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SRQ DAILY Jul 1, 2020

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Wednesday Philanthropy Edition

"Resiliency is knowing that you are faced with challenges that could be overwhelming, but choosing to face them anyway with confidence that you will be okay whatever the outcome"

- Hope Carey, Occupation Senior Real Estate Specialist with Keller Williams on the Water and Eldercare Resource Planner with Coastal Senior Consulting

-Photo from SRQ Magazine's New Summer 2020 Feature
[Community]  Sand Cay Beach Resort Implements 'Heroes' Program
Brittany Mattie, brittany.mattie@srqme.com

In an effort to stimulate the economy and to acknowledge those who have worked tirelessly for us throughout this pandemic, Sand Cay Condominiums Beach Resort in Longboat Key is featuring a national "Heroes Program" to honor and recognize local heroes–including firefighters, police officers, healthcare workers, postal workers, retail and grocery workers, and all essential workers.  "We are giving all eligible individuals 10% off of their stay with us," says Lyn Sorensen, general manager of Sandy Cay. The privately-owned, fully-furnished, boutique condominiums of 60-units come with either a garden or gulf view, and are a secluded, quiet rental spot for visitors and staycationers alike. The team at Sandy Cay hope that the first responders and essential workers who have tirelessly worked in stressful situations these last few months can take advantage of a well-deserved getaway of respite this month. 

To sweeten the deal, the resort will also be partnering with local restaurants–including The Lazy Lobster of Longboat, Marina Jack, Dry Dock Waterfront Grill, Shore LBK and Solorzano's Pizzeria, to have these guests take their pick of a gift certificate to enjoy a complimentary meal along with an additional discount from the restaurant. "There are no words to express the gratitude we have for those first responders and essential employees who have kept others safe and fed throughout this pandemic."

How it Works: Show a valid work or employment ID showing you are one of the aforementioned workers to receive a 10% discount on your stay. Pick your favorite gift certificates from one of the restaurant partners–in turn, you’ll also enjoy an additional discount at your chosen restaurant. 

For reservations, email reservations@sandcay.net or call 941-383-5044.


Photo courtesy of Sand Cay Beach Resort, 4725 Gulf of Mexico Dr., Longboat Key.

Learn more about the Heroes Program here.

[Grants]  CFSC Donors Issue Grants Supporting Animal Welfare, Health Care, School Readiness, and Summer Education

The Community Foundation of Sarasota County, alongside its donors, has granted more than $867,400 to nearly 40 local nonprofit organizations in support of programs addressing animal welfare, health care, school readiness, and summer learning. These grants will provide support to strengthen nonprofit capacity, address evolving needs, and assist missions to serve those vulnerable populations who have been disproportionately impacted in the wake of the recent crises.

While previously planned, grants awarded in this cycle provide support needed to cause-driven organizations to address issues revealed by or due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Adaptability and innovation are essential to our nonprofit partners as they face evolving needs within our community,” says Kirsten Russell, Vice President of Community Impact at the Community Foundation. “While philanthropy is one part of the overall solution, foundations and donors will continue to support innovative approaches that build resiliency and lead to recovery. We should be encouraged by what we see from these grantees and many others as they pivot to address community needs, even in the face of ongoing uncertainty.” 

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[New Hire]  Manatee Community Foundation Announces New Board of Directors

Tom Breiter and Barbara Jennings have joined the board of directors of Manatee Community Foundation. Breiter is the founder of Integra Capital Advisors, a financial planning and wealth management firm with offices in Bradenton and Naples, Florida. His community involvement has included chairing the boards of the Bishop Museum of Science and Nature in Bradenton and The Center on Anna Maria Island. The 22-year old foundation has awarded more than $34 million in grants and scholarships through the generosity of its donors. Since March 1, grants totaling nearly $1.9 million have been distributed through the support of its donor advisors, field of interest funds, designated funds, and funds such as the Manatee County COVID19 Community Response Fund 

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[Arts Partnership]  The Hermitage Artist Retreat and Van Wezel Foundation Announce UNSCRIPTED: Arts from the Inside Out

The Hermitage Artist Retreat and the Van Wezel Foundation will debut an innovative new art experience this summer called UNSCRIPTED: Arts from the Inside Out. This intimate, "off-script" series will take audiences on an insider's journey of the artistic process, produced by award-winning writers, musicians, composers, choreographers, visual artists, educators, and other Hermitage Fellows from around the globe.

