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The Alpha Med Difference

At Alpha Med Group, our doctors focus on an integrative health approach. We use multimodal strategies to help you take control of your health through quality healthcare, positive life choices, proper diet, and staying active. When combined with the latest research in anti-aging and regenerative medicine, our patients benefit from a fully personalized approach. Unlike other health clinics, our programs target the root causes of our patient's symptoms. That way, they can enjoy a healthy, fulfilling life in public and also in the bedroom.

We're proud to have everything you need to improve your health and achieve your goals. Our providers will expertly handle your nuanced health challenges using advanced therapies like GAINSWave treatments to achieve a results-based outcome you'll love.

Some of the most common conditions we treat at Alpha Med Group include:

  • Erectile Dysfunction
  • Peripheral Neuropathy
  • Peyronie's Disease
  • Prostatitis
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How Do GAINSWave Treatments Work?

GAINSWave might sound too good to be true on the surface. However, this type of erectile dysfunction treatment in Clearwater uses science-based, research-backed applications and technologies that have been proven to be effective.

GAINSWave works by targeting the underlying issue of ED: blood flow. Continuous blood flow is critical in maintaining an erection. As men age, blood vessels in their penis break down and fill up with micro plaques, further reducing blood flow. GAINSWave treatment addresses this issue using low-intensity shockwaves or acoustic pulses to re-open closed blood vessels and help form new ones simultaneously. This increased blood flow essentially eliminates the symptoms of erectile dysfunction, letting men across the country gain a new lease on life.

Because this procedure is drug, surgery, and needle-free, most men won't have to stress about costly insurance claims or ugly scarring. All you need to think about is enjoying life with a new pep in your step, whether you're headed to work or spending time with your spouse in the bedroom.

Alpha Med Group's patients love that GAINSWave is quick, effective, and gets right to the root cause of their issues. Our GAINSWave treatments yield long-term results with optimized sexual performance and even treat other issues like Peyronie's disease.

Who is a Candidate for GAINSWave Therapy in Tarpon Springs, FL?

Any man older than 30 can enjoy the benefits of GAINSWave therapy. Men with or without erectile dysfunction use GAINSWave to reshape their sex lives without resorting to over-the-counter pills and prescriptions like Cialis. While it's true that the “blue pill” can temporarily relieve ED, that relief is short-lived because pills don't address the root cause of the issue. To make matters worse, many drugs have unwanted and unsafe side effects. GAINSWave represents a much safer, more effective solution for men who are sick and tired of the stress and embarrassment associated with ED.

Whether you're dealing with severe erectile dysfunction or you simply want a little more spark with your partner, GAINSWave is the surgery-free, drug-free alternative you can rely on.

To help you get a better understanding of Alpha Med Group's GAINSWave therapy, consider these quick facts:

  • GAINSWave is Among the Safest and Most Effective ED Treatments Available
  • Many Men Experience Results After One GAINSWave Treatment
  • Sessions Are Usually Short and Typically Last 15-20 Minutes
  • Most Men Need Between Six and Twelve Sessions
  • GAINSWave Releases Growth Factors that Help Form New Blood Vessels
  • Treatments Break Up Plaque, Which Further Stimulates Blood Flow
  • Many Men Enjoy Longer, Harder Erections with GAINSWave Treatment
  • GAINSWave Therapy May Activate Stem Cells That Foster New Cell Growth

What About Taking Pills for My Erectile Dysfunction?

In today's day and age, products that promise quick results and convenience are king. It makes sense, then, that many men want the fastest solution to their ED problem. While it's easy to pop a “little blue pill,” doing so can come with consequences that you don't get with GAINSWave treatment. And when it comes to sketchy over-the-counter options that you can buy at your local gas station, the risks are quite concerning. Before you re-up your prescription or head to the gas station, consider these side effects:

  • Heart Palpitations
  • Back Pain
  • Vision Loss
  • Rashes
  • Fever
  • Nausea
  • Respiratory Problems
  • Pain in Penis
  • Heart Failure

If you're one of the many men who settled for strange side effects just to regain confidence in the bedroom, it's time to celebrate. Rather than relying on prescriptions or a la carte options, health-conscious men are using GAINSWave treatments for a safer, natural solution with no side effects.

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What are the Signs of Peyronie's Disease?

