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"If you get the chance to talk to this woman, hear what she says - your body runs over with chills."

- Charles Smith, Manatee County Commissioner

[History]  Bradenton to Trumpet Civil Rights Icon
Jacob Ogles, jacob.ogles@srqme.com

A civil rights icon who worked with Martin Luther King, Jr. will share stories from moments in history with a Bradenton audience a week from today. 

Dr. Xernona Clayton, a giant in activism and broadcasting, will be in town for a meet-and-greet, the screening of the biographical documentary A Life to Remember and a book signing. Manatee County Commissioner Charles Smith says it's a chance for the community to get close to a figure at the center of the civil rights struggle of the 1960s. Smith met Clayton several years ago through the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, and says he was immediately amazed by Clayton’s story. “She knew the actors who have passed and left here, and can account verbatim on conversations she had with them,” Smith says. “If you get the chance to talk to this woman, hear what she says—your body runs over with chills.”

The 87-year-old Clayton for a time was the special assistant to King and his wife, Coretta Scott King, and she launched efforts to desegregate hospitals in Atlanta. She helped the family with certain funeral preparations after the famed civil rights leader’s assassination in 1968. She also famously worked with Klu Klux Klan Grand Dragon Calvin Craig when both served on a Model Cities program, and Craig would cite Clayton’s influence when he denounced the hate group in 1968. Clayton also enjoyed success in media, becoming the first black broadcaster to host a television show in the South. In the late 1970s, she joined Turner Broadcasting, where she rose to Corporate Vice President of Urban Affairs and served as a CNN executive for 31 years.

In 1993, she created the Trumpet Awards, which honor the major achievements of African Americans. It’s that awards event that led to Manatee County officials reaching out to Clayton. Elliott Falcione, executive director of the Bradenton Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, says that the county invited Clayton to town about a year ago in hopes of luring the awards to this region. After meeting Clayton, Falcione knew he wanted to bring her back for a community event. Plans were made for an event next Thursday at the Manatee Performing Arts Center. “At some point we can bring her back and get her in front of students and organizations to express the importance of unifying different races and cultures, and what that can bring to a community like ours,” Falcione says.

Both Smith and Falcione would still love someday to bring the Trumpet Awards to Manatee, and the event next week offers the chance to further showcase the region to Clayton.

The public event on Thursday opens at 6pm and will include a screening, with a meet-and-greet and a book signing scheduled at 7:30pm. Tickets can be reserved through the Manatee Players. 

[Ryan Flies]  From the Cockpit Part 45: ELA Eclipse 10
Philip Lederer, Phil.Lederer@srqme.com

Editor’s Note: This is part 45 of an ongoing series documenting the flights of active-duty US Navy Pilot Ryan Rankin on his journey to fly 52 planes in 52 weeks through the year 2017.

Not content to fly just one this year, Rankin steps behind the controls of another gyroplane this week—the ELA Eclipse 10. Partnering up once again with Chris Lord over in Sebring, FL, Rankin takes the top-shelf gyroplane out for a spin to see the sights in style.

A noticeable step up from the Cougar he flew previously, the Eclipse comes with a more powerful engine, all the creature comforts, a whole host of avionics and a souped-up streamlined look like something out of James Bond (the secret agent does fly a gyroplane in You Only Live Twice), plus a removable canopy. “It has more of a first-class feel,” says Rankin.

Feeling a bit more confident on this second excursion into the world of gyroplanes, Rankin was “definitely more comfortable,” he says. Lord performs a vertical take-off (gyroplanes don’t necessarily need a runway) and passes the controls to Rankin for a nice 30-minute jaunt through the skies. It flies like a plane, with a bit of a helicopter’s personality, and when the time is up he angles the Eclipse toward the runway for landing. He waits for Lord to take the controls, but he never does. Without a word, he leaves the task to Rankin, who performs the job with aplomb. Lord congratulates him on the ground. “That would never happen in a helicopter,” says Rankin.

When asked to choose between the Cougar and the Eclipse, Rankin doesn’t hesitate. “The Eclipse, for sure,” he says.

For more about the flight in Rankin's own words and a video of the flight, follow the link below. 

Pictured: Ryan Rankin and Chris Lord fly the ELA Eclipse 10. Photo courtesy of Ryan Rankin.

