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SRQ DAILY Jul 8, 2020

Wednesday Philanthropy Edition

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Wednesday Philanthropy Edition

"While I am heartbroken that we cannot have WWS this year, I am so touched by those who appreciate the desperate need of these services and our family hopes others will join us in support."

- Minta Getzen, Wine, Women & Shoes and Getzen Family Charities

-Photo from SRQ Magazine's New Summer 2020 Feature: Snapshots of Sarasota During COVID-19
[Fundraisers]  Forty Carrots Family Center Receives Challenge Grant After WWS Cancellation
Brittany Mattie, brittany.mattie@srqme.com

Forty Carrots Family Center recently announced its largest fundraiser of the year Wine, Women & Shoes (WWS)—scheduled for November 20, 2020will be canceled in light of the ongoing pandemic. “It was with great consideration and a heavy heart we made the decision to cancel Wine, Women & Shoes 2020,” says Michelle Kapreilian, CEO of Forty Carrots Family Center. “Our concern for children and families’ well-being has never been stronger.”

Despite there being no signature luncheon of girlfriend fun, international wines or a fashion show of entertainment, Getzen Family Charities responded swiftly, eager to help and offset this year’s losses in the absence of the highly-anticipated, largely-donated-to event. Last year, over $710,000 (net) was raised for Forty Carrots and is a major source of revenue for the nonprofit. When Getzen Family Charities heard of the event cancellation, the grantmaking foundation announced a $10,000 challenge grant. Every dollar donated at FortyCarrots.org through July 31using code WWSwill be matched up to $10,000. “Our family has proudly supported Forty Carrots for over 20 years and we recognize that now, more than ever, families need access to highly qualified parenting educators and child and family therapists,” shares Minta Getzen, WWS coordinator and Getzen Family Charities representative.

“The agency has done an exceptional job of transitioning to virtual programming to make that possible. While I am heartbroken that we cannot have WWS this year, I am so touched by those who appreciate the desperate need of these services and our family hopes others will join us in support.”

More good news is, the award-winning event’s return has already been scheduled at The Ritz-Carlton Sarasota for November 2021. “We know our attendees value the time they spend together at Wine, Women & Shoes in support of Forty Carrots,” says Kapreilian. “We will have plenty of surprises to delight them!” This year's WWS co-chairs, Melissa Tomasso and Julie Weintraub, already agreed to stay on for next year's event and to make it the best one yet. “We look forward to bringing our community together again and making 2021 the Best. Day. Ever,” they say. “Our goal is to raise critical funds so Forty Carrots can provide mental health, early childhood education, and parenting education that is so desperately needed by families today.”

Tables, tickets and sponsorships will be available Spring 2021. Contact events@fortycarrots.com or call 941-365-7716 (ext.318) to receive event notifications. 

Photo of 2019 Wine, Women & Shoes event, taken by Peter Acker.

To make a donation, visit Forty Carrots Family Center here.

[New Position]  Community Foundation of Sarasota County Welcomes New Board Members

The Community Foundation of Sarasota County has appointed new members and elected officers to its 2020-2021 Board of Directors, which governs the organization. Nelle S. Miller, co-founder of BizTank, will continue serving as Chair, with Daniel DeLeo, a partner with Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, as Vice Chair. Andrew Stultz, president and owner of Atlas Building Company of Florida, was appointed Treasurer, and William M. Seider, partner with Williams Parker Harrison Dietz & Getzen, will continue serving as Secretary. Joining the Board for three-year terms are John Humphrey, Mercedes Soler, Carla Plush Smith, Dr. Janet Taylor, and Judge Charles E. Williams. "The Board of Trustees and I are honored to welcome our five new members,” says Nelle S. Miller, Board Chair of the Community Foundation. “Each one brings a depth of experience, accomplishment, and connection that will help us and our community move forward in our work to make this a place of opportunity, equity, hope, and justice for all people." 

