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Happy Holidays TM

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Put Giving Twists on Holiday Traditions Family Features







If giving is an important aspect of your holiday traditions, you may find yourself repeating the same activities year after year. While the giving feels good, it can also grow monotonous. This season, make your generosity feel fresh and new by putting your own unique twist on your favorite holiday traditions. Cook extras for the cookie exchange. A baking party is a wonderful way to kick off the holiday season. The delightful aromas and hours of laughter blend with the sweet treats for a cheery (and tasty) tradition. This year, instead of simply baking cookies to trade with your friends, encourage everyone to bake several extra batches, and take them to a local soup kitchen or senior living community.

Extend a seasonal icon. The ringing bells and red kettles found outside of retailers across the nation are nearly as symbolic of the holiday season as twinkling lights and red-nosed reindeer. During the holiday season, more than 3 million families and children rely on The Salvation Army to provide them with a warm meal on Christmas Day or toys for their children. This year, the organization is making it easy to extend those kettle collections offline as well with the Fight for Good cam-

paign, which allows you to create your own fundraiser, including setting a goal and designating the cause you’d like to support. Visit to create your own fund raising page, and encourage friends and family to donate and start their own pages. In addition, you can donate to the Red Kettle Campaign by dropping dollars and coins into the thousands of Red Kettles found in front of retail stores See GIVING, Page 7

LAUGHTER By Carolyn Shockey It dawned on me the other day, as I was reflecting in my quiet time, that I haven’t been laughing much lately. Oh, I do get amused at a funny joke or email, but it seems like there isn’t much going on to lift one’s spirit. Shortly thereafter, we had a siege of earthquakes, hurricanes, flooding, and massacres all within a short period of time, affecting innocent people simply trying to live their lives. While some time has passed since then, and the news media is onto other stories, those people are continuing to struggle for basic necessities like clean water and electricity. Having lived through Katrina, and trying to rebuild my life, I can relate to the days of hanging on and hoping for help. Laughter is not a part of life in those times. Before our month of horror, I was

looking at my life, and thinking that, while I feel joy and contentment on most days, I still wonder where and when my humor left. I’m sure that I was reacting to all the struggles going

on at the time and reliving the anxiety, but maybe I do need an attitude adjustment. I must admit I don’t get the humor in most comedies and sitcoms See LAUGHTER, Page 7




Holiday Havoc? Consider It Handled

Brandpoint (BPT) The holiday season is full of magic and wonder—until your flight gets cancelled, your budget is blown, and you fall ill at the worst possible time. Fortunately, staying merry despite common holiday conundrums is easier than you think with the right attitude and a few simple steps. Here are some of the most notorious holiday hurdles, with practical advice for overcoming them and enjoying the best of the season. Holiday hang-up: Blown budget The holidays can get expensive fast. Buying something for everyone on your list shouldn't put you in debt. Instead, think outside the box. Solution: Organize a gift exchange where each person draws one name and buys one gift. Additionally, consider homemade gifts to cut costs, as well as experiences, like taking kids sledding or ice skating. Holiday hang-up: Sickness From holiday travelers being confined in planes and trains to loved ones gathering under one room for festivities, it's no surprise that germs are ram-

pant during the holidays. Germs are not a gift anyone wants to receive, and they can quickly strip a joyous occasion of all its fun. In fact, a recent survey by Robitussin found that 68 percent of people have been sick and miserable during holiday gatherings and 24 percent have had a holiday gathering ruined because a family member was sick. Solution: ‘Tis the season of giving, but sharing your germs will get you on Santa's naughty list. One sick person at Christmas dinner can turn into the whole family ringing in the New Year while sick in bed. If you feel ill, be prepared with a medicine like Robitussin Severe Multi-Symptom Cough Cold + Flu, which provides relief for your worst symptoms. If you're still not feeling yourself when festivities are occurring, it's best to stay home. Try putting on comfy pajamas and binge-watching your favorite holiday movies while you rest up. Sure, it stinks to miss the fun, but, in the long run, you're protecting others from getting sick and giving yourself the rest you need to get well again. Holiday hang-up: Kids get the "gimmes" Commercialism runs high dur-

ing the holiday season. Kids' wish lists seem to grow with each passing day. You want them to focus on the "season of giving," and they want to focus on "the season of getting."

apple pie? Do your gingerbread men look a little deranged? Are your kids concerned that Santa will refuse your holiday cookies? Kitchen fails happen to even the most skilled chefs.

Solution: Show kids how good it feels to give back. There are many ways to help those in need, especially around the holidays. Try volunteering at a local nonprofit, donating gifts to a local shelter, or assisting an elderly neighbor by shoveling their driveway. Be sure to encourage your kids to participate, too!

Solution: Always have a backup. An extra store-bought pie or cookies in the cupboard provide peace of mind. Plus, during the holiday crunch, avoid trying new recipes. Best to stick to tried-andtrue for the best shot at success.

Holiday hang-up: Travel problems Whether it's a missed connection, delayed flight, or weather too bad to drive, travel is difficult during the holiday season. Solution: If you're stuck at home, make the best of it with a staycation. Sleep in, make yourself a big breakfast, and do all the things you never get to do. Explore the fun that's available in your hometown, whether that's a trip to the museum or splurging on tickets to the local theater. Spontaneous adventures can be some of the most memorable! Holiday hang-up: You burned the food Did you mess up Grandma's famous

Holiday hang-up: Unexpected party guests When your cousin RSVP'd for one but ended up bringing his new girlfriend, there's no need to panic. Unexpected holiday guests can put you in a tailspin, but being flexible is all part of a memorable holiday adventure. Solution: Don't stress! Now is a good time to remember the old saying, "the more the merrier!" Put out an extra table setting, grab that bottle of wine from the cupboard, and slap a bow on the top for a quick gift. Savvy hosts and hostesses will plan ahead by keeping a few extra gifts on hand, so whether there's an extra child looking for a present under the tree or an adult who needs a bit of holiday magic, you're always set with the perfect present.


Last Minute Holiday Gift Ideas

StatePoint Holiday shopping can be a source of stress for anyone, but particularly for procrastinators. Need some last-minute gift ideas? Think about readily accessible, yet thoughtful items that don’t require a lengthy shipping process. Let these five ideas help solve your eleventhhour gift-giving woes.

1. DIY-It. DIY gifts can be heartfelt, and many items can be made in a pinch. Bake a tray of Christmas cookies and tie them up with a bow; make seasonally scented homemade candles; or knit a scarf. The possibilities for crafty folks are endless. 2. Get Accessorized. Don’t get stumped. Consider a classic fashion accessory, such as a Casio Vintage Watch, which can be found in many national retailers, in a range of affordable prices. Functional and fashionable, these water-resistant timepieces that feature both an alarm and stopwatch will complement an array of style preferences. 3. Head to the Box Office. Quickly check the schedule of your gift recipient’s favorite band, team or theater company for tickets to an experience, such as a musical, concert or game. This thoughtful gift can be purchased and received in an instant, thanks to e-ticketing. 4. Pamper Them. The holidays are stressful. Help your loved ones unwind during a busy time of year. Consider a gift certificate for a spa or beauty treatment somewhere local to your recipient. The gift can be enjoyed exactly when it’s needed most. 5. Let Them Pick. When you’re really in a pinch and you’ve waited until the last minute, don’t stress. A gift card can be a great way to show you thought of someone, without having to spend too much time or energy in search of the perfect item.









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The Holidays...They are a Mixed Bag I remember being young…believe it or not. For many of us, whether it was Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah or New Year’s we so looked forward to them. Whether it was the time off from school or the family dinners or the presents, there were so many great times over the years. At least from a child’s perspective. For others, well maybe it wasn’t as festive or giving. As a child of a divorced family, I saw both sides…up until my parents’ divorce, it was great, after…there were hard times to come. With our heads buried in presents or deserts, as kids, we didn’t see what was happening all around us..until we became the parents. Until our children moved away, parents passed away and friendships, that you thought would last a lifetime, washed away. This, I think, is the hardest part of the holidays. Missing those who you spent so much time with and have such fond memories with. This Thanksgiving, we have four children, only one of our children could be home for the Holiday. I could see the sadness in my wife, that her children would not be around for an important family day. I think that is the hardest part of the holidays for most…missing those who you have such fond memories of…even if some of our dinners ended in food fights, arguments and hurt feelings…I mean whose didn’t? So as we head down the road to, what should be, the happiest time of the year, we should re-

member that for some, it is not. Too many people are alone, they have lost their loved ones, maybe don’t have good relationships with their children and others may just be too shy to get out there. One of my aunts told me once that one of the great mitzvahs (good deeds) you can do is to invite someone to be part of an event, dinner or party, who doesn’t have someone or someplace to go. So as you prepare your holiday meals or parties, my advice is to think of someone who is alone and invite them over for Christmas, NYE or Hanukkah. Even if they don’t normally celebrate the holiday, you will be amazed at how it brightens their day. There are far too many seniors with little or nothing to do during this holiday season and it is our responsibility, as a community, to welcome them in.

From all of us at Senior Voice America, we wish you a very happy holiday season and wonderful New Year.


Evan Gold

December 2017

I never quite know how to feel in December. A vague sort of sadness for the passing year—a mix of equal parts thankfulness, awe, and loss—visits me every now and then even as snowfalls and celebration and the certainty of Christmas make the world around me more luminous than usual. In this spirit, I offer you two poems. The first is a plainspoken take on Psalm 73, and the second is a poem my mother wrote after knowing Love well enough to try putting some part of it into words. No matter where you’ve been and no matter how you’re feeling as this year draws to a close, the following words are for you.

ful plan for us. No matter what happens here, one day You will take us to be fully home, fully with You. You are the One we are waiting for, the One we are searching for, the One we need, both in the next life and the ones we are living right now. You are at once present in all time and outside of time. Every single piece of our humanness and every single human we know will fail us. Over and over again. But You and only You make us who we are. You make us strong. You make us live. You will fill us with Your love—forever.

