currents & waves

floating in an ocean of arts & humanities

i've been feeding myself successfully for long enough that i rarely give much thought to things like "food pyramids" and whatnot, but recently i revisited this middle school health class favorite after a friend of mine began talking about struggling to get enough protein in her vegetarian diet. since i was raised vegetarian and continue to follow a vegetarian diet with no detectable protein deficiency, i decided to start keeping track of the protein in my diet to see where it comes from and how much i get on an average day. happily, after a couple weeks i concluded that i'm easily meeting my requirements.

however, after that brushing up on standard nutrition recommendations and tracking my own typical diet, i found something else to fret over: portions! now, things like grains are easy--a slice of bread comes in a package with clearly marked stats. whole grains like rice and quinoa, cooked at home, are very easy to estimate (if the serving size is 1/4 cup uncooked and i cooked a cup of dry grain, i know i cooked 4 servings and have no problem estimating a quarter of the total cooked product). but when it comes to fruits and vegetables, all bets are off.

i don't keep a scale around the kitchen, so how many grams of apple i just ate is a mystery to me. and cups of cherries? is that whole cherries that still have pits in them sitting in a measuring cup? that seems so imprecise. the size and contour alone could drastically alter how much edible fruit fits into a cup. heck, the shape of the cup could impact how much fits in it. and how about greens? apparently the mixed greens i used in my salad today come one 50 gram serving to the 2.5 cups. but is that 2.5 loosely tossed cups? or lightly packed cups? if i sandwiched it between two slices of bread it would take up significantly less space.

and then, some recommendations are as broad and vague as to say half a cup of vegetables is one serving. if that's true, i could easily meet my "5 a day" with one big lunch salad. but, the bag of salad mix tells me that same salad is only one serving! and how is half a cup of coleslaw (all that shredded cabbage sitting nice and compact) any match for half a cup of steamed broccoli and cauliflower (with all that negative space between the florets and stems)?

see what i'm saying? how helpful is it to know how many servings i should eat if i can't figure out a true serving size?

luckily i really like fruits and vegetables and can safely meet and easily exceed the food pyramid's recommendations while sticking with my old ways of eating some sort of fruit and/or vegetable with each meal, and eating a wide variety throughout each day.

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during the achaemenid dynasty, persepolis was (as you may recall from high school world history class) the ancient riverside site first chosen by cyrus the great and then built up by darius the great to stand as the center of the persian empire. fastforward a couple thousand plus years, and persepolis is the name of the animated film that won the 2007 cannes film festival jury prize.

based on a autobiographical graphic novel by marjane satrapi of the same name, the film covers her childhood and teen years from ten to twenty-one and charts the growth of her nascent political awareness.

the following synopsis may constitute a **SPOILER** in some opinions.
the film opens with the rush of the overthrow of the shah and moves through the the islamic fundamentalist regime that took root, continues on through the iran-iraq war, and ends with the same type of tyrannical repression experienced under the shah. during this, marjane's childhood innocence and religious belief is sullied as her beloved uncle is released from imprisonment, re-incarcerated, and ultimately executed. other instances of repression and resistance weave in and out of the story, and eventually land marjane in vienna as a teenager where her outspoken ways will not be a risk to her own safety. here she encounters philosophies of nihilism and anarchism, racial discrimination, her own experience of exile, and also falls in love. after a low point involving homelessness and grave illness, marjane returns to her family in tehran. though her experiences in vienna serve to develop her belief system further, upon her return home marjane suffers a malaise underpinned by spiritual and political paradoxes. but with the care of her family, anti-depressants, and general will-power, marjane regains her stamina. as the story continues, marjane's voice grows stronger as she continues making a life for herself under a repressive regime. the chain of unbearable events continue, however, eventually culminating with her permanent exile to france at the age.
**END SPOILER** 

within these political events, the story stays grounded in the standard "coming of age" narrative items: childhood dreams, pop music, schoolgirl shenanigans, teenage romance, covert parties, and the aging of a grandmother. marjane undergoes the common trials that mark any good tale in this genre, to wit, separation from family, feeling angst and isolation within a peer group, and eventually making sense of the metaphysical, the corporeal, and the tangible threads that form "experience."

this is the meta of the movie: even as her home is bombed, her city destroyed, and loved ones are murdered, marjane still goes through the normal events of youth and comes out on the other side as a whole person.

