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"Going into 2020, I think this is what really makes a difference. The President is at work and focused on results."

- Sarasota County Commissioner Christian Ziegler on a trip to the White House with local representatives.

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[Government]  Sarasota, Manatee Officials Visit With the White House
Jacob Ogles, jacob.ogles@srqme.com

Elected officials from Sarasota and Manatee County visited with officials in the White House last week. It was part of an effort by President Donald Trump’s administration to better connect the local and federal government.

“The biggest thing is just developing relationships and partnerships between the White House and local communities,” said Sarasota County Commissioner Christian Ziegler. Speaking to officials in the administration about funding for wastewater improvements and for River Road were top priorities for Ziegler on the trip.

Similarly, Manatee County Commissioner Vanessa Baugh said she found a welcome voice to discuss water issues in Florida. “There is good strong support from the White House on water quality, i. e. red tide, blue green algae, etc.,” she said. “The President is very concerned about this.  Also, there was discussion about septic to sewer grants and how this might be helpful as well.”

Baugh, chairman of the Manatee County Port Authority, discussed Port Manatee in Palmetto and the need for infrastructure improvements, something that will tie in to international commerce.

About 200 local government officials from Florida, Georgia and Alabama attended the event last week, including Sarasota commissioners Ziegler, Nancy Detert and Charles Hines and Manatee commissioners Baugh, Betsy Benac and Misty Servia. While all the local officials were Republicans, Ziegler said it was a bipartisan event focused on government, not politics.

But he said the nuts and bolts work of government would be important for both local officials and Trump.  “Going into 2020, I think this is what really makes a difference,” said Ziegler, also vice chair of the Republican Party of Florida. “The president is at work and focused on results.” 

Photo courtesy Christian Ziegler: Sarasota County Commissioner Christian Ziegler speaks in front of White House.

[Forty Carrots]  Forty Carrots Family Center's 17th Annual Morning Speaker Event

On September 26th, more than 100 therapists, educators and child-care professionals came out for Forty Carrots Family Center’s 17th Annual morning Speaker Event, held at the Community Foundation of Sarasota County.  The speaker was renowned child psychologist Dr. Ross W. Greene, who spoke later that same day to an audience of parents and caregivers at the Riverview High School Performing Arts Center.

The workshop was underwritten by John’s Hopkins All Children’s Hospital so that professionals could attend and earn CEU’s at no charge to them.  The morning was a three-hour symposium on Greene’s Collaborative & Proactive Solutions (CPS) method which, Ross said, “engages the child as a problem-solving partner, involving them in solving problems that are going to affect their whole life.” Response to the presentation was overwhelmingly positive. 

Guests, such as Kathryn Shea, President and CEO of The Florida Center, noted that “Dr. Greene is so progressive in his thinking, especially when he reminds us that focusing only on the behavior does not solve the problem behind the behavior. Problems that we used to see developing in middle school and high school, we are now seeing in kindergarten and first grade.”

Vidisha Patel, a licensed mental health counselor who today works at New College, called the presentation “fabulous,” adding, “These principles are at the heart of what I have always tried to apply, both with my own children and with my patients.” 

Kellie Carroll, who teaches cosmetology at SCTI, noted that “Every child comes to school with problems,” adding that, “It’s all about how we, as teachers, deal with those problems.” She added that she would love to see Greene’s method become a part of new educator training in our community.

Forty Carrots Family Center strengthens families by helping them find collaborative solutions to their problems through our Parenting Education, Mental Health, and Preschool Programs. 

Shown left to right: Dr. Kristin Hoffman, Michelle Kapreilian, Dr. Ross Greene

Forty Carrots Family Center

[Philanthropy]  Enzymedica Raises More then $15,000 for SPARCC

Propelled by their company-wide People and Planet vision, Enzymedica was delighted to be the Presenting Sponsor at the recent Safe Place and Rape Crisis Center’s (SPARCC’s) Amazing Raise followed by the Raise Roof Party. The $12,000 sponsorship however was just the start. Enzymedica launched an internal, grassroots fundraising effort. Employees had the opportunity to purchase raffle tickets for gift cards, paid time off days, and one employee donated their vacation home for a free vacation. This generated another $3,370 through their team that also took part in the unique and fun-filled event. SPARCC’s Amazing Raise consists of teams from supporting organizations taking to the streets of Sarasota to conquer tasks through a sort of treasure map, earning points towards the grand prize. Winners include the team that raises the most ahead of the event and the team that wins the race. 

