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"Through the weekend, we've built the next generation of business leaders, CEOs, philanthropists and changemakers."

- Anand Pallegar, DreamLarge

[Community]  DreamLarge Dedicates Weekend to Empowering the Next Generation of Changemakers
Brittany Mattie, brittany.mattie@srqme.com

Calling on the youth for positive change, DreamLarge Weekends celebrated its first hands-on program this past weekend at The Ringling College Art & Design campus—packed with fun, interconnected activities and thought-provoking challenges. Evolved from the former #SRQHacks Hackathon catalyzed by the Education Foundation of Sarasota County, DreamLarge Weekends has focused the original premise with a more philanthropic pursuit. Founder of DreamLarge Anand Pallegar and his team cultivated the weekend to inspire and connect almost 50 students—ranging in grade levels from 8th to 11th and representing both Sarasota and Manatee County schools—to work together in combined efforts to enrich our community and make real social impact. Dr. Laura Kingsley, assistant superintendent of Sarasota County Schools, kicked off Friday evening’s programming by urging the kids to use their heart, as much as their heads this weekend. 

Split at random into six different groups with a paired mentor for guidance—the bright, young changemakers cultivated quirky team names like Team Eggplant and The Royals, before being presented with current challenges by six different local nonprofit organizations. Representatives from JFCS Suncoast, Urbanite Theatre, More Too Life, Hope 4 Communities, Embracing Our Differences, SaraSolo Productions and Mission Neem 5 pitched their cause and mission, before sharing the meaningful challenges they face in the community, and at large, that have yet to be solved. Each group chose the local nonprofit that resonated with them the most, and matched accordingly to collaborate a creative solution to their nonprofit's struggles. The nonprofits called on the young minds for their social innovation and unadulterated perspectives to help issues like raising funds, growing their organization, attracting a younger demographic, spreading education/awareness and elevating user engagement on social media.

CEO and founder of Dealers United, Pete Petersen kept the weekend energetic and entertaining as the motivational MC—getting kids amped with ice-breaking games, outdoor activities and random dance-offs. On Saturday morning’s breakfast, Pallegar hit them with an Albert Einstein scenario, “If you had one hour to save the world, how would you spend that hour?” To which, the Einstein answer remains, “I would spend 55 minutes defining the problem and then five minutes solving it.” He reiterated the importance of defining the problem first—looking at it from every angle to consider all its possibilities—instead of jumping to a conclusion. “That’s what this weekend is all about,” Pallegar says, before sending the kids off into their brainstorming workshops with their mentors for the day to dissect their challenge, prototype a plan and incubate a real, actionable solution to present on Sunday’s exciting pitch presentations. The highly-anticipated presentations and awards ceremony included a panel of judges, comprised of local community leaders, business executives and philanthropic influencers, including SRQ Media's very own CEO and President Lisl Liang, to determine the winning team—awarded with (humble) bragging rights and a monetary prize to donate to their designated nonprofit. 

“Through the weekend, we’ve built the next generation of business leaders, CEOs, philanthropists and changemakers,” says Pallegar. “It was an opportunity to inspire the next generation to take a meaningful look at our community—through the lense of our nonprofits, our mentors, our thought leaders and the aspirational careers they represent. We watched as these students collaborated and ideated to create imaginative and impenetrable solutions that can be implemented to make a real impact in the community.”

Stay tuned for next Tuesday’s Daily, as SRQ reveals the top two winning teams, their conclusive solutions and the amount of money raised for their chosen nonprofits. 

Photo courtesy of DreamLarge.

Learn more about DreamLarge Weekends

[ShopTalk]  Officially Fixxated
Brittany Mattie, brittany.mattie@srqme.com

One part sassy, two parts classy, this fresh women’s boutique raised its glass to a grand opening earlier this month, and is shaking up what it means to be a “boutique.” Bradenton native and owner of Fixxation, Kara Nelson, covers the lifestyle spectrum—focusing on all things style, wellness and interiors. Completely unassuming from the outside, the interior is a 10. From a cozy corner rocking a cowhide rug and rust colored velvet armchairs, to a vintage piano thrifted and painted forest green and adorned with Elle Leblanc earrings, Nelson built-out and designed the entire shop nuts to bolts herself. Funky light fixtures hang. Wildflowers tied to ropes hang. Beautiful silk dresses and comfy sweaters hang.

