For the past 15 years, Oviedo and Port St. John Eye Care's knowledgeable staff—led by board-certified optometrists Dr. Robert S. Webster and Dr. Stephen J. Thomas—has been striving to treat each patient that walks through their doors like family. They do so by taking the time to learn each patient's history, which helps them better assess ocular conditions during preliminary tests, visual-acuity and refraction measurements, and eye-health evaluations. Once prescriptions are known, the staff helps patients sort through over 1,000 frames, including high-end brands such as Gucci and Vera Wang, to find their ideal match. The staff shows equal love for the environment by taking on green initiatives, such as switching to all-natural cleaners, using recyclable polyethylene bags, and declaring fern the new pink.
Owner Mary Myers believes in sharing the gift of movement with everyone. She offers dance and music instruction to students of all abilities and helms sessions specifically catered to autistic and hearing-impaired students. At her family-run studio, students sample different flavors of the diverse class offerings, from the peppy steps of merengue to the honky-tonk struts of line dancing. She also leads a variety of dance-fitness classes to help students carve off calories with sessions such as belly dance and Flamenco Fit. Further fostering patrons' passion for beats, the instructors teach introductory violin lessons and music theory to help students unravel the complexities of “Mary Had a Little Lamb.”
Green Clean kicks dust, crust, and cobwebs to the curb without afflicting the home’s inhabitants or the health of the planet with harsh chemicals. Using only Green Seal–certified products, Green Clean erases the crud that coagulates around sinks, tubs, and toilets—and also sweeps away kitchen flotsam and jetsam with a countertop cleanse, microwave wipe-down, stovetop sterilization, and exterior refrigerator scrub. Flitting from room to room, the Green Clean crew vacuums carpets, furniture, curtains, and dozing roommates. Beds get made, trash gets emptied, and baseboards and ceiling fans get dusted. By the time the cleaners vanish in a puff of potpourri, the windows will sparkle and the floorboards will be smooth enough to facilitate celebratory triple axels during football games.
The size of the universe is nearly beyond comprehension, yet somehow it all seems to fit within the Eastern Florida State College Planetarium & Observatory. Nestled along the shores of Clear Lake, the planetarium and observatory take visitors throughout the solar system, across the spirals of distant galaxies, and right into a black hole's solid candy heart. Two star projectors work together within Star Theater, where a 70-foot screen recreates the night sky with special effects and lasers. This allows the planetarium's team to take audiences on a tour of different constellations, or combine music and laser effects for a bit of fun. The Discovery Movie Theater screens science documentaries, while a space-themed art gallery takes a more creative look at the heavens.
Interactive science exhibits sprawl across the rest of the facility, which boasts free entry for all. One of these?The Foucault pendulum?proves Newton's First Law of Motion in a clear, visual way. A giant 235-pound pendulum swings from the ceiling, striking a golf ball from a tee every 26 minutes on the dot, in perfect harmony with the Earth's rotation. In another area, a rooftop telescope looks into the heavens and displays its findings on a computer monitor for all to see.