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   Vero Beach, Fl - Ed. 11.19.2015   

            
     
   
THE SNOWBIRDS ARE HERE, FLASHERS!
 As the temperatures up north cool down and the snow begins to fall, the 'snowbirds' are arriving just in time for Thanksgiving. Who was it that said "the shortest distance between two points is a straight line?" It certainly is true of our friends who migrate to Florida during the winter months. Those from the Northeast  take I-95 straight down to our East coast, while those from the Mid-west, follow I-75 to places like Sarasota and Naples. Either way, we welcome them and very much appreciate what they bring each winter to our Florida economy. Vero Beach especially benefits from their generosity in what they add to the coffers of  some of our favorite spots like our fabulous Art Museum and our wonderful Riverside Theatre. For a small town, we are so fortunate to have world class exhibits and entertainment that rival any large city in this country.

 

The other kind of snowbirds are arriving, too...You know, - the real ones with feathers. Recently, I stayed with my Mom a couple of nights when she took a little tumble and I was rewarded with a front-row seat at her breakfast table that overlooks a well-stocked bird feeder.  This will be her third winter here and she has told me stories about her feathered friends that return each year, especially 'Pete', the Painted Bunting. Well, 'Pete' did stop at the feeder for breakfast, and what a gorgeous bird he is! As long as I have lived in Florida, I had never seen one. The bright colors of red, yellow, blue and green are usually seen in  parrots rather than in a small songbird. Mom told me she had learned that all the babies are born a  bright lime-green. The females remain that way permanently, but the males change to their multi-colored coats when they're a year old. Anyway, watching Mom's bird feeder was like watching a real life Disney movie with all kinds of birds and acrobatic squirrels coming and going, and even a tiny bunny on the ground nibbling at the seeds that dropped. I can see why people and birds fly to our shores each winter. Along with the weather, we have the best of everything made both by man and by nature.  So,  to both kinds of  'snowbirds',  l say, "Welcome home!"
 
Of course, next week the most popular bird will be (... drum roll please) the Turkey! Since Thanksgiving will fall on the same day that our issue comes out, we are putting a lot of advance information about it in this issue. Enjoy your fall decorations for one last week Flashers, because soon it will be time to decorate for Christmas and Hanukah! 

 

Thank you~
Valerie Watkins
Publisher




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DID YOU KNOW? 
1953 THANKSGIVING  CAUSED THE TV DINNER

According to the Smithsonian Magazine, in 1953, someone at Swanson colossally miscalculated the level of the American appetite for Thanksgiving turkey, leaving the company with some 260 tons of frozen birds sitting in ten refrigerated railroad cars.  Enter Swanson salesman Gerry Thomas, a visionary inspired by the trays of pre-prepared food served on airlines. Ordering 5,000 aluminum trays, concocting a straightforward meal of turkey with corn-bread dressing and gravy, peas and sweet potatoes (both topped with a pat of butter), and recruiting an assembly line of women with spatulas and ice-cream scoops, Thomas and Swanson launched the TV dinner at a price of 98 cents (those are 1950s-era cents, of course). The company's grave doubts that the initial order would sell proved to be another miscalculation, though a much happier one for Swanson; in the first full year of production, 1954, ten million turkey dinners were sold.



