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local 22 Spotlight on Neighbors: Aaron & Helena Cowley


26 Linda Blondheim Hosts The Second Annual Invitational Painters’ Retreat at Fair Oaks

29 Gainesville 20/20: Reminiscing the past 20 years and plans for the next 20

34 Young Life Celebrates 50 Years in Gainesville

life 42 Natalie Nicole Green


51 DIY Danna: 3 New Uses for a Rolling Pin



55 Eating in Season

with Chef Valero Alises of Saboré


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here I sit, pen in hand, rhythmically tapping my fingers on a pad of paper, completely stumped. Writing New Year’s resolutions always seems like a brilliantly motivating idea, but generally ends in frustration and many crossed out lines of copy. “In 2015, I will…” I will, what? Go to the gym seven days a week. Probably not. Perfect making an apple pie. Not likely. Organize that closet filled with random items that scathed by the donation pile, yet don’t have a permanent place in our home. Maybe. Bottom line is, as much as I want to learn new things and cross others off the list, the reality is I end up with lowly resolutions like, “cook dinner at home once a week” or “send more hand-written notes,” things that are inexcusably doable and much needed in my day-today routine. I’ve grown to appreciate that sometimes these goals, while be it just small steps, are far more motivating and beneficial than lofty resolutions that sound fantastic, but end in defeat. To kick off the year, this issue is packed with many ideas focusing on making 2015 the best year yet. Whether it’s digitally detoxing (p.58), ramping up on laughter (p.64) or eating more seasonally, and therefore more nutritiously (p.55), there is inspiration for a perfectly achievable resolution. Also inspiring is the story of rising country singer, Natalie Nicole Green, whose sites are set on Nashville superstardom and nothing short of achieving it (p.42). Even the City of Gainesville provides a splash of inspiration with the many new developments unfolding in front of our very eyes as this great city continues to flourish (p.29). Here’s to hoping your 2015 is filled with many wonderful moments, achievements and discovery, humble as they may be!

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Aaron and Helena Cowley Meeting Challenges with Courage and Commitment By Kendal Norris | Photography by Center Peace Cinemas

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he traditional American work ethic has two stellar examples in Haile residents, Helena and Aaron Cowley. These young professional scientists and entrepreneurs are successfully contributing to biomedical research on the local, as well as international scene.

Their background and educational credentials are impressive. Helena was born and raised just outside of Gothenburg, Sweden. She seemed destined for an international life path, as her mother was Chinese and her father Swedish. Helena describes childhood with her two siblings as very normal, with lots of enthusiasm for the outdoors, soccer, and volleyball. But early on, she knew she wanted to pursue a career in science. She said, “My mother had a degree in chemistry and later became a registered nurse, working with dialysis patients.” Inspired by her example, Helena graduated in 2008 with her Master’s degree in bioengineering from Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg. In the course of her education, Helena obtained an internship in 2007 in the U.S. at OxThera, Inc. in Progress Park, Alachua. OxThera is a biopharmaceutical company developing treatments for primary and secondary hyperoxaluria. At OxThera Helena met Aaron Cowley, who was employed in a scientist position. “We obviously hit it off,” Helena recalls, “and when it was time for me to go back to Sweden, we decided to give a long distance relationship a try. It was not easy, but we made it work for over two years.” In Sweden, Helena completed her Master’s degree, and took up employment at the Swedish car manufacturer, Volvo, in the area of multivariate data analysis and experiment design in their paint-engineering laboratory. In 2009, Helena reunited with Aaron in the US; they married that summer. Aaron Cowley was born and raised in Horton, Kansas and won a college basketball scholarship to Benedictine College in Atchison. After obtaining a Bachelor of Science degree in biochemistry, he went to graduate school at the University of Kansas and earned his PhD in Chemistry in 2004. Aaron commented, “Following a two and a half year post-doc NIH fellowship at the University of Georgia in Athens, I was recruited by my colleague and future business partner, Qingshan Li, to move to Florida and work with OxThera.” He remained there until June 2009. In that benchmark year of marriage to Helena and new beginnings, Aaron and his partner created their own biotech startup company called Captozyme, LLC. It’s a research and development enterprise working on therapeutic enzymes to help reduce the occurrence of kidney stones. Aaron elaborated, “By 2016 we’re planning to bring to market an affordable medical food product to manage kidneyrelated disease. It’s basically dietary management of a nutritional process whereby harmful oxalate is converted into another, harmless compound in the stomach. We also intend to do future follow-up studies to monitor its effect on patients.” Currently Captozyme, LLC is a company with six employees, but they are always on the look-out for talented and driven professionals. | 23 23


As part of the Innovation Hub community, Captozyme, LLC has benefited from local expert advice, investor resources, strategic tools, and national grants to help all aspects of growth and development. Since 2010, the company has received $2.6 million in small business grants. To further bolster their company’s maturation, both Aaron and Helena continue to consult parttime at OxThera, Inc., where they are helping to advance related product development. Helena noted, “We’ve been quite fortunate to find a business model and environment here in Gainesville that’s so supportive of our goals. Because the life of an entrepreneur is extremely mission-oriented, nearly every hour of every day is devoted to developing therapeutics whose goal is to reduce pain and, in some cases, even

“We’ve been quite fortunate to find a business model and environment here in Gainesville that’s so supportive of our goals." — Helena Cowley

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save lives. Captozyme is really like our own baby that needs feeding and nurturing with all of our combined skills and energies.” To further this mission, Helena, who is the Chief Operating Officer and program manager of their company, has returned to graduate school to obtain yet another advanced degree. She’s enrolled in the Professional MBA program at the University of Florida (with a projected graduation date in 2016) whose students all work full-time. This means attending classes on the weekends, leaving very little time for conventional leisure activities. In addition, she serves on the board of the North Central Florida Association for Women in Science Affiliate Group. Helena observed, “Aaron and I are lucky, though, that we do get to travel internationally for business from time to time. In January we’ll be visiting a company called Wuhan Kangfude (Comfort) Biotechnology that we work closely with in Wuhan, China. One of their employees actually came to intern with us for a period of time in 2013. The growth of recent economic infrastructure in that part of the world is astounding. Each time we visit, more businesses have taken root.” From among their global itineraries, Helena singles out two destinations of special interest.

LOCAL “Of all our travels, I’d have to say that the capital of my native country, Stockholm, and Shanghai in China are both fascinating cities. Stockholm is in a unique, island setting; its older medieval section is impressive for its sheer historical and architectural beauty. Shanghai has a totally different vibration. It’s fast-paced, kinetic, yet welcoming in its atmosphere. To be able to tour the Bund section by night is to see the waterfront area filled with beautiful old buildings dating back to the British settlement era. My husband and I are also hoping to go to Beijing in the near term.” Aaron added, “This past year has given us opportunities for trips to Canada, Spain, and Sweden. We’ve also been to Amsterdam in The Netherlands, Copenhagen in Denmark, and Basel in Switzerland for collaborative meetings and seminars. In 2012 and 2014 we attended the Primary Hyperoxaluria Workshop in both Bonn, Germany (2012) and in Chicago (2014).” Primary hyperoxaluria is a medical condition whose treatment is close to their hearts because it

is—at present—a fatal disease that mostly affects infants and young children. Helena said, “This is an area in which we’d truly love to make a difference one day.” Periodically the Cowleys have enjoyed visits from Helena’s Swedish family members. Helena recalled, “My sister has visited, and my mother, too, several times in the last five years. We also have friends who’ve jumped at the chance of coming to Florida to relax, see the sights, and just get warm!” Guests are welcomed to their condominium in Haile Village Center which serves as a comfortable sanctuary (and another base from which to work). Helena said, “Yes, we’re so busy with Captozyme that we even gave up our television. And we have yet to go on a honeymoon,” she added with a laugh. “But we absolutely love living here with its camaraderie, local activities, and the farmers markets. It’s altogether a great place to further our hopes and dreams of making a real contribution to the health of present and future generations.”

