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SRQ DAILY May 28, 2019

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"We're convinced that if we can raise awareness and reverse the social norm about consumption, waste and littering, we can make an impact beyond Sarasota."

- Tara Caguiat, Beach.com

[Environment]  World Oceans Day Beach Cleanup Hosted by Beach.com
Brittany Mattie, brittany.mattie@srqme.com

A global holiday takes place every year on June 8, with hundreds of events hosted around the world celebrating the blue parts of the planet. World Oceans Day will be celebrated in true philanthropic Floridian fashion next Saturday with Beach.com. The Sarasota-based travel blog and website seeks to not only be a reliable resource for traveling to seaside destinations, but also encompasses a beach cleanup initiative that aims to keep oceans beautiful, clean and accessible for generations to come.

By collaborating with Sarasota County, and partnering with a number of businesses on Siesta Key and throughout Florida, a large scale volunteer cleanup on ‘America’s No.1 Beach’ is set to sweep the beach by foot, and with ambition. The family-friendly event will kick-off with a community yoga class at sunrise with Beach.com content managers Yasmin Parsloe and Tara Caguiat, two FSU alumnae and Sarasota natives with a passion for keeping the ocean clean and its ecosystems healthy. “If you are anything like us, you’re sick of walking the beach and finding beer cans or plastic bottles left behind by beachgoers,” says Caguiat.

An empowering hashtag was spearheaded for the event, coined #NotOnMyBeach, which Parsloe and Caguiat hope will not only make the public event easily shareable on social media forums, but will encourage people to take localized ownership of their beloved home beaches and take a stand on the trash and pollution that get left behind in the sand, or washes up on shore. “We want to tackle the plastic pollution epidemic head-on, with a sassy and fun approach that says, ‘Hey, we don’t care how old you are, where you’re from or what you’re celebrating on our beaches, but it’s not okay to leave trash behind,’” she says. “We’re convinced that if we can raise awareness and reverse the social norm about consumption, waste and littering, we can make an impact beyond Sarasota.”

Beach.com will be handing out ocean-saving T-shirts to the first 100 participants to arrive the morning of the event. In addition, there will be freebie giveaways such as reef-safe Stream2Sea Sunscreens and Blue Lizard Australian Sunscreen samples. The cleanup will also pause for a hosted raffle of donated prizes, including a level 1 freediving class from Dive Source Florida, an intro to freediving class from Tidal Freediving and a gift certificate to Sub Zero Ice Cream. Youth music group The Garbage-Men Band will be in attendance to play live music on instruments they creatively make from collected garbage and recycled materials. Meanwhile, a handcrafted frame will be set up at the cleanup, where attendees can hang their trash on hooks along the frame to showcase their personal efforts and findings.

Attendees are encouraged to bring a reusable water bottle to stay hydrated, close-toed shoes, sun protection (hats, long sleeves, sunscreen) and a mat/towel if they want to participate in yoga. Cleanup supplies will be provided, as well as snacks and coffee, provided by local supporting businesses.

A World Oceans Day Beach.com Cleanup will take place at Siesta Key Beach Pavillion on Saturday, June 8 from 8am to 11am. Sunrise yoga starts at 7am.

Register here for the event and for updates on future beach cleanups. 

Photo provided by Dive Source Florida

[GoodBite]  Fresh on Second Street
Brittany Mattie, brittany.mattie@srqme.com

SoFresh makes an exciting expansion outside of its Tampa Bay and Lakewood Ranch locations—claiming a spot in Downtown Sarasota under the newly-developed DeSoto apartment complex. In line with the movement behind ‘Fast Casual Fresh’, SoFresh's menu of hot bowls, salads, wraps and juices will be made-to-order in a vibrantly modern setting, with non-GMO organic ingredients, in-house sauces/ dressings and 100% avocado and sunflower oil (instead of widely-used Canola oil for cooking). Accommodating a variety of preferences including vegan, vegetarian, keto, paleo and gluten-free, this new eatery will surely become many Sarasotans go-to for lunch break or for on-the-go dinners—fulfilling that downtown void of fast, affordable food with high nutritional value. "We firmly believe cooking a meal after it has been ordered, is key to delivering the highest quality, nutrient-rich food our guests desire," said Tyler Berlingeri, Brand Expression Director. 

Keep your eyes peeled on 2nd Street for the Grand Opening of SoFresh, set later this June. 

Photo courtesy of SoFresh.

Sneak peak the menu.

[Arts and Culture]  St. Armands Craft Festival Returns on June 8

Residents of St. Armands Key and the Sarasota area can enjoy the lazy days of summer during the return of the 18th Annual St. Armands Circle Craft Festival on the weekend of June 8–9. This annual tradition includes summer green market wares, thousands of hand-made-in-the-U.S.A. artisan-created pottery, jewelry, paintings, and more—all without the high-season crowds. The vast array of artistic media including folk art, pottery, handmade clothing, basket weaving, beaded utensils, candles, cork assemblage, fabric design, fiber quilts, fused wax & glass, hair accessories, handbags & accessories, handmade cards, leather, mosaic, wood, painted wood, plaster craft and stained glass. Pets on leashes are always welcome to join their human companions as they stroll through the festival, which includes a full greenmarket of live plants, handmade soaps, delicious edibles and more.

