Stitch-It Central equips crafters of all abilities with an extensive supply of raw materials and stitching tools. Felt appliqué Christmas stockings add whimsy to winter hearths ($32.49–$35.61), and bamboo knitting needles imbue any sweater, scarf, or garter-stitched disguise with an organic element ($4.95–$9.68). A pair of Dimensions cross-stitch baby bibs serves as a more creative gift than a humdrum jetpack ($18.75), and Crewel embroidery kits enhance walls with frameable finger feats ($28.75–$41.50). Like dismantling a timed explosive, needlework is best completed when accompanied by precise instruction, so bring any masterpiece-to-be to the free in-house Sit'n Stitch Group on Saturdays and Sundays from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.
There isn't an age requirement when it comes to being a rock star. At Studio Arts Academy & Rock School, students as young as 6 weeks old can learn music basics in the Music Together class, an early childhood program that taps into children's innate musical abilities, such as twins crying in two-part harmony. Older youngsters can head to band programs such as Little Rockers?a fun-filled class that explores percussion, keyboards, and singing?and Rock School, which helps participants hone in on which instrument they want to master should they join a band or score all of their conversations.
Award-winning artist Vanessa Garcia helps kids harness their inner artist during fun, interactive classes that foster creativity and
new friendships. Organized by age, kids from 3 to 12 can create mixed media pieces, painting, and oragami for invisible friends during classes held throughout the week.
Marty “The Health Guy” Menard, a fitness guru who makes regular appearances on The Shauna Rae Show to dole out fitness tips and tricks, has brought the one-on-one personal-training experience to a small-group setting at Live360. Clients get the same fitness results lifting kettlebells, performing TRX resistance training, and cycling in the group sessions, which are cheaper than private training sessions and don’t require the client to gaze into the piercing eyes of the trainer without interruption. Exercisers can still take advantage of custom workout plans by completing the 360 Assessment, which determines which advanced fat-loss cardio workouts and resistance-training regimens work for their specific goals. Live360 then tracks their progress.
Its nutritionists and coaches work together to fuel bodies with an online meal planner that has more than 17,000 recipes. They also recommend Live360’s online meal tracker, which helps you identify the number of calories you consume eating your favorite foods and chewing on your hair.
Reflecting on this childhood, Chris Keating sometimes feels as if he didn't exist. His parents' divorce left him with very little tangible evidence of his formative years, so he's spent his adult life as a photographer making sure children can look back fondly at warm family memories. Chris Keating and his Calgary staff have made this a reality for more than 3,000 families since opening the doors to Towne Photography in 2006. There, the professional photographic crew shoots posed and candid shots of families, children, couples, and babies at picturesque parks or against their studio backdrops, and they also snap triumphant graduate portraits, intimate prenatal shots, and provocative passport pics that make border crossing a breeze. Their ironclad guarantee allows unsatisfied clients to request reshoots, reprints, or resizing on all photographs, and they vow to remake or recapture any artwork that sustains damage over the years. Chris also takes his photographic knowledge on the road to conduct Betterphoto Workshops across the United States and Canada, teaching novice photographers how to artistically preserve their most precious memories.