W/ interactive homework skills module, 135-180 min] V: Sucker Punch - An extensive look at credit cards. [w/ interactive homework skills module, 135-180 min] TOTAL PROGRAM DURATION: 9-12 hours
$201- $350
Nobisso, Josephine Behind the Scenes with a Celebrated Author Life Skills- Other,
Performing Arts- Literary Artists
Through age-appropriate, visual slide presentations, beloved author of 58+ books takes audiences behind the scenes into her 37 years in writing. Using humor and inspirational anecdotes, she shows influences that shaped her career from her bi-lingual school days. Shares her professional and home life, illuminates successful work habits, and shows the stages a book requires. Reads her books. Q&A. Author donates books, discounts books through easy ordering kit, and offers writing program, Show; Don't Tell! Secrets of Writing.
$501- $1000
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