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SRQ Daily Sep 3, 2018

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"I know it's not easy, but so many businesses depend on tourism during the season that it should be a major priority."

- Barbara Barone, Brant's Used Books
 

[Tourism]  Buchanan seeks red tide funding, Visit Sarasota promotes assets
Jacob Ogles, jacob.ogles@srqme.com

Government leaders in the region have pushed for more funding to research red tide and help businesses with the loss of income in the area. Tourism leaders in the region, meanwhile, continue to fight red ride with retail promotions.

U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-Sarasota, announced Friday he had signed on as a co-sponsor for a bill seeking $100 million in funding—$22 million for each fiscal year from 2019 through 2023—to assess and mitigate the environmental, economic and health effects of harmful algal blooms. Buchanan, co-chair of Florida’s Congressional delegation, announced his support the same day as Rep. Alcee Hastings, D-Fort Lauderdale and the other co-chair of the state delegation.

“Our economy, environment and marine life is under siege by this crisis and we need all hands on deck to help Florida deal with the problem,” Buchanan says. 

Visit Sarasota County meanwhile wants to remind visitors to the region that there are plenty of places to go, whether there’s a no-win advisory in effect or not.

“With the recent red tide episode, tourism businesses are hurting more than they usually are during what is a historically slow period of time for businesses,” says Virginia J. Haley, President of Visit Sarasota County. “Our staff has been hitting the pavement, going door-to-door across the County to encourage retailers to participate in Shoptember.” 

And the tourism bureau has been promoting a number of shopping experiences special to Sarasota on a dedicated SarasotaShoptember.com website.

That’s appreciated, says Barbara Barone, owner of Brants Used Books. She said all businesses relying on visitors have experienced declines in sales this year. “I can see the walk-in traffic is much less,” she said, comparing the loss in business to that of when a hurricane threatens the region.

But her big ask of leaders would be to do more than advertise businesses. “The main thing is cleaning up the fish,” Barone says. “I know it’s not easy, but so many businesses depend on tourism during the season that it should be a major priority.” 

[Visual Arts]  Southern Atelier Announces Long Pose Portrait Sessions

The Southern Atelier Center of Fine Art has announced the imminent beginning of its latest Portrait/Figure Long Pose Sessions, this September 12. Join Souther Atelier Founder Charles Miano and the Atelier Apprentices working life-size from a model for a total of 10 three-hour sessions over the course of five weeks, learning in the Academic Tradition. In addition to spending quality time on drawing or painting, the Atelier method emphasizes traditional techniques and allows students to grow to a higher degree of draftsmanship rapidly. Artists who have a strong drawing background may progress to working in oil during these long pose project classes.  

Southern Atelier

[Travel]  Hilton of Admiral Travel Recognized by "Travel + Leisure"

Malaka Hilton, founder and president of Sarasota-based Admiral Travel International, has been recognized for the 16th consecutive year on Travel + Leisure's 16th annual A-List for her specialty in Egypt and the Middle East. The annual Travel + Leisure program showcases the best specialists in the travel business, the industry leaders who have firsthand knowledge of destinations on the rise, can provide singular access for their clients and comprehensive insider travel guidance. Hilton, whose father was born in Egypt, has hosted hundreds of travelers to the destination in addition to designing customized itineraries for clients who desire to travel independently to the Nile Valley region and around the globe. Founded in 1997, Admiral Travel International rapidly established a niche in the luxury travel market by offering one-of-a-kind escorted group departures to Egypt and safaris throughout Africa. 

Admiral Travel International

[Philanthropy]  PGT Innovations Donates to Local Schools with SchoolTools

More than 25 team members and leaders at PGT Innovations' North Venice location worked together to assemble and deliver SchoolTools backpacks to make a difference in the lives of local children in need through World Vision, a global Christian relief, development and advocacy organization dedicated to working with children, families and communities to overcome poverty and injustice. This year, PGT Innovations donated 250 backpacks, totaling $6,000. Its employees, who have participated in this program for nine years, filled the backpacks with a sweet note of encouragement and supplies, such as pens, pencils, notebooks, binders, filler paper, pencil pouches, folders, pencil sharpeners, erasers, rulers, crayons, glue sticks, scissors and markers. The backpacks were distributed to students at East Elementary School in Charlotte County. Across the country, businesses, schools and groups of all kinds are joining the SchoolTools campaign. 

PGT Innovations



[SOON]  MUSEUM: Storytelling: French Art from the Horvitz Collection , September 9 – December 2

Explore two exhibitions selected from one of the world’s finest private collections of French art, “Imaging Text: French Drawings for Book Illustration” and “17th and 18th Century French Paintings,” from The Horvitz Collection. Features 60 drawings and 10 related prints for book illustration, created between the 16th and 19th centuries, as well as a selection of 10 paintings. Subjects range from mythological and religious scenes to more playful genre imagery.

The Ringling Museum of Art, 5401 Bay Shore Rd., Sarasota.

[SOON]  THEATER: Salute to the Queen: A Tribute to Aretha Franklin , September 11 – September 15

Nate Jacobs directs this special tribute to the life and legacy of the Queen of Soul, featuring WBTT favorites Naarai Jacobs and Teresa Stanley. The evening highlights Franklin's classic hits and musical impact, while ongoing narration spotlights her professional achiecements and lasting influence.

Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe, 1012 North Orange Ave., Sarasota.

[SOON]  GALLERY: Florida Watercolor Show , September 7 – October 26

Considered one of the finest watercolor shows in the country, whether one credits the local talent or local beauty, watercolorists from around the state will be showing in all three galleries of the art center, taking over the entire space for this premier exhibition.

ArtCenter Manatee, 209 9th St. W, Bradenton.

