YMCA of Amarillo has opened its doors to peoples of all faiths, races, income levels, and abilities since 1937. Today staffers continue to uphold the YMCA’s core values of honesty, acceptance, and fairness as they ensure each location is a safe place for members to play, exercise, and strengthen family bonds weakened by overzealous games of Monopoly. Adults can take aquatic, boot-camp, and Zumba classes or workout within fitness centers filled with cardio and strength-training equipment. Kids, meanwhile, can join in on youth basketball and soccer matches or stimulate their imagination, mental development, and growth in afterschool programs, homework-assistance sessions, and art classes. To help guests of all ages get in touch with their creative sides, local artists host writing groups, dance courses, and photography classes.
YMCA of Amarillo emphasizes the importance of cultural enrichment in their community as well—they partner with such community-based organizations as Boy Scouts of America, Lone Star Ballet, and Amarillo Opera. They also further strengthen the community by offering much-needed funding to children and families who cannot afford the full cost of any of these progressive programs.
Heather Simpson of Panhandle Talent enjoys time in front of and behind the camera. As an actress, she has appeared in a featured role in a 20th Century Fox film, other leads in festival films, and more than 45 film, television, industrial, and theatrical productions. Offscreen, she has served in positions as casting director and producer. At Panhandle Talent, she shares her passion by coaching students toward their dreams with film-acting classes and professional consultations. Her classes introduce students to film-acting techniques such as acting for the camera, improvisation, and how to cry when an onion breaks up with you. Film-acting classes culminate in the chance to participate in a real movie. During consultations, she performs a variety of services such as private coaching, headshot/resume analysis, and self-marketing.
Founded with the goal of outfitting its pupils with the skills necessary to excel in the spa and salon industries, Milan Institute of Cosmetology deploys a rigorous curriculum that emphasizes professionalism and hands-on learning to train fledgling cosmetologists and aestheticians around the country. As the most important aspect of the course of study, student salons and spas serve as a real-world classroom wherein nascent beauticians—under the careful supervision of their instructors—can practice their newly minted skills on humans or sentient mannequins. The beauty apprentices gussy up patrons head to toe via sundry lavish salon and spa services—specific to each location—that may include nail services, haircare, facials therapeutic massages, or nourishing body wraps.
A destination for kids and adults, the Amarillo Art Institute's mission is to enrich the lives of community members by making art enjoyable and accessible for everyone. Ongoing classes for adults include painting in various mediums, loom weaving, and wheel-thrown pottery. Shorter workshops focus on one creative endeavor that can usually be completed over the course of a day. During the spring and summer, there's the Third Saturday Art Beat, a two-hour event that invites children to freely express themselves with mediums that frequently change based on the session's instructor.
CrossFit 806's dedicated coaches are extensively trained in the CrossFit regimen, with individual concentrations in football, gymnastics, and power lifting. Their varied backgrounds allow the gym to offer a variety of CrossFit sessions, including ones that cater to newbies, seasoned athletes, teens, and young children. There are also childcare services available onsite, so tykes can stay safe while their parents work out or build treehouses out of free weights.
Question one of the seasoned staff members at Neon Sun Tanning Salon, and they might tell you about the time former Pussycat Dolls member Kaya Jones dropped by for a tan before her concert. Their private studio hums with powerful, professional beds and standup booths, bronzing torsos with warm rays of simulated sunlight.