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Jul 24, 2014
Linda Reed

Relax on LBI

Catching the sun’s rays by day, dining locally by night — a trip to the Island has “relaxation” written all over it.

Explore these spots to discover even more ways to unwind during your vacation:

Primp

Relax and pamper yourself at the new Bella Donna Salon Spa, 209 N. Bay Ave., Beach Haven. Bella Donna offers nail and hair services, facials, massages, waxing, body treatments and spa packages. With private rooms, a loft and state-of-the-art pedicure chairs, Bella Donna is a great venue for birthday and bridal parties.

Unwind for an afternoon, celebrate with friends or beautify for a special night with the salon and spa’s experienced stylists. From the tranquility room to reclining shampoo chairs and a whirlpool with pipeless jets, Bella Donna takes relaxation to the next level.

“It’s a great, relaxing way to spend your vacation,” said owner Donna Zadera, who worked as a stylist in Brooklyn for 15 years before opening Bella Donna Salon Spa’s Manahawkin location in 2007.

A regular manicure is $16, and the Bella Donna’s Pamper Me Package, which includes a spa manicure, spa pedicure, 60- minute facial, 60-minute massage and a light lunch, is $215. Bella Donna also offers botox and juvederm treatments administered by a board certified medical specialist.

Bella Donna is open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.

Visit www.bella

donna-salonandspa.com or call 609-492-4800 for more information.

Create

For a relaxing crafting experience, head to SwellColors Glass Studio and Gallery, 10909 Long Beach Blvd., Long Beach Township. Attend one of the studio’s walk-in classes and create mosaic glass mirrors or fused-glass night lights. For as low as $25, people can choose from hundreds of colors of glass in different sizes and shapes and learn how to cut it to create individual pieces.

Make three beads from Italian glass that fit trollbead or Pandora bracelets for $50. Teenagers and adults looking for more of a challenge might enjoy creating six blown ornaments with a blow torch for $65.

Owner Mary Tantillo said adults and kids alike can work with professional materials in the studio’s relaxing garden setting.

“It’s very easy for somebody to make something really nice,” said Tantillo, adding that crafters leave with their pieces, which are great beach souvenirs.

Visit http://swellcolors

.com/home.html or call 609-492-3783 for more information.

Meditate

Treat your mind and body to a class at the new Yoga Bohemia studio, 2 E. 20th St., North Beach Haven. Participants of all levels can sweat through Hot Power Vinyasa, meditate during Candlelight Restorative and Yin Yoga or groove at Hip Hop Yoga Flow.

“Diversity is really key,” said partner and power yoga instructor Katie Barnett.

Partially furnished with reclaimed wood, the custom-designed space is environmentally friendly and fits about 30 mats, Barnett said. The studio also has a boutique of handcrafted, locally made products such as jewelry and lotions.

Through fundraisers and partnerships, Yoga Bohemia strives to build a compassionate community in the spirit of “Karma Yoga.” Used for more than yoga instruction, the studio has hosted a Mala beading workshop and will transform into an art gallery for a fundraising event in conjunction with the Alliance for a Living Ocean.

Yoga Bohemia offers 25 classes a week and features eight instructors from diverse yoga backgrounds.

“We have a strong staff that brings so many different elements and expertise to the experience,” Barnett said.

Yoga Bohemia partners with LBI Surfing to offer stand-up paddleboard yoga at sunset every Tuesday and Friday evening on the Barnegat Bay.

Kids yoga and yoga therapy also are offered.

Drop in a Yoga Bohemia class for $15 or buy a pass package that suits your schedule. For more information, visit http://yogabohemianj.com or call 609-389-9306.

Jul 23, 2014
Linda Reed

Checking In: Posh boutique hotel opens in historic Saratoga

I arrived fatigued, frazzled and famished at the Pavilion Grand in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., and the smart, new boutique hotel passed the travellers’ welcome test, with honours.

The Pavilion Grand is two short blocks from Broadway, Saratoga’s fabled main street, an all-new construction that blends in with Saratoga’s vintage red-brick cityscape. The tiny lobby is a delight, a welcome oasis with fashionable, colourful decor against a backdrop of soft greys.

I checked into an urban-chic suite and immediately called the spa to request a restorative smoothie blended with spinach, apple, banana, lemon, plus the current wellness cure-all from here to Hollywood, coconut water. Things were looking grand.

