Thursday, April 30, 2009
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
The Rules of Accepting and Sharing this Award
1.Put the logo on your blog or post
2. Nominate at least 10 blogs that show an attitude of gratitude
3. Link to your nominees within your post
4.Comment on their blogs to let them know they've received this award
5.Share the love and link to this post and the person who nominated you for the award.
Tell us how you've come to have an attitude of gratitude:
I am grateful for my family~my parents, my brothers, my babies and my very good friends.
Now I’m passing this on to:
6. Martha - of Course!!!
8. Danny - may not qualify but I feel gratitude for being involved in 12for12K
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
ATLANTIC CENTER FOR THE ARTS: "Time Travelers" Summer Art Camp. ACA's Community Arts Center at Harris House, 214 S. Riverside Drive, New Smyrna Beach. Ages 6-12, weekly camps, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, June 9-Aug. 7. $90 members, $100 nonmembers. 386-423-1753
BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS OF VOLUSIA/FLAGLER COUNTIES: 813 Mary Ave., New Smyrna Beach. For ages 7-18, 8 a.m.-6 p.m. June 8-Aug. 7, indoor and outdoor activities, summer reading, field trips (not included in cost). $25 week includes lunch and snacks; $25 registration. 386-428-2422.
CAMP MARCODY HORSE CAMP: Marcody Ranch, 3804 Pioneer Trail, New Smyrna Beach. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. week-long Monday-Friday sessions June-August. Horseback riding, horse care and management lessons i.e. grooming, bathing, feeding horses. Also, arts and crafts, water activities and circle games. $275 week. 386-424-0123; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
CHILDREN'S ACADEMY OF FINE ARTS: 3701 S. Clyde Morris Blvd. and 573 N. Airport Road, New Smyrna Beach. K--12th grades, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. July 20-Aug. 1. $55, bring own lunch. 386-451-8087; 427-8229
CITY OF NEW SMYRNA BEACH: Parks and Recreation, 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. June 8-Aug. 21. Babe James Community Center, 201 N. Myrtle Ave., New Smyrna Beach, grades, 1-5, $40 week residents; $45 nonresidents, includes two half-day trips. City Gym, 100 Live Oak Street, New Smyrna Beach, grades 6-9, $55 week residents; $45 nonresidents, includes two half-day trips and one whole day trip; $40 week residents; $45 nonresidents includes two half-day trips. $20 registration. 386-424-2175;
CORONADO COMMUNITY UNITED METHODIST CHURCH: Music Day Camp, 210 S. Peninsula Ave., New Smyrna Beach. Ages 6-5th grade will learn an entire musical in five days, "God's Plan of Salvation," kick-off 2-4 p.m. July 26, camp 9 a.m.-3 p.m. July 27-30 with presentation 7 p.m. July 30. $10 includes CD and T-shirt. 386-428-6252.
CUCHETTI SCHOOL OF MUSIC: Pappas Plaza, 1125 N. Dixie Freeway, New Smyrna Beach. Ages 5-14, June-Aug. Musical theater, choral workshop, learn to play an instrument, songwriting, theory and fundamentals of music, various intermediate and advanced brass, woodwind, vocal ensembles, private lessons on all instruments. $125-$150 week. 386-426-8989
EDGEWATER BOYS & GIRLS CLUB: 211 N. Ridgewood Ave., Edgewater. 8 a.m.-6 p.m. June 8-Aug. 7. $40 week; $150 month; $25 registration; field trips extra. 386-423-5275.
