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"We are closer to you than Kabul and Syria. We are your neighbors."

- Diego Arria, former Venezuelan Ambassador

-GOLFTOON 1: YES I PLAY GOLF. As any golfer knows, one of the minor downsides to the game is the infamous golfer's tan. Snowman torso with dark appendages of legs and arms sticking out, only to be tipped with white feet and ankles. But instead of fighting it, take pride in and think of the good times you had in acquiring it.
[International]  Arria Wants Florida Aware of Nearby Threat in Venezuela
Jacob Ogles, jacob.ogles@srqme.com

As American politics debates how to handle border control and refugee crises, Diego Arria wonders why there isn’t more focus on Venezuela. A former ambassador for the country who became internationally known for criticizing the government of the late Hugo Chåvez, he said Floridians in particular should pay close heed to what’s happening in that nation today.

“When I see an administration so concerned about a border problem, this a much more serious border issue than Mexico and Central America,” Arria explains. “The border problem with Venezuela is narcos and terrorism. That’s not present on the other borders of the United States.”

Meanwhile, the coastal city of Caracas is less than 1,400 miles from Miami.

While Arria offers some criticism of U.S. priorities, he does stress than President Donald Trump has taken the Venezuelan crisis more seriously than predecessors. Trump this year led Western nations in refusing to work with Maduro and instead recognizing Venezuelan opposition president Juan Guerrero as interim president of the nation until new elections can be held.

“The only American president who has really taken the threat serious, imposing sanctions, is President Trump,” Arria said. 

He feels past presidents recognized Chavez as a buffoon, but not as a serious danger. But as the problems under Maduro worsen, the U.S. has taken notice.

Aria sees new efforts to undermine Colombia representing a further threat in the Western world, and he also sees efforts by Russia and China to develop greater influence by support of Venezuela. These are problems that could impact Americans in day-to-day life.

“We are not a theoretical danger,” Arria said of Venezuela. “We are a real threat to America, especially if you think of Florida being so close. We are closer to you than Kabul and Syria. We are your neighbors.” 

Arria will discuss the ongoing problems in Venezuela, now under control of Nicolås Maduro, at a lecture sponsored by the Sarasota World Affairs Council. The event will be held at the Mildred Sainer Auditor at New College on Oct. 23 at 6:30 p.m. Those interested in the free event can RSVP to 941-487-4603 or info@sarasotawac.org. 

[Festival]  Sarasota Film Festival Joins Slime Blowout

Slime Blowout is a slime convention happening for the first time in Sarasota this weekend on October 19, 2019 from 10 am to 5pm. This unique family event was inspired by an Internet phenomenon that combines art, science and stress-reduction. The convention was created with the involvement of a number of local students who wanted to see such a special event on the Gulf Coast of Florida. The Slime Blowout features a slime-making station sponsored by Elmer's Glue, so anyone attending can make slime. There are also 40+ slime vendors, an ASMR film festival, VIP slime classes, and some of the most popular slimers in the world in attendance, including peachybbies and glitter.slimes, who have over 5 million followers on social media. Other VIPs include slimekiingg, pianoslimeshoppe, satisfactorystore, cornwithslime, theslimebasin, fudgeslimes.

The ASMR (autonomous sensory meridian response) festival that takes place during the Slime Blowout, is one of the first of its kind in the world, and is dedicated to sound-driven videos. ASMR (autonomous sensory meridian response) is a relaxing, often sedative sensation that is triggered by certain sounds. ASMR videos are one of the biggest YouTube and Instagram trends of the past couple of years, with millions of videos being uploaded. On its own, a top ASMR video can garner over 16 million views.  

For more info.

[Visual Arts]  RCAD Celebrates Tenth Annual Student Show at Madeby Gallery

Join Ringling College of Art and Design for their Tenth Annual Student Show at  the Opening Reception tomorrow night, October 18, 4-7pm. Held in the Madeby Gallery, located in the  Glen Fine Arts building, this juried show will showcase all the innovative and creative artwork done by RCAD students. The show gives students the opportunity to experience the procedures for submission of their artwork, the jury process, preparing their artwork to be gallery ready, exhibiting their artwork and attending the Opening Night event. All guests have the opportunity of purchasing original works, graphic designs and fine crafts by the students.  Tomorrow's event will also be a chance to visit the other seven campus galleries that will be open from 5-8pm for the 'Campus Art Walk.'

