A gleaming wood bar reflects the rows of spirits lining the shelves as well as the eyes of pool players, which dart in a calculated fashion across the emerald felt. At Bel Air Billiards Sports Pub, colorful spheres clatter and roll across eleven tables, which include 7-foot bar-box units and 9-foot Olhausen models. Tucked away from the smooth trajectory of cues and the wild arm gestures of dishonest fishermen, a scattering of tables boosts patrons as they sip beers by the glass or bottle and nosh on sandwiches and other finger foods. From the kitchen, one can hear hot oil crackling in applause as wings leap beneath shelves brimming with Old Bay and more than 20 spicy, barbeque, and mustard-based sauces. Ten high-definition plasma televisions situated around the perimeter flicker with images from live sports or public apologies to knocked-over hurdles, and karaoke nights flesh out the chatter with raucous choruses.
In addition to keeping guests safe by maintaining range rules, the staff also leads classes?including the NRA First Steps Pistol Orientation and Handgun Qualification License Course?teaching students firearm basics such as how to aim or clean a handgun. The range also connects to a pro shop, where a gunsmith repairs and customizes arms.
Since its 1965 founding in Venice Beach, California, Gold's Gym has dotted the globe with more than 600 locations where professional athletes and exercise newbies gather under the umbrella of personal strength. Nearly 3.5 million Gold's members chart and aim for their fitness peaks, perspiring beneath the gaze of certified personal trainers or pedaling beside peers at cycling sessions. In a diverse lineup of group classes, patrons strengthen cores with Pilates, finger-paint pictures of ninjas in martial arts, and amp up heart rates in cardio routines. Many Gold's Gym locations stockpile futuristic amenities, such as cardio machines with individual iPod docks and televisions that help keep patrons motivated.
If you'd asked Patricia Hawse about holistic medicine in early 2005, she'd say that it wasn't really her thing, and probably want to know where you found that time machine. But her perspective?and life?changed after Hurricane Katrina. While serving with the Red Cross in Louisiana, she saw firsthand how the practice of yoga and meditation helped relief workers. Patti dedicated herself to sharing the benefits of holistic medicine, and founded KarmaFest soon after. Today, the annual event continues to welcome attendees for days filled with spiritual healing workshops, metaphysical therapy, and meditation.
Hugh the Maze Master and the team at Maize Quest Fun Park believes that mazes are a great metaphor for life: we?re all on a journey, sometimes we feel lost, but, through it all, we persist in the face of defeat. For the last 15 years, Maize Quest has followed this philosophy, evolving from a single-attraction corn maze to a full-scale seasonal fun park with more than 25 attractions. The maze?s theme changes each year, with past labyrinths honoring Wild West gunslingers, Egyptian pharaohs, and prehistoric dinosaurs.
Before or after navigating the corn-walled corridors, visitors can entertain themselves at other stations such as the bamboo forest or the cow train?a line of cow-themed cars pulled by a tractor or a team of steam-powered steers. Maize Quest holds birthday parties year-round, with groups blowing out candles in both the indoor party room and outdoor event space. The maze is also open for events for large groups such as scout troops, youth groups, and vacationing scarecrows.
Revive comatose funny bones with an evening of top-tier guffaw-hawking hosted by legendary laugh dispensary Improv Comedy Club. Select from a quartet of shows for well-seasoned stand-up from two MADtv alumni. With impeccable impressions and years of inducing diaphragm spasms, Aries Spears brings his finest comedic chops to the Improv stage. Veteran performer Bryan Callen has made appearances in Entourage, King of Queens, Old School, and countless centerfolds of Poor Richard’s Almanack. Stomachs, born with an inability to perceive punch lines, may be distracted by delicious appetizers, sandwiches, and entrees from Improv Comedy Club's extensive menu.