American Red Cross "Are you Prepared to Save a Life"

Apr 2, 2020

Mike is joined this week with the American Red Cross’ Logan Spacek.

Saving a life is a lot simpler than you may think when it comes to

Heart attacks!  Would you know what to do in an emergency?  Listen

And learn this week on Treasure Coast Happenings.

Tania Ortega-Cowan

While we stay at home to slow the spread of COVID-19, we can create a sense of safety and security by really appreciating life’s simple comforts. There’s the morning coffee. A nap with your faithful dog. How about your favorite pair of socks?

BS: Right now, there are children that have brightly colored, comfortable socks on their feet. It’s a good feeling.

That’s Indian River County resident and artist Barry Shapiro.

Mike speaks with Dr. Fernando Petry, Chief Medical Officer for Cleveland Clinic Martin Health.  Together they’ll talk about protecting yourself and your family, signs to look for regarding Covid 19 and local testing areas, and, are local hospitals prepared for the possibility of a large outbreak?

The Coronavirus – COVID-19 – is here. It has arrived on the Treasure Coast, and the response, like everywhere else, ranges from extreme panic to total denial.

But, somewhere in the middle lies a “be prepared, not scared” approach. And that starts with doing certain things right now to slow the spread.

WB: We want to bend the slope of the curve so much that we don’t overwhelm our health care system and we can continue to take care of patients. That is really the goal of social distancing.

Tania Ortega-Cowan

(sound of Siamese cat)

That’s the distinct voice of a friendly and curious Siamese cat we met at the newly re-organized Humane Society of St. Lucie County at Glades Cut-Off Road in Port St. Lucie.

The shelter has seen its share of tragedy and controversy. But in January, they got a second chance when Port St. Lucie county commissioners voted to approve a ‘fresh start’ contract with the shelter that includes government oversight and brand-new leadership.

Join Mike Fitzgerald as he speaks with Marc Gingras of the ShrimpFest & Craft Beer Hullabaloo in Sebastian.  This fundraiser will feature Craft Beers, music, food (Yes, lots of shrimp) and a car show.  This three day event at Riverview Park in Sebastian is a fun family event and all proceeds help out youth sports groups in North Indian River County.

This week on Treasure Coast Happenings join Mike as he speaks to the Chief Development Officer of New Horizons of the Treasure Coast, Lisa Rymer.  One of the topics will include an upcoming fundraiser “Red, White, and You”  taking place at the Harbour Ridge Yacht and Country Club in Palm City on Saturday March 14th, 2020.  New Horizons of the Treasure Coast and Okeechobee support mental health and substance abuse recovery.

Mike speaks with Crystal Bujol and Jim Parks from the Gifford Youth Orchestra about a special event and fundraiser to help raise funds for instruments, and supplies for the children taking partin a very special musical program.  You'll have the opportunity to meet outstanding young musicians and listen to roaming performances as the youth orchestra celebrates 17 years of music education that keeps kids off the streets and on the stage.    

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Folk music legend Tom Rush is currently on tour, and he’s making a stop at the Lyric Theatre in Stuart on March 7.  (Music up)

Rush was first signed by the Elektra label in 1965… and according to Rolling Stone magazine, his album The Circle Game is what ushered in the singer/songwriter era.

Songwriter and musician James Taylor calls Tom Rush “one of his main influences.”

We got a chance to speak with Rush, and so here we ask who influenced your music?

This week on Treasure Coast Happenings join Mike as he speaks with Wendie Berardi of Molly’s House.  The 10th annual Polo Classic is taking place at Port Mayaca Polo Club in Okeechobee on Saturday, March 7th and they’ll discuss all the events surrounding the Polo match, and the impressive International Polo players coming to town for this sporting event.