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[New Grant]  Gulf Coast Community Foundation Provides a $10,000 Grant to Teen Court of Sarasota

With the generous support of the Gulf Coast Community Foundation, Teen Court of Sarasota, Inc. will provide transformative and preventive services for youth in North Port, Florida. This $10,000 grant, made possible through the Anna V. Pfister, Nellie Mae Koss and Helen K. Hadden Memorial endowment, will support our services for youth in North Port. Teen Court has served Sarasota County youth with second chance programs to help them stay in school and ultimately go on to lead successful lives for over 30 years. As we saw the need for additional support and gaps in the South County area, Teen Court made court sessions easily accessible for families living in South County. The Gulf Coast Community Foundation was with us from the beginning with our expansion of Sarasota County Teen Court services and programs in North Port. This $10,000 grant will provide preventative and behavioral services and programs that help our young people through a difficult time.

Heather Todd, Executive Director of Teen Court says, “The North Port residents have Teen Court service opportunities in their backyard thanks to Gulf Coast Community Foundation’s generosity. At a time where support is critical, and resources are scarce the families that Teen Court serves will not have the financial burden when they are looking for help. Kudos to the Gulf Coast Community Foundation for valuing the importance of positive redirection through services, not consequences for today’s youth”. 

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[Fundraiser]  Sarasota Orchestra Matching Gift Challenge Has Doubled

Thanks to the generosity of patrons, the initial goal of $50,000 toward the Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation's match challenge has been met. In recognition of Virginia’s service as Board Chair, the current and immediate past Board Chairs have promised to match up to an additional $50,000 to keep the match going. All gifts to the Annual Fund will be matched for a total matching opportunity up to $100,000 now through July 31st.  

Click here to make a donation.

[New Bakery ]  The Sand Witch Shoppe Has Arrived to Charm You with Cookies
Ariel Chates, ariel.chates@srqme.com

A certain cereal brand may have a monopoly on the tagline “magically delicious,” but a new Sarasota bakery has arrived on the scene to give them a run for their money.

A delightful play on words, The Sand Witch Shoppe is equal parts bewitching branding and homemade crafts and cookies thought up by partners in life and business Cody Johnson and Zachary Dalton. As Zachary muses, “I like to picture everything in the shop as if it were in a story book.” From the brown paper envelopes hand stamped with their logo, to the parchment paper letter accompanying each cookie box, The Sand Witch Shoppe could just as easily be operating out of Salem with their spooky vibes.

Not wanting to be limited to just one dream, Cody and Zachary each pulled out individual strengths from their respective spellbooks and created their own unique journey. Cody and Zachary provide the perfect yin and yang to their business platform, one acting as the baker and one the jewelry maker. Drawing upon his Norweigian heritage and using recipes passed down through the family, Cody “brings the magic” to each cookie. Chewy, soft, moist and spell-bindingly scrumptious The Sand Witch Shoppe baked goods are the perfect sweet treat. The chocolate chip and sugar cookies hit all the right notes and are standout classics in all the best ways. If it’s not broke don’t fix it! But if you’re looking for something a little different, try the rich Black Strap Molasses cookies. Warm, spiced and tasting like Christmas - these cookies provide an autumnal escape to our never-ending summer weather. It would pair well with a cup of tea and Friday night showing of Hocus Pocus.

In theme with their whimsical trademark, the jewelry designed by Zachary is created to bring out certain energies and draws upon Nordic folklore for its different meanings. Sustainably sourced, gender neutral and aimed to, “bring out the magic within,” Zachary’s Moon Power or Sea Witch bracelets will inspire wearers to be their best selves.

With plans to expand their Shoppe to include more gluten free, vegan and speciality Norweigan deliciousness, these two are just getting started. Zachary and Cody want shoppers to imagine their vision as, “A tale of a witch traveling through the land, selling their magical findings and unique jewelry enchanted with ancient powers.”

