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Our February issue offers lots and lots of news on the arts from art exhibits to an outdoor exhibit, Embracing our Differences. Our WCW this month is Kim Alexander Livengood, creative force behind the Bazaar on Apricot and Lime. Can't get to New Orleans for Mardi Gras? Try our recipes

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<strong>FEBRUARY</strong> <strong>2023</strong><br />

Kim<br />

Alexander<br />

Livengood<br />

The Bazaar on Apricot and Lime<br />

and Hamlet’s Eatery<br />

Also in this issue:<br />

■ ArtCenter Sarasota<br />

Exhibits<br />

■ Health: Exercise<br />

and Insomnia<br />

■ Dining In:<br />

Mardi Gras Time<br />

■ Travel: Best Cities<br />

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<strong>FEBRUARY</strong> <strong>2023</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 />

West Coast Woman is published<br />

monthly (12 times annually) by<br />

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

President. All contents of this<br />

publication are copyrighted and<br />

may not be reproduced. No part<br />

may be reproduced without the<br />

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and artwork are welcome, but return<br />

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Email: westcoastwoman@comcast.net<br />

Here are our columns:<br />

n Out & About: includes<br />

fundraisers, concerts, art exhibits,<br />

lectures, dance, poetry, shows<br />

& performances, theatre, film,<br />

seasonal events and more.<br />

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

appointments and promotions,<br />

board news, business news and<br />

real estate news.<br />


Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/<br />

WCWmedia<br />

Enjoy public art<br />

“Embracing Kindness” is the theme of<br />

Embracing Our Differences’ Outdoor Art Exhibit<br />

Runs through March 12 in Bayfront Park in Sarasota.<br />

Students from 424 schools around the world<br />

submitted artwork or quotations to the juried exhibit.<br />

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You can’t get too much<br />

good news<br />

Contributions continue to come in for Hurricane<br />

Ian relief, area foundations support dozens<br />

of nonprofits, Ringling College students help<br />

women, and lots more to brighten your day on…<br />

p20<br />

Exercise and Insomnia<br />

Can exercise help treat insomnia?<br />

If done, right, it has potential.<br />

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EARS<br />

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YEARS<br />

WCW Mailing Address:<br />

P.O. Box 819<br />

Sarasota, FL 34230<br />

email:<br />

westcoastwoman@comcast.net<br />

website:<br />

www.westcoastwoman.com<br />

west coast<br />

WOMAN<br />

Celebrate Mardi Gras<br />

from your Kitchen<br />

February 21 is Mardi Gras, French for<br />

“Fat Tuesday,” the last night of eating<br />

rich, fatty foods before Lent. You don't<br />

have to visit the Big Easy to enjoy<br />

its cuisine. Here are some recipes.<br />

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departments<br />

4 editor’s letter<br />

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

live and/or online<br />

9 healthier you: The Renewal Point<br />

11 focus on the arts: Art Center<br />

Sarasota<br />

13 focus on the arts: Art Center Manatee<br />

14 focus on the arts: Embracing Our<br />

Differences<br />

16 west coast woman: Kim Alexander<br />

Livengood<br />

18 focus on the arts: Sarasota Orchestra<br />

20 good news department<br />

21 healthier you: Exercise and Insomnia<br />

22 travel feature: Best Cities for Foodies<br />

24 healthier you: Stop Smoking Tips<br />

27 you’re news<br />

28 dining in: Mardi Gras recipes<br />

30 What is Craniosacral Therapy?<br />

■ on the cover: West Coast Woman Kim Alexander Livengood at The Bazaar on Lime and Apricot.<br />

■ Image: Evelyn England.<br />

<strong>FEBRUARY</strong> <strong>2023</strong> WEST COAST WOMAN 3

just some<br />

thoughts<br />

Louise Bruderle<br />

Editor and Publisher<br />

West Coast Woman<br />

Kim Alexander Livengood<br />

Kim Alexander Livengood<br />

Photo by Evelyn England<br />

Back in the early ‘90s, WCW was a fledgling<br />

publication. Women in the community<br />

were very supportive, but advertisers<br />

were still in the “wait and see” mode.<br />

Nonetheless, the decision was made to<br />

move the offices to a much larger space<br />

at Bahia Vista and 41 in what was once<br />

the CrossLand Bank building (now<br />

Gateway Bank).<br />

We settled in and hired more staff<br />

including a half dozen sales people. I<br />

would get lots of resumes from writers<br />

some with way too much experience,<br />

some with a little. One woman was right<br />

out of college and I liked her cover letter so much I had her come in<br />

for an interview.<br />

That newly-minted graduate was Kim Alexander Livengood<br />

(then just Alexander), now the manager of The Bazaar on Apricot<br />

and Lime and our West Coast Woman this month.<br />

So I’m now interviewing someone I didn’t hire - she’s forgiven<br />

me, I think - and I thought back to that interview wishing we had<br />

the money to hire her while also wondering if it was a mistake to let<br />

someone so creative and enthusiastic go.<br />

Well I shouldn’t have worried about Kim. She went on to start<br />

her own publication, Eclipse, which was what Sarasota needed—a<br />

publication that gave you a comprehensive look at things to do,<br />

while making Sarasota look a lot less like a retirement community.<br />

Again, that was a long time ago, and Kim has gone through numerous<br />

creative ventures with her latest iteration being an indoor<br />

indie marketplace in the northern part of the City of Sarasota<br />

called The Bazaar on Apricot and Lime. The creativity and enthusiasm<br />

that was there in that interview 35 plus years ago is still<br />

going strong.<br />

I visited the area where The Bazaar sits a couple of times and it’s<br />

one you’d probably never explore unless you needed body work<br />

done on your car. But Kim is the anchor of the burgeoning Limelight<br />

District that also includes her across-the-road neighbors,<br />

Creative Liberties.<br />

Why go? Kim’s vendors offer unique items for sales. And across<br />

the street, you can purchase art or take an art class at Creative Liberties.<br />

Both are welcoming businesses with open houses and lots of<br />

events. Then you can dine at Hamlet’s Eatery - the food truck Kim<br />

has in the courtyard of her property. What’s coming next for Kim<br />

and that area? The energy is there, so it will be exciting to find out.<br />

Love going to museums?<br />

You’ll enjoy this lecture<br />

I’ll be lecturing at the Education<br />

Center at Temple Beth Israel,<br />

located at 567 Bay Isles Road, Longboat<br />

Key (tbi-lbk.org/education-center).<br />

Get me talking about<br />

art and art museums and I get all<br />

excited and I’m so glad I’ll get to<br />

share that with like-minded people.<br />

Join me on Tuesday, March 14,<br />

for “Best Art Exhibits Nationally,<br />

Statewide and Locally” (#LS10)<br />

Zoom is also available (#ZALS10).<br />

Description: Love to visit art museums? Want to know which exhibits<br />

are coming up that are “can’t miss?” This visual presentation<br />

offers a quick overview of upcoming exhibits across the U.S., and<br />

also in places like Miami and Orlando. Closer to home, we’ll look at<br />

exhibits in Naples, Tampa, Ft. Myers, and Sarasota.<br />

It’s a fun class where I have saved you the time of scouring<br />

museum sites all over the country to cherry pick the best and most<br />

unique. So, if you love going to museums you’ll enjoy this class.<br />

One of the pleasures of having done this before is that so many<br />

of the attendees have traveled to these exhibits already plus can<br />

recommend other exhibits. Questions? Email me at westcoastwoman@comcast.net<br />

or contact the Education Center At Temple Beth<br />

Israel at 941-383-8222.<br />

The Sarasota Film Festival (SFF)<br />

is Back!<br />

SFF is back and will<br />

run from March 24th<br />

to April 2nd, with<br />

200 plus films from<br />

around the world at<br />

various venues in<br />

downtown Sarasota<br />

along with parties,<br />

celebrity guests, as well as panels and Q&As, free educational<br />

screenings, and more. And, it’s their 25th anniversary.<br />

They offer film passes starting from the completely ticketless<br />


and INDEPENDENT FILM SUPPORTER passes, which offer deep<br />

discounts and free tickets. Find out more at www.sarasotafilm<br />

festival.com/.<br />

Important for Girls and Women<br />

Did you play sports as a girl or<br />

young woman? Did it make you<br />

stronger and more confident?<br />

For me it was a vital outlet - all<br />

that extra energy focused on<br />

playing solo and team sports<br />

made me happy and definitely<br />

more confident.<br />

The 37th Annual National<br />

Girls & Women in Sports Day (NGWSD) is set for February 1. According<br />

to their website, “This annual celebration inspires girls and<br />

women to play and be active, and to realize their full power. The<br />

confidence, strength and character gained through sports participation<br />

are the very tools girls and women need to become strong<br />

leaders in sports and life.” I totally agree.<br />

The Women’s Sports Foundation (founded by Billie Jean King)<br />

created this event and it comes after a year in which Title IX marked<br />

its 50th Anniversary. They add, "This year’s NGWSD will serve as the<br />

kickoff for the next 50 years as we build on the landmark law so future<br />

generations understand their rights to equal access and opportunity.”<br />

Visit WomensSportsFoundation.org/NGWSD for resources and<br />

ways to get involved. And support female athletics.<br />

Coming up in WCW:<br />

April Travel Issue<br />

Who doesn’t love to travel - hopefully those folks who traveled over<br />

this past Christmas are ready to head out again - so we’ve got a look<br />

at some fun places and always some good deals near and far. Advertise<br />

with us by emailing westcoastwoman@comcast.net.<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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The Children’s March<br />

American-born tenor, J. Warren Mitchell,<br />

hailed as the “new young Pavarotti,” joins<br />

Choral Artists of Sarasota in this work that<br />

incorporates traditional African-American<br />

styles and spirituals, and shows the incivility<br />

of segregation through the innocence and<br />

optimistic spirit of children.<br />

J. Warren Mitchell<br />

Great Voices.<br />

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Charlayne Hunter-Gault, narrator<br />

