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Collecting the old recycling bins
PRESIDENT’S REPORT February 6 is our next board meeting for Landings Management Association and the election of new board members
NEWCOMERS PARTY If you’ve recently moved into The Landings a year or so ago, you shouldn’t miss this informative and fun event
The 2020 annual Landoliers’ concert is coming up on March 29, at 3:30 p.m.
Barbara Rothman is primarily known around The Landings as a pianist
The Landings Management Association, with the help of George Niel of Argus Management, arranged for Sarasota County to pick up the small red and blue recycle bins. Many residents took advantage of the opportunity to dispose of the old bins. There were volunteers at the north gate to receive them on January 13 and 14. According to Harvey Greller over 700 bins were collected. Norman Olshansky President of the LMA said, “Landings management association express its appreciation to all of our residents who brought their recycle bins to the north gate collection point last month. It was an extremely successful program. If you still have recycle bins that you do not want, they need to be taken to one of the waste management collection facilities.” The location sites are at 8750 Bee Ridge Road, 4000 Knights Trail Road, Nokomis or 250 South Jackson Road in Venice. Please note Waste Management Company will not dispose of the bins if they are left out with the trash on the regularly scheduled Wednesday pick up day. Landings resident Harvey Greller, emailed the county on January 21; “I would like to thank you for your quick response in picking up the bins. I know The Landings community appreciated your effort.” Manager Brian Usher of Sarasota County Solid Waste Collections responded; “I am glad to hear that everything worked out well. It was a partnership with Marc Bex at Waste Management that made it possible. I have a longstanding relationship with The Landings and have always appreciated working with the residents in your community. Quite a few years ago, I worked with Larry Lawrence on the household hazardous waste collection and everything has clicked ever since.” Greller asked the following question regarding the old bins, “Are they going to be recycled? Is there an alternative use for the bins?” Manager Brian Usher responded, “As a partner in the project, Waste Management is utilizing a corporate third-party recycling partner that will grind the bins into plastic
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A special thanks to the many volunteers. Here are the volunteers on the second day of recycle bin collection. Ron Pierce, Bob Goodman, Jeff Durante, Steve Poyta and Harvey Greller. Photo submitted by Heidi Bodor
pellets that will be used to make future curbside bins and carts throughout the U.S.”
Notes for use with the new carts… Sarasota County, Wendi Crisp, the outreach coordinator for the Solid Waste Division spoke this past December at an open question and answer session discussing the do’s and don’ts to be placed in the new recycle carts. “A packet attached to each single-stream recycling cart has a card inside with details about the items that the county’s contractor will accept and those the company will not. In the absence of clear direction, a good reminder, is when in doubt, leave it out.” Another important factor with recycling, Crisp reported, is to avoid contamination. “People typically enjoy pizza because it is greasy and cheesy. However, the residue from the food means the box has to go in the trash,” said Crisp. Crisp explained, “Anything found among recyclables that does not belong with them, has to be removed from the conveyor and taken to
the landfill, where it must be weighed before it is buried. With the new single-stream system, we really want to get back to the basics; cans, cartons, glass, paper and plastic. We’re not taking anything different, anything new.” In what Crisp called the Show and Tell portion of the presentation, she held up a variety of items. She explained the plastic retail bags such as those from Publix can be taken back to the store, they should never go into the recycling cart. At the meeting, Crisp held up a long plastic bag and said, “Even though it has a symbol on it indicating it can be recycled, it will actually wrap around the equipment the county’s contractor uses. She went on to say “We call them tanglers, those materials have to be cut out of the machinery.” Crisp wrapped up the session responding to an audience member question regarding shredded paper. “They’re asking us to leave shredded paper out,” Crisp said. A special thanks to the following residents that volunteered: Harvey Greller, Steve Poyta, Gary Warren, Bob Manteiga, Jeff Durante, Burt Frank, Bob Goodman, Henry Rhodes and Ron Pierce.
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The Landings Free College started out with a bang. February is projected to be just as good or better. Classes will be held again on Thursday afternoons at 2:30, with one notable exception. There will be an extra bonus session on Wednesday, February 26, which Dick Bayles has kindly agreed to favor us with.
Russ and Susie Golden have chosen Faces of Accomplishment as their place to volunteer
Family Center will tell us about their multiple programs. Founded in 1993, and guided by the belief that the family is the foundation of our society, Forty Carrots Family Center is a place where families – regardless of economic status, educational background, age, or other factors – can find the resources, tools and support they need to help nurture their families, educate their children and overcome the challenges inherent in those early years.
• February 13, Brian McCarthy, president, Military Officers Association of America, Sarasota, and Rear Admiral, U.S. Navy (Ret.) will describe the tremendous importance of our military veterans and the differences they have made for our lives. Ralph Ricapito thinks this may the high point of this year’s series.
Audubon Society, will tell us about The Birds of the Landings. And our own Bob Manteiga will share his avian knowledge and some of his wonderful bird photographs with us.
