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The Ultimate Community Lifestyle Magazine

Spotlight on Neighbors:

Mike & Shannon Sechrest The Real Meal & the Real Deal: Debunking the Thanksgiving Myth

Vol. 6 No. 4

Annual Holiday Gift Guide

Organizing for the Holidays Spooktacular Halloween Costume Ideas

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Spotlight on Neighbors: Mike and Shannon Sechrest


Energy Saving Tips from the Attic to the Outdoors



Market Watch



Gainesville Live!


Cutest Pet Cover Contest Winner & Contestants



Spooktacular Halloween Costume Ideas



Saving Money on Everyday Essentials


Organizing for the Holidays


Great Gifts for Everyone


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in this issue

health & fitness 64

Sweat Life Fitness & The Little Shop Team Up to Help Keep Kids’

Minds and Bodies Active



Preventative Health Tips for Cold and Flu Season


Keeping Pets Healthy and Happy



Emergency Physicians Medical Center Offers an Appealing Alternative to the ER

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travel 76

Revisit “Fun” With All-New Travel Solutions

food 78

World Fusion at Its Finest


The Real Meal & the Real Deal: Debunking the Thanksgiving Myth


From the Kitchen of Dean Cacciatore

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Editor’s Note




The Haile Village Center Directory


Publix Market Square Directory


Real Estate Map


Calendar of Events




Register of Advertisers


Cutest Pet Cover Contest winner, Scooby. Photography: mikifoto by Mallika Malhotra.

When you visit Tioga Town Center, you’ll get tastes of Peru, Japan, Italy

...and Chef Willy. Sure, the picturesque storefronts, coffee shop, boutiques, restaurants, bike shop, world-class fitness center and bakery make Tioga Town Center a prime shopping destination. But it’s more than that here— It’s the people who make Tioga Town Center an experience like no other in Gainesville. People like Chef Willy Hernandez and his staff at Saboré, who will exhilarate your taste buds with flavors and cooking techniques from around the world, will make Tioga Town Center your favorite place to visit. So come on out! Take a stroll around and talk to the people who will make Tioga Town Center your favorite destination in town.

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editor’s note Fall | Vol. 6 No. 4

Something seems different… What is it…? Oh! Yes, of course. I’m now staring back at myself. Allow me to introduce myself. I’m Channing Casey, and as the Editor I have been a driving force behind the editorial of this magazine. I’m pleased and excited to now be at the forefront of this publication and personally share The Village Journal with you. Along with myself as a new face in the magazine are our talented group of contributors who kindly share their expertise and knowledge with us. Our holiday issue has always been my favorite to put together. Maybe it’s the nostalgia of being an extremely excited kid on Halloween night or Christmas morning that makes it so fun. Or maybe it’s the simple fact that my job is briefly centered around shopping. Either way, our team has gathered great gift ideas that I think will assist with those ‘tough-to-buy-for’ individuals. You know there’s one in every family. Enjoy this exciting time of year with those you love. Don’t miss the annual Oktoberfest and this year’s Reindeer 5K Run (see events calendar pages 84-88). Please never hesitate to share your thoughts and ideas with us. We love hearing from you!

mailbox Send us a note to share your thoughts and ideas about the magazine. If you know of someone or something that you think would be great to share with the entire community, let us know about it. We want to hear from you because after all, this magazine is for you! We look forward to hearing from you. E-Mail 12 |

When you visit Tioga Town Center, you’ll get the freshest local seafood for your game day feast, …and Mary Beth. …and Lee. When you visit Tioga Town Center, you’ll get your favorite cup of coffee, the perfect hair style,

Sure, the picturesque storefronts, coffee shop, boutiques, restaurants, bike shop, world-class fitness center and bakery make Tioga Town Center a prime shopping destination. But it’s more than that here— It’s the eople who make Tioga Town Center an experience like no other in Gainesville. People like Lee Deaderick and his staff at Northwest Seafood, who pride themselves on offering the freshest local seafood, will make Tioga Town Center your favorite place to visit. So come on out! Take a stroll around and talk to the people who will make Tioga Town Center your favorite destination in town.

Tioga Town Center welcomes Saboré, Down to Earth and Bike Works as the three latest additions to the center!

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SW 128th Street & W. Newberry Rd. Tioga, Florida 32669



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contributors Lynn Casey earned her Bachelor of Science degree and a Master of Arts in teaching from Jacksonville University, and taught for 10 years in a variety of public elementary schools in Florida. Lynn is also certified as an early childhood education teacher and has been teaching preschool for eleven years in Orlando, Florida. Lynn and her husband of 38 years, Frank, have three grown children. Amy Galvan, AP, and Alberto Galvan, LMT, AP, are board certified and licensed doctors of Oriental medicine providing primary health care services at Galvan Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine in the Haile Village Center.

Publisher: Ryan Frankel Editor: Channing Casey Advertising Sales: Molly McGriff Art Director: Kevin James Graphic Design: Anibal Rodriguez Public Relations: Linda Michalisin

Bert Gill has been working in restaurants since 1985; he graduated from NECI in 1994 and has been the Chef of Mildred’s since June, 1999. He is the owner of Mildred’s, New Deal Café, Restaurant Ti Amo! and, coming soon, Blue Gill Quality Foods. Bert and his wife, Tara Gill, are dedicated to supporting locally grown sustainable agriculture. Every year Mildred’s spends more, than all other Gainesville restaurants combined, with local farmers. Awards include Eastside High School’s 2008 Outstanding Volunteer of the Year, Alachua County School District’s 2008 Adult Volunteer of the Year Award and Florida Restaurant Association’s 2008 ProStart Pineapple Award.

Helen Kornblum owns Natural Order Organizing. She teaches business and residential clients how to reduce stress and increase productivity. Her specialties are working with seniors and people whose lives are affected by ADHD. Helen used her BA and MA in English as Director of Publications for an education association for 15 years. She says that editing is organizing on paper. She is involved in professional groups--the National Study Group on Chronic Disorganization (NSGCD) and the National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO). Helen writes, teaches workshops, and gives keynote speeches about organizing.

Karen Rodriguez runs the free website SavingTheFamilyMoney. com to help family and friends stretch the family budget. She and her family reside in the Orange Park area of Jacksonville.

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Contributing Writers: Dean Cacciatore Stephanie Kelly Dante Lima Kendal Norris Photography: Footstone Photography mikifoto by Mallika Malhotra Editorial Assistants: Sarah Bruner Jillian Kirby For advertising or licensing information call (352) 331-5558 or send an e-mail to

4300 N.W. 23rd Avenue, Suite 185 Gainesville, Florida 32606 The Village Journal is published quarterly in Gainesville, Florida. Copyright 2010, all rights reserved by Frankel Media Group. No portion of this magazine may be reproduced without written consent of the publisher. The publisher reserves the right to refuse advertising. Frankel Media Group is an independent entity, and neither it, its agents, employees, nor its publication The Village Journal, have any associations with The Haile Village Center, Haile Plantation, its developers, employees or tenants. Printed in the USA. ©2010 Frankel Media Group.

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architecture Jennifer Langford, AIA, CNU, PA . . . . . . . . . . 371-7187

beauty Haile Barber Shop . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 374-2005 Village Glamour . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 378-8811

communtiy Gainesville Community Foundation . . . . . . 367-0060

dance Cameron Dance Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 335-7785

dining Cacciatore Pizza . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 692-0905 Haile Village Bistro . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 378-0721 Limerock Road . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 240-6228 Sisters Restaurant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 379-0281 South Garden . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 378-8776

education Abacus Learning Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 376-1492

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event services Adore Wedding & Events . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 338-7577 Cacciatore Catering . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 692-0701 Haile Plantation Golf & Country Club . . . . 335-0055 Olive You Eat Well . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 379-0281 Plantation Hall . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 371-1600 Unique Designs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 338-7068

financial Adams LaRocca Employee Benefit Consultants . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 378-7531 American Optimal Advisors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 505-5632 SunTrust Bank . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 375-6868 Tillman Hartley, LLC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 335-901

fitness Sweat Life Fitness (Pg 55) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 692-4926

furnishings & gifts Marianne Coveney European Essentials . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 335-4290 The Perfect Gift . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 375-8000

haile community Plantation Hall . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 371-1600 River Cross Church . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 331-2260 Trippe Management Specialists . . . . . . . . . . 373-7800 Haile Plantation Golf & Country Club . . . . 335-0055

pet care

health & beauty Escape Day Spa . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Haile Village Body Work . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Hang Ten Nail Design . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Ideal Weigth Management . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Salon PHD . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Serendipity Spa & Salon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sweat Life Fitness (Pg 55) . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

335-5025 372-6550 331-5545 327-4120 338-1011 378-9088 692-4925

home improvements The Sustainable Design Group . . . . . . . . . . . 339-3899

jewelry Sander’s Jewelers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 331-6100 The Village Jeweler . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 338-0015

legal C. David Coffey, P.A. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Fisher, Butts, Sechrest & Warner, P.A. . . . . . Law Offices of Steven Kalishman . . . . . . . . . Mark J. Fraser, Attorney at Law . . . . . . . . . . . Steve Warm, Attorney at Law . . . . . . . . . . . . The Robertson Group . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . White & Crouch, P.A. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Lori Libert Physical Therapy . . . . . . . . . . . . . 222-1583 Optima Neurological Services . . . . . . . . . . . . 375-5553 Speech & Language Center at Haile Plantation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 284-3323 The Haile Psychiatry & Psychotherapy Group . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 337-0551

335-8442 373-5922 376-8600 367-0444 373-8279 373-9031 372-1011

medical Aguirre & Sappington Orthodontics . . . . . . 378-2545 Benet Clinical Assessment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 375-2545 Fundamental Therapy Solution . . . . . . . 877-211-5847 Galvan Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine (Pg 41) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 327-3561 Haile Endodontics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 374-2999 Haile Medical Group . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 367-9602 Haile Plantation Family Dental . . . . . . . . . . 375-6116 Haile Plantation Family Practice . . . . . . . . . 265-0944 Haile Village Bodywork . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 372-6550 Haile Village Acupuncture . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 367-0900 Kids Only Dental (Pg 72) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 335-7777

Haile’s Angels Pet Rescue . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Haile Plantation Animal Clinic (Pg 66) . . . Shampoodles by Jan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sweet Paws Bakery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

395-6131 377-6003 336-7236 264-8995

photography Footstone Photography (Pg 88) . . . . . . . . . 562-3066

real estate Bosshardt Realty . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 478-4255 Coldwell Banker, M.M. Parrish Realtors . . . 335-4999 Haile Plantation Sales & Information Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 335-4999 The Village at Haile Condominiums . . . . . . 376-6737 Tommy Waters Custom Homes . . . . . . . . . . 336-7600

title & insurance Adams LaRocca Employee Benefit Consultants . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 378-7531 Haile Title Company, LLC. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 371-6264 New York Life . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 379-8171 Weston Arnold Insurance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 333-9440

shopping Go Gator Green . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Marianne Coveney European Essentials . . . The Little Shop . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . The Perfect Gift . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Unique Designs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

317-4084 335-4290 505-0466 375-8000 338-7068

technology e-Tech Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 373-3077 Haile Technology . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 335-3505

travel My Resort Network . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 376-0094

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Great Clips . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 331-1005

Bo Greene Insurance Agency . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 333-1123

Venus Nail Spa . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 331-3878

mailing service

dining Bamboos . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 331-1522 Gelato di Prata . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 332-3401 I Love NY Pizza . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 333-6185

Postal Net . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 331-4447

medical Archer Dental . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 331-4731

Kay’s Coffee . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 331-0664

Haile Market Therapy and Behavioral Medicine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 331-0020

O!O Tapas & Tinis . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 331-6620

Kinetix Physical Therapy (Pg 54) . . . . . . . . . . . . 505-6665

Subway . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 332-1707

The Acupuncture Center of North Florida . . . . . 331-0020

dry cleaning


On the Spot . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 332-9494


Haile Jewelry & Loans . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 331-1905 Spirit Shop at Haile . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 331-7274

Alligator Island Optical . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 332-9028

Talking Walls 2 Art & Framing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 333-7225


real estate

Florida Credit Union . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 377-4141 Wachovia . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 331-8239

grocery Publix . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 331-1037

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Cornell & Associates, Your Real Estate Partner . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 505-0555 Keller Williams Gainesville Realty . . . . . . . . . . . . 240-0600 Viking Construction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 333 - 9333

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on neighbors

Mike and Shannon


A Full Circle of Family, Friends and Fun by Kendal Norris • Footstone Photography

Although they are both successful in their professions as an attorney and a computer program manager, life is not just about work and serious stuff for Mike and Shannon Sechrest. It’s an arena in which to explore the fanciful and fun side of life together with their three children in Haile Plantation. Case in point: their lighthearted family band is called “Dad and the Accidents” (more later). A native of Buffalo, New York, Mike Sechrest moved to Florida in 1977. He met future wife

Shannon at high school in Lakeland where they graduated in 1990 and 1991, respectively. From there they both attended the University of Florida – Mike as a double English Literature and Criminology major and Shannon as a math major. Each of them obtained degrees in 1995 and went on to graduate school. Shannon earned a Master’s of Science in Math from Texas A&M University in 1997 and Mike graduated from the University of Florida College of Law in 1998, the year they were married.

