Happy Labor Day!
As I thought about what to write about as a “re-opening” blog, I remembered going back to school at the end of summer and having to write a report on “What did you do over summer vacation?”
I thought I’d share some of the “productive” things I was doing this summer besides the biking, fishing, golfing, kayaking and “movieing” at the Traverse City Film Festival.
I had set some goals to “de-stress” my busy life. What evolved in that process was: explore meditation, improve i device education, re-organize email and cope with insomnia. Here is what I learned, what I have done, and my resources used. Hope you find it helpful!
I have read a couple of books on meditation. I tried the relax, be quiet and close your eyes and mind for .minutes. That process did not last, but after a friend recommended Oprah Winfrey and Deepak’s 21 days of guided meditation, I am once again motivated to try. I enjoyed the days I used “guided” meditation…but have not spent the $40.00 to buy the program and once again…am on my own to meditate . I looked for meditation classes in Citrus County and found that several Yoga Businesses and a church offer meditation. I will explore these more:
It is said that 60 million Americans suffer from insomnia-most are over 65 years of age. As I do have trouble sleeping through the night, I found a $4.99 app called “Sleep Genius” which seems to be help me: the download includes sleep therapy, a 30 minute relaxation program and sleep alarms.
I also wanted to improve my knowledge of apps for the iPhone and I device. I found the daily email tips from firstname.lastname@example.org
to be helpful. I learned to turn my i-phone into a magnifying glass, how to create online invitations and e-cards, photography tips, how to share web articles without ads, etc. Those email ideas I do not have time for, I save for future reference.
The former CMUG (Citrus Mac Users group is disbanding) and so their help will be gone soon. But this daily email is helpful, as well as classes at the library.
Our local library, Central Ridge (Roosevelt-Forest Ridge roads in Beverly Hills) has computer classes as well as other fun activities….check out their calendar on their website:
Last but not least, I have taken the time to unsubscribe from emails I do not want to receive. What an easier day not having to delete all the emails I receive! First look at the email you receive…at the top of the email there may be an “unsubscribe” button—Just click on it. Otherwise, you have to look, usually to the bottom of the email, for the unsubscribe button. Some “annoying” times you have to type your email address in.
Life is good…technology is wonderful when it does not overpower our lives!
Summer is gone…enjoy each day, one at a time!
Valerie Theatre Up and Coming:
As we begin our slow trip into Florida Fall weather, Alan Forino, Director of the Valerie, invites you to join us for our Live Events and our Classic Movies Series.
We are pleased to present Lannie Battistini and the Hands in Motion Latin Jazz Ensemble on October 15. Mr. Battistini is a Grammy-award winning composer and musician. Specializing in Latin & Fusion Jazz, the evening will be an event to remember.
Our Classic Film Series continues with some of the greatest films on our big screen with a great sound system. Our popcorn is freshly popped before each show. Pair that with a soft drink, sit back and relax in our air-conditioned theater. There is plenty of free parking on the street or in the municipal lot one block south of the theatre.
Why not make it an outing and enjoy the many businesses, restaurants and pubs located in downtown Inverness!
Here are the ways you can purchase tickets: In-person or call the box office Thursday, Friday or Saturday, Noon to 4PM or 1 hour before show time or online anytime at www.valerietheatre.org. We are located at 207 Courthouse Square across from the Old Citrus County Courthouse, 352-341-7850×2.
Here are the events and their descriptions:
September 2 @ 3PM
Mary Poppins (G) is a 1964 American musical-fantasy film directed by Robert Stevenson and produced by Walt Disney, with songs written and composed by the Sherman Brothers. The screenplay is by Bill Walsh and Don DaGradi, loosely based on P. L. Travers’s book series Mary Poppins. The film, which combines live-action and animation, stars Julie Andrews in her feature film debut as Mary Poppins, who visits a dysfunctional family in London and employs her unique brand of lifestyle to improve the family’s dynamic. Dick Van Dyke, David Tomlinson, and Glynis Johns are featured in supporting roles.
