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It’s the New Year and you know what that means... Time for a mini-makeover! This year let yourself shine and begin thinking of positive, personal goals to accomplish over the year. When you put your heart and mind to it you will succeed!



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Lately I’ve been hearing chatter about “bucket lists” and decided this is the year to make my own. So far my list includes personal, professional and spiritual goals as well as subsidiary goals, like cooking a live lobster (I blame the Woody Allen film Annie Hall for this one) and starting a compost pile (with inspiration from our own Gardening Guru Nancy Palmer).



Personal adventurism and accomplishment excite me, so needless to say I’m looking forward to checking off my list. I encourage you to write down your own goals and aspirations for this coming year, this way you’ll have a visual of everything you’ve achieved by the end of 2010.


Allow Women’s OutLook to guide you through your New Year’s goals. From perfecting your cooking skills to tweeking your nutritional knowledge; from undertanding Florida gardening to centering, and discovering your truest self - we are here for you every step of the way.



Let 2010 be your year to shine. And remember to mark your calendar for a celebration of Sisterhood Magnified at the Women’s EXPO of SWFL on February 20th.

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“Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative and creation, there is one elementary truth, the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans; the moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too.” ~Goethe If you are like me, thoughts of change clamor through your mind, right along with the sounds of those New Years’ bells and whistles. It’s a new year and a new you, a new me, and everything feels possible! I love January 1st. The moment it dawns I feel ready to start again; to make a new commitment to let go of what no longer serves my truest self. And to enhance something that does! How about you? Would you like to shine this year? Perhaps we can shine a little more brightly together. Just imagine how our collective brilliance could light up the world. Well, at least our little corner of it. It seems that there are four, very important elements necessary for me—for any of us—to make a significant and long-lasting change in life. I present them for your consideration here.


Timing is everything, and when it comes to change, this is the pivotal point that launches any new beginning. We must be ready. We must be at a point in our lives where we know deep within that it is time to let go—let go of anything that is no longer working or acceptable to us. This can be a dysfunctional relationship, an unfulfilling job, or a health condition (being a smoker or being overweight for example). Basically, any habit or addiction that has a hold on us. For many, we must be in a place of pain or discomfort to acknowledge that it is, indeed, time to hand over the source of our agony. Some of us are tough cookies and we may need to be face down in the mud before we hear the call to live in a bold, new way. A recent rereading of The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron reminded me of the importance of readiness. In her inspirational book on returning to wholeness through creative expression, Cameron openly shares about her addiction to alcohol. It seems that as a journalist and Hollywood screenwriter, alcohol provided her with the courage she needed to write. “If I could have continued writing the old, painful way, I would certainly still


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Once we are committed to making a change, burning desire is required to fuel our efforts. be doing it. The week I got sober, I had two national magazine pieces out, a newly minted feature script, and an alcohol problem I could not handle any longer.” For her, timing was everything. Readiness was crucial. And so it is with us; we must be absolutely ready to give up the old to bring in the new.

Perseverance is required to overcome the obstacles that will inevitably come our way. Perseverance, to conquer the tendency to cave in, to give up when the journey loses its luster. The only place perseverance can be found, however, is deep within ourselves. We will have to dig down and locate our gumption to try—one more time!



Oprah Winfrey is a good example of this. With single mindedness of purpose, she chose to recreate her physical self despite overwhelming odds and a self-proclaimed food addiction. Any one of us can do the same if we fall in love with a new ideal of ourselves and zealously pursue it.

Alcoholics Anonymous provides the perfect model for lasting change. This spirituality-based program has helped millions of people with drug and alcohol addictions by providing them with a sponsor, someone who has walked the long, hard road to recovery. Do you have someone who could be your life-change sponsor? Someone who can support you through the ups and downs of this change? No one should have to go the distance alone and, as success stories reveal, the odds of us reaching our goal are much greater if we have a buddy or two who will travel with us.

Once we are committed to making a change, burning desire is required to fuel our efforts. A namby-pamby, apathetic, carefree approach does not result in lasting change. We must want something so badly we can feel it, taste it, touch it. Ask any woman who has lost a lot of weight. She will tell you that her final drop in pounds came when the picture of her thinner, healthier self was so clear in her mind that no other picture was acceptable.


Despite perfect timing and abundant passion, there will come a time in our change process when temptation to return to old ways will arrive full force. No one said change was easy. Long-term change does not happen overnight. It takes time. As human beings, we get discouraged when the going gets tough; when the cravings kick in; when the pounds don’t peel off easily or when stress undermines our efforts and tires us out.

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We all need cheerleaders, supportive others who can run the race with us. No one should have to make life changes alone, and, yet, many of us think we must. This is our problem, our addiction, and we will handle it just fine, thank you. If we can accept the fact that it is all right to share our weaknesses with others (knowing full well that none of us is without such weaknesses), we may gain sturdy companions for the journey.

My New Year’s wish for you is that your change will be timely, passionate, persistent, and supported so that a new you can burst forth onto the horizon of a new day, a new year, a new life. Your new self calls! Shine on!