Hey FLASHERS... Put This On Your To-Do List!
Once you pick up your 'Holiday Box' at any of the locations below, all you need to do is fill it with items from the suggested idea list and return to your local post office with your pre-addressed label. Shipping cost are $15.90 and for that low cost you will put a smile on the face of one of our bravest! I can't believe there is a FLAHER out there who wouldn't want to do this ... It is simply a matter of making the time to get it done! Make a fun day out of it and get a couple of your friends and head out together! My Mom picked up 25 boxes and took them back to The Brennity where she quickly gave them to other residents there.  Be creative! It's obviously for the best of causes!! :) 
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MAILING KIT PICK-UP LOCATIONS
* Barker Electric Air Conditioning & Heating, 
  1936 Commerce Avenue
* Caliber Home Loans,  (across from Panera 
   above Verizon)
* Christ Church Vero Beach, 925 14th Lane 
  (behind Outback and near Vero Bowl)
* Christi's Fitness, 1250 Old Dixie Highway
* Eye Clinic of Vero & Optical Boutique, 634 
  21st St. (Miracle Mile Plaza)
Holiday Inn, 3384 Ocean Drive
* I'll Never Tell, 3351 Ocean Drive
* Nail Art, 1275 U.S. Hwy. 1 (behind Carrabbas)
* Office of Dr. James Presley, 1000 37th Place, 
   Suite 105
* PakMail, 505 Beachland Blvd
* Postal Connections, 1275 U.S. Hwy 1 
* Royal Day Spa, 99 Royal Palm Pointe
* The UPS Store, Treasure Coast Plaza on the 
   Miracle Mile
The UPS Store, 5976 20th Street (Rte 60, by 
  Target)
The UPS Store, 5220 US Hwy 1 & 58th Street
Verizon, (across from Panera)
* Verizon, Indian River Mall
* Victory Center, the Veteran's Council's 
  storefront (Indian River Mall near Macy's)
DROP-OFF LOCATIONS FOR ITEMS 
MILITARY MOMS WILL MAIL FOR YOU!
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  *  Barker Electric Air Conditioning & Heating, 
     1936 Commerce Ave., Vero Beach
  * Studio 14/Zumba Works, 1962 14th Avenue
  * Victory Center, the Veteran's Council's 
    storefront at the Indian River Mall (near 
    Macy's), Vero Beach
  * Workin' Man Cycles, 875 King's Hwy, Ft. Pierce
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For information, call: 772-231-2221  
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Please help us show our military some hometown love and appreciation 
over the holiday!
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Purchase a "Braveheart Pin" for $12 at I'll Never Tell, 3351 Ocean Drive. Proceeds go to the mission of the Military Moms Pray Group. 


THIS WEEKEND!


PROJECT OF THE WEEK
Turn A Picture Frame Into A Family Tradition


This is a great project that will have you 'serving up' a new family tradition.  Picture your tray embellished with a family collage of pictures from the holiday of choice...Thanksgiving, Christmas, Valentines Day, Easter, Summer, 4th of July, Back to School and Halloween! What fun! If you are past that stage of life and want just a chic generic tray...You can do that too!  Be creative, FLASHERS and have fun!                                            
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Thanksgiving Buffet
Thursday November 26th 2015
 11:00 am to 6:00 pm
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Complete with Salad Bar and Soup, Raw Bar - (Shrimp, Oysters, Clams, & more) Carving Station - (Turkey, Ham, and Roast Beef)  All the yummy side dishes, and dessert bar! All for the low cost of only $38.95 for adults,
Ages 6 to 12, $18.95, and under six $5.95



 
National Hunger & Homeless Awareness Week is November14 - 22. Right here in Indian River county we have those who are struggling at being hungry and without a home. National Hunger & Homeless Awareness Week is a start to bring awareness right in our own backyard. Please watch this video and reach out to our local agencies to see what you can do to help someone less fortunate.


"Kindness is a language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see."~ Mark Twain
 



There is not a Kasha Market this weekend. 
The next Market will be on Sunday, December 13th.
FLASH TURKEY TIPS OF THE WEEK

1. If your turkey is done before your guests arrive, remove it from the oven, place a large sheet of foil over it, and then drape a big kitchen towel over everything. It will all help keep the heat in and protect your bird from drying out.

2. If your bird seems a little dry, heat up a few inches of turkey or chicken stock in a wide pan, slice your turkey, and then drag the slices through the bath to get a little more moisture in there.



With the holidays around the corner, FLASHERS might be thinking about giving a room a new coat of paint.  The Color Smart APP makes selecting your color much easier. You can see what a color will look like before purchasing the paint.  Click Here to watch video.



Try these on your family and friends!
 
