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It may be back to school for students of all ages, but our August WCW offers the opportunity to learn a lot about our community. First there’s Luz Corcuera who is the Executive Director of UnidosNow, a nonprofit that guides Hispanic/Latino youth to achieve success in higher education. There’s lots of travel tips in our Travel News column. Plus, if you’ve ever been uneasy in the water, you can learn to conquer your fear with Miracle Swimming. It may be late into summer, but there’s lots to do so enjoy this latest issue.

It may be back to school for students of all ages, but our August WCW offers the opportunity to learn a lot about our community. First there’s Luz Corcuera who is the Executive Director of UnidosNow, a nonprofit that guides Hispanic/Latino youth to achieve success in higher education. There’s lots of travel tips in our Travel News column. Plus, if you’ve ever been uneasy in the water, you can learn to conquer your fear with Miracle Swimming. It may be late into summer, but there’s lots to do so enjoy this latest issue.


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<strong>AUGUST</strong> <strong>2022</strong><br />

Luz<br />

Corcuera<br />

Executive Director<br />

UnidosNow<br />

Also in this issue:<br />

■ Feature:<br />

Miracle Swimming<br />

■ Good News Dept:<br />

Giving Back<br />

■ Dining In: Cool Drinks<br />

■ Arts News

941-306-1202 ArtistSeriesConcerts.org<br />

Ever Onward Season 27<br />

Season Highlights<br />


October 2 • 4:00 pm • Sarasota Opera House<br />

Violin phenom Alexander Markov unites with his<br />

parents for classical favorites performed by the<br />

“first family of violin.” Alexander and his electric<br />

gold violin are joined by Key Chorale and the<br />

Booker High School VPA Choir for his original<br />

composition, Caesar.<br />


November 15 • 7:30 pm • Historic Asolo Theater<br />

An extraordinary genre-crossing quintet of<br />

classically trained musicians with Sarasota roots,<br />

SYBARITE5 takes listeners on a musical journey<br />

of staggering breadth and depth in a concert that<br />

defies categorization.<br />


Blake Pouliot & Simone Porter, violins<br />

December 6 • 7:30 pm • Sarasota Opera House<br />

Sparks fly when these two astounding young artists<br />

come together for an evening of duo magic that<br />

includes works by Strauss, Beethoven,<br />

and Chausson.<br />

THE 442s<br />

December 13 • 7:30 pm • Historic Asolo Theater<br />

Combining three members of the St. Louis<br />

Symphony and two of the St. Louis region’s finest<br />

jazz musicians, The 442s is an acoustic ensemble<br />

that breaks down barriers between jazz, classical,<br />

folk, and pop. This concert features holiday<br />

favorites and original compositions.<br />


January 10 • 7:30 pm • Historic Asolo Theater<br />

Named one of the greatest string quartets of the<br />

last 100 years, the Grammy-nominated Dover<br />

Quartet is one of the most in-demand chamber<br />

ensembles in the world. Their program features<br />

works by Beethoven and Mendelssohn.<br />


featuring the Grammy-nominated Lincoln Trio<br />

and Bharat Chandra, clarinet<br />

February 28 • 7:30 pm • Historic Asolo Theater<br />

Olivier Messian’s moving masterpiece, Quartet for<br />

the End of Time, was composed in a German WWII<br />

prisoner-of-war camp. Captured in the early days<br />

of the the war, Messian wrote this mystical work for<br />

fellow prisoners to perform.<br />

MICHELLE CANN, piano<br />

March 7 • 7:30 pm • Historic Asolo Theater<br />

Winner of the <strong>2022</strong> Sphinx Medal of Excellence<br />

recognizing extraordinary Black and Latinx<br />

musicians, Michelle Cann’s program includes<br />

repertoire by Florence Price.<br />


May 9 • 7:30 pm • Sarasota Opera House<br />

Four superstar concertmasters from American<br />

orchestras share the role of soloist in Vivaldi’s<br />

iconic Four Seasons, and all four will perform<br />

Mendelssohn’s String Octet together along with<br />

four other artists.<br />

Visit ArtistSeriesConcerts.org for our complete concert schedule.<br />

This project is supported in part by the Community Foundation of Sarasota County; Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, the Florida Council of Arts and Culture and the State of Florida (Section 286.25 Florida Statutes);<br />

The Exchange; Gulf Coast Community Foundation; National Endowment for the Arts; and Sarasota County Tourist Development Tax Revenues.<br />

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<strong>AUGUST</strong> <strong>2022</strong><br />

contents<br />

Editor and Publisher<br />

Louise M. Bruderle<br />

Email: westcoastwoman@comcast.net<br />

Contributing Writer<br />

Carol Darling<br />

Contributing Photographer<br />

Evelyn England<br />

Art Director/Graphic Designer<br />

Kimberly Carmell<br />

Assistant to the Publisher<br />

Mimi Gato<br />

wiser you<br />

Afraid of the water? Miracle Swimming<br />

can help you conquer your fears and<br />

concerns. Here’s how.<br />

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West Coast Woman is published<br />

monthly (12 times annually) by<br />

LMB Media, Inc., Louise Bruderle,<br />

President. All contents of this<br />

publication are copyrighted and<br />

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written permission of the publisher.<br />

Unsolicited manuscripts, photographs<br />

and artwork are welcome, but return<br />

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Email: westcoastwoman@comcast.net<br />

Here are our columns:<br />

n Out & About: includes<br />

fundraisers, concerts, art exhibits,<br />

lectures, dance, poetry, shows &<br />

performances, theatre, film,<br />

seasonal events and more.<br />

n You’re News: job announcements,<br />

appointments and promotions,<br />

board news, business news and<br />

real estate news.<br />

travel news<br />

Covering lots of ground this month<br />

such as Discover Sarasota Tours that<br />

offer trolley and van tours of Sarasota.<br />

Plus scalloping season is underway<br />

at Plantation on Crystal River. Also, a<br />

better way to get a passport faster,<br />

hotel specials and travel tips.<br />

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YEARS<br />

WCW Mailing Address:<br />

P.O. Box 819<br />

Sarasota, FL 34230<br />

email:<br />

westcoastwoman@comcast.net<br />

website:<br />

www.westcoastwoman.com<br />

dining in<br />

We’ve got some cool and cooling<br />

drinks for summer — some with<br />

alcohol; some without.<br />

p28<br />

west coast<br />

WOMAN<br />

departments<br />

4 editor’s letter<br />

7 Out & About: listings for things to do<br />

9 healthier you: stop smoking tips<br />

12 arts news<br />

15 happening this month at<br />

The Hermitage<br />

16 west coast woman:<br />

Luz Corcuera, CEO at UnidosNow<br />

18 wiser you: overcome your fear<br />

of the water<br />

20 travel news<br />

21 health feature: Craniosacral Therapy<br />

24 you’re news<br />

26 ode to Lido Beach<br />

28 dining in: keep cool with these<br />

cooling cocktails and cocktails<br />

30 good news department: generous<br />

donations help many nonprofits<br />

■ on the cover: Photo of West Coast Woman Luz Corcuera, Executive Director at UnidosNow at her office at the Glasser/ Schoenbaum Human Services Center, Sarasota.<br />

■ Photo by Evelyn England.<br />

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just some<br />

thoughts<br />

Louise Bruderle<br />

Editor and Publisher<br />

Michelle Wolforth<br />

West Coast Woman Luz Corcuera<br />

Luz Corcuera<br />

Photo by Evelyn England<br />

There’s a delightful revelation in our profile of<br />

Luz Corcuera, the CEO at UnidosNow, when you<br />

hear her tell about how some of her programs<br />

grow. First some background: UnidosNow’s<br />

mission is stated as “Empowering Latinos To<br />

Achieve Their American Dream” and thus Luz<br />

and her team work a lot with young people.<br />

For many Hispanic/Latino families their children<br />

are often the first in the family to attend<br />

and graduate from college. Many of the young<br />

people who go through UnidosNow indeed go<br />

off to college, but also reach back and help the<br />

next class of high school graduates as mentors<br />

or volunteers. And all those young people in turn help acclimate their<br />

families in many ways from language to technology.<br />

UnidosNow’s mission is to “elevate the quality of life of the growing<br />

Hispanic/Latino community in the Manatee and Sarasota region<br />

through education, integration and civic engagement” which is enough<br />

to keep anyone busy and Luz is certainly that, but it’s also so enjoyable<br />

to hear how each generation helps the next in the tight-knit Hispanic/<br />

Latino community.<br />

I hope you enjoy reading about how UnidosNow has been empowering<br />

families for the past ten years - and the woman who makes it<br />

all happen. “When UnidosNow engages, be assured that Luz is gently<br />

guiding for excellence. Her forthright integrity inspires what’s possible<br />

in every way,” says Debra M Jacobs, President/CEO of the Patterson<br />

Foundation.<br />

Good News Dept.<br />

We really enjoy publishing items like this and we keep getting more! We<br />

need some good news, don’t we?<br />

• All Faiths Food Bank received over $83,000 in support of BackPack<br />

and Summer Programs.<br />

In support of the BackPack Program:<br />

• $28,917 from the Heritage Oaks Golf and<br />

Country Club FitWeek event<br />

• $20,000 Isermann Family Foundation<br />

• $5,000 from MLB Players Trust<br />

• $5,000 from The Venice Golf and Country Club Foundation Grant Fund<br />

In support of Summer Programs:<br />

• $25,000 from the Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation<br />

The BackPack Program provided nutritious snack bags to students<br />

over the weekends and school breaks and Summer Programs that<br />

provided access to food to families and children this summer. For more<br />

information visit allfaithsfoodbank.org.<br />

State Street Eating House + Cocktails recently participated in an<br />

invitation-only Celebrity Chef Dinner culinary event, hosted at Pops<br />

Sunset Grill in Nokomis. Sponsored by the James Beard<br />

Foundation, the event featured some of the best chefs in<br />

the country, including State Street’s own executive chef,<br />

Michelle Wolforth.<br />

At the waterfront establishment, Wolforth and her colleagues<br />

dazzled the 200+ ticketholders with courses that<br />

showcased a survey of styles and cuisines. Notable James<br />

Beard Foundation award winners at the event included<br />

Martin Rios from New Mexico, a three-time finalist for<br />

Best Chef in the Southwest; Rabii Saber of Four Seasons<br />

Resort in Orlando, a 2019 semifinalist for his pastry work;<br />

and Justin Aprahamian of Milwaukee, a frequent finalist for and onetime<br />

winner of the national Best Chef award.<br />

For State Street’s offering, Chef Wolforth created a special agnolotti<br />

pasta dish, a branch of the repertoire she’s uses at State Street eating<br />

House. For Wolforth, the opportunity to work side by side with such<br />

distinguished colleagues gave her an opportunity to talk shop with esteemed<br />

colleagues. “As chefs, we all kind of operate in our own bubbles<br />

where we’re concerned about our restaurant’s sourcing, menu, personnel,<br />

et cetera,” says Wolforth, “so to get a chance to spend time with chefs<br />

I admire on top of cooking for a cause is really fulfilling for me. In my<br />

mind, this is what cooking is all about.”<br />

Proceeds benefited All Faith’s Food Bank and the James Beard Foundation<br />

Scholarship Program.<br />

Transition Sarasota is a non-profit<br />

organization and part of the greater<br />

Transition US movement. They’re<br />

committed to developing “community-driven<br />

solutions for our local<br />

food system.” They serve Sarasota,<br />

Manatee Counties and surrounding<br />

areas by gleaning crops from partner<br />

farmers and growers, harvesting<br />

produce that would have been laid<br />

to waste, but instead feeds hungry<br />

families.<br />

They have donated an amazing<br />

58,290 pounds of fresh produce<br />

so far in <strong>2022</strong>. That is enough to Transition Sarasota<br />

provide over 155,000 six-ounce servings of fresh vegetables or fruit to<br />

those in need. Gleaned blueberries, for example, were donated to All<br />

Faiths Food Bank and a small amount was donated to a youth shelter in<br />

Sarasota.<br />

Joyce Norris is Transition Sarasota’s Executive Director and we hope<br />

to feature them when the weather turns agreeable and volunteers are out<br />

there gleaning. For now, learn more at https://www.transitionsrq.org.<br />

Coming up this Fall at WCW<br />

• September - Florida Travel Issue<br />

• October - Lifelong Learning Issue<br />

• October - Women’s Health Issue<br />

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Looking Ahead<br />

The 17th Annual Sustainable Communities Workshop, “Advancing<br />

Climate Solutions,” will bring the community together to discuss<br />

sustainability priorities on November 1. Expert speakers will provide<br />

up-to-date information on several different sustainability topics including<br />

carbon sequestration, regenerative agriculture, water quality,<br />

equity, climate change, and more. Visit exhibitor booths to network with<br />

businesses and community groups to help build a better future for our<br />

community.<br />

Residents, students,<br />

and community<br />

members from<br />

all sectors and walks<br />

of life will gather<br />

in-person and online<br />

to learn from and<br />

network with knowledgeable<br />

speakers,<br />

panel discussions<br />

and more. Topics to be discussed include climate change, carbon sequestration,<br />

regenerative agriculture, water quality, social equity, youth<br />

and sustainability and much more.<br />

To learn more about speakers, agenda, and other event updates, visit:<br />

scgov.net/SustainableCommunities.<br />

Registration fee includes access to a full day workshop a New College<br />

or virtually with expert speakers on relevant community sustainability<br />

topics, exhibitor booths, and opportunities to network and connect with<br />

others. Our interactive workshop provides many opportunities to engage<br />

with others, meet with sponsors and exhibitors, network, and more.<br />

Financial assistance is available.<br />

Questions? Call 941-861-9874 or email sustainablesarasota@scgov.net.<br />

• Date and time: November 1, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. –<br />

• Location: Harry Sudakoff Conference Center, 5845 General Dougher<br />

Place, Sarasota.<br />

Louise Bruderle | Editor and Publisher |<br />

westcoastwoman@comcast.net<br />

We welcome your thoughts and comments on this column and on other columns and features in this issue.<br />

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

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Special Events<br />

Circus Arts Conservatory & The<br />

Ringling: Summer Circus Spectacular<br />

continues through August 13.<br />

Some of the circus world’s most exciting<br />

acts are in the annual show - a<br />

longtime partnership of the Circus<br />

Arts Academy and The Ringling.<br />

The lineup for the Summer Circus<br />

Spectacular includes a wide range of<br />

acts, including duo lyra, adagio, hand<br />

balancing/contortion, rolla bolla,<br />

and more. Show times are 11 a.m.<br />

and 2 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays,<br />

and 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. on Saturdays.<br />

Tickets are $18/adults, $12/children<br />

12 and under.<br />

To complete their circus experience,<br />

Summer Circus Spectacular<br />

patrons can enjoy access to the Circus<br />

Museum on the day they attend<br />

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St. Armands Circle’s Sunset Yoga<br />

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Yoga enthusiasts can relax, stretch,<br />

and gaze at a sunset while enjoying<br />

a nice workout. Attendees should<br />

bring their own yoga mat and block.<br />

https://www.ajc.org/westcoastflorida<br />

The class will be led by Liana Sheintal<br />

Bryant. Breathe: A Sunset Yoga<br />

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September 25 from 5 to 6 p.m. and<br />

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The St. Armands Circle Business<br />

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Concert Series. Residents and<br />

visitors are invited to enjoy this free<br />

monthly series featuring various jazz<br />

performers. Bring lawn chairs and<br />

blankets for a family-friendly, jazzy<br />

trio of shows featuring:<br />

• JAC of All Trades -<br />

Saturday, Aug. 13, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.<br />

• Big Band Concert –<br />

Saturday, Sept. 17, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.<br />

For more information about the<br />

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Beyond the Shell. A shell can be<br />

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against a predator, a piece of jewelry,<br />

a makeshift spoon—it can even be a<br />

calcium supplement or an alternative<br />

to limestone mining to help fight<br />

climate change. But what happens<br />

when you take a closer look?<br />

With Illumination: Seeing Beyond<br />

the Shell, The Bishop continues the<br />

celebration of its 75th Anniversary<br />

Year of Light with the photography<br />

of Scott Odell who is not only a local<br />

photographer, but also a member of<br />

the Museum’s Staff.<br />

This exhibition of macro photography<br />

literally takes a closer look at the<br />

shells in The Bishop’s permanent collection,<br />

showing what happens when<br />

you take an object and view it in a<br />

completely different way.<br />

These images are the fortuitous<br />

result of the Museum’s temporary<br />

closure during the Covid-19 pandemic.<br />

Odell originally began his work<br />

with the idea of having an online<br />

exhibition where visitors to The Bishop’s<br />

website could continue to view<br />

items from the permanent collection<br />

The Bishop Museum of Science<br />

and Nature, 201 10th St. West,<br />

Bradenton. www.BishopScience.org.<br />

UF/IFAS Extension<br />

Sarasota County<br />

Lectures<br />

August 9 and August 25 — Disaster<br />

Preparedness (webinar)<br />

What would you do if basic services<br />

were cut off, like electricity or water,<br />

or if you had to suddenly leave your<br />

home? This class will offer tips and<br />

ways to prepare for unexpected<br />

disasters, such as hurricanes. Learn<br />

how to assemble an emergency supply<br />

kit and other ways to prepare for<br />

emergencies. Register for this event<br />

only at ufsarasotaext.eventbrite.com.<br />

Instructor: Dr. Maria Portelos-Rometo,<br />

UF/IFAS Extension<br />

Sarasota County family and consumer<br />

sciences agent. For questions<br />

or further information, call<br />

941-861-5000. Register: https://<br />

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• August 17 — Healthy Homes<br />

