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Keep New Year's Resolutions Alive All Year Long by Ro Martinez Rimes










A new year presents you with an opportunity for a fresh start and incentive to make any number of resolutions. How do you succeed at keeping them all year long? The key is to pick those that really matter to you or are close to your heart. For me, spending quality time with family and friends creating memories or enjoying a beautiful sunset is priority. Resolutions are as varied as people are. Here are three of my favorites: Eating Healthy The body you will have tomorrow depends on the choices you make today. Make healthy choices and your body will thank you. Try to incorporate super foods such blueberries, avocadoes and beets, to name a few, into your recipes daily.

of us are not tech-savvy. Ask them to show you how to work a computer or cell phone so you can keep in touch. Make it a point to spend time with family. The activity is not important as long as you're having fun. “I’ll spend more time with my grandson this year by going on a road trip, maybe the mountains and hiking. We also have season passes to Disney. I'll have more deep conIt’s been said these super foods have versations with him because he's a many benefits such as increased musician and we both love music,” stamina, weight loss, and reduced shared our photographed model, blood pressure. Limiting your in- Cathy Lysiak. take of fried foods, sugar, or proFind Time for Friends cessed foods is also beneficial. Too many of us find time to be Spend Quality Time with Family on our phones connecting with Families are spending less time friends on social media. How many on conversation and more time tex- of those friends are real friends? It’s ting and messaging each other. Our great to share your vacation photos grandchildren learn to use com- or comment on the latest trend, but See RESOLUTIONS Page 11 puters in kindergarten and many

What to Know Now About COPD (StatePoint) It claims a life every three to four minutes, making it one of the leading causes of death in the United States. The culprit: COPD, or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Nationwide, more than 16 million people have been diagnosed with this debilitating lung disease, also known as emphysema or chronic bronchitis. But millions of others likely have COPD and don’t know it, as symptoms develop slowly and worsen over time.

people think these are just normal symptoms of aging or being out of shape. So, what are the chances you have COPD? Smoking, research has long shown, is the main risk factor for the disease. Some 75 percent of people who have COPD smoke or once smoked. But long-term exposure to lung irritants such as secondhand smoke, air pollution, and chemical fumes and dust—from Shortness of breath, chronic both the environment and workcoughing, wheezing and excess mu- place—can be a risk factor, too. In cus—all can make even the most some cases, genetics can play a role. See COPD Page 15 mundane tasks difficult, yet many





Now is the Time to Address Your Hearing Health (Family Features) If you find yourself constantly turning up the volume on the TV or asking people to repeat themselves, you’re not alone. In fact, 1 in 5 Americans – nearly 50 million people – ages 12 and older have hearing loss, according to the Hearing Health Foundation. In addition, it takes 10 years, on average, for someone with hearing loss to seek help, according to a study published in the “International Journal of Audiology.” That’s 10 years of missed conversations with a spouse, compliments from a friend, secrets from a child and laughs with your family, all because many people aren’t sure where to go for care or have misconceptions about hearing aids. As more people, especially younger people, are diagnosed with hearing loss, treatment has become easier to access. Hearing care professionals and hearing aid manufacturers, such as Beltone, have adopted advanced technologies and novel forms of care to treat an evolving patient population, ensuring that no one has to experience hearing loss alone. If you’re looking to make your hearing health more of a priority, now is the time as these advancements in technology can help improve your hearing and quality of life:

Clearer, fuller, richer sound Newer hearing aids incorporate technology that enable advanced hearing capabilities, helping you understand more speech and hear the finer details in social and professional settings.

Entertainment on demand Wireless connectivity and Bluetooth technology have made their way to hearing aids. You can now make phone calls and stream TV, videos and more directly to your hearing aids. Some hearing aids, such as the Beltone Amaze, are also fully compatible with both Apple Rechargeable Changing hearing aid batteries is a and Android devices. thing of the past. Now you can have hearing aids with a rechargeable Support is just a click away battery (with some lasting up to 30 Remote fine-tuning allows you hours) and a portable charger. to request and receive adjustments to your hearing aids from the comfort of your own home on a computer or from a smartphone. Personal control If you love restaurants, but hate the noise, an option like the Beltone HearMax app allows users to select personalized, preset environments, such as outdoor or restaurant. The app’s geolocation option also automatically remembers when you’re in a favorite spot and can adjust your hearing aids automatically. Personalized style Like having your own stylist, hear-

ing care professionals are typically experts in fitting hearing aids to meet your individual needs and tastes. Today’s hearing aids vary in size, color and special features so you can blend in or stand out. Comprehensive customer care Working with a hearing care professional is essential in treating hearing loss. For example, Beltone’s exclusive care program is available at most of the company’s 1,500 hearing centers nationwide. Follow-up service is just a push of the button away as an easy-to-use mobile app can connect you directly to your hearing care professional. Locate lost hearing aids This is a feature you’ll never want to use, but will be thankful to have should the need arise. Through the use of apps, you can track your hearing aids if you misplace them. To learn more about the latest in hearing aid technology and find a hearing aid that meets your needs, visit beltone.com.





Resolving NOT to Write Resolutions have the rest of the year to do that.” Now, they foist their sloth mentality upon me: “You have the rest of your life to unpack.” Uh huh! Thanks for motivating me, chum! Wondering how New Year’s resolutions began? Blame it on the Babylonians. They apparently made promises to their gods at the start of each year that they would return borrowed objects and pay their debts. Heck, even THOSE resolutions prove a challenge to me! Especially returning borrowed objects. Anyway, the Romans are also culprits in the New Year’s Resolution debacle; they began each year by making promises to the god Janus, for whom the month of January is named. One of the most amusing New Year’s Resolutions I have come across is “to be less grumpy.” I’d say that is achievable only if you refrain from writing stress-producing resolutions. Happy New Year!

by Jean Mlincek O ne of my Ne w Ye ar’s Resolutions for 2019 was NOT to write New Year’s Resolutions. I have found that most folks write New Year’s Resolutions because their lack of discipline is systemic. If all of us would buckle down and SOLVE our issues to begin with, we wouldn’t be trying to re-SOLVE them every year! I mean, for the past 40 years, I have been vowing to go to the gym, drop 20 lbs. ( now 59.5 lbs.), delete at least 1,496 old emails, save $50 a month for emergencies (which usually ends up being 50-cents a month), eliminate salami and cheese doodles from my diet, and spend a month vacationing in Madagascar, or anywhere more exotic than Wal-Mart, my current chief travel destination. Sure, they say if you don’t make goals, you won’t meet goals, but for me, making a list of any kind is a tedious process . . . sort of like keeping a food journal. I say a food journal takes all the joy out of eating. Plus, I have to do some critical fudging to dress up a log that would otherwise read “rotisserie chicken

and red Twizzlers” every day. Besides, I don’t want dumb New Year’s Resolutions--which I know I won’t fulfill--dictating my life. But I definitely need something more motivational than unrealistic goalsetting. And although I loathe living by mottos and maxims as much as I loathe living by New Year’s Resolutions, there is one saying that marks me well: “Nothing makes us more productive than the last minute.” Yep, the last minute works for me in terms of motivation, but who can lose 59.5 lbs. the day before Thanksgiving, or Christmas, or in time for one’s swimsuit debut? Who can break a habit in less than 24 hours? Who can scroll through

1,457 photos on one’s cell phone hoping to weed out unwanted ones in 15 minutes? Maybe New Year’s Resolutions are OK after all. I mean, it takes at least half a year to realize one is not going to meet one’s expectations, so I guess resolutions can’t hurt. Ever see the Y’s parking lot in January? Packed with cars. By February 1st, you don’t have to circle the lot 45 times to find a parking spot. I think Weight Watchers frozen dinners sell like hotcakes in January; in February, hot cakes sell like hot cakes. I still haven’t unpacked all my boxes from moving three years ago, but friends don’t help any with Jean Mlincek is a freelance writer that. They originally told me, “You who resides in St. Petersburg, Fla.

Enough by Carolyn Shockey I don’t know why, but one day the word “enough” got my attention. It occurred to me that maybe it is because I seem to use it so much. I’ll often tell my dogs “Enough!” when they are barking at a feral cat who has been stalking them outside, or after their constant need for more pets or attention than I can give them at the time. I also used it a lot when my two sons, who have personalities on opposite ends of the spectrum, had a disagreement. It can be a call for action in exasperation and/or it can end in the final straw, like when I reached the tipping point in an abusive marriage. “Enough” means different things to us. Soup might be enough for me,

but soup and a sandwich are enough for another. It can also be a determination, as “she is good enough,” she is sufficient, or the opposite, not good enough, by missing the mark. When is enough, enough? We tend to be materialistic these days. Do we really need all the stuff? If we’re not happy with what we have, more will make us unhappier, and maybe rob the bank. There is a Swedish proverb that says, “He who buys what he doesn’t need steals

from himself.” Once you buy the stuff, it needs to be maintained, so it doesn’t end with the purchase. If you’re like me, more than once you may rue the day you bought it. Then there are clothes and shoes. We can only wear one outfit at a time, but we “need” them for all occasions at different times of the year, so they set up real estate in our closet until they go out of style or don’t fit. I donate my stuff when I don’t use it, but at best, it does re-

duce my income and is no excuse for my buying sprees. Do we have enough to meet our needs in our daily life? Do we really need Alexa to turn on our radio or the lights when we are perfectly capable of doing it without stress, or the newest version of an iPhone when last year’s model is working just fine? Are they to meet our needs or desires? Could we be satisfied without them? Maybe we need to evaluate why we can’t be content with what we have. Is the state of our mentality an inner void, having to do with our accumulation of stuff to try to satisfy the inner lack? It is not all about the possessions we have. It’s about who we are and being more, not having more. It’s an inside job.





