Individuals living with ALS may lose their ability to speak, or find that the act of speaking becomes exhausting as the disease progresses. Devices that augment human speech help sustain a connection between those with ALS and their families, friends, and health-care providers. With several applications available for download that convert text to speech, the iPad can be an important tool for individuals living with ALS, providing them with a means of communicating verbally and helping them participate in family life and personal medical decisions. The iPad is easier to obtain than other communication devices for those with ALS, which often require prescriptions and the approval of insurance companies.
Louis Bar and Laura Cantu have made a habit of competing on the world stage. As six-time French National champions and five-time World Finalists in Argentine tango and swing, they're more than capable of helming the educators at Louis & Company Ballroom Dance Studio. Along with the rest of the instructors, they teach three main dance styles and the various permutations contained within each. Latin classes cover the upbeat tempo and swinging hips of samba, cha-cha, and bolero, and the studio's ballroom classes celebrate slow and smooth elegance. Louis and Laura also lead protégés in the seductive duel that is tango, named for the tangerines that you typically hurl at dancers instead of applause.
The Main Street Mile is a fun event in which pavement-traversing mettle can be tested without pulling a semi-truck with one’s teeth. As the most significant street in the City of Fountains, Main Street sees its share of trampling flip-flops and skipping running shoes; the Main Street Mile race focuses on raising awareness of the street’s changing face and helps not-for-profit organizations work toward improving the renowned corridor. There is a family run and walk at 9 a.m. as well as a competitive heat at 9:30 a.m. Additionally, prizes (you'll receive a free T-shirt), food and drinks, and children’s activities will be available at race's end to ensure the whole family and lost Vikings are entertained. Build community awareness with a brisk run thanks to today’s side deal.
Behind its Parisian-style storefront, Westport Café & Bar serves an eclectic menu of elegantly prepared French and American dishes alongside an extensive collection of flavorful libations. Scrumptious hors d’oeuvres such as baked ricotta with goat cheese and truffled honey ($9) prep palates for further culinary exploration. For the main course, Westport’s grilled chicken sandwich comes on a croissant and garnished with gruyere cheese, bacon, and roasted tomatoes ($11), much like an already soft quilt adorned with a bacon-patterned cross-stitch. Noodle purveyors can shovel in the creamy pasta champignons with a smattering of a spring peas ($12). Wash it all down with potent potables such as an Old Tom Collins ($7) or the house’s specialty Westside cocktail, an amalgamation of vodka, lemon, simple syrup, soda, and mint ($8). Barley pop buffs can guzzle down a Boulevard Tank 7 Ale ($5) from Westport’s tap, and drowsy diners can perk up with French-pressed coffee ($4).
Any amateur golfer who has ever wondered what separates their swing from that of a pro can find out at Martin City Sports Complex. The sports haven's ModelGolf system compares fledgling swings with an analyzed composite of more than 120 PGA and LPGA pros, charting the similarities and differences. Afterward, golfers can take that information and work toward the ideal at the complex's 28-person double-decker driving range, where heated stalls host year-round practice and keep winter players from mistaking a snowball for a golf ball. And as swings become more refined, the resident club expert, Bert Benjamin, can create a club custom-fitted to each player.
Although golf—in both regular-sized and miniature form—is undeniably the focus at Martin City, it's not the only sport celebrated there. Paintball finds its place with both a speedball area and wooded arena, which players ride to in a real army truck. Each summer, athletes can also find a small sliver of the Atlantic beach in Kansas City by stepping up to the net at Martin City's sand volleyball courts.