The trainers at Anthony Ferraro Fitness Training understand that everyone's fitness goals differ. That's why they get to know each client they train by first conducting a thorough BMI analysis and consultation—both of which are included with the personal-training session. The trainer then designs an effective fitness plan based on the results of the BMI and the client's personal goals.
After radiating do-re-mis through Carnegie Hall and China's 2010 World Expo, the Austin Civic Chorus of Chorus Austin embarks upon its 47th year of harmonious belting, energized by a placing among 10 finalists nationwide for the prestigious American Prize in 2011. To kick off the new season, the choir sings the poignant notes of Rossini's “Petite Messe Solennelle,” an 1863 composition that the composer dubbed, “the last of my sins of old age” in reference to his penchant for plagiarizing songbirds. As music director Ryan Heller conducts the tapestry of 130 voices with an experienced ear, two pianos and a harmonium hum along to the beat. Four soloists stand to flex their professional pipes and singing biceps, including soprano Mele Dailey, mezzo Kathryn Findlen, tenor Nicholas Simpson, and bass Bruce Cain.
Theresa Bond Zelazny founded the Mobile Art Program (MAP) after seeing how the creation of artwork helped her mother reduce stress and anxiety during a six-month battle with colon cancer. Today, MAP works toward empowering seniors and people with disabilities through artistic expression, helping them cope with their situations, regain a sense of control in their lives, and develop interpersonal relationships. Instructors drive a VW station wagon to nine facilities throughout underserved areas of Austin every month and conduct art classes where participants learn about the colors, compositions, and brush strokes employed by artists such as Frida Kahlo and Vincent van Gogh and model their own works off of these techniques. Instructors bring all of the supplies necessary for each project, giving the participants experience with a variety of mediums. By creating art in group settings, seniors can simultaneously gain new skills, build communities of friends, and bolster their self-esteem. At least once a year, the organization also holds a mini exhibit in each assisted-living facility, where residents vote on their favorite pieces and everyone receives prizes.
Badgerdog's Youth Voices in Ink program is an ongoing workshop held at Title 1 schools, where up to 85% of students are economically disadvantaged. Expert writer instructors go into classrooms and engage with students in activities designed to help them funnel their imaginations onto the page. Badgerdog currently aims to sponsor workshops for two classes with 80 children from grades 3–12. Youth will receive a journal and pencils to record their stories and poems and a professional anthology that showcases the best of their work from the school year.
Like your younger brother who starred in Living Single, hair can sometimes show up uninvited and refuse to leave. Today’s Groupon rids you of stray strands with the services of a hair-removal expert. For $30, you’ll get a brow, lip, and bikini line or full bikini wax at Brazilia Waxing Spa, located in central Austin just north of the University of Texas campus and several feet from Bolivia.Follow @Groupon_Says on Twitter.
As the name suggests, Anytime Fitness is open all day and all night, seven days a week, 487 days a year. But just because it's open at all hours doesn't mean it surrenders its locker rooms to the dark forces of the night: security is active there around the clock. Besides creating a safe gym atmosphere that fits your life's schedule rather than vice versa, Anytime's hours cuts down on crowds and long lines to use each club's array of cardio equipment, circuit equipment, and free weights.