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"What we all want to do is leave an organization in a better place that we found it."

- Jeffery Kin, The Players Theatre

[Culture]  Is Sarasota's Cultural Center Shifting Outside City?
Jacob Ogles, jacob.ogles@srqme.com

The Players Theatre will soon move its main venue to Lakewood Ranch. Mote plans to build a new aquarium at Nathan Benderson Park. Festivals like the Sarasota Chalk Festival and Thunder by the Bay have moved out of Downtown Sarasota. With the Sarasota Orchestra announcing it will open its search beyond the city limits, some started to question if the community’s cultural center will move from its long home within the city.

But some of the region’s cultural institution’s say it’s more complicated than that. Jeffery Kin, artistic director for the Players, says the changes taking place downtown have more to do with the region changing and cultural organizations’ needs evolving. “Our thought is we are not leaving the community, just allowing the organization to grow,” Kin says. “We had to go where there’s more space.”

Kin says the Players looked at eight sites before deciding on a new locale for The Players Centre for Performing Arts on Fruitville Road near Interstate-75. That’s well outside Sarasota, but he notes it remains within the county. “No arts leader will look at you and say they are doing something despite what the people want,” he says. “What we all want to do is leave an organization in a better place that we found it.”

Similarly, Mote Marine Laboratory looked at sites throughout the region before ultimately deciding to build its Science Education Aquarium near Interstate-75. City Commissioner Jennifer Ahearn-Koch notes Mote will continue to keep its research facilities on City Island even after the new aquarium opens. “Mote is still going to be located in the city,” she says, “and we’ve all been talking about how we can help the symphony continue to look in the city, so I just don’t think that applies.”

She was among commissioners to reject a plan for the Orchestra to build a new facility and relocate to Payne Park. She’s optimistic things will work out.

When events become massively popular, Ahearn-Koch says, that will sometimes lead to a change in venue, especially if events require streets to be blocked to accommodate growing crowds.

But the elected official suggests Sarasota boasts such a tremendous cultural history that new events will spring anew. Meanwhile, lovers of Sarasota’s cultural treasures will ensure institutions continue to thrive in town. “We just have so many nonprofits and wonderful philanthropic arts and music organizations,” she says. 

[Government]  Manatee County Accepting Applications for Health Care Board

Manatee County is accepting applications for one vacant seat on the Health Care Advisory Board, for a representative of the Substance Abuse field. The Manatee County Health Care Advisory Board is a volunteer group that evaluates, monitors and discusses the healthcare system in Manatee County, and makes recommendations to the Manatee County Commission regarding the funding of healthcare services. The advisory board reviews evidence-based practices, programs and related data to enhance the long-term stability and effectiveness of the programs available to citizens of Manatee County who have no other meaningful means of access to health care.

Employees, owners or voting board members of agencies that receive funding from Manatee County Government, or individuals who contract with agencies that receive County funding are ineligible to serve on the board, with the exception of a practicing physician who may receive no more than 1 percent of their gross income from County-funded healthcare.

Applications are due July 8 at 5pm. The application may be found online at the website below. 

Manatee County Advisory Board Applications

[Government]  Manatee County Accepting Applications for Historic Reservation Board

Manatee County is accepting applications for two vacancies on the Historic Preservation Board, a citizen’s advisory committee that makes decisions regarding Manatee County’s archaeologically, historically and aesthetically significant sites, districts and zones.

Applicants must be registered voters in Manatee County.  No particular expertise is required, but applicants with knowledge of archaeological, historical or architectural development or have deep concern for the preservation, development and enhancement of historic resources in the County are given additional consideration for an appointment.

Applications are due July 12 and may be found online at the website below. 

Manatee County Advisory Board Applications

[Architecture]  Sweet Sparkman Architects Grows by 25%

In response to Sarasota’s growing architectural demand, Sweet Sparkman Architects (SSA) added to their team architecture and design professionals to accommodate the Firm’s growing office. After being awarded the 2018 Florida / Caribbean Firm of the Year by the American Institute of Architects, Sweet Sparkman Architects design team now includes new members: Architects Casey Allen, AIA and Shane LaMay, AIA, NCARB; Project Designer Cole Mears, Associate AIA; and Interior Designer Shirley Quinlan.

