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"This area is busting out at the seams for machinists. Local companies are eager to hire my students and get them working before they even graduate. Machining is an occupation in advanced manufacturing, which is a key business sector in the Bradenton Area."

- Michael Rendas of Manatee Technical College

[Planning]  Sarasota Denies Selby Gardens Master Plan
Jacob Ogles, jacob.ogles@srqme.com

The Sarasota City Commission voted 3-2 to deny a request by Marie Selby Botanical Gardens regarding a master plan for the institution’s future.

“This is not in the public’s best interest, and it’s not consistent with the city’s comprehensive plan,” said Sarasota City Commissioner Jennifer Ahearn-Koch.

The vote ends months of debate about the plan, which controversially included building a sky garden to house parking and a restaurant on Selby Gardens property fronting U.S. 41. The plan left the original gardens donated by city matriarch Marie Selby unchanged but allowed for improvements on property acquired around the historic site.

Jennifer Rominiecki, executive director of Selby Gardens, argued the master plan was needed to provide a financial future for the cultural jewel in Sarasota. “We did not submit this plan lightly,” Rominiecki said. “Constituents would be disheartened to see another cultural institution leave the city.”

She also stressed the plan in many senses represented a reduction if potential development intensity on land owned by Selby Gardens that now hosts a dirt parking lot and aging historic homes. City plans now allow for the property to be developed as commercial office space.

Sarasota City Commissioner Hagen Brody said it was a mistake to nix the proposal. “We should show flexibility and appreciation for our cultural assets,” he said. “This is not the same as a commercial development.”

Mayor Liz Alpert agreed, and said the plan would do more to preserve the community and stop commercial construction in the future from lurching toward neighborhoods around Hudson Bayou.

But a substantial number of neighbors around the site, who have protested the plan for months, argued against approval. Public hearings spanned two City Commission meetings and three Planning Board meetings largely thanks to opponents of the project voicing concerns.

City Commissioner Willie Shaw scoffed at traffic studies that showed minimal increase in traffic on Orange Avenue. Moreover, he was discouraged more outreach had not been done to Sarasota’s minority communities promising jobs created on the site would benefit them.

Some encouraged Selby officials to go back to neighbors and see if disagreements can still be worked out before another proposal moves forward. 

[Environment]  Conservationist Elizabeth Moore Named President of TREE Foundation
Brittany Mattie

Sarasota conservationist and philanthropist Elizabeth Moore has been named president of the TREE Foundation, an international non-profit organization based in Sarasota dedicated to tree and forest research, exploration, education and conservation across the globe. Moore, a supporter of regional environmental activities in southwest Florida, will begin her three-year term as president on January 1, 2020. 

Moore is well-known in southwest Florida conservation and philanthropic circles as a woman fiercely devoted to not just championing but also personally funding initiatives that protect the planet and provide education about the environment.  In 2016, Moore gifted $2 million to Mote Marine Laboratory for its efforts to establish a coral reef research facility in the Florida Keys,; the Elizabeth Moore International Center for Coral Reef Research & Restoration opened in 2017 on Summerland Key. As well, she donated over $1 million to the creation of the 6,000-square-foot Marine Science Center at St. Stephen's Episcopal School in Bradenton. Also in 2016, with help from the Conservation Foundation of Gulf Coast, Moore purchased Triangle Ranch, an 1,100-acre parcel of land near Myakka River State Park.  The land is now permanently preserved via a conservation easement that protects it from development. Moore serves on several boards as well, including the Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast, the Lemur Conservation Foundation, WUSF Public Media, as well as the Boys and Girls Club of Manatee County. 

In her new role, Moore will work closely with TREE Foundation Founder and Executive Director Margaret Lowman, Ph.D. As the organization ushers in its third decade in 2020, it will ramp up its mission to save local and global forests, as well as continuing to promote environmental education for youth. One of Moore's top priorities will be advancing the foundation's global canopy program which aims to build canopy walkways or "bridges" in the world's highest biodiversity forests where species of plants and animals are most at risk.  The canopy walkway in Myakka River State Park, the brainchild of Dr. Lowman, was North America’s first public canopy walkway, and continues to attract large numbers of visitors and economic revenue to the park and region.

