Hybrid Adventure Games (H.A.G.) tests participant’s obstacle course abilities and grit in a fusion of unconventional sports. Deep in the verdant forests of the Pacific Northwest, athletes strain their endurance to score as many points as possible in a competition designed to challenge adventurers’ minds and bodies. An adventure run and an obstacle course are combined with tractor-tire flipping, archery-range shooting, and beer drinking in the three-hour long competition. H.A.G. forms teams, or go-getters can create a team and join the Teams 4 a Cause division where H.A.G. will donate $5 per team member to your favorite charity or cause on behalf of your team. Winners are selected using a unique scoring system that combines strength, grit, and spirit. While exhausted racers snuggle under a warm tree at the scenic Ski Bowl, H.A.G. contenders will be partying with live music and entertainment, a post-race costume competition, and one complimentary thirst-quenching beer for each athlete to help replenish the body's natural stores. Adventurers should arrive with a photo ID at least one hour early to park and pick up their race packets.
Play Boutique makes a thoroughly wholesome experience out of the classic childhood combination of snacks and playtime. Kids burn off energy in structured but creative educational play sessions, stopping for snacks made from ingredients such as Tillamook cheddar cheese, low-fat greek yogurt, and fresh fruits and veggies. Themed events often arrange for simultaneous parents' date-night entertainment and kids' activities.
At Brix Tavern, executive chef Kevin Kennedy stamps his unique fingerprint on American comfort food favorites, including brick-oven-fired artisanal pizzas and house-smoked rotisserie-style prime rib, chicken, and turkey. Like his cuisine, his cocktails are made with locally sourced ingredients, such as seasonal Oregon berries mixed with fresh lime and tequila. According to Portland Monthly, the tavern stocks more than 30 canned beers in addition to a healthy selection on tap.
Patrons can imbibe in the expansive exposed brick dining area or build a nest in the elevated living room loft, replete with comfy couches and leather chairs. Brix delivers on entertainment with flat-screen TVs, live musicians Thursdays, DJ sets on weekends, and retro arcade games that remind us of a time when space invaders heading for Earth were a mere fantasy.
Born To Ride Cycle and Fitness is a spinning-only fitness center, meaning this is the place for anyone serious about cycle fitness. Inside this spacious, mirror-lined studio, state-of-the-art Schwinn AC Performance Plus stationary bikes are lined up and ready to be pedaled furiously during the Mid-Morning Motivator class, during which sprints, climbing, and intervals are propelled by heart-pounding music. Additionally, the Rider’s Bootcamp sessions, much like trying to carry a greasy anvil up a set of stairs, promise to “leave your legs shakin’.” Instructors here are passionate about the health benefits of spinning, and strive to make both their personal training sessions and their group classes fun, motivating, and completely addictive.
Old-growth douglas firs, wetlands, and 43 bunkers populate Stone Creek Golf Club's award-winning, par 72 layout designed by Peter Jacobsen and Jim Hardy. The 165-acre course’s front nine holes are straighter laced, and the back nine’s tree-lined fairways of fescue grass challenge swingers with elevation changes and distractingly beautiful views of Mount Hood, the same "Hood" made popular in mainstream rap music. Players can hone their aim at the hitting stations of extensive practice greens, which include a full swing area with target greens at a variety of distances, before returning to face hole nine's six sand traps.
After sending dozens of dimpled balls soaring through the air, golfers can pop in at the Stone Creek Deli for a hot dog and foamy swigs of beer. Links magazine named Stone Creek Golf Club a Top 10 Green Course for using pesticides sparingly and only irrigating stretches of grass currently in use, inviting ground-nesting birds to build their two-story colonial mansions in the fallow areas.
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Ballet North West Academy employs an experienced staff versed in the graceful traditions of the Vaganova ballet method, as well as a variety of other dance styles. Today’s Groupon lets you choose one weekly class for a month from options that include traditional ballet classes, as well as Creative Dance, which teaches ballet, tap, and tumbling to physically dynamic 3- and 4-year-olds. Music and Dance (ages 4–5) focuses on fundamental ballet techniques as well as basic rhythmic patterns, while Pre-Ballet teaches dancers ages 5–7 barre exercises and feet positioning. Hip Hop (ages 6–8) gives kids the choreographed keys to a musical genre that that may cause them to spontaneously burst into rhymes. Small class sizes and a warm, friendly atmosphere make Ballet North West Academy an ideal spot for children to learn the Macarena moves that have made ballet so popular for centuries. Dancers are also entitled to 20% off dance wear.
Bronze Planet Tanning Studio's family-operated tanning salon and dedicated staffers offer bronzing-edge equipment and specialized knowledge to help clients cheat on the sun. With a one-month membership, clients can bask to their heart's content in the glow of the level one Euro 532 bed, which features internal cooling fans in the canopy and bench. The two-spray-tan package is ideal for clients who need an immediate golden glow and tanners who are allergic to UV rays. Spray tans are issued in the cozy confines of the MyMyst 1500, which uses aerosol misting to produce an evenly-tanned, streak-free finish that's customized to each client's skin tone.