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SRQ DAILY Aug 25, 2020

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"Resiliency is being able to continue on with your life even though there are no guarantees of what will happen."

- Nicole Malabot, Owner of Mouthhole BBQ/COVID Mask Masker

-Lebanon Bologna Sandwich from Postal 98 Cafe.
[Sandwiches ]  Not That Lebanon, the Other Lebanon
Andrew Fabian, andrew.fabian@srqme.com

This ain’t your mama’s bologna sandwich.

At Postal 98 Café, a recently opened sandwich and coffee shop in the heart of Pinecraft, the Sweet Lebanon Bologna sandwich goes quite beyond the endearing though frightening mystery meat found in many an elementary school lunch box. Lebanon bologna shares more in common with salami, with a similar look and a smokier flavor. Equally as important, the “Lebanon” in Lebanon bologna refers not to the Levantine country but to the county in Pennsylvania where almost half of the population still speaks German hundreds of years after the first Anabaptists immigrated there from Europe.

The café’s sandwich comes stacked with bologna in much the same way as a sandwich from a Jewish deli, with meat piled so high the bread looks like an afterthought. An ample smear of mayo and thick slices of smoked cheddar hide somewhere between two fluffy, bright slices of rye bread, but it’s all about the delicious, bright bologna. The smoke flavor hits as hard as that from a summer sausage, and the texture offers a firm contrast to the soft bread while the smoked cheddar helps to accentuate that hint of primal vapor that pairs so well with meat. As could be expected from a community that celebrates the simple things in life, the sandwich is rich, filling and affordable, $7.50.

Ride your bike there or pray for one of the three parking spots to be available (one of which is a handicap space). The café is open 7am to 9pm Monday through Saturday, with breakfast options served until noon. 

Postal 98 Cafe, 1240 Yoder Avenue, 941-260-8862

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[Southeast Asian Cusine]  Pho 101 Noodle House Has A Laksa To Love
Ariel Chates, ariel.chates@srqme.com

Like most establishments named after the food they make, diners heading to Pho 101 Noodle House can safely assume that the pho and noodles are going to be good. And they are.

Servings of pho arrive at your table with cartoonish clouds of steam wafting off of gargantuan bowls. The rich broth is a shimmering golden brown, spiced with star anise, cloves and cinnamon and cooked for hours to achieve the incredible depth of flavor. A staple of the Vietnamese cuisine, pho has become more popular in the states over the years, rivaling the popularity of Japanese ramen; another noodle soup dish that became a cult favorite with trendy NYC spots such as Ivan Ramen and Momofuku.

Thankfully for us, pho hasn’t yet been quite as gentrified in western culture as ramen, which means the majority of spots you’ll find serving it are dishing out the real deal - Pho 101 Noodle House is no exception. You can order it topped with the ever popular paper-thin rare brisket that cooks in the hot broth, shrimp, chicken or the special which adds on all the traditional fixin’s such as tripe, soft tendon and meatballs. Each bowl is accompanied with the requisite garnishes of white onion, Thai basil, crunchy bean sprouts, and lime wedges. Along with hot sauce and sweet brown sauce, allowing you to control the level of spiciness and perfect the balance of sweetness.

If you’re looking to go a bit off the beaten path, I highly recommend their Curry Laksa. A dish you'd usually be hard pressed to find, Pho 101 is making this punchy, flavor-bomb of a dish to perfection. A Chinese-Malay lovechild, Laksa can be found on most menus in Malaysia, Indonesia and Singapore, but spotting it in Sarasota was quite the treat. The coconut milk and curry based soup features rice noodles, fluffy fried tofu and mixed veggie, topped with matchsticks of cucumber and fresh mint leaves. The broth is zingy with ginger and curry and topped with shrimp it’s the perfect summer soup.

So, the next time Florida throws us one of her stormy days and you’re looking to warm up with some delicious but unique soup choices (sorry Panera) head over to Pho 101, pho-sure. 

Pho 101 Noodle House, 6125 S Tamiami Trail, 941-924-0039. Pictured: Curry Laksa with Shrimp.

