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"It gives a boost to the connectivity of passengers in Sarasota-Bradenton to the West Coast and to the Far East."

- Rick Piccolo, Sarasota Bradenton International Airport

[Flight]  American Opens New West Boundary for SRQ Passengers
Jacob Ogles, jacob.ogles@srqme.com

Airline passengers can truly be westward bound as soon as they depart from Sarasota Bradenton International Airport. Officials on Monday announced American Airlines will offer seasonal flights from SRQ to Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) starting December 19 and continuing at least until April 1. The Texas airport will be the furthest west destination passengers can reach nonstop from Sarasota.

“It gives a boost to the connectivity of passengers in Sarasota-Bradenton to the West Coast and to the Far East,” said Rick Piccolo, SRQ airport president and CEO, “and it breaks a logjam of trying to get western service.”

Piccolo says the airport has been in talks with American Airlines for more than five years about providing some type of western nonstop flight, whether to Dallas, Houston or to Salt Lake City in Utah. American has a hub in Dallas, so the flight opens up more than just the destination of the major city; it potentially cuts a leg of travel for any passengers heading to or from the entire western half of the United States. Today, the furthest west an SRQ airport user can travel is to O’Hare International Airport in Chicago.

A look at non-stop destinations from SRQ airport shows strong service on the Eastern seaboard, with flights able to major markets like Atlanta, Boston, New York, Pittsburgh, Washington, D.C., Charlotte, N.C., and Portland, Maine. Allegiant Air announced in January it would start flights between here and Toronto, putting some more credibility behind the airport’s “international” moniker. The facility also boasts Midwest flights to Indianapolis, Cincinnati and Detroit.

Tickets are now available for flights to and from Dallas/Fort Worth starting Dec. 19. Flights will leave DFW at 10:20am and land in SRQ airport at 1:45pm, and return flights will leave SRQ at 2pm and land back at DFW at 3:50pm. The CJR-700 aircraft will hold up to 70 passengers. The seasonal service could go on hiatus at that point, but Piccolo says that will depend on the success of the route. “We’ve had seasonal service become year-round daily service,” he says. 

Photo courtesy Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport: An American Airlines passenger flight at terminal at DFW.

[GoodBite]  Wine & Dine Through Bordeaux
Jordan Glover, jordang@srqme.com

Michael’s Wine Cellar and Michael’s On East offer residents and visitors a variety of culinary experiences and special events to celebrate the start of summer this year. First, embark your taste buds on a journey to the French countryside Saturday, June 9 at 6:30pm, with the debut of the highly anticipated 2014 and 2015 vintages of Bordeaux at Michael’s Bordeaux Wine Tasting. Michael’s Wine Cellar Co-Proprietor Michael Klauber will host and present the arrivals he discovered from his travels along a wine-buying trip throughout Bordeaux, France with the Gulf Coast Connoisseur Club. The event will serve hors d’oeuvres and guests will have the opportunity to taste over 20 different wines. Michael’s Wine Cellar will also continue to host Open House Wine Tasting—a casual walk-about tasting in the retail store each month. And in continuation of its popular series of educational wine classes, “This Way! Three Way Wine Tasting” will present Monday, June 11 at 6:30pm. 

The Gulf Coast Connoisseur Club invites wine and food aficionados alike to join its exclusive loyalty program, which “rewards guests for their good taste.” Michael’s summer offerings such as Double Points Days allow members to earn double points on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays during lunch and dinner at the restaurant, plus double points on all retail purchases at the wine cellar on Thursdays. Wine Lovers Thursdays invite guests to enjoy half-priced bottles of wine in the restaurant while exploring the 350-bottle program. Come on in this season and sip on the finest of international wines, paired with the finest of cuisine.

For admission costs/purchases and advanced reservations, visit the link below. 

Photo of Bordeaux Vineyards provided by Michael Klauber.

Michael's Wine Cellar, 1283 South Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, 941.955.2675.

[Real Estate]  Capstone Group, Williams Parker Partner on Development

The Capstone Group and the law firm of Williams Parker Harrison Dietz & Getzen have entered into a long-term development project regarding the law firm’s property at 200 South Orange Ave. With a commitment to Sarasota’s downtown core as the region’s hub for commerce, arts, culture and urban living, both parties anticipate a mixed-use development featuring residential and commercial space to complement and enhance the area, including an office building to become Williams Parker’s new headquarters. The law firm will remain in its current office space until the new building is complete. Capstone is a closely held real estate development, management and ownership organization with activities in four states. Williams Parker was founded in 1925 and offers one of Florida’s largest trusts and estates practices; tax and employment groups with significant depth; and accomplished real estate, litigation, healthcare and corporate practices. 

