No men, no makeup, no mirrors. It's a philosophy that?s helped members of the Curves community since 1992. Part fitness center, part community center, Curves is a women?s only club that takes a streamlined approach to health, fitness, and weight loss. Curves has teamed up with health and fitness coach Jillian Michaels to develop full-body, 30-minute workouts that kick-start weight loss, combining strength training, cardio, and stretching into sessions that torch fat, build strength, boost intensity, and prevent plateaus. These workouts are enhanced further by the Curves Complete Program, available for an extra fee, which is rooted in Curves' method for effective weight loss in that it supplements efforts at the gym with personalized meal plans and weekly one-on-one meetings with a certified Curves coach.
The steady hum of sewing machines emanates throughout Mrs. Taylor’s Sewing School, where students as young as six patch together skills in the craft. Throughout the week, the school’s flexible curriculum addresses different age-appropriate topics. Some adult classes, for instance, focus on the basics for beginners, and others have students stitch entire outfits from top to bottom.
Although children and teens are welcome to participate in adult sessions, the school makes sure to offer classes geared toward youthful interests. Kids can practice fundamental techniques while crafting pillowcases, and teens can do the same while assembling summer dresses to wear at parties or masks to wear when out in public with an embarrassing parent.
Since 2000, the experienced climbers at Boulders Sport Climbing Center have been helping visitors ascend not just walls, but also toward their goals. Each and every new climber undergoes the orientation and belay training, during which they get accustomed to the facility, the equipment, and chanting the mantra, "Don't Look Down." After that, they can try their hands and feet on the 40-foot walls, lead wall, free-standing boulder, or 30-foot rappel tower.
Reenie's Passion for Pastries' eponymous cookie aficionado leads hands-on holiday baking tutorials at a beautiful 40-acre ranch. Up to eight students participate in the four-hour classes, each one creating their own different style of dessert-ready treats. Bakers depart with a bounty of at least three-dozen cookies, in varieties such as macadamia chocolate nut, fancy checkerboard, and Reenie's signature peanut-butter-triple-chip cookies. Sugar-cookie confections feature a special decorating lesson on how to craft icing artwork or endorse sheet-cake checks.
The screech of burning rubber is everpresent at the Texas Motorplex, where a quarter-mile, all-concrete track has been a destination for drag racing since 1986. But for one special day in November, those roaring sounds come from inside one of history's most iconic automobiles?the Ford Mustang?which signals the return of the Fun Ford Weekend. The annual event, which travels to some of the top NHRA and IHRA tracks across the country, celebrates all things Ford with itineraries full of drag races and other events, like speed brake challenges and car shows. At the latter, visitors find everything from compact trucks to Mustangs from every decade since the '60s?all vying for awards such as Best Paint or Most Likely to One Day Learn to Fly. Meanwhile, a swap meet and a Manufacturers Midway let automobile enthusiasts track down hard-to-find parts and kids stay busy building their own model cars.
Southwest Heritage Racing Association and Beat The Heat join Fun Ford Weekend this year, with SHRA featuring six categories such as heads-up to dial-in with some of the fastest cars around. Beat the Heat will feature drag racing police departments from around the country in its World Finals.