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"Unfortunately, the stain of anti-Semitism continues to rear its ugly head both in Florida and across the nation."

- State Rep. James Buchanan, R-Venice

[Community]  Security Concerns Feed Need For Jewish Federation Venue
Jacob Ogles, jacob.ogles@srqme.com

A wave of anti-Semitism across the country means heightened concern and greater cost for Jewish community leaders in Sarasota. Now, the Jewish Federation of Manatee-Sarasota wants help in creating a safe place for community gathering.

Howard Tevlowitz, CEO of the Federation, said plans are underway to reconfigure the old Jewish Community Center into a major 40,000-square-foot venue. The organization has already raised $15 million for the project, which will include a 10,000-square-foot banquet facility, a 3,200-square-foot foyer, a catering kitchen and exhibition space. There’s also plans for an Israel center with a business incubator and accelerator.

The rebuilt center will serve the region in a host of ways, but the most important reason it is needed is because of security, Tevlowitz said. “For our Jewish community to meet around the community, we have to work with Homeland Security, and sometimes have bomb-sniffing dogs winding and checking bags,” he said. “But we have total control of our own campus.”

That’s part of why state Rep. James Buchanan, R-Venice, wants the state to chip in $500,000 for the project as well.

“Unfortunately, the stain of anti-Semitism continues to rear its ugly head both in Florida and across the nation,” Buchanan said, days after a high profile Hanukkah stabbing in New York that left five injured.

“Whether it’s the desecration of Jewish cemeteries, bomb threats at Jewish Community Centers or killings at synagogues, we need to be doing everything we can to combat anti-Semitism in any form," Buchanan said. "That’s why I believe it is more critical than ever to provide the Federation with the resources it needs to effectively secure its campus.”

The push for a larger facility and more security comes as the Jewish community grows significantly in the Greater Sarasota area. A demographic study by the Federation shows that over the last 18 years, the Jewish population here has doubled from about 17,500 people to 35,000. 

But Tevlowitz stressed the facility will be an asset for more than Sarasota’s Jewish residents. The building, which Federation leaders hope to open in 2022 or 2023, will provide a central access point for Jewish groups but will also be a venue open to all people in the area to visit and enjoy. 

[Good Bite]  Tableseide Restaurant Group Opens CIRCO, A Taco and Bourbon Joint

Tableseide Restaurant Group is proud to present its newest restaurnant in a lone line of locally-owned, authentic dining hotspots—CIRCO–A Taco and Bourbon Joint. When the company recognized the need for an artisan taco boutique shop where innovative culinary creations could be paired with something other than tequila (bourbon, of course), CIRCO was realized. Circo is a spot for fun cocktals, classic margaritas and rare and interesting mezcals and bourbons. Born from the marriage of two deeply interconnected cultures – Mexican and American– taco slinging and craftmanship is what they do best.  From four inspired homemade salsas  including the Elote Corn Salsa and Mango Salsa, to the homemade churros in Mexican chocolate fondue, menu highlights include the Thai Shrimp, Korean Prok, Mongolian Beef, Nashville Hot Vegetable, Edamame Falafel, Chicken and Biscuit and Buffalo Chicken tacos. Add a side of Crisp Tots and Local Egg or Rice & Grandules to round out the experience. 1435 2nd Street, Sarasota, Florida, 941-253-0978. Visit them Mondays to Thursdays from 11am to 9pm, Fridays to Satuday from 11am to 12 midnight and Sundays from 11am to 9pm. 

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[Boating]  MarineMax Announces the 2020 Aviara AV36 Outboard

MarineMax announces the new 38.5-foot long 2020 AV36 Outboard with plenty of horsepower to go around. Featuring Aviara’s expanded signature modern layout to create more space for incredible shared experiences, this sports cruiser has a fiberglass hull with minimum draft of 2.58-feet. Below deck, the refined cabin creates a comfortable private retreat. Confidence comes with the boat’s smooth, stable ride—delivered by your choice of sterndrive, twin or triple-engine outboard configurations. Excellence extends to every detail on the AV36, from premium components and unrivaled ergonomics to a unique helm design fine tuned for effortless control. 

