While working as a secondary-school educator, Jarvis Daughrity saw that her students faced immense challenges on their paths to adulthood. She founded Pink Defying Gravity, Inc. to help young women in difficult situations to actuate their abilities and strengths through conferences and mentoring programs. Pink Defying Gravity’s programs include the Gen One! high-school mentoring program, young women’s leadership conferences, and Pink Girls Rock! pods, which help girls develop new philanthropic ideas.
Though their photography and videography has appeared in Sports Illustrated and on CNN, husband-and-wife duo Preston and Holly didn’t develop their skills overnight. Before the advent of digital photography, Preston labored in an old-fashioned darkroom, mastering the ins and outs of his craft, while Holly filmed sporting events at Cypress Ridge High School. As time clicked by one frame at a time, the duo built their skills and their vision, eventually laying the foundation of Injoy Media Productions.
Today, Preston and Holly lead four trained shutterbugs who capture the personalities of families, children, and seniors in their natural habitats—whether that be in a backyard or an aluminum-foil castle. The photographers' specialty, however, remains weddings, and to capture couples' vows and ceremonies they travel across the state and oceans. Snapping their shutters for upward of four hours, camera-wielders preserve memories with prints as large as 16”x20” and commemorative items such as press-printed albums. Meanwhile, two videographers film the proceedings for up to 10 hours before splicing footage into a highlight reel and an edited movie set to music or a choir of sobbing in-laws. To further enliven receptions or other events, Injoy Media Productions rents out photo booths accompanied by trunks of props, unlimited 4”x6” prints, and scrapbooks made onsite.
A stomach-shaking staple of Houston since 1991, the Laff Spot features a range of onstage funnymen and women in the club's intimate, smoke-free Las Vegas–style showroom. Coming attractions include Glendale’s Nick Gaza (May 13–14), whose raunch and paunch has been seen on NBC’s The Biggest Loser; Comedy Central and Loco Comedy Jam veteran Patrick DeGuire (May 20–21), who draws belly laughs with his biting take on family life; weekly LA radio host, The Marijuana-Logues scribe, and ha-ha hero Jimmy Dore (May 27–28); and Billy Gardel, star of CBS sitcom Mike and Molly (date to be scheduled). Previous headliners include the likes of Chris Rock, Pauly Shore, David Brenner and Jimmie Walker.
The Texas Wine & Art Festival celebrates Texas Wine Month and brings together some of the state's top vineyards and artists for a weekend of exploration. Taking place at the historic Old Town Spring, the festival invites guests to take a taste tour of the red, white, and Southern-style blends from Texas-based wineries. Glasses in hand, groups meander past exhibitions or try to physically climb into paintings for an in-depth perspective recommended to them by the wine. Attendees can also stroll through the town's tree-lined streets, stopping at some of the 150 quaint shops along the way.
At Spring Fitness Centers, friendly staffers greet members by name as knowledgeable trainers build personalized fitness programs. Trainers graciously dole out one free training session per month to each client, equipping athletes with the techniques and skills to successfully operate free weights and cardio machines without professional supervision. Memberships include complimentary childcare, unlimited tanning, and unlimited aerobics at each location. Like a spy's accent, classes vary by location, but may include cycling, Pilates, kickboxing, and Zumba.
Snap Fitness Spring equips its members with access cards that provide them access to gym facilities 24 hours a day. Exercisers can take to cardio and strength-training equipment no matter the time, following their own routines and schedules. The gym is staffed during business hours, when customers can revel in personal-training sessions or group classes such as Zumba. Members also receive access to online training, nutrition, and wellness services.
Jump On In’s springy surfaces and play areas inspire kids to start jumping even before they walk inside. That’s because the excitement of spending a day scrambling up climbing walls and sliding down an inflatable castle’s slides creates the kind of enthusiasm that can’t be expressed horizontally.
Kids can invite their friends to join in the fun by hosting birthday parties for up to 25 youngsters. The play place’s private party packages pair bounce-house sessions with access to a party room where guests can celebrate with their own cake and candles. Jump On In is great for groups from field trips, outings for scouts and church groups, and fundraisers, and offers a Parent's Night Out every Friday night.