Monday, May 31, 2010

Edgewater/New Smyrna Beach Memorial Day

I took my children to the Memorial Day Ceremony in Edgewater this morning. It was standing room only at the Edgewater/New Smyrna Beach Cemetery. It gave us the opportunity to thank those that are responsible for our freedom and was a very nice ceremony. We had a Vietnam Veteran sitting behind us who thanked my kids for coming to honor them, I thought that was very nice since it was about him not them. Many thanks to all of our Veterans and Military around the world.

Memorial Day

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Goodbye Coronado

I was sitting in the pick-up line watching the kids from Coronado getting ready to be picked up today. I have done this just about every day for the last three just a few days I will make my last trip to the little school by the beach. My baby is going to middle school. She is thrilled, I am terrified.

I was watching the kindergarten and first grade heading for their cars, giving their teachers hugs and still so excited about school, even this close to the end of the year. I have watched Coach Heer high five every kid as they walk into school every day, I have heard about Mr Hardock and his art projects, Mrs Wright and her music and talent shows, reading counts and who has how many points, I have heard about dodgeball and school lunches and bee stings and my best friend is mad at me and so many other elementary school happenings.... I have chatted with teachers, media specialists, secretaries and janitors over the last three years. Mary Jo and I have joked and laughed and she has made sure I know the schedule for 3 years....What a wonderful school Coronado Beach Elementary has proven to be. I will miss the parents who can feel comfortable to say, "hey get my kid" and no one questions it...the comfort you only get from a small, happy school where everyone knows everyone..

I hear the principal is moving to Indian River Elementary in Edgewater, they will be lucky to have her, she is an advocate for the children, the teachers and the parents. From this point forward Coronado will share a leader with Chisolm Elementary. I hope that is not the writing on the wall that they will be closed in the future as a result of the disaster that is Florida schools. In the meantime I am certain that the teachers and staff there will rise to the occasion and continue to provide the wonderful and awesome experience to all children that my daughter experienced in her time there.

Goodbye Coronado, I will miss my mad dash there every afternoon....I will miss the rutted dirt road, the 15 mph speed limit, the flood every time it rains, the chattering child telling me about her day...I will miss it all and all of you. Thank you and God Bless!

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Memorial Day Ceremony

There will be a Memorial Day Ceremony held on Monday, May 31st at 11am at the Edgewater/New Smyrna Beach Cemetery. The Cemetery is located at 700 S. Ridgewood Avenue in Edgewater. There will be a traditional Memorial Day ceremony, patriotic music and a flyover.

Balloon Fest Rewind

Here is a really nice recap of the Balloon Fest that was held this past weekend at the New Smyrna Beach Airport. This was sent to me by a reader and I love the Spruce Creek Journal that it is featured in. I took some time and read through it and they have some great local information and news, coupons and my favorite...the Storm Track page. Check them out even if you don't live in Spruce Creek there is plenty there to enjoy!

Monday, May 24, 2010

National Safe Boating Week

It is National Safe Boating Week. The Coast Guard Station in Ponce Inlet, located at 2999 N Peninsula Ave in New Smyrna Beach will be the site of an Open House on boating safety. The Open House is Tuesday, May 25th from 830am until 2pm. There will be life jacket demonstrations, a search and rescue operation using a Coast Guard Dolphin helicopter, tours of Coast Guard vessels and boating safety information. There will be a boat parade at 10am from Ponce Inlet south across to the Coast Guard Station. I would love to take my kids to this except for that pesky school thing we still have going on.....

Climb To The Moon

On May 27th join the old lighthouse keeper as he leads you on your journey into the past and discover the unique history of this National Historic Landmark. Toast the setting sun with sparkling cider and enjoy panoramic views of the ocean, inlet and inland waterways by the light of the full moon.

This special event is limited to 25 participants only and begins at 730pm and runs til 9pm. Tickets must be purchased in advance calling Mary at 386.761.1821, extension 10. Prices are $25 for non-members and $20 for members.

