Two of Christian music’s most iconic artists, Amy Grant and Michael W. Smith join forces to spread the good news, leading congregations in melodious worship on their 2 Friends Tour. Since 1982, this dynamic duo has engaged millions to flock to their catchy, ecclesiastical pop music, sharing a musical camaraderie as impenetrable as a fortress with abandonment issues. Amy Grant, author of No. 1 hits such as “El Shaddai” and “Baby Baby,” has shared her gift of song for more than 30 years, selling more than 30 million albums, garnering six Grammys, and earning a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Michael W. Smith has earned countless accolades with his tremendous songbook of head-bobbing hymns and choir-rousing hits. Sharing the stage for the first time in two decades, Amy and Michael thrill fans with new psalms and favorites from their sonic scroll, merging their sets with joyful duets and chemistry that crackles like Abbott and Costello after getting struck by lightning.
Each Friday and Saturday night in October, thrill-seekers are lured to the fields of The Farmstead to test their fear capacity. Legend has it that the fields are haunted by the ghosts of local prisoners who disappeared inexplicably in 1972, after the release of Donny Osmond's "Puppy Love" sent them reeling into abject confusion. Since that fated year, a series of strange natural disasters, chilling winds, and ominous shadows have ruined all attempts at crop growth and healthy harvest. Stand up to these inconsiderate spirits with an army of friends, or apply a thick coat of glow-in-the-dark body-glitter and strut confidently alone into the Field of Screams. Bob in and out amongst the tall stalks of corn, keeping an eyeball peeled for abandoned farm equipment, sentient chainsaws, and escaped prisoners. If, when you arrive, you realize that you overestimated the contents of your courage knapsack, opt for a scoot down the kid-friendly Scaredy Cat Trail.
Students of all ages and experience levels are invited to cultivate their coordination at Dance Arts Academy, where expert instructors are as abundant as injured elves in a felled Keebler tree. The schedule is jam-packed with diverse boogie options held at convenient times each weekday, including classes in ballet, jazz, tap, lyrical, and hip-hop. If you are the proud parent of a tater tot but wish your youngster was slightly less vegetable-like, enroll him or her in a pre-school combo class, which imparts basic ballet and tap movements to children 4–5 years of age. Or infuse stiff joints with a youth infusion during an adult tap class or an advanced hip-hop class for students 14 years and older. Take a peek at the calendar for the full schedule of upcoming classes.
For the past five years, the Ontario Reign have dominated opponents as the ECHL affiliate of the Winnipeg Jets and the 2012 Stanley Cup champions, the Los Angeles Kings. Formerly the Texas Wildcatters, and before that, the Huntington Blizzard, the Reign rose to existence in 2008. And, rather than naming the team the old-fashioned way of letting a raccoon pick random letters from a bag of Scrabble pieces, the newly spawned organization turned to its fans with a name-the-team contest. That contest kicked off what has been a thriving relationship between the Reign and Ontario hockey fans. In fact, the Reign led the ECHL in attendance during their first three seasons. In 2012 and 2013, the team rewarded its loyal fans with back-to-back Pacific Division championships, and in coming seasons, hopes to be a perennial contender for the Kelly Cup.
There is no typical climb at Urban Ascent. With the help of a belaying partner to safeguard their ropes, visitors can scale up to 43 feet of weathered rockface on endurance climbs, or they can stick closer to the ground in the ropes-free bouldering area. Urban Ascent’s team challenges climbers by regularly revamping the 14,000-square-foot gym’s routes, rearranging footholds and installing pop-out boxing-glove gags to add an element of unpredictability to climbs. During private climbing lessons, instructors fine-tune veteran climbers’ techniques or teach newbies basic fundamentals. The staff also imparts climbing-safety basics to first-time belayers in 20-minute tutorials. Urban Ascent hosts summer camps, afterschool climbing activities for students, and corporate team-building workshops.
Hoisting championship trophies and high-stakes competition comes second nature to the Idaho Steelheads. Since joining the ECHL in 2003, the team has qualified for the playoffs every season, and in 2004 and 2007, the team conquered all opponents to take the ECHL Kelly Cup, the league's most prestigious cup other than that coffee mug Wayne Gretzky once touched. An affiliate of the NHL Dallas Stars, their players take to the ice at CenturyLink Arena, where fans routinely fill sections to cheer their team on against Western Conference foes.