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Make a Lasting Difference Family Features

7 TIPS TO SUPPORT ALZHEIMER'S CAREGIVERS

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COULD CRISPR-MEDIATED DNA EDITING BRING AN END TO DISEASE?

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ARE YOU FINANCIALLY PREPARED FOR AN EMERGENCY OR NATURAL DISASTER?

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Whether you’re considering ways to give to deserving causes or looking for the perfect gift for a loved one for a special occasion, remember that not every gift is a tangible item. In fact, some of the best gifts are those you can’t touch at all, but those that make the world a better place. Socially motivated gifts, of your own accord or on behalf of someone else, are much more than a one-time present. They have the potential to make a significant impact on lives or to further the work of a causebased organization. Consider these giving options to make a lasting impact: Retirement plans: Because retirement plans are taxed differently than most assets, they may actually become a tax liability. Naming a

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nonprofit organization as a beneficiary of your retirement account can be an attractive option for leaving a legacy and reducing income, and possibly estate taxes, for loved ones. A tax-exempt organization may be eligible to receive the full amount, bypassing income taxes. This means, for example, that a $100,000 IRA can be worth the full $100,000. Life insurance plans: A gift of life insurance is an affordable way to make a significant gift while also

enjoying tax savings during your lifetime. Benefits include the ability to give a significant gift at a fraction of the value; tax savings that can be immediately realized; a reduction in the final taxes of your estate and the ability to pass gifts outside of your estate. Gifts of real estate: You may decide that the greatest gift you can make is to leave your home or other property to a charitable organization. This kind of gift is ideal for

Reinvention

After a few weeks of feeling poorly, keeping a positive attitude about my aging was taking its toll. I remember mentioning to a friend that I was feeling that it was time for me to “cash in.” Her response to me was, ”Not now.” But isn’t that how it is when we feel land locked in our life, when it’s trying just to keep going on? I was brought back to reality once I had a day or two of feeling better, and I was able to see things more clearly. It happened as I read one of my daily inspirational guides, which I must admit always tell me

what I need to hear. This day it described my situation and gave me insight into looking at things differently. It’s so easy to get on the down side when we don’t feel well- our vision and hearing are impaired, to say nothing of losing the agility and ability to get around as we once did. And our endurance barely gets us to

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the mailbox and back in the same day. Couple that with all the health issues our body is dealing with and taking medication for, it’s no surprise that once in a while a person can get overwhelmed. Our problem is that we compare what is with what was, and not accepting the aging process as an inevitable part of life. Rather than wishing our life was like it was, or different than it is, what if we accept the fact that we just can’t do what we once did, in spite of all our efforts, and begin to reinvent a life we can be happy living? See REINVENTION, Page 7


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HEALTH ROUNDUP

Understanding the link between salt and health (BPT) - Brandpoint The news lately is full of articles about salt and health. Everyone seems to be getting either too much salt or not enough. So which is it? Part of the problem is with how we study the connection. Fortunately, researchers on both sides of the issue are starting to agree on how best to proceed and may soon have a better answer for all of us. That answer may be that for most of us, there is no need to eat less salt than we do now. The European Heart Journal recently published a report by researchers from the World Heart Federation, the European Society of Hypertension and the European Public Health Association that clarified that eating more than 5 grams of sodium per day increases the risk of heart disease, but there was little evidence that eating less than 2 grams per day had any health benefits. They recommended a safe range of between 3 and 5 grams of daily sodium. The good news is that the average American eats about 3.4 grams of sodium per day, an amount that has stayed the same for the last 50 years. Of course more research is needed, but also better research. In

the past, many studies only looked at the effect of salt on blood pressure. Today more doctors and scientists are looking at the effect salt has on your total health. The researchers agreed that your overall diet is more important to your health than a single nutrient. It's true that a low-salt diet can lower your blood

pressure slightly, but it can also place stress on other parts of your body, and that can increase the risk of bad outcomes like diabetes. Another way research into salt and health is being improved is in the way the results are collected. In the past, people whose salt levels were being studied provided only

one urine sample, but your salt levels vary throughout the day and from day to day. A much more accurate way to study salt in people is to collect multiple urine samples over many days, not an easy task, but one that the researchers recognized produces much more accurate results. Fortunately, there is a captive group of people that scientists are studying to measure their salt intake exactly: Russian cosmonauts living in a closed environment as part of the "Mars" project. This research is already yielding some surprising results, such as more salt makes you less thirsty. Everyone agrees that we need salt to live and that it is an essential nutrient, but getting the right amount is important. The fact is that a small percentage of people are salt sensitive and are affected by salt more than others. These individuals may benefit from less salt, but the rest of us may be put at risk from that same low-salt diet. Every person has different health needs and should follow the advice of their doctor. Placing the entire country on a low-salt diet, as some have suggested, may do more harm than good.


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Is The Problem Really Guns?

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We have a really split society these days when it comes to gun control and I have little doubt that this letter won’t bother some of our readers. So here we go. Let me start off by saying that our family was touched by the Stoneman-Douglas shooting. One of our nephews goes to school, he was in one of the buildings where there were no shots fired, and our other two nephews graduated from there. So this violence does strike a chord with us. And our hearts go out to all of the students, faculty and family members touched by this violence. There is probably little that can be said to assuage the hurt felt by the victims and their families. From the left came the immediate reaction...”ban the AR15,” “ban all guns,” “we need stricter gun laws,” etc etc. From the right came the arguments about the second amendment and that legal gun owners should not be penalized for the actions of a few crazies. And I understand both of the sides and what they feel and want. But let’s take a step back. Today, we barely punish our children, if you hit them you will go to jail, if you yell at them you will scar them for life and God forbid anyone else scolds them or puts them in their place.... I mean who are they to reprimand our unruly children? How many times have you heard this? Billy, if you don’t stop you will be put in “time-out, Billy I am giving you one more chance. Billy don’t make me ask you again...and on and on it goes, with no real consequences. I mean how are we going to be best friends with our 10 year old if we punish the “little angel?” Today, so few of our kids don’t go to church or synagogue or any other place of worship. I am not saying that religion is a cure all, but some of the teachings are quite beneficial and do help to keep our kids in line. There is something to be said for ethics and morals, and unfortunately in dual income households, our kids are not getting what they need. Today, our kids watch violent movies like we watched Bugs Bunny. They play extremely violent video games at a very young age and are simulating real death situations. We delude ourselves that this has no affect whatsoever on their young minds. But worse yet, some parents allow their children to choose their own rules and regulations, punishment and make choices that their young minds don’t have the ability to decipher. Today, we have more single parent homes than ever before and the above situations happen all too often because there is nobody there to keep the kids in check. And, unfortunately, many grandparents are afraid to say anything because you don’t want your children to excommunicate you from the family. Which happens all

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So what do we do? Due to the fact that too many parents are doing a poor job at their primary role as parent and we are inundated with people who are “not well-balanced” we have to be realistic. First: We do need to get rid of semi-automatic weapons and bump stocks. While, I am a gun-owner, I do believe there are some things in our society we just don’t need. Second: We should raise the age to 21 to buy a gun. Not use a gun, but to own one. Parents can own them until you are 21. Now maybe we create a waiver for those in the military or live in very rural areas where they need to own a gun. Third: If you want to keep the gun shows around, create sensible rules. If you think you are going to buy a gun at a gun show, you need to register ahead of time and get cleared. If they can do it at gun shops they can do it at a gun show. Fourth: Create serious rules on the internet and for video games. Children’s minds are being warped by things they are viewing and playing that they cannot handle. Any child can flip on the internet, say they are 18 and watch the most graphic pornography and violence. Just like the gun commercial that shows a musket to depict what the founders meant, I don’t think they envisioned an internet of 24/7 violence and pornography that anyone can partake in. Now the same people who want to squash the 2nd amendment will scream about the 1st. But you can’t have this both ways. You can’t destroy the minds and characters of young people and at the same time curtail the rights of law-abiding citizens. We cannot keep derailing the young for the almighty buck. It is time that we take a hard look at “all of the factors” that are contributing to the violence we are seeing in our society and really address the issues. It is foolish to believe that if you get rid of one type of gun, you will do away with all the violence that we are seeing today. Remember....we now have 3D printers....the day is here where you can make what you want.

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too often and our kids need to be more open minded to those of us who have far more experience than they do.

Surrogate Grandparents - USA

Two beautiful grandchildren within the same family have been denied a relationship with two sets of grandparents and extended families; this is the reason for the formation of Surrogate Grandparents-USA on Facebook, a place where grandparents who are missing grandchildren in their lives can connect with, and reach out to families whose children are missing grandparents in their lives, for a possible lifetime of love. Here is a recent post thread from two of our members: PNBB posted: I just want to thank God for this group. We are a military family. Moving and deployments are life-changing. Not having family support and quality time is devastating. The kids can only be so strong for so long. Me, trying to hold myself, kids and husband together is hard. It’s nice to have someone to turn to. We have had struggles with favoritism in the family and absence. The kids felt isolated and hopeless. We connected with a family in this group. They have brought us everything that has been

missing. We feel the love. We feel the support. We feel complete with them in our lives. The kids’ smiles say it all. One message, one prayer that was answered. Thank you, KB and JB from all our hearts. We are family! KB replied: This past year has been truly amazing! Through this group we connected with PNBB about a year ago and even though we are about three and a half hours apart distance-wise, we have become family. We have celebrated holidays and birthdays together and the grands stayed with us so the parents could take some trips as a couple. This has been a year full of love, joy and blessings! Please be encouraged. Even if you have not yet found a family, or surrogate grandparents, it can happen! Blessings to all in this group! Come and check it out. Loving connections are being made. https://www.facebook.com/ groups/SurrogateGrandparentsNorthAmerica/


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HUMOR

Oh no! I can't get up! By Jean Mlincek There's a TV commercial that shows a senior sprawled on her living room floor. She has fallen and can't get up. I hate that commercial! It's the “I can't get up!” part of her distress call that I hate. I mean, it is a well-known fact that seniors take a tumble now and then. Stairs, bathtubs, throw rugs, electrical cords, thresholds, and even the cat can be obstacles to staying vertical. The embarrassment comes not when you have fallen, but when you still need help getting up. I now understand why rocking chairs came into being. Rocking back and forth gives us old folk inertia to get up out of the chair. Sadly, other predicaments can keep seniors down. I learned the hard way not to get in the back seat of my two-door car to vacuum it. Long after the vacuum had stopped, I was trying to figure out how to extract myself from the back seat without calling for the Jaws of Life. Do you know how humiliating it is to see a line of cars waiting to use the vacuum station, and you can't get out of the back seat? Hello?

