The Vita Art Center engages children, teens, and adults in creative expression with visual arts classes and monthly exhibits at their gallery. Capping head counts at 10 students or fewer, instructors work to keep classes welcoming for both beginning artists and those who have already painted a replica of the Sistine Chapel on their living-room ceiling. Young fingers pinch and coil clay and daub acrylic paints, and adolescents delve into more complex skills such as collage-making and printmaking. Adults may twist copper wire into handmade jewelry or learn how to enliven tax returns with stippling, cross-hatching, and other drawing techniques.
Members at Curves, a fitness center designed exclusively for women, rotate around a circuit of hydraulic resistance machines that have been designed to work with female bodies and promote weight loss, protect against osteoporosis, and deal with arthritis. An experienced trainer is always nearby to help manage participants’ machine maneuvering and muscle making. Instead of fiddling with weight stacks and losing momentum, the hydraulic machines use your own body weight, fitness level, and aerodynamic water bottle to create resistance that matches abilities, decreasing the risk of soreness or injury. Because traditional lift-and-lower motions create bulky muscles, each machine uses push-and-pull motions to create toned, lean muscles perfect for crushing a grapefruit without looking like you can. For 30 minutes, limber ladies move around a circuit that positions machines inward so that they'll have a chance to share laughs and secret handshakes with fellow fitness frontierswomen.
Gold Coast Gymnastics forges flexibility, strength, and upside-down finesse in children of every age through a well-rounded lineup of instructive gymnastics classes. Progeny with a penchant for somersaults, cartwheels, and back-handsprings onto moving tricycles can hone their acrobatic aptitude in classes such as Academy I, which teaches basic skills while focusing on strengthening self-esteem. Parents can introduce younger tumblers to the gymnastics world in Mommy & Me classes, while little ones more comfortable with gym equipment and constant carrot requests from the pommel horse can progress to KinderGym.
Mind & Body Wellness Studio's Pilates mat classes satiate the need to hang, point, and lengthen the body via handy apparatuses such as foam rollers, rings, balls, bands, and free weights. With more than 10 hour-long classes to choose from weekly, students of all fitness levels have the chance to improve posture, restore balance, and strengthen the core. The passionate Pilates purists at Mind & Body Wellness emphasizes proper movement techniques designed enhance mobility and decrease post-class soreness. Pilates mat classes remain small in size, typically hosting a small crowd of 8-12 students, in order to maximize attention from the instructor. See the website for a complete class schedule.
A frequent finalist for Best Comedy Club according to Ventura County Reporter's readers, Ventura Improv Company offers the only improv comedy in Ventura and has been eliciting chortles and guffaws with family-friendly farce for the past 21 years. The VIC's veteran comedic combatants perform unscripted comedy through scenes, games, and music created on the spot. The VIC performs shows such as Spontaneous Broadway, a full-length musical whose plot is conceived through audience suggestions, and TheatreSports Team Match, a two-team battle where competitors perform a challenge set by the host.