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.
Anytime Fitness is a busy, popular fitness chain that works to remove common obstacles to working out. At any one of the 21 locations this Groupon is valid for, clients have 24/7 access to the gym’s cardio and strength-training equipment, and some locations offer group fitness classes, such as Zumba and small group training. Certified personal trainers are available to help those looking to take their workouts to the next level, and members can finish their exercise routines with a stop off at the onsite tanning booth to add a summery glow to muscles.
For many, maintaining a healthy fitness regimen is an off-putting chore on par with cleaning the garage or assembling that backyard roller coaster for the kids. The folks behind Snap Fitness, who now boast locations all over the world, are of the opinion that this doesn't have to be the case. They believe 24-hour access to premium cardio and strength-training equipment, innovative easyFIT monitors to track personal progress, and perpetual guidance from certified professionals can help transform physical fitness into an accessible activity that yields measurable and tangible results. In addition to providing online workout rubrics and meal plans, they work to keep sweat glands up and running by offering work out rewards programs, making regular check-in calls, and measuring bodies—sans padded muscle suits—every 30 days.
Big Fun Sports outfits speed-seeking outdoorspeople with power-sports machines for every season and environment. Stocking brand names such as Sea-Doo, Polaris, and Arctic Cat, Big Fun Sports preps willing wilderness-fiends for a day of safe and high-speed sightseeing. Equipment pickup from the Ankeny facility is coordinated with a rental associate, and customers can pickup their rides the night before (if rental schedule allows) or be met as early as 6 a.m. After securing their all-terrain land- or water-chariots, Big Fun Sports will provide safety instruction before adventurers head out to punish Mother Nature's pedway.
Snap Fitness's around-the-clock gyms enable members to work on physical well-being with a cornucopia of equipment. With 24-hour access, members don't have to let The Man or a random street man tell them when to help themselves to Snap's strength equipment or top-of-the-line cardio equipment, which features televisions and other media diversions. Even if you exercise during conventional hours, Snap's friendly, unintimidating atmosphere will provide a refreshing change of pace from any meat-market gym or tough elementary-schoolyard workout. Members also enjoy nationwide access to all Snap Fitness locations, ideal for working out while traveling.
Bowlers who revel in the crashing cacophony of well-flung bowling balls can find solace in Ankeny Lanes' 12 wooden alleys. The family-night package bundles a quartet of goodies that fulfills every basic human need: food, drink, recreation, and two-toned footwear. On arriving for an evening of fun, up to four participants first check in at the alley’s shoe section to find the appropriate bowling shoes ($12.64 value). Once tastefully shod, customers are each entitled to a pair of bowling rounds ($33.52 value), giving them two great opportunities to finally break the 300-point barrier that has been the bane of professional rollers for decades. Also included in the Family Night deal is a hot pizza ($10.10 value) and a pitcher of soda ($4.25 value) from Ankeny Lanes’ full-service snack bar. The package is also available for Glo Bowling nights, when the alley trades its normal ambience for an explosion of colorful glow-in-the-dark lights and up-tempo music.