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SRQ DAILY Jan 8, 2020

Wednesday Philanthropy Edition

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Wednesday Philanthropy Edition

"Thanks to their enduring commitment to education and experiential learning for all, area teachers and students are enjoying the opportunity to explore our community and the world around them in ways that were previously out of reach for many of our schools."

- Angela Hartvigsen, Sarasota County Schools Arts Curriculum Specialist

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[Education]  EdExploreSRQ ED-stravaganza Grant Winners Named

Tuttle Elementary School, Woodland Middle School and individual teachers from Bay Haven School of Basics Plus, Sarasota Middle School, Wilkinson Elementary and Tatum Ridge Elementary were all big winners at this year’s EdExploreSRQ ED-stravaganza. Thanks to the generous support of the Community Foundation of Sarasota County and The Patterson Foundation, each was the recipient of a grant ranging from $500-$1,000 to be used toward active learning experiences in their classrooms this school year.

Hosted by Sarasota County Schools’ EdExploreSRQ program, ED-stravaganza is an annual event that brings together representatives from nearly 50 local arts, culture, history, science and environmental organizations and teaching artists to showcase the experiential learning opportunities, or explorations, they have available to area teachers and schools throughout the year. All of the learning experiences showcased are vetted by the school district to make sure they meet state educational standards and benchmarks.

In total, more than 200 teachers and administrators from Sarasota, Manatee, Charlotte and Desoto counties attended this year’s ED-stravaganza, which took place during the fall. As part of the event, participating teachers and their schools were entered in grant award drawings to be used toward EdExploreSRQ explorations.

This year’s grant winners were:

  • Tuttle Elementary School (School with the most attendees, north county - $750 from Community Foundation of Sarasota County),
  • Woodland Middle School (School with the most attendees, south county - $750 from Community Foundation of Sarasota County),
  • Karen Brown, Tatum Ridge Elementary (EdExploreSRQ Passport grant - $1,000 from The Patterson Foundation),
  • Mary Wedebrock, Bay Haven School of Basics Plus (EdExploreSRQ Passport grant - $1,000 from The Patterson Foundation),
  • Nohemi Hall, Tuttle Elementary (EdExploreSRQ Passport grant - $500 from The Patterson Foundation),
  • Robin Murphy, Sarasota Middle (EdExploreSRQ Passport grant - $500 from The Patterson Foundation),
  • Geneve Cawley, Wilkinson Elementary (Go Wild for Literacy grant - $500 from The Patterson Foundation).

“We are deeply grateful to The Patterson Foundation and Community Foundation of Sarasota County for making these grants possible and for their ongoing support of our program,” said Angela Hartvigsen, arts curriculum specialist for Sarasota County Schools and manager of EdExploreSRQ. “Thanks to their enduring commitment to education and experiential learning for all, area teachers and students are enjoying the opportunity to explore our community and the world around them in ways that were previously out of reach for many of our schools.” 

Photo: Tuttle Elementary Check Ceremony

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[Awards]  Sheriff Awards Inaugural Community Impact Award to Mike Quillen of Gecko's Hospitality Group

Sarasota County Sheriff Tom Knight presented the agency’s first-ever Community Partner Award to Mike Quillen, co-owner of Gecko’s Hospitality Group yesterday. He and his business partner, Mike Gowan, are philanthropic leaders in the community as key supporters of Sarasota and Manatee County schools and several local non-profits including the Y Youth Shelter, Operation Second Chance, Sarasota County 4-H Foundation and UnidosNow.

Quillen became first to receive the Community Partner Award, which was created to recognize a company, organization, or individual for their contributions in support of the sheriff's office's mission and the citizens of Sarasota County. Quillen serves on the sheriff’s advisory board and is credited with working with other local business owners to create the SCSO Charitable Foundation. The goal of the nonprofit is to assist individual employees of the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office who are experiencing extraordinary personal or family need. Since its inception a few years ago, the foundation has helped several sheriff’s office members through personal and financial loss, and major medical expenses due to serious illness. 

In April 2019, Quillen provided meals for more than 25 agency members who staged for more than 10 hours at a critical incident, in full gear. Because the crime scene was active and secure, Quillen arranged for a cab company to transport the meals to the scene so first responders were able to have a meal. In addition to his day to day support, Quillen contributes annually to the agency’s Corporate SWAT Challenge which benefits local youth programs. “I am honored to present this inaugural award to Mike Quillen and the Gecko’s Hospitality team,” commented Sheriff Knight. “The Charitable Foundation that Mike helped create has impacted so many lives at the sheriff’s office and their contributions are beyond anything we can ever repay. Mike is a friend, an advocate, and a staunch supporter of first responders. We could not ask for a better partnership.”  

