The new round of Oracle Developer Days is just about to be launched in the US next week.
This year we are running just one workshop on SOA covering J2EE and Web Services in one day. This is a highly technical seminar with no marketing fluff, and is a great way to get to know the latest technologies and standards (J2EE 1.4, BPEl, JAX-RPC etc) as well as the Oracle tools that will let you use them.
Well worth your time - and the best thing - they are free.
You can see the schedule and register here:
If you don't have one schedule in your area - try bothering your local Oracle office asking them to run one in your area.
Who knows, maybe one of the PMs or even me will come over to visit in your city.