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"The statue is an iconic landmark enjoyed by residents and visitors alike."

- Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-Sarasota

-Photo from SRQ Magazine's SEPT/OCT2020 Feature Chunky Cherishables
[City]  Buchanan to Sarasota: Leave Sailor at Current Station
Jacob Ogles, jacob.ogles@srqme.com

U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-Sarasota, has weighed in on what should happen to the controversial Unconditional Surrender statue on U.S. 41. The federal official sent a letter to Sarasota City Commissioners urging them to leave the monument on the Bayfront.

“The statue is an iconic landmark enjoyed by residents and visitors alike. It commemorates the celebration of VJ Day and the end of World War II,” Buchanan wrote. “This representation of that moment more than 75 years ago reminds us of an important time in our country’s history and honors the ‘Greatest Generation’ who served and sacrificed.”

The statue, which has stood in its current location for more than a decade, will move at least temporarily while construction of a new Tamiami Trail roundabout begins in 2021, according to spokesperson Jason Bartolone. The city Public Art Committee has recommended moving it permanently from its spot. City Commissioners expect to discuss the statue’s ultimate whereabouts later this month.

Sculpted by the late Seward Johnson, the statue originally arrived in Sarasota as part of the Season of Sculpture. Later, veteran Jack Curran paid for the statue and loaned it to the city on the condition it would stay on the Bayfront at least 10 years. At the time, the statue proved a hotly contentious subject with veterans describing the popular attraction as recognition of soldiers who fought in World War II, but critics panning the statue as derivative and poor art. More recently, the moment represented in the picture, of a soldier in Times Square spontaneously kissing a women after hearing the war had ended, has become a sparkpoint for discussions of the MeToo movement.

Buchanan said the work ultimately means a significant amount to a large portion of Sarasota veterans, and noted 88,000 veterans live in Southwest Florida. He said a poll conducted by his Congressional office on the matter found more than 80% favor keeping the statue in its current location.

“The 'Unconditional Surrender' statue is extremely meaningful to the Sarasota’s veteran community and honors their sacrifices for our country,” he wrote. “This statue commemorates a significant moment in our nation’s history that we shouldn’t erase from the Sarasota Bayfront.” 

[Home Design]  London Bay Homes Brings Personalized Design to Life in The Founders Club

Two new private residences by London Bay Homes are currently underway in The Founders Club, illustrating the possibilities of ‘Private Label Living’ – the company’s brand promise of expertise, quality and attention to each home’s design from concept to completion. Situated on expansive homesites within the sought-after Sarasota community featuring a Robert Trent Jones, Jr.–designed championship golf course, the homes will showcase stunning views, open concept designs and intimate indoor-outdoor connections. Taking inspiration from an existing home in South Carolina, one other couple turned to London Bay Homes to recreate their current home in their new dream location in Sarasota. “The couple is excited to transition into this next phase of retirement in a warmer climate,” said Walker. “While they couldn’t pick up and move their current home, they knew we could apply the same unique aspects that they loved about it into their new custom home along with additional touches that would fit this next stage in life, including a dedicated potting room for her, and an air-conditioned six-car garage for him to hold a car collection.” 

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[Ringling Museum]  Food Service Venues at The Ringling and New Member Perk

The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art is pleased to announce the grand opening of Mable’s Coffee and Tea. The coffee shop, located inside the McKay Visitor’s Pavilion, will celebrate its opening Monday, Sept. 14, by offering free beverages and treats to visitors between 11am and 1pm Mable’s Coffee and Tea, managed by Metz Culinary, will serve Starbuck’s products and includes full barista service in addition to an array of pastries, snacks and treats. Jennifer Price, the museum’s deputy director said "Mornings are a very special time on the museum grounds. In the current high-stress climate, we thought it would be wonderful to offer our members an additional hour of respite in our tranquil setting. We will also have one museum venue, such as the Museum of Art, open each week for members to explore. We look forward to seeing members on campus and we have ample opportunity for social distancing on our 66-acre campus.”  

[New Hire]  Susie Porter Joins RE/MAX Alliance Group

Susie Porter has joined RE/MAX Alliance Group as a Realtor in the Englewood office. The Englewood Office is located at 2230 S. McCall Road, Unit A. Porter can be reached at 941-468-4955 or susieporterpa@gmail.com.