Quillen and Gowan were also recognized by SRQ Magazine in 2018 as ‘LocalPreneur of the Year.’ 

[Philanthropy]  Local Veteran Receives the Gift of a Car for the Holidays

In December, Abel Gutierrez - a veteran who has been through very rough times but has received significant assistance from several area nonprofit organizations - was surprised with the gift of a car by SRQ Vets and the Goodwill Manasota Veterans Services Program team. Gutierrez had moved to Florida with a promising job prospect that did not pan out. He found himself broke and hungry but several area nonprofit organizations helped to get him back on his feet. Gutierrez found shelter at the Salvation Army; housing through JFCS’s Operation Military Assistance Program; furnishings through Streets of Paradise; and job search assistance, clothing vouchers, a monthly bus pass, and much-needed support and empathy from team members at Goodwill’s Veterans Services Program office. The gift of a car – donated by a veteran to SRQ Vets and fixed up by veteran-owned and operated shop Freedom Auto Repair – has already further supported his independence and financial stability. Shortly after receiving the vehicle, he was offered a land surveying job, with more responsibility and better pay, in Clearwater. With his new car, he was able to accept the position and now commutes each day to his new workplace.  

Photo: (From l-r) Janet McBride, Goodwill; Cathy Bryant of Streets, Paradise; Todd Hughes, Goodwill; Jeremiah Robinson, Goodwill; Abel Gutierrez; Bill Sterbinsky, SRQ Vets; Greg Cruz, Streets of Paradise; and Richard McDaniel, JFCS

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[Healthcare]  Florida Cancer Specialists Foundation Hosts Seventh Annual Party Under the Stars

Recognized in SRQ Magazine’s reader’s poll as one of the best events of 2019, plans are underway for the seventh annual Florida Cancer Specialists (FCS) Foundation signature event, Party Under the Stars, honoring Dave (1949-2018) and Bobbi Norris of the Make a Difference Today Foundation.  Co-chaired by FCS physicians Dr. Fadi Kayali, Dr. Miguel Pelayo and Dr. Judy Wang, the event will be held on Feb. 1, 2020 from 5:30 – 11 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency Sarasota, 1000 Boulevard of the Arts, Sarasota.

The 2020 Party Under the Stars, expected to attract more than 400 guests, promises to be a dazzling evening. Entertainment will feature a Joan L. Kidd, MD Fight for Life Concert Series performance by Powerhouse Next Generation, one of the country’s top dance/show bands, along with dinner featuring expert chefs and silent and live auctions with fabulous prizes.

Honorary Co-chair and FCS Physician Dr. Kayali said, “I, along with my colleagues, Dr. Pelayo and Dr. Wang, are delighted to be named co-chairs of this exquisite event in Sarasota. Together, we are hoping to make a difference in the lives of those people who are living with cancer and their families. Last year we raised $300,000 and we hope to top that amount.” FCS Foundation Board Chairman Dr. Michael Diaz added, “Since 2011, the FCS Foundation has given out more than $5.5 million in patient grants. Our fundraising efforts have surpassed our expectations and, as a result, we will be increasing the annual maximum individual grant amounts to $2,000 beginning January 2020.”

“Funds raised at this event help to make the cancer journey less stressful for those in need of assistance during their treatment, and it promises to be really fun,” said FCSF Executive Director Lynn RasysAll proceeds will benefit the FCS Foundation, which provides financial assistance for non-medical living expenses to qualified cancer patients who are currently undergoing treatment in Florida. The FCS Foundation's overhead is paid by Florida Cancer Specialists' physicians so that 100% of donations (net of event expenses) benefit cancer patients in need.

Event tickets are $225 per person or $2,000 for a table of 10 and include dinner, live music and dancing. Guests are encouraged to wear cocktail attire.  

