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SRQ Daily Nov 24, 2017

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"We're looking at the full solution."

- Jenna Bardroff, Solutionary Events

[Festival]  Solutionary Health Festival Comes to Oscar Scherer Park
Philip Lederer, Phil.Lederer@srqme.com

Arriving on the heels of one of the year’s most indulgent holiday feasts, the Solutionary Health Festival comes to Oscar Scherer Park this Saturday for a celebration of healthy living. Complete with speakers, live music, healthy (but tasty!) eating and activities for kids and adults, the event seeks to unite the local health and wellness crowd, while promoting values such as vegetarianism and animal welfare. Kicking off in Oscar Scherer State Park on Nov. 25 at 11am, the event is free, but parking is $4 per individual or $5 per car with multiple passengers. Proceeds go towards the park.

The festival marks the first time the Solutionary Events team, which has organized themed festivals throughout Florida, makes a stop in the immediate Sarasota area. Tailored to the interests of the population, a recent festival in Orlando focused on peace, but saw in Sarasota a real emphasis on holistic nutrition and fitness. “This community seems to have a big focus on health,” says festival organizer Jenna Bardroff, and so the festival will as well.

Vegetarianism and veganism play a large role in the day’s activities. It’s “definitely” part of the mission, says Bardroff. “We’re looking at the full solution,” she says, “in terms of community health, social health, physical health and mental and emotional health.” And “at the heart” of this is a plant-based diet. The goal for Solutionary Events is to promote small solutions to tackle big problem—simple ways that the everyday citizen can make an impact without strictly becoming an activist or political actor. Veganism, says Bardroff, affect a lot of those problems, referencing not only human health but animal welfare.

To that end, early in the day sees the arrival of Veg Speed Dating (or Meeting), hosted by celebrated vegan Ellen Jaffe Jones, author of Vegan Sex. Designed to be inclusive, not exclusive, participants don’t have to be vegan or vegetarian to join in the fun. “We just ask that everyone be respectful and open-minded,” says Bardroff. After getting to know each other, the festival begins in earnest, with speakers such as Cam Awesome, a vegan heavyweight National boxer, talking about fighting stereotypes and bodybuilder Geoff Palmer getting in to the nitty-gritty of plant-based nutrition.

Emcee for the day will be special guest VeganEvan, a seven-year-old rapper and comedian who travels the world talking about veganism.

Not just about words, activities abound at the festival, with vendors such as Sarasota’s own Ray’s Vegan Soul offering vegan treats to keep energy up in between mini-concerts, dance performances from Dynasty Dance Clubs and an all-day scavenger hunt. Kids will find plenty to do as well, between workshops on making edible and eco-friendly paint (which they can then make at home too), fun classes about physiology as it relates to health and activities to promote respect and care for animals. Rock-climbing and trampolines provide fun for all ages.

The Solutionary Health Festival begins at 11am at Oscar Scherer State Park this Saturday, Nov. 25, and runs through 5pm. 

Pictured: Festival-goers at this year's Solutionary Peace Walk and Festival in June. Photo courtesy of Solutionary Events.

[Recognition]  Innovative Agent Services Celebrates 15 Years

Sarasota-based marketing company Innovative Agent Services (IAS) is celebrating its 15th year in business. With a 5,100-square-foot building, nine full-time employees and two outside sales reps on the East Coast, they are able to successfully serve over 4,000 clients with all forms of marketing. Starting with only the Realtor email blasts, the list of services has grown as the demands have grown. Involved in the local community, IAS has been a longstanding Business Partner of the Realtor Association of Sarasota and Manatee. Owner Tina Darling and VP of Business Elizabeth Reynolds both serve on several committees including chair and vice chair positions. Reynolds is also the communications chair for the Sarasota Young Professionals Group. They are also members of the Sarasota Chamber of Commerce, Women’s Council of Realtors, Lakewood Ranch Business Alliance, Pinellas Realtor Organization, and the Greater Fort Lauderdale Realtors. IAS also stays involved by volunteering with All Faith’s Food Bank, hosting an annual blood drive and by participating in any fundraisers that the clubs are hosting. Heading into 2018, IAS plans to continue on the same path while expanding exponentially. 

