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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
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.
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.
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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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
20 women’s health: How obesity
23 focus on the arts: Artist Series
Concerts of Sarasota
24 datebook: things to do
26 wcw foodie: your source for
27 travel news: deals on Florida
vacations and more
30 You’re News
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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
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Photo: Evelyn England
Our WCW this month:
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
in January, the Trust has
enabled 94 nonprofit organizations
and the Suncoast area to
continue fulfilling their
missions by matching
more than $700,000 from
approximately 3,000 individual
this significant accomplishment
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
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:
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WOMEN OF NOTE
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
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At The Ringling
• 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
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
of Manasota Key. In addition,
they’ll host a special
celebration honoring the
Thompsons on Friday,
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
The Florida Railroad
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
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
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
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
and human rights advocate
Diaz-Balart on the topic
of “Reflections on a Congressional
for Today’s Politics”
on February 18 and “
Cybersecurity and Civil
Liberties” by the ACLU’s
surveillance and cybersecurity
Granick on March 18.
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,
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
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,
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
• 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
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OCTOBER 2020 WEST COAST WOMAN 7
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
• 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 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.
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@
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.
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
like EVITA, PULSE, RAGTIME and
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
Asolo Rep will move forward with
the rest of their announced season of
plays: OUR TOWN, GRAND HORI-
ZONS, and two brand new musicals:
KNOXVILLE and HOOD to be
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.
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
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
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.
The Choral Artists
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,
or call 941-387-4900.
Ballet and Dance:
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
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
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8 WEST COAST WOMAN OCTOBER 2020
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
Live Online • Sun, Nov 15 • 4pm. Replay • Nov 16-Dec 14
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
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!
941.387.4900 • ChoralArtistsSarasota.org
OCTOBER 2020 WEST COAST WOMAN 9
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
are provided for making an appointment
to visit. You can also call
to schedule your appointment:
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:
The Sarasota Farmers Market
is open on Saturdays with normal
hours of 7 am-1 pm,
out 10-15 feet apart
from one another to
make more room to
yourself as you
shop. In order
to achieve this,
spread the vendors
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,
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
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
• 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
Clark Sheard –
• STOMP returns
the Van Wezel
March 7, 2021
at 3 p.m. and
• Itzhak Perlman
– March 8, 2021
• PROUD Tina:
Tina Turner –
March 9, 2021
• America – March
• 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
• 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
• The Temptations and the Four
Tops – December 2, 2021
• Sarah Brightman – December
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.
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
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.
Also at USFCAM : LIFE DURING
WARTIME: ART IN THE AGE OF
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
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10 WEST COAST WOMAN OCTOBER 2020
NEW state of the art
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Dermatology of Coastal
Sarasota (DOCS) has
listened to their patient’s
cosmetic requests, researched
and acquired the state of the art Elos
plus from Syneron / Candela. This laser
uses optical energy with bipolar radio
frequency (RF) for safe, comfortable
treatments on most skin types. The
Elos plus platform, will precisely
address the most common cosmetic
corrective goals like hair reduction,
pigmentation, vascularity, skin laxity,
wrinkles, stretch marks and acne scars.
We are already implementing the
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a healing process leading to new
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the appearance of acne scarring,
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Notable results after one treatment.
Series of 3 treatments 4 to 6 weeks
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Utilizing bipolar radio frequency
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OCTOBER 2020 WEST COAST WOMAN 11
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
• Overactive Bladder
(OAB) – OAB is a condition
recognized by symptoms
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
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so not only diminishes
your quality of life,
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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
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,
In concern for
the health and
safety of patrons,
and guest artists
and other factors
Board of Trustees
has made the
to postpone the
to April 2021
the Stage and
Screen with Linda
Eder and Patriotic Pops at CoolToday
Park are scheduled to take place in
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
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
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
5800 Bay Shore
Road in Sarasota.
Hamad are this
Tickets start at
$250 and sponsorships
For more information,
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
• 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
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
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
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
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
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,
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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.
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
or call 941-312-5630.
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
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:
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
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
FLORIDA/IFAS EXTENSION MAS-
TER GARDENER PLANT CLINIC
—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.
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
The Central West Coast Chapter
is a network of more than 100 public
relations, marketing and communications
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
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.
At The Women’s
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://
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,”
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.
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@
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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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
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
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.
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.”
■ “I am a snowbird who spends 7 months
in Sarasota. I have had back problems for
25 years. Terry’s techniques have led to a
great deal of release and relief in areas that
have been problematic. I have been seeing
him over the years when my body says ”it’s
time”. Usually after a few sessions, I can tell
a huge difference.” —Lana S.