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Linda Blondheim Hosts The Second Annual Invitational

Painters’ Retreat at Fair Oaks By Kendal Norris | Photography by Magda Solski


rofessional Gainesville artist, Linda Blondheim, specializes in depicting and honoring the Florida agricultural landscape. Through her generous spirit, she also expresses a calling to serve and support fellow painters—friends and colleagues she’s known for years. Linda commented, “I’ve participated in competitive paint-outs for years throughout the state and the south. It’s one of the best ways to meet other artists, but relaxing events—they’re not. The pressure is on to compete and to raise funds for charity. I wanted to do something different and provide a time, opportunity, and private atmosphere where my friends could paint at leisure, not for profit, and enjoy each other’s company.” 26 26 |

That’s how the first invitational painters’ retreat at Fair Oaks happened in the fall of 2013. For the past eight years, Linda has been the artist in residence there in Evinston (between Macintosh and Micanopy). Fair Oaks is an historic, 160acre estate of native flora and fauna, as well as improved farm land. As she described it, “The fields are pristine and beautiful, with many hardwoods and tall graceful palms. Two ponds provide habitat for resident and migratory birds. It’s a peaceful and gracious estate stewarded carefully by the many who toil there.” This year with just over a dozen participants from Florida and other states invited, Linda started planning eight months before the actual Halloween weekend event. Organizing involved finding hosts to house the guest artists, as well

LOCAL as donors, sponsors, and art suppliers to fund the three days of actual painting and group activities. Then, Linda acted as the retreat’s enthusiastic hostess. With the help of her invaluable assistant, Carolyn Smith, Linda drove the guests around in a golf cart, got them set up on various parts of the estate with their paints and easels, and picked them up periodically for breaks and meals. After dinner at the pavilion area (all of the meals were served at Fair Oaks), they went to their hosts’ homes to unwind and rest. One of the participating local artists, Mary Jane Volkmann, commented, “This event gave us a much needed and important space. In the absence of the usual production pressure typical of plein air [outdoor] events, we had time and freedom to paint in a beautiful setting in any way and any place we wished. With no fixed schedule other than meals, we could take time to walk and observe the nuances of light, while enjoying the singing of the birds in the quiet autumn air, later sharing the warmth of the fire, a hot meal, and plenty of laughter.” In the tranquil atmosphere of this expansive estate, the artists had time to share experiences about events, products, future plans, and techniques. Each painter completed three to four paintings each, according to Linda, to do with as they wished. She said, “None of this would’ve been possible without the generous contributions of donors and sponsors.” These included Gamblin’ Artists Colors, Pearl City Store, Judyth Dawson, Art Alternatives, and French Canvas. Linda added, “And it goes without saying that we appreciate the estate staff photographer, Magda Solski and the dedicated trustees of Fair Oaks—our wonderful setting.” Gainesville artist Kathleen Wobie attended the retreat and welcomed guests from out of town into her home. She noted, “As artists, we’re often isolated in our work, but this retreat was a true respite—a chance to explore new mediums and materials. It’s important for creative people to be able to share ideas and techniques in this way. I’m sure I speak for everyone who came that we’d all like the chance to do this again next year.”

Artist John Caggiano of Rockport, Massachusetts added, “It was a laid back affair, a coming together of friends and colleagues who have worked together in the past and present and will do so again in the future. There was no pressure to perform, no drama, no art politics. We just enjoyed each other's company, eating, drinking, laughing, teasing, and talking art and life.” Periodically everyone’s inner batteries need to be re-charged. In a world of profitdriven competition and increasing economic challenges, basking for a few days in an atmosphere of relaxed openness, mutual admiration, and loving support is a rare thing. And by all accounts, it was a deeply satisfying, fulfilling experience. Linda Blondheim’s work may be viewed at | 27 27

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The13th Street “Double Helix” pedestrian bridge was completed in November of 2012. The shape represents Gainesville’s transformation from a railroad town to a medical and biotech hub.


hange is evident in the beating heart of Florida. Groundbreakings, business arrivals and community projects are priming Gainesville for an era of development. By examining the features that put Gainesville on the map, combined with new, bustling attributes, we can begin to map out where our city will go in the future. Twenty years ago, Gainesville saw three main categories of employment: the government, the University of Florida and Shands Hospital community, and the private sector, lifelong resident Mitch Glaeser recalled. The private sector was severely limited to service jobs, such as attorneys, surveyors and dry cleaners. Since then, Gainesville’s economy has broadened. Now we see a growing innovation economy, with biotech centers, engineering and technology firms, gamming and mobile app companies, even breweries.

ED POPPELL, Director of Economic Development for Innovation Square

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MITCH GLAESER, Chairman Board of Directors for the Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce

DEBORAH BUTLER, President of Butler Enterprises TIM JACKSON, Project Leader for Envision Alachua and Director of Real Estate for Plum Creek in Florida

Glaeser has seen it all through his long career in Gainesville. At a young age, his hardworking, entrepreneurial drive stood out. He followed his father, founder of Glaeser Realty, and obtained his real estate license when he was 18. By age 19, he had started his first company. Now, Glaeser sits as the Chairman Board of Directors for the Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce. He’s a jack-of-all-trades: the Vice President of Business Development at the Emory Group, a broker at Glaeser Realty and an established Gainesville business owner with his newest endeavor being the apparel store Logokick. | 29 29

L OC A L Starting a business has never been easy, Glaeser said. But in his experience, he’s found that a supportive city atmosphere can make the process much smoother. Ultimately, the heart of community development is a dedication to help, he said. At present, we see a healthy push from the city and its partners to facilitate Gainesville’s entrepreneurs. “There is an attitude and element that is taking root here in Gainesville, that we encourage and are excited about the innovation class and those who want to start a business,” Glaeser said. “There’s much work that has been done, and there’s much work still to do.” In fact, Gainesville’s development is like a space shuttle taking off, he said. The space shuttle stands in position with smoke billowing from below. Everyone’s watching the countdown clock as the moment gets closer, but instead of racing down to 0:00 and blast off – the clock pauses. During these holds, the launch team comes together to perform tasks necessary for the eventual blast off.

provide 3,500 permanent jobs, a larger tax base, and over 1,500 construction and support jobs. Butler Enterprises announced two anchor stores to open in 2016 – Sam’s Club and a Walmart Superstore. The Walmart from Butler Plaza East will relocate to the new Superstore in the north plaza. After the move, the east plaza will be developed into Butler Town Center – a 350,000 square foot, open-air shopping center. The Town Center places a strong focus on architecture and topnotch facilities, creating a prime experience for future retailers and restaurants. The Gainesville market is currently under-retailed compared to most markets in Florida, said Deborah Butler, president of Butler Enterprises. The expansion will help change that, and further establish Gainesville as a regional shopping hub. “Our residents will no longer need to travel outside of the city to get what they want,” Butler said.

“I think Gainesville has gone through the pause recently,” Glaeser said. “We have all collaborated very well together for all the stakeholders of the region, that typically weren’t talking to each other, were able to sit down and collaborate.”

Throughout the next 20 years, Butler Enterprises hopes that the center will become a hallmark shopping experience for residents – a place to stroll and shop, grab a bite to eat and peruse the area’s entertainment.

These partnerships have developed an economic machine to pioneer Gainesville.

“The pedestrian friendly design of Butler Town Center gives the development a strong sense of place for our community,” she said.

“The greatest example of that would be the innovation district, and what happened with that area between downtown Gainesville and the University of Florida,” he said. “That transformative process taking place has been done through that pause period. They’re about to start the countdown clock and great things are ahead.”

Butler Plaza Expansion Butler Enterprises hopes to transform Gainesville’s shopping, create jobs and improve the area’s quality of life with its twophase expansion. After a 15-year planning process, Butler Enterprises broke ground on the development in November 2014. The expanded plaza will 30 30 |

Innovation Square Innovation Square wants to change the way young people and companies have traditionally thought of Gainesville. Twenty years ago, it was characterized as a degree destination, said Ed Poppell, the Director of Economic Development for Innovation Square. Students came to UF to get an education, and then often left to find a job in a bigger, more exciting economic area. Poppell wants to transform that stigma. “We want to make Gainesville a career destination,” he said. “Not only can you come and get an outstanding college degree, you can also get an outstanding job and a career path in Gainesville.”


