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St. Lucie County • November 2011

A monthly publication celebrating the active lifestyle of Florida’s boomers

Standing up for the children Page 5

Time to give Vietnam vets their due Page 11

Mission of the SEALS Chaplain explains the job of elite underwater division of the U.S. military Page 7


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CALENDAR Special Events

Tuesday, Nov. 8

Saturday, Nov. 5

•MIATC Member Social The MIATC Member Social at Cobb’s Landing Restaurant in Ft. Pierce. For more information, call (772)692-7599.

•Black Tie Gala The Roseann Gregory Cancer Foundation will host its inaugural Black Tie Gala at Tradition Town Hall in Port St. Lucie. Cocktail hour will be at 6 p.m. at the Gazebo in downtown Tradition. Guests will then be escorted to the Town Hall for a four-course meal presented by Tutto Fresco. There will also be a silent auction, live music and dancing. Tickets are $150 per person or table sponsorship for ten at $1500. No tickets will be sold at the door. Proceeds will benefit VGTI Florida, a research center dedicated to the development of vaccines and immunotherapies to improve human health around the globe. For tickets or a table, call (772)2333651 or email Melber at rgcfinc@yahoo.com

Wednesday, Nov. 9 •Be a Hero Blood Drive This year, Be a Hero blood drive will be held on Nov. 9 and 10 from 7 a.m. – 10 p.m. at Big Apple Pizza, 3211 South 35th Street, Ft. Pierce. For more information, visit floridasbloodcenters.org/beahero

Friday, Nov. 11 •Coffee With The Mayor Have coffee with the Mayor of Port St. Lucie. This event is free of charge and open to members and non-memSee CALENDAR, Page 8

Former NAVY SEAL and United States Astronaut, Chris Cassidy presented signed artwork commemorating his mission on the Space Shuttle Endeavor to David Godshall, vice president of the board of directors for the Navy UDT-SEAL Museum in Fort Pierce during the annual muster on Veteran’s Day Weekend. Mitch Kloorfain/chief photographer

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By Shelley Koppel Associate News Editor

This month, Forever Young focuses on those who serve their country and their community

Service is important in this month’s salute to “Vets and Volunteers.” In this issue, we honor two important groups in our community for whom service is a byword. Veterans have fought in wars near and far to keep us safe and free. Volunteers serve to improve our communities and the quality of life for many of our neighbors who need a helping hand. In many cases, the volunteers featured are also veterans who still want to give back to their communities. There are many ways to volunteer. Some people, such as those volunteering for Meals on Wheels and the Guardian ad Litem program, work directly with clients. Others work in thrift shops or in the organization office, keeping things going. Their work is just as important. Volunteers need to find that job that meshes with time constraints and comfort levels so that they will want to continue. Many of the volunteers featured in these pages have been volun-

teering for the same organization for more than 10 years. It’s difficult to tell who has benefited more: the organization from their skills and help or the volunteers, from the intangible rewards they find in service. It is fascinating to see the range of volunteer opportunities available in our area. People work with animals, with children, with adults or behindthe-scenes. It doesn’t matter. For each, there is satisfaction in being part of something bigger than themselves, of giving of themselves and of helping others. Some of the veterans profiled volunteered to serve and some were drafted. All, however, consider service to their country an honor. Many had experiences they are reluctant to talk about, but they are not reluctant to discuss duty and responsibility. It was a pleasure and a privilege to interview everyone featured on these pages. They are truly gifts that keep on giving.


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Volunteer advocates for children By Shelley Koppel Associate news editor

PORT ST.LUCIE — Brenda Gustafson is the oldest of seven children, so she knows something about feeling maternal and protective toward children. That was part of her motivation for volunteering with the Guardian ad Litem program when she retired from her job as direct of operations for a technology company in 2009. The Guardian ad Litem program is made up of volunteer, courtappointed advocates for abused, neglected and abandoned children caught up in dependency court proceedings. Ms. Gustafson volunteered in May 2010. Guardians receive 30 hours of training as well as ongoing training throughout the year. Much of it is about court procedures and how to write reports. “We’re information gatherers,”

she said. “What we try to do is gather information for our team.” Guardians work closely with staff lawyers and case managers. “We’re not out there floundering,” she said. “They’re knowledgeable about court procedures. My caseworker, Chalonda Parham, is a mentor. We do a lot of emailing.” Guardians can take the number of cases they feel they can handle, and most volunteers have two or three cases at a time. Ms. Gustafson’s load is a bit heavier. “I have seven children from five different families,” she said. “We need more volunteers. We always have more children. We’re mandated to visit at least once a month. Sometimes it’s a lot more.” The job can be both frustrating and rewarding. The frustration comes when the court system moves slowly in resolving issues. “The good thing is being able to help kids and make sure they get

the services they need,” she said. She spoke of one child in her care who was born 10 weeks prematurely in a home where there was domestic violence. “The child was three-four months behind and his muscles were atrophying. He needed physical therapy and a lot of other things. Now he’s 14 months old and he’s just started walking. They’ve done some marvelous things with him physically and mentally. I consider that a success story.” There are other rewards, as well. “When interacting with the child, you become close,” she said. “Sometimes you are the only constant in the child’s life. They’re happy to see you and run up and give you a big hug. “I bought cupcakes to school for the 5th birthday of one of my kids. It was rewarding to see how happy she was. They don’t get those things. She told her classmates, ‘it’s my

birthday.’” Ms. Gu s t a f s o n would like to see more men volunteer as Guardian ad Litems. “A lot of the young boys Brenda Gustafson need male role models to mentor them,” she said. She is trying to get one of her kids, as she calls them, into Big Brothers/Big Sisters, where he would have a male role model. The most important thing, Ms Gustafson said, is that they are there to represent the child. “We’re the advocates for the children,” she said. “Our job is what is in the best interests of the child. The good thing is being able to help the kids and make sure they get the See VOLUNTEER, Page 15

