Deb Cazavilan loves teaching people how to cook so much that she even found a way to reflect it in her company's domain name, www.CanYouBakeaCherryPie.com. She discovered this passion for sharing her craft while working as a chef in her former restaurant, The Little Blue House, where she started hosting cooking lessons in the kitchen. That grew into Wooden Spoons Workshops and Cooking Classes, and today, Deb welcomes aspiring chefs to her studio kitchen for hands-on classes covering topics from artisan pizzas and holiday pies to paella and gluten-free cookies. She may even share a pointer for making her blue-ribbon-winning Ankeny mudslide pie. Hint: she uses chocolate, not mud and slides from a science department's old projector room.
In addition to boasting years of firearms training and NRA certifications, Learn 2 Shoot Iowa's owners and instructors John McLaughlin and Frank Scaglione (a former law enforcement officer) can always tell you the weather. A well-rounded pair, each boasts achievements in the gun range as well as outside of it, which include working in the meteorology departments of TV stations, John's work with the Federal Aviation Administration, and Frank's ownership of an advertising agency. At Learn 2 Shoot Iowa, the pair brings knowledge culled from extensive firearms training to teach law-abiding adults the fundamentals of safely operating firearms. Together, they've created exclusive classes and private lessons to meet local students' needs and also teach official NRA courses for novices and experienced marksmen.
Unlike many of its competitors, CCW Pros is not necessarily interested in selling you a handgun. In fact, many of the family-friendly business's beginner-level courses are designed with safety in mind, catering both to those who own their own firearms as well as to those who may never purchase one. In doing so, the instructors cover basic handgun-safety principles such as how the fight-or-flight instinct can affect variables in self-defense situations and the benefits of the Center Axis Relock technique. At the same time, they foster a non-intimidating environment that welcomes teens and seniors.
During basic and advanced courses, instructors coach people through training with targets at an indoor or outdoor range.
Every one of Active Defense Awareness Training's instructors has NRA certification, and many also list military and law-enforcement experience on their resumes. It's this expertise that informs them as they teach basic firearms safety, gun laws, and shooting skills. Their courses include lecture-based sessions and online classes for students who are out-of-state.
The crew at Athletes Advantage helps players and teams hone their swings and pitches in an indoor, 150'x42' facility. Batting cages and pitching lanes are equipped with mounds, and Iron Mike pitching machines lob balls at waiting batters, and both baseball and softball players throw in pitching lanes. Private instruction is overseen by experienced pros, who also oversee boot-camp classes that combine cardio and weight training.
The Ankeny Area Chamber of Commerce promotes local business and quality of life across the city with a variety of services. The chamber curates a directory of local businesses, provides volunteer opportunities, and facilitates yearly networking sessions. Community-outreach efforts include events hosted throughout the year, such as charity runs, business events, and SummerFest?a yearly celebration of nature's triumph over antiperspirant.