West Coast Woman Sept. 2020 Issue

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Welcome to the September 2020 Issue of West Coast Woman - Sarasota, Florida's only women's publication. We salute the hardworking team at Sarasota Memorial Hospital - our local heroes! In this issue, you'll find extended calendar of events, arts listings, galleries, meetings, virtual events and fundraisers, and more. Be sure to check out this month's recipe, travel offers, our You're News column and health features.

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SEPTEMBER 2020

contents

Editor and Publisher

Louise M. Bruderle

Email: westcoastwoman@comcast.net

Contributing Writer

Carol Darling

Contributing Photographer

Evelyn England

Art Director/Graphic Designer

Kimberly Carmell

We’re Back and Now Digital

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Out & About

You might be surprised at all the events in our calendars this

month—we were! There’s lots to do and, if you prefer not to

venture out, you can also visit many of them online. Plus, we

have updates and schedule changes for the season ahead.

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HOW TO REACH US:

Email: westcoastwoman@comcast.net

Here are our columns:

n Out & About: includes

fundraisers, concerts, art exhibits,

lectures, dance, poetry, shows &

performances, theatre, film,

seasonal events and more.

n Datebook: club meetings,

women’s clubs, networking and

consumer-oriented lectures.

n Mind/Body Calendar: health and

wellness events, support groups,

health lectures, seminars and

screenings.

Thank you

Sarasota Memorial

Heroes!

We can’t shake their hands or give them a hug,

but in these pictures we can see them at work at

SMH, caring for patients who have COVID-19.

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n You’re News: job announcements,

appointments and promotions,

board news, business news and

real estate news.

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dining in:

new takes on old standards

Apple nachos? It’s a trend for sure - taking classic

dishes and reinventing them with new flavor

combinations to experience. Many of these changes are

no doubt an answer to our seemingly endless quest for

new flavor sensations as well as vegan alternatives.

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west coast

WOMAN

departments

4 editor’s letter

6 Out & About: listing for things

to do live and online

13 women’s health:

Urology Treatment Center

14 your health: Craniosacral

Therapy - how it works

15 women’s health:

with The Renewal Point

16 Saluting the heroes at Sarasota

Memorial Hospital

17 Business Spotlight: meet the duo

at Think Donson

on the cover: Photos Courtesy of Sarasota Memorial Hospital and SMH nurse photographer Lilyana Dobreva.

18 Travel News: deals on

Florida vacations and more

20 Dining In: Food “Impostors”

22 You’re News

24 Datebook

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just some

thoughts

Louise Bruderle

Editor and Publisher

So here we are—a first ever all-digital West Coast Woman.

Call it the WCW e-edition, WCW e-zine or the WCW flip book.

It truly feels strange, but also…I kinda like it. No worrying

about drivers, delivery trucks, wondering about the weather,

press delays or if the colors in the ads will be printed carefully.

The downside? No tangible paper to hold and turn. No

watching the old guys at the Y reading WCW page after page.

No going to events and handing them out. I could also add less

revenue, but there are businesses suffering a lot more.

You’re reading this on your desktop in your home or office

(which these days might be one and the same) or on your smartphone

or iPad. Like the print version, you can flip back and

forth, forwards and backwards and save as long as you want.

Unlike the print version, you can download the “paper” and

print it all, or print a single page, and, you can even forward it

to friends by using a link. Here’s hoping in October we can do

print AND the flip book. But for now, this is a good stand-in.

This month: Honoring

the Heroes at Sarasota

Memorial Hospital

This month’s cover was an easy choice: the

folks who save lives and help us get better:

The heroes at Sarasota Memorial Hospital.

Sarasota Memorial Health Care System—our

hospital—is an 839-bed regional

medical center. It has almost 7,000 staff and

is Sarasota County’s largest employer. The

hospital’s Medical Staff includes more than

1,400 providers who represent 60 specialties.

Advice from Sarasota Memorial: “The best

thing we can do as a community is to stay

informed and take common-sense precautions

to guard against this and other viruses:

mask use, hand hygiene, physical distancing

and staying home when you’re sick. Wearing a face covering

— ideally a mask — is recommended when you may come in

close contact (6 feet or less) with someone from outside your

household, especially for a prolonged period (10-15 minutes or

more) and especially indoors.”

Special thanks to Kim Savage, PIO/Spokesperson at Sarasota

Memorial Health Care System for getting WCW the images. And

heartfelt thanks to all of you who work at SMH! We LOVE you!

Coming Up in Sarasota

Stay tuned. Evolving. Paused. I’m reading those words a lot.

Arts organizations understandably are trying to keep some

sort of performance schedule, albeit with adjustments. But

since June, WCW has received releases that have shown July

events canceled, August events canceled, September events

canceled. A few October events are hanging out there with

hope. Some November events are on. But not all.

Others have taken their remaining 2020 events online (such

as The Sarasota Ballet and the Sarasota Opera), and some

have pushed their season to 2021 and scrapped 2020.

As tragically sad as this is, I also have gotten numerous

releases about individual donors, the state, foundations and

other sources providing funds to keep nonprofits going.

Here are just a few of the stories of generosity I want

to share…

L to R: Trish Newman, LWRWC Philanthropy Co-Chair

with her “ambassador” dog Wrigley, and Helene Levin and

Cheryl Breining, LWRWC Co-Presidents.

■ Example One:

In August, Lakewood Ranch Women’s Club (LWRWC) donated

$3,000 in cash and donations, including 35 backpacks filled

with school supplies and a check for $1,800 to HOPE Family

Services (HOPE) in Manatee County.

LWRWC held a Backpack Challenge for HOPE to provide

children at the domestic violence shelter with backpacks filled

with school supplies. Donors dropped off filled backpacks at

designated homes and/or sent money.

The donations were delivered to the shelter by Women’s Club

members: LWRWC Philanthropy Co-Chair Trish Newman, and

LWRWC Co-Presidents Helene Levin and Cheryl Breining.

There were 24 children at the shelter who started school and

will attend their classes virtually due to the pandemic. With

a donation of 35 backpacks, the shelter has reserves for kids

coming to HOPE over the next few months. The LWRWC donation

also funded critically needed food and cleaning supplies

to ensure a healthy and safe environment for families at HOPE.

HOPE assists those whose lives have been affected by domestic

violence. They offer victims and survivors of domestic

violence services including Emergency Safe Shelter, advocacy,

counseling, children’s services, and specialized programs.

For HOPE, visit www.hopefamilyservice.org. For LWRWC,

visit www.lwrwc.org.

■ Example Two:

All Faiths Food Bank received matching gifts through the Joe

and Mary Kay Henson Family Fund and an anonymous donor

through Community Foundation of Sarasota County totaling

$600,000.

Hunger has been

an ongoing problem

in our region for many

years, but COVID-19 has

exacerbated the need,

leaving many families

with uncertain futures.

Of that, $500,000

came from the Joe

and Mary Kay Henson

Family Fund and an

anonymous donor from

Joe and Mary Kay Henson

the Community Foundation

of Sarasota County was inspired to give an additional

$100,000, adding up to $600,000.

“We are a family fund devoted to supporting the needs of

children and adults living in poverty. The currently unemployed

are a vital part of our community and key to our

economic well-being,” said Joe and Mary Kay Henson. “This

virus is not going away any time soon … and what All Faiths

Food Bank is doing is tremendously vital for these families

and children. The entire community has to rally around to

support and protect families during the ongoing crisis.”

Since the pandemic ramped up in March, All Faiths has

seen an overall increase in need of approximately 120%, with

new clients increasing nearly 45%. The demand for food will

remain critically high for a long time to come as people continue

to face significant financial strain.

“In order for those most affected by the crisis to have hope

for rebuilding their lives, their basic need for food must be

met,” said All Faiths Food Bank CEO Sandra Frank.

Contact All Faiths at allfaithsfoodbank.org or call 941-

379-6333.

■ Example Three:

“This year has called for sustained action to strengthen our

most vulnerable systems and the people they help,” says Teri

A Hansen, president and CEO of Barancik Foundation. “Humanitarian

efforts are being pushed to their limit. Yet, we are

hopeful that positives will emerge as we all reimagine ways to

serve our community.”

Together with its donors and Charles & Margery Barancik

Foundation, Gulf Coast Community Foundation has awarded

over $2.7 million in direct grants to nonprofit organizations

for COVID-19 relief.

That total includes more than $1.1 million funded from

the COVID-19 Response Initiative, a joint initiative of Gulf Coast

and Barancik Foundation to support immediate and long-term

needs in the region arising from the coronavirus pandemic.

Grants are funding services including virtual mental-health

counseling for children and for veterans, childcare

for first responders, and food and financial assistance for

displaced hospitality workers, foster families, and others.

Additionally, donors to Gulf Coast have directed nearly $1

million in grants from their donor funds at the foundation for

COVID-19 impacts locally and beyond.

■ Harvest House

Here are some of the recipients: Harvest House, which

provides housing for Sarasota County residents overcoming

homelessness or addiction. A grant to buy laptop computers

for staff is allowing case managers to continue counseling residents

remotely, while their desktop computers have been repurposed

for safe use by those same clients for job searching.

Then there’s CenterPlace Health, which offers primary

healthcare to Medicaid patients, received funds to quickly

transition to a telehealth model. “Telehealth will allow us to

continue providing care to all of our patients—especially

our pregnant moms and babies,” said Melissa Parker, president

and CEO of CenterPlace Health, which cares mostly for

women and children.

A grant to SKY Family YMCA has enabled it to offer

professional childcare to emergency responders and other

essential healthcare personnel. These front-line workers have

seen demand for their services increase at the same time

that school closures leave them with no safe place for their

children during the day.

Other recipients include: Tidewell Hospice, Easterseals

Southwest Florida, First Step of Sarasota, Florida Center for

Early Childhood, Tri-County Counseling and Life Skills Center,

Family Network on Disabilities, Good Samaritan Pharmacy

& Health Services, Operation Warrior Resolution, Goodwill

Manasota, CareerEdge, CareerSource Suncoast. Women’s

Resource Center, Gulfcoast Legal Services, Capital Good

Fund, The Salvation Army of Sarasota, Meals on Wheels of

Sarasota, All Faiths Food Bank, Harvest House, SPARCC (Safe

Place and Rape Crisis Center), The New College Foundation,

Family Promise of South Sarasota County, HOPE for North

Port, UnidosNow, Laurel Civic Association, The TWIG Cares,

Early Learning Coalition of Florida’s Heartland, Children

First, Education Foundation of Sarasota County, Suncoast

Technical College, First Responders, Boys & Girls Clubs of

Sarasota County, Denise Amber Lee Foundation, Boys & Girls

Clubs of Sarasota County, Teen Court of Sarasota, Big Brothers

Big Sisters of the Suncoast and Safe Children Coalition.

■ Example 4:

JFCS of the Suncoast has disbursed $475,727 since April to

families in Sarasota and Manatee counties experiencing

financial hardship resulting from COVID-19. JFCS established

the JFCS COVID-19 Emergency Hardship Fund in late March.

A $250,000 lead gift from the Louis & Gloria Flanzer Philanthropic

Trust initially funded the program.

“During their lifetimes, Gloria and Lou Flanzer strongly

believed in JFCS’ mission to support people in need. JFCS has

shown leadership during this unprecedented time and, as

members of our community, we are grateful that their efforts

have offered critical support to so many,” said Eric Kaplan,

Flanzer Trust co-trustee.

The JFCS COVID-19 Emergency Hardship Fund has provided

assistance to more than 350 families for rent, utilities,

transportation, food and other basic needs.

For JFCS, contact Arthur Lerman at 941 366-2224. Visit

www.jfcs-cares.org.

Louise Bruderle | Editor and Publisher |

westcoastwoman@comcast.net

We welcome your thoughts and comments on this column and on other columns and features in this issue.

You can reach us at westcoastwoman@comcast.net. We’re on the web at www.WestCoastWoman.com.

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Veronica Brandon Miller with Preferred Shore Real Estate

"A woman alone has power; collectively,

we have impact.”

"A woman alone has power; collectively, we have impact," Veronica Brandon

Miller states. "You don't do business with a company; you do business with

people you like and trust." That's why Veronica decided to build a team of

strong, smart, and talented women to collaborate with.

Veronica recently joined the Altier Group with Preferred Shore, which already

consisted of two strong women; Abigail Altier and Cozette Lillard. However,

Veronica wanted to create a bigger circle to create a one-stop shop to help

home buyers and sellers.

"You are judged by the company you keep, and so I selected women who I

admire and who also have demonstrated the same compassion I have for our

wonderful community."

Veronica has more than 30 years of creative vision and unparalleled expertise

in community engagement, philanthropy, branding, and marketing. In fact,

she personally has received many community awards—including the Sarasota

Chamber of Commerce’s ‘Impact in Action’ award for her leadership in

helping the community.

Prior to joining the real estate world, she served as senior vice president for

Goodwill Industries. She created multiple programs and initiatives that were

duplicated around the globe with stellar success. Veronica notes that, of her

local achievements, she is proudest of the award-winning Veterans Services

Program and Community Ambassador Program – which has engaged more

than 10,000 supporters – as well as her ability to leverage more than 330

collaborations in the community.

"Helping people has always been my passion. Now I am honored to help

people with what is possibly the largest investment in their lifetime: a home."

Veronica demonstrates her love of the community by supporting numerous

charities and currently serves on the boards for Paws & Warriors, Leadership

Manatee Alumni Association, and the Leadership Sarasota Alumni Association.

She has also served on the boards for the Sarasota Parks Foundation, Glasser/

Schoenbaum Human Services Center, Pines Foundation, Project 180, Child

Protection Center, the McKay Academy, and the All-Star Children's

Foundation.

Originally from Philadelphia, Pa., Miller earned her bachelor's degree in

Marketing from Boston University and her master's degree in Business from the

University of Maryland.

Contact Information:

Veronica Brandon Miller

The Florida Realtor with Preferred Shore

941.807.7321

veronica@thefloridarealtor.com

www.thefloridarealtor.com

Abigail Altier

Realtor®

Preferred Shore

941.713.1933

abigail@thealtiergroup.com

abigailaltier.preferredshore.com

Cozette Lillard

Realtor®

Preferred Shore

513.518.3450

Cozy@thealtiergroup.com

cozettelillard.preferredshore.com

Lori Ciaravella

Business Development Executive

Fidelity National Title of Florida

407-429-9470

lori.ciaravella@fnf.com

www.eastflorida.fntic.com

Cynthia A. Riddell

Owner & Real Estate Attorney

Riddell Law Group

Offices Sarasota and

Lakewood Ranch

941.366.1300

criddell@rlglawfirm.com

www.rlglawfirm.com

Veronica L. Huzzard

Licensed Property Insurance Agent

& Legalshield Expert

Anderson & Associates

Insurance Agency

941.720.2778

veronica@andersoninsgroup.com

vlhuzzard.WeAreLegalShield.com

Elizabeth Smith

Vice President of

Mortgage Lending

Guarantee Rate

941.228.2012

liz.smith@rate.com

www.rate.com/liz

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out and about

Please be sure to contact the individual organizations below before heading out to their

events. Some events may have been canceled or rescheduled. We have deleted some events,

but are uncertain at presstime, which other events may have canceled or changed.

