The critters at Wild Adventures Zoo range from the familiar—turtles, hedgehogs, and geckos—to more exotic species such as kinkajous and blue-tongued skinks, but they all have one thing in common: they are in need of human care. Some of these animals were injured in the wild and some were neglected as house pets, but the staff of volunteers cares for each of them equally. The zoo is raising the funds it needs to open to the public, but that hasn't stopped the staff from sharing the animals' stories with the greater community. The Zoo to You program takes rescued animals on the road to schools and scout meetings to raise awareness about exotic animals.
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Hot desert air churns in from the distant dusty hills, but it’s given no quarter at Destination Academy Cosmetology School. Here, turquoise walls and porthole-shaped mirrors evoke the feel of a vessel bobbing in the water of a cool oasis. Though the spa-salon’s windows reveal sweeping views of the mountains, its private treatment rooms shield clients from the desert sun with candlelight, tubs big enough for two, and a choice of seven kinds of aromatherapy including french lavender and new handbag. On the second floor, expert stylists—some of whom may be alumni of Destination Academy, the salon’s nationally accredited training program—use Moroccanoil and Pureology to shape cuts to individual faces and style preferences.
Certified trainers and coaches Chris Lewis and Mike Alexander of Summerlin CrossFit like to mix up their workout routines. They're passionately driven to help their students lead healthier lifestyles, and work toward that goal by developing a regimen of workouts that change daily. On any given day, they might push participants to lift weights, toss medicine balls back and forth, or conquer exercises inspired by gymnastics or track-and-field routines. They modify the workouts to be challenging yet achievable for exercisers of all ability levels, making CrossFit ideal for those committed to getting in shape for the first time and elite athletes alike. To help new CrossFitters acclimate to the workouts' functional movements and basic exercises, Chris and Mike coach them through an introductory series of On-Ramp classes, after which they can safely join regular sessions already knowing the top-secret handshakes.
Goodwill towards man goes hand in hand with a cold pint of good beer, a fact not lost on the organizers of Sin City Beer Fest—a regular celebration of fermented beverages that raises money for local charities. On-hand beers come courtesy of breweries from around the world, with regular contributors that include Yanjing Beer in China, Mortiz in Barcelona, and Lost Coast Brewery in Northern California. Guests enjoy floral hops and refreshing bubbles in swanky environs throughout the city, mingling in poolside cabanas, verdant courtyards, and the Denny's that Frank Sinatra classed up by accidentally haunting.
Established in 1980 and nationally accredited by the NECPA, Creative Kids Learning Center fosters the development of children aged 18 months to 12 years while meeting each of the standards set forth by the "10 Signs of a Great Preschool." Inside colorful classrooms or outside on playgrounds, inspiration flows freely as kids participate in a curriculum that features such subjects as initiative, music and movement, and creative representation. The center's hands-on philosophy emphasizes five key components, including professionalism and education, which consistently shine through the words and actions of a staff that is certified in first aid, CPR, and refereeing wrestling matches between imaginary friends. Safety and health are also cornerstones of the business, resulting in toys, equipment, and classrooms being sanitized frequently.
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.