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A MAGAZINE OF THE TAMPA BAY TIMES

DECEMBER 2017

MIXING THINGS UP


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December WELCOME TO THE NEW BEGINNINGS ISSUE

ON THE COVER

Changing tradition For toasting the old and new year, try eggnog’s many twists. Page 26. Cover photograph by Alessandra Da Pra

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OUTSIDE THE BOX Presents that can’t be wrapped, or ever forgotten

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FOUND IT A mix of menorahs

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BEING THERE, DOING THAT „ Friends of Strays support our best friends „ Weekly Challenger turns 50 „ Tampa Museum of Art’s Pavilion XXXII „ Tampa Bay History Center offers a sneak peek of Treasure Seekers „ Poynter’s Bowtie Ball honors journalists „ MFA’s SmARTly Dressed rocks the runway „ Earth, Wind & Fire light up the Starlight Gala „ Brookwood Florida changes lives „ USF celebrates generous donors „ Broadway Ball salutes Straz CEO

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START ANEW Begin the new year in dramatic style! Fashion trends for the new you.

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Meet Tampa Bay residents who took a risk and reinvented themselves.

Meditate on this: Mindfulness for the new year

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A MAGAZINE OF THE TAMPA BAY TIMES

EDITOR Katherine Snow Smith kssmith@tampabay.com PHOTO EDITOR

CREATIVE DIRECTOR Pegie Stark pstark@tampabay.com

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Bay is published eight times a year by Times Publishing Co. and delivered to Tampa Bay Times subscribers in select neighborhoods in Pinellas, Hillsborough and Pasco counties. Copyright 2017. Vol. 11, No. 3. THE TAMPA BAY TIMES CHAIRMAN AND CEO Paul C. Tash MANAGING EDITOR Jennifer Orsi DEPUTY MANAGING EDITOR Amy Hollyfield VICE PRESIDENT OF SALES AND MARKETING ADVERTISING MANAGER

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National /Major Retail Advertising Manager Kelly Spamer St. Petersburg Retail Advertising Manager Andi Gordon Clearwater Retail Advertising Manager Jennifer Bonin Brandon Advertising Sales Manager Tony Del Castillo Classified Real Estate Manager Larry West Pasco Retail Manager Luby Sidoff Automotive Advertising Manager Larry West FULFILLMENT MANAGER Gerald Gifford IMAGING AND PRODUCTION Gary Zolg, Brian J. Baracani Jr., Ralph W. Morningstar, Patsy Boatright, Greg Kennicutt DISTRIBUTION MANAGER Jim Thompson REGIONAL HOME DELIVERY MANAGERS Diann Bates, David Maxam To view the magazine online, visit www.tampabay.com/bay To advertise in Bay magazine: (727) 893-8535

    

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from the editor

THERE’S CHANGE IN THE AIR

 

  

There is no shared impetus that launched them or prevailing drive that kept them going. There is no average age or profile. They took their chances and made changes in their 30s, 40s, 50s and 60s. If there is a common denominator in the stories my colleague Amy Scherzer and I wrote, it’s a change in career. But that doesn’t mean we have to change jobs to create a difference in our lives. In this upcoming new year, something such as taking up meditation, volunteering for a different nonprofit or tapping into a talent can be a new beginning. Twelve years ago I tried tapping into my creative talent and started a tiny business. My oldest daughter, who was 8 at the time, taped a pink, plastic Hawaiian lei to the sides of Madonna’s children’s book, The English Roses, and said it looked like a pocketbook. I praised her creative thinking (maybe a little too much) and

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Our New Beginnings issue shares stories of people who took risks and made changes. Some were driven by a desire to tap into talents that were always there but hadn’t fully come to the surface. One discovered a talent he never knew he had. Some were motivated by a desire to do their own thing on their own terms. Nick Reader, chief executive officer of PDQ restaurants, wanted to build a company and offer freshly made fastfood. Surya Sajnani and Dave Pinto, founders of Wee Gallery baby accessories, started their own business because they believed in their products and wanted to create a life that enabled them to have more time with their children. Longtime newscaster Kathy Fountain started a fertility counseling practice because she herself has been through the pain and frustration of infertility and wanted to help others struggling to start a family.

       

    

  

 

           

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she asked if we could actually make a purse out of a book. A few months later I was up late most nights with a glue gun and electric drill inserting accordion window shades in the sides of hollowed-out books bought at yard sales and topping them off with bamboo or plastic handles from craft stores. We sold the “book pocketbooks” at the Saturday Morning Market and holiday sales. I had business cards and even met with lawyers to consider patenting the “novel” idea. It was great because until we started the business, I didn’t really have anything to do between midnight and 2 a.m. (This was before Netflix.) I sent samples to Oprah and posh stores in Palm Beach and Nantucket, Mass., but got no response. I did better locally, getting the book pocketbooks sold at Haslam’s Book Store and Cherie’s Eclectica, which used to be on Beach Drive. My daughter even posted them on Etsy, which had just started. But after a couple of years, with too many hijacked weekends spent at art shows and too many scars from scorching hot glue, I gave up on being an entrepreneur. After meeting some of the people we feature in this issue,

I realize there are things I didn’t try. I should have gone to a trade show where retailers buy their inventory. I should have started my own website. I should have made more of an effort on Facebook. But I am glad I tried. I am prompted to think of the poet Virginia Hamilton Adair, a relative of my husband, who published her first collection of poetry, Ants on the Melon, when she was 83 and blind in 1996. Her work, published by Random House, was highly acclaimed and compared by reviewers to that of T.S. Eliot, Robert Frost and Wallace Stevens. I hope this New Beginnings issue will inspire readers to make a change or two, big or small, in 2018. Thank you for reading Bay. — Katherine Snow Smith

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Gift box menorah, $50. Florida Holocaust Museum, 55 Fifth St. S, St. Petersburg.

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Blue menorah, $40. Florida Holocaust Museum, 55 Fifth St. S, St. Petersburg.

