Determined to keep their students interested and engaged, the instructors of Wine and Palette hold classes at myriad locations throughout the city. Each class focuses on a different art piece, be it a painting of a stained-glass window, a multihued owl, or an autumn farm scene. Additionally, each artist brings their own outlook and skills to the class, helping students learn specific brush strokes and how to touch up their daily driver so it looks just like the sheriff’s squad car.
On Saturday morning, a scrapbooker puts the finishing touches on a fresh page. Steaming coffee rests in a cup holder in front of her, and all around her, other crafters are quietly running sewing machines, ironing ribbons, sorting through photographs. There are no chore lists waiting, no families demanding breakfast, no dog waiting by the door for a walk. For the entire day, this room of earnest scrapbookers, sewers, and quilters have nothing to do but focus on their work.
This serene artists' getaway was a paradise realized for its owners, sisters Diana Stavinoha and Carla Rushing. Avid scrapbookers themselves, they designed a 3,000-square-foot retreat to share the gift of time and community with fellow crafters. Clearly designed by experts, the space features a 1,100-square-foot workroom outfitted with a private 6-foot table for each guest. Artists share some professional equipment—a printer, cropping area, sewing machine, stamping station with 300 rubber stamps, and a Cricut station—and shouldn't be shy about bringing their own supplies: the studio has a loading dock and ramp entryway. When not working, crafters can cook in a galley kitchen, lounge in front of the fireplace, or crochet a racket on the tennis courts. Part of the retreat's appeal is the camaraderie shared between visitors, who share four comfortable rooms, gather around a dinner table, and display finished layouts on a "show it off" wall.
The exotic animals at Tiger Safari have a more important role than just posing for people; they educate the public on conservation efforts. All of the park’s programs serve to educate others about the conservation needs of Earth’s wildlife in an effort to safeguard the planet’s ecosystems and the critters that live within them. With help from the park’s caretakers, lemurs, tigers, pythons, foxes, and monkeys venture to homes and picnics to celebrate birthday parties, corporate events, or graduation parties, all while trained staffers share facts about the animals’ diet and ecosystem. During safaris and camping excursions, groups of children journey through the park to catch glimpses of kangaroos, tortoises, crocodiles, and dads observed without their shirts tucked in.
USA Track & Field sanctions the Muscles for Missions 5K, but don't let that intimidate you. The annual event—which kicks off with a fun run—welcomes sprinters and walkers alike. Proceeds from the run go to Mustang Church of the Nazarene and its many projects, which include upcoming missionary work in Belize.
As a child, Shane Butler would pour through bodybuilding magazines, marveling at the bulging muscles and toned physiques of the men and women within their pages. His interest in fitness and muscle building would eventually bring him to competitions, where he earned the Oklahoma title in natural bodybuilding. Today, Shane Butler and his wife Jamie—a fellow aficionado of figure competitions—oversee their own private studio, drawing from their lifetime of training and competition experience to guide clients towards their fitness goals.
The Muscle-Licious gym abounds with 2,4000 square feet of traditional cardio and strength-training machines as well as functional equipment, such as sandbags, tires, and kettlebells. Here, instructors guide students of all fitness levels through boot-camp workouts, personal-training sessions, and posing classes. They also offer custom nutrition counseling, helping students craft proper meal plans in lieu of following a crash diet or burying their refrigerator in the backyard. The couple packs their onsite nutrition store with shelves of natural and effective nutritional supplements.