Business Spotlight

Business Spotlight June 2014

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Inspire SD Studio

Fine Art Techniques Taught in Fun Setting

“Inspire SD Studio is the next generation in paint and wine style workshops. All of our workshops are family friendly and most of them are process based where we encourage people to explore their own creative ideas,” says Jessica Kost, inspiration ambassador. “There are no mistakes in our classes, so it’s a safe and encouraging atmosphere to come and learn fine art techniques. 

“Inspire San Diego offers fun and easy art workshops at local restaurants so guests can eat, drink and create,” she continues. “We are portable so we are also available for private parties. Booking Inspire SD is a great way to add a unique activity to a birthday, bachelorette party, family reunion, wedding or a ladies night out.”

They are also teaming up with the San Diego Humane Society to donate 10 percent of the proceeds from their Pet Art classes (held monthly), where they teach how to paint pets in the Pop Art style.

Inspire SD Studio

Bubbles Swim School

Babies through Adults Learn to Swim in Spring Valley

“In 1976 my own children began swimming. My passion for teaching started when I saw how my children responded to the water. It was then that I realized babies can learn to swim. The freedom of movement in the water helps them to develop motor skills they are unable to use on dry land. I wanted to share this with others,” says Jere Burns, owner of Bubbles Swim School.

The Spring Valley school offers year-round instruction for all ages. “We specialize in infants and toddlers. Our highly advanced program produces results,” she continues.

“Our gentle approach to handling infants enables them to learn to swim at a very young age. Babies are first taught to be comfortable floating on their back, having their face submerged and learning to rollover onto their backs and float independently. We emphasize safety and decision making in the water. This unique method allows children to become water safe very young,” Burns says.

Bubbles Swim School
10369 Campo Rd., Spring Valley


Kids Learn How to Code in Hands-On Program

ThoughtSTEM teaches 8–18-year-olds how to code through fun, project-based camps, workshops, classes and after-school programming teams across San Diego and Granite Bay,” says Lindsey Handley, co-founder. “We believe students learn by doing, so in our classes students learn by creating their own video games, apps and websites.

“We craft classes that inspire students to use code as a means of creative expression,” she continues. “Our Minecraft classes are a good example of this because students are learning how to design their own original structures and worlds by modding (modifying) the game using Javascript.”

On June 1, ThoughtSTEM is hosting the first annual Scholastic Coding Faire at UCSD for families and children interested in seeing what they can do with coding knowledge.

“The public is invited to come test out the Minecraft mods, Android apps and video games our students have developed this year,” Handley says.


Family Health Centers of San Diego

Healthcare Options for All Available through Local Centers

“Our mission is to provide caring, affordable, high quality healthcare and supportive services to everyone, with a special commitment to uninsured, low income and medically underserved persons,” says Ben Avey, government and media relations manager at Family Health Centers of San Diego.

The private, non-profit community health center offers services in adult medicine, chronic disease care, dentistry, health education, mental health, obstetrics/gynecology and pediatrics at 35 sites throughout San Diego County.

As a First 5 provider in San Diego’s central and east regions, they also have specialized services for young children including therapies, screenings and early childhood interventions.

“Everyone is welcome at our health centers, including Medi-Cal, Covered California, private insurance and uninsured patients. Many patients qualify for programs that cover the cost of their care. If patients are uninsured and do not qualify for a program, their cost is discounted based on income and family size,” says Avey. “No matter the situation, we are here to help.”

Family Health Centers of San Diego

 Sing, Move and Play Music Academy

Musicianship Lessons for All Ages in North County

“Sing, Move and Play Music Academy teaches ear training, movement, singing, creating and countless other aspects of musicianship from 18 months to adult,” says Olivia Donald, owner, founder and head teacher.

“The curriculum uses a ‘layered’ technique with songs and learning concepts to ensure student success. Parents are actively involved in the young students’ classes,” she continues.

“All levels sing, dance, play rhythm instruments and songs. Children leave this program with a solid foundation of musicianship that will enhance any further musical pursuits they may have. Our group lessons take learning notes, theory, ensemble playing and ear training to a higher level than most traditional lessons,” Donald says.

There are two upcoming summer camps: Junior Music Camp for ages 4–6 provides an activity-oriented musical experience, two hours daily for one week. Meet the Composer Mozart Camp for ages 7–11 is a weeklong camp devoted to Mozart, and designed for children with basic musical knowledge and piano skills.

Sing, Move and Play Music Academy
17197 Patina St., Rancho Bernardo

Updated: May 2014