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SRQ DAILY Nov 3, 2020

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"It will be our pleasure to welcome those who are in need to ensure that they can enjoy a delicious meal during the holidays and feel hope for brighter days to come."

- Veronica Brady, Director of Advancement for The Bay Park Conservancy

-Something White, as seen in SRQ's November 2020 edition. Click here for the full article.
[Holiday Feasting]  Phillippi Creek Oyster Bar Welcomes Guests for Waterfront Dining Thanksgiving Day
Brittany Mattie, brittany.mattie@srqme.com

If you’re looking for thanks to give this Thanksgiving, perhaps extend gratitude to Phillippi Creek Oyster Bar who will be staying open all holi-day to serve guests its full dining and cocktail menu, along with additional specials including fresh Stone Crabs, baked stuffed seafood, Alaskan King Crab, steamed oysters, oysters on the half shell, and their famous Spanish paella. But say you're fiending for the more tried and true flavors of Thanksgiving. Worry not. There's a bountiful plate of traditional favorites prepared by Chef Pedro and Chef Rafael with your name on it. The Thanksgiving Dinner option features a hearty helping of oven-roasted carved turkey—tender white and dark meat smothered in housemade sage gravy—along with all the fixings including creamy mashed potatoes, sweet potato cobbler, broccoli au gratin, croissant sage andouille stuffing with fried onions, a house-baked corn muffin and fresh cranberry sauce. 

Should you decide to dine out for this month's third Thursday, pull into the historic village via car or tie the boat to the dock to enjoy an old Florida gathering at the waterfront restaurant located on the banks of Phillippi Creek. While taking in the views on the open deck, Assistant Vice President of Phillippi Creek Village, Amy Berlin insists of doubling up on your holiday feast by asking for the Frozen Pumpkin Pie cocktail—a generous glassful of Bacardi Spiced Rum, Mozart Chocolate Pumpkin Spice Cream Liqueur, vanilla ice cream, pumpkin puree and cinnamon blended and served with whipped cream, powdered nutmeg and a twisty straw that may provoke brain freeze should you excitedly slurp the icy cocktail too eagerly. No judgement either way. ‘Tis the season for gluttony and glee. 


For the turkey lovers who’d prefer to chill at home and remain socially distanced, but can’t be bothered in the kitchen, consider ordering carry out. Call at least 48 hours in advance for your number of turkey dinners needed—$29.95 per person—or family-style packages available for four, eight or 12 the day before. The team will provide the full monty—cooked, prepped and packaged with reheating instructions for curbside pick-up either Wednesday, November 25 or Thanksgiving day, 10am - 2pm. 

Phillippi Creek Village Restaurant & Oyster Bar, 5353 Tamiami Trail S, Sarasota, 941-925-4444, creekseafood.com  

Photo taken by Zach Dauth.

[Vegan Food]  Pumpkin Pie for Breakfast
Ariel Chates, ariel.chates@srqme.com

The pumpkin spice latte might reign supreme in the kingdom of fall flavors, but we can't forget it's roots. The humble pumpkin pie. Arguably the best part of Thanksgiving dinner, extra special as it only makes an appearance one month a year. Pumpkin has taken over menus far and wide as the first leaves fall (not in Florida, but go with me). Crop Juice took this sweet and slightly savory treat and gave it a healthy makeover: the Pecan Pumpkin Pie Bowl.

The "crust" is swapped for gluten free granola while the normally cream laden filling is vegan-ized. Vanilla almond mylk, pumpkin puree, pecan cashew butter, banana, fresh ginger root and pumpkin pie spice are blended into a consistency somewhere between a smoothie and ice-cream.

Topped with maple ginger pumpkin seeds, pecans, more banana (cause health) and finally a coconut nectar and pecan cashew butter maple syrup drizzle this breakfast bowl will give you plenty to be thankful for.

Crop Juice Gulf Gate (moving soon to Stickney Point Road) is open Monday through Friday from 8am to 6pm and Saturdays from 8am to 4pm. They are currently closed on Sundays. 