Allen worked most recently for the Connecticut firm of Roger Ferris + Partners. Since his arrival at the SSA, he has used his design expertise on Sweet Sparkman Architects’ high-end residential projects as well as public park projects, multifamily housing, and office buildings. LaMay joins SSA as a Project Architect after having interned with the Firm in 2015, while completing his graduate studies at the University of Florida’s Masters in Architecture program. After three years working as an architect in Chicago, LaMay enjoys working on the SSA’s public work: fire stations, parks and theaters.

Having graduated from the University of South Florida’s Masters in Architecture program, Mears is currently working on several public safety projects including the Sarasota County Fire Station on Apex Road. Quinlan will be collaborating with all of the project managers and architects at SSA to provide interiors to all projects. 

Sweet Sparkman Architects

[Business]  SANCA Names Shapo Chair of the Board, Announces New Members

Suncoast Aquatic Nature Center Associates (SANCA), a not-for-profit business created to manage Nathan Benderson Park, has announced the election of Ronald A. Shapo as Chair of the Board of Directors. In addition, the board has selected two new directors, Randy Mallitz and Michael S. Taaffe.

Shapo has served as an attorney in transactions and projects totaling billions of dollars, with emphasis on real estate, public /private partnerships and corporate/ finance. In addition to his role as Chair of SANCA, Shapo is a community member of the Sarasota Memorial Hospital Board Finance Committee and the president of Professional Business Consultants.

A partner with Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, Taaffe is a trial attorney and director of Shumaker’s Broker-Dealer and Data Breach Groups. He has been a member of numerous local charitable boards and has a lifelong involvement with rowing, including service as a founding member and coach of Sarasota Crew. Co-founder and principal of the Mallitz Investment Group, Mallitz served as president and CEO of divisions of Aearo Technologies for 16 years in the US and Asia, during which he built the company’s sales to $600 million. Preceding his election to the SANCA Board, he served on the Board of the Nathan Benderson Community Park Foundation. 

Suncoast Aquatic Nature Center Associates

[Real Estate]  Stock Custom Homes Expands into Lakewood Ranch

Stock Custom Homes, the award-winning luxury homebuilding division of Stock Development, will soon begin building custom estates in Lakewood Ranch’s The Lake Club. With two custom homes to start, this is only the beginning of Stock Custom’s expansion into Lakewood Ranch.

The first home being built is based on the Savannah III floor plan. With interior design by Soco Interiors, the estate will feature four bedrooms, four bathrooms and two half baths, a study, formal dining room, great room, two two-car garages and expansive outdoor living encompassing 8,323 total square feet. The master suite will feature a sitting area, his and hers closets, and a large master bathroom with a separate tub and shower.

Based on the Glendale floor plan, the second home will be 4,173 square feet under air with interior design by Clive Daniel Homes. This estate will boast four bedrooms, four bathrooms and two half baths, a study, formal dining room, wine room and double two-car garages. 

Stock Custom Homes

[Real Estate]  Michael Saunders & Co. Welcomes Meeks to Commercial Division

Michael Saunders & Company has welcomed Charlie Meeks to its Commercial Division. As a certified public accountant with knowledge that stretches across a multitude of industries from commercial real estate to the stock exchange, Meeks is an asset in his customers’ decision-making process. The financial acumen acquired over his three decades as a CPA lends itself to strategic navigation of the commercial property market, allowing businesses to transition easily into their next venture. He has worked for locally and internationally-based firms, serving as a partner with BDO USA and operating two of his own. This foundation in financial services has additionally given him expertise in contract negotiations and due-diligence processes. 

Michael Saunders & Company

[Business]  Forza Wealth's Videnka Earns CFP Designation

Timothy J. Videnka, chief investment officer and principal of Forza Wealth Management, has been authorized by the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards (CFP Board) to use the Certified Financial Planner and CFP certification marks in accordance with CFP Board certification and renewal requirements. Videnka is now one of the fewer than 1% of financial advisors in the U. that hold both the CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst) and CFP designations. The CFP marks identify those individuals who have met the rigorous experience and ethical requirements of the CFP Board, have successfully completed financial planning coursework and have passed the CFP certification examination covering the following areas: the financial planning process, risk management, investments, tax planning and management, retirement and employee benefits and estate planning. CFP professionals also agree to meet ongoing continuing education requirements and to uphold CFP Board’s Code of Ethics and Professional Responsibility, Rules of Conduct and Financial Planning Practice Standards. 

