Over the course of his long and prolific career, Walt Disney became synonymous not just with the artist, inventor, and movie maker he was, but with a whole cast of beloved characters. From Mickey Mouse to Mary Poppins, The Walt Disney Family Museum celebrates how Walt's highly animated imagination and tireless pursuit of innovation "helped define 20th-century America," as visitors get to know Walt through 40,000-square-feet packed full of his early drawings, animations, movies, and listening stations, with clips narrated in Walt's own voice. Through these exhibits, visitors can peer into Walt's world, and understand the successes, failures, and unmatched imagination of the man who brought animation to life.
Not unlike Disney's pioneering films, the museum's 10 galleries weave together state-of-the-art technology and history into an immersive experience. Early drawings and animation demonstrate the first seeds of inspiration; examples of multiplane camera cranes spotlight technological advances and the Disneyland of Walt?s imagination. A museum store stocks vintage Disney plushes and prints, and a Fantasia-themed theater complete with heavily padlocked broom closet shows Disney classics six days a week.
Through their lineup of Green Tea Plus beverages, nonprofit partnerships, and a steadfast commitment to environmental sustainability, Live Ultimate dedicates itself to improving the quality of life both inside and around us. Ever-mounting scientific research points to green tea as a promising source for natural health rich with antioxidants that help prevent rust from forming in bodies. The company celebrates healthy living by organizing charitable runs at scenic destinations across the country that benefit both participants and nonprofit campaigns, such as Share our Strength’s No Kid Hungry initiative, which aims to connect the more than 16 million children in need with nutritious, healthy food.
Patriotic pomp and personal wellbeing collide at the 4th of July Firecracker Run. To celebrate our nation's independence, runners clad in red, white, and blue zip across downtown Novato, just as George Washington once zipped across the Delaware on America's first jetski. The 4-mile course winds down Grant Street, where the Independence Day parade kicks off after the last runner crosses the finish line.
Having shot more than 30,000 subjects throughout his career as a photographer, including many Silicon Valley business figures, Eric Gould understands how to create a good photo in any setting. His adeptness at communicating with subjects carries into his photography workshops, where he conveys difficult concepts clearly and methodically, saving students from such rookie mistakes as shooting with the lens cap on or turning the flash on while taking pictures of your imaginary friend's third grade graduation. In his own photo sessions, he frames professional clients in business portraits and headshots, high-school seniors in youthful poses, athletes in midaction, and a wide spectrum of people and places encountered on international travels.
The Ridge Trail Council is a Bay Area nonprofit organization that seeks to join all Bay Area communities with 500 miles of multiuse trails. A yearlong family membership entitles two adults and their children to benefits as stunning as the panoramic vistas of the great outdoors. With advanced registration to popular trail events such as the multi-sport Ridge to Bridge, a marathon event that includes food and water and is next scheduled for April 2011, you won't need to plaintively wander over the trail's foggy, thicketed scalper meadow when the event inevitably sells out. Trail guidebooks are included with each membership, so families can set out on precisely planned pilgrimages. Members are also admitted to member-only natural odysseys such as the Presidio Solstice Ramble, a hike each winter solstice that includes free hors d'oeuvres and beverages, which is preferable to standard solstice traditions of bearing witness to chipmunks' annual temporary powers of speech, self-awareness, and attorney. Special offers such as free event registration and gratis hiking gear are also available to members and are relayed via a biannual newsletter, Facebook, and Twitter.