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The fact is, every piece of technology out there has a little manual to go with it. Computer Technology workshop instructor Henry Toromoreno of the Lighthouse Learning Center (718-846-9768) has done the reading so you won't have to. Forget the confined, boring, textbook-filled classrooms. He offers one-on-one hands-on basic training of "Windows, MS Word, Excel, Desktop Publishing, and the Internet." Call to schedule private classes or small groups (three people max).
Gain Basic Macintosh knowledge at The Learning Annex (371-0280). With "Intro to the Mac" you will learn how to create folders, documents, shortcuts, navigational skills and most importantly learn how to store it all. This three-hour one-day workshop will take place August 6 at 10 a.m. Cost is $95 for non-members, $85 for members. Seating is limited.
The Career Center (684-5151) knows that Windows 98 is the new standard operating system. Learn what changed from Windows 95, the new features and benefits, and, most importantly, become familiar with the new Internet Explorer. Classes are limited, therefore a deposit is required to reserve your seat. Class will be held August 13, 1:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at a cost of $79.
How would you like to go to the NBA, WNBA, or NCAA finals for free? Take the six-week course offered by the Sports United Boro-Wide Officials Association and become a licensed basketball referee. Learn the rules and the floor mechanics of the game you love. SUBOA has branches throughout the five boroughs, with classes beginning in mid September. Write to: Sports United Boro-Wide Officials Association, Brooklyn Board, P.O. Box 471412, Brooklyn, NY 11247.
Get experience climbing the corporate ladder, breaking that glass ceiling, and being the first to reach heaven, all by visiting the New York City Extra Vertical facility (586-5382). Throw away your fear of heights by scaling a 50-foot wall. It will not get you the key to the executive bathroom, but it will test your will, physical strength, and mental commitment. A beginning lesson is $9.
Looking for new ways to achieve greater intimacy with your partner? How do you feel about body oils, candles, romantic music, and hands-on anatomy lessons? At The Learning Annex (371-0280), Bob Yoder will enlighten you on how to achieve a greater sensual connection with your mate during his "Massage for Couples" workshop. Saturday, August 21, from 1 to 4 p.m. The cost is $59, though members get a $10 discount.
If Tae-Bo has you all jabbed out, your work is a drag, the kids are driving you crazy, or all the trendy Starbucks coffee has you on a constant caffeine-flavored high, you need to get centered. The Long Island City YMCA (718-392-7932) will be offering eight-week yoga classes, starting in September.
Here's a great two-in-one special for your palate. The New School (229-5600) has a "Fresh From the Farmers Market: Shopping Tour and Cooking Class." This one-day session will teach you how to use all of your senses when picking out choice ingredients. From there you will take the healthy foods back inside to learn to cook them. Wine will be served with the meal. Class will meet August 27 at Union Square West right in front of McDonald's. The cost is $75.
Are you moving out of Mom's house? Are you wondering "How To Cook (If You've Never Done It Before)"? Well, the Peter Kump New York Cooking School (847-0700) will teach you about basic equipment and simple preparation of foods. You will practice sautéing, grilling, and other forms of cooking. These Sunday classes will be held August 15, 22, and 29. The cost is $250 with a $125 deposit in advance.
If you love raw fish as much as I do, then I know I will see you at The Learning Annex (371-0280), where you will "Learn How To Make Sushi." Professional chef J.Y. Li will instruct the class in the basic techniques, ingredients, supplies, and garnishes. You are required to bring your own knife. Class will be held August 22 from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The fee for materials is $15 and the course fee is $39 ($34 for Annex members).
Since its inception in 1991, Gowanus Arts Exchange (718-832-0018) has become known for its excellence in children's programming. Located in Park Slope, Brooklyn, Gowanus is now a cultural oasis for children and adults in the community, offering classes such as "Tots on the Move," "Creative Movement," modern, and ballet. Children's classes run on a 12-week semester and range from $114 to $138. Classes start Tuesday, September 21. So hurry and enroll your child, and watch him or her become a member of a community where adults and children alike share an understanding of the importance of the arts.
Dedicated to nurturing experimentation in dance education, Movement Research (539-2611) offers classes and workshops in techniques central to postmodern dance, such as contact improvisation, release, improvisational performance, and other movement ideas for both trained and nontrained dancers. They also offer free "Gentle Movement/Release Classes" for people struggling with health issues, as well as for their partners and caregivers. Classes run weekday mornings from 10 a.m. to noon, and most workshops are held on weekends. Teachers in the fall lineup include Rebecca Hilton, Lisa Race, and Andrea Mills. Workshop teachers include Joan Skinner, Koosil-Ja Hwang, and Sally Silvers. Classes are $10 and a 10-class card is $80. Workshops cost between $40 and $150.