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SRQ DAILY Aug 11, 2020

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"Performing arts education provides innumerable benefits to children. "

- Jenny Townsend, Music Compound Founder and Owner

[Mexican Food]  Take Some Tacos and Blow Them Up
Andrew Fabian, andrew.fabian@srqme.com

A fully loaded taco can include any of the following: seasoned meat, tomato, lettuce, cheese, sour cream, refried beans, avocado, rice, onions, cilantro, salsa, etc. When carefully stacked inside a hard- or soft-shell tortilla, I would argue that a taco is a self-contained meal. If I extrapolate further, then a taco blown up into its constituent parts would essentially be a meat entrée with a side of rice and a salad. Proof of this hypothesis comes from El Toro Bravo in the form of the Guadalajara platter.

From the top, the platter looks like a hearty salad of romaine lettuce and tomatoes with a side of seasoned rice. Little streaks of sour cream, piped through a cornet, and two ice cream scoops of avocado make the platter look like a filling vegetarian meal, with no hint of animal parts in sight. But, digging into the mound of food reveals the rest of the food pyramid. Refried beans, shredded cheese and the diner’s choice of meat (I went with seasoned ground beef) form the foundation of this heap of delicious food. The intrepid eater able to get to the bottom of the mound discovers two hard-shell tortillas soggy with all the flavors of the platter. So, take some tacos and blow them up, reconfigure them onto a plate and dig in.

Oh, and the dinner portion of the platter is not for the faint of stomach.  El Toro Bravo operates 11:00 am to 8:00 pm Monday through Thursday, and 11:00 am to 10:00 pm Friday and Saturday. 

El Toro Bravo, 3218 Clark Road, 941-924-0006

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[New Program]  Music Compound to Debut Show Choir & Musical Theatre Program

The Music Compound, a business where students of all ages can pursue their love of music, is pleased to offer a new program. Music Compound will debut its Show Choir & Musical Theatre program in September at its Cattlemen studio (1751 Cattlemen Rd., Sarasota); leading the program is noted longtime Sarasota educator, Julie Rohr McHugh.

The Show Choir, for middle and high school students, will offer opportunities for singing and dancing with some dialogue. There will be a minimum of three local performances a semester. Classes will be held on Tuesdays, from 5:00-7:00pm

The Musical Theatre program, for elementary school students, will receive instruction in acting, singing and dancing – all students will have a speaking part. There will be a minimum of three local performances per semester; the class will offer a valuable opportunity for students to perform in front of an audience. Classes will be held on Thursdays, from 5-7pm. 

“Performing arts education provides innumerable benefits to children – studies have shown these opportunities help students develop skills such as collaboration, communication, creative thinking and discipline as well as improve their cognitive skills and academic performance,” said Music Compound founder and owner Jenny Townsend. “We are so pleased to welcome Julie Rohr McHugh to help us get this program off the ground. Our participants are going to benefit tremendously from her significant expertise, experience and love of all things musical.” 

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[Virtual Tour]  Steven Quartly's Live Studio Tour with Chasen Gallery

Visiting an artist in their studio is a rare treat typically reserved for gallery owners, the artist, and a few collectors. But, we wanted to correct this. So, on Saturday the gallery will be live on Facebook from Steven Quartly's studio in California. And you are invited to join them. You're going to get a first-hand behind-the-scenes look at Steven's newest paintings for Chasen Galleries. You'll watch Steven demonstrate his trademark techniques. And you'll be able to ask the artist questions about his style, his career, and his influences. That's happing this Saturday, August 15th. The first tour will be from 1pm to 1:30pm. The second tour will be from 5pm to 5:30 pm. 

Chasen Galleries SRQ, 1830 S Osprey Ave.