After surviving a hurricane last year, I dared not share with my family and friends the worst part of the ordeal for me. I had selected my tiny, tiny bathroom as my “safe room” for riding out the storm. I placed three thick cushions from my sofa on the floor between the commode and shower stall to serve as my bed. My sister had recommended using my bed mattress on top of me to shield me from any flying debris, but it was too huge and heavy for me to drag into the bathroom, so I took the mattress from my sofa bed instead. Well, when snooze time came, I stepped onto the cushions, and realized I didn't have a lick of balance. I was swaying all over the place. I dropped down on my hands and knees, still swaying. I couldn't lay down OR stand up! Then, the sleeper sofa mattress fell on top of me, becoming the lid on the coffin. Now I know why hospitals offer classes on how to get up from the floor, an idea that seemed silly to me prior to this experience. Finally, there was my Houdini challenge. I have had a never-used saucer chair in storage

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five years. I foolishly bought it after sitting in one owned by a friend's grandkids. Theirs was comfortable; mine, not so much, so I recently decided to give it away. But not without trying it out one last time. What a disaster! No chance to build inertia here. The only way to get out was to tip the chair, spilling it and my big butt on the floor, and you know what that would mean...

Jean Mlincek is a freelance writer who resides in St. Petersburg, Fla.

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PETS

3 Ways Pups Can Improve Seniors’ Health researcher at Waltham. “We are learning more every day about the important roles pets play in our lives, so it’s no surprise that pets are now in more than 84 million households. It’s great to recognize how pets can help improve seniors’ lives.” Walking with your pup can help both the pet and owner get in shape. Pets can keep older adults active and even help them meet the recommended public health guidelines for weekly physical activity. According to the study, on average, dog owners more often participated in 30 minutes a day of moderate physical activity and achieved 2,760 additional steps. However, the benefits of pet ownership go beyond physical activity. It’s no secret that pets provide companionship. From reducing rates of stress, depression and feelings of social isolation, pets can play a significant role in improvFamily Features Furry friends can play a significant role in pet owners’ lives. The old saying goes, “dogs are man’s best friend,” and research shows they may be more than that. In fact, they just might be the key to keeping seniors active. According to a study conducted by the University of Lincoln and Glasgow Caledonian University in collaboration with Mars Petcare Waltham Centre for Pet Nutrition, dog owners 65 and older were found to walk over 20 minutes more a day than seniors who did not have canine companions at home. The study documented three key conclusions: 1. Dog owners walked further and for longer than non-dog owners. 2. Dog owners were more likely to reach recommended activity levels. 3. Dog owners had fewer periods of sitting down. “Older adult dog owners are more active than those without dogs and are also more likely to meet government recommendations for daily physical activity,” said Nancy Gee, human animal interaction

ing people’s lives, which ultimately can make pet owners happier and healthier. Not only do pets serve as companions in their own right, studies have shown that dog owners can get to know their neighbors through their pets. Pets can even help facilitate the initial meeting and conversation, which may come as no surprise for many dog owners who have chatted with others while walking their dogs. For older adults who live alone or in a group facility, having a pet is also a great way to build relationships with others. As senior citizens are celebrated on upcoming days that acknowledge older adults, it turns out living with a pet can be a healthy choice for seniors in more ways than one. For more information on the benefits of pet ownership, visit bettercitiesforpets.com.


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DIFFERENCE From Page 1 someone who intends to continue living in his or her home or property through their lifetime, but still make a charitable gift. You can leave this generous gift by signing an agreement with an organization about maintaining the property, so you can use it throughout your lifetime. You may even receive a tax deduction for your gift. Gifts of stock: Stocks, bonds and mutual funds that have appreciated in value are among the best ways to gift a nonprofit organization. You may receive a charitable income tax deduction for the full market value of the stock (up to a maximum of 30 percent of your adjusted gross income) and avoid paying the capital gains tax on any increase in the value of the stock. Gifts of cash: This type of gift is simple and eligible for an immediate charitable tax credit. Although many organizations allow you to specify how you would like the funds to be used, an unrestricted monetary donation allows the organization to allocate your contribution into the project or area that needs funds most. If you designate a gift on someone’s behalf, be sure to share a card or a note with the honoree letting them know about the contribution. Particularly if it’s a cause close to the heart, it’s sure to be just as gratefully received, if not more so, as any trinket you might buy. Find more ideas for gifts that make a lasting difference at http://elivingtoday.com

REINVENTION From Page 1

It’s ok for us to move the goal post, and start doing something else that we are able to do- to make life more enjoyable, rather than being so hard on ourselves. No matter what limitations we have there is always a force for good that we can pursue. While my mind is still intact for the most part, I choose to write. Hopefully it will touch a cord or uplift someone. While writing I am also speaking to myself, as the words that end up on the page are for me to see too. While I’m no longer able to save a life working in my profession, maybe I can in some way help change a life with the written word. I used to do a lot of sewing and crafts, but now I crochet for charity. Being productive in some way is important to me still. Looking back, and it’s a lot of years, I realize that I’ve reinvented myself a lot, whether it was for my education and livelihood, or a cause that I was passionate about. Somehow it seemed easier then, but it’s still doable now. After considering our present ability there can still be something we can do. Doing nothing is not an alternative for our sanity, or self-esteem. If we look around, we will find something. I’ve decided I’m going to keep on keeping on. Besides, I just opened a bottle of pricey cologne I need to use up, and the nursing home can always use another lap blanket. Don’t know how to begin? The whole world needs prayer- why not start there?

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GARDEN CONNECT

For everything there is a season By Steve and Jeanne Wolfe From White Dove Farm

Greetings. It has been the coldest winter we have experienced for a long time - Brrrr. Everyone around us has been sharing their memories of extreme cold weather. Since many are from different areas of the United States and Canada, we share their discomfort of temperatures near and below zero. We particularly remember traveling in the military to South Dakota from Mississippi via St. Louis, Missouri in 1973, one of the coldest Christmas Eves in 44 years and one of the fiercest blizzards. I had scolded my wife for having overloaded the car, yet in disguise it became a blessing. God has ways of turning our mistakes into blessings. We saw trucks and cars sliding into the ditches. Here we were - me, my wife and three sons slowly plowing a path through the snow. I decided to go to the nearest motel since visibility was getting near zero. Lo and behold we obtained the last room available – thank you, Jesus. The room was cold, so we called the office and requested additional heat and blankets, not available because they were putting up people in the hallways and lobby. We were thankful to get out of the weather and to make the best of a poor situation, we all slept safely in our coats. CASSIA In Florida, the Cassia tree, (more like a large shrub), blooms in the fall/winter months, and has beautiful clusters of golden yellow blossoms. Also, known as the Golden Rain Tree, Cassia Fistula or Golden Shower Tree, this is one of our favorites for showy blossoms that come back year after year and is fast growing. The Cassia requires very little maintenance - only some trimming since the branches tend to droop. The picture in this article was rooted by Jeanne from an existing tree we have in the front of our property. Young trees grow asymmetrically with

branches drooping toward the ground. Staking and pruning will help to develop a well-shaped and structured crown. This tree is not invasive and is pest resistant, moderately drought tolerant and does well as a street tree. If you desire a cutting, email us at whtdovefarm@yahoo.com or call us at 813-991-9786. Please leave a message and we will call you back.

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SELF HELP

7 tips to support Alzheimer's caregivers

(BPT) - Brandpoint Caring for someone with Alzheimer's or other dementias is exceptionally demanding, and especially challenging. A recent survey by the Alzheimer's Association indicates many caregivers are not getting the help and support they need - 84 percent of caregivers say they would like more support in caring for someone with Alzheimer's, especially from family members. "Too many people are shouldering the caregiving burden alone," says Ruth Drew, director of information and support services at the Alzheimer's Association. "Many people want or would welcome help, but they are reluctant or just too overwhelmed to ask." Tips for supporting a caregiver Providing help and support to caregivers can be easier than most people think. Even little acts can make a significant difference, Drew says. The Alzheimer's Association offers these suggestions: Learn Educate yourself about Alzheimer's disease - its symptoms, its progression and challenges

facing caregivers. The more you know, the easier it will be to find ways to help. Build a team Organize family and friends who want to help. The Alzheimer's Association Care Team Calendar is a free, personalized online tool that allows helpers to sign up for specific tasks, such as preparing meals, providing rides or running errands. Give a break Spend time with the person with dementia, allowing the caregiver a chance to run errands, go to their own doctor's appointment or engage in an activity that helps them recharge. Even one hour can provide the caregiver some relief. Check in Many caregivers report feeling isolated or alone; make a phone call to check in, send a note or stop by for a visit. Tackle the to-do list Ask for a list of errands that need to be done. Pick up groceries or dry cleaning, or even offer to shuttle kids to and from activities. Be specific and be flexible Open-ended offers of support ("Call me if

you need anything," or "Let me know if I can help.") may be well-intended, but are often dismissed. Be specific in your offer ("I'm going to the store, what do you need?"). Continue to let the caregiver know that you are there and ready to help. Join the fight Honor a person living with the disease and their caregiver by supporting the Alzheimer's cause. Volunteer at your local Alzheimer's Association office or participate in fundraising events. "It's a mistake to assume caregivers have everything under control," Drew says. "Most caregivers can use and would appreciate help. No one can do everything, but each of us can do something." To learn more about Alzheimer's disease and ways you can support families and people living with the disease, visit www.alz.org, the website of the Alzheimer's Association.