Crop Juice, 2320 Gulf Gate Dr., Sarasota, 941-923-8640, cropjuice.com  

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[Recognition]  Community Gallery Exhibition Features Kid's Art

The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art is pleased to announce the opening of a new exhibition in their Community Gallery. Art At Home features works created by children who have participated in The Ringling’s Museum From Home programs. Laura Steefel-Moore, Head of Education said, “Our projects are inspired by objects in the museum collection and can be completed with supplies easily found at home. In this exhibition, we want to share our families’ at-home creations and spread the joy that making art can bring during challenging times.” 

Families who are interested in learning more may go to ringling.org or join the Family Programs at The Ringling Facebook group.

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[New Grant]  Impact100 SRQ Awards $342,000 to Three Area Nonprofits

Impact100 SRQ awarded $342,000 in transformational, high impact grants today to three local nonprofits committed to improving the community. Each of the three nonprofits will receive a $114,000 grant to support the following “community changing” programs: Education: SKY Family YMCA. Project: Nurturing the Potential of Every Child, Family: Children’s Cancer Center. Project: Sarasota/Manatee Program expansion for Children Battling Cancer and Health & Wellness: Mayor’s Feed the Hungry Program. Project: Fresh Food for ALL. said Jane Watt, Impact 100 SRQ chapter president says, "Through our collective giving, Impact100 SRQ members have the power to transform our community together, one impactful grant at a time.” 

[Food Donations]  All Faiths Food Bank to Distribute Thousands of Turkeys Throughout Community

On November 7, frozen turkeys and side dishes will be distributed at Van Wezel (777 N. Tamiami Tr., Sarasota), starting at 9am and continuing as long as supplies last. To find a list of locations, dates and times, go to All Faiths’ website, on the “Food Finder” page. “It is terrible to imagine that our friends and neighbors are hungry at any point in the year," said Veronica Brady, director of advancement for The Bay Park Conservancy, "on November 7, it will be our pleasure to welcome those who are in need to ensure that they can enjoy a delicious meal during the holidays and feel hope for brighter days to come." 

Click here for more information.

[Free Lessons]  Child Abuse Prevention Workshops Available to Public

 The Personal Safety and Community Awareness Program (PSCA) of the Child Protection Center, Inc. (CPC) is offering free virtual resources to the community. Workshops are available for children, parents, teachers, and the community at large. PSCA offers a holistic approach to the prevention of child abuse by promoting greater community awareness of the issue. PSCA provides primary abuse prevention education to children from preschool through high school.  

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[Renovation ]  Wellen Park Opens New Welcome Center

Wellen Park has completed construction on its Welcome Center, a 5,000-square-foot immersive and interactive community hub for prospective homeowners, visitors and Wellen Park residents. Rick Severance, president of Wellen Park said, “The Welcome Center is a tangible experience of the Wellen Park brand, creating opportunity for community connection and exploration." 

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[Recognition]  Jordan Noyes Earns Series 7 License

 Jordan Noyes of Access Advisors, a financial services firm based in Sarasota, has earned the Series 7 license from the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA). "We're thrilled that Jordan has achieved this new level of professional achievement," said Access Advisors founder Amanda Stiff.  "The licensing exam process has prepared him well to provide greater in-depth service to our clients and to our firm. We're delighted to have him on our team." 

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[Virtual Learning ]  SunCoast Alliance for Lifelong Learning to Host Virtual Expo

The event is free and open to the public from 9-11:30am on Saturday, November 14. Expo highlights include: A keynote session and panel discussions featuring the latest research on optimizing your brain health performance and new ways to stay happy and engaged, An exclusive music presentation by two principals of the Sarasota Orchestra along with a behind-the-scenes interview and A comedy routine by McCurdy’s.   

Click here to register.

[Virtual Forum]  SCORE Manasota Introduces a Survive and Thrive Series for Marketing Strategy

SCORE Manasota mentors Ramin Hashemi and Gio Cantarella will virtually gather with a dozen small business owners, midday on November 18th, to discuss Survive & Thrive in 2021– 3 Critical Steps to a Successful Marketing Strategy. “We are launching this virtual forum to help businesses refocus on fundamental principles as they operate in these challenging times,” said Ramin Hashemi, forum co-facilitator and certified SCORE mentor. “While the long-term recovery forecast in the area is positive, many businesses are dealing with short-term challenges. 

If interested in participated in the upcoming or future forums, contact Janae.Korte@ScoreVolunteer.org.