JIMMY LANE SURF CAMP: City of New Smyrna Beach, Parks and Recreation, North Beach Park, corner of Sapphire Road and Atlantic Avenue, New Smyrna Beach. Weekly camps, 9-11 a.m. June 1-Aug. 28, surf contest Aug. 21, $5 per entry. $115 residents; $120 nonresidents. 386-424-2175; 428-4485
THE LITTLE THEATRE OF NEW SMYRNA BEACH WONDERLAND THEATRE PROGRAM: 726 Third Avenue, New Smyrna Beach. Ages 7-13, 9 a.m.--3 p.m. June 15-26, 2-week camp students will study "The Honorable Urashima Taro" with performances the last two days of camp. Bring lunch. $235. Primary Camp, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. June 29-July 3, ages 4 1/2-6, explore drama through creative games, role playing, movement, songs, poetry and stories. $80. 386-423-1246 or stop by the office 1- 4 p.m. Monday-Friday
MARINE DISCOVERY CENTER: Summer Adventures 2009, 162 N. Causeway, New Smyrna Beach. "Loggerheads," ages 4-8, June 8-12, 15-19, 22-26, June 29-July 3, 6-10, 13-17, 20-24, 27-31, $190; "Leatherbacks," ages 7-10, Aug. 3-7, 10-14, $200; "Mangrove Maniacs," ages 9-12, June 22-26, June 29-July 3, 6-10, 13-17, $220. "Kayak Explorations," ages 10-14, June 8-12, 15-19, July 13-17, $275. "Lagoonys," ages 10-14, July 20-24, 27-31, $300. "Aquatic Adventures," ages 10-14, Aug. 3-7, $300; "Estuary Explorations," ages 10-14, Aug. 10-14, $200. "SCUBA," ages 12-16, June 8-12, 15-19, $300. "Kayak Explorations," ages 12-16, July 20-24, 27-31, $275. All camps, 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. 386-428-4828; 866-257-4828
SUMMER POTTERY CAMP: Palms Up Pottery, 100 N. Cooper St., New Smyrna Beach. Workshops begin June 9, Tuesdays and Thursdays for 4 weeks. Times: 9-10:30 a.m., 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., 1-2:30 p.m., or 3-4:30 p.m. 386-427-2290.
THE SWAN PROJECT: Temple of Praise, 710 Enterprise Ave., New Smyrna Beach. Girls, ages 6-17, learning biblical principles helping them to make better choices for their lives. 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday, June 15-Aug. 14. $25 registration; $30 week. 386-402-1816.
You can get the complete list for all of Volusia County here from the Daytona Beach News Journal.
Monday, April 27, 2009
Sunday, April 26, 2009
Flagler Ave Beachcam
Virtual Volusia - this is panoramic views of different areas of Volusia County, not live but still interesting.
Earthcam - this is a very nice site, this link is Florida webcams, but it has webcams from all over the world. The ads are annoying but the views are so nice it is worth it.
Places Around Florida - this site has lots of good information about Florida Beaches, if you get sick of ours pick a different one to visit! It also features different Florida cities, towns and attractions.
New Smyrna Beach Information - this is a nice spot for visitors or anyone planning to visit. A great deal of information.
Want to go fishing in New Smyrna Beach - check here first. All things fishing.
Cape Canaveral National Seashore - right in our backyard, this park has many activities and if you have children check out the Web Rangers in the Kids Zone. Fun, learning activities for children of all ages.
Have a nice week!
Thursday, April 23, 2009
The 2009 Relay for Life is this weekend. The local event is being held at Riverside Park. As of right now Southeast Volusia has raised over $26,000 dollars for this effort. If you are not participating in the actual walk please support one of our local teams.
This Saturday Gilly's Pub 44 will hold a Beer and Blues Festival at their location on Rt 44 in New Smyrna Beach.
Flips Flops will hold a benefit for the Marine Discovery Center on Sunday at their NEW location (the old Shells Beachside). It will feature a 7 course Hawaiian Buffet and silent acution. Tickets are $25.00 and are available at the Marine Discovery Center. Don't miss Danny on Hell's Kitchen on Fox, as of this moment he is still in the running for the big prize!
Saturday is also Florida Lighthouse Day. Visit Ponce Inlet from 10am-2pm and celebrate with lots of family activities, new exhibits and live entertainment.
