Imagine the moment when a shy, introverted young girl steps in front of a room full of people for the first time and speaks with confidence and clarity. This is a regular occurrence at Drama Kids International, where experienced teachers use a unique, copyrighted curriculum to help shape and focus outgoing children or draw shy children out of their shells. Classes for kids as young as 3 refine speech techniques, dramatic movement, and imagination, giving them the confidence to perform in front of an audience or finally ask their parents to change their names to Thespis. For older kids, aged 12–18, Drama Kids International offers the DKI Acting Academy, where serious theater kids can expand their speaking, acting, and auditioning skills through exercises and performances.
With paintball gear on, 10,000 sq. ft. can seem like a vast jungle. Specifically, one where the animals have figured out how to operate paintball markers. The outdoor paintball arena at Celebration Station hosts friendly competitions between players of all skill level, who fire salvos from behind obstacles. That competitive zone only makes up a small portion of the fun, however. Outside alone, visitors find a towering rock-climbing wall, batting cages, and a go-kart track that twists and turns across a quarter mile. Bumper boats collide nearby, while waterfalls cascade down the landscapes of an 18-hole mini-golf course.
Arcade tokens take over indoors, where 100 games present visitors with a challenging dilemma: should they master every one of the racing simulators, or take a break for a game of laser tag? Luckily, they can ponder their choices over a meat lovers pizza at the onsite restaurant.
At Sip-n-Doodle, colors swirl, spread, and mix over canvases while lively conversations crackle. Artists walk students through step-by-step instructions, helping them fashion their own interpretation onto a painter’s canvas. Participants are encouraged to bring snacks and a beverage of their choice, the better to sip as they daringly work outside the lines. The studio provides all the necessary painting supplies, cups, and bottle openers, as well as blow dryers should works not be completely dry by the end of the night.
CrossFit North Mesquite's vast gym space doesn't look very full at first glance. Pull-up bars sit close to walls, wall ball targets made of tape hovering above them. One whole corner of the room contains nothing but tractor tires, weight plates, and kettlebells. The rest of the floor sits basically empty. The trainers, however, make use of every square inch of this space during their daily exercise regimens, combining sprints, gymnastics, weightlifting, and plyometric exercises into new workouts each day.
This fall, the North Texas Gun Club hits the road with stops across Texas. Each event brings together vendors from the surrounding areas to display all of the quality knives, firearms, and firearm accessories they have in stock. The events also provide opportunities to pick up a variety of discounted items.
Multitalented country-music artist Sara Evans draws from her arsenal of chart-topping hits at the 6th Annual Fundraising Gala for the Mesquite Education Foundation. Sara has specialized in old-fashioned country music since 1997, when her debut album started a snowball of multiplatinum successes and fans piled up like breaking-and-entering charges against Santa. After a sabbatical of scribing faith-based novels such as Love Lifted Me and hoofing it on Dancing with the Stars, Sara returned to her chart-topping perch with her latest album, Stronger, featuring the hit “A Little Bit Stronger.” Although striking enough to be voted one of People’s 50 Most Beautiful People in 2005, it’s Sara’s buoyant croon that breaks and mends hearts as she bellows anthems such as “No Place That Far” and “Born to Fly.”