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Vol. 10 No. 3

L O C AL P RO G RAM S

The Ultimate Community Lifestyle Magazine

ENRICHING THE MIND, BODY AND SPIRIT FOR GAINESVILLE'S YOUTH

SP O T L IG H T O N NE IG H B O R S

The

Dragstedt Family

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WOMAN ON A MISSION

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CONTENTS

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22 Spotlight on Neighbors: The Dragstedt Family

27 Local Programs Enriching

the Mind, Body and Spirit for Gainesville's Youth

34 Uniting for Change:

Palestine Deaf School Finds Support in Gainesville Community

life 42 DIY Danna: Yard Sale Queen 46 Industry Insider: Brain Check-up 48 Industry Insider: Business of Organizing 52 Woman on a Mission — Fitz Koehler

taste 58 Power Breakfasts to Start your Day 62 From Blue Door to Your Door – Wholesome and Timesaving Dishes

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69 C ON T E N T S

wellness 66 Got Sleep? The Effects of Sleep Deprivation

69 Mindfulness: Living Here and Now

72 explore 72 Unwind in the Unknown 78 5 Handy Helpers for Stress Free Travel

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16 Haile Village Center Directory 20 Market Square Directory 38 Real Estate Market Watch 40 Community Map 80 Events Calendar 84 Snapshots 89 Register of Advertisers 90 From the Kitchen of Dean Cacciatore

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n the heat of a hectic afternoon, amidst working against a quickly approaching deadline, I realize I’m already late for my 6 o’clock training session at the gym. I check my email one last time before running out the door to make it and squeak in just in time to get warmed up. With revived energy, and weary post-squat legs, I beeline home to get my standard chicken and roasted vegetable dinner on the table, toss in a load of laundry, spin through final edits for the magazine and barely get the house picked up before falling into bed just shy of midnight. My 6 am wakeup call for the cover shoot with Fitz Koehler (p.52) is going to come early. With her unwavering spirit, Fitz exemplifies health and wellness with her mission to, in her words, “blanket the nation with fitness,” and reminds me of the many benefits of living an all-around healthy lifestyle. Her passion and enthusiasm for making a difference in people's lives is evident through the creation and implementation of the Morning Mile program, countless speaking engagements and her efforts to spread the word about living a fit life. In the pages that follow, you’ll find we dedicated this issue to improving and maintaining the well being for your mind and body. In the hustle and bustle of our daily routines, we sometimes forget to take a second to enjoy the moment, even if that moment is living among chaos. Whether it’s pausing to recognize and appreciate what is happening in the present moment (p.69), or taking a vacation to give yourself a chance to slow down and take it all in (p.72), there are countless ways we can all seek greater good for ourselves. When you find yourself running from work, to the gym, to dinner, to whatever else is on your ‘to do’ list, remind yourself that finding your state of inner tranquility and happiness in that moment is more important than folding that last darned load of whites!

M AI L B OX Send us a note to share your thoughts and ideas about the magazine. If you know of someone or something that you think would be great to share with the entire community, let us know about it. We want to hear from you because after all, this magazine is for you! Write to us at TheVillageJournal.com.

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Our resident DIY expert, Danna Miller, scored great items at local garage sales.

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Alix Baxter, MD Dr. Alix Baxter is a Board Certified psychiatrist in private practice, in the Haile Village Center. She has practiced in Gainesville since 1994 when she moved here with her family from Los Angeles to join the Clinical Faculty in the University of Florida Department of Psychiatry. Since 2000, she has been in full-time private practice and is on the Courtesy Faculty in the Department of Psychiatry. Although a native Floridian, she did her medical school training at UNC-Chapel Hill and her residency training at the UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute. She also completed psychoanalytic training in Los Angeles, so psychotherapy is one of her areas of specialty. For relaxation, she enjoys being around water.

Helen Kornblum Helen Kornblum owns Natural Order Coaching & Organizing. She is a trained life coach who specializes in working with teens and adults who have ADHD. She teaches classes about ADHD, coaching and organizing for Santa Fe College and other organizations. She writes a column about children who have attention and focusing issues for North Florida School Days. Through coaching, Helen educates clients about ADHD and how their strengths and creativity can help them thrive.

Anisa Perbtani Anisa Perbtani, BA, RYT 200, is a yoga and Pilates instructor in Gainesville, Florida. After being diagnosed with panic disorder and trying many ways to mitigate anxiety, she found relief through mindfulness and meditation practice. In sharing these tools, she believes one can lead a more heart centered, authentic life.

Mary Wagner, MD Dr. Mary Wagner is one of several sleep physicians who practice at the UF Health Sleep Disorders Center. Dr. Wagner is board certified in Pediatrics, Pediatric Pulmonology and Pediatric Sleep Medicine. She is an Associate Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Florida and has been in practice for over 25 years. She is a long time Gator, having completed all of her training at the University of Florida and enjoys kayaking and spending time with her family. Dr. Wagner is also Co-Director of the Pediatric Pulmonary Center Training Grant and the UF Sleep Medicine Fellowship Training program.

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Galvan Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 327-3561

The Haile Psychiatry & Psychotherapy Group . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 337-0551

Haile Medical Group . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 367-9602

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Haile Plantation Family Dental . . . . . . 375-6116

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PET CARE Haile’s Angels Pet Rescue . . . . . . . . . 262-4232 Haile Plantation Animal Clinic . . . . . . . 377-6003 Shampoodles by Jan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 336-7236 Sweet Paws Bakery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 264-8995

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Management Specialists Services . . . 335-7848 Premier Management Associates, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 379-4641 Thomas Group Realty . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 226-8228

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MAILING SERVICE Haile Mail. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 331-4447

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Kinetix Physical Therapy . . . . . . . . . . . . 505-6665

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FINANCIAL Florida Credit Union . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 7 7 - 4 1 4 1 Wells Fargo. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 331-8239

FITNESS Sweat Life Fitness. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 692-4926

PHARMACY Publix Pharmacy. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 331-1086

SHOPPING Haile Jewelry & Loans . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 333-1905 Haile Kitchen & Bath. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 745-3456

SPIRITS The Spirit Shoppe. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 331-7274

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ittle did they realize it, but Carl and Alissa Dragstedt had an international connection before they even met each other.

The son of a West Point graduate Army Captain and a nurse, Carl was born in Wiesbaden, Germany. Alissa’s native Michigan teacher parents taught the children of US Army soldiers stationed at various bases in Germany where Alissa was born (in Würzburg). Alissa and her siblings grew up in Germany when there was a stronger American military presence than today. She even attended German elementary school until the fourth grade and became bilingual. Her dad organized family vacations around skiing trips in the Alps, with sports-oriented or educational forays into England, France, Switzerland, Belgium, and Austria. Carl’s family eventually relocated to central Massachusetts where he grew up in the city of Marlborough. Carl commented, “I attended Bates College in Lewiston, Maine where I studied American History. But soon after graduation, I became interested in pursuing medicine, both for an interest in science, as well as to be of service to others.” Carl obtained his medical degree from Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Ft. Lauderdale, then completed his residency in internal medicine at the University of Florida, serving as chief resident from 2007-08. He also completed fellowships at UF Shands in Cardiology and Interventional Cardiology. He noted, “I consider it a joy, an honor, and a privilege to be a physician, to interact with people from all walks of life, and to see what new challenges each day holds.” For the past two years Carl has worked as a Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine, specializing in clinical cardiology for UF Health in Starke, Florida. There he emphasizes the importance of prevention—a healthy lifestyle that involves diet and exercise and finding balance in life. He added, “I enjoy listening to my patients and communicating what can sometimes be complex medical situations in clear, understandable language. I truly enjoy the patients I serve, getting to know them and their stories.” Alissa attended the University of Florida and earned her B.S. in Nutritional Sciences in TheVillageJournal.com | 23 23


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1998. She went on to obtain a DMD from UF in 2005 and practiced general dentistry for two years locally. Alissa said, “I found treating children the most enjoyable part of my profession and decided after a couple of years that I would pursue a two-year residency in pediatric dentistry at UF.” She finished her training in 2009. “Even though my general dentistry practice was invaluable,” Alissa added, “I feel privileged to be able to do what I truly love to do with kids every day. My goal is to help provide them a cavity-free lifestyle. Toward that end, I put prevention at the forefront of my care.” Alissa is also an adjunct clinical assistant professor in the Department of Pediatric Dentistry at the University.

