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SRQ DAILY Jan 8, 2018

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"This is not just being developed for this generation, but the next generation and the next. Having young professionals as a voice in this initiative is critical, because we will enjoy it for a really long time."

- Mimi Cirbusova, Young Professionals Group

[Government]  Bay Consultants to Meet with Young Professionals
Jacob Ogles, jacob.ogles@srqme.com

As officials develop a plan for Sarasota’s waterfront cultural district, they want young people working in the region to help shape the final vision. The Sarasota Bayfront Planning Organization will host an event today at The Francis and have invited young professionals to voice their own thoughts on what should happen with 42 acres of publicly owned land overlooking Sarasota Bay.

“Our objective is to reach out to as many people as we possible can to get input,” says Bill Waddill, managing director for the SBPO. “This project, if the master plan is approved and we move forward toward implementing it, this ultimately is a legacy project for Sarasota. It’s for everyone of all ages and every demographic. We want to reach out and get everyone’s input.”

The Young Professionals Group spread word of the meeting last week. Mimi Cirbusova, The Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce’s YPG coordinator, says it’s critical for this demographic to stay involved in the planning process. “This is not just being developed for this generation but the next generation and the next,” she said. “Having young professionals as a voice in this initiative is critical, because we will enjoy it for a really long time.” The engagement in this civic process will also get a generation of professionals invested in the future of the area, she says, making it more likely they continue to develop their careers on the Gulf Coast.

And while YPG remains among the list of stakeholder groups that worked with the Bayfront 20:20 effort to develop guiding principled for the waterfront, Waddill says young professionals often remain underrepresented in civic planning efforts like that for The Bay. “There are certainly groups that are not typically as engaged in this type of process, and one of them is young professionals,” he says. “They are in a stage of life where they are busy, they have a lot going on.” The event today from 6-7:30pm, shortly after most professionals wrap-up their work day. While there will be a short presentation at the event, it’s planned as “Happy Hour”-style meet-and-greet mostly intended to make attendees feel conformable with the major players in the process, Waddill says.

The meeting has also been billed as a chance to meet with A.G. Lafley, a former Proctor & Gamble CEO now chairing the SBPO. And it’s an opportunity for people to meet with Waddill, who last week started as managing director, and with representatives of Sasaki, a Boston-based firm which will translate inout and data gathered on the site into a draft master plan to be considered by Sarasota City Commissioners.

The meeting will be one of several held over the next couple months with a variety of stakeholders, says Waddill, who previously worked at Kimley-Horn on such public assets as the Bradenton Riverwalk and recent improvements to Siesta Key Beach Park. And while he knows people are anxious to start seeing designs for the long-anticipated revisiting of The Bay, it’s still critically important to continue gathering input. 

Photo courtesy SBPO

[Opening]  Ask Jarvis Announces Workshop Series for Small Business Owners

Ask Jarvis, a series of workshops geared towards helping women-owned small businesses with digital marketing, is launching on February 8, 2018 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm. The workshops are hosted by Web Jarvis and are geared towards women who own small businesses. The classes will take place at the Web Jarvis offices located at 1970 Barber Road in Sarasota. The cost is $25 per class, which includes refreshments provided by Green Apple Catering. The first workshop will be an easy-to-understand overview of SEO (search engine optimization). Participants will gain a solid knowledge of the different components that affect where their business ranks on a search engine. They will also learn how to make sure their audience can find them online through basic SEO practices. During the classes, participants will have time to get the answers to individual questions and learn from other business owners in a small group setting. Web Jarvis is a full-service website design, development, and digital marketing company located in Sarasota, specializing in designing and developing custom websites, applications and search engine optimization (SEO) with a key focus of helping companies to grow their businesses. 