(webinar)<br />

Learn different ways to manage the indoor<br />

environment quality of your home,<br />

and how to manage pests and mold.<br />

Register for this event only at ufsarasotaext.eventbrite.com.<br />

Instructors: Dr. Maria Portelos-Rometo,<br />

Family and Consumer<br />

Sciences agent, UF/IFAS Extension<br />

Sarasota County, Carol Wyatt-Evens,<br />

Chemicals in the Environment agent,<br />

UF/IFAS Extension Sarasota County.,<br />

and Alia Garrett, Sustainability Outreach<br />

Coordinator, UF/IFAS Extension<br />

Sarasota County<br />

For details or to register, call<br />

941-861-5000 or at https://www.<br />

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• August 18— Be a Weather Watcher<br />

with CoCoRaHS (webinar)<br />

Learn how to join one of the most successful<br />

weather monitoring teams in<br />

the world. They’ll walk you through<br />

the registration process and tell you<br />

what to expect as a volunteer weather<br />

watcher. Sarasota County residents<br />

may qualify for a free rain gauge after<br />

registering to volunteer at cocorahs.org.<br />

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If you want to purchase a rain barrel,<br />

you will need to do so before the<br />

class. Barrels will not be for sale the<br />

day of the class. If you plan to purchase<br />

after the class, contact reportpollution@scgov.net<br />

to coordinate<br />

your pickup.<br />

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the use of rain barrels can conserve<br />

water, save money by reducing the<br />

use of potable water in landscapes<br />

(lower utility bills), and reduce<br />

stormwater runoff by storing and<br />

diverting runoff from impervious<br />

surfaces (like roofs). Practical tips on<br />

the construction and installation of<br />

rain barrels will be provided. Register<br />

for this event only at ufsarasotaext.<br />

eventbrite.com.<br />

Rain barrels will be available for<br />

pickup until 11:30 a.m. the day of the<br />

workshop. If you would like to take<br />

home a rain barrel(s), complete your<br />

purchase by 12 p.m. August 19, by<br />

clicking the green “tickets” button.<br />

Only barrels purchased prior to that<br />

date and time will be available for<br />

pickup after the workshop.<br />

Register: https://www.eventbrite.<br />

com/e/rain-barrel-workshop-tickets-327515476607<br />

• August 22 — Energy Upgrade<br />

Workshop (webinar)<br />

This 1-hour workshop is where you’ll<br />

learn energy-, water-, and cost-saving<br />

strategies at home. Attendees will<br />

receive a free Do-It-Yourself Energy<br />

Saving Kit (one per household) that includes<br />

ENERGY STAR LED light bulbs,<br />

WaterSense faucet aerators, a smart<br />

power strip, weatherization materials<br />

and outlet insulating gaskets, and<br />

other items so you can start saving.<br />

Attendees will also learn our low<br />

and no-cost tips, which combined<br />

with kits can save up to $560 per<br />

household per year on energy costs.<br />

Advance registration required. Register<br />

for this event only at ufsarasotaext.<br />

eventbrite.com.<br />

Register: https://www.eventbrite.<br />

com/e/energy-upgrade-workshop-webinar-registration-318565777817<br />

• September 6 — Shared Spaces:<br />

Creating Your Edible Garden<br />

Learn tips to create your very own<br />

veggie garden. This webinar is ideal<br />

for someone interested in learning site<br />

considerations for creating a shared<br />

space like a community garden or<br />

school garden. Register for this event<br />

only at ufsarasotaext.eventbrite.com.<br />

There will be a brief time for questions,<br />

too. Registration is recommended.<br />

Educator: Mindy Hanak, Community<br />

and School Garden Coordinator,<br />

UF/IFAS Extension Sarasota County.<br />

Learn more about community and<br />

school gardens in Sarasota, http://<br />

sfyl.ifas.ufl.edu/sarasota/gardening-and-landscaping/gardens/<br />

Register: https://www.eventbrite.<br />

com/e/266798981937/<br />

• September 6— Wild Sarasota:<br />

Hummingbirds of Florida (webinar)<br />

Take a virtual walk on the wild side...<br />

of Sarasota, with Dr. Katherine Clements,<br />

ecology and natural resources<br />

educator. Learn more about these tiny<br />

but tantalizing birds which are a wonder<br />

to behold. Register early at ufsarasotaext.eventbrite.com.<br />

For questions or further information,<br />

call 941-861-5000.<br />

Sea Turtle Nesting<br />

Season is Here<br />

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Sea Turtle<br />

Nesting Season<br />

is Here! Sea<br />

turtle nesting<br />

season takes<br />

place through<br />

Oct. 31 on<br />

Southwest<br />

Florida beaches.<br />

Sarasota<br />

County hosts<br />

the highest<br />

density of<br />

loggerhead<br />

nests in the<br />

Gulf of Mexico.<br />

Sea turtle nesting season takes<br />

place through Oct. 31 on Southwest<br />

Florida beaches. Mote Marine coordinates<br />

with county, state and federal<br />

efforts to conserve sea turtles — particularly<br />

loggerheads, since Sarasota<br />

County hosts the highest density of<br />

loggerhead nests in the Gulf of Mexico.<br />

Data show that nesting by loggerhead<br />

turtles declined and then rebounded<br />

in recent years, while green<br />

turtle nesting — although very low in<br />

numbers — has increased.<br />

On nesting beaches, light from<br />

waterfront properties can disorient<br />

nesting female turtles and their<br />

young, which emerge at night and<br />

use dim natural light to find the sea.<br />

Also, beach furniture, trash and other<br />

obstacles can impede sea turtles and<br />

their young. While Mote documents<br />

turtle nests, the best thing you can do<br />

to help is to refrain from using artificial<br />

light while on the beach.<br />

Here are some tips to keep beaches<br />

turtle-friendly:<br />

• DO stay away from sea turtle nests<br />

marked with yellow stakes and tape,<br />

and seabird nesting zones that are<br />

bounded by ropes.<br />

• DO remain quiet and observe from<br />

a distance if you encounter a nesting<br />

sea turtle or hatchlings.<br />

• DO shield or turn off outdoor lights<br />

that are visible on the beach from<br />

May through October.<br />

• DO close drapes after dark and<br />

stack beach furniture at the dune line<br />

or, ideally, remove it from the beach<br />

• DO fill in holes that may entrap<br />

hatchlings on their way to the water.<br />

• DON’T approach nesting turtles<br />

or hatchlings, make noise, or shine<br />

lights at turtles.<br />

• DON’T use flashlights, head lamps<br />

or fishing lamps on the beach.<br />

• DON’T encourage a turtle to move<br />

while nesting or pick up hatchlings<br />

that have emerged and are heading<br />

for the water.<br />

• DON’T use fireworks on the beach.<br />

• DON’T walk dogs on any Sarasota<br />

County beach other than Brohard<br />

Paw Park in Venice. There, dogs must<br />

be leashed or under voice control, according<br />

to county ordinances.<br />

Report stranded sea turtles and<br />

marine mammals. Mote Marine<br />

Laboratory’s Stranding Investigations<br />

Program responds 24 hours a<br />

day seven days a week to reports of<br />

sick, injured and dead marine mammals<br />

and sea turtles for animals<br />

in Sarasota and Manatee County<br />

waters. Live animals are brought<br />

back to Mote’s Dolphin and Whale<br />

Hospital or Sea Turtle Rehabilitation<br />

Hospital for treatment and the deceased<br />

animals undergo a detailed<br />

post-mortem examination so that<br />

we may learn more about the natural<br />

history of these animals and evaluate<br />

long-term trends in mortality.<br />

Within Sarasota or Manatee County<br />

waters, if you see a stranded or<br />

dead dolphin, whale or sea turtle,<br />

call Mote’s Stranding Investigations<br />

Program, a 24-hour response service,<br />

at 888-345-2335.<br />

If you see a stranded or dead manatee<br />

anywhere in state waters or a<br />

stranded or dead dolphin, whale or<br />

sea turtle outside of Sarasota or Manatee<br />

counties, call the FWC Wildlife<br />

Alert hotline at 1-(888) 404-3922.<br />

At Mote Marine<br />

Mote Aquarium has an exhibit<br />

from National Geographic.<br />

SHARKS: On Assignment with<br />

Brian Skerry<br />

includes large-scale images that<br />

highlight the work of National Geographic<br />

Explorer and award-winning<br />

photojournalist, Brian Skerry.<br />

The exhibit runs through Aug. 7,<br />

<strong>2022</strong>. The exhibition strives to raise<br />

awareness about the status of sharks<br />

around the world. Visitors can<br />

dive into the ocean depths to swim<br />

alongside tiger sharks, great whites,<br />

oceanic whitetips and shortfin makos<br />

while learning about each species’<br />

habitat and threats they face.<br />

Additionally, they’ll get a glimpse<br />

into National Geographic’s ocean<br />

conservation efforts.<br />

National Geographic Explorer<br />

and award-winning photojournalist<br />

Skerry has spent more than<br />

10,000 hours underwater exploring<br />

the world’s oceans with a camera<br />

to show why sharks need to be protected<br />

and appreciated as integral<br />

species within the ecosystem. The<br />

exhibition will include large-scale<br />

images and videos—all highlighting<br />

Skerry’s passion, skill and life-long<br />

commitment to conservation of the<br />

world’s oceans.<br />

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out and about continued<br />

Elling Eide Center<br />

Arboretum Tours<br />

and Lectures<br />

Join docent Norman Burr on a<br />

90-minute trek through their historic<br />

grounds. Walk through the arboretum<br />

and learn about rare, interesting,<br />

and exotic plants. Norman will discuss<br />

the geologic history of Florida<br />

and how plant life evolved. He will<br />

also share the history of the inhabitants<br />

of the Elling Eide Center from<br />

pre-history to today.<br />

Then, venture inside and see Elling<br />

Eide’s personal collection of Asian<br />

art and artifacts. Arboretum Tours<br />

are held every Tuesday/Thursday<br />

of every week. Register at www.ellingoeide.org<br />

for the Arboretum Tour<br />

and their other events. Elling Eide<br />

Center, 8000 South Tamiami Trail,<br />

Sarasota. Admission: $5. Tour is 2<br />

hours with 60 minutes of the tour is<br />

outside and 30 minutes of the tour is<br />

of the inside of the Eide Center.<br />

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Lots of Fun<br />

Outdoor Events<br />

The Palm Avenue First Friday<br />

Walks in downtown Sarasota gives<br />

art lovers a backdoor peek without<br />

the hustle and bustle of the crowds<br />

but with the cool breeze and moonlight<br />

sky the evening brings. The<br />

event is held the first Friday of every<br />

month, running 6-9 p.m. The next<br />

ones are on August 5. Info: https://<br />

palmave.com/<br />

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Start your Saturday with a sunrise<br />

stretch at The Sarasota Farmers<br />

Market. They offer free, weekly<br />

sunrise yoga to downtown Sarasota.<br />

Participants meet at the Mermaid<br />

Fountain in Paul Thorpe Park, near<br />

the Intersection of Pineapple and<br />

Lemon Avenues. Enjoy Artful Movement<br />

with Bianca, a 45-minute guided<br />

practice accompanied by a playlist<br />

to match the intention.<br />

Starting at 7 a.m., participants<br />

will enjoy a gentle yoga flow suitable<br />

for all ages and levels. The weekly<br />

45-minute yoga practice will focus<br />

on movements that foster inner and<br />

outer balance.<br />

For information, call 941-225-9256 or<br />

visit sarasotafarmersmarket.org/yoga<br />

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Friday Fest is BACK! The Van<br />

Wezel Friday Fest events are an outdoor<br />

concert series that provides the<br />

community with free events to September,<br />

showcasing the best of local<br />

bands from Sarasota and Bradenton.<br />

Friday Fest brings together a wide<br />

variety of talented artists along with<br />

food trucks and drink stations on the<br />

Van Wezel lawn along the beautiful<br />

Sarasota Bayfront.<br />

Our Friday Fest lineup includes:<br />

• Big Night Out - August 12<br />

• Jah Movement - September 16<br />

Info: https://www.vanwezel.org/<br />

boxoffice/friday-fest-<strong>2022</strong>/<br />

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Marie Selby<br />

Botanical Gardens<br />

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens<br />

has Flora Imaginaria: The Flower<br />

in Contemporary Photography<br />

through September 25 at the Downtown<br />

Sarasota campus.<br />

The Flower in Contemporary Photography,<br />

will feature a spectacular<br />

bouquet of flower imagery drawn<br />

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from many<br />

different<br />

genres of<br />

photography,<br />

produced<br />

over the past<br />

three decades<br />

(1990–<br />

2020).<br />

The photographs<br />

in<br />

the show will<br />

highlight<br />

the beauty<br />

and diversity<br />

of flowers,<br />

which have<br />

long been<br />

appreciated<br />

aesthetically<br />

for their<br />

colors and<br />

forms, as<br />

well as for<br />

their decorative<br />

potential<br />

and symbolic<br />

power.<br />

More than<br />

70 prints by some 50 photographers<br />

from around the globe will be featured.<br />

Their varied work will be displayed<br />

both inside, in the Museum of<br />

Botany & the Arts, and outside in the<br />

Gardens, providing visitors a unique<br />

encounter with art in the context of<br />

nature. Many of the images to be seen<br />

here have never previously been featured<br />

in a major exhibition.<br />

Information: www.selby.org.<br />

Art Exhibits<br />

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The Van Wezel Friday Fest events are an outdoor concert series that provides the community<br />

with free events to September, showcasing the best of local bands from Sarasota and<br />

Bradenton. Friday Fest brings together a wide variety of talented artists along with food<br />

trucks and drink stations on the Van Wezel lawn along the beautiful Sarasota Bayfront. Next<br />

up: Big Night Out - August 12.<br />

Sarasota Art Museum has<br />

Katrina Coombs I M(O)ther Threads<br />

of the Maternal Figure through<br />

October 2, <strong>2022</strong>. Katrina Coombs (b.<br />

1986, Jamaica) has a passion for fiber<br />

and an understanding of the sensitivity<br />

of threads and fabric, which she<br />

uses to bring forth unique designs<br />

and sculptural forms. Coombs’ works<br />

are inspired and guided by a quest to<br />

deepen the spiritual, emotional, and<br />

psychological understanding of the<br />

numerous conflicting roles that have<br />

been attributed to women in contemporary<br />

society.<br />

State of the Art 2020: Constructs<br />

runs through September 11, <strong>2022</strong>.<br />

State of the Art: Constructs is an exploration<br />

into how contemporary art<br />

– produced all across the country including<br />

regions outside traditional art<br />

centers – reflects the present moment.<br />

■ Sarasota Art Museum is at the<br />

Ringling College Museum Campus,<br />

1001 South Tamiami Trail, Sarasota.<br />

https://www.sarasotaartmuseum.<br />

org/visit/<br />

Art Uptown Gallery will be celebrating<br />

its 42nd summer with “Summer<br />

in the City,” an exhibit of new art<br />

by its 25 local artists. The mediums<br />

included are paintings, photography,<br />

sculpture, glass works, pottery and<br />

jewelry. Meet some of the artists on<br />

August 5 from 6-9 p.m. at the First<br />

Friday public reception at the gallery<br />

and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.<br />

The exhibit runs through August 19.<br />

■ Art Uptown Gallery is located at<br />

1367 Main Street, Sarasota. Call 941-<br />

955-5409 or visit www.artuptown.com.<br />

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Art Ovation Hotel has an ongoing<br />

series of art displays by six international<br />

artists and organizations<br />

that will run through September 6,<br />

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<strong>2022</strong>. The six new exhibits include<br />

Tribute to Andrés Valerio; Ana<br />

Albertina Delgado: The Human<br />

Mysteries and the Indifference of<br />

the Universe; Alexander Solotzew:<br />

Life in Colors; Peter Jacob Christ:<br />

Disappearing Signs of Life; and The<br />

Rainer Hildebrandt Collection:<br />

Original Painted Slabs from the<br />

Berlin Wall, as well as The Florida<br />

Watercolor Society (FWS)’s 2021-<br />

<strong>2022</strong> Traveling Exhibition.<br />

Visitors are invited to enjoy the<br />

works at their own leisure or can request<br />

a guided tour for a deeper understanding<br />

of the artists and their works.<br />

■ Art Ovation Hotel is located at<br />

1255 North Palm Avenue, Sarasota.<br />

Club Meetings<br />

Join Jewish Democrats for a Sip<br />

and Schmooze event with guest, Tom<br />

Edwards of the local School Board.<br />

This is the 2nd fundraiser hosted by<br />

the Sarasota County Democratic Party<br />

Jewish Caucus. Join like-minded<br />

friends for complimentary light bites<br />

and soft drinks. Cash bar will be available.<br />

It’s 5-7 p.m. at Tamiami Tap, 711<br />

S. Osprey Avenue, Sarasota. Cost is $36<br />

for members, $40 for not yet members.<br />

RSVP is a must at SrqJewishDems.org.<br />

Contact for questions is mail@SrqJewishDems.org.<br />

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At The Ringling<br />

On exhibit is “As long as there is<br />

sun, as long as there is light.” Selections<br />

from the Bring Gift and The<br />

Ringling Collection of Modern and<br />

Contemporary Art. The exhibition<br />

runs through Aug. 13, 2023, in the<br />

museum’s Searing Wing.<br />

Highlights include minimalist<br />

work by Anne Truitt and a monumental<br />

work on canvas by Gene<br />

Davis, both artists affiliated with<br />

the Washington Color School, an art<br />

movement during the 1950s to 1970s<br />

in Washington D.C., made up of abstract<br />

expressionist artists.<br />

Additional work represent a generation<br />

of prominent artists who work,<br />

or have worked, in abstraction, including<br />

Clement Meadmore, Jules<br />

Olitski, Beverly Pepper, Rebecca<br />

Salter, Kenneth Snelson, and Yuriko<br />

Yamaguchi, among others. Also on<br />

view are sculptures and paintings<br />

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by African<br />

American<br />

and Latin<br />

American<br />

artists<br />

from The<br />

Ringling<br />

collection,<br />

including<br />

William Edmondson,<br />

Eduardo<br />

Mac Entyre,<br />

Omar Rayo,<br />

Baruj Salinas,<br />

and<br />

Joyce de<br />

Guatemala.<br />

The Ringling<br />

has<br />

Haitian-Canadian<br />

artist<br />

Rhodnie<br />

Désir for<br />

the world<br />

premiere<br />

of her first<br />

gallery installation,<br />

Rhodnie Désir: Conversations in<br />

the Ringling’s Monda Gallery. In<br />

her multidimensional choreographic<br />

career, dancer/choreographer Rhodnie<br />

Désir created BOW’T TRAIL, a<br />

choreographic-documentary journey<br />

in which she has conducted research<br />

throughout the Americas since 2015.<br />

Her work included visits to countries<br />

such as Martinique, Brazil, Haïti,<br />

Canada, Mexico, and the United<br />

States to immerse herself within the<br />

African and afro descendant cultures<br />

and rhythms generated from<br />

the ingenuity of her ancestors since<br />

the Slave Trade.<br />

The Ringling also has Eleanor<br />

Merritt: Remembrance, running<br />

through Aug. 21. The exhibition celebrates<br />

the life and artwork of Merritt<br />

who was a volunteer at The Ringling<br />

for many years as a docent and board<br />

member. She also served as president<br />

of the Venice Art Center and was<br />

active in other arts organizations as<br />

well. Eleanor died in 2019 leaving a<br />

legacy of art and public service.<br />

This exhibition is dedicated to her<br />

spirit and creativity and represents a<br />

small sample of a significant body of<br />

work the artist created over her long career.<br />

The exhibition highlights her creative<br />

use of materials, movement between<br />

figuration and abstraction, and<br />

her commitment to women’s rights.<br />

Arriving in Sarasota in the 1980s,<br />

Eleanor exhibited widely in Florida.<br />

Her final exhibition in 2017 at the<br />

Arts & Cultural Alliance celebrated<br />

her 60 years of painting. In 2013, she<br />

received national recognition with<br />

an exhibition at the Houston Museum<br />

of African American Culture.<br />

And there’s Ballroom Florida:<br />

Deco & Desire in Japan’s Jazz Age<br />

on view to September 25. This exhibition<br />

celebrates a recent gift of<br />

six paintings from Mary and Robert<br />

Levenson by Enomoto Chikatoshi<br />

(1898–1973) and a photograph by<br />

Hamaya Hiroshi (1915–1999) depicting<br />

the women of the Florida and<br />

its chic décor. The exhibition is augmented<br />

with loans that elaborate on<br />

themes that define this group of artworks:<br />

Art Deco design, the exotic,<br />

and elegant pleasures.<br />

Metadata: Rethinking Photography<br />

from the 21st Century is on<br />

view until August 28. This exhibition<br />

explores new paradigms for understanding<br />

the ecology of the photographic<br />

image. The term “metadata”<br />

is used to describe the information<br />

that travels with a digital image file<br />

but is unseen within the image itself.<br />

The Ringling also has “The world is<br />

just so small, now: Works on paper<br />

from The Ringling’s Collection of<br />

Modern and Contemporary Art” on<br />

view through October 23.<br />

The exhibition’s title, The world is<br />

just so small, now, is borrowed from<br />

the first stanza of a poem by Brazilian<br />

artist Abraão Batista. Bringing<br />

together additional prints, watercolors,<br />

and drawings by artists working<br />

on paper, the exhibition highlights<br />

the medium as fundamental to the<br />

artists’ practice.<br />

Assembled from The Ringling’s<br />

collection of contemporary works<br />

on paper, most of the pieces are on<br />

display for the first time since their<br />

recent acquisition through purchase<br />

or donation. Shown along with these<br />

are several rarely seen lithographs,<br />

woodblocks, and a relief print on<br />

glass acquired between the early<br />

1960s and late 1990s.<br />

This exhibition is located in the<br />

Keith D. and Linda L. Monda Gallery<br />

for Contemporary Art and features<br />

the work of Abel Barroso, Abraão<br />

Batista, Romare Bearden, Sandra<br />

Cinto, Francesco Clemente, Elisabeth<br />

Condon, Mary Beth Edelson,<br />

Leon Hicks, Corita Kent, Hung<br />

Liu, Jason Middlebrook, Ibrahim<br />

Miranda, Duke Riley, John Scott,<br />

David Alfaro Siqueiros, Cauleen<br />

Smith, Linda Stein, Howie Tsui, and<br />

William Villalongo.<br />

The John and Mable Ringling<br />

Museum of Art, 5401 Bay Shore Rd.,<br />

Sarasota. Info: www.ringling.org.<br />

Theatre<br />

Florida Studio Theatre (FST) has<br />

its Summer Cabaret Series.<br />

Here’s what’s on:<br />

• Smoke & Mirrors Begins August<br />

3. Hamilton Orr will stop at nothing<br />

to get what he wants. A top Hollywood<br />

director, Hamilton comes up<br />

with a deadly scheme to gain control<br />

over a multi-million-dollar film. He<br />

just needs to persuade the movie’s<br />

screenwriter, Clark, to get onboard.<br />

And make sure that Barbara, his<br />

wife, plays her part. When his plot<br />

doesn’t go as planned, Hamilton<br />

comes face-to-face with the wily<br />

local sheriff, Leroy.<br />

• New York State of Mind: All the<br />

Hits of Billy Joel With the Uptown<br />

Boys. Begins August 9. With more<br />

than 40 years of cumulative work<br />

on some of Broadway’s biggest hits,<br />

The Uptown Boys use Billy Joel’s rich<br />

songbook as a way to share their stories<br />

of life, love, and trying to make<br />

it in New York City. Whether you’re<br />

a fan of Billy Joel’s entire catalogue<br />

or just a casual listener, The Uptown<br />

Boys have something to satisfy<br />

everyone. Featuring such hits as<br />

“Only The Good Die Young,” “For the<br />

Longest Time,” “Piano Man,” and<br />

many more you know and love.<br />

FST Improv has:<br />

• The More You Know – August 6 only<br />

• We’re Doomed — August 13, 20,<br />

and 27 and,September 3, 17, and 24<br />

• Thank You for Being a Friend<br />

– September 10 only<br />

Florida Studio Theatre, 1241 N.<br />

Palm Avenue, Sarasota. (941) 366-<br />

9000 | FloridaStudioTheatre.org<br />

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healthier you<br />


An Introduction to Chinese History & Culture<br />

This five-part series is designed for people who have little or no<br />

background in Chinese history, language, and culture.<br />

Come learn!<br />

The Benefits of<br />

Quitting Tobacco Use<br />

Wednesdays in October and November of <strong>2022</strong><br />

Oct 5, 12 & 26, Nov 2 & 9<br />

9:30 - 10:00 am: Coffee & Pastries Served<br />

10:00am - 11:00 am: Lecture Program<br />

Dr. Matthew Wells<br />

Director of Research<br />

Cost of Lecture(s):<br />

$30/per lecture or<br />

$125 for all five lectures<br />

To Sign Up, Vist:<br />

www.ellingoeide.org<br />

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uiting tobacco is the single<br />