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Special Events<br />

The 25th Annual Thunder By The<br />

Bay Music & Motorcycle Festival<br />

has two headline acts performing<br />

live on stage: 38 Special (February<br />

18) and Colt Ford (February 19). The<br />

three-day Festival, organized by and<br />

benefitting Suncoast Charities for<br />

Children, runs February 17-19 at the<br />

Sarasota Fairgrounds.<br />

Continuous live music will be featured<br />

throughout the weekend, and<br />

attendees are encouraged to bring<br />

lawn chairs and blankets for outdoor<br />

seating in front of the stage. Support<br />

acts include Nuthin Fancy (Lynyrd<br />

Skynyrd Tribute), H2H (AC/DC Tribute),<br />

Bobby Friss, Maiden Cane,<br />

Nobody’s Fool, and Twinkle and Rock<br />

Soul Radio.<br />

The Festival will have over 100 vendors,<br />

a 17-class bike show, a motorcycle<br />

stereo sound off competition,<br />

motorcycle freestyle demonstrations,<br />

a tented full bar area with seating, a<br />

“little riders” kid zone, a food court,<br />

“Thunder Alley” inside Robarts Arena<br />

and more. On February 19, a “United<br />

We Ride – America Strong” charity<br />

motorcycle ride will take place honoring<br />

veterans, active duty military, and<br />

first responders. The ride will begin at<br />

Adrenaline Harley-Davidson and end<br />

at the Sarasota Fairgrounds.<br />

For tickets and a list of all Festival events<br />


▼<br />

The Climate Adaptation Center’s<br />

<strong>2023</strong> Annual Climate Conference on<br />

the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee<br />

campus takes place on<br />

Feb. 9 and will focus on topics relevant<br />

to Florida: The threats posed by<br />

rising global temperatures, rising seas<br />

and extreme weather events; and how<br />

climate action can stimulate the climate<br />

economy.<br />

The conference has presentations<br />

and discussion by CAC scientists, academic<br />

experts, business leaders and<br />

government officials.<br />

The conference’s morning session is<br />

“The Triple Threat of Water in a Warming<br />

Climate.” The three threats are<br />

directly related to rising global temperatures<br />

and rising sea levels; bigger<br />

storm surges on top of rising sea levels;<br />

and a rising number of extreme precipitation<br />

and flooding events.<br />

The afternoon session is “The Emergence<br />

of the Climate Economy.” It will<br />

feature speakers and panelists who will<br />

provide an understanding of how climate<br />

action can drive sound economic<br />

and growth objectives for the Suncoast.<br />

Discussion will include how academia<br />

can stimulate the climate economy<br />

through entrepreneurship and innovation;<br />

how governments can stimulate<br />

the climate economy; how the private<br />

sector can stimulate the climate economy;<br />

and the role philanthropy plays in<br />

stimulating the climate economy.<br />

Tickets: www.theclimateadaptationcenter.org/.<br />

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ArtCenter Manatee<br />

February/March brings the International<br />

Society of Watercolor Artists<br />

Florida USA and the Florida<br />

Suncoast Watercolor Society Annual<br />

Aqueous Exhibit on display February<br />

28-March 21. Opening reception is on<br />

March 2, 5-7pm. In the Kellogg Gallery.<br />

Admission: $5.<br />

For a complete list of exhibits,<br />

classes and events, visit ArtCenter-<br />

Manatee.org.<br />

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Venice<br />

Symphony<br />

Next up is Cinematic<br />

Romance on<br />

February 3 and 4. Fall<br />

in love all over again<br />

with music from Casablanca,<br />

Romeo and<br />

Juliet and Gone<br />

With the Wind.<br />

Violinist Sandy<br />

Cameron will perform<br />

Danny Elfman’s<br />

Edward Scissorhands<br />

Suite, The Love<br />

Theme from Cinema<br />

Paradiso and the<br />

Tango from Scent of<br />

a Woman. Experience<br />

the Symphony’s<br />

premiere of Leonard<br />

Bernstein’s Symphonic<br />

Dances from West<br />

Side Story.<br />

The Movie Maestro:<br />

A Tribute to<br />

John Williams is on<br />

February 24-25. The<br />

program includes<br />

Williams’ iconic<br />

scores from E.T:<br />

The Extra Terrestrial,<br />

Harry Potter<br />

and the Sorcerer’s<br />

Stone and Star<br />

Wars, to the lesser<br />

known but<br />

equally beautiful music from Far<br />

and Away and the Oscar-winning<br />

film Lincoln.<br />

www.thevenicesymphony.org.<br />

▼<br />

Ring Sarasota<br />

As the area’s premier handbell<br />

ensemble, these musicians captivate<br />

audiences of all ages with a combination<br />

of entertainment, education,<br />

and community engagement. Ring<br />

Sarasota next performs on February<br />

19 at 3 p.m. The themes is “I Want To<br />

Be Like You!” And will be held at Trinity<br />

Lutheran Church, 2200 26th St. W.,<br />

Bradenton. Free will offering.<br />

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Sarasota Ballet<br />

Program 5 runs February 24-27<br />

at FSU Center for the Performing Arts<br />

with the Dance Theatre of Harlem.<br />

Program 6 runs March 24-25 at the<br />

Van Wezel and has La Sylphide (company<br />

premiere) with choreography<br />

by Johan Kobborg after August<br />

Bournonville and music by Herman<br />

Severin Løvenskiold.<br />

Tickets: www.SarasotaBallet.org or<br />

call 941-359-0099.<br />

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Artist Series<br />

Concerts of<br />

Sarasota<br />

Next up is in their Lunch & Listen<br />

Series at the Sarasota Yacht Club that<br />

spotlights gifted young artists in concert<br />

at 11 a.m. followed by lunch at<br />

12:15 p.m. Hanzhi Wang, accordion, is<br />

on February 9.<br />

Praised for her stage presence and<br />

performances that are technically<br />

and musically masterful, the groundbreaking<br />

young musician Hanzhi<br />

Wang is the only accordionist to ever<br />

win a place on the roster of Young<br />

Concert Artists in its history. In the<br />

five years since, she has debuted at<br />

both Carnegie Hall and Kennedy Center<br />

and was named Musical America’s<br />

▼<br />

“It Takes Two” is a collection of watercolor paintings by Karen Beach<br />

which will be on display at Island Gallery West in Holmes Beach from<br />

Feb. 1-28.<br />

New Artist of the Month in 2018.<br />

Maria Wirries On Broadway with<br />

Alan Corey, piano is on February 23<br />

at Selby Gardens’ Downtown Campus.<br />

Sarasota’s own Broadway star comes<br />

back home, where it all started, for an<br />

evening of musical theater under the<br />

stars. Most recently a member of the<br />

Broadway cast of Dear Evan Hansen,<br />

Wirries has been hailed for her solo<br />

performance at Feinstein’s 54 Below,<br />

and for three albums of her own music.<br />

She’ll be joined with her former teacher<br />

and mentor Alan Corey at the piano.<br />

Quartet for the End of Time featuring<br />

the Lincoln Trio with Bharat<br />

Chandra, clarinet, is on February<br />

28 at the Historic Asolo Theater. Olivier<br />

Messiaen’s Quartet for the End<br />

of Time was composed in a WWII<br />

prisoner-of-war camp in Görlitz, Germany.<br />

Messiaen had been captured<br />

in the early days of World War II, and<br />

this mystical work was written for fellow<br />

prisoners to perform. The Grammy-nominated<br />

Lincoln Trio – Desirée<br />

Ruhstrat, violin; David Cunliffe, cello;<br />

and Marta Aznavoorian, piano – is<br />

joined by Sarasota Orchestra principal<br />

clarinetist Bharat Chandra.<br />

Daniel Solowey, clarinet, and Milana<br />

Strezeva, piano, perform on March<br />

5, 4 p.m. and March 6, 7:30 p.m. at<br />

the Fischer/Weisenborne Residence.<br />

Solowey is the son of two Sarasota Orchestra<br />

musicians and was featured<br />

on NPR’s From the Top where he was<br />

a Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist award<br />

winner at age 17. He’s currently a<br />

member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago.<br />

Refreshments served following<br />

each performance.<br />

Visit ArtistSeriesConcerts.org or<br />

call 941-306-1202.<br />

Choral Artists<br />

The Choral Artists of Sarasota<br />

has The Children’s March: An<br />

oratorio by Philadelphia composer<br />

Andrew Bleckner, which takes you<br />

on a journey to an historical event<br />

▼<br />

during the Civil<br />

Rights Era of the<br />

1960s. Incorporating<br />

traditional<br />

African-American<br />

styles and spirituals,<br />

the work shows<br />

the incivility of segregation<br />

through<br />

the innocence and<br />

optimistic spirit<br />

of children. Guest<br />

artist: J. Warren<br />

Mitchell, tenor and<br />

Choral Artists soloists<br />

Maiya Stevenson,<br />

soprano; Amy<br />

Jo Connours, alto;<br />

Krista Laskowski,<br />

mezzo-soprano;<br />

Baron Garriott,<br />

tenor; John Whittlesey,<br />

baritone<br />

and Jesse Martin,<br />

baritone. Narrated<br />

by Charlayne Hunter-Gault.<br />

Held on March<br />

5, 7 p.m., at Church<br />

of the Palms, 3224<br />

Bee Ridge Road,<br />

Sarasota. For tickets,<br />

visit www.ChoralArtistsSarasota.<br />

org or call 941-387-<br />

4900.<br />

The<br />

Sarasota Orchestra<br />

Masterworks:<br />

• A Romantic Affair – February 2, 3,<br />

4, 5 with Peter Oundjian, conductor.<br />

Nobuyuki Tsujii, piano performing<br />

Brahms – Hungarian Dance No. 4;<br />

Rachmaninoff – Piano Concerto No.<br />

2 and Brahms – Symphony No. 1<br />

• Copland and Stravinsky, February<br />

25-26, with Kensho Watanabe,<br />

conductor; Stefan Jackiw, violin;<br />

Jessica Hunt – Climb performing<br />

Stravinsky – Violin Concerto and<br />

Copland – Symphony No. 3.<br />

Pops series:<br />

• Pops: Gershwin, Berlin, & Friends<br />

March 3-4 , with Byron Stripling,<br />

conductor; Sydney McSweeney,<br />

vocalist.<br />

Great Escapes:<br />

• The Great Escapes series offers<br />

a mix of light classics and popular<br />

favorites in themed programs. In<br />

this series, conductors share stories<br />

and commentary throughout each<br />

performance. Next up is Night on<br />

February 8-12, with Steven Jarvi,<br />

conductor<br />

The Chamber Soirées:<br />

• Three Sonatas on February 19, with<br />

Jeffrey Kahane, piano, performing<br />

Beethoven – Cello Sonata No. 3;<br />

Brahms – Clarinet Sonata No. 1 and<br />

Stravinsky – Suite Italienne.<br />

For information, visit www.Sarasota<br />

Orchestra.org.<br />

▼<br />

Sarasota Orchestra’s Free Parks<br />

Concerts continues. Taking place in a<br />

variety of venues in Sarasota and Manatee<br />

counties, the series showcases<br />

musicians of the Orchestra in a chamber<br />

music setting. While all performances<br />

are family-friendly, the season<br />

includes two playground appearances<br />

geared toward the youngest of listeners<br />

Capacity at the outdoor venues is limited.<br />

Admission is free at all locations,<br />

but it’s recommended you register to<br />

reserve a space. Registration links can<br />

be found at SarasotaOrchestra.org.<br />

▼<br />

• Next up: Waterside Place Pavilion –<br />

Pop-Up Performance with Sarasota<br />

Brass Quintet on February 12 at 10<br />

a.m. and 11:15 a.m.<br />

At The Hermitage<br />

“Mastering the Monologue,” with<br />

theater maker Don Nguyen, is a masterclass<br />

on the task of writing and<br />

performing a monologue. Presented<br />

in collaboration with New College of<br />

Florida on February 17, this intimate<br />

engagement at the New College campus<br />

in Sarasota provides an opportunity<br />

to observe both the performance<br />

of theatrical text and a dissection of<br />

its inner workings.<br />

A recipient of the New York Stage<br />

and Film Founder’s Award, Don Nguyen<br />

is a multifaceted artist whose plays<br />

are “intriguing and empathetic” (Seattle<br />

Times) with “a genuine sweetness”<br />

(The New York Times).<br />

• “Jazz and Theater: Keeping the<br />

Beat” reunites the Hermitage with<br />

the Manasota chapter of ASALH at the<br />

Fogartyville Community Media and<br />

Arts Center to present Jazz vocalist Fay<br />

Victor and playwright Stacey Rose.<br />

Presented at Fogartyville on February<br />

23, this program combines the stylings<br />

of Fay Victor with the wit of Stacey<br />

Rose. With her scat stylings recognized<br />

by The New York Times as “her own<br />

hybrid of song and spoken word,” Fay<br />

Victor will share improvisatory work<br />

and speak about her career as a musical<br />

artist breaking boundaries. With a<br />

focus on “life as the other,” playwright<br />

and screenwriter Stacey Rose’s work<br />

has been seen on stages and screens<br />

across the United States.<br />

• On March 2, Tamara Anderson, Lesley<br />

Mok, and B. Ingrid Olson put the<br />

Hermitage’s multidisciplinary mission<br />

on display with “Tell and Show: Art<br />

and Performance Expressing Identity.”<br />

Working across different mediums<br />

but all using material from their own<br />

lives to inform the substance of their<br />

craft, each will share work and discuss<br />

their artistic process.<br />

Tamara Anderson has been seen on<br />

stage and screen and celebrated for<br />

her impressive vocals. Lesley Mok’s<br />

innovative and dynamic compositions<br />

have been performed by ensembles<br />

such as the International Contemporary<br />

Ensemble, Metropolis Ensemble,<br />

and JACK Quartet. Visual artist<br />

B. Ingrid Olson’s works have been<br />

exhibited around the world including<br />

the MoMa in New York, Harvard’s<br />

Carpenter Center, the Aspen Art Museum,<br />

and i8 Gallery in Reykjavík.<br />

Hermitage Artist Retreat, 6630<br />

Manasota Key Road, Englewood. Register<br />

at: HermitageArtistRetreat.org.<br />

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Sarasota Opera<br />

The <strong>2023</strong> Winter Opera Festival<br />

will open on February 18 with Giacomo<br />

Puccini’s Madama Butterfly. A<br />

young geisha known affectionately<br />

as Madama Butterfly is swept off her<br />

feet by an American Naval officer. Left<br />

with a promise that he would return<br />

one day, Butterfly waits faithfully for<br />

three years, but is met with heartbreak<br />

in one of opera’s most enduring tragedies.<br />

Ten performances: February<br />

18, 21, 23, 26(m), and March 1, 4(m),<br />

10, 15, 21(m), and 24. Madama Butterfly<br />

was last seen in 2017.<br />

Don Giovanni by Wolfgang Amadeus<br />

Mozart is a comic and tragic masterpiece.<br />

Set in 17th century Spain,<br />

this tale of obsession, betrayal, crime,<br />

and retribution centers around the<br />

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out and about continued<br />

infamous lover Don Juan, who leaves<br />

a path of broken hearts wherever he<br />

goes. Eight performances: February<br />

25 and 28, March 2, 5(m), 8, 12(m), 18,<br />

and 25, <strong>2023</strong>.<br />

For tickets, visit SarasotaOpera.org<br />

or call (941) 328-1300.<br />

Art Galleries<br />

Through February 23, Art<br />

Uptown Gallery has “Elements by<br />

Cheryl Moody.” Cheryl loves being<br />

outdoors and painting subjects in oils<br />

that spark her interest, whether it’s<br />

the way light filters through leaves,<br />

reflects on water, creates patterns of<br />

color in the landscape, or how palm<br />

fronds twist in the wind. Art Uptown<br />

Gallery is at 1367 Main Street gallery.<br />

Info: www.artuptown.com<br />

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Ringling College Galleries<br />

presents Lost Summer; a collection<br />

of landscape paintings created<br />

by Ringling College Alumna, Lee<br />

Mayer (Commercial Art 72’). In this<br />

collection of small and mid-scale<br />

paintings, Mayer explores the light,<br />

nature, harmony, and color of the<br />

natural beauty of Canadian summers.<br />

Runs to March 17, <strong>2023</strong>.<br />

Ringling College of Art + Design,<br />

Patricia Thompson Gallery is located<br />

on the first floor of the Keating Center,<br />

2700 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota.<br />

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“It Takes Two” is an eclectic collection<br />

of watercolor paintings by<br />

artist Karen Beach which will be on<br />

display at Island Gallery West from<br />

February 1-28.<br />

The exhibit’s theme pays homage<br />

to the Valentine’s Day month, with a<br />

focus on two — paintings paired by<br />

subject matter or by color, or paintings<br />

featuring two of some of her favorite<br />

people, places and things.<br />

Karen has been a permanent resident<br />

of the NW Bradenton area for<br />

nearly 8 years, is a member of Island<br />

Gallery West and participates in local<br />

exhibitions. She is an active member<br />

of ArtCenter Manatee and the Florida<br />

Watercolor Society. Her past careers<br />

include working for more than 25 years<br />

as a graphic designer. She also taught<br />

for nine years as an adjunct professor<br />

at George Mason University’s College<br />

of Art and Design in Virginia.<br />

Art Walk Reception is on February<br />

10, 5:30-7:30 pm. Meet Karen and<br />

other artist members, enjoy drinks<br />

and bites and live music.<br />

Meet the artist in person on February<br />

15, 10-5 pm. Karen will be in the<br />

gallery all day to answer questions<br />

and share her insights and inspirations<br />

for her watercolors.<br />

Demonstration: See gallery artist<br />

Jim Wheeler at work as he demonstrates<br />

High Definition Photo Art<br />

in the Gallery on February 11, 10:30<br />

am -noon. The demonstration is free<br />

of charge.<br />

Island West Gallery, 5368 Gulf Drive<br />

in Holmes Beach, Anna Maria Island.<br />

Visit www.islandgallerywest.com.<br />

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Sarasota Orchestr ’s Harmony Gallery<br />

has Laurel Maul with “Wondrous<br />

Things.” Maul has studied under<br />

painters of the Hudson River School as<br />

well as at the Osher Lifelong Learning<br />

Institute (OLLI) at Ringling College.<br />

Her style can be described as expressionist<br />

with otherworldly references.<br />

Her background in psychotherapy<br />

explains the influence of emotions<br />

and dreams on her work. Laurel has<br />

painted in oils and watercolor for most<br />

of her life. However, she finds that<br />

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the digital medium can best express<br />

that luminous sense of wonder which<br />

occurs at peak moments in our experiences<br />

with nature.<br />

Runs through February 27. Public<br />

reception: February 16, 5-6:30 pm<br />

The Harmony Gallery is at Beatrice<br />

Friedman Symphony Center at 709<br />

North Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. Exhibitions<br />

are free and open to the public.<br />

Visit www.sarasotaorchestra.org.<br />

Sarasota Concert<br />

Association<br />

The <strong>2023</strong> Great Performers Series<br />

has Pianist Awadagin Pratt brings his<br />

artistry to the Riverview Performing<br />

Arts Center on February 15 with a<br />

varied program of works, from Philip<br />

Glass to Rachmaninoff and Liszt.<br />

In his final season as Music Director,<br />

Riccardo Muti brings the acclaimed<br />

Chicago Symphony Orchestra<br />

to Sarasota on March 1 at the Van<br />

Wezel. The program includes Beethoven’s<br />

Symphony No. 8 and Mussorgsky’s<br />

Pictures at an Exhibition.<br />

English Chamber Orchestra is on<br />

March 12 at the Van Wezel. The most<br />

recorded chamber orchestra in the<br />

world, the London-based English<br />

Chamber Orchestra presents a program<br />

of Elgar, Mozart and Haydn.<br />

Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra<br />

with JoAnn Falletta is on March 27<br />

at 7:30 pm at the Van Wezel. Music<br />

Director JoAnn Falletta leads the<br />

Grammy Award-winning orchestra in<br />

Dvořák’s Symphony No. 7, and Mendelssohn’s<br />

Violin Concerto featuring<br />

violinist Sandy Cameron. To purchase<br />

tickets, visit www.SCAsarasota.org.<br />

The Sarasota Concert Association<br />

also has its Music Matinees concert<br />

series. These free noon-time concerts<br />

showcase regional musicians performing<br />

a variety of musical styles, including<br />

classical and folk music.<br />

Duo Pianists Michael Baron and<br />

Priscila Navarro perform on February<br />

22, offering a wide range of music,<br />

from classical to popular, for two pianos<br />

and piano four–hands with electric<br />

energy and melting lyricism.<br />

Pre-registration required at<br />

SCAsarasota.org. Performances are<br />

at David Cohen Hall in the Beatrice<br />

Friedman Symphony Center, 709 N.<br />

Tamiami Trail, Sarasota.<br />

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The Choral Artists of Sarasota has The Children’s March: A moving and dramatic oratorio by Philadelphia composer<br />