At The Ringling

On exhibit:

• Howie Tsui: Retainers of Anarchy

to November 29. Vancouver-based

artist Howie Tsui’s solo exhibition,

Retainers of Anarchy, is an

amalgamation of martial arts characters

and techniques woven together

with threads of social and political

realities of present-day Hong Kong.

Presented as a non-linear counter

narrative in the form of hand-drawn

animation, Retainers of Anarchy offers

an opportunity to reflect on

notions of identity and nationhood

using Hong Kong’s past and more

recent surge of political unrest.

• Being Seen: Recent Acquisitions

from The Ringling Photography

Collection runs to January 3. This

exhibition features works by photographers

who examine the complexities

of identity and the staging

of selfhood. Consisting primarily of

self-portraits and portraits of empowered

subjects, these works explore

personal agency at the intersection

of politics and the female body.

Many of the artists in the exhibition

are recognized as leading

voices in contemporary art and

offer diverse perspectives on issues

surrounding power, sexuality, and

self-representation. Being Seen also

includes numerous works by significant

women photographers from the

twentieth century, added to the collection

in recent years.The John and

Mable Ringling Museum of Art, 5401

Bay Shore Rd., Sarasota. Info: www.

ringling.org.

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Virtual

Fundraisers

ALSO Youth has a Virtual Variety

Show on September 26. Matthew

McGee, a performer in the Tampa/

Sarasota area, will host theVirtual

Variety Show “Better Together.”

McGee has performed locally with

the Asolo Rep, freeFall Theatre Company,

Stageworks, American Stage

in the Park, and the Suncoast AIDS

Theatre Project. He is a two-time

Theatre Tampa Bay Award winner

and a Broadway World’s Best Actor in

a Musical winner.

The Virtual variety Show will feature

performances by local theater,

dance, circus arts, and drag performers

as well as cooking and cocktail

demonstrations. An online auction

featuring vacation stays, experiences

and gift baskets will begin two weeks

prior to the event and will conclude

at the end of the Variety Show. Proceeds

support ALSO Youth’s programs

for LGBTQ+ youth.

For information, contact Tony-

Boothby@michaelsaunders.com or

james@alsoyouth.org.

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Safe Place and Rape Crisis

Center (SPARCC) has its one-ofa-kind,

virtual clue-quest event,

SPARCC SRclue, slated for 6 p.m.

on Saturday, October 24. With the

outbreak of COVID-19 across the

globe, this cutting edge virtual-fundraising-event

keeps health concerns

regarding the virus at the forefront

while also providing entertainment

and a wonderful opportunity to support

SPARCC’s life-saving programs

and services for survivors of domestic

and sexual violence.

With safety for

SPARCC supporters

in mind, the event

design centers

around delivered

meals, small teams

of 4 players, personal

locations,

a virtual party

atmosphere and

an unparalleled

virtual clue-quest

game. Guests will

have the options

of gourmet wine

and lobster dinner

delivered from

Michael’s on East

or delicious Italian

dinner and beer

provided by IL Panificio

while enjoying

live DJ tunes and a personalized

photo booth experience during the

virtual party.

After dinner, each team will get in

on the clue-quest action and explore

our beloved Sarasota community

through a curated and professionally-developed

virtual adventure game.

Once the teams have completed the

game, the winner will be announced

during the virtual wrap-up party.

For tickets, visit www.sparcc.net/

events. Follow SPARCC Facebook

and Instagram @SPARCC_Sarasota

for more updated information.

Art Exhibits

At ArtUptown’s latest exhibit is

Justice, Equality & Responsibility

featuring Evelyn McCorristin-Peters’

paintings to September 25. McCorristin-Peters

uses her artistic vision

as a laser, lighting up issues that

challenge the status quo. Her show’s

abstractions and painted statements

serve to document her reactions to

challenging times and invite visitors

to experience these along with

her. Evelyn’s closely observed works

reflect her boldness and the deeply

held responsibility to use the artist’s

unique platform to address important

issues. Come visit the gallery

at 1367 Main Street, Sarasota. Info:

941-955-5409.

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Marie Selby Botanical Gardens’

40th Annual Juried Photographic

Exhibition and Sale will be virtual

this year. The exhibition will be viewable

to September 20 at selby.org.

According to Selby Gardens’ President

& CEO Jennifer Rominiecki,

“Given the fluid nature of COVID-19

and in an effort to limit the amount

of person-to-person contact that is

involved with putting together this

type of exhibition, we are confident

that not only is this a safer alternative,

but it will allow for more people

to view the exhibition.”

The photographs will be reviewed

by a jury and the jury will select winners

in each category and an overall

“Best of Show.” Cash prizes will be

provided for the winners. For information

visit www.selby.org. Marie

Selby Botanical Gardens is located

at 1534 Mound Street, Sarasota. Historic

Spanish Point is at 337 North

Tamiami Trail, Osprey.

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Selby Gardens and the Duncan McClellan Gallery in St. Petersburg present the

third annual summer glass show In Dialogue with Nature: Glass in the Gardens to

September 20, 2020 at Selby Gardens’ Downtown Sarasota campus.

Island Gallery West’s Artist of the

Month is Jane Keeling. Her solo show

“Peaceful Places” will be on view

at the gallery from September 2-30.

Jane uses oils to paint the scenes that

make people flock to Anna Maria Island.

There is a peaceful nostalgia to

these vignettes of the beach and people

enjoying the sunshine and waves

gently breaking in the morning light.

The Gallery is located at 5368 Gulf

Drive, Holmes Beach. 941-778-6648.

Per county and city regulations,

masks are required. Hand sanitizer

is available.

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Sarasota Art Museum of Ringling

College is closed until further notice.

They offer a variety of online exhibits.

Visit www.sarasotaartmuseum.

org.

Manatee County Agricultural

Museum, 1015 6th St. West, is open.

Local artist Pat Robertson’s watercolor

exhibit has been extended

indefinitely. Robertson is a 33-year

resident of Manatee County, specifically

Palmetto and Terra Ceia. She

is a watercolorist and took her first

class at ArtCenter Manatee. She is a

signature member of the Florida Watercolor

and the Suncoast Watercolor

Societies. The exhibit features beautiful

flora and fauna focused pieces.

Some of the pieces are for sale.

Hours: Tuesday-Friday, 1st and 3rd

Saturday10-noon, 1-4 p.m. Location:

1015 6th Street West, Palmetto. Info:

(941) 721-2034

Online exhibits: Underwater

Farms: Aquaculture in Manatee

County. Aquaculture has a long

history in Manatee County. The

process of growing aquatic animals

and plants for food, restoration, and

pets has evolved over the years, but

continues to have a presence in the

agricultural industry. Learn more

about what aquaculture farms have

been in Manatee County in the past

and today.

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Virtual Book

Events and

Book Clubs at

Bookstore1

Online Events:

September at 7 p.m. NFL Football

legend Reggie Williams will virtually

visit Bookstore1Sarasota for a

Zoom community

conversation and

book launch for

his new memoir,

Resilient

by Nature. This

memoir follows

the story of Williams—ex-NFL

linebacker, former

Disney executive

and the epitome

of determination

in the face of

extreme challenges.

Reggie

will be joined by

his collaborator

on the book, NFL

columnist Jarrett

Bell. Bookstore1’s

Elsie Souza will

be facilitating the

discussion.

There is no charge for this event,

but registration is required for participation.More

information and

RSVP at https://www.sarasotabooks.

com/events.

September 23 at 6 p.m. A Zoom

author visit with Susannah Marren

chatting about her new novel, A

Palm Beach Scandal. From Susannah

Marren, author of A Palm Beach

Wife, comes her next book set in the

exclusive, glamorous world of Palm

Beach: A Palm Beach Scandal.

Marren follows two sisters as one

offers the ultimate selfless act to the

other, proving the very meaning of

family in this novel of artifice and

intrigue. Marren is the author of Between

the Tides and A Palm Beach

Wife and the pseudonym for Susan

Shapiro Barash, who has written

over a dozen nonfiction books.

There is no charge for this event,

but registration is required for participation.

More information and

RSVP at https://www.sarasotabooks.

com/events.

September 29 at 6 p.m. Join

Tampa Bay Times Reviewer and

Book Editor Colette Bancroft and

guest authors online for a discussion

of Tampa Bay Noir, a collection of

short stories by Florida authors that

take place in Tampa Bay.

Tampa Bay Noir Editor Collette

Bancroft has been the book editor

at the Tampa Bay Times since 2007.

In addition to writing reviews and

interviewing authors, she directs the

annual Tampa Bay Times Festival of

Reading.

There is no charge for this event,

but registration is required for participation.

More information and

RSVP at https://www.sarasotabooks.

com/events

Online Book Clubs:

September 8 at 2 p.m. The Mysteries

to Die For Book Club led

by Elsie Souza. Meets online via

Zoom. This month, they’re discussing

American Spy by Lauren Wilkinson.

Purchase of a ticket is required

for participation. The $18 ticket

includes a copy of American Spy and

the book club meeting.

About American Spy: Inspired

by true events—Thomas Sankara is

known as “Africa’s Che Guevara”—

American Spy knits together a gripping

spy thriller, a heartbreaking

family drama, and a passionate romance.

More information and RSVP

at https://www.sarasotabooks.com/

bookclubs

• The Amigos Family Book Club

will be discussing Chiquita by Antonio

Orlando Rodríguez. They will

meet online via Zoom for 5 consecutive

sessions starting Monday,

September 14. Meeting time is 7-8

pm. Meeting dates: Sept. 14, Sept. 21,

Sept. 28, Oct. 5 and Oct. 12.

The Amigos Book Club is a cultural

association between CreArte

Latino and Bookstore1. The Reading

Circle is conducted totally in Spanish

for adults.

Register by sending an email

to info@creartelatino.org. To purchase

the book call BookStore1 at

941-365-7900 and 20% of the sale will

be donated to CreArte Latino.

About Chiquita: This imaginary

biography of the real-life woman

recreates the adventures and misfortunes

of Chiquita, an alluring

and independent woman that lived

to become one of the highest paid

celebrities in the Vaudeville theatres

and fairs of her day. More information

and RSVP at https://www.sarasotabooks.com/bookclubs

• The Amigos Family Book Club

will be discussing Zoro by Jairo

Aníbal Niño. They’ll meet online

via Zoom for 5 consecutive sessions

starting Wednesday, September

16th. Meeting time is 6-7 pm. Meeting

dates: Sept. 16, Sept. 23, Sept. 30,

Oct. 7 and Oct. 14.

The Amigos Book Club is a cultural

association between CreArte

Latino and Bookstore1. The Reading

Circle is conducted totally in Spanish

for children (7-11 years old)

Register by sending an email

to info@creartelatino.org. To purchase

the book call BookStore1 at

941-365-7900 and 20% of the sale will

be donated to CreArte Latino.

About Zoro: Reminiscent of Eustaquio

Rivera’s masterpiece La voragine,

this exhilarating story relates

the adventures of a young boy lost in

the indomitable jungle. More information

and RSVP at https://www.

sarasotabooks.com/bookclubs

• Join Roxanne for the Movie Lovers

Zoom Book Club. They’ll be meeting

online via Zoom for two sessions,

September 30 and October 28 at

6 p.m., to discuss acclaimed film

Director Charlie Kaufman’s new

comedic mammoth sized novel Antkind

set in St. Augustine, Florida.

Optional Kaufman film discussions

could be a part of each session.

Purchase of a ticket is required for

participation. The $32 ticket includes

a copy of Antkind and both book

club meetings.

About Antkind: The bold and

boundlessly original debut novel

from the Oscar-winning screenwriter

of Being John Malkovich, Adaptation,

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless

Mind, and Synecdoche, New

York.More information and RSVP at

https://www.sarasotabooks.com/

bookclub.

Art Around

the State

Editor’s Note: Be sure to check websites

for online viewing of exhibits.

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The USF Contemporary Art

Museum, part of the USF Institute

for Research in Art in the College of

The Arts, has a new exhibition, The

Neighbors: Slide Shows for America,

featuring photographic slideshows

by artists Widline Cadet, Guy Greenberg,

Curran Hatleberg, Kathya

Maria Landeros, and Zora J Murff,

curated by CAM’s Curator-at-Large

Christian Viveros-Fauné.

Amid a polarizing 2020 election

season and an evolving COVID-19

pandemic, each participating camera

artist has been commissioned to

create a slideshow of underexposed

communities in the United States.

For this show, less is more: the photographic

portfolios installed at the

USF Contemporary Art Museum

are displayed using traditional slide

carousels, to evoke the intimacy of

family and community slide shows

of another age.

The exhibition is available to view

online at cam.usf.edu. USFCAM remains

closed. After USF reopens, reservations

will be required to visit

CAM, and details will be available on

cam.usf.edu at that time.

The University of South Florida

Contemporary Art Museum (USF-

CAM) organizes and presents exhibitions

of contemporary art from Florida,

the United States, and around the

world, including Africa, Europe, and

Latin America. The exhibit runs to

December 7.

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Boca Raton Museum of Art:

• Eye to I: Self Portraits from the

National Portrait Gallery. Eye to I is

especially appropriate in the age of

the “selfie.” Organized and drawn

from the collection of the Smithsonian’s

National Portrait Gallery, this

exhibition explores how American

artists have portrayed themselves

through painting, drawing, photography,

and video since the beginning

of the 20th century. Artists in the exhibition

approach self-representation

from realist renderings to alter-egos

that can reveal or obfuscate their

inner lives. Runs to September 20.

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• Jeff Whyman: Out of Nature runs

October 7-January 3, 2021. Whyman

ceramics are inspired by nature

including the shells he collects. His

vessels, teapots, and plates retain a

semblance of function but are really

sculptures. His spouts are twisted,

his vases sage and tilt, and his plates

are rife with lumpy accretions.

Whyman acknowledges the influence

of the renowned ceramicist

Peter Voulkos who elevated the

medium of clay to fine art, and with

whom he worked for ten years at his

Berkeley, California studio.

Unlike Voulkos who added and

subtracted elements of his pieces

over time, Whyman creates his works

all in one moment while the clay is

still wet. He uses the wheel to throw

his vessels and spontaneously adds

materials as sea glass, Chinese crystals,

mineral oxides, metal nails, and

wood ash to make forms that call to

mind rock formations and what one

might find on the ocean floor.

Boca Raton Museum of Art, 501

Plaza Real, Boca Raton. Info: 561-

392-2500. Virtual programming

provides access to everyone beyond

gallery walls.

