The Wounded Warrior Project lays down a gauntlet of goodwill with the first annual Walk for Warriors Charlotte event, a 4.5-, 7.5-, or 15-mile jaunt in support of U.S. soldiers. Before they set off at the 9 a.m. start time, walkers can visit the Honor Station, where participants pay respect to a military member by having his or her name written on their walk shirt or aerodynamic catsuit. A course map charts the stroll’s progress as it journeys past a small lake, two Clif Bar snack stations, and three water stations before tumbling across the finish line to a provided boxed lunch. Everyone who crosses the finish gets a Believe in heroes dog tag, and all walkers who complete the 7.5- or 15-mile loops enter into a raffle for a 37-inch flat-screen television, perfect for propping open windows when the smoke alarm goes off. Along with live entertainment and games for kids, the event features raffles that award race gear, gift certificates to local restaurants, and tickets to sporting events. Participants may register and pick up packets two days before the event by checking the schedule of events for an idea of when and where to do so, and the first 50 people to purchase today’s deal will receive a free water bottle.
When Larisa Hall was born, the doctors were not sure she'd ever be able to walk. She was born with severely clubbed feet and spent the next nine months wearing casts on both legs. But within six months, Larisa was up on her feet; and by the time she was five, she had discovered dance and never wanted to stop. Dancing proved to be a useful physical therapy—helping her gain coordination and overcome ankle pain.
Spurred on by her own triumph, Larisa founded Tap Fever Studios with the belief that everyone—no matter their age or level of ability—should have the opportunity to dance. To that end, she holds workshops for the hearing and listening impaired, as well as those who are developmentally disabled. Larisa also recently created a new method of dance called hand tap, which allows people with limited mobility to use special gloves and a wooden board to tap out rhythms while seated.
SDOF’s Ocean in Motion snorkeling camp introduces underserved students between the ages of 6 and 17 to the aquatic world with a first-hand snorkeling expedition. With a three-to-one student-to-staff ratio, novice divers begin excursions with a lesson on common sea creatures and organisms, exploring their habitats and survival strategies. Students then learn basic snorkeling techniques, don their gear, and practice in a shallow environment before diving in for a fully submersed view of a rocky-reef area. Led by marine-biologist instructors, swimmers can observe fish, invertebrates, and algae drifting along the currents, while wrapped safely in thick wetsuits and diving equipment provided by the Roddenberry Dive Team. Trips conclude with a brainstorming session on ways students can minimize human impact on the sea and protect natural environs. SDOF has set a goal to fund a snorkeling day camp for 25 young students.
Colossal cuisine portions tip the scales of both locations' menus. The fresh spring rolls ($5.50) burst at their rice-paper seams with vegetables, tofu, and shrimp and come served with a peanut sauce, perfect for dipping and liquid-diet elephants. Poultry patrons can cast a vote for the panang curry chicken ($7.50), which mixes coconut milk with sweet, spicy, and thick curry, adorned with plump bell peppers, sweet pineapple, and affable basil. In the realm of classic tastes, the pad see iew ($7.50) allows noncommittal noodlers the choice of thin rice noodles or flat noodles with a savory synthesis of chicken, broccoli, carrots, egg, and sweet black sauce. The kitchen team can spicy up your dish as sweltering as your devil-may-care tongue can handle, and in emergencies, smoldering stamp-lickers can be extinguished with a tasty Thai iced tea ($1.95).
Licensed aesthetician Jenny Sampson clears skin of unwanted hair and blackheads and combats paleness with a collection of skin services. Using Rhonda Allison skincare products, she performs custom facials that help remove dead skin cells and sleepover graffiti from the skin’s surface. Her swift hand also swipes unwelcome strands of hair from the body, leaving behind smooth skin to be coated in a sun-kissed bronze from head to toe with airbrush tanning.