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featured articles 2 Now is the Time to Address Your Hearing Health (Health Roundup) 3 Resolving NOT to Write Resolutions (Humor) 3 Enough 6 Seniors: How Healthy Feet Can Reduce Your Risk of Falling (Self Help) 7 You Slept with a Bear?! (Back to Nature, Travel & National Parks) 9 Living with Rodney Dangerfield (Tinseltown talks No 68) 10 5 Tips for Coping with Chronic Pain (Medical Update) 11 "Immortal Water" Brian Van Norman, Author (Book Review) 14 Update Your Home with New Design Trends (Home and Family) 15 I Think About The Past (Poetry Corner) 15 He Spoke To Me (Poetry Corner) 19 Save Money Through Energy Efficiency (Financial)


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How Healthy Feet Can Reduce Your Risk of Falling

imizing or even eliminating foot pain. Doing so will improve balance, coordination and stability Among older Americans, falls are the num- when walking or standing. ber one cause of injuries and death from injury, Foot and ankle surgeons recommend the folaccording to the Centers for Disease Control and lowing ways to help keep feet and ankles healthy: Prevention. Not only are seniors more at risk for falls, when they do so, it poses a greater risk for Don’t ignore pain injuries, hospitalization and complications. For a Foot pain is not just a normal consequence of ground-up approach to fall prevention, seniors growing older, so don’t resign yourself to aching should start by examining the health of their feet. and suffering. You likely have a treatable condi “Painful foot conditions, such as osteoarthri- tion. For a proper diagnosis and intervention, be tis, corns, bunions, hammertoes and diabetes sure to pay attention to your feet and see a foot complications, can make it difficult for seniors to and ankle surgeon if and when you experience maintain balance and coordination when walk- pain. ing or standing,” says Michael Ambroziak, DPM, FACFAS, a board-certified foot and ankle surgeon Examine your feet and Fellow Member of the American College of You are the gatekeeper of your own health, Foot and Ankle Surgery (ACFAS). “Compound- making regular at-home foot examinations critiing the issue is that the very exercises intended to cal. At the sign of bumps, lumps or other changes correct risk factors for falls, such as lower-body in your feet, make an appointment with your foot weakness, as well as gait and balance problems, and ankle surgeon. are made difficult to perform when one is sufferExercise ing from painful foot and ankle conditions.” While the factors causing falls are numerous, Simple stretching exercises can help you experts say that seniors, and everybody for that maintain strength and mobility in your feet and matter, can take steps to reduce their risk by min- ankles, as well as provide pain relief. Talk to your (StatePoint)

physician about appropriate exercises for you. Protect Use padding, insoles or whatever special footwear you are prescribed. Be sure to wear these, along with comfortable, sensible shoes, every day. Be flexible Know that at times, surgery is the most appropriate treatment for a given condition. Fortunately, many simple surgical techniques allow foot surgery to be performed on an outpatient basis. For more ways to keep feet and ankles healthy, prevent falls or to find a foot and ankle surgeon near you, visit FootHealthFacts.org, the patient education website for ACFAS. Foot and ankle surgeons are experts in providing both conservative care as well as surgical approaches to foot and ankle healthcare. Remember, just one fall can permanently rob seniors of their independence and dramatically reduce their quality of life. Taking good care of feet and ankles however can reduce the risk of a life-altering slip, trip or fall.






Chris Loraine Wells It’s 4:00 in the afternoon, and I have just wrapped up my “Let’s Take a Virtual Hike in Your National Parks” presentation at a senior living facility. At the end of my presentation, I am animated, suspenseful, and humorous as I take my seniors with me on a close encounter with a grizzly bear in Glacier National Park. They are laughing and fully engaged, and I invite anyone with their own bear story to come tell me about it after the show. Over the course of hundreds of presentations, I have heard many great stories but one in particular stood out. A dear woman, her name was Agnes, and a small group approach me. Agnes timidly asked if I would like to hear her story. “You bet I would!” was my response. She started by saying it happened fifty years ago! She and her best friend, both in their early 30s went hiking and camping for a weekend in the mountains west of Denver, Colorado. They crawled in their sleeping bags after a long hike and a good meal. I asked her about their tent since tents were so much different then. “Yes, it was a thin canvas triangular pup tent” she answered. She continued. They fell asleep right away until about 3:00 AM when her friend’s snoring woke her up. Looking over, her friend was in a deep sleep - and not snoring. That’s when she realized the snoring was coming from behind her! Not only that – she could feel something leaning

against her back, heavy, warm, breathing deeply and snoring. She wanted to say something to wake up her friend but didn’t want to risk waking up what she now knew was a bear sleeping on the other side of the canvas! Nor could she move for she feared that would surely wake the bear and provoke an attack and the flimsy canvas would offer no protection. “What did you do?!” I asked. She had my full attention and the rest of the crowd of seniors as well. Everyone waited to hear. Her answer shocked me and all of us – “I fell back to sleep!” Amidst the gasps and laughter, Agnes continued. Upon waking in the morning, she woke her friend and told her what had happened. They gingerly made their way out of the tent, finding the grass and ground smooshed down where the bear had been before waking up and wandering off. “Oh my goodness, you actually slept with a bear!” She beamed and the sparkle in her eyes told me, that for those few moments of recounting her story, she was out in the mountains and not in this senior living facility. I had chills run down my back. That has happened many times since. As I present at senior living facilities, I see heads tilt, eyes sparkle at photos, smiles creep across faces. I can see I am reawakening a memory – maybe it was a photo, a story, an energy of something they had experienced before. I am taking them to a happy place in their memories.

The time I spend with these people is like giving them an hour they are not in this senior living facility! They were reliving part of a life they once knew. My name is Chris Loraine Wells and I do nature and travel presentations from places all over the world at senior living facilities in Colorado, Arizona and Florida. I am a senior woman (68 years young), and close to the age of the people I present to. I am lucky. I got a calling to marry my love of nature and travel with a late-in-life passion for photography (I started at age 60). I began to brainstorm creative ways in which I could share these loves. I thought maybe I could help excite seniors enough to get them to venture out and explore some of nature’s gifts that were nearby (initially I was in Colorado). That led me to inquiring at Senior Living facilities to see if they would be interested in my doing a National Parks presentation. I explained that I would be using my photos and my stories to bring presentations to life. My intent was to take these seniors to a good place, a memory of a time when they were younger. It was a hit.


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Living with Rodney Dangerfield

by Nick Thomas The Christmas season may be over, but last December held special significance for Joan Dangerfield who married comedian Rodney Dangerfield 25 years ago on December 26. The pair had dated for 10 years following a chance meeting in 1983 when Rodney strolled passed Joan’s Santa Monica flower shop. “Being a die-hard fan, I recognized Rodney immediately,” Joan recalled from her West Hollywood home. “I was 16 when I first saw him on ‘The Tonight Show’ and suddenly there he was, 14 years later, walking towards me, the funniest man in the world. For me, it was love at first sight, the holy grail of encounters. He was fascinating and had those soulful azure-blue eyes, the color of the sky on a clear day. I couldn’t

look at him without smiling.” The bug-eyed, tie-fidgeting, comedian who cracked up audiences for decades with his often self-deprecating ‘no respect’ style of rapidfire one-liners began dropping by each morning to watch Joan arrange flowers. Despite their clearly different backgrounds – Joan was raised in a Utah Mormon family – the two hit it off immediately. “I felt like the luckiest person in the world,” she said. “To have your own personal comedian constantly surprising you, I couldn’t wait to wake up each day.” Joan remembers Dangerfield working hard at his craft, writing his own stand-up material often taking months to perfect a joke. He would dash off to local comedy clubs in the evenings, sometimes two or three a night, to try out a new joke and experiment with its delivery and

placement within a routine. Although Dangerfield experienced an unhappy childhood, Joan says he used humor to tackle depression. “If you can lift everyone’s spirits around you, you can feel a bit better too.” Toward the end of their twodecade marriage, Dangerfield’s physical health declined requiring multiple aneurysm, brain and heart surgeries, and long periods of recovery with Joan by his side throughout. “He joked that, at his age, all the phone numbers in his little black book were doctors,” she said. “It was certainly true and brought out my nurturing side. I did everything I could to comfort him.” Dangerfield died in 2004, aged 82, and Joan has since worked to keep her husband’s memory alive. His website (www.rodney.com)

has been revamped and the Rodney Dangerfield Institute for the Study of Comedy is now housed at Los Angeles City College and offers classes including stand-up, improvisational comedy, and joke writing. “Rodney’s social media presence is building, and it’s fun to see the reaction from his loyal fans as well as new ones,” she says. “I am also very excited that Paradigm Talent Agency is currently fielding offers for a biopic or documentary film about Rodney’s remarkable life. I am sure that will deepen his impression on the world.” Nick Thomas teaches at Auburn University at Montgomery, Ala., and has written features, columns, and interviews for over 700 magazines and newspapers.





5 Tips for Coping with Chronic Pain

points on the body, most often by inserting thin needles through the skin. For example, National BoardCertified Acupuncturists, whose credentials can be verified through the NCCAOM, are affirmed to have the education and training necessary to competently deliver acupuncture services. To learn more about how acupuncture can help with pain management or addiction, or to find a practitioner in your area, visit nccaom.org.