KID’S CORNER Dick Bayles
Ann Paul Michelle Kapreilian
Ernie Plass, 12, 7th grader at Sarasota School of Arts and Sciences
• February 6, Landings resident Michelle Kapreilian, Chief Executive Officer of Forty Carrots
• February 20, Ann Paul, Regional Coordinator, Florida Coastal Islands Sanctuaries, Florida
• Wednesday, February 26, The presentation last year by Dick Bayles about how to get the most of Apple’s iOS-based iPhone and iPad devices was very well received (and very welcome). We’re delighted that he will return to that topic and expand on it this year. Continued on page 4
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President’s Column By Norman Olshansky Thanks for the work of Harvey Greller, George Niel and several other volunteers for handling the two pick up days for old recycle bins. See the article in this month’s Eagle. If you still have the red and blue bins, you cannot leave them with your trash for pick up but rather need to take them to one of the Waste Management collection sites if you do not want to keep them. February 6 is our next board meeting for Landings Management Association and the election of new board members. This is a contested election with great candidates. Please consult with your association president who will be voting on your behalf and let them know your thoughts on the election and specific candidates. The regular board meeting starts at 6:30pm, followed by the election and selection by the new board of officers. All are welcome to attend. Over the course of the past several months, several residents, guests and vendors have caused damage to our gates due to entry too fast or without proper decals. We are now invoicing those who cause damages for repair and replacement costs. Please be careful when entering our gates. We now have video of violators and we will be enacting stricter enforcement. When was the last time you checked out our great website? Go to www.http:// thelandingsofsarasota.com (log in) and check out all of the great content, current contact list of residents, photos, calendar of events, vendor recommendations, items for sale, association listings, forms, documents and much more. Are you going to be travelling this month? Take a copy of The Eagle with you and take a photo of you with the paper at your special place. Submit it to the “Eagle has
Landed” at IslandVP@verizon.net Join fellow residents and guests on a casual bike ride and lunch on Tuesday, February 11th. We will meet at the Racquet Club at 10 a.m. and caravan with our bikes to ride and have lunch on Casey Key. Please let me know if you will be participating and how many will be in your group. Call me at 941-6851690 for additional information. Save the date of March 18th for a special happy hour featuring a DJ and dance music. Join us for a great time, an opportunity to meet new people and shared appetizers and desserts. Bring your own beverage and food to share. We had a great newcomer’s event and happy hour in January. Check out the photos in this edition of The Eagle. We want to hear from you. Do you have suggestions on how we can improve life in The Landings or do you have questions? Are we doing something that you especially appreciate? We are here for you so don’t hesitate to give us feedback. Norman Olshansky: President Landings Management Association Insidethelandings@gmail.com
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LHA Meeting Notes As a prelude to its January meeting, staff from the water resources department of Sarasota County made a presentation to owners of lakeside property regarding ways they can contribute to improving the water quality of their lakes, that ultimately feed Sarasota Bay. The board approved changes to residences on Kestral Park Lane and Peregrine Point Circle W and granted a pool cage variance for a property on Landings Terrace. The board also approved commencing the second phase of the mailbox replacement project, which will deal with Peregrine
Point and Pine Harrier properties. The Annual Meeting of Members of the Landings Homeowners Association, Inc., is scheduled for February 13, 2020 immediately following the regular board meeting that starts at 6:30 p.m. on that date. The annual meeting material has been emailed to the 123 members consenting to online delivery and sent via US Mail to the remaining 95 members. Please be sure to return the printed proxies or respond to the online proxy solicitation so we can be sure of a quorum at the Annual Meeting.
From Capt. Augie and the entire Landings security staff Thank you to the residents of The Landings for all their wonderful bonuses and gifts this past holiday season. We hope you all have a fantastic New Year.
LMA meeting notes LMA Pres. Norm Olshansky, announced the following during his president’s report: • Olshansky thanked the LRC and all involved in planning the successful Holiday Party. The party was sold out with many left on the waiting list. He suggested a larger location may be needed moving forward. • Harvey Greiler and George Neil were thanked for organizing the convenient pickup of the old recycling bins. • Door-to-door solicitors on The Landings property are considered trespassers. Residents who see someone soliciting are asked to call the Gate and Security. They will contact the police.
FINANCE REPORT Treasurer, Dick Bayles reported his estimated forecast would show an increase in surplus (profit) of approximately $30,000 by the end of the year. Final numbers would be available in late January and would be subject to correction during the annual audit process.
SAFETY AND SECURITY Chairman Michael Knupp reported an LMA attorney contacted the Traffic Hawk speed monitor company and they agreed to provide a brand new unit to replace the one they were not able to repair. A discussion occurred concerning alligator warning signs in The Landings development. The Safety and Security Committee will revisit the possibility of reducing the amount, size etc. of the signs after getting additional legal guidance. A resident suggested the committee might also look into reducing the amount or upgrading the unattractive bulletin boards on the property. Contacting the appropriate association president was suggested.
MANAGER’S REPORT Landings Manager George Neil reported the following: • Continuing delays regarding FPL work are troublesome. Upon Olshansky’s suggestion, Neil agreed to ask for intervention by FPL corporate executives. • The county was notified of the water problem on Peregrine Point Circle West. • Discussions are in progress with Neil Goldman regarding fees for gate arm damages and repairs. • Daily community drivethroughs to check on-going project progress and to look for issues to be reported to committee chairs.
LAKES Co-Chairs Michael Knupp and Roger Kidder reported the Committee would bring a proposal to the board with a compensation recommendation for an owner who lives on Lake 1. The compensation
MAINTENANCE Maintenance Committee chair Ron Pierce reported the progress of several projects. • The street sign repair and replacement program is continuing. • Construction trucks were escorted in and out of The Landings. • An unusual amount of roadkill was removed and discarded. • Damage and scarring of curbs by school bus drivers continues to be a problem. The County Transportation Supervisor was contacted and the driver responsible was notified. A sign may need to be installed in the area to help with this problem. New signs to reduce or eliminate the horrific traffic jams and damage that occur on almost a daily basis at the north and south gates was approved for purchase and installation.
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is to allow ongoing access to the lake through this owners property. The fountain on Lake 9 (Mayne Lake) has been cleaned and new lights have been installed. A forum is being planned with the citizens who live around Lake 1 to discuss the benefits of the “ring of responsibility“ around lakes.
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LANDSCAPING Landscaping chair, Paul Weiner reported a significant repair was done to a 6 inch main line as well as a few minor repairs.
Here again are the candidates running for the 2020 LMA Board of Directors.
ENVIRONMENTAL Committee chair Maralyn Kaufman-David, Ph.D reported Mollie Holland from Sarasota County, will speak about the importance of maintaining a grass buffer along the shoreline of lakes. Members of the Environmental Committee, Lakes Committee, Landings Homeowners Association and residents who live around Lake 1 are invited to attend once a date and time have been set. Work on an official, “Landings Bird List” is continuing. Residents are encouraged to submit their bird sightings to Maralyn KaufmanDavid and Steve Neumeister.
GATE DAMAGES The Safety and Security Committee was asked to determine a flat fee to charge residents who damage gate arms and to bring a proposal back to the board.
Norman Olshansky has lived in The Landings for over 30 years, and was an original owner on Starling Drive where he served as President of Landings South VII. He moved to Eagles Point Circle, where he served for many years as President of the Lakeview Homes Association. He currently serves as President of Landings Management Association and is up for re-election upon completing his two year term as a board member.
