SpanishABQ's professional language teachers instruct learners in beginning, intermediate, and conversational Spanish and Spanish for health-care professionals. A staff of both native and fully bilingual Spanish speakers imparts vocabulary lessons and pronunciation skills during the two-hour weekly classes, toning tongues to break the world record for longest rolled R. The small, interactive classes are suitable for students who want to travel, communicate with others in their profession, or get hooked on Latin American telenovelas. In addition to Spanish classes, native Spanish speakers can sharpen their English skills in the center's ESL classes.
Ever since Baskin Robbins began its dessert fashion show in 1953, more than 1,000 original flavors have sauntered across the nation's tongue runways, 31 at a time. With the ice creamery's iconic pink sampling spoons as your guide, taste-test as many as you like until you find the flavor that gives your soul a back rub, whether it's a classic flavor such as rocky road single scoop ($2.49) or a seasonal serving of Love Potion #31—white chocolate and raspberry ice cream loaded with raspberry-filled chocolate hearts—and America's Birthday Cake ($3.99). Otherwise, keep it simple and bury your face within the flavor of the month. The ice alchemists at Baskin Robbins can also transmute their ice cream and sherbet into drinkable desserts such as floats, freezes, and shakes ($4.39–$5.89).
LA Boxing sculpts physiques into fighting shape with group fitness classes in boxing, kickboxing, and mixed martial arts. The proprietary style of the LA Boxing workout is a mixture of genuine fight training, engaging fitness, and stronger-than-earth gravity. These total-body routines combine external inspiration with jukes, jabs, and kicks. Both men and women are welcome in the ring, where they'll learn new techniques and methods to blissfully break into a sweat in an energetic group setting. Sixteen-ounce gloves are provided, as is complimentary motivational mumbling from Mickey Goldmill.
Jennifer Swain, a mother of nine, founded Special Spaces on the belief that children facing life-threatening illnesses deserve their own personalized space where they can go to relax. In 2011, Jan DeMaggio, director of Special Spaces Albuquerque, organized a local chapter in New Mexico. Jan and her team of volunteers interview children to discover their interests and favorite colors before recreating their bedrooms from the ground up in a one-day makeover. Often, the team will make adjustments for wheelchairs and other medical needs to ensure the space is safe as well as beautiful. Since its inception, Special Spaces has created more than 90 bedrooms in 10 states, and has garnered national attention with a feature on ABC’s Secret Millionaire and as one of Fresh Home Ideas’ 2011 Build a Better Home winners.
Dismas Network helps formerly incarcerated individuals transition back into their regular communities by providing safe, family-style housing. Residents typically live at a Dismas House for four to six months and receive case-management services, such as assistance finding stable employment and permanent housing. Along with a family-based housing system, residents can receive counseling as they participate in group lessons and therapy sessions and serve as active household members by helping with chores and meals.