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- In supermarkets, frozen fruits and vegetables often have a higher nutrient value than their fresh counterparts. If you want the most nutritious fruits and vegetables, the best place to shop is our local farmer’s market. - Aspartame, an artificial sweetener added to many foods and beverages, metabolizes into methanol (aka wood alcohol/poison) in your body. - It is estimated that 60 to 70 percent of processed foods in your grocery store include one or more genetically modified (GMO) ingredients. - BHT, a preservative found in many chewing gums and breakfast cereals, has been shown to promote tumor growth in animal studies. - Simply Nutrition’s 100% natural fruit smoothies are the best tasting smoothies in Gainesville! - Every cigarette smoked depletes a person’s body of 70mg of vitamin C (the same amount contained in one medium orange). It’s not the 90s, it’s not cool to smoke cigarettes anymore.

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in this issue Fall 2011

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Spotlight on Neighbors: La Dolce Vita – Dr. Rick and Lynda Bucciarelli

Hectic Holiday Decór, No More!

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A Walk Down Memory Lane: Remembering Haile Plantation Co-Developer, Bob Kramer

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Sewing an Arbor of Opportunity

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New to the Neighborhood: Patticakes

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A Latte Changes Taking Place at Kay’s Coffee

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Many Magical Moments with Gentle Carousel Miniature Therapy Horses

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Industry Insider

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The Dance of the Decorations

family 54

2011 Holiday Gift Guide

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in this issue

health & fitness

food

65

Running for a Cause

83

70

Evading the Extra Inches: The Do’s and Don’ts of Holiday Parties

72

Meet G3: Gainesville’s New Tri Club

Edible Crafts: Cupcake Graveyard

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money 75

Take a Break! Volunteering and Tax Breaks

travel 78

Finding Your Way to North Carolina’s Biltmore Estate

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Hosting for the Holidays Like a Pro

98

From the Kitchen: Baked Eggplant Parmesan

in every issue 12 14 16

Editor’s Note

18

Publix Market Square Directory

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Market Watch

Contributors The Haile Village Center Directory

Real Estate Map Calendar of Events Snapshots Register of Advertisers

cover

Our featured participants in the “Running for a Cause” story. Photographed on SW 91st Street by Footstone Photography.

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When you visit Tioga Town Center, you’ll get your favorite table, extra anchovies,

…and Frank. Sure, the picturesque storefronts, coffee shop, boutiques, restaurants, postal center, wine bar, 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 Frank Ruffino and his staff at Blue Highway a Pizzeria, who take the time to save your favorite table and remember you actually love extra anchovies on your pizza, that will

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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.

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

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editor’s note Fall | Vol. 7 No. 4

It’s seems hard to believe that soon we’ll all be talking about Halloween costumes, Thanksgiving dinner and singing fa-la-lala-la. 2011 has flown by, and although it is not over yet, we are nearing the end of the year. Looking back, we’ve had a wonderful year at The Village Journal and we’re proud to have the support of our advertising partners and the work of our talented team. And this issue is no exception. The holiday issue always seems to be a favorite. We, of course, have included our “Annual Holiday Gift Guide” and amped it up some with the addition of a few new categories we thought would be helpful for all of you. Enjoy this special time of year, especially shopping, and remember, it’s never too soon to start! We are thrilled to introduce you to one special Haile Plantation family, the Bucciarelli’s, who are featured as our Spotlight on Neighbors. While most in our community know Dr. Richard Bucciarelli as a renowned pediatrician, few may know about the ‘Italian Scallion’s’ culinary talents. Read their story on p. 23. There are many other compelling articles written by experts throughout our community aimed to help make the upcoming holidays and festivities some of the best yet, and hopefully stress free! From The Village Journal family to yours, enjoy these fun times with the ones you love and we’ll see you in 2012! Cheers!

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When you visit Tioga Town Center, you’ll get flavors 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. It’s 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 and 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.

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

352.331.4000 www.TiogaTownCenter.com

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contributors Kourtney Gallivan, MS, ACE-Certified Personal Trainer. Kourtney holds a BS in Exercise Sports Science from the University of Florida and a MS in Sports Administration from St. Thomas University. She is a Master Trainer at Sweat Life Fitness, Inc. in the Haile Plantation Village Center. Kourtney is a former UF gymnast and a full-time working mom of beautiful twins.

Publisher: Ryan Frankel

Brian Hunt graduated summa cum laude from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN in 1997 with a B.A in psychology. He moved to north Florida in 2009 and became active in triathlons. He has finished three marathons, four half marathons, and fourteen triathlons, including Ironman Cozumel in 2010. He has written for examiner.com, yahoo.com, and is currently at work on his first novel.

Graphic Design: Anibal Rodriguez

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. Dean Caccaitore is a veteran in the world of catering and hospitality. In 1994, he started his own catering company, Cacciatore Catering, located in Haile Plantation. Cacciatore Catering plans private and corporate dining engagements, as well as working with select charitable organizations in the community. Dean also contributes to the “From the Kitchen” recipe in each issue of The Village Journal. Kori Rathfon is the sole owner and cupcake maker of Fairy Sweet Cupcakes located in Newberry, FL. Kori has a background in restaurant management and an Associates Degree in Hospitality Management. With a passion for baking, she decided to put it to use, along with her artistic talent and to turn it into a business. Erin Spiwak, CPA, is a partner with James Moore & Co., P.L. where she is responsible for overseeing the firm’s tax department, including managing and directing day-to-day operations, as well as analyzing and planning for the impact of new tax developments. She can be reached at ErinS@jmco.com. Keith Watson is the President and CEO of Keith Watson Productions, Inc., a leading full-service special events and design production company. Watson received a BFA degree in theatre from Birmingham Southern College and has had an extensive career in the performing arts in New York City. Watson’s talents as an event designer and producer have been exhibited at numerous venues and for a wide variety of notable clients.

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Editor: Channing Casey Art Director: Kevin James

Public Relations: Linda Michalisin Contributing Writers: Kevin Awe Elise Donini Dante Lima Kendal Norris Photography: Dawn McKinstry Photography Footstone Photography Rya of RYAPHOTOS Maria Vallejo Photography Editorial Assistants: Kevin Awe Nicole Batoon For advertising or licensing information call (352) 331-5558 or visit TheVillageJournal.com

105 SW 128th Street, Suite 200, Gainesville, FL 32669 TheVillageJournal.com The Village Journal is published quarterly in Gainesville, Florida. Copyright 2011, 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. ©2011 Frankel Media Group.


When you visit Tioga Town Center, you’ll get quality insurance coverage, competitive rates

…and Tim. Sure, the picturesque storefronts, coffee shop, boutiques, restaurants, world-class fitness center and bakery make Tioga Town Center a prime shopping and business destination. But it’s more than that here— It’s the people who make Tioga Town Center an experience like no other in Gainesville. It’s people like Tim Treweek and his staff at The Duke Insurance Agency, managing your insurance as if it were their own, who 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.

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

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

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

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

dining Cacciatore Pizza . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Haile Village Bistro & Queens Arms Pub . . . Limerock Road . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sisters Restaurant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . South Garden . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Patticakes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

692-0701 378-0721 240-6228 379-0281 378-8776 376-1332

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

event services Adore Wedding & Events . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 338-7577 Cacciatore Catering . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 692-0701 Haile Plantation Golf & Country Club . . . . 335-0055 16 | TheVillageJournal.com

Love Wedd Boutique (Pg 86) . . . . . . . . . . . . 338-7959 Olive You Eat Well . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 379-0281 Plantation Hall . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 371-1600

financial Adams LaRocca Employee Benefit Consultants . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 378-7531 American Optimal Advisors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 505-5632 Entrust Freedom IRA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 378-7833 SunTrust Bank . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 375-6868 Tillman Hartley, LLC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 335-9015

fitness Sweat Life Fitness (Pg 74) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 692-4926

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

haile community Plantation Hall . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 371-1600 River Cross Church . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 378-9793 Management Specialist Services . . . . . . . . . . 335-7848


Haile Plantation Golf & Country Club . . . . 353-7012

health & beauty Escape Day Spa . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 335-5025 Haile Barber Shop . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 374-2005 Haile Village Body Work . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 372-6550 Hang Ten Nail Design . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 331-5545 Ideal Weight Management . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 327-4120 Salon PhD . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 338-1011 Serendipity Spa & Salon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 378-9088 Skin Therapy by Connie (Pg 33) . . . . . . . . . 226-0793 Vintage Glamour . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 378-8811

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Optima Neurological Services . . . . . . . . . . . . 375-5553 Redman Neuromuscular Therapy Center . . 505-0888 Speech & Language Center at Haile Plantation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 284-3323 The Haile Psychiatry & Psychotherapy Group . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 337-0551

pet care Haile’s Angels Pet Rescue . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Haile Plantation Animal Clinic . . . . . . . . . . Shampoodles by Jan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sweet Paws Bakery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

395-6131 377-6003 336-7236 317-1044

photography Footstone Photography . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 562-3066

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

jewelry Sander’s Jewelers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 331-6100 The Village Jeweler . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 338-0015 Abazias Diamonds, Inc . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 264-9940

legal C. David Coffey, P.A. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 335-8442 Fisher, Butts, Sechrest & Warner, P.A. . . . . . 373-5922 Law Offices of Steven Kalishman . . . . . . . . . 376-8600 Mark J. Fraser, Attorney at Law . . . . . . . . . . . 367-0444 Steve Warm, Attorney at Law . . . . . . . . . . . . 373-8279 Niesen, Price, Worthy, Campo, Frasier & Blakey, P.A. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ………… 373-9031 White & Crouch, P.A. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 372-1011

medical Aguirre & Sappington Orthodontics . . . . . . 378-2545 Benet Clinical Assessment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 375-2545 Fundamental Therapy Solution . . . . . . . . . . 505-6363 Galvan Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 327-3561 Haile Endodontics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 374-2999 Haile Medical Group . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 367-9602 Haile Plantation Family Dental . . . . . . . . . . 375-6116 Haile Plantation Family Medicine (UF) . . . 265-0944 Haile Village Bodywork . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 372-6550 Haile Village Acupuncture . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 367-0900 Kids Only Dental . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 335-7777 Lori Libert Physical Therapy . . . . . . . . . . . . . 222-1583

real estate Bosshardt Realty . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 336-6611 Coldwell Banker, M.M. Parrish Realtors . . . 372-5375 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 New York Life . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 379-8171 Weston Arnold Insurance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 333-9440

shopping Go Gator Green . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 317-4084 Marianne Coveney European Essentials . . . 335-4290 The Perfect Gift . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 375-8000

technology e-Tech Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 332-3200

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

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Great Clips . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 331-1005 Venus Nail Spa . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 331-3878

dining Bamboos . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 331-1522 I Love NY Pizza . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 333-6185 Kay’s Coffee . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 331-0664 O!O Tapas & Tinis . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 331-6620 Subway . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 332-1707

dry cleaning On the Spot . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 332-9494

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

financial Florida Credit Union . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 377-4141 Wells Fargo . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 331-8239

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

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medical Alligator Island Optical . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 332-9028 Archer Dental . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 331-4731 Haile Market Therapy & Behavioral Medicine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 331-0020 Kinetix Physical Therapy (Pg 73) . . . . . . . . . 505-6665 The Acupuncture Center of North Florida . . . 331-0020

pharmacy Publix Pharmacy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 331-1086

shopping Haile Jewelry & Loans . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 331-1905 Talking Walls 2 Art & Framing . . . . . . . . . . . 333-7225

spirits The Spirit Shoppe . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 331-7274

real estate Allison Ables Real Estate . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 371-1828 Cornell & Associates, Your Real Estate Partner . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 505-0555 Tommy Williams Homes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 331-8180 Viking Construction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 333 - 9333


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Benefiting the Shands Hospital for Children at the University of Florida

Saturday, October 22, 2011

at Besilu Collection, Micanopy, Florida For gala details, sponsorship, volunteer and silent auction opportunities, please contact Sebastian Ferrero Foundation at 352.333.2579 or info@sebastianferrero.org or visit NochedeGala.org

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Join us in supporting

Noche de Gala 2011

Horst and Luisa Ferrero Founders

Andy and Linda Moore Lake City Co-Chairs

Senator Bill Nelson

Senator Marco Rubio

Honorary Chair

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Silvia and Benjamin Leon Jr.

