News and updates from the non-profit Life Realized, Inc.
(formerly The Open Studio)
In This Issue:

On Our Calendar or "In The Cue":
• Art Classes - Adult Intro To Art; Art Journaling
Free Events - Open Mic Mondays, Farmers Markets, Englewood Opry
• Almost Free Events - Aprons: The Ties That Bind; An Historical Exhibit
• Wellness Classes
• Fermentation Workshops

Life Realized asks for your help

Our Donation Wish List

Sponsor A Table & Eight Chairs

There's lots going on at Life Realized, and at The Dearborn Center. Here's a brief rundown. For full details about any class or event, please copy/paste the "This Event" link found with most events, or just cruise our Events or Class Registrations calendars at:

Please note: all classes and events are held at:
The Dearborn Center
501 W. Dearborn St.
Englewood, FL 34233

All classes and events are held in a 2,000 sq. ft. open classroom space, with a COVID-19 seating-compliant capacity of 45 persons. Most classes have fewer than 20 attendees.

There is no parking at The Dearborn Center. Please use public parking along W. Dearborn St., or in the public lot behind Comadres Mexican Restaurant (the purple place across the street from The Dearborn Center.)

--Art Classes--
Art Journaling - Art journaling is a way to express your thoughts, ideas and feelings in a creative way, as well as being a stress reliever. Join us and indulge yourself with time to play and create colorful art journal pages.

Instructor/Facilitator: Kristen Marino

4-session class series
Wednesdays, 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Nov. 18th, Dec 2nd, Dec. 9th, Dec. 16th 

Cost: $99.00 for all four sessions

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Adult Intro To Art - Have you always wanted to try different art forms but didn’t know where to start? In Adult Into To Art you will get the chance to use a variety of materials, and learn art concepts and techniques to satisfy your creative yearnings. Five stand-alone classes on varied topics. Take one or all five.

Instructor/Facilitator: Kristen Marino

5 stand-alone classes

Mondays; 9:30am - 12:30pm

Nov. 16th - Mixed Media Zen on Canvas
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Nov. 23rd - Expressive Floral Painting on Canvas
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Nov. 30th - Mixed Media Landscapes
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Dec. 7th - Paint Your Pet
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Dec. 14th - Wood Slice Ornaments
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Cost: $39.00 per class session

Life Realized Calendar (all events):

Seahorse Watercolor Painting Class - with Angie Brown. A favorite returns - coming soon! If you'd like to sign up ahead of time, please call 941-681-8188 or email:

--Free Events--
Open Mic Night Mondays - For musicians, a great opportunity to play in front of a non-judgmental audience. Try new material, find spontaneous collaborations, have fun. For you the audience, discover the amazing musical talent that lives in your Community. All are welcome. Picking up where we left off...

Host: Bill Lundgren

Mondays; Music: 6:30pm - 9:30pm; Sign-ups: 6:00pm; Doors Open: 5:30pm

This is a BYO (Bring Your Own) Event: Chair, food, and beverages

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Thursday Farmers Market - A smaller, easier-to-navigate Farmers Market. Fresh produce from Mr. C's, a variety of unique vendors, and food trucks. Offering an alternative over an extended season.

Thursdays; 9:00am to 2:00pm

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Sunday Farmers Market - A Farmers Market on the weekends, year round, rain or shine. Featuring fresh produce from Mr. C's, fresh seafood from The Shrimp Man (and not just shrimp), a variety of unique vendors and food trucks plus live music weekly.

Sundays; 10:00am to 3:00pm

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--Almost Free Events--
Aprons: The Ties That Bind; An Historical Museum Exhibit -Take a nostalgic trip through time in this unique exhibit featuring over 75 aprons, from the 1940's through contemporary times. From practical to whimsical, from mass produced to hand-stitched, learn the trends, histories, and stories behind aprons. Add your own memories on the “My Apron Story” board.

Host/Tour Guide: Babs Vitale

Four dates available:
Wednesday, November 25th; 11:00am-3:00pm
Sunday, November 29th; 11:00am-3:00pm
Saturday, December 19th; 10:00am - 2:00pm
Sunday, December 20th; 10:00am - 2:00pm

Cost: $2.00 admission at the door; no advance ticketing; all proceeds benefit Life Realized.

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--Wellness Classes--
Transformative Wellness Course For You - The Caretaker - This is a six-session, twice-a-month, class series.

Learn how to transform your life by taking care of yourself.

