STEP Preschool's teachers don't just shape kids cognitively—they also develop them physically. That's because the state-licensed preschool employs multitalented staffers who lead clinics in soccer, T-ball, gymnastics, and other sports to help refine the motor skills and kinesthetic learning of children aged 2–5. Physical education boasts as integral a role in the curriculum as reading and writing, math, technology, and other academic areas that prepare kids for kindergarten and a tenure-track professorship.
The flexibility mavens at the Ananda Center tone muscles and tune minds, bringing bodies and souls into harmonious alignment. Bend, stretch, dance, or meditate in an array of yoga and fitness classes designed to limber up limbs while fostering overall health and well-being. Form & Flow Yoga challenges students to hold poses for long stretches, and Gentle Yoga coddles fitness seekers who have recently undergone surgery, given birth, or lost a twisting competition with a pretzel. Patrons strengthen cores in the traditional low-impact Pilates course, or invite the rest of the muscular structure to the party in Fitlates. After calming minds in Meditation, set your body in motion with high-energy, calorie-burning classes such as Zumba, Sun/Fire Cardio Sculpt, Cardio-Kickbox MMA, and Extreme Mahjong. Check the schedule for class times and details.
The chefs at 1019 Cafe present midday and evening menus filled with steaming pastas, seared seafood, and charred meats fresh off the grill. Arriving with piles of vegetables, roasted halves of chicken ($18) and duck ($22) sate hearty cravings and teach diners important lessons about fractions. Chefs play pasta piccolos to summon whole clams from beds of linguine, garlic, and olive oil ($14 for lunch; $17 for dinner), and lobster francaise ($28), still upset over the tied intramural basketball game between land and sea, stares down grilled filet mignon ($28) during dinner service. A low-carb menu introduces protein-packed platters of almond-crusted flounder with mango salsa ($15 for lunch; $19 for dinner) alongside grilled pork chops, which graze atop fields of vegetables, onions, and hot or sweet peppers ($12 for lunch; $18 for dinner).
Studio Art supplies the media and the instruction for customizing everything from canvases and pottery to skateboards and sneakers. During birthday parties, afterschool programs, and camps, artists transform everyday objects into one-of-a-kind works of art. Mirrors, moccasins, and belt buckles dress up in an arsenal of paints, glitters, jewels, and trinkets according to creative whims or the demands of the preschool fashion scene. Classes hone specific skills such as sewing and fashion design, and teen night occupies adolescents with henna, beading, and scrapbooking in an informal setting.
Through its convenient online booking system, Homejoy Cleaning strives to connect homeowners with the cleaning services and technicians they can trust. After scheduling a cleaning appointment, homeowners receive a profile of their assigned cleaners⎯including their picture and their mop's astrological sign⎯so that homeowners can get to know the crew before they arrive. Teams then carry out an extensive list of tasks during cleaning visits, from blasting away dust and debris from counters to vacuuming and mopping floors. Customers are free to create or change appointments from their home computer or smartphone, and may also opt for additional services, such as laundry, oven cleaning, or spotless interior window cleanings.