At Tampa Museum

of Art:

• Frank Stella: Illustrations

after El Lissitzky’s

Had Gadya from the

Collection of BNY Mellon.

On view through

September 27, 2020.

Frank Stella created

the series Illustrations

after El Lissitzky’s Had

Gadya (1984) after seeing

artist El Lissitzky’s

artwork at the Tel Aviv

Museum of Art.

Between 1917 and

1919, Lissitzky (Russian,

1890-1941) completed

imagery for a children’s

book of “Had Gadya”,

an allegorical song sung

at the close of the Passover

Seder. Lissitzky’s

modernist interpretation

of the traditional

song highlighted the

influence of the Russian

avant-garde in his work,

as he depicted characters and scenes

in “Had Gadya” with abstract forms

and interlocking geometric shapes.

Inspired by Lissitzky’s “Had

Gadya”, Stella produced a suite of

prints corresponding to the artist’s

imagery. Rather than re-interpret the

song, Stella responded to Lissitzky’s

abstractions with his own signature

vibrant palette and curvilinear gestures.

The exhibition features Stella’s

complete portfolio of twelve prints,

each unique in technique and color.

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• Everyday Women. On view

through January 9, 2022. In celebration

of the 100th anniversary of

women’s suffrage, the Tampa Museum

of Art presents a series of exhibitions

focused on the achievements

of women in the arts and explores

the story of women in the ancient

world through the depictions of

goddesses, heroines, mythological

characters, and everyday women in

the Museum’s collection of classical

antiquities.

Tampa Museum of Art, Cornelia

Corbett Center, 120 W. Gasparilla

Plaza, Tampa.

Theatre

Asolo Rep has new online theatre

classes this fall offering a broad

spectrum of theatre education opportunities

for ages 11 through adult.

The programs include the launch

of Adult Online Theatre Classes.

Beginning in September and running

through the fall, the classes

will be conducted on Zoom in small,

interactive groups led by Asolo Rep

Education & Engagement teaching

artists. Registration is underway;

class sizes are limited.

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• Adult Online Theatre Classes

Provides online classes designed for

adults looking to broaden their theatrical

knowledge and connect with

others through art and conversation.

• Script Study

September 14 – November 16 Mondays,

3pm – 4:30pm. Full Program:

$165; September only: $55; October

only: $70; November only: $55

Each week, participants will read

thought-provoking pieces of dramatic

literature and come together for

Contemporary Artist Derrick Adams’s Major Solo Museum Exhibition

Debuts at the Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg. Runs September

12–November 29, 2020. The MFA is at 255 Beach Drive NE,

St.Petersburg. For more information, visit mfastpete.org.

interactive discussions. Led by Asolo

Rep Artists, participants will connect

with fellow theatre-lovers far

and wide from the comfort of their

own homes.

Details about all classes, including

registration information, are available

at asolorep.org. For questions,

contact the Asolo Rep Education &

Engagement Department: education@asolo.org.

At the Players of Sarasota:

• So Long Dearie Farewell Tours

runs Sept. 3-13, 2020. Join them for

this one-hour tour through the Players

theatre before their move in October.

Enjoy the bar, photo ops and

say your goodbyes to their ghosts.

Tours will be held Sept. 3-5 and 10-12

at 5:30pm and 7:30pm Sept. 6 and 13

at 2pm. Private tours are available,

but reservations must be made in

advance with a minimum of six (6)

guests. A virtual tour version will

also be available.

The Players Inc has been around

since 1929. That’s 90 years of memories,

friendships, and community arts

education and entertainment. Such

a historic and loving facility deserves

a send-off like none other. This isn’t

“goodbye,” it’s only “see you later.”

They’ve decided to take A Few Of

Our Favorite Things, originally set

to close their 91st Season, and use it

as a virtual farewell to their home in

downtown, Sarasota.

The Virtual Farewell will air

online Friday, September 25 at

7:30pm, a week before they vacate

their Sarasota theater space. Tickets

are $20. Those who purchase a ticket

will receive a link to watch from

home. Visit https://www.theplayers.

org/shows/

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Live Music

Fishermen’s Village has live music:

• Tiki Tom & Moni perform on September

11 from 5-9 p.m. Enjoy live

music overlooking Charlotte Harbor.

Tiki Tom & Moni will perform a variety

of classics

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September 12, noon-4 p.m.

Acoustic singer and musician Mark

Gorka performs 12 noon-4 pm

Info: www.fishville.com. Fishermen’s

Village Center Court, 1200 W.

Retta Esplanade, Punta

Gorda.

At The

Bishop

Small Wonders:

Insects in Focus at The

Bishop runs to October

20. Insects inhabit

every domain of our

daily lives, performing

essential functions that

balance our ecosystem

on Earth — functions

that often go unnoticed

because of their small

size or scale. Now,

using cutting-edge

technology and custom

methods that put tiny

insects on a human

scale, artist and photographer

Bob Sober

allows visitors to see

the patterns, textures,

colors and details that

have always been present, but too

small to appreciate

Creating human-scale images of

insects, with resolution so high that

every hair, dimple and tiny structure

is clearly revealed, was impossible

prior to the technological advancements

of the past 10 years. Sober’s

skills allow us to see the intersection

of natural science and art in the

smooth metallic finishes and heavily

stippled textures, strange body

shapes, delicate wing structures and

beautifully engineered body components

in this series of 30 images that

will are on display in the Museum’s

second-floor Rincon Gallery and

throughout the Museum.

The exhibition runs through

October 20. The Bishop Museum of

Science and Nature, 201 10th St. W,

Bradenton

In addition, The Bishop’s special

exhibition of Myakka River: A Florida

Treasure continues through

Sept. 6 in the Museum’s first-floor

East Gallery. Featuring dozens of

evocative black-and-white photos of

the Myakka River by renowned landscape

photographer Clyde Butcher,

this special exhibition is also included

with admission. For more than 20

years, Clyde Butcher has explored the

deeper regions of Myakka and spent

seasons experiencing its changes and

its diverse ecosystems. Designated as

a Florida Wild and Scenic River, the

tannic waters flow through bottomland

swamp and freshwater marsh

spilling into lakes and sinkholes.

Did you know that The Bishop has

Florida’s premier astronomy

dome and projection system? They

upgraded to the Digistar 6 system

during their temporary closure this

spring and the new system provides

images that are even more clear and

vivid, and have even greater depth

to them. It also has state-of-the-art

software that allows them to take

you on immersive journeys to the far

reaches of the cosmos.

Right now, they’re featuring Flight

Through Our Solar System, a

10-minute narrated tour that begins

at the sun then travels through our

solar system — including the asteroid

belt — past Pluto and the other

outer planets, until you arrive at the

icy outer reaches of the Kuiper Belt

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and the Oort Cloud, located on the

outer fringe of the solar system.

Planetarium Manager Howard

Hochhalter also offers virtual journeys

through space that you can join

from home:

• Every Tuesday at noon: Join Howard

on Facebook as he previews stars

and constellations in the upcoming

night skies (free program);

• Every 2nd and 4th Saturday of the

month: Howard focuses on helping

kids become masters of the universe

during KidSpace (free program on

Zoom);

• On the fourth Wednesday of the

month: Howard hosts Stelliferous on

Zoom, where he focuses on the night

skies, the latest news in astronomy

and answers your questions. Cost: $3

for members of the Discovery Society;

$5 for all others.

Farmer’s Markets

The Sarasota Farmers Market

is open on Saturdays with normal

hours of 7 am-1 pm, rain or shine.

You’ll notice that vendors are spread

out 10-15 feet apart from one another

to make more room to socially

distance yourself as you shop. In

order to achieve this, you’ll notice

that they’ve spread the vendors

onto State and First Streets, as well

as on to Lemon. Be sure to also support

those vendors that are on State

and First Streets during your trip to

the market. Signage and arrows on

the ground will direct the foot traffic

flow. Masks are mandatory. The city

of Sarasota has partnered with The

Market to give away free masks while

supplies last.

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Venice Farmers Market has

summer hours: Saturdays 8am to

noon, April through September.

Winter hours: Saturdays 8am to 1pm,

October through March. The Venice

Farmers Market is located at Venice

City Hall, 401 W. Venice Avenue.

Face coverings will be required for

those visiting the Market. If customers

do not have a face covering, cloth

masks will be provided for them by

the Market, while supplies last.

Market staff and vendors have

gone to great lengths to create a

CDC compliant and safe socially

distanced outdoor shopping experience

for the community. All staff

and vendors wear masks and gloves

and sanitizing stations are available.

Their plan complies with all federal,

state and local guidelines for food

and personal safety.

The Market’s summer vendors

are offering produce, fresh baked

goods including breads, pies, bagels

and pretzels, wild-caught seafood,

Florida-grown mushrooms, boutique

cheeses, locally roasted coffee, kettle

corn, hand crafted soap, essential oils,

nursery plants and fresh cut flowers.

In addition, local artists will be at the

market offering award-winning photography,

unique clay art and jewelry,

hand-designed clothing for children

and adults, and much more.

During the construction of the

new Fire Station 1 and expansion of

Venice City Hall, the Farmers Market

has relocated out of the parking

lot but is still operating at City Hall.

The Market will set up on W. Venice

Avenue between Harbor Drive and

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Avenue des Parques, located between

City Hall and the Hecksher

Park tennis courts.For information,

go to www.thevenicefarmersmarket.

org or contact Manager Lee Perron at

941-445-9209.

After being shut down for months

because of the Covid-19 pandemic,

the Newtown Farmer’s Market has

now reopened. Social distancing

rules are in place. The market is open

from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. every Friday

and Saturday. The market is located

at Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Park,

at the corner of Cocoanut Avenue

and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Way.

Vendors and shoppers are expected

to follow Centers for Disease Control

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Bradenton Farmer’s Market

reopens in October. Enjoy fresh produce,

local art, music, demos by local

chefs, and family activities. Parking

is free on weekends, and dogs on

leashes are welcome. Held every

Saturday, from October through

May, from 9am – 2pm, on Old Main

Street in downtown Bradenton, 400

12th St. W. Bradenton. Old Main

Street is a tree-lined retail district of

cafes and restaurants running three

blocks north from Manatee Avenue

to the Manatee River, where it meets

the Bradenton Riverwalk.

The Riverwalk is a 1.5-mile park

that features day docks, an amphitheater,

performance areas and

pavilion, a skateboard park, an

interactive splash pad, and much

more. There are over thirty-five vendors

who offer locally-grown fruits,

vegetables, plants, organic products,

fresh seafood, prepared foods, as

well as the work of local artists and

craftspeople.

Every third Saturday, Mainly Art

hosts dozens of local artists and

craftspeople displaying and selling

their creations. Art, crafts, live music,

and food are available from 9am

to 2pm on Fourth Avenue West, perpendicular

to the Bradenton Farmers’

Market on Main Street.

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Artist Series

Concerts

The Soiree Series concert featuring

Jennifer Kreider and Austin

Cripe, originally scheduled for October

25 and 26 at the Fischer-Weisenborne

residence, is now scheduled

for October 26 at 5:30 pm at Selby

Gardens. Tickets: $25.

The Soiree Series concert,

Palm Court Treasures, originally

scheduled for November 22 and 23

at the Fischer-Weisenborne residence,

is now tentatively scheduled

for November 22 at 5:30 pm at

Historic Spanish Point. Once this

date is confirmed, we will let you

know. Tickets: $25.

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• They’ll also be offering the following

virtual concert:

• Women of Note, featuring pianists

Lee Dougherty Ross and Gail Berenson,

sopranos Robyn Rocklein

and Jenny Kim-Godfrey and actors

Kate Alexander, Ariel Blue, and Meg

Gilbert. This program celebrates the

100th anniversary of the passage of

the 19th amendment granting women

the right to vote. The

program, consisting entirely

of female composers

and performers, is part

of a collaboration led by

Florida Studio Theatre to

celebrate the Suffragist

Movement.

This concert will be coming

to a computer screen

near you on October

1st through October 12th.

Tickets per household are

just $15. Plans are also in

the works to stream some

of the performances from

the organization’s 2020-21

25th anniversary season,

which is now tentatively

scheduled to begin on October

13, at Michael’s On

East, with a live luncheon

plus a virtual performance

by classical accordionist

Hanzhi Wang.

Note: The Florida Jazzmasters

concert, which

was first scheduled for

September 13, has been

moved to December 6, at

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens.

The October 25 and

26 recitals with Jennifer

Kreider and Austin Cripe

have been moved to October 26

(now one single performance), also

at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens.

https://www.artistseriesconcerts.

org or 941-306-1200.

Ballet and Dance:

The Sarasota Cuban Ballet

School is offering classes for

children, pre-professionals, and

adults. Class sizes are limited in

compliance with all Covid-19 health

and safety regulations. Teachers

wear masks. They are adding a

new After School Study and Dance

Program for students in grades K-5.

Some major performances have

been canceled for 2020 but 2021 is

undecided. Beginning in October

they will be presenting two Black

Box in-studio performances every

month. For details, visit www.srqcubanballet.com

or call 941-365-8400.

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New for 2020/2021:

• After School Study and Dance

Program: for elementary school

students, it includes study time

and homework help as well as daily

dance classes. School pick-up is

available in Sarasota. For more information,

call 941-365-8400. They can

also help families who have opted for

virtual schooling.

• In-Studio Performances: The

Sarasota Cuban Ballet School plans

to present monthly performances

at their Black Box style studio next

to Bell’s, beginning in October. In

addition to watching the dancers

perform, the in-studio audience

will have an opportunity to hear

from Ariel Serrano, artistic director,

and to talk to the performers. All

Covid-19 health and safety precautions

will be observed. The performances

will also be livestreamed.

Full Schedule of Classes for

all Ages and Levels

• Ages 3-10: Classes are age-appropriate.

The youngest learn the wonders

of movement, self-expression,

Artist Series Concerts has Women of Note, featuring pianists Lee

Dougherty Ross and Gail Berenson, sopranos Robyn Rocklein and

Jenny Kim-Godfrey and actors Kate Alexander, Ariel Blue, and

Meg Gilbert. This program celebrates the 100th anniversary of

the passage of the 19th amendment granting women the right to

vote. The program, consisting entirely of female composers and

performers, is part of a collaboration led by Florida Studio Theatre

to celebrate the Suffragist Movement. Details on this page.

and creativity. As they get older they

are introduced to ballet, modern

dance and acrobatics.

• Ages 10 and above: Students learn

ballet technique, advance to pointe,

and increase their repertoire.

• Pre-professionals Ages 12 and

above: Students interested in a serious

dance program with the possibility

of a dance career can consider

the Pre-professional program.

Dancers train 20+ hours a week,

perform for local audiences, participate

in national and international competitions,

and receive help moving forward.

Participants include dancers who

moved up the ranks at the Sarasota

Cuban Ballet School or who come from

other studios in the US and abroad.