“Going out on my own is the fulfillment of a lifelong dream... I'm so excited about the prospect.” — Alissa Dragstedt

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How did these two highly intelligent, strongly motivated and deeply dedicated medical professionals meet? Carl recalled, “In late 1999, we were both working for a biotechnical company in Alachua County. This was before we attended medical and dental school. There was instant electricity and chemistry between the two of us, so we began dating and got married two years later at Pemaquid Point, Maine in 2001.” Alissa remembered it this way, “Carl was working with a huge, impressive robot when we met at a company that was sequencing the human genome. I was impressed with his intellect, as well as his looks. Then we found out we had so many things in common: love of family, friends, foreign travel, outdoor activities and just good times in general. We still cherish these things after nearly fourteen years of marriage.” The Dragstedt’s have a son, Quinten, age eight, and a daughter, Alivia, age six. They both attend The Oak Hall School where this fall Quinten will start third grade and Alivia will start second. Quinten plays Lacrosse and basketball and Alivia enjoys volleyball. The busy Haile residents also make time to attend River Cross Church in Haile Village led by their good friends and Haile residents, Dave and Jan Patterson. Alissa noted, “We cherish and enjoy the fellowship we experience at River Cross,


LOCAL and we learn by example from the Patterson’s remarkable, loving, service-centered ministry.” For fun, the Dragstedt’s work out, jog and enjoy playing with their dog, a young Doberman who Alissa calls “the best running partner ever.” The family makes time for vacations to visit relatives in Boston and Washington State; they also enjoy skiing, and even hiked in the Alps in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland the past two summers. Alissa said, “We feel it’s important to keep a foothold in the culture of where we were born. And we’re so lucky that our kids are real troopers when it comes to traveling and having different experiences. They’re always up for a new adventure.” And speaking of new adventures, in July 2014, Alissa will open the doors of her own dental practice in Jonesville called Grins & Giggles Pediatric Dentistry. “Going out on my own,” Alissa said, “is the fulfillment of a lifelong dream. We’ve built a 4,500 square foot energy-efficient building that will more than

accommodate our already growing practice. In fact, it looks like we’ll be adding another female dentist to the practice during the summer. I’m so excited about the prospect and just taking this innovative step in general. This endeavor is rewarding on so many levels.” When they’re not engaged in helping others by using their medical acumen and skills, Carl and Alissa make the most out of living in Haile Plantation. As Alissa summarized, “My ritual every Saturday when we’re in town is to go to the farmer’s market. We do our grocery shopping in Haile, get our haircut in Haile, exercise in Haile, and attend church in Haile. I guess we’d never really need to leave if we didn’t want to. It’s a great place to raise a family and we’re very grateful we chose to stay in the Gainesville area after finishing our training. The one degree of separation rule definitely applies in this amazing community. The longer we stay here, the smaller it feels and the more fulfilling it becomes.”

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Enriching the Mind, Body and Spirit for Gainesville's Youth

We took a look at three programs that provide children with healthy and beneficial alternatives to traditional after school programs or clubs. Top Soccer, Balance 180 Gymnastics & Sports Academy and Girls On The Run of Alachua County all promote an active lifestyle to our community’s youth while inspiring happiness, confidence and self-respect.

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Gymnastics & Sports Academy By Dante Lima | Photos provided by Balance 180

Gymnastics is a sport synonymous with judgment. Athletes are measured with watchful eyes on their grace, technique, strength and balance. It’s a sport where perfection is the ultimate goal and, at the highest level, even the most miniscule mistakes separate the world’s elite from the pretenders. Ideally, one must be fit of body, fit of mind and able to cope with the sport’s subjectivity. At Balance 180 Gymnastics & Sports Academy, you won’t find coaches obsessing over tumbling technique or really judging at all. They teach proper form and technique and also highly value smiling, laughing, having fun, which gives the students great instruction while building confidence and social skills. From day one, Carsten Schmalfuss, a cardiologist in Gainesville, set out to improve the current model of gymnastics facilities in the U.S. He and the initial group of four founders wanted an inclusive gym; one that would promote the sport to kids of all needs, abilities and socio-economic backgrounds. “In general you can do gymnastics if you are able bodied, but once you reach a certain level of physical or intellectual disability, the expertise needed to offer gymnastics is rarely found,” Schmalfuss said. “You can’t do it in a regular set up with two coaches and 30 kids. You need volunteers and individualized attention and that’s what we have.” 28 28 | TheVillageJournal.com

There was a need in the Gainesville community, and Schmalfuss and the founding members sought to fill it. Since 2012, Balance 180 has designed and offered programs, both recreational and adaptive, including the Special Olympics Young Athletes Program for children of all ages, which has grown to over 150 participants, 60 of which have special needs. One of those children is Matteo Perazzo, a 7-year-old boy with autism. Matteo’s mother, Giovana, said in the two years Matteo has participated in Balance 180 classes, his development has been immeasurable. “He started in adaptive gymnastics, and he’s progressed so much in the last five months that he’s now in the recreational boys classes,” Perazzo said. “His motor skills are amazing. He used to feel lots of pain even turning his neck, but now he’s able to do bars, he’s able to stretch, he’s able to do so many things he would have never even tried.” Matteo is just one example of the many students at Balance 180 that receive specialized attention from coaches and volunteers to not only learn the sport, but learn other valuable life lessons. Many of Balance 180’s volunteers are students at the University of Florida, studying a variety of medical subjects from physical therapy to pre-med.


The COPPER MONKEY “There’s two things that are happening – we are teaching the sport, and we are also teaching these kids that they have support,” Schmalfuss said. “We’re teaching them social skills, that they are loved by others and they’re not alone. There’s a lot of mutual love from the parents, teachers and students. We are teaching them how to care for each other.”

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“We are teaching them how to take care of each other." — Carsten Schmalfuss

Perazzo, whose five-year-old daughter, Camilla, also attends Balance 180, echoes Schmalfuss’ sentiment. “I can tell you it’s not just the program, it’s the people,” she said. “It’s not some place where I go and leave my children for an hour. They are familiar with my children and the whole program is built on friendship and trust. For my husband and I, it’s great to have our kids doing something fun and physical in a family setting.” Another hallmark of Balance 180 is the flexibility. In a traditional, for-profit system there is rigidity, Schmalfuss said. The non-profit approach is different. There are scholarships based on income levels, there is flexible scheduling for parents who work and there is an overall consideration for the participants and their families. There is a reason Schmalfuss and the founding members intentionally started a nonprofit, because they wanted to reach as many children from as many different backgrounds as possible. “Balance 180 has a broader mission than many other sports models, it goes beyond gymnastics. Other models may only ask ‘how high do I jump? Not, ‘why do I jump?’ ’’ he said. “We teach children that the meaning of this goes beyond simply gymnastics. It is about a whole body approach and being a meaningful part of their community. For more information on Balance 180’s mission, programs and how to volunteer, visit balance180.org.

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Girls on the Run of Alachua County By C. Nooriel Nolan | Photos by Richard Ritari

Girls on the Run (GOTR) is a national character building afterschool program that seeks to educate girls in 3rd through 8th grade about the “Girl Box” — expectations and labels that dictate what girls “should be.” It is at this vital age that girls often start internalizing negative, girl-specific messages – they aren’t smart enough, thin enough, athletic enough, pretty enough or good enough – and struggle to be true to themselves. GOTR teaches girls to embrace their unique strengths, and empowers them to reach their full potential, living a life free of these damaging standards. Through group lesson plans that creatively incorporate running, the 10-week program inspires confidence, selfrespect and healthy living. It’s about more than just running. “GOTR is an important resource for girls… It gives them the tools to navigate the social complexities of middle and high school, and builds a healthy self esteem to weather the difficulties,” says Jennifer Bleiweis, Co-founder and new Executive Director of the Alachua County Chapter. Jennifer helped organize the first local season in 2010, along with Pam Hess and Nancy Smith, and is amazed at the program’s growth. “We started with one site and eight girls, so to see the impact and energy at the Spring 2014 5K with all those girls and families participating is truly the greatest reward,” she states. The Alachua County program has seen tremendous growth in four short years. Fall of 2013 marked the pilot middle school program (6th – 8th grade), called Girls on Track, and the Spring 2014 GOTR season was the largest to-date, with 104 girls across seven sites. Jennifer credits the many volunteers who worked tirelessly over the years to get the program where it is today. Yet the hope is to reach more and more girls. Ideally, she’d like to see GOTR implemented county-wide, via a partnering with the school system. Currently, GOTR relies mostly on parent and teacher liaisons to promote the program. While Jennifer is pleased with the success GOTR has had so far, the goal is to reach all girls, in all socioeconomic groups. To do so, however, will require expanding the sponsorship funding aspect of the program, so every girl has the opportunity to participate.


LOCAL taught me how to talk, listen and wait, all over again. Girls on the Run is such a beneficial commodity and program.” GOTR volunteer and Spring 2014 coach Nori Connor agrees that GOTR is an important community resource. “The program is about so much more than running,” she explains. “Running the 5K is the result of all the lessons combined. By the end of the season, the girls really believe in themselves and understand that with work and determination, they can accomplish anything.” The distinct thing about this program is that it encourages cooperation, rather than competition, as the girls work together to achieve their running goals. The curriculum also fosters collegiality. For 75 minutes twice a week, girls discuss age-specific lessons like “Gossiping is a Bad Habit,’’ or “Bullying is for the Birds,” or “Community Begins with Me,” and then complete a running exercise together. This helps develop an all-encompassing healthy lifestyle while developing mutual respect. At the end of the ten week season, they run a 5K together, cheering each other on to finish the race. This deviates from the usual competitive nature of many athletic programs, and helps foster the notion that girls can work together and support one another, which is contrary to messages about girls having gossipy, catty or bullying behavior.

