Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Cudas Baseball Camp

If your child is going to be in 6-8th grade next year and would like to have some fun and play baseball with the Cudas (you know the ones who went to the state championship final four) you have a great chance this summer.

The RBI Cudas are running a mini camp this summer, it starts June 11th and will be held Mon/Wed/Fri thru July 13th from 6pm-8pm. (taking the week of July 4th off) They are planning on holding it at Hawk's Park in Edgewater. It is quite inexpensive at 60.00 per week with a one week minimum or you can do all four weeks for $50.00 per week. Information and registration forms can be found at the website.

It is being run by Coach Frank Corr in conjunction with the coaching staff and players on the Cudas team. Should be fun and will help get your middle school age player ready for high school ball!

Monday, May 28, 2012

20th Annual Bike & Bar Tour

This is the 20th anniversary of the New Smyrna Beach Bike and Bar Tour! It will be June 23rd and they will again start at JB's Fish Camp and head on up A1A to all the bars along the way....Chase's, Off The Hook, Toni and Joe's, there are a bunch more but I can never remember them all. This is a fun event and last year had about 700 riders. They are expecting even more this year from all over Volusia County and Central Florida. The best part is the people watching...some crazy things you can see at this thing. Great entertainment!! Get to JB's at 11:00 a.m. they leave about 11:30. You can also join in along the way!

Tune up your bike and come on out for some sun and fun in New Smyrna Beach!!! Get updates and information on their Facebook Page.

Hush Puppy Haven

Did you know that almost half of all domestic violence survivors delay leaving their abuser because they do not have a safe place for their pet? 85% of women in abusive relationships report abuse to their pets. Sickening. Hush Puppy Haven works in conjunction with the Domestic Abuse Council of Volusia County to try and prevent this from happening. They help find a temporary safe place for pets in these type of situations.

Hush Puppy Haven is a non-profit organization operated completely by volunteers. You can help them by fostering an animal, they are in desperate need of those willing to foster large dogs. You can also give a tax deductible donation via check or paypal. Information on how you can help is here.

I saw the picture below today on Pinterest and it made me think of the awesome people at Hush Puppy Haven. Support your local animals!!

Hahahaha! YES.

Memorial Day

Have a safe and happy Memorial Day! Remember to thank and honor those that serve, remember to thank and honor their families!

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Memorial Day

There are three Memorial Day Events scheduled for our area on Monday, May 28, 2012. 

VFW Post 3282 is holding a Ceremony at 10:00 am at Veteran's Park in the City Center of Port Orange. There will be a fly -over, 21 gun salute and a wreath ceremony. The VFW also holds a picnic at 1:00pm at their post, 5810 S. Williamson Blvd. The event is open to the public and they ask for a $5.00 donation at the door.

New Smyrna Beach will hold it's ceremony in Riverside Park. It is at 11:00am and is hosted by the VFW Post 4250. This is an annual ceremony and speakers include Mayor Adam Barringer. I went to this one last year and it was very nice.

American Legion Post 285 hosts the ceremony held at the Edgewater - New Smyrna Cemetery. The cemetery is located at 700 S. Ridgewood Ave. There are several speakers, music and a fly-over. The Legion Post also hosts a reception following at their facility located at 4497 Ridgewood Ave in Edgewater. I went to this one two years ago with my children and it was also excellent.

Have a safe Memorial Day Weekend!

Aqua Park Summer Swim Camps

Aqua Park in Edgewater is offering Summer Swim Camps for both High School and Middle School Students. They will offer the camps on Monday-Wednesday-Friday. Prices are excellent and they will focus on swim strokes, starts, turns and preparing for high school competition. They are also offering swim lessons for kids of all ages.

Call them at 386-689-4068. This is sponsored by the Barracuda Swim Boosters.

Support your local athletes!

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Father's Day Car & Truck Show

Sunday, June 17th is Father's Day. The 3rd Annual Crossroads Father's Day Car & Truck Show will be held at the Church which is located at 3838 SR 44 in New Smyrna Beach, FL. There will be all types of kids activities, a free lunch sponsored by Chick-fil-A and an assortment of classic cars and trucks to check out with Dad.

The show is from 9am-3pm, admission is free and if you have a classic car or truck that you want to exhibit, registration is also free!

Get more information on the show here. You can also email Jon Fleet for more information!

Panheads Pizzeria

We have not talked pizza in awhile...Due to my (typical) poor planning we found ourselves at 7:30 pm with no dinner. Two starving (aren't they always) teenagers constituted an emergency. Cereal was not an option and Mikey's, our favorite beachside pizza is closed on Tuesday. So, trying Panheads seemed like a good choice.

I drove over and took a look at the menu and chatted with the bartender about my white pizza options. I ended up ordering a large "White Wedding" Pizza, half of which I asked for plain. After about 20 minutes he brought me this HUGE pizza ready to go. It was fantastic, hot, delicious. Love their crust, fresh toppings. All around excellent.

