The three Oregon Athletic Clubs welcome members into an oasis of healthy living, each developed to encourage those aspiring to wellness to reach their fitness goals. In addition to cardio and weight equipment for solo workouts, personal trainers tailor workouts to meet individual goals and lead group yoga and Pilates sessions to strengthen and flex physiques. As parents pedal into shape in the cycling studio or unwind at the onsite spa, kids can caper about or discuss their investment portfolios in the childcare center.
At each location, patrons can practice not drowning in the indoor pools and then retire to relaxation at the locker-room saunas. The Hawthorn Farm Athletic Club invites members to splash into the outdoor pool and lounge on the lawn and patio. To refuel for the day’s cartwheel quota, the clubs’ restaurants dish up light fare including salads and paninis.
The family-friendly Cure Kids Jam and Festival teams American Idol finalists with up-and-coming West Coast musicians to raise money for children's charities such as the Cure JM Foundation, United Way, and Ronald McDonald House. American Idol's Blake Lewis and Kimberley Locke headline this year's event, sharing songs from their newest albums and slides of their oldest, most embarrassing baby photos. Instead of sending puppies to potential fans, Lewis has beatboxed his way into their hearts after wowing the season six Idol judges with his rhythmic renditions of Seal's "Crazy" and Jamiroquai's "Virtual Insanity." Locke has topped the dance charts four times since appearing on season three of the show, landing on Billboard's Top 50 Dance Songs of the Decade list with a rousing rendition of Freda Payne's "Band of Gold."
An estate house is surrounded by lush gardens, whose steps lead the way to a grass terrace that overlooks working vineyards and a gorgeous valley. Now, add locally made wine, picnics composed of organic fare, and live music. The call of, ?Mon Ami!? may be heard. But no, you have not suddenly turned into a French expat hanging out in Tuscany. This is Garden Vineyards, a family-run vineyard in Hillsboro. (Mon Ami is the family dog.)
Garden Vineyards serves as an afternoon destination for picnics, wine tastings, and festivals. The vineyards' estate house is also available to rent for a weekend getaway or an overnight or extended stay. Visitors who especially love the wine can become members of the wine club,which includes six bottles in the spring and six more in the fall. Visitors can also become members of the vineyards' community-supported agriculture program and receive produce straight from the gardens.
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Meriwether National Golf Club invites players across the handicap spectrum to test their mettle at the 27-hole golf complex carved through the farmland of the Tualatin Valley. The club?s 18-hole, 6,719-yard layout incorporates open terrain, tree lines, and ponds that test golfers? ability to adapt to course conditions and phase out the indigenous birds demanding to use headcovers as nests. Golfers looking for an expedited round can loop the club?s nine-hole course, which lets players hone approach shots with six par 3s and three par 4s. Stationed next to the course, the Meriwether Grill remains open until 7 p.m. every night to provide post-round meals for those who haven?t spoiled their appetites by eating an unfavorable scorecard. Course at a Glance: * 18-hole, par 72 course * Length of 6,719 yards from the farthest tees * Three tee options * Scorecard
The weapons experts at Beavercreek Armory Range make guests’ safety their chief concern, which is why they maintain a membership system that ensures each of their guests are qualified, safety-savvy NRA members. A 12-lane indoor range keeps marksmen of all skill level comfortable with clearly displayed house rules and a high-efficiency ventilation system that quickly draws away gun smoke and replaces it with Clint Eastwood's captured sighs. In addition to supervising the range, Beavercreek’s team also leads classes that range from NRA-compliant defensive pistol and handgun classes to a youth safety course. Meanwhile, the in-house gunsmith can restore and repair firearms, as well as add customizations such as carbonia bluing or an antique car horn.
Understanding that each child learns differently, the staff members of Sylvan Learning Center’s numerous study centers design custom lesson programs. Based on the results of standardized testing, diagnostic tools, and one-on-one interviews, the staff works with students to help them to firmly grasp basic skills such as reading, writing, math, and how to remember facts without tattooing them to their chest. Programs target students in kindergarten through grade 12 and mold to various learning styles, helping kids to feel more comfortable in the classroom. After-school or summer classes can ready high-school students for the rigors of the ACT or the SAT, or they can help students to wow college admissions officers with their superior writing skills, exemplary test scores, and willingness to arm-wrestle the school mascot.