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[Philanthropy]  Cat Depot Shares Mission Outcomes for the Closing Year

This past year is one the Cat Depot is proud of—a year filled with the creation of lasting partnerships with those who value the human-animal bond. In 2019, the nonprofit has placed 1,349 cats into loving homes, treated thousands more in its public Cat Care Clinic, fed 8,000+ community cats and personally-owned underserved pets, and served over 25,000 visitors to its facilities. Cat Depot continues to focus on growing the Adopt a New Forever Friend and Sponsor a Cat's Care programs while looking to engage more volunteers. 

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[For The Kids]  Children's World Launches the Play Day Program

Established in 1963, Children's World adds a new program to its main business of providing uniforms for the Sarasota County School District and local businesses. Play Days are held in the Children's World toy store providing engagement for kids of all ages from 10am-4pm on these dates: January 25-DIY Puzzles, February 8-We Love Shrinky Dinks Day, February 22-Kwik Stix Hand Art, March 14-St. Patrick's Clay Day, March 28-Spring Olympica, April 11-Easter Crafts, April 25-Tee's for Mom, May 9-Fun Science and May 23-Make-a-Plate for Dad. Workshops held at their location at 4525 Bee Ridge Road, Sarasota. There are nominal fees covering materials for Tee's for Mom and Make-A-Plate for Dad. 

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[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

[SOON]  MUSEUM: Syd Solomon: Concealed and Revealed , December 15 – April 26

Concealed and Revealed offers a unique selection of paintings by the artist, along with numerous objects from the Solomon Archive on view for the first time. Syd Solomon (American, 1917-2004) described himself as an “Abstract Impressionist” alluding to the fact that his work infused impressionism into the processes, scale and concepts of Abstract Expressionism. Solomon moved to Sarasota in 1946 with his wife Annie. His was the first work of contemporary art to be collected by The Ringling in 1962. His paintings were greatly influenced by climatic factors and reveal a fascination and concern for Florida’s aquatic environment. Solomon incorporated his experience as a camouflage designer during World War II into his painting. It is not well-known that he was also an accomplished graphic artist, who in his early years designed commercial signage for prominent hotels and businesses in Sarasota. Like his work in camouflage, Solomon’s calligraphic skill was essential to the development of his later gestural abstraction.

Syd Solomon: Concealed and Revealed is presented in partnership with the Estate of Syd Solomon and is accompanied by a 96-page publication with essays by former curator at The Ringling Michael Auping, George S. Bolge, Dr. Gail Levin, and Mike Solomon. The exhibition will include artworks from private collections and The Ringling’s permanent collection.

John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, 5401 Bay Shore Rd, Sarasota

[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]  GALLERY: Dabbert Gallery Presents "Local Color, Florida Style" , January 3 – January 31, 11am-5pm

Dabbert Gallery presents the exhibition "Local Color, Florida Style" to open at the First Firday Gallery Walk on Friday, January 3, 2020 and continues through January 31, 2020. Featuring six of the gallery's Florida artists including Arnold Desmarais, Martin Dunn, Bill Farnsworth, James Griffin, Joe Palmerio and Luke Steadman. Open from Tuesday to Saturday from 11am to 5pm.

Dabbert Gallery, 46 S. Palm Avenue, Sarasota, FL

[SOON]  MUSIC: Pops: Bugs Bunny at the Symphony , January 3 – January 4, 1/3: 8pm and 1/4: 2:30pm and 8pm

