December 13, 2010

Sarasota Community Acupuncture: 2 for $20

Give and receive the gifts of relaxation and healing this holiday season at Sarasota Community Acupuncture, now offering “2 for $20 Tuesdays” in December and January. Schedule an appointment with a friend on a Tuesday in December or January and pay only $10 each for complete acupuncture treatments. The offer is valid in both the morning and afternoon time slots at the clinic, now open seven days a week and located at 3615 Webber Street (visit www.sarasotacommunityacupuncture.com for current hours of operation). Chair space is limited, so please call (941) 922-4611 to schedule an appointment for this special.

What is Community Acupuncture?

Community Acupuncture is based on the philosophy that acupuncture therapy needs to be consistent, not expensive, to be effective. Most American acupuncturists see one patient per hour and charge anywhere from $60 to $125 per treatment. Sarasota Community Acupuncture sets itself apart with a unique sliding scale ranging from $15 to $45 per treatment. Acupuncture can be made affordable by treating in a small group setting, using several recliners clustered together in a quiet soothing space.

“Many of our patients tell us that they have tried acupuncture before, but could not continue treatment because it was too expensive,” says co-owner Melonie Burgess, A.P. “We believe acupuncture can really make a difference in people's lives. It's an untapped resource for many of us, and it is not just for people with disposable incomes.” says Burgess. “It just needs to be more available and affordable and that is why we are here.”

To take advantage of Sarasota Community Acupuncture’s 2 for $20 Tuesdays or to learn more about Community Acupuncture, please call (941) 922-4611 or visit www.sarasotacommunityacupuncture.com.

About Sarasota Community Acupuncture: Sarasota Community Acupuncture is a famly practice committed to cultivating health with the practitioner and the patient in partnership. The mission of SCA is to provide the community with high quality and affordable acupuncture, and to create a treatment space that connects people and builds community. For more information, please visit www.sarasotacommunityacupuncture.com, or call (941) 922-4611 for an appointment at our clinic, located at 3615 Webber Street in Sarasota, Florida.

November 29, 2010

Ashley's Delivers Local Gift Baskets

Looking for a unique, convenient and affordable gift giving option this holiday season? Consider delivery of a locally-made gift basket, overflowing with home-style treats from the bakery at Troyer’s Dutch Heritage. Ashley’s Food Delivery is now accepting orders for a variety of food-filled gift baskets, all available for delivery throughout the holiday season.

Ideal for personal and corporate gift giving, Troyer’s gift baskets reflect the traditional heritage and old-fashioned charm of Sarasota’s local Amish and Mennonite community. Choose from the following options for delivery:

  • Troyer’s Heritage Basket features 100 percent locally made treats from the Troyer’s Dutch Heritage bakery and restaurant, as well as a copy of the Heritage Favorites cookbook, a collection of family recipes from Troyer’s employees. Included are a small homemade pie, home-style fudge, fresh granola, apple butter, jam, old-fashioned candies and more ($55, including delivery).
  • The Brunch Basket is filled with home-style goodies including homemade sweet bread & cookies, coffee, tea, two ceramic Troyer’s mugs, jelly, fruit mix, homemade peanut butter, candy and more ($55, including delivery).
  • The Party Basket offers a sampling of Amish delights including a summer sausage, a cheese round, pretzels & crackers and Amish dressings & dips ($55, including delivery).
  • The Florida Basket features citrus honey, orange marmalade, Gator Sauce, orange dressing, citrus taffy and mini coconut patties ($30, including delivery).
  • The Popcorn Basket is filled with two bags of un-popped popcorn, buttery topping, sweet caramel glaze and chocolates ($30, including delivery).
Ashley’s Food Delivery makes seasonal gift giving easy and convenient with a complete gift basket delivery menu, and online ordering, at www.ashleysfood.com. Orders can also be placed by phone; call 941-953-FOOD (3663). Gift basket delivery is available every day; 48 hour notice is requested. Complimentary gift cards can be included with all gifts baskets upon request.

About Ashley’s Food Delivery: The area’s only multi-restaurant delivery service, Ashley’s Food Delivery partners with over 25 restaurants in Sarasota to deliver everything from home-cooked, comfort food to elegant, gourmet dining. Ashley’s Food offers residential & corporate meal delivery, drop-off catering services and gift basket delivery. The service is open for lunch delivery Monday through Friday and dinner delivery every day. For more information, call 953-3663 or visit www.AshleysFood.com.

November 18, 2010

Get Your Thanksgiving Pies Delivered!

Don’t stand in line at the local Amish bakery to pick up your pies this Thanksgiving – have them delivered instead! Ashley’s Food Delivery will bring them right to your holiday table, and is accepting pre-orders now. Choose from a wide selection of homemade pies from the bakery at Troyer’s Dutch Heritage. Traditional favorites like Pumpkin, Pecan and Dutch Apple are available, as well as decadent flavors like Chocolate Cream, Cranberry Pecan and Strawberry Rhubarb.

Whole pies are $10.99 to $12.99, plus tax and delivery. To view a full selection of available pies, as well as other bakery items such as dinner rolls, sweet breads and cookies, visit www.AshleysFood.com. Order online, or call 953-3663 to place your pie order today. 48 hours advance notice requested for pie deliveries. Thanksgiving deliveries will be made Wednesday, November 24.

About Ashley’s Food Delivery: The area’s only multi-restaurant delivery service, Ashley’s Food Delivery partners with over 25 restaurants in Sarasota to deliver everything from home-cooked, comfort food to elegant, gourmet dining. Ashley’s Food offers residential & corporate meal delivery, drop-off catering services and gift basket delivery. The service is open for lunch delivery Monday through Friday (Sarasota only) and dinner delivery every day. For more information, call 953-3663 or visit www.AshleysFood.com.

Rosemary Birthing Home Welcomes Licensed Midwife Kathleen Cardin

Kathleen Cardin, LM, CPM, gave birth to her second child almost twenty years ago, in the comfort of her home, surrounded by people who loved her. By the time her daughter was three months old, Kathleen was accompanying a pair of senior midwives to births, and a few years later she graduated from an accredited Florida midwifery program and began her practice in Tallahassee. After a decade in Maine as a nurse in both a small county hospital and an 850 bed regional medical center, Kathleen is unpacking her moving boxes and packing her midwifery bag to join Harmony Miller, LM, CPM at Sarasota’s Rosemary Birthing Home.

“I knew from a very early age that I wanted to be a healer; that is, to help and support people through life processes and to help them grow, and to grow myself,” says Kathleen. “I was taught right from the start that birth is a beautiful process, an awesome experience, and something to look forward to and enjoy.”

Rosemary Birthing Home was established in 2003 and is owned and operated by Licensed Midwives. A free-standing, accredited birth center in Sarasota’s historic Rosemary District, Rosemary Birthing Home offers personalized midwifery care embedded with the philosophy that birth is a normal, healthy process that most often requires no medical intervention.

"I am so happy to have Kathleen joining the Rosemary family,” says Harmony Miller, midwife, owner and operator of Rosemary Birthing Home since 2006. “She has so much to offer to our community."

Rosemary Birthing Home families and the Sarasota community are invited to meet Kathleen, Harmony and the rest of the Rosemary Birthing Home care team on Saturday, December 11, in the Rosemary Court gardens. For more information, please call 941.330.9966 or visit www.rosemarybirthing.com.