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Deciding that they both wanted to settle in Gainesville near family, Shannon taught at Santa Fe College for a year while Mike was finishing up law school. Soon after, she began working as a computer programmer for Medical Manager (now Sage Software) in Alachua. She worked there for seven years until the birth of her daughter, Katie. Mike took a position as a construction attorney for The Robertson Group law practice where he clerked during law school. In 2003 he decided, “A group of attorney friends and I wanted to strike out on our own, so we opened the law practice of Fisher, Butts, Sechrest, Warner (later adding Palmer), P.A. located in Haile Village Center.” They also have an office in Tampa. The firm is made up of trial attorneys with various practices including construction law, business law, personal injury, medical malpractice, real estate law, and home owner association and condominium association law. Mike is Board Certified in Construction Law and he noted, “My side of things is more in the area of construction, business and employment litigation. I also enjoy the trial work on the casualty/injury side of the firm, as those cases tend to involve more exciting facts, so I try to get involved with those cases whenever I can. I represent a broad array of business and consumer clients in federal and state court and usually we are taking on large corporate defendants, international engineering and contracting firms, governmental agencies or insurance companies. I also handle OSHA proceedings, bid protests and bankruptcy claims involving construction companies. In addition, I enjoy doing the pro bono work that our firm provides through Three Rivers Legal Services for indigent or low-income clients.”

together, going to community and Gator events and even vacationing as a group. We couldn’t be more fortunate. A lot of people can’t wait to go home on Friday night and get away from work, but we usually end up at one of the Haile restaurants or at the Partner’s homes with our families, laughing and listening to music. Even our kids are all friends and have a great time being around each other.” In February of this year, Shannon became a project manager for a software company called Glostream that makes practice management software for the medical field. She noted, “I’m so lucky at this point to be able to work from a home office in an exciting field that involves consultation with people from all over the world. And there’s the joy of being able to be close at hand for our children.” The Sechrests purchased land on which to build their home in the Millington neighborhood of Haile Plantation in 2004. Mike’s law partner Bob Butts, a licensed contractor, built their home, which includes a poolside tiki bar for “late nights, guitars, and friends.” By January of 2006 they were ready to move in – just

Going into business with friends can be a tricky one for some people. But for Mike: “It was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. We all enjoy hanging out – tailgating

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a week, Shannon recalls, before the birth of their youngest child, Katie. Brother Riley is in the sixth grade at Kanapaha Middle School where he participates in football. And Luke is in third grade at Lawton Chiles and enjoys gymnastics and drama. Daughter Katie attends pre-kindergarten 5 at Gainesville Country Day School. The kids have also inherited their parents’ love for music; Mike’s been involved with guitar since college and has played in bands around Gainesville for many years. Their family band is called “Dad and the Accidents” features Mike on guitar and vocals, Riley on bass guitar and vocals, Luke on drums and vocals, and Katie on vocals when she can be persuaded to sing. There’s also Rex Warner, age 16. He’s a band member playing rhythm guitar, keyboard and vocals whose dad is Mike’s law partner and

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whose mom is one of Luke’s school teachers. As proud dad Mike said, “We write a lot of our own music and just get up there to have fun. We’ve played at private parties, charitable events and at kid/family-friendly venues like Haile Plantation Golf & Country Club and the Queens Arms Bistro in Haile Village Center. We’ve performed at the kids’ school events as well, and will be playing at the Haile Plantation Oktoberfest this year.” (For more details visit The band also recently wrote and recorded their first CD entitled “Blowout” that can be heard on their website or purchased at a show. On weekends and in their spare time, the Sechrest family likes to be on the go for Riley’s football games and other sporting events, playing sports in the Haile parks, attending concerts and other musical events, surfing in

In short, the Sechrest family lives life to the fullest, packing in a nice balance of serious and fun activities that build character, create community, and make full use of the talents and gifts of their loves ones and each other. Mike summed it up this way, “Haile Plantation has become our little ‘biosphere’ where we live, work and play with convenience and total enjoyment. We feel blessed to be here.”

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St. Augustine, visiting water theme parks, creating funny videos and skits (that the kids write) and going to Steinhatchee for fishing, snorkeling and scalloping. There have also been some memorable long-distance road trips to places like California and Maine. Mike said, “We had such good memories of these types of car trips when we were young and wanted to create those same experiences for our kids.”

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Gainesville Live! Enjoy live music from local musicians while you dine. by Dante Lima • Footstone Photography

For decades, Gainesville has been known both regionally and nationally as a favorable town for the common musician, the weekend warrior. But there’s still a small slice of population who play for a living, gigging night in and night out and chances are you’ve heard them over a meal. Take away a select few that became household names in the music industry, and Gainesville’s musical culture is largely made up of amateur musicians who gig in night clubs on the weekends, play in garage bands and go to local jam nights. The professionals play in an entirely different scene: the restaurants. Many local restaurants employ musicians like Richy Stano, The Killer Bs, Michael J. Petrantoni, and Mary Lacori and friends to provide entertainment to their diners and hopefully create the ultimate symbiotic relationship: We give you an outlet to play, and you fill the seats with listeners. For the diner, it’s just one more way you can see what Gainesville has to offer musically without staying up all night to catch bands at 1 a.m. in the nightclubs downtown. Richy Stano is a music teacher at Santa Fe College, a private guitar teacher, studio engineer and a gigging musician. It’s safe to say he’s made a career out of music. His most regular gig is at Sisters, a cute, family-owned restaurant in the heart of the Haile Village Center. On Friday night’s, Stano will play for patrons with other local musicians like Shane Moore and singer/ songwriter Chris McCarty, whose band has opened for the Dave Matthews Band. Stano said the Sister’s gig is great because of the people. Richy Stano playing at Sisters Restaurant

“The regular customers and friends come to the patio on Friday nights and the atmosphere is great. It feels like I’m at home in my living room playing for friends,” he said. “I have a great relationship with everyone at Sisters.” Stano tries to keep things as fresh and as loose a possible. He takes requests, he plays to the crowd’s interests and he improvises. Knowing your audience, he said, is the key being a professional musician in this kind of setting. Not everyone is there for the same reason. Some people are there to see the music and some are there just to eat. But if you are an attentive performer and keep the mood of your listeners and the evening in mind, people who were just eating may stay and have an extra drink or two and listen to the music, he said. It’s that exact tone that restaurant owners are looking for in the performers they hire. They could use an iPod or muzak, but they’re looking for live performers to help create an atmosphere, a place where people want to come and hang out. Jenny Nanson, co-owner of Haile Village Bistro and the Queen’s Arms British Pub in Haile Plantation, believes she’s found that spark with her Saturday night house band, The Killer Bs. “You should have seen this place last Saturday night,” she said while tending to some late afternoon diners. “Everyone in the room was singing-a-long. There wasn’t a seat left to sit on.”

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Catch live music at these great restaurants: • O!O Tapas & Tinis • Sisters Restaurant • Haile Village Bistro • The Queen’s Arms British Pub • The Red Onion Neighborhood Grill • Leonardo’s 706 • Emiliano’s Cafe The Killer Bs have turned regulars into fans and they bring a stable of their own, turning Saturday nights at the Haile Village Bistro into real entertainment, Nanson said. The Killer Bs are primarily a duo comprised of Richie Bertone, a longtime professional musician in Gainesville, and his son, Dropjaw Bertone. Dropjaw, now 27, has been playing out with his dad since he was six years old. They specialize in classic rock covers from the 60s and 70s like Tom Petty and the

Heartbreakers, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton and the Eagles. But after nearly two decades together on stage, Dropjaw says the two can play just about anything upon request, even show tunes. “We [Killer Bs] have an incredible relationship and it allows us to keep things free and spontaneous,” Bertone said. “I give all the cues on stage, my dad has gotten used to it. I’ll repeat verses, change starts and stops, play the song in a different key, stuff like that. We’re all based on feel. I think it keeps it fun for us and the audience, to always do things a bit differently.” The Killer Bs also play at O!O Tapas & Tinis, The Red Onion Neighborhood Grill and Lillian’s Music Store, among other places. The Bistro, however, has become a favorite. “Everyone there is very responsive. They plan their evenings around us,” Bertone said. “There is a lot of audience participation, in a lot of the other places we play it might be background music but to them it’s an actual show.”

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Michael J. Petrantoni plays on Friday nights at The Red Onion. He’s been playing in Gainesville for years and like the aforementioned musicians, plays for a living. He travels across Central Florida with his guitar plays a blend of cover and original music. Petrantoni uses a looping station to broaden his playing on stage. A looping station is a box hooked up to his amplifier that allows him to record measures of music on the spot and stack them on top of each other for textured rhythms and leads. The backing tracks he plays can be turned on and off with the tap of his foot, but the added technology provides a musical backdrop for soloing and improvisation. For Petrantoni and the other professionals, it’s all about finding a balance between what makes them and the audience happy. T.J. Brown is a 24-year-old professional guitarist and singer. He’s been able to sprinkle in his solo work over his 5-year career. He plays his music and pushes his albums at his weekly gigs

O!O Tapas & Tinis guests enjoy live music on Thursday nights.

at Tapas and Tinis and The Red Onion. He is currently recording a new album, with a full band, and sells about 25 to 30 CDs a weekend. He said people have grown more and more receptive to his material over the years, giving him the drive to keep recording and making music. “I get to do what I enjoy for a living, and since I play Thursday through Sunday, I have lots of free time to concentrate on my music and write songs,” Brown said. “It’s really all I could ask for.”

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Cutest Pet Cover Contest Winner & Contestants!

Thank you to all of our participants for making The Village Journal’s first Cutest Pet Cover Contest such a great success. We enjoyed seeing all of our readers’ furry friends and hearing the great stories you all had to share. With such great talent, it was certainly a tough decision for our judges to make. We hope you enjoy viewing all the cute participants as much as we did!

Cover Winner: Meet Scooby! He is a 3-year-old Multipoo (Maltize/Poodle mix) who enjoys chasing lizards and his tail, eating lettuce, cheese and of course, Scooby Snacks! He is owned by Flint and Ashley Wipke.

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R o ckS tar For this rocker look wear a bold graphic tee, dark wash boot cut jeans and a pair of Converse shoes. Add some accessories like edgy sunglasses, studded leather cuffs, a chain link belt and of course a guitar for the finishing touch.

Kar ate Kid Use the martial arts uniform your child already has and jazz it up with a homemade karate kid headband. Even adding Halloween accessories is a simple way to make it more festive.

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Mer maid This mermaid will be swimming in candy when she heads home on Halloween. The bright colors, shells and mermaid tale make this little girl the best dressed mermaid under the sea. This outfit was handmade using pattern number 4043 by Simplicity.


Lady bug Add flare to a ladybug costume by wearing black leggings and a pair of patent leather Mary Janes. This costume will help any little one soar from house to house while gathering candy.

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Energy Savings Tips from the Attic to the Outdoors by Kendal Norris

The scientific and social debate about general global warming continues. But indisputable is the reality that Florida’s hot season is a long one. So it can be expensive trying to stay cool – or at least comfortable. That fact, coupled with widespread economic belt-tightening and the desire to “Go Green,” has propelled many of us to look for ways to maximize efficient energy consumption and reduce costs. Servicing Newberry and the general Gainesville area, Bounds Heating & Air recommends that consumers install high efficiency equipment. By replacing older models, the consumer can expect to increase efficiency up to 25%, thereby reducing energy consumption by 2540% and creating significant utility bill savings. Owner Bobby Bounds said, “It’s also a good idea to put in programmable thermostats that can be set higher during the day when you’re at work and then timed to come down to a comfortable 78 degrees in the late afternoon. At night the thermostat can be programmed to kick in cooler air if that’s desired. The newer

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systems like Infinity make 78 degrees feel like the old 74. They also come with a humidity controller that dries out air so that it feels cooler.” Bounds said that another way to improve indoor air quality is the use of Hepa filters or Space Guards. They can add 10 years to the life of a unit. They also preclude the need after five or so years to pull out the coils of a unit for cleaning, which can be expensive.”