Men suffering from Peyronie's disease may notice an array of symptoms, which may manifest quickly or slowly. Some of the most common symptoms include:

Severe Bend of Penis: One of the most common symptoms of Peyronie's disease is significant bending of the penis in a certain direction, with or without achieving an erection.

  • Scar Tissue: If you notice unusual bands or hard lumps of tissue under the skin of your penis, it could mean you have Peyronie's disease.
  • Hourglass Shape: This disease occasionally causes the penis to narrow, resulting in an hourglass shape.
  • Pain in Penis:The curve caused by this disease is often painful, regardless if you have an erection or not.
  • Shortened Penis:Some men have reported that their penis is noticeably shorter with Peyronie's disease.

A Natural Solution to Peyronie's Disease

If you're one of the many American men who has lost hope because of Peyronie's disease, there is a new reason to be hopeful. Peyronie's disease is treatable, and you don't have to rely on surgery, vacuum devices, or a wait-and-see approach to get results.

If you're a man searching for a safe, non-invasive, natural treatment option for Peyronie's disease, GAINSWave therapy is the way to go. GAINSWave incorporates premium low-intensity, high-frequency shockwaves that break down plaque (or scar tissue) while opening and creating new blood vessels. When blood flow is increased, the penis curvature associated with Peyronie's disease is often reduced, giving men a new chance to enjoy a healthy sex life.

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phone-number727-977-8200

Your Premier Clinic for GAINSWave Treatment in Tarpon Springs, FL

At Alpha Med Group, our focus is on your goals, your results, and your experience. We firmly believe that your story matters and our team is ready and waiting to listen. We provide functional, personalized, regenerative medicines that address root causes, coupled with an industry-leading, progressive care strategy that is centered around our patients.

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If you're looking for GAINSWave treatment in a professional, welcoming setting provided by sexual health experts, contact our state-of-the-art office in Clearwater today. Whether you need help with embarrassing symptoms related to erectile dysfunction or you're looking to revive your sex life with a natural solution, we're here for you.

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Downtown Tarpon Springs shop highlights ‘slow living,’ sustainability

TARPON SPRINGS — What exactly is a “Moonberry Mercantile?”Or, more specifically, what would you actually find in a Moonberry Mercantile & Trading store?For both residents and visitors of Tarpon Springs, that name now represents a newly opened environmentally friendly, non-toxic houseware goods retail store at 101 W. Court St.Moonberry Mercantile is also part of the retail rebirth of Tarpon Springs’ downtown commercial district.“I am glad that I am a part of it,” says store o...

TARPON SPRINGS — What exactly is a “Moonberry Mercantile?”

Or, more specifically, what would you actually find in a Moonberry Mercantile & Trading store?

For both residents and visitors of Tarpon Springs, that name now represents a newly opened environmentally friendly, non-toxic houseware goods retail store at 101 W. Court St.

Moonberry Mercantile is also part of the retail rebirth of Tarpon Springs’ downtown commercial district.

“I am glad that I am a part of it,” says store owner and operator Jessica Knutson. “I want to keep it — the Tarpon Springs commercial business district — momentum going.

“I want to be a special place where the community can get what they need,” Knutson said.

Knutson, who opened for business in July, says her store offers a line of environmentally conscious products for the home, the tools for purposeful, slowed-down living.

“We provide everyday sustainable items that are made from low-impact materials, as well as slow living,” Knutson said.

“Slow living — things that take time to make,” Knutson added.

The store opens daily from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday to Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday.

And while Knutson’s retail tagline is “slow made” and “slow living,” she is anything but, expressing a passion for environmentally safe products that are naturally made, and hopefully locally sourced.

“Slow living,” Knutson says, means using household goods typically produced with natural materials and in some instances, manufactured by hand.

“It’s OK to have a slow-living lifestyle,” Knutson said. “I am going to make it cool again to not be so busy.”

“The whole idea is, it is reusable, it is made sustainably by someone’s hands,” Knutson added.

Hand-crafted products are Moonberry Mercantile’s moniker, with items ranging from wool dryer balls to a wooden kitchen rolling pin.

The store’s wide-ranging inventory also includes products tailored for the garden, bathroom and kitchen, a line of children’s books penned and illustrated by local authors, and a line of clothing from a local Pinellas County supplier.

Moonberry Mercantile’s natural and non-conventional product line also includes shampoo, toothpaste, facial scrub, men’s grooming products such as “beard oil,” along with natural, non-toxic household cleaners.

