The Cibolo Nature Center lends a lush, earthy venue for singers and storytellers to ply their pied trade in the annual all-ages Songs and Stories concert series. Families arriving before sunset can enjoy meandering boardwalks and peregrinating pathways through the Center's vibrant habitats. Later, musicians bend strings and crush chords on the outdoor stage while attendees feed each other grapes atop regal folding chairs and giggling courtesans lounge on picnic blankets. This year's lineup proffers a plentitude of musical modes, including performances by rock, gospel, country, and Texas swing artists. When toe-tapping spreads throughout the limbs, make haste for the venue's movement-friendly dance floor.
As they enter the training circle at Curves, female guests come face-to-face with the smiles of other women. And just as points on a circle share a common distance from the circle's center, workout participants share the experiences of those nearby by trading stations throughout the 30-minute training session. One minute is spent on a piece of strength-training equipment built for feminine frames and designed to work two opposing muscle groups with a single movement. Exercisers then move on to a recovery station, where they run, jog, or dance to maintain heart rates and keep platforms in place during momentary losses of gravity.
The aromas from The Bistro's diverse menu of sandwiches, fresh seafood, and herb-roasted chicken drift out to diners chatting on outdoor seating that overlooks the Riverwalk. Patrons can fashion a six-wing guitar for an appetizer jam session with a half-dozen wings slathered in a slew of sauces or let forks fall through delicate Maryland crab cakes ($23.50). Shower fresh greens and aged cheddar with an autumnal rain of cranberries and walnuts in the tart apple salad ($8.25) or eschew silverware like a bib model while devouring a sauerkraut-laden turkey Reuben on marble rye ($8.95). As courses vanish in puffs of mouthwatering smoke, skilled chefs pan-sear a fresh salmon fillet beside a steaming garden of green beans and potatoes ($17.50) and promote fruit collaboration with pieces of warm apple and cranberry cobbler ($5.25).
Silencing collection calls and burying bank statements in the backyard won't fix financial faux pas. Learn to pull yourself out of the red with today's penny-pinching Groupon. For $25, you'll get admission to Dave Ramsey's Total Money Makeover LIVE on Saturday, January 30, from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Reliant Arena.
Vein Associates scares the spiders out of your blood tubes using state-of-the-art sclerotherapy, a safe procedure in which infected vessels are injected with a vein-shrinking solution. To begin your appendage upgrade, board-certified Dr. Martin Franklin will recommend the number and type of treatments needed to fully alleviate symptoms (patients typically require a total of three to five treatments). Then, your limbs will be turned over to the capable hands of one of his certified technicians. Much like wrestling with a lightning bolt, receiving sclerotherapy may cause a slight burning sensation, but the treatment is safe and effective for virtually all skin types. Review before and after images and prepare to free your legs from the tyranny of spider veins.