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This is our “Romance” issue. We love featuring couples and their relationships. It is always fun to ask both partners about their success, and sometimes their answers even match! We share insights from these four couples to reinforce the relationships we all have. Even if you’re purposefully unattached, you have people close to you, and we celebrate those relationships as well. Anyone we share our lives with is a treasure. Me? Well, I’m one very lucky husband. My wife and I started our relationship as good friends. Without much compromise, we agree on most everything; food, politics, sports, vacations, even on raising our boys. We even built a new home without conflict. We don’t always agree on money, but I can live with that. She’s (thankfully) just better at that than I am. I didn’t find her on the first try, but that’s for another issue. The point is we did find each other and I can’t imagine life without her. So, let’s get to our February issue… we’re sure you’ll find something to love!

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Integrative MEDICINE By Judy Piersall

“You always have choices”

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It’s been seven years since I first sought an integrative medicine physician. At 51, I was having night sweats and sleepless nights. Seventeen vials of blood were collected in the initial lab work. Among the many things checked was my Vitamin D. The normal range is 60-100 ng/mL. Mine was 19, dangerously low! Not only can a low level be a precursor to many types of cancer, the doctor couldn’t believe that prior to a recent colonoscopy, the specialist had not checked it. I learned it’s ill advised to have any sort of medical procedure with low Vitamin D. 22 :

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Even though I’m outside a lot, I have olive skin and I don’t absorb what I need. The darker your skin, the harder it is to absorb Vitamin D naturally. In addition, the use of sunscreen prohibits many of us from getting what we need from the sun. I now take a D3 supplement and my level stays normal. Regardless of age, I can’t stress enough the importance of having a true integrative medicine doctor on your health team. These physicians may have various specialties, such as anti-aging, holistic medicine or wellness. Do your research; they are not created equal. A few conferences and/ or seminars do not equip a physician to be an effective integrative physician. Ask how long they have been in the field. Did they come from another specialty? If they did, what was their reason

for switching? Their answer should be more compelling than for the money. My current integrative medicine doctor has been practicing in the field for 40 years. For most of his career he was ahead of his time; now the times have caught up. A good integrative medicine doctor treats you outside the box of traditional medicine, usually free of pharmaceuticals, and by making simple tweaks that can change your life. The answers are in our blood. It’s highly beneficial to have a doctor that not only knows what bloodwork to order, but also knows how to read it properly and, in doing so, educates you. They empower you to take control of your health. Till next time here’s to healthy living and remember, you always have choices. ◆

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Mount Fuji from the Hakone Peace Park, Gotenba

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Yokoso Nihon e Translation: Welcome to Japan

Story and Photography by Tanya Mutton, Art Director - SpaceCoast LIVING

Japan: a bustling vibrant island with dense cities, imperial palaces, mountainous national parks, thousands of shrines and temples and, of course, exotic foods. I just returned from my second visit with my husband and it was just as exciting as my first. I was lucky enough to visit Tokyo, Yokohama and a small town near Mount Fuji called Gotenba, to name a few. Tokyo

It’s a hustle and bustle lifestyle and if you’re not afraid to mingle and get out and about, you will find that the train system is the easiest and cheapest way to move about. All signs for the trains are in Japanese and English, unless you venture outside the main cities and then you will find, as we did, that you just have to wing it or hope your phone works to translate. I personally love to visit the temples and shrines. Two of my favorites are the Shiba Park Temple and Senso-Ji Temple. I also loved visiting the Imperial Palace, Shibuya Crossing, and Ueno Park, which has museums, temples, monuments and gardens. This year we checked out a couple of the famous themed cafes, the Monster Café and the Owl Café. Tokyo has some of the best shopping and restaurants with a market for everyone. Most restaurants have picture menus, which is a life saver. 24 :

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Be prepared for hotel rooms to be much smaller than what you are used to and quite expensive in the city areas, especially on the weekend. We stayed in a couple of rooms that were approximately 130 square feet. It was a challenge, but we had a good laugh as we had to plan where each of us would stand, just for the other to get to the bathroom. In Gotenba, a remote town south of Mount Fuji, we stayed in an executive suite, which was much larger and had a wet room with a Jacuzzi and sauna, a massage chair and karaoke all in the room. So the further off the beaten path you go, the more you get for your money.

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Once you get the hang of the trains, the island is your oyster. We popped over to Yokohama, the second largest city in Japan, which is south of Tokyo. We used it as a base to get to Kamakura Shiba Park Temple, Tokyo

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where we visited the Buddha of Kamakura, a 43-foot bronze statue that dates from 1252 and the second largest Buddha statue in Japan. Yokohama has the Cosmo Clock 21, a giant Ferris wheel with spectacular views of the city, especially at night. We saw so much, it won’t all fit into this article, but my absolute favorite from both visits was our trip out to Mount Fuji as seen from the Hakone Peace Park. It is an iconic image that we have all seen, but to sit in front of it on a clear day just takes your breath away. Although I took many pictures, none seem to do the breathtaking and majestic view the justice it deserves. For me, Japan was a complete break, with history and excitement at every turn. If you thrive on stepping outside of your comfort zone and immersing yourself in another culture, Japan should be on your bucket list. ◆

The Buddha of Kamakura The tip of Mount Fuji from Hakone Peace Park, Gotenba

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Pretty Details... Yes Please! By Jenny Norman

Hello February, we love how you spoil us with fresh bouquets and scrumptious fine chocolates, but what we’re really excited about is this season’s romantic trends! Luckily for us, fashion’s new take on feminine elements are focused on dazzling us with pretty details in unexpected places. No matter your tastes, with everything from ruffles to velvet, bows and embellishments, there’s a myriad of romantic looks for everyone.

