Wednesday, May 28, 2014

10 Reasons Why Dancing is Good For You

Harry's Night Club & Beach Bar has the best local bands performing for you every night, and has Karaoke on Thursdays!  It's always a great night to go party at Harry's!  Check out our Band Calendar to see who's playing or follow us on Facebook and Twitter for daily updates!  

So put your dancing shoes on!  It's time to go dancing!  It's good for your mind, body and soul!!!

10 Reasons Why Dancing is Good For You

Article by Alexander Holt

There are so many reasons why dancing is good for you, it's hard to know where to begin. It's great fun and good for the body as well as the mind. Besides being a good form of exercise and having a truly positive impact on our health, a recent study actually showed that it also makes us smarter (something to do with remembering the dance steps, thus exercising the brain).

So, why is it good for you to dance? Here are the top 10 reasons:

1) Great way to exercise and stay fit

Dance is a great way to stay in shape. If you don't like the gym, dancing can bring fun back into the exercise.

2) Burn calories and lose weight

Dancing is all about moving your body and moving your body is a great way to burn calories. How many will you burn depends on how vigorously you dance. In an one-hour session you can burn from 250 to 400 calories. Yes, losing weight can be fun and enjoyable.

3) Improved health

Dance can effectively promote good health by improving cardiovascular fitness, strengthening the muscles, increasing circulation, decreasing blood pressure, lowering the risk of coronary heart disease, reducing stress, and many other positive benefits.

4) Greater Coordination

Great for improving control over your body, timing and coordination skills. You will learn how to move with grace and poise.

5) Good for bones and joints

Dance is a weight-bearing activity, meaning it's great for your bones. Weight-bearing exercises has been proven to increase bone density and help reduce the risk of osteoporosis.

6) Build confidence

Dance builds confidence by giving you a sense of success and achievement when you master it.

7) Great way to meet new people

Dancing provides a natural icebreaker and is a great way to meet new people and make new friends.

8) Lifts your mood

Any exercise can raise your spirits by raising the endorphins or so called feel good chemicals. This can lighten your mood and reduce the risk of depression.

9) Good for your Mind

Dancing will keep your mind active. It will improve circulation to the brain and help stimulate the memory by remembering all the steps. Great mental exercise.

10) Improved overall well-being

Dance has an outstanding positive effect on both physical and psychological well-being.

There you have it - 10 reasons why you should dance. There are, of course, many more benefits of dancing, but we have to stop somewhere.

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Thursday, May 22, 2014

Remembering What Memorial Day is About

Three-day weekends don't come around often, so we like to really make the most of them.  There is a plethora of things to do here on the Central Coast -- concerts and festivals, hanging out at the beach, boating at the lake, BBQing at the park with friends and family, or going off-roading in the Pismo Dunes.  I could go on and on.  But what is the reason for the holiday?  To honor the nation’s men and women who have died serving in the military.  

If you are looking for a way to do just that, on May 26th at 11am, the annual Memorial Day Ceremony on the Pier in Pismo Beach will be held with Colonel David Cramer and other special guest speakers to honor and remember those we have lost. 

Whatever you do this holiday weekend, enjoy and be safe!

Heed the real meaning behind Memorial Day
Article courtesy of the Post-Tribune

The day is about the memories. It’s about not forgetting.

This weekend we celebrate Memorial Day, the first of our much-anticipated three-day weekends of the summer.

What we often forget is that it is, above all, a day for remembering.

First and foremost, we remember our brave men and women who have answered the call and put their lives on the line so that we might continue to live free.

It is no small sacrifice, especially for the wives, children, mothers and fathers who have lost their loved ones.

Writer W.J. Cameron once noted about Memorial Day, “Perform, then, this one act of remembrance before this day passes — Remember there is an army of defense and advance that never dies and never surrenders, but is increasingly recruited from the eternal sources of the American spirit and from the generations of American youth.”

If nothing else, we owe it to our heroes to, at the very least, pause and remember their courage and sacrifice this coming weekend.

The other thing that comes to mind on Memorial Day is how we remember all those who have gone before us, family and friends alike.

How do we honor them and keep the memory of their lives alive so that their lives remain meaningful?

A few of our neighbors have shared their own thoughts on the matter.

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Thursday, May 15, 2014

Harry's Night Club & Beach Bar Awarded #1 Bar in South County AGAIN!!!

It’s official! the New Times SLO came out with the Best Of SLO results today!! And YOU voted Harry's Night Club & Beach Bar the #1 Bar in South County again!!!

We are very proud and excited! We can’t wait to celebrate with you all! Thank you so much! Cheers!!!

New Times Best of SLO County 2014:28th Annual Readers Poll
The following article was posted on May 14th, 2014, in the New Times - Volume 28, Issue 42 
Article courtesy of Ashley Schwellenbach, Managing editor at the New Times SLO

Foe. Rival. Nemesis. Enemy. Call them what you will, but we’ve all got them, to one extent or another. It might be the guy at work who always steals your lunch, the detective who rats you out to Scotland Yard, the jock who mocks you for playing Magic: The Gathering, or the news station that keeps beating you in your own readers' poll.

But at the end of the day, that instinct to compete, to overcome, to win, to best our adversaries is often what drives us to create our best work. Whether that work happens to be a delicious burrito or culinary concoction best found in our Dining Out section; a cold margarita after a long day at work, as identified in After Hours; a theatrical production that will have you laughing or crying, and possibly both, from Arts Scene; an ingeniously crafted bit of bling for your earlobes, pet, or eyes, from the diverse Burnin’ Money section; the best haircut you’ve ever had, as featured in About Town; climbing equipment that will support you during your biggest adventure yet, from the Get Out section; or a politician who will renew, or confirm your lack of, faith in politics, from Community Watch, it’s worth celebrating.