The Calorie Control Council says the average person will eat 4,500 calories on Thanksgiving this year. That's 3,000 for dinner and another 1,500 for "snacking and nibbling"
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This Thanksgiving Americans will eat an estimated 46 million birds!
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The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade has become a mainstay of the day. The event began in 1924 and is typically watched by 50 million people.
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This land is my land: There are four places in the United States named Turkey. Louisiana's Turkey Creek is the most populous, with a whopping 435 residents. There's also Turkey, Texas; Turkey, North Carolina; and Turkey Creek, Arizona. and two townships in Pennsylvania: the creatively named Upper Turkeyfoot and Lower Turkeyfoot!
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When Abe Lincoln declared Thanksgiving a national holiday in 1863, it was thanks to the tireless efforts of a magazine editor named Sarah Josepha Hale. Her other claim to fame? She also wrote the nursery rhyme, "Mary Had a Little Lamb."
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Gobble, gobble?: Not so fast. Only male turkeys, called toms, gobble. Females, called hens, cackle.
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If Ben Franklin had his way, the turkey would be our national bird. An eagle, he wrote in a letter to his daughter, had "bad moral character." A turkey, on the other hand, was a "much more respectable bird."
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Thanksgiving is not just an American holiday. Canadians celebrate it too. Except they do it the second Monday in October.
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Don't blame the bird: You stuffed yourself, and now you're feeling sleepy, very sleepy. But it ain't the tryptophan in the turkey. In fact, chickens have more tryptophan. You're groggy because you overate. And digesting all that grub takes a lot of energy.
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Why is the Thanksgiving bird called a turkey?  Many, many years ago  the Europeans took a liking to the guinea fowls imported to the continent. Since the birds were imported by Turkish merchants, the English called them turkeys. Later, when the Spaniards came to America, they found a bird that tasted like those guinea fowls. When they were sent to Europe, the English called these birds "turkeys" as well.
YOUTH SAILING FOUNDATION (YSF)OF INDIAN RIVER COUNTY


Youth Sailing Foundation (YSF) of Indian River County announces its first annual Rock the Boat  fundraiser to be held on Friday, March 11, 2016 at the Marsh Island Club.  All proceeds raised from this event will help to fund the YSF FREE sailing programs offered to the children of Indian River County. This March 11th soiree with feature an open bar cocktail reception and dinner, a live/silent auction and dancing to the music of the Landsharks.  With ticket prices at $150, this will surely be a sell-out event.

Please visit our website at www.ysfirc.org to learn more about our mission, schedule a tour or find out about the many volunteer opportunities.  

Photograph of RTB Committee:
Standing L to R: Kitty Mountain, Chris Pope, Christine Luca, Ali Schlitt, Tricia Boyle, Heather Schlitt and Mary Sayer.  Seated: Amy Patterson





TODAY'S CHUCKLE
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GOOD THANKSGIVING SHORTCUT TIPS
Prepare vegetables for cooking the night before.
Make your desserts the day before.
Measure ingredients ahead of time.
...and the best one
                           Go to someone else's house for dinner!
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  RECIPE OF THE WEEK
SPECIAL PIE CRUSTS

You might want to try one of these for your Thanksgiving  pies! Gingersnap for Pumpkin,
and Chocolate for ice cream pie,  custard or coconut.   The Pretzel and Ritz both add a salty, but sweet and crunchy element to any pie.

EASY GINGERSNAP OR CHOCOLATE COOKIE CRUST

All of us are probably familiar with the Graham Cracker Crust and this is very similar. It can actually be used with any cookie that you can crush into crumbs. For chocolate cookies, try the chocolate wafers. Sometimes I've found them on a shelf near the ice cream, if they're not on the cookie aisle.

INGREDIENTS

DIRECTIONS
  1. Preheat oven, 350 degrees.
  2. Process cookies in food processor until crumbed. (Can use blender or rolling pin over Ziploc bag filled with cookies.)
  3. Mix crumbs, sugar, vanilla, and butter.
  4. If desired, reserve 2 tablespoons of crumb mixture for garnish.
  5. Press mixture firmly and evenly against bottom and side of 9-inch pie pan.
  6. Bake 10 minutes. Cool.
  
PRETZEL CRUST
Prepare  and bake as above, but with different quantities in mix.

