Winner of the 2011 GLIAC North Division title, the Grand Valley State University football program rides its wave of seven consecutive victories into this winter’s Signing Day, when Head Coach Matt Mitchell retools his squad with a crop of new recruits. These latest Lakers fuse into a roster eager to show off its skills and neatly tied shoelaces at this fall’s Anchor-Bone Classic. At the annual battle, players relish the opportunity to disappoint their intrastate rivals, the Bulldogs of Ferris State, by promising them a walk and then giving them a bath. Piling on an average of 226 yards on the ground and 240 in the air during each game last season, sophomore quarterback Heath Parling marshaled a balanced offensive attack. Anticipate Parling’s fellow sophomore and backfield bud, running back Hersey Jackson, to plow through the line of scrimmage with a giant magnet, hoping to match his average of 5.7 yards per carry from last season.
Paramount Aviation’s sky-savvy pilots groom aspiring aeronauts for flight in a four-seat Diamond Star DA-40 Aircraft. Pre-flight instruction preludes 45 minutes of flight time over western Michigan’s picturesque panoramas, where certified instructors coach students through the basics of flight without relying on repeated references to Top Gun. Students take a hand in the flight’s takeoff and landing, steering the cloud-clipper across the sky as their copilot cycles through the control panel’s major functions. Those seeking an in-flight cheering section can invite a guest along with today’s second option, ensuring an extra witness to their cloud-wrangling skills and any UFO sightings
Blandford Nature Center enthralls visitors with 143 acres of flora- and fauna-filled woods, wetlands, and stroll-friendly trails, coupled with educational classes and history-evoking buildings. Eight walking paths provide visitors with a range of perambulatory possibilities, from easy walks to hilly hikes, allowing solitary immersion in nature or caroling sing-offs with uppity birds. Most of the trails are dog-friendly, enabling families to bring along canines for outdoor frolicking. Authentic 19th-century buildings educate guests about Michigan's frontier days, and the Interpretive Center hosts seasonal exhibits on local wildlife, educating visitors on animal behavior, life cycles, and favorite card games played when humans are out of view. And in the wildlife education center, injured birds of prey, reptiles, and other animals, including Bob the bobcat and Ruby the redtail hawk, return to fighting form.
At Lil Learners, students ages 3–12 gather in groups of 3–10 to hone skills in arts and athletics classes, each of which focuses on developing a different part of the brain. Young pencil-wielders in visual arts classes sharpen a studioful of skills including fashion design, comic-book drawing, photography, and building toothpick models of San Francisco. Alternatively, little limbs can kick and chop their way through the athletics curriculum, which includes fencing, martial arts, and synchronized spitball-slinging, or choose between four different dance classes to learn a melody-oriented approach to appendage-whirling. Foreign-language classes teach youthful vocal chords to warble unfamiliar syllables, and music and theater classes round out the school’s eclectic agenda with performance-ready flair.
Since 1985, the Michigan Institute of Real Estate has aided real estate agents, brokers, and builders in fulfilling licensing requirements and enriching knowledge of their field. President Namir K. George and fellow experts illuminate the requisites necessary for career paths such as mortgage-loan officer, home inspector, real-estate salesperson, or appraiser. In addition to classroom sessions, Michigan Institute of Real Estate permits pupils to complete coursework online or through home study, so they can complete academics from the comfort of their home or behind the shirts in their crush's walk-in closet. The agency also supplies students with abundant study tools, including flashcards, training CDs, and DVDs.
Instructors at GrandRapidsGolfLesson.com correct golfers' swing imbalances using time-earned wisdom and cutting-edge technological analysis. In private lessons, the instructors focus on mechanics and setup, helping to correct bad habits such as flat takeaways or uncontrollable sneezing during downswings.