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November - time to finally enjoy a break in the weather and all the events available - from classes to concerts, shows and music and a whole lot more! Get to know ensembleNewSRQ, Sarasota Contemporary Dance and New Topics New College. Check out all the GOOD news - yes, you read that right - that came in after Hurricane Ian that all show how good people can be. Plus, find out about how you can be a “Secret Santa” this holiday season. Plus we have our returning columns: Dining In (recipes), our calendars, health news and lots more.

November - time to finally enjoy a break in the weather and all the events available - from classes to concerts, shows and music and a whole lot more! Get to know ensembleNewSRQ, Sarasota Contemporary Dance and New Topics New College. Check out all the GOOD news - yes, you read that right - that came in after Hurricane Ian that all show how good people can be. Plus, find out about how you can be a “Secret Santa” this holiday season. Plus we have our returning columns: Dining In (recipes), our calendars, health news and lots more.


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<strong>NOVEMBER</strong> <strong>2022</strong><br />

Season Preview, Part 1<br />

Abbey Tyrna<br />

Executive Director, Suncoast Waterkeeper<br />

Also in this issue:<br />

■ Arts Highlights, news<br />

and more<br />

■ Help others this<br />

holiday season<br />

■ How your community<br />

gave back

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<strong>NOVEMBER</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 />

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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 />

Season is here!<br />

Nothing can stop our wonderful and resilient arts organization from putting on another<br />

great season or performances, shows, exhibits, lectures and more.<br />

good news dept.<br />

Just wait until you see all the uplifting examples<br />

of generosity in our community in response to<br />

Hurricane Ian. We have a lot to be thankful for.<br />

p27<br />

season highlights<br />

We’ve got a sampling of events we think you’ll<br />

find interesting or unique from MOD Weekend,<br />

Ring Sarasota, the Hermitage, the Van Wezel,<br />

ArtCenter Sarasota, and lots more.<br />

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

appointments and promotions,<br />

board news, business news and<br />

real estate news.<br />


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west coast<br />

WOMAN<br />

departments<br />

4 editor’s letter<br />

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

9 healthier you: the Great Smokeout is<br />

this month<br />

11 helping others:<br />

how you can be a secret Santa<br />

13 healthier you: The Renewal Point<br />

14 happening this month:<br />

Selby Gardens’ Orchid Show<br />

16 west coast woman:<br />

Abbey Tyrna Executive Director,<br />

Suncoast Waterkeeper<br />

18 season preview: Season Highlights<br />

21 season preview: Sarasota<br />

Contemporary Dance’s Season<br />

23 season preview:<br />

ensembleNewSRQ’s schedule<br />

24 season preview: New College<br />

of Florida’s New Topics<br />

25 What is Craniosacral Therapy?<br />

Also…<br />

west coast woman<br />

Abbey Tyrna<br />

Suncoast Waterkeeper has a new Executive<br />

Director who bring extensive experience and<br />

education in the environmental sciences to<br />

this nonprofit that monitors our waterways.<br />

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27 good news department<br />

30 nonprofit profile: Suncoast Waterkeeper<br />

33 news you can use:<br />

Experience the Bay Runner<br />

34 dining in: Tips for Eating Better During<br />

the Holidays<br />

■ on the cover: West Coast Woman Abbey Tyrna, Suncoast Waterkeeper’s new Executive Director photographed at Sarasota bay.<br />

■ Photo by Louise Bruderle<br />

<strong>NOVEMBER</strong> <strong>2022</strong> WEST COAST WOMAN 3

just some<br />

thoughts<br />

Louise Bruderle<br />

Editor and Publisher<br />

West Coast Woman Abbey Tyrna<br />

Abbey Tyrna<br />

Photo by Louise Bruderle<br />

The topic is water - as in pollution - but last<br />

month’s near category 5 hurricane adds more<br />

to the discussion. Hurricane Ian brought a<br />

water surge of 10 feet or more in some places<br />

and heavy rains meant municipal facilities<br />

were overwhelmed to the point of sewage<br />

backflow, leaking septic tanks and dirty or<br />

contaminated water moving everywhere. The<br />

full extent of the environmental damage from<br />

Ian is unknown, but will unfold in the weeks<br />

ahead after the grueling task of rebuilding<br />

continues and reclaiming some form of reality<br />

returns.<br />

This month’s WCW profile began with an<br />

interview on Sarasota Bay. It was a perfect backdrop to begin a profile of<br />

Abbey Tyrna, the new Executive Director of Suncoast Waterkeeper. The<br />

Bay looked beautiful - pristine and sparkling - with fish jumping and<br />

birds flying.<br />

As we got into our talk and I found out more about Suncoast Waterkeeper<br />

and what Abbey brings to the organization as its first executive<br />

director, I realized how fragile our relationship with water is and how, at<br />

the same, time, so vital. We need water to live, but it does so much more:<br />

provide us with food and industry, a place to enjoy swimming, boating<br />

and more.<br />

But I’d have to conclude that we’re simply not paying attention to<br />

water’s importance and not doing enough to secure its quality and<br />

availability. And that’s where Suncoast Waterkeeper comes in. They say<br />

it succinctly: “We have a fundamental right to clean water,” and they<br />

make it their mission to monitor conditions in waterways and “hold<br />

accountable those who pollute or don’t follow laws designed to keep<br />

waterways clean and safe.” I’m sure they have been out monitoring waterways<br />

in the two-county area since Ian hit back in September.<br />

Abbey’s nonprofit seeks solutions. She is a knowledgeable scientist<br />

who grew up in southwest Florida and brings many skills to the<br />

organization. We as individuals do not need to be scientists, or have to<br />

take water samples or file lawsuits or monitor water constantly. They do<br />

that. But, we as citizens also have a role to play. As Abbey pointed out,<br />

why have lush lawns, coated in fertilizer (and pesticides)? Why water a<br />

lawn every day? Or how about, why have a lawn anyway? A lot to ponder<br />

going forward, but I think you’ll find it’s good someone is monitoring<br />

our water quality.<br />

Post Ian<br />

We’re hoping that you’ve recovered from the wrath of Hurricane Ian.<br />

While this hurricane couldn’t quite decide where to land and kept<br />

everyone uneasy and concerned from St. Petersburg to Naples (and everywhere<br />

in between),<br />

Sarasota<br />

and Bradenton<br />

for the most part<br />

were spared, but<br />

parts of southern<br />

Sarasota<br />

County including<br />

Venice,<br />

Englewood and<br />

North Port, took<br />

a hit. Even worse<br />

was damage<br />

done to Fort Myers, Cape Coral and their beautiful barrier islands.<br />

My fellow Floridians, you just survived a hurricane that was a whisker<br />

shy of a Category 5. Who would have ever thought we would experience<br />

that here. We’ll need our resilience and a lot more to rebuild where<br />

necessary and get back on track. I know those of us less affected will<br />

rebound, I just hope our friends and neighbors to the south can say the<br />

same thing soon.<br />

WCW was slightly delayed, but considering our printer is in Fort Myers<br />

and the plant’s general manager and her staff all lost power, they did a<br />

fantastic job getting caught up even while they had to go home to houses<br />

damaged and without power, some without water and all without internet.<br />

Thank you Renee, and your dedicated team at Breeze Printing!<br />

Bring on Season! Season Preview,<br />

part one, is here<br />

This being our arts issue, we’re saddened<br />

that Venice Theatre took such a massive<br />

hit from Ian, but we’ve been told “Venice<br />

Theatre is delighted to announce that its<br />

original musical version of A Christmas<br />

Carol will go on, despite major damage<br />

to the theatre’s main performance space.<br />

The 21st annual Christmas Carol will be<br />

performed in The Raymond Center from<br />

Dec. 2-19…Tickets will go on sale at www.<br />

venicetheatre.org.”<br />

November is part one of our<br />

arts coverage and it’s packed.<br />

Schedules look to be close to<br />

pre-pandemic levels and as they<br />

say, all systems are go.<br />

As for the upcoming season,<br />

in March, TOWN HALL has José<br />

Andrés: chef, restaurateur, and<br />

humanitarian. Andrés is known<br />

for being an internationally-recognized<br />

culinary innovator and<br />

owner of an award-winning<br />

group of nearly three dozen<br />

restaurants located throughout<br />

the U.S. and beyond. But he also believes we can use nourishing meals<br />

to empower people and rebuild communities through his World Central<br />

Kitchen which provided meals after Hurricane Ian hit Fort Myers.<br />

Also in this issue, we’re turning the spotlight on some arts organizations<br />

that are newer and perhaps less well known, but just as captivating<br />

as our usual creative stalwarts in theatre, opera, ballet and orchestral and<br />

vocal music. Enjoy, and please support the arts.<br />

Time to go Atomic Nov. 26-27<br />

Congrats to Adrien Lucas for her grit and determination as she marks<br />

season 15 of her Atomic Holiday Bazaar. The indy craft show has moved<br />

to the Sarasota County Fair fairgrounds. Her “Atomic misfit makers” will<br />

be found inside at Robarts Arena along with other makers located at the<br />

street fair outside of the arena on the fairgrounds property.<br />

Dates and hours for Atomic are: Saturday, November 26, 12pm - 7pm<br />

and Sunday, November 27, 11am - 6pm. Food trucks at the street fair include<br />

Mouthole BBQ and Big Blue Grilled Cheese and the Robarts indoor<br />

arena cantina will be open. More info at www.atomicholidaybazaar.com.<br />

And a Sweet Story about Caring…<br />

This came in from Venice Theatre…Delaney Lockwood is a 13-year-old<br />

eighth grader who has performed in several shows at Venice Theatre,<br />

including A Christmas<br />

Carol. When she learned of<br />

the severe damage to the<br />

theater, she was determined<br />

to squeeze something<br />

positive from the situation.<br />

She set up a lemonade stand<br />

with all proceeds to help in<br />

the restoration of the theater<br />

she loves. Expecting to<br />

raise perhaps $100, she was<br />

amazed when, in a mere<br />

three hours, she sold $700<br />

worth of lemonade—all for Venice Theatre.<br />

So in Delaney’s honor, consider a donation to Venice Theatre to<br />

help them rebuild. Send a check to Venice Theatre, 140 Tampa Ave. W.,<br />

Venice, FL 34285.<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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Please note: this is information<br />

we received prior to Hurricane Ian.<br />

We have tried to update as much<br />

as possible, but there may be some<br />

changes to schedules as email has<br />

been greatly limited. Please be sure<br />

to check with the organization presenting<br />

prior to attending.<br />

Special Events<br />

This year’s Sunshine From Darkness<br />

Inspiring Hope Dinner, themed<br />

“Shining a Light on Mental Illness,”<br />

will be held on Friday, January 13,<br />

2023 at the Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota.<br />

Grammy and Tony Award-winning<br />

actress – and the original star<br />

of “Dreamgirls” – Jennifer Holliday<br />

will be the keynote speaker and will<br />

perform at the event. The gala will<br />

also feature dancing to the music of<br />

Quintessence, and a performance by<br />

the Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe<br />

Young Artists Ensemble. During the<br />

festivities, the Lee and Bob Peterson<br />

Legacy Award will be presented to<br />

Joan and Bob Geyer of the Academy<br />

at Glengary.<br />

Proceeds will benefit Harvest House<br />

and Teen Court of Sarasota, and the<br />

mental health research funded by the<br />

Brain & Behavior Research Foundation.<br />

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Violins and hope will be presented<br />

by The Perlman Music Program<br />

Suncoast and The Jewish Federation<br />

of Sarasota-Manatee on November<br />

16, at Michael’s On East. PMP alumni<br />

violinist Niv Ashkenazi, and pianist<br />

Matthew Graybil will perform<br />

along with a presentation by author<br />

and photographer, Daniel Levin, followed<br />

by a dessert reception. Tickets:<br />

www.perlmanmusicprogramsuncoast.org.<br />

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St. Armands Circle Park has<br />

its Fall Art Festival and Sidewalk<br />

Sale November 12-13. The Circle will<br />

come alive with gallery-style booths<br />

filled with every medium of fine art.<br />

Free. On December 2, 6-9 p.m., St.<br />

Armands Circle has its Holiday Night<br />

of Lights to kick off the holiday season.<br />

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Vision Duo - Ariel Horowitz, violin<br />

and Britton-René Collins, marimba<br />

on December 15.<br />

The Lighter Fare Series offers classic<br />

jazz and musical theater favorites<br />

outdoors at Marie Selby Botanical<br />

Gardens downtown and indoors at<br />

Plantation Golf & Country Club in<br />

Venice. Next up: Bass to Bass: John<br />

Miller and Michael Ross on November<br />

9. They’ll offer jazz standards plus<br />

a little rhythm and blues.<br />

Sarasota’s elegant 18th century<br />

theater serves as the backdrop for<br />

the Tuesdays at the Historic Asolo<br />

Theater series. SYBARITE5, a<br />

genre-crossing quintet with Sarasota<br />

roots, performs November 15.<br />

The trademark Soirée Series returns<br />

to the music room of the oneof-a-kind<br />

Fischer/Weisenborne<br />

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residence with award-winning tenor<br />

John Kaneklides and Joseph Holt,<br />

piano, November 20 and 21.<br />

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Choral Artists<br />

The Choral Artists of Sarasota<br />

present: Peace on Earth. The holidays<br />

will ring with traditional holiday carols<br />

resounding with themes of peace<br />

that are interspersed with “In Terra<br />

Pax,” a work of childlike serenity that<br />

is both intimate and universal by<br />

British composer Gerald Finzi. Guest<br />

artists: Danielle Talamantes, soprano,<br />

and Kerry Wilkerson, baritone. Held<br />

December 11, 7 p.m., at Church of<br />

the Redeemer, 222 S. Palm Avenue,<br />

Sarasota.<br />

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The Sarasota<br />

Orchestra<br />

Masterworks: November 4-6,<br />

Symphonie Fantastique with David<br />

Alan Miller, conductor and Joyce<br />

Yang, piano. Featuring Quinn Mason<br />

– A Joyous Trilogy and Grieg – Piano<br />

Concerto and Berlioz – Symphonie<br />

fantastique.<br />

• Masterworks: Luminous Colors is<br />

on December 2-4 at the Van Wezel<br />

with Lina González-Granados, conductor,<br />

Bomsori Kim, violin. Performing<br />

Nina Shekhar – Lumina;<br />

Bruch – Violin Concerto No. 1 and<br />

Dvořák – Symphony No. 7.<br />

• Chamber Soirées: Orion Weiss<br />

and Friends is on November 13,<br />

at Holley Hall with Orion Weiss,<br />

piano. Featuring Bach – Trio Sonata<br />

from The Musical Offering and<br />

Franck – Piano Quintet in F Minor.<br />

• Great Escapes: Seasonal Gifts is on<br />

December 7-11 in Holley Hall with<br />

Steven Jarvi, conductor<br />

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Fun Raisers<br />

All Faiths Food Bank has Bowls<br />

of Hope again after two years off.<br />

In previous years, more than 1,500<br />

guests have attended one of the<br />

community’s largest and most popular<br />

family-friendly events, where 40<br />

of our community’s restaurants and<br />

caterers serve soups, bread, desserts,<br />

and more.<br />

Guests select handcrafted bowls<br />

to keep, all donated by local potters,<br />

artists and students, while enjoying<br />

a modest meal as a reminder of<br />

the empty bowls they help to fill.<br />

This year’s event will feature a new,<br />

expanded layout for guests to enjoy.<br />

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Galleries<br />

In November, Art Uptown Gallery<br />

will exhibit “Judy Gilmer — Artist’s<br />

Mixology,” a selection of Gilmer’s<br />

paintings. Usually, the word “mixology”<br />

refers to mixing drinks. Gilmer<br />

has chosen this word to describe<br />

her newest work as they incorporate<br />

a “mix” of paintings that reflect<br />

not only her varied processes, but<br />

varied styles. While known as an<br />

abstract artist, her muses are nature,<br />

people, music, color, and her internal<br />

response to life. It is a dialog<br />

between her muse, the canvas,<br />

and her responses to each mark she<br />

makes. Runs through November 26.<br />

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Art Center Sarasota has four<br />