• Adult Classes: Whether you’ve

always wanted to take ballet or learn

contemporary dance, are returning

after a hiatus – or you’ve danced your

whole life, you can join these classes

You will be taught by Master Teachers,

who have experience teaching adults

and appreciate your interest and desire

to learn. Our “adult” students typically

range in age from 40 through 80+.

The Sarasota Cuban Ballet School

was founded in 2011 by the Cuban-born

husband and wife team of

Ariel Serrano and Wilmian Hernandez.

They trained at the elite Escuela Nacional

de Ballet de Cuba and performed

internationally. In 1993, they moved

to Sarasota to join the Sarasota Ballet,

where they danced as principals.

SCBS is one of the only schools

in the United States specializing in

the Cuban training style, which is

renowned for its athleticism, passion

and precision. Developed in the

1940s by Cuban dancer Fernando

Alonso, the Cuban Ballet training

method has produced some of the

world’s greatest dancers and is increasingly

embraced by professional

companies throughout the world.

Classes at The Sarasota Ballet

• The Sarasota Ballet School has

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added American Ballet

Theatre National Training

Curriculum starting

in September. American

Ballet Theatre was designated

America’s National

Ballet Company by an Act

of Congress in 2006. All

The Sarasota Ballet School

faculty along with dancers

from the Company

are now certified to teach

level Pre-Primary through

Level 3 of the curriculum

following completion of

a teacher training course

led by Dierdre Miles Burger,

Assistant Education

Director who is also a

member of the ABT’s Artistic

Board of Examiners.

The ABT National

Training Curriculum combines

high quality artistic

training with the basics of

dancer health and child

development. The ABT

National Training Curriculum

consists of a comprehensive

set of age-appropriate,

outcome-based

guidelines to provide the

highest quality ballet

training to dance students

of all ages and skill levels.

In addition to Miles Burger, the

faculty and dancers had the great opportunity

to learn from the creators

of the curriculum, world-renowned

dance educators Raymond Lukens

and Franco De Vita. Info: https://

www.sarasotaballet.org/sarasota-ballet-school.

The Great Outdoors

At Benderson Park

• Park visitors are reminded to

practice safe social distancing, to

remain home if they have any signs

of illness, and to wash their hands

regularly with soap and water. All

park restrooms remain open, and an

amplified cleaning schedule remains

in place. High-contact areas and

touch points continue to be regularly

disinfected throughout the day.

• The Ronald A. Balducci Playground

is open during regular park

hours (6 a.m.-8 p.m.), but hour-long

closures at 8 a.m., noon and 4 p.m.

allow crews to clean playground

equipment.

• As a reminder, only electric

boat motors are authorized in our

waters; gas motors must be raised to

indicate they aren’t in use. (This is

in accordance with Sarasota County

ordinances.)Follow the park at

NathanBendersonPark.org.

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A new Canopy Zone feature is

now open at Manatee County’s Robinson

Preserve, allowing visitors

to experience nature from a fresh

perspective while exploring amidst

the treetops.

Situated at the edge of the historic

Reasoner Tract at Robinson Preserve

South, the Canopy Zone is nestled

among century-old botanical giants

that once formed the test plot

for Royal Palm Nurseries. Follow

the boardwalk as it extends past

the Mosaic Center for Nature, Exploration,

Science and Technology (the

NEST) and find yourself climbing

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among the limbs and leaves.

Thanks to careful planning, the

Canopy Zone was built amongst the

existing trees, allowing for a densely

shaded environment and a cool experience

to combat the summer heat.

The boardwalk features LED lighting

allowing it to be used for staff-guided

evening programs for the public and

permitted special events.

The compact, two-story structure

is filled with adventure park elements

including a series of boardwalks,

rope bridges, climbing nets,

and slides. Crawl through the net

tube to catch a bird’s-eye view of the

newly built waterways of the Robinson

Preserve Expansion or climb the

tower, zigzagging through platforms

to top and then take the spiral slide

all the way to the understory loop

on the forest floor. While some of

the more challenging elements are

recommended for ages 5 and older,

all ages and abilities are welcome on

the accessible tree-top boardwalk

loop that emerges overlooking the

Robinson Preserve Expansion, complete

with mounted binoculars for

viewing the wading birds and other

wildlife within the preserve.

The project complements the

ongoing habitat restoration on 135

acres located at the expansion area

of Robinson Preserve to enhance

fisheries habitat and install native

plants. Additional amenities are also

being constructed including new

pavilions, restrooms, kayak storage

tubes, benches and trailside shade

structures. These habitat and amenity

improvements are expected to be

completed and re-open this winter.

The Canopy Zone is open to the

public the same hours as Robinson

Preserve, sunrise to sunset seven

days a week. Parking can be found

near the NEST which can be reached

from the preserve’s South Entrance

at the end of 9th Avenue Northwest.

For more information, visit www.

mymanatee.org or call (941) 748-4501.

Manatee Village Historical Park

is open to the public by appointment

only. In an abundance of caution,

days and hours will be limited, each

time slot is limited to 25 visitors, and

some areas will be closed.

Visitors are encouraged to make

appointments online prior to arrival.

Staff members will be wearing masks

when visitors are present. Visitors are

encouraged to practice proper social

distancing, good hygiene, and hand

cleaning. Guests are asked to respect

historical buildings and artifacts by

not touching, moving, climbing on,

or otherwise tampering with historical

structures and artifacts. Hand

sanitizing before entry is strongly

encouraged. When scheduling an

appointment, every individual must

be signed up regardless of age.

Appointments are made by visiting

www.manateevillage.org. Links

are provided for making an appointment

to visit. You can also call to

schedule your appointment: (941)

749-7165.

There is no fee to schedule an

appointment. Parking, entering, and

self-led tours are free as usual. Appointment

times are strict. Visitors

who are early must wait inside their

cars until their start time. Staff members

will be taking temperatures of

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out and about continued

visitors using a forehead scanner

and following CDC guidelines to

determine entry. Face masks are

encouraged due to the small size of

our buildings and limited amount

of space. Visitors may have a self-led

tour. Tours will not be led by docents

or staff members. Walking tour brochures

will be available.

Visitors are also welcome to use

a digital tour by downloading the

Florida Stories App at http://uqr.to/

FloridaStories or visiting The Clio

at https://theclio.com/on a cell phone

or other device using mobile data.

Visitors are encouraged to respect

social distancing and remain 6ft

apart from staff and other visiting

parties. Restrooms will be available.

Water fountains are only to be used

to refill containers. Visitors are asked

not to drink directly from any of the

water fountains.

The Wiggins General Store, Gift

Shop, Junior Junction playground,

and the 1850 Manatee Burying

Ground cemetery are closed. There

will not be air conditioning available,

visitors must be prepared for the

weather and natural elements. There

will be places to sit including our

benches and picnic tables. Visitors

must begin leaving by their end time.

This allows staff members time to

clean and prepare for the next group.

Manatee Village Historical Park is

located at 1404 Manatee Avenue East

(State Road 64) Bradenton. For more

information call 941-749-7165 or visit:

www.manateevillage.org.

Changes

and Updates

The Artful Lobster is on Saturday,

November 14, 11:30 am – 2 pm.

The highly popular Artful Lobster is

The Hermitage’s signature fundraising

event, and the only benefit to take

place on their historic Gulf front

campus on Manasota Key. With a

lobster feast catered by Michael’s On

East and live entertainment featuring

Hermitage Fellows, the Artful Lobster

is anticipated as the season kickoff

for many across our community.

Tickets: 941-475-2098 ext 5.

This year, they’ll celebrate the

legacy of Nelda and Jim Thompson,

longtime Hermitage supporters

and champions of Manasota Key. In

addition, they’ll host a special celebration

honoring the Thompsons on

Friday, November 13.

The health and safety of our

guests, artists, and staff are top priorities.

As one of the first events of

the fall season, they are taking extra

precautions to ensure a safe and enjoyable

outdoor celebration.

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RCLA Town Hall Lecture Series:

Ringling College Library Association

has November 2020 dates for

rescheduled Town Hall lectures by

Lisa Genova and Annie Leibovitz.

Original dates for the two remaining

lectures were suspended by the Van

Wezel due to Coronavirus public

gathering precautions. Subscriber

tickets for both lectures will be

honored for both Town Hall events.

These two dates will complete their

40th Anniversary season.

Now scheduled for Monday, November

9, renowned neuroscientist,

Lisa Genova, will focus on neurological

disorders,

including

Alzheimer’s

disease, traumatic

brain

injury, autism,

Huntington’s

disease, and

ALS. Genova

graduated

valedictorian

from Bates

College with

a degree in

biopsychology

and holds a

PhD in neuroscience

from Harvard

University.

She is the New

York Times

bestselling

author of “Still Alice,” “Left Neglected,”

“Love Anthony,” and several

other books. Through fiction, she is

dedicated to describing the journeys

of those affected by neurological

diseases, thereby educating, demystifying,

and inspiring support for

care and scientific research.

On Monday, November 23, renowned

photographer Annie Leibovitz

will give a talk on her long career

in journalism and the arts. A former

chief photographer for Rolling Stone,

her pictures have appeared regularly

on magazine covers since the 1970s.

As an astute documentarian of the social

landscape, she developed a large

body of work at Vanity Fair, and later

at Vogue, including portraits of actors,

directors, writers, musicians, athletes,

and political and business figures, as

well as fashion photographs.

The Lisa Genova and Annie Leibovitz

lectures will be presented at Van

Wezel. Morning lectures begin at

10:30 a.m. and evening talks begin at

7:30 p.m. Subscribers unable to attend

are encouraged to donate their

tickets to Ringling College Library

Association. Call 941-309-5100.

New College’s Clambake has

been the school’s major scholarship

fundraiser—and one of Sarasota’s

most popular philanthropic events—

for more than four decades. Due to

concerns with COVID-19, organizers

decided to push it past its usual November

timeline.

New College of Florida will celebrate

the 42nd anniversary of its annual

Scholarship Clambake, hosted

by the New College Foundation, on

Thursday, March 4, 2021, at 6 p.m.

The event will take place on the New

College bayfront beside College Hall,

5800 Bay Shore Road in Sarasota.

All ticket proceeds benefit student

scholarships. New College Foundation

board members Beverly Bartner

and Renee Hamad are this year’s

co-chairs. Tickets start at $250 and

sponsorships are available.

For more information, call 941-

487-4800.

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The University of South Florida

has announced a new date for one

of the region’s premiere events —

the 27th annual Brunch on the Bay at

the Sarasota-Manatee campus now on

Sunday, Jan. 24, 2021. Attendees will

enjoy great cuisine, fellowship with

friends and have the opportunity to

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invest in the future of the community

by supporting student scholarships.

Elizabeth Moore will serve as chairperson

of the 2021 event.

To reserve a table sponsorship or

purchase tickets to Brunch, visit

the 2021 USF Sarasota-Manatee

Brunch on the Bay sponsorship

page. Out of consideration for the

safety of the community, new social

distancing measures are being diligently

considered as plans continue

for Brunch on the Bay. Visit https://

www.sarasotamanatee.usf.edu/giving/brunch-on-the-bay/.

Sarasota Opera has changes to

Fall Season:

• Due to the uncertainty of being able

to gather safely in a theater in November,

Sarasota Opera is cancelling

the scheduled mainstage production

of Mozart’s Don Giovanni and the

Sarasota Youth Opera production

of The Hobbit. The “Night in Italy”

concert, scheduled for November 7,

and the Concert at Noon scheduled

for November 13 are also cancelled.

The Taste of Downtown event scheduled

for September 26 will also not be

held, but the company is exploring

ways to continue this important Youth

Opera Fundraiser in another form.

Sarasota Opera’s fall season will

consist of concerts utilizing resident

artists. A concert with singers

and piano on stage at the Sarasota

Opera House will be live-streamed

on the internet on November 13,

2020. If conditions allow for an

in-person audience, an announcement

will be made at a later date.

The “OperaMobile” will return in

November with Resident Artists

performing throughout Sarasota.

If conditions allow, the Company

will also be scheduling concerts at

outdoor venues in Sarasota, TBA.

The “Curtain Raiser Dinner” is still

scheduled to be held on October 25,

subject to prevailing conditions. In

addition, Sarasota Opera hopes to

begin a modified HD at the Opera

House and Classic Movies at the

Opera House series in September or

October, depending on then-current

health conditions.

No changes have been made to

the Winter Opera Festival which

is scheduled to run from Feb. 6

through March 21. Single tickets for

the Winter Opera Festival are on sale

now. More info at https://Sarasota-

Opera.org.

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At Benderson

Park:

• NCAA

Rowing

National

Championships

— May

28-30, 2021,

and May

27-29, 2022,

for Divs. I, II

and III

US Rowing

Youth

National

Championships

— June

2021U.S.

Dragon Boat

Federation

National

Championships

– July

9-11, 2021International Dragon

Boat Federation Club Crew World

Championships in 2022

The Artful Lobster is on Saturday, November 14, 11:30 am – 2 pm. The highly popular Artful

Lobster is The Hermitage’s signature fundraising event, and the only benefit to take place on

their historic Gulf front campus on Manasota Key.

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The Board of Directors of the

Anna Maria Island Concert

Chorus & Orchestra (AMICCO) has

decided to postpone Symphony on

the Sand until 2021. In its eighth

season, Symphony on the Sand has

traditionally occurred on Anna

Maria Island’s Coquina Beach on

the second Saturday each November.

Recognized as one of the region’s

premier musical events, it has

been well-attended by over 4,000

people annually.

“Central to the conversation has

been the health and well-being of

everyone involved in the production

of Symphony on the Sand. Many

organizations and individuals work

closely together to ensure that every

performance is successful and

better than the last. The rehearsal

time invested by our musicians,

chorus members, and guest artists,

along with the planning time of our

service providers and volunteers,

requires hours of commitment.

AMICCO deeply values the relationships

created with our community

partners and as such we feel that

moving forward with Symphony

on the Sand 2020 would put all

involved at increased and unnecessary

risk.” For more information

contact info@amicco.org.

Due to COVID-19 Ear Research

Foundation postponed its March 29,

2020, Hear & Now and All That Jazz

events. The dinner and concert will

now take place on December 5 at

the Sarasota Opera House and, as

planned, will feature music legends

Dick Hyman and David Amram. Hyman

and Amram, performing together

for the first time, will share each of

their six decades creating a wide variety

of music and working alongside

a long list of renowned artists.

The evening will include a

pre-show dinner, concert, and

afterparty in the courtyard

featuring Dr. Herbert Silverstein’s

jazz group, The Ear-iginals. For

more information visit www.

EarRF.org or contact Melissa Voigt,

Executive Director at mvoigt@

EarRF.org or 941-365-0367.

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Local non-profit organization,

Realize Bradenton, is planning to

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proceed in December with their

outdoor Blues music event, the

Bradenton Blues Festival, but they

are changing their venue due to the

COVID-19 pandemic.

