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"The rescue effort doesn't save just one animal, but leverages additional animals down the road."

- Randall Wells, Chicago Zoological Society

[Science]  Dolphin Births Mark Record Year in Bay
Jacob Ogles, jacob.ogles@srqme.com

A surge in baby dolphin births in Sarasota Bay makes 2017 a record year for calves in the population, according to scientists at Mote Marine Laboratory.

Randall Wells, director of a Chicago Zoological Society research project headquartered at Mote Marine Laboratory, says his team spotted an 18th and 19th new calf in Sarasota Bay this week. That’s a record over the 47 years that the team at Mote has tracked the local population. In July, scientists announced exciting news when the dolphin Ginger, who in 2008 had been rescued and rehabilitated at Mote following injuries and a case of bronchopneumonia, was spotted with a calf at her side. When scientists spotted Ginger and her baby about a week ago, they also found another dolphin, Nellie, had a calf herself. Earlier this week, researchers reported two more babies.

Both Nellie and Ginger at some point were rescued, and the expansion of the dolphin population validated rehab efforts at the Sarasota scientific institution, Wells says. “The rescue effort doesn’t save just one animal,” he says, “but leverages additional animals down the road.” 

The program, founded in 1970, enjoys prestige as the longest-running study of a wild dolphin population anywhere in the world. The big year in baby births will provide additional data to scientists about the behavior of dolphins, according to Wells. Scientists have found that mother dolphins have a greater success rate at raising calved to adulthood after the birth of a second offspring. Ginger notably had a first calf a coulee years ago but the younger dolphin disappeared and was never found; researchers believe this new calf is her second, and they remain optimistic about its survival chances. “We have greater expectations for the second calf for mammals,” Wells says. 

Over the course of a lifetime, Wells says some female dolphins have produced as many as 10 offspring. “The real message is these animals are exposed to a lot of things that can do them harm,” Wells says. “We need to do the best we can to protect dolphins from unnatural losses.” 

Pictured: New mom Nellie in Sarasota Bay with calf. Photo by the Chicago Zoological Society's Sarasota Dolphin Research Program, taken under National Marine Fisheries Service Scientific Research Permit No. 20455.

[Ryan Flies]  From the Cockpit Part 32: T-28C Trojan
Philip Lederer, Phil.Lederer@srqme.com

Editor’s Note: This is part 32 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.

Back stateside, Rankin travels to LaGrange, GA, where he meets up with former Navy flight surgeon Dan Serrato, for a flight in his North American T-28C Trojan. A popular trainer in the US Navy and Air Force post-WWII, the T-28 was introduced to replace the T-6 Texan and enjoyed a heyday from the 1960s to 1984, when it was itself replaced by the T-34. And Serrato’s particular T-28, the one Rankin flew, was the very first to land on an aircraft carrier.

Having flown the T-6 before, the T-28 stands out as being from a different era almost immediately. “It has more of a warbird feel to it,” says Rankin, noting the size of the plane and particularly the powerful Wright Cyclone radial engine dominating the nose. Beyond that, the quick jump from T-6 to T-28 introduced a whole host of instrumentation and avionic equipment to the cockpit as well. “It’s definitely a more complex aircraft,” Rankin says, “especially for a trainer.”

But the standout difference has to be the Cyclone mounted on the front, delivering a whopping 1425 horsepower compared to the T-6’s 600 and spewing smoke as it roars to life like a monster. “You can just about feel the individual cylinders firing and turning over,” says Rankin. “It’s a more visceral experience.” Modern aircraft may be smoother, but there’s something lost in the process.

There are downsides, however, to the massive engine. Hearsay and rumor call the Wright Cyclone an “oil hog,” claiming the beast works through three gallons of oil an hour. Rankin can’t say if that’s true or not, but he does know that near every single one has (or had) a black stripe painted down the side, and not because it looks cool, but to disguise the incessant oil drips and leaks. “You find puddles under all of them,” he says.

But in the air, the T-28 soars, and Rankin reports it may be his favorite amongst the family. The T-6 has strong vintage appeal and the T-34 holds sentimental value as the plane he first trained on, but the T-28 has that special something. “As far as fun and flyability goes,” Rankin says, “the T-28 is definitely the more enjoyable aircraft.”

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

Pictured: Ryan Rankin and Dan Serrato fly the T-28C Trojan. Photo courtesy of Ryan Rankin.

Ryan Flies

[Daily Shop]  The Smell of Luxury
Shelby Schwartz, shelbys@srqme.com

Step into the island oasis of Indigo West and fully immerse in tropical luxury from linens to lighting and even fragrances. Wafting through the air and tingling olfactory senses, the Addison Ross collection offers an eclectic selection of vibrant scents. In particular, the Isabella diffuser, consisting of white tea, basil and bergamot, releases an effervescent scent, filling the room with subtle herbs, pops of spice and citrus tang. An amalgamation of the perfumes lies at the base of the diffuser in a glass jar while reeds absorb its essence, releasing the aroma into the air. Sculptural in presentation and pleasant to the nose, this diffuser serves as a must for mitigating unwanted odors, aiding in relaxation or just for brightening the home. 