About Enzymedica.

[Awards]  Top Sarasota Dermatologist Named 2019 Surgeon of the Year

During the 38th Annual Meeting of the Florida Society of Dermatologic Surgeons (FSDS), held at The Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes, Dr. J Morgan O’Donoghue of O’Donoghue Dermatology was named 2019 Surgeon of the Year by the FSDS. This award recognizes his outstanding surgical skills, commitment to the wellbeing of his patients, and leadership within the Society that he presided over in 2016. Dr. O’Donoghue is Section Chief of Dermatology at the Sarasota Memorial Hospital Internal Medicine Residency Program. He’s had numerous scientific articles published in national peer-reviewed dermatology journals, and he regularly delivers presentations and lectures on the latest treatments for medical and cosmetic dermatological conditions. He is currently working on a book about skin cancer prevention. His many accolades include "Best Dermatologist in Sarasota", "America's Top Dermatologist", "Most Compassionate Doctor Award", "Patients' Choice Award", and he has been recognized by the Consumers' Research Council of America as one of "America's Top Physicians" every year since 2003. 

Photo courtesy of O’Donoghue Dermatology

[Contest]  Howl'ween Pet Costume Contest and Parade at Bradenton Farmers' Market

The Bradenton Farmers’ Market is hosting Howl’ween, an annual pet costume contest and parade on Old Main Street, Saturday, Oct. 26, 2019. Dress your pet in their best Halloween costume and participate in a fun-filled parade in Downtown Bradenton. The creative costumes that are worn by the dogs—and owners—always bring smiles to market-goers’ faces. This year, Howl’ween is a fundraising event by the Friends of Manatee County Animal Services (FoMCAS) in support of Animal Network’s Shelter Manatee Capital Campaign to raise $2 million to construct a new animal shelter.  

About the event.

[Career]  State of Jobs Conference Goes Big at Bayside Engaging Hundreds of Students

This year’s State of Jobs Conference presented by CareerSource Suncoast welcomed over 800 students to Bayside Community Church to inspire the next generation workforce. Students represented nearly 20 schools from four counties including Manatee, Sarasota, Desoto, and Hardee Counties. More than 100 business and community leaders flooded the campus running industry-specific keynotes, hosting leadership round table discussions, providing hands-on demonstrations, and volunteering. This year’s conference specifically provided students an opportunity to learn in high-demand industries including healthcare, engineering, manufacturing, information technology, arts/design, and business.

Students were welcomed by communications expert, Steve Shenbaum, president of game on Nation, a nationally recognized communications firm. Shenbaum focused the opening keynote on the power of connection and the importance of being present in the moment. Shenbaum closed the day with an inspiring message of cutting through the sparkle and fakeness of life and allow student’s authenticity to be their defining differentiator in the marketplace. 

About State of Jobs.

[Staffing]  The Founders Club Hires New Sales Executive

The Founders Club, Sarasota’s premier gated golf club community, has named Melissa Dovey to the position of sales executive. A seasoned sales professional with more than 15 years of experience in new home construction, as well as general and commercial real estate, Dovey focuses on helping buyers prioritize their wants and needs to help them find the home and homesite that best matches their lifestyle and interests. With a varied background in customer-service related industries, including prior work with some of Florida’s largest homebuilders, Dovey is adept at keenly understanding client interests and providing clarity on choices. This rings most true with Dovey’s recent sale of a new homesite in The Founders Club. 

About The Founders Club

[Residential]  The Lake Club at Lakewood Ranch Announces Tour of Homes

Lakewood Ranch’s prestigious community, The Lake Club, invites prospective homeowners to experience the high-end amenities and masterfully designed residences during the annual Tour of Homes from October 18 to November 17. The month-long showcase will feature 16 models within four of The Lake Club’s distinctive enclaves. Each weekend will feature newly created signature events and activities for all interests from noon – 4 pm, on both Saturday and Sunday.

On Saturday, October 19 and Sunday, October 20, attendees will come meet renowned interior design experts during the Tour of Homes’ Meet the Designers event in The Lake Club. Guests will have the opportunity to gain exclusive insights on interior décor trends directly from the sources. Attendees will also gain a distinct designer perspective on the models, crafted by The Lake Club’s preferred builders: Anchor Builders, Arthur Rutenberg Homes, John Cannon Homes, Lee Wetherington Homes, and Stock Signature Homes.