Ryan Flies

[Exec Moves]  Zota Beach Resort Reveals Management Team

Longboat Key’s new beachfront, boutique resort, Zota Beach Resort, has announced its executive leadership team in General Manager Roy Padgett, Director of Marketing and Communications Sandra Rios, Human Resources Director Elizabeth Cotner, Guest Services Manager Elizabeth Brackman and Executive Housekeeper Michael Malave. With over two decades of management experience, Padgett led operations of the prevailing Hilton property that Zota Beach Resort was built upon as general manager. During her previous position as public relations manager at Foxwoods Resort Casino and the MGM Grand at Foxwoods in Mashantucket, CT, Rios executed publicity plans for numerous retail and restaurant openings and multi-million dollar facility expansions including the opening of Lake of Isles, a Rees Jones golf course and Hard Rock Cafe Foxwoods. Prior to joining Zota Beach Resort, Cotner managed and cultivated resort talent as assistant human resources director at The Resort at Longboat Key Club, an Opal Collection property on Longboat Key. A third generation hospitality executive, Brackman has held positions at Walt Disney World, Hilton and InterContinental Hotels Group, specializing in operational procedures, recruitment and management. Prior to his role, Malave was the executive housekeeper at Main & Sky Resort in Park City, UT. 

Zota Beach Resort

[Synergy]  FSI Helps Families Leave Homelessness Behind

Six families who had lived at a Sarasota homeless shelter are now well on their way to self-sufficiency after a year’s worth of financial-literacy training, financial coaching, and peer support. The families are the second group to graduate from Gulf Coast Community Foundation and United Way Suncoast’s Financial Sustainability Initiative (FSI). Launched about a year and a half ago, FSI helps families avoid relapsing into homelessness by building the knowledge, habits, and assets they need to become financially sustainable. FSI is a new approach to ending generational poverty that was developed by Gulf Coast and United Way after scanning best practices around the country. Unlike many traditional financial-literacy programs, FSI reinforces classroom-style lessons about budgeting and saving with intensive, one-on-one financial and behavioral coaching. Incentives to help participants stick with the program range from meals and on-site childcare during evening workshops to matched savings accounts that double the money families are able to sock away. Through partners such as IberiaBank and the nonprofit Capital Good Fund, FSI also offers access to a range of asset- and credit-building financial products that effectively didn’t exist for these families in the past. 

Gulf Coast Community Foundation

[Synergy]  Child Protection Center Receives Grant for Security

Thanks to the support of the William G. and Marie Selby Foundation, the Child Protection Center (CPC) was able to increase security for clients, volunteers and staff at the main campus in Sarasota. CPC was able to improve the security system by installing exterior and interior security cameras, and upgrading access controls of the building. Additionally, CPC was able to upgrade the iRecord system used to record forensic interviews of child victims. The previous system was out of date and no longer supported by the company. Accurate and enhanced video evidence not only helps to protect the child being interviewed from future harm, but are often used to send perpetrators to jail for their acts. The mission of CPC is the prevention, intervention and treatment of child abuse. CPC has been serving Sarasota and DeSoto Counties since 1980, and last year the organization provided services to over 63,000 individuals, including forensic interviews, prevention education workshops, supervised visits and trauma-informed therapy.  

Child Protection Center

[Philanthropy]  Mote Marine Selected for Staples $50,000 Breakroom Makeover Contest

Staples Business Advantage, the business-to-business division of Staples, announced the Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium in Sarasota, Florida as the winner of its national $50,000 breakroom makeover contest. Mote Marine Laboratory was chosen from thousands of submissions as the grand prize winner based on a creative limerick written by one of its scientists.

“The definition of a breakroom is much different today than it was a decade ago or even last year, but businesses shouldn’t overlook this important space and how it’s used,” said Neil Ringel, president, North American Delivery, Staples. “We’re looking forward to working with Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium to design and transform their space for all staff to enjoy. We’ve seen that transformations such as these not only improve productivity and collaboration, but also retention and recruitment.”

A Staples design expert will work closely with the Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium to create a space that goes beyond a place to heat up lunch. Staples Business Advantage will provide the laboratory access to its solutions – including coffee options, healthy snacks, flexible office furniture, cleaning solutions, and technology products – as well as expert design and installation services.

“We’re thrilled to have won this makeover contest and we look forward to working with Staples on this transformation,” said Dr. Michael P. Crosby, President & CEO of Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium. “The staff at our nonprofit institution do amazing work, often with modest means, and they put our oceans, animals and community first. Now, thanks to Staples, we can give them something almost as special as they are. We can’t wait to see the result.” 