Andrew Bleckner and narrated by Charlayne Hunter-Gault on March 5. photo Barbara Banks<br />

Chamber Orchestra<br />

of Sarasota<br />

The Chamber Orchestra of<br />

Sarasota’s Virtuoso Night is on<br />

February 15 at St. Boniface Episcopal<br />

Church on Siesta Key. The program<br />

opens with J. S. Bach’s Piano<br />

Concerto in F Minor featuring prizewinning<br />

pianist Joseph Kingma<br />

and includes music by Mozart,<br />

Nielsen and Janacek. For tickets, visit<br />

chamberorchestrasarasota.org/ or<br />

call 219-928-8665.<br />

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At The Ringling<br />

Running through February 12,<br />

<strong>2023</strong>, is Highlights from the Stanton<br />

B. and Nancy W. Kaplan Collection<br />

of Photography—a selection<br />

of works donated to The Ringling in<br />

2019, includes over 1000 photographic<br />

objects and images, representing<br />

some of the most important photo-based<br />

artists of the nineteenth and<br />

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 />

Sarasota Players has Always…<br />

Patsy Cline February 2-12. Always…<br />

Patsy Cline is more than a tribute to<br />

the legendary country singer who died<br />

tragically at age 30 in a plane crash<br />

in 1963. The show is based on a true<br />

story about Cline’s friendship with<br />

a fan from Houston named Louise<br />

Seger, who befriended the star in a<br />

Texas honky-tonk in 1961, and continued<br />

a correspondence with Cline until<br />

her death. The musical play, complete<br />

with country humor, true emotion<br />

and even some audience participation,<br />

includes many of Patsy’s hits<br />

such as Crazy, I Fall to Pieces, Sweet<br />

Dreams and Walking After Midnight<br />

– 27 songs in all.<br />

Held at Studio 1130, The Crossings<br />

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

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

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Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe<br />

has “Flyin’ West” by Pearl Cleage. In<br />

the 1890s, the lives of a small group of<br />

African-American women change after<br />

they leave the oppressive South and<br />

settle in the all-black town of Nicodemus,<br />

Kansas. Their hopes, dreams and<br />

determination to survive in a harsh<br />

region are tested as they build new<br />

lives for themselves and their families.<br />

With flashes of humor amid serious<br />

themes, “Flyin’ West” sheds new<br />

light on a chapter of American history<br />

that’s seldom told, as it explores questions<br />

and conflicts that still resonate<br />

today. Runs through February 12.<br />

Next up is “Dreamgirls” which<br />

chronicles one fictional Motown<br />

group’s rise from obscurity to<br />

superstardom. Through gospel,<br />

R&B, smooth pop, disco and<br />

more, “Dreamgirls” explores themes<br />

of ambition, hope and betrayal, all<br />

set in the glamorous and competitive<br />

world of the music industry.<br />

Show runs February 22-April 9.<br />

Call the Box Office at 941-366-1505 or<br />

visit westcoastblacktheatre.org.<br />

Asolo Rep has Ken Ludwig’s<br />

The Three Musketeers which runs<br />

through March 26. Ludwig’s adaptation<br />

of the novel by Alexandre Dumas<br />

tells the tale of a daring young man<br />

who finds himself in the company<br />

of the world’s greatest swordsmen,<br />

as well as some of the world’s most<br />

dangerous men and women. Directed<br />

by Peter Amster, who directed<br />

Asolo Rep’s Murder on the Orient<br />

Express in 2020.<br />

• Silent Sky runs through March 5.<br />

It’s the true story of Henrietta<br />

Leavitt, one of the pioneering women<br />

astronomers working at Harvard<br />

Observatory in the early 1900s. This<br />

extraordinary woman took on the<br />

astronomy establishment in order to<br />

discover the mysteries embedded in<br />

the sky. Henrietta transcended the<br />

odds while navigating love, family<br />

and the universe, going on to make<br />

a world-altering advancement to the<br />

field of astronomy that changed our<br />

view of the cosmos.<br />

Tickets: asolorep.org.<br />

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Asolo Conservatory has an<br />

Inspector Calls February 24 – March<br />

12. Nothing parallels the excitement<br />

of watching this suspenseful mystery<br />

drama. Set on the brink of WWI, this<br />

thriller has been gripping audiences<br />

for decades. The Birling family celebration<br />

is cut short by the arrival of<br />

the mysterious Inspector Goole. After<br />

his scorching investigation, the family<br />

struggles to return to normal, as every<br />

corner of their souls has been exposed<br />

by the blinding light of truth. Tickets:<br />

asolorep.org.<br />

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FST’s Mainstage Series has What<br />

the Constitution Means to Me by<br />

Heidi Schreck runs through February<br />

26 in FST’s Keating Theatre.<br />

• The FST cabaret series has The ‘70s:<br />

More Than a Decade by Rebecca<br />

Hopkins, Richard Hopkins and<br />

Sarah Durham. Musical arrangements<br />

by Jim Prosser. Runs through<br />

February 12 in FST’s Court Cabaret.<br />

• A Place in the Sun: A Tribute to Stevie<br />

Wonder by Jason Cannon, Richard<br />

Hopkins, and Sarah Durham.<br />

Runs through March 26 in FST’s<br />

Goldstein Cabaret .<br />

• Reel Music By Richard Hopkins,<br />

Rebecca Hopkins, and Sarah Durham<br />

Musical Arrangements by Jim Prosser.<br />

Runs February 15-June 25.<br />

Visit www.floridastudiotheatre.org/<br />

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ensembleNewSRQ<br />

Vespers For A New Dark Age:<br />

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

Verdigris Ensemble rise in<br />

collaboration with ensembleNEWS-<br />

RQ to present the choral works of two<br />

internationally acclaimed composers:<br />

“The Branch Will Not Break” by Christopher<br />

Cerrone—as inspired by the<br />

poetry of James Arlington Wright; and<br />

“Vespers for a New Dark Age” by Missy<br />

Mazzoli—set to the poetry of Matthew<br />

Zapruder. Held at First Congregational<br />

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

Live streaming will also be available.<br />

And The Hits Keep Coming is on<br />

March 2. The versatility of the percussionist<br />

is celebrated in a program featuring<br />

Krizts Auznieks’s “Prelude and<br />

Ether” for marimbas, vibraphone, and<br />

piano; Emma O’Halloran’s “Shell” for<br />

marimba quartet; and the world premieres<br />

of newly commissioned works<br />

for percussion ensembles by British<br />

composer Mark-Anthony Turnage<br />

and the emerging American percussionist/composer<br />

Shaun Tilburg.<br />

Both concerts held at First Congregational<br />

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

Sarasota. Live streaming available.<br />

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

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At Bookstore1<br />

“Home” Short and Satisfying<br />

Book Club is on Feb 15. The Club is for<br />

those looking for a shorter read that’s<br />

ripe for discussion. February’s selection<br />

is Home by Toni Morrison, the<br />

Nobel Prize winner. Home is an emotional<br />

powerhouse of a novel about a<br />

modern Odysseus returning to a 1950s<br />

America mined with lethal pitfalls for<br />

an unwary Black man.<br />

Meet at the store. The book club is<br />

$15 which includes a copy of Home to<br />

be picked up at Bookstore1 before<br />

the meeting. RSVP: www.eventbrite.<br />

com/book-club<br />

“The Hate U Give” Banned Book<br />

Club meets Feb 21. In this monthly<br />

book club dedicated to reading and<br />

protecting important and threatened<br />

books, February’s pick is Angie<br />

Thomas’ The Hate U Give a “stunning,<br />

brilliant, gut-wrenching novel that<br />

will be remembered as a classic of our<br />

time (John Green).”<br />

Meets in person at the bookstore.<br />

The book club is $15 which includes a<br />

copy of The Hate U Give to be picked<br />

up at Bookstore1 before the meeting.<br />

Bookstore1 Sarasota is located at<br />

117 S Pineapple Ave, Sarasota. www.<br />

sarasotabooks.com/events.<br />

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At The Van Wezel<br />

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A sampling of upcoming shows:<br />

continued on page 10<br />

8 WEST COAST WOMAN <strong>FEBRUARY</strong> <strong>2023</strong>

healthier you<br />

Ever Onward Season 27<br />

Three Little Hormones<br />

of Love<br />

HANZHI WANG, accordion<br />

February 9<br />

11:00 am performance<br />

followed by lunch<br />

Sarasota Yacht Club<br />

Praised for her captivating stage<br />

presence, this groundbreaking<br />

young musician is the only<br />

accordionist to win a place on<br />

the roster of Young Concert<br />

Artists in its 61-year history. She<br />

was named Musical America’s<br />

New Artist of the Month in 2018.<br />

When it’s time for romance, these three little<br />

hormones of love are a BIG thing. And if they<br />

are not in balance, it can lead to a real problem.<br />

Take for instance the case<br />

of a recent patient… a<br />

42-year-old, happily married,<br />

mother of two high school<br />

students, who appeared to be the<br />

picture of health on the outside. She<br />

exercised regularly, ate whole foods<br />

and had no real abnormal stresses in<br />

her life. But she said things were not<br />

right with her in the bedroom.<br />

“Back in the day,” Jenny related with<br />

a grin, “I was always willing and sometimes<br />

the promoter of our lovemaking;<br />

however, lately, it feels as if those<br />

old flames have fizzled out. Is that<br />

it? Is our love life destined to be this<br />

way forever? I mean, the kids will be<br />

leaving for college soon, and Jerry and<br />

I will have more time alone. Is there<br />

any chance it’s just my hormones? Is<br />

there any ‘love potion #9’ you can give<br />

me for my problem.”<br />

I thought for a moment over all the<br />

marriage classes my wife and I attended<br />

when we were younger and asked<br />

her the usual questions- “Do you and<br />

Jerry get away on dates or vacations<br />

alone?” I asked. “Yes,” she responded.<br />

“Do you have a time in the day you<br />

can connect on a husband to wife level.<br />

Not talking about the kids or money<br />

or business issues.” (Many couples<br />

end up just being business partners or<br />

roommates after years of marriage and<br />

forget to connect on a romantic level.)<br />

“Yes,” she responded and told me they<br />

had attended marriage groups, learning<br />

those same skills of maintaining a<br />

happy marriage. “Thanks for reminding<br />

me,” she added.<br />

“It might very well be your hormone<br />

balance, then,” I said, and proceeded<br />

to run a hormone panel. I checked<br />

not only the ovarian hormones, but<br />

also, the three ‘hormones of love’,<br />

Oxytocin, Dopamine and Serotonin.<br />

These hormones are also referred to as<br />

our ‘happy hormones’. When you’re<br />

attracted to another person your brain<br />

should release dopamine, your serotonin<br />

levels increase, and oxytocin is<br />

produced.<br />

Sure enough, the lab results revealed<br />

that she was not producing a sufficient<br />

amount of any of these hormones that<br />

increase desire for sex and lovemaking.<br />

When we rebalanced her dopamine,<br />

serotonin and oxytocin, she felt her<br />

old self return. Her libido improved,<br />

her husband’s advances were met with<br />

enthusiasm and, as an extra benefit,<br />

her orgasms increased.<br />

It’s no wonder that so many people<br />

are turning to Bio-identical Hormones!<br />

—————————————————<br />

Dr. Watts, MD, ND, MSNM is an expert<br />

in Bio-identical Hormone Balancing.<br />

With over 25 years of experience in hormone<br />

balancing, a Board Certification in<br />

Integrative Medicine,<br />

a Post-doctoral Certification<br />

in Metabolic<br />

Endocrinology, and a<br />

Fellowship in Anti-Aging,<br />

Regenerative, and<br />

Functional Medicine,<br />

Dr. Watts has put<br />

together a Hormone<br />

Balancing Program<br />

that has helped<br />

thousands of patients<br />

renew their love and<br />

vigor for life.<br />

Dr. Dan Watts<br />

MD, ND, MSMN<br />

The Renewal Point<br />


4905 Clark Road, Sarasota<br />

Phone: 941-926-4905<br />

www.TheRenewalPoint.com<br />


Olivier Messiaen’s WWII prisoner-of-war camp composition<br />

featuring Lincoln Trio with Bharat Chandra, clarinet<br />

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

French composer Olivier Messiaen was captured in the<br />

early days of WWII. He wrote this piece in a prisoner<br />

camp in Görlitz, Germany for fellow prisoners to perform.<br />

The Grammy-nominated Lincoln Trio is joined by<br />

Sarasota Orchestra’s Bharat Chandra to perform this<br />

deeply moving and unforgettable masterpiece.<br />

A not-to-be-missed unique piece of musical history.<br />

MICHELLE CANN, piano<br />

March 7 • 7:30 pm<br />

Historic Asolo Theater<br />

Winner of the 2022 Sphinx<br />

Medal of Excellence recognizing<br />

extraordinary classical Black and<br />

Latinx musicians, Michelle Cann<br />

made her orchestral debut at<br />

age 14. Her program includes<br />

repertoire by Florence Price, whose<br />

music Cann has championed.<br />

View our complete concert schedule at<br />

ArtistSeriesConcerts.org<br />

Box office: (941) 306-1202<br />

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

286.25 Florida Statutes); The Exchange; Gulf Coast Community Foundation; National Endowment for the Arts; Sarasota County Tourist Development Tax Revenues; and the Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation.<br />


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out and about continued<br />

• Momix – Alice, February 8<br />

• Scotty McCreery, February 10<br />

• Tootsie – a Sarasota Premiere,<br />

February 13-15<br />

• Rita Rudner and Robert<br />

Klein, February 22<br />

• Ailey II, February 23<br />

• Sarah McLachlan, February 28<br />

• Gordon Lightfoot, March 21.<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 />

Lectures<br />

In February, the TOWN HALL<br />

has Michael Phelps, the most decorated<br />

Olympian. Phelps, a prodigy at the<br />

sport, got close but didn’t medal at his<br />

first Olympics, in Sidney 2000, when<br />

he was 15 years old. Michael would go<br />

on to dominate the next four Olympic<br />

Games, finishing the most decorated<br />

athlete at each one. Since retiring<br />

from swimming in 2016, he’s become<br />

a devoted husband and father to three<br />

boys; and opened up to the public<br />

about his struggles with depression<br />

and ADHD throughout his career.<br />

He is now an outspoken advocate for<br />

mental health awareness.<br />

Admiral James Stavridis takes the<br />

TOWN HALL stage also in February. A<br />

Florida native, Admiral James, attended<br />

the US Naval Academy at Annapolis,<br />

and spent 37 years in the Navy, rising<br />

to the rank of 4-star Admiral. Among<br />

his many commands were four years as<br />

the 16th Supreme Allied Commander<br />

at NATO, where he oversaw operations<br />

in Afghanistan, Libya, Syria, the Balkans,<br />

and counter piracy off the coast<br />

of Africa. He’s a contributing editor<br />

for TIME Magazine and authored 10<br />

books on leadership, the oceans, maritime<br />

affairs, and Latin America. He<br />

has been recently appeared on various<br />

news outlets as a trusted authority on<br />

the Russian war on Ukraine.<br />

All lectures are at Van Wezel. Morning.<br />

Lectures begin at 10:30 a.m. and<br />

evening talks begin at 7:30 p.m. Call<br />

941-309-5100 to subscribe or visit<br />

www.rclassociation.org.<br />

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Sarasota Institute of Lifetime<br />

