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 consortium of professional instructors at Fred Astaire Dance Studios, which was cofounded by the legendary toe tapper himself, shepherds students of all ages and skill levels through lessons that span the style spectrum. Low-pressure private sessions allow enthusiastic teachers to fine-tune individual students' techniques and form, using their expert eyes and mechanical dancing shoes preprogrammed to do the Charleston. Patrons can learn how to cavort through classic waltz and fox-trot romps or swivel through the modern steps of salsa, swing, or samba. For dancers hoping to hoof it up in a social setting, the group practice parties provide a one-night extravaganza of instruction, demonstrations, and amateur firewalking.
Tour de Cure raises money to benefit the American Diabetes Association by sponsoring bike tour events in 44 states. Events include rides of various lengths ranging from 7 to 100 miles and support riders with rest stops and snacks to keep them fueled. Riders with diabetes get to wear Red Rider jerseys and lead the events through farmland, down city streets, past waterways, and over daunting hills. At the finish line, festivities include live music, lunches, vendor booths, massages, and activities for kids, depending on location.
The male and female massage therapists at Touch of Health Massage soothe aches and pains deep inside muscles using a variety of massage modalities. Deep-tissue massage loosens up muscles with finger pressure and slow strokes. Trigger-point massage alternates between gentle and firm pressure to target the branching channels of pain that spread throughout the body. Thai massage combines traditional massage techniques with stretching to ease musculoskeletal ailments, increase joint mobility, and tame muscle spasms. Therapists also soothe pain-racked jaws by gently massaging clients from the shoulders to the scalp, or by convincing the upper teeth to stop fighting with the lower teeth.
Bedecked in paintings and traditional Indian artwork, the walls of Devanand Yoga Center provide shelter the distractions of the outside world while promoting a meditative yoga practice. Beyond the familiar breath-focused Hatha yoga, the center also offers a core-centric yoga-Pilates hybrid class, as well a gentle healing-yoga class and a mantra-chanting session. Instructors typically start all classes with meditative elements, working to balance the mind so the body can better balance itself during challenging poses or impromptu pogo-stick throw-downs.
Lemonade Day helps youth become productive members of society by teaching them how to start, own, and operate their own businesses. With the help of adults who serves as their mentors, children can participate in the annual Lemonade Day, when thousands of children open lemonade stands for business. Children prepare for the day by studying entrepreneurship lessons and working with their mentor to learn how to set goals, secure an investor, and other crucial steps for a successful business. Along with learning necessary entrepreneurship skills to help them understand the basic principles of business and become successful in the future, children keep the money earned from their lemonade stand. After covering their expenses and paying back their investors, they are encouraged to open a bank account or share some of the profits with a local charity of their choice.