From the shores of Moses Lake, it's not unusual to see flocks of geese idling on the calm waters. But what might be striking is seeing a person flying 40 feet in the air propelled by a column of water. The team at Flyboard Funatix are the architects of such daredevilry, a process that starts by strapping the client's feet onto a special board. A 55-foot hose then connects it to a personal watercraft, which supplies the rider with enough pressurized water to send them rocketing into the air. Once in flight, riders can perform flips and spins or choose to jet through the water at up to 15–20 mph, officially making them a more able animal than the penguin.
Billed as the Ultimate Trisport Event, TruAthlete is a competition in which coed teams of 6-10 players each battle each other tournament-style in each of three sports: flag football, volleyball, and soccer. For each game, six team members will take the field at a time; two women must be in play at all times, and teams can have up to four substitutes on the bench. There are two levels of registration: Division I, which is for serious athletes, or Division II, a casual bracket for groups interested in socializing and finally figuring out how their feet work. The top two teams in each division take home prizes. The event takes place at Magnuson Park, where there will be beer pong and dodgeball for spectators and consumers.
Defending a castle wall against attackers sounds like a medieval pastime, but at DoodleBug Sportz’s outdoor paintball field in Snohomish, it remains an immediate concern. Armed with semiautomatic or electronic paintball markers, two teams battle over the wall, darting among manmade bunkers, or retiring behind the wall to shoot through its crenelations. Referees patrol the field, ensuring fair play, and the bunker layout changes weekly to keep games feeling fresh. Though DoodleBug Sportz offers rentals, players also can purchase their own gear from a company shop, stocked with paintball guns and key accessories for the sport, such as second paintbrush guns.
As the owner and head trainer at Infinity Hunters and Jumpers, Heather MacDonald oversees an instructional regimen that has produced many local and national year-end champions. Depending on skill level, lessons inside the large screened arena range in focus from the short stirrup through upper level hunter, jumper, and equitation. All students—from beginners to showers—enjoy a supportive, positive environment, which breeds a solid ethical foundation so that riders aren’t tempted to promise a judge a handful of sugar cubes in return for a blue ribbon.
Snohomish County's largest full-service family athletic club, Columbia Athletic Clubs has something for everyone. One hundred group exercise classes are offered each week; Cycle Cross takes place in the cycling studio while Water Aerobics and Aqua Motion utilize the Big Pool. Hot yoga and classes in the Mind/Body Studio come included with each membership. There's also an indoor Salt-Pure lap pool for advanced swimmers and shiny-sunken-object-retrievers. A talented group of personal trainers work with clients to get the most out of every workout.
The club's amenities extend beyond pure fitness. The Silver Lake Cafe serves up healthy and tasty meals, and massage therapy is offered onsite. At the Kids Club, youngens can play games under the supervision of an experienced staff while parents hit the gym.
The tuneful troupers at Northwest Savoyards unleash lavish productions of operettas and family-friendly Broadway hits that have kept the Snohomish County free of a musical-theater drought for more than 20 years. To conclude its 2011 season, the nonprofit players present the crowd-pleasing, Tony-winning Hello, Dolly!. A musical revamp of Thornton Wilder’s The Matchmaker, Hello, Dolly! spins the lively tale of a meddlesome widow who plays Cupid for others before setting her own romantic sights on grumpy Horace Vandergelder. Chock-full of classic songs by Jerry Herman, such as "It Only Takes A Moment" and "Put on Your Sunday Clothes," Hello, Dolly! gets toes tapping and spirits soaring infinitely more effectively than its failed sequel, Adios, Effigy!