Frontier Exhibit Opens in Venice


“Journey into the Wild Frontier,” an exhibit showcasing the century-past experiences of settlers and businesses in southwest Florida, is running now through January 21 at the Venice Museum and Archives.

This museum, located inside the historic Triangle Inn, is open Monday through Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free.

Location: 351 Nassau St S, Venice. For more information, visit

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Body, Mind and Spirit Expo


September 6, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., will be a day of rejuvenation. Enjoy exhibits and guest speakers from Feng Shui , book publishing, pet communication, conflict resolution, Chakras, grief process, acupuncture and much more.

There will be workshops, demonstrations, informational booths, natural living products and services, local artists, psychics and mediums, green businesses, environmental organizations, alternative health practitioners, renewable energy specialists, along with gardening specialists.

Location: Sahib Shrine Banquet Facility, 600 N Beneva Rd, Sarasota.  For more information, visit or call 941-225-1425.

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Plans for Sarasota Design District Unveiled

Design and home furnishings industry professionals, headquartered on Central Avenue and adjacent streets in Sarasota, have formed an association to brand and promote the area as the Sarasota Design District.  Situated within the boundaries of the city’s historic Rosemary District, association members include architects, interior designers, home builders, cabinet makers and showrooms devoted to flooring, home entertainment, furniture and decorative accessories.

 Michael Bush, president of the Rosemary District and owner of Home Resource, is spearheading the program as head of the new Sarasota Design District Association.  “We feel that the branding of this area as a design district will highlight its professionals, the high standards they set and maintain, and the results of their creative efforts,” he has stated in a recent media release. “The community will benefit from the close association of these professionals and their drive to push the Sarasota Design District to the level of prominence of other design districts in the world.”

Citing plans already in the works for new residential buildings and a possible theater, as well as popular existing Rosemary District restaurants, – such as Lolita Tartine and Darwin’s – Bush says the area continues to build on its roots. “A formalized plan will strengthen our mission to make the Design District a destination for sophisticated local and regional consumers, seeking top quality design, architecture talents and products for the home,” Bush explains.

Ian Black of Ian Black Real Estate says that proposed 400 apartments, currently under consideration for the Rosemary District, will be a game changer. “If that project goes through, it will bring residents in 24-7 and represent a significant boost for new retail and restaurants on Central Avenue. In fact, a study by Gibbs Planning Group, commissioned by the city, found that the Rosemary District can presently support 49,500 square feet of retail and restaurant development,” Black says. “The new design district association will ensure that the trend gains momentum,”

For more information, visit

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Aura Photography with Suzanne Baden at Elysian Fields

On September 27 from 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., experience aura photography with Suzanne Baden, using exciting new digital photo technology. The upgraded equipment creates amazing photos and videos of your Auric Field! Every person’s aura is his/her unique signature of physical, emotional, mental and spiritual well-being. With this revolutionary technology, you can see your aura in much the same way a clairvoyant would.

See your aura on a computer screen and watch the colors shift as you hold a crystal or touch another person. Take your photo home and, for minimal additional cost, you can also choose to have the digital image emailed to you. Share your aura photo by email or on Facebook – even make it your desktop background!

The Aura Photographer will interpret your photo with a 5-minute mini-reading. Don’t miss this chance to see yourself in bright, beautiful digital color.

Pre-paid registration is required. To register, please stop by Elysian Fields or call 941-361-3006. Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express are accepted by phone. Sessions are offered on a first come, first served basis, and space may be limited. One week cancellation notice is required for refund of fee.

Location: 1273 Tamiami Trl S, Sarasota. For more information, call 941 361-3006 or visit

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Bear Creek Veterinary Alternatives Offers New Services


Dr. Jaime Gonzalez, an Integrative Medicine doctor, has over 24 years of experience as a small animal veterinarian. Dr. Gonzalez and his wife Susan opened Bear Creek Veterinary Alternatives in 2010.  Their philosophy from the beginning was to combine deep Native American spiritual beliefs with the practice of holistic medicine. Susan stresses that Dr. Gonzalez does not take a cookie-cutter approach to animal care but treats each animal as an individual.

The practice is growing, with a new doctor coming on-board, expanded services and hours and a cold laser, which is useful in treating arthritis and chronic conditions in animals not suited for acupuncture. Additionally, the clinic is establishing the Red Fox Institute, a non-profit, to accept donations for animals needing holistic care, – especially end-of-life care – a training/mentorship program for veterinarians and educational offerings. A public training, “Healing Touch for Animals (HTA) Level 1” will be offered October 17-19.

Location: 7509 S. Tamiami Trl, Sarasota. For more information, including operating hours, phone 941-312-6825 or visit For more information on the training, visit

Posted in September 2014