and then, there's the movie beyond the story. the animation itself is a visual treat, and if you watch close, it's interesting to note the changes in style that accompany various themes throughout the movie. however, i don't get very excited about talking about animation, so i'll leave it with i enjoyed how it looked. meanwhile, the pace keeps the movie, well, moving right along.

besides winning the cannes jury prize, this movie received high marks from reviewers at publications as diverse as the washington post, slate, and the christian science monitor (to name only a small fraction of its critical fans). and not without cause. what makes this really stand out as a feat of storytelling is the matter-of-fact presentation that lends a delicate sense of balance. the severity of life under war is not compromised, but nor is a political stance hammered down on the viewer. this is not to say there is not an angle on this story, because there certainly is. what keeps it palatable is that the angle comes across as that of one person based on their own life rather than a political rant. this keeps the story in the realm of the universal, regardless of one's political position. and meanwhile (despite that fact that this film is in fact a cartoon) rarely do i encounter a movie with an arch is as literary and complete unto itself as this one.

bonus: both the subtited and dubbed versions are available, so you can have it whichever way you prefer. (i recommend the subtitles, but that's just me.)

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lol

i just got an email from my brother that was intended for our mom (backstory: my mom is organizing and hosting an all-family birthday party for my grandpa the week of thanksgiving. and between all the grandkids scattered around, there are thousands of airfare dollars being spent. and, because no one is rich, people like my brother are trying to figure out accommodations and whatnot).

anyway, from bro: "i was wondering about in-town transportation--should i plan to rent a car?--and where i will crash." made funnier when you know my brother has been in numerous minor car crashes over the years, some involving cars owned by our folks. i'm planning on getting lots of mileage out of this when i publicly rib him over it at the party! mileage!

and, kind of off topic, unless you agree with me that in stream-of-conscious-blogging nothing is ever really off topic: one of my favorite websites, postcards from yo momma (think found magazine's younger cousin with more focus and less grit, but still plenty ironic), just featured a post where it turns out mom thinks LOL stands for "lots of love" and is an appropriate signature tag. so sweet. also, this is the website where i picked up the annoying habit of ("backstory: [...]").

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i recently finished poet mary karr's memoir the liar's club and i'm writing to let you know that i liked it. this is exactly the kind of book you need if you want something literary but not plodding, non-fiction but narrative based, and fast paced but deep. and darkly comic.

the story covers a series of iconic memories from a year during which karr is about 7(?) and living with her 9 year old sister, mom, and dad, in an oil town on the texas gulf coast, another year two years later in a colorado "resort" town, and their return to texas. karr explores her unique relationship with her father as well as her family's place in their community, captures the ironically complicated ambivalence of sibling rivalry, and defends her child's-eye insights into the meaning of family and loyalty. from the opening event it's clear that karr's mother is troubled. the last few dozen pages of the book cover karr's delving into these family secrets as an adult.

this is one of the precious few books i've read this year that were so perfect that i didn't want to finish reading. and even so, it ended in the right spot. i just wanted to continue to revel in the quality of the language and execution of this book a bit longer. so, basically, go to the library, find this book, thank me later.

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once a week me and my friends get together to play scrabble, but sometimes we have to postpone our games till the weekend because scrabble after dinner makes us stay up too late. but we finally figured out a possible solution, which we tested out this weekend: speed scrabble. we all agree ahead of time to focus on speed rather than points. we use a minute timer. shockingly, though, our scores are still in keeping with our averages. apparently the issue isn't that we take a long time to make words, but rather that we talk too much. i have to admit, speed scrabble goes by way too fast for the kind of socializing we like to mix in. maybe we should take up dominoes or cribbage--games that, i swear, require less concentration and allow for more shooting the, uh, breeze.
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i guess it's been awhile since i've done an online quiz for the sake of this blog, but that's just because the ones i usually run across seem boring. but you know what i love more than almost anything else? of course you do--books! so when i saw the "what literary work are you?" quiz i couldn't let the opportunity pass me by. the funny thing is, i just finished reading this book a couple weeks ago and have been proselytizing it's greatness ever since. although i found some of the explanatory notes less than fitting, i can only say i am nonetheless thrilled to be associated with this fine fiction.