■ “I was introduced to Terry and Craniosacral
Therapy by a Neuromuscular
massage therapist who thought I needed
higher level of care. I found Terry to be
IN CONSIDERATION OF COVID-19
kind, empathetic and he genuinely seemed
to take an interest in my challenges. I have
a mild Chiari malformation (part of the
brain protrudes and puts pressure on the
spinal cord) I had been experiencing vertigo,
extreme pain in my neck combined
with a limited range of motion (I could not
turn my neck right or left) I tried both traditional
and holistic modalities including
chiropractic and acupuncture with limited
success. So I did not have lofty expectations
(unrealistic) going into my first session, but
was pleasantly surprised in the immediate
difference I experienced in my entire body.
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
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■ 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
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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.
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 U.S. Army veteran,
Kendra also co-founded
the nonprofit Operation
Warrior Resolution, a
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
classes and personal
retreats —all to help
veterans gain back their
lives, freed from PTSD.
16 WEST COAST WOMAN OCTOBER 2020
Is it time to
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
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
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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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
2 teaspoons honey
(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
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.
18 WEST COAST WOMAN OCTOBER 2020
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.
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
■ 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
■ 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,”
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
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OBESITY CAUSE CANCER?
The link between obesity and cancer risk is clear.
What’s less clear is how exactly one leads to the other
THE LINK BETWEEN
obesity and cancer risk is
clear. Research shows that
excess body fat increases
your risk for several cancers, including
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
“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,”
How does obesity
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
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
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
The link between inflammation
and insulin – the hormone that
regulates blood sugar – is complex,
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
How does more
“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 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,
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
Of course exercise burns calories,
but which exercises burn the most?
And how do you know? We all
know that when it comes to weight
loss and energy balance, it’s a matter
of calories in versus calories
out. But when you exercise, do you
really know how many calories
It’s important to learn how many
calories you typically burn so you
can control your weight, prevent
obesity and lower your cancer risk.
Here are some answers to
How do you know how
many calories you’ve
burned during a workout?
Measuring the exact number of
calories you burn can be difficult.
There are a few ways to measure
your calorie burn. You can:
• Use an activity tracker or an
app that will estimate your calorie
burn for you. But be careful
with these. The accuracy can
vary from product to product.
• A heart rate monitor is one of
the best ways to measure your
calorie burn. Your heart rate indicates
how much effort it takes
for you to do a certain activity,
and that effort determines the
calories you burn. If a heart rate
monitor indicates your calorie
burn, it’s more likely to be accurate
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
you burn through physical activity.
This adds up to 3,500 calories per
week, the number of calories in
about one pound of fat.
What factors contribute
to how many calories
Several factors contribute to how
quickly an individual burns calories,
• The intensity of an activity being
performed. The more intense
an activity is the more calories
an individual burns.
• Weight. People who weigh more
burn more calories.
• Body composition. Muscle
requires more energy than fat to
maintain. People with more muscle
burn more calories.
How much activity
do I need to do?
To lower your cancer risk, aim for
at least 150 minutes of moderate
to do it all
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Dermatology of Coastal Sarasota
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Key Chorale has announced its 36th season,
“Come Together,” which includes a combination of online
streaming concerts, in-person concerts, reconceived
rehearsals and events, and newly amended educational and
community outreach. Never has their mission been more
important than now. Key Chorale is resolved to use
creativity and innovation to reinvent and re-imagine the
ways they deliver that mission in this unprecedented season
and in the seasons to come.
Artistic Director Joseph Caulkins, recipient of the Arts
Leadership Award for Artistic Achievement, continues to
produce one-of-a-kind programming, collaborations that
inspire, and musical artistry that stirs the soul. This unique
season brings the community together to experience the
healing and hope of music.
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Our VIRTUAL season opener brings us together to
experience the healing and hope of music. The Chamber
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uplifting spirituals, and music that celebrates the resiliency
of the human spirit. Joseph Martin’s featured composition,
The Awakening, is a journey to healing and joy through the
power of music. “Awake, my soul, and sing! The time for
praise has come. The silence of the night has passed; a new
day has begun. Let Music Live!”
