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Please come join us this evening for networking, eating, drinking & visiting the Museum of Fine Arts at a reduced entrance fee to the exhibits of $5. This month it will held in the air conditioned atrium of the museum-right across the street from our Coastal Properties Group-Christie’s International Real Estate office on Beach Drive in downtown St Petersburg. Last month, a great time was had by all with tasty food & drink. Hope to see you there. Come find me for a free drink ticket.

July Porch Party

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Sacred Art Tour of Tibetan Monks 2017

From January 31-February 5th, Florida CraftArt welcomes eight exiled Tibetan Buddhist Monks from the Drepung Gomang Monastery in India who will create a Sacred World Peace Sand Mandala that was designed by the Dalai Lama and depicts all religions in harmony.

World Peace Sand Mandala

Saturday, February 4, 2017 10:00am
Creation of Mandala
Sunday, February 5, 2017 12:00pm
Finalization of Mandala
Sunday, February 5, 2017 1:00pm
Dissolution Ceremony

During the closing ceremony on Sunday, February 5 at 1 p.m., the monks will dismantle the mandala, sweeping up the colored sand to symbolize the impermanence of all phenomena. It is meant to be a teaching to show that everything that exists has a beginning, a middle and an end. Then monks will then lead a procession to Tampa Bay where they will deposit the sand and perform a Buddhist blessing.

Joe Turner’s Come and Gone – Saturday & Sunday 3pm

American Stage Theatre Company at Raymond James Theatre-163 Third St. N, St. Petersburg

August Wilson’s Century Cycle, owners of a boarding house play host to a makeshift family of people with connections to slavery. Some stay days, some longer. Through Feb. 26. $39-$49.

The Golden Ticket – Saturday

Coliseum-535 Fourth Ave. N, St. Petersburg

The 86th annual All Children’s Hospital Charity Ball features dinner, dancing and an auction. Benefits Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital. Starts at 6 or 6:30 p.m. $250.

Frida Kahlo at The Dali     through April 17th, 2017  http://thedali.org/   downtown waterfront of St Pete

This exhibits gives us some insight into the extraordinary career and life of the great 20th century Mexican artist. More than 60 Kahlo pieces are on display, including 15 paintings, seven drawings and numerous personal photographs from the celebrated female artist. The outdoor portion of the exhibition includes a special collection of flowers and plants representative of those in Kahlo’s own garden at Casa Azul. I have been lucky enough to visit her beloved Casa Azul in the Coyoacán district of Mexico City with a dear friend. I was in cielo (or heaven)!

 

I truly believe that we should not judge a person by the color of their skin, their country of origin, their sexual preference, their economic status or their religion. One’s actions, words and treatment of others is the most important thing that one can do. Treat others as you want them to treat you with respect, with kindness and with love. In the words of Mark Twain, “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.” Whether you travel with your body or in your mind through books or discussions, open your heart and mind to others.  I can not begin to convey what Martin Luther King, Jr. stated so eloquently on August 28th, 1963. I have only chosen a few lines of that incredible speech. The link to the complete speech is listed below. I hope that you take the time to read it. With much hope & love, Annalisa

“I say to you today, my friends, so even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream.

I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.”

I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character. I have a dream today.

This will be the day, this will be the day when all of God’s children will be able to sing with new meaning: “My country, ‘tis of thee, sweet land of liberty, of thee I sing.  Land where my fathers died, land of the pilgrim’s pride, from every mountainside, let freedom ring!”

And if America is to be a great nation, this must become true. So let freedom ring from the prodigious hilltops of New Hampshire. Let freedom ring from the mighty mountains of New York. Let freedom ring from the heightening Alleghenies of Pennsylvania. Let freedom ring from the snow-capped Rockies of Colorado. Let freedom ring from the curvaceous slopes of California. But not only that: Let freedom ring from Stone Mountain of Georgia. Let freedom ring from Lookout Mountain of Tennessee. Let freedom ring from every hill and molehill of Mississippi. From every mountainside, let freedom ring.

And when this happens, and when we allow freedom ring, when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God’s children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual: “Free at last! Free at last! Thank God Almighty, we are free at last!”

Source: https://kinginstitute.stanford.edu/king-papers/documents/i-have-dream-address-delivered-march-washington-jobs-and-freedom

MLKEC-INP, Martin Luther King, Jr. Estate Collection, In Private Hands

 

What: The National Association of REALTORS® 2016 Annual Conference and Expo
When: November 4-7, 2016
Where: Orange County Convention Center West, Orlando FL

Network with Realtors from across the USA and from around the world. Learn about the latest products, technologies and legal issues. Take classes. Be aware of the latest scams-protect yourself and your clients. Join in on meetings. Find out about the best marketing tools. What do buyers and sellers want these days in a home and in their agent? See what benefits NAR has for its members. Expand your mind and have fun!

Hope to see you there!

Certified International Property  Specialist courses help Realtors to become more knowledgeable when conducting business with International buyers and sellers, understand the cultures, make worldwide connections, obtain the designation, and ultimately make more money.These 5 National Association of Realtors courses are to be offered at Pinellas Realtors Organization over the next few months. They include Transactions Tools, Asia/Pacific, Europe and the Americas. In addition, At Home with Diversity will be offered. Please register at PRO’s website soon as the first course begins on MAY 19th.  http://pinellasrealtor.org/education-and-events-calendar/

Hope to see you there!!