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Butler Town Center ground breaking ceremony held Novemeber, 2014.

Innovation Square is a prime community for forward-thinking companies and jobseekers. The site, where the Alachua General Hospital stood 20 years ago, encompasses 40 acres that will holistically provide for companies launching in Gainesville, from office space and employee housing to a captivating community atmosphere. Innovation Square leverages Gainesville’s assets to attract today’s labor force. As the millennial generation enters the workforce, there is a rising emphasis on natural communities. This generation’s preferences differ greatly from Poppell’s generation and those before it, he recalled. “They prefer a live-work-play community were all those activities are within walking, biking and skateboarding distance, versus my generation that relied more on suburbia,” Poppell said. Innovation Square offers jobseekers those conveniences with its progressive foundation. Recently the infrastructure was completed, including a park and roads with small, “walkable” blocks. Many employees will live in the community, in an entrepreneurs dormitory coming in summer 2015, and an upscale apartment complex, which will break ground in summer 2015. We can expect to see the all-inclusive trend flourish in the next 20 years, Poppell said. However, it will by no means replace Gainesville’s suburban neighborhoods, he said. It is one of many valuable options that Gainesville can offer companies and job-hunters.

Most importantly, success will not be isolated to the innovation district, Poppell said. Innovation Square looks for businesses that will be long-term contributors to the overall Gainesville economy. It prioritizes opportunities with high paying jobs and benefits, and companies that can grow the local higher-tech scientific community. Economic development affects the livelihood of virtually all community members. “We hope that all boats will rise – with more jobs, better jobs, it will improve everyone’s quality of life,” he said. With growth at Innovation Square, the community will bridge UF and downtown Gainesville to “revitalize, grow and bring jobs and entertainment, and livelihood on Second Avenue,” Poppell said. He hopes that Innovation Square will extend growth and vibrant workforces to all of Alachua, Newberry and Hawthorne. “It's a single goal that we would look back 20 years, and say we’ve increased the job base in Gainesville by thousands of jobs… and we’ve diversified our economy,” he said. The innovation district exemplifies Gainesville’s potential to attract rising businesses and highskilled work forces. In the next 20 years, Glaeser hopes to see Gainesville cultivate employment opportunities on all levels. “The chamber is very focused on the GED to the Ph.D. level of job,” Glaeser said. “Every person has a talent, and the dignity of having a job and | 31 31

L OC A L being able to raise a family and to have a quality of life that Gainesville and this area has to offer, is the real focus of what the Chamber’s work does – for every person at every level.” Plum Creek has plans to create these levels of opportunity in East Gainesville.

Plum Creek Plum Creek has big goals with Envision Alachua – a sector plan to unlock East Gainesville’s regional potential. As one of the country’s largest private landowners, Plum Creek owns 14 percent of Alachua County’s lands. The company hopes to develop and conserve 65,000 acres of land in East Gainesville. With one application to county planning staff under its belt, Plum Creek is now in the process of public hearings and refining another application. If approved, Envision Alachua hopes to economically revitalize East Gainesville’s traditionally underserved areas through economic, environmental and community development. The company estimates that the multifaceted plan would create 30,000 jobs throughout its projected 50-year formation. In the next 20 years, Plum Creek would develop the basic plan for the area and recruit large companies. To determine targeted industries, Plum Creek recently performed a “relationship mapping” assessment of the current and potential connects between UF and the area’s private sector. It determined that large, light manufacturing companies and other related opportunities could best take advantage of UF’s proximity, and the large parcels of land Plum Creek can offer. Envision Alachua aims to create three jobs for each residential unit built in the development’s living areas. Plum Creek believes that this would create a ripple effect throughout the East Gainesville housing market, as over 65% of employees would seek housing outside of the project area. Plum Creek said families would fill in homes in Hawthorne and East Gainesville, improve the housing infrastructure, and consequently raise the value of the area. 32 32 |

Furthermore, an increased number of children in East Gainesville schools would drive state funding to the area to develop special courses, extracurricular activities and enrichment programs that the now under-utilized schools cannot afford. “By bridging the county’s income gap and ensuring our youth are prepared to leverage future job opportunities, standard of living will begin to steadily improve over the time span of our proposed plan,” said Tim Jackson, project leader for Envision Alachua and director of real estate for Plum Creek in Florida. At its completion, Envision Alachua would bring in $82 million to the county and $6 million to the local school system each year. “We can literally change the destiny of our area and our neighbors for the better,” Jackson said. As Poppell said, all boats rise with economic improvement. For Gainesville, the rising tide is washing in increased retail options. It’s a numbers game, Glaeser said. Before locating, major national stores closely analyze an area’s demographics to gauge potential success in the market. Previously, many retail giants have passed over Gainesville, but improved economic prospects are changing that. “The demographics of the area are starting to teeter over that magical number that they need to see from a regional aspect for them to think that their stores will be viable in a shopping environment,” Glaeser said. With that tipping point, Butler Plaza and Celebration Pointe are enjoying phenomenal interest from companies that have yet to locate in Gainesville. This ignites the potential to change the look and feel of our shopping districts, he said. “I think the community is going to be very impressed, when it’s all said and done, by their shopping opportunities,” Glaeser said.


Architectural Rendering of Celebration Pointe

Celebration Pointe Celebration Pointe also plans to become a defining landmark in Gainesville’s commercial and residential scene. The $170 million project broke ground in April 2014 and is set to open in fall 2016. Celebration Pointe hopes it will become the iconic mixed-use destination in the GainesvilleOcala market. The project, located west of Interstate 75 and north of Archer Road, includes 1 million square feet of retail, dining, entertainment, lodging and office space. Celebration Pointe is already bringing noteworthy, national names to Gainesville. New tenants include Bass Pro Shops, a super outdoor store; Hotel Indigo, an InterContinental Hotels Group brand; and a new campus for the Gainesville-based software and consulting company Info Tech. The project features a transit-oriented design for entry and connections to the community. A new $12 million vehicular and pedestrian bridge will span across I-75, with rapid transit options. Celebration Pointe hopes this will create literal and figurative connections to downtown Gainesville, UF’s campus and the health care center. Like the Butler Plaza expansion, it will be structured as a “town center” development where visitors can spend their day. Together,

Celebration Pointe and Butler Plaza are intended to introduce a refreshing lifestyle element to Gainesville’s retail scene. Overall, Gainesville is like a chemistry experiment, Glaeser said. “You bring the right components together and magical things happen.” Consider the element of brainpower. Our booming education community brings worldrenowned professors and researchers. Our topnotch health care centers bring medical minds from far and wide. Our new, broad innovation economy brings the minds that once gathered in Silicon Valley. “Those like-minded individuals, no matter at what level, are here in Gainesville,” Glaeser said. “We’ve hit that critical point where we now can keep the brightest minds of the world here locally and have them contribute to our community and to our economy.” Add in a positive city attitude and a welcoming business community that encourages those minds to build careers and companies. Combine that with a workforce from the GED to Ph.D. level that bolsters those companies. Factor in the growing regional draw to our retail sectors. Finally, package this all in a growing community where families can live, work and play. With this promising mix of elements, Gainesville’s economy is surely poised for the next 20 years. | 33 33


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Celebrates 50 Years in Gainesville By Lynna Lawrence | Photography by Center Peace Cinemas

Young Life’s time in Gainesville is marked with measurable development in the community and priceless personal growth in its members. As the group celebrates its 50th anniversary, it looks humbly at its past and excitedly at its future.


