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Posted on Monday, July 8, 2013 at 2:25 pm

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‘Launchpad To What’s Next Live!’ National Tour Announced
May 30 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Growing Bolder, an award-winning program empowering millions to lead lives of passion and purpose, announced today the launch of the national tour for Launchpad to What’s Next LIVE!, a new, star-studded program featuring nine of the top motivational speakers redefining aging. The event is set for Thursday, May 30, from 7 p.m. – 9 p.m., at The Sharon Performing Arts Center at The Villages.
Growing Bolder founder and CEO Marc Middleton said in addition to himself, the transformational evening will feature internationally-recognized motivational speakers from a Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, to an Olympic gold medalist to leading researchers on brain health and longevity. The speakers include:
• Roger McGuinn, founder of the The Byrds and member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
• Rowdy Gaines, three-time Olympic gold medalist and sports broadcaster.
With special guests:
• Diana Nyad, author, who at age 64 became the first person to swim from Cuba to Key West without the aid of a shark cage.
• Lisa Lynn, personal trainer to Martha Stewart and author of “The Metabolism Solution.”
• Dr. Roger Landry, highly-decorated flight surgeon and author of “Live Long, Die Short: A Guide to Authentic Health and Successful Aging.”
• Jim Smith Jr., known as Mr. Energy, a renowned trainer, motivational speaker and author of “The No-Excuse Guide to Success,” which was nominated for the NAACP Image Award.
The May 30 event will be taped for national television and will air later this year on PBS, Middleton said. Tickets are $35 for reserved seating. Guests are urged to purchase tickets early to get preferred seating.
Tickets for the event can be purchased online beginning March 27 at or by visiting The Villages’ entertainment box office at 1070 Canal St. Launchpad to What’s Next LIVE! will be touring the country through November, 2019, with stops in Albuquerque, Hilton Head and Sun City, Arizona, among other cities.

Florida’s Roadside Native Wildflowers
Jun 3 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Free Program: Florida’s Roadside Native Wildflowers by Lisa Roberts, Executive Director, Florida Wildflower Foundation. Monday, June 3, 2019, 6:30 – 8:00 pm, Chinsegut Hill Retreat, 22495 Chinsegut Hill Road, Brooksville 34601. Roadside wildflowers work hard for us: slow climate change, cleanse stormwater runoff, conserve soil, beautify communities, help insects pollinate crops. Learn how we can preserve naturally occurring native wildflowers. Sponsored by Hernando Chapter, Florida Native Plant Society. Information and resources:, contact: