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SRQ DAILY Oct 21, 2020

Wednesday Philanthropy Edition

Wednesday Philanthropy Edition

"As opportunities continue to shift to all things digital, the connective power of the arts and their impact on student experiential learning remain as important as ever."

- Nicole Light, Education Officer at the Community Foundation of Sarasota County

[Performance Ed]  Community Foundation of Sarasota County and FST Partner to Help Provide 'Write a Play' at No Cost to Schools

Florida Studio Theatre (FST) recently received a $37,000 grant from the Community Foundation of Sarasota County, a key partner in FST’s efforts to provide its award-winning WRITE A PLAY program, entirely free of charge, to schools in Sarasota County. FST’s WRITE A PLAY program is an arts-in-education initiative, giving students the example, inspiration, and the skills to write their own plays. WRITE A PLAY has impacted over 1 million young playwrights around the world since its inception in 1991. 

This grant is provided by thEdExploreSRQ Fund for Florida Studio Theatre, which was created by the Community Foundation of Sarasota County and The Patterson Foundation in order to raise awareness of and increase access to programming offered by Sarasota’s artistic, cultural, and scientific organizations, like WRITE A PLAY.  Because of this support, the Community Foundation and FST will, for the first time ever, provide WRITE A PLAY at no cost to schools in Sarasota County. The three-part program is designed to connect with students and educators multiple times throughout the school year, WRITE A PLAY features a unique blend of streamed online productions, new digital educational resources, and virtual interactive workshops. “As opportunities continue to shift to all things digital, the connective power of the arts and their impact on student experiential learning remain as important as ever,” says Nicole Light, Education Officer at the Community Foundation of Sarasota County. “That is why The Community Foundation is proud to support Florida Studio Theatre in developing virtual programming that will not only be free for teachers and students, but also serve as a way to increase access to these invaluable cultural learning experiences. Whether the stage is virtual or otherwise, that deserves a standing ovation.”

All students are encouraged to submit their work to FST’s Young Playwrights Festival playwriting competition, which receives submissions from more than 6,000 playwrights each year. Every script is read at least twice by FST staff and community volunteers, ultimately selecting a dozen plays for a full-scale production. Sarasota County teachers interested in FST’s WRITE A PLAY program should contact FST’s Director of Children’s Theatre, Caroline Kaiser, at ckaiser@floridastudiotheatre.org or call 941-366-9797. 

[Food Drive]  All Faiths Food Bank Launches "ThankFULL" Campaign

This fall, All Faiths Food Bank is turning its attention to community members who may be struggling during the holiday season. Through October and November, All Faiths’ “ThankFULL Tummies” campaign will help to provide holiday meals for Thanksgiving. Throughout the month of December, the “ThankFULL Hearts” campaign will raise funds to provide holiday meals for area children, families, seniors and veterans.

With the financial impact of the coronavirus pandemic continuing to be felt across our region, there will be even more empty plates this holiday season. Since mid-March, All Faiths Food Bank has seen an overall increase in need of approximately 120%, with new clients increasing 45% at mobile pantry events. All Faiths hopes that its holiday campaign can raise enough to provide 9,000 turkeys for Thanksgiving and 4 million meals for families in the community who are  facing hunger and struggling to put food on the table. “The holiday season is going to be very different this year and will likely change the way we celebrate. Needs will be different, too,” said All Faiths Food Bank CEO Sandra Frank. “How do you furnish a feast if your paycheck has vanished? With the help of our community, we can provide a holiday celebration and healthy meals for families who are struggling to put food on the table.”

This is the fourth year of the ThankFULL campaign. To learn more about All Faiths or to help turn empty plates into ‘ThankFULL Tummies and Hearts’ by making a donation, go to allfaithsfoodbank.org or call 941-379-6333. 

[Recognition]  Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sun Coast Proudly Announces their 2020 Big Brother & Big Sister of the Year

It is with a great deal of enthusiasm Big Brother Big Sistres Suncoast announce Ms. Candy Brooks, (Englewood) and Mr. Sid Friedman, (Sarasota) have been selected as the 2020 Big Brother & Big Sister of the Year. It is a thrill and honor to have Candy and Sid represent the organization as the Big Brother and Big Sister of the Year. 

Pictured: Big Brother Sid Friedman and his Little Brother Jakobie, make it a great day everyday.

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[Community Fair]  Multicultural Action Team Announces Health Fair to Help At-Risk Manatee Residents

The Multicultural Action Team, a group of community partners brought together to help at-risk Manatee County residents during the COVID-19 pandemic, will host a Community Wellness Fair from 1-3pm Saturday, October 24, at Oneco United Methodist Church, 2112 53rd Ave. E., Bradenton. 