Using the Myakka canopy walkway as a global model, and partnering with the National Geographic organization and the EO Wilson Foundation, the TREE Foundation is targeting 10 global hotspots for canopy walkways, an approximately $10 million-dollar undertaking that is currently half-funded. The canopy walkways not only preserve species, but particularly in economically challenged countries, canopy walkways enable locals to earn sustainable livings from ecotourism as opposed to environmentally destructive, short-sighted practices such as logging. Areas under consideration for walkways include forests in Mozambique, Madagascar, Malaysia, the California Redwoods, and the Great Smoky Mountains.

Learn more at the TREE Foundation's website, treefoundation.org

Pictured: The TREE Foundation hosted National Geographic Explorer Carlton Ward Jr., as guest speaker at its 20th anniversary celebration of the Myakka River State Park treetop canopy walkway, held October 30, 2019 at the Finish Tower at Nathan Benderson P

[StoryProject]  Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota County to Honor Tom & Debbie Shapiro as the 2019 Champions for Children

Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota County will honor Tom and Debbie Shapiro at its annual Champions for Children gala on Saturday, November 23, 2019. The couple’s demonstrated passion and commitment to empower children and teens through transformative programs has played an instrumental role in helping the organization grow as a leader in youth development. Since Tom joined the Board of Directors in 2007, the Shapiros’ dedication to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota County’s mission has paved the way for innovative programs and life-changing opportunities for youth. Perhaps the couple’s most notable initiative at the organization is the Tom & Debbie Shapiro Career Resource Center, which is a state-of-the-art facility that opened in 2016 and offers workforce development opportunities for teens such as vocational training, college and career prep, leadership development and entrepreneurial training.

Presented by the Annette J. Hagens Memorial Foundation, Champions for Children will take place at the Lee Wetherington Boys & Girls Club at 3100 Fruitville Road in Sarasota and begin at 6 p.m. The gala will feature a reception, three-course gourmet meal by Chef Paul Mattison and Mattison’s Catering, a live and silent auction, and live performances by Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota County members. All event proceeds will support the organization’s enriching programs that help thousands of local youth excel in school, become leaders, adopt healthy habits and create plans for success after high school graduation. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit bgcsarasota.com. 

Image courtesy of The Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota County

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[Grants]  Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation Board Approves $3.8 Million in Grant Funding

Recent funding from Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation strengthens organizational programming to support emerging needs in the community.

Amplifying Family Strengthening Programs

A six-year, $1,251,000 grant to Children First to support the expansion of family strengthening services by hiring additional family advocates and vocational coaches.

Expanding the Brain Health Initiative
$575,000 grant to Massachusetts General Hospital, a Harvard Medical School Teaching Hospital, to partially support the Brain Health Initiative's effort to expand throughout Manatee and Sarasota counties.

Stimulating Sarasota’s Economic Future

A two-year, $300,000 grant to the Education Foundation of Sarasota County to accelerate postsecondary progression through a network of community partnerships.

Protecting Children Through Prevention Education

A two-year, $300,000 grant to Child Protection Center to support and expand the organization’s Personal Safety and Community Awareness Program. 

Reducing Wait Times for Persons with Disabilities

A $300,000 grant to Loveland Center to find appropriate space to provide adult training, respite care, and supported services to those on the waiting list.

Recruiting and Retaining Teachers
A $200,000 grant to the Teacher Recruitment | Retention Project Fund at Gulf Coast Community Foundation to elevate the teaching profession in Sarasota County.

Expanding Opportunities for Latino Students

A $150,000 grant to UnidosNow to continue and expand programming for the Future Leaders Academy.

Opening Doors for Deserving Teens

A $150,000 grant to Take Stock in Children of Sarasota County for programmatic support to provide 10 low-income, at-risk students with mentorship opportunities and college scholarships.

Providing Low-cost Reproductive Healthcare and Outreach Education 

A $130,000 grant to Planned Parenthood of Southwest and Central Florida to support family planning and prevention services and expand the Peer Education Program for young adults.

Helping Children Discover New Abilities

A $100,000 grant to Florida Studio Theater for youth scholarships.

Supporting Public Policy and Fiscal Research

A $100,000 grant to Florida Policy Institute to support the organization in providing timely, accurate, and accessible policy research around education and mental health.

Building Mental Health Capacity in Sarasota

A $75,000 to Mental Health Community Centers for programmatic support.

Partnering for a Greener Future

A $50,000 grant to the Partners for Green Places Initiative Fund at Gulf Coast Community Foundation to support independent evaluation of efforts to implement water and energy efficiency improvements at local nonprofits.