Above left, painted metal dog menorah, $245. At right, brass and fused glass menorah with dreidel, $158. Both from Shapiro’s Fine American Crafts, 300 Beach Drive NE, St. Petersburg, and 1619 W Snow Circle, Tampa.

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Van menorah, $45. Florida Holocaust Museum, 55 Fifth St. S, St. Petersburg.

Fused glass menorah, $225. Shapiro’s Fine American Crafts, 300 Beach Drive NE, St. Petersburg, and 1619 W Snow Circle, Tampa.

Glass, handmade by Florida artist Dot Galfond, $270. Florida CraftArt, 401 Central Ave., St. Petersburg.

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Renditions of a

TRADITION

A glass of “Nog� at Haven located at 2208 W Morrison Ave., Tampa. This eggnog is made from scratch at the restaurant and contains four liquors: bourbon, rum, cognac and plum brandy. Photograph by Alessandra Da Pra


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ggnog dates back to medieval times when the British enjoyed a drink called “posset” that was made with hot milk, ale and spices. Later it became a drink for the wealthy who added expensive brandy or sherry. It was the alcohol that kept the milk from spoiling when there was no refrigeration. When the drink crossed the Atlantic to the New World, Americans used rum. And when rum from the Caribbean was in short supply during the American Revolution, it was replaced with moonshine. Because eggnog started as a warm drink, that explains why it tends to be consumed during winter. The scarcity of various liquors and spices at different times in history made it something savored only on special occasions, such as Christmas. Many people, however, would rather have coal in their stocking than drink a glass of eggnog by the fire. Hunter Bryant, bar manager at Haven in Tampa, said that’s because there’s a lot of eggnog out there that has poor texture and far from the best of ingredients.

The eggnog martini at Caretta on the Gulf at the Sandpearl Resort, 500 Mandalay Ave., Clearwater Beach. Photograph by Douglas R. Clifford

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The brew he’s serving at Haven this season includes freshly grated nutmeg from the actual nut and premium spirits. “I grew up drinking homemade eggnog with bourbon because my parents hail from Kentucky,” he said. “My recipe has definitely changed quite a few minds” of people who don’t like eggnog. Last Christmas, Bryant gave out small Mason jars of his eggnog as gifts. This year his special blend is on Haven’s seasonal menu simply as “Nog.” Jonathan Pelletier, director of food and beverage at the Sandpearl Resort, plans to bring a taste of his New England Christmases to Clearwater Beach. “During the holidays my family would always make our traditional family recipe for eggnog for our holiday parties leading up the big day, Christmas,” he said. “To this day, the smells of nutmeg, vanilla and cinnamon conjure up fond, warm memories of a New England Christmas, fireplace crackling away, family and friends together and love.” He put a Florida twist on the old tradition by creating the Caretta Eggnog Martini, named for the Sandpearl’s restaurant.

MAKE IT YOURSELF NOG HAVEN INGREDIENTS 12 large eggs 1 pound sugar 1 pint half-n-half 1 pint whole milk 1 pint heavy cream 1 cup Appleton Jamaican rum 1/2 cup Hardy cognac 1/2 cup Plum Brandy 1 cup Colonel EH Taylor Small Batch bourbon 1 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg 1/2 teaspoon natural vanilla extract 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

Eggnog at the Mandarin Hide, 231 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. Made with Angel’s Envy bourbon, Black Strap rum, eggs, Made Coffee, housemade vanilla and cinnamon syrups. Photograph by Scott Keeler

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INSTRUCTIONS 1. Separate the eggs and store the whites for service. 2. Beat the yolks with the sugar and nutmeg in a large mixing bowl until the mixture lightens in color and falls off the whisk in a solid “ribbon.” 3. Combine dairy, booze, vanilla and salt in a second bowl and then slowly beat into the egg mixture. 4. Move to a large glass jar (or a couple of smaller ones) and store in the fridge for a minimum of 2 weeks

CARETTA ON THE GULF EGGNOG MARTINI SANDPEARL RESORT INGREDIENTS 2 ounces Maker’s Mark bourbon 2 ounces Amaretto Disaronno Liqueur 1 cup of Eggnog chiller 1 scoop of vanilla bean ice cream Fresh, whole nutmeg Cinnamon stick for garnish Cinnamon sugar for the rim of the glass INSTRUCTIONS 1. Dampen the rims of two martini glasses, then line with cinnamon sugar. 2. Combine bourbon, amaretto, eggnog and ice cream together in a blender and blend. 3. Portion the mixture out evenly into two martini glasses. 4. Grate fresh, whole nutmeg on top of the drink. 5. Garnish with a cinnamon stick.

NO NOD NOG THE MANDARIN HIDE INGREDIENTS 6 large eggs 1 cup sugar 1 cup whole milk 1 cup evaporated milk or heavy cream 1 cup bourbon 1/2 cup Black Strap rum 1/2 cup cold-brewed coffee 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract Freshly grated nutmeg, to serve INSTRUCTIONS 1. Separate the eggs 2. Whisk the yolks with the sugar until smooth and creamy 3. Whisk in the milk, cream, coffee, liquors and vanilla 4. Whisk the egg whites 5. Fold the egg whites into the eggnog Serve in individual glasses with grated nutmeg sprinkled on top


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hortly after leaving his job as chief financial officer of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to strike out on his own as an entrepreneur, Nick Reader wondered if he’d made the right move. “I probably had one of the coolest jobs in Tampa,” said Reader, 42. Six years later, the chief executive officer of PDQ restaurants is certain it was the right move.