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Lindsay, a 5th grader at Talbot Elementary, just completed the Spring season. She says she would tell other girls to join the program because, “you have a good time doing it, you get exercise, you get new friends and the coaches are really nice.” When asked if it helped her self-esteem, she smiled shyly and uttered, “Mhmmm.” Mia Jones, University of Florida track team member, GOTR Intern and Spring 2014 coach at PK Young, coached one of the largest groups this season, with 20 members. To demonstrate how the program impacted the girls in her care, she quoted one who said, “I used to think some of the other girls were mean…but now I see them differently – they are different and kind.” This gave Mia chills.

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By Dante Lima | Photos Provided by TOPSoccer

If you get the chance to talk to Chris Drew about his organization, TOPSoccer, it may be a few minutes before you hear words like goal, pass or corner kick. That’s because Drew will be talking about the wonderful kids, volunteers and parents that makeup the lifeblood of the organization to be worried about a silly game. TOPSoccer stands for “The Outreach Program for Soccer”, an outreach of the Gainesville Soccer Alliance, and it’s clear that Drew has taken the acronym to heart by speaking to anyone who will listen about the way TOPSoccer enriches the Gainesville community by offering a fun, safe and nurturing environment for kids with special needs. TOPSoccer geared for children with a wide range of special needs 32 32 | TheVillageJournal.com

from Down syndrome to autism to cerebral palsy, and Drew and his team of volunteers are committed to help the children succeed no matter what their disability may be. “This league is specially tailored to meet their needs. Wheelchairs, walkers and crutches don’t define the child. Kids are kids and they want to be loved and have fun. When kids come in with challenges, we create games that they can succeed all while having a blast.” The organization, which exists nationally in nearly every state, operates independently, and each chapter uses a little different format. Little league, for


LOCAL many special needs kids, can be a scary idea, says Drew. “Some kids are fearful that they’ll fail or hold the other kids back,” Drew said. “Even for well-bodied kids, little leagues are so specialized and competitive these days, it can be intimidating. That’s not us. The game isn’t as important as giving these kids an outlet to have fun.” Drew works in the UF Health Shands Rehab Services. He says God smiled on his family because he got his job at Shands six months before his youngest daughter was born, which meant he was fully vested for health insurance. She was born with Down syndrome and faced many complications at birth, making the need for excellent health care essential. Two weeks later, Drew’s son was diagnosed with special needs, more sensory in nature. “When I found out I my daughter had special needs, my first thought was how do I get involved with the Special Olympics and later I got the opportunity to direct TOPSoccer,” he said. “I have been an athletic director and coached all kinds of sports, but nothing has been as rewarding as coaching TOPSoccer.” Luckily, Drew and his family have lots of help. Volunteers, or Buddies, are the reason for TOPSoccer’s success, and each of the 50 children who participate get at least two Buddies. Most of the Buddies are students at University of Florida studying pre-med, physical therapy, occupational therapy and neuroscience. Others come from Dr. Mary Nelson’s Exceptional People class, many of which begin to fulfill their volunteer requirement, but stay even after their requirements have been met, Drew says. “One student even changed their major after becoming a Buddy to work with special needs children as a profession,” he explains. “That’s the power these children have.” Barbara Zsembik and her daughter Ella, 22, have been with TOPSoccer since the beginning. When Ella, who has Down syndrome, saw her brother and other friends competing in sports, she wanted to join in the fun. As she’s grown older, Ella now helps with coaching and helping the directors and Buddies.

“It gave us such a purpose,” Zsembik said. “It’s tough for special needs kids to get exercise and stay healthy. Some people say ‘Oh these poor kids, let’s not make them do stuff,’ but they want to participate. It’s part of their development.” “It’s hard to describe how you feel when you see these kids and how happy they are,” Drew said. “They’re smiling. They’re laughing. They’re free. Until you experience it for yourself, it just sounds like a cliché.” TOPSoccer has two seasons, in the Fall and Spring, with the upcoming season likely beginning in September. Registration costs $15 and includes two seasons of soccer, two pizza parties, T-shirts for players and Buddies and a trophy. For more information on how you can register your child for TOPSoccer, to donate or to become a buddy, visit www.gainesvillesoccer.org.

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merican children and young adults are reared on the notion that an education is the key to achieving success in life. In our American society, the belief that an adolescent will naturally move from elementary school, to middle school, to high school and eventually to college or some other form of higher education is common. Our society and government supports the advancement of education through countless financial assistance programs and providing equal opportunity to obtain a quality education. In today’s fast paced, here-and-now society, however, it’s easy to lose sight of the abundance of resources available, taking for granted the encouraging way our society views opportunity and equality of individuals, particularly that of people with physical differences. Although this is the reality for those living on American soil, it is not the reality for many people living in foreign or third world countries. In Palestine, for instance, the deaf are never given the opportunity to dream of attending high school, let alone college, due to the lack of educational opportunities tailored to their specific learning needs. While this is not a subject we hear about on the nightly news, students and faculty at Oak Hall School along with members of the community – more than 6,500 miles away – are talking about it, working to help improve the lives of Palestinian youth with hearing impairments through aiding in the advancement of educational opportunities. Local attorney Steve Kalishman is the founder of the Sister City Program of Gainesville, an affiliate of Sister Cities International, which focuses on providing diverse cultural groups with the opportunity to learn about one another through first hand interaction. Through this unique program, which has been in existence for over 58 years, Gainesville has connected with numerous cities abroad in countries such as Haiti, Poland, Russia, Nicaragua and Iraq. Currently, Gainesville is engaged in a unique three-way connection with Kfar Saba, Israel and Qalqilya, Palestine. In 2011, a delegation from Gainesville, which included Jason Stahl, Oak Hall School Director of Music, and Robert Ponzio, Oak Hall School Fine Arts Department Chair, visited the only

Deaf school in Palestine on behalf of the Sister Cities International program as part of their itinerary. During their visit, they discovered that out of 43,000 deaf citizens in Palestine, only 700 attend school and receive formal education. Based on our research, deafness is viewed as a stigma in Palestine, which can cause feelings of shame to the families of deaf children. In some cases, this unfortunate reality keeps deaf children out of the public eye, and prevents them from ever attaining any education. The delegation also found that the education system in the West Bank only goes to the 9th grade for deaf students. The school shared its plans for expanding their facility, and explained the need to raise $350,000 in order to make it happen. Realizing that there was a crucial need to improve the educational system in Palestine, the delegation, some of the students and faculty at Oak Hall School decided that they needed to do something about this critical issue.

“I had never come to the realization at any point in my career that there were deaf children who didn’t have an opportunity to complete high school." — Cynthia DuPont

Cynthia DuPont, the American Sign Language teacher at Oak Hall School, was excited about the opportunity to help, but shocked by the severity of the situation. She explained, “In all of my 35 years of being an interpreter, I had never come to the realization at any point in my career that there were deaf children who didn’t have an opportunity to complete high school, go on to higher education and have opportunities for earning real income, and it just snowballed after that.” After hearing that two of her advisees, Tripp Lentz and Jacob Goldberger, were skilled in writing and web design, she asked for their assistance in spearheading the creation of a website aimed at raising money towards the Palestinian school’s goal. TheVillageJournal.com | 35 35


The boys were eager to help, and after researching the issue, they realized the impact their work could have, not only on a population, but also an entire country. “If I was in their shoes, I just couldn’t even imagine not having the possibly of continuing education, so I wanted to give them the same opportunities that are present for many other children,” Lentz said.

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After the website was created with some help from the American Sign Language students at Oak Hall School, word spread about the efforts being made in Gainesville to raise money for the school in Palestine. It wasn’t until after the website was up and running that the students and faculty at Oak Hall School became aware of deeper, more complex issues surrounding the Deaf school and the Palestinian government. The government had failed to pay the staff at the Deaf school for over four months, which resulted in teachers and deaf students organizing a protest in West Bank to gain the attention of powerful lawmakers and evoke change in regulations regarding the Deaf. Once the Welfare and Education Ministries understood that there was an extreme need for an expanded school for the Deaf, saw the website that Lentz and Goldberger created and realized that they had so much support from a community on the other side of the world, they offered an additional $700,000 if the $350,000 is raised by mid January of 2015. The increase in funds would mean that not only could the current school expand, but it would also be able to create an entirely new, state of the art facility. “If we raise this $350,000, then they’re going to have a brand new building in the shape of an ear, which will not only serve their deaf kids in Qalqilya, but all of the Deaf kids in Palestine,” Kalishman explained. With the promise of an additional $700,000, plus the donation of land and infrastructure by the city government, the current focus is on reaching the original goal of $350,000 within the next six months. In addition to traditional fundraising events, a grassroots approach will be utilized to help reach the community and gain support. Although there is still a long way to go and much of the planning is still in place, everyone involved is dedicated to turning this once distant idea into a very foreseeable reality. Since becoming connected through Sister Cities, many of the students at Oak Hall School, including Cynthia DuPont’s American Sign Language students, have developed close friendships with the students in Palestine using


