Wesley Stout’s childhood in the mountains of Virginia sparked a lifelong love of nature. A muralist with a knack for forested vistas and underwater vignettes, Stout’s works have been seen in businesses and schools across the Caribbean. His online gallery is filled with realistic depictions of stunning Floridian sights, interspersed with a few fanciful scenes such as this fiddling bear and this noble Camelot-bound eagle. He translates all of this experience into teachable moments during his art classes, showing students how to give their imaginations form through styles such as cartooning, portraiture, and landscape painting.
During the day or night, on a holiday or a plain old Tuesday, Anytime Fitness is always open. Once they register, members get a key to the gym’s secured entryway, which means they have 24-hour-a-day, 365-days-a-year access to any of the club’s nearly 1,800 locations all over the globe. Personal trainers staff each location, where they lead customized one-on-one training sessions or provide quick and simple tips for using the gym’s high-quality cardio and strength-training equipment. The roster of group classes includes kickboxing and boot camp to whip bodies into shape in a fun and supportive environment. After a sweat session, members can head to the locker room for a shower or catch up on their stories on one of the treadmills equipped with a personal TV. Exercisers can also accentuate their hard-earned musculature with a tanning session or two, since access to beds is either added onto their membership for an additional fee or billed on a pay-per-use basis.
Helmed by a former Walt Disney Imagineering designer, The Pottery and Creative Center carries plenty of artistic and whimsical clout. At the center, kids and adults can get their paws dirty learning to hand build clay structures or turn to the wheel to sculpt smooth vases, cups, and cheerleading megaphones. Students can rely on the studio's large range of stencils and preconstructed bisque pieces to kick-start their designs or simply look out the window for natural inspiration—the studio resides on verdant grounds occupied by a small population of horses.
A fleet of ATVs, Jeep 4x4s, and dune buggies carries passengers on wild, pavement-free rides through more than 240 acres of Floridian tropics at Revolution, The Off-Road Experience. Behind the wheel of a Jeep, drivers can lumber through creeks at the bottom of treacherous gullies and climb over slippery mud log piles, before wheeling up manmade steps instead of looking for a nearby escalator. Alternately, the company’s local body of water, Revolution Lake, lets adventurers take advantage of 60 acres of sport fishing, where they can catch, photograph, and release specimens such as largemouth bass, croppies, snook, and bowfin.
Silly Star Sally proclaims on her webpage that her profession is to create fun, and it seems that the stars of her portfolio would agree. The slideshow crawl is packed with grinning children, their faces masked by designs of jungle cats, butterflies, and googly-eyed monsters. The artist's cache of designs is ever-expanding, with options including favorite superheroes, cartoon characters, and the child's own face painted on the child's own face on the child's own face.
Originating in Los Angeles and helmed by experienced director Amy Allen, L.A. Acting Workshop transplants theatrical knowledge to the minds of fledgling actors, training them in diverse disciplines in order to ready them for careers in the dramatic fields. Youngsters ages 5–10 can join the L.A. Acting Youth Players' Wednesday classes under the tutelage of skilled instructors, where they'll learn acting basics such as improvisation, script work, and how to mime their preferred Shakespearean monologue. Adults can join The Working Film Actor – Level I classes held Tuesday nights for seminar-style sessions designed to polish existing skills and provide insight into interviews, cold readings, and soap-opera auditions, including lessons on coming in and out of comas at will. Classes help actors build confidence and learn to market themselves successfully to agents and other powerhouse professionals in the entertainment industry.