*********************************************** Snowfall feeling ********************************************** Drifting across my dreams When we carried sorrow inside of us and it Settling down, hurt even to breathe and be alive, we couldn’t see or Deep around, perceive Your presence, God. We were like terrified White shadow of my being. creatures before You, not recognizing You as our --Sheryl Potts Creator, right here with us. But You never abandon us. You are with us physically and mentally, and You have a wonder-

Lauren Potts




Yes, Virginia, There Was a Baby Jesus by Jean Mlincek Imagine if 8-year-old Virginia

Hallon were writing her historic inquiry today. It's been decades since her classmates placed the seed of doubt in her head regarding the existence of Santa, since the editor of The Sun newspaper comforted her with the immortal line, "Yes, Virginia, there really is a Santa Claus." In reality, the jolly old bearded fellow has fared quite well over the years since, and neither skeptic, nor Scrooge, nor even the Grinch has prevailed in squashing the Santa tradition. He's made thousands of mall appearances, shimmied down millions of chimneys, and almost every kid on the planet has photographic proof that he exists. And that's ok, because in today's world, we sure need to believe in human kindness, generosity, and good will—some of the things that Santa represents. Still, there's something terribly troubling about Christmas, particularly in this century, and one wonders if some Virginia living today is even aware enough of the situation to pose the question, "Was there a Baby Jesus?" Let's face it, it's hard to believe that Christmas is, first and foremost, about the birth of Christ, particularly since

there's scant evidence of that truth in present day America. It wasn't always so. As a kid, I would listen to church bells ring out a musical invitation to "Come, All Ye Faithful," and I never doubted that the invite included me. I remember little tykes—too young to memorize lines—gleefully playing sheep in the church's nativity play, while I secretly longed to be a shepherd, a tomboy-appropriate role. Besides, the young girl who played Mary, the mother of Jesus, was always the prettiest in the universe, which definitely left me out of the running. It didn't matter to me back then that Baby Jesus was either rubbery or stiff as a board in those swaddling clothes; "witnessing" His birth was too exciting for me to care. The bratty kid next door thought he was impressive because he could recite what seemed like 100 stanzas of "The Night Before Christmas." Never mind that I could recite, step by step, all the events leading up to "the night of our dear Savior's birth": a pregnant Mary on a camel with Joseph trudging alongside, the Wise Men following the star, the shepherds in the fields, the inn without a vacancy, the stable and the manger of hay. And don't forget that awesome angel with light flicker-

ing all around him. I remember getting goose bumps hearing his declaration: "Behold! I bring you glad tidings of great joy . . . For unto you is born this day . . . a Savior, who is Christ the Lord." Who cares about a long poem tracing Santa's arrival and departure from someone's rooftop? Back then, when I thought of gifts, I thought about gold, frankincense, and myrrh, even though I had little notion of what the latter two were. The song, "Little Drummer Boy" had me pondering if I had a gift fit for a King. But I knew the greatest "gift" ever was the Baby Jesus Himself . . . a gift from God to ME! You might wonder how I knew so much about the true meaning of Christmas as a kid. It wasn't because I grew up in the church. No, it is because the good news of Jesus' birth permeated all of society back then. There were nativity scenes everywhere, both on public and church property. People didn't greet one another with the generic "Happy Holidays!" but filled the air with "Merry Christmas!" and were not ashamed to be celebrating the birth of a historic figure, a holy infant whom the world has tried to snuff out from Day One. For me, try as they may, the atheist and the skeptic have not taken Christ

out of Christmas. But if there is a Virginia out there today, wondering, I can tell you this: "Yes, Virginia, there really was a Baby Jesus, and, yes, the wise still seek Him." Jean Mlincek is a freelance writer who resides in St. Petersburg, Fla.





Three Pressing Reasons to Talk Hearing Health at Your Next Physical Exam

Brandpoint (BPT) When was the last time you and your doctor talked about your hearing? The fact is, only about 3 in 10 adults who had a physical exam in the last year say it included a hearing screening, according to research conducted by the Better Hearing Institute (BHI). That's a shame, because research shows that hearing health is more closely tied to whole health and quality of life than previously understood—which means that diagnosing and treating hearing loss early may be beneficial on many fronts. To help people take charge of their hearing health, BHI has created a free digital flipbook, "How to Talk to Your Doctor About Hearing Loss," which anyone can view and download at

The flipbook provides pertinent information to help consumers start the discussion, which is especially important: Research shows that patients are more likely to initiate conversations about hearing than their doctors are. To go along with the free flipbook, BHI has put together this short list of reasons to speak up and start the conversation on your hearing: 1. Hearing loss has been linked to other significant health issues. In recent years, a flurry of studies has come out showing a link between hearing loss and other health issues, including depression, dementia, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, moderate chronic kidney disease, rheumatoid arthritis, sleep apnea, obesity, an increased risk of falls, hospitalization and mortality, and cognitive decline. With so much new and emerging research, it makes sense for people to talk with their doc-

tors about their hearing as a routine part of their medical care. 2. Addressing hearing loss often has a positive impact on quality of life. Most people who currently wear hearing aids say it has helped their general ability to communicate and participate in group activities as well as improved their overall quality of life, according to BHI research. The research also shows that people with hearing loss who use hearing aids are more likely to be optimistic, feel engaged in life, get more pleasure in doing things, have a strong social network, and tackle problems actively. Many even say they feel more confident and better about themselves as a result of using hearing aids. 3. Leaving hearing loss untreated may come at a financial cost. Most hearingaid users in the workforce say it has helped their performance on the job. In fact, BHI research found that using

hearing aids reduced the risk of income loss by 90-100 percent for those with milder hearing loss, and from 65-77 percent for those with severe to moderate hearing loss. People with untreated hearing loss can lose as much as $30,000 in income annually, according to the BHI research. Healthcare spending may also be affected. For instance, middle-aged adults (55-64) with diagnosed hearing loss had substantially higher healthcare costs, according to a study published in JAMA Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery, indicating that hearing loss may place patients at risk for increased healthcare use and costs. The study authors suggested that early, successful intervention may prevent future hearing-related disabilities and decreased quality of life. For more information on hearing loss, visit

DECEMBER 2017 From GIVING, Page 1

and on street corners, or donate your time by contacting your local Salvation Army for volunteer opportunities. Add a special pre-dinner starter. The holidays bring plenty of opportunities for celebratory meals, and it’s the perfect time to ask everyone to lend an hour or two to a good cause. Instead of spending hours around a table, spend some of that time catching up while you volunteer at a food bank or other charitable organization. When you make your way on to dinner, your festive spirit may be even stronger for the difference you made together. Travel with care. As you flit from one place to the next checking off your list of holiday chores, you may encounter any number of homeless and needy From LAUGHTER, Page 1

these days, and there has been a time or two when I had to read the comics twice to get the point. It just seems I used to get a kick out of things a lot more than I do now. Could it be that I’ve lost my ability to laugh, or am relying on others to make me laugh, or just not looking for humor in things? I’ve decided that for starters, I’ve got to be able to laugh at myself first. Now, that is not a blank canvas. There are plenty of silly, dumb, or stupid things I do on a daily basis that would certainly bring a chuckle or two. That is, if I’d forgive myself for being human. My pups never fail to bring a smile as I watch them do their doggy things, and I’m making a conscious effort to appreciate them more for all their love and companionship and the joy that they bring. Actually, there is no shortage of



families. Instead of simply handing over a few dollars as you pass by, keep a supply of holiday care packages in the car. Include items like warm socks or gloves, toiletries, and non-perishable snacks. You may even want to include an uplifting note to share some festive seasonal cheer. Give gifts with meaning. If you’re like most people, there are many on your shopping list who truly don’t need a thing. Instead of wracking your brain, donate to a cause in their honor. It may be the foundation of a beloved alma mater or an organization serving orphans in the country where they honeymooned. The more personal the connection, the more gratefully it will likely be received. After making your donation, simply gift your recipient with a card that explains the contribu-

tion you’ve made in their name. No matter which cause you support, a fresh approach to your chari-

table giving can renew your spirit and enthusiasm for helping those in need this holiday season.

things to laugh about, if that is our focus. We just need to be aware of the laughing matters in life and see them for what they are, rather than discount-

ing them. While all the external, seemingly negative things will go on from time to time, we can’t let ourselves become

consumed by them. I have been aware that I have been pulled “off-center” with the recent disasters. I can only do what I can do to help, then get back to seeing humor in everyday events to keep me from taking life too seriously. Just maybe, seeing humor in a situation may help me to change my view and lighten my load. When the holidays approach, they can bring their share of anxiety into our lives. Perhaps an “old tape” might somehow replay itself. Why not try to find a way to laugh it off, to diminish its negativity? Work to find a way to bring a laugh to others that may be in a sad or bad place during this time. Bringing a laugh to others is a gift that is difficult to wrap but easy to give. It is a gift everyone can give, and a gift muchneeded in everyone’s lives. Yours will be enhanced in the process, too.

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The American Cancer Society Might Be Hazardous To Your Health

of awe, reverence, wonder, and other emotions.

By Donald Ardell

Did you know you could get sick and depressed following the advice of the American Cancer Society or other Disease and Organ Interest Groups (DOIGs)? It's true. Well, sort of true. Let's say, partially true. Here's why. All the DOIGs have lists of warning signals of ill health, disaster, and death. To avoid these perditions, you are advised to be alert to five, seven or other number of warning signs, depending on the disease or organ you're urged to worry about. Consequently, conscientious consumers go around checking themselves compulsively. Obsessing about disease and trouble signs is stress-inducing and does more harm than good. Why not offer real wellness insights? Better to dwell upon tips that advance reason, exuberance, athleticism, and liberty rather than flatulence, receding hairlines, unexpected discharges, lumps, warts, pimples, moles, and nagging coughs. Oscar Wilde had the right idea: "One should sympathize with the joy, the beauty, the color of life—the less said about life's sores, the better." We live longer than ever before. In 1900, life expectancy was 47.3 years (surviving birth was an achievement in itself). In 1984, life expectancy was 74.7 years for men and 78.8 for females in the U.S. Today, according to the World Health Organization, it's 76.5 for men in the U.S. and 81.2 for women. We’re doing pretty well.

CS - Indigestion or difficulty in swallowing. WS - A combination of vigorous exercise and sound dietary practices. CS - Obvious change in wart or mole. WS - Adapts to inevitable changes. You face life squarely, do not mope or indulge in self-pity, and adapt to the realities of growing feebler with age while doing what can be done to hold to some level of vitality as long as possible.

Studies show that worrying too much about illness can lead to feelings of poor health. Arthur Barsky, a physician who has studied such dynamics, believes that “the more people are aware of risk characteristics and attributes, the more negatively they assess them.” It could be said that this country is going to the DOIGs, and it's up to us to try and put an end to it. It is harder to feel confident when sensations one had assumed trivial are seen as ominous. Now you're convinced, right? Alert to the danger, the next step is to correct the condition with a real wellness antidote. Imagine if the Cancer Society’s seven signs included a wellness message. With a positive approach, each cancer

sign (CS) would be followed by a wellness sign (WS). CS - Change in bowel or bladder habits. WS - Regular fluffy floaters at predictable times throughout the day that indicate a high-fiber nutritional pattern. CS - A sore that does not heal. WS - No sore feelings or grudges kept. CS - Unusual bleeding or discharge. WS - The only discharges you experience are healthy amounts of sweat in the course of vigorous daily exercise. CS - Thickening or lump in breast or elsewhere. WS - You might experience a lump in the throat almost daily in the form

CS - Nagging cough or hoarseness. WS - The only hoarseness you get is from proclaiming the advantages of a wellness lifestyle and the pleasures of following sound principles for wellbeing. After each WS message, the following statement would summarize the list: If you don’t have these wellness signs, see a wellness promoter, so you can learn how to develop them! There you have it—the wellness antidote to the hazards of unrestrained and unintentionally hazardous warnings. Donald B. Ardell, Ph.D., publishes the Ardell Wellness Report, lectures widely, and writes books on reason, exuberance, athleticism, and liberty.

Five Great Ways to Reduce Stress StatePoint

The constant juggle of work, family, and other responsibilities can cause anybody to feel stressed. Stress is not only unpleasant; it can have negative ramifications on your health, including stomach upset, fatigue, headache, and even depression and drug abuse, according to the Mayo Clinic. Luckily, a bit of self-care goes a long way. Here are five great ways to ease tension and reduce symptoms of stress. 1. Have a spot of tea. Drinking black tea leads to lower post-stress cortisol levels, according to a University College London study. Brew yourself a cup, and take a few minutes to relax. 2. Play piano. Playing piano can reduce stress, according to a study published in the International Journal of

Music Education. You can play whenever you need to take a minute to reduce stress, as keyboards come in all

sizes these days. Check out Casio keyboards and music gear, which feature models fit for any level of musical abil-

ity or available physical space. 3. Keep a journal. Spend a few minutes each day, or when the mood strikes, putting pen to paper. Writing in a journal can help you get things off your chest and have effects similar to meditation. 4. Get moving. Aerobic exercise has been shown to decrease overall levels of tension, elevate and stabilize mood, improve sleep, and improve self-esteem. Even five minutes of aerobic exercise can stimulate anti-anxiety effects. Put on some sneakers and get moving! 5. Get together with friends. Close friendships are a great outlet to express yourself, get positive feedback, and laugh, which can ease stress and tension. Even when you’re busy, be sure to carve out time for friends.