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[Donation]  Community Day School Receives $12,000 Donation for Air Filtration Units

Thanks to supporters Ed and Betty Rosenthal, through the Rosenthal Roots Family Foundation’s “Go Green” program, Hershorin Schiff Community Day School will receive Aerus air filtration units in time for the 2020-2021 school year. A gift of $12,000 has enabled the purchase of 24 Aerus Pure & Clean units to be placed in classrooms throughout the school. The Pure & Clean devices reduce airborne contaminants and freshen air in otherwise stale-prone environments. While the Aerus technology has yet to be sufficiently tested on the coronavirus, the purchase underscores the school's commitment to providing the safest, healthiest possible environment for its students, families and staff. "Our family is dedicated to ensuring a healthy, sustainable future for all students," said Ed Rosenthal. "In these unprecedented times, our goal remains the same: create a healthy environment where children learn and thrive."

"The CDC recommends the use of portable HEPA fan/filtration systems to help enhance air cleaning, especially in higher-risk areas," added Head of School Dan Ceaser. "We are grateful to the Rosenthal family for its continued care of and support for our community, particularly at a time when public health is such a top-of-mind concern." 

For more about Community Day School, go to communityday.org or call 941-552-2770. Pictured: Ed and Betty Rosenthal in the Community Day School garden.

[Recognition]  Laurel Civic Selected Non-Profit of 2020

The Venice Chamber of Commerce announced it's Business of the Year 2020 award winners today. Laurel Civic is honored to have been chosen in the Non-Profit Category. Executive Director Michael D. Fluker attended the event and was thrilled when Laurel Civic's name was announced. "With all that has happened this year, it is great to get some happy news," he said. "We have been working hard to provide much needed services to members of the community during COVID-19 as well as to continue our programs for adults and children. It is so gratifying that the Venice Chamber recognizes the work non-profit groups do on behalf of the community. There were wonderful organizations nominated this year and we are honored to stand with them. I couldn't be prouder." 

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[New Hire]  Sarasota County Schools Welcomes Superintendent Dr. Brennan Asplen at Swearing-In Ceremony

Sarasota County Schools formally welcomed Dr. Brennan Asplen as the district’s new Superintendent of Schools this morning. The ceremony, officiated by the Honorable Judge Lee Haworth, was held in the School Board’s chambers. A small gathering of Dr. Asplen’s family & friends, School Board members & district personnel, and members of the citizen-comprised Community Advisory Committee witnessed the special occasion. “I am honored to serve as the new Superintendent of Sarasota County Schools. Let me begin by thanking everyone who is in attendance this morning; To the School Board and  Community Advisory Committee, I thank you for the confidence you have placed in selecting me, and I fully comprehend the mission that you have entrusted to my care. To the district employees, I appreciate the support you have already displayed, and I look forward to laboring alongside you to serve our students. And to my family, I thank you for being the foundation of my career- My wife is my rock, who I admire as an educator herself, my children are my inspiration, who keep me relevant, and my grandson is my joy and hope for tomorrow. 

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[Position Available ]  Manatee County Accepting Applications for Children's Services Advisory Board

Manatee County is now accepting applications for four open seats on the Children’s Services Advisory Board (CSAB). The volunteer board makes recommendations to the Board of County Commissioners about priorities and expenditures of the County’s dedicated millage for children’s services. The CSAB meets on the third Wednesday of each month at 3:00pm in the Manatee County Administrative Center, 1112 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton. The board meets weekly during the annual program funding review process and a full-day retreat in October each year. To qualify for consideration, applicants must be residents of Manatee County. The open seats on the CSAB are for two- or three-year terms that begin October 1. The vacancies include:  one NAACP representative; one School Board representative; 
Two child advocates, not affiliated with any agency receiving County funds.

For more information, call 941-749-3030 or email susan.ford@mymanatee.org.

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[Achievement]  Sarasota Baby Youngest Patient Ever to Receive Cochlear Implant at SMH

At just 9 months old, Eli Tovar Urzua might have been one of the youngest patients ever to receive a cochlear implant. Born deaf to hearing parents Nancy Urzua-Alba and Jesus Tovar, the Sarasota baby qualified for the advanced medical device when the U.S. Food and Drug Administration lowered the age of pediatric cochlear implantation this past March to 9 months for children with bilateral, profound sensorineural hearing loss. 

"Taking people from the world of deafness and putting them back in the world of the hearing is huge," Dr. Wazen stressed. "It¹s huge for your life, for your communication, for your education, for your career."

