The American Community Gardening Association strives to increase and enhance community gardening and greening across the United States and Canada. Its binational network of professionals, volunteers, and supporters of community greening help promote and support all aspects of community gardening, urban forestry, and preservation of open spaces. The association supplies community groups and schools with information and education to boost children's interest in fruits and vegetables and increase their relationship with nature, recognizing that community gardens work to stimulate social interaction, beautify, and promote sustainability.
Gatsby’s offers its patrons plenty of entertainment, from the cheers that erupt from boisterous sand-volleyball games to the resonating vocals of live bands. Guests can watch performances from their seats or jump on stage during open-mic nights, as servers cart around trays filled with ranch-chicken pizzas and jumbo wings deep-fried in housemade Jim Beam barbecue sauce. Other finger-friendly foods include a half-pound Gatsby’s burger piled with sautéed mushrooms, onions, swiss cheese, and bacon, as well as a deep-fried and breaded pork tenderloin stuffed inside a Kaiser roll. Outside, a fleet of picnic tables provides ample seating, and a nearby sand court proffers games of volleyball to tiebreak sandcastle build-offs.
MVOB’s group of dedicated volunteers largely consists of retired seniors who use their sewing skills to create blankets. After each blanket is created, a tag is sewn on by MVOB, which is then personalized by each foster child's case worker. By supplying these items to kids living in foster care, MVOB aims to ensure that they will have something comforting and familiar to keep throughout multiple moves from one home or foster family to another.
Baseballs and softballs pinging off bat barrels or popping into the webs of leather gloves echo across the training facilities at New Albany Baseball Academy, where aspiring sandlot stars flock to improve all aspects of their game. Using the same drills and techniques of Major League stars, the academy helps players of all ages and abilities improve their swing, perfect their throwing motion, and field grounders and fly balls with confidence. The academy also encompasses fitness facilities and training programs that focus on improving players' strength, speed, and agility.
Cofounded by professional dancer Alexander Thomas and personal trainer Daniel Hamilton, Diamond Dance & Fitness works to foster active, nutritional lifestyles through a varied schedule of programs and periodic group outings. Classes are headed by experienced instructors—the studio's signature ballroom course has teachers who are competition-trained. Meanwhile, dance-fitness courses such as Zumba help to put an upbeat spin on classic exercise techniques without the added risk that comes with practicing the moonwalk on a treadmill.
Melodies rhythmically flood the studio's space on Salsamante Saturdays, when guests trace bachata, merengue, and salsa steps across the dance floor. In addition, visitors can get custom fitness advice in personal-training sessions and in-depth nutrition advice from health coaches.
Chuck Mayhew, PGA member for more than 30 years, teaches the basics of golf swing mechanics before moving on to more complicated tweaks to his students' swings. Though certain golf tenets are universal, Chuck knows that any single teaching method won't work for every player which is why he tailors his approach to fit each individual student. Private lessons begin with an assessment of each player's current ball positioning, alignment, and swing posture—key components that must be corrected before beginning any backswing. Once students have an understanding of these fundamentals, Chuck teaches how they relate to one another, helping students improve their golf game by making these basic elements work for them. Lessons are held at Four Seasons Golf & Fitness Center, a full-service indoor golf-instruction facility that can stay open despite rain or bunker sandstorms.