About Rosemary Birthing Home: Established in 2003, Rosemary Birthing Home is a free-standing birth center in Sarasota’s historic Rosemary District. Owned and operated by Florida licensed midwives, Rosemary Birthing Home offers personalized midwifery care, birth center births, home births, water births, pre-pregnancy nutrition counseling, postpartum care, babywearing classes, support groups, lactation counseling, complete childbirth education, a lending library and more. A free Choices in Childbirth Class and Rosemary Birthing Home Orientation is offered on Mondays and Tuesdays (by appointment only). For more information, please call 941.330.9966 or visit www.rosemarybirthing.com.

November 16, 2010

Introducing: 12th and East Home

On November 23, Sarasota will become the flagship site for a new home accessories boutique, created by one of the area’s most reputed interior design firms. Located at the intersection of 12th Street and East Avenue, 12th and East Home is the retail showroom for hand-picked accents and custom-designed pieces from Jessica Holmes Interiors.

Jessica Holmes has been an interior designer in Sarasota for 11 years, building a portfolio of fresh, effective design for our community’s most savvy clientele. Holmes, along with designer Melissa DeMore, has brought the same level of sophistication into 12th and East Home, carefully selecting each product with her clients’ aesthetic in mind. The store will carry candles, lamps, jewelry, scarves, throws, coffee table books and more, from some of the industry’s most coveted and innovative lines. Holmes and DeMore have also created exclusive lines of custom pillows, dog beds and table linens, as well as small upholstery pieces.

“The concept of 12th and East Home is to marry the vintage spirit with a fresh, modern elegance,” says Holmes, whose fiancé Adam Holiday collects, restores, and sells 18th and 19th century antiques from the adjacent warehouse. “We are bringing some rare and special antiques in to the store and refreshing them with vintage-inspired modern upholstery and accents. The result is a look never before seen in Sarasota.”

A grand opening reception at the showroom, located at 1220 East Avenue North, is planned for December 2nd, 5:00-7:30pm. Guests will enjoy light fare and 10% off of all purchases. For more information about 12th and East Home, please call (941) 365-8205, or visit their website at 12thandeasthome.com.

About 12th and East Home: 12th and East Home is a sophisticated home accessories showroom anchored in Sarasota, Florida. Interior designers Jessica Holmes and Melissa DeMore present an ever-changing collection of vintage-inspired modern accents and expertly selected consigned antiques, establishing a unique and relevant aesthetic for today’s discerning home decorator. Our showroom, established in November 2010, is located at 1220 East Avenue North in Sarasota, Florida, or on the web at 12thandEastHome.com.

November 09, 2010

Authentic Pilates Comes to Downtown SRQ

When we hear the word “pilates,” most of us think of a generic type of exercise akin to yoga, but with props. But for former Sarasota Ballet dancer Christina Gadar, the word means much more. Christina is a second generation Pilates instructor, having been certified by Romana Kryzanowska, Joseph Pilates' hand chosen protégé, in 2000. She now owns and operates a fully equipped Pilates studio in Sarasota, complete with top of the line equipment based on Joseph Pilates’ original designs. This Saturday, Christina will bring her reformer apparatus (shown above) to Sarasota’s Main Street to demonstrate the difference between authentic Pilates and imitative versions.

“My goal is to preserve the integrity of Joseph Pilates' original vision of physical and mental conditioning while constructing creative workouts tailored to the individual,” says Christina, who holds dual citizenship with Brazil and the U.S. “I love what I do and it brings me a lot of satisfaction to share the benefits of Pilates with others.”

Christina’s exhibit is part of the Sarasota Naturally festival taking place this Saturday, November 13th, on Main Street. Her demonstration of the extensive vocabulary of Pilates exercise takes place on the “Fit Body Stage” across from Smokin’ Joes at 11:00 am.

For more information about Pilates Personal Training with Christina Gadar, please call (941) 955-3800, or visit www.pilatespersonaltraining.com.

About Pilates Personal Training with Christina Gadar: Christina Maria Gadar has been providing top quality Pilates instruction in Sarasota, Florida since 2000. Christina’s fully equipped Pilates studio features the very best equipment in a comfortable and private setting. Proper choice of instructor and equipment is absolutely essential for success in Pilates. Private lessons last 55 minutes and are available Monday through Friday by appointment only. Christina’s studio is conveniently located near Sarasota Memorial Hospital, between the Siesta beaches and downtown Sarasota. For more information, please call (941) 955-3800, or visit www.pilatespersonaltraining.com.

November 02, 2010

Ashley's Delivers the Flavors of Fall

Ashley’s Food Delivery, the area’s only multi-restaurant delivery service, offers the bounty of autumn delivered to your home or office. Get out of the kitchen and out into the cooler weather—or in front of the big screen--while one of Ashley’s 25 restaurant partners does the cooking for you. Two fall delivery specials are now available through November 30th:

Word of Mouth offers a complete Thanksgiving dinner for two for $24.99 (plus tax and delivery). Your meal includes roasted turkey breast, red skinned smashed potatoes, corn bread stuffing with turkey gravy, cranberry relish and the veggie of the day. Delivery is not available on Thanksgiving Day.

Hooters knows what football fans want: WINGS! The Football Fan combo is just $14.99 (plus tax and delivery) and includes 10 wings (add $1 for all drumsticks) and 10 buffalo shrimp.

Full delivery menus for all of Ashley’s restaurant partners are available on the Ashley’s Food Delivery website, www.AshleysFood.com. Delivery orders can be placed online, or with a customer service representative at 953-FOOD (953-3663).

About Ashley’s Food Delivery: The area’s only multi-restaurant delivery service, Ashley’s Food Delivery partners with over 25 restaurants in Sarasota to deliver everything from home-cooked, comfort food to elegant, gourmet dining. Ashley’s Food offers residential & corporate meal delivery, drop-off catering services and gift basket delivery. The service is open for lunch delivery Monday through Friday (Sarasota only) and dinner delivery every day. For more information, call 953-FOOD or visit www.AshleysFood.com.

October 11, 2010

Facing Parkinson Disease: Exhibit November 1st

They are diverse groups that garner national attention for their high caliber talent and cutting-edge work. Now, Sarasota's arts and medical communities will join forces to bring attention to a devastating disease on the Suncoast.

Sarasota artists and the nationally acclaimed Neuro Challenge Foundation will provide an unprecedented, artistic view of Parkinson patients and their families in all stages of life at “Facing Parkinson Disease,” a one-week exhibit at The Art Center of Sarasota, November 1-5.

Intimate photo essays by notable local photographers will showcase area families living with Parkinson Disease, while guests view an extraordinary mixed media presentation featuring works from Parkinson inspired artists.

"It makes so much sense for us to work together," says photographer and Suncoast celebrity Cliff Roles. "Who better to show this community a disease affecting thousands in our own backyard?"

You can see the work of Roles and other artists, patients and doctors, and meet them as well, at the opening reception. It happens at The Art Center of Sarasota on Monday, November 1 from 5:30pm to 7:30pm. Hundreds are expected to attend the opening ceremony to show their support.

"You'll be surprised at the way the disease affects people, and I think you'll be surprised at the people you'll recognize at the exhibit. They are your neighbors and friends, and you may not even know they are struggling with this frustrating condition," says Neuro Challenge Foundation President and CEO Doreen Sutherland.