John and Sheila Spence

Hosts & Event Chairs

Charles and Linda Wells Orlando Co-Chairs

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Connie Brown Ocala Co-Chair

Dr. David Smith

UF Student Ambassador Co-Chair

Join Our Growing List of Sponsors

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spotlight HAILE PLANTATION

on neighbors

La Dolce Vita:

Dr. Rick and Lynda Bucciarelli by Kendal Norris | Footstone Photography

From its inception, America has been populated and enriched by wave upon wave of immigrants – those courageous and motivated enough to leave behind all that was familiar to seek a better life for themselves and their children. Bartolomeo Bucciarelli, born at the tail end of the 19th century in the agricultural plains of Abruzzi, Italy, made this journey and worked in the coal mines of West Virginia, the steel mills of Pittsburgh and the auto factories of Detroit to create a more hopeful future for his family. Such efforts made possible the dreams of his son, Richard, to become a physician, professor, administrator, and eventually Chair of Pediatric Medicine at UF & Shands. Attending the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor and graduating in 1968, “Rick” Bucciarelli met his future wife, Lynda, while a student there. She was a medical technology major who graduated in 1969, the same year

they were married. Lynda worked as a lab technician at the University hospital while Rick pursued his medical degree at UM., graduating in 1972. “I chose Pediatrics because, I believed that I could have an impact for a lifetime,” he recalled. “And I always identified with young kids and their families, finding children to be straightforward and their care very rewarding.” When the Bucciarelli’s were scouting around for Rick’s residency training program, Lynda remembered, “I told him that I didn’t care where we went, as long as it was south and warm – I’d had enough of Detroit-type winters!” Their trip to the University of Florida turned out to be the perfect match, both professionally and personally. Lynda built her career in Gainesville in blood-banking, obtaining a specialized degree in that field. In 1974-1975, after Rick’s graduation and completion of his pediatric training at the University of Florida College of Medicine, the couple worked several more years in Gainesville. From 1978-1982, they lived in Salt Lake City, Utah, where Lynda worked at the VA Hospital and Rick as a member of the pediatric faculty at the University of Utah. The couple then decided to return to Gainesville where Rick became Chief of Neonatology. Meanwhile, Rick and Lynda had started a

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family. Their daughter Amy, now 30, is an art therapist in the UF “Streetlight” program. Their son, Chris, 27, is a fourth-year medical student at UF and after graduation hopes to pursue his interest in the area of emergency medicine. “Both Pediatrics and Emergency medicine are intensive, procedure-oriented, and both have their fair-share of drama,” Rick commented. “We’re not sure at this point where he will eventually practice, but we can hope it’s not too far away.” In 1990, Dr. Bucciarelli was awarded a sabbatical in Washington, D.C. working with Senator John (Jay) D. Rockefeller IV of West Virginia as a Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Fellow. “That was an incredible experience,” he recalled. “As a staffer on the hill, I was involved with writing bills, making policy and working on legislation with other Senate offices. I saw a different side of medicine and developed an appreciation for just how complicated making national health policy actually is.” Following his time in Washington, Rick continued to work on health policy and, for a total of ten years, was a lobbyist for the Health Science Center in Tallahassee and in Washington, as well as a lobbyist for the University of Florida at both the state and federal levels for two years. Meanwhile, Lynda had taken leave from her career to devote more time to their children. While performing his administrative work, Rick was simultaneously practicing neonatal pediatrics and scheduled clinical time around his legislative calendar. “It was important for me to continue to do both so that I could have a proper perspective and achieve some kind of balance in my work,” he noted. Dr. Bucciarelli is also a current representative to the American Academy of Pediatrics and serves on several national committees. “I’m now a member of the

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Delta ‘Million Mile Club’ which is great for upgrades,” he commented with a laugh. “But that means I’m traveling quite a bit, too.” If trips involves a three or four-day stay, Lynda is happy to go along. Otherwise, she said, “It’s not worth the jet lag!” Over the years the Bucciarelli’s have developed a great fondness and attachment to all things ‘Gator’ and give back to the Gainesville community in a variety of ways. A violin player through high school, Lynda has been deeply involved with the Gainesville Chamber Orchestra for the past six to seven years, serving on the Board of Directors as president and treasurer. “We currently play at the Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, at University Auditorium and occasionally at the Thomas Center. We also performed at the opening of the new Santa Fe College Fine Arts Hall in late September. Our performances are often multimedia events involving film and dance, so they are very exciting to experience.” In her leisure moments, Lynda’s passion for gardening finds expression in her greenhouse


where she grows several varieties of orchids and bromeliads. “All year round, there are orchids in the house, which is kind of nice,” Lynda said. “I guess they’re part of my expression of love for all things tropical.” She also recently zero-scaped their backyard and put in a dry-creek riverbed. In his spare time, Rick can be found in the kitchen of the couple’s Kestrel Point--more specifically, The Colony-- home, which they built in 2000 on the ninth fairway of the Haile Plantation golf course. He commented, “I’ve always had a passion for cooking and even took French cuisine lessons on weekends when we were living in Salt Lake City.” For Rick, culinary pursuits are also a social and charitable enterprise. “My friend and mentor, Dr. Ira Gessner and I have teamed up and call ourselves a ‘Pair o’ Docs’ (a pun on ‘paradox’) and we cook eight-course meals for parties of eight to raise money for various local worthy causes,” he said. “We buy all of the food, take along staff to serve, and clean up. All proceeds then go to charity. And we have a lot of fun creating these delicious meals for a good reason.” He added with a chuckle, “My ‘nom de plume’ at these events is ‘The Italian Scallion.” Speaking of charities, both Lynda and Rick Bucciarelli are dedicated supporters of the Sebastian Ferrero Foundation, where Rick serves on the board of directors and executive committee. “The Foundation is such an important force for good in our community and can be credited with improving the care and safety of children treated at Shands. The Foundation has also played a key role in the development of our new Emergency Room

dedicated to children “Our interim goal over the next 5-10 years is to renovate current facilities, but eventually we hope, of course, to establish a new children’s hospital at Shands & UF. Without the Sebastian Ferrero Foundation and the tireless dedication of several other local charities for children none of this would have been possible. I’m in awe of how the Gainesville community became galvanized and the progress we are making for children.” From the suburbs of Detroit to the environs of Haile Plantation, the journey of Rick and Lynda Bucciarelli has been one of vision, hard work and laudable accomplishments. With remarkable career successes, a loving family, good friends and a supportive community, they can be said to have truly made for themselves here “la dolce vita” – the good life.

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A Walk Down Memory Lane: Remembering Haile Plantation Co-Developer, Bob Kramer by Dante Lima

For those who’ve never been to Haile Plantation, it might be the sort of place that’s conceptually out of step with typical suburban America. Instead of a strip mall near an industrial park, there’s Haile Village Center, a centrally located cluster of storefronts and restaurants. Instead of carbon copy home developments miles away from that epicenter, they’re right upstairs or a short walk down the street. People live and work in the same place, their kids go to school together and the community lives on a first name basis. If it sounds like the community was designed to be just that, a living, breathing unified community, that’s because it was. And the man behind the vision, Bob Kramer, sadly passed away on August 25 at the age of 67 after a brief illness. But unlike folklorists and philosophers, Kramer’s legacy, outside of the one he passed on to this friends and family, stands in the buildings and landscapes of Haile Plantation’s 1,700 acres. It hangs in the Spanish moss and is paved into the sidewalks. The citizens of Haile Plantation and the surrounding Gainesville area owe gratitude to Kramer for not only their homes, but also

their lifestyle. Haile Plantation was Kramer’s first foray into the world of New Urbanism, a modern design movement the focuses on the design standards of the 20th century before the rise of the automobile, which of course means walkable neighborhoods, a centralized commerce area and a range of housing and job types. New Urbanism thrives on the idea that a community can still exist within the context of modern suburbia. The ideas aren’t necessarily new, because before the days of the Interstate and state-funded toll highways all over the United States, this is how people lived. In a way, the movement of New Urbanism is modern American life reimagined. In a 2001 speech Kramer gave in Atlanta, GA titled “Breaking the Habit of Suburbia” he said this of Haile’s initial concept: “We were going to build a community in which people could ‘work, shop, worship, attend school, enjoy outdoor recreation and leisuretime activities’ within a short drive or walking distance from their home,” Kramer said. “People like what they see and are beginning to understand what good urbanism is and how it

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Haile Village Center in its early days of development.

works.” Kramer said his one main concession to the norms of modern suburban developments was the golf course. Kramer’s vision for Haile Plantation was not only unique to this area, but to the country. The New Urbanism movement started in earnest in the early 1980s and the land for Haile was purchased by Kramer and his partner Matthew Kaskel in 1978. The expansion of the area including the Haile Village center didn’t cease until 2007. There are about a dozen New Urbanist developments across the United States, but only the Cotton District in Starkeville, MS which started in 1968 predates Haile Plantation. The 90s saw another wave of developments sprout across the country, and most notably in Florida with Disney’s Celebration, a community that exists under many of Kramer’s principles, which began in 1995. Kramer inspired later generations of architects, too. Most notably Kevin Klinkenberg of K2 Urban Design, who worked alongside Kramer on a development in 2000. Klinkenberg wrote a post on his blog, New Urbanism Blog, nearly a week after Kramer’s death: “I was very saddened to hear of the passing last week of Robert (Bob) Kramer, an architect, developer, pioneer of New Urbanism and allaround great guy. In the world of development and real estate, very few people match their 28 | TheVillageJournal.com

business savvy with a genuine personal charm, and a willingness to share their knowledge with just about anyone. Bob was one of those rare people.” Of Kramer’s crowning achievement Klinkenberg said Haile is ‘one of the finest New Urbanist projects completed’ and ‘has more relevance for today’s development climate than many projects built in the last 5-10 years.’ Haile has attracted the eye of architects and artists alike. American painter David SchwARTZ chose Haile Plantation for his Main St. USA series, a collection of paintings devoted to unique communities all over the United States. During the time he spent painting Haile, he marveled at its beauty, its structure and its life force. He even called it ‘harmonious with nature’ and a ‘throwback to how life used to be.’ Kramer’s legacy will continue to live and grow as the families and business owners who populate Haile Plantation still believe in the ideas that Kramer set forth. As long as anyone living there can take a stroll down to the Village Center on a Saturday afternoon, have a bite to eat and enjoy the beautiful landscape, Kramer will be remembered; a true walk down memory lane.


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Sewing an Arbor of

Opportunity by Elise Donini | Dawn McKinstry Photography

For any fashion designer, creating the dresses that will be featured at beauty and talent pageants is an incredible accomplishment. Generating enough reputation and buzz to become the go-to for crafting the perfect look for premier local events is a great indication of a designer’s skilled ability and passion. But for Jacquelyn Brooks, owner of “Jacquelyn Brooks: Fashion Design and Tailoring Studio,” accomplishing these milestones were simply steps towards a greater vision and an honorable opportunity. Sitting in her studio on West University, sewing orange fabric and meticulously placing blue ribbon, Brooks was answering the call to serve the Gainesville community. A community where she was raised and proud to call her home. A community that she is honored to be a part of, and even more proud to lend a helping hand, or needle, when needed. In order for any nonprofit, community serving organization to function, it must have the support and involvement of the community it serves. Arbor House, who’s mission is focused on supporting local homeless women and

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mothers, is one such organization located right here in Gainesville. How does Arbor House fulfill such an ambitious, honorable and worthwhile, cause? It is simple. Only by the support and generosity of groups and individuals who are also right here in Gainesville. Arbor House’s second annual “Arbor of Opportunity Fundraising Luncheon,” which was hosted on September 26th at The Vineyard of Gainesville, was a fantastic opportunity to see that support and generosity of this community on display. All proceeds collected are going directly to benefit homeless women and children in need, as well as funding Arbor House’s many educational programs. To the delight of Arbor House Executive Director Christy Finnegan and the others involved with the organization, this year’s luncheon boasted roughly twice as many participants as last years. “It was extremely exciting,” said Finnegan. “Arbor House volunteers made an enormous effort to try and reach out to people who didn’t already know about our organization so we can gain their support.”


Finnegan believes this cause, although widely unknown, is one that is unique to the Gainesville area and that these women and children are very under-served in the community. “These women are part of a cycle that is very hard to break. Here at Arbor House, we don’t give them a fish, we teach them how to fish, as the old saying goes.” The Arbor House hopes to make a significant, life-changing impact on the women and children who are served by the organization, as well as the volunteers and attendees of the event. With the lunch and guest speakers noted as a complete success, most excitement was saved for the main event: a clothing fashion show and auction featuring local clothing designer, Jacquelyn Brooks. “Last year’s Arbor of Opportunities event was incredibly successful,” Fennegan said. “But we wanted this year’s event to be more unique; to add a little more fun, which is what lead us to Jacquelyn Brooks’

involvement. Fashion shows and luncheons kind of go together and she was a natural pick.” As a first time partner with the Arbor House, Brooks was very motivated and dedicated to raising as much support and awareness as she

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possibly could. “It’s very important to me to support these women and children,” she said. “It’s a cause that’s very dear to my heart.” By donating her time, energy and five original orange and blue gator “game day” dresses to be auctioned off completely for Arbor House fundraising, Brooks was pleased with all the progress made, and was extremely happy that something she created would go on to help someone in need. “Giving back to the community by donating my work makes me feel more fulfilled, I’m doing more for society,” Brooks said. “Being a mom is one of the most important, yet most difficult jobs in the world. Raising a child alone would be much more challenging than it already is. Arbor House is an incredible organization that is often overlooked because it’s not as large as others, so it needs even more of our support.” Taught by her own mother, Brooks learned to sew when she was a teenager. She received a B.S. in Apparel Design from Florida State University before returning to Gainesville in 2000 to pursue a design career in her hometown. She ultimately opened her own studio called “Jacquelyn Brooks: Fashion Design and Tailoring Studio,” under the slogan, “Haute Couture on the Avenue.” The studio’s services include fashion design and individual customization, alterations and tailoring and tuxedo rentals. Design examples include bridal gowns, bridesmaid dresses, formal gowns, game day dresses, casual dresses, children’s apparel and canine apparel. Couture tailoring and alterations of bridal, bridesmaid/ formal dress and men’s and women’s business suits are Brooks’ specialty.

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As a clothing designer and business owner, Brooks is responsible for the entire design process. She starts with a fabric (her favorites are silks and taffetas) and asks herself, “What can I make out of this that I would want to wear?” She thinks about what she desires out of a piece of clothing: she wants to look good, stand out in a crowd, but still be comfortable, she said. “One source of my inspiration is actually myself. I try to design pieces that I would want to wear. I think this gives me an advantage over men in the fashion industry.” After the brainstorming stage of the design process, Brooks cuts the chosen fabric pieces and sews them into a fabulous piece of clothing. The final step of the design process fitting the garment to on the customer. She also handles the financial transactions and records of her business. Brooks said she is most passionate about designing women’s formal wear and that her favorite recent piece was a very unique, blue taffeta wedding dress that she customized for a local bride. “I like being able to use unique colors, patterns and fabrics,” Brooks said. “The greatest part about designing for clients is the creative freedom allowed.” Brooks has designed gowns for events for local charities besides Arbor House, such as The American Heart Association’s annual Heart Ball and Haven Hospice’s “ViVA! Polynesian Bash”. She also designed the live auction piece for the Cure by Design Fashion Show, which supports cancer research. Her designer original raised $5000 for the American Cancer Society.


