With more than 80 competitions per year in 19 sports at the state and local levels, Special Olympics Minnesota challenges youth and adult athletes with disabilities. Training and competition in figure skating, gymnastics, bowling, and tennis, adapted to meet the needs of the athletes, focuses on the development of skills. Participation in the sports can help athletes develop mentally, socially, and physically and strengthen the bonds within families and communities in a safe and respectful environment. In Minnesota, 7,100 athletes take part in the games and year-round training, making friends, winning medals, and gaining confidence.
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In their 85th season, the Harlem Globetrotters have entertained millions of parents, children, and general basketball admirers with a unique brand of athletic precision and showmanship. For their latest 4 Times the Fun North American tour, the Globetrotters will add new 4-point shot spots located 35 feet from the basket, which is 12 feet farther than the official 3-point line but several thousand miles closer than the prime meridian.
Inside a restaurant whose vibrant purple awnings help diners spot it from afar, cooks concoct 75 different dishes derived from the "roof of the world." Artwork-laden walls surround the tables and cushioned chairs in the dining area, where patrons enjoy home-cooked items ranging from Tibetan-style dumplings made with lean chopped beef to batter-fried sesame chicken. The restaurant's separate bar area provides patrons with a place where they can grab a drink, watch TV, and practice thumb-wrestling moves with others.
On Taste Twin Cities' Minneapolis Riverwalk Tour, guides weave visits to architectural and cultural spots with stops to sample food such as barbecue sliders, Thai fare from the city's first Thai restaurant, and cheese curds. Through such gastronomic odysseys—which have caught the attention of local press, including coverage on CBS Local Minnesota—both locals and tourists discover Minneapolis' rich history and thriving dining scenes. In addition to food tours, guides also lead drink tours, including two winery tours and a brewery tour that stops at local crafters such as Harriet Brewing. An FAQ page anticipates tourists' questions, such as "Are bathrooms available during the tour?" and "What is the surcharge to turn a walking tour into a skipping tour?"
SweatShop's Stott Pilates-certified instructors focus on client goals and customized results inside a positive and friendly exercise environment. During Pilates mat classes, students work out using props such as foam rollers, bands, and weighted balls. A 12-class beginning mat program meets three times per week for four weeks teaching neophyte noggins the Pilates basics. Those with some Pilates training can try experienced classes, which place a longer list of demands on one's core. Benefits from Pilates’s controlled, core-strengthening movements include improved posture, skeletal alignment, and the ability to finally balance work, play, and a half-dozen lemons at the same time. Mat classes are scheduled almost every day of the week, and SweatShop provides child-care on select weekday morning and evening hours and Saturday mornings.
Started in 1998, Fired Up Studios has quickly evolved from a small pottery studio to an art center with classes and a gallery. Despite this growth, its mission remains the same: to raise the spirits of anyone who enters. In the 7,200-square-foot studio, experienced potters provide a judgment-free creative outlet for students and visiting artists alike, inviting them to have fun and experiment with the studio's collection of pottery wheels, kilns, and glazes. These potters also teach students how to throw clay, shape up elegant bowls and vases, and sculpt pixelization onto nude figures.