The outdoor music event is expected

to take place on December 4, and

5, but it will not be held its normal

location on the Riverwalk. The event

will now take place at LECOM Park,

the spring training home for the

Pittsburgh Pirates.

Organizers of the event say the

main reason for changing the venue

is because the park has a seating

capacity of 7,500 and for an event

that is expected to have over 1,100

people in attendance they believe

that continuing to practice social

distancing in an outdoor environment

is achievable.

Friday Blues Appetizer evening

event will be limited to 500 attendees

and tickets are required. At the Saturday

Bradenton Blues Festival event

600 tickets are available. mTo purchase

tickets, visit: mhttps://www.

bradentonbluesfestival.org/

A week before the festival, ticket

buyers will receive an email regarding

festival parking, will call, seating

assignments, and the health and

safety procedures all attendees are

expected to follow. Any questions,

email blues@RealizeBradenton.com.

The Sarasota Ballet has made

changes to its 30th Anniversary

Season. The fall season will occur

as specially devised and purposely

filmed programs that will be

streamed to ticket buyers and will

replace in-theater performances for

the first 3 programs of its 30th Anniversary

Season.

The decision to do so has been

made in order to safeguard audience

members, dancers, and

staff from the ongoing COVID-19

pandemic, while also allowing the

Company to continue to perform

so that the audience will be able to

experience remarkable ballets this

coming Season.

Additionally, the streamed performances

will include extra features to

bring audience members behind the

scenes with special guest interviews

and rehearsal clips, and a look into

the process of a world premiere. The

three programs will be released to

ticket holders at approximately the

same dates that the three in-theater

programs were scheduled to open.

The ballets will be filmed with multiple

cameras to ensure audiences

can see every aspect of the performance.

These programs will then be

emailed to ticket holders, who can

watch the performance at their leisure

over a period of time.

Full programming details for the

October, November, and December

programs will be announced in the

future. Subscribers who currently

have tickets for the first three programs

of The Sarasota Ballet’s 30th

Anniversary Season will be contacted

shortly regarding their ticketing

options. Info: visit https://www.

sarasotaballet.org.

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PLEASE make sure you check

to see if these events are taking

place before making plans!

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women’s health

Women’s Wellness

Is a 12 Month Commitment

The new year serves as a

reminder to women to make

their health a priority and

build positive health habits

for life. As women we should

be thinking about our health 365 days

a year. Intimate issues such as urinary

incontinence, sexual dysfunction and

pelvic pain can be hard to discuss.

I want to remind you that no issue is

too little or too big to talk about when

it is bothersome to you. As women, we

often compare ourselves to a friend, a

neighbor or a family member and forget

that we are all unique, we all individuals

and it’s personal. Your health is a lifelong

journey. It’s not always easy to take steps

to discuss intimate health issues.

Every woman needs to focus on her

own approach. Every woman needs a

purpose and to find her own motivation.

If you, like many other women,

have difficulty with urinary incontinence,

sexual dysfunction and/or pelvic

pain or if you want to learn more, see

me, Casie Wodzien, Nurse Practitioner,

at the Urology Treatment Center.

I specialize in the treatment of women’s

urological health issues and would

be happy to help you at our Sarasota or

Lakewood Ranch office. When you think

about pink, remember you are unique and

your health matters every single day of

the year. Your urological issues are not too

little or too big to discuss. Women’s wellness

and awareness always work together.

Many people are surprised to learn

that urology covers a wide range of

conditions for both men and women. In

addition to treating the male reproductive

system, urologists treat diseases and

conditions in the kidneys, bladder, and

urinary tract – all of which affect both

genders in all stages of life.

Women may experience urological

health issues that are unique to their

anatomy. While numerous urological

conditions can affect women of all ages

for a variety of reasons, childbirth, menopause

or a hysterectomy can alter the

body in ways that could lead to conditions

including pelvic floor weakness,

overactive bladder or inflammation of

the bladder wall (interstitial cystitis).

Fortunately, most conditions are highly

treatable, especially when caught early.

• Urinary Tract Infections/Bladder

Infections – Most women will

develop a urinary tract infection (UTI) at

some point in their lives. The infection

develops when bacteria enter the urinary

tract. Women with a UTI may have pain

or burning when they urinate. They may

also feel a sudden urge to go to the bathroom,

but then have trouble urinating.

PAID ADVERTORIAL

UTIs can be serious, but

they also can be treated

with antibiotics.

• Overactive Bladder

(OAB) – OAB is a condition

recognized by symptoms

including urinary

urgency, frequent urination,

waking up at least

twice a night to urinate or

urge incontinence (leakage

of urine). Treatments

range from medication or

nerve stimulation to Botox

injections or surgery. At least 30 million

Americans suffer from overactive

bladder.

• Urinary Leakage/Incontinence

– Millions of women experience involuntary

loss of urine, called urinary incontinence.

The condition affects all ages and

women of every social and economic

level, though urinary incontinence

occurs more often in older women than

in young women. The condition can

be driven by stress or by a weakness in

bladder or pelvic floor muscles and can

be treated with a variety of approaches,

depending on severity.

• Pelvic Floor Weakness/Vaginal

Prolapse/”Dropped Bladder” – Pelvic

floor prolapse occurs when the upper

portion of the vagina loses its normal

shape and sags or drops down into the

vaginal canal or even outside of the vaginal

opening. There are several types of

pelvic floor prolapse including bladder,

rectum, small bowel and uterus. It’s wise

not to let the condition go on too long,

as most worsening pelvic floor prolapses

can only be fully corrected with surgery.

• Pelvic Pain/Interstitial Cystitis –

Interstitial cystitis (IC) is a long-term

inflammation of the bladder wall, also

called painful bladder syndrome. Its symptoms

are very similar to a urinary tract

infection, such as urinary urgency and/or

pelvic pain, but lack an identifiable cause

such as bacterial infection. In the past, IC

was believed to be a relatively uncommon

problem, but now it is thought to affect

up to 12 percent of women.

Though women can be reluctant to talk

about these sensitive issues, it is important

to share details with and seek treatment

from a certified

urologist. Not doing

so not only diminishes

your quality of life,

but can put you at

serious risk.

SOURCE:

Casie Wodzien,

MS, APRN, ANP-

BC, Urology

Treatment Center.

Casie Wodzien,

MSN, APRN, ANP-BC

Urology Treatment Center

• SARASOTA •

3325 S. Tamiami Trail, Suite 200

Sarasota, FL 34239

Urology Treatment Center

• LAKEWOOD RANCH •

6310 Health Parkway, Suite 210

Lakewood Ranch, FL 34202

Phone: (941) 917-8488

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health feature

Terrence Grywinski and Advanced Craniosacral Therapy has reopened for a limited number of sessions per week.

Craniosacral Therapy Can Be Life Changing

CST treats the whole body physically, physiologically, mentally, emotionally and energetically

Clients come to me because they are in physical

pain such as neck, back, pain and TMJ as well as

for chronic headaches and migraines.

● Both myself and all clients will be provided with Face Masks.

● Appointments will allow the client to come directly into my

office from their cars avoiding time in the waiting room.

● Hand disinfectant will be provided.

● An excellent air filtration system has been installed in the

Pain and stress caused by

shortened Fascia

Fascia (strong connective tissue) encases

all our muscles, organs, brain and spinal

cord. Whenever fascia shortens any place

in the body, the entire network of fascia

creates an increased tension affecting the

functioning of our physical body as well as

our organs, our brain and spinal cord.

Our body is the history of every major

trauma we have experienced physically

and emotionally beginning with birth

issues, falls, head trauma, car accidents,

childhood abuse issues, death, divorce

and other emotional issues. Our body tries

to minimize each trauma by shortening

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fascia to isolate the energy coming into the

body from that trauma. Shortened fascia

results in pain, loss of mobility and range

of motion, organs becoming less efficient

and with parts of the brain and spinal cord

becoming stressed.

To keep the brain functioning, the body

transfers some of your functional work play

energy (7:00 AM-10:00 PM) to the brain

resulting in less energy to make it through

each day. As we age, the accumulation of

all the tightened fascia, from every major

trauma in life, begins to restrict every

aspect of our body’s functions resulting

in pain, loss of mobility, mis-functioning

organs, loss of energy, as well as our brain

losing some its sharpness.

How Craniosacral

Therapy Works

The Craniosacral Therapist creates a safe

place, with gentle holding techniques, that

engages your body’s ability to self correct,

reorganize and heal itself with the release

of some of that tightened fascia during

each session. As the Craniosacral Therapist

engages your body, you will feel fascia releasing.

As the fascia releases, pain begins to

decrease, range of motion and mobility improve,

organs begin functioning better and

with less stress on the brain feels, it returns

the energy it borrowed at the time of each

trauma resulting in an immediate increase in

your energy levels. Rarely does anyone leave

from my first session not feeling better.

Short Leg Syndrome

Eighty-five percent of my clients have one

of their legs pulled up 1/2 to 1 by shortened

fascia. The tension from short leg syndrome

on the sacrum (5 fused vertebrae

at bottom of the spine) is transferred up

Testimonials from Clients

■ “On a recent vacation to Siesta Key, I

re-injured my back. I found Terry online. I

can say with complete joy that was the best

decision I made in the history of my back

pain. I have sought many modalities and

visit a CST regularly and never have I had

such a healing in my entire body.

After 3 sessions, I made a 16-hour drive

home with no pain or discomfort in my

entire body. Unbelievable. My body has

a sense of moving freely and that is completely

new. I’m so grateful to Terry for his

knowledge, for his sensitivity to my needs

and his kind generosity in healing my body.

I will see him when I return next year.”

—Caroline M.

■ “I am a snowbird who spends 7 months

in Sarasota. I have had back problems for

25 years. Terry’s techniques have led to a

great deal of release and relief in areas that

have been problematic. I have been seeing

him over the years when my body says ”it’s

time”. Usually after a few sessions, I can tell

a huge difference.” —Lana S.

■ “I was introduced to Terry and Craniosacral

Therapy by a Neuromuscular

massage therapist who thought I needed

higher level of care. I found Terry to be

IN CONSIDERATION OF COVID-19

kind, empathetic and he genuinely seemed

to take an interest in my challenges. I have

a mild Chiari malformation (part of the

brain protrudes and puts pressure on the

spinal cord) I had been experiencing vertigo,

extreme pain in my neck combined

with a limited range of motion (I could not

turn my neck right or left) I tried both traditional

and holistic modalities including

chiropractic and acupuncture with limited

success. So I did not have lofty expectations

(unrealistic) going into my first session, but

was pleasantly surprised in the immediate

difference I experienced in my entire body.

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and the heart. With the release of fascial

diaphragm restriction, the client immediately

starts breathing deeply and energy is

restored to the pericardium and the heart.

Shoulder blades that are cemented to

the body also restricts how much the rib

cage can open and thereby also restricting

depth of breath. Without proper breathing,

your cells do not get enough oxygen.

Everyone, especially people suffering from

bronchitis, asthma and COPD as well as

shallow breathing can benefit when the

fascial stress is released.

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Just as the body physically gets stressed

from physical and emotional trauma, the

functioning of the brain is also affected

by fascial stress. For our brains to remain

healthy, we need dynamic production

of craniosacral fluid which performs the

important function of bringing nourishment

to all the cells in the brain and spinal

cord as well as cleansing all the metabolic

wastes given off by those same cells.

Once the craniosacral fluid cleanses these

metabolic wastes, efficient drainage of these

metabolic wastes into the lymph system is

absolutely necessary. Research has shown,

that at night, craniosacral fluid cleanses amyloid

plaques from the brain. If the drainage

is inefficient, then the brain is being bathed

in a toxic slurry. How does 15 or 20 years

of your brain being bathed in a toxic slurry

affect you: senile dementia, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s

and other brain dysfunctions?

A Craniosacral Therapist, who has

received training in working with the

brain, can reverse that stress on the brain

that eventually can result in those brain

dysfunctions. As we all know, the proper

functioning of the body is dependent on a

healthy functioning brain.

What conditions does

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Functional Genomics –

Kara’s Road Back to Health

The shortcomings of contemporary medicine

“Contemporary views of human

disease are based on simple

correlations between clinical

syndromes and pathological

analysis which date back to

the late 19th century. While this

approach to disease diagnosis,

prognosis, and treatment

has served the medical

establishment and society well

for many years, it has serious shortcomings for the modern era,” says

Dr. Joseph Loscalzo, Professor of Medicine, Harvard.

— The Dawn of Personalized Medicine — Functional Genomics

Kara B, a married business consultant

and mother of three high

school-aged children, was the

picture of health until she reached

55. Her wellbeing, vim and vigor

started to deteriorate: joint aches and pains,

trouble maintaining weight, cognition problems,

heart irregularities, anxiety and sleep

issues. She was diagnosed with fibromyalgia,

depression/anxiety, and paroxysmal atrial

fibrillation and subsequently prescribed pain

meds, antidepressants, and blood thinner.

“Where to turn?” she wondered. Hoping

that Functional and Integrative Therapy

might offer some clues, she sought the help

of The Renewal Point. When Kara met with

me in my office for a New Patient Consultation,

she said her goal was to get back to her

original good health without requiring so

much pharmaceutical medication. I promised

her we would look for answers.

Her initial lab work demonstrated low

levels of gonadal and thyroid hormones.

While natural hormone therapy helped considerably,

she still felt as if she were unable

to maintain the high energy and competency

level she expected from herself with her

family and work.

Fortunately for Kara, our practice now

offers a new Genomic profile of 160 genes,

called the MaxGen; a gene study directed

at the interaction between her unique genome,

environment, and lifestyle. Personalized

gene studies, such as this, are truly a

breakthrough in Integrative and Functional

Medicine in two ways such as…

Genomics Profiles:

1. Shed light on the root cause of physical

problems

2. Offer keys in developing a personalized

intervention program

Kara’s Personalized Program… her

Genomic Makeover Plan

Adjusting for 160 genes, practitioners at The

Renewal Point were able to optimize Kara’s

diet, exercise, nutrition, supplements and

sleep patterns. Her genetic profile revealed,

among many other things, that; 1) Kara

would lose weight more easily on a low

glycemic diet rather than the intermittent

fasting she had been trying for years. 2)

Over two cups of coffee may be adding

to her heart problems (she was drinking

around five cups a day). 3) Certain genetic

methylation defects added to her anxiety

and sleep problems, and could be corrected

with the right B vitamins. 4) A gene affecting

vitamin D receptors increased the incidence

of Fibromyalgia…we can target the root

problem 5) She was more able to gain muscle

and lose fat with a specialized Closed Kinetic

Chain exercise program (CKC Fitness) than

the aerobic program she had been doing for

years while seeing no improvement.

