For more than 25 years, the International Women’s Air & Space Museum has tickled intellects with exhibits dedicated to the women who defied societal conventions to explore the sky and outersky. Current exhibits showcase the life and times of the infamous Amelia Earhart, the paper-helicopter-building abilities of Katharine Wright (sister to the Wright brothers), and the tremendous courage shown by the 39 female Air Force service pilots that gave their lives in WWII. Hurry in to catch the IWASM’s exhibit 100 Ohio Women in Air & Space, on display until January 2.
It is no secret that Cleveland native, autodidactic historian, and self-proclaimed people person Karl C. Johnson loves his city. After learning everything there is to know about the Sixth City's rich history, he decided to put his newfound knowledge to use by crafting his own distinctive tours that replace standard architectural jargon with vibrant yarns involving history, politics, and personal experiences. He leads his jaunts on segways, buses, limousines, or on foot. During segway tours, Karl gives his guests a choice in the amount of narration he performs, from moderately narrated tours that cover more ground to fully narrated tours that progress more slowly. If guests prefer to travel by bus or automobile, Karl will highlight specific areas of the city that his guests desire to see, such as Public Square or the rack where they hang the key to the city.
T&G Flying Club and its team of experienced, certified pilot instructors get folks airborn with a large fleet of aircraft that ranges from two-seat trainers to jet props. This extensive air armada draws pilots of all stripes, from curious beginners to experienced sky jockeys looking to become charter pilots or instructors themselves. First timers can climb into the cockpit with FAA-certified instructors during introductory lessons, learning the basics of operating the controls and getting in-flight experience. The school also works with more experienced pilots to help them earn their instrument ratings and commercial licenses, or memorize all the best jokes from Airplane!.
THEARC Theater was created out of necessity. The first theater in Ward 8 in Washington, DC, it was founded to provide residents living east of the Anacostia River with expanded cultural opportunities and hide-and-seek spots. Constructed by local nonprofit Building Bridges Across the River, the theater aims to improve the lives of children and adults in southeast Washington through educational, health, and social-service programs such as free theater workshops and youth internships in technical theater management. Noting the tower of glass windows that crowns the entrance, the Washington Post called it "a veritable lighthouse of learning—a $27 million, 110,000-square-foot campus set on 16 beautiful green acres."
Travis Tolbert began his career in fitness while serving in the US Navy for 14 years, where he worked as a fitness leader on two warships. Today, after leaving military service, he leads a variety of program that aim to help guests of all levels achieve their fitness goals, be it lowering blood pressure, bodybuilding, or improving health overall. Travis has helped more than 3,000 clients as a personal trainer, and is so skilled in the art of fitness that he's placed in the top of his class in seven physique competitions.
Comedy has come a long way since Trog the Cavemedian and his side-splitting "murder the audience" act. See the progress for yourself with today's Groupon: $5 gets you admission to an improv show by comedy troupe Something Dada (a $10 value). There's nothing funny about free parking, but you get that, too.