A little bit of this, a dash of that, The Sand Witch Shoppe has stirred up just the right potion to put on a spell on you.

Use the code ‘Sarasota’ at check out for free delivery. 

Click here to shop the bakery and jewelry store.

[Career Conference]  Athlete and Entrepreneur Micah Hayes To Speak on Rebounding Business at SOTC
Brittany Mattie, brittany.mattie@srqme.com

The State of Talent Conference (SOTC) is a premier one-day conference experience completely focused on the future of workforce and talent development. Powered by CareerSource Suncoast, with partnered host Game On Nation, this leadership-focused conference provides a unique insight into the current state of talent in the workforce. Each year, SOTC brings together some of the best speakers from across the nation focused on talent development to help businesses engage their most valuable assets. With 500+ attendees, participants leave with insightful management strategies, networking and inspiration from the lineup of speakers brought onWhile the original live event was canceled this year in light of COVID-19, SOTC will now be providing a free and immersive digital experience on Thursday, July 16, 2020. Of the 10 speakers on board to present an engaging virtual presentation, SRQ connected with a few of the bright lights to hear what they're excited to bring to the table for our region's entrepreneurs and change-makers.

Prior to Micah Hayes founding Nino's Italian Restaurant in Atlanta, which he owns and operates today, he started his own company that focused on cultivating successful athlete performance at his strength training facility in Decatur, GA. There, he trained prep athletes and helped them achieve peak performance. Hayes has helped direct and develop over 7,000 athletes, coaches, and leaders using his knowledge of group dynamics, team building, culture development and communication. He has been a speaker and teacher of athlete performance for over seven years. 

What are you most excited to bring to the table for the SOTC conference this year? 

A message of servant leadership and conveying that even during a pandemic and these uncertain times that taking care of each other will always lead to greater productivity and greater profits. 

Can you share what your seminar topic covers and how you chose this theme for the event? What influenced you?

The topic is just how to rebound and readjust your business in uncertain times. Was influenced by my own situation. We had to find a way to maintain our business while safely reopening and supporting our staff and taking care of our guests.

What do you hope for Sarastoans to take away? 

That this is a great time to evaluate, communicate, and demonstrate the values that matter most vs what is just going to matter now. We have a great opportunity to readjust and realign and position ourselves to lean into what truly matters in business which is service and allowing people-centered and people-focused service and policies to drive our companies forward. 

Do you have any practical advice or “a-ha” moments you had in your professional life that you can share with our readers?

Business can be a really empty proposition when we put profit first, especially when the teams we build the places that we work occupy the vast majority of the time. Given that perspective, it is important that we build teams that we are enthusiastic about and create workspaces that make us proud. The question we should be asking is not “Can I win with you?’ but “Can I lose with you?”. When the chips are down are you still proud of your team and the work you are doing? That was a big moment for me. I wanted to know that I was doing right by the people around me and that while we may not always agree that we are all aligned and that our value systems are driving us towards our ultimate goal which in my industry is not to create a memorable and enjoyable dining experience through good food and good community. It is easier for me to go to bed at night knowing that everyone around me is serving to create those experiences and win, lose, or draw knowing that we are aligned on that gives me faith that we are going to make it through these times and that we will all be better for it.  

Photo of Micah Hayes, Courtesy of SOTC.

Register for the State of Talent live virtual conference here.

[New Hire]  Williams Parker Expands Litigation Practice

Williams Parker is pleased to announce that George Parpas has joined the firm as an associate in the Litigation practice. Mr. Parpas is a civil trial attorney with a focus on probate and trust litigation and business litigation. He has extensive civil litigation experience at both the trial and appellate level. He joins the firm from New York City where he handled a variety of general liability defense claims, including labor law claims, property damage and property disputes, and premises liability defense. Mr. Parpas is a graduate of New York Law School and Queens College, City University of New York. He is admitted to practice in Florida, New Jersey, and New York and has been named a Super Lawyers Rising Star. The firm also recently added Tamara Skonie, ACP, FRP as a litigation paralegal. 

