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SRQ DAILY Mar 25, 2020

Wednesday Philanthropy Edition

Wednesday Philanthropy Edition

"Collie has been a great animal to work with. She's ready to go home and pick right back up where she left off. She's old enough to know her way around and return to a normal manatee life."

- Virginia Edmonds, Director of Animal Care at The Bishop

[Science]  Collie the Manatee Returned to the Wild by The Bishop Museum of Science and Nature

Last Thursday animal care staff from The Bishop Museum of Science and Nature returned Collie the manatee to the wild. Partners with the Clearwater Marine Aquarium helped with Collie’s transport and release. Collie, who had been living at The Bishop’s Parker Manatee Rehabilitation Habitat since her arrival in December 2019, was originally rescued from the Gordon River near Naples in Collier County in June 2019. The sub-adult female manatee had been struck by a boat. Collie received initial treatment at the manatee critical care hospital at ZooTampa and then moved to The Bishop, a Stage 2 Rehabilitation facility and the place where manatees come after their critical health needs have been taken care of but they’re not quite ready for release. 

The Bishop has been conducting manatee rehabilitation since 1998 and was a founding partner of the Manatee Rescue and Rehabilitation Partnership — a cooperative group of nonprofit, private, state and federal organizations that participate in manatee population management or manatee rescue and rehabilitation. To date, the Museum has helped to rehabilitate 42 manatees, including Collie. Felicia, Doscal and Viva remain in The Bishop’s care. “Collie has been a great animal to work with,” said Virginia Edmonds, Director of Animal Care at The Bishop. “She’s ready to go home and pick right back up where she left off. She’s old enough to know her way around and return to a normal manatee life.” 

Collie has been healthy and ready to go home for a few months, but her release had been delayed by red tide in nearshore waters. Now, she’s home just in time for Manatee Appreciation Day, which officially takes place on Wednesday, March 25. 

Photo of Collie the manatee with the transport team from Clearwater Marine Aquarium and The Bishop.

Fore more on the manatee rehabilitation program.

[Online Platform]  Asolo Repertory Theatre Announces New Online Platform: Asolo Rep Engage

Asolo Rep announces Asolo Rep Engage, a new online platform that presents new ways for the community to engage and connect with the theatre remotely during the unprecedented circumstances brought on by the COVID-19 virus. Asolo Rep Engage is an online education, dramaturgy, and engagement platform that gives the community a direct connection into Asolo Rep’s creative process while also celebrating the art of theatre and all the people who create it. As part of this new platform, already existing programs like The Scoop will be adapted for online use; in addition, Asolo Rep Engage will feature interactive and accessible educational programming for students & educators. Asolo Rep Engage is free and accessible to all through social media and email updates. “The connection that theatre provides is vital to what makes us human,” said producing artistic director Michael Donald Edwards. “Now more than ever, we want people to know that we are here, that we are still working to tell amazing stories in any way we can, and that we will come back from these trying times more robust than ever.”   The program will use Asolo Rep’s website, Youtube, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and a new Asolo Rep Engage webpage specifically for the program to reach as wide an audience as possible. Audience members will find content illuminating past and future works, the artists and administrators who make it happen, and art activities for at home creativity. The company also hopes to offer streaming of selected productions soon.    

Learn more about Asolo Rep Engage.

[Online Platform]  The Circus Arts Conservatory Launches CAC Connects

The Circus Arts Conservatory Team is excited to launch CAC Connects, a new online platform to bring performance, training, education and outreach into the community in a new, innovative way during this challenging time.  Feeling antsy? Need to get your “circus on” but stuck in your house? CAC's amazing coaches are working to schedule live online classes and pre-recorded training sessions to keep your body moving and your brain socializing. Have you missed one of the CAC's performances over the last several years? CAC Connects will be your chance to get caught up and view never before seen footage of Circus Sarasota and Sailor Circus Academy.

With so many talented people at The CAC, the possibilities are endless. Updates will be made to their social media pages and features will be included in future e-newsletters as they roll out more learning opportunities.  Like many businesses and organizations at this time, The CAC is harnessing the power of technology to bring you new ways to connect to the Circus Arts. With so many people at home who are looking for opportunities to learn and not feel isolated, The CAC is here to serve you. In fact, what the CAC does best is to help people connect through the wonder of the Circus. 


For more.