The monthly Art Walk on Flagler is this Saturday from 10am-5pm. The theme this month is RECYCLED. There is plenty of parking at Coronado Methodist Church and the Flagler Beach approach. Several galleries are having free wine and cheese from 3pm-5pm.
Riverside Catering on Orange St is holding a cooking class for children on Saturday from 10am-12pm. The cost is 30.00 call to reserve a spot at 386-409-5588. The theme is snacks. There is a limit of 20 students per class.
The Little Theatre has "Driving Miss Daisy" this weekend. Contact the box office for tickets.
Have a great weekend!
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Monday, April 20, 2009
Sounds great right? My son has been involved in competitive sports since he was 4. I have served on the board of a rec sports league in another state. I am always amazed by some of the things I hear at the games.
Parents are the best. Most parents are really good, they encourage the kids, cheer for both teams and generally make it a positive experience. But there are always a couple bad apples, it never fails, you get parents who don't like the coach, their kid does not play enough, they think the umps are lousy..blah, blah, blah......
This weekend I observed one coach being berated by a parent, he was pointing in his face, he was just plain abusive about the amount of playing time his child got. A mother of a child on the winning team sat right behind the backstop laughing about the losing team. Wow what a great example she is setting for her children. This is not the first time I have seen things like this and I am always amazed. This morning I heard one of our board members car was vandalized with dead fish. Are you kidding me?
This is Little League folks, kids baseball. These coaches and board members are VOLUNTEERS. VOLUNTEERS, let me say it again in case you missed it the first time. They are not getting paid to spend countless hours coaching your kids, some (most) of the kids they coach are not exactly major league material but they make the best of it and everyone plays. It is supposed to be fun. FUN. FUN. One more time FUN.
Everyone is doing the best they can and I am certain that not one of the whiners and complainers can do a better job. In fact, I suggest that those spending their time being negative and sometimes just mean get out there and volunteer to help, get on the board, coach a team. Do something positive.
The item below appears on the website of Harrisburg Youth Sports Association and Odell Rec Sports Association in North Carolina.
I'm just a volunteer.........." "I'm just one of those unpaid people who have spent many hours making sure your child has a safe, competitive place to play. I've sacrificed time with my own family to insure you can have quality time with yours. When your child shows up to play, I'm the one that made sure everything was ready. When you go home, I am the one who cleans up after you. I'm the one that organized the facilities, the equipment, the officials, your coaches and teammates, the parties, and the trophies. I cannot control the weather, the outcome of games, or the actions of individuals, yet I take the blame for everything that goes wrong. My job would not be so difficult if more people decided to volunteer. We need more hands, good ideas, strong workers, and leaders with vision. Instead of pointing out our problems, become part of the solution and volunteer today! " ~ Michael Hart, HYA
Sunday, April 19, 2009
Saturday, April 18, 2009
The weekly Farmer's Market is going on til 12:30 pm on Canal Street. Great local produce, the bread guy is there and the orchid lady.
Be careful when driving thru school zones, the police are patrolling the zone on Saxon near Coronado Elementary each afternoon both right before school gets out and after. Not only do you not want a ticket but you don't want to injure a child.
Have a great Saturday!
Thursday, April 16, 2009
Please come out and support our schools. Bring your friends. Student drivers can test drive too if they have an accompanying parent.
Many thanks to Deland Dodge and Daytona Toyota for their support!
Cracker Creek's Pirate Cruise: Featuring the Pirates of Spruce Creek, cruises are held at 1 p.m. each Saturday and Sunday at 1795 Taylor Road, Port Orange. Costumed pirates create a live, interactive experience as young buccaneers learn navigation, pirate weaponry, knotting or rope tying and pirate lingo, all the while searching for the lost treasure at Spruce Creek. Pre-registration is required by calling (386) 304-0778. Also, the Snow White Cottage, a near-replica as seen in the 1937 Walt Disney animated classic "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs," is located on the Gamble property. Canoe and kayak launch and rentals, guided eco-history Pontoon boat tours and golf cart tours of the conservation nature trails also are available. For more information, visit them at Old Florida Pioneer.