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coffees, treats and friends. Patticakes is named after the owners, David and Jan Pattersons, who realized the direct, positive impact that coffee and compassion can have on a community. Inspired by this realization, family encouragement, and their simple love of coffee and cupcakes, David and Jan brought all the things they adored into one, little shop. With the motto “Come for a cup, stay for a while,” Patticakes is the perfect place for people to relax and enjoy the company of others, as well as enjoy the very best in coffee and pastries. As residents of Haile Village Center, the Pattersons are excited to open their new business in the Village, and encourage you to stop by and “stay for a while!”

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A Changes Taking Place at Kay’s Coffee Kay’s Coffee, a local favorite for Gainesville and Haile Plantation residents, has recently had a makeover. Kenney Dodd and Felipe Veloso, previously frequent customers of the café, are now proud new owners of Kay’s Coffee. It is the first time owning a coffee shop for both Dodd and Veloso. They have jump-started their new business, operating under two main goals: the first is to support local businesses and the second is to improve coffee beans and create a decent dark coffee, which Veloso said there is a need for in Gainesville. In an effort to re-decorate the coffee shop in a unique way, Dodd and Veloso have decided to invite local artists to display their art on the blank walls of Kay’s Coffee for about a month each, which began in mid-July. Participating artists included Linda Wilson, whose art was on display from mid-July to mid-Auguest, Sherrie Pettigrew, whose art was displayed from mid-August to late Sepetember and Mauricio Cazanova, whose art is currently on display. “Displaying the art gives us the opportunity to allow artists to show their work without going to a professional gallery,” Dodd said. These days, it is rare for local art to be exposed, especially in small American cities like Gainesville. Plus, if an artist finds a gallery to display their pieces, it is often too expensive for them to afford, Veloso explained. His goal is to remedy that. The

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concept also allows them to routinely change their wall décor without actually re-decorating, added Dodd. “There’s always something new to see,” he said, “Local residents come in whenever we change the displays and take the time to look around.” The owners agreed that there has been a very positive response to the art displays. They have found that customers always notice the changes and comment on the pieces. Returning and new customers have both shown interest, Veloso said. The new owners are making an effort to craft as many menu items in-house as possible. The baked goods that are not made at Kay’s Coffee are purchased from a local baker, as well as fresh bagels and house blend and decaffeinated coffee. “We try to buy local products whenever possible,” said Dodd, “After all, local businesses have to work together.” As part of the new and improved Kay’s Coffee, there have been several exciting changes to the menu. The new owners expanded the lunch menu to include homemade soup options, including a fresh soup of the day, and large, unique salads. The breakfast menu now includes bagels, wraps, omelets and even pancakes. Additionally, they have added a Panini menu, with more than thirteen options. Dodd and Veloso have also made an effort to offer menu items that are more health-conscious. They offer alternatives, such as an egg bowl instead of an egg sandwich, to give their customers the healthiest options. They also use green tea instead of dairy in their smoothies, to provide extra anti-oxidants, and use organic materials whenever possible.


To drink, Kay’s Coffee offers more than just your basic coffee. There are cold and hot drinks, iced frappes, fruit smoothies, milk bubble tea and fruit bubble tea, espresso and a variety of teas. Plus, the Dodd and Veloso are happy to accommodate special menu requests. “The menu is just the beginning. If there’s something you want that you don’t see, we’d be happy to make it for you,” Veloso said. “We try to be very welcoming,” said Dodd, “I enjoy giving out free samples. When I’m excited about something, I like sharing it with people; that’s just part of who I am.” Kay’s Coffee offers environmental and healthconscious alternatives to your regular morning coffee. Whether stopping by for an espresso, enjoying a fresh Panini during your lunch break or looking at a variety of amazing local art, Kay’s Coffee is the perfect neighborhood coffee shop.

Featured Artists Linda Wilson Linda Wilson was proud to display twelve pieces of art in Kay’s Coffee; a unique mixture of still-life and abstract paintings. A painter for over fifty years, she has created acyclic paintings, water colors, photography, greeting cards and most recently, baskets weaved out of pine needles. Her still-life paintings are often of trees, fruit, cats, animals and women. She said one of her favorite pieces displayed at Kay’s Coffee was an acrylic painting titled “Swamp Daisies.” “There’s something very special about this coffee shop,” Linda said, “I’m excited to have showcased my work at a place with such good people and good food.”

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Mauricio Cazanova Mauricio Cazanova was thrilled to have displayed his art for the first time at Kay’s Coffee. Born in Honduras, he moved to Gainesville six years ago to join his brother. Through his classes at Santa Fe College, he learned about digital photography and soon, an interest turned into an undiscovered talent. The pieces that made up his display included digital photographs of portraits, landscapes and other subjects. It was a little bit of everything, he said. He used recycled materials to mat his pieces whenever possible. Cazanova, a self-proclaimed perfectionist, was anxious, as well as excited, to display his art in Kay’s Coffee

Sherrie Pettigrew Sherrie Pettigrew, who has been painting since high school, is ecstatic about how her artwork looked hanging up in Kay’s Coffee. Her display included black and white paintings that she created using graphic tinsel and sometimes charcoal, as well as color paintings. She said she approaches her art as a form of therapy, which results in pieces that are often dark and are always psychologically-charged. “I work through a lot of problems with my art,” she said, “I’m often inspired by my childhood, and sometimes I’m inspired by my own thoughts and ideas, making my art all about me, in a sense.” Pettigrew, who attended UF, has been teaching art in Florida public schools for over twenty years.


MANY MAGICAL MOMENTS WITH GENTLE CAROUSEL Miniature Therapy Horses by Kendal Norris | Rya of RYAPHOTO

What is the healing, joy-infusing quality that certain animals bring to humans? Some would call it magic or, in the case of Alachua County’s Gentle Carousel Miniature Therapy Horses, “Magic.” She’s one of 26 American miniature therapy horses owned by High Springs couple, Jorge and Debbie Garcia-Bengochea. These are beautiful, tiny creatures not more than two to three feet tall and weighing between 40 and 50 pounds. But their mission is large: to bring light, laughter and love to those in need, from Hospice patients of all ages to Ronald McDonald House residents to autistic or handicapped patients in individual homes. These little heroes also encourage literacy by working with schools and libraries throughout the greater Gainesville area. About ten years ago in her role as a school principal, Debbie was involved in working with abused children with severe trust issues. Combining her educational background and a deep connection with horses, she and her

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on one. They can even be picked up and carried to someone who isn’t able to physically reach out to them.” The effect of these gentle, adorable animals on folks in general is one of pure delight and something more intangible. “They have a way of lighting up a room, of bringing a calm, unconditional love wherever they go,” Debbie commented. A number of local and national press articles have detailed the astonishing results of some of these visits: a nursing home resident speaking for the first time in three years, a bond of hope established with recovering cancer patients, and almost always, temporary easing of pain with the emergence of long-forgotten laughter.

husband Jorge began to use miniature horses therapeutically with amazing results. In 2005 they formed a non-profit, wholly volunteer organization called Gentle Carousel Miniature Therapy Horses. According to Debbie GarciaBengochea, “This past year with the help of our incredibly dedicated core group of 20 or so volunteers, we were able to visit 8,000 adults and children. Most therapeutic riding programs do a great job, but because of our horses’ diminutive size, we actually go inside a facility to the child or the adult in need and have the horses engage with them directly, one Gentle Carousel visiting Happy House in Lake City, FL.

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MAGICAL MOMENTS Volunteer activities that assist these efforts aren’t just limited to the direct care and handling of the horses, either. A group of dedicated seamstresses at the Ayers Rehabilitation Center in Trenton make gorgeous stuffed horses that resemble those of Gentle Carousel to donate to the children at Ronald McDonald house. “They really are remarkable works of art,” Debbie added, “and mean so much to the residents as a memento and reminder of our visits.” The Garcia-Bengochea’s also take and give away photographs of their visits so that the families can have a lasting memory of these shared, happy moments. The current star of the Gentle Carousel stable of therapy horses, Magic (a Suwannee County native), was recently named by Time magazine/ CNN as one of history’s Ten Most Heroic Animals (and the only living animal on the esteemed list). She was also selected “The Most Heroic Pet in America” by AARP and is one of Reader’s Digest’s “American Towns Power of One Hero.” Her story has traveled around the world from South Korea to Ireland to Argentina, Viet Nam, Pakistan, the former Soviet Union and South Africa. Truly an international hit,

Magic has recently signed with a Hollywood agent to work on a documentary featuring her work over the next six months. Debbie also noted with delight, “Magic appears in the August issue of the national celebrity magazine, In Touch Weekly – the one with Angelina Jolie on the cover.” Magic’s little friend Peanut was just featured in the British papers, The Daily Mail and The Telegraph and managed to be in the news in China and Iraq recently. Peanut’s real job as a therapy horse was highlighted when she helped cheer children with life threatening illnesses as Ronald McDonald’s look-a-like sidekick. She also teamed with 12-year veteran NFL football player Mike Peterson (UF Hall of Famer, currently with the Atlanta Falcons) for a children’s charity program. Peanut was dressed as a UF cheerleader and her therapy horse friends were football players and a referee. The next stop for Peanut is a project with Disney to help terminally ill children. The lovely, serene character of these miniature horses – all with blue eyes and uniquely colored markings – is formed early on. Debbie said, “The original team came from farms all around the country: Maine, California, Texas and Montana. They are socialized almost from the moment of birth with a lot of human contact and getting them accustomed to different walking surfaces like concrete, carpet and tile, as well as dealing with strange noises and gestures.” All of this careful training pays off in places like nursing homes or hospital rooms filled with expensive, delicate equipment or crowded classrooms. And yes, they are potty-trained and can walk up and down stairs, ride in elevators and function well around other animals. The little horses build a strong trust

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Magic with the birthday girl.


bond with their volunteer handlers who work hard over a two-year period to get them ready for their future “jobs.” Debbie added, “But we take care that the horses have a balance, and do limit their public exposure so that they can have natural herding lives, too.” Magic and her equine companions are also making a difference in the lives of youth at risk and large groups of children in schools. Debbie Garcia-Bengochea noted, “Last year we were able to visit libraries and around1000 children in eight local counties throughout the summer with our “Reading is Magic” program. It’s geared toward encouraging literacy and helping parents establish a practice of reading aloud to their children 15 minutes a day. Studies have shown how this accelerates learning and improves classroom performance.” These events are also a lot of fun because the miniature horses actually resemble characters in classic horse tales such as National Velvet or The Island Stallion or Black Beauty. They are dressed up in appropriate costumes for various book theme skits and special events and never appear without their sprinkling of “fairy dust.” Debbie said, “This of course helps with granting all of the children’s – and adults – special wishes!” It can take up to eight handlers and volunteers to put on one of these programs that feature up to three of the horses. Participating children and teenagers are given reading lists, posters, bookmarks and lesson plans they can use later inside or outside the classroom. Jorge and Debbie Garcia-Bengochea and their organization also team up to help other local charities, including foster care programs. Over Memorial Day in Ocala, horses from Gentle Carousel Miniature Therapy Horses helped raise money for a Muscular Dystrophy fund drive involving the Sheriff’s department and their “lock up/fake jail” event. “There are so many requests that it’s sometimes hard to fit them all in,” according to Debbie. “Each week we’re faced with so many requests and decisions about whom to visit. We can only trust that we make the right ones based on critical need.”

As a purely not-for-profit organization, Gentle Carousel Miniature Therapy Horses completely depends for its continuing work on volunteers and private and corporate donations. No one earns a salary, so all donations go directly to the feeding, care, veterinary expenses, insurance and driving costs to and from various homes, hospitals, libraries and community facilities. “Each month we actually expend more than we take in at this point,” said Debbie GarciaBengochea, “but somehow we manage to go on with the work because it’s important. It makes such a positive difference in people’s lives within our community. And of course, that includes all of us here at Gentle Carousel.” For more information on Gentle Carousel Miniature Horse Therapy, please visit www. Horse-therapy.org or call (352) 226-9009.

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Playing Through the Pain— Is it necessary? Christy Martin, PT, MSPT |

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Are you the golfer that gets a twinge of pain with every swing, the tennis player who is always icing, or the swimmer whose shoulders never quite get past that feeling of soreness? If so, you’re not alone. Many athletes, whether recreational or professional, suffer from shoulder pain on a regular basis but choose to play through it. But is it necessary? Shoulder pain can be caused by a host of problems, such as tendonitis, impingement, bursitis, and shoulder laxity. These issues are often effectively treated with physical therapy. Many don’t realize that they can go directly to a physical therapist without needing a doctor’s referral. Physical therapists (PTs) can provide many services, including movement screenings, evaluation and treatment of injuries or other pains, plus analysis of form to prevent further injuries. Movement screenings, often referred to as “pre-habilitation,” are used to find deficits for an athlete to work on, so they may try and avoid any potential injuries down the road. These screenings look for abnormalities in motion, strength and dynamic control while performing different exercises or sport specific activities. Whether the injury or pain is of recent onset or progressively worsened over time, a PT can help decrease pain and swelling while also helping to restore motion. Physical therapists may use different modalities, such as ultrasound,

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electric stimulation and laser therapy to decrease pain and help with healing. PT’s also perform manual techniques, such as soft tissue massage and joint mobilization, and instruct clients in specific exercises to decrease symptoms, increase strength, and return them to sport. Once the athlete is pain free, a

sports PT can work with the athlete and possibly coaches and athletic trainers to evaluate the athlete’s technique in their sport to try and reduce the likelihood of future injuries. Athletes of all ages, 5 to 105, should consider physical therapy as a first line of defense for injury prevention and treatment. An achy shoulder pain shouldn’t just be tossed aside as a nuisance one has to live with, but rather treated to improve one’s quality of life and athletic performance.