Contributors Alexandra K Sheckler is the editor of Women’s OutLook. She holds a B.A. in journalism with a concentration in magazine publishing from Columbia College. A freelance writer from her home base in Chicago, Alexandra enjoys volunteering and attending literary events in her community. Contact her at, or visit (Page 3) Janice Lynne Lundy is an inspirational speaker and retreat leader, interfaith spiritual mentor, and the author of several personal/spiritual growth books for women. Her newest book is Your Truest Self: Embracing the Woman You Are Meant to Be, available at Visit her website and blogs to learn more about her and to join a vibrant, online community of enlightened women:; awakeisgood. com. (Page 4) Nancy Palmer writes the award-winning column In the Garden with Nancy. A Florida Master Gardener volunteer affiliated with the Charlotte County Cooperative Extension Service, she tends to her personal Eden in Punta Gorda where she and her husband David also own Bamboo Farm. E-mail: Contact Master Gardeners’ Plant Lifeline at 941.764.4340. (Page 14) Maureen Gangone shares her expertise as a holistic practitioner and spiritual counselor through her column Reflections with Maureen. She owns and operates Earthly Goodz, a tea and herb store at 3031 Placida Road in Englewood. Contact Maureen at 941.475.GOOD or earthlygoodz@yahoo. com. (Pages 8 & 17) Diana Donlon is a former teacher who toured the Midwest as a threetime, award-winning children’s author. Now, as the publisher of Women’s OutLook, and founder of the Women’s EXPO of SWFL, Diana works to fulfill the mission to empower women to be their best. Women’s OutLook is in it’s fourth year of publication. Contact Diana at, or 941.697.4829. (Pages 7 & s10 ) Food columnist Judith Bishop has been a food professional for over 20 years. Learning her trade at restaurants in Boston, she has since moved with her husband across the United States all the while cooking, and teaching. Judith presently lives in Portland, OR and is working on an historical novel about sterling silver. Contact Judith at Follow her on Twitter at judith bishop, and visit her food blog: (Page 16) Our calendar coordinator, Marcy Shortuse, is a freelance magazine writer (occasionally for Women’s OutLook), news writer and photographer for the Boca Beacon on Boca Grande. She is also a slightly-crazed mother who lives on Boca Grande with her four kids, three dogs, a hamster and two fish. You can reach her at (Page 19) Layout & Design (Cover & Ad Production) Juanita Dix (Layout) Diana Donlon

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2009 Women’s EXPO of SWFL Receives Two Statewide Awards In only its second year, the Women’s EXPO of SWFL was recognized with two statewide awards by the Florida Government Communicators Association. The awards presented on December 4th, 2009, include an Award of Excellence and a Judges Award.

Sponsors, volunteers, vendors, entertainers, and speakers gathered to enlighten, enhance and educate the women of our community and beyond. Thank you for a superb job. See you again on February 20, 2010 for Sisterhood Magnified!

Co-hosted by Women’s OutLook and the City of North Port, the Women’s EXPO of SWFL brought in more than 3,200 residents from across the region for a single event on February 21, 2009. It is billed as the largest women’s event in Southwest Florida. Women’s OutLook’s collaboration with the City of North Port’s has played a major role in the rapid growth of the Women’s EXPO of SWFL. The annual event is held at the George Mullen Activity Center and Grounds at 4956 City

Center Boulevard off Sumter Avenue. This venue offers a tropical, park-like setting that showcases Florida at its best. In addition to over 100 vendors, the event offers live music, a food court, demonstrations, educational speakers, health screenings, and networking opportunities. Local vendors do an outstanding job catering to the needs of the women of Southwest Florida, as well as vendors who travel from as far as Traverse City, Mich. and additional states nationwide. As with any event of this capacity, sponsors play a critical role in its success. This year’s sponsors appear on the inside cover of this issue. Please take a moment to thank them as you walk through their doors.

We sincerely thank our sponsors, volunteers, vendors, entertainers, and speakers who participated in the 2009 Women’s EXPO of SWFL for a superb coming together to fulfill our mission to enlighten, enhance and educate the women of our community and beyond. There is still time to be a part of 2010 Women’s EXPO of SWFL. Contact Diana at 941-697-4829 or for information. For more information about the award entries, contact City of North Port’s Community Outreach Manager Erin Bryce at 941-429-7165 or


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From the publisher 2010! Every time I say this number I feel like I am living in the Twilight Zone. WOW! I’ve heard it time and time again, “Can you believe it’s 2010?” Don’t we say that every year? Women’s OutLook launches the new year with “Let Yourself Shine.” This issue marks our fourth January! Traditionally January brings New Year resolutions and messages that bombard us with ways to become a “New You.” We prefer to take a different view. We encourage you to continue being YOU and work from the inside out. Our regular columnists consistently hit the mark with uplifting, encouraging messages. We encourage you to write to us via email:, or snail mail: P.O Box 5188, Englewood, Florida 33981, to give us your feedback. We want to continue hearing from you! As Women’s OutLook columnists write to “Let Yourself Shine” I would like to take this opportunity to shine the spotlight on them, and to personally thank them for sharing their gifts, insight and knowledge with us. Janice Lynne Lundy is traveling, blogging, and speaking in conjunction with her fourth released book titled Your Truest Self. Her books can be found in book stores nationwide and on Janice will be joining us again this year at the Women’s EXPO of SWFL on February 20th to share her wisdom of discovering your truest self. Last year she made her debut in Florida at the Women’s EXPO and proved to command a large following of women who resonate with her message. She travels from Traverse City, Mich. to take the microphone this year in the Brain Food Tent at 12:30 p.m. Maureen Gangone recently moved her popular store Earthly Goodz from West Dearborn Street in Englewood to her post office (Grove City Post Office) on 3031 Placida Rd. in Englewood. She continues to offer classes and also has an extensive online store. You may view many Earthly Goodz online at Maureen will also be present at the Women’s EXPO of SWFL as she is sponsoring and hosting the Holistic Hide-A-Way room. Don’t miss the High Noon Tea as Maureen shares her favorite tea blends made especially for the event... and yes, you get to taste the blends! Get your copy of February Women’s OutLook or visit for the Holistic Hide-A-Way speaker line up. Our Gardening Columnist Nancy Palmer has been my gardening guru since I moved to Florida’s zone 9 from Michigan over four years ago. She is an awardwinning columnist who was awarded the “Written

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Mass Communication Award” by University of Florida Extension Master Gardener Program. Her work with the University of Florida Extension Master Gardener Program is extensive. Nancy and her husband David own Pottery Express and Bamboo Farm on 25370 Zemel Rd. in Punta Gorda. Their store stocks literally over 10,000 gardening pots, beautiful fountains, a large variety of bamboo, and unique items for home decor. If you plan to make a trip to Pottery Express give yourself a minimum of two hours to browse their extensive goods. They have recently opened a second store in Bonita Springs on Old Rte. 41 called Pottery As Art. Nancy travels the country exhibiting their pottery line, in addition to enjoying her grandchildren whom she shares her love of gardening with. Judith Bishop joined us last year as our food columnist. Judith resides in one of the most eco-friendly cities in the Nation - Portland, Ore. She lived in Florida for a short stint before moving to the Northwest part of the country. Judith maintains her passion for cooking through her food blog Her passion for cooking has never waned in the 20 years I have known her. Our editor, Alexandra K Sheckler, is a journalism graduate from Columbia College Chicago. She currently enjoys freelancing and the flexibility that freelancing offers. Traveling is on the top of her list with recent trips to Italy, New York, Florida and Northern Michigan. Alexandra is working a book project to be completed in 2010. More to follow as this project develops! Alexandra just launched her new website at Stop in and see what she’s up to.