Following her Genomic Makeover Plan,

Kara was able to get her health and mojo

back. She lost the weight that had plagued

her for years, firmed up her body with her

new personalized exercise plan and was

able to go off her pain meds prescribed for

Fibromyalgia, her Psych meds for depression

and sleep, and her blood thinner medication.

According to her doctors, she no

longer needed them.

–——————————————

About The Renewal Point

With over 30 years of experience and numerous

board certifications and credentials, Dr.

Watts, MD, ND, MSNM and Helena Williams,

ARNP, MS are experts in the Science and Art

of Functional Medicine. Genomics is only

one of the many types of 21st Century medical

breakthroughs offered at The Renewal

Point; and, the GenMax profile mentioned

above is only one of the many genomics

profiles we use. In Personalized, Functional

medicine we match the test/profile to your

symptoms, and then we use that to learn

about the root cause of the problem(s) and

create a personalized plan. We encourage you

to visit our website

(www.TheRenewal-

Point.com) or give us

call (941-926-4905) to

learn more.

We offer

TeleMedicine, and

have been to patients

around the globe,

for over a decade now.

We have extended our

TeleMedicine services

to all new patients

as well.

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MD, ND, MSMN

The Renewal Point

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travel news

We know you’re limiting your travel these days, but these news items keep

you up to date for when it’s safe to travel again. Plus, it’s fun to read…

LaGuardia Airport’s remodeled and

upgraded terminal B now open

LaGuardia Airport has been the bane

of many a traveler for years. LaGuardia

Airport ranked worst among

medium-size airports, based on statistical

analysis and reader comments.

The long-awaited renovation of

LaGuardia Airport’s Terminal B culminated

in a reopening on June 13. The

revamped arrivals and departures hall,

designed and built by Skanska USA, total

850,000 square feet across four levels—

roughly 50 percent bigger than the space

that it replaced. It’ll also be disinfected

regularly up to CDC standards and

Margaritaville

Hotel in

Manatee

County open

Now we can all waste away in

Margaritaville on Anna Maria

Island. The new Compass by

Margaritaville resort on Perico Island

officially opened in July.

The six-story, 123-room hotel has Margaritaville

bedding, oversized bathrooms

with rainfall showers, smart TVs,

complimentary daily breakfast, Wi-

Fi, a living lounge where guests can

hang out, a welcome cabana stocked

with snacks throughout the day, a

grab-and-go retail store and water

views from each and every angle.

The elephant in the room, of

course, is the global COVID-19

pandemic. Vacations are not happening

the way they once were, as

COVID-19 cases are rising in Florida

and airlines continue to operate

at limited capacity. Steve Mullen

of Sarasota-based hotel developer

Floridays Development Co. said

that the pandemic does make the

opening challenging. However, he

did say that business at Floridays’

other local hotels — such as the Hilton

Home2 Suites Casey Key in Nokomis — is

pretty strong on the weekends. The issue

is the weekdays.

“The Home2 Suites does really well on

the weekends, but during the week it’s

running at 40-50% (occupancy),” he said.

“It’s getting better at the resort locations.

We’re anticipating weekends will be

feature signage that reminds travelers to

wear face masks,

The new arrivals and departures hall

at LaGuardia Airport’s Terminal B is a

850,000-square-foot, four-level space measures

roughly 50 percent bigger than the

hall it replaces and comes equipped with

more check-in kiosks, security lines, and

new screening systems, all aimed at improving

efficiency and reducing crowds.

The new hall is part of the ongoing

reconstruction of LaGuardia, an $8 billion

project which first broke ground in 2016.

The new hall serves American Airlines,

strong, but we’re in the dark as to what

will happen during the week.”

Mullen said cleaning protocols are

stringent, plexiglass has been installed at

service desks and staff gets their temperatures

taken as they come in. The hotel

employs more than 90 people. It’s managed

by Hostmark Hospitality Group. The

hotel’s restaurant, Floridays Woodfire Grill

United Airlines, Southwest Airlines, and

Air Canada. Terminal B departures level

includes four check-in islands with 75

self-service kiosks. New digital signs in

the security line will display wait times

for passengers. At the arrivals level,

there are nine new baggage carrousels.

A centralized food hall offers 17

retail, food, and beverage shops, including

local city favorites like Junior’s

Cheesecake, Eli Zabar, and Think

Coffee. There are also four permanent

Public Art fund-commissioned installations

by artists Jeppe Hein, Sabine

Hornig, Laura Owens, and Sarah Sze.

The opening of Terminal B’s arrivals

and departures hall is the biggest milestone

for the project since the new

Delta concourse opened last October.

Signs will remind customers to wear

a face mask, keep six feet from others,

and to wash hands frequently. “The

terminal features spacious, centralized

check-in, state-of-the-art security

technology that has been integrated

from curbside to gate, and modern

concessions, shopping and art,” Kevin

O’Toole, chair of the Port Authority of

New York and New Jersey, said.

When the 2.7 million-square-foot

project is complete it will contain 72

new gates across six concourses, two

new connected arrival and departure

halls, and new roadways.

& Bar, has about 300 seats

and about 100 of those seats

are outside. “Fortunately a

lot of the venue is outside.

There’s a big resort pool, and

we can accommodate people

dining outside,” he said.

The hotel is the first under

the Compass by Margaritaville

brand. It’s designed to

adapt to a more boutique-like

format compared to other

Margaritaville properties,

according to the company.

Compass Anna Maria

Sound is situated on a 220-

acre private island community

just 10 miles from Sarasota

Bradenton International Airport. With

six stories and 123 rooms overlooking

Anna Maria Sound, each room offers

a modern, nature-inspired design and

premium amenities including Margaritaville

bedding, rainfall showers and

smart TVs. Ten suites are also available.

Explore more at www.compasshotel.com/AnnaMariaSound.

The Museum

of Modern Art

Reopens

Late August, most museums

in New York City have

reopened. The Museum

of Modern Art reopened

August 27 with new hours

through September 27:

from 10:30 a.m. until 5:30

p.m. Tuesday through Sunday

to the public; and from 10:30

a.m. until 5:30 p.m. on Mondays

for MoMA members only.

Admission will be free to all

visitors Tuesday through Sunday,

through September 27.

The Museum’s Flagship

Store on 53rd Street and the MoMA

Design Stores in Midtown and Soho are

also open. Changes include encouraging

visitors to reserve timed-entry tickets

in advance via the Museum’s website

MoMA.org. Tickets will be available in

30-minute slots and will be released one

week in advance, in one-week blocks,

every Friday at 10 a.m.

MOMA will limit entry to no more

than 100 visitors per hour, with no time

constraint on how long visitors can stay

during open hours. This restricts the total

number of visitors on site to 25% or less

of the Museum’s full capacity at all times.

Visitors older than the age of two to

wear face coverings at all times; complimentary

face masks will be available.

They will have contactless temperature

checks and bag checks for all visitors.

Visitors should leave at home backpacks,

umbrellas, and bags over the size of 11 ×

17 × 5 inches (28 × 43 × 13 cm). To protect

visitor and staff health, there will be

no bag or coat check services.

Signs and staff will offer guidance

to enforce a socially-distanced visitor

experience. Hand-sanitizer dispensers

are available throughout the Museum.

Plexiglass barriers are in place at ticketing,

Membership, and MoMA Design

Store desks and points of sale.

As the Museum will no longer hand

out physical audio guides, visitors can enjoy

the Museum’s audio guide and digital

content on their personal devices via the

Museum’s website or app. On-site dining

options will remain temporarily closed.

Visitors returning to the Museum will

be greeted by a special installation of

the iconic “I ♥ NY” logo (1976), designed

by Milton Glaser (1929–2020),

mounted inside the west end of MoMA’s

lobby and visible from 53rd street.

Glaser’s design, the concept sketch and

layouts for which are in MoMA’s collection,

was conceived during multiple

crises occurring throughout 1975 and

has become a symbol of hope and enduring

love for New York City and State

throughout the last 45 years.

For those who are unable to visit

in person, MoMA’s digital offerings,

including online film programming and

the virtual Heyman Family Art Lab, will

continue on the Museum’s website, You-

Tube, and social media channels. Magazine,

Virtual Views, free massive open

online courses on Coursera, the MoMA

Learning website, and the Museum’s

Education department Twitter feed, @

MoMALearning, will remain active with

resources, activities, and information.

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travel news continued

Florida Resident Rates, Coast to Coast

As travel restrictions are eased,

Florida residents in need of a break

are finding an array of discounts

and special offers this summer at some

of the state’s most spectacular resorts and

destinations. In addition to being easy on

the wallet, these offers give families plenty

of room to spread out, relax and enjoy

outdoor adventure and spacious accommodations.

Here is a summery sample

of available offers stretching from the

Atlantic shoreline to Gulf coast beaches.

Amelia Island

Consistently voted a Top Island in Conde

Nast Traveler’s Reader’s Choice Awards,

Amelia Island rests just off Florida’s northernmost

Atlantic coastline. Treasured for

its long stretches of quiet beaches, natural

beauty and unique history, the island is

home to an irresistible mix of outdoor

and upscale pleasures. Amelia Island is

also home to Fernandina Beach, once a

vibrant Victorian seaport village, and now

a charming downtown district of eclectic

shops and eateries.

Florida residents may now enjoy up

to 30% off best available rates at the

Omni Amelia Island Resort. Stretching

over 1,350 acres at the tip of this barrier

island, the resort offers luxurious oceanfront

accommodations with views of the

Atlantic Ocean, pools, championship

golf, and a full-service spa. To book a

reservation, visit OmniHotels.com or call

(904) 261-6161 and use the promo code

“RESIDENT.” AmeliaIsland.com.

Barbary Beach House

Key West

Set amid a lush topical haven, the

oceanfront Barbary Beach House Key

West offers guests an array of amenities,

including a lagoon-style pool with private

cabanas; secluded lounging hammocks;

bicycles; complimentary shuttle service to

Duval Street and the Downtown Seaport

Harbor; and full-service restaurant with

indoor and outdoor seating and pool bar.

Across the street at the Barbary Beach

Club, guests enjoy complimentary use of

Hobie Cats, paddleboards, and kayaks, as

well as a half-mile stretch of sandy shoreline

for strolling and sunning at Smathers

Beach. Having recently completed a topto-bottom,

resort-wide conversion, the

resort boasts mostly suite-style accommodations.

Florida residents may now enjoy

up to a 15% discount* on overnight

stays. BarbaryBeachHouseKeyWest.com

*Based on availability. Certain restrictions

and blackout dates may apply. Discount

applies to room rate only. Not valid on existing

reservations. Valid Florida ID must be

presented upon arrival.

Epicurean Hotel – Tampa

Experience the best of South Tampa at the

boutique, food-focused Epicurean Hotel,

a member of the Autograph Collection of

Marriott International, Inc. This 137-room

property is inviting Florida residents with

a special offer of up to 30% off* room

rates, along with two complimentary

glasses of house wine or beer and bike

rentals for two to explore Bayshore Boulevard

and Hyde Park Village.

Rates start at just $160 per night.

Overnight guests may enjoy dinner at

the hotel’s signature Élevage restaurant,

or take advantage of takeout from the

award-winning Bern’s Steak House, right

next door. For reservations, call 855-829-

2536 or visit EpicureanHotel.com.

St. Pete Pier Reopens

Since we’ve been quarantined, you may

have missed this item. The long-awaited

St. Pete Pier and the St. Pete Pier

District opened to the public in July.

The 26-acre engineering feat is designed

to celebrate the city’s historic

connection to the waterfront and the

city’s downtown.

This entertainment district is an extension

of St. Pete’s city center, offering

a picturesque urban beach area, a

children’s playground, variety of dining

spots, seasonal marketplace with local

vendors, tree-laden walkways and hidden

copses, an ecotourism center and

more. “St. Petersburg’s icon has long

been our public waterfront,

one of the largest in North

America. The new pier is an

extension of our icon and is

sure to draw both residents

and visitors from all over the

world” said Mayor Rick Kriseman,

City of St. Petersburg.

“Further, it is truly a pier for

all people, with so much to

enjoy regardless of income. It

is a gift to our residents and

future generations.”From its

earliest days in the late 1800s,

St. Petersburg and its pier have been intricately

linked. There have been many

iterations of a pier over the years. St.

Petersburg has changed and is moving

away from its “Golden Girls” image as a

retirement community. Downtown St.

Pete is its epicenter featuring museums

devoted to artistic legends like Dalí and

Chihuly and street after street adorned

by colorful murals both large and small.

The pier hosts installations from four

internationally renowned artists: Janet

Echelman, Xenobia Bailey, Nick Ervinck

and Nathan Mabry. More info at

https://stpetepier.org/.

Amelia Island

*Proof of Florida residency required at check

in. Tax is additional. Offer does not apply to

groups of 10 or more rooms and cannot be

combined with other promotions. Blackout

dates may apply.

Havana Cabana at Key West

Located just minutes from Key West’s historic

Old Town, the 106-room, waterfront

Havana Cabana at Key West Hotel invites

visitors to experience Florida’s southernmost

tropical paradise in a new kind of

way. The Cuban-themed hotel features

a tropical décor and a host of boutique

amenities. Guest rooms feature pool and

gulf views, with family suites also available,

and the resort is also pet-friendly.

The hotel’s own Floridita Food Truck

serves an authentic Cuban-inspired menu,

including café con leche, pastries and Cuban

sandwiches. Havana Cabana is home

to Key West’s largest pool, with plenty of

room the spread out and soak up the sun.

Florida residents can save up to 15%* on

overnight stays through December. Visit

HavanaCabanaKeyWestHotel.com

*Based on availability. Certain restrictions

and blackout dates may apply. Discount

applies to room rate only. Not valid on existing

reservations. Valid Florida ID must be

presented upon arrival.

Hilton Sandestin Beach

Golf Resort & Spa –

Miramar Beach

Northwest Florida’s premier full-service

beachfront resort is spreading a little

sunshine by offering a 5% discount to

its Hilton Honor members. This special

offer gives Florida residents another reason

to experience the beauty of Northwest Florida’s

Gulf Coast and all that Hilton Sandestin

Beach Golf Resort & Spa has to offer

– breathtaking sunsets over sugar-white

beaches, spacious accommodations, delectable

on-site dining options, a full-service

spa, a multitude of family-friendly recreational

options, access to championship

golf, and more. For reservations, call (800)

559-1805 and use code “RPFLH4.” Book

online at HiltonSandestinBeach.com.

The Inn on Fifth and Club

Level Suites – Naples

At the center of Fifth Avenue’s celebrated

collection of restaurants, sidewalk cafes,

upscale boutiques, and one-of-a-kind galleries

sits the Inn on Fifth and Club Level

Suites. A landmark of luxury in downtown

Naples and just blocks from the

Gulf of Mexico, the Inn is home to the

Spa on Fifth, Truluck’s Seafood Steak and

Crab House, and Ocean Prime Naples.