(Family Features) Pain can impact nearly every aspect of your daily life from cleaning the house to going to work or playing with your kids. In fact, according to the Institute of Medicine, 100 million Americans, or more than 30 percent of the population of the United States, suffer from chronic pain, which is pain lasting 3-6 months or longer. Most often, chronic pain is treated using prescription opioids. However, the National Institutes of Health estimates 2 million people in the U.S. suffer from substance use disorders related to prescription pain relievers, while 60 people die every day as a result of opioid overdoses, according to the National Safety Council. “The country is facing intertwined crises of opioid misuse and chronic pain management. Nonopioid, non-pharmacological treatments such as acupuncture and other similar interventions can be essential in handling patients’ pain management as a complement to lessen dependency on opioid prescriptions and serve as a more effective holistic therapy for chronic pain,” said Dr. Kory Ward-Cook, chief executive officer of the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). “The care provided by NCCAOM National Board-Certified Acupuncturists is essential in continuing the move-

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ment toward greater integrative and complementary pain care, especially as a non-pharmaceutical alternative to harmful opioid prescriptions.” To help treat your pain with a non-opioid solution, consider these tips:

Focus on Nutrition A well-balanced diet is vital to overall health and well-being and can also influence chronic pain. As food choices can increase or decrease inflammation, which leads to many chronic diseases, consider a diet low in sugar and carbohydrates that includes fresh, organic fruits and vegetables; lean, grass-fed meats; legumes; nuts; whole grains; and organic dairy products.

deep breathing, that can help your body relax by slowing breathing, lowering blood pressure and instilling feelings of well-being. Giving your muscles a chance to relax can release tension, which may ease pain. Practicing yoga or tai chi, which involve a series of physical Set Goals for Yourself postures in addition to breathing Setting realistic, measurable and relaxation techniques, may also Keep Track of Progress To effectively manage and goals that focus on functional help reduce pain. treat your pain, consider keephealth and quality of life is essential ing a journal to note your pain to managing chronic pain. Outline Consider Non-Pharmaceutical level on a scale of 1-10 each day. specific, measurable goals you hope Treatment Options to achieve, such as exercising for 30 With concerns mounting about Also track your activity during minutes three days a week or clean- the prevalence of opioid use and the day – including time on your ing at least one room in the house abuse in the U.S., complementary, feet, exercise and even sitting at twice a week and track your prog- natural treatments such as acu- your desk – so you can identify ress toward reaching them. puncture can help alleviate pain patterns based on what you do and and reduce the number of opioids how you feel afterward. Then use the Use Relaxation Techniques prescribed. Using practices derived connections you’ve made to modify There are a variety of tech- from traditional Chinese medicine, your environment and schedule as niques, including meditation and acupuncturists stimulate specific necessary.

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“Saying you want to ‘lose weight’ or ‘save money’ aren’t setting down concrete goals; they are wishes. Giving your goals details gives them life and makes them real. You want to lose 15 pounds in 6 months, and you want to save $5,000 more dollars this year. That’s 2.5 pounds a month, so .63 pounds per week following a diet or dietitian’s meal plan, and saving $416.67 a month, so $104.17 a week, etc. These numbers allow you to examine your diet and exercise and expenses and look for where you can cut back. These are

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Immortal Water offers a unique portrayal of the very human fear of ageing. The novel is an unusual, gripping tale which depicts two men from two time periods: the Spanish conquistador Juan Ponce de Leon in the 16th Century and a retired teacher named Ross Porter in contemporary times. Both men are in the midst of life altering crises. Inside parallel plots the two men form an obsession with a quixotic search for the mythical fountain of youth. The protagonists sparkle into fullness as each is depicted in his struggle to remain vital while age slowly steals his significance away. In the depths of a Florida cypress swamp their quests culminate with extraordinary results. Intriguing, poetic, and timely. Visit: www.brianvannorman.com "It is a hard thing to grow old. It is not easy as one’s limbs grow stiffer, each function less exact, when each thought is more memory than hope.”—Juan Ponce de Leon


Once a teacher, theatre director and adjudicator, Brian Van Norman left those worlds to travel with his wife, Susan, and take up writing as a full time pu suit. He has journeyed to every continent and sailed nearly every sea on the planet. His base is Waterloo, Ontario, Canada though he is seldom found there. "Immortal Water" is his second novel.

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​Kelly Ryan to Brian Van Norman, Author "Just wanted to let you know my almost 90 year old father just read Immortal Water and it moved him deeply. My mother

passed away 3 years ago of lung cancer and they spent a lot of time in Florida. He just really connected with the characters and felt it was one of the best books he has ever read, and he has always been an avid reader. He lives in a seniors’ complex and will be suggesting the book to everyone there. Thank you for giving him that joy." (My deepest thanks to Kelly for allowing me to publish this.)

Publisher: GUERNICA EDITIONS • No Borders, No Limits 1569 Heritage Way, Oakville, ON, Canada L6M 2Z7 • info@guernicaeditions.com




SENIOR HAPPENINGS being posted in the events section on Facebook and in the Nextdoor app. Strawberry Square: 4401 Promenade Blvd., Plant City, Fl. 33563. Website: strawberrysquaredancing.com. Dance time, 6:30 to 9:30. Cost, $6.00. No alcohol is to be brought on the property. Bring your own snacks, drinks and what table service you will need. Ken Miller 863.409.7714, pcsocialdanceclub@inbox.com ORANGE BLOSSOM GARDEN CLUB OF LUTZ The Orange Blossom Garden Club of Lutz will hold their meeting, Wednesday, January 9, 2019, back at the Lutz Civic Center, 98 1st Ave, NW, Lutz across from the Lutz Library at 9:40 a.m. The guest speaker is S. Jewel and the hosts will be Lindsey and Peralta. We will learn how to grow and care for begonias. Don’t forget to bring a canned good for the food bank, and a plant/cutting for the plant exchange. Newcomers are always welcome! For more information or directions, please call 813-949-1301 or leave us a message on our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/ OrangeBlossomGardenClubofLutz. Nicole Webster, webster.nic@verizon.net, 813-860-4480.

PETER MAX: THE RETROSPECTIVE 1960-2019 A newly-curated collection of artist legend, Peter Max’s exquisite paintings will be on exhibition and available for acquisition in a presentation at Syd Entel Galleries, Safety Harbor’s premier fine art gallery. The exhibition opens with previews on Saturday, January 12, 2019, and runs through Sunday, January 20, 2019. An uncrating event kicks off the Exhibition on Friday, January 11 from 6-8 pm and not-to-be-missed Gallery receptions for the public have been announced: Saturday, January 19 from 5:00pm to 8:00pm and Sunday, January 20 from 1:00pm to 3:00pm. RSVPs requested at 727-725-1808 or fgalleries@tampabay.rr.com. Visit www.sydentelgalleries.com for more info. TAMPA BAY DANCE CLUB - JANUARY & FEBRUARY 2019 SCHEDULE January 4 Band – On Our Own January 11 DJ- Joey Royal - Roaring 20’S - Sale Of Pizza January 18 Band – On Our Own January 25 Band & Vocalist - Bert & Sassy- Dinner Dance February 1 Band – On Our Own-Celebrate Super Bowl Weekend – Hot Dogs For Sale February 8 Dj- Joey Royal February 15 Band – On Our Own – Celebrate Valentines Day – Professional Photographer – Photos By Ronnie February 22 Mike Laine – Singer – Key Board Player Location: 5601 Hanley Road, Tampa, Florida 33634 (Two Story Bldg. behind The Family of Christ West Church) Music to the 50’s, 60’s, 70’s, Latin & Country. BYOB type of club, snacks & set ups available. EVERYONE IS WELCOME, DRESS CODE IS CAUSAL. ADMISSION COST: $8.00 FOR EVERYONE. DOORS OPEN @ 6:30 PM DANCE STARTS @ 7:30 PM ENDS @ 10:30 PM. Face Book: Tampa Bay Dancing. E-mail: Tbdanceclub@aol.com, Web Site: tampabaydanceclub.com, Contact: Roger Verszyla – President – 813-390-7160 SHINE VOLUNTEER ORIENTATION Are you looking for a way to give back to your community? Come to our next SHINE (Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elders) Volunteer Orientation on Wednesday February 12th at the Area Agency on Aging in St. Petersburg FL. We will have coffee & breakfast bars at 10:00 am and discuss the many ways you are able to help seniors in Pasco and Pinellas Florida. SHINE is a Florida Department of Elder Affairs program through which volunteers provide free, unbiased one-on-one insurance counseling and information about Medicare options and prescription drug assistance for elders and their families and caregivers. Volunteers are being sought to assist with the program. Volunteers assist seniors in making informed healthcare decisions. As the number of Medicare beneficiaries needing assistance increases, the need for volunteers increases, too. The Area Agency on Aging office is located at 9549 Koger Blvd. Suite 100 (the Gadson building) St. Petersburg, FL 33702. We will be located on the 1st floor in the conference room that day. For information about volunteering contact SHINE program manager Sue Samson at sue.samson@aaapp.or or 727-570-9696 ext. 234. For a volunteer application, visitwww.floridashine.org/join-the-team.aspx. A CORSET LINE - COMEDY BY SENIORS FOR SENIORS Oakhurst Methodist Church of Seminole •February 16-17 SAGES Theater Company presents A Corset Line. A grandson moves to Clearwater FL after directing one musical flop after another in New York City, but all is not lost. He has the rights to a new play about theater life, a sure hit; all he needs is an investor, just one wealthy Florida retiree. His grandmother lives here in an active retirement community with many friends having little to do but get involved in each other’s business. Unwittingly, he gives Grandma a smartphone which, with a little help from her friends, results in his hit show being hit with disaster. Laughter abounds as the show must go on. Saturday at 7:00 pm; Sunday at 2:00 pm. Tickets: $10 advance, $15 at the door. Oakhurst United Methodist Church is located at 13400 Park Blvd, Seminole, FL. For more information (727) 536-7076 or www.senioractorsguild.com. PLANT CITY SOCIAL DANCE Plant City Social Dance will be holding their January dances on Saturday, January 12TH and Saturday, January 19TH, at Strawberry Square. This dance will be social dancing where we have a 3,000 square foot floating wood floor to dance on. Social dancing includes slow dances, waltzes, line dances, cha-cha and rumbas, two-step and country slow, swing and free style. Come dance to the music by DJ Ken Miller. This event is now