Opened in May, the Pavilion Grand is one of the new breed of “lifestyle hotels� that offer cool, contemporary essentials such as mixology, gluten-free cuisine and yoga. At the top of the upscale, the posh, private penthouse suites are ideal havens for the non-stop influx of A-list entertainers who stream though Saratoga.

James Taylor was scheduled at the prestigious Saratoga Performing Arts Center last week and the Real Housewives of New York recently sashayed through the Saratoga Race Course, decked out in beribboned picture hats. John Travolta will be honoured by the National Museum of Dance on Aug. 9, and SPAC will showcase the Bolshoi Ballet July 29-Aug. 1; Kiss, Aug. 5; and Chicago, Aug. 19.

After the frenetic summer season, the hotel aims to be a destination on its own, with cooking classes, spa packages and special-occasion celebrations. Saratoga is both prime wedding territory and a business conference hub.

You’re home

The Pavilion Grand is both pretty and practical. It has 48 deluxe suites in sizes ranging from studios to plush, VIP-worthy two-storey apartments, each with two bedrooms, two-and-half bathrooms and private rooftop terraces, upstairs and down. All of the suites are fully loaded with designer kitchens, pod-coffee makers, laundry machines and luxurious cotton sheets, bathrobes and towels. Some rooms have balconies or terraces. Each bedroom has a flat-screen television and the living rooms have 55-inchers. Of course, the hotel supplies bottled Saratoga spring water.

“People are leaving the big-brand hotels,� said general manager Susanne Simpson. “The Pavilion has more personal service, and the suites feel more like homes than hotel rooms.

“Plus, the full kitchens really offer flexibility. Recently, a family stayed in for supper and on another night, a business group opted for a catered meal from Mingle downstairs.�

The Pavilion Grand has an on-trend, appealing look designed by Valerie DeLaCruz of Saratoga. She used a sophisticated palette of shades of grey sharpened with black and white and brightened with striking colour pops on chairs and pillows — vivid aqua, juicy raspberry and cobalt blue — that represent the silks of the jockeys at the famous race track.

Food: A Korean accent

Mingle on the Avenue is a contemporary bistro that already has wowed locals and tourists with its lively bar scene, sidewalk section and open kitchen. The cuisine is partly American comfort, partly fine dining and partly Korean fusion, with gluten-free, vegan and vegetarian options.

On the classic front, the menu features wild salmon with coriander and citrus-fennel slaw; and N.Y. strip steak with herb-garlic butter. Korean- inspired specialties include potato-shrimp pancakes and piquant noodle bowls with shrimp, beef or chicken.

Jul 22, 2014
Linda Reed

Saddle Up fundraiser set for July 31

The annual Saddle Up fundraiser benefiting MTSU’s Ann Campbell Early Learning Center Thursday, July 31.

“Saddle Up” gets underway at 6:30 p.m. that evening at the MTSU Foundation House, located at 324 W. Thompson Lane next to the university’s Tennessee Miller Coliseum.

Funds raised at this year’s event will be used to continue expanding services at the ACE Learning Center, which is Rutherford County’s only community- and center-based program serving very young children, including those with special needs. The center was formerly known as Project Help and was renamed last spring to honor its founder, the late MTSU special education professor Ann Campbell.

For only $50 per ticket, guests can show off their favorite jeans, boots and cowboy hats while they enjoy a Western-themed evening with barbecue from Bob’s BBQ, beer donated by Mayday Brewer and wine from Stones River Total Beverage.

Guests will be treated to live music from Rhythm Kitchen as well as a “step repeat” with Cynthia Jones Photography at Studio C. “Saddle Up” also will include a silent auction featuring spa packages, golf excursions, gift baskets and cards, cookware, trips to the Nashville Zoo, a hosted holiday party and more.

For information on sponsoring the event and tickets, contact Saddle Up Chair Lindsey Fournier at lindsey.fournier@gmail.com.

Previous “Saddle Up” events have helped the program grow into new classroom space and offer services to older children. The center’s ultimate goal is to operate a one-stop wrap-around educational and therapeutic center for families in Middle Tennessee.

Founded in 1983, the nonprofit ACE Learning Center provides inclusive classes for children ages 3 months to kindergarten, where little ones with developmental delays play and learn with those who are developing typically. A “prep” program helps 3-, 4- and 5-year-olds get ready for public school.

