An instructor at Loves Park Scuba guides groups of up to 15 students through the basics of aquatic adventuring in two-hour scuba lessons. After donning provided fins, masks, snorkels, BCDs, and weight belts, landlubbers proceed to the on-site training pool, which staff maintain at a comfortable 85- to 89-degree temperature and a healthy level of self-esteem. Students then submerge to practice skills from the Scuba Diving International curriculum appropriate for divers of all experience levels, including children and visiting Loch Ness monsters. Though its wares are not included with this Groupon, visitors can stop by a well-stocked dive shop to browse equipment and exchange barked greetings with dive dog Ruby Johnson.
Be Active Outdoors organizes physical and recreational activities for adults and children of all fitness levels. Regular events challenge locals to break their sedentary habits with 10-mile bike rides, lessons on revitalizing waterways, and group adventure races. An annual river-basin tournament combines a focus on conservation with thrilling paddleboat and shoreline fishing. The Amped Up Adventure race complicates traditional adventure racing with urban elements including biking, running, paddling, and an obstacle course to get people moving in their home environments.
Prewar, postwar, and exotic cars from all over are on display at Rockford’s annual "The Classics and Chrome Car Show," the largest of its kind in Northern Illinois. Over the course of two days, auto aficionados will have an up-close look at more than 120 vehicles including hot rods, flashy sport cars, and one-of-a-kind custom cars. Patrons can scope out the rigs and can enter a raffle that features several cash prizes; it supports Keith Country Day School’s student scholarship fund and enhancements for its academic program.
The retail nursery at Tyler’s Landscaping houses a cornucopia of plant life for purchase and plantation. Yards in search of nonsurgical face-lifts can re-create themselves with choice picks from the nursery’s selection of more than 200 perennial varieties ($3.99–$14.99), grasses, and native plants. Perky annuals ($3.99) add polka dots of color to squirrel habitats, and shrubs (average price $30.99) hide shy foundations and delineate property lines better than police tape. Tyler's staff of nursery professionals can recite each plant’s preferences for light and water, helping gardeners make love matches between flora and soil.
Since 1997, CompuDocs' technicians have kept clients' computers operating smoothly with repairs and upgrades. They service systems by Dell, Apple, Toshiba, and other brands, performing tasks that range from setting up wireless networks to wiping out spyware and viruses.
More than 60 items from the wide range of Merle Norman–brand skincare and cosmetic products line the shelves to aid its staff of beauty advisers as they customize services for individual clients, including the Merle Norman Express facial. The 82-year old company regularly releases new facial products that mute fine lines, quench dry skin, and teach freckles to plot out marching-band formations.
The company also manufactures nine lines of foundation that beauty advisers pull from to perform complimentary cosmetics trials. During these trials, the advisers explain each step of the makeup-application process so clients can replicate looks at home. Merle Norman Cosmetics & Spa’s team also specializes in waxing, and offers makeover and wedding services.