For more than 20 years, John and Kathy Tidwell and the team at Bear Creek Archery have been sharing their knowledge via professional lessons and classes and supplying recreational and competitive archers with state-of-the-art equipment. Kathy is a multiyear NFAA national indoor champion, and her range has been known to welcome numerous state archery champions to its 16 lanes. Experienced male and female instructors introduce both kids and adults to the sport and coach advanced junior athletes toward success. Part of the facility's draw may be a Dart interactive video archery system that simulates an outdoor adventure with realistic targets.
The Tidwells' crew recommends bows made by top brands including Mathews and Hoyt and a wide variety of large premade aluminum and carbon arrows. They stock helpful accessories such as decoys, quiver mounts, and semicircular bow cases that can just as easily store half of a leftover pizza. The shop's technicians also perform equipment repairs and restring bows.
Progressive Health Center is a nonprofit organization that integrates Eastern and Western therapies to help treat cancer, neurological disorders, and chronic conditions. The family physicians, chiropractors, Chinese-medicine practitioners, and massage therapists work together to boost patients’ spirits and physical strength with treatments such as acupuncture, music therapy, and nutritional counseling. One of the more uplifting therapies is laughter yoga—a treatment that gets people laughing together in a group without requiring them to come in feeling happy or carry around their own jack-in-the-box. To facilitate these services, Progressive Health Center has partnerships with the Swedish Medical Center and Craig Hospital. Its founder, Sue Goodin, and medical director, Allison Archard, are executive-committee members of the Cancer Care Initiative, which raises money by hosting events such as benefit concerts.
Based at Centennial Airport, near the Denver Tech Center, the FAA-certified flight instructors at Aspen Flying Club aim to help aspiring pilots take to the skies, whether in pursuit of a hobby or career. Their diverse fleet of aircraft, which includes light sport aircraft and more than a dozen Cessna 172s, is designed to meet a wide range of needs and rental budgets. When weather conditions or specific training requirements merit, students and pilots alike can make use of the Redbird full-motion flight simulator, a realistic ground-based flight experience that allows for practice of takeoffs, landings, and other maneuvers.
Imperial Combat Arts is unique among martial-arts studios in that the techniques it specializes in are directly descended from military combat methods. These techniques exist in their original, fight-oriented forms and have not been adapted to the world of competitive sport. Instead of showy routines and tournament-specific moves, instructors impart techniques such as "hand toughening, ripping and gouging, paralyzing pinches, nerve attacks, ground fighting, bone breaking, joint manipulation, and controlling tactics," along with weapon use.
At Colorado Handgun Shooting School, NRA-certified instructors Sherry and Jon Vargason make safety the focus of every class, whether they're working with a first-time student or a seasoned T-shirt cannon operator. They teach at The Shootist Pistol Range, leading classes such as the NRA Basic Pistol Shooting Course and a concealed-handgun course that qualifies students to apply for state concealed-handgun permits. To help clients feel as comfortable as possible, Sherry and Jon also organize women-only classes, as well as private one-on-one instruction.
With more than eight years of experience splattered on its palette, Creative Spirits continues to teach people of all ages how to tap into their creative energies and create artwork through a variety of media. Even without previous experience, pupils will employ five basic elements of shape. The result is an enjoyment of process of creating without feeling lost or confused and can improve self-confidence while remaining as focused as a cat that’s ready to pounce on a laser-pointer dot.
Also at Creative Spirits' spacious studio, friendly instructors lead groups in painting, glass fusing, and using a pottery wheel during casual parties. These laid-back sessions offer an evening of fun as patrons sip on beverages and learn how to create each session’s themed art piece. Past events have included students swirling brush strokes into colorful peacocks, potters shaping clay bowls on a pottery wheel, and artists fusing pieces of glass together to create a glass-fused serving tray. The center also offers private and kids' parties, as well as team-building events.