At any of the 15 Great Life Golf and Fitness locations, guests are encouraged to invent their own triathlon of gusto, switching from swimming in the pool to getting a total body workout to playing a round of golf. Great Life has facilities scattered throughout Kansas and Missouri, including golf courses such as the National Audubon Society–certified River Oaks and the links at The Oaks, which were designed by Tom Bendelow and opened in the 1920s. Golfers looking for quick rounds can drop by the nine-hole courses at Maple Creek, Abilene, and CedarBrook. Gyms such as the 14,000-square-foot fitness center at Berkshire allow members or guests to pump iron or run on treadmills when they aren’t helping their golf balls safely reach the greens by paying golf carts to drink all of the water hazards dry. Although amenities vary at each club, all of Great Life Golf and Fitness’s venues boast a pro shop, and the courses at Berkshire and Prairie View maintain driving ranges where golfers can make golf balls practice flying without their parachutes.
Rod’s Hallmark offers gift-givers a myriad of attractive options, from dainty ornaments and well-crafted glassware to sparkling jewelry. With the holidays a swiftly approaching, ominous glow on the horizon, Hallmark is releasing 100 new Keepsake ornaments ($7.95 and up), with soon-to-be treasured tree-danglers including the Peanuts characters on ice and the Switzerland edition of the Santas Around the World collection. Freshen up your living room or shrine to Ben Stein with autumnal scents from Yankee Candle ($1.99–$24.99). Davinci Jewelry makes the ideal gift for your special anyone, with alluring beads ($6.99), necklaces ($19.99), and bracelets ($10.99) for your perusal. And, of course, Hallmark offers a wide array of gift and greeting cards for virtually every conceivable holiday, from recordable birthday cards to oddly specific missives that congratulate grandmothers on accidentally escaping from maximum-security prison.
Scrub Hub's hygienist wife-and-husband team stocks their shop shelves with new and used medical garb in sizes XXS through 5XL, along with watches and fluttery feather hair extensions. Koi ($15.99–$28), Wink ($12–$20), and Cherokee ($13–$24) scrubs, in a plethora of hues and patterns, happily distract patients from the fact that they're getting a cavity filled or a 20-shot cooties vaccine. Clients can browse the bin of gently used scrubs ($4–$10) or trade-in preloved uniforms for a modest store credit. Geneva timepieces ($12–$18) help take pulses, and feather hair extensions ($6+) streak locks with fun colors and avian calling cards. Scrub Hub shares space with a paintball-supply store, making it a one-stop shop for sharp-shooting nurse practitioners.
As a nationally renowned tutoring program, Sylvan Learning Center helps kids catch up, keep up, and get ahead in school by utilizing a personalized tutoring approach to develop a learned legion of students of all ages. During the initial visit, your child will partake in a Sylvan skills assessment (a $195 value), which highlights any trouble spots or unflattering stripes and serves as a baseline for future progress.
The wireless wizards and service providers at AT&T Authorized Retailers equip phones with a wealth of accessories. An iGo green universal wall charger ($49.99) powers up virtually any phone at home (with corresponding cables, sold separately), and doubles as a battery backup to provide power when wall outlets run dry. Screen-protector two-packs for the Impulse 4G andd Xperia Play keep displays smudge and glare free ($15 each). Alternatively, an AGF leather-inlayed rubber case grants Samsung Galaxy S II's the protection of an iron gauntlet ensconced in a stylish velvet glove, and the Body Glove soft-shell case for Impulse 4G phones offers a smooth gel surface that stows easily without attracting pocket lint or belly-button lint masquerading as pocket lint ($30 each). Throw a party to celebrate newly acquired phone accessories with entertainment provided by an iHome mini-stereo speaker system, featuring two amplified speakers and vacuum bass expansion with a protective carrying case ($49.99).
With over 80,000 readers across southwestern Kansas, The Hutchinson News is the third-largest daily paper in the state. Founded on the fourth of July in 1872, the publication draws from a rich legacy of respected, professional journalism, covering everything happening in the state, from bills making their way through the legislature to current events in small towns and rural counties. National and international stories give readers a wider perspective on the world, and thought-provoking editorial pieces interpret the news from multiple viewpoints. Lifestyle reporting, sports coverage, and special features keep readers in the know with rundowns of high school, college, and pro sporting events, upcoming festivals, and listings for jobs, properties, and sales.