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SRQ DAILY Nov 4, 2020

Wednesday Philanthropy Edition

Wednesday Philanthropy Edition

"At a time when we aren't free to travel, we can look closer to home for architectural inspiration."

- Jonathan Glancey, Acclaimed British Architectural Critic

-Dish Art, as seen in SRQ's November 2020 edition. Click photo for the full article.
[Politics]  Republicans Win HD 72, Defend Buchanan, Keep Florida Red
Jacob Ogles, jacob.ogles@srqme.com

Election night produced good news for Republicans in the region and state. The GOP flipped a House district red an election cycle after suffering an embarrassing loss, defended a Congressional seat despite Democrats recruiting a seeming star, and kept the Sarasota County Commission an all Republican-board.

Sarasota and Manatee county voters both favored President Donald Trump’s reelection, helping keep the state in the President’s column even as the outcome of the national race remained unclear.

Republican Fiona McFarland beat Democrat Drake Buckman in Florida House District 72, taking 54.67% in a district Democrat Margaret Good won in a 2018 special election and defended in the mid-terms.

Meanwhile, Good’s ambitions were higher office were cut off as Rep. Vern Buchanan handily won an eighth term in the House.

“It’s very humbling and I’m very appreciative of the voters in this area,” Buchanan said. He ultimately won with 55.6% of the vote to Good’s 44.4%, expanding his margin of victory over his nearly 10-point victory over Democrat David Shapiro two years ago.

“That’s a big vote of confidence. We ran a campaign on what we have gotten done with 22 bills signed into law. All of those ideas came from the local community.”

Meanwhile, Sarasota County Commissioner Mike Moran won about 56% of the vote in his District 1 seat to secure reelection. Nancy Detert also won reelection in District 3 and Ron Cutsinger won the open race in District 5. In Manatee County, Republicans James Satcher and Kevin van Ostenbridge both won district elections as well.

One upset of the night came on the Manatee County School Board, where Mary Foreman unseated Dave “Watchdog” Miner after winning 59.2% of the vote in a runoff.

At the city level, quite a few new faces will appear at local daises.

City Commissioner Liz Alpert defended her spot on the Sarasota Commission, beating former Commissioner Terry Turner, but Commissioner Willie Shaw lost to challenger Kyle Scott Battie in District 1. In another win for Republicans, Erik Arroyo won a surprising victory in open Sarasota District 3 race over Dan Clermont in a somewhat partisanized race.

Gene Brown won the open Mayor’s race in Bradenton. Pamela Coachman won a Ward 5 seat. Shirley Groover Bryant won reelection as Palmetto Mayor and Sheldon Jones won a Commission seat there.

Brian Kelly won a seat on the Venice City Council. David Ionatti, Barbara Langdon and Debbie McDowell won spots on the North Port board. 

Photo by Max Goodman: Vern Buchanan wins an eighth term in Congress.

[Architecture]  Famed British Architect Speaks on 'Designing With Vision' at 2020 Sarasota Design Conference
Brittany Mattie, brittany.mattie@srqme.com

Last weekend's AIA Florida Gulf Coast Design Conference encompassed a straight-forward yet multi-faceted message of 'Designing With Vision' this year. As such, the elite group of architectural members recruited industry namesake Jonathan Glancey, Hon. FRIBA — acclaimed British architectural critic, journalist, author, curator, radio and television broadcaster — as this year's speaker to expound on the topic at hand. While the annual awards for the ceremony was held at The Art Ovation Hotel, Thursday, October 29, Glancey presented and spoke via Zoom from his homebase in the UK. "I would have liked to have brought myself, but because travel is difficult at the moment I pre-recorded my conference talk from a studio in a former USAF fighter base at Rendlesham not far from home in Suffolk, some eighty miles north of London," he shares. "This is where a UFO supposedly landed in 1980. It was reported by senior American and British air force officers and, unexplained, the incident is known as 'Britain’s Roswell.' So, this is as good a place as any to think about Vision, how we see our world and our place in it through architectural eyes, the theme of this year’s Sarasota Design Conference." 

SRQ: What is architecture to you, and what do you think is important for architects to recognize about their profession and trade? 

Glancey: Architecture is a marriage of art and science, technology and craft, economics and what’s possible with available resources. It’s also about landscape, place, politics and ecology. To create worthwhile and special architecture isn’t easy, so it’s important for architects to stretch themselves to think of ways we can get the very best from the profession and to convince clients and politicians to support that.  

Can you touch on how you discussed the Conference's themed thread this year 'Designing With Vision' in your virtual presentation? 

At a time when we aren’t free to travel, we can look closer to home for architectural inspiration. Although my talk toured imaginative architecture from around the world, and through the centuries, it’s really about place, how we respond to the places around us with imagination, intelligence and sensitivity. I want to think about the role grand architectural visions play in shaping architects’ work and in the great sweep of buildings around us. But, I’m very wary of architectural vision on a grand scale. If we stop to look carefully at what’s around us – the turn of a stair, the play of light and shadows in our homes, the extraordinarily rich life, structures and patterns in our gardens, on our balconies, we might learn even more that’s worthwhile for architecture than from grand plans, abstruse theories, the latest design techniques and see architecture not as something imposed from above but as complementary to the natural world and our place within it. 

