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"Good design serves your clients well. It impacts their lives for the better. In some cases it provides a healthier environment. In other cases it relaxes the mind, and in others it increases productivity."

- Kelsey McKiernan, Chapter President of ASID-FWC

[Events]  Celebrating Design at the ASID-Florida West Chapter Weekender 2019
Brittany Mattie, brittany.mattie@srqme.com

This past weekend, the American Society of Interior Designers- Florida West Chapter celebrated its annual Weekender conference in downtown St Petersburg at the Hilton Bayfront hotel. Of the packed two days set aside for the conference, Holly Dennis, ASID-FWC Design Community Chair for Sarasota, Legislative Chair and Past President, as well as a three-time SRQ Magazine Home of the Year Award winner, organized and coordinated ASID's most successful Weekender to date—including educational seminars, site tours, an immersive trade show of industry contacts and resources, plus networking cocktail receptions, brunches and raffle prizes.  

Professional interior designers apart of the ASID, covering the Tampa Bay region and as south as Fort Myers, turned up for the Weekender conference with a kick-off at STABIL Concrete for a CEU, plant tour and lunch. Presented by OSSO Concrete Design by STABIL, the class largely discussed how to use GFRC (Glass Fiber Reinforced Concrete) for better decorative panels, countertops, architectural furniture, etc. The concrete artisans educated the designers on the benefits of GFRC to customize products for future clients like fireplace surrounds, domes, statues, planters, fountains, ornamental wall art and artificial rock work.During the next day’s trade show, further CEUs included ‘Optimizing the Workplace for Innovation,’ presented by Haworth & Florida Business Interiors, ‘Recycled Glass Mosaic Tiles,’ presented by Design Works and American Glass Mosaics, and ‘Kitchen and Bathroom Plumbing,’ presented by Pinnacle Plumbing. In the mosaic tile seminar, designers learned the intricate differences between sintered glass, float glass and cast glass manufacturing, as well as translucent grout types and TCNA installation guidelines—a nod to the growing trend and custom demand of mosaic artwork in interior and exterior spaces. Other market trends were discussed in the plumbing seminar, including the redux of mid-century modern kitchens, two-tone color schemes, modern lighting fixtures, modular sinks, and the differences between cast iron, composite, fire clay and stainless steel. 

Throughout the rest of the trade show, members mixed and mingled with representatives of local touchstones such as Soft Square, Hydrologic, Wendover Art Group, SmartHouse Integration and Ferguson. Additionally, ASID brought in national and international vendors, with tables consisting of Phillip Jeffries’s specialty textured wallcoverings, Cambria’s natural stone surfaces, Momentum Group’s contract textiles, Brown Jordan’s patio furniture, Pindler & Pindler fabrics and many more. And to top off an inspiring weekend of contemporary design, ASID-FWC culminated its successful year with an annual Meeting and Awards Dinner—MCed by SRQ’s own Wes Roberts, executive publisher. Former chapter president Kelsey McKiernan, Allied ASID, stepped down from the yearly role, before initiating the incoming chapter president Alice Alexander, Allied ASID. “Remember, good design serves your clients well,” says McKiernan at the commencement of the ceremony. “It impacts their lives for the better.  In some cases it provides a healthier environment. In other cases it relaxes the mind, and in others it increases productivity.” 

The Design Awards were announced to the room of Professional, Allied and Associate members, design students and industry partners—all dedicated to the advancement of their interior design professions. Designers were welcomed to submit their entries within residential, contract and product design categories, to which submissions remained anonymous and were reviewed and judged by a distinguished panel of ASID judges from Washington DC and San Diego. “This year our judges scored the entries with very high marks,” says Alexander. “As the leading interior design association we take great pride in our members’ extraordinary body of work and celebrate the exceptional contributions and innovations from all of our talented members.” With a record number of entries, the 25 categories welcomed award winning achievements from fresh and fond faces of regional design firms.

McKiernan ends on a high note with a ballroom of applause saying, “Your diversity of talents represented by the broad range of projects and your own diverse styles of design solutions and influences, proves that Florida West Coast interior designers are truly leaders in the World of Design.”

SRQ Media was a proud media sponsor of the ASID-FWC Weekender 2019. 

Photo by Wyatt Kostygan.

Follow the ASID-FWC Chapter news and events here.

[GoodBite]  I Scream for Scoby Cream
Brittany Mattie, brittany.mattie@srqme.com

While the northern territories of America are shifting to warm, fall beverage treats like apple ciders and pumpkin spice lattes, Floridians still have the excuse to cool down outside with a refreshing frozen dessert. Newly added to her sought-after juice truck, SaraFresh invites strollers to stop by for a spoonful of splendid. Founder Lynn Morris recently got into making her own vegan ice creams, with salubrious flavors like watermelon, lavender coconut and ube yam. And to step things up, Morris is submerging her creations with another plant-based female icon in the community, Aneta Lundquist, founder of 221 B.C. Kombucha. The two girlboss recipes combined forces to create a local phenomena, known as a kombucha float. 