Selected art from Parkinson patients and caregivers will be auctioned at the reception. Suggested donation is $15 at the door and includes wine, light fare, and inspiring music. All proceeds benefit Neuro Challenge Foundation, an IRS-recognized 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing the quality of life of Parkinson Disease patients and their caregivers.

About Neuro Challenge Foundation: Neuro Challenge Foundation (NCF) is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life of people with Parkinson Disease and their caregivers through service, education and research. NCF funds programs and activities that promise to ease the burden of Parkinson Disease through patient-centered professional education, community forums and scientific and clinical research. Patients, caregivers and nationally recognized scientific experts advise us and lead the way as we invest in the science and services that will lead to a cure. For more information, please call (888) 623-4483 or visit www.neurochallenge.org.

September 29, 2010

City of Sarasota, State of Florida Proclaim October 4-8 Licensed Midwives Week

At next week’s City Commission meeting (Monday, October 4, 6:00pm), Sarasota Mayor Kelly Kirschner will proclaim October 4th through 8th as Sarasota Licensed Midwives Week. Mayor Kirschner’s recognition will pay tribute to the skilled, individualized care that Sarasota’s licensed midwives offer women and their families throughout the childbearing cycle. It will signify the strong contribution licensed midwives make to the health and well-being of our community's mothers and babies through appropriate care and treatment in all phases of childbirth.

The week has also been proclaimed Florida Licensed Midwives Week by the office of Florida Governor Charlie Crist, coinciding with National Midwifery Week, a time to recognize the contributions of Certified Nurse Midwives (CNMs), Certified Midwives (CMs) and Certified Professional Midwives (CPMs) nationwide. The American College of Nurse Midwives (ACNM) publicly announces the week with an introduction to midwifery. "The heart of midwifery care for women and newborns lies more in the nature of that care than in its specific components. Midwifery practice has a firm foundation in the critical thought process and is focused on the prevention of disease and the promotion of health, taking the best from the disciplines of midwifery, nursing, public health and medicine to provide safe, holistic care."

HISTORY OF MIDWIFERY IN FLORIDA: Midwives have a long and valued history in Florida. The state first passed legislation to license direct-entry midwives in 1931. In the 79 years since, Florida’s licensed midwives have continued to tirelessly serve the families of Florida and to ensure the continued availability of safe, evidence-based birthing options for Florida’s families. In 1992, Governor Lawton Chiles declared the first-ever Licensed Midwives Week. More women than ever before are seeking out licensed midwives for maternity care.

ABOUT MIDWIFERY IN FLORIDA: In Florida, two types of midwives are allowed to practice: Certified Nurse-Midwives and Licensed Midwives (a Florida state licensure), also known as direct-entry midwives. Throughout the state, about 11.2 percent of births are estimated to be managed by midwives, rather than by OB-GYNs. Many birth centers and midwives have reported a significant increase in business in the past year. This increase is believed to be a result of various factors, primarily a greater number of women seeking alternative birthing choices due to an unhealthy increase in caesarean sections and other unnecessary interventions that frequently occur in hospital settings. In a 2006 report on Florida Licensed Midwives, midwives had a caesarean section rate of 6.3 percent compared to a 36.64 percent statewide average in hospitals the same year.
In honor of this week, Florida Friends of Midwives (FFOM), a non-profit grassroots organization dedicated to promoting and supporting the practice of midwifery in Florida, will be hosting various community events throughout the state this week and during October to celebrate the more than 110 currently practicing licensed midwives. For more information of midwifery in Florida, please visit www.flmidwifery.org.

“We are humbled by the dedication of the mothers who worked so hard to have this week declared licensed midwifery week,” says licensed midwife Miriam Pearson-Martinez. “We hope that the events happening all over the state this week serve to raise awareness regarding the benefits of midwifery care.”

The proclamation in Sarasota will be read by Mayor Kirschner at the beginning of the City Commission meeting, Monday, October 4th, at 6:00 pm in Sarasota’s City Hall. Florida Friends of Midwives encourages all families who have benefited from the care of licensed midwives to attend this special recognition.

About Florida Friends of Midwives: Florida Friends of Midwives is a non-profit grassroots organization dedicated to promoting the Midwives Model of Care and supporting the practice of midwifery in Florida. Florida Friends of Midwives was formed to support midwives who offer safe, cost-effective, evidence based care to Florida's families. For more information, please visit www.flmidwifery.org.

September 28, 2010

Gilkey Associate to Chair ASLA Committee

Gavin Cain, Landscape Associate with Sarasota’s Michael A. Gilkey, Inc., has accepted the nomination to chair the 2010-2011 Emerging Professionals Committee for the Florida Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects (FLASLA).

Cain will advise the membership and staff on ASLA Associate, Student, and Student Affiliate Member programs and services; facilitate communication with and among all emerging professional groups; promote the benefits of membership and encourage member recruitment at all levels; and communicate with faculty and chapter about ASLA programs and benefits pertaining to students and Associate Members. Cain will also develop and maintain student leadership training programs.

“As an emerging professional myself, I can relate to the up-and-down experiences of aspiring landscape designers in this challenging economy,” says Cain. “Our local communities, state, and world need the work and influences of landscape architects more than ever. We must keep our emerging professionals inspired and up-to-date on the pulse of our great profession.”

For more information about Michael A. Gilkey, Inc., please call (941) 924-0132, or visit www.magilkey.com. The Florida Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects can be found on the web at www.flasla.org.

ABOUT MICHAEL A. GILKEY, INC.: Michael A. Gilkey, Inc. is a landscape architecture studio in Sarasota, Florida, established in 1981. Through a passion for pure design and personal relationships with architects, contractors and homeowners, Gilkey creates expressions of outdoor space that are direct translations of their clients’ visions. For more information, please visit www.magilkey.com or call (941) 924-0132.

September 26, 2010

Ashley's Offers Plant-a-Seedling Activity

Ashley’s Food Delivery, the area’s only multi-restaurant delivery service, gave back to the community last Saturday, September 18th, by participating in the Whole Foods Market 30th Birthday Bash benefiting All Faiths Food Bank. Ashley’s hosted a “Plant-a-Seedling” activity, inspired by the company’s “Plant-a-Tree Program,” which has facilitated the planting of over 18,500 trees since 2,009.
Children visiting the Ashley’s Food Delivery booth planted certified organic vegetable seedlings (donated by Jessica’s Organic Farm) in biodegradable peat pots, then filled them with soil donated by Michael A. Gilkey, Inc. Landscape Architects. The planted pots, which children were able to take home with them, were completed with hand-decorated plant markers.

“We had a lot of fun participating in this event,” says Ashley’s Food Delivery owner Jeff Sniegocki. “Working with the kids to plant seedlings, and knowing that it was for the benefit of All Faiths Food Bank, was highly rewarding. We strongly support their mission and commitment to fight hunger in our community.”

The Ashley’s Food Delivery Plant-A-Tree program is part of the company’s green commitment. For every order placed, the restaurant delivery service plants a tree through the international Trees for the Future organization. “Our Plant-A-Tree program is one way we are trying to offset our ecological footprint,” says Sniegocki. More information about the Ashley’s Green Commitment is available on the company’s website, www.AshleysFood.com.

Full delivery menus for all of Ashley’s restaurant partners are also available on the Ashley’s Food Delivery website. Delivery orders can be placed online, or with a customer service representative at 953-FOOD (953-3663).