How to Avoid Being Stuck in a Rut By Dr. Wesley Pool Have you ever found yourself stuck in a rut that you just cannot seem to get out of? Even the best of us seem to plateau at times. This can happen to us in relationships, business ventures, or personal achievement goals. Also, health issues or disabilities can totally disrupt our life cadences. We may even find ourselves wrestling with our own belief systems. Actions and convictions which previously seemed so unequivocally correct just no longer work for us. Such changes can consume our thoughts, infiltrate our actions, and drag us down. While in my mid-twenties, I worked as a real-estate agent. At the time, I was supporting a family and working hard to build a career, but sometimes found myself frozen in place. I was working hard with telephone cold-calling and canvassing neighborhoods with door-to-door introductions. However, while I was working hard to just make a living, top-earning agents around me were middle-aged, already wealthy, and just had a pleasurable time listing and selling homes through social contact at highbrow parties. I was simply not meeting my goals, caught within a lessthan-satisfactory earnings range, and sliding into despondency at times. I

needed help. In the 1970s, motivational seminars were big, and I attended a lot of inspirational conferences. I have welcomed the teachings of Norman Vincent Peale, Stephen Covey, Zig Ziglar, Brian Tracy, Dr. Wayne Dyer, and others. Within weeks of attending, however, the feelings would wane, and I discovered many techniques did not always work in my world. In the long term, I would fare only slightly better. Growing wearing of my situation, I moved my license to a small real-estate agency to which I had been referred. The owner/broker of that agency, Roger, became a coach to me. He took me

with him on sales calls and to a wide variety of consultations, where he would later discuss his actions and alternative actions that could have been chosen. We are influenced by the people with whom we intersect. I learned to tweak my behavior in positive ways from the influence of Roger in my life. Only later, after leaving the real-estate industry, did I recognize the genuine effects of his encouragement. Today, I am more sensitive to those who influence me, and I make a point of letting them know how appreciative I am of their positive encouragement. I am still learning. As a performance and productivity

Tis the Season

how the removal is accomplished. Public awareness of the oral-systemic connection and specific protocols is increasing. We have had a significant new patient demand over the last two years. The healthy arts evolve. The relationship between medicine and dentistry is definitely evolving. There are conditions, which may Dr. Anthony J. Adams be related to the offgassing of mercury fillings. In this article, I will only write In my first year of dental school, I of a few. read a book, “The Mouth: a micro- Chronic fatigue can be exacerbatscope of the body”. Now, many years ed when the hemoglobin’s 4 binding later, scientific study after scientific sites which normally carry the oxygen study affirms that one cannot ignore molecule to the cell, are fully or parthe systemic relationship between oral tially blocked by mercury molecule for health and whole body health. The the life of the red blood cell (normally inverse is also true. One cannot 120 days), thus depriving the cell of optimize whole body health while the needed oxygen. ignoring the oral cavity or the dental Indigestion can be exacerbated materials used to treat the mouth. when mercury molecules decrease the I increasingly work with physi- function and numbers of good bactecians who, like me appreciate the ria thus decreasing digestion process. benefit the patient gets when dentistry Poorly digested foods become attacked and medicine work together. Some by the immune system thus producing physicians will not treat certain condi- a sensitivity or allergic response. tions until certain dental materials are Poorly digested proteins, rot (putrefiremoved from the patient’s oral cavity. cation) producing more toxins. Also I have had local patients and poorly digested foods pass thru the inpatients from other countries come to testinal wall then are picked up by the our practice due to their concern over lymphatic system. This is called Leaky

Gut Syndrome Hypothyroid condition causes gum disease and increase in tooth decay. Bruxism (tooth grinding) is often associated with hypothyroid disease. Hypothyroid disease is very difficult to treat with mercury toxicity present.

Tis the season for reflection, gratitude and thanksgiving. We should all be thankful. That includes all that has been accomplished and what remains to be accomplished. I separate this into two categories. The first is family and holiday. The second is finance and business. This year, like it or not, we have all been part of a historic election process. It has been challenging to all. Tis the Season… • To be grateful and give thanks for your blessings.

coach, I help others successfully navigate changes to reach new levels of accomplishment. Although I hold four academic degrees, I believe in Dr. Albert Einstein’s quote: “The only source of knowledge is experience. Everything else is just information.” We need the information, of course, but if we do not put that information to work for us, it does not create a change within us— nor does it make us worthy to teach others. In our experiences, we can become derailed, misguided, or mired down. We cannot remain in that position for long without experiencing disheartenment, which can prompt unwise choices. Therefore, it is important to recognize our vulnerability to this situation and redirect our bearing while we still can. We should remember the lessons we have learned along the way, and cling to the positive stimuli while eradicating the negative. Every new day brings opportunities to better ourselves if we just focus our intention on doing so. Avoid costly mistakes when in a quandary. Top producers surround themselves with the best coaches and counselors for good reason: They are more productive when they are not stuck in a rut. Learn more at

• To finish important things that matter. • To let go of that which you cannot change. • To embrace all the blessings coming. • To use your dental insurance now or lose it. • To use your dental insurance because in the current political climate we do not know what will be. • To fix your mouth before it gets worse or more expensive. • To schedule your needs before others fill the available schedule. Tis the season to take advantage of a great non-threatening, no cost to you, comprehensive exam and necessary X-rays. If you are looking for an exceptional dental office willing to take the time and give attention to you, then you should call us now. Healthy Body Dental Anthony J. Adams DDS , 25877 US Highway 19 N Clearwater, FL 33763 727-799-3123




Know Thrombosis: Tips to Prevent Deadly Blood Clots Brandpoint (BPT) When you think of potentially deadly health issues, do you think of a blood clot? According to a recent U.S. survey, only 7 percent of people say they are concerned about blood clots, known by the medical term thrombosis. However, what they might not know is one in four people worldwide die from conditions caused by thrombosis, making it a leading cause of global death and disability. So, what is thrombosis? • Thrombosis is the formation of potentially deadly blood clots in the artery (arterial thrombosis) or vein (venous thrombosis). • When a blood clot forms in the deep veins of the leg, it is known as deep vein thrombosis (DVT). • If a blood clot travels in the circulation and lodges in the lungs, it is known as a pulmonary embolism (PE). • Together, DVT and PE are known as venous thromboembolism (VTE), a dangerous and potentially deadly medical condition. DVT + PE = VTE. "Thrombosis is a significant public health issue about which many people are unfortunately unaware," said Dr. Gary Raskob, Ph.D., dean of the College of Public Health at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center and chairman of the World Thrombosis Day Steering Committee. "Understanding the risk factors for thrombosis, and if you are at risk, as well as the signs and symptoms, is knowledge that could save your life." Some signs and symptoms of DVT include pain or tenderness in the calf and/or thigh; swelling of the leg, foot and/or ankle; redness and/or noticeable discoloration; and warmth. People with PE often experience shortness of breath, rapid breathing, chest pain (which may be worse during deep breath), rapid heart rate, lightheadedness and/or fainting. Risk factors for VTE include hospitalization, surgery, cancer, prolonged immobility, family history, estrogen-containing medications, and pregnancy or recent birth. Given that up to 60 percent of

VTE cases occur during or after hospitalization, it's important to ask your doctor for a risk assessment anytime you are admitted to the hospital. "Knowing the facts about thrombosis can save your life," said Mike Albanese, a comedian living with AFib, a common type of irregular heartbeat, or arrhythmia, which can lead to the formation of a deadly blood clot. "As a comedian, I try to use my shows as a platform to educate others about thrombosis, which can be preventable when you know what to look for." VTE-related events cause more deaths each year in the U.S. and Europe than breast cancer, AIDS, and motor vehicle crashes combined. That's why the International Society on Thrombosis and Haemostasis (ISTH) created a global movement called World Thrombosis Day on Oct. 13 to increase awareness of this often-overlooked condition. When it comes to thrombosis, knowing the signs, symptoms, and risk factors can help you keep life flowing. For more information about thrombosis, visit







Three Things Everyone Living with Arthritis Should Know

Arthritis includes more than 100 rheumatic diseases and conditions that affect joints. If you are living with arthritis, here are a few things you should consider. 1. Arthritis can affect people of all ages. Many people think of arthritis as an affliction that only affects older adults or athletes who have suffered an injury (known as osteoarthritis). Although the incidence of arthritis does increase with age, younger people can also be affected by the disease. Autoimmune forms of arthritis, such as rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, and ankylosing spondylitis, often strike people by the time they are middle-aged. Overall, it’s estimated that nearly a quarter of all adults in the U.S. (22.7 percent, or 54.4 million people) have doctor-diagnosed arthritis. Seven percent of adults aged 18-44 and 29 percent of adults aged 45-64 report doctor-diagnosed arthritis, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

2. You can now track your condition better and get support. Being diagnosed with a lifelong, chronic disease like arthritis can be overwhelming. Finding support, from friends, family, colleagues, and online communities can help. For example, ArthritisPower, accessed online or downloaded as a free mobile app for android and iPhone, allows people with all forms of arthritis to track symptoms and treatments to see how they are doing over time. Users can send their results to doctors in advance of appointments to encourage more personalized and productive discussions. Note that ArthritisPower is a research registry. That means people must sign an informed consent to donate their data to researchers and learn more about other specific research studies announced in the app. The more people who participate in the registry, the more scientists can discover about arthritis.

To learn more, visit 3. Surgery can help. In healthy joints, cartilage covers the ends of bones, allowing them to move smoothly and without pain. When arthritis (all forms) wears away or damages the protective cartilage, and other non-surgical treatments have proved unsuccessful, joint replacement (usually of the knee or the hip) is typically recommended, according to the American College of Rheumatology. When an orthopedic surgeon replaces a joint, it involves removing worn-out cartilage from both sides of the joint, followed by resurfacing of the joint with a metal and plastic replacement implant that looks and functions much like a normal joint. Over the past two decades, the safety and effectiveness of surgery and the variety of hip- and knee-joint replacement devices have improved, thanks to research driven

by surgeons and device-makers. What’s missing, say experts, is a better understanding of patient experiences and preferences, particularly regarding what they value when making the decision to undergo surgery, pick a surgeon, and select a device. “The good news is that this research is underway by patient-led research communities, such as ArthritisPower,” said W. Benjamin Nowell, Ph.D., Director of Patient-Centered Research at CreakyJoints, the online patient support community. If you need joint surgery, it is important that your preferences are central to your decision-making at every step of the way, including timing of surgery, surgeon, implant device and recovery plan. Make sure to ask questions, get second opinions, and seek support. Surgery and recovery can be hard, but talking about them shouldn’t be.




SENIOR HAPPENINGS grams, contests, prizes and fun while getting healthier and thinner. The cost is affordable for everyone at $6.00 a month and $34.00 a year for the national club. Please be our guest at First Presbyterian Church, Carver St., Brandon. We are directly behind Bills Pharmacy. Meeting is Tuesday at 6.30 to 7.45 pm. For more information, call Elizabeth at 813-924-1512. REGENCY HEIGHTS COMMUNITY SALE Jan. 13 , 2018, 8-2 A benefit for Parkinson’s disease. 2550 State Rd. 580, Clearwater. Selling household treasures, craft vendors, book authors, baked goods. Gift basket raffles, refreshments, live music. Something for everyone. For more Info call Pat: 508-209-8964. OPEN DISCUSSION ON HEALTH RISKS Temple B’nai Israel Social Hall • Jan 21 World renowned Environmental Scientist, Professor Herman Koren, is the featured speaker with a real story about how environmental pollutants affect your health and shorten your life. Dr. Koren, author of twenty books on public health, is coming out of retirement with a presentation for ordinary citizens and professionals on increased health risks from micro-organisms, environmental pollutants and global warming. Open to the public. Free Admission. Sunday morning, January 21st at 10:00 am. Discussion moderated by B’nai B’rith. For information, call 727492-5444. Temple B’nai Israel Social Hall, 1685 S Belcher Rd, Clearwater, FL 33764.