Photo courtresy of RCAD. MADEBY Gallery, 2700 North Tamiami Trl., Sarasota, 941-822-0442madebygallery.com 

[Staffing]  All Faiths Food Bank Names New Chief Financial Officer

All Faiths Food Bank promoted Michael Ziebell, MBA to Chief Financial Officer whose responsibilities now include those of HT, IT, finance and administration. Ziebell joined the food bank in 2018 with 35 years of experience in the food business, including more than 15 years as the CFO of food distribution industries. Ziebell is a Certified Public Accountant and has also earned the Certified Risk Manager (CRM) designation from The National Alliance for Insurance Education & Research. 

For more on All Faiths Food Bank

[Community]  More than 3,000 Participants Expected for 14th Annual First Watch Sarasota Half Marathon

More than 3,000 runners and walkers are expected to turn out for the 14th Annual First Watch Sarasota Half Marathon, Relay, 10K and newly added 5K, October 19-20.  The addition of the 5K on Saturday creates Sarasota’s first-ever weekend race festival, which also includes a new fundraising partnership with Girls on the Run Greater Tampa Bay to support and grow its Sarasota and Manatee County after-school fitness and life-skills training programs. The new 5K course will start/finish at Five Points Park across the street from First Watch and Fit2Run in downtown Sarasota. The 5K is open to runners, walkers and push-rim wheelchairs. Strollers will also be allowed, starting at the back of the starting line corral.  

Course Map Link

[Staffing]  Stock Signature Homes Hires New Sales Associate for the Lake Club and Country Club East

Stock Signature Homes, the luxury homebuilding division of Stock Development, has hired a new sales associate Victoria White for The Lake Club and Country Club East. In her new role, White will assist buyers with the process of finding the ideal floorplan and homesite while delivering an enjoyable customer service experience. White brings more than three years of experience in Florida real estate with her most recent work being new home sales in Sarasota. The addition of White is an extension of the growth Stock Signature Homes is experiencing in the Sarasota market with more than 30 model homes and inventory homes available in the region. 

[Business]  The City of Sarasota Purchasing Division Hosts a 'Reverse Trade Show'

The City of Sarasota Purchasing Division will host a ‘reverse trade show’ where local businesses will have the opportunity to meet one-on-one with government procurement professionals from multiple agencies and learn about the possibilities of doing business with those agencies.  Hosted in conjunction with the Sarasota Bay Area Chapter of the National Institute of Government Purchasing, representatives from many local agencies will offer insight into government purchasing including the City of Sarasota, City of North Port, Manatee County, Sarasota County, Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport, Sarasota Schools, and Town of Longboat Key. Four in-depth presentations also will be given to help demystify procurement and provide insight and guidance into the bid process. Vendors interested in attending can register in advance at www.SarasotaBayNIGP.org. Last year, over 90 vendors from local businesses attended the reverse trade show which the City also hosted.

The free event will be held Wednesday, October 23 from 8 am - 1 pm, at the Sarasota Municipal Auditorium, 801 North Tamiami Trl. For more information contact David Boswell, Purchasing General Manager:  941-363-6448

[Education]  Manatee School District Tops 50,000 Students

The School District of Manatee County learned late last week that it is now home to more than 50,000 students. The information pertaining to the district breaking the 50,000 student barrier was confirmed by the Florida Department of Education based on the October student count conducted each year. The results released showed the School District of Manatee County with a count of 50,052 students. The count includes students in traditional and charter schools as well as alternative education programs such as Just for Girls. The student oopulation growth from 2009 to 2019 is 7,130. Already this year, the school district has grown by almost 1,000 students since school started.

“This a major milestone for our school district and our community,” said Superintendent Cynthia Saunders. “It is a very real reflection of the wonderful community in which we live, that so many people desire to live and work here. Our full focus is on making sure our schools and district not only add to the quality of life in Manatee County, but enhance it.” 

[Architecture]  GATES Construction Builds Luxury Condominiums

GATES Construction is building the condominiums complex known as 332 Cocoanut, located in the revitalized Rosemary District near downtown Sarasota. The new 5-story 88,000 SF mixed-use condominium will feature 18 two-bedroom units and 18 one-bedroom plus den units to accommodate 36 residences. Residential amenities will include electronic key fob entry, elevator access, secured storage and covered parking, and a raised pool deck with neighborhood and city views. The first floor will accommodate both tenants and community members with 9,000 SF of innovative office and workspaces and 800 SF of retail space.  Because of its ideal location and amenities, the Sarasota Film Festival will be moving their headquarters here. Construction is progressing on schedule with completion slated for 2020. Architectural design services provided by DSDG Architects. 