About Ashley’s Food Delivery: The area’s only multi-restaurant delivery service, Ashley’s Food Delivery partners with over 25 restaurants in Sarasota to deliver everything from home-cooked, comfort food to elegant, gourmet dining. Ashley’s Food offers residential & corporate meal delivery, drop-off catering services and gift basket delivery. The service is open for lunch delivery Monday through Friday (Sarasota only) and dinner delivery every day. For more information, call 953-FOOD or visit www.AshleysFood.com.

September 23, 2010

Girl Scouts to Host True Beauty Festival

Girl Scouts of Gulfcoast Florida is recognizing National Love Your Body Day with a True Beauty Festival, October 23rd from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm at the Girl Scouts Event and Conference Center (4740 Cattlemen Road, Sarasota, Florida). Open to the public, the True Beauty Festival offers girls in grades 4 through 12 a venue to learn about self-esteem, healthy body image and self-care in today’s environment. The program is sponsored by the National Organization for Women (NOW) and Uniquely Me!, an initiative created by Girl Scouts and funded by Dove to address the critical nationwide problem of low self-esteem among adolescent and pre-adolescent girls.


Love Your Body Day was developed by NOW in 1997 in response to a quickly growing American health crisis: negative body image among girls and women. Today, 80% of American women report being dissatisfied with their appearance. On the contrary, having a positive body image can lead to increased self-esteem, healthier habits, and lower rates of depression. Girl Scouts of Gulfcoast Florida is committed to working with the community toward cultivating positive body image for young women.

The True Beauty Festival will include workshops from local female community leaders in a variety of disciplines, as well as performers, activities, a film and a fashion show, all dedicated to fostering positive body image. Participants will learn about holistic health, green eating and living, healthy relationships, goal-setting, fitness, self-defense, self-care, yoga, bullying, media awareness and more.

Registration for the True Beauty Festival is $5 for Girl Scouts and $17 for non-members (this includes a $12 annual membership to Girl Scouts; a limited number of scholarships available). The Festival is free for accompanying adults. Confirmation will include detailed information about the workshop schedule and lunch. Sponsorships are still available for local businesses. To register, or for more information about sponsorships, please contact Julia Onnie-Hay at (941) 921-5358, ext. 316, or juliao@gsgcf.org.


ABOUT GIRL SCOUTS OF GULFCOAST FLORIDA, INC.: Girl Scouting builds girls of Courage, Confidence and Character who make the world a better place. Girl Scouts of Gulfcoast Florida, Inc. is chartered by Girl Scouts of the USA and serves over 11,200 girls in ten counties including: Manatee, Hardee, Highlands, Sarasota, DeSoto, Charlotte, Glades, Lee, Hendry, and Collier. For more information please visit www.gsgcf.org.

September 13, 2010

Blonde Cow Photography Opens Burns Ct. Studio

Blonde Cow Photography, a Sarasota-based company owned by Kollene and Mattias Carlsson, has opened the doors to its new studio in historic Burns Court. The Carlssons have operated the business from their Arlington Park home for three years.
“We decided to move out of our home-based business which has truly been a dream come true,” says Kollene. “To open the doors of our downtown location and be able to separate business and family has been huge for us! We have so many things planned and are so excited to be a part of our community!”

A grand opening reception at the studio, located at 505 Burns Lane, is planned for October 1st. For more information about Blonde Cow Photography, please visit www.blondecowphotography.com.

About Blonde Cow Photography: We are Kollene and Mattias Carlsson, and Blonde Cow Photography is a Sarasota-based, full-service photography studio specializing in simple, fresh, happy images that will take you back to special moments and make you smile for years to come. At Blonde Cow Photography, we believe in simplicity, style, and a beautiful experience for our customers. Our new studio is now open at 505 Burns Lane in Sarasota, or at www.blondecowphotography.com.

August 24, 2010

Ashley's Delivers FREE on School Nights!

Get in the back-to-school spirit with free delivery on school nights (Sunday – Thursday) from Ashley’s Food Delivery, the area’s only multi-restaurant delivery service.

“It’s a busy time of year for families and a great time to take advantage of the convenience of our food delivery service,” says owner Jeff Sniegocki. “We can deliver a delicious, wholesome dinner for the whole family right to your door – what could be simpler?”

Ashley’s Food Delivery offers a wide variety of restaurants to choose from to please everyone in the family. The restaurant delivery service offers full dinner menus and kids menus from variety of restaurants, including Chili's, Word of Mouth and Demetrios.

“There are also options for family-style dinners from several of our restaurant partners,” says Sniegocki. “Basil’s Flame Broiled Chicken & Ribs, Roadside Rib Shack and Troyer’s Dutch Heritage all offer easy-to-order meals for a bunch.”

To redeem free delivery on school nights, place your order online at www.AshleysFood.com and use the coupon code “school” at checkout. Or mention the Back to School Special when you call 953-FOOD. (Promotion is valid Sunday through Thursday, on dinner orders only, through 9/2/10. A minimum $25 food order is required. Free delivery value is $3.75.)

Full delivery menus for all of Ashley’s restaurant partners are available on the Ashley’s Food Delivery website, www.AshleysFood.com. Delivery orders can be placed online, or with a customer service representative at 953-FOOD (953-3663).

About Ashley’s Food Delivery: The area’s only multi-restaurant delivery service, Ashley’s Food Delivery partners with over 25 restaurants in Sarasota to deliver everything from home-cooked, comfort food to elegant, gourmet dining. Ashley’s Food offers residential & corporate meal delivery, drop-off catering services and gift basket delivery. The service is open for lunch delivery Monday through Friday (Sarasota only) and dinner delivery every day. For more information, call 953-FOOD or visit www.AshleysFood.com.

August 16, 2010

Caregiver Training for Parkinson Disease Offered in Sarasota This Week

On Saturday, August 21st, Neuro Challenge Foundation (NCF) will offer training to professionals and laypersons caring for Parkinson’s disease patients. The workshop will be held at The Pines of Sarasota from 8:00am to 1:00pm. All Parkinson related healthcare providers, professional and family caregivers, and anyone working with Parkinson patients and their loved ones are encouraged to call 926-6413 to register.

“One of the ways Neuro Challenge Foundation intends to improve the lives of people with PD is by training the people who interact with them.” says Doreen Sutherland, NCF president. Issues like dressing, sitting, standing, dementia and medications will be discussed in addition to topics of specific interest to therapists and nurses. Continuing education credits are available.

Participation in either the live or web-based class allows professionals to become a part of the Neuro Challenge Network of caregivers, called Parkinson Partners. The network includes assisted living facilities, massage and yoga professionals, physical, occupational and speech therapists, attorneys, at-home care nurses, transport services and many others. A relational database created specifically for the task of matching clients to resources in the Sarasota area is being developed through a grant from Sarasota Memorial Healthcare Foundation. PD patients can take advantage of the free program by requesting enrollment through their doctor. There are an estimated 9,000 people living with Parkinson Disease in Sarasota, Manatee and Charlotte Counties and more than 15,000 caregivers for those with PD.

Speakers include Dean P. Sutherland, MD, PhD, Marilyn Tait and Laura Magnusson, OT/L. The cost for attendees seeking CEUs in $45 and $25 for all others. Call 926-6413 to register.

