During the narrated one-hour jaunt, the Spirit of the Red River Cruise careens aqueous explorers down the Red River and Cross Bayou toward a plethora of sights, ranging from historical bridges to local wildlife. The 35-passenger vessel comes equipped with a bevy of windows and an observation deck ideal for optimal water vistas. Glean fascinating tidbits from Captain Sandy Jackson, a long-time waterway navigator who highlights the area's history from its beginnings as a trading post to its current status as a riverboat casino haven for blackjack-engrossed egrets. The tour encourages participants to revel in up-close glimpses of the Old Railroad Swing Bridge, the Texas Street Bridge, and the Waddle "A" Frame Bridge as they engage in a heated game of bridge. The expedition often alights upon kingfishers, water snakes, turtles, alligators, great blue herons, and other local residents of the estuary that are usually spotted sunning themselves, stalking their prey, or opening up burgeoning lily-pad real-estate businesses.
Since 2000, Patrick Mosley has forged firm physiques with his high-energy aerobic Cardio Kick & Dance class. Students swerve to energetic music during the workout, which amalgamates techniques from boxercise, kickboxing, and dance choreography. Each one-hour session burns calories and increases endurance, coordination, flexibility, strength, and muscle tone, leaving limbs ready to hurl watermelons greater distances. Lunchtime classes run from noon–1 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday, and evening classes run from 6–7:15 p.m. on these same days. Saturday sessions are also available from 12:30 p.m. to 1:45 p.m., so check the schedule for convenient sessions.
S'port Port boasts premier indoor soccer facilities, including a full-size field for learning, practicing, and playing games of soccer's accelerated indoor cousin. The six-week women's indoor soccer clinic for beginners arms burgeoning footballers with the tools to shoot, pass, trap, cross, and dribble in a friendly and competitive team environment of 12–14 contenders. Along with enabling players to attain skills in a new sport, playing indoor soccer provides potential slide-tackling machines with great workouts sans the monotony of routine gym visits, tired treadmill excursions, and old-hat tree-uprooting exercises. Indoor soccer’s quick turf and playable walls make for a sprightly, fast-paced game that allows players to make zippy passes, rebound missed shots, and score with reckless abandon.
In 1976, busy California mother Joan Barnes wanted nothing more than to find a play place where she and her kids could enjoy age-appropriate, educational activities. Finding none, she developed her own innovative play environment within a developmental-based program structure now known as Gymboree Play & Music. Today, kids tumble and learn in more than 650 locations in 33 countries around the world, engaging in open play and classes designed to build cognitive and motor skills. As parents participate in their child’s development, their kids learn to paint, play music, and interact socially outside of their preschool knitting circles.
A member of the Central Hockey League, the Mudbugs are led by former player and current head coach Scott Muscutt, who has manned the team's helm for the past 10 seasons. The CenturyTel Center's gold-level seats offer optimal views of the ice so you can spot swift slap shots, phenomenal glove saves, and old hidden-puck tricks. This game features a special post-game jersey auction, plus appearances from cast members of the A&E reality series Billy the Exterminator. Fans can cheer on Mudbug veteran center Travis Clayton and crafty goaltender John DeCaro with Clawed and Lil' Bugger, the team's crawfish mascots and official UN ambassadors from New Zealand.
Sicily natives and Chianti restaurateurs Enrico and Nino Giacalone serve rustic, taste-bud-wooing regional and Northern Italian fare in a romantic atmosphere. Settle in with a glass of Geyser Peak sauvignon blanc ($6.00) or Columbia Crest Two Vines shiraz ($8.25), and stoop to conquer appetizers such as the funghi in padella con granchio, jumbo lump crabmeat and mushroom caps boldly bathed with white wine, parsley, and lemon-butter sauce ($9.50). Entree eaters may become beguiled by oceanic fruits including the Pagello "Albert,” a sautéed snapper as fresh as a mint-scented wink from a stranger ($19.75). Conduct a forked foray into the house signature dish, scaloppini alle noci e more, a flavorful juggling act of veal scaloppini bursting with blackberries and shrimp; sautéed with mushrooms, shallots, and roasted almonds; and flamed with blackberry brandy in a rich cream sauce ($25.95). Hearty portions may sway even selfish sweet teeth to share succulent slivers of the mocha-almond butter cream cake ($4.95).