6. Kitchen: Buy Energy Star appliances

Some energy saving solutions from the top down for Florida homes:

and place refrigerator away from stove and heat vents; unplug appliances when not in use (microwave, blender, toaster, coffee maker); on the dishwasher, choose the “air-dry” option. Use ovens, washing machines, dryers and dishwashers before 9:30am and after 6:30pm (to avoid peak usage times). Install small task lighting underneath counters to avoid larger spaced ambient lighting. Refrigerators with top freezers are more efficient than sideby-side models.

1. Attic: Adequate insulation saves on

7. Laundry: Use the cold water cycle on

heating and cooling costs.

2. Skylights: Energy efficient and properly installed skylights can help eliminate the need for artificial lighting and add needed warmth during the winter.

3. Fans: Throughout the home the use of Energy Star ceiling and area fans help circulate air and increase air conditioning efficiency by 4%.

4. Window Air Conditioners: Install these in a central, rather than corner, window for better circulation; be sure to seal space between unit and window and clean coils regularly. Wrap units in plastic or remove before winter.

5. Central Heating and Air Conditioning: Yearly inspections and servicing maximize efficiency, along with changing filters monthly or as needed. For hot water tanks, insulate units as well as pipes to prevent heat loss. Close off rooms not used on a regular basis to save on cooling costs. Keep blinds/curtains/shades closed during the day, especially on southfacing windows (and open them during the winter for warmth). Do not cover furnace ducts with furniture or rugs.

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the washer whenever possible; clean lint filter on dryer to improve air flow and only wash and dry full loads. Try using drying racks or outside clothes lines. Front loader machines are much more energy efficient than top loading ones.

8. Living Room and/or Bedrooms: Turn off television, VCR, DVD player, speakers when not in use. Electronics can use anywhere from 40-75% of their total electricity when not turned on (but are simply plugged in). Use CFLs (compact fluorescent light bulbs) rather than incandescent ones. They are cooler, last longer and leave much lighter carbon footprint. Incandescent bulbs use about 10-20% of their energy on light and the rest is heat! 9. Office: Laptops are more energy

efficient than desktop computers. Unplug computer overnight and turn off during the day when not in use for several hours. Use a combination printer/scanner/fax/copier rather than separate machines. Inkjet printers use 90% less electricity than the typical laser printer.

10. Outdoors: Use outdoor lights with a photocell unit or a motion sensor. Solar lamps may also be used for walkways/ patios/decks. Hap Veley, owner of Central Builder Supplies in Gainesville (only one of two remaining independent contractors’ supply businesses in the area) noted that many homeowners are taking advantage of the federal stimulus rebates or tax credits on qualifying energy-efficient materials, equipment and appliances to upgrade their properties: “That includes hot water heaters like the new hybrid Geo-Spring that reduces operating costs up to 62%, based on advance heat pump technology. Energy Star appliances like the U-Line and GE models also save on utility bills, as do insulated glass and attic insulation.” Central Builder Supplies also carries a whole line of ‘green’ building products such as lumber and siding. So even though we can’t avoid utility bills altogether, we do have the option to make intelligent choices about the types and amount of energy we use. Even small steps toward conservation and efficiency pay off immediately and will continue to do so in the future. To learn more about energy efficiency visit www.

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1998 870

1/1 $74,000

The Links | SW 52nd Avenue Year Built Sq Foot Bedroom/Bath

1998 965

Sold Price

2/2 $100,000

The Links | SW 52nd Avenue Year Built Sq Foot Bedroom/Bath

1998 1250

Sold Price

Sold Price

2/2 $110,000

Chestnut Hill | SW 47th Lane Year Built Sq Foot Bedroom/Bath

1988 1361

Sold Price

3/2 $165,000

Lexington Farms | SW 98th Terrace Year Built Sq Foot Bedroom/Bath

1990 2084

Sold Price

4/2 $170,000

Indigo Square | SW 94th Street Year Built Sq Foot Bedroom/Bath

1991 1420

Sold Price

3/2 $182,000

Plantation Villas | SW 52nd Lane

Haile Market Square | SW 25th Road

1995 1400 2/2.5 $112,500

2006 1926

The Village at Haile | SW 91st Court

Grahams Mill | SW 91st Terrace


1993 1912

Year Built Sq Foot Bedroom/Bath

Year Built Sq Foot Bedroom/Bath



The Links | SW 52nd Avenue Year Built Sq Foot Bedroom/Bath

1998 1454

Sold Price

Sold Price

$122,500 Sold Price

3/2 $130,000

Year Built Sq Foot Bedroom/Bath

Year Built Sq Foot Bedroom/Bath

Hickory Walk | SW 52nd Road Year Built Sq Foot Bedroom/Bath

1993 1526

1986 1338

2006 1564

3/2 $153,100

Sold Price

2/2 $200,000

Southbrooke | SW 91st Drive

Sold Price

Sold Price

3/2 $200,000

Chestnut Hill | SW 47th Lane Year Built Sq Foot Bedroom/Bath

Sold Price

3/2 $189,000

Year Built Sq Foot Bedroom/Bath

Sold Price

3/2 $212,000

Founders Hill | SW 84th Drive

Camden Court | SW 88th Terrace

1984 1220

1993 1968

Year Built Sq Foot Bedroom/Bath

Sold Price

2/2 $155,000

Year Built Sq Foot Bedroom/Bath

Sold Price

3/2 $222,000

Founders Hill | SW 46th Lane

Village Center | SW 49th Place

1988 1215

2004 1822 3/3.5 $223,000

Year Built Sq Foot Bedroom/Bath

Sold Price

2/2 $157.500

Year Built Sq Foot Bedroom/Bath

Sold Price

Camden Court | SW 88th Terrace

Chickasaw Way | SW 103rd Way

1993 1280

1996 1735

Year Built Sq Foot Bedroom/Bath

Sold Price

2/2 $161,000

Year Built Sq Foot Bedroom/Bath

Sold Price

3/2 $228,000

Founders Hill | SW 83rd Drive

Eloise Gardens | SW 67th Place

1986 1332

2006 1926

Year Built Sq Foot Bedroom/Bath

Sold Price

2/2 $165,000

Year Built Sq Foot Bedroom/Bath

Sold Price

3/2 $230,000

Single family and attached homes sold July, 2010 through September, 2010 in Haile Plantation.

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market watch Lexington Farms | SW 54th Lane

Prestonwood | SW 31st Place

1990 2142

2004 2871 4/2.5 $390,000

Year Built Sq Foot Bedroom/Bath

Sold Price

4/2 $239,000

Year Built Sq Foot Bedroom/Bath

Sold Price

Grahams Mills | SW 54th Road

The Preserve | SW 45th Lane

1991 2103

1987 4154 4/3.5 $415,000

Year Built Sq Foot Bedroom/Bath


Sold Price


Year Built Sq Foot Bedroom/Bath

Sold Price

Garison Way | SW 35th Lane

Madison Square | SW 92nd Terrace

2007 2472

1998 3100 4/3.5 $430,000

Year Built Sq Foot Bedroom/Bath

Sold Price

4/3 $275,000

Year Built Sq Foot Bedroom/Bath

Sold Price

Eloise Gardens | SW 65th Avenue

Stratford Ridge | SW 89th Drive

2006 2280

2002 3127 4/3.5 $443,000

Year Built Sq Foot Bedroom/Bath

Sold Price

3/3 $285,000

Year Built Sq Foot Bedroom/Bath

Garison Way | SW 74th Drive

Mills Glen | SW 32nd Place

1939 3/2 $302,820

2000 3010

Year Built Sq Foot Bedroom/Bath Sold Price 2010

Year Built Sq Foot Bedroom/Bath

Sold Price

Sold Price

5/4 $450,000

Hampstead Park | SW 97th Street

Garison Way | SW 35th Road

1997 2073

2007 3976 5/4.5 $475,000

Year Built Sq Foot Bedroom/Bath

Sold Price

3/2 $310,000

The Preserve | SW 46th Lane Year Built Sq Foot Bedroom/Bath

Sold Price

Year Built Sq Foot Bedroom/Bath

Sold Price

Annadale Round | SW 92nd Terrace Year Built Sq Foot Bedroom/Bath

Sold Price

1989 2702 4/2.5 $335,000

1999 3353 4/3.5 $499,250

Amelia Gardens | SW 101st Drive

Stratford Ridge | SW 38th Avenue

1994 2362 4/2.5 $336,000

2002 3697 5/3.5 $540,000

Victoria Circle | SW 30th Road

Branton Courth | SW 85th Terr ace

2003 2425

2007 4024

Year Built Sq Foot Bedroom/Bath

Year Built Sq Foot Bedroom/Bath

Sold Price

Sold Price

4/3 $340,000

Year Built Sq Foot Bedroom/Bath

Year Built Sq Foot Bedroom/Bath

Sold Price

Sold Price

5/4 $620,000

Carlton Court | SW 32nd Lane

Stratford Ridge | SW 40th Avenue

2004 2437

2003 3794 4/3.5 $737,500

Year Built Sq Foot Bedroom/Bath

Sold Price

4/3 $350,000

Year Built Sq Foot Bedroom/Bath

Sold Price

Prestonwood | SW 92nd Street

Kestral Point | SW 48th Place

2003 2303 4/2.5 $350,000

2006 4476 4/3.5 $750,000

Sable Pointe | SW 34th Lane

Cameron Park | SW 92nd Street

Year Built Sq Foot Bedroom/Bath

Year Built Sq Foot Bedroom/Bath

Sold Price

Sold Price

2000 2896 4/2.5 $362,000

Year Built Sq Foot Bedroom/Bath

Year Built Sq Foot Bedroom/Bath

Sold Price

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2006 5711 5/4.5 $1,000,000

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Saving Money on Everyday Essentials by Karen Rodriguez

Nothing is more frustrating than leaving the grocery store with $200 less in your pocket. When I started trying to save my family money, I reduced our grocery bill by 50% for a family of four. If you can save money on everyday essentials, like food and toiletries, then you can put that extra money toward paying off debt or fun family vacations.

Tips to save money while grocery shopping:

Decide the 10-20 items your family uses on a regular basis and what the regular prices are on those items. Once you know this, it is easier to spot a good deal when it goes on sale. Try to only buy when the item is on sale and you can match coupons with them, to save even more. Take advantage of websites that have already done the work for you. These sites, including, will post the grocery store sales for the week and list the coupons that correspond with those items. If you need an item that is not on sale, a quick search in a coupon database will tell you if there is a coupon you can print or clip to take with you. Store sales usually rotate every 6-8 weeks, so buy enough to last your family until that item is on sale again. Keeping a stockpile of nonperishable foods and even frozen foods (if you have room) will reduce the amount you spend on last minute trips to the store. Be sure to check expiration dates and rotate your stockpile. If you buy more peanut butter, place it behind the jars you have now, so you will use the oldest first. When your child comes home from school and says, “I have to bring a snack for the class picnic tomorrow,” you’ll be prepared. Having a stockpile makes last minute surprises less stressful and save you one additional trip to the

store. Shop with a list and only go to the store once during that sale cycle. If you stick to this, it will save you time and help you avoid impulse items. Become familiar with your grocery store coupon policy. Ask customer service if they accept competitor coupons and what stores they consider a competitor. Most stores accept one manufacturing coupon and one store coupon for each item you purchase. Store coupons may include any competitor coupon, as well. For example, if an item is buy 1 get 1 free, you can use two manufacturing coupons and two store coupons, possibly getting both items for free. Yes, you can use coupons on free items! Let’s take your furry family member as an example here: Pedigree Jumbone Snack food for dogs on Sale buy 1 get 1 free at $3.59 • $1 off coupon for Pedigree Jumbone Treats in the 6/20/2010 Redplum Sunday paper • $1 off coupon for Pedigree Treats Target Coupon in the 5/2/2010 Redplum Sunday paper Insert Using two manufactures’ coupons and two Target coupons for $4.00 off two packages makes these free after sale and coupons. Stores are reimbursed the full face value of manufacturing coupons by the manufacturer. On top of that, they are reimbursed $.08 cents for each coupon for processing. It costs the store only $.04 to process them, so they are making $.04 on every manufacturer coupon you redeem. Find a store that is coupon friendly and will happily take your coupons without making you feel uncomfortable.