Waxing Sweet as Sugar? Connie Nobles |

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“Can I borrow a cup of sugar?� This classic, neighborly phrase might actually have some modern use when it comes to this little-known skin therapy treatment: Sugaring. Although a very ancient process, possibly dating back to the Mesopotamia civilization, very few people know about it today. What is even more unfortunate is that even less people know about the benefits of sugaring, as well as its advantages when compared to other hair removal treatments such as waxing or shaving. If you haven’t guessed it already, sugaring revolves around one main ingredient: Sugar! Sugar is melted and mixed with water and lemon juice to form a very sticky paste made of all natural ingredients. Once created, the paste is kept at body temperature in a warmer to make it pliable. Although the substance is very different, the process of sugaring, including applying and removing of the paste, is very similar to that of waxing. The sugar paste is applied in the natural direction of the hair and molded to the desired area. Then, with a quick motion, the sugar is removed along with the hair. There are quite a few differences between sugaring and other hair removal treatments. Sugaring is 100% pure and

natural. In fact, the paste is so natural, that you can eat it! Being kept and applied at body temperature heat, the paste is not nearly as hot as wax, making it more safe for more areas of the body. Sugaring will not increase blood supply, and clients very rarely ever feel sick or uneasy after a treatment. Because the sugar cannot adhere to live skin cells, the paste will not stick to the skin. This makes the paste extremely easy to clean up, requiring only warm water and a cloth, which helps if there are drips to other areas of skin. The sugaring paste is also hypoallergenic and non-comedogenic, meaning that because the paste has such a high concentration of sugar, bacteria cannot breed in it. Sugaring can also lead to permanency, meaning that the hair growth is refined more each time of consistent use. Depending on where you go and the quality of the treatment, sugaring should usually cost only five or so dollars more than a traditional wax, depending on amount of hair being removed. Areas that are perfect for sugaring include lower & upper legs, feet, thighs, bikini, brazilian, underarm, abdomen, breasts, arms and hands, male torso, male backs, upper lip, eyebrows, chin, side of face and neck. The next time you go to get the usual, uncomfortable waxing done, try to remember just how sweet it would be to get sugar instead.

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Is your most valuable investment really protected? Subtle policy details that make all the difference. Blair Janes |

Brightway Insurance

Between work, family, friends, and life, who has time to fully understand what their insurance policies are covering? We trust that our agents know our particular risk like it’s their own. We assume they are giving us the right coverage with the right company. We also demand they do all of this for the cheapest amount possible. The purpose of insurance is to give people peace of mind in the event of a loss. Whether homeowners or auto insurance, here are a few simple coverage options that could make or break the peace of mind you seek. Homeowners Personal Property Coverage: Replacement Cost Vs. Actual Cash Value

Who Cares About Flood Insurance? You do. Most people don’t realize that floods are the most common peril in Florida. The average 30-year mortgage has a 1% chance of a fire loss, but a 26% chance of a flood loss. Coincidentally, most people are unaware that flood insurance is a completely separate policy from homeowners insurance. Imagine that your home was damaged during a hurricane and the claims adjuster informed you that some damage was caused by rising water, and that you are responsible for repairing from the water line down Flood insurance is a very inexpensive and very simple policy to purchase. The most you would spend per year is $348! Now, isn’t the comfort of knowing that you are covered in the event of a catastrophic loss worth that small sum? Auto-Uninsured Motorist Coverage’s

This endorsement to your personal property coverage allows you to recover from personal property losses at replacement value instead of actual cash value. Actual cash value means the original value of the property at the time of purchase minus depreciation. This can be a serious problem if you lose an expensive piece of furniture or electronic equipment due to a claim. The actual cash value of the loss may be insufficient to replace your property with something comparable. But, when you have personal property replacement cost, we will attempt to replace it with property of like kind and quality.

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A common misconception is that Uninsured Motorist coverage is paying for others to be insured, when in reality, it is a coverage that protects you from negligent drivers with no insurance or inadequate levels of liability. In short, UM covers your auto when property damage is sustained and the negligent operator does not possess insurance.


Bye-bye Blah. Hello Beautiful! Simple Ways to Update Your Home. Maria Sherer |

Sherer Studio

In today’s economy, more and more homeowners are choosing to remodel rather than purchase new homes. With simple, yet highly impactful updates to the surfaces in your home, you can achieve the feel of a new, high-end home. With the kitchen being the center of the home for many families, your kitchen counter tops are a great place to start. By replacing old, scratched, and worn counters with the smooth, clean gleam of a granite or stone counter, your home will instantly gain the new look you desire. Granite is extremely durable and lasting, and continuously features a fresh, natural color that can match any décor

or theme. With advanced fabrication techniques, granite countertops can fit the exact size and shape of your home’s counters. Prices usually range depending on size and type of granite. Along with the kitchen, bathrooms are often in need of updates as well.

Bathrooms are mostly designed for function and beauty often takes a back seat. Space is generally the most limiting factor that must be worked around, and moving walls and plumbing is usually not an option. It may be a challenge, but it can be done. The solution is not magic, but rather an illusion. By removing visual obstacles, it gives an illusion of more space. Framed showers are outlined in metal, which visually breaks the visual space. A simple solution would be to remove the framed enclosure and replace it with a fully frameless shower enclosure. This creates a new visual space, and in turn, a new, spacious bathroom. Frameless showers are custom designed from 3/8” tempered glass, and any configuration can be cut to fit the need. With frameless showers, there is no channel to capture mold, mildew and bacteria. A quick swipe to remove moisture and your bathroom returns a fresh and clean look. Corners are held securely in place invisibly with ultraviolet glue, creating a watertight seal. The upper lines of the shower are polished glass, which are very clean looking and are very strong. Handles and hinges come in an array of colors to match your fixtures, making your newly finished bathroom a perfect transition from old and outdated to modern and sophisticated. The slightest updates can make a huge impact on the appearance of your home, making your it appear larger and more open, and giving you the feeling that you are in a completely new home. For more ideas on finishing and remodeling, visit www.ShererStudio.com.

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Holiday Decór,

No More!

by Kevin Awe | Footstone Photography Decór by Keith Watson Productions

The summer heat is giving way to the cooler air of fall and winter. Beautiful colors are erupting in the trees and fun with family and friends awaits us. Fall is an exciting time of year, especially with the festive décor that goes hand-in-hand with Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas.

We asked wedding and special event designer, Keith Watson, to share a simple way to seamlessly transition from one holiday to the next. Behold—the transforming holiday tree! Using inexpensive items available at local craft stores, this is a fresh and fun way to inspire new ideas and keep your home looking fabulous.

Skull-Candy “I love the fall season and watching the children trick-ortreat,” said Keith. “Halloween is just around the corner, so the first stage of the Holiday Tree is a fun start in the series.” Method: - Start with an artificial tree of your choice from a craft or home improvement store, with or without pre-strung white lights. - Add a strand of orange lights around the interior structure and branches of the tree. -

Decorate Styrofoam craft skulls with items such as sequins, glitter, spray paint, acrylic paint, etc.— the options are limitless. Arrange skulls and attach with thin gauge wire around the branches.

- Purchase pre-made spider webs and stretch across the branches. - Use black spray paint to cover silk carnations. Place them among the webs and branches. - String thin gauge wire through small pieces of wrapped Halloween candy and attach to branches. The candy can be easily pulled off and enjoyed! - Place willow branches, spray painted black, carefully into the top portion of the tree.

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Festive Fall “Thanksgiving is a time for family celebrations. Decorating the fall themed tree enhances the anticipation of loved ones gathering for that special meal,” said Keith. Method: - Weave grapevine throughout the branches and interior of the tree. - Create rugged bows using raffia and tie on the ends of branches. - Use fine gauge wire to attach a variety of mini gourds and pumpkins to the branches. - Add fall leaves, real or faux, throughout the tree and scatter around the base as well. - Place sprigs of fall-colored berries on top of the tree to finish it off. - Go a step farther by spray painting sculpting pumpkins and gourds gold and arrange around the base of the tree.

Christmas “As the most classic of winter and Christmas icons, a Christmas tree should be a masterpiece of holiday cheer and charm,” says Keith. “By making one last transformation to your holiday tree, you’ll have an elegant and festive pièce de résistance in no time.” Method: - Add additional white lights to the tree if you like for added sparkle at night. -

Select a flattering combination of three colors of wired ribbon that is complimentary to your home. We recommend gold, turquoise and brown. Use these to create a large bow for the top of the tree, being sure to leave long pieces to fall down the sides of the tree.

- Weave wide metsh ribbon throughout the tree, making sure to keep the rows a consistent width apart. - Add a selection of holiday ornaments that follow the chosen color scheme. - Affix the bow to the top of the tree using thin gauge wire. Curl strands of hanging ribbon.

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Helpful Hints from Becky Bumgarner, Director of Marketing & Events for Keith Watson Productions:

Until Next Year… After the Christmas cookies have all been eaten and New Years rolls around, the holiday tree can easily be wrapped in a large garbage bag and stored until next year, when you can re-create a theme for each holiday all over again! “This will not only save you time and money, but also gives anyone the chance to try new things, and be creative year in and out,” says Keith. So go ahead, let loose, have fun, get creative, and enjoy all the fun the holidays have to offer.

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Think outside the box—use other colors than the traditional orange and black, red and green. Place decorations on the tree, working from the inside out. Look at things in different ways and angles to inspire new ideas. Have fun, don’t get discouraged!


The Dance of the Decorations by Helen Kornblum | Footstone Photography

As we pack away summer clothes and sports gear, we fumble through the garage and crowded closets to find the boxes of decorations that we will soon need. We look to revive the ghosts of Halloween, the Thanksgiving pilgrims, the Christmas angels, and the symbols of other winter holidays such as Hanukkah and Kwanza. Will you be able to find your decorations easily? Once you do, will they be in good enough shape to display, hang, or use? If your stash of last year’s holiday décor leaves a little to be desired, take heart. Here is a primer to guide your efforts for future holiday transformations.

Get out the camera

You will be taking photos of family festivities, of course, but for now set aside time to document your favorite holiday displays, as well. A visual record of your perfect arrangements will save you lots of time trying to remember or recreate them. You may want to preserve the display by packing all its elements together and taping the photo to the outside of the box. Group holiday items into categories No matter which holiday you are organizing, you should be able to group items into categories, such as outdoor decorations, ornaments, cards, decorative items (things that hang, sit out in a room, enhance entertaining), linens, and wrapping supplies. Create any categories that are intuitive to how you see all of your holiday items.

Create or buy containers

Once you have eliminated decorations that have lived out their natural life span, or that you just no longer like, you will need appropriate packaging for your selected keepers. You can find orange and black plastic storage tubs for Halloween, autumnal colors for Thanksgiving, and lots of red and green specialty plastics for Christmas. You have lots of choices to store trees, wreaths, and ornaments. You never can go wrong with clear plastic for complete visibility. Save the specialty containers from the original packaging of fragile decorations. Buy containers only after you know exactly what you need. Don’t overlook simple household solutions such as egg cartons for small ornaments.

Use labels

Even on clear plastic containers you will want labels to identify everything (or as close as possible) that you have placed inside. Put one label on a long side and one on a short side of each container to ensure that that you will be able to read the contents no matter how you store the boxes. Be specific--a label that reads “Christmas stuff” doesn’t give you enough information. Better still, a photo of the category enclosed will save more time if you want to start with a particular grouping.

Respect the family heirlooms

Did you inherit special decorations? Are you buying ornaments for specific family members? If so, label the boxes for that person. Consider

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including a brief history of the item. You may have to transfer the decorations to a larger box as the collection grows, but at least your adult children won’t be fighting over ownership of a certain NFL player or a ballerina ornament.

Storage strategies

Most of us do not have the luxury of storing all of our holiday materials together in one place. A hot, humid garage is not the best choice for paper decorations or heirlooms vulnerable to mold. If you are short on storage, keep decorations in or near the room where you will use them. The linen closet can accommodate themed guest towels and soaps. The kitchen pantry can hide the serving pieces. Guests won’t be surprised to find a wrapped tree in the closet of their bedroom if you’re pressed for space. Make a list of where you squirreled away all the decorations and clip it to the October page of your 2012 calendar or put it in the file that you use for holiday planning.

Other organizing tips

As you handle your collections, make a note of things you need for next season. No sense overloading your shopping cart with items that are on post-holiday sale if you don’t really need nor have room to store them. If you have ample storage room, there’s no reason to dismantle your artificial tree. Leave the ornaments and light strings on it. Tree bags or a lightweight tarp that’s carefully taped will keep the tree clean and cozy for next season. Wreaths in a clear plastic trash bag can be hung, if that’s feasible in your storage scheme.

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Some families use paper towel tubes or coffee cans for storing light strings. A large piece of heavy cardboard with slits cut to hold the plug ends will work, too. Clear plastic bags or tubs will hold your collection of light strings easily. Take time to replace the dead bulbs before you pack the lights away. Review your collection of decorations frequently. Children outgrow Halloween costumes or themes become passé for certain age groups. Wrapping paper scraps are useless, unless you are into paper collage. Let the scraps go, along with broken ornaments. If you know you already have too many unused or unloved ornaments, donate them so less fortunate families can have affordable decorations for their tree. ‘Tis the season to think of others, after all. If these directions are too much work for one post-holiday season, take it slowly. Deal with each category at a time until you have the holidays all wrapped up!


