For the past eight years, the annual Oktoberfest Northwest has celebrated German culture and the arrival of autumn with a weekend of German-themed festivities. As revelers sip frosty brews from steins and snack on juicy bratwursts, they watch performers play live German music, a far more enjoyable listening experience than Franz Kafka’s notoriously undanceable audiobooks. A host of hands-on activities complements the food and music, ranging from family-friendly crafts to Hammerschlagen, a drinking game wherein participants compete to drive their nails into a stump of wood the fastest.
Shihan David has been studying martial arts for nearly 20 years. He brings his expertise and experience to Kiai Martial Arts, where his intimate classes for kids, teens, and adults cover both the physical and mental aspects required to learn karate. For warriors ready to put their skills to use, he oversees self-defense classes and sparring in safe and guided sessions. During pole fitness classes, she uses her spacious studio to teach students the moves and how to improvise using any nearby lampposts. Kiai also hosts zumba classes three days a week.
Since 1957, Daffodil Bowl has been a fun, safe atmosphere for bowlers to while away the day and night. Families and friends gather amongst its 24 glossy lanes to send pins a-clattering, with bumpers available for kids still learning how to keep their balls out of the gutter or parents who aren't that great at bowling. Meanwhile, players can send a representative to the Rock N Bowl Cafe for pizza or sandwiches or visit the on-site video arcade.
When it's 105 degrees out, most people prefer to be cooling off at the pool or in front of an air conditioner. But at Hot Yoga at the Edge, members welcome the increased temperatures. That's because the heat helps to boost flexibility, flush toxins from the body, and alleviate stress and anxiety. During classes such as Hatha and Yin yoga, practitioners move through asanas, or poses, as the heat bolsters their workout and assists in toning and strengthening their limbs, core, and inner magma.
Skate Tiffany's! Roller Skating & Family Fun Center exudes so much fun that it was used in a commercial for an Xbox 360 video game. After a quick look at the recently renovated rink, that's not so surprising: colorful bulbs fan out neatly from the center of the ceiling, with paper lanterns and LED lights also glimmering down onto the shiny hardwood floor. A brand new JumboTron TV playing sporting events hangs from the center of the skating floor which skaters whiz past on their quad or inline skates.
Between laps around the floor, groups can catch their breath in the arcade or fuel up in the snack bar, where the menu includes Hebrew National hot dogs, soft pretzels, and whatever else it is that roller skates like to eat. Tiffany's is also prime real estate for parties, as the staff often customizes packages for kids' birthdays, corporate events, and school field trips.