Master falconer and bird-of-prey expert Mike Dupuy shares his love of the 4,000-year-old sport of falconry during exciting and informative demonstrations with his avian costars. A professional public speaker, Mike entertains his audiences with personal anecdotes and motivational speeches that use falconry as a metaphor to encourage them to follow their dreams. Guests also get to learn about each feathered raptor while it surveys the crowd for wild Energizer bunnies, and Mike encourages audience interaction by inviting volunteers from the audience to hold the hawk and try in vain to teach it to bark like a dog.
A-SPAN provides housing and case management for people who suffer from mental illness and substance-abuse problems through two permanent, supportive housing programs. As A-SPAN continues to expand these programs, the demand for new furniture for their clients continues to grow. Not only can a new bed help clients feel more at home, A-SPAN's staff has noticed it also can make them more appreciative of their new housing, giving them a greater incentive for staying there. Due to health concerns, A-SPAN buys new beds and cannot accept donated beds.
CT International Modeling School prepares kids for careers as models, actresses, and pageant queens. Its industry-specific trainings—available as summer camps and workshops—teach students how to walk down a runway, style their own hair, and strike creative poses, rather than always posing triumphantly on top of the same mountain.
MoBu Kids' founder Melissa Steele devoted her time to entire classes of children for eight years before retiring to care for her two favorite youngsters—her son and daughter. Shortly after the birth of her son in 2005, Melissa opened MoBu Kids, an indoor playground and classroom for kids that was voted ParentsConnect Parents' Picks Best Kids' Party Place in 2010 and Best Indoor Playspace in 2009. During open play, youngsters scramble atop custom-designed foam playground equipment and roll around safe gymnastics flooring like Olympic-level tumbleweeds. They also test footholds in a rock-climbing wall and zoom down the slide of a petite tree house.
A more structured blend of learning and recreation characterizes small classes led by energetic instructors. Music and movement strengthens the link between notes and motion, bolstering language or motor and social skills according to age. Art-class masterpieces spring from the colorful depictions in a storybook, and ballet encourages dancers to forge creative steps, like the stubbed toe hop. Similar themes run through summer camps and private birthday parties.
Shooter McGee's bolsters its neighborhood pub atmosphere with a menu packed with pub-fare classics and modern comestibles. Chefs prep appetites for satiation with hearty appetizers, including the modern-leaning trio of duck tacos, with spiced duck confit filling out tortillas ($9.99). Patties of Angus beef take up residence between pillowy buns for burgers such as the bacon and cheese, with applewood-smoked bacon and a choice of 10 cheeses, plus a side of hand-cut fries, slaw, mac 'n' cheese, or baked beans ($9). The herb chicken & greens salad piles herb-roasted chicken over mixed greens with fresh mozzarella and a balsamic reduction ($12). Revel in the twin-flavored pursuits of the strawberry-balsamic pork tenderloin ($16), or delicately nibble through the eight hours of flavor that go into each rack of barbecue ribs ($20).