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[Digital Fundraising ]  A Life Story Foundation Announces New Business Model in Wake of COVID-19 Pandemic

Nonprofit organization A Life Story Foundation (ALSF) has announced a business model pivot in response to the coronavirus pandemic. The foundation will move from fundraising via large-scale events to using digital platforms to create content, awareness, and sponsorship opportunities for donors. Founded by Lakewood Ranch resident Kevin Swan after his diagnosis of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) in 2012, ALSF has raised more than $1.7 million dollars for ALS research. With the exception of the Ice Bucket Challenge in 2014, the majority of the nonprofit’s annual revenue has come from large events. “Anyone in the nonprofit space can attest that it’s challenging, to say the least, to create non-event based revenue, and obviously this is true to an extreme degree during this crisis,” said Swan. “We realized quickly that adopting a new business model was the best avenue to the financial sustainability that would allow us to continue to be a valuable part of the puzzle to find a cure for ALS.” 

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[New Grant]  Van Wezel Receives Vital Support Through Grant from Florida's Division

The State of Florida’s Division of Cultural Affairs has awarded a grant to the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall for the 2021 Fiscal Year. The $48,316 grant will support main stage and educational programming at the arts hall. “We are so grateful for this continued support from Florida’s Department of State at a time when it is needed most," says Executive Director Mary Bensel. "Many people do not realize that the Van Wezel, a city-owned facility, has not received much-needed PPP funding or other support from the CARES Act at this time. Due to the ongoing and unforeseen impact of COVID-19 on the performing arts industry, support from the Division of Cultural Affairs is crucial for the future operations of many arts organizations such as the Van Wezel. Our remaining staff is hard at work as we plan for a safe reopening of our main stage hall, as well as providing new and exciting options for entertainment in the interim. We miss our patrons, our ushers, our IATSE crew and everyone that makes this theatre so special on a daily basis. The performing arts are absolutely essential, and we can’t wait to bring back the tradition of world class entertainment to our stage.” 

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[Donations]  Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation Board Awards $2.7 Million

Recent funding from Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation focuses on supporting health and human service needs, building equity for communities of color, and protecting our environment. Half of the grant recipients are new partners to Barancik Foundation and a third are minority-led nonprofits. Grantees include: Centerstone, The Twig Cares, Forty Carrots Family Centers, Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota County, Learning Independence for Tomorrow Academy, and My Warrior’s Place. “This year has called for sustained action to strengthen our most vulnerable systems and the people they help,” says Teri A Hansen, president and CEO of Barancik Foundation. “Humanitarian efforts are being pushed to their limit. Yet, we are hopeful that positives will emerge as we all reimagine ways to serve our community.” 

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[Virtual Concert]  Tidewell Hospice and GuitarSarasota Collaborate to Bring Virtual Concert to Residents

Tidewell Hospice and GuitarSarasota, two local not-for-profits, have collaborated to create a virtual concert, “Heart Strings: Bringing You the Power of Music,” for the enjoyment of residents within the communities and care facilities Tidewell serves. “Tidewell is dedicated to brightening the lives of our patients, colleagues and entire community through life’s challenges, including COVID-19,” said Tidewell President and CEO Jonathan Fleece. “This collaboration with GuitarSarasota is an opportunity to restore essential human connection at a time when it’s difficult to establish.” 

Tidewell Community Hope Line, 855-930-HOPE, communityhope@tidewell.org.

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[Marketing]  Local Marketing Firm Supports House of JBaby's Preschool

At 342 Mad Solutions (Mad stands for Marketing And Design) the team decided it was time to offer their services, free of charge, to a company that needed a website. It started out with feeling grateful that they were still able to work, albeit at a slower pace, and increasing concerns about the community.  "We wanted to help by providing the tools that would allow a business owner to continue to grow in the long term," said Coyle. "During this time, I was also educating myself about systemic racism and other societal barriers that people of color have known all their lives. We decided that the best way we could help was to offer our web building services to a Black-owned business."  Coyle reached out to Tarnisha Cliatt at the Manasota Black Chamber of Commerce who put her in touch with Stephanie Joyner, owner and director of House of JBaby's Preschool. "I am so grateful for an amazing website that my business really needed," said Joyner. "Laura gave me exactly what I was looking for. I would also like to thank Manasota Black Chamber of Commerce for arranging this opportunity." 

Pictured: Stephanie Joyner owner and director of House of JBaby’s Preschool with designer from 342 Mad, Laura Coyle.

