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SINCE 1980 — VolUME 34 • NUMBER 3

Life After Small Business: Five Tips for Success

After 35 years in the lighting design business, a health crisis forced Sam Smith into retirement. At first he was relieved and looked forward to the freedom of not having to work every day, but when a buyer was found and all the legal and financial work was behind him, it was difficult for him to let go. He felt like his whole identity had been stripped away. He thought about the business every day and, over time, began to wonder if selling had been a mistake. Smith’s experience is not uncommon. Many business owners have not prepared for life after retirement. They may get depressed and have regrets about selling their businesses. “When you own a small business, it’s a lifestyle. Everything revolves around the business,” said Don Sarancen, who grew up in a family owned business and works with small business owners. “It’s not like you punch a clock and go home. Your personal and professional lives are closely linked. In many cases, family-owned business owners are not prepared to retire because it requires succession planning. Or they have to look at selling outside the family something that took a lifetime to build,” Sarancen said. Dick Haid inherited a family insurance business that he ran for thirty years. In his late fifties, Haid was ready for a new challenge. Following a desire for a deeper sense of meaning in his life, he sold the business, enrolled in a doctorate degree program and now guides family business CEOs through smooth transition and succession processes. “Selling my business did not close the book on my life, but opened the door to a new chapter of adventure,” Haid said. His success was supported by clarity of purpose and planning his path. We often hear about the importance of being prepared financially for retirement, but we don’t hear much about how important it is to have a life plan for what comes after retirement. Small business coaches attest to the fact that planning is an important prerequisite to a successful retirement. If that’s true, then what gets in the way? See BUSINESS, Page 31

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Computer Learning Available for Local Seniors According to a study conducted by MedicineNet, late-life depression affects almost six million Americans. We’re here to let you know that you don’t have to be a statistic. “Back to Basics” computer classes are now in session at Senior Citizens Services, 1204 Rogers St. in Clearwater. Learning how to use a computer is a great way to stay connected with friends and family, discover new hobbies and learn about current events. Everyone from true beginners to intermediate web users is encouraged to attend. Class topics will include preliminary facts about the computer, how the computer works, an overview of the internet and more, including a question and answer forum. It’s no secret that the current retirement reality bears little resemblance to “the golden years” stereotype of the past. As retirees navigate the complex waters of retired life, using the computer has become a necessity—with the added benefit of helping to eliminate isolation and feelings of depression.

“With each new discovery comes an excitement and thrill like no other. I am still capable of learning and being a part of this new technology,” said Irene Dixie-Williams, author. “The thrill of newly learnt tasks gives you such a high and certainly keeps the blues away . Now when I hear someone say, ‘Oh, I could never See CLASSES, Page 31

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Health Roundup

Three Tips for Staying Healthy Over 50 While a healthy lifestyle is essential at any age, for those over 50, it is especially important. As you age, your body changes, and your risk for health problems increases. Fortunately, there are three simple things you can do to lead a happier and healthier life.

Eat Heart Healthy If high blood pressure isn’t controlled through healthy lifestyle changes and/or medicine, it can lead to stroke, heart disease, eye problems and other serious health issues. A great way to establish a heart healthy diet is by reducing your sodium intake, which may help reduce the risk of high blood pressure. Starting the day with a low-sodium, ready-toeat breakfast cereal is just one way to choose a healthier lifestyle. For example, according to a recent survey, nine out of 10 physicians recommend Post Shredded Wheat cereal as part of a low-sodium diet to help support healthy blood pressure levels “(based on an online survey of 400 physicians conducted by Wakefield Research. Results of any sample are subject to sampling variation).”

Enjoy Nutrient-Dense Foods As you age, your body needs fewer calories for energy – but still needs the same amount of nutrients. It’s important to make your calories count by eating foods packed with good nutrition such as: • Fruits and vegetables: Fresh, canned, or frozen – it doesn’t matter. Vegetables are loaded with vitamins and minerals your body needs. • Protein: Add some variety to your diet with delicious protein sources such as fish, beans and peas. • Whole grains: In their “Dietary Guidelines for Americans”, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Department of Health and Human Services recom- mend at least three servings of whole-grain foods each day (16g per serving or 48g per day).

Get Moving Physical activity and regular exercise can decrease the risk of heart disease, stroke, colon cancer, diabetes and high blood pressure. For those 65 years of age and older who are general-

ly fit and have no limiting health conditions, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend: • Two hours and 30 min. (150 minutes) of moder- ate-intensity aerobic ac- tivity, such as brisk walking or yoga, and • Muscle-strengthening activities two or more days a week. You should consult your physician or other health care professional before making changes to your diet or exercise plan to determine what is right for your needs. In addition to taking up walking or yoga, joining group activities or sports is a great way to keep moving. In 2014, Post Shredded Wheat will be partnering with the National Senior Games to grant 20 seniors the opportunity to participate in their local Senior Games. Those who submit entries will also be asked to sign a petition to get the National Senior Games to add a 20th sport in 2015. To apply and sign the Post Shredded Wheat Game On petition, visit www.PostShreddedWheat- Taking care of your blood pressure, enjoying healthy foods, and staying active are three steps you can take today to help you get and stay healthy for tomorrow. You can learn more about the nutritional benefits of Post Shredded Wheat at www.PostShreddedWheat. com.


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With the launch of numerous new happenings for Senior Voice we hope you will join us at one of them. First and foremost we want to make you aware of our Senior Voice Senior Expo on Tuesday March 25. With numerous vendors and companies that serve the senior community, we will also have health and financial seminars that will shed light on numerous topics of interest. And this is all for free for anyone over 55. We are also offering all 55plus guests free admission and full access to the Tampa History Center on this day. With entertainment and prizes every half hour we hope you will join us. Evan & Deb in the Evenings: Monday thru Friday from 7-9 p.m. Evan and Deb are live on 1250am WHNZ. We cover numerous topics of interest for listeners 55 plus. From health to finance to fitness to what’s happening around the Bay Area we are the only live Tampa Bay talk show in the evenings. And you can tune in on your radio, on your computer at or from your smart phone via the iheart app. Finally, are you looking to get away? We just announced our September cruise out of Port Canaveral. There will be special events, health seminars and fitness classes throughout the weekend. And you can join radio host and publisher Evan Gold and co-host Deb Goldman for a weekend of fun and surprises. And if you book by April 15th we are offering two free tickets to the Florida Orchestra. To book you can call Nancy at (813) 5276574. As always thanks for being a loyal reader and we hope you will join us for our upcoming events.

Introducing Myself to Senior Voice Readers

As March heralds spring and new beginnings, I am excited to step into my new role as editor at Senior Voice America. It’s an honor to be part of this newspaper and a sincere pleasure to connect with such engaged and active readers. I can’t wait to hear your stories, your thoughts, your comments and memories. You make Senior Voice America what it is. In this month’s articles, you will find ideas, encouragement and advice to help you in your own new beginnings. March reminds us that it’s never too late to discover a new passion, to make a dream happen, or to move in a brand new direction. I look forward to starting this journey with you.

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Health Roundup

What to Ask: Your Doctor About Breast Cancer No one wants to think about breast cancer, but there’s one person with whom you should discuss the topic annually: your doctor. From innovative detection tests to new prevention research, your physician can be a great source of information on new ways women can protect themselves from this life-threatening illness. “Between family, friends and a career, a doctor’s appointment may not be a top priority for women. But checkups are integral to breast cancer prevention,” said Dr. Steven Quay, chairman, CEO and president of Atossa Genetics and inventor of the ForeCYTE Breast Health Test. “Now is an excellent time to take five minutes to schedule your screening exams.” Here are key topics to discuss with your doctor to ensure you make the most of your visit:

Risk Breast cancer risk is multifaceted. Age is one factor: Your risk increases as you get older. Certain lifestyle factors can also increase your risk, including obesity, sedentary habits, contraceptives, alcohol consumption and not having children. Genetic risk, heredity, the presence of premalignant cells and breast density should also be considered. Talk to your doctor about what tests you should be receiving to determine your risk, and if there are lifestyle changes you need to make.

Testing Breast cancer can strike at any age. Unfortunately,

mammography—the most common test whose efficacy is now controversial—isn’t recommended for younger women. Now, however, there are adjunct tests that younger women can request that are able to detect silent, reversible milk duct hyperplasia, a condition that can lead to breast cancer in a decade if left untreated. The new, quick and non-invasive ForeCYTE Breast Health Test, for example, collects and analyzes individual cells from a small sample of milk duct fluid collected from each breast, and can provide vital early detection of cancer or precancerous conditions. Just as the Pap smear has reduced cervical cancer rates by more than 70 percent through the detection and treatment of reversible pre-cancer before it becomes cancer, the goal of Atossa Genetics (maker of ForeCYTE and other diagnostic risk assessments) is to reduce the high rate of breast cancer through early detection of reversible pre-cancer changes that can lead to breast cancer and to treat those early changes. “From lifestyle changes to therapeutic interventions, knowing your lifetime risk of breast cancer can help you make important medical decisions now,” Quay said. More information about determining your risk for breast cancer can be found at www.AtossaGenetics. com.

Lifestyle Maintaining a healthy body weight can reduce your risk for breast cancer. Ask your physician or a registered dietician for advice on improving your diet. Your doctor can also recommend the best way to ease into a fitness routine that takes your overall health and current fitness level into account. If smoke or drink, ask your physician to direct you toward resources that can help you curb the habits. Take charge of your health today by learning more about early detection, testing options and prevention.

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During the last 20 years, heart disease has increased 49 percent. Four out of 10 Americans will die from heart attack, stroke or congestive heart failure. In the face of these daunting statistics, where does cholesterol come into play? Assessment In the VAP test, your LDL (lousy cholesterol) are measured one of two ways. Pattern A is healthy, looks like large particles and presents no problems. Pattern B is predominately small particles that can stick to the insides of your blood vessels. The good news is that you can change your numbers, but you need to know if there is a problem or not. Apoprotein B is a more accurate way of processing the number of LDL in your blood. The safe range in the blood is 40-60. Dangerous levels are 80 or more. On the bright side, HDL2b is the kind of HDL, or good cholesterol, that cleans up cholesterol in the blood vessels and takes it back to the liver to recycle. Men and post-menopausal women want at least 35% or more HDL, while premenopausal women should have 45% or more. Physical predictors of heart disease include coronary ear crease ( a horizontal line running from back to front of ear lobe), thinning of hair on the vertex of head (top, back of head), and arcus senilus (a dark ring surrounding the outer edge of the iris). If you notice any of these signs, schedule a VAP test today.

By Kelly Miller

Prevention Most of the following markers can be found in the aforementioned VAP test. All these factors can be controlled to a certain extent, but knowledge is key to prevention and treatment. We can reduce our fibrinogen levels— a protein that contributes to blood clots—by quitting smoking, losing weight and taking niacin vitamins. Another bacteria, chlamydia pneumonia, is common among smokers as well as people prone to chronic bronchial infections. Elevated insulin levels can also be harmful. The best way to control elevated insulin is through exercise and weight control. Hyperinsulinism and Type II diabetes can be reversed. Additionally, elevated levels of homocysteine, a byproduct of animal amino acids, can increase your risk of stroke by 300%. Eating plenty of green leafy vegetables which contain folate, or taking a B vitamin complex with folic acid, B6 , and B12, can help keep your levels down. Abnormal levels of lipoprotein A can increase your risk of heart attack as well. Vitamin C can help strengthen your blood vessels, and estrogen has been

shown to dramatically reduce lipoprotein A and its inherent cardiovascular risks. Apolipoprotein E can increase your risk for coronary artery disease. Adopting a lower-calorie diet and avoiding sugar can help, as well taking fibrates. You can help prevent another challenge, vasoconstriction, by keeping your diet low in saturated fat, not smoking, maintaining a low LDL and watching your triglyceride levels.