I have been on the board for one year and have been working with Mike Knupp on the drainage committee. I wish to continue addressing the many drainage issues here in The Landings. I moved to The Landings with my wife Tantri three years ago from Indonesia via San Antonio, Texas. We have owned a home on Flicker Field Circle since the mid 90’s.
NATURE TRAIL An area directly between the end of the Nature Trail and the start of the gazebo stairs had been washed out. Two possible remedies were discussed to solve the gazebo access problem. • The steps could be re-built slightly lower and closer to the grade. The cost could be as much as $4,500. • A ramp could be built extending from the top of the gazebo over the eroded area to the Nature Trail path. The cost to build the ramp would be about $15,000. A motion was made to spend no more than $5,000 to reconfigure the steps on the gazebo to avoid the erosion. The motion passed unanimously. Additionally, an estimated cost of 200 linear feet of small gravel to fill the low spots along the trail would also be sought.
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Dick Bayles moved into The Landings in 2002 from Weston, Connecticut. He has served as treasurer of the LMA for 14 of the past 17 years and president for one. He has been the Secretary/ Treasurer of the Landings Homeowners Association since 2005 and president of the Landings Racquet Club since 2010.
Jim Goldman has lived in The Landings for almost 20 years and moved here from Pittsburgh. He was an attorney for 34 years and served as a senior partner in Weisman and Goldman, PA. Since moving to Sarasota Jim has been president of the Racquet Club, served on the board of the Landings Homeowner’s Association, and was the CEO of the Woman’s Exchange and very involved in the Holiday Foundation.
Notifications • FEB. 11 – Landings Bike Ride at Casey Key • FEB. 19 – Newcomers’ Party begins at 5 p.m. • FEB. 19 – Happy Hour begins at 6 p.m. • FEB. 21 – Movie Night • FEB. 22 & 23 – Rudy Blohm – Photos on Canvas begins 9 a.m. on Sat. and 10 a.m. on Sun. • FEB. 27 – Inquisitives begins at 7 p.m. • MAR. 17 – Next Community Hauling Date
R. Jeffrey (Jeff) Smith
I have been visiting The Landings for 30+ years (my inlaws purchased one of the first condominiums) and became an owner in 2005. My wife, Judi and I moved here full-time in 2018 and I would like to do my part to continue the tradition of the high quality of life that has been enjoyed at The Landings since its inception.
Why I am offering to serve on the LMA Board? A friend once said that her world changes when she comes through The Landings gate. The traffic, the rushing, the noise are all out there on the other side of the gate. In here there’s a serene graciousness. I agree. We live in a lovely but lively community. I would like to help keep it that way.
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• February 27, Landings resident Inge Stanton will describe her childhood in Nazi Germany, and how she got to America. She was invited to visit her home town in Germany last year, and will tell us all about that emotionally moving trip.
interested and on which he is an authority. His topic: ‘Where did I come from? -- Researching your Family History”
• March 5, Frank Pipers will attack another scientific topic in his inimitable style: “Cleanliness, disease and your immunity prepare before it’s too late.” I can’t wait. • March 12, Ray Lee will present a topic about which we are all
• March 19, Irv Kushner will take us on a tour of the world, visiting irresistible statues that people can’t refrain from touching or kissing. A lot of fun! • March 26, Musicians of The Landings. We have an awful lot of talent here and will approach the end of the season by hearing a number of our talented people perform for us. The season will
wind up again with refreshments provided by Judy and Tara.
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Racquet Club News |Tennis Tips
|President’s Report By Dick Bayles
We are fortunate that fixing the long-time leak originating at the pool was relatively inexpensive. We were out of commission for only one day and no construction was required for the fix. Mo and Jen are continuing with their regularly scheduled exhibitions – the January one was fun to watch. Even if you’re not a player, it’s a fun time for all – pros, semi-pros, and audience. Everyone should have received their 2020 Annual Dues Assessment. They were due and payable on
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January 1, 2020 and considered late if received after January 31, 2020. A late fee and interest will be assessed for all late payments. A reminder that the Club’s e-mail addresses have been changed, although the old addresses will forward to the new ones for some time. The new addresses are: Kevin: email@example.com Mo and Jen: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mental toughness is learned. It is not something you are born with. Here are some mental toughness tips from Dr. Jim Loehr. When you play a match, only about 25% of the time are you hitting a tennis ball. So, what is happening the other 75% of the time? You are going to pick up a tennis ball to play the next point, you are taking a break at the changeover, you are thinking about how to play the next point, etc…
What you are thinking about now will determine if you have the opportunity to play at your ideal performance state. Now is the time to focus on what you can control. Try to have positive emotional control, no negative selftalk. Only positive fighting words such as, “I can do this”, “I got this”, “come on, let’s go”, etc… Then try to calm yourself down by focusing on your breathing and making sure you don’t have unnecessary tension in the body. You can take a deep breath whenever you get yourself in trouble. Monitor your grip pressure and tension in your hands and shoulders. Try to have a soft grip when you are not hitting
the tennis ball. You can do this by resting your racquet in your non-dominate hand. These are just a few, there are many other tips and techniques you can use to help you have a chance to play at your best. Don’t hesitate to ask Adrian (Mo), or Jen for more on this. Jen Fiers has started a lady’s intermediate stroke mechanics clinic on Wednesdays from 6-7 p.m. Cost is $20. Contact Jen if you are interested, 805-4482669.