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focus on the arts
Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota and FST’s Suffragist Project Present:
WOMEN OF NOTE
A virtual celebration of female composers, female musicians, and
the 100th anniversary of women’s right to vote
includes Jenny Kim-
Berenson and Lee
Dougherty Ross, piano
with Kate Alexander,
Ariel Blue and Meg
Gilbert. Hosted by
Marcy Miller. It will
be available online
October 1-12. It was
originally to have been
a live performance
this summer as part
of Florida Studio
Lee Dougherty Ross
Artist Series Concerts of
Sarasota presents, in partnership
with Florida Studio
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
filmed at Church of the Palms,
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
Miller, executive director of Artist
Series Concerts, and also features
cameo appearances by actors Ariel
Blue and Meg Gilbert, reading letters
and writings by key figures in the
women’s suffrage movement. Kate
Alexander, Associate Director At-Large
for Florida Studio Theatre and Suffragist
Project Director, offers commentary and
The performance will be available for
viewing online from October 1 through
October 12. Tickets are $15 and will be
available at www.ArtistSeriesConcerts.
org during those same dates. Patrons
will receive a link and password to the
video that will be available for online
viewing anytime during that time.
In the classical music world, the [last]
names Mendelssohn and Schumann
usually evoke the first names Felix
and Robert, two great composers of
the 19th century. But Felix Mendelssohn’s
older sister, Fanny Mendelssohn,
and Robert Schumann’s wife, Clara
Schumann, were each brilliant musicians
and composers in their own right.
“Florida Studio Theatre’s Suffragist
Project provided us with the perfect
vehicle to present works by Fanny and
Clara plus two other formidable but
often overlooked female talents, Amy
Beach, the first composer to have a symphony
performed by a major orchestra
in 1896, and Marion Bauer, a contemporary
of Aaron Copland and a key figure
in the shaping of 20th-century American
music,” says Joseph Holt, director
of artist programs for Artist Series
Concerts. “I chose these four mainly for
the musical qualities of their work and
suitability for this program,” adds Holt.
“And while none of the four wrote anything
specifically about the Suffragette
movement, it is still a model sampling
of women who were creating, and
beautifully, over the course of the entire
women’s suffrage movement.”
The musical portion of the program
is performed by noted area sopranos
Jenny Kim-Godfrey and Robyn Rocklein,
and by pianists Gail Berenson and
Artist Series Concerts co-founder Lee
Dougherty Ross. Interspersed throughout
the program, which consists of 16
songs and one piano solo, is illuminating
commentary by Suffragist Project Director
Kate Alexander and readings of
Abigail Adams and Sojourner Truth by
FST actors Ariel Blue and Meg Gilbert.
When the resurgence of coronavirus
cases scuttled plans for a live performance
of Women of Note this July, it was
clear to both Holt and Alexander that
the show would have to go on, virtually.
“The result has been a wonderful
collaboration between us and Florida
Studio Theatre, seven fine area artists
and everyone else involved in putting
this video presentation together,” says
Holt. “We’ve given voice to the certainly
notable work of some extraordinary
‘women of note.’”
The performance will be
available for viewing online from
October 1 through October 12.
Tickets are $ 15 and will be
during those same dates.
Patrons will receive a link and
password to the video that will
be available for online viewing
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The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly Estrogens
he ‘facts’ that most women
Tand clinicians consider in
making the decision to use
or not to use hormone replacement
therapy are frequently
wrong or incorrectly applied,”
says Professor Robert D. Langer, one of
the principle investigators for the Women’s
Health Initiative (WHI) Study. (1)
For instance, has it been considered
to balance the Estrone levels and, more
importantly, their inflammatory and
When C.P. came to The Renewal Point,
she was “frustrated and scared.” At only 55
years-old, with three children, she felt like
she was falling apart. “Every day is a chore,”
she lamented. She also shared a familial
history of breast cancer. Her younger sister
was a breast cancer survivor (BRCA Negative).
She, herself, had been diagnosed with
thyroid cancer several years before. After
menopause she was placed on bioidentical
hormones, an estrogen patch and natural
progesterone, by her doctor, but felt they
were of no help.
I could truly empathize. Although C.P
made healthy lifestyle choices (Paleo Diet,
organic meats, fish and vegetables, exercise,
swim, jog, golf, and bike) she was not
enjoying the benefits of her good living.
She ached all over with fibromyalgia and arthritis
and suffered active viral loads which
caused persistent weakness and fatigue.
Blood tests revealed an alarming problem
but one that gave a clue to her maladies.
Her Estradiol and Testosterone levels (good
hormones) were low while her Estrone level
(bad hormone) was sky high ~ the exact
Further, an Estrogen Metabolism Study
demonstrated that C.P. was not detoxifying
her 4(OH)-Estrone, giving her the worst
case scenario of hormone imbalances. This
particular hormone metabolite is known
to be highly inflammatory and a precursor
for 4(OH)-Quinone, a known carcinogen.
■ Good: 2(OH)-Estrone
■ Bad: 16(OH)-Estrone
■ Ugly: 4(OH)-Estrone
While it is well documented that “natural”
bioidentical hormones are much
safer than their chemical or “synthetic”
counterparts, what is less well known is
that healthy metabolism of estrone requires
that they are transformed by the liver and
eliminated from the body in the urinary
and biliary tracts. Many times during this
detoxification process, a genetic error of
metabolism can change good hormones
into carcinogens and inflammatory intermediaries.
