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Vero Beach, Fl - Ed. 04.16.2015   

            
     
   

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HAPPY THURSDAY, FLASHERS!

 

I thought our 'season' was winding down, but when I put together this issue, I'm not sure that it's slowing at all! There's so much to do in the coming days, you probably  will have to pick your favorites because it will be almost impossible to do them all.  My sister Suzy will be covering for me at many of the events (stop by our booth at the Hibiscus Festival and say hi) because I will be leaving for  New York City! That's right ..."the Big Apple"..... ''the City that  Never Sleeps" (I should feel right at home..ha ha) Next week is a special week for us at FLASH. It is both FLASH's birthday and my birthday. FLASH is turning 5 and well..I'm turning 5 something. Who keeps track anymore? To celebrate, my Mom is taking me and my daughter Lilly to New York. We'll only be gone three nights - (who can afford to stay in NYC longer than that?!) We have tickets to the musical Gigi (remember the movie?) and the Spring Spectacular at Radio City with the Rockettes! Lilly is looking forward to dancing on the big piano keys at the Schwartz toy store like Tom Hanks did in the movie Big. There will be a buggy ride through Central Park and shopping of course, - so much to do and see and so little time to do it all. We'll be returning next Thursday, the day that next week's issue will publish. I'm sure I'll have a lot to report, but please understand if it's more of an abridged issue and possibly a little late. Enjoy your weekend FLASHERS!

Thank you~

Valerie Watkins

Publisher 

"Screening can help doctors find and treat several types of cancer early. 
Early detection is important because when abnormal tissue or cancer 
is found early, it may be easier to treat. By the time symptoms appear, 
cancer may have begun to spread and is harder to treat". 
Scully-Welsh Cancer Center Director, Lori McCormick.

NANCY MOODY

IS A POSITIVE PERSON

I am thrilled to bring back our Positive Person feature and will be spotlighting an individual each month. This week I am excited to introduce you to Nancy Moody, founder of the PEER Group, the support, advocacy, education arm of The Arc of IRC for parents who have children or adults with disabilities. Nancy has lived in Vero for 25 years, is married to Mike Moody and  is the mother of four wonderful children. Patricia, now 31, is Nancy's youngest child and is the one responsible for setting Nancy on her current mission of helping moms and dads and grandparents get the tools they need to better advocate for their children with special needs. Patricia has Down syndrome, but that does not define her. I had the absolute pleasure of meeting Nancy and Patricia this past week over lunch. I was inspired by Nancy and awed by Patricia. I must admit that I have never had the opportunity to interact nor converse directly with an individual with Down Syndrome before. Watching the mother and daughter interact was an unconditional love story playing out in front of me. I quickly processed in my mind what the past 31 years must have been like for Nancy. From an initial shock of such a diagnosis, to what I imagine was a kind of fear of the unknown, anxiety over her ability to meet the needs of a child with special needs while tending to three other children and a husband too, angst over how Patricia would fit into society, to the sense of pride 31 years later over her daughter's accomplishments. These are my thoughts and have not been confirmed by Nancy, but I feel confident that they are emotions that must run through the minds of some parents with special needs children. 

 

Enter Nancy Moody. What a difference one person can make! Some people have the gift of taking lemons and making the sweetest lemonade ~ Seeing a problem and mobilizing to bring about a solution. That is exactly what Nancy has done by establishing the PEER Group. Nancy started out learning important information to help her daughter succeed in her education and her life.  She wanted to share that with other parents and so that naturally led her to form get-togethers and gradually those small groups became larger and now they enjoy monthly PEER Group meetings at the SunUp campus of The Arc where parents share information. To be able to support others on this ride we call life is a magical gift and one that Nancy has made available to everyone with special needs in our community.

 

Back to my lunch... While sitting with this mother-daughter team, it wasn't long before the special bond and devotion to each other was incredibly evident. Patricia had the manners that revealed a disciplined and caring upbringing. She was affable, confident, incredibly happy and displayed a zest and enthusiasm that was magnificent and contagious! As the thread of conversation wove itself through our lunch it became clear that Nancy's gift of giving had been passed on to Patricia.  She has many accomplishments of her own and has a heart of gold; just like her mother. She has learned sign language which she is now teaching Nancy and other children. She sits on a Board and has traveled the state and even to Washington advocating for special need individuals. She has not been held back by her diagnosis, but rather propelled in quite a positive direction. The two have been a driving force behind the fundraiser you will see below, Paris Tea Party. FLASH has taken a table and encourages others to purchase a ticket. (You have until tomorrow.) It will be a delightful afternoon and I have no doubt you will leave feeling enlightened and in awe of these special individuals. Patricia will be a part of the fashion show and I have no doubt that her adoring and proud mother will be smiling from ear to ear. Thank you, Nancy for the positive impact you have made on the lives of so many! We applaud you! 