or 50 years, Gainesville kids have navigated their adolescent years with joy and support from Young Life. All over the city, kids with different backgrounds, family lives and denominations share the precious system of encouragement and friendship. “It’s a place of welcoming,” said leader Erika Oakvik. “It’s a place to be known and to be loved.” Since its beginning, the community-based outreach ministry has exploded throughout the community. In recent years, clubs have garnered participation from enough schools in their region to branch off into East Gainesville and West Gainesville groups. The organization now includes six clubs, nine schools, 400 kids and 80 volunteer leaders. Programs reach a variety of Gainesville youth – WyldLife for middle school students, Young 34 34 |

Life for high school students and Young Life College for Santa Fe College and the University of Florida. Erika has been a leader for West Gainesville high school students since her freshman year at UF in 2011. The group – nine college leaders and 50 to 70 students from Buchholz High School and Oak Hall School – meets weekly at the Plantation Hall in the Haile Village Center for club. Club is the best night of the week. The onehour meeting allows kids to connect, but the true effect of the program is the support system that continues outside of club. The key goal is to be present for kids at all times. “Young Life is showing up where kids are… getting to know them on their turf, building that trust,” said area director Danny Rohan. Through leaders’ constant devotion to the

students, they hope to “win the right to be heard.” Each leader has his or her own group of kids. Erika spends most her time interacting with about five core girls on a weekly basis, at times reaching 10 to 12 girls in her group. She spends her time hanging out, getting lunch, having coffee and attending sporting events with them. It’s the little things that can spark lifelong impact and devotion. When Danny was first introduced to Young Life, he was a lost high school kid who noticed college students at his Gainesville High School lunches and baseball games. As he got to know the students, he relished their friendship and guidance. “For a 16-year-old high school guy, college guys wanting to spend time with you, it’s a pretty cool thing,” he said. “They were just always there, always present, always reliable.” Danny became heavily involved throughout his high school years. When he started college at UF, he volunteered investing back in other high school students. Thirteen years after the start of his Young Life journey, Danny oversees all operations in Gainesville. Continued involvement like his is common. “There are kids who will be here – they’ll go to college here and some of them will want to be Young Life leaders,” he said. “It has lasting effects.” Erika has seen the same enduring commitment in her group. Two of her members recently interviewed to become leaders like herself. One was the first girl she met at Oak Hall School. “It’s full circle to see her interviewing to be a leader,” she said. “There’s definite tangible indications of growth and of great things happening.” Through its committed presence, the organization enjoys support from members and alumni. They’ll join together for the 50th anniversary celebration on February 19, 2015. The national president of Young Life will fly in to speak to the community of longtime supporters.




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L OC A L “We’ve met people who were there in the beginning - year one,” Danny said.

But there’s more to do, Danny said. “This last decade we’ve seen big changes and big growth. We’re hoping to use that to usher us into the next 50 years,” he said.

In Danny’s time in Gainesville, he’s watched friends from his high school Young Life grow up, have children and introduce their kids to the group. That’s when he notices the organization’s true impact. “You start to see these generations of students whose lives are impacted and changed, and you see families that are impacted,” he said.

Young Life photo from Gainesville High School 1967 yearbook.

In addition to its high school and middle school expansion, Young Life Gainesville is also exploring new territory with its college program, held at UF’s J. Wayne Reitz Union. When Erika first came to UF three years ago, there was no club for university students. Since then, she has watched the group find its footing. “During my time at UF I’ve seen it really develop, and it’s been really cool to see it go from just Danny… now there’s 10 leaders and 70 college kids, and they go to camp,” she said.

Young Life also offers a few programs that are not yet available in Gainesville. As the organization progresses, Danny’s goal is to serve all kinds of kids.

He hopes to bring a program specifically for teenagers and young adults with disabilities, called Young Life Capernaum Ministries. Another program on the horizon is YoungLives for teenage mothers. No matter how much Young Life has grown or will grow in the future, Erika believes the spirit of the organization is timeless. “The way leaders love on kids is the same,” she said. “The way that we are intentional with our time to high school students is completely the same.” We hope that never changes. Young Life photo from Gainesville High School 1960s

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tars aren’t born from reality shows and record deals. They’re born from living room showcases with hairbrush By packed Dante Lima microphones, and jam middle school auditoriums full Photography of proud parents and by ryaphotos awestruck friends. They’re born from karaoke nights, practicing in the mirror and singing in the shower. That’s where the passion starts for most singers, and that’s where it started for Natalie Nicole Green, a 25-year-old who is currently making her way in the country music business. Like most aspiring country music stars, there’s only one city on the map of the U.S. that matters; Nashville. While singing and performing throughout high school, offers came from record companies in Nashville. The temptation to forego higher education and enter the music business immediately was there, Green said, but her parents kept her future in focus. | 43


“My parents are a little bit older than most people my age, and probably a little bit wiser, too,” Green said. “They were supportive of my dream but they also wanted me to have a backup plan. They wanted me to get a degree in business before jumping in, so that’s what I did.” She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in business from the University of Florida and began taking the steps toward managing her own career. As a musician, songwriting, singing and performing is only one, as Green would say a small, part of the equation. The first obstacle for any musician is getting shows and being heard. “To become successful in this business you really have to be business minded. You either need to find those people to help you with the business side or do it yourself,” she said. “The reality is, the entertainment industry is a multi-faceted business. I am in talks right now with some management companies and booking agents because I can’t take care of everything anymore, I just don’t have the time. Green learned a lot about the music industry during her time in Los Angeles as a contestant on The Voice and American Idol. After The Voice auditions, she made it to the top 125 vocalists in the country, pitting her against talent from all over the United States and giving her the chance to get a bird’s eye view of the process. While she couldn’t disclose details of the show for contractual reasons, she said her experience with her fellow singers, the show producers and everyone behind the scenes was invaluable to her growth as a performer.

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LIFE “Performing is a huge confirmation that this is what I am meant to do. I would love to share the business end so I can focus more on the creative side of things,” Green said. “I may get bogged down a lot with the tour details and making sure the promotion is going well, but being on the stage and meeting people at my shows is what invigorates me.”

“People come to our shows for the performance. It’s one of the reasons I’ve been hesitant to play instruments on stage, because it can create a bit of a barrier,” Green said. “I recently saw Garth Brooks in concert and he was all over the stage with his guitar. He said ‘they don’t even plug me in.’ I loved that honesty.”

Gainesville is Green’s home base. Of course, Gainesville doesn’t have the country music reputation of Nashville, but she decided to take a different approach and stay in Florida to start her career. Her philosophy was to learn the building blocks of music and business in her hometown instead of going to Music City, knocking on doors and begging for opportunities.

Instrumentation is something she’s working on incorporating into her live show for 2015. Her goal is to make the show more multi-faceted and display her and the band’s many talents, from original songwriting to musicianship to interpretation. Most of Green’s Internet releases to date, including her most recent Christmas album, are covers, or interpretations of other people’s songs. For her 2015 album release, she’s writing original material.

Green is a smart girl who makes calculated decisions, and rolling the dice in Nashville without the smarts or the experience on the road could have spelled disaster for her career before it even started. What sets Green apart from most musicians following a dream is that others want to skip steps. They want to eat cake, but aren’t patient enough to let it bake. Green chooses to follow the recipe. “You’ve got to show people you care, that you’re working at it every single day,” Green said. “I do travel to Nashville a lot, but this is a great time for independent musicians to hone their skills locally, practice and perform everywhere. Start small, build an audience and take it with you.” Playing shows in Gainesville and all over the southeast with her band has helped her develop a mixture of a country and rock and roll sound and performance. She said music in her household growing up was a mixture of country classics like Patsy Cline, Elvis and early rockabilly, as well as more modern country artists like Garth Brooks and Shania Twain. Green may not have the fireworks and fanfare that Garth Brooks brought to the country landscape in the 1990s, but she is an active performer on stage who gives the audience her full attention. At times, it’s almost as if the band isn’t there, like she’s back in the living room again with her cousins singing Dolly Parton.

