YMCA of Amarillo has opened its doors to peoples of all faiths, races, income levels, and abilities since 1937. Today staffers continue to uphold the YMCA’s core values of honesty, acceptance, and fairness as they ensure each location is a safe place for members to play, exercise, and strengthen family bonds weakened by overzealous games of Monopoly. Adults can take aquatic, boot-camp, and Zumba classes or workout within fitness centers filled with cardio and strength-training equipment. Kids, meanwhile, can join in on youth basketball and soccer matches or stimulate their imagination, mental development, and growth in afterschool programs, homework-assistance sessions, and art classes. To help guests of all ages get in touch with their creative sides, local artists host writing groups, dance courses, and photography classes.
YMCA of Amarillo emphasizes the importance of cultural enrichment in their community as well—they partner with such community-based organizations as Boy Scouts of America, Lone Star Ballet, and Amarillo Opera. They also further strengthen the community by offering much-needed funding to children and families who cannot afford the full cost of any of these progressive programs.
Heather Simpson of Panhandle Talent enjoys time in front of and behind the camera. As an actress, she has appeared in a featured role in a 20th Century Fox film, other leads in festival films, and more than 45 film, television, industrial, and theatrical productions. Offscreen, she has served in positions as casting director and producer. At Panhandle Talent, she shares her passion by coaching students toward their dreams with film-acting classes and professional consultations. Her classes introduce students to film-acting techniques such as acting for the camera, improvisation, and how to cry when an onion breaks up with you. Film-acting classes culminate in the chance to participate in a real movie. During consultations, she performs a variety of services such as private coaching, headshot/resume analysis, and self-marketing.
Staff Size: 1 person
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Most Popular Attraction/Offering: Bounce house
Recommended Age Group: All ages
The Party Suite eases the planning of birthday, graduation, or retirement parties with its private hall, onsite kitchen, and entertainment options. Kids can tumble around in the indoor suite's bounce house or zip down its slide, and adults can grab the karaoke machine's wireless microphone and read off interesting facts on Snapple caps. Plus, they don't even have to pay more to do so because the karaoke machine, as well as the bounce house and slide, are included with the rental of the party hall, along with tables and chairs that can seat up to 48.
Founded with the goal of outfitting its pupils with the skills necessary to excel in the spa and salon industries, Milan Institute of Cosmetology deploys a rigorous curriculum that emphasizes professionalism and hands-on learning to train fledgling cosmetologists and aestheticians around the country. As the most important aspect of the course of study, student salons and spas serve as a real-world classroom wherein nascent beauticians—under the careful supervision of their instructors—can practice their newly minted skills on humans or sentient mannequins. The beauty apprentices gussy up patrons head to toe via sundry lavish salon and spa services—specific to each location—that may include nail services, haircare, facials therapeutic massages, or nourishing body wraps.
As an affiliate of the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association, the Randall County Roller Dames challenge a lineup of regional rivals to fast-paced bouts of derby, eliciting cheers from an adoring flock of fans. The athletes sport helmets, skates, and tough nicknames based on obscure Cockney rhyming slang as they race around a circuit, elbowing and knocking away enemy skaters in a dizzying display of skill and teamwork. The Roller Dames exhibit a lasting loyalty to their home turf, not only through a series of six exhilarating home bouts, but also through yearly charity benefits for nonprofits such as Habitat for Humanity and Make-A-Wish Foundation.
At Eastridge Lanes, competitive camaraderie bonds athletes as they slug bowling balls down 32 glossy lanes. Bumpers ascend to guard gutters when kids or nesting squirrels are nearby, and 42-inch flat-screen TVs keep adults entertained. The alley's leagues and tournaments cultivate friendly face-offs, often over the promise of a cash prize. All-you-can-bowl evenings, held every Friday and Saturday, make it easier to finally hit that goal of one million pins, while nearby, Lane 33 Cafe slings nachos, hot dogs, or fresh pizza for birthday partygoers and refueling athletes.