Hosted by the Amarillo Zoological Society, the fourth-annual Zoo-la-Palooza benefit event transforms the Amarillo Zoo into an after-hours fete, showering the 15-acre kingdom with live music, tantalizing treats, and a silent auction. Gallivant through Thompson Park and enter the zoo’s premises, where flocks of hobnobbing supporters relish enticing edibles and specialty drinks and hone their telepathic prowess on enigmatic lions. Bid in anonymity on a selection of donated items, services, and gift certificates during a silent auction as a thankful horde of mammals, birds, and reptiles ooh and ahh in support. An included steak dinner is catered by Country Barn Steakhouse and, throughout the night, music escapes the clutches of the euphonious Insufficient Funds and wafts through the open sky, motivating gala-goers to give brazen frill lizards a smackdown during interspecies dance-offs.
Located on notoriously twisted Route 66, a derelict movie theater has become the stomping grounds of the McKill family—a criminally insane brood with a predilection for torture and murder. The site is filled with horrific vignettes: piles of human skulls, walls stained with gory handprints, and funerals attended by the dead.
Down the theater's dilapidated halls specters stalk interlopers, awaiting the right moment to jump out and shock—but never touch—their prey. The location has appeared on the Biography Channel’s My Ghost Story, where numerous suspected apparitions were caught in the act.
CrossFit 806's dedicated coaches are extensively trained in the CrossFit regimen, with individual concentrations in football, gymnastics, and power lifting. Their varied backgrounds allow the gym to offer a variety of CrossFit sessions, including ones that cater to newbies, seasoned athletes, teens, and young children. There are also childcare services available onsite, so tykes can stay safe while their parents work out or build treehouses out of free weights.
Question one of the seasoned staff members at Neon Sun Tanning Salon, and they might tell you about the time former Pussycat Dolls member Kaya Jones dropped by for a tan before her concert. Their private studio hums with powerful, professional beds and standup booths, bronzing torsos with warm rays of simulated sunlight.
YMCA of Amarillo has opened its doors to peoples of all faiths, races, income levels, and abilities since 1937. Today staffers continue to uphold the YMCA’s core values of honesty, acceptance, and fairness as they ensure each location is a safe place for members to play, exercise, and strengthen family bonds weakened by overzealous games of Monopoly. Adults can take aquatic, boot-camp, and Zumba classes or workout within fitness centers filled with cardio and strength-training equipment. Kids, meanwhile, can join in on youth basketball and soccer matches or stimulate their imagination, mental development, and growth in afterschool programs, homework-assistance sessions, and art classes. To help guests of all ages get in touch with their creative sides, local artists host writing groups, dance courses, and photography classes.
YMCA of Amarillo emphasizes the importance of cultural enrichment in their community as well—they partner with such community-based organizations as Boy Scouts of America, Lone Star Ballet, and Amarillo Opera. They also further strengthen the community by offering much-needed funding to children and families who cannot afford the full cost of any of these progressive programs.
Head trainer Jeff Cox—a certified instructor and nutrition counselor at Zach’s Club 54—believes that fitness is about more than just the body, stating that “fitness is a positive approach to life incorporating physical, mental, social, emotional, and spiritual aspects…” This rounded approach to well-being pervades throughout the 35,000-square-foot facility, which cultivates a fun and communal atmosphere to workout, socialize, compete, and play within. Cutting-edge strength-training equipment from brands such as Precor and Hammerstrength bolster muscle mass, a well-stocked cardio theater entertains while quickening heartbeats, three racquetball courts host matches between friends, and an indoor pool welcomes both lap-minded exercises and splash-happy tots. A specialized cycling room and a 2,000-square-foot fitness studio—which houses an array of instructor-led group classes such as yoga, BodyCombat, and Turbo Kick—also send sweat glands into overdrive. A trio of personal trainers, which collectively boast NGA and ISSA certification, stands by to help willing exercisers formulate and achieve individual fitness goals.
Before donning sweatbands and inflatable muscle suits in the locker room, parents can drop kids off at the toy- and media-equipped child waiting area staffed by CPR-certified attendants.