With a staff of trainers made up of former professional and collegiate athletes, Extreme Fitness Boot Camp motivates both men and women to take on healthy habits for life. Every Monday and Wednesday, the troupe hosts rigorous boot-camp classes. During the sessions, these experienced trainers push boot-camp attendees of all fitness levels through plyometric circuits, strength and agility drills, and plenty of cardio exercises. The company can also provide nutritional tips that?when coupled with these vigorous workouts?can help clients shed fat on tummies, sculpt muscles in arms, and sprout smart second heads from necks.
Local Arts for Healthy Hearts raises funds for a trio of art- and heart-loving groups—the American Heart Association, the Triton Museum of Art, and local artists—with live music, tasty eats, and an auction of more than 40 original creative works. General-admission guests enjoy complimentary sustenance, frolicking at the wine, cheese, and dessert stations as they mingle and tingle with artistic inspiration. Aspiring starlets can pose for glamorous headshots in the red-carpet photo booth or study the poise and polish of real live celebrities in attendance. James Bond lookalikes and Liberace stunt doubles can also sip fancy drinks—available for an additional charge—at the bar.
Rayco Painting boasts more than 25 years of wall-coloring experience and staffs a team of brush-brandishing aces who'll splash new life into your poorly toned or peeling vertical surfaces. Before beginning the interior painting, the crew will mask and cover floors and touch up small wall blemishes, such as nail holes, kick marks, and cracks. Then, using the two gallons of interior flat paint that you provide, they'll launch into a painting frenzy, leaving your walls filled with an even layer of color and void of any accidental art. Afterward, the workers will tidy up the job site, walk through with the customer for a final inspection, and label any necessary touch-up paint.
If Jazzercise is a fleeting '80s memory for you, like your Betamax tape of ALF reruns or the "Frankie Say Relax" T-shirt you wear when bleaching the ceiling, today's Groupon gives you a chance to discover how the exercise phenomenon evolved into one of today's best total body workouts. Jazzercise is 60 minutes of cardio, strength training, and stretching that incorporates moves from hip-hop, yoga, Pilates, jazz dance, kickboxing, and resistance training with handheld weights. Expect to burn up to 500 calories during each round. Dancing with the Stars multiple-champion Cheryl Burke is a fan of Jazzercise's improvisational workouts, though you won't need her moves to get the most out of your class. Review basic moves online before you go.
Susan Runsvold describes Christmas 2003 as the worst of her life. She was visiting her grandchildren to celebrate but could “barely get into the living room because of all the presents.” Once they began opening them, her grandkids—like many families—only cared about opening the next gift. Having grown up in a low-income family, she was dismayed by the extravagance and decided to change things from then on.
Recalling her own childhood and how she used to worry she wouldn’t be able to get any presents at all, Runsvold realized that the best way to help her family adopt a new mindset would be to teach them about the value of giving. As a child, she remembered always wanting a bike but assuming it was out of reach, so she decided to help other children get bikes for Christmas.
In her first year, Runsvold raised $843 from friends and took her grandson to buy bicycles for children from low-income families. From there, interest grew as community members and storeowners flocked to donate. TurningWheels For Kids has donated more than 18,000 bikes through neighborhood bike-repair clinics, bike builds at pediatric centers, and the annual Big Bike Build, during which 1,000 volunteers build bicycles for the holidays and donate them to families through local nonprofit organizations.
"A bike opens a whole new world to" recipients, Runsvold said. One boy explained that his bike gave him a sense of self-reliance because it made getting to school easier. Others ride with their families as outdoor bonding time. Many youth continue with the program for years after they receive their bike, often helping build and repair bicycles at events. Runsvold sees this relationship as a way for people to be a part of a community where "one hand washes the other"—or hands out a helmet and a pair of wheels.
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Every month, Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties provides nutrition for nearly 250,000 people?more than 1 million pounds of food every week. Among this is food donated from growers and retailers, as well as supplemental food purchased by the organization, including fresh produce, milk, and meat. This means that the organization and its volunteers work to provide underserved people with access to the vitamins and nutrients needed to stay healthy, distributing it through a network of 330 partner soup kitchens, children?s programs, and senior meal sites.
Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties also maintains a number of direct-service programs. The Brown Bag program, for instance,?delivers food to low-income seniors, while the Kids NOW program supplies children who rely on school meal programs food to take home on the weekends. The organization also operates the Produce Mobile and Mobile Pantry programs, ensuring people in food deserts have a way to take home fresh fruits and vegetables as well as staple foods.