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SRQ DAILY Sep 21, 2020

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"I know our Braves and Orioles fans will be heartened with the mere thought of Spring Training."

- Virginia Haley, Visit Sarasota County

-Photo from SRQ Magazine's Sept/Oct 2020 Feature Making Waves
[Baseball]  Spring Training Scheduled For MLB Teams
Jacob Ogles, jacob.ogles@srqme.com

After losing a year of spring training because of the COVID-19 pandemic, tourism leaders in the region warmly greeted news of Major League Baseball releasing schedules for the coming year.

“Spring training is a central part of our winter season business,” said Virginia Haley, president of Visit Sarasota County.

“I know our Braves and Orioles fans will be heartened with the mere thought of spring training.”

Sarasota County has long-term contracts with the Atlanta Braves and Baltimore Orioles to hold spring training at stadiums in North Port and Sarasota respectively, while Bradenton has a similar contract with the Pittsburgh Pirates to hold its training in Manatee County.

The Orioles players this year will begin reporting to Sarasota on Feb. 16, with a first full-squad workout set for Feb. 22. Half the spring training games for the team this year will happen on Friday, Saturday or Sunday, which should perk attendance. A total of 16 home games will take place at Ed Smith Stadium, with the team on the road the other 16 games. The first home game will be on Feb. 27 against the Braves, the only other Major League team with its spring training within the county.

The Pirates, meanwhile, announced 17 home games at LECOM Park, starting on Feb. 28 when the Bucs host the Braves. The season starts with a road game against the Red Sox, but then the Pirates will host three home games in a row, with both the Boston Red Sox and Tampa Bay Rays expected in town as well.

The first home game at CoolToday Park for the Braves will take place on March 1. Of the 33 games planned for spring training, the Braves will host 17 at home, including closing the season against the Boston Red Sox. 

[New Hire]  Internist Joins Intercoastal Medical Group

Intercoastal Medical Group is pleased to announce the addition of Internal Medicine physician, Nataly Bruk, MD, to its Hyde Park East Internal & Family Medicine practice. “I am looking forward to starting a new job where I can form lasting relationships with my patients.  I’m happiest when helping others and am fortunate to have a job where I can do that every day,” she said. She is board eligible with the American Board of Internal Medicine. 

[New Hire]  Marlo Turner Joins Tidewell Foundation as Vice President

Tidewell Foundation, Inc. is pleased to announce Marlo Turner has joined the team as Vice President. Debbie Mason, President of Tidewell Foundation, said “We are thrilled to have Marlo leading our team of Philanthropy Officers. Her depth of experience, knowledge of fundraising and management capabilities will complement our growing philanthropy team.” 

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[Recognition]  Tony Blasini of Caldwell Trust Company Earns the Certified Plan Fiduciary Advisory (CPFA) Designation

Tony Blasini, CPC, QPA, vice president of employee benefits at Caldwell Trust Company, has earned the Certified Plan Fiduciary Advisor (CPFA) designation. The CPFA was developed by some of the nation’s leading advisors and retirement plan experts, according to R. G. “Kelly” Caldwell Jr., CEO and president. Blasini, based in the company’s Venice headquarters, has been with Caldwell Trust Company since 2017. “Through his work in qualifying for the CPFA designation, Tony has further expanded the extensive knowledge and experience he has acquired over his 30 years in the employee benefits industry,” Kelly Caldwell said. “He continues to augment the capabilities of our retirement plan department, which manages 401(k) and 403(b) plans for employers.” 

[New Position]  The Player's Centre Hires New CEO

The Players Centre for Performing Arts is thrilled to announce the hiring of William Skaggs as chief executive officer. As The Players moves from their current theatre into a temporary location, and plans to build a new facility in Lakewood Ranch’s Waterside Place, Skaggs is invaluable to the strategic plan in place. “The Players Centre holds a special place in the heart of this community. This became readily apparent during the search process, and I see it in the energy and talent of staff, volunteers and board of trustees,” says Skaggs. “After 90 years, this community theatre and studio still provides so much value to those that experience it. There is a bright future on the horizon and I’m proud and excited to be a part of it.” 