FRIDAY MORNING MUSICALE 2017-2018 PERFORMANCES The Friday Morning Musicale (FMM) of Tampa has opened its 2017-18 season with the new sounds of the MUSIKONG KAWAYAN BAMBOO ENSENBLE. Introducing to the Tampa audience the earthy and harmonious tones of its bamboo ensemble, plus the rich voice of Vic Omila, baritone. Musical Director Nhick Ramiro Pacis directed the 19 strong musicians seamlessly. The Club meets the first Friday of months October through June (except in January) at 10 AM followed by FREE performances at 11 AM. There is an optional lunch for $7 after 12 noon. Please CELEBRITY POP ART EXHIBITION call and let us know you wish to attend. 809 W. Horatio St. Tampa, Fl An impressive and highly-curated collection by world-renowned Pop 33606, (813) 251-1990 Art Icons Romero Britto, Peter Max, Jim Dine, Robert Rauschenberg and Roy Lichtenstein will be on exhibition and available for acquisition at a THE SOUTH PASADENA COMMUNITY BAND - FREE CONCERT spectacular Fine Art Installation at the prestigious Chasen Galleries in November 2nd at 7:30 P.M. Sarasota. The exhibition opens on January 13, 2018 and runs through The South Pasadena Community Band honors the nation and January 21, 2018. Personal Appearances by Romero Britto: Saturday, Janits veterans during its next FREE concert inside the South Pasa- uary 20, 2018 from 6-8 pm and Sunday, January 21, 2018 from 2-4 pm. dena City Hall at 7047 Sunset Drive South. The music program All artwork will be on exhibition and available for acquisition. RSVP’s titled “America, The Beautiful” will feature a medley that sa- requested: 941-260-5787 or For more informalutes the armed forces. You can find the complete program music tion, visit Chasen Galleries, 1830 list at Please South Osprey Avenue, Suite 102, Sarasota, Florida 34239 join this talented band of 40+ excellent volunteer musicians for an evening of enjoyable music. South Pasadena Band Concerts 2018. All HAPPY HOLIDAYS, ST. PETE! concerts @ 7:30 PM. January 31 – Treasure Island Community Center; From festive flavors to a waterfront bedecked with thousands of twinMarch 7 – Treasure Island Community Center; April 11 – Treasure Island kling lights, we invite everyone to share in the spirit of the season. Visit Community Center, May 17 – South Pasadena City Hall Santa in North Straub Park before twirling around the ‘glice’ skating rink. Enjoy a nightly snow fall at Sundial from 6 - 9 p.m. through December 24 FREE MEDICARE COUNSELING 4TH ANNUAL ST. PETERSBURG HOLIDAY OF THE ARTS Free Medicare Counseling Offered to Medicare Beneficiaries’ in St. Petersburg. Guidance now available for Medicare beneficiaries at the St. Saturday, Dec 16 • 10am-5pm • South Straub Park, St. Petersburg Pete Beach Library. St. Petersburg– Medicare beneficiaries, their caregiv- The 4th Annual St. Petersburg Holiday of the Arts transforms South ers, and family members who have questions or concerns about Medicare Straub Park into an outdoor gallery of original and handmade art created and related health insurance topics have a new place to turn. The Area by extraordinary works brought to St. Petersburg by artisans from across Agency on Aging will be partnering with The St. Pete Beach Library to Florida and throughout America. This gallery is created from exquisite provide Medicare counseling through the SHINE (Serving Health In- works in painting, sculpture, jewelry, glass, ceramics, fiber and wearable surance Needs of Elders) Program. Specially-trained volunteers of the art, photography, digital art, mixed-media, metalwork, woodworking SHINE Program will begin offering Medicare counseling at the St. Pete and more. Enjoy a diversity of styles and materials within each art meBeach Library’s office located at 365 73rd Ave, St Pete Beach, FL 33706 by dium. Whether for yourself or as gifts for friends and loved ones, you appointment. For Appointments call 727-363-9238. will find exceptional works of art at all price points. Commission a piece specifically for yourself. All the artists creating these pieces will be presDANCE - TOWN APARTMENTS N. ent at the event, many being represented in the nation’s most prestigious Come join us for dances at Town Apartments N. 1900-62nd Ave. N. Saint private art collections and public institutions. Petersburg. Every Friday from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Dance to live music on our WILD FOR WILDFLOWERS large padded wooden floor. 50/50 drawing, coffee, ice and cups provided. Some refreshments are available free. Couples and singles are welcome. Saturday, Dec 16th • 10:30 - 11:30 am Directions From US 19 go East on 62Ave N, turn right at third traffic light Sunken Gardens • St. Petersburg onto 62nd St. Then left at Stop sign. For more information call 727-522- Kids make wildflower seed balls to attract birds, butterflies, and other pol8329 or 574-276-3802 linators to your yard. Just throw and watch them grow! More fun with a scavenger hunt through our butterfly garden. Pre-registration required due PINELLAS: ANNUAL HOLIDAY LIGHTS IN THE GARDENS to limited space. Free with Gardens admission or membership. Recommended for ages 4+. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Held in Through Sunday, Dec. 31 • Every night from 5:30-9:30pm Pinellas: Annual Holiday Lights in the Gardens brightens the season. our air-conditioned classroom. Call 727-551-3102 to register. Sunken GarMore than one million twinkling lights turn Florida Botanical Gardens dens, 1825 Fourth Street North, St. Petersburg, FL. into wonderland. A donation of $4 per person ages 13 and over is sug2017 HOLIZAAR HANDMADE HOLIDAY BAZAAR! gested, with all proceeds going to fund the maintenance and upkeep of the Gardens year-round. New this year, the addition of a synchronized Saturday, December 16th • 11am-5pm • The Studio • St. Petersburg light and music display will have visitors dancing along with the dancing It wouldn’t be the holidays without Holizaar! Join us for the annual holilights. This year, visitors will be treated to theme nights, every Monday day hand made art and fine craft event featuring the most fun and funky through Wednesday. Monday evenings are “Paws Nights,” where visitors gifts you could wish for! The Studio@620. 620 First Ave. S., St. Petersburg, can bring their four-legged friends decked out in their holiday finery to FL. stroll the gardens. Tuesday evenings will be “Tripod Tuesdays,” where DALI AND BEYOND FILM SERIES: MOULIN ROUGE professional and amatuer photographers alike can capture the lights and share their best photos. Wednesday evenings are “Wacky Wednesdays,” Will Raymund Theater • St. Petersburg where visitors can come dressed in their wackiest holiday sweaters, ties, Saturday, December 16th • 1pm - 3pm hats and socks and pose for fun-filled selfies among the Holiday Lights The Dalí & Beyond Film Series features an eclectic selection of films – to be the envy of their social media friends and family. A wide variety both familiar and fantastic – with monthly themes ranging from horof skilled volunteer entertainers will delight visitors with their talents, ror, experimental and psychological to kid-friendly and world cinema. In including ballet dance troupes, local choral groups, and musicians per- conjunction with our special exhibition, Dalí and Schiaparelli, Saturdays forming jazz, bluegrass and folk. Visits with Santa Claus will be held ev- in December will feature films for which Schiaparelli designed costumes. ery night through Dec. 23. Food and beverages, including funnel cakes, Moulin Rouge: Visually exquisite biopic of Toulouse-Lautrec, the cripice cream and hot chocolate, are available for sale each night and the pled painter whose work perfectly captured the spirit of bohemian Paris Foundation will have a holiday gift cart in addition to the specialty items in the naughty 1890s. Portrayed as an embittered loner, he is tormented for sale at the Botanical Bounty gift shop. A schedule of nightly enter- by doomed relationships with prostitute Marie Charlet and sympathetic tainment will be available on the Florida Botanical Gardens’ website at model. Free Parking for members. $10 parking for non-members., A video of past Holiday Lights can be viewed at tion: Will Raymund Theater. The main entrance for Holiday Lights in the FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY PRESENT DOVER STREET TRIO Gardens is located at 12211 Walsingham Road in Largo. Hours are from 7 a.m. until dusk every day, with free admission during daylight hours. For Saturday, December 16th • 2pm - 5pm more information, visit or call (727) 582-2100. St. Petersburg Main Library The Friends of the Main Library will present the Dover Street Trio in a TOPS WEIGHT LOSS SUPPORT GROUP IN BRANDON program of classical favorites, ending with a medley of holiday songs, in TOPS is a non profit weight loss support group that share ideas the Auditorium of the St. Petersburg Main Library, 3745 9th Ave. N. They about nutrition and low calorie food choices. We have speaker pro- all play in the Tampa Bay Symphony, the 80-piece community orchestra