2019 WISCONSIN-UPPER PENINSULA MICHIGAN POTLUCK PICNIC A Potluck Dinner 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 United Methodist Church Hall in Zephyrhills on Saturday, February 9, 2019. Since these Potlucks 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 United 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. JUST FOR LAUGHS DINNER THEATRE Bedside Manners runs through January 19th. And presenting: Nanna’s Naughty Knickers Jan 26 through March 31. Bridget and her Grandmother are about to become roommates. However, what Bridget saw as a unique opportunity to stay with her favorite Nana in New York for the summer quickly turns into an experience she’ll never forget. It seems her sweet Grandma is running an illegal boutique from her apartment, selling hand-made naughty knickers to every senior citizen in the five borough area! Will Bridget be able to handle all the excitement? Will her Nana get arrested - or worse! - evicted? Nana’s Naughty Knickers is a slick comedy by a new playwright, Katy DiSavino…the dialog is crisp and funny, and the action fast-paced...This Senior Citizen’s sexy sideline will have you in stitches!’ Audiences may laugh themselves right out of their knickers. A hearty, laugh-out-loud-great time. Produced and directed by Toby Manion, in cooperation with Samuel French, the seasoned cast features: Brianna Anderson, Barbara Anthony, Evan Fineout, Dorothy Hershman, Deb Birchler, Tammy Dalton and Toby Manion. $36.00 includes dinner and sales tax. Just For Laughs Dinner Theatre is located at: 1999 Starkey Rd. Largo, 33771. Reservarions 727-466-6546 ART EXHIBIT: FLASHPOINT: 2019 January 5-March 15, 2019 • Tampa, FL Hidden Springs Ale Works And Funky As A Monkey Art Studio presents a fresh exhibition of local artists. ART: FLASHPOINT: 2019. The opening reception is Saturday, January 5, 2019, 6pm. The exhibiting artists are a mix new emerging artists and artists who are returning to Hidden Springs. Brenda Bohannon is a multi-media artist and interior designer. Brenda utilizes various art forms and ideas to produce her unique work. Brenda began her career in 2009 and has more than 15 years of experience in the art industry; Caroline Bergen, originally from Warsaw, Poland where she received a degree in Graphic Design with honors is also a painter and illustrator. She states, “Art is my passion and I spend any available time painting, drawing or working on new ideas for projects” Caroline currently lives in the Tampa Bay area with her husband. Bea Dreier, artist and poet, is exhibiting her colorful and captivating abstract expressionist paintings in acrylic. Judith Henry is a writer who recently exchanged her pen for a paintbrush, with her lovely fluid and colorful paintings. Of her art Judith states, “making art and creating a sense of connection with the viewer are my way of embracing joy.” Emily McNiel is a well-known award winning artist in the Tampa Bay area. With Emily’s exhibit we are celebrating her marriage on January 13, 2019 to Steven Kouris. As part of Emily’s wedding reception we are thrilled to be exhibiting her spectacular wildlife portraits. Emily’s images are captured as she kayaks through our Tampa Bay waterways which she then transforms into beautiful paintings. Chrisje Mays is a Florida native who has traveled extensively to chronicle her adventures in photographs. Chrisje’s stunning photographs reflect her love of nature. Since her earliest photographs Chrisje ably photographs her travels through the many varying angles and perspectives of her camera lens. Samson’s latest three pieces capture the unique flavor of Tampa with respect to the culture, nature, and the people. Samson paints in detailed images in oil and watercolor. “My work is an examination about our human relationship with nature, ourselves and the natural world.” Nathan Sherman is a local artist returning to Hidden Springs as he has grown in popularity through word of mouth. He works in acrylic but also dabbles in mixed media. He is well known for his recreations of famous icons and characters.All art shown is available for sale. Hidden Springs is always kid and pet friendly. To exhibit your art please contact: tim@funkyasamonkey.com.

13TH ANNUAL VALENTINE’S DAY GROUP WEDDING - FLORIDA BOTANICAL GARDENS Couples Registration Now Open for Clerk’s 13th Annual Valentine’s Day Group Wedding at Florida Botanical Gardens. Registration for the Clerk’s 13th Annual Valentine’s Day Group Wedding is now open. Up to fifty couples are expected to be joined together for one group wedding ceremony on Valentine’s Day, Thursday, February 14, 2019 in the romantic and picturesque Wedding Garden of the Florida Botanical Gardens in Largo. “We organize this event for the community to enjoy, as it brings together local and out-of-state citizens on the most romantic day of the year” said Ken Burke, Pinellas County Clerk of the Circuit Court and Comptroller. “In keeping with our Valentine’s Day tradition, we look forward to making the big day extra memorable for the many couples who will be getting married or renewing their vows at our grand event.” The Clerk’s office is proudly showcasing the community event complete with an eyecatching window display at the Downtown Clearwater Courthouse. Aimee Matsko and Shantel Griffin, owners of Bearer of the Bling Bridal in Kenneth City, volunteered to design and set up the Clerk’s window display once again this year. A single ceremony will unite all couples in attendance. Everyone will be serenaded with a cappella melodies performed by the Charmonizers Barbershop Quartet. In addition, the couples will be treated to beautiful melodies performed by Deputy Clerks Tiffany Clayton and James Beaty. After the ceremony, the co uples and their guests will celebrate with wedding cake and refreshments provided by local sponsors. The Clerk has waived the normal $30.00 ceremony fee. Standard marriage license fees will still apply. Couples must register online no later than Friday, February 1, 2019 by visiting www.clerksvalentinesdaywedding.eventbrite.com. To be eligible to register for the 2019 wedding event, application for a marriage license must be made between December 17, 2018 and February 8, 2019. The ceremony will take place at 2:00 p.m. in the Wedding Garden of the Florida Botanical Gardens located at 12520 Ulmerton Road, Largo, FL 33774. All couples should arrive at the Botanical Gardens by 1:00 p.m. on Valentine’s Day with their marriage license and identification. Couples will receive a special Commemorative Marriage Certificate, which will be mailed within one week from the date of the ceremony with the official Certificate of Marriage. For more information regarding the event, please contact Recording Services at (727) 464-3008. For more information about the Wedding Garden or the Florida Botanical Gardens, visit www. flbg.org. THE SOUTH PASADENA COMMUNITY BAND The South Pasadena Community Band performs twice in January. The FREE concert program entitled “IT’S SHOWTIME!” will feature Broadway show tunes and Hollywood melodies. Highlights include selections from Porgy and Bess, Funny Girl, Disney classics, Cabaret and more. This concert will be presented at Treasure Island Community Center (1 Park Place, 106th Avenue) on Wednesday, Jan. 23rd and repeated on Thursday, Jan. 24th at South Pasadena City Hall (7047 Sunset Drive South). All concerts start at 7:30 PM. Check our website to find the complete program music list at https://www. southpasadenaband.com/upcoming-program/. Our remaining performance schedule and locations follow: Treasure Island Community Center 2/20-3/27-4/24; South Pasadena 2/21– 4/25 A UNIQUE VALENTINE'S GIFT: GIVE A MANATEE GIFT ADOPTION THIS YEAR For a perfect and personalized gift, Adopt-A-Manatee® this Valentine’s Day from Save the Manatee Club. The Club’s popular program features real, living manatees with known histories and is a great present for anyone special in your life. Save the Manatee Club was founded in 1981 by former Florida Governor and U.S. Senator Bob Graham and singer/songwriter Jimmy Buffett. The Club’s mission is to protect manatees and their habitat. For the past 37 years, Save the Manatee Club, an international 501(c)(3) nonprofit, has educated millions around the world about imperiled manatees and the threats to their long-term survival. For more information about manatees and adopting a real manatee as a Valentine’s Day gift, contact Save the Manatee Club at 500 N. Maitland Ave., Maitland, FL 32751, call 1-800-432-JOIN (5646), or visit their web site at savethemanatee.org. Read about the Club’s activities and accomplishments at savethemanatee.org/smcinfo.