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Skype video calling, where the students are able to communicate using sign language. In April of 2014, a delegation of students and teachers from Qalqilya visited Gainesville, where they finally met their ‘old’ friends at Oak Hall School in person. While in town, the two groups of students painted the 34th Street Wall, took an exciting trip to Disney World and experienced St. Augustine Beach, which was something completely foreign to the Palestinian delegation who, despite living only 10 miles away from the Mediterranean Sea, had never actually seen a beach. Many people have been touched by the story of the students in Palestine, and through learning about their situation have been inspired to become a part of this powerful movement. Throughout this journey, the one unifying thread that has woven these two diverse groups together is simply the human connection. “Even though the cultures are so different, the people are still people and you can connect with them just the same as anyone else,” Lentz commented. Ponzio also added, “The beautiful thing about this is, once you meet somebody and talk to them and have a friendly conversation, they're no longer a stereotype. In our media, especially with the Israelis and Palestinians, there are huge amounts of stereotypes going on, and they're not stereotypes when they're your friend, they're just people." The harmonious union of Sister Cities Gainesville’s involvement and Oak Hall School’s efforts has aided in redirecting a dismal outlook for Deaf Palestinian adolescents into one of hope and prosperity. While the path has been set, and the journey that lies ahead will be long, eventually they will change the lives of many. For more information about the school for the Deaf, plans for the construction, or to make a donation, visit www.buildaDeafschool.org.

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WATCH Haile Market Square | SW 87th Court

Hickory Walk | SW 52nd Road

Year Built Sq Foot Bedroom/Bath

Year Built Sq Foot Bedroom/Bath

2007

1176

Sold Price

2/2 $110,000

1994 1557

Sold Price

2/2 $182,000

Haile Village Center | SW 91st Terrace

Lexington Farms | SW 56th Lane

Year Built Sq Foot Bedroom/Bath

Year Built Sq Foot Bedroom/Bath

2003

1122

Sold Price

2/2 $112,000

1991

1667

4/2

Sold Price

$198,000

Plantation Villas | SW 97th Drive

Camden Court | SW 88th Terrace

Year Built Sq Foot Bedroom/Bath

Year Built Sq Foot Bedroom/Bath

2003

1400

Sold Price

2./25 $120,000

1993 1616

Sold Price

3/2 $205,000

Haile Village Center | SW 91st Terrace

Carlton Court | SW 94th Street

Year Built Sq Foot Bedroom/Bath

Year Built Sq Foot Bedroom/Bath

2003 1088

Sold Price

2/2 $120,000

2002 1946

Sold Price

3/2 $215,000

Haile Village Center | SW 91st Court

Sutherland Crossing | SW 55th Place

Year Built Sq Foot Bedroom/Bath

Year Built Sq Foot Bedroom/Bath

2006 1462

Sold Price

3/3 $138,900

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

1985 1315

1994 1911

Sold Price

3/2 $222,500

Lexington Farms | SW 55th Lane Sold Price

3/2 $147,500

Year Built Sq Foot Bedroom/Bath

Sold Price

1992 2048 3/2 $225,000

Indigo Square | SW 94th Street

Hampstead Park | SW 39th Avenue

Year Built Sq Foot Bedroom/Bath

Year Built Sq Foot Bedroom/Bath

1990 1207

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2/2 $150,000

1999 2132

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3/2 $253,500


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1990 1874

Sable Pointe | SW 34th Lane Sold Price

3/2 $265,000

Year Built Sq Foot Bedroom/Bath

2000 3156

Sold Price

4/3 $430,000

Hampstead Park | SW 38th Lane

Charleston Park | SW 42nd Place

Year Built Sq Foot Bedroom/Bath

Year Built Sq Foot Bedroom/Bath

1997 2163

Sold Price

4/3 $287,000

Westfield Commons | SW 105th Drive

Oakmont | SW 91st Drive Year Built Sq Foot Bedroom/Bath

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1990 3089 4/3.5 $442,500

Sold Price

Year Built Sq Foot Bedroom/Bath

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1993 2533 3/2 $310,000

1997 3447 5/4 $460,000

The Preserve | SW 44th Lane

Sable Pointe | SW 33rd Lane

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Year Built Sq Foot Bedroom/Bath

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1990 2580 4/2.5 $340,000

2001 3357 4/3.5 $472,500

Grahams Mill | SW 56th Place

Westfield Commons | SW 105th Drive

Year Built Sq Foot Bedroom/Bath

Sold Price

Year Built Sq Foot Bedroom/Bath

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1989 2340 3/2 $345,000

1995 2841

Market Square | SW 25th Road

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2013 2738 4/3 $370,000

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y friends call me the Yard Sale Queen, and for good reason. My favorite way to start a Saturday is bright and early, driving around town to find the weekend’s best sales. Deals abound, and one man’s trash is another man’s treasure.

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LIFE Recently, my search landed me at the Haile Plantation and Town of Tioga neighborhood sales where I picked up some insanely inexpensive treasures. First on the list was a mirror for my entry, followed by crystal candleholders for my dining room, an amazing vintage wire lounge chair, a beautiful pair of lamps and the list goes on.

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LIFE Treasure hunting is undoubtedly one of my favorite pastimes. Last fall, a friend and I took a road trip and visited the World’s Longest Yard Sale, a sale that spans from Alabama to Michigan with sales speckled all over the place. I brought home all kinds of fun finds, but one in particular I loved was a side table which just happened to match an existing piece in my home (the entry table previously featured on thevillagejournal.com). Pairing my new purchases with the side table from the World’s Longest Yard Sale, I decided to spruce up an unused corner by my back door that gets a lot of natural light, making it the perfect reading nook. If you’re feeling adventurous and thriftiness is your thing, check out the upcoming World’s Longest Yard Sale (www.127sale.com) on August 7-10 where you’re sure to find some incredible bargains.

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Brain Check-Up By Alix Baxter, MD

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ow can we be proactive regarding mental health? Know what mentally healthy looks like, identify warning signs, seek evaluation by a professional and follow up with appropriate intervention or remediation when indicated. Let’s look at what the stages of healthy mental development typically look like throughout the life cycle.

Children Pre-schoolers should be developing language skills as well as healthy sleeping and eating habits. They will demonstrate the ability to hear rhymes, recognize word sounds, letters, numbers, and comprehend simple several step directions. Consult a pediatrician if developmental milestones are not being met. Aggressive behavior should not be causing problems at home or school. Observe how your child is progressing both academically and socially.

Teens Teenagers will be striving for independence; encourage this but also keep an eye on them. Hormones are raging and affect teens' moods and behaviors. Escape and avoidance of stressful social and academic situations occur but can lead to excessive time in the virtual world, alcohol or substance abuse and sexual promiscuity. The risk for depression doubles for girls, as compared with boys, after puberty. Previously undiagnosed learning disorders, like ADHD, may cause problems for the first time in the teen years.

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time to consider changing dysfunctional patterns to lower stress. Certain mood disorders and psychotic disorders have their onset in early adulthood. Treatment should be initiated immediately for the best outcome. With older adults, Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias cause irreversible decline in mental health. No medication can stop the progression of these disorders. However, modifying the following factors associated with developing Alzheimer's disease will reduce the risk of developing it: • • • •

Mid Life Hypertension • Physical Inactivity Mid Life Obesity • Smoking Mid Life Diabetes • Depression Low Educational Attainment

Modifying these factors builds up “cognitive reserve” in the brain, which functions as a neuro-protective buffer that prevents plaque formation - the cause of dementia related cognitive deficits. Why is good mental health important? We benefit as a society, both socially and economically. By recognizing typical signs and symptoms of mental distress, we can become more proactive regarding mental health. Now, with research advances in the neurosciences, we can look forward to future treatments involving molecular and gene therapy, as well as psychotherapy, for relief from mental health disorders.


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By Helen Kornblum Natural Order Coaching & Organization

he business of organizing thrives on the stress of our complicated personal and professional lives. Homes are bursting with stuff, some of which we never use or can’t find when we need it. Workplaces demand too much from too few workers. Solo entrepreneurs seem to work all the time. Thanks to the ubiquity of digital devices, we’re on duty 24/7. The focus and scope of organizing have evolved into a variety of subspecialties. With information accumulating at a faster rate every day, we have more to process, which affects our ability to make decisions and take action. Organizing expertise is needed for clutter control, space planning, residential concerns, finances, photographs and other collections, downsizing and relocation, computers, estates and yard sales, and the management of time and schedules. Special populations for organizing include seniors, students, and those who have Attention Deficit Disorder and other learning differences. Life transitions such as birth, death, divorce, and health issues create a need for reorganizing priorities and lifestyles. Most of us have experienced the cost of disorganization.