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|Manager’s Report By Kevin Lechlitner
Thank you to all the members that have paid their annual assessment already. For the handful of you that haven’t gotten to it yet, please note that late fees and interest will be added February 1st. I’d like to see everyone avoid that if possible. Please contact me in the Tennis Pro Shop at 923-3886 if you have any questions regarding your annual assessment or monthly statement. Now that February is here, we are in the heart of season for the next few months. I highly
recommend members call in advance for their tennis court reservations regardless of what time of day they are playing. We all know the mornings are busy; however, with league matches and routine maintenance, court availability can be at a premium in the afternoon as well. In the last few years, the number of members playing tennis has increased even in the afternoon, so court availability isn’t nearly as open as it used to be. It’s great having this many active members around the Club throughout the day. In an effort to alleviate some of the parking strain during the morning hours, I would like to encourage members who live close to the Club and have the ability to walk or ride a bike over to do so. Some days are better than others. Thursday mornings seem to be the toughest day to find a parking spot. There are four exercise classes, social tennis, the
possibility of two home league matches, a watercolor painting class as well as a MahJongg class all starting before noon. Thank you for your cooperation in this matter. Every so often, I ask the members to update their contact information. If your phone number or email has changed recently, kindly let us know in the Pro Shop. We are also looking for emergency contact names and numbers especially for those that live alone. Please take a moment the next time you come through the office to make sure your information is accurate. If you are a seasonal resident, it is also helpful for us to have the phone number for your northern residence. Members occasionally come in looking for their friends or neighbors contact information up north. I would like to be able to provide that if possible.
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• What’s the benefit of running? It’s one of the top exercises for burning calories, as well as stronger bones and longer life. I have oodles of energy and can eat a lot more as a runner. And, it makes me feel good. It’s all the endorphins. • Some say at 40 you are past your prime. Yes, runners slow down as they age. To deal with that some races provide age group prizes. I am in the 70/75 age group and frequently win age group prizes. I have won medals, trophies, shirts, support socks and even an iron. • Do you have to be tough to be a runner? Running is about being mentally tough. We all can do more than we think we can. My favorite motto is, “The Ability to Run the Extra Mile Lies In Between Your Ears. Keep Going. “ • Who is your running hero? My daughter is an amazing runner she has helped me all the way. We have run several races together including the Music Half Marathon in Sarasota, and the Seawheeze Half Marathon in Vancouver. She is my inspiration.
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Living at The Landings offers everyone here many interesting and entertaining community get-togethers. From lectures to concerts by various invited performers, to art shows. There are too many others to list them all. One such event coming up on March 29 is by the choral group the Landoliers under the direction of Suzanne Stearns, an accomplished professional musician and singer. It has been a great pleasure to gather weekly for practice and to rehearse for the season ending concert. Suzanne Stearns’ great talent is not only directing but also teaching and enthusiastically challenging everyone in the group to be a better singer. The result should be wonderful. Of course, it is not all work and no fun. Mid-December the singers had their holiday celebration with a “Happy Hour” following their rehearsal. They sang along with Peter McHugh and his guitar. Bob Fernander surprised everyone with the story of how the popular Christmas Carol “Silent Night” was composed in 1818 by Franz Xaver Gruber and Josef Mohr in Austria. The evening ended with singing Christmas Carols accompanied by pianist Barbara Rothman. Mark your calendars and don’t miss the Landoliers’ concert in the afternoon of Sunday, March 29 at the Landings Racket Club.
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100 residents helped kickoff the first session of The Landings Free College
Getting to know the artists of The Landings
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The season opened with Ben Mayne giving us a jovial presentation on longevity living here in The Landings
Honoring Jack Kahghan now 100 years old, who with Ralph Ricapito started the Free College’s predecessor “The Round Table Discussion Group
Eva Damian, Poland; and Duneska Grant, Colombia were part of the United Nations of The Landings; the two ladies are friends but born in different parts of the world
George Budagaze discussed his time during the Hungarian uprising against the Russians. His wife born in France gave him the loudest applause.
Teresa Manteiga discussing the geographic location of her home town, Salamanca, Spain
After our last speaker, Vespa Jezic, spoke of her life in Croatia
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Sarasota County Sheriff Deputy Karen Hicks made a presentation to The Landings Free College on identity theft
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It is so interesting when you get to know artists of any discipline, you may discover that they are not only creative in the arts they are known for, but that they privately engage in other art forms. For example, a composer or musician will also privately be a painter, or a painter a writer etc, etc. This truly makes for very rich lives. I sat down with one such artist recently. Barbara Rothman is primarily known around The Landings as a pianist. She has been the piano accompanist for the Landoliers for many years and is a great part of the success of this choral group. Last fall, as we were organizing our Annual Landings Artist show, Barbara asked me if we would be interested in including her Origami paper work. This is the art of paper folding, which is often associated with Japanese culture. The goal is to transform a flat square sheet of paper into a finished sculpture through folding and sculpting techniques without cutting or using glue. Of course, we were delighted to do so as she also agreed to demonstrate how she creates her interesting paper sculptures during the show. Her young nephews inspired her interest in Origami 25 years ago and she still enjoys it to this day. In fact, along with a friend, Barbara visits assisted living and retirement homes to teach this beautiful art form. Barbara’s repertoire includes classic Origami birds and turtles and the butterfly ball. The butterfly ball is made out of many folded pieces of paper. You throw the ball up in the air, hit it with your hand and it flies apart into little butterfly shaped papers that then fly to the ground. You can see a video about this on <https://www.youtube.com/ watch?v=Jqj1b9EN3ng>. Barbara’s background is most interesting as she studied the piano as a child and was asked to accompany her school’s chorus from elementary grades to college years. She is a trained musician having studied improvisation,
music theory and the classics. She grew up in Connecticut but travelled extensively. She lived in New Mexico for 20 years and spent one year in Mexico where she gave her first concert in exchange for the free use of a piano. Barbara and her husband have now been Landings residents for 10 years. As I was interviewing her for this article at her house, I saw piles of intriguing small pencil drawings that she had done over the years while traveling with her husband. They are small, only 4”x4”, but quite detailed and interesting. She also created a small work inspired by the call for art by the Sarasota “Embracing our Differences” organization. It would be wonderful if her design were to be selected for the next exhibition at the Sarasota Marina. Hans Wiemer is a long-time resident of The Landings. Hans was born in Dusseldorf, Germany and started painting during the war years in a bombed-out city building. At the urging of his mother, he came to the University of Michigan in 1951 to study architecture. This is where he met his wife Gayle. They later married and settled in Ann Arbor, Michigan where he was working as an architect, first for different firms and then for his own. His experience in and love for painting gave him all the tools he needed for his architectural renderings, mostly in watercolor. As an architect he followed his philosophy of designing his buildings to blend into their surroundings and respect the environment. He calls this an “Adaptive Style”. The Roof symbolizes the shelter and the entrance door is placed in the middle of the façade. He also worked in Florida as an architect and has designed many buildings in the area including the Ralph Lauren building at St. Armand Circle. He also designed buildings on the east coast of Florida. His love for painting took over his time again 25 years ago when he moved to The Landings. Continued on the next page
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His work is representational, impressionistic or expressionistic at times. Lately he got more abstract using different media, either water based, acrylic or oil. Composition, color relationships and strong design are important to him. As he was
walking me around his house, I could see hundreds of paintings neatly arranged and ready to be shown. He is a prolific artist and has shown his work at our annual exhibition for many years. Every year he surprises us with another facet of his creativity.
