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"As it gets closer to November and momentum starts to build, this was an opportunity to bring a large group of Sarasotans together to talk about the issues."

- Margaret Good, Democratic State Representative

[Politics]  Parties Campaign for Support in Tandem
Jacob Ogles, jacob.ogles@srqme.com

Campaigns for Democratic U.S. House candidate David Shapiro and state Rep. Margaret Good, D-Sarasota, joined forces Saturday for a major canvassing event. The Republican Club of Sarasota announced an upcoming dinner hosting GOP state House candidates Ray Pilon, Will Robinson and Tommy Gregory.

A flurry of political activity this weekend shows not only that the general election season has started in earnest, but that both major political parties will rely on unity to carry the entire ticket forward.

“David Shapiro is proud to stand by somebody like Margaret Good, who has done a lot to fight for Florida’s families,” says Alex Vuskovic, campaign manager for Shapiro’s House campaign. 

The match makes sense in a lot of ways. Good already proved herself a vote-getter in a special election earlier this year when she beat Republican candidate James Buchanan. Now Shapiro hopes for a similar upset of U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-Sarasota and James’ father. “We defeated one,” Good jokes. “Why not the other?”

And in a year when Democrats hope unrest about Republican President Donald Trump drives more left-leaning voters to polls, candidates hope a vote for one Democrat will mean help for every other one on the ballot.

But Republicans know the power of teamwork as well, as demonstrated by the upcoming Republican Club event. Pilon, a former state Representative looking to defeat Good in November, says that’s just one gathering meant to bolster the broader GOP ticket. It’s not technically a fundraiser. “But I will make a strong ask,” Pilon says.

When the Republican Party of Florida hosts canvassing in his district, they will be promoting gubernatorial candidate Rick DeSantis, U.S. Senate candidate Rick Scott and Pilon. During such events, Pilon says he will promote the ticket, “while at the same time emphasizing my District.”

Of course, there lies the tricky part of joint campaigning. Pilon suggests that Good tying herself so closely to Shapiro might excite the base, but may not play well with independent voters. Good says she’s not thinking about things that way and doesn’t fear the mudslinging of the congressional campaign touching her race. “We have been on the campaign trail together about a year now, and as it gets closer to November and momentum starts to build, this was an opportunity to bring a large group of Sarasotans together to talk about the issues,” she says.

Joe Gruters, chairman of the Republican Party and a candidate for state Senate, says every candidate must strike a balance. Both parties will do all they can to charge up the base, while also making a case to the “20 percent that can go either way.”

“The battle is over independent and NPA (no-party affiliation) females, so that’s where all the money is going to be spent,” Gruters says. “But no side can win unless we turn out our voters.” 

Photo courtesy Gabriel Hament: Margaret Good and David Shapiro

[GoodBite]  Rally the Troops
Brittany Mattie, brittany.mattie@srqme.com

Grab your drinking buddies this weekend and head up to Bradenton's newest brewery, where good liquid = good times. The Good Liquid Brewing Company (GLB Co.) will host its second Food Truck Rally event to squander its back alley and check out seven different food trucks from the Tampa Bay and Bradenton area. Co-owners, husband and wife duo Mike and Sandra Krail, brew all their own beer—with 34 in-house brews on draft ranging in all different styles, plus additional taps for wine and cider. Channel kid in a candy shop vibes by taking in its extensive wall of libations. Whether you’re a craft beer aficionado or just appreciate the quality and flavors of innovative full-bodied beers, there’s imbibing options-a-plenty for every member of your crew.

And seeing as the Food Truck Rally is mostly an outdoor event, bask with your beers during sunsetting hours in GLB Co.’s expansive outdoor beer garden—endowed with picnic tables, hanging lights and corn hole boards. Customers are welcomed to bring additional pop up lawn chairs too, as well as their four-legged friends to this family/dog-friendly event.

“These tasty trucks will have an offering of burgers, tacos, deep fried calzones, ramen noodle bowls, waffle desserts, asian dishes, bbq and wings”, says Sandra Krail. “We'll also have a snow cone truck for the kids, plus live music with Brett Wilkins.”

If you missed our last rally, don't miss this one—we’re looking forward to another great turnout!”

Saturday, September 22, 6pm-10pm.  

Photo provided by GLB Co.

The Good Liquid Brewing Co., 4824 14th. St. West., Bradenton (Fountains Shopping Plaza). 941-896-6381.

[Government]  House Passes Water Resources and Development Act

The U.S. House of Representatives this week passed the Water Resources and Development Act of 2018 (WRDA), which includes $3 million a year for the Corp’s Engineering Research and Development Center to identify and develop technology to detect prevent and manage red tide and other HABs, including the blue-green algae bloom smothering Lake Okeechobee. This will amount to an additional $15 million over five years to identify and develop improved strategies for early detection, prevention and reduction of the frequency and damaging effects of harmful algal blooms (HABs), including red tide. U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan has helped pass this legislation. 