The Ponce Inlet Lighthouse is located 4931 South Peninsula Drive, Ponce Inlet. You can visit their website for more information on the lighthouse and museum.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Art & Wine Walk on Flagler

Art Walk on Flagler Avenue this Saturday from 10am-5pm. Wine Walk will be held from 1pm-5pm at various locations along Flagler. Should be a nice weekend for some art and wine!

Monday, May 17, 2010

Aqua Park

A friend of mine asked me to run by the Aqua Park in Edgewater today to get her a schedule for summer swim lessons....I said "what Aqua Park?" Much to my surprise there is an awesome pool right on Eaton Rd in Edgewater. I stopped by and chatted with the owner John, who is a terrific man with a beautiful facility. They have an indoor pool and an outdoor pool. They offer several sessions of swimming lessons for all ages. Eight lessons is $56.00, that is a deal. The Aqua Park also offers a summer swim league, private pool party rentals, water therapy, water aerobics classes, lap swimming and a whole lot more. You can give them a call at 386-428-5074 or stop by their facility at 600 Eaton Rd in Edgewater.

Support your local business!

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Fish Stock 2010

Fish Stock 2010 will be held Memorial Day weekend. This is the 8th annual tournament held in New Smyrna Beach. The schedule can be found here or on their website. There will be an inshore tournament, offshore tournament, boat show and much more. Other activities include 5k family fun run and silent auction. It will be a fun filled event for all ages.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Benefit For Amy Sue Root

There will be a benefit for Amy Sue Root on Saturday at Beachside Tavern. The Tavern is located at 690 East Third Avenue in New Smyrna Beach. There will be entertainment and fun for the whole family!

This benefit is for a handicapped van for the family. They are relying on non-emergency transportation every time Amy has to visit the doctor. If you cannot attend please consider a donation to her recovery fund. You can make donations at Beachside Tavern or contact Debbie Alonzo at Edward Jones 311 Lytle Ave New Smyrna Beach FL 32168.

Thanks for your support!

Around Town~Things to Do

The Parktowne Business Expo is the weekend. It is being held at the Parktowne Industrial Center, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 15. There will be Family Fun & Activities, as well as plenty of food and an array of prizes. Find out more by calling Steve Dennis at the Southeast Volusia Chamber of Commerce at 428-2449.

Manzano Fine Foods, located on Flagler Ave will be open extended hours this Friday night from 11pm-230am. They are also trying to get Guy Fieri from Diners, Drive ins & Dives to come on down to the beach and do an episode from Manzano's store. You can help by emailing and tell them how much you love Manzano's. If you have not tried them out yet you are in for a treat, great food and nice people.

Email me or comment with your events we will add.....

Sunday, May 9, 2010

New Smyrna Beach Balloon Fest

The Balloon Fest that was canceled due to our horrible frigid temperatures when it was scheduled in January has been rescheduled for May 21-23rd. You can get the complete schedule here.  To get updates directly from the Balloon Fest organizers you can sign up for the newsletter. You can keep up with all the NSB Airport goings on with a visit to the Friends of NSB Airport.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Marine Discovery Center

Here are some things happening at our Marine Discovery Center. You may or may not know they have been raising funds to refurbish and repair "Discovery" the Center's pontoon boat. Amazingly enough through large and small donations they have raised 25,000 for this effort. You can read about it here. They still need children and many of our local children have spent many hours on this boat and at the Marine Discovery Center....let's help them out.

Bird Rescue Volunteers are needed~on Saturday, May 22nd there will be a class held at the MDC classroom at 9am for all those interested in helping. You will learn techniques for bird rescue and may be asked to dedicate time for this purpose. Please consider giving your time to this effort. Contact or call 386-852-8008.

Mother's Day

What do you have planned for Mother's Day? Looking for brunch....Check out my friend & author Kathy Browning's great article on local restaurants featuring brunch this mother's day.

If you are doing flowers or plants, shop local...Tiptons or New Smyrna Beach Florist are my old favorites. One of my new favorites is Pink Flamingo.