The center also provides home-based services for families of children from birth to age 3 who have developmental delays. It’s affiliated with the Tennessee Early Intervention System and provides hands-on learning experiences for MTSU and Motlow State Community College’s Nursing Program students who work with the children and staff.

Grants from the Tennessee Department of Education through Early Intervention Services and the United Way of Rutherford and Cannon Counties partially fund the ACE Learning Center’s work. Dozens of community organizations and businesses also provide the center with much-needed equipment, toys and consumable items every year.

Tickets also are available by calling the ACE Learning Center at 615-898-2458. For up-to-the-minute details on “Saddle Up” 2014, including photos of the center’s children and the silent-auction items, visit http://ow.ly/zfkIy. Learn more about the center anytime at www.mtsu.edu/acelearningcenter.

Jul 21, 2014
Linda Reed

YMCA annual dinner, auction Friday

July 21, 2014

YMCA annual dinner, auction Friday

Anonymous


Ottumwa Courier
The Ottumwa Courier


Mon Jul 21, 2014, 09:56 AM CDT

OTTUMWA — The YMCA’s annual campaign auction and dinner will be held at 5:30 p.m. Friday at the Indian Hills Community College campus cafeteria.

“Monopoly, Fundraiser Edition” begins with a social time, then the silent auction and food court will open at 6 p.m. At 8:30 p.m., the live auction starts. Auction items include golf get-away packages, golf clubs, spa packages, season tickets from several local organizations, trips and gift cards. There will also be many games and raffles to take part in.

All proceeds from the evening’s events will go right back into the community, providing YMCA scholarships for youth and families who wouldn’t be able to afford membership otherwise.

Dinner will be served by the Indian Hills Food Service staff, and in collaboration with the college’s culinary arts department, students will make and auction off some very special desserts.

A limited number of tickets are still available. Go to the front desk at the Ottumwa YMCA or call 641-684-6571.





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Jul 20, 2014
Linda Reed

‘Saddle Up’ July 31 and Rutherford County’s happiest cowpokes a hand


Two of Rutherford County’s finest young wranglers are on the lookout for rustlers and people without tickets to the July 31 “Saddle Up” fundraiser for MTSU’s Ann Campbell Early Learning Center. Photo courtesy of the Ann Campbell Early Learning Cen

Get ready to give some of Rutherford County’s finest young wranglers a hand Thursday, July 31, at the annual “Saddle Up” fundraiser for MTSU’s Ann Campbell Early Learning Center.

“Saddle Up” gets under way at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 31, at the MTSU Foundation House, located at 324 W. Thompson Lane next to the university’s Tennessee Miller Coliseum.

Funds raised at this year’s event will be used to continue expanding services at the ACE Learning Center, which is Rutherford County’s only community- and center-based program serving very young children, including those with special needs. The Center was formerly known as Project Help and was renamed last spring to honor its founder, the late MTSU special education professor Ann Campbell.

For only $50 per ticket, guests can show off their favorite jeans, boots and cowboy hats while they enjoy a Western-themed evening filled with barbecue from Bob’s BBQ, beer donated by Mayday Brewer and wine from Stones River Total Beverage.

Guests will be treated to live music from Rhythm Kitchen as well as a “step repeat” with Cynthia Jones Photography at Studio C. “Saddle Up” also will include a silent auction featuring spa packages, golf excursions, gift baskets and cards, cookware, trips to the Nashville Zoo, a hosted holiday party and more.

For information on sponsoring the event and tickets, contact Saddle Up Chair Lindsey Fournier at lindsey.fournier@gmail.com.

Previous “Saddle Up” events have helped the program grow into new classroom space and offer services to older children. The center’s ultimate goal is to operate a one-stop wrap-around educational and therapeutic center for families in Middle Tennessee.

Founded in 1983, the nonprofit ACE Learning Center provides free early-intervention and family-support services to toddlers with disabilities and developmental delays. Its progressive preschool serves children from 15 months to 3 years old, and a preparatory program for children ranging from 3 years old to kindergarten currently offers a half-day, tuition-only program four days a week.

The center’s staff, which includes more than 150 student volunteers each semester, works with parents through family-support programs that include workshops, one-to-one interactions and informal training seminars.