Learning’s (SILL) “Global Issues”<br />

series returns. This series, which runs<br />

throughMarch 31 and features 25<br />

internationally renowned experts<br />

discussing a vast range of domestic<br />

and global issues. The lectures are<br />

presented on Tuesdays, Wednesdays,<br />

and Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. at the First<br />

United Methodist Church in Sarasota;<br />

Tuesdays at 2:30 p.m. and Fridays at 10<br />

a.m. at the Venice Community Center<br />

in Venice; and Thursdays at 5 p.m. at<br />

the Cornerstone Church in Lakewood<br />

Ranch. Lectures will also be available<br />

for purchase on video.<br />

The <strong>2023</strong> season features the<br />

popular “Music Mondays” series,<br />

which presents performances and<br />

lively conversations with renowned<br />

and emerging performers, through<br />

March 27, on Mondays at 10:30 a.m.<br />

at Church of the Palms in Sarasota;<br />

and Mondays at 3 p.m. at Venice Presbyterian<br />

Church in Venice.<br />

Visit SillSarasota.org or call 941-<br />

365-6404.<br />

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Key Chorale<br />

They have A Sea Symphony,<br />

Masterwork by Vaughan Williams<br />

on February 10 and 11. Chorus,<br />

orchestra and soloists sing of ships<br />

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and their captains, wind<br />

and waves, the voyage<br />

of every human soul,<br />

and music so vivid you<br />

can almost taste the sea<br />

spray in the air. Baritone<br />

Jamal Sarikoki and<br />

soprano Suzanne Karpov<br />

add their virtuosity<br />

to this masterwork.<br />

Tomorrow’s Voices<br />

Tonight, Student Scholar<br />

Recital is on February<br />

20. Information: keychorale.org.<br />

New Music<br />

New College<br />

On March 4 they have<br />

It’s Alive! A Monstrous<br />

Circus On Frankenstein<br />

outdoors on the Koski<br />

Plaza, with performers in the plaza<br />

and on the balconies of our ACE Academic<br />

Center. This is a mash-up of<br />

John Cage and Mary Shelley, using<br />

the 1818 text of Frankenstein as a<br />

basis for Cage’s process turning it into<br />

a performance.<br />

Tickets and details at www.newmusicnewcollege.org.<br />

All performances<br />

are Saturdays at 8 p.m. Each will last<br />

about an hour, with no intermission,<br />

and include a free reception either after<br />

the concert (in the Sainer lobby) or<br />

free food during the concert.<br />

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Chamber Music<br />

The Chamber Orchestra will<br />

continue its <strong>2023</strong> winter season with<br />

“Virtuoso Night” on February 15<br />

at 7:30 pm at St. Boniface Episcopal<br />

Church with award-winning pianist<br />

Joseph Kingma as the featured<br />

soloist. It will conclude its season<br />

with “Celebration” on March 23 at<br />

7:30 pm at First Presbyterian Church<br />

of Sarasota. “Celebration” features<br />

the music of five Jewish composers,<br />

including two living Israeli composers,<br />

in celebration of the 75th anniversary<br />

of the founding of the State of<br />

Israel. Soloists for this concert will be<br />

concertmaster Christina Adams, and<br />

Robert Smith, principal trumpet of<br />

The Florida Orchestra.<br />

For information, visit chamberorchestrasarasota.org.<br />

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Art Classes<br />

Registration is now open for Art<br />

Center Sarasota’s <strong>2023</strong> adult education<br />

season, which runs through<br />

April and features more than 100<br />

classes, workshops, and open studio<br />

sessions.<br />

Classes are offered Monday through<br />

Saturday and cover a diversity of topics,<br />

including painting, photography,<br />

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

and pastel and taught by more than<br />

25 art instructors.<br />

Gelli Printing with Margaret Hillman<br />

runs February 14, 21 and 28.<br />

Students will learn to make a variety of<br />

prints using gel plates and items commonly<br />

found in the home or studio. The<br />

instructor will demo a variety of techniques.<br />

Learn by observing, doing, and<br />

experimenting.<br />

To register and for more information,<br />

visit www.artsarasota.org or call<br />

941-365-2032.<br />

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Local History<br />

Manatee Village Historical Park<br />

has Living Off the Land: Florida’s<br />

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Pioneering Efforts to Make a Living.<br />

The exhibit explores the various<br />

ways settlers in the mid-1800s<br />

through the early 1900s took advantage<br />

of readily available natural<br />

resources of the land and sea.<br />

As Manatee County developed<br />

during the Pioneering Period (1830-<br />

1918), a number of commercial activities<br />

grew out of the environmental<br />

realities people moving into the area<br />

built upon. One of the earliest brought<br />

fishermen who set up seasonal camps<br />

along our shores. These fishermen<br />

set up semi-permanent Fishing Ranchos<br />

where they caught and prepared<br />

schools of mullet and other fish for<br />

Cuban markets.<br />

In the 1840s, when the first waves<br />

of American expansion into the area<br />

started, sugar production became a<br />

major economic engine. At its peak,<br />

there were over a dozen sugarcane<br />

plantations established within the<br />

Manatee River area. By the mid-1800s<br />

and early 1900s, Florida’s population<br />

was growing along with its economic<br />

prosperity. With the development of<br />

steamship lines, connected to the first<br />

railroads, local businesses began to<br />

send products to ports and destinations<br />

around the nation and throughout<br />

the world.<br />

Living Off the Land: Florida’s Pioneering<br />

Efforts to Make a Living will<br />

be available on-site at Manatee Village<br />

Historical Park through November,<br />

2024.<br />

Manatee Village Historical Park is<br />

located at 1404 Manatee Avenue East<br />

(State Road 64) in Bradenton, Florida.<br />

For more information, call 941-749-<br />

7165, or visit www.manateevillage.org.<br />

Art Around<br />

the State<br />

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At The Dali: the shape of dreams<br />

through April 30. The Shape of<br />

Dreams explores 500 years of<br />

dream-inspired paintings from the<br />

16th to 20th century, demonstrating<br />

how artists throughout time have<br />

depicted a profound yet universal<br />

phenomenon of human experience —<br />

the dream. The exhibition will examine<br />

how Western artists have depicted<br />

dreams for very different audiences<br />

throughout time, exploring the continuity<br />

and disconnections between the<br />

past and present.<br />

The exhibition features a selection<br />

of art on loan from American institutions,<br />

including the National Gallery<br />

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

New Orleans Museum of Art, Saint<br />

Louis Art Museum, Hirshhorn Museum<br />

& Sculpture Garden,<br />

Chicago Art Institute and<br />

Metropolitan Museum of<br />

Art. Several works from<br />

Artist The Dalí’s permanent<br />

Series collection are placed in<br />

Concerts dialog with these works.<br />

has Maria The exhibition includes<br />

Wirries On some reproductions to<br />

Broadway ensure visitors can experience<br />

the essential im-<br />

with Alan<br />

Corey, ages to our curated story<br />

piano on of dreams.<br />

Feb. 23<br />

Drawing on the irony<br />

at Marie that dreams are an intense<br />

visual sensation<br />

Selby<br />

Botanical most often taking place<br />

Gardens when the eyes are closed,<br />

Downtown the exhibition inspires<br />

Campus. questions about the very<br />

nature of reality and encourages<br />

viewers to examine<br />

dreams through<br />

different lenses — psychological, religious<br />

and metaphysical. Works by Frida<br />

Kahlo, Paul Delvaux, Pat Steir, Philip<br />

Guston, Max Beckmann, Lodovico<br />

Carracci and Odilon Redon, many<br />

of which are monumental canvases,<br />

address manners of representation<br />

and consider how the waking world<br />

influences the dream. The exhibition<br />

seeks to understand how these artistic<br />

expressions shape the imagination.<br />

Information: thedali.org.<br />

The Museum of Fine Arts has<br />

True Nature Rodin And The Age Of<br />

Impressionism through March 26.<br />

True Nature presents works by one of<br />

the most celebrated sculptors of all<br />

time, side by side with paintings by<br />

his contemporaries.<br />

Rodin (1840-1917) created dramatic<br />

works that are instantly recognizable,<br />

and pervade our collective<br />

cultural consciousness. This exhibition<br />

includes nearly 40 of his masterpieces,<br />

ranging from intimately<br />

scaled marble statues to monumental<br />

bronzes. It offers a remarkably comprehensive<br />

look at Rodin, placing him<br />

within the context of the profound<br />

artistic, cultural, and social changes<br />

occurring at the end of the nineteenth<br />

century in France. True Nature also<br />

explores Rodin’s desire for academic<br />

recognition, even as he remained at<br />

the forefront of the avant-garde alongside<br />

the Impressionists.<br />

Featuring examples of the artist’s<br />

most eminent works, such as Saint John<br />

the Baptist Preaching (1878), and Jean<br />

d’Aire (1886), this exhibition looks<br />

beyond Rodin’s popular persona as the<br />

tormented Romantic genius, revealing<br />

his extraordinary powers of observation<br />

and ability to capture emotion and<br />

movement. True Nature also includes<br />

major paintings such as Claude Monet’s<br />

Nympheas (circa 1897-1898), Paul<br />

Cézanne’s Still Life with Cherries<br />

and Peaches (1885-1887), and Edgar<br />

Degas’s The Bellelli Sisters (1865-1866).<br />

Consummate photographs, drawings,<br />

and sculptures by other masters of the<br />

period also join the exhibition.https://<br />

mfastpete.org/exh/rodin-and-the-impressionists/<br />

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

Petersburg. Visit mfastpete.org.<br />

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Lectures<br />

On February 10, at 5:30 pm, Temple<br />

Beth Israel on Longboat Key will<br />

host guest speaker Rabbi Jennifer<br />

Singer, who will speak on “Reproductive<br />

Rights: a Jewish Perspective.”<br />

Rabbi Singer’s presentation<br />

will be given during Shabbat services<br />

▼<br />

at Temple Beth Israel, 567 Bay Isles<br />

Rd, Longboat Key.<br />

Rabbi Singer is a passionate teacher,<br />

storyteller, and singer. Her faith guides<br />

her active participation in the community<br />

to support the ideals of justice and<br />

humanity. She is a member of the RE-<br />

NEWAL movement of Judaism which<br />

strives to shape Jewish law into a living<br />

way of walking in the world.<br />

This presentation, coupled with a<br />

beautiful service, is open to the entire<br />

community. Light refreshments will<br />

follow services. For information, or to<br />

register call 941-383-3428.<br />

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 <strong>2023</strong>. 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,<br />

Isaac Julien CBE RA of the United<br />

Kingdom, and Sarah Meyohas of<br />

the United States. At Selby Gardens’<br />

Historic Spanish Point campus, the<br />

show’s 13 AR works are installed in<br />

carefully curated locations throughout<br />

the 30-acre preserve. Visitors engage<br />

with the art through an app that<br />

can be downloaded to a smartphone<br />

or tablet.<br />

Seeing the Invisible is the first exhibition<br />

of its kind to be developed<br />

as a collaboration among botanical<br />

gardens around the world. The same<br />

commissioned artworks are placed in<br />

outdoor settings at the participating<br />

institutions, creating parallels and<br />

contrasts between them. The AR nature<br />

of the exhibition has allowed for<br />

the creation of expansive, immersive<br />

works that engage with existing features<br />

of the natural landscape, going<br />

beyond the limitations of what is possible<br />

with physical artworks.<br />

For more information visit www.<br />

selby.org.<br />

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Art Center Sarasota’s New Exhibitions:<br />

Luca Molnar: Same Source; Eugene Ofori Agyei: Both Ways<br />

and Marlon Tobias: To Come Together, To Get Together<br />

Luca Molnar<br />

Eugene Ofori Agyei<br />

Marlon Tobias<br />

Art Center Sarasota’s 2022-<br />

<strong>2023</strong> exhibition season continues<br />

with four exhibits running<br />

February 2-March 11. In “Same<br />

Source,” Luca Molnar uses various<br />

media to explore the connections between historical<br />

figures and personal mythologies. In “Both<br />

Ways,” Eugene Ofori Agyei works with earthenware<br />

or stoneware clay, African fabrics, acrylic paint,<br />

and yarn to create ceramic sculptures<br />

and wall pieces that start a<br />

dialogue about identity and home.<br />

Marlon Tobias’ paintings celebrate<br />

precious moments in Black family<br />

gatherings in “To Come Together,<br />

To Get Together.”<br />

The Annual Juried Members Show<br />

is juried by Mary Moscatelli, CEO<br />

of Venice Art Center. The opening<br />

reception for all four exhibits is<br />

February 2, 6-8 p.m.<br />

Luca Molnar’s work uses historical<br />

figures and personal mythologies<br />

as its starting point, building<br />

networked connections through<br />

both research and intuition. In<br />

her paintings, pattern references<br />

imagined domestic spaces, allowing<br />

the private sphere to emerge<br />

as a complex and contradictory<br />

site worthy of our attention.<br />

Her interest in our relationships<br />

with the past, memory, and identity extend into<br />

her installation work and her writing. Molnar<br />

explains that working in monochrome “allows me<br />

to tap into layered associations with color, creating<br />

a framework in which to place the intersection<br />

between current constructions of white American<br />

womanhood and seemingly incongruous histories.<br />

By combining decontextualized patterns with<br />

recognizable figures, I give form to the overlapping<br />

sources key to my own (sometimes frenzied)<br />

process of situating my identity in the context of<br />

the current American condition.”<br />

Eugene Ofori Agyei is a multimedia artist whose<br />

work is informed by his experience as a Ghanaian<br />

living in the US. Agyei creates sculptures and<br />

installations that incorporate African batik fabrics,<br />

yarn, ceramics, and everyday objects filled with<br />

personal and cultural meaning to explore cultural<br />

identity, belonging, hybridity, displacement,<br />

memories, and place. In his work, he engages<br />

with visual language as a form of expression to<br />

command the experience and engagement of<br />

the viewer to start a dialogue about identity and<br />

question the relationship between belonging and<br />

home. “My work explores my sense of dislocated<br />

national identity, human migration and the present<br />

realities in my current space,” says Agyei.<br />

Marlon Tobias is influenced by the marginalized<br />

narratives of the communities he lives in. Often<br />

sourcing from old family photos, personally<br />

taken photographs, audio recordings, oral and<br />

documented histories, as well as collected objects,<br />

Tobias provides an intimate look into the individual<br />

people who have shaped his community’s cultures<br />

and traditions. He says that “To Come Together,<br />

To Get Together” serves a two-fold purpose. “It<br />

is a body of work that celebrates those precious<br />

moments in Black families and recognizes the<br />

contribution family reunions have made to keep<br />

them connected.” Tobias adds that he also uses this<br />

series to forward a question to the Millennials and<br />

Indigo Girls by Luca Molnar<br />

Gen-Zers who are now assuming leadership roles<br />

within their families; how do/how can traditional<br />

family reunions hold space in the 21st century?<br />

The Annual Juried Members Show, open to all Art<br />

Center Sarasota members, contains more than<br />

150 artworks, highlighting the talent throughout<br />

the regional arts community. This year ACS has<br />

Mary Moscatelli as juror for the show. Moscatelli<br />

is the CEO of the Venice Art Center where she<br />

has initiated many new programs and fundraisers.<br />

Moscatelli led citywide public arts projects such<br />

as “SeaVenice Project” and “FantaSea Venice.” She<br />

serves as vice president of the City of Venice Public<br />

Art Advisory Board.<br />

Artist Talks!<br />

Marlon Tobias: Thursday, February 9, 5:30 – 7 p.m.<br />

Luca Molnar: Thursday, February 16, 5:30 – 7 p.m.<br />

(Zoom platform)<br />

Art Center Sarasota<br />

707 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota<br />

941-365-2032<br />

www.artsarasota.org<br />

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Two exceptional program options:<br />