Right: Barbara Rothman and her Butterfly Ball Below: “Music Saves the World” poster by Barbara Rothman
Above: Hans Wiemer painting in his Studio Right: “Morning Glory, 16”x24” acrylic. Hans Wiemer’s favorite painting
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Golden’s volunteer at Faces of Accomplishment By Diana Colson Russ and Susie Golden have chosen Faces of Accomplishment as their place to volunteer. This relatively new and outstanding organization offers a remarkable opportunity to make a difference in one student’s life, usually a student considered to be at risk. Volunteer mentors are matched up with high school students who are having real problems. Their mission is to create a chance for their student to excel and to make good life choices. The Golden’s retired here from Connecticut seven years ago, where Susie taught Kindergarten at Renbrook School and Russ had a sales organization that sold women’s apparel to retailers in the northeast. His clients were big stores like Nordstrom’s as well as the small mom-and-pop shops. After settling at The Landings, Susie started volunteering at The Ringling Museum which she continues to do. She was looking for an additional volunteer opportunity working with children and the Y mentoring program was a perfect fit. Both she and Russ became involved with the program at Triad, a “Y” school. Triad is a school that gives students who have been expelled from traditional schools an opportunity to succeed. Ultimately, that Y program at Triad ran out of funds. In 2017 Faces of Accomplishments was launched. They now have over a hundred mentors to help these kids in need. Russ has mentored several students at Riverview High School. Typically, mentors see their students once a week. He is currently seeing a student that he started with in 2018. Russ is now seeing his mentee at Venice High at the young man’s request upon his moving. Susie was matched with a student at Triad and continued seeing her when she transferred to Booker High School. Susie is quite impressed with Booker High School and the quality of the education the students seem to get there. “The principal, Dr. Rachel Shelley, is amazing!” says Susie. “She runs a very tight ship. If you just approach a door, a student will be there to open it for you. The facilities are fabulous! They have a law academy where kids hold
court. “Some of these children come from very tough home situations. Most of the kids I’ve mentored have different fathers from their siblings and perhaps even different mothers. One child I’ve worked with has been homeless many times in her life, often locked in a car while her mother went to work. The girl was so matter of fact! The family had even been kicked out by her Grandma.” Susie continues, “Another child had a mother who was involved in illegal activities, so police were often on her doorstep. There was drug dealing all over the place. She was basically a good girl and smart. If only she could have lived in my home, she may have made it. It was touch and go as to whether she was going to graduate from Booker.” Miraculously, this girl did graduate, got a job, and attended college part-time. Unfortunately she was arrested for a felony and needed to go to court. Susie went to her first court appearance with her mentee, met with the court appointed lawyer and discussed her options. “Drug Court” was an option but the logistics were too much for someone without a car, trying to hold down a job and go to school part-time. She ended up in court a second time, Susie was there for her again. Sadly, she ultimately went to jail. Due to so many outside influences it can be very difficult for these kids to make a better life for themselves. Fortunately, there have been many success stories at Faces of Accomplishment during its brief period of existence. Several kids have been first in their family to graduate from high school. Volunteer mentors at Faces of Accomplishment work hard to turn young lives around. The organization was created to provide successful role models for students. It is a chance for a student to excel, make good choices, and to be guided by positive adult interaction. High school counselors, teachers and principals identify students at risk who appear to be struggling for a myriad of reasons. These students often develop a sense of hopelessness and a lack of
motivation to succeed at school. Mentors are in the position to empower their student and change the trajectory of their life. Ultimately, Faces of Accomplishment even offers scholarships to many students who have come through this mentoring program and graduated from high school. These scholarships are available on a wide variety of terms and conditions predicated on a student’s need and program choices. Scholarships are available for both vocational and academic pursuits and are designed to extend chances for a better future. Faces of Accomplishment is a 501 (3-C) non-profit organization committed to mentoring scholarship support in Sarasota County. Patricia Martin of The Landings serves on the Board. Mentors must commit to meeting their student for one hour a week for one school year. All meetings take place at the school during regular school hours. Mentors agree to a Level II background check, which includes fingerprinting, criminal history, and providing community references. They must also complete needed paperwork at the Volunteer and Partnership Office of Sarasota County School Board. All mentors are given a tour of the designated high school, training and support, and a copy of the Training Manual. They will also meet frequently with other mentors to compare notes. There are a couple of lunches held every year where speakers address the volunteers. There is also a mentor- and-student lunch, where Pat Martin brings books for the students. Pat also heads up a program at Mattison’s where kids learn proper etiquette for dining out. Kathy Chamberlain serves as Executive Director. She can be reached at WestCoastKath@aol. com. To learn more about the Golden’s experience, contact Russ at 860.306.3078 or Susie at 860.916.8172. Empower a student: change a life! It is amazing what can be accomplished in just one hour on one day a week.
