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Explore … indoors!

It can make you crazy when it’s raining or freezing cold, which doesn’t happen around here much, more like, blazing hot!!! The kids are going bonkers with nothing to do due to the weather so what do you do? Here are a couple of great places to visit when you are getting cabin fever.

Florida Museum of Natural History

This museum is on the campus of the University of Florida. No matter what your age there is something here to interest you. Right now the museum is home to a traveling exhibit called, Crocs: Ancient Predators in a Modern World, that is in Gainesville until January 5, 2020.

One of the most impressive parts of the Crocs exhibit is Gomek. This saltwater crocodile was captured in Papua New Guinea and shipped to Ocala in 1917. A few years later he was sold to the St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park where he was known to be tame and loved by all. In 1997 he passed away at the age of 80 from heart disease and measured 17.9ft and weighed a whopping 1,896 lbs!

If you have small kids they will love the interactive area called the Discovery Zone. This is free and a perfect place to entertain a child during bad weather days. There is a section with two Microeve microscopes where you can put a feather, butterfly or a variety of other items under the lens to view the magnified item on a monitor screen. Imaginations can go wild in here with all the interactive things children can do. Nearby is a table seat up for up to four children, for an archaeology dig …..without all the dirt, as it works digitally. There is no telling what might be unearthed, and kids really get excited about it. All these hands on displays are far better than sticking kids in front of a TV or a cell phone and best of all, this area is FREE!

The Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art

Located on Park Avenue in the historic town of Winter Park near Orlando this museum is worth the drive. The beautiful historic building is home to one of the largest and most comprehensive collections of Louis Comfort Tiffany (1848-1933) artwork anywhere. Here you will walk through jewel colored rooms that come to life with elegant leaded-glass Tiffany lamps and windows. You will get up close to Tiffany’s art work and be able to see how Tiffany cleverly layered the glass on top of each other to give the effect of the texture of fabric, or the illusion of running water. You will also walk through rooms evidencing the influences of the Art Nouveau and Arts and Crafts styles. Although the museum is small it’s packed full of exquisite pieces of art work. Many might be surprised to learn that Louis Comfort Tiffany not only worked with leaded-glass but also blew glass, painted, and designed jewelry.

From the Desktop

by Trish Utter, Publisher & Chief Bottle Washer

I am amazed at the reach Good Life Community Magazine has. I was in Jacksonville recently and someone stopped me to say, “Aren’t you the publisher of Good Life?” They recognized me! I asked how they saw the magazine as we are not over in Jacksonville…..yet. They said they found a copy in their doctors office and then started to follow us on social media. Wow, I was so flattered. Even my dog Daphne has become well known. Actually I have to tell you something funny. I was walking her in Gainesville and someone exclaimed…. “That’s Daphne from Good Life Community Magazine!” They then said to me, “that dog is famous, I know her from that magazine. What a nice dog, you must be walking her for the owner.”

Food that’s in Fashion!

Does your college kid rave about avocado toast? Do you feel puzzled by this? Maybe you feel you should take up yoga to have to enjoy a slice! It’s the new, sexy, food that started buzzing in 2010, but unlike the trendy fat filled burger of the 1980’s this is a trend your teen should be encouraged with. Over 4.24 ….billion avocados are sold in the USA each year and most end up on toast! So where did this trendy food come from? The fruit grows in Mexico but its claim to fame is from a restaurateur in Sydney, Australia named Bill Granger, who, in 1993, put avocado toast on the menu of his restaurants named, “Bills,” but there are reports of avocado toast dating as far back as the 1920’s in San Francisco. Due to its rough skin, an avocado is often referred to as an “alligator pear.” It’s packed with some amazing health benefits. They contain more potassium than bananas, and are high in fiber, and lower cholesterol by 22%, and triglyceride levels by 20%, and increase HDL by 11%.

Now you have the scoop on the new supper food, so pick up your yoga mat and impress your teen with homemade Avocado Toast!

Fashion News for Summer 2019

by Trish Utter

Did you see the Met Gala? The event was held at the famous New York Metropolitan Museum of Art, hence the name, Met Gala. This event started in 1948 and is the biggest fundraising fashion event of the year. It raises money for the Met’s Costume Institute. The 2019 theme was “Camp,” which was inspired by Susan Sontag’s 1964 essay that defines camp as “love of the unnatural: of artifice and exaggeration.” And in true Hollywood style the stars dazzled us with outrageous costumes on the red carpet. We saw a lot eye popping color and glitter, and this will be reflected in the stores for your summer of 2019 wardrobe.

You will be shocked to know that the 1980’s Laura Ashley style florals are back, along with big puffy sleeves and…shoulder pads! Hmm, memories of Dallas and Dynasty days are ahead!

I also hate to break it to you, but the 1990 punk rock style, neon colors, mixed with a splash of animal print and/or polka dots is also back! The idea is to mix the floral prints with a solid block of color. So a flowery skirt can be paired with a lime green shirt.

Yellow will be one of the years most dominant colors for the season. Great for brunettes…. not so great for blondes. As a rule of thumb, if you have dark hair, bright colors accentuate your natural coloring. If you are blonde, dark or pastel colors accent your hair better.

Local Car Clubs & Car Meets

If you love cars and you are looking for something to do, check out these fun events. Cars are like a piece of art but it is not only the cars that are interesting, it’s the people that own them. Visit an event and listen to the stories the car owners tell of how they got their car and why. You will come away with new fiends and an appreciation of their vehicles.

Gainesville Car Friends

Every Friday night you will find this young, enthusiastic group on the roof top of the parking garage by the Phillips Center. You can expect to see around 30-50 cars. Lots of Japanese imports, American muscle cars, and European cars, of which many have been modded. You will find many people involved in the automotive world here, hanging out and talking about their straight pipe exhausts and their latest add-ons to their vehicle. This club is free to join via their Facebook page and open to all.

Car Events with #POWR_GRL

Orlando Cars & Coffee

Every 2nd Saturday, 8-10am, is held at Donut Fuelpresso in Winter Park. The event is free and open to all car enthusiasts.  OrlandoCarsandCoffee.com or on Facebook.

Classic European Car Club of Gainesville, Florida

The Classic European Car Club of Gainesville, Florida can be found on Facebook. The Classic European Car Club of Gainesville, Florida can be found on Facebook. The club is open to anyone with a European car. Many member have Porsches as it is tied into the Jacksonville area Porsche club. The club meets once a month for dinner, drives and car events. If you would like to join please email thomasolmsted@outlook.com.

To see more car events visit #POWR_GRL on Facebook and Instagram

High-Tech and Futuristic Technology at North Florida Cataract Specialists and Vision Care

by Trish Utter

Do you suffer from Glaucoma or Cataracts? It’s a daunting thought to think of surgery and who to trust to do it…after all, it’s your eye sight.

I was invited to visit North Florida Cataract Specialists and Vision Care for a tour and to sit in on a few operations performed by Dr. Gregory Snodgrass and his team.

On doing a little research into Dr. Snodgrass’s background, I found that Dr. Snodgrass is a Board Certified, Ophthalmologist, and listed in the publication, ‘The Leading Physicians of the World,’ as one of the top Ophthalmologists!!!! He has been in practice for over 30 years. Dr. Snodgrass is, the Most Experienced Cataract Surgeon in the North Central Florida area and has performed over 25,000 cataract surgeries! ……..and we’re lucky enough to have him in our Gator community!