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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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.
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.
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.