By Alexis Soloski
By Molly Grogan
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By Alexis Soloski
By Alexis Soloski
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With the prudence of Wall Street's Young Turks being queried these days in the same paper of record that used to run lifestyle-appreciation pieces about NASDAQ's "new rich," the not-for-profit New York Society of Security Analysts (www.nyssa.org; 212-912-9249) wins points for at least mentioning "the pursuit of high standards of ethics and professional conduct" on its Web site. NYSSA offers year-round prep courses for the Chartered Financial Analysts exam (including a nine-day intensive review beginning May 14) and various securities-industry courses in the fall for established analysts and intrepid folks switching into the field.
While your resolution to get the better of Uncle Sam next year is still fresh, why not hie yourself over to that old Queens standby, LaGuardia Community College/ CUNY(www.lagcc.cuny.edu/ace), for a continuing-ed class in how to "Become an Income Tax Preparer, Part I"? At $162 for nine Tuesday-evening classes beginning April 24, this could pay dividends when the taxman cometh around again in 2002. LaGuardia offers numerous other real-world adult-ed courses throughout this spring and summer, all good for liberal-arts refugees who've discovered that, as Mr. Dylan once said, "lotsof people go to college." E. McMurtrie
I guess Cubamania was inevitable once Fidelito opened the floodgates and Buena Vista became a ubiquitous dinner-party soundtrack. To join the stampede, consult the Center for Cuban Studies(212-242-0559; www.cubaupdate.org). CCS is licensed to coordinate fact-finding trips to Havana and beyond. It offers both its own preplanned trips, such as "Universal Health Care System" (May 18-26) and "Politics and Economics" (June 8-16), as well as customized trips for individuals and groups. Restrictions apply, courtesy of the Treasury Department.
The University of Minnesota's Minnesota Studies in International Development(612-626-9000; UMabroad@umn.edu; www.UMabroad.umn.edu) places students with NGOs in Ecuador, India, Kenya, and Senegal. Through field research and internships focusing on development and social change, the program aims to prepare "culturally sensitive individuals who are committed to justice and sustainable development" for work in public health, education and literacy, environmental protection, social service, women in development, agriculture, and small business. The program is open to all undergrads or to anyone with a B.A. Pablo Morales
After 500 years, Don Quixote remains the funniest book ever; Instituto Cervantes(www.cervantes.org; 212-661-6011), founded by Spain's government and named after the epic's author, can acquaint you with the original. The institute offers semester-long regular- and intensive-level Spanish instruction, as well as classes on cultural subjects such as "The Wines of Spain" and Latin American cinema. Registration for the June 20-August 31 semester begins May 29; language courses run from $360-$400.
Your kids are specialstronger, faster, smarter than other people's kids. Natch: They are yours. While genetic enhancements are still unavailable (sorry), you can fast-track 'em early at The Little Language League (www.littleivyleague.com), where children ages six months to six years learn Spanish and French "by having fun." The school's accessible by SUV, but scholars under three must be accompanied by a caregiver. I'll be working for your wunderkind somedayprobably as your caregiver.
English as a Second Language classes are ubiquitous in NYC, but the not-for-profit 92nd Street Y(www.92ndsty.org; 212-415-5500) will offer some of the coming summer's most reasonably priced programs. Eight-week courses for beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels, covering grammar, conversation, and TOEFL prep, will be offered from June 4; daytime sections ($335) meet three times a week, and evening sections ($165) run Wednesdays from 6-9 p.m. Placement interviews will be conducted on May 30. E. McMurtrie
Let's face it, without rhythm the world is your stumbling ground. For beat-challenged beatniks, The Collective(www.thecoll.com; 212-741-0091) offers several enterprising bass and drum "rhythm workshops"from beginner to intermediatecovering a variety of styles, from world music to modern jazz to hand drumming for conga-inspired timbres. Among other resources, the Collective can also provide studio space, professional advice, and custom-designed full-time programs for the aspiring drum or bass pundit. It's a great forum to meet other musicians and creatively garnish your individual style in a relaxed, jam-oriented environment.
The Mannes School of Music is holding the New York Guitar Seminar(212-712-1973; firstname.lastname@example.org) from June 13 to 17. With five full days of intensive workshops and lectures, the seminar seeks to teach all angles of classical guitar practice, from fingerboard harmony to ear training to classical arrangement and composition. Your urge to strum will not be squelched by sheer ignorancethough it will put you back the $560 tuition and $25 registration fee. Amber Cortes
Commemorate Earth Day 2001; do something nice for a city park. Bring lunch, water, and work gloves to Pelham Bay Park (at the Bartow Pell Mansion) in the Bronx on Saturday, April 21, at 9:30 a.m. Join Appalachian Mountain Club members in doing spring trail maintenance. No experience is needed, and tools are provided. Call Ken West (evenings) at 212-750-8870.
Bored with working out in crowded gyms? Flex your quads and glutes on a half-day hike along the rocky terrain of the Palisades National Natural Landmark cliff in Alpine, New Jersey, on Saturday, May 5, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., sponsored by the Museum of Natural History (212-769-5200). Trip fee: $15.