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[Education]  Suncoast Campaign for Grade-Level Reading Presents Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass, A Walk of Respect

In honor of the The Patterson Foundation's Honoring & Onward 10th Anniversary celebration -- in partnership with West Coast Black Theatre Troupe -- you're invited to a theatrical presentation entitled Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass, a Walk to Respect.  Frederick Douglass, a true radical with a fiery spirit, believed in racial equality for everyone. Douglass dedicated his life, writings, and career to abolishing slavery everywhere. Abraham Lincoln, cautious and considered, while opposed to slavery, was first and foremost a patriot intent on preserving the Union at all costs. These two self-made men, at a time when our divided nation faced annihilation, faced their differences with courage and compassion, forging a friendship that helped to end the Civil War and reunite our nation.  

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[Sarasota Ballet]  An Upcoming Company Premiere: Paul Taylor's Brandenburgs

January 31st marks the Company Premiere of Paul Taylor’s Brandenburgs as part of The Sarasota Ballet’s fourth Program of the Season, Redefined Movement, performing through February 3rd at the FSU Center for the Performing Arts. Choreographed in 1988 and set to portions of Johann Sebastian Bach’s famed “Brandenburg Concertos”, this piece is new to The Sarasota Ballet and part of the company’s celebration of the life of Paul Taylor. The Sarasota Ballet’s production of Brandenburgs is staged by longtime Paul Taylor Dance Company dancer Michael Trusnovec, who recently retired from stage after twenty-two years with PTDC and now serves as their Director of Worldwide Licensing. The program also features International Guest Artist Marcelo Gomes in his first performance of Brandenburgs. Don’t miss your chance to see the modern dance marvels of Paul Taylor’s choreography brought to life by The Sarasota Ballet! 

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[Architecture]  Zahrada Phase II Under Permit Review

While the first phase is under construction, Halflants + Pichette is developing the design for an adjoining condominium project of 18 units.  The first phase consists of six luxury townhouses of more than 3,000 sf each around private courtyards and pools.  All units in this second phase except for the two penthouses are under 1,000 sf.  The two-bedroom units along the alley are two stories high and have an open double height space over the living.  The penthouse ceiling over the living is raised to 13’.  This higher volume extends across the width of the unit and connects two large shaded terraces on either end.  

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[Committee]  Manatee County accepting applications for Infrastructure Sales Tax Oversight Committe

Manatee County is accepting applications for three seats for a citizens advisory committee that makes recommendations to the Board of County Commissioners on Infrastructure Sales Tax. The committee meets periodically to prepare an annual report to the Board of County Commissioners which reviews expenditures of the half-cent sales tax that voters approved in November, 2016. All meetings are publicly noticed and open to the public. To qualify applicants must live in unincorporated areas of Manatee County. The term for the seats is two years.  Applications are due Feb. 7 and may be found onlineThe committee meets periodically at 5:30 p.m. at the Manatee County Government Administrative Center, Board of County Commissioners Conference Room 9th Floor, 1112 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton.  

For the application.

[Staff Announcement]  Nick Lyons Joins Halflants + Pichette Architects

Nick Lyons completed both his undergraduate degree and Masters of Architecture at the University of Florida, receiving numerous design awards including the UF SOA Graduate Award.  Nick formerly worked with Alfonso Architects and several other firms in the Tampa Bay area, gaining experience in residential, commercial, cultural, and hospitality projects.  At Halflants + Pichette since December, Nick’s background in process-influenced design, and work across a spectrum of scales will allow him to focus on a multitude of project types. 

[Feature | January 2020]  Head Check
Jacob Ogles, jacob.ogles@srqme.com

"We still think of mental health problems in a somewhat stigmatized way," says Jon Thaxton, senior vice president of Community Investment at the Gulf Coast Community Foundation. "It's just viewed as somewhat dirty. If you had emphysema, you would elicit sympathy from people. So why have we not afforded mental health illnesses with the same sympathy we have for other mental healthcare needs?" Thaxton wants a fundamentally different approach. The problem just may be that Sarasota, while perfectly content to put a ramp in for the physically disabled, lacks the interest in treating those emotionally hindered people sleeping on benches with the same level of accommodation. It’s why, in the past two years, philanthropic leaders banded together to press forward the care of those with mental health problems and improve the standing of these individuals in the system and in society as a whole. The hope is that with a little positive attention, more people will find a ramp to an easier life with the proper care to address what ails them. 

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[SOON]  FILM: Sun Xun: Time Spy , August 11 – February 16

A mesmerizing 3D animated film by Chinese painter and draughtsman, Sun Xun incorporates traditional techniques including ink painting, charcoal drawing and woodblock printing. He uses analog and digital technologies to explore pressing concerns of the time.