Featuring more than 100 craft artisans from around the country, this two-day free event takes place from 10am to 4pm next Saturday and Sunday. 

St. Armands Craft Festival

[Business]  The Bazaar on Apricot & Lime Announces After Hours Event

Join The Bazaar on Apricot & Lime the first Wednesday of the month, June 5, when it opens its doors in the evening from 5pm to 7pm for After Hours at the Bazaar. There will be art demos, a photography exhibit, free beer from J'Dubs, live music by John Silvestri, food samples, shopping and many other surprises.

The Bazaar is an indoor indie market located at 821 Apricot Avenue, and filled with more than 25 vendors selling collectibles, jewelry, clothing, plants, honey, original art and more. Open weekly Thursday - Saturday 10am - 3pm. 

The Bazaar on Apricot & Lime

[Business]  Discover Sarasota Tours Launches Haunted Sarasota Tour

Discover Sarasota Tours is launching a new tour about the city's colorful haunted history at 8pm this Friday: Haunted Sarasota: Mummies, Murder & Mayhem.

Hop on board for a spellbinding narrated adventure. Hear stories about famous murders, haunted buildings and unsolved crimes from ghost guide Seva. Includes free beer or wine at the Trolley Cottage Tiki Bar before boarding. All tours depart from the DST Trolley Depot located at 1826 Fourth Street—a 1930s cottage near downtown with a Vintage Sarasota gift shop.

The brand-new Haunted Sarasota tour kicks off on Friday, May 31. Haunted Sarasota Tours run Friday evenings at 8pm. Tour tickets & information can be found online at the website below. 

Discover Sarasota Tours

[Real Estate]  Smith Completes Luxury Home Marketing Training

Realtor Audrey Smith of RE/MAX Alliance Group has competed the luxury home marketing training offered by the Institute for Luxury Home Marketing. Real estate professionals who complete this training build the knowledge, skills and expertise required to support the needs of affluent home buyers and sellers. The completion of this focused training also provides Smith with membership into the Institute, which connects her to exclusive resources and benefits she can use to successfully market her luxury residential listings and find qualified buyers for high-end properties on the Florida Suncoast. Members have access to an extensive network of successful luxury agents made possible by the Institute.

Smith is the team leader of the Audrey Smith Group, assisting buyers and sellers from Bradenton to Punta Gorda, with primary emphasis on the Venice and North Port markets. 

RE/MAX Alliance Group

[TODAY]  THEATER: Sweeney Todd- The Demon Barber of Fleet Street , May 4 – June 1

This murder and revenge in 19th Century London has shocked audiences. Unjustly imprisoned for 15 years, barber Sweeney Todd returns to take his revenge on the judge who took him from his family. When he partners with Mrs. Lovett and opens a barber practice above her meat pie ship, Todd’s need for vengeance increases. Their notoriety soars until Todd comes face to face with the judge. This thrilling theatrical treat is Sondheim at his very best.

Asolo Repertory Theatre, 5555 North Tamiami Trl., Sarasota

[TODAY]  MUSEUM: Fourth Quarter: Senior Athletes, their Indomitable Spirit , April 13 – July 21

This exhibition features new work by acclaimed photojournalist David Burnett, commissioned by his 2017 Greenfield Prize at the Hermitage Artist Retreat. For this latest project, Fourth Quarter, Burnett spent nearly two years photographing senior-aged athletes from around the country who dedicate themselves to serious physical competition and team sports. In this engaging series, he treats his subjects with reverence as he celebrates their tenacity and challenges notions of aging in the 21st century.

The Ringling, 5401 Bay Shore Rd., Sarasota

[TODAY]  SCIENCE AND NATURE: Gauguin's Voyage to Paradise , February 10 – June 30

Just as Paul Gauguin left an indelible mark on the post-Impressionist art world, the deep impact of botanical imagery on his work cannot be denied. This exhibition will highlight the essential role of botanicals in achieving the artist’s vision of the savage, primitive and exotic. Together with lush displays of tropical plants in the conservatory and gardens, the show will feature dramatic woodcuts and rarely seen works in other mediums by the artist.

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, 900 South Palm Ave., Sarasota

[SOON]  GALLERY: Cycle 5 , May 30 – July 5

In Gallery 1, Monumental, a group show, features small-scale sculptures. Next door, local artist Keith Crowley will exhibit a recent series of his meticulously layered photographically-based oil and watercolor paintings in his first solo exhibition at Art Center Sarasota. In Gallery 3, and featuring incisive and satirical investigations of the ego, sexuality, and competitiveness found on full display at gyms, Caitlin Albritton’s paintings and drawings of contorted figures address questions of gender issues and body politics.