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The Sunday paper is the traditional place people look for grocery coupons. But companies are now taking advantage of the internet and social media outlets. Check company and store websites and sign up for their email alerts. “Like” them on Facebook or follow them on Twitter for additional coupon alerts. Use printable coupon sites like, coupons. com, and to print coupons from home. Utilize coupon databases to search for coupons before you shop. Saving money is a learning process, and you shouldn’t expect to cut your bill in half the first week. Start with 2 coupons and work your way up. Every little bit counts!

Tips for saving on Thanksgiving meals:

Make your list now, and start buying what you need when it’s on sale and there is a coupon available. If you typically make the sweet potato casserole for your family get-togethers, you should have these ingredients in your pantry so you aren’t paying full price the week of Thanksgiving. This also eliminates the risk of the store being out of an item you need. If you’re hosting, tell your guests what you are making, and ask them to bring a dish. This saves on any one person bearing the entire financial burden of the meal.

Find money-saving offers on these helpful sites and social media platforms: • • • • • Facebook (“Like” your favorite stores) • Twitter (“Follow” the stores where you shop) Be the first to pick an item to bring to a potluck or family gathering. This way you can utilize what you already have in your pantry

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or what you can get on sale. If you are the last one to decide, you might be asked to bring a vegetable dish using vegetables that are not in season, thus paying full price. Keep an eye out for store reward programs, where you benefit from buying certain items and getting others for free. Some stores offer a free turkey if you purchase a certain dollar amount within their promotional period. While others offer a complete Thanksgiving meal for less than what it would cost you to buy all the ingredients separately. If you are in the middle of moving or traveling for the holidays, this can be a big time saver, too. Take advantage of local farmer’s markets. Many of these offer cheaper prices than grocery stores and often better quality produce. If you are buying a large quantity, don’t be afraid to ask the merchant for a deal. Since they are independently run, they have the flexibility to negotiate pricing and generally want to work with you for your business. Don’t cook too much food. If you are only cooking for your immediate family, consider cooking a large turkey breast instead of a full turkey. Bigger turkeys are typically cheaper by the pound. Buy a bigger turkey, and ask your store butcher to cut it in half for you. Most will do this, even if it’s frozen. You can cook half for Thanksgiving and save the rest for a later date or even Christmas. This makes it easier to store, as well. Skip the traditional Thanksgiving. Have non-traditional foods like pot roast or banana cream pie. Opt for a feast on a day other than Thanksgiving. You can save on some foods with after-holiday sales. If you want to save money on Thanksgiving dinner while helping out your community, consider volunteering at a soup kitchen. You will be lending a helping hand and most places will give you a free meal just for volunteering your time.

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Organizing for the


by Helen Kornblum

Celebrating fall and winter holidays has become a contemporary challenge because marketers raise unrealistic expectations. Advertisers suggest that if we buy the right products, we can have the best holiday ever, as if we’re competing against our own records. You can use basic organizing strategies to avoid holiday stress. Get a grip by creating an overview of schedules, budgets, menus, decorating, and shopping. A little foresight will keep your “ho ho ho” from becoming “oh no” when the holiday spotlight turns on.

Use your planner. With multiple

activities going on in November and December, your planner should take center stage. Write down all the important dates--invitations that you have accepted, information about the children’s school performances, and family visits. Schedule time for special activities that don’t fit into the normal course of family life unless you work them into the calendar.

Create a realistic budget. You will be dealing with extra expenses for gifts, food, and gas. Shopping may be enjoyable but you want to avoid runaway debt. Before you go shopping, decide what you want to spend for gifts overall and for each person on your list. Budget guidelines will help you avoid impulse splurges. Create a mantra to remind you that the essence of your holidays isn’t wrapped in a box. Evaluate menus. It’s comforting to have a notebook full of traditional family recipes, but if their preparation requires more time than you have, modify them or reduce the scale of your entertaining. List the food needed for your upcoming activities so you’re not caught short for ingredients when you have one hour to whip up something for a pot luck event. Stock the pantry well for basic recipes.

Downsize the Decorating. Even if

creating a magical holiday landscape is your special thing, you can still adopt a “less is more” approach when time is tight. Select the best of the best from your jumbled boxes of holiday trinkets. Ask the family for their ideas about the decorating scheme so they will be part of the creative process. Take photos of the displays you want to recreate next year for a visual guide. Discard the items you don’t plan to use again. If they are family memorabilia, put them into a separate box labeled for just that category. Pack away the holiday pretties with a plan to make retrieval easier next year.

Shop thoughtfully. Follow Santa’s good example and make lists. Look for gift ideas in catalogs and on the Web. Look for price comparisons and advance notice of sales. Keep a spreadsheet (handwritten or computer generated) with two gift ideas for each person. Shop with a friend who knows you well enough to curb your enthusiasm for unnecessary extravagances. Having a friend in tow makes the trip more fun, as well as more convenient if you need an extra pair of eyes or hands. Shop strategically. Before you head out to shop, empty non-essential items from your bag. Take your shopping spreadsheet as well as an envelope to store receipts, marking them for each purchase or recipient as you collect them. Plan your itinerary to follow an efficient route to the stores. Don’t forget about local, independent businesses where service and quality (not to mention easy parking) might make your shopping trip a holiday treat. Go early, wear comfortable clothing and shoes, take frequent breaks, and bring a bottle of water. Serious shopping demands good physical conditioning!

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Organizing for the Holidays Select gifts that reflect the recipient’s interests. Consider “clutter-

less” gifts that can be experienced or consumed. Resist the siren song of things that are irresistibly cute but serve no real purpose. Gift certificates allow recipients to select their own gift.

Boost your spirits. If the holiday season

brings too much work and stress into your life, make some changes. Consult with your loved ones to eliminate feelings of overwhelm. Choose to do only what you genuinely enjoy and can manage and your holidays will be enriched.

Gifts to Honor and Delight (without creating clutter): Recreation

•Movie passes, theater tickets, passes to tourist attractions, paintball passes, video game rentals, Netflix

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Learning • Certificates for specialty classes; bead work, art, dance, gymnastics, photography classes Magazine subscriptions related to particular interests

Memberships • AAA, “Something” of the month club (available in 1-month, 3-month, and annual contracts), AARP, local clubs and networking groups

Services • Massage and other salon and health services (spa, acupuncture, pilates), organizing services, garden consulting

Consumables • Pre-paid phone cards, gasoline smart cards Plants, flowers, wines, gourmet food items such as condiments, specialty coffee and teas, fruit baskets Restaurant gift cards

Donations • Local, national, or international charities and non-profit organizations.

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Great Gifts for Everyone Who’s at the top of your holiday shopping list? Is it the gadget obsessed guy or the girl who loves all things organic? Can’t find quite the right gift? Have no fear, we’ve got your covered. We’ve put together gift ideas that cover all the bases. Let them unwrap on these great gifts, and then watch them jump for joy!

Snapshot of History

An Ali vs. Liston print by one of America’s top sports photographers, Neil Leifer, is sure to be a knockout gift. This limited-edition print is produced using the original negative and comes with signed certificate of authenticity by the photographer., $3000

Memorabilia Photo

Anyone who bleeds orange and blue will love this panoramic photo of The Swamp. Matted in orange and blue and framed in cherry, this makes a great piece to hang in an office or media room. Sports Marketing, $399

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Arnold Palmer Golf Academy

Improve your golf game at the Arnold Palmer Golf Academy, headquartered at Saddlebrook Resort north of Tampa. Professionals are trained in Mr. Palmer’s teaching philosophy to enhance skills, with an emphasis on practice and playing techniques. Programs are offered for all age levels., prices vary depending on season and number of players

Sports Fanatic Joe DiMaggio Yankees Jersey

Game-worn jerseys go for thousands, so get your baseball fanatic an accurate replica of a 1939 Joe DiMaggio road jersey. Mitchell & Ness are so authentic, people try to pass them off as the real thing!, $175

Design Your Own Soccer Ball

For the younger sports fanatics, they can design their very own soccer ball. Paint and personalize a hand-sewn, synthetic leather soccer ball with team colors. Can be used on the field or as a coach’s thank you gift. Target stores, $20

ESPN: The Mighty Book of Sports Knowledge

Team Skins

Real fans show their team spirit all the time! With vinyl skins made to fit many models of laptops, cell phones, MP3 players and other devices, you’re sure to always be cheering for your team., $30

60th Anniversary Edition Greatest Moments in NBA History DVD

This read delivers an arena’s worth of sporting wisdom, trivia, best-of lists, curiosities, legendary feats, and sacred objects. This indispensable reference features contributions from the finest minds at ESPN, as well as guidance from actual professionals., $18

Relive some of the NBA’s greatest players, teams, coaches, games and moments. Basketball legends define the evolutions of the game and the greatness of the NBA., $10

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10 Year Balsamic Vinegar

A must have for the gourmet eaters and cooks, Acetia Reale’s balsamic vinegar is aged for 10 years in wood vats in northern Italy for a thick and flavorful vinegar. Kitchen & Spice, $65

Kids Baking Set Get in the kitchen with your favorite little ones and get them started cooking and baking with this 19-piece baking set from Paula Deen. It’s the perfect starter set with real tools sized for little hands. Kohl’s, $30

Home Soda Maker

Soda Stream makes it possible to make your very own soda, sparkling water and energy drinks at home! With a wide variety of flavors, you can create the perfect concoction. Have fun with kids making their favorite drinks. Kitchen & Spice, $99

Tickets to the Food & Wine Festival

The Food Network South Beach Wine & Food Festival is a national, star-studded, four-day destination event showcasing the talents of the world’s most renowned wine and spirits producers, chefs and culinary personalities. Event is held February 24 – 27, 2011. Tickets on sale October 25th. Prices vary based on event. 58 |

Gourmet Hot Chocolate

With its velvety, rich, dark chocolate character, it is a hot chocolate worthy of the most discriminating palate and your finest porcelain, but it is equally at home in a mug by the fire. Available in original dark, nutmeg, peppermint and Madagascar flavors., $42 for 3-pack

Bar-b-que Ribs

Looking for some darn good BBQ? Order Dreamland’s ribs and have some Southern goodness shipped right to your door. Known for their hickorysmoked spare ribs, Dreamland has been grilling slabs to perfection for over 50 years. Each slab comes with their homemade sauce and Sunbeam bread., $32 for one slab

Gadget Guys & Gals The Sims 3

The freedom of The Sims 3 will inspire you with endless creative possibilities and amuse you with unexpected moments of surprise and mischief! With all-new quick challenges and rewarding game play, The Sims 3 gives you the freedom to choose whether (or not!) to fulfill your Sims’ destinies and make their wishes come true. Rated T. Best Buy, $40


Wireless Multi-Room Music System

Sonos Bundle 250 makes controlling your music in multiple rooms a cinch with its hand-held wireless control capability. The system wirelessly streams audio around the house using the home network router which can pull music from your personal music library or one of thousands of Internet radio stations. Listeners can select which songs play in each room. Electronics World, $999

Bose Mobile Headset

These new and improved Bose MIE2 mobile headphones allows you to listen to quality audio and take calls on your mobile phone. New design provides greater stability during exercise and other activities., $130

Huggable Woogie

Griffin and leading publisher of digital books for children, Iceberg Kids, have partnered to create safe and appropriate ways for youngsters to interact with technology. With Woogie on hand, now you can know both your child and iPhone/iPod is safe from the perils only kids can dream up., $20

Karaoke for iPods

Just plug iKaraoke into your iPod, cue up your favorite tunes and you’re on. iKaraoke’s all-in-one microphone/processor isolates the lead vocal track in your favorite music and fades it, giving your voice room to move up front and make that favorite tune yours., $50

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Tree huggers Organic Teddy Bear

Lazy Spoon

Handcrafted in Pennsylvania, this cherry wood spoon rests comfortably on the side of your pot for convenience and no drips! Available for righties and lefties. Go Gator Green, $24

The Sleepytime Plush collection from miYim is made using certified organic and natural cotton. “Charlotte” makes a great cuddle buddy for bedtime. Go Gator Green, $35

Organic Body Bar

Inspired by the activist group “Sea Shepherd,” Moksa’s Iceland Mint body bar is made with all organic ingredients, and no palm oils, which is a leading cause of deforestation. Moksa products are produced in our own backyard in Gainesville, Florida. Go Gator Green, $6.50

Minimalist Wallet

Designed and made right here in Gainesville, Pointy Wallets use recycled sail material and contemporary design to create a durable and water resistant wallet. The ‘Minimalist’ eliminates bulk by having just enough room to hold some cash and a few credit cards. Brasington’s Adventure Outfitters, $25