directed by Mark Sforzini. Carol Skey, pianist in the Trio, is also a cellist in the Tampa Bay Symphony (and she lives on Dover Street, where they rehearse). Julie Tollen is the violinist and Jilian Emerson is the cellist. The group expanded to five players and became the Dover Street Quintet when they performed at the Dali Museum. Friends of the Main Library programs are free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. St. Petersburg Main Library. HOME ALONE ‘09 “CHRISTMAS OUTDOOR MOVIE & CRAFT MARKET” AT WIPA Saturday, December 16th • 4pm-7:40pm Williams Park •St. Petersburg 1st Annual Christmas Outdoor Movies at WIPA (Williams Park)! Christmas Classic Film & Craft Market | Themed Music, Trivia & Swag | Food Trucks & Vendors | Family & Dog Friendly. *4Pm-6Pm Christmas Craft Market. *6pm7:40pm Home Alone ‘09, On 25Ft Screen. Williams Park, 330 2nd Ave N. BEERS ON THE PIER Sunday, December 16 • 6pm - 10pm Museum of History• St. Petersburg Join the Museum of History for unlimited sampling of craft beer from 24 breweries -- over 70 beers to sample! Tickets are $35 in advance / $45 at the door. Museum Of History, 335 2nd Ave NE, St. Petersburg. MICHAEL CARBONARO LIVE! Tuesday, December 17 • 7pm-10pm • Mahaffey Theater Get ready for nationally acclaimed magician, actor and improv artist Michael Carbonaro. He’s performed over 500 comically perplexing and improbably feats of magic on his it truTV series, “The Carbonaro Effect” now in its second season. The St. Pete show will be jam-packed with audience interaction, hilarious video clips, and a whirlwind of mind-blowing magic performed live on stage. Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S., St. Petersburg. 2017 HOLIDAY ARTS + CRAFTS BAZAAR Tuesday, December 19 • 11am - 3pm Dali Museum • The Raymond James Community rm. Please join the talented, artistic staff and volunteers of The Dalí at a holiday bazaar featuring their original art & crafts for sale. Enjoy the seasonal ambiance, holiday music and complimentary sweet treats & beverages. Melting clock and mustache ornaments from the Museum Store will be available for purchase, as well as the unique paintings, pottery, photography, jewelry, books, glassware and fabric arts & crafts created by our inhouse artists, artisans and makers. This event accepts cash-only – ATM onsite. Cost: Free Location: The Raymond James Community Room. Dali Museum, 1 Dali. Blvd. EVERY THIRD WEDS. - MAYOR’S LUNCH TRUCK IT FOOD TRUCK RALLY Wednesday, December 20th •11am - 2pm Williams Park • St. Petersburg Bring your sunnies and hungry tummies to Williams Park every third Wednesday for lunch! Enjoy a variety of choices from your favorite participating food trucks presented by The Gulf to Bay Food Truck Association. Williams Park, 350 Second Avenue North, St. Petersburg, FL. Bookings: 813-810-0216 CIRQUE DREAMS HOLIDAZE Wednesday, December 20 • 7:30pm Mahaffey Theater • St. Petersburg Cirque Dreams Holidaze lights up the 2017 season with its 10th Anniversary National Tour created by Cirque Dreams Founder and Broadway Director Neil Goldberg. This critically acclaimed holiday stage extravaganza is as cirque spectacle.... .Broadway musical.... and family show all in one! The Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S., St. Petersburg. THE TEN TENORS HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS Thursday, December 21 • 7:30 pm • Mahaffey Theater Get in the holiday spirit when Australia’s rock stars of the opera, The TEN Tenors, present their unique selection of traditional and contemporary seasonal favorites. With soaring versions of “Joy to the World,” “White Christmas,” “Amazing Grace,” and more, The Ten Tenors Home for the Holidays is the perfect way to celebrate the spirit of the season. The Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S., St. Petersburg. www.themahaffey. com BAD BOY PRESENTS GASPARILLA BOWL Thursday, December 21st • 8pm • Tropicana Field • St. Petersburg Bad Boy presents Gasparilla Bowl, back in prime time in 2017 with an 8 p.m. ET kickoff on Thursday, Dec. 21. The game will air nationally televised on ESPN. This will be the fifth time the bowl is being played at night and the first time since 2014. This season’s bowl rotation is scheduled to match up teams from the American Athletic Conference and Conference USA. Tropicana Field, One Tropicana Drive, St. Petersburg. Tickets for the 2017 St. Petersburg Bowl will go on sale later this year. To inquire on group tickets and suite packages, please call the bowl office at 727.290.9865. ART AT THE MARKET WITH FIRST NIGHT ST. PETERSBURG! Saturday, December 23rd • 9:30 am to Noon Learn all about this year’s festival, make your own colorful parade streamer, and purchase buttons for this year’s December 31 event. Kids can join our mini-parade of giant sea creature puppets, crafted by campers at the Morean Center for Clay, while the Sunshine Steel Band from St. Pete College keeps the tune. Get involved and sign up for giveaways at the First Night booth. This is First Night’s 25th year of bringing art to unexpected places throughout St. Pete. On Dec. 7, the City of St. Petersburg will hold an official proclamation in honor of First Night’s Silver Anniversary. Help us celebrate by visiting our booth Dec. 23. Saturday Morning Market, 101 1st St. SE, St. Petersburg, FL.;




SENIOR HAPPENINGS MOSCOW BALLET’S GREAT RUSSIAN NUTCRACKER Tues, Dec 26th • 3pm & 7pm • Wed, Dec 27th • 7pm Mahaffey Theater • St. Petersburg It’s the quintessential holiday fantasy as it was meant to be experience - on a grand scale! You won’t want to miss the Moscow Ballet’s fanciful, beautiful interpretation of the timeless tale of a little girl and her Christmas Eve dreams, with the iconic musical score by Tchaikovsky. The Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S., St. Petersburger. MASQUE 100 - THE PARTY OF THE CENTURY Sunday, December 31 • 8 pm • Morean Center for Clay Ring in 2018 with the Morean Arts Center for a night of history, mystery, and fantasy. Masque 100 is not your ordinary masquerade ball – but an avant-garde event that is edgy and provocative, providing a myriad of live performance art to celebrate 100 years of the arts in St. Petersburg. Enjoy heavy gourmet bites and decadent dessert bars scattered throughout the renovated train depot while enjoying spellbinding entertainment from fire breathers and dancers outside, to aerialists, acrobatic performers and roaming performance artists inside. Tickets:$200 per person. Additional Ticket Options: Reserved Table for 6 guests: $1,800. VIP Alcove for 8 guests: $2,500. Morean Center for Clay, 420 22nd Street South, St. Petersburg, FL. SWINGIN’ THE NEW YEAR Sunday, December 31st • 8:00pm The Coliseum • St. Petersburg Ring in 2018 with Swingin’ The New Year, a grand New Year’s Eve celebration for all ages, featuring UK swing sensations, The Jive Aces, at the historic Coliseum during the 10th anniversary celebration! Enjoy live music and dancing from 9 pm to 1 a.m., swing dance lessons, a midnight countdown and balloon drop, a vintage fashion photo shoot and contest, party favors and chocolates, prizes and a full cash bar with champagne toasts. Dress to impress! New Year’s and vintage attire encouraged. Tickets available, including group discounts and VIP alcoves at, 813-220-3911 (Swing Time) or 813-579-4645 (Swing Gang). Coliseum, 535 Fourth Street North, St. Petersburg, FL STATE BALLET THEATRE OF RUSSIA PRESENTS SLEEPING BEAUTY Friday, January 5th • 7:30 pm Mahaffey Theater • St. Petersburg The State Ballet Theatre of Russia presents Sleeping Beauty on Friday, Jan. 5 at 7:30 p.m. This timeless fairy tale of a princess cursed to sleep for 100 years, is considered one of Tchaikovsky’s greatest jewels. The State Ballet Theatre of Russia presents 50 of Russia’s brightest ballet stars to bring this romantic tale of true love to glorious life! Mahaffey Theater, 401 First Street South, St. Petersburg, FL. WHITNEY & SYNIA SINGIN’ & SWINGIN’ January 5, 2018 • 8 - 10 p.m. • American Stage • St. Pete Al Downing Tampa Bay Jazz Association Presents Synia Carroll and Whitney James with La Lucha. The Al Downing Tampa Bay Jazz Association is thrilled to start 2018 with a special evening of jazz. For the first time working together, Whitney James & Synia Carroll will sing original duet arrangements of their favorite jazz standards while the concert will have a nice collection of duets. Each artist will have solo performances with St. Pete’s favorite rhythm section La Lucha featuring the talented James Suggs on trumpet. Price: $25. 163 3rd Street North, St. Petersburg, FL., (direct link to purchase Singin’ & Swingin’ tickets) 727.823.PLAY (7529) FEEDING TAMPA BAY MOBILE PANTRY Tuesdays: Jan 9, Feb. 13, Mar. 13 & April 10 Tangerine Plaza, St. Pete • 4:30-6:30pm Are you in need of food? Come to a Feeding Tampa Bay Mobile Pantry! The mobile pantry brings nutritious foods to communities all over Tampa Bay. The second Tuesday of each month until April Feeding Tampa Bay will be at Tangerine Plaza. Tangerine Plaza, 1794 22nd Street South, St. Petersburg. feedingtampabay. org/mobile-pantries/ A NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN Wednesday, January 10th • 7:30 pm The Mahaffey Theater • St. Petersburg Fueled by such unforgettable songs as “Me and Bobby McGee,” “Pieces of My Heart,” “Mercedes Benz,” “Cry Baby” and a remarkable cast of singers, musicians and actors, A Night With Janis Joplin, the Off Broadway hit written and directed by Randy Johnson, is a musical journey celebrating Janis and her biggest musical influences - icons like Aretha Franklin, Etta James, Odetta, Nina Simone and Bessie Smith, all of whom inspired Rock N Roll. Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S.

AN EVENING WITH BRANFORD MARSALIS QUARTET Thursday, January 11th • 7:30 pm Mahaffey Theater • St. Petersburg NEA Jazz Master, renowned Grammy Award winning saxophonist and Tony Award nominee Branford Marsalis is one of the most revered instrumentalists of his time. Leader of one of the finest jazz quartets today, and a frequent soloist with classical ensembles, Marsalis’ most current recording with his quartet is Four MFS Playin’ Tunes. The Branford Marsali Quartet is one of the most innovative and forward thinking jazz ensembles around today! The Mahaffey Theater, Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S., St. Petersburg. 2018 MLK WEEK - MLK NATIONAL PARADE Monday, January 15th 2018 • 11am-2:30pm • St. Petersburg Celebrate diversity as the nation’s longest-running parade featuring marching bands from colleges across Florida struts through St. Pete in this annual event. 2018 MLK WEEK - MLK FAMILY FUN DAY Monday, January 15th, 2018 • 2:30-8pm Tropicana Field • St. Petersburg Enjoy a day of family fun with a kids’ zone, live entertainment, an education drive, service programs, vendors and more. Tropicana Field, One Tropicana Drive, St. Petersburg, FL TAMPA BAY DANCE CLUB - DANCES EVERY FRIDAY NIGHT Music to the 50’s, 60’s 7o’s, latin & country western. We like to be referred to as “the senior america bandstand”. BYOB, snacks & setups available at reasonable prices. Everyone is welcome to attend, dress code causal. December schedule: 12/15. Music by DJ- Joey Royal – Installation of Officers. 12/22. Music by Albi and Band On Our Own – Christmas celebration – bring homemade cookies 12/31 Music by DJ-Jeremy Eubanks – New Years celebration – admission prior to 12-22-2017 $30.00 After that ticket at the door $35.00 – Dance from 8:00pm to 12:30 pm. Doors open @ 7pm dance starts @ 7:30 to 10:30 pm, admission is: $10.00 Non-members / $8.00 Members location: 5601 Hanley Road, Town N Country (33615) 2 story building behind Family of Christ West Church, For more information call Roger @ 813-390-7160 SOUTH PASADENA BAND CONCERTS 2018 Treasure Island Community Center. The Center is located at 1 Park Place & 106th Ave., Treasure Island. You can find the program music list at All concerts @ 7:30 PM. January 31, March 7and April 11at the Treasure Island Community Center and the May 17 concert is at the South Pasadena City Hall. A POTLUCK PICNIC FOR ALL WIS & UP MICH RESIDENTS IN FLORIDA A Potluck Picnic for all WIS & UP MICH residents in Florida for the winter or former residents who now make Florida their home will be held at the First Methodist Church Hall in Zephyrhills on Saturday, February 10, 2018. Since these Potluck Picnics have been an annual tradition for more than thirty (30) years, longtime attendees are urged to attend and will be recognized. Registration will start at 10:00 AM, with activities starting at noon. Bring a dish to pass (for 10-12 people) and your own place setting. Meat, coffee and dessert will be furnished. Bring your own drinks (NO ALCOHOLIC beverages allowed). $4.00 donation per person. Entertainment and door prizes will be provided. The First Methodist Church is located at 38635 5th Ave., Zephyrhills (near St. Joseph Catholic Church) a few blocks east of the SR54/US301 intersection. For more information, contact Vicki Arndt at (608) 790-1210. FREE MEDICARE COUNSELING OFFERED TO MEDICARE BENEFICIARIES’ IN ST. PETERSBURG St. Pete Beach Library. St. Petersburg– Medicare beneficiaries their caregivers, and family members who have questions or concerns about Medicare and related health insurance topics have a new place to turn. The Area Agency on Aging will be partnering with The St. Pete Beach Library to provide Medicare counseling through the SHINE (Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elders) Program. Specially-trained volunteers of the SHINE Program will begin offering Medicare counseling at the St. Pete Beach Library’s office located at 365 73rd Ave, St Pete Beach, FL 33706 by appointment. For Appointments call 727-363-9238. SHINE is a program of the Florida Department of Elder Affairs that empowers elders to make informed decisions about their health care coverage. Because service hours vary, please make an appointment for Medicare counseling at The St. Pete Beach Library by calling 727-3639238. For more information, you may also call 1-800-96-ELDER (1-800-963-5337), or visit us online at TAMPA BAY SENIOR LIVING RESIDENT PUBLISHES HUMOR COLLECTION Tampa Bay Senior living resident publishes humor collection. 87 year-old author’s first book details “Cruise without a destination” Clearwater, FL. Bettye Bevan Strickland, formerly managing

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Five Tips for Better Financial Health Family Features As the calendar turns over a new year, it’s a good time to take stock of your finances. Evaluating money missteps in the past year, determining how you can correct those errors, and setting a realistic budget will put you on your way to better financial health in 2016. A top New Year’s resolution is putting money into a savings account each month, according to a recent survey of working adults by the Principal Financial Group. Leading money-management priorities include paying down debt (28 percent), saving for retirement (25 percent), and building a savings account for emergencies (15 percent). Achieving those goals starts with setting a budget that you can reasonably follow, said Kevin Morris, vice president of retirement and income solutions at The Principal. However, the group’s recent survey shows many Americans have plenty of room for improvement.