SENIOR HAPPENINGS SPARKLING CLEARWATER DEPRESSION GLASS CLUB 2019 SHOW PUBLICITY RELEASE The Sparkling Clearwater Depression Glass Club will be presenting their 40th Annual Show and Sale on Saturday and Sunday, February 9th and 10th 2019, at the MINNREG Building, 6340 126th Avenue N, Largo, Florida. The show and sale will feature national dealers offering for sale American-made art glass, carnival glass, depression glass, elegant glass, pattern glass, china, pottery, dinnerware and kitchenware from the 1880's, the Depression Era and the 1940's, 50's and 60's to the present. Highlights include the most up to date antique and collectible reference books available for sale in our book booth, glass repair, free glass identification and free parking. The MINNREG snack bar is on site and serves breakfast, lunch and light snacks. Our fabulous ONE THOUSAND DOLLARS worth of door prizes were very popular last year and will be back again this year. Twenty "$50 Show Gift Certificates" will be given away. Of course, this is only eligible with paid admission and you must be present to win. All unclaimed door prizes will be given away at the end of the show.

So mark your calendars and join us as we present our:

"40th Annual Show and Sale" The Sparkling Clearwater Depression Glass, China & Pottery Show & Sale Saturday, Feb 9th 2019 10:00AM-5:00PM and Sunday, Feb 10th 2019 11:00AM-4:00PM The MINNREG Building, 6340 126th Avenue N, Largo, Florida Admission is $6.00 (good for both days) discount of $1.00 with any ad or flyer For more information contact Tom Campbell at (727) 743-4125 or visit us on the web at : clearwaterdepressionglassclub.org


Greetings! Tampa Bay’s Premier Travel Expo is brought to you by some of your favorite Cruise Planners agents (yes, I will be there)! Come on out to the beautiful Centre Club in Tampa and meet the travel suppliers from many different Premium and Luxury Cruise Lines, River Cruise Lines, and Land & Tour Operators. Some of vendors that will be present: Cruise Lines: Azamara, Celebrity, Crystal, Disney, Holland America, MSC, Norwegian, Oceania, Princess, Regent, Royal Caribbean, Silversea, Windstar, Sea Dream and more. River Cruise Lines: Amawaterways, Avalon, Emeral/Scenic, Uniworld and more. Land and Specialty: AMResorts, Abercrombie and Kent, Africa Adventures, CIE, Trafalgar, Brendan Vacations, Sandals, Belmond, Tauck, Karisma, and more. Registration will start soon so let me know if you would like an invitation and I will send you a link to sign up next month. Be sure to share with friends and have them contact me for a personal invitation as well. Hope to see you there! Nancy Clark, Cruise Planners; nclark@cruiseplanners. com 855-222-7245 | 813-527-6574. www.acruiseforme.com.

MLK DREAM BIG 2019 PARADE Monday, January 21st 2019 • 11:00 am St. Petersburg 1st Ave South, St. Petersburg. mlkdreambig.com/events MLK DREAM BIG 2019 CAR SHOW & FAMILY FUN DAY Monday, January 21st 2019 • from 2:00-6:00pm Tropicana Field, One Tropicana Drive. mlkdreambig.com/ events TAMPA BAY HOME SHOW JAN. 25-27 Friday, January 25th 2019 Tropicana Field, One Tropicana Drive FREE ADMISSION - FREE PARKING. TROPICANA FIELDDOWNTOWN ST PETERSBURG (EASY ACCESS FROM 1-275, EXIT HWY 1-175) The Tampa Bay Home Show returns to Tropicana Field in downtown St. Petersburg January 25-27, 2019. The largest quality consumer home show in Tampa Bay and on the West Coast is your opportunity to see, learn about and buy the latest home products and services from more than 600 exhibits under one roof. Discover the newest design ideas and hottest trends for your home, furniture, garden, and more. The Tampa Bay Home Show is your source for everything you need for your home- inside and out. Show up early for our daily giveaways and register to win a variety of promotions at individual booths as well as advice and trade secrets that could be exactly what you need to know to more forward with your next project. First 1000 people each day receive a free household item! There is so much to see and do— don’t miss the largest Home Show on Florida’s West Coast! HOURS: Friday 10AM-6PM, Saturday 10AM6PM, Sunday 10AM-5PM TAMPA BAY SENIOR EXPO Thursday, January 31st 2019 • 10 am to 3 pm The Coliseum, 535 Fourth Ave. N., St. Petersburg, FL www.stpete.org/coliseum. This one day expo focuses on the active and vibrant senior population. Be there early to get one of the first Walgreen's gift cards that we offer to the first 250 people. Also, while you are there: Learn how to make your investments work for you Discover great travel opportunities Search out ideal retirement choices Learn about health, recreation, fitness and more Take advantage of free health screenings Visit educational seminars Win great door prizes This event is produced and hosted by the Tampa Bay Times.

Fifth Annual Antiques Evaluation Fair Saturday, January 19, 2019 10:30 am to 3 pm Main Library th 3745-9 Ave N St Pete, FL

The Friends of the Main Library are hosting an Antiques Evaluation Fair and Fundraiser. The appraisers are volunteering their time to estimate the value of your items:

Americana, Asian art, home décor and Qing dynasty antiques, books, cameras, china, documents, dolls, gemstones, jewelry, military memorabilia (no guns), musical instruments, photos, porcelain, pottery, Rolex watches, silver and sterling silver, toys Cost: $5 for a single item, $9 for two $12 for three items, each additional item $3. This is a fundraiser for the Library.

The Antiques Evaluation Fair is sponsored by Friends of the Main Library. Find us on FACEBOOK

HEALTHY ST. PETE'S FREE YOGA IN THE PARK Saturday, February 2nd 2019 Crescent Lake Park, 1320 5th St. N. Join Healthy St. Pete on the first Saturday of each month for Fitness in the Park, beginning Saturday, June 2, until Saturday, May 4, 2019, from 9 to 10 a.m. at Crescent Lake Park, 1320 5th St. N.. Cristiane Machado will be guiding the free monthly yoga class in partnership with The Body Electric Yoga Company and Healthy St Pete. For more information, contact Healthy St. Pete at 727-892-5994 or visit HealthyStPeteFL.com. IKEBANA IN THE GARDENS: FEB. 2-3 Sunken Gardens, 1825 4th St. N. February 2 and 3: Ikebana in the Gardens Wander the garden paths and gaze upon unique ikebana designs, as Ikebana International members of the St. Petersburg Chapter install large scale living botanical arrangements in the garden landscape. Demonstrations of this Japanese botanical art form will be held throughout both days. Free with Gardens admission. TAMPA BAY BRIDAL SHOW Sunday, February 17th 2019 The Coliseum, 535 Fourth Avenue North Join us- let us help you make your day perfect! Not sure where to start on your wedding planning? The Tampa Bay Bridal Show is here to help. Join us at The Coliseum in St. Petersburg to meet with nearly 100 bridal professionals from all around the Tampa Bay area. We will have tons of food to sample, beautiful flowers, gowns and more, all ready to help you with your special day. Free Parking and Admission is just $5.00

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Update Your Home With New Design Trends (StatePoint) Are you planning to refresh your home but aren’t sure where to start? Some of today’s most popular design trends encourage mixing and matching favorite home accents within the same space. There is no need to feel limited by fixtures or finishes, according to design expert, Colleen Visage, who is Progress Lighting’s vice president of Product Management. “Homeowners today are not content to have the same look, the same finishes or the same collections throughout the house,” says Visage. “They really want to personalize their spaces.” Coordinating complementary pieces creates a cohesive feel to the home. It can also reinforce a unique style because the ultimate outcome is a custom design. Here are a few ways to master the mix and match trend. Mix Monochromatic Accents Tone-on-tone designs are very

popular in kitchens, bathrooms, entryways and living areas. Countertops, cabinets and home accents in varying shades of grays and creams

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can create a sophisticated statement. or above a dining room table. These These tones pair perfectly with gold, versatile fixtures can be mixed and brass or brushed nickel finishes. matched to create a custom cluster design for a statement-making look. Design with Dual Tones “I like to design areas that are so Mixed metals or dual tones are on- inviting, people don’t want to leave,” trend and very popular in home says Susan Wilson, designer and design today. This look can be founder of Susan Wilson Interiors. achieved through mixing fixtures “When a home features accents and with different, but complementa- lighting that work together seamry finishes. For example, Progress lessly, it makes the spaces throughLighting offers fixtures that feature out memorable and relatable.” finishes with contrasting accents, Searching for more design insuch as antique bronze and brass, spiration? Visit progresslighting. antique bronze and natural brass or com to view images, collections and polished nickel with silver ridge -- project ideas for every budget, style adding visual interest. and space. Take your design vision to the Pendant Groupings next level and personalize your Pendant groupings are commonly home’s living spaces by mastering used in a foyer, over a kitchen island the art of the mix and match trend.


COPD From Page 1

The good news is COPD is highly treatable and manageable. The bad news is, due to the slow progression of the disease, Americans often delay seeking help until the problem is severe, which can lead to serious, long-term disability. The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), together with federal and nonfederal partners, has developed the COPD National Action Plan, the first-ever blueprint for collective action to reduce the burden of the disease. With the action plan as a guide, NHLBI is working across the country to encourage earlier recognition


of the disease. But it is giving particular attention to rural areas, where the disease is especially prevalent. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, COPD is almost twice as likely to affect people living in rural communities than in urban ones. Because of this disparity, NHLBI is taking special steps to help rural residents get the advice it wants everyone to follow: learn the signs and symptoms of COPD, and if breathing issues are impacting even the most basic daily everyday tasks, see a health care professional, such as a primary care provider, nurse practitioner or other specialist. With a diagnosis and the proper treatment, people with COPD can learn to ably manage their condition. For more information about COPD and resources, visit NHLBI’s COPD Learn More Breathe Better program at COPD.nhlbi.nih.gov. Talk to a health care professional as soon as breathing problems occur.



