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"You're not getting older; you're getting cheaper."

- Mifflin Lowe, author

[Books]  Local Author Unveils "The Cheapskate's Handbook"
Philip Lederer, Phil.Lederer@srqme.com

It began in the 1980s with a simple lunch—the humorist Mifflin Lowe and an advertising guy. “He bought everything on the menu,” says Lowe, “and left like a dollar and two cents as a tip.” The encounter weighed on his mind the whole drive back, when it hit him—The Cheapskate’s Handbook, a humorous guide to being the best cheapskate one could be. Lowe debuted the first edition in 1986, garnering two printings, hundreds of thousands of copies sold and translations into languages like Italian and Norwegian. Radio appearances, TV interviews and interest from the National Enquirer followed. Now a Bird Key-based children’s author, Lowe unveils the newest edition of The Cheapskate’s Handbook this Thursday, Nov. 16, with a pair of book signings at Bookstore1Sarasota.

Originally chock-full of thrifty advice for the conscientious cheapskate, lessons include how to avoid generous impulses, how to date (cheaply), how to dress (even cheaper) and how to tip (don’t), Lowe has more than doubled the original text for this second edition, expanding the read from a breezy 104 pages to a hefty 270. Revisiting and revising the text for 2017 audiences, Lowe updates for modern times (more computers, fewer payphones), but also tackles some new topics. Favorites such as “How to Get Invited to a Friend’s Summer House” and “How to Go On a Ski Weekend With Friends” remain, enhanced by new chapters on “Codger Dodging” (how to avoid elderly parents moving in) and the companion piece “Growing Old Disgracefully.” (“You’re not getting older,” advises Lowe, “you’re getting cheaper.”) Learn how to dissuade trick-or-treaters with candy corn instead of kicking them down the stairs (“You can’t, because they might steal your hubcaps.”), and why to avoid a second marriage (“You weren’t paying attention the first time?”).

It’s all tongue-in-cheek and meant in good humor, but the basis of all humor is honesty, Lowe reminds, and it wasn’t difficult to get back into the cheapskate mindset. “All you have to be is honest,” he says. Everyone has an inner cheapskate somewhere, it seems, but few are afraid to let it out. “People go on Jerry Springer and blandly assert they’re shoe-sniffers and dog-stranglers, but no one would say they’re cheap,” he says. By receiving this book, someone else can say it for them.

Book signings for The Cheapskate’s Handbook and meet-and-greets with Mifflin Lowe will be at Bookstore1Sarasota on Thursday, Nov. 16, at 11am–1pm and again at 5:30pm.  

Pictured: Mifflin Lowe in an original photo for the first edition of "The Cheapskate's Handbook." Photo by Gene Dwiggins.

[Recognition]  Sarasota Teachers Named Teachers of the Year

Teachers at three schools in Sarasota County were surprised this Tuesday, when they were revealed as the district’s elementary, middle and high school Teachers of the Year and the 2018 Teacher of the Year finalists. At Venice Elementary, Bethany Burnett was named the district’s Elementary Teacher of the Year. Burnett has been a teacher for 26 years, 20 of them in Sarasota County. She teaches fifth-grade inclusion, co-teaching with a colleague to help ensure that the individual needs of all students are met. At Booker Middle School, Allison Cohen teaches sixth-grade math and integrates English language arts into the math curriculum, and presents information in a variety of ways to meet the needs of each student. She has taught for 21 years—all of them with Sarasota County Schools. At Riverview High School, reigning district Teacher of the Year B.J. Ivey, who teaches and coaches at Riverview, passed the High School Teacher of the Year baton to English Language Arts teacher Es Swihart. Swihart has taught for 11 years, five of them in Sarasota County. She teaches English Literature and “English 1” to Pre-International Baccalaureate students. Superintendent of Schools Todd Bowden, School Board members, Education Foundation President Jennifer Vigne and others traveled by bus to deliver the news personally. One of the three finalists will be named the district’s overall Teacher of the Year at the Ignite Education event at the Westin Sarasota on Dec. 13. 