Money: Have you missed the due date on your credit card bill? Do you know where all your important tax receipts are? Is your car serviced often enough to avoid costly repairs? Time: Do you waste time looking for papers needed for work, school, or the children? How often do you double back home to retrieve a forgotten lunchbox for one of the kids?

Productivity: Do piles of paperwork hide your desktop? How often do distractions take you off course, possibly affecting your raise

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or promotion? Will your business succeed if you’re doing too much low priority work? Disorganization causes stress, often affecting our health. The organizing industry offers education through a burgeoning selection of self-help books, magazine articles, products sold in catalogs and retail stores. Computer apps deal with time issues through alarms and list-making. Productivity gurus, professional organizers, and trained coaches offer one-onone inspiration. Better organization does not cure life’s larger problems, but it does contribute a sense of calm, control, and freedom when life gets out of hand.


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WOMAN ON A MISSION Story by Kendal Norris Photography by ryaphotos Makeup by Kara Winslow Hair by Donnie Lancaster for 6th Street Station

Fitz Koehler is on a fitness mission. She aims to help massive amounts of folks live better and longer. She’s an international fitness consultant, TV personality, publisher, business owner, corporate spokesperson, mentor and mass media producer.

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he Fort Lauderdale native grew up in an athletic, sports-oriented family and learned as a young person the value of good diet and exercise. “I developed some pretty bad eating habits as a teen and suffered as a result from weight gain and a poor self-image,” Fitz explained. “But when I was fifteen, I got a job at Spa Lady fitness center and I found out I was actually a natural at teaching fitness.” This marked a turning point in Fitz’s life. She chose a path to a healthier lifestyle that later led to a thrilling career. Fitz earned a B.A. in Political Science with minors in Communications and Education from the University of Florida in 1995 and a Master’s degree in Exercise and Sport Sciences from UF in 1998. She recalled, “I was fortunate to work at the Student Rec and Fitness Center teaching aerobics classes during college and even served as a fitness director for the cruise ship Crystal Harmony one summer on its voyage through Europe. That experience gave me a taste for global travel that I still enjoy.” While in graduate school, Fitz met her future husband, Rob Koehler, who was already working in law enforcement. Today he’s a Lieutenant at the Gainesville Police Department and is, according to Fitz, “perfect in every way.” Now married sixteen years, the couple have two children, Ginger, eleven, and Parker, nine—both students at Meadowbrook Elementary School. Fitz decided early on to form her own company, Fitzness International, LLC. Under this business umbrella she has worked with a wide range of celebrities, including Brooke Shields, Donnie Osmond, Cheryl Tiegs, Vanessa Williams, The Wiggles and Olympians Carl Lewis and Jackie Joyner-Kersee. Fitz also takes time to devote her considerable expertise to one very special enterprise, The Morning Mile. The Morning Mile is a beforeschool running and walking program geared toward preschool, elementary, middle school and high school students which allows them to exercise by doing laps in the half hour before school begins. “I incorporated the best practices of existing 56 56 | TheVillageJournal.com

programs and created a guidebook, along with key pieces of equipment for easy duplication and major success,” Fitz explained. “The kids show up to expend some youthful energy, build endurance, burn calories and increase their level of health and fitness. It was designed to create lifelong habits they can carry in to their 90s, promote pride in their accomplishments, and encourage discipline and focus. It’s also just a lot of fun for them in a totally healthy, friendly, stress-free atmosphere.” Now instituted in over one hundred and sixty schools, including 26 in Alachua County, The Morning Mile recently celebrated reaching its millionth mile. “What’s so rewarding about this program is all of the unforeseen and unpredicted benefits,” Fitz commented. She explains that besides combating childhood obesity, The Morning Mile promotes family values. Parents, and even grandparents, join in running with their children and grandchildren. Teachers have noticed a dramatic increase in calmness and focus in students who participate, as well as a decrease in tardiness. Academic performance improves and kids are able to socialize in a mutually supportive way, happy to share their successes and encourage each other. These running/walking achievements are rewarded with a simple coffee stirrer for each lap, and then a necklace and individual sneaker charms for every five miles they walk or run. “We play fun music for the kids to listen to while they exercise, and what you hear on top of that is a lot of laughter, excitement and camaraderie,” Fitz noted. “When they can’t run because of a storm, they are really disappointed.” For Fitz, The Morning Mile is a personal investment in the next generation. But the program’s success wouldn’t be possible without sponsorship. It takes a one-time $1,250 tax-deductible donation by a private sponsor (corporate or individual) to set up a Morning Mile school operation. “It’s a great marketing tool for businesses that want to invest in children, health and education,” Fitz said. “We display a large banner on the school field with their name on it. By partnering with The Morning Mile, they are promoting the physical and academic well-


being of local students, while garnering genuine loyalty and appreciation from the community. If we can raise a generation of strong, healthy, balanced children, we’ll save American tax-payers billions of dollars, while significantly slashing our growing rates of disease.” Fitz brings her passionate speaking talent to a number of large national and international forums. Her client list includes ABC and CBS News, Office Depot, Disney, Tropicana and Oakley. A frequent guest on TV news and talk radio, she likes to joke that she has a PhD in harassment, but people simply respond to her enormous enthusiasm for health and fitness. In the past, Fitz has demonstrated her full-contact kickboxing skills on ESPN and was featured in the big screen action movie, Exreme Force. When she isn’t speaking on fitness for companies in faroff places like Jamaica or Singapore or doing the New York/ Chicago/Los Angeles triangle of media events as a corporate spokesperson, Fitz is working on fitness DVDs like her Flip-Flop Abs video. It hits the core spots of the abs, back, and hips in three twelve to fifteen-minute workouts. Her online magazine, Fitzness.com, is read by millions each year. She said, “I don’t want to help just a few people get healthier; I want to reach the masses!” Fitz also enjoys mentoring men and women throughout the country—people like herself who are strongly motivated to create their own businesses and fulfill their professional dreams. “It takes vision, discipline and determination, but anything is possible if you want it badly enough. I’m a true believer in the risk/reward principal of the private sector. I’ve received a lot of support in my life from great, capable friends and associates. I just want to give back as much as I can.” With such an impressive track record, Fitz is indeed on target to accomplish her long-term mission to, as she puts it, “blanket the nation with fitness.”

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o matter how hard you try, maintaining a healthy lifestyle isn't always so easy. For many people who are constantly on the go, it becomes routine to run out the door in the morning and grab the most convenient thing in the kitchen, usually some type of sugar-filled pastry or muffin, or maybe even nothing at all. It’s crucial to eat something at the beginning of the day that will not only give you energy, but also boost your metabolism and nourish your body. To make your busy mornings simpler, here are some quick and nutritious power-packed recipes that will jump-start your day.

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Greek Yogurt Parfait INGREDIENTS • 1 cup of Greek Yogurt • 1/4 cup granola • 1/2 cup strawberries, chopped • 1/2 cup bananas, chopped • 1 kiwi, chopped In a small cup or bowl, place a layer of Greek yogurt on the bottom. Add a layer of granola, and then top it off with bananas, strawberries, and kiwi. This simple parfait recipe can be easily altered, so try experimenting with different fruit combinations.

Sesame Fruit-and-Nut Bars INGREDIENTS: • 1/2 cup of whole almonds • 1/2 cup of chopped cashews • 1/2 cup of chopped pecans • 1/4 cup of sesame seeds • 1/3 cup crisp brown rice cereal (quinoa, or puffed millet) • 1/2 cup chopped dried raisins and apricots • 1/3 cup organic corn syrup • 1/8 tsp fine sea salt (optional) To start, preheat the oven to 325°F. Combine all ingredients together until everything is evenly coated. Line the bottom of an 8-inch baking pan with aluminum foil and spray with nonstick cooking spray. Firmly flatten and evenly spread the mixture into the pan. Bake the bars for 17 to 20 minutes. The edges should look slightly browned and the middle should be somewhat soft to the touch. Let cool for about 20 minutes in the pan. Once cooled, remove the bars from the pan and place onto a cutting board. Cut into 8-10 bars, depending on your preference, and let cool completely. Then tightly wrap each bar in plastic wrap. These bars can be stored at room temperature for up to three days, or refrigerated for up to two weeks. This recipe is very flexible depending on your personal preference, so feel free to change up the type of fruits and nuts you include.

Overnight Oats INGREDIENTS: • 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt • 1/2 cup rolled oats • 2/3 cup of milk • 1 tbsp of chia seeds • 1/2 tsp of vanilla extract • 1/3 cup raspberries • 1/3 cup blueberries In an insulated thermos or container, such as a mason jar, combine all ingredients together, and let mixture sit overnight in the refrigerator. In the morning, add fresh raspberries and blueberries.

Coffee Protein Smoothie INGREDIENTS: • 1 cup brewed coffee, chilled • 1 frozen banana • 1 ½ cup of crushed ice • 1/2 cup of Vanilla-flavored Whey protein • 1 tbsp of cashew butter Brew about a cup of coffee and allow it to cool. When ready, peel and cut the banana into chunks. Then combine all ingredients and blend together until smooth. TheVillageJournal.com | 59 59


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lot of people ask me if a chef is born or made, and personally I think both are true and I believe I was one of the ones born to be a chef. Before considering myself a chef, I without a doubt consider myself a foodie. I adore gastronomy, the study of food and culture, with a particular focus on gourmet cuisine. I love to discover new flavors by experimenting with a mix of rare seasonings. I enjoy traveling and reading about the culinary arts, but I mainly love eating fabulous food!


