West Coast WOMAN e-newsletter 4/16

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west coast WOMAN e-newsletter 4/16
Earth Day is April 22
Louise Bruderle

You read a lot about mega malls, “diverging diamonds” and Sarasota sprawl. Our current population is 405,000+ (Sarasota County in 2015) and I swear (maybe like you) it seems like it was just yesterday when we had 175,000. And there’s no turning back.

Christine P. Johnson
        So, while it’s an adjustment to see so much traffic and a lot of high rises starting to crowd the sky, it is what it is. Or is it? Who is working to keep some of that open space we seem to have always had? Cheer up, there is someone.
Founded in 2003, the Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast’s second President is Christine P. Johnson, a fifth-generation Floridian. And she’s adamant about her role. She saves land. Forever. Over 8,600 acres in 33 properties–about 13 square miles of land–have been preserved since the Foundation, a nationally accredited land trust, was established.

To read Christine’s profile, visit our web site, westcoastwoman.com. And don’t forget: Earth Day is April 22!


Louise Bruderle, Editor, West Coast Woman

Sarasota Film Festival is in High Gear!

April 1-10, 2016! Visit them at  SarasotaFilmFestival.com

Events Worth Checking Out: 
Arts Brunch & Fashion Show
Now in its 15th year, the annual Arts Brunch & Fashion Show presented by the artists of the Village of the Arts will take place on Saturday, April 9.
A delightful buffet of assorted foods prepared by the Village culinary artists is a favorite part of this exciting event. Wearable art fashions and accessories from various Village galleries, a silent auction, decorated tables, and a garden of fine art is sure to delight attendees.The fashion show will be presented by Vicki Rollo, owner and jewelry designer of Hearts Desire. Proceeds benefit Artist Guild of Manatee.
WHEN: Saturday, April 9, 11:30 am – 1:30 pm
WHAT: Village of the Arts 15th Annual Arts Brunch & Fashion Show
WHERE: Motorworks Brewing, 1014 9th ST. W., Bradenton
Tickets; $35
To purchase tickets: Call Hearts Desire at 941-302-1069

Tomorrow’s Voices Today
Tomorrow’s Voices Today is Key Chorale’s third annual collaboration with the Sarasota County Schools to work with young voices and join in a combined student-Key Chorale performance choir accompanied by live music. This year Artistic Director, Joseph Caulkins will work with Booker, Sarasota, and Riverview High School choirs.

Concert Repertoire:
Hallelujah, Amen – George F. Handel
I Believe – Mark Miller
Ballade to the Moon – David Elder
Untraveled Worlds – Paul Halley

WHEN: April 30 at 7:30 p.m.
WHERE: Riverview High School
Tickets only $9. Info: 921-4845 or click here

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…

* Thursday, April 19-“Must Have” Docs for a well-planned life

* Tuesday, May 10-Martinis & Markets
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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..

Does Your Business Need to Reach Women in Sarasota and Bradenton? 

Then West Coast Woman is THE best way to get your message to the women in Sarasota & Bradenton!
We offer ad packages, beautiful printing, digital ads and affordable rates.

Email us:

[email protected] or call 954-3300. We’re happy to help you create a marketing campaign.
DOCS has a Free Seminar on brown spots, Blood vessels and other unsightly signs of sun damage. Date: Thurs., April 21 at 5 p.m. Info: SkinEyeDocs.com.

RSVP: 941-925-3627


Seminars, Lectures & More

*  Abrams Dermatology has a “Botox and Fillers Happy Hour” on May 5, 5-7 p.m. and they’re offering a variety of specials, drawings and prizes.
Enjoy a presentation by Dr. Abrams and Beth Bobb from Allergan®. All day long they’ll also be offering free cosmetic consultations.
RSVP by calling  926-2300. More info on Abrams dermatology at Abramsderm.com

Find WCW at Whole Foods, Sarasota YMCA, Selby Library (downtown), Sarasota Main Post Office, Sarasota Vascular Associates, The Renewal Point, outside the Ringling Museum (parking lot), various boxes up and down Main Street in Sarasota and loads of other places.
     Want delivery to your business, condo, doctor’s office or favorite store? Email us at
What is the Expressive Arts Florida Institute?
Expressive Arts Florida Institute, located in Towles Court, has programs designed to enrich one’s life and to develop creative life skills for personal, professional and social change through the arts.
Expressive Arts Florida Institute offers a variety of workshops in art and expressive arts to enrich your life. No experience is necessary for any of their Creative Life Enrichment offerings.  Classes range from Gelatin Printmaking and Mandala Club to Art as a Healing Practice.
Expressive Arts encompasses visual art, movement, writing, music, drama and other creative processes that combine and interact to bring about growth, healing and wellness. It does not require art training or “talent” in art and is more about the process of being creative than the product that results. Expressive Arts has many benefits, including self-awareness, relaxation, self-esteem, mindfulness, balance, joy, and healing.
Programs take place at the organization’s facility at 200 S Washington Blvd, Suite 1 in the Towles Court Pavilion. For information or to register, call 941-366-9595or visit expressiveartsflorida.com.
Coming Up:
* April 27, 6:30- 8:30 p.m. “Expressive Arts Community Networking” Engage in a process presented by guest presenter Louise Bruderle of West Coast Woman 

as she shares the work she does using expressive writing. Bring announcements for current offerings in community and get a taste of what’s possible when we connect through the arts. $10 at the door. For practitioners or students of Expressive Arts or related field

* April 29, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. “Art as a Healing Practice” Bringing it all Together with Kathleen Horne. An expressive arts process that embraces the positive power of creative work/play to change lives, the series consists of a gentle and powerful blend of guided meditation, visual art, writing and sharing/witnessing. Cost: $45


West Coast Woman, P.O. Box 819, Sarasota, FL 34230
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