[Summer Camp]  Art Center Sarasota Summer Camp Opens for Registration on March 30

Beginning March 30, Summer Art Camp 2020 at Art Center Sarasota will be open for registration online. At this time they will be taking registrations without payments, until the Sarasota school system confirms a summer break start date. At that time, parents who have signed their children up for camp(s) will be contacted for payment. Camp costs are the same - $210 for members and $260 for non-members. Scholarships are available and are based on financial need. Starting April 1, you can download the scholarship application online. The application period will close May 15th and scholarships will be awarded on May 20th.  Camps are planned to start on on June 1st and end on August 7th. Themes will include animal weeks, nature weeks, art history weeks and even a food week. They will also be offering “Picture This! Digital Photography Camp for Kids” and “Fashion Bootcamp”— both three-day mini camps. 

The Art Center Sarasota is currently closed through the end of April, but if you have any questions, please email Elizabeth at Elizabeth@artsarasota.org or Barbara at Barbara@artsarasota.org. 

Learn more online.

[Office Closure]  Supervisor of Elections Announces Temporary Office Closures Due to Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Supervisor of Elections Ron Turner today announced that public access to his three offices in Sarasota, North Port and Venice has been suspended immediately and until further notice, in response to the coronavirus pandemic. “In the interest of the health and wellbeing of the public and our employees, public access to our three offices has been closed until further notice,” Turner said.  “In the meantime, we urge the public to take advantage of the online services that are available to them at www.SarasotaVotes.com, or to call us at 941.861.8619 for an appointment or for more information,” he added. Available services online include new voter registration, as well as updates to address, signature or party affiliation, and vote-by-mail ballot requests. 

Check out online services.

[Playgrounds Closing]  City of Sarasota Playgrounds and Park Amenities Closing Today at 9am

Playgrounds, tennis courts, basketball courts and other amenities at City of Sarasota parks will be closed to the public effective 9 a.m. Wednesday, as part of the latest emergency orders issued for the COVID-19 public health emergency. Outdoor park areas will remain open for walking, jogging, exercise and enjoyment. Citizens are strongly urged to follow the directives and guidelines of federal and state health officials, including gatherings of fewer than 10 people and social distancing of at least 6 feet apart. Although City buildings are closed to the public, most City operations and functions are still available. 

For more info.

[Healthcare]  Department of Health (DOH) Announces COVID-19 Drive-Through Specimen Collection Site Thursday to Sunday

Manatee County Health Department will host a drive through specimen collection site for patients with a prescription at the Bradenton Area Convention Center from Thursday, March 26 through Sunday, March 29. There are 200 specimen collection kits for the four-day event. The Department of Health will schedule 50 appointments for each of the four days. Specimens collected at the site will be sent to labs for testing.Visitors to the collection site must have a prescription to be tested for COVID-19 and have made an appointment in advance with Manatee County Health Department. Everyone who arrives at the drive-thru must: be in a vehicle (no walk-up patients will be seen), drivers must remain in their vehicles at all times. Drivers must present a photo ID and a prescription for specimen collection, written by their health care provider (name on ID and prescription must match. Anyone in Manatee County who believes they may have COVID-19 should call the Manatee Health Line at 941-242-6649 before calling 9-1-1- or visiting a hospital emergency room.

The site will be open from 10 am to 4 pm Thursday through Sunday.  To make an appointment, call (941) 748-0747. 

For more current information.

[Playground Closure]  Nathan Benderson Park Closes the Park's Playground Starting Today at 6am

Because the health, safety and well-being of our community is of utmost importance, officials at Nathan Benderson Park are closing the park’s playground, effective this morning. Suncoast Aquatic Nature Center Associates (SANCA) has moved to close the park’s popular Ronald A. Balducci Playground, effective at 6 am Wednesday, March 25. SANCA operates and manages the park under contract to Sarasota County. The closure is due to an order from Sarasota County Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources, issued to all the county’s parks as a measure to respond to the novel coronavirus. New policies for events and programs in the park were announced March 16 by SANCA. The policies are in place until April 12, but may extend to mid-May, as officials monitor the situation.  Amenities and equipment will remain available to NBPerks affiliates for individual use. Private lessons and rentals will be by appointment only.  Events of 10 or more people scheduled through March 31, and events of 50 or more people scheduled through April 12, are postponed. 

For more.