exhibits running through November<br />

23. Mary GrandPré’s “Conjuring the<br />

Backstory” showcases the artist’s<br />

compelling abstract, mixed-media<br />

paintings. “Focus: New College Art”<br />

is curated by New College professors<br />

Kim Anderson and Ryan Buyssens<br />

and features artwork from the best<br />

and brightest of New College’s thesis-level<br />

students. Elizabeth Barenis’s<br />

“Palmistry” features the artist’s<br />

latest acrylic paintings.<br />

Art Center Sarasota, 707 N. Tamiami<br />

Trail, Sarasota. www.artsarasota.org.<br />

Sarasota Orchestra’s Harmony<br />

Gallery jas Jim Stewart. His exhibition<br />

is titled: Minor Passages.<br />

Stewart’s drawings and paintings are<br />

influenced by his career as a graphic<br />

designer. Fine arts and photographic<br />

experiences also inspire him to find a<br />

balance of impact and legibility with<br />

these abstractions: possibilities for<br />

describing nature. Stewart’s drawings<br />

are created using waterproof,<br />

lightfast India Inks. Runs November<br />

1-December 12.<br />

The Harmony Gallery is in the atrium<br />

of the Beatrice Friedman Symphony<br />

Center at 709 North Tamiami Trail,<br />

Sarasota. Exhibitions are free and<br />

open to the public. For more information<br />

visit www.sarasotaorchestra.org.<br />

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At The Bishop<br />

Join them in The Planetarium for<br />

a monthly guide to the night skies<br />

and the latest news from the world of<br />

astronomy. Feel like an astronaut as<br />

you experience our upgraded 50-foot<br />

Planetarium system and dome. They’ll<br />

be continuing with presentations<br />

featuring new James Webb Space<br />

Telescope images, when available,<br />

and sharing normal content about<br />

the night sky and other astronomical<br />

developments.<br />

The evening begins at 6:30pm with<br />

beverages and conversation; presentation<br />

begins at 7pm inside The Planetarium.<br />

Preregistration required.<br />

The Bishop Museum of Science<br />

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

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

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Elling Eide Center<br />

November 10 at 11am - Dr. Keith<br />

Knapp Lecture: “The Meaning(s) of<br />

Birds on Spirit Jars (Hunping): The<br />

Religious Imagination of Second<br />

to Fourth Century Southeastern<br />

China.” Dr. Keith Knapp is an author<br />

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Sarasota<br />

Contemporary<br />

Dance has<br />

SCD +enSRQ<br />

on December 1-4.<br />

Pictured here is<br />

Monessa Salley<br />

of Sarasota<br />

Contemporary<br />

Dance.<br />

Photo: Sorcha Augustine<br />

and professor of Chinese History<br />

at The Citadel. Attend in person or<br />

online via ZOOM.<br />

This lecture will discuss the more<br />

than 200 heavily decorated jars with<br />

five mouths that have been excavated<br />

from tombs in Southeastern China.<br />

One of their most notable features is<br />

that they are adorned with figurines<br />

of many birds. Although several analysts<br />

believe the birds represent the<br />

souls of the departed flying to the<br />

heavens, that does not explain why<br />

there are so many. This lecture will<br />

discuss these Spirit Jars and explain<br />

the presence of these birds in terms<br />

of the local legend that sparrows stole<br />

rice from Heaven and introduced its<br />

cultivation to humans. Birds thereby<br />

were seen as grain and fertility gods<br />

and thus emblems of good fortune for<br />

both the dead and the living.<br />

Tickets: www.eventbrite.com . Elling<br />

Eide Center, 8000 South Tamiami<br />

Trail, Sarasota.<br />

Perlman Music<br />

A evening with Randall Goosby is<br />

on December 8 at The Sarasota Opera<br />

House. It’s a rare special performance<br />

by internationally acclaimed violinist<br />

and PMP Alum, Randall Goosby and<br />

pianist Zhu Wang.<br />

The PMP Winter Residency returns<br />

once again in December. They are<br />

looking forward to seeing everyone in<br />

the tent at USF Sarasota-Manatee to<br />

watch and hear the new and returning<br />

“Littles” as they train with the esteemed<br />

faculty led by Itzhak Perlman.<br />

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At The Ringling<br />

Running through Feb 12, 2023 is<br />

Highlights from the Stanton B. and<br />

Nancy W. Kaplan Collection of Photography—a<br />

selection of works donated<br />

to The Ringling in 2019, includes<br />

over 1000 photographic objects and<br />

images, representing some of the most<br />

important photo-based artists of the<br />

nineteenth and twentieth centuries.<br />

The Kaplan Collection includes<br />

works by Berenice Abbott, Manuel<br />

Álvarez Bravo, Eugène Atget, Ruth<br />

Bernhard, Margaret Bourke-White,<br />

Brassaï, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Lewis<br />

W. Hine, André Kertész, Robert<br />

Mapplethorpe, Edward Weston, and<br />

James Van Der Zee, to name but a few.<br />

The John and Mable Ringling<br />

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

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

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Theatre<br />

Discover Sarasota Tours has their<br />

Murder Mystery and Haunted Sarasota<br />

theatrical shows on their trolley.<br />

• Running every Friday at 8 p.m.:<br />

Haunted Sarasota, Mummies, Murder<br />

& Mayhem. Explore Sarasota’s<br />

spooky side on this interactive tour of<br />

haunted buildings, unsolved crimes,<br />

and ghostly tales with ghost hostess,<br />

Mary Whittaker and several mystery<br />

spirits. $49.99 (includes free beer/<br />

wine). 12 and over.<br />

• Running every Saturday night:<br />

Murder Mystery Trolley: Who Killed<br />

The Circus Queen? Fun interactive<br />

musical where you are part of the<br />

show. Solve the mystery of Dahlia the<br />

queen of the high wire while you drive<br />

to various circus spots made famous<br />

in Circus City USA. $49.99 (includes<br />

free beer/wine). 12 and over.<br />

They’re located at 1826 4th Street.<br />

Book online: DiscoverSarasotaTours.<br />

com or call 941-260-9818.<br />

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out and about continued<br />

Sarasota Players has Rhapsody<br />

for Gold on November 10-13. It’s a<br />

coproduction with Sarasota Jewish<br />

Theatre and SaraSolo Festival and<br />

written by David and Sharon Ohrenstein.<br />

The hit of the <strong>2022</strong> SarSsolo<br />

Festival, this original one-woman<br />

musical tells the story of the rise of<br />

one of the greatest stateswomen of<br />

the 20th Century, Golda Meir.<br />

Also at Sarasota Players, Miracle On<br />

34 TH Street, A Live Musical Radio Play,<br />

running November 29-December 11.<br />

Both are held at Studio 1130 – The<br />

Crossings at Siesta Key, 3501 S. Tamiami<br />

Trail, Sarasota. Visit www.theplayers.org.<br />

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Manatee Performing Arts Center<br />

has Pets! running November<br />

2-20. This musical revue consists of<br />

22 musical scenes dealing with the<br />

very special relationship between<br />

people and their pets. The scenes<br />

range from a dog hungrily eyeing his<br />

owner’s bagel in “There’s a Bagel on<br />

the Piano” to the hilarious, harried<br />

Rumanian dog walker in “I Walk<br />

Ze Dogs” to the lonely Argentinian<br />

iguana pining for his mate in “Night<br />

of the Iguana.”<br />

Information: www.manateeperformingartscenter.com.<br />

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Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe<br />

Opening the season is “Guys and<br />

Dolls,” the 1950 Tony Award-winner<br />

for Best Musical. A fun, quirky musical<br />

comedy, “Guys and Dolls” debuted<br />

on Broadway in 1950. In New York<br />

City, gambler Nathan Detroit dreams<br />

of setting up a big dice game while<br />

avoiding the authorities – enlisting<br />

fellow gambler Sky Masterson to<br />

help. Meanwhile, Nathan’s girlfriend,<br />

nightclub performer Miss Adelaide,<br />

laments their 14-year engagement,<br />

while Sky ends up chasing the straitlaced<br />

missionary Sarah Brown in a<br />

scheme to raise money for the game.<br />

With “Guys and Dolls” WBTT will<br />

add its own special twist. Runs to<br />

November 20. Call the Box Office at<br />

941-366-1505 or visit westcoastblacktheatre.org.<br />

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Asolo Rep has CABARET running<br />

November 16-December 31.<br />

Willkommen to Kander and Ebb’s<br />

iconic CABARET, which transports<br />

us to 1939 Berlin and the dynamic<br />

and pleasure-filled Kit Kat Klub. As<br />

a dark shadow falls over the city and<br />

the power of the Third Reich begins<br />

to mount, the Klub’s performers and<br />

patrons must decide if they’ll wake up<br />

to the evil on their doorsteps or continue<br />

to escape to the alluring fantasy<br />

world of the cabaret.<br />

Since its debut in 1967, this classic<br />

musical has won countless awards,<br />

including the Tony Awards® for Best<br />

Musical, Best Score and Best Revival<br />

of a Musical. Packed with vibrant and<br />

beloved songs like “Willkommen,”<br />

“Maybe This Time,” “Money,” “Don’t<br />

Tell Mama” and “Cabaret.”<br />

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FSU/Asolo Conservatory has<br />

STICK FLY running November 1-27.<br />

Stick Fly is comedy-drama following<br />

an affluent Black American family<br />

spending a long weekend in their<br />

home on Martha’s Vineyard. But<br />

Mom’s MIA, Dad’s acting weird and<br />

the newcomers to the family – both<br />

brothers brought home dates for the<br />

first time – find themselves wilting<br />

under the weight of familial scrutiny<br />

and long-hidden tensions. Stick Fly is<br />

a play about family, class and cultural<br />

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expectations.<br />

Tickets can be<br />

purchased in person<br />

at Asolo Rep’s<br />

Box Office at 5555<br />

N. Tamiami Trail,<br />

by phone at 800-<br />

36-8388, or at asolorep.org.<br />

Something<br />

Rotten! kicks off<br />

FST’s Mainstage<br />

Series on November<br />

9 in FST’s<br />

Gompertz Theatre.<br />

Set in Elizabethan<br />

England,<br />

this musical comedy<br />

follows Nick<br />

and Nigel Bottom,<br />

two playwriting<br />

brothers who are<br />

stuck in the shadow<br />

of the Renaissance<br />

rock star<br />

known as “The Bard.” Desperate to<br />

write the next big hit for the stage,<br />

they visit a local soothsayer, who<br />

foretells that the future of theatre<br />

involves singing, dancing, and acting—all<br />

at the same time. With this<br />

new insight, the brothers set out to<br />

write the world’s very first musical.<br />

Visit https://www.floridastudiotheatre.org/.<br />

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At The Van Wezel<br />

With ten multi-platinum albums<br />

and 16 Top 30 hits, Foreigner is<br />

hailed as one of the most popular<br />

rock acts in the world with a formidable<br />

musical arsenal that continues<br />

to propel sold-out tours and albums<br />

sales. Their newest tour, Foreigner,<br />

the Greatest Hits, comes to the Van<br />

Wezel on November 17.<br />

Responsible for some of rock ‘n’ roll’s<br />

most enduring anthems including<br />

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

For A Girl Like You,” “Feels Like the<br />

First Time,” and the worldwide #1 hit,<br />

“I Want To Know What Love Is.”<br />

Pre-show dining is available<br />

through Mattison’s at the Van Wezel<br />

which is located inside the theatre.<br />

Reservations can be made on Van-<br />

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

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

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Concerts /<br />

Live Music<br />

WMNF Presents:An Evening<br />

with Keller Williams on December<br />

9 at Skipper’s Smokehouse, 910<br />

Skipper Rd, Tampa. Williams<br />

released his first album, FREEK, in<br />

1994, and has since created music<br />

that sounds like nothing else.<br />

Un-beholden to conventionalism,<br />

Williams seamlessly crosses genre<br />

boundaries. The end product is<br />

music that encompasses rock, jazz,<br />

funk, and bluegrass, and always<br />

keeps the audience on their feet.<br />

Williams built his reputation initially<br />

on his engaging live performances,<br />

no two of which are ever<br />

alike. His stage shows are rooted<br />

around Williams singing his compositions<br />

and choice cover songs, while<br />

accompanying himself on acoustic<br />

guitar, bass, guitar synthesizer, and<br />

drum samples; a technique called<br />

live phrase sampling or “looping”.<br />

The end result often leans toward a<br />

hybrid of alternative folk and groovy<br />

electronica, a genre he jokingly calls<br />

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Art Center Sarasota has Elizabeth Barenis’s “Palmistry,” featuring the artist’s latest acrylic paintings.<br />

“acoustic dance music” or ADM.<br />

For information, call the station<br />

at 813-238-8001 or visit www.wmnf.<br />

org/wmnf.<br />

The Hermitage<br />

Award-winning musical theater<br />

composer will perform at the<br />

Hermitage’s <strong>2022</strong> Artful Lobster:<br />

An Outdoor Celebration on<br />

November 12, 11:30am-2pm.<br />

Gwon is a Kleban Award and<br />

Richard Rodgers Award-winning<br />

composer whose work has garnered<br />

multiple NY Times Critic’s Picks and<br />

been performed by such luminaries<br />

as Audra McDonald and Brian d’Arcy<br />

James. Reggie Harris has been a<br />

leading voice in the International Folk<br />

Music Scene for over 40 years and<br />

won the 2021 Spirit of Folk Award.<br />

This event on the Hermitage’s Manasota<br />

Key campus raises valuable<br />

funds for the Hermitage’s artist residency<br />

program. Information: https://<br />

hermitageartistretreat.org/.<br />

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Key Chorale<br />

Perfect Pitch, their annual<br />

luncheon supporting education<br />

and community outreach, is on<br />

November 7, at 11:30 a.m. and will<br />

celebrate Daniel Jordan, the <strong>2022</strong><br />

Perfect Pitch honoree.<br />

They also have a concert, Mystics<br />

and Kings, featuring The Sarasota<br />

Ballet Studio Company and Trainees<br />

on November 27. It’s an evocative<br />

exploration of the mystical influences<br />

from the Jewish Kabbalah, to the mysterious<br />

sounds of southern India and<br />

the streets of Harlem.<br />

Information: keychorale.org.<br />

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Registration is now open for<br />

Art Center Sarasota’s <strong>2022</strong>-2023<br />

adult education season, which runs<br />

through April and features more<br />

than 100 classes, workshops, and<br />

open studio sessions.<br />

Classes are offered Monday through<br />

Saturday and cover a rich diversity of<br />

topics, including painting, photography,<br />

sculpture, mixed-media, drawing,<br />

and pastel and taught by more<br />

than 25 esteemed art instructors.<br />

Course highlights include “Happy<br />

Accidents: Beginning Abstract Watercolor<br />

Florals,” “Freedom in Landscapes,”<br />

“Party Time Chix,” “Gelli<br />

Printing,” and a “Mindfulness Workshop<br />

Series.” To register and for more<br />

information, visit www.artsarasota.<br />

org or call 941-365-2032.<br />

Here’s a sample: Medium: Sculpture/Mixed<br />

Media; Classes: January<br />

6, 13, 20, 27, February 3. Discover the<br />

whimsical world of papier-mâché with<br />

mixed-media artist Kathy Carrier as<br />

she hosts a five-week workshop exploring<br />

this creative medium with a fanciful<br />

twist. More than a hen party, the<br />

class starts with balloons and birthday<br />

hats and covers the entire process of<br />

creating a papier-mâché chicken.<br />

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

Farmer’s Markets<br />

The Sarasota Farmers Market is<br />

open on Saturdays, 7 am-1 pm, rain<br />

or shine. www.sarasotafarmersmarket.org/<br />

(941) 225-9256<br />

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Venice Farmers Market has more<br />

than 40 vendors on Saturdays, many<br />

based during the week in Venice,<br />

Englewood and other areas of Sarasota<br />

County. Held at Venice City Hall,<br />

401 W. Venice Avenue, Venice. Call<br />

(941) 445-9209 or visit https://www.<br />

thevenicefarmersmarket.org/site/<br />

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The Newtown Farmer’s Market is<br />

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

and Saturday. The market is located<br />

at Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Park,<br />

at the corner of Cocoanut Avenue and<br />

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Way.<br />

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The Farmers Market at Lakewood<br />

Ranch is now at Waterside Place.<br />

Their Farmers Market currently has<br />

about 60 vendors and went this past<br />

summer from a seasonal market to a<br />

year-round event.When the market<br />

transfers to Waterside Place, taking<br />

up space all along Lakefront Boulevard<br />

and Kingfisher Lake, more than<br />

80 vendors will line the street. The<br />

Farmers Market will stick to a 10 a.m.<br />

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

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Art Around<br />

the State<br />

At The Baker Museum: Recent<br />

Acquisitions: 2019 – Present. The<br />

Baker Museum’s permanent collection<br />

has grown steadily over the past<br />

two decades in both breadth and<br />

quality within the museum’s clearly<br />

defined scope, which encompasses<br />

American, Latin American and European<br />

art from the 1880s to the present<br />

day. This exhibition presents over 50<br />

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works that have been added to the<br />

permanent collection since 2019.<br />

Runs through 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 Dali: Paul Éluard: Poetry,<br />

Politics, Love is on display through<br />

Jan. 8, 2023. Paul Éluard: Poetry, Politics,<br />

Love explores the world of one<br />

of the most celebrated and idealistic<br />

surrealist poets. Éluard, the ex-husband<br />

of Dalí’s wife Gala, helped found<br />

Surrealism, the French art movement<br />

whose poetry celebrated dreams, love<br />

and freedom. The exhibition presents<br />

selections of Éluard’s poetry in<br />

context with photographs and selected<br />

books, giving visitors a glimpse<br />

into the life of the man who became<br />

known as “the Poet of Freedom.”<br />

During his lifetime, Éluard published<br />

more than 70 books dedicated<br />

to two main themes: the rejection of<br />

tyranny and the search for happiness.<br />

The exhibition examines the poet’s<br />

beginnings, passionate relationships<br />

and important publications. In<br />

addition, the exhibition delves into<br />

Éluard’s connection to the origins of<br />

Surrealism and André Breton as well<br />

as his later communications with Pablo<br />

Picasso. Located on the first floor<br />

of the Museum, access to this community<br />

exhibition is free by reserving<br />

Ground Floor tickets at https://thedali.org/exhibits/current/<br />

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The Museum of Fine Arts has<br />