most important thing<br />

you can do to improve<br />

your health. 1 Despite what<br />

you may think, it is never<br />

too late to quit smoking! In fact, you can<br />

experience several benefits of quitting<br />

smoking within minutes of cessation<br />

and can enjoy the benefits of quitting for<br />

years to come. As soon as a person quits,<br />

his or her body begins to heal:<br />

• 20 minutes after quitting: heart rate<br />

and blood pressure drop<br />

• 12 hours after quitting: the carbon<br />

monoxide level in blood drops to<br />

normal<br />

• 2 weeks to 3 months after quitting:<br />

blood circulation improves and lung<br />

function increases<br />

• 1 to 9 months after quitting: coughing<br />

and shortness of breath decrease.<br />

Structures in the lungs begin to heal<br />

and clean the lungs, reducing that person’s<br />

risk of infection. This is critical<br />

in fighting illnesses that threaten lung<br />

health, such as bronchitis<br />

• 1 year after quitting: the risk of coronary<br />

heart diseases is half that of<br />

someone who smokes. Risk of heart attack<br />

decreases significantly<br />

• 5 years after quitting: risk of mouth,<br />

throat, esophagus, and bladder cancer<br />

is cut in half. Cervical cancer<br />

risk is now that of a nonsmoker. Risk<br />

of stroke falls to that of a non-smoker<br />

after 2-5 years<br />

• 10 years after quitting: risk of dying<br />

from lung cancer is half that of a<br />

smoker<br />

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<strong>AUGUST</strong> <strong>2022</strong> WEST COAST WOMAN 9

out and about continued<br />

Venice Theatre has Godspell<br />

running August 4-7. Book by John<br />

Michael Tebelak; music and lyrics<br />

by Stephen Schwartz. Based on “The<br />

Gospel According to St. Matthew.<br />

Directed by Kelly Duyn with music<br />

direction by William Coleman and<br />

choreography by Vanessa Russo.<br />

Prepare ye for the timeless tale of<br />

friendship, loyalty and love based on<br />

Stephen Schwartz’s first major musical<br />

theatre offering. Venice Theatre<br />

is at 140 Tampa Ave. W., Venice. Info:<br />

https://venicetheatre.org/events/<br />

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At The Van Wezel<br />

Jerry Seinfeld will return to the<br />

Van Wezel on September 30. His<br />

latest Emmy nominated Netflix projects<br />

include “Jerry Before Seinfeld”<br />

and “23 Hours to Kill” along with the<br />

highly acclaimed web series, “Comedians<br />

in Cars Getting Coffee.”<br />

This extraordinary archive was created<br />

by Orlando-based photographer<br />

Jimm Roberts who embarked on a 20-<br />

year mission to interview these exceptional<br />

individuals and document<br />

them in their studios and working<br />

environments.<br />

Seinfeld has also starred in, written,<br />

and produced movies (“Comedian,”<br />

“Bee Movie”), directed and produced<br />

a Broadway hit (“Colin Quinn Long<br />

Story Short”), and wrote two best-selling<br />

books (“Is this Anything?” and<br />

“Seinlanguage”) and a children’s book<br />

(“Halloween”). Seinfeld recently announced<br />

his upcoming film Unfrosted<br />

and continues to perform both nationally<br />

and internationally.<br />

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• With ten multi-platinum albums and<br />

16 Top 30 hits, FOREIGNER is hailed<br />

as one of the most popular rock acts in<br />

the world. Their newest tour, FOREIN-<br />

GER: THE GREATEST HITS, comes to<br />

the Van Wezel on November 17.<br />

They’re responsible for some of<br />

rock ‘n’ roll’s most enduring anthems<br />

including “Juke Box Hero,” “Cold As<br />

Ice,” “Waiting For A Girl Like You,”<br />

“Feels Like the First Time,” and the<br />

worldwide #1 hit, “I Want To Know<br />

What Love Is.”<br />

FOREIGNER’s lineup also includes<br />

noted Dokken bassist Jeff Pilson,<br />

Michael Bluestein on keyboards, guitarist<br />

Bruce Watson, Chris Frazier<br />

on drums, and guitarist Luis Carlos<br />

Maldonado.<br />

• Also at the Van Wezel, LEANNE<br />

MORGAN’s stand-up comedy routine<br />

comes to the VW on Sarasota on<br />

October 16. Morgan’s comedy has<br />

landed her at the Just For Laughs Festival<br />

in Montreal and has brought<br />

her development deals for her own<br />

sitcom with ABC and Warner Brothers,<br />

writer/producer Matt Williams<br />

(Rosanne and Home Improvement),<br />

TV Land and now with Sony Television.<br />

Her fan base continues to grow<br />

with her relatability as she discusses<br />

everything from being a housewife,<br />

sharing Jell-O recipes to having a<br />

new grandbaby.<br />

Tickets can be purchased at www.<br />

VanWezel.org, by calling the box office<br />

at 941-263-6799. Pre-show dining<br />

is available through Mattison’s at the<br />

Van Wezel which is located inside the<br />

theatre. Reservations can be made on<br />

VanWezel.org or through the box office.<br />

Farmer’s Markets<br />

The Sarasota Farmers Market<br />

is open on Saturdays with normal<br />

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hours of 7 am-1 pm, rain<br />

or shine. http://www.<br />

sarasotafarmersmarket.<br />

org/ (941) 225-9256<br />

Venice Farmers Market<br />

has more than 40 vendors<br />

on Saturdays, many<br />

based during the week in<br />

Venice, Englewood and<br />

other areas of Sarasota<br />

County. Held at Venice<br />

City Hall, 401 W. Venice<br />

Avenue, Venice. Call (941)<br />

445-9209 or visit https://<br />

www.thevenicefarmersmarket.org/site/<br />

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The Newtown Farmer’s<br />

Market is open from<br />

10 a.m. to 5 p.m. every<br />

Friday and Saturday. The<br />

market is located at Dr.<br />

Martin Luther King Jr.<br />

Park, at the corner of<br />

Cocoanut Avenue and<br />

Dr. Martin Luther King<br />

Jr. Way.<br />

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The Farmers Market<br />

at Lakewood Ranch is<br />

now at Waterside Place.<br />

Their Farmers Market currently<br />

has about 60 vendors and went<br />

this past summer from a seasonal<br />

market to a year-round event.When<br />

the market transfers to Waterside<br />

Place, taking up space all along Lakefront<br />

Boulevard and Kingfisher Lake,<br />

more than 80 vendors will line the<br />

street.The Farmers Market will stick<br />

to a 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. time slot on Sundays.<br />

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At Benderson<br />

The Ronald A. Balducci Playground<br />

is open during regular park<br />

hours (6 a.m.-8 p.m.), but hour-long<br />

closures at 8 a.m., noon and 4 p.m.<br />

allow crews to clean playground<br />

equipment.<br />

Only electric boat motors are authorized;<br />

gas motors must be raised<br />

to indicate they aren’t in use. (This is<br />

in accordance with Sarasota County<br />

ordinances.)<br />

Operating hours are 6 a.m.-8 p.m.<br />

through Halloween, then 6 a.m.-6<br />

p.m. through March 30, and variances<br />

on closing time (such as for NBP’s July<br />

3 fireworks) are by permit. Follow the<br />

park at NathanBendersonPark.org.<br />

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Art Around<br />

the State<br />

At The Baker Museum: True<br />

Likeness. True Likeness presents<br />

contemporary portraits from diverse<br />

makers in a variety of media including<br />

video, photography, painting,<br />

collage, installation, sculpture,<br />

printmaking and drawing. These<br />

artists, some familiar, others more<br />

on the fringe of the art world, hail<br />

from all over the United States. Their<br />

own identities, and those presented<br />

through their works, provide a snapshot<br />

of who we are as a country. Runs<br />

through September 25.<br />

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Armands Circle’s Sunset Yoga is on the inner circle, and will<br />

run through the end of September. Yoga enthusiasts can relax,<br />

stretch, and gaze at a sunset while enjoying a nice workout.<br />

Attendees should bring their own yoga mat and block.<br />

Also on exhibit: Recent Acquisitions:<br />

2019 – Present. The Baker Museum’s<br />

permanent collection has grown<br />

steadily over the past two decades<br />

in both breadth and quality within<br />

the museum’s clearly defined scope,<br />

which encompasses American, Latin<br />

American and European art from<br />

the 1880s to the present day. This exhibition<br />

presents over 50 works that<br />

have been added to the permanent<br />

collection since 2019. Runs through<br />

January 8.<br />

The Baker Museum: https://<br />

artisnaples.org/baker-museum.<br />

Artis—Naples is at 5833 Pelican Bay<br />

Blvd, Naples, FL. artisnaples.org<br />

At the Boca Raton Museum of<br />

Art: Art of the Hollywood Backdrop:<br />

on exhibit through January<br />

22, 2023. This exhibition of scenic<br />

backdrops, made for the movies<br />

between 1938 and 1968, is a celebration<br />

of a popular art form that<br />

had almost been forgotten; and it<br />

is now time to acknowledge the<br />

authorship of the painting of Mount<br />

Rushmore, Ben-Hur’s Rome, the Von<br />

Trapp Family’s Austrian Alps, and<br />

Gene Kelly’s Paris street scene.<br />

The concept for Art of the Hollywood<br />

Backdrop had its genesis with<br />

the February 9, 2020, broadcast of a<br />

CBS Sunday Morning program with<br />

Jane Pauley. This program called attention<br />

to the effort to preserve the<br />

scenic backdrops that had laid rolled<br />

up in the basement of MGM studios.<br />

The exhibition celebrates Hollywood’s<br />

masters of illusion and<br />

perspective, who have received<br />

little recognition for their talent or<br />

applause for their essential role in<br />

making film magic.<br />

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• Bonnie Lautenberg: Art Meets<br />

Hollywood is on exhibit through<br />

August 21. Complementing Art of<br />

the Hollywood Backdrop is an exhibition<br />

of photographs by Bonnie<br />

Lautenberg who pairs iconic artworks<br />

with stills from Hollywood<br />

movies released the same year<br />

the artwork was made. She sometimes<br />

chooses the artwork first and<br />

searches for a connection to that<br />

year’s film, or reverses the process<br />

to find an artwork that relates to<br />

the movie. This exhibition runs<br />

the gamut of film and art. The first<br />

work is a pairing of a movie and<br />

painting both made in 1928, Rene<br />

Magritte’s The Lovers and The Mysterious<br />

Lady starring Greta Garbo.<br />

The Golden Age of Hollywood is well<br />

represented by such pairings as The<br />

Philadelphia Story with<br />

a Stuart Davis painting<br />

once owned by Lautenberg’s<br />

father. Coinciding<br />

with the downstairs<br />

exhibition that includes<br />

a backdrop created for<br />

1952 film Singin’ in the<br />

Rain, Lautenberg’s work<br />

connects a work by Yayoi<br />

Kusama with a still from<br />

that movie.<br />

Boca Raton Museum of<br />

Art: Visit the Museum at<br />

501 Plaza Real, Boca Raton,<br />

Florida.<br />

At The Dali: Running<br />

through October 30,<br />

<strong>2022</strong>, is ‘the visit,’ by<br />

yamandú canosa. The<br />

Visit presents the work<br />

of Uruguayan-Spanish<br />

artist Yamandú Canosa<br />

(born 1954). Through<br />

the exhibition, Canosa<br />

creates a contemplative<br />

dialogue between Surrealism<br />

and contemporary<br />

art. In the words of the<br />

artist, “The exhibition is<br />

intended as a visit that<br />

contemporary art pays to the house of<br />

Surrealism. One of the great legacies<br />

of the surrealist movement is its aesthetic<br />

complexity. This is confirmed<br />

by its permanence in today’s art. Surrealism<br />

is about an attitude, not aesthetic<br />

formulas: it is a way of looking<br />

at and relating to experience”.<br />

The meditative installation explores<br />

Salvador Dalí’s environment<br />

in Port Lligat, Spain, where Dalí<br />

lived and worked throughout his<br />

lifetime. The works relate the viewer<br />

to the horizon, while alluding to the<br />

Bay of Port Lligat: the beach, the Tramontana<br />

wind, Dalí’s house and the<br />

island of Sa Farnera. Canosa’s installation<br />

also incorporates the Dibujos<br />

ciegos (Blind Drawings), a series of<br />

performative works on paper created<br />

through a drawing process that elaborates<br />

on surrealist practices.<br />

The exhibit includes new and previous<br />

notable works by the artist,<br />

including paintings, drawings and<br />

photographs, plus a small selection<br />

of related Salvador Dalí works from<br />

the Museum’s renowned collection.<br />

A portion of the Museum’s Hough<br />

Gallery will be transformed into a<br />

dramatic installation designed by<br />

the artist specifically for the Museum.<br />

Info: https://thedali.org/exhibits/current/<br />

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The Artist Enclave of Historic<br />

Kenwood in collaboration<br />

with Creative Grape has “3 from<br />

Kenwood” a photography exhibition<br />

through August 31.<br />

Creative Grape at 3100 3rd Avenue<br />

North in Historic Kenwood teams<br />

up with the Artist Enclave of Historic<br />

Kenwood to present an exclusive<br />

photography exhibition featuring<br />

works by fine art photographers<br />

Rich Pollin, Lisa Presnail, and Luci<br />

Westphal. This exhibit features 36<br />

works focused on the intersection of<br />

street life, wildlife, and urban themes<br />

in the heart of the neighborhood.<br />

For information: https://www.<br />

historickenwood.org https://creativegrape.com/<br />

More about the photographers: In<br />

2014, the St. Petersburg City Council<br />

unanimously approved an Artist Enclave<br />

Overlay District in the Historic<br />

Kenwood Neighborhood. The special<br />

distinction allows a limited amount<br />

of commercial activity to take place.<br />

Artists can create artwork, teach students<br />

and sell their creations from<br />

their own homes. These special accommodations<br />

encourage a thriving<br />

arts community. Only two of these<br />

special artists’ overlays exist in St.<br />

Petersburg.<br />

Coming Up:<br />

On September 21, Forty Carrots<br />

has its annual Speakers Event. Free<br />

and open to the public, it’s a virtual<br />

educational event featuring experts<br />

in the field of early childhood education<br />

and child-rearing.<br />

Presented by Community Foundation<br />

of Sarasota County, this<br />

20th anniversary presentation is<br />

“THRIVERS: The Surprising Reasons<br />

Why Some Kids Struggle and<br />

Others Shine” featuring Dr. Michele<br />

Borba. Our kids are the smartest on<br />

record, but also the loneliest, most<br />

stressed, risk averse, and depressed.<br />

It’s why we must rethink our parenting<br />

so they can thrive in an anxious,<br />

uncertain world. The good news is<br />

that thrivers are made, not born.<br />

In this thought-provoking session,<br />

parents, caregivers and educators<br />

will learn seven traits that science<br />

says matter most in happiness and<br />

success (even more than IQ and<br />

grades) and help kids thrive both<br />

now and later. This session will offer<br />

hands-on tools to raise successful,<br />

self-reliant, and less-pressured kids<br />

who thrive in school and life. Register<br />

now at https://fortycarrots.com/<br />

special-events/speaker-event/<br />

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Wine Women & Shoes is back<br />

November 17-19. Wine, Women features<br />

an over-the-top signature luncheon<br />

at the Ritz-Carlton including<br />

fabulous wines, stunning stilettos,<br />

shopping, and a not-to-be-missed<br />

fashion show. Visit https://www.<br />

winewomenandshoes.com/event/<br />

fortycarrots/.<br />

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At the Elling Eide Center:<br />

• September 10: John Balaban,<br />

author and translator.<br />

• September 26, 11 a.m.: Dr. Yanning<br />

Wang, Associate Professor of<br />

Chinese, Florida State University<br />

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Register for upcoming events on<br />

Eventbrite.<br />

Just for Girls’ Annual Awards<br />

Showcase Event returns on<br />

November 4, <strong>2022</strong>, at IMG Academy<br />

Golf Club.<br />

Join them as they celebrate Honorary<br />

Girl (and JFG alum) Marianne<br />

Barnebey, and give thanks to Gail<br />

Hannah for her years of service as<br />

President of the Manatee County<br />

Girls Club Foundation, Inc.<br />

Sponsorships for this event are<br />

available. Call Samantha Daggett at<br />

941-777-0707 x3204 or email Events@<br />

myjfg.org.<br />

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arts news<br />

Asolo Rep Holds<br />

“Ribbon” Cutting<br />

for Koski Center<br />

Expansion<br />

On June 23, Asolo Repertory Theatre officially<br />

opened the first phase of its Koski<br />

Center expansion with the cutting of a red<br />

two-by-four “ribbon.”<br />

Asolo Rep leadership, campaign committee members and supporters “Cut the Ribbon,” Asolo<br />

Rep style! Campaign Committee member Larry Haspel, Campaign Co-chair Ann Charters,<br />

State Representative Fiona McFarland, Producing Artistic Director Michael Donald Edwards,<br />

Production and Operations Director Vic Meyrich, Managing Director Linda DiGabriele,<br />

Board President Carole Crosby, Campaign Co-chair Margaret Wise, Campaign Committee<br />

member Debbie Haspel, and Campaign Committee member Bob Baer. Photo by Cliff Roles<br />

