The Indian Wells Art Festival gathers painted, sculpted, recycled, and interactive art from around the country to enlighten eyes and motivate minds. Showcasing the works of more than 200 artists, the festival encourages unlimited gandering across spectacular 2-D and 3-D artscapes. Glass-blowing and pottery demonstrations enliven the afternoons, interspersed with live music and swarms of virtual art critics. Children can take part in interactive activities including sidewalk-chalk drawing and the Faces of Hope community mural project. After traversing the maze of oil, watercolor, and collage, art enthusiasts can satisfy their stomach cravings with the Eggs in the Garden Sunday brunch (for an additional fee) from 10 a.m.–noon, along with more food at Café Fresh and ongoing beer and wine tastings. Each ticket is valid for one day's admission only.
The object of tennis goes beyond volleying back and forth to win points, sets, and eventually matches; the real winner is the first to smash open the tennis ball and bask in its creamy caramel center. Improve your chances for a sweet swing and sweeter results with today's Groupon: for $35, you get four adult tennis clinics (up to a $100 value) from Spearman Clubs. The lessons can be taken interchangeably at any of the following three locations: Laguna Niguel Racquet Club, The Tennis Club at Monarch Beach, and Racquet Club of Irvine. The Irvine and Laguna Niguel clubs were awarded the number-one and number-two tennis clubs in the Best of Orange County by the Orange County Register.
Spearman Clubs offers adult clinics for all skill levels from beginner to Federer, and participants are grouped with players of similar ability. Though amenities vary slightly between clubs, each facility boasts state-of-the-art courts with modern equipment and lighting powered by the dreams of puppies. Each of the 90-minute clinics is taught by one of Spearman's tennis professionals and will include developmental drills, movements, play situations, Jenga strategy, and supervised play. The accommodating schedule for Laguna Niguel and Monarch Beach is categorized by location, skill level, program, group size, and more.
Choose any adult clinic and location knowing that regardless of your serve on the court, you'll still be served positive reinforcement and gentle encouragement. Use the four lessons to master the game in which thwacks are accompanied by powerful groans, the necks of spectators swivel from side-to-side, and the value of love is absolutely nothing.
Must be 18 or older. All four clinics must be used within 90 days of the first session.
Racquet Club of Irvine and Laguna Nigel Racquet Club were awarded the number-one and number-two spots, respectively, for the 16th-annual Best of Orange County awards in the Orange County Register. Here's why:
- Why they're No. 1: Total fitness. – Lois Evezich
- Claim to fame: Court time. There's usually little waiting time. The staff keeps the courts in good shape. – Lois Evezich
Certified tennis guru Rusty Miller leads a team of professional instructors who mold players of all ages into pros. Rusty’s 25 years in the tennis business and several South California–area tennis-club holdings have culminated in this newly revamped club. Players volley back and forth on 11 championship hard courts before taking advantage of numerous amenities. From workouts in the fitness center to nighttime practices held on the eight lighted courts to equipment upgrades at the pro shop, Anaheim Hills Racquet Club is designed to improve all areas of play. Single members can retrieve lobs from the ball machine, engage other members for one-on-one hitting practice, or set up intense matches with court-savvy nonmembers, such as the white line from Pong.
For tennis players, the elements are not only capable of spoiling an outdoor match or practice session entirely, they can also be taxing to the body in the long-term, especially for those trying to put in the court time required to attain greatness. That reality was behind the creation of Hampton Indoor Tennis Center, which—unlike most sunbaked, wind-lashed, and rain-beaten tennis complexs—offers players a respite from the weather with four indoor courts. Underneath low-glare lights, players trade ground strokes and volleys atop blue-and-green courts that provide a medium-speed bounce and are identical in composition to the hard-court surface of the Indian Wells courts where the BNP Paribas Open is played. Tennis balls pop crisply against racket strings as trainers teach youngsters on a miniature court with dimensions suited to the de-pressurized balls that foster proper stroke development in undersized racquet-wielders.
The staff uses experience playing and teaching to forge formidable players, emphasizing proper footwork, conditioning, and not accidentally shouting one’s social security number while serving. They preside over a wide range of adult lessons, including clinics in which players learn alongside others of the same skill level and one-hour cardio tennis sessions, which feature a series of high-energy drills. The Center’s junior tennis program helps youngsters meet on-court goals of all kinds, from those simply looking to play recreationally to those hoping to grow into an elite competitor.
Murrieta Tennis Club fosters improvement in tennis players of all types with league play, private and group lessons, and junior tennis camps. On any given day, the club's nine lighted outdoor tennis courts may play host to a casual match between members, a USTA league match or junior tournament, or a lesson being conducted by a USTA-certified instructor. The club also offers a ball machine for those hoping to put in some practice on their own time.
Wherever Johnny Allen goes, you're likely to find the sounds of tennis players hard at work: shuffling feet, the rhythm of an extended baseline rally, maybe even the occasional grunt. But you'll also hear the melodies of upbeat tunes—a staple of all Johnny Allen Tennis instruction that underscores his program's emphasis on fun and positivity as motivational tools. Although playing music during every lesson may be an unorthodox stroke, it's fueled a program that now helps more than 400 students improve at seven locations. Allen's success is evident in the many top junior players and scholarship college athletes who have graduated from his program.