Saturday, April 18th is Project Earth Day: Peace & Environmental festival from 10am-4pm at the United Church of Christ, 203 Washington Street, New Smyrna Beach. Free admission! Fun for all ages! Food, live entertainment, music, fair trade goods, yoga, massage chairs, peace, environmental and wellness exhibits. Children’s activities featuring Rae Rae the red panda from the PBS series Enviropals. Balloon animals, face painting, and a magic show.
This event is a benefit for Volusia PeaceCenter and the Marine Discovery Center.
St. Peter the Fisherman Episcopal Church is holding a gourmet dinner on Friday to benefit Lydia’s Mission, the outreach program providing direct and consultative advocacy services to seniors in the New Smyrna Beach community. Seatings at 6:00 or 7:00pm. Tickets are $30 per person. Free child care available. Tickets may be purchased by calling the church office Monday-Thursday, 9am-1pm, 386-428-7383.
Meals on Wheels Walk The Council on Aging will be celebrating and fundraising for the Meals on Wheels Program and associated services with a WALKathon. This fun event will take place Friday, April 17th at the Brannon Center in New Smyrna Beach at 10:00am. This event includes a short walk, a fun picnic with hot dogs, hamburgers, music and a round of door prizes provided by generous area merchants. Special this year will be dance performances by the troop from the Dance Factory. These “dancing girls” will bring both tears and laughter to all who attend. They would like a big show of support for this event.
Plan ahead to attend the Halifax/Indian River Cleanup Day on May 2nd.
Monday, April 13, 2009
Sunday, April 12, 2009
Bizarre Florida - all the crazy stories from around our state in one place!
Holistic Homeschooler - this is a realtively new site but has some great information and ideas about homeschooling.
Blogging for Jobs - this one has some great ideas to help you in your job search, very creative!!
Home Based Working Moms - this one has some good resources and is well put together.
Pioneer Woman - I love to be entertained and laugh and she is hysterical!
Anderson Cooper - informative site, great blog. Not a huge fan of CNN but love Anderson.
Last but certainly not least...this one was sent to my by a reader. Remember Maddie this blog is interesting on it's own, but they recently lost their daughter. Please support the March of Dimes.
Have a great Easter everyone! See you next week..
Saturday, April 11, 2009
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
The first was a few months ago, someone I know went to lunch at Ruthy's, this individual said they had bad service, good food. This past weekend a local business owner took his girlfriend there for breakfast. It was very busy and they were told it would be about a 15 minute wait for their food. After an hour of waiting, he asked his server where the food was. (He was more patient than I am). The server was very nice, apologized and said she would check. The explanation was that they had ordered a "difficult breakfast." Since it was a special on the menu, he was a tad skeptical at that response as many people came in after them and were done with breakfast and had left the restaurant.
The server went back again to check and returned to tell him that the cook said that is how it was and that they could wait till the food came or leave, when he asked to see the Manager, he discovered that Ruthy was the manager and the cook. Ruthy did come out and speak to this customer, who by the way is black, his girlfriend is white. When he pointed out to Ruthy that everyone else had been served except them, she became upset and told him to leave and she would pray for him. Needless to say this new business owner in our community is not impressed with our hospitality and actually wondered if this was because he is black.
I am curious if anyone else has had an experience like this in this restaurant or any other in our community. I am also interested in any good or bad experiences in any of our local businesses, whether you are a resident or a visitor everyone should be treated with respect.
Please email me or leave a comment.
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
Monday, April 6, 2009
Sunrise Service - 6:30AM
Worship Service - 7:30AM
27th Avenue Park
3701 South Atlantic Ave.
New Smyrna Beach, FL 32169
Join Crossroads Christian Church for the 33rd annual Sunrise Service on New Smyrna Beach at the 27th Avenue Park . Enjoy a morning of worship and celebration of the risen King all while sitting on the beach and enjoying the sunrise. Everyone is encouraged to bring their beach chairs and towels to sit on. Coffee and light refreshments will be available before the service. Remember to get there early as parking fills up very quickly. You can email me for directions. I plan to ride my bike over, if you have never attended a sunrise service it is wonderful and I promise you will enjoy this one!