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The first single, debuting in March, is called “Rebel Child.” Based on Green’s hard work, determination, education and perspective on her craft, the title of the single might be misleading. This tune won’t be a romper about late nights in a bar swigging whiskey and throwing caution to the wind. Instead, it’s a personal take on rebellion. “It’s about knowing who you are and standing up for what you believe in, even if it's not mainstream.” she said. “I was coming from a point of sobriety, actually. I don’t drink, ever, but I am kind of rebelling in my own ways to what people expect or what they think from an artist. Even being a girl in a really male-centric industry, fits the topic. I meet people who think it’s weird that I don’t have a 9-to-5.” After the album release in March 2015, she and the band are hitting the road to tour the record. She’ll be traveling all over the U.S. and possibly booking some international dates in the summer. Of course, she will be making a pit stop in Nashville to perform for a few record labels. Perhaps at 18, she wasn’t ready for Nashville. Now however, armed with perspective, a band, new songs, and hundreds of shows under her belt, Nashville may want to prepare for her.


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love finding beauty in the unexpected. There’s something very comforting in seeing things differently than others’ perceive them that makes me really excited about design. For this DIY, I tackled turning a common kitchen item into something unexpected, something beautiful. And I did it in three different areas of the home, all outside the kitchen. | 51 51


PROJECT #1 Wall Art For this project, you’ll need: A rolling pin Fabric strips


First find a few fabrics you love, preferable in coordinating colors and cut them up into two-inch wide strips of varying lengths. Don’t be afraid to bring in fabrics of different textures to add dimension. Once you have your fabric all cut to size, simply wrap the strip around the rolling pin and tie a knot at the base, allowing the fabric to dangle down in wispy pieces. Continue the process until you’re happy with the outcome. Lastly, tie a piece of rope around the handle of each pin, creating a triangle at the top for hanging. Then place your art somewhere unexpected in your home.

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Ribbon Storage

For the project, you’ll need: A rolling pin Ribbon or rope


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I love an organized craft space in my home, and I find one of the things that gets messy the quickest, especially after the holidays, is my massive ribbon and rope collection. To keep the pieces at bay, and provide a beautiful and functional storage option, I chose a few of my favorite ribbons and ropes and removed them from their spools. I wrapped them around the base of the rolling pin side by side, placing a push pin to secure each piece in place. Now, my ribbon is beautifully displaced and a cinch to get to. By resting the rolling pin between two tables, I can quickly swirl whichever ribbon I need off the pin in one quick roll.

PROJECT #3 Belt Hanger For this project, you’ll need: A rolling pin Small fisheye hooks


No matter how organized I get, there never seems to be enough room for all my belts and jewelry. But of course that doesn’t mean I’m going to stop buying them! So I decided to get crafty and turn an old rolling pin into a quick storage and display for my belts and jewelry. I love the natural wood of this rolling pin and it pops nicely with my dark walls, but if you have light colored walls, consider painting the pin a bright color to add some cheer to your closet. Simply screw small fisheye hooks along the bottom of the rolling pin and use the same rope tie method as in project #1 to secure it to the wall. In a breeze, you’ll have functional closet storage that can make getting ready in the morning a lot more fun. | 53


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T AST E Directions First, chop the cauliflower into finely chopped pieces. In a small pan, heat the butter and immediately add the finely chopped cauliflower until it has a light golden color. Then, chop the leek and yellow onion into small pieces, add it to the cauliflower and cook for 10 minutes. Once the cauliflower, leeks and yellow onions are golden, add the chardonnay, letting it simmer until the alcohol is reduced. Finally, add whole milk and heavy cream and let that cook for 20 minutes. While the cauliflower mixture cooks, beat the yolks of 10 eggs until blended, then set aside.

As our culture becomes further focused on the pursuit of healthy lifestyles, one important aspect that is often overlooked in terms of healthy and mindful eating is learning to eat according to what is in season. Here, Chef Valero Alises of Saboré, a world-fusion restaurant located in Tioga Town Center, brings a worldly view to the fresh produce that can be found in your local farmers markets this winter. What are some of his favorites? Chef Valero enjoys the fresh Florida strawberry, cauliflower and eggplant.

FLORIDA CAULIFLOWER CRÈME BRÛLÉE WITH STURGEON CAVIAR Ingredients • 2 Florida cauliflower • 3 oz American Sturgeon Caviar • 1 leek • 1 yellow onion • 10 egg yolks • ½ quart heavy cream • ½ quart whole milk • 2 oz chardonnay • 2 oz unsalted butter • Juice of 1 lemon • 1 tsp brown sugar • Ground white pepper • Sea salt • Chopped chives for garnish 56 56 |

After the cauliflower infusion has cooked for 20 minutes, place the mixture into a blender and grind until you have a very fine puree. Pour the puree through a fine chinois strainer and add the lemon juice. Season with salt and pepper and add the mixture slowly to the beaten egg yolks until blended. Fill a shallow baking pan with water. Fill individual ramekins with the cauliflower mixture about ¾ full. Place ramekins in baking pan and bake at 275°F for 35 minutes. Once finished, check that it is cooked thoroughly and immediately chill afterward. Once cool, sprinkle a bit of brown sugar over each of the ramekins. With the help of a torch, caramelize the top of your crème brûlée. For a final touch, arrange the American Sturgeon Caviar on top of your caramelized crème brûlée and garnish with chopped chives.


Local strawberries infused with honey-basil Ingredients • 1 lb large long stem Florida strawberries • 3 oz honey • 1 cup of sugar • 1 cup of mineral water • 6 oz fresh basil • 1 vacuum bag

Directions In a small pot, boil sugar, honey and water and bring it to a boil for two minutes to make the syrup. Remove from heat and place the liquid in the refrigerator quickly. Meanwhile, in a different small pot, blanch the basil leaves for about 30 seconds. Quickly chill the basil in a bath of ice water, drain the basil and set aside. To finish the honey-basil syrup, mix the syrup in a blender along with the basil. Blend until you get a nice green color, then strain mixture through a fine chinois strainer. Pour the honeybasil syrup into a vacuum bag, add the whole strawberries and remove all the air. Place in refrigerator for 6 hours. Remove vacuum bag from refrigerator and drain well. In a bowl, arrange the strawberries on top of crushed ice, placing small basil leaves on each strawberry.

SPANISH FRIED EGGPLANT WITH HONEY Ingredients • 1 lb whole Florida eggplant • 4 cups water • 1 tsp of salt • 2/3 cup all purpose flour • Spanish olive oil • 1/4 cup local rosemary • Local honey Directions Peel the eggplant and cut in half lengthwise. Cut each half into 1/4-inch thick slices (like long French fries). Toss the slices with 1 teaspoon of salt and 4 cups water. Let soak 30 minutes. Drain well; pat eggplant dry with paper towels. Heat oil in a pot. Lightly dredge the eggplant slices in the flour to coat, shaking off any excess the flour. In batches, fry the eggplant strips in the hot olive oil until golden, turning with a long-handled spoon as they cook to brown evenly, about 40 seconds. Transfer to paper towels to drain. Warm the local honey in small saucepan over medium heat. Place eggplant rounds on platter and finally drizzle with the honey. | 57 57


digital detox P U L L I NG T H E PLU G F O R 48 -HOURS A narrative by Kara Winslow


magine… No texting. No email. No social media. No Internet. No computer. No TV. No GPS. Just relaxing without distractions. Amazing right? Sounds like perfection and a great way to relax and get away from the day-to-day distractions and stresses we face. However, now picture being unplugged in the same way while still running a business and living your everyday life. Not quiet as relaxing when the only way your business associates and friends can reach you is via actually calling you. You can’t use your GPS to get around and you can’t use your computer to do any work. This was my reality for 48 hours.

