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"It's our goal as an agency, and should be our goal as a society, to help all children so they have all the tools and their brains are developed so they can become responsible, capable human beings down the line."

- Michelle Kareillian, Forty Carrots

[Philanthropy]  Nutrition and Knowledge for the Summer
Jacob Ogles, jacob.ogles@srqme.com

Summer vacation may be a break in the rigors of school, but it’s also a time when learning becomes a lower priority. And unfortunately, it also becomes a period when many low-income family lose access to free and reduced lunch for children. But a new partnership among several Sarasota philanthropic organizations looks to tackle early learning and summer hunger in a joined initiative.

Talking is Teaching, a pilot program launched on June 1, aims to educate parents and caregivers of the importance of talking, reading and singing to children at a young age, based on research that shows the value to brain development. The program kicked off in conjunction with All Faiths Food Bank’s Summer Hunger Program, an effort now in its fourth year aimed at providing food to low-income families during the school system’s summer break.

“The best way to help newborn to pre-K children get prepared to be educated and ready to learn to read is the simple act of talking, reading or singing to them,” says Teri Hansen, president and CEO of the Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation. Her organization partnered with the food bank, Children First, Forty Carrots Family Center, Sarasota County Libraries, Sarasota County Schools and Sarasota Memorial Hospital for the effort.

Michelle Kareillian, executive director of Forty Carrots, says recent research shows a how dramatic an effect talking, reading and singing to a child can have. 

“We focus on early childhood because it’s where we can make the most impact with the least amount of investment,” she says. “It’s our goal as an agency, and should be our goal as a society, to help all children so they have all the tools and their brains are developed so they can become responsible, capable human beings down the line.” She noted 90 percent of a child’s brain is developed by age 5, so the encouragement of learning at a young age, even as young as newborns, proves vital well before a child is old enough to attend school.

Sandra Franks, All Faiths Food Bank CEO, says the goal for the Summer Hunger Program this year is to help 35,000 children. Studies show as many as 40,000 children could be at risk of summer hunger in the county, she says, and as an addition to the 21,000 students on free or reduced lunch in the schools, many have younger siblings not yet enrolled. “When school ends, summer begins and hunger begins for most of these kids,” she says. Of course, the young families also would be the target audience for Talking is Teaching, so it makes sense for the education-focused program to reach the same families helped by the Summer Hunger campaign.

Hansen notes that the summer bounds of the program allow a way to measure the success of the Talking is Teaching initiative by checking on the habits of parents and caretakers at the start of summer compared to what they do when school starts again in August. 

All Faiths Food Bank Sandra Frank announced Summer Hunger Program.

[Circus]  Bello Nock Comes Home
Shelby Schwartz, shelbys@srqme.com

In the foreground a light pole barely missing the theater rafters stands center stage. At its base, Bello Nock, with his iconic foot-high hairstyle, stands looking up at the feat before him. He shakes hands with a fellow performer, smiles at the audience and embarks on his ascent. As Nock climbs the light post, the audience sees that it also sways from side to side, adding a troubling element to an already challenging proposition. In the background his family walks the high wire and spins in a German wheel, a prop resembling a circular ladder with the performer holding onto rungs inside. Finally, Nock makes his way to the top of the light pole, waving and smiling at a crowd of dropped jaws and applause.

Coming to the Historic Asolo Theatre next week, Nock’s latest show, IncrediBello, combines traditional and innovative acts for a show custom-made to the Asolo stage and what has been a precarious year for the industry. “Circus is ever-changing and never-changing at the same time,” says Nock. Audiences expect the traditional when they go to a circus show, but they also want to be wowed with something new, and performers like Nock are pressed to deliver on both. “And that’s what we are doing this year,” he says. Nock brings the circus classics but also puts a twist on them, making the stage his own with playful humor and daredevil stunts. “Its not just circus,” he says. “It’s singing, it’s dancing—there’s magic, illusion, stunts, beauty, grace. There are historic circus arts and then there are new ideas of circus arts.”

Excited to have his show at the Historic Asolo Theatre, Nock sees it as a chance to “show people that circus is alive and well,” and in his hometown no less. A seventh-generation performer born in Sarasota, Nock’s career has often kept him traveling, but IncrediBello gives him the chance to return to where it all started. Here, he can also showcase the passing down of his craft to the eighth generation—his daughter. “Circus is really about family. Eight generations of my family have been live entertainers and it really is part of the history and culture of circus to be able to pass down what you do from father to son. It’s rare that it goes as many generations as the Nocks have,” he says. “To perform in front of the Sarasota audience is a dream come true.”

IncrediBello debuts June 13 at the Historic Asolo Theatre. Adult tickets are $15 and kids are $12.   

Pictured: Bello Nock atop the sway pole. Photo courtesy of Feld Entertainment.

