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Š May 1 marks the 136th running of the Kentucky Derby — one of the world’s largest and richest sporting events. Whether you visit Churchill Downs in person, host your own Derby Day party or catch the action at our own Tampa Bay Downs, this issue of Senior Voice will guide you.
For more than 135 years, the Kentucky Derby has been everyone’s race. From dapper men and beautiful women in hats sipping on frosty mint juleps to the laid-back infield crowd who picnic on fried chicken and toss Frisbees, Churchill Downs, near Louisville, welcomes more than 150,000 spectators to witness the most thrilling two minutes in sports. “Riders up” booms the paddock judge… Trainers give a leg up to the riders; and send them out through the tunnel and onto the world’s most famous track as the University of Louisville band strikes up Stephen Foster’s “My Old Kentucky Home.” From the time Kentucky was settled, the fields of the Bluegrass region were noted for producing superior race horses. In 1872, Col. Meriwether Lewis Clark, Jr., grandson of William Clark of the Lewis and Clark expedition, traveled to England, visiting the Epsom Derby, a famous race that had been running annually since 1780. From there, Clark went on to Paris, where in 1863, a group of racing enthusiasts had formed the French Jockey Club and had organized the Grand Prix de Paris, which at the time was the greatest race in France. Returning home to Kentucky, Clark organized the Louisville Jockey Club for the purpose of raising money to build quality racing facilities just outside of the city. The track would soon become known as Churchill Downs, named for Meri-

Run for the Roses

The Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs welcomes more than 150,000 spectators to witness the most thrilling two minutes in sports.

The Kentucky Derby is one of America’s oldest thoroughbred horse races (the Travers Stakes being the oldest, first run in 1864). The Kentucky Derby is one of the jewels in horse racing’s Triple Crown, which includes the Belmont Stakes and the Preakness Stakes.


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Kentucky Derby Day at Tampa Bay Downs
Outside of Churchill Downs, there is no better place to watch and wager on the Kentucky Derby than at Tampa Bay Downs, where the biggest Derby party in Florida has been entertaining fans for many years. The day’s live racing card at Tampa, which includes the $75,000 Chris Thomas Turf Classic, is the perfect complement to the big races at Churchill Downs. Tampa Bay Downs will start off the afternoon’s racing with a special 12-race card. Later in the day the 136th running of the Kentucky Derby will be simulcast with your chance to watch and wager on racing’s biggest day. Mint Juleps will be available throughout the track in the official commemorative glass. Mint juleps are sold in commemorative glasses throughout the track. Make your plans now to enjoy the Kentucky Derby at Tampa Bay Downs on May 1. The view of the race on the track’s 30-foot video screen is second to none.

Secretariat turned in the fastest time 1:59.4 in 1973 — the only horse to complete the 1.25-mile race in under two minutes.

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wether Lewis Clark, Jr.’s, relatives, John and Henry Churchill, who had provided the land for the racetrack. Officially, the racetrack was incorporated as Churchill Downs in 1937. The Kentucky Derby was first run at 1½ miles, the same distance as the Epsom Derby and the Grand Prix de Paris. In 1896, the distance was changed to its current 1¼ miles. On May 17, 1875, in front of an estimated crowd of 10,000 people, a field of 15 three-year-old horses contested the first Derby. Under jockey Oliver Lewis, a colt named Aristides, who was trained by future Hall of Famer, Ansel Williamson, won the inaugural Derby. Later that year, Lewis rode Aristides to a secondplace finish in the Belmont Stakes. Although the first race meet proved a success, the track ran into financial difficulties; and in 1894, the New Louisville Jockey Club was incorporated with new capitalization and improved facilities. Despite this, the business floundered until 1902 when Col. Matt Winn of Louisville put together a syndicate of businessmen to acquire the facility. Under Winn, Churchill Downs prospered and the Kentucky Derby became the preeminent and oldest Thoroughbred horse race in the USA. Derby participants are limited to three-year-old horses. No horse since Apollo in 1882 has won the Derby without racing at age two. Thoroughbred owners began sending their successful Derby horses to compete a few weeks later in the Preakness Stakes at the Pimlico Race Course, in Baltimore, Maryland, followed by the Belmont Stakes in Elmont, New York. The three races offered the largest purse; and in 1919 Sir Barton became the first horse to win all three races. However, the term Triple Crown didn’t come into use for another 11 years. In 1930, when Gallant Fox became the second horse

to win all three races, sportswriter Charles Hatton brought the phrase into American usage. Fueled by the media, public interest in the possibility of a “superhorse” that could win the Triple Crown began in the weeks leading up to the derby. Two years after the term was coined, the race, which had been run in mid-May since inception, was changed to the first Saturday in May to allow for a specific schedule for the Triple Crown races. In addition to the race itself, a number of traditions have played a large role in the Derby atmosphere. The Mint Julep, an iced drink consisting of bourbon, mint and sugar, is the traditional beverage of the race. Burgoo, typically a thick stew of lamb and vegetables is served from iron pots sometimes 10 feet in diameter. Gambling on the race is done through parimutuel betting at the track. The Infield, a spectator area inside the track, offers low general admission prices but little chance of seeing much of the race. Instead, revelers show up in the infield to party. By contrast, “Millionaire’s Row” refers to the expensive box seats that attract the rich and famous. Elegant women appear in long dresses, big hats and carry fancy umbrellas. As the horses are paraded before the grandstands, “My Old Kentucky Home” is played by the University of Louisville marching band while the crowd stands and sings along. The Derby is frequently referred to as “The Run for the Roses,” because a garland of red roses is awarded to the Kentucky Derby winner each year. The tradition is as a result of New York socialite E. Berry Wall presenting roses to ladies at a post-Derby party in 1883 that was attended by Churchill Downs president, Col. M. Lewis Clark. This gesture is believed to have eventually led Clark to the idea of making the rose the race’s official flower. However, it was not until 1896 that any recorded account referred to roses being draped on the Derby winner. The governor of Kentucky awards the garland and the trophy.


Between the computer, television and video games, it can be difficult motivating kids to partake in fun activities that don’t involve sitting and staring. But with a little direction and some good ideas, a child’s interest in more active, stimulating recreation can be heightened. And all the while, the bond between child and grandparent can be strengthened. • enjoy nature together — For many children, outdoor adventures can take place right in their backyard. By creating a backyard explorer’s kit or attracting butterflies to your garden by making it critter-friendly, kids can be completely engaged in outdoor activities. Or how about teaching them to make a solar oven and then enjoy treats baked in it? There even are indoor pursuits involving nature, including planting everything from flowers to pumpkins to peanuts. • find a Meteor Shower — While there are many natural phenomena children can enjoy, the wonder of meteor shows, particularly how they give children opportunities to enjoy the outdoors at night.look on-line for a calendar of annual meteor showers. • fun in the Kitchen — Generally speaking, any activity that involves eating is going to be appealing to children — and the spring and summer are great times for recipes featuring seasonal fruits and vegetables. • find ideas online — Finding good ideas for kids’ activities is tricky. Turn their love of sitting in front of the computer into fun in the physical world. There are many online resources providing calendars and ideas for seasonal kids’ activities. Engaging sites like www.123child.com and www. theideabox.com offer recipes, crafts and games. Visit www.sharonlovejoy.com for gardening and outdoor ideas and for information about her book, “Toad Cottages & Shooting Stars.”

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No matter where you live, there is always an opportunity to make your home more naturefriendly by inviting plant life, songbirds and woodland creatures to your yard or garden. Creative additions can transform simple grass and flowers into a natural haven. Embellishments may include birdbaths, birdfeeders and even cautionary decals to prevent songbirds from flying into your window glass. In no time, both your neighbors and wildlife will be stopping by for a visit. Before you begin, make sure to speak with experts at your local garden center or search the Internet for advice on how to use plants to attract colorful birds and butterflies to your home. A variety of factors such as shading, erosion and division of plant species should be considered when creating a vibrant haven. Just remember that putting the wrong plants close to your home can harm its foundation over time. In what may feel like a welcome change of attitude, there is now an entire wildlife industry built around inviting nature’s gentle creatures to your outdoor space. Ready-made homes are available for butterflies, ladybugs, songbirds and squirrels. Homes for bats and honeybees can be installed. Wild bird seed or even live mealworms will attract songbirds by the dozens. Don’t forget to include a few accessories for you and family members. Rain gauges, weather stations and solar stick lights are entertaining. Wind chimes make a nap on the porch appealing, perhaps even for grandchildren. If you’re going to make additions to your yard, you’ll need to understand how songbirds and wildlife coexist with each other and your home. One issue often ignored is the 98 million birds killed annually from colliding with windows, according to Western EcoSystems Technology. With wild songbirds particularly prone to these accidents during their migration, some subtle and inexpensive window decals, such as those from WindowAlert, can prevent them from striking windows. These decals have a special coating that reflects ultraviolet sunlight. This light is invisible to humans, but birds see it as a brilliant glow. “Humans don’t notice our decals, but birds see a stoplight preventing them from hitting glass,” says company founder Spencer Schock. “To meet the demands of flight, birds have evolved such that their eyesight is remarkably keen — and our decals take advantage of this evolutionary characteristic. For you and I, the decals have a subtle, frosted appearance.” Taken together, the right plants and adornments can turn an everyday yard into a vibrant and safe space benefiting every member of the family — as well as local wildlife. For more information, visit www.WindowAlert. com.

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It’s one of springtime’s most popular activities: preparing your yard for enjoyable summertime use. However, the rising scarcity of water across the country continues to drive up the cost of landscaping and gardening. In fact, more and more states nationwide are beginning to prohibit daily watering altogether. “Fortunately, there are an increasing number of efficient approaches to home landscaping that are surprisingly easy to get started, such as mulching and installing new nozzles that use up to 30 percent less water than the nozzles we grew up with,” points out Mike Baron, Toro water management specialist. “Using less water doesn’t mean sacrificing a beautiful yard.” There might not be an easier technique to save water than mulching. Placing a three- to five-inch layer of mulch around your plants will help to hold in the moisture and is most effective when used in conjunction with plants native to the local environment. There’s no need to dig up your yard to completely replace your irrigation system with one that will save water and money. Every spray should have a removable nozzle that you can swap out for a more efficient one — and it’s literally as easy as changing a light bulb. One of the key parts of the conventional irrigation system that has seen the most development in recent years is the spray nozzle. A perfect example is the new Precision Series Spray nozzles from Toro, which can save water and cash. Responsible for spraying water evenly around a given area, in-ground Precision Series Spray nozzles use a special, embedded chip that creates a spray pattern which offers better coverage and, most importantly, uses less water. These nozzles offer higher overall irrigation efficiency while delivering larger water droplets, minimizing the effect of evaporation. Using up to one-third less water of regular spray nozzles, this technology can make a world of difference financially and environmentally. All the parts of an irrigation system — controller, valves, sprinklers — work together to ensure your plants get proper watering. Replacing just one portion of a system with an efficient option helps save water. Over time, replacing all components with efficient irrigation products ensures optimum savings. Drip irrigation is another efficient approach to green landscaping. By putting water only where and when you need it — at the base of shrubs, flowers and vegetables — you can use up to 50 percent less water than conventional sprinklers. These systems deliver water slowly, allowing the soil to better absorb water and minimize or eliminate runoff. Because drip systems are designed to put water closer to a plant’s roots, they offer the most efficient way to cultivate a lush garden while saving water. “It’s an opportunity to demonstrate good citizenship. No matter what type of grass and plants you choose, you can take pride knowing that you can grow a beautiful, natural landscape while still being environmentally conscious,” says Baron. For more information about landscaping equipment and irrigation, visit www.toro.com.

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Whether you’re entertaining guests or trying to sell your house, nothing beats a great first impression. And when it comes to improving its exterior to appear more inviting, there’s no substitute for decorating the curbside view with a few key enhancements that beckon you inwards. “With the current state of the economy, homeowners continue to look for ways to enhance their homes,” says Jeff Dross, senior product manager at Kichler Lighting, a company specializing in indoor and outdoor lighting. “Simple enhancements to existing outdoor areas, such as lighting or landscaping, can have a big impact on the overall aesthetics of your property.” That all-important first impression can be enhanced with a few simple cosmetic changes that include: • Slate: There are many natural materials that can be incorporated into outdoor landscaping projects, but one of the most popular is slate. Used patio design, roofing, entryways and more, slate provides a classic and natural outdoor element that works nicely against typical landscapes. Stain-resistant and non-absorbent, it’s also a very durable rock that helps warmly lead visitors into your home. • Landscape Lighting: Outdoor lighting elements not only provide decorative flair, but complement a home’s exterior facade and add that extra touch to the landscape. With a wide variety of creative designs, outdoor lighting also can accent other aspects of your property, including your porch, or the walkway to your patio. For example, Kichler Lighting offers a wide range of landscape lighting fixtures, from lighted potted planters to coordinating outdoor chandeliers and wall sconces. • energy efficient Products: The buzz on energy efficient products continues to grow as homeowners remodel and expand outdoor settings. The key to reducing energy consumption in outdoor lighting is the reliance on LED lighting — an ultra energy-efficient light source that uses 75 percent less electricity than typical incandescent lighting. And, depending on the particular style you’re seeking, there are a variety of LED fixtures that can help welcome visitors to your home while accommodating your energy efficient needs. “ D e c re a s i n g e n e rg y c o n sumption and its costs remains top-of-mind for homeowners when tackling remodeling projects,” says Dross. “As the technology of LED continues to grow, manufacturers continue to develop products that not only are energy efficient, but aesthetically pleasing and provide added design elements.” • outdoor fans: With an array of exterior cooling options, outdoor fan designs have certainly come a long way. Not only do they provide refreshing, cooler air, but design innovations have made them the perfect accent to any outdoor space. Outdoor ceiling fans are now moisture-resistant to withstand certain weather conditions and some are even equipped with energy efficient DC motors to reduce energy consumption while being safe for the environment. For more information about outdoor lighting options, visit www.kichler. com.