Williams Parker

[Opening]  SRQ Modern Celebrates Opening of New Showroom

SRQ Modern—a local home remodeling company specializing in tile installation and repair, countertops and interior design—is celebrating the opening of its new showroom next week. On Thursday, June 14, at 7pm, the opening will be held at the company’s location at 2054 13th Street, Sarasota. RSVPs are requested at office@srqmod.com. 

SRQ Modern

[Synergy]  Goodwill Manasota Hosts Gulfcoast Legal Consultations

Community members who have legal questions are invited to visit the Goodwill Manasota Corporate Campus to take advantage of free consultations with attorneys from Gulfcoast Legal Services. The attorneys will meet potential clients at no cost for up to 30 minutes to determine if they are eligible for services in the following legal areas: family, housing, immigration, elder, consumer and/or victims of crime. The event is geared toward residents of Sarasota and Manatee counties who earn at 250 percent of the poverty level or less; that equates to just over $2,500 per month for one person or nearly $6,300 for a family of four. The consultations take place Friday, June 8, 9am–3pm at the Job Connection office on the Goodwill Manasota Corporate Campus (2705 51st Ave. E., Bradenton). Community members must bring a photo ID and proof of income, such as a paystub, SSI (supplemental security income) or SSDI (social security disability insurance) statements, W-2, or a bank statement showing deposits. While walk-ins are welcome, appointments are highly recommended. To reserve a spot, call (941) 355-2721, ext. 160. 

Gulfcoast Legal Services

[TODAY]  MUSIC: Sarasota Music Festival , June 4 – June 23

Classical musicians from around the world converge for three weeks of breathtaking concerts, featuring artists such as Vijay Venkatesh and Robert Sirota.

Sarasota Orchestra, Beatrice Friedman Symphony Center, 709 North Tamiami Trl., Sarasota

[SOON]  SPORTS: Free Kids' Summer Beach Run , June 5 – August 8, 6:30pm

Starting June 5 and June 6, the free Kids' Summer Beach Runs will be offered every Tuesday and Wednesday for the next three months, alternating between Siesta Beach and Brohard Beach. Registration begins at 5:30pm near the playground at Siesta and near the Venice Fishing Pier at Brohard. Kids who complete four runs receive a free T-shirt, and all runners receive a ribbon and a free ice pop with each run.

Siesta Beach and Brohard Beach, 948 Beach Rd., Siesta Key; 1600 Harbor Dr., Venice.

[SOON]  SCIENCE AND NATURE: Kayak Trip from Little Sarasota Bay to Palmer Point Beach , June 5, 8:30am-11:30am

Join John Sarkozy, as he shows you the natural beauty of Little Sarasota Bay. All kayak equipment will be supplied to you and is included in the cost of the trip, which is $20 for ALS members and $25 for non-members. A short training session will be given before the trip for those who wish to take it. Take a break on the “crown jewel” of local beaches and take a swim or a walk before paddling back to the mainland.


American Littoral Society

[SOON]  SPORTS: 2nd Annual Big Run 5K for Global Running Day , June 6, 6pm

Fleet Feet Sports Sarasota, the local retail leader in building and supporting the Sarasota running and physically active community, will join in Global Running Day as part of a nationwide 5K Big Run celebration. Designed to unify the efforts of running communities in different locations across the U.S. behind one event, the more than 70 participating Fleet Feet stores across the country collectively drew more than 12,000 participants in 2017.  The event is open to all ages and ability levels and the 3.1-mile-long course will take participants down to and around Sarasota’s Bayfront.

Fleet Feet Sarasota, 711 South Osprey, Sarasota.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Jungle Book , June 6 – June 24

Join Mowgli, Baloo and friends when Asolo Rep presents the world premiere of Jungle Book from the creators of the hit show Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea. Using the same jaw-dropping multi-media theatrical approach, Jungle Book re-imagines Rudyard Kipling’s classic stories through modern eyes to transport audiences to the world’s jungles. Family Day is June 16; Family Package pricing starts at just $15 per ticket when one person in the party is 18 or younger.