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On Tuesday, December 2nd at 7pm I unplugged for 48 hours. The only means of communication with the world was using my phone; as just a phone. That night I had an event that started at 5:30pm. I arrived a few minutes early. While sitting in my car, I set my phone settings to the most basic options. I moved all app icons to the second page so I wouldn’t see them and be tempted. I turned off all my notifications and ringers. I did have three minor cheats: 1. I left my calendar on the home screen in case of emergency, but thankfully never had to use it. 2. I used my alarm clock, because I realized I didn’t have a traditional one, and using the kitchen timer wasn’t going to work – sleeping in 60-minute increments was not an option. 3. I’ll cover this in a minute.

W ELLNESS When I arrived home from my meeting, I immediately reached for the remote to turn on my TV – my normal behavior – and I realized I couldn’t. Like many American homes, the TV is on just for noise. Suddenly my house was REALLY quiet. I could now hear every noise outside, and the squirrel rustling in the leaves had me convinced someone was watching me. I quickly realized that if I was isolated in quiet for too long I would go completely nuts. So here is cheat number three – I turned on the music on my phone. If I had a CD player and CDs, I would have used those, but apparently those were thrown away along with the alarm clock, leaving my phone as the only option to save my sanity and peace of mind. Within two hours of being unplugged, several friends called me to check in and make sure I hadn’t lost it yet. I hadn’t fully lost it, but I was on edge from this cold turkey change. Since I own my own business, work for three other companies and volunteer for six non-profits, I normally stay up late into the night and work, i.e. emailing, posting on social media,

updating my website, sending invoices, creating spreadsheets. With all of that off the table, I decided I might as well catch up on sleep so I grabbed a book I bought years ago but had never started. I was asleep well before midnight, which is virtually unheard of for me. As I awoke to my first full day of being unplugged, I realized yet another change – I wouldn’t be staring my day by checking emails, texts, online calendar and social media as I usually do. Thanks to the ‘old fashioned’ pencil and paper method, I had written my schedule for the day on post it notes and placed them all over my house as reminders. Throughout the day, I became highly aware of how many phone apps I rely on and how technology really has made our lives more efficient. Tasks I could normally complete in under a minute were now taking longer or just not getting done at all. For instance, my monthly phone bill arrived in the mail and normally I would just open my Bank of America app and pay it. Tap, tap, tap, done. Well not this time. | 59 59

WE L L N E SS Yes, I could have written and mailed a check, but that would require I have checks on hand. Note: Order more checks! One thing that really made my day more stressful was not being able to text. I’m of the texting generation and use it more than I do my phone. It is how I communicate with my friends and many of my business acquaintances. It allows for sharing brief feelings or observations, where a phone call isn’t necessary – more like a stream of conscience or daily journal with our friends. This left my friends and I having to pick up the phone and call one another. Yes. Call.

A second stressor – my generation no longer answers the phone! There I was, virtually out of communication with the WORLD. Perfect example is the dinner I had scheduled with a friend that evening. I make it a habit to always confirm we are still on earlier in the day. Well, not tonight, so I just crossed my fingers and hoped she remembered. I arrived downtown, parked and called her to let her know I was on my way into the restaurant. No answer. I sat down at the table and called again. Again, no answer. Finally, when I had been sitting in the restaurant a long 30-minutes waiting, I called again. This time, she answered! However, only because she was

Through out the day, I became highly aware of how many phone apps I rely on and how technology really has made our lives more efficient.

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W ELLNESS worried something was wrong. Why else would I call three times in a row? Turns out, she had forgotten we had dinner plans, but we were still able to get together. Disaster averted. Here’s the thing – I was selected for this project because everyone knows just how ‘plugged in’ I am. I do it for business, and I am the face of my business. This technology is what keeps my business going. My personal life is a different story—I’m new to cable, Netflix, even home Internet. Although, I have found computers, smart phones and social media is what makes my job and all the work I do grow my business. I can see why some people feel removing or reducing the use of these technologies from their day-to-day life would make for a much simpler, slower pace. But in my case, I have business on the brain 24/7. Not being able to easily communicate with clients, business associates and other contacts may have wound me up more than it did unwind me.

With that said, upon my return to the “real world,” I turned on my notifications, anticipating my phone to freeze from the overload of incoming data. Low and behold, within two hours I had answered all the texts, emails and social media messages and fully reentered the digital world. Looking back, I may have over anticipated how detrimental unplugging would be, all be it only 48-hours. It did allow me to appreciate just how much technology has shaped not only how we conduct business, but how much our methods of communication as a society has evolved in just my lifetime. While I will not be giving up my beloved social media, Internet and email, I will be sure to make time to pull the plug more often. | 61 61

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Humor&Laughter YOUR BODY’S SUPERHERO By Amanda Arevalo


t’s like Wonder Woman. Evidence consistently suggests that negative emotion, such as anger, depression and anxiety takes its toll on the body. But until 30 years ago, the effects of positive emotion hadn’t been explored. Thanks to recent research, we have discovered that positive emotion, such as laughter or humor, promotes your body’s health and wellbeing, serving as your body’s own superhero. Dr. Paul McGhee, president of The Laughter Remedy, featuring the latest research on health, resilience, happiness and improving one’s sense of humor, thinks that the Wonder Woman analogy works to describe the relationship between the body and humor. “Early comics had Wonder Woman with her bracelets, knocking away bullets and other stuff,” McGhee said. “Your sense of humor is sort of like that. It’s a tool that helps you deflect all the negative stuff that’s going on and substitute a negative emotion for a positive one.” McGhee cites The Anatomy of an Illness, a book written by Norman Cousins in 1979, as the start to the craze on research on laughter and humor. Cousins was a patient with a degenerative spinal condition who used humor, specifically episodes of Candid Camera, a practical joke reality television series featuring hidden cameras, to reduce his pain.

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“It was like the Sputnik of mind, body and medicine,” McGhee said. “It stimulated a lot of interest - we’re not doing enough to create strong scientific minds in this country.”

While the different effects of humor and laughter on the body have not yet been distinguished, the consensus of the research is that positive emotion has a positive effect on the body. McGhee organizes the research that ensued after Cousins book into three separate phases. The first phase occurred in the 1980s to the 1990s. Research exhibited how humor and laughter led to a broad strengthening of the immune system. The second phase occurred mostly in Japan and Europe around the start of the 21st century, but featured research on the benefits of humor on coronary heart disease. One study included patients in a cardiac rehab program and the groups exposed to comedy videos had significantly fewer heart attacks. The third phase features work on diabetes, as well as research on the expression of genes. Data exhibits that one’s emotional state can influence the expression of one’s genes and this might be the key to determining exactly why humor offers a boost to the immune system.


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4. Create your own spontaneous verbal humor 5. Look for humor in everyday life 7. Find humor in the midst of stress Research in six different countries reveal that these basic steps can help you use humor as a coping tool. And it is not the only one available. Another coping tool includes Laughter Yoga, developed by Dr. Madan Kataria, a medical doctor from India. It features a combination of the deep breathing training of yoga and laughter exercises. Some of the benefits as cited on its website are a six percent reduction in blood pressure and a 28 percent drop in stress levels. “Evidence consistently points now to the fact that positive emotion does have a powerful effect in sustaining health and wellbeing,” McGhee said. “The work on humor and laughter is just a part of this big picture of research.”

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Join the Club In February of 1904, Munsey magazine described the group of people who vacationed on Jekyll Island as belonging to “the richest, the most exclusive, the most inaccessible club in the world.” Today, you can stay at the Jekyll Island Club Hotel, a four-star resort in the center of the historic district, or at one of its two neighboring cottages, the Crane Cottage and the Cherokee Cottage. With a nod to it’s

W ELLNESS historic past, the hotel is elegant and grandeur, but also simple and pleasant. Step back to a time where the little things matter most like, spending time on the rocking chairs on the porch, taking a walk around the grounds with large oak trees draped in Spanish moss, or playing croquet on the hotel lawn.