You're The Sound and the Fury!
by William Faulkner
Strong-willed but deeply confused, you are trying to come to grips with a major crisis in your life. You can see many different perspectives on the issue, but you're mostly overwhelmed with despair at what you've lost. People often have a hard time understanding you, but they have some vague sense that you must be brilliant anyway. Ultimately, you signify nothing.
Take the Book Quiz at the Blue Pyramid.

 


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cheap thrills has finally reached its tenth anniversary! we will celebrate with chocolate cupcakes! this is probably my favorite free thing to do:

make up an occasion that calls for celebrating!

the truth is, once you get yourself in the mindset of a celebration, the celebration itself becomes the special occasion. get creative! make yourself a treat, invite friends, and have so much fun you forget why your get-together was called to begin with! here's a great cupcake recipe to start you off:

ingredients you will need: 

2 cups flour
1 cup sugar
5 tbsp cocoa powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda

1 1/3 c warm water
1/2 cup oil
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp vinegar

before you get going, make sure you have a tin for a dozen cupcakes either lined with cups or individually sprayed or oiled

preheat your oven to 375 degrees fahrenheit

as far as method, it's as easy as 1,2,3,4.

1. sift the dry ingredients together.
2. combine the liquid ingredients separately.
3. then mix the two. don't worry about lumps, just give a few good strokes.
4. fill the tins and bake around 20 minutes. when they smell delicious, they're done (test with a toothpick or butterknife).

as far as frosting, i'll leave that up to you. i usually forgo the frosting in favor of turning them into little cupcake-ice cream sandwiches before i devour them. whatever you decide, enjoy!

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this is a good time of year to start thinking of cheap thrills that involve air conditioning. everyone knows about hanging out at the movie theater to beat the heat, but did you know you can go to the movies on the cheap? you can, with

the dollar theater! 

if you're anything like me, a spontaneous trip to the movies can turn into a real budget-wrecker. first there's the admission--while some theaters have discount prices for matinée showings and/or certain weeknights showings, even with this discount or a student discount, the ticket alone puts you over half way to $10. then there's the popcorn, because to me, without popcorn, there's almost no reason to go out to a movie to begin with. but if you're going to have popcorn, you have to have a drink, because popcorn was scientifically developed specifically to create thirst where none previously existed. by then even with discounted admission you're well past $15. granted, you can finagle the snack situation to your advantage by bringing them with you (which is practically illegal) or going for the large popcorn and splitting it. but, i know of a better way. it's called the dollar theater, and it's just north of the tallahassee mall on monroe street. i believe it's called the sharer road something plex. in fact, the nickname "the dollar theater" is a little misleading since some of the movies cost more than a dollar. but still, if you're willing to wait for the movie to trickle down to the incorrectly named dollar theater, for $10 you can get the movie, the popcorn and the drink--with no sharing!--and you'll even get change back.

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straight from my email inbox to my blog with no additional commentary other than this: scroll down past the description to find even details for showtimes, ticketing info and the like.

 
APALACHICOLA RIVERKEEPER HOSTS THE WILD AND SCENIC ENVIRONMENTAL FILM FESTIVAL ON TOUR

~ Fundraiser at Tall Timbers to include award-winning films, seafood fest for children and families ~

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Patagonia, Inc. presents and the Apalachicola Riverkeeper will host the largest environmental film festival in North America at the Tall Timbers Research Station on May 10, 2008. The special event is a fundraiser to further the Riverkeeper’s efforts to protect and preserve North America’s most biologically diverse river.

“Each year, the Apalachicola Riverkeeper looks for unique opportunities to provide education, entertainment and a festive occasion for people of all ages to get together,” said Andrew Jubal Smith, Executive Director of the Apalachicola Riverkeeper.  “The tour brings together a selection of award-winning films about how people are creating solutions to protect our natural resources and wild places,” says Smith.

The roster of movies will include a special children’s matinee featuring “Rita”, Best Family Short at the Boulder Adventure Film Festival. Rita tells the story of the friendship between two seven-year-old girls, one from America and one from Nepal who embark on a wild and touching adventure over an 18,000 foot pass near the base of Mt. Everest. The children’s matinee also includes “Antarctica … the End?”, winner of Best Youth Environmental Film at Telluride MountainFlim, “Carpa Diem”, Best Short at the Vatavarn Film Festival, “Feed the Worms”, “Hawaii Reef Etiquette”,” Not Just Mine: Kids and Plovers on the Beach”, and “Water Loving Doggies”.