Recent studies suggest that listening to music can reduce stress, elevate mood, relieve pain, and even increase life expectancy. Sarasota Orchestra can help you add music's many powerful benefits into your wellbeing resolutions for the New Year, with five upcoming concerts in January alone. If laughter is the best medicine, then our first concert of 2020 is just what the "Doc" ordered. With live orchestra underscoring the antics of your favorite Looney Tunes characters on screen, Bugs Bunny at the Symphony offers a spectacular fusion of classic animation and classical music in its 30th-anniversary edition. This popular concert has been touring the world with sold-out performances for three decades, and now returns to Sarasota Orchestra in a newly-revised 30th Anniversary Edition. This critically-acclaimed production projects the world's most iconic Looney Tunes on the big screen, while the orchestra plays the classically-infused original scores live! From "What's Opera, Doc?" and "The Rabbit of Seville," to "Baton Bunny," "Corny Concerto," "Rhapsody Rabbit," and "Long-Haired Hare," don't miss the brilliant cartoons that first introduced classical music to much of the American public. Plus five brand new animated shorts, newly-created by the Warner Bros. animators in celebration of Bugs Bunny's 80th Birthday in 2020.Don't forget about our $9 youth ticket pricing to get the whole family in on a joyous kick-off to a musical New Year.


Van Wezel Performing Arts Center, 777 North Tamiami Trail, Sarasota

[SOON]  SEMINAR: Sarasota Institute of Lifetime Learning (SILL) , January 7 – March 26, 10:30 am

Sarasota Institute of Lifetime Learning (SILL) is preparing for its 49th year of extremely popular global issues lectures and musical conversations. In 2020, these programs will begin in January and continue through the end of March. Speakers of global issues lectures are well-known, highly experienced experts, and guests on musical conversations are internationally renowned musicians, singers, and performers. SILL is an all-volunteer, non-profit organization. In its 49th season, its programs will include 96 lectures and musical conversations presented in Sarasota, Venice, and Lakewood Ranch. SILL audiences mostly consist of highly educated and intellectually curious seniors living on the Suncoast year-round or during winter months. SILL also simulcasts some of its lectures to selected senior communities. Last year, attendance at SILL events exceeded 40,000. Single tickets to SILL events are only $10 at the door when available, and a season ticket for 12 same-day lectures cost just $85, which represents substantial savings. For program schedules, venues, speaker bios, and ordering season tickets visit sillsarasota.org

First United Methodist Church, 104 S. Pineapple Ave.

[SOON]  GALA: The Hospital Gala , January 11, 6pm-11pm

The Hospital Gala has raised more than $2.2 million to benefit Sarasota Memorial Hospital ER/Trauma Services and Cardiac Services. This year, proceeds will support Cancer Services to help the SMH cancer care team deliver the best life-saving care for you, your loved ones and those in our community.

The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota, 1111 Ritz Carlton Dr, Sarasota, FL 34236

[SOON]  MUSIC: American Roots: Grassical , January 11 – January 12, 1/11: 4pm; and, 1/12: 4pm

The Key Chorale Chamber singers will present their fourth installment in their American Roots series January 11-12 with American Roots: Grassical. The 7-member DePue Brothers Band joins the singers in a program from the hills of Appalachia to progressive bluegrass sounds of today. These classical violin virtuosos, with blazing bluegrass chops, have pioneered the term “grassical,” a vivid blend of bluegrass, gypsy, and jazz. They have been the subject of a PBS documentary, named “Musical Family of America” by presidential decree and released 3 acclaimed CDs. Experience a one-of-a-kind program taking our popular bluegrass concert onto a new set of tracks. “This concert has become such an audience favorite that it is a challenge to keep raising the bar,” said Maestro Caulkins. “By adding such a polished ensemble like the DePue Brothers Band, along with brand new charts written especially for this concert, I am certain this will be an unforgettable experience.” Hear contemporary and old-time bluegrass from the Wailin’ Jennys, Emmylou Harris and Ricky Skaggs, to Flatts & Scruggs, The Foggy Mountain Boys and the immortal Ralph Stanley. Guest vocalist and audience favorite Madison Spahn, who joined us last year for American Roots: Digging Deeper, will be back again this year. 

St. Boniface Episcopal Church (1.12) ; Venice Presbyterian Church (1/12), 5615 Midnight Pass Rd., Siesta Key; 825 The Rialto, Venice

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