Movies 8’s towering vertical sign flashes its red letters and pastel colors at passersby, enticing them to step inside and enjoy a night at the cinema. In the lobby, black-and-white checkered tiles, pink and orange walls, and neon signs hark back to the 1950s, when ladies often wore polka-dot dresses and gentlemen still slicked back their pompadours with crude motor oil. Before feasting their eyes on recently released blockbusters stretched across the silver screen, moviegoers line up at the snack counter, where an old-fashioned menu displays the theater’s bounty of popcorns, snacks, and drinks. Once movies let out, guests can test their button-mashing mettle in Movies 8’s arcade, which has its own separate nook.
Professor Gallop Franklin shuns half measures. Not content to settle on one black belt, he trotted headlong into four—one in goju karate, one in tae kwon do, one in tang soo do, and one in nisei goju. A devoted martial artist since 1963, Gallop pulls from his lifetime of training and instructional experience to lead karate classes at his dojo, Gallop’s Karate. Red and blue mats stretch across the floor of a facility more than 2,000 square feet, where he and his staff of kick-smart martial artists lead students of all ages through karate techniques and training exercises, aiming to enhance physical fitness levels while building confidence and discipline. The instructors infuse adult classes with rigorous drills of functional exercises—a regimen described by reporters from Tallahassee Magazine as “a mind-boggling number of jumping jacks, pushups, karate sit-ups and leg lifts.”
In addition to traditional karate classes, trainers also conduct an energetic boot-camp program that combines martial arts movements with high-intensity exercises. The staff hosts a daily after-school program as well, where they engage youngsters in crafts, games, and karate lessons. They offer students assistance in homework, help them study for tests, and lend constructive feedback on their performance art pieces expressing anguish over bad cafeteria food.
The certified trainers at Women's World lead females through more than 45 muscle-sculpting classes a week, conditioning bodies in a supportive, ladies-only gym environment. Biceps crunch to the beat during Les Mills, such as Bodypump, which works major muscle groups with an assist from barbells, and Bodystep, which spurs feet to stomp up, over, and around a step, providing a glute-lifting workout to render uncomfortable bum brassieres obsolete. Instructors invoke hot and Ashtanga yoga traditions, guiding limbs and torsos during sessions that improve balance and flexibility, and PiYo extends appendages using Pilates and yoga and then adds a drop of dynamic movement that, like mistaking a large cat for a panther, adds a burst of cardio to the routine. Workouts transform into parties during cardio dance classes, such as the hip-hop-and-kickboxing fusion Turbo Kick or the Latin-influenced Zumba. In addition to a venue for collective perspiration, Women's World also has a selection of cardio and weightlifting equipment for femmes to use when operating on a solo schedule.
Designed by the late Dean Refram, a former PGA Tour pro and course architect who worked with Arnold Palmer, The Golf Club at Summerbrooke's 18-hole, par 72 course bounds over a diverse landscape of rolling hills, dense groves of trees, and waterways and ravines. Measuring 6,845 yards from the farthest tees, the course begins with a relatively open, par 4 first hole, graciously letting duffers find their groove before hitting into tighter fairways and treacherous tree lines. An 80-foot-deep ravine surrounds the green of the par 3 15th, which marks the beginning of the three-hole Contemplation Corner, a climactic gauntlet that challenges clubbers with forced carries, bottomless ravines, and burbling water hazards. A relaxing finishing hole, the par 5 18th settles the nerves, letting golfers swing freely as their pin-hunting odyssey draws to a close.
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Tallahassee Little Theatre is a 61 year old non-profit community theatre. We stage about 10 productions a year and are located in the heart of Tallahassee at 1861 Thomasville Road, Tallahassee, FL 32303. For more information and to check out the rest of our current season, head to: www.tallahasseelittletheatre.org