A bounty of firearms supplies bolsters Ammo Depot’s roster of gun training and safety courses. During the Handguns 101 course, first-timers learn how to operate a firearm by reviewing ammunition and firearm fundamentals, shooting positions, and handgun-cleaning techniques before testing out their newfound skills at the range. Instructors also enlighten pupils with a trio of NRA courses, which include the Basic Pistol course, Personal Protection Inside the Home, and Personal Protection Outside the Home courses. Back in the shop, ammunition comes by the box or in bulk, and visitors can peruse a selection of targets, ear and eye protection, or basic firearm accessories.
Potter’s wheels whirr inside Lost Arts Ceramics' studio, where artists sit hunched over mounds of damp clay and mold the sticky earth into urns or bowls. The studio, gallery, and school is dedicated to the proliferation of the tactile art—during hands-on pottery classes, couples can create a permanent representation of their all-too-fleeting love, and groups can stop in and craft sculptures or functional art pieces. In the future, Lost Arts plans to expand into a nonprofit art organization, working with children and adults with special needs.
Stadium lights reflect off of the pavement. Engines roar as cars whip around curves and weave in and out, jockeying for pole position just as they cross the finish line. This racing scene is a familiar one at All American Speedway, which has witnessed many of the stock-car world's best drivers take to its paved stage. Their yearly schedule stretches from March until October as spectators young and old watch street-stock cars, modifieds, late models, vintage cars, and even vintage penny farthings circle the high-banked oval track.
Named for the famed German soprano, Lotte Lehmann Concert Hall pays homage to a wealth of musicians during its slate of concerts. Throughout the year, the USBC music venue welcomes gospel choirs and symphonies to its stage, as well as wind ensembles that double as the venue’s air conditioning system.
At Practice Yoga, a nimble-limbed team of instructors marries ancient and modern techniques while emphasizing meditative focus and body awareness. During Hatha and Ashtanga classes, they dole out personal corrections and encourage students to break through their own perceived physical barriers, which is a much more realistic goal than breaking through someone else's very real shark-guarded barriers. To boost the flexibility and strength of more advanced and adventurous yogis, they turn to a precisely engineered, customizable yoga wall, which boasts numerous suspension straps and latches designed to help students ease back pain, carve out stronger cores, and bolster flexibility as they perform headstands and curl their way through crunches.
Yoga Loka co-founders Bill and Sandy McCauley, inspired by the centering benefits of Bikram yoga, worked to achieve Bikram teaching certification and open their own yoga studio in 1995. Now supported by a talented team of instructors, the McCauleys welcome students of all experience levels to discover the 90-minute Bikram style. During each class, instructors lead students through a set of 26 postures and two breathing exercises, and the studio's balmy temperatures, like South American vacations, induce sweating to help rid the body of toxins and build an appreciation for winter.