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SRQ Daily Sep 19, 2018

Wednesday Philanthropy Edition


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Wednesday Philanthropy Edition

"If this event inspires even one person to dedicate some time to helping with these issues, it will be a success."

- Josh Scheible, Physical Plant

[Community]  Benefit Concert at Fogartyville for Victims of Police Brutality
Philip Lederer, Phil.Lederer@srqme.com

Social justice advocates and local musicians have announced a benefit concert this Saturday, September 22, at the Fogartyville Community Media and Arts Center. A combined community forum, potluck dinner and concert, all funds raised go towards three area families that organizers argue have been victims of police brutality. Organized by ANSWER Suncoast, the event will be part of Fogartyville’s 2018 Campaign Nonviolence National Week of Action.

The three incidents in question span around nine weeks in 2018, beginning with the controversial tazing and arrest of Chad Washington on March 22 by Sarasota Police Department officers, which was caught on video and released to widespread reaction, and corroborated by the officer's police report. On April 13, the same officer was again involved in a controversial incident, this time firing into an occupied SUV and striking two black teenagers, including Jeremy Trebbles, Jr. The third incident, on May 27, saw that same officer, and others, responding to a family dispute and becoming involved in a brawl with multiple suspects, which resulted in another tazing and use of mace, according to multiple police reports.

Organizers claim a pattern, and expressed discontent and disapproval at what they saw as lack of disciplinary action taken by Sarasota Police Department Chief Bernadette DiPino. Still, says one organizer, Saturday’s concert isn’t a protest and isn’t about any desired action from the police department in response. Rather, the focus is on trying to help the families they see as the victims, by raising money for legal and medical costs incurred.

“In each of these three cases, these families have had really substantial financial hardships as a result of these incidents,” says Josh Scheible, New College graduate and member of the local band, Physical Plant, which will headline the show alongside the Lesa Silvermore Band. “We’re looking for something concrete we can do to help,” he says. And though Scheible insists he can only fairly speak for himself on such an issue—not for all the organizers or even members of his band—there is one universal he feels comfortable with. “When it comes down to it,” he says, “no one is in favor of police brutality.”

The doors open at 8pm at Fogartyville, with a $5 cover charge to get in—all going to a $2,000 goal for the families (donations will be accepted as well, and a GoFundMe page has been created). For the first hour, attendees will enjoy a potluck community dinner while hearing from the families involved, who will relay their experiences and stories. After that, the Lesa Silvermore Band will take the stage, followed by Physical Plant.

When reached for comment, the Sarasota Police Department released the following statement: “At the Sarasota Police Department, we have numerous and ample reviews of cases. Internally we have oversight of police operations within our agency to include an Internal Affairs review, Chief review and Training Division review. Outside our agency, the City of Sarasota has a Police Complaint Committee and Independent Police Advisory panel and the State Attorney’s Office also reviews cases. All of these, internal and external reviews, are in an effort to ensure things like police brutality don’t happen.” The department also notes that an internal affairs review of the Washington incident determined no inappropriate action on part of the officers involved. 

Pictured: Darnesha McMillan, fiance to Chad Washington, speaking at a June 20 ANSWER Suncoast press conference for survivors of police brutality. Photo courtesy of ANSWER Suncoast.

[Education]  Free Classes at Manatee County Agriculture and Extension

The Manatee County Agriculture and Extension Service is offering a variety of free educational classes during October 2018. The Extension Service is an educational program within county government, which brings the resources of the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS) to Manatee County to solve local problems, provide educational opportunities, promote economic enhancement and development and improve the quality of life for citizens. Topics include common vegetable diseases, seed saving and propagation, drought tolerant plants and more. Unless otherwise noted on the extension website, all classes are free and are held at the Manatee County Agriculture and Extension Service, 1303 17th Street West, Palmetto. Minimum workshop size is required; workshop size is limited.  Please register in advance online via email at manatee@ifas.ufl.edu or call 941-722-4524 for all workshops. 

Manatee County Agriculture and Extension Service

[Healthcare]  SHINE Program Offers Free Medicare Presentations

Future and current Medicare beneficiaries are invited to attend free presentations about the ins and outs of Medicare this month in Venice. The presentations will feature professionally trained counselors of the SHINE (Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elders) program. The Florida Department of Elder Affairs’ SHINE program provides free, unbiased information and assistance for Florida Medicare beneficiaries year-round as they carefully evaluate their health care options. SHINE is administered locally by the Area Agency on Aging for Southwest Florida. Medicare 101 is a well-rounded presentation covering the basics of Medicare for those soon to be eligible as well as those currently on Medicare. Participants will learn the basics of Medicare Parts A, B, C and D, discover more about the many plan options available. Presenters will also discuss the new Medicare cards, which will have begun distribution in Florida. SHINE counselors will also be available to answer questions after the presentation. “Medicare 101” will be offered on Thursday, September 20 from 5pm until 7pm at The Windsor of Venice. Participants are asked to RSVP to 941-408-2600. The presentation will be offered again on Monday, September 24 from 2pm until 4pm at the Venice Friendship Center. 