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[New Position ]  Ramos Center Forms Executive Board and Sets Sights on Continued Expansion

After 20 years in business, Fabian Ramos, M.D., owner and founder of the Ramos Center for Interventional & Functional Pain Medicine, has decided to form an executive board. The board will help carry out his vision to provide more care and accessibility to treat chronic pain patients throughout Southwest Florida. The entire executive board is looking forward to bringing the Ramos Center mission and vision to more people in our community. The focus will be rooted in business development, expanding the interventional treatments and procedures while adding to the team of advanced practitioners.  

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[New Technology ]  New Surgical Robot Arrives at Doctors Hospital of Sarasota

Doctors Hospital of Sarasota is expanding its robotic surgery capabilities again, by adding another surgical robot to its fleet. A new da Vinci Xi robot will arrive at the hospital this Thursday morning. This robotic system is the first of its kind in the area because it has two consoles. Surgeons use one console to operate on a patient and a surgeon-in-training can learn and observe using the second console. Doctors Hospital is proud to have the most comprehensive robotic surgery capabilities in the area. 

[Recognition]  Sweet Sparkman Architecture and Interiors of Sarasota Wins Four Design Awards

Sweet Sparkman Architecture and Interiors of Sarasota recently was honored by the Gulf Coast Chapter of the American Institute of Architects for its design work on four projects. “We always are grateful to have our work recognized for its quality and sustainability,” said firm founder Todd Sweet, AIA, LEED AP, who, with partner Jerry Sparkman, AIA, NCARB, served as architect of record on the lauded projects. “It also inspires us to continue to create residences, public spaces, and buildings that accentuate their natural environments.” 

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[In Conversation]  In Conversation with The Ringling Museum and The Circus Arts Conservatory

Now available to view and download, SRQ Magazine's November 2020 In Conversation With  features a lively discussion with Steven High of The Ringling Museum and Pedro Reis of The Circus Arts Conservatory on the transformations their institutes have had to make to grow into the new reality.  

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[Store Opening]  Affinity Wellness 4 Life Opens

Affinity Wellness 4 life Inc. grand opening of our brand new 3000 sq foot facility located in the heart of Lakewood Ranch. Affinity Wellness 4 Life has successfully evolved over the years to offer the very best in antiaging, disease prevention, health, wellness and beauty for many years to come. As a brand new and unique component to the menu, Affinity now offers a full scale hair salon with integration of master hair stylists and cosmetologists with other beauty services such and microblading and eyelash extensions to come. 

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[Competition]  Innovation Creative Design Award Nominations Open

The EDC of Sarasota County and Ringling College of Art and Design are pleased to collaborate for the Sixth Annual Ringling College Innovation by Creative Design Award. This award recognizes a business for an innovative product or service that demonstrates a creative design solution and has achieved market success. Entries are judged on the quality of their design process and evidence of market success and/or business impact. Application deadline: October 30, 2020 at noon. The 2020 award winner will be announced at the EDC Post Election Economic Outlook Live Webcast Event on November 20, 2020. 

Click here to apply.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: 2020 AIA Gulf Coast Sarasota Design Conference , October 29 – November 1

For over three decades, AIA Florida Gulf Coast Chapter has hosted the Sarasota Design Conference, a unique event in a unique city. The Conference aims to be motivational for both attendees and speakers and has created a history of featuring design-innovative speakers both established and up-and-coming who are able to interact with their attendees in a casual setting that encourages dialog and learning. This biennial event is well attended by industry professionals, primarily architects in the Florida Caribbean region. Registration for virtual attendance is open now through October 25, 2020

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Boo! at The Bazaar , October 31, 10-3pm

Come trick or treat at The Bazaar. Enjoy interactive experiences from 21 Century Shakespeare Theatre company. Every hour they will be performing Halloween inspired skits outside in the courtyard, also Let's Create Art is hosting a coloring contest with prizes.

