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SRQ DAILY Oct 24, 2018

Wednesday Philanthropy Edition

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Wednesday Philanthropy Edition

"The idea is to develop multiple technologies that can be applied to significantly decrease the impact of red tide when it does occur."

- Dr. Michael Crosby, Mote Marine Laboratory

[Science]  Mote Marine Laboratory Announces Red Tide Institute
Philip Lederer, Phil.Lederer@srqme.com

With the community still grappling with the lingering effects of red tide, Mote Marine Laboratory has announced the creation of the Red Tide Institute. Funded for this inaugural year by a $1 million philanthropic investment from The Andrew and Judith Economos Charitable Foundation, the Red Tide Institute will constitute a more focused initiative into studying the algal phenomenon and pursuing new technology to combat its effects. “[This] is a major game-changer,” says Mote President & CEO Dr. Michael Crosby, “for Mote and, quite frankly, for southwest Florida and every Gulf community that wants to do something about the impact of red tide.”

Mote Marine has been studying red tide for decades, says Crosby, and that will form the “foundation” of this new institute, rather than anything brick and mortar. There’s no need to build a new facility, he says, simply direct and focus the scientific and intellectual resources at hand. “We already have a great team of experts in different facets of red tide research,” Crosby notes, and together with partners in other institutions and support from the community, Mote has “a lot of capability.”

Some funds will be dedicated to updating and expanding instrumentation and existing technology, but the majority of the funds will be used to expand the scientific team and pursue new modalities. And Crosby expects an additional hire of “at least one senior, world-class expert in dealing with red tide.”

But even with this exciting beginning and philanthropic boost from the starting line, Crosby warns that this will be a multi-year effort to understand red tide and create new methods of dealing with it. “There is no silver bullet for this,” he says, “but this first year of funding will result in some real advances.

Importantly, Mote will not be looking to eliminate red tide, which is a naturally occurring phenomenon built of naturally occurring living organisms. “The idea is to develop multiple technologies that can be applied to significantly decrease the impact of red tide when it does occur,” Crosby says. 

Pictured: Karenia brevis cell, the algae underlying red tide. Photo by Mote Marine Laboratory.

[Community Foundation]  "Learning to Lead in a Technical World"
Brittany Mattie, brittany.mattie@srqme.com

The Community Foundation of Sarasota County recently made a grant to Booker High School to support their Engineering Technology Program earlier this month. “They’re doing some really cool things over there,” says Murray Devine, Manager of Communications & Marketing for CFSC. “And this grant will go towards allowing 40 of their students to fly to compete in the Technology Student Association Nationals Conference against teams from across the country.” 

Booker High School students are now actively working on projects related to the 2019 Florida Technology Student Association (TSA) Conference & Competition, which will be held in Orlando, February 27-March 3. “TSA provides students the opportunity to use the engineering design process to solve simulated real world problems,” says Martha Jane Flynn, College & Career Specialist for Booker High School. "Our students will have the opportunity to complete with 1,500 of their peers in over 30 different STEM and Leadership related competitions." Students are excitedly working on Structural Engineering, VEX Robotics, Animatronics, Architectural Engineering and CNC Machining, just to name a few of the events to compete in. And the high school will also be hosting its own VEX Robotics event on December 8 at Booker. “In addition to TSA and VEX Robotics, students are working extensively with drones and studying the safe operation of an unmanned aircraft with the expectation that it will pass industry certifications,” Flynn notes.

Booker High school's Digital Design and Applied Engineering Technology courses establish profoundly bright futures for the students interested in pursuing careers in a STEM-related field. Currently, Booker’s engineering program has a total enrollment of 120+ students and approximately 40 students directly involved with the TSA competition. Good luck to all the skillful competitors!

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. 

Photos of students hard at work on their projects, provided by Booker High School

The Community Foundation of Sarasota County

[At the Table]  Forks & Corks Tickets On Sale November 5

On November 5, at 7pm, tickets will go on sale for the Grand Tasting event of the 2019 Forks & Corks Food & Wine Festival (January 25-27, 2019), presented by the Sarasota-Manatee Originals and now in its 12th season. Tickets will also be available for the festival’s Forks & Corks University Master Class, a series of fun and educational seminars led by wine experts from around the world. For the Grand Tasting, guests will be able to purchase up to four General Admission tickets ($150.00 each) or up to two VIP tickets ($350.00 each) online. The Grand Tasting will take place on January 27, 2019, from noon to 4pm in the courtyard of the Ringling Museum. Guests will savor culinary creations from members of the Sarasota-Manatee Originals, and sip from a collection of more than 350 wines from across the globe, all hand-selected and professionally tasted, judged and recognized as medal winners. All ticket sales will take place online at the website below. 

