Specializing in family photography, Lesley Ann Bell captures honest and authentic moments in time with each colourful and captivating portrait. During each on-location shoot, she lets her shutter loose on memorable images, snapping a multitude of pictures before winnowing them down to 30 keepers ready for processing and display on prints or online image galleries. Lesley Ann also nurtures nascent shutterbugs through beginner's and advanced DSLR photography classes. Sessions begin with a one-hour training session that teaches photo fundamentals to beginners or advanced lighting techniques to more experienced students. Intimate five-students-or-less classes then migrate outdoors for an hour or more of hands-on experience. With friendly guidance from Lesley Ann, the group puts newly learned principles into practice, training lenses on the memorable landscape of riverbanks, trees, birds, and centaurs combing the grass with metal detectors.
Equipment: TechnoGym, PRECOR, Matrix
Students should bring: Bottle of Water, Towel
Average class length: 30-60 minutes
Number of Staff: 11–25 people
Class location: Indoors only
Registration required: No
Good for beginners: Yes
Guests allowed: Yes
Parking: Parking garage
Since its 1965 founding in Venice Beach, California, Gold's Gym has dotted the globe with more than 600 locations where professional athletes and exercise newbies gather under the umbrella of personal strength. Nearly 3.5 million Gold's members chart and aim for their fitness peaks, perspiring beneath the gaze of certified personal trainers or pedaling beside peers at cycling sessions. In a diverse lineup of group classes, patrons strengthen cores with Pilates, finger-paint pictures of ninjas in martial arts, and amp up heart rates along to the pulsating soundtracks of BTS routines.
Gold's Gym BC boasts a few futuristic amenities, such as TechnoGym, PreCor, and Matrix machines. Off the main gym floor, guests can take a dip or swim laps in the full-size pool, or recover weary muscles at the juice bar and hot tub. Though the facilities and equipment are a big draw, the general manger Jay says that the knowledgeable staff is the gym's biggest asset. They help motivate exercisers and lead them around common pitfalls, such as becoming bored with their daily fitness routine.
Named one of Parents magazine's Top 10 Birthday Chains, Color Me Mine's international franchise of DIY ceramics studios cater to an older crowd as well. Hundreds of unadorned ceramic pieces—including vases, flatware, and busts of Elvis—await the attentions of muses of kids and their keepers alike, as do glazes in earthy tones and bright crimsons to frighten bulls away from china cabinets. Guests follow simple step-by-step instructions that leave plenty of room for creative expression. When painters are satisfied with their work, the professional kiln workers help glaze, fire, and de-genie it for them, and they may retrieve the finished piece after a few days.
Hari Om Yoga?s instructors work to help clients reduce stress levels and improve their strength, flexibility, and balance through yoga classes that challenge every fitness ability. Intense sessions of hot flow, core yoga, fusion, and fluid flow classes test fitness limits while more relaxing disciplines of restorative, hatha, and luna yoga allow participants to center themselves and obtain inner balance. Some sessions feature a mix of movement and lengthening poses, including Flow into Yin, Heart & Soul, and yin yoga classes. The also studio offers a number of specialty classes, including yoga done in a room illuminated by candlelight. In addition to its multi-styled menu of classes, Hari Om Yoga houses a 2,000 sq. ft. retail store that supplies fresh, inspired activewear.