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SRQ DAILY Jul 16, 2019

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"By working together and aligning intentions and goals, the community has succeeded in coordinating action to maximize positive outcomes"

- Chuck Henry, DOH-Sarasota

[Community]  DreamLarge Launches Free Bike Ride Series This Week
Brittany Mattie, brittany.mattie@srqme.com

Sarasota's first registered Benefit Corporation, DreamLarge, continues to utilize business and events to connect the community and engage with the public. As a certified B Corp, entrepreneurial ideas and philanthropic spirit are used as a force for good and in this case, encompass handlebars and bike pedals. Launching the first of a series of community outreach and activation meetups, DreamLarge’s free BLVD Bike Rides initiative aims to bring together like-minded cyclists, while educating and inspiring local residents about the positive growth and activity in the area. 

Founder Anand Pallegar envisions the BLVD Bike Rides series as a catalyst for cross-pollination, for the community to meet neighbors and new friends in a burgeoning area of Sarasota. The event is open and accessible to all and kicks off this Thursday July 18. Two rounds of group rides are planned for 6:15pm and 7pm, through the Rosemary District and surrounding Downtown neighborhoods. Both rides will begin and end in the DreamLarge Yard with a casual get-together of attendees throughout the evening to network, mingle and enjoy a few local food trucks.  

For attendees who wish to participate and are without a bicycle of their own, a partnership with iBike Sarasota is providing free beach and city cruisers, while Endless Summer Eco Tours and Rentals is providing free electric bikes. In order to guarantee safe and accessible transportation, DreamLarge partnered with the Sarasota Manatee Metropolitan Planning Organization as well. The organization will be on-hand to educate participants on bike safety and discuss the ways they are transforming transportation in the region.  

Meanwhile, a limited run of specially designed BLVD T-shirts will be available for purchase at the rides. 100% of the purchase price will go directly towards buying bikes for those in need this holiday season. 

Photo outside of the DreamLarge Yard, courtesy of DreamLarge.

Limited spaces are available. Reserve a bike by registering at BLVD Bike Rides

[GoodBite]  As The Flamingo Flies
Olivia Liang

The Tuesday blues roll through once again and you need something fresh to spice up the midday cubicle doldrums. Leftover chili in scratched-up tupperware doesn’t hit the spot and who wants to waste ten minutes of a lunch break arguing with coworkers about sushi versus pizza? How about a gluten-free, dairy-free and 321-calorie Tropical Salmon Salad from Fresh Flamingo instead? The wild-caught salmon is glazed in a citrus dressing over an organic spring mix salad with fresh cherry tomatoes, bell peppers, red onion and mango slices—brought to you and presented on a disposable platter. 

Hand-prepared and cooked in the morning then quickly chilled to preserve flavor, nutrition, quality and presentation, Fresh Flamingo delivers premade meals with locally-sourced ingredients for Sarasotans on the go. With a menu that changes daily based on what produce is fresh and proteins are available, choose from Beach, Vegan, Comfort or Fitness dishes—whichever fits your lifestyle. Order for the entire week or order for tomorrow, then re-energize those afternoon slums with a menu that never grows stale. Gourmet microwavable lunches are one click away—but make sure to order by 4pm for tomorrow’s delivery. 

Fresh Flamingo, 941-600-6551.

[Healthcare]  DOH-Sarasota Recognized as NACCHO Health Department of the Year

The Florida Department of Health in Sarasota was recognized by The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) as a Large Local Health Department of the Year for 2019. Applications for the award were judged based on the size of the health department, and were scored on their innovation and creativity, implementation, impact in the community and public health, and engagement of community and diverse partners. The theme for the 2019 LHD of the Year Award was, "Improving Public and Private Partnerships." Sarasota County Health and Human Services (SCHHS) is itself a collaboration between the Florida Department of Health in Sarasota and Sarasota County Government. 

"Whether leading, facilitating, guiding, or supporting, Sarasota County Health and Human Services remains deeply committed to our shared community goals. We are privileged to serve a community that works hard to build strong alliances to improve the health outcomes of all residents and visitors," says DOH-Sarasota Administrator and Director for Sarasota County Health and Human Services Chuck Henry. "By working together and aligning intentions and goals, the community has succeeded in coordinating action to maximize positive outcomes."

NACCHO highlighted three thriving examples of positive community collaborations during the award presentation: The Behavioral Health Stakeholders Consortium, Age-Friendly Sarasota, and First 1,000 Days Sarasota County. 

Florida Department of Health in Sarasota County

[Government]  Opening Available on Manatee County School Board Audit Committee

The School Board of Manatee County is seeking a civic-minded citizen to serve as member of the Audit Committee for a three-year term commencing July 1, 2019. The Committee, which meets six times a year, recommends the appointment of the internal and external auditors; reviews the scope, plan and reports of the internal and external auditors; and assists in maintaining open communications between the selected auditors, the School Board and the District’s financial management. The Committee also reviews the collection and proper use of the funds raised through the one-half cent sales surtax for school capital outlay expenditures.