Art Center Sarasota, 707 North Tamiami Trl., Sarasota

[SOON]  THEATER: The Niceties , May 31 – June 30

Zoe is called into her professor's office to discuss her paper about slavery's effect on the American Revolution. What begins as a polite clash in perspectives explodes into an urgent debate about race, history and power.

Urbanite Theatre, 1487 2nd St., Sarasota

[SOON]  FESTIVAL: Evolve Summer Social "Saturday Night Fever" , June 1, 7-11pm

Don't miss the Evolve Summer Social "Saturday Night Fever" benefitting the Children’s Guardian Fund on June 1st from 7-11pm at the Grove at Lakewood Ranch.  Each year, hundreds of children in foster care go without birthday presents or celebrations.  Through the proceeds from this event and  community donations, the Children’s Guardian Fund can provide $35 Walmart Gift cards to guardians for each child’s birthday.  Last year’s event “Havana Nights” raised over $13,000 providing over 370 gift cards. 

[SOON]  FESTIVAL: Art, Animals and You , June 1, 9am - 3pm

Explore the galleries with a scavenger hunt, see what the vendors have in store, enjoy the art of the "Fur, Feathers, Flora & Fauna" exhibit and bring your well-behaved leashed pets for a free Pet Portrait. There will also be 1-hour children's art workshops at this interactive and creative day of family fun.

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

[SOON]  MUSIC: Artist Showcase (AS1): Fairy tales and Fantasy , June 6

Embark on a fantastic journey to faraway places. Various artist will perform to evoke a world of childlike imagination. Also, experience the world premiere of Andrea Clearfield's Ha-Galgal (The Wheel), a prayerful work inspired by the sound of the shofar, for solo horn.

Holley Hall, 709 North Tamiami Trl., Sarasota

[SOON]  THEATER: Around the World in 80 Days , June 7 – June 23

Eight actors, 109 characters, six trains, six boats, four flights, one storm, a circus act and an elephant take center stage in this play. When Phileas Fogg and servant Passepartout board the train in London in 1875, he has only 80 days to travel the world to win a wager with his fellow members at the Reform Club. An adventure lies ahead that includes romance, danger and surprises with Scotland Yard pursuing him at every turn.


Asolo Repertory Theatre, 5555 North Tamiami Trl., Sarasota

[SOON]  FESTIVAL: 18th Annual St. Armands Circle Craft Festival , June 8 – June 9

Festival-goers will enjoy works from the state’s best talent of crafters and long-time festival favorites along with the newest names on the contemporary craft scene.  Come see some of America's best crafters displaying one of a kind jewelry, pottery, plant holders, soaps, and more. Also included will be an expansive green market.

St. Armands, 411 St. Armands Cir., Sarasota

[SOON]  MUSIC: Four, Two, One (Saturday Symphony) , June 8, 7:30pm

The depth of talent cultivated at the Sarasota Music Festival will be on display as four 2019 Violin Fellows join forces for Vivaldi's Concerto Grosso from L'estro Armonico. 2018 Festival alumni Katherine Arndt (violin) and Cassia Drake (viola) will share the stage for Mozart's beloved Sinfonia Concertante. Finally, pianist Jon Kimura Parker, world-renowned for his energy and onstage charisma, will bring his spirited personality to Beethoven's iconic Piano Concerto No. 4.

Sarasota Opera House, 709 North Tamiami Trail, Sarasota

[SOON]  FESTIVAL: World Oceans Day Festival , June 8, 9am

Take part in a fun, family-friendly event celebrating our salty waters. A variety of ocean-themed activities will be available to learn about World Oceans Day. Even get the chance to dip nets into the water and discover the creatures beneath the waves! Learn amazing facts about our large wildlife—like sea turtles in Florida and explore the history of fishing in Manatee County.

Emerson Point Preserve, 5801 17th Street West, Palmetto.

[SOON]  BUSINESS: Summer Fest June 8th 2019, 11am-3pm , June 8, 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Music Compound is excited to announce a partnership with Child Protection Center joining them in celebrating their 40th anniversary fund raising campaign, help us help them by attending our Summer Fest 2019. Enjoy live music, food trucks, bounce house, beer samples, silent auction and other area vendors. This is a family friendly event, everyone is welcome!

The Bazaar at Apricot and Lime, 821 Apricot Ave., Sarasota

[SOON]  DANCE: Happy Feet Dance Recital and Fundraiser , June 9, 4:00pm

Presented by Such-A-Diva & Dude! Theme: Bollywood Night! Preferred Attire: ‘That outfit you were wanting to wear for your red carpet appearance’. Celebrity guest: Punit J. Pathak. 100% of the profit from the tickets go to the Aga Khan Foundation.

Manatee Performing Arts Center, 502 Third Avenue West, Bradenton.

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