[Working Out From Home]  EVO Athletics Launches a Series of New Online Workouts from Home

EVO Athletics has launched a series of new online workouts to stay fit at home. Join Coach Nickie as she walks us through a great leg workout to gain strength and improve explosion. This is perfect for athletes of all ages and skill levels as well as family members that want a little workout at home. Workout by yourself or have up to 3 people join you for this circuit training. TIP: use tape or chalk to mark rebound height targets and record your results to track your improvement! Explosion is used throughout gymnastics, cheer, volleyball and ninja warrior. 

Click here to see the full workout.

[Female Scientist]  Canopy Meg

In the treetops with scientist Margaret Lowman. 

Click here to read the full story in our March 2020 Home Edition of SRQ Magazine!

[Philanthropy]  Stepping Forward Book Circles Continue Virtually

The Patterson Foundation has extended the time frame of book circles through December 2020. If your group would like to continue to meet over FaceTime, Skype, Zoom, social media or any other creative method that allows discussion and community, TPF is happy to count that as a meeting.  They hope that you will continue to check on each other, offer support and share with us any positivity that comes from this unusual time. The TPF team will continue to think about ways we can stay engaged with you while maintaining a physical distance. Read up on what's happening with Stepping Forward book circles in your community and sign up to lead one today! 

Sign up to start a book circle.

[Virtual Healthcare]  Intercoastal Medical Group Provides Telehealth Services to Slow Spread of COVID-19

In an effort to limit the spread of COVID-19, Intercoastal Medical Group has begun using electronic telehealth services. Virtual appointments now are available during the duration of the public health emergency. Telehealth allows virtual access to healthcare while protecting the health and wellbeing of patients and staff. It is an alternative to office visits for all established Intercoastal Medical Group patients who have been seen within the last three years. In some instances, your provider may feel that it would be in your best interest to come into the office for an exam rather than using telehealth services. Patients interested in scheduling a telehealth visit, should call their Intercoastal Medical Group provider’s office for instructions. For more information please visit intercoastalmedical.com 

[Closures]  Mattison's Restaurants Temporary Closes All Three Locations

Owner Chef Paul Mattison has shared that the three Mattison's Restaurant locaitons will be temporarily closing. " These are crazy times that we are living in right now and there is not play book for what the right decision is and we are all just trying to figure it out together," says Mattison. 

[Restaurant Take Our]  Jason's Deli on University Parkway Remains Open for Takeout, Curbside Pick up and Free Delivery

Jason's Deli on University Parkway will remain open for takeout, curbside pick up and free delivery for a limited time. In addition, local Jason's Deli locations are hosting a special to-go ice cream fundraiser. Vanilla ice cream floats are available with the choice of Coca-Cola or root beer for $1.99 and pints of vanilla, chocolate or swirl ice cream can be purchased for 99 cents. All ice cream product proceeds will be dontaed direclty to a Jason's Deli employee relief fund created to assist employees during this challenging time. The restaurant continues to accept orders for breakfast, lunch and dinner daily during regular operating hours. 

See the full menu or place an order online.

[Postponement]  Dick Vitale Gala Postponed to September 4, 2020

The V Foundation for Cancer Research, a top-rated cancer research charity, and ESPN Hall of Fame Sportscaster Dick Vitale announced the 15th Annual Dick Vitale Gala, previously scheduled for May, will take place on September 4, 2020, at The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota in Florida. The health and well-being of event attendees and employees is the V Foundation’s number one priority during the COVID-19 situation.Vitale is a true champion for pediatric cancer research, raising nearly $30 million to date for the pediatric fund in his name at the V Foundation. Overall, the V Foundation has awarded nearly $50 million in pediatric research grants. This year’s event will honor Gonzaga University Men’s Basketball Head Coach Mark Few, ESPN commentator Stephen A. Smith and Tampa Bay Buccaneers Head Coach Bruce Arians.

“We are very sorry for the change of date, but we want to be careful about the pandemic caused by the COVID virus,” said Vitale. “The evening will still be a night filled with laughter, tears and thoughts. Yes, those are the three things that Jimmy V stated in his legendary “Don’t Give Up . . . Don’t Ever Give Up!”® speech. Please help us raise big dollars to help kids battling cancer. September is Pediatric Cancer Awareness Month and I know everyone will help deliver a slam dunk against children’s cancer on this special evening.” 

More info.

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