The championship course at Avila Beach Golf Resort hugs a tidal estuary that empties into the scenic San Luis Harbor, offering players dramatic views of the Pacific as they work their way through 18 holes. Designers Olin Dutra and Desmond Muirhead keep players on their toes with two distinct nine-hole sides, with the front nine draping over hilly terrain and the back nine traversing the coast and all of its singing fish. Throughout rounds, players corral their golf balls over kikuyu-grass fairways in pursuit of bentgrass greens, each mown short to produce quick-moving putts.
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Since she first began painting elaborate fingernail art, Paula's favorite canvases were people. She mastered manicures, permanent-makeup application, and even the creation of porcelain dolls. Today, however, she focuses her talents on guests at All About Face, where she draws wearable art directly onto their bodies. Her face-painting designs transform kids into fearsome tigers or ethereal butterflies, and her henna tattoos ornament limbs with swirling flowers and suns. She also specializes in tattoos made entirely of glitter, which take the form of vibrant dragonflies or glimmering, abstract spirals.
Hop-n-Play's indoor playground extends beyond the usual dimensions of fun. Apart from being climbable, slidable, and bouncable, nearly every play piece is also moveable. Toddlers can ride balls suspended from a spinning palm tree, or balance inside a slowly rotating hamster-wheel. Flowing water even makes an appearance, cascading down a tiny slide that's encased in clear plastic to prevent anyone from getting wet or ruining their makeup.
But each unique and safely padded attraction does more than entertain. While romping and running under the watchful eye parents, kids develop their muscle coordination and sense of space. And they can develop them late into the evening—families can show up ready for bed during the last business hour of the day, known as "pajama play."
Since brothers Aaron and Evan Steed founded Meathead Movers as high schoolers in 1997, they’ve earned accolades for their prompt service and professional demeanor while handling local and long-distance moves. Every able-bodied employee must pass written and oral testing and attend the Meathead University continuous-training program, which has resulted in a breakage-to-move ratio that is eight times lower than the national average.
The success of Meathead Movers has allowed it to expand into other services including storage and packing. Princess Packers provides premove packing services, allowing clients to focus on more important roles, such as running errands or preparing emotionally unstable pets for a new home. It also donates $1 for every box packed to the Cinderella Fund.
At Taste of the Central Coast, visitors take a culinary tour of nearly 30 area restaurants and wineries while grooving to live music and participating in auctions to benefit an important local organization. Guests can present chompers with unfamiliar sensations from eateries such as Full of Life Flatbread and New West Catering while sipping spirited libations from wineries located in the Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Barbara, and Santa Maria. Like pranksters who replace a bowl game's football supply with honey-filled beehives, local pastry chefs make the event sweeter, contributing decadent cupcakes to the gustatory parade. Live and silent auctions give guests a shot at such coveted items as cases of wine, weekend getaways, and spelunking lessons on the moon. The Family Care Network will use proceeds from the event to fund its efforts to provide foster-care services and assistance to high-needs children and families.