July 15, 2010

Whole Foods to Benefit Save Our Seabirds

Shop July 28 at Whole Foods Market Sarasota and 5% of net sales will benefit Save Our Seabirds. Their mission is to rescue, rehabilitate and release as many birds as possible and to incorporate non-releasable birds as educational tools and surrogate parents. They are committed to educating the public of the problems our wildlife has to endure and make suggestions on how to mitigate them. The Oiled Wildlife Response Program trains volunteers to respond to an oil spill, initiate the proper procedures to rescue, triage and maintain protocol to successfully release as many birds as possible back to the wild. For more information, visit www.saveourseabirds.org.

Date: Wednesday, July 28, 2010
Time: 8 am – 9 pm
Where: Whole Foods Market Sarasota
1451 1st St, Sarasota, FL 34239
(941) 955-8500
Contact Nikki Heil at Nikki.heil@wholefoods.com or 941-955-8500 ext. 215 for more information.

End your shopping day with a summer wine tasting. 100% of your $10 ticket will benefit Save Our Seabirds.

For information on Whole Foods Market Community Giving programs:

About Whole Foods Market®: Founded in 1980 in Austin, Texas, Whole Foods Market (www.wholefoodsmarket.com), a leader in the natural and organic foods industry and America’s first national certified organic grocer, was named “America’s Healthiest Grocery Store” in 2008 by Health magazine. The Whole Foods Market motto, “Whole Foods, Whole People, Whole Planet”™ captures the company’s mission to find success in customer satisfaction and wellness, employee excellence and happiness, enhanced shareholder value, community support and environmental improvement. Thanks to its 53,000 Team Members, Whole Foods Market has been ranked as one of the “100 Best Companies to Work For” in America by FORTUNE magazine for 12 consecutive years. In fiscal year 2008, the company had sales of $8 billion and currently has more than 275 stores in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom. Whole Foods Market, Fresh & WildTM, and Harry’s Farmers Market® are trademarks owned by Whole Foods Market IP, LP. Wild Oats® and Capers Community MarketTM are trademarks owned by Wild Marks, Inc.

July 13, 2010

Beat the Heat with Ashley's Specials


This summer, get out of the kitchen and get local food delivered hot and fast from Ashley’s Food Delivery. Summer dining is a breeze with fresh, no-fuss meals from over 25 area restaurants delivered right to your door. Three summer specials are now available (through August 31st):

Basil’s Picnic Pack includes 12 pieces of flame-broiled chicken, two large sides and pita with honey butter for $22.99.

The Café Italia Pizza Party includes two large-16” cheese pizzas for $20. Toppings are available for an extra charge.

Ashley’s is also offering a FREE six-pack of Coca-Cola with any $25 delivery order. Redeem your six-pack with coupon code COKE when ordering online, or mention it when placing your order at 953-3663.

Full delivery menus for all of Ashley’s restaurant partners are available on the Ashley’s Food Delivery website, www.AshleysFood.com. Delivery orders can be placed online, or with a customer service representative at 953-FOOD (953-3663).

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About Ashley’s Food Delivery: The area’s only multi-restaurant delivery service, Ashley’s Food Delivery partners with over 30 restaurants in Sarasota and Bradenton to deliver everything from home-cooked, comfort food to elegant, gourmet dining. Ashley’s Food offers residential & corporate meal delivery, drop-off catering services and gift basket delivery. The service is open for lunch delivery Monday through Friday (Sarasota only) and dinner delivery every day. For more information, call 953-FOOD or visit www.AshleysFood.com.

July 12, 2010

SMH HealthPlex Dance Party for Parkinson's

This Friday, the Sarasota community will gather at the Sarasota Memorial Healthplex Fitness Center for an evening of Latin, Zumba and ballroom dancing in support of Neuro Challenge Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing medical, educational and emotional support to those suffering with debilitating life challenges such as Parkinson Disease.

Sarasota Memorial Health Care System and Neuro Challenge Foundation understand the proven benefits of dancing and other movement therapies for Parkinson patients. The two organizations worked closely together to develop the unique program Smart Moves, an integrative approach to health that centers on a simple but important concept: that attitude and exercise are essential to keep your body, mind and spirit up and moving. Smart Moves activities range from aquatic therapy, acupuncture and therapeutic massage to ballroom dancing, gentle yoga, tai chi and art therapy. Each activity offers scaled down and customized movements that empower people to overcome their physical limitations and help them stay ahead of their disease.
“Dancing with the Plex” begins at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, July 16. The fun-filled evening will include an hour of Latin and Zumba dancing with local dancers Felipe, Ana, Maurina and Linda, a professional ballroom dance show by Dance Fusion Professionals (featured on ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars”), two hours of Latin dancing with live band VocesLibre, and more—including a surprise dance from a Healthplex staff member. $10 tickets include two drink tickets (beer, sangria or water) and one raffle ticket for a Healthplex dance lesson package. Advanced tickets are encouraged and may be purchased at the Healthplex, 5880 Rand Boulevard, Sarasota (3/4 mile west of I-75 off of Clark Road) or by calling (941) 917-7000. All proceeds from the event will benefit Neuro Challenge Foundation.

About Neuro Challenge Foundation: The Neuro Challenge Foundation (NCF) is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life of people with Parkinson Disease and their caregivers through service, education and research. NCF funds programs and activities that promise to ease the burden of Parkinson Disease through patient-centered professional education, community forums and scientific and clinical research. 9,000 people in Sarasota and Manatee counties are coping with Parkinson Disease. Neuro Challenge Foundation helps these patients and their caregivers with the day-to-day decisions that help them to cope with this chronic and progressively debilitating disease through individualized care plans, educational and support programs, and referral services. Patients, caregivers and nationally recognized scientific experts advise us and lead the way as we invest in the science and services that will lead to a cure. For more information, please call (888) 623-4483 or visit www.neurochallenge.org.

About Healthplex Fitness Center: The Sarasota Memorial Healthplex Fitness Center is a health and fitness facility combining all of the amenities of an upscale fitness club with the world-class medical expertise of the region's top health care system. With an impressive array of fitness equipment and programs, and the finest restorative and rehabilitative care when prevention is not enough, Healthplex is designed to promote optimal health and keep people out of the hospital. Healthplex offers a variety of programs under the supervision of specially trained health and fitness professionals. For more information, please call (941) 917-7000 or visit www.sarasotahealthplex.com.

June 29, 2010

The Hukilau Hut Opens on Sarasota Mainland

The Hukilau Hut, a local favorite for its thirty flavors of authentic Hawaiian shave ice, has opened its first store on the mainland in Sarasota, Florida. Owned by a long time Sarasota family, the company has expanded their selection to include a complete coffee bar using beans roasted on site (including Cuban and American coffee, espressos, lattes and more), boutique ice creams and milk shakes, Kahuna signature sandwiches on in-house baked Maui bread, Kona chili dogs and much more.

“We really enjoy the atmosphere of seeing families enjoy themselves, being together for such a simple treat,” says Hukilau Hut owner Juan Gutierrez, who operates the store with his wife Renee and their son Brandon. “Time flies by so fast and then everyone is spread out and you miss most the times you share with your family,” says Juan. “I saw an opportunity to bring my family together and spend time with each other.”

The new restaurant incorporates the unique, hand-carved Hawaiian décor that has made their traveling Hukilau Huts so well loved in the community. Located on the north side of Bee Ridge Road just west of Shade Avenue, the Hukilau Hut is open from Monday through Saturday from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm.