[SOON]  FESTIVAL: SarasotaMOD Weekend , November 6 – November 8
Please join in celebrating the architectural legacy of Carl Abbott FAIA at this year's SarasotaMOD.
[SOON]  FESTIVAL: Selby: 45th Anniversary Orchid Show: Women Breaking the Glasshouse Ceiling , October 10 – November 29

The year the land for Selby Gardens' Downtown Sarasota campus was purchased is also a momentous one in women's history. The dynamic display in the Tropical Conservatory celebrates the Suffrage Movement and the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, granting women the right to vote. The Museum of Botany & the Arts will showcase our preserved plant collections. Our Historic Spanish Point campus Gazebo will also receive the Orchid Show treatment and pay tribute to Sarasota pioneer Bertha Palmer. This year marks the 45th anniversary of the official opening of Marie Selby Botanical Gardens' Downtown Sarasota campus. To celebrate, the Orchid Show will honor founder, Marie Selby, and highlight the accomplishments of the many notable women who have built on her legacy and helped to make Selby Gardens home to the best scientifically-documented collection of orchids in the world. The year the land for Selby Gardens' Downtown Sarasota campus was purchased is also a momentous one in women's history. The dynamic display in the Tropical Conservatory celebrates the Suffrage Movement and the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, granting women the right to vote. The Museum of Botany & the Arts will showcase our preserved plant collections. Our Historic Spanish Point campus Gazebo will also receive the Orchid Show treatment and pay tribute to Sarasota pioneer Bertha Palmer. 

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, 1534 Mound Street Sarasota, 34236

[SOON]  SEMINAR: Online OLLI: Connections Documentary Film Series: Liyana , November 10, 2:30pm-4:30pm

Orphaned children from Eswatini (formerly Swaziland) collaborate to craft a collective fairytale drawn from their darkest memories and brightest dreams. Their fictional character, Liyana is brought to life through animated artwork as she embarks on a perilous quest to rescue her young twin brothers. As the children’s real and imagined worlds converge, they must choose the kind of story they will tell, both in fiction and in their own lives. This genre-defying film weaves their animated hero’s journey with poetic documentary scenes to create an inspiring tale of perseverance that reveals the strength of the human spirit and the healing power of storytelling. Liyana has won more than 35 jury and audience awards and has been screened at more than 100 film festivals around the world. Moderator: Julie Cotton.


[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Halloween Workshop: Laser Etch a Pumpkin , October 24, 2-7pm

Carving a pumpkin is old news - join Fab Lab and laser etch your pumpkin just in time for Halloween! Use CorelDraw to make any design imaginable and then the high-tech laser cutter will etch the design in your pumpkin. A $35 registration fee includes two children and one parent/guardian. Pumpkin included. Hour long slots available from 2-7pm. Only 6 slots per hour due to COVID-19 social distancing.

[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]  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]  SPORTS: Sarasota County Sheriff's 6th Annual Sporting Clays Foundation , November 6, 8:30am
This is Sarasota County Sheriff Office Charitable Foundation's only fundraiser of the year in support of their mission to provide crisis grants to law enforcement who find themselves in extraordinary personal or family need. Join them on November 6 at Knight Trail Park to participate in a Sporting Clays Tournament to help raise money for their cause. If you’d like to donate items to use in the raffle or prize awards, please contact Kim Noyes for a quick pick up so they may recognize your generosity. The organization welcomes donations of a specialty item from your organization (a service, trip, gift certificate, etc.).

Knight Trail Park, 3445 Rustic Road, Venice

[SOON]  SEMINAR: OLLI: Turbulent Times and their Effect on the 2020 Election , October 21, 3pm-4:30pm

After 47 years of teaching, Susan MacManus retired as Distinguished Professor Emerita of the department of Government and International Affairs at the University of South Florida-Tampa. She is author and co-author of over a dozen books and a sought-after nationally-known political analyst and noted commentator on state and national television news.

In the past, seniors have been America’s most dependable voters and were coveted by political can-didates because they historically voted at the greatest rate in elections. Nevertheless, the country has been undergoing an upheaval that has hard-ened political views and is causing the electorate to make decisions based more on personality than on political competence. Will the 2020 election bring unprecedented younger voters to the polls based on political issues, a trust of the principles of democracy, and a desire to see America regain its prominence in the world?

Called the “most-quoted political analyst in Florida,” Susan MacManus returns to Einstein’s Circle to share her experienced insight with us. She will talk about voting history, changing de-mographics in Florida, and what the numbers are telling us about the outcome of this very conten-tious race.


[SOON]  SCIENCE AND NATURE: Online Learning Labs: Mote Marine High School Program , October 7 – December 2

Mote’s Learning Labs are a series of virtual, interactive college and career preparatory labs that will provide students the opportunity to develop and hone professional skills for future STEM careers. Participants will gain basic knowledge in marine science concepts and experience in lab/field work. Additionally, marine science professionals will introduce participants to a variety of career opportunities and conduct career explorations. The intention of this program is to offer participants a head start toward their future goals in STEM and advance the next generation of STEM professionals. Learning Labs take place monthly on Wednesdays from 5pm to 8pm, via secure Zoom webinar. Registration for each Learning Lab is $10 and covers all necessary materials for your session.

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