The American Community Gardening Association strives to increase and enhance community gardening and greening across the United States and Canada. Its binational network of professionals, volunteers, and supporters of community greening help promote and support all aspects of community gardening, urban forestry, and preservation of open spaces. The association supplies community groups and schools with information and education to boost children's interest in fruits and vegetables and increase their relationship with nature, recognizing that community gardens work to stimulate social interaction, beautify, and promote sustainability.
Uninitiated Indian foodies can enter the chambers of Taj Mahal's bountiful menu of flavorful fare with a safe yet savory sampling of garlic naan ($3.50) paired with a plate of deep-fried cutlets packed with mashed potatoes and veggies peppered in spicy herbs ($5). Main plates will satisfy carnivores and vegetarians alike, with options ranging from boldly spiced chicken vindaloo pinched with lemon and vinegar ($15) to navrattan curry, which features nine garden-fresh friends hanging out in a simmering pool of yogurt, cashews, cream, and butter ($13). No matter the dish, you get to choose how much you'd like the chef to spice it up; specify whether you'd like it mild, medium, sporty, spicy, really spicy, or "Shiva's sweat," which requires you to sign a waiver first.
At Victory Fitness Center, members pump iron in the weight room and pedals on the stationary bikes before giving weary muscles respite in the whirlpool or sauna. Besides providing fitness coaching to keep everyone on the right track, the gym also provides an environment free of intimidation with men- and women-only workout areas. To supplement those workouts, the staff designs easy-to-follow weight-loss programs, and certified trainers lead group classes such as Zumba, boxing, and boot camp.
Chuck Mayhew, PGA member for more than 30 years, teaches the basics of golf swing mechanics before moving on to more complicated tweaks to his students' swings. Though certain golf tenets are universal, Chuck knows that any single teaching method won't work for every player which is why he tailors his approach to fit each individual student. Private lessons begin with an assessment of each player's current ball positioning, alignment, and swing posture—key components that must be corrected before beginning any backswing. Once students have an understanding of these fundamentals, Chuck teaches how they relate to one another, helping students improve their golf game by making these basic elements work for them. Lessons are held at Four Seasons Golf & Fitness Center, a full-service indoor golf-instruction facility that can stay open despite rain or bunker sandstorms.
Founded by world-class duo Igor and Svetlana Iskhakov, Dance Centre is dedicated to the empowerment and physical fitness of the everyday person via the art of dance. The studio features both high-level instruction for budding Baryshnikovs as well as a host of beginner-friendly classes in a variety of dance styles. Group classes consisting of as few as five pupils practice basic steps within the Gahanna facility's grand 6,000 square feet of studio space, the perfect place for dancing and drag racing floor buffers. Igor and Svetlana also host regular practice parties for their students, which present festive opportunities to show off new skills in a no-pressure social setting or mingle with accomplished star students.
Spearheaded by Julia Richey, a former member of the Russian National Team, the crew of coaches at Royal Arts Fencing Academy teaches fencers of all experience levels the secrets of centuries-old sword techniques and traditions. New students can enroll in four group classes, learning the fundamentals that will guide them during subsequent intermediate lessons. They can also brush up on their blade knowledge during summer camps that cover the Olympic sport weapons of foil, épée, and saber. Visions of Olympic glory also dance throughout the academy’s annual Arnold Fencing Classic, a part of the Arnold Classic and one of the largest independently run fencing tournaments in the nation.