Workouts, and a little plastic surgery
Jane Fonda always looks terrific, doesn't she? Now Fonda, 72, tells Entertainment Weekly that she just recently had plastic surgery. The actor and fitness enthusiast says she's writing a book about aging. "I can't write that book and not say I've had plastic surgery." Why did she do it? "I don't want to have bags under my eyes that make me look tired . . ." Fonda joins some of the folks featured in today's LifeTimes centerpiece. Fonda, who started the fitness revolution in your living room with her 1982 Workout video, is also releasing two new DVDs, Jane Fonda: Prime Time Walkout and Jane Fonda: Prime Time Fit & Strong, due out Nov. 30.
Life is short, eat cookies
St. Petersburg Times food and travel editor Janet K. Keeler will be signing copies of her new cookbook, Cookielicious: 150 Fabulous Recipes to Bake & Share, at various locations in the Tampa Bay area in October and November.
Cookielicious is a compilation of original recipes and reader favorites that are fit for gift-giving, children, holiday and everyday eating. There is also a chapter of chocolate cookies.
Book signings, all from 1 to 2:30 p.m.:
Oct. 16: Waldenbooks, International Plaza, Tampa
Oct. 23: St. Petersburg Times Festival of Reading, USF St. Petersburg
Oct. 30: Haslam's Bookstore, 2025 Central Ave., St. Petersburg
Nov. 6: Book Bank, 10500 Ulmerton Road, Largo
Nov. 27: Barnes & Noble, 213 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa
There will also be a book launch party and cookie tasting from 4 to 7 p.m. Oct. 12 at the Coliseum, 535 Fourth Ave. N in downtown St. Petersburg. A free ticket to the launch party will be sent to anyone who pre-orders online through timescookierecipes.com or by calling toll-free 1-888-352-2665.
Books ordered before Oct. 6 will be shipped, and after that they can be picked up at the event. The 224-page book is $19.95 plus shipping. Books will also be for sale at the launch party.
Cookielicious can also be ordered on amazon.com.
For 50 and up: An Orlando extravaganza
The August LifeTimes cover story featured an interview with director Rob Reiner, who's among the celebrities and performers expected at AARP's Orlando@50+ convention Sept. 30 through Oct. 2. For details on events and costs, including concerts by Crosby, Stills and Nash and Judy Collins, go to aarp.org. It's at the Orange County Convention Center, 9800 International Drive.
We're not getting older, we're getting more social
Social networking use among people ages 50 and up has nearly doubled from 22 to 42 percent in the past year, according to 2010 data from the Pew Research Center. Additionally, half of Internet users ages 50 to 64 and one in four users ages 65 and older now use social networking sites.
Share your Woodstock experience
The Museum at Bethel Woods, part of Bethel Woods Center for the Arts in New York, invites folks who attended Woodstock (or even tried to attend, or who volunteered, they're not picky) to become part of their Woodstock Alumni Registry. Complete a survey about your experience; the information will then become part of the archive about festivalgoers. Go to www.surveymonkey.com/s/woodstock_attendees.
In addition, the museum is featuring the exhibition Collecting Woodstock: Recent Museum Acquisitions, which includes photographs, objects and ephemera from the festival; and a video compilation of rare Woodstock footage, interviews, home video of the festival and live music audio from the concert. The exhibit runs through Jan. 2.
The museum and center, about 90 miles from New York City, is at the site of the 1969 festival. For more information on Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, go to bethelwoodscenter.org.
Help with food stamp enrollment
More than 10,000 low-income older folks in Florida who haven't been able to navigate the online food stamp enrollment system can now get help through a pilot project through the Department of Elder Affairs. The assistance program, called the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, was formerly known as the food stamp program.
Residents and caregivers in eligible counties, including Pinellas, Hillsborough, Pasco, Hernando, Citrus and Manatee, should call the state's Elder Helpline, toll-free 1-800-963-5337. The department says that statewide, 58 percent of eligible elders do not participate in SNAP. For more about Elder Affairs, go to elderaffairs.state.fl.us.