Unlike their mythical cousin, the velociraptor, modern-day raptors are real birds of prey that strike like death from the sky. Visitors can expect to see a wide variety of these fearsome creatures, from eagles to owls, some of which can be seen up close and personal at one of the center's several live programs and tours. On a clear day, fortunate guests can catch a clear view of the resident raptor, Emma, a white barn owl taken under the wing of the center following a series of broken bones. Too fragile to survive in the wild, Emma now pitches in around the center, raising wildlife awareness and taloning up rogue litter.
In addition to maintaining 20 gardening plots—as well as a plot specifically set aside for growing free organic produce for those in need—Cooks Community Garden plans to host classes in the coming year to encourage individuals to begin gardening as a way of lowering food costs and removing obstacles to accessing fresh, seasonal produce. Anticipated classes will cover topics ranging from gardening basics to grilling vegetables and keeping backyard chickens.
The instructors at DoubleTap Concealed strive to make their courses in pistol handling and safety an informative yet accessible platform. Students sit at long tables, which facilitate friendly conversation and easy access to instructors for questions and encouraging noogies. They teach basic NRA qualification courses and North Carolina concealed-handgun permit classes, often enhancing their instruction with hands-on practice at the shooting range.
At Wee Spa, aestheticians glitz up kids with lavish tot-sized manicures, pedicures, and facials. At their birthday parties, groups of girls live the charmed life through spa services, pizza parties, and upgrades such as gift bags, limousine service, and adoption by the Queen of England. Wee Spa's boutique also helps girls channel the royal treatment at home, outfitting wardrobes with a selection of fashionable kids’ clothing.
LKN Athletic Club facilities are lined with rows of indoor cycles and free weights, and quicken heart rates with cardio theaters packed with flat-screen TVs, treadmills, and ellipticals. Indoor basketball courts encourage sports-based workouts, and group and personal-fitness sessions sweat under the tutelage of nationally certified trainers. A curriculum of 14 classes features Body Attack and Body Combat courses from the Les Mills program and Silver Sneakers sessions for older adults. For a more relaxing trip to the gym, clients can lie down in a tanning bed to work on their outer glow or bolster resistance to solar flares.
Xplore Scuba equips erstwhile landlubbers to explore the ocean's wily blue underbelly. This basic introductory course acts as a first step toward greater subaqueous adventuring, with near-amphibious instructors first schooling students on dry land before letting them loose in controlled waters. Students wary of traditional bathtub-and-twisty-straw snorkeling will delight as Xplore Scuba professionals mold top-quality gear to their limbs and lungs, facilitating safe diving fun for the remainder of the three-hour experience.