Water Resources and Development Act of 2018

[Architecture]  Hive Architects Relocates to Rosemary District

Hive Architects has announced the relocation of its architectural practice to the revitalized Sarasota Rosemary District. The architectural practice of Joe Kelly, AIA, and Gwen Leroy-Kelly, AIA, occupies 1,500 square feet on the northwest corner of the BOTA Center. The mid-century building, formally known as the Baker Badcock Furniture Store and historically designated by the City of Sarasota in 2017, serves as a modern background for the architectural firm. Owner and developer Howard Davis of Latitude 27 hired Hive Architects Inc. in 2016 to renovate the building shell and consequently to provide architectural services for all tenant improvement work including AdRizer, iStage Homes and [STRANG] Architecture, as well as Hive Architects’ own studio space. The firm’s body of work includes residential architecture, interior design, and private commercial projects with a focus on regional modernism. 

Hive Architects

[Real Estate]  Gillen Group and Lorman Team Join Coldwell Banker

Coldwell Banker recently brought on two top-producing teams from competitors over to its Longboat Key office. The Gillen Group is a husband-and-wife team comprising Eileen and Brian Gillen, and has joined from Michael Saunders. The duo brings more than 35 years of collective real estate sales experience. The Lorman Team, comprising Dave Lorman, Robin Bowman and Kristine Lorman, joins Coldwell Banker from RE/MAX Alliance Group, with more than 16 years of combined real estate experience. 

Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate

[Education]  LECOM Approved to Offer Courses in Elmira College

Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM) has received approval to increase class size and offer courses at Elmira College in Elmira, NY. The Council on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA) of the American Osteopathic Association gave approval to the opening of an additional LECOM location, and the Elmira campus joins LECOM campuses in Erie and Greensburg, PA, and in Bradenton. The College expects to have the first Elmira medical students start in late July 2020, pending final approval by the New York Department of Education Board of Regents. Elmira College is a private, coeducational, Phi Beta Kappa college offering 30-plus majors, an honors program, 17 academic societies, and 20 Division III varsity teams. Founded in 1855, it was the first college for women with a course of studies equal in vigor to the best men’s colleges of the time. 

Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine

[TODAY]  GALLERY: Elsewhere , August 30 – October 5

This juried exhibition opens with a reception on August 30th.

Art Center Sarasota, 707 N Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34236

[TODAY]  GALLERY: Florida Watercolor Show , September 7 – October 26

Considered one of the finest watercolor shows in the country, whether one credits the local talent or local beauty, watercolorists from around the state will be showing in all three galleries of the art center, taking over the entire space for this premier exhibition.

ArtCenter Manatee, 209 9th St. W, Bradenton.

[TODAY]  MUSEUM: Storytelling: French Art from the Horvitz Collection , September 9 – December 2

Explore two exhibitions selected from one of the world’s finest private collections of French art, “Imaging Text: French Drawings for Book Illustration” and “17th and 18th Century French Paintings,” from The Horvitz Collection. Features 60 drawings and 10 related prints for book illustration, created between the 16th and 19th centuries, as well as a selection of 10 paintings. Subjects range from mythological and religious scenes to more playful genre imagery.

The Ringling Museum of Art, 5401 Bay Shore Rd., Sarasota.


Join SRQ MEDIA as we celebrate 20 years of superlative 
coverage, community engagement and living hyper-local at 
LaStrada | SRQ’s 20th Anniversary Street Festival!

Dolphin Street, Downtown Sarasota, FL 34236

[SOON]  FOOD: Dining for a Difference , September 20, 5pm-10pm

Join the Designing Daughters for Dining for a Difference, a community wide, dine out event featuring 20+ local Sarasota and Manatee County Restaurants who will donate a portion of all sales made on September 20 back to the Designing Daughters Grants Program for local Children and Family charities. Simply grab your friends, colleagues and neighbors, pick a participating restaurant and enjoy a meal. No ticket, no fancy clothes, just a night out with your favorite people.This simple act will make a huge impact for local families in need.

Multiple locations, Multiple locations

[SOON]  THEATER: Annie Get Your Gun , September 20 – October 7

Sure-shootin’ Annie Oakley can win prizes with her marksmanship, but she can’t get a man…or can she? This slice of magical American musical theatre still thrills audiences with the classic tunes of the legendary Irving Berlin.

The Players Centre for Performing Arts, 838 North Tamiami Trl., Sarasota.

[SOON]  SEMINAR: The Agency of Architecture: Meetup with Germane Barnes , September 21, 5:30PM - 7:30PM

Join the Center for Architecture Sarasota and Germane Barnes for a meetup and lecture. What is the role of the architect and architecture in today's intersetional environment? Can the architect, once singularly viewed as the master builder, be held responsible for non-inclusive space?

Center for Architecture, 265 S Orange Ave, Sarasota

[SOON]  GALA: 2nd Annual Taste of New Orleans Benefit Dinner , September 22, 6pm-9pm

Truly Valued presents its 2nd Annual Taste of New Orleans Benefit Dinner, at Michaels on the Bay at Selby Gardens with speaker Captain Todd Shear of the Manatee County Sheriff's Office and a night of entertainment with NuJazz. All proceeds support Truly Valued's mission of building self-esteem, confidence and character to promote a positive self- image, positively impact educational and career aspirations and improve academic achievement in adolescent girls. Dinner is complimentary and an opportunity to make a financial gift will be extended during the event.

