In 1976, busy California mother Joan Barnes wanted nothing more than to find a play place where she and her kids could enjoy age-appropriate, educational activities. Finding none, she developed her own innovative play environment within a developmental-based program structure now known as Gymboree Play & Music. Today, kids tumble and learn in more than 650 locations in 33 countries around the world, engaging in open play and classes designed to build cognitive and motor skills. As parents participate in their children's development, their kids learn to paint, play music, and interact socially outside of their preschool knitting circles.
Zen Wellness and Retreat?s aestheticians purify the body, shape its contours, and polish its exterior. Holistic-healing arts distinguish Zen?s menu, with sessions that redirect energy and restore balance, such as ear candling Lady Justice. Traditional pampering reveals youthful, healthy skin with topical scrubs and tonics, as well as mechanical exfoliators. Slimming treatments take the form of spa pampering or dietary supplements, and six modes of massage therapy soften hard muscles.
Green Acres Ranch has existed as a family-run equestrian operation for more than half a century, and owes its longevity to a steadfast commitment to coaching all levels of student?who they see as the future torchbearers of the sport. Riders learn to properly comport themselves in the saddle inside large indoor and outdoor riding arenas while passionate instructors shout encouragement and advise on proper technique, which will prepare students for challenging tasks such as leading, saddling, turning, a proper seat, halting, backing up and more on horseback and readiness for competition in the show arena and ultimately out on trails. But riding lessons are just one of the many equestrian activities offered by the ranch. Once they've got the right skills under their belt, jockeys-in-training can bound around the surrounding countryside on trail rides or try out for the drill team to participate in local parades.
Dr. Irfan Atcha, along with fellow dentists Dr. Jessica Mehta and Dr. Nilofer Khan, uses his 15-plus years of dentistry experience to preserve and protect families' smiles. Understanding that many patients have phobias and dental-chair allergies that make typical dental visits uncomfortable, he's pursued advanced postdoctorate training to help him effectively treat fearful patients. Dr. Atcha's other specializations include one-visit root canals and crowns, simple and complex surgical cosmetic makeovers, and Invisalign aligners.
The instructors of Origins Dance Academy have traveled far and wide to learn and practice their craft, from choreographing in Los Angeles to dancing in prestigious European and Canadian ballet companies to appearing in area musicals. That wide range of experience allows them to teach youngsters in a wide variety of classes, including tap, ballet, and hip-hop. Origins also occasionally presents its students in performances and sends them to competitions judged by technique, difficulty, and how well the dancers perform sequences from Swan Lake while partnered with real swans.