I think about the past By Karla Wright

If I would have done things different Turned my mind right instead of left Timed out, thought and reasoned Like the statue of the Thinker Would staying put be final Or never worrying just let it happen I think about the past Maybe choices and freedom do seem right Experience the unknown and live With a few possessions and imagination A lot to be said for what you learn After all I don’t want to be as dull as pink sauce That comes from a Good Housekeeping recipe Earmarked for a holiday I think about the past Then glory for the future Dearly departed. I have lived in Florida since 1991. I moved here from Dallas, Texas. I was a member of the Texas State Poetry Society for several years. I have been published in Australia where I lived for two years when I was younger and also I have been published in Canada. I was recently published in a book of collected poems entitled “Whispers of the Waters” by the Dark Horse publishers in St. Petersburg. The book is now on the shelf at the Market Space in St. Petersburg and is also available through Barnes and Noble Nook and Amazon Kindle. My other interests are swimming and reading and collecting handbags. I became interested in writing poetry in high school because my English teacher inspired me so much. I have been writing ever since then. My inspiration comes from listening to music and reading poetry books.

He spoke to me

by Nelson Perkey, St. Petersburg, FL

As the darkness faded and the Sun began to crest on the horizon He spoke to me

As the birds sing and flutter about And the hawk soared above He spoke to me

As the sun filtered through the clouds And lit up the blue sky He spoke to me

As the osprey with his eagle eye Swept over the lake looking for prey He spoke to me

As the sun’s rays touched the lake The water began to glisten, sparkle and dance He spoke to me

As I thought how glorious and Majestic a snow-capped mountain was He spoke to me

As the rays sifted through the leaves And into the forest it became alive He spoke to me As the gentle wind brought the Freshness of the forest into the air He spoke to me

As all my senses were filled with the beauty and wonder of nature And as I felt the serenity and peace He spoke to me And he said This Is and I am God




ENTERTAINMENT TURANDOT February 9 through March 22, 2019 Sarasota Opera House In exile, Prince Calaf wanders outside the Chinese Imperial Palace, where any man seeking the love of Princess Turandot must answer three riddles. If they succeed, the reward will be the princess’ hand—if they fail, execution. After a glimpse of Turandot’s fabled beauty, Calaf declares his intention of meeting the challenge and winning the Princess’ heart. For times, dates and tickets, contact the box office. Call (941) 328-1300 or boxoffice@sarasotaopera.org THE MAGIC FLUTE February 16 through March 23, 2019 Sarasota Opera House The Magic Flute tells the story of Prince Tamino’s heroic quest. After being rescued by the Queen of the Night’s three ladies, Tamino is visited by the Queen herself, who asks him for help saving her daughter from Sarastro’s evil hands. With the gift of a magic flute and the help of a clumsy new friend, the bird catcher Papageno, the prince will find out that hero and villain aren’t always who they may seem. For times, dates and tickets, contact the box office. Call (941) 328-1300 or boxoffice@ sarasotaopera.org WHOSE LIVE ANYWAY? Sat, Jan 12 at 8:00 PM @ Ruth Eckerd Hall Actor and comedian Drew Carey joins Greg Proops, Jeff B. Davis, and Joel Murray to bring the Emmy®-nominated TV show Whose Line Is It Anyway? LIVE to Ruth Eckerd Hall with the debut of their new improv tour WHOSE LIVE ANYWAY?! Enjoy a completely improvised 90-minute show of games, scenes, and songs that will tickle your funny bone with the very witty scenes these four comedians invent before your eyes. Bring your suggestions and you might be asked to join the cast onstage! Tickets are *$150, $68.75, $53.25, $43.25. *$150 Pre-show Party Package includes a premium seat, access to party lounge including high-end appetizers, dessert & coffee, plus one beer, wine or soda, beginning 2 hours prior to show time. Artist does not appear at party. ENGELBERT HUMPERDINCK Sun, Jan 13 at 7:00 PM @ Capitol Theatre The Capitol Theatre presents GRAMMY®-nominee and Golden Globe® winner, Engelbert Humperdinck, The Man I Want To Be Tour! In a career spanning over 50 years, Engelbert has generated sales in excess of 140 million records, including 64 gold albums and 35 platinum, four GRAMMY® nominations, a Golden Globe® and stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Las Vegas Walk of Fame and Leicester Walk of Fame. He has performed for the Queen four times, several presidents and many heads of state. He has recorded everything from the most romantic ballads to film theme songs, disco, rock and even gospel. His unique voice has charmed millions of fans around the globe. However, it’s not just the voice, but the man himself, with his endearing sense of humor and selfdeprecating jokes. Engelbert has managed to strike a new chord with a younger generation after appearing on MTV several times. Engelbert exploded on to the music scene in the sixties with The Beatles and the Rolling Stones. His sixties did not so much swing as rage. The shy hand-


some boy catapulted almost instantly to world icon. He became great friends with Elvis Presley and the two legends often performed each other’s songs. His first single in the charts was Release Me, which went into the Guinness Book of Records for achieving 56 consecutive weeks on the charts. It was #1 in 11 countries. The song was re-released after being used for a UK national television commercial for John Smith’s beer. The following decades have seen Engelbert touring the world to sold-out crowds. Engelbert seems to take great pleasure in every moment on stage. Engelbert’s music has transcended time and his voice still continues to reach out to people now – serving to transport and inspire, to embrace and to provoke feelings and emotions… ingredients that are no doubt the essence of his long-lasting success. Tickets are $100, $89, & $69. Performance is at the Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St, Downtown Clearwater. The Clear Sky on Cleveland to offer a delicious premium dining and entertainment experience for $175. THE STEELDRIVERS Wed, Jan 16 at 7:30 PM @ Capitol Theatre The SteelDrivers are bringing their GRAMMY® Award winning “gutsy, gritty bluegrass songs” to Clearwater for their Capitol Theatre debut. With traditional instruments such as banjos, fiddles and mandolins played with a rock-n-roll edge, it’s their populist approach that finds their devotees -- self-proclaimed “SteelHeads”-- traveling hundreds of miles to see them in repeat performances. Their career encompasses four highly acclaimed albums and any number of awards and accolades, including a 2015 GRAMMY® win for Best Bluegrass Album and nominations for songs Blue Side of the Mountain & Where Rainbows Never Die. Says the Philadelphia Inquirer, “You can call it power-bluegrass or country soul, but whatever you call it, The SteelDrivers have bushels of it.” Tickets are $45, $35, and $25. Performance is at the Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St, Downtown Clearwater. The Clear Sky on Cleveland to offer a delicious premium dining and entertainment experience for $115. PILOBOLUS Thu, Jan 17 at 8:00 PM @ Ruth Eckerd Hall International dance company Pilobolus returns to Ruth Eckerd Hall to showcase their multimedia spectacular Shadowland. Pilobolus has toured to more than 64 countries over the last 42 years. They have performed on Broadway, at the Oscars, the Olympic games, and have appeared on television, in movies, in advertisements, and in schools and businesses and created over 120 dance works. The company continues to propel the seeds of expression via human movement to every corner of the world, growing and changing each year while reaching new audiences and exploring new visual and musical planes. Tickets are *$125, $75, $50, and $35. *$125 Pre-show Party Package includes a premium seat, access to party lounge including high-end appetizers, dessert & coffee, plus one beer, wine or soda, beginning 2 hours prior to show time. Artist does not appear at party. ARLO GUTHRIE Thu, Jan 17 at 8:00 PM @ Capitol Theatre Legendary folk music icon Arlo Guthrie returns to the Capitol Theatre! Back by popular demand, America’s favorite folk singer Arlo Guthrie performs Alice’s Restaurant in its entirety in honor of the 50th anniversary of the release of the film of the same name and his other classic songs along with his band all highlighted by his legendary stories of the road. For the last five decades, Arlo has carried on the Guthrie family legacy of sharing timeless stories and unforgettable classics with audiences far and wide. Don't miss one of America's greatest musical treasures! Featuring special guest Sarah Lee Guthrie. Tickets are $72, $52, & $42. Performance is at the Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St, Downtown Clearwater. The Clear Sky on Cleveland to offer a delicious premium dining and entertainment experience for $140. MONTY PYTHON'S SPAMALOT Sat, Jan 19 - 2:00 PM & 8:00 PM @ Ruth Eckerd Hall The Tony Award winning Best Musical, Monty Python’s Spamalot, begins its search for the Holy Grail as it returns to Ruth Eckerd Hall for the first time since 2008! This outrageous musical comedy is lovingly ripped off from the film classic Monty Python and the Holy Grail with a book by Eric Idle and music and lyrics by the Grammy Award winning team of Mr. Idle and John Du Prez, Spamalot tells the tale of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table as they embark on their quest for the Holy Grail. Flying cows, killer rabbits, taunting Frenchmen, and show-stopping musical numbers are just a few of the reasons audiences worldwide are eating up Spamalot! Tickets are *$150, $100, $75, $50, and $35. *$150 Pre-show Party Package includes a premium seat, access to party lounge including high-end appetizers, dessert & coffee, plus one beer, wine or soda, beginning 2 hours prior to show time. Artist does not appear at party. Purchase a Broadway Package, Pick 5 Shows and Save! ROBERT KLEIN Sat, Jan 19 at 8:00 PM @ Capitol Theatre Robert Klein returns to the Capitol Theatre after his hilarious debut in 2016. For more than forty years, Robert Klein has entertained audiences, and he continues to have an acclaimed career in comedy, on Broadway, on television, and in film.The "Bronx Born" Klein started with the famed Second City theatrical troupe, was GRAMMY® nominated twice for for his albums Child of the Fifties and Mind Over Matter; received a Tony nod and won a L.A. Drama Critics Circle Award for his performance in the Neil Simon musical They're Playing Our Song plus won awards for his role in The Sisters Rosensweig. Klein was the first comedian to appear in an HBO live concert in 1975 and has done nine more since. In addition to starring in several TV roles (Law and Order and The Good Wife), Robert has made over 100 appearances on The Tonight Show and Letterman plus hosted SNL (he was in the first Cheeseburger sketch with Belushi and Akroyd!). Klein also wrote his affectionate coming of age