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The Aid & Attendance Pension benefit, intended to assist veterans with medical expenses depleting their income, is little-known and often misunderstood. It is not disability compensation (a benefit for veterans with service-connected disabilities). The basic pension amount gets "improvements" in the amount awarded if the veteran is "housebound", or needs the "aid & attendance" of another person to avoid the hazards of daily living. The aforementioned benefit can provide monthly payments of $1,949.00 to a married veteran (higher if both spouses are veterans), and $l,056.00/month to a veteran's surviving spouse. For eligibility there are three basic requirements: (1) qualifying service, (2) the asset/income test, and (3) the aid & attendance requirement. In terms of service, the veteran must have at least 90 days of active duty, one day of which was during a declared wartime period, and a discharge other than dishonorable. Many easily meet the service and aid & attendance requirements. It is more difficult navigating the rules of asset and income eligibility. There is a common misconception that an individual can retain $80,000.00 in countable net worth and still qualify (the veteran's homestead and certain other items do not count). Unfortunately, in practice the standard is much more subjective and varies on a case-by-case basis. Generally, we try to reduce countable net worth to the lowest possible number the veteran can be comfortable with, to maximize the probability of approval. With income, the key is determining "income for VA purposes" (IVAP), which is: gross income minus qualifying medical expenses. In an assisted-living facility that costs $3,500.00/month, if a veteran's income is less than $3,500.00, he could qualify for the maximum pension. The difficulty of navigating income and asset requirements is one of many reasons why you should use a skilled elder law attorney (you can use the following website to determine whether individuals are accredited by the VA: http://www.va.gov/ogc/apps/accreditation/index.asp). Please call our office for a FREE copy of our Long-Term Care Planning Guide; or our DVD discussing Long-Term Care Planning, including a publication discussing the reasons you should use a qualified attorney for VA pension planning purposes. 677086


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Chaplain helps explain mission of SEALs By Shelley Koppel Associate news editor

FORT PIERCE — Robert Bedingfield is the lead docent and director of volunteers at the National Navy-UDT-SEAL Museum. He retired from the Navy, where he served in the Chaplain Corps. Being at the museum has a great deal of meaning for him. “In my 23 years of active duty, the UDTSEALs were part of my life,” he said. “The SEALs do not have a chaplain because they are in such small units. Amphibious teams always had UDT teams. I spent seven years with the Marines and we always had SEALS. It was a very comfortable fit.” There is another reason why Fort Pierce and the museum mean so much. “I was the senior Protestant chaplain at the U.S. Naval Academy,” Mr. Bedingfield said. “I buried (retired Real Admiral) Draper Kauffman, the father of the UDTs, when he died in 1979,” Mr. Bedingfield said. “He founded a UDT school in Fort Pierce in 1943. He began something brand-spanking new here. It’s historic, but it’s a living, vital place. What Kauffman put in place, we’re still doing. There’s marvelous continuity.” Mr. Bedingfield began volunteering at the museum when he and his wife moved to Vero Beach from Stuart in 2009. “It’s an historic site and was logical, given my own interests,” he said. The chaplain noted that after Osama Bin Laden was killed by a SEAL team, the number of visitors to the museum increased. “That’s what SEALS do,” he said. “It’s part of the mission. I emphasize (to visitors) the concept of teamwork. That’s what SEALs share.” Mr. Bedingfield said that SEALs are trained to think in unique ways. “They’re trained for things to turn out differently,” he said. “Things are always dynamic, not static. There is a moral agreement, ‘I trust you with my life. It’s a whole new mental model.” “SEALs have to be taught to dance lightly. What do you do when Plan A isn’t effective? A SEAL has been pushed to get See MISSION, Page 14

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bers of the St. Lucie County Chamber of Commerce. Enjoy complimentary refreshments from Silver Platter Entrees from 8:30 – 9:30 a.m. at the Port. St. Lucie Community Center, 2195 SE Airoso Blvd, Port St. Lucie.

Saturday, Nov. 12 •SLC Education Foundation Ball The 12th Annual St. Lucie County Education Foundation Elegance in Education Ball will feature fine dining, dancing, silent and live auctions, while raising funds for scholarships and grants to benefit teachers and students and offer teacher and employee recognition for school district employees. The event takes place at the PGA Learning Center. For more information, contact (772)429-5505.

•Navy Seal Muster XXVI Navy SEAL demonstrations, the U.S. Navy Parachute Team, 5k Run, Military helicopters, face painting, firing actual SEAL weapons, special guests and more. Visit www.navysealmuseum.com or call (772)595-5845.

Sunday, Nov. 13 •Ladies Expo The Ladies expo is to educate, inspire and celebrate the beauty of womanhood. Live entertainment and various exhibits will be on site at the Port St. Lucie Community Center, 2195 SE Airoso Blvd., Port St. Lucie. The event is from 3 p.m. – 7 p.m. The cost is $10 per ticket. Visit www.theladiesexpo.webs.com

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gletarian Society of Martin and St. Lucie counties are looking for new members between 57 and 70. Members must be widows, widowers or divorced. Meets second Thursday of every month. Call (772) 398-2345 for more information. •Library continues art program: The Morningside Branch Library hosts the “Walls of Art” program each month. The display is ongoing and changes monthly, featuring different local artists. The Morningside Branch of the St. Lucie County Library System is located at 2410 Morningside Blvd., Port St. Lucie. If you are interested in displaying your handicrafts or artwork, call MaryBeth at (772) 337-5632 or stop by the library to sign up. •Qiquong classes offered: Therapeutic Touch Medical Massage Clinic offers two qiquong classes on Tuesday evening at 7 p.m. and Saturday morning at 8:30 a.m. on the lagoon. Wear loose clothing. Beginners are wel-

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come. There will be music, fruit and drinks provided. The massage clinic is also offering first-time clients an hour massage for only $45, a 25 percent discount for a limited time. Located on Prima Vista Boulevard, one-fourth mile west of U.S. 1, just west of Rio Mar Drive, look for long white picket fence on east side of River Park bridge. For more information, call (772) 3400799 or (772) 879-9416. •Band rehearsals slated: The Port St. Lucie community concert band rehearses every Thursday evening from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Port St. Lucie Civic Center. For more information, call (772) 8712863. •Free Spanish courses at library: Free Spanish courses are being offered at the Morningside Library in Port St. Lucie, Wednesdays from 6 to 7:30 p.m. To register, visit www.hispanicsinaction.org. A drawing and painting class is being offered at Mario Mutis Studio. See CALENDAR, Page 12

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Museum honors heroes past and present By Shelley Koppel Associate news editor

FORT PIERCE — Charles Thiess wanted to be a diver. When he joined the military in 1947, and from 1950-1952, during the Korean War, he helped train UDT or underwater demolition teams. “Our mission was to remove obstacles from beaches that the enemy had put there to keep out boats from coming ashore,” he said. Today, Mr. Thiess is past president of the Navy SEAL Museum Association and a 14-year volunteer at the museum in Fort Pierce that honors the UDT and SEALs. Many people don’t realize that Fort Pierce is where the Navy Frogmen got their start. From 1943-1946, thousands of volunteers trained there for underwater demolition. “So little is known about the beginning,” Mr. Thiess said. “That’s what museum is all about. “We think they chose Fort Pierce because it was so remote. Sand gnats and

mosquitoes were the only inhabitants. It was kept quite secret. This was a time of scientific breakthroughs that made the UDTs possible. “The teams were just getting into lungs for breathing underwater,” Mr. Thiess said. “Jacques Cousteau invented the first underwater breathing apparatus in 1946.” The museum has several new displays, including a piece of the World Trade Center. Retired detective John Ramirez of the New York Police department drove the 300pound steel I-beam from New York to Fort Pierce in August, in time for the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks. Sadly, there are new names inscribed on the Memorial Wall, including the SEALs killed recently when their helicopter was shot down over Afghanistan. From Nov. 10-13, the museum will host Muster XXVI, a SEAL reunion and public event. Thousand of people are expected to watch

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Stress card! You gotta be kidding!” My Naval vet son was incredulous. “When I went through boot camp if you didn’t have a look of abject fear on your face your CO would put one there!”