You can check out their menu and their website. I saw on the board they have daily specials and are now serving wings. We will definitely be enjoying some Panhead's Pizza again and going back for the wings.

Panheads is located at 113 S. Orange St - right behind Thai Mango off Canal Street. They are open every day except Sunday!

Support your local business!

Monday, May 21, 2012

Field Dedication to SSG Arthur C. Williams IV

Join the community in dedicating the practice field to SSG Arthur C. Williams IV. Sgt. Williams lost his life serving our country in Iraq on December 8, 2004. Williams was a 1991 graduate of New Smyrna Beach High School and the only Barracuda to die in Iraq.

This dedication will take place at the High School at 3:30 p.m. It will begin in the gym and move to the field immediately following the ceremony in the gym.

Get more information on this event in the News-Journal.

Fishstock 2012

This weekend is the 10th annual Fishstock Tournament in New Smyrna Beach. The events include a 5K run, Boat Show, Entertainment, Food, Fishing Seminars and of course he fishing tournament. Most of the events are going on in and around Riverside Park.

One of the events that should be good is Thursday evening. The band Outbound Road is playing from 4pm-9pm in the Beer Garden. They are what is considered a Hard Country sound with some Southern Rock thrown in. I have heard a bit of them and they sound pretty good! Worth taking a ride over and listening to. You can hear a bit of them on their website.

Get the whole list of entertainment on the Fishstock site.

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Art & Wine Walk

This Saturday is the monthly Art & Wine Walk on Flagler. The Art Walk begins at 10:00 a.m. and runs until 5:00 p.m. The Wine Walk starts at 1:00 pm. Get a Wine Passport at the corner of Flagler and Cooper or at 113 Flagler Ave.

Grab Some Food!

The 125th Anniversary Celebration will be happening in New Smyrna Beach the weekend of June 8th. Part of that means the Food Trucks are rolling back into town. They will be at Riverside Park from 5pm-9pm on June 9th.

You can get a full calendar of events on the NSB Loop Waterfront Website.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Cudas Baseball

So is anyone in town following high school baseball this weekend? They will play in the State Semifinals this Saturday in Port St. Lucie. If you cannot go you can follow the updates on the R.B.I. Cudas Facebook Page.

If they win on Saturday you can watch them in the finals on Sunday afternoon on Brighthouse.

If you haven't been keeping up with all the news check out the News Page on the R.B.I. Cudas website. All the articles and news is on that page. Good stuff!

The R.B.I. Cudas is the Booster Club for the High School baseball program, they raise money to supplement the meager budget that high school athletics is given these days. They help attract quality coaches, buy equipment, help pay for the fields (yes the city charges us to use the field at NSB Sports Complex), operate the concession, find sponsors and all sorts of other crazy things. The R.B.I Cudas also operates the feeder team for younger kids wanting to play high school baseball. If you have a child in elementary school or middle school that is interested in playing baseball in New Smyrna Beach head over to this page and sign up to get email updates on the program.

If you are a business and are interested in sponsoring the Cudas, you can email them. Someone (probably me) will get back to you within 24 hours. Now is a GREAT time to get your name on one of our banners, support our 5K run in October or sponsor a player. You can check out some of the current Cuda Baseball Sponsors here.

Thanks for reading and Go Cudas!!

The Pleasant Grove Missionary Baptist Church is holding a Gospel Music Festival and Health Fair at Old Fort Park on Saturday. The event is from 10am-5pm. Music from several music groups, health screenings, food and plenty of children's activities. Admission is free.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Prism Concert

The Barracuda Band Prism Concert is this weekend. The first concert is Friday night at 7:00 pm in the High School Auditorium. The Dinner and Concert is Saturday night. The festivities begin at 5:00 pm in the Cafeteria and the Concert is at 7:00 in the Auditorium. I was not able to find much information on this so if anyone has more information please comment with it below!

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

YMCA Benefit

Do you know this man?
You probably do, you just don't know it. He is the Assistant Varsity Coach of the Regional Champion Cudas Baseball Team. He is also supporting the Volusia Flagler YMCA this weekend in their benefit at the Athens Theatre in Deland! There are shows on Friday and Saturday and all proceeds go directly to our local YMCA in Volusia and Flagler County. You can get information here and even buy tickets online. The theme is "A Tribute to the Ed Sullivan Show." It should be a great time and it is all to support our local YMCA!

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Venetian Bay Charter School

vb charter school header

There is a feasibility study happening right now to determine interest in a Charter School for Venetian Bay. Currently there is a charter school in Samsula that has a waiting list. This school would be for grades K-5 with plans later to add another charter school for grades 6-8. Please check out their website which includes links to the feasibility survey being conducted. This survey MUST be turned in by May 25, 2012. If there is enough interest the school could begin operations August 1, 2012. There is a ton of information on this website.

