Bald Eagle Release – Nearby! – On Thursday, August 2. You’re Invited!

One of my favorite things is to see the Wildlife Center of Virginia release an animal back to the wild. To see an animal – whether a chipmunk, an owl, a bobcat, or a bear – get a second chance, thanks to the kindness of a rescuer and the skills of the Wildlife Center fills my heart with happy.

Attending a Bald Eagle release, in person, is especially wonderful. It will take your breath away. But, because of their habitat, eagle releases are often at spots in Virginia that are a two- or three-hour drive away from us.

This week’s release is nearby, Madison and Orange friends!

courtesy of the Wildlife Center of Virginia

Wildlife Center Patient #18-0132

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5 Ways To Ensure 4th of July Awesomeness

Five things — from watermelon to bear cubs — to help ensure a safe and awesome Fourth of July …

One … It’s Hot Out — Stay Hydrated. Watermelon is 92 percent water and, as a bonus, includes nutrients, essential rehydration minerals, and electrolytes. Studies have found that watermelon is far more hydrating than just plain water. And, watermelon is yum (which you really can’t say about water). (Well, you could say that about water, but you probably wouldn’t mean it.)

So Very, Very Yum.

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Spring Yoga, Cashews, & A Bobcat

Lots of things to cover today … here goes:

One Winter Class Left!

The current 8-week Winter Class session at Peaceful Hands concludes tomorrow, Monday, March 5.  4:30 & 6:00 p.m. Be sure to get your classes in!

New Spring Yoga Session Begins Wednesday, March 7, 2018

The 8-week Session is scheduled to run …

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Yes To Yoga & Open House Today! We’ll Be There!

Yes, we’ll be there!  While the forecast is a little unsettled — yes, I see those snowflakes outside — we settled on YES for today’s Yoga Class and Open House.

Yoga at 9:30 a.m. 

Open House from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

If you are concerned about the weather where you are … then, please, don’t stress. But, if you want to swing by … we’ll be there, along with lots of sweet and savory treats, and visitors from the Wildlife Center!

More info is here: Wildlife Center Open House & Yoga Class

I hope to see you!

Saturday Yoga & Open House — Just Say Yes!

SATURDAY UPDATE … YES!  The Yoga class and Open House is a YES for today.  We’re going to be there … and you’re invited, too.  But, if the weather is frightful where you are, no worries. But, if you can, we look forward to seeing you!

Yes, I saw the forecast, too.  It’s trying to snow on our Peaceful Hands Open House tomorrow.

Who’s to know?  You know the old Yoga saying – past is gone, future is unknowable, the only reality is the present moment.

And, at this present moment, I am taking a quick break from baking and cooking and getting things ready for our Yoga Class and Open House tomorrow!

So, Yes … there will be a free Yoga class at 9:30 a.m. tomorrow, followed by an Open House for the Wildlife Center of Virginia – complete with lots of food and some special visitors from the Wildlife Center – from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Come for one, come for both! 

(Special thanks to Rod Sedwick who has worked tirelessly these past couple days to ensure we are toasty warm in the studio tomorrow.)

Did I mention door prizes?

 

Beautiful original artwork.   Photography from a world-renowned artist.  A basket of Yoga treats.  And, a gift certificate for a 90-minute Trager Bodywork session from Carrie Heitsch, CTP.  (You may know Carrie as the instructor for our balancing Saturday during YogaPalooza.)

I did mention food, didn’t I?  (Dr. Beier’s cheesecake is all ready for you.)

All you need to do is knock the snowflakes off of your shoes … bring a gift for the Wildlife Center … and join us!

More info, including the Wildlife Center “wish list” is here: Wildlife Center Wish List

With an eye toward the weather, I will post here, either way, on Saturday morning – thumbs up or thumbs down.

(I’m rooting “thumbs up!”)

And, if the snow does you in where you are, you may bring your Wildlife Center gifts to class or drop them at my massage studio.  (Just check in with me to arrange a time.)

This is my gift to you – my Peaceful Hands family.  And, this is our gift to the Wildlife Center of Virginia. More than 2,700 wild animals in need have come through their doors this year (and the year isn’t over yet!).  I am so grateful for all you do to help the Center throughout the year!

