Humane Society for Hamilton County aims to save the lives of cats and dogs through foster-care and adoption programs. The open-admission shelter accepts both strays and owner-surrendered animals regardless of breed, age, or medical needs, and it does not euthanize adoptable pets based on time or space limitations. Additionally, the organization raises awareness about animal rights and educates the community through animal-training and behavioral-support programs, low-cost spay and neuter services, pit-bull education, and other community resources.
Many know yoga's positive effects on tendons, ligaments, and general well-being, but few delve into the specifics of how yoga benefits a person's epiglottis and liver-bones. Source Yoga Center brings together a talented ensemble of certified instructors who practice yoga with an emphasis on graceful, flowing movements to induce physical and spiritual alignment. Classes take place in a large and spacious tranquility chamber with smooth wooden floors and pacifying aquamarine walls. When you arrive for your first class, you'll be registered to drop in for your two remaining sessions. You'll also get a chance to schedule your hour-long deep-tissue massage, which further rewards the body for all of its proactive yogaing through relaxing manipulations that increase blood flow and eliminate knottedness.
Music, games, and classic pub fare commingle at Claude & Annie’s, where patrons kick back with beers and split chili-lime chicken wings or clasp their hands around half-pound steak burgers. Five pool tables and dartboards spark friendly competition, and multiple HD projection screens broadcast sports games tragically cut short by giant bunny-shaped shadows. The sound of live music fills the bar on select Thursdays, and guests can belt their own tunes during karaoke on Friday and Saturday nights.
It’s hard to imagine a trainer more dedicated to fitness than Josh Kuklak, the owner of Survival Fitness Gym. An ACE-certified personal trainer, Josh holds state records in powerlifting on the bench-press and deadlift platforms, and has also competed in hockey, tennis, karate, and weight training. Along with Diana Fisbeck, also an ACE-certified trainer, he leads boot camp-style workouts that call upon muscle confusion—through constantly varied routines—to promote building strength and melting fat.
Their boot camps fuse cardio, resistance training, and plyometrics into workouts that change every day to prevent workout burnout. Leaving treadmills and weight machines behind, the sessions incorporate a slew of nontraditional fitness equipment. Students might flip oversize tires and hang from gymnastics rings one day, and then heave sledgehammers and box heavy bags until they cry uncle the next. Their basic-training class focuses on core work and endurance, and strength training blends elements of powerlifting, bodybuilding, and functional training to pack on muscle and annihilate fat. The fitness duo also leads personal-training sessions, motivating clients to reach their goals and harmonizing with them during workout songs.
When designer Robert Trent Jones Jr. made Prairie View Golf Club his first Indiana project in 1997, he peppered 18 holes across 206 acres of natural beauty. His design hugs the White River, which rings the course on three sides, but only interferes with shots at four holes. Native grasses trim the entire perimeter of the former soybean- and cornfields, while oak, sycamore beech, and cottonwood trees surround the back nine holes. But the natural obstacles pale in comparison to the manmade impediments – 90 sand traps, including one that stretches 135 yards, make the par-72 course a challenge for even the most avid golfer. Creative flagstick positioning invites visitors to modify their technique for approach shots, with an emphasis on precision rather than power, much like surgically extracting a swallowed engagement ring.
For some added muscle on the course, patrons can practice swings at golf lessons or map out a plan of attack over breakfast at The Albatross Grille, which overlooks the course.
Course at a Glance: