West Coast Woman October 2020


WCW’s October issue has lots to read and explore! Our WCW this month is Kendra Simpkins who works with veterans. It’s our Women’s Health issue, so we have articles and features on staying healthy and eating right. You’ll enjoy our Travel News column with its many offers and deals on travel within Florida. Plus we have our calendar that list health lectures, club meetings and more. Out & About has cultural events in Sarasota and Bradenton ANF a writeup on Artist Series Concerts next concerts. Finally, don’t miss our WCW Foodie column where we have news on the restaurant scene. Enjoy and please stay well!





Dedicated To Serving

Fellow Veterans

It’s our Women’s

Health Issue

Also in this Issue:

■ WCW Foodie: news from

the restaurant front

■ Travel News: deals on

Florida vacations

■ Dining In: tasty ways

to lose weight

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Editor and Publisher

Louise M. Bruderle

Email: westcoastwoman@comcast.net

Stay Healthy!

Contributing Writer

Carol Darling

Contributing Photographer

Evelyn England

Art Director/Graphic Designer

Kimberly Carmell

Assistant to the Publisher

Mimi Gato

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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


n You’re News: job announcements,

appointments and promotions,

board news, business news and

real estate news.




In this issue we’ve got low-cal tasty recipes and tips for losing weight gained over

the pandemic. Pus lots of health information from our advertisers from skin care

treatments, hormone balancing, craniosacral therapy and more.

WCW Foodie

The state has allowed bars to reopen at 50 percent of capacity,

for seated service only. Restaurants and food establishments

may reopen indoor dining areas with a maximum patron

occupancy of 50 percent of the stated building capacity. So

check out what’s going on in the local food scene...


Out & About

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.


travel news

Hotels want your business and they’ve got

great deals to entice you. Tase are all in

Florida - a few hours’ drive away


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4 editor’s letter

7 Out & About: listing for things

to do live and/or online

11 women’s health:

news treatments at DOCS

12 women’s health:

Urology Treatment Center

14 your health: Craniosacral

Therapy - how it works

on the cover: WCW Kendra Simpkins photographed by Evelyn England.

15 women’s health: The Renewal Point

16 west coast woman Kendra Simpkins

18 dining in: low cal and delicious

ways to lose weight

19 nutrition: tips to lose those

pandemic 15

20 women’s health: How obesity

causes cancer

23 focus on the arts: Artist Series

Concerts of Sarasota

24 datebook: things to do

26 wcw foodie: your source for

restaurant news

27 travel news: deals on Florida

vacations and more

30 You’re News


just some


Louise Bruderle

Editor and Publisher

Technology is our friend… someone once said that and it certainly

can be said for these times. In this issue, you’ll see in our events

columns how the majority of the offerings—be they concerts,

exhibits, fundraisers or lectures—are either wholly virtual or

optionally virtual (meaning you can go in person or enjoy online).

We also have art exhibits this month from museums across the

state. These have adapted to the new normal and offer the ability to

“visit” online. This is actually a good thing if you love art and don’t

want to travel just yet.

So, you better be up on your digital game and be “fluent” in

Zoom and getting to Facebook Live events. And, also speaking of

technology, have you tried our e-magazine version of West Coast

Woman? We’re in print AND in digital form this month so enjoy us

either way. You’ll find our e-magazine at the top of our Facebook

page https://www.facebook.com/WCWmedia or, subscribe to

receive WCW e-magazine every month via email. Send your email

addy to westcoastwoman@comcast.net.

Kendra Simpkins

Photo: Evelyn England

Our WCW this month:

Kendra Simpkins

I found this month’s WCW by reading WCW.

In our Datebook column I noticed a yoga

class (there seem to be a lot these days no

doubt to reduce stress). I read “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.”

So I searched and also checked on Facebook and asked a mutual

friend about her and it was a big thumbs up. Like so many health

issues that persist, even while we try to see ourselves clear of this

pandemic, PTSD is still a serious problem particularly for our veterans.

The virus that causes us to limit our social interactions can

make their PTSD worse.

That’s where Kendra comes in. She’s a therapist in practice in

Sarasota at MindSpa offering Rapid Response Therapy. But she

also created yoga for veterans as well as retreats that include horse

therapy. She knows of what she speaks since it hit home with her. She

served in the Army and also suffered from PTSD. You’ll enjoy reading

about her breakthrough work and how it is helping veterans.

Also in this issue: Health

Weight gain. Ugh, did we have to bring that up? Well, if we’re honest,

there are many of us who have gained weight due to a change in our

activity, being homebound (thus being near the fridge) or simply

stress eating or eating out of boredom. And, we may have stopped

going to the gym, and it’s hot outside and and and…

So we tried to make it fun. As usual, we have low calorie, but VERY

tasty recipes to try, plus some doctor-supported tips to get you back

on track and back to your slimmer self.

The New Normal for November

What’s shaping up is slightly more focused, but still disappointing.

Events are down — that is in-the-flesh events. Particularly hard hit

are orchestra, ballet and dance and almost all the theatres. There’ a

glimmer of possibility for spring of 2021 so we’ll hope for the best.

Next up is our Arts Issue in November and we’ll have events that are

taking place. Let’s hope we keep to the plan that has helped to drive

down the number of cases in Florida, but not stop until we hit zero.

Looking for a way to help?

As local families continue to navigate the detrimental effects of the

coronavirus pandemic, the Louis and Gloria Flanzer Philanthropic

Trust has announced the extension of its Flanzer Contribution

Matching Program through December 2020.

Since launching its

2020 Flanzer Contribution

Matching Program

in January, the Trust has

enabled 94 nonprofit organizations

across Sarasota

and the Suncoast area to

continue fulfilling their

missions by matching

more than $700,000 from

approximately 3,000 individual

contributors. While

this significant accomplishment

has allowed

agencies to serve their

clients through this dire

time, the Flanzer Trust is committed to help our neighbors in need

get back on track and access critical resources.

All donations between $5 and $500 will be matched 1:1 for select

nonprofit agencies in the social service, social welfare, K-12 education

and healthcare sectors. Individuals who wish to participate in

the 2020 Flanzer Contribution Matching Program can visit Flanzer-

Trust.org to make an online donation through PayPal. Donors can

also send checks payable to the Louis and Gloria Flanzer Philanthropic

Trust to its offices at 1843 Floyd Street, Sarasota, FL 34239.

The Flanzer Trust encourages people to make automatic monthly

contributions of $20 or more.

Once an individual’s donation has been processed, the Flanzer

Trust will send the contribution and the associated matching

funds to the designated partner agency. The Flanzer Trust will also

absorb 100 percent of the program with no charge or reduction in

any contribution.

The mission of the Louis and Gloria Flanzer Philanthropic Trust

is to enhance the life of the people of the Suncoast through social

services and healthcare initiatives. The Louis and Gloria Flanzer

Philanthropic Trust is a tax exempt 501(c)(3) organization not affiliated

with any other member of the Flanzer family. For information,

visit FlanzerTrust.org or call 917-915-0404.

And if you need assistance

The Orioles have partnered with All Faiths Food Bank to host

a series of mass food distribution events at Ed Smith Stadium.

The events will take place on the second Saturday of each month

through December. Future events will be held on October 10, November

14, and December 12.

Each distribution event will take place in the East Lot and is firstcome,

first-served, beginning at 9am and continuing until food runs

out or 11:30am. All the events will be staffed by All Faiths Food Bank

volunteers and staff, and several of the events will also be staffed by

Orange & Black Gives Back, the Orioles employee volunteer program.

“Many of our neighbors in the Sarasota and DeSoto counties

are continuing to experience food insecurity as a result of the ongoing

COVID-19 pandemic,” said Jennifer Grondahl, Orioles Senior Vice

President, Community Development and Communications. Info:


Louise Bruderle | Editor and Publisher |


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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A virtual celebration of female composers, female musicians

and the 100th anniversary of women’s right to vote.

Jenny Kim-Godfrey, soprano

Robyn Rocklein, mezzo soprano

Gail Berenson &

Lee Dougherty Ross, piano


Kate Alexander • Ariel Blue • Meg Gilbert

Available for viewing online October 1 – 12

Tickets and more info at ArtistSeriesConcerts.org

4420 South Tamiami Trail, Sarasota



Monday - Saturday 10am - 4pm


out& about

At The Ringling

On exhibit:

• Howie Tsui: Retainers of Anarchy to

November 29. Vancouver-based artist

Howie Tsui’s solo exhibition 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. 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 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.




Safe Place and Rape Crisis Center

(SPARCC) has its one-of-a-kind,

virtual clue-quest event, SPARCC

SRclue, slated for 6 p.m. on Saturday,

October 24. With the outbreak

of COVID-19, this 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.


The Artful Lobster is on Saturday,

November 14, 11:30 am – 2 pm.

The 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

kick-off 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.

Don’t Forget


The Florida Railroad

Museum’s Pumpkin

Patch Express Train

Ride runs October 17

and 18 and October 24 and 25.

Tickets for this popular event will be

available on the museum’s website

at www.frrm.org.

The ticket office is open Wednesday,

Friday, Saturday and Sunday

from 10am to 4pm. Due to Covid-19,

the event will operate at 50% capacity.

Only window seats will be sold.

However, you may consolidate your

group using unsold aisle seats within

your seating area. Mask requirements

will be based on Manatee

County mask ordinance at the time

of the event.

The Florida Railroad Museum,

Inc. was founded as The Florida Gulf

Coast Railroad Museum with the

goal of preserving Florida’s railroad

history. Over the years, the Museum

has acquired and restored rolling

stock and equipment to operate for

the public’s enjoyment. Enjoy the

sights and sounds of Florida railroading

as it existed in the 1940s

and 1950s.The Museum is located 25

miles north of Sarasota and 35 miles

south of Tampa off Interstate 75 at

exit 229 at 12210 83rd St East, Parrish.


Manatee Village Historical

Park is hosting “Tombstone Tour”, a

digital event about the 1850 Manatee

Burying Ground. Learn about the

history of the cemetery, the meaning

of tombstone symbols, and listen to

some of the stories of those who were

buried there.

The 1850 Manatee Burying Ground

is the oldest public cemetery in Manatee

County. It was the first burying

ground for the Village of Manatee,

which was the first established white

settlement between Tampa and Key

West, dating to 1842. The Burying

Ground was in use from 1850-1892,

with a few family burials occurring

up until the 1960s.

This event will be digital and you

need to sign up to receive the digital


Manatee Village Historical Park is hosting “Tombstone Tour”,

a digital event about the 1850 Manatee Burying Ground. Learn

about the history of the cemetery, the meaning of tombstone symbols,

and listen to some of the stories of those who were buried

there. The event is digital. Sign up at www.manatee village.org/

events or call (941) 749-7165 for assistance.

event. Sign up at https://www.manateevillage.org/events

or call (941)

749-7165 for assistance. Cost: Signing

up for this digital event and watching

the video is free.

“Tombstone Tour” is pre-recorded

and will be available through video

format on October 16 at 4 pm through

November 1. Those who sign up may

watch or re-watch this digital event

anytime during this time period. Persons

who sign up after 4pm on October

16 and before October 30 will receive

the video on the next business day.

Manatee Village Historical Park is

located at 1404 Manatee Avenue East

(State Road 64) Bradenton, Florida.

For information call (941) 749-7165 or

visit: www.manateevillage.org.


and Classes

The New College Foundation,

offers New Topics, a lecture series

showcasing national speakers from a

broad range of disciplines exploring

topical issues. To mark New College’s

60th anniversary, this year’s series

features noteworthy alumni whose

New College experience prepared

them for lives of note and careers

of impact. The series runs through

March and will be presented via the

Zoom platform. Each lecture will be

presented at 5 pm. Tickets are $10,

and all proceeds go to fund student


Speakers Princeton University’s

Center for Economic Policy Studios

senior research scholar William

Dudley speaking on “Challenge and

Response: Facing Hard Choices in

a Time of Economic Crisis” on November

12, R. Derek Black, Allison

Gornik and James Birmingham on

the topic of “Inclusion at any Cost?

When New College was ‘Home’ to

a White Nationalist” on January


27, Cuban-American

attorney, consultant,

and human rights advocate

Lincoln Rafael

Diaz-Balart on the topic

of “Reflections on a Congressional

Career; Lessons

for Today’s Politics”

on February 18 and “

Cybersecurity and Civil

Liberties” by the ACLU’s

surveillance and cybersecurity

counsel Jennifer

Granick on March 18.

Registration required.

Go to ncf.edu/new-topics or

call the New College events

hotline at 941-487-4888.

Osher Lifelong Learning

Institute at Ringling

College has its 2020 Fall

Semester through November


The fall semester features

44 courses and

other programs covering

a wide variety of topics.

Classes will be offered

in a hybrid model—both

on the Ringling College

Museum Campus and via

the Zoom platform.

Classes cover a diversity

of topics, including

art and music appreciation,

languages, health,

global issues, philosophy,

religion, digital and studio arts,

photography, sculpture, painting,

and more. When offered in-person,

classes will be at the Ringling

College Museum Campus (1001 S.

Tamiami Trail, Sarasota); masks

and physical distancing will be required.

To register for classes, visit

www.OlliatRinglingCollege.org or

call 941-309-5111.

The fall Einstein’s Circle presentation

is Turbulent Times and Their

Effect on the 2020 Election, with

political analyst Susan MacManus.

Her talk will center on voting history,

changing demographics in

Florida, and what the numbers are

telling us about the outcome of this

contentious race. This online presentation

takes place on October 21,

3-4:30 pm. To register and for information,

visit www.OlliatRingling-

College.org or call 941-309-5111.

OLLI at Ringling College’s fall

documentary film series, CONNEC-

TIONS: Exploring Today’s Global

Issues, is an opportunity for students

to connect to many of today’s

pressing global issues via the penetrating

perspectives of contemporary

documentary films. The moderator

of the series is Julie Cotton, a

member of the Advisory Council’s

Strategic Program Committee, executive

coach, and aficionado of documentary


The fall term features two films

that will be screened via Zoom. Following

the screening, participants

can engage in a Zoom chat with the

moderator and one another about

the film’s content and impact, as

well as raise questions. The films

are shown on Tuesdays, 2:30-4:30

pm; October 13 (Made in Boise) and

November 10 (Liyana). To register

and for information, visit www.

OlliatRinglingCollege.org or call



At Bookstore1


Online Events:

• On October 20 at 7 p.m. they have

Celebrating Elena Ferrante, a virtual

conversation, with Ann Goldstein,

Ferrante’s translator, and Michael

Reynolds, Editor-in-Chief of Europa

Editions, Ferrante’s US publisher.

With over 10 million copies of

her Neapolitan novels sold in over

50 countries, Elena Ferrante is a

global literary sensation. Her new

novel is The Lying Life of Adults. Set

in Naples, like My Brilliant Friend,

and told through the eyes of a young

girl, The Lying Life of Adults is a book

of transformations. A singular portrayal

of emerging selfhood, but also

a fresco of the city of Naples in its

many guises. Change, transformation,

fluidity, flux, division and reconciliation,

submergence and emergence,

metamorphosis: these themes

are as central to Ferrante’s new book

as they are to our own restless age.

Tickets are $28 and includes a

copy of The Lying Life of Adults

which you can pick up curbside or

have shipped, and the virtual Zoom

event. To register: https://www.sarasotabooks.com/events.

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 Bishop Museum of Science and

Nature, 201 10th St. W, Bradenton

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


continued on page 8


out and about continued

outer planets, until you arrive at the

icy outer reaches of the Kuiper Belt

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: $5.

WBTT’s Soul

in the Garden

The event is on Friday, November

13, 6-9 p.m. at Marie Selby Botanical

Gardens (800 S. Palm Ave., Sarasota).

Join Westcoast Black Theatre

Troupe in a beautiful outdoor setting

for cocktails, dinner, live auction and

a show celebrating the Sixties, when

sweet soul music was in full bloom.

Songs will include megahits like

“Dancing In the Street,” “Twistin’ the

Night Away,” “Try a Little Tenderness”

and “Your Love Keeps Lifting

Me (Higher and Higher).” WBTT will

honor longtime supporter and immediate

past board chair, Marian Moss,

as its 2020 Heart & Soul Philanthropy

honoree. Delicious dinner catered by

Michael’s On East.

Limited to 150 guests to ensure

safe social distancing; livestream

option available for those not able to

attend. Attire: cool and comfy with

a groovy 1960s flair. Tickets: $250/

in person, $100/livestream. For more

information, contact Debra Flynt-

Garrett at 941-366-1505 or dfgarrett@



Art Exhibits

Pat O’Neill presents “The Beauty

of Acrylics” as Island Gallery West’s

October featured artist. Pat is a local

artist from Bradenton. He is known

for his realistic paintings and beautiful

Florida seascapes and sea life

as well as his many residential and

business wall murals throughout the

Anna Maria Island area.

Pat will display his creative and

original acrylic paintings that show

not only his love and passion for

painting, but his uniqueness and

imagination for versatility in subjects

and composition. Pat’s great attention

to detail, perception of light

and dark and use of vivid colors will

be sure to bring the viewers delight.

They’ll hold a FACEBOOK LIVE

interview with Pat on Monday October

5 at 5pm. Tune in to hear about

his inspiration, his painting and for

a preview of the exhibit. www.facebook.com/islandgallerywest

Island Gallery West is located

at 5368 Gulf Dr., Holmes Beach, Trolley

Stop 15 on Anna Maria Island.

Pat’s exhibit runs through October

31. Visit www.islandgallerywest.com

or call 941-778-6648. Per county and


city regulations, masks are required.

Hand sanitizer is available.

Sarasota Art Museum of Ringling

College is open beginning

October 1. The Museum Campus is

open to all, including the new Bistro,

the Shop, and the Grounds. On exhibit:

Harmony Hammond, Material

Witness, Five Decades of Art, Color.

Theory. & (b/w), Vita in Motu, Worker

by Barbara Banks and Vik Muniz.

They offer a variety of online exhibits.

Visit www.sarasotaartmuseum.org.

Sarasota Art Museum, Ringling

College Museum Campus, 1001

South Tamiami Trail, Sarasota.


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 Saturday 10-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.



At the Players of Sarasota:

• The Players accelerated their plans

to move from their location in downtown

Sarasota (838 N. Tamiami Trail,

Sarasota). They’ll vacate their space

this October. A Few of Our Favorite

Things — Oct. 2020. A reimagined

look at the proposed finale show previously

scheduled for the 91st Broadway

Series will go virtual. The Players

will ask for performances submitted

virtually to put together a digital

homage to this Sarasota institution.

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

2020. The Players fourth annual

production of The Legend of Sleepy

Hollow will again be presented outdoors.

More info at https://www.theplayers.org/shows/calendar.


Asolo Rep Engage offers, free

of charge, their Monday Musical

Moments from shows you loved


many more. You can listen to artists

like Ana Isabelle, Noah Racey, and

Nilo Cruz who helped bring that

amazing work to Asolo Rep on our

podcast, Engage: On Air. Families

and educators can enjoy Nia Explains

It All to get a crash course in

theater terminology.

Asolo Rep will move forward with

the rest of their announced season of


ZONS, and two brand new musicals:



Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Ringling

College has Turbulent Times and Their

Effect on the 2020 Election, with political

analyst Susan MacManus. Her talk will

center on voting history, changing demographics

in Florida, and what the numbers

are telling us about the outcome of this

contentious race. This online presentation

takes place on October 21, 3-4:30 pm.

presented live and in the Asolo Theatre.

Stay tuned at www.asolorep.org.

Artist Series


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.

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 comes to a computer

screen near you October 1-12. Tickets

per household are $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.


or 941-306-1200.


The Choral Artists

of Sarasota’s

Season Kicks Off

Choral Artists of Sarasota’s 42nd

season, entitled “Rise Up!” features

eight concerts in October, November,

December, February, March, April,

and July. Two of the concerts are

planned for in-person events; three

will be presented outdoors and all

performances will include a virtual


Choral Artists will also stage the

long-awaited “Listen to the Earth”

project—an ecological initiative

commemorating Earth Day’s 50th

anniversary last year—but postponed

due to the pandemic. Artistic Director

Joseph Holt will also illuminate

the creative process during a series of

virtual “Concert Insights,” throughout

the season. Each will focus on

the upcoming concert with a special

guest joining the conversation.

First up is Out of Adversity: Embracing

Our Differences: Historical

and well-known composers, celebrated

for their incredible musical

compositions, come out of the

closet. In examining the lives of Handel,

Schubert, Tchaikovsky, Barber,

Poulenc and others, the adversity

they encountered as gay composers

in society is highlighted. This virtual

presentation is Sunday, October 18,

4 p.m. The “Concert Insight” for this

concert is Thursday, October 8, at

10 a.m. For information and tickets,

visit www.ChoralArtistsSarasota.org

or call 941-387-4900.


Ballet and Dance:

Sarasota Contemporary

Dance presents Evolving/Revolving

on October 1-4 at Historic Asolo

Theatre in-person and virtual. Performances

are at 7:30 pm, except

Sunday has a matinee at 2:00 pm.

Tickets (virtual and in-person):

Callm 941.260.8485 or go to ww.sarasotacontemporarydance.org.

They’re offering live, socially distanced

seating at a limited capacity

for all of their shows this season, as

well as a Virtual Stream of each performance

through their own Digital

Theater that will be showcased on

their website. The virtually streamed

performance will be a professional,

multi-angle experience to allow audience

members at home feel like they’re

right there in the theater with the artists.

For more information, visit sarasotacontemporarydance.org/tickets.

SCD has invited back Erin Fletcher

(Resident Choreographer since 2015)

and Erin Cardinal with Brian Fidalgo

(Guest choreographers 2018) to revisit

their captivating pieces and expand

them into evening-length works. This

production features themes of migration

from Cardinal and Fidalgo, as

well as an exposé into the iconic identity

of Marilyn Monroe by Erin Fletcher:

investigating the tragic life of the

actress and the gossip surrounding

her public persona and death.


For the first time ever, The Sarasota

Ballet will be offering specially

filmed performances that ticket buyers

can stream from the comfort of

their homes. These digital experiences

will replace in-theater performances

for the first three programs of the


30th Anniversary Season. The priority

of The Sarasota Ballet is to safeguard

audience members, dancers, and staff

from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Program 1 is on October 23. More

info at https://www.sarasotaballet.


The Great Outdoors

At Benderson Park

• Park visitors are reminded to

practice safe social distancing, o

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


• 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



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 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


continued on page 10


Artistic Director, Dr. Joseph Holt

Elizabeth Bergmann, dancemaker. Photo by Barbara Banks.

Online & In-Person Season

Discounted packages available.

Out of Adversity: Embracing Our Differences

Live Online • Sun, Oct 18 • 4pm. Replay • Oct 19-Nov 18

Spanish Flair

Live Online • Sun, Nov 15 • 4pm. Replay • Nov 16-Dec 14

Holiday Lights

Live Online • Wed, Dec 23 • 4pm. Replay • Dec 24-Jan 21

Marching to Freedom

In Person • Wed, Feb 3 • 7pm • Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, Performances

at the Point. Tickets available on the Selby Gardens website in 2021.

Replay • Feb 14-Mar 14

You’ll Never Walk Alone

In Person • Sun, Feb 28 • 1pm • Marie Selby Botanical Gardens/Garden Series.

Tickets free for Selby Garden members or included with a paid daily admission.

Replay • Mar 11-Apr 9

Love in the Air

Live Online • Sun, Mar 28 • 4pm. Replay • Mar 29-Apr 28

Listen to the Earth

In Person • Sun, Apr 25 • 4pm • Sarasota Opera House. Replay • May 7-Jun 7

Marcus DeLoach



Rafael Dávila

American Fanfare

In Person • Sun, Jul 4 • 4pm • Sarasota Opera House. Replay • Jul 17-Aug 17

Singing for our Supper Fundraising Event

Sun, Oct 25 • 6pm. Virtual $35, Register Early

Stir, sip, cook, and hum along as Joseph Holt, Chef Christopher Covelli of

Sage Restaurant and Berit Jane Soli-Holt cook up a gourmet dish and prepare a

signature cocktail while Choral Artists’ singers Sing for Our Supper!

Robyn Rocklein

Ann Morrison

941.387.4900 • ChoralArtistsSarasota.org


out and about continued

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.

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.

Appointment times are

strict. Visitors who are early must

wait inside their cars until their start

time. Staff members will be taking

temperatures of 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. Walking tour

brochures will be available.

Visitors are 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.

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:



Farmer’s Markets

The Sarasota Farmers Market

is open on Saturdays with normal


hours of 7 am-1 pm,

rain or


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.

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. 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


Vendors are offering produce,

baked goods, 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 Avenue

des Parques, located between City

Hall and the Hecksher Park tennis

courts.For information, go to www.



The Newtown Farmer’s 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 and Prevention safety

guidelines and wear a mask.


Bradenton Farmer’s Market

reopens in October. Enjoy fresh

produce, local art, music, demos by

local chefs, and family activities.


WBTT’s Soul in the Garden. The event is on Friday, November 13, 6-9 p.m.

at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens (800 S. Palm Ave., Sarasota).

Parking is free on weekends, and

dogs on leashes are welcome. Held

every Saturday 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 35 vendors

who offer locally-grown fruits, vegetables,

plants, organic products,

fresh seafood, prepared foods, as

well as the work of local artists and


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.

At The Van Wezel

The Van Wezel has digital

presentations in 2020. A virtual

celebration of Gilbert and Sullivan

favorites: I Have a Song to Sing, O! in

October. This December, Jim Brickman

and the Moscow Ballet’s Great

Russian Nutcracker light up the

holiday season with virtual performances

that are perfect for the whole

family. Tickets for the Great Russian

Nutcracker and I Have a Song to

Sing, O! are on sale now.


Get tickets for these future shows

at the Van Wezel:

• Cirque Dreams Holidaze –

December 11, 2020

• Menopause The Musical –

January 12, 2021

• Il Divo – January 15, 2021

• Reza: Edge of Illusion – January

25, 2021

• An Intimate Evening with

David Foster: HITMAN Tour

Featuring Katharine McPhee –

January 31, 2021

• Neil Berg’s 112 Years of Broadway

– February 2, 2021

• Audra McDonald – February 13, 2021

• Jay Leno – February 14, 2021

• A Tribute to Aretha


The Queen of

Soul featuring

Damien Sneed

with special

guest, Karen

Clark Sheard –

February 18,


• STOMP returns

to Sarasota

comes to

the Van Wezel

on Sunday,

March 7, 2021

at 3 p.m. and

7 p.m.

• Itzhak Perlman

in Recital

– March 8, 2021

• PROUD Tina:

The Ultimate

Tribute to

Tina Turner –

March 9, 2021

• America – March

10, 2021

• An Evening with Chris Botti –

March 14, 2021

• Engelbert Humperdinck:

Reflections Tour – March 18, 2021

• South Pacific – March 29-30, 2021

• Kenny G – March 31, 2021

• Neil Berg’s 50 Years of Rock and

Roll Part IV – April 1, 2021

• Terry Fator: It Starts Tonight –

April 2, 2021

• Mansion of Dreams starring Illusionist

Rick Thomas – April 8, 2021

• Blue Man Group – April 12-13, 2021

• Johnny Mathis 65 Years of

Romance – April 14, 2021

• Sweet Caroline – April 21, 2021

• Riverdance 25th Anniversary

Show – April 23-25, 2021

• Fiddler on the Roof – April 27-29,


• RAIN – A Tribute to the Beatles –

May 9, 2021

• One Night of Queen performed by

Gary Mullen and the Works – May

15, 2021

• Maks & Val LIVE: Motion Pictures

Tour featuring special guests Jenna

Johnson and Peta Murgatroyd –

July 25, 2021

• An Evening with Bruce Hornsby –

November 11, 2021

• Celtic Thunder: Ireland –

November 17, 2021

• Come From Away – November

23-28, 2021

• The Temptations and the Four

Tops – December 2, 2021

• Sarah Brightman – December

14, 2021

Tickets are on sale now at www.

VanWezel.org, by calling the box

office at 941-263-6799 or by visiting

the box office Monday through Friday

between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Art Around

the State


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 exhibit runs to December 7.




An Evolving Online Exhibition at


org. Runs to December 12, 2020

The virtual exhibition, Life

During Wartime: Art in the Age of

the Coronavirus engages a select

company of international artists to

respond to the overwhelming realities

of the crisis that has gripped the

planet since March 5, the date the

World Health Organization declared

COVID-19 a global pandemic.

The exhibition takes full advantage

of one of the few outlets artists

still have—the Internet—during a

public health emergency recently

exacerbated by the wanton murder

of George Floyd by police officers

in Minneapolis. It aims to mobilize

sentiment, thought and activity

around art and its enduring possibilities:

its role as a conceptual

catalyst, its ability to trigger ideas,

stories, conversations, emotions,

feelings and mental states.

Separately and together, each

artist contribution provides a picture

of a planet in crisis, now further

enraged and victimized by violence,

but also images of hope and optimism

in the face of a global emergency.

The exhibition will continue

to evolve with the addition of new

artists and materials.

Boca Raton Museum of Art:

• 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.


continued on page 13


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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.


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


• 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.


Casie Wodzien,


BC, Urology

Treatment Center.

Casie Wodzien,


Urology Treatment Center


3325 S. Tamiami Trail, Suite 200

Sarasota, FL 34239

Urology Treatment Center


6310 Health Parkway, Suite 210

Lakewood Ranch, FL 34202

Phone: (941) 917-8488


out and about continued

At Tampa Museum of Art:

• 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.

The Tampa Museum of Art continues

to celebrate its 100th anniversary

in 2020. To celebrate while

social distancing, the Museum

will host one big virtual evening of

giving on November 7, 2020, Centennial

Celebration: Cheers for

100 Years.

Supporters of the Centennial Celebration:

Cheers for 100 Years virtual

evening of giving will enjoy a fun

night of virtual entertainment, with

live performances, stories, interviews,

and reflections on a century of


Likewise, the funds raised will

also support special outreach programs

that provide art therapy interventions

and meaningful modes

of self-expression to vulnerable

segments of the population. These

groups include children and teens in

foster care, children in domestic violence

shelters, children of migrant

communities, adults living with

dementia, HIV/AIDs, Substance Use

Disorder, and many more.

Call 813-274-8130 or visit Tampa

Museum.org. The Museum’s address

is 120 W. Gasparilla Plaza. Tampa.


The Museum of Fine Arts, St.

Petersburg has contemporary

artist Derrick Adams. Adams has

observed that in art and in reality,

images of Black people at play, being

joyful, and simply enjoying life are

not the norm. To fill this void, Adams

created a painting series titled

Floaters between 2016–2019, where

Black men, women and children

lounged in or rested on novelty floaties

in the pool.

In the exhibition, Derrick

Adams: Buoyant, 12 of these

mixed-media works come together

in a dynamic, vibrant presentation

at the Museum of Fine Arts, St.

Petersburg, through November 29,

2020. In the gallery, the large-scale

paintings are complemented by

beach chairs and giant pool floats,

along with one of the inspirations

for the idea of the show: a 1967

Ebony magazine article and photo

spread on Dr. Martin Luther King,

Jr.’s vacation in Jamaica.

The MFA is located at 255 Beach

Drive NE is St. Petersburg. The

Museum houses the largest encyclopedic

art collection in Florida.

The collection includes works of art

from ancient times to the present

day and from around the world, including

ancient Greek and Roman,

Egyptian, Asian, African, pre-Columbian,

Native American, European,

American, and contemporary

art. The photography collection is

one of the largest and finest in the

Southeast. For more information,

visit mfastpete.org.





In concern for

the health and

safety of patrons,

musicians, staff

and guest artists

and other factors

related to

COVID-19, The

Venice Symphony

Board of Trustees

has made the

difficult decision

to postpone the

November 2020

to April 2021

concert season

to 2021-22.

Songs From

the Stage and

Screen with Linda

Eder and Patriotic Pops at CoolToday

Park are scheduled to take place in

May 2021.

Meanwhile, Music Director/Conductor

Troy Quinn has announced

a “reimagined season” of virtual

concerts including “The Venice Symphony

at Home for the Holidays.”

This series will premiere in November

2020 and will be offered at no

charge to all, with enhanced virtual

experiences provided to Symphony


The Venice Symphony will also

continue to present its free online

Meet the Musicians and Behind the

Baton video series. Those series and

the summer-long Education Spotlight

series are available on The Venice

Symphony’s YouTube channels

and at the thevenicesymphony.org.


Sarasota Orchestra has announced

the postponement of its

previously scheduled concerts for

September 2020 through May 2021.

Best efforts will be made to reschedule

guest conductors, featured artists

and programs in upcoming seasons

for all previously scheduled performances

and subscription series.

Artistic Advisor Jeffrey Kahane is

planning a series of 12 to 14 smaller

ensemble concerts in Holley Hall at

the Orchestra’s Symphony Center,

which are anticipated to begin in

November. Kahane’s programs will

offer a variation of styles for a broad

range of musical tastes.

Concerts will employ socially distanced

musicians on the stage with

ensembles ranging from two to 15

players. Enhanced safety protocols

for small audiences will include

socially distanced seating, required

masks, hand sanitizing stations,

deep cleaning of the facility between

performances, and a newly installed

Needlepoint Bipolar Ionization air

handling system.

Information is available at www.




Sarasota Art Museum of Ringling College re-opens October 1. The Museum Campus is

open to all, including the new Bistro, the Shop, and the Grounds. On exhibit: Worker

by Barbara Banks. Sarasota Art Museum, Ringling College Museum Campus, 1001

South Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. Image: Lorenzo Gatlin, Worker.

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 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


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


New College of Florida will celebrate

the 42nd anniversary of its

annual Scholarship Clambake, hosted

by the New College Foundation,

on 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


board members

Beverly Bartner

and Renee

Hamad are this

year’s co-chairs.

Tickets start at

$250 and sponsorships



For more information,



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

Jan. 24, 2021. Attendees will enjoy

great cuisine, fellowship with friends

and have the opportunity to 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://




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.

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. 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://


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. 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


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.


Local non-profit organization,

Realize Bradenton, is planning to

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.


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.


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Free Livestream Health Seminar: Bio-identical Hormone Balancing



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. Join them on Facebook to

learn about: At-Home Hormone Testing Kits and

TeleMedicine Consults; the connection between

hormones, aging, and disease; benefits of bioidentical

hormones- working as a lock and key in

receptor sites; How correcting an imbalance can

improve energy, sleep, endurance, relationships,

bone strength, mental focus, and more.

Sound Bath

Meditation Class

at Wild Ginger

n Sound Bath Meditation with Yoga

Nidra is on October 11, 5-6:15 p.m.

Immerse yourself in the vibrations

and resonance of a wide array of

sacred healing instruments, facilitated

by Kelly Kelita. Fall into a state

of deep relaxation while opening up

the body’s natural healing pathways.

You will emerge from this journey

feeling lighter, more in balance and

rejuvenated.Yoga nidra or yogic

sleep is a state of consciousness

between waking and sleeping, like

the “going-to-sleep” stage, induced

by a guided meditation.

Offered Once per month, $25, limited

to 12 spots so reserve with a ticket

in advance. Tickets: https://www.


Also offered on Sunday, November

22, 5-6:15 p.m.

Wild Ginger Apothecary is

located at 6557 Superior Avenue,

Sarasota. More classes are available

at http://www.wildgingerapothecary.com/

or call 941-312-5630.

Business Workshops

at SCF

n State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota

(SCF) is offering a

two-part workshop designed to

help current and prospective business

owners create “pitch decks” to

better understand the value of their

business to potential customers,

supporters and investors.

Part 1: “What Goes into a Pitch

Deck? and Why?” Learn how to

better market your business and

ultimately sell to your customers.

A pitch deck helps focus a business

owner or entrepreneur on the

problem they are solving, who they

are solving it for, their competition

and what competitive advantages

they possess. Participants will learn

to state a business challenge clearly

and concisely, explain the business

landscape and give convincing reasons

why investors should devote

their time, money or effort.

Part 2: Participants will present

drafts of their pitch decks and

receive detailed feedback from the

Attend the event at https://www.facebook.com/

therenewalpoint .The Renewal Point, 4905 Clark Rd.,

Sarasota. Call 941-926-4905 for more info.

instructor and the other business

owners and entrepreneurs. Attendance

is not required at Part 1 to

participate in Part 2; however, business

owners and entrepreneurs who

attend both sessions will have priority

when presenting and receiving

feedback on their pitch decks.

Both sessions take place 6-9 p.m.

at SCF Lakewood Ranch’s Center for

Innovation and Technology, 7131

Professional Parkway E., Sarasota.

Online registration is available at


Cost per session is $69 or $119

when registering for both. Workshops

will be facilitated by Matthew

Harper, Director of Incubator/Accelerator

for the Center for Advanced

Technology & Innovation at SCF.

For information, contact Lee

Kotwicki at KotwicL@SCF.edu or


Women in

Power Alumnae


n A Sarasota-Manatee National

Council of Jewish Women — Women

in Power Alumnae Initiative

is on October 5, 5:30-6:15 p.m.,

hosted by Keren Shani-Lifrak.

Join NCJW as they celebrate 100

years of women’s right to vote. There

will be a review of the Suffragette

HISTORY THEN, followed by a panel

discussion of the Women in Power

who are making HISTORY NOW.

• Opening Speech by NCJW National

CEO, Sheila Katz

• Reading by Almuna Kate Alexander,

and Florida Studio Theater’s: Alumna

Carolyn Michel, and Ariel Blue.

• Panel discussion with Alumnae:

Barbara Zdravecky, Interim director,

Ruth’s List FL, Luz Corcuera,

Executive Director, Unidos Now,

Roxie Jerde, President and CEO

of the Community Foundation

of Sarasota County, Leslie Glass,

Author, journalist, philanthropist

and filmmaker, Felice Schulaner,

Philanthropist and activist

The event is free. Register at:


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At The Libraries

n Sarasota County Libraries:

n October 5—MASTER GARDEN-

ER PLANT CLINIC—Held 10amnoon

at Gulf Gate Public Library.

Want to learn more about Florida-Friendly

gardens, composting,

or citrus trees? Need a plant or

insect identified? On the first and

third Monday mornings of every

month, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00

p.m., Gulf Gate Library hosts the

Master Gardener Plant Clinic.

To provide safe interactions

during your library visit, markers

will be placed on the floors in high

traffic areas to facilitate social


n October 24—UNIVERSITY OF



—10am noon and meets in the

library lobby at Fruitville Library.

Want to learn more about Florida-

Friendly gardens, composting,

or citrus trees? Need a plant or

insect identified? Homeowners

can receive research-based lawn,

landscape and pest management

help from the University of Florida.

Info:(941) 861-2500.


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


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


Orioles to Host

Food Distribution

at Ed Smith


n The Orioles have partnered with

All Faiths Food Bank to host a series

of mass food distribution events at

Ed Smith Stadium.

The events will take place on the

second Saturday of each month

through December. Future events

will be held on October 10, November

14, and December 12.

Each distribution event will

take place in the East Lot and is

first-come, first-served, beginning

at 9am and continuing until food

runs out or 11:30am. All events will

be staffed by All Faiths Food Bank

volunteers and staff, and several

of the events will also be staffed by

Orange & Black Gives Back, the Orioles

employee volunteer program.

Info: https://www.mlb.com/orioles/


At The Women’s

Resource Center

n The Women’s Resource Center

offers many programs and services

remotely and on-demand at no cost.

They offer the recorded version of

their webinars for free on YouTube.

Call 941- 256-9721 or visit https://


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:


n Yoga@The Ringling continues.

Yoga Instructor Ashley Stewart will

lead a yoga session the front lawn

of Ca’ d’Zan. With health and safety

as a priority, classes are limited to

50 participants and at least 7 feet

of distance will be maintained

between people. Next yoga session

is October, 10 a.m. Tickets must be

purchased in advance.

Also at The Ringling is Moving

Meditation with Claudia Baeza. She

is a Kripalu trained yoga instructor

who has been sharing her love of

yoga in Sarasota since 2016. Join her

for Yoga + Meditation on the loggias

of the Museum of Art Courtyard on

Friday, October 30, from 10am to

11am for an opportunity to gently

move the body and calm the mind.

This session offersYoga through the

Chakras for inner balance and wisdom.

Bring a yoga mat, water bottle

and a friend– and enjoy the serenity

of the Museum of Art Courtyard.

Tickets must be purchased online,

in advance of the event.

Visit https://www.ringling.org/


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@


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


• 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-




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that come up each month.


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

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


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.

There was less pain in my back and

shoulders, but also in my diaphragm and

rib cage area. I was able to breathe more

deeply, felt more limber and overall more

relaxed. With additional sessions, Terry

was able to relieve the burning sensation

in my shoulders that would radiate into

my lower neck and down my arms which

had been plaguing me for a long time and

causing numbness in my extremities. I have

been impressed by his intuitive nature and

his ability to listen to my body and focus in

on specific issues and pain points. The therapist

who referred me to him was right…he

is a gifted healer.” —Nicole M.


treatment room that destroys bacteria and viruses.

● All surfaces will be disinfected between treatments.

● All clients will be questioned about self isolation and having

followed safety precautions such wearing a face mask in public

as well as being free of any symptoms.

The physical stress in bodies caused by

shortened fascia (connective tissue) shuts

down energy flows to certain organs. Short

leg syndrome by ½ to 1 in (where one leg is

pulled up by shortened fascia) shuts down

energy flow to the spleen (an important part of

your immune system) and the small and large

intestine. With the release of that shortened

fascia, energy returns to these organs.

the dural tube that encases the spinal cord

into the lower and upper back, the neck,

the cranium and the brain. Headaches, migraines,

TMJ and neck problems can originate

from the fascial stress in the sacrum.

Releasing this sacral stress increases

energy in the bladder, sex organs, kidneys

and the chakras as well as releasing major

stress in the upper part of the body.

Cause of Shallow Breathing

A great majority of the clients who come to

me for various problems are also shallow

breathers. Fascial stress in the diaphragm restricts

the depth of breathing by restricting

energy flow to the lungs, the pericardium

■ Chronic Pain: Sciatic, Back,

Neck and TMJ

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■ Migraines, Foggy Brain and

Lack of Concentration

■ Sight and Eye Problems

■ Asthma, Bronchitis, COPD

Terrence Grywinski

of Advanced

Craniosacral Therapy,

B.A., B.ED., LMT #MA 6049


■ Terrence Grywinski of Advanced Craniosacral Therapy,

B.A., B.ED., LMT #MA 6049. Terry has specialized in Craniosacral

Therapy since 1994 when he began his training at the Upledger

Institute. Described by his teachers, clients and colleagues

as a “gifted healer”, Terry’s intuitive sense and healing energy

provides immediate and lasting relief from injury, pain, mobility

issues as well as dysfunctions of the body and the brain. Part

of Terry’s ongoing education, he has completed 4 craniosacral

brain and peripheral nervous system classes which

enables him to work at

a cellular level and with

brain dysfunctions.

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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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to work with Brain


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

CranioSacral Therapy address?

Immediate Relief Beginning with the First Session:

■ Shallow Breathing

■ Digestive and Constipation Issues

■ Leaky Gut and Autoimmune Problems

■ Chronic Fatigue, Fibromyalgia and Depression

■ Concussions, Brain and Spinal Cord Health

■ Mobility and Energy Issues for Seniors

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Kendra is a LCSW

and MSW who

works at MindSpa

in Sarasota. Her specialty

is as a Rapid Resolution

Therapy (RRT) Master

Practitioner. She’s also

a trauma-informed

yoga instructor.

A U.S. Army veteran,

Kendra also co-founded

the nonprofit Operation

Warrior Resolution, a

veteran-run organization

with the primary mission

of providing RRT and

other holistic approaches

to veterans and family

members at no cost.

In addition to offering

therapy, she created

trauma-informed yoga

classes and personal

retreats —all to help

veterans gain back their

lives, freed from PTSD.


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rebalance your



TSD (post-traumatic stress

disorder) is defined as a mental

health problem that some

people develop after experiencing

or witnessing a life-threatening

event like combat, a natural disaster,

a car accident, or sexual assault.

Different wars and conflicts produce different

percentages, but broadly speaking,

PTSD affects the military at a rate of 10-12

per cent. It takes a dedicated practitioner to

work with and effectively treat the men and

women with these special concerns. That’s

where Kendra Simpkins comes in.

You can call her many things: veteran,

social worker, yoga instructor, CEO,

researcher, healer and more. Put it this

way, her “elevator” speech might require

a building with many floors because she

has done so much.

Kendra is a LCSW and MSW who works

at MindSpa in Sarasota. Her specialty is as

a Rapid Resolution Therapy (RRT) Master

Practitioner. She’s also a trauma-informed

yoga instructor. And, as you’ll read, she’s

also pretty generous and caring, though

those aren’t jobs per se, they’re how she

conducts herself.

She grew in Sarasota, was a Riverview

grad, and attended then MCC (Now SCF).

She joined the U.S. Army at 26, influenced

in part by her grandfather who had served

in WW2.

Kendra had a successful career as an

Army Military Intelligence Analyst in South

Korea—something she says she “loved”—

that is until things “became difficult.”

During that time, she lost her dad and

her grandfather and experienced other

emotional challenges making it difficult

to do her duties, she explains. She received

an honorable discharge in 2010 after a year

and a half in the Army.

But things continued to deteriorate

back in the States, where alcoholism, a

divorce and other issues led to a suicide

attempt followed by hospitalization that

included a coma lasting three days. She

recovered and found support not at the

VA, but with a student veterans group at

USFSM, a place where she would get her

degree in psychology.

Kendra felt the VA wasn’t serving veterans

adequately and she wanted to help her

fellow veterans. She decided to pursue her

studies and earned a Masters in Social Work

from Columbia University in New York City.

She missed Florida and came back.

In 2017 Kendra opened her practice

offering Rapid Resolution Therapy (RRT).

She was trained by RRT founder Dr. Jon

Connelly who created the breakthrough

treatment that has shown to be quite effective

with treating trauma. On Dr. Connelly’s

website, he says, “Research shows that

without proper soothing and deactivation

of the nervous system, patients can stay in

a triggered state and unable to access the

parts of the brain needed to remain in the

here and now. ”

In her therapy sessions, Kendra asks

what clients are thinking and keeps them

present. That means they don’t need to

relive their trauma. Hypnotherapy is part

of the regimen, but is actually more like

“guided imagery” as she explains it. Cognitive

therapy is also employed, but there’s

no one treatment plan for everyone - it’s

flexible to meet an individual’s needs.

In layperson’s terms, trauma can get

“stuck” and needs a pathway out. The goal

is to open up a neural pathway and be in “a

state of ease.” The mind’s natural reaction

is “fight or flight” in which cortisol, adrenaline

and noradrenaline are released. In very

simple terms, the goal is to open pathways

so that the traumatic memory is released.

Kendra also provides RRT to individuals

experiencing not just PTSD, but also sexual

trauma, grief, depression or anything troubling

associated to prior experiences. According

to the Harvard health newsletter,

“Research suggests that chronic stress contributes

to high blood pressure, promotes

the formation of artery-clogging deposits,

and causes brain changes that may contribute

to anxiety, depression, and addiction,”

thus showing how PTSD affects both

the mind and body.

As an example of how RRT can help,

Kendra relays how a veteran texted her

about his July 4th experience writing, “no

ducking…. and heart rate fine.” The noise

from fireworks that are so typical of July

4th celebrations can be quite traumatic to

someone who has military-related PTSD.

Thus that veteran made it through the holiday

thanks, in part to RRT, but also through

Kendra’s working with him.

In 2018 Kendra co-founded the nonprofit

Operation Warrior Resolution, a veteran-run

nonprofit organization with the primary

mission of providing RRT and other

holistic approaches to veterans and family

members at no cost. As President and Chief

Operating Officer, her goal is to oversee the

organization and get funding to make sure

all veterans can receive those services.

From her website: “Operation Warrior

Resolution (OWR) was created in response

to the reported 22 military veterans tragically

committing suicide each day in America.

Unfortunately, the numbers of veterans

lost to suicide each day is not decreasing.”

And she has expanded OWR’s programming

in innovative ways. Part of her

practice and an important part of her own

life has been the study of yoga. Operation

Warrior Resolution offers free yoga classes

for active-duty and retired military personnel

twice a week at MindSpa located off Bee

Ridge Road. The classes are called “Combat

Conscience Yoga” and photos show men

and women of all ages and shapes moving

into fluid and deliberate yoga poses.

Veterans’ healing retreats are also offered

and there will be on for women this

January. The goal is to heal and return

veterans to a post-military world free of

PTSD. RRT is not lengthy and she again

emphasizes, does not require reliving

painful or traumatic experiences.

COVID-19 has been especially hard on

those dealing with PTSD creating or exacerbating

substance abuse issues. COVID

also affected Kendra’s travel to India to

deepen her Hatha yoga knowledge. She

had left the U.S. and arrived in India early

March 2020, “basically when the world shut

down,” she laughs at her unfortunate bad

timing. She was headed to Rishikesh, the

self-proclaimed yoga capital of the world

to expand her knowledge. What should

have been a retreat to relax the mind and

body became lockdown as the virus spread

quickly spread around the world.

India allowed no planes to enter and the

borders were closed and thus no planes

were going out. It was a three-week extension.

“It was such a blessing,” she comments

and adds, “I got everything I needed

by being there.” Now that is someone who

definitely practices what she teaches.

In 2019, Kendra was named Sarasota

Female Veteran of the Year by the Sarasota

County Veterans Commission. But the

reward comes in knowing how many veterans

— men and women — she has helped

regain their lives.

For more information on RRT and

Kendra’s practice, visit https://sarasota

rapidresolutiontherapy.com. To learn

more about Operation Warrior Resolution,

visit operationwarriorresolution.org or

call 920-840-3327. There you can find out

more about the upcoming Female Veteran

Healing Retreat in January 2020.

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dining in

Quarantining making your jeans not fit right?

The Quarantine 15 or The Covid-15, whatever you call it, it’s easy

to see how you might gain weight during the pandemic, especially if

you’re spending most of your time at home. Comfort food recipes have

been trending on Google. And everyone is into sourdough bread to baking

of any kind. There’s so much baking going on, supermarkets can’t keep flour

in stock. If you’re concerned about those “COVID curves” you’ve gotten, here are

some low-cal but tasty options.

F Seared Salmon & Shallot-Dijon Vinaigrette

with Roasted Potatoes & Sautéed Vegetables T

For this dish, we’re paying homage to the

flavors and ingredients of niçoise with a

vibrant side of sautéed green beans and

sweet peppers that perfectly pairs with

seared salmon topped with an irresistibly

tangy vinaigrette of whole grain dijon

mustard, piquant shallot, and more.

baby golden potatoes 1 1/4 lbs

olive oil (divided) 3 tbsp

Italian seasoning 1 tbsp

fresh green beans 6 oz

mini sweet peppers 1/2 lbs

garlic 2 cloves

sweet piquante peppers 1 oz

shallot 1 med

rice vinegar 1 tbsp

coarse Dijon mustard 2 tbsp

water 1/4 cup

skin-on salmon filet (10-oz) 2

salt and pepper to taste (optional) 1 pinch

Prepare and roast the potatoes: Place an oven rack in the center of the oven, then preheat to

450°F. Wash and dry the fresh produce. Halve the potatoes lengthwise, then cut crosswise into

1/2-inch pieces. Place on a sheet pan. Drizzle with 1/2 teaspoon of olive oil; season with salt (optional),

pepper, and the Italian seasoning. Toss to coat. Arrange in an even layer. Roast 21 to 23

minutes, or until lightly browned and tender when pierced with a fork. Remove from the oven.

Prepare the ingredients & make the vinaigrette: Meanwhile, cut off and discard the stem ends

of the green beans. Cut off and discard the stems of the sweet peppers; remove the cores,

then quarter lengthwise. Peel and roughly chop 2 cloves of garlic. Roughly chop the piquante

peppers. Peel the shallot; finely chop to get 2 tablespoons (you may have extra). In a bowl, whisk

together the chopped shallot, vinegar, mustard, and 2 tablespoons of olive oil until thoroughly

combined. Taste, then season with salt (optional) and pepper if desired.

Cook & finish the vegetables: In a large pan (nonstick, if you have one), heat 1/2 teaspoon of olive

oil on medium-high until hot. Add the prepared green beans in an even layer. Cook, without

stirring, 2 to 3 minutes, or until lightly browned. Add the quartered sweet peppers; season with

salt (optional) and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, 4 to 5 minutes, or until slightly softened.

Add the chopped garlic; season with salt and pepper.

Cook, stirring frequently, 1 to 2 minutes, or until slightly softened. Add 1/4 cup of water (carefully,

as the liquid may splatter). Cook, stirring frequently, 1 to 2 minutes, or until the water has

cooked off. Transfer to a large bowl. Add the chopped piquante peppers and season with salt

(optional) and pepper. Stir to combine; cover with foil to keep warm. Wipe out the pan.

Cook the fish & serve your dish: Pat the fish dry with paper towels. Season with salt (optional)

and pepper on both sides. In the same pan, heat 2 teaspoons of olive oil on medium until hot.

Add the seasoned fish, skin side up. Loosely cover the pan with foil. Cook 3 to 5 minutes, or until

lightly browned. Flip and cook 2 to 4 minutes, or until browned and cooked through (an instant

read thermometer should register 145°F). Turn off the heat. Serve the cooked fish with the roasted

potatoes and finished vegetables. Top the fish with the vinaigrette. Enjoy!

Nutrition Facts: Recipe makes 4 Servings. Serving size is 1/4 of recipe. Amount per serving:

Calories 560. Total Fat 32g. Saturated Fat 6g. Trans Fat 0g. Cholesterol 80mg. Sodium 870mg.

Total Carbohydrate 35g. Dietary Fiber 6g. Total Sugars 6g. Protein 34g. Potassium 1350mg.

F Avocado, Tomato & Corn Salsa

Avocado, Tomato & Corn Salsa T

2 ears corn, shucked

2 green onions, trimmed

1 Tbsp oil for basting

1 avocado, peeled, pitted, 1/2-inch dice

3 (about 1 lb total) tomatoes on-the-vine,

cored, 1/4-inch dice

Zest and juice of 1 lime (about 2 Tbsp juice)

1/4 cup Olive Oil

1 Tbsp chopped Cilantro

Salt and pepper to taste

Preheat grill on MED. Coat cleaned grill grate lightly with vegetable oil. Toss corn and green

onions with basting oil. Grill, turning often, until tender and lightly browned (2-3 min for green

onions, 5-8 min for corn). Let cool.

Cut corn from cob. Thinly slice onions. Add corn, onions, avocado, and tomatoes to large bowl;

toss to combine. Whisk lime zest, lime juice, olive oil, and cilantro in small bowl. Pour over corntomato

mixture; toss to coat. Season with salt and pepper.

Nutrition Information: Carbohydrate 2.g. Sodium 0.mg Cholesterol 0.mg Saturated Fat 0.g

Fat 3.g. Ready in 25 mins; Prep: 20 mins. Servings: 5 cups. Calories per serving: 30.

F Grilled Fruit Kebabs with Balsamic Drizzle

Grilled Fruit Kebabs with Balsamic Drizzle T

2 cups pineapple


2 cups watermelon


2 bananas (peeled,

cut into large


1 pound hulled


(stems discarded)

2 tablespoons

balsamic vinegar

2 teaspoons honey

1 tablespoon

canola oil

(you can also use


If using wooden skewers, make sure to soak them in water for at least 30 minutes.

Prepare a grill to medium-high heat. Prepare the fruit by chopping 2 cups pineapple and 2 cups

watermelon. Peel and thickly slice bananas and remove stems from strawberries.

Thread fruit onto the 8 skewers, aiming for 2 pieces of each fruit per skewer: strawberry,

pineapple, watermelon, banana, strawberry, pineapple, watermelon, and banana. Place onto a

platter or a baking sheet.

In a small bowl, add vinegar, honey, and oil. Whisk together with a fork. Use a basting brush to

glaze fruit with about half the balsamic mixture.

Grill the kebabs for 8 to 10 minutes, turning a few times and basting with the remaining

balsamic mixture. Remove from the grill and serve.

Cooking Tip: Cutting the fruit into thick pieces to wedge onto the skewers helps ensure that

they stay put during the grilling process.

Keep it Healthy: Consider a twist on the fruit salad by grilling large slices of fruit like

watermelon, pineapple, peaches, pears, mangos and more. Chop and toss with a bit of olive oil

and lime juice for a fruit salad.

Tip: It’s easier to buy containers of already chopped fruit like watermelon and pineapple in a

pinch; however, sometimes it’s cheaper to buy an entire pineapple or a halved watermelon and

chop it yourself.

Nutrition Facts: Calories: 199 Per Serving. Protein 2.4g per serving. Fiber 5.3g Per Serving.

Makes 4 servings or 8 skewers.

Ice (as needed)

1/3 cup fresh lime juice (from about

3 medium limes)

4 lime slices (optional garnish)

F Summery Limeade

Summery Limeade T

One of America’s favorite

summer drinks is limeade and

we’re definitely still “summer”

though the calendar

says October. Making a

refreshing batch for a party?

Put a raspberry, blueberry, or

even an edible flower in each

compartment of an ice cube

tray. Gently fill the tray with

water and freeze it to create

beautiful cubes. Refrigerate

the limeade for a day before

serving to allow the lime zest

to pump up the citrusy flavor.

2 teaspoons grated lime zest (from

about 2 medium limes)

1 1/4 teaspoons sugar substitute

5 cups cold water

Wash 3 limes. Using a microplane or zester, zest each lime. Add zest into a large pitcher.

Cut each lime in half. Use a juicer or citrus reamer to juice each lime until you have 1/3 cup lime

juice. Add into the pitcher, along with sugar substitute and water. Stir together to combine.

If desired, make 4 lime wheels by cutting and discarding the ends off the lime. Slice the lime into

4 wheels and add each one into a glass.

Add ice into each glass and fill with 8 ounces limeade. Stir limeade before serving because the

zest settles into the bottom of the pitcher. Pour into glasses and serve.

Cooking Tip: There are a few tricks to get the maximum amount of juice from your limes. Gently

warm in the microwave for just a few seconds and/ or roll the limes back and forth under the

palm of your hand on a cutting board.

Keep it Healthy: An advantage to using sugar substitute is that it dissolves instantly to sweeten

a beverage.

Tip: If you have fruit on hand (anything from mango to strawberries), add 1 to 2 tablespoons

into the glass and muddle it before adding the limeade.

Nutrition Facts: Calories: 9 Per Serving of 8 ounces. Servings: 5 Serving Size: 8 ounces.


nutrition and fitness


Where did those extra pounds come from?

And more importantly, how to get rid of them

Nobody has yet done an assessment of how COVID-19

has impacted the nation’s weight—in fact, there are

reports that some people are losing weight. But John

Morton, MD, MPH, MHA, medical director of

bariatric surgery at Yale New Haven Health System,

says he has seen patients in telehealth appointments who

have gained five, 10, and even 30 pounds.

“Anecdotally, we

are definitely seeing

weight gain,” Dr. Morton

says. “You can put

on 30 pounds really

quickly—you can do it

in three months.”

In fact, COVID-19 has

created a perfect storm

for people who struggle

with weight. “Life has

been disrupted in a

major way,” says Artur

Viana, MD, clinical director

of the Yale Metabolic

Health & Weight

Loss Program. Gym

and park closures have upended exercise

routines, and the stress has escalated

for parents who suddenly had to work at

home while teaching their children. People

have had to postpone medical checkups

and physicals, where getting updates

like blood pressure and cholesterol numbers

can be motivation to think about

weight, he says.

All this stress can affect weight. “We

know that obesity’s causes are multifactorial

and that stress is involved,” says Dr.

Viana. “Not only are there organic body

changes, but we turn to food as a way to

cope with stress.” There are also metabolic

changes associated with the “fightor-flight

syndrome,” says Dr. Morton.

“When you’re stressed, your body will

sense it, and it will not give up any calories

when it thinks it needs for energy for

running away or combat,” he says.

Inflammation is a primary factor, Dr.

Morton adds. “It’s hard to establish if it’s

the chicken or the egg. Does inflammation

lead to more weight or does more

weight lead to more inflammation? The

answer is, probably, both.”

One reason to keep your weight from

getting too far out of control is that obesity

is associated with serious complications

in people with COVID-19, according

to Dr. Morton. “We know obesity is a big

risk factor—not just for COVID, but it also

caused problems in people with H1N1 [a

strain of swine flu that infected people

around the world in 2009] and severe

acute respiratory syndrome [SARS,

a coronavirus that became an epidemic

in 2002-2003],” he says. “We’ve known

this for a long time. It’s being demonstrated

right now even more because

this virus has been so pervasive.”

According to the Centers for Disease

Control and Prevention (CDC), severe

obesity increases the risk of a dangerous

breathing problem called acute respiratory

distress syndrome (ARDS), which is

a serious complication of COVID-19. Also,

people with severe obesity are more likely

to have other chronic diseases and health

conditions that can increase the severity

of COVID-19, if they become infected.

Dr. Morton is also concerned about

how effective a COVID-19 vaccine will be

for people with obesity, if and when one

is proven to be safe and effective. “We’ve

learned over the years that traditional

flu vaccines do not work as well in people

with obesity. This probably has a lot to do

with the fact that the immune response

is altered because of the weight and the

inflammatory changes that occur,” he

says. “I think as we develop a vaccine,

we need to make sure that patients with

obesity are over-represented in the trial,

because they are at high risk, and we

need to have a vaccine that is going to

work for them.”

Losing five or 10 pounds during the

pandemic is entirely possible, says Dr.

Morton. He advises starting by stepping

on the scale at least once a week. Having

spoken to patients during telehealth

visits in the past few months, he says,

“I was surprised at how few patients

have weighed themselves. Weighing

yourself is both therapeutic and diagnostic.”

The National Weight Loss Registry,

which tracks people who have lost

significant weight and maintained the

loss, has shown that people who weigh

themselves are more likely to keep their

weight down, he says.

Once you know your weight, you can

determine your body mass index (BMI),

which is a height/weight ratio that

will show where you fall in the weight

spectrum. (There are many simple BMI

calculators available online.) Your BMI is

considered healthy if it falls between 18.5

and 25, and overweight if it is between 25

and 30—a good reason to adjust your diet

and exercise routine.

When BMI reaches 30, people begin to

have an extremely difficult time losing

weight without medical support and

interventions, Dr. Morton says. The Yale

Weight Loss Program offers options such

as medication, endoscopic procedures,

and surgery for people in need.

If you need to lose 10 or 15 pounds, it

should be doable—even with the changes

and restrictions of the pandemic, Dr.

Morton says. The first step is to come up

with a plan, he says. He recommends

building new routines around what

he calls the four pillars for weight loss:

diet, exercise, sleep, and stress management.

“You have to have routines.

You can’t just be sailing along, hoping

for the best. Start with the fundamentals,”

he says. “That means getting up in

the morning, taking a shower, getting

breakfast, and having a plan for the day.

Purpose gives direction, and it helps

when it comes to weight.”

One or two pounds a week is a reasonable

weight loss pace, Dr. Morton says.

“If you want to cut back by 500 calories a

day, that might mean you are exercising

the equivalent of 200 calories and cutting

out 300 calories in your diet.”


for shedding pounds

Dr. Morton and Dr. Viana provided

several tips to support a weight

management program:

■ Create a daily routine.

■ Set a daily wake-up time and bed time.

■ Plan your meals ahead, if you can.

■ Dress up for work every morning—if

you wear sweatpants or other loose-fitting

clothes every day, it’s easier to ignore

weight gain.

■ Renew your interest in food and

cooking. If you are home more than

usual, you might have time to learn

more about cooking healthy foods.

“When you are eating foods you like, you

can learn to get a taste of fullness from

taste as opposed to only the quantity of

food,” Dr. Morton says.

■ It might be helpful to cook a week’s

worth of meals (or at least the protein

parts of the meals) in one session.

■ Be sure to include whole grains, fruits,

vegetables, and lean meats.

■ Think about how you are eating.

■ Control your portions. Try using a

salad plate instead of a dinner plate. You

can also drink a big glass of water before

you eat, then wait about 15 minutes to

see if you’re still hungry.

■ Eat proteins first, because they will

make you feel fuller. Too many carbohydrates

can cause swings in blood sugar

and leave you feeling like you have less

control over your hunger.

■ Shop carefully. If you think you’ll eat a

whole package of cookies in one sitting,

don’t buy them.

■ Schedule regular exercise. If social distancing

keeps you from your usual gym

session or exercise classes, try other forms

of activity, such as hiking or an online

workout class. Exercise is not the main

factor for weight loss, but it plays a role

in keeping weight off once you lose it, Dr.

Viana says. Weight loss can also help with

mood and joint pain, adds Dr. Morton.

SOURCE Yale University Medical School

■ Get a good night’s sleep. This means

seven or more hours a night, depending on

what your body requires. “There is a lot of

evidence that people who don’t get enough

sleep are more likely to be overweight or

obese,” Drs. Morton and Viana say.

■ Decide how to manage stress. People

of faith who get support from others in

their religious community face a

particular struggle right now, as

congregating in large groups raises

risk of infection. But you can set

a regular time for prayer at home

and take long walks. Meditation,

yoga, and a mindfulness practice

can help. Alcohol can seem

like a way to calm stress, but it is

not helpful for weight loss, Dr. Viana

says. “When you have a glass

of wine, count that as having a

candy bar. It contains calories and

the nutritional value is very low.”

Alcohol can also disturb your sleep

and make you dehydrated, which may

prompt eating, says Dr. Morton.

■ Should you just relax?

Should you just go easy on yourself right

now? It’s a question that comes up. “Everybody’s

got a tipping point with their

weight. A lot of people know this—when

they get to a certain weight they start to

have problems like reflux or joint pain,”

says Dr. Morton. “I would say it’s fine as

long as you are in a normal weight range,

but if you are getting out of that range, I

would do something about it.”

If you are still in a normal weight range,

an extra 5 to 10 pounds may not make a

significant impact on your health, says

Dr. Viana. But if you are overweight or

obese, losing 7 to 10% of your weight can

have a positive impact on such conditions

as heart disease, fatty liver disease, and

joint pain, he says.

Whatever your weight goals may be,

now is a good time to assess your lifestyle

and focus on all the things that keep you

healthy, Dr. Viana says. “You might have

more time to reshape your priorities and

decide what to do about food and exercise,”

he says.

While you want to have a plan, you do

have to make it sustainable and make

allowances, says Dr. Morton. There is no

reason to be rigid about it, Dr. Viana adds.

“So, don’t have macaroni and cheese every

day, but if you want to have it once in

a while, I think it’s fine.” Yale


your health



The link between obesity and cancer risk is clear.

What’s less clear is how exactly one leads to the other


obesity and cancer risk is

clear. Research shows that

excess body fat increases

your risk for several cancers, including

colorectal, post-menopausal

breast, endometrial, esophageal,

kidney and pancreatic cancers.

What’s less clear is exactly how

being obese increases that risk.

Experts believe it’s largely due to

the inflammation caused by visceral

fat – the fat that surrounds your

vital organs.

“The problem with excessive visceral

fat is that it affects certain processes

in your body. This includes

how your body manages hormones,

like insulin and estrogen,” says Adriana

Coletta, Ph.D. RD, a postdoctoral

fellow in cancer prevention.

“All of this can lead to an increased

cancer risk by affecting

how and when cells divide and die,”

she says.

How does obesity

cause inflammation?

Visceral fat cells are large, and

there are a lot of them. This excess

fat doesn’t have much room for

oxygen. And that low-oxygen environment

triggers inflammation.

Inflammation is the body’s natural

response to injury and disease. For

example, when you get a deep cut,

the area around the cut becomes

red and painful to touch. This minor

inflammation around the wounded

area helps repair the damaged tissue

and aids with the healing process.

But long-term inflammation

caused by excess visceral fat can

damage your body and increase

your risk for cancer.

Cancer happens when cells reproduce

uncontrollably, damaging

the cells around them and causing

illness. The more cells divide and

reproduce, the higher the risk that

something will go wrong and a tumor

will form.


and insulin

The link between inflammation

and insulin – the hormone that

regulates blood sugar – is complex,

Coletta says.

Inflammation caused by obesity

can keep the body from properly

responding to insulin. This is called

insulin resistance. When the body

doesn’t respond to insulin correctly,

it produces more insulin to

make up for that.

The increase in insulin due to insulin

resistance triggers an increase

in the number of cells produced,

which can lead to cancer. “Increased

insulin also affects how hormones

like estrogen are controlled,” says

Coletta. “More insulin can lead to

more available estrogen, which increases

cancer risk.”

How does more

estrogen increase

cancer risk?

“Basically, higher estrogen levels

lead to increased cell production,

which could result in tumor

growth,” Coletta says. Estrogen

is necessary for the body to function.

In women, the ovaries are

the main source of estrogen. In

men, an enzyme converts testosterone

to estrogen. But fat cells

in both men and women can also

make estrogen. This is why too

much estrogen is commonly seen

in obesity.

In women, too much estrogen

is linked to an increased risk for

post-menopausal breast, endometrial

and ovarian cancers.

Cancer and obesity:

What you can do?

One of the most important things

you can do to decrease your cancer

risk is maintain a healthy weight,

Coletta says.

There are steps you can take

to prevent obesity:

• Stay active. Aim for 150 minutes

of moderate activity or 75 minutes

of vigorous activity a week.

• Eat a healthy diet. Fill at least

2/3 of your plate with non-starchy

vegetables, fruit, whole grains or

legumes (beans and peas), and

1/3 or less with animal protein.

• If you drink alcohol, limit

yourself to one drink per day if

you are a woman, and two per

day if you are a man.

• Get plenty of rest. Fatigue can

make you want to eat more, and

make unhealthy choices.

Being obese or overweight hurts

your body’s ability to work well,

Coletta says. Maintaining a healthy

weight is essential for reducing

your risk for cancer.


How to determine

calorie burn

Of course exercise burns calories,

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It’s important to learn how many

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How do you know how

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There are a few ways to measure

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• Use an activity tracker or an

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• A heart rate monitor is one of

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how much effort it takes

for you to do a certain activity,

and that effort determines the

calories you burn. If a heart rate

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than the average activity

tracker because it’s taken your

specific heart rate in to account.

• A MET values chart can also

show you how many calories

are typically burned during

specific activity based on your

weight. This chart was created

by researchers and used

widely throughout the medical


Which helps you lose more

weight: diet or exercise?

Diet. Cutting calories and eating

healthy will help you lose weight.

Exercise alone probably won’t help

you lose weight, but it will help you

keep the weight off.

To lose one pound a week you

should aim for a calorie deficit of

500 calories per day, through a combination

of reducing the calories

you eat and increasing the calories

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• Weight. People who weigh more

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• Body composition. Muscle

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A virtual celebration of female composers, female musicians, and

the 100th anniversary of women’s right to vote

The celebration

includes Jenny Kim-

Godfrey, soprano,

Robyn Rocklein,

mezzo-soprano, Gail

Berenson and Lee

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with Kate Alexander,

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Jenny Kim-Godfrey

Gail Berenson

Robyn Rocklein

Lee Dougherty Ross

Artist Series Concerts of

Sarasota presents, in partnership

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Theatre’s Suffragist

Project, “Women of Note,”

a virtual celebration of female artists

and composers in commemoration of

the 100th anniversary of the passage of

women’s right to vote.

The video production, professionally

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features soprano Jenny Kim-Godfrey,

mezzo-soprano Robyn Rocklein,

pianists Gail Berenson and Artist Series

Concerts co-founder Lee Dougherty

Ross, performing works by Fanny

Mendelssohn, Clara Schumann, Amy

Beach and Marion Bauer.

Women of Note is hosted by Marcy

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cameo appearances by actors Ariel

Blue and Meg Gilbert, reading letters

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women’s suffrage movement. Kate

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historical perspective.

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In the classical music world, the [last]

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the 19th century. But Felix Mendelssohn’s

older sister, Fanny Mendelssohn,

and Robert Schumann’s wife, Clara

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and composers in their own right.

“Florida Studio Theatre’s Suffragist

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1. R.D. Langer. The evidence base for Hormone Replacement

Therapy (HRT): what can we believe? Climacteric, 2017; 20

(2): 91 DOI: 10.1080/13697137.2017.1280251.

2. Lord RS, Bongiovanni B, Bralley JA: Estrogen metabolism and

the diet-cancer connection: Rationale for assessing the ratio

of urinary hydroxylated estrogen metabolites. Altern Med Rev

7:112-129, 2002.

3. Kabat GC, O’leary ES, Gammon MD, et al: Estrogen metabolism

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Products include award winning caramel

sauces, jams, marmalades, nut butter

spreads, biscotti, and other confections.

Kristine Insalaco-Gaioni

Sarasota-based Sapore Della Vita recently

won the 2020 sofi Gold Award in the

dessert topping category for their Lick My

Spoon Vegan Caramel Sauce. The artisan

food industry has swooned over Kristine

Insalaco-Gaioni’s culinary innovations for

years. Kristine’s caramel sauce received a

Good Food Award in 2014, 2015, 2016 and

2018. And her caramel sauce was named

Best Caramel Sauce in the U.S. in 2016 by

Food & Wine magazine.

Lick My Spoon products are available

at Whole Foods in Sarasota, Tampa,

and Ft. Myers locations, and at Williams-Sonoma

throughout the Southeast.

They are also sold in grocery and specialty

shops across the nation.

Congratulazioni Sapore della Vita!

■ Info: (941) 914-4256 or visit https://


• Anna Maria Oyster Bar won the 2020

Tripadvisor Travelers’ Choice Best of

the Best Award for its Cortez location.

They ranked in the top 10% of restaurants

worldwide. Based on a full year of

Tripadvisor reviews, prior to any changes

caused by the pandemic, award winners

exemplify travelers’/diners’ ultimate favorite,

top 10% of hospitality businesses

around the globe.

“We are proud to be a place where our

guests are comfortable recommending

to their friends and fellow Tripadvisor

travelers,” said John Horne, owner of

Anna Maria Oyster Bar. Tripadvisor

announced the Travelers’ Choice Best of

the Best Awards, honoring diners’ favorite

Fine Dining and Everyday Dining Restaurants.

Based on a full year of Tripadvisor

reviews, prior to the COVID-19 pandemic,


these restaurants were consistently given

high ratings and praise by diners in the

U.S. and around the world. The prestigious

2020 awards honor 461 restaurants

around the world.

What’s New

• 1592 Wood Fired Kitchen

& Cocktails

This newish downtown Sarasota restaurant

was briefly known as Avli Mess

Hall but due to a trademark issue from

someone outside of the area, they chose

1592 Wood Fired Kitchen (that’s their

address on Main Street, BTW). Partners

are restaurateur Edward Zaki and Chef

Alexandre Gosselin who met 16 years ago

in Montreal, Canada.

They’ve taken over the space that El

Greco held since 1989.

They’ve upped the menu by offering

modern Mediterranean cuisine, but with

a strong Greek influence. Main courses

include moussaka ($18), pastitsio ($18),

melitzana linguine ($18), lamb shank ($22)

and lamb chops ($29) as well as grilled

salmon with Greek yogurt ($22). But they

also offer steaks, salmon, tuna, sushi and

bangers and mash. The bar is quite handsome

judging by the pics, and the entire

space is nothing like El Greco.

■ 1592 Main St., Sarasota,

■ Mon-Thurs 11AM-9PM; Fri-Sat 11AM-

10PM; Sun - Closed

■ Info: 941-365-2234, www.avlionmain.com

• Detweiler’s Clark Road

Detwiler’s Farm Market opened its fifth

location at 2881 Clark Road, Sarasota.

The 44,000-square-foot supermarket is

in Merchants Pointe plaza at Clark and

Swift roads.

The new south Sarasota location joins

existing Detwiler’s outlets in east Sarasota,

in Venice, on University Parkway

and in Palmetto. The store offers a large

selection of fresh produce (including local

when in season, organics and tropical), an

old-fashioned deli (with Amish style meats,

cheeses, bacon, salads and olives), a full

service seafood shop, a butcher shop,

a large natural grocery section (including

local milk, butter, local eggs, bulk foods,

local pastas, jams and jellies, canned

goods and frozen), a wellness department

with name brand vitamins, probiotics,

proteins, CBD products, a farmhouse bakery,

a sub shop, a hot food bar featuring

Detwiler’s farm bowls, a sushi spot, and

their own locally made ice cream. They’ve

added online ordering and curbside pickup.

Visit DFMgo.com to shop.

■ Hours: Mon thru Sat 8am to 8pm;

closed on Sundays.

■ Info: 941-378-2727.

• At Postal 98 Café

It’s a new sandwich and coffee shop

in the heart of Pinecraft. But you might

recall it as the Pinecraft Post Office.

As a young girl, owner, Ann Michelle

Stoltzfus remembers mailing post cards

and letters home to her friends back north

in Pennsylvania when she would visit with

her parents Dave and Barbie Esh.

No stranger to the food business, Ann

Michelle along with her husband Jason

Ann Michelle Stoltzfus & family

are co-owners of Esh Foods, located in

Lancaster County, PA. Her main highlight

of coming to Pinecraft was to visit her

grandparents, inspiring her love for Florida.

When the word spread that the post

office was closing, her dreams of owning

a café finally became a reality.

Partnering with Sarasota-based Lattitude

23.5˚ Coffee & Tea, they created

a specialty blend of Guatemala based

coffee, as a way of honoring their adopted

children from Guatemala. This blend

is commonly known as their Signature

Postal 98’ Café Blend. Along with the

uniqueness of the coffee blend, you’ll find

the various menu items reflecting their

four children’s favorite drinks.

■ Postal 98 Café

■ 1240 Yoder Avenue Sarasota

■ Open Mon - Sat 7 AM - 10 PM.

■ Info: 941-260-8862

• Duval’s Now Delivers to

Lido Beach

Downtown Sarasota’s Duval’s recently

launched a new delivery option that lets

you easily pick up food at three different

locations on Lido Beach. Duval’s

beach drop-offs can take place at the

north end of the public beach, in the public

parking lot near the pavilion or at the

pavilion itself.

Special beach packages include the

“Perfect Po’ Boy Combo,” which comes

with two sandwiches, fries and a choice

of white or red wine for $39; the “Burgers

& Beers” package, which comes with

two burgers and a six-pack of beer for

$35; “Dinner for Two,” which includes two

entrées, salad, dessert and wine for $89;

and the “Sunsets & Sparkles” package,

which comes with fruit, cheese and rosé for

$29. Regular menu items are also available.

■ To order a Duval’s beach delivery

package, call (941) 312-4001.

• Antojitos Cuban Cuisine

In Mexico and other parts of Latin America,

the word “antojitos” refers to small

snacks or appetizers, little nibbles that

are often inexpensive and meant to be

consumed quickly. Antojitos Cuban Cuisine

serves Cuban style breakfast, lunch

and dinner in Sarasota.

Antojitos Cuban Cuisine opened on

the North Trail in the former Yummy

House space earlier this year. Their antojitos

selection includes small items like

croquettes (75 cents), empanadas

($2.50) and stuffed potato balls and

Cuban style pizzas($2).

In addition, Antojtos also makes a

roasted pork entrée ($10.99), ropa vieja

($14.99) and chicken and seafood platters.

Of course you’ll find flan ($2.75) and

café con leche ($2.99-$4.50), or choose

from a variety of pastries.

■ Antojitos Cuban Cuisine

■ 3232 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota

■ Hours: 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Thursday,

10 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday and Saturday

and 10 a.m.-7 p.m.

■ Info: The restaurant offers online ordering

and takeout. Call (941) 355-2200

or visit https://www.antojitoscuban


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travel news

ItsEasy Passport App for iOS or Android

The onset of COVID-19 created a

real problem for passport agencies

and centers across the country. And

in turn, a problem for anyone hoping to

renew or get a new passport. Passports can

only be processed at secure facilities, making

it nearly impossible for staff to work

through passport requests from March

through June 2020. Staff are slowly getting

back to work at passport agencies and centers,

but demand is still high, and they are

working through a backlog of nearly one

million passports.

ItsEasy Passport App may help with these

challenges. The updated app provides the

only COVID-safe way to renew your passport

from home, completely contact-free. Since

the onset of the pandemic, the enhanced

5-star ItsEasy Passport App has helped thousands

of people renew safely, securely and

affordably - right from their home.

For $34.95 plus required government

fees, Americans can renew their passport,

ship documents securely and even take

Novotel Miami Brickell

has Reopened

Novotel Miami Brickell has reopened.

This includes guest services and food

and beverage venues with limited

service and Vista Rooftop Pool.

The new operational standards being

implemented at Novotel Miami Brickell

and at Accor properties across North &

Central America were developed and

vetted by a team of expert advisors to

ensure maximum efficacy in preventing

the spread of all viruses and pathogens. At

each touchpoint along the guest journey

through Novotel Miami Brickell, extensive

measures are being taken to protect guests

and employees, including physical distancing;

mandatory screening for all guests

and employees, which may include a temperature

check; face coverings mandated

for all employees and guests in all indoor

public spaces; 48 hour “resting period”

for soft goods (i.e. pillows and duvets)

between guest stays; increased frequency

of cleaning and disinfecting, with a focus

on high-touch points; and continued use

of EPA registered disinfecting chemicals,

proven effective in preventing the transmission

of COVID-19.

Flexible rates are always available for

booking, allowing change or cancellation up

to 24 hours in advance of arrival. For information,

call 786-600-2600. Novotel Miami

Brickell is located at 1500 SW 1st Ave, Miami.

Info: https://www.novotelmiami.com.

their own passport photo, without leaving

home. ItsEasy’s white glove service

includes help from concierge travel

experts who will review every photo

and document to ensure it will not be

rejected, then monitor each application

through the entire process.

ItsEasy’s “All Inclusive” Renewal Program

provides: perfect passport photo ;

round trip trackable shipping; forms

and instructions delivered instantly via

email; pre-checked documents to ensure

a perfect submission; 24/7/365 live

customer service for unlimited status

processing updates and complimentary

passport renewal reminders so you don’t

forget to renew

Perhaps one of the biggest perks of

renewing your passport now is the ability

to add a REAL-ID Passport Card (additional

$30 government fee) which can be used in

lieu of your passport book or a non-compliant

driver’s license when traveling domestically.

The Passport Card does not display

Luminary Hotel & Co.

Now Open in Downtown Fort Myers

The 243-room

waterfront Luminary

Hotel &

Co. officially opened

its doors, making its

long-awaited debut

in downtown Fort

Myers. Opening in

conjunction with

the new 12-story

Luminary Hotel are

three of its featured

food and beverage

outlets – Ella Mae’s

Diner, Dean Street

Coffee, and the

Lobby Bar.

Other key features

include The Workshop,

a culinary laboratory; an indoor and

outdoor fitness facility; and a pool area

on the fourth floor, with an event deck

overlooking the Caloosahatchee River.

Luminary Hotel & Co. is the fifth

Mainsail Lodging & Development

property in the Autograph Collection of

Marriott, and the first Autograph hotel in

the Fort Myers-Naples area.

The new boutique hotel’s guest rooms

and suites are modern in design and

include amenities such as complimentary

Wi-Fi, flat screen TVs, artisan pantries

with gourmet coffee service, and luxuri-

your address, protecting your privacy while

traveling. It is also REAL-ID compliant, and

all domestic flights will require a REAL ID

beginning October 2021.

Info: https://www.itseasy.com/app/passport-renewal-and-photo-app/

Mazzaro’s Italian Market

now at St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport (PIE)

Local favorite Mazzaro’s

Italian Market

has opened at St.

Pete-Clearwater International

Airport for departing

travelers in Gates 7-11

post-security passenger

area. The market features

a selection of Mazzaro’s

favorite hot and cold

sandwiches, flat breads,

locally roasted coffees,

and a signature wine,

beer and cocktail list.

“Mazzaro’s is one of the most celebrated

local brands in Tampa Bay. We are thrilled

to welcome them to the PIE family,” said

Airport Director Tom Jewsbury.

Mazzaro’s Italian Market is one of St.

Petersburg’s best-known landmarks, serving

an extensive selection of

fresh food and known

for it’s fun and flair. The

airport incarnation celebrates

this local icon with

a seated dining experience

conveniently located near

boarding gates.

“Bringing Mazzaro’s

to PIE means travelers

will get to have one last

‘taste of place’ before

they depart our region.

We’re very proud to bring our restaurant to

the airport and look forward to serving PIE

travelers for many years to come.” said Kurt

Cuccaro, Owner, Mazzaro’s Italian Market.

ous bedding and upscale bath products.

Guests have ample choices for dining

from a signature restaurant and rooftop

bar, to a casual streetside diner and coffee

roastery. The three new outlets that have

opened with the hotel operate seven days

a week, with the onsite coffee roastery

Dean Street Coffee open 6 a.m. to 3 p.m.;

Ella Mae’s Diner from 6:30 a.m. to 9

p.m., adding “soul food with finesse” to

its Southern repertoire; and the Lobby

Bar open 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

For information, go to Luminary


Florida Resorts



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 a mix of outdoor

and upscale pleasures. Florida

residents get 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 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.”

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 halfmile

stretch of sandy shoreline for

strolling and sunning at Smathers

Beach. Having recently completed

a top-to-bottom, resort-wide conversion,

the resort boasts mostly suitestyle


Florida residents get up to 25%

off your Key West stay by showing

your valid Florida ID at checkin.

All details at https://www.



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 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 to soak up the

sun. Florida residents can save up

to 15%* on overnight stays through

December. Visit HavanaCabanaKey-

WestHotel.com. Valid Florida ID

must be presented upon arrival.

Northwest Florida’s premier

full-service beachfront resort is offering

Honors members Double Bonus

Points on every stay and double

night credits on every stay. To get

your points, register online and travel

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31, 2020. Reservations: (800) 559-

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foodie events continued

• Five-O Donut Co.

Five-O Donut Co. has opened a third

location is now the frying hub for the

growing Sarasota doughnut shop. The

three-and-a-half-year-old company,

which currently has locations at 2241

Ringling Blvd. and at 7119 S. Tamiami

Trail in Sarasota, is now at the Shops at

Siesta Row at U.S. 41 and Bay Road. The

new location comes with a larger kitchen,

which will give the company production

capacity to support further expansion.

And that’s really good news.

■ http://fiveodonutco.com. Place orders

for pick up or local delivery. They’re

also on Uber Eats, Door Dash and Bite

Squad. Call 941-312-4744.

• Safety 4 SRQ

Safety 4 SRQ is a new online directory

where Sarasota and Manatee area

businesses can post their health safety

practices, so potential customers can

know in advance. Developed as a public

information resource and to support area

businesses, membership is currently open

in the restaurant, salon/barber and retail

categories (https://www.safety4srq.com/).

Members can link to their Safety 4

SRQ member profile from their business

website, so this important information is

readily available to potential shoppers,

but separate from online promotions for

the dining or shopping experiences they

offer. Safety 4 SRQ allows no marketing

of goods or services on the site, so

members will not compete for advertising

space, and website visitors seeking information

will not be subjected to follow-up

email marketing.

Susan Hicks, owner of PRecise Communications,

developed the concept and

worked with Kimberly McClure of White

Studios (http://www.whitestudios.us/) to

create the online directory.

According to Hicks, the project was

created to provide simple, clean information

that people can use to help them

make buying decisions. It was inspired in

part by the decision of Michael’s On East

to temporarily shut down after an employee’s

positive COVID-19 test, which led to

offering a “Safety Superstar” membership.

“The first category to open was Restaurant,

and Michael’s On East signed on

as our first Safety Superstar,” Hicks said.

The Little Salon was the first in the Salon/

Barber category, also joining as a Safety

Superstar, followed by Cutting Loose

and Nick Choat’s Sport Clips Haircuts of

South Sarasota and Sport Clips Haircuts

of Bradenton. The Blue Heirloom was the

first Retail member to join.

“This online Health Safety directory is

a great asset,” Choat said. “Our biggest

problem has been communicating to the

public that they will be safe coming to our

salons for hair cuts and styling because

of our firm commitment to following rigorous

health safety measures.”

■ For information: call 941-925-3602.

Safety 4 SRQ (https://www.safety4srq.

com/) is an online directory for Sarasota

and Bradenton area businesses to post

their Health Safety practices.


• The Sarasota-Manatee Original

started 16 years ago when members from

the Sarasota and Manatee area’s restaurant

community came together to unite

independently owned restaurants.

Coming up, they have Set the Bar

Cocktail Week in celebration of the

area’s unique cocktail scene replacing

the annual Set the Bar Cocktail Competition

for this year due to event restrictions

related to COVID-19, with Set the Bar

Cocktail Week.

Sip like a local during the region’s most

“spirited” week from Sunday, October

12 to Monday, October 18 with featured

drinks, special offers, virtual and

in-person events and food and beverage

pairings available to-go or while dining in

Sarasota-Manatee Originals restaurants.

Set the Bar Cocktail Week is a chance

for locals and visitors to experience the

flavors of the Suncoast. Many offerings are

available for dine-in and to-go. Look for

the “to-go” icon when browsing the participating

restaurants and their offerings at

https://www.eatlikealocal.com/. There are

also virtual cocktail events for those who

would prefer to participate from home

The Sarasota-Manatee Originals consist

of over 60 locally owned restaurants

throughout Florida’s Suncoast, from the

tip of Anna Maria Island to the southern

beaches of Venice.

• Yoga and beer? Sure! Beer Garden

Yoga is at Motorworks Brewing

through December 29. Join them every

Tuesday night at 7:45pm in the spacious

outdoor Beer Garden for a one hour,

all-levels yoga flow led by RYT Rachael

Croll from Salty Buddha Co.

Spread out your yoga mats in the fresh,

open air of Florida’s Largest Beer Garden

then, once safely distanced, stretch out

your body, mind and soul one delicious,

cold beer at a time. Classes are just $10

and include a complimentary core four

pint (V Twin Vienna Lager, Intellectual

Property Ale IPA, Pulp Friction Grapefruit

IPA, Midnight Espresso Coffee Porter or

Rollcage Red Ale). No sign-up required;

you can just show up before the class begins

& sign-in/pay at the brewery. Please

bring your own mat to practice on, invite

all your friends, and come vibe out in our

spacious Beer Garden with like-minded

souls and recharge during a relaxing hour

under the stars.