Building Mental Health Capacity in Sarasota

A $50,000 capacity-building grant to National Alliance on Mental Health in Sarasota County to enhance local mental health efforts for children and young adults.

Empowering Positive Role Models

A $30,000 grant to Brotherhood of Men Mentor Group to support mentorship and positive role models for young men in Newtown.

Delivering Holocaust Education to Sarasota County Schools

A $15,500 grant for general program support to Better Futures Foundation’s efforts in confronting extremism, prejudice, and hate in schools. 

[Grants]  Gulf Coast Community Foundation Awards Nearly $10 Million in Donor Grants

Gulf Coast Community Foundation’s Board of Directors last month approved over $10.5 million in grants and initiatives, including $9.7 million in grants recommended by donors to the foundation. The donor grants consisted of $7 million awarded from donor advised funds at the foundation; $1.5 million issued from designated funds, which are created to benefit a charity or charities specified by the donor; and $1.1 million from project funds, which the foundation administers in support of community projects or partnerships that meet its mission but do not have their own public-charity designation. “Considering the wide range of individual donors and strong organizations that look to Gulf Coast to help administer their philanthropy, it amazes me to see how far this foundation has come in just 25 years,” said Gulf Coast President and CEO Mark Pritchett, referring to the foundation’s 25th year in operation. “These grants demonstrate both the value of community foundations as a field and the special role of Gulf Coast Community Foundation in this region.” Together with its donors, Gulf Coast has awarded more than $340 million in grants since the foundation was created in late 1995. Learn more at GulfCoastCF.org. 

[Grants]  Children First Receives a $1.25M Grant to Amplify Family Strengthening Services

Recently, Children First received a six-year, $1,251,000 grant from Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation to support families through their challenges and help them achieve success. This grant will provide Children First the opportunity to expand their award-winning Families First Institute, a holistic approach to addressing the needs of both the children and their parents together. “Our Board of Directors identified an opportunity to make a signature investment into a vital organization in our community,” says Teri A Hansen, President | CEO of Barancik Foundation. “This grant also opens the opportunity for other funders to collaborate with Children First and support their efforts to enrich the lives of those who need support the most.” The expansion will allow the hiring of new Vocational Family Advocates (VFA’s), whose goal will be to advance the economic mobility of parents with children enrolled in the Institute. Parents will have new opportunities to receive workforce training, education, and obtain employment. 

“The funding from this grant will be transformational for Children First. We could not be more appreciative of the Barancik Foundation’s commitment to children and families,” says Tavill. Expanded support for the Institute will empower families to gain confidence by learning new skills and achieving personally identified goals. With the expansion of the Families First Institute at Children First, VFA’s will develop a Parent Training Program to provide families with the opportunity to work in one of three areas: early childhood development, food service, or clerical services. Parents will train alongside Children First staff members to develop their skills while earning a stipend for their work. Once training is completed, they will have expanded opportunities for employment.

To learn more, visit childrenfirst.net


[Board Announcements]  New College Foundation Welcomes Two New Board Members

Sue Jacobson, chair of the New College Foundation’s board of directors, recently announced that the organization has welcomed two new members to its board of directors: Charles F. Raeburn and Monica Van Buskirk.Monica Van Buskirk is the former president and CEO of the Van Wezel Foundation. During her tenure there, the organization enjoyed double digit annual growth and won several leading awards. Van Buskirk’s extensive business experience includes serving as past president and CEO of Monica’s Best Foods, a multi-line chocolate company in New York City and Boston. She also served as vice president of marketing for Godiva Chocolatier, vice president for Pepperidge Farms and Campbell Soup Company, as well as vice president for Brentano’s Book Stores and MacMillan Publishing. Van Buskirk earned a bachelor’s degree in honors economics and marketing from Columbia University and CUNY Graduate School.

Charles F. Raeburn graduated from New College in 1967 and received his law degree from Yale Law School in 1970. A strong advocate for liberal arts education, Raeburn is known for his skills in strategic planning, creative problem-solving and whole systems thinking. His expertise is in legal counsel with broad international and domestic experience in healthcare, chemicals, mining, personal care products and industrial services industries. Raeburn has worked in the field of mergers and acquisitions, divestitures, corporate governance and securities compliance for leading U.S. firms, including Pfizer, Inc., Union Carbide Corporation, and Revlon, Inc. 

