As owner of Aspen Fitness, Matthew Grill teaches students to live healthier, more active lives in four simple steps. But he believes the most important aspect of training happens before the first session even begins. He's talking about the decision to fit fitness into one's hectic schedule, and he aims to make that goal as easy as possible. That's why he holds at least 35 group fitness classes a month, including Zumba and RIPPED Yoga, as well as 30 specialty classes from CrossFit training to MMA conditioning, in which you have to knock the weights unconscious before trying to lift them.
Equipment: Life Fitness, Star trac, Matrix
Students should bring: Yoga Mat
Average class length: 60 minutes
Number of Staff: 1–5
Class location: Mix of indoor and outdoor classes
Registration required: No
Good for beginners: Yes
Guests allowed: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
The Sylvester family had bartending in its blood. Whether it was Uncle Mickey holding court with 40 years' worth of regulars or Tony Sr. mixing one of his signature Skip and Go Nakeds, they exemplified the easy grace and no-nonsense craftsmanship found in a true barman's barman. That dedication to well-poured drinks carried over to Tony Jr., who has spent the last 35 years training mixologists nationwide through the curriculum of his ABC Bartending Schools. Taught behind fully functional bars, his courses educate students in topics ranging from drink recipes and equipment setup to flair moves and alcohol awareness. His schools also emphasize employment; after graduation, students can take advantage of a nationwide job placement service to land gigs in Miami nightclubs, Las Vegas casinos, or the bar cars of Chicago's El trains.
As they enter the training circle at Curves, 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, 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.
Staples of the Southern California community since 1978, the artisans at Arrowhead Camur Stained Glass have dedicated themselves to beautifying rooms by designing, creating, and installing custom stained-glass pieces. Their craftwork can be found filling windows, home entryways, and even kitchen-cabinet doors, catching rays of sunlight and casting warm, vibrant glows throughout spaces. Additionally, the staff helps hobbyists create their own pieces by selling the necessary tools and supplies and leading introductory classes for beginners seeking hands-on experience.
"I am artistry"—that's the translation of Je M'appelle Artistry, as well as owner Shonny's philosophy. Shonny works as a photographer, designer, and instructor, often combining all three passions. Snapping photos with her Nikon D600, she captures intimate boudoir scenes, romantic wedding images, and fanciful kids' shots, focusing on portraits. She extends this love of portraits into group or private workshops, where students learn to incorporate natural light and elements into their pictures. Her photos have been published in the cloth-diapering book Changing Diapers; she also designs her own cloth-diaper and clothing patterns.
The Corona Symphony Conservatory was born out of necessity. A group of string musicians realized that local band programs—while great at showcasing brass, woodwinds, and whatever that thing is in the conductor's hand—didn't give attention to violins, violas, or cellos. So, these talented musicians-turned-instructors designed a complete music curriculum for players of all skill levels. Today, they emphasize classical music in small group classes, teaching proper technique and music theory. Corona Symphony Conservatory is also home to a large performance ensemble, who shares their passion with the community at large.