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Weekday respite, engaging program for<br />

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ArtCenter Manatee<br />

Welcomes the Best in Watercolor<br />

International Watercolor Society Florida USA and<br />

Florida Suncoast Watercolor Society’s Annual Aqueous Show<br />

In the Middle of Prague,<br />

Maximo Damico,<br />

Italy<br />

Flower Game<br />

by Christine Berlinson Esser,<br />

Germany<br />

Mouve<br />

by Boonkwang Noncharoen,<br />

Bangkok<br />

ArtCenter Manatee invites<br />

you to attend the second<br />

biennial exhibition of the<br />

International Watercolor<br />

Society Florida USA. This<br />

prestigious exhibit features the work of 24<br />

master watercolor artists from 15 countries.<br />

From the colorful abstract work of award-winning<br />

German Artist Christine Berlinson Esser<br />

to the lively painting of Italy’s Maximo Damico<br />

who captures the mood and energy of the city<br />

in his plein aire painting, this exhibit is a wonderful<br />

guided tour of diverse watercolor from<br />

around the world.<br />

The International Watercolor Society (IWS)<br />

has chapters in over 110 countries, and<br />

gathers together one of the largest and most<br />

diverse groups of watercolor artists and art<br />

lovers alike. IWS provides a unique platform<br />

for the continual development of the art of<br />

watercolor. In addition to the exchange of ideas<br />

between artists, it advocates and supports<br />

the next generation of artists with events<br />

and exhibitions This is the second biennial<br />

exhibition of the Florida USA Chapter which<br />

was formed in 2020 by ArtCenter Manatee.<br />

The exhibit is on display February 28 through<br />

March 31. Admission will be $5.<br />

Also showing will be the 40th Anniversary<br />

Aqueous exhibit of the Florida Suncoast<br />

Watercolor Society. The Florida Suncoast<br />

Watercolor Society represents more than<br />

200 members, many of whom have achieved<br />

statewide and national recognition for their<br />

works; it serves members who live along the<br />

Florida Gulf coast. FSWS was formed to foster<br />

the advancement of and promote excellence in<br />

the art of watercolor painting. Admission free.<br />

There will be an opening reception for both<br />

exhibits on Thursday, March 2, from 5-7 pm.<br />

About ArtCenter Manatee<br />

Located in downtown Bradenton, Florida,<br />

ArtCenter Manatee is the premier center for<br />

art, art education and unique gifts in Manatee<br />

County. Day, evening and weekend art classes<br />

for adults and children are offered year-round<br />

in painting, drawing, pastels, pottery, jewelry<br />

design, photography and more.<br />

The artisan boutique features unique,<br />

affordable gifts by local and regional artists.<br />

Exhibitions in the galleries change monthly<br />

and showcase local, regional and national<br />

artists. Meet the exhibiting artists at the<br />

monthly evening opening receptions that are<br />

always free and open to the public.<br />

For more information please visit<br />

www.artcentermanatee.org<br />

or call 941-746-2862<br />

209 9th St W, Bradenton<br />

M/F/S 9-5, T/W/Th 9-6<br />

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“Embracing Kindness”<br />

is the theme of Embracing Our Differences’<br />

Outdoor Art Exhibit<br />

Runs through March 12 in Bayfront Park, Sarasota, plus other locations<br />

Since 2004, Embracing<br />

Our Differences<br />

has used the power<br />

of art and prose<br />

to promote diversity.<br />

One way it achieves this is<br />

through its annual, juried international<br />

outdoor art exhibition<br />

comprising 50 billboard-sized<br />

works of art, each accompanied<br />

by an inspirational quotation.<br />

This year’s response to the<br />

call for artwork and inspirational<br />

quotations received 13,733<br />

entries from 119 countries and<br />

45 states. Students from 424<br />

schools around the world submitted<br />

artwork or quotations to<br />

the juried exhibit.<br />

The Best-in-Show Adult artwork<br />

award went to Whittney de<br />

Araújo, from Recife, Brazil, for<br />

“We Are All Pearls.” Alexis Lee, a<br />

10th grade student from the Icon<br />

Art Academy in Irvine, California,<br />

won the Best-in-Show<br />

Student award for “Stretching<br />

Beauty.”<br />

Alexis Morrell of Wolcott,<br />

Connecticut, won<br />

Best-in-Show Adult for her<br />

inspirational quotation,<br />

“It takes more courage to<br />

speak in a silent room than<br />

to become another voice in<br />

a crowd.” The award for<br />

the Best-in-Show Student<br />

inspirational quotation was<br />

given to Hartley Livesey, a<br />

fifth grade student at The<br />

Out-of-Door Academy for<br />

“Always remember you are<br />

braver than you think and<br />

stronger than you believe.”<br />

The winning quotations and art will be<br />

showcased at the 20th annual exhibits,<br />

through March 12, in Sarasota’s Bayfront<br />

Park; March 22-April 19 at Butler Park in<br />

North Port; and April 26-May 29 at State<br />

College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota.<br />

<strong>2023</strong> marks the 20th anniversary of the<br />

exhibit. Sarah Wertheimer, EOD’s executive<br />

director, explains that the past 20 years have<br />

been ones of monumental positive growth,<br />

forward movement—and many milestones.<br />

“Our first call to artists received 124 submissions,”<br />

says Wertheimer. “This year, we<br />

received 13,733 from 119 countries. And<br />

we’re thrilled that annual visitor attendance<br />

has quadrupled since we began. Less than<br />

100,000 people attended the first exhibit;<br />

we had almost 400,000 last year.”<br />

Wertheimer adds that EOD’s 20th anniversary<br />

theme is “Embracing Kindness,”<br />

and the organization is planning several<br />

special events to celebrate the anniversary,<br />

including exhibiting at two new venues in<br />

addition to Bayfront Park.<br />

Sheila D. McKoy, EOD’s exhibition director,<br />

says that the <strong>2023</strong> exhibit will also<br />

Best-in-Show, Adult: “We Are All Pearls” by Whittney de Araújo of Recife, Brazil<br />

EOD <strong>2023</strong>: Best-in-Show, Student: “Stretching Beauty” by<br />

Alexis Lee, a 10th grade student from the Icon Art Academy<br />

in Irvine, California<br />

be displayed at<br />

Butler Park in<br />

North Port and<br />

at State College<br />

of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota<br />

in<br />

Bradenton. “This<br />

will allow us to broaden our reach as well<br />

as our impact on the community while staying<br />

true to our mission and vision.”<br />

Wertheimer says that only a fraction of<br />

the powerful submissions is chosen for each<br />

year’s outdoor exhibit. “What you’ll see is only<br />

the tip of the iceberg,” she says. “We’re profoundly<br />

moved to see how many people share<br />

our core philosophy all over the world.”<br />

Selection criteria boil down to medium<br />

and message. What is the core idea of each<br />

submission? How well is it expressed?<br />

“Our judges try to imagine the impact the<br />

artwork will have when it’s enlarged to<br />

the size of a billboard. Will it stop me in<br />

my tracks? Will it move me and make me<br />

think? Will its truth stay with me on the ride<br />

home? That’s what we’re going for.”<br />

Awards for artwork are given for “Bestin-Show<br />

Adult,” “Best-in-Show Student,”<br />

and “People’s Choice” categories, with the<br />

last chosen by visitors to the exhibit. Adult<br />

art winners each receive $2,000; students<br />

receive $2,000, which they split with their<br />

school’s art program. Awards are also given<br />

for inspirational quotations. Adult quote<br />

winners each receive $2,000; students<br />

receive $2,000, which they split with their<br />

school’s English program.<br />

<strong>2023</strong> ART WINNERS:<br />

The Best-in-Show Adult winner for art is<br />

for “We Are All Pearls” by Whittney de<br />

Araújo, of Recife, Brazil. The artist says<br />

she used the painting, "Girl with a Pearl<br />

Earring," by Johannes Vermeer as a reference<br />

for the eight paintings in her work.<br />

As the viewer glances more deeply, we<br />

see the paintings reflect the diversity in color,<br />

size, physical ability, style and ethnicity<br />

of the women on the bench. “It doesn't matter<br />

what you look like, your race, orientation,<br />

or sexual identity, where you're from,<br />

or whether you have a disability,” says de<br />

Araújo. “Representation matters and makes<br />

a difference in the life of each person.”<br />

Alexis Lee, a 10th grade student at the<br />

Icon Art Academy in Irvine, CA., won the<br />

Best-in-Show Student award for her work,<br />

“Stretching Beauty,” which depicts a thin<br />

ballerina who sees herself as much larger<br />

in the mirror. “Body dysmorphia is something<br />

so many people go through as they try<br />

to reach the extremely demanding beauty<br />

standards of society, which usually lead to<br />

eating disorders,” says Lee. “I have a close<br />

friend in the hospital recovering from anorexia,<br />

so this theme means a lot to me and<br />

I definitely think that there should be more<br />

body positivity in today's society.”<br />

<strong>2023</strong> QUOTATION WINNERS:<br />

The award for the Best-in-Show Adult inspirational<br />

quotation was given to Alexis<br />

Morrell of Wolcott, Connecticut for: “It<br />

takes more courage to speak in a silent<br />

room than to become another voice in<br />

a crowd.”<br />

The award for the Best-in-Show Student<br />

inspirational quotation was given to<br />

Hartley Livesey, a fifth grade student at<br />

The Out-of-Door Academy for “Always<br />

remember you are braver than you<br />

think and stronger than you believe.”<br />

Hartley’s teacher is Mrs. Gulacsy.<br />

Wertheimer stresses the importance of<br />

the statements accompanying each artwork.<br />

“Every quotation opens a window into our<br />

common humanity,” she says. “They touch<br />

us with their wit, insight, and empathy.”<br />

Embracing Our Differences’ annual outdoor<br />

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■ Sarasota Exhibit (Bayfront Park):<br />

Last Day: 3/12/<strong>2023</strong><br />

■ North Port Exhibit (Butler Park):<br />

Opens: 3/22/<strong>2023</strong><br />

Last Day: 4/19/<strong>2023</strong><br />

■ Bradenton Exhibit (State College<br />

of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota):<br />

Opens: 4/26/<strong>2023</strong><br />

Last Day: 5/29/<strong>2023</strong><br />

■ Grand Opening Event at Butler Park:<br />

Saturday, March 25, <strong>2023</strong><br />

■ Grand Opening Event at State College<br />

of Florida: Saturday, April 29, <strong>2023</strong><br />

■ Annual Luncheon at Michael’s On<br />

East: Friday, February 17, <strong>2023</strong><br />

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Kim<br />

Alexander<br />

Livengood<br />

Stacey<br />

She’s had a publication, a clothing<br />

CORLEY<br />

boutique, a PR agency and a<br />

hotel, worked with a Fortune 500<br />

company, and now has a 5,000 sq. ft.<br />

indie indoor market called the Bazaar<br />

on Apricot and Lime that includes<br />

Hamlet’s Eatery, a food truck.<br />

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She’s always doing different<br />