Innovative Agent Services

[Community]  Selah Freedom To Host Seminar on Protecting Children

Selah Freedom, a nationally renowned nonprofit working to end sex trafficking and bring freedom to the exploited, has announced its first presentation dedicated to equipping parents and those who work with youth to protect their children from predators. "Sex, Lies & Media" will walk participants through setting safety guards on their phone, educate them on how a predator can lure in innocent children, what red flags to look out for and how to properly initiate conversation with youth around this subject. The evening will also focus on pornography and how it is infiltrated into even the most common apps tweens and teens popularly use, and how a parent can set up ways to monitor devices including text messages, location tracking and phone call logs. "Sex, Lies & Media" will take place on December 5th, 2017 from 6–7:30pm at Bayside Community Church's Bee Ridge Campus, 8200 Bee Ridge Rd. Tickets are $25 for individual tickets, $40 for couples. 

Selah Freedom

[Recognition]  Mullet's Aluminum Receives Two Awards for Excellence

For the 11th consecutive year, Sarasota-based Mullet’s Aluminum Products, Inc. has received the prestigious Aluminum Association of Florida’s 2017 Award of Excellence. Mullet’s Aluminum received awards in two different categories—railings and miscellaneous metals. The railings category award was for fabrication and installation of aluminum stairs at Fruitville Elementary in Sarasota. The miscellaneous metals category award was for fabrication and installation of a custom aluminum trellis at the Wyndham Resort on Clearwater Beach. The Award of Excellence represents the highest standards in overall project quality and craftsmanship within the aluminum and glass industry within the State of Florida. The Aluminum Association of Florida (AAF) is a nonprofit organization headquartered in Orlando, FL and dedicated to promoting a strict code of ethics and standards amongst members within the aluminum industry. Founded in 1978, Mullet’s Aluminum is an award-winning company that specializes in providing quality building products and superior installation services to the residential, condominium and commercial markets. 

Mullet's Aluminum Products

[SRQ Gives Back Holiday Wish List]  Children's Toys

The Sarasota YMCA’s Foster Care program needs toys this holiday season. Donate bikes, helmets, gift cards, Barbie dolls, baby dolls, basketballs, soccer balls, remote control cars/trucks and anything else a kid would love to unwrap on Christmas morning. 

Sarasota YMCA

[SRQ Gives Back Holiday Wish List]  Furnishings for Freedom

Selah Freedom is tripling the amount of sex trafficking survivors they serve by moving into a new three-acre property and would love to have the following items for their new home: rocking chairs, cars, potted plants and ceiling fans.  

Selah Freedom

[SRQ Gives Back Holiday Wish List]  The Gift of Support

Tableseide Restaurant Group has lent financial and in-kind support from special events to support the National Miracle League Association which provides opportunities for disabled children to play baseball. Tableseide asks you to help by donating time, equipment or financial resources to help build more fields and support local kids. 

Tableseide Restaurant Group

[SRQ Gives Back Holiday Wish List]  Mentors and Volunteers

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Suncoast has over 25 youth waiting for a Big Brother or Big Sister. For a few hours, a couple times a month you have a big opportunity to impact a child’s life today and transform their potential for tomorrow. Call 941-488-4009. 

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sun Coast

[SRQ Gives Back Holiday Wish List]  Personal Care Items for Kids

Every Child, Inc. requests personal care items for its Care Closet at the Boys and Girls Club in Northport. Any help in keeping the Care Closet stocked with the following would be greatly appreciated: toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant, shampoo, combs, brushes and other hygiene items and non-perishable snacks. 

Every Child, Inc.

[TODAY]  THEATER: Mack the Knife , October 4 – February 4, Varies by day

Bobby Darin was the original Bronx boy who made it big. Determined to be a legend by age 25, he conquered show business as the singer, songwriter, actor and producer. Headlining everywhere from the legendary Copacabana to Las Vegas, Darin was a consummate showman. Celebrate the greatest hits of one of the 20th century's great performers.

Florida Studio Theatre, 1241 N. Palm Ave., Sarasota

[TODAY]  THEATER: Once , November 8 – December 31, 2pm, 3pm, 7pm or 8pm depending on day

Once tells the heartfelt story of a Dublin street musician on the verge of hanging up his instrument when a striking woman begins to fancy his haunting love songs. As their chemistry bonds them more tightly, his music expands to new heights. Once’s first note will captivate with the connective power of music.

Florida Studio Theatre, 1241 North Palm Ave., Sarasota

[TODAY]  THEATER: Evita , November 14 – December 30

Directed and choreographed by Josh Rhodes and winner of eight Tony Awards, Evita is among the most passionate and memorable productions. The musical retells the story of Eva Perón, Argentina’s celebrated but controversial First Lady. This exemplary musical is set to impress with a spectacular new staging at Asolo Rep.