Forza Wealth Management

[Real Estate]  Crowley Joins Alliance Group Mortgage

Dan Crowley has joined Alliance Group Mortgage as a loan officer in the Sarasota office. Crowley has 29 years of experience in many facets of the real estate and mortgage industries, most recently as co-owner of Cornerstone Lending Group in Sarasota, which he founded in 1999. Crowley holds the Florida Mortgage Broker license and Florida Real Estate Sales license. He is a member of the National Association of Mortgage Brokers and the Florida Association of Mortgage Professionals. Alliance Group Mortgage is located at 2000 Webber Street, Sarasota. 

Alliance Group Mortgage

[ITB]  SRQ MEDIA Welcomes Student Interns for the Summer of 2019

SRQ MEDIA is delighted to introduce three interns that have joined the company for the Summer of 2019: Brooke Elsbree, Marketing Intern; Olivia Liang, Editorial Associate and Madison Holmes, Editorial Associate.

Marketing Intern and Sarasota native, Brooke Elsbree attends Stetson University and will be graduating in the Fall of 2019 with degrees in Marketing, Business Law and Sport Business. Brooke is the Secretary of Stetson's chapter of the American Marketing Association, a member of Stetson's Business Ethics Case Competition Team, and TA's for their "Professional Communications" class. Editorial Associate Olivia Liang is a current junior at Washington University in St. Louis, studying English with a concentration in Creative Nonfiction Writing, Spanish and Design. Olivia will be studying at Trinity College Dublin this upcoming Fall to further her literary education. Madison Holmes, Editorial Associate, is a rising Junior at Pine View School. Passionate about wanting to incorporate lifestyle pieces into the atmosphere of high-school journalism, Madison turned to SRQ for a taste of arts and culture pieces, as well as to gain professional, hands-on experience. Madison was recently elected the Editor-in-Chief of Pine View’s online newspaper publication, pvtorch.com, for the upcoming school year and hopes to expand Pine View’s journalism department into having a greater online focus. 

[TODAY]  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

[TODAY]  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

[TODAY]  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]  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: 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]  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]  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]  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]  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.

[SOON]  THEATER: Come Together: When the 60s met the 70s , June 11 – July 21

With music made famous by Cher, The Beatles, Simon & Garfunkel, and more, this rockin’ revue explores the changing musical landscape from 1965-1975. Come Together explores the musical soundtrack of one of the most exciting, controversial, and impactful decades our country has ever seen. Featuring hits like “Dream a Little Dream of Me,” “Come Together,” and “Killing Me Softly.”

Florida Studio Theatre, 1241 N Palm Ave., Sarasota

[SOON]  THEATER: Summer Circus Spectacular , June 11 – August 3

This family-friendly spectacular showcases some of the finest circus artists from around the world, performing acts to thrill audiences of all ages. Show times are 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays, and 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. on Saturdays. Tickets for preview shows, June 11-14, are just $12; for the remainder of the run tickets are $16/adults, $12/children 12 and under.

Historic Asolo Theatre, 5401 Bay Shore Rd., Sarasota

[SOON]  THEATER: Manatee Players' Production of Tony N' Tina's Wedding , June 12 – June 23

Attend this raucous Italian-American wedding experience, including the ceremony and ballroom wedding-reception buffet –– complete with wedding cake and dancing! Enjoy the performance alongside the improvisational cast of exaggerated, stereotypical characters. Tony n' Tina's Wedding premiered in New York and was the first immersive theater experience of its kind.

