Working Out for a Cause…


As you might imagine, we got a ton of emails here at News of St. John. A frequent topic includes on-island exercise options and gym facilities. Today we want to tell you about a cool new Zumba class that’s happening during the month of August and will benefit island charities.

Brittany MacNealy has been on island four the past four-and-a-half years. She recently became a certified Zumba instructor and now offers Zumba classes at the St. John School of the Arts several times a week.

Having worked for nonprofits back in the States and recognizing the difficulties that go along with raising funds, Brittany decided to do something about it. So every Saturday during the month of August, Brittany will donate 100 percent of the proceeds from her Saturday morning Zumba Basic class to a St. John nonprofit. How exciting is that?!

Here are the nonprofits that will benefit:

  • August 9th: St John Cancer Fund
  • August 16th: Animal Care Center of St John
  • August 23rd St John School of the Arts
  • August 30th Gifft Hill School

Each class will be held at 9 a.m. at the St. John School of the Arts. Classes last one hour.

Not familiar with Zumba? Zumba is an upbeat workout that combines fun music with easy to follow choreography. Click here to learn more.

Brittany is licensed to teach Zumba, Zumba Toning, Aqua Zumba and Zumba in the Circuit. For more information on Brittany and her Zumba classes, please visit bmacnealy.zumba.com

St. Johnopoly Launches New Website!

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So we are super excited to share with all of you a few updates on St. Johnopoly. First and foremost, we have an awesome new website that just launched today. Please check it out at www.StJohnopoly.com

The website has several images of the game to give all of you a better idea of just how cool this is going to be! We have pictures of the game board squares, the money, the tokens and more.

We also have a page dedicated to the four charities that will receive a portion of the sales from St. Johnopoly. We’re happy to announced that we gave out our first two donations last weekend to Team River Runner and Friends Helping Friends.

We also have a page dedicated to our sponsors, so you can see exactly which businesses (and one super famous animal) are involved with the game.

We’ve also moved all of our online sales over to the site. As we’ve mentioned a time or two, there is a limited number of games available so please preorder yours today. Games are being pre-sold for $45 plus shipping. We are still anticipating our ship date to be late August. We’ll keep you posted if anything changes.

In the meantime, please head on over to StJohnopoly.com and check it out! You can also click here to do so.

Health & Happiness Event Tomorrow


Most people want to be healthy and happy. And where better to celebrate than Love City? Partnering with the St. John Cancer Fund and the St. John Youth Coalition, Sisterhood Agenda will celebrate health and happiness in St. John on Friday, May 16, 2014 and invites you to join them in Franklin Powell Park from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

There will be music, giveaways, and announcements to encourage healthy living. Giveaways include magnets, recipes, food guides, bookmarks, fitness information, and local resources. Many resources are also available in Spanish. Everyone is encouraged to participate.

“This event is a celebration of life and wellness. We live on one of the most beautiful islands in the world, but not all of us are healthy. We can learn to heal and be happy,” said Angela Coleman, Founding President of Sisterhood Agenda and founder of the St. John Youth Coalition.

Mary Bartolucci, founding board member of the St. John Cancer Fund, said, “We are very happy to partner with Sisterhood Agenda and the St. John Youth Coalition to get this important information to the community. We want everyone to know that there are resources available for those with cancer.”

St. John Youth Coalition representative, Shelley Williams added, “Learning about good health starts early to develop healthy habits as adults, especially regarding substance abuse and prevention.”

The St. John Cancer Fund provides financial assistance to St. Johnians in their fight against cancer. The mission of the St. John Youth Coalition to empower youth to be healthy, happy, and successful. This is the third year that Sisterhood Agenda will distribute health information as part of its SHE: Sisters Healthy & Empowered program and celebration of National Women’s Health Week. This is the first year that the St. John Cancer Fund is participating and the St. John Youth Coalition is new.

St. John Youth Coalition members include: Sisterhood Agenda, St. John Community Foundation, Julius E. Sprauve School, Gifft Hill School, Guy Benjamin School, Love City Pan Dragons, Myrah Keating Community Health Center, Coral Bay Community Council, VI Sports, Parks & Recreation Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Catholic Charities, VI Police Department, VI Daily News, CBS Channel 2, Callaloo Restaurant, and Rotary of St. John Interact. New members are welcome.

For more information, call Angela D. Coleman at (340) 714-7076.