 

If you are interested in purchasing a ticket to the tea ($20 per person) 

call Pat Martin at 772-569-0228 or email tem49@comcast.net.

GET YOUR TICKETS NOW FOR TEA ON MAY 3RD

FESTIVAL SCHEDULE
Main Street Vero Beach presents The 2015 Hibiscus Festival

Miss Hibiscus Pageant Thursday April 16th
The Heritage Center 7:00pm

The Hibiscus Ride Saturday April 18th
Event Starts at The Historical Society Train Station 7:30am

The Hibiscus Festival Saturday April 18th
Children's Activities 10a-5pm
Fine Art and Fine Craft Show 10am-8pm
Food Truck Frenzy 10a-8pm
Harvest Outreach Shopping Cart Parade 3pm
Music 10a-8:30pm

The Hibiscus Festival Sunday April 19th
Fine Art and Fine Craft Show 10am-4pm
Music in the Park 10am-4pm
RECEIVE ONE FREE MONTH FOR A FULL YEAR CONTRACT SIGNED BY JULY 1, 2015
CONCERT TONIGHT


We welcome you to visit our website.
SHOW SCHEDULE
This Saturday, April 18th @ 2:00pm in Melbourne
Wednesday, April 22nd @ 6:00pm @ The Majestic 11

Vero Beach Chamber Orchestra 

  

Event title:  April Concert

Time:   April 19, 2015 - 2 PM

Place:  Performing Arts Center of 

            Vero Beach High School

ChargeFree (Donations accepted)

 

The Vero Beach Chamber Orchestra will present a free concert to the community on April 19th at 2 PM at the Performing Arts Center of Vero Beach High School.  The concert will highlight the works of Evard Greig and features local pianist Jacob Craig, playing the very popular Piano Concerto in A minor.  The orchestra will also play Peer Gynt Suite No. 1,  Grieg's familiar work which has been used extensively in popular culture.  Admission is free. Donations are appreciated.

 Visit our website for an earful!

 FLASH BEAUTY TIP OF THE WEEK
 Sponsored by: Center for Facial Aesthetics       

Are These Goose Bumps?

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If you have rough bumps on your legs or arms that resemble goose bumps you may have Keratosis Pilaris.  Keratosis Pilaris is aesthetically displeasing, but medically harmless it's caused by excess skin cells build up around individual hair follicles. Sometimes, a hair is unable to reach the surface and becomes trapped beneath the debris causing minute, rough textured bumps.  Keratosis Pilaris are mostly along the upper arms and thighs. Treatment is all about smoothing away those little bumps.  Using the correct skincare can improve the texture, and eliminating the plugs, and improving the overall appearance of your skin. Products with Glycolic Acid, Fruit Enzymes, and salicylic acids can help to remove the excess skin build up.

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Try This:  Using Image Body Spa Exfoliating Body Scrub and followed by Clear Cell Salicylic Wipes is an excellent way to remove excess skin cell build up. The results are soft smooth skin! 


COME TRY A TRIBE SESSION FOR FREE
APRIL 20 - 24
LIFEGUARD TRAINING
Begins May 4th
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Get trained for a rewarding job as an American Red Cross Lifeguard!!  Now enrolling for our pre-summer course to be held at North County Aquatic Center, Sebastian, FL.  Class dates:  May 4, 5, 6, 11, 12, 13 (3pm-6pm) and May 16 (9am-5pm).   Lifeguard candidates must be 15 prior to the last day of the class and pass a pre-course swim test (see website for details) and must 
be able to attend all scheduled class times. Please call North County Aquatic Center at 772.581.7665 to schedule your test and sign up for the upcoming course! 

American Red Cross private swim lessons and CPR/AED/First Aid trainings and other services also available.  Please see website for details!