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Marcy Shortuse sifts through hundreds of calendar submissions and makes sense of them so we may bring you Women’s OutLook monthly calendar of events. Marcy is also a full-time reporter and photographer for the Boca Beacon, Boca Grande’s island newspaper. We enjoy publishing her occasional columns as they appear in Women’s OutLook. I particularly love Marcy’s witty sense of humor as she somehow musters it up with four children tugging at her at any given moment. As for me - I love putting together this publication every month. Also, as the founder of Women’s EXPO of SWFL we are working hard to bring you the largest women’s event in Southwest Florida. Be sure to read our award-winning status on page 6! We wish you a bright new year as you continue to be the best you can be. See you at the Women’s EXPO of SWFL on February 20, 2010!

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e all know a woman who lights up the room when she enters. The glow around her is purely natural as she meets, greets, moves, and laughs, while owning a sense of confidence and comfort. Whether this women is your sister, daughter, neighbor, or co-worker you can be inspired by HER glow to shift the focus onto the level of your own light within yourself. We all have that inner glow, that spark of divine feminine light that shines within us. At times we may be very aware and conscious of it while other times it may be dimly flickering on the back burner of our daily routine. The challenge throughout our journey as a woman may keep it shining bright, naturally filling ourselves then overflowing to share with the people around us. I am blessed to intersect lives with women of different ages and throughout different milestones of life. With spoken wisdom and living example from these women, I fill myself with understanding of the obligation to oneself for self-care and to keep my light shining. The prioritizing of commitments and the strength to communicate our needs and feelings with those around us help facilitate balance in our energy exertion. When I think of a formula for any woman of any age to achieve and maintain her natural glow, I think of the word “her”. These three letters, H-E-R, are powerful reminders of the tools that assist us in strengthening the light within us as women.


erbs for feminine balance and harmony are gifts from Mother Nature herself.

Red Raspberry Leaf is a uterine tonic, strengthening and toning pelvis muscles and all reproductive organs. It helps balance circulation to the lower back, lower abdominal and pelvic areas.


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surgery, or even while on medications. Rubbed sage leaf helps excessive heat and sweating by cleansing and cooling the bloodstream while balancing your internal thermometer.


vening Primrose Oil is the ultimate woman’s plant and oil. With its yellow flowers that bloom only when the sun sets and withers in the sunlight, the benefits it provides surpasses any other oil for women. Like fish oil, it is extremely rich in Omega-6 fatty acid and GLA (Gamma Linolenic Acid). While promoting heart health, insulin balance and mood balance, the plant aspect reduces swelling, irritation and inflammation from arthritis. Skin and complexion health increases when taking these oil capsules internally, and it is also beneficial for anti-wrinkle and skin elasticity when added to face creams. Every young woman in my family receives her first bottle of Evening Primrose Oil when she begins her first menses. It almost becomes a sort of rite of passage.

cooling and soothing topically when applied in crème form to the skin. Wild Yam Root provides progesterone/ estrogen building for a natural replacement in our menopause phase of life.

Black Cohosh has the well-earned reputation as the ultimate hormone-balancing herb. In times of PMS or menopause it is tried and true in its effectiveness.

Nettle leaf is rich in chlorophyll and vitamins, iron and most important, absorbable calcium. Because of the plant enzymes, this source of calcium is easily absorbed into the endocrine system, which then adds it to each hormone cell. This makes it easier for the bones to hold onto the calcium and reinforce our skeletal system. The iron and Vitamin K in Nettle allow women with very heavy menses to maintain strength and energy.

Calendula petals are actually from the typical pot marigold plant. This is the skin, hair, nail and vein health plant. Taken internally for the benefit of clear skin, healthy, shiny hair or to ease the discomfort of varicose veins, it is

Sage isn’t just for cooking; it’s also great when you’re cooking. Hot flashes or “power surges” are the number one complaint women have through drastic hormonal shifts. These shifts can occur during pregnancy, menopause,


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eplenishment. Our Spirit is just like our main checking account. We must make steady deposits to stay in balance with our investment—our self. So, ask yourself, what are the tools I can use to make deposits into my soul account? Rest, prayer, meditation, art, writing, music, friends, nature, massages, healing touch, acupuncture, and yoga are just a few ways to find your niche of self replenishment. Remember, you are worthy and deserving of the time required to fulfill yourself. Energize yourself and keep a healthy and harmonious balance. By doing so, you will become the woman that others look at and say, “Just look at HER natural glow!”

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What components does yoga utilize to unite the mind, body, and spirit? The breath is the connection between the mind, body, and spirit. Hatha Yoga utilizes a combination of postures, breathing practices, meditation, and relaxation to bring balance to the entire being. What methods can people use to pay attention to breath and lower their stress levels? The next time that you find yourself in a stressful situation, take a moment to connect to your breath. Take 10 deep breaths in and out of the nose. Try to use a five-count breath so that you are breathing in for five counts and breathing out for five counts. After the 10 breaths be still for a moment to observe how you feel. This simple practice will balance the breath and bring greater ease to the mind, thereby lowering stress levels. Can a person who has never tried yoga start classes and be okay? Absolutely! In fact, it is often the beginner student that sees the most significant improvement in concentration, stress relief, strength, and balance. What I hear most often is that students begin to notice improvements in other areas of their life once they begin yoga.

