Four times a week, the Sanford Orlando Kennel Club unleashes its greyhound dogs for live, competitive contests with up to 16 races per day. Spectators can nosh trackside on savory American fare or wander the grandstand or clubhouse between heats while gazing at the tidy midfield and lush foliage framing the track. A full card of simulcast racing compliments the live action. On monitors throughout the club, nationwide greyhound, thoroughbred, and harness races beam in stretch runs and photo finishes. Once a week, amateur poker players assemble at tables overlooking the track, hoping to win a slot at a monthly or regional tournament, or to get the rare opportunity to play cards with a dog.
The Sanford Orlando Kennel Club nurtures their canine athletes long after retirement with the Adopt a Greyhound program. The initiative places dogs into loving homes with the help of four area adoption agencies, who also find school-bus-driver vacancies for retired stock-car drivers.
At ASR Indoor Motor Sports Raceway, drivers of all ages control miniature high-speed chases on a 1/8-mile slot-car track that snakes around a spacious room. Models of classic Fords and ad-emblazoned stock cars calibrated at 1:24 or 1:32 scale zip around the course as drivers wield controllers on the sidelines. Miniature car parts and add-ons are available to personalize each driver’s ride, as are tune-ups from miniature mechanics. In addition to a regular schedule of weekly racing programs, ASR Indoor Motor Sports Raceway rents out real estate along its miniature highway for birthday parties and corporate team-building activities.
Serenity Now Yoga centers anxious minds and forges substantial mind-body connections for students of all skill levels during yoga classes in a variety of modalities. Sprinkled throughout the studio's weekly schedule, gentle beginners sessions banish stressful thoughts and recurring nightmares by giving patient instructors the opportunity to introduce fundamental poses at a slower pace while imparting invaluable deep-breathing techniques. The Vinyasa Flow class challenges experienced students with sequences of vigorously transitioning poses that occasionally incorporate headstands, handstands, and kickstands, honing the unwavering focus needed to maintain balance during a staring competition. To ease withheld tension in the body's canvas of connective tissues, the Yin Yoga class loosens tightly spooled muscles and opens inflexible joints with deep stretches and mindful breathing.
The 3.5-hour, high-energy presentation will get you fired up about finance. New York Times best-selling author Dave Ramsey's tried-and-true methods demystify money, offering honest answers for digging out of debt. During the presentation, you'll learn how to create a plan, save, and confidently invest.
Many women feel intimidated by going to the gym. To combat that, the staff at LOA Fitness for Women has created a club that caters exclusively to females and their individual needs and goals. Members can build endurance and camaraderie during group classes, which include Zumba, spinning, and Pilates. And rather than draw bicep lines on their arms with a magic marker, exercisers can tone their muscles on Nautilus equipment. The gym also helps members better their health through nutrition seminars helmed by founder Delaine Kansol.
Though the lessons that artist Laura Bird Miller leads at Coffee and Canvas are deeply informative?classes range from oils and watercolors to 3D media such as clay?their main focus is fun. In classes for children and adults, students sip on coffee drinks, hot cocoa, and lemonade and savor a selection of cupcakes as they learn basic and advanced artistic techniques. The center's workshops are even more easygoing, as themed sessions for best friends, romantic partners, or just for fun help guests put their own creative touches on a pre-drawn image.