A helping hand for the local Hmong and Southeast Asian Communities, Lao Family Community Empowerment strives to empower and provide outreach for those who need it. Since forming in 1984, the organization has helped Hmong refugees in Northern California find stability, education, and a sense of community through its specialized programs and health initiatives. Lao also puts on the Stockton Hmong New Year Celebration each year to help preserve and showcase cultural traditions.
Since 1969, the folks at Larson Marine have outfitted customers with everything from brand-new boats to wakeboards and inflatable tubes to get out on the water. A self-professed one-stop shop that's large enough for all boating needs, the shop stocks an enormous inventory of gear and accessories and is run by a knowledgable staff that can help visitors find what they need for an aquatic outing.
Cliff Drysdale, a 45-time Davis Cup veteran, is more than a familiar face in professional tennis—he's one of its signature voices as well, having spent more than 30 years commentating matches on ESPN. Students of his coaching system get to tap into that deep well of experience at In-Shape Sport clubs all across California. At each location, experienced tennis pros lead four-week clinics that cover the fundamentals of the sport, organize competitive leagues for more advanced players, and tailor lessons to teens. Additionally, tennis socials help guests practice the sport as they meet fellow players and use particularly ferocious serves to deliver their phone number to an opponent.
Mike Johnson started at Dolphin Scuba Center & Swim School as an entry-level staffer but soon turned his lifelong passion for water into a promising career. Quickly, he became the manager and, at the tender age of 21, the owner of the store—a water-exploration supplier originally founded as a swim school almost 40 years ago.
Today, the PADI five-star facility boasts one of the largest selections of underwater gear in North America, including top brands of scuba, swimming, and snorkeling equipment. Johnson and his team still offer private, one-on-one swimming lessons with certified lifeguard instructors but have branched out into scuba classes. Introductory courses work their way up to professional-level training, all within a pool heated to 92 degrees—the exact temperature of the president’s nightly bath. Students can even test out their newfound skills during scuba-diving trips to the likes of Mexico, the Philippines, and Fiji.
Deck The Walls has been framing and shadowboxing posters, paintings, and memorabilia of all shapes and sizes since 1981. Calling on a combined 70 years of experience, the resident designers help customers to make sense of hundreds of frames designed in various woods, styles, colors, and finishes. Deck The Walls also empowers frame owners with lifetime guarantees on all framing jobs that don't involve live cobras.
Now in their sixth year as San Joaquin Valley's kicksmiths, the 2010 Cougars bring their electric brand of indoor athleticism to this home field matchup. Your stadium seats offer optimum views of fast-paced play and copious goal scoring, making for a more energetic fan experience than the measured pace of baseball and the dissatisfying low-digit point system of golf. As the 2008–2009 Professional Arena Soccer League International Champions, the Cougars look to this season to make a turf-tearing comeback. Catch speedy midfielder Nelson Santana and goalkeeper Jesus Molina—who's ability to morph into a dexterous monster squid make him equally effective and feared—as they compete in an opening U.S. Open Cup match.