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"Sarasota is a center of innovation and the arts."

- Tim Seldin, The Montessori Foundation

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[Education]  Montessori Conference Kicking Off in Sarasota
Jacob Ogles

The Montessori world descends on Sarasota through this weekend for the 22nd Annual International Montessori Education Conference. The event will bring 400 school leaders from 11 countries to the Hyatt Regency Sarasota. 

Tim Seldin, president of the Sarasota-based Montessori Foundation, says the event shows Sarasota’s increasing importance to education philosophy. “And Montessori is becoming an increasingly influential voice in the world of education,” he says.

The Montessori education philosophy, named for founder Maria Montessori, focuses on a child-centered approach and observations of children.

The conference, which launches today and continues through Sunday, will be produced by the foundation and by the International Montessori Council, which also calls Sarasota home. The Foundation relocated to Sarasota from Washington, D.C. in 2002 and the Council serves largely as the membership arm of the organization.

Filmmaker Jan Selby will premiere the documentary Building the Pink Tower at the conference this evening. The film explores the growing influence of Montessori schools, of which there are now more than 5,000 in the United States.

The event will feature keynote speeches by Seldin and Council Executive Director Kathy Leitch, along with workshops on how the Montessori method in teaching problem-solving, leadership and elementary mathematics, along with addressing problems like “Motivating the Unmotivated Child” and administrative issues like creating hospitality within a school.

Seldin, who likes to call Sarasota a “Montessori city in some ways,” says the region provides a perfect venue for the event thanks to cultural amenities and international appeal.

The community serves as home to the Newgate Montessori School Sarasota, a lab school for the foundation, an institution Seldin says has attracted more than 100 families to move to the region. 

“Sarasota is a center of innovation and the arts,” Seldin says. That serves the school well, he says, because the Montessori method is also about cutting edge innovation, not with technology but with human education and developing relationships with students and the community. 

[Science and Nature]  Ever-Changing Orchid Show Highlights Endless Forms
Philip Lederer

When positing the theory of evolution, Charles Darwin marveled at the “endless forms” found in the natural world, where plants and animals alike adapt to their surroundings in a dizzying array of varied morphology. At Selby Gardens, the botanically minded artists behind this year’s Orchid Show, aptly titled Endless Forms, find that same wonder within one taxonomical family. Open through November 25, the show celebrates the beauty and diversity of the orchid family through both a gorgeously redesigned Conservatory complete with living sculptures and a curated selection of scientific specimens on display in the Payne Mansion.

In the Conservatory, Selby Gardens’ living plant collection is on stunning display through a series of creative sculptural elements running through the space, each designed to keep the viewer’s mind on the concept of forms. Upon entering, “Van-brellas” tower above on bamboo stilts, the circular wooden hoops with chicken wire mesh housing epiphytic Vanda orchids that dangle like floral chandeliers. Emerging from behind the Van-brellas, the Ribbon arcs from the ground to snake through the canopy of the entire Conservatory like a blossoming rollercoaster track. Made of PVC panels and faux-moss, 180 feet of countless purple Phalaenopsis orchids and pink Guzmania bromeliads guide visitors from end to end of the exhibition.

In between, stop for the perfect picture under the similarly sculpted and tillandsia-adorned decorated Infinity Loop, placed over a quaint bridge and water feature combo. And keep an eye out for the cleverly created “Van-shrooms,” which turn “gobs” of blooming Vanda orchids and their tangling roots into birds-nest mushroom caps atop trunk-like plinths.

In addition to sculptural elements, orchids of all shapes, sizes and sorts are brought out from the eight greenhouses on the Selby Gardens campus to showcase the variety of the orchid family. These selections change on the regular, according to what’s in bloom and what looks good on any given day, so visitors who have already stopped by the Orchid Show this year have plenty reason to return. “It’s a constant revolving door,” says Addie Worth, a greenhouse horticulturalist with Selby Gardens. “Every day it changes.”

And don’t forget the Orchidarium, says Worth, hidden off to the side of the Conservatory and showing off a selection of Selby Gardens’ smaller orchid varieties, which might otherwise get lost in the big displays.

