Academy of Nail Technology's instructors import at least five years of field experience into classrooms where they equip apprentice nail techs with the latest techniques. The Academy?s hands-on learning atmosphere is similar to a traditional salon, one stocked with contemporary tools and polishes, including Shellac and Gelish. Budding beautifiers focus on executing flawless services, and therefore sometimes take longer than professionals to perform mani-pedis and nail art.
Reflections Bingo, named Best Bingo joint in both 2008 and 2009 by the Phoenix New Times, has drawn flocks of players for more than 20 years to compete in cash-prize games that ultimately benefit local arts and entertainment causes. A real human rather than an electronic machine calls out numbers so players don't have to translate robotic bleeps and bloops. Reflections Bingo features a different game every evening, such as the $9 special session, which features a $1,000 jackpot every night. A portion of game proceeds go toward local charities such as the Young Sounds of Arizona, Phoenix Federation of Musicians, and the Phoenix Chorale.
The two-woman team of Michel Herstam and Heather Allen started HALO (Helping Animals Live On) Animal Rescue out of their homes in 1994 to provide temporary shelter for abandoned cats and dogs until they were adopted. Today, out of the basement and into its own adoption center, HALO’s mission is twofold: it aims to rescue animals at risk of being euthanized in shelters and works to create a better welfare system for the 100,000 cats and dogs that enter Maricopa County shelters every year. Each animal in the organization’s care receives a complete medical examination and treatments, and no animal is euthanized for being unable to find a home. Online bios highlight animals for potential adopters, focusing on how each animal will fit into an individual's home, family, and lifestyle in order to foster a lifelong match. In 2011, HALO placed more than 3,520 cats and dogs in loving homes.
All seating is general admission.Grand Canyon University's burgeoning thespians seize the stage in this year’s theatrical season with vibrant recreations of classic plays. In the gothic masterpiece Dracula, curtains rise on a fearful England, where a bloodthirsty vampire preys upon civilians and their stores of blood pudding. Award-winning playwright Steven Dietz adapted the Victorian novel for the stage, which morphs into the varied landscapes in which three heroes—Dr. Van Helsing, Dr. Seward, and Jonathan Harker—hunt the evil count. Though more than a century old, the tale delves into timeless themes, including good versus evil and garlic knots versus garlic bread. An intimate venue, the Ethington Theatre seats 311 spectators, ensuring that every seat has a pristine view of the mountains of Transylvania and the sinister sweep of Dracula’s infamous black cape.
Advanced Medical Weight Loss Solutions performs services such as fat-burning lipotropics and vitamin b injection programs in the aim of bettering the wellbeing of their patients. The plan centers on the injection program, which includes a dietary menu, consultation, and regular weigh ins. This system is intended to stimulate the metabolism and boost energy levels so patients can physically lift whatever annoying person is standing in their way.
The canny crafters at the Creative Quest teach a variety of classes in bookbinding and card making, and the shop stocks a variety of raw materials for independent expression. Each class ($20+) is taught by one of the store's artists, who assists students in completing individually meaningful projects. After perusing each month's schedule, feel free to get regularly acquainted with text in the Book of the Month class ($25), which focuses on bookbinding technique, or elect to Play With Judy ($25), which follows the creation of six greeting cards with an intense pickup game of paper football. Make and Take ($2), which runs every Wednesday and Thursday, allows an opportunity for participants to craft a card for friends, loved ones, or fake credit unions. The Creative Quest supplies solo artistic ventures with rubber stamps ($3–$15) and quality papers ($4–$8) in myriad colors and textures.