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Founders Hill | SW 85th Drive

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Year Built Sq Foot Bedroom/Bath

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1984 968

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1990 1378

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3/2 $140,000

Founders Hill | SW 84th Drive

Indigo Square | SW 94th Street

Year Built Sq Foot Bedroom/Bath

Year Built Sq Foot Bedroom/Bath

1984 1387

Sold Price

2/2 $130,000

1991 1199

Sold Price

2/2 $156,750

Planters Grove | SW 47th Road

Amelia Gardens | SW 103rd Court

Year Built Sq Foot Bedroom/Bath

Year Built Sq Foot Bedroom/Bath

1987 1337

Sold Price

3/2 $135,000

1994 2006

Chickasaw Way | SW 103rd Drive

Katelyn Lane | SW 98th Way

Year Built Sq Foot Bedroom/Bath

Year Built Sq Foot Bedroom/Bath

1999 1298

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2/2 $136,000

2002 2416

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The Hamptons | SW 51st Lane

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2004 2316

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Hampstead Park | SW 35th Lane

The Preserve | SW 88th Drive

Year Built Sq Foot Bedroom/Bath

Year Built Sq Foot Bedroom/Bath

2000 2275

Sold Price

3/2 $296,000

1990 2807

Sold Price

4/3 $369,000

Buellers Way | SW 98th Drive

Katelyn Lane | SW 98th Drive

Year Built Sq Foot Bedroom/Bath

Year Built Sq Foot Bedroom/Bath

1997 2443

Sold Price

3/2 $317,900

2001 2994

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4/3 $407,500

Village Center | SW 91st Drive

Preston Wood | SW 31st Place

Year Built Sq Foot Bedroom/Bath

Year Built Sq Foot Bedroom/Bath

2002 3124

Sold Price

4/4 $339,500

2002 2825

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Hampstead Park | SW 94th Way

Preston Wood | SW 91st Terrace

Year Built Sq Foot Bedroom/Bath

Year Built Sq Foot Bedroom/Bath

1999 2572

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1998 3746

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Great gifts for

Everyone by Kevin Awe & Nicole Batoon Select Photos by Footstone Photography

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 you covered. We’ve put together gift ideas that cover all the bases. Let them unwrap one of these great gifts, and then watch them jump for joy!

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Pro-Ject Debut III Turn Table Constructed with as much quality as the music it plays, The Pro-Ject Debut III Audiophile DJ Turntable brings the music of yesterday to the technology of today. Featuring exceptional stability accuracy and audio superiority, this turn table is ideal for music lovers. Electronics World, $379

gadget guys & gals

OrigAudio Volcano Portable Speaker Meet Volcano: A compact portable speaker that packs a punch at an affordable price. Volcano has a built in bass expansion system that can untwist to provide the sound quality of a subwoofer. Along with a rechargeable lithium ion battery, this speaker will fit perfectly in pockets or bags for easy travel. GatorTec, $25

Makr iPad Attache

Made by hand using only one piece of leather, Makr’s iPad sleeve is hand sewn, edge painted and polished. This popular multi-use carrier is available in five different leather choices. Makr.com, $240

Electric Guitar Shirt

Play any favorite song and sound great doing it on the Electronic Guitar Shirt! All major chords are recorded from a real electric guitar, and the included magnetic pick allows for realistic strumming, just like a real guitar. The included mini amp clips to any belt and gets plenty loud with great sounding amplification circuitry. Thinkgeek.com, $20

Children’s Circuit Board

Give children an exciting, hands-on introduction to electronics with Elenco Electronics Snap Circuits SC-300. This kit contains over 60 color-coded, real circuit components that snap together to create working electronic circuits and devices. Recommended for children 8 and older. Amazon.com, $37

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Olympics 2012 Tickets The 2012 Summer Olympic Games, officially known as the Games of the XXX Olympiad, are scheduled to take place in London, England, from 27 July to 12 August 2012. Approximately 10,500 athletes from 200 nations will compete across 26 different sports both in and around the city of London. Cosport.com, prices vary

sports fanatic

Hammaka Trailer Hitch Stand and Chair Combo

The Hammaka Trailer Hitch Stand and Cradle Chair Combo is perfect for tailgating, camping, fishing, or any recreational or leisure activity. Easy to mount on your truck or RV, these chairs are ready to go anywhere you can. Hammaka.com, $215

2012 NBA All-Star Game Tickets This 3-day event is sure to be action packed with fun including the All Star Rookie Game, Slam Dunk Contest, Three Point Shootout Contest and more. Orlando’s Amway Arena is host to the 2012 event. SelectATicket.com, prices vary

Signed 1955 Photo

Known as much for his catching abilities as his “Yogiisms,” Yogi Berra played on 10 World Series championship teams and appeared in 14 World Series with the New York Yankees. Berra has hand signed this 1955 photograph of Jackie Robinson stealing home and added the inscription, “He was out.” Home Court Sports, $150

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Personalized Baseball Bats

Personalized bats are the perfect gift for baseball fans of any age. With sizes ranging from mini bat to full size, Louisville Slugger allows the customization of a variety of bats with logos, text and even personal signature! SluggerGifts.com, starting at $20


Ganz Measuring Cups Souper Spoon

Invite a super-hero to the table and any meal becomes mighty fun. Souper’s posable arms and legs, soar through the Spaghetti-O’s at warp speed. His bulked-up sonicsealed body and stainless head are fully food-safe and washable. PopDeluxe.net, $10

The perfect gift for the cook who has everything! Ganz has an entire line of stainless steel kitchen items, making these gifts a collectable item. These “Love” Measuring Cups feature hearts in the design, making these items functional as well as decorative. The Perfect Gift, $40

Julie & Julia

This film celebrates the life of one of American food’s most influential and beloved figureheads, Julia Child, played here with zest, humor, and a sweet, subtle respect by Meryl Streep, whose performance is spectacular. Amazon.com, $11

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foodie White Truffle Oil

Gourmet Attitude’s White Truffle Oil is the perfect blend combining the distinctive aroma of the white truffle with the rich, tasty flavor of olive oil. Use either as a substitute for the fresh truffle or together in order to enhance its taste. GourmetAttitude.com, $21

Gourmet Salt Collection

Avid chefs and bakers will adore this collection of gourmet sea salts from Artisan Sea Salts, certified authentic and among the very best gourmet salts in the world. Whether it’s Fleur de Sel, Alaea Hawaiian Sea Salt or Salish Alderwood Smoked Salt, any foodie will love it! SaltWorks.us, $16 each

Cooks Illustrated Subscription

Cooks Illustrated is a magazine full of amazing content and well thought out recipes, without the advertisements. Also included are equipment reviews, taste tests, how to cook and more. CooksIllustrated.com, $25 (6 issues)

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Moixa AA USBCell Rechargeable Batteries Over 15 billion Alkaline batteries are thrown away each year- wasting resources, CO2 and creating toxic landfills. Plug the batteries into any USB port for just a few minutes and get hours of instant use. Charge, use, repeat! USBcell.com, $15

Fire and Light Glassware

This California based glassware line that creates beautiful artwork made with over 90% recycled glass. Each piece is hand made, one at a time and takes 3 days to complete from start to finish. GoGatorGreen.com, starting at $20

tree hugger We-Wood Watch

Uncle Lee’s Tea: Bamboo Tea Chest

Tea chest contains 12 flavors of tea for a total of 60 tea bags. Once the tea runs out, this beautiful bamboo chest can be reused as a jewelry box, office organizer and whatever the imagination can dream of! LuckyVitamin.com. $15

Crayon Rocks

All natural soy wax crayons made from USA grown soybeans and colored with natural mineral powders. Designed to strengthen children’s tripod grip muscles, preparing fingers and hands for handwriting. Amazon.com, $8

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Made of 100% wood, this watch is hypo-allergenic and made completely free of toxic chemicals. We-Wood is committed to the health of our planet and dedicated to “sophisticated sustainability.” We-wood.us, $119

Eco Playing Cards

Made from sustainable forest papers, starch-based laminating and vegetable-based inks, the case and deck are fully recyclable. Amazon.com, $6


outdoor enthusiast Stainless Steel Nesting Glass

Never leave the party at home again when heading out to the Great Outdoors thanks to the GSI Outdoors Glacier Stainless Nesting Wine Glass. This rugged, stainless steel wine glass features a two-piece nesting design that’s easy to pack and store. Glass’ base snaps easily into the rim piece for extremely easy use. Brasington’s Adventure Outfitters, $13

La Crosse Technology Weather Direct

Get the heads up with Weather Direct. This handy forecaster will display what weather is to come in the next 4 days. Includes a built-in alarm with snooze, sunshine forecast, barometric pressure, wind speed and more, getting caught in the rain will never happen again! BassPro.com, $100

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Pakmat

AeroBed’s© new Pakmat combines portability and performance for an exceptional night’s sleep anywhere. Weighing only 5 lbs, Pakmat is an airbed and pump in one, and it needs no external power source. Perfect to throw in a backpack for the next adventure. AeroBed.com, $120

Tifosi Optics Sunglass

Whether polarized for aquatic sports and fishing, multilensed for night and day use, or photo-sensitive for variable light, a good pair of sunglasses is essential to safety, performance, and avoiding fatigue. These Tifosi sunglasses are the perfect hybrid for performance and fashion. Bike Works, $40-$80

Nike+ Sportwatch GPS

The Nike+ SportWatch GPS provides athletes with the most dynamic and motivational running experience in the world thanks to its unique functionality, beautiful design and connection to nikeplus.com, the world’s leading running community with nearly 4 million members. Gainesville Running and Walking, $199

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gifts that give back Sebastian Ferrero Foundation Diamond Necklace TOMS Shades

One of the most iconic styles in history is now giving back in a major way. With this new phase of TOMS One for One strategy, for every TOMS Shade purchased, one person in need will receive either optic medical treatment, prescription glasses, or sight saving surgery. Toms.com, $135

Kenny Anderson (RED) Skateboard

Built with high-quality materials and solid construction, world-renowned skater, Kenny Anderson, designed a Special Edition skateboard that puts the fun in fundraising. Over 50% of the proceeds go to the (RED) campaign, whose goal is to help eliminate aids. ActiveRideShop.com, $50

Altru Artistry Candles

More than 20% of the proceeds of these candles go to the children’s charity “In a Perfect World,” a charity that inspires and empowers children to become compassionate, socially conscious and responsible leaders. CandleDelirium.com, $48 60 | TheVillageJournal.com

This beautiful necklace is not only the perfect gift, but the perfect way to give back to a local organization. 40% of the proceeds from any jewelry item in the line are donated to the Sebastian Ferrero Foundation, toward the goal of building a pediatric hospital in Gainesville, FL. Lang Jewelers, $1,800

Ahimsa Serenity Silk Scarf

Each scarf is handmade by women in northern India, providing a viable source of income for their families. Additionally, 15 percent of the profits support local schools for rural Indian children. WomensPeaceCollection.com, $48

Krochet Kids International Hat

These handcrafted hats are made by the women of Uganda, helping them earn an income in hopes rising out of poverty. Written inside the hat is the name of the woman who crotched it. KrotchetKids.org, $23


Revolve Tap Water Filter

Avoid drinking unfiltered tap water in foreign countries. This handy water bottle and filter in one provides drinkable water anywhere, removing 99.9% of contaminants. Not only is the Revolve Tap Water Filter convenient, but it also reduces the use of plastic water bottles. Magellans.com, $30

Farm Ruck Sack

Makr’s Farm Ruck Sack is crafted for the common traveler. Made from heavy cotton, natural HF leather and padded shoulder straps, this bag is as comfortable and multifunctional as it is stylish. Makr.com, $160

Apple World Traveler Adapter Kit

Using electronics while traveling throughout the world can be nearly impossible without a converter. Includes the Apple USB Power Adapter, USB Cable and six interchangeable AC adapter plugs for use with iPod, iPhone, and iPad, allowing the power adapter to plug into most electrical outlets worldwide. Store.Apple.com/us, $39

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Joby Flexible Tripod

Designed with self-timer photography in mind, the Joby Flexible Tripod lets any traveler mount a camera just about anywhere, so that it includes everyone in automatic shots. Attach the camera to the standard tripod mount, then wrap the three flexible segmented legs to a nearby tree branch, fence, park bench, or anything else that’s convenient. Amazon.com, $12

Ticket Stub Diary

This is the ultimate scrapbook for the traveler. Allow them keep track of where they have been with this ticket stub diary that lets them to insert tickets of all sizes in to one convenient booklet. Perfect for a sports fan, music lover, Broadway enthusiast or world traveler. Uncommongoods.com, $10

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Personalized Pet Pillow

Uptown Artworks pet pillows are eco-friendly, produced with a natural cotton and linen blend fabric in various colors and custom designs. The pillows have charcoal black solid backs, zipper closures, and poly-fill inserts. This pillow can be personalized with the pet’s name, for the ultimate pet lover! UncommonGoods.com, $150

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Hydrating Dog Treat

Veterinarian-formulated Petrol is a high-quality drink for dogs, packed with vitamins and 100% natural flavorings, making it a nutritious treat for your four-legged friend. PetrolForDogs.com, $20/12-pack

pet lovers Popware Travel Pet Bowls Expandable food and water cups are convenient for the active pet and pet parent! Expands for use and collapses for storage or travel. PetSmart.com, $15

Happytails Canine Spa Line

Full line of shampoos, sprays and eco-friendly dog products that solve common problems, such as dry, itchy and allergenic skin, to more difficult problems such as bad breath and anxiety. Happytails is cruelty free and uses quality ingredients, which make them safe, gentle and highly effective. SweetPaws Bakery, starting at $13

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Treat Jar

Liven up the kitchen with a unique dog-themed cookie or treat jar. The amusing styling of this “Dinner is Served” ceramic jar by Tracy Flickinger will surely bring a smile to anyone’s face. This functional treat jar is cute enough to display on the counter. Remmeer.com, $30

Itch Cat Scratcher

So long unsightly cat house, hello artwork. With the Itch Cat Scratcher, instantly conceal this cat scratcher as a modern piece of artwork. The Itch Cat Scratcher is available in different base materials and fibers and is mountable to the wall in multiple ways. AllModern.com, $45

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Running for a

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People run for a variety of reasons: health and fitness, competition, and pure enjoyment. It’s known to tone muscles and clear the mind. But some individuals add an extra layer to the activity and run for a cause – something meaningful to them or to the lives of their family and friends. There are literally thousands of charitable organizations that depend on dedicated individuals to meet their mission of servicing patients, schools, programs and communities. It goes without saying that running has many advantages for those participating in the exercise. But from these outstanding examples, we also learn that going the extra mile – for friends, family and even strangers – can do a lot of good.

