Sunday, December 30, 2012

Gladiator Arena

It is that time of year again....Resolution time...if getting in shape is on that list Gladiator Arena is the place for you.

Gladiator Arena was recently opened by Shannon Hall. She was best known as DALLAS on the television show THE AMERICAN GLADIATORS. She was the first Toughwoman World Champion, IFBA Women's Heavyweight boxing champion, WWF professional wrestler, Ms. Fitness California, and Mixed Martial Artist. Shannon is now a USA boxing coach and personal trainer right here in New Smyrna Beach. The best part is she is super nice, lives here in NSB with her family and will kick your butt into shape. She is offering some two for one training specials and a variety of classes including Cardio Kickboxing and Crunk Jiu-Jitsu.

Gladiator Arena is located at 1180-B North Dixie Freeway in New Smyrna Beach. Give her a call at 386 - 679-4330 and check out her Facebook Page for more information.


The Little Theatre is again offering their youth theatre program on early release Wednesdays starting January 23rd. They offer classes for children 5-9 and 10-14. Tuition is 70.00 per class. They do offer some scholarships and financial assistance. Get more information and registration forms here.


The 5th Annual Go Dog Go 5K Fun Run/Walk to benefit the Southeast Volusia Humane Society will be held January 19th. It kicks off at 8:00 am from the Norwood's parking lot in New Smyrna Beach. All proceeds benefit the Humane Society. Get more information and register online here.


Saturday, December 29, 2012

MDC Tailgate Party

The 8th Annual Tailgate'n Party to benefit the Marine Discovery Center will be held January 12th at Brannon Center in New Smyrna Beach. Tickets are $25.00 or a table of 8 is $160.00. The party is from 4-8 pm, there will be food, football, fun and beer! Brannon Center is located at 105 Riverside Dr. Get more information or purchase tickets here.


Friday, December 28, 2012

Celebrate the New Year at the Beach!

If you enjoy a party on New Year's Eve you have a couple of choices in New Smyrna Beach this year...

Fireworks kick off the annual New Year's Eve Party on Flagler Ave. Fireworks start at 9pm at the corner of Flagler and Cooper. Five great parties follow at Om Bar, Traders, Clancy's, Peanuts and Flagler Tavern.

Early birds will find a party at Brannon Center starting at 1:00 pm. The New Year will be celebrated at 5 pm. The same time as Finland, Greece and Turkey. This party features a jazz quartet, buffet and champagne toast at "midnight".  The cost is $25.00 in advance and $30.00 at the door. Brannon Center is located at 105 S. Riverside Drive.

The American Legion Post 17 is hosting a New Year's Eve party at their post located at 619 W. Canal Street. A steak and shrimp dinner will be served, there will be entertainment, a champagne toast at midnight, dancing, and a continental breakfast served before going home. The cost is $30.00 per person. Call 386-427-5013 to make reservations or to get more information.

What are you doing to ring in the New Year!!

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Reindeer Experience

Looking for something to do after Christmas? Take a stroll on Flagler Avenue and mingle with some real Reindeer. Between the 26th and the 31st there will be a petting zoo at 403 Flagler Avenue including some of Santa's Reindeer. I am not sure if Rudolph will be there but it might be worth checking it out!


Monday, December 17, 2012

A Christmas Story

On December 20th there will be a free movie shown at the east end of Flagler Ave. The show starts at dusk, bring chairs and blankets.


Thursday, December 13, 2012

Men's Softball

There are a couple of Men's Softball leagues New Smyrna Beach.

The first is for 50 and older and games are played on Tuesday and Thursdays at New Smyrna Beach Sports Complex. Call Tom Coriale at 386-304-2968 or hit their website.

The second is a Men's League for everyone else. They are having a meeting on Thursday, December 27, 2012 at 6:00 p.m. in the maintenance building past the softball fields at the New Smyrna Beach Sports Complex.