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Love and Death Yes, it’s that time of year again - Old love, new love, every kind of love including true love. And everyone dies. Yes, that time of year - the opera is back at the Sarasota Opera House. La Bohème is first up, the tale of a group of bohemians who starve, and sing, and make love, in no particular order, in the Latin Quarter of Paris back in the 1840s. Why the 1840s? That is when the industrial revolution came to France, and to Paris. Factories opened, a new middle class was emerging, and with it, the rebellious children of that middle class. These young artists were called bohemians, after the Romani people, who did not come from Bohemia (go figure). A lot of the marginally employed did not have good healthcare coverage, and low cost housing was quite, quite crowded, so naturally all the seamstresses in Paris got tuberculous, including Mimi. Kind of the thing to do back then. Anyway, a writer falls in love with her and she dies. Tragic, but with really good music (Puccini). Side note: Arturo Toscanini, who conducted the NBC Orchestra in the 1950s, conducted the premiere of this opera in 1896. Bravo for him. Charles Gounod’s Romeo and Juliet is also being performed in February. This opera is different in that two people die right away, and two people die at the end. The opera is based on Shakespeare’s famous English play and takes place in Verona, Italy so, of course, it is sung in French. But the music is beautiful, and the story line is tragic, but that is how opera is made. Actually, this is a very modern tale (first written in the 1500s) about class warfare. One family is rich and urban while the other is poorer and kind of rural - so naturally the children of these families (in Shakespeare’s version Juliet is 13) fall in love. And die. The Donizetti opera Maitasunaren Elixir, originally set in the Basque part of northern Spain, is being performed at the Opera House beginning in late February. As Sarasota and New York have few Basque speakers, let alone Basque singers, the opera will be titled The Elixir of Love and will be sung in Italian. Spoiler Alert: Nobody dies, they just sing beautiful songs
accompanied by lovely music. The opera La Wally (not the operatic version of the animated film Wall-E) has a fantastic plot as well as great music. In the first act there is an argument where the protagonists are carrying guns (nobody is shot) but you know someone will die. Too bad it doesn’t open until March - can’t tell you more about it now. SarasotaOpera. org.
One of Twenty-Seven A couple of years ago a two act play titled Grounded played at Florida Studio Theatre here in Sarasota as one of their Stage III presentations. It was strong and mesmerizing. Why, one thinks, was it such a penetrating experience? One could say, “Well, it was the acting.” Or, “Oh!, it was so topical that it really hit home.” Sure, it was great for those reasons and more. But how about, “It was just so well written.” The playwright, George Brant, has, at last count, written 27 plays with Grounded being the only one to be produced here in Sarasota. In February that number will double - to two - when Into The Breeches! opens as FSU’s Asolo Rep production up on the North Trail. Time-wise there will be no reason to miss this show as it runs from Feb.12 - March 21. There are, of course, reasons other than having a free evening to travel 4.7 miles north of Main Street - mainly the writing, directing, acting, and the sets. The Providence Journal wrote “...one of the sweetest nights of theatre you’re likely to see this season...” This comic drama is being directed by Laura Kepley, artistic director of the Cleveland Playhouse, who directed an earlier production of it at the Chautauqua Festival in 2018. During the last World War, back when only men went to war, the women of America filled the gaps when so many men were absent. You’ve read the tales of all the Rosie the Riveters and others who flocked to the factories across the US. Women became traffic cops, bus drivers and, in Into The Breeches!, male actors. A comedy tracking how women continued to come into their own. Asolorep.org.
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Sheepshead are very reliable in February for Siesta Key anglers
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February is the last month of winter here in Sarasota. There will be days when it feels like spring is in the air. But, weather patterns will still be unstable, and fishing will follow suit. Being flexible and understanding how weather affects fish behavior will be the key to angling success this month. On many mornings the tide will be very low, especially with a hard northeast wind following a cold front. Under these conditions, fishing the afternoon high tide is often a better choice. Also avoid the areas near the passes after a blow, the cold and dirty water is not conducive to success. One species that anglers can count on most every trip in February is sheepshead. They bite better in cold, dirty water than most other species do. Also, redfish, black drum, and flounder will be caught on the same structure and using the same techniques that are effective for sheepies. Basically, any structure will attract sheepshead. From the rocks at the west end to the Siesta Drive Bridge on the east side, the north end of Siesta Key is a great area to fish. Deep water, docks, rocks, seawalls, and rip-rap will attract and hold fish. All of the bridges and docks in both Big Pass and New Pass may hold fish, as well as the docks and oyster bars south to Albee Rd. The preferred rig is a #1 live bait hook with a 24” piece of 20 lb. leader and just enough weight to hold bottom. Live and frozen shrimp, fiddler crabs, sand fleas,
and oyster worms are the top baits. Shrimp are the easiest bait to obtain and work great. Sheepshead bite very lightly. Usually, it starts with several light “taps”. It is important not to move the bait at all, the fish will sense that something is wrong. Instead, wait for a steady pull, then reel fast and raise the rod tip sharply. Anglers fishing from Siesta Key beaches should do well when the surf is clear. Whiting will be abundant and silver trout, flounder, pompano, sheepshead, ladyfish and other species will hit live or frozen shrimp fished near the bottom. The deeper grass flats all throughout the area will be productive for speckled trout this month. Incoming tides a couple hours before high tide are usually the best times to fish. Again, avoid the areas around the passes when dirty water is present. Bass Assasin jigs, suspending plugs, gold spoons, and live shrimp under a popping cork are all effective baits. Pompano, jack crevelle, ladyfish, and bluefish all feed over the deep grass. Snook will be found in area rivers, creeks and residential canals, along with redfish, drum, flounder, sheepshead, and jacks. Jerk baits, scented soft plastics, and live shrimp will all produce fished near structure in creeks and canals. We are shaping up to have an actual “winter”, this should trigger a river snook migration.
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Ernie Plass, 12, 7th grader at Sarasota School of Arts and Sciences • Do you have brothers and sisters? Yes, I have 2 brothers and 4 sisters. • Any pets? We have 3 cats – Eric, Marissa, and Ford. • What languages do you speak? I’m taking Spanish at school. • How long have you been in The Landings? About 1 ½ years. • What do you like most about The Landings? It’s friendlier than some other communities. • Favorite ice cream? Vanilla • Favorite school subject? Language arts • Favorite Book/s? Freak the Mighty. It’s about two people that have disabilities – one physical and one mental. They work together to overcome obstacles. • Favorite TV show? None, I just watch videos on YouTube. • Favorite video game? Rainbow Six Siege – It’s a 5 on 5 shooter game. • Favorite sport? Sailing in Sarasota Youth Sailing. I’ve been sailing for four years and on the race team for two. • Favorite sport team? The Chicago Bears • Favorite color? Blue • Favorite movie? Dumb and Dumber • Favorite food? Steak • Least favorite food? Any vegetable • Favorite holiday? Christmas • One word to describe you would be? Myself! • What do you do in your spare time? Play videogames • Would you rather meet your great great grandparents or your great great grandkids? I’d rather meet my great great grandparents because they seem more interesting. • What do kids your age think about most? Probably videogames or Netflix shows. • If you could do something like your Dad/ Mom do, what would you want to be able to do? I’d like to fish more like my Dad. • If you could change anything about school, what would it be? I’d change the rule about phones at school. We are not allowed to have phones with us so we have to keep them in our locker. We should at least be able to have them during lunch. • If you could wake up tomorrow with a superpower, what superpower would you want to have? Time travel so I could skip school. I’d go backward to the time of the American Revolution. • What is your biggest dream? To be a pro sailor and make the USA Team.