Asolo Repertory Theatre , 5555 N Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34243

[SOON]  SEMINAR: Sarasota Design Conference , June 8 – June 10

The biennial conference has a 30-year history of featuring speakers on the cutting edge of the profession from the U.S. and abroad. This year's theme, Designing for Change, focuses on how architects are responding to changes in climate, agriculture, society transporation and technology. There will be six speaker presentations, a panel discussion, architecture tours and a workshop titled Salty Urbanism, where participants will increase their knowledge on flooding and building resilient environments. A free presentation of the workshop results will be held Sunday, June 10, at 12:45.

Hyatt Regency Sarasota, 1000 Blvd of the Arts, Sarasota.

[SOON]  GALLERY: Floridian Artists Exhibition , June 8 – June 30

As the warm summer heat sets in, 530 Burns Gallery is pleased to highlight artists who hail from Florida. Summertime and sunshine always bring inspiration, and each artist uses his or her diverse style to create innovative and original art works. Featured artists include Gary Borse, Linda Richichi, Katie Cassidy, Todd Andrew Babb, Randy Colbath and Bettina Sego.

530 Burns Gallery, 530 Burns Ct., Sarasota

[SOON]  THEATER: Incognito , June 8 – July 8

In a cerebral journey through neuroscience, amnesia, and the theft of Albert Einstein’s brain, playwright Nick Payne investigates the nature of identity in a series of mysterious and touching interwoven tales.

Urbanite Theatre, 1487 2nd St., Sarasota

[SOON]  MUSIC: Latin Jazz with the Viva Cal Sextet , June 9, 8pm

Come enjoy Latin Jazz with the Viva Cal Sextet, featuring an All Star cast of musicians including Jose Antonio Lao on Timbales, Michelle Salazar on Bass, Hector Mayoral on Vocals, Bongos, Bell and Chekere, Alexis Montalvo on Piano, Cole Hazlitt on Vibraphone, Frankie Pineiro on elongated bongos.  Band leader Frankie Pineiro has long been a fixture of the Tampa Bay Jazz community. 

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

[SOON]  FOOD: Bordeaux Wine Tasting Set , June 9, 6:30pm

The 2014 and 2015 highly-anticipated vintages of Bordeaux available through Michael’s Wine Cellar will officially debut, hosted by Michael’s Wine Cellar Co-Proprietor Michael Klauber immediately following Klauber’s return from a Gulf Coast Connoisseur Club wine-buying journey through Bordeaux, France. Admission is $50 per person, with each guest receiving a $25 retail voucher for purchases of $50 or more to be utilized the evening of the tasting for the purchase of featured Bordeaux wines. Advanced reservations are required. Admission includes hors d'oeuvres and tastes of more than 20 Bordeaux wines.

Michael's On East, 1212 South East Ave., Sarasota.

[SOON]  DANCE: Countertechnique Workshop with Kira Blazek Ziaii , June 11 – June 13, 9:30am-11:30am

American performer, choreographer and educator Kira Blazek Ziaii will provide tools for the body and mind to deal with the demanding dance practice of the 21st century. Within a clear structure of exercises, the class thoroughly prepares the body for rehearsal and performance, enabling dancers to move bigger, more fluidly and more spatially, while becoming stronger and more flexible.

Sarasota Contemporary Dance Home Studio, 1400 Boulevard of the Arts Ste. 300, Sarasota.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Summer Circus Spectacular , June 12 – July 28

The 2018 Circus Spectacular will amaze and dazzle you. Join the performers for an hour of incredible family fun at affordable prices. Presented in collaboration with The Circus Arts Conservatory of Sarasota, this onstage exhibition of circus artistry provides delightful summer entertainment for “children of all ages.”

Historic Asolo Theatre, 5401 Bay Shore Rd., Sarasota

[SOON]  THEATER: Carole's Kings , June 12 – July 15

Be transported back in time with Carole's Kings, an all-male Carole King tribute that mixes fabulous music with clever writing by The Second City, the legendary home of sketch comedy and improv. With a cast fresh from Broadway, Carole’s Kings will have you singing and dancing along to “The Locomotion,” “You've Got a Friend,” and “I Feel the Earth Move.” Jam-packed with humor, this salute to Carole King will take you back to when she was the queen of the airwaves.

Florida Studio Theatre, 1241 North Palm Ave., Sarasota.

[SOON]  DANCE: Behind the Curtain with Kira Blazek Ziaii , June 15, 3pm

Come out and enjoy an open rehearsal with Choreographer Kira Blazek Ziaii and Sarasota Contemporary Dance dancers followed by a Q&A session.

Sarasota Contemporary Dance Home Studio, 1400 Boulevard of the Arts Ste. 300, Sarasota.

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