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SRQ Daily Oct 10, 2018

Wednesday Philanthropy Edition

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Wednesday Philanthropy Edition

"If we can send a couple of men to the moon, then we can send a couple women to the county commission."

- Wesley Beggs, Sarasota County Commission candidate

[Politics]  Jouniari, Beggs Campaign on Red Tide
Jacob Ogles, jacob.ogles@srqme.com

Democrats running for Sarasota County Commission showed a united front on Tuesday night as they rallied voters at an Indivisible event at Selby Library. Ruta Jouniari, the Democratic candidate in the District 2 race, and Wesley Beggs, the Democratic challenger in District 4, both promised policies that may curb or control red tide blooms.

“While red tide is a natural occurrence, we need to make sure to reduce it and better predict it,” Jouniari said. "We need to make sure we clean and update our sewer systems and do extra water testing for nitrogen and phosphates. Converting septic to sewer systems will make a huge impact. I will be fighting to make sure the environment is protected.”

Jouniari, who is running against Republican Christian Ziegler for the open District 2 seat, said Sarasota today has an unsustainable economy in many ways, and stressed finding solutions to workforce issues. But she also circled back to the environment. 

Beggs is facing incumbent County Commissioner Al Maio in the election, and said she will promote policies that better police pollution and also controlled growth that contributes to environmental woes.

“I’m a native Floridian, and I grew up knowing what wild manatees look like,” she said. “Now 10 percent of the adult manatee population has died.”

Both Beggs and Jouniari support a switch to single-member district elections to select county commissioners, a decision voters countywide will weigh in on during the Nov. 6 general election. But this year, the two candidates run county-wide, and they keep stressing to voters the need to vote both of them into office.

Of course, the last time a Democrat won an election to the Sarasota County Commission happened in 1966. “We have been to the moon since then,” Beggs said. “If we can send a couple of men to the moon, then we can send a couple women to the county commission.”

Jouniari said the decades of Republican rule have produced problems with infrastructure and unmitigated development.

The county commission candidates rallied alongside Democratic candidates for the Florida Legislature. The candidates will appear on the Nov. 6 ballot. 

Photo by Jacob Ogles: Ruta Jouniari and Wesley Beggs.

[Music]  Exchange Grant Helps Sarasota Orchestra Reach Students

The Sarasota Orchestra has received a $20,000 grant from The Exchange for the 2018 Young Person’s Concerts, helping to ensure that all fourth and fifth graders in Sarasota and Manatee Counties have the opportunity to experience world-class orchestral music. Each autumn, professionally crafted curriculum packets are developed and distributed to more than 60 public, private and home school organizations in Manatee and Sarasota Counties. Nearly 10,000 fourth and fifth graders are then invited to a special performance at either the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall or the North Port Performing Arts Center. The curriculum packets distributed to the schools include detailed, year-long lesson plans with information on the composers, the titles of their works and other vocabulary relating to the concerts. A CD containing the music and an interactive, teaching DVD is provided for each classroom. The curriculum guides ensure that teachers are able to prepare students for a full concert experience, weaving music education and instrumental performance into regularly scheduled lesson plans. 

Sarasota Orchestra

[Outdoors]  De Soto National Memorial Starts Free Fishing Clinic

A new free public program has come to De Soto National Memorial—the De Soto Rancho Fishing Clinic. The clinic is scheduled October 15, November 20, December 26, January 2, February 18, March 25 and March 28, with plans for more into the new year. Each camp starts with a basic introduction to fishing rods, reels, lines, and lures. Proper knot tying techniques are shown and practiced, and casting, one of the trickiest and most important parts of fishing, is practiced in a fun and safe way. In addition, everyone will receive a crash course in identification of native fish species and the Florida rules and regulations that go along with each fish. After all of this has been learned and practiced, the clinic goes fishing. Rods and bait provided. These small, ranger-led clinics will consist of no more than ten participants (excluding parents or guardians) and give an introduction into saltwater fishing in southwest Florida. Participants will be first-come, first-served. One parent or guardian must accompany the child (if under 16) to the clinic. To sign up, call 941-792-0458 and speak with a ranger or send an e-mail to deso_interpretive_staff@nps.gov. Include child's name, age, parental contact name and phone number. 

