For 19 years, Grizzly Ranch Productions’ technicians have specialized in video production. They’ve seen significant technological turnover during that time, with outdated formats like clunky videotapes whittled from wood giving way to sleek digital discs. Using their years of experience with video formats, they help clients make the switch to modern storage devices, preserving memories by transferring video footage onto DVDs and CDs. They can also create viewing discs of images from slides or photographs and design customized memory labels and covers for CDs and DVDs.
The staff members at Sylvan Learning's numerous centers understand that each child learns differently. Therefore, they don’t try to implement a uniform tutoring system; instead, they design custom lesson programs based on the results of a skills assessment using diagnostic tools and one-on-one interviews.
Tutors work with students from pre-kindergarten through grade 12, illuminating topics ranging from basic reading and writing to remembering complex algebraic formulas without having them tattooed on your chest. Many of Sylvan’s instructors work in local schools, so they are intimately familiar with common curricula and understand how to gear lessons toward optimal results. Camps and after-school and summer classes can ready high-schoolers for the rigors of the ACT or the SAT, or they can help students to wow college-admissions officers with their superior essay-writing skills.
Nestled in the shadows of Spokane's towering pine trees, the open terrain of Pine Acres helps golfers groom their short games with a nine-hole, par 3 course, expansive driving range, and large practice green. With an average tee-to-green distance of 84 yards, Pine Acres' pins are eminently reachable for players of all stripes, making holes-in-one a feasible goal for aces or those playing with remote-control golf balls. Players can traverse the course in roughly one hour, freeing up time to cool off swings in the shade of one of the range's covered hitting stalls or dig for misplaced time capsules in Pine Acres' practice bunker.
Diane Maehl became a professional photographer in 1987, and, like a sword against the grind of a whetstone, her eye has only sharpened over the years. She specializes in portraiture, capturing family moments, senior graduations, and moments in childhood both in her studio and outdoors. She typically offers custom portrait sessions, though occasionally does limited edition themed sessions throughout the year.
Mystik Dream Dance Company, one of the only studios in the state devoted solely to belly dancing, provides curious students with an in-depth exploration of the artful, physical, and cultural benefits of performing upbeat Egyptian cabaret, also known as Oriental dance or raks sharki (dance of the east). During classes, the studio's enthusiastic instructors, many of whom grew up attached at the hip to their abdominal art form, gyrate through basic movements, rhythms, and improvisational tips. Then, the flowing experts lead newly learned abdominals through the rigors of body core strength, performance posture, and how to make a Sharpied-on belly-face look like it's laughing.
At Mark's Guitar Shop, an experienced team of guitar-tenders display their love for their impressive stock of six-stringers with expert repairs and instruction. New and used guitars ($99+ for electric; $119+ for acoustic) from brands such as Fender and Vox serenade guests with melodious strumming, and amps ($69) boost the sound of a fine-tuned axe or stand dumbstruck by acrobatic air-guitar solos. Speedy servicing and repairs keep maturing lutes in shipshape, and accessories, such as strings ($3.35+), pickguards ($20+), and cables ($14?$25) ensure instruments hum with pleasing precision.