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"We are looking to challenge the more 'traditional' methods of teaching as we find ways to have a global positive impact within our community."

- Dr. Todd Brown, Sarasota Military Academy

[Education]  Sarasota Military Academy Initiates Its First Education Summit
Brittany Mattie, brittany.mattie@srqme.com

Public charter school and college preparatory academy, Sarasota Military Academy, gears up to host its first annual SMA Inspire Education Summit, featuring speakers from around the world focusing on the pathways of Health, Earth and Equality. The Summit is in partnership with Dr. Todd Brown, PhD., Sarasota Military Academy Outreach Director and teacher, and creator of ‘The Inspire Project.’ “This event aims to increase collaboration between our educators and staff and will have a major, positive impact on our students,” says Brown. “We are looking to challenge the more ‘traditional’ methods of teaching as we find ways to have a global positive impact within our community.” The Inspire Project brings in world-renowned guest speakers—each specifically tied to one of the three respective pathways—to share impactful stories and personally interact with students and teachers.

The initiative is not like a TED talk, says Brown, but more like immersive Q & A, discussion-based sessions. “This event is one of three culminations this year that connects these incredibly accomplished people with our students and school to help show that these people are human,” he says, noting that the person-to-person connection elevates and inspires student engagement on these relevant, worldly topics.

For the “Health” sector, speakers will include Dr. Todd Brown, as well as Dr. Pardis Sabeti of Sabeti Lab, a computational biologist, medical geneticist and evolutionary geneticist, named Time magazine’s Most Influential People and People of the Year. Additionally, Ridhi Tariyal will speak, CEO and co-founder of NextGen Jane and Blavatnik Fellow at Harvard University, as well as Dr. Christian Brechot, physician, scientist and President of the Global Virus Network. Presenting on “Earth,” is SMA Prep teacher Deb Walker, Post-Doctoral Researcher Dr. Esther Ngumbi, named 1 of 100 women changing the world in 2018 by OneWorld, and Dr. Tracy Fanara, MythBusters, Environmental Civil Engineer, National EPA Rainworks Challenge Teams Winner and Mote Marine hydrologist. Culminating with the “Equality” sector, featured speakers include SMA Prep teacher Lynore Fontecha, Aradia, a singer/songwriter from NYC and LA, and finally Abdi Nor Iftin, a Somali refugee and author of the acclaimed book Call Me American.

Sarasota County teachers are highly encouraged to register for the event (at no cost to them or the schools) to help spread the word on the mentor series discussion, and ultimately increase collaboration in education with schools, clubs, teachers and students throughout the county. 

The Inspire Education Summit will take place on Friday, August 9, 2019, from 9am - 2pm at the SMA Prep middle school campus (3101 Bethel Lane, Sarasota). Registration is ongoing through the Sarasota County Professional Development System. 

Photo left to right: Dr. Tracy Fanara, Tamara Robertson, Dr. Todd Brown with daughter in front, and Dr. Pardis Sabeti

The Inspire Project

[DailyShop]  Tax-Free Shopping Spree
Olivia Liang

It’s the most wonderful time of the year with the Back to School Tax Free Holiday, and Sarasota’s Designing Women Boutique wants to treat you with an extra 40% off the lowest prices in The Sale Room. With gently used designer fashion, Designing Women Boutique offers everything from Calvin Klein blouses for work to BCBGMaxAzria leather jackets for play, Carmen Marc Valvo evening gowns and Valentino mini dresses for special occasions and Jimmy Choo purses for everywhere in between. Or buy bigger and explore rare sale items for the home, like Murano Glass chandeliers and glass vases.

Within its 17 year history in Sarasota, Designing Women Boutique has bestowed more than $4 million to over 75 nonprofit recipients in the area, working to support arts and human services organizations by hosting fundraising events, providing estate liquidation and downsizing services, and selling donated and consigned designer fashion, furniture, art and accessories. For the final day of this Tax Free Holiday, shop online or in-store with extra-sweet sale bargains while strengthening the local community with every purchase. 

Designing Women Boutique, 1226 North Tamiami Trl., Sarasota, 941-366-5293, @designingwomenboutique.

[Health & Wellness]  Chabad of Sarasota-Manatee to Host Suicide Prevention Training

This fall, CTeen SRQ of Chabad of Sarasota-Manatee will host three back-to-back safeTALK workshops for youth and adults. SafeTALK, a three-hour suicide alertness and prevention training, developed by Livingworks, is an innovative workshop that provides participants with tools, knowledge and awareness to assist their peers who may struggle with thoughts of suicide. After the workshop, participants will have the skills to recognize signs of suicidal thoughts in their friends, peers, and community members.  The program is the second installment of Chabad of Sarasota-Mantee’s mental health awareness initiative, which previously included One Thing I Wish You Knew.

Trainings will take place at Chabad of Sarasota, 7700 Beneva Rd., Sarasota, on Sunday, September 8, from 12pm to 3pm (teens only), and 6pm to 9pm (community-wide); Monday, September 9 from 9am to 12pm (community-wide). Registration is $10 for youth and $20 for anyone over the age of eighteen, however, no one will be turned away due to financial constraints. All three workshops will offer light refreshments and a question and answer session following the training.