Randy and Lacy and Amanda will join us from the Center … and they will bring you the latest updates on the bear cubs and bobcats and their other patients.  (Please ask Lacy to tell you about the rare Fowler’s Toad who came in this year.)

We look forward to seeing you tomorrow!

Peaceful Hands Holiday Open House & Yoga Class ~ Benefiting The Wildlife Center of Virginia Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017

On SATURDAY, DECEMBER 9, 2017 join me for a special morning Yoga class and Holiday Open House at Peaceful Hands Yoga in Orange, Virginia …

Benefiting
THE WILDLIFE CENTER OF VIRGINIA!

All-Levels Yoga Class ~ 9:30 a.m.

at Peaceful Hands Yoga Studio in Orange, Virginia

Open House follows ~ 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

(If you’re not up to Yoga, just come to the Open House, simple as that!)

Your “cost”? 1) Make a cash/check donation to the Wildlife Center of Virginia or, 2) Bring a bag filled with needed supplies for the Center. Please choose items from this list:

Paper Towels w Tissues (no lotion) w Glad/Hefty Trash Bags (30 gallon & yard sized) w Ziplock Bags w Safety Glasses/Goggles w Mixed Nuts (unsalted, raw, no peanuts) w Canned & Dry Dog or Cat Food (any size, any brand) w  Tuna Fish in cans w Basic office supplies: 20 lb. white paper, pens, padded mailing envelopes, dry erase markers.

The Wildlife Center of Virginia depends entirely on the generosity of individuals like us to support their life-saving work. They have cared for more than 2,600 wild animals this year … and new patients come in every single day.

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They all need our help ~ Please be generous!

Your kind help means these animals receive care … and, when they’re ready, they can be released back to their wild homes, just like this Great Horned Owlet released in Orange last month:

 

Even if you can’t make it to class … stop by anyway!

HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE
11 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. 

Enjoy hot apple cider and deeee-licious sweet and savory treats. (The Peaceful Hands Test Kitchen is up and running … ) And, because I have anticipated your next question — YES! Dr. Beier’s Cheesecake will be there, too!

Enter to win a PEACEFUL HANDS HOLIDAY BASKET, filled with some of my favorite things and a few other giveaway surprises, too!

Visit with The Wildlife Center’s Executive Vice President Randy Huwa and other Wildlife Center staff who will be there to thank you for your support and to tell you about the wild patients you have helped this year — from bear cubs to hummingbirds.

Take A Pic with a wild critter, because they’re coming to the Open House, too! Maybe a raptor, maybe a possum, maybe a turtle, maybe an owl. I can’t tell you which Wildlife Center “Wild Ambassadors” will be there, but I can tell you that they are looking forward to seeing you!

Bring a friend. You don’t have to do Yoga to come by. And, please let others know about this Open House — it’s a great way to introduce new folks to our Yoga studio and to the work of the Wildlife Center.

I hope you’ll stop by. (I can’t eat all these cookies by myself, you know … plus, I want to see you!)  

If you can’t make it, you can still help the animals — just drop off your gift at my massage or Yoga studio.

 

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Look! Here are some bunny patients enjoying clover from Peaceful Hands’ Team Bunny!

Thank you, as always, for your kindness.

To learn more about the Wildlife Center of Virginia, their animals, and to check out their awesome LIVE Critter Cam, visit: Wildlife Center of Virginia.

Need info? Have a cookie request? Ideas for the Open House? I’m all ears.

Email me at jackie@peacefulhands.com or call 540-672-9528.  And, directions are here: Directions to Studio.

I hope to see you!  The weather is going to be perfect. (But, I’ll come up with a backup plan, just in case.)

 

You’re Invited! Wildlife Center Owl Release At Montpelier On Tuesday, 10/17

The Wildlife Center of Virginia invites you to join them tomorrow — Tuesday, October 17 — at James Madison’s Montpelier in Orange. They’re releasing a young GREAT HORNED OWL back to the wild!

Great Horned Owl, Patient #17-0363 ~ The Star Of The Show

This owlet came to the Wildlife Center in April after falling from its nest. When the rescuer was unable to re-nest it, the owlet was brought to the Wildlife Center.

The Owlet, back in April. My, how it has grown!