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[Gift Cards]  Mattison’s End of Summer Gift Cards Now Available

Mattison’s is ending the summer with a special gift card sale. According to Owner and Executive Chef Paul Mattison, “It has been a long, hot summer and a very difficult time for many people. We want to thank everyone for their continued support by offering a Free Bonus Gift Card that can be used for dining at any Mattison’s restaurant.” Gift Cards can be used for lunch, dinner or brunch dining, happy hour, drinks or even to go orders. To take advantage of the End of Summer sale, purchase $100 in Gift Cards and receive a Free $20 Bonus Card. Cards can be purchased at the restaurants or online with e-gift cards available for immediate delivery via your email inbox or sent directly, in real time, to your family, friends, colleagues, or clients. 

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[Coding]  Code with Friends at the Coder School

If you're a member of a home school group, a scout troop, a STEAM team, or you just know a bunch of kids interested in learning to code you need to ask about our group rates. Hang out with friends. Save money. Learn to code. Change the world. 

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[Home Sales]  The Lake Club Continues Record-Breaking Year of Sales

 Sales continue to boom in The Lake Club, located within the #1 master-planned community, Lakewood Ranch. There have been nearly 100 end-user home and builder lots sold already in 2020. Success has been demonstrated in individual enclaves as well. The newest, Genoa, has had 54 sales so far this year. It has expanded to include four neighborhoods offering a collection of three, four, and five-bedroom residences with over 20 spacious floor plans from which to choose, ranging in size from 2,400 to over 4,000 square feet under air. 

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[Recognition]  Manatee District Seniors Named National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists

Three Manatee District seniors have been named Semifinalists in the prestigious 66th Annual National Merit Scholarship Program. These academically talented high school students have the opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,600 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $30 million that will be offered next Spring. The 2021 National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists from School District of Manatee County’s traditional public and charter schools include: Amy Jones of Lakewood Ranch High School, Hayden Ross of Southeast High School and Prudny Bonnaire-Fils of State College of Florida Collegiate School . 

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[Affordable Healthcare ]  New Health Center at Manatee Elementary Offers Community Easy Access to Medical Services

The School District of Manatee County and MCR Health are excited to celebrate the Grand Opening of the Manatee Elementary School Based Health Center. The new School Based Health Center is the product of a partnership between MCR Health, School District of Manatee County, Manatee Elementary School - A Community Partnership School ™, Children’s Home Society of Florida and University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee. Manatee Elementary School, A Community Partnership School ™ is located at 1609 6th Avenue East in Bradenton. A brief ceremony will be taking place on the school basketball courts. There are more than 2,500 School Based Health Centers in the United States, and these centers have been linked to improved academic outcomes, such as improved GPAs, attendance, grade promotion, college preparation, and reduced rates of suspension. This falls right in line with the Manatee County School District Mission of providing education and development to all students today for their success tomorrow. 

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[In This Issue]  Knitting Together, Apart

Trendsport: Hobbies. 

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

[Cancelation]  2020 Annual Siesta Key Crystal Classic Sand Sculpting Festival Cancelled

After much deliberation and consultation, the event committee, and the Siesta Key Chamber Board of Directors have decided to cancel the 2020 Siesta Key Crystal Classic, which was scheduled for November 13-16 on Siesta Beach. Given all the factors that must be considered, and the high level of uncertainty due to Covid-19, this decision seems the wise and responsible choice. We sincerely appreciate all of the support from our sponsors, volunteers, and community, and look forward to a successful event, to be held November 12-15, 2021. 

[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

[SOON]  GALLERY: Ian Dean: Nostalgicons , August 28 – October 2, Open by appointment 8/28-10/1 Mon-Fri 10am-4pm. For appointment please email galleries@ringling.edu

Nostalgia can be a powerful trigger of emotions and memories, sometimes even invoking forgotten past events, places, and moments. Nostalgia also sells. Products replicating or calling back to the 1980’s and 1990’s have seen a surge (resurgence?) of popularity recently. These products are often marketed to younger generations who are fascinated with the decades, right along with the adults who actually owned the original items - or still do.

Dean photographs both the popular and old toys he still has from his childhood. Well-known toys that evoke nostalgia in others, the obscure tokens, and the items made by companies that no longer exist; all have histories which have been lost to time. In doing so, Dean found himself pondering the origins of the objects, who might have designed and created them, how many of them were made, the persistence of similar colors, and how many still exist. Over time, each object also picks up its own unique set of bumps and scratches, becoming tiny fragments of years that only grow more distant. Dean creates new art out of the mass-produced trinkets. He makes new memories out of the old, playing with color and shape; creating something for the viewer to enjoy looking through. Perhaps connecting with them as well by unlocking a buried snapshot of a distant time and place.

