This month’s WCW Dana Pounds is resting and recovering from a marathon she just ran. Well, yeah, that’s a challenge, isn’t it? But is that her story? No, it’s just a part of her story. Dana ran in the Robinson’s Preserve Marathon despite the fact she has battled and continues to battle the effects of cancer. The cancer caused her to lose a leg in the process.
That changes the story a bit, doesn’t it? But there’s even more. Dana, along with her husband, Jim, founded Nature’s Academy, a nonprofit in Bradenton that teaches
children about science. It’s a natural for Dana who is a marine biologist as well as an extremely dedicated and indeed inspiring person.
“The finish line is an illusion,” she notes about that recent marathon. Instead, a finish line is, “something we invent in our minds.” Life, she explains, “is not about winning, but about participating in your dreams.”
I can’t help but think that the girls at Girls Inc. and the Girl Scouts should know Dana’s story. We older “girls” can also find lots of inspiration from this incredible woman. Click here to read her article as it appears in WCW (it will launch as a PDF – be patient!). To find out more about Dana’s work, click Nature’s Academy.
Editor, West Coast Woman
WCW Picks for Fun Stuff To Do
Love to write? Consider a Creative Writing Class starting on April 23 and being offered by ACE (Adult and Community Enrichment) in Sarasota. Well, I’m teaching it, if that helps. Registration starts April 6.
I’ve taught at ACE before and enjoyed it so much. So, if you want to sharpen your creative writing skills and would enjoy being in a group of similar writers, consider this class. You can view the ACE ad in WCW by clicking here.View the course listings at sarasotacountyschools.net or call 361-6590 (you can register by phone).
I hope to see you April 23! You can also call me at 954-3300 if you have questions about the class…
West Coast Woman’s Expo is Tues., April 28 at McCurdy’s
– be there for a great time!
West Coast Woman Expos
are ALWAYS fun so don’t miss this one at an exciting new location: McCurdy’s Comedy Theatre
in downtown Sarasota. PLENTY of free parking
, lots of drawings, samples, door prizes and always – great company.
Bring a friend and meet a new friend – or two. Plus, you get
to meet this month’s WCW Dana Pounds of Nature’s Academy!
We’d appreciate an RSVP so click here
and say YES.
Or call 954-3300
if you prefer. Exhibit space STILL AVAILABLE!
Attention Foodies and Wine Lovers!
On Saturday, May 2, 11:30-6:30 p.m., the 5th ANNUAL FOOD AND WINE ON PINE event welcomes you to a culinary and cultural experience featuring 20 of the area’s locally owned restaurants showcasing dishes made with products from our waters and farms.This showcase of delectable dishes will be paired with over 30 spectacular wines and craft and domestic beers. Admission is $2, food and beverage tickets are $1 each. Most items are priced between 3-10 tickets. Proceeds benefit local arts and culture non-profits. For information visit www.foodandwineonpine.com or contact Caryn Hodge at 941-778-8705 or [email protected].com.
A Healthy Seminar:
|Dr. Fred Harvey
Free Seminar: Is your belly singing the blues? Teach it a new song on April 15 at Sarasota Specialty Pharmacy.
More and more articles point to a healthy gut meaning better overall health. Find out how you can maintain healthy gut bacteria from Dr. Fred Harvey on April 15 at 7 p.m. The Pharmacy is located at 2075 Siesta Drive, Sarasota.
To RSVP, call 366-0880. To find about more about Dr. Harvey, visit HarveyCenter.com.