Indigo West, 134 South Pineapple Ave., Sarasota, 941-487-7160.

[Expansion]  Robrady Design Contracts with Lockheed Martin

Lockheed Martin has signed a sales and support agreement with Robrady design to sell and support its FORTIS industrial exoskeleton and FORTIS Tool Arm product line. Under the agreement, Robrady will manufacture, sell and provide training, gimbals, accessories and service for Lockheed Martin’s industrial exoskeletons. The agreement expands access for potential FORTIS customers and adds user training and service resources. FORTIS is an unpowered, lightweight exoskeleton that increases an operator’s strength and endurance by transferring the weight of heavy loads from the operator’s body directly to the ground through a series of joints at the hips, knees and ankles. The FORTIS Tool Arm supports tool weight and helps isolate tool vibration and torque kick from the user. Robrady design is a Sarasota-based, multi-disciplined product design and development studio that offers its global client base progressive industrial design, mechanical design and product engineering, graphics / packaging / UI-UX / web, market insights, brand and retail development, complete rapid prototyping and production program management. 

Robrady Design

[Expansion]  Sarasota County Schools Release App for Parents

In conjunction with the start of the 2017-18 school year, Sarasota County Schools has introduced a new mobile app to help keep parents and community members informed about district news, events and other information. The app is designed for smartphones and tablets. Created by the district and education technology firm Blackboard, the free app is available for download at the Apple App Store and Google Play for Android devices. On the app, parents can choose specific schools to follow, access district calendars and lunch menus, keep up with their favorite school sports teams and see news and social media posts from the district, all in one place. Users can also access the district’s Student and Parent Portal to track grades and attendance. The app took about three months to create and underwent a soft launch among district staff members at the end of the 2016-17 school year. Each school in the district will help distribute information about the new app to its parent population as students return to school. 

Sarasota County Schools

[TODAY]  THEATER: Donít Quit Your Day Job , August 10 – August 11

Venice Theatre’s multi-talented employees get the chance to strut their stuff on stage. From the box office and marketing to production and development, representatives from just about every department are pitching in to put on a great show. Enjoy performances from Allan Kollar, also the MC, Barbara Mullen, Brad Wages, Cara Herman, Dorian Boyd, Eric Watters, Kelly Duyn, Kim Gaesser, Kim Kollar, Laurie Colton, Lynne Buhle, Tay Tufenkjian and Tim Wisgerhoff.

Pinkerton, 140 Tampa Ave. W., Venice

[TODAY]  MUSEUM: Gallery Walk & Talk - Portraits , August 10

The Ringling photography collection is rich in portraits by artists such as Cindy Sherman and Richard Avedon. Join museum staff as they introduce viewers to both artists and their subjects in these “bite size” programs that focus on issues and ideas.

John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art  , 5401 Bay Shore Rd., Sarasota

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: SAF Milam House Tour , August 12, 2 to 3 PM

Join SAF for an exclusive tour of architect Paul Rudolph's Milam House, a true modernist masterpiece in Ponte Vedra, Florida. Built in 1961, this was Rudolph's last Florida residence and was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2016.
The iconic house is built on a 200-foot oceanfront lot, on a high bluff near Jacksonville, Florida. Architectural Record's 1963 "House of the Year", the Milam House is a legendary example of the celebrated architect’s expansive vision of architecture and served as an important segue in his career. The Sarasota Bus Group will also have the opportunity to visit the William Morgan House in Atlantic Beach after the Milam tour. Internationally known modernist architect William Morgan, studied under Walter Gropius, graduated from Harvard University, worked with Paul Rudolph and was one of the best-known and most influential Jacksonville architects of all time. 

Milam House, 1033 Ponte Vedra Blvd., Ponte Vedra Beach

[SOON]  THEATER: Alana Opie presents Classic Country Cabaret , August 12 – August 13

Hot off her Venice Theatre performance in Blood Brothers, Alana presents something totally different – her “Classic Country Cabaret.” Employing her strong country vocals, her witty stories, and perhaps a few over-sized wigs and fringed dresses, she will perform songs like “Walking After Midnight,” “Stand By Your Man,” “Jolene” and “Don’t Come Home a’Drinkin,” all made famous by all the classic female country artists of the ’60s and ’70s – including Patsy Cline, Tammy Wynette, Dolly Parton, and Loretta Lynn.

Pinkerton, 140 Tampa Ave. W., Venice

[SOON]  SPORTS: The Second Annual Candyís Circus Run , August 12

The Second Annual Candy’s Circus Run will be held on Saturday, August 12, 2017 at the Nathan Benderson Park. Gates will open at 7:00 am for packet pick-up and limited In-Person Registration. Opening ceremonies will begin at 7:30 and races will promptly begin at 8:00 am. All of the donations go to the organization CureSearch for Children’s Cancer which is a non - profit focused on raising awareness and funds for pediatric cancer.

