Client Spotlight: Motivate the First State

We are so excited to be working with Motivate the First State and the Keeping Up With Jack challenge!

Motivate The First State launched in 2015, with the help of Delaware Governor Jack Markell. The program urges users to lead a healthy lifestyle while also helping Delaware non-profits. Motivate the First State uses the Plus3 platform, an app that tracks activity while also creating a community of likeminded individuals. Users log their physical activities (walking, biking, running, etc.) and their healthy habits (eating, water intake, laughter, etc.) All of these actions cumulate to ‘kudos’ that are converted to monetary donations to charities!

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A year later, in 2016, the movement grew with more participants, sponsors and non-profit partners. Individuals get the choice of which charity they want their activity points to count towards. Currently, you can donate your dollars to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Delaware, Special Olympics, Urban Promise, YMCA, JCC, The Fellowship Of Christian Athletes, and Young Life.

Now two years later, Jack Markell is keeping the momentum going and logging himself! This summer he left from the Oregon coast and is in route to Rehoboth Beach, Delaware all while underneath the banner Motivate The First State. Jack will be riding his bicycle 3,680 miles across the country with every pedal allocated to Delaware nonprofits. Jack Markell shared his goals, “My goal is twofold; to motivate the citizens of our state to get active and lead healthier lives, and to bring much needed funds and resources to these great Delaware organizations.”

While we all cannot necessarily bike 3,680 miles we can follow Jack along the way and even Join the Action! We all need motivation to get off the couch and get moving to live healthier lifestyles. Start small and work your way up to 3,680 miles. Now stop looking for excuses and start today, join the community!

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Musical Inspiration from Cuba

Vocal Clave de Sol will be at the Ladybug Festival in Wilmington, Delaware on July 20-21st.

Vocal Clave de Sol, a musical education program in Havana, Cuba, founded by Nuria and Yamilé García in May 2009. The program started with 9 members and by 2016 had grown to an impressive 256. The lack of local recreational and artistic options for children combined with the lack of a nearby cultural institution made its creation an important initiative.

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Among its goals is promoting traditional Cuban music and culture, inviting children to learn through their interests and helping to grow their abilities. This is accomplished through the disciplines of practice, deadlines, cooperation, respect, and community, while contributing to the development of their musical intelligence and skills. Through choral singing and guitar (as well as Charango, Tres, Cuatro, standup Bass, and various percussion instruments), children aged 7 to 16 years have developed their gifts, their self-esteem, and changed their lives’ trajectories… by becoming lifelong learners. The value of learning through one’s interests in this program cannot be overstated. Students have gone on to ISA (Universidad de las Artes – the premier Arts University in Cuba), University of Havana, as well as careers in medicine, teaching, and the arts. Children wishing to join the program need only be interested and have an instrument. Sometimes, having an instrument is the only difficulty, so we are looking to raise awareness and to help put instruments in the hands of children who would like to get involved with this special program. Clave de Sol embraces the child, the child’s family, and the whole community. As it does, it engenders respect for the value of Cuban musical heritage and the Cuban dedication to the arts, in addition to other cultures, arts and… education. They have been invited to tour of the Martin Guitar Factory with one of the company’s guitar designers. Additionally, there is talk of developing an exchange program both with Blair Academy and a local private school in Delaware.

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On Sunday, July 23, they will perform at Drom in New York City.  Imagine being a girl or young woman and having the opportunity to travel outside of your country for the first time and welcomed guest artist. Special thanks to Carlos Alejandro for sharing this gift.

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36 Hours In San Diego

Travel: San Diego

The West Coast is the best coast. With constant sunshine, beautiful beaches, outstanding restaurants and bars, endless hiking, water sports and sight seeing, it’s no wonder people instantly fall in love with the state of California. I was fortunate to stay in San Diego for an entire summer, but that was 8 years ago. After revisiting, I can easily say I will definitely be going back and highly recommend to everyone else to make the trip as well. If I only had 36 hours to do it all, these are the places I’d go…

Stay
Check in to the Hilton San Diego Resort & Spa right in Mission Bay. Soak up the sun at the poolside bar with refreshing cocktails. You can also head to the Acqua California Bistro for a blissful evening with a savory dinner overlooking the bay.

