A wellspring of golf knowledge culled from 36 years on the links, Modern Golf Instruction founder Martin Gonzales helps clubbers across the handicap spectrum hone their swing. The PGA-certified instructor helps golfers accomplish new goals, covering everything from the basic rules and etiquette of the game to the finer points of the swing, putting stroke, and short-game techniques.
Nancy Whitlock deals in the ineffable. After becoming a stay-at-home mom, she yearned for a connection to her neighborhood. One day, she was making cards using swatches of fabric and colored pencil, and got the idea to host an art festival on her block with the theme “What Is Your Art?” Neighbors came together and shared quilts, paintings, photography, and kids activities. Still not satisfied, though, Nancy hosted an even bigger festival in Lincoln Park the following year to celebrate the connection between art and nature. From there, she expanded even further to offer programs as Nature Consortium.
The Arts in Nature Festival continues today from Camp Long. Every year, people return to view musical performances and multimedia presentations in the woods and take part in naturalist activities in the meadow. In addition to the festival, Nature Consortium connects people to art and nature through two primary programs: Urban Forest Restoration Project and the Youth Art Program. The Youth Art Program provides out-of-school training in painting, music, culinary arts, urban arts, and dance, whereas the Urban Forestry Restoration Project sponsors volunteer parties to remove invasive species and plant native trees while local musicians play. Nature Consortium’s regular events also connect people with art and nature through wine tasting in the woods, an art walk, and outdoor indie-film nights.
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The Little Gym fosters the healthy growth of children by allowing them to progress at their own pace in a nonthreatening, nurturing environment. As wee ones from 4 months to 12 years-old tackle challenges, overcome fears, and learn to confidently express their opinions about Platonic theory, The Little Gym's original music graces their ears and supports their lessons. The month includes four classes that let tots develop through weekly, age-specific curriculum, with programs including pre-school/kindergarten gymnastics, dance, sports-skills development, and karate.
Capturing True Emotion is driven by a dynamic band of instructors who rove across the continent with cameras and teaching skills in hand. By fusing their narrative, tech-savvy minds together into one oversize head, the educators provide comprehensive guidance on both camera operation and creative visualization, giving participants complete control over all of their camera settings. During the hours spent in the company of other pupating shutterbugs, students convene at a tantalizing location to practice skills such as controlling depth of field by adjusting the aperture, composing a family portrait so there's not always a burning zeppelin in the background, using alternative angles to avoid red eye, and other techniques.
Tiger Lounge swells with the sounds of live music and the pings of pinball-machine points, both of which create a welcoming brand of martini-lounge ambience. Resident makers deal out drinks from the bar and organic fare from a menu blanketed with gourmet pizzas, soups, salads, and sandwiches. Start out with an app such as the Tuscan garlic bread ($4), which paves the palate-pleasing path toward The B-52 Bomber sandwich—Cajun-seasoned turkey, provolone, roma tomatoes, red onions, lettuce, and spicy bistro sauce on whole-wheat bread ($8). For sharable satiation, snag The Goody Goody pizza topped with pesto, fresh basil, mozzarella, goat cheese, parmesan, and feta ($7–$10) or lighten the consumption level with a bowl of the soup du jour ($5) or a La Tigra salad, which blends organic greens, pineapple, avocado, and Pico de Gallo beside tortilla chips and Cajun ranch dressing ($7–$9).
If you live in or plan to visit the great Pacific Northwest, be sure to visit our very own storefront, simply called the Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery, in the happenin' Seattle neighborhood of Georgetown. We offer the city's best selection of contemporary lit comics and classic comics collections.