Nathan Benderson Park, 5851 Nathan Benderson Circle, Sarasota

[SOON]  THEATER: Ann Morrison presents Annís Furniture Set , August 13, 8 pm

54 Below, Broadway, and West End star Ann Morrison brings her amazing vocal talent to the VT Summer Cabaret Festival!

Pinkerton, 140 Tampa Ave. W., Venice

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: 2017 Greater Sarasota Chamber Bowling Tournament , August 16

The 2017 Greater Sarasota Chamber Bowling Tournament welcomes bowlers of all skill levels on Wednesday, August 16, at Sarasota Lanes. Registration will begin at 5:00pm followed by the tournament starting at 5:30pm. Register early as they sold out last year and registration is set for the first 12 teams! This exciting night includes networking, 2 games of bowling & shoes, a complimentary drink ticket and food, contests and prizes, and much more! The tournament is set for teams of 5 or individuals who we'll place with 4 others, allowing bowlers of all skill levels to participate. $175 - Team of 5 (Includes 2 games, shoes, drink ticket & food), $40 - Individual Bowler (Includes 2 games, shoes, drink ticket & food), $10 - Social Attendee (Non-Bowler; Includes drink ticket & food) With pool tables, darts, arcade games, a full service bar and more, this event is open to bowlers or non-bowlers.  Sponsorships are available. For more information, please contact Brittany Lamont atblamont@sarasotachamber.com to learn more.

Sarasota Lanes, LLC , 2250 Fruitville Rd., Sarasota

[SOON]  THEATER: Syreeta Banks & Ariel Blue present Soul Sisters, a Celebration of Divas , August 17 – August 20

Take a journey through music made popular by some of the greatest soul singers like Aretha Franklin, Patti Labelle, Gladys Knight, Etta James, Natalie Cole, Billie Holliday and more. Expect a few songs by newer artists like Jennifer Hudson, Adele, and Beyoncé as well!

Pinkerton, 140 Tampa Ave. W., Venice

[SOON]  THEATER: Random Acts: Hold My Beer , August 18 – August 19

Sarasota’s Guerrilla Theatre Troupe is back to spread mayhem, laughs and decrease property values. Not for the kiddies or faint of heart. Lots of adult language, adult situations and really bad limericks! If you are easily offended…you will be.

Pinkerton, 140 Tampa Ave. W., Venice

[SOON]  THEATER: Classic Movies at the Opera House , August 18 – September 22

Sarasota Opera announces an expansion of their “HD at the Movie House” series entitled “Classic Moves at the Opera House.”. This inaugural series will consist of five movies ranging in years from 1935-1972 beginning Friday, August 18th and run through September 22nd. Sarasota Opera will join forces with The Circus Arts Conservatory on August 18th for the opening showing of Cecil B. DeMille’s “The Greatest Show on Earth” re-creating some of the circus magic that was seen around the theater at the original Sarasota premiere of the film on January 31, 1952. Tickets for this new series are only $10 and all showings will begin at 7:30pm.

Sarasota Opera House, 61 N Pineapple Ave, Sarasota, FL 34236

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Comedy night benefits Rotary Futures College Resource Center , August 19, 5:30 Ė 10 p.m.

TheRotary Futures College Resource Center, a community-based nonprofit resource center that provides free post-secondary planning services to Venice-area students, is hostingComedy Night, its biggest fundraiser of the year. This year, the always sold-out event will feature hilarity from stand-up comedian Tim Wilkins, who has entertained millions in legendary venues ranging from Radio City Music Hall and chow halls in Afghanistan to colleges, casinos and cruise ships. An extensive silent auction will also be open.

Plantation Golf & Country Club, 500 Rockley Blvd., Venice

[SOON]  THEATER: Stephen Ditchfield presents Through the Years , August 20 – August 27

A highly accomplished bass/baritone soloist, Stephen is acclaimed for being the consummate performer, whether on stage before thousands, or in the intimate atmosphere of a cabaret. He has been entertaining and inspiring audiences for over 30 years and has recently been recognized as “one of the finest baritone voices in America today.” Join him for an afternoon of incredible variety.

Pinkerton, 140 Tampa Ave. W., Venice

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: ROAR! The Music of the 1920s and Beyond , August 22 – September 24

Featuring classics from the Jazz Age songbook made famous by the likes of Bessie Smith, Louis Armstrong, Helen Morgan, Ruth Etting, Al Jolson, and more. Join as Carole Bufford travels back to a time where flappers, vamps and sheiks were shimmying in gin joints as a whirl of great social and political change happened all around them. For more information and to purchase tickets please visit www.floridastudiotheatre.org

Florida Studio Theatre , 1241 North Palm Ave., Sarasota

[SOON]  THEATER: Mammoth Bones , August 22 – August 27, 7:30pm and 2pm

Directed by Connie Schindewolf, this play is about Robert who is suffering from depression and anxiety. When he finds a mammoth bone in his yard, he starts to hear the sound of ancient mammoths, leaving him wondering whether he is communicating with spirits of the past or is his medication playing tricks with his mind? Single tickets are $15. 

The Players Centre for Performing Arts, 838 N Tamiami Trail

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