[Dance]  The Sarasota Cuban Ballet School Announces New Programs for 2020-21 Season

It’s the beginning of a new and different time for the Sarasota Cuban Ballet School.  They are delighted to announce a full schedule of classes for children, pre-professionals, and adults. Class sizes are limited in compliance with all Covid-19 health and safety regulations. Teachers wear masks. And new After School Study and Dance Programs for students in grades K-5 are being added. Beginning in October the Sarasota Cuban Ballet School will be presenting two Black Box in-studio performances every month. The dancers are already starting to rehearse. Below are some highlights for the upcoming year:

New for 2020-21

After School Study and Dance Program: An afterschool program for elementary school students includes study time and home help as well as daily dance classes. School pick-up is available in Sarasota. Options for virtual schooling also available. 

In Studio Performances: Presenting monthly performances in the large Black Box style studio beginning in October. In addition to watching the dancers perform, the in-studio audience will have the opportunity to hhear from Artistic Director Ariel Serrano talk with the performers. Performances will also be livestreamed.

Full Schedule of Classes for All Ages and Levels

Ages 3-10: Classes are age appropriate. The youngest learn the wonder of movement, self-expression and creativity. As they get older they are introduced to ballet, modern dance and acrobatics.

Ages 10 and above: Students learn ballet technique, advance to pointe and increase their repertoire. 

Pre-professionals ages 12 and above: Students interested in a serious dance program with the possiblity of a dance career can consider the pre-professional program. Dancers train 20+ hours a week, perform for local audiences, participate in national and international competitions and receive help moving forward. 

Adult Classes: For those who have always wanted to take ballet or learn contemporary dance or who are returning after a hiatus. Classes taught by Master Teachers who have experience teaching adults. Adult students typically range in age from 40 to 80+ years old. 

For more information contact us at info.sarasotacubanballet@gmail.com or call 941-365-8400

[Ticket Sale]  Van Wezel Offers Single Tickets for STOMP

Back with the “beat that just won’t quit” (San Francisco Chronicle), STOMP returns to Sarasota in 2021. The family-friendly and fun-filled production comes to the Van Wezel on Sunday, March 7, 2021 at 3pm and 7pm. Single tickets are $37-$72 and go on sale to the public on Friday, August 28, 2020 at 10:00am. 

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[Medical Advancement ]  New SMH Procedure Simplifies and Reduces Risks of Dialysis Treatment

Doctors at Sarasota Memorial Hospital are the first in southwest Florida to offer a new, minimally invasive procedure to help those in our community in need of hemodialysis. The Ellipsys System offers a minimally invasive way to create the vascular access needed for dialysis, replacing a more complex surgery and helping patients with kidney failure to begin their needed dialysis treatment sooner with fewer risks for complications. With just a few needle pokes, the Ellipsys System has now helped two patients at Sarasota Memorial get ready for their necessary dialysis treatments.

“This is really no different than placing a really big IV,” says Dr. Wagner. “We don’t have to destroy any anatomy to create a good fistula and the vein should not have any scarring on it.” No scarring means the fistula can be accessed again and again for dialysis treatment, without risk of the blood vessels collapsing. The procedure takes about 30 minutes or less, requires no general anesthesia, and results in less trauma, pain and infection risk than the surgical approach. 

[Mote Marine]  Weird and Wonderful New Faces at Mote Aquarium

Like oceans and watersheds, Mote Aquarium is always changing. During your next visit, stop by the exhibit "Oh Baby! Life Cycles of the Seas" and check out one of the newer resident animals: axolotls! These adorable aquatic salamanders have external gills. They never undergo metamorphosis, meaning they retain juvenile features even when fully grown. Wild axolotls' ability to regenerate organs after injury can offer insight into regenerative medicine in humans. 

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[Recognition]  SMH-Venice Chief Nursing Officer Named a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing

The American Academy of Nursing recently selected Sarasota Memorial Hospital - Venice Chief Nursing Officer Jean Marie Lucas, PhD, MBA, APRN, NEA-BC, to join its prestigious 2020 Class of Fellows, a group of 230 distinguished nursing leaders from around the nation who have made significant contributions to health care. “Their work, across many fields of expertise, exemplifies the power of nursing knowledge in creating meaningful change,” said Academy President Eileen Sullivan-Marx, PhD, RN, FAAN. 