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Ruffles have been around since the 16th century, but they’re back big time in new and fresh ways. You’ll see this romantic detail on everything from sweaters to shoes and handbags in varying doses from bold to delicate …ruffles are everywhere! Something as casual as a sweater can be seen adorned with a dainty ruffle across the front or on the sleeves. Pair this new twist of the sweater with jeans, chandelier earrings and heels and you’ve got a chic date night outfit. For a modern look, wear larger, structural ruffles that serve double duty as accessories on their own.

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Velvet Crush

It’s true, velvet no longer is strictly associated with Holiday parties or black evening wear. Designers have introduced the luxe fabric in an array of styles like boots and t-shirts in colors like pretty pink and canary yellow. Its plush texture makes it so cozy to wear yet it adds instant glam to any look. Knowing how to wear velvet is key; you want to balance the look with just the right amount. Wearing velvet boots or heels with a monochromatic ensemble is sure to make a “less is more” statement. Velvet tees worn with jeans are a great way to add a little “wow” to a more casual look. Velvet dresses in longer, flowing romantic silhouettes paired with stilettoes or strappy heels make for an elegant date night. With all these choices, we’ll all still be crushing on velvet well into 2018!


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Embellished Everything!

Have you noticed the ultrafeminine embellishment details everywhere? Everyday casual pieces are given a makeover with sequins, beading and embroidery. Simple slide on sneakers are trading in their canvas for luxe satin, pearls and rhinestones-such a comfy and new way to be pretty! It seems not an inch of fashion is being left untouched. Even chunky heels get a dusting of glitter and a splash of beading. Gone are the days of drab sweatshirts; they can be spotted adorned with shimmering lace appliques. The embellishment trend continues gracing all accessories. Handbags are certainly not left behind, getting the same treatment! Chandelier earrings are still statement pieces, yet the more ornate kind take the prize. The combination of these beauties with your daywear, make it easy to transition into an evening look. During this season of love, treat yourself and have fun with all these beautiful feminine elements and add a touch of romance to your own wardrobe!

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Edible Aphrodisiacs Yummy Treats for the Month of Love By Deb Kemps

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Most every culture since ancient times has used some type of edible aphrodisiacs. The range is amazing and interesting: everything from chocolate, fruits and vegetables to oysters and spices. With February being the month of “love,” and Valentine’s Day upon us, we’ll focus on yummy treats like chocolate, throughout history the most favored food item as a symbolic aphrodisiac, and a few of my other favorite snacks.


Food of the Gods

Over the years much research has gone into the benefits of chocolate and the compounds that make up this “Food of the Gods.” Scientists have said there are two key components that provide that “loving feeling:” phenethylamine and tryptophan. Working together, they can elevate mood and they release the same stimulants into the brain as when we fall in love. It is said that darker chocolate is favored because it can cause a spike in dopamine, which induces even more feelings of pleasure. Strawberries are at the heart of a very creative myth. It is said that the goddess Aphrodite cried heart-shaped tears upon the death of her lover, Adonis. In many works of art, the strawberry is portrayed as a symbol of sensuality, with loving couples diving in and feeding each other the fruit. Strawberries are very high in Vitamin C and juicy to keep you hydrated. The sugar in strawberries provides a natural energy boost.

It’s Always the Oysters

Oysters gained their reputation with the Greeks because Aphrodite was said to be born from the sea; rising out of the ocean on an oyster shell, half naked,

eating a strawberry I’m sure. The ever-attractive oyster is gaining popularity and the reputation as a libido food very high in zinc and amino acids. Scientists quickly squashed the theory that the shellfish was an aphrodisiac, but recently they have discovered that by harvesting oysters in the spring when the rare amino acids they contain are at the highest levels, oysters and other shell fish could indeed increase sex hormones. Hmmm…

We Can Get Spicier… Ancient Egyptians, sitting right on the crossroads of the ancient spice roads, ate very well, having access to prized aphrodisiacs like coriander

and cumin, both reflecting eternal love and faithfulness. I dare not say that aphrodisiacs are a viable thing when it comes to food and romance -- it appears there are mixed reviews -- but I will say that enjoying Oysters Rockefeller, fresh made Dukkah with some crusty bread and good olive oil never made me sad, and I never would complain about being fed a chocolate covered strawberry. ◆ FEBRUARY 2 018 : 29


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Perfect Arrang ement This time of year, you are more likely than ever to see bouquets of flowers anywhere and everywhere you look. It comes as no surprise that Valentine’s Day continues to hold the number one spot when it comes to flower sales and deliveries, with over 224 million roses produced in the U.S. for Valentine’s Day in 2012 alone. But why wait for them to come to you? More than just a seasonal gift, placing a well-arranged bouquet of flowers near your entryway, on your mantle as a piece of holiday décor, or as a centerpiece on your dining room table can instantly make your space feel brighter, warmer and livelier. And while bouquets from a florist can be expensive, learning how to arrange them yourself can cut down on cost, and might just give you a new and unexpected creative outlet. Meaghan Branham 30 :

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By Mallorie Ann Ingram You’re well underway with a New Year’s routine and are more than likely starting to have a firm grasp of setting goals. A detailed list has been made and you know exactly what you plan to accomplish this year and with last month’s introduction to differentiating between deliverables and tasks, you’ve got this covered. One of the most popular and often intimidating projects we tackle is the closet-makeover, aka, cleaning out the closet. It often begins with the question of, “Ok, now where do I start?” Sure, it’s ideal to go ahead and start removing all items, boxes, clothing and clutter. Then, create a pile of items no longer needed and the like. But, at this point, you’re left standing in the middle of an enormous heap of unfamiliar items and the overwhelming dread of “Why did I even start this project?” creeps in. What happens next? First, you must realize that a crucial element is missing. Often, it helps when you see the end goal or final product to help encourage the perseverance of this reorganizing game plan. Here to help set the stage and inspire 32 :

