Chef and instructor Kelly Viall returned to her hometown of Birmingham after 15 years of whipping up fresh-fish dishes in Seattle and along the Gulf Coast. Now hundreds of miles from a coast, she still clings to her passion for ocean-fresh seafood and teaches students to master a variety of culinary techniques. She also offers catering options, giving food art lovers a chance to have a marine Louvre brought to them.
Though Darla Williamson grew up in a family that gravitated toward art and other hands-on trades?her mother is an artist, and her father is a woodworker and automobile restorer?she still found herself in the corporate world. Until, of course, she found a medium that spoke uniquely to her. She became very taken with Zentangle, a style of drawing that relaxes the mind by focusing on repetitive patterns, eventually becoming a certified instructor of the unique art form. Today, at Tangled Stones, she leads Zentangle classes of all levels and teaches students to add their designs to custom cards, clothing, and other items.
Flashes flicker from coast to coast in StacksPhoto's classes. Photographers of all experience levels learn fundamental lessons on evocative composition, balancing light and dark, and capturing memorable shots without photographing National Geographic covers. Other lessons include how to make the most of a camera’s manual mode, understanding basic optics, and how lens choice can affect an image. Besides in-person classes, StacksPhoto also offers a DVD filled with such tips.
Since its 1965 founding in Venice Beach, California, Gold's Gym has dotted the globe with more than 600 locations where professional athletes and exercise newbies gather under the umbrella of personal strength. Nearly 3.5 million Gold's members chart and aim for their fitness peaks, perspiring beneath the gaze of certified personal trainers or pedaling beside peers at cycling sessions. In a diverse lineup of group classes, patrons strengthen cores with Pilates, finger-paint pictures of ninjas in martial arts, and amp up heart rates along to the pulsating soundtracks of Les Mills routines.
Many Gold's Gym locations stockpile futuristic amenities, such as cardio machines with individual iPod docks and televisions that help keep patrons motivated.