Two other screenings will feature “Oil and Water”, Best Environmental Film at Taos MountainFilm, about two kayakers who embark on an endless summer venture from Alaska to Argentina in a retro-fitted Japanese fire truck, which runs on just about everything except petroleum, and “Gimme Green”, Best Documentary Short at the Beverly Hills Shorts Festival. Gimme Green is a humorous take on the American obsession with residential lawns and the effects it has on our environment, wallets, and outlook on life. Also on the billet are: “Against the Current”, “Protecting New Orleans”, “The Story of Stuff” and “Fish and Cow”, Newcomer Finalist at the Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival, about a group of dedicated ranchers and biologists in Big Hole, Montana who find common ground to save one of the last surviving populations of Arctic graylings.

Early in the evening, attendees will enjoy fresh shucked and gourmet oysters, Wetumpka gumbo, savory salads, bragging bread and other culinary treats.  Finally, there will be give-aways from sponsors such as Tom’s of Maine, raffle items and a silent auction. Riverkeeper t-shirts, caps and mugs, photographs, music and DVDs will available for purchase.

 

EVENT DETAILS:

Schedule and ticket prices:

3:00 – 3:50 p.m.           Children’s Matinee - $3 (children under 12) $6 per adult. 

4:00 – 6:30 p.m.           First Screening (15-minute intermission) - $3 (children under 12) $6 per adult.

6:30 – 7:30 p.m.           Raffle, Auction, Gumbo and Oyster Fest - $5 (children under 12)

$10 per adult.  Cash bar.

7:30 – 10:00 p.m.         Second Screening (10-minute intermission) - $3 (children under 12) $6 per adult.

 
Due to limited seating, it is strongly suggested tickets be purchased in advance to ensure admission.  All tickets purchased in advance will be entered into a special prize drawing.

Tickets can be reserved by contacting the Apalachicola Riverkeeper at (850) 653-8936. For additional information about tickets, donating to the auction or volunteering, contact the Apalachicola Riverkeeper or email staff at riverkeeper@apalachicolariverkeeper.org.  

Location:

Tall Timbers Research Station - 13093 Henry Beadel Road, off Leon County Road 12 between US Highway 319 and Meridian Road.

Ticket Outlets:

Black Dog Café, 229 Lake Ella Drive, 224-2518

Native Nursery, 1661 Centerville Road, 386-8882

Trail and Ski, 2743 Capital Cir NE, 531-9001

Wild Birds Unlimited, 1505 Governors Square Blvd, 576-0002

Wilderness Way, 4901 Woodville Highway, 877-7200

Wine Warehouse, 1355 Market Street, 893-2254

 And of course Apalachicola Riverkeeper, 653-8936, riverkeeper@apalachicolariverkeeper.org.

 

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before i start, let me say that this item is not as achievable to as wide an array of people as some of the previous cheap thrills suggestions. this item requires access to a musical instrument. however, even if you don't have one and don't plan to invest in buying one, don't give up yet--if you have friends, you can ask to borrow one! yep! it seems like a lot of people--especially people who are parents--have abandoned and neglected instruments, and in my experience, they're often happy to see them getting some use instead of just collecting dust in the attic. with that, item eight:

learn a new instrument!

a few weeks ago my roommate acquired a sweet banjo which he graciously shares with me. since neither of us had ever played a banjo before, we just started with you tube instructional videos. after a couple days we threw in a standard hal leonard beginners book, but the free internet lessons are really where it's at--you can hear what you should be mimicing! of course, the book is still a tried and true favorite of mine for developing good habits, practicing finger drills and learning chord formations.

it's really fun to look back on week one of practicing the scrugg's roll (the roll we started with) and how clumsy my fingers were and compare it to today, and for me, this is enough motivation to keep practicing everyday. i mean, who cares if all i've mastered is the chords of "clementine" or the melody of "aunt rhody"? it's more than i could do at the start, and all it took was a rote practice of 15 minutes a day, plus whatever additional time i felt like playing (that's the key for me: keep your sessions short and below the frustration point, and then just add on whatever you are in the mood for. there's no hurry--the whole point is to have fun!) but if monitoring your own halting progress isn't enough and you need more motivation, why not turn it into a social experience?

