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"We hope to show that what's good for one generation actually is good for all generations."

- Debra Jacobs, Patterson Foundation

[Philanthropy]  Festival Spotlights Sarasota's Age-Friendly Attributes
Jacob Ogles, jacob.ogles@srqme.com

A new event this weekend aims to spotlight the region as a place where people of all ages can make the most of life, while advancing Sarasota’s reputation as a wonderful place to grow old. The Age-Friendly Festival, promoted as the first in the nation to celebrate “lifelong well-being,” brings more than 125 exhibits, performances and other demonstrations to the Sarasota Fairgrounds.

Debra Jacobs, president and CEO of The Patterson Foundation, says the inaugural festival continues the “age-friendly” movement embraced by community leaders here for more than a decade. “We hope to show that what’s good for one generation actually is good for all generations,” she says.

For example, a region with widespread handicap access and wheelchair ramps provides a better environment to families pushing baby carriages and athletes nursing injuries, and the availability of family restrooms helps everyone from young mothers seeking a changing station for an infant to infirm seniors who need a companion to help them during a visit to facilities.

The festival will span the entire fairgrounds and include everything from personal balance tests to car safety checkpoints to adjust seat belts and mirrors. Whether patrons want to play a game of pickleball or jam with a local band, interactive exhibits will offer a sample of life on the Gulf Coast.

Patterson noted that Sarasota County in 2015 became the first in Florida to join the World Health Organization’s Global Network of Age-Friendly Cities and Communities. The Patterson Foundation conceived and organized this festival in that spirit. The network today includes more than 500 jurisdictions worldwide.

Sarasota has explored ways to leverage the presence of an aging and retired population here since at least 2006, when SCOPE researched the possibilities presented in the aging field, and The Patterson Foundation, since its mission unveil in 2009, has funded further study on aging with dignity and independence.

“It doesn’t happen overnight,” Jacobs says. “It happens because we learn and explore the thought of being an age-friendly community.” The effort, officials hope, will lead to great ideas being imported around the world to help the region continue its achievements as a haven for active and aging adults.

The festival runs Saturday from 9am to 4pm and is free to attend. 

[Synergy]  Manatee Education Foundation Funds $108K in Grants

230 teachers will receive classroom grants to fund educational projects for their students when the Manatee Education Foundation hosts its teacher IMPACT grants reception this Thursday. In total, $108,000 will be awarded to 45 schools during the reception. Awarding the funds at the end of 1st quarter allows for plenty of time to use the funds in the classroom. Teachers ranging from pre-kindergarten through 12th grade submitted applications mid-September for this school year. Grants will be funded in the following categories:  STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math), Literacy, Disadvantaged and At-Risk Youth, Arts & Culture, Environment, Children with Disabilities, Health & Fitness and Teacher Development. Community businesses and school leaders will be on hand to help celebrate and reward teachers whose daily efforts in the classroom shape the future of the community and help build tomorrow’s workforce. 

Manatee Education Foundation

[Exec Moves]  Fowler and Glauser Join Norton Hammersley

Norton, Hammersley, Lopez & Skokos, P.A. (Norton Hammersley), a business and litigation law firm serving the state of Florida, has announced the addition of Chris Fowler and Alexandra (Ally) Salerno Glauser to the firm’s growing team of associate attorneys. A graduate of the University of Florida with a degree in business administration and Florida International University College of Law, Fowler joined Norton Hammersley as a member of the estate planning, estate administration and asset preservation practice group and the business and tax law practice group. Fowler focuses his practice primarily on estate, business, tax and asset preservation planning. Glauser graduated magna cum laude from Florida State University with a degree in finance and a double major in marketing. She graduated from Florida State University College of Law with her J.D. and earned the Business Law Certificate with High Honors. Glauser joins Norton Hammersley as a member of the real estate practice group, handling matters concerning real estate as well as business law and corporate transactions. 

Norton, Hammersley, Lopez & Skokos

[Expansion]  SRQ Airport Opens Shaded Parking Lot

The Sarasota Manatee Airport Authority (SMAA) has announced the opening of the recently constructed outdoor shaded parking lot at the Sarasota Bradenton International Airport (SRQ) to the public. The parking lot is located on the east side of the terminal and provides shaded parking spaces for about 300 vehicles. The parking rate in the shaded parking lot will be the same as short-term parking rates at SRQ (daily maximum $15). The new lot has an automated exit which will only accept credit cards as payment, and will not utilize staffed exit booths. People entering the lot will take a ticket and use a credit card when exiting. An intercom system will be available in case of an emergency. Signage to the covered parking lot was installed on Airport Circle.  

SRQ Airport

[TODAY]  BUSINESS: 2018 Best of SRQ Local Competition , February 12

The 10th annual “Best of SRQ Local” Readers’ Competition is officially open! It is time to sound the alarm, rally the troops, take to social media and VOTE for your favorite Sarasota establishments and causes to be recognized in one of our most popular editions of the year.

Readers can vote on local eats, shopping, arts, luminaries and hotspots culminating in the compendium published in the April 2018 edition of SRQ Magazine. We hope you’ll share your favorite local experiences—from stellar sushi, most memorable on-stage productions to best happy hour.

SRQ Magazine

[TODAY]  MUSEUM: Aftermath: The Fallout of War - America and the Middle East , October 8 – January 21

Active in the US and Middle East, the artists in the exhibition depict the conditions and people caught in the crossfire of wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Palestine, and Israel from a variety of perspectives. The artists included are Lynsey Addario, Jananne Al-Ani, Jennifer Karady, Gloriann Liu, Rania Matar, Eman Mohammed, Farah Nosh, Suzanne Opton, Michal Rovner, Stephen Dupont, Ben Lowy and Simon Norfolk.

