New Vista supports individuals with intellectual disabilities such as autism, Down syndrome, and Prader-Willi syndrome. The organization tailors its techniques, therapies, and methods to each individual, with the goal of helping them reach a higher level of independence. Its group homes offer a welcoming and residential-like setting with staff members onsite 24 hours a day, and it also runs a youth program that supports children with intellectual disabilities and educates their families. New Vista offers skills training, ranging from cooking and cleaning to job development, to assist individuals in becoming self-aware community members. To help fund its programs, the organization also operates a thrift store that is open to the wider community and helps to fund its programs.
At one lab station, an interim investigator carefully examines bullet casings. At another, single strands of hair deliver the DNA samples necessary to send a suspect to imaginary prison for a long, long time. Around every shadowy corner of CSI: The Experience, the latest recruits in forensic science slide into the latex gloves or behind the majestic mustaches of popular TV characters to solve crimes through interactive detective work.
A total of 15 lab stations harbor the evidence of three murders, each of which throws multiple suspects into the mix to trip up investigations. Videos featuring cast members and real-life scientists provide guidance throughout analyses, and afterward, newly established sleuths receive certification by prying an official CSI: The Experience diploma from the cold, lifeless hands of their email inbox.
Scooter's Pub keeps sports fans feisty by serving up peeper-pleasing match-ups on its 20 flat-screen TVs and game-tested eats on its extensive menu. Kick off chew-a-thons with toothsome appetizers, such as fire-roasted artichokes ($8.75), hand-breaded chicken fingers ($6.99), or the ahi threesome––a harmonious trio of blackened, spicy tartar, and crispy ponzu ahi famous for it’s a capella rendition of "Mr. Sandman" ($12.95). For hearty half-time shows, entrees such as the house specialty Cajun penne pasta, a white sauce-topped hoard of sausage, chicken, and shrimp, ($14.95) and the pastrami-covered char-burger ($9.50), leave mouths mellow, while 1 of 69 varieties of beer keep whistles amply whetted for ref heckling. Cap off victorious dinner bouts with desserts, including the root beer float ($2.95) or deep-fried oreos ($4.50).
Occupying 13,000 square feet, Desert Gymcats is just plain gigantic. The high-end gymnastics and dance training facility for children under 18 years old offers a full-size, in-ground trampoline, Olympic specification gymnastics equipment, such as the vault, uneven bars, and balance beams, and an in-ground landing pit filled with cotton candy. Additionally, a spacious onsite dance studio offers a mirror-lined space where students can take tap, jazz, and ballet to improve their coordination and posture. This massive amount of resources makes Desert Gymcats an ideal place for kids to train, work out, and build strength as they also gain flexibility and increase their confidence.
Led by Stacy Carrero, who has a masters in education and has owned Gymcats since 1976, the staff are all safety-certified USA gymnastics instructors, and teach everything from preschool-age tumbling classes to advanced cheer sessions.. And in addition to recreational classes, Desert Gymcats offers competitive team training as well to help students take their gymnastics skills to the next level.
Bathed in ruby light from lights hanging overhead, a sushi chef slices salmon, tuna, and yellowtail sashimi behind Lucky Fish's brown lacquered bar. The delicate creations share space on a menu of pan-Asian specialties, including broiled salmon, kalbi short ribs slathered in korean barbecue sauce, and green mussels baked in Lucky Fish's specialty sauce. Guests share their sushi rolls and udon noodles surrounded by walls decorated with schools of fish, a ship's anchor, a DVD of Das Boot, and other nautical accents.
From within Icon Salon Spa, licensed aesthetician Cynthia Thompson keeps bods in elegant shape with eyelash extensions, body waxing, and skincare services geared toward treating acne and blemishes. Though a recent graduate of aesthetic school, Cynthia continues to hone her craft by attending continuing-education courses and practicing each of her services blindfolded every day.