The curriculum at Elase Academy is a well-rounded look at what it takes to be a salon professional—maybe because cofounder Carrie Brinton isn’t just a skincare expert but also a business owner who employs more than 20 master aestheticians herself. Thanks to her influence, students learn the principles of customer service, business operations, and sales at the same time as they practice their aesthetics skills at the school’s onsite spa. Brinton’s staff of experienced instructors supervises students as they treat clients to spa services both traditional and trendy. Students perform facials, chemical peels, nail services, and waxing to cover their classic treatment bases, and man ultramodern lasers to oust unwanted hair, moles, and tracking devices from the skin.
Expose your pupils and ear canals to an impressive 10-hour lineup of mainstream country acts performing across multiple stages. Headlined by the platinum-album-selling, award-winning Montgomery Gentry, Country Throwdown also plays host to up-and-coming acts such as Ashley Ray, an ex-cheerleader with a guitar pick in one hand and a beer in the other, on the Blue Bird Café Stage. To pregame for the festival, view the full stage-by-stage set list here and enjoy a free seven-song Country Throwdown Tour digital sampler here. To fully immerse yourself, check out the Country Throwdown iPhone app.
In addition to being a 2010 Gold Key Grower, Engh provides florist services, workshops, and events. Today’s Groupon, however, applies only to in-store purchases of plants and supplies. Horticulturalists can stock up on vegetable pony packs ($2.99), individual premium annuals ($4.99), gallons of Martha Washington geraniums ($9.99), herbs ($7.99), and small hanging baskets ($19.99). Garden supplies for purchase include Black Gold earthworm mix ($7.99), peat moss ($17.99–$24.99), and black plastic pots ($0.19–$4.99).
Designed by U.S. Open champion Johnny Miller, Stonebridge's Scottish-links-style course features 27 holes designed to test your swing and backstroke. The course's namesake red-rock bridges arch over and beside three tough nines, each almost 3,600 yards long, making this one of the longest courses in the state. With 20 of the holes adjacent to water, it's also one of the most pond-besotten. Three smaller teeing areas complement the harder drives, and small streams coil beside some the course's 93 sand bunkers.
Four-time Tony winner and current Private Practice actor Audra McDonald and Tony nominee Will Swenson star in a contemporary musical adaptation of N. Richard Nash's 1954 classic play The Rainmaker. The story, set in a rural, drought-ridden town in the American Southwest, tells the tale of aging spinster Lizzie Curry (McDonald) as she considers two suitors: a respectable, upright citizen, and a charismatic drifter and con man, Bill Starbuck (Swenson), who promises the moisture-desperate townsfolk that he can make it rain.
From more than 35 years with 350 facilities in six countries, Precision Tune Auto Care has spent the last three decades keeping more than 2.5 million vehicles on the road with an array of maintenance and auto-repair services. Professionally trained mechanics lube engines with signature precision oil changes, rotate tires to ensure even tread wear, repair busted brakes, and test spark plugs to safeguard against ignition failure during dramatic drive-thru getaways. Whether performing complicated services on fuel-injection and cooling systems or simply aligning tires, the mechanics back all their services with a 12-month, 12,000-mile national warranty.