Sarasota-Manatee Originals

[Dance]  Sarasota Contemporary Dance Welcomes Barzel to Board

Sarasota Contemporary Dance (SCD) has welcomed Dan Barzel, businessman and advocate for area nonprofits, to its Board of Directors. Barzel has supported or served the boards of many nonprofits, including theaters, schools and religious congregations and has been a volunteer with SCD for the last three years. His interest in Sarasota Contemporary Dance stems from a lifelong interest in both classical and modern dance. Barzel was very involved in the performing arts in Memphis for over 10 years and was energized to continue that involvement in Sarasota once he and his wife, Lisa, moved here three years ago. Barzel has an extensive business and consulting background. He is a retired VP of Merchandising from AutoZone, where he led several teams producing $2-3 billion in annual sales from 2002 to 2013. 

Sarasota Contemporary Dance

[Education]  SCF Professor Named to National Economics Faculty Advisory Board

Kristen L. Zaborski, associate professor of economics at State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) has been selected to serve on a National Economics Faculty Advisory Board. The advisory board will contribute to a new higher education economics learning platform. The board, comprised of economics faculty members who teach at community colleges and universities, will share their experience in teaching economics to contribute to the design and execution of the new platform, “Achieve for Economics.” The group also will help critique the new platform. Members of the advisory board attend monthly meetings and cover topics such as active learning, digital instruction and other topics related to the development of the new digital solution. The board also completes surveys, participates in focus groups, formative evaluation testing and learning objective framework reviews. Zaborski, who earned a scholarship to attend the Federal Reserve Institute over the summer, teaches economics and finance at SCF Venice.  

SCF Venice - State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota

[Business]  Sarasota Architectural Salvage Announces University Parkway Showroom

Sarasota Architectural Salvage’s (SAS) owner Jesse White has announced the opening of a new showroom along University Parkway. A ribbon-cutting is set for 2pm, November 2, to kick off the grand opening weekend. This power-packed mini version of the famous downtown mega-warehouse, bears the same name as the original location, Sarasota Architectural Salvage. The move represents an expansion from the operation’s 15 year history of operating in warehouses and a significant move into a traditional retail shopping center, in the ever growing University Parkway corridor. SAS has a mission of sustainability and the focus of the new store is on upcycled products made of salvage, demonstrating how repurposing can be beautiful, durable, trendy and functional. 

Sarasota Architectural Salvage

[Education]  Ringling College Announces Entertainment Design Major

Ringling College of Art and Design has announced its newest major, Entertainment Design with an emphasis on Themed Environments. This is the 14th major for the College and the fourth major to be rolled out in the last three years (along with Creative Writing, Visual Studies, and Virtual Reality Development). Ringling College is now accepting applications for enrollment in the Entertainment Design major beginning fall of 2019. Students of this program will bring stories and worlds to life by creating robust user experiences revolving around themed environments. This major includes the design of spaces for theme parks and other destinations, themed dining areas, museums and exhibitions, zoos, retail establishments, and restaurants. Students in Entertainment Design will discover how to design and build experiences that delight, amuse, enchant, and enthrall—all in an effort to have guests and users feel that they have been transported to new places. A highly collaborative industry, Entertainment Design demands insight and input from artists, designers and other creatives to develop the concept for, visualize and then realize a shared vision. Ringling College students in Entertainment Design will work across majors while honing their own visual communication and creative problem-solving skills. 

Ringling College Entertainment Design Major

[SRQ Events]  20th Anniversary Celebration Success

Last Saturday SRQ Media took over Dolphin Street to celebrate 20 amazing years of living and loving all that is local in Sarasota and Bradenton. The intimate event debuted our new LOVE LOCAL publication and featured a range of performances, food vendors, bands and kids activities. From everyone at SRQ Media, we want to say a HUGE thank you to all of the fabulous people that helped bring this event to life. We can't wait to continue our journey with this community. 

See all the photos here!

[Launch]  SRQ Media's Love Local Launches at La Strada

As part of SRQ Magazine's 20th Anniversary, we bring you an adorable new square guide to living and loving local—from local restaurants and boutiques to local business champions and experiences. So irresistible, you won't be able to put it down. Published by SRQ MEDIA | Live Local. Love Local for Sarasota and the Bradenton Area. 

Launched this past Saturday, October 20th at the La Strada | 20th Anniversary Street Festival

Browse Love Local!

[TODAY]  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.

[TODAY]  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]  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]  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

[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.

Michael’s on East, 1212 S East Ave, Sarasota, FL 34239

[SOON]  THEATER: The Barber of Seville , October 26 – November 11

Our favorite barber is back. Doctor Bartolo plans to marry his ward Rosina, but she has other plans for her future. Figaro, the barber, comes to the rescue and assists Rosina in sneaking, scheming, and plotting so she can marry her beloved Lindoro, who unbeknownst to her is the Count Almaviva. With a comic plot and Rossini's most recognizable melodies, The Barber of Seville is one of the most performed operas in the world.

