Cat Depot Donor Pledges Donation for Every Cat Adopted


An anonymous donor has pledged a donation of $10 for every cat adopted at Cat Depot between June and December 2014. The donation will benefit the Friends Like Me Program, which provides emergency medical care and treatment to Cat Depot cats and kittens, who are sick, injured or have chronic illnesses. The donor is challenging the community to match the pledge at $10 or – for as little as one dollar per cat – to help with surgery, x-rays, special food and medications.
“We are grateful for this generous and creative pledge. The challenge will not only encourage more adoptions, but supply greatly needed funds for medical care,” says Shelley Thayer, executive director. “Last year we adopted 846 cats and kittens, and we anticipate finding homes for over 900 this year. We encourage supporters to step up and join the adoption pledge challenge.”
Cat Depot – a nonprofit, 501(c)3 no-kill, free-roaming facility – is recognized for its progressive design and commitment to helping homeless, abandoned and injured animals. Open seven days a week, Cat Depot’s mission is to save lives, find loving homes, and provide resources and education to improve the destiny of homeless cats.
Cat Depot supports more than 130 cats and kittens on any given day. The facility is open Monday through Friday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Handicap accessible.
Location: Cat Depot is located at 2542 17th St, Sarasota. For more information, visit or call 941-366-2404.
Posted in August 2014

The Yoga Studio at North River Body Therapies is Now Open


North River Body Therapies is now offering yoga, tai chi and active isolated stretching classes, along with other classes and workshops to be added soon. Small class sizes will allow for more individualized attention from the instructor. Outdoor classes, located in a beautiful backyard under a giant yellow poinciana tree, will be coming in September, thanks to the onset of cooler weather. 
North River Body Therapies recently relocated and expanded their practice from Ellenton to Palmetto into a 2400 sq. ft. mid-century house on HWY 301. Nicole Deitrick, an alumni of Sarasota School of Massage Therapy, has been a Licensed Massage Therapist since 1999 and created North River Body Therapies in 2001.
Services include Ashiatsu massage, cupping, reflexology, sports massage, side-by-side massage (a.k.a. couple’s massage), customized fruit enzyme skin care, microdermabrasion, acupuncture, yoga, tai chi and more.
Location: North River Body Therapies, 1415 10th St E (HWY 301) Palmetto. For more information and cost structure, call 941-721-4559; email or visit
Posted in August 2014

Sarasota Concert Association Presents 2014-2015 Munchtime Musicales Series


For 70 years, the Sarasota Concert Association (SCA) has presented its “Great Performers Series,” filling the Van Wezel Performing Arts Center with audiences, who enjoy some of the world’s finest classical music at affordable prices.
 In addition to the Great Performers Series, this organization offers a free “Munchtime Musicales” series, – a long-running community outreach program designed to showcase the talents of locally based, accomplished musicians – who represent a vast array of musical styles, including classical, folk, jazz and pop. The series is coordinated by Katherine Oarr, a board member of SCA. Oarr says that the series has become one of the area’s most popular musical programs.
The 2014-2015 Munchtime Musicales concert season, which runs from November 2014 through April 2015, features Richard Ridenour on November 19. Ridenour is a concert pianist, who has built a formidable career as an arranger and performer for orchestras across the nation, and who also spearheaded last season’s “Sarasota Keys” public piano project in downtown Sarasota.
Location: All Munchtime Musicales performances are at noon at the Beatrice Friedman Symphony Center, 709 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. The series is free and open to the public. Seating is open; no reservations taken. For more information about Munchtime Musicales, call 941-351-7467 or visit
Posted in August 2014

CriticalVetCare Adds 3D Vimago CT Scanner


CriticalVetCare (CVC) is among the first 10 clinics worldwide to add a new generation of high definition computer-aided tomography equipment (CT scan) with the installation of a 3D Vimago. CVC is also the first local clinic with CT scanning capability in-house.
The Epica Medical Innovation’s Vimago CT Scan uses new imaging technology to provide enhanced 3D viewing and modeling of the entire body with high definition images of areas – ranging from the lungs and thorax, abdomen, nasal passage and sinuses, ears and some joints, says Dr. Anne Chauvet, a veterinary neurologist and founder of CriticalVetCare (CVC).
The Vimago CT Scan also is safer for patients because it uses 80 to 90 percent less radiation than other high-end scanners, and full body scans take just minutes. Since animals must be sedated to be scanned, it also is safer because of reduced anesthetic risks, Chauvet says.
“This new CT technology is state-of-the-art and allows us to scan the entire body and reconstruct any of its systems, from skin or muscles to blood vessels,” she adds. “With its 3D capabilities we can manipulate the image to look at the body from any angle.”
The new scanner accommodates patients, ranging from pocket pets to Great Danes. CriticalVetCare also houses a full lab, ultrasound, endoscope and digital radiology. In addition, its list of “firsts” for the area in advanced veterinary medicine includes a hyperbaric chamber, in-house MRI and minimally invasive procedures like tracheal stenting, laparoscopy and arthroscopy.  CVC has the only in-house veterinary MRI within a 50-mile radius.
Location: 4937 S. Tamiami Trl, Sarasota. More information about CriticalVetCare’s emergency and specialty veterinary services is available by calling 941-929-1818 or online at and
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Bliss Salon Welcomes Melissa Gray as Natural Nail Specialist


Melissa Gray specializes in natural nail manicures and pedicures. She has recently joined the natural cosmetologists at Bliss Salon. 
With her precise polishing skills and close attention to detail, it’s no wonder she was listed in Sarasota Magazine as the runner up for best Manicure/Pedicure in Sarasota in 2004. Gray is proficient in CND shellac and OPI gel polishes and has been working in the beauty industry for over 12 years.
Schedule a Deluxe Pedicure with Gray and Receive a Complimentary Manicure.
Location: Bliss Salon, 5531 Palmer Crossing Circle, Sarasota. For more information or to schedule an appointment, phone 941-923-1287, email or visit
Posted in August 2014