In 1978, funds from Mr. A. Smith Gill’s trust, combined with resources from public and other private institutions, helped to create Gill Children's Services, Inc. The charitable corporation would serve low-income children who fell through the gaps of existing services. Its staff meets with each family individually to assess the child’s need, locate a service provider, and secure funds for the treatment or service that is required. This can range from wheelchair ramps and hearing aids to eyeglasses and root canals. Over the past three decades, the organization has served more than 44,000 children to date, refusing to turn away any child in need.
Imagine the moment when a shy, introverted young girl steps in front of a room full of people for the first time and speaks with confidence and clarity. This is a regular occurrence at Drama Kids International, where experienced teachers use a unique, copyrighted curriculum to help shape and focus outgoing children or draw shy children out of their shells. Classes for kids as young as 5 refine speech techniques, dramatic movement, and imagination, giving them the confidence to perform in front of an audience or finally ask their parents to change their names to Thespis. For older kids, aged 12–18, Drama Kids International offers the DKI Acting Academy, where serious theater kids can expand their speaking, acting, and auditioning skills through exercises and performances.
A rotating roster of seasoned comedic pros and up-and-comers has graced the stages at Hyena's Comedy Nightclub's three locations. These featured jokesters typically perform weekend sets, leaving the space free for aspiring comics during weekly open-mic nights. The venue has also partnered with cyber-comedians for a defensive-driving course. Since not much in the rules-of-the-road canon is intentionally funny, Hyena's helps keep Texas drivers safely and legally behind the wheel with digital, state-approved, all-original tutorials written by comedians.
Thousands upon thousands of wild mustangs roam the public lands in America's West, living independent of humans and their delicious salt licks. However, when herds become overpopulated or threatened, the Bureau of Land Management steps in to save these horses. The untamed mustangs require extensive training and care before they can ride trails. That's where The Supreme Extreme Mustang Makeover's trainers come in. Each year, they adopt these wild horses, train them for only 120 days, and enter them into competitions across the country.
At each Supreme Extreme Mustang Makeover event, judges award hundreds of thousands of dollars to the best trainers and their horses as they ride their mustangs and perform spectacular feats. However, despite the money and the crowd's applause, the primary goal of these events remains mustang preservation; since its founding in 2007, The Supreme Extreme Mustang Makeover has facilitated the adoption of more than 3,300 American mustangs.
Inside Brandt Fitness's facility, skilled trainers and yogis offer neglected bodies upgrades to better shapes. Bend and stretch during basic Hatha or Vinyasa flow yoga to achieve nimble nirvana or practice knot mimicry for victorious rounds of sailor charades. Alternatively, introduce youngsters to the limb-limbering world of karate with kid-focused martial-arts classes that guide students through a sweat-inducing tapestry of kicks, punches, and grappling techniques. Although self-defense is an aspect of the classes, the main focus is self-discipline and confidence, which children will need to navigate upcoming years of academics, self-discovery, and offers to join supervillain guilds.
In 1847, William Rahr brought his passion for beer from Rhineland, Germany—where his ancestors had been stirring hops for years—to Manitowoc, Wisconsin, where he opened his own brewery and, later, a malt house. William's passion passed through the generations, eventually inspiring his great-great-grandson Fritz Rahr to open his own brewery with his wife, Erin, in 2004.
Today Rahr & Sons Brewing Company—whose Iron Thistle brew was named a National Grand Champion at the United States Beer Tasting Championships in 2009—pours more than 5,000 barrels each year. Encompassing amber lagers, bocks, IPAs, and more, Rahr's lineup of year-round and seasonal brews take their names from weather systems, homely dogs, buffalo hindquarters, and the storm clouds William saw on his voyage to America. The 20,000-square-foot facility welcomes visitors on popular Saturday and Wednesday tours, where fans can watch grain swirl and bob before it ships off to local farms and bakeries as a special treat for cattle and unique ingredient in artisanal bread.
Having shared his fitness expertise in his book, Living Lean, health expert Larry North has boutique gyms that give fitness fitters an alternative to traditional workout facilities within a welcoming, low-key atmosphere. Target your body's soft spots with two training sessions with an experienced fitness professional who will tailor workouts to your specific needs. Opt for a pair of one-on-one Pilates trainging sessions, which build strenght through endurance and repetition rather than pumping pounds of kilograms of iron. By learning how to move your body using an efficient range of motion, you will leave your session walking taller and less prone to injuries not sustained from lightning.