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

[SOON]  HEALTH: 7th Annual Hearing Tech Expo & Clinic , October 27, 9am-4pm

Don't miss the largest hearing health fair in Florida where attendees have the opportunity to try and compare hearing aids from leading manufacturers. Over 50 exhibitors will offer first-hand demonstrations of all major technologies including wireless accessories, cochlear implants, assistive listening devices and new, cutting-edge hearing devices such as breakthrough skin conduction hearing aids and the first implantable hearing aid. Presentations and user panel discussions will demystify the new technological developments to help determine which devices are best suited for your needs. A comprehensive silent auction offers an opportunity to get highly discounted devices as well as super bargains in numerous categories like travel, theater and restaurants as well as a support section for parents and children with hearing loss.  A Spanish language translator will be onsite at the event. Admission and all services provided, including hearing screenings, audiologist consultations and rides to and from the expo, are free. For more information, contact expo@hlas.org or 941-706-4312.

Manatee Technical College , 6305 State Road 70, Bradenton, FL

[SOON]  GALLERY: National Sumi-E Society , October 30 – November 30

Celebrating the Japanese art of ink wash painting, also called Sumi-e, this exhibition brings art from around the country to Bradenton for a show dedicated to the delicacy, beauty and history of the medium. Spanning across all three galleries, this is another flagship exhibition for one of Bradenton’s leading art centers.

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

[SOON]  FOOD: New College Foundation Annual Scholarship Clambake , November 1, 6:00PM

New College will celebrate the 40th anniversary of New College Foundation’s Annual Scholarship Clambake on November 1, 2018, at 6 p.m.

Clambake is always a wonderful gathering on the spectacular New College Bayfront, featuring New England fare, a breathtaking sunset, and many opportunities to meet and mingle with extraordinary students, outstanding faculty, and other committed friends.

New College Bayfront, 5800 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota

[SOON]  MUSIC: A History of Klezmer Music to Modern Jazz , November 1, 2:00PM

Led by local arts and history educator, Baila Miller, this special event will feature a multi-media presentation focusing on Klezmer music and how it influenced the rise of modern jazz in America.  It’s the perfect precursor for anyone attending Itzhak Perlman – In The Fiddler’s House on December 17, or for anyone interested in learning more about the history of this Jewish music tradition.

The Larry Greenspon Family Campus for Jewish Life, 580 Mcintosh Road, Sarasota

[SOON]  MUSIC: Armistice: The Journey Home , November 3 – November 4

Inspired by the 100th anniversary of the end of WWI, this performance explores timeless themes of longing, loss, love, and the search for peace in the wake of catastrophe. Musical selections range from Schubert’s Der Wanderer, to Vaughan Williams’ Songs of Travel, to Ives’ They Are There.

Historic Asolo Theatre, 5401 Bay Shore Rd., Sarasota.

[SOON]  MUSIC: The Little Sweep , November 3 – November 4

Sarasota Youth Opera will present a revival of our acclaimed production of Britten’s charming opera. A group of children, with the help of a kind nursery maid, work to free a young chimney sweep apprentice from his cruel master. Last seen in 2013, this enchanting work, which was written to introduce young people to opera, will be sure to delight children and adults alike. The Opera itself will be preceded by a prologue created especially for Sarasota Youth Opera by Youth Opera Music Director Jesse Martins and stage director, Martha Collins

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

[SOON]  MUSIC: Ole! Popular Latin and Spanish Music , November 6

A celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month featuring popular Spanish and Latin tunes showcasing the skill of Carmen de Vicente, one of the masters of Spain’s national instrument: the challenging, centuries-old castanet. Joseph Holt joins on piano and Erol Ozsever on guitar.

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

[SOON]  THEATER: A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder , November 7 – January 13

Monty Navarro may be distant heir to the family fortune, but there are several deadly ways to jump the line of succession. Along the way, Monty has to juggle his mistress, his fiancée and the constant threat of landing behind bars. It will all be worth it if he can slay his way to his inheritance… and be done in time for tea.

Florida Studio Theatre, 1241 North Palm Ave., Sarasota.

[SOON]  THEATER: Sight Unseen , November 8 – November 18

A critically acclaimed artist has created art that is so popular, that now his works are bought ‘sight unseen.’ Happily married with a pregnant wife, the artist decides to visit his former model and lover while attending a retrospective of his work. Written in a non-linear progression, expect forward and backward jumps in time.

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

[SOON]  BUSINESS: Inspire--Modern Home Magazine Symposium , November 8, 5:30PM - 7:30PM

Join SRQ MEDIA as we hear about the inspiration behind some of Sarasota's most iconic home designs. $5 Cover includes one glass of beer or wine and light bites.

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

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