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Here are five common misperceptions about bone health: • it’s a Women’s Problem: Both women and men lose bone density as they age. A man older than 50 is more likely to break a bone due to osteoporosis than to get prostate cancer, according to the NOF. And some researchers are predicting a 56 percent increase in incidence of male osteoporotic fractures. • you’ll Know it if you Have it: People can’t feel their bones weakening. They may not know they have osteoporosis until a bone breaks from a minor fall or a simple action like a sneeze. Talk to your doctor to see if a simple bone density test is appropriate. • bone Medications Have no Side effects: We’ve all seen osteoporosis drug ads targeting older women. Golden sunsets and women exercising or playing with grandkids can obscure the fact that some of these medications have been associated with potentially dangerous side effects like severe bone degeneration over time, muscle or joint pain, heart problems, cancer and kidney failure. The focus should be on selecting drugs that can help osteoporosis patients without creating these risks and patients should educate themselves regarding the available options. • exercise can Hurt: Many are afraid exercise can harm their bones, especially as they age. Weight-bearing exercises are very effective at building bones even for those who have advanced osteoporosis. Such exercises include lifting weights, climbing stairs, aerobics, dancing, jogging and tennis. Check with your doctor to see which exercises are most appropriate for you. • family History Doesn’t Matter: Genetics and heredity greatly influence a person’s risk of developing osteoporosis. If either of your parents had osteoporosis or a history of broken bones, you’re more at risk. If one had a spine that curved forward or noticeable height loss, osteoporosis might have been the cause.

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the right BreaKFaSt CaN help you exCel Whether you have a big day at work or are about to take an important test at school, the right breakfast can improve energy and concentration. According to the Dietitians Association of Australia, the right breakfast can help on that big day. Breakfast provides your brain with carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals. Try cereal with reduced-fat milk, topped with fruit and a sprinkle of almonds. Also beneficial is wholegrain toast with reduced-fat cheese and tomato and a small fruit juice. Drink plenty of water to hydrate your body, reduce fatigue and help your brain work. Limit coffee or caffeinated soft drinks. more u.S. KidS liViNg With ChroNiC health CoNditioNS More U.S. children today are living with chronic health conditions. The rate of such conditions as obesity, asthma and behavior or learning problems increased from 12.8 percent in 1994 to 26.6 percent in 2006, according to a new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. The new study was conducted by researchers from the MassGeneral Hospital for Children in Boston, who found that having a chronic condition was dynamic over time, meaning that some conditions went into remittance during the period studied. The study’s goal was to help doctors design future health policies, make accurate clinical predictions and target interventions to prevent chronic conditions. For SeNiorS, exerCiSe BeComeS eaSier As senior citizens learn more about health and technology, they’re beginning to combine the two. According to the National Institutes of Health, more than 70 percent of online seniors look for health and medical information when they go online. To help meet demand, the NIH’s Web site now offers a variety of quick and easy online exercise ideas for seniors at nihseniorhealth.gov/exercise. Seniors can peruse sample exercises in four categories of physical activity. “Regular exercise can reduce the risk of developing certain diseases and disabilities that can occur as people grow older,” says NIA director Richard J. Hodes, M.D. Indeed, exercise can help prevent or manage heart disease, diabetes and osteoporosis. aNtiBiotiCS doN’t WorK oN ColdS or Flu Are you aware that colds, flu, most sore throats and bronchitis are caused by viruses? And did you know that antibiotics do not help fight viruses? According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, taking antibiotics when you have a virus may do more harm than good, as it could increase your risk of getting an infection later that resists antibiotic treatment. The CDC urges those prescribed with an antibiotic to take it exactly as the doctor orders. Complete the prescribed course even if you are feeling better. If treatment stops too soon, some bacteria may survive and re-infect you. moVe, moVe, moVe Regular exercise can prevent and reverse age-related decreases in muscle mass and strength, improve balance, flexibility, and endurance, and decrease the risk of falls in the elderly. Regular exercise can help prevent coronary heart disease, stroke, diabetes, obesity, and high blood pressure. Regular, weight-bearing exercise can also help prevent osteoporosis by building bone strength.

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While we all want to get healthier, most of us find it hard to make big changes in our lives — especially when it comes to diet and exercise. However, with heart and cardiovascular disease remaining the country’s number-one killer, it’s important to remember that a few simple lifestyle modifications and some dedication potentially can make a big difference in living a healthier life now and extending your golden years. “Simply thinking positively will not get the job done,” says Joseph Piscatella, an authority on heart-healthy habits and best-selling author of ten books, including the new “Positive Mind, Healthy Heart: Take Charge of Your Cardiac Health, One Day at a Time.” “You need to take action and keep on doing it in order to develop new habits,” he stresses. If you’re just starting out adopting new lifestyle choices to strengthen your heart, you first need to set realistic goals. By setting explicit, achievable goals, you’ll have an easier time adopting good habits. Unrealistic expectations ultimately can do more harm than good. Once you get rolling, here are a few points to help guide you to better heart health: • Think of Your Family: “Take some time to think about your kids or grandkids,” says Piscatella. “They need you to lead by example.” Motivation sometimes can be difficult to muster when starting to make significant lifestyle changes. What better way to push yourself than to think about how it might benefit your family? • Forget Candy, Try Fruit: Diet is a big part of enhancing heart strength. Eating only broccoli and carrots isn’t necessary, but remember that many snack foods are high in trans fats and calories. Substituting apples, bananas and other fruits for fattier snack foods is a great way to kickstart your new healthy lifestyle. • Try Walking: We do it daily, but not all of us do it enough. You don’t necessarily need to hit the gym — simply dedicating a small block of the day to a pleasant walk can make a major difference in getting your heart pumping. Once you’re comfortable walking, consider upgrading to a brisker pace. Eventually, you should feel a difference in your overall health. • No More Crash Diets: The plight of dieters has been well-documented. According to Piscatella’s book, “Positive Mind, Healthy Heart,” 97 percent of crash dieters re-gain their weight and more within a year. This is particularly true of dieters attempting to drastically reduce daily calorie consumption. Simply choosing different types of foods and making gradual exercise changes is more sensible. Before beginning any exercise program, consult your doctor. By adopting a few simple ideas right away, you can begin to reach some major milestone for your heart. you CaN Quit Quitting smoking efforts may include behavior modification, counseling, use of nicotine chewing gum (Nicorette Gum), nicotine skin patches (Transderm Nicotine), or oral medications such as bupropion (Zyban). Ask your doctor.


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While we all want to get healthier, most of us find it hard to make big changes in our lives — especially when it comes to diet and exercise. However, with heart and cardiovascular disease remaining the country’s numberone killer, it’s important to remember that a few simple lifestyle modifications and some dedication potentially can make a big difference in living a healthier life now and extending your golden years. “Simply thinking positively will not get the job done,” says Joseph Piscatella, an authority on heart-healthy habits and best-selling author of ten books, including the new “Positive Mind, Healthy Heart: Take Charge of Your Cardiac Health, One Day at a Time.” “You need to take action and keep on doing it in order to develop new habits,” he stresses. If you’re just starting out adopting new lifestyle choices to strengthen your heart, you first need to set realistic goals. By setting explicit, achievable goals, you’ll have an easier time adopting good habits. Unrealistic expectations ultimately can do more harm than good. Once you get rolling, here are a few points to help guide you to better heart health: • think of your family: “Take some time to think about your kids or grandkids,” says Piscatella. “They need you to lead by example.” Motivation sometimes can be difficult to muster when starting to make significant lifestyle changes. What better way to push yourself than to think about how it might benefit your family? • forget candy, try fruit: Diet is a big part of enhancing heart strength. Eating only broccoli and carrots isn’t necessary, but remember that many snack foods are high in trans fats and calories. Substituting apples, bananas and other fruits for fattier snack foods is a great way to kickstart your new healthy lifestyle. • try Walking: We do it daily, but not all of us do it enough. You don’t necessarily need to hit the gym — simply dedicating a small block of the day to a pleasant walk can make a major difference in getting your heart pumping. Once you’re comfortable walking, consider upgrading to a brisker pace. Eventually, you should feel a difference in your overall health. • no More crash Diets: The plight of dieters has been well-documented. According to Piscatella’s book, “Positive Mind, Healthy Heart,” 97 percent of crash dieters re-gain their weight and more within a year. This is particularly true of dieters attempting to drastically reduce daily calorie consumption. Simply choosing different types of foods and making gradual exercise changes is more sensible. Before beginning any exercise program, consult your doctor. By adopting a few simple ideas right away, you can begin to reach some major milestone for your heart.

deVelopiNg a Family Fire eSCape plaN Only 23 percent of U.S. households have developed and practiced a home fire escape plan, according to the National Fire Protection Association. Safety tips provided by the NFPA include drawing a home escape plan and discussing it with everyone in the household, practicing the plan twice a year and knowing at least two ways out of every room, if possible, including doors and windows.

do a little, get a lot Research showing that making small changes can add up to a big difference has been quietly accumulating for a while. For example, adding just 30 minutes of walking per day is enough to prevent weight gain and encourage weight loss.

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Do you cough without covering your mouth while standing in the lunch line? Or sneeze loudly into the air when squeezed onto the morning bus? Nearly all Americans (96 percent) have seen people do things like this and a shocking three quarters say they are guilty themselves. Even with heightened concerns during this year’s flu season, Americans admit that sleeves are a fine substitute for tissues: one in four wipes his or her nose on them. One in ten is even more gross: skipping sleeves altogether in favor of hands to wipe his nose and then extending for a handshake or reaching for a door handle. So, what are we doing about it? In a recent survey by the Water Quality and Health Council, Americans come clean; we’re not doing much. Despite constant warnings from health officials and a recent “Risk Analysis” study showing a 31 percent chance of infection through hand contact with contaminated surfaces, few Americans frequently clean the public surfaces they use. In fact, as opposed to wiping down the surfaces they come in contact with, a whopping 42 percent of Americans are opting to avoid public spaces. But staying home isn’t the answer. Taking control of your environment is. To help people prevent the spread of H1N1, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends keeping surfaces clean by wiping them down with a disinfectant according to the directions on the product label. In addition to cleaning surfaces, the CDC advises: • cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after use. If you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your elbow or shoulder, not into your hands. • Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water aren’t available, use an alcohol-based hand rub. • avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread this way. • if you are sick with flu-like illness, stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone except to get medical care or for other necessities. Stay away from others as much as possible to keep from making them sick. For more information on how to prevent the spread of H1N1 through surface disinfection, visit www.fluandhealth.com. Source: StatePoint

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Choose the Right auto Insurance
Choosing auto insurance can be a challenge for anyone. But when you own an independent business or are selfemployed, it can be even more confusing. You’ll need to determine which type of auto insurance is right for you — commercial or personal? If you’re not sure whether business use is covered on your personal policy, call your insurance agent. Leading commercial auto insurer Progressive offers these four questions you might want to ask: Do I need more liability coverage than a personal auto policy provides? As a business, you likely are required to carry higher liability limits than what a personal insurance policy offers. And in some cases, your customers might require you to carry certain liability limits. Find out which — if any — liability requirements apply to your business. What is considered “commercial use?” Find out your insurance company’s guidelines, since insurers define “commercial use” differently. To be confident in knowing that you have the right coverage, call your agent or insurance company and describe how you use your vehicle. You can also visit www.progressivecommercial.com and click on “Commercial vs. Personal Auto Insurance” for a quick five-question quiz that can help you decide if you need commercial vehicle insurance. Do I need special coverage for situations encountered while conducting business?

Save Money on Home Improvements This Season
The warmer temperatures make it a great time to tackle much needed home improvement projects. And contrary to popular belief, these adjustments don’t need to be expensive or exhausting. There are many cost-effective, eco-friendly design and renovation projects you can undertake that will spruce up your home and positively impact the environment. “Simply put, environmentallyfriendly home renovation projects create a healthy home and save energy and money,” says Tove Anderson, principal of Tove Anderson Architecture and the past chair of The American Institute of Architects Committee on the Environment DC Chapter. “Whether it is reusing what is in your home or incorporating new materials, there are a variety of environmentally-friendly design options that can fit anyone’s taste and budget.” To start, consider the following practices: Before shopping for costly new pieces of furniture, take a second look at unused pieces in your basement, garage or guest rooms. In many cases, long-ignored decor can be refurbished with a new coat of paint, reupholstering or another creative makeover. If you can’t fight the urge to splurge, shop locally first or visit a high-end, second-hand store. This eliminates manufacturing and transportation costs and is a more sustainable approach to furnishing your home. You might also browse online stores for environmentallyfriendly furniture, paint or artwork. Enlist an architect to help you reconfigure existing space in your home, rather than make costly structural modifications or additions on your own. These professionals can help you assess how you can create the home of your dreams by working with already existing space. For example, if you’ve always wanted more sunlight or an open floor plan, an architect can help you make the needed adjustments — such as new window treatments, adding windows and skylights, or knocking down walls. To find an architect in your area, visit architectfinder.aia. org. A new coat of paint can do wonders in changing a room’s look. Make sure to choose low-VOC (volatile organic chemicals) paint, which uses water instead of oil, thereby reducing toxins and limiting the impact on your home and the environment. Insulation leaks and cracks can exist in both new and old homes, leading to energy waste and inflated bills. A free home energy audit can provide ways to save money and energy. Your local energy provider usually can assist in setting up an appointment. Reseal windows, walls, ceilings and attic to start making a sizable, positive impact. Additionally, if you are looking to purchase a new appliance, consider Energy-Star qualified appliances, which use 25-40 percent less energy than conventional options and can result in savings of up to $100 (or more) a year on energy bills. If your water heater is more than 10 years old, it might be time to purchase a new one. If that’s not possible, cover your old one with a water heater jacket, which can eliminate heat loss by 25-40 percent. And remember to shut off and unplug electrical devices when not in use. “By making the decision to adopt sustainable renovation practices that are eco-friendly, homeowners will help the environment and be rewarded with extra money savings, in the short and long term,” says Anderson.

