Working as a pediatrician in 2004, Dr. Joe Cangas noticed that many local children didn’t wear helmets while riding their bicycles. Concerned for their safety, he began talking to children at local schools and founded Helmets First! as his mission grew. As the Helmet Doctor, he conducts regular talks at neighborhood schools, clubs, and community centers, teaching youth about the importance of wearing helmets. His organization also runs events where it distributes free helmets to youth from low-income backgrounds after measuring their heads for the proper fit. Only with a proper fit are helmets effective at preventing traumatic head injuries. Since its inception, Helmet First! has donated more than 14,000 helmets to local youth.
Chief Instructor Mike Cochran is a living contradiction of the idiom that “those who can’t do, teach.” Having spent 23 years in the U.S. Army, including 11 as an operator with the 1st SFOD-D Delta Force, Mr. Cochran shares his expertise by training military forces, law enforcement officials, and civilians in tactical situations at his expansive facility. His team of instructors, which comprises additional military special-forces members and former SWAT operators, oversees shooters, who learn the basics in a 100-seat classroom before practicing in one of the outdoor facilities. There, they are allowed to draw, move, and shoot in dynamic scenarios where they make use of cover and engage multiple targets.
For more than 30 years, Off Broadway has showcased national and local acts in an intimate bar atmosphere. No audience member is more than 30 feet from the stage during the venue's live shows, making for intensely personal experiences and extraordinarily obvious note passing on stage. The calendar of upcoming acts includes April Smith and the Great Picture Show (April 13), a KDHX R.E.M. tribute show (April 27), singer-songwriter Garrison Starr (April 28), and Joe Pug (May 14). Attendees can also loosen their tongues for appreciative whistles with drinks gathered from the bar.
Crown Valley Winery, nestled on a small hill amid prolific vineyards and rolling greenery, beckons for passersby to peruse its flourishing grounds and sample its inimitably crafted libations. Couples and especially friendly strangers stroll along hand in hand on a 30-minute guided tour, gleaning tidbits on the winemaking process. After the tour fills ear canals with interesting facts about adult grape juices, visitors gather at the wood-ensconced, naturally lit tasting room or on the outside patio overlooking the verdant estate to sample splashes of vino. Swill tastes of Crown Valley’s Estate and Museum Collection before departing with three flavorful bottles of wine, which can be popped open during special occasions such as family get-togethers or graduation from Rubik’s Cube University.
• For $63, new members get a two-month household metro membership plus joining fee (a $252 total value). • For $42, new members get a two-month adult metro membership plus joining fee (a $166 total value). • For $15, current members get $30 toward a class or program.
Aspiring bar- and beam-dwellers find supportive instruction at Team Central Gymnastic Academy and Olympiad Gymnastic Training Centers, which mold everyday children into lithe lads and lasses. A wide selection of classes are available for sprouts of all ages. The Tumble Bee program allows wee ones from 18 months to 3 years old to bounce into fitness, and older flip fanatics may start in a beginning boys or girls class, or catapult straight into age-appropriate trampoline and tumbling.