The cost for the Men’s season is tentatively set for $675 per team. This cost will include 16 games plus a playoff with award t-shirts for winning team in each division. The Men’s season is tentatively scheduled to begin on Monday, January 14, 2013 and will play on Monday & Wednesday nights. The deadline to sign-up is Friday, January 11, 2013. If your team is interested in playing please have a representative at the meeting.

For any questions of further information please call or e-mail A.T. Marucci at (386) 424-2271 or


Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Marine Discovery Center Vacation Day Camp

Marine Discovery Center located on Barracuda Blvd near the North Causeway is holding some vacation Day camps. Great place to drop the kids while you work or recover from the Christmas festivities. I guarantee they will have a blast. This was my kids favorite place in the summer when they were younger,

 The camps are:

Friday, December 21, 2012 8:00 am-3:00 pm 
Thursday and Friday, December 27, 2012 and 28th 8:00 am-3:00 pm 

The camps are for children ages 5 - 14 and will include kayaking, plankton activities, invertebrate discoveries, seine netting, birding, and more.

The cost is $35.00. Reservations required check their website for more details or to make reservations.


Monday, December 10, 2012

Santa Run & Toy Drive

The Annual Santa Run & Toy Drive is December 15th on Flagler Ave. Dress up in your best Santa attire and come on down and run or walk to benefit the kids. Bring an unwrapped toy. The run starts at 6:00 pm.


Thursday, December 6, 2012

New Smyrna Vitality

Most days find me running like a mad person, between two schools, baseball practice, work, the grocery store, two schools, get it. That is how it is for everyone these days. Unfortunately we do not take any time for ourselves and our health. 

Wednesday I had a chance to try out New Smyrna Vitality's Aqua Massage. To be honest, twice I picked up the phone to cancel my appointment...why, because I did not have time. I did not cancel and I am SO glad I went! 

So what is it?...a big space ship looking machine that you climb in and get a full body massage. I did 20 minutes and felt like a new person when I was finished. The best part is it is quick and convenient. New Smyrna Vitality is located at 399 Canal Street, it is in the building next to the NSB Athletic Club. So easy to just drop in and get away for 20 minutes. It is also inexpensive, this month they are running specials at about $1.00 a minute. Great way to rejuvenate for twenty minutes and not break the bank. 

Another advantage for me is it is totally solitary, 20 glorious minutes that I did not have to talk to anyone...I cannot remember the last time that happened.(I don't count sleeping)

Mary Lou operates New Smyrna Vitality and she not only offers massage but other great wellness products to enhance your life. Right now if you go online and like their Facebook page you can try out a free 20 minute massage. I HIGHLY recommend it. It is one click and a phone call...

I am planning on getting the two a month deal and making it a regular habit...if you would like to try that out as well like their page and leave me a comment and we will randomly draw for a monthly package. Use it yourself or give it away as a gift. 

New Smyrna Vitality also offers gift certificates, I can think of nothing I would like better than the gift of health!  

Tractor Parade

The best parade around is without a doubt the Tractor Parade in Samsula. It is this Saturday at 3:00 pm. The parade starts at the SNPJ Lodge on Samsula Road and continues on down to State Road 44. It is great fun with everything from antique tractors to rolling recliners. You never know what you will see!


First Friday Is This Friday!

Kick of your weekend with a visit to the First Friday's Market in Edgewater and get some serious Christmas shopping done! The gorgeous scarves above will be featured this Friday at Hawk's Park. The festivities start at 5:00 pm and run until 9:00 pm. There will be food, entertainment, adult beverages for purchase and plenty of local vendors selling everything from plants to jewelry. Check their Facebook page for a full list of items available.

Support your local small business and get some unique gifts for your friends and family!


Edgewater Christmas Parade

The Edgewater Christmas Parade is this Saturday, December 8th. It starts at 10:00 am and runs down Indian River Blvd to US 1. Many of your favorite businesses are participating and will be giving away coupons and free stuff. There will be music, entertainment and the usual parade stuff. Should be fun!