On the other side of campus, completing Endless Forms, Payne Mansion highlights the research side of the botanical equation, showing how scientists collect, study and order their specimens. In one room, see a series of “trifectas”—displays that incorporate herbarium specimens (pressed plants), spirit specimens (plants in liquid preservative) and sketches that include relevant details about the plant and its discovery and harvest. Also see rare botanical books on display and get a glimpse into 19th century botany. On the opposite side of the mansion, find a terrarium and an interactive digital display.

Endless Forms will be on display at Selby Gardens through November 25. 

Pictured: "Endless Forms" at the 2018 Orchid Show. Photo by Matthew Holler.

[PINC]  PINC Profile: Kathy Bryan

With the imminent arrival of PINC 2018 on December 6, once again promising a day full of passionate speakers covering a broad and varied range of topics, SRQ went behind the scenes with a few of these incoming artists, activists and entrepreneurs for a quick taste of what’s to come. An author, consultant and public speaker, Kathy Bryan is also a survivor of human trafficking. Today she works with medical professionals, law enforcement, nonprofits and more across the country to bring an end to human trafficking.

SRQ: Why did you want to come to Sarasota and spend time with this audience in particular? Greenberg: Not only was I honored to be included, but I was drawn to the celebration of people. Humans and their diverse, intriguing, creative differences are truly our world's most precious resource. PINC celebrates people. I love people. Seems like a terrific match to me, and there honestly isn't one audience I would take a pass on sharing the truths of trafficking with, because everyone needs to know.

What is the biggest myth or misunderstanding about human trafficking that you come across most often? It doesn't happen here. Human trafficking doesn't exist in my community/neighborhood/school, etc. The truth is it occurs everywhere—every country, city and town. The other big myth is that we should be worried about kidnapping. The truth is only 5% of the trafficking in America originates with kidnapping.

Do you believe we are winning the fight against human trafficking? I believe we are making a difference. I believe that we can continue to do better and we can mitigate the number of people it happens to. If we truly want to end it, we have to live in a world that honors people, all people. One in which we live the truth that your freedom ends only when it infringes upon mine. 

Pictured: Kathy Bryan. Photo courtesy of PINC Sarasota.

[Duval's]  Celebrating 7 Years of Fresh, Local Seafood at Duval's

In celebration of seven years serving the Sarasota community fresh, local seafood, Duval’s is thrilled to host a “Floribbean” birthday party dedicated exclusively to their loyal patrons. In addition to their regular menu, Chef Nils Tarantik has dreamed up a delectable menu worth celebrating. Boasting mouth-watering options such as crab fritters with chipotle remoulade, crispy spice rubbed boneless chicken, grilled Caribbean spice rubbed flank steak, and many other decadent choices, the night promises to be one of decadent indulgence.

It’s not a party without drinks and entertainment, and the evening will be jam-packed with plenty of both. Duval’s award-winning bartenders will be serving up handcrafted rum cocktails and the relaxing sounds of steel drums from The Island Boys band will last long into the night. Put on your best island attire and visit Duval’s on November 14th for a celebration to remember! 

Duval's Fresh. Local. Seafood.

[Environment]  Lido Beach Renourishment Project to Begin

Crews have begun staging equipment at Lido Beach in preparation for an emergency renourishment project that is scheduled to begin as early as this weekend. The contractor for the City of Sarasota’s short-term project, Coastal Dredging Corp., will spend the next few days laying pipe and bringing in equipment, with the renourishment work to follow. The project will take approximately 90 days to complete. The emergency renourishment is intended to address the critical erosion of Lido Beach. Approximately 185,000 cubic yards of sand from New Pass will be utilized to renourish Lido. The beach will remain open through the duration of the project. Beachgoers are advised to use caution and stay aware of active work zones and any equipment operating in the area. The project cost of $3.9 million is being shared by the City of Sarasota, Sarasota County, the state and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA); the City’s funding portion is approximately $600,000.

The City and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers are also proceeding with a larger, long-term renourishment of Lido Beach that would regularly recycle additional sand from Big Pass over a 50-year period as needed. That project is expected to begin in the fall of 2019, pending ongoing legal challenges. 