But Fixxation is not only provisioning fashion-forward brands and interior design inspo. Nelson plans to soon expand from retail, to offer daily yoga classes in a back studio, as well as various wellness activities throughout the week such as Monday Meditation + Mocktails, Wednesday Flower Markets and Friday "Happy Hours." Additionally, the front patio of the shop will soon procure tables and chairs, along with a cornhall set and juice truck for ladies to come hang, refresh and socialize after shopping or a vinyasa flow. 

Until all that coolness comes, Fixxation is still a great place to come score a babein fall outfit and natural beauty products. Snag a Rachel Pally sweater dress, slip on a pair of killer Caló x James silk tassel sandals and grab some oversized cat-eye sunglasses by For Arts Sake to complete a show-stopping look. Salt rock soaks and a radish root face creme by Nash + Jones, as well as mod wellness books like Clean + Dirty Drinking, Eat Pretty Every Day and Nature’s Remedies are among the wooden shelves. From high-end fringe denim by Habitual and a ribbed fabric swimsuit by Elle Jay to Golden Tumeric Tea Drops and an Underarm Detox Clay, this is a woman’s one-stop-shop dream come true.  

Pictured: Owner Kara Nelson mannequin dressing in her newly-opened space. Spot puppy Wayland the boutique chief (not for sale).

Fixxation Boutique, 1108 North Orange Ave., Sarasota, 941-467-3553, @fixxationbtq

[Architecture]  Lee Wetherington Homes Breaks Ground on New Headquarters in a Signature Sarasota Building

Lee Wetherington Homes has broken ground on Fruitville Road, Sarasota to build its new company headquarters. The company will construct the contemporary two-story building, using the practices and talent that have earned it Builder Magazine’s designation of “America’s Best Builder.” Gary Hoyt and Chris Gallagher of Hoyt Architects have designed the building. “We’ve worked successfully with Gary for years,” said Lee Wetherington, founder and president. Teamwork between the two multi-award-winning firms has resulted in the design of a contemporary, 15,000-square-foot building accented by large glass panels and featuring a two-story lobby. “The signature design makes an impressive statement,” says Gregg Carlson, CEO. “Our new home reflects our commitment to, and our confidence in, the expected growth of the Sarasota/Manatee area." A highlight of the interior décor will be a showcase of the company’s hundreds of honors for home-building and philanthropic activities, including more than 300 awards from Parade of Homes competitions over the years. The company has long been recognized for high quality and innovative design in the luxury home market, with over 4,000 homes to its credit.

For more information about Lee Wetherington Homes, visit LWHomes.com, call 941-922-3480 or email info@LWHomes.com

[Arts and Culture]  The Bradenton Area Celebrates National Arts and Humanities Month with Andy Warhol Events

In celebration of National Arts and Humanities Month–a coast-to-coast celebration of culture in America–the Bradenton Area Arts, Culture and Heritage Commission has planned many experiential events reinforcing the richness of the destination’s arts and culture scene. Of the events this month is providing a personal glimpse into the life of famed artist Andy Warhol, courtesy of his nephew. Andy Warhol - From Nowhere to New York and Warhol: Parallels and Dichotomies: welcomes Warhol's nephew Donald Warhola to present two programs about his famed uncle. The first is a 60-minute presentation titled, From Nowhere to New York speaking to Andy Warhol’s resiliency and the challenges he overcame to achieve success. It will be presented at 10:30 am for students only, offering free admission. The second, Warhol: Parallels and Dichotomies, will be a 90-minute adult program exploring the differences between Andy Warhol the artist and Andy Warhol the person at 3:30pm. 

Andy Warhol - From Nowhere to New York and Warhol: Parallels and Dichotomies is October 25 at the Manatee Performing Arts Center, 502 3rd Ave. West, Bradenton. Tickets are $15.  For more information surrounding events supporting National Arts and Humanities Month in the Bradenton Area, visit link below. 

Bradenton Area Arts & Culture

[Restaurants]  Oak & Stone To Open Fourth Location in Downtown Bradenton

Oak & Stone, a New American tavern franchise is opening its fourth location in downtown Bradenton, next to the Spring Hill Suites, and is looking workers to join its opening team of approximately 100 staff members. The Oak & Stone location is easily reachable from Sarasota and St. Petersburg. Prospective team members from those cities are encouraged to apply. A variety of positions will be filled including servers, bartenders, hosts/hostesses, runners, cooks and dishwashers. Prospective team members should be have a passion for hospitality, be committed to quality customer service and be comfortable working in a fast-paced environment. Some experience is required, depending on the position. 