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

[TODAY]  BUSINESS: Grid Un-locked , September 25 – October 30, 6:00-7:00pm

Join The Chamber, in partnership with Gulf Coast Community Foundation and SRQ Media, as we explore the facts, plans, and future of mobility and transportation in the Sarasota region. This six-week series will cover everything from traffic basics and land use impacts, to traffic studies and roadway improvement plans, and will wrap-up with a look at creative solutions. This session will be an introduction to automobile congestion, peak hours, and peak season and will cover local and national facts plus information on peer communities. Demian Miller, Principal at Tindale Oliver will be the featured speaker for this weeks’ event. Each event in the series is $10 and will be hosted at The Francis.  Click here for more info.

The Francis, Downtown Sarasota, 1289 N. Palm Avenue, Sarasota, FL 34236

[SOON]  THEATER: A Little Night Music , October 26 – November 12, 8pm

Get whisked away by romantic nineteenth century waltz from Stephen Sondheim. His music is sure to transport listeners to a weekend in the country. Tickets are $27, $30 or $37, depending on seating.

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

[SOON]  MUSIC: Charles Wesley Godwin , October 26, 8pm

A singer and songwriter born and raised in West Virginia, Charles' music has been shaped by his experiences growing up. His songs and stories, which center around his childhood spent in Appalachia, have captivated audiences with their one-of-a-kind sound.

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

[SOON]  MUSIC: Driftwood , October 27, 8pm

Creating a name for themselves with electric performances, Driftwood has been a notable group to have come out of Binghamton, New York. Their musical palette is broad, with origins in the Americana and Roots scenes. 

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

[SOON]  THEATER: The Rocky Horror Show , October 27 – October 31, Friday 8pm and midnight, Saturday 8pm and midnight, Tuesday 8pm

Get in the mood for Halloween with The Rocky Horror Show. Follow the story of newlyweds Brad and Janet as they seek shelter at a mysterious castle and meet the esoteric host Dr. Frank 'N' Furter and his creation Rocky. Catch the cult-classic musical and join in on the fun as an audience participant.

Venice Theatre, 140 West Tampa Ave., Venice

[SOON]  THEATER: Buddy Returns , October 29 – October 30, Sunday 8pm, Monday 3pm and 8pm

See Matt McClure come to life as Buddy Holly on stage, with. Watch him perform classic songs live in concert complete with Ritchie Valens and The Big Bopper. This high energy event is complemented by an engaging performance and a stellar cast. Tickets are $30.

Venice Theatre, 140 West Tampa Ave., Venice

[SOON]  MUSIC: Dan Bern , November 1

A singer, songwriter, guitarist, novelist and painter, Dan Bern is a jack of all trades. Most notable of all is his penchant for composing, having written over one thousand songs. His albums contain songs with influences from well-known artists including Bob Dylan, Woody Guthrie, Bruce Sprinteen and Elvis Costello. 

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

[SOON]  THEATER: Flaming Guns of The Purple Sage , November 2 – November 19, Tuesday to Saturday at 8pm; Sunday at 2pm

Jane Martin's bodacious and satirical play combines humor with horror. A rodeo competitor is facing hard financial times on her ranch where she helps injured cowboys. Find out what happens when she comes face to face with the one-eyed Black Dog, a Ukrainian biker. Tickets are $27 for adults, $17 for college students and $15 for children.

Venice Theatre, 140 West Tampa Ave., Venice

[SOON]  THEATER: Moon Over Buffalo , November 2 – November 19

In the madcap comedy tradition of Lend Me A Tenor, this theatrical farce centers on George and Charlotte Hay, fading stars of the 1950s.  On the brink of a disastrous split-up caused by George’s dalliance with a young ingénue, the nearly washed-up stage duo receive word that they might just have one last shot at stardom!

The Players Theatre, 838 N Tamiami Trl., Sarasota

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Flip Flops & Fashion , November 2, 11:00AM

Get ready for an easy breezy afternoon with your toes in the sand Children First’s 10th Annual Flip Flops and Fashion Luncheon. Guests will gather together at Sharky’s on the Pier under a tent on the beach to enjoy dazzling views of the Gulf and tropical fare, while supporting at-risk children and families in our community. See fashionable finds from L. Boutique, Scout & Molly's and Sun Bug modeled by Children First supporters adorable children as well. There will be a chance drawing, an opportunity to purchase orchids and many other ways to support Children First.

Sharky's on the Pier , 1600 Harbor Drive South Venice, FL 34285

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: La traviata , November 3 – November 21

Violetta, a famed Parisian courtesan, has lived a life of lavish parties with influential friends. She abandons it all to be with her beloved Alfredo, but when her past threatens his family’s honor, she must forsake her dream of love.
Verdi’s awe-inspiring music combined with a heart-breaking libretto has made La traviata one of the repertoire cornerstones of opera companies around the world.

Sarasota Opera , 61 N Pineapple Ave. Sarasota

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Rockin Lobster , November 4, 6:30PM

Watch the sun set over the Gulf of Mexico while dining on delicious Maine Lobster on the beach at Rockin’ Lobster. The rockin' fun features live music by Version 3.0, delicious food, a silent auction and exciting beach activities. Be sure to stay for the lantern release, as Children First makes a wish and release a lantern in honor of a child and family in their program.

Sharky's on the Pier , 1600 Harbor Drive South Venice, Florida

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