The festivities included remarks from<br />

Producing Artistic Director Michael Donald<br />

Edwards, Managing Director Linda DiGabriele,<br />

Board President Carole Crosby,<br />

Campaign Co-chairs Ann Charters and<br />

Margaret Wise, and Production and Operations<br />

Director Vic Meyrich. Broadway<br />

performer Ann Morrison christened the Coville<br />

Rehearsal Hall by treating attendees to<br />

musical entertainment.<br />

The opening completes the first phase<br />

of Asolo Rep’s Staging Our Future Capital/<br />

Endowment Campaign, which includes<br />

new spaces vital to the organization’s<br />

strategic plan for expanding educational<br />

and community enrichment programs and<br />

more. The new facility features a super<br />

rehearsal hall, lobby, and large conference<br />

room, among other spaces.<br />

This phase will complete necessary renovations<br />

to the existing Koski Center buildings,<br />

providing additional rehearsal space,<br />

classrooms, studios, physical therapy<br />

facilities, artistic offices, and a dedicated<br />

on-site suite for costume fitting, construction<br />

and storage. The Koski Center is<br />

located on Tallevast Road in Sarasota.<br />

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ArtCenter Manatee<br />

receives two, million<br />

dollar gifts to their<br />

building campaign<br />

Charlotte “Flo” Singer Johnson loved art.<br />

She and her real estate investor husband,<br />

Floyd C Johnson, were both artists. Flo was<br />

a writer and painter known for her bold colors<br />

and flowing shapes. She was a member<br />

of the ArtCenter in the 1970s and 1980s,<br />

taking classes and exhibiting her work.<br />

Though Flo died in 2012, she returned to<br />

ArtCenter Manatee in <strong>2022</strong> in the form<br />

of a million dollar gift to the Center’s new<br />

building campaign through the Floyd C. and<br />

Flo Singer Johnson Foundation, a private<br />

foundation focused on enriching the human<br />

experience through targeted funding of the<br />

arts and the environment.<br />

Also donating a million dollars to<br />

ArtCenter Manatee’s building campaign<br />

is the Manatee Tourist Development<br />

Council (TDC). Led by Executive Director<br />

Elliott Falcione, the TDC is dedicated to<br />

promoting this area, and all the many assets<br />

in Manatee County, to both domestic<br />

and international visitors.<br />

“These gifts put us closer to our goal<br />

and the reality of breaking ground this<br />

year. We are extremely grateful for these<br />

two gifts and for the commitment our<br />

community has shown in supporting the<br />

Center’s building campaign,” said Carla<br />

Nierman, Executive Director of the Center.<br />

For more information about the building<br />

campaign or to take a tour of the current<br />

Center, contact Carla Nierman, Executive<br />

Director.<br />

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St. Pete Arts Alliance<br />