■ Motorworks Brewing

1014 9th Street West, Bradenton

• Food Trucks are coming to Shannon

Staub Library 11:30-2 p.m. 4675 Career

Lane, North Port, every Friday. Eat

your lunch then visit our wonderful library

and pick out some good reading for the

weekend. Support North Port Food Trucks,

Shannon Staub Library and the community.

Food Truck Fridays vendors: Pickled

Pink on November 6, December 4 and

January8; The Groovy Grill on October

16, November 20, December 18 and

January 22; Puerto Rican Spice October

9, November13, December 11 and January

15; The Dawg pound on October 23,

November 27 and January 29; Ma Petite

Creperie on October 30.

• The John and Mable Ringling Museum

of Art has opened Mable’s Coffee

and Tea. The coffee shop, located inside

the McKay Visitor’s Pavilion, is managed

by Metz Culinary, and will serve Starbuck’s

products and includes full barista

service in addition to an array of pastries,

snacks and treats.

The Ringling also announced the openings

of two additional food service venues

on campus. The Ringling Grillroom, also

located inside the McKay Visitor’s Pavilion

offers fine dining and beverages, and is

set to open around Oct. 12. The Banyan

Garden Bistro, a more casual dining

alternative, will open on the Ringling

grounds before the end of 2020.

The Ringling asks that all visitors wear

masks or facial coverings when inside the

museum’s buildings. Additional information

can be found at ringling.org.

• Rogers Market is a family owned and

operated local business and they have a

new store on 63rd Ave E in Bradenton.

Chef Peter and his team operate a full

restaurant kitchen including fresh, high

quality homemade food.

They offer Marathon gas and feature a

full diesel island. On the menu are items

like beignets and their signature duck

confit with plum sauce on brioche bun.

The interior is designed by the owner,

Mrs. Gigi Rogers, an Interior Designer out

of California. They also sell a variety of of

wine at all of our locations.

■ Locations:

• 4460 Tallevast Rd., Sarasota

• 2415 63rd Ave East, Bradenton

• Fruitville & Paleo Dr., Sarasota

(Coming soon)

• Mattison’s Riverwalk Grille in downtown

Bradenton and Mattison’s City Grille

in downtown Sarasota are now making it

easier for people to enjoy the restaurant’s

food from the comfort of their home, office,

or in some cases, home office. They

have a new free delivery menu.

Delivery is available from 11am-2pm

and 5-7pm. There is no minimum order

and no fee for delivery. Delivery is only

available to businesses and residents

within approximately 2 miles of the

restaurants. Select bar drinks and wines

are also available for delivery.

Mattison’s partners with online delivery

services such as UberEats, BiteSquad

and Door Dash but those services charge

both the business and the consumer fees.

Mattison’s service is fee-less.

According to Owner and Executive

Chef, Paul Mattison, “We understand that

many people are struggling right now but

they still want to enjoy great food. We

want to provide them with a safe service

and affordable food that nourishes and

satisfies them. Our menu items include

products that are locally sourced, sustainable

and hormone and antibiotic free.

Much of being healthy is determined by

what kind of food we put in our body. My

staff and I know that the type of products

we use are healthy and nutritious.”

■ To view menus and place an order

call the restaurant or visit https://


■ Mattison’s City Grille in Sarasota


■ Mattison’s Riverwalk Grille in

Bradenton 941-896-9660.


you’re news


■ Elizabeth Partridge is the

new Manatee Libraries’ Library

Services Manager. Partridge


with her



degrees in


English as

a Second





Elizabeth Partridge


a unique

combination of experience, that

includes serving as Literacy


Most recently Partridge was

the Adult Services Librarian

at Longview Public Library in

Cowlitz County, Washington.

For 15 years she was responsible

for developing programs

for adults and families in ESL,

literacy, digital literacy, basic

technology, arts and culture

and more. She has accumulated

25 years of higher-education

teaching experience.

One of Partridge’s priorities

will be leading Manatee Libraries’

continued efforts to reach

out to help Manatee County’s

displaced workers gain access to

employment and training tools

and children, teachers and parents/guardians

find resources to

supplement their e-learning.

Partridge specializes in Small

Business and Workforce Development.

She oversaw the

creation of a Small Business Hub

that served as a first-stop information

center for reference and

referral to County-wide small

business development groups

and a help center for job seekers.

Partridge hopes to collaborate

with the other divisions/

teams that make up Manatee

County’s Neighborhood Services’

Department: Children’s,

Aging, Veterans, Neighborhood

Connections, Underinsured

Healthcare, Probation/Pretrial

Release and Fee Assistance.

Judy Powell

■ The Manatee County Clerk of

the Circuit Court and Comptroller’s

Office announce

that Judy Powell, Director, of

the Child




retired on





has worked

for the

Clerk’s office



1985. During her time at the

Clerk’s Office, she has held the

titles of Secretary, Case Manager,

Supervisor, Trainer, Deputy

Director and Director. For the

past 10 years, Powell served as

the Director of CSP.

Clerk of Court Angel Colonneso

said, “Judy Powell was always

creative and innovative in her

approach with her team in Child

Support. She always has a ‘can

do’ attitude and along with her

team, was a solid rock to count

on, especially with the challenges

that we have faced this year.

She will be greatly missed.”

Crystal Waiters, the current

Deputy Director of CSP, has taken

over as Director upon Powell’s

retirement. Waiters has been

working side by side with Powell

for the past year. Waiters is a

Manatee County native and has

worked for the Clerk’s Office for

28 years. Brea Styles, the current

Supervisor of CSP, is moving to

Deputy Director. Styles, is also a

Manatee County native and has

been with CSP for 22 years.

The Child Support Program

in Manatee County is unique in

that it is the only child support

office in the state administered

by the Clerk of the Circuit

Court. On average CSP, collects

and disburses approximately

25-million dollars per year to

families in Manatee County.

■ A twenty-three-year resident

of Sarasota, Georgina Clamage

first joined Michael Saunders

& Company as a sales associate

in 2000. With a focus on

luxury homes, condominiums,

and neighborhoods, Georgina

emerged as a top producer. She

then became the branch manager

of Michael Saunders and

Company’s Longboat Key offices.

For over 12 years Georgina

oversaw hundreds of millions

of dollars in real estate transactions.

She has now transitioned

back to sales at the company’s

Main Street office.

Georgina sat on the Board of

Directors of the Realtor Association

of Sarasota and Manatee

Counties where she most

recently served as Treasurer of

the Board. She is also a Director

of the Florida Association of

Realtors. A past recipient of the

association’s “Humanitarian of

the Year Award,” Georgina has

continued her real estate education

by earning the GRI, e-PRO

and ABR designations.

Georgina can be reached by

calling 941-586-3789 or visiting

the office at 1605 Main Street.

■ Susie Porter has joined RE/

MAX Alliance


as a Realtor

in the


office. She

has been

a Florida

resident for

nearly 40

years and an


Susie Porter resident for

the past two decades. “Charlotte

County offers the best of both

worlds,” says Porter, who has

horses in her backyard and lives

a few miles from the beach.

She also has an in-depth

knowledge of the homebuilding

industry through her experience

with Porter Contracting

Inc., her husband’s homebuilding

company since 1978.

The Englewood Office is

located at 2230 S. McCall Road,

Unit A. Porter can be reached at

(941) 468-4955.


■ The Central West Coast

Chapter of the Florida Public

Relations Association (CWC-

FPRA) was recognized during

FPRA’s annual Golden Image

Awards held for the first ever

virtual event recognizing

and celebrating excellence in

outstanding public relations

program in Florida and to

encourage and promote the

development of public relations

in the state of Florida.

Kim Livengood, APR, CPRC

received the Chapter President

of the Year

Award for

creating an





could make





Kim Livengood

her board to

make membership

purposeful, to make

all members feel welcome and

she found creative ways to get

past presidents back involved,

sharing their expertise and

perspective. She implemented

a new mentorship program and

exceeded her our participation

goal in the inaugural program.

CWC-FPRA won the President’s

Award for “Community

Involvement,” in recognition of

the chapter’s commitment to

community service by creating

and hosting an event called

“Operation Gratitude” which not

only gave financially to a great

cause, but also generated strong

media coverage in the region.

The event featured the showing

of the full documentary highlighting

the life of the board

game Operation inventor, Mr.

Spinello, a life-size Operation

board game and an appearance

by Spinello himself. The chapter

set a goal to raise $10,000 and

surpassed that goal by $576.

CWC-FPRA also won the

President’s Award for “Accreditation

& Certification,” in recognition

of the most members

receiving their accreditations

and certifications.

The Central West Coast Chapter

of the Florida Public Relations

Association meets monthly

for professional development

luncheons and networking.

Visit www.cwcfpra.com for the

latest details. For more about

CWC-FPRA, go to cwcfpra.com.

■ Also at CWC-FPRA, Melanie

Reda, APR, of the Central West

Coast chapter of The Florida

Public Relations Association







in public



the designation

of Certified


Melanie Reda



(CPRC). Reda now joins an elite

group of approximately 125

practitioners throughout the

state who have demonstrated

the highest level of professionalism

and advanced consultation

skills in the practice of

public relations.

Having worked in agencies

and corporate marketing

departments for more than

25 years, Reda is currently an

account executive at KSC, Inc., a

strategic communications agency.

Reda began her career in

marketing and public relations

by interning at Walt Disney

World and at a PR agency that

specialized in the comic book

industry. Since then, her career

has taken a decidedly more

practical slant with employers

and clients in retail, publishing,

software development, medical

management, commercial insurance,

among other fields.

Reda has been a member of

the Florida Public Relations

Association since 2010 and has

held multiple positions on the

board of the Central West Coast

chapter. Most recently, she began

her term as president-elect

of the chapter. In 2019, Reda was

recognized with the Thomas

Nunan Rising Star award and in

2020 she received the Presidents’

Karma Award. Reda also

serves as a board member for

Habitat for Humanity Sarasota.

The CRPC credential was first

developed in the 1960s by FPRA

to recognize more seasoned

professionals and provide a

way to showcase their ability

to counsel clients in any type

of industry and situation. To be

eligible, candidates must have

already achieved professional

Accreditation in public relations

(APR) through the Universal

Accreditation Board and have

at least 10 years of experience in

the field of public relations. The

examination process to earn the

CPRC credential is designed to

be rigorous to ensure counselors

are able to handle a variety of PR

practices while demonstrating

the highest degree of ethics and

processes. For more information,

visit FPRA.org/accreditation.

■ Mayu Fielding , Board President

of the Manatee Literacy

Council (MLC), has announced

the appointment of four new

members to their Board of


Julia Marcano hails from

Venezuela and has been living

in Bradenton since December.

Julia is a chef and a baker,

introducing her native food to

our area through her catering

business. She came to MLC as a

learner to improve her English.

Alfredo ‘Fred’ Zayas was born

in Trinidad, Cuba, where he

worked as a medical physicist in

the National Oncology Institute.

Fred moved to Bradenton two

years ago to be closer to his children

and was looking for a way

to learn English. Both Fred and

Julia will act as liaisons with the

organization’s learners.

Carl Williams, Jr. is currently

assistant principal at Sarasota

School of Arts and Sciences. Carl

was born and raised in Sarasota

and now lives in Manatee County.

He has worked for the school

system for the past 23 years and

currently serves in the role of

middle school administrator.

■ Meagan Morales-Correa was

born in Puerto Rico, but has

lived all over the United States

as an Army

“brat.” She

holds two


from SUNY


in New

York and

a Master’s

degree from

USF. She



Meagan Morales-Correa

English at

Bayshore High School.

The Literacy Council of

Manatee County, Inc. (dba

Manatee Literacy Council) is

a volunteer-based nonprofit

community organization dedicated

to increasing the level of

the functional literacy of adults

in Manatee County through

teaching the skills of reading,

writing, understanding, and

speaking English. Manatee

Literacy Council has served the

community since 1978.

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Cozette Lillard, Realtor®

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"A woman alone has power;

collectively, we have impact!”

Veronica Brandon Miller

The Florida Realtor with Preferred Shore




Lori Ciaravella

Business Development Executive

Fidelity National Title of Florida




Cynthia A. Riddell

Owner & Real Estate Attorney

Riddell Law Group

Offices Sarasota and Lakewood Ranch




Veronica L. Huzzard

Licensed Property Insurance Agent

& Legalshield Expert

Anderson & Associates Insurance Agency



Elizabeth Smith

Vice President of Mortgage Lending

Guarantee Rate





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


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




Abigail Altier


Preferred Shore




Cozette Lillard


Preferred Shore




Lori Ciaravella

Business Development Executive

Fidelity National Title of Florida




Cynthia A. Riddell

Owner & Real Estate Attorney

Riddell Law Group

Offices Sarasota and

Lakewood Ranch




Veronica L. Huzzard

Licensed Property Insurance Agent

& Legalshield Expert

Anderson & Associates

Insurance Agency




Elizabeth Smith

Vice President of

Mortgage Lending

Guarantee Rate







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