[Education]  SCF and Leadership Simplified Announce Boot Camp

State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) and Leadership Simplified will offer business leaders an opportunity to enhance their skills, expand communication techniques, learn to better manage their time and increase effectiveness through a leadership boot camp. The boot camp will be offered from 8:30am to 4pm on October 17 at SCF Lakewood Ranch. Doug Van Dyke, CEO of Leadership Simplified, will facilitate the daylong session. Registration is $299 per person and each participant will receive a copy of Van Dyke’s book “Leadership Simplified - The Field Guide for Savvy Leaders.” To register and view the full agenda, visit the website below. 

Register for Leadership Simplified

[Business]  CareerSource Suncoast Plans Second Job Fair for October

CareerSource Suncoast has announced another installment of the successful job fair that hosted more than 600 job seekers this past July. Recruiting new team members is a big investment, so the CareerSource Suncoast Job Fair takes care of the logistics, covers the advertising and brings the job seekers to one place for prospective employers to meet and make connections. Come talk about job opportunities and determine which candidates are the right fit. The latest CareerSource Suncoast job fair will be held Wednesday, October 10, from 10am to 3pm at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Center. Prospective employers can register their business for the job fair using the form found at the website below. 

CareerSource Suncoast Job Fair Registration

[Inside the Brand]  CALL FOR STORIES

Do you know someone who's making a real difference? Someone whose passion for giving back has had a postivie impact on our community? Nominate them for the SRQ Local Hero Award. This is your opportunity to celebrate a deeply engaged volunteer for your organization who has gone above and beyond this past year to make our region a better place to live, work and play. 

Nominate your hero here!

[TODAY]  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.

[TODAY]  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]  BUSINESS: Where the Votes Are , September 20, 7:30-9:00am

Join SRQ Magazine Senior Editor Jacob Ogles for Where the Votes Are on Thursday, September 20, 2018 from 7:30-9am at the SRQ Studios. Ogles will analyze and deconstruct results from every major contest in Sarasota and Manatee counties, including legislative primaries, county elections and school board races.  The $5 cover includes coffee and donuts courtesy of Five-O Donut Co. Coffee and donuts at 7:30am. Presentation 8am-9am. Click here to RSVP.

SRQ Studios, 331 S. Pineapple Avenue, Sarasota, FL 34236

[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]  SEMINAR: The Agency of Architecture: Meetup with Germane Barnes , September 21, 5:30PM - 7:30PM

Join the Center for Architecture Sarasota and Germane Barnes for a meetup and lecture. What is the role of the architect and architecture in today's intersetional environment? Can the architect, once singularly viewed as the master builder, be held responsible for non-inclusive space?

Center for Architecture, 265 S Orange Ave, 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.

[SOON]  THEATER: Raisin , October 3 – November 11

Taking place in the 1950s on the South Side of Chicago, the story revolves around a working class black family aspiring to a better life after the death of their father. Hope is sparked by the arrival of a $10,000 life insurance check. But conflicts arise when mother and son want to spend the money in different ways. 

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

[SOON]  BUSINESS: SkillSHARE October 4 Mentoring Summit , October 4, 5-7:30pm

Made for speed, SkillSHARE is the basics of mentorship concentrated into mini-sessions that encourage honest interactions and allow for spontaneous connection. This event is a way to meet like-minded professionals, make valuable connections and get straight to your most burning questions about career and personal development. Each participant will be paired with several mentors for mini-sessions. Lasting from 10-12 minutes, each mini-session is unstructured, allowing for conversation, guidance and direction from each mentor.

SRQ Studios, 331 S Pineapple Ave, Sarasota, FL 34236

[SOON]  FESTIVAL: Beer, Bands & BBQ , October 6, 12pm-7pm

Music Compound is ready to kick off the fall season with the 4th annual Beer, Bands & BBQ. This will be a day for the whole family, with craft and domestic beers, local BBQ favorites, top local bands and local businesses supporting the talent. Not only will there be traditional BBQ to look forward to but also BBQ with a twist, with menu items such as BBQ chicken pizza and more. At this event, everyone can enjoy the music that they love with different genres playing each hour.

Music Compound , 1751 Cattlemen Rd, Sarasota, FL 34232

[SOON]  MUSIC: Piano Grand III , October 6

Don Bryn, Joseph Holt, Andrew Lapp, Thomas Purviance and Jonathan Spivey; this year joined by Genevieve Beauchamp, Avis Romm, Lee Dougherty Ross, Milana Strezeva and Aza Torshkoeva. Five Steinway Concert Grand pianos direct from New York and featuring ten renowned pianists performing familiar classics and popular songs.

Sarasota Opera House, 61 North Pineapple Ave., Sarasota.


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