“I was at the point where I had a great job (with the Bucs), and I was going to do it the rest of my life or take that tiger by the tail,” he recalled, sitting at the PDQ on Park Boulevard in Pinellas Park. He started with the Bucs at age 28, and became the youngest CFO in the National Football League. He worked well with the team’s owners, the Glazer family, but of course they had the final say in everything. Reader wanted something of his own. “Starting something that you will have around for a long time, the thought of that just blew me away,” he said. “This legacy of something that you were a part of and having a real say to whether it’s successful or not.” So Reader went to his longtime friend and mentor Bob Basham, a co-founder of Outback Steakhouse, for advice. “Someone once told me to always have a good mentor,” Reader recalled. Basham is his. Because of Outback’s success, Basham receives plenty of pitches from small businesses that want his investment and expertise. The two men formed MVP Holdings, and Reader started traveling the country vetting the ideas, everything from waste management companies to restaurants or companies trying to be the next big thing. “Bob (Basham) said, ‘I’m not paying you to sit around and look for deals for me. I want you to find the deal that your livelihood depends on,’ ” Reader recounted. With a smaller paycheck, he and his wife downsized their house and she went back to work as a teacher. Several months down the road, Reader honed in on a little fast-food place called Tenders in Cornelius, N.C., a town of 25,000 outside of Charlotte. All the food was made on site, including dipping sauces and crispy chicken tenders of juicy meat breaded with just the right amount of herbs and spices. As the father of young boys, Reader felt there was a shortage of fast-food options that weren’t processed and overly greasy. “I found myself hiding these (fast-food) bags that my yuppie, judgmental friends would give me a hard time about,”

he said. “Chick-fil-A is great, and I felt that it was the only (fastfood) place people were comfortable telling people they were getting their kids’ food from.” But Tenders was “real” food, cooked from scratch and in a timely manner. MVP Holdings bought the store, refined processes and quickly moved weekly sales from $10,000 a week to $60,000. Then Reader and Basham figured out how to duplicate the concept with a chain called PDQ, which stands for “people dedicated to quality,” and, unofficially, “pretty darn quick.” “We wanted to have authenticity,” Reader said, explaining why the kitchen, including the breading station, is in full view at all PDQs. “Fast-food always felt like the Wizard of Oz to me. Everything was behind the curtain. Our designers said: ‘You are insane to put raw chicken and buttermilk in full view of the customers.’ ” Reader and Basham encourage store managers to support local causes with a connection to employees and customers. A store in St. Petersburg might offer up its parking lot for a carwash and a percentage of sales one Saturday to a high school swim team while a Tampa location might give $10 PDQ gift cards to another school’s drama department to sell for $6 each. “We have ‘random acts of kindness days’ when we give somebody in the drive-through their food for free and tell them the car in front of them wanted to buy their lunch,” Reader said. The chain also works with former Bucs coach Jon Gruden and his foundation, Fired Football Coaches of America, which raises money for high school football teams. Supporting the community is the right thing to do, Reader said, but it also makes good business sense to build a loyal base of customers and get your name out to new ones. Reader also encourages managers to hire people who might not get a job at other places such as someone with nonviolent arrests on their record or one on the autism spectrum. “Sometimes your biggest risk is your biggest reward,”

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Laura Waller in front of two of her paintings.

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he decade she spent as a mental health counselor taught Laura Waller how to decipher and understand clients’ thoughts and behaviors. That ability adapted perfectly when she switched from social work to financial planning, founding Waller & Wax Advisors. Now she applies her analytic insights to her third career, a full-time artist concentrating on

urban landscapes.

“Therapy is really a great background for anyone,” Waller said. “But now I deal in tangibles. I take more risks with my art, but there’s less stress.” Waller’s work has been featured in four exhibitions in Florida and Maine in the past two years. Tampa’s Clayton Gallery hung Working Waterfront: Port Tampa Bay in 2015 followed by her Port Side series in 2017. Elizabeth Moss Galleries of Falmouth, Maine, showed Working Waterfront: New Work in summer 2016 and plans a second show next year. Last month she exhibited solo at the ArtCenter Manatee in downtown Bradenton. “Finding a gallery is like a marriage,” she said. “You meet … then you date … then you commit.” Waller closed her private counseling practice in St. Petersburg and began training to be a securities broker with Raymond James Financial in 1978. “I called Tom James (chairman emeritus) and asked if he wanted a social worker on his staff and he responded, ‘Do you want to sell?’ ” James saw the many parallels between the two professions when it comes to building relationships and trust. Diving into the financial world was all-consuming, she said, “like learning a foreign language.” Over the next 34 years, Waller earned local and national recognition including a Money magazine ranking of the nation’s Best Financial Planners in 1987. All the while, Waller found respite in her art. “I started with scenes along the waterfront, fishing villages and lobster boats in Maine where we have a second home,” she said. A cancer diagnosis in 2005 precipitated her move away from wealth management, with encouragement from husband Ed Waller, now retired after 50 years of law practice.

“Breast cancer is terrifying, but there’s a plus to it,” she said, “...permission to redesign your life. As much as I loved my clients, I hated the stress.” The solution was born many years earlier, son Jon Wax, 48, a Raymond James broker, would merge his practice with Waller’s group in 2006. Acclimating to solitary hours in her home studios in South Tampa and Rockland, Maine, took some time, she said, happy to have her miniature Australian labradoodle Teddi for company. “I also embraced social media as a way to stay in touch and be seen in this new role,” said Waller, 72. When she mentioned looking for subject matter to develop as her own, a friend suggested she visit Port Tampa Bay. Waller was immediately intrigued. “It’s huge, behemoth … there’s an awesome sense of power,” she said. “Ships tethered to the shore a few days, then gone to ports around the world.” In her research, she spent hours aboard a freighter with a harbor pilot friend. “The public doesn’t have access because of homeland security, but it’s such a vital part of our community.” She has completed more than 50 paintings in the port series and expanded to include other industrial zones, “construction sites, unfinished condos and a cement plant,” she said. “I like the feeling of being dropped into an environment you didn’t know was there.” Waller is pleased with sales; her work is collected by individuals and corporations nationwide. “Life is a journey,” she said. “You need goals to know what you’re heading toward. “If I ever feel that I’ve become irrelevant and not being taken seriously, I’m going to dye the tips of my hair purple.”

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Rossie Newson became a photographer after leaving his career as an illustrator for the Tampa Bay Times in 2009.

