Step beneath the domed, packed-mud ceiling of a traditional Navajo family dwelling. Weave a Yavapi burden basket. Explore a secluded garden filled with bronze sculptures of women in prayer. By immersing visitors in Native American artifacts and artworks, the Heard Museum's exhibits strive to illuminate the cultural legacy of Arizona’s indigenous peoples. The collections emphasize first-person accounts of Native cultures, not only through artwork, but also in interviews with Native Americans, portraits by Navajo photographers, and monthly lectures. In addition to showcasing historical artifacts, the Heard Museum exhibits contemporary American Indian artwork. Like a ballerina trapped on a carousel, exhibits rotate often, and have included collections of Native American bolo ties, Hopi pottery, and 20th-century paintings depicting Native ceremony. Passing on cultural traditions to future generations, the staff educates children with tours, and brings Native American presentations and curricula to area schools.
Humans are creatures of habit, a mentality that naturally influences how and what we eat. The philosophy behind Lasting Control Weight Management stems from the belief that humans are creatures of habit. Those habits influence how people eat, and the weight-loss experts acknowledge this. They understand that their patients have favorite foods and often a favorite amount to eat, which is how their evaluations have a unique goal: they create healthy appetites as opposed to just healthy diets.
To do this, the counselors go back to the basics. Their medically supervised nutritional-counseling sessions diagram food groups, food combinations, and how the body as a whole breaks down food instead of lazily expecting the teeth to do all the work. This fundamental approach spreads to the home, where pantries are cleared of unhealthy foods and replenished with natural items. The staff can also facilitate change by doling out vitamin supplements, planned menus, prescriptions, and B6, B12, or lipotropic injections.
By their estimate, Kelly and Steve Fischer have taught thousands of people how to scuba-dive. As the course director and IDC staff instructor, respectively, at Phoenix Scuba, they draw from more than a decade of expertise to lead a team of master dive instructors, certified open-water instructors, and assistant scuba instructors. These coaches all follow the PADI curriculum to teach students basic through advanced diving skills, such as navigating underwater or bartering with dolphins. Open-water and advanced open-water certification courses lead the way with hands-on lake dives, and can open the door to specialized courses such as rescue diver or NITROX enriched air certifications.
Phoenix Scuba's instructors don't just limit their instruction to local waters: the school has also led extended trips to dive sites in the waters of Belize, Grand Cayman, and Fiji, among others.
The name probably doesn’t make you think of LPs and CDs, but that’s what this independently owned treasure chest of a record store sells. A Valley favorite for nearly 30 years, the name comes partly for the excellent curating abilities of the staff, who “weed” out any “stinker” albums, focusing on hand-picked works by everyone from well-known and completely obscure artists. The industrial style building in central Phoenix contains listening booths for previewing tunes, a groovy selection of t-shirts and acts as a hub for local concert ticket sales. Asking questions is encouraged, too, since the Stinkweeds staff is near obsessive about finding that perfect artist for everyone.
SAS Fabrics’ huge warehouse store is bare bones on the style side, but houses one of the largest collections of fabrics and sewing accessories in the Valley. Piles and piles of choices beckon, from elegant contemporary fabrics to budget staples to curious vintage patterns. Some of the designs are fun, like the Scooby Doo Where are You? fabric, while others are pure posh, in bolts of expensive silks. Bringing it all together are mountains of fancy lace trims, functional elastic, zippers, appliqués and beads. Items like belly dancer belts, sequins and tiaras make this the perfect place to do some costume shopping.
Within the family-run MudPie Studios, blank canvases welcome the creativity of their future visitors and their families. With a wide variety of paintable figurines and food-safe ceramic forms to choose from, artists can get their hands on bowls, hearts, animals, and other ceramic pieces to paint with provided glazes. Pupils looking for something different can enroll in painting classes, where they create and finish a colorful masterpiece with help from the experienced artists on staff.