Asolo Repertory Theatre, 5555 North Tamiami Trl., Sarasota

[WEEKEND]  PERFORMANCE: Echoes , November 17 – December 17

Tillie and Samira were born 175 years apart, but their parallel stories eerily mirror one another across generations. Tillie is a Victorian pioneer woman sent to Afghanistan to fulfill wifely duties for an officer of the British Raj, while Samira is a Muslim schoolgirl who runs away to Syria to become the jihadi bride of an ISIS fighter. Both are confronted with tragedy in war-torn lands as they face the oppressive realities of their male-dominated landscapes. For more information please visit www.urbanitetheatre.com for show times and tickets. 

Urbanite Theatre , 1487 Second Street, Sarasota

[SOON]  GALLERY: Fields of Color , November 10 – December 5, Opening at 6-9pm

Transformative and dramatic, Arleen Joseph’s Fields of Color landscape paintings captivate the eye and pulls at emotional heartstrings. Known for her use of bold color and heavy texture, Arleen creates oil paintings that transport the viewer into a captivating and ethereal space. Additionally, 530 Burns Gallery will host a trunk show featuring sterling silver designs by Kelim, a local boutique.

Burns Gallery, 530 Burns Lane, Sarasota

[SOON]  THEATER: A Motown Christmas , November 29 – December 23, 6pm

In celebration of the holiday season, the Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe will be putting on their signature musical performance. The event is marked by traditional Christmas carols paired with soulful sounds from Motown legends like Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder and The Jackson 5.

Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe, 1646 10th Way, Sarasota

[SOON]  MUSIC: Blue Suede Shoes , November 29 – April 1, Varies by day

In the 1950s, Rock 'N' Roll took America by storm. With roots in rhythm and blues, country western, swing and do-wop, this new sound would forever change the world of music. From the father of Rock 'N' Roll, Chuck Berry, to The King himself, Elvis Presley, this revue celebrates the birth of rock and roll.

Florida Studio Theatre, 1241 N. Palm Ave., Sarasota

[SOON]  THEATER: Annie , November 30 – December 17, 2pm, 7:30pm, or 8pm

Rewatch the classic American musical where a little orphan girl takes the stage by storm. See the child heroine work her magic onstage and enjoy the performance live. Tickets are $27, $30 or $37, depending on seating.

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

[SOON]  BUSINESS: SB2 Luncheon: Philanthropic Agenda , November 30, 11:00am-1:00pm

Join SRQ Magazine for the launch of 2017-2018 SB2: Luncheon Symposium season on Thursday, November 30, 2017 from 11:00am-1:00pm at The Francis, Downtown Sarasota. The Philanthropic Agenda luncheon and panel discussion will explore the dynamic and ever changing world of non-profits. What’s trending, who’s innovating, why are donor-advised funds growing so rapidly and what exactly are donors looking for? The luncheon will culminate with presentation of the SRQ Gives Good Innovation in Philanthropy Award honoring community leaders in the nonprofit sector who are contributing to our region’s philanthropic strength with their forward-thinking initiatives and perspectives. Special guest panelists include: John Annis of The Community Foundation of Sarasota County, Carol Butera from the William G. and Marie Selby Foundation, Mark Prichett of the Gulf Coast Community Foundation and Martha Wells of the Southwest Florida Planned Giving Council. Moderated by SRQ MEDIA Executive Publisher Wes Roberts. Tickets are $45/per person and includes a delicious lunch provided by The Francis. Reserve your spot online at SRQSB2.COM.

The Francis , 1289 N Palm Ave, Sarasota, FL 34236

[SOON]  DANCE: Voices of SCD , November 30 – December 3

Their annual spectacle is a hallmark of the company’s approach to dance: full of physicality, thought, and delight. Original and adventurous, the works presented are choreographed by company members and emerging choreographers from around the country.

Jane B Cook Theatre, FSU Center for the Performing Arts, 5555 N. Tamiami Trl., Sarasota

[SOON]  THEATER: Flowers for Algernon , November 30 – December 17, 2pm, 7:30pm or 8pm depending on day

When a laboratory experiment successfully increases the intelligence of a mouse, Charlie Gordon, a spirited autistic man, volunteers as the first subject for human trials. The play grapples with society’s less-than-ideal treatment of mental illness, the ethics of human experimentation and the difficulty faced in accepting and loving ourselves.

Manatee Performing Arts Center, 502 3rd Ave. W., Bradenton

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