Sarasota County Schools

[Expansion]  New App Helps Drivers Find Parking in Sarasota

A free parking app for iOS and Android is now available in Sarasota on smartphones and tablets. The app, called Parker, helps drivers find a public parking space in downtown Sarasota, Southside Village, St. Armands Circle and Lido Beach. Parker combines data from sensors as well as other app users to provide a real-time map on your smartphone or tablet showing on street parking availability. Streets highlighted red on the map may not have open parking spaces, those highlighted yellow have some open spaces and streets highlighted green have several available parking spaces. Created by the company Streetline, the app provides directions to a parking area and reminds users where they parked as well as the parking time restrictions. Parker also provides hours of operation and prices for parking facilities. Merchants also can link to the app through their website, providing patrons with easy to access parking information. 

The Parker App

[Synergy]  Hermitage Taps Gilkey for Landscape Redesign

The Hermitage Artist Retreat has announced that Michael A. Gilkey Inc. has been hired to create and implement a landscaping plan for the gulf-front campus. The goal is to restore the property with native Florida plantings, create inspiring outdoor space for artists to work and to join the historic and administrative campuses. The new Hermitage landscape will utilize a native, indigenous palette of materials to create areas of beauty and privacy for artists, as well as gathering spaces for small and large groups. The project will be broken down into workable phases. The first phase will include a complete, accurate survey of the retreat, the restoration and renovation of the landscape at The Palm House, and the planting of a native buffer along Manasota Key Road. To preserve native ecology, the new concept will nourish the four ecosystems that are native to the Hermitage site: primary dune system, secondary dune system, mangrove swamp and coastal hammock. The landscape plan will culminate in the final piece of the mission statement—serving the community. There will be spaces for the internal community of artists to engage with each other and with the ecosystems of the site, as well as spaces for the Gulf Coast community to gather and glean inspiration from the work produced at this special retreat. The plan is projected to have a three-year timetable. 

Hermitage Artist Retreat

[Best Of SRQ Local]  Cast Your Vote For Best Local Realtor!

“She’s got decades of experience, and it shows in her clients’ happiness,” shares Cynthia Clark. Taking the step to buy a house is ...well, a big one.  Michael Saunders & Company agent Ryndie Brusco proved herself to be the true closer as 2017’s Best Local Real Estate Agent barely beating out first finalist Lynne Koy, a Coldwell Banker agent at Sarasota Luxury Real Estate on Longboat Key. Who do you trust in helping you achieve the American Dream? Click below to share your favorite restaurants, boutiques, parties and people in SRQ Magazine's 2018 Best of SRQ Local Readers Competition.


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[TODAY]  SCIENCE AND NATURE: Orchid Mania , November 15, 12pm to 1pm

Utilizing material also included in the Orchid Show, this presentation will hone in on one of the most prized exotic plants of Victorian Birtian. Learn about the craze that came to be known as Orchid Mannia, and just how far nurserymen went to supply the orchid market. 

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, 811 South Palm Ave., Sarasota

[TODAY]  THEATER: In the Heights , October 11 – November 19

Straight from the mind behind Hamilton comes the tale of a flourishing Latino community in New York's Washington Heights neighborhood. Learn about how the residents of this singular community chase the American dream while still staying close to their roots. Latin-infused rhythms and a high spirited beat make their way into this musical.

Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe, 1646 10th Way, Sarasota

[TODAY]  SCIENCE AND NATURE: The Orchid Show , October 18 – November 22, 10am to 5pm

This year's Orchid Show will showcase spectacular flowers from across the world. The event will combine a display of plants in the Tropical Conservatory and additional treasures from search collections in the Museum of Botany & the Arts. Each part of the show will also include the science behind orchids and their relationship to earth, air, fire, and water.

Selby Gardens, 900 S. Palm Avenue, Sarasota

[TODAY]  THEATER: Flaming Guns of The Purple Sage , November 2 – November 19, Tuesday to Saturday at 8pm; Sunday at 2pm

Jane Martin's bodacious and satirical play combines humor with horror. A rodeo competitor is facing hard financial times on her ranch where she helps injured cowboys. Find out what happens when she comes face to face with the one-eyed Black Dog, a Ukrainian biker. Tickets are $27 for adults, $17 for college students and $15 for children.

