Monthly Archives: June 2011

D.E.F.Y. Camp FREE for DOD Youth


Do you know a DoD youth between 9 and 12 years of age?
Want to add some fun to their summer?
Want them to meet new friends?

If you answered yes to all of these questions, this is the camp for your child!
D.E.F.Y. Camp Dates August 2-12
Drug Education for Youth (DEFY) is a self-esteem building program that provides kids with the tools they need to resist drugs, gangs, and alcohol. The camp is FREE, space is limited, so register your child today.

Applications are available online at, or at the Health Promotion office, Bldg 302, between the hours of 0800-1630. For more information call 451-2865.

Senior scholarship program


Three awesome photography studios are awarding FREE senior portrait sessions to deserving 2012 seniors in Onslow County!


Here’s How:

“LIKE” them on Facebook: “Senior Scholarship Program, Onslow County, NC

Download your application.  Let them know why you or someone you know deserves a free session!

Contact them @ 910.238.4221

Sponsored by: Dyal Photography&Associates, Heavenly Eye Photography, and Runyon Photography

335 Steller Road, Jacksonville, NC 28540

LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION.  One stop light from the Air Station, two stop lights to the beach and MARSOC and the back gate.  New carpet, new paint!  Fridge, great storage shed and play yard/swing set convey.  Fenced back yard.  Covered deck the entire back of the home to enjoy the yard that backs to trees.  Move in ready!  Vaulted ceiling in the family room, kitchen and dining areas.  Two closets in the master, one a walk in!  Check it out!

SwingSetting the new verb of the season.


It’s swing season.  If you live near any form of water, it’s specifically tire-swing season.  I stumbled across this cool group who did this  , swings across LA to raise awareness and money for a project to place swings in under developed countries and here’s their web site: so you know they really exist and can understand just how fun a job it must be to put swings up all over the place.

I’m a fan of swings and in my youth used to be particularly great at swinging as high as I could on the school swings with pals then trying to fly off and land on our feet-the goal to fly higher and father than anyone else, which, worked spectacularly until one of my pals broke their ankles on an unstuck landing. . .where’s Bela Karolyi when you need him?!

Rock out to this as you contemplate a donation:



I break my own legs.


I thoughtfully included a moment of Schadenfreude for you rather than a pic of myself. . .no exciting cast, just a lovely stress fracture(s) to boast from my running.  I am enjoying a diet with a side of ibuprofen and calcium pills and a shot of milk here and there.  I have a few blogger pals on here who are anti-facebook so I thought I’d make an effort to explain (make excuses as two said) for not updating my run log for a bit.

In short, a public mea culpa.  You’re smart, I”m dumb.  You’re very good looking and athletically superior and I’m great at watching  So, turns out, after decades of dance and ballet, amping up a running program to prep for a marathon-I COULD have heeded some well “heeled” advice.

Stretching isn’t just a suggestion, it’s imperative–all the time, seriously.  Old rehab tricks like writing the alphabet in the air with your toes never goes out of style even if you aren’t planning on whipping out some fouette turns on the dance floor this weekend.  Rotating shoes, regardless of how cute they are or aren’t has to happen, ideally as often as every other day.  Change routes or at a minimum reverse the route and TRAIL/soft surface running should take up more of the training program.  Noted, in my pretty moleskine journal.  My bad.  Lesson learned.

Ohhhtay, one pic.  🙂 Missing running and walking “with purpose” because someone put the kibosh on that as well.:

Because somehow, “I break my own leg” reminded me of this:

Moose Lodge Open House


OPEN HOUSE at the MOOSE LODGE in Jacksonville, NC 28546.  Saturday, June 25th  the local chapter of the Order of the Moose will be hosing an open house!  Pig Pickin’ for $7.00 per person, at 3pm a horseshoe tournament will commence, at 6pm, Karaoke!  Open to all, you don’t have to be a member but they are looking for new folks to join!  Located at 135 Moosehaven Road (same road Texas Roadhouse is located on off of highway 17, and behind McD’s and Mi Cabana and new Navy Federal on Western)–mint green building behind the pine trees.  Need more information?  Call 910.346.4550 .  Hope to see you there!

102 Aldersgate, Jacksonville,NC 28546 OPEN HOUSE THURSDAY


Please join me for lunch, catered by BREWED AWAKENINGS this THURSDAY, the 16th from 11:30-1:30 for a great open house in Aldersgate, located just off of Gum Branch Road (Gum Branch to Onsville to the Aldersgate entrance, home on your right).  Immaculate home with hardwood floors and a huge privacy fenced back yard surrounded by trees.  MLS number 118782 for more information but it’s completely worth stopping by for a few, taking a tour and having a little lunch break.  Hope to see you there!

Shake your money maker.


Looking for something super entertaining that whips you into shape while you’re having a blast?  Kaitlyn Bellydance (like it on fb) has a great new summer schedule for both Jacksonville and New Bern.  Took the liberty to copy and paste her recent post HERE:

Bollywood and Bellydance Fitness Classes start this Week!
Hello Everyone!

Just a reminder that the Jacksonville classes started yesterday and the New Bern classes start this Wednesday.

How to Register: To register for classes with Kaitlyn, please visit the “Instruction” page at and download the registration form. Fill it out and bring that with you to the first class you attend. Please be sure to arrive 10-15 minutes early before the start of class. Kaitlyn accepts cash or check.

*Attention New Bern Students*: You may also stop by Down East Dance located just off of Trent Rd., and pre-register at the studio. Visit for more info.

Not Able to Attend All 6 Classes?
Not to worry! Kaitlyn offers different rates for the amount of classes you are able to take.

5 Classes: $60.00
4 Classes: $50.00
3 Classes: $40.00
Drop-ins per class: $15.00

Want to Take Both?
Receive $10.00 off when registering for both the Bollywood Blast & Bellydance Fitness classes!

I took both the bellydance and Bollywood classes last summer with my pal J and let me tell ya, you really end up shaking what your mamma gave ya.  I worked muscles in my lower back, in particular, that I hadn’t bothered in years.  First couple of classes are full of giggles as you find your groove. . .if you can, Kaitlyn would be a blast to host a shower or party class for a group of your friends.  Live on the edge, try something new, it won’t kill ya and I promise, there are no super models in the class, just lots of fun ladies from every age group. . .would I fib to ya?  No baby, these hips don’t lie.  🙂  No fightin’.