currently, my household has undertaken the project of hosting a weekly beginners practice session--between three or four people we have multiple guitar beginners, a couple banjo beginners, and an accordion beginner. we've had interest from someone who wants to learn the mandolin and someone else who wants to learn the ukulele. our plan is to occasionally recruit skilled players to sit in as guests and learn from them, and one of the participants is currently taking formal lessons. but even if we don't gain more traditional instruction, sharing the experience of learning puts individual practice into perspective. some other real benefits: learning to play with others from the beginning means you won't have to make the leap from playing alone to with others later. using the same learning tools, different players learn different skills at different rates, and having someone show you what they know helps you while showing them what you know helps them. and, having someone to practice with--perhaps especially when you're still making lots of hilarious sounds accidentally--is fun!
 

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with the end of the academic year, tonight's attendees at the art park might start missing big bend contemporary's recent role as a nexus for railroad square festivities, but on the upside, as we move into summertime, daylight and twilight stretch through the first friday hours. somehow, lingering outdoors as the sky darkens is often more relaxing for me than starting the night off in the dark.

but when i do head indoors to see what's new tonight, i am excited about stopping by the 621 to check out the sculpture of tallahassee resident ira hill. the theme over there tonight is "industry" and the trio of featured artists comment on various aspects from bioengineering to the environmental impact of land development. and as always, you can still get a dose from the fsu art studens' league in the adjoining nan boynton memorial gallery.

and if the show at 621 is a little too grim for your tastes (last month i had to devoutly avoid the vivisection photography) but you still want to see new sculpture? maybe tim eddy's paper craft--described "charming" and "whimsical"-- would be more your speed. it's on display at j. clinard studio.

finally, wherever you find yourself around the art park tonight, keep watch for blogiversity bloggers handing out blogiversity fliers--and be sure to say hello! 

(need directions to the 'square or other info? visit the website here. or, contact the art park at 224-1308 or .)



 

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it's spring time! flowers bloom, birds crank up the volume, and the sun isn't quite deadly yet. and so, for the seventh idea for thrifty fun...

combine a nature walk with a picnic!

whether you make a day of it and explore a trail system in your area or take a short stroll around a city park, spring is an especially fun time to turn a walk into a happening. a nature walk with food can be a short as your lunch break or as extended as you want. you don't have to worry about finding a great out-of-town spot for your walk, either. nature is all around, even in the weeds pushing through the cracks in the sidewalk or the geese crowding the sidewalk around a city pond.

how is a nature walk different than a regular walk? the only real difference in a nature walk is that you set out with the purpose of paying attention to the bits of nature that surround you. it can become as involved as you want, featuring props like binoculars and field guides, or you can keep it so low key that even a close observer wouldn't know that you're on a nature walk as opposed to a regular walk. (however, if someone is closely observing you on your walk, you should seek a well lit and crowded public place, stat!)

for the picnic portion of the walk, consider the time of day. there's no rule against packing danishes, juice and coffee and having breakfast outside! likewise, picnic does not automatically mean lunch. you could take an evening walk and have a picnic supper just as well. to get the most out of your walk, though, consider whether you intend to carrying your food along with you. bringing it along for the walk gives you the chance to find the perfect spot to stop and eat, but it also requires you to bring easy-to-pack foods. or, you can leave it in the car (assuming you drove!) and eat when you return if there's a nice area to do so. regardless, don't forget to bring along an adventure blanket to spread out on, wear the right shoes for the terrain, and pack the essentials: plenty of drinking water, mosquito repellent and sunscreen.

looking for places to do this? you can get out a map of your town and find the green areas that usually delineate parks--my cheapy gas station map marks all city, county and even state parks this way. or visit your city's website and check for a parks and rec page. most public city and county parks have no entrance or parking fees, but many have restrictions on hours of use. if you need this information ahead of time, be sure to check your city's website. for me, finding a new place to check out is half the adventure!

or if you're looking for a very specific kind of walk, you can ask people who share your interest (for example, if you want to go on a bird walk, track down a local bird watching club and ask for recommendations). you can also call the county extension office or even utilize your public library's reference librarian to get pointed in the right direction. another great place to look for suggestions is at the local outdoor supply stores. however, if you venture beyond the standard municipal green spaces, be sure to check ahead of time to find out any special regulations you may be subject to, including parking fees, permits, and restrictions on dogs. and as always, if you explore less frequented trails, be sure to let someone know where you're going and bring along appropriate emergency provisions.

but above all, get outside, look around, walk around, and enjoy a meal! it's springtime!