"Great art doesn't begin in front of an audience. It begins in the private spaces where artists dream, work, experiment and create," noted Andy Sandberg, Artistic Director and CEO of the Hermitage Artist Retreat. "The unique essence of UNSCRIPTED is that the audience never knows exactly what to expect or what they will experience, creating a sense of mystery and anticipation for each gathering."

"Forward-thinking partnerships are essential to our vision for the new Sarasota Performing Arts Center," says Cheryl Mendelson, CEO of the Van Wezel Foundation. "The concept for a series of truly unscripted performance experiences, where the participants do not know the details of the program in advance, is a fresh and innovative way for audiences and artists to engage with each other. We look forward to paving the way for these kinds of unique collaborations that will ultimately be a part of the future of the new performing arts center."

UNSCRIPTED is a first-time partnership between the Hermitage and Van Wezel Foundation. In the spirit of the series name, there is no single venue or stage and every performance will take place in a variety of forms and locations. Whether it be a virtual zoom room, on the beach, in a studio, or even in a private living room, each presentation is a one-of-a-kind interactive experience. 

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[Staff Announcement]  Scott Guinn Named Director of Development for Sarasota Opera

Executive Director Richard Russell and Artistic Director Victor DeRenzi announced that Scott Guinn will become the new Director of Development beginning July 1, 2020. A former singer, Scott first joined Sarasota Opera in 2006 as a studio artist, singing the role of Schaunard in La bohème and performing as an outreach singer in the fall of 2007. Scott joined the company in an administrative capacity as assistant to the Executive Director between 2011-2014. He returned during the 2020 Winter Opera Festival as Senior Individual Giving Officer.

During the Texas native’s singing career he performed both leading and supporting baritone roles with New York City Opera, Lyric Opera Cleveland, Knoxville Opera, and others. He transitioned his career into arts administration in 2011. In addition to his previous roles with Sarasota Opera, he also worked as Major Gifts Associate and Interim Development Director for the Asolo Repertory Theatre and as Development Director with Knoxville Opera.

About his recent return to Sarasota Opera, Scott states, “Opera is my passion and I’m thrilled to be back at Sarasota Opera. I look forward to continuing to work with our remarkable supporters and the fantastic team Stacy has put together so that the joy of music and power of live performance continues to resonate in our unique and wonderful community.” 

Sarasota Opera, 61 N. Pineapple Avenue, 941-366-8450

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[Fundraiser]  The Players Centre Raising Funds With a Virtual 5k This August

Join The Players Centre for Performing Arts for a fun virtual 5K. You have all of August to complete your 3.1069 miles. You can walk, run, bike whatever you want. For $25 you will receive a swag bag with a Players lanyard, exclusive 5K T-shirt and car decal, and will be instantly registered to win five random prizes. The deadline to sign up is July 15th. 

The Players Centre For Performing Arts 838 N. Tamiami Tr, 941-365-2494

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[Environmental Policy ]  Ron DeSantis Signs Off On Significant Hikes in Sewage Fines

Fines for sewage spills, including from public utility systems, will soon increase significantly. Gov. Ron DeSantis signed legislation (HB 1091) Tuesday at a Juno Beach ceremony with sponsors Sen. Joe Gruters and Rep. Randy Fine. The lawmakers said protecting Florida’s water remained a chief priority for state government. “Florida is not Florida without its abundant natural waterways. Water is at the heart of the state’s terrific quality of life, and what makes tourism the backbone of our economy,” Gruters said. “Given that, it is incumbent on us to aggressively tackle all pollution sources to clean up our environment and preserve our great state through accountability and responsibility.” Fine said few missions are more important. “There is no greater threat to Florida’s long-term prosperity than our water quality, and with the signing of HB 1091, we are taking steps to secure our future,” he said. The new law, in effect Wednesday, raises all fines for sewage spills by at least 50 percent. Many civil penalties go up 100 percent. 

[Primary Voting]  Voter Registration and Party Change Deadlines Nearing for August 18 Primary

Sarasota County Supervisor of Elections Ron Turner is reminding county residents that the last day to register to be eligible to vote in the August 18, 2020 primary election or change party affiliation for that election is Monday, July 20th. Turner recommends that voters confirm before the July 20th deadline that they are registered to vote and that their voter registration information is current. A voter may check his or her voter eligibility at SarasotaVotes.com. Just click on “Voter Information” in the main menu and then on “Voter Lookup” and follow the easy instructions.