Bonnie Yonker

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Personal Profile

Originally from: New York City. Punta Gorda resident for six years Occupation: Yoga studio owner and yoga instructor. Bonnie creates a space for women to help reduce their stress levels so that they can feel refreshed and rejuvenated each and every day. When the body feels great and the mind is at peace, we can shine in many ways! How long have you been practicing yoga? 16 years How long have you been teaching yoga? Seven years What is the purpose of practicing yoga? What separates yoga from many other disciplines is the mind-body connection that lies at the core of a yoga practice. Some of the physical benefits of a regular yoga practice include: increased flexibility, strength, and balance. A more subtle benefit to the practice is the development of self-awareness. This results in reduced stress levels, improved sleeping patterns and is where people experience true transformation in their lives, physically, mentally, and spiritually. What inspired you to open a yoga studio? Yoga is my passion and way of life. I wanted to find a way to share the many benefits of yoga with the entire community. People are often intimidated by yoga because they don’t really know what it is, or have an image of someone twisted into a


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pretzel! I wanted to show that the benefits of yoga can be felt by anyone; from those suffering with lower back pain, arthritis, or depression to those who simply want to feel better. Having a dedicated yoga studio, our mission is to provide a warm, safe environment where students can nurture their mind, body, and spirit. Fulfilling the dream of sharing yoga with the community, The Yoga Sanctuary opened in May 2007 and in 2008 was voted “Business of the Year” by the Punta Gorda Chamber of Commerce. How has yoga affected your life? Yoga has given me the tools needed to know that all I need is inside of me and if I set the intention, I can fulfill my dreams. I apply the principles of yoga in a positive way to every aspect of life, including diet, dealing with others, and handling adversity. One of the principles of yoga is ahimsa, non-violence, which has given me the knowledge to do the least amount of harm. The physical practice of yoga also brings me great joy because when the body feels great the mind is free!

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When you hear a person say, “I can’t do yoga, I’m not that flexible.” What is your response? This is probably the statement that I hear the most! Yoga helps improve flexibility from wherever your individual starting point is. Classes vary in range from beginner to advanced, so every student can find a place where they are comfortable to begin. You do not need to be flexible to do yoga. What is rewarding about what you do? The most satisfying aspect of the business is the testimonials that I receive regularly from our students, on how yoga has changed their lives. In yogic tradition, a big part of the practice is “sangha” which is loosely translated as a community of like minded people. Our studio is much more than a place to practice yoga, it is a place to learn and grow. What is your biggest challenge? Finding different ways to help those that have never done yoga overcome initial hesitations to take a class for the first time. What methods do you use to overcome your challenges? We offer many different options for beginners to advanced. Do you have a life motto? Our prime purpose in this life is to help others. And if you can’t help them, at least don’t hurt them. – HH The Dalai Lama What do you do when you are not working? I practice and study yoga! I also enjoy cycling, traveling, and simply spending time with my husband! How did you prepare for your career? Yoga has been part of my life for many years!

In 1999, I spent time living in an Ashram in Nepal in complete silence. This time gave me permission to explore the truth of who I am. When I returned to New York City in 2000 I found Yogiraj Alan Finger. I studied with him for several years and in 2003 became certified through his studio to teach yoga. I still attend week long training sessions with yoga masters at least twice each year to explore different areas of yoga, including pre-natal and Ashtanga Yoga. Do you, have a mentor? I wouldn’t say that I have one specific mentor. I do have more of a combination of people that I look to for different facets of life. Among these are; Alan Finger, Sharon Gannon, and my dad! What drives your mission? The root of happiness and fulfillment is within each of us, not achieved from external sources. By helping each person uncover their own happiness, their own sense of self, we have not only helped that individual find their own way, but have, in turn, contributed to elevating the collective consciousness. What are you reading now? A Path with Heart by Jack Kornfield and The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali (which I am forever reading!) Tell us something that others may not know about you. I actually graduated college with an accounting degree. I was a CPA for a major firm

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in Boston auditing corporate books. Perhaps the backlash of 14-hour days combing over financial statements and flying across the country to corporate headquarters is what led me to my true path, the path of yoga! In what ways is The Yoga Sanctuary involved in the community? I host community classes to benefit a different local charity each month. We also host two major events each year. One is a benefit for the Homeless Coalition at Worden Farm the week before Thanksgiving. The other is Punta Gorda’s Earth Day Celebration for Charlotte Harbor Environmental Center (CHEC) each year at Laishley Park. Other local charities that have benefited from our free monthly community class are: Octagon Wildlife Sanctuary, Guardium ad Litem Program, and Somnio Outreach Services. Our next community class, on January 23rd, is to benefit CARE (Center for Abuse and Rape Emergencies). We will be hosting an open house with free classes, snacks, and prize give-aways! What are three words that describe you? Balanced. Compassionate. Focused. To contact Bonnie visit her at The Yoga Sanctuary at 403 Sullivan Street in Punta Gorda, or call 941-505-9642. Email:

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Set a Healthy Table Delicious ways to add Omega-3s to your meals


oods for a healthy lifestyle can be full of great flavor. The traditional Mediterranean diet is a wonderful example of great food that can have a healthy impact on the body.

These recipes for Chicken Marsala and Black Bean, Edamame and Wheat Berry Salad make it easy to set a healthy table everyone will be happy to sit down to.

The Mediterranean diet is characterized by daily consumption of olive oil, fish, fruits, vegetables, legumes, nuts and whole grains. It encourages eating fewer processed foods and reducing consumption of meat, a common source of Omega-6 fatty acids.

Chicken Marsala - Serves 4

Everyone needs Omega-6 and Omega-3 essentially fatty acids because our bodies don’t produce them. But it’s important to keep them in the right balance to each other. The Mediterranean Diet helps achieve that balance by focusing on using olive oil instead of vegetable cooking oils that are high in Omega-6.

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pounds chicken parts, skin removed tablespoons Pompeian Extra Virgin Olive Oil cup Pompeian Marsala Cooking Wine garlic cloves with skin on lemons cut into wedges rosemary sprigs Salt and pepper to taste*

Preheat oven to 400° F. Place chicken pieces in a roasting pan and drizzle with extra virgin olive oil. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Place garlic among chicken pieces and tuck lemon wedges alongside garlic.

Black Bean, Edamame, and Wheat Berry Salad Serves 6 (3/4-cup servings)

4 cups water 1/2 cup dry wheat berries 1/2 of a 15-ounce can of black beans, rinsed and drained 1 cup frozen, shelled edamame, thawed 1 cup chopped tomato 1/2 cup finely chopped red onion 2 tablespoons Pompeian Red Wine Vinegar 3 tablespoons Pompeian OlivExtra Plus Salt and black pepper to taste Combine water and wheat berries in medium saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer 55 minutes or until wheat berries are just tender.