“Candy! You had candy!? In boot camp?” My chocoholic Marine vet daughter’s eyes bulged. “If we had been caught DREAMING about candy, our sergeant would have found out and sent us on a gazillionmile march … with full pack … carrying weapons. “P.T. every OTHER day!? “We had to do P.T. while standing in the chow line at every meal! In addition to what we did at 3:30 every morning!” Step-Grandpa fits the crusty old Army vet profile perfectly. My Air Force enlistee granddaughter is her cousin Joe’s partner in the “You have it softer than we did”

active duty Seals do hostage rescues and other feats. Pat Holtz and her husband both volunteer at the museum. “Three of our five children are in the military, so it caught our interest,” she said. “Usually, people are surprised at how much there is. The SEALs and UDTs are as proud of it as they come through, especially for the Muster. They’re enthusiastic and they sometimes offer us things for exhibition. We’re thrilled to get the donations.” The National Navy UDT-SEAL Museum is located at 3300 N. Hwy A1A in Fort Pierce. It is open Tuesday-Saturday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Sunday from noon-4 p.m. and Monday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. from January-April. Admission is $6 for those 13 and over and $3 for children 6-12. Children 5 and under are admitted free. For more information, call (772) 595-5845 or visit the website

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social order. She has been the sole occupant of said order for more than a year, and she welcomes a companion so the “Family Old Guard” (her words) has someone else to pick on. “Just because Fred Flintstone wasn’t our workout buddy doesn’t mean we are not as fit as you all were in your hey day … Which was more than a few years ago, may I add!” Alicia is nine states away from her loving family, depending on cell phone technology to allow just a tad more leniency in her spoken words to her elders. None of the above mentioned vets had the chance to jangle Joe’s chain personally while he was in basic training, but the season for family dinners is fast approaching and we are all hoping he will be able to join us, albeit for different reasons.

To say my family is competitive is akin to declaring the Grand Canyon is a nice little gorge. Monopoly games have been known to last weeks … Our football games require real umpires … Checkers have been known to be a contact sport. But it’s the holidays that bring out the spirit in our happy conglomeration of personalities. Arriving just a few short weeks after Halloween, Veterans Day heralds in the holidays in our world, and that means family dinners. Family dinners means some really great pot luck food and really great together time, which gets scarcer as our third generation grows older and

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Michael Howard, USN-ret, director of the Navy UDT-SEAL Museum in Fort Pierce spoke during the dedication of a frogman statue as the latest addition to the museum earlier this year. The museum will hold it’s annual Muster Saturday, Nov. 12 and Sunday, Nov. 13 in Fort Pierce. requires chauffeurs and coaches. Playing the role of moderator (referee) I happily join and oversee lengthy conversations about current events and recent achievements. I begin looking for my gavel should the chatter drift toward politics, and with my varied group of veterans this inevitably somehow leads to which branch of the military is the best/worst. Words like “Jarhead,” “Swabby,” “Mud Stomper” and “Fly Person” (used to be “Fly Boy”) are soon thrown around like pillows at a pajama party as lips curl and faces redden. It’s right about now that the chronological ages are staying the same, but the mental ages are swiftly reverting. “You wouldn’t have made it a week at sea!” Roy has an uncanny ability to push just the right buttons. See ROSE, 15


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ur fathers and mothers came home from World War II hailed by a grateful nation as conquering heroes. The evil empires of Germany, Italy and Japan had been defeated and once the surrender was signed aboard the USS Missouri, a celebration erupted all across America.

That homecoming and the euphoria that followed resulted in more babies being born that at any other time in U. S. history . Unfortunately, when those babies, currently known as baby boomers, grew to be young adults they too had a war to fight. This time however, the lines would not be nearly as defined as in World War II. The tiny Asian country of Vietnam was locked in a bloody civil war. To the north was the Viet Cong who were supplied and supported by the communist in

China and North Korea. In the south the army of The Republic of Vietnam was supported by the countries of the United Nations, but history would show that South Vietnam would become a protectorate of The United States. Thousands upon thousands of the baby boom generation would either volunteer or be drafted for service there. At home in the states our own revolution had begun. The late 1960s and early ’70s would explode in protests. Civil rights for the races, women’s rights, and a strong anti-war sentiment joined the hippie movement to push America closer to an all out civil war than it had been since … well, the Civil War. The young people had experienced about all of the war they could take and were now ready to

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young people in the military had themselves embraced the hippie lifestyle before entering the service. Now they were not sure where they stood and even questioned their own beliefs. Worse yet, they did not know if they now had the support of their own families and friends. The soldiers fighting the war were even confused as to who was the enemy. The Vietnamese people looked and dressed similarly and a clear foe seldom could be identified. Even on their rare down time they could trust no one. Many times when the enemy was engaged they turned out to be no more than children. Deadly children, but children all the same. The American troops were not raised to shoot kids and with the true enemy so difficult to detect they adopted the slogan “shoot them all and let God sort ‘em out.” While that seems a despicable idea it does illustrate the confusion our service people were feeling.

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To register, e-mail mariomutis@hotmail.com. •Help for food addicts: For those with problems with overeating, under eating, bulimia or anorexia, consider Food Addicts In Recovery. Meetings are held every Sunday at 8:30 a.m. in the Life Care Center at 3720 S.E. Jennings Road, Port St. Lucie. For more information, call (772) 3371982 or www.foodaddicts.org. •Bingo offered Friday nights: The American Legion Post No. 355 has bingo every Friday night starting at 7 p.m. Refreshments are available starting at 6:30 p.m. The post is located at 1150 California Blvd., Port St. Lucie. For more information, call (772) 8794389. •Senior rec center program schedule: Seniors citizens who are looking for something to do can stop by Agape Senior Recreational Center at 809 N. Ninth St., Fort Pierce, weekdays from 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

FOREVER YOUNG The center has regular exercise classes, bingo, discussion sessions, Bible study, plus outside trips to local museums, shopping, etc. Lunch is provided daily. Agape Senior Recreational Center is supported by Resurrection Life Family Worship Center in Fort Pierce. For more information, call (772) 4689090 •Group seeks Volunteers: The Arc of St. Lucie County is looking to rebuild its volunteer base. It is looking for motivated individuals to organize and head various volunteer committees. The areas include special events, mailings, technical support and capital campaign cultivation. It is looking for individuals who support the mission of improving the quality of life of individuals with disabilities. For more information, call (772) 4649551. •Get free vessel safety check: The Port St. Lucie Power Squadron offers free vessel safety checks. Qualified squadron members will check boat