New paper voter registration applications and applications for party changes must be completed, signed and returned in person to an elections office or postmarked by the July 20 deadline. Applications submitted electronically before midnight on July 20 through RegistertoVoteFlorida.gov will also be accepted. Voters who have moved, changed their names, or need to update their signatures since the last election may also complete a voter registration application to update their voter records.

“There is something for everyone on the August 18 ballot,” Turner notes, “including non-partisan races for School Board members in districts 2 and 3 and a pair of universal primary contests.”  The universal primary contests include one for Sheriff, which will appear on all ballots, and one for State Representative in House District 70, which will appear on all ballots of voters who reside in HD 70, regardless of party affiliation. “In addition, voters who reside in the cities of Sarasota and North Port will have municipal races on their ballots,” Turner said. 

[Recognition]  Doctors Hospital Named Top 100 Hospital by IBM Watson Health

Patients who are cared for at Doctors Hospital of Sarasota consistently comment about the positive experiences they have. Teams of caregivers work every day focusing on quality and safety and because of that dedication, today the hospital was named as one of the Top 100 Hospitals by Fortune/IBM Watson Health. According to the organization, the list identifies top-performing hospitals that have good results on clinical outcomes, efficiency, and patient experience. It evaluates hospital readmission rates, length of stay, experiences in emergency rooms, and ratings from patients among other indicators.

“The organizations on this list demonstrate a relentless commitment to high-value, patient-centered care, and innovation. It is clear that the COVID-19 crisis will be a catalyst for reinvention, and we believe these top-performing hospitals are positioned to emerge stronger and smarter out of this crisis,” said Kyu Rhee, M.D., M.P.P., Vice President and Chief Health Officer, IBM Watson Health.

“Each day our team focuses on quality, safety, and providing compassionate care to our community. I thank them for their dedication to this. Even with the recent pandemic we have not wavered from this commitment and it shows in recognitions such as this,” said Robert Meade, CEO of Doctors Hospital of Sarasota. 

[New Partnership]  Roskamp Institute and Sarasota Bay Club Commit to Long-term Partnership with Longboat Key Paradise Center

The Paradise Center (TPC) is pleased to announce that the Roskamp Institute and Sarasota Bay Club have committed to a long-term sponsorship of TPC’s social enrichment programs and new medical clinic, due to open later this year. In partnership with Stratum Health System (the parent company of Tidewell Hospice) the building located at 540-550 Bay Isles Road is developing into a full-service, year-round medical, social and recreation center on Longboat Key. The Roskamp Institute and Clinic will provide seminars at The Paradise Center on the latest research and treatments regarding cognitive health. The mission of The Roskamp Institute is to conduct scientific research to discover safe and effective new drug therapies to treat diseases of the mind and to promote healthy aging.

Roskamp Institute research focuses on Alzheimer’s disease, traumatic brain injury and environmental toxins including most recently red tide. Sarasota Bay Club Retirement Community provides a full-service lifestyle for its residents and is excited about supporting the Paradise Center’s growth as it continues to enhance the quality of life for its constituents. The Paradise Center offers a variety of activities, 12 months of the year, to help seniors stay active both mentally and physically. Suzy Brenner, Executive Director of The Paradise Center states: “We are an underserved population in regard to medical services, but there is also an epidemic among seniors of loneliness and isolation and we are in a position to alleviate both.” The Paradise Center is already operating in the building. 

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[Recognition]  Schemmel Group Earns Top Rankings in Sarasota

Premier Sotheby’s International Realty has announced that a number of associates from its Sarasota area offices have been named to the 2019 REAL Trends America’s Best Real Estate Professionals list. The list ranks the most productive agents by state and metropolitan area based on closed transaction sides and closed volume. The Schemmel Group of the firm’s downtown Sarasota office and The Soda Stavola Group of the Lakewood Ranch office also earned top rankings. “We are proud to congratulate this talented team of sales associates on achieving these notable rankings. This recognition is a true testament to their hard work, dedication and commitment to extraordinary service,” said Budge Huskey, president and chief executive officer, Premier Sotheby’s International Realty. Florida Individuals by Sales Volume: Tamara Currey, Sarasota Downtown, Roberta Tengerdy, Sarasota Downtown and Jo Rutstein, Sarasota Downtown. Small Teams by Transaction Sides: Soda Stavola Group, Lakewood Ranch. Small Teams by Sales Volume: The Schemmel Group, Sarasota Downtown, The Soda Stavola Group, Lakewood Ranch, Judie Berger Team, Sarasota Downtown, Peter G. Laughlin Group, Sarasota Downtown and Shanahan Group, Sarasota Downtown.  