Chef Nick Stellino, of PBS-TV fame, uses Pompeian OlivExtra Plus with Omega-3 DHA for sautéing, baking and preparing soups, sauces and marinades because OlivExtra Plus has both olive oil and an added infusion of Omega-3 to help achieve a better balance.

Pour cooking wine over chicken. Scatter rosemary sprigs on top of chicken and bake for 10 minutes. Lower the oven temperature to 350° F. and bake for another 15 minutes, or until chicken is golden brown and juices run clear when chicken is pierced. Serve immediately.

Place in a fine mesh strainer and run under cold water to cool quickly; drain well.

“If you are going to cook with oil, doesn’t it make sense to cook with one that contains more Omega3?” asks Chef Stellino.

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Women’s OutLook, North Port Area Chamber of Commerce and the City of North Port are hosting a free Exhibitor Workshop open to the public on January 16th from 9 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. RSVP is highly recommended by calling: 941-697-4829. Location of workshop: North Port City Hall Patio (located behind City Hall) 4970 City Hall Blvd. North Port, Florida 34286 The Exhibitor Workshop will engage its participants for successful experiences in the science of exhibiting from pre-marketing techniques, company branding, set up, day-of-event presence and follow-up. This workshop is recommended to anyone who engages in the practice of exhibiting their business or service. There is no charge for this event.

Workshop II: Branding your company. Why it’s important, why even the little details count, and how to make it happen. Presenters: Adam Bartolotta CEO of ROI Media and publisher of North Port Magazine. Danette Bartolotta managing editor of North Port Magazine. Workshop III: Managing booth set up, tent and table set up and tear down. A how-to, hands-on demonstration. You will never pull you hair out again trying to set up your space.

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Presenter: Mark Trefethen owner of Tents + Events Workshop IV: Your exhibit space. Inexpensive ways to make your booth stand out. How to draw people to your booth. Dos and don’ts of exhibiting. Your tool box. Presenter: Diana Donlon founder and CEO of Women’s EXPO of SWFL and publisher of Women’s OutLook.

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Workshop V: Post event follow up. Follow up techniques to make the most of your exhibiting efforts. Make your contacts your customers! Presenter: Mindy Tew executive director of North Port Area Chamber of Commerce. For more information or questions contact Diana Donlon at 941.697.4829 or

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by Nancy Palmer

ne of the best things about living in South Florida is the wonderful subtropical and even tropical plants we are able to add to our landscapes. One of a gardener’s worst enemies at this time of year is the inevitable cold snap, or freeze. Yes, if you have not yet gone through winter down here, we do get the occasional freeze. In order for your garden to continue to flourish and shine throughout the cold season, I’d like to share with you some tips for protecting your ornamental plants. Nancy’s Winter Tips

• Hopefully you fertilized and finished any necessary pruning in October. Fertilizing will have provided good nutrition to make plants healthy and strong enough to withstand surprises from Mother Nature throughout our cool dry season. • Don’t be tempted to prune at this time of year. Pruning encourages new growth and uses up the plant’s energy. It needs that energy in reserve to protect it from temperature fluctuations that are sure to come. In addition, many plants go into a semi-dormant, or resting state, at this time of year to save their strength for active growing in the spring. When you prune you wake them up prematurely and force them to use up their energy for new sprouts, which will surely get nipped by the cold. The result: a weaker plant. • One of the best and easiest things you can do to keep your garden and lawn strong throughout the winter is to change the time at which your watering system runs. If it takes one hour to run through a full cycle, set the start time to one hour before sunrise. The reason for this is that you do not want foliage to sit wet for long hours during the cool night. Wet foliage and cool temps are the perfect recipe for fungal infections. This tip applies to hand-watering as well. As tempting as it might be to water your plants while you take a restful stroll through the garden after work, resist the urge. If your droopy leaves are begging for a drink, water only the soil around the drip line. Getting the leaves wet will only promote


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disease and damage while the temperatures drop overnight. If possible, water in the morning instead. Also, check the controls on your sprinkler system and run a test to make sure that everything is in good working order. Many systems allow you to alter the percentage of water output to different zones, and all zones can get by on less water during the natural slow-down that winter brings. • When the weatherman predicts a freeze many people will gather all the plastic tarps they have and cover their plants with them. Do not do this! When you use plastic the warm soil and plants will create condensation as the air turns cold overnight. The faster those temps drop the worse the situation. Every spot where the plant comes in contact with affects the plastic’s accumulated moisture and will actually draw frost to that spot. The next morning when the sun rises and things start to warm up, that cold-damaged plant tissue will start to get worse until you remove the tarp. Instead, use breathable cotton sheets or light blankets. That way you can stay in your nice warm bed a little longer and your plants will be safe until you uncover them. • If your plants are damaged by a freeze (it happens) in spite of your best efforts, step back and leave them alone. I mean really alone, for longer than you want. I know you want to prune off the dead, but remember what I said earlier about the folly of winter-time pruning. Also, plants that look dead after a frost will often recover. The dead leaves will fall off and you should remove them at that time. Keep an eye on the stems and in a few

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weeks to a month you may notice buds forming at the nodes. Let the plant do the recovery without any unnecessary intervention.

Plant some cold-lovers

Now that you have the scoop on what to do when the cold comes, how about celebrating the New Year by planting a few big pots with broccoli and an assortment of lettuces and herbs? Just remember that they need a sunny location. A visit to your local garden center will help you find some tempting cool season veggies that are rewarding to grow and eat. When Florida gives us cold, savor the sun and remember that this really is paradise. Grow something that likes the cool. Take pleasure in your gardening and let yourself shine at this beautiful new start to a beautiful new year. As always, Happy Gardening from my Eden to yours.

