Moxie Runners encourages a fun, active lifestyle for others, regardless of their speed or fitness level. During the program’s annual race, participants wind their way through Ridgefield and Vancouver toward the strains of music emanating from the finish line. A portion of race proceeds further encourages fitness by benefiting programs for preteen girls that boost self-confidence through running and walking rather than forcing them to write one another fan mail.
Oregon Inflatables' fleet of bouncy chambers, water slides, games, and obstacles courses brightens birthday parties, graduations, and backyard barbecues with an old-school carnival flair. Each bouncy structure decks out air-filled cavities with themed decorations, dressing up playpens to resemble sunny stacks of crayons, turreted castles, or formidable pirate fortresses. Water slides and dunk tanks cool off partiers with romps through refreshing molecules of H2O, while obstacle courses, sumo suits, and games add a touch of friendly competition to gatherings. Oregon Inflatables couples its castles and water spouts with rentable cotton candy and snow-cone concessions that entertain taste buds with the sweet notes of spun sugar and flavored snowman meat.
The facilities of inferno Fitness & Sports span 25,000 square feet and include a full-size basketball court, a private CrossFit studio, and an octagonal cage. Inside that cage, members can practice mixed-martial-arts skills learned during classes taught by veteran coaches. The gym also offers Combat Conditioning classes that fuse aerobic exercises with self-defense techniques and calorie-burning Zumba classes set to latin, hip-hop, and salsa music.
In 2011, Aarun Carter won the National Oldtime Fiddlers Contest in Weiser, Idaho, and in 2012, her band, the Concrete Cowboys, was recognized as Oregon's best country band. At Red Barn Studios, she shares her gift for music with students by teaching violin, fiddle, guitar, and voice lessons. Students also can opt for online classes held over Skype, during which Carter chats live feedback.
Smoke and fierce heat rise from a battalion of Weber gas grills and Big Green Egg smokers as barbecue docents line up in front of them, ready to wrangle rafts of raw meat into expertly grilled, smoked, and sauced feasts. In classes that range from three to seven hours, Phoenix BBQ and Grilling School's instructors impart their knowledge of sauces and marinades. They also teach students how to brine, smoke, and grill ingredients such as ribs, turkeys, chickens, peppers, pork, and veggies, all of which are provided. The three dudes in charge have been leading classes since 1998. Head honcho Stu McMullen draws upon myriad cooking classes and international travels to develop exciting recipes, while "sauce king" Eric Viken introduces sauces that can enchant palates and save accidentally overcooked meats. The barbecue experts hold classes onsite or in private backyards, enabling the family cat to finally learn to do something productive with its hunting gifts.
It’s fitting that Brian Nosler’s hobbies include both golf and fly fishing. Both sports require concentration, appreciation for the outdoors, and a fluid backstroke to hit a specific target. But when he’s not intentionally wading in streams, the 2013 Oregon PGA Player of the Year does his best to avoid water at all costs. During professional golf-instruction sessions, Nosler guides students with a simple approach to swing fundamentals, teaching both full-swing mechanics and short-game techniques—a personal specialty that contributed heavily to his previous wins at the Oregon, Washington, and Montana State Opens. In addition to helping students master the art of reading greens' dense instruction manuals, Nosler provides club-repair services and personal club-fitting sessions.