Multiple: Prince Twins Seven-Seven<br />

through January 15, 2023. This<br />

exhibition highlights the visionary<br />

work of Prince Twins Seven-Seven,<br />

who was the only surviving child out<br />

of seven pairs of twins born to his<br />

mother.<br />

Because of this, and the associated<br />

traditional religious beliefs of the<br />

Yorùbá people of Nigeria, he held that<br />

he possessed unique spiritual insight<br />

and power. His perceptions in turn<br />

had a profound impact on his artistic<br />

expression as a printmaker, painter,<br />

and sculptor. Blending abstracted<br />

images of the physical world and evocations<br />

of the spirit world, Prince Twins<br />

Seven-Seven created a unique, powerful,<br />

and international style that bridges<br />

traditional and contemporary arts.<br />

Multiple: Prince Twins Seven-Seven<br />

features 14 total pieces, including 10<br />

works on paper by Prince Twins Seven-Seven<br />

and four other Yorùbá works<br />

of art from the MFA’s collection. The<br />

MFA is at 255 Beach Dr NE, St. Petersburg.<br />

Visit https://mfastpete.org/<br />

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Florida CraftArt<br />

Festival<br />

The 25th edition of the Florida<br />

CraftArt Festival runs November 19<br />

and 20. The Florida CraftArt Festival,<br />

held the weekend before Thanksgiving<br />

in downtown St. Petersburg, attracts<br />

tens of thousands of art lovers and<br />

collectors.<br />

The two-day outdoor festival<br />

showcases a juried exhibition of fine<br />

craft and offers an opportunity for<br />

visitors to interact with and buy directly<br />

from the artists.<br />

Visit floridacraftart.org. Florida<br />

CraftArt Festival <strong>2022</strong> will be located<br />

just outside Florida CraftArt Gallery, at<br />

the crossroads of Central Avenue and<br />

5th Street in Downtown St. Petersburg.<br />

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8 WEST COAST WOMAN <strong>NOVEMBER</strong> <strong>2022</strong>

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Smokeout ® is on<br />

Nov. 17<br />

An opportunity to commit to healthy,<br />

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Get a Complimentary Signed Copy<br />

of Dr. Pam Smith's New Book<br />

Opportunity for Q & A!!<br />

ZRT Laboratory and Sarasota<br />

Compounding Pharmacy are excited to<br />

host internationally known practitioner<br />

and speaker Pamela W. Smith, MD,<br />

MPH, MS, as she discusses women's<br />

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n November 17th of<br />

this year Gulfcoast<br />

South Area Health Education<br />

Center (GSA-<br />

HEC) will celebrate<br />

the Great American Smokeout ®<br />

(GASO), a national holiday hosted<br />

by the American Cancer Society<br />

that provides an opportunity for<br />

people who smoke to commit to<br />

healthy, smoke-free lives: not just<br />

for a day, but year-round.<br />

The Great American Smokeout ®<br />

also provides an opportunity for individuals,<br />

community groups, businesses,<br />

healthcare providers, and others to encourage<br />

people to plan to quit on the<br />

GASO date or initiate a smoking cessation<br />

plan on the day of the event. This<br />

event not only challenges people<br />

to stop smoking, but it also educates<br />

people about the many free<br />

tools they can use to help them<br />

quit and stay quit. 1<br />

Despite what some may say, it is never<br />

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

experience several benefits of quitting<br />

smoking within hours of quitting and<br />

can enjoy the benefits of being tobacco-free<br />

for years to come.<br />

As soon as a person quits, his or<br />

her body begins to heal: 2<br />

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

risk of heart attack begins to drop, and<br />

lung function begins to improve.<br />

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

and shortness of breath decrease.<br />

• 1 year after quitting: heart attack risk<br />

drops sharply.<br />

• 2 to 5 years after quitting: stroke risk is<br />

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out and about continued<br />

Classical Dance<br />

The Sarasota Ballet’s Program<br />

2 sees three ballets—including two<br />

Company Premieres—by two of the<br />

choreographic leaders of 20th century<br />

British ballet, Sir Frederick Ashton<br />

and Sir Kenneth MacMillan.<br />

Running November 18-19 at the<br />

Sarasota Opera House, Program<br />

2 opens with the Company Premiere<br />

of MacMillan’s Danses Concertantes<br />

and pays tribute to the<br />

30th Anniversary of the great choreographer’s<br />

passing. The ballet is<br />

representative of several MacMillan<br />

firsts: the choreographer’s first ballet<br />

created on the Sadler’s Wells Theatre<br />

Ballet; his first, of an eventual seven,<br />

set to a score by Igor Stravinsky; and<br />

his first collaboration with Nicholas<br />

Georgiadis, who would go on to design<br />

a wide variety of sets and costumes<br />

for later MacMillan ballets.<br />

Next follows the Company Premiere<br />

of Ashton’s Dante Sonata.<br />

A chilling reflection of the grim<br />

futility of war, Dante Sonata was choreographed<br />

in 1940 during the early<br />

stages of the Second World War; set to,<br />

and heavily inspired by, Franz Liszt’s<br />

piano piece of the same name—itself<br />

composed on Liszt’s reactions to Dante<br />

Alighieri’s Inferno—the ballet is a<br />

jarringly bleak example of Ashton’s<br />

choreographic range.<br />

Program 2 comes to a close with<br />

the return of Ashton’s exquisite Rhapsody.<br />

Created on the renowned star<br />

Mikhail Baryshnikov during his guest<br />

tenure with The Royal Ballet, Rhapsody<br />

combines Ashton’s penchant for<br />

musicality and exquisite details in the<br />

upper body, as well as fast and meticulous<br />

footwork, with the spectacular<br />

bravura that encapsulated Baryshnikov’s<br />

artistry. Information: https://<br />

www.sarasotaballet.org/.<br />

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Nutcracker tickets now on at<br />

The Sarasota Cuban Ballet School<br />

for The Nutcracker on December<br />

3 at the Sarasota Opera House. Be<br />

transported to Clara’s enchanted<br />

dream world in The Nutcracker by the<br />

Sarasota Cuban Ballet School. The<br />

holiday favorite features the beloved<br />

classic choreography and the beauty<br />

of Tchaikovsky’s score, with scenery<br />

and costumes conceived exclusively<br />

for the school by legendary theater<br />

designer Steve .<br />

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Special Events<br />

Atomic Holiday Bazaar returns<br />

for season 15 after a two year hiatus<br />

due to the Covid pandemic. Atomic<br />

has moved to the Sarasota County<br />

Fair located at 3000 Ringling Boulevard.<br />

Atomic Misfit makers will be<br />

found inside at Robarts Arena along<br />

with other makers located at the<br />

street fair outside of the arena on the<br />

fairgrounds property.<br />

Atomic’s new dates and hours are:<br />

Saturday, November 26, 12pm-7pm<br />

and Sunday, November 27, 11am -<br />

6pm. Admission is $6 for adults, kids<br />

12 and under get in free. Food trucks<br />

at the street fair include Mouthole<br />

BBQ and Big Blue Grilled Cheese<br />

and Robarts indoor arena cantina<br />

will be open for hungry shoppers.<br />

Atomic is family friendly to PG-Rated<br />

adult content.<br />

The Bradentucky Bombers roller<br />

derby team will continue to work<br />

as Atomic’s greeters handing out<br />

an Atomic swag bag to the first 100<br />

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adult’ish people<br />

who enter the arena<br />

at the start of the<br />

Saturday and Sunday<br />

shows. Bags are<br />

filled with vendor<br />

swag, some gifted<br />

vendor merch<br />

and coupons that<br />

may be used at the<br />

Atomic show.<br />

Atomic features a<br />

wide range of items<br />

for all: screen printed<br />

t-shirts, faux<br />

taxidermy, upcycled<br />

everything ranging<br />

from home decor,<br />

clothing, jewelry,<br />

(for example, think<br />

of “upcycled” as<br />

copper pipe that<br />

has been refitted<br />

into a desk lamp),<br />

vintage clothing,<br />

kitsch, lowbrow<br />

to elegant fine<br />

art, holiday cards,<br />

jams, jellies and the<br />

best canned pickle<br />

selections ever,<br />

one of a kind baby<br />

clothing, humorous<br />

chatchkes, ornaments,<br />

knits, catnip toys, doggie stuff,<br />

felted art, plants, plushies (unusual<br />

and humorous creatures), pop culture-graphic<br />

art posters, dark sentiments,<br />

body products, candles, beachy<br />

vibe stuff, ethnic Latin textiles, rock<br />

n roll edgy clothing, sweet little creations<br />

that make you sigh, get the picture?<br />

Atomic has something for all!<br />

For information about Atomic Holiday<br />

Bazaar contact Adrien Lucas at<br />

941-539-9044 or email at atomicholidaybazaar@gmail.com.tomic.<br />

Information:<br />

https://atomicholidaybazaar.com/<br />

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 />

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In conjunction with their new<br />

exhibition, MOD Weekend <strong>2022</strong>,<br />

November 10-13, is devoted to the<br />

subject of tropical modernism. The<br />

Sarasota School of Architecture practitioners,<br />

led by visionary Phillip<br />

Hiss, embodied the critical regional<br />

modern ethos that we have come to<br />

know as “tropical modernism”.<br />

MOD Weekend will explore examples<br />

from Sarasota and around the<br />

globe through a variety of tours, talks<br />

and events. Tickets: There are three<br />

MOD Passes available: VIP, Ultimate<br />

and Essential. Tickets: https://architecturesarasota.org/mod-<strong>2022</strong>.<br />

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Rotary’s 20th annual Suncoast<br />

Food & Wine Fest is on November<br />

12, 1-4 p.m. at Premier Sports<br />

Campus, 5895 Post Blvd., Lakewood<br />

Ranch. The event offers an afternoon<br />

of samplings and tastings from a<br />

large selection of area restaurants as<br />

well as a variety of wines and other<br />

beverages in an outdoor setting. Your<br />

ticket will support this event which<br />

provides financial assistance to many<br />

charitable organizations within Sarasota<br />

and Manatee counties, and other<br />

Rotary projects. To date, Rotary Club<br />

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Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe has “Guys and Dolls” through November<br />

20. Call the Box Office at 941-366-1505 or visit westcoastblacktheatre.org.<br />

of Lakewood Ranch has given more<br />

than 2 million dollars from festival<br />

proceeds to charity.<br />

General admission is $95 and<br />

includes all food & beverages and<br />

free parking. Learn more at www.<br />

SuncoastFoodAndWineFest.com.<br />

Selby Library<br />

On November 14: Novel Writing<br />

in the Jack J. Geldbart Auditorium.<br />

From planning to publishing, this<br />

series will take you through all the<br />

essentials you need to help turn your<br />

book idea into a reality.<br />

From planning to publishing, this<br />

series will take you through all the<br />

essentials you need to help turn<br />

your book idea into a reality. Local<br />

authors Brian Petkash and Cooper<br />

Levey-Baker will explore the fundamentals<br />

of storytelling from crafting<br />

your setting, characters, and plot, to<br />

revising your work and submitting<br />

your manuscript for publication. This<br />

series is open to all ages, levels, and<br />

genres of writers, as well as those interested<br />

in learning more about the<br />

craft of novel writing. Drop-in to one,<br />

or all parts of this dynamic series.<br />

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Selby Gardens<br />

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens<br />

will host Seeing the Invisible at its<br />

Historic Spanish Point campus. The<br />

most ambitious and expansive show<br />

to date of contemporary artworks<br />

created with augmented-reality (AR)<br />

technology, the exhibition launched<br />

last year at 12 botanical gardens<br />

around the world. Selby Gardens is<br />

one of four inaugural sites that will<br />

continue to host the show for a second<br />

year, through September 2023. Six<br />

new garden and museum sites will<br />

join the global exhibition in October.<br />

Seeing the Invisible features works<br />

by more than a dozen internationally<br />

acclaimed artists, including Ai Weiwei<br />

of China, El Anatsui of Ghana, Isaac<br />

Julien CBE RA of the United Kingdom,<br />

and Sarah Meyohas of the United<br />

States. At Selby Gardens’ Historic<br />

Spanish Point campus, the show’s 13<br />

AR works are installed in carefully<br />

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curated locations<br />

throughout the 30-<br />

acre preserve. Visitors<br />

engage with the<br />

art through an app<br />

that can be downloaded<br />

to a smartphone<br />

or tablet.<br />

Seeing the Invisible<br />

is the first exhibition<br />

of its kind<br />

to be developed<br />

as a collaboration<br />

among botanical<br />

gardens around the<br />

world. The same<br />

commissioned artworks<br />

are placed in<br />

outdoor settings at<br />

the participating<br />

institutions, creating<br />

parallels and<br />

contrasts between<br />

them. The AR nature<br />

of the exhibition<br />

has allowed for<br />

the creation of expansive,<br />

immersive<br />

works that engage<br />

with existing features<br />

of the natural<br />

landscape, going<br />

beyond the limitations<br />

of what is<br />

possible with physical artworks. The<br />

collaboration also allows the partner<br />

gardens and museums to bring leading<br />

contemporary art to their communities<br />

in a sustainable way.<br />

For more information visit www.<br />

selby.org.<br />

At Fogartyville<br />

Joe Crookston performs on Nov.<br />

11. If you love a moving song and<br />

musical madness, singer, songwriter,<br />

and multi-instrumentalist, Joe<br />

Crookston delivers it all: the melodies,<br />

the lyrics, the energy, and a deep<br />

passion for exceptionally well-written<br />

songs. His music swirls with themes<br />

of lightness, darkness, clocks ticking,<br />

fiddle looping, weeping willows, slide<br />

guitar bending, cynicism, hope, and<br />

the cycles of life and rebirth.<br />

Tickets: wslrfogartyville.tickets<br />

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• The Slambovian Circus of Dreams<br />

will perform on Nov. 13. The Slambovian<br />

Circus of Dreams bring their rootsy<br />

psychedelica to Fogartyville! From<br />

the Hudson Highlands of New York,<br />

the Slambovians’ “hilariously genius,<br />

philosophically cosmic, folk-metal<br />

mastery”, delivers a greater human-ness<br />

that rocks. The band’s music<br />

taps a British Invasion vocabulary<br />

with dusty American folk overtones.<br />

Indoor tickets: wslrfogartyville.<br />

ticketspice.com/slambovian<br />

Outdoor tickets: wslrfogartyville.<br />

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• “Outta The Muck” documentary<br />

screening is on Nov. 15. Free admission.<br />

Family, football and history<br />

come to life in an intimate portrait of<br />

the Dean family, longtime residents of<br />

the historic town of Pahokee, Florida.<br />

Told through stories that transcend<br />

space and time, “Outta The Muck”<br />

presents an intimate portrait of a<br />

community that resists despair with<br />

love, remaining fiercely self-determined,<br />

while forging its own unique<br />

narrative of Black achievement.<br />

Reservations: wslr.org/event/screening-of-outta-the-muck-documentary<br />

• David Jacobs-Strain and Bob<br />

Beach perform on Nov. 18. David<br />

Jacobs-Strain and Bob Beach are a<br />

multigenerational, bicoastal duo<br />

who have been performing blues and<br />

roots music together since 2010.<br />

Tickets: wslr.org/event/david-jacobs-strain-and-bob-beach<br />

• The World Fusion Orchestra Album<br />

Release Concert is on Nov. 26.<br />

In The World Fusion Orchestra, Gypsy<br />

Jazz meets up with funk, classical<br />

and hardcore fusion for an explosive<br />

shred fest with music from every corner<br />

of the globe. Tickets: wslrfogartyville.ticketspice.com/the-world-fusion-orchestra<br />

Fogartyville Community Media<br />

and Arts Center, 525 Kumquat Court,<br />

Sarasota.<br />

Musica Sacra<br />

Their Magical Musical Mondays<br />

are at 7 pm at First Presbyterian<br />

Church of Sarasota. Next up is A<br />

Ceremony of Carols on November<br />

28. Featuring Giuseppina Ciarla on<br />

Harp. Conducted by Dr. Ann Stephenson-Moe.<br />

First Presbyterian Church of Sarasota<br />

is at 2050 Oak Street, Sarasota. Tickets:<br />

www.musicasacrasarasota.org.<br />

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UF/IFAS Extension<br />

Sarasota County<br />

November 22 EcoWalk: Unique<br />

Preserves of Sarasota County at<br />

Sleeping Turtles South. Join a UF/<br />

IFAS Extension Sarasota County educator<br />

for a walk focused on gratitude,<br />

and learn more about our amazing<br />

and unique Florida ecosystems.<br />

Take a leisurely stroll through some<br />

of our most beautiful and environmentally<br />

sensitive lands that have<br />

been preserved in Sarasota County<br />

and learn more about what makes<br />

these areas so unique and important,<br />

the plants and animals that inhabit<br />

them, how to be watershed wise,<br />

and the management issues faced<br />

when trying to preserve these lands<br />

for future generations. register only<br />

at ufsarasotaext.eventbrite.com rather<br />

For questions, call 941-861-5000.<br />

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

com/e/ecowalk.<br />

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Contemporary<br />

Dance<br />

Sarasota Contemporary Dance is<br />

prioritizing diversity through collaboration<br />

with local musicians, reviving<br />

acclaimed SCD repertory, and presenting<br />

nationally acclaimed guest choreographers<br />

by bringing their never-before-seen<br />

original works to Sarasota.<br />

All performances will be held at the<br />

Jane B. Cook Theater at the FSU Center<br />

for Performing Arts.<br />

Next up: SCD +enSRQ on December<br />

1-4. This season, SCD will<br />

collaborate with Samantha Bennett<br />

and George Nickson of enSRQ on a<br />

program exploring rhythms, dance,<br />

and song from around the world. SCD<br />

+ enSRQ also features scenic design<br />

by St. Petersburg-based multidisciplinary<br />

artist Sharon McCaman.<br />

For more information, visit www.<br />

sarasotacontemporarydance.org.<br />

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helping others this holiday season<br />