[New Hires]  Firmo Construction Hires Three Team Members

Sarasota-based commercial construction management firm, Firmo Construction, has added a Superintendent, Project Manager, and Director of Marketing & Communications to its expanding team. In response to its increase in regional construction projects, as well as new builds in Florida’s panhandle, the team behind Firmo has found itself experiencing an incline this past quarter, resulting in the addition of Jeff Bryde as Superintendent, Brittany Edwards as Project Manager, and Nicole Miskovic as its first Marketing & Communications Director. “With a 20 percent increase in our commercial construction development pipeline this year in comparison to last, our team is enthusiastic and fortunate to experience a new stage of growth during this time,” said Eric Collin, Owner and President of Firmo Construction. “We’re excited to bring these three experts in their field on board as they support us in a new stage of evolution in our company,” said Stefan Baron, Vice President of Operations at Firmo Construction. “Together, they bring decades of additional leadership to a team with a mission to deliver business owners’ visions in our region and beyond." 

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[Board Announcement]  Local Florida Public Relations Association Chapter Announces Board

The Central West Coast Chapter of the Florida Public Relations Association (CWC-FPRA) installed its 2020-2021 board of directors and recognized outstanding members during the Chapter Awards & Board Installation at the Sarasota Yacht Club. The following members were honored during the program: Sarah Glendening was named Member of the Year; Elise Ramer, APR earned the Ginya Carnahan Promoting the Profession Award; Erin Hoffer, APR, CPRC earned the Thomas Nunan Rising Star Award; and Joe Grano earned the Ginnie Duffey Troyer Award of Professionalism. Also recognized: The following board members were honored during the program for going above and beyond their board duties throughout the year: Daniel Hodous earned the KARMA Award for Behind the Scenes, Melanie Reda, APR earned the KARMA Award for Event Innovation and Excellence and Sheryl Vieira earned the KARMA Award for Epitomizing the definition of KARMA for Going Above & Beyond Community Service, Giving and Ongoing Community Support. “It’s been an honor and privilege serving as the CWC-FPRA President,” said Kim Livengood, APR, CPRC. “I know the passion and enthusiasm Eleni Kouvatsos brings to the board will keep the momentum going. We strive to add value to our members and she is the right person to be at the helm." 

Pictured: The CWC-FPRA 2020-2021 board of directors.

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[In This Issue]  Brain Boost

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.

[MCAT Service]  Manatee County Resumes Full MCAT Service Saturday

Manatee County Area Transit (MCAT) will resume its standard evening schedule Saturday, August 29 when evening routes resume this weekend. Bus routes were scaled back to end at 6pm with the onset of the coronavirus in March. MCAT fares will remain free. MCAT will issue a 30-day notice before fares resume. 

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[SOON]  HEALTH: Virtual: The Players 5K , August 1 – August 31

Walk or run on your own or with a group of friends anytime between August 1 - August 31, 2020. Participants will receive an event t-shirt, lanyard and Players swag. Prizes and incentives are offered! Please list shirt size in order notes. Registration Deadline is July 15.

[SOON]  HEALTH: Lakewood Ranch Yoga in The Park , July 26 – August 30, 9am-10am

Join us for free yoga on the second Sunday in the beautiful setting of Bob Gardner Community Park just off of White Eagle Blvd. The Yoga Shack Florida will host the morning flows starting at 9 am. Please bring your own mat and water bottle. Mats must be placed at least 6-feet apart from others and we ask all participants to closely follow all social-distancing guidelines. Thank you to the Brain Health Initiative for sponsoring this event. Learn more about BHI on their website.

