The first inflatable fun center in the Santa Cruz area, Pump'd is proud to offer 9,000 square feet of safe, fantastical family entertainment and party space. Help your tots channel their inner super ball as they ricochet off the super-clean surfaces of air-filled bounce houses and the inflatable obstacle course, and shoot down the on-site slide. A bounce area is open to timid toddlers, whose lower centers of gravity can make it hard to cope with the boomeranging backlash of their older siblings' vivacious vaulting.
When the school day is over and it's time for homework, some students hunker down for grueling solo sessions of math equations and sentence structure. But that's not the only way. In and around Watsonville, pupils can go to Youth N.O.W.'s student center, an educational haven where they can work on their assignments with tutors, credentialed teachers, and peers. There they can complete their homework, eat healthful snacks, use on-site computer labs, and volunteer to help other youth, weaving the net of community support that Youth N.O.W. strives for.
As part of the center's comprehensive tutoring services, students can attend homework-help sessions, engage in independent study, or schedule personal tutoring at least twice a week. The tutors maintain a learning plan with progress reports and individual goals to help students who need to bring their grades up above a C-. The center also helps to provide free access to resources such as printing, computer programs, and project or homework supplies. Yet the student center isn't focused on academics alone. Volunteers also program recreational activities and summer enrichment classes such as photography and printmaking to help students grow into well-rounded individuals.
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Joey, a cheerful palomino, spent 30 years greeting visitors to Dreamor Ranch. Like many of the horses, he's lucky to be there. The ranch rescues horses from bad situations and works to place them in new homes. Other horses take up residence permanently on the sunny farm, which is financed largely by lessons. By learning the disciplines of English, Western, and Gymkhana from a professional instructor, patrons are also helping rescue horses. Trail and beach rides also give riders a chance to bond with their steeds, as does an active volunteer program on the ranch.
Driving a vehicle that exceeds emission limits is not only illegal, but it also contributes to the already alarming amount of pollution coughing its way out of cars. The ASE-certified master technicians at Stanislaus Smog help solve this two-pronged problem with professional smog tests to keep emissions at bay. The team clamps monitoring devices to tail pipes of all types of vehicles, including gross polluters and out-of-state rides, checking not only for the amount of emissions, but also the types of pollutants. Once complete, the technicians can either approve autos for DMV renewals, title transfers, and soccer-team tryouts, or send them off to a repair shop to prepare for a second test attempt.