These problems increase the risk
for inflammatory conditions such as breast
cancer, fibromyalgia and arthritis.
In C.P.’s case, we went right to work. By
‘tweaking’ her bioidentical hormones, we
were better able to balance her Estrogen,
Progesterone, and Testosterone levels. At the
same time, taking advantage of a natural
means of supplements and vitamins, a process
known as Nutrigenomics, we were able
to lessen her risk of breast cancer, and the
symptoms of Fibromyalgia and Arthritis. As
she described, “After all these years, I finally
have my life back.”
C.P. was further advised to suggest her
sister run an Estrogen Metabolism Study on
herself, as this test can be used to prevent
breast cancer recurrence.
She called me recently, thanking us for
educating her about good and bad estrogens.
“By the way,” she said, “My sister was
Positive for the same metabolic error and is
well on her way to recovery as well!”
With over 30 years experience in hormone
balancing, a Post-doctoral Certification
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that has helped thousands of patients. If
you have any of the issues that were talked
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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
3. Kabat GC, O’leary ES, Gammon MD, et al: Estrogen metabolism
and breast cancer. Epidemiology 17:80-88, 2006.
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• Sapore della Vita means “taste of
life” and they offer organic and all natural
products from Italy that are sourced from
small artisan producers who have passion
for making superior quality products. They
also have their own state side brand called
LICK MY SPOON, which are also made in
small batch craft production by Kristine
Insalaco-Gaioni. She uses locally-sourced
organic, all-natural ingredients.
Products include award winning caramel
sauces, jams, marmalades, nut butter
spreads, biscotti, and other confections.
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.
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• 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
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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.
• 1592 Wood Fired Kitchen
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
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
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
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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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
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
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
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.
their own passport photo, without leaving
home. ItsEasy’s white glove service
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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
Co. officially opened
its doors, making its
in downtown Fort
Myers. Opening in
the new 12-story
Luminary Hotel are
three of its featured
food and beverage
outlets – Ella Mae’s
Diner, Dean Street
Coffee, and the
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.
Mazzaro’s Italian Market
now at St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport (PIE)
Local favorite Mazzaro’s
has opened at St.
Airport for departing
travelers in Gates 7-11
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
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
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,
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
to Hilton Sandestin Beach by December
31, 2020. Reservations: (800) 559-
1805 or https://www.hiltonsandestinbeach.com/honors-double-rewards.
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Doctors, Nurses, First Responders, Firefighters,
Police, EMT’s, Active Military, and Teachers
VISIT YOUR BRANCH TO JOIN
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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
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
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
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
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.
• 4460 Tallevast Rd., Sarasota
• 2415 63rd Ave East, Bradenton
• Fruitville & Paleo Dr., Sarasota
• 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
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■ Elizabeth Partridge is the
new Manatee Libraries’ Library
Services Manager. Partridge
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
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’
Aging, Veterans, Neighborhood
Release and Fee Assistance.
■ The Manatee County Clerk of
the Circuit Court and Comptroller’s
that Judy Powell, Director, of
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/
as a Realtor
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
■ 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
her board to
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
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
(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
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,
■ 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
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
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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Abigail Altier, Realtor®
Cozette Lillard, Realtor®
"A woman alone has power;
collectively, we have impact!”
Veronica Brandon Miller
The Florida Realtor with Preferred Shore
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
Vice President of Mortgage Lending
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Veronica Brandon Miller with Preferred Shore Real Estate
"A woman alone has power; collectively,
we have impact.”
"A woman alone has power; collectively, we have impact," Veronica Brandon
Miller states. "You don't do business with a company; you do business with
people you like and trust." That's why Veronica decided to build a team of
strong, smart, and talented women to collaborate with.
Veronica recently joined the Altier Group with Preferred Shore, which already
consisted of two strong women; Abigail Altier and Cozette Lillard. However,
Veronica wanted to create a bigger circle to create a one-stop shop to help
home buyers and sellers.
"You are judged by the company you keep, and so I selected women who I
admire and who also have demonstrated the same compassion I have for our
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.
Veronica Brandon Miller
The Florida Realtor with Preferred Shore
Business Development Executive
Fidelity National Title of Florida
Cynthia A. Riddell
Owner & Real Estate Attorney
Riddell Law Group
Offices Sarasota and
Veronica L. Huzzard
Licensed Property Insurance Agent
& Legalshield Expert
Anderson & Associates
Vice President of
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