Looking for ways to help your community<br />

over the holidays?<br />

JFCS of the Suncoast Seeks Adopt-a-Family Donors<br />

With the devastation<br />

suffered by our community<br />

during and<br />

after Hurricane Ian,<br />

JFCS of the Suncoast<br />

hopes to bring cheer and comfort to<br />

local families and seniors in need<br />

during the holidays.<br />

Since 2004, JFCS has organized its annual<br />

Adopt-a-Family campaign to help<br />

ease the burden on parents struggling to<br />

provide holiday meals and gifts to their<br />

families. Donors can also brighten the day<br />

of seniors in isolation through the Adopta-Senior<br />

program.<br />

JFCS has 150 seniors and more than<br />

300 children up for adoption this season.<br />

Thanks to the generosity of hundreds of<br />

donors, 150 seniors and 338 children were<br />

adopted in 2021. Donations totaled more<br />

than $79,000.<br />

Since its inception, more than 2,100<br />

children from over 660 families have benefitted<br />

from the Adopt-a-Family program.<br />

Adopt-a-Family/Senior recipients are<br />

current JFCS clients who participate in a<br />

variety of human services programs.<br />

“We live in such a generous community<br />

that comes together to provide toys, clothing,<br />

shoes and gift cards to families and seniors<br />

in need each year,” said Karen Pharo,<br />

Director of Community Outreach. “This is<br />

my fifth year hosting the Adopt-a-Family/<br />

Adopt-a-Senior program and I have seen<br />

everything from rent and utilities paid,<br />

laptops provided for school, pots and pans<br />

and home furnishings for parents and<br />

caregivers, clothing, shoes, bunk beds,<br />

appliances, bikes, and dolls. I always look<br />

forward to seeing the smiles on the faces<br />

of the recipients and being part of the<br />

hugs and tears shared each season.”<br />

How it works:<br />

Those wishing to adopt a family should<br />

be willing to purchase a gift card from a<br />

major retailer to help the parent shop for a<br />

holiday meal. Donors will be provided with<br />

details about the families they have been<br />

paired up with so they can purchase one or<br />

more of the items on the children’s holiday<br />

wish lists, as well as clothing and shoes.<br />

People who prefer not to be matched<br />

with a specific family can choose to donate<br />

money toward the purchase of gifts,<br />

or they can donate general children’s toys<br />

and items.<br />

Those adopting a senior should fill gift<br />

bags with hard candy, stamps, notepads,<br />

pens, hand lotion, hand sanitizer, lip balm,<br />

tissues, socks, refrigerator magnets, and<br />

store gift cards. People can also donate<br />

funds toward senior gift bags.<br />

How to participate in<br />

Adopt-a-Family/Senior:<br />

• If you would like to adopt a family<br />

or senior, email Karen Pharo at kpharo@jfcs-cares.org.<br />

• Donations to the fundraiser can<br />

be made through Pay Pal by choosing<br />

Adopt-a-Family/Adopt-a-Senior in the<br />

drop-down menu.<br />

• For more information and gift ideas,<br />

visit https://jfcs-cares.org/holiday-giving.<br />

Other Ways to Help:<br />

JFCS will be hosting their annual Turkey<br />

Box drive-thru event on Thursday,<br />

November 17, 4-7 p.m. at JFCS, 2688<br />

Fruitville Rd., Sarasota. For information,<br />

email kpharo@jfcs-cares.org.<br />

The 22nd annual Thanksgiving community<br />

celebration luncheon of the<br />

Sarasota Ministerial Association that<br />

brings together local government representatives,<br />

faith and other community leaders<br />

to dine with local residents at risk of<br />

homelessness will take place on Wednesday,<br />

November 23, 11:30 a.m. -1 p.m.<br />

at First Sarasota (The Downtown Baptist<br />

Church) gymnasium at 1661 Main St. For<br />

information on how to volunteer or to<br />

come as a guest for the full Thanksgiving<br />

meal, email kpharo@jfcs-cares.org.<br />

For more information, visit https://<br />

JFCS-Cares.org/ or call (941) 366-2224.<br />

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high blood levels of these chemicals, are 70%<br />

more likely to develop high blood pressure<br />

than their peers who had lower levels of<br />

these toxins.<br />

“As soon as you go through menopause,<br />

you have a dramatic drop in estrogen,” explains<br />

Dr. Fairweather. “When that happens,<br />

it really affects your immune response. And,<br />

so, you enter a much more proinflammatory<br />

state that can increase your risk for various<br />

types of heart disease, like atherosclerosis<br />

and stroke.”<br />

Forever chemicals are in thousands of<br />

household products, including shampoos,<br />

cosmetics and plastic packaging. “It’s also in<br />

our nonstick pans, stain-removing products<br />

that are in our carpeting and furniture, and<br />

on our clothes,” says Dr. Fairweather.<br />

They’re also found in water sources and<br />

foods we eat… “We’re finding that fish we’re<br />

eating have it because the water is contaminated<br />

with it. It’s a major contamination in<br />

wells and other sources of water. It’s in dairy<br />

products because the cattle or dairy cows<br />

are receiving it through fertilizer and other<br />

contaminants in their environment,” says<br />

Dr. Fairweather. Previous studies have shown<br />

that even at low levels these forever chemicals<br />

create adverse health effects.<br />

“What we can do proactively to help<br />

ourselves is to read every label on the food<br />

that we’re purchasing and make sure that<br />

it does not have chemicals that we don’t<br />

understand?” says Dr. Fairweather. “We need<br />

to educate ourselves and just make sure that<br />

if there’s anything that isn’t the actual food<br />

and natural ingredients that we don’t buy<br />

the product.”<br />

Here at The Renewal Point, we understand<br />

that this information can be very overwhelming,<br />

especially if it’s not something<br />

that you’ve already been doing. However,<br />

we don’t want that feeling to deter you from<br />

making changes. Even small changes can<br />

make a big difference. If replacing things<br />

feels daunting, then a good place to start is<br />

with any new purchases. For example, the<br />

next time you buy shampoo, check to make<br />

sure it has natural ingredients; for Christmas,<br />

put a stainless-steel pan or ScanPan on your<br />

wish list; use the “Dirty Dozen” (by the EPA)<br />

as a guide for buying healthier fruits and<br />

vegetables. Over time, you’ll see that most of<br />

your household items are no longer toxic.<br />

Additionally, at The Renewal Point, we can<br />

run tests to see if toxic contaminants are at<br />

harmful levels in your body. This will help<br />

determine how critical the issue is and how<br />

quickly you need to act in removal of the<br />

chemicals from both your body and house.<br />

If toxic chemicals are detected, we can then<br />

work together to create a manageable plan to<br />

rid your body and house of them before they<br />

cause health problems.<br />

While preventing and/or catching the<br />

problem before it becomes a health issue is<br />

ideal, we certainly understand that this is not<br />

always the case. So, if you believe that you<br />

already have health issues caused by toxins,<br />

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happening this month<br />

The Orchid Show <strong>2022</strong>:<br />

Capturing the Perfect Shot<br />

At Selby Gardens downtown campus through Dec. 4<br />

Coelogyne pandurata (photo by Sandra Robinson) Brassia maculata (photo by Wade Collier) Installation image: Cliff Roles Photography Installation image: Cliff Roles Photography<br />