Premenopausal women are at less risk for heart disease than post-menopausal women and men. Youthful levels of estrogen/progesterone give protection to the blood vessels. However, women catch up to men in risk after menopause. Heart disease, not breast cancer, is the number one killer of women. Certain hereditary factors place Asian Indians, Native Americans, Mexican Americans, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders more at risk. On the other hand, lifestyle factors include smoking, diet, exercise, sleep, and stress patterns. These factors comprise the six essentials to health: what you eat, what you drink, how you rest, how you exercise, what you breathe, and what you think. In general, nutrients like Vitamin C, Omega 3 and those found in broccoli help keep your heart healthy. Taking these supplements is always a good idea.

Hormones • Melatonin: Low levels can contrib- ute to poor heart health. • The growth hormone: Growth hor- mone deficits cause increased blood pressure, increased tension in the aorta, and abdominal obesity. The risk of heart disease increases greatly for those with levels under 140. You are at increased risk in the bottom 25%, even though you may still be in the normal reference range. • Thyroid: Balance is very impor- tant. Adequate thyroid hormones increase heart contractibility. Research has shown low T3 to be a better predictor of cardiac health than cholesterol and triglycerides. See HEART, Page 25

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THE BIG C: How Collision Insurance Can Help You By June Hurley Young Warning! Don’t drive your car out of your yard if you don’t have collision insurance. “I don’t need it,” you may say. “My car’s paid for. It’s old and it’s not worth anything.” I used to agree with you—but not anymore. In 1991, I bought a smart new NX 1600, a Nissan sports car. I stopped for lunch and when I returned to the parking lot, I was shocked to find my rear window in smithereens. The insurance company said the salesman hadn’t completed the insurance paperwork, and I had to pay on my own to fix my window before they’d insure my car. Cost to me: $850. My SAAB convertible touched fenders with an SUV in 2009. Neither myself nor the other driver was cited, but while he was repaired, I had no collision insurance. I paid my own $1000 for light and fender repair. On November 16, 2012, I was about to turn right and my windshield exploded in my face. A woman had run across the street and rammed her head into my windshield. She was cited as “failing to yield the right of way to a vehicle.” I had to have my car towed. The authorities called it a “collision” and because I was without collision insurance, I paid $283 to fix my own windshield and she received $10,000 from my liability insurance. When I paid my insurance in January 2013 I added collision coverage. On February 14, I tried to stop on wet pavement and skidded to tap the fender of an SUV. My car was completely repaired and looks like new. The bill was $1600, and my part only $100. Are you convinced? My good friend recently bought a 1996 Thunderbird. This January, he was hit broadside and the passenger side of his car was demolished. It looked as if the car had been totaled. Much to his chagrin, he had failed to have collision insurance on his policy. He is now in a quandary about what to do with his car: fix it, or sell the engine and parts. Are you convinced? I am.

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Killer Tan Moffitt Physician-Scientists Focus on Disabling Melanoma Florida living is often associated with leisurely walks on the beach, bicycle rides, picnics, golfing and other outdoor fun in the sun – all activities that could contribute to developing a deadly form of skin cancer – melanoma. The state of Florida is estimated to have 5,320 new melanoma cases in 2014 – second only to California with an estimated 8,440 cases, according to the American Cancer Society. Other top states for new cases of melanoma are New York, Pennsylvania and Texas. But the disease can be avoided. In the words of Moffitt Cancer Center’s Jeffrey Weber, M.D., Ph.D., “Melanoma continues to rise in incidence worldwide, and has advanced to soon become the fifth most common cancer in the U.S. It strikes those in the prime of life, in their fifties and sixties, and accounts for more years of life lost of any adult cancer.” He goes on to say that this trend could be reversed if we engage in safe sun practices, and particularly avoid tanning salons – which are likely to increase the incidence of not only melanoma but also other types of skin cancer. Melanoma is a form of cancer that can strike at any stage of life. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) expressed concern for this growing problem, as people younger than 35 who participate in indoor tanning have a 75 percent higher risk of getting melanoma. And melanoma is also the second most common form of cancer for young people ages 15 to 29. Obviously, prevention is key. Dr. Weber directs Moffitt’s Donald A. Adam Comprehensive Melanoma Research Center of Excellence. The Center’s goal is to contribute to the understanding, prevention and cure of melanoma – one of the most serious and difficult skin cancers to treat. He also oversees a newly awarded National Cancer Institute (NCI) Specialized Programs of Research Excellence (SPORE) grant for melanoma research, totaling $8,829,020 over five years. “SPORE grants were established to promote interdisciplinary research and help move basic findings from the laboratory to a clinical setting,” says Dr. Weber. “The addition of a melanoma SPORE acknowledges

the translational research being done by our Comprehensive Melanoma Research Center of Excellence. We are honored to be recognized by the NCI, and this grant will allow us to significantly enhance our efforts to contribute to the prevention and cure of skin cancer.” This is Moffitt’s second SPORE grant. The first, for lung cancer research, was awarded in 2008. Moffitt is the only cancer center based in Florida that has received this prestigious grant. Today, most melanoma patients participate in a clinical trial. And at Moffitt, several unique trials are exploring innovative approaches to skin cancer treatment aimed at improving the outlook for late-stage patients. Each study taps into Moffitt’s culture of teamwork and adaptability in order to quickly bring new scientific discoveries from the laboratory to the bedside. “People are positive and feel rewarded about enrolling in a clinical trial even if the outcome is unknown,” says Dr. Weber. According to him, realizing they might be helping someone in the future goes a very long way. As the only Florida-based National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center, Moffitt Cancer Center’s Cutaneous Oncology Program specializes in the latest investigational treatments for melanoma and other skin cancers. Moffitt’s team of skin cancer specialists provides a comprehensive program of care for patients. That includes screening, diagnosis, staging and treatment for skin cancer, as well as long-term follow up. To schedule an appointment or to find out more, call 1-888-MOFFITT or visit

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The Other Side of Leonard Nimoy A s Star Trek’s Mr. Spock, Leonard Nimoy developed one of the most iconic characters in television history. For the past two decades, Nimoy has continued his career on the other side of the camera and is now regarded as a leading contemporary American photographer. Early in his acting career, he recognized photography could be more than snapshots on location. “I carried a camera with me wherever I went and began to realize I was missing the place I was in because my eye was behind the camera so much,” Nimoy said. “I had the photographs, but I hadn’t had the experience. So I began using the camera when I was on a specific thematic quest.” The photography bug bit him hard at the pinnacle of his career. “I had finished three seasons of ‘Star Trek’ and two seasons of ‘Mission: Impossible,’ and I actually considered changing careers,” Nimoy said. “I went to school at UCLA to study photography under master art photographer Robert Heineken and became very excited about the prospect.” Nimoy had no enthusiasm for commercial photography and realized that a career in fine art photography would be difficult at the time. “I decided to stay with my acting and directing, although I continued to study photography and work at it,” Nimoy said. In 1994, he became a fulltime photographer while continuing to tackle some film and TV projects, producing work that was largely concept-driven, with overarching themes that told a cohesive story. His diverse subjects have included hands, eggs, landscapes, nudes and dancers, all shot with black and white film cameras. “I have two darkrooms and do my own printing up to 16” x 20” images. I like to be in touch with the whole process,” Nimoy said. His provocative work “Full Body,” published in book form in 2007, featured mostly naked full-figured women. “My original idea was to replicate some rather famous images shot by other photographers who had used fashion models, and to use these women in those same poses,” Nimoy said. More recently, for his “Secret Selves” project—his first work in color—he photographed 100 people from all walks of life, all acting out their fantasy identities. Nimoy, who is represented by R. Michelson Galleries in Northampton, Mass., will have Continues on Page 11

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By Nick Thomas

Above: Nimoy at the 2011 Phoenix Comicon in Phoenix, Arizona. Left: William Shatner as Captain Kirk and Leonard Nimoy as Mr. Spock in Star Trek filming.

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New Technologies Helping More Seniors Age in Place Nearly 90 percent of people 50 years old and older want to remain at home as long as possible, according to a recent AARP study. If you have an aging parent or grandparent, having a discussion about his or her alternatives is important. As you begin the conversation, remember that this can be a sensitive subject, especially if your family member has lived in the same place for a long time. Before broaching the issue, be sure you understand all the options that might allow for aging in place at home. “If you’re considering an assisted living facility for a loved one, make sure you look at new technologies first to see if you can help him or her remain independent, secure and connected from the comfort of home,” said Walt Podsiedlak, sales manager for health and wellness at Linear LLC, a leading provider of wired and wireless security technology for seniors. This conversation starts by discussing the greatest challenges your loved one faces, such as mobility, personal care and meals, and determining what kind of technology or service best addresses those specific needs. One of the most widely used technologies helping individuals aging in place are personal emergency reporting systems, or PERS, that can send for help in an emergency among other functions. PERS devices have made significant leaps since television commercials first popularized them in the 1980s. For example, new systems like the Linear PERS-4200 console still connect a wrist or necklace pendant to a central monitoring station for push-button emergency reporting, but useful new features have been added. Here are some features to look for and consider when picking the right PERS technology: • Temperature sensor: This can provide alerts to update central stations

of hazardous conditions. • Activity timer: This can be programmed to send a signal if a preset amount of time elapses before either an activity transmitter is triggered or the console’s “home” button is pressed. • Audible reminder messages: These can be set on a recurring schedule to highlight doctor’s visits, when medication should be taken or even social activities. • Speakerphone: This capability can allow for more convenient communication. • Width of range between transmitter and console: A wider range can allow for a broader range of activities. For example, if your mom likes to garden, be sure the range of the PERS is wide enough to include the yard. • Type of accessory: Transmitters can be wristbands, pendants, belt attachments or even resemble jewelry. Discuss what would be most convenient for your loved one. • Battery life: Consider battery life of the transmitter and if it is waterproof. • Cost: Users should expect to pay an installation fee and a monthly PERS monitoring charge. PERS device repair and replacement policies should also be considered. Before making any major decisions, look into all your options. Aging in place technology is reshaping the future for seniors.

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three concurrent exhibitions in the Boston area beginning late March—when the artist turns 83 ( “The exhibits cover about 20 years of my career, so it’s quite comprehensive,” Nimoy said. Although Nimoy’s works can be pricey—some cost $18,000—more affordable images featuring Spock-related thematic imagery, such as the Vulcan hand salute, are sold online via a website managed by Nimov’s granddaughter ( “She’s quite the entrepreneur and operates it like a classy boutique,” said Nimoy. “There are T-shirts, tote bags, and photographs signed by me. The things we do for our grandchildren!” In February, reports surfaced that Nimoy was suffering from Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, a lung ailment caused primarily by smoking that, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, affects some 13 million Americans. “Before I stopped smoking 30 years ago, I was deeply addicted,” Nimoy said. “I had to go through various programs before I quit. But by then, the damage was done. In my late 70s and early 80s, I recognized that I did not have great breathing capacity, so wasn’t surprised by the COPD diagnosis. “I use medication daily and give myself a jolt of oxygen when I need it,” Nimoy said. “The main difficulty is high altitudes. We’ve had a house in Lake Tahoe for 20 years, which is a beautiful retreat. But at 6,000 feet, I just can’t go there anymore. Other than that, I’m still very active and not ready to cash it in yet!” Despite rumors throughout his acting career that he resented being typecast as Spock, Nimoy says he regards the character with fondness. “I’ve always been proud to be identified with Spock.” What if J.J. Abrams, the producer and director of the new Star Trek films, approaced him for another film role? “I’d take his call, but doubt I’d do any acting,” Nimoy said. “I don’t want to go off on location again. I’m enjoying life with my family too much.” Nick Thomas teaches at Auburn University at Montgomery, Ala. His features and columns have appeared in over 400 newspapers and magazines and can be reached at his blog: http://getnickt.

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Nimoy in 2010 posing with a subject and her life-sized secret self.

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Better Business Bureau Issues New Recently, the Better Business Bureau sent out two warnings on emerging scams that are a threat to private security.