221 B.C.’s organic and vegan tea fermentations diminishes the need for sugar and optimizes on the naturally-occurring organic acids, probiotics and live enzymes, such as “scoby.” Scoby, as many avid booch drinkers or brewers may know, is actually an acronym: Symbiotic Culture Of Bacteria and Yeast—providing your gut with an endless stream of health benefits including help with digestion, inflammation, weight loss and fighting off illness. So before temps “cool” too much, and the seasonal fall cold starts going around the office, fill your cup with a sweet scoop of raw nutrition, floated by some detoxifying fizzy liquid. 

Now available at the SaraFresh Juice truck at the Downtown Sarasota Saturday Farmers Market—don’t be shy to stop by for multiple visits to play around with different pairings of Lynn’s housemade ice cream flavors and Aneta’s unique brew flavors like Lavender Moringa, Berry Hibiscus, Jun Honey Matcha and the newest, Acai Beet kombucha.  

Photo courtesy of SaraFresh.

[Education]  Five Sarasota County Schools Named PBIS Model Schools

Five elementary schools in Sarasota County have been designated as PBIS Model Schools for their universal adoption of a positive behavioral intervention and supports (PBIS) program. PBIS is a prevention program for schools to encourage good behavior and reduce discipline. Instructors teach students about positive behavior as they would any other subject, such as reading or math, and that learning is extended throughout the school day. When schools adopt a PBIS program, students receive fewer detentions and suspensions and get better grades. There is also evidence that PBIS may lead to less bullying. All schools in Sarasota County have PBIS plans; however, these five elementary schools are the latest to be recognized for their emphasis on preventative strategies using the PBIS program model.

Schools in Sarasota County receiving Model School designation include: Ashton Elementary (Gold), Atwater Elementary (Gold), Gulf Gate Elementary (Gold), Phillippi Shores Elementary (Silver) and Fruitville Elementary (Bronze). These five PBIS Model Schools completed all data entry requirements as part of the program. In addition, they participated in district walkthroughs and submitted outcome data for student discipline. The outcome data was analyzed to show the equity and effectiveness of discipline outcomes used to determine the various levels of gold, silver and bronze designations. 

Sarasota County Schools

[Transit]  Sarasota In Motion Enters Phase 2 with Interactive Map

“Sarasota in Motion,” the first citywide transportation master plan, enters its second phase this week with the launch of an interactive online map. The map, now available online, is intended to be a place where the public can share their comments and ideas for transportation improvements. Citizens can zoom in on specific streets, intersections and routes on the interactive map and post their comments and ideas, which will shape the City’s vision and action plan to answer these questions.

The City has already gathered hundreds of comments via an open survey, public visioning workshops and community outreach events during the first phase of the master plan process. When it is completed, Sarasota in Motion will serve as a playbook for how the City not only invests in transportation infrastructure, but also how it achieves the community’s larger quality of life goals.

For more information on the transportation master plan, to provide your input or to subscribe to the Sarasota in Motion email list for future updates and events, visit the website below. 

Sarasota In Motion

[Education]  USFSM Offering One-Day Critical Thinking Workshops

USF Sarasota-Manatee will offer a series of one-day workshops designed to enhance one of the most sought-after skill sets in today’s workforce: critical thinking. The first of three one-day Critical Thinking Certification Workshops will be held September 27 from 8am to 4:30pm in Room A320A. Additional workshops will be held at the same time and location Oct. 25 and Nov. 22 at USFSM, 8350 North Tamiami Trl., Sarasota. Workshops are open to all professionals, including CEOs, business owners, educators, managers, human resources professionals, entrepreneurs and lifelong learners. Early registration is $79 up to one week prior to registration. Regular registration is $99. There is a limit of 25 participants per workshop.

The Critical Thinking Certification Workshops Series is modeled after USFSM’s highly-successful Incredi-Bull Critical Thinking (IBCT) program, an interdisciplinary, university-wide initiative that facilitates creativity and drives innovation. Now in its fourth year, IBCT has surpassed initial goals with more than 30 courses taught by nearly two dozen faculty, mini-grants to instructors and marked improvement in students’ critical thinking.

Register at the website below. 

USFSM Workshop Registration

[Business]  SMH CEO Verinder Named to 2019 Florida 500 List

Sarasota Memorial Health Care System CEO David Verinder landed a spot on the 2019 Florida 500 list for the second time in its two-year run. The list, compiled by Florida Trend, selects executive leaders in Florida who best exemplify longevity and positive influence in their communities and industries.