Organic Tee

Recycle-A-Tee uses only certifiedorganic cotton, low-impact dyes, and are committed to environmentally responsible printing. In addition to recycling 90% of the waste generated from their manufacturing processes, they are pioneering an apparel recycling program that takes responsibility for the full life cycle of their products. Wear the clothing for as long as you like, then return it to them in any condition for a 25% store credit. Shipping is free both ways. Why not? Customize an order for babies, kids, men and women., $11 to $22 60 |

Eco-Friendy Running Shoes

The New Balance WE070 Running is designed to reduce waste through environmentally preferred materials. Incorporating recycled content, waterbased adhesives and a rice rubber husk outsole, this eco-friendly women’s trail runner creates minimal production waste. Made with recycled and natural content, you can improve your pace while reducing waste!, $45

Outdoors enthusiast Fold-N-Go Grill

This Coleman Fold-N-Go™ Insastart™ Grill is ready to pick up and go with you anywhere – camping, picnicking, tailgating, the beach, and beyond. The grill’s unique folding design is sleek and compact, making it easy to transport and store, but it’s big enough to cook for 4-6 people. PerfectFlow™ system regulates fuel flow for even heat. Target, $80

On-The-Go Hammock

The ENO’s SingleNest is about the size of a softball and allows backpackers the luxury of hammock camping without the bulk and weight. Technical users appreciate the functionality and versitilty, while recreational users will enjoy the perfect nest of the single hammock. Brasington’s Adventure Outfitters, $55

Suunto Vector

With technology and durability that can take on the harshest of environments, the unique heritage of Suunto Vector has withstood the test of time. The Suunto Vector has an altimeter, barometer, compass, calendar, multiple timers…oh and a clock too. It’s the ultimate adventure watch. Brasington’s Adventure Outfitters, $199

Frequent Flyer

Love sharing outdoor adventures with your fourlegged friend? This go-anywhere fetch toy squeaks, flies and floats and can be seen on water, land and in the snow and shadows. Made from tough fire hose, it’s ultra durable, but not indestructible. Brasington’s Adventure Outfitters, $20

Defender Case

Love outdoor, rugged and tough adventures, but can’t quite stay away from the e-mail? Problem solved. The OtterBox Defender Case for iPad has you covered. This cuttingedge case incorporates three layers of hardcore protection against bumps, shock, being dropped and dust intrusion., $90


Electric Skateboard

E-Glide’s A/T Dewey Weber electric skateboard is the fastest and most powerful powerboard on the streets. The 48 inch Dewey Weber Canadian Maple deck and all terrain pneumatic tired take you 0-25 mph in five seconds. Great for cruising the beach, tailgate hopping or taking the dog on a brisk walk!, $800

Superfly 29er

Built with bigger 29-inch wheels for more traction, momentum, speed, and stability, the Superfly100 sets the standard for race bikes everywhere. The OCLV carbon frame makes it the lightest Superfly ever made. This bike makes good riders better, and give new riders confidence. Gator Cycle, $4720

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Gifts For a cause its-laS-tik Tote Bag

The reusable its-laS-tik bag is both lightweight and eco-friendly and is usable for just about anythingStretches to fit your items and holds up to 45 lbs. Fold, roll or stretch, it always goes back to its original shape. Made in New Orleans with a percentage of sales donated to Hope House, a non-profit providing emergency rent, food and shelter assistance, after-school youth programs, adult learning programs, prison ministry and workshops on poverty and justice., starting at $12

Pink Ribbon Golf Balls and Ball Markers Airline Miles

Donate your airline miles to the Make-AWish Foundation, so that they may give the give of granting the travel wishes of many children. The Foundation needs more than 2.5 billion miles to grant travel wished each year., Priceless

Support the National Breast Cancer Foundation next time you hit the links with Lady Hagen pink ribbon golf balls and cap clip with interchangeable magnetic ball markers. Balls: Dick’s Sporting Goods, $9.99. Markers: Galaxy Golf, $7.99

TOMS Shoes 3-Wick Candle

Give Thanks 3-wick candle is available in kiwi sage or vanilla sugarcane and comes in a custom St. Jude box featuring patients of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. 100% of profits, after all related expenses, benefit the hospital., $10 each 62 |

TOMS Shoes was founded on a simple premise: With every pair you purchase, TOMS will give a pair of new shoes to a child in need. One for One. TOMS gave its one millionth pair of shoes to a child in need in September 2010. Available in men’s, women’s and youth styles, the slip-ons are uber-comfortable and have a color, style or pattern to fit any personality., $44 & up for adult; $34 & up for youth

Noche de Gala 2010

Annual Fundraising Event Benefitting the Sebastian Ferrero Foundation

UF Children’s Surgical Specialist UF Pediatric Congenital Heart Center

Prince Medical

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Sweat Life Fitness & The Little Shop Team Up to

Help Keep Kids’ Minds and Bodies

Active by Dante Lima • Photography provided by Sweat Life Fitness

Tara Griffin doesn’t need a laundry list of statistics or health studies to know that kids aren’t as active as they used to be; she sees it in her neighborhood. Fewer sounds of bicycles whizzing by in the streets, sounds of kids yelling “car!” as they move their street football games, or “ready or not, here I come!” before a game of hide and seek. Instead, safety concerns, busy work schedules, and technology have rendered our youth slaves to indoor sedentary activities: video games, television and the Internet. But with the help other concerned parents in Haile Plantation, she plans to change all that. Tara and her husband Dan own Sweat Life Fitness, a personal training studio in the heart of Haile Village. Already versed in personal training, sport training and weight loss training for kids, Sweat Life teamed up with The Little

“It’s a natural progression for us to think of ways to get kids moving,” Griffin said. “The Little Shop gives us a good outlet to reach kids because of the specialized market, so it’s been a great partnership.” Andrea Love-Leonor and Kelly Warm, coowners of The Little Shop, share Griffin’s vision to engage the community in a healthier, more active lifestyle. “Our retail shop has really cute, stylish clothes at great prices, but one of our main goals is to encourage parents to be active with their children’s minds and bodies,” Love-Leonor said. “We try to continually enrich the lives of our customers and their families with entertaining, affordable and educational activities. We’ve got something here going on every day, whether it’s a music and movement class, science experiment or a craft.” The two sides shared a common goal and the brainchild of the group became a children’s boot camp. Now, boot camp might sound scary. People immediately think rules, and exercise and exhaustion. But this boot camp is more imaginative, fun, and child-like. The name is simply to suggest a child will get a full workout in a class.

Shop, a stylish clothing retail and consignment store for children also in the Village Center, to start finding ways to safely get the neighborhood active.

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The classes rely on the energy of the child. The structure is loose, and the guidelines are as simple; run around and play. The first boot camp was Jedi themed. Kids ran around with plastic light sabers, engaging in make-believe

Help Keep Kids’ Minds & Bodies Active battles and running to save an imaginary republic, Griffin said. It’s the kind of thing that helps kids bridge fantasy with exercise, a guided natural play workout experience.

When she can’t get her kids to boot camp, she finds alternative ways to exercise like swimming, biking, or just playing outside. They even walk a mile to school most days. “Anything helps,” she said.

“I have a Star Wars obsessed five year old, and the good thing about our classes is that they are For parents with infants, Sweat Life and The a little bit more imaginative than traditional Little Shop are introducing the Fit Little Mama sports,” Griffin said. “He really enjoys doing Stroller Friendly Boot Camp, a program for something that’s related to his interests.” mothers that includes a three-mile walk with Getting into the child’s strollers and resistance mind is key, and that’s training. The Little Shop where The Little Shop also works with Sweat Life comes in. Sweat Life and other local businesses provides the trainer, to publish “The Little and The Little Shop Book,” with style trends, provides the themes fitness tips and other and atmosphere. Along information on how with the Jedi-themed to keep families in the class, they’ve also held community looking good superhero, pirate and and feeling good. Families cowboy themed classes. are the cornerstones of For the girls, who might both businesses. not be as interested in “Our families are the most space battles and comic important things in our books, there are classes lives,” Love-Leonor said. like Miss Tara’s Tutu “So we wanted to make Time, a dance class for The Little Shop more than little ballerinas and their Tara Griffin with son, Tanner, and daughter, Tory. Andrea just a retail outlet.” moms. Although ballet Love-Leonor, and Kelly Warm with her daughters Erin, Emery and Ellis. shoes aren’t necessary, That’s the ongoing goal for moms and daughters are The Little Shop. With more activities and more encouraged to dress up, play the ideas sure to come, the partnership of these two part and have fun. businesses is sure to blossom as one of the more outwardly active in the Gainesville community. Griffin says parents have little excuse not to try They’re already leading their children, The Little Shop classes because they are flexible and peers, by example. and fun. Parents can register on a class-by-class basis, no membership is involved and walk-ins To learn more about the classes and activities are even welcomed. The classes are typically offered, visit and one hour long, which gives the children their recommended activity for the day and keeps their attention spans roaring. “I’m hoping that the parents out there are starting to know that exercise is so important for their child’s mind, body and overall well-being,” Griffin said.

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Haile’s Angels Pet Rescue will make every effort to stop adoptable animals from being euthanized. We want to adopt as many animals as possible into loving and caring homes in which these animals will become lifelong family members. All of the animals in our program are up to date on

vaccines, are de-wormed, microchipped, and are either spayed or neutered. All adult dogs are heartworm tested/ treated and all cats and kittens are feline leukemia and FIV negative. By adopting a pet through a rescue organization or a shelter, you can truly give an animal a second chance. They will thank you for it!


P reventive

Health Tips for Cold and Flu Season by Amy Galvan, AP

Protect yourself this cold and flu season with healthy habits and a stronger immune system. Here are simple ways to minimize your risk for getting sick and optimize wellbeing. Proper hand washing can reduce exposure to bacteria, viruses, and other microbes by 80%. Scrub for at least 20 seconds and rinse for 10 seconds. Wash your hands when you enter your home or your kitchen. Always wash before eating or preparing food, inserting or removing contact lenses, or providing care to a sick person. Always wash after handling raw foods, using the toilet, changing a diaper, touching toys of children and pets, blowing your nose, treating wounds, providing care to a sick person, or handling garbage, pet waste, or dirty cleaning rags. Antibacterial soap is no more effective than regular soap according to 27 conclusive studies over 25 years. And while regular soap does not kill germs, it is more effective than hand sanitizers because hand washing removes more germs than sanitizers kill. Hand sanitizers kill germs on contact, but they can dry and irritate skin with repeated

use. Look for a hand sanitizer with 60 to 70% alcohol (ethanol not isopropanol). Reduce contact with germs. Use germicidal wipes on phones, computers, door handles, and shopping carts. Use a finger knuckle or a pencil to press buttons. Use your elbow, shoulder, hip, or foot on doors. Do not touch your fingers to your nose, mouth, or eyes where germs enter the body. Wear stylish glasses to remind you not to touch your eyes. Cover your mouth when you sneeze or cough, but not with your hands! Use your elbow or shoulder, or a tissue followed by hand washing. Take a ginger bath. This remedy has been used successfully in herbal medicine for thousands of years to stop a cold or flu at its earliest onset. Slice 2 to 5 inches of fresh ginger into a quart-sized pot filled with water, bring to a boil, and simmer for 20 minutes. Add the water to a hot bath, draw the curtain, and let your head and upper body sweat. Then immediately go to bed,

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bundled up to stay warm, and expect to sweat while you sleep. Steam inhalation with essential oils can kill germs on contact in your respiratory system. Boil a pot of water, remove it from heat, and place 3 to 10 drops of essential oils in the water. Put a towel over your head and the pot, and inhale the vapors. Tea tree oil and lavender oil are antimicrobial, while peppermint can open the airways. Steam will moisten sticky sputum so it is easier to cough up. Reduce stress because stress impairs the immune system. Get plenty of sleep, exercise, eat regular meals, and take supplements if your diet lacks adequate nutrition. Boost your immune system with vitamins, minerals, and probiotics. Probiotics build immunity and should be taken after any course of antibiotics. Zinc is a mineral building block of the immune system, and zinc lozenges can help fight off an oncoming cold. If you do not already eat a healthy diet rich in nutrient dense foods, consider a supplement. Quality vitamin and mineral supplements are made from real food. Synthetic vitamins are made from petroleum byproducts, crushed rock, sugar, alcohol, acetone, aldehyde, and a myriad of chemicals the manufacturers do not want you to know about. They do not contain the hundreds of phytonutrients that naturally occur with vitamins sourced from whole foods, 68 |

which help your body use and eliminate vitamins and minerals properly. This is why synthetic vitamins can be overdosed or harmful to your health. Read the label. If the ingredients have two parts to their name (e.g., ascorbic acid) instead of their food-state name (e.g., Vitamin C), they are probably synthetic. Herbal medicine offers antimicrobial herbs proven effective against viruses, bacteria, and antibiotic-resistant infections like MRSA. Herbs support the body’s innate healing mechanisms in the fight against infection by supporting the liver, lungs, stomach, intestines, skin, and kidneys to eliminate pathogenic substances. Herbal medicine can shorten the duration of a cold or flu dramatically. Consult with a health care professional studied in herbal medicine before you take herbs, especially if you have chronic health problems, allergies, or take medication. Herbs properly combined in formulas are more effective than single herbs, but a few work well alone like elderberry or oregano oil. Beware that over the counter herbs may not be tested for purity, concentration, or contaminants such as heavy metals, molds, fungus spores, or chemical residues from farming or extraction. A licensed doctor of herbal medicine can provide you with herbs guaranteed for safety, purity, and effectiveness.

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Every moment is a memory in the making.

Photo by Randy Batista.


HIPPODROME THEATRE 352.375.HIPP Find us on Facebook! 25 SE 2nd Place, Downtown Gainesville DRACULA on stage October 15 - November 7 THIS WONDERFUL LIFE on stage November 26 - December 19 A CHRISTMAS CAROL on stage November 27 - December 70 | health &19 fitness |70

Keeping Pets Healthy and Happy Earth Vets and Earth Pets offer a holistic approach to pet care. By Kendal Norris

Aromatherapy and acupressure massage for pets. Eco rawhide chews and herbal medicines. Where on earth could an enlightened dog, cat or other small animal owner go to find these types of alternative products and services in Gainesville? Try Earth Vets and Earth Pets at 500 N.W. 60th Street, Suites D and F.

1990s with Dr. Xie at the Chi Institute in Gainesville, he moved here in 2005 and opened up Earth Vets. Services offered are in-depth examinations, lab diagnostics, surgery, dentistry, radiology, traditional Chinese medical exams, acupuncture, dietary consultation, herbal medicines and acupressure massage.

On animal health care, Dr. Robert Spiegel is a veterinarian who can speak with authority from years of experience with allopathic (Western) and Chinese (Eastern) medicine. Having earned his DVM from the University of Perugia in Italy, Dr. Spiegel worked for several veterinary hospitals in West Hartford, Connecticut before starting his own practice. After studying in the late

As Dr. Spiegel points out, “Any doctor’s primary purpose according to Western teachings is to do no harm. A holistic approach to animal health care means doing as many good things as you can and as few bad things – that is, limiting side effects that often occur from drugs like antibiotics and cortico-steroids. I believe in taking my time with observation, examination and historytaking. That extra attention to detail often makes a marked difference in the animal’s treatment and ultimate return to health. Taking a gentler approach to restoring balance also minimizes risk.” By combining the strengths of traditional Western medicine – which is often the most powerful asset in emergency situations – and herbal medicines, dietary changes, acupuncture, acupressure, and nutraceuticals, Dr. Spiegel is taking an inclusive approach to caring for pets. He adds, “It’s a common sense rationale to join the best methods and treatment of both medical traditions to restore health.” A useful ally in the activities of Earth Vets is the business next store: Earth Pets owned by father and son team, Guy Webster senior and junior. It is a true green market and

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health food store for pets. Everything sold there – from herbal remedies to vegetarian foods to hemp leashes to pet travel gear – is earth-friendly, safe and healthy. Oh, and there’s also people stuff like cards, books, art and clothing for animal lovers of every variety and degree. Guy Webster (junior) states, “We’re just celebrating our ten-year anniversary of being in business at this location but my dad has over 30 years of experience in canine care. We like dealing with small, familyowned companies and distributors who take pride in their hormone-free products that contain no added salt, sugar or fillers. We also do a lot of homework on the latest in homeopathic research and products. That way we can give responsible and well-rounded answers to the really good questions our customers bring us about their pets.”

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Earth Pets has a staff of interested and knowledgeable workers who enjoy working in a comfortable atmosphere with a loyal customer base. One of the fun features of the store is “The Barkery” – a gourmet bakery that produces all natural cookies (e.g., carob, peanut butter), crackers, turnovers and pretzels. Guy adds, “We also carry a line of alternative flea prevention products and soapless shampoos that are safe for puppies and other little critters. If your pet doesn’t like to travel or grows afraid during a storm, we like to recommend ‘Rescue Remedy.’ It’s a non-narcotic, herbal medicine that reduces stress without slowing down the heart beat.” Earth Pets and Earth Vets together encompass a powerful team of experts whose mission in life is to keep the pets of Gainesville happy and healthy. And that makes for contented pet owners as well.

Emergency Physicians Medical Center Offers an Appealing Alternative to the ER by Kendal Norris • Footstone Photography

The Gainesville community has access to a new emergency care facility that offers an alternative to the ER. Emergency Physicians Medical Center, located in Tower 24 just north of Haile Plantation, functions as an affordable and comfortable alternative to prohibitively expensive and frustrating emergency room treatment. Steven L. Yucht, MD, FACEP is pioneering a new concept of emergent care following the closure of Shands AGH in November, 2009. “I worked at Shands AGH for 12 years, and enjoyed taking care of people in a friendly, community setting. When it closed, my family and I decided to dedicate my career to a new model of care – that of providing a full-service, walk-in emergency medical clinic for all ages to treat a wide range of illnesses and injuries,” Dr. Yucht said. Statistically, 85% of patients seen in hospital emergency rooms are treated and sent home. The Shands AGH ER treated 35,000 patients a year while Gainesville’s other hospital-based emergency departments are at capacity. What this community needed to meet the demand after the hospital closed according to Dr. Yucht, was “…a new concept that addresses how we access health care while spending less and maintaining quality.”

Emergency Physician Medical Center delivers on this need. The new 5,100 square foot medical center at 2445 S.W. 76th Street is equipped with an on-site lab, digital X-ray and ultrasound. The state-of-the-art practice has seven exam rooms (each with a TV), an expansive procedure room set up like an operating room, and a large, digital radiology suite. Conditions treated range from traumatic injuries to illnesses. Patients needing IV fluids and medication, vaccinations and immunizations, occupational medicine, wellness screenings and physical exams are also treated quickly. “I am able to care for almost any problem and any patient who would walk or hobble into an ER,” Dr Yucht noted. As a board-certified emergency medicine physician, Dr. Yucht treats patients of all ages, from babies to centenarians. “I enjoy emergency medicine because I am trained to treat just about anything that can happen to the human body – one patient may have a rash or fever, the next requires treatment for pneumonia, a third needs me to set a bone after a bicycle crash or suture a laceration from a dog bite or kitchen accident. In the ER, I was never able to spend time with my patients because it was so busy. One of the pleasures I get in my new career is being able to treat a wide range of injuries and illnesses, while also getting to know my patients and their families,” Dr. Yucht said.

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Dr. Yucht and his team are committed in their mission to provide exceptional quality emergent care in an atmosphere of respect, compassion and comfort. “All aspects of Emergency Physicians Medical Center, from the exam rooms to staff interactions, are designed to ensure a delightful patient experience. I handpicked my staff who are well-trained and just down-right nice – people who enjoy helping people. We also provide a bright, airy physical environment that’s immaculate and cheerful. I value my patients’ time and offer on-line registration. There’s almost never a wait to be seen and necessary tests are processed quickly,” Dr. Yucht said.

The new medical center takes a variety of insurance plans and offers a more affordable alternative to patients who have high-deductible policies. For those who don’t have insurance, the treatment is four to five times less than the cost of a visit to a hospital emergency room. Dr. Yucht’s love of emergency medicine developed when he was a paramedic in college in New York City. He graduated from medical school at Wayne State University in 1992 and he completed his emergency medicine residency at Detroit Receiving Hospital which he describes as “…a true knife and gun club inner city hospital” that prepared him for his future practice at McLeod Regional Medical

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the warmer climate, but more importantly, my wife’s family live here and are well-established in the community. They give us a supportive, extended family base which is so important to us,” Dr. Yucht said.

Center in Florence, South Carolina and later at Shands AGH. Dr. Yucht served as chief of staff at Shands AGH and also as medical director for the NASA Space Shuttle Medical Support Team, going to launches and landings at Kennedy Space Center for 11 years. Married with four teenage children, Dr. Yucht lives with his family about a mile from Haile Plantation. “We love it here in Gainesville. Being a native of New York City, I was drawn to

Dr. Yucht’s dream of providing excellent and affordable emergency health care to area residents is a daily passion. And it is one to which he is wholeheartedly, unreservedly and proudly dedicated. “Being a doctor is a crazy occupation where I see all kinds of challenges confronting human beings. I like helping people – my neighbors – overcome their challenges and return back to health and well being.” Dr. Yucht said.

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Revisit “Fun” with All-New Travel Solutions 5 Innovative Tips for Your Next Trip Before you even had a chance to aloe that sunburn and vacuum the sand from your car floor, it seems that this year’s summer vacation packed its bags and left. But don’t let that keep you from thinking ahead! Before you know it, your next trip will be upon you, wondering how you’ll ever top the last one. Times are everchanging, and to keep you up-to-date on the latest advances in trip technology, here’s a short list of tips to make your next outing as fun, and painless, as possible.

Tip #1: From Tweets to Suites

Spending a lot of time on Facebook and Twitter? Why not use the opportunity to talkup your favorite places to visit? Some hotels and attractions have started to reward customers for their social media “shout-outs”, and that could translate into big savings for you. Both The Venetian Hotel and Palazzo Resort in Las Vegas have established “social media loyalty programs”, which award points to users who tweet about their select offers. With these points, you can earn yourself a variety of perks, ranging from a free beer to, to nightclub passes, even to a complimentary suite.

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Tip #2: App Quest

If you’re the kind of person who wouldn’t dream of leaving home without your smart phone, you’ll be happy to learn that it might just help you get the most out of your selfguided tour. The HearPlanet application is the world’s largest audio guide. For just $5.99, GPS technology will locate notable points of interest in your vicinity and provide you with a voice-recorded description of the area. While you’re en-route, you can try the Roadtrip Fun application, too. At less than a dollar, the program is money well spent for an assortment of family game ideas that are sure to make the time fly.

Tip #3: Don’t Let the Bed Bugs Bite

In recent months, nationwide reports of rampant bed bug infestations have given new meaning to the term “crawling into bed”. Even if you’re a sound sleeper, the idea of sharing a hotel room with these unwelcome guests is enough to keep you up a night. Thankfully, with a little online research, travelers can now rest easy knowing their away-from-home

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mattresses are clean. With huge listings of hotels and other businesses, sites such as The Bed Bug Registry ( and Trip Advisor ( allow potential guests to read detailed reviews of places they intend to stay.

Tip #4: Picture It

A trusty digital camera is an essential item for any vacationer. It is especially handy when regaling your friends and family with memories from the trip. With the latest innovations in storing and sharing functions, new cameras on today’s market take that duty to a whole new level. Products such as the new Kodak Slice allow amateur photographers to share pictures instantly. Not only can you upload photos directly to your favorite social networking sites, but facial recognition software will even complete the painstaking task of “tagging” your friends for you. With all of the time saved, you’ll have plenty of room to pack in more fun on your next vacation.

Tip #5: Go Unplugged

Sure. Flashy gadgets and tech-savvy solutions, like the items mentioned above, aim to make life a little easier. But if next vacation you decide that it is enrichment or relaxation you’re after, take this final word of advice: Ignore Tips #1 through 4. Many researchers are now delving into the human implications of the Digital Age. Their collective results, frankly, make these modern conveniences seem contrary to the desired effect of a vacation. A recent study from San Francisco State University, for example, concluded that gadgets and other material possessions provided significantly less long-term satisfaction than experiences did. The University of Michigan

linked the use of digital devices to mental fatigue, even when used for recreation. When it comes to directions, scientists seem to extol the benefits of low-tech solutions as well. For instance, it has been discovered that physically finding one’s way, be it with a map or with qualified verbal directions using landmarks, tends to improve an individual’s spatial understanding and recall. Translation: Next vacation, go out on a limb and invite the human element back into your plans. Communicate with your family. Build memories. Enjoy the time that you have with together, don’t preoccupy yourself with finding ways to pass it. You might just find the process to be… a real trip.