Sharon Rende, AuD, director of Audiology at the Silverstein Institute, will spend the coming months working with Eli to ensure his implants are adjusted to an optimal level. She also was the one to activate the device and be part of the milestone moment Eli heard his mother¹s voice for the first time, telling him softly, "Hi Buddy, I love you, I love you."

"For me it's emotional every time," Rende said. "It's new and exciting and just wonderful. It's the beginning of a change in his life, a beginning of his life as a hearing child." 

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[In This Issue]  Brain Boost
Brittany Mattie, brittany.mattie@srqme.com

How the Brain Health Initiative is providing a boost to the community when we need it most. 

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

[FAQ]  Ask The Bay: Three Commonly Misunderstood Aspects of The Bay Park

Bill Waddill, Chief Implementation Officer for The Bay Park Conservancy, addresses several misunderstood aspects of Phase 1 that have been heard from the community in recent days. Specifically, we wanted to focus on the following three aspects: Traffic, as related to automobiles and pedestrians on Blvd of the Arts, Future activity in Phase 1, specifically on the lawns and Sunset Boardwalk location and placement. As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to get in touch with at www.askthebay.com. Together, let's realize the possibilities of bringing an iconic park to life for generations to come. 

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[Cancelation ]  A Sad Day For PINC

As you may know, the PINC Experience is an entire year’s worth of hard work and planning that culminates in one magical day at the end of the year. They go to great lengths to ensure that PINC is a perfectly curated experience for our speakers, sponsors, and especially our audience. With the instability of this year (and no clear ending in sight), they have chosen to cancel PINC 2020 until they know that they can safely provide the same exceptional experience that they've always strived to provide. No one knows what comes next or what each new day may bring, but one thing they can feel certain about is this: The future is so PINC. So, from the bottom of their heart, they thank you for your continued support over the past 6 years. They could not have done it without you. 

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[Schedule Change]  Van Wezel Announces Schedule Change to the 2020-2021 Season

The Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall announces the following updates to the 2020-2021 season due to touring schedule changes. Terry Fator: It Starts Tonight on January 16, 2021 has been rescheduled within the same season to April 2, 2021. The Temptations and the Four Tops’ performance on January 26, 2021 has been rescheduled to December 2, 2021 

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[Election Update]  Temporary Polling Place Changes for Primary Election Day

Supervisor of Elections Ron Turner, today announced several temporary polling place changes for the Tuesday, August 18 primary election, due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, and pursuant to Fla. Stat. 101.71(2). The complete list of polling place changes, effective as of today, August 10, can be found online at http://sarasotavotes.com/.


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[Tickets]  Van Wezel Offers Single Tickets for Select Shows This Week

Powerhouse vocalist and actor Audra McDonald returns to the Van Wezel in 2021! Musician, vocalist and composer Damien Sneed brings A Tribute to Aretha Franklin: The Queen of Soul to the Hall for its Sarasota debut, and single tickets for South Pacific will be available for purchase this week.

Single tickets for the following performances go on sale Friday, August 14, 2020 at 10 a.m.

  • Audra McDonald – Saturday, February 13, 2021 at 8:00pm (Tickets $42-$107)
  • A Tribute to Aretha Franklin: The Queen of Soul featuring Damien Sneed with special guest, Karen Clark Sheard– Thursday, February 18, 2021 at 8:00pm (Tickets $37-$77)
  • South Pacific – Monday, March 29, 2021 at 7:30pm and Tuesday, March 30, 2021 at 7:30pm (Tickets $42-$97)

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[Postponement ]  High Tide Country Music Festival Postponed Until Next Year

Organizers for the first annual High Tide Country Music Festival, scheduled to take place on November 21 at CoolToday Park in North Port, FL, announced today that the Festival will be postponed until November 20, 2021. Featured headliner, Walker Hayes, and special guest, Cody Webb, were scheduled to perform with proceeds benefitting Suncoast Charities for Children. Local residents, Michelle Hazeltine and Christine Robinson, will continue to serve as volunteer Co-Chairs for the Festival. “We are disappointed to make this announcement and want to be sure we do what is best for the artists, attendees, our employees, and the charity. We are committed to make this Festival happen at the right time and intend to support it as an annual event for Suncoast Charities for Children,” said Mike Dunn - Vice President of FL Operations for the Atlanta Braves. 

