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"Donations are one of our main sources of income for the Habitat, which makes fundraisers like Fox Yoga and Yoga With Tigers an incredibly important part of supporting the animals."

- Renee Ferreira, Big Cat Habitat Sanctuary

-SRQ Magazine's New Summer 2020 Issue Is Out Now.
[Health + Wellness]  Big Cat Habitat Expands Its 'Yoga With Tigers' Campaign To Include Foxes and Fundraising
Brittany Mattie, brittany.mattie@srqme.com

The energizing and exciting Yoga With Tigers event created such a buzz, it became a frequented monthly series of events on Big Cat Habitat's newly built, spacious porch surrounded by tiger enclosures. RYT-200 instructor Erika Cain taught the classes, which was designed as a mixture of gentle hatha, vinyasa and meditation-in-motion yoga styles. Ticket profits and supplementary donations went directly to supporting the facility’s operations and taking care of the animals whom reside there.

But don't let the name mislead. There are many more species that inhabit Big Cat Habitat Gulf Coast Sanctuary than lions, ligers and tigersfrom a beloved sloth, to exotic parrots, a donkey and a white wolf. The 501c-3 nonprofit organization provides a safe, loving and permanent safe haven to over 150 animals. 

So as not to exclude its other residents that call the Habitat home, the foundation has expanded its yoga program to include its first-ever Fox Yoga fundraising event. "Stormy and Miko⁠, two silver fox brothersare animal ambassadors here at Big Cat Habitat and will be a part of a new yoga experience," says Renee Ferreira, marketing and events manager. "Funds raised during our Fox Yoga event will be focused towards the care of our foxes and the construction of a new habitat for them."

Guests will not only be able to connect with the majestic animals in a new, unique way (sans barring separation from enclosures), but also partake in an alignment-based, breathing-focused yoga flow in the intimate encounter area with returning instructor Erika Cain. Meanwhile, Stormy and Miko will freely wander and play with the participants. This exclusive experience allows yogis to become immersed in the outdoor environment and the powerful energy of the bushy-tailed creatures.

Registration is $125 per person and includes interactive animal encounter, yoga flow class, light snacks and refreshments, and a single-day pass to return to the habitat during normal business hours, Wednesday through Sunday, 12:00 pm-4:00pm. 

"Donations are one of our main sources of income for the Habitat, which makes fundraisers like Fox Yoga and Yoga With Tigers an incredibly important part of supporting the animals," shares Ferreira. "Our hope is that through this unique experience we will be able to encourage support of our mission to educate our visitors about the importance of species preservation and habitat conservation to ensure the survival of these magnificent animals for future generations, and to keep alive the human-animal connection in our world and in our community."

Fox Yoga: Friday, July 3, 2020. Doors Open at 8:45 am, 60-Minute Flow begins at 9 am. Only six spaces are available and reservations need to be made in advance. The yoga practice is for most levels and will be practicing social distancing throughout the class. Mats will be placed 6ft apart, and masks are 100% required.  

Photo courtesy of Big Cat Habitat Gulf Coast Sanctuary

Reserve your spot and buy tickets to the event here.

[Diversity Award]  Riverview Coexistence Club Students Awarded Embracing Our Differences Scholarships

Chloe Labrecque and Cam Pham, two Riverview High school seniors who have served as members of the school’s Coexistence Club, were recently awarded $1,000 four-year renewable scholarships by Embracing Our Differences. According to Ben Jewell-Plocher, EOD’s education director, the two students are part of an inaugural EOD scholarship initiative, which will grant annual $1,000 renewable scholarships to three students at regional high school Coexistence Clubs. Current Coexistence Club locations include Booker, North Port, Riverview, and Sarasota high schools. Coexistence Club members serve as docents for thousands of students from area elementary and middle schools who visit EOD’s outdoor exhibit every year in addition to designing and leading student-driven initiatives in their schools to promote inclusion and acceptance.

“The fierce commitment of Coexistence Club members to promote diversity, inclusion, integrity and respect in their schools and at EOD’s annual exhibit led us to consider how we could further honor their efforts while also supporting their education after graduation,” says Jewell-Plocher. “We are thrilled to have the chance to work with all the amazing students in our Coexistence Clubs, congratulate Cam and Chloe on being the inaugural recipients of the Riverview High School Coexistence Club scholarship and thank Riverview club advisor Dena Sturm for her mentorship of both students.” 

