west coast WOMAN e-newsletter 3/16: Beauty, Talent, Grace: Erendira Wallenda

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west coast WOMAN e-newsletter 3/16
It’s West Coast Woman’s 28th Anniversary this month!
Louise Bruderle

Wow! What a treat to interview circus artist and aerialist Erendira Wallenda.  I reached out via the Nik Wallenda web site (you might know him – he likes to walk on a wire (with no net) over places like the Grand Canyon, downtown Chicago, Niagara Falls, etc).  Well, he has a beautiful wife who is also a performer in her very own right.

Erendira Wallenda
        While she can wire walk (she has performed in the seven-man pyramid) like her talented in-laws, Erendira’s specialty is the graceful lyra or aerial hoop that takes strength, but also grace and beauty.
Erendira’s mother and father were both circus performers and, like Nik, her artistic lineage goes back 7 generations!
So get to know this lovely woman and find out more about her career, life and family in the March issue of WCW which just so happens to also be our 28th anniversary!  I can’t think of a better woman for our anniversary issue than someone who is such an important part of Sarasota’s cultural history

To read Erendira’s profile, click here. It’s also on our web site westcoastwoman.com.


Louise Bruderle, Editor, West Coast Woman

Start Thinking Sarasota Film Festival…  

Mark Your Calendar for April 1-10, 2016! Visit them at  SarasotaFilmFestival.com

Events Worth Checking Out:

Money Savvy Women Series

You’re invited to a Money Savvy Women Series offering events designed to impart a jargon-free personal finance education. What you will learn: Small initial steps can translate into improvement in your

Amanda Stiff

finances and what to concentrate on and what is “noise.”

      Are you allergic to finance? Or do you have “get your finances organized” on your to do list??

RSVP today by calling 366-7504.
Below are the dates for the remaining events…
* Tuesday, March 8-Life Stage Planning and Investing at our offices located at 1990 Main Street, Suite 750.  Park in the garage, entrance on Ringling Blvd. just west of 301/Washington Blvd. They’re on the 7th floor, Suite 750 in the Regus Center
* Thursday, April 19-“Must Have” Docs for a well-planned life
* Tuesday, May 10-Martinis & Markets
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Noted Scientist to Speak on the Science of Addiction
On April 1 Project 180

presents one of the world’s foremost scientists in addictions research, Mary Jeanne Kreek, MD. Dr. Kreek’s keynote address, “Addictions are Diseases,” launches Project 180’s Strong Voices lecture series to be held on April 1, May 6 and June 10 at The Francis in Sarasota. Each luncheon

lecture begins at 11:30 am.

      Dr. Kreek, internationally renowned for her pioneering work in the development of methadone maintenance therapy for heroin addicts in the 1960s, was one of the first scientists to document that drugs of abuse alter the expression of specific genes in the brain, resulting in changes in behavior. Her current research focuses on opiate addiction, cocaine dependency, and alcoholism.
     Dr. Kreek will be introduced by Sarasota County Sheriff Tom Knight. For tickets, sponsorships or more information, contact Barbara Richards at 941-677-2281.

Girls Inc’s “She Knows Where She’s Going” Luncheon

The 28th Annual Celebration Luncheon benefiting Girls Incorporated of Sarasota County is on April 1. The “She Knows Where She’s Going” award will be presented to Aimee DeMariano Cogan, and Tyesha Brown will be honored as “Girl of the Year.” There will also be a special In Memoriam Tribute to Donna Brace Ogilvie.

        The Luncheon is chaired by Susan Jones, Veronica Brady, and Sally Schule. “Supergirls” is the theme for the luncheon with girls’ superpowers featured throughout the program. Girls Inc. girls will offer a boutique of goods they have created as part of the “Dream Harbor” city within Girls Inc.
A drawing will feature items from Saks with a total value of approximately $10,000.
Tickets to the luncheon are $125 and can be purchased at www.girlsincsrq.org or by calling (941) 366-6646 ext. 218.
The African Children’s Choir Free Concert

The African Children’s Choir performs on March 30 at 7 p.m. at The Church at Bradenton, 2520 43rd St W. The African Children’s Choir melts the hearts of audiences with their charming smiles, beautiful voices and lively African songs and dances.
The program features well-loved children’s songs, traditional Spirituals and Gospel favorites. Concerts are free and open to all. A free-will offering is taken at the performance to support African Children’s Choir programs, such as education, care and relief and development programs.