Commercial auto policies usually offer specialized coverages that are normally not available with personal auto policies. These include Non-Owned Auto coverage, which would cover your employees’ personal vehicles while they’re on a business errand and Hired Auto coverage, which covers rental vehicles. Do I need to list any employees as drivers? If you have employees who drive your business vehicles, they should be listed on your commercial auto policy so they’re covered if they get into an accident. With a personal auto policy, you can’t list employees as drivers unless they live with you. In general, you’ll need commercial auto coverage if the vehicle you use is owned by a corporation or partnership, or is driven by employees, or if it’s used to haul tools or equipment weighing more than 500 pounds, make deliveries, or is heavy enough to require state or federal filings. For more information, including a fivequestion test to find out if commercial auto insurance is right for your business, visit www.progressivecommercial.com.

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How To Get More Money When Selling Your Home
When selling your home you want to get the most money possible. But with home values having dropped considerably during the past few years, today’s sellers are exploring new ways to maximize the money they can put in their pockets. It continues to be a rough market, with statistics from the National Association of Realtors showing a median price for 2009 home sales of $173,200, down nearly 12 percent from 2008 and more than 20 percent from 2007. And considering that a real estate agent’s typical six percent commission will cause sellers to lose even more of their homes’ value, many are using the Internet and other modern technology to sell their houses themselves instead of hiring agents. In addition to handling the sale yourself, there are several other easy ways to take home more cash. Experts advise every little step helps: cleaning and painting, advertising in the right place and even hiring an attorney to evaluate complicated offers. Studies from Northwestern and Stanford Universities found that “for sale by owner” sellers are as effective as agents in maximizing a home’s sales price. In fact, a report from the real estate industry’s own trade group, the National Association of Realtors, found that FSBO sellers sold their homes quicker and for closer to asking price, compared to homes represented by agents. “Sellers have realized that paying an agent will cause them to lose even more of their home’s value,” says Greg Healy of ForSaleByOwner.com, a leading for sale by owner Web site. “Paying commission is becoming a thing of the past, because the Internet has made it easy for any homeowner to successfully price, market and sell their own home.” Here are some tips to get as much as possible when selling your home yourself: • Price it right: By doing research on the Internet, you can compare your home with others on the market. This enables sellers to gauge the value of their homes and accurately arrive at listing prices. Remember, the market dictates price, not what the seller thinks it should be worth. • Market the Home online: More than 90 percent of buyers use the Internet to search for homes, so it’s critical to list yours on the right site. For example, ForSaleByOwner.com has more than twice the amount of visits as the nextclosest competitor and offers services that syndicate listings to Realtor.com as well as online real estate sections at Yahoo, Google and USA Today. • Make a great first impression: Buyers are attracted to clean, spacious and updated homes. Remove personalized items, such as family photos and eliminate clutter. Simple improvements like replacing worn carpets and repainting walls neutral colors enhance a house’s appeal. If ever it was time for a thorough house cleaning, this is it. • get a real estate attorney: An experienced real estate attorney will help you evaluate complicated offers, act as escrow agent, review contracts and handle the home’s closing process. Proper legal representation should only cost a few hundred dollars and helps overcome the more confusing aspects of real estate transactions. For more tips on selling your home yourself, visit www.ForSaleByOwner. com. With some solid research and the right help, selling your home can be made easier while maximizing its value.

volunteers are Special people
By Susan Ryan Volunteers are very special people and Jan and Michael Enzinger are two of these people. A retired couple with adult children of their own, they responded to a need to help other kids. In January a year ago, they attended a recruitment event Adults Mentoring Children, a program of of Gulf Coast Community Care, held at the Science Center in St. Petersburg. Here they met some of the program’s mentors, mentees and staff and Jan, who had mentored before, was immediately interested in signing up to volunteer. She hoped Mike would be also, as he liked kids and had experience teaching in Baltimore after he left his U.S. Army career. His inner-city 8th grade class was a surprisingly rewarding experience. “I enjoy kids,” Mike agreed and now that he had time he also wanted to help a child who needed encouragement. “We don’t always realize,” says Mike, “ that so many single parents are very busy in their dual role as parents and also male role models may not be available to many boys.” So he and Jan decided to each mentor separate children, a boy and a girl. Brett is 14 and Sarah is 13. They sometimes get together, but mostly work individually with their mentees. Jan explains that the program has specific goals set for the kids. Because the Enzingers foster dogs, for example, Sarah has gradually overcome her fear of dogs which has helped build a new self-confidence in her. Self esteem and confidence are important traits for everyone to develop in life. Brett had challenges in school with math and science and Mike, with patience, helped him to see the worth of improving his grades by improving his interest in his school work. Tutoring has become one of their activities. Another is Brett’s postcard collection, which Mike adds to while he and Jan are away for the summer months. Jan says she also enjoys introducing Sarah to various cultural events, giving her the opportunity to make the choices. “She is very self-motivated. I really enjoy being with her.” The Enzingers attend ongoing trainings at AMC and also activities provided by the program such as a miniature golf outing, the annual picnic, ball games and holiday skating party. Tickets are also made available to mentors to take the children to museums, plays and other events through the year. Each child has a case manager to support the mentors in their roles. Most important in mentoring is the time spent with a child, one-to-one talking, listening to their concerns and being a positive force in their lives. Hearing this special couple tell of their mentoring experiences you can tell it is one of their greatest personal rewards. They make it worth twice the effort and have twice the fun! To learn more about how to become a mentor, call GCCC (727) 479-1841. A background check is required of all volunteers. Funding is through the Juvenile Welfare Board of Pinellas Count

Creative Ways To pay for College
There’s good news for families who want to help children get a college education but don’t know how to pay for it. We all know that scholarships are available for talented athletes and students with straight A’s. But what if your daughter would rather pick up a paintbrush than a basketball? Or your son is a brilliant writer but doesn’t get the best grades? Each year, cash awards and nearly $4 million in tuition scholarships are made available to creative teens nationwide, through The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. Young artists and writers can earn money for college by using their talents in a variety of disciplines, including poetry, video game design, short stories, sculpture and more. The Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, the nonprofit that administers the awards, is now accepting entries from students in grades 7-12. To find out more, visit www.artandwriting.org. If you or someone you know has ever received a Scholastic Art & Writing Award, share your success story with the Alliance at www.artandwriting.org.

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Caregivers Feel the Heat
Adult daughters — who typically serve as home cooks for seniors — are feeling the heat in the kitchen, according to a recent study of family caregivers. The stress is especially high for adult children who are caring and cooking for someone with several nutritional risk factors. Research conducted for the local caregiving company Home Instead Senior Care revealed caring for an older person who has three or more nutritional risk factors is tied to increased stress levels. Of the caregivers who rated their lives as extremely stressful, 67 percent were caring for loved ones with three or more nutritional risk factors compared with 33 percent of caregivers whose seniors had fewer than three nutritional risk factors. Adult children caring for an older adult (average age 81) reported the top three nutritional risks as: • Three or more prescribed or overthe-counter drugs per day. • An illness or condition that made the senior change his or her diet. • Having lost or gained more than 10 pounds in the past six months without trying. That’s why Home Instead Senior Care has partnered with national nutrition experts from the University of Maryland and Duke University Medical Center to promote healthy, stress-free grocery shopping and meal preparation tips and recipes for seniors and caregivers of seniors to utilize. At the center of the campaign is the Cooking Under Pressure handbook that is available free through the local Home Instead Senior Care office. A Web site at www.foodsforseniors. com provides additional information, research and resources. Local senior care expert , Julie Krol, owner of the Home Instead Senior Care office serving Pinellas County said that risks associated with conditions such as medication use and illness can negatively impact seniors’ health and independence as they age. “Good nutrition is, in fact, the first line of defense in helping to keep seniors healthy and independent,” she said. According to research, family caregivers are taking an active role in the lives of these seniors who need help, shopping and preparing meals for their older loved ones, which could be contributing to that stress, Krol said. In the Home Instead Senior Care survey, 83 percent of family caregivers help with groceries or other errands; 65 percent assist with meal preparation. Experts advise stressed-out family caregivers to get organized by creating a shopping list so their seniors regularly have healthy ingredients (see the 12 Staples Your Senior Shouldn’t Live Without), collect interesting recipes and ensure their senior has the companionship they need to shop for groceries and make mealtimes enjoyable. “Buy fresh ingredients and prepare meals with older adults, enticing them with what they like to eat. Bring in new recipes and ingredients; we all get in a rut,” said Dr. Nadine Sahyoun, associate professor in the Department of Nutrition and Food Science at the University of Maryland, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources. “Make eating a happy event,” Dr. Sahyoun said. “We focus too much on what people can’t eat and don’t give enough attention to what food represents to us. Food is at the core of our lives — it’s the smell, color, feel, texture and social context. All of this is what makes a meal enjoyable. We have to pay attention to those things,” she added. “If you’re a family caregiver, I think it’s really important not to act as the food police, watching and criticizing,” said Elisabetta Politi, nutrition director of the Duke Diet and Fitness Center at the Duke University Medical Center. “Ask, ‘Is there anything I can do to help you?’ Listen to seniors’ concerns. Maybe you want to go with them to shop.” Home Instead Senior Care’s Krol said that companionship is one ingredient that family caregivers don’t want to leave out of a senior’s meal plan. Companionship is vital to making mealtime more engaging for an older adult as well as in alleviating the strain on family caregivers. “So many seniors are alone or lonely. If you can’t be there to shop for groceries or eat with loved ones, consider a congregate meal site — such as a senior center — a meal delivery program or a paid companion to help encourage older adults to develop the kind of nutritional habits that will keep them healthy and give you peace of mind.” The Boomer Project (www.boomerproject.com) completed online interviews with 1,279 U.S. adult caregivers, ages 35-62, with a parent, stepparent or older relative for whom they or someone in their household provides care. Questions regarding nutritional risk factors and stress adapted from Abbott Laboratories’ “Determine Your Nutritional Health” checklist. Used with the permission of Abbott Laboratories.

The Secret of Meditation
By Vincent Paradis, Meditator I first heard mention of Meditation many years ago. Meditation has been practiced for thousands of years and is practiced by many different cultures. There are many different meditation techniques or ways of doing it. Also, through the years, I have meet people who routinely did some form of meditation. The one thing that stood out most about all these people, these meditators, was that they all appeared to be more relaxed, happier and healthier than other people. So of course one gets curious, what are these people doing? To meditate simply means to engage in contemplation. That is, to do thinking about something. Well, we all do that occasionally. So what are they doing, what are they thinking about? Obviously, there is something different between what an average person does when they contemplate and what meditators do when they contemplate … which results in them being more relaxed, happier and healthier. What is the secret? Before a meditator engages in a contemplation, they relax first. They get themselves into a meditative state, a relaxed state of mind and body. In fact, with many meditators, this is why they do meditation sessions. This is their objective, to get into and be in, a relaxed state of mind/body for awhile. Why? Because of the effect, what it does for your mind and body. After a meditation session, you always feel better. You feel good, more relaxed, energized, happier and healthier. And, really, who would not want that? So I became a meditator. It should be noted that all meditation techniques or approaches to meditation have one thing in common; to achieve a relaxed state of mind and body. And because there are so many meditation techniques out there, I will only talk about what I do when I do a meditation session. 1) Quiet room: I find a quiet room, that has minimal distractions. A distraction is anything that can draw your attention away from what you want to be paying attention too. Such as, if the room was too hot or cold, that can be distracting. Some distractions can easily be ignored, such as city street noises, after you have paid attention to them. 2) body comfort: Then I sit down or semi-recline and proceed to make myself as comfortable as possible. When I am fully comfortable, I do not feel like moving around and I can easily maintain my body still. It is worth noting that when the body is made comfortable, tension reduction occurs naturally, the body relaxes. 3) free breathing: Then I draw a breath through my mouth and breath out, snort, like what a horse does. I do this 3 times to clear the breathing channels. Then I take 3 long deep breaths and resume normal breathing. After doing this, breathing always feels freer and easier. 4) buddha face: Then I adjust my feelings and mood. I adopt a Buddha Face; closed eyes, calm, serene and peaceful looking face with a slight smile. 5) clear Mind: Then I clear my mind. I decide for the time being, I am not going to think about anything in the past, or about anything I will be doing in the future. I want to have my mind in the present moment, the Now and on what I am doing. 6) Meditation: Then I begin meditation. All meditation techniques have different topics of meditation, what you contemplate, think about and purposes and objectives for doing so. As a common practice, I do meditation to enhance my mind and body; To think better, increase awareness, to feel good and to maintain health. What I do when I meditate is think about feeling good, doing easy breathing and feeling myself being in rhythm and in harmony with my body, the world and the universe. I do this for awhile, that is, being in and maintaining a relax state of mind and body for awhile. end: Then I end my meditation session, take several deep breaths, get up and move it, move it. A meditation session usually lasts 5 to 20 minutes. Also, anytime I do a meditation session, I keep a pen and paper handy. Because when the mind relaxes, ideas, solutions to problems and remembrance of something I have forgotten, can come to mind. Well that’s all folks! The Secret of Meditation 2010 Contact Vincent Paradis by calling (727) 397-0332 or emailing vinpar@verizon.net

moSt id theFt loW-teCh Identity theft claimed more than 10 million victims in the U.S. in 2008, according to the Better Business Bureau. Of the cases where consumers knew how their identity was compromised, stolen wallets and physical documents accounted for 43 percent of all identity theft, while online methods accounted for only 11 percent. “Consumers must remain vigilant and continue adhering to the adage, ‘trust, but verify,’ when it comes to providing personal information,” says Steve Cox of the Council of Better Business Bureaus. For information about how to protect your identity, visit www. ProtectYourIDNow.org.