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chance meeting during a really tough time in Rossie Newson’s life resulted in him finding a talent he never knew he had. After leaving his job as an illustrator at the

Tampa Bay Times in 2009, Newson devoted most of his time and energy to his father, who had Alzheimer’s disease. During this time he met the daughter of one of his father’s caregivers and learned she was a wedding photographer.

“I had always liked looking at photography but didn’t know a thing about it. I saw her photos and fell in love with them,” said Newson. “I said to her, ‘I’ve always been interested in photography, what do you recommend I do to get into it?’ ” She told him to get a decent camera and made some suggestions. Newson bought a Canon 40D on eBay for $300. “When it arrived, I didn’t even know how to turn the thing on,” he laughed. “I started shooting everything. Bugs, trees, people, animals. I posted pictures on Facebook and people saw them and then people started wanting to book sessions for family photos.” Eight years later, family portraits are the bulk of his business, Rossie Newson Photography, though he also shoots for corporate clients such as Strickland Vintage Watches. The Tampa company has timepieces up to around 100 years old that sell for hundreds to thousands of dollars. Newson, 58, works with professional models but also has a knack for seeing the potential in diamonds in the rough. He even featured a homeless man he met on the streets of St. Petersburg in a Strickland ad. “I was shooting a family on Central Avenue where all the murals are behind the buildings and I saw this homeless guy and a woman. They were getting ready to go to sleep behind a church,” he recalled. “There was something about the man’s face that just caught my eye.” Newson asked if he could take his photo and the man asked if he was a cop. Once he convinced him he wasn’t, Newson shot a few pictures and gave him $5.

“I said, ‘You have a great face.’ He said ‘Okay, whatever that means.’ I said, ‘If you’re interested I would love to take some test shots of you to see what you look like cleaned up,’ ” he recounted. The man, who was named Jerry, agreed and met Newson at the Open Air Post Office on First Avenue N the next day. Newson gave him some clean clothes and a hairdresser friend trimmed Jerry’s beard. The pictures were great and Strickland liked them. Newson paid Jerry and told him he might be able to make steady money modeling, but he wasn’t interested. They kept in touch for a while, but Jerry has moved out of town. Making people realize how photogenic they are is Newson’s favorite part of his work, especially when they start a session saying they look terrible in pictures. Newson also enjoys working with natural light. He rarely takes his own lights for a shoot because he believes they bog down the process and can make subjects feel less comfortable. Even on days when he doesn’t have a shoot scheduled, he goes out and photographs something. “I work with a couple of photographers who only like to shoot pretty women. But I’ll shoot anything. I’ll shoot rusty tools,” he said. “This has been a total gear change for me. I worked for newspapers for more than 30 years. I was used to being handed an assignment every day.” Before he discovered photography, Newson was telling a friend that he was tired of illustrating. “She said, ‘I feel like God gave you this gift and you’re saying you don’t want it,’ ” he recalled. “I think God gives us all a lot of gifts and we can choose what we want to do.”

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Today’s amazing medical advances, creating a child with someone else’s egg or sperm or embryo, are fraught with emotion. How does a surrogate explain to her own children why she is giving a baby away?” KATHY FOUNTAIN

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knowledgeable voice and familiar face beamed into Tampa Bay homes when Kathy Fountain delivered the 5 o’clock news and chatted with talk show guests on WTVTCh. 13. She created some news of her own as co-anchor of the first female team in the Tampa Bay area, “so radical at the time,” she says.

But even as a rising star when hired at WTVT in May 1985, Fountain saw a bigger picture and planned accordingly. “I knew in my 40s I needed to have another career after TV,” she said. “I got my master’s degree in mental health counseling in 2000 and opened a practice on the side.” From personal experience, Fountain was drawn to clients struggling with infertility, eventually leaving the Fox network to open Kathy Fountain Fertility in 2010. The Lakeland native, who has a 28-year-old son, had trouble conceiving a second child. “Many reproductive doctors require counseling prior to certain procedures such as in vitro fertilization (IVF) to make sure (patients) understand what they are getting into ethically, morally and psychologically,” she said. Three local reproductive clinics refer individuals and couples for help normalizing the experience of not conceiving a child naturally. Fountain works with LGBT couples and single moms by choice, gestational surrogates and attorneys. “Today’s amazing medical advances, creating a child with someone else’s egg or sperm or embryo, are fraught with emotion,” she said. “How does a surrogate explain to her own children why she is giving a baby away?” Fountain started out as print journalist in Winter Haven and Fort Myers, then switched to television commercial

production. A random request to stand in front of the camera for a minute landed her the job of hosting PM Magazine for five years. “I was just lucky to be at the right place at the right time,” she said. “That would never happen today.” Fountain has been married to former WTVT news anchor Frank Robertson since 1995. He retired six months before she did and pursued voice-over and commercial acting. Fountain has seen impressive results since creating the Mind Body Program for Infertility nine years ago after studying the connection between conception and stress management. “Nationally, the pregnancy rate is 33 percent higher for couples who go through it,” she said. “I’d say two-thirds of the women in my Tampa groups are on their way to becoming moms within a year. Some by pregnancy, some by surrogate and some adoption.” Fountain also cofacilitates the Tampa chapter of the national infertility support group Resolve. Clients often send family photos or come back to visit and bring their babies. “The television landscape has changed so much from the time I entered,” she said. “The goal was to tell stories, educate, inform, thrill … make a difference. This does that for me.”

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Dave Pinto and Surya Sanjani display a Safari Play Mat in their Wee Gallery office at Signature Place, St. Petersburg.

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hen Surya Sajnani and Dave Pinto were expecting their first child in 2002, she painted a mural with black and white zebras on one wall of the nursery. The couple

had read that a baby’s eyes are stimulated by repeating patterns of black and white. “It worked out like we had planned. He would actually stare at the zebras,” Sajnani recounted of their son, Sid. “Our friends saw this and said ‘You should market that.’ ”

These comments played right into the couple’s goal of owning their own business some day. “When Sid went to bed, we would sit there and scheme about how we could get away from working for other people,” Pinto laughed. So the couple, who met in India in 1997 and married in 2000, decided to create and sell boxes of six study cards, each with a black and white picture of an animal with repeating patterns drawn by Sajnani. They were living in Santa Barbara, Calif., at the time. She was a graphic designer, he a linguistics teacher. After numerous failed attempts to find a U.S. company that would make both the cards and their box, or even reply to inquiries, the couple turned to a printer in Hong Kong who gave them a quote the morning after their first email. Within a few weeks, Pinto and Sajnani paid $3,000 for 1,000 cardboard boxes, each containing six cards featuring simplistic, yet charming, animals. This was the beginning of Wee Gallery, which is now based in St. Petersburg and has more than 1,000 retailers, including Anthropologie, the Gap and Selfridges, selling a wide selection of products online or in stores. There are blankets, pillows, Christmas stockings, stroller books, growth charts, play mats and more, all featuring more than 100 different Sajnani-designed animals from the farm to the zoo to the jungle. The name Wee Gallery came from that initial box of flash cards, still one of their top sellers. “We thought the cards propped up along the side of the crib looked like a little art gallery,” Sajnani said. A check

found Weegallery.com wasn’t taken and the official name was born. After sending 40 sample boxes to boutiques and museums, the buyer for the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art placed an order. She advised they change their suggested price from $14.95 to $12.95 and the couple agreed. “We thought, ‘Oh my gosh. We’re in the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. We’ve made it,’ ” Sajnani recalled with a chuckle. “We were naive,” Pinto added. They moved to St. Petersburg when Pinto took a job with an online faxing company. Sajnani freelanced as a graphic designer, they had another baby, a girl, and continued to grow Wee Gallery. It was much harder to get into independent boutiques than they expected by sending samples and calling. So the next step in 2007 was spending $5,000 for a 10-foot by 10foot booth at a trade show where thousands of retailers order their inventory over the course of a few days. They landed 150 clients including Anthropologie and the Gap. Once again, Wee Gallery was on an upswing. Pinto quit his job. And then the Great Recession hit in 2008. The Gap and Anthropologie didn’t renew their orders. Many of the small boutiques that had finally become customers went out of business. Pinto picked up consulting work and Wee Gallery limped along. Similac, the formula company, came calling in 2010 and wanted to buy the rights to reproduce Sajnani’s artwork for a marketing campaign related to a new ingredient that promoted babies’ visual development.

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The couple said no, but negotiated a deal for Similac to buy 200,000 boxes of cards to send to potential formula buyers. That windfall boosted the company for a while but it didn’t last. Sajnani and Pinto decided to move their Wee Gallery office out of the condo they had bought for a fire sale price at Signature Place in downtown St. Petersburg and lease it to a graphic design company. But then, another stroke of good luck and good business came their way. High-end juvenile furnishing company Nursery Works, which describes itself as “ultra-chic,” requested an exclusive line of bedding from Wee Gallery. This led to a brush with celebrity. Kanye West and Kim Kardashian were shopping in a California boutique and West put baby North down in a crib for a cat nap. The shop owner snapped a photo of the famous little girl sleeping on a sheet designed by Sajnani and posted it on Instagram. “We don’t know if they actually bought any of our products, but we do know North West slept on our sheet,”

Sajnani said with a laugh. Yet another surprising turn of events. “All along the way we thought, ‘This is stupid,’ then we’d think ‘We really have to give this up’ and then something happens and we are like, ‘Maybe we are on the right track,’ ” she recounted. “We are creating the life we want. We wanted to be with our kids and have flexible hours.” Pinto proudly shared one more unexpected turn of events in their story, revealing that Sajnani was rejected from art school in India. So she majored in life sciences — because at least she could still create anatomical drawings — but ended up creating artwork that’s beloved by parents and kids around the world. Wee Gallery moved out of the family garage and back into the Signature office in April. There is a third employee. Sales and product lines are steadily growing. The couple’s vision of their own business on their own terms is happening — in living color as well as black and white.

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Live like royalty in this completely redesigned castle estate. Hand-painted ceilings throughout add uniqueness and sophistication. Venetian deco finish and chandeliers draw your eye to the vaulted ceilings of the living room with Juliet balconies peeking down from second level corridor. Natural sunlight shines romantically through the French doors and plantation windows of the breakfast room overlooking the back courtyard. Kitchen with mosaic backsplash, stainless-steel appliances, dark wood cabinetry, granite counters and center island with propane gas cooktop; side prep. kitchen with pantry/refrigeration located near formal dining room, making dinner parties effortless. Laundry room with cabinetry; side/garage access; pocket door to close from kitchen. Private master suite with sitting area, wet bar and French doors leading to patio has separate his/her full bathrooms. Hers has whirlpool tub and detailed makeup vanity, his has steam shower and audio system. Both have impressive walk-in closets. Bookshelf hallway leads to home office with access to pool.Two identical second-level bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms. 4th bedroom has large walk-in closet and skylight. Sitting area located at the end of corridor. Hand-selected stone throughout cabana-style pool home/gym adds natural style. Pool home features full functioning kitchen and dining area, sitting area and fireplace. Enjoy the heated saltwater pool and spa and rinse off in the pool bath shower. Not only does this 4 bed/4 bath home have a glorious cabana-style pool home and gym with pergola and full outdoor kitchen, but the rolling green lawns surrounding this estate are immaculately maintained and designed. From the interior detail and style to the functional use of this home, this is the gem of Lake Jovita Golf and Country Club. Elegance & style are present throughout this estate.Tampa Home Magazine featured pool house with gym and heated saltwater pool/spa; offers prestige and sophistication. Offered at $2,199,000

