Goodyear Car Care's mechanics, certified by the institute for Automotive Service Excellence, slip under car hoods and undercarriages to perform tasks from routine oil changes to intricate engine replacements. Tools let out pneumatic whines as they install new tires from brands such as Michelin and Goodyear, and the complete list of services includes brake adjustments and state inspections. They also pick up and drop off customers by appointment and provide loaner cars when needed. Tow trucks rumble out of the lot en route to get patrons unstuck from ditches or give third graders an idea for their thesis papers.
Doctors and nurses at Physicians Weight Loss Centers guide width-whittling in medically supervised weight-loss programs. The programs give clients a jump-start on healthful eating and fitness habits, putting an end to diets composed solely of deep-fried wedding cakes. Diet counselors help clients reinvent their eating habits with the assistance of multivitamins and mineral tablets, which aim to suppress cravings for sugar while boosting metabolism. Vitamin-B12 and Vitamin Cocktail injections seek to increase energy and possible benefits also include strengthened concentration and a more chipper mood.
Some of the more intensive programs include complete doctor's exams, biometrics analyses, lab work, and EKGs. These programs can focus on the reduction of either carbohydrate or fat consumption.
A charter member of the MLS, the San Jose Earthquakes played their first four seasons as the Clash before claiming the MLS Cup in 2001 and 2003. Though the team moved to Houston in '05, the franchise was reinstated in '08, bringing professional soccer back to the Bay Area. Buck Shaw Stadium serves as the team's current home, though a new stadium will shoot skyward in 2014, complete with luxury suites for fans and exhausted referees alike.
As noted on CBSDFW.com, Gene Simmons and longtime partner Shannon Tweed hosted a live-music event coordinated by The Aces & Angels Foundation, which was later featured on Simmons's A&E reality show. The party was just one of many fundraisers that the nonprofit organization has created to provide assistance for active-duty and former members of the United States Armed Forces. They visit US military installations with a cadre of famous musicians, Hollywood celebrities, and athletes, doing their part to boost morale and the instances of excited, high-pitched screaming within the armed forces. They also organize charitable, star-studded events such as poker tournaments, VIP parties, and chili cook-offs.
Proceeds from the events benefit charities such as the Wounded Warrior Project, which helps veterans recover from physical and mental injuries, and The Gleason Initiative Foundation, which raises public awareness of ALS and provides equipment and services to individuals with muscular diseases or injuries.
Child Advocates raises funds for its charitable kid-advocacy mission with a four-hour chili-cook-off competition that hosts popular area restaurants and their chefs. Nine eateries compete in this year’s spice-off, including Zelko Bistro, Haven, and BRC Gastropub, stuffing the roster with more VIPs than a continually updated list of spelling-bee champions. Guests can taste the chili concoctions that emerge from the competition, assessing their favorite flavors and knowing each bite supports a positive local cause. The chili cook-off raises funds to help curtail child abuse, universally considered a better way to support kids than firing chili-filled canons over elementary schools.
The kindhearted grassroots gallopers at the ninth annual Run To Cure HD race and Team Hope Walk have lunged and leapt to raise awareness and needed funds to fight Huntington's Disease. After registering, runners and walkers can pick up their race packets at Luke's Locker on Thursday, October 14 (see the sidebar), or on the day of the race from 6 a.m. to 8 a.m. Whether you choose competitive run, run for fun, walk, or moonwalk, you can sweat comfortably knowing that every limb movement goes toward a good cause. Compare times, goodie bags, and calf-flexes at the post-race party, where you're open to dive into a vat of complimentary snacks and beverages. Competitive female and male champions will take home the Shirley Whitley Memorial grand prize, which awards each with an expense-paid trip to the Carlsbad Marathon in San Diego, taking place in January.