Paphiopedilum fairrieanum (Wade Collier)<br />

Installation image: Cliff Roles Photography<br />

Selby Gardens hosts its annual<br />

Orchid Show each<br />

fall to explore the beauty<br />

and diversity of orchids<br />

through new interpretive<br />

themes, with a variety of supplemental<br />

programs and events.<br />

Starring the plant family for<br />

which they’re best known, this annual<br />

exhibition focuses attention<br />

on Selby Gardens’ living collections<br />

and research in an imaginative new<br />

way. The Orchid Show <strong>2022</strong>: Capturing<br />

the Perfect Shot celebrates<br />

the beauty and diversity of orchids<br />

by featuring unique horticultural<br />

displays and scientific photographs<br />

of their rare orchid collection.<br />

The Orchid Show showcases<br />

the camerawork of a group of<br />

Selby Gardens volunteers whose<br />

images span 20-plus years and<br />

who help Selby Gardens scientists<br />

document the institution’s living<br />

research collection. They describe<br />

their work as plant portraiture, the<br />

aim of which is to capture the distinguishing<br />

features of each orchid<br />

as faithfully as possible.<br />

The photographs on view have<br />

been created by a group of skilled<br />

photographers connected to Selby<br />

Gardens’ mission, including Dr.<br />

Wade Collier, Dr. Aaron Fink, Suzanne<br />

Havens, Sandra Robinson,<br />

and Dr. Phil Nelson—the first to begin<br />

digitally photographing the collection<br />

nearly two decades ago.<br />

The images are displayed within<br />

the galleries of the Museum<br />

of Botany & the Arts as well as in<br />

the Tropical Conservatory at the<br />

Downtown Sarasota campus.<br />

The “living art” for which Selby<br />

Gardens is well known will be<br />

on full display inside the Tropical<br />

Conservatory, where installations<br />

will pay homage to the practice of<br />

photography by playing with lenses<br />

and mirrors while showcasing<br />

hundreds of live orchids in artistic<br />

arrangements. Different collection<br />

specimens will be rotated into the<br />

show throughout its duration, helping<br />

to ensure a new experience<br />

with repeat visits.<br />

Selby Gardens has the best scientifically<br />

documented collection<br />

of living orchids anywhere in the<br />

world, and this year’s Orchid Show<br />

will tell two main stories about the<br />

Gardens’ orchid research, according<br />

to Vice President for Visitor<br />

Engagement and Chief Museum<br />

Curator Dr. David Berry.<br />

The first story is the meticulous<br />

work of a group of volunteers who<br />

have systematically photographed<br />

Selby Gardens’ living collections,<br />

including its orchid collection, for<br />

many years. These talented photographers<br />

combine painstaking<br />

process, technical ingenuity, and<br />

individual aesthetic to capture the<br />

characteristics of each plant. “The<br />

photographs become another form<br />

of botanical evidence, a permanent<br />

record of something ephemeral,”<br />

said Berry. “They might document<br />

a flowering process that happens<br />

only once a year, or portray plants<br />

so tiny that they literally cannot be<br />

seen with the naked eye.”<br />

The second story is the artistic<br />

sensibility the photographers bring<br />

to their work, capturing the strange<br />

beauty and rich diversity of a<br />

plant family that beguiles people<br />

the world over. “Compositionally,<br />

the photographs are quite stunning,”<br />

said Berry. “They aren’t only<br />

pictures of pretty plants—they are<br />

works of art.”<br />

The Museum of Botany & the<br />

Arts will showcase 15 large-format<br />

prints of the distinctive scientific<br />

photographs, which feature striking<br />

close-ups of their orchid subjects<br />

set against a jet-black background.<br />

Interpretive material will<br />

detail the photographic process<br />

and highlight six volunteer photographers<br />

who have contributed to<br />

an archive of more than 100,000<br />

digital images of Selby Gardens’<br />

plant collections. A temporary photo<br />

studio will be set up in the Museum,<br />

where individual volunteers<br />

will periodically do their work in<br />

view of visitors and answer questions<br />

about it.<br />

Admission tickets may be<br />

purchased at<br />

https://selby.org/dsc/<br />

dsc-exhibitions/the-orchidshow-<strong>2022</strong>/.<br />

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

Abbey<br />

Tyrna<br />

Executive Director,<br />


She’s the Executive<br />

Director of Suncoast<br />

Waterkeeper,<br />

a nonprofit in<br />

Sarasota whose mission is<br />

making sure our water is<br />

clean and safe. She grew up<br />

in Cape Coral and earned<br />

her Ph.D. in Geography<br />

from the Pennsylvania<br />

State University, a Master’s<br />

in Environmental Science<br />

from LSU and a Bachelor’s in<br />

Environmental Studies from<br />

Florida State University.<br />

Most recently, she worked<br />

with Sarasota County<br />

government and the<br />

University of Florida as the<br />

Water Resources Agent<br />

for UF/IFAS Extension and<br />

Sustainability.<br />

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

If you like water - that is, water that’s<br />

clean to drink, safe to swim in, and<br />

not full of sewage or chemicals<br />

- this article may interest as well<br />

as inform you because there’s<br />

an organization called Suncoast<br />

Waterkeeper whose mission is just that:<br />

making sure water is clean and safe.<br />

We met back in August a few weeks after a<br />

sewage spill took place in the city of Sarasota<br />

that was contained and cleaned up (some<br />

480,000 gallons), but there is some concern<br />

about pipes and their integrity. There were<br />

also other examples of water contamination<br />

and beach advisories since August, but all that<br />

has been overtaken by the after-effects from<br />

Hurricane Ian.<br />

In what seems like years ago, not months,<br />

we met on the shore of Sarasota Bay in the<br />

Indian Beach Sapphire Shores neighborhood<br />

where I spoke with Abbey Tyrna, the Executive<br />

Director of Suncoast Waterkeeper, a nonprofit<br />

in Sarasota.<br />

Suncoast Waterkeeper (SW) is, according to<br />

their website, “…dedicated to protecting your<br />

right to clean water so you can enjoy swimmable,<br />

potable, drinkable, and fishable water.<br />

We understand the importance of healthy<br />

ecosystems and their direct connection to the<br />

health of communities as well as the health of<br />

the local economy. ”<br />

SW is an all-volunteer nonprofit started by<br />

attorney Justin Bloom. They have made the<br />

next step in their growth by hiring Abbey, who<br />

grew up in Cape Coral, and is an experienced<br />

educator and scientist. She earned her Ph.D. in<br />

Geography from the Pennsylvania State University,<br />

where her research focused on measuring<br />

the effects of development on wetlands.<br />

Before receiving her doctorate in 2015, she<br />

earned a Master’s in Environmental Science<br />

from LSU in 2008, concentrating on wetland<br />

science and management, and a Bachelor’s<br />

in Environmental Studies from Florida State<br />

University in 2001. Most recently, she worked<br />

with Sarasota County government and the<br />

University of Florida to help bring scientific<br />

knowledge and expertise to the public as the<br />

Water Resources Agent for UF/IFAS Extension<br />

and Sustainability.<br />

So this article has been updated to reflect<br />

that a Category 4 hurricane took a glancing<br />

blow to Manatee County and northern parts of<br />

Sarasota County, but punched away at south<br />

Sarasota County. In Lee and Collier Counties<br />

to the south, it was almost a knockout punch.<br />

As for her family and friends, “They were<br />

all lucky—okay physically, but emotionally<br />

it’s been a very tough time,” she explains, with<br />

many familiar and favorite places destroyed.<br />

As of this writing in late October, a beach advisory<br />

is in place in Sarasota and there’s potential<br />

for a red tide.<br />

Some may say that’s “natural,” but to Abbey’s<br />

way of seeing things, hurricanes, beach<br />

advisories and red tide are related. They reveal<br />

systems that are not prepared nor able to handle<br />

the aftermath of hurricanes, and shows<br />

that work needs to be done to mitigate those after<br />

effects. “We shouldn’t grow to expect or accept<br />

sewage spills,” she explains. Systems need<br />

to be made resilient, she explains, and adapted<br />

to rising sea levels and climate change.<br />

Hurricane Ian led to stormwater and sewage<br />

discharge along with large amounts of<br />

debris in local waterways, affecting the Gulf of<br />

Mexico, as well as bays and estuaries. And all<br />

those trees that came down? Foliage washed<br />

into creeks and bays, resulting in spikes in<br />

bacteria and nutrient loads.<br />

In what is painfully obvious, water plays a<br />

huge role in our lives beyond watching the sun<br />

go down over the Gulf or using it to drink or do<br />

things like laundry or showering. Abbey notes<br />

another concern is quantity. “We get our water<br />

here from surface water and storing water is<br />

a challenge due to evaporation rates.” Often<br />

called the aquifer where rainwater and runoff<br />

are stored, “There is less fresh, potable water.<br />

Salt water is intruding,” she states.<br />

That should set off alarm bells since<br />

Florida’s population is 22 million and climbing<br />

steadily. Will there be water to drink? Then<br />

there’s the quality of that water to consider.<br />

One state plan is to take wastewater (yes,<br />

that stuff) and make it into drinking water.<br />

“A terrible idea,” she comments. Such dire<br />

sounding ideas mean something is off, seriously<br />

off, but Abbey is decidedly pragmatic.<br />

“If we just got more efficient,” she feels, things<br />

could be different, even better. Instead of<br />

drilling more wells or reusing wastewater, we<br />

should focus on ways to better use ground water.<br />

“I don’t want to drink from the ‘collective<br />

toilet,’” she remarks.<br />

Suncoast Waterkeeper “watches over<br />

Sarasota Bay and Tampa Bay water quality<br />

and recreational water health in Manatee and<br />

Sarasota counties. We monitor the health of<br />

our local waterways and watershed and keep<br />

local citizens up to date,” says their website.<br />

It’s a large task for a small nonprofit. But<br />

citizens also help. During roundabout construction<br />

in downtown Sarasota, a resident of<br />

a nearby condo emailed SW with video taken<br />

showing sediment was going into the Bay. SW<br />

went out, Abbey explains, and saw that barriers<br />

were not in place to keep sediment from<br />

entering the Bay, causing the water to become<br />

cloudy. “They had exceeded their permit,” she<br />

explains. SW’s actions prompted a barrier to<br />

be put in place.<br />

Suncoast Waterkeeper will take action<br />

when needed to get local governments and<br />

businesses to follow environmental laws and<br />

guidelines to keep water healthy. Their goal,<br />

she explains, “is not to go after…but to solve.”<br />

They’ve filed eight lawsuits in the past five<br />

years, she explains - some being industrial<br />

wastewater suits while others were metal recycling<br />

and concrete company violations.<br />

Listening to Abbey is educational and no<br />

doubt that comes from her six years at UF/<br />

IFAS where she was a Water Resources Agent<br />

for UF/IFAS Extension and Sustainability.<br />

She wanted “to be in a group that does more.<br />

This [SW] is more direct.” She enjoys “the<br />

challenge of doing everything - I don’t have to<br />

go through a lot of channels. I was ready to be<br />

more active.”<br />

“I’m a staff of one,” she notes, but her “proactive<br />

board” and volunteers monitor things<br />

like water turbidity. It can all seem a bit daunting,<br />

but Abbey is pragmatic, even optimistic.<br />

“We can do a lot…first and foremost use less<br />

water - a lot less water. Reduce that 20-minute<br />

shower, run the washing machine and dishwasher<br />

only when full, don’t have a golf course<br />

like lawn. Use less pesticides and fertilizer,<br />

pick up after pets.”<br />

Growing in Cape Coral and playing and<br />

exploring outside, Abbey enjoyed local waters.<br />

“In seventh grade, I got to walk through Six<br />

Mile Cypress in Fort Myers,” she said. “I was in<br />

water up to my chest, and I couldn’t have been<br />

happier… I still remember the serenity of the<br />

swamp and the feel of the water. From that day<br />

on, I devoted my education to learning about<br />

wetlands and protecting Florida waters.”<br />

Her husband also has strong ties to the water<br />

having been a ship captain and who now<br />

works for an oil company. They have two children<br />

who both love the outdoors and her 14<br />

year-old son especially likes to fish.<br />

It’s good to know such a vital resource -<br />

water - is being monitored and that there’a<br />

knowledgeable team at Suncoast Waterkeeper,<br />

led by Abbey, to make sure it happens.<br />

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Season Highlights:<br />

events we think you’ll find interesting or unique<br />

MOD Weekend<br />

November 10 -13<br />

MOD Weekend <strong>2022</strong> will explore examples<br />

from Sarasota and around the globe<br />

through a variety of tours, talks and events<br />

from kayak and walking tours to a symposium<br />

and a trolley tour — all with the focus<br />

on Sarasota School of Architecture.<br />

Kayak tours are on November 11 and<br />

offer a way to view architecture in a coastal<br />

environment with the unique vantage<br />

point of the water. A nature guide and a<br />

design expert will lead you through an unforgettable<br />

tour, beginning with remarks<br />

by Sarasota School of Architecture practitioner<br />

Carl Abbott, who will talk about<br />

his Butterfield House, situated across the<br />

Bayou from Paul Rudolph’s Healy Guest<br />

House (aka “Cocoon House”).<br />

On November 12 there will be a Yoga<br />

class at Paul Rudolph’s iconic Umbrella<br />

House. The home is one of the most celebrated<br />

residential structures in the United<br />

States, and is a prime example of tropical<br />

modernism here on the gulf coast.<br />

On November 11, kick off MOD Weekend<br />

at the opening party at Ringling Museum’s<br />

Ca’d’Zan, designed by architect James Baum<br />

and completed in 1926. Enjoy cocktails, delicious<br />

hors d’oeuvres, open bar and music.<br />

November 12, the Trolley Tour visits<br />

two of the most pristine Sarasota School<br />

of Architecture structures in town: the<br />

“Healy Guest House,” 1950, and the “Revere<br />

Quality House,” 1948, both designed<br />

by architects Ralph Twitchell and Paul<br />

Rudolph. You will be guided through these<br />

privately owned, meticulously restored<br />

homes by a local architect who is wellversed<br />

in the Sarasota School of Architecture<br />

movement.<br />

On November 13 there’s a symposium<br />

with preeminent scholars to discuss a variety<br />

of issues around the topic of Tropical<br />

Modernism - from Africa to Asia to our<br />

own Gulf Coast of Florida.<br />

There’s another trolley tour on November<br />

13. Join architects and experts and<br />

tour Sarasota’s best examples of civic,<br />

commercial and residential tropical modernism.<br />

Experience well-known public<br />

structures, iconic masterpieces from<br />

the Sarasota School and beyond, as well<br />

as prime examples of vernacular design<br />

adapted to our local environment<br />

Info and tickets at https://architecturesarasota.org/mod-<strong>2022</strong>.<br />

Do you know…<br />

Ring Sarasota,<br />

Sarasota’s Premier<br />

Handbell Ensemble?<br />

Ring Sarasota<br />

This Sarasota‐based group, under the<br />

direction of former Navy bandleader Rick<br />

Holdsworth, showcases over 200 individual<br />

handbells and handchimes rung by<br />

a large ensemble of ringers to create a<br />

symphony of sound with special effects<br />

mimicking the piccolo, percussion, trombone,<br />

and even the Tibetan singing bowl.<br />

Handbells are often<br />

associated with the<br />

holidays, Christmas in<br />

particular. Ring Sarasota<br />

wants to challenge<br />

that stereotype, offering<br />

selections where<br />

handbells imitate other<br />

instruments, like the<br />

pipe organ or banjo,<br />

or musical styles, like<br />

pop, big band jazz, or<br />

patriotic music.<br />

While any music<br />

played on handbells<br />

can be enchanting, Ring<br />

Sarasota knows that<br />

this instrument truly<br />

shines when performing<br />

songs written<br />

especially for handbells.<br />

Audiences will be<br />

immersed in pop music,<br />

feel the excitement of the big band era,<br />

and experience the rhythm of Latin music.<br />

Ring Sarasota will also be a part of<br />

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens’ holiday<br />

season. Ring Sarasota will perform during<br />

“Wintergreen Weekend” at Spanish Point in<br />

Osprey and additionally, they are a special<br />

musical guest as part of the “Lights in<br />

Bloom” festivities on the main campus of<br />

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens in Sarasota.<br />

• Performance dates:<br />

• December 3 & 4: Wintergreen Weekend<br />

at Historic Spanish Point<br />

• December 17: Selby Gardens Lights in<br />

Bloom<br />

• February 19, 2023: Trinity Lutheran<br />

Church, Bradenton<br />

• March 12, 2023: Bee Ridge Presbyterian<br />

Church, Sarasota<br />

• March 19, 2023: Roser Memorial<br />

Church, Anna Maria Island<br />

For more information about Ring Sarasota<br />

performances visit RingSarasota.org.<br />

Hermitage Marks<br />

its 20th<br />

Kicking off its 20th Anniversary Season,<br />

the Hermitage Artist Retreat offers<br />

programs in November with their continuation<br />

of the “Hermitage @ Booker”<br />

series. Their second season kicks off with<br />

returning Hermitage Fellow Reggie Harris<br />

who will visit a Booker music classroom<br />

to spend time with students there before<br />

offering a public outdoor performance that<br />

evening, which will be open to the community<br />

on November 4 at 5:30pm.<br />

Nearly all Hermitage programs are free<br />

and open to the public (with a $5/person<br />

registration fee). Registration is required<br />

at HermitageArtistRetreat.org.<br />

Next up is their popular fundraiser, Artful<br />

Lobster on November 12—the only benefit<br />

to take place on their historic Gulf front<br />

campus on Manasota Key. Features a lobster<br />

feast catered by Michael’s On East and live<br />

entertainment featuring Hermitage Fellows.<br />

The Hermitage did sustain some damage<br />

to its campus caused by Hurricane Ian.<br />

The historic wooden cottages that make<br />

up the Hermitage Artist Retreat on Manasota<br />

Key are still standing after Hurricane<br />

Ian, but will probably require more than<br />

$1 million in repairs. Gifts to support the<br />

Hermitage campus repair efforts can be<br />

made at www.HermitageArtistRetreat.org.<br />

The Smothers<br />

Brothers at<br />

the Van Wezel<br />

The Van Wezel will have The Smothers<br />

Brothers on March 30, 2023, for an evening<br />

of memories featuring classic Comedy<br />

Hour clips and interactive audience Q&A.<br />

Their own television variety show, The<br />

Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour, became<br />

one of the most controversial American<br />

TV programs of the Vietnam War era.<br />

Despite popular success, the brothers’<br />

penchant for material that was critical of<br />

the political mainstream and sympathetic<br />

to the emerging counterculture led to their<br />

firing by the CBS network in 1969.<br />

The brothers continued to work, both<br />

independently and as a team, on stage and<br />

television, and in films during subsequent<br />

decades. Dick Smothers lives in Sarasota.<br />

www.vanwezel.org.<br />

Hermitage House<br />

Photo by Barbara Banks<br />

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season highlights continued<br />

Alexandra Hammond, artist<br />

Guiseppina Ciarla, Harpist<br />

Art Center Sarasota’s<br />

<strong>2022</strong>-2023 Season<br />

at a Glance<br />

Art Center Sarasota’s <strong>2022</strong>-23 season<br />

features work that spans the range of<br />

artistic mediums—from abstract ceramic<br />

sculpture to documentary photography.<br />

According to Kinsey Robb, Art Center<br />

Sarasota’s executive director, “We’re<br />

a community arts center,” she says.<br />

“The community we serve is amazingly<br />

diverse. We honor that diversity with our<br />

selection of art and artists.”<br />

Robb adds that she’s excited to present<br />

a series of artist talks this season—a program<br />

that “provides audiences the ability<br />

to dive deeper into the minds of our artists<br />

in an intimate and friendly setting.”<br />

Coming up December 8-January 21 is<br />

a solo exhibition: “Alexandra Hammond”<br />

that revolves around the artist’s “Quantum<br />

Blue” series of acrylic paintings. According<br />

to the artist, they invite the viewer to<br />

enter “a zone of pure possibility — a field<br />

of active emptiness from which all forms<br />

arise out of formlessness.”<br />

Opening reception is on December 8, 6-8<br />

p.m. Art Center Sarasota, 707 N. Tamiami<br />

Trail, Sarasota. For information, visit<br />

www.artsarasota.org.<br />

ArtCenter Manatee<br />

has Scratchboard<br />

Artists<br />

In November, ArtCenter Manatee has<br />

the 11th annual exhibit of the International<br />

Society of Scratchboard Artists<br />

(ISSA) in its galleries. The “drawings in<br />

reverse” will be on display November<br />

30-December 30 with an opening reception<br />

on December 1, 5-7 p.m. In 2021,<br />

artists from the USA, China, Canada and<br />

Australia were represented. Visit https://<br />

artcentermanatee.org. ArtCenter Manatee,<br />

209 9th St West, Bradenton.<br />


has José Andrés<br />

The chef, restaurateur, and humanitarian<br />

will speak on March 23. José Andrés is<br />

an internationally-recognized culinary<br />

innovator, author, educator, humanitarian,<br />

and chef/owner of ThinkFoodGroup.<br />

A pioneer of Spanish tapas in the<br />

United States, he is also known for his<br />

groundbreaking avant-garde cuisine and<br />

his award-winning group of nearly three<br />

dozen restaurants located throughout the<br />

country and beyond.<br />

Magical Musical<br />

Mondays by<br />

Musica Sacra<br />

They have their Magical Musical<br />

Mondays coming up on November 28.<br />

The performance will be a Ceremony of<br />

Carols featuring conducted by Dr. Ann<br />

Stephenson-Moe with Guiseppina Ciarla,<br />

Harpist.<br />

Program: A Ceremony of Carols by<br />

Benjamin Britten; Dancing Day by John<br />

Rutter and Four English Carols by<br />

Gustav Holst.<br />

Benjamin Britten composed his A Ceremony<br />

of Carols while on a 1942 sea voyage<br />

from America to Britain. The text,<br />

in eleven movements is taken from The<br />

English Galaxy of Shorter Poems, edited<br />

by Gerald Bullett. Originally conceived<br />

as a series of unrelated songs, it was<br />

later unified into a single work with the<br />

inclusion of a Processional and Recesional<br />

in unison based on the Gregorian<br />

antiphon “Hodie Christus Natus est. A<br />

harp solo based on the chant, along with<br />

a few other motifs from “Wolcum Yole”<br />

serve to unify the work. Tickets: https://<br />

www.musicasacrasarasota.org/a-ceremony-of-carols.<br />

At The Dalí -<br />

The Shape of Dreams<br />

A profound yet common human experience<br />

— the dream — is examined through<br />

500 years of paintings from the 16th to<br />

20th century, demonstrating how artists<br />

throughout time have depicted the enigmatic<br />

state of awareness that often leaves<br />

dreamers searching for meaning. Drawing<br />

on the irony that dreams are an intense<br />

visual sensation most often taking place<br />

when the eyes are closed, the exhibition<br />

inspires questions about the very nature of<br />

reality and encourages viewers to examine<br />

dreams through different lenses — psychological,<br />

religious and metaphysical.<br />

The Shape of Dreams features a<br />

selection of art on loan from American<br />

institutions, including the National Gallery<br />

of Art, Detroit Institute of Arts, The New<br />

Orleans Museum of Art, Saint Louis Art<br />

Museum, Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture<br />

Garden, Chicago Art Institute and Metropolitan<br />

Museum of Art. Several works<br />

from The Dalí’s permanent collection are<br />

placed in dialog with these works to examine<br />

how Western artists have conveyed<br />

dreams, exploring the continuity and disconnections<br />

between the past and present.<br />

Running Nov. 25-April 30, 2023. The<br />

Dalí is located at One Dalí Boulevard, St.<br />

Petersburg. visit TheDali.org.<br />

Furled by Scratchboard Artist Cathy Sheeter,<br />

ISSA, 2021 Silver Award<br />

He believes we can use nourishing<br />

meals to empower people and rebuild<br />

communities. Tapping the same innovative<br />

spirit that earned his restaurants Michelin<br />

stars, Andrés formed World Central<br />

Kitchen in 2010, which provides meals in<br />

response to humanitarian, climate, and<br />

community crises.<br />

The TOWN HALL Lecture Series is presented<br />

by Ringling College Library Association.<br />

Tickets: https://www.rclassociation.<br />

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Enchanted Beach by Salvador Dalí<br />

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JoshProvides Epilepsy Assistance Foundation<br />

Sarasota Contemporary<br />

Dance’s “Reclaim”<br />

Celebrating the company’s 17th anniversary<br />

Sarasota<br />

Contemporary Dance<br />

is launching its<br />

<strong>2022</strong>-2023 Mainstage<br />

Season, “RECLAIM,”<br />

a celebration of the<br />

company’s seventeen<br />

passionate years of<br />

bringing high-caliber<br />

dance to Sarasota<br />

and beyond.<br />

Sarasota Contemporary<br />

Dance’s 17th Mainstage Season,<br />

entitled “RECLAIM,” is<br />

underway. This season, Sarasota<br />

Contemporary Dance<br />

is prioritizing diversity through collaboration<br />

with local musicians, reviving<br />

acclaimed SCD repertory, and presenting<br />

nationally acclaimed guest choreographers<br />

by bringing their never-before-seen<br />

original works to Sarasota.<br />

According to Artistic Director, Leymis<br />

Bolaños Wilmott, “This year, we are<br />

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enSRQ in<br />

December<br />

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ground that nurtures and provides<br />

resources for dancers and artmakers in<br />

various stages of development.”<br />

The season includes these Main<br />

Stage performances :<br />

• SCD + enSRQ<br />

December 1-3 at 7 p.m.; December 4,<br />

3 p.m.<br />

Location: Cook Theatre at the FSU<br />

Center for the Performing Arts<br />

Offered virtually December 2-4<br />

Sarasota Contemporary Dance is re-igniting<br />

relationships with other arts<br />

organizations that had to be on pause<br />

during the pandemic. This season, SCD<br />

will collaborate with Samantha Bennett<br />

and George Nickson of enSRQ on<br />

a program exploring rhythms, dance,<br />

and song from around the world. SCD +<br />

enSRQ also features scenic design by St.<br />

Petersburg-based multidisciplinary artist<br />

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• Dance Makers<br />

January 26-28, 2023 at 7 p.m. and<br />

January 29, 2023 at 3 p.m.<br />

Location: Cook Theatre at the FSU<br />

Center for the Performing Arts<br />

Offered virtually January 28-30<br />

“Dance Makers” features new, imaginative<br />

dance pieces created by nationally<br />

acclaimed contemporary choreographers.<br />

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works from the aesthetics of jazz dance<br />