Bob Gardner Community Park, 2710 White Eagle Blvd Bradenton FL 34211

[SOON]  HEALTH: Virtual: Mindful Moments Self-Care Toolkit , July 7 – August 25, 8:30am-9am

Lakewood Ranch, in collaboration with the Brain Health Initiative and their meditation expert, Trish Hart of Hart Mind Body Solutions, will be providing weekly mindful moments to help kick-off your week with a healthy brain boost. 10-15 minute video clips featuring Trish Hart who will provide a mindful moment to implement into your Tuesday routine. Mindful moments will include brief meditations, affirmations, short readings, yoga practice tips, and more. RSVP and invite your friends and neighbors to be notified when a new video is posted on Tuesday mornings. The Brain Health Initiative (BHI) is a cutting-edge, new approach to studying brain health that's set to revolutionize neuroscience research and position the Gulf Coast as a global leader in scientific innovation. Formed in 2018 and headquartered in Lakewood Ranch, Florida, the BHI features collaborative leadership from the Academy for Brain Health and Performance and Massachusetts General Hospital, a Harvard Medical School Teaching Hospital. Brain health clinicians, researchers, academics, and innovators from across the Harvard system and throughout the state of Florida, as well as national and global collaborators, are engaged in this collective impact effort to support significant positive brain health and performance outcomes for the greater Gulf Coast region and beyond. Trish Hart is a facilitator of the Massachusetts General Hospital's, Benson Henry Institute's (SMART) Stress Management and Resiliency Program, trained in Mindfulness for Professionals through Duke Integrative Medicine, and is an Ananda Meditation and Divine Sleep Yoga Nidra teacher.

[SOON]  HEALTH: Monthly: Beer Garden Yoga at Motorworks Brewing , July 21 – December 29, 7:45pm

Join Motorworks Brewing every Tuesday night at 7:45pm in the spacious outdoor Beer Garden for a one hour, all-levels yoga flow led by RYT Rachael Croll from Salty Buddha Co. Spread out your yoga mats in the fresh, open air of Florida’s Largest Beer Garden then, once safely distanced, stretch out your body, mind & soul… one delicous, cold beer at a time. Classes are just $10 and include a complimentary core four pint (V Twin Vienna Lager, Intellectual Property Ale IPA, Pulp Friction Grapefruit IPA, Midnight Espresso Coffee Porter or Rollcage Red Ale). No sign-up required; you can just show up before the class begins & sign-in/pay at the brewery. Please bring your own mat to practice on, invite all your friends, and come vibe out in our spacious Beer Garden with like-minded souls and recharge during a relaxing hour under the stars.

Motorworks Brewing, 1014 9th Street West Bradenton, Florida 34205

[SOON]  GALLERY: Art Uptown Gallery Presents Summer Sojourn Artists' Showcase , August 4 – August 29, 11am-5pm

Art Uptown's regionally acclaimed artists offer passage to worlds unseen and under explored through the upcoming Summer Sojourn showcase on view from Tuesday, August 4 through Saturday, August 29. The exhibit features a wide array of media: photography, jewelry, fabric, glass, ceramic, sculpture and painting. Hungering for a reminder of Provence? Take in Jill Krasner's Yellow Daffodils (top left) or Jana Millstone's Tulip Trip (lower left). Seeking a little Zen-like serenity? Pause at Joan Libby Hawk's ceramic vessel, Elegy (top right). Marlane Wurzbach's Egret's Buffet (lower right), Bill Swanson's Juvenile Angelfish and Maro Lorimer's Haze take you right to the water's edge of your choice. Elijah (below left) by Janet Mishner invites the viewer to a more spiritual place and Liz Cole's abstract Bring on the Sun (below right) pushes the darks to brights. More than twenty other accomplished artists' work fills the Summer Sojourn showcase with unexpected, art-inspired journeys. The gallery continues its commitment to visitor and staff safety by the use of masks, sanitizer, frequent cleaning and social distancing.

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

[SOON]  MUSEUM: Homeschool Third Thursday + ROAR , August 20 – August 31

Join a museum educator for a live virtual tour (rec. ages 8+), and a virtual Roar storytime for our littlest learners (rec. ages 2-8), on the 3rd Thursday of the month. Each month will feature a new theme, with rotating arts resources that you can use all month long.Beginning August 20th with the exhibition Being Seen, each month will feature a new theme, with rotating arts resources that you can use all month long. Tickets are required, space is limited.

The Ringling, 5401 Bay Shore Road

[SOON]  FOOD: A Taste of Venice , August 26, 5:30pm-8pm

The 3rd Annual Event, Hosted by Hotel Venezia, will feature 15+ Local Eateries Serving Up Awesome Tastes. Early Bird Tickets are available for $15 until they’re Sold Out and General Admission is $20. Tickets include all Food Tastings and Beverages are available at the Cash Bar.