Web Jarvis

[Exec Moves]  Communications Manager Denton Departing Arts and Cultural Alliance

Executive Director Jim Shirley of the Arts and Cultural Alliance of Sarasota County has announced the soon departure of Arts and Cultural Alliance Communications Manager Rachel Denton. Effective Jan. 10, Denton will leave her role with the Arts and Cultural Alliance and take up her new position as Communications and Voter Outreach Manager for the Sarasota Supervisor of Elections. “Rachel has been an outstanding member of the Alliance team for the past couple years and has done a wonderful job of managing our communications, social media platforms and more,” said Shirley in a statement. “While we will miss her genuine talent and warm personality, we are excited for her to expand her experiences and skill sets.” The Alliance is currently searching for Denton’s successor. 

Arts and Cultural Alliance of Sarasota County

[Community]  Perrone of Nautilus Homes Releases Consumer Guide

Ricky Perrone, vice president of Sarasota luxury home builder Nautilus Homes, has created a consumer guide, "Choosing the Right Contractor." The concise and informative guide is designed to offer advice and tools for researching and selecting qualified, ethical and professional building contractors. The guide also looks to gives tips on how to spot red flags that might indicate inexperienced or unscrupulous builders, and to provide a detailed questionnaire form that can be used as a basis to start the interview process with contractors.  The free guide is available for download at the website below. 

Nautilus Homes

[Best Of SRQ Local]  Cast Your Vote For Best Local Theatre Company!

Our region is known for it’s high caliber performing arts and theatre productions but there can only be one Best Local Theatre Company. Come center stage, take a bow and vote for your favorite in SRQ’s 2018 Best of SRQ Local Competition.  

Vote Here!

[TODAY]  GALLERY: Cast, Cut and Cold - Glass , January 8 – March 24

Technically amazing and visually stunning examples of creations by more than two dozen masters of glass art including Peter Bremers, Vadlec Ciglar and Irene Frolic astound in this exhibition. Numerous examples, styles and methods of glass casting and etching are represented in this one-of-a-kind gallery.

Ringling College of Art and Design Gallery, 2700 N. Tamiami Trl., Sarasota

[SOON]  GALLERY: Shine the Light Opening Night Reception , January 10, 5:30pm

This three-tier, multi-media exhibition focuses on the current and historical aspects of refugee displacement, persecution and the struggles of finding home. The show features a glass installation by Laura Donefer, photo essay exhibition by Charlotte Schmitz and a short film preview by director Dave Marshall and Deborah Haber. The exhibition is curated under the direction of Deborah Haber, executive artistic director of DEEP Arts, a nonprofit arts organization whose mission focuses on the promotion of new works.

Alfstad& Contemporary, 1419 5th St., Sarasota.

[SOON]  SEMINAR: SMARTgirl Mentorship Summit Call for Applications , January 10

SRQ MEDIA is calling for 6th, 7th & 8th grade girls to find your inner “roar” at the 2018 SMARTgirl Mentorship Summit and Luncheon on Friday, March 16, 2018 from 10:30am-1:30pm at the Hyatt Regency Sarasota.

Explore the possibilities and celebrate every girl’s potential at SMARTgirl. Participants will engage in an innovative program designed to educate middle school girls in 6th, 7th and 8th grades on career imaginings and the tools they need to succeed through mentorship, soft skills training and hands-on workshops with some of the community’s top women leaders.


Hyatt Regency Sarasota , 1000 Boulevard of the Arts, Sarasota, FL 34236

[SOON]  THEATER: The Mountaintop , January 10 – February 18

This performance depicts a fictionalized portrayal of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his last night of his life. With a theatrical imagination, the play gives viewers a window into what went on in the legendary man's life, and what his hopes, vulnerabilities and fears were.

Westcoast Black Theatre , 1646 10th Way, Sarasota

[SOON]  THEATER: Shakespeare in Love , January 10 – March 28

Adapted for the stage by Lee Hall, Shakespeare in Love will offer an entrancing theater production that follows the story of Will Shakespeare, a struggling playwright tormented by writer’s block. To his rescue comes the vivacious Viola, Will’s greatest admirer. But Viola has a secret and Will finds himself star cross’d.