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[New Position ]  Stratum Health System and Tidewell Hospice announce Board of Trustees officers

Tidewell Hospice and parent company Stratum Health System announced 2020-2021 officers of the Board of Trustees for each organization after an October 23 virtual board retreat. Jan Miller, who completed her second term on the Tidewell Hospice board as its Chair, has been named the Chair of the Stratum Health System Board of Trustees. Other Stratum board officers for 2020-2021 are Vice Chair Steve Hall; Treasurer Thomas Stuhley; and Secretary Kevin Logan.. Jonathan D. Fleece, President and CEO of Stratum and Tidewell said, "Stratum, Tidewell and our other family of companies are beyond honored to have such an esteemed group of committed, volunteer trustees.” 

[Open House]  Ringling College Open House Now Online

Ringling College of Art and Design will offer their fall Open House virtually this year. On Saturday, November 7, 2020 students and their families will be able to Zoom with an admissions counselor, take a virtual tour through the campus and facilities, watch videos from Ringling faculty and staff, and so much more. Participants can learn more about the different majors by attending live Zoom sessions and talking directly with department heads and faculty.  

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[New Position ]  Doctor's Choice Promotes Strehan Dyer and Tamburin to Vice President of Operations Roles

 Doctor’s Choice Home Care, Inc., the state’s largest independent home care agency, recently promoted Deborah Strehan Dyer, RN and Sue Tamburin, RN to the roles of Vice President of Operations. Patra Linderkamp, Vice President of Human Resources at Doctor’s Choice said, “Sue and Deborah are valued and trusted leaders who have the passion, determination, and dedication to encourage their teams and colleagues to perform above the rest. They’ve both made a significant impact on the success of our company and will continue to do so going forward." 

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[Recognition]  Newsweek Names DutchCrafters a Best Online Shop

DutchCrafters’ website, dutchcrafters.com, has been recognized as a Best Online Shop of 2021 by Newsweek. The list released at the end of September ranked dutchcrafters.com No. 32 out of 50 in the category of Home Living. DutchCrafters CEO Jim Miller said that being included on the list is a big deal for the small business. “Many other companies in the furniture category are bigger and better known than we are, so we felt privileged to be recognized alongside them." 

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[Virtual Show]  Asolo Repertory Theatre Announces Public Streaming Watch Party

Asolo Rep announced today that it will present a public “Watch Party” of A Midsummer Night’s Dream on Thursday, November 12 at 7pm. Tickets are $15 per household with $5 student tickets. Viewers can purchase their experience at tickets.asolorep.org/4147/4153. 

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[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.

[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]  GALLERY: Ringling College: Illest of Ill , October 23 – December 4, Museum hours

Illest of Illustration is an annual juried exhibition that showcases the outstanding works created by current Illustration students of Ringling College of Art and Design. Over 100 works were chosen from more than 200 submissions. The talented guest jurors, Justin and Annie Stegg Gerard, made their selections based on the quality of technique, concept, and skill of medium used. Exhibition open by appointment only. Email galleries@ringling.edu to request an appointment. This exhibit began on October 23, 2020 and will end on December 4, 2020, during museum hours.

Ringling College Galleries

[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]  FOOD: Glow Table Dinner , November 6, 7-9:30pm

It's time to celebrate safely, joyously, and with great food all while being entertained between meal courses with skillful, artistic cirque performers.  Glow Table DInner, presented by Lamborghini Sarasota, will highlight its first of several magical dining experiences utilizing their chic, colorful dining tables with tempered glass on Friday, November 6, 2020 in Lakewood Ranch, FL, just off Main Street, in front of Grove's restaurant and ballroom.

[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]  SEMINAR: Online: Selby Gardens Fall Lunch in the Gardens , November 11, 11:30am-1pm

Co-chairs Ariane Dart and Pauline L. Wamsler cordially invite you to the in celebration of Selby Gardens' 45th Anniversary Orchid Show: Women Breaking the Glasshouse Ceiling. While we cannot be together in-person, all attendees will enjoy a delicious lunch while creating a unique floral design led virtually by one of Washington, D.C.’s most sought-after floral designers, Sarah von Pollaro, Founder, of Urban Petals Floral Design.Proceeds from Lunch in the Gardens support Selby Gardens' community outreach education programs; international research and conservation; and beautiful, world-class horticulture displays. It is their hope that they can help children and families develop an appreciation for nature.