[SOON]  MUSIC: Friday Fest: Dr. Dave Band , September 14, 5pm-9pm

Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall is wrapping up their Friday Fest summertime concert series this September with the Dr. Dave Band. A Bradenton favorite performing for more than a decade as a top-choice house band, this group knows how to wow a crowd with high-energy Southern Rock blended with bluegrass banjo and fiddle. During the show, don’t forget to indulge in the refreshments provided by Van Wezel, including local food trucks and popular beverage vendors. Bring a blanket, lawn chairs and settle in for a good time.

Van Wezel, 777 North Tamiami Trl., Sarasota.

[SOON]  MUSEUM: Watercolors from the Permanent Collection , September 15 – February 3

A selection of watercolors drawn from The Ringling’s permanent collections, illustrating various ways artists have used the medium. The exhibition will feature works by Edward Hopper, Charles Burchfield and Childe Hassam, among others.

The Ringling Museum of Art, 5401 Bay Shore Rd., Sarasota.

[SOON]  FOOD: Dining for a Difference , September 20, 5pm-10pm

Join the Designing Daughters for Dining for a Difference, a community wide, dine out event featuring 20+ local Sarasota and Manatee County Restaurants who will donate a portion of all sales made on September 20 back to the Designing Daughters Grants Program for local Children and Family charities. Simply grab your friends, colleagues and neighbors, pick a participating restaurant and enjoy a meal. No ticket, no fancy clothes, just a night out with your favorite people.This simple act will make a huge impact for local families in need.

Multiple locations, Multiple locations

[SOON]  THEATER: Annie Get Your Gun , September 20 – October 7

Sure-shootin’ Annie Oakley can win prizes with her marksmanship, but she can’t get a man…or can she? This slice of magical American musical theatre still thrills audiences with the classic tunes of the legendary Irving Berlin.

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

[SOON]  GALA: 2nd Annual Taste of New Orleans Benefit Dinner , September 22, 6pm-9pm

Truly Valued presents its 2nd Annual Taste of New Orleans Benefit Dinner, at Michaels on the Bay at Selby Gardens with speaker Captain Todd Shear of the Manatee County Sheriff's Office and a night of entertainment with NuJazz. All proceeds support Truly Valued's mission of building self-esteem, confidence and character to promote a positive self- image, positively impact educational and career aspirations and improve academic achievement in adolescent girls. Dinner is complimentary and an opportunity to make a financial gift will be extended during the event.

Michaels on the Bay at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens', 900 South Palm Ave., Sarasota.

[SOON]  FOOD: Boards for Bravery: A Charity Charcuterie Event , September 23, 4:30pm–7pm

Learn how to build the perfect charcuterie board while supporting pediatric cancer research. Inspired by Benjamin Gilkey’s love of charcuterie, admission includes wine and appetizers from Louies Modern, a handcrafted charcuterie board to take home, pairing education from local experts and the chance to create your own palette of fine meats, cheeses and delicious accoutrements, provided by local artisans. Proceeds benefit The Benjamin Gilkey Fund for Innovative Pediatric Cancer Research, which supports groundbreaking studies led by physicians at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital.

Louies Modern, 1289 North Palm Ave., Sarasota.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: iconcept jr: The Future of Fashion , September 23, 12pm

25 designers ages 8–16 are encouraged to use repurposed/recyled materials in their creations. Most of them will also wear their outfits in the runway show, adding self-confidence and stage presence as skills gained. The participants are treated to a professional fashion photoshoot for the program guide, as well as professional hair and makeup stylists backstage to complete their look. Proceeds from the event benefit the expansion of the Art Center's youth art education programs and help students who are in need of financial assistance receive scholarships.

Art Center Sarasota, 707 North Tamiami Trl., Sarasota.

[SOON]  SEMINAR: 16th Annual Forty Carrots Free Community Speaker Event , September 25, 9am-12pm; 7pm-8:30pm

Forty Carrots Family Center's Annual Free Community Speaker Event presented in partnership with Community Foundation of Sarasota County returns for a 16th year featuring best-selling author and parenting expert, Dr. Michele Borba. She will be discussing “How to Cultivate Mentally-Healthy, Resilient, Empathetic Children (Despite a Trophy-Giving, Anxiety-Driven, Helicoptered and Bubble-Wrapped Culture)” and “UnSelfie: Why Empathetic Kids Succeed in Our All-About Me World.” In these free presentations, parents and educators will learn how to shift children's focus from I, me, and mine, to us, we and ours. With examples from years of research, Dr. Michele Borba will offer a framework that yields successful, happy kids who grow up to be kind, moral, courageous and resilient adults.

Community Foundation of Sarasota County and Riverview High School Performing Arts Center, 2635 Fruitville Rd., Sarasota; 1 Ram Way, Sarasota.

[SOON]  SEMINAR: 2nd Annual Grey Matters, A Symposium on Alzheimers Research , September 28, 11am-2pm

Don't miss out on this year's amazing Grey Matters Luncheon Symposium benefitting The Roskamp Institute. This year's Alzheimer's Disease-Research based Symposium will focus on lifestyle, wellness and healthy aging. For information or to be added to this year’s waiting list please call Megan Micale at (941) 552-9832.

Michael's on the Bay at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, 811 South Palm Ave., Sarasota.

[SOON]  SEMINAR: Real Men Wear Pink Reveal Party , September 29, 5pm-7pm

Join the American Cancer Society as they reveal the 2018 Real Men Wear Pink of Sarasota–Manatee. The candidates will participate in a fashion show, hosted by the tenants of the Mall at University Town Center. Come out and see which men in our community are dedicated to raising funds and awareness to help fight breast cancer. Light refreshments will be served.

The Grand Court at The Mall at UTC, 140 University Town Center Dr., Sarasota.

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