memoir The Amorous Busboy of Decatur Avenue. Special guest Shaun Hopper to open the show. Tickets are $55, $42, & $30. Performance is at the Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St, Downtown Clearwater. The Clear Sky on Cleveland to offer a delicious premium dining and entertainment experience for $135. MASTERS OF ILLUSION Sun, Jan 20 at 7:00 PM @ Ruth Eckerd Hall The hit CW television series and America's largest touring magic show, Masters of Illusion, returns to Ruth Eckerd Hall for the first time since 2011! This 21st century magic show is unlike anything you have seen before - filled with modern illusions and arts of deception, performed live on stage! Audiences will be held at the edge of their seats by the jawdropping grand illusions, and laugh out loud at the hysterical comedy magic as performers from around the world combine fantasy, fervor and flair with magic created in front of their very eyes. Nothing can match the experience of seeing a live magic show. This spectacular, colorful show is sure to provide thrills, awe and smiles for the entire family. Can you figure out how they do it? Come see for yourself. You won't believe your eyes! Tickets are *$135, $65, $55, $45, and $35. *$135 Pre-show Party Package includes a premium seat, access to party lounge including high-end appetizers, dessert & coffee, plus one beer, wine or soda, beginning 2 hours prior to show time. Artist does not appear at party. THE DOO WOP PROJECT Tue, Jan 22 at 1:00 PM @ Ruth Eckerd Hall The Doo Wop Project returns to Clearwater bringing the tight harmonies of the 60's all the way to current hits back to Ruth Eckerd Hall after their smash hit debut in 2018! Featuring stars of Broadway’s smash hits Jersey Boys and Motown: The Musical, The Doo Wop Project brings unparalleled authenticity of sound and vocal excellence to recreate some of the greatest music in American pop and rock history. You will enjoy an afternoon filled with harmonies and classic ‘60s hits such as Randy & The Rainbows’ Denise, Thurston Harris’ Little Bitty Pretty One, The Skyliners Since I Don’t Have You, The Capris’ Morse Code of Love, and many more. The show also includes doo-wop-inspired renditions of contemporary songs such as Amy Winehouse’s Valerie, Michael Jackson’s The Way You Make Me Feel, and Jason Mraz’s I’m Yours. Single Tickets are $35, $25, and $18. LEONID & FRIENDS Tue, Jan 22 at 8:00 PM @ Capitol Theatre The Wait Has Ended! With over 15 million views of their videos and over a million fans worldwide, Leonid & Friends is launching their first American tour THIS JANUARY with a stop at the Capitol Theatre! In less than 4 years this band that started as a fun studio project amongst friends in Moscow has become an international phenomenon. What do they do that fans are raving about? L&F plays the music of the band Chicago, a multi-platinum album band from Chicago, Illinois originally called “Chicago Transit Authority.” But they don’t just play the music of Chicago, they play it with the energy and spirit of the original band, enough to make fans of Chicago want to travel to Moscow to see them! Tickets are *$125 (includes a meet & greet photo opportunity), $75, $50, and $35. *An email will be sent with details for the time of the meet & greet 2-3 days prior to show. If you haven't received an email by the day prior to show, please call the ticket office at 727-791-7400, as we can't be responsible for spam blockers or incorrect email addresses. Performance is at the Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St, Downtown Clearwater. DISNEY DCAPPELLA Wed, Jan 23 at 7:30 PM @ Ruth Eckerd Hall DCappella, Disney Music Group’s new a cappella singing sensation featuring seven world-class vocalists, is coming to Clearwater for their Ruth Eckerd Hall debut! Created by Disney and contemporary a cappella legend Deke Sharon (Pitch Perfect, The Sing Off), the show will appeal to fans of both Disney and a cappella with the group’s modern a cappella versions of Disney hits including favorites from The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King, and Aladdin. Their first digital single releases including “Immortals” (from Big Hero 6), “How Far I’ll Go" (from Moana), and “Trashin' the Camp" (from Tarzan) are available now and their debut album will be released on November 16. DCappella is Sojourner Brown (alto), Orlando Dixon (baritone), Antonio Fernandez (vocal percussion), Morgan Keene (soprano), Shelley Regner (mezzo), Joe Santoni (bass), and RJ Woessner (tenor). Tickets are *$125, $63.25, $53.25, $43.25, and $33.25. *$125 Pre-show Party Package includes a premium seat, access to party lounge including high-end appetizers, dessert & coffee, plus one beer, wine or soda, beginning 2 hours prior to show time. Artist does not appear at party. SHAWN COLVIN ACOUSTIC Wed, Jan 23 at 7:30 PM @ Capitol Theatre Multi-GRAMMY® Award winning singer-songwriter Shawn Colvin returns to the Capitol Theatre for the first time since 2014! Known as much for her exceptional musicianship as she is for her powerful lyrics, Colvin recently released a 20th-anniversary edition of her masterpiece album of sharp & catchy songs, A Few Small Repairs, that contains her top ten hit song Sunny Came Home, which won both record & song of the year. It is one of those albums that goes a dozen songs deep without a weak moment. She has been a mainstay of the contemporary folk music scene, releasing twelve superlative albums and establishing herself as one of America’s greatest live performers. Don’t miss the wit, lyricism, and empathy that characterize Shawn’s solo acoustic shows. Tickets are $62, $42, & $32. Performance is at the Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St, Downtown Clearwater. Shawn Colvin – Meet & Greet Package $140. No returns or exchanges on VIP packages. The Clear Sky on Cleveland to offer a delicious premium dining and entertainment experience for $130.




ENTERTAINMENT HOWIE MANDEL Thu, Jan 24 at 8:00 PM @ Capitol Theatre Canadian comedian, actor, television host, and voice actor, Howie Mandel returns to the historic Capitol Theatre! He is well known as host of the NBC game show Deal or No Deal and judge on America's Got Talent. Before his career as a game show host, Mandel was best known for his roles as rowdy ER intern Dr. Wayne Fiscus on the NBC medical drama St. Elsewhere to the animated children’s series Bobby’s World. Mandel is also the executive-producer of TBS hidden-camera show Deal with It. Howie has done countless comedy specials on cable and network television and hosted his own syndicated talk show, The Howie Mandel Show, and continues to be a mainstay on the talk-show circuit. Tickets are $125 (includes a M&G photo op*), $75, $65, & $49. Performance is at the Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St, Downtown Clearwater. *An email will be sent with details for the time of the meet & greet 2-3 days prior to show. If you haven't received an email by the day prior to show, please call the ticket office at 727-791-7400, as we can't be responsible for spam blockers or incorrect email addresses. The Clear Sky on Cleveland to offer a delicious premium dining and entertainment experience $155. GLADYS KNIGHT Fri, Jan 25 at 8:00 PM @ Ruth Eckerd Hall Multiple GRAMMY®-winner Gladys Knight returns to Ruth Eckerd Hall for one night only! The great ones endure, and Gladys Knight has long been one of the greatest. Very few singers over the last fifty years have matched her unassailable artistry. This seven-time GRAMMY®-winner has enjoyed #1 hits in pop, R&B and Adult Contemporary and has triumphed in film, television and live performance. Tickets are *$150, $99.25, $69.25, $49.25, and $39.25. *$150 Pre-show Party Package includes a premium seat, access to party lounge including high-end appetizers, dessert & coffee, plus one beer, wine or soda, beginning 2 hours prior to show time. Artist does not appear at party.