things businesswise<br />

and it’s always<br />

creative. She’s had a<br />

publication, a boutique, a<br />

PR agency and a hotel, worked with a Fortune<br />

500 company, and now has an indie indoor<br />

market and eatery. Which was her favorite?<br />

If I were to guess, I think it’s her PR work. No,<br />

maybe the Bazaar on Apricot and Lime. Maybe<br />

Willow506? I should probably ask.<br />

First, about her current venture. Kim runs<br />

The Bazaar on Apricot and Lime which is<br />

an indoor market with 40 local vendors - all<br />

owner-operated and from various creative<br />

categories including “…art, collectibles,<br />

clothing, jewelry, one-of-a-kind items,<br />

plants, home decor, gifts, and food,” according<br />

to her Facebook page.<br />

Outside, there’s Hamlet’s Eatery, a food<br />

truck that sits in a courtyard that’s home to<br />

live music, mini expos, fitness events, pop-up<br />

markets, “hound happy hours” and more.<br />

This latest burst of her creativity came<br />

about when her mother, Judy Alexander, was<br />

driving around and bought a 5,000 square<br />

foot warehouse in the northern part of the<br />

City of Sarasota. “Bought on a whim,” as Kim<br />

describes it, but now, five years later, “It has<br />

taken over both our lives,” she says with candor,<br />

but also enthusiasm.<br />

“My mom is super smart and a professional<br />

volunteer, but never ran this kind of<br />

business before.” Judy asked - insisted - that<br />

it be a “community” instead of just a business<br />

venture. But the latter is where Kim came in.<br />

Using her business skills and expansive PR<br />

skills, Kim maintains a strong social media<br />

presence across several platforms, constantly<br />

promoting events at The Bazaar. As for the<br />

market, it has a waiting list and her vendors<br />

are local businesses “who share our vision.”<br />

Three years ago, they added the space next<br />

door that Hamlet’s Eatery now occupies. Kim<br />

operates both and her mom comes in every<br />

day. “She was the visionary,” Kim states referring<br />

to her mother who saw potential in an<br />

empty warehouse.<br />

The market is laid back with a big dash<br />

or playfulness and whimsy thrown in. Out<br />

front is an old truck painted in signature<br />

apricot and lime that was once her father’s<br />

which he used to drive around downtown<br />

Sarasota — then with its distinctive teal and<br />

white color scheme.<br />

Outside in the courtyard area is where<br />

Hamlet’s Eatery is parked, serving vegan and<br />

non-vegan fare. Summers, usually a very<br />

tough time to have a restaurant, have “been<br />

really good” according to Kim, plus “it’s a<br />

great place to hang out.” Hamlet’s meant<br />

more skills to learn like figuring out ordering<br />

food, what to serve, hiring and managing<br />

employees, but opening the restaurant, “added<br />

so much to the experience” at The Bazaar.<br />

It was Kim’s idea to work with the city to<br />

name the area the Limelight District back in<br />

2020, the same year Hamlet’s Eatery opened.<br />

She recalled seeing how well the Rosemary<br />

District was doing which made her work with<br />

the City’s Planning Department for a year to<br />

“brand” the Limelight District.<br />

The Bazaar is located in a less-traversed<br />

part of town, but it’s a place that’s still affordable<br />

and hasn’t been condo-ized (yet).<br />

It’s east of 301 and south of 12th street, a mix<br />

of light industry and now, in addition to The<br />

Bazaar and Hamlet’s, is Creative Liberties, a<br />

gallery, art school and place for artists to rent<br />

studio space.<br />

Barbara Gerdeman and Elizabeth Goodwill<br />

are Creative Liberties’ owners and they<br />

opened a second space last month just down<br />

the street from their current location. Other<br />

businesses in the district include Sun King<br />

Brewery, PEL, Music Compound, Brant’s<br />

Bookshop, Burgess Signs, Ed Smith Stadium,<br />

The Humane Society and more.<br />

Having had a PR firm that worked with a variety<br />

of clients on their messaging and branding,<br />

she treats this business like a client and<br />

her mother as her boss. Kim grew up in Florida<br />

and graduated from Sarasota High. After graduating<br />

University of Florida, she ran her own<br />

publication, Eclipse, for eight years before selling<br />

to Creative Loafing. As she recalls it, she<br />

was the “target audience” of her publication - a<br />

young person interested in nightlife, fashion,<br />

bars and restaurants—and it worked.<br />

She sold Eclipse a month before going<br />

to China to meet her soon-to-be daughter,<br />

Chloe. She returned home, settled in and<br />

quickly became bored.<br />

Next up was a boutique, Willow506 (yes,<br />

named after her daughter) which she ran for<br />

eight years until she sold it. At Willow506<br />

she did all the buying for the store, as well<br />

as the merchandising, advertising, management,<br />

promotions, marketing, fashion<br />

shows and eCommerce.<br />

Along with her husband, Robert, she became<br />

co-owner of Hotel Ranola from 2006 to<br />

2009, turning a 1926 downtown apartment<br />

building into a nine-room boutique hotel<br />

that was consistently ranked in the top three<br />

Sarasota hotels on Trip Advisor. According to<br />

Kim’s info “…before they sold the hotel, it was<br />

featured in the New York Times as one of the<br />

best places to stay in Sarasota.”<br />

Then Kim made a foray into the corporate<br />

world at Tervis (formerly Tervis Tumbler)<br />

for five years doing their marketing and PR.<br />

During her time, “the company grew from a<br />

local manufacturing company into a national<br />

brand with more than 8,000 retail partners<br />

and 35 company stores,” according to Kim’s<br />

bio. And from that experience came the impetus<br />

to start, in 2015, Eclipse, a PR agency.<br />

But to answer the question at the beginning<br />

of this article, what she loves most is her<br />

involvement with FPRA (the Florida Public<br />

Relations Association) which has 16 chapters<br />

in Florida. “Wonderful people,” she says<br />

emphatically of the collegial group of fellow<br />

public relations professionals.<br />

The Central West Coast Chapter of the<br />

FPRA in Sarasota was named chapter of<br />

the year in 2022. She enjoys the association<br />

with colleagues because, “It’s wonderful for<br />

learning and growing, but absolutely for the<br />

people - it’s the most supportive group and<br />

not competitive."<br />

Kim has APR (Accredited in Public Relations<br />

and CPRC (Certified Public Relations<br />

Counselor) credentials — benchmarks of<br />

public relations professionals who have studied<br />

for and taken extensive tests to earn them.<br />

Last year, several members from the<br />

Central West Coast chapter made a strong<br />

showing in the Florida Public Relations Association’s<br />

(FPRA’s) Golden Image Awards.<br />

Along with fellow member Sharon Kunkel,<br />

APR, Kim took top honors in two of the three<br />

professional divisions in addition to other<br />

awards earned by chapter members.<br />

Hamlet’s Eatery’s “To Meat or Not to Meat”<br />

entry took top honors in Division C – Digital<br />

Tools of Public Relations, earning the Grand<br />

Golden Image Award. She also earned the<br />

Golden Image Award in the “Online Audience<br />

Engagement” category as well as a<br />

Judges’ Award for an outstanding entry that<br />

achieves maximum return on investment.<br />

Recently, The Bazaar received two SarasotaOut<br />

Awards for “Favorite Non-LGBTQ+<br />

Owned Business” and “Favorite Boutique.”<br />

“This means so much for The Bazaar to be<br />

recognized in the LGBTQ+ community,” she<br />

commented at the time. “From the very beginning<br />

we wanted to be a place for everyone<br />

to feel welcome and loved.”<br />

Some have commented on Kim’’s “entrepreneurship”<br />

she notes, and she recalls being<br />

called “fearless.”“Huh?” she reacts. “I never<br />

thought of it that way. My parents gave me<br />

confidence, my husband is a great support.<br />

You spend most of your time at work so you<br />

better enjoy it. I still get up and get excited…I<br />

love what I do.”<br />

The Bazaar is located at 821 Apricot Ave<br />

in Sarasota. For more information, visit<br />

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All Faiths Food Bank receives<br />

support for Hurricane Ian relief<br />

All Faiths Food Bank mobilized before Hurricane Ian arrived in<br />

late September and has been working ever since to meet immediate<br />

as well as long-range needs of residents impacted by the<br />

hurricane. Numerous organizations, foundations and corporations<br />

contributed a total of $690,000 to support its hurricane<br />

relief efforts.<br />

All Faiths Food Bank – the only food bank and largest hunger<br />

relief organization in Sarasota and DeSoto counties – is one<br />

of the lead emergency response organizations in Sarasota and<br />

DeSoto counties and the State of Florida.<br />

Before Hurricane Ian had made landfall, All Faiths Food Bank<br />

initiated the movement of food and water to shelters and disaster<br />

relief organizations. Since the hurricane made landfall, All<br />

Faiths Food Bank has provided food and water to shelters and<br />

disaster relief organizations and continues to provide food and<br />

resources to storm victims in our community.<br />

The delivery of pre-packed food bags is helping people in<br />

Lake Suzy who are still rebuilding from Hurricane Ian<br />

All Faiths Food Bank is a member of Feeding Florida, the<br />

state’s largest hunger relief organization and the only food<br />

bank network with an active presence, providing ongoing community-based<br />

food distributions in all 67 counties of Florida.<br />

The organizations that contributed to All Faiths Food Bank<br />

for Hurricane Ian relief included: Broadway Cares/Equity Fights<br />

AIDS, Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation, DeSoto County<br />

Chamber of Commerce Foundation, Florida Blue Foundation,<br />

Gulf Coast Community Foundation, InstaCart via Feeding<br />

America, Louis and Gloria Flanzer Philanthropic Trust, Shear<br />

Family Foundation, Southwest Airlines, Starling Group, Virginia<br />

B. Toulmin Foundation, and the Walmart Foundation.<br />

Ringling College distributes period products to local schools<br />

A group of Ringling College students and alumni visited Electa<br />

Lee Middle School in Bradenton and Ballard Elementary School<br />

also in Bradenton.<br />

The distributions are part of a national initiative by Always to<br />

fight period poverty, the lack of access to menstrual products<br />

many girls and young women face in school that results in educational<br />

inequality, lost opportunities, and confidence.<br />

The company selected Code Red as a Period Hero following<br />

the release of the film and donated 50,000 Always pads to the<br />

team to be distributed to schools across Florida. Code Red is<br />

Ringling College’s coming-of-age short film that confronts the<br />

From left to right: Code Red producer and 2020 Ringling Film<br />

graduate Kat Mullen ’20, and current students Celi Mitidieri<br />

’24, Milena Montero ’24, and Darci Howell ’23, distribute<br />

products Dec. 7 at Ballard Elementary School in Bradenton<br />

Gulf Coast Community Foundation Assists over 50 Nonprofits<br />

Gulf Coast Community Foundation (Gulf Coast) provided over<br />

50 nonprofit organizations with assistance post-Hurricane<br />

Ian, totaling over $2 million dollars. Over 50 grants have been<br />

awarded from Gulf Coast’s initiative thanks to donor’s contributions<br />

and Gulf Coast’s match to provide life-sustaining support<br />

after the devastating storm.<br />

Recent grants from Gulf Coast’s initiative include:<br />

• Venice Theatre: The performing arts theater received $200,000<br />

to sustain their staff and operations as they recover from Hurricane<br />

Ian. Their building in downtown Venice is inoperable<br />

and they are working to develop a plan to rebuild.<br />

• Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota and Desoto Counties, Inc.: The<br />

organization received $230,000 for ongoing efforts to rebuild<br />

the destroyed Gene Matthews Club in North Port.<br />

• When All Else Fails: The North Port-based organization received<br />

a $5,000 grant for housing repairs and basic needs of<br />

North Port residents impacted by Hurricane Ian.<br />

• Gulf Coast Partnership: The organization received a $15,000 grant<br />

to build their capacity to respond to individual requests for basic<br />

needs and to coordinate volunteers in Charlotte County.<br />

• Veterans Outreach: The nonprofit received a $10,000 grant to<br />

assist veterans impacted by the hurricane. They provide financial<br />

assistance and serve veterans in need in the Sarasota area.<br />

• United Cajun Navy: A $20,000 grant was awarded to an all-volunteer<br />

group of veterans and individuals from Louisiana who<br />

help neighborhoods recover. The grant will help the bootson-the-ground<br />

organization meet the humanitarian needs<br />

(search and rescue operations, debris removal, and more) resulting<br />

from Hurricane Ian in southwest Florida.<br />

• MEANS Database: The nonprofit was awarded a $10,000 grant<br />

to recover food in Charlotte, Lee, and DeSoto counties that<br />

would be wasted and distribute it to food pantries to assist<br />

communities impacted by the hurricane.<br />

The impact of the Hurricane Ian Relief Fund is also made possible<br />

by gifts that came in from people and organizations across<br />

the U.S., as far west as Oregon and north to Atlanta, Georgia.<br />

• The Atlanta Braves Foundation partnered with Gulf Coast to<br />

provide a $20,000 grant to Florida Center for Early Childhood<br />

to assist families at their Starfish Academy in North Port impacted<br />

by Hurricane Ian.<br />

“The Florida Center for Early Childhood”<br />

• Together with the Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation, Gulf Coast<br />

awarded a $25,000 grant to First Step of Sarasota to assist staff<br />

and clients in recovery, as well as a $25,000 grant to Premier<br />

Mobile Health Services to support clients in Lee, Charlotte,<br />

and DeSoto counties impacted by Hurricane Ian.<br />

To learn more visit GulfCoastCF.org.<br />

Choral Artists of Sarasota<br />

Receives Grant from Community Foundation of Sarasota County<br />

The Community Foundation of Sarasota County<br />

granted $15,000, from the Martha Leiter and<br />

Nancy Streetman Fund II, to Choral Artists of<br />

Sarasota to help fund its March <strong>2023</strong> concert<br />

of “The Children’s March,” a dramatic work that<br />

uses song and narration to tell the story of a<br />

pivotal moment in the Civil Rights era.<br />

During the Children’s Crusade of 1963, Black<br />

students in Birmingham, Alabama, marched<br />

to challenge segregation and were met with a<br />

violent response from the city’s white leadership.<br />

Images of the violence against the children<br />

were broadcast to millions of television viewers around<br />

the world. The crusade ended after intervention from the U.S.<br />

prevalent issue of period poverty.<br />

Writer/director Jada Wing Hang Poon ’20, Film, wrote Code<br />

Red as a senior and came back post-graduation and post-COVID<br />

to direct the film with a team of cast, crew, and financial backers<br />

who shared her passion in telling this important story. The film<br />

has won multiple awards and been selected for multiple film<br />

festivals across the US and internationally.<br />

Alumni Kat Mullen ’20, who produced Code Red, along with<br />

other members of the crew, including Film students Celi Mitidieri<br />

’24, Milena Montero ’24, and Darci Howell ’23, will be distributing<br />

Always products to regional organizations through the<br />

new year.<br />

Period Heroes are people and organizations doing extraordinary<br />

work in their local communities to help #EndPeriodPoverty.<br />

Research shows that one in five girls in the U.S. have missed<br />

school due to lack of access to period products. This means<br />

they are missing confidence-boosting activities like class time,<br />

sports and extra-curricular activities simply because they do<br />

not have access to the period products they need.<br />

According to Poon, “My hope is that Code Red fuels conversations<br />

between young people and their communities, encouraging<br />

them to end period stigma and take action in their local<br />

schools and politics to affect change for future generations.”<br />

Since 2018, Always has donated more than 65 million period<br />

products to help #EndPeriodPoverty in the U.S. This year, Always,<br />

alongside the 50 Period Heroes, will distribute 2.5 million<br />

pads to help young people stay in confidence-boosting activities<br />

they love.<br />

Department of Justice and the event resulted in President John<br />

F. Kennedy’s support for federal civil rights legislation and the<br />

eventual passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.<br />

To commemorate this moment in American history, Choral<br />

Artists of Sarasota is presenting “The Children’s March,” an oratorio<br />

by the composer Andrew Bleckner and librettist Charlotte<br />

Blake Alston. Incorporating traditional African American<br />

styles and spirituals, the work tells the story of one moment<br />

that changed the course of civil rights in America. The concert<br />

will be narrated by Charlayne Hunter-Gault, an award-winning<br />

journalist, author, and school desegregation pioneer.<br />

“The Children’s March galvanized support for the black freedom<br />

struggle worldwide—and the significance of those brave<br />

young people standing up to oppression is still relevant to our<br />

times,” says Joseph Holt, artistic director of Choral Artists and<br />

conductor for this concert. “Recognizing and acknowledging<br />

history offers an insight into our past, creates awareness of<br />

where we are and, hopefully, informs our future choices and<br />

direction with a positive vision.”<br />

Holt adds that featuring Charlayne Hunter-Gault as narrator<br />

is hugely significant as she was one of the first African American<br />

students admitted to the University of Georgia. “Ms. Hunter-Gault<br />

graduated in the same month as the historical march<br />

in Birmingham,” says Holt. “We’re beyond honored to share the<br />

stage with her.”<br />

The concert features guest artist tenor J. Warren Mitchell,<br />

joined by Choral Artists soloists Maiya Stevenson, soprano; Amy<br />

Jo Connours, alto; Krista Laskowski, mezzo-soprano; Baron Garriott,<br />

tenor; John Whittlesey, baritone; and Jesse Martin, baritone.<br />

The performance also features Sarasota Young Voices and Lumina<br />

Youth Choirs. The concert is Sunday, March 5, 7 p.m., at Church<br />

of the Palms, 3224 Bee Ridge Road, Sarasota. For tickets, visit<br />

www.ChoralArtistsSarasota.org or call 941-387-4900.<br />

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Exercise and Insomnia<br />

Regular exercise can help most people<br />

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Up to 15 percent of adults suffer<br />

from chronic insomnia, which<br />

is defined by difficulties falling<br />

or staying asleep, waking up too<br />

early, or experiencing restless<br />

sleep multiple times a week.<br />

How Does Exercise Help<br />

Treat Insomnia?<br />

Studies have shown that in as little as four<br />

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asleep 18 minutes longer. In fact, study authors<br />

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as hypnotic drugs in relieving insomnia.<br />

Researchers have a few theories why<br />

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Exercise causes changes in your core<br />

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similarity between these changes may<br />

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Exercise relieves symptoms of anxiety<br />