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MEDICAL UPDA E

Could CRISPR-Mediated DNA Editing Bring an End to Disease? Dr. Wesley Pool We are not the same today as we were yesterday. We may look the same. We may even feel the same, but we are not the same. The human body consists of around 37.2 trillion cells. Furthermore, instructing every cell is a DNA molecule. Interestingly, we are comprised of only forty-six DNA Chromosomes (twenty-three from each parent). That seems simple enough, until further investigation reveals that a DNA molecule is in the form of two complex biopolymer strands twisted around each other, and rungs (like a ladder), forming a double helix consisting of DNA and RNA. Human genes are composed of DNA in base-pairs, and there are over three billion base-pairs in the human genome. Even though we may look

and feel the same, our body (our container for everything we are) is changing with every passing moment. Since every living cell

receives its instructions for what it biological change. is and how it operates from DNA, When a cell has lived its natuone slight deviation in the DNA ral preprogrammed lifetime, it dies and we develop the beginning of a See CRISPR, Page 11

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(apoptosis). This death causes the DNA double helix to divide, and be reborn along with a new cell. The reason for the division of the cell is that one long strand of the DNA remains in place as a blueprint for the chromosome as it rebuilds. One would believe that since one long strand of the DNA remains as a blueprint, any mutations in the new DNA would be overwritten to match the original structure. Paradoxically, it is changed to match the mutated DNA. All changes to our human form and function follow the programming of our DNA, including aging, illness, and disease. So why would DNA mutations dominate over the blueprint? Because many changes in DNA are beneficial for us. Due to this process, we could become worse. However, without this ability we could never change for the better. Short-Term Adaptation could not occur without mutation, even good adaptation. CRISPR (pronounced “crisper”) is an acronym for Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeats. Although Scientists have carried out DNA editing since the 1990s, CRISPR raised the bar dramatically. CRISPR is a family of DNA sequences which can be found in bacteria. Within the DNA sequences Scientists discovered some of the bacteria had been altered by attacks from viruses. Fighting back, these DNA sequences enhanced themselves with the ability to detect and destroy DNA that had mutated from similar virus attacks. Once discovered, Scientists found that

they could use these snippets as tools to divide or splice DNA, like cutting the DNA sequence with a pair of biomolecular scissors. Therefore, diseased DNA could be removed and replaced with healthy DNA. What good could CRISPR hold for the future? CRISPR could be used to literally change natural human evolution, and a Super Race created, if so desired. There will always be deviants who conspire to use scientific breakthroughs for their own twisted gains. However, I would rather think of the disease mechanisms it can potentially eliminate, and ways it will promote humanism. CRISPR may: • Cure All Disease. Some Scientists are already making significant progress against cancer, HIV, Alzheimer’s, Sickle-cell anemia, Lyme disease, and Heart Disease. • Eliminate Harmful Viruses and Bacteria. • Correct Genetic Errors That Lead to Disease or Disability. • Change Aging as We Know It. • Create Any Organ to Be Transplanted Without Rejection. • Create New Super-Nutritious Foods, That Stay Healthful Longer. • Eliminate the Ability of Insects and Animals to Transmit Disease. • Produce Enough Food to Feed the Entire World. (Dr. Wesley Pool is a Health Psychologist, Performance Consultant, Research Scientist, Author, Writer, Speaker. https://www.DrWesleyPool. com)

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SENIOR HAPPENINGS feature selections from The March King, John Philip Sousa. In addition, you will enjoy arrangements like Grand March From Aida, The Swing March, Cheerio March and Marcia Latina – Spanish Concert March. Please join this talented band of 40+ excellent volunteer musicians for an evening of marches. The Community Center is located at 1 Park Place & 106th Ave., Treasure Island. You can find the program music list at https://www.southpasadenaband.com/upcoming-program/. South Pasadena Band Concerts 2017-2018. All concerts @ 7:30 PM. Upcoming Concerts: April 11 – Treasure Island Community Center, May 17 – South Pasadena City Hall FRIDAY TAMPA BAY DANCE CLUB A Senior American Bandstand Music of the 50’S, 60’S, 70’S Latin, and Country, Senior American Bandstand, Byob, Snack& Setups Available, Everyone Welcome Over 45, Dress Code: Causal, Admission Cost: Non-Member $10.00. Face Book : Tampa Bay Dance, E-Mail: Tbdanceclub@Aol.com, Contract : Roger Verszyla - President - 813-390-7160 “SEX PLEASE, WE’RE SIXTY” - JUST FOR LAUGHS DINNER THEATER MARCH SCHEDULE Runs through March 18th 03/02 DJ - Mike Unwin Just for Laughs Dinner Theater • Largo 03/09 Live Music - Mike Laine - Country Western Theme “SEX PLEASE WE’RE SIXTY”. $36.00 for dinner and show. 1999 StarFoxtrot Dance Lessons key Road, Largo Fl 33771. Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Janu03/16-Band-On Our Own-St Patrick’s Day Theme ary 13th through March 18th. For reservations call 727 466 6546. Bring Finger Food To Share 03/23 DJ - Joey Royal - Dance Lessons Waltz JUST FOR LAUGHS DINNER THEATRE 03/30 Band - Bert & Sassy LARGO Location: 5601 Hanley Road, Tampa, Florida 33634 Barb and Toby are at it again at Just For Laughs Dinner Theater in Lar(Behind Family Of Christ West) go. This time around it’s the tripple hilarious Michael and Susan Parker Farce “Sex Please We’re Sixty”. This is a must see very true to life look BORN TO CREATE at The Change. You don’t want to miss Bud The Stud and Charmaine Runs through March 30, 2018 • Tampa Beuregard on stage until March 18th. The 21 item buffet is catered by Hidden Springs Ale Works and Funky As A Monkey Art Studio Havana Harry’s and is awesome. Located at 1999 Starkey Road in Lar- Presents a fresh exhibit with nine local artists "BORN TO CREATE". go. Call 727 466 6546 for reservations. See you there and bring your From February 23-March 30, 2018. Featuring the art of nine talented funnybone. artists who express themselves in photography, pen and ink, handsculpted books, acrylics, collage and watercolor. The nine artists are FLORIDA-FRIENDLY LANDSCAPING™ WORKSHOP Dorothy “Dore” Anderson, paint and collage, from traditional to steTuesday, March 20, from 12:45 – 4 p.m. ampunk; Scott Brien, who creates one-of-a-kind sculpted books; L. Seffner Jackson creates photographs, oils and watercolors; Cynthia Lizardi, Registration open for regional Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ Work- originally from Germany, has journeyed from stories, cartoons and shop. UF/IFAS Extension Pinellas County is partnering with exten- acrylics to etching glass and back to acrylics; Mish, a lover of nature sion offices from Hillsborough and Pasco counties to educate residents is famous for her psychedelic gecko photographs, pet portraits and all looking to create Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ (FFL) in their com- manner of our Florida jungle-like gardens; Katra Marie Peck’s watermunities. The workshop titled “Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ Legally colors succeeds in bringing emotion, color and joy onto her canvases Speaking: FFL in the Planned Community” is intended to help home- through mirror-like images; Nart is a first time exhibitor and brings an owners work with Homeowner Association (HOA) boards about im- element of humor and joy to the show; Dr. Libby Sheridan, a self-taught plementing Florida-Friendly Landscaping™. Topics for discussion will artist, with oil painting; Matt Sutherland’s paintings reflect his love of include current legal issues and HOA disputes, and a review of strate- nature. All art on exhibit is available for sale. For more information, or gies that homeowners can use when working with HOA board mem- if you are an artist interested in exhibiting your work, Contact: tim@ bers to install a Florida-Friendly landscape. The workshop will be held funkyasa.monkey.com or jaynelisbeth@gmail.com. SUPPORT LOCAL Tuesday, March 20, from 12:45 – 4 p.m. at the UF/IFAS Extension Hill- ARTISTS AND OUR ARTS COMMUNITY! sborough County Office in Seffner (5339 County Road 579). FloridaFriendly Landscaping™ means using low-maintenance plants and enviCRUISE PLANNERS CRUISES ronmentally sustainable practices. By implementing a Florida-Friendly Call me by March 31st for 2-for-1 cruise fares in 2018 and 2019! landscape, planned communities can lower maintenance and irrigation Call me before March 31st for up to $150 onboard credit for costs and create better-looking and healthier landscapes. Extension oceanview and above and a 3-category upgrade! Nancy Clark agents from Pinellas County will be on hand, along with Hillsborough nclark@cruiseplanners.com or 855-222-7245 | 813-527-6574 and Pasco extension agents, experts from the University of Florida and private industry representatives. To register, visit https://legallyspeakFREE CLASSES ing2018.eventbrite.com or contact clairelewis@ufl.edu. Tickets are $10. FREE CLASS: KICKING THE TOXINS OUT OF Each county has a Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ program. To find out YOUR HOME USING ESSENTIAL OILS. more about Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ in Pinellas County, contact What are toxins? Where do we find them in the home? These questions FFL Extension Agent Brian Niemann at (727) 453-6524 or FFL Com- and more will be answered. Tuesday, March 6th, 3 pm – 4:30 pm. and munity Outreach Coordinator Doris Heitzman at (727) 582-2422. Saturday, March 17th, 10 am – 11:30 am. FREE CLASS : HEALTHY ANIMALS USING ESSENTIAL OILS. THE SOUTH PASADENA COMMUNITY BAND Learn how to keep your animals healthy or restore them to health. TuesThe South Pasadena Community Band is an all-volunteer band based in day, March 13th. 3 pm – 4:30 pm. beautiful South Pasadena, Florida. We provide community concerts by FREE CLASS : ESSENTIAL OILS 101 local area musicians. Since we enjoy nearly year-round beautiful central Learn what are essential oils and what they can do for us. Where do gulf coast weather, the band can take advantage of both indoor and out- we find them? Are they safe? All these questions and more will be door concert venues during our September through May music season. answered. Tuesday. March 20th. 3 pm – 4:30 pm. If you love band music and miss playing, the band would like to welFREE CLASS: OILS FROM THE KITCHEN. come you to drop in on a Thursday evening rehearsal. The band re- We’ll be exploring ways to use essential vitality oils in the preparation of hearses on most Thursday evenings from 7:15 to 9:00 pm in the South food. Tuesday, March 27th. 3 pm – 4:30 pm. Pasadena City Hall Building from early September through mid-May. FREE CLASS: HEALTHY ANIMALS USING ESSENTIAL OILS. The City Hall is located at: 7047 Sunset Dr. S., South Pasadena, Florida. Learn how to keep your animals healthy or restore them to health. SatUPCOMING 2018 CONCERTS: urday, March 31st. 10 am – 11:30 am. All concerts @ 7:30 PM The Living Food Bakery & Café. 38201 10th Ave. Zephyrhills. All are March 7 – Treasure Island Community Center welcome. Come and enter to win a free oily prize. Questions? Call April 11 – Treasure Island Community Center Marti 813-399-4467 or Deanna 813-479-7724. May 17 – South Pasadena City Hall PAW PUP PORTRAIT CONTEST FUNDRAISER Concert locations: Treasure Island Community Center, 1 Park Place at 106th Avenue, Treasure Island. Pinellas Ale Works And Funky As A Monkey Art Studio announces South Pasadena City Hall, 7047 Sunset Dr. S., South Pasade- PAW PUP PORTRAIT CONTEST FUNDRAISER - All donations prona, Florida. For more information, you can go to our website vided to Pet Pal and Friends of Strays! Judging by PAW Clients: Saturat https://www.southpasadenaband.com/, or call us at: day, March 10, 8-9pm St. Petersburg, FL: Pinellas Ale Works, 1962 First 727-398-9639. Our mailing address is: 5885 Oakhurst Drive, Semi- Avenue South, St. Pete. Pinellas Aleworks and Funky As A Monkey Art nole, Florida 33772. Visit “Our Music” page to hear the band. Studio announces the first PAW PUP PORTRAIT CONTEST & FUNhttps://www.southpasadenaband.com/about-us/our-music/ DRAISER art exhibit. Pup portraits created by 18 local artist contestants will be on display at PAW March 9-April 13. Saturday, March 10, THE SOUTH PASADENA COMMUNITY BAND MARCH CONTEST 8-9pm PAW clients will cast their ballot in the form of $1 bills for the Let the South Pasadena Community Band put a spring in your step with best three portraits chosen from eighteen local artist entries. Each conour “March Madness” concert at the Treasure Island Community Cen- testant’s $5 entry fee and all PAW $1 votes will be donated to Friends of ter on Wednesday, March 7th at 7:30 pm. The concert is free and will Strays and Pet Pal. The first place winning contestant will be awarded

