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"Though more and more girls are becoming involved in sports, there are many more who can benefit from learning about female athletes and their successes both on the field and in life."

- Beth Green, President of Women's Sports Museum

[Sports]  Women's Sports Museum Preview Center To Celebrate Launch Party and Phase II
Brittany Mattie, brittany.mattie@srqme.com

The only museum in the world dedicated solely to women in sports is celebrating is long-awaited launch party this month. Women’s Sports Museum (WSM) will be revealing the preview center of the National Women in Sports Museum, to be built on Nathan Benderson grounds. The idea for WSM was sparked by a former All-American Girls Professional Baseball Player initially, to build a museum for professional women baseball players. But once WSM’s founding board members learned that there wasn’t a single museum in the world dedicated solely to women in sports, the concept shifted. The group of accomplished Sarasota-based women athletes, and their supporters, came up with the idea to not only to celebrate the achievements of women athletes, but also to inspire girls through the power of sport. The soon-to-come "living, breathing" museum will feature interactive, state-of-the-art exhibits that recognize the women—including former athletes of all abilities, broadcasters, referees, executives and coaches—who have defeated the odds in professional sports, defied gender stereotypes and lead all women to new heights. This year, Dr. Jen Welter—the first female coach in the NFL—was named WSM's 2019 honoree and recipient of the Trailblazer Award.

Now devoted to developing the next generation of young female athletes, WSM will share lessons learned through sports including teamwork, grit and hard work. As an institutional catalyst, the team at WSM plans to translate those lessons to every aspect of life, as well as celebrate annual trailblazers in history and present day who have achieved success in all different realms, far beyond the playing field. “We want to give girls the huge life advantage that comes with playing sports,” says President Beth Green. “The idea is ‘see it; be it.’ Though more and more girls are becoming involved in sports, there are many more who can benefit from learning about female athletes and their successes both on the field and in life.”

Although WSM will be the first-of-its-kind attraction in Sarasota, its focus on sports, culture, history and education makes it a natural fit for the active community of the Gulf Coast. The area continues to evolve into a sports hub—hosting numerous world-class sporting events, including the World Rowing Masters Regatta, World Rowing Coastal Championships, Sarasota Open (ATP), Puma Cup Soccer Tournament, USA Ultimate National Club Championships, as well as being home to elite training facilities such as IMG Academy. 

During Phase I of its five-year plan, the WSM team focused on raising awareness and supporting on a local level. The past three years, the team has hosted innovative programming to highlight and celebrate women athlete trailblazers, as well as creating and appearing with a pop-up museum at various events across Florida. They’ve also sponsoring local student athletes through the creation of a scholarship program. Now, with a launch party on the horizon for the museum’s preview center at University Town Center, WSM will celebrate the official start of Phase II, which will include securing a permanent location and initiating a capital campaign. Details of the effort will be announced at the event and money raised will help to achieve funding for construction 2020. 

Saturday, November 16, 6:30pm – 9:30pm at Sarasota Yacht Club, 1100 John Ringling Blvd., Sarasota, @womenssportsmuseum 

Preview Center prototype courtesy of Womens Sports Museum

Eventbrite tickets to the Launch Party here.

[GoodBite]  Giddy Up for Another Spectacular Forks & Corks
Brittany Mattie, brittany.mattie@srqme.com

Celebrating its 13th year in 2020, Sarasota-Manatee Originals, organizers of Florida’s premier food and wine festival, recently announced details for its Forks & Corks Food & Wine Festival this coming January. The multi-day epicurean event attracts foodies and winos from all over the state, to experience the showcase of top notch talents of locally-owned, independent restaurants of Sarasota and Manatee Counties, as well as an esteemed international cast of visiting winery owners and winemakers. “It’s time to get your taste buds ready,” says Sarah Firstenberger, Executive Director of the Sarasota-Manatee Originals. “The 2020 event will once again bring the Who’s-Who of the wine world to our sparkling Gulf Coast as we are assembling a stellar group of wine professionals from across the globe to spotlight alongside our area’s most passionate culinary professionals and restaurateurs.”

