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SRQ DAILY Oct 3, 2018

Wednesday Philanthropy Edition

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Wednesday Philanthropy Edition

"Hemp can heal."

- Shelby Isaacson, Second and Seed

[Wellness]  Second and Seed: A CBD Story
Philip Lederer, Phil.Lederer@srqme.com

Two days before starting a new job, and after dropping her son off at school for the day, Shelby Isaacson turned onto Webber Street, her daughter buckled in the back of the car. She felt a pain in her head, but didn’t think much of it. “The next thing I knew,” Isaacson says, “I was driving over the curb before crossing Tuttle Avenue.” She had passed out. Then the migraines began.

Physically debilitating and unrelenting, it took six months for a diagnosis of chronic migraine syndrome, and then came a year of ever-increasing doses of anti-epileptic medications and muscle relaxants. “I started thinking about what my life would look like five, ten, 20 years on these medications,” says Isaacson. She turned to CBD oil—extracts made from the hemp plant, and growing in popularity across the nation as a remedy for everything from anxiety and depression to chronic pain and inflammation. “Within one month,” she says, “I was able to get off my other medications and feel ‘normal’ again.”

A staunch advocate of therapeutic CBD, Isaacson today celebrates the opening of her new CBD boutique, Second and Seed. Named for its location off Second Street in Downtown Sarasota, and co-owned by Chip Jackson, Second and Seed is the latest entry in the CBD trend hitting Sarasota—but perhaps the only with such singular focus.

Within the charming house-turned-apothecary—which has more the air (if not aroma) of a neighborhood bakery than pharmacist or potionmaster—Isaacson and her crew lead visitors through a selection of varied CBD offerings, each tailored to a particular need, all the while answering all the questions that come with a product that many mistakenly conflate with getting high. “It’s the decaffeinated version,” Isaacson jokes. There’s no high from hemp, she says, “but you get all the medicinal benefits.”

And those benefits vary, says Isaacson, depending on the person and the CBD oil. Second and Seed offers the Curve line of CBD oils—the original line and still a favorite—for sore muscles, while the Brahma line remains the purest, made of CBD and a “carrier” oil, typically avocado or coconut, and is particularly good for anxiety. Another line infuses citrus flavors for a smoother experience (or mixing into cocktails) and another is designed for pets, helping with thunder anxiety or problems traveling. Sold primarily in dropper bottles, Second and Seed recommends beginning with a minimal dose, placed underneath the tongue. From there, it’s up to the individual to decide what dose works best for them. Another line, Rx 1776, pays homage to the founding and the fight for freedom. "And the Constitution was written on hemp paper," quips Isaacson.

But no matter the dose, Isaacson says she can assure every customer of the quality and authenticity of the product, even in the absence of FDA regulation. A “farm to extract” operation, Isaacson keeps close contact with the farm in Eaton, Colorado where she gets her hemp, and every batch of CBD is tested three times before hitting shelves. “Sometimes you have no idea what you’re buying,” she says, “but here we’re all about transparency.” 

Pictured: Holly James, general manager, and Shelby Isaacson, co-owner, inside Second and Seed. Photo courtesy of Second and Seed.

[Community Foundation]  Lighting up the Stage
Brittany Mattie, brittany.mattie@srqme.com

The FSU/Asolo Conservatory for Actor Training proudly announces that it is the recipient of a $25,000 grant from the Community Foundation of Sarasota County. The CFSC gift comes from the Muriel O’Neil Fund—a devoted and supportive building block for the local performing arts community. The endowment will be used to replace the lighting system in the Jane B. Cook Theatre with brand new state-of-the-art, LED lights and renovations for mainstage productions. A truly versatile performance space in-use nearly 365 days a year, the Cook Theatre is a 160-seat black box theatre, designed to create an intimate experience for both the audience and the actors—located in the FSU Center for the Performing Arts. The symbolic playhouse has hosted many local troupes’ such as Sarasota Contemporary Dance, Odyssey Theatre Company, Sarasota Festival of Vocal Arts, and the Michigan Opera Theatre. While the Actor Training initiative is a prestigious three-year graduate program for talent all over the country. Students get to work and perform on stage alongside Asolo Rep’s professional actors in exciting and significant roles—that culminates in a Master of Fine Arts degree. 

With the installation of new equipment implementing before the opening of this year’s Conservatory production season—theatrical performances and animated actors will inevitably glow brighter, enhancing your next ticketed experience from the audience perspective. Andrei Malaev-Babel, interim director of the FSU/Asolo Conservatory for Actor Training divulges, “Our designers cannot wait to explore all the 21st Century ‘bells and whistles’ of this high-tech, energy-efficient LED system."

"The new LED lighting upgrade will allow us to combine modern technology into our current lighting system," notes Technical Director, Christopher McVicker. "We will be able to create a wider spectrum of colors in less time, using less heat and energy.  It enables greater control at our fingertips and eases the burden of hard labor while vastly reducing waste.”  