with a PAW tee shirt. Winning second and third place prizes will be tee shirts and/or caps donated by local pet charities Pet Pals and Friends of Strays. Portraits submitted by the eighteen contestants are in various media: acrylic, photographs, oils, watercolors, pencil, fingerpainting, pen and ink and collage. All contest entries will be on exhibit through April 13 and will available for sale. PAW’s Creative Loafing 2017 Ultimate Bar award, reputation for fresh and delicious brews, food truck fare, games, music and outdoor beer garden make this a special and fun event! Join us March 10 to judge your favorite pooch portrait, meet and mingle with the artists while donating to Pet Pals and Friends of Strays, providing funds for the very important work they do for our community. FREE ADMISSION and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. PAW is always pet and kid friendly! For more information contact Tim Gibbons at tim@funkyasamonkey.com, 813.231.2579 or Jayne Lisbeth at jaynelisbeth@gmail.com. VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR GREAT AMERICAN CLEANUP Pinellas County, in partnership with Keep Pinellas Beautiful, is seeking volunteers to help clean up the Cross Bayou Canal and Joe’s Creek waterways on Saturday, March 10, from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Volunteers must be at least 18 years old and can participate on land, or from a canoe or kayak. They can bring their own watercraft or borrow a canoe (provided on a first-come, first-served basis). The meeting location is the Pinellas County property at the corner of 70th Avenue North and 78th Street North in Seminole. From Park Boulevard, head south on 78th Street North and continue to the end of the road. Enter the gate and follow the signs. Check-in begins at 8 a.m., with trash collection taking place from 8:30 to 11:15 a.m. Volunteers must follow the safety policies of county staff and should be able to tolerate working in hot and wet conditions for three to four hours. At 11:30 a.m., organizers will provide lunch, an exhibitor social and raffle giveaways (must be present to win). Participants must wear closed-toe shoes and should bring sun protection (hat, sunglasses, sunscreen), insect repellent and a chair or towel to sit on during lunch. Life jackets are required. Trash grabbers, bags, gloves and water will be provided. Registration is required by visiting https://cbjc-cleanupmar2018.eventbrite.com by 3 p.m. on Thursday, March 8. ORANGE BLOSSOM GARDEN CLUB OF LUTZ MEETING NOTICE The Orange Blossom Garden Club of Lutz will hold their monthly meeting at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, March 7, 2018. Meetings are held at the Lutz Civic Center, 98 1st Ave NW, in Lutz across from the library. Joel Jackson from the Native Plant Society will provide a presentation on “Supporting Florida’s Wildlife.” Members are asked to bring a small rooted cutting to trade (please label your plant) and a canned good for the food bank. Please bring your friends and let’s have a great turnout. UPCOMING EVENT: Club Plant Sale will be held Saturday, 17 March in the Lake Chapman parking area next to LaYuma Restaurant on Hwy 41, Lutz, FL from 9 a.m. until sold out! Proceeds support our scholarship fund! (Cash only please). Check us out on Facebook at www.facebook.com/Orange Blossom Garden Club of Lutz, Florida. FIRESTONE GRAND PRIX OF ST. PETERSBURG 2018 Friday, March 9th, 10th, 11th, 2018 Albert Whitted Park • St. Petersburg Taking place on the waterfront street course in downtown St. Petersburg, the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg is among the most respected motorsports events in North America and features a weeklong festival-like atmosphere that includes the fastest racing series on the planet, celebrity athletes, live entertainment and interactive activities. Spectrum Speed Zone, Verizon IndyCar Series Fan Village, Beer Gardens, Driver Autograph Sessions, Interactive games & exhibits. Albert Whitted Park, 480 Bayshore De. SE, St. Petersburg. gpstpete.com/ ORCHID FESTIVAL Sunday, March 11th, 2018 • 10 am to 4 pm St. Petersburg Browse thousands of blooms on display in Sunken Gardens' annual tribute to orchids. Learn all about orchids from growers available to answer questions about this colorful and fragrant plant. Beer and wine available. Free with paid admission to or membership to Sunken Gardens; 1825 Fourth Street North, St. Petersburg, FL. www.stpete.org/ sunken. $10 Adults, $8 Seniors (62+), $4 Children (2-11) FEEDING TAMPA BAY MOBILE PANTRY Tuesday, March 13th 2018 • 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. April 10th • 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. 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, 1794 22nd Street South. feedingtampabay.org/mobile-pantries/ AN EVENING WITH AUDRA MCDONALD Tuesday, March 13th, 2018 • 7:30 pm Audra McDonald is unparalleled in the breadth and versatility of her artistry as both a singer and an actress which makes her the powerhouse artist that she is. The winner of a record - breaking six Tony Awards, two Grammy Awards, and an Emmy Award, she was named one of Time magazine's 100 most influential people of 2015 and received a 2015 National Medal of Art from President Barack Obama. Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S., www.themahaffey.com


