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SRQ DAILY Jun 14, 2019

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"We hope by cleaning up some of those nutrients, that we can reduce the duration and extent of red tide blooms."

- Darcy Young, SBEP

[Nature]  Habitat for Humanity: Oyster Edition
Philip Lederer, Phil.Lederer@srqme.com

In 2016, Perico Preserve opened in Manatee County as a triumph of reclaimed Florida landscape. Previously farmland, a concerted effort transformed the plowed and processed land into a series of thriving habitats, removing invasive plants, restoring native vegetation and creating a natural sanctuary for birds and other wildlife. An ongoing project to this day, volunteers and representatives from Manatee County and the Sarasota Bay Estuary Program will be out in force this Tuesday for the next step in stabilizing the recovering ecosystem—building an oyster reef.

A natural part of most coastal habitats in the Sarasota Bay area, oyster reefs form in nature as the mollusks accumulate in the shallow waters of the shoreline. Landing and settling and stacking on top of each other, the creatures create their own living bit of underwater architecture, which not only provides habitat for other aquatic species, but hunting grounds for the many birds above. And in Perico Preserve, robust oyster reefs could contribute to further reclaiming the land. “They help stabilize our shorelines,” says Darcy Young, SBEP director of planning and communications, “and they help filter the water, making it cleaner and clearer, which is great for everything else living in the water.”

In the case of Tuesday’s mission, volunteers will find little success hoping oysters spontaneously don hard hats and build the reef themselves, so they’ll be doing all the heavy lifting for their little bivalve buddies. Wading into the water and carrying netting weighted down with recycled oyster shells, volunteers will lay the foundation for the beginnings of a new oyster reef, then cover that foundation with heaps and heaps of loose oyster shell that water currents and living creatures can mold into the optimal shape for the environment. “Our hope is that when the oysters spawn,” says Young, “the oyster larvae will settle in these shells and build the reef themselves.” This reef will then help maintain the shorelines carved into the former farmland.

Oyster reefs could even help mitigate red tide, Young says, as a proliferation of oysters can clean up the water by removing nutrients that red tide algae feed on. “So we hope by cleaning up some of those nutrients, that we can reduce the duration and extent of red tide blooms,” she says. And with help from partnerships with START (Solutions to Avoid Red Tide) and the Gulf Coast Oyster Recycling and Renewal Program, oyster reef reconstruction projects can now utilize recycled oyster shells from area restaurants, instead of mining fossilized shells from Central Florida.

And though Tuesday’s event already has a full slate of volunteers and a populated wait list, Young hints at many more events to come, including at least one more oyster reef project this summer. “So we’ll need more and more volunteers,” she says. 

Pictured: Volunteers transporting sacks of recycled oyster shells to build a new reef. Photo courtesy of SBEP.

[DailyShop]  Father's Day Deals at Martin Freeman
Madison Holmes

As Father’s Day rounds the corner, swing by local men’s fashion hot spot Martin Freeman for must-have, father-favorite goods. Whether looking for the perfect pair of emerald cuff links or a tie to really bring out his eyes, Martin Freeman is a one-stop Father’s Day gift hub for upscale men’s fashion. The quaint shop closes this fall for a rebrand—leaving its luxurious inventory stocked and dripping in discounts until the end of June.

Items such as the jacquard St. Croix collared shirt with a cloudy blue, raised floral stitch pattern fill the stocked shelves. Perfect for a meeting with the board during the day and capable of effortlessly carrying into a family dinner on St. Armands in the evening, the shirt fills the void in any working man’s wardrobe. One can also find blazers catering to men of all shapes and sizes, as well as pocket squares perfect for spicing up a more traditional cut or style—all high-end and luxurious offerings, crafted by tailoring specialists around the world, now being sold at up to 80% off retail price. Whether looking for a court-ready suit or the perfect first-date ensemble, Martin Freeman offers delectable apparel at prices that are hard to pass up. Your loved one and your wallet will be thanking you. 

Photo by Madison Holmes.

Martin Freeman Clothing, 75 South Palm Ave., Sarasota, 941-953-2948.