On Saturday, October 26 and Sunday, October 27, the Wine and Cheese Tasting will entice a variety of palettes with delectable pairings to try in several stately models. The excitement will continue on Saturday, November 2 and Sunday, November 3 when guests will have an opportunity to indulge in the Chocolate Lovers event, featuring decadent desserts for all to enjoy. Following, the Taste of Italy event on Saturday, November 9 and Sunday, November 10 will take guests’ taste buds on a journey with flavorful Italian cuisine. Finally, the Tour of Homes will close on Saturday, November 16 and Sunday, November 17, providing one last opportunity for guests to explore the private communities and furnished models. 

For more information, visit The Lake Club here.

[Competition]  Voting Now Open for the 2020 Best of SRQ Local Readers Competition

Voting opens today for the 2020 Best of SRQ Local Readers Competition. We ask our astute readers to vote for their favoriet local eats, shopping, arts and culture, attractions, professional servcies and hotspots culminating in the buzzworthty special "Best of SRQ Local" awards feature published in the April 2020 edition. We invite you to submit your ballot online at SRQMAG.COM/BESTOF. Voting closes on February 7, 2020. 

Submit your ballot.

[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]  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]  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]  THEATER: Antigone by Sophocles , October 30 – November 17, 7:30pm/8pm

The FSU/Asolo Conservatory begins a new season with the classic Greek drama, Antigone, by Sophocles. Director of the Conservatory and the show, Greg Leaming, will put a modern spin on this ancient tale of right versus wrong. In the aftermath of a bloody war, Thebes celebrates victory while Antigone mourns the loss of both her brothers in battle. When King Creon refuses one of the two brothers all rites of burial, the young girl is left facing an awful choice. One of the great classics of Greek drama that speaks as powerfully today as it did when first performed - when faced with the conflict between law and personal morality, what is the right choice?

Cook Theatre, 5555 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Casa Patas Flamenco: Raiz de 4 , November 6 – November 7, 7:30pm

Curated by the Casa Patas Flamenco Foundation, Raíz de 4 honors the art of Flamenco by delving into its most primitive roots, evoking the convergence of cultures and the folklore of Spain. The purest styles of flamenco, some of which are: romances (ballads), martinetes, fandangos and soleares are brought into the forefront in a performance made up of a cast of distinguished dance and musical artists. Song (cante), dance (baile), guitar (guitarra), and percussion (percusión) seamlessly convey a genuine love for this art form and take the audience on an intensely authentic and unswerving journey of sensations, and emotions.

Historic Asolo Theater, 5401 Bay Shore Rd, Sarasota, FL 34243

[SOON]  SEMINAR: Modern Home Symposium , November 13, 5:30-7pm

Join SRQ MEDIA and Modern Home Magazine for the annual Modern Home Symposium featuring panelists who represent the top modern architecture and design gurus from the region to share their most memorable structures. Taking the audience into the design process, each panelist shares their source of inspiration in creating some of the area’s most significant spaces. Panelists include Nathan Cross of NWC Contruction, Steve Murray of Murray Homes, Jonathan Parks of Solstice Planning and Architecture and Mark Sultana of DSDG Architects. Registration opens at 5pm. The program is from 5:30-7pm. Light bites, wine and beer. RSVP to srqmag.com/moho.

SRQ Studios, 331 S. Pineapple Avenue, Sarasota

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Gonzalo Rubalcaba , November 15 – November 16, 7:30pm

Pianist and composer Gonzalo Rubalcaba was already a young phenom with a budding career in his native Cuba when he was discovered by Dizzy Gillespie in 1985. Since, Piano & Keyboard Magazine selected him in 1999 as one of the great pianists of the 20th century, alongside figures such as Glenn Gould, Martha Argerich and Bill Evans; he has won two Grammys and two Latin Grammys, and established himself as a creative force in the jazz world.