Credit Card Fraud In the aftermath of the massive holiday data breach that affected Target and a number of other major retailers, consumers are now faced with yet another reason to be concerned about the safety of their credit cards. Reports are surfacing that consumers are finding unauthorized charges of $9.84 on their statements. The business that levied the charges claims that the fee is for “customer support,” and that it may appear on the statement as one of many different websites. It appears the fraudsters’ plan is to fly under the radar when they hit individual accounts. “These individuals are banking on the fact that there is a good chance consumers are not going to notice these small charges,” said Karen Nalven, President of the Better Business Bureau serving West Florida. “This small charge scam has been around for many years. It is important consumers take their time and review all credit card statements thoroughly,” Nalven said. Victims of this fraud report that, when they’ve accessed the website listed on their statement, they were given a customer support phone number and email address. After calling the number, they were told that the charge would be removed. However, the only way that consumers can be certain that they have taken positive steps to protect themselves is to contact their card issuer regarding the suspected fraud and follow their recommendations.

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Report lost cards and incorrect charges promptly. In the United States and Canada, if your credit card is lost, stolen, or used without your permission, you may be responsible for up to $50 of the fraudulent charges. If you report the loss before the card is used, you’re not responsible for any unauthorized charges. In addition, many card holders are protected by zero liability policies set in place by credit card companies. • Request a new card if you notice unauthorized charges. Fraudulent charges mean your card information has been compromised. Be on the safe side and request a new card. • Never lend your card. Further, don’t leave your cards, statements and receipts laying around your home, car or office. • Never sign a blank charge slip. Draw lines through blank spaces on charge slips above the total so the amount can’t be changed. • Use caution when ordering online or over the phone. Always be cautious about disclosing your account number on the telephone or online unless you know the person you’re dealing with represents a reputable company.

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The Better Business Bureau (BBB) warns cellphone users about a new scam that can result in unauthorized charges appearing on their monthly wireless statement. Recently, BBBs across the country are seeing a rash of reports of “ring and runs” or “The One Ring Scam” on cellphones where returning a missed call from an Unknown Number, while tempting, could cost you. Here’s how it works: Consumers in several states report receiving calls on their mobile phones in which an unknown caller hangs up after one ring. When the cellphone owner returns the call, he or she is billed $19.95 for the international call fee. They may hear music, then advertising while they are unknowingly connected to a caller-paid toll service or chat line located outside the country. At $9 per minute, these calls can add up quickly. The Caribbean area codes that often appear on caller ID have been reported to be from the Dominican Republic (809), Jamaica (876), British Virgin Islands (284), Grenada (473) and Dominica (767). The practice of third parties placing unauthorized charges on wireless accounts is called “cramming.” If you have fallen for this scam, be sure to alert your cellphone carrier immediately and keep an eye on you cellphone bill. The earlier you document the fraud, the better your chances of having some or all of the charges removed. To protect yourself from unauthorized charges on your cellphone bill, the BBB offers the following tips: See FRAUD, Page 25

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I recently bumped into a woman I had known a long time ago and did not remember. She, however, remembered me—because of a favor I had done for her many years ago. At the time, I did not realize how much my kindness had meant. Looking back with my nursing hat on, I realized that one small act of kindness helped create a healthy state of mind both for my long-lost acquaintance and myself. Have you noticed volunteers at hospitals, churches and community centers? While many volunteers are senior citizens, they look healthy and happy. These people may be dealing with problems or suffering through health issues, but they have chosen to turn their focus outward and to cope with the negative aspects of their lives. So much of our depression and frustration is caused by focusing on our problems—what if we took the focus off of ourselves and thought of others? What if we helped someone? When I endured a loss and was going through the grieving process, helping others lifted my spirits and enabled me to start healing. I began to feel better and started to feel happy again. In spite of my loss, I could see that there were others hurting and struggling as well, some in far worse situations than I was. Helping others helped me look at the glass as half-full, and helped me practice positive thinking.

By Nurse Ruth, RN, LHRM

What can you do to lift spirits?

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Smile at someone, even people you don’t know. Do a favor for someone, secretly! Visit a sick friend or neighbor. Buy food to donate to a shelter. Volunteer at a school or animal shelter. Help others less fortunate than yourself.

Your spirits will lift, and you might even realize how lucky you are. By taking the focus off of yourself, you gain the perspective to see that your problems or health issues are not as severe as others, and that there may be others who are dealing with the same situations as you are. Helping others is a great way to feel less isolated. Let’s think positive and turn our focus away from our worries. Positive thinking is a big part of having a healthy mind and a healthy body. Do a small act of kindness and the rewards are yours—I am proof of that truth many times over in my life. Look at that glass half-full, and get started filling it. Provided by Ruth Fanovich, RN, LHRM. Owner, Care Placement Home Health Agency, Inc. and RMF Care Management, Inc. Visit

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Senior Happenings Seafood and other food vendors from around the country serve up their specialties at this two-day festival with live music, arts and crafts booths, kids crafts, inflatables and face painting. Price: Free (food and drink additional). March 7 from 5:00 p.m. and on March 8 from 11:00 a.m. Safety Harbor City Marina is located at 110 Veterans Memorial Lane, Safety Harbor, FL 34695. For more information (727) 724-1572. Weeki Wachee Swamp Fest

Bay Area Renaissance Festival

MOSI Weekends February 22 - April 6, plus April 4

Say huzzah to the wizards, warriors and commoners who populate this replica of a 16th century village with entertainment, street theater, live armored contact jousting, human chess matches, art, craft and other vendors, fire-eaters and more. Enjoy fresh brews, wines and medieval music. To honor St. Patrick’s Day, the festival takes on an Irish twist throwing a huge party with Irish heavy games, free beer tasting, a Celtic village, mashed potato eating contest and a men in kilts competition. 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. rain or shine! Price: $16.95, $8.95 ages 5-12 (advance); $19.95, $15.95 seniors/students, $11.95 ages 5-12 (at the gate); $10 dogs. The Bay Area Renaissance Festival at MOSI is located at 11315 North 46th Street, Tampa, FL 33617. Strawberry Festival

Florida Strawberry Festival Grounds February 27 - March 9

The Florida Strawberry Festival is an 11-day community event celebrating the strawberry harvest of Eastern Hillsborough County. Each year, more than 500,000 visitors enjoy the Festival’s headline entertainment, youth livestock shows, exhibits of commerce, fun carnival rides and, of course, its world-famous strawberry shortcake. Gates open at 10 a.m. This year’s country lineup includes Charlie Pride, Boys II Men, Rascal Flatts, The Band Perry, Little Big Town, Josh Turner and much more. The Festival is located at Florida Strawberry Festival Grounds 303 N Lemon St., Plant City, 33563. For more information, visit Tropicana Field Tours

Tropicana Field March 6 - 27

Take a 90 minute, wheelchair-accessible, behind-thescenes tour of the home of the Tampa Bay Rays. See the Rays’ dugout, Press Box, Touch Tank, 162 Landing, the Hitters Hall of Fame and more. Still and video cameras welcome. 12:30 p.m. Price: $9, $8 ages 65 and older, $7 ages 3-14, 2 and younger free. Tropicana Field is located at 1 Tropicana Drive, St. Petersburg, FL 33705. For more information (727) 825-3371. Tampa Bay Boat Show

Tropicana Field March 7 - 9

This grand event showcases area boat dealers and manufacturers, the latest in boating and fishing supplies... great accessories, too. See and compare all available makes and models in one location. The main floor will be filled with new boats, trailers, docking and safety equipment and many outdoor-related exhibits! Area lenders will be on hand offering low show-financing rates. The event is open to the public. Admission is free. Tropicana Field is located at 1 Tropicana Drive, St. Petersburg, FL 33705. For more information (727) 825-3371. Safety Harbor Seafood Festival

Safety Harbor City Marina March 7 & 8

NBC Sports. Price: $20 single day, $50 week pass (advance); $30 single day, $65 week pass (after Dec. 31); 15 and younger free with ticketed adult. Innisbrook Resort & Golf Club is located at 36750 U.S. 19 N, Palm Harbor, FL 34684. For more information (727) 942-5566 or Loves Makes the World Go Round

Hale Senior Activity Center March 9

Enjoy a live performance of solos, duets, ensembles, songs, comedy numbers and instrumental music with a harp, guitar and violin. 3:00 p.m. Cost is $5 at the door. The Hale Senior Activity Center is located at 330 A full line up of entertainment, contests and activities are included in the 21st anniversary Swamp Fest celebra- Douglas Ave. in Dunedin, FL. For more information tion. Also featuring more than 100 arts and crafts ven- (727)298-3299. dors. No pets or alcohol allowed. 9:00 a.m. Price: $8, $4 Charity Horse Show for ages 6-12, free for ages 5 and younger. Florida State Fairgrounds Weeki Wachee Springs State Park is located at 6131 March 11 - 15 Commercial Way, Weeki Wachee, FL 34606. For more information (352) 556-5807 or 597-4424. Show features top Saddlebreds, Hackney ponies, Morgan horses and Road horses from all over the coun“Sweet Dreams” Patsy Cline try to benefit the Scottish Rite Foundation of Florida. The Palladium Theater 3/11 - 13 - 6:00 p.m. 3/14 - 10:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. March 8 9/15 - 9:00 a.m., 1:00 and 6:00 p.m. Free. Florida State Fairgrounds is located at 4802 U.S. 301 If you have only heard about this show, then this is a rare opportunity to see CJ pay tribute to the legendary N, Tampa, FL 33610 Phone: (502) 314-7960. Patsy Cline. Ms. Harding will be singing 24 of Patsy’s hit Red Hatter’s Tea Party songs that we have loved throughout the years. A lively The Largo Community Center to Host interaction with the audience will keep you entertained March 11 for the entire two-hour show. From the Atlantic to the Pacific, CJ has portrayed the late great Patsy Cline and Hundreds of purple blouses and red hats are set to left her audiences wanting more. 7:00 p.m. Tickets: $27- gather for the Annual Red Hat Tea Party. From 11:00 $42. a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Red Hatters will enjoy live music, dancThe Palladium Theatre is located at 253 5th Ave. N, ing, door prizes, contests, vendor shopping and a freshly St. Petersburg, FL. For more information or to purchase prepared lunch by the Largo Community Center. Cost tickets, please call the Box Office at 727.822.3590 or for the one day event is $10 per person. Spaces are ed, pre-registration is required by March 7. Get your tickets today by calling (727)587-6740 ex. 5004. Carrillon Festival Largo Community Center is located at 400 Alt Keene Bok Tower Gardens Rd., Largo, FL. For more information (727) 586-7455.

