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  1. Meet John Collins, St. Petersburg Arts Alliance executive director

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    John Collins must have a big battery pack hidden somewhere on his person. How else to explain his energy?

    Diane Shelly, executive director of Florida CraftArt, which sponsors the annual CraftArt Festival, sits next to John Collins on a wall painted with one of the dozens of murals along St. Petersburg’s Central Avenue Arts District. She’s one of the many arts professionals who works with Collins to promote the arts in the city.
  2. When planning for retirement, consider transportation

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    For Roland Dion, 81, who lives on the eastern edge of San Diego, being isolated in a place where the car rules is all too real a possibility.

    Roland and Rosemarie Dion, both 81, live on the eastern edge of San Diego, and have begun planning for a carless future. They have considered relocating.
  3. 100 years later, remembering December 1914 milestones of WWI

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    A hundred years ago this month, World War I was five months along. When the fighting first started in late July 1914, many thought the conflict would be over by Christmas. Instead, the war would stretch for nearly four more years, until the November 1918 armistice.

    Soccer balls, wreaths and candles are left at the base of the newly inaugurated Christmas Truce monument in Messines, Belgium, on Dec. 6.
  4. Make dynamic stretching part of your workout routine

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    When it comes to fitness and health, whether you are a beginner or a seasoned exerciser, the best results stem from a well-rounded training program.

    Lifetimes exercise demonstration. Barbi Bozich demonstrates Straight Leg Kicks.
  5. 5 things to do through January

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    'The Phantom of the Opera'

    The Andrew Lloyd Webber classic has gotten an update by legendary theater producer Cameron Mackintosh, bringing a "very different, slightly more gritty, darker, and I think in a way more passionate look at the material." (To read Times performing arts critic Stephanie …

    Photo by Matthew Murphy for the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts
Katie Travis and Chris Mann in The Phantom of the Opera.
  6. Study: Malnutrition can be a real, and often undetected, problem

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    In a nation plagued by obesity, where a majority of people seem to be on a diet, it came as a surprise to researchers that more than half of the adults 65 and older who turned up in one emergency room were either malnourished or at risk for malnutrition.

    A third of the adults in the study reported difficulty buying groceries.
  7. Holiday gift ideas all wrapped up

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    Sometimes it feels like coming up with holiday gift ideas for your children and grandchildren is just plain hard work. But it doesn't have to be. Many holiday-related things to do in the bay area in December could both entertain and delight the kids and serve as a nice gift from the heart to celebrate the season. There …

    Sometimes it feels like coming up with holiday gift ideas for your children and grandchildren is just plain hard work. Here’s a list of some examples just to get those idea-wheels turning as we head smack into one of the biggest shopping days of the year.
  8. In search of SuperAgers' secrets

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    Angela Lansbury, who turned 89 on Oct. 16, would be the oldest working actor in American theater if it weren't for Mike Nussbaum, a less famous actor who, at age 90, just finished a demanding role in Noah Haidle's Smokefall at Goodman Theatre in Chicago.

    Mike Nussbaum, 90, appears in a scene from Noah Haidle’s Smokefall at Goodman Theatre in Chicago.
  9. Bend, lift, twist and balance with ease by strengthening core

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    Strong core muscles help make life much easier. So many daily functional movements we take for granted — bending, sitting, lifting, twisting, even standing still — rely on strength and stabilization of those muscles. When core muscles are weak, we lose strength, balance and stability, which can lead to back …

  10. OLLI offers courses for those who are never too old to learn

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    Bored? Curious? Tired of watching daytime TV talk and game shows? How about taking a class on "The Joys of French Cooking"? Or one on "The Best of Broadway: Tony Winners"?

    Joseph McAuliffe, 64, coordinates USF’s OLLI program.