RSVP's are required: sarasotachabad.com/safetalk
$20 per adult
$10 per teen 

SafeTALK Suicide Prevention Workshop

[Health & Wellness]  DOH-Sarasota Announces Extended Clinic Hours for Back-to-School Immunizations

As Sarasota County schools prepare to come back in session next Monday, the Florida Department of Health in Sarasota County (DOH-Sarasota) is reminding parents that updated vaccines are required for kindergarten and 7th grade in all Florida schools. A completed DH 680 form is required for registration in Sarasota County public schools. The form is available through a pediatrician and at DOH-Sarasota. Students without required immunizations will be sent home from public schools on the first day of school. In addition, they will not be able to ride the bus or participate in sports, band or other extracurricular activities until the school has the DH 680 form showing they have received the required immunizations.

The immunization Clinic in the Sarasota and North Port clinics will be open 8am to 4:30pm, Monday–Friday, through August 13. Additionally, the Florida Department of Health in Sarasota County will be offering extended hours in the North Port and Sarasota Immunizations clinics for students needing back-to-school shots. The Sarasota Immunization clinic located at 2200 Ringling Blvd. will remain open until 7pm August 7 and 6:30pm August 8. The North Port Immunization clinic located at 6950 Outreach Way will remain open until 6:30pm August 8. 

Sarasota County Schools Back 2 School Guide

[TODAY]  MUSEUM: The Fabric of India , July 7 – October 13

This exhibition showcases over 140 examples drawn from the internationally-renowned holdings of London’s Victoria and Albert Museum and private collections. This exposition illustrates the variety, technical sophistication and adaptability of Indian textiles from the fifteenth to the twenty-first centuries. Through a range of historical dress, carefully preserved fabrics, and cutting-edge fashion, discover how Indian textiles have been interwoven with religion, politics and global trade for centuries. Or join the Curator of Asian Art Dr. Rhiannon Paget for a tour at the Gallery Walk and Talk, 10:30am–6pm on July 25. 

The Ringling, 5401 Bay Shore Road

[TODAY]  THEATER: Ethel Waters: His Eye is on the Sparrow , June 26 – August 10

This powerful musical biography celebrates the life of actress and singer Ethel Waters. From abject poverty to Broadway and Hollywood stardom, Ethel Waters crossed racial barriers to become a legend. No matter what challenges she faced, music gave Waters strength, solace, and success. 

Florida Studio Theatre, 1241 N Palm Ave., Sarasota

[TODAY]  THEATER: The Cottage , July 31 – August 24

Set in the English countryside in 1923, this sexy comedy of love and betrayal unfolds when Sylvia Van Kipness decides to expose her secret love affair to her husband. The true meanings of love and marriage are called into question as a surprising, hilarious web of secrets unravels in this ridiculous—potentially murderous—romantic comedy.

Florida Studio Theatre, 1241 N Palm Ave., Sarasota

[SOON]  FESTIVAL: 3rd Annual Woodstock Revival , August 10

Celebrate the 50th anniversary of Woodstock while supporting Sarasota Farmers Market and Downtown Sarasota. Kettle of Fish will be the band this year. See vintage Volkswagens, participate in the "Best Dressed Hippie" Contest, buy local produce and reexperience peace and love. 

Sarasota Farmers Market, 1 N Lemon Ave.

[SOON]  FILM: Sun Xun: Time Spy , August 11 – February 16

A mesmerizing 3D animated film by Chinese painter and draughtsman, Sun Xun incorporates traditional techniques including ink painting, charcoal drawing and woodblock printing. He uses analog and digital technologies to explore pressing concerns of the time.

The Ringling, 5401 Bay Shore Road

[SOON]  MUSIC: Van Wezel Friday Fest featuring Reverend Barry & The Funk , August 16

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.


Featuring 3 Grammy®-nominated musicians, this 8-piece band plays a high-energy set of originals and covers of funk & soul music including Earth, Wind & Fire, Commodores, Kool & the Gang and Prince. Sit back and relax or dance the night away as Reverend Barry & The Funk returns to the Friday Fest stage! 

Van Wezel

[SOON]  HEALTH: Doctors Hospital Caregiver Support Group , August 19, 10am

On every third Monday of the month, Julie Cook Downing, President of Caregivers Comfort Creations, LLC, facilitates a Doctors Hospital Caregiver Support Group. This group focuses on the caregiver and offers a retreat from the never ending mental and physical responsibilities of caregiving. This free, open group provides compassionate support and an opportunity to explore new solutions together to caregiver challenges. The group meets in the classroom outside of the cafeteria.

Doctors Hospital of Sarasota, 5731 Bee Ridge Rd., Sarasota, FL

[SOON]  GALA: Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Kick Off Celebration , August 29, 530pm

Join us to Kick Off the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer season and for the reveal of the 2019 Real Men Wear Pink candidates.  Hear about the American Cancer Society’s lifechanging research and patient programs that are funded by Making Strides and Real Men Wear Pink events. Light hors d’oeuvres and refreshments will be served. RSVP is required. Please RSVP by Monday, August 26th to Lucy.Fox@cancer.org or 941-328-3755. MakingStridesWalk.org/SarasotaManatee

The Ritz-Carlton Sarasota, 1111 Ritz-Carlton Drive, Sarasota, FL 34236

[SOON]  FOOD: Caregivers Comfort Socializing Lunch , September 2, 1215pm

Julie Cook Downing, President of Caregivers' Comfort Creations, LLC and Doctors Hospital Caregiver Support Group Facilitator, hosts a monthly lunch at The Rosemary restaurant. This event provides caregivers some time to relax, enjoy themselves and eat super delicious food with others sharing similar situations. The lunch takes place from 12:15pm-1:45pm. For lunch details, contact Julie at caregivercomfort@aol.com.

The Rosemary, 411 North Orange Avenue

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