The Ringling, 5401 Bay Shore Road

[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]  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]  GALLERY: Rainforest Masks of Costa Rica at Selby Gardens , January 5 – January 26, Opening Reception: January 4, 2020, 4:30-6:30pm. Exhibit open Gardens hours.

Enjoy a one-of-a-kind display of native Borucan Art at the annual Rainforest Masks of Costa Rica exhibit and sale. The Opening Reception on January 4, will give attendees the first chance to purchase the masks of their choosing before the exhibit opens to the general public on January 5. The hand-carved and painted, vibrant masks will be on display in The Museum of Botany & the Arts. Members of the Borucan tribe will be at the exhibit on select days for mask carving demonstrations.

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, 900 S. Palm Avenue, 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

[SOON]  MUSIC: Young Concert Artists International Star Xavier Foley and Kelly Lin , January 12, 3:00 pm

For the past several years, dazzling young bassist Xavier Foley has been thrilling audiences and critics alike with the stunning musical magic he makes with the essential but often overlooked double bass. Foley’s playing makes this largest and lowest member of the string family as important as any solo instrument. The Philadelphia Inquirer calls him a “spectacular player” and one who is “blissfully unaware that dazzling virtuosity is usually someone else’s job.” A native of Marietta, Georgia, Foley was also featured recently on PBS Thirteen’s NYC-ARTs and was named to New York WQXR’s "19 Artists to Watch” list for 2019. He has performed at Carnegie Hall and as a soloist with the Atlanta Symphony and Philadelphia Orchestra, amongst others. Joining Foley will be pianist Kelly Lin, a sought-after accompanist whose groundbreaking collaborations with Foley have dazzled audiences and been hailed by critics for their “agile interplay between piano and bass,” as well as their “radical, riveting reinventions of old classics.” The duo will be performing their critically acclaimed program that includes Foley’s reinvention of Mozart’s Violin Sonata in E Minor, that transposes the violin part to a range comparable to a cello’s; Schubert’s “Arpeggione” Sonata, D 821, which showcases Foley’s vast range, utilizing every bit of the bass’s vast sonic capability; their phantasmagorical take on Glière’s Intermezzo and Tarantella; and original compositions by Foley.

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

[SOON]  SCIENCE AND NATURE: Mote Marine Laboratory's Lecture Series: The Wild Side of Manatee Research , January 13, 6:30 pm

Mote's Special Lecture Series features expert speakers highlighting fascinating ocean topics on Monday evenings. Doors open at 5:30 pm and lectures start at 6:30 pm in Mote Marine Laboratory's WAVE Center, 1600 Ken Thompson Parkway, Sarasota, 34236. Cost is $10 for members and $15 for non-members (per ticket per lecture). Registration required for all. Jan. 13: Kerri Scolardi: The wild side of manatee research: How science and policy are saving a species.

WAVE Center at Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium, 1600 Ken Thompson Pkwy, 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: Art of Performance: Yin Mei - Peony Dreams: On The Other Side of Sleep , January 17 – January 18, 7:30pm

Created and choreographed by Yin Mei, an artist of the Chinese diaspora who has been part of the New York dance scene since the 1990’s, this new dance theater piece for five dancers melds themes from the iconic Chinese literary work The Peony Pavilion and Yin Mei’s own life experience as a teenage government dancer during the Chinese Revolution. Highly visual and referencing a dense collection of letters she wrote to her family over two decades, the work is a dance painting that occupies the space between truth and dreams.

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

[SOON]  MUSIC: Celebrating Sondheim , January 18, 4pm

Choral Artists of Sarasota continues its 41st season with “Celebrating Sondheim,” Saturday, January 18, 4 pm, at Riverview Performing Arts Center, 1 Ram Way, Sarasota. This tribute to Stephen Sondheim, who is celebrating his 90th birthday this year, features his music from such acclaimed Broadway shows as A Little Night MusicCompanySweeney Todd, and Sunday in the Park with George. Renowned musical theater artists Ann Morrison, Amy Jo Connours, Michaela Ristaino, Ben Pattison, and Matthew Nall will join the 40 singers of Choral Artists of Sarasota in this concert. “In celebrating Sondheim in his 90th year, this performance allows us to present a retrospective of his most iconic works alongside some musical gems that will touch a chord in all of us,” says Joseph Holt, artistic director. “Sondheim has the gift to transform the ordinary into the extraordinary.” Tickets are $28 to $45; $5 for students. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.ChoralArtistsSarasota.org or call 941-387-4900. A free Concert Insights event, which offers audiences the opportunity to learn about the artistic director’s insights about the program theme and music—and a chance to meet soloist Ann Morrison —is Tuesday, January 7, 10 am, at Center for Arts and Humanity, 1226 N. Tamiami Trail.  The event is free but please register online or by phone as seating is limited.

