When Cindy Kerr's 12-year-old son, Ryan, was diagnosed with cancer in 2002, she began making pillowcases for him to brighten his hospital room and his spirits. He was so cheered by the gift that she started creating pillowcases for other children staying in the oncology unit at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.
Since its early days, Cindy Kerr's pillowcase project has grown into ConKerr Cancer, with a network of thousands of volunteers who make the pillowcases spread across North America and South Africa. ConKerr Cancer has created and delivered more than 600,000 pillowcases to children across the United States, Canada, South Africa and Great Britain in the past five years.
• For $35, you get a one-hour Swedish massage (a $70 value). • For $45, you get a seven-hour massage class (a $99 value). Classes are offered two Sundays a month: July 17 and 24, August 14 and 28, September 18 and 25, and October 2 and 16; additional classes may be added as needed. The Academy of Massage Therapy and Bodyworks imparts budding stress-soothers with the requisite repertoire of strokes to melt away muscular aches and pains. Already-achy backs can submit to the therapeutic effects of a one-hour Swedish massage at the hands of an Academy of Massage graduate student. The massage is fully customizable to each client's needs, targeting shoulder pangs, lower backaches, and other specific ailments such as ingrown porcupines.
Attracting more than 170,000 art enthusiasts to its events in 2011, the Sugarloaf Crafts Festival showcases original work from hundreds of artisans showcasing everything from handcrafted pottery, sculpture, and metalwork to jewelry, fashion, décor, and photography. Audiences can witness art being made live during educational demonstrations as artisans sculpt clay, whittle wood, forge metals, and imbue baskets with the power of speech. Hungry crafters can also sniff out specialty food items to sample or purchase while dancing across the sprawling venue to live music.
Bikram Yoga is a twenty-six posture series taught in a heated room and is designed to scientifically warm and stretch muscles, ligaments and tendons in the order in which they should be stretched. Bikram's twenty-six exercises systematically move fresh, oxygenated blood to one hundred percent of your body. Proper weight, mu
Owner and culinary mastermind of French Quarter Bistro, Mark Van Horn’s prerequisites for a good meal are simple: authenticity, home cooking, and a liberal dash of soul. This dedication to comfort cooking has earned the French Quarter Bistro a host of dedicated regulars as well as the Philly Hot List's award for Best Soul Food in 2009, 2010, and 2011. In the bustling kitchen, chefs whip up creole and Cajun eats using unique ingredients such as house roasted peppers, alligator sausage, and fried pickles. Along with their flavorful dishes, French Quarter Bistro also serves up a variety of entertainment throughout the week, including open mic nights with local singers and poets tired of the wrestling portion of poetry slams.
When women find a fun new fitness class, they talk. Which is lucky for Aerobic Rhythmics, since it was primarily word-of-mouth that caused the aerobic workout to spread throughout 20 schools in Montgomery and Bucks counties, community buildings, and church locations since the first class in 1980. Instructors lead them through engaging, high-energy routines with nothing but resistance bands, hand weights, and mats, which produces lasting results.