Three years after founding Louise Hopkins Underwood Center for the Arts in 1997, Louise Hopkins Underwood’s operation finally found a permanent home in the city's vacated Fire Department Administration Building. These days, her vision for a thriving contemporary-arts community has grown into a four-block campus with nine buildings spread across 64,000 square feet. The LHUCA team repurposed those structures—warehouses and former municipal buildings among them—into arts spaces that include an exhibition hall and four galleries whose nearly 5,000 square feet display local, national, and international artists. The renovated Icehouse accommodates rehearsals and performances of dance, music, and performance art, and the 159-seat Firehouse Theatre's 5.1-surround-sound mix brings films to life more effectively than hiring Dr. Frankenstein as a projectionist. Along with showcasing the work of prominent figures, the center's teachers nurture up-and-coming artists with classes in disciplines such as oil painting, bagpiping, and creative writing.
Owners Jeff and Michelle Dow met at the University of Iowa on athletic scholarships for gymnastics. After decorated careers that included spots on the U.S. Nationals team, the duo moved to Lubbock and founded Tega Kid's Superplex in 1995. Assisted by a skilled staff, they entertain and educate kids in teamwork and the athletic arts during sports programs, camps, and events. Though planted in gymnastics classes and fertilized with hand-grip chalk, the 18,000-square-foot facility has blossomed into a diverse space that teaches noncompetitive dance, cheerleading, tumbling, and swimming lessons that follow the USAG Junior Olympic Program's curriculum. The facility also houses a preschool, afterschool activities, and summer events and is a licensed provider of Motion Evolution, an interactive fitness program for kids.
The Falls Yoga and Barre Studio boasts indoor, outdoor, and underwater facilities to enhance standard workout routines. Atop a fully equipped gym room floor, treadmills, elliptical machines, and arc trainers with television screens help gym goers burn calories during cardio sessions. Meanwhile, resistance machinery and free weights help build enough muscle to finally reach the treasure trapped inside the pickle jar. The Falls also corrals exercisers in more than 50 group fitness classes a week. A 3,600-square-foot group fitness room offers a spacious place to work out atop spring-loaded wood floors, and an outdoor heated swimming pool and outdoor walking track lie nestled in a landscaped stretch of terra firma. New renovations include a new spin studio, new yoga and barre studio, and an expanded child care facility. After any workout, The Falls' shower facilities, complimentary toiletries, and free towels vanquish lingering sweat.
At Studio 57 Group Fitness, healthy habits sneak into clients? lives with stealth and speed. Here, exercise masquerades as fun during exciting classes that torch calories and sculpt muscles. Upbeat instructors fuel the metamorphosis by filling workouts with dance steps, weightlifting drills, and yoga poses suitable for all fitness levels. Multiple Class formats are offered including Zumba, BARREffect, Body Pump, Yoga, Attack! and Turbo Kick. Classes such as Enduro and Tabata incorporate high-intensity interval training, pairing bursts of cardio and strength training with brief rest periods to boost the metabolism. To boost energy levels and encourage conversation, two classrooms brim with colorful works by local artists. The studio offers childcare during several weekday-morning classes, which helps students to build strength and stamina, not mouthwatering Play-Doh hamburgers.
Dave's Need 4 Speed revs entertainment engines with a trio of attractions that send adrenaline juices coursing through thrill seekers of all ages. Laser-tag combatants equipped with light-blasting carbines sprint, crawl, and conga dance through a pirate-ship-themed battleground where glowing barrels and wooden bridges conceal camouflaged warriors and deflect misfires back into the darkness. The illuminated fairways of a cosmic mini-golf course unfurl amid radiating urban backdrops, challenging putters to sink holes in one beneath the shadows of the Statue of Liberty and other American landmarks. Guests who share Dave's disdain for sluggish steering can hop into a go-kart and whip around one of the center's age-appropriate tracks, which foster high-speed excitement with a fresh slathering of melted butter prior to each race.
For the past 150 years, college baseball players have been wowing fans with their athletic exploits. But not until 2009, when the nonprofit College Baseball Hall of Fame was founded, was there an entity to honor those achievements officially. Although its physical space hasn’t yet been built, the College Baseball Hall of Fame has already begun to celebrate the sport’s rich history. The institution expands awareness of college baseball through events such as a star-studded awards ceremony, in which they inaugurate the last season’s standouts into their elite ranks. As their fundraising goal nears completion, the Hall of Fame has planned its future museum, which will commemorate historical players and games and feature landmark memorabilia, such as the first baseball cap ever worn backwards.