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Sarasota News Leader July 26, 2013 Page 93 Siesta Seen The date for this year is Nov. 30, with the fes- "You talked to him, huh?" past SKVA President tivities scheduled from 6 to 9 p.m. Russell Matthes asked. During the July 2 SKVA meeting, some concern arose that members needed to hasten to hold that first planning session, because it takes quite a lot of people and work behind the scenes to ensure Light Up the Village goes off with no — or as few as possible — hitches. "You have connections," Vice President Kay Kouvatsos said, chuckling as she looked at Kirscher. By the way, President Cheryl Gaddie pointed out that new volunteers always are welcome for Light Up the Village and the other events the SKVA sponsors each year to draw more people to Siesta Village. It would be really great, Gaddie added, "to get some stronger committees formed and take some of that responsibility." I recall one year when an SKVA director began fretting because Santa Claus had not appeared at the expected time for Light Up the Village. When she called to check in with him, it turned out he had been a bit late leaving the North Pole, shall we say, and was stuck in traffic on the Sunshine Skyway Bridge outside Tampa. (Needless to say, he was using land Along with Light Up the Village, the SKVA puts transportation that day.) on the Valentine Stroll, the Easter Egg Hunt On July 2, Broken Egg restaurant co-owner and two annual arts and crafts shows. Bob Kirscher assured everyone he had been in Gaddie noted that she and Kouvatsos had communication with Santa and all was good compiled a two-page list of all the activities on that end for the 2013 Light Up the Village the organization undertakes to promote the planning. Village. In fact, Kirscher said, "Santa's had his last beard cut for the year," a remark that evoked To volunteer or for more information, visit the SKVA's website. % some laughter. Someone you know needs Planned Parenthood • Lifesaving cancer screenings • Parent & teen education • Annual GYN exams • Birth control Planned Parenthood Of Southwest And Central Florida • Sarasota 941-953-4060 •

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