Owner Lindsey Cooper founded Identity Dance Company in 2003 as a hip-hop studio that hoped to involve the community and provide a creative outlet with movement-based classes. Since then, the studio has expanded its scope and has begun to teach styles ranging from ballet to breakdance for all age groups. Lindsey's current staff—including several professional performers and three of Mikhail Baryshnikov's closest imaginary friends—oversees instructional training for performance groups as well as recreational sessions. The studio includes two separate practice spaces, which host group classes and private lessons throughout the week.
One of the largest species of Pacific salmon, the chinook is prized among fishermen for its vivid color and distinct claw-like mouth. And like most animals, it's ready to fight anything come spawning season. Not one to be deterred, second-generation guide Vance Marshall takes anglers out in his 16-foot aluminum drift boat to catch these mettlesome chinook, as well as steelhead trout and other seasonal species that run up the McKenzie, Siuslaw, Umpqua, and Willamette Rivers. He also equips seasoned outdoorsmen with spinning and bait-casting rigs before journeying into the waters framed by Oregon's verdant evergreens himself.
The seasoned head guide of Oregon River Excursions and the McKenzie River are worthy adversaries. Armed with 10 years of guiding experience and secure rafts, he leads groups down through portions of the river's churning rapids on full-day excursions. On trips, rafters come ashore for a fully catered lunch or to test whether their arms have turned into flippers yet.
Splash! at Lively Park provides Oregon residents with safe, warm year-round access to watery fun. The venue features a waterslide, a flooded basketball court, lap pool, and a wave pool, amongst more relaxing activities such as splashing in the pool or enjoying a hot tub. Splash! participates in local outreach programs, such as providing swimming lessons for every fourth-grader in the Springfield school district. The enormous space accommodates rentals for events with up to 1,000 people, dishing hot eats to fill bellies from its concessions stand. During warmer months, the outside playground and sundeck provide places to soak up sunshine and feel the sea-driven breeze.
After years spent navigating the McKenzie River, the guides at McKenzie River Adventures struck upon the ideal 7-mile stretch: 28 rapids, crystal-clear waters, and forest on both shores. Today, they invite people of all ages and levels to experience the thrill of whitewater paddling. In addition to years of rafting experience, the guides tout CPR and first aid certifications as well as river-rescue training. Since they're also skilled instructors, budding paddlers can expect safety and paddling orientations before they shove off. Guides also provide all sojourners with boxed lunches, and will snap photos of rafters en route to catch pet salmon.
Emerald Art Center carves out a community for local artists of all skill levels, showcasing and selling masterworks from neighborhood virtuosos at their gallery and workspace. Contribute time alongside money with a Participating membership, which unlocks the perks of patronage in exchange for one day of gallery hosting per month, or five hours of equivalent service. When not running the show, members pick their way through a variety of rotating and permanent exhibits or introduce their own work to artful eyes during frequent EAC-sponsored member shows. Monthly meetings foster networking opportunities, cultivate creativity, and encourage spontaneous conga lines. Artist biographies, featured on the Emerald website and in the gallery's Artist Bio Book, delightedly divulge factoids and sample images from each member.