Have you considered registering for and attending one of the IT Camps offered through TechNet?
As explained on the Microsoft TechNet Events site, these are free, in-person learning events for anyone seeking professional development as it applies to IT Professionals. The agenda is intended to deliver a technical overview and hands-on experience that is less formal or structured than traditional instructor-led training. Participants have a chance to perform hands on activities / exercises individually or as a team.
Upcoming locations/events include (click on the link for a location to access the registration page):
City, State, Date
Madison, WI, March 28, 2012
Milwaukee, WI, April 4, 2012
Milwaukee, WI, April 5, 2012
Minneapolis, MN, April 23, 2012
Minneapolis, MN, April 30, 2012