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Running for a Cause RUNNING FOR PARENT PROJECT MUSCULAR DYSTROPY Pensacola native DeeAnn Gravenstein, age 47, has had a long-term passion for running and said, “It’s always been my primary form of exercise; it gets the cobwebs out of my brain. I also have good friends who aren’t afraid to tell me that I do better when I run regularly than when I slack off.” An ECT Recovery Room nurse part-time at Shands, DeeAnn is married to UF Anesthesiologist Dietrich Gravenstein. They have two daughters, ages 11 and 15 and a 13-year-old son. DeeAnn added, “My son, Max, is the reason I run now. He was diagnosed at age four with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, a disease for which there is currently no cure.” There are a variety of forms of Duchenne, a crippling condition in the Muscular Dystrophy group affecting muscle cells that normally regenerate, but in this case, break down and die. Max currently goes to school in a wheelchair and, according to his mother, “… is doing better than expected.”

A veteran of two full marathons (New York and Chicago) and seven half-marathons, DeeAnn and Team Maxeteers are currently preparing for the Walt Disney World Half-Marathon scheduled for January 7, 2012 in Orlando. They are running for the Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy (PPMD), an organization that supports research for finding a cure for Duchenne and also provides informational and emotional support for those caring for boys with Duchenne. To date, DeeAnn has raised $55,060 and her friends have raised $34,000. She commented, “While the minimum we pledge is $1200, we always raise more through letters, emails to friends, family and colleagues and Facebook postings. I’m aided in all of this by very generous, supportive friends, two of whom get up with me for training during the summer at 4:00 am.” For the Disney half-marathon, DeeAnn will be joined by her 15-year-old daughter, Katarina– who is running in support of her brother for the first time– and teammates Pat Williams and Maureen Proctor. Also a part of Team Maxeteers, but not running the Disney half-marathon, is Holly Darr, Deb Ringdahl and Nicole Kim, who have run other races with the team. DeeAnn added, “It’s an extra treat for me that this race is at Disney World – I love all things Disney – even more than my kids do!” 66 | TheVillageJournal.com

Pictured: DeeAnn Gravenstein, Katarina Gravenstein, Pat Williams, Holly Darr, Deb Ringdahl and Nicole Kim


Running for a Cause RUNNING FOR THE U.S. MARINE CORPS For parents Mary and Jim Smith and their sons, James and Kevin Smith, and daughter, Megan Jansen, running has become a family affair and a show of loving support for son and brother, Brian Smith, a First Lieutenant in the Marine Corps currently serving in Afghanistan. Infantry Officer Brian deployed to Afghanistan in May 2011 after graduating from the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis. The entire family is in training for the annual Marine Corps Marathon scheduled for October 30, 2011 in Washington, D.C. Mary said, “Training for the race has given us something to focus on and has been a positive way for us to channel any anxious energy we may feel while Brian is deployed.” Jim added, “It’s a popular race that filled up with 30,000 participants in the first 22 hours of registration.” Known as one of the best running courses for first-timers, it starts at the Pentagon and goes past many of our nation’s most important monuments to finish at the Marine Corps (Iwo Jima) War Memorial.

New to running, Jim and Mary have been training for this race since January– walking, biking and cross training for several months before starting to run on a regular basis in April. James said, “Brian is very excited about it all and is proud of us and extremely encouraging of our efforts.” Megan added, “I’ve never run a marathon before, although I’ve done some 10-Ks and 15-Ks. It was on my ‘bucket list’ of to-dos, though, and I’ve really enjoyed training with James and my husband, Mike, who has been very supportive and encouraging of my family’s efforts. We get up and run at 4:45 a.m. on Friday or Saturday mornings to beat the heat.” She added, “I’m also excited about the fact that we’ll get to see Brian’s girlfriend who lives in Washington, D.C. when we’re there. I’ve heard that the Marine Corps Marathon has a tremendous rooting section with thousands of military personnel all along the course supporting the participants. Overall, it’s a way for all of us to show our solidarity and love for Brian and support for our troops.” Pictured: Jim and Mary Smith, Megan Jansen and James Smith

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Running for a Cause RUNNING FOR DUCHENNE RESEARCH On Saturday December 3, 2011 in Tampa, a seven-member team of Gainesville women in their “middle years,” called “We Run for Dale,” will compete in one of the most grueling and bizarre endurance races ever invented. They’re running to raise money and awareness for Duchenne and to show their support for nine-year-old Haile resident Dale Ginder, who was diagnosed with the disease three years ago. The race is called the Tough Mudder. Team organizer Karyn Austin, a Haile resident and full-time triathlon coach, got the idea to participate from one of her clients in New York. She said, “Nationwide, 80 percent of the competitors in these Tough Mudder events are male and only 20 percent female. It’s a multi-layered course of 7-12 miles of running with really creative obstacles thrown in that test not only endurance but balance and upper-body and core strength.”

The brave group of women running with Karyn are Pam Hess, Maria Vallejo, Jodi Bennett, Karen Tumbleson, Ericka Ryals and, mother of Dale, Lelia Ginder. The Little Everglades Ranch Course description warns, “Don’t fall through the cargo net as you scurry up and over two huge shipping containers …” or worse: “Monkey bars were easy when you were five, but you’ll need to hold on extra tight to these. Some of them have been greased with butter and you’ll get a shock when you fall into an ice cold lake.” The intrepid ladies who are running to support Duchenne research and raise awareness of this terrible disease on behalf of Dale and his parents, Lelia and Rick Ginder, have all done at least a sprint triathlon and most have competed in half marathons. Karyn added, “We’re not under the illusion we’re going to win this race, but with patience and humor, we’ll hopefully have fun, learn a thing or two, support our the Ginder’s, and be able to contribute funds to a very worthy cause.”

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Pictured: Ericka Ryals, Karyn Austin, Karen Tumbleson, Jodi Bennett, Maria Vallejo, Lelia and Dale Ginder


Running for a Cause RUNNING FOR LEUKEMIA LYMPHOMA Mariah Spengler be gan running in the seventh grade: track and cross-country through high school and then just for personal fulfillment in college. She said, “Running is a wonderful stress reliever and provides a relaxing time for productive thinking. All that nervous energy that builds up gets dispersed and I come away feeling stronger and more relaxed.” A native of Chattanooga, Tennessee, Mariah, age 39, is a mental health counselor who earned her Ph.D. in Counseling at the University of Florida and has a private practice,Transitions Counseling and Wellness. Mariah also has an eco-friendly gift store in Haile Plantation Village Center called Go Gator Green. And when Mariah’s not involved in those pursuits, she’s a Realtor with Keller-Williams, along with being a wife to UF Professor of Sports Management, John Spengler, and mother to a six-year-old son and eight-yearold daughter. After taking some time off from running while having a family, it was signing up to run in an event to support another cause she strongly supports, the Sebastian Ferrero Foundation, that brought her back into running with 2010’s Reindeer Run. “I fell in love with the half-marathon,” she recalled, “because it’s the perfect distance for me. It’s long enough to be challenging and see improvements, but not so long that I get bored or burned out.” Mariah has run about a dozen half-marathons and one full marathon, and will be participating in the October 16, 2011 Nike Women’s Half Marathon in San Francisco. But this time she is running for more than personal enjoyment – to raise money and awareness for Leukemia Lymphoma. She commented, “So many people I know are being affected by cancer; it feels right to use what I have been given and love doing to support such a great cause.” Mariah has pledged to raise $3200 through various fundraising activities like raffles, silent auctions, bowling, restaurant dinners and of course, Facebook postings. People can donate directly online or mail-in checks to the Leukemia Lymphoma Society. “An added bonus,” Mariah noted, “is the team camaraderie created by these fundraisers and races, along with the social opportunities of turning strangers into friends. You come away feeling that a sort of unity exists, that you are part of something bigger.”

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Evading the Extra Inches The Do’s and Don’ts of Holiday Parties

by Kourtney Gallivan

It’s that time of year when extra calories lurk around every corner—baked goods, family gatherings, office parties, festivities, and gifts baskets filled with food. It seems like there is no way around it with temptations everywhere. Americans gain, on average, about one pound during the holiday season. This weight accumulates over the years and may be a major contributor to obesity later in life, according to the National Institute of Health. So the question remains— How can I enjoy all holiday festivities, but avoid the holiday weight gain?

Do’s

Don’ts

• Drink plenty of water • Keep fast, easy, healthy meals on hand • Have a healthy snack before leaving for a gathering or event to prevent over-indulging on high sugar, high fat foods • Substitute healthy ingredients in recipes when you are cooking • Keep in mind the holidays are about spending time with family and friends, not just the food! • Socialize away from the food table and focus on good conversation • Offer to bring your favorite healthy dish • Listen to your body – eat when you are hungry and stop when you are full • Try to control your stress as best as possible by exercising and not over committing yourself – a lot of holiday eating is stress related • Create a workout plan and stick to it • Gather friends and family and exercise together

• Arrive hungry • Skip meals • Stand next to the buffet at a party • Eat quickly • Deprive yourself • Overindulge in alcohol • Feel obligated to eat just because you are offered food • Feel you have to finish everything on your plate • Plan every holiday event around the food

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Baked sweet potato

Candied sweet potatoes

Shrimp cocktail

Crab cakes

Salsa

Spinach-artichoke dip

Roasted red potatoes

Buttery Mashed Potatoes

Green Beans

Green Bean Casserole

Hot tea

White chocolate mocha

Mixed Nuts

Chips

Fresh cut veggies and low fat dip or hummus

Full fat cheese and crackers

Whole grain rolls

Biscuits

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Fruit pie

White meat

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Fudge or cookies

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Meet G3:

Gainesville’s New Tri Club by Brian Hunt | Photos provided by G3 It was only a matter of time. There was just too much interest and too much excitement for it not to happen. Too many local athletes were without a core group to train with, and too many armatures were in need of a place to grow. Now, after years of Gainesville being without a much needed public triathlon training club, the wait is finally over. Meet G3: Gainesville’s newest tri club.

With triathlon popularity skyrocketing and the community primed for action, G3, the only USA Triathlon club open to the general public in Gainesville, was created as the final piece to the triathlon puzzle - a group dedicated to learning, training and competing, while at the same time providing a safe, fun and encouraging atmosphere for novice and veteran triathletes alike.

Triathlon participation is booming everywhere and it’s no surprise why. The multi-sport is a great way to stay fit and healthy for people of all ages and abilities. Triathlons offer a variety of intensities, with race distances varying from a sprint - typically a .25 mile swim, 12 mile bike, and 3.1 mile run - all the way up to a full Iron distance - 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike, and 26.2 mile run. According to trade organization SGMA, over 2.3 million individuals competed in triathlon events in 2010.

“Our goal is to create a fun, group atmosphere, where everyone pushes each other to achieve their goals,” said Jodi Bennett, G3 president. “And we are extremely eager to get started!”

With the sport gaining popularity across the nation, Gainesville has proven that this community is no exception. In fact, Gainesville is renown as prime triathlon territory with its large number of municipal pools, gyms, active running community, and as home to Bicycling Magazine’s 17th most bike-friendly city in the United States.

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Understanding that members need to schedule training around busy work and family lives, G3 will offer camaraderie and organized training to help improve performance. “Triathlon is an individual sport,” said Bennett, “but you don’t have to train alone.” With the combination of training, encouraging, socializing, and fun, G3 is already grabbing the attention of local enthusiasts. “As a new member of the community, I was looking for friends who shared the same interests as me,” said new club treasurer, Mike White, who moved to Gainesville in 2011. “I came across G3 and was immediately impressed with the excitement surrounding the club.” 


Gainesvile’s New Tri Club The club will also hold monthly meetings with guest speakers, distribute newsletters, coordinate training workouts, volunteer at community events and of course, race together. G3 is looking for new members to join - those just entering the sport, those who have completed several races and those who are experienced agegroup athletes. Board member, Andy Fasig, was a competitive cyclist for years before he “took the plunge” into triathlons. “It’s allowed me to find new motivation and inspiration to train and compete,” he said. “The satisfaction and fitness gained are worth the hard work. My only regret is that I didn’t try it sooner.” “A lot of people come to a triathlon having tried one of the three sports and are looking for the next challenge,” Bennett said. “Or they saw an Ironman on TV and thought, ‘I want to try that!’”

The social aspect of the club allows beginners to ask questions in a safe environment and more seasoned athletes can share their best practices, as well as do’s and don’ts, that have helped them achieve their goals.

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Gainesvile’s New Tri Club Charter member Jim Eckert started competing in triathlons in his mid-50’s, when other people his age might start taking up golf. As an avid runner, he competed in local and statewide races and occasionally cycled. Swimming, on the other hand, was very intimidating. “I never swam more than 50 feet without feeling I was going to drown.”  Jim got into triathlons as a way to bring more balance to his workouts and reduce the impact of running on his body. “I found myself losing weight, eating better and feeling confident... I was hooked.” In addition to training and sharing experience, G3 also hopes to have an active and competitive presence at area races. “At the events, there are competitors ranging from elite sponsored athletes to first timers that are just trying to complete the event as a fitness goal,” said Fasig. “They’re all out there together and respect and support what the other is accomplishing.” “There’s nothing like watching training partners finish their first race or set a personal record,” Bennett said. “It would be great to develop a reputation at races so when someone sees an athlete in a G3 shirt, they think, ‘I want to be a part of that!’” Whether it’s in Crystal River, Waldo, Madison, Jacksonville, Crescent Beach, St. Pete or Miami, there are plenty of opportunities for athletes to get out there and represent Gainesville, and compete without having to travel too far. The club held its charter meeting on September 22nd at AXIS Training Studio. The social allowed prospective members a chance to meet and find out more about the club, as well as hear from guest speaker USAT Level 2 coach, Karyn Austin. Annual membership is $40 for an individual, $60 for an individual plus spouse or domestic partner, and $10 for kids under 18. Included in the membership is a G3 technical shirt and discounts at participating local businesses. If you are interested in learning more about G3 and how to get involved, visit www.G3triclub.com or email info@G3triclub.com.