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SENIOR HAPPENINGS ONE MILLION CUPS Wednesday, March 14th, 2018 • 9-10 am A weekly event for local entrepreneurs to meet and present their startups to the thriving peer network of founders in St. Petersburg. The Greenhouse hosts 1 MC from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. every Wednesday morning. The format of these caffeinated events is simple; a presenter speaks about their idea for six minutes followed by a twenty minute question and answer forum. The Kauffman Foundation seeks to bring awareness to the small business community and growth of local entrepreneurs. We invite you to come every week to enjoy delicious coffee brought to you by Kahwa. Become familiar with the Greenhouse and the diverse audience of mentors, advisors, and business owners who support entrepreneurship. Event is free and registration is not required. The Greenhouse/ 440 2nd Ave. N. St. Petersburg, FL 33701. Information: www.stpetegreenhouse.com/events FIT CITY 5K FAMILY TRAINING DAY Saturday, March 17th 2018 • 9 to 11 am Get set for the April 7 Fit City 5K with a free family training run from St. Pete Running Company to Azalea Park (Near 22nd Ave & Fitness Zone – Physical address 1600 72nd St. N) where participants will complete a fun series of fitness stations then back to SPRC. No registration. All ages & Fitness Levels welcome. Free. St. Pete Running Company, 6986 22nd Ave. N., St. Petersburg, FL. www.healthystpetefl.com 8TH ANNUAL JAMES WELDON JOHNSON LITERACY FESTIVAL Saturday, March 17th 2018 • 10am-4pm James Weldon Johnson Community Library Join the Friends of Johnson Branch Library, along with the City of St. Petersburg and the St. Petersburg Library System for a fun-filled day at the library. There will be Moonwalks, puppet show, mimes, music, poetry, Elmo character, face painting, food and FREE children's books. James Weldon Johnson Community Library, 1059 18th Ave. S., St. Petersburg. CIRQUE ELOIZE SALOON Sunday, March 18th 2018 • 7:00 pm The Mahaffey Theater • St. Petersburg A driving force in the circus art reinvention movement, Cirque Eloize has been creating award winning entertainment content for nearly 25 years and ranks among the world's leading contemporary circuses. The Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S., St. Petersburg - www.themahaffey.com MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET Tuesday, March 20th 2018 • 7:30 pm The award winning Broadway musical was inspired by a true story about Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Elvis Presley on December 4 1956 in one of the greatest rock n roll jam sessions in history. The Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S., St. Petersburg - www.themahaffey.com ART IN BLOOM Thursday, March 22-26, 2018 Museum of Fine Arts • St. Petersburg Art in Bloom is the Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg’s signature spring event which showcases the Museum’s collection in full bloom with dozens of floral designs inspired by the art and the galleries. Information about future ticket sales, Art in Bloom in general, and gallery admission can be found at: mfastpete.org. For more information on Flowers After Hours and “What Can I Bring?” – Art In Bloom Luncheon with Elizabeth Heiskell visit https://stuartsociety.donorshops.com/artin-bloom.php - Museum of Fine Arts, 255 Beach Dr. NE, St. Petersburg. mfastpete.org/ TAMPA BAY RAYS VS. BOSTON RED SOX Friday, March 23rd 2018 • 7:10 pm Tropicana Field, One Tropicana Drive, St. Petersburg. https:// www.mlb.com/rays LUXURY LIFESTYLE COCKTAIL RECEPTION Friday, March 23rd 2018 • 8pm Located inside the luxurious marble lobby of the Priatek Tower in downtown St. Petersburg, guests will enjoy premium brand open bars serving vibrant craft cocktails with fine wines & unique spirits. In addition, brand ambassadors will be offering samples of rare boutique spirits, including bourbons, scotches & more. For the wine enthusiast, there will be a wide variety of fine wines offered for tasting. Culinary pursuits will include a selection of sumptuous-themed food displays from local well known restaurants and our award winning catering team. Culinary offerings are too much to list but here is an example of the chef attended stations, Asian station, Italian station, Classic American cuisine station, Dessert station and many others. The reception will host a display of exotic cars, custom motorcycles and luxury brands. As for entertainment, a live band will play throughout the evening. Each guest will receive a special VIP gift bag and official fine art event poster. Priatek Plaza, 200 Central Avenue, St. Petersburg, FL, www.festivalsofspeed.com

GLUTEN FREE FOR LIFE EXPO Saturday, March 24th 2018 • 11 a.m. -4 p.m. Gluten Free for Life Expo comes to the Coliseum on March 24 from 11 a.m. -- 4 p.m. $10 for adults and free for children under 12. Join the Coliseum for education, food, and fun! The Coliseum, 535 Fourth Avenue North, St. Petersburg, stpete.org/ FESTIVAL OF SPEED Sunday, March 25th 2018 • 10 am to 4 pm Vinoy Park, St. Petersburg The 14th Annual Festivals of Speed at St. Petersburg is located in downtown St. Petersburg. The luxury lifestyle Motorsports display will showcase over 300 exotic cars, motorcycles, watercraft and luxury brands. The Festivals of Speed show field has become known for its unique diversity, showcasing both vintage and contemporary vehicles of all makes and models placed for display amongst the splendor that is Vinoy park. The park is on the water with magnificent views of the bay and vibrant downtown. Guests will experience automotive designs by Porsche, Ferrari, Rolls-Royce, Lamborghini, Aston-Martin, BMW, Mercedes, McLaren, and more and while enjoying fine wines, exciting culinary offerings, cigar lounge, on site cafes, smooth jazz in the gardens, and luxury brands. Experience an exclusive VIP-only section, which will feature a fabulous culinary display, premium brand open bars, soft drinks and much more, admission $85 per person; advance tickets only. Vinoy Park, 701 Bay Shore Dr. NE, St. Petersburg, FL, www.festivalsofspeed.com

23RD ANNUAL AWARDS DINNER HONORED EMERGENCY RESPONDERS Helped raise over $80,000 for local charity St. Petersburg, FL., February 21, 2018– John Morroni’s 23rd Annual Awards Dinner for Emergency Personnel celebrates the success of local emergency responders. Pinellas County Commissioner John Morroni, awarded four emergency responders at the Carillon Hilton Saturday evening. Recognizing their heroics in 2017, St. Petersburg Police Department K-9, Sunstar Paramedics, Dunedin Firefighters, and Pinellas County Sheriffs presented awards to recipients. Jonathan Vazquez from the St. Petersburg Police Department, Jason Bihlajama from Sunstar Paramedics, Lou Staggs from the Dunedin Fire Department, and Roscoe Dobson from the Pinellas County Sheriff ’s Office were recognized with the John Morroni Award for their valiant efforts in 2017. Due to their heroics, 560 people were in attendance, 50 Sponsors and raised over $80,000 for Moffitt Cancer Center Foundation 501(c)(3). The annual dinner, was initially conceived in 1995, in memoriam to fallen police officer Jeffrey Tackett. Of which, the Jeffrey Tackett Law Enforcement Act was created. This mandated all police officers have sufficient backup when patrolling. “Even though it has been 25 years since the tragic death of Officer Tackett, through this dinner in his honor he continues to save lives,” Commissioner Morroni stated. In his final remarks, he also said “I thank you for allowing me to be your State Representative for 8 years and as your County Commissioner for the last 18 years, I hope I have made you proud.” Commissioner Morroni will be leaving office in November of this year. If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Miller, Joshua T at 727-464-3568 or email at jtmiller@pinellascounty.org.

DENNIS MILLER Friday, March 30th 2018 • 8:00 pm The Mahaffey Theater • St. Petersburg From the O'Reilly Factor to SNL to the New York Times best seller list, Dennis Miller is a true comedian and TV personality. The Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S., St. Petersburg. www. themahaffey.com POPOVICH COMEDY PET THEATER Saturday, March 31st 2018 • 3:00 pm The Mahaffey Theater • St. Petersburg Gregory Popovich's hilarious family show features dozen of delightfully- trained dogs and cats, all of them rescued from shelters across the country, doing amazing things! The Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S., St. Petersburg. www.themahaffey.com Content Text: TWO FREE CONCERTS IN APRIL - SOUTH PASADENA COMMUNITY BAND Two FREE concerts will be presented by the South Pasadena Community Band in April. “Music Of Our Time” will include several selections by composers who are currently writing original compositions for the bands of today. The band is composed of approximately 40 excellent musicians who volunteer their time and talent to provide these free concerts to the community. Join us for an evening of fun and enjoyment by this talented group. This concert will be presented at the Treasure Island Community Center (1 Park Place, 106th Avenue in Treasure Island) on Wednesday, April 11th and will be repeated on Thursday, April 12th at South Pasadena City Hall (7047 Sunset Drive South). Both concerts will begin at 7:30 PM. Check our website to find the program music list as it is updated at https://www.southpasadenaband.com/upcoming-program/. Our final performance and location follows: May 17 – South Pasadena City Hall – Program: Band’s Favorites ORANGE BLOSSOM GARDEN CLUB OF LUTZ MEETING NOTICE The Orange Blossom Garden Club of Lutz will hold their monthly meeting at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, April 4, 2018. Meetings are held at the Lutz Civic Center, 98 1st Ave NW, in Lutz across from the library. Heather Diaz will provide a presentation on “Hummingbirds.” Members are asked to bring a small rooted cutting to trade (please label your plant) and a canned good for the food bank. Please bring your friends and let’s have a great turnout. UPCOMING EVENT: Club Plant Sale will be held Saturday, 17 March in the Lake Chapman parking area next to LaYuma Restaurant on Hwy 41, Lutz, FL from 9 a.m. until sold out! Proceeds support our scholarship fund! (Cash only please). Check us out on Facebook at www.facebook.com/Orange Blossom Garden Club of Lutz, Florida

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FINANCIAL

Are You Financially Prepared for an Emergency or Natural Disaster? StatePoint Being financially prepared for an emergency or natural disaster is about more than just having savings set aside. Having access to critical personal and financial information will help you on the road to recovery. The experts at Freddie Mac offer the following tips for getting organized and prepared for the unexpected. • Compile information. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Emergency Financial First Aid Kit includes fillable checklists, and is a handy and free way to compile important information, such as driver’s

license numbers, birth certificates and Social Security numbers, bank accounts, insurance policies, mortgage statements, credit cards, taxes, health insurance cards, accounts, medications taken and any other health records, as well as household contact information, including landlords, doctors, schools, employers, contractors, lawyers, and insurance agents. Be sure to revisit this information periodically and update it as needed. • Review your paperwork. Review your insurance policies and financial paperwork to be sure that they are current. Update any policies as soon as possible, so you need it most. After an emergency, are not without coverage when you contact your insurance agents about your policies to find out what you can expect, including an explanation of benefits. For example, many homeowners policies cover alternative living expenses that can help provide you and your family with temporary housing needs, meals and other life necessities. • Seek mortgage relief. In the event of an emergency, having access to your mortgage information can be critical, as you may be eligible for mortgage relief. “When FEMA announces that individual assistance programs have been extended in major disaster areas, we quickly respond by offering mortgage relief options for those in the impacted areas. This includes suspending mortgage payments for up to 12 months so victims of natural disasters can focus on what’s important: their own safety and the safety of their families,” says Yvette Gilmore, Freddie Mac VP, SingleFamily Servicer Performance Management. “As soon as it’s safe to do so, it’s important that impacted homeowners contact their mortgage company right away to discuss their mortgage relief options.” • Get secured. Secure your property as best as possible, keeping it safe from damaging natural elements and, if you are evacuating, potential vandalism while it sits empty. Consider

protecting valuables, mementos and personal information in a safety deposit box or a fire and waterproof safe. When it’s safe to return home, document any damage to your home and belongings with photos or videos, if possible. • Get smart. Unfortunately, crises tend to bring out scam artists. Be wary of post-disaster scams and anyone offering to provide you with immediate assistance for money. Government officials will never ask for money and will always show their ID badges. For more disaster preparedness tips and resources, visit www. FreddieMac.com/blog. Saving for a rainy day is an important step that everyone should take to prepare for the unexpected. But remember, true financial preparation for emergencies and disasters goes beyond a savings account. For peace of mind, use free online resources to get organized.