[Launch]  Premier Sotheby's International Realty Launches Newly Redesigned Website

Premier Sotheby’s International Realty has announced the launch of its newly redesigned website, premiersothebysrealty.com, which delivers a redesigned search experience. With initial design by the brokerage’s in-house marketing team, IDC Global built the new integrated digital platform which provides customers and website visitors with a next generation tool for both local property searches and global exposure.Within just three months of its launch, the site was named #3 Best Overall Website, #5 Best Property Detail Page and #2 Best Video nationwide in the 2019 REAL Trends Website Rankings. Complementing the site’s front-facing platform, a universal hub of multi-layered assets gives sales associates every tool needed to provide extraordinary service throughout the buying or selling process — with just one click. An extensive suite of tools includes market trends and seller reports, listing alerts and automated marketing assets such as single-property websites, email templates, social media posts, property brochures, cross-MLS search capabilities and a CRM.



More info about Premier Sotheby's International Realty

[Scholarships]  Haas Awards Manatee Tech College $10K for Machining Students

The Gene Haas Foundation granted Manatee Technical College $10,000 to award scholarships to students in the CNC Production Specialist and Machining Technologies programs. Both programs prepare students for NIMS credentials.  The Haas Foundation’s primary goal is to build skills in the machining industry by providing scholarships for students of CNC machining technology and NIMS credentials.  NIMS is the nationally recognized industry standard for validating skills in precision manufacturing. MTC is graduating students with an average of 7 NIMS certifications.  This is good news for local industry. “This area is busting out at the seams for machinists,” said MTC machining instructor Michael Rendas. “Local companies are eager to hire my students and get them working before they even graduate.” Machining is an occupation in advanced manufacturing, which is a key business sector in the Bradenton Area.  According to the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, machinist is on the Regional Demand Occupations List for this workforce region with a mean wage of over $20 per hour. Scholarships can be used for student tuition, books, tools students are required to purchase for the program, and fees students must pay to take the exams to earn NIMS credentials.    

Anyone interested in more information on the scholarship or the machining programs at MTC may contact Rendas directly at RendasM@manateeschools.net

Pictured: Dave Thomas (far left), Gene Haas Foundation, presents $10,000 to MTC for machining student scholarships. MTC machining students Traci Payne, Matthew Liddell, Caleb Wash, instructor Michael Rendas, student Mark Tucker, director Valerie Viands,

[Books]  Davis Publishes New Book on Raising Nonprofit Revenue

Sarasotan, Karen Eber Davis’s latest book tackles a huge challenge faced by virtually every nonprofit: how to raise revenue. The income growth catalyst and author of 7 Nonprofit Income Streams recently announced her latest published book: Let's Raise Nonprofit Millions Together. It reframes fundraising from a mystery for experts to the standard operating procedure for nonprofits. Everyone has a role in bringing revenue and resources to your nonprofit. Let's Raise Nonprofit Millions Together shows readers how to grow board members, staff, and others who champion--and even discover they enjoy--fundraising. “Plenty of people talk about the importance of a culture of philanthropy, but no one has compiled as a comprehensive guide to actually making it happen as Karen. Inside you’ll find specific, actionable steps for empowering your most important asset- your people-towards achieving sustainable funding,” says Steven Shattuck, Chief Engagement Officer, Bloomerang. Ms. Davis, MBA, is the president of Karen Eber Davis Consulting, a global nonprofit leadership consulting company based in Sarasota, Florida. Her company works with nonprofit leaders to increase their income by up to 300 percent and tackle leadership development challenges and opportunities.

Visit kedconsult.com for contact details.


[BrandStory]  Now Online: The Hyatt Regency Sarasota's November BrandStory

Now available to view and download on issuu.com, the SRQ November BrandStory highlights The Hyatt Regency Sarasota. Since its lobby doors opened in 1974 as Sarasota’s first full-service hotel in the downtown area, the Hyatt Sarasota is taking a look back at all it has accomplished. From impactful community partnerships to the guest experience and the team behind the scenes - the Hyatt's BrandStory devles into the hotel's past and looks ahead to its future. 