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PFDs, lights, registration and required safety items to verify that they meet state and federal regulations. If a vessel passes inspection, the owner will be issued a dated decal recognized by the Coast Guard and Marine Patrol for one year. There will be no record kept of those who fail, and another request for a free inspection can be requested when deficiencies are corrected. Call (772) 871-1018; leave name and number. •Soup kitchen open: Hot, nutritious meals for the needy are served every Thursday. Doors open at 4 p.m. Dinner is served from 5-6 p.m. at St. Lucie Catholic Church, 290 S.W. Prima Vista Blvd., Port St. Lucie. For more information, call (772) 8781215. •AMVETS Post 15 serves breakfast from 8 to 11 a.m. every Sunday at 2024 South U.S. 1, Fort Pierce. Proceeds go toward the Americanism program. Admission is a $4 donation. For information, call (772) 464-7751. •Bird watching cruise: See nesting birds on the bird watching cruise,

which departs at 4:30 p.m. on Fridays, from Rivergate Park, 2200 S.E. Midport Road, Port St. Lucie. Private charters are available, and reservations are required. For more information, call (772) 489-8344 •Caribbean American Cultural Group: Meetings are held on the third Wednesday of every month at 6:30 p.m. at 172 N.E. St. James Drive, Port St Lucie. Friday nights are our fun/games nights, starting at 7 p.m. There are also several special events throughout the year. All are welcome. For more information, call (772) 7858350. •Community garage sale: Held the third Saturday of every month in the Minsky Gym parking lot. Find a bargain or for $5.85 per parking space, be a vendor and unload all of your unwanted treasures. So go ahead and clean out your garages. Sorry, there will be no telephone registrations. Call Demetris at (772) 344-4300. •Downtown Fort Pierce Farmer’s Market runs from 8 a.m. to noon every See CALENDAR, Page 13

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Saturday at the east end of Orange Avenue in Fort Pierce. Breakfast and music is available, rain or shine. For information, call (772) 940-1145. •Eco-cruise: See alligators, turtles and birds on the St. Lucie River Aquatic Preserve’s 90-minute cruise. Cruise departs at 1 p.m. from River Park Marina, 500 S.E. Prima Vista Blvd., Port St. Lucie. The cost is $18.78 for adults, $15 for children. For more information, call (772) 489-8344. •Florida dolphin watch tours: Unique year-round dolphin watching boat tour for groups of six passengers at a time. The sightseeing tour lasts two hours. Adult tickets are $35 and tickets for children under 13 are $17.50. The tour leaves at 9:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. every day from the South Bridge Marina in Fort Pierce. Advance reservations are required. Call (772) 466-4660. •Friday sunset cruise at Rivergate Park. Boat leaves at 4 p.m. from 2200

FOREVER YOUNG S.E. Veteran’s Memorial Parkway, Port St. Lucie. Cost: $18.78 for adults. Enjoy dining afterward at nearby restaurants. For more information, call (772) 489-8344. •Friday Fest, first Friday of every month in Fort Pierce at Marina Square at Melody Lane and Avenue A. The free event is held from 5:30-8:30 p.m., weather permitting, and features live music, children’s activities, arts and craft vendors and food stalls. Call Main Street Fort Pierce at (772) 4663880. •Fort Pierce Jazz Society arts and crafts show: The Jazz & Blues Society arts and crafts show is scheduled from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Saturday. The event is on Indian River Drive, just north of the library, in Downtown Fort Pierce. For information, call (772) 460JAZZ. •Guided hikes: Every Saturday at 10 a.m. Oxbow naturalists lead visitors along a series of trials, discussing the plants and wildlife that live in the different habitats along the North Fork of the St. Lucie River. For information, call (772) 785-5833 or visit www.stlu-

cieco.gov/erd/oxbow. •Heathcote Botanical Gardens: The gardens, 210 Savannah Road in Fort Pierce, showcase a Japanese garden with bonsai, herb garden, reflection garden, as well as palms and cycads and a replica of a Florida pioneer house. Hours are Tuesday-Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sundays (NovemberApril) 1 to 5 p.m. Admission is $6 for adults, $5 for seniors, and $2 for children ages 6-12. Members are free and there is free general admission the second Friday of every month. For more information, call (772) 464-4672. •Manatee Observation and Education Center: 480 N. Indian River Drive, Fort Pierce. Offers educational programs, special events and workshops. The center is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and from 1 to 4 p.m. Sundays. For information, call (772) 466-1600, Ext. 3071. • Indian River Lagoon boat tours aboard The Gator, a 42-passenger pontoon boat depart at 10:30 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Group tours are available at special times. Tickets are $19 per adult (10 percent senior discount);

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$12 per child and may be purchased at the Manatee Center’s gift shop. For information, call (772) 460-6445. •Navy UDT-SEAL Museum: Visit the site of the original Navy Frogman training grounds during WW II. NASA spacecraft training modules, SEAL delivery vehicles, boats, Frogman diving gear, photographs, weapons, memorabilia from World War II to the present are all on display. Museum theater presents footage of these naval special warfare warriors in training and combat operations. Admission is $5 for adults, $2 for children (ages 612) and free for younger children. Hours of operation are Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The museum is at 3300 North Highway A1A (Pepper Park), Fort Pierce. For more information, call (772) 595-5845 or visit www.navysealmuseum.com. •Night of dancing: Daughters of Naomi embrace ballroom and Latin dancing at Old City Hall, on the corner of Ave. A and U.S. 1, in Fort Pierce. This event takes place on the last Friday of every month. Tickets cost $12.50 per See CALENDAR, Page 14

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beyond the boundaries.” The very human side of the SEALs is on display at the museum until Nov. 14, with the display of art by SEAL Joshua Harris, who died in Afghanistan in 2008. The exhibit, called “Art of a Hero,” features more than 50 of his paintings. In 2000, Mr. Harris was studying architecture at the University of North Carolina. With only one semester to go, he decided he didn’t want to work in an office and joined the Navy. He became a SEAL and won three Bronze Stars and a Purple Heart. None of his teammates knew he was an artist. “The art is magnificent,” Mr. Bedingfield said. “Heroes can be one-dimensional. You make them human. “Navy SEALs are not different than we are. They are human beings, just like us, but with a

FOREVER YOUNG “The art is magnificent. Heroes can be one-dimensional. You make them human.” Robert Bedingfield

different kind of potential. “My task as chaplain is to keep saying that there’s more to this than you can imagine and to humanize them. The tendency is to lionize. We don’t do it. These are real people who cry and laugh and bleed.” The National Navy UDT/SEAL Museum is located at 3300 N. A1A, Fort Pierce. It is open TuesdaySaturday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and Sunday from noon-4 p.m. From January-April, it is open on Monday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. For more information, call (772) 595-5845 or visit the website www.navysealmuseum.com