Crimes of the Heart

Crimes of the Heart will be presented at The Little Theatre beginning on May 18th. It runs the 18th all the way through the 27th of May. There are both evening and matinee performances on select days. Tickets are available at the box office. More information is available on their website.

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Happy Mother's Day

 I wish you all a Happy Mother's Day. 

My brothers and I were fortunate to watch our parents honor our grandmother all the days of our life. She was my Dad's mother and lived up the road from us, we visited with her daily, took her dinner, mowed her lawn, never opened a Christmas present until we had picked her up to join us. We could count on her to keep the stray cats we found, nod and smile when we complained about our parents. We played cards and Scrabble with her, watched Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune with her, fed her cat (that one we found that she kept), you get it, Grandma things....

As she grew older, my brothers and I would take turns sleeping at her house to be sure she was safe, my mother made her dinner every night and my father took it to her and sat with her while she ate it. My parent's did everything for her...at the end of her life, my brothers and I were gone to college and work and life and they had to have help, she went in a nursing home, they visited her every single day. She died in 1989. I still miss her. 

So on this Mother's Day, I thank my parents for teaching me how we should all honor our mother(or mother-in-law) for all the days of their life. I hope my children will be for me, what my parents were for her. I hope my brothers and I can be for them what they were for her.

I did not write the following letter, but I did get permission from the writer to share it with you...

"My dear child, the day you see I’m getting old, I ask you to please be patient, but most of all, try to understand what I’m going through. If when we talk, I repeat the same thing a thousand times, don’t interrupt to say: “You said the same thing a minute ago”... Just listen, please. Try to remember the times when you were little and I would read the same story night after night until you would fall asleep. When you see how ignorant I am when it comes to new technology, give me the time to learn and don’t look at me that way... remember, honey, I patiently taught you how to do many things like eating appropriately, getting dressed, combing your hair and dealing with life’s issues every day... the day you see I’m getting old, I ask you to please be patient, but most of all, try to understand what I’m going through. If I occasionally lose track of what we are talking about, give me the time to remember, and if I can’t, don’t be nervous, impatient or arrogant. Just know in your heart that the most important thing for me is to be with you. And when my old, tired legs don’t let me move as quickly as before, give me your hand the same way that I offered mine to you when you first walked. When those days come, don’t feel sad... just be with me, and understand me while I get to the end of my life with love. I’ll cherish and thank you for the gift of time and joy we shared. With a big smile and the huge love I’ve always had for you, I just want to say, I love you... my darling child. "

Happy Mother's Day

Friday, May 11, 2012

Call Your Mother

Had to share this very cute reminder about all the things our mothers do for us!! Thanks to Frugal Dad for putting it together!

Mother's Day Infographic
Source: http://FrugalDad.com

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Lunch On Us

No lunch will not be on me...at least not this time. 

The Canal Street "Lunch On Us" Program begins June 1st and runs through August 31st. Here is how it works....groups coming to New Smyrna Beach can hang out and visit the shops on Canal Street, they will receive a "passport" that will be stamped by various merchants along Canal Street, then a free lunch at one of my favorites-Dolphin View Restaurant. Dolphin View has a great location, beautiful scenery and excellent food!

So, if you and your friends would like to visit us in New Smyrna Beach and enjoy some lunch give Sandi Sawyer a call at 386-409-5232. She will be happy to give you more information and a reservation for the program! 

For more information on the Canal Street Historic District check out their terrific website!

JB's Fish Camp is hosting an Arts and Crafts Festival this weekend. It is on Saturday from 11am-5pm and there will be entertainment with Jeff White. You can eat(obviously) rent a kayak, enjoy some art and get a Mother's Day gift!

Monday, May 7, 2012

Just A Little More Baseball!

Not sure if you follow High School Sports....I follow a little Baseball. The New Smyrna Beach High School Baseball team will host Winter Springs tomorrow night at the Sports Complex. They are in the Class 7A - Regional Semi-Final (State Tournament). This is the first time since 1937 that they have made it to the State Tournament. This is kind of a BIG DEAL!

This is a great group of kids with some pretty good coaches that has surprised a whole bunch of people. If you are looking for something to do tomorrow night at 7:00 pm. Come one out to the Sports Complex on Turnbull Rd and cheer on your home team.

There will be a wide array of food and drink available in our fabulous concession stand. Tickets are $7.00 and the whole baseball program appreciates your support!!!

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Around Town-Weekend Events

Another week has flown by....20 something days of school left..YIKES!

Farmer's Market's today at Norwood's, Hawk's Park and Old Fort Park. The Green Market is at the Pavilion in Port Orange til 12:30.

Cinco De Mayo Celebration on Flagler from 5pm-9pm tonight.

The Supermoon will rise tonight over our beach at about 7:50pm.

Don't forget from 9am-3pm the 3rd Ave Beach Ramp is one way ON the beach!

Enjoy the weekend!!