Whether you are a Caretaker of someone else or not, you will benefit from the personally-specific tools and proven fun and easy self-care techniques that will transform your health and wellness. Class topics include an Introduction, Sleep, Movement, Relationships, Connection, and Nutrition. Adults of all ages are welcome.

Instructor/Facilitator: Amelia Jones, MHS

6 classes in the series

Tuesdays; 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Class 1 - Tuesday, December 1st, 2020
Class 2 - Tuesday, December 15th, 2020
Class 3 - Tuesday, December 29th, 2020
Class 4 - Tuesday, January 12th, 2021
Class 5 - Tuesday, January 26th, 2021
Class 6 - Tuesday, February 9th, 2021

Cost: $60.00 for all six classes in the series

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--Fermentation Workshops--
Basics of Fermentation - Come learn the Basics of Fermentation with Jillian Ross, "The Ferment Lady", and how to incorporate traditional nutrient-rich food and beverages into your life.

Instructor/Facilitator: Jillian Ross, "The Ferment Lady"

Single class; two dates available

Saturday, November 28, 2020; 10:00am-12:00pm
Tuesday, December 15, 2020; 2:00 - 4:00pm

Cost: Adults: $35.00 per person; Couple/Family: $60.00

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Sauerkraut; A Hands-On Workshop - In this hands-on workshop, Jillian Ross, "The Ferment Lady", focuses solely on the preparation of fermenting various types of cabbage into traditional Sauerkraut.

Instructor/Facilitator: Jillian Ross, "The Ferment Lady"

Saturday, November 28, 2020; 2:00m-4:00pm

Cost: Adults: $45.00 per person; Couple/Family: $75.00; Children (12-17): $20.00

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Homebrewing Kombucha - This workshop will cover how to get started brewing your own kombucha, issues and troubleshooting. Each attendee will take home a container with starter culture.

Instructor/Facilitator: Jillian Ross, "The Ferment Lady"

Single class

Saturday. November 28, 2020; 2:00pm - 4:00pm

Cost: Adult: $35.00 per person; Couple/Family: $60.00; Children (12-17): $15.00

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--Coming Soon--

These will be added to the calendar shortly (if there are specific dates provided), or are "in the works" with day/time TBD:

--Free Events--
Englewood Opry - The Sidemen, Classic Country Band, and The Gulf Coast Breeze Bluegrass Band make The Dearborn Center their new home this season and for a long time to come. Thursdays, 5:30pm - 8:30pm, starting December 3rd, 2020 through April 15, 2021, come listen to these very popular and talented musicians play. This is free event. It is a BYO (Bring Your Own) Event: Chair, food, and beverages. (We're working on changing that...)

Poetry Slam - starts in December, 2020, specific date is TBD. A weekly open mic for poetry. If you're thinking about, or would like to participate, please call Judi at 941-681-8188 or email Thanks!

--Our Call For Help--
We could use some help. If you're interested in any of the following, please shoot an email to Judi, at Thanks!

• hosting an occasional Open Mic Monday
• posting our events and classes to various e-calendars (instructions and training provided)
• coordinating, creating, staffing, setup/teardown, of any events
--Donation "Wish List"--
More so than larger non-profits, forward progress happens only when we have the funds available to make things happen. Your donations can help us buy the things we need to move forward. Tops on our wish list right now:

• a 36" ventilation fan
• our Sponsor a Table & 8 Chairs Campaign""
• outdoor and indoor lighting
• general donations
--Sponsor A Table and Eight (8) Chairs--
Your one-time sponsorship investment of $350.00 in our vision for The Dearborn Center and our Community will allow us to purchase (wholesale) an 8’ folding table and set of eight (8) chairs, suitable for any class or event.

We will put your name (or Company name and/or logo) on the backs of each chair, thanking you, or your business, at every class and event held at The Dearborn Center from this point forward.

Your Company name/logo will be within a 15”W x 3”H area. And, we will add your name, or your Company’s logo and full contact information, to our Sponsors page to be added to our website, and to our Sponsors Board displayed in The Dearborn Center.

Please take this opportunity to help us with our vision for a Community Anchor for W. Dearborn St. Write a check payable to Life Realized, Inc. then call me at 941-500-3443; I’ll be happy to pick it up and thank you personally for your generous support.

And of course, your tax-deductible donation of any amount to support our efforts in the Community is greatly appreciated.
Be safe, healthy, and well. See you at the Markets, or one of our many classes or events.

Bill Lundgren, Exec. Dir.
Life Realized, Inc.