Weeki Wachee Springs State Park March 7 - 9

March 8 - 16

Celebrate the beauty, music and distinctive value of the Singing Tower carillon with daily concerts from four world-renowned and aspiring carillonneurs. These musicians come from a variety of backgrounds and are dedicated to promoting the awareness and enjoyment of the carillon. This year’s festival theme is “New Music On Old Bells,” a musical departure celebrating contemporary music on the carillon. Selections from important American composers, digitally-synthesized music with live bells, new arrangements, and world premieres. The selected guest carillonneurs are all first-time festival participants who are considered leading world performers among their peers. Cost: Included with admission. Bok Tower Gardens are located at 1151 Tower Boulevard, Lake Wales, Florida 33853. For more information Chili Blaze

England Brothers Bandshell Park March 14 The Pinellas Park Firefighters’ annual chili cook-off also offers live entertainment, an art and craft show and children’s activities. Benefits the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Price: Free admission, $8 chili tasting armband. Starts at 6:00 p.m England Brothers Bandshell Park is located at 5010 81st Ave. N, Pinellas Park, FL 33781. For more information (727) 687-4494. Valspar Championship

Innisbrook Resort and Golf Club March 9 - 17

Wildflower Walk

Bok Tower Gardens March 14 In partnership with South Florida State College’s Pygmy Fringe Tree Wildflower Festival, Bok Tower Gardens will host a 2-mile Wildflower Walk with Greg Kramer, Director of Horticulture, along the garden’s new Preserve Trail. Sponsored by the Florida Wildflower Foundation & the Florida State Wildflower license plate. 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Cost: Included with admission. Bok Tower Gardens are located at 1151 Tower Boulevard, Lake Wales, Florida 33853. For more information 8th Annual Lakeland VW Classic

The Lakeland Center March 14-16 You’ll find music, food, fun, and of course lots of Volkswagens at the 2014 Lakeland VW Show with over 45 trophies for different classes. We will have a cruise on Saturday night to Silver Moon Drive-In Theatre. $5 per person with a donated can of food; $25 for show cars to be judged- 2 tickets are included. Public parking is available for $2. The Lakeland Center is located at 701 W. Lime Street, Lakeland, FL 33815. For more information Tour de Village 5K

Carrollwood Village Millennium Garden March 15

Over the hills and around the ponds on this grass The PGA Tour comes to Tampa Bay to play the Copper- course through Carrollwood Village. Choose between a head Course. Defending champion Kevin Streelman re- 5K run and one-mile fun walk. Includes T-shirt, goodie turns. This event will be televised on Golf Channel and bag, raffle and snacks. Benefits the Leukemia and Lym-

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March 25, 2014 • 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Tampa Bay History Center • 801 Old Water St., Tampa, FL 33602

Tampa Bay History Center

Preserving and Sharing Florida’s History By Lourdes Sáenz, Creative Director

The state of Florida and our very own city of Tampa are rich in history. In fact, history foundational to both and tells the stories of their colonization and civilization. The written history of Florida begins with the arrival of the Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de León in 1513, during his search for the legendary “Fountain of Youth.” Florida became the first state of the mainland U.S. to be settled by Europeans. The first accounts of the city of Tampa are in 1521, when it was described as an Indian fishing village named “Tanpa,” meaning “sticks of fire.” It was then visited by Hernando de Soto in 1539 during his search for gold. The city of Tampa was an important port for the Spaniards, used as the commercial hub for trading via Key West through Henry B. Plant’s railroad systems. Later, Plant’s steamships traveled even farther south to Havana, Cuba. When the United States declared war on Spain, Tampa played an important role as the port of departure for troops headed to Cuba

Birth of the Tampa Bay History Center In the early 1880s, Tampa residents expressed concern for the lack of an organized effort to preserve and display local artifacts. In 1986, a taskforce was assembled to explore the possibility of creating a regional museum to commemorate Tam-

Design criteria. The museum now enjoys more than 15 million visitors annually.

Exhibits and Much More

pa’s rich and varied history. In the following years, more organization and effort led to the creation of the Tampa Bay History Center. The Center opened its doors as a small museum, and after growing pains and changes of location, it found its permanent home in January 2009, enjoying its magnificent new facility on a 2.4-acre waterfront location. The Center was designated as a Smithsonian Institution Affiliate organization in 2011, making it one of only twelve organizations to receive this honor in the entire state of Florida. In 2012, the Center received a Silver LEED certification from the U.S. Green Building Council, recognizing the Center’s continued adherence to the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental

What can we expect as visitors to the Tampa Bay History Center? First, we can enjoy the museum’s beautiful grounds on the Channelside waterfront. The Center is part of the nature-rich Cotanchobee Fort Brooke Park. From an architectural standpoint, the building itself is a work of art. Within the museum’s walls, the rich stories of Florida’s past unfold. Entertaining galleries provide 60,000 square feet of learning space, including classrooms, the map gallery, the event hall, the Witt Research Center (a branch of the Hillsborough County Public Library System), the museum store and the Columbia Cafe (a branch of Ybor City’s Columbia Restaurant). The History Center is one of the largest on the west coast of Florida, and prides itself on providing hands-on, kid-friendly activities, as well as cuttingedge interactive exhibits and theaters for all ages to enjoy. In short, the Center is one of Tampa’s premier cultural venues. Further, the Center’s curatorial staff researches, collects and cares for objects of historical significance to the Tampa Bay Area. Included in the museum’s impressive exhibition of local history— which includes 500 years of recorded history and

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From Page 15 12,000 years of human habitation around Tampa Bay—are permanent exhibits such as “Florida’s First People,” “Seminole and Miccosukee Story,” “Cowman and Crackers,” “War Stories” and “Cigar City.” This last explores the important role tobacco played in our region’s economy, as well as the history of tobacco manufacturing and its local influence on immigration, politics and culture.

The third floor of the museum boasts a Temporary Exhibitions Gallery. The Gallery houses travel-

ing exhibits on loan from other institutions, in addition to temporary installations developed by History Center staff.

Community Outreach

The Tampa Bay History Center shares its knowledge and opportunities via programs with local

community groups and schools. The “Request a Guest Speaker” program enables a History Center expert to elaborate on the special exhibits in a lecture setting. Further, the Center offers “History-to-Go” outreach kits. These tools for hands-on learning are filled with objects, activities, maps, timelines, posters, books, CDs and DVDs, as well as a teachers’ guide providing background information and lesson plans. Kits are available for third through fifth graders, and for secondary grades six through twelve. Kits may be borrowed at no charge for up to three weeks. For details, contact our Julie Henry Matus, curator of education, at (813)-675-8981 and by email at

In addition, the History Center reaches out to the community through its Community Case. Sup-

ported by the Wachovia Foundation, the Case provides a space for interested organizations to tell their stories alongside other exhibits. Nonprofit cultural organizations, schools and neighborhood associations are invited to participate in the Community Case program on a first-come, first-served basis. History Center staff helps tell the stories of selected organizations and aid in the selection of artifacts or other materials needed for the display. The staff also offers guidance from the first to the final installation of the exhibit. For more information, please contact Malerie Dorman at

From programs for preschoolers to Scout tours and badge-earning workshops, from programs for

home-schooling families to theme camps during local county school vacations, to exciting “Family Backpack Adventures,” the History Center plays an important and exciting role in the education of future Florida generations. Providing something for everyone from young children to locals and tourists of all ages, the Tampa Bay History Center is fulfilling its dream of building knowledge, expanding horizons, and preserving the treasures that made our region what it is today. u u u

The Tampa Bay History Center is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Regular admission is $12.95 for

adults, and $10.95 for students, seniors and children between the ages of 13 and 17. It is $7.95 for children 4-12. Groups of 10 or more that book in advance are eligible for discounts of up to 25% off retail rates.

Visitors can park in the Tampa Bay Times Forum parking lots, the Channelside parking ga-

rage, various downtown surface lots, downtown street parking or the Ybor City parking garage, and take the streetcar to the Channelside District.

THE TAMPA BAY HISTORY CENTER 801 Old Water Street (formerly St. Pete Times Forum Drive) Tampa, FL 33602 813.228.0097 •

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March 25, 2014 • 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Tampa Bay History Center • 801 Old Water St., Tampa, FL 33602 DIRECTIONS FROM I-275 NORTH OR SOUTH Traveling north on I-275, take the Ashley Drive West Tampa Exit #44 to downtown. Traveling south on I-275, take the Downtown EastWest Exit #45A to downtown. Turn left on Jackson Street. Turn right on Morgan Street. Turn left on Channelside Drive. Turn right on Old Water Street.

FROM GANDY BLVD. & SOUTH TAMPA Take Gandy Blvd. to Bayshore Blvd., turn left. Take Bayshore Blvd. until it ends at the Platt Street Bridge. Go over the bridge. The road becomes Channelside Drive.. Turn right on Old Water Street.

FROM SELMON (CROSSTOWN) EXPRESSWAY Take Selmon Expressway Exit 8 (Downtown East.) Turn right on Kennedy Blvd. Turn left on Morgan Street. Turn left on Channelside Drive. Turn right on Old Water Street.

The Tampa Bay History Center is a 501(C)(3) non-profit organization and is supported in part by a variety of funding sources including earned revenue, public and private contributions, membership dues, sponsorships, and in-kind contributions. Ten percent of the History Center’s total funding is derived from the City of Tampa and the Hillsborough Board of County Commissioners. The Tampa Bay History Center is open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.) Holiday Hours: New Years Eve & Christmas Eve: 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Regular admission is $12.95 for adults, $10.95 for students, seniors and children between the ages of 13 and 17, and $7.95 for children ages four to twelve. Groups of 10 or more that book in advance are eligible for discounts of up to 25% off of our retail rates. Groups of 10 or more must book in advance to receive the group discount. Visitors can park at the Tampa Bay Times Forum parking lots, the Channelside parking garage, various downtown surface lots, downtown street parking or the Ybor City parking garage, taking the streetcar to the Channelside District.

THE TAMPA BAY HISTORY CENTER 801 Old Water Street (formerly St. Pete Times Forum Drive) • Tampa, FL 33602 813.228.0097 •

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Senior Happenings Nature Coast Birding and Wildlife Festival phoma Society and Relay for Life: Carrollwood. Starts at 8:30 a.m. Price: $20, $15 ages 12 and younger (5K), Holiday Inn Express - Spring Hill $10, $5 ages 12 and younger 1-mile; Add $5 to any fee March 20-23 on race day. Celebrate the rush of migrating wings north along Carrollwood Village Millennium Garden is located at the Atlantic flyway over Citrus, Hernando and Pasco 4535 W Village Drive, Tampa, FL 33624. For more in- counties during the 2nd annual Nature Coast Birding formation Phone: (813) 842-7066. and Wildlife Festival. Variety of programs, activities and field trips. Superstar birder Greg Miller headlines a 2nd Annual Charity Classic 5K list of some of Florida’s most experienced field guides. Lake Wales Famous Florida author Jeff Klinkenberg will be deliverMarch 15 ing an entertaining keynote speech and Mark Kiser will Florida’s Natural Growers Foundation is hosting their be offering a program all about bats, which ends with a Second Annual Charity Classic 5-K Trail Run/Walk. It spectacular display at Chinsegut. On Saturday March begins at the Grove House Visitor Center at 8:30 a.m. 22, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Comand a Kids Fun Run for ages 8 and under at 9:30 a.m. mission will host a wide variety of educational proThe event will conclude with an awards presentation at grams at Chinsegut Conservation Center in Hernando 10:00 a.m. On-site registration begins at 7:00 a.m. County. Fun for all the family. Pre-registration is re$35.00 per adult race participant, $20 for youth 9-17, quired for General Admission, all field trips, keynotes and kids 8 and under are Free. Each paying participant and programs. will receive a shirt and a race-day goodie bag. The course Event main location is 3528 Commercial Way, is a combination of off-road hills, wetlands, and natural Spring Hill, Florida 34606. For information contact Florida terrain. Andy Wraithmell (850) 488-9453 or www.naturecoastRace location is 20160 Highway 27, Lake Wales, FL 33853. For more information (863) 676-1411 or www. 3rd Annual National Cuban Sandwich Festival! Claddagh: An Explosion of Celtic Dance and Music

Largo Community Center March 17 Celebrate St. Patrick’s with this vivacious music, dance and multi-media spectacular that combines the fire and exuberance of show. Two shows at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. Tickets are $24.50-$34.50, additional $5 at the door and special rate available to groups of 10 or more. Purchase tickets at or calling the box office at (727)587-6793. The Largo Cultural Center is located at 105 Central Park Drive, Largo FL 33771. COOKING ON A WOODSTOVE

Boyd Hill Nature Preserve March 15 Step into the summer kitchen and take a step back in time. Bake a cake from scratch in a wood burning oven using an old-fashioned recipe. 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Cost: $15. Ages 10 & up, space limited. Event will take place at 3130 31st Street S., St. Petersburg, FL. For more information www.stpeteparksrec. org/boyd-hill.html. Smart Driver Course

Town N’ Country Senior Center March 19 and April 16

Ybor City March 22 - 23

Come enjoy this celebration of the Cuban sandwiches rich culinary and cultural history! An exciting festival and contest to find “the best” traditional and non-traditional Cuban sandwiches in the nation! Live music, dance demos and over 100 exhibitors. 3/22 - 10:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. 3/23 - 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Centennial Park in Historic Ybor City is located on 1800 E. 8th, Ybor City, FL. Eclectic Cantorial Concert

Temple Sinai March 23 Chazzan Cliff Abramson will present a program of liturgical music, operatic arias and songs in several languages including Italian and Ladino. The sanctuary will be filled with pianists, vocalists, cellists, violinists, clarinetists and mandolin players to create musical fare for all to enjoy. Concert starts at 3:30 p.m. Stay for dinner; meal created by Chef Alyson Zildjian and concert is $30 per person, concert only is $15. Concert price at the door is $20. Temple Sinai is located at 4631 S. Lockwood Ridge Road, enter off Proctor between Beneva and Swift. Register online at or call 941924-1802 for advanced reservations.

