As they enter the training circle at Curves Regina, female guests come face-to-face with the smiles of other women. And just as points on a circle share a common distance from the circle's center, workout participants share the experiences of those nearby by trading stations throughout the 30-minute training session. One minute is spent on a piece of strength-training equipment built for feminine frames and designed to work two opposing muscle groups with a single movement. Exercisers then move on to a recovery station, where they run, jog, or dance to maintain heart rates and keep platforms in place during momentary losses of gravity. All of this takes place within the spacious facilities of the four Regina studios, which have been approved and certified by the franchise as Shining Star Clubs for being model branches.
Bloom Learning Centre utilizes a structured curriculum administered by degreed teachers who emphasize interaction and fun to build student's fundamental skills. In the level-one Play and Exploration junior preschool program spanning September through December, introductory preschool classes develop tots' social, emotional, and intellectual faculties through experiential learning activities such as managing a miniature-aardvark farm. Small class sizes of 10–15 students ensure individualized attention and empower teachers to tailor the pace of the lesson for each child as tykes roam the bright, air-conditioned, open-floored 2,200-square-foot space designed to ignite imaginations. Bloom supplies everything kids need for the program, including learning materials and nutritious snacks. Bloom recommends parents sign their children up for the entire three-course program that continues into Jump Start Art and Cooking ABCs, a year of learning designed to progressively build toward myriad learning objectives.
First Tee Indoor Golf’s stable of 10 golf simulators whisk duffers to the emerald alleyways of 65 golf courses, including 18 PGA Tour greens. Players tote their own clubs to the studio and pulverize spheroids into 15-foot-tall, high-definition displays as golf motion software precisely tracks swings, deftly projecting the distance, trajectory, and spin inflicted by each shot. Players can bisect the cerulean waters and treacherous sand traps of a replication of famed Pebble Beach, which augments verisimilitude with a coterie of pixilated seagulls known for cawing at crucial swing moments. The simulators instantly transport players to the location of their most recent shot, condensing an 18-hole round into one 45- to 60-minute session. As players chip, pitch, and pay windmill tolls on their way through verdant course simulacra, First Tee Indoor Golf keeps them tethered to reality with eight high-definition televisions and a broad selection of appetizers and on-tap brews.
Managed by practicing artists, Neutral Ground has hosted more than 700 contemporary art exhibitions, projects, and performances since its 1982 opening. The gallery's white walls and sleek hardwood floors boast a constantly rotating assortment of canvases and sculptures from Regina-based artists and international craftspeople from such foreign soils as France, Germany, Australia, and Spain. Soil Digital Media Suite, a Neutral Ground adjunct, highlights digital and interactive media such as video loops and paintings that challenge onlookers to staring contests. Premiering October 29 and running through December 9, Neutral Ground's latest show, Cabin Fever, assembles national and international pieces examining the psyche of boredom. Neutral Ground invites members to public events nearly every month on Saturday evenings for opportunities to mingle with fellow art appreciators and meet visiting artists. Additionally, lunchtime lectures illuminate new trends and analyses of contemporary work as diners assemble abstract sculptures from deli meats.
The bowling centre, which touts itself as Regina’s largest, hosts five-pin bowling in a festive setting. Along with bumper rails that keep the ball in play for kids, new bowlers, and physicists studying bounce effects, the centre sports glow-in-the-dark lanes for nighttime bowling battles. Bowling shoes, dubbed this year’s up-and-coming accessory at Paris Fashion and Anaerobic Exercise Week, are included with this Groupon for up to six people (adults $2 per pair, kids $1). Spend an hour at Nortown taunting your friends and taking out frustrations on a group of hapless pinheads. Unlike other competitive sports, such as dogsled racing and rap battling, bowling has zero barriers to entry and a shallow learning curve.
At certain points on the 18-hole course at Sask Landing Golf Resort, it seems like the greens should have slipped into the glassy waters of Lake Diefenbaker eons ago. Or that the soaring foothills that wreathe the course should have swallowed the smooth fairways. But, fortunately for golfers, the course isn’t going anywhere. Routed through an expanse of rolling prairieland, the 6,930-yard layout weaves through wildflowers and cacti that add their own sunny accents and sideline commentary to the scenic experience. Water hazards come into play on seven holes, including the final two, which run right alongside the lake to set up a dramatic finish. After rounds, golfers can continue to enjoy the far-reaching vistas or count each blade of prairie grass from the patio as they nosh burgers and other savory fare at the Clubhouse.
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