Photo courtesy of Getty Images In 2015, workers reported that they blew their budget on dining out (24 percent), food/groceries (19 percent), entertainment (15 percent), and consumer goods (15 percent), among other things. On top of that, employees’ top financial blunders included not saving enough (20 percent), accumulating credit-card debt (11 percent), and spending outside their means (9 percent). “It’s not surprising to see that American workers continue to blow their budget dining out,” Morris said. “It’s easy to spend $30 here and $40 there on a meal and not think twice about it. But what if they put that money toward something more long-term, like retirement? Or building up their savings? Over time, those pizza deliveries and nights on the town add up and can make a huge difference in your budget.” Getting your financial house in order doesn’t have to be a burden. Follow these tips to establish a budget and begin building healthier money habits: Account for incidentals. When listing all the people and places you owe money, it can be easy to overlook other expenses that really add up. Things like a work wardrobe, toiletries, and personal hygiene items are necessary purchases that should be reflected in your budget. Expect the unexpected. Even the best-planned budget can fall apart when unexpected expenses arise. Ensure that you’re not only directing a sum of money to your savings account each month, but that you’re earmarking some of that money for emergency

car repairs, an unplanned visit to the veterinarian, or a critical home repair. Don’t treat your budget like a bad diet. Like a crash diet, being too restrictive with your budget will leave you discouraged and exhausted. And maybe hungry. The key is to be honest with yourself about your spending. Look at your spending history – you might be surprised to see where your money goes. Be sure to set a reasonable budget each month that allows you to manage your finances without falling off the wagon. Leverage rewards. It may seem counter-intuitive to use a credit card for expenses you don’t need to buy on credit. But if you use a cash-back rewards credit card for your regular essential purchases and even bills, you’ll have some extra income each month. Deposit those rewards in a savings plan, or allocate them to help pay down debt each month. Just remember that this approach only works to your advantage if you pay the balance each month. Research all your money-management options. A solid budget is the foundation of a good money-management plan, but the type of accounts you use can also influence your financial situation. A financial advisor can help you understand the benefits and limitations of various types of checking, saving, and investment accounts, as well as other products to help maximize your savings and minimize debt. Find more information to help guide your budget planning, as well as the full Principal Financial Well-Being Index: American Workers study, at




A Closer Look at Vision Health Family Features An estimated 4.3 billion people suffer from the same health problem regardless of gender, age or ethnicity: vision impairment. Whether moderate or severe, vision impairment can have far-reaching social and economic impacts. As the number of Americans with visual impairment is expected to double by 2050, vision health has an obvious role in the national health conversation. Uncorrected vision is highly noticeable among certain groups, like the elderly and workers who rely on vision for safe and effective job completion. According to the Vision Impact Institute, two other groups significantly impacted by poor vision are drivers and children. Drivers A study from the British Journal of Ophthalmology found that one of the major causes of visual impairment is uncorrected refractive error (URE), and that preventable URE causes nearly 80 percent of the global burden. The number of people impacted by URE is especially troubling when taking into account day-to-day activities such as driving. A report from the American Academy of Optometry revealed that

even moderate visual field loss causes drivers to have significantly poorer capabilities in completing tasks such as matching speed when changing lanes and maintaining lane position. When you consider how changing technology and business models like ride-sharing companies and delivery services are adding drivers to the road, this impact becomes all the more crucial. If eye exams were part of the standard for renewing driver’s licenses then these issues could be called out by an eye care provider in advance of potential accidents on the road.

Children Today, vision impairments and eye disorders are the third-leading chronic conditions among children in the United States, with costs for direct medical care, vision aids, devices and caregivers amounting to $10 billion per year. In the U.S. alone, the total economic burden of eye disorders and vision loss was

$139 billion in 2013. Uncorrected vision problems in children can have serious negative impacts on their educations and future employment opportunities. In 2014, researchers studied the impact on academic performance after providing a vision screening and free eyeglasses to low-income and minority elementary school children in the U.S. The study found that among fifth-grade students both the screening and eyeglasses significantly improved student achievement in math and reading.

As 80 percent of all learning occurs through vision, a simple pair of eyeglasses could correct poor vision and drastically change the course of a child’s life. There are many correlations between vision health and the financial, educational and safety implications it can have on society. To learn more about vision standards and giving vision a voice in the national healthcare dialogue, visit visionimpactinstitute. org.


Wishful Thinking By Carlos (Chino) Rolon

It’s a Party All Year Long, and You’re Invited!

Why do I seem to find all the things that are not mine Oh so fine! Why are all the things I want to touch seem to come in all kind of colors, sizes and such, It’s just too much.

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Why do things seem so out of reach is it the things I never learned the things Papi didn’t teach.

Each day the sun rises each day the sun sets my life grows shorter so why should I fret I’ll never find the answers just waiting here on fate Hey! Look! Here comes another don’t that look great!

I sometimes wonder how it would be if I took what I wanted, if I didn’t act like me.

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Is it wrong to wonder how it could have been Is it wrong to long to be like the wind? Carlos Rolon is retired and lives in Tampa, Fla. He has been writing spoken word since 1975 and cut his poetic teeth at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe in NYC. The cafe was founded by writer and poet Miguel Algarin in 1973. It started and created a new movement called Nuyorican Poetry. Rolon has been part of the Safety Harbor Writers and Poets group for two years and performs spoken word at their monthly open mic and at open mics throughout the tri-city area.




ENTERTAINMENT THE NUTCRACKER Saturday, Dec 16 - 7:00PM • Sunday, Dec 17 - 1:30PM Sarasota Opera House The beloved holiday classic performed by The Diane Partington Studio of Classical Ballet. This has become one of the most highly-awaited events of each Christmas holiday season. Ticket Prices: Adults $37, Children (12 and under) $17 CELEBRATION CONCERT Thursday, January 4, 2018 5:30PM • Sarasota Opera House The Perlman Music Program presents the Celebration Concert featuring Itzhak Perlman leading the PMP String Orchestra and Patrick Romano directing the PMP Chorus. Celebrating the exceptional talent of The Perlman Music Program students and the close of the 2017-2018 PMP Sarasota Winter Residency. For more information, visit or call 941-955-4942. “The Perlman Music Program’s Chamber Orchestra is not your “ordinary” extraordinary string orchestra. Every player in it is a soloist, yet each has learned, through experience with chamber music and, yes, choral singing, to blend, breathe and phrase like one organism.” “I couldn’t help thinking that some of the world’s great orchestras would kill to have string sections like this." June LeBell, The Observer. THE OUTLAWS Fri, Dec 15 at 8:00 PM • Capitol Theatre Country-rock band The Outlaws return to the Capitol Theatre to celebrate their 4th annual homecoming concert Green Grass and Yuletide Jam! Formed in Tampa in 1972, The Outlaws are known for their triple-guitar rock attack and three-part country harmonies. The band’s first three albums The Outlaws, Lady In Waiting and Hurry Sundown – featuring such rock radio favorites as and Freeborn Man – would become worldwide gold and platinum landmarks of the Southern Rock era. Joining them is the Artimus Pyle Band featuring Legendary Rock & Roll Hall of Famer and Former Lynyrd Skynyrd drummer Artimus Pyle, performing all of your favorite Lynyrd Skynyrd hits! Tickets are $129.50 (includes a pre-show Q&A, a Meet & Greet, and a signed poster), $69.50, $49.50, & $39.50. Performance is at the Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St, Downtown Clearwater. JOHN PRINE Fri, Dec 15 at 8:00 PM • Ruth Eckerd Hall Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame member, John Prine returns to Ruth Eckerd Hall for his sixth appearance! Forty-five years into a remarkable career that has drawn effusive praise from Bob Dylan, Kris Kristofferson, Bonnie Raitt, Roger Waters, Tom Petty, Bruce Springsteen, and others who would know, Prine is a smiling, shuffling force for good. Classics like, Angel from Montgomery,Sam Stone, Paradise and Hello in There speak to the everyday experience of ordinary people with a simple honesty, and an extraordinary ability to get right through to the heart

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of the listener. Special guest Amanda Shires to open the show. Tickets are $107, $87, $77, and $67. Alcoholic beverages are not permitted inside the theater. A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS M&G Sat, Dec 16 - 1:00 PM & 6:30 PM • Capitol Theatre PRE-SHOW MEET & GREET OPPORTUNITY! A limited number of VIP packages priced at $30 are available and can be added on to any ticket purchased – the VIP package includes early entry into the venue, a photo opportunity with members of the cast, a freshly baked cookie and hot cocoa, a commemorative laminate and crowd-free merchandise shopping. VIP tickets are $30 per child and will allow for a parent to attend the meet and greet. *VIP Pre-Show Meet & Greet does not include a ticket to the show. For more information or to purchase your ticket to the performance, please visit the event page. A CHRISTMAS CAROL Wed, Dec 20 - 2:00 PM & 7:00 PM • Ruth Eckerd Hall A Christmas Carol returns to Ruth Eckerd Hall! This celebrated Charles Jones adaptation of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol is rich with thrilling ensemble music, alive with color and movement and is created to tell this great and enduring tale in a manner that people of all ages will enjoy. Woven throughout this classic tale are beautiful new arrangements and moving renditions of holiday songs such as God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen, Wassail Wassail, Good Christian Men Rejoice, Away in a Manger, Greensleeves, The Boar’s Head Carol and many more. Featuring a cast of 23 performers, live musicians, and Broadway-style scenery and costumes, audiences cherish this sumptuous holiday classic. Tickets are *125, $78.75, $53.75, and $38.75. *$125 Dinner Package includes a premium seat and pre-show dinner. Artists do not appear at Dinner. ROCKAPELLA CHRISTMAS Thu, Dec 21 at 7:30 PM • Capitol Theatre Sprinkle your holiday season with vocal magic! Rockapella brings it’s exciting, internationally acclaimed, a cappella sound back to the Capitol Theatre with a night of holiday classics! “Often imitated – never duplicated,” you’d be hard-pressed to find a more influential group out there in this new era of television a cappella shows like The Sing-Off and movies like Pitch Perfect. “The best musical instrument of all is the human voice – if you’ve seen Rockapella you know that’s the truth.” – USA Today Tickets are $59, $45, and $30. Performance is at Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St, Downtown Clearwater. New this season! The Capitol Theatre has joined with the renowned Clear Sky on Cleveland to offer a delicious premium dining and entertainment experience. View Package Options. Clear Sky Dinner Package Menu A: $135. Clear Sky Dinner Package Menu B : $125 SANTA PARTY: RUDOLPH Fri, Dec 22 - 1:30 PM, 1:30 PM, 6:00 PM, 6:00 PM Ruth Eckerd Hall Enjoy a special holiday treat at our Cookies & Cocoa with Santa Party. Wander into a winter wonderland with holiday music, crafts and treats for all to enjoy! Make sure you’re not on the naughty list and get your photo with Santa (including printed photo)! Make sure you get your Christmas List right to the Elves that make the toys, by going into the Tel-an-Elf Booth to talk to Santa’s Elves via video phone. There will be crafts and holiday treats galore! Get in the Holiday spirit doing sand art, face painting, coloring, playing holiday games like Bumble Bean Bag Toss, Yukon Cornelius Ring Toss & Hermey the Elf Frog Flip all for candy cane prizes and lots, lots more! Plus fresh baked cookies, hot cocoa and other delicious holiday treats. Tickets are $15 and advance reservation is encouraged, as space is limited. Does not include admission to the show | Show ticket is required for entry | Artist does not appear at party| RUDOLPH THE RED NOSED REINDEER Fri, Dec 22 - 3:00 PM & 7:30 PM • Ruth Eckerd Hall Purchase a Broadway Package, Pick 5 Shows and Save! The beloved TV classic Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer soars off the screen and onto the stage this holiday season. Come see all of your favorite characters from the special including Santa and Mrs. Claus, Hermey the Elf, the Abominable Snow Monster, Clarice, Yukon Cornelius and, of course, Rudolph, as they come to life in Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer The Musical. It’s an adventure that teaches us that what makes you different can be what makes you special. Don’t miss this wonderful holiday tradition that speaks to the misfit in all of us. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer animated television special adapted from a story by Robert L. May and the song by Johnny Marks, music and lyrics by Johnny Marks. All elements © and ™ under license to Character Arts, LLC. Single tickets are priced at *$150, $100, $75, $50 and $35. *$150 Dinner Package includes a premium seat, pre-show dinner, and Cookies & Cocoa with Santa Party. Artist does not appear at Dinner. Enjoy a special holiday treat at our Cookies & Cocoa with Santa Party. Wander into a winter wonderland with holiday music, crafts and treats for all to enjoy! Make sure you’re not on the naughty list and get your photo with Santa (including printed photo)! Make sure you get your Christmas List right to