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Tips to Protect Birds in Your Yard and Garden StatePoint One of the best parts of backyard living in the warmer months is all the potential for bird watching that comes with it. You may have even installed a birdfeeder in your garden in an attempt to attract more birds to your property. But did you know, your home poses dangerous risks to the birds that visit your yard and garden? Window strikes are common among many species of migrating birds, and millions of wild birds are killed annually flying into windows. Whether you are an avid amateur ornithologist or just a casual observer of feathered friends in flight, by taking precautions your home need not be part of the problem. Take advantage of the fact that birds can see certain light frequencies that humans cannot to make

windows visible to birds in a way that won’t obstruct your own view. Doing so can be a simple home project completed in just an afternoon. Try applying UV decals and UV liquid to your home’s windows and sliding glass doors. Those from WindowAlert, for example, have been proven to effectively alter the flight path of birds to prevent window strikes. While the coating will look like etched glass to the human eye, it will look very visible to a bird. As UV reflectivity may fade over time, it’s important to replace the decals and liquid every four months. Application techniques can be found by visiting WindowAlert. com. “Turning your home into a refuge for birds is a simple way to save lives and protect the creatures that beautify your yard and, in the case of hummingbirds, pollinate your garden,” says Spencer Schock,

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founder of WindowAlert. Schock also recommends planting trees, shrubs and flowers that provide birds with nourishment and shelter, as well as paying attention to pet cats when they are outdoors, to

ensure they don’t hunt the birds that visit. This season, be a better friend to birds by taking a few simple measures in your home and garden.

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How Lucky We Are by Susan Adger After storms drench the sea and the sun reappears the day’s bright, skies are blue, salty smells on the air. Seagulls screech their shrill cries as they soar overhead.

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We glide in our canoe to a spoil island dredged from the mucky gray sand of the inter-coastal. When we land on the beach riches lie everywhere.

All of these, nature’s gifts are laid out at our feet wrapped with ribbons of brown aromatic seaweed fluttering and caressing the damp island shore. We gather our treasures from nature’s great wealth, think how lucky we are that the storm just blew through and we live in this place and we have a canoe.

Scallop shells, coral, conchs, old bones bleached by the sun, whelks and sand dollars lie beside twisted driftwoods to which barnacles cling at the edge of a dune. Tampa Bay Times Masterworks

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I began writing about fifteen years ago when I retired from working in the social service field. I first wrote poetry after being inspired by hearing Wayne Williams read his work. (He was recently named Poet Laureate of Largo.) For eleven years he’s hosted Poet’s Live at the Largo Library, where people are welcome to come and read their poetry. We meet the second Monday night of each month at 6 pm. Feel free to join us. I am the author of two books, “Seashells, Gator Bones, and the Church of Everlasting Liability”, Stories from a small Florida town in the 1930s (my family has been here since the late 1800s) and “A Quiet Voice” – which was co-authored with Eugene Hairston. My web site is www.susanadger.com.


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ENTERTAINMENT CONCERT AT NOON - SARASOTA OPERA HOUSE Friday, March 16, 2018 • 12:00PM • Sarasota Opera House Experience tomorrow’s talent first hand as our Apprentice Artists perform in these hour-long concerts. Limited seating: first come, first served. MANON LESCAUT Sat 3/17/18 - 7:30PM and Fri 3/23/18 7:30PM Sarasota Opera House Love at first sight strikes the Cavalier Des Grieux and the enchanting Manon Lescaut. They flee to Paris, but when Des Grieux’s money runs out, Manon leaves him for a wealthy man. Yet despite the jewels and parties, Manon’s love for Des Grieux is inextinguishable and will burn them in ways they do not foresee. CARMEN Wed 3/7, Fri 3/9. Tue 3/13, Fri 3/16, Thur 3/22 at 7:30 pm Sat 3/24 at 1:30 pm • Sarasota Opera House All-consuming, ill-fated passion rules the tumultuous love of a gypsy and a corporal. Carmen will take you on a journey through Seville, to the mountains with the smugglers, and finally to the bullring, where Carmen and Don José’s story comes to its tragic end. Hear some of the most recognizable music in opera, like the “Habanera” and the “Seguidilla,” and feel the excitement of the famous “Toreador Song.” NORMA Sat 3/3, Tue 3/6, Thu 3/8, Wed 3/14, Tue 3/20, Sat 3/24 at 7:30PM Sun 3/11, Sat 3/17 at 1:30PM • Sarasota Opera House In Roman-occupied Gaul, a Druid priestess and a Roman official—Norma and Pollione—have fallen in love. Defying her sacred vows, Norma has borne two children, but Pollione’s sights are now set on Adalgisa, a temple virgin. The scorned Norma contemplates murder, but as her heart battles between love and duty, she chooses to be cleansed by the flames of a sacrificial pyre. COVERS AT THREE Fri 3/9 at 3:00PM Peterson Great Room, Sarasota Opera House Studio Artists who are understudying principal roles on the main stage will sing excerpts from this season’s operas. TIEFLAND Sat 3/10, Thu 3/15, Wed 3/21 at 7:30PM Sun 3/18/18, Sun 3/25 at 1:30PM • Sarasota Opera House Marta is the unwilling mistress of a wealthy landowner, Sebastiano. To keep the poor girl near him while he takes a wealthy wife, Sebastiano marries Marta off to the shepherd, Pedro. Unaware of her past, Pedro falls in love with her. When Marta’s awful secret comes to light, Pedro does whatever it takes to free his beloved from her misery. This passionate example of early 20th century verismo opera is seen regularly in Germany and Austria, but there has been only one other U.S. production in a century.

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THE WIZARD OF OZ Thursday, March 8th RP Funding Center There truly is no place like home with the greatest family musical of all time, THE WIZARD OF OZ. Families will be captivated traveling down the Yellow Brick Road with Dorothy, Toto and their friends the Cowardly Lion, Tin Man and Scarecrow, featuring breathtaking special effects, dazzling choreography and classic songs. A spectacular celebration of the iconic 1939 MGM film, THE WIZARD OF OZ will blow you away from the moment the tornado touches down and transports you to Oz, complete with flying monkeys and munckins. Don't miss the chance to travel over the rainbow and experience this national treasure on stage. Center Stage Dining: $17.95 per person plus tax JIM BREUER Capitol Theatre Fri, Mar 9 at 8:00 PM Back by popular demand, Tampa native, Jim Breuer returns to the Capitol Theatre after sold-out performance in 2016 and at the Palladium in 2017! Breuer remains one of today’s top entertainers and continues to win over audiences with his off-the-wall humor! Named one of Comedy Central’s 100 Greatest Stand-Ups of All Time, Breuer is one of the most recognizable comedians, known for his charismatic stage antics, dead-on impressions, and familyfriendly stand-up. During his four years on SNL, Breuer quickly became a fan-favorite for his original character "Goat Boy" and his dead-on impressions of actor Joe Pesci. Following his success on SNL, Breuer starred alongside Dave Chappelle in the cult favorite film Half Baked. He can be heard on his weekly Sirius/XM Radio show Fridays With Breuer, featuring guests such as Jerry Seinfeld, Bill Cosby, Chris Rock, Dennis Leary, and Jeff Foxworthy. Don't miss his Capitol Theatre return! Tickets are $35 & $28. Performance is at the 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 for $135 (Menu A) or $125 (Menu B). JAKE OWEN & DUSTIN LYNCH Sat, Mar 10 at 6:30 PM REH On The Road Ruth Eckerd Hall on the Road announces that not one, but two top country music stars will share top billing at the fourth Valspar LIVE! event at the 2018 Valspar Championship. Jake Owen and Dustin Lynch will each perform on the Osprey Driving Range adjacent to the Copperhead Course at Innisbrook Resort, which will be after the conclusion of play on Saturday, March 10 at approximately 6:30 p.m. and is free of charge to all Saturday tournament ticketholders. Each is slated to play a 45-minute show full of their many hits. Owen and Lynch will be the fourth Valspar LIVE! event that Ruth Eckerd Hall on the Road has produced, following on the heels of The Band Perry (2015), Rascal Flatts (2016) and Toby Keith (2017). Tickets are now on sale for Saturday and prospective patrons are reminded that Valspar LIVE! Saturday was a sellout last year, the first in tournament history. Tickets on sale now at ValsparChampionship.com. THE IRISH ROVERS Sat, Mar 10 at 7:30 PM Capitol Theatre The legendary Irish Folk group, The Irish Rovers, bring their Unicorn Tour to Clearwater, returning for the first time since 2013! The legends of Irish music will raise the spirit of St. Patrick at the Capitol Theatre this spring. The tour celebrates the album that took them to the top of the charts 50 years ago. Since that first big hit, the band returned to the charts 15 more times, nevertheless, the magic of The Unicorn remains. The Rovers are releasing The Unicorn, The Continuing Story LP and CD with new recordings plus finally after all these years... the sequel to The Unicorn Song. Tickets are $49 & $39. Performance is at the Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St, Downtown Clearwater. Clear Sky Dinner Package Menu A: $125 Clear Sky Dinner Package Menu B : $115 TAMPA BAY SYMPHONY "EAST MEETS WEST" Mar 11, 2018 • 2:30 pm The Straz Center • Ferguson Hall Five - Kenyon Wilson, America the Beautiful, arr. Carmen Dragon, Premium Blend Double Concerto for Clarinet and Bassoon (World Premiere) - Sforzini, Brian Moorhead, clarinet, Mark Sforzini, bassoon, Guest Conductor, TBA, Symphony No. 2 “Little Russian” - Tchaikovsky Tickets start at $22.50. THE TEXAS TENORS: RISE Sun, Mar 11 at 7:30 PM Capitol Theatre Tune into WEDU PBS this fall for an all-new concert by The Texas Tenors, RISE, featuring a live orchestra and choir performing classical, pop, country and Broadway! Three time Emmy® Award winning & America's Got Talent finalist classical crossover trio, The Texas Tenors make their Capitol Theatre debut! From Bruno Mars to Puccini, America's favorite new tenors, Marcus Collins, John Hagen and JC Fisher share with audiences a unique blend of country, classical, Broadway and current pop music. RISE fea-