[Daily Shop]  Embroidery with an Edge
Jasmine Respess, jasminer@srqme.com

Summer has arrived and the tank tops are a staple of the season. Although going sleeveless is a must, the piece does not have to be basic and there remains plenty of room for flair. At Molly & Zoey in St. Armand Circle, a store geared towards Millennial and Generation Z beach-dwellers, the classic top has been vamped up with the addition of embroidery. The rose, dark red and climbing from ribs to chest, borrows from traditional tattoo aesthetic—an addition that gives the light feminine shirt an edge. Easily paired with any number of items in the store, from beach-friendly accessories to more Sarasota summer staples like cut-off jeans, polarized sunglasses and wide-brim sun hats. 

Photo by Jasmine Respess.

Molly & Zoey, 466 John Ringling Blvd., Sarasota, 941-388-0330.

[Synergy]  CareerEdge Collaborates for Apprenticeship Programs

Given the high demand for skilled workers in the region, CareerEdge Funders Collaborative is partnering with educational institutions to provide short-term “express” programs in order to quickly move individuals into apprenticeship-based occupations in the trades. One such program is targeting automotive mechanics. CareerEdge is partnering with Suncoast Technical College (STC) and Gettel Automotive to recruit entry-level automotive technician trainees for jobs at the dealership’s six service centers in Sarasota and Bradenton, in combination with a special STC “express” training program. Gettel Automotive will hire individuals with no experience at $12 per hour for full or part-time trainee positions. The new hires must then attend a mandatory free 10-week training program at STC on Monday and Wednesday nights, July 17 to September 25. Once participants complete the 10-week class, they will be paid $13 per hour full time with benefits, with the potential for additional certifications and growth through the automotive apprenticeship program.  Average wages for mechanics are between $40,000 and $50,000. CareerEdge is also partnering with Manatee Technical College on express programs for plumbing and electrician certifications, and with Learning Alliance for a short-tern Broadband Technician program. The automotive technician express program is funded by CareerEdge and a donor through the Gulf Coast Community Foundation. CareerEdge is an innovative partnership of business, government, and philanthropic organizations that leverages public and private dollars to provide opportunities for better jobs and wages in Manatee and Sarasota counties. 

CareerEdge Funders Collaborative

[Recognition]  Bentley & Bruning Attorneys Recognized by Super Lawyers

Five attorneys from Bentley & Bruning have been recognized by Super Lawyers. Morgan Bentley, Kevin Bruning, David Wallace and Jennifer Grosso have been selected for the 2017 Florida Super Lawyers list, and Brian Goodrich was named “Rising Star” for those under 40. Selection for the Super Lawyers list is based on independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations. Recognition is a reflection of the excellence an attorney brings to his or her practice and the quality of work provided to clients. Super Lawyers, part of Thomson Reuters, is the most widely distributed legal magazine in the country, reaching more than 13 million readers, and has one of the top viewed legal websites. Bentley & Bruning is a litigation firm focused exclusively on complex commercial matters and protecting its clients from attack or loss of assets. 

Bentley & Bruning

[TODAY]  GRAB BAG: Community Volunteer Fair , June 13, 10am-2pm

More than 20 local nonprofit organizations will be present to recruit volunteers. Residents can come learn about the organizations and their volunteer opportunities, which include one-day events, family events and ongoing positions. Organizations that will be in attendance include All Faiths Food Bank, Safe Place Rape and Crisis Center (SPARCC), Ringling Museum, Selby Gardens, Senior Friendship Center and Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sun Coast.

Selby Library , 1331 1st St., Sarasota

[TODAY]  GALLERY: The Third Entity: Works by Amy Ernst and Amy Ragus , May 25 – June 30

This exhibit investigates the shared methods and subjects of Amy Ernst and Amy Ragus, two artists who work primarily in collage.

Art Center Sarasota , 707 North Tamiami Tr., Sarasota

[TODAY]  PERFORMANCE: Naming True , June 2 – July 2

Amy, a transgender teenage girl from Seattle, and Nell, a dying woman who’s lived most of her life on the streets of Detroit, find themselves in an unlikely meeting in a Florida motel room to discuss publishing Nell’s childhood memoir. An intimate tale of survival, redemption, and the desperate need to share our stories, Naming True investigates how to persevere in the absence of hope. For more information please visit www.urbanitetheatre.com for show times and tickets.

Urbanite Theatre , 1487 Second St., Sarasota

[TODAY]  PERFORMANCE: IncrediBello! , June 13 – July 29

This summer promises to be a hair-raising event when Feld Entertainment brings Bello Nock back to the Sarasota stage. Bello, the world-renowned, gravity-defying comedic daredevil with the unmistakable foot-high hair, returns to his hometown to engage audiences with his lovable personality, trademark humor and playful antics.