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REBECCA FOX is a lawyer who gave up her legal career to become a full-time yoga, meditation and mindfulness educator, and community herbalist. She describes her present career as “an exciting and effective offering that empowers and awakens people to health, wellness, joy and peace.” Bay Creative Director Pegie Stark asked her about her career switch and how she teaches meditation. Her responses are edited for clarity and length. You were an attorney and now you are a full-time meditation teacher. How did that switch happen? I went to law school to change the world. To be the change, and to heal all its beautiful beings and places, and while in school I realized that change starts within. This realization coincided with taking my first yoga class in New York City. I signed up for a beginner’s workshop where we met once a week on Sundays for a month. I learned about yoga and about myself, and I continued to practice for years before deciding to deepen my study and learn to share it with others. During this time, I realized that the traditional legal setting was not feeding my soul in the ways I desired. … I began to work more as an advocate. I worked with a nonprofit who sought to evolve and improve the legal system as a whole. I later worked for an environmental nonprofit as a community advocate and organizer. This work was satisfying in ways, yet I was still fighting against something and did not feel I was being the change I wished to see in the world. Does the world really need another unsatisfied lawyer? That’s when I turned to plants. They called to me in many ways, and through studying them, I learned about the world, myself and growth. I learned how to empower myself daily through their use. I realized that the legal system was not built to heal people in the ways I sought to heal, however, plants emerged as a powerful healing ally and teacher. Plants and yoga, both yoga asana (movement and postures) and meditation, supported me in my growth. Now I have the privilege of sharing yoga, meditation and plants with others.

How did you discover meditation? Yoga asana was my gateway to yoga. Power class, lots of sweating; that’s what drew me in. Yet, I knew there was a vast universe within yoga to explore; I learned more about meditation and began meditating in short and creative ways throughout my day. I use a lot of mantra in my practice. Some people may want to explore meditation as a way to calm their minds and be more peaceful in the world in the new year. But some are afraid they can’t devote time to it or stay still long enough to actually meditate. The mind is incredibly powerful, when we think we cannot do something the universe conspires with us to ensure that thing is not done; and likewise, when we believe we can, we can. There are many reasons one can come up with not to try. As a new meditator, one must be willing to try, to participate, and to practice, without attachment, to doing it right or long enough every day. We must start somewhere, and a beginner’s mind can be scary. However, with breath, the gifts promised through meditation are on the other side of fear! What words of advice do you have for someone who wants to start anew and be guided in a meditation practice? Know that there is no right way to meditate. There are obviously ways that some people have achieved more success than others. However, we all travel our own paths. Know that everyone starts somewhere. As you experience fear and doubt, take a deep breath and continue to move forward; be courageous. Start. And start small. Set a goal that feels attainable and work toward it. If you veer off, return to your quest once you realize you’ve veered. That is the practice. That in itself is meditation. And be kind, especially to yourself. It can be challenging to learn new things, but the reward is worth the discomfort.

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As you experience fear and doubt, take a deep breath and continue to move forward; be courageous. Start. And start small. Set a goal that feels REBECCA FOX attainable and work toward it.” How many kinds of meditation are there? Do you have a favorite? Wow. Lots! From breath work (pranayama) to mantra (words, phrases, or short prayers repeated numerous times), mudra (symbolic gesture) and asana (movement and postures) and more, meditation is all around us. In many ways, we’re already meditating without realizing it. My favorite form of meditation is chanting. I chant a Sanskrit mantra 108 times, so my sadhana, or daily practice, is heavy on chanting. If you prefer to chant with music, Deva Premal has beautiful recordings of mantras sung 108 times to help you get started. If someone is interested in going deeper and learning the history, how do they go about that? What books do you recommend? When I asked my first yoga teacher for book recommendations she said it was essential for practitioners to read (and re-read) the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. The sutras serve to document the principles and basic teachings of yoga. There are several books that unpack and explain the sutras, or threads of yoga, each written by different students of Patanjali and each including the student’s own experience and application of the teachings. Similar to Plato’s recording of Socrates’ teachings in the Republic. My favorites are: The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali by Sri Swami Satchidananda , and The Path of the Yoga Sutras: A Practical Guide to the Core of Yoga by Nicolai Bachman. Regardless of the text one reads, what is most important is to find outlets to discuss the teachings and bring them to life. You can work one on one with a mentor, attend group classes, talk with other practitioners, or listen to podcasts, discussions, and interviews with well-known and respected teachers. You serve tea at the beginning of each meditation session. How does that contribute to the practice? Meditation in essence, is single-pointed focus. The ways to achieve this focus vary. While different meditation techniques abound, they share the intention to create space in the body and the mind to observe the true self. When one sits with a cup of tea, they have an opportunity to smell the tea, taste

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it, contemplate the plants that went into making the tea, the growing conditions of those plants, and so on. All of these thoughts increase their focus on the tea, and therefore, increase their meditation. At the same time that their focus on the tea increases, their focus on other things decreases. While meditating on tea, the mind wanders further from thoughts about what one needs to do today, stresses at work, any pain experienced in the body, and so on. Once the mind is engaged in focus, it becomes easier to witness one’s “self” or “higher self,” and to identify one’s “self” beyond the thoughts that one’s mind is having. The “self” is experienced in the clearing as the space that is created through focus and engagement of the mind and body. This experience of “self” cultivates deep peace in those who seek it. It also cultivates surrender, self love, self acceptance, kindness, compassion and clarity. Tea, and plants, are incredible teachers. If you listen, plants will teach you. Plants are in a constant state of meditation. By ingesting them, in the most basic sense, we invite plant energy into our bodies, minds and souls. I think a common misconception is that meditation means to “empty your mind.” But that’s not how it works. How do you guide people in a meditation session? What words do you use to help them prepare to have their mind ready for meditation? There are lots of misconceptions about what meditation is and what it is not. In class, I aim to break down any preconceived notions about meditation and remind students that our primary goal is to be open and curious to the journey meditation can facilitate, and to realize any judgments or expectations they may have. I typically invite students to use their breath as an anchor during meditation. I ask them to anchor their mind on their breathing, to bring their attention to the breath, not to empty the mind, but to encourage it toward connection with the breath. When they notice the mind wandering from the breath, it is redirected back. This may happen 1,000 times per minute at first. That’s okay, normal even. With practice, our meditation muscle improves, and we begin to notice the mind wandering less. I often use cues such as “notice,” “witness” and “observe” to encourage students to engage in their own meditative experience. I am careful not to tell students how to feel, not to prime them, and to facilitate self-exploration through anchoring the mind.