The 2021 exhibit will be January 20th through April 1st, 2021, in Bayfront Park in downtown Sarasota.

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[Early Learning]  Manatee County Coalition Accepting Applications for School Readiness Funding

The Early Learning Coalition of Manatee County (ELC) School Readiness child care funding is currently available to eligible families. School Readiness funding assists families in obtaining affordable, high quality child care. Funding for these families is part of the Office of Early Learning budget that has earmarked 60 million dollars across the state to enroll children in programs designed to ensure school readiness and reading on grade level by third grade.

Interested families should visit the Florida Office of Early Learning’s Family Portal online and submit a School Readiness application. The Coalition anticipates being able to serve families who apply for funding starting in mid-July. Children are eligible for child care funding assistance from birth through 12 years of age. If families meet the below eligibility criteria, they may qualify for child care funding either through a referring agency or by applying to our wait list. 

Sharon Oakes, Chief Operations Officer of the Coalition, said: "We are excited for the opportunity to provide our families with the child care they need in order to provide for their children. It's been a difficult year for many of our clients, and we hope to relieve some of their worries with this funding." 

ELC's Family Services Department, 941 757-2900 ext. 2200, familyservices@elc-manatee.org

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[New Grant]  Florida Winefest & Auction Awards Grant to All Star Children’s Foundation

All Star Children’s Foundation just got a boost in treating children in the tri-county area who are suffering from trauma thanks to the $5,000 grant recently issued by the Florida Winefest & Auction. The funds will be directed to purchase critical therapeutic materials for trauma-focused family treatment sessions. While the All Star team prepares its campus to serve as home to dozens of foster children and their caregivers, its six-person clinical team, led by Kimberly Treharne, LMHC, has served more than 110 foster children and their caregivers since beginning trauma-informed outpatient clinical services on April 1, 2019. Treharne explains that the grant will provide the opportunity for All Star to purchase family play kits to enable caregivers to practice positive parenting skills at home – a critical component of Parent-Child Interaction Therapy – as well as sensory tools to promote self-regulation skills.

Graci McGillicuddy, the co-founder and board chair of All Star, says that the importance of this funding cannot be underestimated. “Adverse childhood experiences are a major public health threat,” she says. “According to latest brain research, untreated early childhood trauma can have a lifetime impact. The good news is that early treatment gives children affected by childhood trauma a chance to grow into well-adjusted, high-functioning adults. We are grateful to the Florida Winefest & Auction for its ongoing support of All Star’s mission.” Sandy Loevner, president of the board of directors of the Florida Winefest & Auction, says that, despite not being able to hold the organization’s signature fundraising event in April, it was still able to award funds to worthy projects—and All Star is one of them. “There is a need in our region that’s not being met, and All Star is meeting that need by transforming foster care through innovation, science and compassion,” says Loevner. “Graci and Dennis McGillicuddy and their team have put tremendous energy into helping our community’s most vulnerable children. We’re honored to support this crucial mission.” 

[Hunger]  Meals On Wheels of Sarasota Responds to Rising Demand for Food and Resources

In response to heightened need during the coronavirus pandemic, Meals On Wheels of Sarasota has partnered with the Bank of America Charitable Foundation to address food insecurity in the community. The bank’s $20,000 contribution will support the organization’s mission to deliver meals and perform important safety checks with those who are unable to leave their home or prepare a meal for themselves.

"Bank of America’s support will help Meals On Wheels meet the increased demand for critical services from our clients who are food insecure and have little to no support from family members or caregivers," said Marjorie Broughton, executive director of Meals On Wheels of Sarasota. "For years, the bank has been an integral part of supporting our mission, with leaders serving on our board of directors and countless volunteer efforts, this partnership is now more crucial than ever, and we will rise to the occasion together."

Each day, Meals On Wheels of Sarasota hand delivers nearly 700 nutritious meals, which are cooked, prepares and packaged, to homebound individuals. Due to the coronavirus, the organization is experiencing an increase in the demand of the meal program that helps those in need maintain a healthy lifestyle while living independently. With a focus on improving lives and strengthening communities, the Bank of America Charitable Foundation recently announced $100 million to support communities around the world during this time of need. As part of this effort, the bank is working with local nonprofits that are going above and beyond to provide assistance to those in urgent need amid the coronavirus pandemic.