Candidates can apply online at www.oakandstone.com or fill out an application on site at 102 12th St., West, Bradenton. Oak & Stone is slated to open in early November.  

[Travel]  SRQ Air Traffic Growth Continues With 51% Increase

Sarasota Bradenton International Airport (SRQ) passenger traffic set an all-time record for the month of September with 125,361 passengers traveling through the airport. Traffic for September 2019 was up 51% over September of 2018. Year-to-date passenger numbers are up 40% with 1,396,001 passengers using the airport so far this year. “We are excited to see our nineteenth straight month of passenger traffic growth at SRQ. With 11 new destinations starting service between now and the end of the year, we expect to continue this record-breaking growth over the next year,” said Rick Piccolo, President, CEO. SRQ Airport now has a total of 9 airlines providing nonstop service to 38 destinations. 

Sarasota Bradenton International Airport

[Healthcare]  Manatee Memorial Hospital Designated an Aetna Institute of Quality Bariatric Surgery Facility

Manatee Memorial Hospital has been designated an Aetna Institute of Quality® Bariatric Surgery Facility for treating individuals living with morbid, or extreme, obesity. Aetna recognizes hospitals and facilities in its network that offer specialized clinical services for certain health conditions. Facilities are selected for consistently delivering evidence-based, safe care. “We are honored to have received this designation from Aetna. We are proud of our Surgical Weight Loss team led by Stelios Rekkas, MD, Medical Director of our Bariatric Surgery, on their commitment of assisting individuals with their long-term weight loss goals.” said Kevin DiLallo, CEO of Manatee Memorial Hospital. “Many of these patients find relief from serious medical conditions after losing weight, including hypertension, diabetes, heart disease, sleep apnea and coronary artery disease.” 

Manatee Memorial Hospital's Surgical Weight Loss Program offers three weight loss surgical procedures including Gastric Sleeve, Adjustable Gastric Band and Gastric Bypass, as well as non surfical techniques called Obalon Balloon System. Using these in confunction with monthly informaitonal seminars, support groups, plus diet and exervice, patients are continually supported throughout their weight loss journey. 


For more information on Manatee Memorial Hospital, please visit here.

[SOON]  SCIENCE AND NATURE: The Orchid Show , October 12 – December 1, 10am-5pm

Blossoms of Asia combines a dazzling display of living orchids in the Tropical Conservatory with an elegant exhibition of orchid treasures from Selby Gardens’ bibliographic and preserved collections in the Museum of Botany and the Arts. The magnificent orchids in the Tropical Conservatory will include Asian specimens from Selby’s living plant collection. The display will reference traditional Japanese garden design and horticultural practices, including ikebana (the art of flower arrangement) and bonsai (the creation of miniaturized trees), in order to evoke a sense of Asia in the heart of Sarasota.

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, 900 S Palm Ave, Sarasota, FL 34236

[SOON]  FILM: The Education Foundation of Sarasota County Presents Screenagers Next Chapter , October 15, 6pm-8pm

The Education Foundation of Sarasota County Presents Screenagers Next Chapter, a free community documentary and discussion. High stress, anxiety and depression are experienced by millions of young people. Screenagers follows Physician and filmaker, Delaney Ruston, as she discovers solutions for improved adolescent well-being in the digital age.

North Port High School Performing Arts Center, 6400 W Price Blvd

[SOON]  SEMINAR: 24th Annual "Share The Light" Luncheon , October 17, 1130am-130pm

Join Second Chance Last Opportunity, the crisis intervention and life-skills training organization, as they honor Arlene Sweeting, the co-founder of WSLR 96.5 Community Radio and the Fogartyville Community Media and Arts Center, and Duhane Lindo, a reporter for the WWSB ABC7 News Team in Sarasota. The 24th Annual “Share The Light” Luncheon event will recognize the many contributions of these individuals. “We want all our clients to cultivate and reach their full potential,” says CEO and founder of Second Chance, April Glasco. “Sweeting and Lindo are outstanding examples of commitment and achievement.” Tickets for the luncheon are $65 and can be purchased online or by calling 941-360-8660. Sponsorship opportunities are also available.

Michael's on East, 1212 S East Avenue, Sarasota, FL

[SOON]  SCIENCE AND NATURE: Fish, Fun & Fright , October 18, 5:30pm-8pm

Buoys and ghouls of all ages are invited to dress up in costume for a Night of Fish, Fun & Fright to enjoy spooky activities throughout Mote Aquarium. Unearth shark teeth in “Coffin Creek" and feast on deep sea delights in the “Diner of the Dead." Don’t miss Mote’s signature underwater pumpkin carving in spooktacular shark habitats. Pricing, additional information, and a link to purchase your tickets will be posted closer to the event on Mote's Fish, Fun & Fright website page.

Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium, 1600 Ken Thompson Pkwy, Sarasota, FL 34236

[SOON]  SPORTS: NEW! Race Moved to Sunday, October 20—First Watch Sarasota Half Marathon, Relay, 10K & 5K , October 20, 6:30 a.m.

UPDATE: The 14th Annual First Watch Sarasota Half Marathon, Relay, 10K & 5K, a signature event produced by Life Time, the premier healthy lifestyle brand, will be moving to Sunday, October 20, 2019 due to inclement weather. The Half Marathon, Relay and 10K showcase the beautiful Sarasota area. All participants will start and finish at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall and embark along a captivating waterfront route, including the John Ringling Bridge and around St. Armand's Circle before heading to downtown Sarasota.

Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 N Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34236

[SOON]  HEALTH: Doctors Hospital Caregiver Support Group , October 21, 10am-11:30am

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 34233

[SOON]  HEALTH: Veterans' Caregivers Free Lunch and Learn Support Group , October 21, 12:15pm-1:45pm

Welcoming all Veterans' Caregivers and Veterans caring for a loved one to a free lunch and monthly Caregivers Support Group every third Monday of the month. This group focuses on the Caregiver, and not the patient. Julie Cook Downing, Facilitator and President of Caregivers' Comfort Creations, LLC, has over two decades of experience with both support groups and Family Caregiving.

Mindspa Integrative Wellness Center, 5632 Bee Ridge Rd #101, Sarasota, FL 34233

[SOON]  HEALTH: Out of the Blue NAMI , October 24, 6-830pm

The second annual Out of the Blue benefits National Alliance on Mental Illness Sarasota County. NAMI works to support families in Sarasota County who have a loved one living with mental illness; advocate at the county, state, and national levels for non-discriminatory access to quality healthcare, housing, education, and employment for people with mental illness; educate the public about mental illness; and work to eliminate the stigma of mental illness.

Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium, 1600 Ken Thompson Pkwy, Sarasota, FL 34236

[SOON]  SEMINAR: International Author & Wildlife Activist Boyd Varty Kicks-Off Book Tour , October 24, 10:30am

Somewhere deep inside, you know what your gift, purpose, and mission are. Boyd Varty, a lion tracker, life coach, and gifted storyteller reveals how ancient wisdom can teach you how to recognize the essential ingredients that create a meaningful life. Boyd will kick off the press tour of his NEW book, The Lion Tracker’s Guide to Life, with an intimate talk at Ringling College Morganroth Auditorium in partnership with Ringling College Library Association. Celebrating the release of his new book, each guest will receive a signed copy.  Watch Boyd Varty's Ted Talk here. 

Ringling College, Morganroth Auditorium, 2700 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota

[SOON]  FILM: Gauguin in Tahiti, Paradise Lost , October 24, 1pm

Gauguin in Tahiti: Paradise Lost traces the legendary life story of Paul Gauguin who left France for Tahiti, feverishly in search of deep immersions into lush nature, for feelings, visions and colors, ever purer and brighter. Audiences join this journey from Tahiti to American museums including New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Art Institute of Chicago, National Gallery of Art in DC, and Boston's Museum of Fine Arts where Gauguin’s greatest masterpieces are now preserved.