brings the Trolley<br />

Back for ARTWALK<br />

After almost 2 ½ years, a pandemic and a<br />

driver shortage, the St. Pete Arts Alliance<br />

(SPAA) has contracted with Star Trolley<br />

to reinstate trolley service for patrons of<br />

St. Pete’s Second Saturday ArtWalk. A<br />

branded white trolley is now moving art<br />

enthusiasts around to over 40 ArtWalk<br />

venues from 5-9pm.<br />

ArtWalk originated over 25 years ago<br />

when gallery owners developed “Gallery<br />

Walk” to drive business for the downtown<br />

area by offering opportunities for the public<br />

to meet artists and see them at work. Held<br />

once a month, patrons easily strolled from<br />

one gallery to the next. With the increasing<br />

number of artists, studios, and creative<br />

businesses, they saw the emergence of<br />

five distinct arts districts that were not<br />

within walking distance of each other.<br />

A trolley service was added in 2012 to<br />

facilitate the distances between venues<br />

and prior to COVID, led to around<br />

4,000 visits to studios and galleries every<br />

month. Over 200 artists greeted their<br />

guests in some 40 studios and galleries<br />

with 20+ ArtWalk stops.<br />

Join the Central Arts District, EDGE<br />

Business District, Grand Central District,<br />

Warehouse Arts District, Uptown Arts<br />

District and downtown Waterfront District<br />

every Second Saturday of the month.<br />

UpcomingArtWalks are on August 13 and<br />

September 10. Studios and galleries stay<br />

ArtCenter Manatee building rendering<br />

open late and<br />

welcome visitors<br />

from 5-9pm.<br />

You can find<br />

a listing, trolley<br />

route and map of<br />

participating galleries<br />

and studios<br />

one week prior<br />

to each ArtWalk<br />

at stpeteartsalliance.org/artwalk.<br />

2<br />

Hermitage Launches<br />

New Sarasota “Cross<br />

Arts Collaborative”<br />

The Hermitage Artist Retreat has announced<br />

the launch of the Sarasota Cross<br />

Arts Collaborative, made possible with<br />

support from the Koski Family Foundation.<br />

This initiative is designed to give frequent<br />

performers and company members<br />

from leading Sarasota arts organizations<br />

a chance to expand their artistic practice<br />

from ‘performer’ to ‘creator.’<br />

Each year, the Hermitage will award<br />

Cross Arts Collaborative residencies to artists<br />

from two selected partner institutions.<br />

This new program is designed to inspire<br />

and encourage generative work created by<br />

some of the best and brightest in the local<br />

performing arts community.<br />

Artists are invited by their respective<br />

organizations to submit proposals for consideration;<br />

finalists are then submitted to the<br />

Hermitage for consideration, and recipients<br />

are selected in consultation with past and<br />

current members of the Hermitage’s National<br />

Curatorial Council. Recipients receive two<br />

weeks of uninterrupted time at the Hermitage<br />

Artist Retreat each summer to develop<br />

a new generative project, and the work is<br />

then shared with the Sarasota community in<br />

a free public program the following fall.<br />

In the inaugural season of the Hermitage<br />

Cross Arts Collaborative, this honor has<br />

been awarded to Tsebiyah Mishael Derry,<br />

a frequent collaborator with Florida Studio<br />

Theatre, and Derric<br />

Gobourne, Jr, a performer<br />

with deep roots<br />

at Westcoast Black<br />

Theatre Troupe.<br />

The final selection of<br />

artists was overseen<br />

by Emily Mann, an<br />

Emeritus member of<br />

FST Performing<br />

Artist Tsebiyah<br />

Mishael Derry<br />

WBTT Performing<br />

Artist Derric<br />

Gobourne<br />

the Hermitage Curatorial<br />

Council and the Tony<br />

Award-winning longtime<br />

Artistic Director of<br />

the McCarter Theater<br />

(Princeton, New<br />

Jersey). A free public<br />

program showcasing<br />

the work Derry and Gobourne<br />

is planned for<br />

the fall of <strong>2022</strong>; details<br />

will be announced at a<br />

later time.<br />

While the Hermitage’s<br />

residency<br />

program brings artists<br />

from across the country and around the<br />

world to create work on its beachfront<br />

Manasota Key campus, the Hermitage also<br />

seeks to enrich the growing arts scene in<br />

Sarasota, as showcased by performing arts<br />

institutions such as Florida Studio Theatre<br />

and Westcoast Back Theatre Troupe.<br />

“We want to offer this one-of-a-kind<br />

opportunity to some of the leading artists in<br />

Sarasota, by creating space for a talented<br />

performer to focus on being a generative<br />

artist,”said Hermitage Artistic Director and<br />

CEO Andy Sandberg. “We know there are<br />

actors, dancers, musicians, and performing<br />

artists working amidst our circle of frequent<br />

collaborators who have passion projects<br />

waiting in the wings. This could be an<br />

actor writing a play between production<br />

contracts, a cellist composing a symphony<br />

after rehearsals, a dancer yearning to expand<br />

into the choreographer’s space – or<br />

someone looking to work across an entirely<br />

new genre. This residency is designed for<br />

an artist who is hungry to expand their<br />

creative practice and explore a new ‘hat’<br />

within the arts and entertainment space.”<br />

The selected artist from Westcoast Black<br />

Theatre Troupe, Derric Gobourne Jr., plans<br />

to use the time to develop a new music<br />

short film. Tsebiyah Mishael Derry, the<br />

selected artist from Florida Studio Theatre<br />

will use the time to create an experimental<br />

theatrical work weaving together her own<br />

poetry, songs, and more.<br />

After their time in residence, the Hermitage<br />

will collaborate with the selected partner<br />

institutions to bring a public program to<br />

the Sarasota community to highlight Derric<br />

and Tsebiyah’s work. Hermitage programs<br />

like these are free and open to the public<br />

with a $5/person registration fee. Due to<br />

capacity limitations, registration for all<br />

Hermitage programs is required at HermitageArtistRetreat.org.<br />

For more information about the Hermitage<br />

and upcoming programs, visit HermitageArtistRetreat.org.<br />

2<br />

Sarasota Ballet School<br />

Presents<br />

a New Rendition of<br />

The Nutcracker<br />

While it may be summer, The Sarasota<br />

Ballet School has announced a brand-new<br />

production of The Nutcracker for December<br />

<strong>2022</strong>. The production will be performed<br />

by The Sarasota Ballet Studio Company,<br />

and students from The Sarasota Ballet<br />

School, The Margaret Barbieri Conservatory,<br />

and Dance – The Next Generation.<br />

Backdropped by the historic Sarasota<br />

Opera House and set to Tchaikovsky’s<br />

magical score, this production will feature<br />

enchanting sets and an array of costumes<br />

created by the internationally renowned<br />

ballet designer Peter Farmer, whose creations<br />

have transformed the stages of The<br />

Royal Ballet, The Scottish Ballet, and The<br />

Australian Ballet among many others.<br />

The Nutcracker will be directed by Risa<br />

Kaplowitz, faculty member of The Sarasota<br />

Ballet’s Margaret Barbieri Conservatory,<br />

with additional choreography by Dierdre<br />

Miles Burger, Christopher Hird, Lindsay<br />

Fischer, and Addul Manzano.<br />

The Nutcracker will be the first true fulllength<br />

ballet in The Sarasota Ballet School’s<br />

repertoire. To purchase tickets, visit www.<br />

sarasotaballet.org/events/nutcracker.<br />

12 WEST COAST WOMAN <strong>AUGUST</strong> <strong>2022</strong>

dining out<br />

Sage’s Summer menus and Michelin Guide comes to Florida<br />

Sage Restaurant<br />

launches seasonal<br />

summer menu<br />

Restaurant, a<br />

culinary destination<br />

offering worldly<br />

cuisine and crafted cocktails in<br />

downtown Sarasota, recently launched<br />

their seasonal menu for summer, which<br />

includes a number of new entrees,<br />

appetizers and cocktails.<br />

The culinary team, led by executive<br />

chef Christopher Covelli, has continued<br />

to honor the restaurant’s mission of<br />

offering a global culinary experience by<br />

frequently introducing new menu items<br />

that demonstrate French, Italian and<br />

Asian influence.<br />

“We are pleased to offer guests a diverse<br />

menu using seasonal ingredients,”<br />

said Covelli, co-owner of Sage Restaurant.<br />

“Summers in Sarasota get very<br />

humid, so we’ve created new dishes that<br />

will satisfy diners with robust flavors<br />

but won’t leave them feeling heavy.”<br />

Some of the new seasonal entrees<br />

include zucchini blossoms stuffed<br />

with mirepoix, red onion, zucchini and<br />

yellow squash over a curry honey yogurt;<br />

pickled peach salad with Boursin<br />

cheese, basil-ginger pistou, Fresno<br />

chilis and mixed greens; pan seared<br />

foie gras with blue corn and foie tamale<br />

and a pipian rojo gelato; steamed hake<br />

in a banana leaf with cilantro chutney,<br />

roasted tomatoes and turmeric rice;<br />

and grilled Spanish octopus with nuoc<br />

mam and pickled watermelon over<br />

Sage Restaurant,<br />

Sarasota<br />

News about restaurants…<br />

crispy farro, among others.<br />

The new seasonal cocktail list offers a<br />

number of creative alcoholic beverages<br />

crafted by Sage Restaurant bartenders,<br />

including the Vitamin Bee, Mare Azul<br />

and Monday Motivation, among others.<br />

To view the entire seasonal menu, visit<br />

SageSRQ.com/Menu.<br />

Sage is open Tuesday through<br />

Thursday from 5 to 10 p.m., and Friday<br />

through Saturday from 5 to 11 p.m. To<br />

make a reservation, visit SageSrq.com<br />

or call 941-445-5660.<br />

New Michelin<br />

Florida Guide<br />

“The launch of the MICHELIN<br />

Guide in Florida is fantastic<br />

news for our state,” said Dana<br />

Young, VISIT FLORIDA President and<br />

CEO. “Our cuisine is a huge part of who<br />

we are and what we offer to visitors.”<br />

The inaugural edition of the MI-<br />

CHELIN Guide includes Miami and<br />

Orlando with inspectors finding 14<br />

One-MICHELIN-Star restaurants and<br />

a Two-MICHELIN-Star restaurant.<br />

“As you can see, Miami and Orlando<br />

have very much to offer to international<br />

food and wine enthusiasts,” said Gwendal<br />

Poullennec, International Director<br />

of the MICHELIN Guides.<br />

Two-MICHELIN Star Restaurant<br />

(comments are by Michelin Inspectors)<br />

L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon Miami,<br />

led by Director of Culinary Operations<br />

Alain Verzeroli, received two MICHE-<br />

LIN Stars. Here’s what the inspectors<br />

had to say about it:<br />

“The menu offers both tasting portions<br />

and large plates; but go with the seasonal<br />

prix fixe. The bread basket is a lovely<br />

opener, arriving in advance of such<br />

thrilling bites as a seared sea scallop with<br />

toasted spices. The Design District setting<br />

bears all the beloved hallmarks with its<br />

counter and open kitchen.”<br />

One-MICHELIN-Star restaurants:<br />

(comments are by Michelin Inspectors)<br />

–––––––––––––––– MIAMI–––––––––––––––––<br />

Ariete (Miami, Contemporary cuisine)<br />

“Chef Michael Beltran’s Coconut Grove<br />

mainstay is immediately welcoming with<br />

a menu that weaves together Cuban and<br />

French influences to dazzling effect.”<br />

Boia De (Miami, Contemporary cuisine)<br />

“A neon-pink exclamation mark that<br />

glows above the front door is impossible<br />

to miss. Surprising is certainly an apt<br />

descriptor for Chefs Luciana Giangrandi<br />

and Alex Meyer’s distinctive and impressive<br />

menu.”<br />

Cote Miami (Miami, Korean cuisine/<br />

steakhouse)<br />

“Owner Simon Kim and his team know<br />

what they’re doing in this highly stylized<br />

Korean steakhouse, which almost feels<br />

like a temple to beautifully marbled<br />

and aged beef, much of it on display in a<br />

nearby room.”<br />

The Den at Sushi Azabu Miami<br />

(Miami Beach, Japanese cuisine/sushi)<br />

“Tucked away in the Stanton<br />

South Beach hotel through Sushi<br />

Azabu’s dining room and behind<br />

a sliding door is this intimate<br />

temple to sushi. Fish flown in a<br />

few times a week is treated and<br />

dressed minimally, often with<br />

just a single brush of nikiri.”<br />

Elcielo Miami (Miami,<br />

Colombian cuisine)<br />

“The menu offers diners a taste of<br />

traditional Colombian cuisine presented<br />

in a modern and dramatic<br />

manner. Colombian-born Chef<br />

Juan Manuel Barrientos’ culinary<br />

artistry has garnered international<br />

fame, with various locations,<br />

including Washington, D.C.”<br />

Hiden (Miami, Japanese<br />

cuisine)<br />

“This spot is indeed hidden in the<br />

thick of bustling Wynwood. Chef Shingo<br />

Akikuni sticks to tradition, sourcing<br />

most of his product from Japan — beautiful<br />

slabs of tuna, sweet botan ebi and<br />

generous portions of uni are highlights in<br />

a tasting menu that never feels stuffy or<br />

overly reverent.”<br />

Le Jardinier Miami (Miami, French<br />

cuisine)<br />

“Stylish from head to toe, this dining<br />

room is a celebration of the seasons. The<br />

menu is a study of vibrant tastes and<br />

smart compositions that pack big flavor<br />

minus the heaviness.”<br />

Los Félix (Miami, Mexican cuisine)<br />

“This is cooking that sends guests on a<br />

gustatory trip — at the hands of servers<br />

who are armed with ample information<br />

about the provenance of each ingredient.<br />

Recent highlights have included hearty<br />

pork cheek carnitas with myriad salsas<br />

and snapper crudo topped with shavings<br />

of jicama and avocado aïoli.”<br />

Stubborn Seed (Miami Beach,<br />

Contemporary cuisine)<br />

“Stubborn Seed is sexy and sleek with<br />

its industrial chic décor and glass-fronted<br />

display kitchen. Chef Jeremy Ford<br />

brings the heat, and his ambitious and<br />

brashly creative cooking is best enjoyed<br />

by way of the tasting menu.”<br />

The Surf Club Restaurant (Surfside,<br />

American cuisine)<br />

“Located within the elegantly restored<br />

landmark, now in league with the Four<br />

Seasons, The Surf Club is a prime location<br />

for Thomas Keller’s first Florida<br />

venture. Sauces are what this team does<br />

best, starting with the scallop crudo with<br />

buttermilk-basil dressing; followed by<br />

the brilliantly reimagined Maine lobster<br />

thermidor with sauce Américaine.”<br />

–––––– ORLANDO––––––<br />

Capa (Orlando,<br />

Steakhouse)<br />

“At the Four Seasons Resort<br />

Orlando at Walt Disney<br />

World; this steakhouse also<br />

flaunts a decidedly Spanish<br />

accent. Kick things off with<br />

ace tapas before indulging<br />

Capa (Orlando,<br />

Steakhouse)<br />

in a main dish, like flame-kissed ribeye<br />

with tamarind-ancho sauce.”<br />

Soseki (Orlando, Fusion/sushi)<br />

“This tiny operation with Chef Mike Collantes<br />

at the helm is an ideal illustration<br />

of a contemporary meal expressed by<br />

way of an omakase. A laser-like focus on<br />

local Florida produce results in a menu<br />

that changes monthly.”<br />

Kadence (Orlando, Japanese cuisine/<br />

sushi)<br />

“The omakase opens with hot dishes and<br />

cool sashimi. This is food that’s free-spirited,<br />

yet manages to honor the classic<br />

methods. Pacing is on point in sashimi<br />

like hamachi and hirame. Nigiri, like<br />

snapper with lemon and sea salt, will<br />

have you yearning for more.”<br />

Knife & Spoon (Orlando, Steakhouse)<br />

“This iteration from Chef John Tesar<br />

inside the Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande<br />

Lakes, is the picture of plush. Care and<br />

skill are the hallmarks of this team, as<br />

they turn out contemporary steakhouse<br />

fare woven with seafood.”<br />


––– ––– COCKTAILS AWARD–– ––––<br />

Special Awards<br />

The Guide announced two special<br />

awards. Sommelier of the Year, presented<br />

by Wine Access, was awarded to<br />

Victoria James and her team at Cote<br />

Miami. The Exceptional Cocktails<br />

Award was awarded to Ruben Rolon<br />

and his teams at L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon<br />

Miami and Le Jardinier Miami.<br />

The <strong>2022</strong> Miami and Orlando restaurant<br />

selection will join the MICHELIN Guide<br />

selection of hotels, which features unique<br />

places to stay in Florida and around the<br />

world. Visit the MICHELIN Guide website<br />

at https://guide.michelin.com/en.<br />

<strong>AUGUST</strong> <strong>2022</strong> WEST COAST WOMAN 13

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happening this month<br />

The Hermitage Artist Retreat<br />

and Sarasota Opera present<br />

“Music’s Masterpieces”<br />

A Film Screening and Discussion August 26<br />

at The Sarasota Opera House<br />

T<br />

he Hermitage Artist Retreat has a<br />

new program presented in partnership<br />

with Sarasota Opera featuring<br />

the work of Hermitage Fellow Hilan<br />

Warshaw, a filmmaker and musician whose<br />

work focuses on the lives and works of some<br />

of music’s most influential figures. The film<br />

screening and discussion will take place on<br />

Friday, August 26 at 6pm at the Sarasota<br />

Opera House.<br />

Hermitage Fellow Hilan Warshaw’s films<br />

explore the lives and minds of great composers,<br />

delving into the often controversial<br />

passions and experiences that informed<br />

some of music’s most influential masterpieces.<br />

Blending documentary, narrative film<br />

techniques, and his own musical background<br />

as a violinist and conductor, Warshaw’s internationally<br />

broadcast films shine a new light<br />

on musical and operatic creators including<br />

Wagner, Schoenberg, Berg, Bach, and Mahler.<br />

He is currently the video director of the<br />

Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s on-demand<br />

Classical Series. For this program on August<br />

26, Warshaw shares excerpts from his films<br />

and discusses the close relationship between<br />

the art forms of cinema and music. (Complete<br />

artist bio below.)<br />

“We are excited to partner with Sarasota<br />

Opera as we introduce Hilan Warshaw to<br />

the many classical music appreciators in<br />

our region,” says Hermitage Artistic Director<br />

and CEO Andy Sandberg. “We are proud to<br />

support new musical voices and multidisciplinary<br />

artists, and Hilan’s extraordinary<br />

talent as a filmmaker in the field of classical<br />

music seemed like the perfect opportunity to<br />

collaborate with our friends at the Opera as<br />

he shares his gifts for cinematic and musical<br />

storytelling with our community.”<br />

This event is one of many Hermitage programs<br />

and collaborations planned throughout<br />

the season, spanning Sarasota County<br />

and the surrounding region — all free to the<br />

community (with a $5/person registration<br />

fee).The Hermitage is the only major arts organization<br />

in the Gulf Coast region exclusively<br />

committed to supporting the development<br />

and creation of new work across all artistic<br />

disciplines. Since the start of the pandemic,<br />

the Hermitage has offered more than 100 live<br />

outdoor artist programs, free and accessible<br />

to the members of our community.<br />

Venues have expanded beyond the Hermitage’s<br />

beautiful beachfront campus to include<br />

outdoor locations throughout Sarasota<br />

County and beyond, including Marie Selby<br />

Botanical Gardens, Bay Park Sarasota, Booker<br />

High School, Conservation Foundation of the<br />

Gulf Coast, The Ringling Museum, Sarasota<br />

Art Museum, Boca Grande, and more.<br />

New and ongoing collaborations have<br />

included Asolo Repertory Theatre, ASALH,<br />

Embracing Our Differences, EnsembleNew<br />

SRQ, Florida Studio Theatre, New College of<br />

Florida, Art Center Sarasota, Sarasota Opera,<br />

Urbanite Theater, Venice Theatre, Westcoast<br />

Black Theatre Troupe, and more.<br />

Unlike most Hermitage programs, this<br />

event will be held indoors at the Sarasota<br />

Opera House, 61 N. Pineapple Ave., Sarasota.<br />

Capacity for this event may be limited to<br />

accommodate safe social distancing, so early<br />

reservations are recommended. Admission<br />

is free with a $5 per person registration fee.<br />

Registration is required at HermitageArtist-<br />

Retreat.org.<br />

Bio for Hilan Warshaw<br />

Hermitage<br />

Fellow Hilan<br />

Warshaw is a<br />

film director and<br />

writer. His television<br />

documentaries<br />

include<br />

Wagner’s Jews<br />

(PBS-WNET, and<br />

others), Secret<br />

Song, In the Key<br />

of Bach (PBS-<br />

GPB), Rachmaninoff<br />

Revisited<br />

(co-producer and<br />

editor), Through<br />

Hermitage Fellow Hilan Warshaw<br />

the Darkness, and<br />

Mahler in New York. Since September 2020,<br />

he has been video director of the Atlanta<br />

Symphony Orchestra’s on-demand Classical<br />

Series. His essays about music and film have<br />

been published by Cambridge University Press,<br />

McFarland Press, The Wagner Journal, and<br />

Wagner Spectrum. He has taught film courses<br />

at Western Carolina University and Barnard<br />

College, and has been a panelist and lecturer<br />

at Yale, Hofstra, BU, and NYU, among others.<br />

In addition to his own films, other television<br />

writing credits include A Workshop for<br />

Peace (PBS-WNET), commissioned by the<br />

United Nations. Additional editing credits<br />

include Shadows in Paradise: Hitler’s Exiles in<br />

Hollywood, In the Key of G, and the miniseries<br />

Great Conversations in Music, all broadcast on<br />

PBS stations and internationally. He holds<br />

a B.F.A. (Film and TV) and M.F.A. (Musical<br />

Theater Writing) from NYU’s Tisch School of<br />

the Arts, and studied orchestral conducting<br />

at Mannes College of Music and the Aspen<br />

Music School. Visit OvertoneFilms.com<br />

Also at The Hermitage:<br />

“The Latest from Terry Guest” is on Friday<br />

August 19, 6:30pm. Hermitage Fellow Terry<br />

Guest, playwright of Urbanite Theatre’s<br />

recent acclaimed production of At The Wake<br />

of a Dead Drag Queen, returns to Sarasota to<br />

share his latest work. This funny, vital, and<br />

raucous new work is a “Pageant on White<br />

American Memory” and explores several of<br />

our country’s most consequential families<br />

through a wickedly contemporary lense.<br />

Join the Hermitage for a sneak peek at<br />

a new play by the playwright whose work<br />

has been described as “breathtaking” with<br />

“indelible scenes” (Chicago Reader). Note:<br />

The content of this play not be suitable for<br />

children. Presented in partnership with<br />

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens and Urbanite<br />

Theatre. Registration is required at HermitageArtistRetreat.org.<br />

($5/person registration<br />

fee). Marie Selby Botanical Garden, 1534<br />

Mound Street, Sarasota.<br />



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<strong>AUGUST</strong> <strong>2022</strong> WEST COAST WOMAN 15

Luz<br />

Corcuera<br />

She’s the<br />

Executive<br />

Director of<br />

UnidosNow whose<br />

mission is to “Elevate<br />

the quality of life of<br />

the growing Hispanic/<br />

Latino community<br />

in the Manatee and<br />

Sarasota region<br />

through education,<br />

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engagement.”<br />

Their results can<br />

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16 WEST COAST WOMAN <strong>AUGUST</strong> <strong>2022</strong>

Luz is Spanish for “light.”<br />

And as executive director<br />

of the forward-thinking<br />

organization UnidosNow,<br />

she lights the way for<br />

Hispanic and Latino<br />

youth desiring to get a<br />

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just four staffers including herself at Unidos-<br />

Now which is located in the Glasser/Schoenbaum<br />

Human Services Center in Sarasota.<br />

From their website: “UnidosNow’s mission is<br />

to elevate the quality of life of the growing Hispanic/Latino<br />

community in the Manatee and<br />

Sarasota region through education, integration<br />

and civic engagement.” Since inception,<br />

UnidosNow has served over 3,000 low-income<br />

Hispanic/Latino students and their parents<br />

through their elementary, middle, and high<br />

school-based programs and parent leadership.<br />

Simply put, Luz and her staff want to “empower<br />

Latinos to achieve their American<br />

Dream.” The path to that American Dream is<br />

education and that’s what UnidosNow nurtures,<br />

encourages and guides young people towards<br />

while raising up their families who may<br />

have never had a college graduate, let alone a<br />

high school graduate in their family.<br />

Education, Luz says, is one of the most<br />

important things for a child to attain. It can<br />

lead to “Integration into the fabric of the community…it<br />

gives you a seat at the table.” The<br />

commonly use “melting pot” analogy she feels<br />

isn’t quite accurate. “Don’t lose your identity;<br />

add your identity,” she explains, preferring the<br />

analogy of a “fruit salad” with its many colorful<br />

and unique ingredients.<br />

Based on 2020 Census figures, the Hispanic<br />

population in Sarasota County runs about<br />

10% while in Manatee County it’s closer to<br />

17%. It’s the fastest growing minority group<br />

in the country. And Luz points out that those<br />

official numbers undercount many who the<br />

Census didn’t reach. In the past 10 years<br />

those numbers have grown by 370 percent.<br />

“They come alone, then reunite with family,<br />

while others have planted roots,” she<br />

explains. The majority, she notes, are not<br />

Mexican workers. Instead, theirs is a diverse<br />

group from Central America, South America,<br />

Mexico and other places.<br />

UnidosNow was founded in 2010 by Kelly<br />

Kirschner and attorney CJ Czaia (both current<br />

board members) who wanted to create opportunities<br />

for the Hispanic and Latino communities<br />

they felt were underrepresented in<br />

the community. Kirschner was UnidosNow’s<br />

first Executive Director. He approached Luz to<br />

be the next ED, but she declined due to other<br />

commitments.<br />

Prior to UnidosNow, Luz had leadership<br />

roles with numerous organizations, including<br />

Healthy Start Manatee and the Florida Department<br />

of Health in Manatee County, where<br />

she developed and oversaw diverse community-based<br />

initiatives to empower underserved<br />

and at-risk populations, while also building<br />

community partnerships across sectors, according<br />

to the UnidosNow website.<br />

UnidosNow continued and had two more<br />

executive directors until they approached Luz<br />

again and she accepted and came on board in<br />

2016. One of her goals was to have the organization<br />

“go deeper, not broader” and include not<br />

only elementary age and middle school children,<br />

but also the families of all the children<br />

and adults in the UnidosNow program making<br />

it multi-generational. “Education is critical,”<br />

Luz often states but so is involving the family.<br />

Luz came onboard with those goals knowing<br />

it was “the perfect organization to give back<br />

to” since she herself had an excellent education.<br />

Luz grew up in Peru with seven siblings.<br />

Her parents were well-educated and stressed<br />

higher education for their children. Luz emigrated<br />

to Canada and practiced as a psychotherapist<br />

for 16 years before moving to Florida<br />

in 2000. She holds master’s degrees in Pastoral<br />

Ministry and Psychology.<br />

Luz and her husband Luis have two daughters,<br />

Mariella and Daniella. Mariella is an electrical<br />

engineer working in Luxembourg who<br />

went to Duke University on a full scholarship.<br />

Her other daughter lives in Canada and has an<br />

MBA and JD also from prestigious schools and<br />

has talked to UnidosNow students about her<br />

experiences in getting a scholarship and, how<br />

as a minority, you have to prove yourself. Luz is<br />

also a grandmother of two.<br />

Can there be anyone better suited to run<br />

UnidosNow than someone who knows firsthand<br />

the cultural and social challenges of<br />

integrating successfully into a new community?<br />

Luz understands their struggles, but also<br />

knows there is reward for hard work. A 501(c)<br />

(3), UnidosNow has one fundraiser a year. The<br />

rest comes through grants, foundation and<br />

donations—also Luz’s responsibilities.<br />

One who knows Luz well is Susie Bowie, Executive<br />

Director, Manatee Community Foundation.<br />

“Luz Corcuera is trusted by many in<br />

our community. Her knowledge and track record<br />

of supporting and advocating for Hispanic<br />

Latino students is exceptional. Luz’s unique<br />

ability to share information with people in a<br />

way that helps them understand the truth in a<br />

situation and how they can help have made a<br />

difference beyond what we can ever quantify<br />

in a grant report,” she shares.<br />

UnidosNow’s results can perhaps best be<br />

seen at their recent Future Leaders Academy<br />

graduation where 100 per cent are going off<br />

to college. Hector Tejeda, a Harvard-educated<br />

businessman, ran UnidosNow for a while<br />

and he created the Future Leaders Academy.<br />

UnidosNow assisted college-prep Future<br />

Leaders Academy students in accessing over<br />

$8 million in post-secondary scholarships and<br />

educational grants for the 2021-<strong>2022</strong> class.<br />

“With our Future Leaders Academy, we are<br />

empowering our leaders of tomorrow to create<br />

circles of opportunities for generations to come<br />

through college preparation, leadership training,<br />

and community service.”<br />

She explains that the UnidosNow goal is<br />

“…to inspire young people…to visualize and<br />

reach their full potential, leading our community<br />

to be the best it can be for everyone.”<br />

Students have gone on to prestigious schools<br />

like Harvard, Stanford, Duke, Princeton,<br />

Cornell and Yale.<br />

During the school year, 24-25 students<br />

are coached and mentored, but the number<br />

reaches close to 200 when parents and grandparents<br />

are factored in. Parents, Luz says,<br />

“are inspired by their children.” They often go<br />

with their children to visit campuses And the<br />

kids, Luz notes, inspire their parents to pursue<br />

other opportunities. Parents have the opportunity<br />

to acquire English language skills,<br />

understand how the U.S. education system<br />

works, connect to community resources, and<br />

become ambassadors in the community.<br />

The impact of guiding a young person and<br />

inspiring them to go to college or pursue their<br />

dreams cannot be understated. They may go<br />

to college, but they raise up their family as<br />

well. “For first generation Latinos, this is a big<br />

achievement. The kids become better versions<br />

of themselves.”<br />

The important thing Luz explains is to<br />

“dream big,” adding, “It’s important for them<br />

to choose a place that’s a good fit and for some<br />

that may mean being closer to family.”<br />

“Dreams are dreams,” she says with a<br />

smile, and UnidosNow has found the “secret<br />

sauce” she says of how to make that happen.<br />

If you want to learn more, visit https://<br />

www.unidosnow.org/. Luz is also available<br />

for tours.<br />

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wiser you<br />

Avoiding the water?<br />

Want to be at ease in the water?<br />

Miracle Swimming makes it easy to eliminate<br />

fear of the water<br />

A<br />

t a resort<br />

on Siesta<br />

Key, a<br />

group of<br />

individuals<br />

— a man and two women<br />

plus an instructor — are<br />

gathered by the pool<br />

going over notes and<br />

reviewing their lessons.<br />

They’re from various<br />

places in the U.S.—two<br />

from the Atlanta area and<br />

one from Sarasota—but<br />

with a common goal:<br />

learn to feel comfortable<br />

in the water and thus<br />

enjoy swimming, floating<br />

or simply being in the<br />

water. It’s part bookish,<br />

part hands-on, but always<br />

at a deliberate, gentle<br />

pace with no pressure, no<br />

coaching and no laps of<br />

any kind.<br />

This is Miracle Swimming’s<br />

approach — a carefully<br />

crafted (and tested)<br />

system to teach people to<br />

feel comfortable in the<br />

water. It’s held at resorts<br />

versus at pools at<br />

community centers or<br />

places like the YMCA<br />

to add to the relaxed<br />

vibe that permeates<br />

the learning at Miracle<br />

Swimming.<br />

“You have to be<br />

comfortable,” says<br />

Melon Dash, the owner,<br />

founder and veteran<br />

teacher of Miracle<br />

Swimming explains.<br />

“Comfort is a big part<br />

of the experience<br />

from the water being a<br />

comfortable temperature,<br />

the depth being a<br />

comfortable level and<br />

most importantly the<br />

comfort of being able<br />

to be yourself as you<br />

learn,” she explains.<br />

“And fun,” Melon’s<br />

instructor Theresa<br />

shouts from across the<br />

pool where she is starting<br />

the pool part of the<br />

day’s learning.<br />

There’s a strong mindfulness component<br />

to Miracle Swimming that could be<br />

summed up in, “Don’t think too much,”<br />

Smiling faces means another successful “graduation” on the Essentials class for these three students.<br />

L-R Noah, instructor Theresa, Eni and Anne. Note the smiles as well as the fact they’re in deep water.<br />

Melon Dash is the creator of<br />

Miracle Swimming. She’s a<br />

nationally ranked U.S. Masters<br />

swimmer and holds a Master’s<br />

Degree in Education.<br />

as Melon calls it. As<br />

humans, we tend to<br />

fear what we don’t<br />

know and fear can<br />

sometimes lead to<br />

panic. The three<br />

soon-to-be-graduates<br />

of this five-day program are anything<br />

but fearful. They are relaxed, smiling<br />

— almost elated — to experience the<br />

Melon created a tether and PVC attachment for each student which ensures<br />

that the student never drifts and thus keeps them feeling safe.<br />

water for the enjoyable experience it can<br />

be without any mental hindrances.<br />

Most of us love the water — swimming,<br />

diving, wading or just floating. But<br />

some have a fear of the water that keeps<br />

them from getting into the water past the<br />

shallow end. It can be an intense fear;<br />

for others it’s an inconvenience when<br />

on vacation or taking kids or grandkids<br />

to the water or pool. Some simply have<br />

little experience in the<br />

water and thus are not<br />

comfortable. And more<br />

than a few would like a<br />

way to overcome that<br />

fear, but not necessarily<br />

with swim lessons.<br />

Melon, an experienced<br />

college swimming<br />

instructor, in 1983<br />

created what she calls<br />

“The 5 Circles Teaching<br />

Method.” She created it<br />

because she saw her students<br />

more concerned<br />

with survival than mastering<br />

strokes. With this<br />

novel new approach<br />

she also opened Miracle<br />

Swimming School for<br />

Adults. Since then thousands<br />

have “triumphed”<br />

by taking her classes according<br />

to her website.<br />

Melon is a nationally<br />

ranked U.S. Masters<br />

swimmer and holds a<br />

Master’s Degree in Education.<br />

Speaking with<br />

her you find yourself<br />

talking more about<br />

mindfulness which is<br />

interesting because<br />

that’s how her program<br />

works. You have<br />

to be mindful of your<br />

thinking, your fear,<br />

your surroundings,<br />

your breathing. Put<br />

another way, you<br />

learn to be in control<br />

in the water by being<br />

peaceful in the water.<br />

Melon has offered<br />

the program in places<br />

like Dublin, Ireland,<br />

and Cheltenham,<br />

England, and closer<br />

to home in West Palm<br />

Beach in Florida, but<br />

also Palm Springs and<br />

Chicago. She has 65<br />

licensed instructors<br />

who also offer her program around the<br />

country.<br />

Melon now teaches the advanced<br />

classes so Theresa is leading the beginner<br />

class today that consists of two<br />

women and one man (yes, it’s co-ed).<br />

Anne, a Sarasota resident, calls Miracle<br />

Swimming’s methodology “a gentle approach”<br />

and indeed it is. Students spend<br />

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as much time out of the pool as in. Eni,<br />