“Meals On Wheels of Sarasota ensures homebound individuals are provided food, care and the ability to maintain their desired quality of life,” said Lisa Krebs-Knepp, board president for Meals On Wheels of Sarasota and vice president for Bank of America Private Bank in Sarasota. “We are committed to ensuring that mission endures during this pandemic, when the enrichment and stability it provides is needed most.”

If you live in the Sarasota area and need assistance or would like to volunteer or donate to Meals On Wheels, contact Meals On Wheels of Sarasota by calling 941-366-6693. 

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[New Grant]  Gulf Coast Community Foundation Awards $40,000 Grant to the Hermitage Artist Retreat

The Hermitage Artist Retreat recently received a $40,000 grant from the Gulf Coast Community Foundation, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary. These funds will be used to expand community programming, visibility, and engagement as the Hermitage launches its Hermitage North programs. “We are so grateful for Gulf Coast’s continued partnership and unwavering support for the Hermitage mission. These resources will allow us to capitalize on our extraordinary talent base of artists and our invaluable partnerships to establish more visible, meaningful, and consistent Hermitage programming throughout the region,” says Andy Sandberg, the Hermitage’s Artistic Director and CEO. The Hermitage is uniquely positioned to do this by virtue of the caliber of Hermitage artists, which include nine Pulitzer Prize winners, seven MacArthur Genius Grant recipients, and multiple Oscar, Tony, Emmy, and Grammy winners and nominees. This is being supported with an additional $45,000 given by Flora Major and the Kutya Major Foundation.

“I have known Andy Sandberg for many years, and his vision for the Hermitage is incredibly exciting,” says Flora Major. “The Hermitage is poised to become a true leader in the Sarasota arts community, and I am thrilled to see the wave of support rallying behind this special, one-of-a-kind organization. I am honored to play a role in seeing the Hermitage reach new heights in Sarasota and beyond.” “Thanks to this monumental grant from Gulf Coast and Flora Major’s extraordinary gift of support, we can move forward with planning our Hermitage North programs, formalizing institutional partnerships with our invaluable arts and education partners in the region, and furthering the engagement of our artists and alumni with our community,” adds Sandberg. “We are deeply grateful to Gulf Coast Community Foundation and to Flora Major for their generous support of these programs and their continued commitment to our mission.” 

[Renewable Energy ]  Grant Will Help More Sarasota Residents Harness Clean Energy Through SUN

A grant from Gulf Coast Community Foundation will enable Solar United Neighbors (SUN) to expand clean, sustainable energy in Sarasota County. SUN will use the $30,000 grant to launch two new residential solar co-ops, which help neighbors affordably install quality rooftop solar-energy systems at a group rate. The funding also will allow SUN to expand its youth education and community outreach programs, work with local governments to reduce barriers to going solar, and assist more businesses interested in converting to solar energy. 

SUN is a national organization dedicated to representing the needs and interests of solar owners and supporters, with a presence in 11 states plus the District of Columbia. Since 2016, when an earlier Gulf Coast grant helped SUN ramp up its operations in the Sunshine State, the organization’s network of neighborhood-based co-ops across Florida has grown from two to 56. That includes two completed co-ops in Sarasota County, which together saw 100 households go solar with a total investment of more than $1.98 million in their new systems. Those systems will collectively save homeowners an estimated $3.4 million in energy costs versus buying retail electricity over their 25-year lifespans.

“Gulf Coast Community Foundation’s longtime support has been instrumental in the success of our solar co-ops,” said Angela DeMonbreun, regional field director for Solar United Neighbors. “They have provided us with cost and learning benefits that wouldn’t otherwise be available. There’s still a great demand for solar co-ops in the Sarasota area, and this grant will enable us to continue meeting it.” 