Other products include hand-made soaps, toothpaste, reusable paper towels, coconut-fiber brushes, locally made honey, elderberry-based syrup and raw-natural milk from a local diary.

“Not only should we not be flushing toxins down the drain, but we should be watching what we put into our own bodies,” Knutson said.

A native of Northern California, Knutson’s background is in non-profits. She relocated here with her family in 2020, just before the COVID-19 pandemic.

While in northern California, Knutson put her product line on Etsy. Then, moving to Florida, she first launched her Moonberry Mercantile online, selling items on Instagram.

Knutson says her eclectic eco-friendly product line — culled from online research — is safe, natural, hand-made, often unique, and preferably, locally sourced.

“That’s whomever locally I can get in here that fits in what I want as a supplier,” Knutson said.

Moonberry Mercantile’s target audience: an environmentally conscious customer who is looking for off-the-beaten path naturally, sustainably made products.

“They’re reusable, sustainable, hand-crafted products for the home,” Knutson said.

“The idea with eco products, is that they are not cheap, but that you are going to use them over and over,” Knutson said. “Eco means home. This is how the eco-movement started, to have a sustainable home.”

Knutson just added a “refill station” section to the store where customers can replenish their supply of a variety of household cleaning products they can refill in a container and take home.

“I’m trying to meet people where they are on the on the eco-natural produce scale,” Knutson said. “And hopefully planting the seed to be more environmentally conscious.”

Another one of Knutson’s merchandising mantras: “No plastic.”

Moonberry Mercantile also offers several lines of consumable products from nature, that includes raw milk, and fresh honey from “Bayshore Bees,” and household wax candles made in Clearwater.

“Anything that is sustainably made, anything that I can get locally, I want to supply it,” Knutson says.

The store’s alliterative name, Knutson says, comes from the children’s doll dubbed “Moonberry Sparkleberry” she sewed by hand to represent her daughter’s personality.

“As a child, she always looked and pointed at the moon,” recalled Knutson. “And she’s always loved berries from then to now.”

Moonberry Mercantile’s actual store location may also have a celestial — or maybe astrological — connection.

Previously a yoga studio that Knutson once frequented, she says that by happenstance she heard the store space was available.

Now, with her store fully stocked in a high-profile downtown location, Knutson is looking forward to her first holiday retail season and to meeting a steady line of first-time customers.

“I know that I have to be patient,” Knutson said. “But I really cannot wait.”

Top 15 Tampa Bay area events for the week of Nov. 21-27

Shopapalooza: This LocalShops1 holiday shopping alternative features more than 350 small businesses including artists, makers, food trucks and nonprofits. Special sections and activities include shopping spree giveaways, holiday decor, beer and wine stations, food halls, live music, aerial performances, the Peace Flag Project, a popup $1 bookstore, visits with Santa and Mrs. Claus and more. Free. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. Vinoy Park, 501 Fifth Ave. NE, St. Petersburg. 727-637-5586.Nutcracker! Magical Christmas Ballet:...

Shopapalooza: This LocalShops1 holiday shopping alternative features more than 350 small businesses including artists, makers, food trucks and nonprofits. Special sections and activities include shopping spree giveaways, holiday decor, beer and wine stations, food halls, live music, aerial performances, the Peace Flag Project, a popup $1 bookstore, visits with Santa and Mrs. Claus and more. Free. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. Vinoy Park, 501 Fifth Ave. NE, St. Petersburg. 727-637-5586.

Nutcracker! Magical Christmas Ballet: In solidarity with the people of Ukraine, Talmi Entertainment announces the company’s flagship production, “Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker,” has been renamed “Nutcracker! Magical Christmas Ballet.” $57-$94. 3 and 7 p.m. Friday, noon Saturday. Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg. 727-300-2000.

12 Days of Christmas: This winter festival on the farm will have holiday hayrides, a gingerbread village, a Merry Market, photos with Santa and Christmas stories read by Mrs. Claus. Pony rides, gem mining and face painting are available for an additional fee. Advanced tickets can be found at rapragerfamilyfarms.com. $14.95, 2 and younger free. 3- 9 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 3-7 p.m. Sunday. Raprager Family Farm, 16907 Boy Scout Road, Odessa. 813-922-2799.

“The Colored Museum”: Watch 11 vignettes detailing satirical experiences of African American culture come to life on stage. $45. 8 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday. American Stage Theatre Company at Raymond James Theater, 163 Third St. N, St. Petersburg. 813-520-0083.