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[Recognition]  Sarasota Memorial Hospital Named Among 100 Top Hospitals

Sarasota Memorial Health Care System was honored as one of the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals by IBM Watson Health today. SMH was chosen from 3,134 hospitals across the country for outperforming peer hospitals on all performance benchmarks in the study, including: inpatient mortality and complications, healthcare-associated infections, readmission rates, length of stay, costs of care and patient satisfaction. “Hospitals, health systems and the dedicated clinicians and staff who work at these organizations have emerged as true heroes of the COVID-19 pandemic and we are grateful to be able to recognize these extraordinary leaders at this time,” said Kyu Rhee, M.D., M.P.P., Vice President and Chief Health Officer, IBM Watson Health. “From small community hospitals to major teaching hospitals, the organizations on this list demonstrate a relentless commitment to high-value, patient-centered care and innovation. It is clear that the COVID-19 crisis will be a catalyst for reinvention, and we believe these top performing hospitals are positioned to emerge stronger and smarter out of this crisis.” 

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[Higher Education ]  University of South Florida Consolidation Takes Effect July 1

The University of South Florida will officially begin operating under a single accreditation for the Tampa, St. Petersburg and Sarasota-Manatee campuses on Wednesday, July 1. Consolidating from three separately accredited institutions is a requirement of a Florida law passed in 2018 and amended in 2019. USF’s plan to consolidate received approval earlier this month from the executive council of the regional accrediting agency that oversees higher education in the southern United States, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). Consolidation provides a wide range of new opportunities for students and faculty and ensures that every student has an opportunity to earn their degree from a Preeminent State Research University. “This is a historic day for the University of South Florida. We have an extraordinary opportunity to strengthen our position as one of the nation’s premier research universities and a leader in student success,” USF President Steven Currall said. “I am excited about our future as we work together to become a top-25 public university and position ourselves for future eligibility in the prestigious Association of American Universities.” 

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[Recognition]  John Cannon Homes Recognized as Preferred Builder at The Founders Club

John Cannon, president and CEO of John Cannon Homes, announced that the company has become part of the new preferred builder program at the Founders Club, Sarasota’s premier golf and social club community located on Fruitville Road. JCH has designed and built luxury custom homes in Southwest Florida for over three decades and was an original designated homebuilder at The Founders Club at its inception in 2005. As a custom homebuilder in The Founders Club, John Cannon will design and build estate-sized homes with various architectural styles that reflect the beauty of the community’s lakes, fairways, and nature preserves. Cannon will begin construction of his new model, The Adelaide, early this Fall. 

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[New Hire]  Nicole Zimmerman Joins ATLARGE As Director of PR and Communications

Nicole Zimmerman has joined ATLARGE as Director of PR + Communications. In her new role, Zimmerman is responsible for leading and growing the recently-rebranded firm’s public relations and communications efforts including media relations, content creation, influencer marketing, branded partnerships and experiential events. “We are absolutely thrilled to welcome Nicole to the firm. Her experience in the industry having both agency and in-house experience is extremely valuable as we reposition ATLARGE as the preeminent PR and communications firm in the market,” said Anand Pallegar, Founder, ATLARGE. "I am confident that Nicole’s experience will tremendously support and grow the overall strategic vision ATLARGE.” 

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[Careers in Finance]  Women's Resource Center Hosts Free Careers in Finance Webinar

As part of its monthly Career Connections program to link women to quality jobs and funded trainings, the Women’s Resource Center (WRC) is partnering with Bank of America and Merrill Lynch Wealth Management to offer a free webinar about local career opportunities in the financial sector, including entry-level positions with starting wages of $20 an hour. A college degree is not required for these jobs, though candidates must have strong customer service and Microsoft Office skills. Representatives from Bank of America and Merrill Lynch Wealth Management will explain career pathways and employee development programs offered at their locations in Sarasota, Manatee and Charlotte counties. WRC is hosting this free informational webinar on Wednesday, July 15, 12 to 1pm. 

To register, go to mywrc.org/financialcareers or call 941-256-9721

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[In This Issue]  Feeding the Region

All Faith's food bank assembles the troops for a massive food distribution at Ed Smith Stadium. 

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

[COVID-19]  Doctor's Choice Implements Long-Term Safety Protocols and Offers Telehealth Options

Doctor’s Choice Home Care, Inc. has implemented long-term health and safety protocols that will continue to be enforced amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. While many safety measures have been in place throughout the pandemic, other procedures will continue to provide extra support for patients and employees across the state.