Bright and feisty, the little owlet was eventually housed with an adult Great Horned Owl resident at the Wildlife Center who helped “raise” it by showing the owlet the ropes of hunting and life in the wild. The owlet’s healthy and ready to be free!

The owlet’s full Wildlife Center patient report is here.

There’s nothing like watching a wild animal get a second chance back in the wild.  It’s a special experience and will warm your heart. I’ll be there. I hope you will, too.

Here are the details:

The owlet will be released at James Madison’s Montpelier in Orange County on Tuesday, October 17 at 6:15 p.m.  The release is open to the public.

Please RSVP to lkegley@wildlifecenter.org just so the Center can keep track of attendees.

Enter through the main gate on Route 20 [Constitution Highway] and follow signs to the Visitor Center.

Any other questions, you can let me know: jackie@peacefulhands.com  I hope to see you!

Holiday Open House is Saturday, December 10 ~ Check Out The Special Guest List!

Peaceful Hands Yoga’s Morning Class & Open House to benefit the Wildlife Center of Virginia is this Saturday, December 10 and I have a wonderful surprise for you this year!

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Maggie, VIP (Very Important Peregrine)

This year, we’ll be joined by some wild friends from the Wildlife Center, including Maggie.  You may know Maggie as the young Wildlife Center Peregrine who is also the star of the new children’s book Maggie, The One-Eyed Peregrine Falcon.

If you’ve never seen a Peregrine close up … seriously, they’re pretty amazing.

ALL-LEVELS YOGA CLASS

Class at 9:30 a.m.

HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE

11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Peaceful Hands Yoga Studio

228 Warren Street in Orange, Virginia

Come to one! Come to both!

Lots of treats – sweet and savory – and hot cider. (And, yes, Dr. B is bringing one of his delicious cheesecakes for us!)

Door Prizes!  The 3rd Annual Yoga Book Giveaway!

Did I mention treats? (And, cheesecake?)

And, yes, animals from the Wildlife Center!

I’m so excited that we’ll be joined by Maggie and a couple other special Wildlife Center ambassadors.  (I hope Oscar and Wilson are joining Maggie … and, of course, we’ll have Yoga poses in class to celebrate all three!)

Amanda and Lacy, Wildlife Center humans, will be joining us, too.

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Amanda and Maggie

lacy

Lacy

They’ll be there, along with Randy, to answer your questions about the animals the Center cares for and, I know, they join me in thanking you for your kind generosity to the Wildlife Center throughout the year.

Please bring a gift for the Wildlife Center if you can.

1) Make a cash/check donation to the Wildlife Center of Virginia or, 2) bring a bag filled with helpful supplies for the Center. Please choose items from this list:

Paper Towels w Tissues (no lotion) w Glad/Hefty Trash Bags (30 gallon & yard sized) w Ziplock Bags w Safety Glasses/Goggles w Mixed Nuts (unsalted, raw, no peanuts) w Canned or Dry Cat or Dog Food (any size, any brand) w  Bird Seed / Sunflower Seeds (for bird feeders) w Basic office supplies: 20 lb. white paper, pens, padded mailing envelopes, dry erase markers.

The Wildlife Center of Virginia depends entirely on the generosity of individuals like us to support their life-saving work. They have cared for more than 2,000 wild animals this year … and new patients come in every single day.

I hope you’ll stop by. This is also my opportunity to thank you for being part of the Peaceful Hands family this year.  And, bring a friend — this is a great opportunity to introduce your friends to our Yoga community. 

I thank you for all your kindnesses.

To learn more about the Wildlife Center of Virginia, their animals, and to check out their awesome LIVE Critter Cam, visit them here: Wildlife Center of Virginia.

Need info? Email me at jackie@peacefulhands.com or call 540-672-9528.  And, directions are here: Directions to Studio.

 

Peaceful Hands Holiday Open House & Yoga Class ~ Benefiting The Wildlife Center of Virginia. Saturday, Dec. 10, 2016

On SATURDAY, DECEMBER 10, 2016 join me for a special morning Yoga class and Holiday Open House at Peaceful Hands Yoga in Orange, Virginia …

This class will benefit
THE WILDLIFE CENTER OF VIRGINIA!