200 South Orange Avenue, 941-366-4800

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[Real Estate]  Record-Breaking Residential Sale on Longboat Key

A Gulf-front estate located at 6021 Gulf of Mexico Drive closed on Tuesday afternoon for $13,000,001, making it the highest residential purchase in the tri-county region that has been reported in the Multiple Listing Service (MLS). Kim Ogilvie of Michael Saunders & Company represented the buyer. Reid Murphy of Developers Realty, Inc represented the seller. “This is perhaps the finest combination of location and construction I’ve seen in my 36 years as a Realtor,” said selling agent Kim Ogilvie. “The home features a beautiful and tasteful selection of finishes, and the new owners are very much looking forward to sharing it with their family and friends throughout the year.” 

[New Website]  Accent Distributing Launches DesignFilm.Com to Showcase Architectural Finishes

3M™ Authorized Window Film Distributor Accent Distributing launched a new website, DesignFilm.com, to showcase 3M™ Architectural Finishes and inspire a multitude of industries, including architects, interior designers, hotels, healthcare, homeowners and more. Accent Distributing’s new website features a robust gallery of photos, the ability to request samples, a blog, industry focused landing pages, detailed product information, a link to 3M's Virtual Experience application and much more. The site provides the ability for viewers to sort products based on style, color, width and the environment. “We have always prided ourselves on doing more for our dealers than just delivering film, and DesignFilm.com is an example of that,” General Manager Shawn Cabral said. “We hope our new website not only showcases what 3M™ Architectural Finishes can do for architects, specifiers, interior designers, space planners and homeowners, but also provide our dealers a resource as they work with their own clients who are considering adding decorative finishes.” 

For more info, 941-922-5268.

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[Performance]  Vocalist Ariel Blue Makes Debut at Florida Studio Theatre This Weekend

Florida Studio Theatre (FST) announces that vocalist Ariel Blue will perform this weekend for diners at FST’s Green Room Cafe & Bar. Blue will perform alongside FST resident pianist Jim Prosser Friday, July 10 and Saturday, July 11 from 5:30-7:00pm each night, featuring such songs as “All I Do” by Stevie Wonder, “Just My Imagination” by the Temptations, “Sunday Morning” by Maroon 5, and “Can’t Take My Eyes off of You” by Frankie Valli. Ariel Blue is a Florida-based actor, singer, and writer. She has been performing for the last 12 years in Mainstage productions with Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe, FST Improv, and The Golden Apple Dinner Theatre. She has performed behind legends like Christopher Williams and Sharon Scott. Blue has also performed with the circus in Europe. “I am thrilled to share my gift of song with FST audiences,” shared Blue. “I’ve performed with FST Improv, and now it’s exciting to perform live music with the theatre. Nothing brings people together quite like music or food. In a time when the world has seemed to hit the ‘pause’ button, it’s such a blessing to be able to safely come together and enjoy good music and a good meal thanks to what FST’s been doing through its Green Room Cafe & Bar.” 

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[Drug Use]  Opioid Deaths Explode in Sarasota County

Responding to a shocking surge of drug overdose deaths in Sarasota County, Congressman Vern Buchanan said today he will seek extra funding for drug treatment and prevention in the next coronavirus relief bill. Buchanan said figures he requested from the Sarasota County Sheriff’s office reveal that 29 opioid fatalities have already been recorded for the first six months of this year — more than double the 13 in all of 2019. The number of non-fatal overdoses also skyrocketed, according to the Sheriff’s office from 88 in all of 2019 to 121 in the first six months of this year.