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ACROSS 1) What a metal trowel or spade does in the rain? 6) In Hawaii flowers become this necklace 9) Capital of Togo 13) Slow and apathetic 14) You can plant flowers in this type of vase 15) _____ Root Beer, claims to be oldest U.S. soft drink 16) Used for going up or down 17) Where Hemingway’s Santiago went to battle 18) Baker’s raiser 19) Homemade plant food 21) Interstellar cloud 23) Type of tree good for shade 24) Letter opener 25) Charlotte’s creation 28) Landscapers often plant flowers or shrubs in this 30) It is used to make a rip cut 35) Heston’s foes in 1968 sci-fi movie 37) Hindu princess 39) Profoundness 40) Enameled metalware 41) _____ Hawk, famous for early flights 43) Donned 44) Plaudit and pomp 46) Used for smoothing 47) It’s best when rich 48) ______ monkeys of Asia 50) Fence board 52) Once around 53) Firearm discharge 55) Short for “regular” 57) Hauled with a tackle 60) They only last one growing season 64) The Ritz, e.g. 65) Charged particle 67) Most distal part of arm 68) Popeye’s sweetie 69) University of Rhode Island or Geller 70) Popular Russian female name 71) “Do it, or ____!” 72) Wife’s title 73) Smelly DOWN 1) Reduced instruction set computer 2) Archaic “to” 3) Clothing joint 4) Nonsensical talk 5) It’s often described as leisurely 6) One of deadly sins 7) Before, old English 8) Mindless 9) “In ____ of” 10) Like dental exam 11) ____ Verde National Park 12) Three ahead of PST 15) Crossbred vegetable, e.g. 20) Smug smile 22) A husk of corn 24) Pearly whites inspector 25) Plant necessity 26) Distinctive period, like Victorian 27) The beauty of the ball? 29) Lacking worldly experience 31) Congregation seats 32) Movie reel winder, e.g. 33) Chambers connected to other chambers 34) Pup 36) The Red one and the Black one, e.g. 38) It will 42) Pine, as in verb 45) Disorderly fight 49) Female 51) “Love Me ______” by Elvis 54) Abomination 56) What one like #29 Down needs 57) ____ weevil, eats cotton buds and flowers 58) Milo’s adventurous canine friend 59) We have 60) Black tropical cuckoo 61) “A Death in the Family” author 62) Clickable connection 63) Don’t go 64) Used for spreading 66) Bobby of hockey fame

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Web Site of tHe MontH: www.netflix.com
Netflix.com is the world’s largest subscription service for streaming movies and TV episodes over the Internet and sending DVDs by mail. For $8.99 a month, Netflix members can instantly watch unlimited TV episodes and movies streamed to their TVs and computers and can receive unlimited DVDs delivered quickly to their homes. Netflix serves more than 12 million customers. Netflix has revolutionized the way people rent movies by bringing the movies directly to them. With today’s busy lifestyles and consumers demanding more value and control, it’s no wonder that Netflix has become the preferred online provider of the home entertainment experience. To use Netflix — or get a free trial, visit www.netflix.com. Once your registered, create your rental queue. This is the list of movies you want to watch. Nextflix will mail them to you in an envelope that also doubles as the return envelope for when you’re done with the movie. Keep it as long as you like. With Netflix, you can also download movies to your computer as well as an increasing number of video devices. For more on this, check out the website. In February 2010, the American Customer Satisfaction Index named Netflix the number one ecommerce company for customer satisfaction. Netflix has been named the number one retail Web site for customer satisfaction in nine out of ten surveys since 2005 by ForeSee Results. In the fall of 2005, Fast Company named Netflix the winner of its annual Customers First Award. In January 2007, Netflix was named the Retail Innovator of the Year by the National Retail Federation. In December 2007, Netflix was ranked the number one online retailer by Nielsen Online. In December 2008, TIME magazine named the Netflix Player by Roku one of the top 10 gadgets of the year.


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Reverse Mortgages
Now that family members are living longer and healthier lives, reaching retirement age no longer means growing old. At the same time, many worry that their retirement savings is not sufficient to provide a more comfortable life during their non-working years. For your own peace of mind and for the well being of your older family members, it’s important to plan for the future by talking about the kind of financial help they may need to enable them to “age in place.” If your family members are 62 or older, it may be helpful to learn more about how a reverse mortgage may help them live a life with less worry and fewer restraints. “A reverse mortgage offers older adults many options, because they can continue to own and live in their homes — while also possibly helping them to pay their bills, make home improvements, travel, help children and grandchildren financially and a lot more,” says Chris Bruser, a Reverse Mortgage Consultant with MetLife Bank. A reverse mortgage is a way for older adults to access the equity in their homes to pay for their needs and wants while continuing to live in and own their homes. Homeowners age 62 or older who live in the home as their principal residence are eligible. The home has to priVate room/priVate Bath In a Mobile Home Park. Kitchen access available. Female looking for 70+ non-smoking male. Little Dance, Little Fun, $400 a month. (727) 584-8926. aSSiSted liViNg reFerral SerViCe Free referral service that works with any income, lifestyle and level of care. Quality communities. Professional and experienced. (727) 943-0257. happy CaregiVer I am available any time — personal care, errands, meals, housekeeping, dr. appts. Call (727) 550-6916. Free aSSiSted liViNg plaCemeNt Any income, lifestyle, and level of care www.peggysplacementsandreferrals.com (727) 481-1529 loVe teNNiS Subscribe Today to TennisLife (800) 600-4364 CaregiVer Compassion-CNA-caregiver Will work for Couple or Individual Total Care • Cooking • Errands Light Housekeeping • Dr. Appts. Call: (727) 776-0137, Clearwater get Fit For 2010 Jazzercise Lite Call (800) 348-4748 have little or no debt remaining on it and meet U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s minimum property standards. A reverse mortgage allows borrowers to retain ownership of the house. They can continue to live in it as long as they want and the loan doesn’t have to be repaid until they permanently leave or sell the home. However, they are still responsible for paying property taxes and homeowners insurance and keeping the house in reasonable condition. “The reverse mortgage process can be easy and there is a lot of information and resources available to help you learn more about it,” says Chris. Chris suggests that you speak with a reverse mortgage professional to learn more about reverse mortgages. MetLife Bank offers free, educational materials, including a comprehensive information planner kit and video to consumers who want more information about a MetLife Bank reverse mortgage. He can be reached at (813) 464-5221 or by visiting his website at http://mlbreversemortgage.com/cbruser. “A reverse mortgage can make all the difference and can help seniors to live better today and be more prepared for the future,” Chris says.

How To prevent Identity Theft
Identity theft is on the rise, as approximately 10 million Americans fell victim last year. While nothing can guarantee you won’t become a victim yourself, there are many ways to minimize risk. With this in mind here are some tips from the experts at Intellicheck Mobilisa on safeguarding your identity: • Protect your Social Security number: Don’t keep your Social Security card in your wallet or include your number on checks. Only provide your number when absolutely necessary and ask to use other identifiers. If your number appears on your driver’s license or health insurance card, ask to substitute another number. • backup your Wallet: Photocopy the fronts and backs of your wallet’s contents, including driver’s license, credit cards and insurance cards. You’ll be able to quickly notify the appropriate institutions if it gets stolen. • Safeguard your Mail and trash: Before disposal, always shred credit card receipts, checks and bank statements, credit applications or offers, insurance forms, doctor statements, expired charge cards and anything with personal information. • Store Personal information Securely: This is especially important when you are having work done in your house, if you employ outside help or have roommates. • be on guard in Public: Thieves don’t have to steal your wallet for your identity. Shield your entry of your PIN when using the ATM. Watch out for people peeking over your shoulder or using cell phone cameras to record your actions. • Stay Vigilant online: Practice safe surfing when it comes to online shopping, banking, email usage and more. Don’t use public computers to access personally sensitive information. For tips to protect against Internet fraud, visit the government’s safety site at OnGuardOnline.gov. • choose better Passwords: Select tough passwords for bank, credit card and phone accounts. Don’t use easily available information like your birthday, address, phone number or mother’s maiden name. Combinations of letters, symbols and numbers create the strongest passwords.

Classified ads
Place your classified ad in the Senior Voice today. Clean out your garage, sell that car, advertise your services. Ads are priced from $40 for up to 20 words, plus a phone number. Additional words are $5. To place your ad, call (800) 600-4364, Ext. 221, or complete the form below and mail with a check payable to Senior Voice at PO Box 270; Lutz, FL 33548. You can also email your ad to sharon@ggpubs.com Deadline: March 19 for the April Issue. Name: Address: City: Phone: Email: State: Zip:

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Getting Kids to Care about Current events
Getting kids interested in the world around them sometimes can be tough. While many parents have long been unsure how to properly address certain current events with their children, there’s no denying recent efforts to reach young people and expand the scope of their world. A number of outlets have worked to establish news sources for children, while President Obama made some waves this past September when he delivered an address aimed specifically at the nation’s children. Even TV pundit Bill O’Reilly wrote a book for children. With proper oversight and some good ideas, families can make current events fun for kids, ultimately expanding their understanding of the world. “Children haven’t yet gotten jaded or apathetic. They want the world to be a better place and they believe they can help make it so,” says author and human rights activist Elizabeth Hankins, whose new book entitled “I Learned a New Word Today… Genocide” teaches children about a heavy global topic. “Once you learn of the misfortune of others, you won’t look the other way. This can help avoid future mistakes that have continued to allow crimes against humanity.” Here are some ways to make learning about current events appealing to children: • Make it a family function: Combine quality family time with an opportunity to educate your children by coming together to watch the nightly news or read the local newspaper. While it’s important that parents filter the news slightly to make sure children aren’t exposed to content for which they might not be ready, it’s a great way for families to draw closer. Be sure to participate in a dialogue afterwards and encourage children to ask questions. • find good resources online: A number of media outlets have established online portals where children can learn about current events. Companies like Nickelodeon, Time Magazine, the Washington Post and Scholastic have created places where children can learn about the world. • check your Library or bookstore: There are a variety of books available

Romance is alive and Well
All across the country romance is blossoming. More couples are going to movies, sales of romance novels are climbing and sweethearts continue to exchange chocolate in heart-shaped boxes. While America witnessed the worst economic collapse in generations, movie attendance rose 16 percent last year, the highest increase in two decades, according to Media by Numbers. Couples taking-in movies no doubt contributed to this growth, say experts. And with many book categories experiencing significant drops in sales last year, Nielsen BookScan noted a rise in the adult fiction category, with many publishers reporting an increase in the popularity of romance novels, in particular. “Love is very popular. Romantic novels and films are great escapism, yet they also inspire us to bring romance into our relationships, unlike other forms of art and literature,” says relationship expert, Gayle Rogers, who has been a romance novelist for the past 40 years. “My books keep up with the times and reflect what people want and need.” With romance alive and well, Rogers has seen a resurgence in the sales of her 1972 best-selling, million-copy classic, “Nakoa’s Woman,” which traces the lives of two star-crossed lovers in the Old West and its newer sequels “Gladyce with a C,” in which the lovers meet again in the Second World War and “For Love’s Sake Only,” where they unite in Elizabethan England. Her other six novels also have been faring well, due in large part to their continued focus on these popular characters and on love overcoming the obstacles of daily life. “Good romantic fiction appeals to several generations of readers because love is essential to being human,” she points out. In today’s tough times, couples are enjoying romantic movies and books that transport them to other periods in their lives, such as the recent hit “The Time Traveler’s Wife,” or those set in history, such as Rogers’ popular novel, “My Name Was Mary,” which delves into the love between Abraham Lincoln and Mary Todd. And other statistics show that American couples could be enjoying dates more frequently. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 23.8 pounds of chocolate is consumed annually by the average American, much of it on Valentine’s Day. “The current state of the world seems to have drawn more people to romantic gestures and romantic fiction,” adds Rogers, whose nine romance novels can be found in such online bookstores as amazon.com, bn.com and sojournerpublishers.com. No matter if your idea of romance is an escapist novel, a romantic comedy or a Barry White CD, you’re not alone in seeking more romance.

