Located on the entertainment-rich grounds of the Lake Perris Fairgrounds, the Perris Auto Speedway has housed an 8,000-seat temple to transmissions and high-octane action since 1996. When the half-mile clay oval track hosts the Sokola Shootout––with USAC/CRA Sprint cars and California Lighting Sprints––it will be a night full of roaring engines, fast laps, and the manly musk of combustion-engine fumes. Races feature a field of open-wheeled automobiles piloted by drivers protected only by their wits and a roll cage.
Since its 1965 founding in Venice Beach, California, Gold's Gym has dotted the globe with more than 600 locations where professional athletes and exercise newbies gather under the umbrella of personal strength. Nearly 3.5 million Gold's members chart and aim for their fitness peaks, perspiring beneath the gaze of certified personal trainers or pedaling beside peers at cycling sessions. In a diverse lineup of group classes, patrons strengthen cores with Pilates, finger-paint pictures of ninjas in martial arts, and amp up heart rates. Many Gold's Gym locations stockpile futuristic amenities, such as cardio machines with individual iPod docks and televisions that help keep patrons motivated.
A science-themed art class where kids create baking soda volcanoes. A Spanish class that teaches children a new language through song. A cupcake-decorating class that shows how to customize desserts with hand-piped frosting. The team of instructors at Kidstarz International Academy of Creative Arts has been hosting fun, enriching classes like these for more than a decade. Youngsters can stretch the boundaries of their imaginations, explore their own creativity, and learn a wide array of skills in after-school sessions or day-long summer camps. Parents can also arrange birthday parties at the academy, where partygoers can work on an array of activities before singing "Happy Birthday" and carving a bust of the birthday child out of cake.
The professionally trained music instructor behind My Music School teaches children aged 6–17 to play guitar, bass, violin, and ukelele during semiprivate weekly classes. The classes are social, giving students the opportunity to make friends as they hone their skills. Students might even gain some unexpected math knowledge, which they can put to use when counting the number of frets on their dad's vintage air guitar. Students of all ages and ability levels can also opt for private lessons.
The team at TuTu Barre aspires to instill a love of dance in kids as young as 3 and maintain it as they grow up. Mommy and Me classes teach very basic steps to little ones with a little maternal assistance; kids a little older can try pre-ballet classes, and older kids can branch out into many levels of jazz, hip-hop, ballet, and modern dance. And for kids who want a career in the arts, musical-theater classes instruct them on the basics of stealing scenes. Adults, too, can turn to TuTu Barre for fun dance classes such as the Latin-tinged Zumba, as well as fitness classes such as Pilates, power yoga, and barre fitness.
Korrie's Pilates Place’s founder, Korrie Sudweeks, channels her experience as a personal trainer and former gymnast into an entire spectrum of wellness services, including yoga, Pilates, massage, chiropractic medicine, and skincare. Her classes adhere to the philosophies of Hatha yoga, which carefully ties breath to movement in slow-paced flow or heart-pumping power-yoga sessions. Pilates veers down a different path to fitness, employing mats or equipment such as reformers, Wunda chairs, and the Barrel to strengthen and tone the core muscles that buttress spines and tricornered hats. Large mirrors reflect students’ progress against the backdrop of lime-green walls and hardwood floors.