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Beachcombing Bonanza

During January and February, visitors to Jekyll Island, GA, seeking treasures by the sea may take home more than island shells. Jekyll Island’s popular “Island Treasures” promotion is returning, offering treasure seekers the opportunity to find beautifully crafted, limited-edition glass floats. The Island Treasures, created in the likeness of floats used for centuries by fishermen in Europe and Asia, are placed in limited numbers along the beach for visitors to find and keep. The Island Treasures are one-of-a-kind pieces commissioned from highly skilled artisans from throughout the United States. The collection features brilliantly colored fishing floats, magical starfish, beautiful sand dollars and other exceptional pieces. Each piece is numbered and signed by the artist who created it.

Guests who find the Island Treasures are asked to register their find at the Jekyll Island Welcome Center to receive a certificate of authenticity, artist bio and an embroidered gift bag. Visitors who don’t find an Island Treasure can purchase them for $65 at the Jekyll Island Welcome Center.

For more information, call (877) 4-JEKYLL.

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If It’s Smucker’s, It’s Got To Be...Skating?

One thing’s certain, the St. Pete Times Forum in Tampa should be “jammed” on Feb. 18 when the Smucker’s Stars on Ice show performs, featuring some of the best figure skaters of today’s generation. The all-new theme of this year’s tour is titled “Double Exposure: The Many Lives of Figure Skaters.” This concept will take fans on a once-in-a-lifetime journey into the hearts and minds of the featured skaters.

The performers, skaters from Olympic, World and National Skating Champions competition, will reveal their secret wishes, including tidbits from their personal goals and dreams, to things that happen in their daily lives. Everything you ever wanted to know about the stars will be exposed, according to show producer Scott Hamilton.

This promises to be a crash course on figure skating, and also will show what life is like for the stars after competitive skating. Shows also are scheduled for Fort Myers, Orlando and Fort Lauderdale. Visit the website for dates and times.

For more information and tickets, visit www.starsonice.com.

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Coming Full Cycle

Hundreds of street bikes, dirt bikes, cruisers, concept bikes and vintage bikes will roll into the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta for the 2007 Cycle World International Motorcycle Show scheduled for Feb. 23-25. The motorcycle extravaganza will give enthusiasts of all ages the chance to check out the latest gear and aftermarket accessories and see amazing live-action entertainment, including the BOSS “Ball of Steel” freestyle stunt show.

Also new this year, a welcome center will educate potential first-time riders on how to get started, safety courses, necessary gear and more. More than 17 manufacturers will be on site, including Honda, Yamaha, Harley Davidson, Ducati, Suzuki, Kawasaki and BMW, and will answer questions and provide information on the latest developments in motorcycles.

For more information on the show, call (800) 331-5706 or visit www.motorcycleshows.com.

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Michele Read’s Recipe
For a Romantic Dinner

Luvin’ Oven Cakes, created by Sherry Stoppelbein, picked Michele Read of Sarasota, FL, as the winner of the "Romantic Recipe" contest written about in the July/August issue of AAA Going Places Magazine, Read’s "Ooh La La Chicken" and her dinner menu walked away with the Grand Prize that includes:

  • Two-night stay at the  Bayfront Westcott House, St. Augustine, FL
  • Romantic Picnic for Two catered by Luvin’ Oven  
  • Two-tiered Cake designed by Luvin’ Oven  
  • Champagne and Gourmet Chocolates

Read, a kindergarten teacher and her husband Loren, a legal assistant, have two children, 6 and 1 year. Read’s contest entry states, “My husband and I needed to really kick up the romance between us on Valentine’s Day, especially with our busy careers and two little children. I wanted to create a meal that ‘set his heart on fire’, and I created my 3-course "Ooh La La Chicken" that ended with my "I Love You" chocolate heart. We’re so excited about winning, since we really need a little romance and relaxation. St. Augustine is the perfect romantic city!”

Michele Read’s Romantic Ooh La La Chicken Dinner



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