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creativity is one of our very own Space Coast residents, Lila Buescher. Ever since a child, she knew exactly what she wanted in a closet space, and today she’s sharing this wealth of knowledge to other like-minded dreamers. “When I was working with my close friend and designer, Kathleen Allen of Winter Park, I knew exactly what I wanted the space to be,” Buescher says. “I wanted natural lighting, cabinets with doors to keep the dust off of clothes, and I did not want to see the shower.” This fairytale room was no doubt the result of continuous planning, creativity and a lifelong dream of endless possibilities. Some of Lila’s favorite features of this unique space are the large windows creating natural light and spectacular views of the river, as well as

the finishing touch of travertine flooring. “Over the past few years, I’ve had several bridal parties prepare for weddings,” Buescher says. “Kathleen was able to capture exactly what I hoped it to be.” From tufted accent chairs with a view to die for, pristine glass casing to store delicate items, and large counter space to work with, it’s no wonder this extension of Lila’s living area is the ideal model for a highly organized and practical closet space. Before you say this room is too utopian for your current agenda, realize that now you have an end goal in mind and tips on how to organize and create a new living space within the home. With all the right tools, your storage conundrum is now manageable and you can check-off one of those New Year’s resolution items. ◆


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ARTS By Michelle Mulak When it comes to original art, no two pieces are exactly alike. The same could be said about original art festivals. Here on the Space Coast, the Cocoa Beach Art Show has a decidedly different feel than the Space Coast Art Festival. The Melbourne Art Festival is different from the Eau Gallie Fine Arts Festival — even though they’re both technically in the same city. ►

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In February, it’s Titusville’s turn to establish itself as one of Brevard’s prime artistic destinations. The inaugural Playalinda Festival of the Arts, February 2-4 at the Titus Landings Lifestyle Center, will feature local art, music, performances, technology and films with a Central Florida backdrop. “Working together with area art, film and tech organizations, we are creating an art festival that will inspire new artists for the future,” said Cathy Musselman, executive director of Greater Titusville Renaissance, the non-profit hosting the three-day event. An evolution of the former Arts and Algorithms Festival, version 2.0 aims to highlight the many talented artists and performers in our area, while giving a nod to the technology-based industries our area is known for. The goal is a more regionally focused event featuring local culture, artwork and production. “After hosting the Art & Algorithms festival for four years, I’m excited that we are taking art and technology and combining it with other forms of art to create a festival that embraces art in many configurations,” said Musselman. Throughout the planning process, Musselman and event chairman, Michael John Foster, strived to be inclusive of a wide variety of art forms. The festival highlights traditional, performance, installment, technology and interactive art, and has come together by way of community collaboration. Though the event is hosted by Greater Titusville Renaissance, several local organizations play a key role in making the magic happen. The North Brevard Art League will host the juried art show featuring works from more than 200 local artists. Space Coast Fab Lab will host an interactive STEAM exhibit. KidstART will host the children’s activity tent. Titus Landing and Epic Theaters will host a Florida-centric film festival. Among the live music lineup are performances by central Florida electric violinist, Jared Burnett, the Walden Street Jazz Trio, JT Douglas, Sunday Gospel on the Green featuring the Reflections Band, and more. In other words, it’s stacking up to be a team event. “The festival is a collaborative effort between several organizations,” said Foster, a long-time champion of local arts, collegiate professor of voice and theater, and owner of EA Group. "Titusville and its surrounding areas overflow with talent. The Playalinda Festival of the Arts shines a positive light on those talented people, while providing residents and tourists with a fun excursion and a chance to see the potential in our community.” ◆

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It is said that Leonardo de Vinci carried the Mona Lisa with him for almost a decade; seemingly unable to either finish the famous portrait or to part with it. In a similar way, Lynn Duda, an accomplished artist, worked on various pieces she described as her idealized man. Then, to her utter amazement, this individual she had pictured and dreamed of walked into her life, her husband now for over 28 years, Joseph Duda. It was a romance that almost never started. Most people know Joseph Duda as the visionary developer of the Viera community and retired CEO of A. Duda and Sons, his wife Lynn as the owner of the ever-popular Coco’s Gallery and Boutique in Cocoa Village. But theirs is also a story of how love mends hearts and the grace that makes second chances better than the first. “Neither Joseph or I were interested in ‘meeting someone at that time,’ but we had a mutual friend who insisted that we had to get together,” Lynn recalled. “Our first date only happened because of our friend’s subterfuge. He got Joseph and I to come to a fundraising gala, assuring me that he had arranged a date with someone else that evening for Joseph. Which was the only reason I was willing to go. He picked us both up and dropped us off at the event and said he would be back in a few minutes with Joseph’s date for the evening. Well, he never came back.”

