In 1987, the Associated Ministries Day of Awareness sponsored a forum called Housing the Homeless: Community Action Day. Local activists, housing providers, and government officials discussed the problem of limited housing opportunities for residents experiencing homelessness. Many of them continued to brainstorm solutions long after the forum, most of which fell outside realm of the current social safety nets. Then, in 1990, a group of these participants banded together and founded Homes First! as a legal entity that could actively create housing opportunities for people with low incomes.
Homes First! acquires and remodels homes, apartments, and duplexes, collaborates with local organizations, and works with individuals to find them affordable places to live. It currently rents 42 units to individuals and families, whose rent payments go to fund maintenance, staff oversight, and future housing projects. A three-person team conducts operations at Homes First!, ensuring that it maintains an active link to the county. Homes First! also works with other nonprofits to find homes for people with disabilities or addiction issues, and to advocate for homes for people experiencing homelessness.
When the staff at Charlie's Safari claims to have the largest indoor play structure in the area, many will find it hard to argue with them as they look around the 22,000-square-foot jungle-themed facility. Here, kids scamper in, on, and around five levels of brightly-colored mazes and slides, air-filled bouncers, and a two-story laser tag arena. As kids unleash their imaginations, parents escape to their own lodge, secure in the knowledge that their children are being protected by the facility's Code ADAM safety system. Families can refuel at the on-site restaurant, which boasts housemade pizza sauce and corn dog batter. Charlie's Safari also hosts parties to celebrate children turning one year older and one year closer to being able to do their parents' taxes.
Offering inventive classes for men and women, the studio's philosophy of "Pilates at Play" combines the strengthening value of levity in exercise with the immeasurable benefit of uninhibited playtime. Depending on your playing preference and/or gender, you can mix and match your choice of three fun-infused fitness classes. The Pilates mat class guides students through the fundamentals of Pilates with the use of weights, balls, bands, and more. A seasoned instructor also employs the use of leg and arm springs for maximum mind-body melding. The 50-minute class is open to students of all skill levels, from experienced callisthenic crackerjacks, to klutzes with a surplus of left feet. Femininely focused, the chair-dance class introduces a sultry routine designed to strengthen the bodies and minds of ladies 18 and older. Similarly, the pole-lates class breaks down pole dancing from a Pilates perspective and introduces a cardio routine that ladies 18 and older can take to firefighting college. Both classes run 50 minutes.
Hawk's Prairie Casino and Riverbend Resaurant features a variety games and diverse menu. We are a family friendly smoke free enviornment located right off I-5 at exit 111. We host daily poker tournaments with live action poker with a specialized "Pit Stop Menu" for the avid gamer. Let our staff entertain you!
For Bill Swann the challenge of reeling in a monstrous king salmon or wily steelhead is too good to resist, which explains why he’s spent the past 30 years fishing the waterways of the Pacific Northwest. Certified by the US Coast Guard, he now leads Swanny’s Guided Fishing, where he shares his insight and techniques with others during fishing trips to destinations including the Cowlitz, Lewis, and Columbia Rivers. Whether he’s dealing with seasoned anglers or first-time fishermen, Bill provides all of the fishing gear for every expedition, and doesn’t hesitate to snap photos of clients’ notable catches.
An Xbox 360 console, a 40-inch high-definition television, and a surround-sound headset: all of this is yours alone at PLAYlive's individual gaming stations. But that doesn't mean each round of gaming has to be a solitary affair. The gaming center hosts parties and weekly tournaments, too, pitting players against each other in live contests with titles such as Call of Duty and NBA2K. For members, the lounge even hosts monthly mixers where gamers can participate in mini tournaments or debate which Mario brother made their mother prouder. Beyond its comfy lounge, PLAYlive can enrich your gaming experience with its shop that specializes in repairing Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and Nintendo Wii consoles.