All-Levels Yoga Class ~ 9:30 a.m.

at Peaceful Hands Yoga Studio in Orange, Virginia

Open House follows ~ 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Your class “cost”? 1) Make a cash/check donation to the Wildlife Center of Virginia or, 2) Bring a bag filled with needed supplies for the Center. Please choose items from this list:

Paper Towels w Tissues (no lotion) w Glad/Hefty Trash Bags (30 gallon & yard sized) w Ziplock Bags w Safety Glasses/Goggles w Mixed Nuts (unsalted, raw, no peanuts) w Canned & Dry Dog or Cat Food (any size, any brand) w  Bird Seed / Sunflower Seeds (for bird feeders) w Basic office supplies: 20 lb. white paper, pens, padded mailing envelopes, dry erase markers.

The Wildlife Center of Virginia depends entirely on the generosity of individuals like us to support their life-saving work. They have cared for more than 2,400 wild animals this year … and new patients come in every single day.

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bear-cub-in-treechickadee patient

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screech owl babies

They all need our help ~ Please be generous!

Even if you can’t make it to class … stop by anyway!

HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE
11 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. 
Enjoy hot apple cider and deeee-licious sweet treats. And, maybe some savory things, too. (The Peaceful Hands Test Kitchen is still working on the menu … )

Enter to win a PEACEFUL HANDS HOLIDAY BASKET, filled with some of my favorite things and a few other surprises, too!

Take a Book, because it’s our third annual FREE Yoga book giveaway! 

Visit with The Wildlife Center’s Executive Vice President Randy Huwa who will be there to thank you for your support and to tell you about the wild patients you have helped — from bear cubs to hummingbirds.

Bring a friend. You don’t have to do Yoga to come by. And, please let others know about this Open House — it’s a great way to introduce new folks to our Yoga studio and to the work of the Wildlife Center.

I hope you’ll stop by. (I can’t eat all these cookies by myself, you know … plus, I want to see you!)  

Here are just a couple of things the Peaceful Hands family has done to help support The Wildlife Center and its patients this year.

You gathered clover, garden greens, and acorns through our “Team Bunny” program, provided lots of brown paper bags for the daily feeding of the bear cubs, and saved an orphaned squirrel in our parking lot before the 4:30 class this summer. (That squirrel, by the way, made it through a-ok and just last week was released in Madison County at the Beier’s farm.)

bunnies

Team Bunny clover in action!

Thank you, as always, for your boundless kindnesses.

To learn more about the Wildlife Center of Virginia, their animals, and to check out their awesome LIVE Critter Cam, visit: Wildlife Center of Virginia.

Need info? Have a cookie request? Ideas for the Open House? I’m all ears.

Email me at jackie@peacefulhands.com or call 540-672-9528.  And, directions are here: Directions to Studio.

I hope to see you!  The weather is going to be perfect. (But, I’ll come up with a backup plan, just in case.)

 

Team Bear: Beggin’ for Bags.

The Wildlife Center of Virginia needs a favor from their trusty Team Bunny/Team Bear helper-outers. (That’s us!)

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The Wildlife Center has admitted a record 28 bears this year and seven of them are currently living in a big outdoor bear enclosure.

Each day the bears consume fruits, veggies, dog food, and other treats.

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Yum for bears.

Here’s where we come in … the cubs’ meals are packaged for them in brown paper grocery bags that are tossed over the enclosure fence. (This helps ensure that the cubs don’t start to associate mealtime with people.)

mealtime-for-bears

The cubs tear into their grub and the bags decompose – no fuss, no muss.

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Mealtime is often followed by naptime — often falling asleep right in their food.

The Request: Can you spare a few brown paper grocery bags to help with the Center’s daily feeding?  (If the bags have paper handles on them – like the ones you get at Whole Foods and Trader Joes – that’s even better for tossing over the fence.)

Bring them to Yoga class this week or drop a few off at my massage studio in Madison.

It seems like a silly request, but it really will make the Center’s life easier …

For the latest update on the Center’s bear cubs click here.

And, here’s one of my favorite videos of the cubs exploring their new home in May.  They’re much bigger now. (Be sure to watch that little cub who’s so careful as he reaches his paw out into the straw.)

 

Thank you so much for being so generous, kind, and willing to help whenever the Center needs us.