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"The characters all in one way or another embody some of the things that make other people look down on millennials. But, ultimately, the characters are dealing with the same problems as any other family drama."

- Brendan Ragan, Co-Artistic Director of Urbanite Theatre

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[Theater]  With "Sender," Urbanite Brings Chicago Grit to Downtown Sarasota
Andrew Fabian

Chicago has a reputation as a rough city, and whether or not that reputation is warranted, a play by one of its hottest up-and-coming playwrights promises to challenge Sarasota audiences with its colorful language, flawed characters and racy sexual themes. The play is called “Sender,” and it is part 1 of a 7-play series of loosely-connected stories by playwright Ike Holter, a Chicago native poised to break out in 2020 for his powerful, timely work.

The play opens with a quirky twist: a man who was thought by his friends to be dead returns and upends the tenuous peace they have all made in moving on. His mysterious reappearance and desire to make up for lost time and past mistakes rips through their lives like a tornado, forcing each of them to take responsibility for themselves. And, some of the contemporary issues explored by the play—student loan debt, arrested development, sexuality—belie the universal themes explored, which bodes well for a play about millennials being performed to an older audience.

“The characters all in one way or another embody some of the things that make other people look down on millennials,” says Brendan Ragan, Co-artistic director of Urbanite and director of this production. “But, ultimately, the characters are dealing with the same problems as any other family drama,” he says, “secrets, infidelity, substance abuse; it’s just that they aren’t a traditional, nuclear family.” It all amounts to a play that promises to portray the despondency and angst of the Millennial generation in all of its self-reflective, insecure, foul-mouthed glory.

“Ike’s language is gorgeous,” says Mary Williamson, who reprises her role as Tess, a role she played when the play premiered in Chicago in 2016. “It’s heightened yet realistic, rhythmic and chaotic,” she continues, and altogether serves to accentuate the manic lives of the four millennial characters who all, in one way or another, are struggling with the looming threat of their belated adulthood. And, like the play’s protagonist returning from the dead, Urbanite’s production is also an opportunity for Williamson to reflect on her own growth, both personally and as an actress.

“This will be the first time I’ll revisit a character with a totally different company,” she says, “and I’ve had more life experience, so I’m a different person and Tess is a different person.” For Williamson, having more life experience means she can better understand her troubled character, and Ragan hopes this translates into something universally relatable for Sarasota audiences. “The play is about growing up, but also about healing and owning yourself,” says Ragan. Nonetheless, “Sender” will continue Urbanite’s aim to push the boundary on what Sarasota audiences are used to.The play opens tonight at 8 pm and promises to evoke any combination of gasps,
laughs, eye-rolls or tears. It runs through February 16th. 

Credit Jack Cooper for the photo, and include this caption:

[Community Art]  "Enriching Lives Through Diversity" Embracing Our Differences Announces 2020 Outdoor Art Exhibit and Top Winners

Since 2004, Embracing Our Differences has used the power of art and prose to promote diversity. One way it accomplishes this is through its annual, juried international outdoor art exhibition consisting of 50 billboard-sized works of art, each accompanied by an inspirational quote. The response to the call for artwork and inspirational quotes was record-breaking this year, with 16,118 entries pouring in from 127 countries and 50 states. Students from 398 schools around the world submitted artwork or quotes to the juried exhibit. The winning quotes and art will be showcased in the 17the annual exhibit, January 18 through April 5, in Sarasota’s Bayfront Park. 

Image by Ash DiCristofalo, "Coming Together". For more information about this exhibit or Embracing Our Differences, call 941-404-5710 or visit www.embracingourdifferences.org.

[Casting Call]  Sarasota Opera Extends Call for Child Supernumeraries

 Sarasota Opera is seeking a number of enthusiastic, outgoing children to volunteer as supernumeraries, or “supers,” the non-singing and non-speaking extras in the following opera productions in its 2020 Winter Festival Season: Puccini’s La bohème, Donizetti’s The Elixir of Love, and Catalani’s La Wally. Age range for the characters is from 7 to 18. To be considered for the role: must be no taller than 4'6", maximum weight no more than 120 lbs, be energetic, enthusiastic and take direction well, must be able to attend evening and occasional daytime rehearsals and evening/weekend performances. Rehearsals will start in mid-January 2020 and the final performance of the winter season is March 22, 2020. 

Parents of interested children, please contact Director of Artistic Administration Greg Trupiano at 941-366-8450 ext. 534, or email info@sarasotaopera.org.