[Jpan]  Lots of Lobster

New this past summer to JPan is the roll of all rolls. The lobster roll not only incorporates fresh, delicate pieces of sweet and juicy lobster, but is also accompanied with snow crab and conch to really set it apart. The beautiful presentation is topped off with avocado and a delectable lychee honey, making this dish a roll to be reckoned with. This eye catching plate will also not leave you hungry; presented with 10 pieces rather than the standard 8. Truly an experience, come down to both JPan locations to try the Lobster roll for yourself - a work of art and nothing like you’ve tasted before!

Photo Credit: Wyatt Kostygan

Jpan is a member of Nosh, the SRQ magazine content marketing program for local restaurants. 

JPan Restaurant, 3 Paradise Plaza, Sarasota; 229 N. Cattlemen Rd., Sarasota, 941-954-5726

Jpan Restaurant

[TODAY]  SEMINAR: Wine, Women, Shoes , November 9 – November 11

Wine, Women & Shoes benefits The Parenting Program of Forty Carrots Family Center providing parenting education, early childhood education and child & family therapy at over 27 locations in Sarasota and Manatee Counties. The three-day series begins with a VIP Reception at Michael’s Wine Cellar on Nov. 9 where top donors and sponsors meet and sample wines from the series’ thirteen outstanding participating vintners. Friday, Nov. 10 features The Signature Luncheon at The Ritz-Carlton with a professional fashion show, a dozen fashionable retailers, and 60 volunteer men who show shoes on silver trays and support Forty Carrots. On Saturday, Nov. 11 five dinners are hosted in exquisite homes and other venues. We look forward to sharing good wine, exciting stories, and fabulous food with you all while supporting a good cause!

[TODAY]  GALLERY: ArtsHOP Gallery Walk , November 9 – November 12, All day

The eleventh annual artsHOP weekend will be celebrated with a lineup of local original art, refreshments, live music, raffles. Attendees of the event will be able to meet a variety of artists from various local art galleries. Enjoy the beach and fine art at this weekend event.

Anna Maria Island

[SOON]  BUSINESS: The Mark Wandall Foundationís 14th Annual Memorial Weekend , November 10 – November 11

Celebrate The Mark Wandall Foundation’s 14th Annual Memorial Weekend and learn how your support helps to aid kids and families in grief. Kick off the weekend Friday evening at Gold Coast Eagle Distributing with cocktails, fabulous food, a silent auction and poker tournament. Buy-in for the tournament includes free entry to the Kick-Off Celebration. The fun continues Saturday morning with a Golf Tournament at Legacy Golf Club in Lakewood Ranch.

Legacy Golf Club At Lakewood Ranch, 8255 Legacy Blvd Bradenton, FL 34202

[SOON]  GALLERY: Fields of Color , November 10 – December 5, Opening at 6-9pm

Transformative and dramatic, Arleen Joseph’s Fields of Color landscape paintings captivate the eye and pulls at emotional heartstrings. Known for her use of bold color and heavy texture, Arleen creates oil paintings that transport the viewer into a captivating and ethereal space. Additionally, 530 Burns Gallery will host a trunk show featuring sterling silver designs by Kelim, a local boutique.

Burns Gallery, 530 Burns Lane, Sarasota

[SOON]  FESTIVAL: Siesta Key Crystal Classic , November 10 – November 13

The 8th annual Siesta Key Crystal Classic returns this year with the promise of even more creative and jaw dropping exhibits. Come out and view 12 masterpieces made only from our #1 beach sand and water. Listen to live music everyday. NEW THIS YEAR - Visit us Friday or Saturday night for amazing colorful lit display of sculptures. Enjoy the many activities and vendors throughout the festival. 

Siesta Key Beach, 948 Beach Road Siesta Key, FL 34242

[SOON]  FESTIVAL: Sarasota MOD Weekend Festival , November 10 – November 12

Sarasota Architectural Foundation presents the fourth annual SarasotaMOD Weekend November 10 through 12 . The midcentury modern architecture festival celebrates the legacy of acclaimed architect Tim Seibert featuring Parties , Presentations, Film Screening, Art Exhibitions, Trolley&House Tours.


[SOON]  MUSIC: David Olney , November 10

David Olney became a major player in Nashville's underground folk and country scene in the early '70s. Since his success in Tennessee, David has created over 20 albums to his name, incorporating a wide range of inspiration from honky tonk to rock in his works. 

Fogartyville Community Media & Arts Center, 525 Kumquat Ct., Sarasota

[SOON]  THEATER: A Little Night Music , October 26 – November 12, 8pm

Get whisked away by romantic nineteenth century waltz from Stephen Sondheim. His music is sure to transport listeners to a weekend in the country. Tickets are $27, $30 or $37, depending on seating.

