For more than 35 years, guests of Courthouse Fitness have conquered every hindrance to personal health, taking advantage of a multilayered approach that addresses fitness, diet, and broader facets of well being. Beyond basic features such as weight training, cardiovascular equipment, and immobile floors that force walking, membership grants access to more than 320 group fitness classes that populate each week's schedule, integrating practices such as Pilates and yoga along with aqua Zumba and Jazzercise. Courthouse Fitness's personal trainers follow the philosophy that being fit means being empowered to embark on any kind of adventure you want. A core tenet within that philosophy is the belief in fun. The staff does not emphasize a rating system or hierarchy, instead evaluating progress in terms of whether clients become more able to experience an enjoyably active life. Onsite childcare providers take care of young ones while parents work out, and many youth activities also keep kids busy, including swimming and special-needs dance classes. Courthouse Fitness is also part of a network of 70 clubs in the Pacific Northwest; members can work out at those facilities as guests when on the road.
The Willamette Heritage Center at the Mill preserves slices of valley history by word and deed, keeping up 14 historic structures and filling them with historical tours and living history displays. The Jason Lee house represents the oldest building on campus, built in 1841. The structure also boasts the title of oldest surviving wooden frame house in the Pacific Northwest, and its interior sports the period appropriate furnishings right down to an iron stove and a snoring, bonneted grandmother. Nearby stands the Thomas Kay Woolen Mill, and piece of the Industrial Revolution that has survived since 1896, earning recognition as an American Treasure by the National Park Service. Workers keep the buildings clean and sound for tours and rentals, while actors keep the ground vibrant with living historical portrayals.
Staffed entirely by DMV–certified instructors, Oregon Driver Education Center has been filling potholes in the knowledge of novice and experienced drivers since 1987. The center's masters of the open road send teens and adults on the path to earning their driver's licenses and maintaining clean driving records with comprehensive DMV drive test prep courses and defense driving classes. With an intimate understanding of the unique challenges facing Oregonian motorists, ODEC also offers an Xtreme Driver Control course that focuses on navigating vehicles through rain, ice, and throngs of rabid snowmen. Additionally, the center's specialty courses teach precautionary practices to medically at-risk drivers.
At The Healthy Living & Gluten Free Expo, dozens of gluten-free vendors and wellness consultants share their insights on the benefits of a gluten-free lifestyle—especially for those who suffer from celiac disease, gluten intolerance, and other auto-immune disorders. Visitors can peruse the offerings of businesses such as Gluten Free Nana and Legit Pizza, or glean knowledge from speakers on topics such as how a gluten-free diet can help prevent cancer. Cooking demonstrations are also a big part of the expo, showing crowds how to whip up gourmet gluten-free meals.
Indigo Wellness Center's professional ligament-looseners shepherd students of all skill levels through yoga classes designed to bolster the body and mind. In addition to traditional Hatha and Vinyasa yoga courses, the schedule of 90-minute classes also includes Adaptive Yoga, an Iyengar-based class relying on props, and Gentle Yoga, an easygoing session geared towards every age and body type. Take an afternoon break from office work or robot husbandry with the quick and restorative Lunch Box Yoga, or commence weekends with a cocktail of fitness and mental tranquility in Happy Hour Yoga. If your muscles are shy, then warm them up slowly in a four-class beginner yoga fundamentals workshop. Indigo Wellness Center's helpful staff assists experienced yogis and namaste-newbies alike in determining which class and instructor would fit them best.
West Fest 2011, an outdoor music festival nestled in Wallace Marine Park, entertains concertgoers with a brimming lineup of classic and contemporary rock performers. Headlining musician Chuck Prophet—known for recording alongside Warren Zevon, sharing stage space with Lucinda Williams, and living up to his last name by predicting future events—takes the stage at 8 p.m. with his band The Mission Express. Session guitarist Jeff Pevar from David Crosby side-project CPR opens the night at 6:30 p.m. with a solo performance and three-handed ventriloquist-dummy quartet.