The Community Foundation of Sarasota County is proud to partner with SRQ Media Group to highlight stories about community impact powered by philanthropy in our region, thanks to the support of donors and our local nonprofit partners. The Community Foundation is a public charity founded in 1979 by the Southwest Florida Estate Planning Council as a resource for caring individuals and the causes they support, enabling them to make a charitable impact on the community. 

Photo of the "Book Of Days" cast in the FSU Asolo Conservatory. Provided by Asolo Rep.

[Theater]  Conservatory Receives Grant from Community Foundation

The FSU/Asolo Conservatory for Actor Training has announced that it is the recipient of a $25,000 grant from the Muriel O'Neil Fund for the Performing Arts of the Community Foundation of Sarasota County. The grant will be used to replace the lighting system in the Cook Theatre with brand new, state-of-the-art, LED lights. The Jane B. Cook Theatre is a 161-seat black box theatre located in the FSU Center for the Performing Arts. It is a versatile performance space that is in use nearly 365 days a year. It is primarily occupied by the second-year Conservatory company, which presents three out of four productions in this space during the academic year. The space is also home to Dog Days Theatre during the summer. The Cook is available for rental at non-profit rates to such troupes as Sarasota Contemporary Dance, Odyssey Theatre Company and the Michigan Opera Theatre. Installation of the new equipment will take place before the opening of this year’s Conservatory production season, and Tom Stoppard’s Arcadia will unfold under the glow of the new LED lighting. Arcadia runs October 31–November 18. 

FSU/Asolo Conservatory for Actor Training

[Museum]  Ringling Center for Asian Art Renamed for Chao Foundation

The John & Mable Ringling Museum of Art and Florida State University have announced a new leadership gift to The Ringling from the Ting Tsung and Wei Fong Chao Foundation, which combined with existing support from the foundation, will establish the Ting Tsung and Wei Fong Chao Center for Asian Art, including an endowment for the acquisition, exhibition and programs of Asian art in perpetuity. The gift represents progress toward The Ringling Inspires: Honoring the Legacy and Building for the Future, the current $100 million comprehensive campaign, and FSU’s $1 billion Raise the Torch campaign. The Texas-based foundation’s previous gifts to The Ringling include funds for the Ting Tsung and Wei Fong Chao Lecture Hall, a 125-seat preeminent programming space in The Ringling’s Center for Asian Art; the Ting Tsung and Wei Fong Chao Foundation Gallery, as well as support for the care, storage and exhibition of the institution’s growing Asian art collections. 

Ringling Museum of Art

[Business]  Blue Heirloom Opens Off Swift Road

The Blue Heirloom, an eclectic multi-vendor store featuring oddities, artwork music and more has opened off Swift Road, in a 2000+ square foot space with more than 15 artists and vendors offering goods. A collective of like-minded artists, musicians and collectors who believe in perseverance and sustainability, Blue Heirloom helps visitors revisit the past through collectible items, art, literature and music while making a space for creating and innovating. A space where people “from all walks of life can express themselves, including community senior adults who now have the time to express their true lives passions and share their experiences and knowledge.” Products include vintage, antique, shabby chic furniture. collectibles, mid century, music memorablia, instruments, records, handmade art work and more. 

The Blue Heirloom

[Real Estate]  Brown Joins Halfacre as Assistant Project Manager

Shawna Brown has joined Halfacre Construction Company as an assistant project manager in the commercial construction company’s Lakewood Ranch-based office. A procurement management professional with a demonstrated ability to significantly reduce procurement costs by standardizing processes, negotiating favorable terms and streamlining supplier channels, Brown brings more than nine years of experience to Halfacre Construction Company. In 2018, she helped establish the National Association of Home Building’s Professional Women in Building Council of Sarasota, and she is currently pursuing a Florida Building Contractor (CBC) license. 

Halfacre Construction Company

[TODAY]  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]  BUSINESS: Discover Sarasota Tours Grand Opening Party , October 4, 5-6:30pm

Discover Sarasota in style. Travel into the past aboard Discover Sarasota Tours air-conditioned trolleys to hear stories of fascinating people, enchanting places, and intriguing events that shaped Sarasota’s amazingly rich culture.  Discover Sarasota Tours invites you for its Grand Opening celebration on October 4th from 5-6:30pm at the 1826 4th Street, the home of the Downtown Trolley Depot.   Hop aboard one of DST’s trolleys to experience old time Sarasota vibe as costumed tour guides entertain and inform you about the history and fun facts that make Sarasota so special. Imbibe at the Depot Tiki Bars and enjoy free wine and beer, peruse delightful offerings at the Vintage Sarasota gift shop,  nosh on BBQ and soul food catered by S&T BBQ and mellow out to Latin/Caribbean guitar music by Bryan Spainhower.