INGREDIENTS
 2  cups crushed pretzel sticks

3/4 cup margarine, softened

3 tablespoons brown sugar

 
RITZ CRACKER CRUST
Prepare and bake same as Pretzel Crust
 
INGREDIENTS

1 1/2 cups Ritz cracker crumbs

3 tablespoons sugar 

1/3 cup melted butter 

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Vero Beach Power Squadron Partners With The Boys & Girls Club 
7 Nov 2015, the Vero Beach Power Squadron (VBPS) sponsored a Fishing Outing for the Boys and Girls Club of Indian River County.  For the 10th year in a row, twice a year, the VBPS hosts up to 30 girls and boys from the Vero Beach, Sebastian, and Fellsmere Clubs with the aim to teach the youth conservation and respect for the Lagoon.  Arriving at the VBPS building at 8 am, the children were provided an entertaining Safe Boating instruction, were fitted with Personal Flotation Devices (life preservers), and sunglasses for eye protection were distributed prior to the youth boarding the fishing boats.Four hours of fishing later, the boats returned to the VBPS and the 27 children excitedly announced their catches!
YOUTH SAILING FOUNDATION (YSF)OF INDIAN RIVER COUNTY


Youth Sailing Foundation (YSF) of Indian River County announces its first annual Rock the Boat  fundraiser to be held on Friday, March 11, 2016 at the Marsh Island Club.  All proceeds raised from this event will help to fund the YSF FREE sailing programs offered to the children of Indian River County. This March 11th soiree with feature an open bar cocktail reception and dinner, a live/silent auction and dancing to the music of the Landsharks.  With ticket prices at $150, this will surely be a sell-out event.

Please visit our website at www.ysfirc.org to learn more about our mission, schedule a tour or find out about the many volunteer opportunities.  

Photograph of RTB Committee:
Standing L to R: Kitty Mountain, Chris Pope, Christine Luca, Ali Schlitt, Tricia Boyle, Heather Schlitt and Mary Sayer.  Seated: Amy Patterson


Anna Valencia-Tillery of Pak Mail-Beachside shows off the special "mailing kits" that PakMail is making available to members of the community to send packages to the tr
oops through the Military Moms Prayer Group's Holidays for Heroes program.  PakMail is also partnering with the Military Moms  to send hundreds of phone cards to the troops through the Cell Phones for Soldiers outreach.   Flanking Valencia-Tillery is a life-sized photo of Navy veteran Austin Saint-Vincent of Vero Beach.  Nearly 20 organizations throughout Vero Beach are supporting Holidays for Heroes as pick-up locations for mailing kits. For information, visit the Military Moms Prayer Group website www.militarymomsprayergroup.com/Holidays.html
    
     Photo Credit: Karly Krasnow
 
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GET RID OF YOUR OLD TV CONSOLE!
FROM JANICE ELWOOD Reply
Hi FLASHERS...Do you have an old 27" or larger console tv that you want to get rid of? If not, do you know of someone who does? I want it badly and it doesn't need to be in working condition!  Please get in touch with me by replying above. 
BEADS FOR SALE
FROM TRICIA ALLISON Reply
I have about 90 bags of really beautiful beads of various kinds.
I also have a board I organized them on so each type can be seen easily.  Everything is for sale for $60!
Let me know if you would like to see them. I'm located in Vista Harbor, near Miracle Mile.
WE NEED A FEW MORE VOLUNTEERS
FROM JOHN CORAPI: Reply
The Indian River County Salvation Army netted $120,000 last year through kettle donations and kettle sponsorships. 
Volunteer Bell ringers are still needed. You can volunteer for as little as one 2 hour shift or for as may shifts as you'd like. Your willingness to help is vital to our success in helping the most in need.
 For more info on how to help The Salvation Army this holiday season and ring the bell call 772-501-7488 or reply above.
CALLING ALL SINGERS!
FROM RYAN KASTEN: Reply
The Community Concert Series is please to announce the rebirth of the Atlantic Symphonic Chorus under the direction of Artistic Director Ryan A. Kasten, and Associate Artistic Director Justin T. Maxey.  All singers are welcome to sing in this ensemble with professional orchestra.  No auditions and are welcome to come sing.  Singers will need to purchase their own scores and tuxedo/concert dress to be in the ensemble.  For more information reply above. Rehearsals will begin on Thursday, January 7, 2016, at 7:00PM in the Choral Rehearsal Room at the Community Church of Vero Beach.   Sign-up for the Atlantic Symphonic Chorus will happen through, Friday December 18, 2015.

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