Holiday Lights in the Gardens: The gardens sparkle with 1 million twinkling LED lights, along with laser lights and lighted figures. New this year is a children’s area with family-focused activities. This lighted display is visited by more than 100,000 guests annually. $10. 5:30-9:30 p.m. Friday-Sunday. Florida Botanical Gardens, 12520 Ulmerton Road, Largo. 727-582-2100.

Winter Village: The park transforms into a wintery wonderland with a cafe offering holiday treats, a shopping village housed in shipping containers, ice skating, curling, train rides, storytelling, sing-alongs and holiday-themed movies in the park (Dec. 16 only). Free, $17 skating, $200 (team) curling. 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Monday-Wednesday, 4-11 p.m. Thursday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday-Sunday. Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park, 600 N Ashley Drive, Tampa. 813-221-3686.

Symphony in Lights: The annual choreographed, dancing light show is set to the music of Trans-Siberian Orchestra and includes snow festivities. Shows start at the top of the hour and run roughly 12 minutes. Free. 6-9 p.m. daily through Dec. 31. The Shops at Wiregrass, 28211 Paseo Drive, Wesley Chapel. 813-994-2242.

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Celebration of Lights: The eighth annual drive-through light show with family entertainment includes a holiday train. Lights run 6 to 9 p.m. Friday through Sundays from this Friday to Dec. 18 and Dec. 21 to 23. $20 carload, $3 train. 6-9 p.m. Friday-Sunday. The Concourse, 11919 Alric Pottberg Road, Shady Hills. 727-233-2968.

Enchant Christmas: Tropicana Field has been transformed into a huge light maze including the new “Santa’s Magic Timepiece” created from over 4 million sparkling lights. There’s also a 100-foot-tall holiday tree, a unique ice-skating trail, live entertainment, Santa visits and a village marketplace. Kids are free on Nov. 30 and Dec. 7 and 14. $35 and up, $20 ages 3-17, $32 seniors/military. 5:30-10:30 p.m. Friday, 4:30-11:30 p.m. Saturday, 4:30-10:30 p.m. Sunday. Tropicana Field , 1 Tropicana Drive, St. Petersburg. 813-727-4077.

Snowcat Ridge: For a third year, the faux snow park in Dade City features sledding on Snowy Slopes, an indoor play area, ice skating and snowball play. It remains open on select days through Feb. 26. Tickets start at $26.95 at snowcatridge.com. 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday-Wednesday, 9 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday-Sunday. Snowcat Ridge, 27839 Saint Joe Road, Dade City. 813-576-1450.

The Shape of Dreams: The exhibit explores 500 years of dream-inspired paintings from the 16th to 20th century, demonstrating how artists throughout time have depicted “the dream” state. The exhibition features a selection of art on loan from major galleries across the country in dialog with works from The Dalí's permanent collection. $29. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday-Sunday. The Dalí Museum, 1 Dalí Blvd., St. Petersburg. 727-823-3767.

Crescent Oaks Holiday Shopping Extravaganza: An evening of shopping and entertainment with dancing to music by DJ Gabrielle, an open-air photo booth, food and drink by area restaurants and a full liquor bar. Free. 5-9 p.m. Friday. Crescent Oaks Country Club, 3300 Crescent Oaks Blvd., Tarpon Springs. 727-937-4653, ext 31.

Hyde Park Village Shop Small Event: On Small Business Saturday, Hyde Park Village creates a festive atmosphere for holiday shopping with live music at Village Circle. Shops will give out complimentary Hyde Park Village tote bags, and there will be a range of perks and sales. Free. 10 a.m. Saturday. Hyde Park Village Parking Garage, 1610 W Swann Ave., Tampa. 813-251-3500.

Christmas Spectacular: Voted No. 1 by HGTV’s “All Out Christmas,” this religiously themed walk-through light display features 250,000 lights, 18 model trains, inflatables, holiday scenes, four giant Christmas trees, mirrored snowflake balls and a talking teddy bear. Free. 6-10 p.m. Friday-Sunday. 2719 Oakdale St. S, St. Petersburg.

St. Pete Shuffle: The historic shuffleboard courts are open for play. Club volunteers will help you get set up on a court and show you how to play while a fun music playlist keep things lively. You can bring your own food and drinks, but no glass containers are allowed on the courts. $10. 7-10 p.m. Friday. Mirror Lake St. Petersburg Shuffleboard Club, 559 Mirror Lake Drive N. 727-822-2083.