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with anxiety and depression. These<br />

symptoms — including anxious thoughts,<br />

worry, and stress — can interfere with one’s<br />

ability to fall asleep. Exercise can mitigate<br />

these symptoms through the release<br />

of endorphins, positively endorphins,<br />

positively improving sleep quality.<br />

Exercise may realign your internal body<br />

clock. Some people experience insomnia<br />

due to a misaligned internal body clock . A<br />

disruption of one’s circadian rhythms can<br />

cause them to naturally feel tired later at<br />

night than “normal.” Depending on the<br />

time of day they exercise, it can help reset<br />

their body clock and help them fall asleep<br />

earlier. Further, some forms of exercise,<br />

like running, boost serotonin (a hormone<br />

involved in the sleep-wake cycle),<br />

which may improve the brain’s ability to<br />

metabolize serotonin and regulate sleep.<br />

While researchers are still working to<br />

understand exactly how physical activity<br />

affects sleep, they’ve found that moderate<br />

aerobic exercise is the most effective<br />

at relieving insomnia. Specifically,<br />

moderate aerobic exercise increases<br />

the amount of time you spend in deep<br />

sleep. Deep sleep is the stage where your<br />

body restores and replenishes itself, healing<br />

your muscles and tissues to prepare<br />

for more exercise.<br />

Can a Lack of Exercise<br />

Induce Insomnia?<br />

Multiple studies have found that regular<br />

exercise correlates with better sleep.<br />

Across age groups, individuals who have<br />

a regular exercise routine are less likely to<br />

have insomnia and sleep issues. Further,<br />

those who are more physically active tend<br />

to be less likely to develop insomnia later<br />

in life, indicating that exercise also acts as<br />

a protective function against insomnia.<br />

Conversely, a lack of exercise is associated<br />

with insomnia. Along with factors like<br />

poor health, stress, old age, and unemployment,<br />

lack of regular exercise is a predictor<br />

of insomnia. Problematically, when people<br />

are suffering from insomnia, it can be<br />

harder to be physically active due to higher<br />

levels of daytime fatigue and sleepiness.<br />

Can Exercise Cause Insomnia?<br />

In general, the answer is no. However,<br />

some people experience exercise-induced<br />

insomnia if they exercise too close to bedtime,<br />

while others have no trouble falling<br />

asleep right afterwards.<br />

For some people, exercising too late in<br />

the day can keep them up at night. In addition<br />

to elevating your mood, the endorphin<br />

release associated with exercise can energize<br />

your brain, leading some people to feel<br />

more alert. For this reason, experts recommend<br />

avoiding exercise at least 2 hours before<br />

bed so those effects can wear off.<br />

To figure out the right time for you to<br />

exercise, consider keeping a sleep diary.<br />

Record when you exercise, what type of<br />

exercise you did and for how long, when<br />

you went to bed, and how long it took you<br />

to fall asleep. Just make sure you don’t<br />

make any other changes (like eating<br />

heavy meals, or drinking coffee or alcohol)<br />

that otherwise might affect your sleep<br />

and interfere with your results.<br />

Best Types of Exercises<br />

For Insomnia<br />

Only moderate-intensity aerobic exercise,<br />

like walking, has been shown to relieve<br />

insomnia. Vigorous aerobic exercise, like<br />

running or resistance weight lifting, has<br />

not been shown to improve sleep.<br />

Just a single 30-minute exercise session<br />

can reduce the time it takes you to<br />

fall asleep, and help you sleep longer overall.<br />

But these effects are stronger when<br />

you undertake a regular exercise program.<br />

Studies have shown that long-term<br />

exercise (ranging from periods of four to<br />

24 weeks) enables individuals with insomnia<br />

to fall asleep faster, sleep longer, and<br />

enjoy better sleep quality than they did<br />

before exercising.<br />

Moderate aerobic exercise can help<br />

relieve other symptoms associated with<br />

insomnia, too. For individuals with comorbid<br />

insomnia and anxiety, it can significantly<br />

lower pre-sleep anxiety, reducing<br />

the anxious thoughts that make it tough<br />

to fall asleep.<br />

If you’re having trouble sleeping, consult<br />

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regimen to help you enjoy better<br />

