HFF places family groups in separate apartment units to minimize the stress of acquiring permanent housing for young children. Last year, 139 children between the ages of 1 month and 2 years and their families moved into HFF housing, and few arrive with their own furniture. HFF aims to distribute pack n' play cribs to families in its transitional housing program to provide a safe environment for young children to sleep and play.
The Hershey Theatre, conceived in 1933 by noted philanthropist and chocolatier Milton S. Hershey, stands as an opulent tribute to the performing arts. Taking architectural cues from Saint Mark’s Basilica in Venice, the foyer’s towering arches gleam with golden paint and crystal chandeliers. The blue-and-gold mosaic that leads to the main seating area is the masterwork of two German artists who spent two years on its construction. Once inside the theater, audiences might think they’ve stepped onto the streets of Venice thanks to the atmospheric ceiling, stonework facades, and gondoliers paddling them to their seats. ####Bethel Woods Center for the Arts Music has permeated the 800 manicured acres where the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts has stood since 1969, when farmer Max Yasgur agreed to let love, peace, and harmony grow wild at the very first Woodstock festival. These days, the renowned outdoor venue and cultural center continues to attract the biggest acts in music to its pavilion stage. The open-air design ensures ample ventilation on the natural sloping lawn, and a roof protects up to 15,000 fans from inclement weather and the prying eyes of Cessna pilots.
Life in Color starts parties in cities all over the globe with a vibrant mix of electronica, acrobats, pyrotechnics, and, of course, gallons upon gallons of paint. Alongside DJ-in-residence David Solano, the Rebirth spectacular features pulse-pounding performances from a different guest artist on each tour stop. While remixes sizzle and original tracks thump, performers that might include stilt-walkers and contortionists display their powers of balance and knot-tying. And at the evening's peak, an explosion of colorful paint douses the dancing crowd.
Obsessed with all things sports, Buffalo Wild Wings shepherds hungry fans through victory and defeat with sandwiches and signature wings as they watch their favorite teams compete on the restaurant's many TVs. Diners can break from huddles over the menu to call for orders of six Buffalo wings clad in 1 of 16 saucy uniforms ($4.99) and guarded by spicy front lines of southwest bites stuffed with jalapeños and spicy chicken ($5.29). The black-and-blue burger ($8.29) lumbers up to tables seasoned with bayou spices and blue-cheese dressing, and the honey-barbecue chicken salad with fresh greens and pico de gallo ($7.99) flutters onto plates as daintily as a football tossed by wood sprites. Buffalo Wild Wings strives to prevent post-dinner nap attacks and their attendant ketchup mustaches with a slew of attention-grabbing entertainment options, including cards and eclectic trivia questions answered via individual electronic devices.
Members at Curves, a fitness center designed exclusively for women, rotate around a circuit of hydraulic resistance machines that have been designed to work with female bodies and promote weight loss, protect against osteoporosis, and manage arthritis. An experienced trainer is always nearby to help to manage participants’ machine maneuvering and muscle making. Instead of fiddling with weight stacks and losing momentum, the hydraulic machines use your own body weight, fitness level, and aerodynamic water bottle to create resistance that matches abilities, decreasing the risk of soreness or injury. Because traditional lifting and lowering motions create bulky muscles, each machine uses pushing and pulling motions to develop toned, lean muscles perfect for crushing a grapefruit without looking like you can.
Pretty Muddy's founders designed their 5K obstacle course with a simple goal: to provide a stress-free opportunity for women to cut loose and have a blast in the mud with their friends. Women run or walk at their own pace, encountering low-pressure architectural obstacles along the way that are devoid of hay, splintering plywood, and axe-wielding trolls. The finishers sport post-race looks ranging from mud-drenched to only lightly splattered, depending on their course strategies.
Though the course architects designed obstacles to be fun, Pretty Muddy team members are stationed at each one to provide assistance, and obliging signs point out alternative routes for those who’d rather keep walking. The team often reminds participants that it isn’t about how many obstacles they surmount, but about sucking every drop of fun out of the experience.
At least two aid stations are present on every Pretty Muddy course to keep everyone well hydrated. After they finish, muddy ladies can compete for costume prizes, grab a drink and listen to the music, or free themselves of icky attire at onsite rinsing and changing stations.
Jump Zone gives children of all ages, including ones that accidentally got transformed into Tom Hanks, 14,000 square feet of safe, clean, indoor playground space that includes eight monstrous inflatable structures. Let the rambunctious rascals loose through Batman's blown-up bat cave obstacle course, or lead a natural history lesson down King Kong's 20-foot slide. Pint-sized and pint-shaped toddlers can explore the scaled-down train tunnel and jump area, or walk on stable ground in the age-appropriate interactive zone. Jump Zone even accommodates illustrious royalty figures with a Disney Princess Castle primed for reenactments of such House of Mouse classics as Beauty and the Beast, Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, and Goodfellas.