April At The Dearborn Center & Life Realized
Upcoming Events
One-Of-A-Kind American Flag Glass Art Sculpture
Take a chance (or several!) to win this one-of-a kind, hand-crafted and kiln-formed glass art sculpture by Kim Keaser.

This one-of-a-kind glass sculpture is valued at $625.00 if sold at an art show. It could be yours for the price of a couple of raffle tickets! Tickets are $1.00 each; discounts for multiple tickets.

You may purchase tickets during any Life Realized Sunday, Monday, or Thursday event, from Sunday March 21 through Sunday April 11. All events are held at The Dearborn Center, 501 W. Dearborn St., Englewood. Please use the QR code at left or visit this link to see specific dates and times.

The drawing for the Flag sculpture will be held on Sunday, April 11th at 2:00pm sharp. The matching ticket must be presented at the time of the drawing to win. Kim Keaser will ship the sculpture.
Pig Roast II: The Sequel
We’re having another pig roast fundraiser on Sunday April 11th, from 10am to 3pm during our regular weekly free Sunday Farmers Market. Everyone had a great time and ate well at the first one. If you didn’t come in March, don’t miss it this time!

A $10 donation gets you a great roast pork sandwich “hot off the… ‘er… grill” with sides. The pig roast should be ready right around 12:30pm.

Huge thanks to Stan Harvey, aka "Mr. Shrimpman" for donating the pig, his cooker, time, and talents. Proceeds will benefit our programs, our Community, and ultimately, YOU!

And of course, our terrific vendors will be there with fresh produce, free-range eggs, fresh seafood, handcrafted gifts and accessories.

Water and soft drinks will be available for $1. And we will proudly be serving 3 Bridges Brewing locally-brewed beers on tap for $5!

Hope to see you on at every Sunday Farmers Market, and especially on April 11 for the Pig Roast!
Welcome To
The Dearborn Center
We are so proud to update everyone on our vision to turn an unused building on W. Dearborn St. into an anchor for our Community and historic downtown.

The Dearborn Center is certainly a work in process, with progress being made. 

The framing and installation of our new backlit canvas banner is thanks to Gary Louis (shown here just after completing installation), one of our musician friends who "needed" us to be visible from W. Dearborn St. at night. Thanks to Gary's belief in us, his creativity, skills, and willingness to invest time and resources, we have that visibility. No one will have an excuse that they can't find us anymore, day or night!

I'd like to thank Ms. Karen Hartman of North Port for her generous donation of the funds for the banner itself.
While I'm thanking volunteers and donors, I'd like to publicly thank Patrick Fitzgerald for his assistance with our doors and trim work on them. There's still a bit to do; his knowledge and skills have made a huge difference in how we look from the street. And the fresh logo-color matching paint courtesy of Gary Louis, helped as well.
We're On The Lookout For...
While I'm on the subject of volunteers and donations...

We're currently wishing/looking for:

- a 36"-48" box-type fan to use as an exhaust fan for The Dearborn Center. If you know of one that's working and in good shape that you or someone would be willing to donate, please contact me directly. (My contact information is at the end of this newsletter. And THANKS!)

- the funds to allow us to purchase folding tables and chairs to support our classes and events.
April Art Arrives
So much for my attempt at alliteration...

Kristen Marino has got a great bunch of Adult Intro to Art classes for Fridays in April. Five different classes provide a great variety of subjects. With Kristen's step-by-step teaching techniques, NO ART EXPERIENCE IS REQUIRED to leave with amazing results. We've had any number of self-proclaimed "beginners" produce finished pieces they are truly proud of. You can too!

Classes are $39.00 each, including supplies. Discounts are available for attending multiple classes. A summary of each class follows. For full details and to pre-register (required), please visit our Event Calendar.
Vintage Camper Love
Friday, April 09, 1:00 – 4:00pm
(Class CKM-20210409)
Join us as we have fun creating a whimsical vintage camper on 11×14 canvas. Learn how to build up texture and add visual interest using texture paste and collage ephemera. Design your own layout and pick your own color scheme. No artistic experience necessary as we will work in a step by step format.

$39.00; all supplies included.
Beach Cabanas
Friday, April 16, 1:00 – 4:00pm
(Class CKM-20210416)
Create a one of a kind beach scene on 10 x 20 canvas. Have fun designing your own cabanas using acrylic paint and 3D paper banners. Choose your own colors and layout. Learn how to mix colors and add sanded texture paste to build up the foreground. No artistic experience necessary as we will work in a step by step format.

