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 CafĂ© 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).


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.