Riverview Performing Arts Center, 1 Ram Way, Sarasota

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Emerging Artists at Art Center Sarasota: I'm An Open Book , January 18, 1-3:30pm

Bookmaking taught by Barbara Gerdeman. Students will learn to make two different types of books – a journal/planer and an interesting “Squash” book, both of which can be filled with notes, drawing, photos, etc. This Saturday class is for youth ages 11-17. Each class students create artworks focusing on specific mediums including painting, drawing, sculpture and collage. Art history vocabulary and artists will be discussed. Students will practice art skills such as color mixing, shading, blending, composition and more. Projects are created and taught by our talented summer camp teachers. All supplies included. Students must be pre-registered by the Thursday before the session starts. Sessions will be canceled Friday morning if we do not have enough students registered. Members: $20; Non-Members: $25. Register by January 16 by 3pm.

Art Center Sarsota, 707 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota

[SOON]  FOOD: Caregivers Comfort Socializing Lunch , January 20, 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]  HEALTH: Doctors Hospital Caregiver Support Group , January 20, 10am-11:30am

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 , January 20, 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]  SCIENCE AND NATURE: Mote Marine Laboratory's Lecture Series: Insights into the Lives of Sarasota Bay's Bottlenose Dolphins , January 20, 6:30 pm

Mote's Special Lecture Series features expert speakers highlighting fascinating ocean topics on Monday evenings. Doors open at 5:30 pm and lectures start at 6:30 pm in Mote Marine Laboratory's WAVE Center, 1600 Ken Thompson Parkway, Sarasota, 34236. Cost is $10 for members and $15 for non-members (per ticket per lecture). Registration required for all. Jan. 20: Dr. Randall S. Wells—"Insights into the lives of Sarasota Bay's bottlenose dolphins, from 50 years of research"

WAVE Center at Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium, 1600 Ken Thompson Pkwy, Sarasota, FL 34236

[SOON]  SEMINAR: 2020 Sarasota MLK Memorial Breakfast , January 20, 7:30AM

The 2020 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Breakfast and Community Awards celebrates the late Rev. King Jr.’s advances in social equality for everyone. Community Awards honorees are Dr. LaShawn Frost, Principal, Booker Middle School (education), Mr. Ron Turner, Supervisor of Elections, Sarasota County (community service), Suncoast Women of Action (community service), Progressive Sarasota (community service), Mr. Lem Andrews, College and Career Advisor, Booker High School (champion of youth), Ms. Betty Jean Johnson (Dr. Martin L. King Jr. legacy award), and Mr. Jakobie Green, junior student, Booker High School (youth emerging leader). Dr. Edward E. James II will be posthumously awarded the liberty and justice award. Dr. Rachel Shelley, award-winning principal of Booker High School, is the keynote speaker. 

Robert L. Taylor Community Complex, 1845 34th Street, Sarasota, 34234

[SOON]  HEALTH: Brain Health Matters Lecture Series: Physical Activity and Implications for Brain Health , January 22, 6:30pm Registration. 7-9pm Presentation

Join us for our 3rd Brain Health Matters! Lecture Series: Brain Health & Physical Activity with Dr. John J. Ratey & Dr. Stephanie Peabody.  In this presentation, Dr. John J. Ratey from Harvard Medical School and the Brain Health Initiative will show us that moving our bodies has a profound positive effect on the physiological health of our brains. Further, Dr. Ratey will share how physical activity optimizes our brain performance, including our cognitive abilities and emotional wellbeing across the lifespan. We will see how our brains have evolved to help us move, think and understand to successfully face the demands of our environment. We will end with a series of brain healthy recommendations to apply to your own lives. You will learn how exercise stabalizes blod pressure, improves cardiac performance, decreases diabetes risk, boosts the immune system, increases metabolism, improves our ability to think and remember throughout life and reduces risk for Cognitive Decline, Azheimer's Disease and Parkinson's.

Black Box Theatre at The Out-of-Door Academy, 5950 Deer Drive, Lakewood Ranch

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