SpitzerCares.org hopes to fund a million meals in 2012 through food pantries, shelters, kids’ cafés, and backpack programs. For every dollar it earns via community car washes, donations, and fundraising events, SpizerCares.org can provide four meals to northern Ohioans in need. Patrons can keep up with the organization’s progress online as a ticker shaped like an apple tallies the number of meals SpitzerCares.org has shelled out so far this year.
Kickboxing classes deliver a knee to the face of fat, burning up to 860 calories an hour with the high-energy striking moves of martial arts and boxing. All four limbs get in on the bag-bludgeoning action with iLoveKickboxing, as each class (a $15 value per class) provides a full-body workout that tones arm, leg, and tentacle muscles while tightening the body’s core and improving balance. Hitting the heavy bags won't skin your knuckles once you don the included boxing gloves, which also double as excellent spring-loaded props for re-creating Three Stooges gags. At the Houston location, classes take place Mondays at 7 p.m. and 8:15 p.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays at 11 a.m. and 7 p.m., Wednesdays at 7 p.m., Fridays at 6:30 p.m, and Saturdays at 10:45 a.m. The Pasadena location has classes on Mondays and Wednesdays at 8:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6:30 p.m., and Saturdays at 10 a.m, and the Baytown location has classes on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays at 6 p.m., and on Saturdays at 2 p.m.
Backed by more than 60 years of squeaky-clean tradition, LaFrance's experienced professionals remain dedicated to customer satisfaction and will dig dirt out of professional wardrobes and sullied everyday wears alike. Two-piece suits ($13.20), neglected evening gowns ($26.25), and shirts ($2.19+) can all be taken care of swiftly and thoroughly. LaFrance Cleaners currently extends its services to citizens through five local storefronts, most of which offer free pick-up and delivery (click here for full pricing).
Parto's Golf Learning Center's unique combination of facilities makes golf fun for all ages and experience levels. A 9-hole, par-3 golf course features an island green with natural grass tee, which can be traversed via golf cart or golf-cart-drawn carriage. Golfers can also perfect their long and short shots on a two-acre driving range that includes a putting green and a chipping area with a sand bunker. On the miniature golf course, guests of all ages guide golf balls through such obstacles as a lighthouse and a Thomas the Train engine. Amateurs and experts alike can hone their game during lessons with PGA professional Tom Parteleno. Family Fridays hosted on the last Friday of each month offer a round of mini golf, a round of par 3 golf, and a small bucket of balls for $5 per family member.
Pet Lodge USA of Boardman functions as a hotel for pets, rather than a kennel, housing animals, including dogs, cats, and ferrets, in spacious private suites decked out with TVs and radios.
Pets settle in with their own toys and blankets from home and dine on their own food. When it's time to play, they can run and sniff in large yards, where they interact with other four-legged guests seven times each day. Back inside, they enjoy central air and heat and the attention of an attendant who remains in the facility 24 hours a day.