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Holiday Celebration & Pet Food Drive

I love Sophie's Circle! If you are not familiar with Sophie's they are a Pet Food Pantry that provides food to those who may be having financial difficulties feeding their family let alone their pet. They are also constantly rescuing, fostering and finding homes for dogs. I know them personally and they are awesome people!

On December 6th from 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm Health Point Acupuncture and Natural Medicine is holding a Holiday Celebration & Pet Food Drive to benefit Sophie's. There will be food, beverages, wine tasting, raffles and plenty of holiday fun!

Bring a pet food donation or of course cash is always welcome! They are located at 394 North Causeway, New Smyrna Beach. Their phone number is 386-426-2232. Reservations are requested.


Thursday, November 29, 2012

Bed & Breakfast Tour

The Annual Bed & Breakfast Tour is December 9th. Tour three of the areas most beautiful inns all decked out for Christmas. The Night Swan, Longboard Inn and The Riverview Hotel will all be open from 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm.


Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Lights on the Loop

There are three chances for you to sit back and take a ride around the NSB Waterfront Loop and check out the lights! December 8th, 15th and 22nd you can take a free holiday light tour. It starts at Christmas Park on the corner of Canal Street and Live Oak.

The tours take about 30 minutes and run from 6:30 p.m. until 9:30 p.m.

 Reservations are required and can be made by calling NSB Parks & Recreation at 386-424-2175.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Light Up Flagler

The annual street festival lighting up Flagler Ave is December 7th. It all starts at 5:30 p.m. and runs until 7:30 p.m. The merchants of Flagler Ave light up their shops, there is entertainment, food, shopping and a visit from Santa! This is always a family-friendly fun time for all!


Monday, November 26, 2012

Breakfast with Santa

There are a couple of local opportunities to have Breakfast with Santa.

The first is on December 1st at Volusia Mall. There are three seating at 8:30, 9:00 or 9:30 am and will be held in the food court. Go here for more information and to register. You must register by November 27th to guarantee a seat.

The Central Florida Zoo is also holding a Breakfast with Santa on December 8th. They offer breakfast and brunch, check their website for more details and prices.

Finally on December 15th, the City of Ormond Beach is hosting a Breakfast with Santa at the Casements on Riverside Drive. The cost is $5.00 and they will have all kinds of fun events for the kids. Get more information here.


Sunday, November 25, 2012

Visit Santa in Christmas Park

Santa is visiting New Smyrna Beach, his house is in Christmas Park, which is on the corner of Live Oak and Canal Street. Santa's next visit will be this Friday November 30th. You can get the complete schedule here.


IMAGES Tour of Homes

The IMAGES Tour of Homes is December 1st from 9:00 am until 3:00 pm. Tour six of our local homes decorated for the holidays in gorgeous fashion.

 Tickets for IMAGES Tour of Homes are $20 each. They are available at the Images office, 214 S. Riverside Drive (BACK DOOR ONLY), at Arts on Douglas at 123 Douglas Avenue and Atlantic Center for the Arts, 1414 Arts Center Avenue in New Smyrna Beach.

For more information call 386-423-4733 or you can send an email.


Saturday, November 24, 2012

Pictures with Santa (for the pets)

Take your furry friend over to the Edgewater Animal Shelter on Saturday, December 1st for a picture with Santa. Starting at 10:00 am, Santa will be hanging out at the shelter for pictures with your dogs, cats and other critters...he will be there until 2:00 pm and reservations are being accepted. Call 386-957-3994 for more information or reservations.


New Smyrna Beach Parades

The New Smyrna Beach Christmas Parade is December 1st at 4:00 pm. This traditional parade starts at the Flagler Ave Beach Approach and runs over the North Causeway to Canal Street.

 Once you finish that parade head on over to Riverside Park for the Boat Parade which starts in Edgewater and runs along the river to the North Causeway.

Both of these events are great fun for the whole family!