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person and are sold at the door. Refreshments are served. For more information, call (772) 467-2535. •Port St. Lucie Historical Society: Learn about the evolving facts of Port St. Lucie. Organization is dedicated to presenting and preserving the past and present history of the community. Meetings are held on the last Tuesday of every month at 1 p.m. at the Port St. Lucie Community Center. •Savannas Preserve State Park: Guided walks, horseback riding and interactive exhibits will be available at the Education Center, 2541 Walton Road, Port St. Lucie. The preserve has canoe and kayak tours and rentals. Children must be over age 5 for these tours and rentals. Reservations are required for summer months. For more information or to volunteer, call (772) 398-2779. •Singletarian Society of Martin and St. Lucie counties are looking

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for new members between 57-70. Members must be widow, widowers or divorced. Meets second Thursday of every month. Call (772) 398-2345 for more information. •St. Lucie County Historical Museum: The museum, located at 414 Seaway Drive, Fort Pierce, is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and from noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday. Features 16 permanent exhibits of local history, including a Spanish galleon exhibit, Seminole Indian encampment, Harry Hill photographic collection and the 1907 Gardner House. Group tours are available. For information, call (772) 462-1891. •St. Lucie County Aquarium featuring the Smithsonian Marine Ecosystems Exhibit: Feeding frenzy tours are held daily at 10:30am and snack time tours are held daily at 2:30pm. Tour six model ecosystem displays, lead by exhibit staff. Participants may ask questions and share observations during informal presSee CALENDAR, Page 16

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“You USED to be a sailor – I will ALWAYS be a Marine!” Jumping to her feet Cindy narrows in on her brother. “We got there first!” There’s Dad… “By plane!” Alicia is in the Air Force. “Oh yeah?” …It’s like watching a ping pong match… “Yeah!” Further reversion; Cindy is not known for pulling punches, “You keep being a butt head and I’m going to tell Mom where you REALLY were the night of your high school prom when the ballroom was evacuated!” “Oh yeah, I think it’s time Mom found out who REALLY had her car out most of the night when you were too young to have a license, then convinced her she actually did park it in the neighbor’s yard!” … I distinctly remember asking Roy if he knew anything about that incident at the time and being angelically assured he did not… Lest I discover hidden truths that would cause me to have retroactive panic attacks, I do some reverting myself … To a tried-and-true method of snapping my offspring back into adulthood …

“I read somewhere that it’s not a crime to step on the American flag…” Heads snap around and chests expand. “What?! Where did you read that?” “People fought and died for that flag!” “And still are!” Roy’s face begins to redden again. Cindy’s eyes flash, “I served my country so everyone can have freedom of speech, not to disrespect our flag!” Alicia chimes in via the cell phone: “Me too!” “Don’t forget me!” Dad’s actually growling. I just love it when a family comes together … Especially if they do so before dinner gets completely cold. Joe, when you enlisted in the military you joined more than one elite group … Welcome … And please pass the mashed potatoes … PS. My favorite bumper sticker reads “If you can read this thank a teacher, if you can read it in English thank a veteran” I think that about says it all, please take a moment this holiday and every day to say a short prayer for all who are serving so we may be free and their families who are struggling without them. Rose Padrick is a Brevard County resident who grew up in Merritt Island. She’s written numerous columns and short stories published in various area newspapers and magazines and is currently awaiting publication of her children’s book, “Sparky’s Adventures.”

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services they need.” Her perseverance has been noticed by others. Keri Hughes, volunteer recruiter for the Guardian ad Litem program, has high praise. “Over the past year, Brenda has immersed herself in the program, attending trainings and always going the extra mile for her children. Facing family medical issues, Brenda continued her strong advocacy and requested to be the voice for additional children.” For more information about the Guardian ad Litem program in the 19th Judicial Circuit, covering St. Lucie, Martin, Indian River and Okeechobee counties, call (772) 785-5804 or visit the website www.gfnf4kids.org/GAL

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When the long war finally ended for the U.S. in late 1973 the returning service people were not greeted as heroes. There was no celebrations or parades. Instead the American public rushed to forget one of the most distasteful episodes in our history. Also forgotten were the fighting men and women and the sacrifices they had made. Often they had to endure derision from the malcontents and draft dodgers who had stayed behind. Many could not wait to take off their uniforms. It was not a pretty time in American history. It would be years before the Vietnam vets would gain the respect they deserved and take their rightful place alongside past heroes. In recent years the American service people who have fought in the Middle East have greatly

FOREVER YOUNG It was not a pretty time in American history. It would be years before the Vietnam vets would gain the respect they deserved and take their rightful place alongside past heroes.

benefited from the residual shame of how the ’Nam vets were treated. The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are every bit as unpopular as was the war in Vietnam but the American populace has learned their lesson well. Soldiers returning from the Middle East are given the full respect due them. They can partially thank a Vietnam vet for that. They to are every day Americans who have been called upon to serve in an unpopular war. Not knowing who your friends are or who the enemy is makes the job all

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entation. Free with paid admission. All ages. Maximum 10 people. 45 minutes. Exhibit staff conduct weekly behind-the-scenes tours of the facility every Saturday at 2 p.m. Tour gives visitors a look at the necessary systems essential to keeping the living ecosystems thriving. Behind-the-scenes tours are free with the price of admission. Suggested for ages 10 and up. Maximum of 10 people. 45 minutes. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday: 10-4pm; closed Sundays and Mondays. Admission rates are: adults: $3, children and seniors: $2; first Tuesday of the month is free. Group rates are available with advance notice. The aquarium is located at 420 Seaway Drive, South Hutchinson Island, Fort Pierce. For more information, call (772) 462-FISH (3474). For group bookings, call (772) 465-3271.