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[Annoucement]  Perlman Suncoast Announces Winter Residency Update and Launches PMP Alumni: At Home

The Perlman Music Program/Suncoast (“Perlman Suncoast”) regrets to announce that it will not be feasible to present the annual PMP Winter Residency and Celebration Concert this Season. “The health and safety of our staff and the community is our first priority,” said Fran Lambert, Perlman Suncoast Board President. “While we are not able to substitute the musical events and experiences everyone has grown to love each winter, we are working on some special programming for the holiday season that we hope will continue to educate and inspire - from the comfort of your own home.” Amidst the pandemic, Perlman Suncoast is forging ahead with its 2020-2021 Season by presenting PMP Alumni: At Home, a series of free virtual concerts featuring alumni of The Perlman Music Program. Throughout the Season, Perlman Suncoast will engage audiences with performances that can be viewed online at PerlmanSuncoast.org and on the Perlman Suncoast YouTube channel at https://youtu.be/WEGyj071jBQ

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[New Grant]  JFCS receives United Way Suncoast Grant for Family Financial Stability Program

Jewish Family & Children Services of the Suncoast (JFCS) was recently awarded a $70,000 Financial Stability grant as part of the United Way Suncoast’s 2020 Community Investment Program. The grant allows JFCS to move forward with its Employment and Financial Stability Program. The program is focused on working families that make too much income to qualify for most social services and struggle to make ends meet. “As a lifelong workforce development professional and career coach, I am very excited about this opportunity to partner with working families in Sarasota,” says JFCS Case Manager Chris Canaday. “My aim is to enhance the lives and livelihoods of our clients by providing them with services, guidance and community connections precisely focused on their empowerment and self-determination.” 

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[Community Outreach]  Child Protection Center Asks for Community’s Aid in Reporting Abuse

The Child Protection Center (CPC) and child advocacy centers across the country are preparing for the expected increase in abuse reports as children re-enter schools and society. “There have been a lot of children who have been at home for the past six months without their trusted safety net to help them when they were unsafe,” said Michelle McSwain, Director of CPC’s Personal Safety and Community Awareness Program. She reminds the community that we are all mandatory reporters in the state of Florida. “As we are back to being in-person with children, keep your eyes open for a child who may be in an unsafe situation.” 

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[Job Help]  Goodwill to Help Community Prepare for Indeed’s ‘Virtual Hiring Tour’

Job-seekers across the country will be able to benefit from a new effort, presented by Indeed, the world’s top job site. Indeed recently announced the launch of the Virtual Hiring Tour, which will make its way across the United States, with the goal of getting 20,000 hired. The Virtual Hiring Tour will connect job seekers and employers through virtual interviewing technology. Goodwill Industries International, the country’s leading workforce development provider, is a strategic partner in the effort, helping to set up job seekers for success. Locally, Goodwill Manasota will assist those looking for employment through its free Job Connection service. Career development facilitators will meet with interested candidates to offer counsel on job search and career options, help teach community members how to use technology, conduct practice virtual interviews, and assist in the creation of a resume and an Indeed.com profile. 

Pictured: Goodwill mission services program administrator Antonia Quiros assists community member Gregory Morrison at Goodwill's Selby Newtown Job Connection office.

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[Recognition]  Teri A Hansen Once Again Named Top 500 Executives Across State

For a second year in a row, Teri A Hansen, President | CEO of Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation, was named one of Florida Trend Magazine’s Florida 500, a recognition that highlights the most influential executives in different economic sectors throughout the state. Since first being recognized in 2019, Hansen joins a dozen philanthropic leaders positively impacting the lives of children and families in their communities. 

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[Recognition]  Hospital Pays Tribute to Young Organ Donor

Caregivers lined the hallway from the intensive care unit to the operating room at Doctors Hospital of Sarasota to honor a young man and his family. The 25-year-old Sarasota County resident was taken from the ICU, where he had been a patient, to the OR to donate his organs. Six organs from the donor went to five different recipients. His heart was donated to a recipient in South Carolina, his lungs to a recipient in Miami, his liver was donated to a recipient in Georgia, one kidney was donated to a recipient in Tampa and another kidney was donated to a recipient in Largo, Florida. To honor the patient, caregivers silently lined the hallway for what is known as an “honor walk.” It is a way to honor the generosity of the donor for sharing the gift of life.  