local area. Many entertainment events culminating with a concert featuring popular country music artists, a street carnival and a parade. Native American arts and crafts show, golf, softball and bowling tournaments, a flea market and one of the oldest boat parades in the State of Florida! Events take place in New Port Richey, FL. For location and information South Africa Wine Dinner

Maestro’s - The Straz Center March 31 This five-course meal at Maestro’s Restaurant is paired with wines from South Africa, where wine has a history dating back 350 years. It is a history that both reflects the country’s troubled colonial and apartheid past – but also shines with the potential and expectation of the modern wine world. $100 per person, per event, including tax and gratuity. The Straz Center is located at 1010 N. W.C. MacInnes Place, Tampa, Florida 33602. Sun ‘n Fun International Fly-In and Expo

Florida Air Museum April 1-6 For aviation enthusiasts and general public, this event is a one of a kind, the 2nd largest airshow in the world and Florida’s largest convention. Visit 500 exhibits, earn education credits at workshops and forums, introduce children to the world of aviation and view more than 4,500 aircraft from homebuilts to warbirds on 2,200 acres. Two evening air shows, daily airshows on the Sun ‘n Fun grounds, evening programs and entertainment, food vendors, airplane rides, youth programming and a Seaplane event at Fantasy of Flight also attract foreign visitors and media to the annual event. Florida Air Museum is located at 4175 Medulla Road, Lakeland, FL 33811. For more information (863) 6442431 or Project 18 Big Band

Hale Senior Activity Center April 2 “Project 18 Big Band” Dance & Concert presents “The Music of Count Basie & Duke Ellington.” The band is led by Ed Geimer who has lead the US Airforce Band for 24 years as well as playing in Broadway Shows for 21 years. The concerts will also have solos. 3:00 p.m. Cost is $5 at the door. The Hale Senior Activity Center is located at 330 Douglas Ave. in Dunedin, FL. For more information (727)298-3299.

The Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg The Town N’ Country Senior Center in cooperation Downtown St. Petersburg with AARP will be providing a “Smart Driver Course” on March 28-30 the following dates: March 19 (Spanish Only) and April 16. There is a $15.00 charge for AARP Members and a The Firestone Grand Prix returns to St. Petersburg $20.00 charge for non-AARP personnel. with the famed IndyCar Series auto racing. Drivers will For information please contact Lori Radice at: radi- race at speeds in excess of 170 mph along a 14-turn, or (813)873-6336. mile temporary circuit that runs through the streets of The Deadline for the St. Petersburg and through the Albert Whitted Airport, 8th Annual Gasparilla International Film Festival overlooking the picturesque St. Petersburg waterfront. April Issue is March 15th This is a one-of-a-kind event for the Tampa Bay area. Tampa Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg takes March 19 - 23 place downtown St. Petersburg, FL. For more inforThe Gasparilla International Film Festival (GIFF) is a mation cultural arts institution that inspires, educates and enDO YOU HAVE QUESTIONS tertains through its annual celebration of film, yearChasco Fiesta ABOUT ANNUITIES round events, community outreach and social awareness Downtown New Port Richey initiatives, while also supporting and cultivating the film OR and Simms Park industry of Tampa Bay and Florida and making an ecoLIFE INSURANCE? March 21 - 29 nomic impact on our region. Festival events are located at 1600 E 8th Ave, Tampa, Taking place along the beautiful Pithlachascotee FL 33605. For more information and schedule of events River, this nine day festival offers entertainment Contact JON LYNN and fun for the entire family. A time-honored tradi(813)774-1862 or tion that allows visitors to witness a traditional Native American festival, a boat parade, and a street 30 YEARS EXPERIENCE HELPING CLIENTS SUCCEED parade. Benefiting 30 nonprofit organizations in the

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Vanya & Sonia & Masha & Spike: The Review By June Hurley Young See the play the New York Post promises will make you “laugh out loud, and repeatedly at that.” The curtains open on a superb stage set resembling a rustic farmhouse. Vanya and Sonia have taken care of their aging parents on the farm while Masha, their glamorous sister, has made it big on Broadway. Masha returns home with her man-of-the-moment, Spike, and with plans to sell the family farm. Masha decides to attend the local masquerade party as Snow White, and wants to cast her sisters and Spike as the dwarfs. Sonia, however, insists on dressing as the beautiful queen, resplendent in a green-sequined costume that upstages Masha. Hilarity ensues when their Haitian housekeeper sticks pins in a Voodoo doll representing Masha, and the audience hears her offstage cries of pain. What’s more, the play delivers with a happy ending. “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike” is the 2013 winner of the Tony Award for Best Play. The show continues at the Asolo Repertory Theatre in Sarasota through April 16. Tickets start at $21. Asolo Repertory Theatre • 5555 N. Tamiami Trail • Sarasota, FL. Call for ticket,s (941) 351-9010.

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Come sail away for a fun filled 3 night cruise to the Bahamas aboard this beautiful ship! Enjoy many activities with Health, Wealth and Wisdom hosts, Evan and Deb, including a private cocktail party and other events of interest to the senior community. Appreciate the luxury and comfort of the ship, including a Spa, outdoor pool, rock climbing wall and more. Try your luck in the Casino, dance the night away at Boleros Nightclub or Viking Crown Lounge or take in a Broadway Style show! In Nassau, take an excursion to Atlantis or join the fun at Señor Frogs. Enjoy Royal Caribbean’s private island, Coco Cay, by just relaxing, snorkeling or kayaking. Don’t miss out on the fun. Cabins are limited, so book early! Book by April 15, get two tickets to the FL Orchestra

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Adventure in the Land of Lakes and Volcanoes

By Lourdes M. Sáenz

Looking for an affordable, out of the ordinary vacation? There is an enchanting natural wonder still in its developmental stage, free of the pollution of overcrowded tourist traps. Just a short flight out of Miami, or even out of our local Tampa airport, is a land of mountains where volcanoes are kings, some sleeping giants and others with their mighty power still visible in fuming craters. This is a land rich in water destinations for the adventurous tourist, the fishing fans or those just looking to relax—a land of beautiful secluded beaches, giant pristine lakes, turquoise lagoons and abundant river formations offering thrills to any visitor. This magical destination is called the Land of Lakes and Volcanoes, and it is our vacation spotlight: Nicaragua. According to historical accounts, Nicaragua gets its name from the powerful tribal king Nicarao, who was encountered by the first Spaniards arriving at his shores. The largest country of Central America, Nicaragua boasts the two largest lakes in this part of the continent: Lake Managua and Lake Nicaragua, which is also the secondlargest lake in the Americas, after Peru’s Lake Titicaca. Nicaragua has survived several troublesome wars and insurrections through the years, and it is still plagued by poverty, a problem evident in cities and rural areas alike. On the positive side, it offers the opportunity for an inexpensive and safe vacation, as crime rates are very low and tourists can move about and enjoy the country as part of an organized trip or as individuals. Tourism has been a growing industry in the past few years, and both government and private business sectors have injected funds and effort into the travel industry to attract tourists from all over the world. American tourists in Nicaragua have always been the adventurous surfing fans, due to the country’s renowned high-wave beaches that are famous in the sports circuit. Further, the number of U.S. visitors is growing, as are the amenities catering to all types of budgets and vacationing styles. Getting around is fairly simple, as there is a broad array of services including car rentals, taxis, tour operators, and buses, and the majority of the employees of such agencies speak fluent English. For our group, this trip to Nicaragua was aimed at relaxation, so the beach was at the top of our list. Beaches here remain largely in an undeveloped state, resulting in a lack of hotels or neighboring businesses such as you would normally see at other vacation spots. Natural beau-

ty is undisturbed along the Pacific coast, where you can find endless stretches of dark volcanic sand beaches like Pochomil and Masachapa flaunting the picturesque thatched roofs of restaurants, huts complete with colorful hammocks, friendly staff and the freshest fried fish and other delicacies from the sea. The beaches are an ideal place to spend a day, and since public access is limited and large tourist transport is never present, one is sure to find relaxation away from the crowds and the stress. Enjoy the sound of the waves, cold drinks, good food, the opportunity to take a stroll on a horse or a ride on an all terrain-vehicle—or simply relax and watch the most amazing sunsets. Farther south from the capital Managua is another pastoral beach developed around a beautiful crescent bay called San Juan del Sur, where one finds a greater presence of national and international tourism. The waterfront is lined with restaurants and other businesses, and the bay is filled with small fishing boats. The brightly colored houses and breathtaking views from the higher surroundings are a must-capture for any tourist’s camera. We visited San Juan and enjoyed an amazing day of adventure at the hands of Javier Baldovinos and Aracne Rapelling, in addition to Da’ Flying Frog Canopy combination tour ( y ( This tour was not for the faint of heart, but it was an amazing experience in lush green surroundings with even better views of the ocean and San Juan. Our tour started with a drive up the mountain to the rappelling area, which centers around a 150foot waterfall. It was dry rock for us as it was not the rainy season, but still an adrenaline-packed challenge. After conquering our fears and surviving the descent, we hiked through steep terrain to end up at the next part of our adventure: sixteen platforms and zip line rides covering more than 8,200 feet—the longest line was 1,076 feet! Exhilarating and fun, these rides take you high above the forest and down into the valley, surrounded by the high-pitched screams of monkeys and songs from hundreds of tropical birds. In the area of San Juan, there are also dozens of remote, spectacular virgin beach locations, where dramatic dark rock formations break the waves and provide a good surfing environment. These areas are hard to reach unless you have four-wheel drive trans-

portation, but if you are make it to one, you will not be disappointed. Aside from the beaches, Nicaragua offers the opportunity to tour its colonial cities. Granada and Léon were founded by Spanish conquistador Francisco Hernández de Córdoba in 1524 and clashed throughout history, battling to be Nicaragua’s capital city until Managua became the See NICARAGUA, Page 27

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self help

CURIOSITY “I think, at a child’s birth, if a mother could ask a fairy godmother to endow it with the most useful gift, that gift would be curiosity.” —Eleanor Roosevelt What would the world be like if curiosity suddenly disappeared? How would the absence of curiosity impact science, literature, religion and other disciplines? Without curiosity, our civilization would be crippled. Dictionaries often define curiosity as “a strong desire to know or learn something.” What are some of the things about which you are curious? Would you like to know the meaning of life, how to win a million dollars in the lottery, or how to fulfill your destiny? All thinking individuals are curious. In fact, throughout the evolution of the human brain, its creativity has been fueled by curiosity. Curiosity is the portal of entry to our imagination. Consider what your life would be like if your brain prevented you from being curious about anything. You would be unable to make any future plans. If you wanted to plan a vacation, you would not be curious to know what the weather would be like, if the airplane would be safe, or if your accommodations would live up to your expectations. Our history books are filled with people whose curiosity challenged the status quo. Jews in biblical times were curious to know if Jesus was truly the Messiah. Galileo and Copernicus were curious about our planetary system. Contemporary neuroscientists use their curiosity to better understand how our brains work. The list of curious individuals is endless, and we know why—we are compulsively curious creatures. We have an unquenchable desire to know about our environment and ourselves. In the Information Age, the means to satisfy our curiosity is at our fingertips, with the click of a mouse or the touch of a button. Though curiosity is universal, it is also individualistic. While some people spend a great deal of their time feeding their curiosity with information about the stock market or pop culture, others might choose to investigate sports or politics. It is worthwhile to note that curiosity does not exist in a vacuum, but in a fluid context, and that it can occasionally be charged with a great deal of emotionality. Indeed, curiosity can be a two-edged sword. There are times when it is wise to curb your curiosity, as its rewards can be positive or negative. Meddling in the business of others may not yield positive results, and in the past, some of those who embraced curiosity even experienced punishment. You never know where curiosity might lead: It is the proverbial Pandora’s box. When Pandora was no longer able to contain her curiosity, she opened the box and unleashed all the evils then known to man. Conversely, the Pulitzer and Nobel Prizes reward curiosity in a variety of disciplines, and curiosity can also be of great assistance in matters that concern or interest you. And so we must take great care when we open our Pandora’s box. Abné Eisenberg was born in New York City and now lives in Belleair Bluffs, FL. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps in World War II. Eisenberg taught interpersonal communication at four universities and is the author of fifteen textbooks. He can be reached at