Night Swan Bed & Breakfast has a fabulous Mother's Day Package....the good news is they will do it for you anytime!

Enjoy the day....and support your local business!

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Around Town~Weekend Events

A few things to do around town this weekend....

Pancakes in the Park at Old Fort Park on Saturday from 7am-11am. This benefits the Historical Society.

Farmer's Market on Canal Street beginning at 730am.

Chase's on the Beach is holding their first annual Waves & Wheels Pro Invitational. Surfing, skating, fashion show and prizes. They also have a Reggae Brunch on Sundays from 10am-3pm.

Skyline 1949, formerly Stella's Skyline has officially closed. Their recording said they were remodeling, now the number forwards to the corporate headquarters. Big FOR LEASE sign in the yard...Sad that nothing can make it in that location.

Norwood's has a brand new e-club, sign up and get free stuff. I signed up today and got a free appetizer.

Anyway, I searched about for things to do and our weekend at the beach is pretty lame...well as lame a weekend living at the beach can be...I suggest, hit the beach and eat a meal at a local restaurant! Take a walk on Flagler or Canal Street and buy a few trinkets from a local merchant....hit the Farmers Market for some lettuce and then go have a Pancake in the Park...Blue Crabs are in at Oak Hill Seafood Coop....

Enjoy and support your local business!

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

5 Good Things

I was catching up on some of my favorite blogs and websites today and noticed one of my favorite organizers had a link to Whisker Graphics on her Facebook page. This is an old post from July of 2009 but it sure is relevant today. Can you think of 5 Good Things that happened today? How about everyday....try it. I challenged my kids in the car tonight to give me 5 good things that happened was very quiet for a minute. They had to we go:

My 11 year old Daughter:

1. had cheese for lunch (that would make me happy too)
2. played with Tank (the dog)
3. no homework
4. sunburn is getting better
5. played dodgeball in recess

My 13 year old son:

1. played baseball
2. won the baseball game (yes there is a theme here)
3. had good food
4. Love my Mom (ok he is a suck-up)
5. Sam's back

Life is so simple when you are a kid. So I have printed them the booklet in Whisker Graphic's post and we are going to do this for the rest of the week and see if it gets easier. They will be thinking about it now, so I imagine the answers will get more dramatic. There is so much negative in the news and just in general I thought this was a great idea to get some positive energy going.....and yes, they made me do it too.

1. The cat made me laugh
2. great weather
3. got to watch baseball
4. everyone is healthy today
5. it is raining on my new bushes

I guess my life is pretty simple too when it comes down to it...I guess that should be number 6.

Impressions of New Smyrna Beach

Impressions of New Smyrna Beach will be held this Friday, May 7th from 6pm-8pm at Galleria di Vetro. They are located at 301 Flagler Avenue, New Smyrna Beach. There will be fabulous framed prints and other art featuring our beautiful town. While you are there you can check out the beautiful glass sea creatures and ornaments that the Galleria is famous for. There will be wine, music and some light snacks made by Fresh & Simple.

Support your local business!

Monday, May 3, 2010

Faith & Family Night

This Friday, May 7th is Faith & Family night at Jackie Robinson Stadium. Game time is 7:05pm, you can get your tickets through Crossroads Christian Church for $10.00 and it includes a meal voucher. Contact Andy Ellingwood for more details. The church number is 386.427.3312.

The compete Daytona Cubs Events Schedule is here.

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Cinco de Mayo on Flagler

The third annual Cinco de Mayo Celebration will be held on Flagler Avenue this Wednesday, May 5th. The celebration kicks off at 5pm and runs through 9pm with 10 venues featuring live Latin entertainment, dancing, iced cold cervezas and of course Mexican food. The event is free to the public.
Each year, communities throughout the United States and Mexico celebrate Cinco de Mayo in commemoration of the 1862 Battle of Puebla.  Contrary to popular belief Cinco De Mayo is not Mexico's Independence Day which is September 16th. It is, however, a Mexican national holiday called 'Battle of Puebla Day' or Cinco De Mayo.