National experts blame the coronavirus pandemic at least in part for the increase in drug overdoses saying that the virus has worsened feelings of anxiety, social isolation and depression. The White House’s drug policy office has also pointed to economic uncertainties and precautions such as quarantines and lockdowns as exacerbating the drug crisis. Additionally, reports have found that some treatment centers and recovery programs have been forced to close or scale back during the coronavirus.

“The spike in drug overdoses in our region during the coronavirus pandemic is tragic and alarming,” Buchanan said. “We have to get treatment to those in need both in Southwest Florida and across the country. As we continue to combat the coronavirus we need to make sure we are addressing other health impacts exacerbated by this pandemic.” 

Buchanan continued, “The opioid crisis has destroyed too many families and lives. We cannot forget about this crisis even during the coronavirus pandemic. I will continue my work in Congress to make sure Florida has the resources it needs to help save lives and fight this epidemic.” 

[Utilities Update]  Water Service to be Restored Soon to Barrier Islands

A contractor damaged a 16-inch water main along John Ringling Causeway this afternoon disrupting water service to customers in the area. Impacted areas include: Bird Key, Coon Key, and portions of St. Armands Key and City Island. Customers in these areas may experience low or no water pressure until repairs are made and water service is restored. Service is expected to be restored by 5:30pm. Crews with the City of Sarasota Utilities Department currently are on the scene isolating the damaged main and making repairs. A boil water advisory will be in effect for the impacted areas for 48 hours. 

For more information please contact the Utilities Department: 941-263-6884.

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[Planetarium]  Join Bishop Museum of Science for a Flight Through Our Solar System

The Planetarium has reopened with an all-new Digistar 6 planetarium system. With improved lighting capabilities and new software, they really can take you places you've never been before. They're showcasing the new capabilities with a special narrated show created by Planetarium Manager Howard Hochhalter. "Flight Through Our Solar System" is a 10-minute narrated tour that begins at the sun then travels through the solar system, including the asteroid belt, past Pluto and the other outer planets, until you arrive at the icy outer reaches of the Kuiper Belt and the Oort Cloud, located on the outer fringe of the solar system. "We joke that our Planetarium is perfect for star nerds, people who are most passionate about astronomy," Hochhalter says. "But I think this new system is perfect for everyone, from newbies to dedicated amateurs, and I want everyone to see it in action!" 

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[In This Issue]  Roar of a Survivor

From hopeless to homeless, a young Sebrena Pawley would eventually come to learn that falling ill to a life-threatening virus is just another survival obstacle to overcome. 

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

[COVID-19]  MMH Discontinues Visitation on Nursing Inpatient Units

For the continued protection of our patients, staff and our community, visitors will not be allowed in Manatee Memorial Hospital’s Inpatient Nursing Units, starting tomorrow, Wednesday, July 8 until further notice. They encourage family/friends to call, use FaceTime, Zoom, Skype or send email notes through our ePatient Note Service https://www.manateememorial.com/patients-visitors/epatient-notes. 

Click here to send an email note to a patient at MMH.

[SOON]  HEALTH: Kids' Summer Beach Runs , June 4 – July 31, 5:30pm-7:30pm

The annual Kids' Summer Beach Runs return to Siesta and Brohard beaches this June. The one-mile fun runs are an opportunity for kids and families to participate in healthy activities together over the summer. The free Kids' Summer Beach Runs are offered weekly this summer: Tuesdays, June 4 through July 30, at Siesta Beach, 948 Beach Road, Siesta Key. Wednesdays, June 5 through July 31, at Brohard Beach, 1600 Harbor Drive, Venice. Registration begins at 5:30 p.m. near the playground at Siesta Beach and near the Venice Fishing Pier at Brohard Beach. Races start 6:30 p.m. for both locations. Kids who complete four runs receive a free T-shirt. The runs can be completed at either location. All runners receive a finisher ribbon after every race.

Siesta Beach and Brohard Beach, 948 Beach Road, Siesta Key and 600 Harbor Drive, Venice

[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]  GALLERY: Art Uptown Presents Arboreal Conversations , June 27 – July 25, Gallery hours.