       Music for Life (The parent organization for The African Children’s Choir) works in seven African countries such as, Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda, Sudan, Nigeria, Ghana and South Africa. MFL has educated over 52,000 children and impacted the lives of over 100,000 people through its relief and development programs during its history. MFL purpose is to help create new leadership for tomorrow’s Africa, by focusing on education.
The African Children’s Choir has performed before presidents, heads of state and most recently the Queen of England, Queen Elizabeth II, for her diamond jubilee. The African Children’s Choir is a nonprofit humanitarian and relief organization dedicated to helping Africa’s most vulnerable children today so they can help Africa tomorrow. No tickets, donations welcome.Info: (941) 792-3462 www.africanchildrenschoir.com
Local Author Pens Book: 
Marsha Wilchfort

Marsha Wilchfort offers “a memoir of mourning and middle age…” that so many women can relate to. “I flunked bereavement,” she writes in her blog.
If you’ve experienced the loss of a partner or a loved one, this book can provide some comfort and support. Enjoy the ride..

 LOVE Going to Art Museums? You’ll Love This Class at ACE Sarasota

I’m presenting a two-part lecture on one of my favorite topics: ART on March 23 & March 30, 6-8 p.m. at ACE Sarasota.
      It’s aptly called “An Art Lover’s Feast” and

you’ll find out about upcoming art exhibits in Sarasota and in the USA and around the world.
The class number is AAL100101.
To register, call 361-6590.
For a complete list of their courses, visit
View the ad in WCW by clicking


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Seminars, Lectures & More

*  Abrams Dermatology has “Lucky Skin Day” on March 23, 5-6:30 p.m. and they’re offering a variety of specials, drawings and prizes.
Dr. Abrams will discuss Radiesse, Xeomin and Neocutis. All day long they’ll also be offering free cosmetic consultations.
RSVP by calling  926-2300. More info on Abrams dermatology at Abramsderm.com

It’s Women’s History Month!
The Gulf Coast Chapter of the US National Committee is excited to announce two programs for 2016, and you are invited!
      The first is International Women’s Day on
Saturday, March 12 at Fete Ballroom, Polo Grill, Lakewood Ranch. In addition to fabulous food,

they’re going to bring the acclaimed play Seven

to Sarasota! This documentary play tells the true stories of seven women who bravely fought for the well-being of women, families, and children around the globe.
The second event is their “Through Women’s Eyes” International Film Festival to be held at the Sarasota Film Festival April 2 and 3 and the Hollywood 20 movie theatre.

      For more information and ticket info, go to
Jewish Film Festival 
The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee has  nine award-winning films for its 2016 Milman-KoverJewish Film Festival. The festival is March 6-13 at various venues in Sarasota County.
      Tickets are $10 per film, except the opening night film and dessert reception, which is $25. A nine-film festival pass is $100 and offers one non-reserved seat at one screening of each of the eight regular films, one seat at the opening night film, the opening night dessert reception on March 6, and the closing night dessert reception on March 13.
Tickets can be purchased at http://jfedsrq.org/events/2016jff or by calling 866-465-3995. For more information about The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee, call 941-371-4546 or visit www.jfedsrq.org.
       Special guests and events include the opening night Opening Night Celebration, March 6, at the Hyatt Sarasota. The event begins with a 45-minute concert by Israeli musician and TV personality, Idan Haviv, followed by a screening

“Beneath the Helmet” is an inspiring documentary that follows the journey of 5 Israeli high-school graduates who are drafted into the IDF.

of “Beneath the Helmet,” an inspiring documentary about five young IDF draftees.
Featured guests at the event include the film’s director, Oren Rosenfeld, and two young soldiers featured in the film. The screening will be followed by a Q & A with the director and soldiers and a dessert reception. Tickets for the movie and a dessert reception are $25.

      The Closing Night Celebration, March 13, will feature a work-in-progress screening of “On the Map,” a documentary about the 1977 victory by the Maccabi Tel Aviv basketball team over the heavily favored European Champion, the Russian Army Team. The film’s director, Dani Menkin, and two players from that team, Captain Tal Brody and Sarasota resident, Eric Minkin,will be at the event to participate in a Q&A, followed by a dessert reception.
For the complete film schedule, visit http://jfedsrq.org/events/2016jff
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