[Health]  Florida Surgeon General Urges Vaccination As Best Defense Against Rapidly Spreading Flu Virus

Health departments in the Tampa Bay region-Citrus, Hardee, Hernando, Highlands, Hillsborough, Manatee, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk and Sarasota-are strongly encouraging residents older than six months of age to follow the Florida Department of Health's recommendation that all unvaccinated residents get their flu shot as soon as possible. Flu vaccination is the best way to prevent the flu and its potentially serious complications. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that, nationwide, for the 2019-2020 season so far, there have been at least 6.4 million cases of influenza, more than 55,000 associated hospitalizations and approximately 2,900 related deaths. For Florida flu statistics, please visit the Department's Florida Flu Review website. "With this year's flu season in full swing, it is critical that adults and children get the flu vaccine to protect against infection and help prevent the spread of seasonal flu to others", said Lieutenant Governor Jeanette Nuñez. "By getting a flu shot now, you will protect yourself, as well as your family and friends." "Influenza is a contagious virus that can spread rapidly in our communities and cause severe illness resulting in hospitalization or death", said Florida Surgeon General Dr. Scott Rivkees. "Getting vaccinated is the best way to avoid the flu; it reduces the spread of the virus and can also help make illnesses less severe for those who do still get sick." 

Sarasota Contact: (941) 861-2900

[Education]  Manatee District Graduation Rates Show Upward Trend Overall and in Different Demographic Groups

The School District of Manatee County’s overall graduation rate has increased 5.3 percentage points since the 2014-2015 school year, according to graduation data released today by the Florida Department of Education. While the district’s overall graduation rate dipped slightly from a year ago (from 85.4% in 2017-2018, to 83.2% in 2018-2019), the long-term trend reflects improvement – not only overall, but for different demographic subgroups. For example:

  • The graduation rate for Students with Disabilities in Manatee County has increased 26.9 percentage points since 2014-2015.
  • The graduation rate for Hispanic or Latino students in Manatee County has increased 11 percentage points since 2014-2015.
  • The graduation rate for Black or African American students in Manatee County has increased 6.2 percentage points since 2014-2015
  • The graduation rate for White students in Manatee County has increased 5.1 percentage points since 2014-2015.

“While yearly graduation rates in our school district have shown some fluctuations over the last several years, the overall trend is one of sustained progress, especially when you look at the different demographic subgroups of students we serve,” said Deputy Superintendent of Instructional Services Genelle Zoratti-Yost. “While we know we have work to do to continue to improve, we feel like the direction we are heading in terms of graduating our students reflects a positive upswing.” 

[Elections]  Supervisor of elections to speak at federal elections summit

Sarasota County Supervisor of Elections Ron Turner has been invited by the U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC) in Washington, D.C. to participate in a panel discussion next week on issues faced by national elections officials related to poll workers and other election day challenges. The commission’s 2020 Elections Summit, which will highlight important issues facing state and local elections officials as they prepare for the 2020 primaries and general elections, is scheduled for Tuesday, January 14 at the Washington-based National Press Club. 

The all-day event will bring together state and local election officials, representatives from federal agencies that support elections, and other key election stakeholders to discuss election security and combatting foreign interference in elections, preparing for high voter turnout, ensuring access for voters with disabilities and limited English proficiency, and effective poll worker recruiting and training. The EAC will convene a total of four panels to address various aspects of election administration. Turner will participate in the panel discussion on challenges faced by election officials related to implementing election policy change at the ground level, deploying election poll books and new voting equipment, and supporting poll workers to ensure accessibility in the polling place. 

The summit will be livestreamed on www.eac.gov

[Advertising]  AdFed Suncoast Announces Judges, Calls for Entries for 2020 ADDY Awards
Brittany Mattie, brittany.mattie@srqme.com

The annual American Advertising Awards remains the advertising industry’s largest and most representative competition to honor creative excellence in the area. Conducted annually by the American Advertising Federation (AAF), the local phase—sponsored by AdFed Suncoast—is the first of a three-tier, national competition. Across the nation, entrants vie to win the prestigious ADDY Awards—recognition as the very best in their markets. At the second tier, local ADDY winners compete against winners from other local clubs in one of 15 district competitions. District winners are then forwarded to the national stage of the 2020 American Advertising Awards. 

Open to media professionals throughout Sarasota, Manatee, Charlotte, Hardee, DeSoto, Highlands and Glades counties, the coveted local chapter competition will recognize the best spirit and art of advertising and communications. AdFed Suncoast recently confirmed the three-member creative panel that will judge entries at this year’s Awards. The judges were chosen from a database provided by parent organization, American Advertising Federation (AAF) - Fourth District. They are brought in from outside the local market area so they are neutral and unfamiliar with our entrants during the judging process. Judges include Matthew Wengerd of A Fine Press in Lakeland, FL; Anne Grigsby of Grisby Design in West Palm Beach, FL; and Tim Boatright, Creative Director at Vistra Communications in Lutz, FL.  