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Whether you’re planning a romantic getaway or looking for an adventure on your own or with a bunch of friends, getting more for less is almost always at the top of the list. “To travel to amazing destinations or explore other cities expands our horizon and perspective on life. Traveling takes you out of your comfort zone and routine and opens a whole world of possibilities,” says global traveler Dr. Vivienne Flavia Finnegan, whose new book, “Flavia’s Global Adventures,” encourages women to empower themselves and to look at travel as a way to explore life and appreciate the wonders of culture, food, people and beauty. “In these times of recession and strain, travel is still a great bet for relaxation, fun and excitement,” she adds. What better way to relieve stress than to save some bucks when planning that next vacation? Here are some tips from Flavia, who has traveled across the U.S. and to dozens of countries globally, to help you become a savvy traveler: • be flexible: Bargains are available if your travel dates and destinations are flexible. Just prior to the hectic high season is the more affordable shoulder season. Cost savings and fewer crowds make this the ideal time to visit your chosen hot spot. • consider Less Popular Destinations: Get off the beaten track and take the road less traveled and less expensive. Venture away from popular tourist destinations to reap these rewards. • Join Loyalty Programs: There are many loyalty programs from hotel chains and frequent flyer programs. Loyal hotel guests also are more likely to get upgrades. Join at least two frequent flyer programs for a wider choice of deals. • create a Package: A combination of hotel and flight package can provide big savings, whether booking online or through a travel agent. • negotiate: It’s often possible to garner some extras to stretch your travel dollar. By negotiating directly with someone like the reservations manager, you may be rewarded with a complimentary breakfast or dinner. • Hotel Launches: New hotels often provide a great opportunity for special introductory prices. • Short term apartments: Traveling with several people can provide great value. Most apartments have cooking and laundry facilities that can save you a bundle, making them perfect for stays longer than one week. • buy a Phone card: Telephone charges at hotels can be astronomical. A phone card is a real money saver. • Walk: Aside from providing exercise, in small cities walking is a great way to get around and see the sights. • avoid Mini bar Madness: The mini bar has been the downfall of many a traveler. Stock up on snacks at the local store. • get travel insurance: It will cover you for the unexpected and give you peace of mind. “With a little planning you can rest easier knowing you’re a smart traveler,” concludes Flavia, whose new book includes photos, essays and even drink and food recipes from the many places she has visited. trip in case you experience any flight delays. There is nothing worse than starting your vacation stressed because you have to hurry to make it to the ship.

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Boston is an old city. It was established in 1630 and history is everywhere. If you travel to Boston, you will be surrounded by names and places from early Colonial history. The Freedom Trail is a path that will take you on a walking tour from The Boston Common to the Bunker Hill Memorial. Sites include Paul Revere’s house, the Old Granary Burying Ground, Old State House and more. The National Park Service provides a free tour if you make reservations ahead of time, and there are several trolley companies that offer guided rides through downtown Boston and along the Freedom Trail. Riders may get off at any of the stops and get back on a later trolley. It’s a good way to see a lot of Boston and learn some of the history of the area. The New England Aquarium on Boston Harbor has a fascinating display of living ocean life. Highlights include a four-story glass ocean tank that houses a coral reef display, many varieties of sharks and sea turtles, and a tidepool. There are several museums that children and adults will both enjoy. The Children’s Museum is a delightful museum that entertains even teenagers. Teen Tokyo gives kids a look at the lifestyle of teenagers in Japan, and there is a bilevel climbing structure for younger children. The bubble room is for everyone! This museum is very reasonable, $1 per person. The Boston Tea Party Ship gives children an opportunity to dress up in historical costumes and re-enact the Boston Tea Party. The costumed guides explain the historical significance of the famous Tea Party. The Museum of Science has dozens of hands-on activities about the mysteries of space. It also has three Omnimax films showing at scheduled times, as well as daily lightning demonstrations. The U.S.S. Constitution, the oldest commissioned U.S. naval ship (1797), has free guided tours of all its decks. The guides give information about the ship’s history and how it got its nickname, Old Ironsides. Sports fans may want to go to a Red Sox game at historic Fenway Park, one of the original baseball parks in the country. Fenway is

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Tips To Improve Your Golf Game
On the surface, golf can be a game of beauty and majesty, producing some of the most-storied traditions in all of sports. But for casual players, it can be the single most frustrating exercise ever invented. You don’t necessarily need to hire your own golf pro to improve your experience on the links. Of course, a lesson or two probably wouldn’t hurt either. “If you feel rusty or self-conscious, take a golf lesson or join a clinic to brush up your game and confidence,” says Carol Preisinger, the Director of Instruction at the award-winning Kiawah Island Club Golf Academy. “A good grip, posture and alignment go a long way when you don’t play often. If you don’t have time to play, visit the practice facility and spend the majority of time working on your short game.” Preisinger knows what she’s talking about. Kiawah Island hosts a number of heralded courses designed by such golfing luminaries as Tom Fazio, Tom Watson and Jack Nicklaus. In fact, Kiawah’s Ocean Course was designed and built specifically for the 1991 Ryder Cup matches. However, if lessons aren’t in the cards, Preisinger offers some other helpful tips: • call in advance: Before arriving at the course, inquire about rates, dress code and other necessary information. If you’re on a budget, ask about twilight rates. Many resorts have discounted rates in the afternoon. You can save money on green fees and the course may be less crowded. • Know your game: By being familiar with how far your shots carry, you’ll better navigate course hazards. “Carry is the key word here, especially when water lies between you and the green,” says Kiawah’s Preisinger. “Plan accordingly and pick the best club that will carry the water.” • improve your club Selection: Updating your golf clubs can help. Consider investing in custom wedges to save strokes, hybrids for hitting more greens and a putter with a length and head weight that’s right for you. But lugging a set on your vacation isn’t all that appealing. Leave them at home if they aren’t imperative to your game. Many resorts provide top-of-the-line equipment. Just don’t forget to buy golf balls. • Play challenging courses: Top resort golf courses typically offer scenic landscapes, lagoons or ocean views, which add beauty to the eye and depth to your game. • Learn the rules: It might seem elementary, but familiarizing yourself with the USGA rule book, especially specific situations and procedures, may save you some strokes. Ask if local rules allow for “drop areas” on holes with water hazards, which could save you time and golf balls. For more information about the courses on Kiawah Island, which is just off the coast of South Carolina, visit www.Kiawah.com. Difficult to pick up, impossible to master, golf has confounded players their entire lives. But with a few simple tips, the grand game can get just a little easier.

Boston’s Fenway Park is a great place to catch some Rays! Don’t root for the home team.
home to the famous “Green Monster” in left field, a home-run fence that is closer to home plate than most, but much taller. Our Rays make their way to Fenway several times this season. It’s fun to cheer for our local team when they are on the road. The Boston Garden, home of the Celtics, has tours available that take visitors down onto the parqueted arena floor and into the locker rooms. The shoppers in the family will love the Faneuil Hall Marketplace. There are many small shops and open-air stands, and Quincy Market has an array of prepared foods that would please even the pickiest eater in a family. At Boston Harbor, several types of cruises are available. They include dinner cruises, brunch cruises and probably the most popular for families, whale-watching cruises. Other interesting family activities in Boston include visiting Harvard, going to the JFK Library, going to “Cheers” (The Bull and Finch), visiting the Haymarket (the oldest open air market in the U.S.). Close to Boston, other points of interest for families include Salem, with its Witch Museum, the Witch Dungeon Museum and Hawthorne’s House of Seven Gables; Plymouth, home of the Plimoth Plantation, an authentically reproduced village of 1627 where costumed pilgrims go about daily tasks and answer questions as if they were the pilgrims they portray; and Wampanoag Indian Village, also at Plimouth Plantation. The price of admission to Plimouth Plantation includes a tour of the Mayflower II, where sailors and pilgrims show what the journey from Europe must have been like. Cape Cod is about an hour by car from Boston. Cape Cod is quaint and quiet, steeped in history and the sea. Bike trails can be found throughout Cape Cod. The Cape Cod Railroad offers a two-hour sightseeing excursion that all family members will enjoy. The King’s Highway is a driving trip that takes travelers along a route of historical villages and homes. During the spring and summer, the Cape Cod Baseball League plays at several locations. This is good old time baseball fun that has been the starting point for many very successful major league players. Cape Cod is a golfer’s paradise. There are about 40 public and private golf courses, including the country’s oldest course, Highland Golf Links, established in 1892, and the country’s hardest par-three, according to Golf Digest, Taro Woods. Several other challenging and lovely courses include Quashnet Valley Golf Club and the Cranberry Valley Course. There are also many miniature golf courses throughout Cape Cod. Boat trips leave several times a day from Cape Cod to Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard. On these beautiful little islands there are bike trails, shopping, sightseeing and marvelous restaurants. Nantucket’s Whaling Museum tells the story of early whaling days. Visitors will find the weather in Boston and Cape Cod especially pleasant in the spring and the fall, although summer is the tourist season for the area. In June, the weather is terrific and the crowds are minimal. The Boston area has many fun and interesting things for both adults and children. A lot of the activities focus on early U.S. history. But great memories and new understandings make the best souvenirs!

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carrollwood Players

This hilarious spoof of the best of Agatha Christie traditions is set in a country manor house in the 1930’s, with an assembled cast of characters guaranteed to delight. The play introduces the inept and bungling Inspector Pratt, who battles against the odds to solve the murder of the house’s owner. It soon becomes clear that the murderer isn’t finished yet, but will the miscreant be unmasked before everyone else has met their doom, or will the audience die laughing first? Carrollwood Players is located at 4333-5 Gunn Highway, Tampa. Tickets are priced from $13 for seniors. For more information, visit www.carrollwoodplayers.com or call (813) 265-4000. dirty rotteN SCouNdrelS
the Show Palace

Through April 11

the first one to swindle $50,000 from a young heiress, triumphs and the other must leave town. What follows are a series of schemes, masquerades and double-crosses in which nothing may ever be exactly what it seems. The Show Palace is located at 16128 U.S. Hwy. 19, Hudson. Tickets are priced from $37 for the show and from $48 for the show and dinner. For more information, visit www.showpalace.net or call (727) 863-7949. death By ChoColate
early bird Dinner theater

Based on the popular 1988 MGM film starring Michael Caine and Steve Martin, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels centers on two con men living on the French Riviera – the suave and sophisticated Lawrence Jameson, who makes his lavish living by talking rich ladies out of their money; and a small-time crook named Freddy Benson, who, more humbly, swindles women by waking their compassion with fabricated stories about his grandmother’s failing health. After meeting on a train, they unsuccessfully attempt to work together only to find that this small French town isn’t big enough for the two of them. So they make a bet:

Through April 18

Members of the newly renovated Meadowbrook Health Resort are dropping like flies, including famed chef Edith Chiles! On the eve of the grand re-opening, this is not the best advertisement. It’s up to John Stone, the manager, to find the cause and the murderer. Delightfully sarcastic and cynical, Stone finds himself teaming up with Ed Parlor, mystery writer and amateur sleuth, in a wacky race against time. Early Bird Dinner Theater is located at 200 South McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. Tickets for dinner and the show are priced from $30. For more information, visit www.earlybirddinnertheatre.com or call (727) 446-5898. godSpell Through May 16
Jaeb theater

Through April 25

One of the biggest off-Broadway and Broadway successes of all time, this modern and newly updated Godspell, based on the Gospel According to St. Matthew, is ultimately a story of coming

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together to create a loving community embraced by all. Featuring a sparkling score by Grammy- and Oscar-winning composer and lyricist Stephen Schwartz (Wicked), Godspell boasts a string of popular songs, led by the international hit, “Day By Day.” Audiences will be touched by the parables and last moments of Jesus Christ, all set to a moving contemporized soundtrack of uplifting and heartfelt musical numbers. Come enjoy this innovative, new Godspell. Jaeb Theater at the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts is located at 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. For more information, visit www.tbpac.org or call (813) 229-7827. NormaN roCKWell’S ameriCa
ringling Museum of art

In Search of Norman Rockwell’s America is a groundbreaking exhibition that pairs the work of American icon Norman Rockwell with images by award-winning photojournalist Kevin Rivoli. Unprecedented in concept, this exhibition features 35 black and white photographs alongside Rockwell originals: paintings, drawings and prints. Twenty years ago, while working as a photojournalist, Kevin Rivoli began taking “slice of life” photographs— im-

Through April 25

ages of family, community, patriotism, milestones, rites of passage, and people enjoying simple pleasures. It was not until many years later that he realized their similarity to Rockwell’s work, not only in mood and subject, but often in composition as well. Rockwell, who was immensely popular in American culture, is often dismissed by critics who claimed his work was idealistic, sentimental, and nostalgic. Rockwell was often accused of creating moments that didn’t exist, or, as one critic alleged, for “creating an America that never was.” Rockwell disagreed, saying he “was showing the America I knew and observed to others who might not have noticed.” Rivoli’s photographs disprove critics’ claims that Rockwell created moments that never were, showing us that the America Rockwell painted is still alive and well. Ringling Museum of Art is located at 5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota. For more information, visit www.ringling.org or call (941) 351-1660. raiNForeSt maSKS
Marie Selby botanical gardens

forest located in the southeastern part of Costa Rica. Employing simple tools and traditions that have been passed down through generations, the artists create masks that are intricately painted and carved from native woods. Collectors and first-time viewers will be captivated by their colorful images. Museum of Botany & Arts at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens is located at 811 South Palm Ave., Sarasota. For more information, visit www.selby.org or call (941) 366-5731. maNagiNg maxiNe
asolo reperatory theatre

driViNg miSS daiSy
american Stage

Rainforest Masks 2010 celebrates the art of the people of Boruca, Costa Rica. The artists are master carvers from an indigenous reserve surrounded by rain-

Through April 16

Having been widowed, the bold 71-year-old Maxine Levine has decided to ask a handsome judge, Arthur, on a date. This play explores the bitter and sweet sides of dating as a senior citizen: timeworn bodies with energetic hearts, the mourning of lost spouses, and balancing between family needs and new found loves. With time nipping at Maxine’s heels, she discovers how important it is to embrace life and love regardless of age. This inspiring play is based on a true story. Asolo Reperatory Theatre is located at 5555 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. For more information, visit www.asolo.org/ or call (800) 361-8388.