Saturday, April 4, 2009
$12,000 per charity
By using the power and outreach of social media to spread the word, many less fortunate people will be helped.
To ensure as much help goes to those who need it, all the partners in the 12for12k Challenge are offering their time and services for free. Additionally, every charity chosen must have no more than 10% administration costs, with financial records available on request. Additionally, all donations go direct to the charity’s normal donation page - there is no middle-man to handle donations.
Wonderful things have happened in 2009. War Child, Stop the Silence were the first two charities to be aided by 12for12K. Then in March an amazing thing happened. 12for12K unleashed the power of Twitter and raised over $15,000 for Share Our Strength, which is committed to see that no child in the US is ever hungry.
This month, 12for12K is joining forces with Mom It Forward to support Yehu.org. Which is helping mothers and families in Rural Kenya. Read about them and the wonderful things they do and go to 12for12k if you would like to support them or any of the other charities supported by 12for12K.
What are you doing for fun this week while on the kids are home? Some obvious things are the beach....the beach and the beach. When you get sick of the beach, take the kids for a ride on the Water Taxi, or take a Manatee Cruise. Maybe go fishing with Indian River Lagoon Fishing.
Hidden Lakes Golf Course has great deals on golf and a Public Pool. Ponce Inlet Lighthouse is always a good little trip.
Take a stroll down Flagler, you will need to stroll since not one more car will fit today. Big traffic backups both ways on the North Causeway.
Enjoy the weekend and support your local business!
Wednesday, April 1, 2009
I am a member at Nautilus and highly recommend it. They are open just about every day, not 24 hours a day but long hours, they are beachside and have a great atmosphere. They have a new website that provides all the details. Not to mention Subway is in the same plaza, Publix is next door, go work out then shop. What could be better!!
They are located in the Publix Plaza Beachside. Enjoy!
If that event is too rich for your blood there are many other things to do.
Ce-La-Luna Restaurant in Eddgewater will host Michael T and the "Oldies Revue" on Saturday, April 4th beginning at 6pm.
Coronado Community United Methodist Church will hold their children's Easter Egg Hunt, Saturday April 4th at 10am. This is open to infants to 3rd grade age children. Come to the education building.
The Landshark Surfari Pro Tournament starts today at the Inlet at 9am.
The New Smyrna Beach Board of Realtors is holding a golf tournament to benefit several community programs on Friday, April 3. Registration begins at 11:30 a.m. at Hidden Lakes Golf Club, 35 Fairgreen Avenue. The tournament will be in a scramble format and shotgun starts at 1 p.m. There will be food, drinks, and door prizes. For more information, please contact Buddy Hughes at (386) 427-4138
Military Appreciation Night
The New Smyrna Beach High School baseball team invites you to celebrate and acknowledge the contributions and sacrifices made by our men and women of the military. Members and veterans of the armed forces will be in attendance. Join the ‘Cudas on Friday, April 3 beginning at 4 p.m. at the New Smyrna Beach Sports Complex. The festivities begin at 5 p.m. The admission fee will be waived in lieu of donations to the NSBHS baseball program. The National Guard will provide a rock climbing wall, football throw, and basketball shot to entertain all.
Head on over to Silly Willie's for a Dog Wash to benefit The Hospice of Volusia/Flagler Relay for Life, this will be held on Saturday, April 4 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. There will be prizes for tiniest, largest, hairiest, and dirtiest dogs. Join the fun at Silly Willie’s at 218 Flagler Avenue, NSB. For more information, call (386) 427-0196.
Check out Just Weather for your weather report. Looks like a good weekend and some pretty good waves for the tournament.