[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]  HEALTH: Day of Action: Mental Wellness and Stigma in Communities of Color , October 6, 11:00am

Day of Action:  Mental Wellness and Stigma in Communities of Color:  A 2-Generational Approach will be presented Saturday, October 6, 2018, 11:00 AM at Lincoln Memorial Academy located at 305 17th Street, East in Palmetto, FL.

The Bradenton/Sarasota (FL) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated and Lincoln Memorial Academy (LMA) are partnering to promote a diverse program on mental wellness that will foster education, awareness, positive social interactions, self-esteem and self-worth to six grade students and parents of LMA on mental health, applying a two-generational approach. 

Lincoln Memorial Academy, 305 17th Street East, Palmetto

[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.

[SOON]  BUSINESS: SWAC Lecture , October 15, 6:30pm

Join the Sarasota World Affairs Council for the first program in its 2018-19 lecture seriesFrom PIGS to Hot Spot:  How Portugal Is Engineering the Great Comeback Story of Post-Crisis Europe, featuring Dr. Michael Baum,Director of the Study in Portugal Network and an Executive Board member of the Luso-American Development Foundation. A dual-national of Portugal and the United States, Prof. Baum describes how Portugal has defied critics who insisted on austerity as the only way out of Europe’s debt crisis.  Each SWAC lecture is followed by a members-only reception with the speaker in a historic building on Sarasota Bay.  The lecture is free, but reservations are suggested 

[SOON]  DANCE: SCD + NOW Ensemble , October 11 – October 14

Sarasota Contemporary Dance kicks off the season with their live music and dance collaboration, "SCD + NOW Ensemble." NOW Ensemble is a dynamic group dedicated to making new chamber music for the 21st century. This evening-length performance, led by Mark Dancigers (Composer) and Leymis Bolaños Wilmott (Choreographer), will feature a world premiere composition and choreographic work inspired by Joan of Arc and, by popular demand, a restaging of "Dreamfall," co-choreographed by longtime company dancer, Xiao-Xuan Dancigers.

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

[SOON]  GALA: Key to the Cure , October 11, 5:30pm-9pm

Don’t miss Sarasota Memorial Healthcare Foundations's Key to the Cure on October 11. In partnership with Saks Fifth Avenue, Key to the Cure has raised more than $1,500,000 to further research for women’s cancer services, which include breast, ovarian, uterine and cervical cancer. Proceeds are reserved for SMH Cancer Care Programs and continue to benefit the prevention and treatment of women’s cancers including state-of-the-art technology and surgical approaches.

Saks Fifth Avenue , 120 University Town Center Dr, Sarasota, FL 34243

[SOON]  GALLERY: Cycle One: Lerner, Jounquil, Onghena , October 11 – November 16

The first exhibition of Brooklyn-based artist Natalie Lerner, daughter of Leslie Lerner, features a series of intimately scaled etchings and graphite on paper drawings. Miami-based installation artist Brookhart Jounquil brings his mesmerizing and illusory glass- and light-based sculpture. An Onghena, brings her diaristic take on traditional and contemporary printmaking to create a series of daily prints.

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

[SOON]  FESTIVAL: Pirates in Paradise , October 13, 9am-4pm

Aargh!  Listen up, Matey!  Don’t miss the 80th Annual Flower Show presented by the Scallywags of the Sarasota Garden Club. Enjoy a fun flower show both inside and out as you view the creative and beautiful floral designs, the lush and diverse horticulture and the stunning photography. While enjoying the flower show, be sure to stroll through the acre-plus of botanical gardens, a real Pirates Treasure you won’t want to miss. Avast ye! You ain’t done yet! Don’t miss the Annual Plant Sale & Gardenfest in conjunction with the Flower Show with a variety of plants and flowers propagated by club members priced typically lower than retail.

Sarasota Garden Club , 1131 Blvd of the Arts, Sarasota, FL 34236

[SOON]  MUSEUM: Coco Fusco: Twilight , October 14 – February 17

A solo exhibition presenting recent video projects by internationally acclaimed writer and interdisciplinary artist Coco Fusco. Works explore the current political and social climate in Cuba as the Revolution enters its twilight years. Fusco will be premiering her lasted video project currently in production. This newest project, made possible by her 2016 Greenfield commission at the Hermitage Artist Retreat, is a short video-essay on contemporary Cuba that reflects on the anxieties emerging as the country faces an uncertain future. Fusco will also be unveiling a new sculpture on The Ringling’s grounds.

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

[SOON]  SEMINAR: Robert McKee: STORY , October 19 – October 21

The story-crafting maven who has taught Hollywood notables such as Peter Jackson, Geoffrey Rush and Kirk Douglas brings his famous seminar to Sarasota. An opportunity for not only professional writers, aspiring writers, producers, directors, and numerous creative individuals in many genres, but also for educational institutions, their faculty and staff, and students of all ages, in many creative disciplines. Interested parties can call the Sarasota County film commission for registration and details: (941) 309-1200 extension 104.

Ringling College Academic Center Auditorium, 2700 North Tamiami Trl., Sarasota

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