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• AARP senior community service employment program: The employment program offers free training and assistance in getting a job for qualifying seniors who are 55 or older on a limited income, and living in Martin or St. Lucie counties. Call (772) 2232653 or (772) 462-6149. • Air Force Sergeants Association: Treasure Coast Chapter 564 meets at 6:30 p.m. on the first Tuesday of each month at the DAV Hall, 1350 S.W. California Blvd., Port St. Lucie. For information, call (772) 873-4074. • Alcoholics Anonymous, St. Lucie Intergroup Association: Serves more than 100 AA meetings in St. Lucie and Okeechobee counties, supplying books, medallions and brochures to AA groups and maintaining a telephone hotline, 24-hours a day. Located on the northwest corner of U.S. 1 and Prima Vista Boulevard in Port St. Lucie. For information, call (772) 8739299. •Alzheimer Support Group: Meetings are held on the second and fourth See CALENDAR, Page 17


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Pierce Branch Library on Melody Lane in Downtown Fort Pierce. For more information, call (772) 878-3651 or email: smcclos656@aol.com. • AMVETS Post 15: Membership meetings are on the second Sunday of each month at noon at 2024 South U.S. 1, Fort Pierce. For more information, call (772) 464-7751. • Arthritis Support Group: meets from noon to 1 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month at Sunlight Community Church, 477 S.W. Cashmere Blvd., Port St. Lucie. For details, call (772) 785-9979. • Bereavement support groups: Treasure Coast Hospices offers individual and group support for experiencing the loss of a loved one. Locations are in Martin and St. Lucie counties. For information, call (800) 299-4677 or (772) 403-4530. • Blues Alliance meeting and jam: Meetings are held the second Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. For information, call (772) 467-1851. • Canadian Club of the Treasure Coast: For details, call (772) 340-2237. • Caribbean American Cultural

Group: Meetings are every third Wednesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. at 172 N.E. St. James Drive, Port St. Lucie. Friday nights are our fun/games nights starting at around 7 p.m. There are also several special events throughout the year. All are welcome. For more information, call (772) 785-8350. • Celebrate recovery: Weekly meetings for addicts, co-dependency or any hurt habit, on Mondays, with 5:45 p.m. barbecue, 7 p.m. meeting and 8 p.m. group meeting at Morningside Church, 2180 Morningside Blvd., Port St. Lucie. Call (772) 871-9929. • Commodores Singles Club ballroom dancing: Ballroom dancing with big band music from 7:30-10:30 p.m. every Sunday at the American Legion, 3195 N.E. Savanna Road, Jensen Beach. Dress appropriately. For more information, call (772) 461-4502. • Council on Aging: For more information, call (772) 336-8608. • Current events discussion group: Meets the first and third Wednesday of every month from 1:30-3 p.m., at Morningside Branch Library, 2410

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Morningside Blvd., Port St. Lucie. For information, call (772) 337-5632. • Daughters of the British Empire: The social and charitable group of ladies meets once a month, holds fundraisers and gives back to the community. For information, call (772) 221-3829 or (772) 286-2724. • Democratic Women’s Club of St. Lucie County: For information, call (772) 878-8954. •Depression support group: meets the second Tuesday of the month. For more information, call Walton Road Baptist Church at (772) 337-1467. • Disabled American Veterans, Chapter 14: Meets the first Saturday of every month at noon for lunch, business meeting starts at 12:45 p.m., at the American Legion Post No. 40 in Fort Pierce, 810 South U.S. 1. Veterans, spouses and spouses of deceased disabled veterans from Fort Pierce and Vero Beach are welcome. For more information, call (772) 462-2272 or (772) 460-7928. • Disabled American Veterans See CALENDAR, Page 19

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Fridays of each month at 1 p.m. at the First Congregational Church, 2401 S.E. Sidonia Street, Port St. Lucie. • American Association of University Women, Port St. Lucie Branch: For information, call (772) 878-6096. • American Legion Post 40: Hall rental is available for receptions of all types. Breakfast served every Sunday from 8-11 a.m. Post No. 40 is at Georgia Avenue and U.S. 1, in Fort Pierce. For more information, call (772) 4611480. • American Legion No. 355: Male and female military veterans are welcome to join. Meetings are the first Monday of each month at the DAV Building on the corner of California and Venus avenues in Port St. Lucie. For information, call (772) 871-6667. • American Needlepoint Guild, Sea Gull Stitchers Chapter: Meetings are held on the first and third Wednesdays of each month from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The meetings are held at the Fort

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The name’s the same When looking for your family names, let your imagination be your guide. Spelling can vary from person to person, family, generation, document, and also will depend on the person indexing census records. You will almost always find some differences in the spelling of your ancestors’ name, however, the correct spelling is not as important as determining that it is the correct ancestor. Regional accents and mispronunciations can cause spelling differences. A “B” may be heard as a “P”, or a “V” heard as a “W”. When spoken, a word can be unrecognizable to someone from a different part of the country. Vowels can become anything the writer chooses. An “i” can be an “e”, “ie”,

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“y”, “ey”, “ee. Consonants also change or become single or double, “l” or “ll”. Immigration officers often changed difficult foreign names to more familiar English names. Families have often changed their names slightly or entirely, to blend in more with the society into which they are living. Learn to go with your instinct when you see a novel spelling for your ancestor. However, you still must dot all the “i’s” and cross all the “t’s” to prove that it truly is your ancestor, and not just someone with the same name.

We want to hear from you The theme for January’s Forever Young is “Reinventing yourself.” After turning 50, have you or someone you know decided to do something you’ve never done before? Maybe you’ve retired from your life’s work as an accountant, and decided to take up painting, or write a book. Perhaps you’ve taken on a second career, or taken up a whole new hobby or decided to take a trip around the world. Whatever it is, we want to hear from you. You can send your thoughts and story ideas to foreveryoungmc@hometownnewsol.com. The deadline is Nov. 15.

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Chapter 113: Meets the third Wednesday of the month at 1150 S.W. California Blvd., Port St. Lucie. For information, call (772) 871-6667. • Divorce Care: The weekly seminar and support group for those who are separated and divorced meets from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Wednesdays at Westside Baptist Church, 3361 S. Jenkins Road, Fort Pierce. Cost is $15. For information, call (772) 461-7828, or (772) 489-9161. • Domestic Violence Support Group: Weekly meeting for women and children meets at 9 a.m. on Saturdays at Recovery Associates, Suite 202, Riverside Bank building, 8241 South U.S. 1, in Port St. Lucie. Services are free. For information, call (772) 3981775. • Downtown Kiwanis Club meeting: Every Tuesday at Elks Hall, 615 South U.S. 1, Fort Pierce. For information, call (772) 465-2185. • Elvis Treasure Coast Fan Club:

Meetings are on the last Sunday of each month at 3 p.m. This nonprofit club supports the Meals on Wheels program in Martin and St. Lucie counties. For more information, call (772) 201- 3227. •Florida Public Relations Association, Treasure Coast Chapter: meets second Tuesday of the month at 11:30 a.m. at the IRCC/FAU Schreiber Conference Center in St. Lucie West. Reservations and payment for the event can be made online at www.fpratreasurecoast.com or by calling Cara Perry, Director of University Relations at FAU Treasure Coast Campus, at (772) 8733339 •Florida Society Sons of the American Revolution: A patriotic, historic and educational organization focusing on the perpetuation of institutions of American freedom and the memory of Revolutionary War heroes. Inexpensive luncheon meetings are held the second Saturday of each month. Meetings are open to the public. For more information, call (772) 336-0926. • Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous: All are welcome to a weekly