the Elves that make the toys, by going into the Tel-an-Elf Booth to talk to Santa’s Elves via video phone. There will be crafts and holiday treats galore! Get in the Holiday spirit doing sand art, face painting, coloring and lots, lots more. Plus fresh baked cookies, hot cocoa and other delicious holiday treats. Tickets are $15 and advance reservation is encouraged, as space is limited. Artist does not appear at Dinner. FOR $15 ADD ON SANTA PARTY TO SHOW TICKET. SISTER'S CHRISTMAS CATECHISM Sat, Dec 23 - 2:00 PM & 7:00 PM • Capitol Theatre It's "CSI: Bethlehem" in this holiday mystery extravaganza as Late Nite Catechism returns to the Capitol Theatre with Sister's Christmas Catechism! As Sister takes on the mystery that has intrigued historians throughout the ages - whatever happened to the Magi's gold? ("We know that Mary used the frankincense and myrrh as a sort of potpourri - they were in a barn after all.") Retelling the story of the nativity, as only Sister can, this hilarious holiday production is bound to become a yearly classic. Employing her own scientific tools, assisted by a local choir as well as a gaggle of audience members, Sister creates a living nativity unlike any you've ever seen. With gifts galore and bundles of laughs, Sister's Christmas Catechism is sure to become the newest addition to your holiday traditions. Tickets are $59, $45, and $35. Performance is at the Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St, Downtown Clearwater. Clear Sky Dinner Package Menu A: $135 Clear Sky Dinner Package Menu B : $125 THE NUTCRACKER Sat, Dec 23 - 2:00 PM & 7:30 PM • Ruth Eckerd Hall Tampa Ballet Theatre returns Saturday, December 23rd to Ruth Eckerd Hall to perform the timeless holiday classic The Nutcracker. Tchaikovsky’s brilliant score comes to life with all the magic of the holidays, performed by local professionals under the artistic direction of Lindsay Clark. A holiday tradition for the entire family, filled with joys of the festive season. Tickets are $78, $53, $38, and $28. SALUTE TO VIENNA Sun, Dec 31 at 8:00 PM • Ruth Eckerd Hall This holiday season, the spirited romance of operetta, the glamour of ballroom dance, and the delicate beauty of ballet will waltz you into a triumphant New Year. Inspired by Vienna’s beloved New Year’s Concert, this charming celebration blends acclaimed European singers and dancers with full symphony orchestra for a rich cultural experience that will leave your toes tapping. A Clearwater tradition for 21 years, experience Salute to Vienna New Year’s Concert: a toast to life itself! VIP ticket-holders will watch the concert from the very best seats, and are invited to an exclusive post-performance event with the artists for autograph signing. Bring your camera for photos! Tickets are *$135, $100, $75, $50, and $35. *$135 VIP Package includes a premium seat and a Meet & Greet. HENRY ROLLINS-TRAVEL SLIDESHOW Tue, Jan 2 at 8:00 PM • Capitol Theatre Henry Rollins, singer, actor, poet, activist, raconteur and one of the most thought provoking individuals of our time, returns to the Capitol Theatre after a sold-out performance in 2017 for a unique and engaging night of spoken word. For many years, Rollins has used his camera to document his travels around the world. Join Henry for an intimate evening as he tells the stories behind the photos he’s taken, from Baghdad to Timbuktu. Rollins will present a special performance drawing on experiences and his vast archive of photographs. As a keen photographer, he will be bringing stories from travel all over the world including the Middle East, Africa, Central Asia, South America and Antarctica. Henry has been busy making a number of TV series for National Geographic and the History Channel, had his first starring role in a feature film He Never Died and been a part of one of the greatest live music / silent film projects ever undertaken, along side the likes of Grace Jones, Lemmy and Iggy Pop in Gutterdämmerung. Don't miss Henry Rollins, up-close and personal, only at the historic Capitol Theatre! Tickets are $174.50*, $49.50, $39.50 & $29.50. Performance is at the Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St, Downtown Clearwater. Clear Sky Dinner Package Menu A $130; Menu B $120. *Henry Rollins VIP Meet & Greet, Premium Seat , Photograph with Henry Rollins, Post-show Meet & Greet and Q&A with Henry Rollins, Exclusive VIP Laminate. ELVIS BIRTHDAY BASH Sun, Jan 7 at 1:00 PM • Ruth Eckerd Hall Back by popular demand, the top two “Elvises” return with one phenomenal show! Scot Bruce as the young Elvis and Mike Albert as the Las Vegas Elvis, along with the Big “E” Band offer a rockin' birthday party celebration of America's first rock 'n' roll icon that will have you dancing in the aisles! Single tickets are priced at $35, $25 and $18. Packages are priced at $195 for all 13 performances, a savings of $39. Single tickets and packages will be available at the Ruth Eckerd Hall Ticket Office located at 1111 McMullen Booth Road in Clearwater or by calling 727.791.7400. TFO:MUSICIANS IN THE SPOTLIGHT




ENTERTAINMENT Wed, Jan 10 at 11:00 AM • Ruth Eckerd Hall The Florida Orchestra: Musicians in the Spotlight. BRAD GARRETT Wed, Jan 10 at 8:00 PM • Capitol Theatre Enjoy an evening of stand-up comedy with three time Emmy® Award-winner Brad Garrett. Garrett's stand-up career has spanned over thirty years and he was one of the youngest comics ever to appear on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson. In the late 80s he opened for Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davis, Jr; in Las Vegas, where he recently opened his own comedy club at the MGM Grand, performing to sold-out audiences. This show is FOR MATURE AUDIENCES ONLY. Tickets are $65, $55, $45, & $29. Performance is at the Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St, Downtown Clearwater. THE DOO WOP PROJECT Thu, Jan 11 at 1:00 PM • Ruth Eckerd Hall From bop to pop…the evolution of a sound! 3 parts Jersey Boys, 2 parts Motown: The Musical and "not your grandma's doo wop", these five charismatic, handsome, triple threat Broadway stars – with their hot 5-piece band -- tear it up, with musicality, dancing and showmanship not found with any other group in the world! They “re-doo” classic Doo Wop songs from the 50’s and 60’s and make ‘em sound fresh and new… and they take contemporary pop hits by stars like Jason Mraz, Amy Winehouse, Adele and Maroon 5, and “doowopify” them! Perfect entertainment for people ages 10 to 100! Single tickets are priced at $35, $25 and $18. Packages are priced at $195 for all 13 performances, a savings of $39. Single tickets and packages will be available at the Ruth Eckerd Hall Ticket Office located at 1111 McMullen Booth Road in Clearwater or by calling 727.791.7400. For more information, patrons are encouraged to log on to Groups of 15 or more can purchase $18 tickets for $15 or $25 tickets for $20. For Group Sales, patrons are encouraged to contact the Group Sales Office at 727.712.2717. THE ZOMBIES Thu, Jan 11 at 8:00 PM • Capitol Theatre Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Odessey and Oracle, The Zombies return for their 3rd performance at the historic Capitol Theatre! They infiltrated the airwaves with the sophisticated melodies, breathy vocals, choral back-up harmonies and jazzy keyboard riffs. Tickets are $150 (includes a premium seat, a pre-show Meet & Greet with Chris White & Hugh Grundy, and a signed tour poster), $69.50, $59.50 & $49.50. Performance is at the Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St, Downtown Clearwater. ART GARFUNKEL: IN CLOSE-UP Fri, Jan 12 - Sat, Jan 13 • Capitol Theatre Grammy® award-winning singer and songwriter, Art Garfunkel returns to the Capitol Theatre after his sold-out debut in 2014! Garfunkel has made an indelible mark on the music world as both a solo artist and half of the unrivaled Simon & Garfunkel. Revered for his chart-topping songs and albums with partner Paul Simon. Tickets are $200, $105, $74.50, & $49.50. Performance is at the Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St, Downtown Clearwater. JOHNNY MATHIS Fri, Jan 12 at 8:00 PM • Ruth Eckerd Hall Iconic crooner Johnny Mathis returns to Ruth Eckerd Hall to celebrate 60 years of hits! Spend the evening with the world’s most romantic singer as he performs the greatest hits through out his entire career. Joining Johnny is special guest Gary Mule Deer. Tickets are *$175, $95, $55, and $35. *$175 Dinner Package includes a premium seat and pre-show dinner. Artist does not appear at Dinner. MOODY BLUES Sat, Jan 13 at 8:00 PM • Ruth Eckerd Hall Rock legends, The Moody Blues are back after their sold-out performances in 2014 and 2016 joined by a Rock Symphony Orchestra to bring their Days of Future Passed 50th Anni-