Manatee Performing Arts Center, 502 Third Ave. W

[SOON]  BUSINESS: SkillSHARE: Mentoring at the Speed of Life, June 13 , June 13, 5-7:30pm

Join us for an evening of deep-dive peer mentorship at the spring SkillSHARE: Mentorship at the Speed of Life on Thursday, June 13, 2019 at the SRQ Studios at 331 South Pineapple Avenue in Downtown Sarasota from 5-7:30pm. Register online by submitting questions from the areas in which you'd like to be paired with a peer mentor for the evening at SRQMAG.COM/SKILLSHARE. Light bites and wine. Registration closes on Friday, May 17, 2019; the registration fee is $25 per person. Limited to 16 mentees. For more information, contact SRQ MEDIA at 941-365-7702 x204.

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

[SOON]  MUSIC: Three Titans (Saturday Symphony) , June 15, 7:30pm

Spend an evening with three titans of the Classical Period of music history: Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven. “Papa” Haydn and Mozart were close friends; the young Beethoven studied with Haydn and played for Mozart. Together, these three giants form a family of classicists that transformed the history of Western music in the space of 75 years. The program opens with the young Beethoven’s Octet in E-flat Major for winds. Festival Faculty are joined by Fellows for this boisterous romp of youthful enthusiasm. The concert continues with Haydn’s Symphony No. 80, performed “classical style” without a conductor. The Festival Orchestra will be led by Dallas Symphony Orchestra Concertmaster Alexander Kerr. 

Sarasota Opera House, 709 North Tamiami Trail, Sarasota.

[SOON]  MUSIC: Garden Music Series , June 16, 1pm

Join local band favorite, Ari and the Alibis, for an afternoon of Funk, Jazz, Samba, Blues, Rock and Soul infusion. Experience a taste of classical, modern and well-known hits while venturing on a relaxing stroll throughout Selby's lush greenery. Seating is limited and available on a first-come, first served basis.

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

[SOON]  MUSIC: Jazz Club of Sarasota (Summer Concert Series) , June 17

Enjoy a fabulous concert featuring The Danny Sinoff Trio and Patricia Dean. In this concert, Danny Sinoff obtains a style of Jazz that is both swinging and emotionally heartfelt. On drums and vocals is Patricia Dean. As a drummer, she is an inspiring and supremely tasteful time-keeper, accompanist & soloist. On vocals, she is swinging, sensitive and musical. Completing the trio is Scott Smith on bass. Jazz Club members $35; non-members $39. 

Florida Studio Theatre Court Cabaret, First Street and Coconut Avenue, Sarasota.

[SOON]  BUSINESS: June BCE at Siesta Key Palms Hotel , June 20

Mix and mingle with fellow Siesta Key Chamber members at the June Business Card Exchange hosted by Siesta Key Palms Hotel. Join for complimentary drinks, appetizers, and chances to win prizes. Don't forget to bring business cards and a door prize to promote businesses. 

Siesta Key Palms Hotel, 1800 Stickney Point Rd., Sarasota

[SOON]  MUSIC: Van Wezel Friday Fest featuring Big Night Out , June 21

Join us for The Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall’s FREE outdoor summertime concert series! The events run from 5-9pm and are located on the Bayside Lawn of the Van Wezel. Each of the four events will feature food trucks, beverage vendors and more – it’s the perfect spot to enjoy a summer sunset over Sarasota Bay.


Kicking off Friday Fest 2019 is Big Night Out – a grooving six-piece dance band performing Latin, R&B and Island dance music! A powerful horn section and Latin percussion add to the commanding vocals of Frank Alverez. Dance the night away with a perfect view of the Sarasota sunset as Big Night Out’s kicks off our annual summer concert series!

Van Wezel

[SOON]  BUSINESS: SB2 Transformation in Philanthropy Symposium- July 25; 11:30am-1pm , July 25, Registration 11am. Program 11:30am-1pm.

Join us for the SB2: Transformation in Philanthropy Luncheon on Thursday, July 25, 2019 at the Hyatt Regency Sarasota from 11:30am to 1pm. The topic of discussion will be creating bold and resonant impact through the nonprofit mission. Registration opens at 11am. Panelists include special guests: David Moore of Moore Strategic Consulting, Sabeen Perwaiz of the Florida Nonprofit Alliance and Lilly Weinberg of the Knight Foundation. Tickets: $55/person. Table Sponsorships Available. Purchase tickets online at SRQSB2.COM. 

Hyatt Regency Sarasota, 1000 Boulevard of the Arts, Sarasota

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