Patrician Thompson Gallery in the Keating Center, 2700 N Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34234

[SOON]  HEALTH: Moving Meditation in the Museum of Art Courtyard , August 28 – October 30, 10:00am

Join Claudia Baeza, a Kripalu trained yoga instructor, for Yoga and Meditation on the loggias of the Museum of Art Courtyard for a unique opportunity to gently move the body and calm the mind. Tickets must be purchased in advance.

The Ringling, 5401 Bay Shore Road

[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: VIRTUAL Forty Carrots Presents Mark Brackett, Ph.D. , September 23, 7pm

Forty Carrots Family Center announces its 18th annual Free Educational Community Speaker Event, presented in partnership with the Community Foundation of Sarasota County. This year’s event transitions to a virtual platform, broadcasting at 7 pm on Wednesday, Sept. 23rd. The event is free and open to the community, but advance registration is required. Dr. Brackett will present insights from his book; “Permission to Feel” helping parents, caregivers, teachers and professionals understand how emotions influence our lives; cultivate emotional intelligence in our children and develop tools for greater well-being and success.  Dr. Brackett is a research psychologist and the founding director at Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence and professor in the Child Study Center at Yale University. He has developed a remarkable effective plan to improve the lives of children and adults – a blueprint for understanding emotions and using them wisely to help, rather than hinder, an individual’s success and inspiration in equal parts. Advance registration is required. Click to register online.


[SOON]  MUSIC: The Academy A Homeschool Hub at Music Compound , August 3 – December 31, 8:30am-4pm

Music Compound is officially launching a new program,  The  Academy, for grades 3-8, that offers core curriculum through Florida Virtual School and then afternoon electives in the arts. The registration deadline is July 31. Education Session (Education Coordinator position) is offered daily from 8:30am to Noon Monday through Thursday. Students have the option to attend two, three or four days a week. This portion is being offered with Florida Virtual School. Deadline to register is July 31st. Lunch and relaxation time offered daily from Noon to 1:00pm and available to FULL day students only. Students will have time to enjoy lunch and outdoor play. The last 20 minutes will be reserved for quiet time. Our team will offer yoga or meditation sessions. Students can opt to read a book, nap, or check out in another capacity. Enrichment Session is arts related. (Elective and credit based) and offered daily from 1:00 to 4:00pm Monday through Thursday. The afternoon session will include a daily afternoon snack break for students. The afternoon sessions are based on interest. Afternoon classes sizes will range from 6-12 students per class. Classes that have more than 6 students will be hosted in our large 3,000 sq. ft. event venue. Electives are One hour and 20 minutes per session. Electives are offered quarterly, by semester, or yearly. Courses offered: Art, Dance, Drama, Music / Group Instruction / Music Theory / Music Appreciation, Musical theatre / Show Choir, Band program (Kidz Rock, Rising Stars, Youth Bands) and Career Exploration.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Virtual: ALSO Youth Presents Virtual Variety Show , September 26, 6:30pm-8:30pm

Matthew McGee, a well-known performer in the Tampa/Sarasota area, will host ALSO Youth’s upcoming Virtual Variety Show “Better Together” on September 26th from 6:30 to 8:30. Mr. McGee has performed locally with the Asolo Rep, freeFall Theatre Company, Stageworks, American Stage in the Park, and the Suncoast AIDS Theatre Project. He is a two time Theatre Tampa Bay Award winner and a Broadway World’s Best Actor in a Musical winner. The Virtual variety Show will feature performances by local theater, dance, circus arts, and drag performers as well as cooking and cocktail demonstrations. An online auction featuring vacation stays, experiences and gift baskets will begin two weeks prior to the event and will conclude at the end of the Variety Show. Proceeds from the event will support ALSO Youth’s programs for LGBTQ+ youth. For more information about the event contact TonyBoothby@michaelsaunders.com or james@alsoyouth.org.

[SOON]  MUSIC: Women of Note: A Celebration of Female Composers of the 19th and 20th Centuries , October 1 – October 12

As part of Florida Studio Theatre’s Suffragist Project, an artistic celebration of the 100th Anniversary of the ratification of women’s right to vote, this stellar all-female quartet which includes Artist Series Concerts co-founder Lee Dougherty Ross, performs pieces by Fanny Mendelssohn, Clara Schumann, Amy Beach and Marion Bauer. The concert was filmed in July 2020 at Church of the Palms in Sarasota. Women of Note is hosted by Marcy Miller, executive director of Artist Series, and features cameo appearances by Kate Alexander, Ariel Blue and Meg Gilbert. With Jenny Kim-Godfrey, soprano; Robyn Rocklein, mezzo soprano; Gail Berenson and Lee Dougherty Ross, piano.

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