Boatright, who has more than 30 years of advertising experience and has earned hundreds of prestigious honors, including more than a dozen Clio Awards and scores of regional and national ADDY Awards, has worked on everything from major pharmaceuticals to telecommunications accounts and with brands such as AT&T, DIRECTV, Pepsi, Pfizer, Lowe’s, Burger King and MillerCoors. "I am looking forward to the challenge of judging what I know will be exceptional work," he says. "It is an honor to have been selected to participate in this year's Suncoast ADDY Awards team on the other side of the competition."

Judges will review entries submitted by the Suncoast market in all areas of online, nontraditional, print and broadcast advertising. Advertising professionals are invited to submit their work in consideration for the prestigious ADDY Award. All entries must be received by 5 pm on January 17. Judging will be conducted the weekend of January 24 and all finalists will be notified by the week of February 2. The winners are all kept top secret until the unveiling at the awards show on February 23, where winners will be honored at a black-tie gala. 

Entry fees are $89 for members of AdFed Suncoast and $178 for non-members. To receive an American Advertising Awards entry packet, contact Shane Hughes, AdFed Suncoast president at 941-927-7589, or visit AdFedSuncoast.com/ADDYs for entry details.  

Photo from the 2019 American Advertising Awards, courtesy of AdFed Suncoast. Check out the highlight reel on YouTube here.

For entry details, click here.

[Business]  The Argus Foundation to Host Former Congresswoman & Google Executive Susan Molinari and Former Congressman Bill Paxon at 2020 Annual Meeting

Argus Foundation will be hosting Former Congresswoman & Google VP of Public Policy’s Susan Molinari and Former Congressman Bill Paxon at today's annual meeting from 11:30am-1pm to offer their perspectives on Washington D.C. today. Susan Molinari’s congressional career began in 1990 when she took the seat of New York’s 14th congressional district. In 1992, following the state’s redistricting, Molinari won her second race leading the district until 1997. During her time in office, Molinari signed the 1994 Contract with America amendment pledging a balanced budget to the U.S. Constitution, later taking a seat on the House Budget Committee after trading in her former seat on the Education and Labor committee. In 1997, Molinari left her notable congressional career to become the co-host of CBS
News, and by 2012, she was named Google’s VP of Public Policy for the Americas until 2018. Bill Paxon’s congressional career spanned from 1989 to 1993 after five years of serving the New York State Assembly. He was elected into the 101 st , 102 nd , 103 rd , 104 th and 105 th United States Congresses, and during his time in office, he was elected into the National Republican Congressional Committee in 1992 and chaired by the Republican House Leadership committee during the 105 th Congress. Paxon later became an advisor to GOP congressional members and by 1999, he joined Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP where he has advised on policy issues for
both public and private sector clients for nearly two decades. Paxon has been consistently rated as one of Washington’s top lobbyists. The Argus Foundation will additionally present their installation of new 2020 officers during their annual meeting. Interested community members must register to attend. Seating is limited. 

Contact Christine@argusfoundation.org for tickets.

[Development]  Developers Break Ground on Palmetto Sheraton at the Bradenton Area Convention Center

Earlier this week developers officially broke ground on The Palmetto Sheraton at the Bradenton Area Convention Center located adjacent to the Bradenton Area Convention and Visitors Bureau. The estimate $60 million project is expected to draw more business and tourism to the area – specifically from groups and meetings – and is projected to be completed in September 2021. 

[Real Estate]  Michelle Armstrong Joins RE/MAX Alliance Group

Michelle R. Armstrong has joined RE/MAX Alliance Group as a Realtor in the Bradenton office. She formerly worked with a predecessor of RE/MAX Alliance Group before moving to South Carolina, where she was also a RE/MAX agent. With 23 years of real estate experience, Armstrong brings excellent negotiation skills, an extensive knowledge of the market, and “a passion for helping people.” She is a Graduate of the Realtor Institute (GRI) and a member of the 100% Club recognizing outstanding performance. The mother of three, a grown son and two daughters, Armstrong enjoys going to the beach, swimming and reading. She is involved in dog rescue efforts. The Bradenton office is located at 3007 Manatee Avenue W. Armstrong can be reached at (941) 713-8294 or MichelleArmstrong123@yahoo.com 

[SRQ Magazine | January 2020 Edition]  New Year, New You
Abby Weingarten and Brittany Mattie

The January 2020 New Year New You feature shows the changes we can make to engage our health, wellness, strength and happiness. 

Read the full story.

[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]  SEMINAR: The Art of Architecture Lecture by STRANG Architects , January 16, 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Max Strang, FAIA, of STRANG Architecture firm presents this informative lecture focusing primarily on residential design projects and the exhibit. Refreshments and light appetizers provided. $20 for members, $25 for non-members. $10 for Young Moderns. Free for students.

Center for Architecture Sarasota, 265 South Orange Avenue Sarasota

[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]  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]  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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