Personal Development in South Valley

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At ABQ’s Playroom, barefoot tykes aged 9 and younger tote tiny shopping baskets through the Discovery Zone, a colorful shopping center replete with cashier station and kitchen. The miniature commercial hub reflects ABQ’s Playroom’s mission to furnish young minds with ample opportunities for role-play and interaction with their peers during unstructured playtime. In addition to the shopping center, children can reenact scenes from their favorite Beckett masterpiece at the puppet theater, or tinker with toys and Wii video games at the School Age Clubhouse. Additionally, instructors complement the unstructured playtime with a variety of enrichment classes that explore music, art, and Lego robotics.

8850 Holly Avenue Northeast
Albuquerque,
NM
US

At Sundance Aviation, shimmering fiberglass gliders soar up to 18,000 feet above see level as they cruise over the New Mexico desert. Pilots navigate gliders such as the modern fiberglass Grob 103 high above the air, riding thermal in the summer and mountain wave lifts in the winter. Pilots offer easy-going, scenic tours as well as more acrobatic flights that take passengers on a series of multiple loops, wing-overs, chandelles, and deep stalls.

50 George Applebay Way
Moriarty,
NM
US

Lots of kids start their own lawn-mowing business to earn extra cash. For 12-year-old Ryan Fellows, every neighbor's yard he cut put him closer to buying a shotgun so he could go hunting with his cousins, uncles, and grandfather. As the outdoorsy young man continued hunting, he also dabbled in competitive rifle shooting with his high school's JROTC team. Combining his advanced marksmanship skills with his love of martial arts, Ryan went on to earn multiple training certifications—awarded from institutions such as the state, NRA, and Glock—and applied them toward his own training business, as well as his post of director of US operations for SAFE International.

A self-professed "epitome of an entrepreneur," he also works as a professional photographer. His portfolio is loaded with sports-action shots and portraits of celebrities such as Luciano Pavarotti and Jamie Lee Curtis looking as contemplative and approachable as less-famous people.

16001 Shooting Range Access Road Northwest
Albuquerque,
New Mexico
US

The Range

For lessons that incorporate live-fire training, Sierra3Alpha's instructors teach at local ranges in the area.

The Rentals

Students typically use their own guns during live-fire training. In certain cases?such as private lessons?instructors may supply firearms.

At a Glance

Safety. That is the driving force behind everything Sierra3Alpha does. During its gun-safety classes, a certified instructor covers essential concepts, including firearms storage and proper handling. From there, classes dive into more advanced topics, such as what to do if a firearm malfunctions. Beyond these lecture-based lessons, the instructor can lead group and private live-fire classes for rifles, pistols, and shotguns.

16001 Range Road Southwest
Albuquerque,
NM
US

Tina Tapia, the owner of Adorabella Beauty Academy and of her own salon, knows that hands-on experience is key for students perfecting the arts of cosmetology, barbering, and nail technology. Accordingly, the pupils at Adorabella transform manes and nails under the close supervision and guidance of a licensed instructor. They wield Paul Mitchell products as they color tresses, relax curls, or perm limp locks. Those in the nail-technology program pamper fingertips with nail art, CND manicures, and fiberglass wraps. The academy teaches classes in both English and Spanish, enabling talented students who speak either language to pursue their dreams of speaking either language in the dreams where they are doing Selena's hair.

800 Juan Tabo Blvd NE
Albuquerque,
NM
US

The Range

In addition to classroom sessions, ABQ Fast trains at local indoor and outdoor ranges, such as Albuquerque city range and Los Lunas's outdoor shooting range.

The Rentals

The instructor can supply firearms, ear protection, and eye protection.

At a Glance

It's never too late to learn something new. ABQ Fast's founder Edward Boysel knows this firsthand. At the age of 46, he decided to purchase a handgun and thoroughly study its use. He started shooting targets as a hobby, and after mastering his own skills, he became an NRA-certified CCW instructor. His classes?specifically their accessibility to women?were even featured on the local news.

3321 Candelaria Rd NE Suite 100
Albuquerque,
NM
US