Michaels on the Bay at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens', 900 South Palm Ave., Sarasota.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: iconcept jr: The Future of Fashion , September 23, 12pm

25 designers ages 8–16 are encouraged to use repurposed/recyled materials in their creations. Most of them will also wear their outfits in the runway show, adding self-confidence and stage presence as skills gained. The participants are treated to a professional fashion photoshoot for the program guide, as well as professional hair and makeup stylists backstage to complete their look. Proceeds from the event benefit the expansion of the Art Center's youth art education programs and help students who are in need of financial assistance receive scholarships.

Art Center Sarasota, 707 North Tamiami Trl., Sarasota.

[SOON]  FOOD: Boards for Bravery: A Charity Charcuterie Event , September 23, 4:30pm–7pm

Learn how to build the perfect charcuterie board while supporting pediatric cancer research. Inspired by Benjamin Gilkey’s love of charcuterie, admission includes wine and appetizers from Louies Modern, a handcrafted charcuterie board to take home, pairing education from local experts and the chance to create your own palette of fine meats, cheeses and delicious accoutrements, provided by local artisans. Proceeds benefit The Benjamin Gilkey Fund for Innovative Pediatric Cancer Research, which supports groundbreaking studies led by physicians at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital.

Louies Modern, 1289 North Palm Ave., Sarasota.

[SOON]  SEMINAR: 16th Annual Forty Carrots Free Community Speaker Event , September 25, 9am-12pm; 7pm-8:30pm

Forty Carrots Family Center's Annual Free Community Speaker Event presented in partnership with Community Foundation of Sarasota County returns for a 16th year featuring best-selling author and parenting expert, Dr. Michele Borba. She will be discussing “How to Cultivate Mentally-Healthy, Resilient, Empathetic Children (Despite a Trophy-Giving, Anxiety-Driven, Helicoptered and Bubble-Wrapped Culture)” and “UnSelfie: Why Empathetic Kids Succeed in Our All-About Me World.” In these free presentations, parents and educators will learn how to shift children's focus from I, me, and mine, to us, we and ours. With examples from years of research, Dr. Michele Borba will offer a framework that yields successful, happy kids who grow up to be kind, moral, courageous and resilient adults.

Community Foundation of Sarasota County and Riverview High School Performing Arts Center, 2635 Fruitville Rd., Sarasota; 1 Ram Way, Sarasota.

[SOON]  SEMINAR: 2nd Annual Grey Matters, A Symposium on Alzheimers Research , September 28, 11am-2pm

Don't miss out on this year's amazing Grey Matters Luncheon Symposium benefitting The Roskamp Institute. This year's Alzheimer's Disease-Research based Symposium will focus on lifestyle, wellness and healthy aging. For information or to be added to this year’s waiting list please call Megan Micale at (941) 552-9832.

Michael's on the Bay at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, 811 South Palm Ave., Sarasota.

[SOON]  SEMINAR: Real Men Wear Pink Reveal Party , September 29, 5pm-7pm

Join the American Cancer Society as they reveal the 2018 Real Men Wear Pink of Sarasota–Manatee. The candidates will participate in a fashion show, hosted by the tenants of the Mall at University Town Center. Come out and see which men in our community are dedicated to raising funds and awareness to help fight breast cancer. Light refreshments will be served.

The Grand Court at The Mall at UTC, 140 University Town Center Dr., Sarasota.

[SOON]  THEATER: Raisin , October 3 – November 11

Taking place in the 1950s on the South Side of Chicago, the story revolves around a working class black family aspiring to a better life after the death of their father. Hope is sparked by the arrival of a $10,000 life insurance check. But conflicts arise when mother and son want to spend the money in different ways. 

Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe, 1012 North Orange Ave., Sarasota.

[SOON]  BUSINESS: SkillSHARE October 4 Mentoring Summit , October 4, 5-7:30pm

Made for speed, SkillSHARE is the basics of mentorship concentrated into mini-sessions that encourage honest interactions and allow for spontaneous connection. This event is a way to meet like-minded professionals, make valuable connections and get straight to your most burning questions about career and personal development. Each participant will be paired with several mentors for mini-sessions. Lasting from 10-12 minutes, each mini-session is unstructured, allowing for conversation, guidance and direction from each mentor.

SRQ Studios, 331 S Pineapple Ave, Sarasota, FL 34236

[SOON]  BUSINESS: Where the Votes Are , September 20, 7:30-9:00am

Join SRQ Magazine Senior Editor Jacob Ogles for Where the Votes Are on Thursday, September 20, 2018 from 7:30-9am at the SRQ Studios. Ogles will analyze and deconstruct results from every major contest in Sarasota and Manatee counties, including legislative primaries, county elections and school board races.  The $5 cover includes coffee and donuts courtesy of Five-O Donut Co. Coffee and donuts at 7:30am. Presentation 8am-9am. Click here to RSVP.

SRQ Studios, 331 S. Pineapple Avenue, Sarasota, FL 34236

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