Thursday, November 19, 2009

an opportunity to make a difference

11 days left to donate a coat...

visit for details about donating a coat at Lands End Stores

Wednesday, November 18, 2009 help raise $ for AIDS in Africa


For the first 1 MILLION drawings Starbucks will contribute $1.00 to the global fund to fight AIDS in Africa.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Stay Healthy!

This Yahoo article lists decent information about cold and flu products that CAN make a difference!

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Study reveals the 10 riskiest foods

A Story on Yahoo this morning:

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

A post a student emailed to me...

Bike MS Bay to Bay Tour - October 10-11, 2009
Twenty-five-hundred cyclists will ride 30, 100 or 150 miles over one or two days, and we need 1,000 volunteers to support them!

We are currently short on volunteers and need your help! Please look at the positions below where we are in need of help. Invite your friends, family and co-workers to volunteer with you. Please disregard this email if you are already signed up to volunteer (thank you for volunteering!).

Friday, October 9th
Rider Check-in Marriott-Irvine 11:15 AM - 4:30 PM
Rider Check-in Marriott-Irvine 4:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Saturday, October 10th
San Clemente Lunch Stop -11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Las Pulgas Rest Stop – 8:30 AM - 2:30 PM
Route Marshal – San Onofre Campgrounds (a group) – 8:30 AM – 2:00 PM

Saturday, October 10th
Route Marshal- Downtown Carlsbad Along the Route 7:30 AM – 9:00 AM
Route Marshal- Downtown Carlsbad Along the Route 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Bike Locker Carlsbad Festival Site - Westfield Mall 9:00 AM - 2:30 PM
Bike Locker Carlsbad Festival Site - Westfield Mall 2:00 PM - 6:30 PM
General Volunteer Carlsbad Festival Site- Westfield Mall 5:30 PM - 10:00 PM
Medical Team (prof only) – Cielo Village -Century Ride RS 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Carlsbad Festival Site - Westfield Mall Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwich making 12noon – 3:30 pm

Sunday, October 11th
Route Marshal- Parking Lot Loop Carlsbad Along the Route 6:30 AM – 8:30 AM
NOTE**Position above is listed on website as 6:30AM – 12:00PM but we need 6:30 AM – 8:30 AM
General Volunteer Carlsbad Festival Site- Westfield Mall 5:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Site Maintenance Carlsbad Festival Site- Westfield Mall 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Bike Locker Carlsbad Festival Site - Westfield Mall 5:30 AM - 10:00 AM

Sunday, October 11th
Site Set-up San Diego Hospitality Point 6:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Site Tear-down/Load Trucks San Diego Hospitality Point 12:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Site Maintenance San Diego Hospitality Point 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

If you are able to help at one of the locations above please register now.


Volunteer opportunities are available for GROUPS as well as individuals. For additional information, contact Jennifer West at 760-448-8435 or

October is here

Let's branch out and broaden our postings to not only opportunities to nourish our spirit but also our body. Keeping pace with the USD Recreation policy of having classes that encompass Mind Body Spirit...

Let's look not only into Spirit like we did last month, but also into BODY.

For healthy, inexpensive meal ideas go to Food Network: Check out some of the salmon recipes...Omega-3 Diet Linked to Lower Heart Disease Risk.

I have a few posts you emailed me - will get those up this week. In the future, comment on a peer's post!

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

October 1-15

From NDVH's website:

"Buying a pair of shoes at any Marshalls store between October 1 and 15, 2009 will benefit the Hotline. As part of the Marshalls Shop ’til It Stops program, $1 will be donated to the National Domestic Violence Hotline for each pair of shoes sold during this period (up to $150,000).

"For the past 18 years, Marshalls has raised millions of dollars and generated tremendous awareness in an effort to help put an end to domestic violence in the United States through their annual Shop til it Stops program. This year for the first time, the National Domestic Violence Hotline will benefit from this program. Be sure to visit Marshalls to support us!"

Even better, there will be a media blitz about Shop Til It Stops! On Thursday, October 1st, Project Runway's Tim Gunn will be emcee at the Shop 'Til It Stops Kick Off at Marshalls in Santa Monica, CA from noon til 2pm. He'll appear later that day (actually just after midnight on Fri 10/2) on the Craig Ferguson Show (CBS 12:35am ET/PT) to talk about Shop Til It Stops too.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

San Diego Zoo Walk on the Wild Side Oct 10, 2009

Thanks everyone for comments about other activities in and around San Diego for each of us to "give back" while performing daily tasks or doing something active for a good cause.

Registration Information Here

For those who are animal lovers

I'm a cat person but...

Volunters are needed for PUGTOBERFEST, an event by the Pug rescue of San Diego County at which abandoned, unwanted or neglected pugs are placed with loving families. Saturday 9-26-09 from 11 AM - 7:30 PM. See for registration information.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Alzheimer's Association Memory Walk 2009

October 24th at Balboa Park
Registration is at 7 AM and the 5K walk begins at 7:45 AM

For more information on how you can be active (alone or form a team) visit the website:

Thursday, September 10, 2009

When you have time on your hands

or know of someone that may...visit

For each of the trivia/review questions you answer, rice is donated to those who need it. I use the site in my high school classes as a fun review...perhaps you know someone that may wish to peruse the site once and a while and donate rice in the process!

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Another Recycling Opportunity

Origins Cosmetics! Origins will be collecting all brands of packaging but is limiting the program to the bottles, jars and tubes that contain the cosmetics (including caps). Plastic bags or wrapping, paper boxes and applicators will not be accepted. Another requirement is that the packaging must be empty.

To read more go to:

Just another way we can help ... we can leave the EARTH a better place through changing little things we do.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Welcome to Week 1 of class

To fully develop our mind, body and spirit we'll use this blog as a forum to communicate. In the month of September you must respond to this blog (comment) at least once.

The focus this month is on opportunities in the community to give back. These may be ways in which we may develop our mind, body and/or spirit...perhaps simultaneously.

Each week I'll post opportunities that I encounter and share them with you. All I ask of you is to do the same. If we can each inform one another we'll develop awareness for what is available to add to our lives, if we deem appropriate.

What have I noticed?
September 15th Massage Envy locations are offering a SPECIAL RATE. Massages only $35.00/hour (cash) with $10.00 of that being donated to Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Information can be found at:

Nike has a Reuse-A-Shoe program. All you do is bring old athletic shoes (any brand) to a Mike store and they are ground up to make playgrounds. Help others...your trash CAN BE someone's treasure! Information can be found here: The high school where I teach is collecting can bring them to class (in a bag) and I will make sure they are donated.

What can you look for and share? Ideas similar to those listed above, runs and walks for charities, etc. Anything that helps us think of others while we consider ourselves...developing our spirit of compassion for the greater good.

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Making Healthy Lifestyle Choices

I recently heard a news report that nearly 70% of American YOUTHS are obese and 30% of American ADULTS are obese. Not all Americans NEED to lose weight, but all people should strive for a Healthy Body and Healthy Lifestyle, the two go hand in hand.

One thing each of us can do is look at the foods we eat. Are we making the right choices for our bodies on a daily basis?

A Blog Post on Yahoo Health ( on July 15th listed the 6 Healthiest Foods You Aren't Eating. They include:
1. Celery
2. Seaweed
3. Scallops
4. Hemp Sees
5. Lentils
6. Dark Chicken Meat

Try incorporating at least one of these foods into your diet. An easy trick would be to add lentils to rice as it is cooking. The lentils add a different texture and a good dose of protein!