September 11, Noon to 7:00PM
9/11 Day of Remembrance and Freedom Walk
The City of Inverness, the Valerie Theatre Cultural Center and the National Association of Retired Law Enforcement Officers invite you to an exhibit of artifacts, first responder memorabilia, flags & news clippings.
Come see the largest collection of 9/11 memorabilia and artifacts in the state of Florida. Meet responders and hear their harrowing tale on that new day of infamy. New this year at the exhibit and tribute are newly acquired never before seen artifacts from ground zero will be on display.
Freedom Walk to Liberty Park at 5:30PM
FREE to the public
September 14 @ 7:30PM ***Friday Night at the Movies***
Grease (PG) is a 1978 American musical romantic comedy film based on the musical of the same name. Written by Bronte Woodard and directed by Randal Kleiser in his theatrical feature film debut, the film depicts the lives of two high school seniors: a bad boy (played by John Travolta) and a good girl (played by Olivia Newton-John) in the late 1950s. Grease was successful both critically and commercially.
September 15 @ 6:00PM
SPANISH AMERICAN CLUB of Citrus County Annual Fundraiser
The Spanish American Club of Citrus County presents their Annual Scholarship Fundraiser to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month. Presenting Grupo Tradicional Nativa con El Mostro del Cuatro Orlando Santiago.
All proceeds go to benefit the Spanish American Club Scholarship Program.
September 16 @ 3PM
Harold and Maude (PG) is a 1971 American romantic black comedy drama directed by Hal Ashby and released by Paramount Pictures. It incorporates elements of dark humor and existentialist drama. The plot revolves around the exploits of a young man named Harold Chasen (Bud Cort) who is intrigued with death. Harold drifts away from the life that his detached mother (Vivian Pickles) prescribes for him, and slowly develops a strong friendship, and eventually a romantic relationship, with a 79-year-old woman named Maude (Ruth Gordon) who teaches Harold about living life to its fullest and that life is the most precious gift of all.
September 23 @ 3PM
Rear Window (PG) is a 1954 American Technicolor mystery thriller film directed by Alfred Hitchcock and written by John Michael Hayes based on Cornell Woolrich’s 1942 short story “It Had to Be Murder”. Originally released by Paramount Pictures, the film stars James Stewart, Grace Kelly, Wendell Corey, Thelma Ritter, and Raymond Burr. It was screened at the 1954 Venice Film Festival. The film is considered by many filmgoers, critics, and scholars to be one of Hitchcock’s best and one of the greatest films ever made. It received four Academy Award nominations and was ranked number 42 on AFI’s 100 Years…100 Movies list and number 48 on the 10th-anniversary edition, and in 1997 was added to the United States National Film Registry in the Library of Congress as being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant”.
September 30 @ 3PM
Vertigo (PG) is a 1958 American film noir psychological thriller film directed and produced by Alfred Hitchcock. The story was based on the 1954 novel D’entre les morts (From Among the Dead) by Boileau-Narcejac. The screenplay was written by Alec Coppel and Samuel A. Taylor. The film stars James Stewart as former police detective John “Scottie” Ferguson. Scottie is forced into early retirement because an incident in the line of duty has caused him to develop acrophobia (an extreme fear of heights) and vertigo (a false sense of rotational movement). Scottie is hired by an acquaintance, Gavin Elster, as a private investigator to follow Gavin’s wife Madeleine (Kim Novak), who is behaving strangely. The film was shot on location in San Francisco, California, and at Paramount Studios in Hollywood. It is the first film to use the dolly zoom, an in-camera effect that distorts perspective to create disorientation, to convey Scottie’s acrophobia. As a result of its use in this film, the effect is often referred to as “the Vertigo effect”. It has appeared repeatedly in polls of the best films by the American Film Institute, including a 2007 ranking as the ninth-greatest American movie of all time.
Thank you for your continued patronage!
Alan Forino, Director
Valerie Theatre Cultural Center, Inc.
207 Courthouse Square
Inverness, FL 34450