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Published:   |   Updated: October 14, 2013 at 09:05 AM

Archaeologist to talk about Blueberry Site

AVON PARK - Archaeologist David Butler will present "A Review of the Habitation Timeline at the Blueberry Site" at 7 p.m. Thursday in Building B, Room 101.

The presentation is part of The Kissimmee Valley Archaeological and Historic Conservancy's Speaker Series. The public is invited at no cost.

The occupation of Blueberry spans thousands of years. Humans took advantage of the bountiful landscape for hunting and gathering before settling in the site on a permanent basis.

Current evidence places the initial temporary occupation in the middle archaic period, from 5,000 to 3,000 B.C.

The permanent occupation of a group of people belonging to the Belle Glade Archaeological Culture began around A.D. 1190. Butler will show why and when these habitations began and give his understanding of why they ended.

Butler is a registered professional archaeologist with 18 years of experience in Florida archaeology. He has worked in all phases of excavation and has been a field technician and supervisor for public archaeology research initiatives and cultural resource management projects.

He owns a cultural resource management company and taught anthropology and archaeology at the college level for nine years before joining Full Sail University in 2009, where he works as an applied anthropologist focusing on the impact of culture on Internet marketing.

Butler has been the principal investigator at the Blueberry Site in Lake Placid since August 2005.

For information, call Anne Reynolds at 840-3995.

'Food Day' observance to celebrate good nutrition

AVON PARK - South Florida State College will host Food Day, a nationwide celebration and a movement toward more healthy, affordable and sustainable food, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 24 in the University Center Auditorium and lobby. The event is free and open to the public.

Sponsored by SFSC's allied health department, the event is a chance to celebrate what our food system does right and take action to bring us closer to "real food" that is produced with care for the environment, animals and the women and men who grow, harvest and serve it.

"SFSC's allied health programs all share a common interest in nutrition," said Rebecca Sroda, associate dean of allied health. "Students will have the opportunity to practice and teach the public what they have learned about nutrition and how it relates to their profession."

The event will feature healthy cooking and gardening demonstrations, student videos, sidewalk art, a movie screening and several information booths.

Local farmers will provide fresh fruit and vegetables available for purchase.

SFSC's chapter of the Association of Florida Colleges will simultaneously hold a food drive and will accept healthy, nonperishable food items including boxed, bagged and canned food.

For more information, contact Sroda at 784-7021 or rebecca.sroda@southflorida.edu.

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