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World Fusion at Its Finest by Dante Lima • Footstone Photography

If the world needed another food-related reality show, Sabore – Gainesville’s newest contemporary, world fusion restaurant – would be a fantastic candidate for the lights, camera and action. All the classic principles are there: Familyowned restaurant, the staff is hand picked, so they know each other well, leading to jokes, on-camera antics, etc. The restaurant is a busy, fast-paced environment. Everything is on the line. And of course, the number one thing any network needs to sell a reality show: a star, a personality, someone who will have people laughing, crying and tuning in every week. For Sabore, that person is none other than Chef Willy Hernandez. Chef Willy, as he’s affectionately called by the staff at Sabore, is a restaurateur and chef who has cooked everywhere from Spain to the Dominican Republic to North Carolina to Miami and now Gainesville. Hernandez moves quickly and deliberately the way big city dwellers often do. He talks in leisure like he’s spent years reading orders down the line; a little quick and a little loud. He has names for his dishes

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like “The Funk” a homemade tiramisu with heath bar crumbles and blueberry and mango puree. He occasionally refers to himself in the third person. But he also speaks about the kitchen as his sanctuary. He speaks of food with a deep respect, like an old friend. Hernandez spent the last 25 years of his life traveling, learning cuisine, opening restaurants (sometimes two at a time) and getting his hands dirty in the kitchen, and now after opening Sabore, Gainesville might just be where he stays. He came here last year while driving his daughter up to Florida State University from their home in Miami. What started as a day trip slowly manifested into a love affair with Gainesville, Hernandez said. “I just noticed there was something different about this community. People take the time to talk to you; people give you the right of way. People care,” he said. “I’m falling in love with this community. I’m learning how to become a local.”

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After growing up in Miami and owning two restaurants there, Caramelo and Café Vialetto, Hernandez felt he was starting to settle. His menus weren’t changing and neither was his scenery, so he decided to go back to the drawing board and open a new restaurant in a new town, and bring along some of the world flavors available in Miami and cultural influence with him. Miami has long been one of the culinary beacons of Florida, and Hernandez attributes that to the cultural diversity of the city. It’s nearly impossible to focus on one type of cuisine in Miami because the clientele is so ethnically varied. So Hernandez brought his world-fusion concept to Gainesville, a town accelerating rapidly into the realm of fine dining and eager for culinary innovation. “It’s easy to bring world cuisine to Gainesville because people here are open to try new things. I think the people in this town are ready for something new, ready to embrace food that takes you on a tour around the world,” Hernandez said. Hernandez is giving his customers all they can handle. The laundry list of items on the menu features Mediterranean, South American, Italian, Asian and European flavors and techniques. Every dish is artistically presented and priced from $4 to $13 dollars so customers can order multiple plates and get a sample of several cuisines in the same meal. “I never want my customers to be bored,” He said. “I never want them to think about coming to Sabore and say, ‘I’ve already had everything there, let’s go somewhere else.’” After 25 years in the restaurant industry Hernandez has matured as a chef but also as a businessman. Trying different cuisines in different places, he said, helped him learn that the customer should never

be taken lightly. The sensitivity of the customer and their receptiveness to food that is truthful, both in the ingredients and the way it’s prepared is paramount. That’s why Hernandez arrives at Sabore at 10 a.m. for a regular dinner service. He doesn’t just doll out tasks for his staff, he rolls up his sleeves and helps in whatever way possible from prep to plating. “Here we prepare our food with passion, because people taste passion,” he said elbow deep in a standing mixer full of mascarpone cheese while preparing tiramisu. “I’m not one of those chefs who is above doing something myself. My staff knows I’m here to help and show them my food matters to me.” It’s the sort of passion he learned as a child from his grandmother, when she would show him step-by-step recipes and cook all day.

Something tells me grandma never made Tuna Tostones. It’s one of Hernandez’s signature items, a row of fried plantains on top of a spicy red pepper sauce, topped with fresh guacamole and a generous slice of seared Ahi Tuna coated in sesame seeds. The flavor spectrum in the dish is unbelievably robust, and the textures are crisp and clean. Unlike his life outside of food, Hernandez prefers to let the ingredients do the talking. At Sabore, they’re not talking. They’re screaming.

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Debunking the Thanksgiving Myth by Lynn Casey • Photography by Plimoth Plantation

Thanksgiving is the time when most of us gather with family and close friends to prepare large amounts of food, cook a turkey, and give thanks for the things and people in life we appreciate. But this annual tradition that has been celebrated for many years is actually based in myth, not fact. Much of what is known about the original harvest celebration is from the 115-word letter written by New Plymouth colonist Edward Winslow in 1621. He wrote: “It was an English practice to celebrate the harvest with a feast which the colonists brought to their new world.” Lost for two hundred years, when this document was rediscovered and published in 1841, it was incorrectly dubbed a description of the first ‘Thanksgiving.’ There is a distinct difference between what the colonists practiced on a day of thanksgiving and a harvest celebration. A day of thanksgiving was religious in tone with morning and afternoon prayer services and fasting. The Plymouth colonists’ first recorded Day of Thanksgiving was two years later in 1623 when they thanked God for rain after a two-month drought. In later years, days of thanksgiving were proclaimed for military victories over Native people. 80 |

The first nationwide Thanksgiving Day was declared by the Continental Congress for the American victory over the British in the Revolutionary War Battle of Saratoga in 1777 and was celebrated on December18th. The Plymouth colonists must have been surprised when 90 braves of the Wampanoag tribe arrived suddenly as they were preparing for the harvest feast of 1621. The treaty between the two groups provided they would act as one fighting body if the northern tribes attacked them. When Governor Bradford sent four men out to hunt wild fowl, Chief Massasoit must have heard the shooting and thought the English were under attack or were preparing for war. When the Wampanoag realized there was no danger, some braves hunted five deer to contribute to the feast. For three days, they stayed to satisfy their curiosity about the English ‘exercising of arms’ that involved marching and musket shooting. And what was on the menu at this gathering? Not the traditional main course of turkey, sweet potatoes and cranberry sauce. While no one can be completely certain about what was prepared for the feast, wild turkey may have been served but it was done so alongside rabbit, wild fowl (duck, goose, partridge) and venison. There were also ample servings of clams and lobster as well as peas, beans, onions, lettuce, carrots,

radishes and cooked pumpkin. Walnuts and roasted chestnuts and acorns complemented fruit such as plums and grapes. The English settlers were also big on cheese, even though there were no cows. So goat cheese pie may have been served. Meat dishes were seasoned with what was available: olive oil, liverwort, leeks, dried currants and parsnips. Cutlery consisted only of knives and spoons and food was served on wooden plates. The Wampanoag built shelters to sleep in for women and children who arrived as the word spread. Men, women and children participated in butchering the deer, grinding corn, plucking birds, gathering shellfish, cooking pumpkins and roasting meat.

Several meals were prepared over the three days and tables were set inside and outside. Most likely the most important people from both cultures sat at the high table with the best food. As was customary for the English, a prayer of gratitude was offered for the food. Thanksgiving Day celebrations continued to take place between the 1700s and 1863, although they varied from state to state. In 1846, Sarah Josepha Hale, editor of the magazine Godey’s Lady’s Book, began

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to campaign for a National Thanksgiving Day. In 1863, President Lincoln declared two national days of Thanksgiving: one in August for the battle of Gettysburg and another in November for “general blessings.” During this time of Civil War turmoil, it must have been comforting to remember Native people and the English colonists sharing food harmoniously. Historical events are an important part of our culture and should be accurately conveyed to young people. Each Thanksgiving, teachers have young children dress with feathers and tall black hats with silver buckles and parade them around for their parents to view. The idea that all Native people wore lots of feathers on their heads comes from artists’ renderings of plains Indians who participated in Buffalo Bill’s Wild West show. Northeastern American Indians such as the Wampanoag wore no feathers and did not live in tepees. At the 1621 celebration, there were no colonists dressed in somber black clothing, buckles and hats. They were not even called ‘Pilgrims’ at the time. All Americans might do well to remember that historical truth is actually more interesting than legend and myth. It is important that we all learn the truth about the first harvest that took place in 1621—what we now call Thanksgiving — and accurately portray the Native Americans and early settlers of our country. To learn more facts about Thanksgiving, visit 82 |

Recipes Chef and owner of Mildred’s, New Deal Café Ti Amo!, Bert Gil, shares recipes with a modern twist on the food and ingredients the Native Americans and colonists ate at the Harvest of 1621. Prepare some of these at your Thanksgiving feast for a small taste of history.

Duck and Roasted Chestnuts Roasted and Peeled Chestnuts 1/2 cup minced onion 2 cups stock (chicken, duck, beef, vegetable) 2 tbsp butter Duck Breasts Sear the duck breasts skin side down. Finish in oven to desired temperature. Sweat minced onion over medium heat in a sauté pan. Add roasted and peeled chestnuts, stock and whisk in butter to finish sauce. Pour sauce over duck.

Spaghetti Squash Latke 1 local Spaghetti Squash 1 medium Onion, julienne 1 egg zest of 1 orange pinch salt & pepper fresh basil (2-3 leaves, shredded) fresh mint (2-3 leaves, shredded) 1c flour 1-2 tbsp canola/vegetable oil (for cooking) tbsp olive oil (for dressing) Heat canola oil over medium heat, Saute Onion until just translucent, set aside. Cut squash in half, lengthwise. Scoop out squash with fork. Gently steam or blanch the shredded squash (barely cook it). In a medium bowl, combine: onion, squash, orange zest, egg (white sonly, if des.), salt, pepper. Mix gently until slightly bound by egg. Set up flour as a breading station. To make latkes, form pinches of the squash mix into 3” wide patties, dredging each slightly in flour to bind. Heat over medium heat roughly 2 minutes each side or until nice and crispy brown. Garnish with mint/basil leaves, drizzled with Extra Virgin Olive Oil.

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ongoing activities Haile Village Farmers’ Market Every Saturday, rain or shine Haile Village Center - SW 91st Terrace 8:30 am – 12:00 pm The Haile Village Farmers’ Market on S.W. 91st Terrace, in the heart of Haile Village, is open every Saturday 8:30-12:00 rain or shine, we’re here for you throughout the summer. We invite you to come and visit with the neighbors, meet our local farmers and businesses, and enjoy a morning of food, fun and friendship. The Market features local farm direct produce, freshly baked goods from the Flour Pot Baker and Whole Earth Granary, honey, flowers, plants for your garden and more. Enjoy the small village atmosphere and celebrate the bounty of our community. Make it part of your life style. Live Simply. Shop local.

Haile Plantation Community Butterfly Garden This serene garden is located with a back drop of boulders of limestone and the 7th green of the Haile Plantation Golf & Country Club. Come sit under an oak tree on a memorial bench in a park-like atmosphere where you can observe nature’s beauty. You may come on the trail, the golf cart path, or from the street to view the ever increasing beauty of the flowers and butterflies in this serene habitat between Chickasaw Way and Middleton Green on SW 104th Terrace, just 1/4 mile north of the end of Haile Boulevard. The care of the butterfly garden is done by volunteers on weekdays in the afternoon during cool weather and in the morning on warmer days, usually Monday, however, the days are flexible. You may receive work session information by join our e-mail volunteer list by contacting Bonnie Edie at or 352-275-7722 or Barbara Collett at 352-335-9948.

Bridge Club Meets every Monday at the Meeting Hall at 1:00pm. For more information call Paula Pearson 337-9119 or Marg Crago 336-1055.

Dine Around Join our Haile residents in a Dine Around, which meets in odd numbered months at a different restaurant for an evening of food and fellowship. For information contact Calvin Meyer 335-0664.

Quilters and Crafters from Haile The “Quilters from Haile” are now are called the “Quilters and Crafters from Haile”. Women who enjoy handicrafts such as knitting, crocheting, embroidery or any other type of needle work are welcome to join this fun group. Meetings are the first and third Wednesday of each month at 10:00 am. Please contact Anne at 380-2725 for more information.

Moms & Babes An informal group of parents and pre-school children meeting every Thursday at 10 a.m. at the Hampstead Park playground.

Yoga Yoga classes are held at Plantation Hall during the week by the best yoga instructor in Gainesville, Joyce Orr. For more information about rates and times please call 262-4331.

River Cross Church River Cross Church is made up of a group of people just like you. People who love life and want to get the most out of it. Their main service meets at Plantation Hall in the Haile Village Center on Sunday mornings. The service is casual in dress, upbeat in music, and relevant in message. Please visit www.rivercrosschurch. com for more information.