More resources

Further information available in a fact sheet titled “Cold Protection of Ornamental Plants from the University of Florida IFAS Extension, at If you are unable to access this excellent article, you can get one from the Master Gardener Plant Line at the Charlotte County Extension Service on Harborview Road in Port Charlotte. Master Gardeners are on duty at this location every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. (except for holidays). Also, please check your local newspapers for the Master Gardener Winter Lecture Series that begins this month. These lectures will be held at the Harborside Event Center in Punta Gorda, and cover a wide range of interesting and timely topics for local gardeners. Call 764-4340 for more information.



nyone looking for a job needs to be aware that there are employment scams out there that could cost them plenty of money. The Internet is prime territory for scammers, and online job seekers fall victim to them every day. The FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) says there are several common types of scams to be watching for, many of them offering work-at home opportunities. Reselling or reshipping. Web-based international companies advertise for affiliates, giving individuals the chance to sell high-end electronics at reduced prices. Affiliates are told to offer the merchandise on well-known Internet auction sites. They will accept payment, then pay the company, typically through a wire transfer. The company is supposed to ship the merchandise directly to the buyer. But the merchandise never ships. Defrauded buyers often seek legal action against the affiliates.

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Simple Japanese Cooking to Welcome the New Year L et’s face it; January is a tough month for food. After the seasonal indulgences of November and December, January bleakly looms as the month of atonement. New Years resolutions invariably include losing weight and dieting. I can’t stand it! Last year I came up with my own plan of creatively purging. Instead of steaming everything in sight I turned my creativity toward Japan. Their simple, tasty food and techniques keep me interested in cooking without the caloric consequences of other cuisines. This year I will continue with my explorations.

I discovered this recipe at, an interesting culinary Web site with articles, videos, and recipes. Kerry Saretsky (, tweet: FrenchRev) wrote the recipe and I fell in love with its big flavor and ease. Of course I can’t leave anything alone and I tweaked the recipe slightly. Isn’t that what cooking is all about? Enjoy this recipe as you share with family and guests. Sesame Salmon - Serves 4 Preheat oven to 350°


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½ Lime, juiced 3T Mirin (Japanese sweet cooking wine. You may substitute sherry.) 2T Soy sauce 2t Rice Wine Vinegar ½ t Wasabi Powder or to taste Combine. Set aside.


1 ½ Fresh Salmon filets, skin on (or other firm- fleshed fish) 1T Black Sesame Seeds (or white) 2t Sesame Oil 1 Scallion finely chopped on the diagonal Make some diagonal slices against the grain of the fish. Do not cut all the way through the skin. Spray a coating of cooking oil in a baking dish and put the filet into it. Pour a little bit of *sauce in the slices and pat black sesame seeds on top of the fish. Drizzle with sesame oil. Bake in the oven until the fish is firm to the touch (10-15 minutes depending on the thickness). Pour a bit more *sauce on top garnish with scallions and serve with rice and stir fried vegetables.

To continue cooking with a Japanese theme, dive into these cookbooks for inspiration: Japanese Cooking Now by Joan Itoh Washoku by Elizabeth Andoh

Fruitfully Yours Grapefruit by Maureen Gangone


othing says Happy New Year like seeing and smelling grapefruits finally ripening on the trees. Whether your favorite is the Ruby Red, White, Minneola or Pummelo, this popular Florida citrus promotes concentration and focus. Grapefruit’s energizing and uplifting properties give it a silver star for an afternoon snack or as a replacement for your afternoon cup of espresso. The fresh-squeezed juice is a super thirst quencher, providing lots of vitamin C for your immune system. Challenged by oily hair or complexion? Add a few drops of grapefruit oil to your shampoo or to natural witch hazel for a nourishing facial astringent.

Banish a bad headache or sinus pain quickly by inhaling the grapefruit scent or massaging a drop of oil on each temple and across your forehead. As an antiseptic, add pure essential grapefruit oil to your favorite nonscented hand lotion and create a powerful hand sanitizer that moisturizes and smells good. My favorite combination is mixing a few drops of lime oil with grapefruit oil in a crock-pot of distilled water. Simmer on low to fill the house with a clean scent that purifies the air. Fresh-picked and -squeezed grapefruit is one of Mother Earth’s best gifts.

Use caution when drinking grapefruit juice regularly with certain medications; always check with a trusted physician.

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Welcome to our directory; a valuable guide that connects you to local professionals, services, classes, and more. It’s easy to get your business or service listed here. Please e-mail us at or call 941-697-4829. (All area codes listed below are 941 unless indicated.)

CLASSES / WORKSHOPS Harmony Rio Studios

266-0959, 175 S. McCall Rd., Englewood A family-friendly workspace designed to promote and inspire a productive community of working artists. Call for class information.

Yoga for Strength: Diana Donlon, instructor.

941.270.1692. Mondays @ 7 pm at Suncoast Auditorium. 700 Medical Blvd. off Pine St. behind Englewood Hospital. Drop-in rate: $8, H2U members: $5. Thursdays @ 6 pm at Elite Fitness, 1312 Market Circle in Murdock, next to Pinch-A-Penny, off 776. Drop-in rate: $10, or buy bulk classes at discount.



Ken Juall - 473-8561 or 706-2253 2960 S. McCall Rd., Ste. 206, Englewood 1800 2nd St., Ste. 882, Sarasota, Independent, trustworthy and accessable, with decades of experience to put your mind at ease.


CURVES of Murdock

624-5557, 17753 Toledo Blade Blvd. #28, Port Charlotte Curves offers a workout that keeps you motivated like never before to get the results you want. Home of the 30-minute workout.



Dr. Noel Crosby - 474-8393 655 S. Indiana Ave., Englewood www. Complete diagnostic hearing services. Hearing aids, new/used. TV listening systems. Amplified telephones, LACE - rehabilitation program. 20 years + experience.


Michael T. McCormick, DPM & Associates, P.A. 473-0113, 2001 S. McCall Rd. Englewood 493- 8666, 115 Shamrock Blvd., Venice 624-6300, 17835 Murdock Circle, Port Charlotte. Endovenous laser therapy - a non-surgical outpatient procedure for varicose veins. Typically takes less than an hour to perform, allows for rapid recovery. Consultations available. Three locations to serve you.



Nelson A. “Nat” Italiano II - 964-0400 441 Palm Ave., Boca Grande, Insurance services including home, auto, business and life.