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[Women's Basketball]  WNBA Announces Plan To Tip Off 2020 Season in Bradenton

After significant discussions with the league’s key stakeholders, including the Women’s National Basketball Players Association (WNBPA), the WNBA today announced elements of plans to return to the court to begin the WNBA 2020 season.  The league is finalizing a partnership that would make IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida, the Official Home of the 2020 WNBA season highlighted by a competitive schedule of 22 regular-season games followed by a traditional playoff format. Beginning in July, IMG Academy will be the home for each of the league’s 12 teams and serve as a single site for training camp, games and housing. The top priority continues to be the health and safety of players and staff. “We are finalizing a season start plan to build on the tremendous momentum generated in the league during the offseason and have used the guiding principles of health and safety of players and essential staff to establish necessary and extensive protocols,” said WNBA Commissioner Cathy Engelbert. 

[Environmentalism ]  Billionaire Magazine Features Sarasota's Forest Champion Canopy Meg

Billionaire Magazine, a quarterly print magazine for high net worth influencers and leaders, recently selected global forest champion CanopyMeg, Dr. Meg Lowman, Executive Director of the Sarasota-based TREE Foundation for a feature in its online publication. In the June 19 article entitled "The Scientist Who Discovered 'The Eighth Continent,'" Dr. Lowman discusses the tipping point for Earth's forests, whether or not humans will continue their love affair with nature once the coronavirus pandemic subsides, and reveals her latest undertaking to save global forests: Mission Green.

Dr. Margaret Lowman, known world-wide as Canopy Meg for her efforts to save global forests, is the visionary behind the creation of the canopy walkway in Florida's Myakka River State Park.  She is a global scientist and the Executive Director of the Sarasota-based TREE Foundation, an international non-profit organization dedicated to tree and forest research, exploration, education, and conservation.  A trailblazer in women's involvement in the sciences, Dr. Lowman has made it a priority in her career to nurture female interest in STEM.  

Pictured: Dr. Meg Lowman, Executive Director of the TREE Foundation, on canopy walkway in Amazonian Peru, 2017.

Click here to read the full article.

[Relocation ]  Doctor's Choice Relocates Recently Acquired Agency to Fort Lauderdale

Early this month, Doctor’s Choice Home Care, Inc. relocated its Broward County agency from Oakland Park to Fort Lauderdale. It is now located at 4901 NW 17th Way, Suite 100. Previously Timeless Home Care, Inc., the agency was acquired by Doctor’s Choice earlier this year as part of the home healthcare company’s continued expansion throughout the state of Florida. The agency is Medicare certified and Joint Commission accredited, bringing valuable expertise to Doctor’s Choice’s high-quality, patient-focused home health care services on the East Coast. 

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[New Home Communities]  The Lake Club Offers New Opportunities for Lakewood Ranch Living

The Lake Club, admired as one of the most exclusive village in Lakewood Ranch, continues to inspire luxurious living with new models by the village’s renowned builders. The village has already enjoyed much success in 2020 with 57 end-user home and builder lot sales so far. Estates in The Lake Club are constructed by the region’s finest builders who were selected for their award-winning style and craftsmanship. Of those, Anchor Builders, Arthur Rutenberg Homes, Lee Wetherington Homes, and Stock Signature Homes present new developments. 

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[Shopping]  Moi Concept Store Pops-Up in the Rosemary District
Brittany Mattie, brittany.mattie@srqme.com

Local pop-up boutique and fashion e-commerce store, MOI Concept Store, are hosting a 5-day Summer Pop Up event, starting June 26 at 11 am to June 30 at 8 pm. Situated in the stylish sector of Rosemary District at 433 Orange Ave., Sarasota, the pair of French fashionista founders plan to bring brand new merchandise, including USA-made fashion masks, as well as a full line of clothes and accessories of exclusive designer brands. Expect summer fashion essentials such as handmade espadrille sandals from Respoke, holistic roller healers from Rockstar Roll-On and more. Shoppers will be given new MOI Concept Store custom tote bags, branded and screen printed locally by Clothesline Creative, LLC. Co-owner Florence Derozier mentioned they'll be giving out a few surprise door prizes for shoppers as well. "We will be wearing our beautiful masks," she also noted, "and will follow proper CDC guidance for a safe and peaceful shopping experience."