De Soto Rancho Fishing Clinic

[Education]  SCF Offering Language Classes for Employers/Employees

State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) is offering English and Spanish classes to area businesses who want their employees to expand their language skills to better communicate with co-workers, customers and clients. SCF offers a flexible schedule for classes, which can also be offered on-site or at any of SCF’s campuses. The most popular option for the language program offers two classes per week, over the course of seven weeks, with flexible days and times. SCF will customize a schedule and curriculum specific to any business. The program includes flash cards for employees and will include key phrases or concepts businesses need to communicate. 

State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota

[Real Estate]  RE/MAX Platinum Realty Moves Sarasota Office

RE/MAX Platinum Realty has moved its Sarasota office to the recently completed mixed-use development at 1500 State Street. The new office occupies a high-visibility corner location at Lemon Avenue and State Street, across from The Mark mixed-use development which is under construction, and at the center of the permanent home of the Sarasota Farmers Market. Plans also call for extending the brick paving of Lemon Avenue from the Lemon Avenue Mall on Main Street south to Pineapple Avenue, further enhancing the streetscape. The move also furthers RE/MAX Platinum Realty's commitment to be at the forefront of the latest tools and technology, providing a perfect opportunity to upgrade. 

RE/MAX Platinum Realty

[Business]  Tommy's Express Car Wash Opens on South Tamiami

Tommy’s Express Car Wash has announced the grand opening of its new car wash facility at 4615 South Tamiami Trail, Sarasota (just north of The Landings). This is the first of several locations set to open in the area by local owners Nick McMullen, Will Grosz, and Mark Mitchell. Oversized bay windows provide a clear view into the system as it operates, carrying vehicles along a 130’ “Tommy Transporter” dual belt conveyor system able to accommodate a wider variety of vehicles than traditional car wash conveyors. Total wash time, from entrance to exit, averages only 2-3 minutes. Self-serve interior vacuums stations are available for customer use on site. Customers interested in purchasing a Monthly Unlimited Club Membership can do so using the Tommy’s Express App (available on both Apple and Android mobile devices). Membership costs will run between $19.99 and $29.99. Once activated and registered with the appropriate license plate number, the car wash will automatically recognize and admit customer vehicles, with exclusive access to the wash’s member’s-only APP lane. 

Tommy's Express Car Wash

[Real Estate]  J.E. Charlotte Completes Clark Road Animal Clinic Project

J.E. Charlotte Construction Corp., a Venice-based commercial construction company, recently completed the renovation and expansion for Clark Road Animal Clinic, a full-service veterinary clinic in Sarasota. The team renovated the existing 3,259-square-foot space and added approximately 3,500 square feet to incorporate an updated design and increase the capacity to examine and treat pets. Designed by Leader Design Studio, the renovation and expansion project includes additional state-of-the-art examination rooms and expanded treatment areas that will increase space for examinations, dental and surgical services and an x-ray area. 

J.E. Charlotte Construction Corp.

[Business]  Hennessy Joins AdFed Suncoast as SW Florida Liaison

AdFed Suncoast, the local club of the American Advertising Federation, has welcomed Tim Hennessy to act as new liaison for Southwest Florida. In his role with AdFed Suncoast, Hennessy will reach out to present, past and potential members in Lee, Collier and Charlotte counties; working to increase membership while serving as the point person for the region. Leading up to the American Advertising Awards (ADDYs), He will establish entry drop-off locations for advertising agencies, independent creative professionals and in-house marketing divisions in Fort Myers and Naples. Hennessy is an account executive at Waterman Broadcasting in Fort Myers. He began his career as a production assistant with Nexstar Media Group, rising in the ranks to sale manager at Media General, Raycom, and Comcast Spotlight prior to his current position at Waterman. Hennessy is an active member of several non-profit and business empowerment committees. 

