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SRQ DAILY Nov 4, 2019

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"It's pretty cool. The hope is this will continue after the holidays."

- John Moran, Sarasota DID

[Retail]  Downtown Lights as National Tenant Marketing Ignites
Jacob Ogles, jacob.ogles@srqme.com

Lights in downtown Sarasota mark the start of holiday season in a critical retail district for the city. The lights represent a shared investment by the City of Sarasota and Downtown Improvement District. It’s a bright effort that comes just as the DID looks for ways to keep national tenants renting space downtown.

The lights could be the start of a massive brightening of city commercial areas.

“We have over 200 trees between Gulfstream Avenue and U.S. 301,” said John Moran, operations manager for the DID. “It’s pretty cool. The hope is this will continue after the holidays.”

The DID also is putting together a bid for expanding the lighting to Palm Avenue from Ringling Boulevard to Cocoanut Avenue and on Lemon Avenue from First Street to Pineapple Avenue. The DID has improved lighting infrastructure in Five Points Park and could also light State Street from Lemon to Orange Avenue. In total, the project could run more than $100,000, funded from special taxes paid by property owners within the district. Moran did note pulling in vendors this year could be a challenge as far as lighting up all four new areas.

Moran said it’s part of a continuous effort to brighten and build-up the shopping district. The attraction comes ahead of the holiday shopping season, notably in a year when the Thanksgiving holiday falls particularly late, putting off Black Friday and shortening the time between that shopping day and Christmas Eve.

The DID board on Tuesday will also consider bringing on a commercial real estate marketing firm specializing in national tenants. Landowner Mark Kauffman and the firm JLL will make a presentation to the board.

Moran said that move comes as major landlord Isaac Group Holdings steps away from downtown business. The Pineapple Square landlord has been a major force in attracting some of the most well-known national restaurants and retailers. “All those tenants are regional or national, and they are high-quality tenants who tend to stay and their checks come in on time,” he said.

Moran acknowledges some anxiety in bringing a company like JLL in to work connections to national brands, with some commercial real estate professionals already expressing trepidation. The DID will discuss the issue on Tuesday. 

Photo courtesy Sarasota DID

[Education]  Embracing Our Differences to Bring Bucket Filler Reading Initiative to 3,055 Students

Since her first book Have You Filled a Bucket Today? A Guide to Daily Happiness for Kids was published in 2006, Carol McCloud, a nationally acclaimed author and Venice resident, has inspired millions of people of all ages to become daily “bucket fillers” through her books, seminars, and other publications. Her nine children’s books have sold three million copies worldwide and are used in schools around the world as their primary character development program. As an author, speaker, and early childhood specialist, McCloud says her goal is to help all ages and occupations grow in kindness, self-control, resilience, and forgiveness. On November 8, through a partnership with Sarasota County schools, Embracing Our Differences is coordinating 150 volunteers to read from “Bucket Filler” books to more than 3,000 students in 180 kindergarten through third grade classes in Sarasota County. 

Sarah Wertheimer, EOD’s executive director, says they all possess distinct identifying traits. “A ‘bucket filler’ is somebody who spontaneously shares compliments and spreads positive vibes without being asked,” she says. “Carol McCloud invented the concept—and her ‘Bucket Fillers’ series of children’s books spells it out delightfully. Carol asks children to imagine that everyone possesses an invisible bucket they can fill up with kindness, support and love. It’s a beautiful idea for children—and I think it works for adults, too.”

Embracing Our Differences' annual juried international art exhibit returns to Sarasota's Bayfront Park, January 18 through April 5. For more information about Embracing Our Differences, call 941-404-5710, or visit embracingourdifferences.org. 

[Performance]  The Peanut Gallery Teen Improv Troupe and Adult Standup Comedy Class Bring Laughter to the Stage

Venice Theatre's teen improv troupe, The Peanut Gallery, returns to The Pinkerton Theatre on November 10, at 7:30 pm for THE BELATED IMPROV SPOOKTACULAR. It will be an entertaining night of short-form, long-form, audience participation, and hilarity. Tickets are $10 and available at 941-488-1115 or VeniceTheatre.org. The show will feature Kenna Bartlett, Tori Greenlaw-Schulz, Lillian Maggio, James McGirr, Ashley Ng, Tyler Pietryka, Auggie Toynton, and David Warren. The troupe's next performance is scheduled for December 15  for the HOLIDAY IMPROV EXTRAVAGANZA, featuring Kenna Bartlett, Casey Berkery, Caleb Garcia, Jack Kaiser, Lillian Maggio, James McGirr, Michael McQueeney, Tyler Pietryka, and Noa Roberts. Visit Venice Theatre for show performance schedule and tickets here. 