Grants from the Tennessee Department of Education through Early Intervention Services and the United Way of Rutherford and Cannon Counties partially fund Project Help’s work. Dozens of community organizations and businesses also provide the center with much-needed equipment, toys and consumable items every year.

Tickets are available by calling the ACE Learning Center at 615-898-2458. For up-to-the-minute details on “Saddle Up” 2014, including photos of the center’s children and the silent-auction items, visit http://ow.ly/zfkIy. You can learn more about the center anytime at http://www.mtsu.edu/acelearningcenter.

Jul 19, 2014
Linda Reed

NDulgence Salon and Spa

NDulgence Salon and Spa in Hamilton is the perfect place to relax and unwind. An oasis away from all of your worries and stresses, NDulgence’s calming atmosphere is the perfect escape.

A 26-time Readers’ Choice Award winner, NDulgence strives to provide the utmost in service.

In the salon, you can sit back and relax while the stylist updates your colour, cut and style.  Lengthen your look with extensions or give it some bounce with a perm.  Heading out for a special occasion?  Try an updo!  There’s nothing that feels better than a hair treatment and scalp massage.

The spa offers a full menu of treatments designed to make you look and feel good.  Opt for waxing or laser hair removal for long lasting smooth skin.  Relax while you indulge in a massage, facial, body wrap, manicure or pedicure.  The spa also offers, makeup, eyebrow/eyelash tinting, ear candling and a body toning program.

The salon and spa also offers a great selection of professional products to help you create the look you love at home, including Nioxin and Paul Mitchell straighteners.

If you really want to treat yourself or a loved one, check out NDulgence’s spa packages.  You can choose from one of theirs or customize your own package.  To help relax all year, you can opt for their A Year of NDulgence package that includes a full year of monthly manicures, pedicures, hydrating facial, back, neck and shoulder massages with a delicious light lunch.

Bridal parties are welcome and special packages are available for your big day.

Join their frequent client club and enjoy free services!

Treat yourself to some pampering and rejuvination.

NDulgence Salon and Spa is located at 204 Kenilworth Avenue North (at Britannia) in Hamilton.  It is open Tuesday and Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Thursday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.  To book an appointment, call (905) 548-6275 or for more information, visit www.ndulgence.ca.

Jul 18, 2014
Linda Reed

Hay and pony rides in Boynton; nature’s impermanence in Gardens

BOYNTON BEACH

Take a hay ride

On Saturday and Sunday, Bedner’s Farm Fresh Market will host a petting zoo, pony rides, gem mining ($5 for each activity); craft vendors; and more. Bedner’s is open seven days. Free admission. 10066 Lee Road. 561-733-5490; www.bedners.com.

WEST PALM BEACH

2 art shows

The Armory Art Center is hosting two new shows that open today and run through Aug. 16. The Jewelry and Glass Show and the Ceramics and Sculpture Show feature works by Armory students. 1700 Parker Ave. Free. 561-832-1776; www.armoryart.org.

Little Black Dress Party

Tonight, Blue Martini pays tribute to thelittle black dressat 8 p.m. Women are invited to wear their version to Blue Martini in CityPlace, where they will enjoy champagne specials and the chance to win designer merchandise, spa packages, weekend getaways and more. Live music, too. 550 S. Rosemary Ave. 561-835-8601; www.bluemartinilounge.com.

NORTH PALM BEACH

Entertain the kids

The Village of North Palm Beach Public Library is hosting Game Day from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Monday for kids 5 to 12. Enjoy board games, puzzles and Wiis. You do not have to be a village resident. Free. 303 Anchorage Drive. 561-841-3383; www.village-npb.org.

PALM BEACH GARDENS

Nature changes

Palm Beach State College’s Art Gallery at the Eissey campus is presenting the artwork Carin Wagner and Yvonne Parker. They are sharing their complementary artistic visions of change, transformation and humankind’s impact on nature in an exhibit titled “The Nature of Impermanence” through Sept. 5. The exhibit is a partnership with the Friends of MacArthur Beach State Park, and a percentage of proceeds from the sale of Wagner’s art benefits the Friends’ natural-science education programs. 3160 PGA Blvd. Free. 561-207-5015; www.palmbeachstate.edu/artgallerypbg.