Historic Asolo Theater, 5401 Bay Shore Rd, Sarasota, FL 34243

[SOON]  FESTIVAL: Siesta Key Crystal Classic International Sand Sculpting Festival , November 15 – November 18, 10am-5pm

The Siesta Key Crystal Classic is a visual and cultural arts festival held on Siesta Beach every November. In just 24 sculpting hours, the master sculptors create sand masterpieces, some over ten feet tall, and transform the always beautiful Siesta Beach into an outdoor art gallery. And it’s more than just sand, the festival also features live music daily along with a large village of shopping and food and drink vendors. Other activities include the popular three day “Quick Sand” competition, sand sculpting lessons and an amateur competition. Hours are extended on Saturday & Sunday until 9 pm with colored lights on all the sculptures and live music!

Siesta Key Beach, 948 Beach Rd, Sarasota, FL 34242

[SOON]  GALA: Champions for Children Gala , November 23, 6pm-10pm

Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota County is thrilled to announce the Champions for Children Gala will be held at the Lee Wetherington Boys & Girls Club on November 23, 2019. This year, we will honor Tom and Debbie Shapiro. Join us for an enchanting evening with silent and live auctions, a gourmet dinner prepared by Chef Paul Mattison and dancing. All proceeds will support our valuable programs designed to enhance more than 9,000 Club members' academic success, healthy lifestyles, and character and leadership development.

Lee Wetherington Boys & Girls Club, 3100 Fruitville Road, Sarasota, FL 34237

[SOON]  FILM: Gazebo Starlight Cinema Series , December 6

Join the Gazebo Starlight Cinema series with this month’s movie: Home Alone. With a screen stretched around the Gazebo pillars and family flicks back-projected from within, what better place than the facing grassy knoll to relax in a beach chair or curl up on a blanket? Bring the whole family to kick off your weekend while enjoying the park! Support local Venice Avenue businesses by bringing snacks, dinner, ice cream (or gelato!) to enjoy during the movie.

Downtown Venice Centennial Park, 200 West Venice Ave.

[SOON]  FESTIVAL: Atomic Holiday Bazaar , December 14 – December 15, Noon to 5pm

Atomic Holiday Bazaar, Season 14, returns to the Sarasota Municipal Auditorium. Atomic launched in 2006 showcasing 50 unconventional crafters who needed an affordable and welcoming venue to sell their unusual handmade wares. By producing an alternative craft show for Sarasota’s hip shoppers, Atomic quickly grew into an annual Sarasota holiday shopping tradition. 

The show proved such a success it expanded to a full weekend in 2007 and in 2008 Atomic grew from the main auditorium to the Bay Front room to accommodate the ever growing number of talented applicants and dedicated shoppers. In 2015, Atomic expanded again opening up its first street fair and jumping on the trend of including a handful of delicious local Sarasota food trucks. This season the show introduces a number of new makers who have had the opportunity to be a part of the show due to a number of Atomic Misfit Makers retiring from the craft making scene.

Atomic features a wide range of items for all: screen printed t-shirts, faux taxidermy, upcycled everything ranging from home decor, clothing, jewelry, (for example, think of “upcycled” as copper pipe that has been refitted into a desk lamp), vintage clothing, kitsch and jewelry, lowbrow to elegant fine art, holiday cards, jams, jellies and the best canned pickle selections ever, one of a kind baby clothing, humorous chatchkes, ornaments, knits, catnip toys, doggie stuff, felted art, plants, plushies (unusual and humorous creatures), pop culture-graphic art posters, dark sentiments, body products, candles, beachy vibe stuff, ethnic Latin textiles, rock n roll edgy clothing, sweet little creations that make you sigh, get the picture? No artsy stone unturned, Atomic has something for all.

Sarasota Municipal Auditorium, 801 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]  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

[SOON]  FOOD: 20th Annual Morton's Firehouse Chili Cook-Off , October 27, 2-5pm

Join us in front of Morton’s Gourmet Market on Sunday, October 27 from 2-5 pm for the chili event of the year. Aspiring chefs from more than 15 local firehouses as well as Sarasota Police and County Sheriff Deputies will compete for the title of “Best Firehouse Chili.” Attendees may sample all entries and vote for their favorite for only $10. Celebrity judges and live entertainment will help make this event one of Sarasota’s best. All proceeds go to The Sarasota Firefighters’ Benevolent Fund. Find more information at mortonsmarket.com or sffbf.org. Tickets may be purchased the day of the event or in advance at Morton’s Gourmet Market.

Morton's Gourmet Market, 1924 South Osprey Avenue, between Arlington and Hyde Park Streets

[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

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