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being there, doing that Friends of Strays Wags and Whiskers, A Hepcat Ball Three things garnered even more praise than the much admired glass works of art at the Duncan McClellan Gallery, where Friends of Strays held its recent fundraiser. While guests “oohed” and “aahed” at glass sculptures made by McClellan and other artists, they were even more praising of their own cats, dogs and where they came from, Friends of Strays.

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being there, doing that Weekly Challenger 50th Anniversary Celebration Guests packed the St. Petersburg Coliseum to honor the newspaper, the stories it reports, the difference it makes, community leaders past and present and the Weekly Challenger founder, Cleveland Johnson.

Keirsten Johnson, and her mother, Lyn Johnson, publisher and editor of the Weekly Challenger

Singers entertain guests inside the St. Petersburg Coliseum.

Gwendolyn Reese helped narrate the program highlighting community leaders.

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being there, doing that Pavilion XXXII Tampa Museum of Art Pavilion continuously evolves as elegantly as its beneficiary, the Tampa Museum of Art, with the 32nd formal gala theme, “Made in Tampa Bay,” playing off the current exhibition, “Made in Tampa: Selections From the Permanent Collection,” on Nov. 4.

Tampa Museum of Art board chairwoman Allison Casper Adams and her husband, Robby Adams

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Pat and Calvin Carter enjoy the Pavilion XXXII event. Note the Pavilion I patron’s medal pinned to his tux. At left, the Helios Orchestra entertains at the 32nd annual Pavilion ball. Photographs by Amy Scherzer

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being there, doing that Tampa Bay History Center Tampa Bay History Center Gala Pirates, in human and hologram form, plundered the Tampa Bay History Center Gala on Nov. 10, capturing guests for a sneak peek of the Treasure Seekers: Conquistadors, Pirates and Shipwrecks gallery and the Touchton Map Library, set to open in January. Co-chairs Steve and Natalie Raney beckoned to the Columbia Restaurantâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lavish buffet, vermouth station and Caribbean dessert bar.

Brett and Lisa Couch check out the Touchton Map Library.

Gabi Rivera and Tyler Trout sample the vermouth station.

Heddy Brown poses with Hood and Darby Craddock. Photographs by Amy Scherzer

Duncan and Jessica Belser Tampa Bay History Center Gala co-chairs Steve and Natalie Raney borrowed the Treasure Seekers theme from the name of the soon-to-open gallery for the gala.

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being there, doing that The Poynter Institute Bowtie Ball Judy Woodruff received the Medal for Lifetime Achievement in Journalism at the fundraiser for the journalism institute. The ball is named for the trademark ties favored by Nelson Poynter, the namesake for the nonprofit Poynter Institute for Media Studies, which owns the Tampa Bay Times.

Pam Iorio, former mayor of Tampa, joins the festivities.

PBS NewsHour anchor Judy Woodruff, right, talks with Indira Lakshmanan after receiving the Poynter Medal for Lifetime Achievement in Journalism during the Bowtie Ball on Nov. 4. Times Publishing Co. chairman and CEO Paul Tash with Paul Steiger, founder of ProPublica, who received the Distinguished Service to Journalism Award.

From left, Neil Brown, Poynter president; Tim Nickens, editor of editorials for the Times; and USF political science professor Susan MacManus.

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Ron Sacino shows off an electric bow tie. Photographs by Octavio Jones


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being there, doing that Museum of Fine Arts Stuart Society SmARTly Dressed Acclaimed designers and special guests Mark Badgley and James Mischka mingled, posed for photos and even signed shoes at the fashion show, luncheon and shopping extravaganza at Dillardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s.

Designers Mark Badgley, left, and James Mischka walk the runway with a model wearing a strapless gown from Badgley Mischka Couture collection at the end of the Museum of Fine Arts fashion show.

Attendees raise their glasses for a champagne toast.

A model struts down the runway in a floral evening gown.

Christine Rizo-Darran of Bradenton, Anne Drake McMullen of Clearwater and Tiffany Faykus of St. Petersburg mingle during the event. Photographs by Cherie Diez

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being there, doing that Florida Hospital West Florida Division Foundation Starlight Gala Earth, Wind & Fire lit up the Starlight Gala with a combustible mix of rhythm, blues and jazz, getting guests grooving on the faith-based mission of the Florida Hospital West Florida Division Foundation. Five hospitals will benefit from the $1 million raised Nov. 12 at the Marriott Waterside ballroom.

Anthony Barkett and daughter Alexis helped ensure the success of the Starlight Gala benefit.

Renee Schultz and her husband, Florida Hospital West Florida Division CEO Mike Schultz

Tia Young and Nancy Morrison, co-chairwomen of the Starlight Gala

Melanie and Mike Griffin.

Earth Wind & Fire perform at the Starlight Gala.

Alexander Rosemurgy, Brigitte Shaw and Sharona Ross. Photographs by Amy Scherzer

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being there, doing that Brookwood Florida Swanky Soiree Guests gathered at Brookwoodâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Swanky Soiree fundraiser in the gardens behind Duncan McClellanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s blown glass gallery, where local restaurants donated spreads of their best appetizers for the fundraiser. Brookwood is a residential program for girls ages 13 to 21 who are not pregnant or addicted but have suffered abuse, neglect or homelessness. It serves about 100 young women a year.