In addition to visiting the new Hukilau Hut, the mobile Hukilau Huts are still available for events and private parties. For more information, please visit www.hukilauhut.com, or stop in for a treat. Aloha!
About the Hukilau Hut: The Hukilau Hut was inspired by the famous North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii. A 'Hukilau' is a gathering of people to have fun and share food, refreshment, and fellowship. The Hukilau Hut is available for luaus, parties, birthdays, grand openings, fundraisers or any celebration where fun is the objective! The Hukilau Hut store is open from Monday through Saturday from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm. For more information, call 925-0400 or visit www.hukilauhut.com.

June 17, 2010

Ashley's Food Delivery Owner is Behind Bars!

Ashley's Food Delivery owner Jeff Sniegocki needs your help! He's made the Muscular Dystrophy Association's "Most Wanted" list and is being ARRESTED on June 30th! Help bail him out of jail and help many local children and adults with muscular diseases by adding vital funds to MDA's research efforts. PLEASE make a pledge and help Jeff make bail!! Call 953-FOOD or donate online today!

The MDA Lock-Up gathers local business and community leaders annually who agree to be "arrested" for having a "big heart." This unique community-wide event raises funds for Jerry's kids.

Donations to MDA provide help and hope in many ways, including clinics with expert specialized medical care, cutting-edge research into treatments and cures, support with obtaining equipment and coping with challenges, and the annual MDA Camp, a barrier-free week of fun, friendship and laughter for kids. Please visit www.mda.org for information on how MDA makes a difference to people around the country and in your community.

About Ashley’s Food Delivery: The area’s only multi-restaurant delivery service, Ashley’s Food Delivery partners with over 35 restaurants in Sarasota and Bradenton to deliver everything from home-cooked, comfort food to elegant, gourmet dining. Ashley’s Food offers residential & corporate meal delivery, drop-off catering services and gift basket delivery. The service is open for lunch delivery Monday through Friday (Sarasota only) and dinner delivery every day. For more information, call 953-FOOD or visit www.AshleysFood.com.

May 20, 2010

Ashley's Honors Dads and Grads with Delivery

Ashley’s Food Delivery, the area’s only multi-restaurant delivery service, can help you celebrate special June days with convenient and tasty delivery from over 35 local restaurants. Have Dad’s favorite meal delivered right to his couch. Or please a group of grads with drop-off catering ideal for any size graduation celebration. Ashley’s Food also offers gift certificates and gift basket delivery, both perfect for the June gift-giving season.

“From steaks to burgers to BBQ ribs, there is something to please every Dad on our delivery menu,” says Jeff Sniegocki, Owner of Ashley’s Food Delivery. “And with delivery, you can skip the long lines and hassles of dining out and just enjoy good food with family in the comfort of your own home.”

Residential dinner delivery is available throughout the greater Sarasota & Bradenton areas. Complete menu selections, as well as online ordering, are available on the company’s website: www.AshleysFood.com. Drop-off catering menus, featuring family-style meals and party platter options, are also available online.

“Our drop-off catering services make graduation parties – or any group gathering – simple. Crowd-pleasing menu choices range from trays of lasagna and broasted chicken, to pizzas and subs, to platters of finger food and appetizers. We bring it all to you and set it up, so you can enjoy your celebration,” says Sniegocki.

Ashley’s Food also offers unique gift delivery options. A selection of locally-made, themed gift baskets are available, as well as gift certificates in any denomination. For more information on gift delivery options, as well as delivery and drop-off catering services, visit www.AshleysFood.com or call 941-953-FOOD (3663).

About Ashley’s Food Delivery: The area’s only multi-restaurant delivery service, Ashley’s Food Delivery partners with over 35 restaurants in Sarasota and Bradenton to deliver everything from home-cooked, comfort food to elegant, gourmet dining. Ashley’s Food offers residential & corporate meal delivery, drop-off catering services and gift basket delivery. The service is open for lunch delivery Monday through Friday (Sarasota only) and dinner delivery every day. For more information, call 953-FOOD or visit www.AshleysFood.com.

April 29, 2010

Michael A. Gilkey, Jr. Joins Florida Wildflower Foundation Board of Directors

Landscape architect Michael A. Gilkey, Jr. of Sarasota's Michael A. Gilkey, Inc. has accepted a two-year position on the Board of Directors for the Florida Wildflower Foundation. Gilkey’s appointment will represent the Florida Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects on the eleven-member board. Among the other agencies represented are the Florida Department of Transportation, University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, and the Florida Native Plant Society.

Michael A. Gilkey, Jr. brings to the Florida Wildflower Foundation a depth of knowledge in appropriate design applications for wildflowers and native flowering plants. “I look forward to learning more about Florida’s wildflowers, and helping to suggest ways they might be used more prolifically,” said Gilkey. “Most of us are familiar with the Foundation’s highway beautification efforts, but there are many ways we can use wildflowers and other natives in everyday projects that will benefit Florida’s residents, visitors, wildlife and ecosystems.”

Florida’s native wildflowers have struggled to co-exist with the pressures of progress. As the state’s natural landscape has been increasingly threatened by development, some species have vanished altogether. Still others have been classified as endangered or threatened. The Florida Wildflower Foundation’s mission is to enrich lives with Florida’s native wildflowers.

Through the sale of the State Wildflower license tag, the organization increases the visibility and availability of native wildflowers and grasses by funding research, education and planting projects statewide. Since 2000, the Foundation has used the $15 donation from each State Wildflower license plate sale to:

• Provide more than $2 million for native wildflower education, research and planting projects.
• Spur the development of the wildflower seed industry by supporting the Florida Wildflower Seed and Plant Growers Association.
• Support Florida’s native nursery industry by increasing demand for flowering native species.
• Build awareness and knowledge of native wildflowers and plants.
• Support highway beautification through widespread wildflower seeding and planting projects.
• Promote wildflower tourism and its enormous economic benefits.
• Partner with like-minded agencies and organizations to support programs such as the Florida Forever land preservation effort.

Ultimately, the Foundation seeks to build a center for wildflower research and education that conveys to visitors and residents alike the beauty of wildflowers and their roles in Florida’s diverse habitats. To support its research effort, the Foundation in 2007 established the Gary Henry Research Endowment Fund at the University of Florida. The endowment is in honor of the contributions made by the organization’s first executive director.

ABOUT MICHAEL A. GILKEY, INC.: Michael A. Gilkey, Inc. is a landscape architecture studio in Sarasota, Florida, established in 1981. Through a passion for pure design and personal relationships with architects, contractors and homeowners, Gilkey creates expressions of outdoor space that are direct translations of their clients’ visions. For more information, please visit www.magilkey.com or call (941) 924-0132.

April 28, 2010

Ashley's Delivers for Mothers' Day

Ashley’s Food Delivery, the area’s only multi-restaurant delivery service, has partnered with local Amish restaurant Troyer’s Dutch Heritage, and local chocolatier Peterbrooke, to offer special Mother’s Day Gift Baskets, available for delivery to area moms. The baskets, which are overflowing with handmade delicacies, retail for $55.00, including delivery.

“These baskets make for a uniquely-Sarasota gift,” says Liz Sniegocki, co-owner of Ashley’s Food Delivery. “Filled with either baked goods and treats from a community Amish bakery, or hand-crafted chocolate delights, they both provide a sweet sampling of local flavors.”