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Happiness Is… New Beginnings January has passed, the month of resolutions and recommitments. How are you feeling? If you’re like most people, your resolutions have probably gone by the wayside. But no worries. February is a new month. Time for new beginnings. And with leap year we even get an extra day to enjoy it. Time passing is a good thing. Believe it or not, in Old England February used to be called Kale-monath (kale or cabbage month). But luckily times have changed, and thanks to a tiny little cherub with a bow and arrow, now we celebrate this month with delicious sweet goodness. Want to fulfill those sweet desires? Abel’s Ice cream on Stickney Point is your local source for amazing gourmet chocolates by Sweet Shop USA. “Sweet Shop USA offers the best hand-crafted chocolates I’ve ever tasted,” said Jerry Williams,
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Just For Laughs “A blonde wife ran into her house and yelled “Someone stole our car”. Her husband asked, “Did you get a look at him?” “No” the blonde replied, “But I got the license plate number”? What does a blonde say when she sees a banana on the ground? “Oh no, I’m going to slip and fall again!” How do you make a blonde laugh on Saturday? You tell her on Thursday! A man approached a blonde at a bar and said, “I noticed you from across the room and was wondering if I could get your number so I could call you sometime.” “Oh, you can find it in the phone book.” The blonde replied. “But I don’t know your name,” the man said. “That’s in the phone book too,” she answered. One evening a man arrived home from work and found his wife at the door. “I want you to take me somewhere expensive tonight,” she said. “No problem, honey,” the man replied. “I know just the place.” “So, where are we going?” She asked as they were pulling out of the driveway. “The gas station up the street,” he replied. What are three words you never want to hear when you’re making love? “Honey, I’m home!” The passenger tapped the cab driver on the shoulder to ask him something. The driver screamed, lost control of the car, nearly hit a bus, went up on the sidewalk, and stopped inches from a shop window. For a second everything went quiet in the cab, then the driver said, “Look mister, don’t ever do that again. You scared the daylights out of me!” The passenger apologized and said he didn’t realize that a little tap could scare him so much. The driver replied, “You’re right. I’m sorry, it’s not really your fault. Today is my first day
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for the duck and the pot. Three days later the circus owner runs back to the shop in A nurse came in and said anger, “Your duck is a rip-off! “doctor, there’s a man in the I put him on the pot before a waiting room who thinks he’s whole audience and he didn’t invisible, what should I tell dance a single step!” him?” Doctor: “Tell him I can’t “Hmmm....” thought the duck’s former owner. “Did you see him today.” remember to light the candle There was a huge fight in a under the pot?” seafood restaurant, and there One day a man went to an was battered fish everywhere. auction. While there, he bid on Apparently, you can’t use a parrot. He really wanted this ‘beef stew’ as a password. It’s bird, so he got caught up in the not stronganoff. bidding. He kept on bidding, but kept getting outbid, so he bid A man from the tropics went higher and higher and higher. north for his first winter and Finally, after he bid way more wanted to go ice fishing. than he intended, he won the He’d seen many books on the bid - the parrot was his at last! subject, and finally, after getting As he was paying for the all necessary “tools” together, he parrot, he said to the auctioneer, went in search of a frozen lake. “I sure hope this parrot can talk. After positioning his stool, he I would hate to have paid this started to make a circular cut in much for it, only to find out that the ice. he can’t talk!” Suddenly, from overhead, a “ D o n ’ t w o r r y , ” s a i d t h e voice boomed, “THERE ARE auctioneer, “He can talk. Who do NO FISH UNDER THE ICE.” you think kept bidding against Startled, the man moved further you?” down the ice and began to cut Two men were sitting at a another hole in the ice. Again, from the heavens, the voice bar at the top of a skyscraper. bellowed, “THERE ARE NO Both were bending their elbows FISH UNDER THE ICE.” The at a steady rate. The first man man, now worried, moved down said, “You know, there’s such to the opposite end of the ice, an updraft on the outside of set up his stool, and tried to cut this building, that if you jump another hole. The voice came off, you’ll fall for a bit, but the once more, “THERE ARE NO updraft will catch you, and bring you right back up to this FISH UNDER THE ICE.” He stopped, looked skyward balcony. and said, “Is that you Lord?” The second guy said, “I don’t The voice replied, “No. . . this believe it, you’ll have to prove is the Ice-Rink Manager. . .” this to me.” So the first guy goes over the Why didn’t the shrimp share balcony and jumps off. He falls his treasure? and falls and falls, and then he He was a little shellfish. slows in mid drop, and begins rising back up. Finally, he lightly Q: What country makes you steps back onto the balcony. shiver? A: Chile “See, I told you,” he says. The second guy says, “I’ve got A circus owner walked into to try that.” So he jumps off the a shop to see everyone crowded balcony, and falls and falls and around a table watching a little falls and falls. Finally, splat on show. On the table was an the ground. upside down pot and a duck tap The first guy returns to the bar dancing on it. The circus owner and orders another drink. was so impressed that he offered As he serves the drink, the to buy the duck from its owner. bartender says, “You’re a mean After some wheelin’ and drunk, Superman.” dealin’ they settled for $10,000 as a cab driver. I’ve been driving a hearse for the last 25 years.”