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meeting at 8:30 a.m. on Sundays at Life Care Center of Port St. Lucie, 3720 S.E. Jennings Road. For information, call (772) 337-1982. • Fort Pierce Orchid Society: Meets at the Fort Pierce Branch of the St. Lucie County Library System, 101 Melody Lane, on the third Saturday of each month. Meetings are from 10 a.m. to noon. Free, light refreshments are served. For more information, call Bill or Jo at (772) 465-4674 or e-mail jbtozer@bellsouth.net. • Fort Pierce Sunrise Kiwanis Club: meets at 7:30 a.m. every Thursday morning at Cafe La Ronde on Orange Avenue in Downtown Fort Pierce. • Fort Pierce Kiwanis Club: Meets every Tuesday at noon at the Fort Pierce Elks Lodge. For more information, call (772) 466 7117 daytime or (772) 465-6727 evenings. • Fort Pierce writers group: meetings are from 1 to 4 p.m. on the first and third Friday of each month at the Fort Pierce branch Library, 101 Melody Lane. For more information, call (772) 462-2787. • Foster grandparent program: Vol-

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unteers ages 60 or older are needed to help pre-kindergarten through elementary-age children learn to read and improve their school work. Sponsored by the Area Agency on Aging; training for volunteers is provided. For information, call (772) 467-0008. • Garden Club of Fort Pierce meets the second Wednesday of the month from September to May. The meetings take place at 10:45 a.m. in the Glidden Park Center, 911 Parkway Drive, Fort Pierce. For more information, call (772) 489-9999. • General Motors Retirement Club: For more information, call (772) 8786003. • Get Reel Movie Club: Meets Mondays at 2 p.m. at the Fort Pierce Branch Library, 101 Melody Lane. For more information, call (772) 462-2787. • GFWC Women’s Club of Port St. Lucie: The monthly meeting for friendship and service to the community is at 11 a.m. on the third Wednesday of every month, at the Holiday Inn on U.S. 1 in Port St. Lucie. For inforSee CALENDAR, Page 20

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mation, call (772) 343-0093. • Great Expectations Book Club meets on the first and third Thursdays at 10 a.m. at the Fort Pierce Branch Library, 101 Melody Lane. For more information, call (772) 462-2787. • Historical Map Club: For information, call (772) 219-9778. •Jewish War Veterans Post: The Irving Wallman Post No. 705, Port St. Lucie headquarters, has moved to Temple Beth Israel, 551 S.W. Bethany Drive, St. Lucie West. For information, call (772) 785-7178. • Kentucky Society of the Treasure Coast: For information, call (772) 6923715. • Knights of Columbus No. 7514: Family dinner is served every Tuesday from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Cost is $6. Every Wednesday and Friday from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. is a fish fry. Cost is $4. The event is at 451 S.W. Ravenswood Lane, Port St. Lucie. For information, call (772) 878-7514. •Korean War veterans wanted: The Treasure Coast Korean War Veterans Association Chapter 106 in Port St. Lucie are looking for new members, both male and female, who served in Korea in any branch of the service from Sept. 3, 1945 to July, 1955 and from then until now. Doctors and nurses in Korea, as well as Japan, during that time are qualified to join the unit. For more information, call (772) 8716667. • Lakela’s Mint chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society: For information, call (772) 785-5833. • Lakewood Park book discussion group: Meets at 3 p.m. on the first Monday of each month (unless it’s a holiday) at the Lakewood Park Branch Library, 7605 Santa Barbara Road in Fort Pierce. For information, call (772) 462-6870. • League of Women Voters of St. Lucie County: For information, call (772) 340-7379. • Lucie’s Creative Crafters and Vendors: The group holds a craft show and sale most weekends at different locations. Sales benefit the crafters and

FOREVER YOUNG some local charities. For information, call (772) 873-2981. • Lupus Foundation of America: meets from 10:30 a.m. to noon the third Saturday of every month at the Port St. Lucie Community Center, 2195 S.E. Airoso Blvd. For information, call (800) 339-0586. • Mariner’s Barbershop Chorus of Martin and St. Lucie County: Weekly meeting is from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Tuesdays at North Stuart Baptist Church, 1950 N.E. U.S. 1, Stuart. For information, call (772) 460-2754. • Marine Corps League: Every second Saturday of the month, there is a dinner and a movie starting at 5 p.m. held at the DAV hall on the corner of California Boulevard and Savona in Port St. Lucie. Donation is $10, and benefits wounded veterans. For more information, menu and movie title, call (772) 878-9385. • Military Officers Association of America: Treasure Coast Chapter, Martin and St Lucie counties, meets the third Thursday of the month at the Holiday Inn, located on U.S. 1 in Port St Lucie. All active, reserve, retired and former commissioned and warrant officers from all U.S. uniformed services are welcome. For information, call (772) 692-4922 or (772) 240-6880 • Minnesota snowbirds: Couples and singles can meet on the third Monday of each month at 11:30 a.m. for a lunch and social hour. There are no dues. For more information, call (772) 335-8268 or (772) 337-3613. • Morningside writers group: The writers group meets at 9:30 a.m. Thursdays in Room 103 of the Morningside Library, 2410 Morningside Blvd., Port St. Lucie. For information, call (772) 337-5632. • Narcotics Anonymous of the Treasure Coast: For a list of meeting times and places, call (772) 343-8373. • NARFE Chapter 1589: Monthly meetings held in Port St. Lucie. For information, call (772) 879-1566. • National Alliance for the Mentally Ill: The support group for family members of persons with a mental illness meets the first Monday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at New Horizons, 4500 W. Midway Road, Fort Pierce. For more information, call (772) 468-4078. • Navy League U.S./Treasure Coast

Council: The Navy League meets monthly at the Carriage House, 2625 34th Ave., Vero Beach. The meeting begins at 6 p.m. The league hosts speakers each month. For more information, call (772) 492-6790. • Neighborhood Crime Watch in Torino, Port St. Lucie: For information, call (772) 878-1968. • Northside Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 10554: For details, call (772) 834-3208. • Overeaters Anonymous Port St. Lucie: Weekly meetings are 6 p.m. at the Family Health Center, 1700 Hillmoor Drive, in Port St. Lucie. For information, call (772) 701-7827. • Paralegal Association of Florida: Reservations should be made in advance. For information, call (772) 231-3500. • Parkinson’s disease support group: The support group of Brighton Gardens by the Marriott gather at 2 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month. For information, call (561) 335-9990. • Toastmasters Club: The club meets at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the conference room of the Port St Lucie Police Department, 121 S.W. Port St. Lucie Blvd. Guests welcome. For information, call (772) 336-8336 or (772) 3362256. • Port St Lucie Anglers Club meets at 7 p.m. on the second Thursday of every month at the Port St. Lucie Botanical Gardens, 2410 S.W. Westmoreland Blvd. All are invited. For more information, visit www.pslanglers.com. • Port St. Lucie bluegrass jam: The group meets twice per month in the Fort Pierce area. More musicians are needed and welcome. For information, call (772) 595-5100. • Port St. Lucie Community Concert Band: Weekly rehearsals from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursdays at Treasure Coast High School, 1000 S.W. Darwin Blvd., in Port St. Lucie. For information, call (772) 871-2863. • Port St. Lucie Ham Radio Club: The club offers official ham radio exams at 9 a.m. on the fourth Saturday of each month at the Port St. Lucie Police Department, 121 S.W. Port St. Lucie Blvd. Walk-ins are welcome; reservations or information are available by calling (772) 340-4319. General