The Troyer’s Mother’s Day Basket features fresh bakery treats such as bread, cookies and a small pie, as well as house-made apple butter, peanut butter, fudge and candies. The Peterbrooke basket is filled with chocolate covered popcorn, handmade assortments, hand-dipped specialties and a “Happy Mother’s Day” engraved chocolate bar.Gift basket delivery is available throughout Sarasota every day; 72 hours notice is required (Mother’s Day orders should be received by Thursday, May 6). The full Ashley’s Food Delivery gift menu, including seasonal and year-round gift options, is available at www.AshleysFood.com. Orders may be placed online or by calling 953-FOOD (3663). Complimentary gift cards can be included with all deliveries, upon request.

About Ashley’s Food Delivery: The area’s only multi-restaurant delivery service, Ashley’s Food Delivery partners with over 35 restaurants in Sarasota and Bradenton to deliver everything from home-cooked, comfort food to elegant, gourmet dining. Ashley’s Food offers residential & corporate meal delivery, drop-off catering services and gift basket delivery. The service is open for lunch delivery Monday through Friday (Sarasota only) and dinner delivery every day. For more information, call 953-FOOD or visit www.AshleysFood.com.

April 14, 2010

Ashley's Food Plants Over 13,000 Trees

Ashley’s Food Delivery, the area’s only multi-restaurant delivery service, has planted over 13,000 trees since launching its Plant-A-Tree Program on Earth Day 2009. The program avows that for every order placed, Ashley’s Food will plant a tree with Trees for the Future, a non-profit organization that plants trees around the world. Each tree planted helps remove over 50lbs of harmful carbon dioxide from the atmosphere every year.

“The amount of trees we’ve planted over the past year is enough to sequester the annual carbon emissions of approximately 30 typical American cars, year after year,” says co-owner Liz Sniegocki, who heads up the Ashley’s Food Green Commitment. “Our Plant-A-Tree program is one way we’re trying to offset the heavy ecological footprint a food delivery service can leave. We’re striving to tread a little lighter by operating in the most environmentally responsible manner that we can.”

The Ashley’s Food Green Commitment extends beyond the tree-planting program to other areas of concern. Last April, the delivery service initiated an education program focused on improving delivery professionals’ vehicle fuel-economy. “Vehicles emit harmful greenhouse gases into the atmosphere, leading to global climate change,” says Sniegocki. “We work to educate our delivery professionals on ways they can reduce CO2 emissions through proper vehicle maintenance and efficient delivery & driving techniques.” The company holds a quarterly in-house Vehicle Maintenance Week to assist delivery professionals in implementing regular vehicle maintenance schedules.

This year, Ashley’s Food Delivery owners are beginning to address concerns about the long-lasting environmental impact of petroleum-based takeout food packaging. “The manufacturing of conventional to-go packaging uses non-renewable resources & energy and produces harmful byproducts. Then, these non-biodegradable products either end up in landfills or as a threat to wildlife when disposed of improperly,” says Sniegocki. As a first step in tackling this multi-faceted issue, Ashley’s Food is providing partner restaurants with information on the benefits of eco-friendly packaging, as well as resources for compostable products made from renewable resources. “We’re hoping to start a conversation with our partners about switching to green packaging,” says Sniegocki. “Building awareness seems like a good place to start.”

The Ashley’s Food Green Commitment also includes a focus on paperless transactions via the company’s website, which features an electronic menu guide and online ordering, as well as continuous monitoring of internal operating procedures to in an effort to reduce solid waste and conserve water & energy.

About Ashley’s Food Delivery: The area’s only multi-restaurant delivery service, Ashley’s Food Delivery partners with over 35 restaurants in Sarasota and Bradenton to deliver everything from home-cooked, comfort food to elegant, gourmet dining. Ashley’s Food offers residential & corporate meal delivery, drop-off catering services and gift basket delivery. The service is open for lunch delivery Monday through Friday (Sarasota only) and dinner delivery every day. For more information, call 953-FOOD or visit www.AshleysFood.com.

April 06, 2010

Michael A. Gilkey, Inc. Celebrates National Landscape Architecture Month

April is National Landscape Architecture Month, a time for professionals and students to celebrate the impact landscape architecture has created in their communities, and to focus on introducing students and the public to the profession. Locally, Sarasota studio Michael A. Gilkey, Inc. is celebrating by educating students of all ages about the profession and practice of landscape architecture, and by giving back to the community.

What is Landscape Architecture?

Landscape architecture is the profession that encompasses the analysis, planning, design, management and stewardship of the natural and built environment. Activities of a landscape architect include creating public parks, site planning for commercial and residential properties, reclaiming blighted areas, designing towns and historic preservation. Landscape architects have advanced education, professional training, specialized skills and licensure in 46 states.
Examples of Landscape Architecture in Sarasota

One signature example of landscape architecture in Sarasota is the estate and museum of John Ringling. Designed by Fort Lauderdale landscape architect Frederic B. Stresau in 1952, the Ringling residence complements the man whose career was predicated on the dramatic and the spectacular. Stresau later made a name for himself as Florida’s premier horticultural landscape architect by penning the popular “Florida, My Eden,” a guide to Florida’s trees and plants.

Another notable landscape architect that literally put his mark on Sarasota was John Nolen, who designed the plan of the city in 1925. Nolen’s firm also procured plans for many other Florida municipalities, including Clearwater, West Palm Beach, and Venice, which he called “an opportunity better…than any other in Florida to apply the most advanced and most practical ideas of regional planning.”
When describing his work on the Sarasota city plan, Nolen said, “A good plan is one which does not attempt to bind the city too far in the future, but is subject to amendment from time to time. It is an encouragement to civic art in that its very design suggests harmony of elements and beauty of form. These features in a recreational center, such as Sarasota, are prime essentials.”

Michael A. Gilkey, Inc. Gives Back for National Landscape Architecture Month

Local landscape architect Michael A. Gilkey, Jr., vice president of Michael A. Gilkey, Inc., will celebrate National Landscape Architecture Month by engaging students in the practice of his profession. At the youngest level, Southside Elementary kindergarten students will design and plant their own “Shoebox Butterfly Gardens,” with flowering plants supplied by Mariposa Nurseries. Gilkey will facilitate the exercise in the students’ science lab, taught by Mr. Chip Phillips. Gilkey is excited to share his love of the profession with even the youngest students, his own son Banyan among them. “Sustainability is a principle that can be taught at a very young age. To me, sustainability is not a constraint, but an avenue to increased creativity. Some of the most creative people I know are children.”

(The following frequently asked questions were reproduced with permission from the American Society of Landscape Architects. For more information please visit www.asla.org, or call 202-216-2331.)

Q. What is the difference between a landscape architect and other design professionals?

Landscape architecture, architecture, civil engineering and urban planning are all professions that work with the “built” environment. Despite some overlap between these professions, there are important distinctions.

-Landscape architects manage any jobs concerning the design and use of outdoor space and the land. The scope of the profession includes site planning, town or urban planning, park and recreation planning, regional planning, garden design and historic preservation.
-Architects primarily design buildings and structures with specific uses, such as homes, offices, schools and factories.
-Civil engineers apply scientific principles to the design and construction of public infrastructure such as roads, bridges and utilities.
-Urban planners develop a broad, comprehensive overview of development for entire cities and regions. Earlier this field was closely associated with landscape architecture and architecture; however, urban planning has developed into a distinct profession with its own courses and degree programs. Today many landscape architects are still heavily involved in the field of urban planning.