City of Sarasota

[Healthcare]  Siranni Earns Double Board Certification

Dr. Justin Sirianni, a pain management specialist with Coastal Orthopedics, recently earned board certification in both pain management and anesthesiology from The American Board of Anesthesiology (ABA). The ABA works alongside physicians to promote lifelong learning and advance the highest standards in patient care. Board certification is a professional distinction that symbolizes a physician has met the highest standards of practice in a medical specialty. Sirianni joined the staff of Coastal Orthopedics in August 2017. As a pain management physician who specializes in interventional treatments of the neck and spine, he focuses on helping patients restore function and get back to being active. 

Coastal Orthopedics

[Business]  Hartley Earns ACFWA, Honored as Fellow of Family Firm Institute

Long-time Venice resident Michael T. Hartley, CEO of DKE Inc., Comprehensive Wealth Counsel, was awarded the Advanced Certificate in Family Wealth Advising (ACFWA) and honored as a Fellow of the Family Firm Institute at the 2018 FFI Global Conference in London, England. FFI Fellow status signifies that Michael Hartley has completed an advanced program of study as part of the Family Firm Institute’s Global Education Network, presented at FFI annual conferences, published in FFI publications and has been a member of FFI for more than 10 years. The certificates are presented to individuals who have achieved comprehensive professional knowledge and gained significant expertise that can be used as value to family business owners and family wealth clients. This distinction further ensures that the highest standards in professional best practices will be implemented. 

DKE Inc.

[ROUNDTABLE]  Celebrate Our Veterans

We salute JFCS of the Suncoast and USF Sarasota-Manatee for their regional programs supporting veterans in our won backyard. Reach about the initiavites that have made a positive impact at home. 

[TODAY]  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.

[TODAY]  BUSINESS: Nominations Now Open for 2019 Localpreneur of the Year , November 8 – December 7

Nominate a passionate and purposeful local entrepreneur who you believe has forged a successful company in the Sarasota and Bradenton region with astute corporate drive, a heart for giving back, a talent for engineering innovation and indelible leadership qualities. Your entrepreneur nominee should have an active for-profit business located in Sarasota or Manatee County and may represent any sector of business.  The LOCALPRENEUR OF THE YEAR program celebrates these courageous and intrepid visionaries who make this one of the best places to start and run a successful small business. We will announce the finalists at the SB2 Regional Economy and Localpreneur of the Year Awards Luncheon on January 24, 2019 at The Hyatt Regency Sarasota and showcase all nominees and finalists in the February 2018 edition of SRQ | The Magazine.

[TODAY]  SPORTS: Texas Hold'em Tournament , November 8

Be a winner and save veterans' lives - support ending PTSD! $75 per person includes 20,000 starting chips. Guarantee $1,500. Unlimited cash re-entires until 7:35pm. Proceeds to benefit Reset Therapy Professional Institute, LLC.

One Eyed Jacks Poker Room, 5400 Bradenton Road, Sarasota

[TODAY]  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

[SOON]  FESTIVAL: Crystal Classic International Sand Sculpting Festival , November 9 – November 12

Recently named America's #1 Beach, the Siesta Key Crystal Classic has become a favorite of the professional sand sculptors who have competed here. From November 9th - 12th, enjoy live music, food and drink vendors and sand art you must see to believe!

Siesta Key Beach

[SOON]  GALLERY: By the Sea , November 9 – December 10

This group exhibition celebrates the beauty of glistening waterscapes with inspired artwork. Sarasota-based and nationally acclaimed artist Linda Richichi presents oil and pastel paintings along with Florida Landscape artist Gary Borse and other gallery talents. This show aims to not only highlight nature’s beauty, but also use the space as a platform for conversations about conservation.

530 Burns Gallery, 530 Burns Ct., Sarasota

[SOON]  THEATER: Dike , November 9 – December 16

Written by Hannah Benitez, a Cuban-Jewish-American millennial originally from Miami, Dike follows a pair of sisters from a religious family who reunite after two years of separation to navigate the cloudy waters of identity. An awkwardly hilarious and gripping exploration of love, sexuality, and sisterhood, with an all-female cast, Dike questions the limitations religion and social conditioning raise within all of us.

Urbanite Theatre, 1487 2nd St., Sarasota.