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club meetings are held at 7:30 p.m. on the fourth Wednesday of each month at St. Andrew Lutheran Church, 295 N.W. Prima Vista Blvd., in Port St. Lucie. For details, call (772) 344-1641. •Port St. Lucie Historical Society: Meetings are held the last Tuesday of the month at 3 p.m. at the County building, 1664 S.E. Walton Road, room 253. Meetings include the “then and now” of the evolving historical facts of Port St. Lucie. For more information, call (772) 337-5698. • Port St. Lucie Newcomers Club: Monthly meetings held at St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church, 295 N.W. Prima Vista Blvd. Take trips and enjoy activities while making new friends in the area. Social at 9 a.m. and meeting at 10 a.m. Those old and new to the area are welcome. For information, call (772) 871-0620 or (772) 873-3039. • Port St. Lucie Orchid Society meetings are held the first Tuesday of every month at 1 p.m. at the Port St. Lucie Community Center, 2195 S.E. Airoso Blvd. For information, call (772) 398-6032 or visit the Web site at www.pslos.org. • Port St. Lucie Power Squadron: meeting times/locations vary; for information about upcoming meetings, safe boating classes and free vessel safety inspections call (772) 8711018 (Leave name and number; squadron member will contact you) or visit www.portstlucieps.com. • Port St. Lucie Republicans Club: Meetings begin at 6:30 p.m. on the first Thursday of each month at the Holiday Inn on U.S. 1. For information, call (772) 337-2567. • Prayer quilt ministry: At 6 p.m. on the first and third Thursdays of each month. The ladies quilting group at Grace Emmanuel Church, 1470 Huffman Road in Port St. Lucie make prayer quilts for people in spiritual, emotional or physical crisis. Newcomers are welcome. For information, call (772) 337-2644. • Quilting bee: 9 a.m. Wednesdays at First Presbyterian Church of Port St. Lucie, 2240 S.E. Walton Road. For information, call (772) 335-8900. • Restless leg syndrome support group: For information, call (772) 5460750. See CALENDAR, Page 21


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• Second Indian Head Division Association: A nationwide search is being conducted for any man or woman who served in the Second Infantry Division and does not know of the existence of this association. For information, call (772) 220-0360. • Society for Creative Anachronisms: the club aims to recreate the Middle Ages. The local shire meets (wearing modern clothing) from 7:158:30 p.m. on the first and third Wednesdays of each month at the Morningside Branch Library, 2410 Morningside Blvd., in Port St. Lucie. For information, call (772) 337-5632. • Southeast Florida Archaeological Society: For information, visit www.sefas.org. • Spanish Conversation Club meets from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturdays at the Port St. Lucie Police Department, 121 S.W. Port St. Lucie Blvd. For information, call (772) 692-1616, (772) 3375139 or visit the Hispanics in Action

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at The Saints at Port St. Lucie, 2601 S.E. Morningside Drive, Port St. Lucie. For more information, call (772) 224-8317. • Stroke support group: meets second Wednesday of every month at 2 p.m. at Brighton Gardens Port St. Lucie 1699 S.E. Lyngate Drive Port St. Lucie. Free. Call (772) 335-9990. • Sunset Green Market in East Lake Village: Thursdays, from 3-7 p.m., Mary Ann Cernuto Park in East Lake Village/Port St. Lucie. Fresh produce, plants, flowers, baked goods, food and live entertainment. For more information, call (561) 691-5858. • Sunshine Strollers Square and Round Dance Club: Dance programs every day of the week in St. Lucie and Indian River counties. For details or directions, call (772) 873-1642. • Take Off Pounds Sensibly: Club meets every Friday from 9 to 10 a.m. at 2501 S.W. Bayshore Blvd., Port St. Lucie. For information, call (772) 8799753. • The Florida Native Plant Society: monthly meetings at the Oxbow EcoSee CALENDAR, Page 22

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Center, 5400 N.E. St. James Drive, Port St. Lucie. For information, call (772) 785-5833 or visit www.stlucieco.gov/erd/oxbow. • The Photography Club: monthly meetings at the Oxbow Center, 5400 N.E. St. James Drive, in Port St. Lucie. For information, call (772) 785-5833 or visit www.stlucieco.gov/erd/oxbow. • Thimble Buddies Quilt Guild of the Treasure Coast: Meets on the fourth Tuesday of every month at 5:30 p.m. at the Council on Aging headquarters on Bayshore Blvd., Port St. Lucie. For details, call (772) 336-1749. • Transplant support group starting: This is a support group for transplant recipients of all sorts in Port St. Lucie and Fort Pierce. For details, call (772) 621-8796. • Treasure Coast Camera Club: Free meetings are 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. the first Wednesday of each month, at the Oxbow Eco-Center, 5400 N.E. St. James Drive, in Port St. Lucie. For details, call (772) 785-5833. • Treasure Coast Coin Club: holds a monthly meeting the second Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m. in Building B, Room 120, at Indian River Com-

FOREVER YOUNG munity College on Virginia Avenue in Fort Pierce. For information, call (772) 794-3200. • Treasure Coast Community Singers: For details, call (772) 692-1616. • Treasure Coast Crafters: For information about the next craft show, call (772) 464-1082. • The Treasure Coast 56ers: For information, call (772) 343-9442. • Treasure Coast German-American Club: For information, call (772) 343-0573. • Treasure Coast German Shepherd Club: The only American Kennel Club and German Shepherd Specialty Club of the Treasure Coast meets the last Monday of every month at the Palm City community Center. For more information, call (772) 286-3801. •Treasure Coast Genealogical Society: Volunteers from the Society are available every Tuesday at the Fort Pierce Branch Library, 101 Melody Lane to assist anyone who needs help in tracing their family roots. Sessions run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. For information call (772) 465-1464. •Orchid Society: Monthly meetings will be held at the Port St, Lucie Community Center, 2195 Airoso Blvd. Meetings start at 1 p.m. •Treasure Coast Muzzleloaders: Meets on the first Wednesday of every month at 7 p.m. at the Vince

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