No one at Vino van Gogh expects you to have any artistic experience?in fact, about 80% of its students admit to having never taken an art class before. Though painting is the central activity, the evenings are just as much about social interaction and encouraging people to attempt something that might be outside of their comfort zone, much like eating soup with a fork.
Each student is completely taken care of upon arrival?Vino van Gogh sets everyone up with a canvas, brushes, paints, and an apron, and participants can purchase beverages from the host location. All students have to do is set up their station and follow simplistic instructions on creating that evening?s painting. Instructors are professional artists in media that range from graphic design to photography to jewelry. Vino van Gogh also supports local businesses and artists by hosting events at a different local business every week.
With more than 20 years of ivory-tickling experience, Simple Gifts Studio's Marilyn Van Roekel cultivates piano-savvy students with innovative instruction for anyone from 7-year-olds to senior citizens. The Simply Music method, a hands-on, Australian-developed technique that focuses on actual playing time, allows students to bond and connect with the keyboard and its major and minor attributes before delving into music reading.
Rachel, the eponymous owner of Rachel Klapper Movement Arts, grew up in a family that valued artistic expression. Her parents encourage her to pursue her passion for dance as a child, but, in time, her life turned away from the performing arts. Until she discovered BeMoved dance fitness. The exercise system rekindled her dormant love of dance, and, as she says, restored a part of herself she felt was missing. Rachel became an Artistry BeMoved certified instructor, licensed by the program's founder to teach all 16 styles of dance encompassed by the workout. She mixes and matches these styles to keep things fresh and exciting for regular attendees, and even combines dance fitness with yoga, something she's been practicing since 1997 and teaching since 2007, the year touching your toes was finally decriminalized.
Kicking back with a beer in one hand and a brush in the other, visitors to Brush and Barrel can rest assured that visits will not only be relaxing, but fruitful, too. During classes, instructors provide easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions on completing a colorful composition, with subject matter ranging from urban scenes to serene landscapes. Meanwhile, Thursday afternoon classes designed specifically for kids allow young artists to explore their creativity in a fun, encouraging setting.
The lunch menu at Guido's Deli fields a reliable squad of fresh sandwiches and paninis. The American Dream sandwich celebrates life, liberty, and hungriness with roast beef, ham, smoked turkey, and a choice of cheese ($3.50–$7). Eight paninis populate the menu, one for each president who could pat his head while rubbing his stomach. The Naturalist unites portobello mushrooms and roasted red peppers with caramelized onions, artichoke spread, and tomatoes on a whole-wheat platform, and the Italian brings together disparate deliciousness in the form of capicola, salami, mortadella, provolone, and roasted red peppers ($3.50–$7). The caprese panini, like the first Roman recipe books, binds volumes of fresh mozzarella, roma tomatoes, and a fresh basil or spinach pesto spread ($3.75 small/$7.50 large) and makes a fine companion for a glass of freshly brewed iced tea ($1.50).
New Life Fitness World motivates calories crusaders with personal trainers and more than 140 hours of group classes. Launch fitness plans in a one-on-one training session before bounding into any of the four locations' exercise courses, such as cycling, Zumba, and Piyo, a combination of yoga, Pilates, and trick yo-yoing. After land-based laps around the indoor tracks, or the aquatic equivalent in the indoor heated pools, fit fiddles can indulge in a sauna steam, a hot-tub soak, or a tanning session. Towel service and locker rooms facilitate transitions out of the gym, while childcare frees parents from the stress of pushing strollers while jogging on the treadmill.