[Philanthropy]  Goodwill Manasota Receives Grant to Support Homebuyer's Club

Goodwill Manasota recently received a grant of $4,000 from BankUnited for the Homebuyer's Club program. These funds will support Goodwill's efforts to assist employees who wish to purchase a home. Goodwill's Homebuyer's Club prepares Goodwill employees for home ownership through a long-term program offering education, workshops, and credit counseling. It also provides budgeting counseling for families to ensure successful home ownership and helps employees who achieve mortgage pre-approval to purchase new or renovated homes offered through standard real estate channels. "At Goodwill, we offer a one-on-one pre-purchase and post-purchase counseling program, as well as education and coaching to team members interested in becoming first-time homebuyers," added Margie Genter, vice president of Goodwill Manasota. "We are grateful to BankUnited for its contribution toward helping our employees to achieve the 'American Dream' of home ownership.For more information about Goodwill, call 941-355-2721 or go to experiencegoodwill.org. 

[Recycling]  New Single-Stream Recycling Cart Delivery Starts November

Delivery of new single stream recycling carts for solid waste customers living in unincorporated portions of Sarasota County started last Friday. The carts are part of the county's new single-stream recycling program, which will allow residents to place all recyclable material into one container, instead of separating the items into two separate bins for curbside collection. Weather permitting, up to 3,400 carts will be delivered each day, Mondays through Saturdays. Deliveries of the new carts are anticipated to be completed by December 20, with the single-stream recycling collection starting the week of January 6, 2020. "Just a reminder that if residents use the new carts prior to Jan. 6, material will not be collected," said Wendi Crisp, outreach coordinator for Sarasota County Solid Waste. "To help residents remember when to begin using the carts, we are encouraging everyone to think, new year, new cart." The new carts roll easily to the curb, have lids which help keep materials contained and dry, reduce windblown litter and provide more capacity for recyclable materials. For the transition to single stream recycling Sarasota County partnered with organizations including Waste Management and the Recycling Partnership, a national non-profit organization, who provided a grant to help purchase the new carts. In addition, Single Stream Recyclers, which is based in Sarasota County, will handle the processing of materials after collection. Residents are encouraged to visit this link to see the anticipated delivery date of their new carts.  

[Government]  Register for the City Commission Selby Gardens Master Plan Hearing

On Tuesday, November 5, the City Commission hearing will continue for Selby Gardens' Master Plan. Selby Gardens expects a decision to be made that evening. If you have not yet signed the petition you can sign it here. The City Commission hearing for the Master Plan will take place at City Hall on Tuesday, November 5 at 1:30pm. It is vital that you attend in person and remain until its conclusion to show your support to the Commission as they make their decision. 

[Opening]  SRQ Airport Opens New Cell Phone Parking Lot

In response to record breaking passenger increases, SRQ will open a new cell phone parking lot today, November 1, 2019.  The new lot will enable drivers to park free of charge until their arriving party is ready to be picked up in the baggage claim area. The lot is designed to reduce congestion and allow traffic to move smoothly around the terminal making it safer and easier to pick up passengers while eliminating the need to circle the airport or park in unauthorized areas while waiting for flights.  SRQ’s website can be utilized to assist cell phone lot users to track flight arrival times.
Upon entering the airport, signage will direct you to the lot conveniently located on Rental Car Road. 

[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]  GALLERY: Jack Davis: Drawing American Pop Culture , October 18 – December 6

Famed in particular for his speed and a tendency to create images overflowing with colorful characters, Jack Davis was one of the founding members of Mad Magazine's "Usual Gang of Idiots." He supplied covers for Tim and TV Guide, designed numerous album covers and movie posters, and, over his 60-year career, became one of the most in-demand caricaturists and cartoonists in the world. This exhibition attempts to show Davis' range by bringing together a selection of his original work that demonstrates his breadth of subjects and his skills as an artist. This body of work focuses on American popular culture, diving deeper into his career than the sports and caricature work for which he is best known. Opening Reception, Friday, October 18, 5-8pm. Evening Panel Discussion, Thursday, November 14, 6-8pm.