MOI Concept Store Summer Pop-Up Event Page

[Voting ]  Poll Workers Needed for 2020 Elections

Sarasota County Supervisor of Elections Ron Turner is urging county voters to consider becoming poll workers for the August 18 Primary Election and November 3 General Election. “Sarasota County is facing a shortage of poll workers for coming elections, which are only months away,” Turner said. “Recruiting poll workers is always challenging but recruiting during the current health crisis makes it especially difficult to ensure adequate staffing levels at the polls,” he added. To be a poll worker, one must, be a registered voter of Sarasota County, or be at least 16 years of age and pre-registered to vote,be able to read, write and speak English, complete state-mandated training prior to each election, and be willing to work a minimum of 14 hours on election day, from 6 a.m. until after the polls have closed at 7:00pm and all tasks have been completed. Poll workers are paid for training and for working at the polls. The total compensation ranges from $160 to $275, depending on the position worked. Turner noted that, for the coming elections, his office is also recruiting bilingual (English-Spanish) workers, as well as high school and college students, who meet the criteria listed above. 

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[Debate]  Virtual Debate for Manatee County Commission Seat District 7

Manatee Tiger Bay invites you to join them for a Virtual Debate and Taping by METV for the Manatee County Commission Seat District 7 At- Large. Candidates George Kruse and Ed Hunzeker will debate the local issues, and how they plan to contribute to Manatee County and its residents. Tickets are $10 for members and $15 for non-members. 

Please visit our website to attend the virtual debate.

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[Parenting]  Mom's World Mid-Pandemic

Five local mothers celebrate Mother's Day in a whole new way: Jovanna Morgan, Kaitlin Jones, Dr. Kathy James, Bridget Ziegler and Betsy Wild. 

Click here to read the full article from SRQ's Summer 2020 edition.

[Top Doctors]  Call for Peer Nominations: SRQ Top Doctors Resource 2020

Are you a licensed medical professional who would like to recognize colleagues who are making a significant impact? 

SRQ MEDIA is currently seeking peer-to-peer nominations to produce the Top Doctors Medical Resource of 2020. This is a reputable, well-rounded list of regional medical providers in the Sarasota, Lakewood Ranch, Bradenton Area, Anna Maria, Palmetto, North Port and Venice region. Now more than ever, we would like to celebrate and recognize the medical professionals who have been on the frontline. The peer-to-peer survey is now online and nominations will be accepted uthrough July 22, 2020.

New to 2020: A Legacy component that celebrates those with over 40 years of experience in the practice, a Rising Stars component to highlight those with under 5 years of experience and Exceptional Nurses.

Produced in partnership with DataJoe, LLC, the Top Doctors Medical Resource results will be published in the November 2020 edition of SRQ Magazine 

Click Here to Nominate Your Medical Peers

[Re-Opening]  The Bishop Museum of Science and Nature Planetarium to Reopen July 1 with All-New System

Wednesday, July 1, will mark the second phase of reopening for The Bishop Museum of Science and Nature when they will reopen the popular Planetarium to guests. The theater will open with the newly installed latest-generation system, enhanced cleaning protocols, and new seating procedures designed to keep guests as safe as possible. "If you've ever wondered what a black hole looks like or wondered how it affects objects around it — now we can show you," said Howard Hochhalter, manager of The Planetarium. 

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[Crisis Support]  Manatee County Announces $17.5 Million Plan to Assist Citizens, Businesses, Nonprofits Impacted by COVID-19

More help is on the way for Manatee County residents, business owners who have experienced financial setbacks and for non-profits and governments involved in the public response to COVID-19. Manatee County Commissioners today approved the outline for a plan to provide financial recovery assistance of $17.5 million that will go to help those hit hardest by the coronavirus. The funding is the first phase of Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act federal funding arriving through the State of Florida.

Deputy County Administrator Karen Stewart, delivering an update on the plan to County Commissioners today, said Manatee County's plan distributes funding into four categories: Public Health/Safety (30 percent), Economic Recovery (30 percent), Community Health and Wellbeing (30 percent), and Government and Community Facilities (10 percent).

"Manatee CARES funding allows us to expand the HAP program to others in Manatee County who can show they’ve been impacted by the pandemic," Stewart told Commissioners today. "The CARES act money funding opens up the ability for a broader number of residents to receive funding under this program." 