HOT TUNA ACOUSTIC Fri, Jan 25 at 8:00 PM @ Capitol Theatre The blues & classic folk duo Hot Tuna makes its Capitol Theatre debut for a night of acoustic hits! Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady are living legends of American music, and for more than four decades Hot Tuna has played, toured, and recorded some of the best and most memorable acoustic and electric music ever. Hit songs include Hot Tuna, First Pull Up and Then Pull Down, and America's Choice. Hot Tuna is still going strong — some would say stronger than ever! Tickets are $69.50, $59.50, $44.50, & $34.50. Performance is at the Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St, Downtown Clearwater. STAR WARS LIVE IN CONCERT Sat, Jan 26 at 8:00 PM @ Ruth Eckerd Hall Experience Star Wars as never before with Ruth Eckerd Hall's first-ever live performance of Star Wars Live In Concert: Empire Strikes Back! This concert will feature the full- length iconic film on the big screen with The Florida Orchestra performing the iconic music of John Williams. The Star Wars saga has grown into one of the most iconic film productions of our time. After the destruction of the Death Star, the Empire has regrouped — with Darth Vader leading the hunt for Luke Skywalker. Don’t miss the Premiere of the Empire Strikes Back in concert at Ruth Eckerd Hall! Musical Conductor: Lucas Richman Tickets are *$150, $102.75, $72.75, $62.75, and $52.75. *$150 Pre-show Party Package includes a premium seat, access to party lounge including high-end appetizers, dessert & coffee, plus one beer, wine or soda, beginning 2 hours prior to show time. Artist does not appear at party. #starwars AIR SUPPLY Sat, Jan 26 at 8:00 PM @ Capitol Theatre Back by popular demand! The Australian-bred soft rock balladeers, Air Supply return to the Capitol Theatre for their 6th appearance after consecutive sold-out concerts. Celebrating 44 years, the hit-making duo of Graham Russell and Russell Hitchcock are known for their songs “Lost in Love,” “All Out of Love,” “The One That You Love,” “Sweet Dreams” and “Making Love Out Of Nothing At All”. However, it is the live shows that always hold audiences captive around the world. Don’t miss one of pop music’s most enduring powerhouse touring bands at an intimate show you can only get at the Capitol Theatre. Tickets are $89, $75, and $65. Performance is a the Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St, Downtown Clearwater. Lost In Love VIP Experience– $159 per ticket package VIP Experience Package buyers will receive an email at least three days prior to the event with instructions on how to redeem all elements of your Experience Package. Air Supply VIP Packages are non-transferable, nonrefundable, & non-exchangeable. If you have questions regarding your purchase, please reach out to our extremely friendly Guest Services team by phone or email: (888) 805-8930 / guestservices@cidentertainment. com The Clear Sky on Cleveland to offer a delicious premium dining and entertainment experience for $170. BEGINNINGS - CHICAGO TRIBUTE Sun, Jan 27 at 1:00 PM @ Ruth Eckerd Hall Beginnings: The Premier Tribute to the band Chicago brings your favorite Chicago hits to their Ruth Eckerd Hall debut! Concert audiences get to experience a vibrant and high-energy live performance of some of the greatest songs from the golden age of Chicago, such as Saturday in the Park, 25 or 6 to 4, Just You ’n’ Me, Hard To Say I’m Sorry and of course, Beginnings. These veteran musicians have worked with such famous artists as Peter Frampton, Don Henley, Joe Walsh, Constantine Maroulis (American Idol), Blood Sweat & Tears, and have even appeared in the Broadway musical Rock Of Ages. Single Tickets are $35, $25, and $18. AMERICA: 50TH ANNIVERSARY TOUR Sun, Jan 27 at 8:00 PM @ Ruth Eckerd Hall GRAMMY® award winning band America is celebrating their 50th Anniversary with a bang. After several sold-out performances at the Capitol Theatre and a spectacular co-headline show at Ruth Eckerd Hall with Three Dog Night in 2017, founding members Gerry Beckley and Dewey Bunnell are celebrating their half century milestone with a full-band headlining concert at Ruth Eckerd Hall. The pair met in London in the late 1960s and quickly harmonized their way to the top of the charts on the strength of their signature song A Horse With No Name. America became a global household name and paved the way with an impressive string of hits including I Need You, Ventura Highway, Don’t Cross The River, Tin Man, Lonely People, and Sister Golden Hair. Embracing a rainbow of divergent cultures, America’s audiences continue to grow, comprising a loyal legion of first, second, and third generation fans, all bearing testament to the group’s enduring appeal. Tickets are *$160, $100, $89, $59, and $39. *$160. TONY ORLANDO IN CONCERT Thu, Jan 31 at 1:00 PM @ Ruth Eckerd Hall Few entertainers can move and excite an audience like Tony Orlando as he returns to Ruth Eckerd Hall for the first time since 2014. One of America’s most endearing and enduring stars, Orlando brings a warm and exhilarating energy to the stage that electrifies an audience. He has sold millions of records, including five number one hits. He has had huge success in all aspects of the industry. The enormously popular Tony Orlando and Dawn variety show ran on CBS from 1974-1977. He has received three American Music Awards and two People’s Choice Awards. For outstanding achievements in the entertainment industry, he was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1990. Single Tickets are $35, $25, and $18. UNDER THE STREETLAMP Fri, Feb 1 at 7:30 PM @ Capitol Theatre Let tight harmonies and slick dance moves take you back to an era of sharkskin suits, flashy cars, and martini shakers as Under The Streetlamp returns to the historic, Capitol Theatre! With the a mantra like, “Retro

never sounded so now!”, it's no wonder the dreamy voices of they have been able to successfully reconnect Doo-Wop, Motown, and old time Rock ‘n’ Roll hits from The Drifters, The Beach Boys, The Beatles, The Four Seasons, with generations new and old. Under The Streetlamp breathes fresh new life into the music, reminding the fans why they fell in love with it in the first place. The quartet is composed of recent leading cast members of such Broadway smash-hits as the Tony Award-winning sensation Jersey Boys: Eric Gutman, Shonn Wiley, Brandon Wardell, and David Larsen. Exuding the irresistible rapport of a modern day Rat Pack, Under the Streetlamp proves why retro never sounded so now. Tickets are $75 (includes a Meet & Greet*), $59.50, & $49.50. Performance is at the Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St, Downtown Clearwater. *An email will be sent with details for the time of the meet & greet 2-3 days prior to show. If you haven't received an email by the day prior to show, please call the ticket office at 727-791-7400, as we can't be responsible for spam blockers or incorrect email addresses. The Clear Sky on Cleveland to offer a delicious premium dining and entertainment experience for $135. EVITA Wednesday, January 16th 2019, 7:30-10:00 PM RP Funding Center, Lakeland • Youkey Theatre Center Stage Dinner in Exhibit Hall -C at 5:30 Lobby Doors open at 6:30 - Show starts at 7:30 With more than 20 major awards to its credit, the original Broadway and West End production of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s iconic musical EVITA embarks on an international tour this year, directed by legendary Broadway director Hal Prince. EVITA charts the story of Eva Peron, wife of Argentine dictator Juan Peron, from her humble beginnings through to the extraordinary wealth, power and status which ultimately led her to be heralded as the ‘spiritual leader’ of the nation by the Argentine people. This event has special discounts available for groups of 10 or more. Center Stage Menu $17.95 per person. RP Funding Center PINK FLOYD LASER SPECTACULAR Thursday, Jan. 17 at 7:30 PM • Mahaffey Theater, St. Petersburg The Pink Floyd Laser Spectacular presents the original music of Pink Floyd like you've never seen before. Experience all of your favorite hits along with deep tracks accompanied by the iconic psychedelic images and visuals that are the band's hallmark. Driven by cutting-edge effects, full-color lasers, Hi-Def multi-screen video projection, concert quality sound and lighting effects, audiences are surrounded in an array of visual displays, choreographed to the original Pink Floyd master recordings. TFO ROCK CONCERT: THE MUSIC OF TOM PETTY Friday, Jan. 25 at 8 p.m. • The Mahaffey Theater, St. Petersburg Brent Havens, conductor • Tony Vincent, vocalist Born in Gainesville, the late Tom Petty grew into an American legend. TFO pays tribute to one of Florida’s own with songs like Free Fallin’, Mary Jane’s Last Dance, American Girl and many more. LES MISÉRABLES Jan 15, 2019 - Jan 20, 2019 The Straz Center • Carol Morsani Hall , Tampa Cameron Mackintosh presents the new production of Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg’s Tony Award®-winning musical phenomenon, LES MISÉRABLES, direct from an acclaimed two-and-a-half-year return to Broadway. Set against the backdrop of 19th-century France, LES MISÉRABLES tells an unforgettable story of heartbreak, passion and the resilience of the human spirit. This epic and uplifting story has become one of the most celebrated musicals in theatrical history. With its glorious new staging and dazzlingly reimagined scenery inspired by the paintings of Victor Hugo, this breathtaking new production has left both audiences and critics awestruck. “Les Miz is born again!” (NY1). Tickets start at $63.00. A BRONX TALE Jan 29, 2019 - Feb 03, 2019 The Straz Center • Carol Morsani Hall , Tampa Broadway’s hit crowd-pleaser takes you to the stoops of the Bronx in the 1960s where a young man is caught between the father he loves and the mob boss he’d love to be. Bursting with high-energy dance numbers and original doo-wop tunes from the songwriter of Beauty and the Beast, A BRONX TALE is an unforgettable story of loyalty and family. Academy Award® winner Robert De Niro and Tony® winner Jerry Zaks direct this streetwise musical – based on Academy Award nominee Chazz Palminteri’s story that The New York Times hails as “A Critics’ Pick! The kind of tale that makes you laugh and cry.” A Bronx Tale contains strong language and gunshot effects. Tickets start at $65.00.

VENUE ADDRESSES AND CONTACT INFORMATION Sarasota Opera House 61 N. Pineapple Ave., Sarasota FL Telephone: (941) 328-1300 www.sarasotaopera.org

The Mahaffey Theater 400 1st. St. South, St. Petersburg, FL 33701. Telephone: (727) 892-5798. www.themahaffey.com

The Historic Capitol Theatre 405 Cleveland Street, Clearwater, FL 33755 Telephone: (727) 791-7400. www.rutheckerdhall.com

Ruth Eckerd Hall 1111 McMullen Booth Rd. Clearwater, FL 33759. Telephone: (727) 791-7400. www.rutheckerdhall.com

The RP Funding Center 701 W. Lime St., Lakeland, FL 33815. Telephone: (866) 820-4553 www.rpfundingcenter.com

The Straz Center 1010 North Macinnes Place, Tampa, FL 33602. Telephone: (813) 229-7827. www.strazcenter.org




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