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travel<br />

Best Destinations for Foodies<br />

Five cities offering memorable and inexpensive meals<br />

The authentic t Osaka, Japan<br />

flavors that define<br />

a place are<br />

Dotonbori<br />

often found down<br />

winding streets<br />

in unmarked entryways,<br />

holes-in-the-wall, food<br />

trucks and market stands.<br />

And, they don’t burn a hole<br />

in your pocket. Traveling<br />

can already be pricey, so<br />

here are five foodie cities<br />

where you can bet on<br />

t New York City, New York<br />

memorable and inexpensive<br />

Smorgasburg<br />

meals.<br />

t Osaka, Japan<br />

Osaka is literally bursting<br />

at the seams with<br />

cheap culinary delights,<br />

most of which you’ll<br />

find around Dotonbori.<br />

Local specialties<br />

include charcoal-grilled<br />

meat (yakiniku), chewy<br />

octopus dough balls (takoyaki),<br />

fried cabbage pancakes<br />

(okonomiyaki), curry,<br />

ramen and Osaka-style<br />

sushi, which is pressed and<br />

cut into neat boxes instead<br />

of rolls. But for something<br />

unique, try grilled tuna jaw<br />

(kama toro) or octopus<br />

stuffed with quail egg (tako<br />

tamago).<br />

Your tastebuds’ adventure<br />

continues at Kuromon<br />

Ichiba Market, where local<br />

chefs shop for the day’s ingredients. A<br />

trip to Tenjinbashisuji Shopping Arcade<br />

might make you dizzy, with more<br />

than 800 shops selling anything from<br />

teas to the cute fish-shaped dessert filled<br />

with sweet red bean paste called taiyaki.<br />

Close by is the Osaka Museum of<br />

Housing and Living. For around $5,<br />

you can immerse yourself in the interactive<br />

exhibits and a life-size replica of<br />

Osaka streets during the Edo period. Or<br />

you might want to check out the Cupnoodles<br />

Museum, dedicated to the<br />

strangely fascinating history of instant<br />

noodles.<br />

t Los Angeles, California<br />

Grand Central Market<br />

t New York City, New York<br />

New York is still one of the most<br />

exciting and inexpensive places to<br />

eat. Venture out to any of the neighborhoods<br />

in the five boroughs — like Jackson<br />

Heights and Sunset Park, for example<br />

— and discover a mosaic of cultures<br />

and foods still untouched by price hikes<br />

and trends. For an all-in-one experience,<br />

check out Queens International Night<br />

Market, a replica of Asia’s famous openair<br />

night markets, where you can sample<br />

both the cuisine and culture from the<br />

diverse international communities in<br />

and around New York City. Here you can<br />

try Tibetan tsel bhakleb, Bengali samosas<br />

and Haitian diri kole ak pwa.<br />

Indoor food halls and markets, such<br />

as Chelsea, Essex, DeKalb and the<br />

newly opened Mott Street Eatery are<br />

excellent places to sample global street<br />

food and affordable gourmet fast food<br />

from some of New York’s and the world’s<br />

top chefs. Count on Smorgasburg,<br />

with two locations in Brooklyn, one at<br />

the World Trade Center and one in Jersey<br />

City, to spur Instagrammable food<br />

trends. In the past, they’ve included<br />

raindrop cake and ramen burgers. In<br />

New York, food is history, so make sure<br />

to visit MOFAD (the Museum of Food<br />

and Drink). Its current exhibition tells<br />

the stories of African Americans who’ve<br />

shaped the country’s culinary identity.<br />

t Los Angeles, California<br />

It’s not all glamour and upscale dining in<br />

Los Angeles; food trucks and street food<br />

t Athens, Greece<br />

Olive Tree of the Acropolis<br />

t Tucson, Arizona<br />

El Charro Cafe<br />

indicative of the ethnic communities<br />

that have made LA their home are<br />

staples of the city’s culinary scene.<br />

And, besides, all those aspiring stars<br />

still need a delicious cheap meal to<br />

keep their spirits up. Anywhere you<br />

turn, food trucks are dishing out<br />

generous servings of vegan delights,<br />

bulgogi bowls, waffle fries and fried<br />

chicken sandwiches. Go on a sushi<br />

crawl along Ventura Boulevard.<br />

Make Sugarfish your first stop. The San<br />

Gabriel Valley has some of the best<br />

cheap dim sum spots. And, the Grand<br />

Central Market is the ultimate LA eating<br />

experience.<br />

Tacos reign in LA, and a great way to<br />

see the city is by tasting them all. For a<br />

mashup of Korean and Mexican flavors<br />

tacos, it’s KOGI BBQ. For Sinaloa-style<br />

seafood tacos, Mariscos El Faro is hard<br />

to beat. But bang for the buck, at $1.25<br />

per taco, El Chato is hands down the<br />

winner. Visit La Plaza Cocina, an extension<br />

of LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes, the<br />

first museum dedicated to showcasing<br />

Mexico’s gastronomic history and its<br />

global contributions.<br />

t Athens, Greece<br />

Inexpensive, casual meals that look<br />

and feel luxurious — that’s Greece.<br />

From boisterous street food vendors<br />

to traditional tavernas, the Greek capital<br />

won’t leave you hungry or broke.<br />

Souvlaki is everywhere, but you’ll want<br />

to try it at Hoocut, a new generation<br />

of souvlaki joints elevating the iconic<br />

Greek street food while still keeping<br />

it under $5. Seafood<br />

in Greece is a must,<br />

so stop by Zisis for a<br />

paper cone filled with<br />

fried sardines, anchovies,<br />

shrimp or squid.<br />

Spend the day in Psyrri,<br />

Athen’s trendy<br />

neighborhood, and try<br />

the koulouri, a thin bagel<br />

covered in sesame<br />

seeds, at Το Κουλούρι<br />

του Ψυρρή bakery.<br />

Bursting with flavors,<br />

aromas and colors,<br />

the Central Market<br />

Varvakeios is the place<br />

to shop for Greek staples<br />

of meat, cheese, spices,<br />

olive oil and vegetables.<br />

Wherever you stay, it’s<br />

good to know that every<br />

neighborhood has a weekly<br />

farmer’s market called<br />

a laiki. And, the city’s vast<br />

selection of tavernas, ouzeries<br />

and koutoukia —<br />

where wine flows freely, the music is<br />

loud and the heaping meze plates are<br />

never-ending — will leave both your belly<br />

and pocket full. Pay homage to Athena<br />

by visiting the Olive Tree of the Acropolis,<br />

said to have been planted by the<br />

goddess herself.<br />

t Tucson, Arizona<br />

As in any college town, you can expect<br />

to find plenty of budget food options<br />

in Tucson. But as the first U.S. city to<br />

be named Capital of Gastronomy by<br />

UNESCO, you can expect those options<br />

to be excellent. Make your first stop El<br />

Charro Cafe to taste the delicious accident<br />

we now know as chimichangas.<br />

For Sonoran bacon-wrapped hot dogs,<br />

served with salsa and pinto beans, it’s<br />

off to El Guero Canelo. Stop by El Torero<br />

for green corn tamales and cheese<br />

crisps. And, the tacos de Costilla grilled<br />

over mesquite at Tacos Apson are the<br />

stuff of legends.<br />

Discover Tucson’s agricultural heritage<br />

at San Xavier Co-op Farm, co-owned<br />

by members of the Tohono O’odham<br />

Nation. The farm store sells local crafts<br />

and produce, such as cactus fruit and the<br />

“three sisters,” representing indigenous<br />

American staples of corn, beans and<br />

squash. For a more hands-on agricultural<br />

experience, you can volunteer to work<br />

the land for the day. And check out Barrio<br />

Bread and Dragoon Brewing, as<br />

they use white Sonora wheat to make<br />

their bread and brews.<br />

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Accolades<br />

■ The Suncoast Black Arts Collaborative,<br />

a nonprofit organization<br />

that uses the unifying power<br />

of the arts to nurture inclusion and<br />

diversity across the regional arts<br />

and cultural landscape, announced<br />

the winners for its “<strong>2023</strong> Visions in<br />

Black” initiative.<br />

This juried exhibition celebrating<br />

the work of artists of African<br />

descent who live in Florida, will<br />

be presented in three different<br />

galleries in Sarasota and Manatee<br />

counties, February 2-25. Jurors<br />

Alyssia Lazin and Paul Toliver<br />

selected the work of 54 artists to exhibit<br />

and awarded three first place,<br />

three second place, and three third<br />

place winners—and two honorable<br />

mentions.<br />

Tim Yaeger and Marlon Tobias<br />

served on the curatorial submission<br />

committee and Mark Ormond,<br />

curator, selected which works will<br />

Soft Stones by Destiny Luv, First Place<br />

hang at each of the three galleries.<br />

The First Place winners are: Dandria<br />

Carey (Miramar), Destiny Luv<br />

(Riverview), and Frederick Woods<br />

(St. Petersburg). Second Place<br />

winners are Thomas Anderson<br />

(Tarpon Springs), Mynah Moody<br />

(Gibsonton), and Omar Richardson<br />

(Tampa). Third Place winners<br />

are: Gwendolyn Aqui-Brooks<br />

(Wesley Chapel), Donna Richardson<br />

(Wimauma), and Phyllis Anne<br />

Taylor (Winter Park). Honorable<br />

mentions went to Samantha<br />

Balikowa (Sarasota) and Allen<br />

Pettigrew (Riverview). First place<br />

winners received $700; second<br />

place winners received $500; and<br />

third place winners received $300.<br />

Visit www.suncoastblackartscollaborative.org.<br />

■ One Eight Oh PR, a Sarasota<br />

and Denver based public relations<br />

agency,<br />

recently promoted<br />

Kate<br />

De Michieli<br />

to director<br />

of public<br />

relations and<br />

welcomed<br />

Suzanne<br />

Bokish as<br />

Kate De Michieli<br />

social media<br />

coordinator.<br />

De Michieli joined the agency<br />

in 2018 as a PR and social media<br />

coordinator and has worked<br />

with clients in multiple industries<br />

promoting brands, launching social<br />

media campaigns and writing<br />

press releases. She has spearheaded<br />

campaigns that have created<br />

content for businesses nationwide,<br />

earned national media coverage for<br />

clients and has increased engagement<br />

on various platforms for One<br />

Eight Oh customers.<br />

In her new role, De Michieli will<br />

help oversee public relations and<br />

account management activities,<br />

including PR planning, media<br />

relations and social media management<br />

for the agency’s clients.<br />

Prior to One Eight Oh PR, De<br />

Michieli worked for an internet<br />

marketing company. In her spare<br />

time, she is a social media influencer<br />

and runs a lifestyle blog called<br />

Life With Kate Rose that focuses on<br />

travel, food, fashion and more.<br />

One Eight Oh PR also added<br />

Suzanne Bokish to the team as<br />

social media coordinator. In her<br />

role, Bokish handles social media<br />

content creation for multiple<br />

clients and launches strategic campaigns<br />

to earn engagement across<br />

multiple platforms.<br />

In her spare time, Bokish is a<br />

lifestyle influencer with a fashion<br />

background. She launched her<br />

social media presence by visiting<br />

all 50 states and blogging about<br />

her experience.One Eight Oh PR is<br />

a full-service public relations firm<br />

based in Sarasota, and Denver, Co.<br />

For more information go to www.<br />

OneEightOhPR.com.<br />

Appointments<br />

■ Kelly Malloy is the new Chief<br />

Operating Officer at HCA Florida<br />

Sarasota<br />

Doctors<br />

Hospital. In<br />

her new role<br />

she will lead<br />

emergency<br />

services,<br />

rehabilitation,<br />

pharmacy and<br />

cardiovascular<br />

Kelly Malloy<br />

services at<br />

the hospital.<br />

Previously Malloy served as Vice<br />

President of Operations and interim<br />

CEO for HCA Florida Pasadena<br />

Hospital in St. Petersburg.<br />

She has been with HCA Healthcare<br />

for more than a decade serving<br />

in both clinical and leadership<br />

positions. She also previously<br />

served as the Administrative<br />

Director of Operations/Associate<br />

Administrator at HCA Florida<br />

Capital Hospital in Tallahassee.<br />

Malloy has a Master of Business<br />

Administration with a focus<br />

in Healthcare Management from<br />

Western Governor’s University,<br />

Bachelor of Science in Business<br />

Management from the University<br />

of Phoenix, and an Occupational<br />

Therapy degree from the University<br />

of Louisiana.<br />

■ Rachel Sellers, CPA – Audit<br />

Supervisor for the Florida Auditor<br />

General since 2017 – is now the<br />

Deputy Superintendent of Business<br />

Services for the School District<br />

of Manatee County. Sellers has<br />

worked for the Office of the Auditor<br />

General since 1990. Her duties for<br />

the school district include supervising<br />

and directing budgeting,<br />

accounting, financial reporting,<br />

accounts payable, payroll, benefits<br />

and more.<br />

Sellers, who was approved by<br />

the Manatee County School Board<br />

in December,<br />

began her<br />

new duties<br />

on Monday,<br />

January 9,<br />

<strong>2023</strong>.<br />

“We are<br />

extremely fortunate<br />

to find<br />

someone with<br />

Rachel Sellers<br />

the knowledge,<br />

skills<br />

and experience that Rachel<br />

brings to this important position<br />

within our school district,” said<br />

Superintendent Cynthia Saunders.<br />

“She is an excellent addition to<br />

our leadership team and we look<br />

forward to working with her.”<br />

Prior to becoming Audit<br />

Supervisor in 2017, she previously<br />

served the Office of the Auditor<br />

General as Audit Coordinator from<br />

2012 to 2017, Lead Senior Auditor<br />

from 2011 to 2012, and Senior<br />

Auditor from 2001 to 2010.Manatee<br />

School District has new deputy superintendent<br />

of business services.<br />

Rachel Sellers began working at<br />

her new post on January 9 after<br />

previously working for the Florida<br />

auditor general.<br />

“We are extremely fortunate to<br />

find someone with the knowledge,<br />

skills and experience that Rachel<br />

brings to this important position<br />

within our school district,” said<br />

Cynthia Saunders, the superintendent<br />

of the School District of<br />

Manatee County, in a news release.<br />

“She is an excellent addition to<br />

our leadership team, and we look<br />

forward to working with her.”<br />

Sellers’ responsibilities with<br />

the school district will include supervising<br />

and directing budgeting,<br />

accounting, financial reporting,<br />

accounts payable, payroll<br />

and benefits.<br />

Before becoming audit supervisor<br />

in 2017, Sellers served the<br />

Office of the Auditor General as<br />

audit coordinator from 2012 to<br />

2017, lead senior auditor from 2011<br />

to 2012 and senior auditor from<br />

2001 to 2010.<br />

■ Rich and Denise Fox have<br />

joined RE/MAX Platinum Realty<br />

as Realtors in the Venice office.<br />

They moved to Florida from<br />

Mount Airy, Maryland, where they<br />

were agents with RE/MAX Realty<br />

Centre, earning the RE/MAX Hall<br />

of Fame and RE/MAX Lifetime<br />

Achievement awards.<br />

Both are Graduates of the Realtor<br />

Institute (GRI) and ePros. Known<br />

as the Fox Team, they offer expert<br />

negotiation skills, outstanding<br />

marketing plans, staging services<br />

and top-notch customer service.<br />

The Venice office is located at 307<br />

W. Venice Avenue, Venice.<br />

■ JFCS of the Suncoast has<br />

announced the appointment of<br />

Dr. Helene Lotman to the CEO<br />

and President role. She began her<br />

position on Jan. 1, <strong>2023</strong>.<br />

A mission-driven executive with<br />

more than 30 years of experience<br />

in global business and organizational<br />

environments, both<br />

nonprofit and for-profit, Lotman<br />

brings to JFCS<br />

strong financial<br />

acumen,<br />

fundraising<br />

results by<br />

developing<br />

donor relationships<br />

and<br />

support, and a<br />

track record of<br />

Helene Lotman<br />

building and<br />

developing<br />

strong teams.<br />

Lotman was the CEO and President<br />

of the Jewish Federation of<br />

Greater Kansas City, a position she<br />

held since 2016. Prior to that, she<br />

was the Executive Vice President<br />

of the Jewish Federation of Palm<br />

Beach, Florida. Stemming from the<br />

earlier years of her career, Lotman<br />

has strong ties to Sarasota as a<br />

former resident and leader in the<br />

local nonprofit sector.<br />

“After completing an 8-month<br />

national search, our board of<br />

directors is thrilled to welcome<br />

Helene to JFCS as our CEO,” said<br />

Kathie Roberts, JFCS Board Chair.<br />

“Helene is an inspiring mission-focused<br />

professional with<br />

limitless energy to drive results.<br />

Helene is a recognized team<br />

builder and is very excited to return<br />

to her hometown of Sarasota<br />

and lead our JFCS forward. Doing<br />

a national CEO search takes time<br />

and patience. JFCS has been very<br />

fortunate to have Nelle Miller’s<br />

commitment and support as our<br />

Interim CEO throughout this process.<br />

Nelle has helped to stabilize<br />

JFCS and build trust to move the<br />

organization forward.”<br />

Lotman lived, worked, and<br />

raised her children in Sarasota in<br />

the 1980s and 90s, and has kept a<br />

home here for the past 40 years.<br />

During her time in Sarasota,<br />

Helene was an Associate Professor<br />

at The University of Sarasota, the<br />

Executive Director of the Women’s<br />

Resource Center, and Director of<br />

the Women’s Division at The Jewish<br />

Federation of Sarasota-Manatee<br />

for 10 years.<br />

As part of her time with the<br />

Federation, Lotman was involved<br />

in the early stages of creating Jewish<br />

Family Services (now JFCS),<br />

a mental health and human<br />

services agency.<br />

“JFCS of the Suncoast has provided<br />

services and support to so many<br />

throughout the Suncoast,” Lotman<br />

said. “I am excited and honored<br />

to lead JFCS in its mission and to<br />

serve together with a dedicated<br />

professional and volunteer staff<br />

to continue meeting the needs of<br />

those we serve.”<br />

Lotman earned a bachelor’s<br />

degree, Master of Education, and<br />

doctorate from Temple University,<br />

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.<br />

For more information, visit<br />

https://JFCS-Cares.org/ or call<br />

(941) 366-2224.<br />

Board News<br />

■ The Bay Park Conservancy<br />

(BPC), the non-profit organization<br />

responsible for designing, developing,<br />

managing and operating<br />

53 acres of City-owned land along<br />

Sarasota Bay into a public park, has<br />

elected new Executive Committee<br />

Officers.<br />

Jennifer Compton, Managing<br />

Partner and Vice Chair of Shumaker,<br />

has been elected Chair of the Bay<br />

Park (The Bay) Conservancy (BPC)<br />

Board of Directors. Jennifer is one<br />

of the founding members of the<br />

Sarasota Bayfront Planning Organization<br />

(SBPO) and subsequently<br />

served as Secretary for the BPC.<br />

She is recognized for using her<br />

legal and leadership acumen to create<br />

a first-of-its-kind private/public<br />

partnership agreement between<br />

The Bay and City of Sarasota. This<br />

partnership was instrumental in<br />

supporting The Bay Park Conservancy’s<br />

initiatives to develop the<br />

city-owned land along Sarasota Bay<br />

into community park.<br />

Cathy Layton, previously BPC<br />

Board Chair from December 2016<br />

through December 2022, has been<br />

elected Chair Emeritus. During<br />

her tenure as Chair, Cathy oversaw<br />

what was initially only a vision of<br />

what “could be” transformed into<br />

the reality of a world-class park<br />

with the October 2022 opening of<br />

The Bay Phase 1 to an estimated<br />

50,000 people.<br />

Emily Walsh, President of the<br />

Observer Media Group, has been<br />

elected Secretary of the BPC Board.<br />

Walsh joined the Board in 2019.<br />

Rob Lane, Managing Shareholder<br />

of Kerkering Barberio, continues to<br />

serve as Treasurer of the BPC Board.<br />

The Bay transforms 53 acres of<br />

the city’s bayfront into a destination<br />

offering an open and accessible,<br />

free and welcoming gathering place<br />

for everyone to experience and<br />

enjoy. The BPC is at an important<br />

juncture as it balances operating,<br />

maintaining and programming the<br />

first 14 acres of The Bay park (Phase<br />

1) while also designing and building<br />

the next 14 acres of park (Phase 2).<br />

The completed park will cost<br />

about $150-200 million and will<br />

take between 7-10 years, over 3 or<br />

more phases. Phase 2 development<br />

of the park is expected to begin<br />

as early as Spring <strong>2023</strong>. For more<br />

information about The Bay Park<br />

Conservancy, visit www.thebaysarasota.org.<br />



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1 stick butter<br />

2 cups chopped onions<br />

1 cup chopped celery<br />

½ cup chopped bell<br />

peppers<br />

1 pound peeled crawfish<br />

tails (or shrimp)<br />

2 bay leaves<br />

1 tablespoon flour<br />

1 cup water<br />

1 teaspoon salt<br />

¼ teaspoon cayenne<br />

2 tablespoons chopped<br />

parsley<br />

3 tablespoons chopped<br />

green onions<br />


Celebrate Mardi Gras from your Kitchen<br />

February 21 is Mardi Gras. Mardi Gras refers to events of the Carnival<br />

celebration, beginning on or after the Christian feasts of the Epiphany and<br />

culminating on the day before Ash Wednesday, which is known as Shrove<br />

Tuesday. Mardi Gras is French for “Fat Tuesday,” reflecting the practice of<br />

the last night of eating rich, fatty foods before the ritual Lenten sacrifices and fasting<br />

of the Lenten season.<br />

You don't have to visit the Big Easy to enjoy its legendary Cajun and Creole flavors.<br />

Here are some recipes.<br />

F Crawfish Étouffée<br />

Melt butter in a large skillet<br />

over medium-high heat.<br />

Add onions, celery, and bell<br />

peppers and sauté until soft<br />

and golden, 10-12 minutes.<br />

Add crawfish and bay leaves.<br />

Reduce heat to medium. Stir occasionally for about 10-12 minutes.<br />

Dissolve the flour in the water. Add to crawfish mixture and season with salt and<br />

cayenne. Stir until mixture thickens, about 4 minutes. Add parsley and green onions<br />

and cook for about 2 minutes. Remove bay leaves and serve.<br />

1/3 cup granulated sugar<br />

1 teaspoon salt<br />

1/2 cup shortening<br />

2 large eggs<br />

2 packs active dry yeast, ¼ ounce<br />

each<br />

1 cup milk heated to 110ºF<br />

1 teaspoon lemon, orange, vanilla, or<br />

butter flavoring<br />

4 cups all-purpose flour, in all, or as<br />

needed<br />

vegetable oil<br />

Crawfish Étouffée T<br />

The word étouffée comes from the French word “to smother.” The best way to<br />

describe this dish is a very thick stew, seasoned to perfection and chock full of<br />

delicious, plump crawfish (or shrimp) served over rice. In some ways, its similar to<br />

gumbo – same types of Creole seasonings, served over rice, and made with a roux,<br />

but unlike gumbo, étouffée is often made with a “blonde”roux, giving it a lighter<br />

color and a very different almost sweet flavor. Makes 4 servings.<br />

Of all the traditions that make Mardi Gras special, the<br />

most anticipated is King Cake. The name “king cake” comes<br />

from the Biblical story of the three kings who bring gifts to<br />

the baby Jesus. A blend of coffee cake and cinnamon roll,<br />

king cake is usually iced in yellow, green and purple – the<br />

colors of Mardi Gras — and is frequently packed with fruit<br />

fillings and cream cheese. You can also find it with chocolate<br />

or almond filling.<br />

The cake comes in a ring shape and can be baked or fried.<br />

Hidden in its interior, or under a slice, is a small plastic baby.<br />

Whoever finds it must either bring the next cake or throw<br />

a party, thus sparking an unending round of food and fun.<br />


1 lb cavatappi pasta,<br />

cooked<br />

8 tablespoons<br />

butter, divided<br />

1 lb medium<br />

shrimp, cut in<br />

thirds<br />

1 teaspoon cajun<br />

seasoning,<br />

divided<br />

1 tablespoon<br />

grated onion<br />

3 tablespoons flour<br />

3 cups milk<br />

1⁄2 lb Swiss<br />

cheese (grated)<br />

1⁄2 lb cheddar cheese (grated)<br />

1 lb Monterey jack pepper<br />

cheese (grated and divided)<br />

Preheat oven to 350°F. Melt butter in medium sauce pan. Add shrimp, sprinkle with 1/2<br />

tsp cajun seasoning.<br />

Cook 3-4 minutes, remove.<br />

In same pan melt 2T butter, add onion and sauté 1 minute. Whisk in flour, cook 1<br />

minute. Whisk in milk and heat approximately 4 minutes. Add Swiss, cheddar and 3/4<br />

lb. pepper Jack cheese, stir until smooth.<br />

Add 1/2 teaspoons cajun seasoning, salt, and pepper. Stir in cooked shrimp and pasta.<br />

Pour into buttered casserole dish. Top with 1/4 lb. pepper Jack cheese, bread crumbs,<br />

3 T. melted butter and parsley.<br />

Bake 45 minutes or until browned and bubbling.<br />


F Haydel’s King Cake<br />

1/2 cup<br />

granulated<br />

sugar<br />

3 tablespoons<br />

ground<br />

cinnamon<br />

1/4 cup each purple, green, and gold<br />

granulated sugar*<br />

*Mix colored sugar (purple, green, and<br />

gold) using granulated sugar and<br />

paste food coloring, found in the<br />

baking aisle of most craft stores and<br />

cake decorating stores<br />

F Cajun Shrimp Mac and Cheese<br />

Cajun Shrimp Mac and Cheese T<br />

Mac and Cheese may not be strictly Mardi Gras, but everyone loves mac’n cheese.<br />

This Cajun shrimp mac and cheese recipe is for the foodies who will appreciate a<br />

whole new level of flavor in their Mardi Gras meal.<br />

Cajun shrimp features shrimp coated in a blend of Cajun-inspired spices then<br />

cooked until longer pink. Cajun shrimp can be served in a multitude of ways; it can<br />

be served over rice or in a quinoa bowl, as a Cajun shrimp pizza, or in a skillet and<br />

served with a side of crusty bread.<br />

No Cajun seasoning? Make your own by using a blend of dried thyme, oregano, garlic<br />

powder, onion powder, paprika, Cayenne pepper, chipotle chili powder, and salt.<br />

Haydel’s King Cake T<br />

In a stand mixer with paddle, cream together<br />

sugar, salt, and shortening. Add<br />

eggs; cream until light and fluffy.<br />

Dissolve yeast in milk; let sit 10 minutes<br />

or until foamy; add flavoring of choice.<br />

Add yeast and milk mixture to sugar and<br />

shortening mixture; stir to combine.<br />

Replace paddle with dough hook. Add<br />

three cups flour one cup at a time,<br />

stirring on low speed until thoroughly<br />

combined between additions. Add remaining<br />

cup in quarter cup increments;<br />

dough should be elastic and not sticky,<br />

and should pull away from the sides of<br />

the bowl; add more or less flour as necessary.<br />

Dough temperature out of the<br />

mixer should be about 80ºF.<br />

Turn out onto floured surface and knead<br />

by hand until smooth and pliable. Allow dough to rest for 1 to 1½ hours.<br />

Roll out in oblong shape about 18 inches long. Coat with vegetable oil. Sprinkle evenly<br />

with sugar and cinnamon; roll up dough and knead to incorporate.<br />

Roll back out into an oblong and cut into three strips; braid. Let rest 30 minutes or until<br />

braided dough can be stretched easily to twice its length; form into an oval.<br />

Sprinkle top with colored sugars; bake at 370ºF for 12 to 15 minutes, until lightly browned.<br />

Recipe courtesy of Haydel’s Bakery, New Orleans<br />

salt and pepper<br />

1⁄4 cup breadcrumbs<br />

1 teaspoon parsley<br />

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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 />

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■ “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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