Hotel Venezia, 425 US 41 Bypass N Venice, Florida

[SOON]  SEMINAR: Virtual: Healthy Communication , August 26, 9am-10am

Healthy communication during COVID. Maintaining relationships and proactive communication to customers, employees and the community. Presented by Gabriele Harris, Chief Development Officer, Grapevine Communications. This meeting will be held virtually.  A ZOOM meeting code will be emailed to registrants 24 hours prior to the event.  You do not need to have a ZOOM account to register for this event.

[SOON]  SPORTS: Football Legend Reggie Williams at A Bookstore1 Special Virtual Event , September 8, 7:00pm

NFL Football legend Reggie Williams will virtually visit Bookstore1Sarasote for a Zoom book launch of his new memoir, Resilient by Nature. This amazing memoir follows the story of Reggie Williams: ex-NFL linebacker, former Disney executive, renaissance man, and the epitome of determination in the face of extreme challenges. The event is free, but registration is needed for participation. The Zoom link will be sent one day prior to the event.

Bookstore1, 12 S Palm Ave

[SOON]  BUSINESS: Sarasota Bradenton Fall Home Show , September 11 – September 13, 10am-7pm and 10am-6pm

At the Home Show, our goal is simple: to inspire, motivate and excite you for your upcoming home improvement - whether it's a minor renovation or a major remodel. Our events feature a wide selection of home improvement professionals in a fun, interactive environment. After meeting with and comparing our expert exhibitors, we know you'll be inspired and motivated to start planning with confidence. More importantly, we want you to be excited for all the fantastic possibilities that come with your project. When it's all said and done and you're ready to celebrate your home, we'll do a little celebrating ourselves, knowing we had some part in it.

Robarts Arena at the Sarasota Fairgrounds, 3000 Ringling Blvd., Sarasota, FL 34237

[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]  HEALTH: Sup & Run 5K , September 12, 8am

Three great races, world-class venue, awesome shirts, custom 4" finisher medals, challenge coins, great prizes, spectacular post-race party with the libation lounge, sip & rum, yummy food, live DJ and more. Choose between 5k Run: Choose to run or walk in this family-friendly 5K race around the lake. All skill levels welcome. 5K Sup: Bring your own stand-up paddleboard or rent one in this 5K race on the lake. All skill levels welcome. 5K Sup & 5K Run: Want a challenge? Complete our 5K Sup AND our 5K Run in this race. All skill levels welcome. The "First 100 Club" receive custom super special swag. This means the first 100 people to register each year. $1,000 in cash prizes, awesome shirt, great awards and prizes plus the best (summer) post-race party around.

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

[SOON]  SEMINAR: Art Lecture Series with Baila Miller: Abbie Aldridge Rockefeller and the Founding of MOMA , September 15, 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

[SOON]  GALLERY: Virtual: Celebrate Selby Gardens: 40th Annual Juried Photographic Exhibition , August 27 – September 20, 10am-4:30pm

We are excited to announce that Selby Gardens will celebrate 40 years of the annual juried photographic exhibition and sale with a virtual edition hosted in partnership with The Observer Group! The virtual exhibition will be viewable August 27 to September 20 on Selby.org and YourObserver.com. As we pivoted to the virtual photographic exhibition format, we adjusted the photo submission deadlines and details as well as the dates of the exhibition. Please review and mark your calendar with the new dates below: Online Photo Submissions: Sunday, August 9 to Friday, August 14. Winners Announced: Thursday, August 27. Virtual Exhibition: Thursday, August 27 to Sunday, September 20. To minimize person-to-person contact, photos must be submitted digitally. Please stay tuned for more step-by-step details on how to submit your photos. Entry is open to all amateurs, but photos must have been taken at either Selby Gardens’ Downtown Sarasota or Historic Spanish Point campuses. Please refer to the entry details below for more information.

