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"I hope my legislation gives doctors and patients the information they need to continue this positive trend."

- U.S. Rep Vern Buchanan, R-Sarasota

[Government]  Buchanan Opioid Bill Passes Senate
Jacob Ogles, jacob.ogles@srqme.com

The U.S. Senate yesterday voted to create a national database for opioid use, a measure originally included in a House bill sponsored by U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-Sarasota. 

“It’s encouraging to read today in USA Today that nearly 70 percent of physicians are prescribing fewer pain medications in light of the opioid crisis,” Buchanan says. “I hope my legislation gives doctors and patients the information they need to continue this positive trend.”

Buchanan introduced the Centralized Opioid Guidance Act in May with co-sponsor U.S. Rep. Conor Lamb, D-Pennsylvania. The bill was included in a conference report combining legislation from the House and Senate, including Buchanan's bill.

Buchanan represents a district that’s been particularly hard-hit by the opioid crisis, and has worked for the past two years on legislation in Washington while lawmakers like state Rep. Jim Boyd, R-Bradenton, tackled the effort in Tallahassee.

Manatee County remains one of the worst impacted communities in the state, with 984 heroin overdoses in 2016 and 2,504 reported Narcan and Naxolone doses, according to the Florida Behavioral Health Association. The county experienced 126 opioid deaths in 2015, and saw a 174-percent jump in deaths between 2012 and 2015.

When Buchanan first unveiled this legislation, he noted that drug overdoses now count as the leading cause of death for Americans under the age of 50.

The new legislation, if signed into law by President Trump, will require the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to create a widely available resource guide with prescribing guidelines for the potentially life-threatening drugs. The move previously won recommendation by the President’s Commission on Combatting Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis. 

Local healthcare providers said the new database should help patients and physicians alike important information on best practices for opioid use. 

“Currently, it is difficult and time-consuming to access trusted federal opioid prescribing guidelines,” says Centerstone Florida CEO Melissa Larkin-Skinner. “In requiring the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to post all relevant opioid prescribing guidelines in one online space, more patients and providers will be able to quickly seek out and reference the most up-to-date and trusted opioid prescribing guidelines. We trust this will make a difference not only for the Medicare population, but for all those seeking access to life-changing information." 

Graphic courtesy Florida Behavioral Health Association: Manatee County deaths from opioid overdoses increased substantially this decade.

[ShopTalk]  Head Over Heels
Brittany Mattie, brittany.mattie@srqme.com

You can have more than one sole mate ladies, so don’t limit yourself to one befitting suitor. At Molly’s! A Chic & Unique Boutique, revel in a vibrant sanctuary filled with fun personal shoppers and a quality collection of shoes, jewelry, handbags and gifts. And now, you don’t have to tire the same leg candy, day in and day out. With Lindsay Phillips Switchflops, you can “change your look, but not your sole.” Browse the designer’s collection of customizable shoes to adorn your feet’s attire no matter what outfit the occasion calls for. You and your wing women can choose from a wide selection of interchangeable embellishments called Snaps and Straps. The clip-on accessories come in styles such as Bridal, Flowers, Bling, Holiday, Monogrammable, Nautical, Team Spirit and Solids—only requiring a simple bend...and snap (sorry, had to do it). The removable straps come in a variety of patterns as well—themed with Prints, Animal, Bridal, Holiday, Western, Nautical and Solids—and velcro perfectly onto the seam for a feeling of flair.

Snaps and Straps are normally $15, but with Molly’s! sale this season, they are currently reduced 20% off. Additional Lindsay Phillips shoe styles ranging from wedding flip flops, travel sandals and fall booties are also on sale at the moment—20% to 50% off. But with limited sizes in each, don’t wait too long to let the next love of your life walk out on you. 

Photos provided by Lindsay Phillips.

Molly's! A Chic & Unique Boutique, 1874 Stickney Point Road, Sarasota, 941-921-1221.

[Fins at Sharky's]  Bartender, Hold the Booze
Cori Spruiell

For those who choose not to imbibe, the world is changing. Long gone are the days of resigning oneself to sickly sweet Shirley Temples or beverages featuring the word “virgin.” The mocktail revolution is in full swing, with dazzling concoctions created for those who prefer to drink less—or not at all.

Fins at Sharky’s is leading the pack, featuring four varied mocktails for the adventure-seeking customer. The raspberry mule is the breakout star; delicately crafted, this drink may appear sweet, but isn’t afraid to pack a tart punch. With a base of raspberry and refreshing Fever Tree ginger beer, the mule is topped with club soda and a spritz of lime juice. The sparkling beverage is finished with a creamy, house-made lemon foam; combining egg white powder, simple syrup and lemon juice into fluffy perfection and garnished – of course – with fresh raspberries.

Grab a drink menu and belly up to the bar; Fins at Sharky’s is ready to impress! 

1600 Harbor Dr. S, Venice

[Theater]  Players Centre Sells Downtown Sarasota Location

The Players Centre for Performing Arts has announced that the sale of its property on 9th street and North Tamiami Trail in Downtown Sarasota is completed. The buyer wishes to remain anonymous at this time. The Players has also entered into a two-year lease back agreement. This allows The Players to lease the property as of Oct. 1, 2018 for a full two years, until Oct. 1, 2020.