Those interested in serving must: live in Manatee County, be a CPA (active or retired) or had employment experience in school district financial operations and submit a letter expressing interest, providing contact information and providing a brief summary of their work experience. Responses must be sent to the Manatee County School District, Michele Boyes, Board Agency Clerk, P.O. Box 9069, Bradenton, FL 34206-9069 no later than Friday, August 16, 2019.  

School District of Manatee County

[Real Estate]  Neal Communities Opening Poinciana Community this Weekend

Neal Communities will be opening its newest community, Poinciana, this Saturday, July 20, with a grand opening from 11am to 1pm at 4335 Tamarind Place in Bradenton. The gated community is located in Bradenton, between University Parkway and State Road 70. Visitors will have the chance to tour two model homes at Poinciana.

Poinciana will offer paired villas in a British West Indies style in two of Neal’s most popular floorplans, the Crystal Sand and Tidewater models. Both floorplans offer two bedrooms, two bathrooms and a two-car garage. Tidewater is the larger, with 1,524 square feet of living space, a lanai, den, open floorplan and great room. Crystal Sand offers 1,434 square feet of living space with a spacious lanai, great room, open floorplan and oversized kitchen island. Villa pricing starts in the mid-$200s.

The community will include 82 villa homes upon completion, along with a pool, spa and a surrounding nature preserve. 

Neal Communities

[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

[TODAY]  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

[TODAY]  SCIENCE AND NATURE: Kayak Trip: Myakka River from Snook Haven , July 16, 8:30am-11:30am

Join John Sarkozy, get outside and take a kayak trip on the wild and scenic Myakka River. This trip will travel the portion of the river that is downstream from Snook Haven. All kayak equipment will be supplied and is included in the cost of the trip. Call John for additional information, exact launch location and required reservations. 

[TODAY]  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]  MUSIC: Van Wezel Friday Fest featuring Rebel Heart , July 19

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.


Rebel Heart returns to Friday Fest at the Van Wezel with some of today's most popular country songs, mixed with a healthy dose of hits from pop, rock, dance and the blues! The 5-piece band puts on a high-energy, powerful and melodic country rock act that you won’t want to miss

Van Wezel

[SOON]  FESTIVAL: Christmas in July , July 19 – July 20

Forget your stresses and get in the spirit at the Downtown Venice “Christmas in July” event. Catch Santa and Mrs. Claus riding the trolley and visiting the shops, ride the trolley from 11am to 4pm or participate in a raffle for four large gift baskets. Pick up your free raffle tickets at many of the participating downtown businesses and experience holiday magic like never before.

Historic Downtown Venice , 101 West Venice Ave. #23

[SOON]  MUSEUM: Family Saturdays: Terracotta molds , July 20, 10am

Explore Ca d'Zan through a creative project: sculpting terracotta molds! Work in the Education Building classrooms and explore the grounds with a special handout to help locate and learn more about the objects and places that inspired the project.

The Ringling, 5401 Bay Shore Road

[SOON]  SCIENCE AND NATURE: Kayak Trip: Caspersen Beach to Lemon Bay , July 20, 8:30am-11:30am

Enjoy quiet water and open-seated kayaking from Caspersen Beach to Lemon Bay with John Sarkozy. All kayak equipment will be supplied and is included in the cost of the trip. Call John for additional information, exact launch location and required reservations. 

[SOON]  FILM: Art and a Movie: Summer Film Series , July 22, 1:30pm

See the showing of Nevelson: Awareness in the Fourth Dimension as part of The Ringling and Monda Collections’ Summer Film Series. Ringling staff will introduce the film and lead a brief discussion about each of the three highlighted women artists of the series. Attendees are encouraged to take advantage of free Mondays at the Museum of Art to visit the exhibition before or after the film.

The Ringling, 5401 Bay Shore Rd., Sarasota.

[SOON]  MUSEUM: Museum of Art Mondays: Fabric of India , July 22, 10am

Join the Ringling staff in the Education Building for a Fabric of India art-making program, bridging active creation with artwork in the Museum. Then visit the galleries to find each day’s featured artwork and learn more about it from a docent!

The Ringling, 5401 Bay Shore Road

[SOON]  SCIENCE AND NATURE: Kayak Trip: Paddling the Waterways of Nokomis , July 22, 8:30am-11:30am

John Sarkozy will lead this kayak trip, exploring the bays and canals around Nokomis. Check out the islands, birds and marine life in this area. All kayak equipment will be provided and is included in the cost of the trip. Contact John for additional information, exact launch location and required reservations. 

[SOON]  THEATER: The Swingaroos: Hollywood Serenade , July 23 – August 30

Back by popular demand, The Swingaroos return to FST with a brand new show. Inspired by the Golden Age of Hollywood, this jazzy music revue pays tribute to such icons as Frank Sinatra, Cab Calloway, and Fred Astaire. Travel back in time this summer to the ‘30s and ‘40s when big bands and swing dancing were all the rage. 

Florida Studio Threatre, 1241 N Palm Ave., Sarasota

[SOON]  MUSEUM: Conversation: Behind the Scenes with the Events Department , July 24, 10:30am

Join Events staff for an informal discussion of their work, including an explanation of their day-to-day tasks, highlights of their favorite parts of the job, trade secrets of the profession and what they wish museum visitors knew about what goes into planning museum events.

The Ringling, 5401 Bay Shore Road

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