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Please join the Pinellas International Council for our monthly International Marketing and Networking Session. The event is free but we do need you to register on the PRO website in advance-Wine and small bites are provided by the PRO Affiliate Business Partners. Thank you!!  http://pinellasrealtor.org/education-and-events-calendar/

Hope to see you there!

 

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You may also contact: Martha Vasquez
Email: martha@marthavasquez.com

 

Hint: It’s not the U.S.A. and living where the Vikings once roamed may help.

What makes a nation’s people happy? According to a new report by the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN), it’s factors like GDP per capita, freedom from corruption and “having someone to count on in times of trouble.”

By those criteria, SDSN says Denmark is the happiest country in the world, Reuters reports. Switzerland, Iceland, Norway and Finland round out the top five; the U.S. ranks at #13.

On the opposite end of the list, the most unhappy country in the world is Burundi, followed by Syria, Togo, Afghanistan and Benin.

“There is a very strong message for my country, the United States, which is very rich, has gotten a lot richer over the last 50 years, but has gotten no happier,” said head of the SDSN Jeffrey Sachs. “For a society that just chases money, we are chasing the wrong things. Our social fabric is deteriorating, social trust is deteriorating, faith in government is deteriorating.”

Hmmm, makes one think, eh?  To read what makes people happy & the full article, click on the word “happy” in the first paragraph & it will take you to the reuters.com post.

Part of this appeared on time.com.

The 91ST EAST-WEST SHRINE GAME will be held this Saturday, January 23 at 4 p.m. at

Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg, Florida. The gates open at 2pm.

For full event details, visit shrinegame.com.

General Admission tickets are $15 each but not required for kids under age 2.

The game was first created by the Shriners in 1925 at San Francisco’s Ewing Field. The East-West Shrine Game was the country’s first college all-star football game. From that very first game, held the day after Christmas, they raised $25,000. The game supports Shriners Hospitals for Children with its mission to help children in need of expert medical care. More than 1 million children have benefited from the Shriners Hospitals which provide them and their families with hope and healing, regardless of the families’ ability to pay for services. In 1935 future President Gerald Ford played in the game. In 2012 the game was moved to Tropicana Field in St Petersburg.

Another benefit is that usually over 300 NFL scouts and agents attend the practices throughout the week as well as the game on Saturday. On average, more than 265 East-West Shrine Game alumni are on NFL teams each season. About 90 players from last year’s game signed with professional teams and more than 70 of them made the final NFL rosters.

To me, it doesn’t matter what color or colors you are, what religion you may or may not be, what country you or your family come from originally, how much money you have or don’t have,
I wish you all peace, love, health & happiness now and in the upcoming years.
Please share your joy & kindness with others that may come across your life.
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Two of my favorite songs from childhood come to mind:
Why can’t we be Friends? by the group WAR (how ironic!!)     https://youtu.be/5DmYLrxR0Y8
Everyday People by Sly & The Family Stone       https://youtu.be/YUUhDoCx8zc
Take care. With much love…

 

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David Wyant

Please join the Pinellas International Council on Thursday, April 10th from 1-4pm for the Transnational Referral Certification course. The instructor is David E. Wyant, CIPS, GRI, ABR, SFR, RSPS, e-PRO, AHWD, GREEN, SRES, MRP, TRC, CDEI
National Association of Realtor’s International Instructor of the Year 2012 & 2009
David brought his extensive international business expertise to the Real Estate industry in 1999 after twenty-six years of successful employment with IBM. He retired after serving as an International Director for the Europe, Middle East, Africa, and Asia/Pacific organizations. He has bought, sold and leased property internationally, has lived in Paris and London and worked in more than 35 countries.
He is Broker/Owner of Wyant Realty International and a faculty member of the Florida Realtors. As a member of NAR’s International Faculty, he teaches NAR’s Designation and Certification curriculums around the world.

It is hard to describe to anyone who never sat in David Wyant’s classroom why so many member of the Pinellas International Council , all of PIC board directors and PRO, are excited about this event. We are, all of us, in for a huge treat on April 10.

You may attend the session, free for PRO members, and receive 3 hours CE credit. You may also elect to pay the one- time fee to receive official TRC certification at the end of the course. (99 Euros, which equates roughly to $130. See registration link.) Either way, at the end of this day, you will go home with something really special.

Those of us who have been privileged to be among his TRC students and CIPS graduates will all tell you, one cannot attend David’s courses often enough. Many of us would travel anywhere to be in his classroom and enjoy his company as we expand our personal outlook as well as our professional horizon.

Explore the possibilities with us on April 10. David’s courses are always, without fail, fresh and challenging and informative. It is an honor and pleasure to know him and his wife Patsy, and a great privilege to have him present the TRC course, Transnational Referral Certification, at PRO. He is one of the most engaging and knowledgeable instructors you will ever meet.

Following the course the International Council has invited David and Patsy Wyant to be our guests for cocktails and appetizers/dinner at the Grand Siam just east of PRO on Ulmerton. It will be an ala carte gathering for everyone who will want to join us. So, save us your evening, too! More information on post – course social gathering to follow.

Please register today!

Registration Link below, or find it on Events and Education Calendar, http://www.PinellasRealtor.org.  http://www.calendarwiz.com/calendars/popup.php?op=view&id=73175400&crd=pro&PHPSESSID=818c79ba3e5b1f6ae1002359c2929403

Annalisa Weller, Realtor®, Certified International Property Specialist

(727) 804-6566
AnnalisaWeller1@gmail.com

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