versary Tour to Ruth Eckerd Hall! The Moody Blues have been at the forefront of the classic rock music scene for 50 years. Fans will get an up close and personal musical performance by this legendary band. Tickets are *$200, $153.75, $118.75, $98.75, and $68.75. *$200 Dinner Package includes a premium seat and pre-show dinner. Artist does not appear at Dinner. THE 3 REDNECK TENORS Sun, Jan 14 at 1:00 PM • Ruth Eckerd Hall Purchase a package and save! 3 Redneck Tenors is a mixture of down home laughs with big city music! It has been said that if “Larry the Cable Guy, Il Divo and Mrs. Doubtfire had a baby, that child would be The 3 Redneck Tenors.” These trailer park singing sensations have a great many stories to tell, taking us on one sidesplitting ride of comedy and audience interaction. Single tickets are priced at $35, $25 and $18. Packages are priced at $195 for all 13 performances, a savings of $39. Single tickets and packages will be available at the Ruth Eckerd Hall Ticket Office located at 1111 McMullen Booth Road in Clearwater or by calling 727.791.7400. For more information, patrons are encouraged to log on to www. Groups of 15 or more can purchase $18 tickets for $15 or $25 tickets for $20. For Group Sales, patrons are encouraged to contact the Group Sales Office at 727.712.2717. KARLA BONOFF/LIVINGSTON TAYLOR Sun, Jan 14 at 7:30 PM • Capitol Theatre American singer-songwriter legends, Karla Bonoff and Livingston Taylor join together for their Capitol Theatre debut! Karla Bonoff has been described as one of the finest singer/songwriters of her generation. Tickets are $45, $35, & $25. Performance is at the Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St, Downtown Clearwater. Clear Sky Dinner Package Menu A: $130 Clear Sky Dinner Package Menu B : $120. THE TEN TENORS - HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS Saturday, December 16, 2017 • 7:30 PM RP Funding Center • Youkey Theatre It's the most wonderful time of the year, and what better way to celebrate the holiday season than with international singing sensation The TEN Tenors? Home for the Holidays is a magical experience for the whole family that will dazzle, delight and captivate audiences. Join Australia’s rock stars of the opera as they amaze and enthral with their unique selection of traditional and contemporary seasonal favorites. Home for the Holidays is the perfect way to celebrate the spirit of the season. The TEN Tenors are undoubtedly one of Australia’s most successful touring entertainment groups of all time. ***BUY 5 SHOWS AND GET FREE PARKING*** Center Stage Dinner starts at 5:30 PM at Center State-East . Center Stage Buffet available for $17.95 per person. TFO POPS: HOLIDAY POPS Saturday, Dec. 16, 2 p.m. The Mahaffey Theater Have a jolly good time with the whole family at this popular Florida Orchestra tradition, filled with the joy of your favorite yuletide carols. Featuring vocalists Kelly Levesque and Keith Harkin, Brian Byrne conducts. Tickets: $15 - $45 MICHAEL CARBONARO LIVE! PRE-PERFORMANCE DINNER Sunday, Dec. 17 at 7 p.m. The Mahaffey Theater Get ready for nationally acclaimed magician, actor and improv artist Michael Carbonaro. The New York Times calls his unique blend of magic and bizarre antics, “genial and witty…utterly convincing.” He’s performed over 500 comically perplexing and improbable feats of magic on his hit truTV series, “The Carbonaro Effect” now in its second season. The St. Pete show will be jam-packed with audience interaction, hilarious video clips, and a whirlwind of mind-blowing magic performed live on stage. A limited number of VIP Meet & Greet tickets are available for $50 per person and can be purchased here in addition to a show ticket. Tickets start at $29. Enhance your spectacular Mahaffey Theater evening with a delicious dinner buffet at St. Petersburg’s most exclusive restaurant – our own

BAYSIDE BISTRO! Dinner is Sunday, Dec. 17 at 5:30 p.m. $35.95 per person. You’ll dine in style, right before your show, inside our scenic glasswalled atrium on the water’s edge overlooking Tampa Bay. CIRQUE DREAMS HOLIDAZE Wednesday, Dec. 20 at 7:30 p.m. The Mahaffey Theater Cirque Dreams Holidaze lights up the 2017 season with its 10th Anniversary National Tour created by Cirque Dreams Founder and Broadway Director Neil Goldberg. This critically-acclaimed holiday stage extravaganza is a cirque spectacle …Broadway musical…and family show all in one! Show Tickets: $35 - $65. Make it a night to remember! Enjoy the convenience and luxury of dinner in our beautiful Bayside Bistro before the performance! Dinner is Wednesday, Dec. 20 at 6 p.m. $35.95 per person. BEN HAGGARD Friday, Dec 15, 2017 • 7:30 PM Straz Center • Jaeb Theater • Tampa Like father, like son. In this case, that means hard-driving, real-deal, legendary country music forged by the late, great Merle Haggard. Merle lives on in this extraordinary tribute to his music and songs by his youngest son. Ben joined his father’s band at 15 years old and was specifically directed by his dad to bear the torch as long as there were people who wanted to hear Haggard music. Now a songwriter in his own right, Ben follows in his daddy’s footsteps, sometimes wearing Hag’s boots but often striking out on a path where he can make a little of his own thunder. Tickets start at $25.00 THE FLORIDA ORCHESTRA - HOLIDAY POPS Friday, Dec 15, 2017 • 8:00 PM The Straz Center • Ferguson Hall Have a jolly good time with the whole family at this popular Florida Orchestra tradition, filled with the joy of your favorite yuletide carols. Featuring vocalists Kelly Levesque and Keith Harkin, Brian Byrne conducts. LOVE NEVER DIES Dec 12, 2017 - Dec 17, 2017 The Straz Center • Carol Morsani Hall The ultimate love story continues in LOVE NEVER DIES Andrew Lloyd Webber’s spellbinding sequel to The Phantom of the Opera. The year is 1907. It is 10 years after his disappearance from the Paris Opera House and the Phantom has escaped to a new life in New York. In this new, electrically charged world, he has finally found a place for his music to soar, but he has never stopped yearning for his one true love. LOVE NEVER DIES is a dazzling new production, which takes audiences on a thrilling rollercoaster ride of intrigue, obsession and romance. Be seduced by the beautiful, sometimes magical and poetic, sometimes joyful, and occasionally melancholic score. Don’t miss this magnificent continuation of one of the world’s greatest love stories as it makes its premiere in Tampa. Recommended for ages 12+. Tickets: $45.00 For showtimes, go to A SEASON OF AWARD WINNING DRAMAS The Asolo Repertory Theatre 2018 season begins with “Shakespeare in Love” opening on Jan. 12, 2018. It's the stage version of the AcademyAward-winning film. Critics promise that it is “an absolute joy from beginning to end.” Two unusual comedies are added to the revolving repertory schedule in January and February. “Morning After Grace” explores life in the autumn years as Angus and Abigail discover that love is ageless. Next comes “Rhinoceros,” a farce and a tragedy. In March the blockbuster “Roe” concerns the young lawyer who argues her case in the Supreme Court unleashing the controversy still politically sensitive today. Spring brings three outstanding productions, “Gloria,” “Ragtime,” and “Jungle Book.” It's possible to subscribe, and select your seat at preseason prices by calling (941) 351-8000. Asolo Rep is on the grounds of the Ringling Museum, 5555 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34243.



About Town

By June Hurley Young

Living on a limited income is a challenge for most retirees. With an ounce of ingenuity, it's possible. Here are some helpful suggestions. While many restaurants have an economical earlybird menu, there are more savings at 3 p.m. Paired with a hearty breakfast, this can become a healthy lifestyle. The fast-food restaurants have saving incentives. Wendy's has a value menu and free senior drinks. A dollar donation buys a Frosty charm that gives you a mini Frosty for the year. Visit Arby's weekdays 2-5 p.m., and you can buy sliders, French fries, shakes, and cookies for $1. Senior drinks are $0.50. At Olive Garden, you can eat your fill of soup, salad, breadsticks, and a mint for dessert, all for a low price. Have a soup-a-thon, and sample all their varieties in one visit. It is hard to beat Pasta Fasuli. Cheddar's on Park St. in Pinellas Park has many entrees ranging in price from $7.95 to $14.95. and the portions are large enough for sharing. There's a gourmet dinner every Tuesday for $14.95, and many appetizers are ample enough to be a meal on their own. Last, remember to shop Beall's on Tuesdays for the 15 percent senior discount!


Sarasota Opera House 61 N. Pineapple Ave., Sarasota FL (941) 328-1300 The Historic Capitol Theatre 405 Cleveland Street Clearwater, FL 33755 Telephone: (727) 791-7400.

RP Funding Center (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. The Straz Center — 1010 North Macinnes Place, Tampa, FL 33602. Telephone: (813) 229-7827.




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StatePoint Winter is an ideal time to travel, whether your motivation is to escape the cold weather or to frolic in it. Here are five travel tips for better winter vacations. 1. Leverage deals. Look for destinations offering discounts and deals. There are plenty of choices a bit off the beaten path. Both warm and cold climate locations will have discounted flights and hotel packages in winter months, so choose your preferred type of weather and search for the savings. 2. Don’t dry out. Flying, especially

5 Winter Getaway Tips

in winter, can be dehydrating and dry out skin. Stay hydrated and moisturized while traveling to ensure optimal comfort. Pack lip balm and moisturizer with SPF. Also, bring along an empty water bottle in your carry-on gear to fill up after you pass through security. This way, you won’t have to wait for that drink cart to come down the aisle in order to hydrate. 3. Stay sharp. Jet lag is rough no matter what, so make sure your travel accessories prepare you to keep up with time zone changes from anywhere in the world. Look for a timepiece, such as the Casio Edifice EQB501DB-2A that features Bluetooth connectivity. A sin-

gle button accesses your smartphone to automatically adjust to the new time. 4. Pack smart. If you choose a snowy getaway, rent winter sports gear on-site to save yourself the hassle of lugging it with you to the airport and checking it as oversize baggage. If you’re opting for a warm climate, dress in layers to travel so you don’t have to fill precious bag space with heavy clothing items you won’t use once you’re there. 5. Plan R&R. After the stress of the holidays, a winter getaway can be the perfect opportunity for relaxation. So, even if you are adventuring to see all the sights your destination has to offer, make sure to also plan some downtime.

Schedule a spa treatment, a wine tasting or whatever will give you an opportunity to just unwind.


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2. Sing carols. Carol from the comfort of home. To experience a sense of community, organize an at-home holiday sing-along. An elegant, compact digital piano such as Casio’s Privia PX-770 is great for this seasonal tradition. Record your performances for posterity using its two-track MIDI recorder. 3. Display greetings. For a festive feel, creatively decorate your home using your holiday cards with greetings from loved ones. String cards together and hang them in the doorway, decorate the fridge or display them on the mantle.

4. Get into the spirit. Frosty pine, sugar cookies, cinnamon and more. Fill your home with the spirit of the holidays using essential oils and candles of classic holiday scents. Or, keep it natural and boil cinnamon sticks with orange and cloves. 5. Enjoy your favorite flicks. From classic dramas to contemporary comedies, the holiday genre is eclectic. Set up a home theater and enjoy your favorite films with some hot chocolate under a cozy blanket. To get an upgraded movie theater-like experience at home, check out the projectors

from Casio’s LampFree line-up, which offer eliable, brilliant images. At your next holiday party, consider projecting movies silently while playing holiday music for an extra boost of cheer.

Easy Ways to Stay Healthy Through the Holidays

StatePoint Between all those holiday festivities and extra seasonal chores, it can be difficult to always stay on top of your health. Here are some easy ways to prioritize wellness this time of year. Make Mornings Count Evenings are especially busy around this time of year, so taking control of your mornings can be key. But, on dark winter mornings, the hardest part about working out can sometimes be just getting out of bed. Stay accountable by making workout plans with friends. Get your yoga-loving coworker to commit to a weekly class with you, or start a holiday steps competition at work to motivate yourself to move more. Try Out Tech New, innovative technologies can inspire you to take charge of your health. Wearable fitness trackers have been around for a while, but home DNA tests, like Orig3n’s Fitness test, can help you optimize workouts by

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Strike a Balance Exercise accounts for only about 25 percent of weight loss, while healthy eating accounts for 75 percent. Indulge yourself this holiday season, but also make smart choices. Go for the apple pie and eggnog, but pair them with healthier choices earlier in the day. Enjoy the shrimp cocktail instead of the cheese and crackers, or have a light breakfast of yogurt before the holiday feast. It’s all about balance. Instead of reaching for all the sweets and comfort foods in front of you, think about what you’d really like to eat. Choose wisely and mindfully.

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