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“BIRDS IN OUR BACKYARD” BIRDS OF PREY When you think of birds of prey (also known as raptors, which is derived from the Latin word rapio, meaning to seize or take by force), the American Bald Eagle readily comes to mind. Indeed, as highlighted in the September 2019 issue of The Landings Eagle, these majestic birds do thrive here in Sarasota and are often spotted in The Landings. Keep your eyes open for eagle aeries as the female usually lays two eggs anytime between October and April in the nest she and her mate built sometime last fall. Try the Florida Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) mapping tool (http://www.myfwc.com/eagle/ eaglenests/nestlocator.aspx) to find a bald eagle nest near you. Type in an address, hit search, then click the hybrid or satellite view button to see where the nest is. You can look at the history of the nest to see if it is active or not, or drive to a spot on the nearest highway and watch the birds. And, if you want to see an up close view of a nearby eagle’s nest from the comfort of your computer, check out a live cam at this website: https://dickpritchettrealestate. com/eagle-feed.html. The osprey is another familiar bird of prey in our area that is sometimes called “the alligator of the sky” because it is an efficient large predator that rules its domain. This is the only raptor that submerges itself in the water! This bird is identified by its large white head with a dark colored cheek patch and its square or boat tail. An osprey may be mistaken for a Bald Eagle from a distance, so look for the osprey’s white belly to distinguish it from the solid-brown
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eagle. Ospreys form monogamous breeding pairs, and both the mother and father care for up to three offspring at a time. Their song is very much like that of a hawk…. a high-pitched cry sung as a series of ascending notes and ending in a whistle. Other distinctive features include flying with wings (that can span 6 feet) at an angle (not straight like most other large birds) and plunging feet first rather than with its beak for its diet of fish and snakes. Similar osprey species can be found in Europe (especially Scandinavia), North Africa, and Northern Asia, but Florida is the only location where the ospreys stay year-round. Hawks are robust birds of prey in our area, also. The most common type in this area is the Red-Shouldered Hawk, which is also known as a Buteo, which is a genus of wide-ranging raptors with large tails and broad wings. Often confused with the Broad-Winged Hawk, the Red-Shouldered Hawk has a dark banded tail and red or rust colored feathers at the top of the wings. The Florida RedShouldered Hawk is paler than the northern species and the rust shoulders are much less distinct. The photos of the mature and immature Red-Shouldered hawks were taken by Bob Manteiga and Steve Neumeister, respectively. Another well-known raptor is the owl….the most common owl species in this area are the Screech Owl and the Barred Owl. Featured here is the Barred Owl, which is named such because of the bars across its chest. It is large (18-25 inches in height) and rarely seen during the day. The
Barred Owl prefers woodland areas and swampy areas. Its hoot sounds almost like a dog barking… muffled, not loud, like the Hoot Owl. And last, but not least, are the raptors known as vultures. Not as glamorous as the aforementioned birds of prey and often thought of as lowly scavengers, vultures are our friends for all the cleanup ‘work’ they do. These birds seldom kill their prey - they usually wait until an animal is dead or dying. This is a critical cog in the wheel of maintaining healthy ecosystems; that is, by ridding the ground of dead animals, vultures prevent diseases from spreading to humans and animals. Shown here are the Turkey and Black Vultures. The Turkey Vulture is nearly the size of a Bald Eagle, with a wingspan of 6 feet or more. It is black-brown in color, with a distinctive red head, yellow beak, and white feathers under the wings that can be seen when they fly. The immature Turkey Vulture is often confused with the Black Vulture because of its gray head. These birds love to soar with the wind currents. The Black Vulture is blacker in color than the Turkey Vulture and has a much shorter, squared-off tail. The mature birds have a gray head, red eyes, and gray-white legs. A black head distinguishes the young Turkey Vulture. Because they are large and have a shorter tail, they tend to flap a lot more than the Turkey Vulture. Many thanks to Bob Manteiga and Steve Neumeister for the photographs of our local birds of prey.
Osprey Turkey Vulture
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your identity. Does this concern you? Can we do anything about this ? Let’s talk! All Landings residents are encouraged to attend and participate in the discussion. Beverages and other refreshments will be provided.
TREASURES will occur from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. Come on out to enjoy a sampling of goodies from our food trucks, listen to the free concert and find a treasure to purchase. For more information, please call the park office at 941316-1309. The Phillippi Farmhouse Market takes place every Wednesday at the front of the park from 9 am until 2 pm. The market supports local agriculture and has 50 vendors. There are prepared foods, baked goods, local produce, a USDA Certified Organic grower, arts and crafts, a dog washing station, and gourmet foods to enjoy while listening to local musicians or to take home to enjoy for a quick and easy meal. The market’s Welcome Tent has information about what’s going on in Sarasota and environs and the Bloodmobile and Humane Society of Sarasota County come most Wednesdays.
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HOMES FOR SALE 4785 PINE HARRIER DR
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By Norman Olshansky Join fellow residents and guests on a casual bike ride and lunch on Tuesday, February 11th. We will meet at the Racquet Club at 10 a.m. and caravan with our bikes to ride and have lunch on Casey Key.
Phillippi Creek Phillippi Estate Park welcomes back WINTERFEST IN THE PARK – an Arts and Crafts Show and Sale at the front field of the Park. Hours Sat Feb 1 and Sun Feb 2 are 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Event is FREE and there is ample parking. On Wednesday, February 12 the Plein Aire Painters will be holding their QUICK DRAW from 9 until 11 a.m. out in the park. At 11 a.m. the painters will take what they have “drawn quickly” and display their original paintings at the Phillippi Farmhouse Market where they will be judged, prizes awarded and then the paintings will be for sale. Come join the fun. February and March the park will host the newly revised Brown Bag Concert. The free concert will still take place from noon to 1 p.m. However, the park has added food trucks for a delicious lunch and Arts and Crafts vendors featuring handicrafts, authors, and treasures. The new TUNES, TRUCKS &
Submitted by Alan Friedberg The next meeting of “The Inquisitives” is Thursday evening February 27 at 7 p.m. in the Lake Room of the Landings Racquet Club. The topic to be discussed is: Business, government and social media are invading your privacy and hackers are stealing
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Please let Norman Olshansky know if you will be participating and how many will be in your group. Email him at insidethelandings@gmail. com or call him at 941-685-1690 for additional information.
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