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Take a Break! Volunteering & Tax Breaks by Erin Spiwak, CPA

With the holiday season just around the corner, we are all most certainly going to face the similar struggle of what to get that extended family member who has everything. With the instinct to give is engrained in all of us, several will fight the crowds at the mall (and in the parking lot) in order to find that perfect gift.. However, many also take this time to support some of the amazing nonprofits in our local community. Instead of supporting nonprofits solely around the holiday season, there are several good reasons to engage as a volunteer year-round, one of which being the tax breaks. The basics. Not all nonprofit organizations qualify for tax-deductible donations – only those with a 501(c)3 designation. Some organizations, such as religious groups, are not required to register with the IRS as a tax-exempt charity. The organization where you would like to send a gift should be able to tell you if your donation is tax deductible, but you can also do a search on the IRS website. Through itemizing deductions on your tax return, you may

be able to take an income tax deduction for a gift to a qualified nonprofit organization. All taxpayers receive a standard deduction each year however, so only when you exceed the standard deduction does itemizing pay off. The standard 2011 deduction for married filing jointly is $11,600, and for single and married filing separately, the deduction is $5,800. If you are going to submit Schedule A, along with IRS Form 1040, to detail your deductions, keep in mind that your donation to a nonprofit organization is only deductible in the year in which it is made. Your donation is considered paid when you put the check in the mail or when your credit card is charged. Consider volunteering. Nonprofit organizations are always on the lookout for a qualified volunteer. Whether your talent is in finance, marketing or leadership, there is a nonprofit organization that could benefit from your skills. Your generosity as a volunteer may also qualify you for some tax breaks. Although no tax deduction is allowed for the value of services you perform for a charitable organization,

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some deductions are permitted for any out-of-pocket costs you incur while performing the services. For example, if you use your car while performing services for a charitable organization, you may deduct your actual unreimbursed expenses directly attributable to the services, such as the cost to fill up your tank. This includes a flat 14¢ per mile for charitable use of your car. You also may be able to deduct the cost of a uniform you wear when you do volunteer work for the organization. In order to claim deductions as a nonprofit volunteer, you will need to have written documentation from the charity about the nature of your volunteering activity. Also, maintain detailed records, which would include the actual receipt plus written record of the time, place, amount and charitable purpose of all of your out-of-pocket expenses. Potential deductions are subject to the deduction limit that generally applies to charitable contributions. Making a financial gift. If your schedule does not allow you to volunteer, there are also tax-advantaged options associated with making a financial gift to a favorite charity. When contributing cash, check or other monetary gifts, regardless of the amount, 76 | TheVillageJournal.com

you must maintain a bank record or a written communication from the nonprofit organization showing the organization’s name, the date and the amount of the contribution. Contrary to some practices, it is not sufficient to maintain other written records, such as a log-book of contributions. If you decide to contribute to a nonprofit organization through your employer’s payroll deduction program, this amount can be substantiated by your pay stub, W-2, or other document furnished by your employer that shows the amount withheld for the purpose of the donation to charity. Most tax payers can deduct up to 50% of their adjusted gross income, but there are limitations if you are planning to make significant contributions of property or appreciated capital gains. Consult your tax advisor to see if your deductions are limited. Start your Spring cleaning early. Some nonprofit organizations will open a thrift shop, where money is raised through selling gently used goods, such as clothing and furniture, which goes to support the mission of the organization. If you would like to contribute property other than money, donated goods must be in “good condition or better” according to the IRS, and you must maintain a receipt from the


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Finding Your Way to North Carolina’s

Biltmore Estate by Kevin Awe | The Biltmore Company

If fairy-tales are imaginary, then Biltmore Estate must be too. Except it is hard to ignore the towering, castle-like home when passing though the beautiful rolling hills and countryside of Asheville, North Carolina. As America’s largest home®, this 175,000 square foot house-turnedhotel nestled in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains seems like a scene straight out of happily-ever-after. Built by George Vanderbilt in the 1890’s, Biltmore Estate was created as a country retreat where he could pursue passions of art, literature, and horticulture. Over 100 years later, Biltmore has become a leading destination for romantic retreats, family vacations, business meetings, or just a place to get away. With all the beauty to see, attractions to visit, places to explore, and fun to have can seem

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overwhelming. But fear not, we have narrowed down the information to help make your visit as incredible as the Biltmore Estate itself.

Enjoy the Drive

Leaving from Gainesville, Biltmore is just under nine hours by car. This scenic route will be a vacation in itself with a trip north along I-95 up the cost, though Georgia, passing Savannah into South Carolina. I-26 NW winds you through Columbia and straight to Asheville, North Carolina.

Living in the Lap of Luxury As the largest home in America, Biltmore specializes in meeting every need and desire. Biltmore offers two lodging locations, both of which are located on Biltmore’s majestic 8,000acre estate.


The Inn on Biltmore Estate – With so much to do on the estate, The Inn on Biltmore Estate, a 210-room deluxe property, allows visitors to experience what it might have been like to be a guest of the Vanderbilts. The Mobil FourStar, AAA Four-Diamond inn offers a 150-seat, full-service restaurant, banquet rooms, board and meeting rooms and a variety of guest rooms, including suites. It also incorporates the Spa at Biltmore, a library, a lobby bar, an exterior swimming pool and a fitness center. The Cottage at Biltmore – As the cottage you’ve always dreamed of, the Cottage at Biltmore serves as your exclusive vacation retreat on the 8,000acre estate. Including personal culinary service for every dinning occasion, two bedroom and bathrooms, this quiet little getaway will make you never want to leave.

Exploring the Estate

To compliment the breathtaking scenery and relaxing atmosphere, Biltmore offers adventurous activities and attractions for guests of any age. The Winery – Biltmore Winery, housed in a former dairy barn designed by Richard Morris Hunt, was opened in 1985. Here, guests can learn about viticulture, as well as sample Biltmore’s award-winning wines. The estate produces approximately 170,000 cases of French varietal wines annually.

The Outdoor Adventure Center carries on the family’s tradition of exploring the outdoors, with Segway rentals, Land Rover excursions, bike trips, horseback rides and carriage rides. Guests can not only experience the grandeur of Biltmore, but also the property’s agricultural and hospitality legacy at Antler Hill Village. The village encompasses Antler Hill Farm, Barn, Kitchen Garden and Farmyard. Antler Hill Farm – For those interested in learning about Biltmore’s agricultural heritage, there’s Antler Hill Farm. The farm includes the Historic Horse Barn, built in 1902 and restored in 2004, live farmland animals and agricultural trade demonstrations to communicate the rich farm life that the estate has supported for more than a century. Village Green and Bandstand – As the centerpiece of Antler Hill Village, the Village Green’s gently sloping area is perfect for peoplewatching, listening to live music each afternoon, or relaxing with a snack or picnic.

The Biltmore Legacy – Discover the many sides of Edith Vanderbilt, George Vanderbilt’s wife, or learn how the current owners, the Cecils, preserved Biltmore’s legend of gracious hospitality. This facility includes exhibits filled with slices of estate life such as archival letters, photos and drawings illustrating how the Vanderbilts lived. Outdoor Adventure Center – When the Vanderbilts entertained their guests in Biltmore House, their guests also experienced all sorts of outdoor and sporting activities such as walking, croquet, hunting, fishing, horseback and carriage riding, biking and hiking, camping expeditions and treks up to Buck Spring Lodge on Mt. Pisgah.

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The Kitchen Garden and The Farmyard – In addition to displays of historic farm equipment, guests can meet draft horses, calves, lambs and chickens. On select dates throughout the year, visitors can enjoy mountain music and see artisans, including a blacksmith and woodworker, practice their crafts.

cafés and pubs, ensuring that everyone finds their perfect vacation meal. Deerpark – Here, guests enjoy an array of seasonal entrees served buffet style, along with wine pairings from the winery. Guests might even catch a glimpse of deer grazing in the woodland surrounding the restaurant, originally designated by Frederick Law Olmsted as a deer preserve. The Stable Café – Adjacent to Biltmore House is a large stable area, restored to reflect its original character. Guests are seated in renovated horse stalls and may select from an enticing menu featuring slow-cooked rotisserie chicken and Biltmore’s estate-raised Angus beef.

Epicurean Delights

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The Bistro – Adjacent to the Winery, this dining opportunity serves guests a unique menu combining traditional French bistro recipes and mountain fare. The menu features wood-fired pizzas and locally raised trout, as well as signature entrees prepared with Biltmore’s own estategrown fruits and vegetables from the Kitchen Garden. Cedric’s Tavern – Named after George Vanderbilt’s beloved St. Bernard, Cedric, this warm, relaxing pub reflects the less formal side


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of Biltmore dining and entertaining. Specialties include shepherd’s pie and fish and chips. Creamery – A tribute to the original Biltmore Dairy Bar, guests can indulge in Winky Bar sundaes, signature shakes and root beer floats, as well as gourmet coffee and pastries. The Smokehouse – Located in Antler Hill Farm, The Smokehouse offers smoked pulled pork, beef and chicken, true Southern veggies, bread pudding and other desserts. The Mercantile – A classic at Biltmore, the Mercantile remains in its original location and offers Appalachian crafts, dry goods and oldfashioned candy that brings out the kid in all of us!

Holiday Happenings

Tis the season to visit Biltmore! As fall and winter approach, the landscape and scenery take center stage. Complete with stunning autumn colors, the Biltmore grounds, set against the Blue Ridge Mountains, create a truly incredible sight. Along with these changes come the excitement of the holidays, and Biltmore knows just how to celebrate in style!

October Its harvest season on the Biltmore grounds, a perfect time for the Winery. Admission to the estate includes, among other things, a guided tour of the Winery and free wine tasting. Concerts also take stage during October, featuring many popular artists and acts. In an attempt to compliment the beautiful fall colors, the estate features Tiffany at Biltmore: an exhibition of Louis Comfort Tiffany’s stained-glass lamps. November For many of us, November usually means one thing-- Thanksgiving. Biltmore takes great pride in their magnificent Thanksgiving feasts, featured in all seven restaurants, and all of which highlight traditional selections from the farmlands and vineyard. Biltmore’s Thanksgiving goal is to create the perfect setting for you to host a large holiday family get together, a romantic dinner for two, or anything in between. November 4th also marks the start of “Christmas at Biltmore,” that continues until New Years day. December Christmas at Biltmore is one of the Southeast’s most beloved holiday destinations. Every year, Biltmore experiences the greatest visitorship during the November-December Christmas

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Biltmore display. The holiday cheer is in no shortage as, among many other holiday treats, the estate features a 34ft Christmas tree in the Banquet hall, a lighted 55ft tree on the front lawn, almost 200,000 lights, 25,000 ornaments and 450 wreaths. Visiting the Biltmore Estate in December ensures that you and yours will have a charming holiday season. As one of America’s most luxurious and historic estates, the Biltmore Estate & Winery is truly a fantastic getaway for any type of vacation or holiday. Plan a trip, and enjoy loosing yourself in the enchantment of Biltmore. For more information, or to book your vacation, visit www.biltmore.com.

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Edible Crafts:

CUPCAKE GRAVEYARD by Kori Rathfon | Maria Vallejo Photography

Have some time before trick-or-treating? Spend it creating spooky crafts that you can also eat! This kid-friendly project is a fun and festive way to celebrate Halloween. Make a cupcake graveyard that is sure to be a hit at your neighborhood party or a great hands-on activity with the kids!

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SUPPLIES: Oreos Chocolate icing Green icing Piping gel Candy corns Ghost Peeps Milano cookies Toothpicks DIRECTIONS: Step 1: Crush oreos until it resembles dirt like cosistency.

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Step 2: Frost cupcakes with chocolate icing and dip into crushed Oreos. Step 3: Use piping gel to decorate milano cookies with spooky words and place in the center of half of the cupcakes. Use green icing to make grass. Step 4: Place a toothpick in the bottom of the ghost peeps and stick them on the remaining cupcakes.

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To make the graveyard scene, put the cupcakes on a plate covered in crushed oreos. Add gummy worms and candy pumpkins to make the scene come alive!

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Hosting for the

Holidays Like a Pro

by Dean Cacciatore

As if we all do not have enough going on during the holiday season, many of us decide to host a party, adding just one more thing to the ongoing to-do list. When planning a party around the busiest, most stressful time of the year, having things go badly could be just enough to push you over the edge. As someone who has hosted many parties over the years, I have learned quite a bit through trial-and-error, and would like to share a few tips in hope that you can avert disaster and host a wonderful party that will have your friends talking.

Decor

To set the mood for a holiday party, decorate your home with necessary seating, lighting and a festive, welcoming environment. For a social party that is not centered around dinner, it is important to still have seating to accommodate around one-third of your guests. Use candles and background music to create the holiday feel. Decorate your tables with festive napkins, appropriate place settings and your best dinnerware. Your guests will appreciate all of the details you put into your party.

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Bar

Many people tend to think the food the most important element of your party, when in fact, food usually takes a back seat to your beverages. A well stocked bar will make or break your event. Guests tend to drink about two drinks during the first hour of the party, and about one drink per hour after that. Each wine bottle serves about six glasses and champagne serves about five. It is a nice touch to offer a specialty or house drink for the holidays. Pomegranate cosmopolitans are always a hit!

Food

On the day of your party, the last thing you want to do is prepare food in the kitchen while your guests are socializing in another room. I recommend preparing most items in advance, leaving you with little to no prep time the day of. Cheeses, gourmet crackers, olives, nuts and fresh breads are great appetizers to serve while you are preparing the main course. To avoid having to cook during the entire party, make 75% of your menu cold or room temperature items.