Venice Theatre, 140 West Tampa Ave., Venice

[TODAY]  THEATER: Moon Over Buffalo , November 2 – November 19

In the madcap comedy tradition of Lend Me A Tenor, this theatrical farce centers on George and Charlotte Hay, fading stars of the 1950s.  On the brink of a disastrous split-up caused by George’s dalliance with a young ingénue, the nearly washed-up stage duo receive word that they might just have one last shot at stardom!

The Players Theatre, 838 N Tamiami Trl., Sarasota

[SOON]  BUSINESS: The Cheapskate's Handbook , November 16, 11am and 5:30pm

Local humorist Mifflin Lowe will be doing a chat and sign for his new book, The Cheapskate's Handbook. With over 200,000 copies sold, the book delves into the hilarities of life that often go unnoticed. Reservations are suggested for attendance the 11am session.

Bookstore1Sarasota, 12 South Palm Ave., Sarasota

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: La traviata , November 3 – November 21

Violetta, a famed Parisian courtesan, has lived a life of lavish parties with influential friends. She abandons it all to be with her beloved Alfredo, but when her past threatens his family’s honor, she must forsake her dream of love.
Verdi’s awe-inspiring music combined with a heart-breaking libretto has made La traviata one of the repertoire cornerstones of opera companies around the world.

Sarasota Opera , 61 N Pineapple Ave. Sarasota

[SOON]  GALA: Motown Mania , November 17, 6pm

This gala combines cocktails and dinner with a can't miss show full of motown funk. This special performance is in honor of Audrey Coleman and Eva Slane of the Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe. Tickets are $200 and dress is cocktail attire.

Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe, 1646 10th Way, Sarasota

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Echoes , November 17 – December 17

Tillie and Samira were born 175 years apart, but their parallel stories eerily mirror one another across generations. Tillie is a Victorian pioneer woman sent to Afghanistan to fulfill wifely duties for an officer of the British Raj, while Samira is a Muslim schoolgirl who runs away to Syria to become the jihadi bride of an ISIS fighter. Both are confronted with tragedy in war-torn lands as they face the oppressive realities of their male-dominated landscapes. For more information please visit www.urbanitetheatre.com for show times and tickets. 

Urbanite Theatre , 1487 Second Street, Sarasota

[SOON]  MUSIC: Jon Stickley Trio , November 18

The Jon Stickley Trio has been rising in popularity with the release of their independent and fan-funded 2nd album. The group combines Jon's rapid-fire guitar with the wild but refined melodies of Lyndsay Pruett on violin and the deep groove of Patrick Armitage on drums. Their music is a repertoire full of flavor. Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door.

Fogartyville Community Media & Arts Center, 525 Kumquat Ct., Sarasota

[SOON]  FOOD: Champions For Children , November 18, 6:00PM

Join the Boys and Girls Club of Sarasota County in honoring Drs Robert and Patricia Gussin at this year’s “Under the Tuscan Sun” Champions for Children event, with dinner, dancing, and entertainment all night long. Held at the Lee Wetherington Boys & Girls Club at 6pm, tickets are $350 per person and can be purchased online. All proceeds will go to support the local Boys and Girls Club. 

Lee Wetherington Boys & Girls Club, 3100 Fruitville Rd Sarasota, FL 34237

[SOON]  GALA: Miracles on 17th Street , November 19, 5:30pm-8:30pm

Miracles do happen but not without the commitment of a collaborative community and the support of people like you! Please join Glasser Schoenbaum Human Services Center in the celebration of the everyday miracles made possible by their campus partners, a collaborative of more than 18 nonprofit agencies providing over 80 programs to those most in need, and get a first look at future miracles to come.

Glasser Schoenbaum Human Services Center, 1750 17th Street Sarasota, FL 34234 United States

[SOON]  FESTIVAL: Solutionary Health Festival , November 25, 11:00AM

Come celebrate living healthfully at Oscar Scherer State Park for the Solutionary Health Festival, where nutritionists, dieticians, and health-oriented people from all over will come together! The day will feature live music, yoga, trivia, local vendors, youth activities, food, educational exhibits, and more.  

Oscar Scherer State Park, 1843 S Tamiami Trail Osprey, FL 34229

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