[SOON]  THEATER: Theatre Re: The Nature of Forgetting , November 9 – November 10, 7:30PM

At the intersection of art and science, The Nature of Forgetting bursts with creativity, joy and heartache. Collaborating with neuroscientist Kate Jeffry, the London-based dance theater company, Theater Re, has created a moving articulation of the countless dimensions of memory and amnesia, linking science with real life experiences.

The Ringling

[SOON]  GALA: The Venice Symphony Sapphire Gala , November 10

The Venice Symphony celebrates its 45th anniversary and welcomes Music Director/Conductor Troy Quinn with its biggest soiree in five years. Guests will enjoy dinner, an open bar, live music by several Venice Symphony ensembles, a visual journey through The Symphony’s past and a short and spirited live auction.

Venetian Golf Club, 105 Pesaro Dr., Venice.

[SOON]  HEALTH: 2018 American Heart Association Suncoast Heart Walk , November 10, 8:00AM

Be a Heart Walk hero and help the American Heart Association save lives from heart disease and stroke by attending the Suncoast Heart Walk on Saturday, Nov. 10, at JD Hamel Park. Your participation supports scientific research that makes more healthy heart beats possible. The Heart Walk starts at 7:30 a.m. and is family-friendly. Walkers can enjoy a vendor expo with fun, interactive activities, a short program, and a 1-mile or 5k walk. Registering is free and easy! You can register as an individual, on a community team, or with your company! Just visit www.SuncoastHeartWalk.org.

JD Hamel Park, Main St & S Gulfstream Ave, Sarasota

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: John Denver-Coming Home , November 11 – November 12

The season kicks off with this annual salute to veterans, featuring tribute artist Tom Becker. Come hear Tom Becker sing all of the favorite John Denver songs and wear red, white, and blue as the Pops honors every veteran with God Bless The USA, Salute to the Armed Forces and many more. General reserved discounted tickets are available to veterans and their families. Each performance is at different locations one at 1 Ram Way, Sarasota and the other at 5840 26th St. W, Bradenton.

[SOON]  MUSIC: PMP Alumni: Around Town at Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium , November 11 – November 12, 5:00PM

PMP Alumni: Around Town returns to Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium’s Wave Center with string quartet performances featuring PMP alumni Doori Na and Jeremiah Blacklow, violins, Chloe Thominet, viola and Bryan Park, cello. 

Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium, Wave Center, 1600 Ken Thompson Parkway, Sarasota

[SOON]  SEMINAR: Voice & Visibility Salon Series , December 12

Please join us for an intimate evening that will include a featured presentation by Shannon, conversation, and resources for action! Also enjoy light refreshments and an inspired art installation. What does Investing in Women’s Progress look like in this noisy climate? Which women? Where do we start? Investing in Women’s Progress will ensure you:

  • Learn about the diversity of women’s needs

  • Evaluate what resonates with you and your organization/company

  • Create an “invest in women strategy” that yields a strong return

  • Receive resources and an overview of the upcoming Voice & Visibility Salon series offerings

[SOON]  SEMINAR: Lifelong Learning Expo 2018 , November 15, 9:00AM - 2:00PM

Join us Lifelong Learning EXPO 2018!  Light up your life on November 15 at the Carlisle Conference Center in Sarasota. The daylong event will feature renowned speakers and topics, like-minded learners, food, humor and information about all this region has to offer. 

The Carlisle Inn Conference Center, 3727 Bahia Vista St., Sarasota

[SOON]  GALA: Rock The Boat - Against Sex Trafficking , November 15, 7:00PM

An extraordinary evening to fight sex trafficking affecting American children on the rooftop of the Westin, downtown Sarasota, Co-Chaired by Marko Radisic and Elizabeth Moore. This will not be a seated event. Enjoy heavy hors d'oeuvres, beverages and entertainment, a fabulous auction and moving survivor speaker! Please contact Sponsorship@SelahFreedom.com with questions or for more information.

The Westin, 100 Marina View Drive, Sarasota

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Master of Dance , November 16 – November 17

Accompanied with live orchestra and operatic singers, Program 2 features the company premiere’s of Sir Frederick Ashton’s Rhapsody and Jerome Robbins’ The Concert alongside the revival of Christopher Wheeldon’s There Where She Loved.

Sarasota Opera House, 61 North Pineapple Ave., Sarasota

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