This will allow you to spend your time enjoying the company of your guests. The amount of food you’ll need will depend on how long your party is going to last. It is always better to have too much food, than not enough. A good rule of thumb is to serve at least 6-8 pieces of food per guest. You can estimate that you will need around 10-12 pieces per guest if your event is during dinnertime or right after work. When preparing your menu, incorporate some vegetarian items to accommodate all of your guests. Parties can be easy to plan, glamorous, a lot of fun and still be relatively inexpensive. You can afford to serve high priced items like seafood and high priced cuts of meat by only serving small portions. Serve a variety of side dishes and appetizers to fill your guests rather than serving expensive food items right away.

Most of all, the key to a successful party is to be prepared. It took me years to master the art of hosting a holiday party. Although hosting a holiday party can be stressful, I hope these tips will make it much easier for you to brave the quest of hosting your own holiday party.

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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. www.localharvest.org

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.

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 by the best yoga instructor in Gainesville, Joyce Orr every Wednesday from 6:00-7:30pm and Thursday from 9:00-10:30am. For more information, please call 262-4331.

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 joining our e-mail volunteer list by contacting Bonnie Edie at bonedie@cox.net or 352-275-7722 or Barbara Collett at 352-335-9948.

Historic Haile Homestead Tours Historic Haile Homestead is open to the public for tours on Saturdays from 10:00am - 2:00pm and on Sundays from 12:00 - 4:00pm. Trained docents will guide you through the Homestead and its history. Each tour lasts between 45 minutes to one hour. Tours are $5 per person, children under 12 are free. Special arrangements may be made by calling (352) 336-9096.

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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.

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.

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 www.MomsClubOfGainesvilleSouth.com 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

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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. studiopercussion.org

events Alzheimer’s 5K Walk Saturday, October 8th, 8 – 11:30 am Haile Village Center Join the Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s™ and unite in a movement to reclaim the future for millions. For more information or to register, call (407) 951-7992 x.105 or email Joan.Giovanni@alz.org

Tioga Town Center Movie Nights Friday, October 14th, 7 – 10 pm Tioga Town Center Bring the whole family for a movie in the park and enjoy a homemade picnic while watching “Monsters, Inc.” Snacks available for sale. Visit www.tiogatowncenter. com/events.php for more information.

Orchid Show and Fall Plant Sale Saturday, October 15th – Sunday, October 16th, 9 am – 5 pm Kanapaha Botanical Gardens Attend an Open House and Plant Sale to celebrate the “24th birthday” of Kanapaha Botanical Gardens with free admission! For more information, visit www. kanapaha.org/calendar.htm or contact Candy Hollinger at drahcir7@bellsouth.net

Title Town Hoedown, BBQ Showdown Sunday, October 16th, 4 – 8 pm Rembert Farm, Alachua Join the Early Learning Coalition of Alachua County for an evening of down home fun with dancing, entertainment, a live auction and more. Enjoy sampling great BBQ from top BBQ restaurants, caterers and individuals in Title Town. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.titletownhoedown.org


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Throw a Girl a Lifeline Monday, October 17th, 12pm Trinity Methodist Church This annual fundraising event benefits PACE Center for Girls which provides girls and young women an opportunity for a better future through education, counseling, training and advocacy. The cost of attendance is free, however donations are encouraged. For more information, contact Kathie Southwick at (352) 374-8799 or at katie.southwick@pacecenter.org.

Oktoberfest Friday, October 21st, 5 – 11 pm Haile Village Center Come join in the fun with live music, after-hours shopping at the Village boutiques, fabulous food and drinks, and tons of family-friendly activities including a bounce house. Help kick off the fall season with style! For more information, visit www.hvcoa.com.

30th Annual Dog Days Run Saturday, October 22nd, 8 am Westside Park Bring your dog to one of Gainesville’s most popular races, featuring a 5K race and a 1 mile Fun Run with your dog! There will be raffles and awards for dogs

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and their owners. Register by October 6th and you will receive an event T-shirt. For more information, contact Megan Manzie at (904) 206-3041 or to register, visit www.active.com.

4th Annual Noche de Gala Saturday, October 22nd Besilu Collection, Micanopy Following last year’s sold out event of over 1,000 guests, benefiting the Sebastian Ferrero Foundation, this years’ Noche de Gala promises to be an evening packed with live entertainment, a silent auction and much more! For more information, visit www.nochedegala.org.

Friends of the Library Book Sale Saturday, October 22nd – Wednesday, October 26th Hours vary 430-B North Main Street More than 500,000 books, records, games, CDs, DVDs, audio, video, paintings, posters, prints, puzzles and magazines have been donated for the sale. All profits are used for the Alachua County Library District and for community literacy projects. Tuesday is half price day and Wednesday is $0.10 day. Check www.folacld.org for times and more information.

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Howl-o-ween Costume Party

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Friday, October 28th, 5:30 – 8:30 pm Sweet Paws Bakery, Haile Village Center

Friday, November 4th, 7 – 10 pm Tioga Town Center

You and your pooch are invited to this year’s Howl-oween party! The $2 entry fee into the costume contest will be donated to a local rescue group. Each category winner will receive a gift certificate to Sweet Paws Bakery and yummy goodies. For more information, call Sweet Paws Bakery at (352) 264-8995.

Bring the whole family for a movie in the park and enjoy a homemade picnic while watching “The Grinch.” Snacks available for sale. Visit www.tiogatowncenter.com/ events.php for more information.

World Music Fest Friday, October 28th, 7 – 10 pm Tioga Town Center Come out to watch the World Music Ensemble at the UF School of Music perform! For more information, visit www.tiogatowncenter.com/events.php

Trunk or Treat Friday, October 28th, 6 – 8 pm Celebration United Methodist Church Wear your costume and bring your pumpkin for a night of trick-or-treating fun! We will have decorated trunks giving out candy. We will also have some fun contest that your sure to enjoy. Everyone is welcome! For more information, visit www.celebrationgnv.org.

Gainesville Civic Chorus Fundraiser Friday, November 11th, 5 – 7 pm The Perfect Gift, Haile Village Center Gainesville Civic Chorus presents “A Veteran’s Day Fundraiser.” The $15 admission includes wine, music and food, as well as a silent and live auction, with all proceeds going to the Gainesville Civic Chorus. For more information, contact Janet Cornelius at (352) 372-2691 or visit the website at www.gcchorus.org.

2nd Annual Jazz Fest at Tioga Town Center Friday, November 11th, 5:30 – 10 pm Tioga Town Center This fabulous event will feature many nationally recognized recording artists, including saxophonist Michael J. Thomas, guitarist Nate Najar, pianist Jonathan Fritzen, and smooth jazz superstar and saxophonist from Los Angeles, Jessy J. For more information, please contact Mark Nordman at (352) 339-3285.

30th Annual Downtown Festival & Art Show Saturday, November 12th – Sunday,November 13th 10 am – 5 pm Downtown Gainesville This festival celebrates its 30th anniversary in a two day, fun for all event. Experience a variety of performing arts, children’s art, culinary arts and much more! For more information, visit www.gvlculturalaffairs.org.

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Uptown at 43rd Street proudly presents the Uptown Art Hop! Event attendees will “hop” from business to business enjoying an evening of shopping, refreshments and artist demonstrations. For more information, visit www.uptownarthop.com

Tioga Town Center Fall Concert Series Friday, November 18th, 7 – 10 pm Tioga Town Center Gather your friends and family and enjoy a free outdoor performance by Gruv Therapy in Tioga’s town square. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets. Food and drink available for purchase. Visit www.tiogatowncenter.com/ events.php for more information.


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My Fair Lady

Sounds of the Season

Wednesday, November 23rd, 7:30 pm Phillips Center for Performing Arts

Sunday, December 4th, 7 pm Phillips Center for Performing Arts

Come out to see “My Fair Lady” at the Phillips Center! Based on Shaw’s play and Pascal’s movie Pygmalion, this musical was a smash hit on Broadway, setting a new record for the longest run of any major theater production in history. Tickets start at $20. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www. performingarts.ufl.edu/events.

In its 36th season, Gainesville Civic Chorus joins the University of Florida Choral Union, under the direction of Dr. Will Kesling, for a wintery holiday favorite! This performance is just one of the 4 performances of the 80-member community choir. For more information, contact Janet Cornlius at (352) 372-2691 or by email at janetcar@bellsouth.net.

Reindeer Run and Light the Village Night

Candlelight Visits

Friday, December 2nd, 5 – 9pm Haile Village Center

Friday, December 9th, 6 – 9 pm Historic Haile Homestead

Come out for a night full of events and fun! Light the Village Night will feature activities hosted by local businesses in Gainesville. Kids will have a blast on the train and bounce house, participating in activities and getting their picture taken with Santa. The Reindeer Run 5K is sponsored by many local business, benefitting the Sebastian Ferrero Foundation, will begin at 6:30pm. For more information on this event, visit the Haile Plantation Village Center Facebook.

Visit the Haile Homestead on a candlelit night. With a donation of $10 per person (under 12 free), all proceeds from this event will go toward the completion of the Visitors’ Center or the Roof Replacement Fund. There will be music, refreshments and docents in costume to complete the historic, holiday feel. For more information, visit www.hailehomestead.org.

Tioga Town Center Holiday Concert Friday, November 18th, 7 – 10 pm Tioga Town Center Gather your friends and family and enjoy a free outdoor performance by Gainesville Community Jazz Band in Tioga’s town square. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets. Food and drink available for purchase. Visit www.tiogatowncenter.com/events.php for more information.

Annual Sugar Cane Boil Festival Saturday, December 3rd, 9 am – 3 pm Dudley Farm Historic State Park Celebrate “Cane Day” at the Dudley Farm Historic State Park! There will be, music, food, games, wagon rides and demonstrations and sale of cane syrup. Admission is $8 per vehicle of up to 8 occupants. For more information, visit www.friendsofdudleyfarm.org or call (352) 472-1142.

Annual Homestead Holidays Sunday, December 4th, 12 – 4pm Historic Haile Homestead Celebrate the holidays Victorian-style at the Historic Haile Homestead. There will be trees in most every room, decorated in Victorian and hand-made ornaments. Docents will be dressed in Victorian or antebellum costumes and there will be baked goodies, hot cider and special holiday gifts for visitors! Pieces of Haile family furniture, acquired this year from descendants are now on display in the parlor. This year, to celebrate the opening of the Visitors Center, the Homestead Holidays is FREE for all to enjoy! For more information, visit www.hailehomestead.org.

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Downtown Countdown: A New Year’s Eve Celebration Saturday, December 31st, 9 pm – 12:30 am Bo Diddley Community Plaza Ring in the New Year with music, lights, prizes, giveaways, food vendors, and radio station remotes. Nationally and locally known performing artists electrify the night at the Downtown Community Plaza, as the brick-lined streets are energized by thousands celebrating another year. For more information, visit www.gvlculturalaffairs.org.

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Haile Community: • Haile Community Management: 352-335-7848 • Plantation Hall: 352-371-1600 • Haile Community News Submission: 352-331-5560 • Haile Plantation Sales & Info: 352-335-4999 • Haile Plantation Golf & Country Club: 352-335-0055 Getting Started: • Alachua County Visitors Bureau: 352-374-5231 • Gainesville Chamber of Commerce: 352-334-7100 • Driver’s License Bureau: 352-955-2111 • Gainesville Regional Utilities: 352-334-3434 • Vehicle Registration: 352-374-5236 • Voter Registration: 352-374-5252 • Alachua County Public Schools: 352-995-7300

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from the kitchen:

Dean Cacciatore

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Baked Eggplant Parmesan Here is one of my all time favorite recipes. Aside from eating pasta twice a week, my grandmother would make a special dish at Sunday dinner. I remember her having a small garden in the middle of her concrete back yard in Jersey City. At the end of the summer, there were hundreds of eggplants ready to harvest. She would make many things with the eggplant from salads to, our favorite, eggplant parmesan. The same fresh, homegrown eggplant can be found in Florida. If you visit your local farmers market, there is a very nice variety of eggplant. If you enjoy this awesome dish, you will not be disappointed with the local grown eggplant in our area. 2 medium globe eggplant (about 2 lbs.), cut crosswise into 1/4-inch-thick rounds Kosher salt 1 cup unbleached, all-purpose flour 4 large eggs, beaten 3 cups dry fine breadcrumbs 2 tsp. chopped fresh thyme 2 cups Canola oil for frying 3 cups marinara sauce, warmed 16 basil leaves, torn into large pieces 10 oz. fresh mozzarella, thinly sliced (about 2 cups) 1 1/2 cups freshly grated pecorino romano cheese Line a large plate with paper towels. Put down a layer of eggplant slices, sprinkle generously with salt; add another layer of paper towels and another layer of eggplant and salt; repeat until you’ve layered the rest of the eggplant. Let sit for 20 minutes. Put the flour and eggs in separate wide shallow bowls. In another wide bowl, toss the breadcrumbs with the thyme and 1/2 tsp. salt. Line a baking sheet with paper towels. Cover the eggplant slices in the flour, dip in the egg, and then coat with the breadcrumbs, pressing down to pat the crumbs onto the eggplant, and put on the baking sheet. Line another baking sheet with fresh paper towels. Pour enough oil into a large (12-inch) skillet or frying pan to measure about 1/2 inch deep and heat over medium heat until hot (if you dip a piece of eggplant into the oil, it will sizzle immediately). Working in batches, add as much eggplant as will fit in a single layer and fry, flipping once, until golden brown, 1 to 2 minutes per side. Transfer to the baking sheet. Repeat, frying the remaining eggplant and layering it between sheets of paper towel. Position a rack in the center of the oven and heat the oven to 425°F. Arrange a layer of eggplant in a 9x13-inch baking dish. Top with 1 cup of the marinara and then cover with a third of the basil, mozzarella, and Pecorino Romano. Repeat with two more layers of the remaining eggplant, marinara, basil, mozzarella, and pecorino romano. Bake until the cheese melts and browns and the sauce bubbles around the edges, 25 to 30 minutes (cover with foil if the top browns too quickly). Let cool for a couple minutes and serve.

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The Village Journal Vol.7 No.4  

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