Through the Kids to Kids literacy program, Spread the Word Nevada works with book distributors to purchase gently used and new books and distributes them to children in 24 Clark County elementary schools. In the last decade, Kids to Kids has donated more than one million books to these schools. Participating schools have noted an increase in the number of students who meet or exceed reading standards, which can lead to greater academic and economic success for these children.
Although Drivers’ Education classes help students become licensed drivers, they don’t teach them any actual car control skills. That’s where BetterSaferDrivers.com comes in. The staff, helmed by auto racing veteran Robert Prevost, is determined to arm students with the emergency reaction skills they need to help prevent collisions and make them better safer drivers for years to come. During interactive defensive driving clinics, students practice their newly gleaned techniques on sprawling parking lots, learning how to brake fast, deal with skidding, and avoid accidents.
Nurture Spa and Salon's menu reads like a book written about achieving relaxation, listing massages, facials, and hair, waxing, tanning, and nail services. Massage technicians chase tension away with 25-minute deep-tissue massages ($80), and aestheticians smooth out face wrinkles using vitamin-rich Skin Authority products and a Clarisonic cleansing system during an express facial ($75). Exterior experts handle beach-season grooming with bikini ($55), back ($75/ full, $35/ partial), and leg ($75/ full, $55/partial) waxing as well as custom airbrush tanning ($75), which can be tailored to achieve a desired hue or resemble any of the living presidents. On the salon menu, both women's ($65+) and men's ($45+) haircuts and blow-dry styling untangle rowdy locks.
City Golf's managing owner and head golf professional, Gary Parker, brings a Class A PGA certification and more than two decades of teaching experience to City Golf, earning him Boston magazine's Best Golf Pro in 2007. Gary and his team of PGA-certified aces preside over year-round golfing activities inside City Golf Walpole and City Golf Boston's studios and their modern golf-training facilities, including a brand new downtown Boston location. Pros tailor instruction to individuals during lessons to help straighten out swings with the assistance of Dartfish video swing analysis, which reveals every ill-timed motion, errant clubface position, and argyle-clad poltergeist affecting each shot. A virtual-reality simulator recreates the environments of more than 30 legendary courses, and a 280-square-foot putting green challengers players' ability to read breaking greens.
Aces & Ales blends pub-style comfort food and a rotating selection of 22 artisanal beers on tap with musical entertainment, fusing the passions of owner Keri Kelli, craft beer enthusiast and former guitarist for rock legend Alice Cooper. Plucking out distinctive pours more precisely than a neophyte harpist learning "Stairway to Heaven," the staff lines up select imperial stouts and hefeweizens to escort gastropub-inspired bites such as Belgian-style fries with bacon and blue cheese or homemade Maryland crab cakes. The bar's 14 plasma TVs, meanwhile, catch diners' eyes with 55 inches of pro-sports action. A classically trained robot moonlighting as a jukebox emanates waves of nostalgia and patron-selected tunes before local bands take the stage to test the stability of the exposed brick walls, which have previously resonated with the voice of Alice Cooper himself.
Within each noncompetitive Curves facility, female fitness seekers are invited to move through a 30-minute circuit of hydraulic resistance machines that are designed to promote weight loss, protect against osteoporosis, and deal with arthritis. Shunning cumbersome weight stacks, the hydraulic gadgets adapt to each exerciser's body weight and fitness level to complement her individual abilities, subsequently decreasing the risk of soreness or injury. And because traditional lift-and-lower motions tend to create bulky muscles, the machines promote push-and-pull movements to sculpt toned, lean muscles perfect for crushing unsuspecting grapefruit. Experienced trainers are always nearby to help clients manage their machine maneuvering, and a soundtrack of fun, upbeat music includes cues to let women know when it's time to move on to the next station or break for an air viola solo.