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In wine, there is truth—and quite a lot of smashed grapes. If you’d like to know a little more about the verity of this beverage, take a class at Vino, a friendly Italian wine store near Gramercy Park. Upcoming offerings include “Wine 101,” “French Wine in a Nutshell” (which seems like it wouldn’t hold very much wine at all), and “Classic Cocktails,” which ought to leave you shaken.

Health, Body & Wellness
Once upon a time, we in the West believed that being pricked with needles was a guarantor of pain, and not a source of its relief. But the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine aims to disabuse us of that notion. Its Flatiron District campus offers bachelor’s, master’s, and associate’s degrees in acupuncture, as well as programs in massage and herbology, all designed to “educate and inspire students to become compassionate, skilled providers of patient-centered health care using traditional East Asian and integrative medicine.”

Like the idea of healing work, but don’t want to get your hands dirty? Consider the New York College of Health Professions’ continuing-education courses in the Japanese practice of Reiki, in which one manipulates the body’s healing powers to spark “a powerful yet gentle non-invasive energy that eliminates stress and promotes a state of deep and total relaxation.” (I always thought that was called Xanax.) The college also offers instruction in traditional massage, physical arts, and holistic nursing.


For-Profit Blues
'Proprietary' colleges are leaving low-income students without degreesóand a pile of debt.
By Rob Sgobbo

Education Schools Need More On-the-Job Training
Or so teaching-residency advocates say.
By Brenda Iasevoli

Students Breathe Easier as CUNY's Proficiency Exam Bites the Dust
By Michael Rymer

The Rise of Clickers Is Starting to Change How College Professors Run their Classrooms
By Fahmida Y. Rashid

If you think a GIF is something you receive for the holidays and a JPEG what you hang your hat upon, a brilliant career in Web design may not necessarily await you. But if you’re determined to learn the basics, then consider the free seminars offered by Noble Desktop in Soho: “How to Get Started in Web Design” and “Roadmap to a Career in Web or Print Design.” With a comprehensive explanation of industry terms and conditions, you should be HTMLing and Dreamweaving in no time.

Weren’t those WikiLeaked diplomatic cables terrible? Just think of how many world leaders were being insulted behind their backs. Kim Jong-Il is fat! Silvio Berlusconi is sleazy! Muammar Qaddafi uses Botox! If you’d like to say that to Qaddafi’s strangely immobile face, why not enroll in an Arabic language course, like the ones that start at Cactus Language Courses in Midtown on January 18? If you’d prefer to taunt different world leaders, Cactus also offers Korean, Italian, and eight other popular tongues.

Back in the day, you couldn’t swing a schnitzel on Manhattan’s Upper East Side without hitting a native German speaker. But as sausage shops and coffeehouses and bakeries (oh, where are the baumkuchen of yesteryear?) have been replaced by frat bars, the number of Deutsche has dwindled. However, the German Language Learning Club in Yorkville offers language classes for children and adults interested in helping to preserve some of the neighborhood’s Teutonic heritage.

Diamonds are a girl’s best friend, but beads are a very companionable alternative. The Midtown store Metalliferous stocks baubles, chains, and materials of all sorts. In addition, they offer several courses a year designed to inaugurate students into the pleasures of bracelet- and necklace-making. Or maybe they’re just stringing you along.

UrbanGlass, a downtown Brooklyn atelier, devotes itself to supporting “aspiring and established artists wishing to create with glass.” To that end, it sponsors weekly classes as well as intensive workshops in all manner of glass techniques. Spring courses include “Blowing Glass,” “Glass Synthesis,” “Neon Weekend,” “Stained Glass Weekend,” and “Flame.”

Know the latest sensation in Las Vegas? Synchronized swimming. Apparently at least 30 professional swimmers drip all over the Strip in various entertainments. If you’ve always dreamed of the damp and spangled life, Dolphin Swimming now offers beginning and intermediate synchronized swimming courses at its Manhattan, Queens, and Brooklyn locations. Adults and children eight and older learn to crawl, butterfly, and backstroke in unison. Basic swimming knowledge and comfort underwater required. Showgirl costumes not included.

Which martial art is the mightiest? Karate, kung fu, jujutsu, aikido, boxing? (Tai chi chuan, it ain’t.) They all have their strengths, but let’s give the nod to capoeira. What’s cooler than a fighting form you can dance to? Created by African slaves in 16th-century Brazil, it melds hitting and kicking with music and dance, providing an intensely melodic workout. Midtown’s Arte Capoeira Center offers daily group classes, as well as private lessons. It also sponsors a performance troupe.

Taking a horticulture class in the middle of winter might seem somewhat counterintuitive, as gardens are dappled with frost or covered in snow. But the New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx offers a bevy of courses well-suited to the colder months. Students can enroll in such offerings as “Greenhouse Management,” “Winter Tree Identification,” “Pruning Principles and Practices,” and “Ornamental Woody Plants: Conifers.” Even as the mercury falls, the NYBG’s commitment to botanical instruction remains evergreen.

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