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maybe you're looking for something to do that doesn't involve going somewhere or having people over? then this installment of cheap thrills is for you! with that, i present you:

write a letter!  

when i was a little kid my mom would make me and my brothers each write a letter a week during summer breaks from school. we would whine about it... a lot! but by the time i was in my late teens and had friends scattered across the distances, i revived and updated this habit voluntarily. instead of weekly short letters written on lined notebook paper to relatives selected almost at random though, my new take on the letter was that, written spontaneously as opposed to on a schedule, it was a great way to genuinely communicate handpicked events and reflections with people who wanted to know about them to begin with. the best part was that most of my friends liked getting personal mail enough that they wrote back regularly. i think at the height of my personal letter writing craze, i was sending out one or two on a weekly basis.

i don't write so many letters anymore, and the pool of recipients have grown considerably (one unfortunate fact: i didn't consider family members good prospects until maybe three or four years ago). but whenever i do succeed in sitting down with a nice piece of paper and a good pen to compose a message specially tailored to one person, it brings me true joy. and when the letters and postcards show up in my mailbox in return, i am reminded that the time i took to write was well spent.
 


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so far, cheap thrills has reported on the tallahassee rock gym, playing with the dog, reading a book, and holding a dessert+games night. today, i suggest another personal favorite: 

visit the municipal pool 

tallahassee parks and recreation has a number of public pools that offer lap swim, open swim, water aerobics, swim lessons, and even a synchronized swimming team. at a mere $3 entrance fee, you can take a friend and still not hit the $10 mark. to visit the city's website for details on pool locations and hours click here.

swimming, as you may already know, can act as a low-impact full body workout that encourages cardiac and pulmonary health while building strength and flexibility. additionally, having an in-water workout seems to leave you with more relaxed muscles than some other forms of exercise. but if you'd rather just play, the pool can accommodate that as well. the trousdell location even offers a fun wading pool with a slide!

whichever route you take, fun and games or serious exercise, remember that even in the water you can become dehydrated, so be sure to bring a bottle of drinking water. other tips to improve your pool experience: remember that water reflects light and you will burn faster pool-side or in the water than away from the pool, so apply a good water proof sunblock according to the label's instructions. finally, if you can, pack a pair of swim goggles to protect your eyes from chlorine irritation.
 

 


 

 

 

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this showed up in my inbox today:

Good morning,

Just a reminder that the Street of Service event sponsored by Volunteer Leon and the Directors of Volunteers Association is this Sunday, April 13 from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM in Railroad Square. The event is in conjunction with the 1st Annual Circle the Square for Peace event.  This is a great opportunity to learn about available volunteer opportunities while spending a fun filled afternoon with family and friends.
 
This is a free event and there will be something for everyone. Other special events and activities include:

o       Live performances by local bands
o       Manatee Mushroom Man
o       Farmer’s market fruit and vegetable vendors
o       Children’s games
o       Yoga instructions
o       Dances of Universal Peace
o       Face Painters
o        Pet Rescue and Adoption
 
The Second Sunday Fair at the Square will also be going on from Noon until
5:00 PM and beyond. The Sarah Mac Band will begin playing at 5:00 PM so there will be things going on into the latter part of the afternoon and early evening.

In addition, the Bloodmobile will be out there from 1:30 PM until about 4:00 PM. If you would like to donate, please email Bill Grace at aloha@balihi.us  so he can get you on the schedule. Please let him know in your email what time works best for you.

Finally, remember to bring your canned goods donation for the Second Harvest basket.


Sincerely,

Valerie Franklin
Volunteer Program Coordinator
Administrative Services Program
Florida Department of Revenue
501 S. Calhoun Street
Carlton Building, Room 335
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0100
(850) 414-9845
(850) 414-1316 Fax
frankliv@dor.state.fl.us

i'm definitely considering checking out the "streets of service" portion of the event and the sarah mac band myself. looks like plenty of other stuff to keep an attendee busy too--though personally i'll probably pass on the face paining.Smile

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