[Healthcare]  SMH Offers a Firsthand Look at da Vinci Surgical System

More than 65 community members and physicians attended Sarasota Memorial’s interactive presentation in Venice yesterday to learn more about robotic surgery and prostate cancer. “Risk Factors & Robotics” was hosted by Robert Carey, MD, an SMH urologic surgeon and pioneer for radical robotic prostatectomy. “I’ve performed more than 4,000 surgeries using the da Vinci surgical system at Sarasota Memorial,” Carey said during the event. “Many patients are skeptical when they hear that a robot will be assisting with their surgery. Today, they have the opportunity to experience the extraordinary capabilities of this machine – da Vinci is one of the most reliable surgical robots to exist in 2019.”

Event attendees were invited to sit in the surgeon’s chair and test their skills. The da Vinci is unique in its ability to provide doctors with 3-dimensional views and flexibility with surgical tools while making only pencil eraser-sized incisions, much small than those of traditional surgeries. These advantages allow patients to enjoy faster recovery and better treatment outcomes. According to the American Cancer Society, nearly 100% of localized and regional prostate cancer cases now have a five-year survival rate.

For prostate health resources and physician referrals, please call SMH’s HealthLine at 941-917-7777. 

[RocketKids]  NEXT WEEK: RocketKids Modern Education Symposium | October 23, 2019

Join SRQ MEDIA on October 23, 2019 from 5:30-7pm to explore the options at local private and charter schools in Sarasota and Manatee Counties. Hear from representatives from: The Out-Of-Door Academy, NewGate School, St. Martha Catholic School, Sarasota Christian School, The Pinnacle Academy and the Island Village Montessori School.

Free admission. Light bites and refreshments. RSVP online at SRQMAG.COM/MOED


[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]  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]  GALLERY: Artists Minding Their Business , October 18 – December 6

How do you go from creative spark to creative business? An interactive multimedia exhibition and event series, Artists Minding Their Business takes us on the evolution from making art to making a living. Ringling’s Business of Art & Design Department and founder of Culture Hustlers, Lucas Spivey (BFA/MBA) have curated the Willis Smith Gallery into a visual showcase of the entrepreneurial journey. Inside interactive installations, visiting founders and creative entrepreneurs swap inspiring stories and provide visitors with practical advice. Opening Reception, Friday, October 18, 6-8pm.

Willis Smith Construction Inc. Gallery in the Larry R. Thompson Academic Center, 2700 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota

[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]  SEMINAR: Modern Education Symposium , October 23, 5pm-7pm

Join SRQ Magazine and its family magazine RocketKids for an evening with representatives from local private and charter schools in Sarasota and Manatee Counties in a panel discussion about how each school prepares their students for success.  With the future workforce continuing to evolve rapidly, we ask local schools how they are creating programs that will prepare our students. We will also discuss the increasing importance of teaching social emotional literacy (SEL) and the role of schools in engaging with students in fostering these skills. Schools include: The Out-of-Door Academy, NewGate School, Sarasota Christian School, Island Village Montessori School, St. Martha's Catholic School and The Pinnacle Academy. Free admission. Lightbites, beer and wine will be served. RSVP at srqmag.com/moed.

SRQ Studios, 331 S. Pineapple Avenue, Sarasota

[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]  FESTIVAL: Safari Sarasota , October 24 – October 26, Different festival event dates and times.

Safari Sarasota is a three-day, five event experience, produced by Michael's On East in partnership with the All Heart Fund of South Africa's Good Work Foundation. Safari Sarasota is the only event experience in the United States that brings together internationally-recognized guests from South Africa's Good Work Foundation and its founding patron, the Londolozi Reserve. There will be five sensational opportunities to experience the flavors of South Africa through food and wine, including an Interactive Cooking Experience led by Chef Anna Ridgewell from Londolozi Game Reserve and Chef Jamil Pineda of Michael's On East.  

Michael's On East, 1212 East Avenue S. Sarasota

[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]  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

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