Nature Experience Just minutes from I-95, Jekyll Island feels like a world away. The barrier island offers miles of beach, marsh, and maritime forest, and the chance to walk alongside wildlife. At the Georgia Sea Turtle Center, the only reserve and rehabilitation center for sea turtles in the state, you’ll walk through an educational exhibit gallery, check in on the sea turtle patients in the hospital, and schedule a turtle walk. During hatching season (typically in August), you can start your day with an early morning, guided sunrise walk along the beach to explore and learn about the barrier island ecology, and


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Tucked inside the Crane Cottage is a manicured garden with southern favorites—roses, magnolias, jasmine, and citrus trees, and the option to dine alfresco, or, if you prefer, indoors among the Italianate architecture and large fireplaces. Courtyard at Crane serves fresh, a la carte lunch items (soups, salads, and sandwiches), influenced by the low country style of Savannah (just north of Jekyll Island). Try the Grilled Pimento Cheese (shaved country ham and fried green tomatoes on grilled sourdough) or the “Fancy Seafood Sliders” (crab cake and tarter sauce, Georgia shrimp salad salmon cake and pickled shallot tarragon mayo with artisan

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Jekyll Island is lined with beautiful beaches that are scattered with shells, sand dollars, and the occasional hermit crab—but it’s the knotted, gnarled, winding driftwood trees that set them apart. Park along one of the access points on North Beachview Drive, and plan to spend your afternoon among this gorgeous landscape and unspoiled sanctuary. You’ll regret leaving your camera at home—this is a photographers dream and a common place for wedding photos. Or, if you’re feeling more adventurous, schedule a horseback ride through the Maritime forest and salt marsh, and end at Driftwood Beach. Three Oaks Farm Equestrian Services takes groups of 6 or less on a variety of beach rides, including sunset, moonlight, or swim rides, each including time spent along this breathtaking beach.

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Located on the Historic Wharf in the Landmark District is Latitude 31 restaurant. Catch a Golden Isle sunset from the historic dining room and order from an array of steak, pasta, and fresh seafood dishes, such as the shrimp and grits with a smokey poblano cream sauce or the oysters rock, and finish with a slice of housemade key lime pie. Adjacent to Latitude 31 is the Rah Bar, famous for its Rah Margaritas, Rum smash cocktails, and live music on Saturdays and Sundays. Order the Low Country Boil (with Wild Georgia Peel-N-Eat Shrimp), and don’t worry about making a delicious mess— Rah Bar is casual, and you can choose a seat at a picnic table if the weather permits. If your getaway exceeds 24 hours, there is plenty more to see and do on Jekyll Island: biking or running on one of the 20 nature trails, kayaking or stand-up paddleboarding, fishing, playing a round of tennis or golfing on one of the four courses, or taking a historic tour by trolley,

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How Social Media is Changing the Way


We Travel By Amanda Arevalo

ocial media is no longer a place just for “instagramming� your gourmet lunch or tweeting about your favorite Thursday night TV show. It is also the place for those with wanderlust, a place to observe photos of far-off places, to communicate directly with businesses and, even, sometimes, find a great deal. Social media connects friends and family all over the globe and with the growing business presence on the web, it is quite the resourceful tool for those already researching their next trip.

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There are more ways than ever to share your travel experiences on social media and social networking sites. There’s the trusty Facebook, Twitter and Instagram sites that allow you to share your thoughts and pictures with your family and friends with the click of a button to Yelp and TripAdvisor where consumers thoughts, feelings and experiences reign with their consumer reviews. Facebook and Twitter also allow consumers to interact directly with airlines, hotels and other

businesses every step of the way during their trip. While the customer service itself may not drastically improve, one thing is for certain – businesses reply quickly on social media. “The nice thing about social media is that no matter what time of the day or night, there’s always someone on there, so people have a tendency to reply,” said Lee Byrne, a travel agent at Cruise Planners, an American Express Travel Service Representative agency. “If you’re dissatisfied with something and you go on Twitter and make a comment, they get back to you very fast because that complaint is now there for everyone to see.” Connecting with businesses is not the only perk. Travelers can search for people traveling to the same places and get to know them before they even officially meet in person. Travel agents like Byrne often form private Facebook groups for travelers going on group trips, like a cruise. These individuals can find buddies to coordinate excursions with and, in some cases, even form longlasting friendships. “A lot of people end up becoming very good friends through groups like that,” Byrne said. “[They] find that they have common travel interests and end up traveling together for years to come.” Through these connections, people uncover travel veterans sharing their experiences on social media, dishing out the tastiest stops and the loveliest sights. Whether a traveler wishes to see the hotspots or live like a local, seeking out knowledge on social media is a great resource. Gathering first-hand research helps people plan their ideal trip itinerary and figure out their budget. Not all of your connecting need be new, though. There’s a reason we keep in touch with old friends on Facebook and that, my friends, is for the pictures. Surveying a friend’s vacation pictures or albums is one of the easiest ways to begin planning. A snapshot of a breathtaking view will immediately inspire the first stop of your next trip, especially when paired with the “#nofilter” hashtag.

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E X P L OR E While social media can really help you plan your dream getaway, it is important to remain cautious when dealing with companies online. Really, it’s important to remain careful when dealing with companies overall offering “fantastic” travel deals. Byrne recommends doing your research before you book a too-good-to-be-true travel deal. Getting in contact with someone in person is just one step in helping you determine which businesses are reliable and which are offering phony promotions. Also, be sure to read consumer reviews on sites like Yelp and TripAdvisor with caution, as many of them are paid. The reviews found on these social networks can also be unfair in their critique, so reading a fair amount of both good and bad reviews is key. “I think you need to read in-between the lines and just make sure you’re not looking at things through rose colored glasses,” Byrne said.


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“THE NICE THING ABOUT SOCIAL MEDIA IS THAT NO MATTER WHAT TIME OF THE DAY OR NIGHT, THERE’S ALWAYS SOMEONE ON THERE, SO PEOPLE HAVE A TENDENCY TO REPLY.” LEE BYRNE, TRAVEL AGENT CRUISE PLANNERS With all the social media frenzy these days, it’s important to even take into account the effect social media has on your trip as you travel. The more things you see, the more you may feel the need to post. There are stunning sights surrounding you, whether that be the sea or some thick noodles in tomato sauce, and you want to share it. But how much of your time should you be cataloguing these moments versus just living in the moment making memories? While it does depend on the person, because, after all, you do have followers and they can’t just be pushed aside, it is important to keep this in mind. Social media should help enhance your trip and not detract from it. If you keep the big picture in your mind and practice moderation with posting and livingin-the-moment moments, then social media will become that beloved tool in your belt for planning your trip and even inspire others to travel to new places. Social media is a large circle of people sharing some of the cool places and adventures they experienced with each other, uniting the world together in one giant network. Now is the time to join and see how social media can help you jet set off to a world of endless possibilities – especially for your Instagram profile. “I think the big thing is that [social media] is a means to share your experiences and to ask questions,” Byrne said. “It can really open your eyes to what’s available and what other people are doing.”

Saturday, April 18, 2015

5:30 p.m.

Rembert Farm in Alachua, Florida Hosted by the Rembert Family

Join us for Haven Hospice’s 11th annual signature fundraising event. ViVA! will again be held at the beautiful Rembert Farm with fine cuisine by Blue Water Bay, auctions, live music and entertainment. To become a sponsor, an auction donor, or for more information, please call 352.271.4665 or visit Thank You, Sponsors!