performed to Miles Davis and syncopated,<br />

athletic Afro-Cuban movement, to<br />

more dramatic solo and duet works. The<br />

featured artists include Gilliane Hadely<br />

(Orlando), Lisa del Rosario (Austin, TX),<br />

Melissa Cobblah Gutierrez (Miami), and<br />

Tania Vergara Perez (Sarasota).<br />

• Evolving/Revolving: Jehanne<br />

April 27-29, 2023 at 7 p.m. and April<br />

30, 2023 at 3 p.m.<br />

Location: Cook Theatre at the FSU<br />

Center for the Performing Arts<br />

Offered virtually April 28-30<br />

SCD closes its 17th season with a<br />

comeback of its “Evolving/Revolving”<br />

showcase in which the company<br />

revives previously staged works to<br />

expand and deepen their meaning<br />

into evening-length performances. For<br />

RECLAIM, SCD’s striking work of “Jehanne”<br />

returns to the stage, studying<br />

Joan of Arc’s cultural influence in the<br />

Hundred Year’s War, accompanied by<br />

live music with original composition by<br />

Mark Dancigers. This work honors the<br />

human SPIRIT by demonstrating the<br />

resilience that has taken the company<br />

to this point and will continue its forward-motion.<br />

• Tickets and subscriptions are<br />

available at https://www.sarasota<br />

contemporarydance.org/in-theater<br />

or by calling the Box Office at 941-260-<br />

8485. For more information, visit www.<br />

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Get to know:<br />

ensembleNewSRQ<br />

Founded in 2015, they’re dedicated to playing<br />

the music of contemporary composers<br />

ensembleNewSRQ (enSRQ), the<br />

innovative chamber music ensemble,<br />

opened its <strong>2022</strong>-2023 season<br />

with “First Voices,” a concert<br />

showcasing music that reflects<br />

the historically underrepresented voices of<br />

Indigenous composers, back in October.<br />

Violinist Samantha Bennett and percussionist<br />

George Nickson are the group’s<br />

founders and co-artistic directors. Both<br />

artistic directors have announced that, new<br />

this year, they are bringing local musicians<br />

on in a new capacity as enSRQ artists.<br />

“These are the faces you already know and<br />

love in their capacity to bring<br />

modern masterpieces to life,”<br />

says Bennett. “Artists like<br />

Samantha Bennett<br />

Jennifer Best Takeda, Bharat<br />

Chandra, Betsy Traba and<br />

Marcelina Suchocka strengthen<br />

our ties to the community<br />

and will be with you on this<br />

season’s journey of musical<br />

discovery.”<br />

enSRQ is celebrating its<br />

seventh season with contemporary<br />

masterworks, new<br />

compositions, collaborations,<br />

and world premieres.<br />

Bennett and Nickson have<br />

curated a six-program season<br />

that shines a light on the evolution<br />

of contemporary music<br />

in the 21st century.<br />

Other highlights of en-<br />

SRQ’s season includes tributes<br />

to recently passed composers,<br />

George<br />

Crumb and Louis<br />

George Nickson<br />

Andriessen; world<br />

premieres of newly<br />

commissioned<br />

works by the<br />

British composer<br />

Mark-Anthony<br />

Turnage and the<br />

emerging American<br />

percussionist/<br />

composer Shaun<br />

Tilburg; and a<br />

collaboration with<br />

Sarasota Contemporary<br />

Dance. This<br />

season concludes<br />

with a first-ever<br />

concert at the<br />

Sarasota Opera<br />

House featuring 40<br />

musicians.<br />

streaming will also be available.<br />

<strong>2022</strong>-2023 Season<br />

apple Collaboration With Sarasota Contemporary<br />

Dance: December 1-4. As<br />

enSRQ has redefined the limits of new<br />

music, Sarasota Contemporary Dance has<br />

pushed the boundaries of modern dance<br />

with its inventive choreography by Leymis<br />

Bolanos Wilmott.<br />

This concert will also showcase scenic<br />

and projection design by Sharon McCaman,<br />

the St. Petersburg-based multidisciplinary<br />

artist. Performances are in the Asolo Repertory<br />

Theatre. Live streaming will also be<br />

available to viewers for this concert.<br />

apple Crumb: January 16, 7:30 p.m. “Black<br />

Angels,” the epic lament for the troubled<br />

years of the Vietnam era climaxes a tribute<br />

to George Crumb (1929-<strong>2022</strong>), the Pulitzer<br />

Prize-winning composer whose works are<br />

among the most frequently performed compositions<br />

in today’s musical world.<br />

Soprano and enSRQ favorite, Lucy Fitz<br />

Gibbon returns to sing Crumb’s evocative<br />

“Madrigals,” and the “Demeter Prelude”<br />

by Crumb’s protégé, Margaret Brouwer. It<br />

will be performed at First Congregational<br />

Church, 1031 S. Euclid Ave., Sarasota. Live<br />

streaming will also be available.<br />

apple Vespers For A New Dark Age: February<br />

6. The voices of the Dallas-based<br />

Verdigris Ensemble rise in collaboration<br />

with ensembleNEWSRQ to present the<br />

Photos by Matthew Holler<br />

choral works of<br />

two internationally<br />

acclaimed<br />

composers:<br />

“The Branch<br />

Will Not Break”<br />

by Christopher<br />

Cerrone—as<br />

inspired by<br />

the poetry of<br />

James Arlington<br />

Wright; and<br />

“Vespers for a<br />

New Dark Age”<br />

by Missy Mazzoli—set<br />

to the poetry<br />

of Matthew<br />

Zapruder. Held<br />

at First Congregational<br />

Church,<br />

1031 S. Euclid<br />

Ave., Sarasota.<br />

Live streaming<br />

will also be available.<br />

apple And The Hits Keep<br />

Coming: March 2. The<br />

versatility of the percussionist<br />

is celebrated in a<br />

program featuring Krizts<br />

Auznieks’s “Prelude and<br />

Ether” for marimbas, vibraphone,<br />

and piano; Emma<br />

O’Halloran’s “Shell” for<br />

marimba quartet; and the<br />

world premieres of newly<br />

commissioned works for<br />

percussion ensembles by<br />

British composer Mark-Anthony<br />

Turnage and the<br />

emerging American percussionist/composer<br />

Shaun<br />

Tilburg. Held at First Congregational<br />

Church, 1031 S.<br />

Euclid Ave., Sarasota. Live<br />

apple 1976: April 17. Forty musicians ensemble<br />

to perform a double bill of contemporary<br />

classics, both composed in 1976.<br />

HK Gruber’s “Frankenstein” opens the<br />

program, and Louis Andriessen’s groundbreaking<br />

“De Staat” concludes it. Held at<br />

Sarasota Opera House, 61 North Pineapple<br />

Ave., Sarasota. Live streaming will also be<br />

available.<br />

For tickets, visit www.ensrq.org.<br />

About ensembleNEWSRQ:<br />

Founded in 2015 by violinist Samantha<br />

Bennett and percussionist George Nickson,<br />

ensembleNEWSRQ (enSRQ) is dedicated<br />

to playing and advocating for the music of<br />

contemporary composers.<br />


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WED, DEC 28 – SAT, DEC 31, <strong>2022</strong><br />


America’s longest running youth circus<br />

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New College<br />

of Florida<br />

has its New<br />

Topics season,<br />

with a<br />

lineup of dynamic regional<br />

and national speakers<br />

covering a broad range of<br />

topics. Hosted by the New<br />

College Foundation, the<br />

2023 season runs through<br />

March.<br />

January 25, 2023<br />

• Fleeing Atrocities:<br />

Witness Perspectives,<br />

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the U.S. Holocaust<br />

Memorial Museum<br />

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Lawrence-Israëls and<br />

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survivor Wai Wai Nu. This<br />

discussion will be moderated<br />

by Naomi Kikoler,<br />

Director of the United<br />

States Holocaust Memorial<br />

Museum’s Simon-Skjodt<br />

Center for the Prevention<br />

of Genocide.<br />

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persecution of the Rohingya<br />

in Burma and the unique perspective<br />

and voice that Holocaust survivors can<br />

bring to contemporary issues. In March<br />

<strong>2022</strong>, Secretary of State Anthony Blinken<br />

chose the Museum as the location where<br />

he would announce the US government’s<br />

determination of genocide in Burma. It<br />

was there that Louise and Wai Wai first<br />

met.<br />

February 16, 2023<br />

• The Bigger Picture: Entertainment<br />

Marketing in a Changing World<br />

Join Smitty Smith ’70 and Jackson<br />

George ’95 as they discuss Hollywood<br />

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CEO of the creative agency InSync Plus,<br />

and George, a creative advertising executive<br />

with Disney, will take you behind<br />

the scenes to understand how Hollywood<br />

develops movies and markets<br />

their product to the consumer.<br />

With witty stories and insights, Smith<br />

and George, will also explore how<br />

Hollywood is changing and the influence<br />

of rapidly advancing technologies<br />

have on the marketing and distribution<br />

of movies.<br />

Louise Lawrence-Israëls<br />

Naomi Kikoler<br />

Cynthia Barnett<br />

March 21, 2023<br />

Wai Wai Nu<br />

Smitty Smith & Jackson George<br />

Chris Reed<br />

• The Sound of the Sea: Seashells<br />

and the Fate of the Oceans with<br />

Cynthia Barnett<br />

Award-winning environmental author<br />

Cynthia Barnett explores the long, rich<br />

and surprisingly profound relationship<br />

between humans and seashells. Traveling<br />

from Florida to the Bahamas to<br />

the Maldives, West Africa, and beyond,<br />

Barnett uncovers the ancient history of<br />

shells as global currency, their use as religious<br />

and luxury objects, and the rarely<br />

appreciated but remarkable creatures<br />

that make them.<br />

While shells reveal how humans have<br />

altered the climate and the sea—down to<br />

its very chemistry—they are also sentinels<br />

of hope for coastal adaptation for climate<br />

change, alternative energy and other<br />

solutions that lie beneath the waves.<br />

All New Topics events are held<br />

at Sanier Pavilion on the New College<br />

campus at 5:30pm. Tickets are $10,<br />

with some exceptions. To learn more<br />

and register, visit ncf.edu/new-topics.<br />

For questions, contact the New College<br />

Foundation at foundation@ncf.edu or<br />

941-487-4800.<br />

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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 />