Comfortable & Transparent Nevertheless, they had the most delightful evening together. “I have never felt so comfortable and transparent with anyone before in my life. However, I had quite a bit of trepidation, because, here was the very image of this man I had dreamed of,” Lynn said. Joseph was equally smitten and immediately called her to go out again, but Lynn pushed back, finding one reason or another to avoid a second date. Finally, Joseph asked her to go out with him giving her a four-week lead time, “As he was sure I could arrange my schedule with that much advance warning,” she said. “We were simply so comfortable with each other and it is still that way, plus, I’m madly in love with him. I suppose more than anything we were and are best friends. We like being together and miss each other when we are apart. If I get hurt or am struggling, he will pull me out of my shell, so we talk it out. He picks me up when I’m down and I try and do likewise.” “Joseph has exposed me to new interests and we have both grown together so much in our faith walk,” she added. “That has been part of the glue that holds us together; we have this third person involved in our relationship that makes our bond together grow deeper and deeper.” ◆

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enna Green tells us, “My best friend's dad and Zach's stepfather were best friends from high school. Years later, I was roommates with Zach’s cousin, Ellen. So, I've always known him off and on. He even worked with my sister for a little while at Gooding’s. He was always in and out of my life.”

About 16 years ago, Jenna came back into town and was single. Zach called her and said "Hey, we're both single finally. Can I take you out?" Their first date was on Thanksgiving. “We went to Meg O'Malley’s because they were open on Thanksgiving,” Jenna said. “We were laughing and he said, ‘I think we should fly to Vegas and get married.’ And I said ‘We could, but I have to pick my daughter up in the morning.’ Zach said, ‘Since we're getting married, can I kiss you?’ I said ‘Sure, you can kiss me.’ And there you go. That was the first and last date. We've been together 16 years, and married 11 this year.”

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As to the secret of their relationship? “We have date day Friday. We take Fridays off together and we have lunch and we run errands. We try and start off at the gym, and then we pick where we're going to go for lunch. He works a lot, I work a lot, like all families do. It's a great day for us to kind of reconnect and just be together. That's also our chance to try new things and new places.” “I learned from Zach’s dad, Nelson, to try everything. As he says, ‘It’s only one meal in your entire life.’” ◆

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here is a name on the Space Coast that may be right up there in the pantheon of Ruth Chris’ or Shula’s. David Dashi will always have a passion for serving Italian food. But when he developed the concept for his steakhouse, Chef ’s Table, he saw an opportunity to offer something unique to this community. After conducting a survey among his loyal patrons at Amici’s Italian Restaurant in Suntree, Dashi found what a majority of locals wanted was a phenomenal steak without having to drive an hour or two. Moreover, customers wanted to see the preparation of their meals as a part of the dining experience. Chef Dashi set out to create something unique that left nothing behind closed doors. ► FEBRUARY 2018 : 51


New Look and Much More

At the entrance to the steakhouse is an intimate lounge. Customers can have a cocktail on one of the black leather couches or enjoy a menu item at the spacious, granite bar. In the main dining room, an open kitchen allows for conversation to flow throughout the night between Dashi and diners. Cameras streaming to a large flat screen afford customers the opportunity to have a view of the chef in action. “I always wanted my customers, friends and family to feel as though they are at home in my kitchen. I want them to say, ‘I’m going to go to Dave’s kitchen,’ not just Chef ’s Table.” For appetizers, customers rave about the antipasto. Popular entrees include filet mignon, bone-in ribeye, veal chop (one of Dashi’s favorites), and Chilean Sea Bass. Dashi wanted quality food leaving his kitchen, so he obtained a special license from Certified Angus Beef, to prepare and serve only the most select cuts. “If someone wants a filet mignon, and I don’t have the prime beef, I’m not serving it to them,” Dashi said. In addition to five-star food, Dashi is known for offering his customers five-star service. “I’m always concerned that my customers are being taken care of. I created this restaurant to create friendships with people.” Loosely translated, “Amici’s,” appropriately, means “friend” in Italian. “The people who come here, they are famous to me. They put me where I am today. Any person who enters my restaurant, I want to recognize them and get to know them. But the ones 52 : S PAC ECOAST L I V ING

who are here year-round and continue to support me, I care about them. My restaurant is not seasonal – it is built on my great customers.”

From Chef To Entrepreneur

While living in New York, Dashi was a chef at a restaurant called Amici’s, however his heart was always set on becoming a restaurant owner. “I know where I want to go, and I know where I want to be. In anything you do, if you don’t have a goal, it is very hard to be successful.” With that mindset, he bought into the New York location. But while vacationing in Brevard County over a decade ago, he had a new goal in mind. In 2007, Dashi and his wife Valentina opened Amici’s at the Boardwalk of Suntree Plaza. Becoming an area favorite, the couple decided to open another restaurant in Indian Harbour Beach. “The finances were lucrative, everything was great, but it took me away from my family. I’d get up in the morning, have my cup of coffee, then tell my wife, ‘Ok, you work in this restaurant today, and I’ll work in this restaurant.’” After two years, Dashi sold the beachside location to focus on the Suntree establishment. “This [location] is my home. Both my kids and my wife are here. We work together every day, we see each other every day, and our employees have become family to us as well. It is hard to break away from,” he said. Such an attachment to a restaurant comes with sacrifices. Dashi said, “People ask how much free time I have for my family. On a scale of 1 to 10, I would say 3. But if you can agree on sticking together, then everything will balance


out. We set aside time for family days. If you lose touch with each other, all the other things you have, they don’t mean anything.” At the start of his entrepreneurial journey, Dashi faced hard times, but he maintained a positive attitude. “You hear the economy is up and down, but I didn’t want to plant the negatives in my head. I wanted to focus on what I could do tomorrow. There were hard times, but the most important thing for me was always looking forward, and that propelled me. “If you cannot pay your bills today, there’s always tomorrow. I’ve seen places go out of business, and part of the reason is they are listening to what people are bringing from the outside. Things are bad at times, but you have to work it. I worked hard seven days a week, open to close, but it paid off for me. Now, things are beautiful.”