Ex-Lions coach Wayne Fontes pays tribute to 49ers great John McVay; bond began long before NFL days

The NFL remembers John McVay as a main man behind five San Francisco 49ers Super Bowl wins....

The NFL remembers John McVay as a main man behind five San Francisco 49ers Super Bowl wins.

Wayne Fontes remembers McVay, who died recently at age 91, as one of the best men he met in the NFL, or anywhere else.

Their respective football lives began with great Stark County rivals.

Before McVay was general manager of San Francisco's 1980s dynasty, he was the center and captain for the Massillon Tigers' 1948 state championship team.

Before Fontes was the winningest head coach in Detroit Lions history, he scored 24 touchdowns for the 1956 Canton McKinley team that beat Massillon 34-7 to finish 10-0.

In 1957, Fontes left for Michigan State while McVay came home to be head coach of the Canton Central Catholic Crusaders. In 1963, they met as fellow assistants on Michigan State head coach Duffy Daugherty's staff.

Both had new jobs in 1965, Fontes as head coach of an unbeaten Michigan high school team, McVay as head coach of the University of Dayton Flyers − McVay replaced Pete Ankney, a former McKinley coach.

"John called in 1966 to ask if I'd like to coach with him in Dayton," Fontes told The Canton Repository this past week from his home in Tarpon Springs, Florida. "At first I was excited and then I was maybe perplexed that he also wanted to speak to my wife.

"It was to let her know it was going to be a lot of hours, a lot of late days, seven days a week, things like that … to let her know that her life will also will change.

"I was impressed with that. I was already impressed with him from the time we were at Michigan State together. He knew how to handle players and people.

"Joining him really molded my career. He taught me the dos and don'ts of more than football.

"I'm looking for words, because I'm still kind of shocked he's not with us. I was very close with him and with his family. I tried to do things in my career that John McVay taught me."

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John McVay's Dayton Flyers football coaching staff included Wayne Fontes, George Perles, Tom Moore

Fontes, 82 and sounding robust, learned of McVay's death from Tom Moore, who, at 83, is on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' coaching staff. Moore and Fontes met when they worked for McVay at Dayton on a staff that included future Michigan State head coach George Perles.

"When Tom called me, we shared our great memories of working for John," Fontes said. "John treated everyone on the staff like men, which we appreciated. He was a class, class coach.

"I remember our first pregame meal at Dayton. I asked Tom to pass the pepper. Coach was sitting right across from me, and he raised his head and looked at me. I'm like … what did I do? George told me, 'You've got to be real quiet when you eat at this table. You've got to be thinking of the game at all times.'

"One time John turned to me and said, 'What are your aspirations?' I said, I hope one day to be as successful as you are, Coach.' He looked up and smiled and said, 'Just keep working hard.'"

Over time, McVay's quiet charm put Fontes at ease.

"He would sit and talk to you for the longest time," Fontes said. "We lived two blocks apart. He picked me up in the morning and we would ride to the office. We'd be the first ones in, at 5:45 in the morning. And I had to have a shirt and tie on. That was his deal.

"I appreciated all those things."

Wayne Fontes' coaching career included long run with John McKay at USC, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Fontes left Dayton to climb the coaching ladder as an assistant at Iowa. He then had a long run under John McKay, first at USC, then with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and eventually spent eight full seasons as head coach of the Lions.

McVay worked his way to a brief head coaching run of the New York Giants before making a lasting impact as an executive with the 49ers, starting in 1979. He became right-hand man to Hall of Fame coach Bill Walsh.

As a youth in Canton, Fontes lived near musicians who formed the chart-topping R&B group The O'Jays. Long into his career he might be caught in his office singing O'Jays songs, two of which, "Love Train" and "Back Stabbers," could be themes for the circle of life in the NFL.

In 1991, Fontes' Lions went 12-4. He was named NFL Coach of the Year.

Good times rolled in four different playoff seasons. In 1995, when former Massillon star Chris Spielman was the leading tackler, the Lions launched a 9-3 hot streak with a blowout win over Bill Belichick's Cleveland Browns.

McVay's 49ers won their fifth Super Bowl in 1994. The 1996 49ers were 11-4 when they played host to Detroit in a regular-season finale. Fontes' fortunes had soured. The Lions got off to a 4-2 start but arrived in San Francisco in a 1-8 slide.