Jul 17, 2014
Linda Reed

EndlessVacationRentals.com Expands to Meet Your Travel Needs, With Deals in …

If you’re looking to book a quality vacation on a budget, the newly-updated Endless Vacation Rentals website may deliver what you need. With discounted or competitively-priced accommodations, car rentals, cruise options and area activities, travelers are able to save both precious planning time and vacation dollars with this one-stop-shop travel site.

Endless Vacation Rentals, which was recently featured on the Lifetime television network, has long offered discounted stays in spacious accommodation options. Now, through the enhanced site, hundreds of new destinations are available with more hotel and resort options than ever before.

A highlight of the site is the “Hot Deals” section, where travelers can find savings and great prices, particularly on vacation packages. These packages include great rates on accommodations packaged with area experiences, such as theme park tickets, rounds of golf and restaurant vouchers.

Right now the site is featuring a three-night stay in Orlando for four people including theme park ticket vouchers and shuttle service to the parks for just $159 USD*. Another great deal offers a two night’s stay for two at Harrah’s in Las Vegas including an all-you-can-eat buffet for just $119 USD*. Or choose a one-night escape in New York City from $169 USD*, which includes a $100 dining certificate.

The packages make planning a vacation easy and convenient, and in just a few clicks, the site allows you to take care of your other travel needs. For example, by clicking on the new “Car Rentals” tab, you can book wheels for your vacation. Deals abound here as well, such as $191.16 USD* per week for a car rental in Hawaii.

Next, you can find deals and inspiration in the “Activities” section of the website. There are options available for many destinations, ranging from golf and water sports to spa packages and wine tours. For example, when planning a trip to New Orleans, you can learn the basics of Louisiana cooking with a local class for $28.99 USD*, or add a Swamp and Bayou Sightseeing Tour for $49.00 USD*.

Looking to sail the high seas and escape to new lands? The “Cruises” section is your quickest route aboard. Some of the best sailing deals around are featured on this page. Right now, you can book a four-night Baja Mexico cruise for $219 USD*, or a five-night Canada and New England cruise for $319 USD* per person.

You can also make use of its convenient Quick Search function, or search by location, date, experience and travel party size. You will be on your way to your next trip in no time.

And for those looking for the best deal, Endless Vacation Rentals offers a “Deal of the Day,” which can be accessed online or by registering for email notifications. Right now, the “Deal of the Day” offers a vacation package at Summer Bay Resort in Orlando, Florida, that includes two amusement park tickets and free shuttle services for as low as $299 USD* for three nights when using promo code EVRDEAL.

To explore, visit EndlessVacationRentals.com or call 877-782-9387.

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Jul 16, 2014
Linda Reed

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Jul 15, 2014
Linda Reed

Miami hotels offer win-win for spa fans

A short 70-mile drive south from West Palm Beach to Miami — and a little moola — is all it takes to cash in on some appealing spa savings this month, also known as Miami Spa Month. Who doesn’t need a little pampering?

Here is a sample of what’s being offered:

The Biltmore in Coral Gables is offering a 70-minute aroma Swedish massage designed to melt away stress and revive senses for $99; a 70-minute “royal treatment” combining healing techniques and blended essential oils (long-used by royalty) for $129; and a 70-minute oxygen lifting facial for $129. For more information, call 305-913-3187 or visit www.biltmorehotel.com/spa-fitness/spa.php.

Canyon Ranch Hotel Spa in Miami Beach delivers a 50-minute “body and sole” renewal that begins with a full body massage and concludes with a rub of the oft-neglected feet with a balm rich in natural menthol and essential oils (rosemary, mountain pine and lavender). A “heavenly radiance facial” is also on the menu. Each treatment is $99. For reservations, call 800-7432-9000 or visit www.canyonranch.com/miamibeach/the-spa

At Acqualina Resort Spa on Sunny Isles Beach, a 50-minute Swedish massage is $99; a 50-minute skin radiance facial is $99; and a 50-minute refining facial to brighten and dramatically improve skin texture is $129. For reservations, call 305-918-6844 or visit www.acqualinaresort.com/spa/special-spa-packages.

Spa month is already such a big hit that it is being extended until Aug. 31.

For a complete list of spa deals, visit www.miamiandbeaches.com/special-offers/monthly-deals/miami-spa-month

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