AdFed Suncoast

[Business]  Loving Hands Thrift Store Announces Grand Opening

Loving Hands Ministries has announced a grand opening and ribbon cutting on October 12–13 for the newly opened Loving Hands Thrift Store, located on 719 Manatee Ave East in Bradenton.  Manatee County Chamber of Commerce will take part at the Friday, October 12, ribbon cutting at 10am. Sales with snacks will continue through Saturday, October 13. Hours are 10am–4pm on Friday and 9am–2pm on Saturday. Loving Hands Thrift Store opened July of 2018. All of the proceeds from the Thrift store go to support Loving Hands Ministries a 24-month faith-based residential program for men with life Controlling issues such as drugs and alcohol.  

Loving Hands Thrift Store

[Upcoming Marketing]  In the Spirit of Giving, SRQ Magazines December 2018 Edition

SRQ Magazine is honoring the organizations that are giving back to our community with our December In The Spirit of Giving section. 

Click here for more info!

[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]  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]  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]  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: 8th Annual Gulf Coast Open , October 12 – October 13, 5pm

Brought to you by NBOA Marine Insurance and Sara Bay Marina, the Gulf Coast Open is celebrating its 8th annual King Mackerel Fishing Tournament this Fall. Their dedicated staff, many of whom are avid boaters and anglers themselves, are excited to team up with The Seafood Shack (in Cortez, FL) to host another fun-filled event benefiting the Make-a-Wish Foundation of Southern Florida

The Seafood Shack Marina, Bar & Grill, 4110 127th St W, Cortez, FL 34215

[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]  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]  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


Join SRQ MEDIA as we celebrate 20 years of superlative 
coverage, community engagement and living hyper-local at 
LaStrada | SRQ’s 20th Anniversary Street Festival!

Dolphin Street, Downtown Sarasota, FL 34236

[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

[SOON]  MUSIC: Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike , October 25 – November 11

This Tony Award-winning comedy from Christopher Durang follows three siblings as they live, love and argue in their family’s home—that just happens to be located in a cherry orchard. (Yes, there are some great Chekhov moments.) Fun, smart and the Drama Desk Award winner for outstanding new play.

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

[SOON]  GALA: Out of the Blue , October 25, 6pm-8:30pm

Join us for Out of the Blue, Sarasota's largest fundraiser for mental health at Sarasota Architectural Company on October 25. Enjoy fabulous food provided by premier caterer Simply Gourmet, beer donated by Gulf Coast Eagle Distributors, wine and great musical entertainment. You don't want to miss this event benefitting NAMI Sarasota County. Dress is casual or just come from work as you are and relax to the great tunes of Rallo Pucci.

Sarasota Architectural Salvage, 1093 Central Ave, Sarasota, FL 34236

[SOON]  GALA: Share the Light Luncheon , October 25, 11am

Join Second Chance Last Opportunity for the 23rd Annual Share the Light Luncheon on October 25 at Michael’s on East. The event will honor Hillary Dumbroski of Iberia Bank, Sarah Kupiec of Nathan Benderson Park and Circuit Court Judge Rochelle Curley. Standard tickets are $65/person or $520 for a table of eight.

Michaelís on East, 1212 S East Ave, Sarasota, FL 34239

[SOON]  FESTIVAL: Wine & Stein , October 25, 6-9:30pm

Don't miss the 3rd Anual Wine & Stein Fundraiser, A Taste of Hearing. Celebrate with Hear Care Connection Sarasota and raise money to give the gift of hearing. Enjoy, Live and silent auction, live entertainment, wine, beer and hors d'oeuvres. 

Gold Coast Eagle Distributing, 7051 Wireless Ct, Sarasota, FL. 34240

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