Skaters of all ages and arabesque abilities soar across Monroe Multi-Sports Complex's vast rink—the former home to 2011 NHL recruit Matt Mahalak. Though the rink acts as the complex’s nucleus of activity—hosting hockey games, figure skating exhibitions, skating lessons, and public skate sessions—, an adjacent field house promotes more land-based sports, including youth and adult soccer, dodge ball, and flag football. Additionally, a collection of springy inflatables allows young visitors to bounce for up to a full day or until they finally convince gravity to permanently reverse.
Passionate staffers stay on hand to offer skating tips during public sessions, assist guests as they sign for one of the soccer leagues, or be of assistance in case of a hot-chocolate overdose. In keeping with their commitment to physical education, the complex’s team of instructors also coach home-schooled children for credits, as well as give birthday children the gift of adrenaline-pumping exercise during party packages.
Within its recently-renovated confines just in time for the holidays, the locally-owned and operated State-Wayne theatre transports its audiences to exotic lands, forbidden romances, and CGI-animal kingdoms of the 100% digital silver screen. Designed for full comfort, each lumbar-supported seat's power recline feature allows guests to relax in a position of their liking. Not to be outdone, couples can cozy up on loveseat pods during date nights, which contain a flip-up middle armrest and drink holders. When its time to settle in for the feature presentation, crowds can immerse themselves even further into the suspended belief of film. Concessions provide free refills on sodas and large popcorns, fueling imaginations for sprints toward stories' thrilling or heartwarming resolutions.
When Marion “Spitz” Eipperle decided in 1971 that he wanted to open a golf course on his family’s land, his fellow farmers thought he had come unhinged. But that didn’t stop him. He shrugged off the snickers of his detractors and recruited the help of friend and mentor Harley Hodges. Together, they cut down a plot of corn stalks and evicted every last scarecrow to make way for Harley’s design: an 18-hole course that would careen through the farmland and tangle with local creeks on both the front and back sides. Eipperle’s dream finally became a reality when Green Meadows Golf Course opened for play on Memorial Day weekend in 1973.
Today, Spitz remains the course patriarch, handling its affairs alongside his children and grandchildren. Just as it did that fateful day in ’73, the terrain gives players a tour of the Eipperle acreage, hopping over the first creek at six points on the front side and over the second creek four times on the back side. One of these holes, the par 5 fifth, is the course’s signature undertaking, known for a tee shot that must fly 220 yards to clear the creek, a second shot that must be steered right around a late-fairway dogleg, and a third shot that must give the grass a secret knock before being allowed to settle on the green.
Course at a Glance: * 18-hole, par 70 course * Total length of 6,391 yards from the back tees * Course rating of 66.8 from the back tees * Course slope of 116 from the back tees * Three sets of tees per hole * Scorecard
The zigzagged awning and curvy lettering on the facade lends Nortel Lanes a charmingly retro feel. These vintage touches, however, belie the modern amenities within. Since opening in 1961, the alley has expanded from 24 lanes to 66, all equipped with high-tech flat-screened auto-scoring systems. Three lounges, meanwhile, allow players to unwind after tournaments, sing karaoke on Friday and Saturday nights, or practice their elaborate 26-move victory dances before their turn. On weekend nights, the colorful lights paint the room during cosmic bowling.
Hosted by local artists, classes at Wine & Canvas Toledo are hosted at various restaurants and bars, and are designed to guide students through featured paintings from the monthly calendar. Following the step-by-step instructions of the teacher, pupils re-create the works of Impressionist masters, abstract scenes, and images inspired by nature. At the end of class, students can take their completed masterpieces home to display proudly on the wall or awkwardly on the fridge with industrial-strength magnets.
Snap Fitness's around-the-clock gyms enable members to work on their physical well-being with a cornucopia of fitness equipment. With 24-hour access, members don't have to let The Man tell them when to help themselves to Snap's strength and cardio equipment, which features built-in TVs and other media diversions. For those who exercise during conventional hours, Snap's friendly, unintimidating atmosphere welcomes patrons of all ability levels, unlike schoolyard dodge-ball squads. Members also enjoy nationwide access to all Snap Fitness locations, ideal for working out while traveling.
For a dose of custom advice, patrons can seek out a personal-training session with a certified coach, who helps them assess and address their fitness goals. Clients reap the benefit of individual attention as a personal trainer helps them tackle weight loss, prepare for an arm-wrestling competition, or unveil the mysteries of arcane cable-weight machines.