Behind a rough-hewn wooden fa?ade, walls embellished with wheels and cycles surround Apex Cycles & Services' solo employee, Aaron Curtin. While stocking the store with quality bikes and parts from brands such as Kona, Continental, and De Rosa, Aaron builds an excellent rapport with customers by executing thorough cycle services for almost all makes and models. Bike treatments range from basic tune-ups to comprehensive overhauls that include the installation of fresh parts and a deep cleansing. Aaron also constructs bikes from custom components and works with clients to accommodate all budgets by utilizing prviously used parts and allowing patrons to whittle down debts by volunteering at the shop. Aaron can pick up and drop off two-wheelers himself or welcome them into his store with more delight than a BMX rider moving to a neighborhood filled with drained pools.
Goalgetters' seasoned, kid-minded coaches lead tots 3–9 in age-specific clinics, introducing them to the worldwide phenomenon of soccer and instilling life lessons such as sharing, sportsmanship, and teamwork. Classes, comprising 8–12 students, allow younger groups to get a feel for the most basic of skills and older pupils to run, kick, and electric boogaloo to the more advanced stylings of European and Brazilian small-sided soccer. In addition to imparting the fundamental concepts, the coaches ensure pint-size Beckhams receive a high percentage of contact with the polygonal orb as they buzz about the 3,200-square-foot indoor facility that offers protection from ball-snatching pterodactyls.
Recently named Yolo County’s Best Golf Course in the Davis Enterprise, Davis Golf Course is a par 67 Shangri-la enjoyed by fledgling birdie seekers and skilled players alike. This 18-hole outing begins in the clubhouse, where golfers forgo the usual sprinting from hole to hole by claiming a cart to putter around the 4,900-yard course in luxury. Before the round gets under way, players can iron out any kinked swings with a bucket of driving-range balls, then head out to make a bunch of marks on a scorecard. Davis Golf Course’s shorter length entices novices, but there are still myriad challenges to tickle the fancy of more advanced shooters. Out-of-bounds areas border narrow fairways, and water hazards come into play on 15 holes, threatening to flood your basement unless you give them a golf ball.
The waters of Covell Creek, several ponds, and patches of tall, native grasses shape the 18-hole course at Wildhorse Golf Club—a 6,828-yard track sculpted by award winning golf course architect Jeff Brauer. The natural hazards may not be hospitable to errant golf balls, but they do sustain a thriving population of geese, swans, owls, and a cattail or two that can be used as a pitching wedge. The course features several challenging holes, including a memorable finisher. At 465 yards from the tips, the 18th hole—a par four for men and a par five for ladies—will have even long hitters struggling to reach the green in regulation. To prep swings and putting strokes, golfers can warm up at a 30,000 square-foot chipping and putting green or graze on calorie-rich grass at the 18-stall driving range.
Course at a Glance: * 18-hole, par 72 course designed by Jeff Brauer * Length of 6,828 yards from the tips * Course rating of 73.0 from the tips * Slope rating of 135 from the tips * Five tee options
Ken Sawitzky?s lifelong devotion to golf began in 1958, when he studied under the tutelage of Johnny Goodman, the last amateur to win the U.S. Open. Since then, his golf career has blossomed like a greenside bougainvillea, encompassing 15 years of experience correcting swings, smoothing out putts, and framing interestingly shaped divots. Ken started teaching golf at Lighthouse G.C. in West Sacramento and moved to Wildhorse G.C. in 2003 when Lighthouse was closed. Ken now splits his time conducting golf classes for the Davis Parks and Recreation Department, tirelessly searching for new score-shaving methods to sprinkle upon the unsown swings of his pupils.
To promote physical and emotional development, Aerials Academy of Gymnastics and Dance enriches its physical classes with imaginative play and music. Programs are designed for toddlers, adolescents, and teenagers, with a variety of class structures available. Aerials Academy staff leads ballet, tap dancing, and gymnastics while also combining disciplines to create acrobatic adaptations of formal ballet productions. Twice each month, the instructors host Friday-evening play sessions that keep children busy while parents reclaim their free time by going shopping for unexpected holidays.