Fitness Together is all about synergy. Specialized in one-on-one training, the center’s certified trainers design fitness programs that unite strength training, cardio routines, and nutrition plans that work together to catalyze weight loss. The plans’ strength-training component, dubbed Aspire 8, fuses resistance training and cross training to build solid core muscles without ever having to tear a phonebook in half. During Cardio Together regimens, the trainers get patrons’ heart rates pumping with a mix of aerobic workouts. Finally, the education-oriented Nutrition Together programs teach patrons how to make more healthy food choices, leading to a lifetime of nutritious eating habits.
Amanda Jones’s artistry is an essential part of a greater cycle; after growing up in a home and community awash in creative expression, she now extends the same opportunity to students of all ages. Though she is a practitioner of many art forms, Amanda specializes in mixed media sculpture and fiber arts; her gifts typically manifest themselves as enigmatic folk art and intricately woven shawls. When not teaching out of her Johns Creek home, she can often be found holding classes for local organizations, providing lessons for disabled artists, and surreptitiously unraveling friends’ sweaters for weaving materials.
Objet d'Art Gallery & Studios showcases works from more than 40 local and regional artists, including paintings, pottery, sculpture, photography, and mixed media. With inspiration aplenty, the studio welcomes visitors of any age inside every day of the week to participate in classes, workshops, and open-studio sessions. The instructors lead students during a variety of different classes, offering direction in artistic crafts such as canvas and pottery painting, fused and stained glass, clay, and collage. The also run Art Camp during school breaks and vacations.
Art in Bloom showcases masterpieces by area painters paired with floral arrangements inspired by their works. Proceeds from the event benefit the Johns Creek Arts Center, whose inexpensive art programs kick-start the creative minds of nascent Picassos and glue-stick virtuosos. The Saturday event features an arts market, whose selection of pottery, jewelry, and trinkets serve as ideal Mother's Day gifts or as prizes for professional-wrestling tournaments.
Informed by an ever-growing body of developmental research, classes at The Music Class introduce tots to tunes and concepts that boost creativity and listening skills. In Music Pups (a $72 value) courses, children under 4 years of age gleefully sing, dance, and bang away on rudimentary instruments such as the drums or theremin. Four and 5-year-olds learn concepts of tone and rhythm in the Music Cats course (a $77 value), which lets kids experiment with keyboards before defending their dissertations on the narrative redundancies of "Old MacDonald Had a Farm." Each 45-minute course meets four times in one month-long segment, and includes CDs for parents to play at home to follow up on in-class tutelage. This Groupon may also be used toward The Music Class' ten-week music courses.