Fairway farers flock to Ascarate Golf Course's practice facilities to hone their swings and improve their all-around golf game. Golfers can begin a bold new training regimen with a punch card for 15 large buckets of practice balls to use at Ascarate's driving range, where grass hitting areas emulate on-course conditions and allow for players to properly bury discarded tees under deep divots. The driving range is also equipped with ample lighting that facilitates late-night practice sessions for gung-ho golfers.
Since 2006, the Women's Fund of El Paso has thrown a glamorous purse-shopping event to raise money to send single mothers and low-income women to college. Power of the Purse 2012 continues this philanthropic tradition, hosting both silent and live auctions of designer and celebrity handbags, plus surprise items rumored to include Santa's enormous clutch. As guests wait to bid on luxurious purses, they sip on drinks, nibble appetizers, and mingle.
Cookie cutters are the bane of Arnold Rodriguez's existence. It's not because they lead to cookies, which can sidetrack even the healthiest eater. Instead, it's what they represent: a one-size-fits-all approach. At his fitness-training facility, Hybrid Fitness, nearly every activity is tailored to individual needs. During one-on-one training, Arnold and his team of certified personal trainers propel clients toward goals with custom-built workouts performed at a location of their choice. Markedly non-cookie cutter boot camps and other group-training classes adopt a team approach to exercise, which can motivate participants to run faster, jump higher, and lift more weight than Clifford the Dog’s pooper scooper. The staff also offers online training programs, which accommodate exercisers with weekly workouts, nutritional guidance, and unlimited access to trainers via phone, text, or email.
With 47 seasons of quality, not-for-profit community theater tucked into its curtain belt, the El Paso Playhouse brings a homegrown local flair to Robert Anderson’s four-part comedy about the farcical perils of interpersonal communication. Directed by stagecraft savant Jonathan Schwind, this uproarious production runs on weekends from May 20 to June 11, with 8 p.m. shows on Fridays and Saturdays and a 2 p.m. show on Sundays. As the play progresses through its seemingly unrelated acts, audience members are treated to fresh revelations on life and relationships that range from the hilarious hurdles of childrearing to the charming complications of love in old age.
Glistening crabmeat, avocado, and cream cheese lay atop a bed of rice in an artful, rectangular array, like an edible piece of abstract art. With swift hand gestures, the sushi chef lifts one side of the rectangle and begins to roll it up, transforming it into a cylinder that shows no immediate evidence that fresh fish and vegetables are hidden inside. Sushi chefs perform this and even more intricate sushi rolling techniques all day at Susaki, coming up with fantastical presentations and pet names for their specialty rolls. Back in the kitchen, the rest of the culinary team grills steaks and seafood with teriyaki sauces and spices, letting their scents waft into the contemporary dining room to announce their arrival. Among angular walls and black leather banquettes, DJs spin tunes each weekend, filling the space with high-energy beats while diners recline in the low-lit lounge amid flat screen TVs and enjoy custom drinks from the full bar.