Theresa Donlon - 800-482-2726, theresa., Affordable group health, employee benefit options, medical offices, competitive pricing for all your insurance needs.



964-1776 , Upstairs 321 Park Ave., Boca Grande Unique and affordable 14Kt. gold & sterling silver jewelry. Home of a large selection whimsical sea life & nautical design jewelry. Charms, watch repair, gemstones, & jewelry repair.


697-2727, Eason Plaza, 2411 S. McCall Rd. Englewood Owner Kevin Donlon is a master goldsmith highly skilled to create your perfect custom design. Family owned and operated, repairs on premises, buying gold.


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697-2206, Full-service, dry storage, complete tackle store w/live & frozen bait, BP gas & diesel, marine service, Immediate access to the Gulf of Mexico & ICW. Breathtaking view and sunsets.


475-0020, 20 West Wentworth St., Englewood We work from the “inside out.” Offering newly expanded services including colonics, facials, baths, & massages. Services customized to meet your individual goals and schedule, 7 days a week by appointment.


629-6700, 20101 Peachland Blvd. #209, Port Charlotte, Free seminars: how to significantly change your health without medication. Lower your blood pressure, blood sugar, body fat, body weight, triglycerides, more! FirstLineTherapy™, a registered trademark of Metagenics, Inc.


475-0557, Olde Engelwood Village Ongoing classes & lectures for a natural path to health. Vibrational healing, theraputic grade essential oils, crystal healing, Raindrop Technique, & more.

NON-PROFIT GIRL SCOUTS of GulfCoast Florida, Inc.

921-5358, Growing holistically healthy girls in South Sarasota County, Healthy Girls Initiative serves girls in elementary schools, after-school programs in YMCAs & Boys & Girls Clubs, and special community wellness events. Get connected! Contact the Girl Scouts and become a volunteer, or enroll.



BY HEIDEMARIE 475-5148,, Master photographer Heidemarie has won numerous awards, is professionally affiliated, and shoots in-studio or on location. Family Portraits, business, photo restoration, weddings, passport I.D., commercial and architectural. Established 1987!


BOB MELVIN PROPERTIES Licensed Real Estate Brokerage

473-5444, We are a full-service real estate brokerage, offering individualized services, vacation rentals, and quality new development to enhance our community’s lifestyle.


BY MALINDA 268-3629, 1032 Tamiami Trail #2, Port Charlotte An upscale, full-service salon with private rooms, innovative style and affordable prices. Open by appointment 7 days a week, walk-ins welcome.

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475-1111, 2670 S. McCall Rd. Ste. 9, Englewood Discover the beauty you were born with. Enjoy the spa atmosphere without the spa prices. Full-service menu from clinical skincare to permanent make-up, hair removal, Ion foot detox, Raindrop technique and more.


475-4663 or 697-6444, Willow Plaza at 3031 Placida Rd., Englewood Organic herbs, teas, natural remedies, local honey, teaware, lotions. Store also sells a unique collection of greeting cards and tropical gifts.


473-3816, 411 W. Dearborn St., Olde Englewood Vill. Inspiring gifts and books, cards, music, aromatherapy products, crystals, intuitive readings, mediation, classes, & workshops. Come as you are, be who you are.


639-1922, 306 W. Marion Ave., Punta Gorda Unique home decor & gifts to enhance your Florida lifestyle.


743-0897- Jeanette Miller, Meets every Friday, 6:30 - 9:30 pm @ Cultural Center of Charlotte County, 2280 Aaron St., Port Charlotte. Call to excellence. We find a need and fill it. We find a hurt and heal it.

FOR WOMEN by WOMEN RESOURCE NETWORK - 380-8771,, Meets first Wednesday of every month, 5 - 7 pm @ River Commons, 2305 Aaron St., Port Charlotte. Attend two times as a guest.


416-2886, Denise Greco, or 740-1653, Virginia Lewis, Meets second Wednesday of the month. Networking @ 5:30 pm, Meeting @ 6 pm. Olde World Restaurant, 14415 Tamiami Tr.,S., North Port. Raises scholarships for women to obtain higher education in Sarasota, Charlotte & Lee counties.


Kelly Carr (President) e-mail: Meets last Wednesday of every month @ 6 pm in conference room of Engelwood Comm. Hospital, 700 Medical Blvd., Englewood. Provides scholarships, sponsors many educational activities for community.

WNG (Women’s Networking Group) of CHARLOTTE COUNTY

941-697-3632 or: Meets first Friday of the month @ 9 am, Port Charlotte Chamber of Commerce, 2702 Tamiami Tr., Meets for lunch 2 Xs a month. Networking event held one evening a month - locations vary. Contact for more info. BPW (Business and Professional Women) of ENGLEWOOD & VENICE E-Mail: Pres. Syd Gibson: Meets 3rd Tuesday of month at 6 pm. Boca Royale Golf and Country Club, 160l Old Englewood Road, Englewood. Relationship building 5-6 pm, dinner & program at 6 pm. Reservations needed. Provides scholarships to area schools & colleges in Sarasota & Charlotte counties.

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OutLook on What’s Happening Submit your calendar items by the 10th of the month to: Non-profit, community events, fairs and festivals.

January 4

Introduction to Florida fishing – Port Charlotte 7 to 9 pm, The Learning Place, the Cultural Center, 2800 Aaron St. Introductory course: Florida fishing, six sessions, Monday eves. Fishing techniques, tackle selection, rigging, knot tying, lures, baits, cast nets, fish identification, tides, and fishing regulations. Various types of rods, reels, lures and nets will be displayed. Taught by Capt. Ralph Allen. Cost: $38. For more info, to register: 625-4175.

January 5

Lipizzaner Stallions – Punta Gorda Charlotte Harbor Event and Conference Center, Tuesday, Jan. 5 at 7:30 pm. Wednesday, Jan. 6 at 3:00 pm and again at 7:30 pm. Special discount matinee, all seats only $18.50. Tickets at Crossties Farm & Garden, and 800-882-8258. Info at 639-5883, and

January 6

Southern Comforts – Englewood Call for show times, runs through January 24, Lemon Bay Playhouse, 96 W. Dearborn St. Comedy between a perky church volunteer and a man recovering from a long marriage. $16. 475-6756.