tures Amazing Grace, The Righteous Brothers’, Lovin’ Feelin', John Denver’s Country Roads, Take Me Home, an emotional rendition of the patriotic classic God Bless America and many more! They use breathtaking vocals, humor and a touch of cowboy charm to create an unforgettable live show. Since their whirlwind debut six years ago on NBC's America's Got Talent, The Texas Tenors have accumulated a long list of awards, accolades and excited fans. They were recently named the #10 Classical Artist in the world according to Billboard magazine. Tickets are $50, $40, & $30. Performance is at the Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St, Downtown Clearwater. Clear Sky Dinner Package Menu A: $125 Clear Sky Dinner Package Menu B : $120 110 YEARS OF BROADWAY Mon, Mar 12 at 1:00 PM & 7:30 PM Ruth Eckerd Hall Back for its annual celebration of Broadway’s greatest songs, this dazzling all-new show, which sells out every year, features five of Broadway’s finest stars performing songs from the best and most beloved award-winning smash Broadway musicals such as Jersey Boys, Wicked, MAMMA MIA! and Broadway classics from such composers as Jerome Kern (Show Boat), Rodgers and Hammerstein (The Sound of Music), Kander and Ebb (Cabaret), Cole Porter (Anything Goes), Stephen Sondheim (Sweeney Todd), Andrew Lloyd Webber (The Phantom of the Opera) and many more! Single tickets are priced at $35, $25 and $18. 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. *7:30pm show not included in the Adults At Leisure package DANCE TO THE MOVIES Tue, Mar 13 at 7:30 PM Ruth Eckerd Hall Dance To The Movies starring Academy Award nominee Lesley Ann Warren, Dancing with the Stars celebrity pros Tony Dovolani and Anna Trebunskaya with So You Think You Can Dance top finalists Randi Strong & Jonathan Platero, along with star vocalist Vonzell Solomon from American Idol and Antonio Martinez from America’s Got Talent in this new, high octane stage hit coming to Ruth Eckerd Hall! Tickets are $65, $45, and $35. Join us for a post-show Meet & Greet and come rub elbows with some of your favorite stars from the Show! Get autographs, meet and take pictures with the Dancing Pros, Lesley Ann Warren and the singers Brian & Vonzell. This is a very limited opportunity backstage. It will a night to remember! Meet & Greet tickets are $100. To purchase the Meet & Greet, CLICK HERE. Must also purchase show ticket. *DANCE TO THE MOVIES is not sponsored by or affiliated with Dancing with the Stars in any capacity. JOSHUA RADIN Tue, Mar 13 at 8:00 PM Capitol Theatre Singer-songwriter Joshua Radin makes his way to Clearwater for his debut at the historic Capitol Theatre! Love and the complications surrounding it have long proven to be Radin's songwriting forte. Though he never intended to be a live performer, there was little choice when the first song he ever wrote, Winter, was featured on an episode of Scrubs. The resulting fervor around the song soon led to a record deal, and over the last decade, Radin has toured the world countless times, sold hundreds of thousands of records and topped the iTunes charts, earned raves from Rolling Stone to The Guardian, performed on The Tonight Show, Conan, and more, played Ellen DeGeneres' wedding at her personal request, and had his songs featured in more than 150 different films, commercials, and TV shows. Special guest William Fitzsimmons will open the show. Tickets are $49.50 & $34.50. Performance is at the 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 for $130 (Menu A) or $120 (Menu B). View Package Options TFO: BEETHOVEN! Wed, Mar 14 at 11:00 AM Ruth Eckerd Hall The Florida Orchestra: Beethoven! Lakeland, FL ORIGINAL SEWING & QUILT EXPO Thursday, March 15th to Saturday, March 17th RP Funding Center (formerly The Lakeland Center) Ideas, Projects, Inspiration. It's a creative world inside Expo classrooms with talented teachers! Shopping! Shopping! Shop the latest tools and supplies inside the Exhibit Hall with retailers from around the country. Quilts on Display - See fabulous quilts in the Expo Display Gallery – art, modern, traditional, quilts you can make. More. Runway Fashions - Get a look at fashion forward garments you can sew while live models walk the runway. THE YOUNG IRELANDERS Thu, Mar 15 at 1:00 PM Ruth Eckerd Hall The Young Irelanders comprises eight sensational performers who have Irish traditional music, song and dance running


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ENTERTAINMENT through their veins. Although still in their 20s and 30s, these performers have achieved more than most people would aspire to in a lifetime. Between them they have performed for many heads of state including Presidents of Ireland, U.S. Presidents, the Queen of England, the President of China, Prince Albert of Monaco, Empress Michiko of Japan as well as performed at Radio City Music Hall, the Great Hall of the People in China, Kremlin State Palace in Moscow, the U.S. Capitol Building, Fox Theatre in Detroit and the Pantages Theatre in L.A. The artists have also toured as lead performers with Riverdance and Michael Flatley’s Lord of the Dance, been soloists on PBS specials, shared the stage with Bono and have collaborated with Ronnie Wood (Rolling Stones) and Sting (The Police). Single tickets are priced at $35, $25 and $18. 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 FAB FOUR Thu, Mar 15 at 8:00 PM Capitol Theatre If you want to experience the best Beatles tribute ever, you won’t want to miss The Fab Four - The Ultimate Tribute returning to the Capitol Theatre for the first time since 2014! The Emmy® Award-Winning Fab Four is elevated far above every other Beatles tribute due to their precise attention to detail. With three costume changes representing every era of the Beatles everchanging career and uncanny, note-for-note live renditions of Beatles’ classics such as Can’t Buy Me Love, Yesterday, A Day In The Life, Twist And Shout, Here Comes The Sun and Hey Jude, the Fab Four will make you think you are watching the real thing. The Fab Four is truly the ultimate tribute. Tickets are $47.50, $37.50 and $30.00 The performance is at The Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater, FL 33755. Clear Sky on Cleveland to offer a delicious premium dining and entertainment experience for $120 (Menu A) or $110 (Menu B) JUDY COLLINS Fri, Mar 16 at 7:30 PM Capitol Theatre GRAMMY® award winner, Judy Collins returns to the Capitol Theatre after her most recent sold-out show in 2016 for another spell-binding performance! Inspiring audiences with sublime vocals, boldly vulnerable songwriting, and a firm commitment to social activism, she will entertain you with her hits like Both Sides Now, Amazing Grace and Send In The Clowns. She is a modern day Renaissance woman, an accomplished filmmaker, record label head, musical mentor, and an in-demand keynote speaker for mental health and suicide prevention. She continues to create music of hope and healing that lights up the world and speaks to the heart. Tickets are $46.50 & $33.50. Performance is at the 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: $125. Clear Sky Dinner Package Menu B : $115 DOO WOP REUNION XVIII Sat, Mar 17 at 7:30 PM Ruth Eckerd Hall Guys, slick back your hair; Girls, put on your poodle skirts - Let’s cruise back in time to relive the greatest music as Doo Wop returns to Ruth Eckerd Hall for Doo Wop Reunion XVIII! This all-star lineup of legendary musicians from the 1950s and 60s features: Bobby Rydell (Wild One, Swingin' School, We Got Love and Volare), The Crests featuring Tommy Mara (Sixteen Candles and The Angels Listened In), Lou Christie (Lightnin' Strikes and Two Faces Have I) and The Coasters (Yakety Yak, Charlie Brown and Searchin). Tickets are *$140, $95, $60, and $45. *$140 Dinner Package includes a premium seat and pre-show dinner. Artist does not appear at Dinner.