Click here to view the feature

[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]  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]  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]  MUSIC: The Perlman Music Program Sarasota Winter Residency and Celebration Concert , December 21 – January 4, 5pm

Each season, The Perlman Music Program/Suncoast hosts The Perlman Music Program (PMP) Sarasota Winter Residency. Founded by Toby Perlman, and with a world-renowned faculty led by her husband, internationally acclaimed violinist and conductor Itzhak Perlman, PMP augments its seven-week summer school program in Shelter Island each December with a 17-day winter residency, December 21, 2019 - January 4, 2020, in Sarasota and Manatee counties. The residency provides valuable mentoring and performance opportunities for approximately 35 young international string musicians, ages 12-20+, and offers 20+ free and low-cost musical events on the campus of USF Sarasota-Manatee. Each year, the winter residency culminates with the Celebration Concert, January 4, 2020, with Itzhak Perlman conducting the PMP String Orchestra and Patrick Romano leading the PMP Chorus at the Sarasota Opera House.

USF Sarasota-Manatee, 8350 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota 34243

[SOON]  MUSIC: The Perlman Music Program Suncoast Super Strings , December 28, 7pm

The Perlman Music Program Suncoast Super Strings is presented as part of a public orchestra rehearsal during the PMP Sarasota Winter Residency. Super Strings promotes the interaction of local young musicians with international students of The Perlman Music Program and world-class faculty. Forty-five string players from across the state of Florida join the PMP String Orchestra on stage, for a special one-time PMP Sarasota Winter Residency event, to perform the 1st Movement of Felix Mendelssohn's String Sinfonia No. 2 in D Major, under the baton of Itzhak Perlman. Tickets $10 at Perlmanmusicprogramsuncoast.org

USF Sarasota-Manatee, 8350 N Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34243

[SOON]  GALA: Marie Selby Botanical Gardens New Year's Eve Gala , December 31 – January 1, 8pm-1am

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens is proud to present Sarasota’s most sophisticated and diversely entertaining New Years Eve experience; a black-tie event featuring a private journey through tropical holiday light displays, passed hors d’oeuvres, a seated four course dinner, special performances by The Sarasota Ballet Studio Company and Trainees from the Margaret Barbieri Conservatory and dancing at Michael’s on the Bay. The countdown to the New Year culminates with a champagne toast and a perfect view of fireworks overlooking Sarasota Bay.  Celebrate the New Year in style.

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

[SOON]  SEMINAR: SWAC Lecture: Jamal Abdi , January 14, 6:30pm-8:30pm

Join the Sarasota World Affairs Council for the next program in its 2019-20 Lecture Series, “The Politics of Hate Have Driven the U.S. and Iran to the Brink,” featuring Jamal Abdi, President of the National Iranian American Council. Mr. Abdi will describe the background and mission of the Iranian-American Council, as well as provide an update on the current Iranian-American relationship and international efforts to establish prospects for peace in the region. 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]  PERFORMANCE: Sarasota Contemporary Dance: Reverend Barry & The Funk , December 5 – December 8, 7:30pm

As part of Leymis Bolaños Wilmott, SCD Artistic Director’s passion to collaborate with local musicians, SCD will join forces with Reverend Barry & The Funk, an 8-pc funk band featuring a 3-pc horn section, and one of the fastest-rising “buzzworthy” acts in the state of Florida. Fueled by their recent #1 Global Position on ReverbNation’s Funk Charts after the release of their debut album “SxyGdLuv,” and the success of their recent breakout single “LoveShine,” the band is now headlining festivals and larger venues around the state. This is the first time that SCD will be partnering with a funk band, and we couldn’t be more thrilled that they are already a Sarasota favorite. This production will feature original choreography by Artistic Director, Leymis Bolaños Wilmott in collaboration with the SCD dancers. This unique evening is sure to be unlike any other, and is not to be missed!

Jane B. Cook Theatre, FSU Center for the Performing Arts, 5555 N. Tamiami Trl, Sarasota, FL 34243

[SOON]  SEMINAR: PINC 2019 , December 12, 8am-8pm

PINC is People, Ideas, Nature, and Creativity. It's a one-day, conference-style experience delivered by a cascade of international speakers from every imaginable discipline, skill, and talent you can think of. Speakers range from Iditarod champions, the founder of Vertical Farming, a famous felt artist and a lawyer whose territory is outer space, all the way to Nobel Prize winners, perfume virtuosos, a Master Acoustician, and the doctor who performed the first-hand transplant. Whether a speaker or a guest, the PINC experience attracts creative thinkers, entrepreneurs, specialists, designers, artists, scientists, and anyone looking to stimulate their mind, heart, and soul. It's an opportunity to participate in an eclectic mix of the fundamental pieces that create the human experience. If you want to be inspired, you want to be at PINC.

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