who hails from North Carolina, appreciates<br />

the individualized approach.<br />

Every consideration is given to keeping<br />

students relaxed and feeling safe. No<br />

one is rushed if they’re not ready. There<br />

are no “musts” or “have to’s” and no testing<br />

and no competition. Ever refining her<br />

teaching, Melon created a tether and PVC<br />

attachment for each student. The tether<br />

hooks the swimmer to a set of plastic anchors<br />

that attach to the side of the pool.<br />

This is to ensure that the student never<br />

drifts and thus keeps them feeling safe.<br />

A sense of safety is what’s it’s all<br />

about and is the core of the thinking<br />

behind Miracle Swimming. Thus no “get<br />

in the pool and start kicking” or “you’re<br />

doing that all wrong” dialogue. Theresa<br />

leads the entry level Essentials 1 class<br />

and says, “When you’re ready, try this<br />

move” as she demonstrates how to briefly<br />

turn your face into the water. They all<br />

do it in their own way as much as they<br />

want. After that, she asks them, “What<br />

would you like to do next?”<br />

One of the students, Noah, is from Atlanta<br />

and admits she’d always be the one<br />

to watch the kids whenever she was at a<br />

pool. She’s been around water, but wanted<br />

a “sense of confidence.” She likes<br />

the class because it “speaks to the fears<br />

adults have” and has already signed up<br />

for the second stage of classes.<br />

Eni, another student, admits he<br />

“never had the opportunity to swim.”<br />

He’d go on vacations and dip his legs<br />

in the water, but wanted to feel comfortable<br />

in deep water. He’d see others<br />

swim and admire how graceful they<br />

were. He did his research thoroughly<br />

before choosing Miracle Swimming. He<br />

found many classes filled with kids and<br />

thought, “This is not going to work.” He<br />

read about the program back in 2015<br />

and when his wife took it, being that he<br />

called “the guinea pig,” and decided if<br />

she liked it he’d take it. And he did.<br />

For Anne, who, lives in Sarasota, she<br />

signed up for Miracle Swimming to “feel<br />

safe and enjoy the water without fear.”<br />

She had enjoyed water sports as a youth<br />

and used to be comfortable in the water<br />

and wanted to regain that sense of being<br />

comfortable again.<br />

The program is five consecutive days<br />

and sometimes they’re in the pool for an<br />

hour or more after having instruction on<br />

Melon<br />

Dash,<br />

creator of<br />

Miracle<br />

Swimming<br />

land. The water is intentionally warm to<br />

make it more relaxing and they do their<br />

exercises in the shallow end of the pool.<br />

A once-a-week typical swim class would<br />

never have the same results.<br />

In informal, poolside classes students<br />

learn things like buoyancy and center of<br />

gravity, and each has a workbook they<br />

use every day before heading into the<br />

pool. According to Melon, “Other programs<br />

don’t speak to the mental aspect<br />

of swimming.”<br />

Watching them on this last day of the<br />

five-day program, judging by the smiles,<br />

it seems they have all enjoyed the<br />

confidence they’ve gained and will take<br />

with them.<br />

Story: Louise Bruderle<br />

About Miracle<br />

Swimming<br />

They offer a variety of classes from beginner<br />

to more experienced, but most<br />

start with Essentials 1 which is the entry<br />

level class. Students learn to overcome<br />

the fear of putting your face in, putting<br />

your head under, sinking, running out<br />

of air, and losing control. Students can<br />

move on to move advanced classes if<br />

they want to to address deep water, being<br />

in the ocean and jumping off a boat.<br />

The essentials do not include strokes.<br />

Melon explains that, “Strokes are for<br />

efficiency, not safety.” She adds that the<br />

Essential class “Teaches the essentials<br />

of swimming, including how the water<br />

works. It’s not about motion. You spend<br />

time in both shallow and—as you become<br />

ready— deep water. The ability to<br />

rest in shallow water paves the way for<br />

movement that’s natural and comfortable.<br />

Confidence builds and you become<br />

curious to try it in the deep. All that’s<br />

required is your full presence.”<br />

Coming up:<br />

August 15-19<br />

Location: Jamaica Royale,<br />

5830 Midnight Pass Road, Sarasota<br />

Schedule: Monday 9-noon and 3-6;<br />

Tuesday 9-noon; Wednesday 9-noon<br />

and 3-6; Thursday 9-noon and 3-6 and<br />

Friday 8-11.<br />

Offered again in Sarasota on<br />

September 19-23, October 17-21 and<br />

November 7-11.<br />

Visit https://miracleswimming.com/.<br />

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travel news<br />


Discovery Tours SRQ<br />

Discover Sarasota Tours offers<br />

fun, entertaining, interactive,<br />

and informative air-conditioned<br />

trolley and van tours of interesting<br />

places and stories that shaped<br />

Sarasota’s cultural past. They offer<br />

many different daytime, nighttime,<br />

or holiday trolley tours exploring the<br />

history, culture, and unique aspects<br />

of Sarasota.<br />

During hot summer months,<br />

morning tours run in “Dolly The<br />

Trolley,” their new 31-seat trolley,<br />

and afternoon tours run in “Vanna<br />

White,” their 9-passenger high-top<br />

van. Both vehicles are enclosed and<br />

air-conditioned.<br />

Tours run year-round, but during<br />

the hottest months of the summer,<br />

they don’t run all tours every day,<br />

Scoop Some Scallops this Summer<br />

and “Cook Your Catch”<br />

Scalloping season is underway at<br />

Crystal River and Plantation on Crystal<br />

River and they’re offering guided<br />

and non-guided scalloping deals. Guided<br />

scalloping package rates start at $949 (see<br />

website for details) for mid-week stays for<br />

two guests and includes:<br />

• Two-night stay in a garden or water view<br />

deluxe room, patio room or golf villa<br />

• Guided scalloping tour including mask,<br />

snorkel and fins with one of the area<br />

captains<br />

• Souvenir bag with mesh scalloping bag,<br />

scallop recipes and water<br />

• Chef-prepared cook-your-catch from the<br />

day’s harvest (scallops or fish) for lunch or<br />

dinner.<br />

• Breakfast daily<br />

Scalloping is like snorkeling, but with the<br />

simple addition of a mesh bag for storing<br />

the harvest. Most scallops can be found in<br />

the shallow grass flats of the Gulf of Mexico<br />

so check the calendar. If there is a<br />

date not listed, email them at info@<br />

discoversarasotatours.com.<br />

Trolley and van embark<br />

from Trolley Cottage, a 1930s bungalow<br />

at 1826 4th Street, with free<br />

on-site parking behind the Breakfast<br />

House off Fruitville Road.<br />

Tours Offered:<br />

• Murder Mystery Trolley: Who<br />

Killed The Circus Queen? On<br />

August 13 and 27 and September<br />

3, 10, 17 and 24, 7:30 - 9 p.m.<br />

• Haunted Sarasota: August 19 and<br />

September 2, 8-9:30 p.m.<br />

• City Sightseeing Tour: August 27,<br />

10 a.m. and 1p.m. and September<br />

3, 1-2:30pm<br />

https://www.discoversarasotatours.com/<br />

that range anywhere from three to<br />

six feet deep.<br />

Only two to three inches in<br />

length and located inside a fanshaped<br />

shell, the scallops can be<br />

easy to spot with their 30-40 bright<br />

blue eyes. Once daily scallop limit<br />

has been reached, they can be prepared<br />

by the hotel for a cook-yourcatch<br />

meal.<br />

If guests choose not to book a<br />

scalloping package, the can still<br />

have their scallops cooked. The chef<br />

at West 82° Bar & Grill will prepare<br />

guests’ shucked scallops during<br />

lunch or dinner.<br />

The eco-friendly Plantation on<br />

Crystal River is surrounded by the<br />

natural springs of King’s Bay and<br />

more than 25,000 surface acres of lakes<br />

and rivers, as well as wildlife refuges and<br />

state parks. On site, the Plantation features<br />

a full-service family-oriented dive and<br />

tour operation marina, 18-hole golf course,<br />

9-hole executive course and an Aveda spa.<br />

Guests can<br />

swim with<br />

manatees,<br />

rent a pontoon<br />

or Jon boat, relax<br />

by the riverfront<br />

pool,<br />

enjoy a game<br />

of croquet, or<br />

hire a guided<br />

fishing charter.<br />

For more<br />

information,<br />

visit Planta-<br />

tiononCrystal-<br />

River.com.<br />

Suggestions for September:<br />

Art of Living Retreat Center –<br />

Boone, NC<br />

Art of Living Retreat Center is an Ayurvedic<br />

wellness, yoga, meditation and getaway<br />

that offers an immersive and transformational<br />

wellness experience for travelers<br />

through various retreat programs and<br />

workshops, yoga and meditation classes,<br />

outdoor activities in nature, Ayurvedic spa<br />

treatments and cuisine, and more.<br />

Situated at a height of 3,700 feet and<br />

spread over 380 acres, Art of Living offers<br />

a serene and rejuvenating wellness journey<br />

surrounded by nature, where guests can<br />

relax and renew.<br />

Why September: With September being<br />

National Yoga Awareness Month, wellness<br />

travelers and yoga lovers can celebrate all<br />

month long at Art of Living. Features open<br />

spaces and outdoor activities, yoga and meditation<br />

against scenic backdrops and expert<br />

instructors, as well as a variety of different<br />

retreats and guest speaker programs. www.<br />

artoflivingretreatcenter.org<br />

T<br />

he first phase of the Delta<br />

Sky Way at LAX is now<br />

open to customers — nearly<br />

18 months ahead of schedule.<br />

And when LAX customers visit<br />

the new Delta terminal, they’ll<br />

have more than just a streamlined<br />

check-in experience and<br />

new facilities to look forward to.<br />

The new Delta Sky Club at LAX,<br />

located on the departures level<br />

NoMo SoHo - New York, NY<br />

NoMo SoHo is a 26-story, 264-room hotel<br />

set in the heart of SoHo. The neighborhood,<br />

which is known for its fashion, design,<br />

art and culture is the epicenter of creative<br />

up-and-comers, in addition to housing<br />

established brands, well-known artists and<br />

cultural icons. Every room comes with 10-<br />

foot, floor-to-ceiling windows that feature<br />

panoramic views of the city skyline. The hotel<br />

is also home to the famed NoMo Kitchen,<br />

offering a rustic American menu with global<br />

influences, and Nina’s x Liquid Lab, a new<br />

concept in nightlife.<br />

Why September: New York Fashion<br />

Week returns from September 8-12 at Angel<br />

Orensanz, located just 15 minutes away<br />

from NoMo SoHo. Visitors can get a first<br />

glance at the latest outfits from leading fashion<br />

designers. https://www.nomosoho.com/<br />

Atlantis Paradise Island<br />

Atlantis Paradise Island, the iconic<br />

oceanside resort, offers a vacation for any<br />

type of traveler, from luxury accommodations<br />

in The Cove and Michelin star chefs<br />

at NOBU and Olives to the family-friendly<br />

Aquaventure waterpark with 11 swimming<br />

pools and nine waterslides. The resort is<br />

also home to the world’s largest open-air<br />

marine habitat, where over 50,000 marine<br />

animals from 250 species make their home<br />

in natural ocean-fed environments.<br />

Why September: With cooling temperatures<br />

and thinning crowds, the fall is an<br />

ideal time to visit the Caribbean.<br />

Yep, There’s a Museum of Sex<br />

A<br />

prime choice in NYC for<br />

besties looking for a beach<br />

party with an unconventional<br />

twist, the Museum of Sex<br />

in NYC offers a vibe like no other.<br />

The evening could start with a<br />

group stroll through the permanent<br />

collection spanning from a Picasso<br />

to King Edward VII’s favorite sex<br />

chair, followed by a walk through<br />

the Kaleidoscope tunnel and rides<br />

on the bucking bronco.<br />

Next comes an adventure in the<br />

bouncy castle of breasts before enjoying a<br />

forty-five-minute complimentary champagne<br />

bottle service, while Rupaul reads you<br />

everyone’s sexual fortune. Tickets cost $65<br />

and include a bride-to-be swag bag with a<br />

veil and sash, a special VIP area in the museum’s<br />

Super Funland Bar, and 15% off all<br />

retail store purchases. There’s a minimum<br />

of five people per party. Bookings are available<br />

via the museum’s website.<br />

Delta Sky Club News<br />

between T2 and T3, features premium<br />

design and awe-inspiring<br />

views and promises to offer an<br />

unparalleled lounge experience<br />

for customers with Club access.<br />

Also at Delta, customers<br />

can experience Seattle’s new<br />

450,000-square-foot International<br />

Arrivals Facility at<br />

Seattle-Tacoma International<br />

Airport.<br />

20 WEST COAST WOMAN <strong>AUGUST</strong> <strong>2022</strong>

your healthier health you<br />

Craniosacral Therapy Can Be Life Changing<br />

CST treats the whole body physically, physiologically, mentally, emotionally and energetically<br />