Backing Local Enterprises The chef and restaurant owner said his experiences since moving to Brevard County are unmatched thanks to the loyal, caring and friendly residents. In paying that forward Dashi supports community efforts in return. For several years, Amici’s has participated in the annual golf tournament at Suntree Country Club to benefit Brevard PALS Autism Coalition. In addition, the restaurant has worked with the American Cancer Society, Habitat For Humanity and March of Dimes.

He loves to give back, primarily when it stays in Brevard. “If a person comes here and tries to sell something, my first question is, ‘Are you local?’ I will give them the business if they are. Even if it costs me fifty cents or a dollar more, I make sure it stays local. I am not going to shop outside of Brevard County. I trust the people around me. I believe in supporting locals and your neighbors. Those are the people who will help you grow.” In spite of his success Dashi doesn’t rest on his laurels, “I don’t think for a minute that I can sit back and do nothing. As a business right now, I will continue to focus on where I am and provide to people – through my two different restaurants – a dining experience that they cannot find anywhere else in Brevard.” Although pleased with his recent success at Chef ’s Table, Dashi is considering additional services he can offer to the community. “Coming up, I would love to introduce cooking classes into the restaurant. Customers can come in groups of 15 for a special event, or a husband and wife can come for a date, and I can show them a few things.” That’s Dashi; he always keeps a goal in mind. When he reaches one, he sets another. “I achieved what I wanted to achieve as a restaurant owner, and everything is falling into place. My next goal is to lead someone else in this profession. In the restaurant industry, people need to love it. If you don’t love the business, it is hard to make it.” ◆ FEBRUARY 2018 : 53


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JA FOR A DAY PHOTOGRAPHY BY STEVEN HICKS Thirty local business and community leaders including Jim Barfield, Robert Rains, Mark R. Malek, Brian Curtin, Natasha Cartagena Spencer, John Rivera, Rick Simonian, Larry McIntyre, Brent Peoples, Leslie Tibbetts, Sisi Sanchez Packard, Steven Hicks, Mike Williams, Rich Laird, Brad White, Rick Balda, and Brian Fernandez among others joined to present JA’s financial literacy lesson plans at Discovery Elementary on December 7th.

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VIERA HIGH SCHOOL JOINS DISNEY’S CANDLELIGHT PROCESSIONAL AT EPCOT PHOTOGRAPHY BY STEVEN HICKS The Candlelight Processional on December 27th, at Epcot’s America Gardens Theatre, was a breathtaking retelling of the Christmas story in words and music complete with a 50-piece orchestra. The story of Christmas was told by Jaci Velazquez, an award-winning contemporary Christian singer. The choir consisted of members of Disney’s Voices of Liberty (red & black attire), the Cast Member choir (green robes), and visiting Viera High School choir (gold robes).

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paceCoast Living met with the special events co-chairs on The King Center’s board of directors’ fundraising committee. It was the week before Christmas, and the EFSC campus was buzzing with activity preparing for a commencement the next day. But there was more going on than pomp and circumstance. Behind the curtains, board members and staff were preparing for this milestone event, the King Center’s 30th anniversary celebration. The celebration will occur in two parts. First, on March 4th, “The Illusionists – Live from Broadway” will perform. This mind-blowing spectacular showcases the jaw dropping talents of five of the most incredible illusionists on earth, Jeff Hobson, Kevin James, Colin Cloud, An Ha Lim, and Jonathan Goodwin. Full of hilarious magic tricks, death-defying stunts and acts of breathtaking wonder, this show has shattered box office records across the globe and dazzles audiences of all ages with a powerful mix of the most outrageous and astonishing acts ever seen on stage. The King Center also invites you to attend a magical cocktail party after the show at the Eau Gallie Yacht Club. A few weeks later, on April 24th, “Kinky Boots” takes the stage after a pre-show cocktail party in the Center’s rotunda. “Kinky Boots” is Broadway’s huge-hearted, high-heeled hit with songs by Grammy and Tony winning pop icon, Cyndi Lauper. The show is about friendships and the belief that you can change the world when you change your mind. Inspired by true events, “Kinky Boots” takes you from a gentlemen’s shoe factory in Northampton to the glamorous catwalks of Milan. Talking to the committee members presented a strong sense of pride. Many of these members have served for many years and have seen the center grow and evolve. Executive Director Steve Janicki said, “Just looking back over the first 30 years, I think we've done a great job bringing arts and entertainment, concerts, and shows, and everything to the community. I think, overall, we've exceeded Dr. King's expectations. Raising the money, building it and everything. I don't think anybody at that time had any idea what this could've turned out to be... and I’m really happy to be part of it. Not to rest on their successes, the committee admits they're in the middle of a generational shift. Janicki adds, “Traditional audiences are getting a little bit older, as are the acts that we've come to love. We've made a conscious effort to program toward younger audiences.” Committee member Darcia Jones Francey said, “Studies show younger audiences have a whole different set of expectations.” ► FEBRUARY 2018 : 71


Autumn Shrum, the King Center’s Director of Marketing and Public Relations said, “The Illusionists” is the kind of show that brings a lot of first timers into the building, and we try to get them to keep coming back. That's the goal, and that's sort of how we look to the future of growing our audience.” Jones Francey added, “But we hear that many of our longtime supporters love Broadway shows, so we’ve brought in two great shows for our 30th anniversary.”

