Whether they're teaching music-and-movement classes to infants or leading high-school gymnastics, Tumble Wee & Dance's instructors strive to foster a love of movement and activity. Their diverse class roster includes hip-hop, ballet and tap, and gymnastics classes, and they also lead students in a competitive dance program that performs across California and Arizona.
To keep the spirit of its musical roots ever near, House of Blues Houston keeps a metal box of mud from the Delta Mississippi beneath its stage and proudly displays the traditional crazy quilt. As the only venue in the revered chain to be built vertically rather than free floating, House of Blues Houston stands as a pillar of entertainment in the Houston Pavilions complex. The hot spot’s Bronze Peacock Room commemorates Houston's rich history and the blues clubs where Lightnin' Hopkins and Big Mama Thornton held sway, and features an enormous hand-painted mural depicting other local legends such as Albert Collins and Johnny "Guitar" Watson.
Waistlines shrink and muscles clench inside the Aztec Recreation Center and Aquaplex's combined 86,000-square-foot collection of swimming pools, strength machines, cardio equipment, and group classes. Visitors brush up beach bodies on the fitness room's stable of Cybex and Icarian circuit machines, and a clanging of metal to rival robot slap fights arises from the weight room's collection of Hammer Strength machines and free weights. When patrons aren't breaking a sweat on one of the cardio room's more than 90 TV-equipped stair climbers, elliptical machines, or treadmills, they can pick up yoga and Zumba moves in any of 60 weekly group classes. Other nooks of the sprawling complex let guests crash the boards on four multi-purpose ball courts, stoke scientific progress by dropping apples from a 30-foot climbing wall, and flutter-kick through the Aquaplex's solar-heated swimming areas.
Fifth-degree black belt Dave Goldberg studied aikido in Japan for three and a half years. Today, he and his team at Aikido of San Diego relay his teachings to teens and adults during three types of aikido classes: Foundations, which is a beginners' course; Form & Flow, which introduces essential techniques; and Form & Flow + Sticks, which incorporates weapons. Since the venue and date have already been reserved for the 2045 Aikido Championships, the dojo also teaches the next generation of aikido artists during youth classes for ages 5–12.
The Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center is a 12.4-acre family support, education, recreation, and cultural arts center, made possible by a generous gift by the late philanthropist Mrs. Joan Kroc. With a gymnasium, climbing wall, fitness center, indoor skate park, education center, theatre, preschool, family resource center, and NHL-regulation indoor ice arena, the Kroc Center resembles a miniature city more than a community center. The state-of-the-art campus provides opportunities that facilitate positive, life-changing experiences through art, athletics, personal development, spiritual discovery, and community service. The facility's ice surface hosts public ice-skating sessions, group and private skating lessons, hockey classes, and drop-in, youth, and adult hockey leagues.
Opened in 2002, the San Diego Kroc Center became the first of 27 nationwide community buildings erected by The Salvation Army as part of a project funded by philanthropist Joan Kroc, wife of McDonald’s founder Ray Kroc. Mrs. Kroc donated $87 million to fund construction of the first center, and left $1.5 billion to The Salvation Army when she passed away in 2003 to build 26 more. At the time, this was the largest philanthropic gift ever given to any single charity at one time.