Specializing in photographing bundles of pure energy without the use of duct tape, whippersnappers studio offers a welcoming shot-snapping abode where kids can let loose and actually enjoy being photographed. Each talented photographer on staff possesses a fantastical level of patience and a knack for grabbing the attention of kids. The fun-filled studio is devoid of cheesy props and lollipops-for-smiles bribery, and features a playroom space for families to frolic and a relaxing area stocked with couches, drinks, and snacks.
Gear Pockets' Simply Stashed collection of stylish and customizable hanging organizers packs knickknacks into neat and tidy pouches. Each of the Simply Stashed storage items can be customized with eight different eco-friendly fabric choices. Simply Stashed boasts three options for chic storage, including The Original Stash, whose 19”x52” size fits snugly on doors and makes a handy utility cape for superheroes with a penchant for arts and crafts. Designed to dangle in apartments, dorms, and offices, The Mini Stash has a 16”x36” frame and sports 15 clear pockets for precious cargo. The 14 pockets of The Variety Stash, meanwhile, come in a wide range of sizes for storing everything from paper clips to a litter of puppies.
At Firs Bowl Lanes, brightly colored house bowling balls glide down 24 synthetic and wood lanes as automatic scoring systems prevent exaggeration-prone players from claiming to have bowled a 3,000. Anchoring the bowling center’s concourse, these lanes attract both league and open bowlers, who frequent special weekend events such as Friday Family Night and the neon-lit Kosmic Bowl. The center’s amenities include bumper lanes, a lottery, video games, and a diner-style snack bar where guests sit on low-slung barstools while enjoying food, beer, and other beverages.
With deli-inspired soup and sandwich fare and a burger selection featuring beef, chicken, salmon, and vegetarian options, A Taste Gourmet offers a menu full of traditional American cuisine with an epicurean twist. The Plain Jane burger ($7.50) wins over once-shallow taste buds with its inner beauty and a healthy dollop of the bistro's signature sauce, while the French Dip ($7.95) takes roast beef and provolone on a beret-first plunge into savory au jus. Purchasers also receive 10% off of products from the bistro's gourmet grocery, which offers more than 40 international meats and cheeses, wine and beer from the Old and New Worlds, and more British imports than an American cricket tournament.
Nestled between the Willamette River and its namesake mountains, Mount Pisgah Arboretum houses 209 acres rich with plant life. Ferns, mosses, and wildflowers abound in the arboretum's forests, gardens, and meadows, which visitors can explore along more than 7 miles of trails. In fact, the nonprofit's plant list tallies a whopping 67 families, 231 genera, and 339 species. Nearly 90 of the latter line the arboretum's entrance garden alone, including almost 60 types of Rhododendron.
Besides plants, Mount Pisgah Arboretum hosts diverse wildlife ranging from endangered western pond turtles to songbirds. Native amphibians and reptiles, meanwhile, live in the Visitor Center amongst a working beehive and microscopes for inspecting bugs or your thumb on accident. Elsewhere, guests can feast in the wooded picnic area or exchange vows at the Great Meadow's wedding ceremony sites. Throughout the year, the arboretum hosts plenty of other events and programs, including an annual mushroom festival and myriad nature walks.
The team at Noteworthy Learning doesn't just notice when kids struggle with reading, long division, and other key skills. They investigate the root cause of the problem, which usually stems from a weakness in one of 27 learning aptitudes. From there, they create a personalized curriculum that builds on each kids' unique strengths, such as seeing hot lava monsters invisible to adults.
This approach can be especially helpful for educational transitions, such as the start of high school or college. And thanks to an experienced leader, Sue Luker, the team is equipped to deal with them all. She draws on more than 35 year as a public school teacher, plus a masters degree in curriculum design, to advise her team on designing their programs. The results have given kids ages K-12 the upper academic hand, including children with special needs.