Selby's Museum of Botany & the Arts, 900 S Palm Ave, Sarasota, FL 34236

[SOON]  FESTIVAL: Sarasota Mystical Bazaar , September 26 – September 27, 11am-6pm

Come for a day of fun and mystical connections and experiences. The Sarasota Mystical Bazaar is an annual event for the public to enjoy. Only $5 admission. It is a marketplace hosting many different things: Vendors, Psychic Readers, Speakers, Message Gallery, Healers, Aura Photos, Gemstones and Jewelry, Metaphysical Items. Expect a Main Stage with entertainment and informative seminars including healing, health, physical and emotional support, intuition, and additional topics you won't want to miss, over 70 Exhibits with products and services, National and Local Speakers, psychic and Intuitive Readers including Tarot, Palm, Medium, and more, mystical Dancers and Artists who weave through the crowd at various times throughout the day, Meet and Greets with national celebrities, Mistico the live Fortune Teller Machine who provides a spoken fortune and dispenses a printed fortune in the form of a paper card, Photo Booth: have your photo takes with Mystical Bazaar characters if you'd like, Prizes and Giveaways: Take your turn and spin the wheel for a fun surprise. We have new features and exhibitors being added to our lineup every day. This is the most comprehensive and unique mystical bazaar in Florida. So, beat the heat and get indoors to enjoy some fun, psychic readings, connections and enrichment at the 2020 Mystical Bazaar.

Sarasota Municipal Auditorium, 801 North Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL, 34236

[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]  MUSEUM: Glass in the Gardens at Selby Gardens , August 8 – September 20

The third annual summer glass show, In Dialogue with Nature: Glass in the Gardens, opens Saturday, August 8 at the Downtown Sarasota campus. This year, nature-inspired glasswork, exclusively created by Duncan McClellan and his studio artists, will embellish the Tropical Conservatory and Koi Pond against a backdrop of lush flowers and plants. Many spectacular pieces will also be on view in the Museum of Botany & the Arts. The botanically-themed glassworks will be available for sale with a significant portion of the proceeds benefiting Selby Gardens’ mission.

Selby Gardens, 1534 Mound Street

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Pumpkin Patch Express Train Ride , October 17 – October 25

October 17th & 18th and October 24th & 25th. Tickets for this popular event go on sale to the general public on August 12th at 10am, tickets will be available on the museum's website at www.frrm.org Early access for members are on sale now by calling the ticket office. The Ticket office is open Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 4pm. Special Note for Covid 19; For 2020 the event will operate at 50% capacity. Due to the complicity of ticketing in reserved seat cars, window seats will only be sold. However, you may consolidate your group using unsold aisle seats within your seating area. Mask requirements will be based on Manatee County mask ordinance at the time of the event.

[SOON]  HEALTH: Monthly: Lakewood Ranch Community Bike Ride , October 17 – March 20, 8am-9am

Join your Lakewood Ranch Ambassador, Greg Spring, on the third Saturday of each month from 8am to 9am October-March for a 10-mile, 1-hour casual bike ride through Lakewood Ranch. We will meet at the fountains on Main Street. This is a great way to see the Ranch. Don't forget to bring your helmet.

[SOON]  MUSIC: Artist Series Concerts Presents Max Tan, Violin with Joseph Holt, Piano , November 3, 11am-1pm

Taiwanese American violinist Max Tan has been praised as “eloquent” by the New York Times and as a “warmly rhapsodic player” by the Boston Globe. As a winner at Artist Series Concerts’ 2018 National String Competition, an alumnus of the Perlman Music Program and a member of the Sarasota Orchestra, Tan is a welcome and familiar presence on Sarasota’s arts scene. He has also been the recipient of numerous other awards, most recently the 2019 Foote Prize from the Harvard Musical Association. He has been featured on WNYC/WQXR and on Belgian radio Musiq3 as a semifinalist in the 2019 Queen Elisabeth International Violin Competition. He has performed as a soloist with many orchestras including the Juilliard Orchestra, New Juilliard Ensemble, Longwood Symphony, Boston Philharmonic Youth, and Harvard-Radcliffe Orchestras. Tan performs on the 1701 “ex-Franko” Stradivarius on generous loan from the Juilliard School. Pianist, arranger and conductor Joseph Holt is director of artist programs for Artist Series Concerts and artistic director of Choral Artists of Sarasota. Dr. Holt served more than 20 years as principal pianist with the United States Army Chorus, performing for U.S. presidents, military officials and dignitaries from around the world. Doors open at 10:30am and Luncheon following at 12:15pm. Tickets are $53.

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