Going forward, Doctor’s Choice staff will continue wearing all necessary personal protective equipment (PPE) and are also required to conduct daily health assessments to ensure their own health. If symptoms are detected and in line with the CDC, patient contact is suspended immediately and clinicians enter self-quarantine. Patients will also be assessed prior to clinical staff entering each home. Most notably, Doctor’s Choice has integrated a new platform, Synzi, which will allow clinicians to conduct virtual visits with patients who don’t feel comfortable having others enter their home. Telehealth visits will be available long-term and provide an extra layer of precaution in helping mitigate the spread of infection to vulnerable populations.


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[COVID-19]  DOH Sarasota Adds Second Day of COVID-19 Testing in South Sarasota County

DOH Sarasota adds second day of testing in South Sarasota County this week. Due to the high demand for COVID-19 testing, DOH Sarasota has added a second by appointment COVID-19 drive-thru testing opportunity at Heron Creek Middle School Thursday, July 2nd. 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.

DOH Sarasota will have 100 COVID-19 tests available for this one-day, four-hour testing opportunity, appointments are required as demand for testing is high.To date, DOH Sarasota has tested more than 3200 community members for COVID-19 during our community-based testing events.

To be evaluated and to make an appointment, please call 941-861-2883, Monday through Friday from 8am to 5pm. While these are primarily drive-thru sites, DOH Sarasota can accommodate walk-ups, and people on bicycles.




Heron Creek Middle School, 6501 W. Price Boulevard, North Port, Thursday July 2, 8am to 12pm

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[New Classes]  Florida Studio Theatre Announces In-Person Adult Educational Offerings

Florida Studio Theatre (FST) is pleased to announce that, starting the week of July 13, limited educational programming for students ages 18 and up will be held in-person on its downtown Sarasota campus. For several weeks, FST has offered live musical and comedic entertainment for diners in its Green Room Café & Bar and Bowne’s Lab. Each in-person course costs $199 for eight weeks of training. A full list of FST’s live educational offerings for adults is below. Scholarships are available. “We’re incredibly excited to return to some in-person classes,” said Josh Ford, FST’s Director of Education. “A lot of classes work extremely well online. Our playwriting classes, Reader’s Circle, and even some of our improv classes will continue online. For certain acting and improv classes, there’s really no substitute for being in the same room together. We’ve got social distancing down and we take great care to run as safe a class as possible from arrival to dismissal. We can’t wait to get back in the classroom!” 

For more information or to enroll, call FST's Education Office at (941) 366-1350 or visit floridastudiotheatre.org.

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[SOON]  FESTIVAL: Virtual: 2020 Players New Play Festival , June 29 – July 3, 7:30pm

The 2020 Players New Play Festival has gone virtual. In order to stay safe and to still have our friends listen and experience our 5 finalists. See these brand new, never-before-performed plays through Zoom. The five chosen plays are performed in readers-style theater by actors under the leadership of a local director with a talk-back following the show to give the playwright some constructive criticism led by Managing Artistic Director Jeffery Kin. Tickets must be purchased by noon the day of the show. If you want to take advantage of the group pricing, make sure you decide that when you first purchase, please. The day of the show you will receive a Zoom link to your email by 5pm that evening. Experience a different show each night. Echo Nevada on Monday, June 29. The Manager on Tuesday, June 30. The Rabbit Test on Wednesday, July 1. Next Wife on Thursday, July 2. Medium Well Done on Friday, July 3.

[SOON]  THEATER: Online: Asolo Rep Ground Floor Series Presents Making Musicals-Maya, July 2 , July 2, Online at 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 May 21, June 4, June 18 and July 2 at 6pm, we 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 2 at 6pm: Maya. Book and Music by Cheeyang Ng; Book and Lyrics by Eric Sorrels.

At the center of the story is Maya Mehta, a Cambridge-educated girl from India striving for recognition as a poet in the West, while her family plans her wedding to a wealthy prince. But in one life-changing moment, the Salt March, led by Mahatma Gandhi against the tyranny of the British Empire, arrives on Maya’s doorstep. When Maya joins the thousands in their quest to shake the foundations of an empire, the Mehta family’s world changes forever. With a score that fuses Western pop and Indian Classical music, MĀYĀ is about the ties that hold us, the illusions that bind us and the truth that can finally set us free.