Visit
Liberty Public Market – Your go-to place to find hand-crafted trinkets, amazing food, craft beers, and the friendliest locals.
La Jolla Cove – Housing endless restaurants, the lounging seals, and beach front for miles, La Jolla is a quaint town with attractions for everyone.

Travel: San Diego Point Loma Tide Pools – At low tide, the Point Loma tidepools display tiny marine life and beautiful cliff views of the ocean.

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Eat
Harbor Breakfast – Savor a delicious brunch in this breezy semi-outdoor restaurant right in the heart of Little Italy in Downtown San Diego.
Las Olas – In Southern California, Taco Tuesday is no joke. Tucked away next to Cardiff-By-The-Sea, enjoy their authentic Mexican food, local craft beers, and margaritas you’ll forever daydream about.
The Baked Bear – Choose from a variety fresh baked cookies and your choice of ice cream flavor inside for the most delectable ice cream sandwich you’ll ever have.

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Drink
Vin de Syrah – The Gaslamp district is full of eclectic places to go. My favorite was this underground wine parlor with extravagant details as far as the eye can see.
Altitude Sky Lounge – What better way to enjoy the beautiful city of San Diego than with a rooftop bar!
Crushed – If you love a mimosa as much as I do, you have to take a trip to Crushed for their mimosa flights! Or hang out at night for some mouthwatering tapas and unique drinks in this cozy cafe.

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10 Things We’re Loving in April

10 Things We're Loving In April

From Girls; Day Out in Kennett Square to Spring Break and Easter, here are 10 things were loving in April:

1. This Wednesday, April 5th – Saturday, April 8th is Spring Fling week at Adorn Goods in Centreville. From local handmade jewelry and handcrafted cheeseboards to gifts with purchase, stop in and enjoy something new everyday!

2.  Need some girlfriend time? Grab your besties and head to Kennett Square for Girls’ Day Out with Houppette and No. 109 on Thursday, April 6th from 10am-8pm. A fun day of trunk shows and discounts + happy hour!

3. It is officially spring time again with the first Friday Art Stroll in Historic Kennett Square on Friday, April 7th. Enjoy a night on the town from 6pm-9pm!

4.  On Wednesday, April 5th (Greenville) and Friday, April 7th (Kennett) enjoy the stay and play event at Houpette. Recieve a makeover and learn about the hottest looks from By Terry and Kevyn Aucoin.

5.  One of our newest clients, Little Nest Portraits in Glen Mills, Pa is hosting their Spring Bloom Photopop event on Saturday, April 8th and Sunday, April 9th. Enjoy a little nest photopop with a spring-styled vignette! Call to book your spot: 610-459-8622.

6.  Don’t miss out on the shop Greenville Day and Night event benefiting the Wilmington Flower Market on Thursday, April 13th. Mention “Wilmington Flower Market” in participating stores such as Ellie Boutique  and Wilmington Country Store and 20% of your sale will be donated!

7. SPRING BREAK! We are looking forward to some relaxation. Whether you are traveling to a sunny beach or adventuring through Europe, No. 109 has everything you need for your perfect getaway wardrobe.

8.  Need help with your Easter table? Janssen’s Market  has a wide assortment of meats, seafood, cheeses and fresh baked goods to impress your dinner guests. Don’t forget about those gorgeous floral arrangements as well. Call ahead to order: 302-654-9941.

9.  Little Nest Portraits is hosting their Spring PhotoPop April 8 & 9th, Showing + Glowing event Thursday, April 20th and Babygram weekend April 29th & 30th. Find a Little Nest Near you.

10.  Have you seen the new arrivals at Ellie Boutique and Wilmington Country Store? We are loving the gorgeous assortment of spring tops and dresses for the Point-to-Point and Steeplechase races coming up.

 

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