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good news department<br />

Here are just a few of<br />

the ways our community<br />

has come together<br />

to help those<br />

affected by Hurricane Ian. November<br />

is traditionally a time to be<br />

thankful, so join with us in thanking<br />

all of the organizations, individuals,<br />

businesses and foundations<br />

that have come together to help<br />

others.<br />

While the tragedy of this hurricane<br />

will be felt for quite a while, we<br />

hope that seeing how generous<br />

people are, it will warm your heart<br />

and, if you can, contribute to one<br />

of the organization below.<br />

Feeding Linemen from<br />

Kentucky<br />

Mica England, chef and owner at BLVD<br />

Café, reports, “We had the privilege of grilling<br />

at home for these linemen, that had stopped<br />

by the Café. If you see these great guys from<br />

Kentucky, they love a cold Dr. Pepper!”<br />

“Lori, my wife, went to a Feed Lineman<br />

page on Facebook. These guys were working<br />

in the same clothes for days…eating a<br />

cold ham sandwich for dinner every day<br />

when the returned to their camp. Some<br />

of the camps just fed the supervisors and<br />

not the workers because they didn’t have<br />

enough food.”<br />

“Lori washed numerous loads of clothes<br />

for them, I grilled hot dogs and hamburgers<br />

for them, made baked beans and potato<br />

salad, and gave them bags of chips and Dr.<br />

Pepper. So we got them some. They were so<br />

sweet and kind. We were so happy we could<br />

help a little.”<br />

Surprise visit by Lester Holt<br />

Chef Mica and her wife Lori helping feed linemen<br />

Chef Mica and her wife Lori also volunteered<br />

in the kitchen at Booker High school<br />

getting lunches together when they had<br />

a surprise visit by Lester Holt, the nightly<br />

news anchor for NBC who was intern covering<br />

the hurricane. “I mean what are the<br />

chances Lester holt walks in to interview<br />

you when you’re wrapping hot dogs.”<br />

Hurricane Ian Relief<br />

Concert Raises More<br />

Than $ 112,000<br />

Sarasota Orchestra and the Van Wezel<br />

held a concert on October 7 to benefit Hurricane<br />

Ian recovery efforts. The concert was<br />

organized in less than a week. Through ticket<br />

purchases, additional onsite donations and<br />

online fundraising, $56,226.78 was raised for<br />

the Suncoast Disaster Recovery Fund at<br />

the Community Foundation of Sarasota<br />

County. With the dollar-for-dollar match<br />

from The Patterson Foundation, the total<br />

amount raised was more than $112,000.<br />

“Heartfelt gratitude goes to the Sarasota<br />

Orchestra and the<br />

Van Wezel for providing<br />

this incredible<br />

community service<br />

by presenting this<br />

concert in support of<br />

the Hurricane Ian recovery.<br />

We hope this<br />

concert lifted spirits<br />

and offered an opportunity<br />

for community<br />

members to play<br />

an important part in<br />

contributing to disaster<br />

recovery across<br />

the Suncoast,” said<br />

Roxie Jerde, President<br />

and CEO, Community<br />

Foundation<br />

of Sarasota County.<br />

The concert program<br />

included a<br />

range of inspiring<br />

music, including Aaron<br />

Copland’s Fanfare<br />

for the Common<br />

Man, John<br />

Williams’ Summon<br />

the Heroes – originally<br />

composed for<br />

the 1996 Olympics<br />

– and the theme<br />

from The Incredibles.<br />

Crafted by<br />

Conductor Christopher<br />

Confessore, a<br />

Sarasota native and<br />

Principal Pops conductor of the Alabama<br />

Symphony, the concert served as a salute to<br />

extraordinary first responders.<br />

You can still make a donation at www.cfsarasota.org.<br />

Feeding and Food trucks -<br />

JFCS<br />

JFCS hosted several food trucks in their<br />

parking lot on October 12 to help feed hurricane<br />

victims. “Our hearts are with those<br />

who are struggling in the aftermath of Hurricane<br />

Ian. We know it’s challenging trying<br />

to navigate these<br />

uncertain and devastating<br />

times, but<br />

it’s been a blessing<br />

to see so many people,<br />

businesses and<br />

organizations come<br />

together to help their<br />

neighbors.”<br />

JFCS of the Suncoast<br />

and several<br />

local food trucks<br />

joined forces to raise<br />

money and provide<br />

meals to people affected<br />

by Hurricane<br />

Ian. Organizations,<br />

churches, subdivisions,<br />

businesses,<br />

and community representatives<br />

were<br />

able to pick up free<br />

meals during the<br />

event to distribute to<br />

community members in need.<br />

Funds raised were also used to purchase<br />

groceries at a discounted rate for<br />

community members who cannot afford<br />

to replace the food they lost during the<br />

hurricane and power outages. Stan and Jo<br />

Rutstein donated $4,000 to help sponsor<br />

the Food Truck Event.<br />

To make a donation to help JFCS purchase<br />

groceries and meals, go to www.paypal.com/donate.<br />

In addition to its assistance<br />

with food, JFCS also offers a variety<br />

of counseling and mental health services to<br />

help residents dealing with the challenges<br />

and stress brought on by the storm and its<br />

aftermath. For more information, contact<br />

the Intake Department at 941-366-2224,<br />

ext. 116, or visit the jfcs-cares.org.<br />

Michael’s on East partners<br />

with José Andrés’ World<br />

Central Kitchen<br />

Michael’s on East partnered with World<br />

Central Kitchen, a nonprofit that provides<br />

meals in the wake of disasters founded<br />

by José Andrés, a chef and owner of<br />

JFCS helping to feed hurricane victims<br />

restaurants across<br />

the country including<br />

Jaleo in Orlando<br />

and The Bazaar in<br />

Miami Beach.<br />

Michael’s on East<br />

made more than<br />

10,000 hot meals for<br />

those in need as of<br />

October 2 and made<br />

5,000 more October<br />

3. Owner Michael<br />

Klauber said they<br />

worked to create balanced<br />

meals with proteins<br />

such as roasted<br />

chicken, hand-rolled meatballs or chicken<br />

cacciatore, carbohydrates such as rice or<br />

penne pasta, and vegetables including broccoli,<br />

green beans or corn. The meals were<br />

transported by Michael’s on East staff to<br />

hard-hit locations such as Port Charlotte.<br />

World Central Kitchen’s director of relief<br />

operations Fiona Donovan said that, along<br />

with preparing hot meals and sandwiches<br />

themselves, the organization has worked with<br />

around 30 restaurant and food truck partners.<br />

Meals from both World Central Kitchen<br />

and its partners are being distributed at<br />

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good new continued<br />

established sites, with food trucks also able<br />

to deploy to more hyper-local communities.<br />

If you’d like to support World Central<br />

Kitchen visit https://donate.wck.org. Donate<br />

to World Central Kitchen to help us<br />

provide fresh meals in Florida here: https://<br />

tinyurl.com/3zcbdmb8.<br />

Christine Nordstrom of<br />

5-0 Donut Company<br />

Christine made over eight trips south to<br />

bring supplies to places like a Rotunda mobile<br />

home park. “We stopped at my friend<br />

Allen’s Yummies Donuts + BBQ in Venice<br />

and dropped hot meals, gas for generators<br />

and supplies to some shut-in seniors in<br />

Placida and Rotunda.”<br />

Christine also collected donations from<br />

her many donut-loving fans tat she personally<br />

drove to those whose homes were flooded<br />

in North Port. Her fabulous donuts also went<br />

to Lee and Collier sheriff’s departments. On<br />

Love from 5-0 Donut Company<br />

another trip, donations went to the Cajun<br />

Navy Groundforce and more went to an undeserved<br />

Fort Myers community near the<br />

water where she and her volunteers loaded<br />

over 100 families with food, water, ice and<br />

supplies. She even arranged a marine delivery<br />

to the heavily-beset islands and later<br />

worked a National Guard drive through site<br />

handing out MREs, tarps, ice and water.<br />

Christine enlisted her two children who<br />

also helped with deliveries, her car loaded<br />

up with gas, ice, bread, dog food, cat food,<br />

personal hygiene, water and food.<br />

Nancy’s Bar-B-Q Delivers<br />

Nancy Krohngold, owner of Nancy’s Bar-<br />

B-Q, took onWorld Central Kitchen’s invitation<br />

to partner with them to serve 350 hot<br />

BBQ meals in North Port and in Fort Myers<br />

as well as 500 meals in Port Charlotte the<br />

next day and 500 meals again in Englewood<br />

the day after that.<br />

Nancy also wanted to “give a shoutout to<br />

Mothers Helping Mothers for their Pop<br />

Up in North Port, doing what they do best<br />

in fulfilling their mission.” Mothers<br />

Helping Mothers distributed clothing<br />

and supplies to those in need.<br />

The Junior League<br />

of Sarasota and South<br />

County Food Pantry<br />

The Junior League of Sarasota<br />

teamed up with the South County<br />

Food Pantry to collect donations<br />

for those impacted by Hurricane<br />

Ian at the Junior League of Sarasota<br />

headquarters 3300 S Tamiami Trail,<br />

in Sarasota.<br />

The Junior League of Sarasota, Inc.<br />

has also started a Hurricane Ian Relief<br />

Fund to allow its members and<br />

supporters an opportunity to participate<br />

in the rebuilding efforts of the<br />

community. Donate at https://members.jlsarasota.org.<br />

Mattison’s on the move…<br />

From Paul Mattison, “After a few days of<br />

no power and cleaning up I am happy to have<br />

our 41 location reopened. Our catering team<br />

is in Fort Myers helping with feeding emergency<br />

workers but hope you will join us for<br />

brunch, lunch or dinner at 41. Our staff will<br />

be happy to see you.”<br />

Sarasota Memorial<br />

Healthcare Foundation’s<br />

SMH Employees Hurricane<br />

Relief Fund<br />

The Foundation received a $250,000 Gift<br />

from Eliza and Hugh Culverhouse. The<br />

Foundation established<br />

the fund to<br />

help ease the financial<br />

burden facing<br />

SMH employees impacted<br />

by Hurricane<br />

Ian. Of the health system’s<br />

8000+ employees,<br />

nearly 25% live<br />

in the most hard-hit<br />

areas of south Sarasota<br />

County and the<br />

surrounding region.<br />

“Learning that<br />

over 2,000 staff mem-<br />

Nancy’s Bar-B-Q Delivers bers, nurses and<br />

A shoutout to Mothers Helping Mothers<br />

physicians left their<br />

families and homes<br />

behind to care for<br />

the community was<br />

heartbreaking,” Mrs.<br />

Culverhouse said.<br />

“The fact that many<br />

of them went home<br />

to nothing or faced<br />

unfathomable financial<br />

hardship was almost<br />

incomprehensible--we<br />

had to help.”<br />

The Healthcare<br />

Foundation also<br />

received a $200,000<br />

grant just received from Charles &<br />

Margery Barancik Foundation.<br />

“Getting SMH employees help and<br />

getting them back to normal is one<br />

of the most important things we can<br />

do right now,” said Barancik Foundation<br />

president/CEO Teri A Hansen.<br />

A donation to the Sarasota Memorial<br />

Healthcare Foundation SMH Employee<br />

Hurricane Relief Fund can be<br />

made at smhf.org/ian.<br />

Suncoast Credit<br />

Union Donates<br />

$<br />

600,000 To Hurricane<br />

Ian Relief Efforts<br />

Eliza and<br />

Hugh<br />

Culverhouse<br />

Suncoast Credit Union donated<br />

$600,000 to provide support and relief<br />

to those impacted by Hurricane Ian.<br />

Volunteer Florida will receive $500,000<br />

and the Foundation for Lee County Public<br />

Schools will receive $100,000.<br />

Volunteer Florida will administer the<br />

$500,000 gift as the state’s lead agency for<br />

volunteers and donations before, during,<br />

and after natural disasters. The funds will<br />

be disbursed to help provide funding and<br />

resources to over 85 organizations for<br />

Emergency Management purposes, going to<br />

those with the greatest need.<br />

The School District of Lee County will<br />

use the $100,000 donation to ensure students<br />

and teachers basic needs are met.<br />

Funds will cover immediate needs, including<br />

clothing, hygiene products, bedding, and<br />

transportation assistance.<br />

“We believe we have a moral obligation to<br />

help others when we are able to do so,” said<br />

Kevin Johnson, President & CEO, Suncoast<br />

Credit Union. “The impact of Hurricane Ian<br />

is tragic. Our only goal for these funds is to<br />

help those with the greatest of needs in order<br />

to rebuild communities impacted by Ian.<br />

We believe that by working together, we can<br />

all do our part to assist struggling Floridians<br />

persevere through these times.”<br />

SarasotaOUT Collected<br />

Donations<br />

SarasotaOUT collected supplies needed<br />

for those impacted by Hurricane Ian on<br />

October 5 at Mellow Mushroom. Items<br />

collected included baby food, diapers,<br />

cleaning supplies, Gatorade, water, fruit<br />

snacks, snacks, capri suns, toiletries,<br />

and paper towels. The organization<br />

also raised $425 dollars from their<br />

Sarasota OUT Awards which was donated<br />

directly to those in need from<br />

Hurricane Ian.<br />

The Soda Fountain<br />

of Venice<br />

We had the pleasure of feeding some<br />

hard working linemen yesterday<br />

for lunch in Englewood. We are so<br />

blessed to be able to give to those<br />

who are out here working away<br />

from their homes and families to<br />

help restore our home The Soda<br />

Fountain of Venice.<br />

At The Soda Fountain of Venice<br />

Soul on State Street<br />

Soul on State Street had an event on<br />

October 7 and, with over 1,000 friends and<br />

neighbors in attendance dancing and having<br />

fun to JAC of All Trades, they were<br />

able to collect over $5,000 in donations<br />

for All Faiths Food Bank’s relief efforts in<br />

southwest Florida.<br />

If you missed out on the opportunity<br />

to help out, donate to the All Faiths Food<br />

Bank at allfaithsfoodbank.org. If you<br />

missed out on the fun, they have another<br />

event on November 4: SOUL ON STATE<br />

and enjoy a soulful celebration of the 60’s<br />

and 70’s hits from K-LUV AND THE UNIT-<br />

ED FUNK FOUNDATION with Kim Lovering<br />

on vocals.<br />

continued on page 31<br />

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Proceeds will benefit local mental health services provided by Harvest House and Teen Court of Sarasota,<br />

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They keep watch over water quality and recreational<br />

water health in Manatee and Sarasota counties<br />

Editor’s Note: To go along with our profile<br />

of Abbey Tyrna, we’re including a look at<br />

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S<br />

uncoast Waterkeeper watches over<br />

Sarasota Bay and Tampa Bay water<br />

quality and recreational water health<br />

in Manatee and Sarasota counties. They<br />

monitor the health of local<br />

waterways and watershed<br />

and keep local citizens up<br />

to date. Suncoast Waterkeeper<br />

will take action when<br />

needed to get local governments<br />

to follow environmental<br />

law and guidelines to keep water healthy.<br />

They’re not a singular entity: Waterkeeper is<br />

made up of 350 plus groups, defending the fundamental<br />

human right to clean water in the Americas,<br />

Europe, Australia, Asia, and Africa.<br />

The mission of our local Waterkeeper is to protect<br />

and restore the Florida suncoast’s waterways<br />

through enforcement, fieldwork, advocacy and<br />

environmental education.<br />

Their first priority is to ensure that appropriate<br />

laws are being followed, and to take corrective<br />

action when they are not. Their work is supported<br />

by science, the appropriate statutes<br />

and environmental ethics. They seek<br />

to prevent environmental damage<br />

wherever possible.<br />

The suncoast includes the coastal<br />

areas of Manatee, Sarasota, and<br />

northern Charlotte Counties. The<br />

Suncoast’s major waterbodies include<br />

Sarasota Bay, portions of Tampa<br />

Bay, the Manatee River, Charlotte<br />

Harbor and the nearshore waters of<br />

the Gulf of Mexico.<br />

The growth of the surrounding<br />

communities slowly caused deterioration<br />

of the natural environment.<br />

Heavy fishing, dredging to deepen<br />

shipping channels, and the clearing<br />

of mangroves for shoreline development were important<br />

factors. Most damaging was the discharge<br />

of wastewater and other pollutants from stormwater<br />

into the bay, which destroyed water quality and<br />

grasses. By the 1970s, sea grass coverage (which is<br />

vital to marine life) had decreased by more than<br />

80%, the water was so murky that sunlight could<br />

not reach the shallow bottom, and area beaches<br />

were regularly closed due to unsafe levels of pollutants.<br />

The Clean Water Act and other legislation have<br />

brought about significant improvements. By 2010,<br />

measures of sea grass coverage, water clarity,<br />

and biodiversity had improved to levels last seen<br />

in the 1950s. The Suncoast’s shallow waters, sea<br />

grass beds, mud flats, and surrounding mangrove-dominated<br />

wetlands provide habitat for a<br />

wide variety of wildlife. More than 200 species<br />

of fish are found in the waters of the bays, along<br />

with bottlenose dolphins and manatees, plus<br />

many types of marine invertebrates including<br />

oysters, scallops, clams, shrimp and crab.<br />

Sarasota Bay, Tampa Bay, and Charlotte Harbor<br />

are included in the twenty-eight estuaries in the<br />

country designated by the EPA as estuaries of national<br />

significance under Section 320 of the Clean<br />

Water Act. Each Bay has an Estuary Program that<br />

recommends specific actions to be taken by local<br />

governments as well as state and federal agencies<br />

to restore and protect specific waters that<br />

are in the proposed<br />

jurisdiction<br />

of the applicant.<br />

What Suncoast<br />

Waterkeeper<br />

has worked on<br />

and continues to<br />

monitor: protecting<br />

coastal habitats,<br />

dredging and<br />

beach renourishment,<br />

sewage and stormwater pollution, offshore<br />

Justin Bloom, founder<br />

factory fish farms and informing the public.<br />

Justin Bloom is the founder and board member<br />

of Suncoast Waterkeeper. He got his JD at Tulane<br />

Law School and has been a practicing environmental<br />

attorney specializing in prosecuting pollution<br />

cases and representing communities for<br />

over 18 years.<br />

His experience includes investigation, enforcement<br />

and litigation of Clean Water Act violations<br />

and “Toxic Tort” cases. He has successfully represented<br />

many plaintiffs affected by the BP Deepwater<br />

Horizon oil spill and other oil spills in the<br />

US. Prior to returning to the Suncoast, he worked<br />

in New York City as Waterkeeper Alliance’s Eastern<br />

Regional Director. Justin’s family first came<br />

to the area in the ‘70s. He attended New College,<br />

where he graduated with a concentration in environmental<br />

studies in 1991.<br />

A major sewage spill in Manatee County, July 3, 2020<br />

What is the Clean Water Act?<br />

The Clean Water Act (CWA) is the primary federal<br />

law in the United States governing water pollution.<br />

Its objective is to restore and maintain the<br />

chemical, physical, and biological integrity of the<br />

nation’s waters; recognizing the responsibilities<br />

of the states in addressing pollution and providing<br />

assistance to states to do so, including<br />

funding for publicly owned treatment works for<br />

the improvement of wastewater treatment; and<br />

maintaining the integrity of wetlands.<br />

The Clean Water Act of 1972 was one of the United<br />

States’ first and most influential modern environmental<br />

laws. Its laws and regulations are<br />

primarily administered by the U.S. Environmental<br />

Protection Agency (EPA) in coordination with state<br />

governments, though some of its provisions, such<br />

as those involving filling or dredging, are administered<br />

by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.<br />

Under the CWA, EPA has implemented pollution<br />

control programs such as setting wastewater<br />

standards for industry. EPA has also developed<br />

national water quality criteria recommendations<br />

for pollutants in surface waters.<br />

The CWA made it unlawful to discharge any<br />

pollutant from a point source into navigable<br />

waters, unless a permit was obtained. For more<br />

information on Suncoast Waterkeeper, visit<br />

https://www.suncoastwaterkeeper.org/.<br />

30 WEST COAST WOMAN <strong>NOVEMBER</strong> <strong>2022</strong>

good new continued<br />

Making a Difference, one<br />

squeeze at a time…<br />

Her name is Delaney Lockwood. She is<br />

a 13-year-old eighth grader who has performed<br />

in several shows at Venice Theatre<br />

including A Christmas Carol.<br />

When she learned of the severe damage<br />

to the theater, she was determined to<br />

squeeze something positive from the situation.<br />

A lemonade stand with all proceeds<br />

to help in the restoration of the theater she<br />

loves. Expecting to raise perhaps $100,<br />

she was amazed when, in a mere three<br />

hours, she sold $700 worth of lemonade...<br />

all for Venice Theatre.<br />

If you’d like contribute to Venice Theatre,<br />

and don’t want to operate a lemonade stand,<br />

consider a donation by sending a check to<br />

Venice Theatre, 140 Tampa Ave. W., Venice,<br />

FL 34285.<br />

Toulmin Foundation<br />

provides match<br />

for donations to<br />

All Faiths Food Bank<br />

All gifts to the area’s only food bank and largest<br />

hunger relief organization will matched,<br />

up to $100,000 thanks to the Virginia B.<br />

Toulmin Foundation – in partnership with<br />

Keith Monda and Veronica Brady, Kathy and<br />

Delaney Lockwood’s lemonade stand<br />

Travis Brown, and Bob and Lin Williams –<br />

every gift to All Faiths Food Bank for Hurricane<br />

Ian disaster relief will be matched, up<br />

to $100,000. Gifts can be made via All Faiths’<br />

website at allfaithsfoodbank.org.<br />

Before the storm made landfall, All Faiths<br />

Food Bank initiated the movement of food<br />

and water to shelters and disaster relief organizations,<br />

to assist storm victims in our<br />

community. In the wake of the storm, All<br />

Faiths is dedicated to working tirelessly to<br />

provide meals, water and supplies to those<br />

affected by Hurricane Ian.<br />

So far, All Faiths has distributed nearly<br />

150,000 bottles of water, more than 140,000<br />

meals, and almost 200,000 hand-held, easyto-eat<br />

snacks.<br />

All Faiths held a large-scale distribution<br />

at Van Wezel on October 5. As of that date,<br />

80% of its agency partners are open and<br />

able to distribute food. Visit allfaithsfoodbank.org/foodfinder<br />

for updates on dates,<br />

locations and times that food and water will<br />

be available.<br />

All Faiths will provide support to Harry<br />

Chapin Food Bank in Fort Myers as it restores<br />

its facility and begins addressing the<br />

devastating needs in Lee and Collier counties.<br />

All Faiths is currently assessing the status of<br />

Harry Chapin’s agencies in Charlotte County<br />

and will supply food and water to help meet<br />

the needs of community members there.<br />

“Our hearts go out to our neighbors impacted<br />

in South Sarasota County and the<br />

An All Faiths Food Bank team member loads a truck with supplies bound for Venice High School;<br />

AllFaiths sent 60,000 pounds of food, enough to serve 18,000 people over the course of three days.<br />

