Thursday, March 27, 2014

Walking in Susan's shoes in Okeeheelee Park

Part of the SpenWen team walking through Okeeheelee Park.

I'd like to think it was my doing as captain of the SpenWen team that attracted more than 75 adults, kids and dogs to join us Saturday morning for a 2-mile stroll through Okeeheelee Park.

But it was the smiling and inspirational Susan Spencer-Wendel who drew the crowds and the money, over $50,000 raised so far, in the fight to Defeat ALS.

Monday, March 10, 2014

Recycle workout shoes at Okeeheelee Park

Shoes for the Cure container sits inside the Okeeheelee Nature Center.
The Okeeheelee Nature Center has bins to recycle plastics, paper, glasses and ... shoes. Yes, shoes!

I was shocked to see the Shoes for the Cure container, next to the pamphlets describing various nature activities at the suburban West Palm Beach park and elsewhere in the county.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

WellFest coming to Delray Beach

Vinyasa yoga will be demonstrated by Yoga Journey staff.
When WellFest comes to Delray Beach March 8-9, it will take over the Delray Center for the Arts for two days of fitness, food and healthy lifestyle options.

Delray Beach was selected because of its "feel-good vibe" and numerous health and fitness-oriented businesses, according to WellFest creator Bob Lipp.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Join the SpenWen team in Okeeheelee Park

John Wendel, his wife Susan Spencer-Wendel and their dog Lenny wore
flower-power outfits and Afros in January to the 2014 ALS Kick-Off Party.
Aching to do the Twist? Want to dance the Mashed Potato or the Madison?

Maybe you prefer just to walk. Family and friends of Susan Spencer-Wendel are gathering in her honor on Saturday morning, March 22, in Okeeheelee Park. They will be part of the 2014 Walk to Defeat ALS with its '60s theme of Peace, Love, Walk.

Monday, February 3, 2014

Fresh Fest in West Palm Beach

Bindu Yoga class held on the East Berm.
Fresh Fest drew a crowd of young athletes, active adults, people battling illnesses, yogis and others interested in living a healthy lifestyle.

Saturday's event at the Meyer Amphitheatre in West Palm Beach was expected to draw about 1,600 over the course of six hours, co-organizer Branndi Lewis said before noon.

Monday, January 27, 2014

Karate for kids in West Palm Beach

Kids practice their natural stance, as demonstrated by
instructor Rochelle Gilken.

Tucked inside the Children's Library on the third floor of the Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach, the kids' screaming "AWESOME!" reveal their location.

They are in the back room that serves many purposes. It's classroom during the day for teaching kids about art or how to cook. It's also home to the various storytimes the library holds. In the summer, it is transformed into Kidspace, an interactive place where kids come together and explore.

But on Wednesdays, from 6:15-7:15 p.m., the Action Karate program takes over. It's led by black-belt instructor, Rochelle Gilken.

Monday, January 20, 2014

Lake Worth beach on a shivery Sunday morning

Normally yoga students practice on this section of the beach at sunrise
every Sunday.
About 7 a.m. Sunday morning, it was a frosty, 42 degrees when I started my car. My windshield had actual ice on it! Yes, I was surprised to see ice in South Florida.

But I still drove to the Lake Worth beach for my Sunday morning walk. I was prepared for the weather with multiple layers that started with a camisole under a turtleneck and ended with a hooded rain jacket. In between, I wore a long-sleeved pullover fleece and a fleece jacket. I also had a shawl that I turned into a scarf by wrapping it around my neck and head, and my hands were inside leather gloves.

I was toasty!