Historic Asolo Theater, 5401 Bay Shore Rd., Sarasota

[TODAY]  PERFORMANCE: The Jersey Tenors , June 13 – July 16

A combination of Opera and Rock creates a mash-up sensation of a explosive blend of iconic music. From the opera classics to artists such as Queen, ABBA, Frankie Valli, The Four Seasons, Frank Sinatra, Springsteen, and more – The Jersey Tenors will have you singing along as they raise the roof with their powerful voices. For more information and to purchase tickets please visit www.floridastudiotheatre.org

Florida Studio Theatre , 1241 North Palm Ave., Sarasota

[SOON]  THEATER: Beau Jest , June 14 – June 25, 7:30pm and 2pm

Directed by James Sherman, Beau Jest is about a Jewish girl named Sarah and her parents wanting her to marry a nice Jewish boy. Sarah hires an aspiring actor to meet her parents but eventually ends up falling in love with him. Single tickets are $18.

The Players Centre for Performing Arts, 838 N Tamiami Tr., Sarasota

[SOON]  GALA: Sail Into Freedom , June 15, 6:00- 8:00 pm

Join Selah Freedom and bring light to the darkness of sex trafficking at the Sarasota Yacht Club with Sail Into Freedom from 6:00pm-8:00pm. Take in nature’s beauty with a brilliant sunset and the tranquil sound of the gulf all while enjoying heavy hors’ d'oeuvres and libations. Dr. Jason Quintal will be the honored guest of the evening who works with survivors, donors, and volunteers. All proceeds benefit Selah Freedom and their mission to effectively bring solutions to survivors of sex trafficking & exploitation.

Sarasota Yacht Club , 1100 John Ringling Blvd, Sarasota, FL 34236

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Gallery Walk & Talk , June 15, 11am-6pm

Learn more about the beliefs and social practices of the culture that created these exquisite Eternal Offerings. Join Museum staff and guests for these “bite size” programs that focus on issues and ideas. Free with admission, ticket required. Space is limited. Members may reserve tickets. For more information please visit www.ringling.org

The Ringling, 5401 Bayshore Rd., Sarasota

[SOON]  BUSINESS: SkillSHARE June 22 Mentoring Summit , June 15, 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 Avenue, Sarasota

[SOON]  GALLERY: Family Day: Eternal Offerings , June 17, 11am-2pm

Join Ringling for a special family day to celebrate a special exhibition now on view, Eternal Offerings! This Family Day will feature activity stations, and a special summer-themed family activity booklet to use in the galleries. Family Days are fun for the whole family! Join us for art making, and activity stations. We will also distribute themed family activity booklets to use in the galleries. Free with admission. For more information please visit www.ringling.org

The Ringling, 5401 Bayshore Rd., Sarasota

[SOON]  THEATER: Yesterdayze , June 17

YESTERDAYZE plays music that charted in the top 40 between 1960-1969. From Motown to the British Invasion, from country & pop to psychedelia to good old fashioned rock & roll, Yesterdayze does it all!

Venice Theater , 140 W. Tampa Ave., Venice.

[SOON]  GALLERY: Of Summer and Silence , June 20 – June 30

Susan J. Foster presents an exhibit of remarkable oil paintings, “Of Summer and Silence” in Miano Gallery at Southern Atelier in Sarasota. The opening reception for this exhibit will be on Friday, June 16th from 6pm until 9pm. The paintings will be on view from June 20th through June 309:30–4pm. The reception and exhibit are open to the public and free of charge. Sue Foster is a long-time resident of Bradenton and an instructor of still life painting at Southern Atelier.

Miano Gallery at the Southern Atelier , 7226 21st Street E,. Sarasota

[SOON]  THEATER: Broadway in Black , June 21 – July 23

This summer, the West Coast Black Theatre Troupe salutes Broadway with an original revue by Nate Jacobs. Sing along with your favorite songs from award- winning shows and breakthrough roles that helped launch the careers of such Black artists as Melba Moore in Purlie, Ben Vereen in Pippin, Jennifer Holliday in Dreamgirls, and Nell Carter in Ain't Misbehavin'. It's Broadway, WBTT syle...electrifying! 

Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe , 1343 Main St. Suite 402 Sarasota

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: High School Musical Jr. , June 23 – June 24

Disney Channel’s smash hit movie musical comes to life in Disney’s High School Musical Jr. The students of East High must deal with issues of love, friends and family while balancing their classes and extracurricular activities. The show’s infectious, danceable songs are sure to engage performers and audiences alike.

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

[SOON]  GALLERY: Painting Floral Still Lifes , June 23 – June 25

Artists will learn how to quickly sketch "Alla Prima," the colorful harmonies and abstract patterns of some of nature's most vibrant subject matter. This seminar will highlight color composition and painting from life under nature's light. 

Southern Atelier , 7226 21st St. E., Sarasota

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