Pure Foods Market offers vegetarian, organic raw, wheat free, dairy free and gluten-free specialty foods. We are a health-conscious market that promotes and offers organic juices, synergy and rebuilding cleansing programs. Our store has everything from vegan ice cream to organic smoothies and all natural supplements.
Following an oil spill in 1979, TWRC Wildlife Center established itself as an emergency room and rehabilitation facility where people could take sick, injured, and orphaned wildlife. Animals remain at the center and undergo medical care and regular feeding until they are strong enough to reenter the wild. The center also receives questions about wildlife issues and maintains a focus on public awareness through a variety of educational programs on urban ecosystems and conservation issues. TWRC only uses certified rehabilitators and veterinarians to handle the animals, and conducts its own two-day skills seminar to train rehabilitators every year.
The team at Pure Balance takes a holistic approach to wellness, bettering bodies with chiropractic, yoga, and Pilates treatments. Laurie, a certified yoga instructor, twists students into exhilarating and liberating shapes during Hatha and Yin yoga classes. Patti handles Pure Balance's deep-tissue, Swedish, and Thai yoga massages, expelling aches and pains from uncomfortable muscles. Dr. Amy Nong, who graduated from the University of Texas at Austin and Texas Chiropractic College, customizes treatment plans to each client, mixing chiropractic, nutrition, rehabilitation, and wellness practices with good old-fashioned advice to stop sleeping underneath concrete slabs. Rounded out by Kathy Nong, a Texas A&M grad with a bachelor of science in food science, Pure Balance's staff also offers spinal decompression and weight-loss counseling.
During the last academic year, the HAS provided more than 100 wildlife-outreach programs to approximately 8,000 underprivileged youth at Title 1 schools. Outreach programs bring live birds of prey, insects, and native animals into classrooms for 45-minute workshops, which include topics such as Incredible Insects and Birds of the Bayou City. Through hands-on displays and slides, children learn about various bird calls, how to protect endangered species, and how to recognize animal habitats. The HAS still needs help funding its outreach programs at local schools to cover the costs of mileage, staff time, live-animal care, and print media.
Fred Astaire Dance Studio's retinue of step-savvy instructors transforms clunky feet into sashaying instruments through a quartet of private and group dance classes. During the 45-minute private lessons, students and their optional partners learn basic footwork while building the confidence necessary to take a spin on the dance floor or backflip into a corporate rival's cubicle. Covering the basics of Latin, ballroom, swing, and country-western dancing, individual lessons cater to a student’s specific needs before letting them loose during the 45-minute group classes. Accompanied by 8–30 other amateur rug cutters, these communal dance lessons bolster partnership, timing, and rhythm, and keep feet agile enough to maneuver the punch-bowl stampedes of modern dance floors.
Teachers are called learning coaches at Talent Unbound—and that's just one way its classrooms differ from traditional ones. Founder Mike Olson tried traditional for 14 years as a teacher, principal, and education administrator. He noticed gaps in the ways standard schools operated, and turned to a different form of teaching called Coached Schooling when he opened Talent Unbound. This technology-intensive program pairs a student to a coach, who customizes an educational plan based on the pupil's needs. Incorporating computers, modern-day tools, and innovative hands-on projects, the coach and student work on academic subjects ranging from calculus to English.