$39.00; all supplies included.
Palm Tree
Friday, April 23, 1:00 – 4:00pm
(Class CKM-20210423A)
Join us to paint this colorful palm tree scene on 10 x 20 canvas. Learn how to create a dynamic composition full of life and color using acrylic paint and mediums. Develop skills in color selection and mixing to add vibrancy in your work. No artistic experience necessary as we will work in a step by step format.

$39.00; all supplies included.
School of Fish
Friday, April 23, 6:00 – 9:00pm
(Class CKM-20210423B)
Join us to paint this colorful school of fish on canvas. Learn how to create a dynamic composition full of life and color using acrylic paint and mediums. Develop skills in color selection and mixing to add vibrancy in your work. No artistic experience necessary as we will work in a step by step format.

$39.00; all supplies included.
Mixed Media Sand Dollar 
Friday, April 30, 1:00 – 4:00pm
(Class CKM-20210430)
Join us as we create this fun and whimsical sand dollar painting on 11 x 14 canvas. Learn easy techniques to build up texture and visual interest using stencils and texture paste. Choose your own colors and layout. No artistic experience necessary as we will work in a step by step format.

$39.00; all supplies included.
All classes will be held outdoors, under shade trees, weather-permitting.
Pre-registration is required. To register and for full class information, please visit:
And Our Latest...
A Wednesday Farmers Market
We now have a "mini-Market" on Wednesdays at The Dearborn Center, from 9:00am to 2:00pm weekly. Chris and Victoria of Englewood-based Tiny Ranch will be selling their cage-free eggs, artisian bread, and select produce. They will be joined over time by other local vendors. Join us in supporting small local businesses!
Weekly Events
Sunday Farmers Market
Sundays, 10:00am - 3:00pm
Join us weekly for our free Sunday Farmers Market at The Dearborn Center (501 W. Dearborn St., Englewood). Fresh produce from Mr. C's, fresh seafood, cage-free eggs, Shay's Legendary BBQ, and a host of local, small business vendors with food, hand-crafted art, gifts, woodworking, and accessories.
Monday Is Open Mic Night
Mondays, 6:30pm - 9:30pm

Come listen! Come Play!

No matter if you're just a listener or a musical stage-hound, come on out on Monday nights to our weekly open mic. Weather-permitting, come spend a relaxing, fun evening under the stars** listening to some great local musicians.

If you're a musician, or working on being one, everyone is welcome to get up there and do a few tunes. A full PA is provided, including a cable to plug in to our PA; just bring your instrument. If you're a vocalist and want to get in on the action but need accompaniment, contact Bill Lundgren at 941-500-3443 or bill@liferealized.org to arrange for guitar or piano (please allow at least a week lead-time.)

Sign-ups start at 6:00pm; the music runs from 6:30pm to 9:30pm, or whenever we run out of players or tunes.

Admission is free; donations gratefully accepted. BYO Chair.

**This is an On The Lawn outdoor event.
Englewood Opry
Thursdays, 5:30pm - 8:30pm
Classic Country and Bluegrass at its' best!

Bring a chair and come listen to some great Classic Country and Bluegrass music under the stars**.

Ev Dodge and The Side Men revisit some classic country favorites; 

And Gulf Breeze Bluegrass strike up some classic bluegrass favorites.

No matter which is your favorite, you'll have a great evening listening to and being entertained by these two great bands.

Admission is free; donations gratefully accepted.

BYO chair.

**This is an On The Lawn outdoor event.
Something New... And Tasty!
Since we are a 100% volunteer and donation-supported organization, we're always looking for ways to increase our revenue to support our programs and keep the lights on at The Dearborn Center.

To that end, we've partnered with 3 Bridges Brewing in Venice and are now serving their hand-crafted beers at all Life Realized events at The Dearborn Center. What's on draft will vary with time; regardless, you can now enjoy a cold, fresh, draft beer whenever you come to one of our events!
That's pretty much it for what's happening in April.

We hope to see you at one or more of our events or classes at The Dearborn Center. Tell your family and friends about what we're "up to", and bring them along!

Stay safe; be well.
Bill Lundgren, Exec. Dir.
Life Realized, Inc.
Federal Tax ID/EIN: 27-4029661;
We are a 501(c)3/509(a)(2) non-profit/public charity.
The Dearborn Center
501 W. Dearborn St.
Englewood, FL 34223