The festival is scheduled for January 23-27, and offers a world-class weekend of winemaker dinners, educational cooking classes, interactive wine seminars and wine tastings that culminates with the alfresco Grand Tasting event at the Ringling Museum Courtyard. The Grand Tasting is set to take place on Sunday, January 26, again in the historic courtyard and greenspace of the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota. Guests will be ablet to explore the grounds and try small dishes presented by over 40 Members of the Sarasota-Manatee Originals restaurant group, and sample from a collection of more than 350 wines from across the globe—all hand-selected and professionally tasted, then judged and recognized as medal winners. “A wine shop is also available, where patrons can purchase the various wines, making Forks & Corks one of only a few festivals in the Southeast to provide the opportunity to purchase varietals onsite that were showcased during the event,” added Firstenberger.

A limited number of Grand Tasting tickets are available each year and have historically sold out quite quickly. Tickets for the sought-after Grand Tasting, as well as the University Master Classes—three themed seminars, each led by a panel of winemakers and owners—went on sale to the public last night and will be available till the likely sell out. 

Photo courtesy of Sarasota-Manatee Originals

All ticket sales will take place online at EatLikeALocal.com

[Health & Wellness]  New Dental Office Coming Soon to Bradenton

Igor Bilov, DMD, and Denis Monzin, DMD, will soon be offering dental services to the community of Bradenton at their brand new office, Dental Care at Lakewood Walk. The new full-service, state-of-the-art family dental practice is set to open on Thursday, November 14. Dental Care at Lakewood Walk will be fully equipped with the latest products and equipment available in the dental industry, offering Dr. Bilov, Dr. Monzin and their dental team the opportunity to provide the most up-to-date procedures and services to their patients. From routine cleanings and simple fillings to more in-depth restorative and cosmetic services, patients can expect individualized care to help them keep their teeth for a lifetime.

Dental Care at Lakewood Walk is located at 5921 Lakewood Ranch Blvd. in Bradenton. The office is now accepting new patients. Appointments can be made by calling 941-932-4187 or visiting DentalCareAtLakewoodWalk.com.    

[Construction]  Firmo Construction Hired to Build the First Tru by Hilton Location on the Gulf Coast
Sarasota-based company, Firmo Construction, has been hired to build Hilton's newest property model in the Gulf Coast region. Known as Tru by Hilton, the game-changing hotel brand has spread across the nation, recently making its way to the state of Florida in Sebring, and now to Manatee County.  “The Firmo team is excited to pioneer this new brand and venture for Hilton and bring it to our Gulf Coast region,” said Eric Collin, president of Firmo Construction. “Having already completed builds for multiple Hilton models in the area, we’re excited to continue our long-standing partnership with the brand.” 

The future three-story Tru by Hilton will be located in Bradenton by I-75 and SR-70, featuring about 81 rooms, and will showcase Hilton’s newest brand known for its vibrant and youthful, yet affordable and comfortable quality. Firmo Construction will work alongside developer, Divine Hospitality, Rick Toenjes from Valley Bank, and architect Abhay Pradhan with AP Architecture to bring this new model to fruition. The build will also be an infill lot development, which is an approach that will result in ecological benefits and also reduce development pressure on surrounding areas.

Rendering provided by Firmo Construction.

[Health & Wellness]  STEM Students Meet Surgeons for Mentoring and Advice

Fifteen female students from local high schools and colleges—interested in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM)—will have lunch and spend time with five local female surgeons who work in the STEM field. The surgeons are participating in the Doctors Hospital of Sarasota Women’s Health Symposium. Before the surgeons speak with the crowd, they will meet with students from Sarasota High, Riverview High, North Port High and USF-Sarasota Manatee. Five female surgeons will be having lunch, talking and sharing stories with 15 young female students from local high schools and colleges. Four of the surgeons are women of color. Many of the young girls attending are also minorities. After the lunch with the students, the five local surgeons will present a panel presentation on women’s health topics. 450 women are expected at the health symposium.

Women surgeons are very rare—according to the Association of American Medical Colleges, just 20.6% of general surgeons and 5.3% of orthopedic surgeons are women. The hospital has assembled a panel of five female surgeons who work in Sarasota and Manatee counties. The hospital hopes the surgeons will be able to inspire students to pursue a career in a STEM field and can share advice on careers, college and challenges.