[Museum]  Ringling Museum Screening Ai Weiwei Film for World Refugee Day

The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art will be taking part in World Refugee Day this June 20 by presenting a film by Ai Weiwei. The film, Human Flow, is an epic journey that gives a powerful visual expression to this massive human migration. The documentary exposes both the staggering scale of the refugee crisis and its profoundly personal human impact. Weiwei filmed in 23 countries including Kenya, Iraq, Jordan, Turkey, Gaza and Northern Greece. Last year, The Ringling hosted the Chinese artist/activist’s 12 monumental bronze sculptures, Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads.

In 2000, the United Nations General Assembly passed a resolution declaring June 20 as World Refugee Day. The United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) and countless civic groups around the world host World Refugee Day events in order to draw the public's attention to the millions of refugees and internally displaced persons worldwide who have been forced to flee their homes due to war, conflict and persecution. This year’s theme explores the Global Compact on Refugees and calls for investment in communities that host refugees to help ease the pressure on the host, while prompting refugees to become self-reliant.

The film will be shown June 20, 2019, at 5 p.m. in the Chao lecture hall of the Ting Tsung and Wei Fong Chao Center for Asian Art. The cost is $5 and members are free; tickets can be reserved at the website below. 

The Ringling Presents "Human Flow" by Ai Weiwei

[Sports]  Bradentucky Bombers Take On Fort Myers Roller Derby

The Bradentucky Bombers have announced the next home game of its 13th Season on Saturday, June 22, against Fort Myers Roller Derby, a team out of Fort Myers. This is the Bombers’ first official season as a Women's Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA) league. The Women's Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA) is the international governing body for the sport of women's flat track roller derby. Being an official league means that the Bombers will now be competing for a ranking against the top teams in the world.

The Bombers will be hosting the June 22 bout at Ellenton Ice & Sports Complex at 5pm, doors open at 4:30pm. Tickets are now available: Presale—$10; Door—$12; Kids 6—12 $6 at the door; Kids 5 and under free. The afterparty begins at 8pm at Darwin Brewing Company and Taproom. For more information visit the website below. 

Bradentucky Bombers

[Education]  GSAHEC Partners with Blake Medical for Student Education Program

Last week, Gulfcoast South Area Health Education Center (GSAHEC) partnered with Blake Medical Center to welcome 10 local high school students interested in becoming nursing professionals. The participants had three jam-packed days of guest speakers, hands-on activities, hospital tours and discussions about financial aid, college options and the wide variety of nursing careers. GSAHEC’s Director of Student Programs, Joan Dixon, and summer intern, Kim Nguyen, designed the program to provide local high school students interested in nursing careers an opportunity to explore a variety of sub-specialties in partnership with Blake Medical Center’s nursing educators’ Kathryn Gleeson and Ashley Whidden.

To learn more, visit the website below. 

Gulfcoast South Area Health Education Center

[Survey]  Share Your Story - SRQ Magazine's 2019 Readers Engagement Survey, Closes July 1st

There's still time to connect with the team at SRQ Magazine | Live Local and Love Local for the 2019 Readers Engagement Survey. We invite readers to share their thoughts on how they want to enjoy their time with the magazine—from the types of stories we cover to the way we lay them out in our pages. We want to know what you'd like to see more of in our coverage. Thank you for sharing your insights with us. Click below to take the survey before it closes on July 1st. 

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[TODAY]  GALLERY: Fur, Feather, Flora & Fauna , May 21 – June 21

An all media, open exhibition throughout all galleries. Includes Art & Animals on June 1—a fun family day with animals and art, nonprofit organizations, information, activities and photo opportunities. Guests are invited to bring their leashed, well behaved pets.

ArtCenter Manatee, 209 9th St W., Bradenton

[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

[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

[TODAY]  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]  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]  THEATER: Junie B. Jones The Musical , June 21 – June 22

Junie B. starts her first day of first grade, where she encounters many changes. Her best friend finds new best friends. She makes friends with Herb, the new kid. She has problems reading the blackboard in Mr. Scary’s class. Include the friendly cafeteria lady, a kickball tournament, and a “Top-Secret Personal Beeswax Journal,” First grade has never been more exciting! A Kidz Camp production.

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

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