What do you hope attendees took away and gained from the Conference? 

To look afresh and to question, even for a moment, their architecture, their world. 

Photo courtesy of AIA Florida Gulf Coast

Read Jonathan Glancey's full bio here.

[Free Class]  Goodwill to Host Free Consultations with Gulfcoast Legal Services Attorneys

Community members who have legal questions are invited to take advantage of free consultations with attorneys from Gulfcoast Legal Services at Goodwill. The attorneys will meet potential clients at no cost, for up to 30 minutes, to determine if they are eligible for services in the following legal areas: family, housing, immigration, elder, consumer and/or victims of crime. The consultations will take place on Thursday, November 12, 10am-3pm at the Community Connection office on the Goodwill Manasota Corporate Campus (2705 51st Ave. E., Bradenton). 

Pictured: Gulfcoast Legal Services representatives at a recent event at Senior Friendship Centers

Click here for more information.

[Traffic Safety]  3rd Annual Gulf Coast Safe Streets Summit Goes Virtual

The annual Gulf Coast Safe Streets Summit (GCSSS) is a collaborative effort between the Florida Department of Transportation and six metropolitan planning organizations: Forward Pinellas, Hernando/Citrus MPO, Hillsborough MPO, Pasco MPO, Polk TPO, and the Sarasota/Manatee MPO. In it's third year running, this year's Summit will, like many other large gatherings, be held virtually for the first time. The four days, November 16 – 19, 2020 will consist of various educational seminars and sessions ranging from public involvement techniques to bicycle and pedestrian design best practices. The GCSSS will bring together national speakers, public officials, technical staff, sister counties and community partners to elevate Sarasota/Manatee MPO's efforts on how to design and implement safe and equitable transportation facilities for all modes of transportation. Registration for the event is open until November 9.  

Register for the Gulf Coast Safe Streets Summit here.

[Parenting]  First 1,000 Days Sarasota Launches Parent Portal and Care Coordination System

First 1,000 Days Sarasota has launched a digital parent portal (www.first1000dayssarasota.com) for families to instantly connect with community resources and access brain-boosting activities for their babies. Families can sign up free-of-charge to ask for parenting education, healthcare, food, financial assistance, and other resources vital in laying a strong foundation for their child. Case managers on the other end act as a family’s personal concierge for support. “Raising a baby is hard even for the most well-connected families,” says Teri A Hansen, President|CEO of Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation. “This system provides an equitable platform for all babies to receive fair and just delivery of support. This is the biggest gamechanger to human services I have seen since arriving on the Gulf Coast.”


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[Performance Update ]  The Venice Symphony’s Virtual Concert Season Will be Free to All

The Venice Symphony will present a series of four free virtual concerts beginning in November 2020. These 30-minute concerts will be led by Music Director/Conductor Troy Quinn and feature socially-distanced musicians. “These virtual concerts are an opportunity to get up close and personal to the music and to the musicians,” said Quinn. “The works that we are playing are fun and intimate, we can take off our ties and cut loose a little bit. It also provides an opportunity for the musicians to be showcased and illustrate the virtuosity of their playing in a concert that will last forever.” 

For more information, call 941-207-8822.

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[New Hire]  Jewish Federation Adds to its Development Team

The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee is pleased to welcome Barbara Mazer to its Development team as its Chief Development Strategist. Federation CEO Howard Tevlowitz said, "Barbara is exactly what we’ve been searching for.  Her extensive background in development and her emphasis on data-driven fundraising and communications make her an excellent addition to our team." 

For more information, call 941-371-4546.

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[New Hire]  Brooke Chase Associates, Inc. Recruits Francisco Davila

Joseph McElmeel, Chairman and CEO of executive search firm Brooke Chase Associates, Inc. is pleased to announce the successful recruitment by its Executive Recruiter, Rick Mohrman of Francisco Davila as Agility Onboarding and Acquisitions Manager for Hardwoods Distribution, Inc. 

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[In This Issue]  It's A Wovenful Life
Brittany Mattie, brittany.mattie@srqme.com

The gals of The Woven Home Collection bring rattan bookcases and bamboo coffee tables to bohemian bargain hunters. 

Click here to read the full article in SRQ's November 2020 edition.

[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]  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]  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: 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]  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.

[SOON]  MUSIC: Bay Music Live at the Van Wezel , November 14, 4pm

The Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall has just announced a premiere outdoor concert event, Bay Music Live. On Saturday, November 14, Jah Movement's signature sound will electrify the lawn and terrace outside of the Van Wezel in this socially-distanced, sunset show. The event kicks off at 4pm with music starting promptly at 4:30pm Lawn spaces and tables will be arranged for social distancing, and guests can enjoy fresh air and a stroll on the newly developed Mangrove Bayou Walkway. Food and beverage by Mattison's will be available for purchase, with beer by Michelob Ultra & Gold Coast Eagle Distributing.

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