Lois and David Stulberg Gallery in the Richard and Barbara Basch Visual Arts Center, 2700 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]  FESTIVAL: Veterans Day Block Party , November 9, 4pm-9pm

Everyone is welcome to come celebrate the military nonprofits of Sarasota over Veterans Day weekend, November 9th at CitySide Apartments in the historic Rosemary District. The celebration will kick off at 4pm with Sarasota's most popular yoga teachers for an hour of Street Yoga, the singing of the Star-Spangled Banner and color guard to kick off the bands at 5pm with performances by Dan Johnson of Operation Hemingway, Ari and the Alibis, Enrique Casados and Kaliedogroove. Great food and beverages provided by Outback Steakhouse, Bonefish Grill, Carrabba’s Italian Grill, Tsunami Sushi, Gold Coast Eagle Distributing. There will be fun activities for kids and admission is free.

CitySide Apartments , 700 Cocoanut Ave. and May Ln.

[SOON]  SPORTS: 16th Annual Memorial Golf Tournament , November 9, 7:30am

Golf one of the country’s finest courses while supporting children, teens and young adults in grief. Before you tee off, a delicious breakfast will be generously provided by Station 400. Enjoy food and fun on the course, and then come back to the clubhouse for cigars and whiskey. All food and drink for the entire day is included in your golf registration. 

Legacy Golf Club At Lakewood Ranch, 8255 Legacy Blvd, Bradenton, FL 34202

[SOON]  SPORTS: Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk , November 10, 8am

This year's Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk will be held on November 10, 2019, at Nathan Benderson Park. When you sign up, you join thousands of people just like you who want to see a world where this disease doesn't exist. You'll walk, you'll fundraise, you'll make lifelong friends. Most of all, you'll help save lives from breast cancer - and help us work toward a future without it. Check in begins at 8am for participants and the walk starts at 9:30am.

Nathan Benderson Park, 5851 Nathan Benderson Cir, Sarasota, FL 34235

[SOON]  FOOD: Bowls of Hope 2019 , November 10, 11am-2pm

Bowls of Hope returns November 10th to Ed Smith Stadium. Join All Faiths Food Bank for one of the community’s largest and most popular family-friendly events where more than 40 of our community’s finest restaurants and caterers serve delicious soups, breads, desserts, and more. Guests select beautiful handcrafted bowls to keep, donated by by local potters, artists, and students while enjoying a modest meal as a reminder of the empty bowls they help to fill.

Ed Smith Stadium, 2700 12th St, Sarasota, FL 34237

[SOON]  MUSIC: PMP Alumni: Around Town at Harvest Sarasota , November 10, 7pm-9pm

The Perlman Music Program/Suncoast presents PMP Alumni KJ McDonald and Rinat Erlichman, violins; Hannah Geisinger, viola; and Derek Louie, cello, performing selections of string quartet repertoire by composers such as Claude Debussy, Anton Dvořák, Alexander Borodin and Jack Frerer. This family-friendly event will begin with Light Refreshments at 7:00pm followed by a 7:30pm performance and a Q&A with the musicians. Tickets: $15 (18 & Under: free) 

Harvest House, 3650 17th St, Sarasota, FL 34235

[SOON]  SEMINAR: SWAC Lecture: Gustavo Mohar , November 11, 6:30pm-8:30pm

Join the Sarasota World Affairs Council for the next program in its 2019-20 Lecture Series, “Migration across a Common Border: a Challenge for Mexico and the U.S.,” featuring Gustavo Mohar, Founder and Director of Grupo Atalaya, a private Mexican consultancy that specializes in nontechnical risk and strategic intelligence. Mr. Mohar will discuss ow can Mexico and the U.S. can share the responsibility of this enormous challenge of a massive flow of people running from violence and poverty and what can be done to prevent Central Americans from emigrating. Each SWAC lecture is followed by a members-only reception with the speaker in a historic building on Sarasota Bay. The lecture is free, but reservations are suggested. 

Mildred Sainer Pavilion, 5313 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]  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

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