Manatee Performing Arts Center, 502 Third Ave. W., Bradenton

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Freedom of the Presses Book Fair , November 11, 11am to 4pm

This Book Fair is an exciting program which highlights the creative and democratic processes of 21st century independent artist's publishing. At the event, books, zines, comics, photoboooks, prints and more are available for purhcase. The day will culminate with a performance by Sheryl Oring.

Alfred R. Goldstein Library, 2700 Bradenton Rd., Sarasota

[SOON]  MUSIC: Yarn , November 11

Following in the footsteps of forward-thinking bands, Yarn is a Brooklyn-based Americana and alternative country band. They weave country, rock and blues into one in their music and performances. Their fresh sound includes musical idioms and universal tales for all to hear.

Fogartyville Community Media & Arts Center, 525 Kumquat Ct., Sarasota

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Rootabaga Country , November 11 – November 12

After a nationwide search, the Sarasota Opera is proud to announce that composer/librettist Rachel J. Peters has been chosen to compose the Sarasota Youth Opera’s new commission—Rootabaga Country. Ms. Peters explains that the work has a “sincere message of tolerance and inclusiveness in a cultural climate where the simple act of growing up is more confusing than ever before.”

Sarasota Opera , 61 N Pineapple Ave., Sarasota

[SOON]  FOOD: Keep the Dream Alive , November 13, 7:00PM

The Jewish Housing Council Foundation's 7th Annual Keep the Dream Alive event will be held for the first time on the Aviva Campus (1951 N. Honore Ave., Sarasota) and feature a bountiful dessert extravaganza by Chef Paul Mattison and his crew. Benefitting the Jewish Housing Council Foundation's Benevolent Care Program, Keep the Dream Alive will allow JHCF to continue honoring the founders’ dream of assuring that qualified residents can age in place, even if they have exhausted their resources.

Aviva Senior Life Campus, 1951 N. Honore Ave Sarasota, Florida 34235

[SOON]  SEMINAR: BASE Talks , November 14, 5:30pm

BASE Talks are an outreach lecture series centered around the core subjects of business, arts, science and entertainment. The presentations are designed to enhance community engagement and add value to the local arts and entertainment sectors. Learn more about these topics and become a smarter thinker. Tickets are $27, $30 or $37, depending on seating.

Manatee Performing Arts Center, 502 Third Ave. W., Bradenton

[SOON]  THEATER: A Christmas Story, The Musical , November 14 – December 10

This classic holiday tale centers on a mischievous, bespectacled boy, Ralphie, who dreams of getting a BB-gun for Christmas. In the weeks before the big holiday, Ralphie, his friends and his family get into all kinds of situations — including run-ins with a bully, a tongue stuck to a flagpole, a bar of soap in the mouth, a garish leg lamp, and a Chinese Christmas dinner.

Venice Theatre, 140 Tampa Ave W., Venice

[SOON]  THEATER: Evita , November 14 – December 30

Directed and choreographed by Josh Rhodes and winner of eight Tony Awards, Evita is among the most passionate and memorable productions. The musical retells the story of Eva Perón, Argentina’s celebrated but controversial First Lady. This exemplary musical is set to impress with a spectacular new staging at Asolo Rep.

Asolo Repertory Theatre, 5555 North Tamiami Trl., Sarasota

[SOON]  BUSINESS: The Cheapskate's Handbook , November 16, 11am and 5:30pm

Local humorist Mifflin Lowe will be doing a chat and sign for his new book, The Cheapskate's Handbook. With over 200,000 copies sold, the book delves into the hilarities of life that often go unnoticed. Reservations are suggested for attendance the 11am session.

Bookstore1Sarasota, 12 South Palm Ave., Sarasota

[SOON]  GALA: Motown Mania , November 17, 6pm

This gala combines cocktails and dinner with a can't miss show full of motown funk. This special performance is in honor of Audrey Coleman and Eva Slane of the Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe. Tickets are $200 and dress is cocktail attire.

Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe, 1646 10th Way, Sarasota

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Echoes , November 17 – December 17

Tillie and Samira were born 175 years apart, but their parallel stories eerily mirror one another across generations. Tillie is a Victorian pioneer woman sent to Afghanistan to fulfill wifely duties for an officer of the British Raj, while Samira is a Muslim schoolgirl who runs away to Syria to become the jihadi bride of an ISIS fighter. Both are confronted with tragedy in war-torn lands as they face the oppressive realities of their male-dominated landscapes. For more information please visit www.urbanitetheatre.com for show times and tickets. 

Urbanite Theatre , 1487 Second Street, Sarasota

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