Cecile Moran, Art Uptown’s July featured artist, presents a rich series of paintings entitled Arboreal Conversations, teeming with color, form and mystery. They prompt viewers to think about the trees themselves and their interconnectedness to each other, us, and forests of the world. The artist realizes her bold compositions through a distinctive layering and resistance technique: paint is applied and removed in selected areas to reveal new and different color relationships. Cecile looks to Florida’s diverse tropical terrain for inspiration. She says, “The landscape here offers remarkable twists and turns that create an otherworldly appeal. My work contains images of plants and trees that give us life through the air that we breathe.” Further enriching the visual experience, many of the works are imbued with gold leaf to create a back light and glow. The painter credits her father’s influence – a sign painter by trade, he taught her the application of gold leaf techniques which he used with lettering applied to glass in his signage.

Art Uptown Gallery, 1367 Main St, Sarasota, FL 34236

[SOON]  THEATER: Online: Asolo Repertory Theatre Online Classes for Kids, Ages 8-18 , July 6 – July 31, 10am, 11am and 3pm

Introducing Asolo Rep Young Artist: Online Classes, designed for ages 8-18. From demystifying Shakespeare to exploring innovative ways of creating theatre together, these classes will spark your young artist’s imagination and help to hone their theatrical technique. See below to find out more about the exciting content and amazing professional artists who will be leading these classes. Classes are $50 to $75 to register. Contact Asolo Rep Education & Engagement Department: education@asolo.org

Online Program.

[SOON]  MUSIC: Florida Studio Theatre Presents Ariel Blue , July 10 – July 11, 5:30pm-7pm

Florida Studio Theatre is pleased to announce that vocalist Ariel Blue will perform for diners at FST’s Green Room Cafe & Bar Friday, July 10 and Saturday, July 11 from 5:30-7PM each night alongside FST resident pianist Jim Prosser. Blue and Prosser will perform for socially-distanced diners featuring such hits as “All I Do” by Stevie Wonder, “Just My Imagination” by the Temptations, “Sunday Morning” by Maroon 5, and “Can’t Take My Eyes off of You” by Frankie Valli. Ariel Blue is a Florida-based actor, singer, and writer. She has been performing for the last 12 years in Mainstage productions with Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe, FST Improv, and The Golden Apple Dinner Theatre. She has performed behind legends like Christopher Williams and Sharon Scott and with the circus in Europe.

FST Green Room Cafe & Bar, 1241 N Palm Ave, Sarasota, FL 34236

[SOON]  THEATER: Virtual: Florida Studio Theatre Presents Sarasota Improv Festival , July 10 – July 12

Florida Studio Theatre is pleased to announce that it will present an online improv festival the same weekend its annual Sarasota Improv Festival was slated to take place: Friday, July 10 through Sunday, July 12. Held completely online, this Festival features workshops, shows, and interviews with established improvisers from around the world, including Joe Bill (a founding member of Chicago’s Annoyance Theater), Craig Cackowski (Quartet, Orange Tuxedo), and Gael Perry (French improv troupe, La Carpe Haute). Shows and interviews can be accessed for free on the Sarasota Improv Festival’s Facebook page. Workshops will be conducted over Zoom and cost $30 each. To register for workshops, visit floridastudiotheatre.org or call FST’s Box Office at 941-366-9000.

[SOON]  MUSEUM: Virtual: KidSpace at The Bishop , July 11 – July 25, 10:30am-11:15am

We unleash the awesome power of The Planetarium during KidSpace, where kids can become scientific masters of the universe! Join us as we take off from the Earth’s surface and fly to places humans have never been: the Sun, planets, other moons in our solar system, newly discovered solar systems in our galaxy and beyond. KidSpace is designed for grades 1-5 and their grown-ups, but everyone is welcome.