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PLEASE, Don’t Send In The Clowns I know there are some nice ones. Bozo. Clarabell. Ronald McDonald. But I am not fond of clowns. As a kid, I was traumatized by a whole pack of them. Not by them, per se, but by something they did. The circus had come to town. I remember my fiveyear-old self sitting high up in the bleachers, right next to my mom. I can’t remember if any of my siblings were there or not—that’s how frightening the event turned out to be. Oh, the elephants, the trapeze artists, and especially the lions jumping through fiery hoops amused me. But then the clowns took center stage. They were a delight—at first. Don’t ask me why kids are fascinated by someone with a white face, exaggerated red lips, a nose that honks, an otherwise bald head with a fringe of orange hair, and size 16 shoes, but most kids are. I certainly was. I watched excitedly while some 10 clowns circled a small car about the size of a Volkswagen Beetle. Then one of the clowns climbed in. Then another. And another. Until all 10 of these baldheaded, whitefaced creatures, including one who had to be nine feet tall, crammed into that tiny, tiny car. I was impressed. They managed to close the door and then drove around and around the stage before they all piled out. Ten of them! It was the next stunt that would forever change my feelings toward clowns. Two of them pushed an object onto the stage that looked like a front-loading washing machine. Remember the nine-footer I described earlier? He somehow managed to curl himself up in a ball inside the washing machine. Another clown shut the door and turned on the spin cycle. The poor man went around and around and around inside the machine, just a blur of colors to those of us in the audience. When the spinning stopped, the door was opened and the clown got out. But he wasn’t nine feet tall anymore. He had shrunk to leprechaun height. I did not clap. The shrunken clown motioned to the audience, looking for a volunteer. For a mother. The lights dimmed. A searchlight panned the bleachers. I scooted closer to my mom and watched the searchlight illuminate face after face, watched it approach the area where my mom and I sat. It stopped smack dab where my mother was sitting. I moved even closer to her, and finally the searchlight swung the other way. I saw a lady across from us make her

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way down the stairs onto the stage. Sure enough, they put her into the washing machine. It seemed like she spun around for an eternity. I am sure my mom was aware of my shaking little body next to hers. I was so thankful that it wasn’t her in that washing machine. So thankful. The spinning stopped. I expected the mother to climb out, perhaps shrunken like her predecessor. But no mom-like figure emerged. The mother who went into the washing machine as a normal-looking, normallydressed lady climbed out looking like a clown! A clown with size 16 feet. A clown with a huge red nose and a silly-looking fringe of orange hair around the back of her head. I was sick. How would she be able to go through life looking like that? How would her children feel, having a clown for a mother? In my mind, the change I witnessed was permanent. Permanent. As we drove home, I sat silently in the back seat of the car. No one knew my anguish, or how my little fiveyear-old heart was aching for the clown-mother and her

family. Suffice it to say, I did not sleep well that night. I’m sure my mother wondered why, but I could not bring myself to watch Clarabell on “The Howdy Doody Show” ever again. To this day, I am not fond of clowns. Not any of them. Jean Mlincek is a freelance writer living in St. Petersburg, Fla.

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By Robert & Chris Maggi, Maggi Tax & Financial Advisory Grp. your income goals. Does your broker, Most people would answer green, but the color of your money could be red without your knowing it. Green money is safe money, or, as we like to call it, “I-Know-So Money”—money that offers a minimum guarantee and is not risky. These funds are safe and will not lose value. Then we have red money—money that can go up or down in value. We call this, “I-Hope-So Money.” It can pose risk if not properly managed. These funds should serve a specific purpose in a comprehensive plan. Most people don’t know the color of their money. Similarly, many people don’t know their level of risk. If you are taking too much risk, it can lead to surprises in your portfolio. That’s why Maggi Tax and Financial Group offers everyone a FREE PORTFOLIO ANALYSIS to find out the color of your money and determine if you are taking an appropriate amount of risk in your portfolio. Visit right now to have us identify costs and fees you might not be aware of. We also offer everyone a FREE TAX ANALYSIS to see if we can reduce your tax liability. Our tax preparation services begin as low as $69.00. We have multiple offices in the Tampa Bay Area. Call our Tampa office at 813-909-0022 and our Pinellas office at 727-799-1701 Be sure to visit our website at It is as simple as listing your assets and assigning them a color based on their status as “Know-So Money” or “Hope-So Money.” Work with Robert and Chris Maggi of Maggi Tax and Financial Group. We have a team of professionals to help you create a comprehensive inventory of your assets and to help you understand what you are working with before you make decisions. How many of you would like that? Money needed now for income is “Need-Now Money,” the money you need to meet your basic needs.

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Where Did My Little Wheels Go? The time looms ahead when we may lose more than our transportation. On the surface, it may seem like just a car, but we know it is so much more than that. Suddenly, when it happens, there goes our power to decide. Maybe we never went many places, but we went when we wanted, where we wanted and our decision was unilateral. Sometimes we had to wait for a cash infusion to gas up, but that was okay. Our car, our gas, our decision. Yummy! We, who are growing older disgracefully, understand that being behind the wheel of what can be a deadly weapon affects more than ourselves, and unlike those who text and talk while driving, our ability to multitask may be somewhat impaired. Although, if truth be told, I have some serious doubts about multitasking in general, and I am not entirely convinced that age is always the culprit in vehicular loss of control. Yet I accept that uncorrectable loss of vision and any impact on my ability to see other cars, pedestrians or deer crossing the road means surrender of my handicapped parking space, or any other parking space, forever. So there go my spurts of impulse buying, although I think those may have faded away a long time ago. For financial reasons, shopping is no longer a pastime. I go to the grocery not to save myself from starvation, but to replenish the little treats to which my little four-legged friend and I have become accustomed. Not the same treats for

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each of us, of course, but the same principle. We are deserving and who is to say nay? Actually, I am more able to fund other means of transportation—senior buses, even ta xicabs— because I no longer have to pay for car insurance, gasoline and car payments. I am positively rich. And yet I will wake up some mornings feeling positively bereft. I have just read about a health guru who will be in Key West tomorrow and who promises inner peace to his followers, which will last probably longer than I will. It’s too late to make arrangements. My car has been sent to the happy hunting grounds. But I really need that blasted inner peace right now. Darn stupid for that guru to live in Key West. Lots more people need inner peace in Clearwater. I’m not sorry about the loss of my car—just sorry for the thoughtlessness of people. Maybe I could do a bicycle. Do they still sell training wheels? Wheels. Need wheels. You can hear more from Evelyn Levin on her blog, (yes, two Rs).

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From NICARAGUA Page 21 permanent capital in 1858. We visited Granada, known as the “Colonial Jewel,” and found it to be charming and clean, with wellkept buildings that made us forget we were walking in one of the oldest colonial cities on the American continent. Cobblestone streets surround its central park, which faces a massive gold and white cathedral. A boulevard leads to the edge of Cocibolca, or Lake Nicaragua, which is home to more than 400 islands—300 of which are within five miles of Granada. We were able to see some of these small islands up close during a delightful boat journey offered by Vapues Tours ( The trip starts in the center of town and the guides are well educated in all historical accounts of the birth of the city and its development through history. We learned that Granada was a key point for exploration of the San Juan River and crucial in the transportation of merchandise between Central America and Spain. The boat ride to the Isletas, Spanish for “small islands,” was pleasant and we were able to see the everyday life on the islands that are inhabited. The majority of the large islands, owned by influential nationals or foreigners, boast large homes amidst luscious tropical gardens that drape down to the edge of the dark volcanic rocks and splashing lake. We witnessed some real amazing constructions with large pools, docks for boats, and other amenities. Surprizingly, in a country where there are still many rural areas that do not enjoy running water and electricity, the lake islands provide a stark contrast — they are completely wired for electrical service and pipe in fresh water from the city of Granada. Although the lake water is not potable, we learned that it could serve as a water source to a city or neighboring country if needed. We had a brief stop to visit an ancient fort, built to fend off pirate attacks and to protect the city at all times. Another stop was to enjoy the view and take photos of monkeys at their own island habitat and then, a final stop for refreshment at an island restaurant. We highly recommend this two-hour tour to all who visit Granada, or a more lengthy version that includes a visit to Zopango Island with the opportunity for swimming, hiking and a lunch of local fresh fish cooked right in front of you. Nicaragua is also world famous for its volcanoes. There are 19 in all, and eight that are still active. Mombacho, one of the extinct volcanoes, possesses amazing size and incredible beauty. This volcano, situated near the city of Granada, hosts a tropical forest which grew over thousands of years until it covered the interior of the crater. It offers the opportunity for a superb hike all the way around the crater in the shade of the jungle and encounters with a great variety of flora and fauna, as well as incredible panoramic views of Lake Cocibolca. Another volcano-related adventure offered to us by Vapues was a visit to Cerro Negro, the youngest volcano in Central America, which is still active. The volcano is unique due to its small stature and steep slopes lacking any vegetation. On this tour, tourists have the chance to climb the 1,650-foot mountain via a rough trail. Once at the top, the fun begins with a rapid descent down the façade of ash, sand and rock — on a snowboard if you have experience and previous training, or seated on a board. Either way, you receive protective gear and instructions. This is an unforgettable experience not to be missed by any adventure-hungry tourist, and safe enough to be enjoyed by the entire family. Next, we visited Nicaragua’s biggest national park, home to the Masaya volcano. The park includes two volcanoes and five craters. These volcanoes have erupted several times throughout history, and were feared by both the indigenous people and the Spanish conquerors. Masaya is the only volcano in the Western Hemisphere whose smoking crater is accessible by vehicle. Visitors can peek over the edge and look into the impressive crater, which continuously emits smoke and sulfur gases. Tourists may also take advantage of a museum explaining the history and evolution of the volcano, and hiking trails that allow for wonderful views and photo opportunities. In conclusion, Nicaragua offers fun-filled vacations and variety to any visitor. Come for the diversity of its natural environments, from beaches to volcanoes. Come to learn from fascinating cities full of history and culture. Come to participate in activities ranging from relaxation to extreme adventures. Enjoy your choice of lodgings, from world-class luxury resorts to eco-friendly cabins by the sea. Nicaragua offers a wonderful climate year-round, friendly people, colorful folkloric traditions, and varied, delicious gastronomical delights. It is the perfect place for an affordable vacation packed with fun, satisfying experiences and memorable moments. Special thanks to: Gloria Ordóñez, Instituto Nicaraguense de Turismo (INTUR) • Maylin Yagela and Katherine Torres Rubí, Vapues Tours S.A. • Javier Baldovinos, Aracne Rappelling Tours & Da’ Flying Frog Canopy Tour • Photos by: Lizbeth Mendieta

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Entertainment Les Miserables

Theatre Winter Haven March 1 - 16 The musical with astonishing award history, dramatic story from the Victor Hugo novel, amazing music and so much more. A story of social injustice during the French Revolution redemption through love, through selfishness, through God. Who can go wrong here? Performances at 2:30 p.m. or 7:30 p.m. (check schedule for details.) Tickets $24 Adults, $21 Students.

