Supplying all materials, Art By The Glazz's artist-led painting sessions kindle brush-wielding talents during three-hour classes held on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. New artists capture shapes and shadows inspired by a number of pastoral- or wine-themed templates, with step-by-step instruction from pigment professionals. One complimentary glass of wine emboldens the pigment-shy, and those with a thirst for more can visit an onsite cash bar. Aprons protect against stray paint, wine drops, and the tears of fruit trapped in a beautiful but airless eternal present, although Art By The Glazz recommends wearing old clothes. Finished masterpieces chaperone each artist home, ready to be mounted on a wall or hung from the dining-room chandelier.
During Cookies and Milk sessions, kids or teens settle down with a complimentary dessert amid canvases ripe for realizing 2-D tableaux. During each session, one featured painting of a subject, such as the beach, Green Eggs and Ham, or Mickey Mouse, is perched mid-studio to kindle students’ imaginary fires. The company also hosts corporate team-building events, small groups, and birthday parties, giving guests an enjoyable ice-breaking activity.
Whether the end result is a colorfully painted canvas or a glass-fusion art piece, Clay Cafe gives visitors the tools and materials they need to express their creativity. Customers can beautify all kinds of bisque pottery shapes with their choice of non-toxic, food-safe glazes, before turning them over to the staff to finish and fire within about a week. Clay Cafe also offers opportunities to create a mosaic out of fused glass or adorn a canvas or t-shirt with an original design in paint.
My Gym, which currently has more than 200 international locations, began more than 20 years ago as a structured place for children to safely play, acquire new skills, and romp off a sugar buzz. All classes are organized according to age level—starting as young as 6 months—and designed to incorporate the latest physiological and psychological research. Tiny Tykes gets babies moving with help from their parents, Mighty Mites teaches toddlers self-reliance and beginning sports skills, and Champions, a class for kids aged 6 to 9, emphasizes the importance of using teamwork to master more complex sports skills and achieve group goals such as building a human pyramid to reach the cookie jar. My Gym's energetic instructors are experts at using music, dance, and gymnastics to build youngsters' strength and self-esteem while stimulating their giggle-plexes. The noncompetitive environment fosters creativity, and hands-on activities boost children's learning retention and fun quotient.
Throughout the majority of her life, Catherine Cochran has actively sought out ways to challenge her physical limits. She spent her childhood as a competitive gymnast until a serious injury prevented her from continuing. From there, she moved on to youth soccer and high-school track before eventually dropping out of athletics altogether and sticking with traditional gym routines instead. These routines failed to provide her with the same drive that she had experienced when training, though. When Catherine discovered the CrossFit program, she recognized it as a training regimen that would channel her competitive spirit in a productive manner and inspire her to constantly, yet safely, challenge her physical limits.
This discovery eventually led Catherine to open CrossFit Chantilly, where she and her team of coaches introduce visitors of all ages and fitness levels to CrossFit workouts. At their core, the workouts use high-intensity sequences of functional movements?such as deadlifting weights, climbing ropes, sprinting, doing pushups, and crushing coal into diamonds?to improve students' strength, stamina, and cardiovascular endurance. The program allows individuals to scale the load and intensity of each exercise to match their fitness levels. Since safety is always a priority, the coaches begin each workout by leading group warm-ups, and they constantly monitor students to make sure everyone is using safe, proper form and technique.
Jianxin Zhao hails from a long line of artists, so it was only natural that she’d study gongbi figure painting at the Chinese Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing. Three of her award-winning paintings caught the attention of the National Art Museum of China, where they currently reside as part of the museum's permanent collection. For more than a decade, she used this fame to pursue a career as a university professor of fine arts before eventually moving to the United States. Two years later, Professor Zhao founded the US Arts Education Center in Temple City, where she continues to dedicate her life to educating young people in the arts to this day.
Over the years, she has built crack team of educators to assist with the development of her curriculum. Known as Comprehensive Training in Art, this system combines eastern and western teaching philosophies, and instructs people at all stages of life, including preschool through adulthood. Professor Zhao has also expanded her educational endeavors beyond this flagship location, developing an exclusive partnership with UCLA through the Thought-Makers Program and opening additional facilities in Chantilly, Torrence, and San Diego.
nZone describes itself as a "sportsplex"?and its array of fitness options lives up to the title. Below, a condensed directory for the sprawling facility, home to everything from basketball courts to meeting rooms.
The fields: nZone boasts three indoor turf fields, ideal for soccer scrimmages, lacrosse games, or games of zero-hole golf. It also houses two full-size high school basketball courts, and a volleyball court for sets and spikes.
The classes: The fitness instructors lead classes for adults and for kids. Adult sessions hew, for the most part, to gym classics, such as Pilates exercises or Zumba dance-fitness. Kids sessions take a quirkier tack, though?one cardio workout hinges on hula-hooping.
The equipment: Gear for independent workouts run the gamut from treadmills and recumbent bikes to Bosu balance balls, designed to strengthen stability muscles.