Since 1977, Longmont Athletic Club has approached physical fitness from several angles, furnishing its two locations with equipment and training for athletes, casual athletic club goers, and families. The main location fills more than 90,000 square feet of space with machines from LifeFitness and Cybex, and more than 65 communal classes, including Zumba and spinning classes, plus indoor and outdoor tennis courts and pools, and amenities such as steam rooms, dry saunas, and jacuzzis. The course lineup covers a broad range of teaching styles, from the highly specialized instruction of gender-specific boxing to the casual provision of razor-edged disks for Extreme Ultimate frisbee. A warm staff of professionals oversees personal-training, massage-therapy, and childcare services, readily guiding members through the club's expansive facilities.
Children and teens engage their imaginations during dynamic adventures set in a fantastical time filled with dashing knights questing in the name of good. Groups of four to seven young heroes must overcome challenging puzzles and duel with foam swords as they work together to complete tasks such as saving their village, solving a mystery, or developing the technique of crop rotation. While swinging a Swasher sword, children learn how to compete and act fairly according to the rules of swordplay. The interactive play teaches kids creative problem solving and conflict-resolution skills that incorporate negotiation and compromises to solve complex disputes.
For more than two decades, Jesters Dinner Theatre has entertained audiences and their rumbling stomachs with tasty meals served during live, on-stage performances. Carousel, created by famed musical manufacturers Rodgers & Hammerstein, takes place in turn-of-the-19th-century Maine, where a once-carefree carousel barker with a pregnant wife becomes unemployed. To make some quick cash and avoid the disapproval of musical-theatre fans, the barker assists in a robbery and, after being caught, takes his own life. When he is allowed to return to earth for one day 15 years later, he meets his daughter and tries to fill her and her mother with love from beyond the grave. For Friday and Saturday shows, dinner starts at 6 p.m., and the curtain rises at 7:45 p.m. Meals start at 12:30 p.m. on Sundays, with a 2:15 p.m. curtain time.
When Santa Claus brought Left Hand Brewing Company’s cofounder Dick Doore his very first home-brewing kit, the jolly man unknowingly set Dick on a whole new life path. Home brewing became an obsession, and soon he had partnered with his college buddy Eric Wallace and started making their first batch of beer: the Sawtooth Ale. Just a few months later, Dick and Eric took home two medals at the Great American Beer Festival.
Nearly 20 years later, the brewery’s accomplishments have swelled: 16 medals in the Great American Beer Festival, 8 medals at the World Beer Cup, and 3 medals at the European Beer Star. The brewery was also the first craft-beer company to master bottling a nitrogenized craft beer without a widget, owing to the introduction of their popular milk stout. Its extensive offering of brews is now available in 25 markets. Favorites include the golden crisp Polestar Pilsner and a roasty black Wake Up Dead Imperial Stout, both of which are available in the Longmont tasting room.
Ashleigh Hamill of Frontrange Equestrians, LLC, spent her childhood following her father across the country as he established himself as an authority on Arabian horses. Today, she carries on his legacy through affiliations with a broad spectrum of equestrian organizations, serving as Director of the Board for the Colorado Horse Council (COHCO) and Region 9 Director of the Certified Horsemanship Association – which nominated her for the “Instructor of the Year” award in 2011. When she’s not busy with these activities, Hamill is penning articles for Young Rider Magazine, Modern Arabian, and The Instructor.
Of course, Hamill wouldn’t be qualified for these roles if she didn’t lead a respected training program. Centered on the disciplines of Western, English, and rocking-horse riding, lessons are geared toward children and adult riders of all skill levels.
Spanish Easy & Fun Language School employs certified, trained instructors with at least five years of teaching experience to introduce students to the magic of other languages. Using a unique curriculum developed by the school, instructors use games, songs, and conversational exercises to instill fundamental fluency in languages such as Spanish, Italian, and French. Instructors lead private and group classes for all levels and carry out other services such as translation and interpretation.