Theatre Winter Haven is located at Chain O’ Lakes Complex, 210 Cypress Gardens Blvd., Winter Haven, FL. www. The The Oak Ridge Boys

Florida Strawberry Festival March 6 The Oak Ridge Boys is a country and gospel band in the United States. The group was founded in 1945 as the Oak Ridge Quartet. They became popular during the 1950s. Their name was changed to the “Oak Ridge Boys” in 1961, and they remained a gospel-oriented group until the late 1970s, when they changed their image and concentrated more on country and pop music. The band’s most well known lineup consists of lead singer Duane Allen, tenor Joe Bonsall, baritone William Lee Golden, and bass singer Richard Sterban. 3:30 p.m. Tickets $15 - $20. Dana Carvey Live

The Straz Center March 8 Emmy Award-winning comedian Dana Carvey has maintained an illustrious career. Carvey left SNL after seven very successful seasons, establishing his best-known characters: The Church Lady, Hans from body building duo Hans and Franz, Grumpy Old Man and Garth, the most Excellent Co-Host to Mike Myers in the immensely popular “Wayne’s World.” In addition to these characters, Dana has received widespread praise for his uncanny comedic impersonations of such political figures as George and George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, H. Ross Perot, Ronald Reagan and Barak Obama, as well as Johnny Carson, Andy Rooney, Regis Philbin and Casey Kasem. He is one of the most requested corporate and private event comedians in the country. 8:00 p.m. Tickets: $52.50, $72.50. TFO Pops: When Irish Eyes Are Smiling

The Mahaffey Theatre March 8 The sounds of Ireland will fill The Mahaffey Theater with the orchestra’s Pops Concert, When Irish Eyes Are Smiling. This concert is hailed to be “one of the leading voices in Celtic music” by the Los Angeles Times. Cathie Ryan will relax the audience and lift spirits with charming Irish lyrics, favored ballads and traditional tunes of the Emerald Isle in this musical prelude to St. Patrick’s Day. Don’t forget the Irish band and dancers as well! Jeff Tyzik con-

ducts. 8:00 p.m. Tickets $15 - $45. Easton Corbin & The Band Perry

Florida Strawberry Festival March 9 Easton Corbin, the American country music singer, had great success from the start, as his self-titled debut album in March 2010, featured two Number One hits “A Little More Country Than That” and “Roll With It”, as well as the top 15 hit “I Can’t Love You Back”. Corbin has sold over 470,000 albums and over 2 million singles. 3:30 p.m. Tickets $15 - $20. The Band Perry, fronted by big sister Kimberly and supported by younger brothers Reid and Neil, became country music’s breakout act in 2010. The massive success of their single “If I Die Young”, was followed by accolades and Platinum plaques. In 2011, the group was awarded the Top New Artist and Top New Duo awards at the Academy of Country Music ceremonies and they were nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Country Song. Don’t miss the Band Perry concert at the festival on its last day. 7:30 p.m. Tickets $40. Colin Mochrie & Brad Sherwood

The Mahaffey Theatre March 9 Interactive improv comedy with “big belly laughs” is the payoff for an evening with Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood, two stars of ABC’s Emmy® nominated series Whose Line is It Anyway? Using their quick wit, the duo takes contributions from the audience to create hilarious and original scenes. Throughout the evening, the show becomes truly interactive as audience members are called to the stage to participate in the fun. The two share almost 50 years in comedy. 7:00 p.m. Tickets $29.50 - $37.50. Imperial Symphony Orchestra

The Lakeland Center March 11 Enjoy this wonderful event of Masterworks Concert #4 Star Wars Suite which includes “Star Wars Suite,” Williams, “Celebration Overture,” Lowry and Young Artist Winners TBD. This is a public event and tickets are required to attend. 7:00 p.m. Tickets $22. The Hit Men

The Mahaffey Theatre March 14 A super group of musicians, vocalists, arrangers and composers who were The Four Seasons with Frankie Valli, will relive the magic they created on world stages for one night at The Palladium. The Hit Men are the authentic rock and rollers whose legacy includes hundreds of mega hit records from the ‘60s-‘80s. The show includes hits like: “Oh What a Night,” “Who Loves You,” “Marianne,” “Silence is Golden,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Rag Doll” and more great Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons Top 40 hits made even more famous by Broadway’s “Jersey Boys.” The concert is presented by Bill Edwards

Foundation for the Arts. Tickets are $35, $45 and $55 and can be purchased through The Palladium’s website, www., by phone (727)8223590. 8:00 p.m. Georges Bizet’s Carmen

Carol Morsani Hall - The Strazz Ctr. March 14 & 16 Carmen is a beloved classic among opera audiences and the perfect production for someone trying opera for the first time. Bizet’s immortal score features one recognizable melody after another, from the overture to the seductive “Habanera” to the stirring “Toreador’s Song.” Carmen packs all the sizzle of Spanish culture into a sexy thriller that traces Don José’s ill-fated obsession with the seductive gypsy Carmen –the ultimate femme fatale. He sacrifices everything to be with her. Once a prominent and respected soldier, Don José’s life is in ruins – a fugitive on the run. When handsome matador Escamillo captures Carmen’s affections and Don José is cast aside, his jealousy and vengeance consume him. A fiery confrontation ensues outside the bullring with deadly consequences. Sung in French with English translations projected above the stage. 3/14 8:00 p.m. 3/16 2:00 p.m. Tickets: $34.50 - $84.50. TFO Masterworks: Korngold’s Violin Concerto

The Mahaffey Theatre March 15 Caroline Goulding, called “a dazzling soloist” by The Dallas Morning News, performs Korngold’s film-theme-inspired and crowd-pleasing Violin Concerto. The program also includes Thomas Adès’ refreshingly spirited “Dances from Powder Her Face” and Prokofiev’s “Hymn to the Human Spirit,” Symphony No. 5. Stuart Malina conducts. 8:00 p.m. Tickets $15 $45. Aziz Ansari- Modern Romance

The Mahaffey Theatre March 16 The man “deemed by Rolling Stone to be the funniest man under 30,” Aziz Ansari, will perform one night of stand-up comedy, Modern Romance. The comedian-actor who talks about everyday life, American culture and pop culture will share his views about modern dating. It makes sense since Ansari recently landed a book deal about how new technologies have radically changed the basic issues faced by a single person. Ansari began his stand-up career in 2000 and recently released on Netflix his much anticipated third hour-long special, Buried Alive. The special was named one of the best standup specials of the year by The Onion AV Club and Paste magazine. Two shows, 7:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. Tickets $38. Evita

Carol Morsani Hall - The Strazz Ctr. March 18 - 23 Evita tells Eva Peron’s passionate and tragic story through Tim Rice and An-

drew Lloyd Webber’s most dazzling and beloved score, including “Don’t Cry for Me Argentina”, “Another Suitcase in Another Hall” and “High Flying Adored,” together with “You Must Love Me”, the Oscar-winning hit from the film Evita. The Broadway production opened in 1979 starring Patti LuPone, who went on to win one of the seven 1980 Tony Awards the show earned. 3/ 18, 19, 20 shows 7:30 p.m. 3/21 and 22 shows 8:00 p.m. 3/23 shows at 2:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Tickets $46.50 - $92. For more information B. Eubanks & The Not-So-Newlywed Game

The Lakeland Center March 18 You’ve seen this game before…now it’s time for you to play! Bob brings the exact replica of the famed television show to Lakeland! Whether you are a brand new married couple or still feel like a newlywed, you have a chance to be selected for the fun! Eight lucky couples, randomly chosen from the audience by Eubanks himself, will participate in the hilarious game that puts relationships to the test by seeing exactly how well they know each other! Do you think your partner knows you best? Come play the Not-So-Newlywed Game and find out! 7:30 p.m. Tickets $29.50 - $44.50. Enjoy dinner before the show at Center Stage Cafe Buffet Dining with all your favorites including fresh salads, entrees and an elaborate dessert display. Two hours prior to show. Cost $17.95 per person. Beauty and the Beast

The Lakeland Center March 19 Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, the smash hit Broadway musical, is coming to Lakeland! Based on the Academy Awardwinning animated feature film, this eyepopping spectacle has won the hearts of over 35 million people worldwide. This classic musical love story is filled with unforgettable characters, lavish sets and costumes, and dazzling production numbers including “Be Our Guest” and the beloved title song. Experience the romance and enchantment of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast! 7:30 p.m. Tickets $45 - $50. Miley Cyrus

Tampa Bay Times Forum March 20 Miley Cyrus is a singer/actress and a brand name. The famed star of the hit Disney show “Hannah Montana”, not only featured her acting chops, but later became one of the highest selling singers of the 2000s. The Nashville native was the first born of country superstar Billy Ray Cyrus who scored a hit with “Achy Breaky Heart” in 1992. After “Hannah Montana” was behind her, Cirus has focused intensely on her music career as she released “Can’t Be Tamed” which promoted her burgeoning adult image. Her stage personality has become even further developed lately, thanks to appearances at the 2013 VMAs, a new style complete

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Entertainment with blonde pixie hair and a racy music video for Wrecking Ball. The song is one of the lead singles off of her latest album, Bangerz, which showcases the most recent evolution of her musical style. 7:00 p.m. Tickets $69.50 - $109.40.

The Voca People learn the strange inhabitants, ways and music of planet Earth, and with the help of the audience, musically energize their unique spaceship. 8:00 p.m. Tickets $35 - $50.

The Straits

The Mahaffey Theater March 28

The Lakeland Center March 20 The Straits are comprised of original Dire Straits’ members Alan Clark and Chris White along with five hand-picked, world-class musicians including Terence Reis, Steve Ferrone from Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Mickey Féat, Adam Phillips and Jamie Squire. Reunited in response to worldwide fan requests, Dire Straits was one of the largest British rock bands of the 1980’s and 1990’s known for hits such as Tunnel of Love, Brothers in Arms, Walk of Life, Sultans of Swing and the pop phenomenon hit Money for Nothing. The Straits relive the legacy of Dire Straits with a performance dedicated to their entire greatest hits catalog. 8:00 p.m. Tickets $43 - $75. The Voca People

Ferguson Hall - The Straz Center March 22 The Voca People have taken Planet Earth by suprise -- and delight -- with a completely original, thrilling musical adventure unlike anything experienced before! Full of energy and bursting with fun, this international hit features more than 70 a cappella and beat box versions of songs the whole family will love, including favorites from Madonna, Queen and even Mozart! No instruments, no sound effects -- just eight incredible talents breathing life into the greatest music on earth. The new inter-galactic phenomenon like no other show. Amazing vocal sounds, accapella singing with the art of beat box creating an incredible range of sounds and instruments. An evening of total excitement, music of all times, comedy and audience participation. After a millennium of space travel, The Voca People are finally landing on the unfamiliar planet Earth, sadly discovering that their precious spaceship charger - musical energy, that is - has completely emptied. Slowly,

A Gala Night with David Garrett

German-born world class violinist David Garrett performs at The Palladium Theater in this special concert presented by the Bill Edwards Foundation for the Arts and AEG. The visionary composer/ musician has made a name for himself combining classical elements with pop, rock and R&B. Garrett got an early start in music at the age of 10 on stage with the Hamburg Philharmonics. At age 13, he became the youngest artist awarded an exclusive contract with the classical German label, Deutsche Grammophon Gesellschaft, and in 1999, at the height of his career, he moved to New York to study musicology and composition at the prestigious Julliard School of Music. Since completing his studies, the violinist determined his goal of introducing young people to the classics and kindling enthusiasm for serious music. Combining classical elements with those of pop, rock and R&B is a means to this end. 8:00 p.m. Tickets $40. Casting Crowns

USF Sundome March 20 The contemporary Christian and Christian rock band started in 1999 by youth pastor Mark Hall, who serves as the band’s lead vocalist, as part of a youth group at First Baptist Church in Downtown Daytona Beach, Florida. They later moved to Stockbridge, Georgia, and more members joined. Some members of the band currently work as ministers for Eagle’s Landing First Baptist Church in McDonough, Georgia. The band has won Grammy and Dove Awards. Casting Crowns’ continues to make music to encourage and uplift the church. With their latest single, “All You’ve Ever Wanted,” off their recent album Thrive, their heart for ministry is still very evident in everything they do. 7:00 p.m. Tickets start at $62. USF Sundome is located at 4202 E

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Fowler Ave, Tampa, Florida 33620. For information (813) 974-3002. Vocal & Instrumental Music Spring Concert

The Straz Center April 1 Rodgers and Hammerstein penned some of the classics of the Golden Age of the American Musical: The King and I, State Fair and The Sound of Music. Travel back to these halcyon days with the vocalists and instrumentalists from our music programs in this toe-tapping homage to some of the most memorable tunes in American musical history. 6:30 p.m. Regularly priced tickets are $10 through March 31; $12 as of April 1. An Evening With Lily Tomlin

The Straz Center April 3 Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center presents An Evening with Lily Tomlin in downtown Tampa. The film, television, Broadway star and comedian, Lily Tomlin performs familiar classic characters from TV and “The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe” film. Get together with Lily Tomlin for an unforgettable night of fun and sidesplitting laughter. This unique comic artist takes her audience on what the Washington Post calls a “wise and howlingly funny” trip with more than a dozen of her timeless characters, from Ernestine to Mrs. Beasley to Edith Ann. Her long list of awards includes: a Grammy; two Tonys; six Emmys; an Oscar nomination; two Peabodys; and the prestigious Mark Twain Prize for American Humor. Don’t miss this warm and unique experience. 8:00 p.m. Tickets $25.50 - $45.50. TFO - A Tribute to Benny Goodman

The Straz Center April 4 Jeff Tyzik, conductor; Dave Bennett, clarinet. The foremost interpreter of Benny Goodman, Dave Bennett and his sextet join the orchestra for a swinging night of such classics as “Let’s Dance,” “Bugle Call Rag,” “I Got Rhythm,” “And the Angels Sing,” “Blues in the Night,” “Goody, Goody, Goody,” “Sing, Sing, Sing,” “Stompin’ at the Savoy,” “Poor Butterfly,” “Moonglow,” “Avalon” and more. 8:00 p.m. Tickets $17.50 - $47.50.

