Artist and instructor Debra Banna makes learning art as accessible as possible for her students. The veteran teacher and former children’s librarian studied art at the Attleboro Art Museum and the Rhode Island Watercolor Society. Conducting lessons at local libraries, churches, and students’ homes, Banna teaches kids how to create their own cartoon characters and helps adults paint realistic depictions of their feelings.
A simple sewing tutorial from Mikala Cash's grandmother at age six sparked a passion in the Creative Sewing Lessons' founder that continues to smolder after an education from Massachusetts College of Art and Design. At her North Attleboro studio, Mikala guides students of various levels through a range of classes, including tailoring, invisible zippers, and sewing for kids, which arms youngsters with the know-how to construct business suits for lemonade stand conventions. In addition to her sewing classes, Mikala invites guest artists to lead workshops during her Creative Night Out series, a monthly event that introduces participants to hands-on subjects such as visual journaling and knitting.
Owner Richard Lanza began Open Doors as a metaphysical healing center and store in 1992, and he carried that healing spirit into the yoga studio he opened in 2003. At Open Doors Yoga Studios, Richard's goal is to create a space where people feel empowered to explore their personal beliefs on a path toward self-healing. Thus, yoga instructors at the studio's numerous locations help practitioners achieve their personal goals through accessible classes, each designed to build core strength while quieting the mind and increasing body awareness. From slow-flow heated classes to unheated Hatha sessions, students can participate in a variety of yoga styles geared toward beginners, more experienced participants, and those who only feel comfortable in a 98-degree room.
Within Athletes Equation’s newly expanded 5,000 square feet of training space, the gym’s certified fitness team guides members through the exercises and cardio training needed to boost both muscle tone and overall health. Members can go at their own pace on any of the hand-picked weight equipment or partake in one of the gym’s boot camps and training sessions to get in shape for an upcoming marathon or the eventual day a tractor tire gets stuck in your yard.
Before joining local law enforcement and becoming a Certified NRA Pistol Instructor, Rob Curran ascended to the rank of Sergeant during his four years of U.S. Marine Corps service. Meanwhile, his fellow certified instructor, Denis Donovan, earned his Sergeant rank in the Army after tours in Iraq and Kuwait before working as a police officer and becoming a certified S.W.A.T. Operator. Since 2011, the pair has taught fundamental firearms training to beginners and more advanced defensive techniques to carbine, handgun, and shotgun owners. In addition to in-depth instruction, Tactical Dynamics Firearms Training outfits customers with its new line of handmade and custom-modeled holsters and magazine carriers.
Bally Total Fitness enshrines exercise classes, calorie-burning equipment, and a fitness-focused staff within its sanctuaries of health. A 30-day guest pass includes access to a spread of group exercise classes, including Pilates, Reaction Cycling, Step Fitness, and High-Impact Hopscotch (class offerings vary by location). For self-guided worker-outers, cardio equipment such as treadmills, elliptical machines, cross-trainers, and stair climbers torch calories while entertaining the brain with video entertainment and integrated music systems that occasionally whisper quotes from Charles Atlas. Bally also boasts a bulk-building army of strength machines, free weights, and small-apparatus equipment, and grants gym-goers access to on-site locker rooms, showers, and, at some locations, a pool and steam room. Visit each location's webpage for a list of specific amenities and the lineup of classes.