The Sarasota County Public Hospital Board appointed Verinder president and CEO of the health care system in 2014. Prior to this role, he served as COO and CFO. During the past five years, he has spearheaded Sarasota Memorial’s Level II Trauma Center, Graduate Medical Education Program and began construction of a second hospital in Venice and development for a Cancer Institute, both slated to open in fall of 2021. The system has received numerous quality awards since Verinder’s appointment. Recent rankings include 100 Top Hospitals by IBM Watson Health and top 1% of high performing hospitals in all conditions and procedures evaluated by U.S. News in 2019. 

Sarasota Memorial Health Care System

[TODAY]  THEATER: Who Love You, Musical Tribute to Frankie Valli and Beyond , September 3 – October 13

Experience the signature songs and dance moves of one of the most successful acts in music history: Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. A musical tribute to the group that has sold more than 100 million records worldwide, Who Loves You will have you clapping and singing along to hits like “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Walk Like a Man,” “Rag Doll,” “December, 1963 (Oh, What a Night),” and many more you know and love.

Florida Studio Threatre, 1241 N Palm Ave., Sarasota

[TODAY]  GALLERY: CFAS: Halflants + Pichette , September 12 – October 10

Center for Architecture Sarasota opens its fifth season at the McCulloch Pavilion with its new Solo Architecture Series. The first exhibit of the series features the Sarasota firm of Halflants + Pichette. The opening reception is September 12 from 5:30pm until 7:30pm. Light hors d’oeuvres and refreshments will be served. Information and registration is available at the CFAS website.

McCulloch Pavilion, 265 South Orange Ave., Sarasota.

[SOON]  SEMINAR: Voice + Visibility Women's Summit Lift Off Luncheon , September 17, 11am

Don’t miss the Voice + Visibility Women’s Summit hosted by Shannon Rohrer-Phillips, LLC at 11am on September 17 at Michael’s on East. The Voice + Visibility Network of SW Florida convenes diverse female leaders in Business, Philanthropy, The Arts and Community Advancement for maximum impact. At the event, SRP, LLC will highlight local leaders and announce the Inaugural Program for February 4th, 2020. VVWS will feature nationally recognized visionaries who will share their stories of leadership, innovation, wealth creation, and community investing in women and girls.

Michael's on East, 1212 South East Avenue, Sarasota, FL 34239

[SOON]  MUSIC: Van Wezel Friday Fest featuring Ari and the Alibis , September 20

FREE outdoor summertime concert series! The events run from 5-9pm and are located on the Bayside Lawn of the Van Wezel. Each of the four events will feature food trucks, beverage vendors and more – it’s the perfect spot to enjoy a summer sunset over Sarasota Bay. Rounding out Friday Fest 2019 is the high-energy band, Ari and the Alibis! Infusing Funk, Jazz and Samba with Blues Soul and Rock, this 5-piece group has earned two Grammy® nods (Best Rock Song and Best Rock Performance) and an award for “Best original song by a local group” in the Bradenton Times “Best of the Bay.” Don’t miss Ari’s powerhouse voice filled with emotion and strength – live at the Van Wezel’s Friday Fest!

Van Wezel

[SOON]  GALA: ACS Real Men Wear Pink Fashion Show , September 21, 5pm

Don’t miss the 2019 Real Men Wear Pink fashion show at 5pm on September, 21st in the Grand Court at The Mall at UTC. The show will feature Sarasota and Manatee candidates and each man will be dressed by one of the stores in the UTC Mall. These men are raising awareness and funds to fight breast cancer in our community.  Public is Welcome. Reserved Seating available. Contact Bethany Lynch at bethanyk.lynch@cancer.org to reserve your seat. Let's support these men in our community who are dedicated to fighting breast cancer.

The Mall at UTC, 140 University Town Center Dr, Sarasota, FL 34243

[SOON]  SPORTS: Totally Tailgate Benefiting Girls Inc. , September 21, 630pm

Get ready to tailgate at the 4th Annual Totally Tailgate benefiting Girls Inc. of Sarasota County. Girls Inc. invites you to the largest tailgate party under one roof with fan favorite food and drinks, classic games, raffles, multiple screens to watch your favorite football games and the opportunity to brag about the team nearest and dearest to your heart. Come out and represent your favorite team and support Girls Inc.