"There were a lot of rumors this was going to be my last game with the Lions," Fontes recalls. "After the game, John came into our locker room. Bill Walsh was retired at that point, but he was with John.

"The 49ers beat us. John looked at me and said, 'Good game.' Then he sat down beside me, with Bill Walsh, and we talked for what seemed like a half an hour.

"He told me, 'Life will go on. Just keep working hard.

"He said things are going to be as good or better than you might anticipate. When he left, he said, 'This isn't forever.'

"I appreciated that."

Fontes was fired the next day, a month short of his 57th birthday, with the Lions owing him one last year of head coaching salary.

He never returned to coaching, and he says his time with family and friends in Tarpon Springs represent the best years of his life.

He seemed glad to spend a moment with the Repository paying tribute to a mentor who has passed.

"If you didn't like John McVay," Fontes said, "you didn't like apple pie, ice cream and America."

He closed a conversation by saying, "Tell everyone back in Canton that Wayne Fontes says hello."

Reach Steve at steve.doerschuk@cantonrep.com

On Twitter: @sdoerschukREP

7 ways to entertain Thanksgiving visitors in the Tampa Bay area

For many families, this will be the first time in a few years to get the whole gang back together for the holidays.If you have relatives in town or restless kids at home on break this week, you may be in need of some diversions. Here are some of our favorite ways to entertain out-of-towners in the Tampa Bay area.Play in the snow or ice: While the relatives up North are freezing, you can show them how we ice skate in T-shirts here in Florida when seasonal ice rinks pop up. We even have a snow playground called Snowcat Rid...

For many families, this will be the first time in a few years to get the whole gang back together for the holidays.

If you have relatives in town or restless kids at home on break this week, you may be in need of some diversions. Here are some of our favorite ways to entertain out-of-towners in the Tampa Bay area.

Play in the snow or ice: While the relatives up North are freezing, you can show them how we ice skate in T-shirts here in Florida when seasonal ice rinks pop up. We even have a snow playground called Snowcat Ridge in Dade City with an ice rink, snowball play area and tube slides. Tickets start at $26.95 at snowcatridge.com. 27839 Saint Joe Road, Dade City. 813-576-1450. Over in downtown Tampa, where Curtis Hixon Park has been transformed into a holiday shopping village, there is an outdoor ice skating rink under a giant tent. The $17 skating fee includes skate rental. Get tickets at wintervillagetampa.com. 600 N Ashley Drive, Tampa.

Visit the manatees: One sure way to show visitors something they can see nowhere else is the gathering of manatees at their favorite warmer-water havens. The gentle lugs love the tepid water coming out of TECO’s Big Bend power station in Apollo Beach. The company’s Manatee Viewing Center is free to visit with its boardwalk and picnic areas and educational displays. It is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, except on Thanksgiving Day and Christmas, at 6990 Dickman Road, Apollo Beach. And in Crystal River, the town is known as the “manatee capital of the world” because of its year-round 72-degree spring-fed bayous. Three Sisters Springs and the large Kings Bay has more than 70 springs. The Visitor Center has information at 865 N Suncoast Blvd., Crystal River, and at tws.gov.

TANKS-giving at Mote Marine: The Sarasota marine aquarium is offering a cornucopia of family-friendly programs for Thanksgiving week. From guided tours to dip netting in the bay and kayak trips, they have special activities to make memories with the family. The aquarium itself is worth a trip to see manatees, sharks, sea turtles and otters located just minutes from downtown Sarasota and Lido Beach. Visitors can explore touch pools, hands-on exhibits and windows into the real research being done by scientists in the Mote Marine Laboratory, many of whom you may recognize from appearances on Discovery Channel’s Shark Week. The special TANKS-giving week programs are $15 to $45 and do not include aquarium admission. See mote.org/education/tanksgiving to sign up. Regular admission is $26, $19 for ages 3-12. Timed tickets are available at mote.org. Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium, 1600 Ken Thompson Parkway, Sarasota. 941-388-4441.

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Sanding Ovations: The competition was last week, when world champion sculptors showed off their skills at the annual beach-front festival in Treasure Island. But those sculptures will still be standing for the next few weeks and are worth a trip to the beach to see the creations near the town’s linear beach walk. 10400 Gulf Blvd., Treasure Island.