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[COVID-19]  Informative Zoom Interview with Sarasota Memorial Hospital Critical Care Specialist

An informative interview with Kirk Voelker, MD, director of clinical research at SMH and critical care specialist caring for COVID patients in our ICU, and Infectious Disease specialist Manuel Gordillo, MD, medical director of Infection Prevention and Control at SMH. Covering questions such as, Why is wearing masks so important-how much do they help stop the spread? and What advice do you have for younger people? Many younger people are saying if they catch the virus they’ll be fine so they aren’t worried. Is that true? 

Click here to watch the video.

[COVID-19]  DOH Sarasota COVID-19 Testing in Englewood Thursday

DOH Sarasota is scheduled to host a by appointment COVID-19 drive-thru testing opportunity at the Englewood Sports Complex this Thursday. DOH Sarasota is prioritizing COVID-19 testing for anyone who is currently experiencing symptoms (fever, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, new loss of taste or smell) or who works in a health care setting, however, additional slots are available for those without current symptoms seeking a test. To be evaluated and to make an appointment, please call 941-861-2883, Monday through Friday from 8:00am to 5:00pm. 

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[Performance Update ]  Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe Makes a Change to Season Schedule

Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe has announced a change to its 2020-2021 season lineup. WBTT has replaced "Broadway in Black" with "The Soul Crooners" to open the season; this decision was made with respect to budgetary and logistical considerations due to the coronavirus. One of Nate Jacobs' most popular original shows, "The Soul Crooners" showcases R&B classics from the 1960s and 70s.  

Pictured: Performing as the Soul Crooners during WBTT's 2019 '70s Soul Party at Ed Smith Stadium were (left to right) Charles Manning, Michael Mendez, Sheldon Rhoden, Nate Jacobs and Leon S. Pitts II Photo by Sorcha Augustine

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[SOON]  MUSEUM: Myakka River: A Florida Treasure at The Bishop , February 7 – September 6, Museum hours.

Ultra-white sand beaches and magnificent sunsets have long defined our region, but just nine miles east of I-75 you’ll find an environment just as alluring, exotic and primal at the Myakka River State Park.  For more than 20 years, Clyde Butcher has explored the deeper regions of Myakka and spent seasons experiencing its changes and its diverse ecosystems. Designated as a Florida Wild and Scenic River, the tannic waters flow through bottomland swamp and freshwater marsh spilling into lakes and sinkholes. Alligators, turtles and cottonmouths swim in the river. Herons, cranes and limpkins strut through its shallows, feeding in the muck. In the rainy season, the river rises and floods. In the dry months, the river shrinks and wildlife once again lines the banks of the Myakka River.  Myakka River: A Florida Treasure features large-format, amazing photographs taken by world-renowned landscape photographer Clyde Butcher, known as the “Ansel Adams of Florida.”  The special exhibition will remain open through September 6, 2020. Visiting is included in the price of admission.

The Bishop Museum of Science and Nature, 201 10th St. W, Bradenton

[SOON]  BUSINESS: Webinar: CEO & Joe, Arts and Culture in Our Region , June 26, 9-10am

Join us for "virtual" coffee with your Chamber President/CEO, Heather Kasten and Guest Speaker Jim Shirley, Executive Director of the Arts & Culture Alliance of Sarasota County for an update on the impact of Covid-19 to the Art & Culture community and the innovative ways they are adapting. 

[SOON]  MUSEUM: Small Wonders: Insects in Focus at The Bishop , June 17 – October 20, Museum hours.

Insects inhabit every domain of our daily lives, performing essential functions that balance our fragile ecosystem on Earth — functions that often go unnoticed because of their small size or scale. Now, using cutting-edge technology and custom methods that put tiny insects on a human scale, artist and photographer Bob Sober allows visitors to see the patterns, textures, colors and details that have always been present, but too small to appreciate in The Bishop’s newest special exhibition: Small Wonders: Insects in Focus.

Creating human-scale images of insects, with resolution so high that every hair, dimple and tiny structure is clearly revealed, was impossible prior to the technological advancements of the past 10 years. Now, Sober’s skills allow us to see the intersection of natural science and art in the smooth metallic finishes and heavily stippled textures, strange body shapes, delicate wing structures and beautifully engineered body components in this series of 30 images that will are on display in the Museum’s second-floor Rincon Gallery and throughout the Museum.

