Seasoned shutterbug Joel “Gus” Archer takes pride in watching his photography students develop new skills and a visual voice as he leads a variety of classes that can benefit novice and experienced photographers alike. Beginners learn to wield their new Nikons, Canons, iPhones, or optically implanted cameras in group classes or deepen their talents in sports, underwater, or macro photography. In addition to teaching the general population, Joel has shared his expertise to train law-enforcement agencies from the International Association of Arson Investigators to the Oklahoma Sheriffs’ Association, as well as the Junior League of Oklahoma City. When Joel isn’t teaching, he draws from his Swedish and Cherokee heritage to inform his breadth of work and compiles tutorials such as his upcoming book, Dark Dirty Secrets of Digital Photography.
What began in 1984 as a home business with a single phone has grown into a go-to source for women's apparel with retail stores across the country. Headquartered in Sandpoint, Idaho, Coldwater Creek curates a varied selection of elegant but comfortable clothing, ensuring closets stay stocked with more than just the relatives who only get pulled out around the holidays. You'll find everything from sweaters and jackets to jeans and dresses, as well as jewelry, handbags, and other extras for accessorizing new outfits. And if you can't make it to one of Coldwater Creek's physical locations, just head to the website to find the perfect cardigan, cashmere sweater, or pencil skirt.
Though they operate more than 200 locations in upwards of 30 states, the team behind U.S. Baseball Academy aims to make each young athlete's experience a personal one. Their four- or six-week camps are taught by local instructors who are current or former coaches at the high school or college level, and typically offer a 6:1 or better player-to-teacher ratio for intense, professional-style training. The Academy's proven itinerary of hitting, pitching, fielding, and baserunning drills was developed by an advisory board of college coaches and Major League players, including Cy Young Award?winner and ace pitcher Brandon Webb.
"Oklahoma Jim" Price has navigated the poker seas for decades, and his Beginner II class will help newcomers and recreational players outplay and outlast the fiercest card sharks. Jim will start with the basics of rules, hand strength, posture, and poker history before launching into more advanced tactics, such as how to play blinds and compete while short-stacked. The course will last about four and a half hours, and you'll leave confident enough to silence swaggering friends, play in casinos, and reclaim any ancestors' toes that have been pawned to bookie museums.
Shiloh Camp strives to transform the community through adventure education—an approach that yields immediate and concrete results and allows every participant to feel as though they have made a meaningful contribution. Across the outdoor facility, visitors work together to complete challenges, many of which unfold high off the ground. The zipline, for instance, sends groups whizzing through the air for a total of 300 feet, and climbers can scale 25- or 40-foot rock walls. The Faith Pole challenges visitors to channel their inner flying squirrels as they climb to the top of the 30-foot pole and then jump off and grab hold of a net.
Aside from its day-to-day offerings, the facility also serves inner-city youth with camps designed to build confidence and strengthen the body, mind, and spirit.