CELEBRATING DAVID BOWIE Sat, Mar 17 at 8:00 PM Capitol Theatre Debuting at the Capitol Theatre, Celebrating David Bowie brings together friends, Bowie bandmates & world class players performing a career spanning concert of Bowie music, Bowie-style! More than just a mere salute, Celebrating David Bowie keeps David’s music alive with musicians who worked closely with him throughout his career and other top musicians greatly influenced by him performing a show highlighting elements that influenced Bowie and that in turn Bowie influenced: pop culture experimentation, art, fashion, science and futurism. Line-up includes Mike Garson, Earl Slick, Gerry Leonard, Carmine Rojas, Bernard Fowler plus additional special guests. Tickets are $65.50, $52.50, & $42.50. Performance is at the Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St, Downtown Clearwater. Front Row Package: $220; Celebrating David Bowie Ticket Package: $165. A limited number of Private Luxury Boxes are available for single event purchase by calling Adam at 727-712-2717 or email him at aburr@rutheckerdhall.net for more information. The VIP Lounge opens 1 hr prior to show time and during intermission. Cash bar is also located in the VIP Lounge. Each box consists of (4) seats. When purchasing, you must purchase all 4 seats. One valet parking pass per box. FOREIGNER Sun, Mar 18 at 7:30 PM Ruth Eckerd Hall Rock legends, Foreigner returns to Ruth Eckerd Hall for the first time since 2014 joined by rock symphony orchestra for an evening of hits like you've never heard them before! Foreigner is universally hailed as one of the most popular rock acts in the world – responsible for some of rock and roll’s most enduring anthems including Juke Box Hero, Feels Like The First Time, Urgent, Head Games, Hot Blooded, Cold As Ice, I Want To Know What Love Is, Waiting for A Girl Like You and Dirty White Boy. Tickets are *$220, **$150, $103.25, $73.25, and $53.25. *$220 VIP Package Includes: - Premium seat and a pre-show photo op/meet 'n' greet with the band - Foreigner Tote Bag - Autographed Limited Edition CD! - Photo with the band - VIP Limited Edition Laminate - $10 coupon towards merchandise purchase at show **$150 Dinner Package includes a premium seat and pre-show dinner. Artist does not appear at Dinner. SHEN YUN Sunday, March 18 at 2:00pm & 7:30pm RP Funding Center Through the universal language of music and dance, SHEN YUN weaves a wondrous tapestry of heavenly realms, ancient legends, and modern heroic tales, taking audiences on a journey through 5,000 years of Chinese culture with stunning beauty and tremendous energy. a SHEN YUN performance features the world's foremost classically trained dancers, a unique orchestra blending East and West, dazzling animated backdrops - together creating one spectacular performance. ARTISTS CHOICE CONCERT Sun 3/18/18 7:30PM • Sarasota Opera House A Sarasota Opera tradition! Principal and studio artists will perform their choice of the best of opera and song, with piano accompaniment. O SOLE TRIO: PAVAROTTI TO POP Tue, Mar 20 at 1:00 PM Ruth Eckerd Hall O Sole Trio is a vibrant musical ensemble featuring the lush voices of soprano Erin Shields, baritone Giuseppe Spoletini along with the versatile and virtuosic David Shenton on piano and violin. “Incredible fun!” and “A true tour de force,” O Sole Trio’s Pavarotti to Pop show celebrates The Great Italian Songbook. The show takes you on a musical journey, revealing how Italian Americans influenced the American popular music scene throughout the decades. From humorous storytelling to innovative and unique arrangements, this trio breathes new life into songs made famous by such legendary singers as Enrico Caruso, Louis Prima, Frank Sinatra, Connie Francis, Frankie Valli, Dion,

and Andrea Bocelli, combining virtuosic musical feats (like David playing the piano and the violin at the same time!) with an accessible and engaging program of well-known classics. With two stellar voices, commanding piano accompaniment and 6 additional musicians, O Sole Trio’s show is fast-paced, funny and touching; no wonder they have had sold-out performances at Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall! Single tickets are priced at $35, $25 and $18 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. MIKE + THE MECHANICS Tue, Mar 20 at 8:00 PM Capitol Theatre One of pop musics first supergroups, Mike & The Mechanics make their first area appearance in 30 Years at their Capitol Theatre debut! Even inside Genesis, Mike Rutherford’s forte has always been his melodic songwriting. With the Mike & the Mechanics, founded by Rutherford and currently consisting of Anthony Drennan, Gary Wallis, Tim Howar, Luke Juby, and Andrew Roachford, he managed to find a further way to express himself working with other composers and different teams. Since 1985, they have released seven albums, selling more than 10 million records, launching many hit singles such as Silent Running (On Dangerous Ground), All I Need Is a Miracle, Word of Mouth, Over My Shoulder and The Living Years and touring worldwide with a two frontmen led band. Mike + The Mechanics' brand new album Let Me Fly is out now. Tickets are $194.50 (includes a Meet & Greet), $69.50, $59.50 & $49.50. Performance is at the Capiol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St, Downtown Clearwater. Clear Sky Dinner Package Menu A: $140 Clear Sky Dinner Package Menu B : $130 RODNEY CARRINGTON LIVE Thu, Mar 22 at 7:00 PM Ruth Eckerd Hall Rodney Carrington returns to Clearwater for his fifth appearance at Ruth Eckerd Hall for a night that is sure to be filled with tons of laughter! As a stand-up comedian, actor and country music artist, Rodney's performance combines stand-up comedy and original songs. Rodney's hit songs include Drink More Beer, Show Them to Me and Put Your Clothes Back On. Carrington has also starred in the sitcom Rodney and in the 2008 film Beer for My Horses. Rodney's newest comedy special Here Comes The Truth can be found on Netflix now! SHOW IS FOR MATURE AUDIENCES ONLY Tickets are *$194.75, and $44.75. *$194.75 VIP Package includes a premium seat and a post-show meet & greet with Rodney Carrington. VIP PACKAGE TICKETS ARE DAY OF SHOW WILL CALL PICKUP ONLY. Dinner Packages are also available for purchase and include a premium seat and pre-show dinner. Dinner is not affiliated with the artist in any way and artist does not appear at the dinner. DAVID BROMBERG QUINTET Thu, Mar 22 at 8:00 PM Capitol Theatre The Godfather of Americana, David Bromberg returns to the Capitol Theatre with the David Bromberg Quintet! Through Bromberg’s unparalleled playing and gift for interpretation, a crack band and tasteful horn arrangements,his newest album The Blues, The Whole Blues and Nothing But The Blues reaches electrifying heights as well as intimate acoustic moments, breathing fresh life into the songs of Robert Johnson, Bobby Charles, George “Little Hat” Jones, Ray Charles, and Sonny Boy Williamson, among others. His sensitive and versatile approach to guitar-playing is deeply rooted in the blues and folk traditions. He weaves between the lines of bluegrass, blues, folk, jazz, country, western, and rock and roll seamlessly with his quirky, humorous lyrics, and the ability to play rhythm and lead guitar at the same time. Tickets are $47, $35, and $25. Performance is at the Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St, Downtown Clearwater. Clear Sky on Cleveland to offer a delicious premium dining and entertainment experience for $120 (Menu A) or $110 (Menu B).

BEAUTIFUL - THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL Mar 27, 2018 - Apr 01 The Straz Center • Carol Morsani Hall Long before she was Carole King, chart-topping music legend, she was Carol Klein, Brooklyn girl with passion and chutzpah. She fought her way into the record business as a teenager and, by the time she reached her twenties, had the husband of her dreams and a flourishing career writing hits for the biggest acts in rock ‘n’ roll. But it wasn’t until her personal life began to crack that she finally managed to find her true voice. Along the way, she made more than beautiful music, she wrote the soundtrack to a generation.

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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 early-bird 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!

VENUE ADDRESSES AND CONTACT INFORMATION

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

RP Funding Center (The Lakeland Center) 701 W. Lime St. Lakeland, FL 33815. Telephone: (863) 834-8100 www.rpfundingcenter.com The Mahaffey Theater 400 1st. St. South, St. Petersburg, FL 33701. Telephone: (727) 892-5798. www.themahaffey.com Ruth Eckerd Hall 1111 McMullen Booth Rd. Clearwater, FL 33759. Telephone: (727) 791-7400. www.rutheckerdhall.com The Straz Center — 1010 North Macinnes Place, Tampa, FL 33602. Telephone: (813) 229-7827. www.strazcenter.org


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SENIOR TO SENIOR WOMAN SEEKING MAN SWF NS ND seeking M NS 58-65, likes to walk, flea markets, dining, relaxing at home. Only sincere reply, I’m 55+, 5’3”, 125 lbs., LTR. Answering machine, leave a message. Hernando County (352) 556-4147. Retired lady, widow, late 70s, I like dancing, tennis, dining out, theater & movies, have a dog. I seek someone with same interests who is honest and nice. New Port Richey (727) 232-2272. WF NS ND 60, ISO a true gentleman who loves to go out, do things together. Honest, loveable, active, good conversation is number one. If that’s you, call me. Tampa (813) 802-5640. WD W F NS SD ISO LTR, SOH, must be sincere, no hangups, I am 68 years young, slim, attractive, speak German, love ALL foods, good cook, estate sales, cruises, concerts, no Democrats! Largo, (727) 251-3204. Hi, I’m from New York, would love to meet a 70-80 yr old gentleman for companionship and to live with him in his home. I love to travel, cook, fish, crafts, gardening, love animals and kids. Write or call me, please. (315) 291-7083. WF seeking WM of taste, SD, likes nature, sandy beaches, music, cruises, dining, SOH, homelife, family, good times, warm person, me. St. Petersburg, (727) 902-1998. There are too many people who find themselves lonely. I would so enjoy meeting that “just right guy” at least 70, in search of a great connection. Call me, could be fun. St. Petersburg, (727) 569-9962. Like to meet a gentleman, good SOH, good health, ND, NS, enjoy life. Single WD from 66 to 70 yrs old, nice and educated, no liars, good communicators, no catfishing. Wesley Chapel, (813) 618-9956. Looking for company and friendship, someone (male) who’s not hung up on small tiny women. I am 70 yrs old, 250lb, 5’6” blonde hair. Hudson, (727) 8577780. Looking for my soulmate, 70-80, no smokers, drinkers, drugs, players. Only LTR to enjoy rest of life together. Travel, beach, dancing, church, state parks, sunrises. Hurry! Largo, (727) 247-9253.

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

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

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I am a 60 year old retired, romantic, affectionate guy, looking for my princess for LTR. I am NS, SD, I love the beach, dining out, boating, dog track, casinos, love to cuddle too. Loving man. St. Petersburg (941) 567-8951. ISO skinny lady. Educated, MAN SEEKING WOMAN American Republican, W F C NS ISO SD or WD CF, HWP, to share a home with as ND. Pretty 64-75, owner. M W a personal asst. No drugs, ND NS. Rent and utilities C NS ND, owner. Romantic, 75. included, but need job for your cash. I’m a R-USN vet, Clearwater, (727) 238-0944.

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