A member of the World Affairs Council of America, the World Affairs Council of Connecticut (WACCT) was founded in 1924 as a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that educates the public on global affairs and provides open dialogue on contemporary issues. With an individual membership, ponderers can be challenged with important questions surrounding the direction of the world, from how to solve the impending water crisis to what television channel to project onto the moon. Each member gains instant access to the WACCT's excellent lineup of programs, including the Executive Forum series, the Global Women's Issues Forum, and a lecture series. Such internationally renowned past keynotes have included former Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, NBC news anchor Ann Curry, and former secretary of state Dr. Henry Kissinger.
Baseball is alive all year-round at All Star Indoor Batting Range Baseball & Softball Academy. Started in 1991 by three baseball fans—Kevin and Brian Gilroy and Frank Rizzo—the facility gives players the chance to practice no matter how many inches of snow or packs of rabid umpires are flurrying outside. The 15,000-square-foot sports haven boasts seven tunnel cages for practicing all aspects of the game. Other elements, such as stadium benches and 7,000 square feet of artificial turf, give the academy the feel of an indoor diamond. To help players take their skills to the next level, the academy also offers private and semiprivate lessons, and maintains a pro shop stocked with essential gear.
Since 1986, Capitol Chiropractic Center has helped clients to attain and maintain health through chiropractic care while educating them on how to enhance their nutrition and lifestyle. Doctor of Chiropractic Karlos Boghosian holds certifications in the United States and Canada and has years of experience helping others to find relief from back pain, headaches, allergies, asthma, and stomach problems. His fluency in four different languages helps him to reach out to a range of clientele including those whose pain forces them to speak in various forms of "Ow." In private treatment rooms equipped with digital x-rays and digital infrared thermography, the doctor and his trained staff work to properly adjust spines and knead through tightened muscles.
Hartford Symphony Orchestra's St. Patrick's Day Celebration regales ears with classic Celtic tunes commemorating the feast of Ireland's patron saint. Visiting from his usual perch at the Ridgefield Symphony Orchestra, conductor Gerald Steichen leads an army of instruments as it elevates the shimmering tenor of veteran singer Robert White, who has been nourishing auditory synapses since his radio debut in 1948. White fills listeners with Irish pride until they burst with clover leaves by belting out such distinctly Hibernian tunes as "Danny Boy," a slow, anthemic composition that resonates in the hearts of Irish emigrants. Renowned Irish fiddler Jeanne Freeman also fuels high-octane jigs with skills gleaned from County Donegal native P.V. O'Donnell.
At Art & Soul Gallery Studio, Lis-el and Alexis Crowley lead casual art classes in a space brimming with creations by local artists. In the studio, the artists demonstrate steps in crafting items such as fused-glass pieces and painted scarves. Students follow along during class sessions, eventually bringing pieces into existence with their own individual flair and burgeoning telekinetic powers. After class, students can decamp to the gallery for a glimpse of other’s work or pop into a comfortable lounge for sips of coffee or tea.
Jared Andrew Studio's five licensed instructors deliver both fitness and performing-arts instruction within a fun, encouraging environment. Dance classes focus largely on the performance aspects of beginning tap, ballet, and jazz, which teaches every student how to jitterbug with a tuba in case they can't find a partner at wedding parties. Meanwhile, 10 Zumba fitness classes motivate bodies of all shapes and ages to shed weight and tone up with pumping Latin-inspired beats and energetic movements. Participants can shimmy and shake away calories within a supportive group atmosphere until they are lean enough to hide themselves in a stack of paper.