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.
At Top Tennis at La Habra Tennis Center, shots skip and spring across a dozen pro-grade courts seven days per week. Recognizing that tennis, like competitive puppy petting, is one of the few sports that can be played from childhood through the golden years, the professionally staffed USTA facility makes sure to serve up programs for all ages and skill levels. Programs for advanced players provide competitive and tournament training, whereas youth services, such as 8 and Under programs, teach pintsize racket holders the basics on smaller-scale courts. Yearly memberships, USTA leagues, and pay-to-play options round out the center's arsenal of specialties, and an onsite pro-shop stocks the latest shoes, rackets, and accessories so players won't have to download gear onto their bodies before each match.
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.
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.
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.