While gastronomy has always been a part of my life, it wouldn’t have been a true passion without encouragement from my parents. They instilled the values of sharing a dinner table, distinguishing the difference between standard cuisine and gourmet food, but above all acquiring the passion to be a foodie. I discovered my passion when my mother surprised me by taking me to the most impeccable two star Michelin restaurant in Madrid, Spain, La Broche restaurant.Chef Sergi Arola, the owner of La Broche restaurant, is known as one of the most prestigious chefs of Spanish gastronomy. During this surprise dinner, we started with amuse-bouche, which was followed by carpaccio de porcini mushrooms. We also enjoyed Spanish jamón iberico and a pine nut vinaigrette. I can still remember the silky texture of the porcini mushrooms that blended extraordinarily with the juice of the Spanish jamón iberico. When dinner was over, my aunt requested we visit the kitchen, since I had never seen a professional one. As we entered the kitchen, my adrenaline surged and I admired the immaculate view; I could only hear the sound of the saucepans and the voice of the head-chef as I admired my surroundings. Upon seeing my joy and excitement, Chef Sergi wanted to motivate me to pursue cooking and gifted me two items; a copy of his book with an inspiring dedication and the opportunity to learn from him in his kitchen. Since that day, I began developing my career and Chef Sergi taught me that being a chef is about more than cleaning a filet mignon or making paella – it’s about the experience. Since then I have cooked every day and enjoyed the wonderful world of gourmet cuisine. Each day I fall more and more in love with my field of work and I hope to instill that passion in those who surround me.

I feel fortunate of the opportunity I have to demonstrate my talents. Being the executive chef at Saboré has taught me many amazing things and I have met wonderful people, but my greatest pride is my team that accompanies me in this remarkable journey. Without them, nothing would be possible. I feel fortunate to work with people as passionate about their work as I am. At Saboré we work hard to leave each guest with a taste of global cuisine.

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ike most good ideas, Blue Door Casseroles took a while to germinate before sprouting into being. Owner Laura Moseley always had a passion for creating interesting culinary delights and began entertaining friends with home-cooked meals as a teenager. Having grown up in Tallahassee, she earned her B.S. in Risk Management and Insurance from Florida State University in 2001. Laura then worked in the insurance industry in Jacksonville and Atlanta for over a dozen years. During that time, she met and married Matt Moseley, a Director of Underwriting with Nationwide Insurance and together they had a son, Walker, now age five. Today Laura still works part-time on a flexible, remote basis for an insurance agency in Atlanta. But in recent months she has also donned an apron more frequently to create unique, wholesome dishes in her Haile-based organic meals company, Blue Door Casseroles. “I’ve always loved cooking for others and experimenting with different flavor combinations,” she said. “My friends have been generous and so helpful with their ideas and input. This business has also been a response to the challenge of putting together healthy food choices for the picky meat-andpotato eaters at home, my son and husband.” Having developed her own website, bluedoorcasseroles.com, Laura established a marketing presence on Facebook where she welcomes feedback and ideas from her enthusiastic, expanding customer base. With an ever-evolving menu, Laura currently offers six flavor-packed side and main dish casseroles: Broccoli and Quinoa Cheesy Bake, Slap Yo’ Momma BBQ Chicken Pasta, Ms. Sharyn’s White Chicken Lasagna, Hearty Pasta Bake, Chicken Parmesan Pasta and the customer favorite, The Standard (Chicken and Wild Rice Casserole). Each casserole is available in two sizes: a 9-inch round that generously feeds four and a 9 x 13 large feeding eight to ten. What sets Blue Door Casseroles apart is the quality of ingredients, most of which are organic, used in an effort to give customers an alternative to standard frozen dinners or fast food fare. As Laura observed, “With the crazy-busy schedules of today’s families, it’s nice to be able to come home to a delicious,

wholesome casserole that looks and tastes wonderful, and makes you feel good after you eat it. And I can assure you that it’s less expensive than feeding a family of four at most fast food restaurants.” For added convenience, Blue Door Casseroles also offers home delivery for a small additional fee. Having faced her own issue with gluten sensitivity, Laura is continually educating herself on the best and tastiest ways to combine ingredients to adapt to different dietary restrictions. She also felt it was important for Blue Door to offer gluten-free and vegetarian options that have grown to be extremely popular. She noted, “Sometimes I’ll have a girls’ night at my house where we’ll do tastings of TheVillageJournal.com | 63 63


T AST E new recipes.” As a result, she is experimenting with different ingredients for the traditional carb-heavy casseroles, such as cauliflower rice, and plans to introduce more paleo-friendly offerings in the coming months. It’s all been quite a learning experience for Laura, too. As she recalled, “When I was doing some early marketing research, the Kale, Spinach, and Artichoke Pasta Bake got rave reviews from so many people. But what’s happened in reality is that this particular dish hasn’t really taken off. So it’s a trial and error sort of operation, but also fun because I get to explore new combinations

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all the time. And of course, we all know that food tastes better when it’s made with love.” Speaking of love, the Moseleys have also cooked up a little baby brother for Walker due to arrive in August. Laura said with a laugh, “I hope at least this one will eat more vegetables than his brother and father!” Also sprouting at the Moseley house is an organic spring and summer garden that promises to yield wonderful tomatoes and fresh herbs to be incorporated into future Blue Door Casserole dishes.


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dequate sleep is important for all of us to feel our best and function well during the day. But did you know that too little sleep is associated with many negative consequences including accidents, poor cognitive function and long-term health issues? How much sleep is enough? While an individual’s sleep needs can vary, in general adults require 7 to 8 hour of sleep in order to be well rested and avoid negative consequences. Adequate sleep is even more important for infants, children and adolescents and the amount of sleep needed changes with age. Newborns usually sleep 16 to 20 hours out of 24 hours with sleep and wake periods spread throughout a 24-hour period. As infants mature, their sleep need will decrease to about 13 to 15 hours with a consolidation of sleep into longer periods, with the longest sleep period occurring at night. Toddlers and preschool children need 11 to 12 hours of sleep with long periods of nocturnal sleep and 1 to 2 daytime naps. School age children usually sleep 10 to 11 hours and should not be sleepy during the day. Finally, adolescents need 9 hours of sleep, but rarely obtain that amount due to pressures from school and activities and loss of “parental control” over sleep times. What are the manifestations of too little sleep? Many adults will yawn, feel sleepy and may even fall asleep during the day when they are sleep deprived. While some children will demonstrate sleepiness in this way, many may manifest sleepiness with poor concentration, distractibility, impulsiveness, aggressiveness and poor self control. These symptoms are similar to those noted in attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Too little sleep can result in poorer concentration, learning and memory. Lack of sleep can also result in poorer reaction times and decreased ability to complete psychomotor tasks – the integration of cognitive function and physical movement such as that required to use precision instruments, play a musical instrument or drive a car. In fact, the National Transportation and Safety Board estimates that 100,000 motor vehicle accidents per year are related to driver fatigue resulting in 1,500 deaths and 71,000 injuries. Thus, too little sleep can result in automobile accidents and has also been linked to serious

and well-known accidents such as the Challenger Explosion and the Exxon Valdez oil tanker disaster. There are a number of health issues related to too little sleep including obesity, diabetes, hypertension, heart attacks and overall mortality. Several large studies have shown an increase in obesity in adults who sleep less than 6 to 7 hours per night with a greater chance for obesity with fewer hours of sleep. This same relationship has also been shown for children sleeping less than their age requirements for sleep. Additional studies have shown that those who sleep less than 5 hours per night have 2.5 times greater chance of developing diabetes and 2 times greater chance of developing high blood pressure. Additional studies have shown a 2 to 3 times greater chance of heart attacks in those sleeping less than 5 hours a night either chronically or intermittently. Large population studies have demonstrated a general increased chance of death from any cause in persons sleeping less than 5 hours a night.

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WE L L N E SS increased anxiety, depressive symptoms, overall distress and alcohol use. Middle school students with sleep deprivation have been shown to have increased problems with depressive symptoms and poor self-esteem. Teenagers with inadequate sleep have been noted to have increased behavioral problems, depressed mood, anxiety and alcohol use. Many studies have shown poorer performance with sleep deprivation related to involuntary micro sleep periods and unstable attention. Poorer or insufficient sleep leads to decreased short-term memory, reduced learning and worsened performance with prolonged task duration. Truck drivers in a controlled study with decreased sleep were shown to have poorer reaction times and lapses in attention. One study demonstrated that a decrease in sleep of 2 hours a night led to a performance similar to that after ingestion of two to three beers! We all know we shouldn’t drink and drive, however we should also be aware that

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too little sleep puts us at risk when driving as well. So what can we do about this? First be aware that too little sleep can have far reaching effects on performance, safety and health. Make sure you allow enough time for sleep, i.e. if you need 7 hours of sleep and need to get up at 6 a.m., you need to be in bed asleep by 11 p.m. Make your sleep environment conducive to sleep without distractions (no TV, bright lights or 2 a.m. snacks!) Recognize signs of sleepiness and increase your sleep time if you are experiencing such symptoms during the day. Make sure the children in your life are getting enough sleep, especially those adolescents who are driving a car. Turn off electronics at night and set up a regular calming bedtime routine to prepare everyone for sleep. If you have disrupted sleep or are tired despite adequate sleep, discuss this with your primary care provider to determine if additional evaluation is warranted.