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We’d be remiss to not mention the purpose of these shows. Kim Vice, 30th Anniversary Co-Chair told SCL, “to celebrate 30 years is one thing, but if we're to build our future we have to raise money. People don't understand that a ticket doesn't nearly cover the cost of the show and the operation of the venue. It only covers about 30% of the cost of the show incrementally. We must make up the rest of that revenue to make a profitable King Center. It's the job of not only the board but the community at large if they want to keep this gem of the performing arts. They must get on board, and understand whether their donation is $10 or $10,000, it's all very important to our success, because the King Center is a not for profit.” ◆


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FARMER'S MARKET Riverview Park

Farmer's Market featuring fresh organic breads, kale chips, oat bars, local pottery, fresh produce and cheese spreads and pesto, local honey, gourmet olives, oils & infused vinegars, organic soaps, local art and much more.

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COMMUNITY EVENTS Start Date: Friday, February 2 End Date: Sunday, February 4 Playalinda Festival of the Arts Location: Titus Landing Lifestyle Center, Titusville, FL Compelling art and cutting-edge technology merge with a coastal landscape and local culture at a celebration of a community in the midst of a renaissance. This three-day event kicks off February 2, 2018, at the newly-constructed Titus Landing Lifestyle Center, and will feature multiple venues where visitors can experience juried art shows, interactive technology, live performances. A family-friendly event, the festival encourages attendance and engagement for artists of all ages, with activities for children sponsored by area artists. www.playalindafestival.com Saturday, February 3 Brevard Symphony Presents Broadway Our Way Location: King Center for The Performing Arts Saturday Matinee Performance In February, the Brevard Symphony will feature a program celebrating the best of Broadway with special guest vocalist Michelle Amato. Program includes a 100th Birthday Tribute to Leonard Bernstein, music from Gypsy, Wicked and Hamilton, along with a second half devoted to the music of George Gershwin, including his orchestral tour-de-force An American in Paris. ARTISTS: Christopher Confessore, Conductor. Michelle Amato, Vocalist. SPONSOR: John Roach (in memory of Judy Roach). brevardsymphony.com

Saturday, February 10, 20 Coloring the Causeway for a Cure 2018 Location: Historic Downtown Melbourne at Front Street Park Coloring the Causeway for a Cure was started with the purpose of helping local individuals and families affected by cancer. Each year in February we have a 5K walk over the Melbourne Causeway where we invite people to dress up in the cancer color they are there to support (or all the colors) to raise money for locals. We have two wonderful organizations who benefit from our walk; Cancer Centers Foundation of Brevard & SCREW Cancer (Surviving Cancer Requires Eternal Will). hcoloringthecauseway.com Saturday, February 10 6th Annual Super Bowl of TriviaRock N Roll Location: Indian River Preserve Country Club The Women’s Center North Guild is proud to announce the 6th Annual Super Bowl of Trivia – Rock N Roll will be held on Saturday February 10th, 2018 at the Indian River Preserve Country Club in Mims. This event helps raise funds to support the Women’s Center Vision for Victims. The Women’s Center is a 501c3 Non-Profit Organization (59-1628264) dedicated to providing support, education, counseling and information. Our programs evolve to meet the changing needs in women’s lives. Every day, women come to us, often abused, battered and looking for advocacy, guidance and support. Thanks to our volunteers and loyal supporters, we are able to provide counseling services, financial assistance, career guidance, job training, transitional housing and victim advocacy.

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Helping women to help themselves means making it possible for the Women’s Center clients to not only support themselves, but to become active and proud participants in our community. The Super Bowl of Trivia itself is a themed fun and competitive Trivia Challenge. This year’s atmosphere theme is Rock N Roll. The challenge consists of 8 rounds of 10 trivia questions on variety of topics. Dress is casual. Bring your team of eight or request we add you to a team of brainiacs. Teams will compete for the coveted "Trivia Trophy" and of course bragging rights. Prizes will be awarded to the top three placing teams. There will be food, a super prize chance drawing and multiple silent auction items available for bidding. A night of fun and fast thinking as teams compete to be grand champions. www.womenscenter.net Saturday, February 10 Bat Boogie 3K Run/Walk Location: Brevard Zoo Race #5 of the Running Zone Foundation Race Series: This 1.86-mile course offers plenty of animal viewing opportunities & the chance to spend a fun day at the Zoo for 50% off the entry fee. Please visit the website for more information about this event. Participant Perks: Check out zoo animals during the Run/Walk Fun Bat Awards. 50% off zoo admission for all participants after the race. Free Li'l Bat Kid's Run with Zippy the Gecko, breakfast catered by Pizza Gallery & Grill, and benefits Brevard Zoo. Random giveaway of $500 Disney gift card! Must show participant's race number for discount to Zoo. www.runningzone.com/series/zoo/

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Tuesday, January 9 - 13 Mixed Media with Printmaking Techniques Location: Studios of Cocoa Beach Start the New Year off with an exciting class in Mixed Media at the Studios of Cocoa Beach. Instructor Eliz Rose Scholder will conduct the class every Tuesday from 10 am to noon for 6 weeks starting on January 9th through February 13. During the 6-week class, you will build a foundation of drawing skills to create projects centered around a range of topics: artistic movements, styles, world history & literature. Liz will guide you through drawing and painting in a variety of media using “found materials” to produce aesthetic pieces. The course includes printmaking, stencil & stamping on fabric & bags and designing your own cards & wrapping paper. No previous experience is necessary.

in downtown Cocoa Beach. The Studios is a non-profit gallery and the creative hub on the beach with a full schedule of workshops. The Studio is open Monday and Tuesday 10:30am-3:30pm, Wednesday through Saturday10:30 am -8pm, and Sunday 11 am – 4 pm. www.studiosofcocoabeach.org

Students must pre-register and prepay $80 for the 6-week class by contacting the instructor at elizrosescho@gmail.com or 321-292-9782.