So here’s to you, archenemies! Just this once, we’ll drink to your health … once we’re done scouring the After Hours section of Best Of to determine where to go for that drink.

—Ashley Schwellenbach, Managing editor


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Thursday, May 8, 2014

7 Ways to Make Sure Everybody Has a Good Time on Karaoke Night!

Karaoke Etiquette!

Karaoke is loads of fun! However, there are a few unspoken rules to follow to make sure that everyone has great time at a karaoke bar or party! Check them out below!

One Song at a Time!

General rule of thumb at a Karaoke Bar, or at a private Karaoke Party is to only put up one song at time. Nobody is going to have fun if there is just one person hogging the mic all night!

No Heckling the Singers!

Getting up and singing in front of a group of people can be terrifying for some! Even if someone’s performance isn’t stellar, please refrain from booing or heckling- it’s just plain rude!

Be Supportive  - Cheer for Everyone!

The fun thing about a Karaoke bar or party is the sense of community! Applaud and cheer for everyone who sings on stage- no matter how they performed! It encourages everyone to sing and makes everyone feel welcome.

Don’t Steal Someone Else’s Thunder!

Spontaneous duets can be fun, however, not everyone may appreciate it. If you were not invited to come up and sing on stage with the person singing - don’t do it! It’s not nice and you are stealing someone else’s moment.

Let People Choose Their Own Songs!

Nothing can be more nerve wracking than hearing your named called up to sing for a song you didn’t submit! People know what they feel comfortable singing and unless they give you the green light to choose a song for them, stick to choosing your own.

Respect the Equipment!

Karaoke equipment can be very pricey! Always be respectful of the equipment you are using. This means no swinging/dropping/throwing the microphone (it can easily be damaged and can be expensive to replace), no drinks on the speakers (if the drink spills the speaker is toast!) and no putting your feet on the monitors!

The Most Important Rule Of All..

Have fun!!! That’s what karaoke is about!

Written by Carrie of the Karaoke Lounge

Monday, May 5, 2014

Come celebrate with us down at Harry's! We will be featuring Bloody Marias, Margaritas, Tequila, Corona, Negra Modelo and be offering Chips & Salsa! 
Ever wonder why May 5th is celebrated in the U.S. and Mexico? 

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In 1861 the liberal Mexican Benito Juárez (1806-1872) became president of a country in financial ruin, and he was forced to default on his debts to European governments. In response, France, Britain and Spain sent naval forces to Veracruz to demand reimbursement. Britain and Spain negotiated with Mexico and withdrew, but France, ruled by Napoleon III (1808-1873), decided to use the opportunity to carve a dependent empire out of Mexican territory. Late in 1861, a well-armed French fleet stormed Veracruz, landing a large French force and driving President Juárez and his government into retreat.

Certain that success would come swiftly, 6,000 French troops under General Charles Latrille de Lorencez (1814-1892) set out to attack Puebla de Los Angeles, a small town in east-central Mexico. From his new headquarters in the north, Juárez rounded up a rag-tag force of 2,000 loyal men—many of them either indigenous Mexicans or of mixed ancestry—and sent them to Puebla. Led by Texas-born General Ignacio Zaragoza (1829-1862), the vastly outnumbered and poorly supplied Mexicans fortified the town and prepared for the French assault. On May 5, 1862, Lorencez drew his army, well provisioned and supported by heavy artillery, before the city of Puebla and led an assault from the north. The battle lasted from daybreak to early evening, and when the French finally retreated they had lost nearly 500 soldiers. Fewer than 100 Mexicans had been killed in the clash.

Although not a major strategic win in the overall war against the French, Zaragoza’s success at Puebla represented a great symbolic victory for the Mexican government and bolstered the resistance movement. Six years later—thanks in part to military support and political pressure from the United States, which was finally in a position to aid its besieged neighbor after the end of the Civil War—France withdrew. The same year, Austrian Archduke Ferdinand Maximilian, who had been installed as emperor of Mexico by Napoleon in 1864, was captured and executed by Juárez’s forces. Puebla de Los Angeles was renamed for General Zaragoza, who died of typhoid fever months after his historic triumph there.

Within Mexico, Cinco de Mayo is primarily observed in the state of Puebla, where Zaragoza’s unlikely triumph occurred, although other parts of the country also take part in the celebration. Traditions include military parades, recreations of the Battle of Puebla and other festive events. For many Mexicans, however, May 5 is a day like any other: It is not a federal holiday, so offices, banks and stores remain open.

In the United States, Cinco de Mayo is widely interpreted as a celebration of Mexican culture and heritage, particularly in areas with substantial Mexican-American populations. Chicano activists raised awareness of the holiday in the 1960s, in part because they identified with the victory of indigenous Mexicans over European invaders during the Battle of Puebla. Today, revelers mark the occasion with parades, parties, mariachi music, Mexican folk dancing and traditional foods such as tacos and mole poblano. Some of the largest festivals are held in Los Angeles, Chicago and Houston.

Many people outside Mexico mistakenly believe that Cinco de Mayo is a celebration of Mexican independence, which was declared more than 50 years before the Battle of Puebla. That event is commemorated on September 16, the anniversary of the revolutionary priest Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla’s famous “Grito de Dolores” (“Cry of Dolores”), a call to arms that amounted to a declaration of war against the Spanish colonial government in 1810.

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