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MINDFULNESS:

Living Here & Now By Anisa Perbtani

Being and doing. They’re always dancing. Our roles in our lives overlap. You’re being a mother when you drop the kids off at school. Often, you’re being an anxious mess and rushing forward in your mind to that meeting at work. Once you’re in the meeting, your mind wanders off to other things, like what you’re cooking for dinner. We think we're more productive if we're multitasking, but that's not always the case. Having multiple dialogues at once can take you out of the living world, and prevent you from connecting with what is in front of you.

It's so typical to forget what's primary. You’re a living, breathing being who is trying very diligently to be happy, and it seems to be just beyond reach. “I’ll be happy after I get the taxes done, after I finish these last few reps, after the kids move out….” What is the achievement if you’re missing out on the present moment? How does one just be happy?

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WE L L N E SS naturally or easily done, but that isn’t what they are, or how they work. With simple, plain attention, you can live mindfully wherever you are, and whenever you need it most. At first, approach your practice with a goal such as, "Upon waking, I'll focus on breathing for five minutes. I'm breathing in, I'm breathing out.” Then, “Whoops, I forgot to call the babysitter!" When the temptation to react to this thought occurs, as it will, gently direct yourself back to your intention. What we practice grows stronger, so if we focus on the voice of the inner critic, we'll get better at listening to the critic (and most people are already pretty good at that). Life will be waiting for you in five minutes. Redirect and come back. This is how your practice starts. Mindfulness isn't about getting somewhere with the mind, but instead being here in this moment. Continue your practice by watching your breath for a few minutes, using small increments of time. Let yourself rest on what’s underneath you. Feel the sensations in your body. If anything stands out, can you let things be the way they are? When the temptation to change something comes up, keep breathing. The more you watch, the more tolerance and patience you cultivate. You don't have to be in a special place to practice this. Start by being willing to do exactly what you're doing. When you notice that you wandered, just remind

yourself to come back to what you're feeling. It's common to get irritable as you watch how quickly the mind takes off, but remember, the unfocused mind wanders – that's its job. The practice of mindfulness is about noticing that, and redirecting back to a detail of your current experience. Ask yourself, "How am I feeling now?” Your attention will re-direct itself to the present moment, along with your breath. Breathing is your constant companion; it’s the first and last thing you'll ever do. It's your greatest tool. Just being in your body and noticing your breath may reveal what you're really feeling about a stimulus, and maybe you're overriding that feeling in the present moment. Some of the benefits of mindfulness practice are less anxiety, better sleep and increased creativity. Deeper benefits come with time, and foster the ability to let go of things that cloud our judgment. With continued practice, you may begin to recognize thoughts that are habitual. Be curious and inspect them. Your internal dialogue is automatic, and very revealing. But remember, you don't have to believe everything you think. Be patient – it is a practice after all. While you may not notice your mind quieting, you will begin to notice the shifts in your life. You'll be less reactive in stressful situations. You’ll find yourself being more “yourself,” and being more yourself is not a goal; it’s developing awareness of what being yourself may be.

Mindfulness isn't about getting somewhere with the mind, but instead being here in this moment.

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assimi, coraest ressit eumquos et arum qui nullignimus, to ventum et quiduciur abore ea quibus restotaque se corupti onecabor molorepro et, volora sequiatem aute maio. Et pa voloreici nemporescias denet faccuptatum in re dolendel inimus, sequi qui bero et experfe rectur maxim qui ipsam ab is non essunt harchil igenda dolupta taspereprero voluptatibus nis is quam, quis a abor re parum dolor sum ea veliqui quos rest acia ea ium cusda comnistist, asperem commodi dolorion con nos ea aut quos im litinullenis dem iur secaerrovid quasitatur aditiorem qui te est, et, simust Within distance of the Gainesville faccumdriving nulpario. area, this small town in the mountains of north Georgia in 1828 on quid the site Obistiist was offic founded tem sendemquodis mosofut America’s firstacerovit bona fide gold rush. Dahlonega eost, simolor estin cum explantet volori was to Creek and Cherokee non originally commodishome est, aborum nempor repere alic tribes that were exiled to eastern Oklahoma tem fugitisit hil ma corepere molupta tendita in the 1830s on the infamous Trail of cusae Tears. quidusae ex excea am, quas accum, This wassandam the result of whiteexplibero interlopers aut que remosam veligent anxious to get their handsdoluptassed on rich tribalquas land quiberecus resecaborem gold Today,fugita the Yahoola delit deposits. pel in rehenem sitectibusUnited que nam Cherokee and Cultural Education conserupitMuseum am lam, sitas vendici dunt latate pre, Center houses and displays local artifacts, tools, opta quiam repedit, quam, optaquiae veliquae weapons and information that celebrate and natque parum fugit, il ipienis et qui nonem testify to theapis enduring quality of local Native consequis velenda ntiur?Aximolest, optatia American history. aceria digendam qui rest, erro odit repti dest,

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Healdsburg, CA This town of approximately 12,000 residents in the heart of Sonoma County’s wine country is situated off Highway 101 on the beautiful Russian River. Founded by an Ohio entrepreneur named Harmon Heald in the mid-nineteenth century, Healdsburg was planned around a central Spanish Plaza. Today, that serene space serves as the cultural heartbeat of a community boasting art festivals, summer concerts and locally-grown, organic produce. A casual amble downtown will also reveal Michelin-starred restaurants, independent bookstores, awardwinning B&Bs, antique stores, artisan breads, cheeses, and of course, world-class wines. Healdsburg is the hub of several of the most important AVAs (American Viticulture Areas) in the US: Dry Creek Valley, Alexander Valley, Chalk Hill and Russian River Valley. These climate-perfect areas have produced grapes for Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Zinfandel,

and Cabernet Sauvignon wines for over two hundred years—since the inception of vineyardplanting by Spanish mission priests. Just a ten-minute drive from downtown will take visitors to the Francis Ford Coppola Winery for an afternoon of food, wine, music, movie memorabilia and swimming. Though renowned for its wine-tasting rooms and culinary specialties, Healdsburg also hosts an annual ten-day Jazz Festival in late May or early June with performances by world-famous musicians at various venues, including the historic Raven Theater, the glamorous Hotel Healdsburg, boutique restaurants and local wineries. For those with more craft or antique-oriented interests, the Hand Fan Museum (the only one in America) has both a permanent and a visiting collection of exquisitely made hand fans from all over the world. For more physically energetic visitors, Russian River rafting tours with inflatables, kayaks and canoes offer the opportunity for splendid adventure – in fast or slow motion – in incomparable local scenery.

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Traverse City, MI For a getaway that features terrific downhill skiing in winter and tart cherry-tasting treats in summer, there’s Traverse City, Michigan. Named after Grand Traverse Bay on Lake Michigan, this town of 15,000 was initially settled as a sawmill operation on the Boardman River. With water everywhere, that means, among other things, there are exciting fishing opportunities—with or without a charter boat service—for salmon, steelhead and brown trout. The freshwater beaches and rich forest lands of the area also spell great family camping opportunities. But to truly savor local flavor, plan a trip to Traverse City around the National Cherry Festival the first full week in July (July 5–12, 2014). This fun-filled happening had its beginnings in a 1925 “Blessing of the Blossoms” event where local farmers and

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businessmen planned a celebration and promotion of the tart cherry harvest. In 1926, President Calvin Coolidge was invited and presented with a cherry pie three feet in diameter containing 5000 cherries. A new world record was set in July 1987 when the cherry pie had grown to seventeen-and-a-half feet and weighed over 28,000 pounds! It’s said that tart cherries have soothing health benefits – everything from arthritis relief to stress reduction to sleep enhancement. Be that as it may, from those early days, the National Cherry Festival has grown in scope, size and wonder. Traverse City residents busy themselves each July thinking up new ways to present their goods in pastries, preserves and pies. The Festival also invites visitors to enjoy sports events and foot races, live music, arts competitions, craft booths, marching bands, parades and a volleyball tournament. The crowds can get a bit thick during the National Cherry Festival, so it’s best to plan ahead for this one. TheVillageJournal.com | 75 75


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Staunton, VA

Staunton, VA The birthplace of President Woodrow Wilson, Staunton, population 24,000, is nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains of central Virginia. Founded in 1732 by a Scots-Irishman named John Lewis, the town is today a cornucopia of colonial and nineteenth century lore featuring a large, beautifully preserved historic district. From its early beginnings as a trading center in the backcountry for grain and tobacco to its modern-day character of a culturally rich urban educational center, Staunton appeals on many levels. The home of Mary Baldwin College (founded as a women’s college), Staunton also boasts the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and the Museum of American Frontier Culture. For those with a theatrical bent, there’s the American Shakespeare Center producing plays in a replica of Shakespeare’s Blackfriars Playhouse in London. Free walking tours of the hilly town’s beautifully preserved Victorian structures and businesses are sponsored by the tireless Historic Staunton Foundation. Gospel Hill District is one such area with its roots in religious meetings held at a local blacksmith’s shop in the 1790s. 76 76 | TheVillageJournal.com

One of the most fetching features of Staunton is its city parks, one of which, Gypsy Hill Park, is a 214-acre expanse of golf course, stadiums, horse-shoe pits, swimming pool, bandstand, pavilions and a lake—replete with elegant white swans. Many summer evenings the sounds of local folk bands fill the magnoliascented air in this gracious setting harking back to earlier times.