Clients come to me because they are in physical<br />

pain such as neck, back, pain and TMJ as well as<br />

for chronic headaches and migraines.<br />

Pain and stress caused by<br />

shortened Fascia<br />

Fascia (strong connective tissue) encases all<br />

our muscles, organs, brain and spinal cord.<br />

Whenever fascia shortens any place in the<br />

body, the entire network of fascia creates an<br />

increased tension affecting the functioning<br />

of our physical body as well as our organs,<br />

our brain and spinal cord.<br />

Our body is the history of every major<br />

trauma we have experienced physically and<br />

emotionally beginning with birth issues, falls,<br />

head trauma, car accidents, childhood abuse<br />

issues, death, divorce and other emotional<br />

issues. Our body tries to minimize each trauma<br />

by shortening fascia to isolate the energy<br />

coming into the body from that trauma.<br />

Shortened fascia results in pain, loss of mobility<br />

and range of motion, organs becoming<br />

less efficient and with parts of the brain and<br />

spinal cord becoming stressed.<br />

To keep the brain functioning, the body<br />

transfers some of your functional work play<br />

energy (7:00 AM-10:00 PM) to the brain resulting<br />

in less energy to make it through each<br />

day. As we age, the accumulation of all the<br />

tightened fascia, from every major trauma<br />

in life, begins to restrict every aspect of our<br />

body’s functions resulting in pain, loss of mobility,<br />

mis-functioning organs, loss of energy,<br />

as well as our brain losing some its sharpness.<br />

How Craniosacral<br />

Therapy Works<br />

The Craniosacral Therapist creates a safe<br />

place, with gentle holding techniques, that<br />

engages your body’s ability to self correct,<br />

reorganize and heal itself with the release<br />

of some of that tightened fascia during<br />

each session. As the Craniosacral Therapist<br />

engages your body, you will feel fascia releasing.<br />

As the fascia releases, pain begins to<br />

decrease, range of motion and mobility improve,<br />

organs begin functioning better and<br />

with less stress on the brain feels, it returns<br />

the energy it borrowed at the time of each<br />

trauma resulting in an immediate increase in<br />

your energy levels. Rarely does anyone leave<br />

from my first session not feeling better.<br />

Short Leg Syndrome<br />

Eighty-five percent of my clients have one<br />

of their legs pulled up 1/2 to 1 by shortened<br />

fascia. The tension from short leg syndrome<br />

on the sacrum (5 fused vertebrae at bottom<br />

of the spine) is transferred up the dural tube<br />

that encases the spinal cord into the lower<br />

and upper back, the neck, the cranium and<br />

The physical stress in bodies caused by shortened<br />

fascia (connective tissue) shuts down<br />

energy flows to certain organs. Short leg syndrome<br />

by ½ to 1 in (where one leg is pulled up<br />

by shortened fascia) shuts down energy flow to<br />

the spleen (an important part of your immune<br />

system) and the small and large intestine. With<br />

the release of that shortened fascia, energy returns<br />

to these organs.<br />

the brain. Headaches, migraines, TMJ and<br />

neck problems can originate from the fascial<br />

stress in the sacrum.<br />

Releasing this sacral stress increases energy<br />

in the bladder, sex organs, kidneys and<br />

the chakras as well as releasing major stress<br />

in the upper part of the body.<br />

Cause of Shallow Breathing<br />

A great majority of the clients who come to<br />

me for various problems are also shallow<br />

breathers. Fascial stress in the diaphragm<br />

restricts the depth of breathing by restricting<br />

energy flow to the lungs, the pericardium<br />

and the heart. With the release of fascial diaphragm<br />

restriction, the client immediately<br />

starts breathing deeply and energy is restored<br />

to the pericardium and the heart.<br />

Shoulder blades that are cemented to the<br />

body also restricts how much the rib cage can<br />

open and thereby also restricting depth of<br />

breath. Without proper breathing, your cells<br />

do not get enough oxygen. Everyone, especially<br />

people suffering from bronchitis, asthma<br />

and COPD as well as shallow breathing can<br />

benefit when the fascial stress is released.<br />

Specialized Training<br />

to work with Brain<br />

Dysfunctions<br />

Just as the body physically gets stressed from<br />

physical and emotional trauma, the functioning<br />

of the brain is also affected by fascial stress. For<br />

our brains to remain healthy, we need dynamic<br />

production of craniosacral fluid which performs<br />

the important function of bringing nourishment<br />

to all the cells in the brain and spinal<br />

cord as well as cleansing all the metabolic<br />

wastes given off by those same cells.<br />

Once the craniosacral fluid cleanses these<br />

metabolic wastes, efficient drainage of these<br />

metabolic wastes into the lymph system is<br />

absolutely necessary. Research has shown,<br />

that at night, craniosacral fluid cleanses amyloid<br />

plaques from the brain. If the drainage<br />

is inefficient, then the brain is being bathed<br />

in a toxic slurry. How does 15 or 20 years of<br />

your brain being bathed in a toxic slurry<br />

affect you: senile dementia, Parkinson’s,<br />

Alzheimer’s and other brain dysfunctions?<br />

A Craniosacral Therapist, who has received<br />

training in working with the brain, can reverse<br />

that stress on the brain that eventually can<br />

result in those brain dysfunctions. As we all<br />

know, the proper functioning of the body is<br />

dependent on a healthy functioning brain.<br />

Babies and Children can benefit<br />

■ Our little boy Leo, four years of age, had a<br />

difficult birth and at 7 months was put on antibiotics<br />

for an ear infection and as a result developed<br />

c-diff. His development came to a stop.<br />

At 3 years, with the help of an OT, he started<br />

to walk and talk. In spite of the improvements,<br />

he was unable to answer questions and his<br />

communication skills were very poor. Leo<br />

had very poor muscle tone, a lot of stress in<br />

his body and physical activities such walking,<br />

jumping and climbing were difficult for him.<br />

Beginning with the first session with Terry,<br />

he began showing improvement and with each<br />

following session. Everyone from his teachers<br />

to his grandparents noticed an increase in his<br />

■ “I was in awful pain and the<br />

MRI showed 2 pinched nerves<br />

and stenosis. I scheduled surgery.<br />

My daughter suggested Craniosacral therapy.<br />

After only 2 visits the pain was reduced to<br />

advanced craniosacral about 80% and therapy I canceled the surgery. I went<br />

for a 3rd visit and I am about 90% better.”<br />

■ “Simply Amazing! One visit was all it took for<br />

Terry to relieve 85% of my year long, nagging<br />

(sometimes severe) neck/shoulder tightness/<br />

pain!! My breathing improved tremendously.”<br />

physical strength, as well as improvements in<br />

comprehension, speech and communication<br />

skills. For the first time, he started participating<br />

in class lessons and interacting with his<br />

classmates. Terry has made a huge impact on<br />

getting Leo to a place a little boy should be at<br />

age four. We cannot thank Terry enough.<br />

■ Terry’s treatment helped our 6 week old<br />

baby boy from recent hospitalization into<br />

the first series of healthy bowel movements<br />

when seemingly nothing could help. Our son<br />

was able to latch onto the breast and for the<br />

first time completed his feeding. He was much<br />

calmer after working with Terry.<br />

■ “He was able to relieve tension that I have<br />

been carrying around for 15 years or more.<br />

I left his office table with more energy than I<br />

have had in years.”<br />

■ “I began working with him because I was<br />

dealing with anxieties, depression and lots of<br />

emotional pain inside and out. You don’t realized<br />

how much stress can cause damage to<br />

your body, mind and soul. I can say Terry was<br />

a big help.”<br />

Terrence Grywinski<br />

of Advanced<br />

Craniosacral Therapy,<br />

B.A., B.ED., LMT #MA 6049<br />

Testimonials from Clients<br />

SOURCE:<br />

■ Terrence Grywinski of Advanced Craniosacral Therapy,<br />

B.A., B.ED., LMT #MA 6049. Terry has specialized in Craniosacral<br />

Therapy since 1994 when he began his training at the Upledger<br />

Institute. Described by his teachers, clients and colleagues<br />

as a “gifted healer”, Terry’s intuitive sense and healing energy<br />

provides immediate and lasting relief from injury, pain, mobility<br />

issues as well as dysfunctions of the body and the brain. Part<br />

of Terry’s ongoing education, he has completed 4 craniosacral<br />

brain and peripheral nervous system classes which enables him<br />

to work at a cellular<br />

level and with brain<br />

dysfunctions.<br />

Call 941-321-8757<br />

for more information,<br />

Google Advanced<br />

Craniosacral<br />

Therapy.<br />

■ “On a recent vacation to Siesta Key, I re-injured<br />

my back. I found Terry online. I can say<br />

with complete joy that was the best decision<br />

I made in the history of my back pain. I have<br />

sought many modalities and visit a CST regularly<br />

and never have I had such a healing in<br />

my entire body.<br />

After 3 sessions, I made a 16-hour drive<br />

home with no pain or discomfort in my entire<br />

body. Unbelievable. My body has a sense of<br />

moving freely and that is completely new. I’m<br />

advanced craniosacral therapy<br />

so grateful to Terry for his knowledge, for his<br />

sensitivity to my needs and his kind generosity<br />

in healing my body. I will see him when I return<br />

next year.”<br />

■ “I am a snowbird who spends 7 months<br />

in Sarasota. I have had back problems for 25<br />

years. Terry’s techniques have led to a great<br />

deal of release and relief in areas that have<br />

been problematic. I have been seeing him over<br />

the years when my body says ”it’s time”. Usually<br />

after a few sessions, I can tell a huge difference.”<br />


<strong>AUGUST</strong> <strong>2022</strong> WEST COAST WOMAN 21

travel news continued<br />

Rush My Passport<br />

AAA has teamed up<br />

with RushMyPassport<br />

to offer exclusive<br />

rates to AAA members<br />

on expediting services for<br />

U.S. passports and global<br />

travel visas. This new<br />

service is available to all<br />

AAA members nationwide<br />

starting this summer.<br />

Currently, the Department<br />

of State (DOS) is processing passport<br />

applications in 8-11 weeks for routine processing<br />

and 5-7 weeks for expedited. While<br />

these speeds are an improvement over the<br />

last two years during the pandemic, they<br />

could still present a challenge for many international<br />

travelers. And according to the Department<br />

of State, the DOS has processed<br />

approximately 14 million fewer passports in<br />

the last two years than they would normally<br />

in non-pandemic times.<br />

By teaming up with RushMyPassport, a<br />

subsidiary of Expedited Travel LLC, AAA<br />

Travel now provides turnkey passport and<br />

travel visa concierge services to its members<br />

nationwide. This allows members to simply<br />

go online to the dedicated ordering website<br />

to obtain their vital travel documents and<br />

receive exclusive AAA discounts on expedited<br />

services.<br />

RushMyPassport<br />

leverages its technology<br />

to create personalized<br />

application packets and<br />

customized checklists to<br />

ensure each application<br />

is done correctly the<br />

first time. Their online<br />

application technology<br />

walks users through the<br />

entire process stepby-step,<br />

making it easy to use and understand,<br />

while eliminating the confusion and<br />

common errors that often arise by doing it<br />

yourself. Passport advisors are available via<br />

phone, email, or chat to provide personalized<br />

support when and where it is needed.<br />

Other important benefits include full<br />

tracking visibility to keep individuals up to<br />

date on their application status. Plus, AAA<br />

members can also select various add-on services,<br />

including Passport Protection (lost/<br />

stolen/damaged passports), Passports Cards<br />

(wallet sized cards as a secondary ID), and<br />

Rapid Covid-19 Antigen Test Kits.<br />

This comprehensive service offering<br />

combines personalized service, support,<br />

fast processing and more for simplicity and<br />

added peace of mind.<br />

For more information, visit: AAA.com/<br />

Passport.<br />

Travel Tips from TSA<br />

• Start with empty bags. Airline<br />

passengers who pack for<br />

travel with empty bags are<br />

less likely to bring prohibited<br />

items through a TSA checkpoint.<br />

Check for prohibited<br />

items by using the “What Can I<br />

Bring?” page on TSA.gov.<br />

• Know before you go. Plan to<br />

arrive at the airport in plenty<br />

of time to check in, check bags,<br />

and complete security screening<br />

in time to avoid stressful<br />

sprints to the departure<br />

gate. At the TSA checkpoint, have a valid<br />

ID card readily available and follow the<br />

liquids rule of 3.4 ounces or less, except<br />

for hand sanitizer, which has a temporary<br />

12-ounce limit in carry-on baggage.<br />

• Contact TSA for help if there are<br />

questions or concerns. Those who are<br />

preparing to travel and may have special<br />

circumstances, considerations or general<br />

questions about airport screening can get<br />

live assistance by tweeting questions and<br />

comments to @AskTSA or via Facebook<br />

Messenger, weekdays from 8 a.m. to 10<br />

p.m.; weekends/holidays from 9 a.m. to<br />

7 p.m. You can also call the TSA Contact<br />

Center at 866-289-9673.<br />

• Enroll now in TSA PreCheck to “Travel<br />

with Ease.” By enrolling in TSA PreCheck,<br />

airline passengers can avoid removing<br />

shoes, belts, liquids, food, laptops and light<br />

jackets at the TSA checkpoint. Most new<br />

enrollees receive their known traveler<br />

number within five days, and membership<br />

lasts for five years. Nationally in April, 94%<br />

of TSA PreCheck passengers waited less<br />

than 5 minutes at the checkpoint.<br />

Hilton Summer Road Trip Hacks for<br />

Stress‐Free Travel<br />

With experts predicting<br />

the biggest<br />

summer travel season<br />

ever, Hilton has some tips to<br />

help travelers make the most<br />

out of their stay, their budget<br />

and their time.<br />

• Tip No. 1: Consider a hotel<br />

that includes a hot breakfast<br />

Booking a hotel that includes<br />

breakfast takes away the stress<br />

of mornings. At Tru by Hilton,<br />

guests will find a new offering –<br />

an automatic, hands-free pancake maker that<br />

magically turns batter into a golden-brown<br />

pancake with the wave of a hand. This joins<br />

Hampton by Hilton’s make-your-own Belgian<br />

waffle machine, a longtime guest favorite.<br />

For families, the added convenience<br />

of breakfast included allows guests the<br />

flexibility to have their morning meal the<br />

way they like it – whether heading down to<br />

enjoy a quick bite while waiting their turn<br />

to shower or grabbing a plate and bringing<br />

it back up to their room. Plus, it satisfies<br />

the need to go to a restaurant, eliminating<br />

travel and wait times vs. dining out while<br />

on the go.<br />

• Tip No. 2: Bring your pet on the road<br />

with you<br />

According to a recent Hilton survey, 55% of<br />

Americans who are pet owners are likely<br />

to travel with their pet this summer. People<br />

are spending more time with their pets<br />

than ever before – and while taking a trip is<br />

exciting, leaving behind the beloved family<br />

pet is not.<br />

Hilton has pet-friendly brands such<br />

Canopy by Hilton, Embassy Suites by<br />

Hilton, Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton by<br />

Hilton, Tru by Hilton, Homewood Suites by<br />

Hilton and Home2 Suites by Hilton across<br />

the U.S. and Canada. Additionally, through<br />

Hilton’s partnership with Mars Petcare,<br />

guests can access expert advice and tips<br />

via online chat or phone, tailored to reduce<br />

stress and make the travel experience more<br />

seamless from planning through hotel stay.<br />

• Tip No. 3: Book a suite or connecting<br />

rooms to give your family some space to<br />

spread out. After a day on the road, families<br />

crave space and Hilton’s brands such<br />

as Embassy Suites by Hilton, Hampton Inn<br />

& Suites by Hilton, Homewood Suites by<br />

Hilton and Home2 Suites by Hilton – feature<br />

guest rooms with separate living and<br />

sleeping areas that allow the whole family<br />

to spread out during their travels. This can<br />

come especially handy for families – or pets<br />

– traveling with varying bedtimes.<br />

Plus, budget-savvy travelers know that<br />

dining out for every meal adds up quickly,<br />

especially with a large family or group.<br />

Home-like accommodations feature<br />

fully-equipped kitchens featuring full-size<br />

refrigerators, cooktops, microwaves and<br />

cookware that allow guests to make their<br />

own meals on the road, saving time and<br />

money.<br />

For more information, visit stories.hilton.<br />

com or hilton.com.<br />

Food Festivals<br />

• San Diego Bay Wine + Food Festival is a<br />

week-long festival on the San Diego Bay. It<br />

includes chefs, artisans, winemakers, and<br />

talent from all around the country. The festival<br />

is taking place from November 9 - 13,<br />

<strong>2022</strong>. Location: Embarcadero Marina Park<br />

North, 400 Kettner Boulevard, San Diego.<br />

Featuring dozens of events, hundreds of<br />

domestic and international wineries, the<br />

celebration of craft beer and spirits, local<br />

culinary legends and nationally recognized<br />

celebrities, and a Grand Tasting Finale on<br />

the stunning Embarcadero. https://www.<br />

sandiegowineclassic.com/<br />

<strong>2022</strong>’s Best Summer Travel Destinations<br />

With nearly 80% of American<br />

travelers planning trips during<br />

<strong>2022</strong>, the personal-finance website<br />

WalletHub released its report on <strong>2022</strong>’s Best<br />

Summer Travel Destinations.<br />

WalletHub compared 100 metro areas<br />

across 43 key indicators of budget- and<br />

fun-friendliness. The data set ranges from<br />

the cost of the cheapest flight to the number<br />

of attractions to COVID-19 cases.<br />

• The average flight to a popular summer<br />

destination costs $356, lasts 3 hours and 34<br />

minutes and has 0.3 connections.<br />

• The Los Angeles metro area is the most<br />

attractive destination on the West Coast and<br />

the Washington, D.C. metro area is the most<br />

attractive destination on the East Coast.<br />

• Florida and Texas are home to the most top<br />

summer destinations in the U.S., each with<br />

at least two metro areas in the top 15. Oppositely,<br />

New York and California have the largest<br />

numbers of the most unpopular summer<br />

destinations, each with two metro areas.<br />

• The Wichita metro area has the lowest<br />

nightly rate for a three-star hotel room,<br />

$36, which is 4.6 times less expensive than in<br />

Santa Rosa, the metro area with the highest<br />

at $165.<br />

To view the full report, visit: https://wallethub.com/edu/best-summer-travel-destinations/3792<br />

• NYC Wine & Food Festival, hosted by<br />

The Food Network takes place October<br />

13 - 16, <strong>2022</strong>. Just four days long and over<br />

50,000 attendees, it is definitely an event<br />

you don’t want to miss. In the city where<br />

dreams come true, chefs and wine experts<br />

from all over the world make their<br />

way here to show the world what they<br />

have to offer.<br />

There are private dining experiences,<br />

wine tastings, live entertainment, and<br />

more. It is one of the biggest food celebrations<br />

America has to offer. Proceeds from<br />

the event go to God’s Love We Deliver and<br />

Food Bank For New York City to help fight<br />

against food poverty and food insecurity.<br />

Celebrate With Us, https://nycwff.org/<br />

22 WEST COAST WOMAN <strong>AUGUST</strong> <strong>2022</strong>

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<strong>AUGUST</strong> <strong>2022</strong> WEST COAST WOMAN 23

you’re news<br />

Accolades<br />

(L to R) Finance Director Kim Wilder, Clerk & Comptroller<br />

Angel Colonneso, and Courts Director Lori Tolksdorf<br />

standing with the <strong>2022</strong> Best Practices recognition of<br />

excellence certificate in front of the Best Practices wall<br />

of fame at the Historic Courthouse.<br />

■ At the Florida Court Clerks and<br />

Comptrollers (FCCC) summer conference,<br />

the FCCC Best Practices<br />

Committee awarded the Manatee<br />

County Clerk of the Circuit Court<br />

& Comptroller with a Recognition<br />

of Excellence in each category of<br />

the FCCC’s Best Practices in Excellence<br />

Program.<br />

According to FCCC, the Program<br />

was established last year as an<br />

opportunity for Clerks to receive<br />

Recognition of Excellence certificates<br />

for completing assessments that<br />

evaluate the acceptance of specific<br />

best practices. Additionally, the purpose<br />

of each Best Practice category<br />

is to provide guidance to Clerks and<br />

Comptrollers statewide and assist in<br />

achieving consistency in interpretation<br />

of the law and in practice.<br />

This year, the categories expanded<br />

from seven to 12. As a result, the<br />

Clerk & Comptroller’s office received<br />

recognition in all 12 categories: Bail<br />

Bonds, Compliance Services, Confidential<br />

Judicial Records, Eviction,<br />

Evidence Storage and Destruction,<br />

Exploitation of Vulnerable Adult<br />

Injunction, Guardianship Audits,<br />

Marriage License, Public Records<br />

Requests, Recording Fundamentals,<br />

Requests to Redact Exempt Personal<br />

Information and Service of Documents<br />

by Clerks for Pro Se Litigants.<br />

This recognition demonstrates<br />

the Clerk & Comptroller’s high<br />

standards in the areas of courts,<br />

public records, and recording. Outgoing<br />

FCCC President and Manatee<br />

County Clerk of the Circuit Court<br />

& Comptroller Angel Colonneso<br />

accepted the certificates on behalf of<br />

the Clerk & Comptroller’s office.<br />

In addition to this recognition,<br />

earlier this year, the Clerk &<br />

Comptroller’s Finance department<br />

received the Triple Crown medallion<br />

from the Government Finance<br />

Officers Association (GFOA) for the<br />

second year in a row for its excellence<br />

in the areas of governmental<br />

accounting and financial reporting.<br />

For more information about the<br />

Manatee County Clerk of the Circuit<br />

Court & Comptroller, visit www.<br />

ManateeClerk.com.<br />

Appointments<br />

■ The Van Wezel Foundation<br />

announced that Julie Schwartz has<br />

joined the Foundation as director of<br />

development. Schwartz is responsible<br />

for annual<br />

giving operations<br />

and fundraising<br />

initiatives.<br />

Schwartz comes<br />

to the Foundation<br />

with more than 20<br />

years of experience<br />

working at<br />

renowned arts and<br />

culture organizations.<br />

Most<br />

recently, Schwartz<br />

worked at Carnegie<br />

Hall in New<br />

York as a senior<br />

project manager,<br />

responsible for the strategy and implementation<br />

for the replacement of<br />

the Hall’s enterprise software system<br />

which is used for artistic planning,<br />

repertoire management and organizational<br />

operations.<br />

Prior to that position, Schwartz<br />

was director of development services<br />

for Carnegie Hall’s advancement<br />

programs. In addition, she has<br />

held project manager positions at<br />

the Metropolitan Museum of Art,<br />

and senior development positions at<br />

The Clark Art Institute and Boston<br />

Symphony Orchestra.<br />

■ The Renewal Point has added<br />

Ann Angelastro, IV Infusion RN,<br />

to its team. Ann obtained her RN<br />

degree in 1990 and began working as<br />

a Critical Care RN at the Open Heart<br />

Intensive Care Unit at Geisinger<br />

Medical Center in Danville, PA.<br />

Over the next 7 years, she rotated<br />

between other ICU specialties within<br />

the hospital, including Trauma,<br />

Pediatrics, and Emergency. In 1997<br />

she moved to Sarasota where she<br />

worked in the Open Heart ICU at<br />

Sarasota Memorial. It was in 2010<br />

that she found her passion as an IV<br />

Infusion Nurse.<br />

Since that time, she has worked<br />

for several Home Health agencies,<br />

specializing in IV Infusions and<br />

Venipunctures. Additionally, she<br />

has trained many other nurses in IV<br />

Infusion over the years.<br />

■ Bentley Goodrich Kison P.A. is<br />

expanding its practice and has announced<br />

that former Assistant State<br />

Attorney Ashley Gaillard has joined<br />

the firm. Gaillard will concentrate her<br />

practice in commercial litigation.<br />

Prior to<br />

working in the<br />

State Attorney’s<br />

Office (12th<br />

Judicial Circuit<br />

Sarasota, Bradenton)<br />

Gaillard<br />

worked as<br />

legal analyst,<br />

consultant and<br />

associate in<br />

Ashley Gaillard<br />

a number of<br />

international locations for the Mattin<br />

Group, based in Brussels. She also<br />

served as legal analyst for The Heartland<br />

Initiative in Washington, D.C.<br />

After earning a B.A. cum laude<br />

and a M.A. in International Business<br />

from the University of Florida,<br />

she received her law degree from<br />

Georgetown University and a Masters<br />

of Law from Institut D’etudes<br />

Politiques in Paris. She is active in<br />

the Sarasota County Bar Association<br />

and the Judge John M. Scheb American<br />

Inn of Court.<br />

Bentley Goodrich Kison is a<br />

commercial litigation law firm serving<br />

Southwest Florida. The firm is<br />

known for its team of attorneys who<br />

have extensive litigation and dispute<br />

resolutions experience.<br />

Board News<br />

■ New College Foundation<br />

recently named Alison Gardner as<br />

its board chair. Gardner works with<br />

Sage Wealth Advisors as a consultant<br />

on investment<br />

portfolios for<br />

MassMutual<br />

Metro New<br />

York. Before<br />

that, she was<br />

a senior vice<br />

president and<br />

financial advisor<br />

primarily<br />

with Morgan<br />

Alison Gardner<br />

Stanley.<br />

Gardner has served as a member of<br />

the New College Foundation’s board<br />

of directors since 2018.<br />

Gardner has spent more than 35<br />

years in the investment industry and<br />

as a finance analyst at Celanese Corporation,<br />

after stints at both U.S. and<br />

international publishing firms.<br />

The New College Foundation<br />

is the philanthropic organization<br />

supporting New College of Florida.<br />

Its board of directors include: Alison<br />

Gardner, chair; Raymonda Burgman<br />

’91, first vice chair; Dan Stults ’77,<br />

second vice chair; Larry Geimer,<br />

treasurer; George Quarterman, secretary;<br />

and Janene Amick, Beverly<br />

Bartner, Esther Barazzone ‘64, John<br />

Bean, Francine Blum, Susan Burns<br />

’76, Margee Ensign ’73, Lori Ferguson,<br />

Karin Gustafson, Renee Hamad,<br />

Glenn Hendrix ’76, Sue Jacobson,<br />

Christine Jennings, Adam Kendall,<br />

Charlene Lenger ’78, Charles Raeburn<br />

’64, Sharon Landesman Ramey<br />

’65, Mary Ruiz ’73, Jack Schlegel,<br />

Henry Smyth ’76, Monica Van Buskirk,<br />

and Nancy Winship.<br />

For more information about the<br />

New College Foundation, call 941-<br />

487-4800.<br />

■ Art Center Sarasota ’s board of<br />

directors, recently added photographer<br />

Barbara Banks to its board.<br />

Banks operates a commercial<br />

photography<br />

business in<br />

downtown<br />

Sarasota and is<br />

commissioned<br />

by clientele in<br />

Florida and<br />

across the U.S.<br />

Her permanent<br />

installation,<br />

Barbara Banks “WORKER,”<br />

was commissioned by the Sarasota<br />

Art Museum and is a site-specific installation<br />

of portrait photographs of<br />

the individuals who lent their talents<br />

to remake the historic Sarasota High<br />

School building.<br />

The imagery celebrates a class of<br />

people who often remain invisible.<br />

“Worker” seeks to make visible the<br />

invisible, to put a face to the labor that<br />

resulted in the museum. Banks is currently<br />

represented by State of the Arts<br />

Gallery, Sarasota. For more information,<br />

visit www.barbarabanks.com.<br />

Art Center Sarasota’s board of<br />

directors includes Carolyn Benedict-Drew,<br />

Chair; Michael J.<br />

Shelton, Vice Chair; Phil Baker,<br />

Treasurer; Howard Davis, Secretary;<br />

and Barbara Banks, Ramsey Frangie,<br />

and Ned Norris.<br />

Art Center Sarasota www.artsarasota.org<br />

■ Forty Carrots Family Center welcomes<br />

new Board of Trustee members<br />

Valerie Dall’Acqua, Realtor,<br />

Premier Sotheby’s International<br />

Realty and Joleen Searles, founding<br />

partner of Searles & Gornitsky. They<br />

will both serve three-year terms<br />

supporting Forty Carrots’ mission of<br />

nurturing healthy child and family<br />

development and preventing child<br />

abuse, neglect, and other childhood<br />

traumas.<br />

Current officers include Board<br />

Chair Susan Travers, nonprofit<br />

fundraiser, volunteer coordinator<br />

and event planner, Treasurer Ben<br />

Jones, Managing Director with Mariner<br />

Wealth Advisors; and Secretary<br />

Tammie Sandoval-Badger, Principal,<br />

Sabal Trust.<br />

Other board of trustee members<br />

remaining: Kevin Cooper, Dawn<br />

Doughty, Jag Grewal, Jackie Griese,<br />

Karimu Hill-Harvey, Chris Jarmul,<br />

Eric Kaplan, Bob Lewandowski,<br />

Jeff Reynolds, Alan Ross, Susan<br />

Sakhai, Kevin Stencik, CEO Michelle<br />

Kapreilian (ex-officio) and trustee<br />

emeriti Kim Githler, Stanley Kane<br />

(deceased), and Jeff Steinwachs.<br />

■ Sarasota Memorial Healthcare<br />

Foundation announced that Stacey<br />

Corley will join the organization<br />

as President on September 6, <strong>2022</strong>.<br />

Corley succeeds<br />

Mason<br />

Ayres who<br />

announced in<br />

May he will<br />

be retiring<br />

this fall.<br />

Corley is<br />

currently<br />

serving as Vice<br />

President for<br />

Stacey Corley<br />

Advancement<br />

at Ringling College of Art and Design<br />

where she has led multiple capital<br />

campaigns and worked closely with<br />

the College’s President.<br />

She originally joined the organization<br />

in 2012 as a Senior Development<br />

Officer, becoming Assistant<br />

Vice President for Strategic Philanthropy<br />

in 2014 before moving into<br />

her current role.<br />

Prior to joining Ringling College,<br />

Corley served as Associate Director<br />

for Development for Florida State<br />

University Foundation/The John and<br />

Mable Ringling Museum of Art. She<br />

also worked 10 years for Bristol-Myers<br />

Squibb in various roles including<br />

Senior Hospital Business Manager.<br />

In the community, she has held<br />

leadership positions with multiple<br />

local and national organizations<br />

including Ringling College Library<br />

Association, Association of Fundraising<br />

Professionals, Junior League<br />

of Sarasota and is a member of<br />

Sarasota Women’s Alliance.<br />

Business News<br />

■ Melissa “Mel” DeLuca Rivera,<br />

and her husband and business<br />

partner José Rivera, are professional<br />

barbers at their locally owned and<br />

operated Mel’s Old City Barbershop<br />

at 2116 Gulf Gate Drive in Sarasota.<br />

They opened the shop more than a<br />

year ago after a family vacation in<br />

Siesta Key and determined the market<br />

area was ready for a new, highly<br />

specialized and customized service<br />

barber shop.<br />

Mel Rivera is a licensed cosmetologist<br />

and barber, and José is a<br />

licensed barber. They are trained in<br />

all facets of men’s hair care while<br />

creating current and fresh designs<br />

and fades and traditional men’s haircuts<br />

and shaves on the head, face,<br />

and neck along with color styles. To<br />

receive a Florida barber’s license, the<br />

Riveras each completed 1,200 school<br />

hours and passed a highly specialized<br />

accrediting exam.<br />

With five years in business, the Rivera’s<br />

original shop in St. Augustine,<br />

FL. is flourishing with several barbers<br />

as Mel’s Old City Barbershop at<br />

1797 Old Moultrie Road.<br />

The two Rivera owned and<br />

operated barbershops each feature<br />

1,000-square-feet of space with<br />

private, customer service areas and<br />

traditional barber chairs, sinks,<br />

equipment, methods, and technologies<br />

along with a specialization<br />

in hot lather shaves and hot towel<br />

treatments, chair massages, and a<br />

complimentary coffee bar.<br />

“We cater to all ages, so dads<br />

and sons can come on in and<br />

join us for an old-fashioned<br />

barbershop experience, and more,”<br />

said José Rivera. For information,<br />

call 904.415.9700. Visit https://<br />

melsoldcitybarbershop.com.<br />

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Lido is my beach…not<br />

literally, but sometimes<br />

I do have it all to myself.<br />

Like when a storm is<br />

coming and the beach<br />

would be empty. Cool air sweeps<br />

down and black clouds threaten<br />

from the east.<br />

But that all meant I had a good<br />

hour of solitude. Unless you count<br />

the birds. Lots of birds. There’s a<br />

skimmer colony that gathers on<br />

North Lido. They’re distinctive<br />

with their orange and black beaks<br />

and trim tuxedoes. Or maybe for<br />

their graceful swoop or skim of<br />

the water as they find food.<br />

Then there are the terns with their<br />

inquisitive looks and bad “comb<br />

overs” who move en masse if you<br />

in turn (no pun intended) move<br />

suddenly. I try to bother neither<br />

flock and we co-exist in this brief<br />

peaceful time of beach-sharing.<br />

Less popular than its more storied<br />

beach to the south, Lido Beach<br />

has the classic white white sand,<br />

but not the crowds. Smaller in<br />

scale, it also has dunes and often<br />

turtle-nesting spots.<br />

And for a brief while, it’s mine.<br />

▲ Hard to get a bad image of Lido Beach. Its golden sunsets and wavy sea oats<br />