Small Wonders: Insects in Focus features 30 of Sober’s spectacular images and viewers will find themselves at the intersection of art and science. The exhibition, which is included in the cost of admission, is organized by ExhibitsUSA, a program of Mid-America Arts Alliance and will be open at The Bishop through October 20.

The Bishop Museum of Science and Nature, 201 10th St. W, Bradenton

[SOON]  FESTIVAL: Nathan Benderson Park Fireworks on The Lake , July 3, 4pm - 11pm

Nathan Benderson Park’s annual July 3 tradition, NBP Fireworks On The Lake, returns with a social distancing twist. It’s the finale of WWSB ABC7’s Independence Day special, tentatively airing at 9pm Saturday, July 4, 2020. The in-person fireworks celebration at the park will be a drive-in, social-distancing event. Fireworks will begin at 9pm on July 3 at the park. Ticketed fireworks viewing areas are on the park’s Regatta Island, in the Green Lot next to the SCAT station on North Cattlemen Road, and on the park’s south end. Vehicles will be spaced to allow for social distancing, so parking in each lot will be limited. Tickets will be sold beginning June 24, 2020. Pricing is $15 per car and $40 for recreational vehicles, with RV parking in the south park lot.

Nathan Benderson Park, 5851 Nathan Benderson Cir, Sarasota, FL 34235

[SOON]  BUSINESS: Sarasota YPG After Hours at Art Ovation , July 9, 5:30-7:30pm

Join us on Thursday, July 9th for this month's YPG After Hours! Whether you're looking to make new friends, build your network, or learn more about what Sarasota has to offer, this is a great opportunity to connect with other young professionals in the region. Along with drink specials, enjoy appetizing lite bites for the duration of the event. 

Art Ovation Hotel, 1255 N. Palm Avenue, Sarasota

[SOON]  SEMINAR: Virtual: State of the Talent Virtual Conference (SOTC) , July 16, 9am-3pm

The State of Talent Conference is presented by CareerSource Suncoast and is the premier one-day conference experience completely focused on the future of workforce and talent development. This leadership-focused conference provides a unique insight into the current state of talent and what leaders need to do to tackle one of business’ most complex challenges, their people assets. While the original live conference was cancelled this year in light of COVID-19, we are pleased to provide a completely immersive digital experience. Free. Fully Immersive Digital Experience. 4+ CEUs (SHRM/HRCI).


[SOON]  THEATER: Online: Asolo Rep Ground Floor Series Presents Making Musicals-Maya, July 2 , July 23, 6pm

Tune in to our Facebook and YouTube pages this Thursday at 6pm for the first installment in Asolo Rep's new Making Musicals competition, designed specifically for an online audience. On July 2 and July 23 at 6pm, the Asolo will preview four completely new and original musicals on our Facebook and YouTube pages. Each 30-minute session will consist of a fifteen-minute preview performance of one new musical, followed by a fifteen-minute discussion with the playwright/composer and James Monaghan, Asolo Rep Dramaturg and Literary Manager, and Celine Rosenthal, Asolo Rep Associate Artistic Director, who serves as the Director of the Ground Floor Series and is also directing all four musicals. To add to the fun, we're incorporating a Virtual Happy Hour into the presentation. One day prior to each performance, you will receive an email notice of the broadcast that includes a cocktail recipe specifically chosen to compliment the theme of that week’s new musical.

July 23 at 6pm


Book, Music and Lyrics by Christopher Anselmo and Jared Corak

Andi was born on the night of the biggest hurricane Florida has ever seen. Raised by "Pop", her master storyteller of a grandfather in their roadside shop full of mystical relics and oddities, her imagination is topped only by her devotion to family. When forces nefarious and natural combine to threaten that family, Andi must journey to the ends of the Earth - or at least into the dankest swamp in Florida - to save the day. This joyful story of imagination will inspire audiences of all ages and reminds us that home is more than where we keep our stuff.

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[SOON]  MUSEUM: The Ringling: Syd Solomon, Concealed and Revealed , December 19 – January 24, Museum hours.

Syd Solomon: 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. The exhibition began December 19, 2019 and will end January 24, 2021, during museum hours.

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

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