Saturday, February 24 3rd Annual Mardi Gras Pub Crawl Cocoa Village Location: Cocoa Elks Lodge 1532 Come get your Mardi on at this exciting and popular theme event. Costume Contests and other shenanigans. 50/50 drawing for the Children’s Hunger Project. SIX (6) drinks $18 in advance on-line only until Friday, February 23, or $25 at the event. 6 to 8 – Elks Lodge 1532, 315 Florida Avenue, Cocoa, FL 32922. TWO (2) drinks at this first stop! Steak dinner option $12. Followed by; 8 to 9 – Norman’s Raw Bar, 9 to 10 – Murdock’s Bistro, 10 to 11 – Pub Americana, 11 to Midnight – Dog N Bone. Gary@MadHatterPromotions.com 321-543-1346. madhatterpromotions.com/2018mardi-gras-cocoa.php

Elizabeth Rose Scholder has a background in art education with advanced degrees and has taught art at the high school and college level. Liz continues to work as an illustrator, painter, and does commissioned murals and portraits. She creates fashionable wearables, shirts and jeans, using embroidery and paint. The 6-week class will introduce students to a variety of techniques and finished products reflecting the many skills Liz has developed and her experience in teaching. All classes will be held at The Studios of Cocoa Beach, 165 Minuteman Causeway

Wednesday, February 14 - 15 Melbourne Municipal Band Concert-Music from the Big Screen Location: Melbourne Auditorium Free Concert by an 80-member Concert Band. From Mancini to Star Trek and Captain America, we will have thrilling and dramatic music from the big screen to entertain you. Pre-show at 6:30: The Mel-bones. www.melbournemunicipalband.org

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MARTIN SEXTON - In the Studio Theatre

ABBA MANIA

Remember that mix tape your friend made you way back when - the one that's etched in your soul? Martin Sexton's new album, “Mixtape of the Open Road,” is that musical crosscountry trip, blazing through all territories of style, as you cruise through time and place. From 1996 to 2002, Sexton released “Black Sheep,” “The American,” “Wonder Bar,” and “Live Wide Open.” The activity and worldwide touring behind these records laid the foundation for the career he enjoys today with an uncommonly loyal fan base. His songs can be heard in many feature films and television including NBC’s Scrubs, Parenthood and Showtime’s hit series, Brotherhood. In 2007, Sexton began his most successful years to date with the release of his studio offering “Seeds.” In 2010, the album “Sugarcoating” found this one-of-a-kind-troubadour doing what he does best: locating larger truths. The accolades continued when Billboard called Sexton’s version of “Working Class Hero” for the Lennon tribute/ benefit in 2010 “chill-inspiring.” Sexton’s incendiary live show, honest lyrics, and vocal prowess is what keeps fans coming back for more!

ABBA MANIA the tribute takes you back in time by recreating one of the world’s finest pop groups in a live stage performance. It has now been 31 years since ABBA last toured and it was the hottest ticket in town. Today ABBA MANIA continues to grip the nation with countless tributes on television, radio and of course, with the hugely popular stage hit Mamma Mia, now a feature film, there are no signs that this popularity is slowing down! ABBA MANIA continues to tour the globe, enjoying great success, with venues selling out long before the show hits town. We look forward to seeing you at the show and will ensure that you’ll be “having the time of your life.”

DANIEL O’DONNELL

YAMATO, DRUMMERS OF JAPAN

It’s no surprise that Daniel O’Donnell is one of the best loved artists of our time, both at home and abroad. He has had a remarkable career. The Irish singer made record-breaking chart history earlier this year by becoming the first recording artist in the history of the UK Artist Album Chart to have charted at least one new album every year since 1988, an unprecedented and unbroken 30 year span, surpassing everyone from Michael Jackson, the Rolling Stones, Madonna and Irish strongholds, U2. Daniel burst into superstardom in the USA & Canada back in 2002 with his first ever PBS special – The Daniel O’Donnell Show. That began a special relationship between Daniel and PBS and since then, he has recorded a further thirteen specials, with ‘Back Home Again’ being his fourteenth one in 2016. This fantastic selection of 32 / 37 songs is presented on this 2 CD / 37-track DVD set recorded and filmed in Ireland, on this new US TV special. The concert also features Daniel’s long-term singing partner, Mary Duff. After more than 30 years in the spotlight as an engaging entertainer, he is still in love with performing and with audiences the world over!

Yamato’s creativity and innovation conquer theatres around the world! A group of dozens of players start their performance by hitting a Japanese taiko drum made from a large 400 yearold tree. They move their whole bodies to strike the drum with everything in their souls, creating a powerful surge of energy. Their live performances are so full of intensity that they make people's bodies jump and their hearts race faster. Audiences are overwhelmed by the beat of the music, as their bodies are uplifted in sync with the powerful sounds. This group, from beautiful Nara Prefecture in Japan, is able to exhibit great originality and innovation through this traditional Japanese musical instrument, the wadaiko (Japanese drum). This is the epitome of the Japanese spirit, a roaring sound that will make you experience new exciting adventures.

Thursday, February 1, 7:30 p.m. Tickets starting at $58.75 (inclusive of fees) Produced by Music Works, Inc.

Sunday, February 18, 3 p.m. Tickets starting at $58.50 (inclusive of fees) Produced by Elko Concerts

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Friday, February 9, 8 p.m. Tickets starting at $58.75 (inclusive of fees) Produced by Elko Concerts

Wednesday, February 21, 7:30 p.m. Tickets starting at $43 (inclusive of fees)

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STAYIN’ ALIVE

LES BALLETS TROCKEDERO DE MONTE CARLO

Thursday, February 22, 8 p.m. Tickets starting at $32.25 (inclusive of fees) Produced by Music Works, Inc.