Historic Asolo Theatre, 5401 Bay Shore Road

[SOON]  DANCE: Graziano, Retrospective , October 25 – October 27, 7:30pm evening performances and 2pm matinees

The Sarasota Ballet’s first program of the Season, titled Graziano, Retrospective, serves as a tribute to Principal Dancer and Resident Choreographer Ricardo Graziano’s tenth year with the company by featuring three of his choreographic works. Opening the program, Shostakovich Suite is his most traditionally classical ballet; premiered in 2011 and set to movements from Dmitri Shostakovich’s “Suite for Jazz Orchestra No. 2” and “Ballet Suite No. 2”, Shostakovich Suite is an eight-scene ballet demonstrating the aptitude of the company dancers whom Graziano has grown to know so well over the past decade. Graziano’s 2015 work, En las Calles de Murcia, not seen since its world premiere, returns to the stage; the choreography was inspired by the city of Murcia in southeastern Spain as well as the music of early eighteenth-century guitarist and composer Santiago de Murcia, bringing a distinctive vibrancy to the dance. The program closes with Graziano’s critically lauded In a State of Weightlessness; since its August 2015 world premiere at the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival in Becket, MA, the production, set to Philip Glass’s “Tirol Concerto for Piano and Orchestra”, explores concepts of lightness in motion while generating its own ethereal sort of emotional gravity. 

FSU Center for the Performing Arts, 5555 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota

[SOON]  FILM: National Theatre Live A Midsummer Night's Dream , October 25, 1pm and 6:30pm

A feuding fairy King and Queen of the forest cross paths with four runaway lovers and a troupe of actors trying to rehearse a play. As their dispute grows, the magical royal couple meddle with mortal lives leading to love triangles, mistaken identities and transformations… with hilarious, but dark consequences. Shakespeare’s most famous romantic comedy will be captured live from the Bridge Theatre in London. Gwendoline Christie (Game of Thrones), Oliver Chris (Green Wing, NT Live: Young Marx), David Moorst (NT Live: Allelujah!) and Hammed Animashaun (The Barber Shop Chronicles) lead the cast as Titania, Oberon, Puck and Bottom. Directed by Nicholas Hytner, this production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream will build on the success of his immersive staging of Julius Caesar (NT Live 2018). The Bridge Theatre will become a forest – a dream world of flying fairies, contagious fogs and moonlight revels, surrounded by a roving audience following the action on foot.

Historic Asolo Theatre, 5401 Bay Shore Road

[SOON]  BUSINESS: Strategies for Success Leadership Educational Conference , October 25, 12:30-5pm

Join Leadership Sarasota for a half-day Leadership Educational Conference. Speakers will present their ideas on the best way to engage employees including Larry Face of Next Level Achievement, Jim Kuhlman, formerly of CenterState Bank and Pete Peterson of Dealers United. Admission: $29 for Leadership Alumni and $79 for Future Alumni. Networking, lite bites and drinks.

Gold Coast Eagle Distributing, 7051 Wireless Ct., Sarasota

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: 22nd Annual Cortez Nautical Flea Market , October 26, 8am to 1pm

The Florida Maritime Museum (FMM) is hosting its 22nd Annual Cortez Nautical Flea Market on Saturday, October 26, 2019 from 8am to 1pm. If you love boats, swoon at the sight of an anchor, taste the salt of the sea in your dreams then this event is for you. Searching for deals amongst the piles of new, used and eclectic maritime treasures has never been so much fun. Examples of vendors are used and new fishing supplies, power boat equipment, diving gear and sailing gear. Items will be available for sale and trade so bring your whole family and enjoy some live music by Treble Hook while mingling with other “salty dogs”. Live music will take place from 10am to 1pm. If you’re interested in being a vendor, there is a $25 fee (until October 12)* and space is very limited. Dig out or dust off all that old boat stuff and bring it on down, but make sure to reserve early.

The Florida Maritime Museum (FMM), 4415 119th Street West, Cortez, FL 34215

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Big Cat Habitat's Kid-Friendly Wild-O-Ween , October 26 – October 27, Noon to 4pm

Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary is hosting a kid friendly Wild-O-Ween Halloween weekend Oct. 26 and 27, including contests, wild animal encounter shows, face painting and trick-or-treating throughout the Habitat. The events will be held during normal daily admission times, 12 to 4 p.m., for the regular admission prices of $18 for adults and $8 for children. Special events include costume and mummy wrapping contests, rubber duckies, pony rides and wild animal encounter shows. Children also can participate in pumpkin bowling and watch the big cats and bears go wild over their fall enrichment treats. Refreshments are available and parking is free. The arena schedule includes a 1 pm reptile review show, 1:30 pm mummy-wrapping contest, 2 pm wild animal encounters show and 3 pm kids costume contest.

Big Cat Habitat, 7101 Palmer Blvd., Sarasota

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