High above the Sonoran desert, on the Tohono O'odham Reservation, the Kitt Peak National Observatory keeps track of the night sky with the world's largest collection of independent telescopes. Throughout the day, guides lead tours of three of the behemoths, including the world's largest solar telescope and a historic gazing dome built in 1973 to broadcast the moon explorers’ games of golf. On those chilly desert evenings, visitors can take part in the nightly observing program and view distant planets and far-off galaxies through 20- and 16-inch telescopes. Reservations are recommended; the program is quite popular and stars tend to shyly hide behind comets around large groups.
As memory cards replaced film reels, many photographers—both professional and amateur—felt befuddled by the new technology. That's where Digital Photo Academy stepped in. Since 2007, the business has facilitated workshops that explore all aspects of digital imagery, from operating cameras and uploading digital files to editing images and airbrushing realistic mustaches. Seasoned professionals lead the courses, helping understudies hone their use of light, framing, and timing. Students furnish their own cameras, and can tote along any ancillary equipment such as tripods, laptops, and flashes that relate to the course at hand.
TEAM Arizona Motorcyclist Training has trained more than 100,000 motorcyclists in the ways of safe and secure riding. A staff of 70 RiderCoaches, including more female RiderCoaches than any organization in the country, impart basic to advanced riding skills, allowing students to translate classroom lessons into on-the-road expertise. At TEAM Arizona’s 5-acre training range in Gilbert, experienced students sharpen their abilities at Skills Practice sessions. Advanced and Total Control students master high-challenge, low-threat coursework, including treacherous trail braking while completing 1099 tax forms.
Built to replicate the Suzuka Circuit in Japan, the 1,264-meter track at Musselman Honda Circuit challenges roadsters of all sorts to master its 13 turns. Whether drivers jump behind the wheel of a 9-horsepower P1 fast kart or behind the wicker picnic basket attached to the front of a motorcycle, the dirt track cushions tires during competitive pursuits and practice sessions alike. The multifaceted track accommodates a wide range of driving pursuits throughout the week, including driving education classes, cycling, and handicapped-accessible adaptive karting.
Ultima Self-Defense and Fitness LLC's instructors cater to diverse fitness and self-defense expectations with krav-maga classes which teach a unique form of self defense by removing the traditional rules that apply in other self-defense teachings. For energetic, high-energy exercise, KravFit uses kettlebells to achieve total-body toning and conditioning. Kids' programs also include krav-maga classes as well as birthday parties that challenge celebrants to cut their cake with a samurai sword.
Like their San Diego Padres affiliates, the Triple-A Tucson Padres awe spectators with fast-flying balls and daring home-plate dives. From the Home Plate Reserved section of Kino Stadium, fans can watch every nuance of the game, from the first pitch to the seventh-inning belly dance. Choose from a schedule packed with great match-ups, including battles with the Tacoma Rainiers and Fresno Grizzlies. Grassy areas outside the stadium beckon picnickers, and Padres zealots can seek out players’ autographs until 15 minutes before the start of the game. Those looking for an extra dash of excitement can lie in wait for a foul ball, blending into the natural surroundings by wearing an included Padres T-shirt.