Sunday, February 25, 7 p.m. Tickets starting at $48 (inclusive of fees)

STAYIN' ALIVE offers to their audiences the songs and sights of a full Bee Gees play list, singing blockbusters such as "Night Fever," "Jive Talkin'," "How Deep Is Your Love," "You Should Be Dancing," "Nights on Broadway," and "Stayin' Alive." In addition, they perform softer poetic ballads such as "I Started a Joke," "Massachusetts," "Fanny Be Tender," "Words," and "To Love Somebody," among other great hits.

Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo is a company of professional male dancers performing the full range of the ballet and modern dance repertoire, including classical and original works in faithful renditions of the manners and concepts of those dance styles. The comedy is achieved by incorporating and exaggerating the foibles, accidents, and underlying incongruities of serious dance. The Trocks’ inspired blend of a loving knowledge of dance, impeccable comic approach, and the astounding fact that men can, indeed, dance en pointe without falling flat on their faces has brought them critical acclaim. This company of professional male dancers delights audiences around the world parodying classical works from Swan Lake to Giselle. Combining a loving knowledge of dance with a wicked comedic sensibility, the Trockaderos will offer a buoyant and hilarious evening for young and old. They love to bring pleasure of dance to the widest possible audience. They will, as they have done for forty years, “Keep on Trockin’.”

STAYIN' ALIVE is the largest and most definitive production of its kind, offering big screen video clips, photos and dazzling imagery. STAYIN' ALIVE has played intimate settings as a six piece band and huge venues with a 62 piece orchestra. STAYIN' ALIVE is the quintessential tribute band to the Bee Gees, capturing the excitement of live performance and the tender subtleties of the human voice!

HOWIE MANDEL

Monday, February 26, 7:30 p.m. Tickets starting at $40.50 (inclusive of fees) Howie Mandel has remained a constant force in show business for over 30 years. Mandel is executive producer of many shows through his production company Alevy Productions, which has produced the series Take It All and Howie Do It for NBC, Deal With It for TBS and Mobbed for FOX, among others. He currently serves as a judge on NBC's hit summer talent competition series, America's Got Talent, now in its 11th season with this being Mandel's seventh season on the series. Previously, Howie received an Emmy nomination for “Outstanding Host For A Reality or Reality-Competition Program” for Deal or No Deal and a Daytime Emmy nomination for “Outstanding Game Show Host” for the syndicated version of the show. Mandel’s versatile career has encompassed virtually all aspects of the entertainment spectrum, including television, film and stage. From his work on the Emmy-Award winning St. Elsewhere to the international animated children’s series Bobby’s World, Howie has become a mainstay of the American comedy scene.

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BY STEVEN HICKS Like any group of workmates, as we’ve grown to know each other better, we’ve also gotten to know the relationships we all have outside of the office. Some of us are in our twenties and some are approaching sixty. We have some long-standing marriages, a few who are relative newlyweds, and single people as well. So, not being an expert myself, I thought I’d ask my friends here at SCL what they thought it took to have a lasting relationship. Here they are in no particular order. Steven Hicks (Senior Editor) and wife, Dina. Married 10 years this August. “We began our relationship as employer and employee, then became good friends. Dating followed. First and foremost, we respect each other. Laugh whenever you can, enjoy a bottle of good wine and the talking that comes with it. I realize every day that she is the best thing that ever happened to me, and I let her know it. Being thankful for the life you have together gets you through anything.” Tanya Mutton (Art Director-SpaceCoast Living) and husband, Tim. Married for 27 Years.

Communication and humor. “For 20 years we moved around from pillar to post with the Army; this forced us to rely solely on one another and figure everything out as a unit, it was tough sometimes, but with a sense of humor we made it work and it has carried on now that Tim has retired from the military." Eric Wright (Publisher) and wife Susan, married for 36 years. “My wife Susan and I have been married for 36 years. I have learned that knowing my wife is God’s favorite person in the world: a) Makes me feel mighty lucky that I was entrusted with the best and b) To be very careful to treat her in a way that reflects that insight.” Jeff Piersall (Owner and CEO) and wife Judy. Married for 35 years. “You are never allowed to quit on the same day. And keep your faith as the centerpiece of your relationship.”

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Tracy Conner (Production Manager) and husband, Blake, together 17 years. Married for 15. “Have open lines of communication on everything, laugh often, make “date night" a monthly priority in the busyness of everyday life. But most importantly, stay grounded in your faith because your marriage will be thrown all kinds of curve balls and it’s comforting to know God has all things under control…especially your marriage!” Lori Reader (Senior Account Executive) and fiancée Brian. Engaged for two years, together for seven. “Friendship, laughter, trust and respect are the first ingredients in our recipe for success. It is then sprinkled with common interests, and lots of space. We compliment and support each other regarding our individual relationships with our six adult children, our friends, our work obligations and our alone time.” A game often played between them is called, “I’m Funnier Than You.” It’s their competition to make each other laugh over silly things. They also try to do small, kind gestures for each other. Lori says the final ingredient for their successful relationship, “is simply love.” Nevin Flinchbaugh (Art Director-SpaceCoast Business) and wife, Tasha. Together for five years, married just over one. “Never go to bed fighting. Being tired the next day is a small cost considering the alternative.” Cherise Czaban (VP of Business Development) and husband, Steve. Married for 32 Years. Commitment – "commitment to our family and to each other and remembering what’s truly important."


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