Click Here For Tickets

The Third Annual Great Duck Derby will be held on Sunday April 26, 2015 at Capt Hiram's, where up to 7,500 rubber ducks will be dropped into the lagoon and race their way to shore and into the finish tube.   The event runs from 12:00 - 4:00. The ducks go in the water at 2:00.
The first place duck prize is $1,000 cash, second place duck  prize is $500 cash and third place duck will receive the third place prize of $250 cash. 

 

Ducks can be "adopted" at various locations around Indian River County, including all Oculina Bank branches, Dyer Chevrolet in Vero, Sebastian Chamber of Commerce, Seacoast Bank in Sebastian, Florida Veterinary League, Vero Bowl, Historic Dodgertown, Fellsmere Feed, Capt Hiram's, all Treasure Coast Community Health locations and by visiting our website

 

Finally, you need not be present to win, but you won't want to miss out on the live band, and an opportunity to connect with your neighbors including TCCH staff, patients, sponsors and fellow supporters. It's your community. Go adopt some ducks and spread the good word. 100 % of the Proceeds will benefit the patients of Treasure Coast Community Health's programs. 

 

For additional information or to adopt a duck, Click Here or call 772-571-1989 

or email  pr@tcchinc.org


CITY SLIDE COMES TO SOUTH FLORIDA
Saturday, May 2, 2015
   

Summer time is upon us, and that means that fun in the sun and water is a sure thing!  So why not get a jump start on the fun and plan a trip south to Fort Lauderdale to participate in ' Slide the City'! Slide the City travels from city to city with a 1000 foot slick vinyl slide that will have you slippin' down the streets of various cities around the country. There will be live music, food, drinks, water, and 

of course the biggest slip and slide ever to hit asphalt. Don't worry, we've got it padded. This slide's got more cushion than your grandpa's orthopedic sneakers.


 

Make sure to bring your water buckets, floaties, and water guns (non-realistic of course), to squirt, spray, splash, and get all attending soaked.  Click Here for Tickets and Here to see what other cities are on the tour schedule. It does sell out so get your tickets now.

WEEKEND PROJECT
Dress Up Your Homes Curb Appeal With Window Boxes
 
It's SPRING and that means it's time to get out in the yard and find your green thumb! If you've read my Editor's Note in the past, you know that I have been working hard to create a a enchanting garden. Your gardening skills can get 'off the ground' as you explore the world of window boxes.  Here is a link with 10 different style possibilities. Give it a look and the world around you will soon begin to bloom!
SLEEP MORE, WEIGH LESS?
Sleeping an extra hour a night could help a person drop 14 pounds in a year, according to a University of Michigan researcher who ran the numbers for a 2,500 calorie per day intake. His scenario shows that when sleep replaces idle activities like watching TV and the mindless snacking that can go along with it -- you can easily cut calories by 6%. Results can vary for each person, but sleep may help in another way, too. There's evidence that getting less than 7 hours of sleep revs up your appetite, making you uncommonly hungry. So, get your rest, FLASHERS!

DID YOU KNOW?

M&M's chocolate stands for the initials of its inventors Mars and Murrie.  In 1941, Forrest Mars Sr., of the Mars candy company, struck a deal with Bruce Murrie, son of famed Hershey president William Murrie, to develop a hard shelled candy with chocolate at the center. Forrest got the idea for the candy in the 1930s  after observing soldiers eating chocolate pellets with a hard shell during the Spanish Civil War. The candy was made with a hard shell so that soldiers could carry the chocolate during warm weather. And that's how they came up with the slogan..."The candy that melts in your mouth and not in your hands!"...Now you know!
COURTESY CAREGIVER RESPITE PROGRAM
A caregiver respite program is now available each week through a partnership with the Alzheimer and Parkinson Association of Indian River County and Gifford Youth Achievement Center.  The program is every Thursday at 1:30pm at The Gifford Community Center location 4875 43rd Avenue in Gifford.  North County residents who are full time caregivers can get three hours of relief by signing up.  Loved ones will enjoy a safe and social environment while they participate in activities.  Caregivers can take a break to run errands, go to appointments or just relax.  There is no charge for the Gifford Breathing Room.  
  
In addition, Theresa Baxter is organizing caregiver training classes to help those caring for a family member or friend. GYAC will also facilitate Caregiver Support Groups; a forum to learn from and lean on others facing the same issues.  Additional services that will be available through the Gifford Breathing Room program are memory screenings and Virtual Dementia Tours: a powerful first-person lesson in what it feels like to have memory and mobility impairments.  If you or someone you know could benefit from these services, call Theresa Baxter at 772-794-1005 or Carole Smalley 772-563-0505.