Asolo Repertory Theatre, 5555 North Tamiami Trl., Sarasota

[SOON]  SEMINAR: An Evening With Audrey , January 11, 5:30-8:00pm

Audrey Hepburn (1929-1993) was one of the greatest fashion icons and screen legends in history whose innate style and kindness captivated the world. Pamela Fiori, former editor in chief of Town & Country and Travel & Leisure magazines and six-time published author, presents a portrait of a much beloved woman, award-winnng actress, devoted mother, humanist, passionate gardener and Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF. Join SRQ MEDIA and WIB Trailblazer Honoree Pamela Fiori for an enchanting evening of sparkling cocktails, conversation and exploration into Hepburn’s luminosity through images, film and stories.

Mildred Sainer Pavilion, New College , 5313 Bay Shore Rd, Sarasota, FL 34243

[SOON]  THEATER: Nine , January 11 – January 28, 2pm, 7:30pm or 8pm depending on day

Guido Contini is a wreck and dreading his 40th birthday, a dread that stifles the easy flow of his creative juices. He runs off to Venice in search of inspiration. In a swirl of present issues, revisiting traumatic memories and grasping at women likes straws, Contini finds himself on the verge of total annihilation.

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

[SOON]  BUSINESS: Emily Larned , January 12 – March 17

This exhibition celebrates the ten-year anniversary of Impractical Labor in Service of the Speculative Arts (ILSSA), a social engaged art project founded in 2008 to investigate labor, time, and what we value. A selection from the first ten years of the project will be featured, and ILSSA co-founder Emily Larned will be in-residence in the gallery for the first two weeks of the show.

Ringling College of Art and Design Gallery, 2700 N. Tamiami Trl., Sarasota

[SOON]  GALA: The Hospital Gala , January 13, 6:00PM

Join us for the 2018 Hospital Gala at the Rtiz Carlton to raise funds for the Sarasota Memorial Hospital's Emergency Services team. All proceeds work to ensure that our families and communities receive the best care and that the accidents or traumas people suffer from can have their urgent medical needs be addressed.

The Ritz Carlton, 1111 Ritz Carlton Drive Sarasota, Florida 34236

[SOON]  MUSIC: Fred Johnson Jazz Quartet , January 13, 8pm

Fred Johnson is an accomplished musician who has toured with the likes Aretha Franklin, Chick Corea and Miles Davis. A jazz, world music singer, and percussionist, Fred has been collaborating with Tampa Bay musicians for a series of performances with the theme of unity. Don't miss the evening of inspirational poetry, music, and art.

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

[SOON]  FESTIVAL: We Love Israel Shuk & Fair , January 14, 12pm

This event celebrates Israel's 70th anniversary of statehood. Attendees will be able to enjoy entertainment, food trucks and have the chance to purchase Israel-made products. Additionally, activities for children and educational opportunities are available. Admission is free and open to the public.

Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee, 580 McIntosh Rd., Sarasota

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: SWAC Speaker Series , January 17, 6:30PM

The Sarasota World Affairs Council Lecture Series is a collective of local discussions on world issues. It will continue in January with Raymond Baker. Baker is an author, businessman, and CEO who will be speaking at the Mildred Sainer Pavilion on global financial integrity. More specific topics which will be covered include how dirty money affects less-developed countries, human rights abuses, and economic inequality.  

Mildred Sainer Pavillion, 5313 Bay Shore Road Sarasota, FL 34243

[SOON]  THEATER: Singin' in the Rain , January 18 – February 4, 2pm or

Don Lockwood, with humble roots as a musician, dancer and stuntman, must navigate his movie studio’s transition into “talkie” production. Lockwood falls in love with Kathy Selden, the lovely back-up singer dubbing over the tone-deaf Lina Lamont. A classic love-battle ensues and will determine who shall have their happy ending, as if audiences don’t already know.

The Players Centre for Performing Arts, 838 North Tamiami Trl., Sarasota

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