The volunteers—who are called in by police officers, paramedics, firefighters, or hospital personnel—assist family members and other witnesses by providing emotional support, helping arrange necessary follow-up services, and notifying family and friends of the crisis. Volunteers can also work as liaisons between victims and emergency or hospital authorities, and they provide information, referrals, and other resources to ensure that individuals receive ongoing assistance. They also supply these trauma survivors with useful resource guides containing support-group and counseling recommendations, funeral-planning assistance, contact information for crisis hotlines, and other valuable information.
A sea-centric oasis in the heart of the desert, Texas Star Oyster Bar serves up a tongue-tantalizing menu of fresh fish dishes and stiff signature cocktails inspired by taste traditions stretching from the Bayou to the Gulf. Begin your culinary quest with a Texas mai tai, Malibu rum and a hint of Southern Comfort mingling with orange and pineapple juice in a geometrically challenged 10-gallon hat ($7.50). Next, slurp down a half dozen fresh oysters on the half shell ($11), or throw back an edible shooter such as the tequila madness, an oyster lounging with Sauza tequila, spicy tomato juice, and fresh lime in a shot glass ($4). Entrees include hearty classics such as New Orleans gumbo ($18), as well as lighter options including the mediterranean salmon sautéed with olive oil, white wine, tomato, capers, and basil ($16).
A long silver limousine pulls up and releases a flurry of energetic moppets, who make their way down a red carpet to the front doors. Though this may seem like a scene from Nickelodeon's Teen Choice Awards, it's an everyday occurrence at Make Me a Star Studios, where aspiring superstars' dreams of the famous life can be realized.
At the studio, beauty experts sculpt coifs and gloss guises to get them ready for the camera. Then, against a green-screen backdrop, celebrities-in-progress strike poses as flashbulbs pop or perform choreography for music videos. Though activities are geared toward kids aged 7–14, grown folk often find themselves headbanging or electric sliding during sessions and can join in if they wish.
Party packages guarantee exclusive access to Make Me a Star Studios' enclave. The Reality Party gives kids glimpses into the true lives of superstars by bouncing them between scheduled interviews, performances, and photo shoots. Unexpected bumps in the road—which may include a limousine breakdown or publication of recent spelling tests in the Enquirer—challenge youngsters to make it to appearances on time and without losing their cool.