More than one million fossils and artifacts were unearthed during the construction the Diamond Valley Lake reservoir in Hemet. These time-swept relics make their home in the Western Science Center's museum complex, creating a bridge between ancient eras and the scientific advances of the future. The campus itself is steeped in advanced design tactics, making it the first museum in California to earn a Platinum LEED Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. A rooftop covered with 3,000 solar panels provides more than half of the museum's power needs, and a combination of heat-resistant windows and forced-air circulation keeps the interior cool while spending less energy on air conditioning and ice sculpture maintenance.
A journey through the ages begins from the moment visitors step from the parking lot and under the Life on Earth Timelime, a 156-foot corridor of geologic time rings from Pre-Cambrian to Holocene that leads to the museum lobby. Inside, they explore permanent and temporary exhibits, including "Max," the largest mastodon skeleton found in the Western United States and the Discovery lab highlighting the tool contemporary architects use every day. Crowds can take a seat in the immersion theater with a 270-degree screen to watch a pair of short films about the time when giant creatures roamed California and how the region was excavated and preserved.
The Ranch aims to make motocross accessible to all. And though their goal isn’t literally spelled out in the dirt of their six different courses, the countless number of tire tracks raked across them sends a similar message. The difficulty of each course varies, starting with the kid’s PeeWee track and advancing up to the SX track, a challenging course designed for licensed riders, pro-am racers, and people with tires for feet.
At Powerhouse Gym, a great fitness experience is available 24 hours a day during the week and from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on the weekends. Along with the personal training and nearly 150 weekly group fitness classes that include everything from indoor cycling to yoga and Zumba, the newly remodeled facility features top-of-the-line equipment, plus a 16,000-square-foot outdoor sports arena for basketball and soccer camps. Two swimming pools let guests train for triathlons while a unique cardio cinema entertains land-roving athletes. After workouts, exercisers can soothe hard-working muscles with massages at the gym's spa, which includes a jacuzzi and a sauna. And clients can find sun-kissed satisfaction in the selection of tanning booths, whether gearing up for a bodybuilding competition or simply trying to obtain a golden hue to better hide in a barrel of lucky cats. Spray tanning is also available along with childcare six days a week as well as senior discounts through SilverSneakers and Silver & Fit programs.
Painted Earth makes it simple for amateur artisans and ceramic virtuosos to produce colorful pottery pieces using a variety of stencils, stamps, and patterns. Start by choosing your desired vessel from a vast selection of more than 500 ceramic pieces ($6–$70), including coffee mugs ($10–$17), dinner plates ($14–$20), and miniature figurines ($8–$30) to festoon with the likeness of a pet or distant relative. Pick a design from the store's volumes of idea books, select from more than 100 colors, and then create a design for an earthenware masterpiece. For artists suffering from painter's block, Painted Earth hosts an online inspiration gallery, and friendly staff members stand ready to assist with the pigmenting process. Glazing, firing, and vibrantly hued paints are included in the flat studio fee ($6 per person per visit), and polished objects are ready one week later.
What happens when two equestrians, each of whom owns an equine business, meet and fall in love? If they're Sarah and Rusty Hill, they merge the businesses and name their new venture The Riding Academy. Established in 1986, the Hills' training center teaches both English and Western styles to students of all levels. No prior experience is needed as students learn grooming, riding, and saddling. During interactive lessons, The Riding Academy teaches western, English, and Vaulting.
Anytime Fitness, which boasts more than 1,800 clubs in North America, makes it easier for average folks to etch out time for exercise by doing one simple thing: staying open 24 hours a day for 365 days a year. As fitness seekers challenge themselves on cardio and Hammer Strength machines and hoist Iron Grip free weights in clean, well-stocked facilities, security monitoring ensures they’re safe and producing enough sweat to meet official government standards. Members can also ramp up their exercise regimens with the help of Anytime Fitness’s staff of personal trainers, who demonstrate moves and sling motivating tips. After workouts, guests can shower in the private restrooms or hop into one of the tanning booths available 24 hours a day.