Healing Solutions Acupuncture follows the lead of Cherie Menzel A.P., who suffered for years with chronic migraines until discovering the power of natural medicine. Today, as a licensed acupuncture physician, Cherie falls back on holistic techniques to promote overall wellness in the bodies, minds, and spirits of her patients. She does so through acupuncture, specifically, but also through other all-natural methods, including herbal therapies, nutritional counseling, and traditional Chinese medicine.
Stella Tagliavore founded Art Studio of Lake Mary as a place where young students could gain confidence and independence by tapping into their own creativity. Harnessing her 20 years of experience as an educator, Stella wields a hands-on approach with each of her pupils, helping them to develop pertinent artistic and problem-solving skills. Stella's students revel in a variety of programs, ranging from weekly art classes to summer art camps. Birthday parties in the 2,000-square-foot space allow kids to create ceramic magna opera, invent heroic characters in comic strips, or design a new wardrobe for their pet goldfish in sewing sessions.
Packing the Deland Artisan Inn on the last Saturday of every month, Red Dog Comedy puts national and local comedians in front of the mike for a night of laughter and libations. Past shows have featured Vishaun Roberts, Matthew Lalanne, and TV-veteran Dean Napolitano, who many may recognize from his roles on Passions and The Shield.
Four times a week, the Sanford Orlando Kennel Club unleashes its greyhound dogs for live, competitive contests with up to 16 races per day. Spectators can nosh trackside on savory American fare or wander the grandstand or clubhouse between heats while gazing at the tidy midfield and lush foliage framing the track. A full card of simulcast racing compliments the live action. On monitors throughout the club, nationwide greyhound, thoroughbred, and harness races beam in stretch runs and photo finishes. Once a week, amateur poker players assemble at tables overlooking the track, hoping to win a slot at a monthly or regional tournament, or to get the rare opportunity to play cards with a dog.
The Sanford Orlando Kennel Club nurtures their canine athletes long after retirement with the Adopt a Greyhound program. The initiative places dogs into loving homes with the help of four area adoption agencies, who also find school-bus-driver vacancies for retired stock-car drivers.
A one-stop schooling emporium, Spark! fosters left- and right-side brainpower with a sundry slate of award-winning art classes. Under the benevolent guidance of certified and Montessori-trained class masters, kids cultivate fallow imaginations with elementary art classes in drawing, crafting, and cartooning, unearthing their innate artistic prowess and penchant for sketching sharks wearing sunglasses. Beginning and intermediate lessons in drawing edify teens and grownups alongside tutorials in abstract painting, chromatics, and the curative powers of color. Relaxing 90-minute Sip and Sketch classes allow adults, couples, and Renaissance-themed motorcycle gangs to sip on the libation of their choice while leisurely sketching still-life objects and figures. Students hone their sketching skills in a sun-soaked classroom swathed in vibrant shades and sensibly furnished with art-making implements and modular tables.
Marino Dance Club founders Cindie and Jose Marino each bring more than 28 years of experience to the dance floor as they edify couples, kids, or solo dancers in the art of ballroom dance. Students can bring a partner or meet someone new in the intimate studio characterized by warmly painted walls and lighting that turns down when the music comes up or multiple microwaves are used at once. Group or private lessons cover the fundamental steps, spins, and transitions of styles such as the waltz, tango, and cha-cha, and practice parties provide a social gathering to try out newly acquired skill sets. Twice a year, Marino Dance Club invites its student body to the Grand Ballroom of the Sheraton Orlando to showcase their talents with freestyle dances and solo exhibitions in front of a panel of judges and an enthusiastic audience.
Energizing beats fuel each furious workout at F.I.R.M. Fitness Camp as groups move together to shave off pounds and shape stronger bodies. Certified personal trainers start fresh each day with a new workout that employs dumbbells, jump ropes, and the Lebert Equalizer to keep heart rates pumping while building muscle mass. Unlike other boot camps, the trainers motivate through positive reinforcement rather than by yelling at clients or leaving passive-aggressive post-it notes on their fridges. Additionally, each energy-boosting session is held indoors, so students need not worry about sessions being canceled due to rain.