Through April 18

Winner of the 1988 Pulitzer Prize, Driving Miss Daisy tells the post-World War II story of a rich, sharp-tongued Jewish widow who meets her new black chauffeur. Over a series of absorbing scenes spanning 25 years, the two grow to have one of theatre’s most unlikely friendships. This new classic is filled with wit and wisdom, and explores the importance of tolerance and love. American Stage is located at 163 Third St. N, St. Petersburg. For more information, visit www.americanstage.org/ or call (727) 823-7529. VioliNiSt daVid garrett
ruth eckerd Hall

Through April 18

This handsome young violin virtuoso made his concert debut at age 10, and by his teens he’d already released two albums. He graduated from Julliard in 2004, having studied with Itzhak Perlman. The BBC Music Magazine calls him the “stuff of legend.” He makes his Tampa Bay area debut at Ruth Eckerd Hall. Ruth Eckerd Hall is located at 1111 N.

April 6 • 8 p.m.

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Let the fascination begin...

Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 5
Apr 17 & 18

Elena Urioste performs Mozart’s melody-rich Violin Concerto No. 5, Turkish, in a night that includes Arvo Pärt’s mystical-toned Fratres and Prokofiev’s musical telling of Cinderella. Eri Klas conducts.
Sponsored by:

The New World Symphony

Enjoy the celebratory themes and delightfully uplifting fanfares of Dvorak’s Symphony No. 9, From the New World, in a night with the whispering string chorale of Ives’ Unanswered Question and Bartok’s Music for Strings, Percussion & Celesta. Stefan Sanderling conducts.

Apr 30 - May 2

The Blue Planet Live!

With a towering movie screen and multiple projectors, the extraordinary power and mystery of the sea almost spill into the audience. Accompanied by George Fenton’s glorious multi-award winning score performed live by The Florida Orchestra.

Elena Urioste, violin

May 7 One Night Only!
For more information call: 1-800-662-7286 Or visit: www.FloridaOrchestra.org
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tueSdayS Gulfport Art Village
fresh Market

McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater. Tickets are priced from $25. For more information, visit www.rutheckerdhall. com/ or call (727) 791-7400. april 6 Marie Selby Botanical Gardens
Potting orchids

Fresh fruits, vegetables and seafood in a festive environment with local art vendors. Gulfport Fresh Market is located at 2914 Beach Blvd. S, Gulfport. For more information, visit www. gulfportflorida.us/tuesday-morning-fresh-market or call (727) 667-7531. thurSdayS
Havest Marketplace

Outdoor shopping in charming Ulmer Park offers healthy choices of fresh produce for your body, specialty foods and delectable sweets for your taste buds; green themed goods for our environment; and original creations by local artists and craftsman to inspire your mind and your spirit. Ulmer Park is located at 301 West Bay Drive, Largo. For more information, visit www.largoevents. com or call (727) 587-6740. FridayS
Dunedin green Market

Ulmer Park • Largo

Rejuvenate an orchid plant by repotting, learn the proper way to repot one, plus bring orchid for repotting. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Museum of Botany & Arts at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens is located at 811 South Palm Ave., Sarasota. For more information, visit www.selby.org or call (941) 366-5731. ShotguN
florida Studio theatre

peKiNg aCroBatS
Largo cultural center

Fresh produce, plants and herbs, cheeses, seafood, meat pies, pet treats, organic products and more. Pioneer Park is located at Main Street and Douglas Ave, Dunedin. FridayS
tampa Downtown Market

Pioneer Park

National New Play Network World Premiere. Place: A little shotgun apartment in New Orleans. Time: Four months post-Katrina. Action: In the wake of natural disaster, the drama is just beginning. Families clash and racial tensions rise. A play of love, hope and humor in celebration of the human spirit. Florida Studio Theatre is located at 1241 North Palm Ave., Sarasota. For more information, visit www. floridastudiotheatre.org or call (941) 366-9000. the aNdreWS BrotherS
golden apple Dinner theater

April 7 to May 29

A group of China’s gifted tumblers, contortionists, jugglers, cyclists and gymnasts performing to live music on Chinese instruments. Tickets are priced from $27. Largo Cultural Center is located at 105 Central Park Drive, Largo. For more information, visit www.largoarts. com/ or call (727) 587-6751. Jay aNd the ameriCaNS
Mahaffey theater

April 8 • 3 p.m.

proceeds to the Neighborly Care Network (Meals on Wheels). Venue Actor Studio is located at 9125 U.S. 19 N, Pinellas Park. For more information, visit www.nukkadusa.org/vas/index.htm or call (727) 822-6194. BreaKFaSt With dalí April 10 • 9:30 a.m.
Dali Museum

Looking for fresh produce and lunchtime fare as you walk through downtown Tampa? Then this weekly market is just for you. Stroll along more than 50 vendors offering crafts, fresh local vegetables and fruits. The are ready to eat foods or foods to take home to prepare later. Lykes Gaslight Park is located at 410 Franklin St., Tampa. SaturdayS Al Lang Parking Lot • Downtown St Pete
Saturday Morning Market

Lykes Gaslight Park

Vendors offer fresh produce, gourmet foods, baked goods, plants and flowers, featuring local artist, live music, organic growers and green products. Relax and enjoy a delightful afternoon in the shade of the garage and the cool breezes from the waterfront. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday Market is located at 400 First St S, St. Petersburg. For more information, visit www. saturdaymorningmarket.com or call (727) 455-4921. SaturdayS
Pinellas county Market in the Park

Mistaken identities, madcap comedy and the greatest music of the 1940s fill this sweet and hilarious show. Three soldiers find themselves giving the performance of a lifetime when a certain singing trio of siblings fail to arrive at their USO gig. Golden Apple Dinner Theater is located at 25 N Pineapple Ave., Sarasota. For more information, visit www.thegoldenapple.com/ or call (941) 366-5454. ShotguN
florida Studio theatre

April 7 to May 30

Legends line up includes the Crystals and the Coasters. Flash back to a time when singing along was easy, with hits like “Come a Little Bit Closer” or “This Magic Moment” from Jay and the Americans; and “Da Doo Ron Ron” or “He’s a Rebel” from the Crystals (two of the most popular records in the Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame belong to The Crystals) if you’ve been “Searchin’” for some good old fashioned rock ‘n roll music the Coasters (AKA the Clown Princes of Rock n’ Roll) and this show won’t let you down. Mahaffey Theater is located at 400 First St S, St. Petersburg. For more information, visit www.mahaffeytheater. com/ or call (727) 892-5798. FiVe NiCKelS
Venue actor Studio

April 9 • 8 p.m.

Explore the Dalí Museum in a tour expressly designed for children age 5-12. This interactive tour is led by a Dalí docent who has chosen Dalí paintings and other works which specially appeal to children. The tour is followed by a scrumptious breakfast buffet. Following the tour, each child receives a souvenir of the day’s experience. Dalí hands-on activities follow at 11:30. This is one of the Dalí Museum’s most popular and rewarding programs which is available once a month. Pre-registration required; the breakfast is limited to 20 children plus adult companions. To register, please contact Bethany Mead by calling (727) 823.3767 Ext. 3024; or send an email to: bmead@ thedali.org. Cost: $15 per adult, $10 per child. Dali Museum is located at 1000 Third St. S, St. Petersburg. CamuS: BlaCK orpheuS
Dali Museum films

Farm-fresh produce, natural products, gardening items, crafts and more. Heritage Village is located at 11909 125th St N, Largo. For more information, visit www.pinellascounty.org/Heritage/default.htm or call (727) 582-2123.

Heritage Village

National New Play Network World Premiere. Place: A little shotgun apartment in New Orleans. Time: Four months post-Katrina. Action: In the wake of natural disaster, the drama is just beginning. Families clash and racial tensions rise. A play of love, hope and humor in celebration of the human spirit. Florida Studio Theatre is located at 1241 North Palm Ave., Sarasota. For more information, visit www. floridastudiotheatre.org/ or call (941) 366-9000.

April 7 through May 29

Heartwarming comedy that explores senior romances, disastrous first dates, and wedding plans gone awry. Frank Robertson, Bill Harber, and Corinne Broskette are featured in this larger cast production directed by Mary Kay Cyrus and Jeaux Brown. Venue Ensemble Theatre donates a portion of ticket proceeds to Neighborly Care Network. Tickets are $15. Venue Ensemble Theatre donates a portion of the

April 9-23

This film is the tragic love story of a streetcar conductor and a shy country girl. It’s a 1958 update of the legend of Orpheus and Eurydice. Set within the frenetic energy of Carnival in Rio de Janeiro, Death pursues the couple through the dazzling Rio streets. 1960 Academy Award Winner and winner of the Palme d’Or at the 1959 Cannes Film Festival, the film also features the infectious soundtrack by Antonio Carlos Jobin. Free with paid admis-

April 15 • 6:00 p.m.

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sion ($5 after 5 p.m. every Thursday). Beer for sale, free refreshments. Dali Museum is located at 1000 Third St. S, St. Petersburg. For more information, visit www.salvadordalimuseum.org/ or call (727) 823-3767. Shirley ValeNtiNe April 15 through May 2
gorilla theatre

Bridget Bean plays Shirley — a middle-aged Liverpool housewife who is offered a chance to take a Greek vacation. Will she accept the opportunity of a lifetime and take a leap into the unknown? Brimming with forthright comedy and pithy observations. Gorilla Theatre is located at 4419 N Hubert Ave., Tampa. For more information, visit www.gorillatheatre.com/ or call (813) 879-2914. Side By Side By SoNdheim
West coast Players

sophisticated and appeals to audiences of all ages. This creative troupe uses everything but conventional percussion instruments — matchboxes, wooden poles, brooms, garbage cans, Zippo lighters, hubcaps — to fill the stage with magnificent rhythms. The return of the percussive hit also brings with it some new surprises, some restructured sections and the addition of two new full scale routines, utilizing props like tractor tire inner tubes and paint cans. Don’t miss this sound explosion. Mahaffey Theater is located at 400 First St S, St. Petersburg. For more information, visit www.mahaffeytheater.com/ or call (727) 892-5798. arSeNiC aNd old laCe
Masque community theatre

Side by Side by Sondheim is a musical revue featuring the songs of prolific Broadway and film composer Stephen Sondheim. West Coast Players is located at 21905 US 19 N, Clearwater. Tickets are priced from $20. For more information, visit www. wcplayers.org or call (727) 734-7100. NormaN, iS that you April 23 through May 15
carrollwood Players

April 23 to May 9

A dry cleaner from Ohio arrives in New York to visit his adult son Norman after his wife runs off with his own brother. Instead of the solace he is expecting, he finds more turmoil when he discovers his son is living with a male partner. The irascible and stubborn father struggles comically with his denial of Norman’s orientation and his begrudging respect for Garson, even seeking out a lady of the night to set Norman straight. In the end, this loving father comes face to face with his affection for his son and his wife, who shows up repentant in New York. Love and hilarity triumph. Carrollwood Players is located at 4333-5 Gunn Highway, Tampa. For more information, visit www.carrollwoodplayers.com/ or call (813) 265-4000. Stomp
Mahaffey theater

Arsenic & Old Lace is the story of the eccentric Brewster family of Brooklyn, N.Y. In addition to the scheming old women who poison their victims with elderberry wine, the family includes Teddy, who suffers delusions that he is Theodore Roosevelt and that the Panama Canal runs through the cellar of his home. The locks he digs become convenient graves for the lonely men who fall victims to Aunt Martha and Aunt Abby’s machinations. When their nephew Mortimer discovers a body under the window seat of his aunts’ home, however, the elderly women ‘fess up to their deeds matter-of-factly and the events of the play become more absurd right up to a surprise ending. Masque Community Theatre is located at 8825 56th Street, Temple Terace. For more information, visit www.masquetheatre.net/ or call (813) 983-1710. SuNdayS
Upstairs/Downstairs at the tampa bay Hotel

April 30 through May 16

From The New World Symphony to Broadway
By henry Adams The Florida Orchestra offers a varied mix of music in April showcasing Russian masters at a morning Coffee Concert and displaying a hit parade of Broadway’s best at the next Pops Concert. And for fans of the Masterworks series, upcoming program centerpieces include Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 5 and Dvorak’s Symphony No. 9. At the next morning Coffee Concert, Alastair Willis leads The Florida Orchestra in a program of Russian favorites with Rimsky-Korsakov’s Russian Easter Overture, Rachmaninoff’s Vocalise and Borodin’s Polovtsian Dances, along with music by Ippolitov-Ivanov and Tchaikovsky. Prior to the concert, complimentary coffee and donuts are served in the lobby of the hall and a pre-concert talk by the conductor and various orchestra musicians begins one hour before curtain time. This concert is on Thursday, April 8, at 11 a.m. at the Progress Energy Center for the Arts — Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg. On the Raymond James Pops series, Rochester Philharmonic Pops Conductor Jeff Tyzik leads The Florida Orchestra in concert called A Century of Broadway with hits spanning from George M. Cohan to Andrew Lloyd Webber. Featuring Broadway stars Sarah Uriarte Berry and Doug LaBrecque, it’s a salute to Broadway’s best-loved tunes from Showboat, My Fair Lady, West Side Story, Chicago, Jesus Christ Superstar, Cats, The Phantom of the Opera, Sweeney Todd and more. Concerts are April 10 and 11 in St. Petersburg and Clearwater. Singled out for her “passionate” and “virtuosic” playing by The New York Times, violinist Elena Urioste performs Mozart’s melody-rich Violin Concerto No. 5, Turkish, at the next Masterworks concert. Famed Estonian conductor Eri Klas leads the orchestra in a night that also includes Arvo Pärt’s mystical-toned Fratres and Prokofiev’s musical telling of Cinderella. These concerts are April 17 and 18 in St. Petersburg and Clearwater. At the following Masterworks concert, the orchestra will play the celebratory themes and delightfully uplifting fanfares of Dvorak’s Symphony No. 9, From the New World, in a night with the whispering string chorale of Ives’ Unanswered Question and Bartok’s Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta with its inventive themes and unique staging. Stefan Sanderling conducts these concerts on April 30 and May 1 and 2 in Tampa, St. Petersburg and Clearwater. The Florida Orchestra regularly performs at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts in Tampa, Progress Energy Center for the Arts - Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg and Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater. For a season brochure on 2010/2011 season, a list of free Pops in the Park Concerts in April or to order tickets for any of this season’s concerts, visit www. floridaorchestra.org or call (727) 892-3337 or (800) 662-7286, Mon-Fri, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sat and Sun, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Stomp is explosive, provocative,

April 24-25

Theatrical, single-character vignettes bring turn-of-the-century hotel staff members and guests to life. Admission is by donation. 2 p.m. Henry B. Plant Museum is located at 401 W Kennedy Blvd., Tampa. For more information, visit www.plantmuseum.com/ or call (813) 254-1891.

