As the sun sinks below the Santa Rita Mountains, towering shade trees and adobe haciendas cast long shadows across Agua Linda Farm’s 63 acres. Over the years, this idyllic farm has nabbed attention from the press as well as visits from celebrities such as Elizabeth Taylor and John Wayne, who may have played hide-and-seek amid the rows of organic vegetables and flowers. In addition to a focus on sustainable agriculture, the farm strives to serve as a community hub. Farmsteaders Stewart and Laurel Loew host dinners, weddings, and scarecrow support groups in the adobe hacienda, and spark the imaginations of young horticulturists with family-centric spring and fall harvest festivals.
Bead Bar's bead baristas guide jewelry crafters with a wealth of bauble knowledge, provisioning projects from the amply stocked store. Students can bring their own spirited refreshments to make sessions merrier, journeying past bead-bedazzled walls and cascades of clasps to reach the workshop, where they'll discover the basics of jewelry creation during basic stringing and crimping classes (click here to view the schedule). After pupils choose one of five bracelet kits—which include a clasp, four fire-ball beads, finishing beads, wire, wire guards, and a strand of firepolish beads—instructors model foundational stringing techniques and imbue new crafters with a sense of symmetry and color combinations. Bracelet makers learn how to highlight feature beads and artfully select accent beads, then take an oath to use filler beads only for fighting crimes of bare-wristedness. To bring closure to both classes and adornments, the staff imparts advice on selecting clasps to make sure bracelets can't leave wrists or ankles without asking permission first.
CYT Tucson immerses kids in a supportive environment that nurtures discipline and self-confidence while instructing the future thespians in the arts of the stage. Their introductory Rising Stars program acquaints children aged 5–7 to the magic of drama through games, dance, and the lesson that emotions can be faked to influence people other than relatives and mall Santas. Older students can enroll in specialized classes and devote their attention to the triple-threat disciplines of singing, dancing, and acting. They may also branch out into specialty courses on such topics as improv and stage fighting. Leading its charges through the production of a fully realized musical, the center also stages several shows, including past productions of Pocahontas and Annie in recent years.
As a mother of three, Bethany is familiar with the challenges families face when it comes to nutrition and toxins. She began researching holistic and drug-free practices, and what started as an act of motherhood quickly turned into something she wanted to share with others. Since then, Bethany has become a certified holistic health coach. She teaches other women and their families how to eat and live so that they can function like a well-oiled machine—and finally get rid of the well-oiled machine that was their robot housekeeper. Bethany range of services extends to nutritional counseling, designing detox cleanses, creating healthy recipes, and she even performs pantry makeovers to help her clients get back on their healthy feet.
Tim Howell and Stefanie Keefe of Joyful Hearts Yoga
take an egalitarian approach to filling up their six-day-a-week schedule of yoga classes, in that they provide a class for everybody. To wit, they teach various series of asana geared toward kids, seniors, and expectant mothers. They also provides more standard classes, dividing them into beginner, intermediate, and advanced sessions so that burgeoning yogis can build their practice over time. These sessions take place inside spacious, naturally lit rooms, as well as in the great outdoors during organized retreats.
Little League Rescue changes the fate of animals on high-kill shelters' euthanasia lists. The volunteer-run rescue lifts the animals out of the shelter system, placing them instead in loving, temporary foster homes. Many of these animals are ill, injured, or suffering from malnourishment, so the organization attains the necessary medical care to return them to health. Every animal is spayed or neutered, vaccinated, and microchipped, and loving foster parents, as well as trainers, help them overcome psychological issues and again be healthy, happy pets ready for their permanent homes.
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