Through October 30, the Inn on Fifth

and Club Level Suites will offer Florida

residents 25% off* best available rates

Sunday through Thursday nights and

20% off* best available rates Friday and

Saturday nights. For more information or

to make reservations, call (888) 403-8778

or visit InnOnFifth.com.

*Subject to availability. Valid Florida ID

required at check-in. Cannot be combined

with other offers. Not valid for groups or

other contracted rates. Offer excludes taxes,

gratuities, and resort fees.

Plantation on Crystal River

– Crystal River

The Plantation on Crystal River is surrounded

by the natural springs of King’s

Bay and pristine lakes and rivers, as well

as wildlife refuges and state parks. The

Plantation features a full-service marina,

18-hole golf course, 9-hole executive

course, dining, inviting accommodations

and plenty of outdoor lawn space for

personal yard games. Guests can enjoy

manatee snorkeling tours, as well as

guided scalloping tours for the summer

scalloping season. Through Sept. 24, Florida

residents can enjoy a 10% discount on

best available room rates* Sunday through

Thursday. Rates during this timeframe begin

at just $109. For more information or

to make reservations, call (800) 632-6262

or visit PlantationOnCrystalRiver.com.

*Subject to availability. Blackout dates apply.

Reunion Resort & Golf Club

– Central Florida

Reunion Resort features 360 resort-style

accommodations ranging from luxury

multi-room villas to private three- to

13-bedroom vacation homes. Reunion is

the only location in the world featuring

three signature championship golf courses

designed by golfing legends Jack Nicklaus,

Arnold Palmer and Tom Watson. The

resort’s expansive 2,300 acres offer plenty

of outdoor options in addition to golf,

including meandering walkways and bike

paths, tennis and pickle ball courts, a fiveacre

water park, footgolf and more.

Florida residents may now receive a 10%

discount off one-, two- and two-bedroom

villas. For more information, or to book a

reservation, visit ReunionResort.com.

*Subject to availability. Valid Florida ID

required at check-in. Cannot be combined

with other offers. Not valid for groups or

other contracted rates. Offer excludes taxes,

gratuities, and resort fees.

TradeWinds Island Resorts

– St. Pete Beach

The TradeWinds Island Grand and

RumFish Beach Resort on St. Pete Beach

are offering Florida residents 15% off*

the best available rate through Aug. 31,

with rates starting at just $169. A visit

to the TradeWinds always includes lots

of value-added items with the Resort

Amenity Fee (additional), including the

all-you-can-ride High Tide Slide (located

at Island Grand), Surf WipeOut ride, daily

cushioned beach cabana for two, guest

room Wi-Fi, one parking pass per room,

fitness center, campfire s’mores, Touch

Tank Experience, and beach games, such

as volleyball, bocce ball and cornhole.

There are also tennis courts, minigolf,

a Family Pirate Show (Wed. & Sat.

nights), Dive-In Movies, and paddleboats

along the waterway at Island

Grand. TradeWindsResort.com.

*Offer price is for two adults. 13% tax

applies. Rates and dates subject to change,

based on availability. Minimum night

stays may be required. Promotion cannot be

combined with any other special offers or

discount. Blackout dates may apply. Must

show valid Florida ID at check-in.

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dining in

Imposters? Substitutes? New “Classics”?

New takes on old standbys with all-new ingredients

Apple nachos? It’s a trend for sure - taking classic dishes and

reinventing them with new flavor combinations to experience.

Many of these changes are no doubt an answer to our

seemingly endless quest for new flavor sensations or, at the

least, updating classics like nachos - a staple of TV watching, parties, and

served as an appetizer in restaurants.

Many revised recipes also reflect changing dietary needs particularly the

growth of vegan dining. Chickpea fritters (as opposed to traditional corn

fritters) are perfect for vegans, but using chickpeas is not new. Chickpea

seeds are one of the earliest cultivated legumes, and 7500-year-old remains

have been found in the Middle East. They also have lots of protein

which is important for vegans. And, they’re sautéed, not deep-fried. And

be sure to check out the “crab cakes” to see about that “crab” part. Enjoy!

F Apple Nachos T

F No-Fry Fritters T

Butternut squash and chickpeas are the perfect combination for this vegetarian

entrée. Legumes like chickpeas pack protein and the B vitamin folate, and winter

squash is rich in carotenoids, a group of phytochemicals. Both are also rich in

fiber, which has been shown to support growth of health-promoting bacteria in

the gut and reduce risk for colorectal cancer. Plus these healthy fritters are lightly

sautéed instead of deep-fat fried, cutting down on calories and fat.

Chickpea and Butternut Squash Fritters — ——————— ——————

2 cups (10 oz.) cubed butternut

squash

1 can (15.5 oz.) chickpeas, drained

3 Tbsp. whole-wheat flour

1 large egg

4 scallions, coarsely chopped

1 large clove garlic, minced

2 tsp. chopped fresh sage leaves

Yogurt Dill Sauce ———————

1 cup low-fat plain Greek yogurt

2 Tbsp. finely chopped fresh dill

1 clove garlic, minced

1/2 tsp. lemon zest

1 tsp. lemon juice

Salt and freshly ground white or black pepper

1/4 tsp. cumin

1/4 tsp. red pepper flakes

Coarse salt and freshly ground

pepper to taste

2 Tbsp. canola oil or extra virgin

olive oil, divided

8 cups field greens (5 oz. pkg.)

1/4 cup coarsely chopped toasted

skinless hazelnuts

Salad Dressing —————————

1 Tbsp. lemon juice

1 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

For Yogurt Dill Sauce, in small bowl, combine all ingredients and mix well. Pour into

small serving bowl and set aside.

For Salad Dressing, in small bowl, combine lemon juice and oil, season to taste with

salt and pepper and set aside.

1 medium apple, sliced

1/2 cup plain reduced-fat Greek yogurt

1 tsp. honey

1 Tbsp. almond butter

3 Tbsp. water

1 Tbsp. salted pumpkin seeds

1 tsp. chia seeds

1 Tbsp. granola chunks

1/8 tsp. cinnamon

Slice apple into thin slices (about 25 slices) and arrange on a plate.

Mix yogurt, honey, almond butter and water together and drizzle over apples. If

yogurt dip is too thick to drizzle, add more water to thin out.

Sprinkle pumpkin seeds, chia seeds and granola chunks on top of yogurt layer.

To finish, sprinkle cinnamon over entire dish and serve immediately.

SOURCE: AICR, The American Institute for Cancer Research.

Makes 2 servings. Per serving: 200 calories, 9 g total fat (2 g saturated fat, 0 g trans

fat), 5 mg cholesterol, 24 g carbohydrates, 10 g protein, 4 g dietary fiber, 55 mg

sodium, 16 g sugar, 4 g added sugar.

For Chickpea and Butternut Squash Fritters, in large saucepan with a steamer basket,

steam squash until tender, about 10-12 minutes. Transfer squash to food processor.

Add chickpeas, flour, egg, scallions, garlic, sage, cumin and pepper flakes. Pulse until

blended yet slightly chunky. Season with salt and pepper.

Heat 1 tablespoon oil in large skillet over medium-high heat. Gently drop six scant

1/4-cup portions of mixture into pan and gently press into round patties with back of

measuring cup or spatula. Don’t over crowd skillet. Sauté fritters until golden brown

on bottom, about 3-4 minutes. Heat may need to be adjusted for optimal browning.

Carefully turn over each fritter and sauté until other side is golden brown, about 3-4

minutes. Transfer fritters to plate and cover with foil to keep warm. Use remaining oil

to sauté remaining six fritters. There should be 12 fritters in total.

In large bowl, add salad greens. Stir salad dressing and pour over greens. Add

hazelnuts and gently toss together.

Arrange greens on large serving platter or four individual dinner plates. Arrange all

fritters on top of greens if serving on platter or 3 fritters on each individual plate.

Serve with Yogurt Dill Dressing on the side or drizzle on fritters and serve.

Makes 4 (three fritters each) servings. Per serving: 400 calories, 18 g total fat (2 g

saturated fat), 47 g carbohydrate, 17 g protein, 10 g dietary fiber, 392 mg sodium.

continued on next page

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dining in continued

F Hearts of Baltimore “Crab Cakes”

Hearts of Baltimore “Crab Cakes” T

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These unique “crab cakes” use chopped hearts of palm instead of crab, but

otherwise feature the same flavors of the classic dish. This recipe comes

from Ayinde Howell and Zoe Eisenberg, authors of The Lusty Vegan: A Cookbook

and Relationship Manifesto for Vegans and Those Who Love Them.

For the Garlicky Dill Aioli — ———

1/2 cup vegan mayonnaise

1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

1 tablespoon chopped fresh dill

1 teaspoon minced garlic

Garlicky Dill Aioli:

Combine all the ingredients in a small bowl. Mix well and add salt and pepper to

taste. Set in the fridge to keep cool.

To make the Crab Cakes:

Heat 2 tablespoons of the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the

hearts of palm and sauté for 8 to 10 minutes, stirring occasionally to prevent

sticking. Cook until golden brown on all sides. Set aside to cool. Add the celery

and peppers and mix well.

Heat 1 tablespoon of the oil in a skillet over medium-heat heat. Add the onions

and sauté until translucent, 2 to 3 minutes. Add the garlic and sauté for 1

minute. Remove from the heat, add to the hearts of palm, and mix well. Add the

seafood seasoning, cornstarch, and mayo. Transfer the mixture to a mixing bowl

and mix well. Set aside to cool to room temperature, then shape the mixture into

four round patties.

Breading: In a shallow bowl, combine the bread crumbs and seafood seasoning,

stirring to mix. Coat the patties with the breadcrumb mixture and refrigerate for

20 minutes.

Heat about 3 tablespoons oil in a medium skillet over medium- high heat until hot

and shimmering. Carefully place the patties in the skillet and cook until golden

brown on each side, approximately 2 minutes per side. Watch closely to prevent

burning. Transfer the cooked patties to a plate lined with paper towels to drain

any excess oil. Serve hot, topped with the aïoli, with lemon wedges on the side.

Makes 2 servings.

For the Breading — ——————

1/2 cup gluten-free bread crumbs,

or more

1 tablespoon seafood seasoning

Lemon wedges, to serve

For the Crab Cakes — ——————— ————————— ——————

3 tablespoons grapeseed or safflower

oil, divided, plus more for frying

1 (14-ounce) can hearts of palm, (not

packed in sugar), roughly chopped

to the consistency of crab meat

1/4 cup chopped celery

1/4 cup diced red bell pepper

1/2 cup chopped onion

2 teaspoons minced garlic

2 teaspoons seafood seasoning

1 teaspoon cornstarch

1/4 cup vegan mayonnaise

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Appointments

■ Ryntal Property Management

has added a new employee. Ryntal

Property Management Leasing

Manager, Colbey Amspaugh

stated, “On behalf of Ryntal, we’re

pleased

that Kayla

Beiser has

accepted

her new

role as a

Leasing

Specialist.

Her experience

and

communication

Kayla Beiser

skills will

enhance

and build upon Ryntal’s exceptional

customer service.”

Kayla has three years’ experience

in customer service and administration

and is currently enrolled

at State College of Florida

working towards her Bachelor’s

Degree in English. After spending

much of her life traveling and

settling down in Colorado, Kayla

has made Sarasota her home for

the past three years.

Ryntal Property Management

(www.ryntal.com) is a privately-owned

company founded in

2008 whose owners have over 40

years of property management

experience. Ryntal has approximately

500 properties under

management.

They have a broker, accountant,

realtors, leasing agents, maintenance

and cleaning on staff to

handle any property management

needs. They also have multilingual

support staff. Ryntal has an

“A” rating from the Better Business

Bureau and are members of

Sarasota and Manatee County

Chamber of Commerce, Realtor

Association of Sarasota and

Manatee Association of Realtors,

National Association of Realtors.

■ The Florida Center for Early

Childhood’s Board of Directors

has selected

Dr.

Kristie

Skoglund,

Chief

Operating

Officer of

the organization,

to

lead the

agency.

She will

Kristie Skoglund

replace

longtime

Chief Executive Officer Kathryn

Shea next month.

“There is no one more deserving

of this position,” said Jeff

Woodin, Board Chair. “Kristie

has worked for The Florida Center

for more than 20 years, climbing

the ranks from counselor to early

childhood expert.”

The Board of Directors unanimously

voted to promote Skoglund

on August 13, after determining

she was best suited for the

position. “I truly love the work of

The Florida Center and I am humbled

and honored to be chosen as

the next CEO,” Skoglund said.

Skoglund has a master’s degree

in counseling and psychology

and a doctorate degree in counseling.

She has expertise in the

areas of infant/young children’s

mental health, trauma informed

care practices and fetal alcohol

spectrum disorders (FASD) and

has presented workshops on various

related topics at local, state

and national conferences.

In 2019, Skoglund became one

of the first people in the State of

Florida to be endorsed as and

Early Childhood Mental Health

Expert through the Florida Association

for Infant Mental Health.

Skoglund also made history in

1997, when Sarasota became the

first county in Florida to privatize

child welfare. She was hired

as one of the first mental health

counselors to work with young

children in a foster care system.

She completed the 18-month

infant mental health training

through Florida State University’s

Harris Institute, and in 2003 she

received specialized fetal alcohol

spectrum disorders diagnostic

training through the University

of Washington.

Skoglund will officially start

in her new capacity on September

14. Shea will stay on as a

part-time consultant to ensure a

smooth transition.

“While I am about to retire and

enter the next chapter of my life,

I go knowing that The Florida

Center is in great hands with Dr.

Kristie Skoglund,” said Shea. “Her

vast knowledge and experience

prepares her well to be the agency’s

next CEO.”.

■ The Music Compound, a place

where students of all ages can

pursue their love of music, will

debut its Show Choir & Musical

Theatre program in September

at its Cattlemen studio (1751 Cattlemen

Rd.,

Sarasota).

Leading the

program is

noted longtime

Sarasota

educator,

Julie Rohr

McHugh.

McHugh

received her

Bachelor’s

Julie Rohr McHugh

degree in

Music Education

and her Master’s degree

in Vocal Performance from the

University of Miami, and performed

professionally. After a

teaching post in Fort Lauderdale,

she and her family moved back to

Sarasota in 1976 so that she could

work as principal and a music

teacher at Julie Rohr Academy.

She has been music director

for four Sarasota Players productions,

33 Julie Rohr Academy productions,

and over 100 Sarasota

Academy of the Arts productions

as well as taught Changing Tide

Show Choir and Singing Sailors

chorus at Sarasota High School

for 12 years and Sonic Boom

Show Choir at Sarasota Military

Academy for seven years. In June,

after 51 years, she retired from

full-time teaching.

The Show Choir is for middle

and high school students; the

Musical Theatre program, for

elementary school students. For

more information, call 941-379-

9100 or go to musiccompound.

com/lessons/show-choir-andmusical-theatre.