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ON-GOING Bridge Every Monday, 1 p.m. Haile Plantation Hall Call Marj Crago at (352) 336-1055 or Suzie Taylor at (352) 337-9956 for more information. Museum Nights 2nd Thursday of every month, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. Harn Museum of Art

Haile Village Farmer’s Market Every Saturday, rain or shine, 8:30 a.m. – noon Haile Plantation Village Center (352) 363-2233

JANUARY Annual Winter Bamboo Sale January, February Kanapaha Botanical Gardens Haile Plantation Family Movie Nights 3rd Friday of every month, 6 p.m. Haile Village Square January 16 | The Lego Movie February 20 | TBD March 20 | TBD Camellia Show Saturday, January 3, 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.; Sunday, January 4, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Kanapaha Botanical Gardens

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Weekly Wellness Walk Every Saturday, beginning January 10, 8 a.m. Santa Fe College Track (352) 870-9100 36th Collectors Day Saturday, January 10, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Florida Museum of Natural History Bamboo Workshop Saturday, January 24, 1:30 p.m. – 4 p.m. Kanapaha Botanical Gardens

CALENDAR Dudley Farm Historic Tour Saturday, January 24, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Dudley Farm Historic State Park UF Performing Arts Annual Gala: Masquerade Saturday, January 24, 6 p.m. – 11 p.m. Phillips Center for Performing Arts Hoggetowne Medieval Faire Saturday, January 24 & Sunday, January 25, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Friday, January 30 – Sunday, February 1, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Alachua County Fairgrounds A Night in the Big Apple Friday, January 30, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. Santa Fe College Fine Arts Hall

Young Life 50th Anniversary Banquet Thursday, February 19, 6:30 p.m. Touchdown Terrace at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium Addy’s Friday, February 20, 6:30 p.m. Best Western Gateway Grand McElwain Scramble for Kids Golf Tournament Friday, February 20; Saturday, February 21 Mark Bostick Golf Course at the University of Florida Tour of Kitchens Saturday, February 21, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Pals Party Tuesday, February 24, 6:00 p.m. – 9 p.m. Rockeys Dueling Piano Bar

FEBRUARY UF Symphony Orchestra – Concerto Concert Thursday, February 5, 7:30 p.m. University Auditorium Uptown Art Hop Friday, February 6, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. Thornebrook Village Dudley Farm Plow Days Friday, February 6 – Saturday, February 7, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Dudley Farm Historic State Park American Heart Association Heart Ball Saturday, February 14, 6:30 p.m. Hilton UF Conference Center

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MARCH Winter Art Fair Friday, March 6, 5 p.m. – 9 p.m. Saturday, March 7 – Sunday, March 8, 10 p.m. – 5 p.m. Tioga Town Center Can You Dig It? Saturday, March 14, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Florida Museum of Natural History Run for Haven 2015 Saturday, March 14, 4:30 p.m. Tioga Town Center

Puttin’ on the Ritz at the Moulin Rouge Saturday, March 14, 7 p.m. – 11 p.m. Gainesville Country Club Antique Tractor and Car Day Saturday, March 21, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Dudley Farm Historic State Park Spring Garden Festival Saturday, March 21, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Sunday, March 22, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Kanapaha Botanical Gardens Easter Egg Hunt Sunday, March 29, 11 a.m. Kanapaha Botanical Gardens

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PASSPORT. Our recipe is simple: authentic global flavors, quality ingredients, expert craftsmanship and exceptional service, served in a small-town package with no layovers. We welcome you to try our custom plates, desserts and signature cocktails you won’t find anywhere else in Gainesville! Visit or call us at 352-332-2727 to book your table instead of your flight.

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SNAPSHOTS Agapanthus Holiday Open House NO V E M B E R 1 1 , 201 4

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Tioga Tree Lighting NO V E M B E R 30, 201 4

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SN AP SH OTS The Santa Event hosted by Koss Olinger

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SNAPSHOTS 24th Annual Junior League of Gainesville Miracle on Main Street D E C E M B E R 6 , 201 4

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Join the fun at the 12th Annual

Support the mission of Girls Place and help raise important funds!

Friday, May 8, 2015 UF Hilton Conference Center Social Hour and Mimosas at 10 a.m. | Program & Lunch at 11:30 a.m. Hats, Hearts & Handbags is a signature event to help raise awareness and financial support for Girls Place, Inc. It focuses on the achievements of the women in our community and the promise of the girls and young women of our future. Reserve a table and decorate it with your friends to compete for awards, wear your best hat, and support the girls of Girls Place!

Keynote Speaker: Autumn Doughton

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A Personal Elf (p. 87).............................271-1111

Haven Hospice (p. 79).......................271-4665

Agapanthus (p. 66)............................672-6004

Hippodrome Theatre (p. 59)........... 375-HIPP

Aggie Lane (p. 67).............................672-6004

Junior League of Gainesville (p. 74, p. 84) ..............371-4994

All About Women (p. 77)...................331-3332 Allison Ables Real Estate & Property Management (back cover)..............333-7530 Artsy Abode (p. 11)..............................332-2127 Avera & Smith, Attorneys at Law (p. 9)......................372-9999 Bogin, Munns & Munns (p. 21)........332-7688 Bosshardt Realty Services (p. 19)...................................................... 371-6100 Child Advocacy Center (p. 60)........ 376-9161 Cruise Planners (p. 28).....................529-7898 Daytime Dogs and Friends (p. 39) ........................... 219-4246 Dr. Alix Baxter (p. 18).........................373-2525

Kara Winslow Makeup Artist (p. 73).................. 321-356-3116 Kinetix Physical Therapy (p. 69)... 505-6665 Koontz Furniture & Design (p. 65)........................ 352-622-3241 Koss Olinger (p. 13)............................ 373-3337 Mark Hurm & Co. (p. 2, p. 82).........378-9422 Natural Order Coaching & Organizing (p. 78)...............................871-4499 Paddiwhack (p. 35) ...........................336-3175 Pandora Store (p. 15)..........................333-3061 Pink Narcissus (p. 91)........................ 373-4874 Poser Plastic Surgery Center (p. 54)...................................... 372-3672

Dr. Storoe, Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery (p. 57)............... 371-4111

Rya Photos (p. 61).............................. 328-5918

Electronics World (p. 17)..................332-5608

SaborĂŠ (p. 83)..................................... 332-2727

Gainesville Country Day School (p. 50)............................. 332-7783

Sebastian Ferrero Foundation (p. 62).............................333-2579

Girls Place, Inc. (p. 88)...................... 373-4475

6th Street Station (p. 80) ................372-4568

GRUCom (p. 3)....................................334-3200

Sun Country Sports Center (p. 70).......................... 331-8773

GRU (pgs. 25, 28, 72, 81)................. 393-1464 Grins & Giggles Pediatric Dentistry (p. 37)................ 316-7400

Tioga Town Center (p. 4)................. 331-4000 UF Health Pediatrics (p. 71)............. 594-7337

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Pasta and Chickpea Soup My grandmother would make this soup on our Jersey snow days when we stayed home from school. After playing in the snow for 12 hours, there’s nothing better to warm you up than a bowl of this soup. Add a piece of fresh crusty bread, and you can’t beat it!

Buon Appetito! INGREDIENTS

Makes about 6 servings • 1/2 lb dried chickpeas • A pinch of flour

• 4 oz of organic kale, no stems, cut into Julienne pieces • 2 large sprigs of rosemary • 3 cloves garlic • 1/2 gal of chicken broth (make the dish vegetarian by substituting with vegetable stock or water) • Pasta of your choice (Ditalini is our favorite pasta for soups) • salt and pepper to taste

PREPARATION 1. Soak the chickpeas overnight in plenty of cold water and a tablespoon of flour (to help make the chickpeas more digestible).

2. Rinse well and cook in twice their volume of chicken broth, adding the whole garlic cloves to the pot. Cook until tender (approx. 2 hours).

3. Put aside two ladlefuls of whole chickpeas, remove the garlic and puree the rest of the chickpeas and water.

4. In a large pot, gently fry a sprig of rosemary and kale in a good swirl (2-3 tablespoons) of olive oil, until the rosemary has softened and released its aroma.

5. Add the chickpea puree and the whole chickpeas to the pot. Bring to the boil.

6. Add pasta of your choice, about 2oz per person. 7. Strip the leaves off the other sprig of rosemary and mince finely. When the pasta is cooked, stir in the fresh minced rosemary and kale. Serve dressed with raw extra virgin olive oil and black pepper, and some shredded pecorino romano.

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The Village Journal  

Volume 11, Issue 1

The Village Journal  

Volume 11, Issue 1