 This Friday, November 8th 11:30am-Noon at   Michael’s On East Restaurant Entrance, 1212 S East Ave., Sarasota. 

[Opening]  Ramos Center Celebrates New Venice Office Location with Ribbon Cutting

Approaching their 20th Anniversary of relieving pain on the Suncoast in January 2020, the Ramos Center for Interventional & Functional Pain Medicine is celebrating the grand opening of their brand-new Venice office location with a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony to be held on Thursday, November 7 from 4pm-6pm. The Ramos Center first opened their Venice doors in January 2019 with the acquisition of Doctors Jeffrey Blood and David Haber’s practice on Commercial Ct. Their physicians and staff will bring the highest level of interventional treatments and procedures to the Venice area and will provide the finest care for the patients within the Venice community. St. Andrews Medical Park; 1370 E. Venice Ave., Suite 104, Venice, 941-504-2327. 

[Awards]  Icard Merrill Named to 2020 Best Law Firms List

Icard Merrill has been named to the list of 2020 “Best Law Firms” by U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers. Firms included in the 10th edition of “Best Law Firms” are recognized for professional excellence with consistently impressive ratings from clients and peers. In addition, Icard Merrill is regionally ranked in nine practice areas: Tier 1 in Construction, Land Use & Zoning, Construction Litigation, and Real Estate; Tier 2 in Family Law, Land Use & Zoning Litigation, and Real Estate Litigation; and Tier 3 in Commercial Litigation and Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs. The “Best Law Firms” rankings are based on a rigorous evaluation process that includes the collection of client and lawyer evaluations, peer review from leading attorneys in the field, and review of additional information provided by law firms as part of the formal submission process. 

[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]  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]  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]  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]  THEATER: The Sound of Music , November 13 – December 28, 7:30pm and 8pm evening performances and 1:30 and 2pm matinees

Like a breath of fresh Alpine air, this beloved musical masterpiece sweeps onto the Asolo Rep stage just in time for the holidays. Maria, a young nun causing trouble at the abbey, is sent off to be governess to Captain Von Trapp’s seven troublesome children. She brings much-needed love and joy to the family – and the widowed captain – and transforms their world and hers through the power of music. But the looming threat of Nazi Germany’s invasion of their native Austria darkens their future. Overflowing with some of the most iconic songs of all time, this heart warming family musical will be helmed by Josh Rhodes, returning on the heels of his spectacular production of Evita in 2017.

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

[SOON]  HEALTH: Doctors Hospital Caregiver Support Group , November 18, 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 , November 18, 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]  FOOD: 19th Annual Scholarship Luncheon , November 20, 11:30am-1pm

The State College of Florida is delighted to host its 19th Annual Scholarship Luncheon on Wednesday, November 20th at Michael’s On East. This year’s Luncheon will share how the State College of Florida is educating First Responders so they are better educated, prepared, to serve our community. Individual tickets may be purchased on SCF Foundation’s website for $100. For more information, contact Nicole Harris at (941) 752-5262 or HarrisN1@scf.edu.

Michael's On East , 1212 S. East Ave., Sarasota, FL

[SOON]  SEMINAR: Children's Grief Awareness Day , November 21, 9am-11am

In honor of Children's Grief Awareness Day, please join leaders of local grief support organizations for a free community event on why childhood grief matters. 

Gold Coast Eagle Distributing, 7051 Wireless Ct, Sarasota, FL 34240

[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]  FOOD: Caregivers Comfort Socializing Lunch , December 2, 12:15pm-1:45pm

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

The Rosemary, 411 North Orange Avenue

[SOON]  SEMINAR: SWAC Lecture: Richard Skolnik , December 3, 6:30pm-8:30pm

Join the Sarasota World Affairs Council for the next program in its 2019-20 Lecture Series, “Global Health: Why You Really Must Care,” featuring Richard Skolnik, former Director for Health in the South Asia Region of the World Bank and Executive Director of Harvard’s US-supported AIDS treatment program for Botswana, Nigeria, and Tanzania. He will discuss some of the key challenges in global health, the threats they pose for the U.S. and the world, and how they might be addressed. 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

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