Dino Rescue: The Clearwater Marine Aquarium is famous for its marine animal rescues and rehabilitations. It was the center of the “Dolphin Tale” movies. A new display has some fun with that idea with a series of realistic-looking dinosaurs spread throughout the aquarium grounds who have been “rescued.” The dinosaurs, which move and roar, each have a backstory as they “rehabilitate” from various ailments today’s animals face — like habitat loss and entanglement. Included with admission. $35.95, $26.95 ages 3-12. 249 Windward Passage, Clearwater. 727-441-1790. cmaquarium.org.

Tarpon Springs and its Sponge Docks: The city’s charming historic downtown invites a stroll along brick streets while browsing in art galleries, antiques stores and specialty shops housed in Victorian buildings dating from the late 1800s. Greek immigrants built Tarpon Springs’ signature sponge industry, with divers in full suits retrieving sponges from the depths of the Gulf of Mexico. You can learn about that history at the kitschy Spongeorama Sponge Factory and Museum, 510 Dodecanese Blvd. They have displays that explain where the sponges come from and a free movie about the town’s history. Afterward, you can shop for some sponges in the gift shop. There are numerous boating and fishing excursions to be found. And when it comes time to eat, the spot is famous for classic Greek dishes and Greek salads with a scoop of potato salad lurking in their midst — a quirk that originated in the Tampa Bay area. And you’ll kick yourself later if you don’t stop in at one of the bakeries to take home a fresh pastry in a little white box. exploretarponsprings.com.

USF Botanical Gardens: The University of South Florida’s Botanical Gardens is an affordable excursion for out-of-town visitors who want to learn about the area and its environment — and you can even get some shopping done. The garden showcases the area’s flora and fauna in a variety of strollable gardens. You’ll find fruit trees and palms from around the world, as well as carnivorous plants and tropical trees and flowers. The plant shop is open year-round, offering local honey and beautiful and unusual plants propagated from its collections, including orchids, cactus, succulents, ferns and butterfly plants. Even better, Nov. 26 is Small Business Saturday and they are inviting a group of local businesses to sell local, homemade and environmentally friendly products. Open 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Saturday. Admission is $5, $3 ages 6-12, $1 students and staff. 2210 USF Pine Drive, Tampa, on the edge of the Tampa campus at USF Pine and Alumni Drive. usf.edu/arts-sciences/botanical-gardens.

Chismis & Co. will host a Filipino kamayan feast in St. Pete next month

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It's finally time to roll that big ol' banana leaf back out.

For the first time since 2019, the owners and chefs of . will host their all-you-can-eat Filipino kamayan feast—a large family-style meal eaten with your hands.

This rendition takes place at downtown St. Pete's Scott Andrew Fischer Design Studio (stylized as "SAFDS") on Sunday, Dec. 4 from 5:30 p.m.-9 p.m. In addition to a variety of traditional Filipino eats, the event will feature a live DJ, a welcoming cocktail, a cash bar, and a few sweet treats after the meal.

What won't be there are forks and spoons.

"There's going to be a $200 up-charge for utensils, but if they ask nicely we’ll waive it," Chef Cruz of Ichicoro and Chismis & Co. tells Creative Loafing Tampa Bay with a laugh.

This kamayan's $95 ticket can be purchased on eventbrite.com, and comes with a complimentary cocktail in addition to the all-you-can-eat Pinoy spread. After Thursday, Dec. 1, tickets to this exclusive feast will cost $105 each.

The meal starts with a few cocktails and appetizers, like lumpia, crispy pork bites and a tangy sinigang broth, which acts as a palette cleanser. Main dishes include whole fried snapper, deep fried pork belly or lechon kawali, aromatic braised chicken thighs, and kare kare, a peanut-based curry with tender short ribs. These main proteins will be joined by a wide spread of sides like roasted squash, garlic rice, braided green beans, savory eggplant frittata and salted duck eggs.

The feast will be accompanied by a variety of sauces and condiments as well, in addition to a few desserts like puto and biko—two traditional Filipino sweets.

And although there are a few plant-based items scattered throughout the feast, this probably isn't a meal for all of the true vegans out there. For more details on the kamayan menu, head to chismisandco.com.

While they haven't hosted this feast in a few years, the same group of rambunctious chefs—Noel Cruz, Ron Vicencio, Ruby Mahal and Phil Ruperto—are back to prepare this intimate and immersive dining experience. Next month's kamayan will also be in honor of the late Chef Branden Lenz.

For more information, head to @chismisandco on Instagram.

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