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[TODAY]  SEMINAR: Virtual: "The Art of Medicine" Panel Discussion with Sarasota County Medical Society , August 11, 6pm

The Ringling’s Community Gallery is currently showing an exhibition called "The Art of Medicine," which features artwork by physicians who are members of the Sarasota County Medical Society. This panel will feature some of exhibiting artists as they discuss how art enriches their lives as medical providers. The Community Gallery is generously sponsored by the Community Foundation of Sarasota County. We’ve designed a dynamic line-up of live, conversational, virtual programs for you to enjoy from anywhere. Tickets will be available 14 days prior to each program. Tickets are limited, but only 1 ticket is required for each household ($5), for regardless of how many in your household will participate. Free for members.

[SOON]  SEMINAR: Virtual: Power Hour Lunch , August 12, 11:45am-1pm

Join us for our "virtual" Power Hour Lunch. Stay connected with Chamber Members and update each other on your current business opportunities. If you like to submit an electronic or virtual door prize, please email cmcgonigal@sarasotachamber.com to let him know what it will be. We will have Trivia questions during the meeting for attendees to win the door prizes. Attendees are responsible for getting door prize to the winner. If you decide to order your own lunch, please support our Chamber Members who have restaurants or provide food and beverage, listed here. Please Note: Many restaurants have adjusted their hours and operations. Please check with the restaurant directly for more information.

[SOON]  SCIENCE AND NATURE: Virtual: Think + Drink with The Bishop , August 12, 7pm-9pm

Join us on Zoom as we host world-famous photographer Clyde Butcher during a virtual think+drink / science. Mr. Butcher, known as the Ansel Adams of Florida, will discuss the stunning images now on display at The Bishop in our special exhibition of his work, Myakka River: A Florida Treasure. This series of 30 photographs capture the spirit of a primal, exotic place and allows visitors to immerse themselves in the beauty, complexity, and diversity of vital freshwater areas. The presentation will be followed by Q&A.

[SOON]  GALA: Making Strides Against Breast Cancer of Sarasota Kickoff Celebration , August 27, 6pm

Let's get together and celebrate Making Strides Against Breast Cancer of Sarasota. Kickoff Celebration and Real Men Wear Pink Reveal. Check-in begins at 5:30pm. Light Hors d’oeuvres & Cocktails. Complimentary Valet Parking. RSVP by Monday, August 24, 2020.

The Ritz-Carlton Sarasota, 1111 Ritz Carlton Drive, Sarasota, FL 34236

[SOON]  SCIENCE AND NATURE: 5th Annual Reef and Beach Cleanup , September 12 – September 13

Calling all Scuba Divers, Fisherman and Land Lubbers! This event is for everyone who cares about our shoreline and water ways. This is a "one of a kind" competitive trash collecting event. Bring friends and family. Trash collectors of all ages are welcome. There is NO entry fee. Community Service hours available for groups and students. Over $6,000. dollars in prize money will be spread out over 20 different categories. Categories include: most anchors, most recyclables, chain & other metals, tires, non-recyclable trash, fishing gear, nets, rope, tackle and an award to the most unique item brought in (as determined by judges). We've added a new category this year. There is now a category for Lion Fish. Lion fish are taking over our reefs. They are an invasive species that are killing off indigenous species.

Bradenton Yacht Club, 4307 13th St. West, Palmetto, FL

[SOON]  SEMINAR: Art Lecture Series with Baila Miller: Frida Kahlo: Love & Surrealism , August 18, 1pm-2:30pm

Join Historic Spanish Point for incredible stories on the artists that shaped and influenced history around the world. We are proud to offer this art lecture series with Baila Miller as part of our monthly programming. Baila’s unique storytelling presentations will connect you to the art world in a whole new way. All presentations take place at Historic Spanish Point’s Visitor Center Classrooms. Tickets: $15 for Historic Spanish Point members and $20 for future members.

Historic Spanish Point's Visitor Center Classrooms, 337 N Tamiami Trail, Osprey, FL 34229

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