Another Pedal for the Pooches is in the can.

Another Pedal for the Pooches is in the can.  The Briggs Animal Adoption Cyclists at the Pedal for the PoochesCenter sponsors the annual event as a means of support for their facility.  The center is a non-euthanize facility.  Their philosophy is summed up in this statement:

“Companion animals are sentient creatures who have intrinsic value in and of themselves. Therefore, our stewardship includes sanctity for their individual lives, and we will not participate in the killing of one animal in order to ‘make room’ for another animal. But rather, we will remain committed to each animal that comes into our care until such time as an appropriate adoptive home can be found, because this is part of the humane solution to ending animal suffering.” 

Signs on the route of Pedal for the PoochesThe annual cycling event is one of many fund-raising events the facility has been sponsoring since it opened in 2000.  It does your body good, it helps the animals and it makes your heart happy at the same time.  I would encourage you to give consideration to supporting Briggs or a similar facility in your community.  Animals are one of the few creatures that love you more than they love themselves.

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United Bank Bloomin’ Wine Fest – Winchester, VA – April 27-28, 2012

The United Bank Bloomin’ Wine Fest begins at 3:00 pm on Friday, April 27th at the Old Town Mall in Winchester, VA.  Fifteen vineyards will be participating this year.  There will also be food vendors throughout the both days.

The downtown walking mall will become the storefront for 30 artisans and vendors providing their creations.  If you’re in the market for some one of kind jewelry, bags or pottery, this is the place to be.  There will also be local artists showing and selling their works on the Mall.

The gates open at 3:00 pm on Friday and closet at 10:00 pm.  Wine tasting ends at 9:30 pm, but there is good news.  You can take unopened wine home by the bottle or by the case all the way through the event.

There are two wine gardens providing live entertainment throughout both days.  Tickets are available at the official festival store at 15 Weems Lane in Winchester, VA, or you can pay at the gate.  Advance day tickets are $15.00, or you can buy a two day advance ticket for $25.00.  You can also pay at the gate for $20.00 for the day or $30.00 for both days. 

This is the official launch of the 85th Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival.  Come and join us for a bloomin’ good time.

The 85th Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival Comes to Winchester, VA, April 27-May 6

The 85th Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival is coming to Winchester, VA, April 27 – May 6.  If you’ve never joined in the fun of the Apple Blossom festival, you’ve really got to add it to your calendar.  It’s quite a party.

The festival is full of fun events, celebrities and parades.  Mario Lopez will be honoring us as the Grand Marshall of the festival this year.  Along with Mario Lopez, you can also meet the new Queen Shenandoah, Jasmine “Jazz” Dorsett, daughter of Tony Dorsett.

Doug Flute will also be joining us for the Sports Breakfast on Saturday morning. Lauren Green, Fox News religion reporter will be sharing at the Prayer breakfast.  Throughout the weekend there will be numerous luncheons, breakfasts and dinners filled with celebrities.

Don’t hold your breath as you read this paragraph.  The list of events goes on and on, but here is a sampling of some of the events.  The United Bank Bloomin Wine Fest April 27-28, parties, a carnival, dances, concerts, a prayer breakfast, a sports breakfast, a Firefighters Parade, a Grand Feature parade (one of the largest in the country), a circus, a 10K race, a blue grass festival and finally, the Weekend in the Park.  Whew!  Breathe.

There is so much going on during the weekend, you’ll have to come to believe it.  The area explodes with visitors from all over the country and the world.  It truly is a celebration of all the Shenandoah Valley has to offer.  Join us this year.

It’s vacation time. Don’t forget to exercise.

It’s almost vacation time for a lot of us, and I want to encourage you to find creative ways to exercise while you’re vacationing.  The most obvious and simple way to exercise is to walk.  I watched a young woman walk herself thin two times over a 4-5 year period.

When I first saw her, she was pretty heavy.  Everyday, she was on the Don't forget to exercise while on vacation.same street taking a walk.  Months went by and she got smaller and smaller and smaller.  Finally, she was within her weight range and she stopped the daily trek.

About eighteen months later, I saw her again.  She was about the same size as the initial time I saw her.  The process started all over.  Everyday she was out there, rain or shine.  Over a couple months, she walked the weight off and was gone again.  I can only imagine she had been pregnant and was walking off her pregnancy weight both times.  I might be off on that.

The bottom line is, you can find simple ways to exercise while traveling.  I try to stay in tall buildings when vacationing.  I use the stairs in those buildings for my personal workout.  One building I stay in the most has 12 floors.  I go up and down those stairs on average 250 times as my workout.

ExerciseI use a heart-rate monitor to make sure I stay between 65% – 75% of my max heart-rate.  That’s a calorie burn of 8 calories of fat and 8 calories of glycogen per minute.  It takes me about 35 minutes to go up and down 250-280 floors.  It’s a good workout.

Last year, I added a resistance workout on the stairs.  I drop off a set of elastic bands about every three floors.  After I’ve done my warm-up, I stop and do resistance exercises on those floors each time I get to them.  I don’t worry about the number of floors.  I make sure I get both upper and lower body exercises in during that workout.  The workout lasts about 45 – 60 minutes.  Again, I wear my heart-rate monitor to make sure I stay aerobic during the whole time.

So, when you head out to the beach, mountains or wherever this year, make sure to exercise in whatever way you can.  Your body will appreciate it, and you’ll feel better for it.  Have fun, and make sure to blog about your experience so we can all be inspired.