The Art House at the MJCC is a sanctuary for creative expression, providing space and materials for budding artists to practice their craft. During a one-hour open studio session, visiting crafters can pluck beads, buttons, feathers, and other materials from rows of supply bins, or experiment with paint, markers, and other mind-matter transference devices. Families can attend and work together to craft a collaborative sculpture, a group self-portrait, or a wax figurine of Donald Trump made from melted crayons. Over the course of 10 sessions, handmade masterworks can be polished, finished, and brought home to accumulate on previously bare walls and empty mantels.
Donors wine and dine their way through the "The Above Par Classic" while putting their magnanimous contributions to work in the fight against PKD. Area restaurants such as Bonefish Grill, Rendezvous, and Bahama Breeze greet guests with an array of multifarious fare, and wine and beer tastings help hone taste buds and research mannerisms for sommelier Halloween costumes. Later in the evening, guests can stretch their bidding muscles with both live and silent auctions or try their hand at a $10,000 putting challenge, which rewards the night's most precise putter with prize money split equally with the PKD Foundation and the night's second-most precise putter with a home in the ninth-hole windmill of the nearest putt-putt course. Tunesmith LaDon Jones soundtracks the evening with live music, adding a relaxed vibe to the night's charity.
Transformations Autism Treatment Center helps individuals with autism-spectrum disorder to reach their academic, social, and emotional potentials. The organization employs applied-behavior-analysis therapy, which aims to build skills by encouraging positive behaviors and discouraging negative ones, and provides one-on-one attention from behavior technicians and board-certified behavior analysts. Families can take advantage of services including music programs, therapeutic art classes, dance and physical-education classes, and social-skills training. The organization also strives to keep costs low, offering classes for free and less than $20 when the resources are available. Transformations supports nearly 50 families each week.
The Cotton Pickin' 5K Run/Walk and 1K Cotton Candy Fun Run benefit Fayette Cares, a non-profit organization, which provides shelter and self-sufficiency training for homelessness prevention, domestic violence intervention, and victim services, in addition to aid for families in economic crisis throughout Fayette County. In addition to the registration, commemorative apparel, and fountain drink, participants will get a goodie bag, healthy snacks, water, and sports drinks to regulate electrolyte levels and send energy-packed glucose to the fierce squirrel jockeys guiding their movements. Uber-focused 5K participants commence purposeful forward motion at 8:30 a.m., whereas laid-back fun runners begin their 1K stroll at 9:30 a.m. Awards will be presented at 10 a.m. at the Cotton Festival on the Somerville Court Square.
What kid doesn't dream of owning his or her own playground? David Zorn grew up storming the fields of Paintball Park, falling in love with the game. In college his childhood pastime turned into a semiprofessional career that took him to cities such as Chicago and Miami, where he made his television debut on ESPN's airing of the Campaign Cup tournament. Shortly after college, David jumped at the chance to purchase his old stomping grounds, where, across 18 acres of pigment-spattered fields, shooters settle good-natured scores as a trained staff ensures safety.
Colorful projectiles tear a zipper-like sound through the air across Paintball Park?s seven paintball fields, which have varying themes. In Paintball Canyon, players hunker down alongside a gorge, stashing themselves inside log forts or under bridges. The simulated nuclear-waste site at Ground Zero provides hiding places in the form of stacks of barrels and pipes; Dodge City simulates an Old West town, complete with a saloon and animatronic tumbleweeds; and players can find tournament-style play among the inflated blue obstacles of the airball field. Between games, paintballers refuel at the snack shop or at the grill pits and picnic tables scattered in the courtyard. At annual events, the staff sets up a scenario that spans all seven fields for an all-day game, designed to re-create battles from history, video games, or the time Sun Tzu?s lunch was missing from the fridge.
While teaching jazz dance in the 1960s, Judi Sheppard Missett decided to step away from tradition by offering an experimental class that allowed her students to simply dance without the judgment of mirrors or the constraints of rigid technique. In these sessions, she began infusing popular dance moves with specific fitness workouts to forge a distinctive blend of cardio exercise, strength training, and dance instruction. Little did she know that this “just for fun” class was the prototype for what would become the national fitness sensation known as Jazzercise.
Today, Jazzercise takes its aerobic techniques from a variety of sources that include jazz dance, hip-hop, resistance training, Pilates, yoga, and kickboxing. The class formats, which vary according to different toning goals, are just as diverse as the program's move set. Two-time Dancing with the Stars champion Cheryl Burke is a big fan of the improvisational routines, although her advanced skills aren't needed to get the most out of classes. Instructors cultivate a noncompetitive atmosphere where all exercisers—with the exception of those marked as cursed by jazz-hand palm readers—are welcome regardless of age, build, or fitness background.