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SRQ DAILY Nov 21, 2019


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"More than anything, their immediate need was a truck to ease their financial burden each month. I am so excited that I was able to check this box for them so they can focus on their mission and keep making houses into homes for fellow Sarasotans."

- Allison Werner, Couture Real Estate

[Philanthropy]  Couture Real Estate's Allison Werner Donates New Truck to Help Rehome the Homeless
Brittany Mattie, brittany.mattie@srqme.com

Local nonprofit Streets of Paradise Inc. helps to furnish houses for formerly homeless individuals. The traveling nonprofit has already made 100 houses into homes for over 200 people they began this initiative in March of this year. In lieu of its 100th re-home project completion recently, Allison Werner, licensed Sarasota real estate broker and owner of Couture Real Estate, unveiled a new moving truck she purchased for the organization. “I knew when I heard of this amazing organization and the work they were doing in our community that I wanted to be a part of it in whatever way they needed,” says Werner. This month, her brokerage Couture Real Estate was able to purchase the truck as a surprise to the organization at their celebratory milestone event last weekend at The Blue Rooster. Having a moving truck of their own means they no longer have to rent one for each move, at a cost of about $400 per day, to get donated household goods to the homes several times each month.

“More than anything, their immediate need was a truck to ease their financial burden each month,” she says. “I am so excited that I was able to check this box for them so they can focus on their mission and keep making houses into homes for fellow Sarasotans. It’s a cause we have in common.” Werner also recently held an event with local artist Lipstick Lex, who was featured on Good Morning America’s Strahan & Sara Show, at one of her listings on St. Armands to bring awareness to their cause and connect art lovers and Realtors with Streets of Paradise and its mission. 

According to Streets of Paradise donor relations manager Cathy Bryant, a person who moves into a furnished home is a staggering 87% less likely to ever re-enter the cycle of homelessness. “We are so grateful to Allison,” says Bryant. “She recognized the need to give back and come alongside us in partnership to serve our community.” Look for the white moving truck, stamped with the manta, “Love, Act, Repeat” on the front of the vehicle, as it makes it way around the region to end homelessness for good. 

And thanks to fellow local nonprofit, Tiny Hands Foundation, Streets of Paradise has 120 baskets of Thanksgiving gift baskets to donate for the holiday. The Thanksgiving Day meal kits contain non perishable sides, dressings and a Publix gift card for a small ham or turkey. Stop by its warehouse at 3080 N Washington Blvd., Sarasota or call 941-704-3511 for delivery. Please share and spread the word.  

Pictured: Streets of Paradise donor relations manager Cathy Bryant with realtor Allison Werner celebrate the organization's 100th rehome project in Sarasota. Photo courtesy of Molly Russo.

[The Hyatt Regency Sarasota]  A Focus on Community

Year after year, the Hyatt Regency Sarasota staff gives their time to All Faith’s Food Bank, participates in the SE Guide Dog Walks and hosts the Turkey Trot to benefit ALSO each year—donating food, space and staff support. The hotel also donates a number of gift certificates to help non profits raise funds for their causes. Additionally, every Friday marks “Jeans Day,” when staff wear jeans and donate money to local charities. Currently, they are collecting for the Bahamas Hurricane Dorian Relief Fund. Hyatt Sarasota also takes part in the Chamber of Commerce—working closely with a number of community partners and non profit organizations to host events ranging from 20 guests for a youth group to 800 guests for a corporate function.

The Hyatt’s November BrandStory features the stories of unique and valuable partnerships between the Hyatt Regency Sarasota and Suncoast Charities for Children, the NAACP Sarasota Chapter, The University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee, and The Glasser-Schoenbaum Human Services Center.  

The Hyatt Regency Sarasota | 1000 Boulevard of the Arts, Sarasota, FL

Read the about the Hyatt's Community Impact HERE

[Holiday]  Award-Winning Photographer and Cat Depot Team Up to Offer Holiday Pet Portraits

Award-winning pet photographer Connie Summers, and Cat Depot have teamed up this holiday season to offer Holiday Pet Portrait sittings. These photos can be used for holiday greetings and kept as keepsake images of your four-legged family members. Photoshoot sessions may be scheduled for Saturday, November 23, from 11am — 5pm, at Cat Depot Education Center, 2525 17th St., Sarasota. Sessions are 20-minutes in length and must be pre-booked. Photo, holiday card, and digital packages will be available for purchase the day of your session. For package information, please contact Connie Summers Photography at 941- 924-6007 or book your pet holiday portrait sitting here. 

[Arts]  This Year’s Art & Design Show Sarasota Offering Free Admission

Formerly known as The Sarasota Craft Show, the 2019 Art & Design Show Sarasota will be held Friday, December 6 through Sunday December 8, 10am — 5pm inside Robarts Arena, 3000 Ringling Blvd., Sarasota. It will be the same high-quality art vendor show, with more than 85 artists and designers from all over the country, but now offering free admission to all public attendees. Timed perfectly for holiday shopping, this three-day event will feature one-of-a-kind works from $25 to $25,00o. For information on The Art & Design Show Sarasota, visit AmericanArtMarketing.com. 

[Recreation]  Sarasota County to Host International Coastal Regatta This Weekend

This Friday, November, 22 through Sunday, November 24, Sarasota will become the home to yet another discipline of rowing – coastal rowing. The first annual Sarasota Coastal Rowing Regatta will take place at South Lido Beach. The Sarasota Coastal Rowing Association (SCRA), a local non-profit organization, is acting as the event host in collaboration with USRowing. “We are looking to build an annual event that will bring in rowers, crews and spectators from around the United States and the World.” says Event Director, Jim Henderson. Coastal Rowing Races generally start with a foot sprint from a beach start to the boats in the water. Rowers then race on a single course out to sea and back around a series of buoy turns. Rowers beach the boat and run to the finish line to conclude the race. Heat races are typically 4K, and finals are 6K in length. Visitors and locals alike are encouraged to attend the events to spectate. For more information, visit SarasotaCoastalRowingAssociation.com. 

[Recreation]  Payne Park Skate Park Now Free to Public

Admission to the skate park at Payne Park is now free of charge to the public, effective this week. At its meeting Monday night, the City Commission unanimously approved making the skate park free and eliminating the previous user fee. The commission also directed staff to return with various options for the future operations of the skate park. In the meantime, current skate park operator Sk8skool will continue to oversee the day-to-day operations. “We’re excited to announce that the skate park is now free, making this great facility truly accessible for everyone in the community to enjoy,” said Parks and Recreation Director Jerry Fogle. “We’ll soon be bringing forward some more options on how we might provide the best service for the community at Payne skate park in a safe and welcoming environment.” For more information, contact Recreation Programming Manager Mark Hamilton at 941-263-6565. 

[Government]  City Offices Closed for Thanksgiving; Garbage Collection Schedule Changes

City of Sarasota administrative offices will be closed Thursday, November 28, and Friday, November 29, in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. Offices will reopen Monday, December 2. Waste collection schedules will be affected by the holiday. There will be no garbage, recycling and yard waste pickup on Thanksgiving day. Collection will be delayed by one day: Thursday collection will occur one day later, on Friday, November 29 and Friday collection will occur on Saturday, November 30.  For more information on garbage collection, contact the Solid Waste Division at 941-365-7851. 

[Staff Announcement]  iTNSuncoast Hires Bill Carter as Executive Director
Sarasota nonprofit iTNSunCoast offers a unique rider service for the elderly and visually disabled. This week, they welcome Bill Carter as the new Executive Director. Carter will take over duties as permanent Executive Director overseeing operations and to grow iTNSunCoast's transportation services to area seniors and individuals that are 18 years and older that are visually impaired. Carter joins iTNSunCoast with 22 years of non-profit experience mostly with Boys and Girls Clubs in Palm Beach County and Harrisonburg, Virginia. "Mr. Carter is an experienced leader who can successfully grow our dignified transportation services to our local seniors and visually impaired persons," states Barbara Cogswell, ITN Board Chair. "He has the ability to build relationships and business opportunities while focusing on the mission of the organization". Carter added, "We have the recipe for success: a great mission, an engaged Board of Directors and dedicated staff and volunteers." Reach out with any questions to 941-364-7530 or email bill.carter@itnsuncoast.org.

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

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

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

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Diane Ford , November 20 – November 21, 7pm

Join Diane Ford at McCurdy's Comedy Theatre this Wednesday, November 20 and Thursday, November 21, 2019 at 7pm. Three HBO specials (Women of the Night, One Night Stand and Command Performance). Eleven nominations for Comedian of the Year by the American Comedy Awards. Thirteen appearances on "Evening at the Improv." Winner of the Critic's Award at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Writer on an episode of television show "Home Improvement" with Tim Allen. Tickets $25 per person, available online.

McCurdy's Comedy Theatre, 1923 Ringling Blvd, 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]  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]  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]  PERFORMANCE: Art of Performance: Lagartijas Tiradas al Sol: Tijuana , December 6 – December 7, 7:30PM

This Mexico-city based theater ensemble has created a suite of works that explore ideas of democracy in the 21st Century and blends them with narrative collages from Mexican history. The solo work Tijuana is the staged result of a real anthropological theater experiment undertaken by Lagartijas ensemble member Gabino Rodríguez, in which he abandoned his life in Mexico City to work on an assembly line in a Tijuana factory on the U.S. border. Passing under a false identity for six months, he earned the legal minimum wage to explore how the current day Mexican working-class survives.

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

[SOON]  GALA: Brunch & Bubbles - Celebrating Sarasota County Teachers , December 11, 10:30am-12pm

On Wednesday, December 11, join the Education Foundation for a morning of brunch & bubbles as they honor phenomenal teachers in Sarasota County. The awards ceremony will recognize an Alumni of Distinction and unveil the 2020 Sarasota County Teacher of the Year. The event is from 10:30am to 12pm. Please use complimentary valet service. 

The Westin Sarasota, 100 Marina View Drive, Sarasota, FL 34236

[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.

Sarasota Opera House, 61 N Pineapple Ave, Sarasota, FL 34236

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: The Sarasota Cuban Ballet School: The Nutcracker , December 14 – December 15, 2pm

Returning for the third year, the Sarasota Cuban Ballet brings its stunning production to the VPAC for three performances. Accompanied by 26 musicians from The Venice Symphony with guest conductor Joeseph Caulkins, and a brand new set, these pre-professional performers will stun you with their elegance and strength in this holiday tradition. Single tickets on sale now at veniceperformingartscenter.com or (941) 218 3779.

Venice Performing Arts Center, 1 Indian Ave building 5, Venice, FL 34285

[SOON]  FESTIVAL: Marie Selby Botanical Gardens Lights In Bloom , December 14 – January 4, 6pm-9pm

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens lights up the holiday season with Lights In Bloom. Over two million lights will illuminate the gardens and walkways will be transformed into sensory light tunnels. Visitors will have the opportunity to stroll through magical gardens filled with beautifully lit flowers, radiant rainforest butterflies, dragonflies and more. The tropical holiday paradise includes nightly visits from Santa (before Christmas Eve), children’s arts and crafts activities and games and special entertainment. Grilled foods will be available for purchase from the Michael’s on East grill including a cash bar. The Selby House Cafe will also be open with its full menu. In its 16th year, Lights In Bloom has become a tradition for residents and visitors to celebrate the holiday season in Sarasota.

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

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