[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: Online: New College New Topics, Challenge and Response: Facing Hard Choices in a Time of Economic Crisis With William Dudley , November 12

Thanks to the pandemic, the United States plunged from a record-breaking economic expansion to a severe recession. What choices do we need to make to reverse that trend and secure our economic future? William Dudley (’71-’74) is a senior research scholar at Princeton University’s Center for Economic Policy Studies. He served as president of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York from 2009 to 2018 and was also the vice chairman of the Federal Open Market Committee. In 2019, Dudley spoke about our nation’s record-breaking economic expansion. Shortly after, the pandemic cut that short. With breathtaking speed, the United States economy has plunged from its recent heights to the deepest recession in decades. The American economy is sick. What is Dudley’s prescription to bring the patient back to health? What choices must we make to jump-start a recovery? How long will it take to turn things around? Depending on our choices, Dudley will define the best-case and worst-case scenarios.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Empty Bowls Fundraiser , November 12 – November 13, 11am-1pm

Join celebrating the 20th Anniversary of our annual Empty Bowls Fundraiser. While the luncheon this year will look very different, the purpose is the same, uniting to show support for the critical work of Meals on Wheels PLUS through The Food Bank of Manatee. With a generous sponsorship, you can treat your staff/organization to a socially-distanced appreciation luncheon with an assortment of soups, fresh-baked bread, and dessert delivered from our event to your location. Show your support for Meals on Wheels PLUS and The Food Bank of Manatee. The fundraiser will be held from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm on November 12, 2020 at Manatee Performing Arts Center 503 3rd Avenue West in Fowntown Bradenton and on November 13, 2020 at Main Street in Lakewood Ranch.

Manatee Performing Arts Center, Nov 12: 503 3rd Avenue West, Downtown Bradenton Nov 13: Main Street, Lakewood Ranch

[SOON]  MUSIC: Online: Live from the Sarasota Opera House , November 13, 7:30pm

Sarasota Opera's first live-streamed performance will take place on Friday, November 13 at 7:30 PM at the Sarasota Opera House, featuring favorite opera selections by Verdi, Rossini, Puccini, Wagner, and Mozart, accompanied by piano. A limited number of tickets will be available for an in-person, distanced audience at $25-45. Tickets for the live stream are $10. The live stream will be available for viewing for two weeks.

[SOON]  FILM: Starlight Movie Night Event , November 14, 7:30pm

The Florida Cultural Group Inc will produce Starlight Movie Night, sponsored by the Bradenton Area Arts & Culture Department, on the heels of the destination's month-long National Arts and Humanities celebration. Four family-friendly films will be shown on big screens set up at four outdoor locations (on land and water) found throughout the Bradenton Area. Attendees must reserve a free viewing spot at the location of their choice to secure their space and ensure a safe and socially distant movie night under the stars.

Holmes Beach Community Park:
“Dolphin Tale” (rated PG) will be featured at Holmes Beach Community Park at 5900 Flotilla Drive in the City of Holmes Beach. Reserve a spot and bring your own chairs, blankets and coolers. This screening also includes a guest speaker from Clearwater Aquarium starting at 6:30 p.m., presented by The Center of Anna Maria Island. Masks are required when not in your viewing section.

Manatee Performing Arts Center: This community hub for arts and culture at 502 3 rd Ave W in Bradenton will transform into an outdoor movie theatre, showing “Swiss Family Robinson” (rated G). At this location, attendees can reserve a section and set up their own lawn chairs and blankets outside, or reserve a parking spot and enjoy the movie from their vehicle. Coolers are allowed, and Manatee Performing Arts Center will be providing popcorn.

Premier Sports Campus at Lakewood Ranch: These sprawling fields located at 5895 Post Blvd in Lakewood Ranch provide plenty of room for guests to set up their lawn chairs and blankets and get comfortable for an outdoor showing of “Pelé: Birth of a Legend” (rated PG). Concessions will be available at this location, and guests are welcome to bring coolers.

Palmetto on the Manatee River: Cruise over and anchor your boat for a unique movie experience on the water. “Peanut Butter Falcon” (rated PG-13) will be shown from the big screen on the west side of the Palmetto Pier and the north side of the Manatee River. There are no reservations at this location, so be sure to arrive early and anchor boats 10’ apart to maintain
social distancing.

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