Founded to provide financial support for the Micke Grove Zoo, Society provides educational opportunities and community involvement in the zoo's growth for its members. Members and their families get free access to the zoo itself, where they can visit tamarins, Madagascar tortoises, and a golden eagle. It also hosts hands-on animal encounters for families and school groups where students get a chance to learn about the behaviors and habitats of some of the zoo's denizens. Members also gain discounts in the gift shop and at other zoos and aquariums across the country.
Central Sierra Environmental Resource Center (CSERC) protects and defends more than two million acres of natural spaces across the northern Yosemite region. The organization’s staff works to reduce clear cutting, road construction, and pollution to ensure that the forest, water, and meadow wilderness areas remain pristine. Apart from educational outreach to schools and communities, the staff gets its hands dirty sampling the water quality in forest streams and surveying meadows to locate areas of environmental damage. CSERC also sponsors restoration projects for meadows and streams, maintains remote camera stations to detect rare wildlife species, and works to find solutions to difficult environmental issues.
Safavi Institute's elite and enthusiastic student body sculpts accentuating styles within a 20,000-square-foot cosmetology school partnered with salon rock star Paul Mitchell. Hair makeovers begin with applications of Paul Mitchell's own Awapuhi Keratriplex product, which deeply nourishes strands to leave tresses as smooth and strong as a body builder on a blind date. Then an adept stylist snips and combs locks into a desired 'do, cropping split ends and personalizing a style to account for tastes and tendencies to star in shampoo commercials. Safavi Institute's faculty and staff engineer also give back to charity with fundraising and grassroots outreach.
Sierra Repertory Theatre is a non-profit professional theatre in the Sierra Foothills. We present 10 shows annually ranging from Broadway musicals, comedy, classics, drama and farces at two locations: East Sonora Theatre and Historic Fallon House in Columbia State Historic Park.
Since 1978, Brenda Athletic Clubs has stood out from other gyms for its staff’s focus on offering all the amenities of a modern fitness facility while still fostering an inviting atmosphere. Its founder, Al Brenda, believed in fitness programs for all age groups, a mantra that the club continues today with youth fitness programs, including basketball clinics and yoga lessons, as well as a SilverSneakers fitness program for seniors. In addition to tennis, swimming, and standard strength and cardio equipment, the fitness centers supply its members with an ample amount of group classes including cycling, Zumba, and kickboxing.