Michael's on East, 1212 South East Avenue, Sarasota, FL 34239

[SOON]  GALA: Sertoma Speakeasy and Casino Night , September 21, 7pm

Come out and support Sertoma Kids at the Speakeasy and Casino Night featuring casino-style games, hor d-oeuvres, cocktails, silent auction and raffle. Entertainment provided by Bill Buchman's Art of Jazz Band. Flappers, Hollywood Glam and Ganster attire is encouraged. True to Speakeasy tradition, the party will be held at an exclusive private location. Password and location will be provided via email after purchasing tickets. All proceeds benefit Sertoma Kids, Inc., a 501(c)(3) nonprofit outpatient speech clinic funded by Sertoma Club of Greater Sarasota. Purchase tickets at SertomaKids.org/news.

Private Club in Downtown Sarasota

[SOON]  SEMINAR: Social Entrepreneurship Conference , September 21, 10am-3pm

Join Cross College Alliance at 10am at the Sudakoff Conference Center for the inaugural Social Entrepreneurship Conference. This free event features panels addressing social issues, green initiatives, and creative endeavors, as well as an incubator program and contest with cash prize. Creative professionals will also be on hand for student portfolio reviews. The conference brings together students from the CCA’s member institutions: New College of Florida, Ringling College of Art and Design, State College of Florida Manatee-Sarasota, and University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee. Free registration at seconference2019.eventbrite.com.

Sudakoff Conference Center, New College of Florida, 5845 General Dougher Place, Sarasota, FL 34243

[SOON]  SEMINAR: Forty Carrots Free Community Speaker Event , September 26, 7pm-830pm

Register now for the Forty Carrots 17th annual Free Educational Community Speaker Event, “Raising Human Beings: Creating a Collaborative Partnership with Your Child,” featuring renowned child psychologist and best-selling author Ross W. Greene, Ph.D. Greene will share how to cultivate a better parent-child relationship using his empirically supported model of collaborative problem solving. Discover how to nurture empathy, resilience and independence, improve communication and avoid power struggles. RSVP is required. Register at www.fortycarrots.org.

Riverview High School Performing Arts Center, 1 Ram Way, Sarasota, FL

[SOON]  SEMINAR: Grey Matters A Symposium on Alzheimer's Research , September 27, 11am

Join us at the Grey Matters luncheon symposium at 11am on September 27th at The Ritz-Carlton. The luncheon will be hosted by The Roskamp Institute, and will involve presentations and interactive Q&As from their leadership team in addition to featuring New York Times bestselling author Kimberley Williams-Paisley as the Keynote Speaker. Attendees will hear updates on various areas of brain health, potential treatments and information for caregivers, preventative measures, early symptom warnings and clinical research updates regarding the potential for new treatment. Proceeds raised go towards research and development at The Roskamp Institute. 

The Ritz-Carlton Sarasota, 1111 Ritz Carlton Drive, Sarasota, FL

[SOON]  SPORTS: Real Men Wear Pink Crawl for a Cure , September 28, 11am-7pm

Join the American Cancer Society on September 28 for the inaugural Real Men Wear Pink Sarasota Manatee Crawl for a Cure. ACS’s football themed pub crawl will transport guests from one sports bar to another, so as not to miss any part of College Game Day! Ticket includes trolley ride to 5 stops, food and drink specials along the way, Real Men Wear Pink swag and goody bag and dinner at the final stop. The day will include raffle prizes, contest for the “Best in Pink” and more. All funds raised through this event support lifesaving research and essential patient programs and services for those affected by breast cancer. Ticket are $75. Contact Bethany Lynch at bethanyk.lynch@cancer.org to purchase tickets.

Evie's Tavern on Main Street, 1560 Main Street, Sarasota, FL 34236

[SOON]  FILM: Gazebo Starlight Cinema Series , October 4

Join the Gazebo Starlight Cinema series with this month’s movie: Book of Life. With a screen stretched around the Gazebo pillars and family flicks back-projected from within, what better place than the facing grassy knoll to relax in a beach chair or curl up on a blanket? Bring the whole family to kick off your weekend while enjoying the park! Support local Venice Avenue businesses by bringing snacks, dinner, ice cream (or gelato!) to enjoy during the movie.

Downtown Venice Centennial Park, 200 West Venice Ave.

[SOON]  FOOD: 3rd Annual Taste of New Orleans Benefit Dinner , October 5, 7pm

Truly Valued presents its 3rd Annual Taste of New Orleans Benefit Dinner with speaker Edward James III. Enjoy an evening of elegant dining and live entertainment by the Soul Sensations. Proceeds support Truly Valued programs and services for youth designed to provide knowledge, skills and inspiration that will help them grow to lead happy and successful lives as adults. If you are unable to attend the event, please consider making a tax-deductible contribution. Tickets are $50. Visit www.trulyvalued.org to purchase tickets. Sponsorship and underwriting opportunities are available.

Laurel Oak Country Club, 2700 Gary Player Blvd, Sarasota, FL 34240

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