Jazzercise The most fun way to get in shape for the new year is Jazzercise. Classes are held throughout the week at Plantation Hall. For more information, call 359-8957, or visit

DramaKids DramaKids is a great way for your child to develop confidence and express themselves in a fun environment. Classes are held at Plantation Hall and for information, please call 225-3377. Haile Plantation Association (HPA) Board of Directors Meetings HPA Board of Directors meets the second Tuesday of each month. HPA is comprised of the following neighborhoods: Camden Court, Century Oaks, Charleston Park, Chesnut Hill, Evans Hollow The Grove, Evans Hollow, Founders Hill, Grahams Mill - The Garden Homes, Grahams Mill, Heritage Green, Indigo Square, Laurel Park, Lexington Farms, Magnolia Walk, Planters Grove, Quail Court, Sutherland Crossing, and The Preserve.

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Haile Plantation West Association (HPWA) Board of Directors Meetings HPWA Board of Directors meets quarterly. Dates and times will be posted in the HPCM Office, in the Newsletter and online. HPWA is comprised of the following neighborhoods: Albury Round, Amelia Gardens, Annadale Round, Ashleigh Circle, Bedford Square, Benjamin’s Grove, Bennet’s Garden, Bueller’s Way, Cameron Park, Carlton Court, Chickasaw Way, Colson’s Corner, Hampstead Park, Hickory Walk, India Station, Katelyn Lane, Kestrel Point - The Colony, Kestrel Point - The Grove, Kestrel Point, Lenox Gardens, Madison Square, Matheson Woods, Matthew’s Grant, Middleton Green, Millington, Mills Glen, Oakmont, Plantation Villas, Prestonwood, Retreat Place, Sable Pointe, Spalding Place, Storeys Round, Stratford Ridge, The Hamptons, The Links, Victoria Circle, Westfield Commons, William Kent Court.

MOMS Club® of Gainesville South The MOMS Club (Moms Offering Moms Support) is an international non-profit organization with over 100,000 members and 2,000 chapters. The organization helps at home mothers and their children by providing them a way to meet, play and learn together. Join your local chapter! Learn more at Family Jam Night at Studio Percussion The first Friday of every month, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Studio Percussion Enjoy food, prize drawings, a drum circle, free play on all our instruments, family friendly musical jam, play area, student and instructor performances, and more. Cost is just $10 donation per family ($5 for an individual). Studio Percussion is located at 519E NE 10th Ave. For more information call 352-338-8302 or visit Haile Village Center Owner’s Association (HVCOA) Board of Directors Meetings HVCOA Board of Directors meets quarterly. Dates and times will be posted in the HPCM Office, in the Newsletter and online. HVCOA is comprised of all the homes, apartments, commercial buildings, townhouses, and condominiums in the Village Center.

Family Jam Night at Studio Percussion The first Friday of every month, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Studio Percussion Enjoy food, prize drawings, a drum circle, free play on all our instruments, family friendly musical jam, play area, student and instructor performances, and more. Cost is just $10 donation per family ($5 for an individual). Studio Percussion is located at 519E NE 10th Ave. For more information call 352-338-8302 or visit www.

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events First United Methodist Church/Duckpond Neighborhood Fall Festival and Block Party Wednesday, October 20th, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Enjoy fun, food, games, entertainment and much more in your own backyard. Remember to wear a costume for the costume parade. The Fall Festival and Black Party is located at the First United Methodist Church’s back parking lot in the 400 block of NE 2nd Street and Roper. Parking is free. For more information call 352-317-1516. Oktoberfest Friday, October 22nd, 5:00 – 11 p.m. Haile Village Center Haile Village Center vendors are hosting the well–known and biggest party of the year in Gainesville — Oktoberfest! Enjoy live music, shop in the charming and one-of-kind stores, relax while eating and drinking in the streets, and let the kids play on the playground, and other fun centers. It’s the perfect way to kick off the fall season! See you there! Noche de Gala benefitting the Sebastian Ferrero Foundation Saturday, October 23rd, 7 p.m. – midnight Besilu Collection, Micanopy Noche de Gala is a benefit ball where all proceeds go to the Sebastian Ferrero Foundation. This years theme is “Grand Ball” and all guests are asked to wear black attire. The Besilu Collection is a 642acre horse farm located at 6800 Northwest 193rd Street in Micanopy. For more information call 352.333.2579 or visit Run Towards Justice 5k Run/Walk Saturday, October 23rd, 8 p.m. – 11 a.m. Haile Plantation Run Toward Justice event aids the child trafficking prevention program reaching the poorest villages around Davao, The Phillippines. FIGHT is partnering with Christopher Farms International, a human rights organization that has the mission to save and improve the lives of children in the Phillippines. Register online at www. For more information call Daina Skinner at ButterflyFest Saturday, October 23rd, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Florida Museum of Natural History A great event for the family, ButterflyFest boasts many fun activities including take-home crafts, informative workshops, presentations on butterfly conservation, a parade, and even a special field trip

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and tour. The Florida Museum of Natural History is located on the corner of SW 34th Street and Hull Road. For more information call 352-846-2000 or visit Mama Mia’s Old Fashioned Italian Dinner Sunday, October 24th, 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. Northwest Grill The Gainesville Rotary Sunrise Club presents this Old Fashioned Italian Dinner for various charities around town, including the annual Climb for Cancer Sports Camp for children with cancer, Gainesville Harvest, Girl’s Place, the St. Francis House, etc. Choice of seating is from 5:00 to 8:00 with hour-long seatings scheduled every 30 minutes. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for children. For more information contact Rick Medina at Sun Country Sports Halloween Carnival Sunday, October 24th, 3:00 – 6:00 p.m. Sun Country Sports Center Proceeds from this carnival benefit the March of Dimes. The Jonesville Center location will house carnival games, bounce houses, rock climbing


walls, haunted houses, hay and train rides, food, treats, and much more. Costumes are encouraged. The Sun Country Sports Center is located at 333 SW 140th Terrece in Jonesville. Pre-purchased tickets will be discounted. For more information visit or call 352-3318773. For more information about the March of Dimes visit Micanopy Fall Harvest Festival Saturday, October 30th, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Sunday, October 31st, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Historic Downtown Micanopy The annual Fall Festival will have over 200 displays of arts and crafts as well as good time music and an old time auction. This tradition attracts much of the buying public with its artists, crafters, and musicians that are both local and spread across the Southeast. For more information call 352-466-7026 or visit www.

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Boo-soon to You Sunday, October 31st, 7:30 p.m. UF University Memorial Auditorium This annual Halloween concert event is hosted by the UF Bassoon Studio and is costume-optional. This is a free event. The venue is located on the University of Florida campus next to Century Tower. For more information call 352-392-ARTS. Styles for Life Thursday, November 4th, 10:45 a.m. Paramount Plaza Hotel The Tenth Annual Styles for Life event, hosted by the Haven Hospice Alliance, will display the items from multiple boutiques and feature door prizes, a cash wine bar, a silent auction, lunch, a fashion show, and much more. This year’s theme is “Go Green, Give Green”. For more information or to purchase tickets call Jo Giudice at 352372-2287. For sponsorship and auction donation information call Stephanie Brod at 352-271-4665 or email

Kickoff to a Cure Tailgate Saturday, November 6th Ben Hill Griffin Stadium Come join the rest of the Gator Nation as we tailgate in-style with an open bar and food from the best restaurants in town! Watch the Gators play Vandy on big screen TVs in the Touchdown Terrace at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium and enjoy both live and silent auctions. Visit for ticket and sponsorship information. Right To Bear Arts Festival Sunday, November 7th, 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Gainesville Woman’s Club This family-friendly, hands-on arts festival is fun for all ages. Play a variety of instruments and participate in free mini-workshops in dance, theater, painting, sculpture, and more. Admission is free and food will be available for purchase. Also, step inside the Woman’s Club for the Junior Woman’s Club Stop and Shop Event to benefit Peaceful Paths. The event will be on the front lawn of the Gainesville Woman’s Club located at 2809 West University Avenue. For more information call 352-317-0017. Stop, Shop and Support to benefit Peaceful Paths and other local charities Sunday, November 7th, 12:00 p.m. – 5 p.m. Gainesville Woman’s Club Get your holiday shopping done early and support good causes at the same time at the Gainesville Junior Woman’s Club Annual Stop, Shop and Support to benefit Peaceful Paths and other local charities. All vendors donate half of their profits to charity recipients. A variety of unique items and food will be available for purchase. Admission is free. The Gainesville Woman’s Club located at 2809 West University Avenue. For more information call 352- 262-1754. Author Gallery with Michael Connelly Sunday, November 7th, 5:00 p.m. Hilton University of Florida Conference Center The Alachua County Library District Foundation presents their Author Gala fundraiser featuring Michael Connelly – best selling author and UF graduate. Also included are a silent auction, reception, book singing, dinner and a featured presentation by the author. The Hilton University of Florida is located at 1714 Southwest 34th Street. For more information call 352-334-3910 or visit to register.

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Anthony B. Agrios, MD Mannheim Steamroller: Christmas Thursday, November 11th, 7:30 p.m. Curtis M. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts Mannheim Steamroller kicks-off their Christmas Concert Tour in Gainesville. This amazing group of musicians has a legendary reputation for its versions of holiday classics with more than 20 million holiday album sales. The concert boasts multi-media images, synchronized lighting and special effects. Ticket prices range from $33.00 to $53.00. For tickets call 970-356-5000 or visit Wine Tasting for Gainesville Area Rowing Friday, November 12th, 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. The Perfect Gift Come enjoy an evening of wine, music, shopping, and a silent auction filled with various items from our local businesses. All proceeds benefit the growth of our local high school, middle school, and adult masters rowers. For ticket information contact Tracy Leonard at or Amy Tackett at Craft Festival 2010 Saturday, November 27th, 10 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Sunday, November 28th, 10 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Stephen C. O’Connell Center Visit North Central Florida’s largest indoor craft show and start this holiday season off right. Whether you need a unique gift, are working on decorating your home, or need a splash of holiday spirit the Craft Festival has it all. Tickets are only available at the door for $4.00 for the general public, $1.00 for UF students and free for children under 13. For more information call 352392-7238 or visit craftfestival. Reindeer 5k Run/Walk and Kids Race Thursday December 2nd, 6:30 p.m. Haile Village Center Join us for a night of family fun with the first annual reindeer run/ walk 5k and kids races. Lace up your jogging/walking shoes, put on your festive wear and come join us for an evening of family fun. Proceeds from the run/walk will be donated to the Sebastian Ferrero Foundation. Register at, or

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Sounds of the Season Sunday, December 5th, 7:30 p.m. Curtis M. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts Dr. Will Kesling directs a concert of seasonal choral and orchestra selections. Event is free.

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from the kitchen:

Dean Cacciatore

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Cacciucco — Fish Stew

This is a dish my grandmother would make in the early autumn months when the leaves started to change and there was a slight chill in the air. I remember watching football with my grandfather eating this dish many, many weekends. She would also add potatoes for a thicker stew with a pinch of saffron. I prefer it without and serve over pasta. In addition and more importantly, we need to support our local fish vendors and the entire Gulf seafood industry. • 3 lbs of shrimp, larger the better, 21/25 count and larger, cleaned peeled & deveined • 3 lbs of snapper or grouper • 3/4 cup olive oil • 2 cups onions, julienned • 2 carrots, julienned • 2 celery stalks, julienned • 1/2 cup finely chopped parsley • 2 tablespoons chopped garlic • 2 hot chili peppers, stemmed and minced • 2 bay leaves • 2 sprigs of fresh thyme • 2 cups red wine • 4 cups peeled, seeded and chopped Roma tomatoes • 6 cups light stock, fish or chicken • Salt and pepper • 1 lb of dried spaghetti Cut the fish into 3-inch pieces. Season the fish with salt and pepper. In a large pan, heat 1/4 cup of the olive oil. When the oil is hot, add the vegetables and sauté for 2 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Add the parsley, garlic, peppers, bay leaves, thyme. Continue to sauté for about 3 to 4 minutes. Add the red wine and bring up to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and continue to cook until the wine has reduced by half, about 3 to 4 minutes. Add the tomatoes and stock. Bring the liquid up to a simmer and cook for about 30 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Discard the bay leaves, set aside and keep hot. In a large sauté pan, heat 1/4 cup of the olive oil. When the oil is hot, add the shrimp and sauté for about 5 minutes. Add the remaining fish and continue to sauté for 5 minutes. Remove from the heat. Blanch off the pasta in boiling salted water, (strain but do not rinse), place in bottom of large soup bowls and pour the soup over the fish & shrimp and garnish with parsley.

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The Village Journal at Haile Plantation  

Vol. 6 No. 4