■ Sandra S. Stone has been

appointed assistant dean of graduate

studies at the University of

South Florida Sarasota-Manatee

campus. She began her new position

on July 1.

Stone is

former chair

of the campus’

Social

Sciences

Department

and regional

chancellor

of the USF

Sarasota-Manatee

campus

Sandra S. Stone

(2014-2017).

She previously

served as vice president of

academic affairs at Dalton State

College (Georgia). She earned a

doctoral degree in sociology from

Emory University in Atlanta.

“This is a very exciting opportunity,

personally, professionally

and for the campus as a whole,

and I am delighted to serve in this

capacity,” Stone said.

A newly created position, the

assistant dean of graduate studies

is responsible for promoting, expanding

and enhancing the campus’

graduate-degree programs.

The position is closely aligned

with the campus’ Office of

Academic Affairs and Student

Success and USF’s Office of

Graduate Studies. Stone expects

also to work closely with campus

deans and department heads and

continue to serve as a professor,

teaching criminology.

The Sarasota-Manatee campus

offers master’s degrees in business

administration, criminal justice,

educational leadership, elementary

education, hospitality management

and social work. Courses

are offered both on campus and

through distance learning.

■ State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota

(SCF) has named

Terri Clark as dean of lifelong

learning and workforce development.

Clark is responsible for

advancing the college’s commitment

to continuing education

through noncredit programs,

community services and other

workforce-related activities.

“Terri Clark’s experience is a

tremendous asset as SCF remains

flexible and responsive to the

needs of our community’s workforce

and residents of all ages,”

said Executive Vice President and

Provost Todd G. Fritch.

Prior to joining SCF, Clark

served as dean of workforce and

community development at

Pearl River Community College

in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. She

oversaw

successful

collaborations

among

business,

industry,

government

and military

partners,

resulting in

programs

and courses

Terri Clark

that were

responsive

to the needs of the local, regional

and statewide economies.

Clark earned a master’s degree

in counseling psychology from

William Carey University and a

bachelor’s degree in family and

consumer sciences from University

of Southern Mississippi. In

2018, she received the Adult Education

Director of the Year award

from the Mississippi Community

College Board.

For more information, email

visit www.SCF.edu.

Accolades

■ “You are braver than you

believe, stronger than you seem,

smarter than you think and

loved more than you know.” This

beloved quote from A.A. Milne

is captured on a trio of canvases

gracing the walls of the waiting

area in All Star Children’s Foundation’s

Children’s Center.

The Sarasota-based artist who

donated the work is Meg Krakowiak.

She met All Star founder

Graci McGillicuddy over a year

ago and

was

immediately

captivated

by her

vision

and mission

for

All Star

Children’s

Foundation. Krakowiak

decided on the spot to make it her

personal charity.

“Graci’s passion for kids comes

from her heart. Every square inch

of the campus contributes to

their well-being, from the careful

design of the homes to the vegetable

garden and more,” she says.

“All Star’s model lifts them up—

and it truly makes a difference.”

According to Krakowiak, the

quote she celebrates in her triptych

is all about self-worth. “Every

child has incredible value,”

she says.

“This quote

speaks a

truth over

every child,

whether

they believe

it now or

not. I think

Milne’s

words offer

a beautiful

All Star founder

Graci McGillicuddy

affirmation

of their true

Sarasota-based artist

Meg Krakowiak

potential.”

Krakowiak

also

generously

donated her

painting,

“Heart of

Sailing,” to

All Star. In

addition,

she has

volunteered

to care for

the children

of All Star

campus’ foster parents. “Meg’s

art inspires feelings of hope and

healing for all who see it,” says

McGillicuddy. “We are so grateful

to be the recipients of Meg’s

beautiful, heartfelt and inspirational

artwork.”

Krakowiak exhibits her work at

the Meg Krakowiak Gallery & Studio,

60 S. Palm Avenue, Sarasota;

www.megkrakowiakstudios.com.

All Star has completed its

“Campus of Hope and Healing,”

which includes the All Star

Children’s Center, where trauma-focused

clinical services are

offered. The campus also features

six foster family homes that

provide children, ages 0-18, with

a nurturing, family-style home

environment and comprehensive,

trauma-sensitive treatment. Siblings

are kept together, and parents

and caregivers are offered

a range of services. All Star also

serves children in the region’s

child welfare system and their

families on an outpatient basis.

According to McGillicuddy,

All Star has implemented a

trauma-informed program that

Meg Krakowiak’s artwork “Heart of Sailing”

delivers the latest evidence-based

protocols and treatments for foster

children and their biological

families. Partnering with leaders

across the child welfare system,

the non-profit organization has

tapped best-in-class partners to

assist in their mission.

For more information about All

Star Children’s Foundation, visit

www.allstarchildrensfoundation.

org. The campus is located at

3300 17th St, Sarasota.

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Looking for things to do but want to be safe and cautious? Many of these

events are taking place online unless otherwise noted. A few are in person

however, so be sure to contact them or go to their website to make sure.

WCW PICK

Free Livestream

Health Seminar

n On October 29, 6-6:30 p.m., The

Renewal Point has a livestream

event on Facebook called “Bio-identical

Hormone Balancing.” It will be

presented by Dr. Dan Watts, Founder/Director

of The Renewal Point

Age Management Center. Attend

the event at https://www.facebook.

com/therenewalpoint.

The Renewal Point, 4905 Clark

Rd., Sarasota. Call 941-926-4905

for more info.

At The Libraries

n Sarasota Libraries:

Seating in the library is limited to

promote social distancing and to

allow others to safely navigate the

facility and access the resources.

• Public computers are spaced 6 feet

apart with disposable covers for

keyboards. Access will be limited

to one hour per day per person.

• Plexiglass barriers will be installed

at service points, and service

points will temporarily be limited.

• Stacks will have one-way aisles for

browsing with appropriate markings/guidelines

for the public.

• Social distancing markers will be

placed at service points.

• Additional sanitation stations will

be available.

• Toys, puzzles, board books, and

other high touch items have been

removed.

• AWE early literacy stations will be

out of service.

• Reading gardens will be closed.

• Water fountains will be covered;

bottle filling stations will remain

in service.

• Charging stations will be removed.

Customers will still be able to pick

up held items through curbside pick

up service. Once you receive your

hold pickup notification, contact

them to schedule your pickup. You

will also have the option to come

inside to retrieve and check out your

reserved items. For more information

on Curbside Pickup Services,

visit www.scgov.net/government/

libraries/curbside-pick-up.

Yin Yoga Class at Wild Ginger

Y

in Yoga Class with Zahir is being

offered at Wild Ginger Apothecary

on Monday, September 28, 7-8 p.m.

Originating from the Taoist philosophy, yin

yoga’s lineage weaves traditional Chinese

mind and body energetics with an anatomical

awareness that centers healthy alignment for

each individual.

In this class, you can expect a meditative practice

that focuses on stillness, silent presence, breath,

and connection to both your inner world, and the

natural world. Long held floor based postures

using the support of yoga props will be practiced

to calm the nervous system, release tension

held within the body, and maintain healthy and

lubricated connective tissues.

Join Zahir for weekly Yin Yoga class, every Monday

at 7pm in September. Cost: $15; space limited to

eight. Hold your spot by prepaying to: Venmo is @Zahir-

RinggoldCordes. Paypal is paypal.me/ZRinggoldCordes

Bring your own yoga mat, a blanket and blocks if you have

them. Studio supplies will not be available due to CV safety.

Questions, call Zahir: 410-961-2769. More classes are

available at http://www.wildgingerapothecary.com/ or

call 941-312-5630.

They will have hand sanitation

stations placed around the library

buildings. They encourage mask

wearing and social distancing

during visits to the library.

To provide safe interactions

during your library visit, markers will

be placed on the floors in high traffic

areas to facilitate social distancing.

Seating will be limited and we ask

that you is keep your visit brief so

more people can access the library.

n Upcoming Event (online):

n Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune

Comes to Life (Live) on Thursday,

September 24, 6-7:30pm.

Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune (1875-

1955) was the founder of Bethune-

Cookman University. She served as

a New Deal government official —

she was one of the 20 highest-level

offices held by women in the administration,

and the highest held by an

African American woman. She was

the founder of FDR’s “black cabinet.”

She served as president of the

National Association of Colored

Women. She founded and served

as president of the National

Council of Negro Women. Ersula

Odom’s in-character performance

brings Dr. Bethune to life before your

eyes. “Dr. Bethune” shares impactful

moments of her extraordinary life.

The program will be via

ClickMeeting. To register: https://

scgovlibrary.librarymarket.com/

events/dr-mary-mcleod-bethunecomes-life-live.

n Our Voices Count: Women and

the Right to Vote in Sarasota County

(Live) on Thursday, September

17, 3-4 pm

Historical Resources Collections

Curator Lindsay Ogles ties Women’s

Suffrage to Sarasota County through

early voter records and local media

coverage. This program is through

ClickMeeting. To register https://

scgovlibrary.librarymarket.com/

events/our-voices-count-womenand-right-vote-sarasota-county-live.

There’s more programming -

online and in person at Selby Library,

1331 First St. Sarasota. Info: (941)

861-1100. Visit https://scgovlibrary.

librarymarket.com/events/month.

Clubs

n The next Venice Area Women’s

College Club event is a luncheon on

October 13, 11:30 - 2 pm at Plantation

Golf & Country Club, 500 Rockley

Blvd, Venice. The speaker will be

Harry Klinkhamer, City of Venice

Historical Resources Manager,

talking about the History & Preservation

Coalition of Sarasota County.

This is the first monthly meeting for

the new 2020-2021 season and social

distancing will be observed. Call 941-

202-4034 for lunch reservations ($22).

n The Central West Coast Chapter

of the Florida Public Relations

Association meets monthly for professional

development luncheons

and networking.

The Central West Coast Chapter is

a network of more than 100 public

relations, marketing and communications

professionals from Sarasota,

Manatee and Desoto counties who

come together for professional

development and to build a network

of peers. The mission of the Florida

Public Relations Association is

dedicated to developing public

relations practitioners who, through

ethical and standardized practices,

enhance the public relations profession

in Florida. Visit www.cwcfpra.

com for more information.

At The Women’s

Resource Center

n The Women’s Resource Center has

the 2020 Women in Business Virtual

Forum on September 23 as a free

virtual event. There will be successful

business women joining the program

who are sharing their experiences

and expertise. You’ll discover greater

resiliency, be inspired to move forward,

and expand belief in your own

capabilities. Call 941- 256-9721 or

visit https://www.mywrc.org.

Yoga, Yoga

and more Yoga…

n Operation Warrior Resolution offers

free yoga classes for active-duty

and retired military personnel.

Classes are held twice a week at

MindSpa located off Bee Ridge Road.

The classes are called “Combat Conscience

Yoga” and are lead by U.S.

Army veteran Kendra Simpkins.

“Operation Warrior resolution is an

organization is about providing holistic

and alternative treatments to veterans

and their families. To address any

mental health issues post traumatic

stress, anxiety, and depression. It’s really

about finding a sense of purpose

and hope again,” says Simpkins.

Veterans can suffer from Post

Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

or have high anxiety. Classes are at

MindSpa Integrative Wellness Center,

5632 Bee Ridge Rd. Sarasota, and are

held every Sunday at 10:30am and

Thursday at 7 pm. Instructor: Kendra

Simpkins. Info: 941-504-3040.

n Yoga@The Ringling continues.

Yoga Instructor Ashley Stewart will

lead a yoga session the front lawn

of Ca’ d’Zan. With your health and

safety as a top priority, these classes

are limited to 50 participants and at

least 7 feet of distance will be maintained

between people.

Yoga@The Ringling

Next yoga sessions are on September

17 at 7 p.m. and September 25,

10 a.m. Tickets must be purchased

in advance. https://www.ringling.

org/events/yoga-ringling-1

n All Laughter Yoga Venice: All

sessions are free. No registration

is necessary. There are three free

Laughter Yoga sessions a week. They

host two laughter yoga sessions on

ZOOM and one in the park.

On ZOOM, they practice Laughter

on Wednesdays at 9:30am and

Saturdays at 10am. The ZOOM link

is: in: https://us04web.zoom.us/

j/698695527?pwd=dGhLMVNjK0JJM-

3dxNzgvZTE3K3VlUT09 (no password

required). If you want to type in the

number on ZOOM use: 698 695 527

And should it ask for a password

use: 084 270. When ZOOMing in, dress

as you would for a regular session.

On M-W-F mornings, ZOOM to

India and laugh with the originator of

Laughter Yoga, Dr. Madan Kataria at

8:15am. Here is the zoom linkhttps://

us02web.zoom.us/j/9533064234 (no

password required)

You can LAUGH with ALEXA on

Sunday afternoons at 2pm and Mondays

at 5:45pm. The ZOOM meeting

ID for Sunday is https://us02web.

zoom.us/j/88399186739 or copy and

past these #’s into the ‘join meeting’

box 883 9918 6739. The ZOOM meeting

ID for Monday is: 891 2943 9297

New to Zoom? All you need to

do is download a free app called

ZOOM on your computer, tablet or

smart phone. Find it at zoom.us.

Info: 203-856-6427 or visit https://

laughteryogavenice.com.

n Free Beach Yoga With Elin. Balance,

breathe, strengthen and at the same

time, relax on Venice Beach. Yoga

brings you to your full range of motion

– not pushing beyond your limits.

Move the way your body is designed

to move. Learn to safely maneuver

through your back, shoulder, and

knee issues. Yoga is for all abilities.

Elin, a certified yoga instructor,

offers Yoga on the Venice Beach for

free seven days a week. No reservations

needed. Bring water and your

mat to the Venice Beach Pavilion.

Venice Beach has no mirrors because

yoga is not about how you look but

how you feel, but will take you on an

exploration of your inner world.

Meets 8 am every morning and 7

pm Monday- Thursday. Info: 941-408-

9642 or email: elin@yogawithelin.us.

Love Gardening?

n Monthly guided tours of the

Manatee Educational Gardens and

Greenhouse will be held on the 3rd

Tuesday of each month at 10am.

Guided tours are with certified Extension

Master Gardener Volunteers

lasting approximately one hour. Call

the Master Gardener Plant Diagnostic

Clinic to register 941-722-4524.

The gardens illustrate a variety

of garden styles and techniques,

demonstrate Florida-Friendly Landscaping

principles, educate residents

about plants that perform well in

Florida landscapes, and inspire garden

visitors to follow recommended

gardening practices at home.

Visit the Extension Master Gardener

Volunteer Information table and get

answers to your gardening questions.

• 1st Saturday: Island Library

located at 5701 Marina Drive,

Holmes Beach 10am-1pm

• 2nd Saturday: South Manatee

Library located at 6081 26th Street

West, Bradenton. 10am-1pm

• 3rd Saturday: Central Library located

at 1301 Barcarrota Blvd. West,

Bradenton 11:30am-2:30pm.

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