[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]  PERFORMANCE: Virtual: Choral Artists of Sarasota's July 4th American Fanfare Concert , July 4, 4pm

For the last 15 years, Choral Artists of Sarasota has honored Independence Day with a concert of rousing songs celebrating the United States. The choral group will continue that tradition this July 4—with a twist. To ensure the safety of its singers and audience, the concert will be virtual. According to Artistic Director Joseph Holt, this year’s concert will feature highlights of previous Independence Day celebrations—and will be streamed over various platforms, including Facebook and YouTube. “Audiences should prepare to tune in and sing along on July 4 at 4 pm,” says Holt. “We’ll be safe, and we’ll be celebrating.”

Holt explains that Choral Artists’ July 4th concert “has been a vital part of our community’s celebration of Independence Day for the past 15 years. These concerts featured musical pieces that form the heart and soul of our collective national sense of pride and patriotism. For all these years, Choral Artists has celebrated, through music, the thread of ‘liberty and justice for all’ that characterizes our nation.” He adds that, last year, Choral Artists moved the concert to the Sarasota Opera House due to popular demand. It also partnered with the Sarasota Concert Band last year to present a “musical tradition that is as American as hot dogs, apple pie and fireworks.” Original plans for the live performance of “American Fanfare” were to include patriotic music composed by female composers. This year’s virtual performance will feature one of those works, “The March of the Women” composed by suffragette Ethel Smyth, recorded specifically for this concert.

Holt says the July 4th video will feature hits from the past years, including such patriotic standards as the "Battle Hymn of the Republic,” “God Bless America,” and “America the Beautiful.” According to Holt, with the cancellation of the group’s “Listen to the Earth” in April and the July 4th concert, Choral Artists has lost more than $50,000 in ticket sales. “This represents a significant loss of income for our singers,” he says. “As we are all freelance musicians in this organization with incomes derived from a variety of performing opportunities, the pandemic has been financially devastating.”


[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]  THEATER: Virtual: Jeffery’s Virtual Roast and Toast , July 5, 7:30pm-9:30pm

A one night only virtual event roasting and toasting our friend and Managing Artistic Director Jeffery Kin. You know him, you love him, but now it's time to roast him. Jeffery Kin is celebrating his birthday with roasts and toasts from some of your favorite local performers virtually. Household Tickets $20.

[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]  GRAB BAG: Virtual: Art Center Summer Art Camps , June 15 – August 7, Varied.

Summer Camp will be virtual this year from June 15 to August 7, 2020! We have decided for the health and safety of our teachers and campers that we will host camp virtually. Camp hours: 10am – 3pm. Cost: $75 for members | $100 for non-members (youth membership is $25) for one week. Space is limited please register for the weeks that your child is interested in.

The Creative Kids Summer Camp is for ages 6-9 years old. The Emerging Artists Summer Camp is for ages 10-13 years old. Contemporary Studies Summer Camp is for ages 14-18.

A Supply List will be sent to parents a few weeks before the camp week starts. The supply lists contain basic materials that your camper will be able to use more than once and where to find them. The camp project packet will be downloadable, for printing at home, on the Friday before the camp week starts and contains the projects for the next week. A printed version of the Camp project packet will be available upon request for pickup at the Art Center the Friday before camp from 10-2pm.

Art Center Sarasota, 707 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Selby Gardens Presents Thousands of Flowers in Watercolor Classes , July 27, 10:30am-2:30pm

Paint along with Carolyn, working freestyle in watercolor – allowing the colors to flow freely using a large brush and finishing with an impressionistic study of florals. Instructor: Carolyn Merenda. Class Fee: $70 (Members $55).

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens Downtown Sarasota, 900 S Palm Ave, Sarasota, FL 34236

[SOON]  GALLERY: Selby Gardens Presents In Dialogue With Nature: Glass in The Gardens , August 8 – September 20, 10am-4:30pm

Glass Artists from the Duncan McClellan Gallery in the Conservatory and the Gardens. Selby Gardens and the Duncan McClellan Gallery (DMG) in St. Petersburg presents the third annual summer glass show. This year we are featuring the nature-inspired glasswork created exclusively by Duncan McClellan and his studio artists which will be displayed in the Conservatory and in the Gardens against a backdrop of lush flowers and plants. The beautiful botanically-themed glassworks will be for sale with a portion of the proceeds benefiting Selby Gardens’ mission. 

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens Downtown Sarasota, 900 S Palm Ave, Sarasota, FL 34236

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