families in Southwest Florida. The Food<br />

Bank is here now and will continue to be<br />

here to assist in the long-term recovery for<br />

those impacted by Hurricane Ian,” said All<br />

Faiths Food Bank CEO Sandra Frank.<br />

Boys & Girls Club In North<br />

Port Hosted Food Pantry<br />

Gene Matthews Boys & Girls Club In<br />

North Port hosted a Food Pantry with All<br />

Faith’s Food Bank back on October 7 at<br />

the Gene Matthews Club, 6851 Biscayne<br />

Drive in North Port.<br />

Sarasota Garden Club<br />

collected goods<br />

Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation<br />

has provided $644,000 as part of its<br />

immediate Hurricane Ian relief with an aim<br />

to help teachers recover from the storm and<br />

return to their classrooms while also aiding<br />

area nonprofits to provide critical help in<br />

food provisions, early learning and youth<br />

services, mental health, and other areas.<br />

Barancik Foundation created a $200,000<br />

fund for the Sarasota County School District<br />

to assist staff with immediate needs<br />

and a similar $30,000 effort for the DeSoto<br />

County School District.<br />

Another $200,000 was contributed to<br />

help ease the financial burden on thousands<br />

of Sarasota Memorial Health<br />

Care System staffers impacted by storm.<br />

About 25% of the system’s more than 8,000<br />

employees live in the hard-hit areas of<br />

south Sarasota County.<br />

“With our critical focus on education, we<br />

knew we wanted to target teachers,” said<br />

Teri A Hansen, the foundation’s president<br />

and CEO. “We have seen so much disruption<br />

in learning since the start of the COVID-19<br />

pandemic, we want to do everything we can<br />

to minimize the further impact on our students<br />

from Hurricane Ian.<br />

“We also know how hospital staff have<br />

been facing a continuing cycle of crises, and<br />

we want to help them take care of their families<br />

and get back to helping the community<br />

that needs them,” Hansen said.<br />

Other recipients of the Barancik funding<br />

and other aid include the Boys & Girls<br />

Club of Sarasota and DeSoto counties,<br />

the YMCA of Southwest Florida,<br />

All Faiths Food Bank, Harvest House,<br />

Links2Success, Children First, Florida<br />

Center, and Early Learning Coalition.<br />

Barancik and the region’s other major<br />

foundations are coordinating to make sure<br />

they are not duplicating efforts and are collaborating<br />

to provide complementary relief<br />

that magnifies impact. Additional efforts<br />

will be made by Barancik Foundation for<br />

the longer-term recovery.<br />

More ways you can help:<br />

• Gulf Coast Community<br />

Foundation<br />

On October 2, Gulf Coast Community<br />

Foundation’s Board of Directors approved<br />

up to $800,000 to support the Hurricane<br />

Ian Disaster Relief Fund. These funds<br />

will be fully matched by donor contributions<br />

and immediately available to primarily support<br />

our communities including Venice,<br />

North Port, Englewood, Charlotte County,<br />

Lee County, and DeSoto County.<br />

Gulf Coast Community Foundation’s Hurricane<br />

Ian Disaster Relief Fund will support<br />

those most devastated. “We will prioritize<br />

health and human services needs primarily<br />

in southern Sarasota County including<br />

Venice, hard-hit North Port, Englewood,<br />

Charlotte County, Lee County, and DeSoto<br />

County. Our generous Board of Directors<br />

has provided up to $800,000 that will be fully<br />

matched by our donors and community.<br />

100% of our Hurricane Ian Disaster Relief<br />

Fund will go directly to support our community.”<br />

https://www.gulfcoastcf.org<br />

• The Community<br />

Foundation of<br />

Sarasota County<br />

The Community Foundation of Sarasota<br />

County’s Suncoast Disaster Recovery<br />

Fund gives donors the opportunity to<br />

support long-term, long-range programs<br />

to sustain human service agencies serving<br />

people in Charlotte, DeSoto, Manatee,<br />

and Sarasota counties as they recover<br />

from Hurricane Ian’s impactGulf Coast<br />

Community Foundation activates Hurricane<br />

Ian Disaster Relief Fund<br />

The fund is fueled by a unanimously<br />

Board-approved $800,000 initiative to support<br />

our local community most impacted by<br />

Hurricane Ian. Donor’s contributions to the<br />

fund will be fully matched by the $800,000.<br />

Donations can be made via the website at:<br />

www.gulfcoastcf.org/hurricane-ian-disaster-relief-fund.<br />

Checks can be mailed<br />

to Gulf Coast Community Foundation<br />

Headquarters at 601 Tamaimi Trail<br />

South, Venice FL 34285 with “Hurricane<br />

Ian” in the memo line.<br />

The fund will be used primarily to support<br />

the recovery and rebuilding of our<br />

community with a focus on southern Sarasota<br />

County including Venice, hard-hit<br />

North Port, Englewood, Charlotte County,<br />

Lee County, and DeSoto County. Health and<br />

human services needs will be a top priority<br />

in the coming months.<br />

• The Patterson Foundation<br />

The Patterson Foundation has given<br />

a gift of $500,000 to the new Suncoast<br />

Disaster Recovery Fund. In addition,<br />

TPF has offered a dollar-for-dollar match<br />

for every donation up to $750,000 – all of<br />

which has the potential to bring the fund<br />

to at least $2 million to strengthen Hurricane<br />

Ian recovery efforts in Charlotte,<br />

DeSoto, Manatee, and Sarasota counties.<br />

Find out more and contribute at https://<br />

www.cfsarasota.org/<br />

• The Healthcare<br />

Foundation’s SMH<br />

Employee Hurricane<br />

Relief Fund<br />

Sarasota Memorial’s Healthcare Foundation<br />

has established the SMH Employee<br />

Hurricane Relief Fund. Because of the<br />

number of employees who may need financial<br />

assistance—possibly thousands—we<br />

need your support, too.<br />

Donate at smhf.org, or send a check to:<br />

Sarasota Memorial Healthcare Foundation,<br />

1515 S. Osprey Ave, Ste B4, Sarasota,<br />

FL 34239.<br />

Hope this made you feel great about<br />

your community! We sure enjoyed pulling<br />

together the many ways people<br />

have helped their neighbors.<br />

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Still sitting in traffic going to<br />

Lido Beach?<br />

Time to consider — and enjoy — the Bay Runner Trolley instead<br />

Beautiful Lido Beach is free and, for now,<br />

parking is also free. Now there’s a free<br />

transportation option for getting to the<br />

beach. In the past, I’ve coped with the<br />

traffic and crowds by heading to Lido at<br />

off hours - usually the morning hours. I’d<br />

drive downtown, drive over the bridge and park relatively<br />

easily, as long as it was before 10 a.m. Then I<br />

decided to try the Bay Runner Trolley being offered<br />

by the City of Sarasota as an alternative to driving.<br />

Here’s how it went.<br />

I parked at the Second Street garage at Whole<br />

Foods (3rd or 4th floor - free for four hours) walked<br />

past Mattison’s, spied the Bay Runner Trolley sign<br />

at Main and Lemon and waited. I’m the only one at<br />

the trolley stop and it’s 6 p.m. on a hot August night<br />

and soon a trolley pulls up.<br />

It’s open air on the Bay Runner Trolley, but as soon<br />

as we get up a little speed, things cool off. What<br />

amazed me soon into the ride is how I actually got<br />

to see downtown. And that means people, storefronts,<br />

and all the changes that have taken place<br />

and yes, new construction. These are things you<br />

never see when you’re staring straight ahead at the<br />

car in front of you.<br />

It’s a circuitous ride through downtown (for now)<br />

due to the roundabout construction at Gulfstream,<br />

but hey, you get to see how large that project actually<br />

is, something you’d never experience if you have<br />

to drive/navigate around it.<br />

All told, the Bay Runner has six stops in the downtown<br />

area, including the intersection of Main Street<br />

and School Avenue and the intersection of Main<br />

and Palm Avenue. Look for the Bay Runner sign or<br />

download the app at SarasotaBayRunner.com, and<br />

you’ll see all the stops. A trolley appears every 20<br />

minutes. Ok, enough for the educational part. Now<br />

for the fun part.<br />

Off we go over the Ringling Causeway and you get<br />

to take in that great view of Sarasota Bay —all<br />

360 degrees worth — another thing you can’t<br />

(and shouldn’t) do while driving. Then you’re<br />

on your way to St. Armands Circle and can take<br />

in “the scene” there and not have to watch for<br />

someone cutting ahead of you.<br />

The Bay Runner stops at a few locations on St.<br />

Armands and then Lido Beach before<br />

ending its route at Ted Sperling Park<br />

at South Lido Beach. On the return to<br />

Sarasota, we pick up vacationers who<br />

are headed to dinner downtown. It’s<br />

like a pre-dinner show taking that ride<br />

and by doing so, they’re free to enjoy a<br />

cocktail or two without worries about<br />

driving. The entire roundtrip trip is well<br />

under an hour and you may just notice<br />

yourself being more relaxed and<br />

your knuckles haven’t turned white.<br />

Sarasota, and Florida in general, are<br />

not exactly hotbeds of public transportation,<br />

but the reality of how effective,<br />

useful, convenient and good for the<br />

environment it is has expanded greatly in<br />

the past few years. But the tipping point<br />

was no doubt that traffic has gotten to be<br />

quite challenging in the City of Sarasota<br />

due to traffic that is more like traffic year round - not<br />

just seasonal. Add to the mix roundabout construction<br />

for quite a while to come.<br />

Each trolley is equipped with two wheelchair positions<br />

and a lift that extends on and off the bus. The<br />

Bay Runner is also equipped with two front bicycle<br />

racks. Heading to the beach? You can take some gear<br />

with you — totes, shopping bags and other carry-ons<br />

that can easily fit within a passenger seating area.<br />

But there are even more possibilities - have dinner in<br />

downtown Sarasota then head to the beach to see<br />

the sunset— all while not looking for parking or sitting<br />

in traffic. I spotted a trolley coming back from<br />

Lido and a crew from the Lido Beach Resort got off.<br />

Employees and workers can also use it to commute.<br />

Launched this past March, the Bay Runner Trolley<br />

has become a hit. Mark Lyons, Division General<br />

Manager of Parking/Mobility<br />

at the City of Sarasota, is pleased<br />

with the ridership. Operating since<br />

March, he notes that the Bay Runner<br />

provided 14,257 rides in March<br />

alone. He adds that peak ridership<br />

is from noon to 4 p.m.<br />

The Bay Runner was approved by<br />

the City Commission to help alleviate<br />

traffic congestion between<br />

downtown Sarasota and the barrier<br />

islands. The Florida Department<br />

of Transportation (FDOT)<br />

funded 40% of the cost (it’s free to<br />

ride) with other funding coming<br />

from City of Sarasota Economic<br />

Development Fund, the Business<br />

Improvement District of St. Armands,<br />

and the Downtown Improvement<br />

District.<br />

The trolley service will have a three-year trial run,<br />

which will allow the city to gather data and information<br />

about it, but the numbers are good, according<br />

to Lyons. Others have taken note as well. Lyons states<br />

that the International Parking & Mobility Institute<br />

(IPMI) gave their Award of Excellence for Innovation<br />

in a Mobility, Transportation, or Parking Program to<br />

the City of Sarasota last year.<br />

Habits may be hard to break, but siting in traffic,<br />

wasting time and fuel, are great reasons to try something<br />

new. Your blood pressure will be glad you did.<br />

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• Use the app. It’s available on the App Store, Google<br />

Play and SarasotaBayRunner.com, has real-time<br />

information, including approximate arrival times.<br />

A QR code on Bay Runner stop signs directs users<br />

to the app as well.<br />

• Hours: 8 am to midnight, seven days a week, including<br />

holidays. The Bay Runner carries 28 passengers<br />

• Nice extra: you can connect to the Legacy Trail.<br />

Bring your bike from the Legacy Trail Extension<br />

Pick-up, located at School Avenue and Main Street.<br />

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dining in<br />

Top Tips for Eating Better During the Holidays<br />

The holiday season is a joyous time of year, but it’s also a challenging one,<br />

especially when trying to maintain healthy habits and behaviors. Typical celebrations<br />

tend to include lots of food, sweets, and drinks, and fewer opportunities for<br />

exercise and self-care.<br />

But with some preparation and planning, you can avoid the common obstacles that<br />

may have derailed your efforts in the past.<br />

Two health experts, Virginia-based Jill Weisenberger, MS, RDN, CDCES, CHWC, FAND,<br />

author of Prediabetes: A Complete Guide and Karen Collins, MS, RDN, CDN, FAND, nutrition<br />

advisor to the American Institute for Cancer Research, and founder of Taking Nutrition from<br />

Daunting to Doable, to created a list of practical cooking, eating, and entertaining tips to<br />

help you successfully navigate the holiday table with health goals intact.<br />

Whether you’re hosting a family affair or just a lucky party guest, these tips can be used by<br />

anyone to eat better during the holidays.<br />

Add Vegetables to Everything<br />

Whenever possible, always add more vegetables, says Weisenberger. “If a recipe calls for 3<br />

carrots, use 5.” And don’t be afraid to modify dishes by dropping in a few extra veggies.<br />

It’s easy to add more vegetables to dishes like stuffing, soup, stew, rice, or even macaroni<br />

and cheese. You can pretty much boost the vegetable content of any starchy side dish you<br />

can think of.<br />

For people with cardiovascular disease or diabetes, sending blood sugar or blood pressure<br />

beyond safe levels can be a problem, so making healthier, more vegetable-forward recipes<br />

can help people enjoy holiday traditions without putting their health at risk.<br />

1 teaspoon olive oil<br />

2 teaspoons cooking<br />

sherry (or white<br />

wine)<br />

1 cup chopped onion<br />

1½ tablespoons<br />

chopped fresh garlic<br />

1 cup sliced carrots<br />

2 stalks celery, sliced<br />

2 cups cubed potatoes<br />

1 tablespoon chopped<br />

fresh thyme, or 1<br />

teaspoon dried<br />

1 tablespoon chopped<br />

fresh marjoram, or<br />

1 teaspoon dried<br />

1 tablespoon<br />

chopped fresh rosemary,<br />

or 1 teaspoon dried 1 bay leaf<br />

2 cups low-sodium vegetable broth<br />

1 cup fresh corn kernels<br />

F Harvest Chowder<br />

Harvest Chowder T<br />

Little steps can have a bit impact<br />

Heat oil in large heavy saucepan. Add onion and sauté 5 minutes. Add garlic, carrots,<br />

corn, celery, bay leaf, sherry, potatoes, herbs and vegetable broth. Cover, bring to boil<br />

and cook over medium heat for 10-15 minutes, or until potatoes are tender. Simmer for<br />

3 more minutes or until corn is tender. Discard bay leaf. Purée 1 cup soup in blender and<br />

return to pot. Season with cayenne, salt and pepper. Garnish with sliced green onion.<br />

Servings: 4. Nutritional Information: One serving contains: Calories 269; Total Fat 3g;<br />

Cholesterol 0mg; Sodium 82mg; Total Carbohydrates 59g; Protein 8g.<br />

F Honey Glazed Carrots<br />

Cayenne to taste<br />

Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper<br />

to taste<br />

1 bunch green onion, sliced small<br />

Honey Glazed Carrots T<br />

1 tablespoon butter<br />

1 leek, white part only,<br />

halved, sliced small and<br />

washed thoroughly<br />

1 pound carrots, sliced<br />

1 cup orange juice<br />

1/4 cup wildflower honey<br />

1 cinnamon stick<br />

2 teaspoons chopped fresh<br />

a mint<br />

Freshly squeezed lemon<br />

juice from 2 small lemons<br />

1/4 teaspoon kosher salt<br />

Melt butter in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Add leek and cook 2 minutes<br />

or until lightly browned. Reduce heat to medium. Add carrots and cook 2 minutes or<br />

until lightly browned. Add remaining ingredients and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to<br />

low, cover and simmer 15 minutes or until carrots are soft. Discard cinnamon stick<br />

before serving.<br />

Servings: 6 to 8. Nutritional Information: One serving contains: Calories 114; Total Fat<br />

1g; Cholesterol 2mg; Sodium 111mg; Total Carbohydrates 27g; Protein 2g.<br />

Focus on Fruit for Low-Fat, Low-Sugar Desserts<br />

Focusing on fruit and other low-fat ingredients is a healthy way to end the meal with a<br />

sweet, satisfying treat. Fruit parfait with layers of fruit alternating with layers of plain or<br />

lower-sugar lemon yogurt, baked pear or apple with nuts and a dollop of yogurt, and ‘nice<br />

cream’ (blended frozen bananas and other fruit) are all excellent low-fat dessert options,<br />

says Collins.<br />

Don’t Fear Your Favorite Holiday Foods<br />

Whether you’re a person with diabetes or just someone who is watching what they eat,<br />

you don’t need to avoid all of your favorite holiday foods. The key is portion control and<br />

thoughtful choices. “Everyone has to make decisions during the holiday season when it<br />

comes to the dinner table,” says Weisenberger, but focusing on festive, celebratory foods<br />

(ginger bread, eggnog, latkes) can help provide the most satisfaction.<br />

Modernize the “Charcuterie” Board<br />

“Your charcuterie board doesn’t need<br />

to be confined to sausages and other<br />

processed meats and cheeses. Make<br />

plant-based foods at least 2/3 of the<br />

board by including vegetables, fresh<br />

fruit, dried fruit, and nuts,” says Collins.<br />

If you’re hosting, keep things interesting<br />

by serving some innovative<br />

homemade dips along with your platter.<br />

For example, start with a base of<br />

plain, low-fat Greek yogurt, hummus,<br />

avocado, or pureed beans, and then<br />

dress it up with some extra seasonings,<br />

fresh herbs, spices, or condiments like<br />

a spicy mustard or chile paste.<br />

Try to Stick to Normal Eating Patterns<br />

It’s easy to find yourself enamored by the all the festive foods coming out of the kitchen,<br />

but you should try to stick to your usual eating pattern when possible. “The plate method<br />

of meal planning works very well for a buffet. Fill half your plate with non-starchy vegetables,<br />

one-quarter of your plate with protein-rich foods and the remaining one-quarter of<br />

your plate with starchy foods,” suggests Weisenberger.<br />

Build Around Beans<br />

Beans are a great source of fiber and plant-based protein, and they can easily play the role<br />

of meat in dishes like shepherd’s pie, pot pie, and stuffed peppers. Try adding them to<br />

salads, soups, and vegetable dishes, or serve them as an appetizer, like roasted chickpeas<br />

or steamed edamame. Add more beans, but it’s important to look at salt levels and try to<br />

purchase canned beans that are low-sodium.<br />

Drink from Smaller Wine Glasses<br />

Overdoing it with wine, beer, and spirits is common during the holiday season. To avoid<br />

this, Collins recommends using a smaller wine glass. “Many wine glasses today can include<br />

two or three ‘servings’ of wine when filled,” she says. “People often don’t realize that the<br />

big glasses of were designed to include lots of air space for sniffing.” It’s also wise to have<br />

a pitcher of water filled with sliced citrus fruits or fresh herbs that’s in close proximity to<br />

where the alcoholic beverages are being served.<br />

These tips will allow you to enjoy all the delicious, celebratory foods that are so important<br />

to the holidays, without having to feel guilty or stressed. Remember, if you slip up or overdo<br />

it, you can always recommit to your healthy intentions the next day.<br />

1 large cucumber,<br />

peeled, seeded and<br />

cut into 1/4-inch<br />

diced pieces<br />

2 large tomatoes, diced<br />

2 medium red bell<br />

peppers, diced small<br />

1 cup red cabbage, finely<br />

shredded<br />

2 bunches green onions,<br />

finely chopped<br />

1/2 cup radish, finely<br />

diced<br />

1 medium half-sour pickle, finely<br />

diced, or 1/3 cup chopped green<br />

olives<br />

3 tablespoons olive oil<br />

F Fall Salad T<br />

Fresh squeezed juice of 1/2 to 1<br />

lemon, or to taste<br />

Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper<br />

to taste<br />

Combine all the vegetables and pickles or olives in a salad bowl. Use enough olive oil to<br />

moisten the vegetables and add lemon juice to taste. Season with salt and pepper, then toss.<br />

Servings: 8. Nutritional Information: One serving contains: Calories 102; Total Fat 6g;<br />

Cholesterol 0mg; Sodium 379mg; Total Carbohydrates 13g; Protein 2g.<br />

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