Unicycle team performs, offers free class

Warrenton unicycle group performs and welcomes newcomers to try a beginner class

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If you’ve every wanted to learn to ride a unicycle, here’s your chance.  On Friday, March 3, 6:30 to 8 pm, local unicyclist team, the UniStars, in conjunction with Fauquier County Parks and Recreation, will host a unicycle show and trial class at Vint Hill Gym in Warrenton, Virginia. After the performance, the group welcomes anyone over age 8 to try to ride a unicycle with the assistance of the UniStar coaches.

My son has taken the classes, and he went from not knowing how to ride a unicycle to free-mounting and doing tricks in three sessions!  He loves riding so much, we used a photo of him riding for our holiday card this year.

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The classes are a half hour once a week.  The kids in the group range from 8 to older teens. The two women instructors are terrific, and they have unicycles you can rent for $10 for a the entire session . The classes are only $37 for a 5- to 7-class session, through Fauquier County Parks and Rec. For more info, email theunistars@gmail.com.

Here’s the link to register: http://www.fauquiercounty.gov/government/departments-h-z/parks-and-recreation/program-registration

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Santa Monica’s Secret O+O Sicilian Kitchen & Bar

img_3676The only thing not great about O+O Sicilian Kitchen and Bar in Santa Monica was finding the place. Waze announced my dining companion and I had arrived, but we still couldn’t find it after 10 minutes of walking up and down Ocean Blvd.  We started to leave when we ran into a group of people who were also looking for it.  They had friends on the phone who were at the restaurant who swore it really existed and we were just a half black away.  I’m glad we did not give up the hunt.

Even on a dark, cold and rainy night, somehow a restaurant full of people had found O+O.  The place was packed.  After having a needed glass of Tuscany wine to unwind from our trek, we relaxed into the warm and friendly neighborhood atmosphere of the Italian family style eatery, where large groups had pushed together tables…

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Too-short a weekend in Long Beach

img_3980A beach, a city, and a harbor for ships and visitors

Living 17 years in LA, I visited Long Beach about half a dozen times. It served as a halfway meeting point for me and friends who lived in Orange County. We had brunch and dinner there on occasion, and I visited the aquarium with my son and went whale watching once, but I never really considered Long Beach a destination. That was before I had the opportunity to spend an entire weekend there, and I truly got to know what this 55-square-mile city offers unique from its neighbors.

Long Beach has 11.5 miles of beach, which is how the city gets its name, but what sets this  Southern California seaside town apart is its urban environment by the waterside. Think Seattle or Miami, but with constant sunshine, and relaxed attitude of Southern California, along with a desirable geographic position 20…

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Power to the smoothie

Ingredients for a power-packed meal in a glass

smoothiesFor those like myself who enjoy smoothies on a daily basis, here are some great ingredients for keeping it fresh, delicious, healthy and energy-packed.

Bring on the protein

When you want to add in some protein to your smoothie, but you don’t want a load of sugar, cholesterol and artificial ingredients like those found in a lot of protein supplements, scoop in in heaping helping of Protein Plus Energy Powder. Made from protein in peanuts, this plant-based protein is great tasting, contains 17 grams of protein per serving, is high in fiber, low in sodium, and cholesterol free. It contains no GMOs or artificial colors, flavors, or sweeteners. Protein Energy Power comes in four flavors including original, chocolate, honey and banana, and is available online and at select retail locations including Publix stores and at http://www.proteinplusflour.com. $23.19 for 20 ounces.

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