welcome you across white sand to the gentle waves of the Gulf of Mexico.<br />

▲ Storms clear the beach, but make for solitude — until the rain comes in.<br />

▲ Birds chill<br />

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like these<br />

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don’t mind<br />

terns in their<br />

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▲ It’s a place for big sky which is rare in Sarasota, dunes and solitude -<br />

all best found pre-storm or very early in the day.<br />

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dining in<br />

Cool and cooling drinks for summer<br />

> Cranberry Tequila Cocktail<br />

In a pitcher over ice, combine the<br />

cranberry juice, lime juice, tequilla,<br />

and simple syrup.<br />

Stir until cold and pour over ice in a<br />

rocks glass.<br />

Top with a splash of seltzer water and<br />

garnish each with a lime wedge, a<br />

mint sprig, and a few fresh cranberries.<br />

To make the simple syrup: In a small<br />

saucepan, combine equal parts honey<br />

and water and mix well.<br />

Add a few sprigs of rosemary.<br />

Bring to a simmer over medium heat, stirring until honey is dissolved.<br />

Remove from heat and let cool.<br />

Prep time: 10 Minutes Yield: Serves 4 to 6.<br />

On hot summer days, why not take<br />

the two most traditionally cooling<br />

ingredients, watermelon and cucumber,<br />

and combine them with<br />

mint and lime juice to make an ultra-refreshing<br />

drink? The seltzer is<br />

a perfect finish, but you can also add<br />

a glug of vodka and call it a cocktail.<br />

For a slushy treat, freeze the watermelon<br />

chunks before blending.<br />

Cranberry Tequila Cocktail O<br />

In a blender, combine the watermelon, cucumber, water, sugar, lime juice, and mint<br />

leaves. Blend on high until the mixture is very smooth and liquid. To serve, fill a cup<br />

three-quarters full with the watermelon mixture, then top with a splash of seltzer.<br />

Yield: 6 to 8 servings.<br />

For a cooling, sweet-tart sipper with plenty of kick,<br />

look no further than this Spiked Strawberry Lemonade,<br />

bolstered by Trader Joe’s Kentucky Bourbon<br />

Straight Whiskey.<br />

Some with alcohol; some without<br />

2 cups cranberry juice<br />

1 cup fresh lime juice<br />

3/4 cup blanco tequila<br />

¼ cup Honey-Rosemary Simple<br />

Syrup, more to taste<br />

Lime wedges, mint sprigs, and<br />

fresh cranberries, for garnish<br />

> Watermelon-Cucumber Cooler<br />

Watermelon-Cucumber Cooler O<br />

2 ¼ pounds peeled watermelon,<br />

cut into large chunks<br />

½ medium cucumber (6<br />

ounces), peeled and cut into<br />

large chunks<br />

1 ½ cups water<br />

¼ cup granulated sugar<br />

Juice of 2 limes<br />

2 tablespoons packed fresh<br />

mint leaves<br />

Seltzer<br />

> Spiked Strawberry Lemonade<br />

Spiked Strawberry Lemonade O<br />

Fresh Mint<br />

2 Strawberries, rinsed and<br />

hulled<br />

1 1/2 oz. Kentucky Bourbon<br />

Straight Whiskey<br />

3-4 oz. Strawberry<br />

Lemonade<br />

1 TJ’s Lemon, sliced into<br />

wedges<br />

Muddle 2-3 mint leaves and<br />

a strawberry in the bottom<br />

of an old fashioned glass.<br />

Fill glass with ice. Add bourbon,<br />

3 ounces strawberry<br />

lemonade and a squeeze<br />

of a lemon wedge and stir.<br />

Taste and add more lemonade<br />

if desired. Garnish with a<br />

strawberry and a fresh lemon<br />

wedge and serve.<br />

This boozy sangria recipe was made<br />

for wiling away warm evenings on the<br />

patio as summer winds down…<br />

1/3 cup Cane Sugar<br />

2 TJ’s Yellow Peaches, pitted and<br />

thinly sliced<br />

1/2 pound Strawberries, hulled<br />

and halved (quartered if<br />

berries are very large)<br />

1 bottle Petit Reserve Central<br />

Coast Rosé<br />

1/2 cup Pierre Duchene Napoleon<br />

French Brandy VSOP<br />

> Peach Rosé Sangria<br />

Peach Rosé Sangria O<br />

Gently combine peaches, strawberries, and sugar in a large pitcher. Let sit 10 minutes.<br />

Add rosé and brandy to pitcher and stir. Cover and refrigerate 4 hours or overnight.<br />

Serve over ice and garnish each glass with fruit from the pitcher.<br />

> Smoky Jalapeño Hibiscus Cooler<br />

Smoky Jalapeño Hibiscus Cooler O<br />

This recipe is a great alternative to both sugary and alcoholic drinks.<br />

Spice Glass Rim: (optional)<br />

1/2 lime<br />

1 tsp. sugar<br />

1/4 tsp. cinnamon<br />

1/4 tsp. smoked paprika<br />

Cooler:<br />

1/2 cup orange juice, unsweetened<br />

1 small lime, juiced<br />

1/4-1/2 small jalapeño, sliced<br />

(depending on heat preference)<br />

1/2 tsp. smoked paprika<br />

1 12-ounce can hibiscus flavored<br />

sparkling water, unsweetened*<br />

1 large or 6 small ice cubes<br />

Garnish: (optional)<br />

• Orange, lime slices • Jalapeño slices<br />

• Hibiscus flowers<br />

Create a spice glass rim with two 12-ounce glasses by running lime halfway along edge<br />

of each glass. Mix sugar, cinnamon and paprika together in small saucer. Press each glass<br />

into spice mixture to coat rims. Allow to dry for a few minutes before adding liquid to<br />

glasses. Or use plain glasses.<br />

Place orange juice, lime juice, jalapeño and smoked paprika in blender. Process for 1-2<br />

minutes until well blended.<br />

Place ice cubes in each glass. Divide blended juice mixture between each glass.<br />

Top each glass with half of hibiscus flavored sparkling water.<br />

Garnish with orange, lime and jalapeño slices and hibiscus flowers, if desired.<br />

*May substitute hibiscus flavored sparkling water with sparkling water flavor of your choice.<br />

Makes 2 servings (1-1/4 cups each). Per serving: 40 calories<br />

The spicy sweetness of ginger<br />

pairs beautifully in a tart lemonade,<br />

softened with red berries<br />

that lend a pretty pink shade and<br />

sweet flavor. With only a touch<br />

of agave nectar, the berries offer<br />

the bulk of the natural sweetness<br />

to compliment lemons in this<br />

thirst-quenching beverage, which<br />

is as beautiful as it is delicious.<br />

Serve it over ice in pitchers at parties,<br />

for a picnic on a sunny day or<br />

keep it in the fridge for a healthy<br />

hydration option during the week.<br />

> Ginger Pink Lemonade<br />

2 1/2 cups water<br />

1 inch piece fresh ginger, peeled<br />

2 Tbsp. agave nectar*<br />

Ginger Pink Lemonade O<br />

3/4 cup sliced raspberries or<br />

strawberries (fresh or frozen)<br />

3/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice<br />

(6 medium lemons)<br />

Place water, ginger, agave nectar, berries and lemon juice in the container of a blender.<br />

Process for a few seconds until smooth.<br />

Transfer to a pitcher and store in the refrigerator until ready to serve. Serve over ice.<br />

*May substitute honey or maple syrup.<br />

Makes 4 servings (1 cup). Per serving: 50 calories<br />

28 WEST COAST WOMAN <strong>AUGUST</strong> <strong>2022</strong>



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Gulf Coast Community<br />

Foundation’s $ 3.3 million<br />

in grant awards<br />

Gulf Coast Community Foundation has<br />

approved over $3.3 million in grant awards.<br />

The funding included grants from legacy donors<br />

who established funds which allow Gulf<br />

Coast to fulfill their philanthropic goals and<br />

support the causes most important to them<br />

in perpetuity.<br />

“Our Board has approved over $36 million<br />

in grants to strong nonprofit organizations<br />

this past fiscal year,” noted Mark Pritchett,<br />

president and CEO of Gulf Coast Community<br />

Foundation. “This latest round of grants includes<br />

many donor legacy funds which will<br />

honor those individuals and the causes that<br />

were important to them.”<br />

Some of these donor legacy fund grants approved<br />

by the Gulf Coast Board were made to<br />

support incredible community projects and<br />

causes. These grants included:<br />

Bay Park<br />

• $150,000 to support Phase 2 of The Bay<br />

Park. Supported by the unrestricted endowments<br />

of donors who left their legacy with<br />

Gulf Coast, this grant will include shoreline<br />

restoration and enhancements inspired by<br />

the Water Quality Playbook. Donor funds:<br />

Frank and Elsie Bushroe Charitable Fund;<br />

Gould Family Trust Foundation; Mildred<br />

F. Currie Charitable Fund; Jarrett Family<br />

Fund; Betty Jane Helle Endowment Fund;<br />

and Carl A. Savickas Charitable Fund. This<br />

highlights Gulf Coast Community Foundation’s<br />

continued support of The Bay Park in<br />

over $1 million.<br />

• $125,000 to Greater Sarasota Chamber<br />

of Commerce CareerEdge. Supported<br />

by the Gould Family Trust Foundation and<br />

Gulf Coast Community Foundation’s own<br />

endowment, this grant will help to continue<br />

the CareerEdge program. CareerEdge was<br />

established in 2010 by Gulf Coast’s workforce<br />

and business innovation initiative, and<br />

to date has raised over $14.5 million to support<br />

education and workforce development<br />

in the region.<br />

• $50,000 to Education Foundation of<br />

Sarasota County. Supported by the Gould<br />

Family Trust Foundation and Gulf Coast<br />

Community Foundation’s own endowment,<br />

this grant will help launch “Project Wayfinder,”<br />

a curriculum aimed at supporting<br />

students as they consider post-secondary<br />

education.<br />

“The most powerful form of philanthropy<br />

is when a donor leaves a legacy gift that is<br />

flexible and can be used to support a variety<br />

of causes,” shared Senior Vice President for<br />

Philanthropy Kirstin Fulkerson. “This allows<br />

Gulf Coast to deploy the funds in a way that<br />

will have the greatest impact.”<br />

Learn more at GulfCoastCF.org.<br />

Donors of Distinction<br />

Grants $90,000 to<br />

22 Nonprofits<br />

Donors of Distinction (conceived by the<br />

leadership of Designing Daughters) held<br />

its 2021-<strong>2022</strong> Grant Ceremony at Gold Coast<br />

Eagle Distributing. Representatives from 22<br />

local nonprofits were in attendance and received<br />

grants ranging from $2,000 to $5,000.<br />

Altogether, $90,000 was donated.<br />

(L-R) Grant Co-Chair Britney Guertin, BOD Chair<br />

Jane Thompson, Grant Co-Chair Angie Vara<br />

Mothers Helping Mothers Received 5,000 -<br />

Nominated by DD Member America Jones<br />

“After two years, Donors of Distinction<br />

was able to give back and donate grants, and<br />

$90,000 of grants at that. It’s an honor to have<br />

led this organization from 2020 to <strong>2022</strong>, and<br />

we couldn’t have done it without the support<br />

of the community,” said Megan Micale,<br />

president of Donors of Distinction. “We were<br />

joking that we need a tissue sponsor with all<br />

the happy tears. It was just wonderful to be<br />

together, award and recognize so many local<br />

nonprofits and look toward the future.”<br />

A list of the nonprofits includes:<br />

• Faces of<br />

Accomplishment<br />

• The Twig Cares<br />

• BBBS of Sun Coast<br />

Boys and Girls Club<br />

of Sarasota and<br />

DeSoto Counties<br />

• Easterseals<br />

• Meals on Wheels<br />

• Project Pride<br />

• Sertoma Kids<br />

• Blaze of Hope<br />

• Bridge A Life<br />

• SMART Riders<br />

• Satchel’s Last Resort<br />

• St. Jude’s<br />

• Tidewell Foundation<br />

• Dancing with Clayton<br />

• NAMI<br />

• SPARCC<br />

• Operation Warrior<br />

• Sarasota Medical<br />

Pregnancy Center<br />

• Mothers Helping<br />

Mothers<br />

• The Mark Wandall<br />

Foundation<br />

Gulf Coast Community<br />

Foundation helps Wellfield<br />

Park get a renovation<br />

Gulf Coast Community Foundation approved<br />

a $60,000 grant from the Venice Endowment<br />

Fund to support field renovations<br />

at Wellfield Park in Venice. This partnership<br />

between the City of Venice, Sarasota County<br />

Government, and Gulf Coast Community<br />

Foundation will allow for the restoration of<br />

both Soccer Field #2 and the Letson Stadium<br />

Football Field.<br />

Venice City Council members supported<br />

moving forward with this important project,<br />

approving a $142,200 budget amendment to<br />

appropriate funds for the City’s portion of the<br />

work. This amount includes Gulf Coast Community<br />

Foundation’s grant.<br />

According to Mark Pritchett, president and<br />

CEO of Gulf Coast Community Foundation,<br />

“The redevelopment of the soccer and football<br />

fields will allow generations of families<br />

to enjoy the beautiful park safely for many<br />

years to come.”<br />

In the partnership, the City will be responsible<br />

for turf replacement and pest control<br />

treatment. According to Assistant City Manager<br />

James Clinch, “This partnership project will<br />

benefit two major youth sports organizations<br />

and hundreds of families in our community.”<br />

Letson<br />

Stadium in<br />

Wellfield Park<br />

Sarasota County is responsible for sand,<br />

soil, laser grading, and all labor and onsite<br />

supervision and coordination of the projects.<br />

Total project cost is $162,200. “This important<br />

collaboration will support generations<br />

to come and benefit kids in our community,”<br />

said Sarasota County Parks, Recreation and<br />

Natural Resources Director Nicole Rissler.<br />

Learn more at GulfCoastCF.org.<br />

Solutions to Avoid Red<br />

Tide Expands Healthy<br />

Ponds Collaborative into<br />

Manatee County<br />

Building on a successful program that helped<br />

more than two dozen Sarasota County communities<br />

bolster (and beautify) their stormwater<br />

retention ponds, Solutions to Avoid<br />

Red Tide (START) has secured a $100,000<br />

grant from Charles & Margery Barancik<br />

Foundation to expand a regional “Healthy<br />

Pond Collaborative” (HPC) initiative into<br />

Manatee County.<br />

Fish killed<br />

by Red Tide<br />

The Manatee version will be a partnership<br />

with START and the Manatee County Department<br />

of Parks and Natural Resources that<br />

will in combination with the Sarasota County<br />

effort now cover all ponds flowing into the<br />

Sarasota Bay Watershed. This is a major step<br />

forward in the attempt to reduce the flow of<br />

excess nutrients in stormwater into our waterways<br />

that lower water clarity needed to<br />

restore the health of our seagrass beds and<br />

feed harmful algal blooms like red tide.<br />

According to START, stormwater contributes<br />

65% of the nitrogen into local waterways,<br />

which feeds red tide and causes<br />

other damage to water quality and wildlife.<br />

You may call them lakes, but the more than<br />

6,000 bodies of water in Sarasota County are<br />

all manmade and only operate at 40% to 60%<br />

efficiency in removing the excess nutrients<br />

that contribute to water pollution.<br />

This new collaboration will help more<br />

neighborhoods upgrade their ponds and<br />

cost-share the improvements. It also will<br />

create and distribute a step-by-step pond<br />

enhancement guide, host educational focus<br />

groups, and do follow-up monitoring of pond<br />

enhancements. A very successful pilot pond<br />

program funded by a grant from philanthropists<br />

Ed Chiles and Elizabeth Moore helped<br />

enhance over a half-mile of pond shoreline in<br />

Manatee County communities last year.<br />

This unique effort and collaboration is helping<br />

to establish state-wide and national models<br />

that can be recreated in other communities.<br />

There are more than 10,000 ponds in Sarasota<br />

and Manatee counties. Of these, the majority<br />

are classified as wet detention ponds.<br />

These water bodies temporarily store water<br />

before releasing it downstream by canals,<br />

ditches, and pipes to federal- and state-regulated<br />

waters. All the creeks and bayous that<br />

drain into the bays of Sarasota and Manatee<br />

counties have too much pollution to meet<br />

water quality standards.<br />

Three of the most common symptoms of<br />

unbalanced ponds are: the loss of land associated<br />

with pond erosion; frequent algal blooms;<br />

and the loss of once abundant wildlife.<br />

Over the past several decades, pond management<br />

has often been reduced to monthly<br />

chemical applications to kill undesirable<br />

aquatic plants and algae living in and around<br />

the ponds. The HPC utilizes better practices<br />

to treat ponds and educate homeowners and<br />

associations on how they can maintain their<br />

ponds in the future.<br />

These actions are activities inspired by<br />

Gulf Coast Community Foundation’s Community<br />

Playbook for Healthy Waterways<br />

(https://www.waterqualityplaybook.org)<br />

For more information, visit www.barancikfoundation.org.<br />

Sisterhood for Good<br />

Awards Family Promise<br />

of South Sarasota County<br />

with $3,000 Grant<br />

Family Promise of South Sarasota County<br />

(FPSSC) has received a charitable $3,000<br />

grant from the Sisterhood for Good toward<br />

our Home Goods Pantry. The parent(s) of all<br />

children FPSSC serves earn 200% or less of<br />

the Federal Poverty Level.<br />

Sisterhood for Good Grant <strong>2022</strong><br />

Since the pandemic and rent inflation<br />

crisis, local housing insecure families have<br />

required a greater depth and broader scope<br />

of services to achieve permanent housing.<br />

FPSSC’s primary goal is to provide local families<br />

with at least one minor child who are in<br />

a housing crisis with the means to achieve a<br />

permanent address and lasting financial independence.<br />

The typical family served consists<br />

of a single parent and her 2 children.<br />

The parents are our local 911 operators, grocery<br />

clerks, preschool teachers, nail technicians,<br />

and Certified Nurse Assistants.<br />

Jennifer Fagenbaum, Executive Director<br />

of Family Promise of South Sarasota County<br />

stated, “Due to the rising cost of rentals<br />

and lack of affordable housing, local families<br />

often do not have the financial capacity<br />

to purchase essential household items,<br />

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Restore Global, for about 10 cents on<br />

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