  TODAY'S CHUCKLE

 

If you have ever been in a boys' college dorm, you'll appreciate this! 

DORMITORY

when the letters are rearranged it becomes

DIRTY ROOM !


FLASH TIP OF THE WEEK
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Here is a simple and effective tip that will have you smiling when you find all your clothes stay on their hangers.  Simply slip a rubber band around the ends of the hanger. Voila! Your clothes stay in place. :)
  FLASH VIDEO OF THE WEEK
Do you ever want to just get away with your BFF? Well, here's a cute video of our canine friend with the same intention.


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FISH CALENDAR
The darker the fish...The better the fishing!
 

  RECIPE OF THE WEEK

Vietnamese Spring Rolls and Dipping
 


 
 

Ingredients for rice paper roll:
 

 rice paper

 julienned carrot

coriander leaves

shredded lettuce

julienned cucumber

cooked shrimps (split in half)

handful of cooked rice noodles 

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Click Here for step by step directions

 

Click Here for the sauce recipes

'SCENE AROUND TOWN'
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GIRLS ON TRACK
  
Fourteen brave and beautiful girls at Southport Middle School made history when they met for the first session of Girls on Track in St. Lucie County. Girls on the Run of the Treasure Coast is very excited to be expanding into St. Lucie county with their awesome team led by trained volunteer coaches.

The Girls on Track program, for girls in 6th through 8th grade, uses an experience-based curriculum which integrates running to inspire girls to be joyful, healthy and confident. The interactive curriculum is fun and challenging, covering meaningful topics such as self-awareness, building healthy relationships, and developing personal strengths while engaging in physical activities. The teams will also design and implement a community service project.

To learn more about the program, start a site, sponsor, or how to volunteer please visit www.girlsontheruntc.org. You do not have to be a runner to get involved, you just need to enjoy physical activity and empowering young girls.
IRMC welcomes Kathleen Fraga, MD
  

IRMC welcomed Kathleen Fraga, MD, to its urgent care team this week. Dr. Fraga is a member of The American College of Emergency Physicians and brings 10 years of experience to Pointe West Walk-in Care.

 

After attending Barnard College and Columbia University, Dr. Fraga earned her Doctorate in Medicine from Albany Medical College. She completed her residency at Stony Brook University Medical Center in NY where she later taught first-year medical students. Dr. Fraga most recently served as attending physician and instructor at two US Army Health Clinics in Germany.

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A NOTE FROM A HAPPY FLASHER 
I posted on the FLASH bulletin board last week looking for a handyman and I received three referrals within a couple of days!  Just another reason why I love FLASH.  Thank you Valerie and fellow FLASHERS!!    
MAH JONGG PLAYERS WANTED 
FROM DIANE SVENSON  Reply
We welcome any and all Mah Jongg players to join our group. We play 2 days a week from 11:00 - 1:00 on Mondays and Wednesdays and Thursday nights from 6:00 - 8:00. We play at Waverly Place Townhomes at 10 St and 6th Avenue. For more info please reply above or call Diane 772.333.4848
ICE PACKS UP FOR GRABS
FROM CAROL P  Reply
I receive several plastic freezer packs with weekly food deliveries and would gladly give them to anyone who can use them.  The packs are the thickness of a heavy plastic bag, filled with a water-soluble gel.
ARE YOU A KENTUCKY FLASHER?
FROM SANDY WALTRIP:   Reply
Any Louisville, KY FLASHERS? Let's connect! We would have had a great time with the recent basketball tournament. Were you for Louisville or Kentucky?
CLEAN OUT YOUR PANTRY & HELP THOSE IN NEED
FROM JAMIE JACKSON:   Reply

Seasonal residents planning to clean out their pantries before leaving for the summer season or full-time residents who are reorganizing their pantries while spring cleaning can help those in need by donating unopened, shelf-stable food items to Harvest Food & Outreach Center's Food Pantry. Food donation drop-off locations from April 15-May 15, include: Seacoast Bank, located on Vero Beach's barrier island at 2940 Cardinal Drive, or at Harvest's Life Enrichment Center, located at 2746 US Highway 1 in north Vero Beach. John's Island residents can

drop food donations within that community from April 15-May 15, at John's Island Real Estate, located at 1 John's Island Drive.

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