Since the first vines began to climb across Hamilton Oaks Winery in 1989, Ron and Connie Tamez worked with a dedication to craft a selection of fine wines. Having sworn off pesticides and herbicides, the two collaborated with ladybugs and red-tailed hawks that thrive by devouring crop-threatening pests.
Visitors to the Hamilton Oaks Winery are welcome to sample varietals such as chardonnay, zinfandel, and cabernet sauvignon during tastings at the historic farmhouse, which has been on the land since the 1920s. Those fields also contain an orchard and mission and malbec grapevines. The space holds up to 400 people, and it's sometimes available for weddings and other events.
Nicole Howard and Cara Fraser both studied dance at California State University Long Beach, so it wasn't a stretch for either of them to pick up the controlled, graceful movements of Pilates. But once they did, they were hooked. They earned their BASI certifications for Pilates and ultimately opened Align Pilates Center. There, the duo and their staff teach the core-focused workouts to kids and adults in rooms equipped with Pilates mats and apparatuses. Exercisers can supplement the main workouts with posture- and flow-based yoga or Gyrokinesis workouts. Adding to the welcoming and communal vibe that's inherent in exercises such as Pilates and yoga, the center has an art gallery that showcases local artwork.
The Toro Loco Challenge fuses the arts of mud running, obstacle navigation, and adventure into twin courses––one competitive and one recreational. On the Raging Bull path, challengers hurtle through muddy terrain while confronting obstacles such as ziplines and spinning balance beams. On the 5K Leisurely Longhorn Course, dogs and children run along with racers over ropes and puddles. Music fills the air at the finish line, and prizes are awarded to the boldest costumes, the most spirited teams, and the most nimble pups. Proceeds from the Toro Loco Challenge will benefit the Petfinder Foundation, and adoptable dogs will be on hand throughout the event.
Adam's Falconry Service began as a way to use bred and trained raptors control wild-bird populations at beaches, vineyards, landfills, and other places where concentrated avian infestations proved hazardous to human heath. Of course, such a business model requires well-trained birds, and well-trained birds provide a unique opportunity for people to interact with the predators of the sky. During one-hour experiences, the master falconers help visitors learn more about falcons and hawks, hold the birds, and see the hunters in action.
Founded in June 2009, South Coast Roller Derby is South Orange County’s only quad-skating roller derby league. SCRD is an all-female, flat track league run by a volunteer force of skaters and league members committed to promoting and raising awareness for women's roller derby that is run “by the skaters, for the skaters”. A
Monkey bars glint in the sun, surrounded by a grassy expanse and a line of giddy guests waiting their turn in line. But these jungle-gym enthusiasts aren?t children?they?re the muscular boot campers in Training Camp?s expansive backyard. In the verdant field, certified trainers lead small, motivated groups through a Cross Training workout of the day, challenging them with sprints around the 1/8?mile track, ropes that hang from lofty trees, or lifting weights in the outdoor weight room. They switch up the routines daily to keep muscles interested, and they scale exercises to suit the fitness levels of all guests.
Training Camp?s instructors also move inside the 4,000-square-foot facility to lead hot-yoga classes. They modify moves within an exposed-brick and soft-floor studio, helping students deepen their stretch as hot air loosens muscles. When not in classes, students can unwind in the smoothie bar and lounge, sinking into the cozy leather couches and awaiting a turn in the private massage room. As an added convenience, the gym offers complimentary childcare Monday?Friday for infants, toddlers and children of all ages.