I seem to have caught a wave of entry level microcontroller classes in San Antonio. In December I was introduced to Propeller through a workshop at 10bitworks and earlier this month Arduino was taught for a members only event at Geekdom. Next up is an Arduino integration workshop on February 4th at 10bitworks.
Now I just need to make my way down to Intertex to pick up some buttons and sliders. That, and learn how to solder.