Henry B. Plant Museum

april 27 St. Petersburg Little Theatre Needed are six men, age 40 to late 60s, four men of variable age, 20s-60s, one man age 20-30; two women 40s-60s and one woman in her 20s. Readings from the script. St. Petersburg Little Theatre is located at 4025 31st St. S, St. Petersburg. For more information, visit www.splt.org/ or call (727) 866-1973.
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By Judith Sabghir Gannon Some of you may have heard of the children’s book, “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day.” As a former speech coach, I heard many renditions of this story, but I hadn’t thought about it until just recently, some 32 years later. Well, I just had one of those days. Although I can laugh about it now, at the time I wasn’t amused. The first mishap occurred in a store which specialized in discount beauty items. When I lived on the other side of town, I shopped at this establishment several times a year. It always carried a better selection of merchandise than the same store near me. Once there, I found exactly what I wanted. Happy that I hadn’t wasted my day by driving across town, I cheerfully paid the clerk and proceeded to exit. At that instant, the store alarm sounded. The clerk shouted to try again, so I did. Again the alarm blared as I walked through the exit. Once more the clerk instructed me to give it another try. Much to my dismay, I followed her instructions. Now the clerk informed me that she was required to check my pocketbook. Since I am a woman who sports a huge pocketbook, I could easily sense that everyone was staring at me. Even though I knew I had done nothing wrong, I was embarrassed. At least the clerk apologized when she could not find any stolen merchandise. I asked if I should just keep on walking on my final attempt to leave the premises. She responded in the affirmative. As the alarm screeched, I turned halfway around and waved, making a beeline for my car. With so many eyes on me, I just wanted to go home. This debacle had been a random incident and I could not allow a little bad luck to defeat me. As I drove away, I pondered my next errand, which was to purchase new tires for the car. Choosing to buy them on my side of town, I decided to stop at home first. That way I could brew some coffee to take with me. I was actually looking forward to relaxing at the tire store. All I had to do was pick out the tires I like, read magazines and drink coffee while the employees replaced the old ones. I couldn’t have been more wrong! Apparently the insulated cup tipped inside my brand new carry all bag. Everything was soaked and coffee steadily dripped through the bag’s bottom. As I watched this fiasco unfold, the floor beneath me was getting saturated. I feverishly hand-mopped the floor with my own tissues and some napkins in my purse. No one said a word or even offered to help. They did, however, give me pathetic glances. The day had ended on a low note and I was so relieved to be home. Following dinner, I retired to my bedroom to finally relax. I soon discovered that a calamity-free night was not in the cards. Earlier that evening I had carried a glass of cranberry juice to my bedroom. When I accidentally knocked it off the nightstand onto the rug, I just sighed. Not a great finish to a terrible day!

Judith Sabghir Gannon is a freelance writer who resides in Wesley Chapel. She spent many years teaching adults and children in the public and private sector. For the past 20 years, she has devoted herself to improving the quality of life for senior adults. Jewish liturgical singing and leading prayer services is her passion.

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Fishing prospects Warm up with the Weather
By Capt. Ric Liles With Winter appearing to finally be over, we can focus more on warm water fishing in the months ahead and and target a wider variety of species than we have been during “Global Chilling 2010.” Spring will be welcome as it ushers in areas to fish that have not had much activity during the shorter days of Winter. As the water warms and the bait makes it’s way from the deeper water and moves into the shallows a sense of renewal comes over the angler that has fished these waters in the past. The areas that have been ignored and considered a ghost town for the last 3 months to fishermen will start to see the Scaled Sardines aka “whitebait” looking to fill their belly’s and warm up. These areas are primarily grass flats and that is also the desired destination for Snook, Trout, Redfish

maJority oF VehiCleS Need SerViCe Eighty percent of vehicles on the road need parts or service, according to the Car Care Council. An analysis of vehicle inspection forms showed that most cars need parts replacement, service or fluid and one out of every 10 vehicles had the “check engine” light on. The top problem areas are motor oil, windshield wipers, air filters, belts and hoses and lights.

exerCiSe For iNdepeNdeNt SeNiorS A simple and easy way for independent living seniors to tone the leg muscles is to lie flat on your back, legs extened straight up with toes pointed. (Easy does this when beginning, a slight bend if necessary.) Try to keep your hips, knees and ankles in a straight line. With your toes always pointed, bend first your right knee, and bring your foot as close to your buttock as possible; raise leg to beginning position, then repeat with the left leg (note, the opposite leg should be kept straight in the air, muscle tight). Repeat with both legs four times, then flex the feet and repeat exercies four more times, each leg. Bring legs down and relax before standing. These exercises can be done on a continuing basis for firming and toning your legs.

Joey Knott with his trophy BlackTip Shark he caught while fishing with Capt. Ric Liles and Reel Simple Fishing Adventures.
Sharks and Cobia this time of year. The first 3 are the main attraction on the flats and are the species that the majority of local anglers fish for while fishing skinny water. These fish will be heading to the grass flats for the same reason that the bait migrates there, to eat and to warm up. This is where it really gets good and is fun to be a fisherman that fishes on the flats during this transition. When the two, that being the game fish and the bait fish, collide and meet on the flats all you know what breaks out. I tend to think this will be even greater this year due to the fact that our winter was much longer and harsher that normal. This will also hinge on how bad our bait got hurt by the cold weather, I have gotten conflicting reports and will just wait and see what mother nature has for us. No matter what happens it will be better than it has been. Until next time, good luck and be safe on the water. Remember: don’t let your kid be the one that got away, take them fishing. Capt. Ric Liles offers fishing charters out of Ruskin, Fla. You can reach him by calling (813) 645-6623 or (813) 601-2900. You can email him at captainric@msn. com. His website is www.reelsimplecharters.com.

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Meals… with ease
The main course, dessert and salad are almost too easy to make. The soup preparation is slightly more complex but worth the effort.

Cube Steak Skillet Supper
I first made this delicious main dish in the ‘70s for a progressive dinner party. It was so easy to prepare.This fast recipe came in handy while I was a working mom, too. I still like to make the cube steaks often to this day. — Karen Rodgers, Verona, Virginia
1/4 cup all-purpose flour 1/4 teaspoon salt Dash pepper 2 cube steaks 1 to 2 tablespoons vegetable oil 1 small onion, sliced 1 can (15 ounces) sliced potatoes, drained 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) French-style green beans, drained 1 can (10-3/4 ounces) condensed golden mushroom soup, undiluted Paprika

In a large resealable plastic bag, combine the flour, salt and pepper. Add cube steaks and shake to coat. In a skillet, brown steaks on both sides in oil. Set aside and keep warm. Add onion, potatoes and green beans to skillet; stir in soup. Return steaks to skillet. Cover and simmer for 15 minutes or until meat is tender. Sprinkle with paprika. Yield: 2 servings.

The warm colors and the enticing aromas will let you know you’re in for a treat before you even take the first bite. Recipes courtesy of Taste of home.

French onion Soup
I adapted a basic recipe to copy the onion soup served at my favorite restaurant. No matter what my entree, I always ordered the soup. Now I can make it at home. It’s a meal in itself or an impressive beginning to a full-course meal. — Barbara Brunner, Steelton, Pennsylvania
2 medium onions, chopped 1 teaspoon sugar 6 tablespoons butter or margarine, divided 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour 1/8 teaspoon pepper Dash ground nutmeg 2-1/2 cups beef broth 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese 2 slices French bread (1 inch thick) 4 slices provolone cheese

In a saucepan, saute onions and sugar in 3 tablespoons of butter until golden brown. Stir in the flour, pepper and nutmeg until blended. Gradually stir in broth. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 30 minutes. Stir in the Parmesan cheese. Meanwhile, in a skillet, melt the remaining butter; add French bread. Cook until golden brown on both sides. Ladle soup into two ovenproof bowls. Place a slice of provolone cheese in each bowl; top with bread and remaining cheese. Bake at 375° for 10 minutes or until the cheese is bubbly. Yield: 2 servings.

apple Graham Dessert
My favorite after-school snack was applesauce with graham crackers. I started cooking and baking when I was a very young child, and as far as I can remember, this cake was my creation. It deliciously combines my favorite schooltime treats. — Rita Ferro, Alameda, California
6 cinnamon graham crackers (4-3/4 inches x 2-1/2 inches) 1 cup applesauce 1 cup whipped topping Chopped walnuts, optional

orange Banana Salad
I came up with this salad when an unexpected guest showed up for lunch and I had to “make do” with what was on hand. I thought it would complement my homemade ginger chicken soup, and it did! It’s a wonderful make-ahead salad and very attractive. — Mary Paulson, Hopkins, Minnesota
1 medium navel orange, peeled and sliced 1 to 2 tablespoons honey 1 teaspoon whole cloves 2 cups torn salad greens 1 medium firm banana, sliced 1 to 2 teaspoons flaked coconut, toasted

Place one graham cracker on a serving plate. Spread with 2 heaping tablespoons of applesauce. Repeat layers five more times, ending with applesauce. Spread whipped topping over top and sides. Sprinkle with nuts if desired. Refrigerate for 2 hours before slicing. Yield: 2 servings.

Place orange slices in a bowl. Combine honey and cloves; pour over oranges. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour. Discard cloves. Arrange greens on salad plates. Top with orange and banana slices. Drizzle with honey mixture. Sprinkle with coconut. Yield: 2 servings.

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and the Zydeco House Rockers and Dora and the Entourage (April 10) and Dora and the Entourage and John Wilson and the Zydeco House Rockers (April 11). Lawn chairs permitted. Cajun Cafe on the Bayou is located at 8101 Park Blvd. N, Pinellas Park. For more information, visit www. cajuncafeonthebayou.com or call (727) 546-6732. april 10
Jazzy farmers Market

eVeNt oF the moNth • april 24 Plant and landscape festival celebrates Arbor Day and Earth Day with colorful array of flowering plants, trees, orchids, herbs, garden art for sale, soil and water testing, tool sharpening, and horticulture exhibits. Walter Fuller Park is located at 7891 26th Ave. N, St. Petersburg. For more information, visit www. stpete.org/parks/walter_fuller_park.asp or call (727) 893-7335. Kids Day offers families a chance to play together and learn more about ways that can promote wellness and healthier living. The event is free and open to all. YMCA of Greater St. Petersburg is located at 3200 1st Ave. S., St. Petersburg. For more information, visit www.stpeteymca.org or call (727) 895-9622. april 17 Gultport Waterfront Event features local artists, fine crafts, antique dealers and art demonstrations, glass blowing demos and 20 minute lessons at the Industrial Arts Center. Live entertainment throughout the waterfront district. Also, if weather permits, sidewalk astronomy with the St. Petersburg Astronomy club. Free trolley rides. Pet friendly. For more information, call (727) 322-5217. april 18
Music fest on the Water art Walk green thumb festival • Walter fuller Park

april 25
Music fest on the Water

food addiction Meeting

april 6
rays Home opener

The Tampa Bay Rays take on the Baltimore Orioles during opening night at Tropicana Field. Tropicana Field is located at 1 Stadium Drive, St. Petersburg. For more information, visit www. tampabay.rays.mlb.com/ or call 1-888-FAN-RAYS. april 9
Sunset Sounds

Tropicana Field

april 22
your care clinics open House

Produce, crafts, shopping and more highlighted by a mix of jazz standards and Dixieland by Trom Garrett. Part of the Manatee Jazz Fest. april 11
Music fest on the Water

Dowtown Bradenton

This free concert series reveals the diversity of local musicians from 7-9 p.m. on the second Friday of every month. This month’s event features live music by Ron and the Classics. Indulge yourself at any of the many wonderful restaurants conveniently located only blocks away along West Bay Drive, Seminole Boulevard and Clearwater-Largo Road. Ulmer Park is located at 301 West Bay Drive, Largo. For more information, visit www.largoevents.com or call (727) 587-6775. april 9-11
tampa bay blues fest

Ulmer Park

The Pier hosts local bands and musicians from a four-county area at the Waterside Courtyard, featuring Top 40, Southern Rock, Classic Rock, Jazz and other types of music for your listening and/or dancing pleasure. The Pier is located at 800 Second Ave. NE, St. Petersburg. For more information, visit www.stpetepier. com or call (727) 821-6443. april 11 Downtown St. Petersburg
festival of Speed

The Pier — St. Pete

Talk one-on-one with a physician. While you are there have your blood pressure checked, meet the staff, tour the clinic and enjoy the refreshments. Time: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Your Care Clinics is located at 5985 49th St. N; St. Petersburg. For information, call (727) 527-5060, Ext. 221. april 24
Sounds of Saturday

