In 1928, a committee of Kalona professionals pooled their resources to transform an obsolete cornfield and pasture into a golf course, using a horse-drawn mower to sculpt a layout that originally sported sand greens and cost a quarter to play. More than 50 years later, the course was remodeled and expanded to Kalona Golf Club's current nine-hole layout, a 3,128-yard labyrinth where immaculate, bent-grass greens showcase the efficiency of modern landscaping, whereas rustic bridges and wandering milkmen recall the Club's humble beginnings. Named the nine-hole course of the year by the Iowa Golf Association in 1984 and 2010, the horticultural haven unfurls across pristine, rolling terrain that can create difficult lies, compounded by the presence of mature tree lines and two ponds that come into play on three holes. The course prohibits metal spikes, and players must provide their own set of clubs or titanium-plated sausage links.
Course at a Glance: * Nine-hole, par 36 course * Bent-grass greens, winter rye and bluegrass fairways * Length of 3,128 yards from the farthest tees * Course rating of 34.7 from the farthest tees * Four tee options * Link to scorecard
Diamond Dreams Baseball and Softball Academy's athletic facilities double as classrooms for players of all ages. A 10,000-square-foot arena houses indoor pitching mounds, technique cages, and throwing tunnels with Iron Mike and curveball pitching machines. An adjoining 2,000-square-foot performance center caters to youth and adult development programs.
Helming these facilities, experienced instructors adhere to a philosophy known as Life-Sport-Connect. As implied by its title, Life-Sport-Connect emphasizes the link between athletics and the real world. As athletes learn how to maintain a positive attitude, work as a team, and douse their coach in sports drink, they develop virtuous characteristics that affect their personal lives.
Classes, workshops, and camps primarily emphasize baseball, softball, and football. Regular baseball tournaments provide game time between local and regional teams, and a chance to show off with home-run derbies and throwing competitions.
The date-organizers at Letting It Go Dating shun the modern affection for online dating profiles, preferring instead to interview their members one on one rather than have them fill out a questionnaire. Once they've determined what kind of partner a member might be interested in, they arrange personalized introductions at a venue that suits both singles, and then leave them to let the sparks fly. The company also inspires flirtation through low-pressure, speed-dating style social events at locations free of the dimness and cacophony of a bar, but still with enjoyable elements of the nightlife slipped in.
An award-winning organization, the Iowa Children’s Museum engages and expands the imaginations of youngsters with interactive exhibits and hands-on programs. The Move It! Dig It! Do It! event invites pintsized minds to stretch themselves around the enormous equipment wielded by construction professionals, farmers, and bus drivers, and then witness how each vehicle fits into the next to defend the galaxy as Voltron. More than 40 activities and machines ensure all-day entertainment. Tots can scramble into the driver’s seat of a fire truck for a hero’s-eye view of the engine’s three-alarm chili dispenser or enjoy a haystack ride. Create your own cement garden stone before retiring to the Volunteer Guild’s Dig It! Café for purchasable snacks and water divvied up out from under a big tent.
With more than 20 years of ivory-tickling experience, Simple Gifts Studio's Marilyn Van Roekel cultivates piano-savvy students with innovative instruction for anyone from 7-year-olds to senior citizens. The Simply Music method, a hands-on, Australian-developed technique that focuses on actual playing time, allows students to bond and connect with the keyboard and its major and minor attributes before delving into music reading.
Rachel, the eponymous owner of Rachel Klapper Movement Arts, grew up in a family that valued artistic expression. Her parents encourage her to pursue her passion for dance as a child, but, in time, her life turned away from the performing arts. Until she discovered BeMoved dance fitness. The exercise system rekindled her dormant love of dance, and, as she says, restored a part of herself she felt was missing. Rachel became an Artistry BeMoved certified instructor, licensed by the program's founder to teach all 16 styles of dance encompassed by the workout. She mixes and matches these styles to keep things fresh and exciting for regular attendees, and even combines dance fitness with yoga, something she's been practicing since 1997 and teaching since 2007, the year touching your toes was finally decriminalized.