VENUE ADDRESSES AND CONTACT INFORMATION The American Stage Theater — 163 3rd Street North, St. Petersburg, FL 33701. Telephone: (727) 823-7529. The Beatrice Friedman Symphony Center — 709 N Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34236. Telephone: 1(866) 508-0611. The Historic Capitol Theatre 405 Cleveland Street Clearwater, FL 33755 Telephone: (727) 791-7400. The Lakeland Center — 701 W. Lime St. Lakeland, FL 33815. Telephone: (863) 834-8100 The Mahaffey Theater — 400 1st. St. South, St. Petersburg, FL 33701. Telephone: (727) 892-5798. Ruth Eckerd Hall — 1111 McMullen Booth Rd. Clearwater, FL 33759. Telephone: (727) 791-7400. Ramon Theater 15 East Wall Street Frostproof, Florida 33843 Telephone: (863) 635-7222 The Straz Center — 1010 North Macinnes Place, Tampa, FL 33602. Telephone: (813) 229-7827. The Tampa Bay Times Forum — 401 Channelside Dr. Tampa, FL 33602. Telephone: (813) 301-6500. The Tarpon Springs Performing Art Center — 324 Pine Street Tarpon Springs, FL. 34688 Telephone: (727) 942-5605. Van Wezel Hall — 777 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. FL 34236. Telephone: (941) 955-7676.

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Senior to Senior Woman Seeking Man S W F NS ND looking for M NS 58-65, likes to walk, flea markets, dining, relaxing at home. Only sincere reply, I’m 55+, 5’3”, 125 lbs., LTR. Feel free to leave a message. Pasco County (813) 788-1342. Tall German seeking co-pilot for all the things men and women can share. Must be fit and healthy, 60-68, M WD NS. Ready for life now. Ready to live now. Tampa (813) 598-6743. D W F seeking gentleman, 55-65, who is outgoing with a great SOH. Enjoys dancing, travelling, and must be financially secure. I am very attractive petite lady with a vivacious personality. Clearwater (727) 474-5040. 70 W WD ISO W M 68-73, likes to walk on beach, talk, hug, flea markets, festivals, down to earth. LTR only sincere reply. Pinellas Park (727) 827-7240. S W F 61 looking for that special man to spend the rest of my life with. NS ND, likes flea markets, thrift shops, and spending time together. Serious only. Ruskin S W F 53 yrs young, 5’7”, looking for that special guy. I am very romantic, caring, honest, like concerts. Ruskin (813) 260-6467. S W F 65 petite, likes to walk, cook, swimming, tv. Not happy to spend life alone. New in the area, Russian in Venice, ISO 60-70 gentleman. Venice (847) 224-4764. I am 70 yrs. old, walks with cane. Honest, trustful, one man woman. Looking for a clean, trusting honest man between 65-69. Pinellas Park (727) 827-7240. ISO nice tall well-spoken man, maybe listens to Mark Levine or is a member of the Tea Party or wants to be. I’m a classy lady. Palm Harbor (727) 359-6105. Just moved back to FL. I’m 60, a southern bell looking for a gentleman. No games! Love tennis, beach walks and good talks. Largo (502) 386-3868. S W F 53 yrs. old, NS ISO honest man. Enjoy swimming, long walks, holding hands. Email chrstnlady03@ S W F very fit, NS drinker who loves blues music, movies; up for most ventures. Bradenton (941) 705-0394.

Senior to Senior Abbreviations M: Male F: Female S: Single D: Divorced WD: Widowed W: White B: Black H: Hispanic J: Jewish

C: Christian ISO: In Search Of LTR: Long Term Relationship NS: Non-Smoker ND: Non-Drinker SD: Social Drinker SOH: Sense of Humor

life. St. Pete (727) 798-2438. S W M 64 seeks a long and lasting love NS SD. Enjoy life and love to laugh. Share life’s blessings, sincere. Largo (727) 831-9966. Tall, Trinidadian male 65 yrs. young, seeking a Caucasian female for LTR or marriage. Please call me, St. Pete (727) 623-9532.

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Meet that Someone Special with a FREE listing in Senior to Senior W F, 5’2” slim NS ND, ISO outgoing healthy gentleman, 5’8” or taller, 80-95 yrs. young who likes to play bridge in mid-Pinellas county. PO Box 834 Largo, FL 33770. S W F fun loving, European lady, 66 yrs. young looking for that special gentleman who likes dancing, dining and travel. St. Pete (727) 578-0620.

man Seeking WOMan WD W M 63, 5’10”, 230 lbs., NS SD SOH, good looking, romantic, likes touring, motorcycles, flea markets, looking for nice, loving, honest lady. Pinellas Park (727) 657-9063. S W M ND NS, 5’6” ISO fun retired W F or H F, for daytime adventures, togetherness, shopping, TV, cruises, a little crazy like me. Tyrone Mall area, cheers. (727) 545-4148. Still looking for that special latina/w/f 60+. Please be height/weight proportionate. Thank you. Available 24/7. Holiday (727) 9922342. S W M LTR, 62 yrs old, retired marine, looking for slim lady, race doesn’t matter, lives on beach. Treasure Island (727) 827-2059. S W M 66, 155 lbs. handsome active dancer, smoker, seeks S W F younger, tall, slim, likes dance, yoga, beach, malls, sports, etc. Clearwater (727) 331-0700. Mid-70s, gentlemen, looking for live-in companions. Age 60-80s. Sarasota (941) 371-6167. Successful, tall, slimathletic, SBCM, science education consultant seeking intelligent, romantic, shapely-slender built, Christian, mature (40-60s), female for conversation and possible LTR. Tampa S W M fit, looking for a friend to spend time with. I’m very open-minded and passionate and enjoys

S W M ISO M/F LTR 35-60, likes many, dislikes few. Looking for friendship/relationship. Open-minded, will try anything & everything new. Very passionate. St. Pete (727) 278-2937. D M ISO good friend to do things, go places. I am very honest, loyal, passionate, 36 yrs. resident of St. Pete. (727) 498-6995. I am looking for good friend to do things together inside and out of the house. An open-mind, honest, friendly. St. Pete (727) 498-6995. ISO SD, S W F, to get to know, who likes bon fires, camping, laughter, fun! Also 4x4 wheeling on private owned property. Plus steak and potato dinners. 50 plus. Plant City (813) 986-2145. Everyone needs friends. I am an outgoing, petite D W from New York and new to the area. Let’s talk and become friends. Clearwater (727) 474-5040. F over 62, call if you are looking for a retired M who wants to travel the US. Very young at heart with a lot of energy. I’m 6’, blue eyes and 168 lbs. Sun City Center (813) 938-3556.

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Let’s look at three common barriers to retirement planning:

The fear factor: Retirement can be scary, especially when you feel like your business helps define who you are. It can feel safer to continue in the business than to think about retiring to unfamiliar territory. Difficulty letting go: Owning a small business is a lot like raising a child, whether you’ve inherited the business, bought it, or birthed it. Small business owners tend to hang on even when it’s time to let go. Do you own the business, or does the business own you?: Many small business owners feel married to their businesses. Retiring can be as traumatic as getting divorced. Instead of feeling a sense of freedom, it can feel like losing an anchor.

Retirement is a process that requires both self-exploration and planning. It’s about letting go and moving on. Here are five tips for success that will help you transition into the next chapter of your life: • Do the numbers: Plan ahead financially to make sure there are no surprises when it’s time to retire. Educate yourself and work with a small business advisor and accountant. Know whether your financial resources will be able to support the kind of lifestyle you want, and if not, what kind of adjustments need to be made. • Phase in: Begin to develop an identity separate from the business even before you leave. For years your identity has been tied up with the business. The challenge becomes finding out who you are when you’re no longer who you used to be. Begin to spend less time at work, and explore new interests, talk with friends who have retired, or start a list of goals and things you want to do in retirement. Discover new interests and find things that you are passion- ate about. Retirement can be the first step to becoming who you want to be in the next part of your life. • Talk through it together: Good communication is key, especially when going through a major life transition. Talk with the important people in your life, particularly your spouse. When one or both partners retire, roles and respon- sibilities tend to shift. Don’t make assumptions about what your partner is thinking or feeling. Talking about how you envision your retirement lifestyle, expectations, interests and goals for the future and how you want to spend time together and apart will make for a smoother transition. • Focus on your purpose: Having a plan and goals can yield a more successful adjustment to retirement. Stay busy and engaged in life. Structure your time and find ways to feel that you’re making a contribution. Discover what gives you a sense of purpose and meaning. Balance relaxation and productivity, whatever that means for you. Volunteer your expertise and time, get together with friends, or visit your grandchildren. • Build a healthy balance: The best way to stay healthy and happy is to take care of yourself—mind, body and spirit. Eat a nutritious diet, enjoy both cardio and strength training exercises, read, play, be curious, discover new things and love your friends and family. Nurture your mind as well as your body. Explore your beliefs, live your values and appreciate that life is a gift. Retirement today is not what it used to be. It’s a journey, less about what you’re coming from than what you’re heading toward. Our greatest satisfaction can be found when we discover more about ourselves in our post-retirement years. Roberta Taylor is a board certified life coach and psychotherapist. She is the author of several books, including: The Couple’s Retirement Puzzle: 10 Must-Have Conversations for Transitioning to the Second Half of Life; Smart After 50: The Expert’s Guide to Life Planning for Uncertain Times; and The Six Secrets to a Happy Retirement: How to Master the Transition of a Lifetime. From CLASSES Page 1 do that,’ I give them a pep talk. If I can do it—and I’m not the brightest star in the sky— then so can you. You have to motivate yourself and a whole new world will open up. We seniors need to be a part of this modern technology and all its benefits. So get to it, you seniors—get on the Happy Wagon of Life,” Dixie-Williams said. We couldn’t have said it better. SCS provides the perfect opportunity for seniors to benefit from a senior-friendly learning environment, as well as the opportunity to connect with new friends not only in the virtual world, but in the real world. Designed exclusively for the senior beginner student, each session of the course is conducted at a comfortable pace for one week, taking place on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Each session of the three-day class includes an additional one-hour personalized session. The cost per session is only $25.00. Class size is restricted to 8-11 students per session. Call Senior Citizens Services at 727-442-8104 for upcoming class schedules, or visit our Facebook page at for additional information. SCS is a not-for-profit organization long recognized for its advocacy and action for the senior community. We strive to make each day just a little nicer for seniors. For more information about SCS, contact executive director Bob Wittenberg at 727-442-8104.

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