Sharon Taylor, Lisa Pach, Stacy Jacobs, Michele Farley and Katya Defrietas

A table centerpiece with lights and greenery

Samantha Nevins and Mardi Bessolo Dianne Blyler and Marian Laurie-Gibson

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being there, doing that The University of South Florida USF Unstoppable Celebration The University of South Florida can count a billion reasons to celebrate, and that they did at the black-tie Unstoppable Celebration on Nov. 11 at Amalie Arena, marking the successful conclusion to a $1 billion capital campaign and kicking off the next wave with a $15 million gift from Pam and Les Muma before popsters KC and the Sunshine Band got everyone on the dance floor to Shake Your Booty and more of their greatest hits.

USF senior vice president of research and innovation Paul Sanberg, his wife, Cyndy, and Steven Greenbaum.

Dee and Dr. Charles Mahan.

Tod and Tara Leiweke.

Pam and Les Muma announced a $15 million gift to the University of South Florida.

USF president Judy Genshaft and chairman of the board of trustees Brian Lamb.

Miriam and Oscar Horton. Photographs by Amy Scherzer

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being there, doing that David A. Straz Center for the Performing Arts Broadway Ball â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hello, Judy, Well, Hello Judy,â&#x20AC;? sang the Patel Conservatory Ovation singers, channeling Carol Channing in a musical salute to Straz Center CEO Judy Lisi who celebrated her 25th year at CONGA!, the Broadway Ball. The 30th anniversary, black-tie fiesta was themed for the season opener, On Your Feet!, by Gloria and Emilio Estefan. Auctions, STARs scholarships and prize drawings added $400,000 to the $4 million the annual gala has raised to date.

MaryEllen Elia and daughter Tara Elia Photograph by Marc Edwards

Straz Center for the Performing Arts donors surround CEO Judy Lisi at the Broadway Ball celebrating her 25th year, from left, Elaine Shimberg, Kiran and Pallavi Patel, Lisi, Carol and Frank Morsani. Seated, Hinks Shimberg.

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Straz Center board chairman Gary Sasso and Karen Sasso thank Gina dâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Angelo and Barry Levine for co-chairing the annual Broadway Ball at the Straz. Photographs by Amy Scherzer

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Dec. 31

TAMPA THEATRE NEW YEAR’S EVE WRAP PARTY 2017 Guests will be among the first to see the newly completed restoration work, which will take the historic movie palace “back in time” to its original 1926 look and colors. Lab coats, puffy vests, “Enchantment Under the Sea” dance attire, and other Back to the Future-inspired costumes are encouraged. 9 p.m. 711 N Franklin St., Tampa. $99. tampatheatre.org

Dec. 31

AQUA-EVE AT THE FLORIDA AQUARIUM 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. 701 Channelside Drive, Tampa. $90 and up, ages 21 and up. (813) 273-4030 or flaquarium. org.

Jan. 13

NEON, A NIGHT OF ILLUMINATION, 11TH ANNUAL STAGEWORKS GALA celebrating 35th anniversary. 6:30 p.m. Bryan Glazer Family JCC, 522 N Howard Ave., Tampa, $250. (813) 784-6832.

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Jan. 27

GASPARILLA DAY PARADE and festivities on Bayshore Boulevard and downtown Tampa.

Feb. 2

FETES A VERSAILLES MASKED BALL kicks off the Museum of Fine Arts Wine Weekend. Five course dinner prepared by Tyson Grant of Parkshore Grill and Bernard Guillas of La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club. 6:30 p.m. Museum of Fine Arts, 255 Beach Drive NE, St. Petersburg. Sponsors only.

Feb. 3

MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS’ WINE TASTING AND AUCTION PREVIEW at 2 p.m. followed by auction at 4 p.m. with some of the world’s stellar wines on the block and then the Century of Light Party. The acclaimed Maison Louis Latour, located in Burgundy, France, is the guest vintner. This is the first time the winery has been featured at a charity event in the Tampa Bay area. Museum of Fine Arts, 255 Beach Drive NE, St. Petersburg. $300. Wineweekendstpete.org

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Feb. 4

LE CHAMPAGNE BRUNCH, featuring champagnes from the regions and a surprise. 11 a.m. Museum of Fine Arts, 255 Beach Drive NE, St. Petersburg. $100. Wineweekendstpete.org

Feb. 9

MUSE, ST. PETERSBURG’S ARTS ALLIANCE CELEBRATION. Visual artist Charlie Parker will be honored. 7 p.m. Museum of Fine Arts, 255 Beach Dr. NE, St. Petersburg. $100. stpeteartsalliance.org/muse or (727) 518-5142.

Feb. 10

ANNUAL TO LIFE GALA benefits Florida Holocaust Museum. Guest speaker Mossad agent Avner Avraham. 6 p.m. Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay, 2900 Bayport Drive, Tampa. $250 and up. (727) 820-0100.

Feb. 16

AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION GO RED FOR WOMEN LUNCHEON. 10:30 a.m. Renaissance Tampa International Plaza Hotel, 4200 Jim Walter Blvd., Tampa. $150. (727) 563-8106 or tampabaygoredluncheon.heart.org

Feb. 17

“FOSTERING HOPE” BLACK TIE GALA benefits A Kid’s Place of Tampa Bay. 7 p.m. Glazer Children’s Museum, 110 W Gasparilla Plaza, Tampa. $250. akidsplacetb.org or (813) 381-3839.

Feb. 22

ST. ANTHONY’S HOSPITAL FOUNDATION LEGACY DINNER will honor community members. 5:30 p.m. Hilton St. Petersburg Carillon Park, 950 Lake Carillon Drive, St. Petersburg. $75. (727) 825-1086

Feb. 24

60TH QUEEN OF HEARTS BALL will benefit Friends of Strays and the St. Petersburg Free Clinic this year. 6:30 p.m. Hilton St. Petersburg Bayfront, 333 First St. S, St. Petersburg. (727) 631-1778 or queenofheartsball.org.

The Jose Gasparilla pirate ship docks at the Tampa Convention Center marking the beginning of the 2017 Gasparilla Pirate Invasion and parade Photograph by Luis Santana

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