Arlington Life Shelter helps local individuals and families transition from homelessness with short-term shelter and support services. For 25 years, it has provided fresh beds, clean showers, and hearty meals for anyone seeking refuge from extreme weather or a night on the street, or looking for a way to gain employment and attain long-term self-sufficiency. The shelter offers 72-hour services for people who are just looking for a place to sleep and 14-day services for people who cannot work due to disability or age. For residents looking to gain stable employment, the 9- to 12-week rehabilitative program includes educational classes for children and adults, as well as job-coaching sessions to prepare for interviews and new jobs. Volunteers teach a range of skills, including classes in computer skills, parenting, and yoga. Residents can also take part in health and social-work services and access resources to help them move into transitional housing as they work toward self-sufficiency.
Imagine the moment when a shy, introverted young girl steps in front of a room full of people for the first time and speaks with confidence and clarity. This is a regular occurrence at Drama Kids International, where experienced teachers use a unique, copyrighted curriculum to help shape and focus outgoing children or draw shy children out of their shells. Classes for kids as young as 5 refine speech techniques, dramatic movement, and imagination, giving them the confidence to perform in front of an audience or finally ask their parents to change their names to Thespis. For older kids, aged 12–18, Drama Kids International offers the DKI Acting Academy, where serious theater kids can expand their speaking, acting, and auditioning skills through exercises and performances.
A rotating roster of seasoned comedic pros and up-and-comers has graced the stages at Hyena's Comedy Nightclub's three locations. These featured jokesters typically perform weekend sets, leaving the space free for aspiring comics during weekly open-mic nights. The venue has also partnered with cyber-comedians for a defensive-driving course. Since not much in the rules-of-the-road canon is intentionally funny, Hyena's helps keep Texas drivers safely and legally behind the wheel with digital, state-approved, all-original tutorials written by comedians.
Boneyard Haunted House has been featured in numerous local media outlets, including in a story on CBS 11 news exploring whether or not the space is actually haunted. Rumors swirl that the large, formerly abandoned building that operator Dan Hall has converted into a haunted house harbors some very real ghosts. To give his guests a proper Halloween fright, Hall has outfitted the building's downstairs area with more than 40,000 square feet of realistic-looking skeleton scenes, elaborate designs, and passageways that reduce one’s line of sight to up the surprise factor. But, as Hall told CBS 11, other unintentional things have been happening inside the haunted house. Rolls of receipts have rolled across the floor and trash cans have accelerated across the room, all seemingly of their own volition. The phenomena have even caused paranormal investigators to come in with recording technology to try to contact the spirits of any lingering souls or prolific Ouija boards that might be stuck on the premises.
For guests who have walked through the haunted house in previous years, every season brings new and scary surprises. A writer from the North Dallas Gazette reported on the effort, noting that "each year, the haunt is completely taken down and the team starts fresh building exclusive rooms and new props." The attraction also boasts an indoor festival area with games, music, concessions, and vendors.
Big Barn Bar-B-Que's specialty dry-rubbed and pecan-smoked meats stock hungry mouths with succulent tastes backed by a cavalcade of sides. The menu boasts 10 meats, including two-meat plates that pair savory combinations of carnivorous fare such as chopped brisket, classic baby back ribs, or jalapeño-cheddar sausage. Sides of coleslaw and potato salad celebrate refreshing, cooling textures, and fried okra and onion rings tantalize taste buds more completely than PhD students learn the alphabet. As duos revel in smoky delights and share tastes, iced teas, fountain drinks, and coffee anoint liquid-intake apparatus in preparation for a finishing course of just desserts. Seasonal cobblers pack a palatable punch of fruits such as strawberry or peach, and Mama's famous banana pudding reveals a union of fresh bananas with crisp vanilla wafers.
Helmed by a husband-and-wife team of competitive power lifters, Stroud’s Fitness sculpts bodies into tiptop shape with personal training, boot-camp classes, and a workout space brimming with strength-training tools. Available Monday–Saturday, 45-minute personal training sessions pair clients with certified trainers to set fitness goals and build workouts that make muscles burn with satisfaction, like an insult uttered from the lips of a sarcastic fire swallower. Clients can practice recently learned lifts and curls with free weights of various sizes or trample stress on a sturdy treadmill. One-hour boot-camp classes work each major muscle group with bodyweight exercises, dumbbells, resistance bands, and yoga poses. To raise heart rates and burn calories, some workouts incorporate 40-second bursts of kickboxing and plyometric moves such as box jumps and bunny hops. Standard boot camps take place weekday evenings and Saturday mornings, and low-impact sessions lure exercisers into the 20,000-square-foot facility Monday–Thursday at 10 a.m.
In 1972, Raymond Dauphinais was an army air traffic controller in Germany who had never given much thought to photography. That all changed when he caught a glimpse of the castle in the small town where he was stationed. Seized with inspiration, he grabbed a camera and spent the day capturing the ancient fort. When he came back home, his newfound passion for photography ignited a four-decade career as a professional photographer. Specializing in head shots, family portraits, and corporate event coverage, Raymond's studio also offers classes that help amateurs improve their skills to enhance family albums and ensure they can capture photographic evidence of neighbors stealing blades of grass.