The timeline for The Players new performing arts complex in Lakewood Ranch’s Waterside Place has shifted since the sale of the property from an initial buyer fell through this summer. Now the theater will invest in the completion of its architectural design for the next six to eight months and break ground in 2019. With community support, the new Players Centre for Performing Arts will be up and running in 2021.

Real estate agent Ian Black of Ian Black Real Estate has handled the sale of the property with Jag Grewal, CCIM, partner at Ian Black Real Estate handling the sale for the buyer. 

The Players Centre for Performing Arts

[Museum]  South Florida Museum Announces STREAM Saturdays

The South Florida Museum has announced a new Saturday morning program, STREAM Saturdays, that integrates science and learning with fun, hands-on activities. Designed for kids in first through fifth grades and their families, STREAM Saturdays will be offered from 10am to noon on the third Saturday of the month, October through May. The program is included in the cost of regular Museum admission; no registration is required. Museum Members always visit for free. The new program moves beyond STEM—science, technology, math and engineering—to incorporate the latest buzz in education: STREAM, which adds Reading to the equation. During STREAM Saturdays, families will find hands-on, family-friendly experiments and games, crafts and stories or themed scavenger hunts. Upcoming programs include “Rediscovering the Moon” on October 20, “The Science of Flight” on November 17 and “Exploring Rocks and Minerals” on December 15. 

South Florida Museum

[Education]  Sarasota County Schools Earn FDOE Awards

Sarasota County Schools has announced that the Florida Department of Education (FDOE) has awarded 18 schools with the Five Star School Award and 41 schools with the Golden School Award for the 2017–18 school year. These prestigious awards are given to public, specialty and charter schools statewide. The Five Star School Award is presented annually by the FDOE Commissioner's Community Involvement Council to schools that have demonstrated in-depth community involvement. In order to earn this designation, a school must prove that it has achieved 100 percent of the established criteria and must also earn a grade of "C" or above, or school improvement rating of "maintaining or improving" for the year of nomination. Similarly, the Golden School Award is issued annually. The award recognizes elementary, secondary and adult schools that report a minimum of 80 percent of school staff participation in training related to school volunteerism. Additionally, the total number of hours of volunteer service of the school must equal twice the number of students enrolled in the school. For a complete list of local award-winning schools, visit the link below. 

Sarasota County Schools Award Winners

[Healthcare]  Sarasota County DCCI Task Force Announces Free Program

In an effort to make Sarasota County a dementia-caring community, local community stakeholders have partnered with the Florida Department of Elder Affairs in a state-wide initiative: The Dementia Care and Cure Initiative (DCCI). The Sarasota County DCCI Task Force has announced a new free program to make businesses and organizations officially Dementia-Caring. The DCCI task force is focusing on raising awareness by providing a free educational module on dementia sensitivity. Participating organizations will gain a better understanding of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias that can provide a welcoming, respectful environment as well as learn about local resources to assist persons living with dementia and their caregivers and family members. Businesses and organizations that complete the module will receive a DCCI decal to display. With this decal, families and individuals affected by dementia will be able to easily identify businesses and other community entities that are trained on inclusive and interactive techniques. A kickoff event at 1888 Brother Geenen Way on October 18 at 3pm is open to all interested parties. For more information contact Christine Didion at didionc@elderaffairs.org 

Dementia Care and Cure Initiative

[Business]  Hand to Speak at CEED Global Conference in Tunisia

Sara Hand, CEO of Spark Growth, has been announced as a featured speaker at the CEED Global Conference hosted in Tunisia this October 17–19. The CEED Global Conference is structured to facilitate the expansion of attendees’ business networks with spontaneous and planned business-to-business meetings, side events and opportunities to converse before and after central sessions. Hand will present about the successful diversification of Manatee County’s economy and business environment and what challenges and possibilities exist for women entrepreneurs. She’ll join a cadre of other global business leaders and entrepreneurs sharing their approaches to innovation and business growth with each other and a worldwide audience. 

Spark Growth

[TODAY]  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

[TODAY]  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]  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]  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]  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]  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]  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]  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

[SOON]  GALA: An Evening in India , October 19

The world needs saving, and Poonam Maini believes the world can do it together. Join Poonam Maini and the Share Care Global team for this second annual fundraising gala. This year’s program of focus is a girl’s home designed to help spark a change in the lives of 10 troubled youth. Participation will allow Share Care Global to encourage women and children to live their most authentic lives.

Michael's On East, 1212 South East Ave., Sarasota.

[SOON]  HEALTH: Making Strides Against Breast Cancer , October 20, 7am

The American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walks raise awareness and funds to help save lives from Breast Cancer. The event at Nathan Benderson Park, will raise money to fund innovative research, provide free information and support, and help people reduce their risk and find it early when it is easier to treat. From the opening ceremony to the post walk entertainment, the Making Strides event is a celebration of survivors and an opportunity to honor loved ones lost. It’s a day that won’t be forgotten and should not be missed.

Nathan Benderson Park , 5851 Nathan Benderson Circle, Sarasota, FL 34235


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[SOON]  MUSIC: The Singing Harp , October 21 – October 22

Program includes Giuseppina Ciarla’s original Butterfly Invasion, Claude Debussy’s Claire de Lune, Livingstone/Evans’ Que Sera Sera and even popular hits like Sting’s Roxanne and Michael Jackson’s Billie Jean. Tickets are $48 and include food and drink.

Fischer/Weisenborne Residence

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