Bisbee, AZ One of the quirkiest small towns on the list, Bisbee captures some of that illusive, Old Southwest character blended with modernday industries. It’s the seat of Cochise County, named after the famed Chiricahua Apache warrior who holed up in the nearby Dragoon Mountains, eluding at length US Cavalry units. Founded as a copper, silver, and gold mining settlement in 1880, Bisbee physically emerges out of one side of the Mule Mountains in terraced fashion. To tour the streets of Victorian-laced architectural buildings is to ask for a workout. There’s even an annual 5-K run called the Bisbee 1000 Stair Climb that goes


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up and down, up and down, and then up and down some more. Bisbee, with a population of approximately 5,600 souls, had its economic heyday from the WWI era to the early 1970s. Phelps Dodge operated its famous Copper Queen Mine producing historical amounts of the valuable metal, along with what came to be known as Bisbee Blue turquoise discovered in the open pit mining area called Lavender Pit. The area is also rich in mineral deposits like azurite, hematite and malachite that contribute to a currently thriving local jewelry business of exquisitely handmade rings, necklaces, hair ornaments, brooches and bracelets. Bisbee today is a rebirth of artistic and cultural intentions, and the setting for chic restaurants, independent coffee houses, and budgettormenting boutique jewelry stores. What shouldn’t be missed is the Copper Queen Hotel, one of whose earlier financial backers was John Wayne, with its Old West charm, along with the Art Deco County Courthouse. For history buffs, there’s the Bisbee Mining vand Historical Museum, and the historic walking and ghost tours of “old town.” For family fun and education, there’s the Queen Mine Tour for which visitors get to don mining lanterns, hats, and slickers for their ride deep into the underground tunnels of the copper mine that closed in 1975—nearly one hundred years after giving rise to this remarkable little gem called Bisbee.

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Handy Helpers FOR STRESS FREE TRAVEL By Anna Gerrol

Taking a vacation can quickly go from something you’ve been looking forward to for months, to something you wish you could undo. Between preparing, organizing and packing all of your belongings, it’s easy to become overwhelmed. Traveling, especially with a family, can be a stressful and tedious without adequate planning. With these handy products, a last minute weekend getaway will have you prepared and ready to roll.

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JULY Summer Time Around the World with The Elegant Gourmet June & July, times and dates vary The Elegant Gourmet "Free Fridays" Concert Series Every Friday, 8:00pm – 10:00pm The Bo Diddley Community Plaza

Kanapaha Botanical Gardens Guided Walk Saturday, July 5th, 10:00am – 12:00pm Saturday, August 2nd, 10:00am – 12:00pm Saturday, September 6th, 10:00am – 12:00pm Kanapaha Botanical Gardens After Hours Florida Museum of Natural History Thursday, July 17th, 5:30pm – 7:00pm The Florida Museum of Natural History High Heels and Hot Wheels Car Show Saturday, July 19th, 10:00am – 3:00pm Pledge 5 Foundation, Downtown Gainesville Tioga Monday Market Every Monday from 4:00pm – 7:00pm Tioga Town Center Tioga Town Center Movie Nights Friday, July 11th, 8:00pm —Frozen Friday, August 8th, 8:00pm —Friday Night Lights Friday, September 12th, 7:30pm —Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs Tioga Town Center Book Lovers Group of Gainesville Saturday, July 12th, 3:00pm – 5:00pm Millhopper Branch of Alachua Library District

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CALENDAR Ins and Outs of Copyright Law Sunday, July 20th, 2:30pm Millhopper Public Library

Gallery Talk by author Edith Crouch Sunday, August 17th, 1:15pm – 2:15pm Harn Museum of Art

The Royal Opera House presents Puccini's "Manon Lescaut" Thursday, July 24th, 12:30pm Sunday, July 27th, 2:30pm Hippodrome Theatre

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Tioga Town Center Concert Series July 25th, 7:00pm: Just Maybe Band August 29th, 7:00pm: Rick Randlett September 26th, 7:00pm: T.J. Brown Band Tioga Town Center

AUGUST Open Track Day Saturday, August 2nd, 7:30am Saturday, September 6th, 7:30am The FIRM: Florida Int'l Rally & Msport Park From First to Final Draft - Opening the Door Sunday, August 3rd, 2:30pm Millhopper Branch of Alachua Library District Panama Exhibit Opening Day Saturday, August 9th, 10:00am – 5:00pm Florida Museum of Natural History Chamber Orchestra, Summerfest 2014 Friday, August 15th – Sunday, August 17th, 7:30pm Curtis M. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts Tyler's Hope Golf Tournament Friday, August 15th – Saturday, August 16th Gainesville Country Club

Canines and Cocktails For a Cause Date TBD Please visit daytimedogs.com or facebook. com/daytimedogs for confirmed dates. Jake Owen Thursday, September 4th, 7:00pm Stephen C. O'Connell Center "1868 Comes Alive" Friday, September 5th – Saturday, September 6th Dudley Farm Historic State Park Love Story: The Couture Bridal & Beauty Event Sunday, September 7th, 3:30pm Best Western Gateway Grand Paint Out Friday, September 12th, 10:00am Saturday, September 13th, 10:00am Sunday, September 14th, 10:00am Kanapaha Botanical Gardens String of Pearls: Traditional Indian Painting Daily through September 14th Harm Museum of Art Gainesville Latino Film Festival Wednesday, September 17th Wednesday, September 24th Hippodrome Theatre

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7th Annual Kids Triathlon and Fun Run Saturday, September 27th, 8:00am Haile Plantation Golf and Country Club

Art Opening Friday, September 19th, 6:00pm – 9:00pm Kanapaha Botanical Gardens Summer House Gallery

2014 Alachua County Heart Walk Saturday, September 27th, 7:30am – 11:00am North Florida Regional Medical Center


WOBtoberfest Weekend Friday, September 26th – Sunday, September 28th, times vary World of Beer

Authors @ UF: A Conversation with Christopher Silver Tuesday, September 30th, 7:00pm Smathers Library (East), Room 100

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ANTIPASTO

—“before the pasta”— The word antipasto means “before the pasta” and is Italy’s version of hors d’oeuvres. It usually consists of a variety of small foods served before the meal to stimulate the appetite. My grandmother would make a lunch consisting of fresh vegetables and salad greens, which she called her antipasto salad. This would be just enough to hold you over until the massive pasta dinner. She always stressed that when picking the vegetables, “the fresher the better”. This is especially true today, since after visiting your local farmers market, you can come home and make this easy salad recipe. You can incorporate any vegetables, meats or cheeses you desire.

Buon Appetito! INGREDIENTS

INSTRUCTIONS

for salad

vinaigrette:
 Whisk together all vinaigrette ingredients in a small bowl until combined well.

• 2 cups water • 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar • 2 tablespoons sugar • 1 teaspoon salt • 1 medium red onion, halved lengthwise and thinly sliced crosswise • 2 hearts of romaine (12 ounces total), torn into bite-size pieces

• 1/2 lb of broccoli rabe, cut and large chop • 1/2 lb cherry tomatoes, halved • 1/2 cup of grated pecorino cheese • 2T of rough chopped basil

for vinaigrette • 3 tablespoons aged balsamic vinegar

• 1 cup loosely packed fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves

• 1 small garlic clove, minced

• 2 medium fresh red bell peppers, cut into strips

• 1/2 teaspoon salt

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• 1/2 teaspoon sugar • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper • 6 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

salad:
Bring water, vinegar, sugar and salt to a boil in a 1-quart heavy saucepan, then add onion, broccoli rabe and simmer until crisp-tender, about 3 minutes. Drain and cool. Grill the zucchini and red peppers on a medium heated grill. Spread romaine on a large platter and scatter with parsley, peppers, olives, tomatoes, zucchini, broccoli rabe and onion. Whisk vinaigrette again and drizzle over salad, garnish with fresh basil and cheese.


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