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.
Operating out of the historic Westport Flea Market, the cast of ComedyCity squares off in an improv grudge match refereed by a roaring audience. Comedians keep the quips family friendly during Friday and Saturday evening showtimes and switch gears to adults-only content at 10 p.m. The sports-themed show pits the Sharks against the Jets as the audience chants suggestions and cheers its favorite team to victory by heaving tubs of gatorade at the stage. Those who wish to make their own mark upon the dais can opt to sign up for a series of improvisational-comedy workshops. While working with like-minded jokesters, budding comics study the art of short-form improv and spontaneous creativity with a five-week crash course taught by trained staff. Workshops take place once a week on Monday nights.
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.
As sister bars, The Well and Lew’s Grill & Bar make a perfect pairing for parties. For their St. Patrick's Day party, hours of live Irish folk and rock music at both bars combines with corned beef and cabbage for a celebratory Celtic event. During the rest of the year, The Well's rooftop bar lets patrons relax under the stars as they drink from a selection of more than 30 tap beers and bottled brews. The Well's upscale cuisine spans Black Angus burgers, Baja fish tacos, and penne chicken carbonara, and for pub food with a twist, Lew's serves blackened catfish, meatloaf, and 12 burger varieties. Das Boot, Lew's signature drink, is an 84-ounce boot-shaped beer that comes with an optional challenge: patrons who can imbibe the full boot, plus 2.5-pounds of cheeseburger and fries, win a free T-shirt and the honor of proving they have a stomach that is bigger on the inside.
Nestled within the Oak Park Mall, Zonkers Arcade enchants youngsters and guardians alike with its extensive stock of family-friendly games. Customers can strive for kudos and prizes during rounds of redemption games or can compete in video and racing games with such varied titles as In the Groove 2, Dog Pounder, and Potato Sack Race: The Game! Zonkers also accommodates birthday parties, group chanting events, and fundraisers throughout the year. Not content to contain its fun within one place, the arcade has branched out with its family entertainment center Zonkers in the Great Mall of the Great Plains.