St. Petersburg

The Pier hosts local bands and musicians from a four-county area at the Waterside Courtyard, featuring Top 40, Southern Rock, Classic Rock, Jazz and other types of music for your listening and/or dancing pleasure. The Pier is located at 800 Second Ave. NE, St. Petersburg. For more information, visit www.stpetepier. com or call (727) 821-6443. moNdayS
rhythm Kings

The Pier — St. Pete

Hope Lutheran Church is located at 1801 62nd Ave. N, St. Petersburg. For more information, visit www.foodaddictsanonymous.org or call (727) 526-7460. moNdayS aNd FridayS
arthritis foundation aquatic Program

Hope Lutheran • Noon

The outdoor music series in the waterside courtyard. The Pier is located at 800 Second Ave. NE, St. Petersburg. For more information, visit www.stpetepier. com or call (727) 821-6443. april 24
green thumb festival

The Pier

Senior Center participants must be age 50 or older. Registration fees are $5 for Pinellas Park residents, $25 for nonresidents. The Pinellas Park Senior Center is located at 7625 59th St. N. For more information, visit www.pinellas-park.com or call (727) 541-0776. moNdayS Largo Community Center
tai chi/Qi gong

Pinellas Park Senior Center

Combines water buoyancy and the warmth of a heated pool to create an ideal environment for relieving arthritis pain and stiffness. $6 per session. Calypso Divers is located at 401 E Bearss Ave., Tampa. For more information, call (813) 969-3483. tueSdayS
ball room Dance classes

Calypso Divers

The annual event staged on St. Petersburg’s waterfront. Tickets are priced from $30 per day, $75 for 3-days. Vinoy Park is located near the Pier in St. Petersburg. For more information, visit www. tampabaybluesfest.com. april 9-11 Outdoor event, authentic Cajun food, Cajun and Zydeco dance lessons and live music including Atlanta Swamp Opera and Broussard and the Zydeco Steppers (April 9), Atlanta Swamp Opers, TBroussard and the Zydeco Steppers, John Wilson
cajun crawfish festival

Vinoy Park

Motorsports Concours d’Elegance with display of exotic automobiles, motorcycles and watercraft. Also cafes with culinary offerings, smooth jazz, wine tasting, cigars and more. North Straub Park is located at Fifth Avenue NE and Bayshore Drive. Tickets are $10. For more information, visit www.festivalsofspeed. com. april 17 YMCA of Greater St. Petersburg
Healthy Kids Day

The Pier — St. Pete

Enjoy fun and relaxing active family time by visiting the Jim & Heather Gills YMCA on Healthy Kids® Day. The nation’s largest health day for children and families, YMCA Healthy

The Pier hosts local bands and musicians from a four-county area at the Waterside Courtyard, featuring Top 40, Southern Rock, Classic Rock, Jazz and other types of music for your listening and/or dancing pleasure. The Pier is located at 800 Second Ave. NE, St. Petersburg. For more information, visit www.stpetepier. com or call (727) 821-6443.

Plant and landscape festival celebrates Arbor Day and Earth Day with colorful array of flowering plants, trees, orchids, herbs, garden art for sale, soil and water testing, tool sharpening, horticulture exhibits, Children’s Plant Fair (9 a.m. to 2 p.m.), Garden Club of St. Petersburg Flower Show (9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sat. and 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sun.), recycling, much more. Walter Fuller Park is located at 7891 26th Ave. N, St. Petersburg. For more information, visit www. stpete.org/parks/walter_fuller_park.asp or call (727) 893-7335.

Walter Fuller Park

Learn this ancient relaxing form of exercise taught by Bob Ailes. This is a low impact exercise based Chinese Tai Chi (Yang style) principles. You’ll learn short forms, Nu Moom, Sh Kyu, QI Gong Healing/Anti-Aging as recommended by Dr. Oz on OPRAH. A great class for energy, mental and physical fitness. Four week sessions, Mondays, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.$20forLargoresidents, $25for non-residents, $37 without recreation card. The Largo Community Center is located at 301 W Bay Drive, Largo. For more information, visit www. largo.com or call (727) 5876740.

Senior Center participants must be age 50 or older. Registration fees are $5 for Pinellas Park residents, $25 for non-residents. The Pinellas Park Senior Center is located at 7625 59th St. N. For more information, visit www.pinellas-park.com or call (727) 541-0776. tueSdayS aNd thurSdayS
Walk on the Wild Side

Pinellas Park Senior Center

Evening Fitness Walk. 6-7 p.m. Join Holly Harriman, a Neuromuscular Massage Therapist from 6 to 7 p.m. in a 45 minute walk designed for the working professional to work on the stiffness that comes from sitting or standing too long. Walk includes warm-up and cool down. $4 each day. Boyd Hill Nature Preserve is located at 1101 Country Club Way S, St. Petersburg. For more information, visit www.stpete.org/boyd/ or call (727) 893-7326.

Boyd Hill

If you have any Senior Happenings that you’d like to include in our next issue, please email them to editor@seniorvoiceflorida.com. Be sure to include the date of the event, cost, time, location, contact information and any other pertinent information. The deadline for the May issue is April 15.

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2009 Mine That Bird, Calvin Borel • 2008 Big Brown, Kent Desormeaux • 2007 Street Sense, Calvin Borel • 2006 Barbaro, Edgar Prado • 2005 Giacomo, Mike E. Smith • 2004 Smarty Jones, Stewart Elliott • 2003 Funny Cide, Jose Santos • 2002 War Emblem, Victor Espinoza • 2001 Monarchos, Jorge F. Chavez • 2000 Fusaichi Pegasus, Kent Desormeaux • 1999 Charismatic, Chris Antley • 1998 Real Quiet, Kent Desormeaux • 1997 Silver Charm, Gary Stevens • 1996 Grindstone, Jerry Bailey • 1995 Thunder Gulch, Gary Stevens • 1994 Go for Gin, Chris McCarron • 1993 Sea Hero, Jerry Bailey • 1992 Lil E. Tee, Pat Day • 1991 Strike the Gold, Chris Antley • 1990 Unbridled, Craig Perret • 1989 Sunday Silence, Pat Valenzuela • 1988 Winning Colors, Gary Stevens • 1987 Alysheba, Chris McCarron • 1986 Ferdinand, Bill Shoemaker • 1985 Spend A Buck, Angel Cordero, Jr. • 1984 Swale, Laffit Pincay, Jr. • 1983 Sunny’s Halo, Ed Delahoussaye • 1982 Gato Del Sol, Ed Delahoussaye • 1981 Pleasant Colony, Jorge Velasquez • 1980 Genuine Risk, Jacinto Vasquez • 1979 Spectacular Bid, Ronnie Franklin • 1978 Affirmed, Steve Cauthen • 1977 Seattle Slew, Jean Cruguet • 1976 Bold Forbes, Angel Cordero, Jr. • 1975 Foolish Pleasure, Jacinto Vasquez • 1974 Cannonade, Angel Cordero, Jr. • 1973 Secretariat, Ron Turcotte • 1972 Riva Ridge, Ron Turcotte • 1971 Canonero II, Gustavo Avila • 1970 Dust Commander, Mike Manganello • 1969 Majestic Prince, Bill Hartack • 1968 Forward Pass, Ismael Valenzuela • 1967 Proud Clarion, Bobby Ussery • 1966 Kauai King, Don Brumfield • 1965 Lucky Debonair, Bill Shoemaker • 1964 Northern Dancer, Bill Hartack • 1963 Chateaugay, Braulio Baeza • 1962 Decidedly, Bill Hartack • 1961 Carry Back, Johnny Sellers • 1960 Venetian Way, Bill Hartack • 1959 Tomy Lee, Bill Shoemaker • 1958 Tim Tam, Ismael Valenzuela • 1957 Iron Liege, Bill Hartack • 1956 Needles, David Erb • 1955 Swaps, Bill Shoemaker • 1954 Determine, Raymond York • 1953 Dark Star, Hank Moreno • 1952 Hill Gail, Eddie Arcaro • 1951 Count Turf, Conn McCreary • 1950 Middleground, William Boland • 1949 Ponder, Steve Brooks • 1948 Citation, Eddie Arcaro • 1947 Jet Pilot, Eric Guerin • 1946 Assault, Warren Mehrtens • 1945 Hoop Jr., Eddie Arcaro • 1944 Pensive, Conn McCreary • 1943 Count Fleet, Johnny Longden • 1942 Shut Out, Wayne D. Wright • 1941 Whirlaway, Eddie Arcaro • 1940 Gallahadion, Carroll Bierman • 1939 Johnstown, James Stout • 1938 Lawrin, Eddie Arcaro • 1937 War Admiral, Charley Kurtsinger • 1936 Bold Venture, Ira Hanford • 1935 Omaha, Willie Saunders • 1934 Cavalcade, Mack Garner • 1933 Brokers Tip, Don Meade • 1932 Burgoo King, Eugene James • 1931 Twenty Grand, Charley Kurtsinger • 1930 Gallant Fox, Earl Sande • 1929 Clyde Van Dusen, Linus McAtee • 1928 Reigh Count, Chick Lang • 1927 Whiskery, Linus McAtee • 1926 Bubbling Over, Albert Johnson • 1925 Flying Ebony, Earl Sande • 1924 Black Gold, John D. Mooney • 1923 Zev, Earl Sande • 1922 Morvich, Albert Johnson • 1921 Behave Yourself, Charles Thompson • 1920 Paul Jones, Ted Rice • 1919 Sir Barton, Johnny Loftus • 1918 Exterminator, William Knapp • 1917 Omar Khayyam, Charles Borel • 1916 George Smith, Johnny Loftus • 1915 Regret, Joe Notter • 1914 Old Rosebud, John McCabe • 1913 Donerail, Roscoe Goose • 1912 Worth, Carroll H. Shilling • 1911 Meridian, George Archibald • 1910 Donau, Frederick Herbert • 1909 Wintergreen, Vincent Powers • 1908 Stone Street, Arthur Pickens • 1907 Pink Star, Andy Minder • 1906 Sir Huon, Roscoe Troxler • 1905 Agile, Jack Martin • 1904 Elwood, Shorty Prior • 1903 Judge Himes, Hal Booker • 1902 Alan-a-Dale, Jimmy Winkfield • 1901 His Eminence, Jimmy Winkfield • 1900 Lieut. Gibson, Jimmy Boland • 1899 Manuel, Fred Taral • 1898 Plaudit, Willie Simms • 1897 Typhoon II, Buttons Garner • 1896 Ben Brush, Willie Simms • 1895 Halma, Soup Perkins • 1894 Chant, Frank Goodale • 1893 Lookout, Eddie Kunze • 1892 Azra, Alonzo Clayton • 1891 Kingman, Isaac Murphy • 1890 Riley, Isaac Murphy • 1889 Spokane, Thomas Kiley • 1888 Macbeth II, George Covington • 1887 Montrose, Isaac Lewis • 1886 Ben Ali, Paul Duffy • 1885 Joe Cotton, Erskine Henderson • 1884 Buchanan, Isaac Murphy • 1883 Leonatus, Billy Donohue • 1882 Apollo, Babe Hurd • 1881 Hindoo, Jim McLaughlin • 1880 Fonso, George Lewis • 1879 Lord Murphy, Charlie Shauer • 1878 Day Star, Jimmy Carter • 1877 Baden-Baden, Billy Walker • 1876 Vagrant, Bobby Swim • 1875 Aristides, Oliver Lewis.

MaKing a Mint JULeP For nearly a century, the mint julep has been the traditional beverage of Churchill Downs and the Kentucky Derby. Rarely seen the rest of the year (perhaps for good reason!), this potent concoction is the national drink for a few hours every first weekend in May. Legendary U.S. Sen. Henry Clay served juleps on his Kentucky plantation and introduced Northerners to the beverage when he went to Washington. In the 1850s, Clay brought his recipe to Washington’s Willard Hotel. Willard bartender Jim Hewes still makes juleps based on Clay’s recipe: “A teaspoon of sugar, six or eight redstem mint leaves and a small measure of bourbon,” Hews says. Controversy rages over the minutiae of a proper julep — chipped or shaved ice, crystalline or boiled sugar — but julep purists agree that a real mint julep must be served in a frosted silver julep glass. And, of course, made with the finest Kentucky bourbon. Moonlight and magnolias are optional. the miNt Julep 2 cups sugar 2 cups water Sprigs of fresh mint Crushed ice Kentucky bourbon Silver Julep Cups Make a simple syrup by boiling sugar and water together for five minutes. Cool and place in a covered container with six or eight sprigs of fresh mint, then refrigerate overnight. Make one julep at a time by filling a julep cup with crushed ice, adding one tablespoon mint syrup and two ounces of bourbon. Stir rapidly with a spoon to frost the outside of the cup. Garnish with a sprig of fresh mint.

My oLD KentUcKy HoMe “My Old Kentucky Home” is sung annually at the Kentucky Derby with the accompaniment of the University of Louisville marching band. The tradition began sometime between 1921 and 1930, by which time it was established as the music played while the horses are led to the post parade. The sun shines bright in My Old Kentucky home, ‘Tis summer and people are gay; The corn-top’s ripe and the meadow’s in the bloom While the birds make music all the day. The young folks roll on the little cabin floor All merry, all happy and bright; By ‘n’ by hard times comes a knocking at the door Then My Old Kentucky Home, good night! Weep no more my lady Oh! weep no more today! We will sing one song For My Old Kentucky Home For My Old Kentucky Home, far away.

Don’t even think of going to the Kentucky Derby without a hat. The fancier the better. Above, 2009 Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird.