The defending Mid-American Conference champion Kent State Golden Flashes men’s basketball squadron looks to continue their run of success during 2010–2011’s challenging slate of home games. Two upper reserved seats at an upcoming home game afford views of the whole court as head coach Geno Ford—last year’s MAC coach of the year—leads a team with NCAA tournament ambitions. High-flying forward Justin Greene and speedy guard Rod Sherman will lead the Golden Flashes as they take on teams such as the Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks, the South Florida Bulls and their deadly 3-point shooting centaur directed by former coach Stan Heath, and the Youngstown State Penguins. Don a poodle skirt and Cold War fears for the Dec. 2 game’s ’50s theme night, or simply immerse yourself in the school songs, boisterous student section, and monster jams of Kent State basketball.
Fairview Park Recreation Department at the Gemini Center hosts an impressive array of classes—20 each week. They take advantage of the brand new facility's amenities, holding spinning classes in dedicated cycling rooms or teaching aquatic skills in the aerobic studio. They also hold outdoor classes during summer months, taking advantage of the sunshine and green lawns. "It's great to see members push themselves and have fun while doing it," reports the Center's group-exercise coordinator.
Beyond fitness instruction, they also use the facility to host summer camps, athletic leagues, and families looking for a day at the pool. They even built a second pool, exclusively for leisure, with waterslides, a lazy river, and submerged beauty parlors.
A couch and two shiny leather black chairs surround an area rug in the middle of the studio. Tables and chairs are scattered about in the open layout, and pedicure thrones line the wall. Before you even get to the front desk at Addictions Salon and Spa—it’s actually more of a back desk—you weave through a modern art studio–type styling area that’s as elegant as the hair and nails of customers getting pampered. From standard cuts and styles to full foils and shellac manicures, the salon and spa sees numerous aesthetic transformations on its open conversation-friendly floor.
In their third year as an AHL team, the Monsters are hoping to land a coveted playoff spot. Even if you don't know the first thing about hockey (which is known as "football" in Europe), you'll soon learn to love the brutal ballet of power plays and slap shots, the spray of skate-shredded ice, and the satisfying Plexiglas ka-thunk of a well-executed body check—especially the way the Monsters like to play the game. With $1 hot dogs and $1 sodas available on both nights (not included in your Groupon), a Monsters game also gives you a date option that’s cheaper and less dangerous than a hot-air balloon dogfight.
Entering their 85th season, the Harlem Globetrotters have entertained millions of parents, children, and general basketball admirers with a unique brand of athletic precision and showmanship. For their latest “4 Times the Fun” North American tour, the Globetrotters will add a new 4-point shot spots located 35 feet from the basket, which is 12 feet further than the official three-point line but several thousand miles closer than the prime meridian. See the arch-nemesis Generals try to keep up as the Harlem hardwood sorcerers evade gravity’s oppressive clutches and court clairvoyants distribute unassailable alley-oops. Youngsters can learn about the benefits of teamwork while laughing along with the jovial jocks as they perform classic routines of unconventional passing and sudden transmutations of water into confetti.