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[Survey]  Unconditional Surrender Public Feedback Survey Now Open

An online survey is now available to gather public feedback on possible sites for the relocation of the Unconditional Surrender statue. The brief survey provides visuals of the nine potential sites for the City-owned statue, which must be moved from its current spot along the Bayfront to accommodate the Florida Department of Transportation’s construction of a new roundabout at U.S. 41 and Gulfstream Avenue in 2021 .To take the survey, visit surveymonkey.com/r/Unconditional_Surrender. The survey will be open until 5pm on Friday, September 25. 

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[COVID-19]  Citywide Public Health Emergency Extended through September 25

The City of Sarasota has extended its declaration of a local citywide public health emergency through Sept. 25 following a weekly review, as required by the City Charter, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Face coverings are now required in all indoor and outdoor public spaces in the City limits, whenever proper social distancing cannot be maintained in accordance with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines.  

[SOON]  MUSEUM: The Ringling: Syd Solomon, Concealed and Revealed , December 19 – January 24, Museum hours.

Syd Solomon: Concealed and Revealed offers a unique selection of paintings by the artist, along with numerous objects from the Solomon Archive on view for the first time. Syd Solomon (American, 1917-2004) described himself as an “Abstract Impressionist” alluding to the fact that his work infused impressionism into the processes, scale and concepts of Abstract Expressionism. Solomon moved to Sarasota in 1946 with his wife Annie. His was the first work of contemporary art to be collected by The Ringling in 1962. His paintings were greatly influenced by climatic factors and reveal a fascination and concern for Florida’s aquatic environment. Solomon incorporated his experience as a camouflage designer during World War II into his painting. It is not well-known that he was also an accomplished graphic artist, who in his early years designed commercial signage for prominent hotels and businesses in Sarasota. Like his work in camouflage, Solomon’s calligraphic skill was essential to the development of his later gestural abstraction. The exhibition began December 19, 2019 and will end January 24, 2021, during museum hours.

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

[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]  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]  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]  MUSEUM: Small Wonders: Insects in Focus at The Bishop , June 17 – October 20, Museum hours.

Insects inhabit every domain of our daily lives, performing essential functions that balance our fragile ecosystem on Earth — functions that often go unnoticed because of their small size or scale. Now, using cutting-edge technology and custom methods that put tiny insects on a human scale, artist and photographer Bob Sober allows visitors to see the patterns, textures, colors and details that have always been present, but too small to appreciate in The Bishop’s newest special exhibition: Small Wonders: Insects in Focus.

Creating human-scale images of insects, with resolution so high that every hair, dimple and tiny structure is clearly revealed, was impossible prior to the technological advancements of the past 10 years. Now, Sober’s skills allow us to see the intersection of natural science and art in the smooth metallic finishes and heavily stippled textures, strange body shapes, delicate wing structures and beautifully engineered body components in this series of 30 images that will are on display in the Museum’s second-floor Rincon Gallery and throughout the Museum.

Small Wonders: Insects in Focus features 30 of Sober’s spectacular images and viewers will find themselves at the intersection of art and science. The exhibition, which is included in the cost of admission, is organized by ExhibitsUSA, a program of Mid-America Arts Alliance and will be open at The Bishop through October 20.

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

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Virtual: Out Of The Blue 2020 Fundraising Event , October 29, 6:30pm-8pm

Welcome to Out of the Blue 2020 – a unique Live Online Event and Costume Contest supporting the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Sarasota and Manatee Counties. Throughout the month of October, you will have the opportunity to enter a picture of your best “BLUE” costume. On October 29th from 6:30-8:00 pm, NAMI will host a Live Online Zoom event emceed by entertainer Jonathan Cortez and featuring local artists and talent all in support of NAMI. Our evening will wrap up by announcing the Costume Contest winners with a “Best in Blue” winner in each category. You don’t want to miss this opportunity to have fun creating a “Bluetiful” costume along with an enjoyable – and safe – evening of entertainment.

[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]  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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