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Orchestral “Power and Passion” – Punta Gorda 7:30 pm, Center for Performing Arts and Education, Carmalita Street. As part of their 2009-2010 Season, “”Music We Love - A Symphonic World Tour”, conductor T. Francis Wada and the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra will perform, “Power and Passion-Russian and German Classics.” 205-9743.

January 18

Community Arts and Crafts Show – Punta Gorda Gilchrist Park, times to be announced. Will be held through January 20. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Parade and Celebration – Punta Gorda Time to be announced, downtown Punta Gorda to Charlotte High School. Annual parade through downtown and east end neighborhood, disbanding at Charlotte High School.

January 19

Snowbird Arts and Crafts Festival – Punta Gorda Gilchrist Park, times to be announced. For info: (239) 707-3467.

January 21

Sullivan Street Craft Festival – Punta Gorda 10 am to 5 pm, 331 Sullivan St. Downtown Punta Gorda outdoor craft art showcase, complete with 150 crafters with affordable original works available for sale. Admission free, open to the public.

January 11

Charlotte County Jazz Society Performance – Port Charlotte 7 pm, Cultural Center of Charlotte County, Inc., 2280 Aaron St. South Florida Jazz Showcase II -- The Jazz Legacy BIG Band under direction of David Pruyn. Doors open at 6:30 pm. Tickets available at Cultural Center Theatre Box Office.

January 16

2nd Annual Kiwanis Club of Englewood-Cape Haze Home & Garden Show 9 am to 4 pm, Tringali Center on SR 776 near Spinaker Ave. in Englewood. Free.

Poetry Night – Boca Grande 7 pm, The Temptation Restaurant, 350 Park Ave. $15. Dinner not included w/ticket price. Poetry, haiku, limericks and more. Royal Palm Players at 964-2670 for more information.

Winter Home and Garden Show – Punta Gorda January 16 and 17, 10 am to 4 pm, Charlotte Harbor Event & Conference Center, 75 Taylor St. For booth reservations: 239-466-6300 or 866-466-6300. The Great Garage Sale – El Jobean Times to be announced, Charlotte Sports Park, 2300 El Jobean Road, Maureen Broderick: 743-2425.

RPP Presents Othello Workshop – Boca Grande 7 pm, also runs January 10. Boca Grande Community Center, 131-1st St. Instructor Charlie Tyler explores Othello for two nights. Tickets required. 964-2670, or

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January 28

Foreclosure/bankruptcy seminar – Punta Gorda 6:30 pm, Charlotte Harbor Event and Conference Center, 75 Taylor St. Free and open to the public. Space is limited. 639-3790 for reservations. Wisdom through Action lecture – Venice 6 pm, Jacaranda Public Library, 4143 Woodmere Park Blvd. A process that takes you into the work of gracefully meeting the challenges of daily life. Organic system of inner development, teaching infinite possibilities of change of being and understand. Short movie. www., or 266-6905. “Love Letters” production – Boca Grande Through January 24, Boca Grande Community Center Auditorium, 131-1st St. W., January 21, 22, 23 at 8 pm, January 24 at 2 pm. $28. Pulitzer Prize nominated play by A.R. Gurney, centers on two characters who sit and read notes, letters and cards received over a span of 50 years. Royal Palm Players Production. 964-2670 or

January 23

Yoga to benefit CARE – Punta Gorda 10 am to 3 pm, The Yoga Sanctuary, 403 Sullivan St. Free mini classes/lectures, free chair massages, tuning fork sessions. Organic tea & snacks. Door prizes. All donations to CARE.505-YOGA (9642) or

“Give my Regards to Broadway” – Port Charlotte 7:30 pm, The Cultural Center Theater, 2280 Aaron St. Through January 30. Broadway and TV veteran singer/actor Dean Regan presents an evening of backstage Broadway stories. 380-2507. Music at the Mounds – Punta Gorda 10 am to 5:30 pm, Randall Research Center, Burnt Store Road. Benefit offers a wide spectrum of musical offerings MC’d by Jim Syoen, co-star of FOX 4 television’s morning FOX 4 RISING. Gates open at 9 am. Coolers allowed, but no alcohol. Cost $20 for day. Food & drink vendors on site. All proceeds to nonprofit groups: The Randall Research Center and the music departments of participating high schools. 239-283-3975 or 239-283-2062 or email: or Hands Across the Harbor – Punta Gorda Time to be announced, from Gilchrist Park to Bayshore Park in Port Charlotte. This event is open to runners, walkers and bike riders. Sponsor levels range from $250 to $25. www.zoomersrun. com or 639-1922. CARE Fundraising Ball Time to be announced, C.A.R.E. The Center for Abuse & Rape Emergencies, Inc. is a local nonprofit organization to help victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and other violent crimes in Charlotte County. Bobbi Daughtry: 941-8151176 or Linda Williams: 639-2511 Tim Allen performs – Englewood 7:30 pm, Lemon Bay Playhouse, 96 West Dearborn St. Guitar, banjo and mandolin player, smooth baritone vocals. $16. 475-6756


Parent/Tot playgroup – Englewood 10 am to 12 pm, Tringali Recreation Center, 3460 North Access Road. Free. Farmer’s Market – North Port

8 am to 1 pm, every Sat., North Port Commons, 14822 Tamiami Trail. 426-2949. www. Call for vendor info.

Farmer’s Market – Englewood

8 am to 12 pm, 2nd and 4th Friday of every month. Tringali Recreation Cntr, 3460 N. Access Rd, 6813742.

Women’s support group – Englewood

7 pm every Thursday, sponsored by CARE (Center for Abuse and Rape Emergencies of Charlotte County), 475-6465.


Coming to Englewood in mid-January! Loving Light Yoga & Wellness Center Yoga, Pilates, Dance and more! Contact Lata at 473-1035 or visit

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Women’s EXPO of SWFL - North Port 9 am to 3:30 pm. Vendor apps being accepted for indoor & outdoor. 2-time, award-winning event. See pg.2 for details. 697-4829.

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