[SOON]  MUSEUM: IQuest: Through the Lens at The Bishop , July 11, 4pm-8pm

IQuest is a monthly program for smart, curious middle school students in grades 6 through 8. While each IQuest is different, you can always expect challenging projects and games that inspire out-of-the-box solutions to real-world problems. Through the Lens: Reboot Explore our two special exhibitions — Myakka River: A Florida Treasure, by Clyde Butcher and Small Wonders: Insects in Focus, by Bob Sober — then try our photography-inspired challenges, puzzles and more. Due to limitations on attendance and staffing, attendees must pre-register by 11 am on Saturday, July 11th. We will be adhering to social distancing measures during all activities and the class size will be limited to 10 children. Masks will be required for all staff and students, and all students will be temperature-screened upon arrival. Admission is $5. Kids only — this is a drop-off program. Paid reservations required; includes a slice of pizza and a drink.

The Bishop Museum of Science and Nature, 201 10th St W, Bradenton, FL 34205

[SOON]  FOOD: Venice Farmers Market , July 11 – July 25, 8am-12pm

Summer vendors will offer produce, fresh baked goods including breads, pies, bagels and pretzels, wild-caught seafood, Florida-grown mushrooms, boutique cheeses, locally roasted coffee, kettle corn, hand-crafted soap, essential oils, nursery plants and fresh-cut flowers. In addition, local artists will be attending the market offering award-winning photography, unique clay art and jewelry, hand-designed clothing for children and adults, and more. Market staff and vendors have created a CDC-compliant and safe socially distanced outdoor shopping experience for the community, states Farmers Market Manager Lee Perron. All staff and vendors will wear masks and gloves and sanitizing stations will be available. The plan has been reviewed and approved by the City of Venice in order to comply with all federal, state and local guidelines for food and personal safety. During the construction of Fire Station 1 and expansion of City Hall, the market will relocate out of the parking lot but will still operate at City Hall. The Farmers Market will set up on W. Venice Avenue between Harbor Drive and Avenue des Parques, located between City Hall and the Hecksher Park tennis courts.

Venice City Hall, 401 W Venice Ave, Venice, FL 34285

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Selby Gardens Presents Advanced/Intermediate Watercolor Classes , July 14 – July 28, 10am-2pm

Each three-class session focuses on demonstrations and a variety of watercolor techniques. Students with some previous experience will enjoy the freedom to experiment, create their own compositions, or paint along with the instructor. Instructor: Carolyn Merenda. Class Fee per Session: $140, members $125.

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

[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]  MUSEUM: The Ringling: Kabuki Modern , November 13 – June 27, Museum hours.

In response to developments and the rise of photography, publishers, print designers and painters updated their stylistic and technical approaches to yakusha-e, thereby propelling the genre into the modern era. Kabuki Modern presents superb recent acquisitions of kabuki portraits between 1868 and the 1950s. Visitors will see works by Toyohara Kunichika (1835–1900), Yamamura Kōka (Toyonari, 1885–1942), and Natori Shunsen (1886–1960) — the foremost print artists of their time. Two stunning screen paintings by Murakami Michiho (1899–1938) and Torii Kiyotada IV (1875–1941) that recently returned to the Museum following conservation treatment are also on view. Featuring portraits of actors in character, these prints and paintings capture the dynamic poses, elaborate stage make-up, and sumptuous costumes that have enthralled audiences for over 400 years. The exhibit began November 13, 2019 and will end June 27, 2021, during museum hours.

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

[SOON]  MUSEUM: Virtual: Stelliferous at The Bishop , July 22, 7pm-9pm

The stars are the stars during this live guided tour of the upcoming month’s skies with a staff astronomer, who will talk about where our stars, planets, and constellations are headed in our night skies. We’ll also share the most current events in the world of astronomy and open the floor for an always-fun question and answer session. Stelliferous is great for curious adults and inquisitive kids alike.

[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

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