Each of these four professions is very distinct from gardeners, landscapers, horticulturists and landscape contractors.

-Gardeners and landscaper designers usually do not have the advanced degree that is requisite for landscape architects. Their activities focus primarily on fundamental garden design and maintenance.
-Horticulturists are trained in the science of growing and producing plants. Many horticulturists become nurserymen or work in garden centers.
-Landscape contractors install planting elements of design conceived by landscape architects. Landscape contractors may be gardeners or landscapers.

Q. Why are commercial developers, urban planners, architects and public policy makers hiring landscape architects with increasing frequency?

Thoughtful landscape architecture adds value to a commercial development by handling aesthetic and practical considerations, and addresses the growing public concern for the environment. In recent years, the most successful building projects in terms of profitability and positive client public response have been those that incorporate the collaborative expertise of many professions. In such cases, landscape architects and the other design professionals have worked together from the project’s planning stages.

ABOUT MICHAEL A. GILKEY, INC.: Michael A. Gilkey, Inc. is a landscape architecture studio in Sarasota, Florida, established in 1981. Through a passion for pure design and personal relationships with architects, contractors and homeowners, Gilkey creates expressions of outdoor space that are direct translations of their clients’ visions. For more information, please visit www.magilkey.com or call (941) 924-0132.

March 11, 2010

A Village for A Family: A Benefit for the Augsburgers, A Celebration of Community

On Sunday, March 21, hundreds will gather from noon until dark at a Sarasota Florida cracker-style ranch in honor of a local family in need. The event, titled "A Village for A Family," is being sponsored by WSLR 96.5 and Sarasota’s Midwives, and will feature six local bands, refreshments, fun for children and a spirit of community. Proceeds will benefit the Augsburger family.

Colleen and Brad Augsburger welcomed their third baby, Kaya Soul, into the world on February 16th. Kaya was welcomed by big sister Ivy Magnolia and big brother Rylan Sky to create a new family of five. After Kaya's birth, Colleen was admitted to the ICU at Sarasota Memorial Hospital. A rare but dangerous bacterial infection, unrelated to but exacerbated by the event of birth, began causing organ damage and severe dehydration. Colleen had three surgical procedures at once on February 20th. She remained on a ventilator, on heavy blood antibiotics, and in critical condition for the following week. Due to the thorough postpartum care of her midwives, the quick and expert work of her team of doctors, and the round-the-clock spiritual vigil of her community, Colleen is home now, and beginning her long recovery process. Her family is strong and supported, but Brad will be unable to work as a painter while he cares for them and for his recovering wife.

A Village for A Family will raise proceeds for the Augsburger family while celebrating the amazing community that has rallied behind them. The Augsburgers have been fed by a different family each night since Colleen’s admission to the hospital. Baby Kaya was sustained for the beginning of his life by the generosity and nurturing of the mothers of his community. And through a PayPal account widely generated by social networking media, Brad has been able to pay bills and focus on his recovering family. They have also received donations from several local businesses, including hot restaurant meals from Ashley’s Food Delivery, organic vegetables from Jessica’s Stand, and donations of baby clothes from Mothers Helping Mothers. "Always a contributor to Mothers Helping Mothers, Colleen Augsburger is a model mother and a friend," says Terry Stottlemyer, director. I am confident Sarasota community members will join me in supporting Colleen, Brad, and their three beautiful children in this, their most devastating time of need."

The Stottlemyers’ will host the benefit A Village for A Family on March 21, and it won’t be the first time they’ve honored the Augsburger family. Their gorgeous homestead is where Brad and Colleen were married almost eight years ago. WSLR 96.5 will bring attendees an afternoon of top-notch local music beginning at noon, from artists such as Tanya Radtke, The Recycled Citizen, My Friend Scott, Cope, Stone Fish, and Radio-Free Carmela and the Transmitters. Guests will enjoy a fabulous raffle from local businesses, southern BBQ from Roadside Rib Shack, Budweiser from Gold Coast Eagle, and shaved ice from The Hukilau Hut. Children are most welcome for face painting from Upscale Artisans, a bounce house and more. The suggested donation is $10 for adults and free for children. The Stottlemyers’ ranch is located at 65 East Road, behind the Texaco station 1 mile east of I-75 off of Fruitville Road.

March 10, 2010

Ashley's Delivers to Basketball Fans

For fans who don’t want to miss a minute of basketball madness this March, Ashley’s Food Delivery can deliver dinner right to their couch. Sarasota’s only multi-restaurant delivery service, Ashley’s Food delivers from over 25 local restaurants, offering a convenient option for college hoops season.

“Good sports and good food just go together,” says Jeff Sniegocki, co-owner of Ashley’s Food Delivery. “When you get delivery, you can cheer on your favorite team and enjoy your favorite restaurant food, all in the comfort of your own living room!”

Ashley’s Food Delivery offers choices to feed the family, or to please a basketball party crowd. Suggested “fan fare” for the Big Dance: Hooter’s wings, burgers from Cheeburger Cheeburger, all-American favorites from Patrick’s and BBQ ribs from Roadside Rib Shack. Other top game-time picks available for delivery include pizza, subs and appetizer samplers like the Triple Dipper from Chili’s or Applebee’s Ultimate Trios.

Full delivery and drop-off catering menus for all of Ashley’s restaurant partners are available on the Ashley’s Food Delivery website, www.AshleysFood.com. Delivery orders can be placed online, or with a customer service representative at 953-FOOD.
About Ashley’s Food Delivery: The area’s only multi-restaurant delivery service, Ashley’s Food Delivery partners with over 30 restaurants in Sarasota and Bradenton to deliver everything from home-cooked, comfort food to elegant, gourmet dining. Ashley’s Food offers residential & corporate meal delivery, drop-off catering services and gift basket delivery. The service is open for lunch delivery Monday through Friday (Sarasota only) and dinner delivery every day. For more information, call 953-FOOD or visit www.AshleysFood.com.

March 03, 2010

Ashley's New Menu Guides Available

Ashley’s Food Delivery, Sarasota’s only multi-restaurant delivery service, announces the release of a new menu guide today. The 32-page book provides menus for 25 local restaurants available for delivery to homes, offices and hotels throughout the greater Sarasota area. Ashley’s menu guides are available for pick-up at partner restaurants or can be mailed by request at 953-FOOD or www.ashleysfood.com.

“This menu book includes two new restaurant additions since our last publication - Chili’s and Word of Mouth,” says Liz Sniegocki, co-owner of Ashley’s Food Delivery. “Also new is an updated and expanded menu for The Star, featuring new Japanese and sushi offerings in addition to Thai favorites.”

Full delivery menus for all of Ashley’s restaurant partners are also available on the Ashley’s Food Delivery website, www.ashleysfood.com. Delivery orders can be placed online, or with a customer service representative at 953-FOOD.
About Ashley’s Food Delivery: The area’s only multi-restaurant delivery service, Ashley’s Food Delivery partners with over 30 restaurants in Sarasota and Bradenton to deliver everything from home-cooked, comfort food to elegant, gourmet dining. Ashley’s Food offers residential & corporate meal delivery, drop-off catering services and gift basket delivery. The service is open for lunch delivery Monday through Friday (Sarasota only) and dinner delivery every day. For more information, call 953-FOOD or visit www.AshleysFood.com.

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