With spring bursting from the earth like a bony hand from a freshly dug grave and summer a pale horse on the horizon, there are any number of terrifying events to cope with: Mother's Day, prom, graduation, and May Day, to name but a few. All of these are best met head-on with floral arrangements, potted plants, or decorative containers heaped with treats courtesy of Stadium Flowers. A Sweet Bird Garden ($44.98) comes nestled in a woven basket adorned with a bird and filled with a palette of flowers. Treat mom or an open-minded dad to a vase of Spring Roses, garnished with raffia and butterfly. Non-traditional options also abound, such as a more-edible-than-flowers Nature's Bounty ($69.98) or a prettily practical Daisy Pitcher ($19.98, $44.98 with flowers). And just in time for prom night, a gorgeous four-rose wristlet corsage with kalanchoe ($34.98) makes a beautiful pre-apology for ruining a date's dress before she can return it to Nordstrom's.
The handsome, 12,000-square-foot museum is home to four exhibition galleries and a permanent collection that focuses on the wealth of regional talent in the Northwest, in addition to housing Japanese woodblock prints and European paintings. Tacoma's own Dale Chihuly fills a gallery space with his permanent installation of playful and fantastical glasswork, much of it inspired by his love for the sea. Brush up on your goose-whispering skills at the Secret Language of Animals exhibit, a family-friendly flock of approximately 40 paintings, sculptures, and videos depicting rodents, birds, horses, dogs, crazy uncles, and more.
Taught by professional footballer savant Chochi Valenzuela—a 10-year professional and three-time All American at USC-Spartanburg who has coached at the youth, high-school, and college level—and his team of sinewy turf tyrants, Speed Trainers USA's soccer boot camp can not only help melt off any excess flab, it can build up your skills and technique like so many easy snap-in pieces of a massive Lego tower. Monday, Friday, and Saturday classes take place at Green Lake's Lower Woodlands Park, Field #2; for Wednesday and Sunday classes beginning June 6, head over to Redmond's Perrigo Community Park. The starting whistle blows between 6:30 p.m. and 6:45 p.m. on the weekdays, 8 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, and 10 a.m. on Sunday. Check the schedule for more information. Bring proper soccer regalia, a water bottle, and your own ball. Capri Suns and Rice Krispie treats are recommended for an after-practice treat.
Scott Sherman Auto Care's team of ASE-certified technicians remedies areas of vehicular disrepair, turning downtrodden jalopies into models of power and efficiency. Mechanical masters can provide dealership-caliber service and expertise for most vehicles, regardless of their make, model, or objection to the continuing exploitation of automobiles in The Fast and the Furious franchise. Drivers can rejuvenate fatigued four wheelers with a standard oil change and inspection ($39.99+) or reassert their foot's mysterious ability to halt their sedan with a brake-fluid flush ($64.49). A fuel-injection service ($149.91) bolsters engine performance for upcoming errand-running time trials, and many other Scott Sherman Auto Care services help optimize function or repair brakes and engines.
At Swing Doctors, PGA-certified instructors use state-of-the-art video-analysis software to improve each golfer’s swing mechanics and overall skill set. A camera captures swings and divides them into freeze frames to pinpoint weaknesses in posture, technique, and color coordination of clothing.
Swing Doctors is also home to more than 100 virtual golf courses. Links including Firestone and Pinehurst unfurl on 10'x13' screens, simulating surfaces such as fairway, green, and sand bunker.